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1. Do not go at noon on Saturday. This is counterproductive to the whole in and out paradigm.

2. Do keep an eye on whether you get Saturday early voting in your area because while 6th district has nearly three weeks of early voting, this appears to be the only available Saturday.

3. If you use a mobility device even intermittently, bring it. I brought my cane "just in case," and was promptly offered the opportunity to jump a 45 minute line. I have no guilt; that line was about 20 minutes longer than I'm good for.

Vote early, vote often, kids!
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Why creationists can't be scientists, an article I found to be thought provoking, if a little scattered in its approach.
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J. Grant, one the creators behind my new favorite webcomic, went on a rant this morning (or whenever he writes his blog portion of the post.) Future readers may need to back up to the 6/10/2013 strip about lonesome losers cleaning guns and scroll down to the blog post.

The focus of Mr. Grant's ire is the recent revelations about NSA programs, specifically PRISM, which I'll admit to not understanding quite a clearly as I do "phone record metadata." Why do I understand phone record metadata? Because it's what I use every single day to troubleshoot subscriber tickets. The friendly voice answering your call about your phone service at any wireless carrier has access to your metadata. Of course, we ask at the top of a call if we have your permission to use data specific to you (though we mean it to market new goods and services.)

Of course, the government asked when they ran the Patriot Act up the flagpole and everyone saluted. Me, I remember a lot of shouting down of mealy-mouthed civil rights people who did object because we hadda catch bad guys!

Anyway, my point is that (a) if you didn't see this coming with the passage of the Patriot Act, you weren't paying attention; (b) if you expected Obama or any other administration following the Bush crowd to do things differently with respect to the Patriot Act, you're either too young or too naive and I'll give you maybe one more administration before you get it and (c) the phone calls at least shouldn't worry you because all metadata tells the government is the same thing it tells me: who made a call at a specific time in a general area of a specific market. It gives them a place to start looking for bad guys. Federal and local governments have had permission to seek warrants for phone tapping through CALEA since years before the Patriot Act was even a fever dream.
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I range between two stances:

1. I don't care what civil rights it confers, no sane person should want to lock themselves into patriarchy's oldest prison. (Whacks extremely antique feminist geezer cane.)

And:

2. American civil government should at no level be involved in anything called "marriage." Marriage historically is a religious rite that confers civil rights, and in a country with a separation of church and state, that's a problem. If you, a consenting adult, can talk a recognized member of clergy into marrying you and your consenting adult partner(s,) go y(ou)'all. Local, state and federal agencies should have been recognizing civil contracts all along, irrespective of what the clergycritters say (or don't.)

Or:

If you really, really want to get married...God, Mother Nature, evolution or the Lords of the Infinite Jest have mercy on your soul or whatever... but go for it. I'll see what I can do about getting the civil government's head out of its ass.

Brought to you by altogether too much noise about it on teh intarwebsz.

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