Thursday, November 06, 2008

Election Day, Town Hall, Maplewood NJ 
(click on the picture to see it at larger size)

The line of people waiting to vote, as it snaked around the Town Hall meeting chamber. At this point the wait was about an hour and fifteen minutes. Several times during the day the wait was well over 1 1/2 hours, and it was no less than 30 minutes from 6:00 AM, when polls opened, until 6:00 PM. The voters in my district, District 3, were luckier than those in District 6. Their line snaked through the hallways and out into the parking lot.

Remarkably, very few people left - no more than a dozen. But we sure could have used another couple of voting machines.

Prop 8 
Californians ought to be ashamed.

Members of the LDS church deserve to be ashamed.

The only upside to Prop 8's passage - the demographic groups that got it passed were the 45-54s (by a small margin), 55-64 and, most heavily, the over 65's. Time will have its way, and those who voted for it will sooner or later not be with us any longer. Give it 5 or 8 or 10 years and there will be few left who think it's okay to declare their fellows less than human.

Yay, us! 
I feel like my country is my own again - for the moment, at least.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Despicably anti-American crap.

"I'm the NRA - and I don't believe in Democracy."

Gun firm head resigns over Obama support

STEVENSVILLE, Mont., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- The namesake of Montana-based Cooper Firearms has been asked to resign as president of the company after he expressed support for Barack Obama.

The company said it asked Dan Cooper, founder and part owner of Cooper Firearms, to resign as president after he voiced support for the Democratic Illinois senator's bid for president in a USA Today interview published Tuesday, USA Today reported Friday.

"Although we all believe everyone has a right to vote and donate as they see fit, it has become apparent that the fallout may affect more than just Mr. Cooper," the company said in a statement on its Web site Wednesday. "It may also affect the employees and the shareholders of Cooper Firearms. The board of directors has asked Mr. Cooper to resign as president."

Cooper, who said he usually votes Republican, told the paper in the interview he planned to vote for Obama "probably because of the war. And also because the Republican Party has moved so far right in recent years."

Cooper said Thursday he had submitted his resignation to the board.

"There is nothing on this earth I will not do for my employees ... When the Internet anger turned on these innocent people, I felt it was important to distance myself from the company so as not to cause any further harm," he said.
It's long past time to end stuff like this.

Vote Obama 
I was going to write a rationale for my Obama support, considering that, earlier this year, I had written some not-so-complimentary things about him. He was not my first, nor even my second, choice out of the huge Democratic field that had entered the primary fray. But that doesn't matter anymore. He is, I have come to believe, truly the "Change We Need."

There are many good things I could write about Senator Obama, but I don't need to - my friend Mark at A Cautious Man has done it for me - eloquently, as always.

Don't forget to vote tomorrow - it's probably the most important vote you will ever cast.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Cali friends - vote no on Prop Hate 
It could happen

Don't let it.

video via Avedon at Eschaton
link via tristero at Hullabaloo

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