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Today is Election Day
Author: Raine    Date: 02/18/2008 13:32:06

Big election today. It may have been easy to forget about it. It hasn't really been on the news, at least not in America. Approximately a thousand people are in Pakistan to monitor the elections. Europe has sent 112 Union obseververs to monitor the elections. America is being represented as well, by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, Sen. Joseph Biden, Sen. John Kerry and Sen. Chuck Hagel. Sadly, one would think that after sending more than 10 billion dollars in Aid to fight the Waronterra™, we would have more than 4 representatives from America. Even that almost did not happen.

In just the past week, there have been some voter intimidation issues...
Voting is underway in Pakistan's legislative elections, in a tense climate marked by fears of violence and fraud. The ballot should have taken place last month but was delayed after the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. The country is still reeling from her murder and campaigning has been low key because of concerns over security.

A suicide attack on supporters of Bhutto's party killed 47 people in a town near the Afghan border on Saturday. Overnight, five people, including an opposition candidate, were killed by gunmen in Lahore.
And yes, Bhutto's assassination was the ultimate in Voter intimidation.

Will Musharaff Play fair? Will the Administration do anything about it if he doesn't? These are very important questions that must be asked. We here in America ask the very same question every primary or caucus nowadays. It may not have been widely reported at the time, but the day that Benazir Bhutto was murdered, she was set to announce that she had proof of election rigging.

America has done little to nothing to prevent a rigged election (here OR abroad). It simply does not benefit this administration's foriegn policy. That is a sad indictment of America. As we march around the world touting Freedom and Democracy, we show it little or nothing more than lip service.

So, there will be no watching the returns tonite on American TV, there will be no talk of Pakistani superdelegates. We won't be hearing about precinct returns. There will be no fancy studios, with pundits trading barbs. But, I for one, will be praying that the will of the people of Pakistan get the freedom and democracy that they truly deserve. I pray thay have clean & fair elections.

They have given so much in their fight for freedom from dictatorship. If they win, we win and Musharaff's stranglehold on a country can be released. I do not like America enabling a dictator. It is antithetical to everything we as a nation should be standing for. Freedom can be achieved, I still believe that.

:peace: and :heart:

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Comment by BobR on 02/18/2008 13:56:17
Morning folks... :coffee:

Comment by m-hadley on 02/18/2008 13:57:48
Mornin' Raine,

Thank you for expanding our myopic self absorbed political view beyond our shores this morning and helping us to remember that America is not the center of the universe. I am sending good thoughts to the people of Pakistan today for a safe, fair and honest election. Hope you are having a good morning - did you escape the bad weather that hit the southern part of the country yesterday? Hope all is well.

Take care.

Cheers,

mfaye



:P

Comment by Raine on 02/18/2008 14:10:54
HEya Faye! Yes, gladly we did alright here in Atlanta. I am still not used to these tornado warning...



The weather was wild and wicked, but we are great.



How was your weekend? I saw you went to bingo! did you win anything?

Comment by Raine on 02/18/2008 14:16:54
Wow.... So Glenn beck thinks Progressive Woman are Ugly? F8ck him.







Comment by livingonli on 02/18/2008 14:20:32
Good morning all.



Maybe we need some Granpa Simpson drops in honor of John McCain.



"The President is a Demmy-crat!"

Comment by livingonli on 02/18/2008 14:22:40
Quote by Raine: Wow.... So Glenn beck thinks Progressive Woman are Ugly? F8ck him.







Rush Limpballs said the same thing. Glenn Beck has gotten on Media Matters hit list a few times for sexually harrasing his on-air guests. He also used to flirt with anchor Erica Hill. I wonder if that's why she moved over to the main network?

Comment by m-hadley on 02/18/2008 14:23:16
I'm on hold with Rebekah, calling in to defend"ugly Progressive women" everywhere... wish me luck :)

Comment by Raine on 02/18/2008 14:23:42
Quote by Raine: Wow.... So Glenn beck thinks Progressive Woman are Ugly? F8ck him.

I guess I should have added that I really couldn't care what that pig thinks... I am not ugly and even if I were, there is no way in hell I would let that man anywhere near me.



Comment by Raine on 02/18/2008 14:24:26
Quote by m-hadley: I'm on hold with Rebekah, calling in to defend"ugly Progressive women" everywhere... wish me luck :)
you go girl! Tell Rebekah we all say hi!



Comment by livingonli on 02/18/2008 14:25:05
Quote by m-hadley: I'm on hold with Rebekah, calling in to defend"ugly Progressive women" everywhere... wish me luck :)


Luck!

Comment by livingonli on 02/18/2008 14:26:07
Faye!

Comment by livingonli on 02/18/2008 14:27:04
Right wing women are too sexually frustrated to be good in bed.

Comment by BobR on 02/18/2008 14:27:17
Since when is Arrianna Huffington ugly?? :huh:

Comment by BobR on 02/18/2008 14:28:16
I can't say ALL progressive women are wildcats in bed, but I can definitely vouch for a particular progressive woman... ;)

Comment by Raine on 02/18/2008 14:28:42
:clap: FAYE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by livingonli on 02/18/2008 14:28:54
Quote by BobR: Since when is Arrianna Huffington ugly?? :huh:


I wouldn't kick her out of my bed.

Comment by BobR on 02/18/2008 14:28:58
Perhaps Glenn Beck should take a look in the mirror

Comment by livingonli on 02/18/2008 14:29:34
Natalie Merchant dance.

Comment by livingonli on 02/18/2008 14:32:10
Quote by BobR: I can't say ALL progressive women are wildcats in bed, but I can definitely vouch for a particular progressive woman... ;)


:cue squeezy music:

Comment by Raine on 02/18/2008 14:32:21
Quote by BobR: I can't say ALL progressive women are wildcats in bed, but I can definitely vouch for a particular progressive woman... ;)


Awww... BobR I when you get all romantic and sh*t and tell everyone what a whoowah I am in da sack...

Comment by wickedpam on 02/18/2008 14:32:53
Morning! :hug:

Comment by livingonli on 02/18/2008 14:34:39
Good morning Mala. Are you working or are you off today?

Comment by livingonli on 02/18/2008 14:38:11
Quote by Raine:
Quote by BobR: I can't say ALL progressive women are wildcats in bed, but I can definitely vouch for a particular progressive woman... ;)


Awww... BobR I when you get all romantic and sh*t and tell everyone what a whoowah I am in da sack...


It's just like poetry.

Comment by livingonli on 02/18/2008 14:38:52
Sea Monkeys? Someone was clipping those old ads from the comic books.

Comment by velveeta jones on 02/18/2008 14:41:18
FAYE!!



(Sorry I'm late, but I was in my car. Though I did shout out "Faye!!" in the car by myself)



Velveeta had a yob interview.



Comment by Raine on 02/18/2008 14:41:53
Uhhh... caller this is not a male female thing... I really resent that he is interjecting Sex into the Obama thing.



If it is an issue, then it is, but he is dismissing the caller becuase she is a woman...

Comment by livingonli on 02/18/2008 14:43:01
Good morning VJ. How did the interview go? Hope it's a good job?

Comment by m-hadley on 02/18/2008 14:43:56
Quote by Raine:
Quote by BobR: I can't say ALL progressive women are wildcats in bed, but I can definitely vouch for a particular progressive woman... ;)


Awww... BobR I when you get all romantic and sh*t and tell everyone what a whoowah I am in da sack...




I have a few exes that might say that once you remove my hairnet and supp hose, I can really go at it in da boudoir, I'm just saying...



Comment by Raine on 02/18/2008 14:46:16
Quote by m-hadley:
Quote by Raine:
Quote by BobR: I can't say ALL progressive women are wildcats in bed, but I can definitely vouch for a particular progressive woman... ;)


Awww... BobR I when you get all romantic and sh*t and tell everyone what a whoowah I am in da sack...




I have a few exes that might say that once you remove my hairnet and supp hose, I can really go at it in da boudoir, I'm just saying...





You know, I suspect there is a support hose and hairnet Fettish club out there!!!



Comment by m-hadley on 02/18/2008 14:46:42
Quote by velveeta jones: FAYE!!



(Sorry I'm late, but I was in my car. Though I did shout out "Faye!!" in the car by myself)



Velveeta had a yob interview.





Velveeta,

How'd it go? Great, I hope - this is a position you'd really like, correct? Hope you nailed the interview, I'm sure you did!

Comment by Raine on 02/18/2008 14:47:14
Heya Mala, were you anywhere near that horrible drag racing tragedy this weekend?



Very sad thing that was.

Comment by Raine on 02/18/2008 14:50:32
I am eagerly awaiting TriSec to return to the blog with reports on his trip this weekend!!!



Comment by Raine on 02/18/2008 14:52:30
Now wait, is this caller from NY?





Comment by wickedpam on 02/18/2008 14:52:42
Liv - Workin' today. Presidents Day not a holiday for us. :(



Raine - Wasn't near it - I think it happened over in Maryland. Still haven't heard all the details.

Comment by livingonli on 02/18/2008 14:54:02
I'm working tonight, but it is a holiday so I get triple time.

Comment by livingonli on 02/18/2008 14:55:10
Hillary's proposal is nowhere near what Europe is. I think Dick Morris has a secret sexual fantasy of Hillary which may be coming out in his obseesive hatred.

Comment by BobR on 02/18/2008 14:57:36
Quote by livingonli: Hillary's proposal is nowhere near what Europe is. I think Dick Morris has a secret sexual fantasy of Hillary which may be coming out in his obseesive hatred.


They don't call him "Dick" for nuthin'...

Comment by livingonli on 02/18/2008 14:58:18
If you're going to be a plant caller, get your stories straight.

Comment by livingonli on 02/18/2008 14:59:10
Quote by BobR:
Quote by livingonli: Hillary's proposal is nowhere near what Europe is. I think Dick Morris has a secret sexual fantasy of Hillary which may be coming out in his obseesive hatred.


They don't call him "Dick" for nuthin'...


:rofl:

Comment by shelaghc on 02/18/2008 14:59:44
Hola all. Como esta?



Only now able to access the blog, etc. The doctor I'm working for was in the office until just a few minutes ago.



Anything neato happen with Momma this morning?



Comment by shelaghc on 02/18/2008 15:01:30
Quote by livingonli:
Quote by BobR: Since when is Arrianna Huffington ugly?? :huh:


I wouldn't kick her out of my bed.






Niether would Bill Maher!

Comment by livingonli on 02/18/2008 15:03:12
Quote by shelaghc: Hola all. Como esta?



Only now able to access the blog, etc. The doctor I'm working for was in the office until just a few minutes ago.



Anything neato happen with Momma this morning?



You missed Faye's call.

Comment by BobR on 02/18/2008 15:03:14
Quote by shelaghc: Hola all. Como esta?



Only now able to access the blog, etc. The doctor I'm working for was in the office until just a few minutes ago.



Anything neato happen with Momma this morning?



Faye called in!

Comment by livingonli on 02/18/2008 15:04:01
Quote by shelaghc:
Quote by livingonli:
Quote by BobR: Since when is Arrianna Huffington ugly?? :huh:


I wouldn't kick her out of my bed.






Niether would Bill Maher!


I still wonder if Bill Maher slept with mAnn Coulter.

Comment by velveeta jones on 02/18/2008 15:04:43
Thanks ya'll. I hope I get the job. Its nothing I'm "trained" in......performing arts. But that's okay, I can still make short films in my spare time and I'm working on a multi-media project that I can still do.



Its working the register at an organic, locally owned, grocery store. They have EXCELLENT cheese selections and I'll get health insurance, 20% discount, free coffee ! and get to talk to lots of people which I enjoy.

Comment by Raine on 02/18/2008 15:06:00
Quote by wickedpam: Liv - Workin' today. Presidents Day not a holiday for us. :(



Raine - Wasn't near it - I think it happened over in Maryland. Still haven't heard all the details.
:doh:

:redface:



Comment by livingonli on 02/18/2008 15:06:37


I did watch CNN International's coverage of it yesterday.

The exit polls favor the PPP according to CNNI right now.

Comment by livingonli on 02/18/2008 15:07:45
Ed Begley Jr. is also doing Shoot the Messenger tonight in NYC with Lizz Winstead.

Comment by livingonli on 02/18/2008 15:10:32
I still love the instructional filmstrip bits.