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Old 11-08-2006, 10:22 PM   #301
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*grabs u2dem & sula's hands and jumps & up down!*

i just heard that all the networks called it for Web...so Allen did concide?......i'll spin my walkman around - i just got outta the subway to come here and celebrate some more!
it was as my library session was closing 8:45 P that's when u2dem said station X called it for Web.............. so i had to come up here.

also i have a sinsus thing that's on the way out, but my [i]voice is still croaky[i].....SO I can use typing & smilies to express myself instead!

sweet blue states dreaming U2dem.
and hallo India! Good Morning!
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Old 11-08-2006, 10:28 PM   #302
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NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA HEY HEY GOODBYE

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i just heard that all the networks called it for Web...so Allen did concide?
I see that FOX News has not conceded it yet.

However, I am of the impression now that Allen has not conceded yet. However, the state of Virginia has stated that an ongoing canvass of the votes has revealed no changes in Webb's lead, and Allen has stated that he has no intention of dragging this out, implying that he will not push for a recount.

As such, the AP has declared the seat a Democratic victory.
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well done my fellow VA fans.

now, let's get that stupid marriage amendment repealed sooner rather than later ...

(while i live in DC -- rather, rent a room -- i am an official VA voter)
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Can this week just stop being awesome for even a few hours??? I'm tired of shitting fireworks in excitement.

OMG I can't believe it. I CAN'T BELIEVE IT! New U2 song, Dems rockin The House, and now Rummy peacin out??????
I love the irony (even if unintentional) in your use of the word "peace." If he is indead doing it peacefully (bush claims he was gonna be out either way and Rummy finally offered to resign, but who can be sure) it's the first peaceful thing he's done in many years.
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Wow, the Democrats really did it.

I can't wait to see how things go now.

I hope great strides can be made with Bush, although I don't know how realistic that can be.
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Old 11-08-2006, 10:47 PM   #307
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Wow, this is very surprising but great news!
Congrats to all my Democratic friends in the US!
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Old 11-08-2006, 10:51 PM   #308
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well done my fellow VA fans.

now, let's get that stupid marriage amendment repealed sooner rather than later ...

(while i live in DC -- rather, rent a room -- i am an official VA voter)
I hear Fairfax was one of only 2 counties to vote against the marriage amendment. So...if you're still lookin to move to VA, FF is the way to go! There's hope there.
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I love the irony (even if unintentional) in your use of the word "peace." If he is indead doing it peacefully (bush claims he was gonna be out either way and Rummy finally offered to resign, but who can be sure) it's the first peaceful thing he's done in many years.
WOW! I did not even see the irony in that when I typed it, but you're right!!!! The best thing he has done in his position is step down
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dance: NA NA NA NA NA NA NA NA dance: HEY HEY GOODBYE

I forgot about that song!
been having various "victory" songs in my head.

Buh-byeeeeeeeeee Neo-cons

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being somewhat of a political novice, can someone explain to me the house and senate can now prevent bush from doing in the final two years?

I'm not really affiliated with any party right now, but Its not hard to see that the Republicans turned our country into a terrible direction, so I'm glad the Dems won
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Ready..........

AH.let's see............... pulling up her civics lessons

OK a bill[law] can be introduced into /by either the House [of Representitives] or The Senate by any member . Or a few people co-sponsor one.

It gets sent to the apropriate committee within either chamber...
...........Health, budget, defense, et al. there are SUb-committees too.

if it gets voted/approved of in the particular comittee it goes to the full chamber to be voted on.
Along the way amendments can be added, fought over, struck down etc.

ok i think this is right........which ever chamber a bill originates in-- the Other chamber has to come up with their own version.
Sometiimes there';s little difference. SOmetimes there's alot.
They then have to form another committe to wrangle out and compromise if they can on a agreed upon version.

WHen that is completed the finished bill is sent back to both houses to be voted on.

If it is passed by both houses....it goes to the President to be signed.

The president can sign it. He can Veto it.

IF he vetoes it -- it takes 2/3rd s of ?each house to override his veto { unless it's only one of the chambers...i forgot }

then other stuff, manuvering but this id the most basic..


IF i GOT ANYTHING WRoNG........ please correct or add on to this please,

gotta go!
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Libertarians are a generally Republican-leaning constituency, but over the last few years, their discontent has grown plain. It isn't just the war, which some libertarians supported, but the corruption and insider dealing, and particularly the massive expansion of spending. Mr Bush's much-vaunted prescription drug benefit for seniors, they fume, has opened up another gaping hole in America's fiscal situation, while the only issue that really seemed to energise congress was passing special laws to keep a brain-damaged woman on life support
http://www.economist.com/debate/democracyinamerica/2006/11/libertarians_emerge_as_a_force.cfm

a right thats secular, low government and strong on defence is a a good bit better than christian socialists.
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I saw on ABC a few hrs ago....At the "official" celebration of takeover of the House, they were playing Beautiful Day. LOL. No lie! I laughed.....this reminded me: Nancy Pelosi is a huge U2 fan....And Bono has referred to her a few times in interviews. They're big fans of each other, I guess. Heck, Bono has probably been on the phone with her already, from Oz...LOL. How many new Democrats will he press the flesh with for DATA now?

I share in your joy, U2Dem. Since you are still unable to talk in coherent syllables, how about another language? To wit, in Armenian (which I have been jumping around the house the past few hrs yelling) :

"ASDVADZ IM!!!!!!!!!!!!(OH MY GOD)!!!!!!!!"

I've spent the past 5 hrs reading blogs and articles from papers around the globe. Incredible.

It seems Empress Teta's Rule Of Thumb For Guarunteeing Good Headlines has worked--again!

The Rule is: if you know a vote is coming up for an issue you are interested in, enforce an embargo on all media for the 2 weeks prior to the vote. No TV, no papers, no magazines, and no Internet. Not for the front pages anyway. Read only entertainment blogs and the "Life" sections of USA and the NY Times. Close your eyes when you pick up the paper, and open them only when you have flipped past Section A. I've been doing this for a decade or more, the first time it really worked was when the US Supreme Court voted to uphold Affirmative Action.

All other things, including the past 2 elections, I couldn't resist sneaking looks at the paper, and it was a nightmare....

Well, I managed to get by since October 15 by tracking the Box Officeof my current favorite movie, Martin Scorcese's The Departed.

Well, now that tile has a double meaning...LOL.

I was more discouraged by the results of 2000 and 2004 than a lot of people. For me, yesterday was nothing less than areferendum on Democracy itself, for the US and the world. The voting outrages and flagrant abuses that Bush and Rove et al so ably--and tragically-- exported (I suspect) or attempted to export to places like Russia, the Ukraine and Mexico could not in justice and fairness be repeated. It was a time when "whatever happens in America, happnen in the world" took on a tragic meaning. To see illegal practices and voting methods adopted by dictators and would-be dictators everywhere....

I have been going arounf telling everyone I know all week that a Republican victory was assured, no matter how bad things were, because of a lack of oversight of Diebold voting machines that could be "taken home for safekeeping" or hacked, that there could be another Great Depression in this country and the Reps would cling to power not only b/c of this, but because THE MEDIA was just as crusty and dug in, knowing where its bread was buttered, and would not examine fishy resuls, like it didn't in 2004. If the polls had showed the Reps headed for victory, and Dems winning, I'd be sad too, if I suspected they'd stooped to same methods.

But, miracle of miracles, maybe that newfound post-Katrina mood of empowerment and scrutiny ennerved them (the media) as well.

Maybe I should have a new Rule: go around the week before the election predicitng doom and saying it's all "fixed." I've been doing that the past week!

The people I most rejoice for are African-Americans. They may feel a measure of hope now, not because the Dems won, but because the Reps apparently aren't able to "rig" elections anymore. Again, results can come out as polls predict they will. They were the ones who were going to stay home and perhaps, may of them did. I can't wait to find out.

I was so discouraged and heartbroken after the ultimate scandal for democracy that was 2004 that I deciced 2006 would be the referendum on democracy for me. Much as you all will lambaste me, for the first time in my 37 yrs, I did not vote. I was putting democracy on probation. It's a scandal, I know, but 1) I live in NY State, and thank God Spitzer won, and 2) my sister had turned 20 and her vote would temporarily make up for mine.

Now, I can hope again. Not becuase I am a Democrat, but because I am a Patriot.

As Bono sang so memorably, 25 yrs ago, in "Scarlet":

"REJOIIII--OIIIII-OIIIICE!"

PS: Najeena, if you are reading this, I guess our recent phone conversation was was (happily) WAAAY off the mark! Who would have knew!
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Old 11-09-2006, 12:47 AM   #315
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I love it how it's only democracy when your party wins, this election was just as valid as 2004.
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