meimichan: WI in the shape of a fist, text "Fighting for WI" (Wisconsin)
Work sucked. More on that later, maybe.

Surprise! visit from Scott today. Slept through his phone calls, but we went out to dinner, was a great evening.

The evening got better. Jenni Dye, a friend of mine, has been running for county board. SHE WON. So after Scott left, I remembered it was election day and checked Twitter and it had just EXPLODED with news of her victory. So we got up, put our pants back on, and went to her victory party.

Now I need to wind down and drag my ass back into bed because I've got another early shift tomorrow. Really don't want to go to work tomorrow. Kind of hoping my boss wasn't fired today. Work has been full of corporate management bullshit lately.
meimichan: (Wisconsin: Solidarity)
Unconfirmed, but it's now flying around Twitter that we've collected about half the signatures needed to toss my state's governor out on his ass.

It's been two weeks. We have until the tenth of January.

Holy. Shit.

I think I may need to just mail in my petitions I've got with their one signature (my husband's). This state's got it covered. They're gonna have the petitions submitted before Christmas if this keeps up.

Nice going Wisconsin!

We did get a LOT of practice earlier this year during the Senate recalls but there is a bit of a major difference here. Madison and Milwaukee get to sign and vote on this one too. There's at least 400,000(if not more)of us right there with a bit of a grudge.


I'm home for a bit of a break before I go and work a three hour shift(WHY?!) at Michael's later this morning. Then I'm off until Tuesday. And my feet might get a chance to recover. I am so tempted to buy a foot bath, but after tomorrow, I don't think I'm really going to need it. I can be on my feet for 8 hours at a time and not be too gone-my shoes aren't great, but they're not horrible either. It's the 15 hours per day, and more than one day in a row, that are doing me in.
meimichan: (Default)
Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] lavenderfrost at GE, Y U NO PAY TAXES?!


The (supposedly liberal) mainstream media is barely doing jack squat to cover this, so it's up to us to spread the word.  BOOST THE SIGNAL, PEOPLE.




I've been following this on Twitter and [livejournal.com profile] ontd_political and kinda sorta wishing I lived a little bit closer so I could participate. While the rest of me is thinking "hey, I spent a month freezing my ass off in Wisconsin protesting governmental bullshit, where the hell was everyone else?" But mostly the first one.

You go New York City.

H/T to [livejournal.com profile] stephocalypse
meimichan: (Wisconsin: Solidarity)
Fantastic video of why we were all out freezing our asses.

http://vimeo.com/27751860


The song is a bit too country-like for me, but still....damn.





No, I'm not in this one. =P
meimichan: (Wisconsin: Solidarity)
Taking a break from feeling like mental shit(I'm sure it's temporary) to bask in victory.

The last two recalled Dems held onto their seats without much of a fight.

This is further convincing me that the GAB really should have pursued those allegations of fraud on the submitted recall petitions. The people checking the petitions found proof of 30% fraudulent signatures, beyond enough to stop the elections even happening, and I think in all of the Dem races there were fewer voters for the GOP candidate than submitted signatures. That didn't happen on the Dem side for the recalled GOP candidates. If anything, we got WAY more people to vote for our candidates than signed the petitions.

Not much we can do now except to keep up the momentum. Walker's not eligible for recall until January. I think we're going to try recalling Gableman while we're at it. Not sure if we're going to go after more senators, since the ones who got elected in 2010 will also be eligible then as well. I kinda doubt it. Think we'll just go for the big douche in office.

So all that public anger against the Dems for fleeing to Illinois? Not seeing it. After all, they could only get enough signatures against 3 of the 8 eligible for recall, and the three who did have elections held onto their seats without difficulty.
meimichan: (Wisconsin: Solidarity)
Less than 48 hours.

I need a massive fucking drink. I was not this nervous in 2008.

For the curious... )


In fun news, apparently the national media's going to take over my city again. Honestly, not sure why. I guess we started in Madison, we'll finish it in Madison? None of the state elections are happening in Madison.
meimichan: (Wisconsin: Solidarity)
Home stretch.

I am going to be so on edge for the next seven days.

If you see me around, just drag me into a bar and I'll get the beer and be calm for at least a half hour. I suppose ice cream or baked goods with chocolate will have a similar calming effect.

Home stretch. It's almost over. Win or lose, it's almost over.



Oh I get a new computer tonight but strangely I'm more concerned with state politics. It's been a long six months.

I hope we win.

Stuck home with a bad bout of IBS today. This has better go away tomorrow, I have plans and they involve being at the Labor Temple. I had planned to be there today too, but the constant pooping kind of fucks with the volunteering. Sorry if that's TMI. I have to live with it. :P
meimichan: (Wisconsin: Solidarity)
Well, election nights. More accurately, one down, eight to go, in terms of contested senate seats in WI.

Dave Hansen held onto his seat by a fairly large margin.

There were less GOP voters than there were signatures on Hansen's recall petitions.

Fraud was suspected at the time the petitions were filed for all the Democratic senators, as much as 30%, but the GAB didn't investigate.

I mean, yes, Hansen ended up having to run against VanderLeest because Nygren, the real candidate, didn't make it onto the ballot because he's fucking stupid and VanderLeest is a criminal which might've had voters sit at home. In the grand scheme of things this was an easy victory, but still...they couldn't turn out enough voters to at least match the recall petition signatures?



And as always, more bitching about the weather. Turn the fucking oven off out there already, damn it!
meimichan: (jon stewart-tequila)
I am being followed by politicians on Twitter.


Holy shit, what did I DO?!


:P




I'll try a post with substance some other time. It's not happening today or tomorrow.

Also, FUCK it's hot! It's WAY TOO FUCKING HOT!
meimichan: (Wisconsin: Solidarity)
All the zombie Dems went down to a miserable shameful pathetic embarrassing defeat. Except District 10, which honestly was a bit closer than it should have been.

Still. The zombies lost!
meimichan: (Wisconsin: Solidarity)
Recall election primaries in WI today for the Democratic candidates running.

Hold me.
meimichan: (Wisconsin: Solidarity)
Day 100.
meimichan: (jon stewart-tequila)
In case anyone's living under a rock (or maybe I'm on the internet too much), Osama Bin Laden was killed todayyesterday.

In the spirit of 9/11 and knowing and asking people where they were and what they were doing when they found out...


I was on Twitter hearing the news of Osama Bin Laden being killed a good few minutes before Celebrity Apprentice was rick-rolled for the president's announcement(icing on the fucking CAKE) that Osama Bin Laden had been killed. Some fun rumors flying in between hearing that a presidential address had been called. We(and by we I mean myself and all the other politicos I talk to and had been chatting with on Twitter) were wondering just what in the FUCK would cause a surprise presidential address to the nation fairly late on a Sunday night, because that's only a little bit unprecedented. Then the journalists started leaking tidbits. It was not related to Libya(and there's been a few big deaths in Libya recently too). It was related to national security. Then someone tweeted that the president was going to announce that Osama Bin Laden had been killed. That's about when it made the NYT website too.

I did not think I was going to spend my evening hearing that. Honestly, I didn't think I'd ever hear that news.
meimichan: (Madison)
Wasn't kidding when I said local politics had taken over my life and that my time on LJ was mostly being spent elsewhere.

Still, that's awesome and I do feel great for that post having even been made. Because I am sitting here thinking I'm not doing enough.
meimichan: (Madison)
My digestive system refuses to behave. At all.

Otherwise I'm pretty sure I'd be downtown. Alas, my current condition requires easy access to a toilet.

Then again...I bet I'll get my chance, if not yesterday or today.

Last time I was in the rotunda, I was getting married. Don't think I'd even get near it now.

(if anyone's wondering what that's about, go pick up a newspaper...or google 'wisconsin news' if you're not stateside, we're making it for reasons that don't involve football)

Think I will go for a walk later today though.

Also, Borders has filed for bankruptcy. This makes me sad.

I don't really have it in me to write a whole lot. What's going on here has me a bit nervous. I think it's going to get ugly here. Well, uglier.

ETA: Fuck it, I'm going downtown.

My city. Right now. Image from WSJ )
meimichan: (Criminal Minds: Reid big smile)
Senate has repealed DADT.

About fucking time.
meimichan: (Drinking-Metatron)
Hey, this is a long-standing tradition for me. :p

1) Take a drink if health care is mentioned
2) Take a drink if the economy is mentioned
3) Take a drink if Pelosi jumps up to applaud-two drinks if Biden looks put out in any way
4) Take a drink if you start to feel too sober. :p

I think rules 1 and 2 will suffice.


ETA: Huffington Post SOTU Drinking Game :D

SOTU drinking game
meimichan: (jon stewart-tequila)
neoconservative tears 2



Oh. The House passed the health care bill.


Make sure to blame Joseph Cao for this one. :P

O_O

Nov. 3rd, 2009 11:37 pm
meimichan: (Fuck Ohio)
HOLY SHIT. Oh. Serial killer/rapist. In Cleveland. Apparently a sausage factory can only disguise the smell of dead body for so long. Also proof that I can never retire my Fuck Ohio icon. It gets too much usage.

I obviously didn't leave Cleveland a moment too soon. Apparently the police are venturing out to Warren and Youngstown to see if they can get the bodies identified.

In somewhat less exciting news, I am getting the cough from hell. And I know the lady at the DMV was coughing up a storm yesterday. This wouldn't bug me so much if swine flu wasn't running through Madison like none other. Time for some hot tea, possibly a hot bath.

And more time to be relieved that I'm no longer in Cleveland. God DAMN.

Welcome to the national news, Cleveland. And so not in a good way.



In political news, mostly that I just care about:

Maine repealed their legalization of same-sex marriage, because California is a good state to idolize. Also they fucking suck. They did legalize medical marijuana. So getting high is more important than giving your state's residents equal rights.

NY-23 has gone to a Democrat for the first time since...I think someone in the forum said 1880? That can't be right, since districts get redrawn every 10 years because of the census, that thing Michele Bachman's protesting because she is batshit. Whatever, a long fucking time.

NJ elected a GOP governor. NJ has also had 8 governors in the last nine years, so why people are in a frenzy about this one is beyond me. Never been to NJ, would you believe I have no desire to ever go there?

Kalamazoo, which is still holding the title of favorite city I've ever lived in, passed an ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Geauga County, where I just left, has failed for the 3285712th time to pass the school levy. It failed by eight votes. I think it failed by seven votes last spring. I moved out and didn't vote this year, so what, two people voted no who didn't? I bet dad and Kevin on the two new no-votes. Ledgmont spent an assload of money building a new schoolhouse that could have held my elementary school, which was 500+ students. How many students in Ledgmont? 80. No joke. Wonder why they're having money issues. It's just a matter of time before the state steps in and dissolves it. For myself, I just can't fund stupidity like that. Dissolve it, and we'll pay Chardon or Madison's school taxes, whichever. At least the kids might get a marching band with more than four people. In any case, no matter how many times Montville Township runs this ballot measure, they're not changing anyone's mind.

Ohio will be building casinos in their four major cities. This will do nothing to improve the scenery in any of these towns, and let's face it, Toledo could really use the help. Only uglier city in Ohio is Youngstown. Casinos in Detroit obviously didn't revitalize that town, so I have a huge bucket of salt for everyone saying they'll revitalize Ohio. For the most part, I don't care.

All right, I'm out. I'll be glued to a news source for next year's election night, guaranteed. ^_~
meimichan: (Cleveland)
Ohio does something NOT made of complete and total fail today.

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