Expatriate Iraqi Voting

Discussion in 'Recumbent bicycles' started by [email protected], Jan 30, 2005.

  1. One of the five designated polling sites in the United States is located
    about three miles from where I live. This site was claimed to be the least
    secure of all the Iraqi polling places. The local police had first refused
    to be a part of providing security, but they subsequently were convinced
    otherwise. When I heard this my first thought was to keep away from the
    area. Later the thought that history was being made in my own backyard made
    me go there to see and photograph what I could. I rode a bike hoping to
    appear less threatening, but you never know. Voting was in heated tents
    located in a parking area in a small hollow at the state fairgrounds. From
    what I saw it could have been better secured.

    We are home to about 8,000 Kurds, the largest concentration in the US.
    Undoubtedly this was the main reason our town was chosen as one of the
    polling sites.

    One of my stops was at the exit point where 15 or so of us cheered and gave
    a thumbs up to the voters as they left. The voters were all smiling and
    most held up their index finger to show us the purple ink on finger tip.
    The license plates on their cars showed they were from many states. Keep in
    mind they had come here and register the prior week before they voted. The
    first voter here was from Denver and he came last week to register and
    stayed over with a local family. I imagine a good bit of that was being
    done.

    Frankly these people put us to shame. They have put voting in a new
    perspective for me and I will not take it as lightly as I have in the past.

    And for those hoping for a disaster, I'm proud to say not today, not in my
    town.

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  2. Tom Sherman

    Tom Sherman Guest

    [email protected] wrote:

    > One of the five designated polling sites in the United States is located
    > about three miles from where I live. This site was claimed to be the least
    > secure of all the Iraqi polling places. The local police had first refused
    > to be a part of providing security, but they subsequently were convinced
    > otherwise. When I heard this my first thought was to keep away from the
    > area. Later the thought that history was being made in my own backyard made
    > me go there to see and photograph what I could. I rode a bike hoping to
    > appear less threatening, but you never know. Voting was in heated tents
    > located in a parking area in a small hollow at the state fairgrounds. From
    > what I saw it could have been better secured.
    >
    > We are home to about 8,000 Kurds, the largest concentration in the US.
    > Undoubtedly this was the main reason our town was chosen as one of the
    > polling sites.
    >
    > One of my stops was at the exit point where 15 or so of us cheered and gave
    > a thumbs up to the voters as they left. The voters were all smiling and
    > most held up their index finger to show us the purple ink on finger tip.
    > The license plates on their cars showed they were from many states. Keep in
    > mind they had come here and register the prior week before they voted. The
    > first voter here was from Denver and he came last week to register and
    > stayed over with a local family. I imagine a good bit of that was being
    > done.
    >
    > Frankly these people put us to shame. They have put voting in a new
    > perspective for me and I will not take it as lightly as I have in the past.
    >
    > And for those hoping for a disaster, I'm proud to say not today, not in my
    > town.


    Thank you for helping to prove Ed Dolan wrong.

    --
    Tom Sherman - Earth
     
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  4. Edward Dolan

    Edward Dolan Guest

    "Tom Sherman" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > [email protected] wrote:
    >
    >> One of the five designated polling sites in the United States is located
    >> about three miles from where I live. This site was claimed to be the
    >> least
    >> secure of all the Iraqi polling places. The local police had first
    >> refused
    >> to be a part of providing security, but they subsequently were convinced
    >> otherwise. When I heard this my first thought was to keep away from the
    >> area. Later the thought that history was being made in my own backyard
    >> made
    >> me go there to see and photograph what I could. I rode a bike hoping to
    >> appear less threatening, but you never know. Voting was in heated tents
    >> located in a parking area in a small hollow at the state fairgrounds.
    >> From
    >> what I saw it could have been better secured.
    >>
    >> We are home to about 8,000 Kurds, the largest concentration in the US.
    >> Undoubtedly this was the main reason our town was chosen as one of the
    >> polling sites.
    >>
    >> One of my stops was at the exit point where 15 or so of us cheered and
    >> gave
    >> a thumbs up to the voters as they left. The voters were all smiling and
    >> most held up their index finger to show us the purple ink on finger tip.
    >> The license plates on their cars showed they were from many states. Keep
    >> in
    >> mind they had come here and register the prior week before they voted.
    >> The
    >> first voter here was from Denver and he came last week to register and
    >> stayed over with a local family. I imagine a good bit of that was being
    >> done.
    >>
    >> Frankly these people put us to shame. They have put voting in a new
    >> perspective for me and I will not take it as lightly as I have in the
    >> past.
    >>
    >> And for those hoping for a disaster, I'm proud to say not today, not in
    >> my
    >> town.

    >
    > Thank you for helping to prove Ed Dolan wrong.


    Wrong about what, pray tell?

    The only person proven wrong, over and over again, has been you. You were
    wrong about the war and you were wrong about the election, both ours and
    theirs. And you will be proven wrong too about the eventual outcomes in Iraq
    and the entire Middle East. But you were mostly proven wrong about President
    Bush. It can't be much fun to be a liberal these days and to be constantly
    wrong about EVERYTHING!

    Thanks for the good news post Skip. I am going to send it to some of my
    acquaintances who never vote. Maybe shame will work when nothing else ever
    has.

    --
    Regards,

    Ed Dolan the Great - Minnesota
     
  5. Tom Sherman

    Tom Sherman Guest

    Edward Dolan wrote:

    > "Tom Sherman" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    >

    [snip]
    >>
    >>Thank you for helping to prove Ed Dolan wrong.

    >
    >
    > Wrong about what, pray tell?...


    Wrong in that all the original off-topic posts are left wing. But you
    knew that.

    --
    Tom Sherman - Earth
     
  6. Edward Dolan

    Edward Dolan Guest

    "Tom Sherman" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Edward Dolan wrote:
    >
    >> "Tom Sherman" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    >> news:[email protected]
    >>

    > [snip]
    >>>
    >>>Thank you for helping to prove Ed Dolan wrong.

    >>
    >>
    >> Wrong about what, pray tell?...

    >
    > Wrong in that all the original off-topic posts are left wing. But you knew
    > that.


    Skip was not posting anything right wing, but merely presenting an
    interesting local news item having to do with something currently in the
    news.

    What we have here now on ARBR is balance. That is all I have ever sought for
    this group. I am left wing on several issues myself as you well know. But
    not on defense and security and matters of war and peace. I am a
    neo-conservative and forever a hawk. To be anything else in the kind of
    world we are living in is insane.

    --
    Regards,

    Ed Dolan the Great - Minnesota
     
  7. Freewheeling

    Freewheeling Guest

    <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > One of the five designated polling sites in the United States is located
    > about three miles from where I live. This site was claimed to be the
    > least
    > secure of all the Iraqi polling places. The local police had first
    > refused
    > to be a part of providing security, but they subsequently were convinced
    > otherwise. When I heard this my first thought was to keep away from the
    > area. Later the thought that history was being made in my own backyard
    > made
    > me go there to see and photograph what I could. I rode a bike hoping to
    > appear less threatening, but you never know. Voting was in heated tents
    > located in a parking area in a small hollow at the state fairgrounds.
    > From
    > what I saw it could have been better secured.
    >
    > We are home to about 8,000 Kurds, the largest concentration in the US.
    > Undoubtedly this was the main reason our town was chosen as one of the
    > polling sites.
    >
    > One of my stops was at the exit point where 15 or so of us cheered and
    > gave
    > a thumbs up to the voters as they left.


    Man, that is just way cool. Congratulations. I don't know how anyone can
    "but, but..." their way through this.

    > The voters were all smiling and
    > most held up their index finger to show us the purple ink on finger tip.
    > The license plates on their cars showed they were from many states. Keep
    > in
    > mind they had come here and register the prior week before they voted.
    > The
    > first voter here was from Denver and he came last week to register and
    > stayed over with a local family. I imagine a good bit of that was being
    > done.
    >
    > Frankly these people put us to shame. They have put voting in a new
    > perspective for me and I will not take it as lightly as I have in the
    > past.
    >
    > And for those hoping for a disaster, I'm proud to say not today, not in my
    > town.


    Not that I don't think there won't be problems ahead, but the terrorists
    don't seem to be making good on their threats, which has to mean that we're
    chasing them in ragged circles at the very least... something you'd think
    would eventually catch the imagination of the mainstream press, huh? I
    swear, even Dan Rather sounded enthused yesterday.

    >
    > skip
     
  8. Edward Dolan

    Edward Dolan Guest

    "Freewheeling" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > <[email protected]> wrote in message
    > news:[email protected]
    >> One of the five designated polling sites in the United States is located
    >> about three miles from where I live. This site was claimed to be the
    >> least
    >> secure of all the Iraqi polling places. The local police had first
    >> refused
    >> to be a part of providing security, but they subsequently were convinced
    >> otherwise. When I heard this my first thought was to keep away from the
    >> area. Later the thought that history was being made in my own backyard
    >> made
    >> me go there to see and photograph what I could. I rode a bike hoping to
    >> appear less threatening, but you never know. Voting was in heated tents
    >> located in a parking area in a small hollow at the state fairgrounds.
    >> From
    >> what I saw it could have been better secured.
    >>
    >> We are home to about 8,000 Kurds, the largest concentration in the US.
    >> Undoubtedly this was the main reason our town was chosen as one of the
    >> polling sites.
    >>
    >> One of my stops was at the exit point where 15 or so of us cheered and
    >> gave
    >> a thumbs up to the voters as they left.

    >
    > Man, that is just way cool. Congratulations. I don't know how anyone can
    > "but, but..." their way through this.
    >
    >> The voters were all smiling and
    >> most held up their index finger to show us the purple ink on finger tip.
    >> The license plates on their cars showed they were from many states. Keep
    >> in
    >> mind they had come here and register the prior week before they voted.
    >> The
    >> first voter here was from Denver and he came last week to register and
    >> stayed over with a local family. I imagine a good bit of that was being
    >> done.
    >>
    >> Frankly these people put us to shame. They have put voting in a new
    >> perspective for me and I will not take it as lightly as I have in the
    >> past.
    >>
    >> And for those hoping for a disaster, I'm proud to say not today, not in
    >> my
    >> town.

    >
    > Not that I don't think there won't be problems ahead, but the terrorists
    > don't seem to be making good on their threats, which has to mean that
    > we're chasing them in ragged circles at the very least... something you'd
    > think would eventually catch the imagination of the mainstream press, huh?
    > I swear, even Dan Rather sounded enthused yesterday.


    There is no insurgency in Iraq. They have absolutely no support and they
    have no program for Iraq. All they want is to put their boots back on the
    necks of the Iraqi people like they had been doing for the past 35 years
    under Sadaam Hussein. I frankly don't give a damn if the Shia lord it over
    the Sunni for awhile. The Shia and the Kurds will know how to keep the upper
    hand from now on.

    The US may very well have to stay in Iraq for several more years to ensure
    that the new Iraq gets up and running. That is also fine with me. I would
    rather have our military doing something useful in the world over there than
    sitting in their barracks here doing nothing. The few battle deaths and
    casualties that we suffer are negligible in the grand scheme of things,
    almost on the order of accidents that prevail in the peace time military
    when embarked on training exercises. Those who make heavy about each and
    every soldier killed are up to no good and have only a political agenda of
    their own in mind. They could care less about any soldiers getting killed.
    Ted Koppel of ABC is a supreme jackass when it comes to this sort of thing
    as is Jim Lehrer of PBS.

    --
    Regards,

    Ed Dolan the Great - Minnesota
     
  9. So Tom, you think this was ARBR's first original right wing ride report.

    Could your....ah..situation be worsening?

    Concerned.

    skip
     
  10. Stan Vinson

    Stan Vinson Guest

    Re: Recumbent Racer Glen Drury sets course record
    That is quite an impressive accomplishment. Who is the rider and what bike did he ride? Was he in a F-40?

    Stan Vinson
    P38


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    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>


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  11. Ian Smythe

    Ian Smythe Guest

    Glenn Drury racing a Velokraft NoCom lowracer. What is amazing is Mr. Drury was riding a stock bike with no fairings. He finished the 400 km race a twitch short of 2 hours less than the regular cyclists team.

    Ian Smythe

    ............................................................................................................................................................................
    Re: Recumbent Racer Glen Drury sets course record
    That is quite an impressive accomplishment. Who is the rider and what bike did he ride? Was he in a F-40?

    Stan Vinson
    P38
    ...................................................................... .........................................................
    Recumbent cycles entered the 400km cycle for the first time (as a separate category), with Glen Druryclocking the impressive time of 11:57:37. With the popularity of the recumbents, the race is likely to be open next year to other specialist cyclists (all scored in different categories).
     
  12. Tom Sherman

    Tom Sherman Guest

    Edward Dolan wrote:

    > ...
    > There is no insurgency in Iraq. They have absolutely no support and they
    > have no program for Iraq. All they want is to put their boots back on the
    > necks of the Iraqi people like they had been doing for the past 35 years
    > under Sadaam Hussein. I frankly don't give a damn if the Shia lord it over
    > the Sunni for awhile. The Shia and the Kurds will know how to keep the upper
    > hand from now on....


    Where is Iraq? Is it a good place to ride recumbent bicycles?

    Who is Saddam Hussein? What type of recumbent(s) does he build/sell/ride?

    Recumbent Newbie
     
  13. Edward Dolan

    Edward Dolan Guest

    "Tom Sherman" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > Edward Dolan wrote:
    >
    >> ...
    >> There is no insurgency in Iraq. They have absolutely no support and they
    >> have no program for Iraq. All they want is to put their boots back on the
    >> necks of the Iraqi people like they had been doing for the past 35 years
    >> under Sadaam Hussein. I frankly don't give a damn if the Shia lord it
    >> over the Sunni for awhile. The Shia and the Kurds will know how to keep
    >> the upper hand from now on....

    >
    > Where is Iraq? Is it a good place to ride recumbent bicycles?
    >
    > Who is Saddam Hussein? What type of recumbent(s) does he build/sell/ride?
    >
    > Recumbent Newbie


    Don't get too full of yourself or I will start treating you the way I am
    going to treat your good buddy, Ed Gin. I am still waiting along with the
    rest of the newsgroup to hear what you think of Ed Gin. Time to show what
    you are made of.

    --
    Regards,

    Ed Dolan the Great - Minnesota
     
  14. Tom Sherman

    Tom Sherman Guest

    Edward Dolan wrote:

    > Don't get too full of yourself or I will start treating you the way I am
    > going to treat your good buddy, Ed Gin. I am still waiting along with the
    > rest of the newsgroup to hear what you think of Ed Gin.


    Well, Ed Gin doesn't discriminate against downstaters, so that is in his
    favor. It is also (indirectly) Ed Gin's fault that I have an Earth
    Cycles Sunset Lowracer [TM] - wait a minute, that is a good thing!

    > Time to show what you are made of.


    Primarily dihydrogen-oxide and carbon.

    Downstate Illinois Recumbent Newbie
     
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