Archive for June, 2004

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Things are ‘a changin’

June 17, 2004

Well, we finally did it. We’ve decided to get out of South Florida and move to Maine – probably at the end of the summer. We have never been happy in South Florida and have been wanting to get out of here ever since we moved here. (We moved to S. FL for jobs, which are no longer worth it.)

So, here’s my list of why Maine is better than South Florida.

1: People are sane as a rule, not as an exception.
2: There are actual seasons, not just ‘warm’ and ‘warmer’
3: You can go out to eat in the winter without waiting an hour for a table.
4: Snow
5: It’s easier to stalk Stephen King from Maine than from Florida (that’s a joke. It’s my mother who wants to stalk Stephen King, not me.)
6: Moose
7: Last I heard, the elections aren’t rigged in Maine.
8: While the Bushes may have property in Maine, at least they aren’t governing of the state.
9: It’s quiet.
10: We get to live in a house! With our own yard! And no close neighbors!

There are plenty more reasons, but that’s good for a start.

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Why Can’t it Always Be My Birthday?

June 7, 2004

Birthdays are great around here. You get to do whatever you want, or you DON’T have to do what you don’t want to do for a whole day.

My birthday was this past Sunday and I got 24 hours of nothing but what I wanted. Starting at 12 midnight, I got to see the new Harry Potter film, I got some new CDs (including the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban soundtrack, a new Bing Crosby/Andrews Sister CD, some Beatles and John Barry score), a few books, a nice dinner out (and we even had a great waitress *gasp!*).

I’ve got a great husband.

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Hey Kids! Comics!

June 4, 2004

Well…not really for kids.

One of my husband’s comics projects is being published this fall, so I had to brag.

Rorschach Entertainment Upcoming Releases: Gravedigger

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Makes me proud.

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You want your vote to count, right?

June 2, 2004

I just received the following email from MoveOn.org. Whether you’re Republican or Democrat, Liberal or Conservative, getting all votes counted correctly is very important. Please read the following and consider signing their petition. I did!
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We all remember the election of 2000. Because of faulty and mismanaged election systems, George W. Bush won Florida’s electoral votes and the presidency. And now look at the mess we’re in.

People demanded improvements, and now states are spending millions to buy new voting machines. So far, so good. But many key states, including Florida, Ohio and other battlegrounds, are installing “black box” voting machines — computer voting terminals that don’t produce a paper ballot.

Without a paper ballot, there’s no way to know if our votes are counted correctly. Also, computers are vulnerable to malfunction — how often does yours freeze up?

It’s time to take action to protect our votes. Join our call for Voter-Verified Paper Ballots, at:

http://www.moveon.org/protectourvotes/

If ATMs and gas pumps can print receipts, then voting terminals can print paper ballots. Every voter should be able to make sure that his or her vote will count as it was cast, by verifying a paper ballot that can be audited and re-counted. And wherever electronic voting terminals are used, backup paper ballots should also be available, so no voters will be turned away from the polling place if the terminals aren’t working.

Over the past few weeks, MoveOn members have been calling legislators and officials in many states to demand Voter-Verified Paper Ballots. And along with other citizen’s groups, large and small, we have won important victories.

A month ago, our side won its biggest victory yet. California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley decertified 14,000 black box voting terminals made by Diebold Inc., and said that this November, every California voter will be able to vote on a paper ballot.

Every voter in every state should have the same right — to verify that his or her vote was recorded correctly, with full confidence that it will be counted correctly. We shouldn’t have to hand our elections over to manufacturers like Diebold and blindly trust them with the results.

This is not about partisan politics. It’s about the foundation of our democracy: our votes. There’s no reason Americans should have anything less than the most accessible, secure and reliable voting system possible.

Join our campaign by clicking this link:

http://www.moveon.org/protectourvotes/

Thank you, for everything you do.

Sincerely,
–Carrie, Joan, Noah, Peter, and Wes
The MoveOn.org Team
Wednesday, June 2nd, 2004

P.S.: See our website for helpful background information on this issue.

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HA!

June 2, 2004

I saw this over on BartCop and couldn’t resist posting it here:

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