I want to go on record that I'm voting for Cynthia McKinney and Rosa Clemente in November. I believe that the Democratic and Republican nominees are cut from the same cloth, and it would be a mistake to vote for either.
I feel a need to wiegh in on 2 thoughts I've heard recently. The first is John McCain's idea that the troop "surge" in Iraq is the reason for the fewer incidents of violence there. The "surge" has nothing to do with why there are fewer incidents of violence. Between the displaced Iraqees (who are now refugees in other lands), to the hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqees killed, to the wiping out of certain tribes in the country, there is an obvious downswing in the violence we'd seen earlier.
The second idea I want to deal with is how well people with developmental disabilties are doing in alaska. As the New York Times reports, the state of Alaska has sent most of it's profoundly disabled people to other places to get their needs met. They don't provide the services themselves. So when Sara Palin tells people with disabilities and their families if they vote for her and McCain they will; "have a friend and advocate in the White House”, it's more than likely she's thinking about the 10% bump George Bush Sr. got when he endorsed the Americans with Disabilities Act bill during his campaign 20 years ago.