Helping Out on “The Maverick” and “Keeping America Strong”


Thanks to TWN reader “ces” who professes not to be a photo shop expert, but he has fixed the two typos in posters being waved around at the Republican National Convention the last two nights. TWN reader Julianne sent the original two pics in this morning.
Here are the original (first) and then the fixed up versions of “Keeping America Strong”:
Keeping America Strong Fixed.jpg
Here are the original (first) and then the fixed up versions of “The Maverick”:
The Mavrick TWN.jpg
The Maverick TWN Fixed.jpg
I get typo help from readers all the time — so hope the RNC sign folks take this help in the friendly spirit in which it’s intended.
More later.
— Steve Clemons


8 comments on “Helping Out on “The Maverick” and “Keeping America Strong”

  1. Mr.Murder says:

    More support signs for the Preznit should have been viewable.


  2. Tahoe Editor says:

    or bait Dems into mocking those with special needs


  3. Big E says:

    These typos were probably intentional, these were professionally printed out materials made to look
    homemade. They probably thought a typo would add
    to the authenticity.


  4. Linda says:

    Every time you or anybody else does a blog like this, it helps the McCain campaign because one doesn’t have to know how to spell “maverick” to be one. And one doesn’t have to know how to spell “America” to love and care about this country.
    A lot of people who can’t spell have computers and know how to “click” and read, and this blog could already traveling to them by now.
    Sometimes people who post here make typo spelling errors, and sometimes people who post very intelligent thoughts here obviously keep misspelling relatively simple words like writing “hypocricy.” I cringe when I see some errors I make posting in a hurry and even more when I see a common word that I know misspelled, especially when I agree with the thought being expressed. I smile to myself when that happens if I don’t agree with what the person is writing. I love it when Tahoe Editor makes a mistake. That’s OK when it’s a private thought.
    It’s extremely dangerous in this election.
    All that matters is being able to read enough or be coached enough to vote. And the election’s outcome depends upon not insulting or demeaning in any way the people whose votes are needed.
    I know you didn’t mean it to be demeaning nor did the person who sent it, but it doesn’t take a lot of imagination to see it as demeaning.
    The educated liberal Left/Center and Obama campaign better realize that ASAP because this campaign is Sarah v. Barack. It’s been reframed, and from what I read on “Huffington Post,” the campaign and all its spokespeople and surrogates need to be very careful in what they say and write.


  5. DonS says:

    Frankly, yes I was pissed. I spent a couple of pretty productive years as a community organizer and CEO of a program that helped plan and facilitate provision of water and wastewater infrastructure in rural Virginia. That’s right: thousands of folks in Virginia without indoor plumbing or means of seage except an outhouse, and in many cases without even an outdoor standpipe; and without the clout to politically make it happen. At the time, in the late 70’s, Virginia was way behind in addressing these needs, and but for our organization it would have remained that way.
    I worked with a lot of local organizers around the state who were the eyes and ears and hands of the on-the-ground work. Not to knock small town mayors, but it was us who had to cajole, lead, and beg them to get off their butts and cooperate.
    Suck on that Gov. Palin. McSame too for that matter.


  6. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Did Sarah Palin make you angry last night?
    You are not alone.
    Outright lies. Gross distortions. Sarcastic attacks on community organizers. All delivered with a wink and a smile to 37 million people, almost as many as watched Barack Obama’s speech.
    Quite frankly, speaking as a community organizer, she pissed me off. And she pissed off progressives across California and the country.
    How do we push back against Palin, John McCain and the rabid right-wing Rove Republicans trying to hold our country — and our state — hostage? Well, first we need to get out the facts refuting Palin’s lies to our friends, family and neighbors.
    Markos Moulitsas, founder of Daily Kos and author of “Taking on the System: Rules for Radical Change in a Digital Era,” has something to say about it. And so might you.
    Please join us on Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 6-7 p.m. PT for a special “Courage Campaign Conversation” with Markos Moulitsas. Click here to RSVP, get a signed copy of Markos’s book, and check out our fact-check links on Palin’s speech:
    You can also tell us how you feel about Palin’s speech by writing a comment or posting a question for Markos at the link above.
    For example, Lucas O’Connor, an online organizer for the Courage Campaign, found Palin’s speech infuriating. In an email response to a question about what the Courage Campaign community should do, he wrote:
    “John McCain and Sarah Palin just laid out how they intend to run this country. With scorn and belligerence for anyone who tries to bring their communities together to make things better. The Courage Campaign has spent years trying to empower exactly the sort of grassroots organizing that’s vital to bringing about meaningful change.”
    “… In a speech that neglected to mention education, health care, comprehensive economic reforms, or choice, we heard in Palin’s silence exactly her trouble with community organizing: An organized community is an empowered community.”
    As Lucas further emphasized, a quick sampling of “community organizers” would include Jesus, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the Founding Fathers of the United States.
    In “Taking on the System,” Markos Moulitsas talks about how people-powered community organizing — online and offline — is transforming politics and bypassing gatekeepers like Sarah Palin. Please click here to RSVP for Wednesday’s “Courage Campaign Conversation” with Markos, get a signed copy of his book, and check out our fact-check links on Palin’s speech:
    It’s time to push back on Palin now.
    Do a little “community organizing” of your own today, and forward this message to your friends so they can join Wednesday’s call as well.
    Thank you for everything you are doing in your community to make 2008 a new era for progressive politics in California. And America.
    Eden James
    Managing Driector
    P.S. Dave Dayen, a California blogger, was disgusted by Palin’s attacks on community organizers as well and suggested a great way to take direct action — in our own community:
    Democrats Work, an organization which connects progressives with visible, tangible community service projects, has multiple events scheduled this weekend. Want to get involved? Our RSVP page includes a link to Democrats Work events across California and the country.


  7. PissedOffAmerican says:

    And, BTW, whats the deal with Palin’s college records? How come we aren’t being made privy to the actual details of her education? Something tells me her history is less than stellar.
    I predated her by about one year at N.Idaho College. Its not that I attended the school, its that I bartended for a period at “The Fort Ground Tavern”, which is, (or was?), about three blocks from the school.
    Fond memories. When one bartends a college tavern, it sure lends the lie to the premise that abstinence only programs are gonna sink in with college kids.


  8. PissedOffAmerican says:

    Well, Steve, while we’re on the subject of literacy, it might be a good time to take note of the following. Now mind you, this might not be a bad thing. If you subscribe to the notion that Adam and Eve had a pet T-Rex, you certainly wouldn’t want Darwin on your community’s reading list.
    I hope Palin intends to keep “See Spot Run” on the our nation’s library’s shelves, because the average McCain/Palin supporter will need something they can easily read and understand.
    Palin pressured Wasilla librarian
    TOWN MAYOR: She wanted to know if books would be pulled.
    Published: September 4th, 2008 01:49 AM
    WASILLA — Back in 1996, when she first became mayor, Sarah Palin asked the city librarian if she would be all right with censoring library books should she be asked to do so.
    According to news coverage at the time, the librarian said she would definitely not be all right with it. A few months later, the librarian, Mary Ellen Emmons, got a letter from Palin telling her she was going to be fired. The censorship issue was not mentioned as a reason for the firing. The letter just said the new mayor felt Emmons didn’t fully support her and had to go.
    Emmons had been city librarian for seven years and was well liked. After a wave of public support for her, Palin relented and let Emmons keep her job.
    It all happened 12 years ago and the controversy long ago disappeared into musty files. Until this week. Under intense national scrutiny, the issue has returned to dog her. It has been mentioned in news stories in Time Magazine and The New York Times and is spreading like a virus through the blogosphere.
    The stories are all suggestive, but facts are hard to come by. Did Palin actually ban books at the Wasilla Public Library?
    In December 1996, Emmons told her hometown newspaper, the Frontiersman, that Palin three times asked her — starting before she was sworn in — about possibly removing objectionable books from the library if the need arose.
    Emmons told the Frontiersman she flatly refused to consider any kind of censorship. Emmons, now Mary Ellen Baker, is on vacation from her current job in Fairbanks and did not return e-mail or telephone messages left for her Wednesday.
    When the matter came up for the second time in October 1996, during a City Council meeting, Anne Kilkenny, a Wasilla housewife who often attends council meetings, was there.
    Like many Alaskans, Kilkenny calls the governor by her first name.
    “Sarah said to Mary Ellen, ‘What would your response be if I asked you to remove some books from the collection?” Kilkenny said.
    “I was shocked. Mary Ellen sat up straight and said something along the line of, ‘The books in the Wasilla Library collection were selected on the basis of national selection criteria for libraries of this size, and I would absolutely resist all efforts to ban books.'”
    Palin didn’t mention specific books at that meeting, Kilkenny said.
    Palin herself, questioned at the time, called her inquiries rhetorical and simply part of a policy discussion with a department head “about understanding and following administration agendas,” according to the Frontiersman article.
    Were any books censored banned? June Pinell-Stephens, chairwoman of the Alaska Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee since 1984, checked her files Wednesday and came up empty-handed.
    Pinell-Stephens also had no record of any phone conversations with Emmons about the issue back then. Emmons was president of the Alaska Library Association at the time.Books may not have been pulled from library shelves, but there were other repercussions for Emmons.
    Four days before the exchange at the City Council, Emmons got a letter from Palin asking for her resignation. Similar letters went to police chief Irl Stambaugh, public works director Jack Felton and finance director Duane Dvorak. John Cooper, a fifth director, resigned after Palin eliminated his job overseeing the city museum.
    Palin told the Daily News back then the letters were just a test of loyalty as she took on the mayor’s job, which she’d won from three-term mayor John Stein in a hard-fought election. Stein had hired many of the department heads. Both Emmons and Stambaugh had publicly supported him against Palin.
    Emmons survived the loyalty test and a second one a few months later. She resigned in August 1999, two months before Palin was voted in for a second mayoral term.
    Palin might have become a household name in the last week, but Kilkenny, who is not a Palin fan, is on her own small path to Internet fame. She sent out an e-mail earlier this week to friends and family answering, from her perspective, the question Outsiders are asking any Alaskan they know: “Who is this Sarah Palin?”
    Kilkenny’s e-mail got bounced through cyberspace and ended up on news blogs. Now the small-town mom and housewife is scheduling interviews with national news media and got her name on the front page of The New York Times, even if it was misspelled.


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