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Tuesday, November 04, 2008



I have toyed with Sundries' readers long enough. Here is the much ballyhooed blogpost on the two McCain Rallies!

The first was held on October 17, whilst the second was overnight on November 2/3 -- both were held in two similar but in many ways, very different venues. The October one was at Florida International University's basketball arena. The November one, at the University of Miami's Bank United Centre. The latter was the scene of Senator Obama's rally, which of course, I also attended.

Ladies and gentlemen, I had never before attended an US political rally in my life until 2008.

I had never contributed to a political campaign in my life until 2008.

I had never covered, obsessed over, become depressed and elated by a political campaign in my life until this one in 2008. It seemed my experiences were shared by so many of my fellow Americans, many of whom were so kind as to share these on my blog.

Having said that, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you very humbly for your presence here. I hope that I brought you a measure of comfort, some chuckles, and perhaps even a little basic decency between ideological foes.

Remember, you are not a Republican or a Democrat when you enter the voting booth -- you are an American. And you're an American too, when you leave it.


2004 was amazing, and I'm sure those of you who remember 1972, there are shades of that one today. But I think you will agree: 2008 was a Presidential election year unlike the United States has ever seen. I can't believe that today it is finally over.

Have no fear of an electoral college tie, 269-269. Not going to happen. It's going to be a landslide either way, but for those of you out there who share my politics, know this:

They don't call us the Silent Majority for nothing.

If you haven't, go out and vote NOW. John McCain gave 5 and 1/2 years of his life for his country, and you're telling me you can't spare him and America a few hours of your own?


Let me also say this. I may not always have been a great admirer of the Republican nominee's politics, but I love John McCain's campaign slogan.

Whenever I put on my "Country First" t-shirt, and drive around this city, I get thumbs up, happy grins, and a demonstrably patriotic reaction from all concerned. More than one person has approached me to ask me where I bought it (on eBay).

This simple slogan, with its elegant colours and lone star of fighting defiance, pierces the heart of many Americans, some of whom are not even Republicans.

I know. They've told me. Some have even shown me.

Hope? Change? Well, if you like amorphous ideas which have nothing to do with this land, but all to do with ideology, maybe you like that.

But me, I like my country...first.


It is with this feeling of spilling patriotism that I attended the first rally. Sarah Silverman spoke of the Great Schlepp to Florida in 2008. Well, baby, I made a great schlepp of my own to the heart of McCain's Westchester headquarters, just to get those tickets.

Wow, if I had ever been to that part of Miami, the memory mercifully eludes me.

You have to realise that this is the primary McCain office in Miami. There are others, but this is the biggie. I don't know what I was expecting, but "seedy" and "rundown" were not amongst them. Well do I remember the Bush HQs in 2000/2004 -- centrally located on Coral Way near Little Havana, and beautifully decorated inside. What a difference a nice campaign kitty makes, eh?

I gulped hard at the faded paint on the handrails, and entered. There were no tickets for walk-ins since they had not arrived from the printer's until late in the day (!). But I wrangled two of them anyway.

Hey, I know how to speak to Cubans to get my way when I have to. I count this as a minor miracle, since that was the day after McCain's famous Joe the Plumber debate and two days before Sarah Palin's famous appearance on SNL.

Republicans in Miami were at a fever pitch that week. There was not a ticket to be had in the joint!


I had two thoughts when I saw this filling station nearby FIU. It reminded me of Reverend Wright's infamous "AmeriKKKA", but also, I thought what a good omen. Incidentally, forget these prices at this cut-rate generic station. I bought Premium at a Chevron for $2.75 last night. Man, it's like Christmas!

Obviously, Obama protesters had to grace our rally with their presence. But this being Florida, and not hard Left detritus stinkholes like Frisco, we were all laid back about it.

They shouted their inane little slogans at us ("What's wrong with free health care?!" "Down with McBush!" "The US should be like Canada!"), and we shouted our patriotic comebacks ("If you love Canada so much, why don't you move there!", "Nobama!" and this one was mine, "Go drink your Kool-Aid!". I was proud).

It was a knitting circle compared to Berkeley.

The queues were enormous.

Turns out, over 10,000 people made it into that teency arena. Another goof by the campaign.

But when one got inside, you knew you had made it home. America Reagan Country. Absopalinlutely.

Our bitter foes in 2008: Mainstream media turned out to cover the event. Boooo!

You have to understand. This was the FIRST Miami Rally since Palin had come on board, and if you were claustrophic, you were SOL. I was at a prime location up top, about 100 feet away from the podium.

This was at the height of Joe The Plumber Mania. Each sign was a belt 'round the mush to Obama.

Joe Knows Socialism!
Joe Can Smell it!
Joe Plunges Obama!


We had many speakers that day. In fact, all of Republican Florida seemed to be there, with the exception of legendary Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Other than her, we had current Governor Charlie Crist, Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart, Senator Mel Martinez, even ex-Governor Jeb Bush (yay).

But the one who rocked the hardest, and literally got on all fours on the podium and made a push up (to illustrate some point about Palin!) was Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, Lincoln's little bro. He was also the only one who I heard clearly, since the FIU speakers were a JOKE. I mean, we all know the Golden Panthers are an also-ran to the University of Miami, but come on now.

(A little gratuitous 'Cane-to-FIU bashing, don't mind me)

After all the speeches, a beautiful prayer by a lady (a surprising touch), a Youth Colour Guard came on and we all sang the National Anthem. I will spare you the misfortune of hearing me rasp out these stirring lyrics, but here is how the crowd sounded after we finished.

Yes, if you pay attention, that is me crying out John McCain! John McCain! John McCain! ...but deep inside, I was also bellowing "Sarah Palin! Sarah Palin! Sarah Palin!". You betcha.

We had arrived at 10. Doors opened at 11, and by 2 PM we were all pooped out. Just when our patience had reached its summit, the lights were lowered and on came...JOHN MCCAIN! And Cindy! And perennial "nice guys finish last", Senator Joe Lieberman.

And yes, that is me going "Yayyyy!". Smack me, I'm British. There are limits to my effusiveness.

Outside, apart from the "Blacks Against Obama" group I have already shown you, the usual gaggle of reporters were awaiting the crowd for their reactions. These ladies were being interviewed by local news, and you can see what their platform of support was.

You can tell they're Catholic Pro-Lifers too, since who else but we would carry around a solid gold chaplet?


I tried to vote at least once before Sunday.

Coral Gables Library had a 3 hour wait time according to the Miami-Dade Elections site, so I scooted out of there. Turns out, I would've traded anything to have only stood in line for 3 hours. After all was said and done, I waited 6 hours to vote on Sunday (last day of Early Voting). This is how it looked at 9 PM. It had been utter bedlam at 3 PM.

4.3 million Floridians have voted early, but we have an electorate of 11.2 million. I can ONLY imagine the chaos today at polling stations. Thank God I voted early. *shiver*


My long day on Sunday wasn't over. After a quick din-din late at night, I decided to get on out to the McCain rally at UM, after all, which had started at 7:30 PM. I didn't know what to expect, but I had my tickets ready just in case it was still going on.

There were two Univ of Miami guards blocking direct access, who dismissed my pleas to enter. "It's packed, no more room". But I sweet-talked my way into the carpack area anyway. I not only have a way around Cubans, but African-Americans too, it seems.

(Incidentally, I believe they acted in bad faith. I heard them mocking McCain supporters when we were filing out of the rally, talking about Obama this and that. If I weren't as strong-willed as I am, and had taken them at their word, I would've gone home and this blogpost area would be empty. Ah well, there are idiots everywhere)

I enter, and what do I see immediately in front of my seat...Marielitos 4 McCain! I almost doubled up laughing.

Marielitos were Cubans who left en masse from Mariel harbour in Havana, when Castro opened the floodgates in 1980. Every shrimping boat, kayak, and flotation device in Miami was shanghaied to bring relatives over during this free-for-all. Those of you who saw "Scarface" remember that Tony Montana was one of these Marielitos.

Say hello to my little friend, Albita!

She was awesome. She started singing at 11 PM, and wasn't done until 12:30 AM. On and on, she kept the crowd going with her songs, in what I presume was a delay tactic because McCain's plane hadn't landed in Miami yet.

Albita is a folkloric singer whose parents were famous back in Cuba. In the early 1990s, she escaped her Cuban handlers during a foreign tour, and defected to the United States. She is, I believe, the only openly lesbian Hispanic singer out there (unless Ricky Martin has come out and I didn't hear about it. And yes, I did just call Ricky Martin a lesbian).

Me, I could give two hoots how she rolls.

She's got an amazing voice, and just the fact that unlike so many recording artists, including may I say, the somewhat disappointing Gloria Estefan (who is thought to be more liberal), she hasn't forgotten which Party have been the champions of Cuban rights all these years -- the Republican Party.

Now, I don't know her song titles worth a darn, but she's singing, "Alza tu bandera...La Patria Primero!" (Raise up your flag...Country First!). They gave her a Cuban flag, but then she wrapped herself with the US flag.

She continued singing, interspersing her songs with the chant of "McCain!", whilst the crowd literally danced with impeccable rhythm in the aisles. Meanwhile, I sat down firmly on my tush, because I have three left feet. I hate being a gringa sometimes.

She wasn't done.

With that infallible logic of stripping away the BS from life which all Cubans have, she made a stunningly simple point in Spanish. Not only did America give her to the right to live freely (read, which her own country sadly did not in its present form) but America allowed her to "practise her culture".

That's so true, and it's odd that I never thought of it quite that way. I include it here even for those who don't speak Spanish, as a testament to her character. You go Albita!

As her cameo stage appearance started to become a full-fledged concert due to the delay, the crowd were entertained by the sight of these "guajiro Cubanos" (country folk, i.e. Cuban rednecks) with their traditional national costume.

I could also further explain "la chambelona" to my American readers, but I think I'll stop for the Cubans who are currently laughing as they read this. Yo los conozco!

But finally, the Mac was not only back, but he brought Meghan, Cindy, and Kelsey Grammer with him too! Follow the red arrow.

Remember that CNN story I linked to, yesterday? Only 1,000 people showed up for him in Tampa, they wrote? Notice how they didn't say one word about the over 12,000 people in the Bank United Centre who waited until the dead of night at 12:30 AM to see him -- and then brought down the house when he was introduced.

Yeah, funny that.

We were still cheering with all our voices when he gave that rousing, barnburning ending of "Stand Up! Stand Up! Fight with me! Nothing is inevitable here! Never give up! We are going to win! This is America and its worth fighting for!".


No one can truly do justice to what they see and hear with their own eyes and ears. But if I have allowed you a peek into my world during the heady days of the Presidential Campaign of 2008, down here in South Florida, I think I have done my job as a writer.

I want to say one more thing before I close this enormously long blogpost.

Here I am, just one of millions of immigrants who have come to your shores, and found that America has given me more than a home -- it's given me a purpose.

I love this country from the bottom of my heart. And I love it too much, too desperately much to see it distorted. As long as I have breath in my body, I will fight for this country with all the tools I have in my arsenal. I think all real Americans would do the same.

So when you enter the booth on election day, ask yourself this question:

Which of the two candidates of the major Parties listed in front of you, has the same kind of love old Vic over at Sundries has for America?

I think you will find, there is only one answer. Vote McCain as if America depended on it...because, it does.

What will happen on Tuesday, November 4, 2008? Well, I am almost sure that we will have:

But always remember:

UPDATE: Wow! Just went for a drive-by to my regular polling station. No WAITING! It's about a 10-15 minute-wait to vote. Good God. In a way, this makes me happy because the Beach is overwhelmingly liberal. The ones who had to vote, early voted alongside me. The others, probably went real early. In 2004, at no point did my polling station have any kind of lull. NONE. It was packed until 6 PM, solid. Only in the last hour until 7 PM, did we have any kind of slowdown.

We'll see. Remember people. Do not look at exit polls, or pay much attention to results until 9 PM. The networks won't call Pennsylvania for McCain, until the bitter end.

Stay focused! That goes double for me. I'm going to take a nap until 6 PM.

UPDATE: The hottest woman politician in American history voted today, in Wasilla City Hall. She had arrived by jet with Todd Palin, at (get this) Ted Stevens International Airport in Anchorage. TED STEVENS! That's what these Alaskans were up against all these years with that man. They are well rid of him.

Incidentally, the UPI couldn't resist even the tiniest little dig against her in their headline.

Palin votes, doesn't say for whom

You know, I'm really thinkin' she voted for Cynthia McKinney all the way.

UPDATE: POLLS CLOSED IN SOUTH FLORIDA AT 7 PM. They will begin posting the results at 7:15 at the Miami-Dade Elections site.

I mention our underreported Florida state constitutional amendment which deals with same-sex marriage. That always brings us the social conservatives of each State, hence my rather upbeat tone about Florida.

This is a yard sign photo I took in Coral Gables. It reflects my own vote.

UPDATE: A very interesting link if you're interested in Miami-Dade County vote tabulation. A web cam with audio, where you can watch the votes being tabulated in real time.

Great stuff. Cuts down on the vote fraud worries.

Click here for actual voting tabulation, as they come in.

UPDATE: Absentee tabulation for Miami-Dade County shows very good trend news for John McCain.

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  • Great post Victoria!!! Your words are very inspiring! This Cuban American also loves this country as much, if not more, than anyone who was born here. Let's hope we have a fair election and that the winner can help bring this country together over the next four years!

    By Blogger Jose Aguirre, at Tue Nov 04, 07:52:00 am GMT-5  

  • Wonderful post, Victoria.

    Let's hope that Americans do vote with their heart and not what's been spoonfed to them by the liberal media.

    My young niece, Stef, turns 18 today and she does get to vote. Ruth (optimistmom) posted about Stef. She's a smart young lady and will do what's right: honor her civic duty and vote.

    Inspiring. True. Motivational.

    Thank YOU for being a breath of fresh air during this historical campaign. I will forever be grateful to you for your words and stories this past 2 months or more.

    Peggy :)

    By Blogger Peggy Gero DaValt, at Tue Nov 04, 07:58:00 am GMT-5  

  • Great post Victoria!!! Your words are very inspiring! This Cuban American also loves this country as much, if not more, than anyone who was born here. Let's hope we have a fair election and that the winner can help bring this country together over the next four years!

    JOSE! My friend. My very dear friend. I am so happy this post pleased you.

    You must know that my thoughts are always with Cuban-Americans who vote so avidly in the US because they cannot do so in their homeland. They were an inspiration to me when I moved to the US, and I continue to be inspired by them today, you included.

    Tell me if you liked the Albita vids. Did you laugh when she said,

    "Y me deja que que en el centro deste espectacula hay una descarga de tres guajiros cubanos VENGA PA' CA!"


    I bought her 1993 album on iTunes as a way of thanks!


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Nov 04, 08:31:00 am GMT-5  

  • err, espectacu/olo?...meh. I forget.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Nov 04, 08:32:00 am GMT-5  

  • Wonderful post, Victoria.

    PEGGY! Thank you so much for saying so. :)

    Let's hope that Americans do vote with their heart and not what's been spoonfed to them by the liberal media.

    They will, they will. I just said on another site (which is slightly infected with "eeyore"-ism today):

    What's wrong with Americans? Does it take a foreigner like me to tell you that Americans will NEVER choose such a man as President, as Barack Obama?

    Because after the comments above, it seems I can see this country with clearer eyes than those born and raised here.

    Don't doubt it, babe!

    My young niece, Stef, turns 18 today and she does get to vote. Ruth (optimistmom) posted about Stef. She's a smart young lady and will do what's right: honor her civic duty and vote.

    Inspiring. True. Motivational.

    Oh my goodness, I didn't catch that post. I bless dear Stef with all my heart today. Thank her for me, if you can.

    Thank YOU for being a breath of fresh air during this historical campaign. I will forever be grateful to you for your words and stories this past 2 months or more.

    Thanks, Peggy. I wouldn't have done it if it weren't for you, and everyone else who comes here.

    Warmth always increases when huddled together. :)

    Catch you later!


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Nov 04, 08:37:00 am GMT-5  

  • I'll echo what everyone else has said here. This post exemplifies the enthusiasm, wit, and optimism with which you've covered this election. For conservatives there hasn't been much to feel good about in all this, and your blog has really helped in a pretty dark time.

    Well, today's the big day and I refuse to admit that all is lost. Go McCain/Palin!

    I thought about that "Country First" slogan a lot when I was in Ohio last week (there were SO MANY yard signs for McCain there). It really is a great slogan, and it says a lot about McCain. And it's about the only smart thing his campaign managers came up with! : )

    Okay, one last time: Go McCain/Palin!

    By Blogger knox, at Tue Nov 04, 08:54:00 am GMT-5  

  • 8:47 a.m. Tuesday.

    Just got back from voting. Wore my red (Red Sox!) hat and red tee shirt.

    We are rural ... no line whatsoever. :-)

    I vacillate between utter discouragement, to hoooooooopeful. Am listening to Bill Bennett's talk show this morning. They keep me grounded without hype either way.

    The Anchoress is usually a reminder that there is something bigger going on regardless of the outcome.

    I'm going to go to a funny movie tonight with my good husband.

    By Blogger JAL, at Tue Nov 04, 08:57:00 am GMT-5  

  • Thank you, KNOX!!

    When I was composing my post, I fretted about the dial-up you mentioned earlier. I was thinking of dividing it in two, so that you could load it.

    Ultimately, I hoped you might see the photos and read the text, and those are the more important bits. :)

    I am very very gratified at what you said, incidentally. I told my boyfriend that I don't just blog for myself -- but for a little community of like-minded individuals who sometimes feel very isolated by media and the deception of certain blogs...

    But with Sundries, you need never fear about that! :)


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Nov 04, 08:59:00 am GMT-5  

  • Just got back from voting. Wore my red (Red Sox!) hat and red tee shirt.

    Wow, go RED SOX NATION! I think I just lost Trooper's support. :P

    We are rural ... no line whatsoever. :-)

    I could kill you. Seriously. 6 FRIKKIN' HOURS.

    I vacillate between utter discouragement, to hoooooooopeful. Am listening to Bill Bennett's talk show this morning. They keep me grounded without hype either way.

    I will be listening to Rush later. I want to see if he has anything to say to that suddenly disreputable Laura Ingraham, who practically waved the white flag on O'Reilly last night.

    The Anchoress is usually a reminder that there is something bigger going on regardless of the outcome.

    Yes! Brilliant lady. I wonder if Simon knew she was a Scalia. ;)

    I'm going to go to a funny movie tonight with my good husband.

    The spate of films out there are very bad -- but if it's comedy, maybe the Chihuahua movie might amuse. :)

    Thanks for the comment, JAL!


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Nov 04, 09:03:00 am GMT-5  

  • Oh, incidentally, I intend to be online over at Althouse after polls close, 7 PM EST. Hope to catch youse there, or here!


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Nov 04, 09:06:00 am GMT-5  

  • Please read this dispassionate, and very good article on polls.

    I've seen it on a few sites, so when I saw it being linked yet again, I knew you needed to read it.


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Nov 04, 09:39:00 am GMT-5  

  • I want to highlight this from this awesomely well-written post (which I saw was already linked to on Ace, ahem):

    At one McCain rally, that man who screamed, “I’M ANGRY! I’M REALLY ANGRY!!!” is a microcosm of the ‘Broken Glass Conservatives’. It is the reason why, now, the blood red Utah has people rushing to the early voting polls. In Texas, an army of pick-up trucks have descended upon the polls. Much of the interest in early voting, which is exceeding 2004 levels, is being mistaken as enthused support for Obama. But it is likely that it is ‘Broken Glass Conservatives’ which exist in both Democrat and Republican parties. This white hot intensity of the ‘Broken Glass Conservatives’ has not, and cannot, be measured with standard measures (how can a poll detect passion? It cannot). It can be detected by the mushrooming ‘McCain-Palin’ signs that have been sprouting out in the oddest places. The ‘Broken Glass Conservatives’ will likely surprise election results with the biggest plum being Pennslyvania turning red.

    Whaddayaknow! Most of us here are Broken Glass Conservatives. I literally would walk over broken glass to vote for Sarah Palin. I take the media unfairness very personally indeed.

    And guess what? The amount of SURPRISING yard signs I have noted in previously liberal strongholds here in Miami, has floored even me. Remember I mentioned it earlier?

    Last Saturday, I was in Old Cutler road, which is the priciest area of Miami, that of Pinecrest -- even more than Coral Gables. It's where Jeb Bush lives, and where OJ Simpson's kids went to school in Gulliver Academy.

    You know I am the kind which pays attention to these things, so in 2004, I noted the yard signs outside of these pricey homes was very pro-John Kerry. Ultimately, though, it was 50/50.

    Remember, Miami is a politically blue city, even with the Cubans.

    But back then EVERYONE had either a Bush or Kerry sticker somewhere on them. It was phenomenal.

    This year? I noticed an absolute burgeoning only in the past two weeks -- coincidentally, after the Joe The Plumber thing.

    So, when I was riding around in Pinecrest, guess what was the mental count of yardsigns?

    21 McCain. 11 Obama. That's 2:1.

    My dear Sundries readers, I almost fainted. SOMETHING is cooking here, and it's in line with what Sean Malstrom is writing.


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Nov 04, 10:04:00 am GMT-5  

  • Did you catch Sarah's last rally in Nevada [Elko, NV]? Her father introduced her. He said he was proud to be Sarah's father; years ago he taught her to field dress a moose; tomorrow, let's all watch her field dress a donkey. I immediately thought of you.

    You have performed a sunny, powerful service. Thank you so much.

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Tue Nov 04, 10:15:00 am GMT-5  

  • Beautiful, Vic. Thank you, thank you, thank you for being a spot of sunshine in these past few weeks!

    Dude, I'm glad my mascara is waterproof!

    Leaving to vote in VA in a few minutes. Three for McCain/Palin, and 17-year-old sis to man a mini vid recorder and cell phone to document and report any shenanigans. ;-)

    By Blogger Bekah, at Tue Nov 04, 10:21:00 am GMT-5  

  • Beautiful post, Vic. My eyes are watering, that's not something that tends to happen when reading a blogpost, trust me.

    All the best!

    By Blogger Robert, at Tue Nov 04, 10:34:00 am GMT-5  

  • Jesús, mujer, you made me tear up, again!

    I'm proud of my country, and I'm very proud of my fellow Cuban-Americans. We are far from perfect, but common sense we have.

    Ah, yeah, la Chambelona, well, the one on the video y "Siento un Bombo" (I hear a bongo) and it's a traditional "comparsa" from Havana Carnivals. One of the rumba comparsas always "arrolla" (in this context it means to parade, it generally means to run someone over) to this song.

    La Chambelona means many things. Literally is a lollipop. It's also a popular song where some character is always derided as being born from a she monkey. Example:

    "Aeh, aeh, aeh la chambelona,
    Fidel and Chávez no tienen madre porque los parió una mona"

    Of course, you can insert anyone's name there, and because of the rhyme structure, it will always rhyme. Except when you get someone with a Thai or Tamil name...

    Albita rocked the house indeed. I wish I would have been there.

    "La esperanza es lo último que se pierde. No hay que perder las esperanza"

    By Blogger ElcubanitoKC, at Tue Nov 04, 10:41:00 am GMT-5  

  • Wonderful post Victoria.

    I too appreciate all the hard work you’ve done for this election on your blog. I especially want thank you for presenting your feelings for the country, a gesture which I greatly admire. You have the kind of unabashed enthusiasm that unfortunately fades in many nth-generation Americans (like me)-please keep it alive. IMO the county needs more people like you.

    off to vote now… :)

    By Blogger chickenlittle, at Tue Nov 04, 10:52:00 am GMT-5  

  • Victoria,

    You know Im a big softie, so needless to say, Im at the office with tears rolling down my cheeks. Thank you for this post which I think is best described by my first thought after reading the last line:

    God. I love this country.

    By Blogger Val Prieto, at Tue Nov 04, 11:00:00 am GMT-5  

  • Caballero! No sabia cuan llorones eran los varones! ;)

    THANK YOU SO BUT SO VERY MUCH, Ernie, Robert (Robertico!), Val (wow, Val!), my dearest heroine Ruth Anne, Bekah the lady I treasure these days, and Chickenlittle, who so believes in my prediction powers (and who always offers up a worthy quote).

    You humble me, dudes. Seriously, I am crying, but happily so!

    ...off to listen to Albita's "Ta Bueno Ya". I will be touring La Calle Ocho shortly.

    Bueno, ta bueno ya!


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Nov 04, 11:44:00 am GMT-5  

  • Ernie, I am going to read your chambelona post to my mother. She'll adore it, because she was clueless about what the dancers were doing.

    "Why do they have straw hats on a stick? Are they British?"

    She thinks every eccentricity is due to British influence. ;)


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Nov 04, 11:46:00 am GMT-5  

  • Afternoon, Barrett!

    Been a joy to read your blog and the associated comments today, at a time when I feel almost completely alone in the world in my dislike of O*ama, and desire to see a McCain/Palin victory against the odds.

    Realistically, I fear we're going to be in for a pretty depressing day tomorrow, but it's comforting to know I'm not the only person that can see through the media brainwashing.

    Email me sometime when this is all over, hun, would be great to catch up.

    By Blogger Sir Benjamin Nunn, at Tue Nov 04, 11:55:00 am GMT-5  

  • Vics, if it makes her feel any more confident, remind her that Havana was occupied by the UK for 11 months in 1762-63. Although there is no evidence of a link between comparsas and the British, she can believe so if it makes her happy. ;)

    By Blogger ElcubanitoKC, at Tue Nov 04, 12:01:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Send me to the foot of our stairs, BEN IS THAT YOU!? FANTASTIC!

    I will certainly email you. Please drop me a quick email at the Bloghints one listed on the right.

    Keep the faith, Ben. Remember I once told you after Reagan's funeral that Americans respected Our Lady Thatcher far more than we did (to our discredit). It's the same spirit which carries these Americans onwards to victory today.

    Hoping you are well, Ben!


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Nov 04, 12:03:00 pm GMT-5  

  • OMG, Ernie, you're going to open up a can of worms in my mother's mind. ;)

    Thanks for the historical reference. Good heavens, can you imagine I had forgotten, or perhaps never knew that? Wow!


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Nov 04, 12:04:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Hehehe, I grew up very close to La Villa de Pepe Antonio (Guanabacoa from where the Peñas are from) called so because it was the town where Pepe Antonio was the mayor. Pepe Antonio was the one who led the resistance against the Brit invasion in 1762 when the Spanish garrison was overwhelmed. Interesting stuff. I bet UM has some stuff in the Archivo de la Memoria Cubana.

    By Blogger ElcubanitoKC, at Tue Nov 04, 12:17:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Just back from voting. That's three for McPalin in Chesapeake, VA. My 18-year-old sis and I both cast our first-ever votes for McPalin. Here's your "youth vote" Obama. Shove it!

    Afterwards, we put our big "Don't Blink" buttons on right next to our "I voted" stickers and hit the post office (where I opened the door for a bunch of people while mom mailed some things), Starbucks (where we sat and had our free coffees for about 45 minutes), and the store.


    By Blogger Bekah, at Tue Nov 04, 01:33:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Vics:
    Don't hate me, but my voting took about 15 minutes from top to bottom. I checked it twice and did not vote 'straight party' ticket, which, in NC, does not reflect a vote for President. [Those dastardly Democrats, in anticipation of a drag on the ticket, changed the rule in 1968. Basically, voting for President is separate from voting for the rest of the ticket. There's about 2.5% of people who miss that and, therefore, do not vote for president. Hint.]

    I was to work an hour early!

    By Blogger Ruth Anne Adams, at Tue Nov 04, 01:57:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Bekah, you have no idea how many variations of "Shove it" I've directed in my mind.

    I finally thought I might go with that "Suck it down" from the greatest philosopher of our time, Pam Anderson.

    What do you think?

    BTW, I went to Starbucks just now and ordered my free Double Tall Latte for having voted!

    Only then the girl told me, no it's only a free regular coffee, hot tea, or iced coffee. Well, nuts.


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Nov 04, 02:21:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Oh, what the hell, Ruth Anne, just what the HELL!


    That's okay. My mother and I were chatting afterwards, and she said a true word -- "I feel like I accomplished something historic today". That's how I felt after too, so it wasn't for naught.

    I noticed that Zach took a photo of his vote for Barack Obama. He felt so proud.

    In a strange way, when you're in that booth alone, you and your vote, and you are voting because you WANT TO (in my case, for Sarah and he for Barack), it's the best feeling in the world, isn't it?

    What's up with that tricky NoCarolina ballot though? That's gotta go.


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Nov 04, 02:24:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Listening to Rush since 12:30, and just checked the newswires for 'dirty tricks' in polling stations.

    1- Black Panthers block or intimidate access in Philly to white voters

    2- Republican pollwatchers kept 40 feet away from new voter registers (WTF! That was not possible over at my precinct).

    3- McCain sues over military ballots

    They're trying, they're trying. But they will not prevail.


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Nov 04, 02:29:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I saw footage of Obama, Ayers, and Farrakhan voting at the same Hyde Park elementary school.

    Jeez, can you imagine living in such a neighbourhood? It's like me living next to Baby Doc Duvalier, Fidel Castro and Eric Rudolph.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Nov 04, 02:33:00 pm GMT-5  

  • "Suck it down" works for me, Vic.

    Someone on facebook put something about hoping for real change for America, "i.e. not McCain." My status update now reads: "Rebekah is preparing for a day of heavy drinking, candy eating, table-dancing, and if all goes as planned, a confetti toss by midnight or so. Bring it!"

    All my liberal friends will probably delete me en masse when McPalin win.

    By Blogger Bekah, at Tue Nov 04, 02:33:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I'm seriously considering buying a Sam Adams for tonight, Bekah. Just for the little buzz, as it's easy for me to get one not being a drinker and all.

    However, what is up with some people? I would never delete or disregard a friend because of a political viewpoint.

    As I said in another blog:

    The young and politics do not mix.

    (And I'm in my early 30s, but still)


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Nov 04, 02:45:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Here's the kicker: They're all at least 10-25 years older than me. (I'm 22.) One just posted that she hopes the right guy wins, so there "won't need to be bloodshed in the streets." Let them delete away; I'm getting sick and tired of the BS. If I wanted this crap, I'd have friends my own age like everyone else.

    I'm thinking of going balls-out with my status when Mac and Cuda win. Which of the following is best:

    ...now knows it IS possible for heads to literally explode. Sounds like popcorn. Smells like VICTORY!


    wants to thank the pollsters and media for their epic fails, and her epic LOLz!


    By Blogger Bekah, at Tue Nov 04, 03:19:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Cleavage shot!!

    By Blogger ElcubanitoKC, at Tue Nov 04, 03:21:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Wonderful post Victoria! You brought tears to my eyes, with your eloquent patriotism. Albita is great, her rendition of Guantanamera is my all time favorite. God Bless America!!

    By Blogger Ziva, at Tue Nov 04, 03:24:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Hey Vic -

    Thanks for the updates in the comments section.

    I haven't voted yet...but am leaving work soon to go home and work outside then go vote. I live in a rural area and I doubt that I'll have a line...(don't throw that shoe at me).....

    Nice post on Ruth's blog about Stef. Very nice compliment to the family! We surely appreciate it.

    I had to comment about the Sam Adams....I love Sam Adams, but if you can find it his Cherry Wheat is oh so fine. Even President George Washington would approve. *grin*

    Here's one to McCain-Palin!!

    Peggy :)

    By Blogger Peggy Gero DaValt, at Tue Nov 04, 03:31:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I have been deleted and de-friended for not adoring The One (PBUH). Then again I have been de-friended and deleted when they realize that despite being 35, "hispanic" and queer, I do not vote DNC, and I do not play their identity politics. Some people just can't cope with that. I have no issue being friends with liberals, religious rightists and even communists. I have wanted all my life to be able to befriend whomever I wanted without "el comité, el Partido o la UJC" telling me whom I could befriend and whom I couldn't under penalty of being either outcast, expelled, "fichado" or imprisoned. I rebelled against those prohibitions quite early in my youth, and I don't intend to let it happen now.

    I came out of the closet in a place where doing so was dangerous. I don't intend to walk back into ANY closet any time soon.

    If people can't handle who I am, that is their issue. It makes me realize how much better than them I am. If it sounds childish is because it is. Some people just don't grow up, and you have to treat them like children.

    By Blogger ElcubanitoKC, at Tue Nov 04, 03:34:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Thanks for the updates!

    Hey, I just got an email from a friend in Wasilla, who apparently saw Sarah when they both went to vote today. Here's what it said:

    I have been incredibly busy, and sick, but just wanted you to know that I met Sarah today and told her that we had spoken. I mentioned you, and she was so touched to know how much it meant to you that the two of you were able to meet. I told her of your desire to visit Alaska, and she thinks that's great. I would hope we might at least get you to meet her parents while here."

    I'm going to look like a raccoon by the end of the day if I don't take off my makeup.

    By Blogger Bekah, at Tue Nov 04, 03:37:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I highly doubt Victoria, if you could make yourself more beautiful to me, and you know how much I really mean that! Brava!

    By Blogger Ron, at Tue Nov 04, 03:56:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Victoria - this is an amazing post. I am so jealous! Thanks so much!

    By Blogger Dody Jane, at Tue Nov 04, 06:29:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Victoria -

    Five, count 'em, five minutes from start to finish. I jokingly asked the women poll workers where the line was. They said I missed it. I was voter #329 in my township.

    Americana at its finest.

    Peggy :)

    By Blogger Peggy Gero DaValt, at Tue Nov 04, 06:33:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Ron, aww! Hugs. Where have you BEEN?? :)

    Dody Jane, how amazing to see you. I so missed you at the "Joe the Plumber" debate over at Althouse that time!

    Bekah. O. M. G. I knew that Palin would remember you -- and actually that reminds me that I have to post about your meeting her!! Shoulda done it before...still, we have something to look forward to then. :)

    Ernie, if it was possible to admire you for your honesty, you just allowed me to do so with your frank post. Next time I speak of mariquitas, you can bet I will be eating them! ;)


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Nov 04, 06:40:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Okay, people, here we go. 20 Minutes to the second before polls close down here in South Florida. For some reason, CNN says that Florida closes at 8 PM. Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach close at 7, of that I am sure, unless Crist extended it.

    Now, I want you to do me a favour:

    Breathe. Deep. Relax.

    Everything will be fine. Be happy! Stay humble. Keep praying. Trust God in His wisdom, He will know what to do. :)


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Nov 04, 06:43:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Also, do not look at the TV until at least 9 PM. Don't pay attention to "exit polls", at any time.

    It's too early, there are too many vacuous talking heads who need to fill air-time with needless opinions.

    Trust your instincts. And remember, Mac closes well.


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Nov 04, 06:45:00 pm GMT-5  


    Wow, what a crock. 6 hours versus 5 minutes.

    In fairness, we had two pages worth of ballot initiatives and amendments. BTW, in case you guys are unaware because the media do not report this except for California's version..., Florida also has a "Same-sex marriage" amendment.

    I'm a traditionalist, so I voted "Yes on 2".

    This kind of State constitutional amendment ALWAYS increases voter turnout, as you know, so that's added conservative pull for Mac.

    Now you know why, apart from anecdotal evidence, I am so upbeat about Florida.


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Nov 04, 06:55:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Also, do not look at the TV until at least 9 PM. Don't pay attention to "exit polls", at any time.

    Fear not! As long alcohol is flowing, and I still have my sub sandwich, the Internet is My Mistress!

    By Blogger Ron, at Tue Nov 04, 06:56:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Fox projects KY for McCain and VT for Obama. No shockers, obviously.

    Indiana's Republican governor is being projected as RETAINING his seat.


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Nov 04, 07:01:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Mmmm, Ron, sub samich. What kind, toikey?

    ...I'll be on Althouse a little later. I don't want any downers at the moment, and she still has those trolls there.

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Nov 04, 07:02:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Turkey is merely one of my carnivorous delights in this sub...Salami, Ham, three kinds of cheese, spices, oil and vinegar...

    mmmm... have a chunk, Vic!

    By Blogger Ron, at Tue Nov 04, 07:08:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Dude, now I feel like having a nice sub. The only one open is Quiznos, which I dislike, so forget that!

    Maybe some Eyetalian...linguine pescatore! ;)

    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Nov 04, 07:12:00 pm GMT-5  

  • Keep the faith, people! I am off to eat, and catch some winks.

    I will be back by midnight, God willing, to more clarity by then! :)


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Nov 04, 08:53:00 pm GMT-5  

  • I am about to go to sleep, guys. Yes, it's looking glum for our gal, and Mac, but somehow, I know they'll be okay.

    Thanks so much for your continued commentary, which has propelled me onwards every day, to give you the best of me.

    I think I just came down with a cold, from one minute to the next (literally, at 5 PM when I went out for a moment) but it's probably a lack of sleep, and adequate nutrition these past few weeks.

    More later, if I can. Hugs to all. :)


    By Blogger vbspurs, at Tue Nov 04, 10:16:00 pm GMT-5  

  • NBC just called it for Obama. *sigh*

    Time for me to go to bed....thanks for all the positive things you posted during the campaign....

    Get over that cold!!

    Night everyone....

    Peggy :)

    By Blogger Peggy Gero DaValt, at Tue Nov 04, 11:02:00 pm GMT-5  

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