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    I'm feeling different kinds of happy about different contests. The Obama/Romney match-up was the one that could've caused the worst repercussions if it'd gone the wrong way, so on that one I'm mostly relieved. The shellacking that Team Rape took is satisfying. The election of an openly queer woman to the Senate, and popular vote measures for gay marriage actually passing, leaves me incredulous, and wondering how "old" it makes me that I'm still alive to see so dramatic a shift on one of the core issues of my life. The restoration of Ted Kennedy's seat to Democratic hands (where it belongs) is comforting. A Buddhist and a Hindu getting elected to Congress from Hawaii is sorta cool. Democrats eking out Senate seats in the red states of Montana and North Dakota is reassuring. The drubbing that my state rep. got after switching to the GOP at the last minute before filing, and recruiting a fake Democrat to throw the election to him, which resulted in an unofficial team-up between a real Democrat and a principled Republican both running aggressive write-in campaigns to make sure he lost to one of them (and it was the Democrat)... that's intensely gratifying. The news about Puerto Rico trending toward statehood is... interesting. (Sorry, but I have to ask: how would PR getting seats in Congress affect the balance of power?) The legalization of marijuana makes me smile, but it's the decriminalization (down to a $25 ticket for possession of any amount) in my own puritanical city of Grand Rapids MI that... well, I'm gonna have a huge Cheez-Kurls-eating grin on my face as soon as the result is certified.
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeNov 7th 2012
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    @ RenThing:

    Jesus...just...I honestly don't know. Which came first: being pissed-off at the election result or the (in)actions of her so-called internet friends?

    Either very drunk or at the start of a psyche episode, probably linked to PTSD from her "8 months in a Palin group."

    Whatever the fuck it was, she kept doing a bang-up job of neutralising every pang of sympathy I felt for her.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeNov 7th 2012
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    Making news in Australia today - Georgia teen Kristen Neel...



    Our Prime Minister is female and an atheist.

    Unfortunately she's deleted her twitter account, so we're denied any earlier pearls of wisdom.

    There actually seem to be a lot of Republicans tweeting about moving here. Apparently they don't realise that we have socialised healthcare and strict gun control laws, and among our politicians Obama would be considered right of centre.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeNov 7th 2012
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    From my Aussie coworker:

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    She was thinking of Kevin Rudd, no doubt, who held press conferences outside his church on Sundays.
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    @Greasemonkey

    But did he actually support what he says? I'm not convinced...

    ;)
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2012
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    Has Florida been called yet? I can't actually find anything.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2012
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    It doesn't matter if Florida gets called or not. Even if Romney were to take it, Obama has still the majority of the Electoral College votes to have the presidency.

    For once, Florida doesn't fucking matter in an election.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2012
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    IT looks like it's too close to call and so they have to count absentee ballots too.
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    I know a few people who are downright gleefully celebrating Florida's irrelevance. Revenge for 2000, apparently, is best served cold.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2012
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    I am one of those people.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2012
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    HAHAHA. Please read this. It's one of those articles that gets so downright CRAZY it becomes entertaining.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2012 edited
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    I believe we all need to express disgust with Obama and Democrats in public places. To some extent I already do this. Example:
    When I'm at the Wal-mart or grocery story I typically pay with my debit card. On the pad it comes up, "EBT, Debit, Credit, Cash." I make it a point to say loudly to the check-out clerk, "EBT, what is that for?" She inevitably says, "it's government assistance." I respond, "Oh, you mean welfare? Great. I work for a living. I'm paying for my food with my own hard-earned dollars. And other people get their food for free." And I look around with disgust, making sure others in line have heard me.


    Meanwhile all the others in line are just thinking "Just fucking hurry up so I can get this food home, asshole".

    Wow, thanks for this, Argos.

    ...though I'm starting to think this is a joke...but I'm not sure.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2012 edited
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    I am confused by the American Republican use of the term Libertarian. Are they following the ideas of the First International, or Joseph Déjacque's brand of anarcho-communism?
    • CommentAuthorkmcleod
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2012
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    They're following the ideas of Jed Clampett of The Beverly Hillbillies.
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    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2012
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    So, in this election, you guys also got the first disabled woman, first openly lesbian woman, first Asian woman elected in the Senate, but what's more important is you got the first openly orcish woman elected in the Maine Senate.

    Take that, alliance scum !
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      CommentAuthorTF
    • CommentTimeNov 8th 2012
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