Open Thread: These folks would have voted early.


BAGHDAD, Iraq (Jan. 30, 2005) – Iraqi citizens stand in long lines outside a polling station in Baghdad, Iraq, today. Millions of Iraqis throughout the country are participating in Iraq's first free election in more than 35 years. DoD photo by Master Sgt. Dave Ahlschwede, U.S. Air Force.

Note the apparently armed men on the roof protecting the polling place. Yeah, they were willing to risk death to vote.



How are things in your area?

We had a pretty horrifying bus accident outside my building yesterday. I constantly see people of all age running across the crosswalk against the light. Many times I see other folks following them, thinking the light has changed, with iPods in their ears or cell phones glued to their heads. This is the third bus on pedestrian accident this year I believe. Time to lead by example and NOT cross against the light.

"You could say, 'Look, is this guy, Laden, really the bad guy that's depicted?' Most of us have never heard of him before." John McCain, following Clinton's strikes on al Qaeda camps

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

That's fabulous!

I think everyone in my email address book needs to see this. :)

My county (Harnett) has

My county (Harnett) has already had about 20% of our registered voters go to the polls and that's with only one polling place open 6 days a week and two other sites open on Saturdays.

I'm a moderate Democrat.

Voting Stats in Orange County

All of this is as of MONDAY.

* DEM: 64%
* UNA: 23%
* REP: 12%
* LIB: 0%

We're a pretty blue county anyways, but not this blue.

Voting from my precinct,

Dems: 559 (128 who did not vote in primary, 431 who did vote in the primary)
UNA : 251 (89 who did not vote in primary, 163 who did vote in primary)
REP : 100 (50 who did not vote in primary, 50 who did vote in primary)

Don't have the countywide total vote count yet.

"You could say, 'Look, is this guy, Laden, really the bad guy that's depicted?' Most of us have never heard of him before." John McCain, following Clinton's strikes on al Qaeda camps

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

Flames of Hellfire and Damnation

Lots and lots and lots of voters in line at Pullen Park yesterday --- and I'm sayin' they FELT (mostly) like fellow Democrats!

There was a fellow standing out front with a sandwich board sign for Dole. Really sad. Inside the polling place, people couldn't seem to resist talking about the race -- though most were careful about making pro- or con- statements that would show their preference.

I say MOST because yours truly didn't feel so shy and gave voice to an utterance or so. That's when I realized that the oafish fellow next to me was a lost soul, a foolish, foolish person who was actually, willfully and with gross negligence of forethought fill in the WRONG circle on his ballot. I immediately pictured him suffering the flames of hell. So I smiled warmly.

So would it be accurate to state

that you were warmed by the flames of hell?

I'm trying to get this whole accuracy/journalism thing down. How am I doing?

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Such is my natural frostiness

that thawing would require more than my just envisioning those flames licking around the aforementioned oaf's frame.

So, no, not accurate. Or even true!

But the excitement around Raleigh is growing. Today I was travelling near downtown around 10:00, and the place was crawling with cars, pedestrians, emergency vehicles, police, even fire trucks. In my dull-witted way at first thought, "hmm, I wonder what . . . " but when I noticed that some people had even parked in a TURN lane on Blount, I realized it was OBAMARAMA FEVER and that folks were just gonna park where ever they could! A friend let me listen to part of Obama's speech through his cell phone.

Dome naturally nailed him for a missed television reference. Barak referred to "Weezy" when citing Fred Sanford. Well, for god's sake, everyone and his cousin knows that it was to ELIZABETH that Fred would cry when he staggered with faux chest pains. tsk. OH the SHAME, Obama, the shame!

At lunch, people wearing "I VOTED" stickers were all over the place.

I don't know how any of us can stand to wait for election day.


hahaha....did Obama really say that?


"Only the most deluded of us could doubt the necessity of this war." - John McCain

Poll volunteers please don't

Poll volunteers please don't be too pushy with your enthusiasm. Smile, offer voter guides etc. but don't turn off shaky Obama/D voters. There are lots of over 50 white guys like me that are planning to vote for Obama but many of them don't want to say a lot about it and we don't want the last thing they hear or see before they go in to the polls to be a negative one. We also need a good mix of poll volunteers. The biggest fear for the crowd I speak of is that Obama might not serve everybody, but have as African-American specific agenda. They need to feel confident that that is not the case. We've got a chance to carry NC for Obama and with him goes Hagan, Purdue, and our congressmen and lots of state and local offices.

I'm a moderate Democrat.

Who made that possible?

Just curious. Anyone remember who made it possible for the Iraqis to vote in an open election? Hint: it wasn't Barak Obama.

Wrong again, Loco

Barak Obama makes ALL THINGS POSSIBLE.

Sorry, couldn't resist.

I don't think you're going to make much headway touting George Bush's "accomplishments" here, but we'll enjoy your struggle.

Do you really want to take credit for this?

NO, you are of course talking about George W. Bush. Who brought Democracy to Iraq.

And, he is of course responsible for the treatment of Christians in Iraq, since he is the caretaker of Iraq.

Since the US invasion of Iraq in March 2003, Christians in Mosul have had to fear for their lives. Churches have been set on fire, and priests, doctors, engineers and businesspeople have been murdered. In March, aides found the body of Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho on the outskirts of the city. A new series of killings that began in late September has already claimed 18 lives.

To stop the Christians who are fleeing Mosul, their persecutors set up fake checkpoints along the roads leading out of the city. They are often robbed, beaten and even killed. In the Sadik neighborhood, masked men recently stopped a man with his child. When they saw a Christian name on his identification card, they shot the man on the spot. When the boy said the man they had just killed was his father, they shot him as well.


LONDON (CNS) -- Half of all Iraqi Christians have fled their country since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, said the auxiliary bishop of Baghdad.

Chaldean Catholic Auxiliary Bishop Andreos Abouna of Baghdad said that before the invasion there were about 1.2 million Christians in the predominantly Shiite Muslim state. Since then the overall number has dropped to about 600,000, he said.

And, as the caretaker of Iraq he is responsible for the civilians in Iraq.

Iraqi Health Ministry casualty survey for the World Health Organization.[2] In January 2008 the Iraqi health minister, Dr Salih Mahdi Motlab Al-Hasanawi, reported the results of the "Iraq Family Health Survey" of 9,345 households across Iraq which was carried out in 2006 and 2007. It estimated 151,000 violence-related Iraqi deaths (95% uncertainty range, 104,000 to 223,000) from March 2003 through June 2006. Employees of the Iraqi Health Ministry carried out the survey.[3][4][5] The results were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.[6]

As caretaker of Iraq, he is also responsible for making sure the country remains safe and inhabitable for all of its citizens.

By end of May 2008, the number of Internally Displaced People (IDP) in Iraq was 2,169,920. This marked a decrease by 3,234 people compared to April 2008.
Iraq remains one of the most dangerous places in the world. Its refugee crisis is worsening. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), since the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003, an estimated 4.7 million have been displaced both within and outside Iraq and for many the situation is desperate.

And, of course, as Commander in Chief he is responsible for our troops.

U.S. Confirmed Deaths: 4189
Iraq Coalition Casualties: 445
Wounded in Action and non-hostile: 30,182

So, to summarize. Millions have fled. Millions are homeless. Christians have fled. Innocents are being killed by the hundreds of thousands. Soldiers are coming home dead or wounded by the tens of thousands. In addition, the violence in Iraq has stopped NOT BECAUSE OF THE SURGE, but because of this:

That is one of the new walled communities. With walls like this:

We've created walled cities where folks can't get to one another and call it peace.

Everyone is either fled, dead or locked into their homogenous neighborhood.

"You could say, 'Look, is this guy, Laden, really the bad guy that's depicted?' Most of us have never heard of him before." John McCain, following Clinton's strikes on al Qaeda camps

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.