“There’s no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter.”

This morning I slept late. It was cozy under the warm comforter. The dog sensing I was awake stood up. I just stayed in bed. Fern joined us. I finally decided to get up. It was almost nine. I got downstairs, let Gracie outside, made coffee and then fetched my newspapers. The street was wet on the sides so it must have rained last night. I missed it.

The forecast is for rain today, and I thought it was going to rain earlier when the sun disappeared and dark clouds took over the sky. Since then the sun has reappeared, but it doesn’t look all that comfortable surrounded as it is by clouds. It may yet rain.

Okay, I have a confession to make. I have become an MSNBC junkie. When I was in Ghana, I saw the first debate. I read all the comments, all the fallout, and had a few laughs. I also got irritated, majorly irritated. My friend Bill advised me not to read anymore, but I couldn’t stop. I was in the grip of this horrific campaign. Now it is worse. I watched the last two debates and the Al Smith dinner last night. I watched the fact checker after the last debate and saw how many Pinocchios Mr. Trump received. Even now, I have MSNBC in the background. I’m beginning to  feel like a gawker.

I have always voted. I believe it is the responsibility of every citizen who is of age. My first election was 1968. I had to wait back then until I was twenty-one. My candidate did not win. When I was in Ghana, I got an absentee ballot, but it arrived too late. The election was already over. I sent it in anyway, by air mail.

My town still uses paper and pen ballots. For the first time, I will be able to vote early, starting next week. I check in by my address at a table where two women sit. Every election it is the same two women. We always say hi. I go behind the curtain and vote then  put my ballot in the box. I usually know the police officer standing beside the box. I then go to a different table to check out by street address. Two women sit at that table as well. We usually have a bit if a chit chat then I’m done. I proudly put my I voted sticker on my shirt.

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12 Comments on ““There’s no such thing as a vote that doesn’t matter.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    Towering over the little village of Aberfan were the slag heaps from the Merthyr Tydfil collieries. Tip 7 was built on an active spring, soggy, wet and unstable. The NCB knew the risk, and the potential for a catastrophe.

    50 years ago it happened. At 9:15 am on a Friday morning, Tip 7 moved, a river of sludge and death. It went through Pantglas Junior School and in to Moys Road. The village were robbed of 116 children and 28 adults. The dinner lady Nansi Williams gave her life for 5 children

    Cliff Michelmore held us to our televisions, a disaster we could not begin to understand. The press descended the families were tortured by loss and attention.

    Robens, was protected and couldn’t be bothered to get to Aberfan for 36 hours – too busy getting a Chancellorship from Surrey University. A year later the Wilson government stole money from the Aberfan Disaster Fund to move the tips around the village. The negligence was criminal and hidden. The victims were considered incapable of handing compensation and held out as greedy

    All the children were gone. When “we” remember 1966 its nice to go back to winning the World Cup. I will never forget what happened in October of that year in Aberfan.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I am so very sorry.

      For all of us there are events, horrific moments in time, we can never forget. This is one of them.

  2. olof1 Says:

    Thewy have changed the predictions for tomorrow slightly, they now predict we might get some snow mixed in the rain. I’m not happpy but it is at least too warm for it to stay on the ground for more than a few minutes.

    I follow Your elections with great interest as You know, well we all do oiver here and they showed the debates live on tv too. Too late for me to see though. My hopes are that when the donald fails ideas like his will die out over here, too many nuts think like he does I’m afraid.I hadnb’t heard about MSNBC though, I’ve mostly been checking Huffington Post.

    What struck me most about the donald is that he has lots of gestures and poses that Mussolini used! Well it didn’t end well for that guy and I think this might be the down fall for the donald too (hopefully not that violent though).

    We have paper and pen all over the country here. They have been talking about allowing people using the internet to vote but realised that it is too unsafe, too easy to hack a computer or to force someone to vote against ones will.

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I think it is far too early to think of snow falling. The whole idea of it makes me want to scream. That it won’t last is a bit of consolation.

      MSNBC believes that Trump’s policies will out live his run for the presidency. That is so scary. He lies and people believe his lies. After the debates, there were lists of the lies he told. Hillary was smart not to call him on them as she wouldn’t be believed.

      Donald makes so many faces. He has his I am disgusted face, his don’t believe her face, his angry face and his ignore her face. I hate listening to him.

      Many places have electronic voting. It is not connected to the internet so there can’t be voter fraud. The statistics say that there are 31 frauds for every billion votes.

      Right now it is raining-finally!

      Have a great evening.

  3. im6 Says:

    I get my political news from MSNBC as well. I know, I know. It’s supposed to be liberal and I’ll admit their commentary is pretty far left. But at least they admit it and base their opinions on facts. The other cable channels seem to factor in complete fiction when they decide to take a position or report something. Plus, I’m in love with Rachel. DAMN, but she’s smart and articulate and passionate and funny. And she’s not afraid to explode a few myths even when they’re myths I wish were true. Funny how accuracy in reporting can be so appealing.

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      I watch MSNBC every day and most nights. I DVR’ed my programs. Like you, I watch Rachel. She is all of the descriptives you used. I laugh at many of her comments. She is a truth teller.

      I figure it is their liberalism which draws me.

  4. William Sandford Says:

    Look away…nothing to see here folks. Reading too much about Trump is the next step to insanity. Don’t do it, I tell ya!

    • katry Says:

      Bill,
      I can’t help it. I know you’ve been warning me since Bolga, but I have to watch him. I don’t want to miss his comments. They are so far beyond the pale I have to watch.

  5. Bob Says:

    I don’t watch any of the 24/7 news networks. They repeat the same news stories over and over interspersed with various so called expert opinions. Fox News is the worst because they don’t even attempt to offer a balanced news product. Fox was founded by Rupert Murdoch to espouse right wing propaganda in response to his perceived fallacy that the mainstream news media offers only a liberal bias to the news. I have never found that liberal bias in the reporting on the three TV networks, the New York Times or the Washington Post, but I don’t view their coverage from somewhere to the right of Adolf Hitler. 🙂

    In this crazy election cycle, right wing Republican newspapers such as the Dallas Morning News, Arizona Republic and the Cincinnati paper have endorsed Hillary. It’s the first time any of them have ever endorsed a Democratic candidate. The Arizons Republic has even received death threats for their endorsement. The gun toting right wing crazies are out their being stirred up by Trump.

    I’m planning on taking my daughter to vote early during the next week since she will be out of town on November eight. Here we have computer voting machines. I’m not the least bit worried about the machines being hacked or voter fraud.

    Today was beautiful with clear skies and 75 degree temperature.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I find that the different programs have the viewpoints of their hosts. They often play the same material but there are a variety of slants. Though Chris Wallace is from Fox, he did a great job being the moderator of the third debate, but I agree with you about Fox. MSNBC is decidedly pro-Clinton, but I figure there isn’t any other choice.

      I saw those endorsements, and I heard about the threats. I applaud that those papers made a choice and didn’t stay with party lines. All the crowds seem to be hyped by Trump.

      The machines aren’t connected to the internet so voter fraud is almost impossible. It would take collusion by too many people. I will vote next week.

      Today was mostly sunny and in the 60’s. That will change soon.

      • Bob Says:

        Since Reagan killed the Fairness Doctrine in the 1980s broadcast news has no reason to offer a balanced approach to the news or even inform the viewer/listener the difference between news and opinion. The days of CBS News of Fred Friendly, Edward R. Morrow and Walter Kronkite are long over. A great movie to watch this month is “Network”. Peter Finch plays a TV news anchorman who goes nuts on the air and Faye Dunaway plays the producer who turns his insane broadcasts into entertainment. Made in the mid 1970s it was a harberger of things to come.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        I have seen Network a few times including in the theaters when it was first released. I think you can pick and choose the TV news station which reflects your view. I find MSNBC to be more liberal. I also go to the net and check a variety of sites to get a more balanced view.


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