Life Goes On

Sorry posting shuddered to something of a halt in the past few days; shellshock has prevented much of anything from being said. We’re still wandering around wondering just how this happened. What would it have taken? The US economy is still shaky, he’s the first president to lose jobs for over seventy years, there’s torture and human-rights abuses in Iraq and Cuba, excuse after excuse for invading evaporating, and 350 tons of high-explosives are now in the hands of terrorists. And the country still elected him.

The youth did turn out to vote, incidentally. More so than usual, and they were the group that went most to Kerry. So, when Bush passes his insane Social Security Bill, everybody aged between 18-29 should opt-out immediately, and laugh when the fund goes bankrupt shortly afterwards. That’ll teach the seniors.

Oh, and today’s weird, bewildering, and depressing statistic: apparently, 20% of gay people voted for Bush. (this is according to exit poll data, no idea how they got this figure - I guess they just asked, which could mean the real value is slightly different). That makes no sense.

The current theory as to why Kerry lost is that the Democrats didn’t pay attention to the state amendments that were also being voted on. Gay marriage and stem cell bans were proposed in an effort to energise the more extreme ends of Bush’s voting base. And it worked. (Greg Palast is still insisting that Kerry won Ohio, but he’s probably the only one)

The sad thing is that it’s been a lovely couple of days here apart from that. Being asked if I had voted everywhere I went on Tuesday, followed by a great night, with everybody here at Laura’s apartment, watching the results and eating pokey sticks (the common phrase of the evening being: “I need another drink”). Lots of drunkenness (well, okay, there was really only one true drunk, but she was very entertaining!) to blot out the news coming in. Yesterday was very depressing; people were muttering to each other all over town, not believing what had happened. There was a protest organised for the evening, in case things went the same way as 2000. I went along, and it was just horrible; nobody had any heart for chanting or marching. We just felt like we’d had our hearts ripped out. And we will be staring at them for four more years.

But! The night got better! I watched Breakfast At Tiffany’s with Laura and Rachel, I swear I didn’t choose it, honest. We might also be off to see a movie or two in the next week, although we haven’t decided on which one yet.

The sun has gone, but the weekend approaches…

currently playing: Johnny Boy — You Are The Generation That Bought More Shoes And You Get What You Deserve

We find these truths to be self-evident…

Laura has just told me that Carrboro has its own currency. I suggest that it extends this to Chapel Hill, and a Declaration of Independence from the Union be proclaimed at the Franklin Street Post Office this evening.

And I hear the North-East coast wants to rejoin the British Empire…

currently playing: The Clash — Every Little Bit Hurts

To sum up

the world sucks. DAMMIT AMERICA, WHAT DOES THE GUY HAVE TO DO? DID YOU NOT SEE THE DEBATES? DO YOU ACTUALLY THINK THAT ANYBODY COULD DO WORSE IN IRAQ? ?HOW DO YOU DRESS YOURSELF IN THE MORNING? NO, SERIOUSLY, HOW CAN YOU LIVE WITH YOURSELVES?

(friends and natives of Chapel HIll excluded from the above, naturally)

currently playing: The Clash — White Riot

This Is Free Radio Calling

Current exit polls suggest that Bush is leading Kerry by 51% to 49%.

In North Carolina.

We’re swinging!

currently playing: Radiohead — Go To Sleep

The Get-A-Long Gang

From left to right: Me, Laura, Allison W, Ai-Ling, and Allison G!

Predict-o-Tron

Back from watching the day turn into night on Franklin Street…

Because I’m sure that the prediction of another nobody on the Internet about tomorrow’s election is just what you need. I even have a 50% success rate, calling the 1996 election for Clinton (yeah, yeah, but the easy ones count as well), but I thought Bush would win in 2000 (ho ho ho).

Anyway, tomorrow! I think Kerry is going to win. Admittedly, the Chapel Hill Bubble might be clouding my judgement somewhat, but seeing as how, even with Republican over-sampling, Bush struggles to get over 50% in the polls, coupled with the impression that the Democrats have got their act together, I think that he’s going to take it.

Florida and Ohio? Going blue. I have faith. Plus the high possibility of lots of alcohol tomorrow to dull the pain of a Bush victory…

currently playing: ABC — All Of My Heart

Damn the Man, Part II

The police stole my sword!

currently playing: Propaganda — Duel

Halloween on Franklin!

I think that there's a city ordinance that specifies that no skirt may be allowed to come below the knee on Halloween…

Oh you've got grey eyes

Laura mixing it up old school down on the East Side, hanging out with the kids and laying down some flava.

I'm so very sorry.

Horses On Franklin!

Another normal day in Chapel Hill