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Smells the same

Thursday, May 4th, 2023 Alive 19,000 days

A Budget Waste truck

“Budget Waste?” I didnʼt even know the legislature was in town this week.

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Ooh, a sticker!

Saturday, October 29th, 2022 Alive 18,813 days

An “I Voted” sticker from Harris County Elections

I voted today. That was unexpectedly hard.

I remember when the elections people used to beg people to please come out to vote because so few people did. Now there are huge lines, which is good. But there were partisans standing there shouting at us waiting in line, which is bad. But even though I had to wait an hour it was all very organized, which is good. Except that all of the spaces in the parking lot were taken up by the partisans camped out with all of their gear so I had to park a block away, which is bad.

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This is your fault

Tuesday, August 9th, 2022 Alive 18,732 days

Mayor Lori Lightfoot poster welcoming people to Chicago

When you leave the airside of Midway Airport, this is what greets you. On the surface, itʼs a nice welcome message from the Mayor of Chicago. Sweet.

The cynic in me immediately starts thinking itʼs a shameless promotion, and another way for her to get her face out there, like all those craptastic little towns scattered across America with signs reading “Welcome to Gripplebunk; Population 3,122; Cleetus McFasterberry, Mayor.”

But the more I think about it, thereʼs more to this sign. Itʼs Mayor Lightfoot taking pride in her city. More importantly, itʼs hizzonor putting her neck out there and telling people “If your visit sucks, thatʼs my fault. If the train brakes down, thatʼs my fault. If you get mugged on Wabash, thatʼs my fault.”

It's also saying, “If you have an awesome time at Oak Street Beach, thatʼs my fault, too!” But few people seem to associate good things with the people responsible for them. Itʼs much easier to assign blame when thing go wrong.

Lightfoot is far from my favorite Chicago mayor, especially among this new generation. I disagree with a bunch of the things sheʼs done. But at least sheʼs trying to do things. And in ways big and small, she doesnʼt run from controversy or responsibility. Which makes her an old-style Chicago mayor.

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Itʼs a little big for you

Friday, October 29th, 2021 Alive 18,448 days

An official Harris County Elections voting finger condom

When I went to vote today, the Harris County election people gave me a little finger condom to keep me safe from cooties on the touch screen voting machine. Or maybe to keep the voting machine safe from me.

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Monday, March 29th, 2021 Alive 18,234 days

China: “Not every nation wants to be a democracy. The world should be run by what the majority of the people want.”

The rest of the world: “Thatʼs the definition of democracy.”

China: “Hey, look! George Floyd!”

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Sunday, January 17th, 2021 Alive 18,163 days

If President #Trumpʼs financial situation is as dire as the New York Times reported last year, does that mean heʼll get a #stimulus check from Joe Biden?

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Youʼre not?

Sunday, November 8th, 2020 Alive 18,093 days

A ScreenTime screenshot

The election makes me look like a screen junkie.

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Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020 Alive 18,088 days

The cable is out. Itʼs not like thereʼs a presidential election going on and I might want to watch CNN or anything.

Good thing I also have an over-the-air antenna. CBS News, here I come.

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Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 Alive 17,829 days

I will not vote for a candidate who sends me spam text messages.

That means youʼre off the list, Bernie Sanders.

Not everyone is a millionaire like you. Some of us pay for our texts.

Thanks for showing me how little you understand the finances of ordinary people and how little you respect the voters.

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Thursday, January 16th, 2020 Alive 17,796 days

Irony: When Mr. Medicare-For-All, Bernie Sanders, had his heart attack in Las Vegas, the place that stabilized him and saved his life is the only place in town that doesnʼt take Medicare.

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Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 Alive 17,458 days

When I think of all the money Iʼve spent at Starbucks over the last quarter century, I feel like Howard Schultz owes me an ambassadorship or something.

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Sunday, December 9th, 2018 Alive 17,393 days

The morning paper

I like living in a place where the front page of the Sunday paper is about the rodeo, and not about a couple of political tribes bashing each other and pretending that one is better than or different from the other.

I call it “America.”

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Winning is what matters

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 Alive 17,361 days

Electrion results

Meanwhile, in Nevada… a dead brothel owner whom the newspapers say police suspect was poisoned by 1990ʼs “Hollywood Madam” Heidi Fleiss after going for a midnight drive with diminutive porn star Ron Jeremy following his 72nd birthday party with a bunch of hookers has won the 36th District.

Did I mention thatʼs heʼs also dead?

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Wednesday, November 7th, 2018 Alive 17,361 days

Woo hoo! Clark County is the last county in the entire nation to start counting votes.

We put the “bent” in incumbent!

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Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 Alive 17,360 days

A Bill the Cat campaign poster

The number of political posts on social media assures me that people posting pictures on social media is an effective way of swaying opinions, and ultimately votes.

So in light of that, Iʼll just leave this here.

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Monday, November 5th, 2018 Alive 17,359 days

Schools are closed tomorrow. For Election Day. Why?

Because Clark County needs to use the schools as polling places.

So kids who canʼt even vote get Election Day off.

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Friday, October 19th, 2018 Alive 17,342 days

A Clark County “I Voted” sticker

God help us all.

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Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 Alive 17,319 days

A vintage bumper sticker on a vintage car

Saw this on my way home. So many things to say that I donʼt even know what to say.

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Sunday, June 24th, 2018 Alive 17,225 days

An enthusiastic supporter

Anyone can slap a sticker on their bumper. The truly committed go for spray paint and stencils.

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Monday, May 28th, 2018 Alive 17,198 days

A voting sign

Thatʼs strange. I didnʼt even know Bumoto was running this year. Heʼs not on my ballot.

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