Lighten up :)

Hi girls (no offense, Mr Ringeisen ;) ,
Finally I get to post an entry (why did the blog autosave my entry when I just decided not to post it?!)! I just wanted to lighten up your mood (or my mood) after the SA - which was interesting by the way, don't you think so?
Mr Ringeisen, I hope you won't find my version too interesting (because I think I used some very interesting translations =)

So...take a look at these cartoons and you won't think about the SA anymore - you just have to laugh!

Actually I felt like the student in cartoon #3 ;)

In case I won't see you tomorrow:
Have a nice break!


On Being a Muslim in the USA

I'm sure you remember how extremist Republicans' accusations that Barack Obama is a Muslim have been used in the ongoing campaign to suggest that this fact (if it was that) would make him unfit for the presidency.
Of course, this is nonsense. On this background, would you please have a look at the following web pages:

Elsheba Khan at the grave of her son

Colin Powell's statement on 'Meet the Press' programme, 19 Oct. 2008

Maureen Dowd's op-ed piece in today's New York Times, "Moved by a Crescent"

Thank you for your attention, your involvement, your energy.

Rachel Maddow has a story for you

Find out about the "Bradley Effect" and "Godwin's Law" in this excerpt from "The Rachel Maddow Show".
Rachel Maddow is a 35-year-old journalist who has achieved a media sensation; as new anchorwoman at MSNBC she "has doubled the audience for a cable news channel’s 9 p.m. hour in a matter of days". What's also remarkable is that she doesn't own a television set herself. However, she is now planning to buy one, "primarily so that her companion can watch her program" (source).


Al Smith Dinner speeches

Here are the videos I mentioned today. The web site of the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation tells you about what it does for the poor and needy in the archdiocese of New York. The annual memorial dinner (this year on 16th Oct.) serves the purpose of raising funds (i.e., collecting money) for the good cause, and one of the reasons why people pay a handsome sum to go there is the fact that famous people are invited to come and hold a speech. In the words of the Foundation web site:
"luminous guest speakers [step] from the world stage to honor and entertain Annual Dinner audiences with their light humor and political savvy".

YouTube - McCain at the Al Smith Dinner

YouTube - Obama at the Al Smith Dinner

Two useful articles on this in the New York Times:
- Dick Cavett: "Anger Mismanagement"
- Brian Stelter: "Finding the Humor in the Election, Each Other and Themselves"


Obama-McCain: 2nd debate

Here is the link to the CNN coverage of the second presidential debate, the only one in a "townhall" format.

2nd debate/Obama - McCain

(offers videos of the full debate plus highlights and analysis)


RSS - what is it and why you should use it

Remember when I told you getting a feedreader would be a good thing?
Well, just to get the main points again, here it is explained in "plain English":


US Election 2008 - The debates: videos and transcripts

You can find the full transcript of the Palin, Biden debate at the CNN site:
The running mates' debate on 2 Oct. 2008

And here are the videos:
Palin-Biden vice presidential debate: videos

If you want to have another look at the first McCain-Obama debate, look here:
First presidential debate, 26 Sept. 2008
(transcript plus links to videos)

There is a very readable comment on the Palin-Biden debate and on the state of the campaign at the site of The Guardian:
"Palin's populist tone may not be able to lift McCain's campaign"

For those of you who'd like to see a nicely illustrated explanation of the US election system again - here you are: