Election Day addendum

Ok, so there was no line at the polls (which is what I get in my neighborhood, and for going to vote around lunchtime).

Plus, I really despise the idea of voting for judges. Yeah, I’m in the profession and presumably should educate myself of who are these judges for whom I’m voting. But, it wasn’t as if I knew who these candidates were and I wonder how laypeople know how to make their decisions as far as what judge to vote. Worrisome elements in what we call elected democracy (especially in a borough where the judges have gotten bad publicity for corruption).

Ok, now just biding my time for tonight…

Election Day, or the D-Day or Whatever

Watched Saturday Night Live’s Presidential special last night. Pretty funny – and showed how stuff hasn’t changed in 30 years of SNL and American politics:

– Chevy Chase as Gerald Ford vs. Dan Ackroyd’s Jimmy Carter; Carter’s accused of being… a flip-flopper (sound familiar?) and Ford’s accused of being… not very bright (a sentiment that never changes, I guess – do we always tend to think of that with our presidents?). Well, at least two guys (the real Ford and Carter) are now seen warmly and are honored in their old age and are applauded in hindsight (Ford for preserving dignity in the presidency and Carter for trying to make the world better for peace).

– Oh, and there was a previous guy named Bush, too. That Dana Carvey has the George H.W. Bush thing down cold. And, Kevin Nealon as Sam Donaldson – he, in imitation of the real Donaldson, looked like a waxed Vulcan (i.e., the Star Trek aliens who aim to logical but often get real perturbed).

Plenty of laughs, but quibble – SNL edited the clips too much, missing out some priceless stuff (like the skit where Dana Carvey’s Ross Perot left Phil Hartman’s Admiral Stockdale on the side of a road in a forest after the vice presidential debates of 1992, and SNL cut the scene where Stockdale, an honored Vietnam veteran – even if a little addled-brain in his old age, vigorously ran alongside Perot’s car… – such a great scene – why cut it out? Well, if you’re all that concerned about time constraints – SNL only had a one hour time slot).

Anyway, it’s my day off (local holiday, to get us civil service folks to vote and lobby others to vote; civil service has it’s benefits). I’ll vote before lunch, to see if I can avoid the lines of senior citizens. (no, the lines are probably there, so maybe it’ll be heartening to see, as opposed to how it was when I voted on primary day back in the spring, when no one was literally there).

I may blog later, if my nerves aren’t so shot by watching/listening to loads of news (which is why I’m listening to pop music right now – 1010 WINS news radio was just driving me nuts with replaying the words of this nut mom-and-son pair in NJ whose big concern is terrorism (re: Bush) vs. the dad-and-son pair in NJ who voted because of economy concerns (re: Kerry) – thus their votes canceled each other out (no, I don’t think they were in the same family – I just thought it was weird that the reporter somehow found these people to demonstrate contrast – as if Kerry wasn’t as worried about terrorism and Bush wasn’t as worried about the economy. Whatever – the media is what it is).

Save our Souls

Why am I blogging so often in the last day? I want to make it to the polls early this morning, but I just can’t go to sleep. As potents such as baseball and football games, and eclipses and other means of prognostication have made their appearance in this year’s campaign, it is truly fitting that Election Day falls on All Souls’ Day, a.k.a. El Día de los Muertos. The day in Mexico and other Latin cultures is celebrated with parades, special desserts, and prayers and remembrances. The traditional prayer ritual to help spring a soul out of purgatory is six Our Father’s, six Hail Mary’s, and six Glory Be’s.

The11th-hour campaign ads, especially the chain letter ones, are really annoying me.

Quoting from the ad:

Capital Punishment killed 98 Americans
War in Iraq killed 100,000 people
Abortionists murdered 1,750,656 American infants

P-Diddy’s “Vote or Die” slogan actually accurately describes the balancing act among various varieties of life or death issues: 1. War, 2. Abortion and 3. Capital Punishment. You would think that you would have to be all for or all against all three to be intellectually consistent. But the candidates are not. Bush is arguably reluctantly for 1, against 2, and enthuastically for 3; Kerry is arguably reluctantly against 1, backs 2, and against 3.

What is the rationalization? Taking both candidates’ positions, either all three should be justifiable for specific reasons, or all forms of death infliction are always wrong, no matter what the form or reason. Yet, we have this relative picking and choosing, or even worse, the Machiavellian calculus in the ad of pitting a lot of deaths against a lot of lives. No wonder we can’t collectively make up our minds. Not at least until we can put everyone through a college level ethics course.

On a more somber note, a friend’s wife had a miscarriage yesterday. I was in their wedding party a year and a half ago. My mother had a miscarriage before having me; I always wondered how things might have been different. Pray for their souls, and pray for ours. The Latin word for hope, prayer, or wish has carried into English as the act we will do today: vote.