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June 11, 2008
Electoral Maps (and math)!

CNN has put together one of those cool, interactive maps. This one's speculation about the electoral vote in November. Right now, the map shows 190 electoral votes "safe" or "leaning toward" Obama and 194 "safe" or "leaning toward" McCain. 154 are up for grabs. (That's 538 total, so someone needs 270 to win.)

I really like it when they use colors because I like to see the patterns. (There's what I always think of as "the N", the block of western states that would vote for a tree frog, as long as it was running under a Republican label.*)

The country looked pretty blue in 1996. (Of course, the thing about those maps is that they don't tell you how close some of those state contests were.)

These maps show you the electoral votes for each state, as well as which way their votes swung:

1996

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By 2004, The Porkie Boys, I mean BushBaby and his evil sidekick, had taken a chunk out of the country, thanks to voter stupidity. (Or was it something else? We'll never know for sure. What happened in Ohio?)

2004

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And now we're seeing projections for 2008. Here's this month's speculation from CNN:

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It's going to be an interesting race to watch, with some formerly "safe" states on both sides now up for grabs and already being contested.

My calculations give it to Obama by a small margin, but that's without factoring in race. As much I hate to say it aloud, I've been forced to listen to (or watch) too many 'news stories' quoting people who just won't be able to bring themselves to vote for a candidate whose skin isn't white to ignore them. Someone tell me--is this a significant demographic or just the press, searching desperately for some kind of drama to hang a broadcast on?

And what about all of those so-called Democrats who'd rather vote for Bush-lite than Obama? What's that all about? I heard an NPR story last night that said if McCain chooses a pro-choice VP, he could pull a lot of Clinton supporters. How much is race a factor in their preferences and how much of a factor is it that Clinton is very much a centrist (so that many of her supporters are just as happy to swing the other way for a candidate who also pretends to be a centrist)?

Side note:

In the arena of "too stupid to be interviewed," one woman they talked to bitched because Obama "came out of nowhere 2 or 3 years ago." Like Bill Clinton, hitchhiking his way out of Arkansas, was some kind of major figure before he started running?

End side note

Anyhow. Even if I weren't a liberal, I wouldn't vote for McClain. I've seen numerous television ads of his and the only thing they ever talk about is how his grandfather was in the military and his father was in the military and McClain was in the military and he was a POW.

I have yet to see a single ad that talks about positions, policies, or plans. He's running on something ghastly that happened to him 40 years ago and, as much as I regret it happened, it's not really a reason to hand him the White House.


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* A tree frog, but not just any tree frog. In '96, given the choice between Clinton and Dole, Arizona took their 8 votes and sidled to the Left.

Posted by AnneZook at 01:44 PM | Comments (5)
June 10, 2008
Gag Me

Lest I talk about money lost, stolen, or just given away in Iraq.

In the run-up to the invasion one of the most senior officials in charge of procurement in the Pentagon objected to a contract potentially worth seven billion that was given to Halliburton, a Texan company, which used to be run by Dick Cheney before he became vice-president.

Unusually only Halliburton got to bid - and won.

Wow. Wotta shocker!

Porkie--I mean Georgie, may want to "pressure" Iran, no doubt in a desperate attempt to accomplish something not-entirely-evil during his highly regrettable White House tenure, but other sources suggest that his changes are slim-to-disappearing. He has lame duckness to deal with, along with his eight year legacy of general lameness and blinkered stupidity. Factor in his immoral war and, from what I've been reading, unsubtle attempts on the part of the gov'mint and cheney-affiliated oil companies to force Iraq to sign over control of their oil industry and--well, I don't know what you have, but certainly not a recipe for successful international diplomacy.

Maybe I'm imputing evil to the merely demonstrably stupid? Maybe it's just that the USofA's time has passed and Porkie the President was just lucky enough to be the one to push us over the edge?

I'm not sure I'm ready to get this up close and personal with my computer. I'm glad I don't use public internet cafes. Who wants to sit down to a computer that a thousand strangers have already caressed?

I'd guess that fresh water is the most precious liquid commodity on the planet.
I do make an effort not to waste the seemingly limitless supply that flows from my taps, and I want me one of these.

I don't use a lot of milk, not because I have anything against it, but because if I buy it, even in just a pint bottle, it always seems to have an expired freshness date by the time I get around to opening it. From now on, I'm going organic.

Even though I forgot to study, I made 65 countries in the "how many countries can you name in five minutes" game. I'm getting better informed!

Posted by AnneZook at 01:57 PM | Comments (0)