you’ll see

According to MSNBC (television, not website), an unconfirmed AP report says Kerry has called Bush to concede.

I know this election had more issues than the presidential race, but, aside from the stem-cell research in California, every one of them is disappointing me right now. I got so worked up about it all that I forgot to take my Cipro before bed last night.

Yes, I’m disappointed in the election results. Yes, I wish Kerry had won resoundingly, not because I believe in who he is now but because I believe in who he could become. But what angers me more than anything else is hearing 18-29 year olds bragging about how they didn’t vote. “Voting is a choice, not a right,” they explain. “I made my statement by not saying anything at all. I didn’t like any of the candidates, so why vote for them?”

Wait a few years. You’ll feel like an asshole for doing it in a few years when you actually give a shit about anything outside yourself. That’s called “guilt” and you feel it when you grow this thing called a “conscience”. Because when you vote, you don’t just vote for yourself. You vote for your friends and your family, as well as younger citizens who can’t vote yet. You vote for where you live and how it fits into the rest of the world. Your silence ensures status quo or worse.

But I won’t have to go on explaining this, because you’ll see. You’ll see.

too close to call

It doesn’t look good. And as the perfectly-coifed newscaster just reminded me, a candidate’s victory is not contingent on the concession of the other. But now everybody’s going to bed and forgetting about it until 10:00 (in which time zone, I wonder), so I will too.

Please let there be better news in a few hours.

election evening

I’m about to leave work a little early so I can vote. This morning, I walked past a polling place (not mine) and the line was around the block. People were chatting with each other and cheerful. I hope they’re still in such a good mood tonight.

According to CNN.com’s election coverage, Indiana, Georgia, West Virginia and Kentucky have gone to Bush, and Vermont has gone to Kerry. Unsurprising.

Four years ago, I was blasé enough about Dubya’s upcoming reign of ignorance that I wrote Al Gore’s concession haiku:

Bush, you cocksucker.
I could have had it all, bitch.
In four years, fear me.

My haiku today is a little different:

Four more years of what?
Deception, terror, and greed?
No thanks. Bye, Dubya.

Here’s hoping. See you after my civic duty.

declare yourself

I tend to avoid using this journal to express my political views, mainly because I don’t think this is the best format for reasonable discussions about complex subjects. I’ve seen way too many threads devolve into meaningless blather, which does more harm than good.

I will, however, express one very strong opinion on the subject. Vote. Apathy is a luxury, not a right, especially in these troubling times. It is your responsibility as an American citizen to participate in this most fundamental act.

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Instead of justifying why you will or will not be voting, spend that time and energy educating yourself on the upcoming election.

politilinks

Okay, I don’t usually use this outlet for political expression, but I have to share some links with you all today. Actually, I wrote this on Sunday but just now have the chance to post it.

RNCWatch is doing a fine job of covering the RNC from the protester’s perspective. But do you know there’s also A31, RNCnotwelcome.org, and Counter Convention, just to name my favorites? There’s also truthout’s coverage. I’m a big fan of truthout.

Are we all tired of Michael Moore yet? No? Then read this letter to Bush called “Deserter’s Delight”.

The MSG sent me a link to GeorgeWBush.org today and it’s cracking me up.

And then there’s “Page 3 – Model Propaganda: The Sun, The Girls, The Truth” — what to say about that except OMGWTFBBQ?

writing about writing about politics

I was going to write a semi-indignant response to the Guardian article entitled “Is blog a masculine noun?” But Peter already said what I have to say about writing about politics.

Okay, maybe he didn’t say everything I have to say …

A few months ago, I started up a weblog with a political bent, after purchasing a new domain name and signing up for a trial of TypePad. I posted maybe three times and only showed it to the MSG, who is incredibly well-informed politically and my personal reference book on current events. He thought it was pretty cool; I didn’t. Why didn’t I? It lacked passion. I am passionate about the smaller things in the world, the simpler ones. This is not to say I’m apathetic, because I’m not. Back to what Peter wrote: “The older I get, the more I find myself in the grays. In college, I was a certain socialist; in my early 20s, a doctrinaire libertarian. But having experienced more of the world, and grown up a little bit, I am now less certain.”

I care like I used to care, I just don’t know like I used to know.

But I still resent the hell out of surveys that delineate behavior down gender lines.

Air America Radio

I know I’m a little late to do this, but thank goodness for Air America Radio. Unfortunately, it’s a RealAudio stream, so I can’t listen to it with iTunes. For users of Mac OS X 10.1.5 or higher, try Air America Receiver 1.0. You will need RealOne Player, too.

To celebrate Air America hitting the airwaves, I sent the following email:

Dear Air America:

First of all, let me just say that I am already a devoted Air America Radio listener, having spent way too much time in the wee hours of this morning attempting to wrangle the Real Audio Player into submission. Anything that involves that much effort ensures my lifelong devotion, if only out of sheer stubbornness. But the programming is good, too.

Secondly, I wanted to call your attention to what I consider a hilarious prank at Ann Coulter’s expense via Amazon.com. The online journaling site LiveJournal has a community called “liberal”; in it, one of the members posted a plea for prank participation, linked to here:

http://www.livejournal.com/community/liberal/981412.html

Here is a quote from this post: “If 21 of you do this, then Amazon users looking up the hardcover edition of Ann Coulter’s Slander will find that the #1 book recommended as additional reading is Deborah Addington’s A Hand in the Bush: The Fine Art of Vaginal Fisting.”

One hundred and three recommendations later, I only wish I had thought of it myself. I am attaching a screenshot.

Regards,
Halsted M. Bernard,
an amused listener in San Francisco.

House of Shh

From the anarchist librarians list this morning, an article in the Guardian about “Bush, the Saudi billionaire and the Islamists: the story a British firm is afraid to publish”:

A book investigating links between rich Saudis and US politicians has been suppressed by the giant publishing firm Random House because, it says, of growing “libel tourism” by wealthy foreigners, and exorbitant legal “success fees”.

Libel lawyers are stifling free speech, the deputy chairman of Random House, Simon Master, said yesterday.

The UK publication of House of Bush, House of Saud, by the American writer Craig Unger, has been cancelled because Secker and Warburg, a Random House subsidiary, says it can no longer afford such risks…. [read more]

remind us

I woke up to NPR stating that Condoleezza Rice will testify publicly and under oath after all.

And then someone posted this poignant Flash movie to the muck, and I realized it doesn’t matter what Ms. Rice says, under oath or not under oath, in private or in public. Too much damage has already been done, and there are people in power who blatantly lie to us while most Americans sit passively and do nothing to change the regime.

I still look forward to November, but now I’m just nauseated whenever I think about the presidential election. There’s always that possibility that we won’t re-defeat Bush, and then what? Time to move to Europe?

Bah. Happy Tuesday.

three from mefi

I know someone who’s going to enjoy these three links from MetaFilter very, very much …

  • theyrule.net: “They Rule is a website that allows you to create maps of the interlocking directories of the top 100 companies in the US in 2001. The data is static, so it is fast becoming out of date, as companies merge and disappear and directors shift boards. A second version of They Rule is planned, and has been started. No completion date is set, though it will hopefully appear sometime mid 2004.”
  • Political Friendster: “Political Friendster is a parody of the social network Friendster. It allows a visualization of the connections between players in the political game.” Registering allows you to add new people to the database. Brilliant.
  • Disinfopedia: “[A] collaborative project to produce a directory of public relations firms, think tanks, industry-funded organizations and industry-friendly experts that work to influence public opinion and public policy on behalf of corporations, governments and special interests.”