viedma: I will rule the world! Emperor Cupcake! (Default)

My thoughts exactly. We did it omg omg omg! Read the rest of the post here.

...aaand we re-elected Mitch "Thank God for Term Limits" Daniels and the state house went back to the Republicans, who will no doubt be busy with double quintuple googleduple banning gay marriage and abortion. >.< *sigh* You can't have everything in this life, but for today I'll take the victories where I can get them.
viedma: I will rule the world! Emperor Cupcake! (Know him? He was Delicious!)
By freakish coincidence I had time and hemoglobin enough to donate a pint of red on Saturday after I picked up my voter materials. I was telling them about the long lines I saw at the courthouse waiting to vote early and how cool that was, yappity, and one of the staff members told me that her stepfather voted for the first time this year.

I told her, "That's great!" Only in hindsight did I notice she had paused on purpose to gauge my reaction.

She then said, "He's been dead for a year and a half," and gave me The Look. As if to shame me? It was so weird. She then went on about how much corruption there is in this county, voter fraud, stolen elections blah blah blah. I told her if it was all dead people voting then there were a lot of zombies in Crown Point waiting to cast their ballot. Her other coworkers looked like they've heard the dead stepdad anecdote A LOT and it wasn't especially interesting the first time around.

Okay. This whole dead stepdad bit would be a "Gotcha!" moment only if I knew the following:

1. That I knew her stepdad and knew that he'd fucking snuffed it. Um, sorry? Whatever.
2. What his name was and if it was a common one. Maybe there are two John Does in her precinct?
3. And how did she get a hold of the poll book to see if her stepdad voted in the first place? People can't just rifle through those things like romance novels on the paperback rack at Walgreen's.
4. Did the signatures in the poll book match? There's also a voter ID law in this state. If the signatures don't match in the poll book that's a red flag right there.
5. Zombie voter fraud conspiracy?

Or... maybe her stepdad is faking his death in order to stay the fuck away from her stepdaughter? This is the only explanation that seems to fit. (And it's making me think of an unrelated story on LJ where her family had their Christmas party w/o telling her. If you know who I'm talking about you'd know why.) Anyway, it was the stupidest GOTCHA in the whole wide world, therefore I had to share it with you.

Anyway, the point of this story is that I got to do a lot of canvassing in my hometown, yay, it saves on gas. And because I hate canvassing with other people as I usually get monster headaches an hour in and have to lay down afterwards, I got lots of long walks by myself and the weather was lovely. Tonight I came home to wonderful smells from the kitchen. Vali made Boston baked BEENS and homemade brown bread, and it was just as scrumptious as it sounds. Nom nom nom, I are spoiled rotten.
viedma: I will rule the world! Emperor Cupcake! (Ruining the Family Portrait)
Taken on my doorstep this afternoon. There is so much going on in this picture, I adore it so.

Today I put on my kitty ears and mulched the garden-- there will never be a time when I'm not mulching the garden-- and listened to The Mighty Boosh. Then I went inside and made knish and samosas and waited for the trick or treaters to arrive. Not as many as last year, probably because of the Obama rally in the park down the street that Vali and I are watching Youtube clips of. Sounds like pretty boilerplate stuff but I hope it motivates people to volunteer or to early vote.

On the whole I should take Halloween off more often, it was really swell.

And in 7 1/2 hours I need to be in the gov't center to pick up the voting machines. Bleargh.
viedma: I will rule the world! Emperor Cupcake! (cocktails online)
Phone banking for Obama today. It's amazing how many people want tickets to the rally this Friday, but helping with Get Out the Vote efforts in order to get these tickets? .... Oh jeez, look at the time, I have a 91 year old mother and she's very ill (I got this excuse twice in a row, swear), etc. But if she's really ill, then how come you can come to the rally oh never mind it makes my head hurt to think of it.

I'd like to come and help set up, but the more I think of the actual rally and the crowds that'll be there, the more my chest tightens up at the thought. Staying home to pass out candy tomorrow to little kids and making knish is sounding better all the time.
viedma: I will rule the world! Emperor Cupcake! (Just Attack Everything!)
Hot comic book action from Greg Palast! Steal Back Your Vote.

Filed under "You Can't Keep a Good Voter Down" news, Early Voting Centers Open in Lake County. Huzzah! ^___^ Naturally the Republicans (and The Times message board, holy Mary mother of god what a freakshow) are furious, as the opportunity to vote is seen as a sure sign of voter fraud. I wish I was kidding about this.

And from [ profile] aukestrel, make sure you're registered to vote. One of the reasons being our secretary of state will purge your name in a hot second if you don't vote for everything from dogcatcher on up. (Or on down, depending on your POV.) He's upset about ACORN registering people to vote when he's the one breaking the law. (::do your obligatory Judas Priest air guitar here::)

If I were a betting woman? I'd put down a fiver that says at least some of those wonky ACORN voter registration forms were filled out by Republican party faithful. Anyone willing to take that bet? Anyone? The rest of the forms were no doubt filled out by people who can't write legibly to save their lives. I've seen that happen a lot, that's why I like to fill out people's voter registration forms for them and have verify the info and sign their name, and then refer them to the local penmanship school. >.>

Yaay, Boo

Oct. 8th, 2008 12:10 pm
viedma: I will rule the world! Emperor Cupcake! (Satellite in your hairdo)
Yaay: One of my articles for our library newsletter ("Why Books are Best") was picked up and ran in the free city paper. ^__^

Boo: It ran with a typo that wasn't in the original article, which makes me look like an idiot. Is it that hard to copy and paste, Tim Messenger?

Yaay: Early voting is underway in my neck of the woods.

Boo: The Republicans filed a lawsuit to keep the early voting satellite locations in Gary, Hammond, and East Chicago (ie, where the brown people are) closed. A judge will rule on it later this week. Republicans can't win if everyone who wants to gets to vote, so they're trying to keep as many people away as possible. It still won't work, but you have to revile them for their efforts.

Yaay: Our library's new African American Fiction Author section went up yesterday, at long last.

Boo: Actually, there is no downside to this. I've wanted this for ages, we get asked for it all the time, and I'm thrilled we have something new to offer.
viedma: I will rule the world! Emperor Cupcake! (Valentine Hot Fuzz Tim Messenger)
When I asked you all for some good mojo on last week's book group, someone must've been listening. It was probably my favorite discussion of all time. Which is even more pathetic as it was the only book I couldn't finish in two years of doing this thing.

Well, all the houses down the street are under water, but I can hardly blame the book group for that. I drove around for an hour this morning in a futile attempt to get to work, but all the roads headed north (where Teh Worke layeth) were closed. So I thought I'd do errands, or maybe help out with sandbagging efforts. But apparently there have been some charming examples of garbage wrapped in skin who've been spotted casing the neighborhood, so I stayed put to keep an eye on the house and made sweet potato knish and a curry. In a lot of ways I sound like that Onion article, "Not Knowing What Else To Do, Woman Bakes American-Flag Cake." Perhaps I am.

I have to say that for the next 50 days until the election I'm not going to be good for ballast. Admitting this doesn't make the anxiety go away. I realized I've been for a long time trying to keep my personal thing together with the implicit understanding that this nightmare will go away in January, so I'm finding it really hard to believe that after eight years of this nonsense many people need to be convinced of the alternatives. I do believe things will eventually turn out okay, but the not-knowing is making it difficult for me to concentrate or to sleep well at night. I wish I had more of a sense of levity about this, honestly.

Last Friday I went out canvassing in a traditionally Republican neighborhood. I only met one person who said she was definitely going to vote for McCain, and she was the type of person who would vote for McCain: canary-blonde, angry-thin, pinched face. There was a used plastic tampon case and a lantern knocked askew on her front lawn. No, I'm not kidding. Everyone else said they definitely were going to vote for Obama, didn't want to say, or want to be courted until November. (Welllll, I don't knowwwwwww, things change all the tiiiiiiime....) Some people are like that. It was an encouraging afternoon, but now I'm nervous again.

Well, now I'm going to make seitan that I've promised [ profile] annlarimer that she doesn't have to eat.
viedma: I will rule the world! Emperor Cupcake! (Abaddon is rly neat!)
This is how I felt after I watched Obama's speech last night ...

(thanks to [ profile] skywardprodigal, I saw it in her LJ 1st)

Thinking about last night, I had one of those little epiphanies you get while you're doing errands that seem really profound until you start to write it down. I feel like the last and maybe the saddest victim of the last decade is hope. A lot of people on LJ are skeptical of Obama, and why shouldn't we be? We've spent not just the last 8 years, but really since Reagan we've been told that government is the enemy, it's crooked, it can't do anything right. And really, they've been doing their damnedest to prove their point. (I like Rachel Maddow's line: If you don't believe in government, stop running one.) It appeals to our (and by 'our' I mean 'my') cynical nature that nothing can ever get better. And when someone tells you that things could get better if we worked together and had hope in a brighter future, that's a pretty big target ripe for ridicule. I feel like people are afraid to try anything because it'll result in failure. Of course it's hard to imagine us failing moar harder than we already have. But if you start out a project with no faith in yourself that you will succeed because you are afraid of failure, you're not giving yourself much a chance. That's not politics, that's just life. I'm not hoping for miracles, I just want us to suck less because we can do better than this and I believe a lot of people feel the same way. Yep, definitely sounded better in my head.

Vali and I keep watching the episode of Spaced called 'Art': job interviews from hell, going to see your ex-boy/girlfriend's new bit of performance art, zombies, twiglets, violence, loads of cheap speed, what's not to like? It's scratching an itch we've got somewhere for this kind of thing. I love Vali's fanon that Vulva was verbally abusive to Brian only to shake him out of his state of complacency, is trufax. Now I'm showing Vali Batman: The Animated Series and so far she's likin' it. Keen.

A couple of days ago I was adding a couple of veg-friendly links when I found myself on a librarian's guide to vegan websites, which led me to I Can't Believe It's Vegan. It does my black heart glad to know that Froot Loops are vegan, as they were my favorite guilty pleasure cereal when I was in college. Anyway, I went to the main site to see what People for Euthanizing Tiny Animals was up to lately, when I see Alicia Silverstone's all-nude testimonial to vegetarianism. And yes, she is very pretty, but how much cooler would it be to see James Cromwell or Forrest Whitaker do the same ad, same way? Coming up out of the pool, all resplendent with their vegan naughty bits? Actually, ever since I thought that I can't unsee it, and it makes me smile every time.

The first time I tried diet pepsi with ginseng it was a miracle. I could focus, Vali said I looked cuter, etc. Then I started buying it by the 12 pack, and I find out very quickly that a little is good, a lot makes me completely fucking manic. I have no direction, no game plan, but at least I have LOTS AND LOTS OF ENERGY to do it in. Am freecyling [ profile] annlarimer the unused portion and hope that it doesn't make her head blow up.
viedma: I will rule the world! Emperor Cupcake! (lol internets)
McCain taps Alaska governor for VP

First thought: O Rly Why So Soon? Not as good as McDonalds inviting us to schtup its cheeseburgers, but few things in this life are.

In case this bit of factoid should ever be of use to you-- nutritional yeast makes a phenomenal 1:1 substitution for parmesan cheese when you're making pesto. I was afraid I'd be relegating 4 cups of lovely basil leaves to the crapper, but I fretted in vain. NOM.
viedma: I will rule the world! Emperor Cupcake! (Darkplace Monkey Bastard Hands)
My first time as an election inspector in Lake County, Indiana.

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viedma: I will rule the world! Emperor Cupcake! (Darkplace Thanks for the Lobotomy)
I voted early yesterday and I have to say I like the newer machines. They are an improvement on the older ones because--

a. The smaller size doesn't make you feel like you're playing election pinball (or this may be a bad thing depending on your POV). A person in a wheelchair can put that sucker in her lap if she wants to.

b. They've eliminated the parallax problem. Every previous Indiana election I've wanted to bring a ruler into the voting booth so I can match up the candidates name with the little red dot an inch away. This time a black X appears on the screen right next to the person's name. Much better. (This is not the same as this Parallax, which is not a problem at all and is in fact rather hot.)

c. The final screen that says Your Vote Has Been Successfully Cast, Thank you! when you press the red "cast your vote" button. You realize how much of your monkey brain depended on having that last little confirmation, especially when compared to the previous machines where you pressed the button and you felt like you dropped your vote into a well. When I went to poll worker training last weekend, they showed you how to do a Z report before the polls open and close, so you have your paper trail. As Vali says, we're the smaller, less crazy Ohio.

Re the Supreme Court upholding Indiana's Voter suppression ID law? Disappointed, not surprised. I was especially sad to hear Stevens' reasoninG: an Indiana state ID is free, so that makes it okay. Yes, the ID is free, but in order to get the free ID you have to show a variety of documents, some of them difficult or impossible to attain depending on your life situation. Not everyone has their birth certificate on hand and why are we making it harder to vote in the first place? Well, because our Secretary of State is a faithful Republican tool.

However, I am going to be optimistic for the long term because lots of other states are going to try this and they will screw it up royally (*waves to Ohio and Florida*), thus inviting another court challenge. Because for all our faults, we do have one of the best voter information sites in the country and we have multiple early voting locations, most of them being in the poorer parts of the county. Also, if your side depends on suppressing the vote, then you've already lost. Maybe not in this election cycle, but someday.

Did I mention I'm going to be an election inspector next week? My first one and right now more excited than nervous at the moment. That ratio could change.

Thus ends your voting geekfest until November.
viedma: I will rule the world! Emperor Cupcake! (lol internets)

I'm sure you've seen it before, but I had to share. Basically Hillary can win by becoming a Time Lord, there's a phone booth and everything.

And then there's this.

I finished making the checkboard cake. It's easily the pinkest thing I've ever made. After I finished frosting it I realized this was my monolith to be approached carefully and fearfully. I promise to take pictures, if it doesn't find us and kill us in our sleep. It's pretty damn impressive and very, very pink.


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