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nevertheless, I am compelled to share "Prop 8 The Musical":



via boingboing, sfgate, etc
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I think it's great that Obama is going to shut down Gitmo. But now I've heard a rumor that he may abolish daylight savings time! Woo hoo!

bittersweet

Nov. 5th, 2008 08:19 am
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The election of Obama seems incredibly important -- not that I think he is perfect, or can fix anything overnight, but at least it gives me hope (whereas the opposite prospect filled me with despair).

On the other hand, various dear friends of mine are apparently about to have their civil rights written out of the CA constitution. It's very hard to face.

(Technically, as a bisexual person, the right to marry a person of the same gender could apply to me, but at this stage of my life, the idea of marriage seems abstract and unlikely when applied to myself, so I feel it more as it relates to my friends.)
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When you have a moment, go watch this little video reading of the universal declaration of human rights. Because the video itself has moments that are kind of cool, and also because it is good to have these words / ideas in the back of your head somewhere.

via boingboing, belatedly. Because tamino's post about furry / animal rights reminded me of it.

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Oct. 16th, 2008 10:25 am
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I think it is possible I may be starting to feel somewhat better. Touch wood. But I'm taking it easy again today, regardless.

Also: I listened to about 5 minutes of the debate last night, but it was so irritating I had to turn it off. Possibly I am a bad citizen...

already

Sep. 4th, 2008 12:50 pm
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A few days ago, I didn't know that Sarah Palin existed, and already I loathe her. To the point of wanting to change the station when I hear her voice (as I do with W) or close the page when I see her picture.

A random case in point, as mayor she wanted to ban books.
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OK, probably everyone I know already gets spam from MoveOn.org, but in case you haven't seen it yet, this little McCain vs Bush quiz thingy is modestly entertaining:
http://www.Bush-McCainChallenge.com
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Only in the Bay Area do you get to worry that if the vote is split between two ultra-progressives, an ordinary business-as-usual Democrat may get elected instead. I sure wish I could find a current poll on the Oakland mayoral race...

wow

Dec. 4th, 2004 12:05 am
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In one of my rare television-watching moods, happened to catch Bill Moyers interviewing Richard Dawkins. Thank goodness for the liberal media! (shs says ironically, but nevertheless grateful for scraps). How lovely to see an articulate and unapologetic atheist, right there on my TV.

p.s. )
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the purple map

state proportions (scroll down)

county by county

and of course, just for laughs, can't forget Jesusland :)
curious that the blue states are contiguous, no? (not to forget Hawaii, I should say all the mainland blue states)


Update, Nov 12:

cities as skyscrapers of blue
(been looking around for details of the data behind this, my google-fu is failing me, but there seems to be a consensus of doubt about its provinence... too bad, so sad)


Update, Nov 20:

Retroactively filling in the maps I was watching on election night:

NYT, check out the switch between geographic and electoral vote view.

ABC, seems pretty basic but the mouseover-popup-floater that shows elector college vote numbers as well as current status was actually useful.

BBC, very elaborate, high gee-whiz factor, auto-zooming turned out to be really annoying, as was the update feature that made states blink when they had updated numbers which was like every 5 minutes, and you had to click each state individually to get the blinking to stop, and then it would do the zoom thing... Aaaagh! (as a workaround, you could refresh the whole page, but then you had to skip past the intro every time). I guess it's a hard thing to test in advance.

There were some others, but these were the main three I switched between. NYT was interesting in part because they were super-conservative about the numbers they posted, using only genuinely confirmed results instead of projections. ABC was not the prettiest but was the most useful, and BBC gave me a point of comparison since they didn't use exactly the same projected-result figures as ABC.
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succinct synopsis (NSFW)
via mofi

Also, the best concession speach evah.
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Where do you fall on the political compass?

My scores:
Economic Left/Right: -7.12
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -6.97

(The site has lots o' explanation, but in brief: both dimensions appear to range from -10 to 10, e.g. a score of -10/-10 would indicate a perfect, 100% Leftist-Social-Libertarian. So I only qualify as solidly pinko :)

...

Nov. 3rd, 2004 06:27 am
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I feel sick. Not just Bush, but all the anti-gay stuff. And CA couldn't even fix 3 strikes?

Basically, on any issue I care about, my country is psychotic.

And we get the extended argument about the results, but I don't feel any hope that it will be reversed.

nail-biter

Nov. 2nd, 2004 08:29 pm
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Obsessively refreshing multiple web sites for latest election projections (plus listening to PBS in the background). Trying not to get depressed too soon, but things are certainly not looking comfortable.

How the heck will I be able to *live* in this country if that shmuck gets voted in (or somehow slithers in again, since the vote looks so likely to be very very close).
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I can't believe the Republicans are spinning the bin Laden tape as good news. And perhaps succeeding, because apparently all you have to do is push the "bad scary man hates ammurica" button and people forget everything else. (e.g. "Why not make up a 4-inch button and put it on Osama's chest that says Kerry/Edwards?'' )

my hero

Oct. 29th, 2004 07:30 am
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Once again, gotta love Mark Morford. From his latest:

"This is where it all comes down to your intuition and your intelligence and a sheer force of will, your ability to overcome the media-induced nausea and deeply inbred American political ennui and hoist yourself out of this election stupor and go to your polling place and punch the little card or push the little button, and then pray you don't live in a state where the GOP has rigged the touch screens or shredded all the Democratic voter registrations as you think, wow, world's foremost democracy and yet why does it feel like I'm voting in, like, Yugoslavia? Why does it feel that this election is so incredibly messy and loaded and rife with snakes and spit and hissing corruption? Weird. Sad. Telling."
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Trying to read through info on CA ballot initiatives, literally can't keep my eyes in focus...

Maybe I should just vote against whatever Arnold recommends ;)
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"The word election comes from the Indo-European root leg- (to choose) that is also the source of such words as intelligent, diligent, logic, dialog, and legal. In fact, that's probably not a bad way to choose a candidate: one who is intelligent, one who is diligent in solving problems, one who uses logic, one who prefers to engage in a dialog, and one who employs legal means."

courtesy of A Word A Day

perfect

Oct. 14th, 2004 07:29 pm
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the only garden gnome I'd ever consider owning

courtesy of Monkeyfilter

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