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posted by vbspurs at
11/03/2008 02:33:00 am
Sunday was one of the best days of my life. Not only did I wait 6 hours in a queue to vote, but I attended the "midnight rally" of John McCain at the Univ of Miami -- it ended at 1 AM. ALBITA ROCKED THE FREAKING HOUSE. Magical.I came home exhausted, but extremely happy.Keep smiling, people! We will do this!More later, guys!Cheers,Victoria
By vbspurs, at Mon Nov 03, 02:52:00 am GMT-5
Note, the rally started at 7:30. But McCain didn't arrive until midnight oh 10 (we had arrived at 11 PM). Albita sang for a full one hour and a half, warming up the crowd until his jet touched down in Miami.
By vbspurs, at Mon Nov 03, 03:03:00 am GMT-5
Meanwhile I walked a precinct in Holbrook as part of GOTV. Yes, I'm part of the 'Obama ground game.'It was windy, I almost got bit by a dog, I knocked on a couple of doors of houses that had been abandoned (and one foreclosure), I hung a lot of door hangers for people who were out (the same packets that we had spent most of Friday assembling), and I talked to a lot of people. I also found a few who I will be back by next week and register them to vote.Nobody was cheering, mostly it was just the sound of my feet on the sidewalk and the wind blowing in the trees. Some of the people were very happy to see me, and a couple were not so happy (yes, I had my Obama/Biden shirt on and yes, I had one guy tell me point blank that he'd never vote for a 'muslim.')Then I got back in my car and drove down a long, dusty road to find a single solitary house at the end of it. The woman told me that she had gone in and voted absentee yesterday. So then I drove back down the long dusty road and realized how late it was getting. And it was comforting to know that we had dozens of other precinct committeemembers out doing exactly what I was doing.You know what? Sunday was one of the best days of my life too.
By Eli Blake, at Mon Nov 03, 03:32:00 am GMT-5
You know what, Eli Blake? You strike me as a rather sad fellow. I get the feeling you actually personally know Vicky and yet you post such a comment on her pro-Palin blog. It comes across as petty and -dare I say it- insecure. I know you have reason to be insecure, as your disgraceful and disturbing candidate is losing. But still. If in fact you don't know Vicky personally, you're a sad troll.On topic: why isn't the ballot simply in English? What's that third language after English and Spanish?
By Anonymous, at Mon Nov 03, 05:19:00 am GMT-5
Anonymouse said On topic. I thought it was off topic but I was wondering the same thing. What is that third language after English and Spanish? Anyone know?
By Oxbay, at Mon Nov 03, 11:01:00 am GMT-5
The third language is Creole, or rather the INS-invented spelling of Haitian Creole. Miami does have a large Haitian population.
By ElcubanitoKC, at Mon Nov 03, 11:49:00 am GMT-5
Bravo Victoria!I'm waiting until tomorrow because I always bring my kids with me to witness/participate. Of course I dictate the choices, but I have to answer for them.
By chickenlittle, at Mon Nov 03, 12:42:00 pm GMT-5
For Sarah.Against the Media.Against Barack Obama.And oh, yeah, for that guy, John McCain.My sentiments exactly. IF the GOP had a better candidate, Obama would be way behind at this point. Oh well... whatever will be, will be...
By knox, at Mon Nov 03, 01:07:00 pm GMT-5
Guys, Eli Blake is a chum of mine from the early Althouse days. I don't think his remarks here are trolly -- they are just offering the "counterpoint" view, like for example, Zach's. I am grateful they post here.However, and Eli I am speaking to you directly now, I do believe this one (as for example, also last week's Senator Stevens' slam in a bright and cheery Palin post) smacked of onemanship.I'm glad you're doing right by your candidate, as I tried to do right by mine on Sunday.But you don't see me crowing about it on your blog, with respect.Cheers,Victoria
By vbspurs, at Mon Nov 03, 03:59:00 pm GMT-5
Yes, Haitian Creole! :)You reminded me of something, guys. Let me try to find it online to post for your giggles.
By vbspurs, at Mon Nov 03, 04:01:00 pm GMT-5
I've met very few Haitians living in the US for 53 years. And here I thought people in Haiti spoke French.Anyway, thanks for the info ElcubanitoKC and Victoria.HMMM? Do people in England think we in the US speak some kind of Creole English?
By Oxbay, at Mon Nov 03, 05:12:00 pm GMT-5
Yes, Oxbay. They do. :(The attitude by Brits to Americans is complicated. At heart, the British have enormous affection and respect for America. But it's a British birthright to feel superior to them too.Why? Well, because we're an arrogant people. We mask some of that with an unpretentiousness and self-condenscending humour, but only an unbelievably arrogant island nation of middling size could think they could conquer half the world, and actually do it.BTW, British radio DJs often are Americans or assume American accents. Why again? Because the American accent is wayyyy cool.That's also another dirty little secret. ;)Cheers,Victoria
By vbspurs, at Mon Nov 03, 05:30:00 pm GMT-5
Oxbay, here is my completely unsupported theory on the origin of such "language":At some point during the Duvalier years(mostly after 1959 when Cuba stopped being a desirable place of emigration for Haitians) and after, the INS was confronted with a large number of Haitians coming into South Florida. Most of them did not know how to correctly read or write in French, except the educated few (some of whom I have met) I guess they knew the basics: the alphabet, and of course the pronunciation of their own language. The INS and/or the Departments of State and Justice took it upon themselves to create a written language that could be understood by the Haitian immigrants.Again, this is a wild guess and completely unsupported, but a good guess I think.
By ElcubanitoKC, at Mon Nov 03, 05:31:00 pm GMT-5
You may indeed crow about it on my blog, however.I only delete profanity and spam, other than that I accept all comers.
By Eli Blake, at Mon Nov 03, 08:22:00 pm GMT-5
Thanks, Eli. But the point is, I don't feel a need to.Cheers,Victoria
By vbspurs, at Mon Nov 03, 08:22:00 pm GMT-5
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