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Jul 10th, 2008 by Mike

Mrs Major continues to improve. She’s ditched the cane and now walks around even better than before the surgery. She’s still a little tentative, but she doesn’t waddle any more like her knees hurt. She’s cut way down on the pain meds. Maybe she’ll take back some of the household chores.

My golf game continues to improve. I’m pleased with that.

It’s hot. 98º with 50% humidity (5:30 p.m.).1 It seems cooler, now. Around noon it was 91º with 80% humidity. At least we’re not burning down like California. Or flooding like the midwest did.

Is it just me or are our choices for President getting worse each election? I’ve got my clothespin for my nose all ready. I haven’t missed an election since I was 21 (yes we had to be 21 to vote once upon a time) and I don’t plan to miss this one, but I’m really tempted to stay in bed on election day.

I just upgraded my main Mac to OSX 10.5. I like it. It seems to run faster and has lots of new features I like. I ran into some trouble because all of my web sites I test locally on this Mac before I do major revisions to the Internet ones. When I upgraded, none of them worked. Turns out you have to turn on the programming language and databases with 10.5. Earlier versions were automatically turned on. No big deal…just a few edits to some configuration files, but it drove me crazy for about a day and a half.

© 2008, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

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  1. I’m not complaining. I love the heat []
Do the Do (Over)
Mar 8th, 2008 by Mike

The political buzz around Florida is the possibility of a do-over primary. The Democratic National Committee last year ruled that Michigan and Florida delegates elected in the January 29, 2008 primary would not be seated at the convention because the primary date violated the rules of the DNC. Now, with the race “too close to call” some are crying, “Foul!” and want Michigan and Florida to count. So the party of enfranchisement is trying to figure out how to dis-disenfranchise the 1.7 million voters in Florida1 whose vote didn’t count.The cost of another primary is estimated to be $17 to $25 million dollars.2  The DNC says they don’t have enough money to pay.3 And Florida’s governor Charlie Crist will sign a bill OKaying the primary as long as the State doesn’t have to pay. Who do you think should pay for the do-over? 

© 2008, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

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  1. and I don’t know how many in Michigan []
  2. Some have whittled the estimated price down to $6 million by conducting a mail-in primary []
  3. Read that, “Correct our mistake.” []
Florida Senior Moment
Feb 6th, 2008 by Mike

From the Daily Sun, February 6, 2008:

Confused Florida voters try to cast ballots

Florida voters got so caught up in the excitement of Super Tuesday many tried to cast ballots for the presidential primaries — again.

Election officials across the state said they fielded hundreds of phone calls from confused voters asking where they could vote Tuesday, apparently unaware that Florida’s presidential primary was last week.

“We’ve had over 100 calls at least over the last two days,” said Kathy Adams, a spokesman for the Palm Beach County Election Supervisor.

“Caught up in the excitement” is a complete mis characterization of the ignorance of these Florida voters. It’s not that we had early polling for two solid weeks before a week ago Tuesday’s election complete with campaign visits and ads from all the Republican candidates. One would have to living in a cave to miss all that.

Maybe we should yield to the stereotype of Florida and chalk it up to a “senior moment”.

Maybe since the Dems side of the primary was essentially marching in place due to the decision by the DNC to not count Florida’s votes at the convention for having the primary on Jan 29, many Dems weren’t paying attention to the election.1 Or since Hillary came to Florida after the primary vote, perhaps voters got confused as to when the election was.2

Maybe some voters just figured that they were entitled to vote twice during each election.3

I don’t know.

© 2008, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

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  1. It wasn’t reported, by the way, how many of the callers were Republicans or Democrats []
  2. Palm Beach County is the next county north of the infamous Broward and Miami-Date counties made famous by the 2000 presidential election []
  3. We do have migrants from Chicago and New York, don’tchaknow []
Phooey
Jan 30th, 2008 by Mike

Rats! If the national Republican race goes anything like Florida’s primary then in November we’ll have a choice between a liberal and a socialist.

© 2008, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

Electile Dysfunction
Jan 21st, 2008 by Mike

Electile Dysfunction : the inability to become aroused over any of the choices for president put forth by either party in the 2008 election year.

© 2008, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

Social Justice Interest Up On Campus
May 29th, 2007 by Mike

Quoted from the Campus Ministry Update from the Ivy Jungle:

Increasing Interest in Social Justice: As the election cycle heats up, both parties are taking notice of the increasing interest of younger Christian voters in a number of issues related to social justice. AIDS, poverty, and the environment are all of interest to a demographic long associated only with abortion and homosexual issues. One indicator is that evangelical Wheaton College (IL) boasts the second most active chapter of the Student Global AIDS Campaign – behind Harvard. Coupled with greater involvement by a number of campus ministries, today’s students see a very real connection between the gospel and social engagement. (Daily Northwestern April 25, 2007)

It remains to be seen, however, whether either party can get students to the polls.

© 2007 – 2013, J. M. Erickson. All rights reserved.

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