Sat 29 Jan, 2005 10:49 pm
The polls have opened in Iraq.
Voters are being interviewed. I just heard one Iraqi man, after casting his ballot, "I will say this, like your people said it: Free at last, we are free at last."
It brought tears to my eyes.
I thought it would be good to record what we see and what we feel during the next 24 hours.
I'm scared, nervous, exhilerated. When I hear certain things from the Iraqi voters, I get a rush of chills. Praying for no violence. So concerned-- and full of hatred for those who would kill these people for speaking up for themselves.
Me, too, Lash. Emotions all over the place LOL.
Watching. Hearing stories that would rip your heart out.
I'll never sleep.
Me, either. Gonna be an all-nighter here.
Guess I'll see you around tonight?
Here's the first photo I've seen.
Ooooh. Yummy avatar is back!
Fox just showed a line of top Sunni officials making sure they are among the first at the polls and that this is captured on TV!
CNN has Nic Robertson up with the Kurds. Showing Kurdish men and WOMEN voting!
OMG!! Sunnis voting! Such a good sign. I know I get all hyperbolic when people take the reins from oppressers--but I swear--there is nothing like this. Such a natural high. I can cancel this weekend's bag of weed.
First explosion at a polling place. No details.
I'm a member at a rather gruesome message board...and they polled to see how many casualties there will be today.
Bad form, for sure. But, I did estimate about 70. I really think the insurgents are going for their last gasp today. I think they'll throw everything they have. But, I'm so hoping against it.
Do you think high casualties, or are you more optimistic?
Friends of Democracy
are going to be on CNN tomorrow (live) from 2-4pm EST. They're taking questions and comments from readers for the broadcast.
CNN showing live pics of Sadr City. Looks like people are going in to vote.
Lots of security.
<If Amanpour comes back, I'll have to switch back to Geraldo on Fox. Can't stand her LOL> Yep! They just said she's next up. Geraldo, here I come!
Just hearing about the explosion. Yeah - the scum will do their best. I just have a feeling, that the Iraqis and the US Marines may have some surprises in store for them.
Didn't escape notice how fast they caught the ones who earlier bombed the Embassy.
30,000 polling places across Iraq. The terrorists can't be everywhere.
Explosions being heard in Baghdad.
Oh my! They are lined up in Sadr City! Women on one side - men on the other!
OMG! You're right. And that was a random drone. They certainly know the locations of activity. They are sure to have surveillance, and a rapid reaction force. This may be how we catch and kill those good for nothing motherfuckers.
Ali (my friend at Free Iraqi) wrote yesterday:
"Tomorrow I and the Iraqis that are going to vote will rule, not the politicians we're going to vote for, as it's our decision and they'll work for us this time and if we don't like them we'll kick them out! Tomorrow my heart will race my hand to the box."
Praying both his heart and his hands remain safe...he's in Baghdad.
Oh good Lord. Jesse Jackson on Fox - twice he's used the phrase "Democracy at the point of a gun".
Whining about "exit strategy".
LOL. On another msg. board some poor girl is begging for news from Fox. She can only get CNN LOL.
Ali has just gone off to vote. He said he would post when he gets back.
Jesse for Prezizzle in '08!!!
Sheesh. They...don't....get it....
Geraldo is so excited he can hardly talk LOL. He's near tears. He's so proud of the job the Marines are doing with security.
Said the polling place is PACKED! Women voting for the first time!!! (We know how much he likes women LOL)!!!