Monday, November 06, 2006
I think every American who does not vote tomorrow ought to have to live five years under a dictator. I'm sure when they return they will never miss an election ever again. The biggest shame of our country is the exceedingly low turnout at the polls.

Obviously, I'm rooting for the Democrats, but more specifically lefty Democrats. Progressive Democrats. I was pleased to be able to vote for a higher minimum wage in Ohio. We need it on a federal level. We need a health care system that is not wildly askew, as ours is now. Heck, we need an economy that is not wildly askew, as ours is now. There is no way a Republican run government is going to fix the economy, and return the notion that America is a land of opportunity for all, not just for the rich to get richer and the poor to get two jobs, or three. Democrats probably won't have the spine to fix it either. We need a serious socialist party to at least move the discourse further left.

I saw a cartoon the other day which really hit home. Bush was standing in line at a retail store, complaining that people weren't happy that the economy added 92,000 jobs last month. The woman behind the counter says, "That's cause we have to get two of them, just to make ends meet."

And that's a sad fact for many people in this country. One job won't support a family. Heck, a lot of jobs won't even support an individual.

Yep, a lot of change is needed. Repeal the torture bill, let the executive branch know it can't willy nilly spy on the whole American populace and get away with it, a resounding NO to indefinate detention without charge, trial, or even access to the "evidence" against you.

Get America back on track. Back to the values I learned were American as a kid. Values I believe most Americans still hold to, even if the government isn't acting that way.

I blogged on this yesterday, but sometimes, the state gov makes it such a pain in the ass to vote.

Even though I changed me license, I am still registered to vote in my old precinct, we are not allowed to go another voting place. Last time I voted at my old precinct, they almost turned me away.

And then, when I tried to find the forms online at, its such a maze and I couldn't find anything.

so, total pain the ass.
Yeah, it can be a bit difficult. I had to get a replacement social security card in order to get my driver's license which I needed to registe. Plus I had to take a written driving rules test which only certain BMV's could administer and no one seemed to know which ones. Ended up going to four different branches.

Fortunately, I was able to register to vote at the license branch, so that at least was easy. A lot of states have moved to that, because trying to find anything on their .gov systems can be a pain in the patootie, and the election board office may not be easy for everyone to get to.

Also, the rule in the district where I worked the polls was that anyone who had proof they lived in our precint (utility bill, bank statment, paycheck stub, etc) was to vote. If they weren't on the voter lists, they voted provisional and had to contact the election board, (we had voter registration cards for them to take home with them and mail in), but they got to vote. So it isn't as hard as it might seem.

And let me guarantee you, a year in Communist China back in the 80s and even that rigamarole would have seemed like a piece of cake. Not to mention that it certainly impressed upon you the value of being able to do it, even if it wasn't as easy as it might be.
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Cane River
An interesting exploration of the gradual whiting of a family through slavery to modern days.

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English Language Islamic Fiction. We need more of it. Lots more.
Pay a Teacher's Salary in Afghanistan. The Hunger site actually has a lot of worthwhile programs. You can find them all here .
Muslims for Progressive Values. My organization. We can always use donations, of time or money!
Human Rights Campaign for the glbt community
National Religious Campaign Against Torture
The ACLU I'm a card carrying member. Hope you'll become one too. The organization that has done the most, as far as I can tell, to pull the countries progressive side together.
Network of Spiritual Progressives. Working to reclaim religion and morality for the religious left.

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Wanda Campbell also known as Nochipa A very gifted poet and a gentle, compassionate soul. Nochipa and I are on the same page on sooooo many things
Writeous Sister Aminah Hernandez, she's got some excellent latino pieces and always has good writing info on her blog.
Sister Scorpion aka Leila Montour - Leila is a fount of energy, quirky humor, and bad attitude. She's also a talented poet.
Muhajabah Very interesting commentary here. I don't always agree with her, but her pieces are always thought-provoking.
Georgie Dowdell Georgie is a great writer and a good friend.
Louise Marley Another great writer. I think Louise is one of the best sf writers exploring faith themes.
Ink in My Coffee Devon Ellington (who has numerous aliases) who is also the editor of Circadian Poems. A truly inspiring woman with a seemingly endless supply of energy.
Ethnically Incorrect With a name like that, isn't a given I'm going to enjoy this writer?
Freedom from the Mundane Colin Galbraith, another excellent writer, from Scotland.
The Scruffy Dog Review This is a new e-zine with an ecclectic mix of fiction, poetry, and non-fic, some really enjoyable pieces here.
Ramblings of a Suburban Soccer Mom Lara, another gentle soul, very thoughtful.
Circadian Poems A journal of poetry, new stuff up all the time.
Ye Olde Inkwell Michelle writes romance and is one of my writing buddies.
Muhammad Michael Knight The original punk Muslim writer. Like him or love him, Mike is always coming up with the unexpected.

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