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November 2nd, 2004

Tony Blair for President!

Well, I held my nose and voted. I won't say which of the bad choices I voted for, after all what's the point of a secret ballot if I go and blab it, right? I will say that if you think you know who I voted for and why, you're probably wrong. I was undecided right up to the booth, and even there I went back and changed my answer.

(Although I would be curious to know who you think I voted for, and why. ;) I just like to know how I'm perceived out there.)

I was very pleased that, even with the high turnout and long lines, everybody seemed to be cheerful, glad to be there, and eager to be nice to each other, regardless of political persuasion. It was so gosh-darn neighborly and civilized that for a minute I wondered if reality had slipped a track and I'd been transported to Pleasantville. The volunteers were all competent and knowledgable, and the poll-watchers for both parties were chatting together happily as they all ticked off names.

In its own way, it inspired a lot of hope in me. Even if the candidates all suck, it's nice to know that the people around me don't. :)

For more analysis, check out this post by camstone. A lot of interesting observations, there.

-The Gneech
whip-sawing
The acceptance of fees or bribes from two opposing persons or parties. It is believed to have originated in the New York Assumbly, and is evidently derived from the whip-saw of mechanics, which "cuts both ways."
--Charles Ledyard Norton's Political Americanisms, 1890


American Election Day
In his Farewell Address to the American people, published in the Philadelphia Daily Advertiser on September 19, 1796, but never delivered orally, George Washington appealed to his countrymen to beware of the perils of political partisanship: "Let me ... warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of [the political] party. ... The spirit of party serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, [and] foments occasional riot and insurrection."

Quite a man, our Georgie. :)

In a similar vein, from jakebe: Walking Up the Side of the Mountain.

And from neverwench: If the Other Guys Win, I Will Not...

And on a totally different note, from kelloggs2066 ... a dancing Dalek??? 0.o

-The Gneech

PS: Anybody know what's up with huskyteer?

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