Posted tagged ‘2008 election’

I almost got ACORN’d

November 5, 2008

America: I understand that volunteers staff the polling stations, but is it too much to ask for competence?

I went to vote yesterday & upon feeding my ballot into the machine, it made the standard sound that it had accepted my ballot.  However, the tally on the machine did not change.  I thought since I was voting on 2 ballots, it would change after I fed through the second ballot.  It did not.  Apparently, there were 15 or so machines in Tulsa that malfunctioned yesterday.

I alerted a volunteer & she had the next person in line submit one of their ballots & the number again stayed the same.  Concerned, she placed a call to the election board (whose website, incidentally, doesn’t appear to have changed since it was first created).  While doing this, I peeked at the machine’s receipt roll & noticed that it had repeated entries of “stuck ballot.”

After conversing with the election board, she came back to inform me that she couldn’t do anything.  I asked if I should fill out a provisional ballot.  She said no & that she was sorry but it seemed that my vote was lost.  At this point, I began to suspect she was an ACORN secret agent.  Shaking that idea, I determined she was simply incompetence, so I called the election board & after receiving the spiel about how Oklahoma’s voting system is so great because it leaves a paper trail, I was assured that my vote would be counted.  After double-checking with the technician who had arrived on site during my call, he informed me, after repeating the aforementioned spiel, that my vote would be manually re-fed through the machine.

The fact that my vote was nearly derailed by a doofus, while initially grating & ultimately meaningless on the federal level, has since turned into a great story.

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Liberal media?

October 8, 2008

I have no journalism experience, but something caught my eye with today’s [October 8th, 2008] edition of The Oklahoman.  Below, the image on the left is a scan of a physical copy of today’s Oklahoman with the clear headline “Obama sarcastic; McCain defends.”   For some reason, the online version of today’s paper, found at www.newsok.com, has a different headline as you can see in the image on the right: “Economy shapes second debate.”  I found it odd that there are differing headlines between what appears to be the exact same article.  Also weird, the link to the online article is http://newsok.com/obama-sarcastic-mccain-defends/article/3308736.

       
Now, for those unfamiliar with The Oklahoman, the paper is run by the Gaylord family, a group who has historically injected their conservative political & religious beliefs into many aspects of the paper, i.e. beyond the editorial pages.  They’re like Rupert Murdoch with religion.  The paper has even been named The Worst Paper in America by The Columbia Journalism Review.  In fairness, they have toned down a bit since this scathing article, but a rabid dog without teeth is still rabid, got it?  Am I being too conspiratorial in thinking the editor(s) manipulated the headlines in a format to cast negative light on Obama? I’d appreciate feedback from anyone out there with any journalism cred to help me clear up this situation.

VP Debate Bingo!

October 2, 2008

Some friends & I, ever the social butterflies (but certainly not losers!), plan to get together & plan VP Debate bingo this evening.  These were the best bingo sheets I could find after 10 seconds of searching [via HuffPo].  I think as the gimme free square on the Palin sheet, it should be “rambling, embarrassingly uninformed non-answer” whereas Biden’s would be his dad’s admonition to “get up, champ!”

I also see there are others who will be imbibing during the debate.  I’ll be surprised if they last the entire 90 minutes.  Anyone else have any crazy plans?

Heads & tails

September 4, 2008

So do I write about an update on my dad or McCain’s new, bat-shit religious crazy VP pick? Coin flip. Dad it is.

The cancer hasn’t spread to the bones, bladder or lymph nodes. We have surgery scheduled for the week of September 22nd & not a bit too soon considering the samples that came back malignant are considered moderately aggressive & highly aggressive, respectively (Gleason scores of 7 & 9 for you cancer wonks). We’ll be headed to Detroit for the surgery. I’ll have more news as it is available.

Ok, fine. So I’ll include this, too:

*If the above video won’t play, try THIS

o, hai

July 8, 2008

Miss me, dear readers? I’ve sure missed you. You see, after making it through my first 100 blog posts, I decided to take a little respite. At least that’s what I have now decided to declare it. As is the nature with a blog, I’m only really writing to express something I’ve recently been thinking about. It doesn’t have much, if any, impact on anyone else but for some reason, y’all keep tuning in to see what I’ll say next….and I thank you.

So to the point: for those Hillary supporters I have heard complaining about the outcome of the Democratic primary, primarily through print & video [and fortunately from no one in my own life], and who are threatening to vote for McCain, I have a few numbers for you: 88, 72, 68, 53.

88 is the age of the oldest of the 4 liberal Supreme Court Justices, John Paul Stevens.
72 is the age of the oldest of the 5 conservative Supreme Court Justices, Antonin Scalia.
68 is the age of the youngest of the 4 liberal Supreme Court Justices, David Souter.
53 is the age of the youngest of the 5 conservative Supreme Court Justices, John Roberts.

Go ahead, HRC supporters, and vote for McCain. See what happens when the current laws you hold dear to your heart & to your cause come before a Supreme Court to which John McCain will make at least one appointment. So suck it up, decompress for a few months, get a little perspective, then get onboard. K?

Biting off the soundbites

April 27, 2008

Bill Moyers had a great interview with Jeremiah Wright this past Friday on “Bill Moyers Journal.” It was refreshing to watch a journalist go to the source, avoid showing only the sensationalistic clip of Wright’s fiery sermon, and instead show the minutes of the sermon prior to his phrasing of “God damn America.” If you have some time, give it a view.
http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/04252008/watch.html

VP pick em

April 16, 2008

In a move to stimulate interaction with my loyal readers (and also because I’m genuinely curious), I would like to have a contest (with no prizes) to guess who the vice-presidential candidates might be this fall. You can make multiple guesses for each possible presidential candidate. I thought about holding off with my picks, but I run the show here so away we go!

*these picks are in random order
John McCain

  • Newt Gingrich: this would bring a level of intellect to the campaign that is currently missing & would solidify him with conservatives (although they’ll probably vote for him anyway).
  • Kay Bailey Hutchison: conservative senator from Texas.
  • Michael Steele: former lt. governor of Maryland; also, an African-American Republican (yes, they do exist).
  • Mitt Romney: a smart guy but he wouldn’t help with those conservative already skeptical of McCain.
  • Joe Lieberman: an Independent & former Democratic vp candidate who is already supporting McCain.

Barack Obama

  • Bill Richardson: NM governor with a strong resume who may help secure votes in the Latino community.
  • Chris Dodd: smart & experienced senator.
  • Jim Webb: Virginia senator & Secretary of the Navy under Reagan who would add military experience to the ticket which, for some reason, you need to run for president.
  • Kathleen Sebelius: two-term governor of a very red state (KS) & a strategic pick to possibly secure those Clintonites who might abandon the Dems if HRC isn’t the nominee.

In the interests of reality, I’m not picking possible running mates for HRC but feel free to do so. I look forward to seeing your responses.