I'm tired of this sort of crap from our Paper of Record, not to mention all those other media outlets who can't seem to write about, you know, policies and issues, and stuff, but instead concentrate on who's likeable and who's electable. In my humble opinion the news media in this country are seriously abusing their powers and failing to live up to their responsibilities.
The world and all in it sucks. And I'm coming down with a cold 1000 miles from home.
I was out of town last weekend and so didn't get cat blogging done. I'm out of town again but what the hell. I'll be in town next Friday but helping to run a con in my town so ghu knows what'll happen then. Things should quiet down some next month. February and October tend to get like this. (For the curious, last weekend was Boskone, this weekend Left Coast Crime, next weekend Potlatch.)
Now, on to the cats!
This is Loki on the other end of the curio cabinet from where he was last time. He's not as good at posing as Dominic but he does a pretty good job. (That large picture in the background is my mother at 16.)
Someone on a French language site (some sort of discussion group) has posted a link to my blog and I have no idea what he, or she, says. Obviously it's about that whole Superbowl ad thing, but. Any of my faithful readers care to translate? I swear, the oddest things turn up in referrer logs.
La chaine (CBS je crois) a dit que la pub n'etait pas conforme aux regles blabla ....
Tomorrow we're off for the wilds of Boston. We'll be attending Boskone, a science fiction convention. The convention runs Friday-Sunday, but one of the disadvatages to living on the West Coast is between travel time and time changes cross country travel eats an entire day. We leave at 9:30am Seattle time and I expect us to hit our hotel at 8:30 pm Boston time. Sigh.
Both Jordin and I are on programming so we should be easy to find if you'd like to meet us. My first panel is at 7pm Friday and he has one around that time too. There's a preliminary schedule available here.
I will be staying in Boston for meetings all day on Monday. I'm involved in helping with this year's World Science Fiction Convention which will be in Boston this year. There's a day of open meetings planned so I thought I'd attend. I'll be heading home on Tuesday.
Jordin is leaving Boston on Monday to go to business related meetings in Washington DC. He'll be there a couple of days and on to Florida for more meetings before coming home. He should arrive Thursday evening. However, I'll be leaving on Thursday morning for Monterey and Left Coast Crime.
I'll leave the vehicle in which I go to the airport parked in our usual lot. Then I'll use my cell phone to call Jordin's cell phone and tell him exactly where it is. I leave the parking ticket in the car, and of course he'll have his keys with him. So when he gets in, he checks his cell phone for the message, retrieves the car and goes home. Ah, the jet setting life. We got this down to a science when we were still living in the Bay Area and he traveled for work a lot instead of just frequently the way he does now.
I'll be back on Monday in the early afternoon and a good thing too. I have a Clarion West meeting that evening and we're working on choosing instructors for 2005. Additionally I'm part of the committee for Potlatch, a small literary sf convention to be held here in Seattle. After that's over there's another Nebula Weekend meeting on the 4th (I'm on that committee too) and then I get to collapse for a while. But not too long as Minicon and the aforementioned weekend are coming up in April.
We arrived at our caucus location at about 9:45. Although the official starting time was 10am, we were by no means the first to arrive. We filled out the voter registration forms and found our precinct's table and signed in. There were around 12 or 15 precincts all meeting at this one school. When you sign in you give your name, address, phone number and candidate preference.
A guy with a mike filled us in on vaguely how things were supposed to run. We had way more people than were expected and so we had to open up more rooms then we separated by precinct. The GWTM told us that we could allow people to come in and sign-in until 10:40. Somebody or other connected with the election board has rendered this decision based on higher than usual turnouts being expected.
Our precinct gathered around a table where an older woman had the sign-in sheets and was trying to count the numbers for each candidate. An older fellow was saying he'd already counted, but it turned out more people had signed in since then so we counted again. Our precinct did not have a precinct caucus officer and one lady suggested that since I had a loud voice I could do it. I was elected by acclamation, promptly appointed the lady with the sign-in sheets secretary, and climbed up on the table to holler out to our precinct what was going on.
We had 60 people signed in which meant that the 15% required to be a viable candidate was 9 people. Both Dean and Kerry were viable, Clark, Edwards, Kucinich, and Undecided were not. So I told those people they could then change their vote. To do so see the secretary. And we had speeches from people supporting their candidates, i.e. Dean and Kerry about 3 or 4 for each. One of those speaking for Dean was me of course since I was already established as a loud mouth.
The Kerry supporters who spoke said what to me were very weird things. They didn't speak about his accomplishments or policies or anything like that. They all talked about how he was ahead and so we should vote for him because he was ahead and it was time to unite behind a candidate and concentrate on Bush. Those of us who spoke for Dean talked about his policies and accomplishments. Additionally, I pointed out sitting senator had not been elected since 1960 whereas lots of governors and former governors had. Sigh. Didn't seem to make any difference. We ended up with 24 for Dean and 35 for Kerry. For some reason 1 person didn't vote.
We had 5 delegates to assign so 2 went to Dean and 3 to Kerry. I first recruited volunteers to be Kerry delegates. While we were doing this TGWTM came by and told us that these candidates would be going to the county and possibly state conventions the former being the 1st weekend in May and the latter the 2nd weekend in May. An older fellow who seemed to be a veteran caucus goer said he thought there was a district convention first but TGWTM said he didn't know anything about that. So anyway we got more Kerry volunteers than we needed, but as it turned out we also needed an alternate for each delegate so I announced I needed at least 2 more Kerry people. We didn't have to hold elections as the volunteers were happy to settle it among themselves who would be delegates and who were alternates. Then it was Dean's turn. We ended up with the nice older guy mentioned above and me as delegates and a couple of alternates.
Then the last part was to be suggestions for discussion and possible inclusion in the party platform at the state convention. I was trying to fill out delegate forms and other paperwork and to run the discussion at the same time. The lady sitting in front of me didn't seem to like the way I was doing it so I delegated her the authority to run those discussions while I filled out paperwork. Frankly, I can't tell you what they passed as most of the people speaking refused to speak loudly enough to be heard. What is it with people anyway? Simply because I could and did project my voice loudly enough to be heard over the high ambient noise level (lots of precincts caucusing in limited space) by 60 people they elect me precinct caucus officer. Why are people afraid to talk loudly enough to be heard? Well anyway. I know some of the things involved trade policy, the abortion gag order, health care, the Patriot Act, and No Child Left Behind.
After they were through with that, everybody left. Quite a few were nice enough to come by and thank me and tell me I'd done a good job. Since I'd never done anything like that before it was nice to hear people thought I'd done okay. The secretary and I finished signing everything and I turned it all in to TGWTM and left.
It was so fucking dispiriting to have those people stand up there in public and say we should vote for Kerry because he's ahead. And with an attitude like that nobody else has a chance to get even or pull ahead, do they? I'm seriously unsure whether Kerry is, in fact, electable. Yes, he's leading with Democrats. But will he appeal to enough people who aren't Democrats to win in November? Will people like my mother, a very conservative elderly lady who isn't happy up with Bush, vote for him? I don't know, but I have my doubts.
Well, okay, I just went and called my mother. She is, in fact, a registered Democrat and voted in Oklahoma's primary. I didn't ask who for, but I think probably for Clark. I asked her if she would vote for Kerry if he should be the Democratic candidate. Without hesitation or reluctance she said, "No." She doesn't like how he looks; doesn't think a man who's been a millionaire his entire life can be for the common man. She isn't happy with Bush over the Iraq war but doesn't think he lied; he was misled. Sigh. She doesn't think he's lied at all. She doesn't think Tim Russert would have submitted the questions for tomorrow's appearance ahead of time and that he's fair, balanced, and hard hitting. So there's a good shot of an old-style southern conservative Democrat. That's the kind of thing we're facing in the general election,
Josh Marshall has the skinny on why it doesn't matter who is appointed to the committee to investigate intelligence failures. The short version: The executive order giving them their charge and powers doesn't let them investigate anything that matters and gives them no subpoena power. They only get to look at what the executive branch thinks is relevant. Whoopee.
Loki is sitting atop the curio cabinet on the north wall of the living room. In case anyone is interested, the painting is by David Cherry. The photographs are my niece and nephew and Jodin's three nephews. At much younger ages than they are currently. Sarah is 15, Joe is 13, and Susan's boys are 14, 11, and 8. Eeek. I'm getting old!
Oh, and that picture of Loki has been significantly cropped and won't seem to display at the size I want and I haven't got the time to figure it out now.