U.S. Presidential Election

October 9, 2008

1.ONTHEISSUES.ORG

http://www.ontheissues.org

I’m no political expert, but I’m a pretty discerning reader. I don’t like to feel like the information I’m being given has been tampered with or spun (With some exceptions. Example: Saturday Night Live!). On this site; I especially liked the way their information is based on multiple quotes from every candidate, and if you want further information on any subject or the context in which a quote was delivered, you can simply click and read.

2.FACTCHECK.ORG

http://www.factcheck.org/

Another interesting site. In light of some of the bickering in the first two presidential debates of this year, a site like this is one good place to try to get some of the facts straight.

Don’t bother to ask who I’m voting for. I hope everyone does some thoughtful research when deciding who to vote for, and then gets out and votes when the time comes.

mike

mike

65 Comments

  1. Ash_Qwerty on October 15, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    This election is very exciting, even for us in England. For once there are two characters whom people actually have a lot of faith in. Plus, whoever gets voted in, will either make the first black or oldest ever President. I’m studying for a degree in Politics and can i just say that for all its faults, at least American Politics is getting a little exciting. We have Mr Brown, a dull character who has lost the confidence of almost everyone. Similar to Bush you might say- but at least you voted him in. Brown became PM by default when Blair resigned and refuses to call an election😦.

    Ashley

  2. Ellz on October 14, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    If you want an idea of where Mike’s views stand: just listen to “HANDS HELD HIGH”😉
    Something that I’ve learned in my short time here on this planet is that no matter what you say, what you do, and who you vote for, someone isn’t going to be happy. You can’t please everyone in this world because everyone has their own opinion about what is right from wrong. The best thing to do is to find the positive points of these two men & vote for the lesser of two evils. I’m not sure why people blame the president for when sh*t hits the fan. If people paid attention in their government classes they would understand that this nation is broken up into 3 Main branches. Every vote counts.
    -Ellz

  3. akitagirl on October 13, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    Excellent sites Mike!! I am neither a Dem. or Rep. I will vote for who I believe will do the best job. I have gone on the sites of both men in the process of making up my mind. The sites you list are excellent in cutting through the BS and getting to the facts. Knowing the facts lets people make an informed choice in one of the most important votes of our time. If you don’t vote you can’t complain later. GET OUT AND VOTE!!!!

  4. analoggirl on October 12, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    Much respect to you, Mike, for encouraging the electorate to become more knowledgeable about the issues. Quite often, people vote for a personality or party rather than a political platform. (Whoa, that was too much alliteration.) I’ll be voting for my own head of state on Tuesday. (It saddens me to know that the majority of Canadians are more interested in the American election rather than the one that’s happening in their own country… but that’s another topic altogether.)

  5. psykobouliz on October 11, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    hey can you imagine this, last year was the elections in France, and our president divorced just after and married with a mannequin called Carla Bruni!! There were rumors during all the campaign, and finally that was hard to know who we could trully believe or not. And now when you see this, his personnal life is more famous than the international singers! Seriously, do u think we can trust in someone who isn’t even serious with himself? Dunno if this has a real link about what you were talkin about, but well, that was just a quote… Something else, it’s weird to see in my country everyone speak about your elections! haha It’s all about Obama, he’s a real star here!!

  6. NoMoreSorrowGirl on October 11, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    VOTE WISELY! Mike…TAKE CARE:))

  7. Mikeshi_Linkfort on October 11, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    At you in the USA elections take place very long, longer than in Russia. I shall not ask for whom you will vote, I shall tell only one-let choice will be correct.=)

  8. mike_n_LP_4ever on October 11, 2008 at 9:57 am

    Hey Mike, why can’t we know who you’re voting for? Well I’m going to say who I’m voting for, (well my mom….lol) OBAMA, OBAMA, OBAMA! IM ILL!! lol I listen to Lil’ Wayne too much =]

    Peace❤

    -Catiana C.

  9. ColorScheming on October 10, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    much props to this blog. i am voting for a particular candidate while my bf is voting for the other candidate. we dont buy into the media exposure on either side. however it is very hard to find out the truth so we both dont feel comfortable voting for either one but we agree more with one side or the other. MUCH RESPECT FOR THESE LINKS and thank you for not telling people who you are voting for, as you have influence on some of the people who post here. and they should make their own minds up.

  10. BrazenEntity on October 10, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    well i have a stick and a boo boo on my kneww.
    you skin makes me cry….

    in a beautiful world.

  11. tacos_on_tuesday on October 10, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    RockerMeg- We do have more than 2 canidates but Obama/ McCain represent the 2 parties that actually have a shot of winning so that’s all you hear about. As far as I am concrned I am open to both sides of their opinion as it does vary drastically but the negative BS that gets thrown around is such a turn off. STICK with the issues!! I am voting for Obama for many reasons but the nail to the coffin for McCain was his running mate. Palin can not be the chick little girls should look up to be like. Mike-who are you kidding you are so voting for Obama. I would be shocked if you were a right wing conservative. Just shocked!! You a closet Rush Limbaugh Sean Hannity fan??? Not likely

  12. sasummsumm on October 10, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    voting in germany is the same somehow dunno who to give my voice. i mostly end up giving it to no one because they all tell things and don’t do them later.
    zahra…what’s your problem?. mike can’t help you with that i think.my archery teacher always says to me “speak louder, be more self-confident, make something out of yourself, because you only life once on this world and you are you and gotta make the ppl find out you are someone worth knowing.got to believe in yourself and make ppl notice.and they will respect you and notice you ” ^^ a wise man since he’s right.i gotta be more self-confident aso. maybe you should go find someone who really knows you and can tell you something like that

  13. Curiosa on October 10, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    Hey Mike, was wondering if you’ve heard of Graffiti Japan? Here r 2 articles about it.

    http://www.markbattypublisher.com/servlet/book_view?number=65

    http://www.graphics.com/modules.php?name=Sections&op=viewarticle&artid=679

    & here’s the official site. Have a good weekend. 🙂

    http://www.graffitijapan.com/

    rockermeg: we normally do have more than 2 but these are the 1s getting the attention. I agree, niether candidate is good.

  14. rockermeg on October 10, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    I say just get it over with and vote for Obama…you guys never have any decent candidates,no offence.
    I think you should have more than 2 candidates each election,,but that’s just my opinion: it works well over here…
    I’ve noticed all the guys in the band have refrained from telling press who they’re voting for; even though I am interested-good choice.
    xxx
    EDIT – uhoh,ZAHRA broke the no-multiple-posts rule…[suspense]

  15. ixabel_LP on October 10, 2008 at 11:30 am

    I don’t know if u know this video but i go post them anyway…http://storyofstuff.com/

    and I HATE POLITIC!!! the politicians are all liars and i HATE LIES

    Kiss 4 U^^

    PS: i don’t post 2 times i deleted the other one ’cause had wrong things

  16. ffmuteki9 on October 10, 2008 at 10:47 am

    the presidential election in Taiwan was just finished in March, and I went to vote.

    We’ve just been a democratic country for 20 years, and is the only one democratic country aomng Chinese-speaking societies/countries.

    Every ballot is quite important because these ballots are obtained bt those who were fighting for freedom and democracy. We decied the future of our country.

    And, could someone tell me hot to post icons or pictures in comment?

  17. zahra on October 10, 2008 at 8:57 am

    Mike pleas!… I hope you read these …pleas tell me what you think. I’m telling you this stuff because 1.you inspire me 2.you succeeded to show your band to the world and I mean every where you are still making fans every day 3.your a great guy 4.your smart ////sorry that I pasted this on your blog I just didn’t have any other way ////

  18. zahra on October 10, 2008 at 8:57 am

    BUT HOW CAN I MAKE MY IDEA HEARD!?? I don’t know how?! Should I start a band?…..lol…..should I explode? !!I’ve lived in Ohio Columbus for 9 years and I have seen a lot of places on this earth, well… I live in Iran now, a place where not many people think clearly! If I study and study….what?…will I be heard?…I will study though, I need to!….but I don’t think that s the real big secret. My dad has a bio mechanic PHD, and now he teaches in Sharif University the best university s in Iran. he has been on TV a lot and people still don’t know him! He has won a million awards, my dads the smartest guy I’ve ever seen!…

  19. zahra on October 10, 2008 at 8:56 am

    I don’t want to lose myself and become a disgrace. I just want to make a difference worth wild. Have u seen the movie ”v for vendetta”?
    ”Remember the idea not the man because the man can fail he can be caught or forgotten. But 400 years later an Idea can still change the world!”
    I think you’ve seen ”Batman the black knight” the bat wanted Dent’s idea to live on so people would never forget him and don’t lose hope. Didn’t he?!
    I respect these lines with all my hart and I don’t just look at them as just a movie line I look at them as a line to live throw.

  20. zahra on October 10, 2008 at 8:56 am

    Well mike, I think people mostly explode there selves because they love to be heard they love the fame! The power! And I also think that not all people can control this power and that’s what makes them just like every one else !I am now reading Barack Obama’s books ”dreams from my father” & ”audacity of hope” Barack Obama had dreams, he had ideas! But once he got the power I fear he as many others choose the power over the dreams he use to hold dear and now I think he is no different than the rest of THEM, though I still have hope!. I don’t know what I’m going to be doing in 10 years from know but I want to make plans for them .

  21. zahra on October 10, 2008 at 8:56 am

    For example: every one knows Bill Gates. Why? Because he made a difference! Every one knows John Kennedy .why? Because he made a difference! Every one knows Che Guevara. Why? Because he made a difference! All most every one knows Mike .why? You made a difference! All these people hade the magic to show the idea. But I guess not necessarily good differences make you some one to be remembered.

  22. zahra on October 10, 2008 at 8:55 am

    I felt the magic! That made u guys so different than all though s freaks. You inspired me in many ways, like you inspired me to learn the guitar and u inspired me to make a project about stopping global warming at school and win number one project of the year, and I will never forget that! I have many democracies that may have lot of supporters! I have an idea! I feel a magic in me! But I just don’t know how to be heard!!?

  23. zahra on October 10, 2008 at 8:55 am

    I just woke up today and started thinking about my self and how I want to be heard ! How I want people to not look at me just like every one else but what makes me qualified to even think I’m different? Well, I know I’m not ordinary and even if I was I wouldn’t want to be! I thought to my self that in this time the only people that are famous enough for every one to know them are mostly actors or singers! but they didn’t influence me tell I meet your band at first I didn’t like LP but after some time, I fell in love with LP and I could not stop the influence u guys gave me.

  24. zahra on October 10, 2008 at 8:55 am

    Hey ,mike I know I shouldn’t put comments on your blog like this (I’m really sorry)and I know its been more than a week since you posted a blog about people blowing up, getting famous, and stuff…and u said there’s no need to explode, and that made me wander about something totally different! …

  25. zahra on October 10, 2008 at 8:54 am

    i’m making people that can vote over here to VOTE 4 OBAMA….mom & dad & ….. : ) even tho its really hard for me to to do this……eeeeek…i’m not going to let mc cain win!!!!……over my died body!

  26. sweet_girl on October 10, 2008 at 8:45 am

    Oh Mike you’re so nice being concern about us

  27. Kira on October 10, 2008 at 6:59 am

    I use factcheck.org myself.

  28. Xenith on October 10, 2008 at 6:45 am

    Much respect for not plugging who your voting for Mike I am fed up of the celebrity endorsement… That being said VOTE OBAMA VOTE FOR NETWORK NEUTRALITY AND AN END TO THE WAR! – I’m from the UK so my shouts dont count anyway :p

  29. sassi_lp on October 10, 2008 at 5:56 am

    i wanna put a funny lost in translation image in here
    BUT HOW THE HELL DO YOU DO IT? would one of you guys please help meout with this one?
    in return you will get to see my starbucks mug signed by Mike (he did that when they were in Berlin, and it proves that i’m LP fan no. 1) and a lost in translation-laugher:)
    thanks in advance:)

  30. skindesbous on October 10, 2008 at 5:52 am

    When you vote, please, think you’re not only voting for the president of the US…

  31. Gabry94LinkinParkfan23 on October 10, 2008 at 3:58 am

    oh, thnkx mike even though im not american so i cant vote xD🙂 take care mike ^^ byee🙂

  32. Shinodabestfriend on October 10, 2008 at 1:12 am

    Mike, who are u voting for? u.u (ok I’m only curiouse…)
    I wanna know if you have the same ideas….

  33. Jome on October 10, 2008 at 1:05 am

    Great sites Mike,

    Politifact.com is another great one for an objective analysis of the different candidates.

  34. msgirl on October 10, 2008 at 12:58 am

    thanks for the post eventhough i’m not a citizen of america…….:) i am so concerned about who u r voting for…..:) but i am not asking since u don’t want…….:)🙂 have a nice day!i hope chazz is getting well…..:) take care guys! okay….:)

  35. Shadow on October 10, 2008 at 12:35 am

    What Mark86 just posted…yeah, that’s right…so over there folks think what you do…
    I can imagine that in the US you really get bombed with information. Such a loooooooooooooong process to find a president, its somewhat amazing. One also gets some updates and stuff over here but less then you guys. I do follow the election process and just wait and see what’s coming out all of this. Though ok, I give in currently I am overwhelmed a bit by other things (I just started a new job last week – after 2 looooooooong years of unemployment). Lots of new impressions and stuff. Anyway, don’t wanna bore anyone with my blabla🙂

  36. Mark86 on October 10, 2008 at 12:05 am

    When you will vote… remind that the US President is not only the commander in chief of your country, but of the entire planet.

  37. Neffer on October 9, 2008 at 10:29 pm

    Oh Mike thank you so much for putting this up!!! I’m not really into the politics but of course I am some what concerned on what’s going on! lol plus I have an essay to do over the elections! Once again thanks, you’re my savior!!!

  38. BrazenEntity on October 9, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    you salted door, the whole bag…

    Go Barack Obama…

  39. alyeska39 on October 9, 2008 at 9:03 pm

    I plan on it. Doing early voting so I can go home on my own time and on a day when I can to vote. Tuesdays aren’t the greatest days for travel for me. And thank you so much for the links. I’ll read them when I don’t need sleep. We had a Symphonic Winds concert tonight and it wore me out a bit. Holst played trombone, and it shows in his music. “Here, I’ll have them play the melody line for half the piece at fff ! Then the other half they can just play an eternity of up or down beats!” I think it gave me a light headache tonight… At least it’s not as bad as Concert Band with 30 student directors and 10 pieces played 3 times each on 3 nights in a row. Good god, that was insane. Never again.

  40. Hybr1d_7h3ory on October 9, 2008 at 8:40 pm

    Im really glad you put these two sites up for everybody. I actually had to use these the other day to get some info straight that sadly, my teacher misconstrued. People really need to turn off the tv and quit listening to their friends and family and do the research themselves so they can be an informed voter. I am really excited to be able to vote this year🙂

    Also VH1 used “Petrified” as an intro into “The Glamorous Life of Pop Stars”. I thought that was kind of ironic due to your views and paintings on the subject.

    Keep up the good work…Hybr1d_7h3ory

  41. ParanoidDucky on October 9, 2008 at 8:18 pm

    I am really glad that you posted this. Politics and the election are always topics that most people avoid yet they are something that are very important, especially in this age of the country. I really appreciate the way you approached this subject by remaining objective and impartial. That is something that is rarely seen these days. Those sites are really helpful and helps me (a first time voter!) see the facts and not the spin. Thanks for influencing people to vote and introducing the resources that they need to make the best choice for them.

  42. LPFreak1286 on October 9, 2008 at 8:00 pm

    Thanks Mike, this is really great. I’m 21 now and this will be the first Presidential Election that I will be allowed to vote in. I’m taking it very seriously, and I’m very excited but also a little scared. Things are looking bad for us right now and I want to make sure that whoever I vote for can really help and lead us through all of it.

  43. Ezza on October 9, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    im glad im not an american! ur elections take too long. 2 freeking years before you get to choose the next person to “lead” your country… and here i was thinking that six weeks of being bombarded with political bull was exhasting enough. 2 years of the same shit man that’s tough! even tho i know that you dont have to vote ( unlike australia where ur threatened with a fine or jail if you don’t show up and get your name crossed of the role or if your 18 and havent enroled to vote) but still all those ads and debates and interviews! im supprise that the majority of the population is still sane!!!!! i can barely take the shit that the election campains say in aus!

  44. soyuneik on October 9, 2008 at 6:08 pm

    Shadowerliltani:..” if it did cost money to vote, do you think people would still vote? ” Answer: I would.
    No matter what, even if shits being twisted behind the scenes, I’m not sitting by and doing nothing. Behind my little vote is a big ass screaming mofo saying “NAH, FUCK THAT!” ehem… heh..

  45. ShadowerLiltani on October 9, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    The only reason why I vote is because I can. For those of you who know a lot about the voting process, you know what I mean when I say our votes never count like we think they do. The Electoral College is supposed to base their votes on the public vote, but they don’t always do that. Regardless, vote anyways. It’s our right, and it’s free, so, take advantage of it. I have a question for everyone too, if it did cost money to vote, do you think people would still vote? (I’m not saying it should cost money, I’m only curious)

  46. ninguem on October 9, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    last sunday i voted to major in my city, i don’t like about politics, but i read something about, to be like you, aware in everything

    btw- mike please put archives in your blog, because will become easier to find older posts

  47. BrazenEntity on October 9, 2008 at 4:53 pm

    DOGFISHICE

  48. 4n174 on October 9, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Thanks for the links! It’s really annoying how the media distorts the picture.

  49. zimminator on October 9, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    DUDE mccain is coming to my town, but not just that, hes coming to my school! haha its ridiculuous. but im gonna try to protest for it tomorrow.wish me luck!

  50. Doggie24690 on October 9, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    Thank you for the links, Mike. I’m pretty frustrated with voting this year, mainly because of Washington’s governor race but the presidential election is hard to decide on as well. Thanks.

  51. Brittney on October 9, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Awesome links, Mike. Unfortunately I won’t be old enough to vote in time for the election, but I do want to have my facts straight on whoever does become the next president. Thanks :]

  52. murry on October 9, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    I’m itching to vote. I’ve got my registration card for the town my college is in, so I don’t have to vote by absentee ballot for the first time. So exciting! Unfortunately, my vote still won’t matter here, since I’m definitely in the minority. I’m moving to a swing state before the next election, because this is freaking frustrating. But I’d encourage everyone who would be interested to look into going to their local party headquarters, either party, and try to volunteer. I volunteered on the phones, getting out the vote, for the Kerry campaign, and I’m looking forward to doing it again for Obama when I get a chance. It’s a really rewarding experience.

  53. Kalini on October 9, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    I’m not a US citizen and my opinion is not important. Most of the Europeans hope that Obama will be elected. It’s inconvenient for me to ask you directly: “Who are you voting for?”, as it’s supposed to be your personal vote. I guess, you would vote for Obama. If you don’t mind you could confirm it. This is a research about the European vote: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/uselection2008/2049446/Barack-Obama-beats-John-McCain-in-European-vote-US-election-2008.html. I’ve studied Political Science and I try to keep myself informed about world issues. This article is interesting, too: http://blog.cleveland.com/pdopinion/2008/09/uselectiontheviewfrom_euro.html. Krassie K.

  54. Carla on October 9, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    Thank you so much! I remember some of my classmates go onto these sites all the time. We talk about current issues and the election practically every time we have history class for at least 10 minutes, but sometimes having debates or discussions for the whole entire period. We usually don’t remember the exact standings of Obama and McCain, so we actually checked OnTheIssues one day. I still have 2 more years until I can actually vote, but if I were able to for this election, honestly I’d probably pick neither of them.

  55. keineAhnung on October 9, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    that’s great thx…I’m not from the US, but even here you hear so much about the elections…but most of it is how great obama is and how much palin s_cks…not that neutral I’d say…so it’s good to have some sites to see what exactly the candidates have to say…just a few days ago they had some discussion about “how much celebs can influence voters?” on kroq…what do you think about it? do you think that you could make people (aka your fans) vote for one or the other simply by saying who you’re gonna vote for? you know like: oh, mike said he’d vote for that guy, I’m a fan, so I’m gonna vote for that guy too!…that’s somehow a pretty scary thought

  56. MS_Ineedyou on October 9, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    Mike, i think it’s good that you aren’t posting your opinion on who you want to win. Some people get really offended if you are voting the opposite of who they are voting for. I would NEVER want you to get assasinated so thanks for not posting your opinion🙂 But i can’t believe that will all thats going on in your life you still have time to do all this research ! But it’s good.🙂 I hope you vote who you think is best.🙂 I will comment again soon Mike.🙂 By the way i love this picture ! I LOVE
    your hair now but the blue was SOO CUTE !!

  57. ManBearPig on October 9, 2008 at 2:57 pm

    It doesn’t so much matter who you’re voting for, but that you’re voting at all. It sets a good example in a time when young voters are so uninvolved. And these sites are good examples to get info from, when far too many people get it from The Daily Show or Fox News (for examples) exclusively. As has been said, in Canada we get to vote on Tuesday (third time in four years, AWESOME), and I can’t wait to vote again. Voting is essential to being a good citizen, so to the people who say voting isn’t “their thing”, make it your thing. People fought and died for you ability to live in a democracy and everyone being a participant is vital to having it function at peak proficiency.

  58. faiintx on October 9, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    well, i’m only 13, so i cant vote
    but i love keeping track of all the debates and stuff

    i already knew about one of the links you posted- and you’re right – they are good sources

    you should run for president, mike, cuz you’d win =D
    and you’re my IDOL

  59. martinac on October 9, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Thanks for the heads up,I’m Irish so won’t b votin but I still like to keep as up to date as I can with American politics. It’s so hard tho it seems like ye’re over-whelmed with info both true & false depending what station or paper ye read. I was so shocked when Bush got in2 office again, not that can say 2 much our goverment never disagreed with them and even tho alot of people agree with my particular views, alot of people didn’t & we just got labeled hippies for what I can determine defendin human rights. Here’s to a new future in American politics! x MARTINA C

  60. Aquaria on October 9, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    Thanks for the links, they are certainly helpful! Although I’ve already voted (absentee)

    It’s great that you’re getting the word out about the importance of researching the facts, and not shoving your own personal political beliefs down our throats…I respect you more for that🙂

  61. PinkWater3 on October 9, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    It’s election time here in Canada too (we’re voting next Tuesday) and it’s extremely important for me to vote. We get involved in discussions and debates, we’re wearing anti-conservatives shirts and make people aware of how much their vote is important. Many of us are voting for the first time and I find it pretty awesome how young people around me actually do give a shit about politics.

  62. liope on October 9, 2008 at 2:35 pm

    Oh!! politics…it’s so necessary but sooo misunderstaned!!

    It’s great think that you do all this research…i’m trying to do the same thing but i’m of the old fashion!!😛 I use tv and newspapers😛😛

    Anyway i hope that you will choose to vote the best option…or the less worse!! Keep your eyes open and have a nice day!!

  63. Jay_Sensei on October 9, 2008 at 2:34 pm

    im not really interested in politics all that much, its not my forte by any standards and well, i really just dont care, besides which, i cant vote anyway because i didnt register to vote before October 4th which was my states deadline

  64. lp_fm_fan on October 9, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    I’m not really so interested in politics, however, I should be. I’ll check out the sites though!

    And I agree with you that you shouldn’t post WHO you are voting for cuz otherwise people will attack. Some people get so ticked off, it’s scary, lol.

  65. I_B_Long on October 9, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    you forgot one very important source!
    http://current.com/items/89387350campaignupdate1009_08
    thats my favorite spot to get info about the elections, but then, i dont have to actually research anything since im not a legal citizen of the US (yet)and my hubby doesnt believe absentee ballots get counted so he cant be bothered. so i can sit back and relax and njoy the show….. and dont worry, I wouldnt have asked who you are voting for. its impolite. thanks for the links tho, i hope people use them.

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