On my way home from work one day, I was stopped at a light behind a car with a "I Vote Pro-Life" bumper sticker. Actually, it had two of them--one in English and one in Spanish. The notion that voting for candidates who oppose abortion, but are at the same time busy cutting programs that are put in place to protect our "most vulnerable citizens" was pretty unbelieveable. That was when I made this...
Thanks for the response. I end up having schedule issues that keep me from being very involved in local politics, so I do what I can online. If you ever want to report on an event you attended or a project or campaign you are working on, please consider sending a write-up to howardempowered at gmail.com and we can front-page it.
When I read the posts at BFA about continued patience while waiting for the new blog software, I couldn't help thinking of this Douglas Adams excerpt. This diary ended up moving in a different direction than what I first expected, but somehow I still had to include that quote. And anyway, I wanted something a bit more imaginative than "Yet another New Year's diary". I linked to it in the first paragraph, but here it is:
You're the autopilot?" said Zaphod.
"Yes," said the voice from the flight console.
"You're in charge of this ship?"
"Yes," said the voice again, "there has been a delay. Passengers are to be kept temporarily in suspended animation, for their comfort and convenience. Coffee and biscuits are being served every year, after which passengers are returned to suspended animation for their continued comfort and convenience. Departure will take place when the flight stores are complete. We apologize for the delay."
Zaphod moved away from the door, on which the pounding had now ceased. He approached the flight console.
"Delay?" he cried, "Have you seen the world outside this ship? It's a wasteland, a desert. Civilization's been and gone, man. There are no lemon-soaked paper napkins on the way from anywhere!"
"The statistical likelihood," continued the autopilot primly, "is that other civilizations will arise. There will one day be lemon-soaked paper napkins. Till then there will be a short delay. Please return to your seat."
By the way, I'm aware that I failed to mention MyDD in this diary. It's not intended as a slight. It's just that, for the life of me, I can't remember when I started posting here. It was after Kos, I'm pretty sure, but well before either Booman or My Left Wing. It's all just a freakin' blur as I get older. :p
This diary is crossposted at Howard-Empowered People. We've just started something new where we keep links to action-item type diaries front and center at the top of the page. With Christmas coming up, and with the kids out of school, it's getting harder to stay on top of things--especially with so much to stay on top of with the latest Bush administration outrage. So, if I'm missing an action item link you think is important, please leave a comment at Howard-Empowered People.