Note: If Suldog sent you, you are probably looking for Thanksgiving Comes First. You are also more than welcome to read today's meanderings while you are here.
Yes, mama is really angry now.
On Saturday, October 19, the people of our parish were granted the opportunity, longed for in many societies by generations of women and slaves and others who were considered non-citizens, and still coveted by many people in some societies on this earth, to cast a secret ballot in a free election.
Some parts of the parish were electing a justice of the peace. A few were voting on propositions to renew property taxes to fund our sheriff's department and EMS.
The early voting turnout was so low that the registrar of voters predicted turnout as low as 20%.
Then i went and actually checked the results (instead of just listening to the report on the radio).
Actual voter turnout was less than 10% across the parish. In fact, the highest was 7.2% of voters even bothered.
And i am very, very angry.
This isn't people refusing to vote because they are making a statement. This is sheer apathy, and i find it appalling.
It makes me want to grab people by the throat and yell at them, "Don't you flipping care!"
Obviously, they don't. So i'm left angry, and sad.
While in the Finger Lakes region of New York last month, we went to Seneca Falls, where the Women's Rights Convention was held in 1848. The women and men who met there knew that, without the right to vote, women were not full citizens. They set out to change society, and they did.
Only one of the women, Charlotte Woodward, who was 19 when she attended the convention, lived long enough to cast a legal vote, in 1920.
It makes me wonder what she would think. The women who fought and worked and went through a lot of crap to get the right to vote, what would they think? Especially those who died before they ever saw the work completed. They understood how important it is to take a role in governing ourselves through the electoral process.
Now, we have so much apathy that the polls are almost deserted. If you don't vote because you are making a social statement, because you are protesting, i may disagree with you, but i will gladly support your right to do that. If you don't (or didn't) vote because you just didn't bother, shame on you.
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Armed Forces Day -- Benin
Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival -- Banff, AB, Canada (38th annual; through next Sunday)
Blue Ridge Folklife Festival -- Blue Ridge Institute and Museum, Ferrum, VA, US (a large celebration of authentic folkways)
Children's Day -- Australia; Malaysia
Day of the Ancients -- Asatru/Pagan Slavic Calendar
Day of Mourning -- Libya
Emma Crawford Festival and Memorial Coffin Race -- Manitou Springs, CO, US (spooky fun for the whole family)
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Hogeye Festival -- Elgin, TX, US (Road Hog Car Show, crowning of King Hog and Queen Sowpreme, Cow Patty Bingo, and more!)
Lhabab Duechen -- Bhutan (Descending Day of Lord Buddha)22nd day 9th month lunar calendar
London Bridge Days -- Lake Havasu City, AZ, US (come celebrate London Bridge, which was disassembled and moved here and put back together, with a parade and festivities; through tomorrow)
Ludi Victoriae Sullanae -- Roman Empire (celebration of the victories of Lucius Cornelius Sulla, through Nov. 1)
Make A Difference Day -- US (Whoopie Goldberg once said that if every American would donate 5 volunteer hours a week, it would be the equivalent of several million full time jobs; whether or not it's strictly accurate, volunteering is a great thing to do no matter where you live)
Mule Day -- anniversary of the first importation of donkeys to the US, which George Washington used to breed the first mules in the Americas
National Day -- Austria
National Gospel Day -- Cook Islands
National Mincemeat Pie Day
Pennsylvania Arts & Crafts Festival -- Washington County Fairgrounds, Washington, PA, US (over two hundred exhibits, plus food and entertainment; through tomorrow)
Pumpkin Day -- time to get one for the 31st, if you haven't already
Scared Silly: Halloween in Prospect Park -- Brooklyn, NY, US (hauntingly good fun all weekend)
St. Demetrius of Thessaloniki's Day (Patron of soldiers; Thessaloniki, Greece) Greek day to broach the wine barrels and taste the new season's wine in honor of this saint
Sts. Lucian and Marcian's Day (Patrons of converts, possessed people)
Texas Book Festival -- Austin, TX, US (one of the nation's most prestigious literary festivals, especially celebrating renowned Texas authors; through tomorrow)
Toping Wagglegammon -- Fairy Calendar (no human knows what this means, but it sounds intriguing)
Workaholic Stop and Smell Something Day -- internet generated day to encourage workaholics to stop and consider what they might be missing
Worldwide Howl at the Moon Night -- some organizers even have howling parties
Xterra Kapalua Trail Run -- Kapalua, Maui, HI, US (extreme trail runs of 6k and 10k; through tomorrow)
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