This matters. This is important. Why did you say six months?
Why did you say five minutes?
Saturday, November 13
Just testing something, don't mind me...
Tuesday, November 09
July 8, 2004:
Who won the 2004 USA presidential election?
The what? Oh, politics. I'll look it up. Hmm. It says "George W.
Bush". Does that sound right? It's in the chapter on the Great
Insanity Epidemic of 2005.
That, for those new to this blog, is my grand-daughter Trixie reporting by chronosynclastic infundibulum from the 22nd century.
You can put your trust in Trixie.
Other Trixie tips:
2009: Good time to buy shares in Electronic Arts.
2017: Avoid the border between California and Nevada. Better yet, avoid California and Nevada.
2049: Avoid France. Seriously.
Monday, November 08
From the inimitable The Iraq War Was Wrong Blog:
As you can imagine I found it necessity to call emergency meeting of The Lohanim last night. We were all there except Sherrill (some lame excuse something about fender bender bla bla) so it was almost the whole gang there to wish her well Use are collective powers to raise her health back to normal (i.e. as before - healthy, vibrant the way we knew her). Cyrus brought the Thai food (I got stuck with the Pad thai which I really wanted was the red curry chicken but whatever, at least I filled up more on the spinach wrap appetizer so its even) and we (re) watched Jody's DVD of Confessions of a Teenage drama Queen at my request. I said hey we have to do this for Lindsay.
Although admittingly I missed it when they were checking out most of the DVD extras (had to scare away raccoons sniffing around trash bin outside - those guys just have no fear anymore! Anyway). But I got back in and I had to remind them we didn't pray for her returning to health yet (they were all leaving - guess they forgot) (!). No not me (atheist agnostic) but, some other's, I had them praying to (their) God ect. (I think Phung just used Buddha, thats why he went back to his room where his Buddha thing is, bTW Phung must of been really broken up actually cuz he actually spent most of the evening in his room instead, I think I heard him had the Baseball World Cup game on TV - using the sound to mask his tears? Phung theres no shame in your feelings).
Read the whole thing. Including the comments. Particularly the comments.
In our tradition of bringing you the finest in left-wing insanity, we present to you The Blogging of the President. They have some great maps, but they are insane:
Apropos of Oldman's grand entrance and general attitude, I'm going to lay out why Kerry was a bad candidate. It's really very simple, and has little to do with his electioneering. He lost, and that sucks. But whatever. People lose, and the deck was stacked against him.The election was fair, but I'll grant you that Kerry was a bad candidate. I've said it before: Joe Lieberman would very likely have won. Maybe even Dick Gephardt.
But my reasons for thinking Kerry a bad candidate are a little different from these people:
The problem is that he conceded.You would think that a party called the Democrats would have a little more respect for Democracy, but no.
He shouldn't have. He should have fought. He should have demanded all ballots be counted. When they were, he should have litigated. When the suits ended, he should have litigated more. When that didn't work, he should have used his position in the Senate to contest the election.
That's what fighting for the middle class means. It means fighting.
And their take on Rathergate is fascinating:
If this year has taught us anything, it's that there is no Democratic candidate that cannot be Gored or Swiftboated at a whim using lies and propaganda. But Rathergate taught us something as well that was very important - and it has to do with trolls.The memos were fake, you blockheads! The entire scandal was fraudulent from the get-go! That's why it failed.
Part of the strength of the RNC is that it has a huge volunteer core of irregulars who are willing to propagandize and evangelize for it. It did this oddly enough by giving up some top level control over message. This is how the right has better exploited the internet than the left. The right was able to use the internet and its whispering campaign of irregulars to counterfactualize the Guard scandal and turn it into Rathergate / Memogate. It was actually able to push the message of the mainstream media to the focus that it wanted.
They truly believe the election was stolen:
Republican Election Theft RoundupPlus, from the BOP House Crew
by Shaula Evans
The numbers don't add up
CIA-style hacking rigs election for Bush
Black Box Voting calls it Fraud
Surprising Pattern of Florida's Election Results
The Greg Palast classic: An Election Spoiled
Washington Dispatch: Vote Fraud in Ohio?
Presidential votes mis-cast on machines across the country
Reconciling voting machine and exit poll discrepancies
Institute for Public Accuracy on Ohio Elections
software flaw found in Florida vote machines
Florida numbers analysis (chart)
exit poll chart via BOP reader alyosha (thanks, man)
Stolen Election 2004
Open Voting Consortium
4000 votes missing in Pennsylvania County
Palm Beach county logs 88,000 more votes than voters
outrage in ohio
Broward County Florida voting machines count backwards
Diebold Pres Odell's 2003 promise to "deliver Ohio for Bush"
Greg Palast: Kerry Won
Diebold Machines yield fishy results
Machine Error Gives Bush Extra Votes in Ohio
More evidence of possible fraud in Darke County, Ohio
NC: 11,823 "extra" votes cast for Bush
chart: Florida voter reg vs performance
Something looks very wrong in Florida
Election Theft Bombshell: Major Security Breach
And finally, from the "We told you so" files:
A technical look at how they can steal it (from October 9, 2004)
Matt Stoller: another stolen election
oldman: speaks for itself
Barry Ritholtz: mapping out election results
Ian Welsh: Okay, it was stolen
Shaula Evans: fight fight fight
Sunday, November 07
In stark contrast to the writers at Slate (below), Sad American explains clearly and movingly exactly how the Democratic Party lost her. An excerpt:
President Bush won on values, yes, but not hatred of gays or any other stereotype you have in your head about Bush voters like me.
He won because he has values, clearly defined values, and even though I agree with little of what he believes, at least I know what he believes. At least I know that he really does believe in something. At least I know that he will do what he says he will do.
That's disgustingly little, but unbelievably — you offered me less.
Read, as they* say, the whole thing.
* They, of course, being Glenn Reynolds, who seem to have survived their struggle with multiple-personality disorder and are back to their usual one-post-per-fifteen-minutes schedule.
Saturday, November 06
And when you've finished reading my analysis of the political future of the Left in America and Australia (scroll down just a bit), hop on over to Ace's for more of the same, only different.
Thursday, November 04
One of the reasons I was so strongly hoping for a Bush win was the ensuing meltdown of the moonbat left. I got some quiet enjoyment after John Howard's re-election here in Australia, but that didn't have the same scale, the same global impact as George Bush's victory.
The ever-reliable Little Green Footballs has a thread on Choice Moonbat Quotes. That's where I found the link to David Brin's site - but the piece de resistance* has to be this little bit of insanity:
Magical Election Tampering: SHUT IT DOWN!You might as well give up now, you Democrats. Our lord and master, Supreme Archmage Rove, can see into your very souls! Bwahahahaha-cough-haha!
Ok, I can understand the restlessness I've been feeling since yesterday. There's a lot riding on this election, and passions are running high on both sides, so naturally eceryone and their naked brother who has an ounce of Power and no clue about Shielding is leaking energy like a hair dryer in a bathtub. So it's Shields Up for me, but I'm still getting enough bleedover to make me jittery and a little manic if I don't concentrate. That's all to be expected.
What wasn't expected was that once I filtered out all that background noise, I started hearing a calm, resonable, and powerful head-voice saying things like "Kerry doesn't have the experience we need in these troubled times." and "Give Bush a chance to make it better."
Anyone who knows me KNOWS these are not my thoughts!
And besides, I voted last week. No, there's no way in Hades these are my thoughts.
Gods-damn it! The f*cking Republicans have got Magical help pumping out a clear, unified, focused broadcast, and you can be sure, every sensitive is picking it up. These are the people most likely to vote Kerry, and I'd like to think they are resolute enough not to be swayed by telepathic subliminal advertising, but it's such a rarely-done thing, and so few people are properly trained these days, that I fear it will be more effective. Just watch and see who says "I was going to vote for Kerry, but for some reason I changed my mind at the last minute."
Who would be doing this for them? Gee, who are the Mages driving around in those black Mercedes and Lincolns with the tinted windows? The ones who live in the mansions with the hell-hounds in the yard and the 7-foot tall hairless black doormen? Every town has some, the bigger the town, the more of these "High Magi" you will find.
I have no idea what their agenda may be, but you can be damn sure the welfare of the common human on the street is not a part of it.
So shield, people, shield. And screen. And if you can shield a polling place, do it! I'm not saying to try to interfere with people's choices, but rather prevent them from being interfered with.
This is important, people, and it may be too late already.
* Just imagine the funny little ticks over the appropriate vowels, okay? It's late here.
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