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I got nothing for today.

It's been a rough couple of days, and ultimately I will be changing cell phone providers because Virgin refuses to actually provide adequate customer service for the phone I've had for a year and ultimately have not been able to use for the last two weeks.

Beyond that, it's been a very uneventful week.  

How's everyone's week been so far?

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  •  . (8+ / 0-)

    Little Stinker~Quilt by David M. Taylor

    Little Stinker~Quilt by David M. Taylor

    The week is busy as usual. Tons of errands, housework not completed and taking mom to the doctor again. At least all of the out-of-state guests have returned home. I'm hoping it will slow down soon.

  •  Good morning. (6+ / 0-)

    Going up to 55 with rain all day.

    Taking my pups in for a spa day, and I'm going to Costco this gloomy, miserable morning.

    Have a good day.

    I am a work in progress. Still.

    by broths on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 05:11:56 AM PST

  •  I am beat up from the 18 hour shift at elections (7+ / 0-)

    yesterday.  We will eventually get the rain/snow that's deluging the midwest, but today will be warm and breezy so I want to work outside.

    I hope our local election shows part of a trend, both R incumbents lost their seats on town council to progressive D's, and it wasn't close.  

    Republican registration is high here, and there was a hot county race for sheriff which drew at least 50% turnout, It takes all the D's and most of the independents to equal the R's but they lost anyway!

    The young "progressive" R sheriff candidate won too, beating a representative of political machine that has long brought discomfort tho the sheriff's department.  Hope he can stay away from temptation.

    If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

    by weck on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 05:40:17 AM PST

  •  Our candidates lost. I'm so unhappy. (6+ / 0-)

    I'm happy for Virginia, though. Hopefully recount will go for Herring.

    "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

    by BadKitties on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 06:18:28 AM PST

    •  Surprisingly dems won locally. (1+ / 0-)
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      We are just as red as the rest of western NY, excluding the cities and the other towns went red all around us, but somehow the young guy and the woman beat out the two farmers. (fracking?)  I never saw any literature or got a phone call, but clearly there was some kind of issue.  I think the board is now 3 R, 2D.  so nothing will actually change unless we can get a new supervisor or one more seat.

      Our actual polling went well; we opened and closed on time and had no problems with ballots or machines.  There were many spoiled ballots, but we think it was due to the design, it was somewhat hard to understand, so there were about 30 "do-overs" for about 750 voters.  The tech team never got to us, and they always visit.  (for the goodies?)  There must have been a problem somewhere else.

      We think there are no ties, a blessing for our election commissioners, who have been overworked by close contests the past two elections.

      It is important to keep active with the school, and go to meetings, publish information and keep the spotlight on bad school board members.  Do you thing there was AFP money in your election?  The strategy for many right wing conservative and christian fundamentalist groups is to start with school boards and local officials to get a broad base for conservative/regressive policies.

      If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

      by weck on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 12:24:07 PM PST

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      •  I KNOW there was AFP money in our (2+ / 0-)
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        weck, Kit RMP

        election. The WSJ, our local papers, and even the RW mailers mentioned it. This sucks so badly.

        "I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." -Susan B. Anthony

        by BadKitties on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 07:17:03 AM PST

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        •  Time to start writing your documentary! (1+ / 0-)
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          They have to file reports, and there is time before the next election.  Also, everyone who gives to a candidate is in a data base somewhere I think,  you can tell which neighbors are which.  

          Money won't beat sunshine, but you need to start early.

          If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

          by weck on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 11:43:56 AM PST

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  •  The week so far? Boil order, (5+ / 0-)

    following yesterday without water for six hours.  

    There have been so many holes dug in my neighborhood this season that if they were all open now, it would look like a giant prairie dog town.  The gas company excavated at nearly every intersection in the area.  The sewers here are old, so there are always little (or not so little) cave-ins in the streets - two on our street, several in the area.  Finally, this water main crap.

    We're not supposed to use the water for cooking or drinking without boiling it.  Maybe I'm overly cautious, but I'm not trusting it to do my dishes, either.  No way am I boiling enough water to do them up.  They'll just have to wait until after 6 tonight.

    Though I am disturbed by this, things are really okay here.  This is just a hiccup in the scheme of things.

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 06:31:21 AM PST

  •  Mom may or may not... (6+ / 0-)

    Be on today... little sophie is standing guard and refusing to let her down the stairs...

  •  Sophie's let me up, (3+ / 0-)
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    broths, carolanne, weck

    so I took a shower and came online for a bit. Need to run out to the store later as well. I had a few seizures earlier, and now I have a low headache behind my eyes, but I'm here :). Child support finally showed up. We skipped October entirely apparently. Two months later, I have something on the card at last. I was worried Christmas was really going to suck, but hopefully now it will be ok.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 09:25:36 AM PST

  •  Late hello, everyone! (1+ / 0-)
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    My week? Meh, so far.

    My local elections went pretty much the way I expected them to. Our county executive, town supervisor and even the highway superintendent remain Republican.

    I was slightly surprised by the yes vote for more casinos in NY. I'm suspicious of the promise of lower taxes, money for schools, & jobs, but I admit that I haven't read enough about how bad/good they are in those areas. I may be prejudiced because I think casinos are blights on the landscape and gambling (on that scale) is a blight on the spirit. Weck, you're closer to where it's happening; what do you think?

    So sorry about your candidates, BadKitties.

    Hurrah for Illinois, broths!

    FloridaSNMOM, glad you're a bit better and the Christmas worries have been alleviated a bit.

    Take care, everybody.

    •  I think that it was weird that all 6 propositions (1+ / 0-)
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      were passed except letting the judges keep working until they are 80.  It was to allow them to clear backlogs, and was for 3 three year extensions, so pretty tightly controlled, poor, or too old to work judges wouldn't get extensions.

      I don't thing there will actually be new casinos, they will probably find it easier to expand at already established sites with race tracks and the slot machines.

      I am pretty sure it was partly to keep some new york $$ from going to atlantic city or other states,  and I think the Native tribes that offer legal gambling, will now start to fight it.  

      Also, in order to become a constitutional amendment, it will have to pass again next year too.  We will see if that can happen,  There will be much advertising and many lies.  There is only so much money to spend in NY, and the state wants to get some of that back from the ndn's, because they are sticking up for themselves on gas and cigarette taxes and still trying to get land and artifacts back.

      Personally, there are enough ways to risk whatever money you have, I think more gambling is a downward spiral, not a job creator or school tax reducer.  

      Most of the jobs are low wage jobs after the initial construction, and if past practice is followed, the profits will go to the schools but the percent of other taxes going to the schools will decrease, making the whole experiment a wash.  Remember when the lottery was going to education? Ha!

      I don't think they even give the $1000 lottery scholarship out anymore.  Every school used to get one.  Did charter schools ruin that for the local districts?

      If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

      by weck on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 10:48:56 AM PST

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      •  Thanks, weck! (1+ / 0-)
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        Remember when the lottery was going to education? Ha!
        Yes, I do remember! That's one of the things that makes me so suspicious about the promised benefits of casinos.

        I was disappointed in the judicial age vote. I've read lots of articles about backlogs in the courts, and this seemed like one good way to address the problem.

        •  New judges would be good, too, don't you think? (1+ / 0-)
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          Jobs for some of the lawyers new york abounds in!

          If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

          by weck on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 11:58:40 AM PST

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          •  Oh, the mining company in the adirondaks is (1+ / 0-)
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            only a gravel pit according to one unconfirmed source.  That one was pretty close.  It had better not be about fracking.

            If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. &

            by weck on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 12:00:59 PM PST

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          •  New judges would be fine, (0+ / 0-)

            but many older ones are still more than capable.

            •  What, like Scalia, Thomas Kennedy, Roberts, Alito? (0+ / 0-)

              Um... disagree heaviliy progressives should be on the no side of raising judicial ages, just by the fact alone we see the runaway train that is SCOTUS and they have it "worst", life time appointments, sorry but you are in favor of a system the pretty much guarentees decisions like the voting rights act or Citizens United will be forever along time to ever get overturned if even possible, there is absolutley no reason to be in favor of letting judges, whether elected or not to sit on the bench indefinatly or near indefentiatley, which is what the prop you supported would have in shrined, I'd be against that even if we could get several Warrens on the bench,  I'm against Judge stacking entirely, but you have to realise, in NYS, judges are hardcore right, the majority of istting judges are Republicans, the main spot that has any Democrats is NYC, outside of that and the federal judges in NY, they are as conservative as they come and if you don't buy that or didn't know that, watch any judge's who ran for their seat's politiical ads, hell the family court judges make GITMO look quant.

              Being a judge isn't a "job" or a "career" despite that's what they do use them for, its public service, you do your time, and you get out and let the next generation take over, there is absolutely no progressive arguement that can be made to have suppoted the prop rasing the judge age, though if you think you have one I'd b willing to hear it.

              So, I'm glad it was voted down.

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