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"Governors Christie and Cuomo's Guide to Ebloa"

Some words on the election from VA's 11th District Representative, Gerry Connolly

Connolly defeated his Republican opponent 57%-40%

"Last night, I was reelected to my fourth term representing Virginia's 11th district in the U.S. House of Representatives. From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank the hundreds of thousands of people who supported my campaign, whether by donating money, volunteering, or casting their ballot for me.

Elections are always about contrasts and choices. In this election, there were clear contrasts.

We're a divided country. It's not just Congress that's divided: our communities are divided; and our states are divided. And that's because we share some values and we differ on others. Do we believe it is a woman's right to make choices about her own body, or not? Do we think we need to revamp the immigration system in America, or not? Do we believe in global climate change, or not?

Because if we believe the answer is yes to these and many other questions then we actually have a responsibility to do something about it. Denial of those questions lets you off the hook.

We Democrats are a communitarian party. We fiercely fight for individual rights and have done so through our long and storied history. But at the end of the day, we reject those bumper-sticker, license plate slogans that say 'Don't Tread on Me" -- because that's only part of the equation. What about the next guy's right? What about that woman next to you? What about her rights?

It isn't just about us, individually; it's about all of us as a community. We belong to a Commonwealth in which your diminishment is mine. That distinguishes the Democratic Party from the other party. While we took some knocks around the country last night, I assure you those values are majority values and they are the values that will dominate our politics going forward."

Note: This is a letter for distribution and is not bound by the 4 paragraph rule that covers copyright materials.

Tom Toles on what comes next....

A Poem (from Vonnegut) for all the Democrats that spent hours knocking on doors, making calls, and

helping campaigns:

"We do, doodley do, doodley do, doodley do,
What we must, muddily must, muddily must, muddily must;
Muddily do, muddily do, muddily do, muddily do,
Until we bust, bodily bust, bodily bust, bodily bust."

Just back from my shift at the polls.

I set up the Democratic table, put up all the signs and handed out literature. I voted at 7:30 am, (later than my normal 6:15-6:30 am time) and was voter #305. That's a much higher than normal turnout, but admittedly it is hard to predict based on the early morning voters.


Anatomy of a Rat Fuck

Here's the schedule. It seems to be repeated every single election. Don't believe me? Bookmark it and check before the 2016 elections. Or plow thru the archives.

1. Month before the election: Both parties are the same.

Unwritten message: no point in voting.

2. Two weeks before the election: Accuse every mainstream Democratic politician of being 3-way, corporate, conserva-dems, DINOs who doesn't care about the voters.

Unwritten message: no point in voting

3. One week before the election: Impossible to win, look at all these right wings polls and pundits! They all agree we can't win.

Unwritten message: no point in voting

4. Day before the election: The machines might be rigged! Oh noes! They won't let us win.

Unwritten message: no point in voting.

To each and everyone of one these, I say screw that. Show up and vote. Bring your family, bring your friends, and bring your co-workers. Shame them into voting. Get them to the polls. We are doing better than the media reports and can take big wins if we show up. Don't sit this one out. Don't let anyone tell you it is a lost cause. GOTV.

Dumb Crimminals: Man steals and uses neighbor's tractor

A spectacularly bold theft case — one neighbor taking another’s $10,200 tractor and using it to mow his own yard — has ended with the incarceration of a 44-year-old Montgomery County man.

“You stole their property, and you were brazen enough to ride around with it,” Circuit Court Judge Robert Greenberg told Michael E. Murphy on Friday as he sentenced him to 18 months in the county jail.

Whole article by Dan Morse in the Washington Post here:

Best tweet on Marvel's announcement of a Black Panther movie:

"Think J. Jonah Jameson & The Daily Bugle hates Spider-Man? Wait till Sean Hannity & Fox News gets a load of Black Panther."

- Frank Conniff

Ok, who broke General Discussion?

I refer to the out of whack "response to" organization.

Last day to request an absentee ballot in VA. Know anyone who needs one?

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