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Tomorrow I am voting for Barack Obama. When [livejournal.com profile] viridian asked who I supported and why, I gave her the following list of reasons:

1. I can't forgive Hillary Clinton for voting to approve the war in Iraq.
2. I am seriously frightened of making dynastic succession a traditional way to choose a president. Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton would be a worrying string of family members in the White House. What if it continues further?
3. I love listening to Obama talk. (This is not a reason to choose a president, I know, but it does affect my gut reactions.)
4. I think Obama's got a better chance against McCain in the general election than Clinton.

Other people, wiser and better at expressing themselves than I, have provided reasons to vote for Obama. (Read the comments and follow the links.)

Finally, if you have time, watch the interview Obama gave at Google on November 14, 2007 (on YouTube in two parts, 22 and 24 minutes long respectively). Obama articulates his positions at length, clearly and with conviction. It's worth seeing.
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These election results are awe-inspiring. As of midnight Pacific time, there has not been a single Republican gain in any national election anywhere in the country. All gains have been Democratic, and the numbers are looking better and better.

It's so nice to have a pleasant election experience.

In other news, while in Philadelphia this weekend, I saw this unfortunate ad on a SEPTA bus. If the ad's purpose is, in fact, to convince Pennsylvanians to vote for Senator Santorum, rather than to remind them of the substance (not worksafe!) that Dan Savage and his readers named after the Senator, it failed miserably. Goodbye, Santorum. You won't be missed.
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Linked by [livejournal.com profile] silveraspen:

Forbes Magazine recommends its readers not to marry career women.
(Link goes to [livejournal.com profile] silveraspen's journal, where the articles are recopied, as the Forbes website is an utter mess.)

Career women, apparently, are more likely to divorce their husbands, more likely to cheat on their husbands, less likely to produce offspring, more likely to be unhappy in their marriages, will probably do less cleaning, and are more likely to make their husbands sick (!) than non-career women.

Excuse me while I douse the smoke rising from my brain.

Complaints may be sent to

William Baldwin, editor (or Michael Noer, author of the article)
Forbes Magazine
60 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10011.

ETA: As the half of my friendslist that has been enraged over this already knows, Forbes took the article down and put it back up alongside a response titled Don't Marry a Lazy Man. The counterpoint article seems to be written by a female Forbes writer who was just as furious as the rest of us.
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In response to the latest news from the Vatican, [livejournal.com profile] cataptromancer has been writing Latin verse.

Sumus omnes peccatores
Humani viles et sunt mores -
Unde haec superbia
Quae te ad arcendos caros
Urget Dei cum ignaros
accipis in familia?


[We are all sinners, and human behavior is vile - whence this pride which drives you to exclude those dear to God and to accept into the family those who are ignorant of him?]

***

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] deborah_judge, I have now watched the Battlestar Galactica miniseries. I did enjoy it. The Biblical imagery is very clear, and the conflicts between the human characters are fascinating. President Laura Roslin, especially, is a fully-formed character. I have to admit that I'm not fond of the Cylons, though. Six, especially, earned my loathing from the first moment her dyed-blonde hair appeared on the television screen. Something about the artificiality of her femininity repels me utterly. Before I figured out what her name was, I started calling her Vagina Dentata; that should totally be her name. It's so much more descriptive than Six.

***

My sister is coming tomorrow. In her honor, my apartment is nearly clean. Hopefully, it will be completely clean by the time her plane lands.

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Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
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Well, Miers is out. I'm relieved we won't be getting her as a Supreme Court justice, but terrified of whoever else we might get.

From the NYT:

Mr. Bush issued a statement in which he accepted Ms. Miers's decision with regret, praised her "extraordinarily legal experience" and her character and said he agreed that senators were intent on gaining access to internal White House documents about her service.

Would anyone like to tell me what it means to have "extraordinarily legal experience"? Does that mean that Miers lived her life especially legally?

ETA: Bush's actual statement only mentions Miers' "extraordinary legal experience". The extra "il" seems to have been added by the Times. Darn. "Extraordinary legal experience" is much less interesting than the "extraordinarily" kind.
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I still don't like the idea of Harriet Miers as a Supreme Court justice, but I must say that if these people and organizations are arguing for her withdrawal, there must be something good about her!
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I should be writing, or possibly grading, or perhaps reading Middle English.

Instead, I am examining the possibilities of Regender, a different kind of translator.

For instance, what would today's news look like if Harry Miers had been nominated for the Supreme Court?

From the Fitchburg, MA Sentinel and Enterprise, modified from this article with the help of Regender:

The White House limited its list of potential justices to men. )

Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] catamorphism for the link to Regender.

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] angevin2 and her readers are trying Regender with Shakespeare.
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This is not a joke. In fact, it is a perfectly respectable Washington Post article linked by Slate.

Apparently, obscenity is one of Alberto Gonzales' top priorities. )

These newspapers sound more and more like The Onion every day.
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From the New York Times, here:

The convictions of dozens of death-row inmates in California are coming under legal scrutiny because of accusations that Jews and black women were excluded from juries in capital trials in Alameda County as "standard practice."

I will never consider skipping my jury duty again.
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Instead of cleaning in panic for my parents' arrival in two hours, instead of hunting for lost objects and prepping for class, I have been reading the news online.

What in hell is this?

The Kansas attorney general has requested the full medical records of women who had abortions in abortion clinics, and I quote Attorney General Phill Kline, in order "to investigate and prosecute child rape and other crimes in order to protect Kansas children." Yes. Because the way to protect Kansas survivors of child rape is to terrify them out of getting abortions.

The clinics, of course, refused the request and brought their case to the Kansas Supreme Court.

I really hope the Kansas Supreme Court sees reason.
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I am tired of reading about the supposed chasm between Godly America and Worldly America. My Judaism is very important to me. My beliefs on moral/ethical issues such as how to define a just war guide my vote. One reason that I firmly believe in the division between church and state comes from my knowledge, as a present-day Conservative Jew and as a scholar interested in the history of religions, that the value structure endorsed by any one religion at any one time is a construct that may bear little resemblance to the values of the same religion at a different time, or to the values of any other contemporary religion. I'm part of the Religious Left, and I vote.
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Somewhere there is laughter,
And somewhere children shout,
But there is no joy in Mudville...

unless the legal challenges get us somewhere, that is, and at the moment I doubt it.

Oh yes, and folks, remind me not to get married in Arkansas. Or Georgia. Or Michigan -- [livejournal.com profile] the_paper_nun, darling, WTF is wrong with Michigan? I thought it was cooler than that.

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