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I had the opportunity to watch two debates last night. Instead I had left over German food, drank some wine, made double chocolate cookies and watched some Project Runway.

Lately, by which I mean the previous few years, I'm a lot more interested in local politics. It's not that I'm inattentive to the world stage, but that's a huge stage. We look to characters like Obama to be told to be part of our communities, which is a bit of an irony. I am not, of course, implying that I don't totally agree with that sentiment. But I doubt people will actually do it. A black man in the White House is even more incentive to sit in front of the HDTV. A clear end to racism, finally!

In my fleeting experiences in municipal politics, mostly surrounding building heritage issues, I've noticed something. You know that game where you spell words or whatever and you feed the hungry with every mouse click? Politics are nothing like that. Politics are really hard. Even small victories on a local level come with some serious pull.

But I'm in a position now with the Canadian election pretty much on it's way out and the US election still yammering away that my head is no longer cranked upwards. So I'll vote and go back to paying attention to the places and people around me. I'm still convinced it's the best way my time is spent.
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"It is a clash between two opposites, between two eras. It is a clash between a mentality that belongs to the Middle Ages and another mentality that belongs to the 21st century. It is a clash between civilization and backwardness, between the civilized and the primitive, between barbarity and rationality. It is a clash between freedom and oppression, between democracy and dictatorship. It is a clash between human rights, on the one hand, and the violation of these rights, on the other hand."

This lady needs to be on the next US Federal ballot.

You can read more about Dr. Wafa Sultan here.


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