New post up on my other blog.
Here is an excerpt and a link to the full post:
I’ve posted a lot of amusing posts in the past. And I have a few more lined up to come…But this isn’t one of them. This one is a little more reflective.
To put it kindly, my Mother is entering the twilight of her life…and it’s a journey for my sister and I to deal with this….and to deal with each other.
More: Chapter 77: The Wall | My Southern Gothic Life.
Still no final decision in the VA Attorney General race.
It’s down to provisional ballots- a by product of Voter ID laws. These are ballots made by people who came to vote without acceptable ID.
This is the fun we have to look forward to in NC next year….
More cost and unnecessary red tape being forced on us by the GOP in order to suppress Demoocratic voters and interfere with Democracy.
To me, this also opens the door to more potential Voter Fraud in the handling of these provisional ballots by the localities….
From WDBJ 7:
With the attorney general’s race still too close to call, provisional ballots could determine who wins.
At this time, it’s unclear of exactly how many provisional ballots were cast statewide.
A provisional ballot was cast if a voter didn\’t have ID or showed up to the polls and wasn\’t registered to vote.
Localities where a provisional ballot was cast must report those to the State Board of Elections to determine if the vote becomes official; a process that could take up to a week.
via Provisional Ballots could determine Attorney General race | Local News – Home.
This just infuriates me….
Let me qualify my comments by saying that, even though I do consider recreational shopping a legitimate sport, there are limits. It does seem we should be able to stop for a couple of days a year…
Hell would freeze over before I would leave my house to join this fracas. It’s always struck me as a kind of like Christians vs Lions in the Roman Coliseum type thing. But there is nothing Christian about this…And I’m sure these shoppers probably see themselves more as gladiators.
This is the height of inconsideration. These poor workers, who aren’t making any money to begin with, will have to give up their Thanksgiving so Americans can buy more crap they don’t need so stores can make more money to pay a few top executives ridiculous salaries for failing…
I always thought Thanksgiving was a day to stop and spend time with people you care about and reflect on your blessings…and eat a lot of things you really shouldn’t eat.
Not a day to run over some stranger for a DVD player or TV you could probably order just as cheaply, or cheaper, on-line….
Get a grip, people…..
Come join my Black Friday Boycott…..
In the race for holiday season profits, stores are moving up their hours for the biggest shopping day of the year to cut into the Thanksgiving holiday. One of the more aggressive companies is Kmart, which will keep its stores open at 6 a.m on Thanksgiving, although Macy’s, Kohl’s, and others have also bumped up their hours.
Kmart and its defenders point to the fact that no one is being forced to work on Thanksgiving and stores will be staffed mostly with seasonal hires. However, the reality is that few workers have much of an option when it comes to holiday scheduling, both because the U.S. lacks benefits like guaranteed paid vacation and the reliance on a temp or part-time workforce is growing.
via Workers Lose Thanksgiving As Stores Extend Black Friday Shopping | ThinkProgress.
I’m sorry, but this is really making me get on my native Virginian High Horse…
Apparently, Ken Cuccinnelli is refusing to call Terry McAuliffe who defeated him in yesterday’s Virginia Gubernatorial Election.
This is simply not done.
Good Sportsmanship and Gentlemanly behavior are very important to Virginians. This behavior is just plain tacky…
As the FFV’s, or the First Families of Virginia to the non-cognescenti, would say:
“Ken Cuccinnelli is DNOKD.”
“Definitely not our kind, dear….”
This partially explains his loss…..
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli R had not called Democrat Terry McAuliffe after losing the Virginia gubernatorial race and had no plans to do so as of late Wednesday morning, according to a report in The Washington Post.Cuccinelli has already publicly conceded he lost the race.
At a press conference later on Wednesday McAuliffe said he had still not heard from Cuccinelli.”I have not had the opportunity yet to speak to the attorney general,” McAuliffe said.
The fact that Cuccinelli has not called underscores how bitter the Virginia gubernatorial race was for both candidates. Much of the advertising by both Cuccinelli and McAuliffes campaign was negative. And despite public polling ahead of Election Day showing McAuliffe with a wide lead over Cuccinelli, the now governor-elect only narrowly defeated Cuccinelli.
via Report: Cuccinelli Has No Plans To Call McAuliffe.
I’m still recovering from the heart palpitations and adrenaline rush from waiting out the Virginia election results tonight and wanted to capture my thoughts while they are still fresh.
Before commenting, let me remind some of you of my background. I was born, raised and educated in Virginia. I lived there until about 25 years ago. Also, about 25 years ago- and please sit down now- I worked as paid campaign staff for Republican candidates. That was prior to my “road to Damascus” moment when I realized I really wasn’t a Republican. That was also prior to the GOP going completely crazy….There once were socially liberal Republicans.
Like a lot of people, I became a Democrat by choice and after much thought. That’s the difference between the GOP and the Dems. Democrats think. Sometimes too much…
The Virginia gubernatorial election today should not have been this close. It was a nail bitter. Let me give you my perspective as to why:
- Both Candidates had very high negative ratings in polling. No one loved Terry McAuliffe, but a lot of people hated Ken Cuccinnelli more. This was not a scenario to drive Democratic turnout. People are much more likely to show up to vote for someone than against someone. I’m not sure if McAuliffe could have defeated any other Republican as he was not beloved by anyone. Again, anti-Cuccinnelli hatred was the motivating factor to Democrats and hate doesn’t really drive Dems like it does Republicans.
- The polls, for the last few weeks, were showing a blowout. People thought they didn’t need to make the effort to go vote against Cuccinnelli as it looked safe that McAuliffe would win.
- Nothing makes the Tea Party madder and motivates them more than polls showing their candidate will lose.
- Virginia does not have any early voting. It takes an extra effort for working people and poor people to go to the polls. Thinking McAuliffe was a safe win, they didn’t make that extra effort.
- The Religious Wrong and old white people will vote for their candidates, like Cuccinnelli, come hell or high water. I wish we could find a way to instill that drive in Democratic voters.
- I don’t know to what extent Voter ID laws suppressed Democratic turnout, but I’m sure it did. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take much to suppress Democratic turnout.
- Thank god for Northern Virginia and the Government shutdown. That motivated people in Northern Virginia, who are heavily Democratic to turn out.
As I said, this should not have been this close, but it was. It wasn’t close enough to effectively end Ken Cuccinnelli’s political career or kill the Tea Party. Those are the real negative repercussions. This battle will continue.
The good news is that the absolutely bat shit crazy GOP Lt Governor candidate went down in flames. This gives us a well positioned Democrat to run for Governor in Virginia in 4 years when, due to Virginia law which prevents Governors from seeking re-election, McAuliffe won’t be eligible to run. The other bit of good news is that McAuliffe ran on very left-of-center positions and still won. Even though he was personally unpopular. That proves that Progressive positions are not a death sentence even in a state still as conservative as Virginia.
It looks like the Attorney General’s race in Virginia is still too close to call. Right now, Democrat Mark Herring is down by fewer than 200 votes. That total has been changing constantly and the winner flipping back and forth. The results of this race will prove interesting down the road. This office is usually a stepping stone to future gubernatorial candidates. The Republican candidate, Mark Obenshain, is the son of conservative Republican Richard “Dick” Obenshain who was killed in a plane crash while running for the U.S. Senate seat ultimately won my John Warner in 1978. He has a legacy and could be a real threat as a future gubernatorial candidate- and he is very Conservative but not as Conservative as Cuccinnelli and defeated Lt Governor candidate E.W Jackson. Since both Cuccinnelli and Jackson are crazy Tea Party Conservatives, this does not mean much in comparison. The GOP had all their hope on Obenshain as even they had written off Cuccinnelli and Jackson.
One other thought. E.W. Jackson was not only crazy, he was Black. Ralph Northam beat him by 10 points in the Lt Governor’s race, by far the largest spread of the night. To me, this proves the Tea Party will support any right-wing lunatic- as long as he is white….
For those who don’t see the “big deal” about these laws, I think it’s becoming more and more obvious….
These unnecessary and mean-spririted laws are a mess and need to go.
Too bad the Supreme Court decided to gut the Voting Rights Act and make this all possible….
Still, something has to give- either electorally or on the Court side- to fix this…
My prediction in North Carolina, where similar laws take effect next year, is that this is going to drive more Democrats, Women, Students and Minority voters to the polls and start the process of throwing these bums- and their dirty, vindictive, poorly written and executed laws- out….
Former Rep. Jim Wright (D-TX), who served as Speaker of the House from 1987 to 1989, this weekend became the latest prominent Texan to nearly lose his right to vote thanks to the state’s new strict voter ID law.
Wright told the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram that he couldn’t get an ID because he only had an expired driver’s license (Wright is 90) and a faculty ID card from Texas Christian University, neither of which qualify under Texas’ new law. Wright plans to return to the office Monday with a certified copy of his birth certificate, which will allow him to get an ID. But, the long-time voting rights advocate told the Star-Telegram, not everyone will be able to meet those qualifications, meaning the law will almost surely depress turnout in Tuesday’s state and local elections.
“I earnestly hope these unduly stringent requirements on voters won’t dramatically reduce the number of people who vote,” Wright told the Star-Telegram. “I think they will reduce the number to some extent.”
In recent weeks, the Texas law has ensnared a Texas district judge, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, a state senator, and Greg Abbott, the very attorney general pushing the law. It’s strict name requirements has made it especially hard for women to obtain an ID, since differences between maiden names and married names has caused problems. Abbott’s ID was nearly denied because his given name is Gregory but he used “Greg” on his registration card.
The law also threatens minority and low-income voters, who are less likely to have acceptable forms of identification. Academic studies have shown that to be the case in many of the other states that have instituted voter ID laws in the past. One 84-year-old woman was denied an ID three times. As Republicans continue to push these laws, though, they have struggled to find examples of the actual voter fraud they are supposed to stop.
via Former House Speaker Denied Voter ID Under New Texas Law | ThinkProgress.
Oh, my God! This is a serious crisis!
Forget the “Financial Crisis” and unemployment, World governments must come together to address this issue. They should be planning a conference at the United Nations….
I would hate to have to change over to beer or hard liquor….
Or, god forbid, quite drinking…
From the HuffingtonPost.com:
Last year, global supply for wine already barely exceeded demand. Adjusting the demand to include non-wine uses (such as making vermouth), there was actually an undersupply of about 300 million cases, marking the largest such shortfall in almost 50 years.
At the current pace, a global shortage of wine is fast approaching. “Data suggests there may be insufficient supply to meet demand in coming years, as current vintages are released,” the report says.
via A Global Wine Shortage May Soon Be Upon Us.