Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

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You can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. But please no personal attacks and no need to correct people’s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or celebrate things about daily life in DC.

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  • No rants : )

    Rave: The vision of the future the electorate voted for yesterday

  • I have never been a big Obama supporter but it became clear to me yesterday, as one politico put it, that the democrats are the “big tent” party at this point. If the republicans want to stay relevant they need to think long and hard about their stance on social issues, immigration, and the like. The party of the christian white guy just aint gonna cut it as the diversity of ideas and inclusion in america continues to grow.

    • And they need to stop flat out lying.

    • Rave: Outside the whitehouse party was awesome

      Rave: Moving forward

      Observation: The current republican party is going extinct. The will have to move to the left on civil rights, immigration, abortion, moral relativism etc to stay in business.

    • Just so you know, there are plenty of us Christian white guys out here who want nothing to do with the Republican Party and their mission to roll back this country’s social progress 100 years or so. It disgusts me that Romney and his ilk give us all a bad name.


  • Rave: YES!! YAY!! WOOHOO!! Smiling all night, smiling all morning 😀

    Rave: Calling my husband in China, in a meeting with Chinese co-workers, being put on speaker phone, to announce that Obama had won and having the entire meeting break in cheers and excitement.

    Rave: Husband home tonight! Then off to Newport tomorrow night – any places we have to check out?

  • Rave: One thing I voted for in Maryland (casino expansion) passed.

    Rant: Everything else.

  • Rave: ground game
    Rave: women, Latinos, African Americans, and educated white men
    Rave: anonymous billionaires really can’t buy the presidency
    Rave: the Tea Party, for nominating Republicans that even Republicans won’t vote for
    Rave: marriage equality!
    Super Duper Rave: In 2016, my son will be ten, and the only president he will have ever known will be African American, and this will seem perfectly natural to him.

    • kenyondweller, love your super duper rave. I took my 7-year old to the polls with me yesterday a.m. and she was diligently colouring in the states last night, red or blue, as the results were coming in. Quite upset when I insisted she go to bed at 11 and first thing this a.m. wanted to know if “our president” won.

    • I had the same thought about my daughter last night, as I was going to bed. She’ll be 9 at the next election. Her worldview is forever fixed on this point– totally natural for the highest office in the land to be held by someone who doesn’t look like us.

    • I take offense to your smart white male comment. If you know how to read, I think you should look up the statistic that says about 75% of all white males voted Romney. Most of them are smart to realize the social ideas come second to fiscal responsibililty. Of which this president has none.

      • Obama won the post-grad vote though!

      • Notice she said educated…not smart. After living in this area for six years Ive come to find they are certaintly not mutual qualities.

      • tonyr

        Here’s a statistic – Think how stupid the average person is, then remember that 50% of folk are even more stupid than that. I know that it should be median, but George Carlin wasn’t a mathematician.

      • I said “educated” not “smart,” so it is you who needs to learn how to read, or perhaps you don’t know the difference. Or perhaps you are neither. It has been demonstrated over and over that the more educated someone is, the more likely they are to vote democratic. Look it up.

      • If they were really smart they’d notice that no matter how much the GOP talks about fiscal responsibility and less intrusive government, they’re happy to spend lots of money on wars and devote a ton of time and money to crafting anti-abortion and anti-gay legislation.

    • I love your super duper rave – my nephew is about the same age and the same thought struck me after the election four years ago. Oh jeez, I’m getting teary now just thinking about it!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: Maryland and Maine!

    Rave/Rant: My neighbros woke me up with their woops of joy when the results came in.

  • H.L. Mencken said people deserve the government they get and they deserve it good and hard. Yep. $16 dollar debt, $1 trillion deficit, 7.9 percent unemployment, failed and failing stimulus projects- four more years!

    • Wow. Yeah, I guess if Obama really was res

    • Wow. Yeah, I guess if Obama really was responsible for all of that , I’d be pretty depressed too. Luckily, this is just regurgitated Republican talking points, so fortunately, we have nothing to fear.

      • And meanwhile, the entitlements “chug along” as if we weren’t headed toward a cliff. Good luck, America. You’re going to run out of rich people to tax eventually.

        • Well given the fact they’ve been so lightly taxed since Bush’s tax cuts, I think they can afford a small tax rate increase.

          And if Congress had the guts to cut back on DoD spending, we would be in a bit better shape too. Perhaps if it hadn’t dipped into SS funds back in the day, SS wouldn’t be in dire need of reform either.

          The USA has a looooong way to go before it will resemble Greece, Spain, et al in the EU (contrary to what many GOP pundits claim).

        • We have to start taxing them first to find out, right? Right?!

        • The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money to spend.

          • Isn’t there a rule on the internet where you immediately lose an argument if you bring up Hitler?

            We need to start applying that to the word socialism until republicans actually pick up a dictionary and read what it actually means.

          • That’s a good point, except that calling Obama a socialist has about as much to do with reality as the tooth fairy. Not a single one of his policies can be considered socialist by any definition. And the one that the right wing likes to hold out as example number one of socialism, “Obamacare,” is a plan to force people to purchase a product from PRIVATE companies. (In case you missed some compartive poliitics classes in college, this is kinda of the opposite of socialism). Not only was its prototype deployed in Massachusetts as Romeny care, where it gets big approval numbers, the philosophical underpinnings were developed by the conservative Heritage Foundation, and promoted by Newt Gingrich. I know, I know, facts are inconvenient. Its much easier to just scream “socialist” despite the fact that you seem to have some trouble defining the term.

          • Actually the quote was from Margaret Thatcher.

          • Personally, I think more socialism in the U.S. wouldn’t be a bad thing… but as others have pointed out, Obama is hardly a socialist.

    • Plus, Gitmo’s still open and the drone attacks continue. Obama is a war criminal!

    • You’re right. Damn George W. for screwing us over with those deficits. We’ll be paying them off for generations.

  • Rave: Election went about as well as could be expected last night. Obama re-elected, lots of Senate wins, gay marriage passing in ME & MD (though it turns my stomach that people get to vote on this at all), Grosso beat Brown, etc. etc.

    Rant: All this good news kept me up way past my bedtime! Totally draggin’ my wagon today.

  • Revel: I am proud to live in a country where citizens hold peaceful, open, and fair elections that lead to a peaceful transfer of power (or continuation of power). That is what people in so many other countries are literally dying for the right to have.

    Rant: The result.

    • Amen to both points.

      Even though I don’t necessarily agree that the path chosen is the best path forward, I am proud to live in a country where we all move on and try to work together instead of devolving into violence and bloodshed.

  • Rant: I woke up on the couch with CNN still on, half a grilled cheese sandwich on my lap, and a terrible hangover when my alarm went off at 6am.

    Revel: Worth it!

    Revel: I made a deal with god that if the election turned out OK, I’d make it up to him. Looks like I’m going to church on Sunday.

  • Add my rave to all the others about last night’s election results. Woo-hoo! The fact that the GOP’s lies, pandering to the basest sentiments of its extreme members, and shameful voter suppression attempts failed *almost* restores my faith in the American electorate. Also, suck it, Sheldon Adelson, Koch Brothers, Karl Rove, Donald Trump, and Fox News!

    Rant: The fact that Michelle Bachmann has kept her seat is the reason for my “almost” above.

  • Rave: No more strange commercials in the Spanish language channels. Strange because they weren’t saying vote Romney – but rather Do Not Vote for Obama.

  • Rave: Not my own ANC district, but very pleased that Anthony Cimino beat Lenwood Johnson in the ANC 1A10 race. And by a large margin, too — 67% to 32%.

  • Rave: No more election ads

    Rave: Obama

    Rant: Voter turnout. It is sad when if you get about 50% of an electorate to actually vote it is called a good turnout. It will never happen, but I’d love to see both/all candidates on an ad starting about a month before the election that simply says “educate yourself and get out to vote”

    Rant: We still can’t get the crooks out of the city council because people keep electing them

    Rant: Migraine yesterday and today, so I didn’t get to stay up and watch the returns and can’t go in to work to see what the atmosphere is like today.

  • Revel: Marriage equality initiatives in ME, MD, and WA.
    Also revel: People in Minnesota voting against codifying discrimination.
    More revel: First openly gay senator.

  • Rant: My boyfriend and I wanted to celebrate our anniversary last night at a nice Italian restaurant in Silver Spring without TV, political speak, political ads. A couple hours of quiet and peace before we dove into election-night excitement. The couple who sat next to us in the restaurant? Couldn’t find anything to talk about BUT the election, exit polls, poll closing times, and the dude kept his phone out the entire time to get NPR updates. Thanks for speaking loudly enough to crash our purposeful anti-political dinner, jerk!

    Rave: The food at Olazzo was AWESOME. Can’t wait to go back.

    Rave: the outcome of the elections and MD ballot measures last night.

    Rant: I fell asleep at 11 pm so I didn’t get to watch all the good news happen while it happened. My boyfriend tried to wake me up with no success!

    Rave: I was very happy when I woke up this morning though 🙂 And no hangover!


  • Rant: Elizabeth Warren won.

    Rave: No riots today.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Is that rave for real? Did people think there would be riots if the wrong person won? Or are you raving that we live somewhere where that won’t happen. (I’m sleepy and possibly a little slow today.)

  • Super Rave: YESSSSSSSS!

    Rave: Second the rave that the super-wealthy and powerful in this country do NOT always get the final say.

    Rant: The moment of ugliness I felt seeing Karl Rove in action after Ohio was called.

    Rave: Being tired for a very good reason.

    • All of this! Rove was showing his ass last night on Fox News…it was delicious to watch the back and forth between him and the anchors lol

  • mtpgal

    Rave: So tired from watching the nerd superbowl but so so happy!

  • novadancer

    rant: all the revels re: last night. No many seem to get that unless things change in the next 54 days, many are in for a rude awakening on April 15h thanks to the fiscal cliff (ie AMT is going to be hitting more than the “rich”)…

    • Yup. Who is going to pay for free healthcare for everyone? You and me!

      • You are paying for it now in your insurance premiums, sweet pea! Who do you think pays for all those emergency room visits?

        Your party lost because voters reject your idealogy of I ‘ve got mine so screw you.

      • We’re already paying for other people’s healthcare in the form of health insurance premiums.

        The idea with the Affordable Care Act is to get more people into the pool, which helps spread the cost over a larger group of people.

        • Yeah, I never understood how people didn’t understand this. Makes me wonder how so many managed to graduate 3rd grade without the requisite math skills.

          We were already insuring EVERYONE. Anyone without insurance could walk into any ER at any time, get treated for whatever, and the bill was sent back to the states, who turned around and passed most of it onto uncle sam.

          Economies of scale greatly reduce that cost. Now instead of someone going into a ER because of a sore throat, costing all of us 650 bucks, they get to go to any neighbrohood clinic, and get a perscription for 25 bucks.

          The shameful thing is, the general Republican party loved this idea back in the 90’s, but they are against it now because they have to be…they can’t be seen agreeing with the so called Kenyan Liberal King.

          • Yes! I’m laughing at my republican friends on facebook who are yelling about how Obamacare is going to bankrupt the country all while saying that they are moving to Switzerland. Which has “Obamacare”.

  • Rave: Elizabeth Warren, marriage equality, the President.

    Semi-Rant: Who will be the B team? Here’s hoping that there’s a douchebaggery filter during the inevitable bureaucratic shakeups, although I’m not optimistic.

  • RAVE: The questions on the DC ballot passed that will basically allow council to “kick out” any council members who thinks they are above the law. I love it!!!!!!!!!

  • Rave: My election day went very smoothly. I waited until after work to vote, at which point the polls were fairly empty and I was out in 10 minutes. Went to my evening foreign language class as usual (a welcome respite from the election coverage) and got home just as things were getting exciting. Was thrilled that the election results were as good as I could possibly hope for! Drifted off shortly after the Presidential results were called, but happened to wake up just as Obama was giving his victory speech. This morning I woke up refreshed and excited about the future of our country and local government. I’d devoured some bad-for-me snacks last night but didn’t drink, so no hangover today. The best part of my day, so far, was encountering a group of boisterous schoolkids who were waving Obama signs and cheering wildly. It’s heartwarming to see the next generation so enthusiastic about politics!

  • Rave: Participatory democracy
    Rave: No drawn out fight over ballots in Ohio and Florida
    Rave: Eqaulity votes went in favor of broadening equality
    Rant: Sen Lugar will soon be Former Sen. Lugar
    Rant: Congress has pittifully low (though well deserved) approval ratings yet a huge majority were re-elected.
    Rave: Watched the returns with amazing friends – and reminded how lucky I am to have them.

    • I am super liberal but I am really bummed about the loss of Senator Lugar. He was really wise about foreign policy and legitmately seemed to want to govern, not just win political points. Of all the Republicans to lose, I’m pissed that he was one of them. Stupid tea party!

  • Rave: Four more years!
    Rave: Marriage equality!
    Rave: Women not being set back!
    Rave: Tim Kaine!
    Rant: So so so cold while waiting at the bus stop this morning.

  • My bike has become more expensive than it is worth in repairs. I am now in the market for a reasonably priced bike ($500 or less). Any brand recommendations? It will be a hybrid bike for commuting. Thanks.

  • Oh thank god…

    Thats all I have to say about that.

  • Rant: Training for my first half marathon during the winter. I need some awesomely warm running socks before my toes shatter off. Any recommendations? My regular thorlo brand aren’t cutting it.

    • SmartWool socks are worth a look.

      Also consider wearing a second pair of socks – try a thinner synthetic sock with a thicker wool one over it. Just make sure your shoes still fit properly if you do this.

    • I run off-road quite a bit (i.e. through mud and streams), and Smartwool usually keeps my feet pretty warm. REI has a pretty good selection of Smartwool running socks, or you can get the equivalent from sockguy.com (who has some pretty cool designs, I’m partial to my Lucha Libre design).

      A couple more non-sock related tips. Wear a beanie/stocking cap (not a headband/earmuffs/etc). Heat leaves your head faster than anywhere else on your body. Warm head is good. Also, before you go outside for your run, do some jumping jacks/run in place/jumprope to get the blood flowing in your lower extremities.

    • Also forgot to mention that it’s always a good idea on a really cold day when you have a longer run to take a couple of those disposable handwarmers with you. If your feet get cold, throw one between your sock and shoe (just don’t leave it in too long, those things get hot!)

    • Thanks for all the tips!

  • Rave: All the first time voters I met while poll watching in VA yesterday who were so excited to vote! It warmed my heart on a very cold day.

  • Rave: Maine, Maryland and Washington…and Minnesota!

    Rave: 4 more years

    Rant: Was down at the White House…waaaay too early, from 7 to 9:30. NO ONE was there. Then I took my old, tired self home and was asleep by 11:30.

    Rant: One of our interns realized that he was taking the last of the leave forms and said, “We need more copies.” My prompt response was, “You know, you can feel free to make some.” Yeah, yeah, I’m the admin assistant…but you are standing less than 10 ft. from the copier AND you are taking the last one.

  • skj84

    Rave: Everything about last night! I was worried to the point of not being able to eat all day, and it worked out in the end.

    Rave: I feel super proud for voting for Prop 6 in MD. I knew Obama was going to win Maryland, but wasn’t sure if the bill was going to pass. I’m thrilled my vote counted for something.

    Rant: Incredibly tired today. I didn’t get to sleep until 1:30am and got up at 5:00am. Totally worth the exhaustion, but man today was rough.

    Rave: Today is my Grandma’s 95th Birthday! She is one of the reasons I vote, coming up through the civil rights movement, enduring hardships so that my generation can have a better way of life. And she voted last week!

    Rant: The angry conservatives harshing my buzz on Facebook. I know you all are unhappy, and I realize if Romney won we wouldn’t hear the end of it from the Obama supporters. But it really is disheartening the way some of these people are going on about Obama’s win. Lets all move forward as a Country instead of dividing over things.

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