Archive for October, 2004

election links

Saturday, October 30th, 2004

I’m doing some last-minute reading-up on election issues this weekend, in hopes I can find some reason to vote for, rather than against, somebody. This essay in The Economist could probably be used in support of either candidate, though they hesitantly favor Kerry. I’ll continue posting links (perhaps some by people who can actually vote in this election!) if I find anything interesting.
One from U.S. News & World Report on the fear factor and how things have changed.


Sunday, October 24th, 2004

On Friday Andy arrived at my temporary place of employment to pick me up, bringing with him a Jello and a broken car. The Jello was for the potluck/Bible study we were supposed to go to that night; the broken car was (probably) due to a faulty new alternator which was installed that day. Apparently Andy had a Bermuda Triangle experience while traveling down I-96, in which all the idiot lights blinked on one at a time, then began flashing in unison, while the electricity began flickering on and off. He barely made it to my TPOE’s parking lot before it died altogether. So we called AAA, which came promptly and delivered the car to the mechanic and us home. The Jello has lived a much more eventful life than most Jellos, having received a tour of the TPOE’s refrigerator and a ride in the tow truck, and is now being enjoyed by us instead of the potluckers while we’re waiting on tenterhooks to find out what the damage is this time.
In other news, the latest Netflix offerings have been Guys and Dolls and Mean Girls. This 1955 version of Guys and Dolls didn’t live up to my first experience with it, when performed at Lincoln, Nebraska’s Community Playhouse, but it was interesting to see Marlon Brando sing. Mean Girls was about what I expected. I’m a sucker for these teen revenge of the nerdy girls comedies.

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Tuesday, October 19th, 2004



Thursday, October 7th, 2004

I finally signed up with a temp agency, and have an assignment which started this week and lasts two weeks more. It is definitely the most boring job I’ve ever had, even worse than painting guide posts, but somehow I don’t mind it. I can listen to music all day and not think about anything. It’s pleasant.
Bumper sticker I recently saw: “I’m the Christian that the devil and the liberal media warned you about.” Doesn’t matter what you think about Christians, the devil, or the media: that’s one good bumper sticker.

a political post

Friday, October 1st, 2004

It’s interesting the way extremes start to become each other. Here’s Barbara Ehrenreich, proposing to disenfranchise anybody who votes Republican by demanding a recall of the duly elected President (or instigating a bloody coup, it’s quite ambiguous what exactly she’s proposing here), should he turn out to be a Republican. This is on behalf of disenfranchisement of minority voters, since she’s already decided any Republican victory will necessarily have been the result of fraudulent…disenfranchisement. (Already tired of that word). I’m not sure of the point of the part of her article where she tries to determine what institution will give the official word re. election fraud, since it’s clear the issue has already been decided.
Apparently, I’ve sunk low enough to start attacking The Progressive, ordinarily much too easy a target. See what this election is doing to me?!?
(In order to attempt to maintain my bipartisan status, I’ll be looking for some conservative commentator to get exasperated with next.)