November 4th, 2008

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tweets for the day

(Posted here for reference. At twitter, I'm also "jeffsoesbe")

  • 05:56 woke up at 5am and knew I wasn't going back to sleep. internals are unhappy. maybe the old chili wasn't such a good idea for lunch Sunday. #
  • 06:25 time to get the older daughter up and running and the breakfast/lunches made #
  • 11:43 morning workout, bagel, some shopping at Fry's for work stuff, and now in the office #
  • 11:46 @quixhobbit Going off caffeine the day before the election? Did you want an even *bigger* headache? Caffeine, stat! #
  • 11:52 @MaryRobinette My wife is making Obama calls too! Kudos to the both of you! (I, alas, am stuck at work) #
  • 12:48 I just remembered I have Reeses, KitKats, and Butterfingers in my fridge! Yay! #
  • 13:37 trying to get new memory to work in some computers. Not happening so far. #
  • 14:25 is it warm in here or is it just me? #
  • 20:40 @gregvaneekhout You, sir, are ANTAY-PAR-TAY!!! Does the ban include wine? Tequila shots? Mary Jane? #
  • 20:41 deciding how to vote. Well, not deciding. More like confirming. I am NOT an undecided. #
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bald man thinking

some election day posts

It is lovely here today, after yesterday's deluge. Clear blue sky, fluffy clouds, crisp and cool. C and I walked down to the community center where we only had a small wait to cast our votes. Now the waiting (and the listening to radio and reading Internet sites) begins, and we'll head out to the Obama party about 7pm to await the result.

Various links to help folks entertain themselves today:

- Dan Ratherisms: The Wit and Wisdom of Dan Rather. From election coverage between 02 and 06. My favorite is still "if a frog had side pockets, he'd carry a handgun".

- Election Day Blogging (at Various Salon commentators blog during the elections. Some interesting stuff there, especially David Sirota's 1:55 PM post on conservative corporatism on political parties.

- So Little Time, So Much Damage (at There still two months left in the Presidency, let's get a bunch done. Sounds like "poisoning the well" to me, or "rewarding supporters as Rome burns".

- Voting-and-nervous-energy thread (at Making Light). People chat, and talk, and burn off time waiting. Always a good site with good discussions.

- Benchmarks for Barack (at One way to interpret results as they come in. And what is the deal with left-handed presidents?

- Five Ways We Talked About Race and Identity This Election (at American Prospect). Things the nation talked about, and things the nation didn't talk about. Rather interesting, with much to think about and good links to other articles.

- Minnesota Voting Booms Thanks To Tight Senate Race. I'm sure that big Presidential race helps. And oh, by the way, the phrase "Senator Al Franken" is a wild one to consider.

- How to read the numbers on Election Day (at Another way to read results, from Howard Dean's pollster. Interesting to think about the "magical" 50 percent barrier.

- Best of the 2008 Election Coverage (at American Prospect). A whole lot of links to election coverage. There goes the day.

- This Modern World on John McCain's Last Minute Path To Victory. It ends as you might think it would.
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I'll take Things That Are Funny *And* Tick Me Off for $300, Alex

This, from Saturday Night Live last weekend, is very funny.

But it ticks me off in the same way as the speeches from the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner did. In both these, Senator McCain is funny, personable, a little self-deprecating, and reasonable.

Is this the true Senator John McCain? Because it seems like the same Senator McCain who said of Obama (paraphrased) "He's a good, decent man. You don't need to be afraid of him as President."

I'd like to think this McCain is closer to the real McCain. But if that's the case, why does he allow the campaign (including his Vice-Presidental nominee) to take such a negative tone towards Obama? Why does he allow all the insinuations about Obama that he, McCain, *must* know are incorrect and misleading? Why all the nasty, personal, attacking?

I know there's been attacking on both sides. But, as I see it, Senator Obama has done much less of the scurrilous personal attacks on McCain. For the most part, Senator Obama's campaign has been about Barack Obama. And so has Senator McCain's campaign.

It's a shame. Senator John McCain had a real reputation as someone who worked outside the standard Republican orthodoxy. If he'd run with that reputation, and used the personableness visible in the SNL skit and the Smith Dinner speeches, we could have a had a fascinating, high-quality, campaign about different political philosophies and what actions were needed to deal with the issues the USA faces both at home and abroad.

Instead, we got attack ads, insinuations, and campaigning based on fear and hate. Of course it also looks like we will get a President Barack Obama in the end, which I believe is a good thing. But this campaign and its after-effects will massively increase the difficult work required to get this country back into some sort of strong operating position, and also increase the dig-in-the-heels resistance.

Hopefully, something good can grow from all the sh*t that has happened so far. I know that's my hope. What can I do about it? I don't know. But I'd be interested in hearing ideas as to what everyone can do about it, in order to help this country grow and move forward.
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pinklagooncreature on Yahoo? pinklagooncreature on Yahoo?

I got a "buddy list request" from "pinklagooncreature" on Yahoo. There wasn't anything on the profile, so I wasn't too hip on being added to their list as I didn't recognize the name.

However, thought I'd check on LJ and see if it's someone here who would be safe to have as a Yahoo IM buddy. So, anyone here "pinklagooncreature" on Yahoo?
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Yes. We. Can.

I could watch this speech all night.

I could watch this speech all night because, for me, it represents a victory of progressive thought. It represents a victory for America.

It represents the victory of inclusion, idealism and hope over division, hate, and fear.

It represents a great step closer to the kind of America I want this country to be.

At the party at the Radisson there were all kinds of people, all kinds of Americans, celebrating together, dancing, shouting, singing, giving high fives, clasping hands, crying, laughing. All of them cheering for their new President, and for what he was saying. That's my America.

As President-Elect Barack Obama said, now the hard work begins. I'm ready. Everyone in that room at the Radisson is ready. I hope everyone in America is ready.

I'm reminded of one of John Edwards's campaign slogans: Tomorrow Begins Today.

Celebrate tonight. And tomorrow, Let's Get To Work.

Because Yes, We Can.