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I have been thinking this for a long time, Colin put it much better than I could
“I’m also troubled by, not what Senator McCain says, but what members of the party say, and it is permitted to be said. Such things as ‘Well you know that Mr. Obama is a Muslim.’ Well the correct answer is ‘He is not a Muslim, he’s a Christian, he’s always been a Christian.’ But the really right answer is ‘What if he is? Is there something wrong with being a Muslim in this country?’ The answer is ‘No. That’s not America.’ Is there something wrong with some 7-year old Muslim-American kid believing that he or she can be president? Yet I have heard senior members of my own party drop the suggestion he’s a Muslim and he might be associated with terrorists. This is not the way we should be doing it in America.
“I feel strongly about this particular point because of a picture I saw in a magazine. It was a photo-essay about troops who were serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. And one picture at the tail end of this photo essay was of a mother in Arlington Cemetery and she had her head on the headstone of her son’s grave. And as the picture focused in you can see the writing on the headstone. And it gave his awards, Purple Heart, Bronze Star, showed that he died in Iraq, gave his date of birth, date of death. He was 20 years old. And then at the very top of the headstone, it didn’t have a Christian cross, it didn’t have a Star of David. It had a crescent and a star of the Islamic faith. And his name was Karim Rashad Sultan Khan. And he was an American, he was born in New Jersey, he was 14 at the time of 9/11 and he waited until he can go serve his counrty and he gave his life.”
Thank you Karim for your sacrifice

Brian Rants

Yesterday, a group of simple church leaders met to discuss what God is
doing in Denver.

At the end we had a time of prayer about Denver. We weren’t really
focusing on any one person, just for God’s healing and transformation
for Denver.

A friend who I had not spoken with for a month was moved to pray
specifically for me, and named 2 emotions I’ve been deeply struggling
with, and prayed for God’s healing for me. He also spoke several words
directly to my heart about what my family is going through.

Thank you Lord that out of 6 billion people you had a word just for
me. I needed to hear that.

Brian Rants

This morning I attempted to empty our cross cut shredder. I lost my
grip on the trash bag and scattered corporate confetti all across the

I grabbed the vacuum from the closet, which I later learned from our
landlord hadn’t been emptied in about 2 years, and proceeded to spread
a fine layer of white dust all across our carpet.

Realizing that I would need some other solution to clean the carpet, I
picked up the garbage bag and in the process smacked my tall mug,
which hit the floor with a certain velocity, knocking the top off and
spreading Celestial Seasoning Madagascar Vanilla Rooibus tea all over
the carpet.

I guess that’s what happens with a klutz and 4 employees in a 185ft2.

But some good news…tomorrow we move into our new office in the
Ballpark District in Denver. 16 foot ceilings, wood floors, exposed
brick…and 5 times more space!

Also…Rooibus tea is friggin amazing good. The highest in antioxidant
of any tea, and it’s an herbal tea (so no caffeine!)

Another chapter in…the Life of Brian

Brian Rants

This article is a great summary of what I’ve seen in this campaign…especially since Palin came into the picture, but admittedly with my candidate Barack as well. Impression over truth.
Obama will raise taxes
“Palin and John McCain, the GOP presidential nominee, have been more aggressive in recent days in repeating what their opponents say are outright lies. Almost every day, for instance, McCain says rival Barack Obama would raise everyone’s taxes, even though the Democrat’s tax plan exempts families that earn less than $250,000.”
“For now, there appears to be little political reason to back down. A Washington Post-ABC News poll taken Sept. 5 to Sept. 7 found that 51 percent of voters think Obama would raise their taxes, even though his plan would actually cut taxes for the overwhelming majority of Americans.”
…Bridge to nowhere
“Palin’s position on the bridge that would have linked Ketchikan to Gravina Island is one example of a candidate staying on message even when that message has been publicly discredited. Palin has continued to say she opposed a project she once campaigned for — then killed later, only after support for it had collapsed in Congress. “
“Obama and the Democratic National Committee asserted for months that McCain wanted to keep U.S. troops fighting in Iraq for 100 years, when, in fact, the context of McCain’s 100-year statement was a comparison to U.S. bases in Japan and Germany. McCain explicitly said the troops would be there only if the country was at peace and there were no casualties associated with their presence.”
A McCain quote Obama has often used — that the economy is fundamentally sound — is months old. Since he said that, McCain has said almost daily that the economy is struggling. As for exaggerations, Obama said yesterday that he had supported a measure in the Illinois Senate to double the number of charter schools in Chicago. In fact, he was one of 14 state senators co-sponsoring a non-controversial measure that passed unanimously. “

Brian Rants

Posted by brianrants at 11:35 pm

For those who still haven't seen the light,145502-pg,1/article.html

"Computer owners were asked to rate their experience based on three
criteria: Whether the manufacturer solved their problem, how long they
waited to talk with someone on the phone, and how knowledgeable the
support staff were. Apple received the highest ranking of "Better" in
all three areas for both laptops and desktops–the only company to do

It is strangely exciting to use something that actually works, and
have good support when it doesn't.

Brian Rants

I really think Obama is the best person to lead our country.

What Plouffe says below is definitely what you would expect from a campaign mgr…but I think it is true. Hillary has too much spin for my taste. Claiming he’s elitist when they’ve  made 109 million since 2000, and Obama was raised by a single mother and just got his college loans paid off.

I do like lattes though, and definitely sip them rather than gulp them
Begin forwarded message:

From: “David Plouffe,” <>
Date: April 14, 2008 11:30:47 AM MDT
To: Brian Rants <>
Subject: Who’s out of touch?

Brian –

Make a matching donation You’ve probably heard about the latest dust-up in the Democratic race.

A few days ago, Barack spoke about the frustrations that working people in this country are feeling and said what we all know is true: that many people are bitter and angry because they believe their government isn’t listening to them.

You and I both know that the hope of changing that reality is what drives the unprecedented support for this campaign from ordinary people in every part of the country.

But our opponents have been spinning the media and peddling fake outrage around the clock. John McCain’s campaign, which will continue the George Bush economic policies that have devastated the middle class, called Barack out of touch and elitist. And Hillary Clinton, who is the candidate who said lobbyists represent real people, didn’t just echo the Republican candidate’s talking points: she actually used the very same words to pile on with more attacks.

These comments show just how out of touch Senator McCain and Senator Clinton are with the reality of what’s happening in this election.

We’ve built the broadest campaign of ordinary people in the history of presidential politics — and more people across this country have voted for Barack Obama than either one of them.

And we’ve done it the right way: our campaign is funded by everyday people giving $5 or more. That’s distinctly different from Senator McCain and Senator Clinton, who both rely on money from Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs.

There’s nothing elitist about a movement of more than a million people standing up for a different kind of politics.

If you’re fed up with these kinds of tired attacks, you can do something about it right now. We’re setting a goal of 1.5 million people giving to this campaign by May 6th.

You can bring a new donor into this campaign by promising to match their donation. You choose the amount you’re willing to match, and our system will pair you with a supporter who is giving for the first time.

When you do, you’ll be able to see for yourself exactly what kind of people are joining this movement. When that supporter makes their donation, you’ll receive a note with their name and town, and (if they choose to write one) a note about who they are and why they decided to give today.

Thank you for all that you’ve done so far — you are the strength behind this movement. And right now, you can double the impact of your next donation if you make a matching gift. Will you help fight back now?

Barack Obama’s own life and story are reflected in the character of this grassroots campaign. He was raised by a single mother with help from his grandparents. He has a family he loves, not long ago finished paying off his student loans, and he’s doing what he can to help change this country.

That’s what he’s done for his entire career. After graduating, he became a community organizer, working with people in Chicago who — like many people across the country right now — felt left behind by their leaders.

When you make a matching donation, you’ll be paired with someone with that same sense that it’s time for a government that is responsible to the people for a change.

Someone is waiting to hear your story, and to share theirs with you. If you can support the campaign at this crucial moment, you’ll be able to share your story about why you’re committed to this campaign.

And because this is a matching donation, your gift of $25 will be doubled by another supporter. You’ll have twice the impact and help reach our unprecedented 1.5 million-person goal. Make a matching donation now and be a part of history:

The attacks from the Clinton campaign — on Barack Obama himself, and on supporters like you — can be expected to increase as her chances of winning dwindle further.

A few weeks ago, one of her top aides tried to diminish our success by referring to the places we’ve won as “boutique” states and to our supporters as the “latte-sipping crowd.”

That means 30 states and territories — twice as many as Senator Clinton has won — qualify as “boutique.” And the nearly 15 million people who have voted for us (again, more than Senator Clinton) must drink a lot of latte.

It’s clear that Senator Clinton will continue to say or do anything as her campaign gets more and more negative.

But 1.5 million donors will be an astonishing and undeniable signal that it isn’t the elites fueling this movement — it’s the American people.

That starts with you.

Thank you,


David Plouffe
Campaign Manager
Obama for America


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Posted by brianrants at 3:19 pm

The people of Myanmar/Burma have suffered long enough under  a military regime. If you have a couple minutes to sign a petition, check out the link below.



Dear friends,

 The worst is happening - over the last few days,
Burma 's generals have unleashed terror on the peaceful monks and
 protesters shooting and beating many to death, and taking others away 
 to torture chambers where at this moment they must be enduring the
We can stop this horror. Burma's powerful 
  sponsor China can halt the killing, if it believes that its
 international reputation and the  2008 Olympics
in Beijing depend on
 it. To convince the Chinese government, Avaaz is launching a major global  
 and Asian ad campaign on Tuesday that will deliver our message and the
   number of signers. Our petition has exploded to over 200,000 signers
 in just 72 hours, but we
need 1 million voices to be the global roar
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 haven't already- and forward this email to everyone you care 
The petition will also be delivered to the UN 
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 people, telling them not to lose hope, that the world is with
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 With hope and determination,
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  whole Avaaz Team 
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Brian Rants

If you live to seek revenge, dig a grave for two.
Ancient Jewish Proverb

Posted by brianrants at 2:53 pm

From: Tim Pynes

If this doesn’t tug at your heartstrings nothing will. We’ve all
seen the faces of those ravaged by the floods of Sri Lanka and
New Orleans….
This “award-winning” photograph of the recent floodwaters rising
in Ireland captures the horror and suffering there.
Keep these people in your thoughts and prayers…