NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Gay couples began marrying in Connecticut Wednesday after a judge cleared the way for the unions to begin, a victory for advocates stung by California's ban on same-sex unions last week.
With a final order entered, couples marched to New Haven City Hall to get marriage licenses, and less than two hours after the final court hearing, Peg Oliveira and Jennifer Vickery were married in a brief ceremony.
"I feel so happy," said Vickery, a 44-year-old attorney. "It's so much more emotional than I expected."
The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled 4-3 on Oct. 10 that same-sex couples have the right to wed rather than accept a civil union law designed to give them the same rights as married couples.
That's awesome. Meanwhile in California...
It's been like 14 hours since Obama was declared the President-elect, and I still feel like the best combination of drunk and high in the world. (Yes, I stole that analogy from a fanfic; 10 points if you know which one.)
I am still sick.... I passed out around 1:00am last night and woke up a couple times, but basically slept until almost noon today. I really wanted to get a newspaper, but all the WaPo's sold out
really quick and there's not a copy to be found in all of Reston.
I am so ridiculously proud of NoVA right now. Democrat Gerry Connolly won Tom Davis' seat
, and my Dem Congressman Jim Moran easily won reelection. (Republican Frank Wolf also easily won against Judy Feder, but I'm not terribly surprised.) In the Senate race, Democrat Mark Warner trounced Jim Gilmore
as we all expected. Most important, Virginia went blue
last night. Looking at the county-by-county results
, it's amazing - Fairfax, Arlington and Alexandria are all blue by wide margins, as expected, but then the outer suburbs like Loudon and Prince William counties also went blue by smaller but still comfortable margins. That's where the supposed "Real Virginia" starts, so it's really noteable.
Then there's all the other red states that went for Obama - I almost cried when Ohio got called, and then Florida towards the end of the night. We've fought so hard for those states.
There's a lot to celebrate right now, but it's also tempered by some sad news: the hateful Proposition 8 in California got passed
. Oh, California, you make me cry.
I have no real content to offer right now, I'm just so giddy. Someone, come be giddy with me!
Y helo thar, neglected political blog. I suck. But I come bearing linkspam!
Happy Voting Day! Tell me your voting stories, come spam me with pics of your polling place, or just pull up a chair in general. This is such an exciting day! Even though I'm sick (having thrown up 4 times this morning, ugh) I'm so excited because I think my state (Virginia) will finally go blue for the first time since 1964. This feels like a historic time, seriously.
Anyways, here, have some linkspam.
++ Americans line up to choose a president
++ BBC: America voteds in historic election
++ Record number of voters expected to deluge polls
++ Stocks rally ahead of US election
++ Obama votes as people line up to cast ballots
++ Seeking upset, McCain to campaign Election Day
. More about McCain
++ New Hampshire voters cast first election day ballots
++ WaPo front page story on the Final Push
++ Long lines in DC area
++ After epic campaign, voters go to polls
++ NYT Guide to what to watch tonight
++ A sea change for politics as we know it
++ LA Times: Historic vote underway across America
Well, I have one to call back in a couple hours because the guy wasn't available. But yay! 25 people called in Ohio. Ok, it's nothing compared to what some have done, but it was a challenge for me, and I did it.
Now I must decide if I feel I will have the energy to do GOTV in New Hampshire tomorrow. Chronic illness, FTL. But I want to. If you want to too, you can find out where to go here
And since it's the day for it, I kinda hafta include this: ( One More DayCollapse )What are you doing
And, via luna_k
, once you vote, get some free coffee/doughnuts/sex toys
. (Yes, really.) [ETA: even more deals
: I've signed up to canvass in New Hampshire tomorrow. Got some Raisinets and mixed up some trail mix in various permutations; gonna make some PB&J sandwiches next. I may keel over, but it won't be from low blood sugar. *g*
And I found today's inspiration: Dear History
by Saul Williams:
Dear History... I have walked through your museums wondering how it is that greatness has lived and died all before my time. ...
Dear History, we no longer believe in you. We have invested our beliefs into the present time, the present moment, into our present opportunity to shift our reality into one that does not resemble the past. We stand on the shoulders of those that have fought and dreamed, and on the necks of those who are caught in time.
I can't get the flash embed to work on LJ, so go watch
. It's good stuff.
Like I said yesterday, I'm making Get Out The Vote calls for Barack Obama. At this point, it's calls to Obama supporters to remind them to vote and bring others to the polls. You can go to barackobama.com
to make calls
If you want to do something else, probably the easiest way is to go to my.barackobama.com
, find your nearest campaign office, and call or show up. ( snolan
has a comment about things you could be asked to do
, including things that might be easier for us introverts.) You can use MyBarackObama to search for events and groups in your area. (I joined my town's group awhile back, and they send me emails about phonebanks and carpooling to New Hampshire.)
This is a Campaign Open Thread
for introverts and others. Share what you're doing, what you want to do, what you're worried about doing, the latest, whatever.
... the campaign still needs you.my.BarackObama.com
can help you find ways to volunteer from where you are, either by canvassing, phone banking, finding events in your area, or getting in touch with your local office. You can make calls from home if you want. (Right now it looks like they're making Get Out The Vote calls to supporters in Virginia, Ohio, and Colorado. Or you can choose the key state you want to call
, from Nevada to Florida.)MoveOn
is having members call other members in battleground states to ask them to sign up to do GOTV. You can do that from home, too. Both the Obama campaign and MoveOn provide scripts and detailed instructions.
Or, you can pledge to vote
, and get three more voters to the polls by election day, at DemocracyforAmerica.com.
Personally, I am struggling with my health and inherent shyness, but I thought I'd pass these links along. Because we can't get complacent. Polls mean nothing unless people turn out to vote -- and the polls are narrowing.
Post any other links, or about what you're doing, in the comments.ETA
: I just made my first call for Barack Obama! *deep breaths* YAAAAY!
Oh, I feel so much better now. It's not hard. Even if you're an introvert like me. And it feels great to be doing something. Try it
, we can all hyperventilate and cheer each other on.ETA2
: Damn, the website has decided it's too late for me to call Ohio (9pm). They might let me call Colorado, but I don't want a whole 'nother list when I'm only 2 calls into the first one.
Still, it feels so good to do something. (Something besides making Barack O'Lanterns.) Even if I don't feel I'm great at it, I just smile and do my best.
( Sam Bee puts the smackdown on John McCainCollapse )Ouch.
I'm not sure if anybody here is still unconvinced about voting Obama... if so, ( my condolences...Collapse )
... but I wanted to mention an oft-neglected fact about voting for Obama: you don't have to be a die-hard fan of his to vote for him. A vote for president is not a marriage vow; you don't have to have stars in your eyes and think he's perfect. An election is a job interview, and you vote for the person you think would be better at the job. And not voting doesn't get you off the hook; IMHO, you can't wash your hands of any responsibility for the direction of the country by abstaining. Mathematically, not voting would be the same thing as casting half a vote for Obama AND half a vote for McCain.
Here's the thing: I didn't vote for him him in the primaries, but I admire Barack Obama. I think he's run an excellent campaign. I am increasingly hopeful both that he'll win and that he'll do some good as president. But I also know that he'll let me down. He'll disappoint me sometimes. Hell, he has already. But the reason he can
disappoint me is because I think he's capable of doing better.
John McCain couldn't disappoint me, because I don't have any faith that his plans would do any good for me or the country. He would frighten me, though. I spent the 2000 election season ranting about how George W. Bush was an asshole and an imbecile... and I had no idea
, not the slightest inkling, of how catastrophic his (p)residency would be. No one did.
And to those of you who are on board: don't get complacent. I don't care what the polls say, I'm terrified they'll steal it
again. We already know they're trying to suppress the vote
. So please vote, even if the polls say Obama's winning your state handily. And since lines may be epic (especially in Democratic districts... just a coincidence, I'm sure), find out if you can and vote early
.( The ACLU has some tips.Collapse )
NY Times: Swing states are using what appear to be illegal methods to purge voter rolls
Tens of thousands of eligible voters in at least six swing states have been removed from the rolls or have been blocked from registering in ways that appear to violate federal law, according to a review of state records and Social Security data by The New York Times.
The actions do not seem to be coordinated by one party or the other nor do they appear to be the result of election officials intentionally breaking rules...
Suuuuuure. Plausible deniability and all that, but then why are they targeting ACORN for following the law
? Back to the NYT:
Still, because Democrats have been more aggressive at registering new voters this year, according to state election officials, any heightened screening of new applications may affect their party’s supporters disproportionately.
Another good reason to double check that you're really registered at VoteForChange
Obama picks up second debate win, viewers say
NASHVILLE, Tennessee (CNN) -- A national poll of debate watchers suggests that Sen. Barack Obama won the second presidential debate.
Fifty-four percent of those questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey conducted after the debate ended said that Obama did the best job in the debate, with 30 percent saying Sen. John McCain performed better.
[...] A majority said Obama seemed to be the stronger leader during the debate, 54 percent to 43 percent, and by a more than two to one margin -- 65 percent to 28 percent -- viewers thought Obama was more likable during the debate.
Woot! From what I saw last night, Obama was the clear winner. I'm highly baised of course, but still.
McCain seemed like a crotchey old man most of the night.
Anyways, hey, wtf is going on on Wall Street? Up, down, up, down
. It's crazy. The Fed cut interest rates half a percent
in response to the crisis.
Can we officially say we're in a recession already? Because it really seems like we're in one. We're in *something*.
Today is the last day to register to vote in several states
, and more deadlines are coming up fast. Time to make sure you're registered or hassle your friends.
Useful voting sites:
- VotersUnite.org has information on registration, voting, and past voting machine problems. Non-partisan.
- CanIVote.org is run by the non-partisan National Association of Secretaries of State and will mail you a national voter registration form.
- VoteForChange is the Obama campaign's voting site, where you can register online or check if you're registered, and then get information about when/where/how to vote. ETA: The first two panels ask for your name and email address; the third asks you if you're registered (yes, no, or not sure), and you can check/(re-)register from there.
Since my city has a habit of sending "confirm your address" postcards, and I have a habit of not sending them back promptly, I just made sure I was registered at VoteForChange. I am, happily, properly registered. Are you?
(x-posted to my journal)
Hey, I got about 15 people who wanted stickers, and I only had 8 to give away (I thought I'd had 6, but apparently I had more than I thought!) so I went ahead and mailed out stickers to the first 8 people who commented. Now, my friend said he had a fuckton of leftover stickers, so I'm gonna ask him if he can spare 7 more so all the people who commented can get one. Hopefully he will have enough.
But yeah, those first 8 people should be getting their stickers in a couple days. I mailed them in a card so hopefully they won't get bent or anything.
I've been following the current financial crisis pretty close, watching news reports and reading newspaper articles about it every day for the past week or so, as well as voraciously reading everything people on my flist have posted about it, but I still don't totally understand how this bailout is supposed to work.
As you all know, yesterday the House rejected the bailout
and the stock market went down 777 points, which meant nothing to me until Brian Williams explained it had lost 7% of its value. Even I understand that's bad.
FWIW, I don't like this bailout one little bit, and I'm glad it didn't pass the House, but I do know SOMETHING'S got to be done, or we're gonna go into another great depression. Now I work at a grocery store and people always need food, so my job is pretty safe, but it's still gonna suck. My grandfather was born in 1928, and I grew up hearing his stories of how terrible it was to grow up during the Great Depression. WaPo
: The leaders of the country said: Trust us. The people said: Not this time.
That pretty much sums it all up for me. I mean, my whole thing is, it was the unfettered free market that got us into this problem in the first place, and NOW the CEO's and the republicans want government intervention? All that's gonna happen is we'll bail them out this time, and then they'll continue spouting their "free market solves everything" philosophy, and we'll be in another financial crisis as soon as we turn around. Why can't the allmighty free market fix this problem on its own?
Oh right, that whole great-depression-the-sequel scenario. SIGH.
Also, hey, OT, but what's going on with these gas shortages around the country? It seems mostly like a Georgia thing, from my flist.
My friend belongs to MoveOn.org, and they sent him 50 Obama/Biden stickers because... I have no idea. Point is, he gave me 8 of them and told me to give them to my friends. I put one on my mini-fridge (where I have 4 years of political stickers, because I don't have a car) and gave one to my friend, but I still have 6 more. If you want one, leave a comment here with your name & address. Comments are screened so only I will see them.
So, who wants a free sticker?
... has fact checked some of the assertions made in last night's presidential debate.McCain was wrong about Pakistan being a failed state in 1999
, and seems not to have noticed some of those same civilian politicians are in power now. That... might be seen as a dis.The surge in Iraq didn't work
, it's just that the Sunnis had already been effectively ethnically cleansed; their former neighborhoods remain dark
on satellite photos.
Yes, Kissinger did advocate high level talks with Iran
, up to and including heads of state.
Contrary to what he claimed last night, McCain previously admitted he didn't see the mortgage crisis coming
So basically, McCain lied or got it wrong left and right.
And in other news... Greenhouse gas emissions went up last year
, more than in the IPCC's worst case scenario.
What is "kind of scary" is that the worldwide emissions growth is beyond the highest growth in fossil fuel predicted just two years ago by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, said Benjamin Santer, an atmospheric scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Under the panel's scenario then, temperatures would increase by somewhere between 4 and 11 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100.
If this trend continues for the century, we would be exceedingly lucky "for it just to be bad, as opposed to catastrophic," said Stanford University climate scientist Stephen H. Schneider.
It sounds like scientists are quietly freaking out. Santer was not the only one to use the term "scary."
ETA: The Chinese food adulteration scandal has spread to some products available in the U.S.
I'm no economic expert, but here are some links I've found helpful towards making sense of this bailout thing.
First thing to know is, they are utterly shameless. They wanna take $700 billion of your money, with no controls over what they do with it
Decisions by the Secretary pursuant to the authority of this Act are non-reviewable and committed to agency discretion, and may not be reviewed by any court of law or any administrative agency.Senator Bernie Sanders makes all kinds of sense
. So does Robert Reich
Meanwhile, McCain manages to be wrong about more things in a single sentence
than was previously believed to be possible:
Opening up the health insurance market to more vigorous nationwide competition, as we have done over the last decade in banking, would provide more choices of innovative products less burdened by the worst excesses of state-based regulation.
(Obama has a new ad out calling him on it [YouTube]
And as of last night, McCain still thinks deregulation was a good idea
How can he think that? Well, this exceptional post, Three Times Is Enemy Action
lays out the pattern of their misdeeds, and exactly how bogus the entire system was leading to this crash. Seriously, if you want to understand the deregulation crowd (including John McCain)'s sordid crisis-creating past, read this.
Does this massive turnover of funds and power constitute a coup
? Personally, I'm not saying yes, but I'm not saying no.