In a memo to Florida's 67 county supervisors of elections, Division of Elections director Dawn Roberts said the uncertainty of Hurricane Ivan, which could hit parts of the state by week's end, forced her to act.
A hearing on a permanent injunction is scheduled for Wednesday. But Roberts said Hurricane Ivan, which is headed for Florida's Gulf coast, had raised "a substantial question as to when such a hearing" will be held.
I think it's worth seriously considering what your vote *really* a means: are you trying to make it a means of expression, or are you really seeing it a means for effecting change in your government? If you're looking for a means of speaking out and baring your political soul, there are other avenues available like letters to the editor, letters to your congressman, political meetings, forums online, etc, and that's all well and good.
But a vote is entirely different. It is not a means of expression. It is a means of determining who is elected to public office -- and yes there's *meaning* in how people vote, but that's not the primary purpose. When that is the primary purpose we call those opinion polls. Voting is different, and you should treat it different, and that's why the lesser of two evils strategy makes sense. Voting is not about achieving integral union between your views and a candidate and expressing that -- it's about getting the best possible candidate into office. And anyway you slice it -- put him on the debates, give him funding and prime time -- it is extremely unlikely Nader could gather more votes than Bush this fall.
"Hear me out:
Bush’s extremism has to some degree woken up some ordinary Americans — even if they’ve done it by scaring the hell out of them. People are registering to vote for the first time, just as they’ve begun to protest for the first time. The Bush administration’s war on working people has forced some out of their eat-shit-sleep lull, if only because they are increasingly losing the comfort of that lull.
Another four years could force more folks to think outside the cubicle, because they may in fact be living in one.
My friends and I call it the shit-hits-the-fan theory.
Not until the shit really hits the fan for ordinary people, not until the middle class in particular faces truly dire economic circumstances, will our controlled and managed compatriots recognize corporate rule for what it really is: the swindling of our happiness, our future, and our lives. They’re just too screwed up: lulled, anti-depressed, under-educated, over-criminalized, under-appreciated, overly victimized. "
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