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Hubby and I have voted early...and we are both supporting the candidate for change:

Please do not let the media pundits and polls make you complacent. As was tragically proven in 2000, every vote counts.

I have a feeling I'm preaching to the choir, but please, VOTE!

Thanks. (This has been a public service announcement for the people who don't want to see the same shit happen again this year.)
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Lifted from [livejournal.com profile] florahart 's journal. Dunno how many of my small audience are in CA, but, this bears repeating because, DAMN PEOPLE, ALL LOVE IS LOVE. Anyway, onward:

It's looking like Proposition 8 on the California ballot might pass next Tuesday. In part, this is because many people are really confused about what a "yes" and "no" means.

A "yes" vote, for the way this proposition is written, would abolish equal marriage rights for gay people in California. It would invalidate the over 11,000 marriages between same-sex couples that have taken place since the state's supreme court ruled that they had to right to marry, just like everyone else. Folks may think a yes vote means to keep marriage available; this is a trick someone in my state likes to use to give his insane ballot measures a better chance of passing: write them so the voter has to diagram the sentence to work out which way is which.

If you live in CA or know people who live there, urge them to vote "NO" on Prop. 8, because everyone deserves the right to marry the person that he or she loves, and because regardless of statements made by many anti-gay-marriage politicians and others (and believed by no small percentage of voters), there is no legal provision besides marriage that comes anywhere especially close to creating an equal legal status; it is only possible to come sort of close by throwing a lot of money at lawyers for documents that cobble together into a jumbled legal standing for one's partner and one's shared parenting rights--and even then, how close you can come varies widely by state.

And, because it can't hurt: copy this sentence into your livejournal if you're in a heterosexual marriage, and you don't want it "protected" by the bigots who think that equal marriage rights for all people hurts it somehow.

Just wow.

Aug. 28th, 2008 11:35 pm
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Watched Barak Obama's acceptance speech tonight and all I can say is WOW. It really made me feel so good...

...I only hope that enough people vote for him. I believe he would be a good president.
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What are they thinking??? (Our "representatives," I mean.)

MoveOn.Org is asking the folks who sign the petition to forward it to three friends, but I hate forwarding things so I figured I'd reach more folks by simply posting it here.

From www.moveon.org:

Everyone expected House Republicans to give up efforts to kill NPR and PBS after a massive public outcry stopped them last year. But they've just voted to eliminate funding for NPR and PBS—unbelievably, starting with programs like "Sesame Street."

Public broadcasting would lose nearly a quarter of its federal funding this year. Even worse, all funding would be eliminated in two years--threatening one of the last remaining sources of watchdog journalism.

Sign the petition telling Congress to save NPR and PBS again this year:


Last year, millions of us took action to save NPR and PBS, and Congress listened. We can do it again if enough of us sign the petition in time.

This would be the most severe cut in the history of public broadcasting. The Boston Globe reports the cuts "could force the elimination of some popular PBS and NPR programs." NPR's president expects rural public radio stations may be forced to shut down.

The House and Senate are deciding if public broadcasting will survive, and they need to hear from viewers like you. Sign the petition at:



P.S. Read the Boston Globe story on the threat to NPR and PBS at:

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I am so frightened for this country. I really wish our elected representatives would grow several pairs and just impeach them already.

Talk of rewriting the manual to exclude the Geneva Convention

I think, on the whole, I'd rather have a playboy in the White House than the homophobic, idiotic, war-mongering good old boy who is the current resident.

I hope this country can survive two more years of this crap.
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Fair warning to those who were not disappointed, angry, upset or hurt by the results of the election. You may want to look away.

For the other seven readers of this LJ, I want to say...it's time to wipe your tears, drag yourselves up by your bootstraps, get angry and get busy. Get involved. Write letters--REAL letters (that's right SNAIL mail--it means more than email to the suits in Washington), call your representatives and tell them your opinion about things.

There's a new website that has been formed by a bunch of people I like and respect a whole lot, and who are also disappointed, angry, upset and hurt by the election results. Oh, and did I mention that these folks are also awesome writers, too? They are the ones who bring you:
Tomato Nation

Television Without Pity

Frolic and Detour (check out the archives, funny stuff)

They have a new site with which they are encouraging people to get busy! It's called:

This Is Not Over

Run, don't walk over to their site. Lots of cool stuff on there now.

Here's their Mission Statement )

Check the rest of it out. I really like how these people think. And I'm going to get busy myself. It's more important than ever, especially for those of us unfortunate "blues" who happen to live in a "red" state.
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Literally. I cried myself to sleep last night and my eyes are leaking again today. I don't know what people are thinking. I don't know how they can look at that idiot and see a "leader" of any kind. A draft-dodging drug using party boy who has alway cheated to win. Looks like we're in for four more years of tax breaks for the wealthy and young men dying in the name of...oil.

I just don't understand. All I know is I'm going to encourage my son to marry his fiance as soon as possible. I don't trust the idiot not to reinstate the draft and my child is not going. He has a baby to take care of. I won't give up my child to an unjust war.

Anyway, I'm still shell-shocked. I don't know how I'm going to concentrate at work today. Because I will look at the people around me and wonder--why?
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I left work yesterday and headed over to the "early voting" polling place. When I got there at about 5:30, a line stretched from the door to the street. "That's not too bad," I thought as I added myself to the back of the line. As I waited I was chatting with the folks around me, my 'line buddies'. As my watch moved closer to 6:00 and the line had only moved a few yards, I told them that my husband had intended to vote the same day, only he had gotten off work at 4:00, so he was probably long gone and home by then. Not five minutes after I said that, who do I see coming out the door? Yep. My husband. I waved him over and he told me he had gotten into line at 4:10 and had just gotten to vote. "You've got a two hour wait once you get inside." "You're kidding me!" "Nope, this line out here is nothing." "Oh, shit." "See you in a couple of hours, baby." Then he kissed me and tried not to cackle as he hurried off home.
I was nearly to the door at that point, so I decided to stick it out. Then I got inside. There were three lines which went to the back of the building. There were only three voting machines, but that wasn't the problem. With the early voting (here in middle TN) they have computers to look up your voter registration and they print out a form you have to sign etc. The computers must have been on a dial-up connection because they were so sloooooow. But once inside, I hated to leave.
By the time I got to the front of the line and voted it was 8:00pm. Two and a half hours, people.
My advice for those of you who are going to vote on Tuesday (and all the Americans reading this ARE going to vote, RIGHT??) is to go early and expect a long wait. Take a book, snacks, an umbrella...whatever you need to survive. But please, VOTE.

After that I picked up some fast food (Long John Silver's fish and chips, YUM) and hurried home. I started carving a pumpkin for the contest here at work on Friday while I watched the World Series game. Hooray for the BoSox! I'm glad they won, now maybe they can put that whole "curse" thing behind them. Oh and my pumpkin is going to be a werewolf howling at the moon. It is about halfway done, I am going to finish it tonight while I bake brownies for the office party tomorrow. I'll see if I can get a picture of it to show you all once it's finished.

Please VOTE!


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