November 4, 2008

The Big Day is Finally Here!

Posted in Journal tagged , , at 11:56 pm by Jenn

I ask you to believe – not just in my ability to bring about change, but in yours. – Barack Obama

I love this time in the election.  Everything that can be said has been said.  It’s all up to the people now.  More people than ever before in the history of the United States are registered to vote, and will vote this year.  I voted by absentee ballot which I’m not thrilled about, but I can say that I voted.  Whether or not my vote counts this year or not will probably never be known, but I did vote. 

Since we are 9 hours ahead of EST we won’t know the results of any of the polls until tomorrow morning.  There is a special event beginning tomorrow morning.  We will go, watch the results come in and eat breakfast with other Americans who are just as anxious for all of this to be over as we are.

I’m also wondering if for the first time all of the McKinley’s in my immediate family voted for the same candidate…they never really say.  I still have NO idea who my husband voted for, and I’m wondering if my grandmother were still alive today who she would have voted for.  

Also on this day I like to remember Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul and others who fought so hard for my right to vote.  1920 wasn’t so long ago.


October 17, 2008

Match – O – Matic

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , , , , at 11:43 am by Jenn

There’s a solution out there for any of you who still haven’t made up your mind who to vote for in the upcoming election.

ABC News has put together Match-O-Matic.  It’s a 13 question quiz that gives political statements made by the candidates.  You select the one that you most agree with and at the end it shows who your choice for President should be  based on the statements you chose. 

I was a little surprised by my results – I actually chose McCain in 4 of the 13 statements!  I was surprised it was so many.

July 8, 2008

Red, White and Blue

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , , , at 6:02 pm by Jenn

I’m being proactive this week.  I called the Prince George’s County Board of Elections to check to see what I needed to do to get my address updated in order to receive my ballot for the November election.  If you remember I was not able to vote in the Maryland Primary Election due to an error in record keeping at the Board of Elections and I am not about to let that happen again.  The woman that I spoke to remembered me (I really did raise a stink back then), she told me that I could either mail or fax my request.  I’m going to fax and then follow up with a call.

As I was catching up on some of my favorite blogs today I came across a link to The Overseas Vote Foundation.  I clicked, I read, I’m impressed.  They have all the information you need right on this one website.  I’m using it.  Of course I’m also going to send my fax, well because I WILL VOTE IN THIS ELECTION).  Thanks Monica for linking to this site!  What a wonderful resource for us Americans overseas.

Now I realize I’m probably opening up a can of worms but here goes…

I watched a muppet video that was posted on youtube in which the American flag is displayed incorrectly.   As I was waiting for the video to load I looked at the flag and thought something just didn’t seem quite right and that led to my google search in which I found this.  Notice anything wrong?  How about this one?  Do these guys even have a clue? I mean the Muppet’s I can understand, but a man who wants to be our Commander in Chief AND “The” Commander in Chief?  Common guys!  Oh, and if you are a geek like me here’s a link to the Flag Code.

June 12, 2008

What’s in a Name?

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , , at 1:30 pm by Jenn

Yesterday, I heard for the second time in as many days “America is not ready for a president with the middle name Hussein”.  These individuals are of course referring to Barack Obama, who like most of us didn’t choose his name, it was chosen for him.   In searching for the meaning of these names Barack, and Hussein I came across the following piece by Juan Cole.  I couldn’t have said it better myself.

So what does the name mean anyway?  Well, according to

Barack – means ‘blessed’ and is from African origin, a form of the Hebrew name Baruch

Hussein – means ‘handsome one’ and is of Arabic origin.

Just for kicks I looked up the names of the people who made these comments, and well I’ll just say, people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.  Oh, and if you are basing your vote on the origin of a name, John is a Hebrew name as well, so sorry about your luck! 

Do people really forget that we are a country founded and established by immigrants?

Ok, I feel better know.  I’m off to get Max a haircut.

February 10, 2008

Yes We Can!

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , at 2:01 pm by Jenn

Last night I was at a party and learned about this video (thanks Mark!).  WOW!

January 3, 2008

Caucus, Primary, What’s the Difference?

Posted in Journal tagged , , , , , at 7:43 pm by Jenn


Since the 2000 election I get so excited during the election seasons.  Last night I did a google search looking to see when Maryland’s Primary elections were and came across this list.  When I was scrolling down looking for Maryland I noticed that some states have caucuses and some states hold primaries.  I wasn’t sure what the difference was and today I came across this video that helped to clear that up. 

I think there are good and bad points to each method.  For example, I like that with a caucus if your candidate doesn’t have a certain percentage of the vote you can move your vote to another candidate.   This method also seems very social and seems like there is less room for error.  Now the bad points I see are that the whole town will know who you voted for if you are the kind of person that likes to keep that sort of thing private.  With a primary (the voting style I’m used to) it seems so stressful.  It is my right and I am proud to vote and I will stand in line as long as it takes, but that doesn’t mean that I like it.  I don’t enjoy listening to the people around me complain about how long the lines are. People don’t seem to want to have a conversation, they just want to stand in line, complain and in turn close the curtain, pull the lever and vote.  If the line isn’t long, 5 minutes and you’re out of there.  One pull, one vote, done.  If you pull the wrong lever…too bad. 

So those are my thoughts on the two methods and I know I’m probably opening up a can of worms here, but what do you think? 

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