I haven't been in class in a long time but I went to a class at the way cool Apple store in Soho today. I was very shy in college and seldom asked a question but now that I am brave and bold, I couldn't stop asking the friendly guy teaching the class, "But what about this? And what about that? And wait, I just have sixteen more questions---" I'm going to go back to learn about Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, but I wish they had a class for Dreamweaver or someone would guide me through it in the one on one classes I bought up. I do have the great TEACH YOURSELF VISUALLY books, so that should be a snap.
Back on the soapbox, it occurs to me that people are veering from the issues. Yes, we need to refute Palin, but McCain is the one running, not her, and he's sort of been hiding behind her "story." (As a novelist, I resent the use of the word story with her!) What we need is an ad in a paper like USA Today that lists the facts and where to find them, that shows the truth up against the lies. For example, McCain in a video saying that he doesn't know much about the economy right next to a news item about the devastation on Wall Street. Or McCain saying Obama wants to tax everyone right next to a news item or video of Obama saying he is only going to tax the very rich and lower taxes on the middle class. Yes, I passionately care about book banning, gay and women's rights, the environment and choice and I do honestly fear we are turning into an American Taliban with the move to teach creationism in the school, but I think the average voter that we need to reach and convince cares more about issues like health care, the economy, taxes and the war. Those are the issues we have to hammer home and the best way to do it is with the truth--documented in videos or interviews or statistics. Why would McCain repeatedly say he doesn't know much about the economy if he does? All of a sudden he gained expertise in the past few months? Hmmmm, that might change a few minds, don't you think?
By the way, if anyone reading this is for McCain and is furious and irritated by me, please do email me. Let's discuss and I hope I can change your mind about voting against your own best interests--and everyone else's.