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demodonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-03-08 11:43 PM
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I wish Andy was here to experience this with us.
Edited on Mon Nov-03-08 11:51 PM by demodonkey

I miss him tonight, and I really wish he could be here for this election as history is being made. He would love this.

No, we don't have voter-verified paper ballots nationwide, but we have made some hefty dents in the bad old system(s). With a new start tomorrow, and CHANGE coming, we have to make sure that our electoral system changes too for Andy's sake, and for our own.

Hugs to all my Election Integrity friends. Good night and good luck tomorrow --

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bleever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-03-08 11:46 PM
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1. We helped change the whole national conversation about elections.
He was an inspiration to so many of us.

This is his success, as much as anyone involved in election integrity.
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Kip Humphrey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 01:07 AM
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25. I believe...
we did!!!

:toast: :party: :hi: :loveya: :headbang: :applause: :patriot: :woohoo: :grouphug:
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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-03-08 11:48 PM
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2. Me too. What he worked for is getting attention by
those who can help do something about it. I don't know what you mean in your last sentence. Andy's work is going to see a lot of recognition in the near future. Don't give up.
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-03-08 11:52 PM
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3. I'm helping the voter rights project in Ny ....
we were told Ny will get verified paper machines next year. This yr most of the electronic ones in use in my county are for handicapped voters.
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crim son Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-03-08 11:53 PM
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4. I only know him through DUer's reminiscences
and I've seen pictures. Maybe he's still watching but I hope not.
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-03-08 11:54 PM
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5. I thought of Andy when I voted Friday.
I had a paper ballot and a paper trail.

And THIS is in stupid-ass Florida.
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bleever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-08 12:59 AM
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10. That
is awesome.

:thumbsup:
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-08 01:18 AM
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11. My biggest regret here on DU
is that I was too new, too shy and too stupid to step up and defend Andy properly in my usual hockey goon style at the time.

Never will that happen again.
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bleever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-08 01:25 AM
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12. I'd bet
he'd laugh with empathetic gratitude at your response. :thumbsup:
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-08 01:46 AM
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13. God, I hope so.
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understandinglife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-08 02:03 AM
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16. Agree - my friend. And, isn't it amazing that we are almost at the moment ...
... of the dawn of the America we so very much have wanted to emerge and prevail.

:hi:

Peace,
Bob
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bleever Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-08 11:52 AM
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20. It's incredible.
I was walking to school with my nine year old son, and realized that the only president he's ever known is Bush.

That all changes today.

Maybe the horrors and injustices of the last eight years put us in a position to leapfrog forward in history, rather than making incremental improvements, and break apart some of the paradigms that have limited our political discourse over the last fifty or hundred years.

:hi:

Enjoy this day, my good friend.
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understandinglife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-08 11:43 PM
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24. Simply, "I believe" .... I have been sobbing uncontrollably ...
... what a special moment, my friend.

Peace,
Bob
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givemebackmycountry Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-03-08 11:56 PM
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6. No doubt - he'd be climbing the walls right now, worried out of his mind...
But when finally called, he'd be as happy as all of us combined will be.

Andy, we're all thinking about you!
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shireen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-03-08 11:56 PM
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7. Andy would have been thrilled.
Someday, we'll also have a woman president. Someday, we'll have a gay president. One barrier at a time ....
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tblue37 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-08 09:25 AM
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19. I would like the day to come when we could have a Black, gay,
atheist female president--because none of those attributes should enter into the decision at all.

Or a transgendered president.
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Janice325 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-08 12:14 AM
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8. Thanks for mentioning Andy. I was thinking about him the other day.
I didn't "know" him, never met him or anything, just knew him from the nice DU'ers posting about him here, even before he became ill and passed away. (Beth, you're the only one I can think of off the top of my head.) What would Andy be thinking of all this now??

I wish he were here in body now, and not just in spirit. :cry:

I hope he and Toot can meet.
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Ellipsis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-08 12:35 AM
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9.  His spirit is still here.... were all born dyin' dontcha know
But yeah it sucks. I didn't know him but read his words live as he posted them in 04.

And to you who did and those who broke bread with him... I'm sorry for your loss.
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d_b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-08 01:54 AM
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14. qft
Him and Kephera both.


:patriot:
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understandinglife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-08 02:01 AM
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15. Agree. I've thought of Andy often, especially in these past few weeks.
I've thought of the delightful time I was able to spend in conversation with him at a coffee place on Westlake in Seattle.

So many challenges await President-elect Obama. But no challenge is greater than ensuring that in two years and in 100 years every single citizen of the Republic not only is able to vote but is able to verify that their vote was counted precisely as they intended it to be.

Andy understood that that was the essential element of democracy. And, he was unselfish and unrelenting in his commitment to that goal.

Peace,
Bob

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farmboxer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-08 03:27 AM
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17. He is remembered, no doubt about it.
It has been a very long and cruel rule by the Nazi rulers. I have been waiting since the coup of 2000. Andy has a spirit on this board. I rarely ever post anymore, but I remember so many since way back in the original underground. I had never thought that America could have ever had a coup, but it did happen. I can't sleep tonight after almost 8 years of Hell. I will finally be able take an easy breath with an Obama win. I know he will win, but I still remember the coup of 2000, a huge nightmare.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-08 06:47 AM
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18. A quiet, honorable, committed man. Wish there were more like him.
Oh wait, there are. Right here.
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tbyg52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-08 09:37 PM
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21. Wish I'd been here in time to know him. Not too late to appreciate him, though. nt
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althecat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-08 09:46 PM
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22. Yes..... here's to andy..
Edited on Tue Nov-04-08 09:50 PM by althecat
He was a great bloke. I spoke to him a couple of times by phone..... was a shame what happened at the end but he has become something of a rallying point for us all and he would be very proud about that.

al
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New Earth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-04-08 10:16 PM
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23. I now definitely wish Andy was here with us.
Maybe he is :)

But he'd be here with us to witness US FINALLY WINNING DESPITE EVERYTHING THE REPUBLICANS *TRIED* TO DO!

Don't forget all the reports we know of, of the voting machine problems, the usual FAKE flyers, etc.

Too many people coming out to vote for any of that to work. I was actually thinking of Andy in my Religous Science church the other day...someone there reminds me of him a bit, his hair color, skin color, etc.
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