SuperDuper Delegates

Recent news about former DNC chairs Joseph Andrew and Paul Kirk coming out in support of Obama, has precipitated an email from seven former DNC chairs, and the family of the late DNC Chair Ron Brown about why they are supporting Clinton.

So, I thought I would do a quick check to where these superduper delegates really stand. Excluding Ron Brown, and other deceased former DNC chairs, it appears as if there are fourteen surviving DNC chairs. At present seven of them are supporting Clinton, five are supporting Obama and two remain uncommitted.

Here are my notes on the DNC Chairs:

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Saturday Morning Surfing

Saturday morning. These allergies or virus, or whatever it is that has had me wheezing and coughing and not sleeping for a week has waned slightly and I slept well last night. I’m still at a very low energy level, so I thought I would do a little low impact surfing.

By low impact surfing, I mean visiting blogs by following links from sites like EntreCard or MyBlogLog. What I like about these sites is that you can let people know that you were there without having to actually think up some sort of comment to leave. With Entrecard, you can drop a card which the site own sees, and hopefully decides to come and visit your site. You can also buy advertisements, and I’ve been running Entrecard advertisement right below my list of MyBlogLog readers.

MyBlogLog shows a list of recent readers on your site, and I like to check out the blogs of people who have visited via MyBlogLog, as well as people who have been reading their sites.

Typically, these sort of visits bring me to sites very different than I would stop at as a progressive political blogger. Most of the time, I like that. However, sometimes it can be a bit tedious. EntreCard listed a whole bunch of people that had dropped cards on me, but said I hadn’t dropped cards on them. I went to visit a few and found that we’re all ones that EntreCard said I had visited, so I couldn’t drop a card on them. More annoying, as I tried following some of the ads most of them were for opportunities to make money fast on the Internet.

So, I switched over to checking my visitors via MyBlogLog. First on the list was Jill Miller Zimon. Jill is a great writer. We’ve crossed paths talking about different issues and conferences, but I don’t believe we’ve ever met face to face, even though I now live in the town where her parents live. One of these days we will meet.

Unfortunately, her blog doesn’t fit nicely into my idea of Saturday Morning Surfing. While the make money fast blogs were too mindless, Jill’s writing is always thoughtful and requires more time than I wanted to commit to any blog entry. I read her post about Bush, Marc Dann, and Women’s Voices Women’s Votes. Go check it out.

Jill’s list of recent readers included Susan Mernit. Susan is another great writer that I typically wouldn’t visit for some light Saturday morning reading. In her recent blog posts she talks about why she is reading more Twitter and Friend Feed. They act as effective filters for those of us already on information overload. I have problems keeping up with the flood of emails and haven’t gotten through all of the blogs in my feed reader in ages, but Twitter provides a good quick glimpse into what is going on.

She also talks about Digerati as media brand. Well worth the read. It seems like digital natives get both of these ideas. Teenagers spend much of their online communication in short blasts, and do a good job of defining their personal brands online, although some adults might question the markers used to denote a teenagers brand online.

With all this in mind, I went over to Twitter. It struck me, that here I was seeing a much better snapshot of our twenty first century world. whatsnext just finished reading Empress Orchard. chrisbrogan is saying hello to PodCamp in San Antonio. He, along with jerikpotter are twittering about SOBCon. ZoeConnolly is checking the air field in Caledon Penzance in Second Life. Earlier, several friends from Second Life were complaining about difficulties logging in. Others had been twittering about problems with YouTube earlier.

nprpolitics is talking about polls, Rev. Wright, and John McCain. JasonBarnett is reporting live from the Minnesota DFL Second CD convention and MikePanetta is at the DC Democratic State Committee Convention. kentbye saw a bunch of old friends at the Maryland Film Festival. Many friends are talking about Maker Faire.

acarvin is just 49 people away from having 2000 followers. PurpleCar and jeffpulver are talking about Iron Man. Apparently, it is getting great reviews on Twitter and they are both looking forward to seeing it. http://twitter.com/jcnork>jcnork is preparing for his son’s first communion.

As I scan through all of this, my mind goes to Mrs. Dalloway as she reflects on London on the fine day of her party. Pink Floyd’s lyrics come to mind, “Snapshot in the Family Album”. rickmahn twitters from SOBCon08, that Brian Clark says “It is marketing suicide to be too general in blogging today”. I don’t know. Maybe for the make money fast blogs, that I decided to skip over earlier today, it is marketing suicide to be too general. Yet as Susan Mernit points out, people like Scoble, Calcanis, Arrington and Winer have done a good job of creating compelling brands. I’d much rather read PurpleCar and jeffpulver talk about what movie they want to see today, and jcnork talking about his son’s first communion than I would listen to people who have lost authenticity in their business blogging as they try to focus on a narrow niche.

So, I’ll return to my random surfing, until Kim and Fiona get home from riding, and then maybe we’ll find something fun to do on this overcast weekend as well.

18th Annual Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference

From May 20th through May 23rd, the 18th annual Computers, Freedom, and Privacy conference will take place in New Haven. This year’s topic is Technology Policy ’08. Early bird registration ends today, so if you are thinking of attending and haven’t signed up yet, today would be a great day to sign up.

In addition, “The Yale Journal of Law & Technology (YJoLT) is seeking essay-length submissions concerning the technology policy platform of the new American presidential administration.” The deadline for the entries is May 5th, and details can be found on the YJoLT Essay Contest

More information can be found at the CFP 2008 Main Page as well as many other sites they list, such as their Facebook Group and their blog. On their blog they have a post entitled Bloggers Wanted. If you are a blogger and planning on attending, please let the organizers know.

It looks like a great conference and I look forward to attending as much of it as possible.

National buy Outright Barbarous Day

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit. April showers bring May Flowers. Hopefully, the May Flowers won’t bring much more pollen. I’m not sure if it is the pollen, a virus, or what, but I’ve really been hurting this week. I have a bunch of things I need to get done today, and I’m way behind schedule.

At the top of the list today is to promote Jeffrey Feldman’s book launch for Outright Barbarous: How the Violent Language of the Right Poisons American Democracy. The book is supposed to start shipping today, and Dr. Feldman is encouraging everyone to order the book today on Amazon as part of the online book launch party. More details can be found on the event at Facebook. While you’re at it, stop by at Dr. Feldman’s blog Frameshop.

Beyond that, if you are in Connecticut, you need to call your State Senator today, to let them know that you oppose efforts by Republican State Senators to make it harder for people, especially, the poor, minorities and the elderly, to vote, by requiring that they get photo identification.

With all of that, I need to throw myself into the day that is starting the wonderful month of May. Let’s see I can rack up another National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) of putting a post up every day. So far, I’ve managed to do it for the first four months. Let’s also see what other great opportunities can come this way this month.

Republicans make another attempt at voter suppression

(Initially posted at MyLeftNutmeg).

Thirteen Republican State Senators have introduced an amendment to S.B. No. 442, AN ACT CONCERNING AUTHORITY OF BOARDS OF SELECTMEN AND THE VALUE OF PROPERTY NECESSARY FOR ELIGIBILITY TO VOTE.

The amendment, LCO No. 5346 states, in part,

(b) In each primary, election or referendum, when an elector has entered the polling place, the elector shall (1) announce the elector's street address and name to the official checkers in a tone sufficiently loud and clear to enable all the election officials present to hear the same, and (2) (A) present to the official checkers [the elector's Social Security card or any other] any valid preprinted form of identification which shows the elector's name and photograph and either the elector's address [,] or signature, [or photograph,] or (B) sign a statement under penalty of false statement, on a form prescribed by the Secretary of the State, that the elector is the person whose name appears on the official checklist.

These sort of amendments have frequently been introduced in many states in an effort to suppress voting by people who do not have photographic identification. It particularly targets the poor, minorities, and young voters.

Please, quickly contact your State Legislators to oppose this amendment.

Update: They have also introduced it as Amendment LCO No. 5350 to SB 447, AN ACT CONCERNING ELECTRONIC FILING OF CAMPAIGN REPORTS.

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