Well hello everyone. I know it’s been quite a while since I posted anything new here. Once the election was over, I needed break. I would like to thank everyone who participated in the Probstisms Election Night Conversation. We had a lot of fun, and it made election night that much more special.

I have been trying to figure out what I was going to say about the election of Barack Obama, but words cannot convey how excited I am that the American people chose such a capable leader to direct us out of the funk President Bush will leave behind. The electorate decided to ignore the fear mongering that has unfortunately become so ingrained in our political campaigns and backed Obama and Biden and their vision of hope and change.

The road ahead will not be easy. For all of those parents out there that have been watching Wall-E on DVD over and over again, the mess Obama and his team are inheriting is just as enormous as the futuristic Earth portrayed in the movie. I have been very impressed with the team that Obama has put together so far, and I have great confidence that over time, Obama and his team will put us on a course that will lead us to prosperity once again.

You can expect more posting from me in 2009. I will do my best to diversify my topics a bit more this coming year because I know I focused a lot on politics in 2008. Expect me to get back to writing about technology again, and hopefully, the Cubbies will give me something good to write about this summer.

I would like to thank everyone who read my blog in 2008 and hope you stick with me through yet another year.

Happy New Year!

As is said, there’s the high road, and then there’s the low road, but now we’re seeing the subterranean road. I honestly thought it could not get lower, but the Republicans have unleashed one of the most negative, fear-mongering, hate-filled, deceptive television ads I have ever seen. Apparently, John McCain decided it was time to play the Wright card. Being in Missouri, I am lucky enough to have to experience the ad over and over again. Thanks to some nice Photoshop work, they took Obama’s usual signage and replaced “Change” with “Hate.” The voice-over spews fear and hate. The intention of the ad is clear; smear Obama and hope it sticks. I haven’t thrown anything through my television . . . yet.

What really bothers me is that these types of ads still work with people. Case in point – our neighbor came over the other day and spoke to my wife for a bit. After seeing our Obama/Biden sign, she says “Barack Obama is the Antichrist” while performing the sign of the cross. Then she says “He’s been groomed.” What in the world does that even mean? How in the world do you respond to such stupidity? These are the types of people that most likely elected Bush twice. These are the types of people that will help McCain win on Tuesday if he wins. I just don’t get it.

I am writing about this to let all of you know what the McCain campaign is doing in the battleground states. He’s not offering ideas. He’s not providing solutions. He’s spreading fear and hate in the hopes that enough people like my neighbor will take the bait. I want all of you to ask yourself what kind of leader you want for our country. Do you want someone who offers solutions, ideas, hope, and change, or do you want someone who uses fear and hate to win at all costs? It is time for a new politics. It is time for a new direction. It is time for Obama and Biden to lead our country.

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I am asking all registered voters out there to please turn off the television, turn off the talk radio, turn off the opinion websites, and go to Barack Obama’s and John McCain’s websites and learn about each candidate’s positions that they have put in writing. These are the positions that you need to know, and because the candidates put them in writing, they hold much more weight than something said on the campaign stump to pander to voters. Learn as much as you can so you can make an informed decision on Tuesday in what is likely to be the most important election of this century.

Then on Tuesday, get to the polls and vote. If there is a ten hour line, stand there for ten hours. If there is ten feet of snow on the ground, bring a shovel. If there is a flood, bring a boat. Whatever it takes, get to the polls and vote for the candidate you think has the best skills to lead our country.

Learn, then vote!

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I just finished watching John McCain on Meet the Press, and I have a few observations. First off, much like his appearances in the debates, he looked like a very angry and grumpy old man. Considering that he received so much criticism for the exact same thing after the debates, you would think he would present himself in a different way. What this tells me is that this is his true demeanor and personality. I don’t know about you, but I certainly do not want someone in charge of my country who acts like that, especially not now.

Another observation was that he was once again repeating lies and misinformation about Obama’s policies. Let me clarify right now. Obama did not change the threshold for tax increases from $250K to $200K. Here’s the tax plan. I’m not sure where McCain came up with that whopper, but it is not honorable, fair, or respectable to repeat lies and misinformation over and over again on the trail or in interviews. Mr. McCain, are you listening? You have not run an honorable, fair, or respectable campaign. I honestly believe you meant what you said early on in the campaign that you would do just that, but you let the same thugs that ruined your chances for election in 2000 run your campaign, and they have turned you in to something that you historically despised. It really is a shame, sir.

A final observation came from the end of the interview, and I am almost hesitant to mention it. McCain had another “senior moment” when he could not remember the names of the former Secretaries of State that are endorsing him. I’ve had those moments before, and I’ve seen many politicians forget things here and there, but in McCain’s case, it has been something that has happened enough to make me concerned that it may have something to do with his age. Let’s all be honest with ourselves. The Presidency is very likely the most stressful job on the planet. Just looking at President Clinton and President Bush, you can see how quickly relatively young men age due to the job. McCain is already 72 years old. What will this job do to someone that age? None of us know. That has to be a major concern for the electorate especially because Sarah Palin is nowhere near an acceptable choice to replace him if something were to happen.

I’m not sure what McCain intended to do with this interview, but I suspect he did not do himself any favors with the undecided voters out there. I also suspect that the performance solidified support for Obama around the country. We’re in the home stretch, and we have to keep up the pressure on McCain and the rest of the Republicans. This is shaping up to be a great year for Democrats and our country. We all need to see it through.

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I was on the edge of my seat this morning watching Meet The Press waiting for Colin Powell to make his endorsement. I was struck by the thoughtfulness with which he made his case for voting for Barack Obama. His story about the Muslim United States soldier who gave his life in Iraq was especially inspiring. Powell is right, and this is something I have thought since the Clinton campaign was trying to paint Barack as a Muslim during the primaries. Who cares if someone is Muslim or Christian or Jewish or Atheist? I don’t and won’t hold it against them. This is something that needs to be said over and over again to the politicians and citizens who have made it a bad thing to follow any religion other than their own. Wasn’t our country founded to prevent religious prosecution? It seems some people, both Republicans and Democrats, have forgotten that vital pillar of our way of life as we know it. Let’s all follow Powell’s lead and call out politicians and citizens who preach hate and discrimination.

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Sarah Palin was on SNL last night, and her skits were pretty funny, and she was a good sport. The great thing about SNL is that the cast and writers are able to say what they really think under the disguise of comedy. I think Alec Baldwin really meant what he said in the intro skit, and the rap during Weekend Update was also a roasting of McCain/Palin with Palin sitting right there at the desk. As Lorne Michaels said in the intro skit, SNL presents “a heightened reality.”

A heightened reality indeed.

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We’ll, it’s happened again. Once again, the Republicans have stolen something from me. First they steal the election from Gore in 2000 with the help of the judicial branch of our government. Then they manage to steal my hopes and dreams over the next four years by instituting idiotic policies. Next they steal several Kerry/Edwards signs from our front yard in the Chicago suburbs in 2004. Then they again manage to steal my hopes and dreams over the next four years by instituting idiotic policies. I am still disgusted that over half of our population voted for such incompetence after witnessing the previous four years.

Now, it’s 2008, and members of the Grand Old Party are at it again. We had an Obama/Biden sign in our front yard until some time early this morning. The same goes for our neighbors on either side of us. Our three yards were an island of hope smack dab in the middle of hillbilly hell in south Saint Louis County. Needless to say, all three signs are gone. Our property has once again been stolen from us. Guess who’s signs are still standing. You guessed it, McCain/Palin.

Am I surprised? Nope. The same thing happened with Dubya back in 2000 and 2004. Now, because of where I live, it’s hard for me to really pinpoint why someone would steal signs from our yards. Is it because Republicans lack character? For some, yes. Is it because they fear change that much? Probably, most people do. Is it because of his race? Probably. I have no doubt that Missouri will be one of the states where polls show that race played a role in the electorate’s voting preference. And these are the people that claim to be “saved!”

Regardless of their reasons for stealing the property of others, the Republicans have once again shown that they lack the character, thoughtfulness, and intelligence to lead our country. We’re dealing with an enormous lack of mental fortitude here, and apparently, this is an issue all over the country. Obama signs are disappearing everywhere while McCain signs keep on standing. It shows how hard it is to change the status quo.

You know what? Change is hard. It takes work and a little faith that things will work out. Change is not for the lazy or stupid. It is more clear than ever that we, as a country, are in desperate need for change. I believe Obama and Biden bring our best chance to move this country in the right direction by changing the way our country deals with issues here and abroad. It is time for all of us to suck it up, vote for change, and work hard with the solid leadership of Obama and Biden to make our country great again for all Americans and not just the wealthy. It’s time, America! It’s time to elect Obama to lead us in the right direction.

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