Get out the vote! And WATCH what’s going on at the polls!

Help your friends* get to the polls today. Get out the vote.


*You know which friends I mean.


And watch what is going on in the polling place.

We had paper ballots.  Look what happened to this guy in Virginia with the touchscreen.  He is trying to indicate the Republican candidate and the machine is flipping his vote to the Democrat.


Sent to me by email:

While walking down the street one day a Corrupt Senator was tragically hit by a car and died.

His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter at the entrance.

“Welcome to heaven,” says St. Peter. “Before you settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom see a high official around these parts, you see, so we’re not sure what to do with you.”

“No problem, just let me in,” says the Senator.

“Well, I’d like to, but I have orders from the higher ups. What we’ll do is have you spend one day in hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose where to spend eternity.”

“Really?, I’ve made up my mind. I want to be in heaven,” says the Senator.

“I’m sorry, but we have our rules.”

And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell.

The doors open and he finds himself in the middle of a green golf course. In the distance is a clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his friends and other politicians who had worked with him.

Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce about the good times they had while getting rich at the expense of the people.
They played a friendly game of golf and then dine on lobster, caviar and the finest champagne.

Also present is the devil, who really is a very friendly guy who is having a good time dancing and telling jokes.

They are all having such a good time that before the Senator realizes it, it is time to go.

Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and waves while the elevator rises.

The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens in heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him, “Now it’s time to visit heaven…

So, 24 hours passed with the Senator joining a group of contented souls moving from cloud to cloud, playing the harp and singing. They have a good time and, before he realizes it, the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.

“Well, then, you’ve spent a day in hell and another in heaven. Now choose your eternity.”

The Senator reflects for a minute, then he answers: “Well, I would never have said it before, I mean heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be better off in hell.”

So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he goes down, down, down to hell…

Now the doors of the elevator open and he’s in the middle of a barren land covered with waste and garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags, picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as more trash falls from above

The devil comes over to him and puts his arm around his shoulders.

“I don’t understand,” stammers the Senator. “Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar, drank champagne, and danced and had a great time. Now there’s just a wasteland full of garbage and my friends look miserable. What happened?”

The devil smiles at him and says,

“Yesterday we were campaigning, Today, you voted..”

Vote wisely in November 2014

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  1. Nicholas says:

    One more year then I will be able to do so.

  2. HeatherPA says:

    Husband and I voted this AM. Please God, let Corbett stay as governor of PA.

  3. CrimsonCatholic says:

    My state is solidly conservative with perhaps one of the best Senators in the nation (Jeff Sessions). I will vote none the less. Watch and see if Amendment 1 passes in this state.

  4. capchoirgirl says:

    Here in Ohio, we have touch screen ballots. You have several opportunities to check your ballot–twice on the screen, before you officially cast it, and then you can see the printout of your ballot, so you can make sure it’s who you want. If you have any problems, there are poll workers who can help. I’ve never run into any problems but I worked for the state for a long time and know that we have a good operation in place with the Secretary of State making sure we can fix things quickly and easily.
    That being said, I always double-check my paper print out, just to make sure. ;-)

  5. MikeJDP says:

    In my state, we require photo ID… I do not understand states that do not…

  6. Tito Edwards says:

    You only voted once father?

  7. LarryW2LJ says:

    I voted early this morning, and was #3 on line. I made dang sure my vote didn’t get switched to the opposition.

  8. Mary Jane says:

    Paper ballots here…we had two, there were so many propositions!

  9. poohbear says:

    Paper ballots and ID required here in CT.

  10. SKAY says:

    I voted early and I did check to be sure I did not have one of those “malfunctioning” machines.
    From a Purple and Gold Catholic to Crimson Catholic–I agree with your comment about Senator

  11. Venerator Sti Lot says:

    On a slight tangent, are there any (moving) pictures around of the electronic machines the Synod fathers used for the Relatio Synodi paragraphs, the other week?

  12. The Cobbler says:

    I wonder… I’ve elsewhere seen screens that get a little “off” so they register touches/clicks/whatever a little to one side of wherever they should have; it would have been interesting to see if they guy could have voted correctly by pressing one space above the one he wanted.

    Personally, election day makes me feel like I’m in a bad survival horror shooter where the world has been overrun by people who have no grasp of logic (and, of course, I’m the wuss who won’t shoot them, ’cause zombies are people too… or something). I don’t even play those sorts of games… though for all I know maybe I ought to, it might turn out to be cathartic.

  13. torch621 says:

    How does a monarchist like me vote?

  14. Suburbanbanshee says:

    torch621 – Write in your preferred monarch.

    Of course, there were many countries in the past which chose their monarchs by election from among various candidates (hence the “Electors” of various German states).

    In medieval Ireland, every male who was free, of the right age range, and related to the previous king within about three degrees was eligible to be elected heir or king of the clan. This sometimes led to surprises, like the abbot who was elected king of his clan during a time (and when they needed a war king, what’s more), and only accepted because most of the candidates were dead (and the clan promised they wouldn’t make him quit the Church or marry, and that he could quit when more candidates got to the right age).

  15. Dimitri_Cavalli says:

    Who thinks the Senate Republican majority should throw a bone to the left by doing one thing it supports: curtailing or even getting rid of the filibuster?

  16. Uxixu says:

    I say leave the filibuster the way it is now. It will be needed to undo the court stacking the Democrats were doing the last couple years.

  17. Mac_in_Alberta says:

    This is a late comment but here goes:
    I could seen the problem and worries with voting machines but I am not sure how you Americans could do without them. You seem to hold a large number of elections all on the same day. As a Canadian, I do not see how you could do otherwise, so I can only wish you well. I say that partly because in all of the years I have been eligible to vote (i.e., since 1971), I have only once seen federal, provincial and municipal elections all fall in the same year, never mind the same day. These were on different days, but by the end of the process, I had election fatigue. And this is in a system where only in local elections do I need more than one ballot paper (mayor, city councillor and Catholic school trustee).

  18. Mac_in_Alberta says:

    Torch621 — live in a country with a monarch. Parliamentary elections exist.

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