• on a comment on Why FL just got High Speed Rail over 4 years ago

    Having lived in the area for several years, I can tell you why.

    Orlando and Tampa are close enough to each other that this project can actually be completed in a relatively short period of time.  Both cities metro areas are over 2 million in population.  There is a ton of traffic between the two cities... from commuters to tourists.

    When I lived in Orlando, I drove over to Tampa about once a month or so for my job.  I could have easily taken a high speed train instead.  

    Orlando has Disney, Universal Studios and Seaworld... true.  Tampa has Busch Gardens and proximity to the Gulf Coast beaches.  You can definitely expect a good bit of tourist traffic on this route.

    While a Miami line would be great, it would be a LOT longer, and a LOT more expensive.  In short... Tampa to Orlando is a very good start.

  • Look on the upper right hand side.  Click on "Write New Diary"

    Now you too can dominate the news cycle!

    --sam

  • comment on a post Don't Get Cocky. Hit the Pavement. over 5 years ago

    We'll be hosting a phone banking party this Sunday.  Woohoo!  In 2004 I did a lot of canvassing, but I have since moved to Illinois... so I think phone banking will be better for me.

    I wish I was still in Florida so I could do more in an actual battleground state.

    --sam

  • on a comment on Palin and Clinton on SNL over 5 years ago

    Just because you don't know it's sexist... doesn't mean it's not sexist.  (say that ten times real fast)

    The same goes for racism... just because I don't know something is racist... doesn't absolve me of being a racist.  I'm just an ignorant racist.

    Lots of ignorant sexists out there too.

    -sam

  • I grew up in Jacksonville.  It has a sizeable AA population, but I don't think it's Obama country at all.  It's near the Georgia border and very southern.  Also of note, there is a large naval base there and many navy retirees in the region.

    That said, despite the fact that the area favors McCain he was only able to pull 3000 people.  Sad for him... and it makes me laugh.

    I hope folks in Jax can get mobilized for Obama, but I fear most of them are like my brother and sister.  Great people...  love 'em to death...  but I doubt they'll ever be able to vote for a black man.

    --sam

  • on a comment on Is It Bayh? over 5 years ago

    I guess my question would be...  why is Indiana still "red" then?  If the guy is so awesome why didn't he have any coattails?

    --sam

  • Please don't tell me you think LBJ was teh hawt and teh sexxxy.  ;)

    --sam

  • on a comment on MyDD Ahead of the Curve on Unity over 5 years ago

    Did you read anything from Jonathan Singer?  Or did you only look at Jerome's stuff and assume the rest of the posts were the same?  Just sayin...

    --sam

  • comment on a post Don't Get Comfortable over 5 years ago

    Thanks for this diary, pneuma.

    I, Samizdat...

    ...promise to donate $50 to the Obama campaign.

    ...promise to donate $50 to the Democratic opponent of my local Republican congressman... and if I like the candidate, volunteer for the campaign.

    ...(since my state, Illinois, is a shoe-in for Obama ) promise to volunteer for phone-banking time the Obama campaign or for some other organization that is working to elect Obama as president.

    ...promise to wear a pin, put out a sign and do whatever else I can think of to put Obama's name out there.

    If I could go door to door canvassing for Kerry, I'm sure I could do much more for Obama.  I didn't even like Kerry that much.  LOL

    --sam

  • comment on a post Open Thread over 5 years ago

    Do NOT lull yourselves into a false sense of security.  Do NOT treat John McCain like you would George W. Bush.  Bush can't make a good speech either... and he still won.

    Pretty speeches don't necessarily translate to winning.  We need to act like we're underdogs and fight.  I repeat!  Do NOT let the pundits give the American public lowered expectations on John McCain... because when he rises above the lowered bar it will be seen as a victory.

    And we CANNOT allow that to happen.

    /rant off

  • it's late and I mistyped the numbers up there, but the point is still valid.  ;)

    --sam

  • Which means 34% (33%+1%) vs. 32% (24%+9%) as your base.. which is, statistically speaking, pretty close to even.  Therefore the battle is within other groups.

    --sam

  • Actually, I think your math makes them statistically even.  If Clinton was getting a lot more white women then sure, she would start ahead, but she's not getting a lot more.  And since Obama is getting the vast majority of AA voters, it evens the field so that the battleground then goes to other groups (men, hispanics, etc).

    --sam

  • Dude, I'm sorry, I just don't see this being a viable ticket.  Then again it could be my personal bias against Webb.  He's said some things that I don't agree with...  though I was extremely happy he got elected over Macaca.

    --sam

  • on a comment on Obama's Missed Opportunity over 6 years ago

    If you read further you'll see that the OP is an Obama supporter.  Maybe you should... you know... read before making comments.

    --sam

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