Tag Archives: government

Banning Churches?

Herman Cain (imageworldblog.blogspot.com)

Republican Presidential hopeful, Herman Cain came out Sunday in support of communities being able to ban the construction of mosques.  Cain is a former executive of Coca-Cola, Pillsbury, and Burger King.

Here is the Yahoo story.

What do you think?  Should the government be able to ban the construction of mosques?  Sound off!


2010 in review

Here is a review of 2010 for this site.  First of all, thank you to everyone who made 2010 such an amazing experience.  I started this blog back in March of 2010 in order to push people to get involved with government and politics.  All the comments, emails, and messages really push this site forward.  Once again, thank from the bottom of my heart!

-Ryan Adverderada

Founder, Desperate America Report

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 8,900 times in 2010. That’s about 21 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 131 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 26 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 3mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was November 2nd with 194 views. The most popular post that day was Two Constitutional Amendments on the Ballot for Hawaii.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were digg.com, en.wordpress.com, twitter.com, facebook.com, and healthfitnesstherapy.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for slovenia, desperate america, honolulu hale, adeja johnson, and dan inouye.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Two Constitutional Amendments on the Ballot for Hawaii October 2010


Honolulu City Council District 1 Candidate Websites November 2010


Special Comment: Hawaii’s Public School System is Flunking! April 2010
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Hawaii Office of Elections Releases Complete List of Candidates July 2010


Who will be Hawaii’s next Governor? July 2010

Monday’s Best: Project Vote Smart

Desperate America is always looking to bring more attention to the people and organizations whose focus is on moving society forward and making sure every voice is heard and protected.  It was suggested by a regular visitor to the site that there should be a weekly spotlight of these people and organizations.  Always trying to be the pulse of the people, Desperate America instantly seized on the opportunity to help bring attention to great causes.  Today is the start of something called “Monday’s Best” on the blog.  The idea is that every Monday, an organization or an individual will be featured on the blog.  There will be a brief history of the mission and also a glimpse into the problem that is being combated.  There will also be links to the honoree’s site and links to more information about the topics covered.

Today we will start our “Monday’s Best” series with Project Vote Smart.  In 1988, an organization was formed with the intent of providing information on political candidates.  The organization hoped to have easily accessible information available to the voting public.  An initial volunteer staff of 200 people conducted a phone hot-line for state elections in North Carolina and Nebraska in 1990.  The organization provided information on the biography, campaign finances, performance evaluations, issue positions, and voting records of each candidate.  For the two months leading up to the elections, volunteers operated a phone bank of eight lines around the clock.  The initial two days after the project was announced provided more than 2,000 callers.  The success of the experiment led to three important self-imposed regulations for Project Vote Smart: a decision to remain independent by not taking donations from organizations that lobby in support or against a candidate, mandate that any new board member be countered by someone of a differing political view, maintain a staff primarily composed of volunteers with a small salary offered to a few workers.

Project Vote Smart is an organization committed to voter education and involvement.

The project expanded to the colleges and universities in 1992 by opening an office with 200 interns at Oregon State University.  However, even with a total staff of 450, the OSU office was unable to cope with the over 200,000 calls to the hot-line.  Seeing this problem, the organization opened a second office at Northeastern University in Boston for the 1994 elections.  The growing popularity of the organization led to a need for construction of a Project Vote Smart campus.  In 1999 the organization built a facility that would allow for the housing of dozens of student intern and volunteers.  The facility, named Great Divide Ranch, allowed for a larger web capacity, and more office and housing space.

Project Vote Smart prides itself on being an independent and trusted source of candidate information.

Currently the organization has information on all state and federal elected officials.  Nominated judges and city/county candidates have also been added.  Programs have been started that go into community libraries and make the information even more visible to the public.  The web site now features listings of nearly every federal, state, and local race in the country.  In a democracy, voter education and voter participation are paramount.  Project Vote Smart has done a superb job of getting people informed and involved in the political process.  Hopefully the organization will continue to be a source of independent reviews of our candidates and elected officials.  As citizens of this great country, we must all do our part to ensure a prosperous future.

Get Informed and Get Involved!