Vote ’08: Vote by Mail and Registration Deadlines

california voter's guide with andre the giant obey stickerIsn’t it too late to register already? How do you vote by mail? I keep hearing this questions both directly and in passing and so I’m writing this brief post to address the answers, at least in specificity to the State of California (voting guide). You can also call for CA voting info: 1-800-345-VOTE. Find specific state-by-state info here

Is it too late to register to vote?
Not even close. October 20 is the last day to vote in California and most other states. Vote via the widget here.

How can I vote by mail?
In California, you can apply after October 6 via this form (PDF) or any of the other forms (in multiple languages) listed here. Currently, only 28 states allow no-excuse absentee voting. For information on your site, check The Vote by Mail Project.

Why the hell do we have to vote on Tuesday?
To answer this question, I urge everyone to explore the Why Tuesday? website. Fortunately, more and more states are allowing vote-by-mail, but it would be easiest to drop by a ballot box on a saturday or sunday, considering we’re not all farmers anymore.

There you go. Please leave any questions, thoughts, and comments below. You can also follow me on Twitter. No go and vote!

LA Times $700,000,000,000 Headline



LA Times $700,000,000,000 Headline, originally uploaded by revolute.

They don’t write headlines like this online (or M-Sa, no less) so I’m archiving the screenshot (see also here and the LAT print edition archive)…

But damn if you didn’t spend your last $1.50 after seeing this on the newsstand Sunday I grabbed this image from Newseum.org (PDF). No mushroom cloud (the bombing was in Pakistan but the context is Wall Street) online either, only in the Southern California distributed (and in a few locations in SF) print.Wall Street taken above steam stack road works.

D-R-A-M-A

At least they managed to squeeze in a Palin column beneath the mushroom cloud.

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Cubs Win! The Magical ’08 Season Goes On

I was thrilled to watch the Cubs celebrate their Central Division-clinching win on national television today and before a full house at Wrigley. It seems they’re always clinching on enemy territory — the Pirates come to mind (and yes, in my 33 years it’s happened with relative frequency — 1984, 1989, 1998 [wild card], 2003, 2007, and now 2008). But this is the first time the Cubs have won back-to-back division titles since they three-peated in 1906-1908 (winning their last two World Series in 1907 and ’08).

I’m in Las Vegas (the Cubs are 9-5 favorites to win the NL Pennant; 4-1 on the Series) at the Blog World Expo but — my heart was in Wrigley… and the victory cry I heard just now on Channel 9 News at Nine as bellowed by Ron Santo was something else — I’ll have to get audio. I’d like to thank Jim Hendry and Lou Piniella and the greatest Cubs team I’ve been fortunate to cheer on — the 2008 Cubs. For now, video below, and even the hat is pretty cool. Now back to regularly scheduled weekending and BWE08 activities.

LISTEN to the postgame celebration via WGN AM Radio

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Register to Vote – or Hate Yourself for 4 More Years

There is no reason to NOT vote. Why register to vote even if you just moved somewhere new? Because you can. It’s fun. And, unless you vote by mail (which is increasingly common in many states), you’re bound to meet some awesome neighbors that you never knew you had. Rock the Vote has a cool widget this year. Click on it. Do it.

Register to Vote: Rock the Vote, powered by Credo Mobile

CUBS: Carlos Zambrano Returns With No-Hitter; Magic Number is 7

carlos zambrano no hitter cubs

Amazing night at — of all places — Miller Park. Much will be said about this night, and personally, I’m elated at the moment. But in the interest of getting out of the house, I’m going to post the audio highlights c/o WGN Radio, Pat Hughes, and Ron Santo. Yes, The Chicago Cubs, on the back of Carlos Zambrano — who nearly no-hit the Astros in the past — pitched his first career no hitter, the first no hitter by a Cubs since Milt Pappas in 1972.

Listen to the call of the 27th out:


Holy Shit Carlos!

And the Magic Number is 7!

Piniella, Zambrano talk to the media:

Game Highlights (WGN Radio):
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