Vote Pancake?
October 9, 2002 11:53 AM   Subscribe

Vote Pancake? Some say no.
posted by putzface_dickman (23 comments total)
No relation.
posted by waxpancake at 11:54 AM on October 9, 2002

I realize pancakes are something of a running joke here at Metafilter (no offense, waxpancake), but did this really merit a post? Is it even a story?
posted by UnReality at 11:55 AM on October 9, 2002

Our area offers a strong heritage and work ethic. I will promote our work force as the best. I have often witnessed four or more people cramped in a compact car commuting every day from Athens, Meigs or Morgan County to Columbus for a job. Our work force is sound and one to be proud of. I'll promote it.

That sounds like something out of a speech written by a sixth grader. What gives?

Oh yeah, and his name is funny too.
posted by Ufez Jones at 11:59 AM on October 9, 2002

Wasn't Hasemeier to Pancake to Tampke a famous double-play combination?
posted by mr_crash_davis at 12:01 PM on October 9, 2002

I was thinking the same thing. It's not like a major Ohio newspaper is advocating a "none of the above" stance.

P_d: is there some importance to this other than parochial interest?
posted by mkultra at 12:03 PM on October 9, 2002

Let me carry your lunch bucket to Columbus.

There's a rousing campaign song in there somewhere. Pity hardly anyone uses them any more. And I'm 99% certain this thread is toast.
posted by PinkStainlessTail at 12:07 PM on October 9, 2002

politifilter? I look forward to filterfilter.
posted by blue_beetle at 12:17 PM on October 9, 2002

Well, I was expecting the Pancake thing to be taken as a bit silly, but I thought the "no" link was pretty interesting. I imagine that most of us are dazzling urbanites, and rarely consider rural and small town politics, or economics. The town in question is pretty lucky. They have a major university that makes it cleaner, larger, and more prosperous than any other town in that area- whether in Ohio, Kentucky, or West Virginia. Yet the people who live there hate OU, despite their dependency on it. These towns are as much as 1.5 hours from Columbus, yet they are becoming blue-collar bedroom communities that send stuffed cars to Columbus for work only marginally above minimum wage. It's a mess, in my opinion, but the second generation born to this reality isn't leaving the hills. They drive. They srape by, and they bicker about what's what and who's who in their towns.
posted by putzface_dickman at 12:22 PM on October 9, 2002

None of the Above at Half-Bakery; None of the Above advocacy group. Britain may enact none-of-the-above nationwide (see also). There have been efforts to enact it in California and other states; Ohio, presently, is one of the few where it is available.

Obviously there's little practical difference between a "positive abstention" and the many other ways to abstain: not voting at all, voting for a hopeless third-party candidate, writing in yourself, a friend, or Mickey Mouse. But some feel that permitting voters to send this sort of message, which usually is implemented in such a way as to force a new election if NOTA wins, puts more pressure on candidates.
posted by dhartung at 12:44 PM on October 9, 2002

"None of the Above?" Aw, they're just ripping off Brewster's Millions.
posted by UnReality at 12:56 PM on October 9, 2002

Any relation to Breece D'J Pancake, I wonder?
posted by troutfishing at 1:20 PM on October 9, 2002

Let me carry your lunch bucket to Columbus.

posted by eddydamascene at 1:41 PM on October 9, 2002

Pancake, a Democrat who sees nothing wrong with supporting hideous Republicans like Larry Householder, dances to the siren call of high-paying blue-collar jobs.

At least he is a dancing pancake.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 1:44 PM on October 9, 2002

Holy Crap. A post on MeFi about a politician that lives in the town where I happen to go to school. Who would have thought? Athens makes it to the big time.


While I understand (and even agree with) many of the points the writers of the Town Crier put forth, I also tire of hearing the same complaints day in and day out. "OU is evil. OU is sucking away our democracy. OU should leave Athens in peace. OU *is* Athens. OU is destroying our way of life. The students are crappy and are overrunning our quaint little town."

Never mind the fact that OU students bring income into the town. Never mind that the students do numerous community service activities that benefit the citizens of said town. Nevermind that most students are actually contributing members of society.

I've been in Athens during the summer when the students are gone. You can find parking. The streets are empty. The stores are empty. And all while the citizens of the town are happy they have their town back, they also bemoan the lack of economic prosperity.

Can't have your cake and eat it too.

I'm tired of being pidgeonholed because I happen to go to OU. The "Town vs. Gown" debate is getting old. And criers like David Israels are doing nothing to help the issue. All that happens is a breakdown in communication because the students feel like outcasts in their own school.

Rant over. Flame away.
posted by KoPi_42 at 3:13 PM on October 9, 2002

Rant over. Flame away.

Okay, I will. But it's going to be la-a-a-ame:

Dirty college student! You make Athens stink with all those textbooks and, uh, stuff! Gimme a dollar and I'll go away!

Hee haw!

You asked for it. However, actually posting this is lame, lame, lame of me. Please don't flame me back. Gimme a dollar!
posted by dfowler at 4:05 PM on October 9, 2002

Actually, that made me giggle madly and brightened my (stressful) day. Thanks.

*hands dfowler a virtual dollar*
posted by KoPi_42 at 4:20 PM on October 9, 2002

KoPI maybe il see you at ohio mardi gras err i mean Halloween.
posted by Recockulous at 6:36 PM on October 9, 2002

I enjoyed it, Putzface. But I've been dying to serve up a pancake joke for a while now.
posted by Shane at 7:40 PM on October 9, 2002

KoPI, and Recockulous, where are you guys on campus, if you are on campus.

I'm somewhat scared Athens is in the news. Nothing to see here. Move along.
posted by Be'lal at 9:26 PM on October 9, 2002

I dont go there, I just visit my best friend. She lives on new south.
posted by Recockulous at 8:22 AM on October 10, 2002

I live in Foster. I'm an RA there. Where does your friend live in New South, Recockulous?
posted by KoPi_42 at 2:06 PM on October 10, 2002

martzoff, really far away from about everything
posted by Recockulous at 5:02 PM on October 10, 2002

Oh, that's just walking distance from my dorm. Cool.
posted by KoPi_42 at 5:53 AM on October 11, 2002

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