Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Two Unrelated Items...methinks

Item 1:

As I'm sure most of you know, the results of yesterday's mid-term elections directly correlate to the general dissatisfaction with the GOP's tenure as the dominant party. Across the nation, much of what was red went blue, and most of what was blue stayed so. In my own fair state of Massachusetts, we saw a resounding return to the traditional blue the Commonwealth is known for.

Is this necessarily a good thing?

I tend to be wary of either party's control over too much of the government, at either the national or state level. This doesn't mean that I've lost faith in the democratic process that got us here, it just means that all your eggs in one basket can either make for one damn good omelet, or one big ginormous clusterfuck - with the latter being the more common outcome.

With that in mind, I'd like to say this: Dear Deval Patrick, please don't fuck this up. You've got a chance to make a real difference in Massachusetts, and if you don't, you're going to do all kinds of damage to a party that, despite the results of these mid-term elections, just can't take many more big hits before they start to wallow in irrelevance with a certain senator who ran for president, and that guy who invented the internet.

As far as who got my vote, I'm not going to divulge that information. When I thought about this post earlier in the morning, I was going to do it - but a conversation with a carpenter changed my mind. When I mentioned the elections to him this morning, he said "You know, no matter who you vote for, it seems like you lose." True, this is the cop out for many people who just don't bother educating themselves about campaigns and can't be bothered to venture out to the polls - but not in this case. I know which way his vote was cast, and he knows which way I cast mine. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Item 2:

In El Cerrito, CA, and I quote, "A man was arrested on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon after police found him outdoors -- naked -- and he told them he had a tool in his rectum...The man was lying on a tree stump, masturbating beside a nature path, near a Bay Area Rapid Transit station Thursday...John Sheehan, 33, of Pittsburg, [was] initially arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure...when asked whether he was carrying anything police should know about, Sheehan mentioned the tool..Officers drew their weapons and firefighters were called to the scene. Sheehan removed a 6-inch metal awl wrapped in black electrical tape without incident"

Unrelated. Yep. Totally un-related.

I'll go with the cops on this one: "You can't get much more concealed than that."

See you in the funny pages...

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