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permission to be upset is again denied

I just found out that there are between 3 and 4 million provisional and absentee ballots left to be counted in the state of California.

I know one person who voted absentee and one person who voted provisional.  Both voted against Prop 8.  I'm guessing they're not the only ones.

The election may have been called for it today, but the reality is that Prop 8 is still in play.

okay, now you can be upset

Prop 8 passed by 400,000 votes.

That's inexcusable. But it doesn't mean the entire state of California failed us.

Our media campaign was nearly non-existent for all but the last three weeks of this election. The people making all the decisions for No on Prop 8's direction for all but the last three weeks of the campaign failed the state of California.

That we came so close in the face of overwhelming opposition to which we had almost no response until it was too late is amazing.  It's sad, it's inept, and it's infuriating, but it's amazing.

Imagine by how much we could have won this if we had actually spent all summer fighting against it in the media?

So don't blame California.  They did the best they could with the information they got.  Don't blame the people working the campaign, because they gave everything they had.  Don't blame the people who donated, because they gave when they were finally asked to give.  Don't blame the Mormons, because they ran the better campaign and those are the campaigns that win.

Blame the system that allows civil rights to be put up to a majority vote by anyone with enough money to sponsor a ballot initiative and blame the people who ran No on Prop 8 into the ground from a 19 point lead to a 7 point loss before they were finally replaced with people who knew what they were doing.

Our state was there.  Our community was there.  It was our leadership who failed us when it counted.
Not ecstatic.

But after reading all the Prop 8 eulogies on LJ this morning, I have to ask: have any of you turned on a television? Because mine is telling me that the vote is too close to call.

Shouldn't we wait to mourn until after we actually lost?

Why are so many suffering from  what apparently is the final gasp of SODSS (Sudden Onset Democratic Surrender Syndrome) for the 2008 election?

I may not be ecstatic, but I'm waiting until the damn election is over before I get upset about the result.

election update: random thoughts

Just got back from the party at The Music Box @ Fonda:

Wow, do I love The Music Box! Gorgeous Coney Island-esque motif with the interior design, fantastic rooftop patio, smart balcony. Will look for reasons to go there in the future. Great crowd with which to watch the election coverage, among old friends and new. Had a great deal of fun.

McCain's concession speech:

If that had been the John McCain that Barack Obama was running against all along, it would have actually been a race. How stupid was he to sell his soul to his Republican owners?

The Governor from Nowhere who would be President Sarah Palin:

She was utterly destroyed before she walked out on that stage. Every single inch of her, as she fought back tears of utter humiliation, was screaming that she knew that everybody blamed her for losing it and she knew that they were right and she knew that no amount of time will make anybody forget that she is the biggest joke in American politics EVER. She not only cost them this election single-handedly, but she watched as her own popularity plummeted in Alaska and she faces a seemingly endless series of investigations and trials as she returns back to a home that is almost completely ashamed of her.

Prop 8:

Still too early to call, but I expect to wake up tomorrow to the final word. If the news isn't good, one way I have to think of it is that tonight we did get Obama. If we could only get one or the other, would we rather have hope for the future and marriage equality later, or marriage equality now in a country that was damned to hell? If we get both -- well, wouldn't that be nice? But even if/when we do, the bigots will still be back at us year after year. But the bigots just got a big ol' America-sized slap in their face tonight, so their days are numbered, no matter what.

Obama's acceptance speech:

Can we change the course of this country together by overcoming the Republican election fraud machine with our numbers? Yes we can.

I haven't felt this good in eight long years. I know that Cheney and Bush still have some time to destroy this country. I'm hoping that completely looting the Treasury was enough. Time will tell. And I know Obama isn't perfect -- he wasn't even my third choice for President, though I came to see he was the best candidate for the job -- but he isn't evil incarnate, either.  So tonight, I'm happy.

I still wouldn't argue with waking up ecstatic tomorrow, though!


oh why not?

Election day meme:
1. Stop talking about politics for a moment or two.
2. Post a reasonably-sized picture in your LJ, NOT under a cut tag, of something pleasant, such as an adorable kitten, or a fluffy white cloud, or a bottle of booze. Something that has NOTHING TO DO WITH POLITICS.
3. Include these instructions, and share the love.



election day update

My polling place was the usual elementary school where it is almost every election day. Every time I go there to vote, which is always before work, it's empty. This last primary, there was maybe half a dozen people.

This morning, there were hundreds of people and the wait was an hour. In the middle of Hollywood with the vast majority of the people undoubtedly voting almost identically. Hang in there, people in swing states!

While I was waiting in line, I saw and later chatted with the tall, young, chubby security guard from my studio who moonlights as a bikini-bottomed go-go dancer for the monthly bear night at the Hollywood non-scene bar, Faultline. I was doing my drowned-rat impersonation, having misjudged the humidity and neglecting to dry my hair before leaving the apartment (which means it was never going to dry on its own), so I was a little embarrassed to see anybody I knew. I needn't have worried, though, as it seems his excitement at seeing me was to have the chance to ask me to set him up with a friend of mine.

I'd say I'm always a bridesmaid, but I guess I'll have to wait until later tonight to see if California (and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Salt Lake City, Utah) has decided if I get to have even that much of a right.

But that's why I love Hollywood: our participatory democracy comes complete with college-aged go-go dancing security guards.

election day

After weeks of the worst allergy season yet, I wake up early to go to the polls as close to their opening as possible with a headache that first started yesterday.

I cannot wait for this election to be over.  I cannot imagine how I'll feel if either of the two things I care about the most don't turn out the way they have to in order for their to be any immediate hope for this country.  I can imagine how I'll feel if both do, however!

So it's voting, work, then the LAGLC party at The Music Box @ Fonda, and then it's done.  This is the most participatory I've ever been -- or that most people I've known have ever been -- in any election, and I'll miss that.  Thanks to [info]bobaloo for all his incredible hard work and I'm proud of you[info]pat_pending for all of yours.

In the words of Maureen McGovern, "There's got to be a morning after".

Here's hoping ours brings a better California and a better United States of America.

happy halloween!

Halloween night at the Los Angeles Orphans Home Society, 1937.

rights, rites and "write to marry" day

The goal for Write to Marry Day is to generate 200 blog posts about why it's essential to create and preserve marriage equality.  I figure writing anything in my little piece of the Intertubes would be preaching to the choir, but there's one thing I believe and I have yet to see it in any of the pro-marriage equality statements I've read.  So here's my contribution:

If you're voting for Prop 8 in California, there's something I want you to think about when you enter that voting booth or fill out your absentee ballot.  I know you want to believe that you can think like a bigot and act like a bigot but not be known as a bigot.  You're wrong. 

By planning to vote to take away my fundamental human rights, you are saying that you think I'm less of a human being than you.  You're wrong about that, too.  I am not lesser than you. 

In fact, I am better than you.

Why?  Because if I could vote on your marriage, I wouldn't use the opportunity to strip you of your rights, try to ruin your life and write hate into the Constitution for the first time ever.  I wouldn't do it even knowing what you think of me or what you would do to me with the same opportunity. 

Because to put human rights up to a popular vote is obscene.

To vote against someone's rights is beneath contempt.

And I'm better than that.

So if you vote yes on Prop 8?

I'm better than you.

Now why do you suppose that an extremely athletic, apparently above-average healthy, strong enough to birth several children, early middle-aged adult with absolutely no public record of any health problems of any kind would refuse to release her medical records?

It's because her daughter Bristol is the mother of the infant that Palin is trying to pass off as her own child.

Sarah Palin isn't known for being smart, just ruthless.  When they hatched this scheme, the Palins didn't know she'd be in the national spotlight in a very short period of time.  And they sure didn't expect Bristol would get pregnant again, almost immediately after giving birth to her first child.  What Sarah Palin has done -- pretending her grandchild is actually her child -- is standard operating procedure for generations of countless mothers of wild-child unwed mothers in small towns everywhere. 

Only this time, what happened in Wasilla didn't stay in Wasilla.  And she can't admit it now without adding to her reputation as a liar, adding to the hypocrisy of her stance on abstinence-only education, adding to the charges that if she can't run her family then how can she run the country, adding to the belief that she shows one face to the world while using deceipt and secrecy to keep the facts about her true life hidden from public view.

They had no choice but to deny the release of her medical records.  But, by doing so, they've confirmed what everyone knew all along.  Being evil is one thing, but being incompetent at being evil is pretty bad.  If you can't even be good at being evil, what good are you?


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