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October 13, 2004

Oh Frabjous Day!

The Guardian has taken an idea from Tim Blair and, well, you've simply got to go and read both pages.
Clark County Ohio, you don't know what's about to hit you. Essentially, the Grauniad has identified you as a swing county in a swing state. OK, fair enough. But it has then gone on to get the list of registered voters, along with relevant email addresses. It is then asking its readers to "Adopt an Ohioan". Obviously being the Guardian it wants only good honest European style liberals to do this, so as to swing this area for John Kerry. You can see what three puffed up followers of the rites of Onan say here.
Now, me being me, someone who would be regarded as a little hidebound even in the Texas Republican Party, think that this is ripe for a little piece of subversion. Let's get a little campaign going for people who are not good European style liberals to adopt a voter in Clark County. Simply add your email to the Guardian's web-site and wait. If you don't want to bother one of the good mid-western people with your views, at least you will have saved them from an assault by Moonbats.
If any bloggers know people in the Ohio media, this might be a good time to get a little airplay for your blog. If you need a live voice, then I suggest Tim Blair at the above link as he is both a real live journalist and someone who has done radio. It was also his idea originally that the Guardian seems to be using. It's just that he meant it as a joke.
So folks, may I suggest that we get to it? Register now and have your say!


Update. My mistake. They are providing snail mail addresses, not email. I've just got my response from the Guardian and here it is:


Here is the address of your voter in Clark County, Ohio. When writing to him or her please be courteous and consider how you would feel if someone from Ohio was to write and advise you how to vote.

If your address is incomplete, and for any correspondence, please email clark.county@guardian.co.uk

To enter the competition to campaign in Clark County, email your letter to clark.county@guardian.co.uk. For terms and conditions see below.

A few tips about writing to Clark County:

* Don't make any assumptions about the voter with whom you have been matched. His or her name comes from the publicly available voters' roll. The voter has not registered any party affiliation. (We don't want individual Clark County voters bombarded with lobbying letters so this site will assign only one name and address to each user – please don't pass yours on to anyone else.)

* Explain why you think they should pay the slightest bit of attention to what you think about their election. Remember, charm will be far more effective than hectoring.

Terms and Conditions for entering the competition
1. To obtain a Clark county address, submit your email address to www.guardian.co.uk/clarkcounty
2. Your letter must be courteous and polite. It must not contain any material which is obscene, libellous, offensive, illegal or which may bring the Guardian into disrepute.
3. You must write only one letter to the voter you are assigned.
4. To enter the competition, send a copy of your letter by email to clark.county@guardian.co.uk it must be received by Guardian Newspapers Limited ("GNL") before midnight on October 20 (the 'entry').
5. Entrants should be UK resident, aged 18 or over and available to travel from London or Manchester on October 26.
6. The prize for the winning entries is 3 nights in Clark County, Ohio. The prize is a return flight to Ohio and accommodation on a room only basis to meet voters and participate in the closing days of the race. The flights depart from London or Manchester on October 26 and return on October 29. The winners shall be solely responsible for all taxes, insurance, transfers, spending money and other expenses (including meals and other personal expenses).
7. By taking part in the competition, entrants agree to be bound by this Agreement.
8. The competition is not open to employees or agents of GNL or any family member.
9. Only one entry is allowed per person and each letter must be written and submitted by the entrant.
10. No responsibility is taken for entries lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete due to server functions, virus, bugs or any other causes outside GNL's control. Proof of entry is not proof of receipt.
11. In consideration of GNL agreeing to consider the entry, each entrant assigns to GNL the complete copyright and all other rights in the letter which shall be for the full period of copyright. GNL shall be free to assign such rights to third parties.
12. GNL shall not be responsible for the return of entries.
13. A panel of G2 editors will select four entries which in their sole opinion are the best letters. GNL reserves the right to edit and publish the winning entries on the Guardian Unlimited website ('the Website') and in the Guardian newspaper. All entrants consent to the use by GNL of their names for this purpose. All entrants consent to publication of their submission by GNL.
14. The judges' decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into with entrants.
15. The winners will be notified by e-mail/phone on October 21. The winners are required to accept the prize within 24 hours of notification. In the event of non-acceptance by any of the winners, GNL will select a new winner (the same acceptance period will apply for the new winner).
16. The prize is non-transferrable and there will be no cash alternatives or substitutions for any other prize.
17. Each winner will be required to provide travel insurance, a valid passport and are responsible for visas and other documentation necessary to enter the US.
18. Winners may be required to take part in promotional activity.
19. The winners must not enter into any commitment, contract or arrangement with any third party on behalf of GNL.
20. This Agreement does not constitute any form of employment by GNL of the winners.
21. GNL is not responsible for cancellation, delays or changes to flights or any other part of the prize or for the inability of the prize-winner to take up any part of the prize due to problems with flights, travel or any other factor outside GNL's control.
22. GNL cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, injury or disappointment suffered by any entrant as a result of entering the promotion or accepting the prize or any injury or damage to the entrant's or any other person's computer relating to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials in connection with the promotion. Nothing shall exclude GNL's liability for death or personal injury as a result of its negligence.
23. These terms and conditions set out the entire Agreement between the winners and GNL and supersede any and all previous agreements whether written or oral. This Agreement is personal to the winners and cannot be assigned to anyone else. No amendment or variation to this Agreement will be accepted unless it is in writing and signed by the winners and GNL. This Agreement shall be subject to and interpreted in accordance to the laws of England and Wales and the parties shall submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
Promoter: GNL, 119 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3ER.

I've taken the address I was given out as I don't actually think that people are going to want even one, let alone hundreds of letters from complete strangers telling them how to vote. So, Ms Kennedy (no, I don't think she's related to Teddy), your duty to vote your conscience (or not vote at all, if that is what you wish) is entirely safe from this meddling European.

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Comments

And what if someone writes a really nasty letter that causes a Clark County voter to top him/herself as it was the last straw etc? Going to wait and see if the Guardian accepts liability? Will they also offer the Yanks the same chance in May next year for the Sedgefield Constituency perhaps?

I note the prize is take it or leave it if you happen to be working or whatever on the weekend in question!

Wonder if a complaint to the Press Compliants johnnies would get them excited....probably not This IS the Guardian after all!

Posted by: dave t | Oct 13, 2004 7:02:09 PM

I sent the Guardian this email - wonder if they will bother to reply?

Just curious - what happens if someone using an address YOU provide then stalks or writes a letter so foul that the receipient commits suicide if for example he/she were in a depressed state at the time? Will you accept liability and pays millions of dollars?

Will you also do the same with the local press in Ohio to enable US voters to write to people in say, Sedgefield when the election is held over HERE?

IS this not against electoral law in either the States or the UK?

Why were we not allowed to vote in the last Iraqi election? We could have prevented the 97% vote in favour of Saddam!

And finally, bearing in mind that 1 April is some 5 odd months away is this whole thing in fact yet another Gaurniad cockup?

Yours aye

Posted by: dave t | Oct 13, 2004 7:08:42 PM

Sedgefield is interesting you know, the voter rolls are public in the UK. Hhmm. In the local library actually.
Hadn't thought about the liability issue. Again, interesting.

Posted by: Tim Worstall | Oct 13, 2004 7:13:22 PM

I used all 6 of my email addresses to adopt Ohioans, and deleted the emails when I got them. That's 6 people who won't be annoyed by meddlin furriners.

I also wrote the newspaper in Springfield, Ohio (Clark County) to let them know about this site, and suggested they do a story on it.

Posted by: Meep | Oct 13, 2004 7:55:37 PM

So after 3 years of calling us Nazis and pumping out anti-American hatred 24/7, the Guardian thinks it can sweet-talk us into voting their way? What a bunch of turds. I almost gagged on Le Carre's and "Lady" Antonia's contributions. Yeah, you really loved us prior to 9-11 didn't you, socialist airheads? Yeah, you're really greatful that we spent blood and treasure to save your worthless socialist asses 2 times aren't you Le Carre and "Lady" Antonia (actually it was 3 times if count the Cold War, four if you count that little unpleasantness down in the Balkans a few years ago.) These people have their bloody nerve. Their bloody freakin' nerve.

Posted by: Irene Adler | Oct 14, 2004 3:10:44 AM

Meep, that's the spirit. Irene, your anger is, um, showing dear. How many email addresses do you have?

Posted by: Tim Worstall | Oct 14, 2004 9:12:41 AM

Sorry, Tim, but I was there on 9/12/2001 and I saw what the Guardian was spewing then. Do they think we have forgotten it? Not me.

Tim adds: I don't mind the anger, in fact think it healthy. I just prefer the stilleto to the bludgeon :-)

Posted by: Irene Adler | Oct 14, 2004 1:38:08 PM

Suit yourself, Tim. When it comes to al-Crapian I prefer the daisy cutter. :)

Posted by: Irene Adler | Oct 14, 2004 2:21:25 PM

I have just done what meep did. I am not ure it will help. Not unless we all end up collecting so may addresses that the guardian runs out of them.

Tim adds: And how would we count ourselves if we gave up knowing that the good fight could not be won? To strive is important, to win is a bonus.

Posted by: mike.a | Oct 14, 2004 9:00:40 PM

I just got back from three and a half years of living in Brussels. The Euros seem to think they have a, well, not GOD given exactly, but a BORN right to meddle in US domestic life. They see themselves as having a big stake in it.

Long as they let me swing the hammer, I'll concede the stake.

Posted by: manahm pistoff | Oct 16, 2004 12:33:14 AM

Appalling! Tim, as someone who lives in Ohio, thanks for outing this despicable interference in our state election.

Of course, around where I am located in Ohio it won't make much difference. The Bush/Cheney yard signs are running about 5 to 1 over Kerry/Edwards signs.

Most counties will be Republican, outside of a couple of large population centers.

I know a lot of people who are pretty annoyed with Senator Kerry making it sound as if the state of Ohio is a barren wasteland crying over lost manufacturing jobs. That plays well to a minority of "victim mentality" types, but it backfires on those who feel in control of their own destinies.

Posted by: Anita Campbell | Oct 17, 2004 5:59:10 PM