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Fun Fun Fun Fest. Almost more fun than I can fathom.
November 6, 2008, 12:31 am
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Heading off to Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX this weekend. Should be, well, fun.

Here are the 10 artists I’m most looking forward to seeing:


Ztrip (8:10-9:40)
Atmosphere (7:35-8:35)
Deerhoof (6:30-7:30)
Dan Deacon (7-8)
Dengue Fever (2:00-2:45

DAY 2 / SUNDAY 11/9

Clipse (8:45-9:45)
Bad Brains (8:45-9:45)
Grupo Fantasma (7:30-8:30)
Kool Keith/Dr Octagon (6:30-7:15)
Black Joe lewis (2:10-2:40)

Who else is going?


Open Web Awards – Nominations Open!
November 5, 2008, 5:29 pm
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Blog The Change is a proud blog partner of the 2nd Annual Open Web Awards, sponsored by Mashable. 

About Open Web Awards:

Open Web Awards is the only multilingual international online voting competition that covers major innovations in web technology. Through an online nominating and voting process, the Open Web Awards recognizes and honors the top achievements in 26 categories. This year, we’re partnering with over 100 blog partners, Poll Daddy for extra security and ease of voting and extending the nominations period and voting rounds for greater participation.

Nominations will be held from November 5th till November 18th 2008. The first and final voting rounds will be held from November 19th till December 15th.

The first Open Web Awards achieved over 250,000 votes combined between Mashable and our 50 international blog partners. Winners included Facebook, Digg, Google, Meetup, Twitter, Netvibes, woot!, and Mahalo.

It’s time to celebrate all that is best about the Web.

Please grab the widget from here:

Rules are here:

Timeline is here:

Please note that the nominations round is from Wednesday 9 am PST till Sunday, November 16th 11:59 pm PST.

Obamicans: GOP leaders endorsing Obama
October 26, 2008, 6:30 pm
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Get on the bandwagon before election day.  Does anyone really wanna see President Palin in our futures?  ‘Nuff said.

Vote Obama on November 4th.  Vote early, if you can.

High profile Republican and/or conservative people who have recently announced their support for Senator Obama for President: (Partial list)

Jim Leach, Former Congressman from Iowa

“For me, the national interest comes before party concerns, particularly internationally.  We do need a new direction in American policy, and Obama has a sense of that.”

Lincoln Chafee, Former United States Senator from Rhode Island

“As I look at the candidates in order who to vote for, certainly my kind of conservatism was reflected with Senator Obama, and those points are that we’re fiscally conservative, we care about revenues matching expenditures, we also care about the environment, I think it’s a traditional conservative value to care about clean air and clean water.”

Wayne Gilchrest, Congressman from Maryland

“We can’t use four more years of the same kind of policy that’s somewhat haphazard, which leads to recklessness.”

Richard Riordan, Former Mayor of Los Angeles

“I’m still a Republican, but I still will always vote for the person who I think will do the best job.”

Lowell Weicker, Former Governor and Senator from Connecticut

“At issue is not the partisan politics of two parties, rather the image we have of ourselves as Americans.  Senator Obama brings wisdom, kindness, and common sense to what is both his and our quest for a better America.”

Jim Whitaker, Fairbanks, Alaska Mayor

“If we are as a nation concerned with energy, then our consideration should be a national energy policy that is not predicated on crude oil 50 years into the future.  We need to get to it, and I think Barack Obama is very clear in that regard.”

Linwood Holton, Former Governor of Virginia

“Obama has a brain, and he isn’t afraid to use it.” 

Scott McClellan, Press Secretary under G.W. Bush 

“The former Bush administration official said he wanted to support the candidate that has the best chance for changing the way Washington works and getting things done.” 

Colin Powell, Secretary of State under G.W. Bush  

“…he has met the standard of being a sucessful president, being an exceptional president.  I think he is a transformational figure.  He is a new generation coming into the world– onto the world stage, onto the American stage, and for that reason I’ll be voting for Senator Barack Obama.”

Douglas Kmiec, Head of the Office of Legal Counsel under Reagan & George Bush  

“I was first attracted to government by Ronald Reagan, who lives in our national memory as a great leader and an inspiring communicator.  Senator Obama has these gifts as well, but of course, more rhetorical flourish without substance would be worth little.  Is there more to Senator Obama?  I believe there is.”

Jackson M. Andrews, Republican Counsel to the U.S. Senate

“Barack Obama is a thoughtful visionary leader who as President will end the decline of American law, liberty, and fiscal responsibility that are the hallmarks of the extremist policies of the current Administration, now adopted by John McCain.”  

Susan Eisenhower, Granddaughter of President Eisenhower & President of the Eisenhower Group

“Given Obama’s support among young people, I believe that he will be most invested in defending the interests of these rising generations and, therefore, the long-term interests of this nation as a whole.” 

C.C. Goldwater, Granddaughter of Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater 

“Myself, along with my siblings and a few cousins, will not be supporting the Republican presidential candidates this year. We believe strongly in what our grandfather stood for: honesty, integrity, and personal freedom, free from political maneuvering and fear tactics.”

Francis Fukuyama, Advisor to President Reagan

“…Obama probably has the greatest promise of delivering a different kind of politics.”

Rita Hauser, Former White House intelligence advisor under George W. Bush 

“McCain will continue the wrong-headed foreign policy decisions of Bush, while Obama will take us in a new direction.”

Larry Hunter, Former President Reagan Policy Advisor

“I suspect Obama is more free-market friendly than he lets on.  He taught at the University of Chicago, a hotbed of right-of-center thought.  His economic advisers, notably Austan Goolsbee, recognize that ordinary citizens stand to gain more from open markets than from government meddling.”

Bill Ruckelshaus, served in the Nixon and Reagan administrations

“I’m not against McCain, I’m for Obama.”

Ken Adelman, served in the Ford administration

“The most important decision John McCain made in his long campaign was deciding on a running mate.  That decision showed appalling lack of judgment… that selection contradicted McCain’s main two, and best two, themes for his campaign– Country First, and experience counts.  Neither can he credibly claim, post-Palin pick.”

Lilibet Hagel, Wife of Republican Senator Chuck Hagel

“This election is not about fighting phantom issues churned out by a top-notch slander machine.  Most important, it is not about distracting the public– you and me– with whatever slurs someone thinks will stick.”

Jeffrey Hart, National Review Senior Editor  

“It turns out that these political parties are not always either liberal or conservative, Democratic or Republican.  The Democrat, under certain conditions, can be the conservative.”

Andrew Bacevich, Professor of International Relations at Boston University

“For conservatives, Obama represents a sliver of hope.  McCain represents none at all.  The choice turns out to be an easy one.”

David Friedman, Economist and son of Milton and Rose Friedman

“I hope Obama wins.  President Bush has clearly been a disaster from the standpoint of libertarians and conservatives because he has presided over an astonishing rise in government spending.”

Christopher Buckley, Son of National Review founder William F. Buckley & former NR columnist

“Obama has in him– I think, despite his sometimes airy-fairy ‘We are the people we have been waiting for’ silly rehtoric– the potential to be a good, perhaps even great leader.  He is, it seems clear enough, what the historical moment seems to be calling for.”

Andrew Sullivan, Columnist for the Atlantic Monthly

“Obama’s legislative record, speeches, and the way he has run his campaign reveal, I think, a very even temperament, a very sound judgment, and an intelligent pragmatism.  Prudence is a word that is not inappropriate to him.”

Wick Alison, Former publisher of the National Review

“I made the maximum donation to John McCain during the primaries, when there was still hope he might come to his senses.  But I now see that Obama is almost the ideal candidate for this moment in American history.”

Michael Smerconish, Columnist for the Philadelphia Enquirer

“…an Obama presidency holds the greatest chance for unifying us here at home and restoring our prestige around the globe.” 

How Obama Could Lose… And What You Should Do About It
October 22, 2008, 4:41 am
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Early voting polls are open all over the country.  Go vote early.  Put your computer on sleep, leave the house and go vote right now.  It’s important because the polls in Democratic areas are always amazingly understaffed and under-resourced.

Go vote now, so that the lines are a bit smaller on election day and working folks getting off work can get in and out as easily as possible.

Now, an important message from friends at MoveOn….

If you’re an Obama supporter, watching the polls or reading the news
can feel pretty good right now. And we should feel good—progressives
have worked hard to get this far!

But we can’t listen to the pundits who say it’s over. Can you share
these “Top 5 reasons Obama supporters shouldn’t rest easy” with your
blog readers—and encourage them to volunteer for Obama between now and
Election Day?


1. The polls may be wrong. This is an unprecedented election. No one
knows how racism may affect what voters tell pollsters—or what they do
in the voting booth. And the polls are narrowing anyway. In the last
few days, John McCain has gained ground in most national polls, as his
campaign has gone even more negative.

2. Dirty tricks. Republicans are already illegally purging voters from
the rolls in some states. They’re whipping up hysteria over ACORN to
justify more challenges to new voters. Misleading flyers about the
voting process have started appearing in black neighborhoods. And of
course, many counties still use unsecure voting machines.

3. October surprise. In politics, 15 days is a long time. The next
McCain smear could dominate the news for a week. There could be a
crisis with Iran, or Bin Laden could release another tape, or worse.

4. Those who forget history… In 2000, Al Gore won the popular vote
after trailing by seven points in the final days of the race. In 1980,
Reagan was eight points down in the polls in late October and came
back to win. Races can shift—fast!

5. Landslide. Even with Barack Obama in the White House, passing
universal health care and a new clean-energy policy is going to be
hard. Insurance, drug and oil companies will fight us every step of
the way. We need the kind of landslide that will give Barack a huge

If you agree that we shouldn’t rest easy, please sign up to volunteer
at your local Obama office by clicking here:

(Thanks, Teo, for sharing the information!)

Blog Action Day: 3 Steps to Ending Poverty
October 15, 2008, 6:30 am
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Alright, so I seem to have abandoned my blog in favor of Twitter.  I’m coming out of semi-retirement for an important post — to participate in Blog Action Day ’08.  As their website says, “Today thousands of bloggers will unite to discuss a single issue – poverty. We aim to raise awareness, initiate action and to shake the web!”

So here it is … the secret to eliminating poverty in three simple steps:

1. Organize

2. Organize

3. Organize

If there’s anything we learned from the current crisis, I’d like to suggest two lessons.

A. We need a stronger and growing middle class in the United States and to raise the quality of life throughout this country and across the world. Families, even in the prosperous United States, just do not have the resources and savings to withstand unemployment for long periods of time.

B. The rank-and-file employees in the workplace need to be heard.  Do you really think that none of the thousands of folks who work in financial markets saw this ‘crisis’ on the horizon?  That there was no group of workers that wanted to step in to their boss’s office and say, “Look, sir, we’re taking risks we should not take so we should change our ways so we don’t kill the global economy and put it on taxpayers to clean up our mess?”   My guess is that there were many with this opinion but they silenced themselves because they too were reaping short-term rewards or for fear of retribution, of being fired?

I commend the work of unions like SEIU to unite workers so that not only can they achieve fair wages and benefits, but also so they can protect and enhance the quality and stability of vital services and industries.   If a union isn’t your bag (but it probably should be), check out organizations like United Professionals.

Go now. Talk with a friend or co-worker about an issue that is bothering you. Find three other people who also want to see change on that issue and get them to commit to working together to make that change. Organize!

P.S. Check out JamsBio today for our Blog Action Day post: Songs About Poverty.

Rally for Clean Energy. Can Houston Dig it?
August 19, 2008, 3:22 am
Filed under: Houston, politics | Tags: , , , , ,

If you’re in Houston and wanna help stick it to The Man — i.e. “Big Oil” — join us.   We need clean energy now, as well as the jobs that such an investment creates.

Rally for Clean Energy
Tranquility Park – Right by Shell Plaza
400 Rusk Street
Houston, TX 77002
19 Aug, 7:00 PM Central

I’m helping organize this action for Tuesday evening because, right now, voters want real solutions to the energy crisis — that means serious investment in alternative energy and green jobs. Meanwhile, the Republicans keep obstructing big changes and pushing for multi-billion dollar giveaways to Big Oil.

These events are goin’ on nationwide…

On August 19, we’re releasing reports around the country with new state-by-state data detailing what billions we give Big Oil in tax breaks could buy in the way of clean energy projects and job creation. We’ll tell John McCain and the Republicans: don’t use our tax-dollars for Big Oil giveaways – invest in a clean energy future instead.

Sign up here »

Bun B: Hometown concert, no cover
August 15, 2008, 6:48 pm
Filed under: Hip Hop

Bun B free show. Houston. Wednesday, August 20.

RSVP Here:

RIP Pimp C.