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I did not watch election coverage. At all. Did not want to hear that Ohio's POS secretary of state had succeeded as Blackwell did in 2004. I honestly expected that the GOPsters would manage to sabotage the election.

My own favorite senate races.. Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts and Sherrod Brown in Ohio.

The buggers did succeed in keeping the House, which is a damned shame, but -- so MANY of the rape-happy creeps were voted out.

Here's a rundown from Gehayi..

1) Puerto Rico voted in a referendum to change its relationship with the U.S. Of the people who wanted this change, 65% voted that it become a state. It's not a state yet--changing from a U.S. territory to a state will take an act of Congress--but both Presidential candidates agreed to support Puerto Rico's wishes in that regard.

So it looks like there's going to be a fifty-first state. Oh, and a new flag.

2) New Hampshire has become the first state to have an all-female federal delegation. It also elected a female governor, Maggie Hassan.

3) Mazie Keiko Hirono is a whole bunch of firsts in and of herself:

a) the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate in Hawaii;
b) the first Asian-American woman elected to the U.S. Senate;
c) the first U.S. Senator born in Japan; and
d) the first Buddhist Senator. (Not, as you may have seen, the first Buddhist in Congress--that honor belongs to Hank Johnson of Georgia, who was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006.)

4) Tammy Duckworth became the first disabled woman veteran elected to Congress and the first Asian-American woman elected to the House of Representatives from Illinois.

5) Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin became the nation's first openly gay Senator.

6) Texas--TEXAS, of all states!--elected Mary Gonzalez to the Texas House of Representatives, making her the first openly pansexual official in the United States.

7) Al McAffrey became Oklahoma's first openly gay state senator.

8) Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin of Missouri and Richard "Rape Is the Will of God" Mourdock of Indiana were both defeated--Akin by Claire McCaskill, Mourdock by Joe Donnelly.

9) Maine and Maryland both made same-sex marriage legal. These were the first two states to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote. (Washington may become the third state, but it is currently too close to call. Cross your fingers.)

10) Minnesota rejected a ban on same-sex marriage that would have been written into the state constitution.

11) Washington and Colorado both legalized the recreational use of marijuana.

All this--plus Obama's re-election--in ONE NIGHT. Not to mention that I didn't get the election results from the news--I got them from Barack Obama's Twitter.
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I may have to start rooting for football... at least, for a couple of football players.

Generally, my attitude toward "the big game's on!" is, "Oh, good, naptime." But a couple of pros have shown themselves to be gentlemen with the balls to stand up for equal rights, and I guess I'm going to have to cheer them on:

“They Won’t Magically Turn You Into A Lustful Cockmonster”: Chris Kluwe Explains Gay Marriage To The Politician Who Is Offended By An NFL Player Supporting It
Chris Kluwe

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo has spoken out in favor of a Maryland ballot initiative that would legalize gay marriage. Yahoo has published a letter that Maryland state delegate Emmett C. Burns Jr. wrote last week to Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti, urging him to "inhibit such expressions from your employee." This is Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe's response to Burns.

Dear Emmett C. Burns Jr.,

I find it inconceivable that you are an elected official of Maryland's state government. Your vitriolic hatred and bigotry make me ashamed and disgusted to think that you are in any way responsible for shaping policy at any level. The views you espouse neglect to consider several fundamental key points, which I will outline in great detail (you may want to hire an intern to help you with the longer words):

1. As I suspect you have not read the Constitution, I would like to remind you that the very first, the VERY FIRST Amendment in this founding document deals with the freedom of speech, particularly the abridgment of said freedom. By using your position as an elected official (when referring to your constituents so as to implicitly threaten the Ravens organization) to state that the Ravens should "inhibit such expressions from your employees," more specifically Brendon Ayanbadejo, not only are you clearly violating the First Amendment, you also come across as a narcissistic fromunda stain. What on earth would possess you to be so mind-boggingly stupid?

The rest of it is here, with a space to thank Chris Kluwe for standing up to bigotry.


Oh, and Mr. Burns (no, the Simpson's echo is totally synchronistic:

I'm disappointed that some of the replies at this link turned racist (Mr. Burns is African-American) -- no need to sink to his level -- but it's also disappointing that a man who must have suffered from prejudice himself feels justified in inflicting it.

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this election really IS life or death for tens of thousands of americans...

reposted from Gehayi:

I'm reposting a message from [personal profile] icarusancalion--partly because I feel sympathy for her friend and partly because I'm in the same boat. If not for the lymphatic pump that keeps me walking, the Medicare and Social Security Disability, I would be dead. And if they get cut, I will be dead. That's not hyperbole. It's a fact.

So please. For the love of anything you consider good and holy. LISTEN.


[personal profile] icarusancalion speaks:

A plea from my friend Andrea Schnitzer. We've known each other since fourth grade.

Andrea married a charming devil who cheated on her their entire marriage. Finally, he left her and their two kids. He's $65,000 dollars behind in child support. So far behind that he was arrested last year. He's avoided paying by refusing to get a job and living off another woman (a doctor). The doctor lady appears to be paying the court-ordered $200 a month child support. Andrea's been forced to move in with her mother.

Last year Andrea was diagnosed with stage four cancer, at the age of 42. She says:

"Please vote for Obama. because if Romey wins I firmly believe that I will lose Medicaid under him and that is just condemning me to death. I already have a potential death sentence on me (stage 4 colon cancer - metasized to my liver). Medicaid is keeping me alive and mostly out of debt."

She is correct. Romney does plan to cut her health care.

- Romney promises to cut Medicaid.

A source of links on Romney-economics:
Romney budget to cut Social Security and Medicare
- Romney's budget would gut Medicare, Medicaid and assistance programs.


Okay. This is Gehayi again, with a quote from the second article.

For the most part, Governor Romney has not outlined cuts in specific programs. But if policymakers exempted Social Security from the cuts, as Romney has suggested, and cut Medicare, Medicaid, and all other entitlement and discretionary programs by the same percentage — to meet Romney’s spending cap, defense spending target, and balanced budget requirement — then non-defense programs other than Social Security would have to be cut 29 percent in 2016 and 59 percent in 2022. Without the balanced budget requirement, the cuts would be smaller but still massive, reaching 40 percent in 2022.

The cuts that would be required under the Romney budget proposals in programs such as veterans’ disability compensation, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) for poor elderly and disabled individuals, SNAP (formerly food stamps), and child nutrition programs would move millions of households below the poverty line or drive them deeper into poverty. The cuts in Medicare and Medicaid would make health insurance unaffordable (or unavailable) to tens of millions of people.

The cuts to non-defense discretionary programs (education, law enforcement, veterans' health, health research) would come on top of the cuts already put in place by the Budget Control Act.

He's planning on going after the poor, the sick, the disabled, children, old people and veterans--the ones who are already struggling and fighting to keep from drowning in this economy.

But defense spending? Not a single cut. In fact, Romney has pledged to BOOST that.

*glances at Andrea and at her friends who need health care, and then thinks of her own dubious future and shivers* Three guesses as to where he's planning on getting THAT money.

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Five or six years ago, the late lamented Linden Bay Romance organized a co-op ad in Romance Times - the big frog in the romance review pond. Buying into an ad was supposed to garner a review, and the double advertising was a good deal at the cost even though it was nearly my entire first royalty payment.

Then... RT didn't review Ransom. The LBR folks investigated and got a snarky little note back that they didn't do gay romance because it was "not of interest to our readers."

Well ... some years later, it's very, very sweet to find out that my red-headed stepchild is one of the RT readers "must-have" m/m books. Even better to be up there with the likes of Mary Renault -- and shipmate Alex Beecroft, who sent me this link while I was out of town.

Apparently some of RT's readers were interested, after all. I don't get the magazine... anyone know if they're reviewing gay romance yet? NYT bestseller Suzanne Brockmann has come out with an m/m romance, so I'm guessing that their policy may be changing. I hope so!

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