Monthly Archives: October 2008

The EIB Award

What a great week of blogging. The winner of the Excellence in Blogging award came from a healthy list of good material to from which to choose.

The runners up:
In an unprecedented moment, Billy has two blogs that made the list of potential EIB winning posts: first he talks about voting and a lesson to his daughter in civics; Secondly he discusses a better interview process so we can know who we are voting into the presidency.

The winner:
Chris Day gives a look at what a blog should be, a narrative of events, thoughts, and ideas. Congrats!

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Friday Bottom 3: Reasons not to Vote

Last week, I listed what I believed were the 3 worst reasons to vote, and this week I will discuss the other side. These are my three worst reasons to decide not to vote.

#3 Both candidates are the same so it does not matter which one I vote for. What? Have you been paying attention? While one candidate is a very smooth talker, has the swagger, and definitely carries himself with a certain aire, and the other candidate is physically hampered by war injuries that were not properly treated, does not have the silver tongue, and is does not carry the most inspiring aura, that is not the difference I am talking about. I am talking about one candidate proposing the type of change that takes from one man who has earned his pay, to give to the man who has not earned, stands for the right to abort at any stage of pregnancy using any medical procedure available for any reason, believes minors should be able to abort their unborn without the consent of their parents, and that the American tax payer should pick up the tab for those abortions while the other candidate opposes abortion in all cases with the exception of the life of the mother being in jeopardy, and opposes the redistribution of earned income from the people who earn to those who do not. These are major differences worthy of one casting a vote.

#2 My one vote doesn’t matter. Look at the millions of votes cast. What difference can I make? Hey, back in 2000, that theory failed. The presidential race came down to a very slim margin and after numerous recounts, it took the US Supreme Court to tell the Democrat lawyers in FL that they could not ignore their own state constitution and just continue recounting until they got the result they wanted. It was that close. While there were thousands of fraudulent votes from felons that were believed to go for Gore that year, there were also quite a few confused voters in Palm Beach County who may have cast a few thousand votes for Pat Buchanan on the infamous “butterfly ballot”. That’s a different story for a different day. The point is that if not for a few hundred people who may have decided to vote last minute, the election results could have been different.

#1 The candidate I support is too far behind. The election is over. Why bother? Well, no candidate is technically “behind” or “ahead”. The polls that we hear about are opinion surveys that use complex formulas including weighting political affiliations, economic groups, age and race demographics, likely vs registered vs general population groups, and regional weighting. No major poll releases their exact formula for deciding who they call to survey or how they determine their prediction of how the vote totals will fall. That is the reason why it is said by the experts that you can make a poll say whatever you want. Don’t miss out on your opportunity to decide just because you are discouraged by the polls. As you can see over the past few days, the polls have tightened up. As I have stated before, I am very distrusting of our mainstream media. Who holds them responsible? If they will not cover this election fairly, what would preclude them from skewing the polls to discourage votes on the side they oppose? The fact is that there is only one poll that matters, and that is the vote that is cast on election day (except the ones who vote absentee and early).

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Line of Thought

-Yesterday in the early afternoon I accomplished my early vote. I felt like I was back in college registering for classes again. I had to stand in line to wait so I could stand in another line, then stand in one more line to vote, then stand in one final line to cast the ballot. Line, line, everywhere’s a line!

-At about 4:30, I went back to the city hall to stand with my wife so she could vote. The line moved quicker it seemed and she studied up prior to voting. This time, she voted much quicker than I did since she was better prepared with the city’s charter amendments, the state’s constitution amendments, and the judges.

-I believe this is the first time I cast a vote on each item of the ballot. It helps to have a blackberry so you can look up some quick info on judges and amendments prior to marking your ballot, but it also slows things down a little.

-Some entrepreneurial kids were outside the polling place practicing some good old fashioned capitalism selling “President Obama” t-shirts. I probably should have bought one and given half the money to someone on the street. 🙂

-A truck covered with Obama/Biden and Joe Garcia stickers, posters, and signs was parked by the street. On the back were two flags, about 4′ by 6′. One was Puerto Rico and the other was another Caribbean nation. I asked the guy that if he wanted Americans to vote for his preferred candidate then shouldn’t he have an American flag at least somewhere in the area. I don’t think he was targeting Americans. Some of the people there in line were not impressed with the truck.

-The elections workers were very helpful, patient, and for the most part professional. Water was provided for everyone who was standing in line outside.

-The whole process for my voting experience was about 1 hour and 45 minutes, and 1 hour and 10 minutes for Marcela.

-I’m voting absentee next election. I have said it before, but this time I mean it!

-I saw 3 different families from Pathway Christian School, some of which I haven’t seen since before Hurricane Andrew. I barely recognized one of them until he told me who he was.

-There are less than 6 days until all ballots should have been cast and counted. It may be months before we know for certain who our next president is. In our letigious society, we will probably have to wait for the courts, judges, and lawyers to “weigh in”.

-There have been roughly 9000 attorneys hired to contest election results in the battleground states. Obama is out-lawyering McCain in this election by more than 2-1. How did we get to this point in our elections.

-No matter who you vote for, please be sure to inform yourselves. I suggest bypassing the biased “mainstream” media which more and more seems to be a branch of the left, and pay no attention to the clever advertisements on both sides meant to scare you into voting or not voting for a candidate. Develop a political philosophy and base it on a sound world view and economic common sense. Vote for the candidate or party that best represents your philosophy. In other words, be informed about your vote. While neither candidate is ideal in my opinion, and both are more liberal than other candidates I have seen in the past, but they are very different choices in their philosophical approach.

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Wednesday Quotable

Benjamin Franklin was one of the great figures of American history.  He was not a supporter of democracy in its purest form, but he did support a representative style of democracy.  You elect leaders, they lead.  This is the form of government we have today, though we are more democratic than he envisioned on many levels.  His quotes on freedom and liberty still hold water today.

Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.

Here is another great quote by Franklin:

This will be the best security for maintaining our liberties. A nation of well-informed men who have been taught to know and prize the rights which God has given them cannot be enslaved. It is in the religion of ignorance that tyranny begins.

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I’m Voting Democrat!

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The Fantasy Football Report

The LPC fantasy football league is under some sort of funk.  Currently, it is being led by a rookie and a team that has been dead since draft day.  Ritz won again in his strongest game of the year.  But Jesse‘s Fuser Heads won it’s 4th game in a row and is tied for first with Ritz at 6-1 even though there has been injured players and players on bye for the last three weeks.  This week, despite having a QB (Carson Palmer) who was out with an inury and his leading WR (Brandon Marshall) out on bye, the Fusers beat Fuzzy’s Dead Skins 94-93 on the back of Dallas Clark who had a monster game last night.  Of course, I lost my 2nd in a row, this time to Trav‘s Big Doggs which is one of the league’s hottest teams.  Bachrach is also coming on strong and destroyed the Turkey Buzzards who still has yet to win a game.  The top 4 teams will make the playoffs which start in week 15.  At this point, as you can see, all but the Turkey Buzzards have a legitimate shot at making the playoffs.  The matchups should be great.  I face Ritz, TJ’s Big Doggs faces the dead team with the best record in the league (Fuser Heads), Bachrach faces the Skins,  and the Dead Heads faces off against his wife’s Turkey Buzzards.

The league standings are now:

  1. Puttin on the Ritz 6-1
  2. Fuser Heads 6-1
  3. Fuzzy’s Dead Skins 4-3
  4. Citizen Cane 4-3
  5. Bachrach 3-4
  6. TJ’s Big Doggs 3-4
  7. Skins 2-5
  8. Turkey Buzzards 0-7

In Pickem, I had a pretty good week in both, but especially in the Vegas style pickem which I continue to lead.  In the Vegas league, despite Paul missing even putting in his picks in week 3, he is only down 6 points with 53, Trav has 56 which is still strong, and yours truly has 59 points.  In the big league (Second Chance), Alex had a huge week nailing 11 games on the nose to pull him one point out of first place behind Chris Day who also had a good week picking 10 games correctly.  Paul’s Skins had 9 correct picks to maintain his 3rd place status.  Trav’s Really Big Doggs, RacerX (James H), and yours truly had  8 correct picks to remain tied for 4th place.

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Political Quick Hit: Mainstream Media Bias

Recently, someone posted as justification for their support for the untested, unvetted, and almost completely unknown cipher Barack Obama that we should look at what the media thinks of McCain following an endorsement from a Chicago newspaper (which has never endorsed a Democrat) and the Miami Herald. To me that would be comparable to looking to the UN begging for an Obama presidency as grounds for supporting Barack Obama.

This journalist believes that the media bias in this election is a last minute “Hail Mary”. He believes that it is an attempt to revive the fairness doctrine which would squash alternative media (AM radio, internet news, bloggers, opinion based shows like O’Reilly and Olbermann, etc) and help revive the floundering institutions of print and broadcast “mainstream” media. It’s pretty obvious that there is a major left wing slant if Dan Rather complains about the left wing bias in MSM

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