Prejudice, Sterotypes and Bigotry

Warner Todd Huston at Breitbart:

L.A. Times Hears Racist Dog Whistles from Romney Voters

Sandy Banks of the L.A. Times has figured out why anyone would vote against Barack Obama. Why, they are all racists, of course. Oh, you don’t use “the N word,” she tells us, but we know what you Romney voters really think.

Banks dropped all pretense of logic or fairness in her Sunday piece, claiming that the nation’s “kumbaya era” is over merely because a white man dared run against Barack Obama for the office of President of the United States.

Like all these hate-filled screeds that cast any non-Obama voter as a racist, Banks doesn’t bother trying to actually explain how a nation that elected a black man as President could suddenly revert to pre-civil rights oppression. She just states it straight as if it is obvious fact.

This has been the single most disgusting attack against Romney voters and, if Obama loses his bid for reelection, be prepared to see every last left-winger on TV and in the commentariat claim that the only reason Obama lost is because the country is filled with hood-wearing, Jim Crow-loving racists.

You don’t have to be an Obama follower to think like that:

In the last couple of days, I have read the consternation of the left as they see the evangelicals and other right wing followers get behind their Mormon. It’s as if the left has forgotten all of the studies by Bob Altemeyer and lessons learned from John Dean about the nature of the authoritarian follower. But it’s even weirder than that because although the right has made it a badge of honor to decouple cause from effect, ignore evidence and discourage reasoned thinking in its followers so that the world looks to them like a violent, chaotic place, I never thought I would see the same sort of behavior rising in the left.

I was raised in fundamentalist church in a red zone of California. My mom was (and is) a feminist but not a liberal. So I first hit adulthood with a right-wing tilt to my politics. The first time I voted in a presidential election I cast my ballot for Ronnie Raygun. But during my twenties I moved steadily to the left until by the time I was thirty I was a borderline socialist.

I stayed that way for a long time. I was proud to be a liberal and a yellow-dog Democrat. 2008 cured me of that yellow-dog thingie but I still consider myself a liberal Democrat-in-exile.

I discovered the internet in 1994. I had heard of it before then but never experienced it. Back then we used Unix codes to surf the information superhighway. Then came Internet Explorer. But it wasn’t until seven years ago (has is really been that long?) that I discovered the blogosphere.

About the same time I discovered the internet my lifestyle didn’t allow for much television watching. I was either working, going to school or trying to have a social life. I slept occasionally too. The internet was great because I could read the news at times convenient to me, and I wasn’t limited to reading the local paper. It was great because I was a big fan of Molly Ivins but her column rarely appeared in the newspaper.

When I first discovered the blogosphere (thanks to Molly) I naturally gravitated to Left Blogistan. This was in 2006 – a big election year for Democrats. Those days were the golden age of blogging. Bartcop, Daily Howler and the Smirking Chimp were some of my favorites back then, along with Hullabaloo, Crooks and Liars and Balloon Juice. By 2007 I was a regular at Balloon Juice and spending most of my online time there.

Until 2008 I NEVER stepped foot in the right blogosphere, aka “Wingnuttia”. I didn’t need to read the rantings and ravings of the wingnuts because other people told me about them. It was during those years that I read Conservatives Without Conscience and The Authoritarians. The first one is sitting on my bookshelf and the other is stored on my computer. I believed every word contained therein.

Then along came 2008 and some other stuff happened and many of my previous beliefs were either proven false or challenged. As a result, I found myself visiting right-wing blogs. What I found there surprised me, even though it shouldn’t have.

(Now if you’re thinking that this is the part where I say I realized that liberalism was wrong all those years and that conservatives were right, you’re wrong. Now shaddup and pay attention.)

What I discovered was that there are some really bright, perceptive conservatives. These people are smart, educated, informed and they have good hearts. There are also some small-minded idiots and assholes over on the right. But more importantly, I learned that neither side has a monopoly on intelligence, good character, or pinheaded assholishness. And in most cases people can be a little of both at different times.

Each and every one of us is human. That means we are all capable of being inconsistent and hypocritical. It’s not our fault, we were born this way. I don’t want to get too deep and philosophical but we all have two (at least) natures – one that is “animal” and one that is intellect-driven. Not only that but some behaviors (like tribalism) are hardwired into us like default programming.

We all spend a lot of time on autopilot. We don’t have to think about every single thing we do. I can make it through a whole day without really thinking about what I’m doing. We have our daily routines and we follow them like trained rats. This frees up our higher brain functions for other stuff. (For those of us that have higher brain functions anyway.)

Prejudice, stereotypes and bigotry are kinda like our brain’s auto-complete function. At times they are helpful, at other times not so much. What they are trying to do is help us reach conclusions with incomplete data – a mental shortcut. That’s okay if they are accurate. The problem is they are often inaccurate.

From the Klown Archives:

Fear is one of the most basic human emotions. It is hardwired into our brains, like an instinct. When our primal brain senses danger it triggers a “flight or fight” reaction. This involves three parts of our brain – the thalamus, the amygdala and the hypothalamus. Sometimes it involves the hippocamus and the sensory cortex too.

Those of you who have taken an anatomy class know that none of those five parts of the brain are where we do our heavy thinking. The primal part of our brain is kinda like BIOS is to your computer. But just like you can “flash” a BIOS chip we can do some reprogramming to our primal brain.

The problem is that part of or brain will reprogram itself. In fact, it’s supposed to if it’s working correctly. It’s actually pretty adaptable in some ways.

Let’s go back in time to when one of our primitive ancestors (Oog) sees his cousin (Og) get killed and eaten by a cave bear. Now Oog never saw a cave bear before, but his amygdala has now listed cave bears on Oog’s flight or fight trigger list.

From now on, whenever Oog sees a cave bear he will be afraid. Not only that, but his primitive brain will tell him to be afraid of things that look similar to cave bears, like saber tooth tigers. Oog doesn’t have to think about any of this, his primal brain does it all on it’s own.

So jump forward a million years or so to today. Oog (who now has a good job doing commercials for GEICO insurance) turns on his television and sees a couple jumbo jets hitting the Twin Towers. He sees Muslims chanting “death to America” and all kinds of violence associated with Muslims.

His primal brain sees all that stuff too, and lists “Muslims” on Oog’s flight or fight trigger list. But Oog doesn’t just watch the news, he watches television and movies. When he does he often sees fictional depictions of violent scary Muslims.

While Oog’s higher brain recognizes these depictions as fiction, his primal brain sees them as real. So when Oog encounters a Muslim in real life his primal brain is telling him to be afraid, no matter what his higher brain might be saying.

As I was saying, visiting the right side of the blogosphere was enlightening. One of the things I discovered (even though I already kinda knew it) was that conservatives tend to have a low opinion of liberals. They not only think we are stupid and ignorant but they believe we are not nice people.

My initial reaction was that they obviously didn’t know what they were talking about because I was a liberal and I was smart and informed and pretty darn nice too! (Seriously – that’s what I thought.)

I would see conservatives say something like “Liberals hate America” and I knew that they were wrong because I knew from personal experience that liberals love America. Dammit, I am a liberal and I love America!

But you have to admit that some liberals sure don’t seem to love America. What can you say when somebody from this country is burning our flag? “Oh no, he’s only doing that to show his patriotism?”

The fact is that every one of those negative stereotypes about liberals has some kernel of truth in it. It may not be true about all liberals or even most liberals, but it is true about some liberals. On the flip side, every one of those negative stereotypes about conservatives has a kernel of truth in it too. Lord knows the Obots have proven that.

That brings us to tribalism.  Arthur Silber made these observations about tribalism:

ONE: To the degree that membership in a particular tribe or tribes is important to a person’s sense of identity, that person believes that his own tribe(s) is inherently and uniquely good. To the degree that tribal membership is a critical element of personal identity, all members of all tribes are convinced this is true of those tribes to which they belong.

TWO: Insofar as the tribe’s centrally defining characteristic(s) (race, religion, political beliefs, etc.) are concerned, all other tribes that differ with regard to these characteristics are necessarily inferior and wrong. This has an especially critical implication: at first with regard to these centrally defining characteristics, and inevitably in a more general sense, the individual members of all other tribes are necessarily inferior to and less worthy than the members of one’s own tribe(s).

THREE: The basic dynamics of all tribes are the same. This applies to all tribes in two different critical respects. It is true of dynamics within the tribe — that is, of those particular mechanisms which create and maintain tribal identity and cohesiveness — and it is also true of how one tribe views itself and behaves in relation to other tribes.

FOUR: The major mechanism by which any tribe creates and maintains tribal identity and cohesiveness is obedience: the requirement that each member of the tribe conform his thinking and behavior in accordance with the major elements of the tribe’s belief system.

I lost my political tribe in 2008. I found my way to a small band of other tribe-less refugees and we formed a new tribe. Over the past four years that original band of refugees has broken apart into still smaller groups. If you are reading this then chances are you are a member of this new micro-tribe.

Being tribe-less has enabled me to examine both major tribes with new eyes. Unfortunately, many people, like Riverdaughter for example, have been unable or unwilling to go fully tribe-less. She looks at her old tribe with open eyes, but she is still looking at the Republicans through the same old Democratic filter. She is not alone in this.

This post is long enough already so I’ll stop here.

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114 Responses to Prejudice, Sterotypes and Bigotry

  1. myiq2xu says:

    Does hating someone because they are red or blue make any more sense than hating them because they are black or white?

  2. Melisshka says:

    Did ya read Arthur Silber today? Interesting and spot on.

    • myiq2xu says:

      I don’t always agree with Arthur but he’s always an interesting read.

      BTW – If you always agree with the people you read then you live in an echo chamber.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Same with Presidential candidates ? With Obama it’s agree or else, with ABO, it’s been imperfect candidates, but you know what you’re getting deep to the core, and that hasn’t been a bad thing. That is, from Hillary to McCain to the parade of 2012 GOP contenders. I think Romney was about my 4th choice in that original field 😉

  3. Melisshka says:

    Oh and before I head out and vote, count me in as another one that is glad this blog exists. I lurked at TC and I mostly lurk here, but I’m glad to see a whole bunch of people with a similar mindset who are seeing the same things that I am. Thanks Klown.

  4. angienc says:

    Really nice piece myiq!

    OT — Shit’s getting real in PA & OH via twitter — New Black Panthers showed up at voting polls (as they did in PA last time) but this time former Navy Seals from True the Vote have responded by showing up to ensure “no one feels intimidated.”

    Toto, I don’t think we’re in 2008 anymore.

    Read about it on Twitchy:

  5. DeniseVB says:

    Back from voting, an hour wait in our little precinct, HUGE turnout, then off to Chick-Fil-A for a little breakfast …. and that was packed too!

    It’s a sign I tell ya ! 😀

  6. myiq2xu says:

    Wow, I took a nap and when I got back it took me half an hour to catch-up with all the comments!

  7. votermom says:

    Great post, klown!

  8. myiq2xu says:

    It’s gonna be a fun day.

  9. myiq2xu says:

  10. angienc says:

    This is a picture of one polling place in Philly.

    What was that about authoritarian followers again?

    • angienc says:

      PS — A judge ordered the polling station to allow the RNC observers in.
      This time, Mitt & Reince have lawyers too.

      • cj says:

        Reince tweeted about that mural…he was outraged. I’d be surprised if the GOP lawyers don’t do something about it.

        • Erica says:

          I’m outraged too. Frankly, that mural is an advertisement for the lack of decorum and fair play that the 0 team has flaunted from the beginning. They are power freaks.

          And Jesse Jackson standing up to say that it’s okay for the NBP to stand guard in their militaristic get-ups but there’s more concern about voter suppression. What a joke.

          And PS. get some paint and take out that mural.

    • DeniseVB says:

      What happened to the no campaigning within 40 feet of a precinct rule? They enforce that here, no buttons, shirts, signs, etc.

      • yttik says:

        We vote by mail now, but a few years ago we had a cop and a priest at the door, checking for teeshirts, buttons, etc. No electioneering means no electioneering!

        I always got a chuckle out of it, because seeing both a priest and a cop on election day kind of rattles your nerves.

    • votermom says:

      • angienc says:


      • Erica says:

        Good. Obama’s peeps have now met a man who gives a damn and knows how to get things done.

      • angienc says:

        But that’s the thing a judicial order shouldn’t have been needed — whatever that place is (a school gym whatever) that is serving as a polling place should KNOW they needed to hang a tarp over that mural on election days.
        It really is unbelievable.

    • votermom says:

    • Pips says:

      And notice the ‘bot’ who doesn’t see anything wrong with that because,

      *It was in a SCHOOL moron. I voted in a church today with a big picture of Jesus on the wall. So f-ing what?’

      Huh? So Jesus is up for election too? 😯

      • angienc says:

        Oh, I had to steal that to reply to that moron:


        Thinks Jesus is running =>MT @JayLouis @BertDifig1 @Timodc in a SCHOOL moron. I voted in a church w/ pic of Jesus on the wall. So f-ing what

    • Somebody says:

      An Obama mural? You have got to be shitting me!

    • votermom says:

  11. driguana says:

    well said, klownman…and it IS time to reflect philosophically because the times have changed radically and will do so some more…probably sooner than later…lots of us have found a new tribe….and, again, I congratulate you and all who come to this site as it has become somewhat of a refuge for me…thanks…I posted this early today to all Facebook family….
    Crossing the bridge to decency….yes, go vote for whoever you want to vote for….I have for the first time in 44 years…but, without a doubt, this has been the most disgusting, vile, reprehensible, vitriolic, political year that I can remember in my lifetime….and that’s because we have made it about politics and not leadership and respect for each other….the name calling and disrespect that I have witnessed even among my own family, friends and compatriots is not acceptable to me personally…whoever wins this faux election still is just a politician full of idle promises and ideologies driven by a few….it is time for the common people to rise up…for you and me to become leaders and for the politicians to sit down and listen to what we want…and that is about respect for differences of option and beliefs…you could take any issue….marriage, the economy, ethnicity, evolution, the environment…line up ten different opinions and with dialogue and discusion find…at least….one common point…that is what we need to build from…not calling each other names becuase they don’t believe in what you do…..the times are about to change radically…radically, and significantly…and it will be because of us…you and me…and NOT politicians…you can either stay on your side of the bridge…in your little ideological village…or you can cross the bridge into a decent and respectiful way of life…your choice….spiritics or politics…take your choice…

    • britgirls says:

      Excellent FB post. Thanks for sharing, driguana. 8)

    • angienc says:

      Excellent post driguana.

      Really good song too! 🙂

      • driguana says:

        thanks, peeps…some may not know that this was originally a Waylon Jennings tune…snow and cold references with Jamaican and African faces may have been a little confusing…still works though…

  12. ME says:

    Report from GOP Turf.
    55WKRC callers all reporting never before seen epic turnout all throughout Southwestern Ohio.
    When my polling station opened the guy in front of me yelled, “Let’s go fire us a president!” Everyone in line cheered.
    I can only think that this is good for Romney…

    That quote was from Hillaryis44, a little uplifting anecdote

  13. tommy says:

    What time do the results start pouring in?

  14. votermom says:

    The sorta bad news today is that my kid DID get dry socket! The oral surgeon said that if she didn’t use a straw or smoke, then it just means that she’s one of those 6% that don’t form good clots.

    (Bad clotter! Bad clotter!)

    So he put in some kind of medicated cotton in the socket and we go back in two days. It already feels much better though, per Ms. Bad Clotter. 🙂

  15. myiq2xu says:

    Marc Theissen:

    But Obama never offered the American people any change. Instead, he set out to destroy Romney. He launched a relentlessly negative campaign, focused entirely tearing Romney down and making him an unacceptable alterative. Obama spent $100 million on negative ads. He attacked Romney as a heartless corporate raider, vulture capitalist and possible felon, a man who cheated on his taxes, killed a woman with cancer, wanted to destroy the auto industry, and sent American jobs to China. The president’s message was: You may not like me, but you are going to hate him.

    At first this scorched-earth strategy appeared to be working, as Romney’s negatives rose and he trailed in the polls. Then, 67 million people tuned into the first presidential debate last month and saw Mitt Romney in person for the first time — strong, respectful, reasonable and presidential. In 90 minutes, the impact of $100 million of ads began to evaporate. The Obama strategy collapsed, and the Romney surge began.

    Obama tried to regain the momentum by attacking Romney in the subsequent debates — but it only made the president seem small. Millions of heads nodded when Romney turned to Obama in the final debate and said, “Mr. President, attacking me is not a strategy.”

    Obama belatedly saw his mistake. In the closing weeks, his campaign put out ahastily prepared booklet that purported to lay out a second-term agenda, but it was little more than repackaged talking points from his first term. Then, last week, his campaign promised to end on a positive note and “tilt toward the affirmative, toward the future,” in the words of Obama adviser David Axelrod. It never happened. Instead, Obama just continued to attack Romney. At an Ohio rally this weekend, Obama hit Romney for “ruling out compromise,” “massaging the facts,” “pledging to rubber-stamp the tea party agenda in Congress” — and he told his followers that “voting is the best revenge.”

    • angienc says:

      BTW, Romney’s favorables are higher than Obama’s now.

    • gxm17 says:

      “He launched a relentlessly negative campaign, focused entirely tearing Romney down and making him an unacceptable alterative.”

      He did this in 2008 too. It just didn’t work as well in 2012 because his opponent didn’t have lady parts. Sad, but true.

      • jjmtacoma says:

        That… plus all of Obama’s accomplishments were in the shiny, imagined future. He has a record now and not everyone thinks his “accomplishments” are so wonderful.

        • angienc says:

          I agree — it a combo of both him actually having a record & his opponent not having a vagina.

          Because in 2008 the attacks out of Obama’s *own* mouth were usually (and I hate to use this phrase) “dog whistles” — (“periodically, when she’s feeling down” etc) when we called him on them, his supporters could just say we were crazy,etc he didn’t *mean* what we said he did, blah, blah, blah. The heavy lifting was done by surrogates (both on his campaign & in the MSM).

          Now, because he has a record, he’s had to launch the heavy artillery from his own mouth too (he’s a “bullshiter” vote for “revenge”) exposing him for the petty, dishonest fraud we always knew he was.

      • Constance says:

        That’s so true and the Dems lost my vote because of it. Until I see a purge of sexist pigs (including women sexist pigs) from the Dem party I’m committed to trying to make the Republicans work for me.

      • trixta says:

        Yes. I still think 2008 (primary & GE) was the most negative election year ever. What the BO campaign did to Romney with all the negative campaigning just doesn’t compare with the unrelenting vicious and obscene attacks against Hillary and Sarah. Lady parts, indeed!

        • myiq2xu says:

          The difference between 2008 and 2012: In 2008 the attacks were nastier (as in sexist and misogynist) but “unofficial” – they didn’t come directly from Obama or the Obama campaign (plausible deniability). This year the attacks were not as nasty (nobody called Mitt a whore, just a liar and a murderer) but they came directly from Obama and his campaign.

  16. tommy says:

    An hour ago, I read an article in the Washington Times, don’t remember the writers name. The basic gist was that, under the radar of the MSM, the religious right are pushing for the surge for Romney in Ohio, much like they did for GWB in 2004. They’re not as organized as they were in 2004, but the noise levels are the same. Yep, gotta push Romney over the top in Ohio.

  17. myiq2xu says:

    • DandyTiger says:

      That’s a fucking dangerous message. The only motive for such a thing is violence and rioting. So that’s what the Dem party has reduced itself too.

      • angienc says:

        That’s always been the plan — what do you think that D+11 CNN poll last week & all those “swing state” polls by fly-by-night (and Dem funded) places are all about?
        Romney’s going to have to actually win by that R+5.8 prediction Ras made to curb stomp that crap.

        One of the morons over at AoSHQ (they call themselves morons, ironically) — DaveinFlorida has been doing a really good job of looking at the raw data inside all the polls & making predictions based on different turnout models. His conclusion re: popular vote:

        O+0.51% – Current RCP Average
        O+1.40% – Average using the 2008 turnout model
        R+1.52% – Average using the D+3 turnout model
        R+3.85% – Average using the 2010 turnout model
        R+3.92% – Average using the 2004 turnout model
        R+7.02% – Average using the Rasmussen Party ID turnout model

        Average Democrat advantage across all polls: D+5.00
        Average Independent support for Romney across all polls: +8

        He also gives his EC estimates based on 3 turnout models: D+3 (which is what most reputable pundits & pollsters — such as Gallup & Ras –have been expecting & which is the model he’s convinced TeamRomney is using because the 2008 D+7 turnout was because the R’s *didn’t* turnout at their usual levels to the tune of R-5), Even (the 2004 model) and R+5.8 (the 2012 Ras Party ID turnout model).

        Romney wins in all of those from slim, big & landslide.

        It’s a pretty interesting read, actually:

        • Underwhelmed says:

          Yeah, I was thinking that. Skew the polls, skew the polls, then claim you were done over. You know, I spend a lot of my time shaking my head saying, These people, these people! Becasue … f%ck. These people.

        • threewickets says:

          Thanks for linking Angie. That’s very interesting.

    • yttik says:

      I guess so. This entire presidency has been a fraud.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Oh com’on Howard, can’t we blame Bronco Bama for a little bit of that losing? Like, bad, bad President and divider of his country for starters?

    • tommy says:

      Dean is right. The only way they lose is due to the fraud Obama.

    • Erica says:

      Howard setting the stage for (hopefully the last) for kabuki theatre, new Dem style.

  18. DandyTiger says:

    Fantastic post by the way!

  19. Ok- home for lunch. Lines out the door and down the walk at our precinct- first time ever I have waited in line here. Checked the one bot precinct twice already today- trickles of voters HAH!
    So standing on line and chatting with the older women ahead and behind me- and they were mourning the fact that nobody teaches the kids to sing the good old patriotic songs anymore.
    So I gave an impromptu patriotic concert. Got em all whipped up- singing God Bless America, America the Beautiful etc.
    So if you by chance see on YouTube or Twitter that some bitter clinger was singing on line and had the crowd singing with her-
    It’s True!

    PS- already 30% turnout at 11:30 am at bitter clinger central. And these are NOT Obama voters! One woman no one recognized claimed to be registered- not showing on the sheets- workers called the courthouse- she did not exist there either- so they gave her a provisional ballot. She was not a happy camper. (Oh she cut the line too- so no one had any sympathy for her to begin with lol)

  20. votermom says:


  21. votermom says:

    Apparently this is Rove’s prediction (R 285)

    • DeniseVB says:

      I love the Northeast, but according to this map, New Hampshire’s the only habitable state 😉

      Maybe Rove’s been generous to OB since I’m thinking RR’s got NV and PA too ? I’ll take this though, not complaining 😀

    • angienc says:

      That is his *at least* prediction — he says (and wrote in WSJ) that Romney will win “at least 285” –he says that WI & PA are on “razor’s edge” and one or both could go to Romney. He also says NV has an “outside shot” of going to Romney.

  22. tommy says:

    I really had fun reading up on whether the Amish could help to win Ohio or Pennsylvania. The biggest Amish populations are in these 2 states, around 60000 in each state. The Amish generally don’t like to vote, but the conservatives are reaching out to them. If Mitt needs just a few more votes, might be the Amish that ensures his victory. How weird is that?

  23. t says:

    I am a tribe of 1. I don’t necessarily agree with much that this tribe or the old tribe says. And that other new tribe has pretty much absorbed back into the original Democratic tribe.

    But I come here because I like your thought processes, even when I don’t agree. The gift of 2008 is the opening of my eyes to vast opportunities to learn via contrary thinking….which is basically what you’ve said above.

    MyIQ will go down in history as the most insightful scary klown I’ve ever known.

    And I hope I always remain a tribe of 1.

    • DandyTiger says:

      Well said. It’s amazing to be free of tribes. And it’s nice to be friendly to some micro-tribes, like this crazy group especially. My plan is to remain free of the big tribes from now on.

  24. 49erDweet says:

    Strong post, myiq. And thanks to your crew for allowing me to drop around. This winter when you’re tired of the fog allow me to spring for a couple of Starbucks over on the coast.

  25. myiq2xu says:

    Okay, I voted, and I have to describe my voting experience.

    I picked up my mom and we went to the polling station at a local church. It’s actually 2 polling stations in one, so if you don’t know which precinct you are in you have to guess which line to stand in. If you pick the wrong one you have to go stand in the other line.

    I got lucky. The polling place was busy but there was no line on one side (only 2-3 people on the other side) so I went there first – I was on the right side! The first lady had me sign next to my name on the voter roll to show that I had voted, then a second lady crossed my name off her list with a highlighter. Then a third lady handed me a manila folder with two big scantrons inside.

    They have a couple privacy booths but most people just sit at one of the tables and fill out their ballots. I was sitting at the table filling out the first sheet (I voted for Romney) when I heard the third lady telling someone “Make sure your numbers match,” meaning the ballot numbers. I looked down and saw that my first sheet was numbered xxx52 and the second one was xxx53. I thought maybe they were all numbered sequentially but then I asked my mom what numbers she had and hers were both numbered xxx51. So I went back up and showed the third lady and she said “Oh good, there you are” and switched the second sheet (which I had not marked) with one numbered the same as my first sheet (xxx52)

    The second page was all ballot propositions and I mostly voted no on them. The final step was to tear off the stub at the bottom of each sheet and feed the sheets one at a time into the ballot machine. Everything went okay.

    So then we were leaving and as we walked up to my car this guy got into the big Suburban parked in front of us and started it. Then he just sat there. By the time we got in my car and got it started he was still sitting there, so I had to back out. My mom made some comment like “I thought that guy was leaving but I guess not.”

    I told her “He’s gonna wait until we back out then pull in front of us.” That was exactly what he did. We were both turning right onto the street, but I was going to almost immediately turn left down a side street. As the guy pulled out in front of us he immediately signaled for a left turn but then stopped way short of the intersection and waited for traffic to clear.

    “I don’t believe this!” I told my mom. “What?” she asked. That was when traffic cleared and the guy turned left – into the driveway of the house across the street from the polling place!

    Only in California.

  26. tommy says:

    I’m a little better today. Thing is, I was hit by an epidemic. On one day, you feel fine, and the next day, the fever is so high that you think that you’re a goner. On one day, I can be slightly active, and the next day, its like I don’t have the energy to get up from my bed. The doc has ordered that I have total bedrest for the next one week. Should be fine after that. But I got to go and take a bloodtest every freakin’ day. Thats a drag. But thanks for asking, votermom.

  27. votermom says:

    WTH. Sometimes I think Philly deserves the Eagles.

  28. tommy says:

    Hey, I got a serious question. Did O and family vote early on? And was O the first incumbent to do so?

  29. addleline says:

    My story is very similar to yours, except that I always voted Dem until they beat Hillary to a pulp and cheated in ’08 out the yazoo. They lost me. I’m PUMA. And Irish American. I never forget. And I’ll not forgive them for their sexism and filth, trash talk. And it continued after he (cheated) won the primary. It continued because whoever could have not been for “The Zero” from day one was Bad,bad,bad. How stupid can you be? How arrogant! And then to expect those same Dem women to vote Dem again and now. Screw them. Yeah, we’re voting, millions of us. Don’t tell us we don’t have anywhere to go!!! I saw first-hand how the Dem party “protects” women and their rights. And women will feel compelled to vote for them again? Watch us vote! Donna Bra-zip told us they didn’t need us anymore. Thanks! Cause we aren’t yours anymore. That’s what woke me up from my stupor. GO MITT!!!

    • myiq2xu says:

      Some OTroll on another blog was saying something like “We don’t need your kind” to Annabel/Lola and I had to laugh. Good thing they don’t need my vote, cuz they ain’t never gonna get it.

      • addleline says:

        Can’t tell you how disappointed I am in the Big Dawg for proping up this vacuous facade of a coward. And Hill should’ve quit over Benghazi! It’s beyond her now though.

    • kc says:

      Hi sis!! I’m too nervous to breathe–more yoga now.

  30. addleline says:

    Well it takes “courage” to be free of tribes. Some people cannot admit to themselves that they have voted straight party all their lives and were wrong at times to do so. You have problems with friends, family, co-workers, etc. Be true to yourself. As the Bard said (well Polonius in Hamlet): “To thine own self be true and it shall follow as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” Courage or just being pissed off enough……!

  31. addleline says:

    Btw, I’ve followed myiq2xu from Riverdaughter to here long ago; just never posted. Please stay sober until later tonight. We want your input. Happy Hour starts late tonight!

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