It is time…

It is time…

On November 4, 2008, assuming you are a citizen of the United States, age 18 or older, you have a responsibility to exercise your right to vote. Your right has been established in many different sections of the United States Constitution.

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Of course I care who you vote for, but beyond anything else, I care that you exercise your right to vote.

The polls open in less than 8 hours.

Do what you must.

(And, if you’re in my neck of the woods and you want to watch the results come in with company, there’s a brand new sofa and a microwave available for popcorn, plus a big TV and a digital tuner. Come share in the event. You won’t regret it.)

Comments:

LC:
Watch the results? I’m voting, don’t get me wrong, but I’d rather go to a party to have a root canal than to watch the pundits pontificate. To each their own, I suppose. I’ll hear the outcome tomorrow on the all-news radio.

Me:
Well, for the right-minded (left-minded?) person(s), I *could* be convinced to pop in either Dave or The American President. I’m in the mood for something hopeful…

LC:
I wish we lived closer, I’d take you up on that. Hopeful is good.

SC:
Oh, I am SO with you on this one. I swear, I went to the polls today ready to actually hit anyone who came near me w/any sort of politicking. Luckily, there was absolutely no one doing any sort of that thing. Surprising, but refreshing.

CS:
The wife and I have a nice bottle of wine ready for tonight. It’s my favorite kind of reality TV! We’ll be watching PBS so we won’t have to be interrupted with those vital local results (zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz). Forget about congress, we have to tell you who the new Dogcatcher is in South Bubbaburg! Oy!

Want to debunk something one of our candidates said?

Want to debunk something one of our candidates said?

Need to understand more about a discussion item in Congress? Here’s your best bet. Non-partisan (they’ll take on the Democrats and Republicans equally with no hazing or remorse). Read this and THEN post!

For example:

Obama’s ‘Projector’ Earmark

Q: Did Obama request a $3 million ‘overhead projector,’ as McCain claimed?

A: Obama did seek a $3 million earmark, but it was not for the sort of ‘overhead projector’ commonly found in classrooms or offices. It would have replaced the Adler Planetarium’s projector, last upgraded in 1969.

99 days and counting…

99 days and counting…

I saw a bumper sticker that made me laugh out loud until I thought about it.

At least Nixon had the decency to resign

Anyone else feel like they’re watching the last five minutes of Dr. Strangelove?

The trees were just turning in Harper’s Ferry, but the election was already underway. It was November 6, 1860 (148 years before my actual birthday coming up this year). I heard Breckenridge won. I wonder what life would have been like without Abraham Lincoln.

Would we be better off? Would there still be slavery?

At least now I know how close we are to Harper’s Ferry. I was surprised. And I noticed one other thing: While I saw a few McCain stickers on the backs of cars, the only signs I saw in town belonged to Obama.

I got my new registration card in the mail last week. The deadline for VA and DC has passed, but if you haven’t registered yet for Maryland, better get moving. You have till the 14th.

A funny note: Two rangers were talking outside of the shuttle bus as we were waiting to board. They were commiserating over some of the people who come out here this time of year. One guy bitched loud and long about how he’d planned this trip for months to be that particular weekend, and how dare the trees NOT be in full autumn color mode. The guy ranger said he’d get right on that (indicating painting the leaves, Alice in Wonderland-style).

Snort.

Some people are just stupid.

Off to the shower, services and maybe a bunch of box moving this afternoon. If you have free time and you want to help out, give me a call on my cell. I could use put-stuff-in-boxes help and hauling help both.

Enjoy your day!

Comments:

LC:
RE: Fall Foliage
We’re in the mountains of Northern Georgia and the leaves are just starting to change here too. Saw some stunning foliage on the way down as we went up in elevation; we drove from late summer to early fall and back again.

Re the guy who was upset because fall wasn’t in full flood; I actually like early fall better. Sure, the hills aren’t totally aflame, but a lot of the dark reds and vivid oranges are only there briefly when the leaves start changing.

SC:
Bearing in mind that I want him to win, these are still funny:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3154/2702462166_77a0dda189.jpg?v=0

Then again, this one’s funnier – possibly because it’s fresher:

http://bumperstickers.cafepress.com/item/that-one-sticker-bumper/315158816

But my real favorite is this:

https://www.cafepress.com/mf/25570758/bumper_bumper-sticker?productId=218556906

I know this has made the rounds, but the comments are almost as funny as the piece itself…

I know this has made the rounds, but the comments are almost as funny as the piece itself…

Les Misbarack

:

I gotta wonder how many takes it took them to produce the finished version…

And in other news:

Connecticut court overturns gay marriage ban

http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUSTRE4996BE20081011

and finally, in the “Duh” department, now this:

Panel: Palin abused power in trooper case

http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/10/10/palin.investigation/index.html

I’m sure our favorite hockey mom won’t do that when she’s President. Nope. Not her!

That’s all I’ve got tonight, besides a cough. Maybe tomorrow will be more productive….

Comments:

MH:
…but, you know, the investigation was simply a political ploy… just sayin’

I totally didn’t need that….

I totally didn’t need that….

How hard is it, really, to say the word “nu-CLEAR?”

And would someone please explain to me what drilling for oil in Alaska has to do with bankruptcy? Or global warming?

I just looked up the McCain VP candidate, Sarah Palin. Birthday? February 11, 1964

That makes me roughly three months and a week older than the potential VP of this country.

That’s not supposed to happen for … well, shoot. I *am* old, but *she* isn’t even a Baby Boomer.

What was he thinking???

And what scares me more: If he uses this sort of judgment for picking a VP, what will he do to our country? It’s darn hard to have a misstep if you don’t actually answer the questions. It’s Dan Quayle all over again. Best start repeating it now, just in case you’re confused about who you might be voting for here. Now imagine President Palin dealing with the next Great Depression… Talk about depressing!

Comments:

BJ:
I should have counted how many times we said, “is she answering the question?” or “um she used that to answer the last question, which, really didn’t answer the question.”

SC:
She is actually worse than Dan Quayle – she is actually going further than Ronald Reagan, who was the 1st politician I noticed who did that trick: she came right out & said she wasn’t going to be answering the questions.

I totally didn’t need that….

I totally didn’t need that….

I just looked up the McCain VP candidate. Birthday? February 11, 1964

That makes me roughly three months and a week older than the potential VP of this country.

That’s not supposed to happen for … well, shoot. I *am* old, but *she* isn’t even a Baby Boomer.

What was he thinking???

And what scares me more: If he uses this sort of judgment for picking a VP, what will he do to our country?

Comments:

KP:
I hadn’t thought about the age relative to me, yet (yikes!), but all the other points — definitely! What was he thinking?

LM:
Well, now that W has the country bent over…

RR:
She’s exactly five years younger than my younger oldest brother (I’m the oldest. So, that makes her eight and half years younger than me. Then I stop and think about my mom….all these people are younger than her.

As for what was he thinking? What are any of them thinking when they select running mates? I had a conspiracy “nut” for a father so my thinking is colored and I feel that they’ll do whatever they’re told by the big money.

LD-H:
Hey Obama is Younger than I am. I’m feeling ancient these days. 😀

DF:
He’s thinking he needs a young woman to offset the young black man that he’s running against. It’s also a small “F-U!!” to Hilary who didn’t get the nomination not to mention put all the bigots out there in a huge quandry whether to vote for a black man or a woman. Personally, I thought it was brilliant move. Makes the election interesting again.

LC:
To be honest, as her primary positive qualities seem to be a willingness to buck her party and a real zeal for ethics in government and reducing pork barrel spending, I suspect he gave thought to picking a great candidate for the job. She’s got more experience in the executive branch than Obama does.

I actually saw it as an olive branch to Hilary supporters, of which I am one. YMMV of course.

SA:
Sarah Palin is an attempt to get the Evangelicals revved up to go vote. McCain needs them at the polls if he is going to have any chance of winning. If he can scoop up some Hillary supporters and put the Democrats off balance then it’s a twofer.

LS:
I think it was a “get out the babes” selection. Or maybe he just wants the soccer moms.

I heard on NPR that a bunch of Indiana delegates were wearing “Hoosiers for the Hot Chick” buttons.

It does make this election inevitably historic, you must admit, although even the idea of a female VP couldn’t make me vote for McCain. >>shudder<<

Change is good…

Change is good…

Felt like I was a part of history tonight. I think our candidate said all the right things. At least I hope so.

I clapped and cheered for the woman who told her story, capped it off with her admission that she was a lifelong Republican but was voting for Obama because she just couldn’t stand another four years of Bush.

It was an amazing sea of people. I just hope he does this well when he goes head to head with McCain in September. I hung the mirrored closet doors while I was watching the show, too, so I can say I was productive. Now I need to empty the bookshelves and bring them here.

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