November 4th, 2004

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Georgia is Republican now, but not my office

My office has suddenly got the political atmopshere of UMass, where I went to school. Am I in Georgia? Am I at Georgia Tech? Are they really discussing the theoretical possibilities of China invading Taiwan, the Bill of Rights, End Times Christianity, ballot fraud, anti-feminist Christianity? Yes, they are! Actually a couple of hours ago Ellen our secretary, who "came out" to me as a secret atheist liberal before I left last year, was in here with me for an hour talking about politics. Prior to our boss Tom leaving that would NEVER have happened. I like the change in atmosphere! It used to be nobody talked politics or war EVER because the vibe we get that war = business for GTRI. But now that Tom's gone, we say "Hey, we're computer techs, not engineers with contracts with the DOD -- they'll always need us, no matter what we think of the gov't!" Amen.
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Views from Boston, New York, San Francisco

I've been finding a lot of great articles & op ed pieces lately. I plan on posting them in groups.

Here's Group #1, which I'll call Portraits of the Bewildered and Alienated:

Bay Staters grappling with legacy of rejection (my personal fav)
Boston Globe
An open newspaper splayed at his feet, his brow furrowed, Mike Kelleher sat on the steps of Quincy Market yesterday -- not far from where John F. Kerry would soon make his concession speech -- and glumly digested the fact that, once again, the nation had spurned a presidential candidate from Massachusetts.

A Blue City (Disconsolate, Even) Bewildered by a Red America
NY Times
Striking a characteristic New York pose near Lincoln Center yesterday, Beverly Camhe clutched three morning newspapers to her chest while balancing a large latte and talked about how disconsolate she was to realize that not only had her candidate, John Kerry, lost but that she and her city were so out of step with the rest of the country.

On the Avowed Left Coast, a Feeling of Being Left Out
NY Times
If the gay weddings this year in San Francisco and Portland made the rest of the country think the West Coast had gone the way of Sodom and Gomorrah, the victory for Mr. Bush invoked in return another biblical reference, Armageddon.

I can really identify with the sentiments in these.

ADDENDUM
And on a related note, I looked up the poll results for individual towns in my home state of Massachusetts. Amherst, Mass., where I went to school, voted 85% for Kerry... same percentage as in Cambridge. It was 80% in Northampton, home of Smith College (and a heavy lesbian population who Hell No does not like that kind of Bush.) North Adams, a working class / artsy town in the northwest corner, it was 75%. In my home town of Andover (a rich bedroom suburb of Boston) Kerry won at 53%.
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