Double ballots at Homestead-Wakefield! No!


Author with pantsuit.

Today on the corner outside the polling place we held a rally for Hillary Clinton.  Sera Matteo-Boring came to the rally and told us the following:

She’d gone to cast her vote around 7:20 AM at Homestead-Wakefield Elementary School.  She filled out the front side of her ballot and flipped it over.

The back side was already filled.

She went to ask for a new ballot.  While she was getting her new ballot, she heard someone else saying that they had been given two ballots, and that they were being honest and giving back the second one.

That’s two voting irregularities at one polling place, in just the small amount of time during which one voter was there.

Election officials — please make sure to give the voters ONE BALLOT ONLY!  And let them fill it out THEMSELVES!  What is the point of tampering with the ballots?

Voters — Make sure you fill out your ballot, not someone else!  And if the election officials give you more than one ballot, loudly give it back like the person in Homestead-Wakefield did, and report the problem.  The Maryland Democratic Party has a Voter Empowerment Hotline for reporting voting issues at 1-888-678-VOTE (8683).

Disability Rights Maryland has its own hotlines for disability-related voting issues at:
800-233-7201 ext: 2492
TTY: 410-235-5387

The American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland also has a voting issues hotline at 410-889-8555.

Remember, if you are a Maryland voter, you have the right:

  • to vote by provisional ballot if for any reason you are not able to vote on the regular voting machines.
  • to vote without showing identification unless you are a first-time voter who did not show ID when you registered.
  • to assistance at the polls if you have a physical disability or an inability to read the English language.
  • to Vote-By-Mail for any reason.
  • to take time off from work to vote.
  • to vote on the regular voting machines if you are in line at your polling place by 8:00 p.m.
  • to have your polling place open promptly at 7:00 a.m.
  • to vote without being approached or solicited within 100 feet of your polling place.

(Source for voters’ Bill of Rights:

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Does it involve getting up?

“Does it involve getting up?”

This is one of our many Family Jokes.

“I guess I should do X….”
“Then do it.”
“But it involves getting up!”

But it’s not just a joke.  A lot of times, X gets delayed — just because it involves getting up.

It’s like static and kinetic friction in physics.  It’s usually harder to overcome static friction and get an object to start moving than it is to overcome kinetic friction and keep the object moving at a constant velocity.  It’s easy enough to take a bath, but it’s hard to stop what you’re doing, get up, find a towel, and start taking a bath.

But there’s one X that can’t be delayed — voting.  If you delay voting long enough, boom.  November eighth is over, and you haven’t cast your vote.

I mean, come on!  If you have a vote, use it!  It’s important!  And you even get to fill in little ovals on a ballot!

If you can’t get to the polls, you might be able to get a ride.

If you haven’t made up your mind about whom to vote for/against, keep thinking.  And think about the local races too, not just the presidential contest.

Finally, a soliloquy:

To vote or not to vote
That is the question
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to ignore
The jeers and scandals of outrageous Donald
Or to use sense against a sea of untruths,
And by opposing end them? To stay home: to opt out;
Or to vote Green! … and hope to end
Our consciousness of the thousand crazy shocks
That politics generates, ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To boycott, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that oblivion what nightmares may come
The morning after Inauguration Day
Must give us pause: there’s the respect
That makes us vote for the lesser calamity
For who would bear the ties to
Big Oil, Big Ag, Big Banks
The threat of despised war, the law’s delay,
The insolence of Wall Street and the spurns
That progressives of the neoliberals take,
When they themselves might their quietus make
With a write-in? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after Election Day,
The undiscover’d apocalypse from whose grip
No democracy returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make pragmatists of us all;
And thus the native hue of idealism
Is channeled o’er by cold clear thought
And enterprises of great pith and moment
In small steps achieve the name of action.

Affordable Health!  Tuition-free College!
Living Wages, Growing Jobs, Cleaner Energy!
Family Leave, Infrastructure, Immigration
Gun Control, Reproductive Rights,
Supreme Court Justice!
Reversal of Citizens United!

To vote or not to vote
There is no question.

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Blood of Olympus quote

I made yet another picture-quote!  This is fun!  Maybe I’ll make some more!

From The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Quoted from The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan.


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Salt to the Sea quote II


– Florian Beck, Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys.  Photo from

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Salt to the Sea quote

Hello!  Khiyali here!  I recently read a book called Salt to the Sea.  (It’s really good!)  Then I selected a quote from the book and made this picture:


– Florian Beck, Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys.  (Whirlpool photograph from

It was inspired by these images from other sites:

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Harry Potter and the Date of the Epilogue (using only the text of the books).

Spoiler briefing:  There are spoilers from Books 1, 2, and 7.  Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is mentioned briefly at the end, but there aren’t really any spoilers.  If you really want to avoid seeing anything whatsoever about Cursed Child, I highly admire your self-control and dedication.  Simply stop reading when you see the double horizontal rule like this:

Warning: This post will be a very rigorous proof that the date and time of the epilogue of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows are … well, you’ll see!  If you don’t like rigor, then skip to the end.  Also, you may like to know that (if you don’t like rigor), you’ll never survive geometry.  Figuratively, that is.

Also: If you find an(y) error(s) or shaky bit(s) of proof, please leave a comment about them/it!  Especially if you know how to correct them/it.

In the Harry Potter books, if you want to find out on what date a given thing happens*, how do you go about it?  Well, what information do you have?

  • You are given lots of relative times — for example, you are told that each book happens about a year after the last one.
  • You are also given names of holidays on which things happen — for example, Mrs. Norris is Petrified on Halloween.

*If you want to know why anyone would ever want to do such a thing … well, there are some pretty hard-core (and slightly crazy) Potterheads out there.  (Example: me.)  We do strange things sometimes.  Actually, you’re probably like that too — if you aren’t, how did you get this far in the post?

But this doesn’t do you much good unless you have an absolute time.  You need some day, month, and year to work from.  Otherwise,  how do you know whether Book Two happened a year after 1991 or 1973 or 2071?

Luckily, we do have some dates.  One is Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Headless-Porpington’s death-date — 31 Oct 1492 (from his cake).  Another is the day Harry’s parents die — 31 Oct 1981.  This date is from James and Lily’s gravestone.

J.K.R. is big on Halloween, huh?

All right!  Let’s get started!  No Internet info, no movie info.  We will just use the facts in the books.

The following proof may not be the best proof, and it’s certainly not the only one, but here we go.

So the first thing we’ll do is determine the month, day, and approximate time of the epilogue.  The epilogue takes place on Platform 9 3/4, when Harry and Ginny’s kids are leaving for Hogwarts.  Let’s look at the first book. Continue reading

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Richmond American Homes: Please reclaim your lost property — Adopt-A-Road — Idlewild Days


Team Climate!  Cleaning up the Road ...

Richmond American Homes: Please reclaim your lost property.

And try to keep it from getting lost in the first place, will you?  The same goes for everyone who leaves stuff on the street.  Unless it’s for bulk pickup or something.

See Adopt-A-Road — Idlewild Days.

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