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The gay sex will be arriving at your door sometime later today. Do click through to read the rest. It's short and it's worth the trip.
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Not that it'll make a damn bit of difference, but here's my letter that I'm emailing to my senators about the marriage amendment. Read more... )
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I got my absentee ballot in the mail yesterday, hooray... [which I'll be hand-delivering, since I'm sure it'll wind up getting "lost" if I mail it.] I was starting to wonder if it would ever get here.

I scanned through to see what all was on there. Glad I did, since there are two issues to vote on that make no sense -- one is about minibottles, but it's worded so poorly that I can't figure out which way I'm supposed to vote if I want to get rid of minibottles (even the "plain English" explanation) is of almost no help), and the second one is... ???... something about shareholders, and agricultural real estate, and tax assessments. I don't know. I'm going to have to do some research to find out what the hell it's actually about.

I was aghast to find that, in almost all the local races, the candidates (all but one of whom are Republican) are running unopposed. That just ain't right. I think that, in 2006, I'm going to find out what county seats are up for re-election, and if no one is running *I'm* going to run for one of them, just for the hell of it. I resent not having a choice in the matter. I know I won't win -- I just think unopposed races are inherently wrong. I mean, hell, one of them is for a congressional seat -- and we couldn't cough up someone to run against this guy? I mean, he's nice and all, but come on. (OK, correction, I wouldn't run for coroner, because I don't have the qualifications to do that job. But I'm sure I could figure out how to be a state house rep for our district, for example, or a state senator.)

Also, the candidates are listed in no apparent order. It's the same order for straight party, president/VP, and senator, so I'll give them credit for consistency. But here's the order it's in: Constitution, United Citizens, Green, Republican, Libertarian, Democratic.

What, did they put them in in the order they filed to get on the ballot? Because that sure as hell isn't alpha... nor alpha by presidential candidates' names.

My favorite part, however... in at least three separate places, they misspelled Libertarian as "Liberterian."

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Bob Herbert has a nice editoral in today's New York Times about voter disenfranchisement. There's a hotline you can call if you hear about people trying to suppress votes, or if you experience voting irregularities on election day -- it is:

1-866-OUR VOTE

It's toll-free, and the hotline will put you in touch with local volunteers who will help you to resolve the issue.

Write this number down in your daytimer, stick it on a post-it to your voter registration card, put it in your palm or program it into your phone. Post it on the fridge. Because something tells me that quite a few of us are going to need this number come November.
ghoulsis: (Default) can keep track of the current electoral college vote (based on polling numbers) here:

It changes almost daily, depending on what polls are done in various states. I keep gritting my teeth watching Florida go back and forth.
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"Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we."

President G.W. Bush, 8/5/04,
on signing H.R. 4613, the Defense Appropriations Act for FY 2005.

If you don't believe me, read it yourself:
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Advisors to the FDA have recently concluded that it may be ok to sell defibrillators without a prescription.


These are the same people who think I'm too stupid to take birth control pills without having a doctor explain how they work. So, BCPs are STILL not available over the counter.

But now they're saying I can buy a defibrillator?

What kind of retards do we have working in our government, anyhow?

(Note: Yes, I realize that the defibs in question are the automated kind. But even so, the Red Cross recommends that people have training before using them. "Over the counter" tends to indicate no training. So the FDA is saying I don't need training to shock someone's heart back to a normal rhythm, but I'm too stupid to figure out how to take a pill every day? Could it be that it's 'cause I'm a girl?)
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Did anyone else see the speech tonight by Obama at the DNC?

Holy crap.

I actually got chills, and tears in my eyes.

And man am I glad he's on OUR side.


(Edited to add: you can read it here --
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From today's NY Times:

To the Editor:

Re "Schwarzenegger Calls Budget Opponents 'Girlie Men' " (news article, July 19):

Do the Republicans have something against girls? First, President Bush's team derogatorily refers to Senator John Edwards as the "Breck Girl," and now Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger derides the Democratic opponents to his budget plan as "girlie men."

I have a lovely 7-year-old daughter. How would the Republicans like me to explain to her their using "girl" as shorthand for frivolous and weak? Are they so confident that they do not need women's votes in November?

Laura Levine
Larchmont, N.Y.
July 19, 2004
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The Republicans were unsuccessful in breaking the filibuster. FMA isn't coming to a vote... woot!
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Word on the street is, there is strong bipartisan opposition to the FMA. Even some of those Republicans who initially supported the bill are backing off and trying to soften the language in the amendment. However, it looks like this amendment will die in the Senate.

**Further update: It now looks like Senate Democrats have initiated a filibuster to stop a vote on the amendment now that it's being revised. Wahoo!
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Just in case y'all missed it (because I nearly did), the Federal Marriage Amendment (which, if ratified, would ban gay marriage entirely) is due to be voted on in the Senate tomorrow. If you have an opinion on it, here's how to find your Senators' phone numbers in Washington:

I've already sent them an email, but I'm going to call too. I've tried two or three times already and haven't had any luck. Guess it's a busy day on the Hill.

[Updated to add: I finally got through, after trying off and on all day long. Sen Graham's staffer was chipper and noncommittal and thanked me for my call, while Sen. Hollings' staffer sounded very tired. He almost didn't let me finish before telling me that Fritz was planning to vote no anyhow. :) So I asked him to thank the Senator for his vote. Yippee! At least it looks like my senators' votes will likely cancel each other out.]

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