Wednesday, October 29, 2008

[The Life of Shaun #287] Tick, tock...

Just seven days to go until election day - it seems unfathomable! It's been very interesting to experience a presidential campaign from overseas. I have to say, there has been more coverage, analysis and debate (but no adverts - hoorah!) about the presidential election than there was when our own head of government changed hands a little over a year ago. They are obsessed with it. Of course that wasn't an election, but I can't help but be reminded about a Brysonism where he commented that if you were to draw up a map of the world based on the news you hear and read in Britain, you'd suppose America is about where Ireland is.

Britain is definitely Obama country; there is a palpable collective holding of breath about Obama winning, almost like a kid on Christmas Eve. People want the good America back and are desperately hoping not to be disappointed again.

I'm chuffed about the momentum of Barack, but still hesitate in the memories of 2000 and 2004; I wish Tuesday would get here already. At least one other American will be joining me at mine for a pow-pow Tuesday night and bloodshot eyes Wednesday. (Slightly less than might have been, however; unlike America, Europe did not adjust its DST start/end dates, so currently we are one hour less ahead of America than normal.) I am hoping, at the least, I will know which way the majority of the swing states have swung by 02:00.

Unfortunately, penduluming against Barack, in the latest polling, Proposition 8 looks like it is going to pass. This will amend the California constitution to ban same-sex marriage and nullify the marriages that have taken place so far. The campaign to pass 8 has massive financial backing from the Mormon (and other) church and is out-gunning the No side by large margins, allowing them to plaster the airwaves with adverts depicting the end of life as we know it should gays and lesbians be allowed to marry.

So... in my last political plea of 2008 (I promise!), I encourage those of you who can to go to this site:

https://secure.ga4.org/01/equalityforall

and donate so that the No side has a chance to fight back in this last week. There are just six days left to try and get people to see the light - I just contributed $50 more. And besides, when was the last time some of your dollars got go to ensure the civil liberties of over three million people? How cool is that?! Money well spent!

Cheers,
Shaun

Shaun H. Coley
Shadwell, Tower Hamlets
London, UK

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

[The Life of Shaun #286] Guilty

I am home sick today from work, legitimately - but I still always feel guilty for taking a day off.  Does anyone else have this problem?  Where did I get this ethic?!  Damn it wherever it's from!

<sigh>

I'll go in tomorrow, irregardless (sic) of my condition.

Shaun

Shaun H. Coley
Shadwell, Tower Hamlets
London, UK

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Saturday, October 25, 2008

[The Life of Shaun #285] Cooper

I miss my retarded kitty.

That is all.

Shaun Coley
Shadwell, Tower Hamlets
London, UK

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Friday, October 10, 2008

[The Life of Shaun #284] H8ppy birthd8y to Sh8un!

Amongst all the big stakes and flash of the presidential campaign, another important story has gotten lost: the not-so-little-state-that-could, has started to can't.

Earlier this year, California became the second state to legally recognise that gays and lesbians are full citizens, too, and legalised same-sex marriage.  Immediately, the hateful amongst its population (and from other states) mobilised to take away this right.  The fruits of their effort is Proposition 8 on this November's ballot.  Proposition 8 is a state constitutional amendment that would not only ban same-sex marriage for future couples, but would strip all those who have already wed of their marriages and all the rights inherent with them.

I don't send out Life of Shaun eMails for political donations normally, but... well, as many of you know, my birthday is coming up next month.  Those of you out there who would be so inclined to buy me a drink on my birthday, but cannot, I would ask that instead you go here:

https://secure.ga4.org/01/equalityforall

and donate the cost of a drink to fight this amendment in lieu.

Here's hoping that prejudice fails in the Golden State!

Cheers,
Shaun

Shaun Coley
Shadwell, Tower Hamlets
London, UK

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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

[The Life of Shaun #283] Vote follow up

I am very proud that, in my adopted home, the result so far in the theoretical world vote is 87% Obama to 13% McCain:

http://www.economist.com/vote2008/index.cfm

Cheers,
Shaun

Shaun Coley
Shadwell, Tower Hamlets
London, UK

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[The Life of Shaun #282] One for Obama...

...just 62,040,609 or so more to go!

I've received my absentee ballot and voted, my voice has been heard: Obama rocks, McCain is an old @ssfart buttmunch - and those are his good qualities.

I have every faith in the Repugnican party to materialise a hateful trick with the 3Gs* and pull out a win, but I am sitting here with crossed fingers, toes, legs and even pubic hair for good measure that America couldn't be so stupid to fall for it.  Again.  It can't, can it?

Hopefully yours,
Shaun

*Guns, God and Gays


Shaun Coley
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London, UK

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