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There are many election-related signs in my town. Some signs are in lawns, or along public roads. Others are waved by small groups of enthusiasts at major intersections. These signs make me a little bit sad, because there are only two explanations for their existence:

1. Voters are so dumb they can be swayed by signs.

Or

2. Signs make no difference whatsoever but the people running for office and supporting various ballot propositions are too dumb to realize it.

Either way, it's not a good thing.

Down the road from my house a guy has been spending hours a day standing at an intersection vigorously waving an Obama sign. I don't mean to be unkind, but my story demands that you know this fellow looks like a bit of a douche bag. The only information he is conveying is that if you vote for Obama you can belong to a group that includes at least one douche bag, guaranteed. (I have not ruled out the possibility that he secretly supports McCain and this is some sort of dirty trick.)

If you are a registered voter in the United States, today you must choose between the Antichrist and the only guy that scares the piss out of the Antichrist. My strategy involves buying a wheelbarrow and waiting for the rapture. I understand there will be a lot of gold fillings and diamond earrings left for me and my homeys.
 
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Dec 5, 2008
I hate to burst your Dilbert files bubble, but anyone can set up secure file transfer with OpenSSH. It healps if you run Linux on one of your machines, but it probably isn't completely necessary. I can transfer files securely and its free. Apparently Dilbert Files is being marketed to people who aren't in any way tech savy.

Good luck competing against Google!

[Your comment is a great endorsement for Dilbertfiles.com and it's funny you can't see that. -- Scott]
 
 
Nov 6, 2008
Scott, I already covered this (in more detail to boot) in my blog at http://theinternetsnewpaper.wordpress.com/2008/10/22/political-signs/

Stay off my turf!
 
 
Nov 5, 2008
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I friggin' love you Scott!!!! You can have all my fillings!!! Please be aware that most are a mercury compound and that my engagement ring hasn't been appraised. I'm pretty sure my wedding band is valued in the high 200s.
 
 
Nov 5, 2008
As everyone else has said, signs don't matter much in the presidential election. But in the local elections, after I see a thousand signs for Dan Saban I begin to think "Who the hell IS that guy?!?!" and I go read about him on the interwebs. Then I realize this guy is far better than the other guy; I'm voting for him!
 
 
Nov 5, 2008
Amazingly enough, signs do make a difference. Some people want to go with the flow, and get along with the people they perceive to back one person, issue, or proposition. When people don't want to take the time, or don't have the basic understanding (blame our school system) of the process or the ramifications of a particular vote, they look to see how others are voting and parrott them.

Money talks volumes. You heard it here first.
 
 
Nov 5, 2008
Hey, I've always called Obama the antichrist too! And I kind of believe it, and expected him to win, and now expect him to start taking away our privileges and turn us into a socialist regime. It's the beginning of the end. Beware, when he starts trying to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine and take away our rights to free speech, free press, and the right to bear arms.
 
 
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Nov 5, 2008
I live across the street from the (HUGE) local polling place...my yard sign candidate or issue always wins...Last5 night's board supervisor candidate won by only 80 votes...maybe my sign made a difference...

ANYWAY, I always say to those I know coming or going to the polls, "Did you vote the right way/for the right person?"

And laugh myself silly because it never gets challenged and people assume that I agree with them...asssure me that they voted for the 'right' guy. (And there is no presidential sign on my lawn, so they have no reason to guess whom I support--my sign candidates are not single party...)

Ok, that was way more boring than it sounded in my head...but it makes me laugh .
 
 
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Nov 5, 2008
Election years were great when I was a teen. We would gather them up and whatever else we could find and get our toilet paper ready and T.P. our band directors house and fill his yard with every sign we had gotten. Yea I know what a bunch of geeks. Well it was geek fun. Other than that they are a waste and what happen to being green. How many trees did we kill this year. One other thing Antichrist? I don't get that one at all. He's jsut a man just like any other a**hol*, I don't believe we have another Hilter on our hands as some of my McCain supporter friends have suggested. But I do believe he wants to make the whole world a better place, weather or not he can do it with his ideas remains to be seen.
 
 
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Nov 5, 2008
So, how's the restaurant treating you Scott?
 
 
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Nov 5, 2008
Ah, but could it meerly be that these voters are not nessesarily convinced signs help- but want to:
a) signal to the world that they support the "right" cause
b) signal that they care enough to make the smallest possible effort to help (sign)
c) it's a group acceptance thing.

Also you have to consider that people ARE likely to be affected by signs. Not one but many. Assuming that there in your neighborhood (where I understand there are many Obama signs) there is 1 guy who wants to vote (because you ought to vote) but doesn't know for who.... He can then look out the window and see that he'd acquire the greatest social acceptance by voting Obama. People are flock moist robots. If everyone else is doing it, most people will try it- even if they don't know why.
 
 
Nov 4, 2008
Voters are so dumb they can be swayed by signs, sadly yes they are.... In fact here in NH the winner, former loser Shaheen had sings printed up in our sitting senators colors and fonts and had words like Recession and Deficit printed. Totally negative crap and yes they do it because it works and she beat finally beat him tonight.

My 8th grader explained it well, it is like the most popular kids want to play ultimate frisbie but everyone else really wants to play soccer but no one will speak up... so if the idiot voters see more signs coupled with polls that say X is going to win, they vote X so they can be with the in crowd no matter what they really want.

Yikes, stack your wood high and stock the basement with non-perishable foods becasue it might be a long cold winter in NH.
 
 
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Nov 4, 2008
Scott, I have to say that this is the first blog in a LONG time that has made me laugh hysterically out loud - I was reading it to my husband and couldn't even get to the next sentence. I voted for the best people I believe are fit for the job but I am totally on the same bus as you - way, way, WAY too much money is spent on things like signs, which influence nobody, robo calls which almost everybody hangs up on, and canvassers (and materials) to which almost none really listen too past getting them off the front porch.
 
 
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Nov 4, 2008
When a poll of voters indicates that only 40% of those polled knew that both the senate and house are controlled by the Democrat party is a good indicator of the intelligence of those voting. That is one reason why I oppose "get out the vote" drives. If a person who has the right to vote has to be encouraged to vote, what value is that vote? It will only reflect the mindless preset towards a party that the voter has, or the vote will reflect the leaning of the noise that she/he hears. If they are informed and interested then they will not have to be encouraged. I would like to see a voter test 2 weeks before the election where potential voters have to demonstrate a minimal awareness of the issues and the candidates stances. Fail ity and when you vote, your vote is not registered. It will never happen. The Democrat party actively registers convicts in states where they are eligible to vote. Hmmmmmmmmm.
 
 
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Nov 4, 2008
Lawn signs are a form of symbolic, seldom fatal, form of display-competition like the tail of the !$%*!$%* the drumming of the ruffled grouse, or the bower collections of the bower bird. Voters assume that the party with the most signs is the strongest and biggest and fittest because they are bird brains.
 
 
Nov 4, 2008
"Why not put the candidates in realistically simulated crisis situations during the campaign, with full tv-coverage?

Much of the discussions have been about experience or lack of it - but experience is in my opinion not something that you can measure in years as governor, CEO or similar. You can surely find someone who has been a governor for years who you wouldn't trust the White House.

As any other reality show out there the simulated crisis for presidential candidates would give the voters a chance to see how the contestants handle quick decisions with little information to base it on, under pressure from not only the decisions to make but also the tv-coverage. How they seek advise from their staff, if they can keep the head cool and think rationally all the way etc etc."


In the world of Star Trek, this was called the "Kobayashi Maru" test. I like the idea. You want the highest office in the WORLD? Let's see how you handle crises, with everyone watching!
 
 
Nov 4, 2008
It's sad to see this sort of comment Scott. The guy on the corner may merely be passionate about his choice... to be called a ungracious name and then you turn around a use the word homey? Shame...
 
 
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Nov 4, 2008
ack.

economy.
 
 
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Nov 4, 2008
I may have missed someone else saying this but isn't it obvious...

They are all trying to establish their economic credibility by stimulating the signmaking market, leading to more money in signmakers pockets, who will spend more and so on.

As an added bonus, productivity is improved by the removal of in-duh-viduals from the productive side of the economomy. Now if only we could find a away to stop them stealing our oxygen.
 
 
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Nov 4, 2008
Just wanted to say that I completely agree. But I'm glad they exist - how else would I know who the !$%*!$%* in my neighborhood are?
 
 
Nov 4, 2008
There is a major intersection near my house that used to be periodically occupied by people waving anti-war/anti-Bush signs, handing out newsletters, etc. I live in a blue state, so this wasn't that uncommon, espeically around the beginning of the war. The problem with this particular group was, if you called central casting and asked them to send you aging drug-burnout hippies who's very appearance screams "please, don't take me seriously. I'm a moron", they would sent these guys (I mean seriously - I didn't know people like this under the age of 25 still existed. It was like "living stereotype day" every time I saw them). I have no doubt that whatever small effect those people had on their cause, it was probably more harm than good.
 
 
 
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