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Mayberry Machiavelli

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Pennsylvania Voting and ID Question: Are Poll Workers REQUIRED to ask for ID?

I know that ID is not required for this election as a result of court decisions.

I also know that even though this is true, the GOP state government decided to get as much voter suppression as they could out of the law anyway by running ads that could easily be misunderstood as saying ID was needed even after the court decision.

I'm assuming that the purpose of this was to cause some people who didn't know about the law being blocked to not show up to vote because they never were able to get the ID.

I know it's not against the law for poll workers to ask for ID today even though you don't have to show it. Apparently they are asking for ID, but are they actually REQUIRED to ask for it, and are asking everyone?

I guess what I'm getting at is, if you are voting in PA, you don't need the ID, and it's a good idea to make it clear to everyone in line with you that this is the case.
Posted by Mayberry Machiavelli | Tue Nov 6, 2012, 10:52 AM (9 replies)

Do I understand correctly that Romney is holding rallies on Election Day?

Has anyone ever done this? I thought it was traditional to do your voting booth photo-op (forgone by Obama this year to set an example early voting) and then go chill out with your supporters and await returns.

Doesn't it seem kind of desperate?
Posted by Mayberry Machiavelli | Tue Nov 6, 2012, 02:20 AM (15 replies)

A Good, Sincere Article Written by a Former Young Conservative:

(sorry if this has been posted already)


Dear young conservative,

I hope you are reading this. My ideal reader for this piece is an actual person under thirty years old who self-identifies as conservative. I would like it very much if this letter found readers beyond my typical (and beloved) echo chamber of liberal comedians and comedy fans. If youíre reading this and youíre not a young conservative, Iíll bet youíre friends with one on Facebook and I would love it if you could pass this along to them.

First off: I in no way mean for this to be patronizing. Iím not mocking you, young conservative. I know what it is to be a young conservative. I was one.

When I was in high school, in the early part of the first George W. Bush presidency, it seemed kind of cool and punk to me to identify as conservative. I didnít agree with their social policies, but that wasnít the point. The point was, what if all my liberal high-school-kid friends were wrong? It was a ton of fun to think of myself as the sole voice of reason among a bunch of wrong-headed young people who hadnít read the same blogs I had, and hadnít been introduced to Ayn Rand by their girlfriend last summer the way I had.

Looking back on all that, on the times I argued with my History teacher in support of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, among other things, I am deeply ashamed. And this shame comes not from the fact that I now have different political beliefs, different political beliefs shared, in some form, by almost all of my colleagues and friends. I almost always relish having a minority opinion. Itís a stubborn, age-resistant part of my personality. I am still the guy who loves hating the thing everyone else likes, or liking the thing everyone else hates. I didnít like the movie DRIVE very much. I know. Come at me. So Iíd be the first person to want to have a political belief counter to the ones treasured by all my friends. I argue most frequently with people Iím actually in total agreement with. Iím just that asshole. So itís not that I felt the need to join the herd and now that I have, Iím ashamed to have ever felt differently than I do now.

(much more at the link)

This is well written and comes across, in my opinion, as very sincere and most importantly, not patronizing or insulting in its intent. It may be useful or appeal to someone you know.
Posted by Mayberry Machiavelli | Mon Nov 5, 2012, 02:26 PM (4 replies)

Post Your Electoral Map for Bronco Bama! Here's mine:


You can make and share maps at this site, instructions are on the page. I did a screencap and posted it on tinypic to get the image to show.

I would love nothing more than for CO and FL to come across also but I'm not counting on it, although I would not be surprised if Bronco Bama wins either or both. The pessimist in me still sees this as the map we'll get which is a win:

Posted by Mayberry Machiavelli | Fri Nov 2, 2012, 10:12 AM (12 replies)

THIS is some devastating kung fu, right here.

This is in the videos forum but deserves to be spread far and wide.

Have fun explaining how you were taken out of context, Mitt.
Posted by Mayberry Machiavelli | Sat Oct 20, 2012, 11:20 AM (12 replies)

Are there any good Tumblr photo collections from the debate?

I'm looking in particular for Mitt's pained, constipated expression whenever the President was speaking.
Posted by Mayberry Machiavelli | Wed Oct 17, 2012, 01:10 AM (4 replies)

All right, this evening deserves another cup o' Joe, on me! (apologies if posted already)

Posted by Mayberry Machiavelli | Fri Oct 12, 2012, 01:21 AM (0 replies)

Did Drudge pimp some post-VP debate AP poll showing Ryan the winner.. that didn't exist?

'Cause that's what I heard!
Posted by Mayberry Machiavelli | Fri Oct 12, 2012, 01:14 AM (5 replies)

Just watched "The Bad News Bears" again (the original). Forgot how hilarious it was!

I never saw the Billy Bob Thornton remake, but why do they feel the need to remake perfect movies?
Posted by Mayberry Machiavelli | Sun Sep 30, 2012, 08:55 AM (0 replies)

Obama, Romney place dueling calls to Israelís Netanyahu (WaPo)


President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke Friday by telephone, ending the call with a common pledge to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon but no apparent consensus on a specific timeline to do so.

A few hours later, Republican nominee Mitt Romney spoke by phone with Netanyahu, his one-time consulting colleague and a friend since the 1970s. After the call, Romney said that he does not believe military force will have to be used to stop Iranís uranium enrichment program.

What the hell. So now the GOP candidate can make phone calls to foreign heads of state and offer alternative foreign policy to the President?

Posted by Mayberry Machiavelli | Sat Sep 29, 2012, 10:04 AM (5 replies)
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