Posted by: GeekHiker | November 5, 2008

Is It Safe?

Is it safe to turn on my TV yet? Without being hit upside the head by several thousand election ads?

I mean, oy.

Random election thoughts:

I watched an interview with John Cleese the other day. He said the big difference between races here in the US and in England is that in England there are no TV ads. Sounds like Heaven.

As I write this, Obama has won, both the electoral college and, more interesting to me, the popular vote by a couple million so far. No complaints here.

Interesting: at McCain’s concession speech, when he mentioned Obama: boos. At Obama’s speech, when he mentioned McCain’s name: cheers.

On the down side, Prop 8 (the one that makes marriage only between a man and a woman in California) is very close, but currently ahead. I’m disturbed that taking away the rights of a specific group of people is being ensconced in the state constitution. Personally I’d never have a problem with gay marriage unless somebody passed a law saying I had to marry a guy. Plus, I checked with my parents. They said their marriage of nearly forty years didn’t feel lessened or threatened when gay marriage became legal. Go figure.

At least the TV ads will be gone. No more small children saying they’d be, I guess, mentally corrupted for life if Prop 8 didn’t pass.

Best way to find out who won: watching Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. ‘Bout the only punditry I can handle tonight.

Best gag #1: Stephen Colbert renaming the show from “America’s Choice ” to “The Final Endgame Alpha Action Go Time Lift-Off Decide-icidal Hungry Man’s Extreme Raw Ultimate Voteslam Smackdown ’08 No Mercy: Judgment Day ’08”

Best gag #2: Jon Stewart countering by having Dick Gephardt lit on fire and running into a voting booth, which then exploded. Well-played.

Best GAG #3: Watching Mike Rowe work the Dirty Jobs the founding fathers did. Such as working in a tannery like Ulysses S. Grant did as a youth. Ick.

(Please feel free to post your thoughts, but any flames of other commenters will be vanquished…)



  1. *flame*


    Your election campaigns go on waaaaaaaay to long but the way you guys turned out to vote? Amazing. Canadian stink when it comes to voting and I find it embarrassing.

    I’m with you on gay marriage. As long as I get to marry who I want I think others should get to marry who they want.

  2. Canadians might stink at voting but at least we don’t have to line up for an hour outside the stinkin’ polling stations. At least, I didn’t have to. I was frustrated that it took the volunteer more than a minute to find my name on the list because she didn’t know that M comes before N in the alfabit! Sheesh.

    GH, you said something about an upcoming post? You still working on it or have you changed your mind? If the latter, I would still be interested to hear your thoughts, especially given my “date” tonight. You know where to find me.

    GOBAMA! 😀

  3. I, too, noticed the booing/cheering phenomenon. I was saddened and shamed by the booing…and encouraged by the cheering.

    My favorite part of Obama’s acceptance speech was “There will be setbacks and false starts. There are many who won’t agree with every decision or policy I make as President, and we know that government can’t solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree. ”

    …especially when we disagree.

    In my humble opinion, the world would be a much better place if we “especially” listened to someone when we disagree with them.

    I’m jus’ sayin.

  4. If President-elect Obama runs the country like he ran his campaign, we are looking at a great 4 – 8 years.

    During the election, our neighbor, while chatting with the Wife, said she was worried that Obama would win because … he was a Muslim. I bet she Boo during McCain’s speech. I too feel ashamed when I hear the booing. I hate to think I have to share the country with these yahoos.

    “Decide-icidal” – nice word.

  5. I would personally have stood in line for three days in order to vote-and would also like to add how greateful that I am that people are willing to volunteer at the polls and deal with rude people.

  6. With the good comes the bad. Obama wins, Ellen’s marriage is void. Is is possible to be fully ecstatic and bitterly disappointed at the same time??

  7. I ventured to peek at local channels today morning only to be attacked by election info bombs and so I decided that I shall keep trying until it’s actually safe to watch normal TV.

    The best part about the elections being over is that they ARE OVER!

  8. YAY for no more election ads ripping on the opposition!

  9. tcd, gay marriages aren’t void. Yet.

  10. I am sooooo happy that Obama won but he’s got quite the mess to unravel.

  11. I was sad that the prop 8 went through. Slots went through here which I thought was insane.

    I’m going to the inauguration parade. I can’t take it, I’m gonna just take the day off and go.

  12. I wish Jon Stewart would run for President one day…

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