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Democratic Convention Diary Day 1: Michelle rocks the conventioneers and the gun show | The Raw Story

“The skies might have opened up over Charlotte before the main speeches started at the Time Warner Cable Center on Tuesday, but the mood in the hall was less grey skies and cold rain and more like lightning and thunder — and that was before First Lady Michelle Obama took the stage, got the crowd on their feet, made them cry and made them stand yet again with her convention speech. Mitt Romney might have gotten a nudge in the polls after three days of celebrating small business people and his own nice-guy Mormon background, but Michelle Obama took the basic format of Ann Romney’s love speech — “My husband is great!” — and showed how it could be used as a political weapon, not a paean. “via Democratic Convention Diary Day 1: Michelle rocks the conventioneers and the gun show | The Raw Story.

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‘Why I’m A Republican’ : NPR

I believe in the power of an individual’s story to create dialogue and broader understanding. My reaction to these statements are mixed, however. On the the one hand, I appreciate that there are some similarities I see between myself and these Republicans (opportunity for everyone & individual responsibility). But I’m also confused – opportunity for all, but not illegal immigrants; transportation and higher ed as representative of the Republican party?; etc. Also, I find many of them shallow. It leaves me interested in reading the answers from the Democratic convention. I imagine I’ll feel largely similar.

‘Why I’m A Republican’ : NPR.

To Everyone I Know During This Election | Ramble Ramble

Hear, hear! And brava/o!

“There is a PERSON behind the things you are saying. When you say that all liberals, or all conservatives…when you say that all Democrats or all Republicans…when you say that ALL of any group is/says/does/thinks/behaves/believes/hates/loves/etc., you are saying that about real people.  Honest to goodness, flesh and blood people. Not just ideologies. Not just platforms. Not just issues. Not just politicians. Your friends. Your family. Your neighbors. Your coworkers.

Please, by all means, believe what you believe. Vote the way you want to vote. Engage in civil discussion about issues and platforms, if you want to. Advocate strongly for why you think what you think. Use reason to explain your position. These things? These make us better citizens, make us a better part of the political process. But when you start throwing those ugly words out, when you start sharing those ugly graphics, and those hateful quotes, and you point your finger at “THOSE PEOPLE” just remember…you could be talking about me. Someone you know. Someone you call friend, family, coworker.

And maybe that doesn’t matter to you. Maybe it doesn’t matter that you’re saying I’m stupid, unAmerican, deserve to be kicked out of the country, deserve to die, don’t have any compassion, don’t care about my fellow citizens, or am a moron. Maybe it doesn’t bother you because you believe SO strongly that ALL people who believe opposite of you are SO wrong that you’re willing to forget the people behind those beliefs, that they are more than just their political opinions, more than just where they fall on an issue or what candidate they want to vote for.

But to me it does. Because when this political season is over, and the races have been decided, the non-stop political nonsense will die back down to a low boil. But you and I? We’ll still know each other. And I’ll know what you really think…of me.

And how can that not change how I think of you?” via To Everyone I Know During This Election | Ramble Ramble.

Romney gaining buzz among women on Facebook – CNN Political Ticker – CNN.com Blogs

Wait, maybe I’m missing something? Just because facebook women are talking about Romney, why are we supposed to think they’re saying good things? Or that they accurately indicated their gender when signing up for an account? That they’re not being sarcastic?

I think that there is a lot of potential in analyzing socio-cultural trends vis-a-vis facebook, but it’s going to take significantly more nuance than was used here.

Romney gaining buzz among women on Facebook – CNN Political Ticker – CNN.com Blogs.

Poll: 0 percent of blacks for Mitt Romney – Mackenzie Weinger – POLITICO.com

This surprises no one:

“President Barack Obama continues to beat Mitt Romney among African American voters with a staggering 94 percent to 0 percent lead, according to a poll released Tuesday.”

via Poll: 0 percent of blacks for Mitt Romney – Mackenzie Weinger – POLITICO.com.

U. of Oregon Courts Hard-Hitting Tactics in Persuading Students to Raise Fees for a Renovation – Buildings & Grounds – The Chronicle of Higher Education

Way to go University of Oregon students! I’m proud of you for resisting this renovation because of the increase in student fees. Students across the country are paying more and more to go to college, and significant portions of their money is going to non-educational expenses. More students need to resist these changes and remind administrators that students are paying for an education, not a fancy union. Read more: U. of Oregon Courts Hard-Hitting Tactics in Persuading Students to Raise Fees for a Renovation – Buildings & Grounds – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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