roxybisquaint: (sarah gun)
Enough with the campaign phone calls, okay?

Thanks,

Roxy

Obama xing

Jan. 17th, 2009 04:42 pm
roxybisquaint: (old glory)
About 5:45pm this evening, Barack Obama passed through our sleepy little town outside of Baltimore on his way to Washington DC. The man and I stood out in the below-freezing cold with pockets of other onlookers to await his train. I'm not sure the half hour or so we were out there was worth it for the 10 second glimpse of a moving train, but, you know, historic occasion and it was only a few blocks from our house.

Here's the video I took of it going by. )

Earlier in the day, we drove around to see how much the cops had blanketed the neighborhood. It's probably the most police we've ever seen around here. We did find a couple unguarded spots with vehicle access to the tracks, though. Maybe some cops called in "sick" today since it was so cold out there ;)
roxybisquaint: (old glory)
Right of center beats far left any day for me, so even though I wasn't surprised by the outcome of the election, I am still disappointed. McCain never thrilled me, but I do think he was the better man for the job. If Obama can move himself a few steps to the right and put some substance (other than taxes) behind his fab speeches (I do so love a good speech), he may do okay. If not, it'll perhaps be an interesting experiment in liberalism. I have doubt it'll be much more than the that, but I could be wrong. He could end up being good for the country for the next 4 years.*

So even in defeat, I feel okay about it. As my younger brother is fond of saying: "It really doesn't matter who gets elected. My life isn't going to change anyway." Ironically, he voted for Obama ;)


There's more. It's rough. I've got things to say and it may rub you wrong, even though it's not intended to. This cut isn't here to tempt you. It's here because I don't want to force it on you, but I want it out there. This is how I feel.
My one true hope from an Obama victory... )


* My dream candidate (and former Lt. Gov. of my state) didn't enter the race this time around, but I'm hopeful he'll throw his hat in the ring in 4 years. So in the grand tradition of being on the losing side of an election, I'll go ahead and kick off...

Michael Steele 2012!

roxybisquaint: (andy turk chess)
For real. Mwahahahahahaha

Okay, so the sinister laugh was just for effect. But I am actually going to be an election judge at a polling place in my district this year. It's not really what it sounds like, though. I'll be doing one of 3 things: checking people in, collecting voter activation cards when people vote or handling provisional ballots. Being my first year at this, it's unlikely I'll be doing provisional ballots. And since collecting the VACs sounds incredibly mind-numbing, I hope I'll be checking people in.

With the electronic voting system we've been using since 2006 (that I hate, BTW), the biggest slowdown in voting last time was the check-in process. Apparently the concept of a stylus and touch screen was just too foreign to the election judges in charge of it. Give me that job please. I'll keep those lines moving! Of course, there's still the problem of too many people showing up to vote who are either unregistered or are in the wrong place. That kind of slows things down too. But there's not much we can do about the idiot factor.

Anyway, I had my training class last night and it was way more interesting than I expected it to be (and I now have a thick manual to study before Nov. 4th). Also there was a nice comradery among all us election judges. I think that's the benefit of having citizen volunteers doing these jobs — good attitudes all around. We're all prepared to spend 15 hours or so doing the grunt work on election day because we want to contribute to the democratic process.
roxybisquaint: (sarah kidding me)
Here's an audio clip from the Howard Stern show from October 1st with people on the street being interviewed about who they're going to vote for. Wait, did I say "people on the street"? I meant STUPID people on the street. The 3 interviews are of Obama supporters, but there's a longer version of the clip that includes a McCain supporter being just as stupid. That one's got more Howard Stern chatter, though, so it's not as fun (don't know about you guys, but I'm not exactly a fan of his show).
roxybisquaint: (aeryn haha)
I don't want to know your politics (I might have to kill you if you tell me). But whatever they happen to be, I think you'll find this rather amusing...

roxybisquaint: (me frustration)
I have officially lost all interest in politics.

After about 10 years of excessive political debate, pundit watching, column and blog reading, I think I'm done. I turned on, tuned in and I'm dropping back out. I don't have the slightest interest in a single candidate and if I hear one more "news" story or read one more headline about Hillary or Barack... frak them and the lies they rode in on. And John McCain? Stick with your senate job. Come November, I might just have to go Libertarian.

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there is some
if there is some
and then some.

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