on my way to vote in the primary election yesterday
in the midst of many signs
one stood out.
“in an election, one needs both hope and audacity.”
celebrate this rarely used quality on november 4, common sense day.
the date coincides with the birth date of actor will rogers
who was thought to have coined this phrase.
how to celebrate?
well, what can be said?
use your common sense to celebrate this unofficial holiday.
did you know…
…that thomas paine wrote a pamphlet called common sense in 1776?
in it, he drew out the need for independence of
the 13 british colonies in north america from britain.
the pamphlet is thought to have inspired the american revolution.
i wish that the celebration of common sense
would carry over to november 8th,
our upcoming election day in the united states.
WikiLeaks shows Clinton aide touting Lafayette coneys
Amid the excerpts from closed-door speeches by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to Wall Street executives and backroom discussions of political strategy comes a shout-out about a venerable Detroit restaurant.
It’s not every day that WikiLeaks reveals something as mundane as who ate where and what. But that’s just what emerged in the latest drop Friday of hacked emails from the anti-secrecy website that releases secret and classified information.
During a Michigan stop with Clinton in March that included Detroit and Flint, Clinton’s spokesman Nick Merrill offers his take on a local eatery in an email to campaign chairman John Podesta, which were hacked by WikiLeaks.
“On a personal note, I just had two Coney Island hot dogs at the famous Lafayette Coney Island next to the hotel. I highly recommend. Bring your defibrillator, or ask to borrow one from USSS (United States Secret Service),” he writes.
He’s not alone. Detroit coneys — Lafayette or next-door rival American Coney Island — which feature wieners with beanless chili sauce, onions and mustard, have drawn fans for decades. Some who leave the area or the state pine for them. Debate rages about the virtues of both.
Lafayette’s owner wasn’t available to bask in the attention, but other fans have weighed in in the past. “There’s only one hot dog stand in Detroit and that’s Lafayette Coney Island,” said a devoted fan in a Detroit News article.
credits: konrad maziarz (photo), detroitnews.com
i went to the official opening
of the local headquarters
my choice of candidates
for the office of
president of the united states of america.
when i pulled into the parking lot
there was not a space to be had
there was a torrential downpour of rain
yet people of all ages
pouring out of the door
once i walked into the room
so much enthusiasm
so full of hope
it was overwhelming
i’m excited to say that
tomorrow i’ll begin helping them
to try to make it all happen in november.
“act as if what you do makes a difference. it does.”
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