Milwaukee celebrates “The End of an Error!”

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Tonight we had an effing fantastic party that brought many people together to celebrate the inauguration of President Barack Obama!

I organized a few people to help me — three neighbors and my almost-wife and I cooked food, which all disappeared very fast. We honored New Orleans with music and food (and beads), cheered “our first fairly elected president in eight years!”

We made mass quantities of red beans and rice (makes everything nice!), and we had far more people than we expected; thus the food went very fast.  (and they LIKED IT!)

We had a person appearance by George Dubya hisself! In an orange jump suit and chains no less… which gave us the perfect excuse to have a shoe-throwing contets! Okay, we used slippers, hats, and scarves… but I think it was very therapeutic. I got the crowd chanting “na na na na, na na na na, hey hey hey, good-bye!” as I escorted <<el presidente>> from the room after we’d given prizes to our most spirited and creative Dubya-whackers… hell, the whole damn BAR was singing it as I saw him to the front door!

And… President Obama. Wow… it’s still sinking in.

I gotta say it was a good day.

The great undoing has (almost) begun; Our long national nightmare is (almost) over

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Daily Kos links to a Washington Post article about how our fair President-Elect is making plans to undo many of the executive orders made by the outgoing ‘resident, “measures that were imposed for ‘overtly political’ reasons.”

They say “it’s over,” but we will have the same tired old resident of the White House until January 20. Unless we can talk ol’ Bushie into quitting earlier… Either way, this is very good news.

My red-blue predictions

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I was overly optimistic in calling a majority in North Dakota as voting for Obama. Indiana, Montana, Missouri, and North Carolina remain to be seen. But it certainly is a landslide!

Congratulations, President-Elect Obama

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Our forty-fourth president-elect, Barack Hussein Obama.


A few more hours

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Almost two years of the longest presidential campaign we’ve ever known are about to draw to a close.

Today, there was a 90-year-old man at the Obama office in Bay View proudly wearing a “Republicans for Obama” pin. He was going to go out and do doors!

Thanks to the campaign, I’ve been to parts of Milwaukee I never would have gone to otherwise. And know what? The people on Third and Lincoln, at Thirty-third and Silver Spring, and at Seventh and North Avenue are just like you and me.

In the past twenty-four hours alone, I’ve talked to more African-Americans than I ever have talked to in one sitting in my life. It’s amazing what happens when people look each other in the eye and talk to each other respectfully.

The early results are looking good.

I hope the next four years turn out as good as we hope they will.

So here’s to hope. It feels very good.

Milwaukee Election Night Parties!

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I’m keeping a list on the Milwaukee Drinking Liberally blog. We’ll be bouncing around tonight!

22 hours till the BEOOL


That’s just a bad acronym, isn’t it? Even if it is the biggest election of our lives. Still. I did some last-minute GOTV today up in Milwaukee’s heavily African-American north side, which was a lot of fun. I’m glad the campaign sent me across Milwaukee’s bivalve community and up to a neighborhood I’ve not been to. It’s a nice area, east of 35th and on either side of Silver Spring. Every person I spoke to was either going to or already had voted for Obama. There’s a lot of excitement about it, and I hope that after I spend most of tomorrow doing even more GOTV, there’ll be reason to celebrate.

My three readers probably know already that I’m tracking election night parties over at our Drinking Liberally Milwaukee blog. So there you have it.

Also: Dick Cheney’s hometown newspaper just endorsed Obama. Whoops.

Also also: Bay View GOTV –

Hector’s Restaurant on Delaware
3040 S Delaware Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53207

Finally: Rest in peace, Madelyn Dunham, 1922-2008.

Isn’t it funny how low gas prices are now?

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It was just a few months ago that gas in some parts of the U.S. was pushing $4.00 per gallon, and diesel fuel was even higher. As of the first of November, 87 octane grade gas is around $2.28 in the city of Milwaukee, and diesel is somewhere around $3.18.

Oh, and there’s a presidential election on Tuesday. Surely that is just a coincidence.

But I have a feeling it’s no coincidence. Let’s see where the price of gasoline and diesel are in 30, 60, and 90 days.

Also, Renee Crawford agrees. And she’s got charts to back it up.

If McCain loses, will Joe the Plumbing-Contractor be flushed?


Just a thought. But if McCain loses — still a possibility — what will happen to Joe? Or what happens if McCain wins, and he indeed takes Joe to Washington? What on earth would happen with him? What would he do? [Insert token Secretary of... jokes here.] But I think he’ll be left high and dry, perhaps either way.

Just a thought.

People lining up to vote early in Milwaukee


A friend sent along this picture of the line outside Zeidler Hall in downtown Milwaukee. I think it’s great that we’ve got early voting so that we can keep the lines moving next Tuesday. Click the picture for a bigger version of it, in which you can actually see the people in line.

The line outside Ziedler Hall in downtown Milwaukee wraps around the block!

The line of people waiting to vote at Ziedler Hall in downtown Milwaukee wraps around the block!

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