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November 04, 2008

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jitter jitter jitter jitter jitter....

I've been voting for thirty years, and watching elections for much longer, and this is the first time I've seen and felt so many people be actually happy to be voting. Happy to be able to vote, happy to have someone to vote for, happy to make a positive change. I generally try not to discuss politics with people, but there has been this interesting undercurrent the last couple of days- it's hard not to be aware of it.

I was encouraged to see a higher than normal voter turnout today. Even though I do care who wins, I'm also just generally encouraged by people getting out there and voting, period.

Thank you, ladies! Yes, this is what I'm feeling, even from here. Such a relief. The last eight years have been...is there even an adequate adjective?

Oh, when you comment on this post, please say where you're writing in from!

Can it be that we are finally fulfilling the expectations of our Founding Fathers? The optimism is palpable. Dear Monk, your heart/mind IS here.
Claire from Lakewood, Washington

Writing from North Florida!

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO they just called it! My hands are shaking! For the first time in a LONG time I'm not totally ashamed of my country. I think I'm.... proud! All over my neighborhood, screams of joy ringing out...

Obama did it.

No, let me correct this. The American people did it.

They finally stood up to tyranny!

Konchog the monk, if you don't tell us how you voted we will never be able to guess, and will be in for a life time of suspense.

Time to savor the victory, it's been a long time coming.

Good news for France.

Probably for the USA too.

But, what saddens me is that the reasons that got Mr. Obama elected are not the one that I hoped would have been.

Was Mr. Obama proposing the end of US concentration camps, kidnappings in Europe, deportation, torture, invasion of foreign countries covered up with lies?

So, frankly, it won't make a difference for the rest of the world.

As a side note, can someone explain to me why people consider Mr. Obama as a black man? As far as I know, his mother was white, so he would be called a "metis" in French, not a "noir". (Maybe Mr. Obama identifies more with his father ADN, but this is not the point.)

Brother Christian, I'm going to try to save you before other DODR readers jump on this. I know you, and I know you're somewhat cynical and radical in your political outlook. That's fine. But you must understand, Obama or anyone can't do anything about the egregious international issues you cite unless they win the election first. If he had run on "European prisoner rendition" and not the economy as it was collapsing around his ears, you would now be facing McCain and, lord help us, Palin. I'll bet you one new Euro that after Jan. 20, you'll see those things addressed and improved. We do hope for those things; they just weren't the ones to get him over the finish line this time.

Now, I'll put the other bit as plainly as I can: Obama's black because Americans see him as black, as well as his wife and kids. The fine racial distinctions and labels you mention are actually a very sensitive matter to Americans. This is because such labels as "mulatto" or "octaroon" or whatever were deployed for ages to deny Americans with even a small amount of African blood from basic civil rights. With our racial past, this is a huge advance, psychologically.

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Mongolia Bird List: "L" = Lifer

  • Amur Falcon -- L
  • Arctic (Hoary) Redpoll -- L
  • Arctic Warbler -- L
  • Asian Brown Flycatcher -- L
  • Asian Dowitcher -- L
  • Asian Short-toed Lark -- L
  • Azure Tit -- L
  • Bank Swallow
  • Bar-headed Goose -- L
  • Barn Swallow
  • Bean Goose -- L
  • Black Grouse -- L
  • Black Stork -- L
  • Black Woodpecker -- L
  • Black-billed Magpie
  • Black-eared Kite -- L
  • Black-headed Gull -- L
  • Black-tailed Godwit -- L
  • Black-winged Stilt
  • Blyth's Pipit -- L
  • Bohemian Waxwing -- L
  • Booted Eagle -- L
  • Brown Shrike -- L
  • Carrion Crow
  • Chinese Penduline Tit -- L
  • Chukar -- L
  • Cinereous Vulture
  • Citrine Wagtail -- L
  • Coal Tit
  • Common Cuckoo
  • Common Goldeneye
  • Common Greenshank -- L
  • Common Kestrel
  • Common Merganser
  • Common Pochard -- L
  • Common Raven
  • Common Redpoll
  • Common Redshank -- L
  • Common Rosefinch -- L
  • Common Sandpiper
  • Common Shelduck -- L
  • Common Snipe -- L
  • Common Starling
  • Common Swift
  • Common Tern
  • Crested Lark -- L
  • Curlew Sandpiper -- L
  • Dark-throated Thrush -- L
  • Daurian Jackdaw -- L
  • Daurian Partridge -- L
  • Daurian Redstart -- L
  • Demoiselle Crane -- L
  • Desert Warbler -- L
  • Desert Wheatear -- L
  • Dusky Thrush -- L
  • Dusky Warbler -- L
  • Eared Grebe
  • Eurasian Bullfinch -- L
  • Eurasian Coot -- L
  • Eurasian Curlew -- L
  • Eurasian Griffon
  • Eurasian Hobby
  • Eurasian Jay
  • Eurasian Nutcracker -- L
  • Eurasian Nuthatch -- L
  • Eurasian Skylark
  • Eurasian Sparrowhawk
  • Eurasian Spoonbill -- L
  • Eurasian Three-toed Woodpecker -- L
  • Eurasian Tree Sparrow
  • Eurasian Treecreeper -- L
  • Eurasian Wigeon -- L
  • Eurasian Wryneck -- L
  • Eyebrowed Thrush -- L
  • Falcated Duck -- L
  • Fork-tailed Swift -- L
  • Gadwall
  • Garganey -- L
  • Godlewski's Bunting -- L
  • Goldcrest -- L
  • Golden Eagle
  • Gray Heron
  • Gray Wagtail -- L
  • Great Cormorant
  • Great Crested Grebe
  • Great Gray Shrike -- L
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • Great Tit
  • Greater Short-toed Lark -- L
  • Greater Spotted Eagle -- L
  • Green Sandpiper -- L
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Greenish Warbler -- L
  • Hawfinch -- L
  • Hazel Grouse -- L
  • Hen/Northern Harrier
  • Herring Gull
  • Hill Pigeon -- L
  • Hoopoe
  • Horned Grebe
  • Horned Lark
  • House Sparrow
  • Isabelline Shrike -- L
  • Isabelline Wheatear -- L
  • Kentish (Snowy) Plover -- L
  • Lesser Spotted Woodpecker -- L
  • Lesser Whitethroat -- L
  • Little Bunting -- L
  • Little Owl -- L
  • Little Ringed Plover
  • Long-tailed Rosefinch
  • Long-tailed Tit
  • Long-toed Stint -- L
  • Mallard
  • Marsh Sandpiper
  • Meadow Bunting -- L
  • Mew Gull -- L
  • Mongolian Finch -- L
  • Mongolian Ground-jay -- L
  • Mongolian Lark -- L
  • Northern Lapwing -- L
  • Northern Pintail
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Northern Wheatear
  • Olive-backed Pipit -- L
  • Oriental Plover -- L
  • Oriental Reed Warbler -- L
  • Oriental Turtle Dove
  • Pacific Golden-plover -- L
  • Paddyfield Warbler -- L
  • Pallas' Reed Bunting -- L
  • Pallas's Leaf Warbler -- L
  • Pallas's Sandgrouse -- L
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Pied Avocet -- L
  • Pied Wheatear -- L
  • Pine Bunting -- L
  • Pine Grosbeak -- L
  • Pintail Snipe -- L
  • Red (Common) Crossbill
  • Red-billed Chough -- L
  • Red-crested Pochard -- L
  • Red-flanked Bluetail -- L
  • Red-necked Grebe
  • Red-throated Flycatcher -- L
  • Richard's Pipit -- L
  • Rock Dove
  • Rock Sparrow -- L
  • Rook -- L
  • Ruddy Shelduck -- L
  • Ruddy Turnstone
  • Ruff -- L
  • Rufous-tailed Robin -- L
  • Saker Falcon -- L
  • Scaly Thrush -- L
  • Sharp-tailed Sandpiper -- L
  • Siberian Accentor -- L
  • Siberian Rubythroat -- L
  • Smew -- L
  • Spotted Flycatcher -- L
  • Spotted Redshank -- L
  • Steppe Eagle -- L
  • Swan Goose -- L
  • Temminck's Stint -- L
  • Thick-billed Warbler -- L
  • Tree Pipit -- L
  • Tufted Duck -- L
  • Twite -- L
  • Upland Buzzard -- L
  • Ural Owl -- L
  • Water Pipit -- L
  • White Wagtail
  • White-cheeked Starling -- L
  • White-naped Crane -- L
  • White-winged (Two-barred) Crossbill -- L
  • White-winged Scoter
  • White-winged Tern -- L
  • Whooper Swan -- L
  • Willow Tit -- L
  • Wood Sandpiper -- L
  • Yellow-billed Grosbeak -- L
  • Yellow-browed (Inornate) Warbler -- L