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Afternoon Specials

Here are some things that may tickle your fancy or frost your crockies:

  • Guess who’s going to be voting by absentee ballot this year? It looks like thes Sequoia e-voting machine that I use in every election may not be quite as infallible as once thought but the company that makes them doesn’t want NJ to take a peek inside –because it would violate a license agreement? Since when is possible for a private company to override my right to vote? Why can’t we go back to filling in little circles with number 2 pencils? Everyone knows how to do that.
  • Obama wasn’t the only one to stick his foot in it. It turns out that Kerry is also trying to guilt “typical white people” into voting for Obama. I thought MLK told us it was the “content of our character” that counted, not the “color of our skin”. And whatever happened to not judging a book by its cover? *sigh* We’re going to have to relive the civil rights era all over again, aren’t we?
  • From Corrente, we learn that Al Franken has a cool, short and sweet elevator speech. I really like this one. It has a lot of the same elements as my credo. Take a look and tell us what you think:

    “There’s a new progressive majority that’s emerging in this country…. We know what we want. We want universal healthcare, we want an economy that works for everybody, we want a green economy that creates jobs, we want a world-class education for all our kids, and we want to restore our standing in the world, and that means getting out of Iraq.”

  • A little off topic, but not really when you think about it: What happens when you want so desperately to believe something that it alienates family members for generations and only the critical examination of the facts by a total stranger reveals the truth? Listen to The Ghost of Bobby Dunbar from This American Life and think about how we deceive ourselves and how emotion gets in the way of rationally solving a mystery. Also, Ira Glass had a hysterical piece a while back about how bad or annoying things keep coming back and how he wishes they would just go away. His example of something that gets on his nerves? John Kerry. Too funny.