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November 3, 2008

please vote (preferably for Obama)

Filed under: q.s. quickies,viewpoint — David Giacalone @ 8:51 pm

.. The campaign has taken far too long and still has that weird electoral college wrinkle, which focuses too much attention on toss-up states, and could hand victory to the man with fewer votes (see, The World, “US election system unique,” Nov. 2, 2008)

— “battleground” has been uttered much too often —

.. ..

— and there were some ugly, distorted images —

But, please go out and vote tomorrow, for the candidate of your choice.

[preferably for Barack Obama] ..

Of course, if you’re really voting for John McCain because Obama is black, or because you truly believe he is a socialist or the Anti-Christ, feel free to stay home.  Whatever the outcome, remember we are one country and we need to face the future in good faith together.

p.s. The whole New Yorker cover flap (and the “winkies” we added for the parody-challenged) seems like it happened so long ago and seems rather unimportant now.  But, the ability to publish vibrant satire, even if some folks don’t get it or are offended, is crucial in a free society.

election day
dark skies turn
a bright shade of blue

…. by dagosan

Obama&GrandmaDunham afterwords (Nov. 4, 2008): Heartfelt condolences to Barack Obama and the entire family of Madelyn Payne Dunham, who died of cancer yesterday at age 86.  Losing a loving grandmother takes a large piece out of your heart and your life.  I wish she could have seen her grandson making history today.   At this important point in a very crucial election, her death is a reminder of what is really important in our lives.

after her death
composing roses
instead of words

the space
where the lily was

winter solstice
I unravel my knitting
and begin again

.. by Pamela Miller Ness
“winter solstice” — from The Hands of Women (Lily Pond Press/Swamp Press, August 2007)
“after her death” – “ikebana” – from the sequence “where the lily was” (2003)

– Election Day, Foggy Morning, Riverside Park, Schenectady, NY; by DAG –

winter woods
seeing myself
in black and white

………………….. by yu chang – Upstate Dim Sum 2005/1

.. my polling place (follow the arrow), First Reformed Church, 8 No. Church St., in the Stockade Historic District, Schenectady, NY (photo taken Election Day, Nov. 5, 2008, by David Giacalone)


  1. Nice post…

    absurd thought –
    God of the Universe hates
    history either way

    America WILL survive
    no matter who wins the vote

    Comment by USpace — November 4, 2008 @ 9:09 pm

  2. Hey, a lot of people took your advice!

    Comment by Anne — November 5, 2008 @ 12:26 am

  3. Thanks, USpace (is that U.S. peace?). And, gosh, Anne, it’s a good thing I didn’t recommend jumping off a cliff.

    Comment by David Giacalone — November 5, 2008 @ 12:36 am

  4. Yeah, you must use your power for good!

    Comment by Anne — November 5, 2008 @ 12:45 am

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