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My dad's in town for a visit, so last night we decided to go out to a show. We got tickets to see "W! The Musical", produced by Triangle Productions and playing at Theater! Theatre! on SE Belmont.

It's the funniest damned thing I've seen in a long time.

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Sat Sep 18, 2004 at 11:06 PM PDT

HI Primary round-up

by cyclopatra

Now with bolded name-dropping! The results are trickling in from Hawaii, where the polls closed for the primary elections a couple of hours ago. Preliminary results & predictions below the cut.
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Mon Aug 16, 2004 at 03:26 PM PDT

HI-02 Update: Looking pretty good

by cyclopatra

I've said before that I didn't think Case had anything to worry about in his race against wingnut extraordinaire Mike Gabbard, but it's nice to have some polling to back it up.

According to a poll conducted by the Honolulu Star-Bulletin (MoE 4.67%), Case leads Gabbard 67-18 in a race that's got some interesting tidbits under the surface.


Do you care about Hawaii politics?

78%15 votes
10%2 votes
10%2 votes

| 19 votes | Vote | Results

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Fri Aug 13, 2004 at 03:30 PM PDT

50,000 for Kerry in Portland!

by cyclopatra

OK, that's not the official number (couldn't find an official one yet), but it's the number that Kerry said in his speech - 50 to 60 thousand people in the Bowl at Waterfront Park.

Update [2004-8-13 21:49:8 by cyclopatra]: OK, now it's official: according to bassjhs, Portland Fire & Rescue has estimated the crowd at 50K.

More after the cut.

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Sun Aug 08, 2004 at 06:15 PM PDT

My first day of phonebanking

by cyclopatra

I spent the afternoon phonebanking for my Congressman, David Wu. Basically we were just conducting a poll of unaffiliated voters to find out who they'd be voting for in November.

Are you volunteering with a campaign this summer?

77%44 votes
10%6 votes
12%7 votes

| 57 votes | Vote | Results

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Fri Jun 11, 2004 at 05:49 PM PDT

AP push-polls for Bush

by cyclopatra

Got really mad while I was reading this piece by AP staff writer Ron Fournier. It seems like his name turns up on the byline of almost every misleading or slanted AP article I read.

The gist of the article is that AP ran a poll wherein they called voters, asked them their opinion of Bush, told them that 1.2M jobs had been created in the last six months, and then asked, "How do you feel about Bush now?". In other words, push-polling. Misleading push-polling at that, since the jobs factoid ignores the fact that Bush is still 1 million jobs behind where we were the day he took office, and more than six million behind what we would have needed just to keep up with population growth.

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According to CNN (tv, no link, sorry). He says it has nothing to do with Tenet's resignation, that it's something he's been planning to do for a long time. Hands up, all those who believe him.

Now, to avoid the one-liner diary rule (and because it was the first thing that came to mind when I heard this), I leave you with these ever-more-apt words from Yeats:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer
Things fall apart, the center cannot hold...


Wed May 26, 2004 at 02:16 AM PDT

Election after-parties?

by cyclopatra

So it's 2am, which is the universal time for odd thoughts. Here's mine for the evening: what if we set up Kossack election night parties in our respective cities/towns?


86%13 votes
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| 15 votes | Vote | Results

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Sat May 08, 2004 at 07:17 PM PDT

Make the pie higher!

by cyclopatra

I found this poem on Snopes, of all places; they fact-checked the quotes. Now I'm bringing it to you, my fellow Kossacks, to liven up everyone's Saturday night a little. And to remind you all that we're doing this to get some IQ back in the White House next year.
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Mon Apr 19, 2004 at 07:05 PM PDT

Honduras is out

by cyclopatra

Following the lead of Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero, President Ricardo Maduro of Honduras announced today that he will be withdrawing his country's 370 troops from Iraq "in the shortest possible time".
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WTF? What is it with California, really?

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A California state senator on Monday said she was drafting legislation to block Google Inc.'s free e-mail service "Gmail" because it would place advertising in personal messages after searching them for key words.

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Fri Apr 02, 2004 at 07:38 PM PST

Go Pelosi!

by cyclopatra

I'm not usually a huge fan of Nancy Pelosi, but this little tidbit made me cheer for her:

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says it's baffling and embarrassing that President Bush is appearing before the Sept. 11 commission with Vice President Dick Cheney at his side instead of by himself.

and then she nails it:

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