TODD AKIN: in your FACE
I love this image so much. I'm not sure where it came from but it fills me with indescribable glee.
I would be remiss if I didn't issue the standard PSA of "hey, go vote" because: duh. I'm not going to bullshit around and say "I don't care who you vote for as long as you vote" because I obviously DO care who you vote for, but I will say that yes, your vote matters and yes, you should do it. The only reason you shouldn't be voting today is if, for some reason, you actually, literally can't. Get off your lazy ass and march down to your polling place and make your voice heard. Apathy isn't an excuse. Inconvenience isn't an excuse. There are people in this world who have to risk their LIVES to vote. You can risk missing your favorite TV show. That's why DVR was invented. Hell, take your iPhone and play Angry Birds or whatever while you wait in line. No excuses.
Not sure where to go? This website will tell you. It's a nonpartisan site and I even verified it with my own address. A five-second Google search of "where do I vote?" or "find polling place" will get you there. No excuses.
And, ladies? We've had the right to vote for less than a hundred years. We've still got two more presidential elections to vote in before we hit that century mark. My HOUSE is older than that. You have no idea what our foremothers went through to secure that right. Let's not set the clock backwards, hmm? Get out there and do what your great-grandmother and great-great grandmother couldn't. Use your voice. It counts.
If you want a better list of reasons to vote, go read Terra's post (especially point #5. I like point #5 the best.) I know you've been yammered at and mercilessly called and emailed and bombarded with junk mail and flyers and facebook posts but you know what? It's fucking important. I don't want to hear any excuses. I will find a counter-argument for all of them.
And suddenly, your argument is invalid.
[photo courtesy of my radio friend and his delightful workplace.]
Not voting won't prove anything to anyone, except that you couldn't be bothered to participate in one of the most important elections in the world. I don't hyperbolize; what happens in the United States has a profound affect on the rest of the globe. No matter who wins, the world is watching us. And they're also watching what we don't do. They already think we're fat, stupid, and lazy. Let's prove them wrong, mmmkay?
One crappy self-portrait phone picture taken in my company bathroom, coming right up.
UPDATE: Also, don't Instagram your vote. It's illegal. No, it won't disqualify your vote, but you could get nailed with some fines or theoretically even jail time. List of all of the states' various rules here. *facepalm*