November 08, 2005

My Day At The Polls

It was short election for me. There were three people in my polling station (not counting the five election staffers) when I showed up at 8:30.

I voted for Randy Kelly, naturally. In a just universe, populated by rational people, he'd be the mayor-re-elect tomorrow. This is Saint Paul, though...

The only other race on the ballot was the Saint Paul school board. One can vote for three names, but I only voted for Lori Windels, the sole Republican on a ticket otherwise clogged with the same old DFL, Educational/Industrial Complex apologists that have given us a half-billion dollar school district that sucks down over $10K in tax dollars per student and...grrrr. I get angry just thinking about that quagmire.

I also wrote in a name: "Nosemarie Berg". It's the family's cat. I always write in a family pet in some race or another, usually an unopposed judge race or one where I don't like any of the options (vide any time Alice "The Phantom" Hausman runs unopposed). I do this so that I can check the election results later to make sure my ballot got counted; if there's a vote for "Nosemarie Berg", I know that at least my ballot got into the hopper.

Posted by Mitch at November 8, 2005 12:11 PM | TrackBack

make that 2, if I can vote for Nosemarie Berg, I will

Posted by: billhedrick at November 8, 2005 11:39 AM

At least you had a choice for mayor. In Minneapolis, I wish we had a Kelly, or even a Nosemarie Berg to choose from.

Just curious did Nosemarie have a companion named Snorey Amsterdam?

Posted by: Nordeaster at November 8, 2005 12:25 PM

oh well, I didn't have the right race to vote for you cat!

Posted by: billhedrick at November 8, 2005 01:04 PM

"I voted for Randy Kelly.... In a just universe populated by rational people, he'd be the mayor re-elect.."

I see, so people who feel a Mayor who endorses a President that routinely lies to the citizens of the United States (We don't do torture)etc.. are INSANE for voting against that Mayor as a message that they don't approve of his politics?

Whatever, being called insane by the reactionary right is akin to being called fat by William Perry. It may be true, but considering the shadow the accuser casts, I'm wondering how they can tell.

People have both the right and responsibility to vote as their concience directs, they are neither irrational nor wrong for doing so.


Posted by: pb at November 8, 2005 01:16 PM

In 2004, I voted for Chumley Wonderbar for every Hennepin County Judge race that didn't have a challenger to the incumbent, but I forgot to check to see if those results got recorded.

Posted by: Bill C at November 8, 2005 01:32 PM

Sorry, I wrote in Chumley's name, in order to vote for him. Blah.

Posted by: Bill C at November 8, 2005 01:32 PM

"Just curious did Nosemarie have a companion named Snorey Amsterdam?"

I'll bet they worked for Snarl Reiner!

Damn. Doesn't measure up to "Snorey Amsterdam."

Posted by: Tim at November 8, 2005 04:24 PM

You need to lighten up.
Which city/county/state office do you work for?

Posted by: Terry at November 8, 2005 04:27 PM

I need to lighten up.. .yeah, that was me that said "rational people would elect Kelly"..

I don't work for the state, or any branch of the government, nor have I ever outside of time in the service.

I work for a major financial services firm, I used to work for a major bank... your question is indicative of a bias, is that true, do you distrust anyone who disagrees with you and automatically assume they work in government (well, apparently you DO automatically assume they work in government).


Posted by: pb at November 8, 2005 06:05 PM

"I work for a major financial services firm"

"I used to work for a major bank"

Posted by: swiftee at November 8, 2005 07:12 PM

Swiftee - I almost wet my pants.

HEY! How did you happen to come by the URL?

eh??? :)

Posted by: carmelitta at November 8, 2005 08:30 PM


As Mitch used to work at the same Bank at the same time.... I guess the joke's on Mitch.

Also, Swiftee, pretty adult stuff there.. insult my employment.. wow, you're impressive.. woah man, you really put me in my place..


Posted by: pb at November 9, 2005 06:36 AM

PB, while you may be a very intelligent person who is gainfully employed, your logic and writing doesn' necessarily lead one to that conclusion.

Posted by: Allison at November 9, 2005 08:21 AM

I'll vouch for PB's employment record.

I'll also testify that he's never been one to give the impression that he thinks that...not so much that he's right, but that everyone else is wrong.

I mean, I think it's fair to say, right, P?

Posted by: mitch at November 9, 2005 10:17 AM

PB- I wouldn't call it bias, more like a bad assumption. There is a particular strain of paranoia, anger, and humorlessness that seems to dwell only in the hearts of public-sector employees and your posts had the all the symptoms. Your interpretation of Mitch's statement "In a just universe, populated by rational people, he'd be the mayor-re-elect tomorrow." as him saying anybody who doesn't vote for Kelly is insane, is, well, itself insane in a public-employee way. If you said that Kelly and Bush were conspiring to use WHO to fake a pandemic with the goal of turning over American DNA samples to aliens so they could be cloned I would assume you never had a job you could be fired from -- farmer or something. That's a different kind of insane.

Posted by: Terry at November 9, 2005 12:15 PM

PB - I hope you don't live in St. Paul. You don't seem to have a good handle on what this whole election thing is about. I hope you don't mess up the election with your vote.

You see, PB, in St. Paul, the job of the Mayor is sort of a chief executive officer of city employees. It's his job to oversee park and rec, cops, fire fighters, tax collectors, etc.

You can tell if the Mayor is doing a good job by how smoothly these things are running. Good performance indicators would include a stable local economy, good value received for taxes paid, crime under control, that sort of thing.

Mitch has analyzed these performance indicators and correctly determined that Mayor Kelly is going a good job as Mayor. So naturally, Mitch would like to see him re-elected.

You seem to think people should vote against the Mayor based on his national endorsement. But there's really nothing in the Mayor's position description about lying Presidents and no performance indicator to show that endorsing Kerry for President would have made St. Paul a better city than Mayor Kelly has made it.

Frankly, basing your vote for Mayor on something like that would be plain stupid.

So just out of curiosity, who's the mayor where you live?

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