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Intellectual refinement’s one thing. Moral refinement’s something different.

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I can see their eyes.. but tell me something: can they see mine?

‘Cause what’s left to lose? I’ve done enough. And if I fail, well then I fail, but I gave it a shot. And these last three years, I know they’ve been hard, but now it’s time to get out of the desert and into the sun. Even if it’s alone.


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16 November 2004 Tuesday

Ohio Recount: Hope Returns

slated in mainstream at 12:19 am

remember this?

(14:10:08) Cxxxk: can i give up hope yet     ...

well, permission rescinded.
There will be a recount of the presidential vote in Ohio!!

hurray hurray hurray!
it’s not everything… but it could be…

08 November 2004 Monday

slated in mainstream at 3:25 am

A beautiful post. I would have named this one something like ‘Values vs. Ideals’, but I trust the author knows better. Do read this one.

Blue states to Reds

slated in mainstream at 2:01 am

Read this article at theregister.co.uk by the New Democrat Outreach Program, published Sunday 7th November 2004. Blue states to Reds. [referred by a gentleman in ‘the forums’]

We Blues will come out of the Bush era no worse for wear, although you Reds will come out very much diminished, deeper in debt, and less able to improve your circumstances by your own powers.

It really is rather sneering and harsh, but I can live with that.

05 November 2004 Friday

Election-related, and Responses part II

slated in mainstream at 4:08 am

A friend directed me to this map you see here of the 2004 US Presidential Election Results and a Map of Pre-Civil War Free vs. Slave States. 2004 US election and pre-civil war states

He also directed me to this very informative and I’m sure completely comprehensive and scientific chart of the average IQ by state, and the candidate they voted for. I asked a friend how Hawaii could have beaten us geniuses in Maryland, and he reminded me that Stitch is there to break the curve. *edit: the makers of said chart pointed to a possibly more reputable chart. if someone finds more factual evidence toward this end, i’d be interested to hear/see it.

and another friend brought this one to my attention: Greg Pallast’s Kerry Won I don’t know if that’s supposed to be exhilarating or extra depressing. Not that it should necessarily be given a lot of credence, but it is out there. And that site directs on to Democracy Spoiled, a grim account of ballot spoilage. Greg Pallast concludes:

Several friends have asked me if I will again leave the country. In light of the failure — a second time — to count all the votes, that won’t be necessary. My country has left me.

and Part II: smattering of IM and spoken responses I had from friends regarding the election results:

(19:58:29) cxxx: but yeah, our country is split pretty much down the middle on issues.
(19:58:45) cxxx: good luck to bush for keeping all of us happy for the next 4 years.

(3:19:29 PM) Mxxx: its a dark day in america
(3:21:12 PM) Mxxx: notice how bush gets elected and the clouds roll in

“Reagan was a really bad president. he’d sleep through his cabinet meetings. but at least he’d have cabinet meetings. this president (Bush) just held his first cabinet meeting in three months!”

I will tell you that I believe my grumpiness about this whole thing is slowly beginning to wear off. blogging is form of therapy, after all. ‘doesn’t mean I won’t be having more politically-charged material here for a while yet. maybe even scattered through the next four years. hey, worse things could happen.

04 November 2004 Thursday

Jeff Nelson Political Signs

slated in mainstream at 11:47 pm
Stately Victorians against Iditotic Incumbents

A friend brought this site to my attention. I think it’s excellent

I do wish my neighborhood looked more like this. Instead, it’s actually pretty full of Bush signs… although there are a few heartwarming Kerry signs.

I wonder when my disappointment and disdain and frustration and disgust for this whole situation is going to wear off. Or at least turn productive. It’ll have to turn productive.

The glass is half Ohio

slated in mainstream at 9:49 pm

*this article began at 11:09. i’ve come back to it occasionally and added to it in the subsequent hours

whatever differences I felt with the elder Bush were over what was the right policy. There was much he ultimately did that I ended up admiring. ... But what troubled me yesterday was my feeling that this election was tipped because of an outpouring of support for George Bush by people who don’t just favor different policies than I do – they favor a whole different kind of America. We don’t just disagree on what America should be doing; we disagree on what America is.

I came across this post as I was reading this post.

Given the current (and past few years) state of this country and notably the state of Ohio, and between the Ohioans who voted for Bush and the Ohioans who voted for/almost voted for Nader/no one.. I’m just not sure where to draw my faith in the American public and in their goodwill and sensibility.

“The glass is half-full”—nearly 50% voted for against Bush/for Kerry. Well yes. That’s fine. But it seems to me that we took over Iraq because of a handful of ‘bad people’ and the power they had (which is all a whole bunch of crap, btw. That invasion is one of the most unjustified crimes every committed by any government anywhere.).. Here, 50% of the country is in full power throughout the House, Senate, and sitting comforably in the Oval Office… and they’re crazy. They don’t believe in equality. They don’t believe in shades of grey. They don’t believe in accepting others for who they are, though it may be different and even weird and unattractive to theirselves. Nor do they believe in global warming.

They do believe that terrorists “hate freedom” and that we were saviors in Iraq and that 52% could be any sort of a mandate of heaven—and that Bush could be a good President scratch that, they believe that Bush has been a good president.

Despite an utterly incompetent war performance in Iraq and a stagnant economy, Mr. Bush held onto the same basic core of states that he won four years ago – as if nothing had happened. It seemed as if people were not voting on his performance. It seemed as if they were voting for what team they were on.

“They hate us because we don't know why they hate us."—Bill Maher

True for the Middle Easterners and true for the rest of the world and true for the half of us who voted against Bush, despising the other half because they clearly don’t get it.

Remember back in the day when we kept ‘colored’ people as slaves? When schools were segregated. When interracial marriage was disgusting and mixed children were abominations. When only white men could vote and own land. When birth control or even avoiding sexual intercourse at a particularly fertile time of one’s monthly cycle was considered sin.

Well back in the day nothing. Many of those things are still considered morally right (segregation) and morally wrong (birth control) by Americans today. And other Americans who think they’ve achieved something by growing past those things and striving toward unity and equality, turn around and say “gay people? gay people getting married!? abomination!” and “abortion? who cares about someone else’s circumstances and the health/safety of the mother and what are shades of grey and extrenuating circumstances? evil!”

At least if people want to believe these things and behave this way, let them not pledge “one nation under God, with liberty and justice for all.” Cuz it’s all such very much crap.

Is it a country that does not intrude into people’s sexual preferences and the marriage unions they want to make? Is it a country that allows a woman to have control over her body? Is it a country where the line between church and state bequeathed to us by our Founding Fathers should be inviolate? Is it a country where religion doesn’t trump science? And, most important, is it a country whose president mobilizes its deep moral energies to unite us – instead of dividing us from one another and from the world?

Divided indeed. This map shows the breakdown of voting results by county.

Counties won by less than 5 percentage points:
Bush        162
Kerry       131

I think that shows remarkable division!

All that said… the glass is half full. Because we survived all of that and I was born and I’ve always loved being mixed and no one dares call me an abomination (let’s not start) and so maybe (slowly and dumbly) even the current crop of Americans will grow up and find something new to suppress and be afraid of.

Besides. My father’s American. And there are others—even many—who embody what many of us envision as the idealistic and worthy/worthwhile true-to-claim Americans. There’s hope as long as that.


read Thomas L. Freidman’s ‘Two Nations Under God’

also glance at these other articles (relevant to this post and the past few):

Fleeing the country

slated in mainstream at 8:06 am

found through the textdrive forum and through amenroma.com

Electing to Leave: A reader's guide to expatriating on November 3

“Should one candidate win, those who opposed the Iraq war might hope to find refuge in France, where a very select few are allowed to ‘assimilate’ each year. Assimilation is reserved for persons of non-French descent who are able to prove that they are more French than American, having mastered the language as well as the philosophy of the French way of life. Each case is determined on its own merit, and decisions are made by the Minist?re de l'Emploi, du Travail, et de la Coh?sion Social. When your name is published in the Journal Officiel de la R?publique Fran?ais, you are officially a citizen, and may thereafter heckle the United States with authentic Gallic zeal.”

Wonkette Answers: Where to Now?

“We sort of hate to pack so we’ll be headed somewhere closer to home: The state of denial.”

03 November 2004 Wednesday

Ass or Trunk?

slated in mainstream at 4:39 am
xyz: no one aproached me about my button :(

A friend brought this to my attention: votergasm.org. Golly, I might have been able to get a lot more people to vote if I’d known about this.

A little late now…


27 May 2004 Thursday

movabletype; wordpress; textpattern

slated in site-building, mainstream at 8:21 pm

just a brief…:
i think a heck of a lot> has been said about the new MT 3.0 that finally came out.. i’ll just note very briefly (very very summarized), that i think Movable Type has certainly earned the right to quite much money from its users. i also think Six Apart did a terrible job of presenting MT 3.0 and the pricing scheme, and people are mostly rightfully upset about it. but everyone’s already said all this.

moving right along… i’m not completely horrified at MT.. but i am a bit disappointed…i’d really been looking forward to something a little new and useable in 3.0. so, as i’d considered before, wordpress is a reasonable CMS to turn to.. and so is textpattern. i’ve read a number of things about each, but i’m not really keeping straight in my head which does what, exactly.. i do know, though, that each has its advantages. i expect to get to know each (and continue to learn movabletype a bit better, still) and appreciate them a all a bit… and then i’ll choose my favorite and tell the world why it’s decidedly the best. (maybe) so that’s said. i’m moving from movabletype, but staying as well. that is basically what i had to say.

out to dinnertime for me…


slated in mainstream, as so at 6:48 pm

..referring to the previous entry
i am quite excited about this. how not to be? read a page or two from the textpattern forum about the TextDrive VC200… the open enthusiasm and eagerness and faith and trust and appreciation and camaradarie… i think i paid the money just to be a part of all that, just as much as (if not more) for the fascinating idea of a paid host* for life. —life of the project, anyway. but with the integrity and capability and humanity of the people involved..surely it will be made to succeed. *smiling* my appreciation to everyone in that forum, and i am looking forward to all of it coming.

*a reliable and friendly host, that is knowledgeable and compassionate and simply smart. this whole thing keeps enthusing me more everytime i think about it.

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