Archive for January, 2004

I’m quoted in the paper today, but the interesting bit is how they found me

Thursday, January 29th, 2004

The day after the NH primary I got an email from a local reporter looking for a
quote
to flesh out the article he was working on about undeclared voters. He knew from reading my blog entry(!) that I was an undeclared voter who was briefly a Democrat (long enough to vote) and then immediately returned to undeclared status.

I asked him know he came to my blog and he said he has been using geourl.com to see what people in the area are writing about. Cool.

BTW, here is the article.

Are there election dirty tricks being played against Dean?

Tuesday, January 27th, 2004

At 2:15pm today the Dean campaign sent email to their list of NH
voters asking them to get out the vote.

Additionally there was this information:

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Dean for America has received reports that Dean supporters are
receiving “robo-calls” telling them incorrect and misleading polling
place information.

If you receive such a call, please call Paul Twomey at the Manchester
headquarters at 603-491-2966. If you have a recording of the
robo-call on your answering machine, please let us know as soon as
possible.

You can also have the call traced via the following steps:

1. Immediately after receiving the call, hang up then lift the
receiver and listen for a dial tone.

2. Press *57 (or if you have a rotary phone dial 1157).

3. An announcement will tell you the call was traced and give you
further instructions.

4. You will not receive the number from Verizon. The results of a
successful trace will only be provided to the police or other legal
authorities.

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Great use of the internet to get word out quickly on election day!

Voted in the New Hampshire Primary for John Edwards

Tuesday, January 27th, 2004



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On the way to drop the girls off at the YMCA, I stopped in and voted.
For a grand total of 5 minutes I was a registered Democrat. With the
Democratic ballot, the clerk handed me a ‘change of party affiliation’
form to change back to undeclared after voting.

On the way out there were two organizations taking polls. More like
offering them, since the people running them were just standing there
and we had to ask to take the survey. One was from the LA Times and
had a middle/left of center slant and had a number of ‘pick 3 of 12′
of most important issues. The other was by CNN/Fox/etc which came in
two versions, both were definitely right of center. On Wendy’s they
asked if the “Dean Scream” had any impact on voting. Mine asked a if
‘electablity’ was a factor. Outside the school, there were two Dean
people asking if they their campaign had ever contacted us and if so
asked to remove us from their list. Clearly they are going to be
calling everyone on their list who hasn’t yet voted.

Man, look
at all the other ‘minor’ candidates on the ballot.

Complete list of candidates on the NH Democratic Primary ballot:

* Katherine Bateman (Chicago, IL)
* Carol Moseley Braun (Chicago, IL)
* Harry W. Braun III (Phoenix, AZ)
* Willie Felix Carter (Fort Worth, TX)
* Wesley K. Clark (Little Rock, AK)
* “Randy” Crow (Wilmington, NC)
* Howard Dean (Burlington, VT)
* Gerry Dokka (Atlanta, GA)
* John Edwards (Raleigh, NC)
* “Dick” Gephardt (St. Louis, MO)
* Mildred Glover (Baltimore, MD)
* Vincent S. Hamm (Golden, CO)
* John F. Kerry (Boston, MA)
* Caroline Pettinato Killeen (Scranton, PA)
* Dennis J. Kucinich (Cleveland, OH)
* Lyndon H. LaRouche, Jr (Round Hill, VA) — he even has signs in Merrimack
* R. Randy Lee (New York, NY)
* “Joe” Lieberman (New Haven, CT)
* Robert H. Linnell (Lebanon, NH)
* Edward Thomas O’Donnell, Jr (Lebanon, NH)
* Fern Penna (Kingston, NY)
* “Al” Sharpton (Brooklyn, NY)
* Leonard Dennis Talbow (Scottsdale, AZ)

John Edwards Town Hall meeting at Nashua’s Fairgrounds Junior High

Monday, January 26th, 2004

Sunday we went to the John Edwards’ Town Hall meeting and got on live
national TV (C-SPAN, but in a good
way).

Since
Wendy is now an NH Edwards delegate for the 1st congressional
district
, we feel obligated to show up for the events in the area.
It was scheduled for noon down in Nashua, but we left Merrimack at 11am to get
a good seat — we knew it was going to be mobbed
after the huge crowd we saw Saturday night at the bowling alley.

We got there about 20 after and Wendy and Trevor stood by the
gymnasium handing out the remaining campaign literature we had at home
– it will be useless after Tuesday. I headed into with the rest of
the kids and found some seats on the side in the middle. While we
waited a CNNreporter was making the
rounds taking notes. She was interested to know if I had decided
(yes, for Edwards), were
going to vote (of course), and when decided. I told her that we say
Kerry a few weeks ago and he
said to vote for him and not vote to send a message. Wendy and I
seriously talked about it quite a bit and decided
now was the time to vote for who we wanted and not just who may
beat Bush. The reporter also
was curious if there was anything that turned us off of href="http://www.johnkerry.com">Kerry or href="http://www.deanforamerica.com">Dean. It isn’t really a case
of don’t like but like better. I explictly told her that the Dean
Scream had no impact and made us see him as more human and passionate.

After that one of the Edwards advance team asked if the kids and I
would like to stand on stage. Sure! Later Wendy and Trevor (with
crutches) found us and came up to. They were trying to get a variety
of people up there — a number of folks
from NH
, but also people that came just to support Edwards. If
you see the streaming video ( href="rtsp://video.c-span.org/project/c04/c04012504_edwards.rm">
rtsp://video.c-span.org/project/c04/c04012504_edwards.rm) you see
most of the family about from about 41 minutes in through the end. We
are on the right side of the stage and you’ll see href="http://www.nozell.com/griffin">Griffin getting Edwards to
sign the girl’s “Go, John, Go!” signs. Past meetings were pretty low
key — just a local Democrat doing the introduction, but now they have
a staffer to warm up the crowd (“Who is from NJ? Who is from NC?”
“Have you heard this song E-D-W-A-R-D-S sometime, something, now you
sing”, etc) before the introduction. There were a fair number of
people (25%?) from out of state.

The actual speech was pretty similar to his standard stump speeches
we’ve heard before. There seems to be more emphasis on “Two Americas
– one for Bush and his special interests and one for the rest of us”.
He also took a few questions from the crowd which were again the usual
healthcare, job/economy, etc. Also new was directly asking for
support and getting the vote out. As usual he introduced Elizabeth,
his wife, but his college senior daughter and Glenn Close who were
also on stage.

The gymnasium was packed and a few hundred people in an overflow room.
On the way out we saw the MTV Rock the Vote people and someone
gathering ‘Repeal the PATRIOT act’ signature which I signed. It was
around 1:30pm by time we got out of there and rewarded the kids’ good
behavior with a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0390521/">delicious lunch at
McDonalds.

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John Edwards in Nashua, NH Fairgrounds Junior High School (25 Jan 2004)
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John Edwards in Nashua, NH Fairgrounds Junior High School (25 Jan 2004)
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John Edwards in Nashua, NH Fairgrounds Junior High School (25 Jan 2004)
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John Edwards in Nashua, NH Fairgrounds Junior High School (25 Jan 2004)
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John Edwards in Nashua, NH Fairgrounds Junior High School (25 Jan 2004)
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John Edwards in Nashua, NH Fairgrounds Junior High School (25 Jan 2004)
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John Edwards in Nashua, NH Fairgrounds Junior High School (25 Jan 2004)
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John Edwards in Nashua, NH Fairgrounds Junior High School (25 Jan 2004)
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John Edwards in Nashua, NH Fairgrounds Junior High School (25 Jan 2004)
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John Edwards in Nashua, NH Fairgrounds Junior High School (25 Jan 2004)
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John Edwards in Nashua, NH Fairgrounds Junior High School (25 Jan 2004)
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John Edwards in Nashua, NH Fairgrounds Junior High School (25 Jan 2004)
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John Edwards in Nashua, NH Fairgrounds Junior High School (25 Jan 2004)
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John Edwards in Nashua, NH Fairgrounds Junior High School (25 Jan 2004)
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John Edwards in Nashua, NH Fairgrounds Junior High School (25 Jan 2004)
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John Edwards in Nashua, NH Fairgrounds Junior High School (25 Jan 2004)
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John Edwards in Nashua, NH Fairgrounds Junior High School (25 Jan 2004)
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John Edwards in Nashua, NH Fairgrounds Junior High School (25 Jan 2004)
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John Edwards in Nashua, NH Fairgrounds Junior High School (25 Jan 2004)

href="http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/jkbaumga/stories/storyReader$712">Here
is another view of the same event, href="http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/jkbaumga/">j apparently isn’t
someone who arrives early enough for these things…

John Edwards visits Merrimack Ten Pin Bowling Alley

Sunday, January 25th, 2004

Last night while the boys were at a YMCA swim team lockin, Wendy, the
girls and I went to the John Edwards event at the local bowling alley.
He was scheduled to bowl a few frames at 8:30pm, but by 8:00 the place
was mobbed. Before he got there there started to be frequent, and
increasingly stressed out announcements from bowling alley manager –
don’t stand on the fountain, stay off the bowling area with street
shoes, move your car if it is in a firelane, move your triple parked
cars it will be towed to finally she was going to call the police and
fire marshal if people didn’t start to leave. All this before John
Edwards showed up. She would have done better to cancel the league
games and just kept the food and beer flowing.

The girls had colored some homemade ‘Go, John, Go!’ signs and were in
their pretty dresses, but the spent most of the time on our shoulders.
We ran into a video crew from Germany and a photographer from
Switzerland. There were a few college boys from Union College from
outside Albany who were up for the weekend and another college girl
from NYC said there were about 150 from her school up helping with
campaigns (didn’t catch which college or if they were only for
Edwards.)

On the way out I chatted up a reporter from the Boston Globe about how
the media seems to be covering NH as a Kerry/Dean horse race with no
real coverage of Edwards or Lieberman and just a little of Clark.
With Edwards surprise 2nd place showing in Iowa and Liebermans make or
break in NH I’d think there should be more coverage of that.

Edwards was late from attending the Democratic dinner down in Nashua
and came in and gave a 10 minute standad stump speech. Mentioned that
he isn’t here to take swipes at other democratic candiates and
introduced Glenn Close who has endorced him (see the photo below).

AP News on Netscape.com has to say of the the event:

Hundreds of people who came to see Democratic
presidential hopeful U.S. Sen., John Edwards at a bowling alley in
Merrimack, N.H. Saturday Jan., 24, 2004 were told to evacuate the
building and sent out into the cold. Edwrads(sic) spole(sic) for about
ten minutes to the crowd inside before police told them they had to
evacuate. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

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The didn’t kick out the crowd although the police and fire marshal
were there. The crowd rapidly left the building after Edwards left
and hung around the parking lot as people got in the cars and left.

Below are my photos from the event.




John Edwards in Merrimack, NH bowling alley (24 Jan 2004)



John Edwards in Merrimack, NH bowling alley (24 Jan 2004)



John Edwards in Merrimack, NH bowling alley (24 Jan 2004)



John Edwards in Merrimack, NH bowling alley (24 Jan 2004)



John Edwards in Merrimack, NH bowling alley (24 Jan 2004)



John Edwards in Merrimack, NH bowling alley (24 Jan 2004)



John Edwards in Merrimack, NH bowling alley (24 Jan 2004)



John Edwards in Merrimack, NH bowling alley (24 Jan 2004)



John Edwards in Merrimack, NH bowling alley (24 Jan 2004)



Glenn Close is right of this guy — yeah, she is out of frame… (24 Jan 2004)

At noon we’ll likely bundle everyone up for the -4F weather and check
out the event at the Nashua Junior High School…

Working on more complete ‘share your opml’ perl example

Friday, January 23rd, 2004

I’ve been hacking on a perl script that will 1) get the list of shared
opmls from feeds.scripting 2) put it in a table using a sqlite
database 3) iterate over all of them and grab the users blogroll and
also put them in an sql table.

Unfortunately when I turn it loose on all 600+ users, it dies on the 20th one o
r so with a strange message about trying to modify a read
only variable. The line is in an XML::Parser callback and looks
pretty innocuous:

        my ($j1, $feedname, $j2, $type, $j3, $xmlurl) = @_;

I then tried iterating from the ‘bottom’ of the list of users (SELECT
userid, person, url FROM users ORDER BY userid DESC) and that cranks
through a few hundred users and then dies deep in the guts of
XML::Parser complaining about invalid string or other.

Bah.

I’ll do some more thinking out loud later.

Pollsters calling NH tonight

Wednesday, January 21st, 2004

We got *two* calls this evening from pollsters asking about my views
on the primary. I don’t recall who the first one was from, but said
to be non-partisan and the other from NH’s href="http://www.fpc.edu">Franklin Pierce college and will be
running all week.

The Kerry campaign also called inviting me (or whoever answered) to an
event Friday night. It was one of those automated calls — Press 1 if
you will be attending, press 2 if you are not, press 3 if you can not
at this time….

Example perl code to parse ‘Share your OPML’

Wednesday, January 21st, 2004

I can’t believe no one has contributed example perl code to play with
Dave Winer’s Share your OPML’.

href="http://www.nozell.com/marc/blog/data/example-share-your-opml.TXT">
Here is my contribution.

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NAME
example-share-your-opml.pl

SYNOPSIS
Example perl that obtains opml from Dave Winer’s “Share your OPML” site
(http://feeds.scripting.com),
parses it and puts the info into an simple sqlite database.

VERSION
0.1

AUTHOR
Marc Nozell , http://www.nozell.com/blog

USAGE
$ ./example-share-your-opml.pl

$ sqlite opml.db

sqlite> select person, url from users where person like “%_Nozell”;

person url

Marc Nozell http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/blogs/opml/users/fef39f0cebade
2b96b037dedba86ba7a.opml

sqlite> .quit

$

Setup
Prior to running the script, you need to set up a sqlite database. The
steps are as follows:

$ sqlite opml.db

sqlite> create table users (userid integer primary key, person text,
ctupdates text, type text, url
text, lastupdate text);

sqlite> .quit

SEE ALSO
SDK for ‘Share Your OPML’ http://feeds.scripting.com/sdk

Marc Nozell’s mini-blog http://www.nozell.com/blog

BUGS
If you find some, send them to marc@nozell.com and maybe I’ll look at it
. Maybe.

LICENSE
This work is hereby released into the Public Domain. To view a copy of t
he public domain dedication,
visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/publicdomain/ or send a letter
to Creative Commons, 559 Nathan
Abbott Way, Stanford, California 94305, USA.
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Who is behind the “Doubting Dean? Vote Kerry” Signs

Tuesday, January 20th, 2004

This evening I stopped to take a closer look at the signs mentioned
earlier today. The little tiny print says “Paid for and authorized by
IAFF FIREPAC. Not authorized by any candidate or committee”.

Not surprisingly when John Kerry was at the Merrimack VFW, there a
large presence of firefighter union members.




The ‘Doubting Dean? Vote Kerry” signs in Merrimack, NH closeup (20 Jan 2004)




The ‘Doubting Dean? Vote Kerry” signs in Merrimack, NH (20 Jan 2004)

Search some one the IAFF, vis
it their FIREPAC part
of the IAFF website. I’ve not found
too much on the PACs section of
opensecrets.org, but surely
there is some info there as well. The Center for Public
Integrity
(never heard of them, main site is here), has some basic
info about the IAFF FirePAC
.

Doubting Dean? Vote Kerry

Tuesday, January 20th, 2004

The campaign fairies were out last night putting signs around
Merrimack. There were a number of these red yard signs:

           Doubting Dean?

            Vote KERRY