Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Happy day off and some local election news

It's so nice that both Mark and I have the day off today, the day after his birthday, the day of my mother's birthday, it's that thing of great value, a day off in the middle of the week.
It gave me the time to relax and read the paper this morning, and since there was still more time to do nothing in, I picked up one of the weekly freebie locals I never normally read.  In fact I don't read any local news anymore, it's just been too trite and embarrassing.  

But here, from Community News, coverage of the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections race, where Democrat Phyllis Busansky suprised and delighted us by beating incumbent Republican Buddy Johnson:

"Some of Johnson's staff did not include the second page of the ballot to an unknown number of voters.  Johnson, never one to take personal responsibility, said it must have been volunteers who slept through training....Johnson made a short concession speech....He said that the office would help with the transition to Busansky's command.  Whether Busansky wants some of the bumbling help remains to be seen."

Reports of problems at local polls include one where "poll workers required voters to line up alphabetically, instead of the normal first-come-first-served basis.  One voter told the media that she was one of the first in line...around 6:30 a.m. and that she had to wait a couple hours because the poll workers took people alphabetically."

Buddy himself managed to avoid all the controversy last Tuesday night with a simple strategy.
"Throughout the evening, Johnson remained mostly out of sight and did not make himself, his staff or even officials from Premier Elections Services available to answer questions."

Oh, what a riot this county is.  Too bad it's too important to be really funny.  But important too is the slightest tilt toward the middle now that we have a second Democrat on the County Commission.  Let's hope Kevin Beckner encourages Kevin White to act a bit more like a Democrat.  And how great that we don't have to wait more than another week to be rid of Brian Blair, the holy roller wrestler who tried to get the county to continue down the destructive path Ronda Storms worked so hard to forge.  Ronda is mean but somewhat smart; Blair is too dumb even to know how to campaign.  His relection campaign consisted of billboards illegally paid for and ads in which his wife waxed eloquent about his strengths as a family guy, and by the way, there was nothing at all to that old domestic abuse charge.

Now it's just two little bits less embarrassing to live in this county.  And a big blue bit less embarrassing to live in this state.  Who knows, I may even pick up a local paper again one of these days.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Here's to Obama! And Kevin & Phyllis! And us!

Last night we had a victory party! It was so great to be able to celebrate after years of nothing going right politically, in our country and in our county. But not only did we have President Elect Obama to celebrate, we had a couple of important victories in Hillsborough County as well. We actually ousted a right wing born again wrestler from our county commission and replaced him with a bright, young, progressive, cute, gay guy, Kevin Beckner! And good riddance to Buddy Johnson, our Supervisor of Elections who was nobody's buddy. Welcome Phyllis Busansky, long time local Democrat, great to see her back in office!Lots of people stopped by to celebrate, library, school, sailing friends, even a neighbor stopped by -- she saw our party decorations outside and said, hey, it's my celebration too! The biggest surprise was a big McCain supporter, Mark's sailing captain, who said he was in mourning but showed up anyway.
We raised glasses to toast a new direction, a new future, and positive change in our country, in our county, and in the new blue state we all are relieved to be able to say we live in without shame.
All the dogs had a great time, they were so social and really well behaved. But they are exhausted today; we are pretty tired too. And still basking in the glow of this best election ever.

Check out Abby's photos from the party right here.

What This Election Means

From today's New York Times OpEd page, two views of what President Elect Obama means, to Arabs, and to African Americans.  While this historic election means something different to everyone, this glimpse into other peoples' points of view is very moving.

Political Humorists Worry

They fear they are entering years of nothing to make fun of in the administration.  
Jon Stewart has warned that we should all be aware that if he makes jokes that refer to Barack Obama's race, they should no more be taken as jokes about all black people than the jokes he has made about George Bush should be taken as jokes about all mentally challenged people.
This morning on Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me, they were able to find some good humor -- talking about how "Barack Obama gets to be the guy who cleans up after eight years of a drunken frat party".  And how "Sarah Palin was defeated on Tuesday along with the old white guy who kept following her around."  And, my favorite, since she has four years now to cram, "Sarah Palin is moving her family to a new house, this one with a view of a library."
But actually, all the above jokes are still about the lame duck administration.  
Yes, it could be a dry time for the comedians, but what a great time it will be for the rest of us.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


What a magnificent night!
And Florida is blue again!
The party is on at our house Friday night!
We will be celebrating our new blue county commissioner too!

Monday, November 3, 2008

VOTE tomorrow if you haven't already

and have a free cup of coffe on Starbucks. Just one more reason I like this big corporation that does so much good.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

A Chilly, Rainy Fall Day

The boys got groomed this week just as it was turning chilly.  And we could not remember where we had put their Tshirts, so we had to get some new ones.  To our surprise, they love putting them on, they get just about as excited when you mention the shirts, as they do when you talk about treats.

What I Will Miss About President Bush

Really, I will not miss him at all, no how, no way. But I just finished reading Curtis Sittenfeld's new novel, American Wife which has me thinking about Laura Bush in a different way. I can finally understand why she fell in love with George, though I can't understand why she didn't make more of an effort to change his mind on some issues.
Anyway, Sittenfeld's part in this combined Op-Ed piece in today's NY Times was particularly meaningful to me, but I was better able to appreciate the other contributers here as well, especially Scott McClellan and Robert Draper.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Happy Halloween!

We decorated our new wall for Halloween this year. The pumpkins you see here are our second batch, put out just as dusk settled in on Halloween night. The first batch, put out a couple of nights early to decorate in anticipation were gone the next morning. When Mark went back to the high school pumpkin patch on Halloween afternoon with the stolen pumpkin story, they took pity -- he bought the big one and they threw the others in for free.Then Mark got dressed for some trick or treat door opening. He has experience with this costume, having worn it earlier at school for the "book character" parade (since you can't officially celebrate Halloween in the schools and libraries of the south). The boys, having just been groomed, decided to pull up their little "I've been groomed" bandanas and became little old Russian ladies.Daisy didn't want to be left out. She's the big babushka.