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Bearding the lion in his dean

(Or, at least, tiptoeing around the whining kitten....)

This afternoon, I stepped out to run some errands. More precisely, I stepped out and then stepped on some litter -- some kind people had left some Kerry-Edwards "literature" stuffed in my doorway.

You get used to it, living in the biggest city in Cow Hampshire, but today I was mildly cranky. I spotted the two middle-aged ladies who were apparently canvassing my neighborhood and stopped to chat with them. (They were easy to identify; one had a clipboard, the other a "ACT" tote bag.)

I challenged them to give me three achievements of John Kerry's from the last 20 years. They started into their standard schpiel about all his grandiose plans. I interrupted them and asked just what it was that gave them confidence that he would actually carry them out. Once I'd broken their script, though, they were flustered. "Well, I guess you're a Bush supporter. Thank you for your interest."

Silly me, I gave them back their campaign literature. I coulda saved someone else from having to deal with their litter.

Later in my errands, I came ouf of a store and saw it -- the Source Of All Evil. (Or, at least, the local mecca of silliness.) The Kerry-Edwards New Hampshire headquarters, less than a mile from my house. I had no choice. I ran back to my car (well, walked -- it's a Sunday afternoon, after all) and got my camera. I HAD to document this.

If there's enough interest, I'll post a few of the better ones. Unfortunately, they didn't come out as well as I'd hoped -- I'm not as great a photographer as I'd like to be.

But I did notice a few things that amused me. First, the office is three doors down from a New Hampshire State Liquor Store. Here's hoping they find that incredibly convenient come the night of November 2nd.

Second, about half the cars with Kerry-Edwards stickers on them were from out of state, and nearly all of them from Massachusetts. It's no secret by now I'm less than fond of our neighbors to the south, and this is one more reason I should distrust both Kerry and Massachusetts in general.

Thirdly, there was one guy sitting in the driver's seat of his SUV right in front of the doors, in the fire lane, engine running, door ajar, and reading a newspaper. I lost count of the laws and liberal sins this one bozo was violating.

Fourthly, I did admire one vehicle. It lost points for the Massachusetts plate and Kerry sticker, but I had to laugh at a Honda Pilot with a name plate on the rear that proclaimed it a "MICRO HUMMER."

The final thing I noticed was as I left the plaza. Behind the building, as a wonderfully symbolic gesture, they'd hung their biggest sign on the fencing surrounding their trash can.

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Sometimes living in Cow Hampshire can be too much fun...

J.


Comments (11)

Jay, funny story. But I too... (Below threshold)
Jim:

Jay, funny story. But I too find that no one -- NO ONE -- who supports John Kerry can give me even one achievement during his 20 years in congress. Usually they point to his 4 months in Nam.

Also, today's latest Gallup Poll: Bush 52%
Kerry 44%
Newsweek has it: Bush 50% Kerry 44%

Me thinks a good number of undecideds may have decided. It's not a lock by any means, but clearly the race is Bush's to lose. Now the Dems are back to their formula of scaring old folks with lies about Social Security.

I believe that's a Honda El... (Below threshold)
Also in Cow Hampshire:

I believe that's a Honda Element, not a Honda Pilot in your photo. But that still makes it a Japanese vehicle. Doesn't this person care about outsourcing jobs?!

Looks like the Element is a... (Below threshold)
Also in Cow Hampshire:

Looks like the Element is assembled in U.S.

I hate being wrong! :)

- Not entirely wrong - Also... (Below threshold)
Hunter:

- Not entirely wrong - Also in Cow Hampshire - Most parts are made oversea's and assembly is done predominently by robotics.... thereby eliminating 95% of the human labor and costs...

( Say hello to Derry for me )...

I work with a woman that mu... (Below threshold)
Steve L.:

I work with a woman that must be the only person alive that does not know that I am NOT a Democrat. First, she tried to draft me into the Wesley Clark campaign. I can only guess that since he and I share an alma mater, she assumed I would be a fan of his. She is constantly making comments to me in a "we're in this together" kind of way.

Just recently, a 15-year old kid wrote a letter to the editor of our local paper openly criticizing the Democrats for sleazy campaigning and stating that he thought that the President deserved re-election. The day after it ran, she stopped me in the hall and told me that she seriously doubted that a 15-year old would be smart enough to write that and it must have been done by his cowardly parents. I almost said something, but I decided to wait until after Bush wins to let her know who I voted for. Besides, she's big into the state's Democratic Party so maybe she can let slip some good sleaze.

When you're free to tell he... (Below threshold)

When you're free to tell her, Steve, you can tell her you know at least one person (me) who was writing some damn good stuff in letters to the editor when he was 15, and before.

Also a lot of utter tripe, but she doesn't need to know that. ;-)

Funny, Jay. I enjoyed the ... (Below threshold)
-S-:

Funny, Jay. I enjoyed the story, and the pix. I think the K/E sign on the trashbarrels just about says it all...particularly as a statement about what Liberals "see" and what they do/can not.

It's K/E! They're TRASH! Ha, at least they got this one thing right.

Even among a near-to a major university area, where I am, where once there were the random but persistent "HowardDean" signs/bumperstickers, there are literally none. Nothing for Kerry, no DNC things, just nothing. No Bush signs, much to speak of, either, but I do know that the area is predominantly Republican and that Unions and the DNC really, really try to foment issues and candidates and such. But, even with that, just little to no K/E signs/banners/whatever.

The knocks on the door...I stopped answering them a while ago if and when I suspect political activists.

Our local Kerry/Edwards cam... (Below threshold)
essee:

Our local Kerry/Edwards campaign headquarters (here in Central NJ) is in a strip mall, 3 doors down from a liquor store, too! I wonder if proximity to booze is a location requirement...

Three accomplishments:<br /... (Below threshold)
Trifecta:

Three accomplishments:
1) Kicked W's butt in the first debate.
2) Kicked W's butt in the second debate.
3) Kicked W's butt in the third debate.

Here's my guide to how to t... (Below threshold)

Here's my guide to how to talk to a Kerry voter:
How to talk to a kerry voter

Kerry's an empty suit. His own web site convinced me of that: His plan? To have a plan, a secret plan he can't tell you about. His legislative record? To rename buildings: Kerry's L Record

Hey, next time tell them yo... (Below threshold)

Hey, next time tell them you'd love to support their candidate, then ask them if you can have some extra literature etc. to pass out to all your undecided friends.

Then burninate it.




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