Tag Archives: election 2012

General Housekeeping

11 Nov

Welp, I’m back on the Continent, where people drive on the correct side of the road. I have a few general details to go over before I get back into the swing of posting.

First: Unless I hear otherwise, I don’t think I’ll do much of a major photo dump of London and Newcastle. For one thing, I took a lot of photos. Mostly of very famous landmarks, though, so you’ve probably already seen them at some point.

Point the second, did anyone notice it took Florida four days to call for Obama? Crazy stuff. I’m paraphrasing Charles Pierce here, but Florida doesn’t need UN election inspectors, it needs an exorcist.

Third: I hope everyone has a lovely Veteran’s Day. Thanks to everyone who served, . Over in the UK, everyone wears red poppies to remember the servicemen and women who died in service. It comes from a famous poem about World War 1, “In Flanders Field”. Basically, the ground was so destroyed by the battling forces that the only thing able to grow afterwards was red poppies. I was by Westminster Abbey when the Poppy Team was setting up memorial crosses and it was pretty sobering.

I’ll see you all tomorrow for the first installment of my UK trip!

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Obama 2012

7 Nov

Well done, America, you didn’t fuck it up. Although Florida, seriously, it’s been 24 hours. Get it together.

Scenes from a bar abroad:

Suffrage

26 Oct

It’s kind of wild to think that women have only been able to vote in our country for less than a hundred years. Via the Missouri History Museum, a bit of history for you.

I almost want to print one out and hang it on my wall.

 

Women voter’s cast 53% of all votes in the 2008 presidential election. I like to think those suffragettes are pretty damn happy with how that turned out.

 

 

 

 

 

The View From Abroad

10 Oct

I was walking with some friends the other day when I came across this advertisement on a newsstand. The main article is what caught my eye.

For those of us who don’t speak French, it’s titled “Romney the Alien: millionaire, Mormon, bumbler.”

This is a pretty accurate view of the Mittster in the international media. From what I’ve gathered*, most people are a little worried about Romney becoming president and hope Obama carries off this election.

I lived abroad during the Bush years – during Katrina, as a matter of fact – as well as during Obama’s tenure.  Frankly, I was sort of getting used to not being embarrassed about our democratically elected leader. So for all of you who aren’t planning to vote, think again. Because this is your most important civic duty.

And for god’s sake, pick the guy who isn’t going to make us look like idiots on the world’s stage.

 

 

 

*In the wholly unbiased and random polling of female au pairs in Paris, aged 18-27. Very scientifically sound, I know.