Who will win the popularity contest PDF Print E-mail
Written by Germ Warrior   
Thursday, 24 April 2008 10:42

Here we are almost 8 years later and Florida gets to bask in the sun of controversy again.  No it's not hanging chads this time around but displaced delegates and voters.  In the wake of Florida and Michigan being stripped of their delegates, another very important statistic is now being manipulated by the spin masters: the popular vote.

According to Hillary, she now has the lead in the popular vote.  But wait, Barack counters that he is really ahead.  Hmmm, how can both Barack and Hillary have the most votes?  Suppose it's possible if they are tied, but we know that isn't the case.  Enter Florida and Michigan to stir the pot.

If the Florida and Michigan voters are counted, Hillary is ahead by roughly 100,000 votes.  So, looks like Hillary is ahead.  Nope, not according Barack since Florida and Michigan were stripped of their delegates and candidates agreed not to campaign in those states.  If Florida and Michigan's votes aren't considered, Barack is ahead of Hillary by 500,000 votes in round numbers.  So they're both ahead depending on your perspective on Florida and Michigan.



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Last Updated on Monday, 28 April 2008 08:48
 
What a difference .8% makes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Germ Warrior   
Wednesday, 23 April 2008 12:41

Please understand, setting personal opinions aside, the Democratic Primary race makes politics exciting again.  After this latest primary, you don't even have to open a newspaper or delve deeply into most websites before being inundated with articles about Barack and Hillary.  The articles range from simply reporting on the "news" to analysts dissecting the minutia of the results by every demographic conceivable.  One point that all of these articles from the supposedly impartial press seem to agree on was that Hillary beat Barack by 10 points.  Just to make my case, here are just a couple quotes:



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Last Updated on Monday, 28 April 2008 08:48
 
Nothing is Certain... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Germ Warrior   
Tuesday, 15 April 2008 14:53

 

"In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes" - B. Franklin [1789]

 

Good old Ben, if he could see us now.  In an election year, especially this election year, many subjects that get discussed around the dinner table get elevated on the stump.  We must endure this tax day ritual every year of our adult life and I am certain our political figures will take this opportunity to use it to push forward their own agendas.  The funny point about all their ramblings is that as our representatives, they have a large part in deciding on how much we are taxed and where it goes.  The politicians may profess to be interested in lowering taxes or using the money for a greater good, but even if they renege on those promises and are voted out of office, another rambler simply takes his or her place continuing the cycle.



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Last Updated on Thursday, 24 April 2008 12:44
 
Interesting Times... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Germ Warrior   
Friday, 11 April 2008 14:53

"May you live in interesting times" - Although the exact origin of this phrase is disputed, it certainly rings true these days.  Whether you believe it to be a curse or a blessing, this era in our world should be considered nothing less than interesting.With the upcoming 2008 Summer Olympic Games being held in Beijing, China this year, even the symbolic torch relay can be turned into something chaotic. 

The actually torch relay is more of a "modern" event being introduced during the Berlin Olympics in 1936, over 70 years ago.  It is amazing that even with the passing of 70 years controversy can be as ignited as readily as the Olympic flame at the start of the games.

As the world's population continues to become more industrialized as in countries like China and India, the balance of our environment shows symptoms of disruption.  Whether you believe in Global Warming, the increase in greenhouse gases certainly appears to be present.  Many athletes traveling to this year's Olympics are delaying their trips to the last possible minute to reduce their exposure to pollution caused by the unrelenting march of progress.  Other precautions are being taken related to food and medical care as well.

While the athletes compete in the Olympic Games, good old Mother Nature tries to strike a balance in the environment.  In Beijing it will be a time of possible high precipitation; however a battle will be fought with airplanes, cannons and technology to try to keep it at bay.  History tells us that Mother Nature always eventually wins and balance restored.

Interesting times indeed...



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Last Updated on Friday, 11 April 2008 15:41
 
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