Monday, June 30, 2008
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
And lastly, it's Our Lady of Mariazell Basilica in Austria - built around the year 1200..........That's old. The stuff you lean by Googling the number 1200, eh?
They're Both Smiling Now, But Will McCain or Obama be Blindsided By a Third Party Candidate ????
We might say this every four years, but it's more correct this year. 2008 will be a turning point election year. For the first time since 1976, we will have an election that doesn't have a Bush or Clinton somewhere on the ticket - at least I think so, but that may change, and I may be correcting myself as I write this. It's about time. This county needs to move on a bit, and change it's course to a point.
When you have such a turning point election, there is the possibililty of a third party candidate coming in and changing the outcome. John Anderson in 1980, Ross Perot in 1992, and Ralph Nader in 2000 all played a part in who won. Could 2008 have a similar outcome? Well, it depends on the candidates running.
Back in 1992, George Bush was finishing his first term, and with the economy being sluggish, there was a bit of 'Reagan fatigue' settling in. For whatever reason, Ross Perot caught traction, and picked off enough of the center to tilt the '92 election for Bill Clinton - despite Clinton only getting 43% of the vote. Can it happen again? Not from the vantage point of fatigue of the major candidates. There is no incumbent, and as much as the Democrats try to call a McCain win as a third Bush term, the truth is change is coming , no matter who wins.....
That being said, what about the actual third party candidates? Is there another Perot in our midst? I doubt it, but let's review......
Ralph Nader - Independent.
Remember Pearl Jam's first album? Remember how different it sounded, and the juice it had on it's release? Everyone was wearing flannel shirts and Doc Martens, and growing out their hair and doing heroin.... Okay, maybe not heroin. Now, remember the third album? Me neither. Well, Nader is on his third run, and the shtick is getting old. I listen to POTUS 08 24/7 in my car, and even there, Nader isn't getting any airplay. He won't get the 3-5% that might kill an Obama victory, and the Dems have finally figured that out. So, the left will likely close it's ranks on the left - especially with a flaming liberal like Obama on the top of the ticket. Nader, 1% or less....
Bob Barr - Libertarian.
This could be interesting. Why? Not because the Libertarian Party suddenly has clicked with the voters. But, because Barr was a longtime Republican, and he essentially hijacked the party convention - which happens to the Liberatrians alot. No, there isn't a true Libertarian at the top of the ticket, but that may be good for them - and bad for John McCain.
It's true, McCain does have a little bit of a problem with the right wing of the GOP. So, will those hardline conservatives that we hear so much about evacuate the party and go with Barr? Maybe a few. The thing about the GOP , as opposed to the Dems, is that they have always known the effects of voting of leaving the party, so a mass exodus of 15-20% of all Republicans voting for Barr and costing McCain the 7-10% of the overall vote that would absolutely kill a McCain win is very unlikely. But, this is a very close election. I don't believe the polls giving Obama a 12-15 point lead at all. We're at the 3-5 point gap that a Libertarian candidate could still swing the election. A Libertarian has never won more than 1%, but Barr might up that significantly. Barr 1-3%.....
It's still a toss-up, so a third party can swing a very tight election. However, this year, both sides and the voters all know the consequences of throwing away their vote on Nader or Barr - and it IS throwing your vote away.... 2008 may not be very close in the end, as it really is a referendum on Barack Obama's readiness and ability to lead this year. So, I'm guessing Barr and Nader will not affect the election.
My brain is hurting from all the thoughful commentary.... I'm going to work on my next post - The effect of the economy on Strip Clubs..That's more in my wheelhouse anyway. Write what you know, right???
If you have e-mail, I'm sure you're familiar with the Nigerian Check Scam. You know, "I am a Nigerian Prince, and I need you to cash a check for me, and I'll give you $5 Million to do it. Nevermind that the guy doesn't even know you, people still fell for it anyway. Well, the ring has been broken up, and it stretched all the way to the US.
Edna Fiedler of Washington State for sentenced to 2 years in the clink for her part in the scam. After sending 15 postal inspectors to Nigeria, where they found $2.1 Billion in counterfeit checks, lottery tickets amd Ebay overcharges, it traced back to Fiedler, who had $1.7 million in fake checks sent by the Nigerians to process the scam. The victims (aka Idiots), would try to cash the check, send the majority of the money to Fiedler and the Nigerians, but would then be responsible for the entire amount once the fake check was discovered.
Two years seems like a real short time for running such a scam, but I'm not the Attorney General in Washington. Of course, with every loss of a scam, there are plenty of others willing to step in and take their place. Lesson for today? The are not free rides, and if it sounds like a scam, it is a scam....
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Admit it. You speed. Don't try to lie and say you drive below the speed limit, because no believes you. Liar !!! I speed all the time. Not much over, maybe about 5-7 MPH over. Luckily, we live in South Carolina, not one of those nutsy states with those cameras at ever intersection. Like Arizona.............
Unfortunately, there's a 24 yr old woman there who isn't so lucky - or smart. During a short stay in Scottsdale, she was caught speeding an unbelievable 22 times in 45 days, at speeds up to 92 MPH. That's about once every three times you get in a car. Sure, I've speeded 22 times in the last 45 days, but I haven't been CAUGHT that many times.....
Eventually, the cops caught up with her in Nevada, and threw her butt in the slammer. Of course , she was staying at her parents, so I'm sure she doesn't have the cash for paying all of these tickets . Don't do the crime if you can't pay the fine. In her honor, we have a YouTube clip:
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
It didn't take that long, did it? Less than a week after Kobe Bryant couldn't win a championship without Shaquille O'Neal - again - Shaq let Kobe know about it, via a freestyle rap.
Shaq ragged on Kobe about not winning, and even called Kobe a snitch and blamed Bryant for O'Neal's recent divorce. WOW !!! Clearly, Shaq has an axe to grind with Kobe. It reminds me a lot of another pair of guys who used to work side-by-side, then split up and couldn't stop ripping each other...... Tupac and Biggie Smalls.
So, will Kobe pop a cap in Shaq's massive derriere ? Probably not, but these guys have fans - some of which aren't wired properly. Shaq must have thought about this afterwards, because he did an about face in three seconds. But it was a bit late. Shaq was immediately undeputized by the local Sheriff's office. There goes his police protection !!
Right now, Kobe has had nothing to say, which is probably the right thing to do. The best way to look like an idiot is to argue with an idiot. We'll see how it all plays out, but hopefully it'll all blow over before someone pulls a driveby.....
Monday, June 23, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
So, you girls think you're the only ones who think about whether a date is marriage material? Think again. We guys do take these things into consideration also when we date a woman. Personally, I don't even bother going out with a girl unless I see that potential, which is why I'm still single.
What do I look for in a future mate? Well, looks are important. I like a more natural beauty, what my friends used to joking call "Plain Janes". I don't like waking up, and not recognizing who is sleeping next to me. But, there are other aspects I look for. A great sense of humor, and easygoing personality but still driven professionally to a point. Also, a positive outlook on life is paramount. I get kicked around enough, I don't a partner. Oh , I almost forgot.... BIG BOOBIES. Kidding. Big breasts are like cruise control on a car - you don't REALLY need it but it's nice to have....
Now, if you're a woman, and I'm still talking to you, then chances are you possess most or all of the attributes - which means you can probbaly do better than me - but I'm still gonna try !! But, if you're looking for what guys other than me are looking for, here is an article from MSN that I found today. Don't freak out if you don't have all of these traits...... being an Old Maid isn't the curse it used to be. Remember, i'm still available, and I love you. Maybe ......
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Welcome to an idea of someone's that turned into a REALLY bad idea. The Obama Sock Monkey. Yes theer are other sock monkeys, but not one named after an African-American Presidential candidate. I can only imagine what some of my overly sensitive co-workers would think of this one. I ain't asking.....
Needless to say, the makers of the sock monkey are catching a hell of a lot of flack for it. It really is just a regular sock monkey, with a business suit on. Sorry to sound so politically correct, but this really doesn't have a place in America right now. I like funny things about politics as much as anyone, but a sock 'monkey' is a bit much......
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Welcome folks, to the dog days of June & July - or as we call it in politics, The Dead Zone. The primaries are over, the candidates are decided, but we're not quite up to the conventions and choosing VP candidates. There's not a lot going on, and the networks are scrounging for news........ ANY NEWS.
When the top news story of the week is whether Michelle Obama is an angry black woman, we have really scraped the bottom of the barrel. You might not believe it, but some people get truly angry over dumb stuff like this. Charles at work was complaining that Fox News are a bunch of racists. Well, maybe you shouldn't call Barack Obama "Mrs. Obama's Baby Daddy".....
Like most things in life, it needs to be taken with a grain of salt, and some discretion. Sometimes I have slow blog days - today sure seems to be one - and I'll stir up the shit storm just to make it interesting. As far as politics go, the slow news day will probably be another six weeks. Be prepared for lots of bad journalism. My advice is to watch lots of baseball, VH1 Classic and read SC6....
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
The big news that we got from the Great Beyond is that former President Ronald Reagan will be supporting Sen. John McCain in this year's Presidential election. Now, for most of you, that may seem like a mundane endorsement, particularly since Reagan is dead. But, when you see the big deal given by the Obama camp over Al Gore's endorsement, it doesn't seem so far fetched, does it? Okay, Maybe it does....
Monday, June 16, 2008
Remember Elian Gonzalez? The little Cuban kid whose Mom died trying to boat over here? Well, after Janet Reno blew it again and little Elian was sent back, he became a celebrity and a political football. And the football game continues........
Little Elian is now 14, and he just registered as a member of the Communist Party in Cuba. I'm sure he'll be a superstar in the Little Commies Party, and he has lots of things to look forward to - a single bedroom apartment for him, his wife and three kids, no car , no food, a job in a sugar factory and a weekly paycheck of about $6 a week. Yep, we sure did that kid a favor by shipping his ass back home.
Too bad there isn't an address we could send the congrats letter to, but I'm sure it's better for him to not know anyway.... Ignorance is Bliss.
And it just keeps getting worse for Britney Spears.... After numerous DWI's accidents and other scrapes with the legal system, it appears that Brit' dad has finally laid down the law, and limited her driving to kiddie cars.
Looking eeriely similar to the PopeMobile, Brit is forced to putt around Hollywood in a shruken Escalade.... Everytime I feel bad for myslef, I can always see Britney, and feel a little better about myself....
Sunday, June 15, 2008
In Flotown, We Only Elect Mayors Who's Last Name Starts With W, And Who Wear Glasses........It's the Law.
The battle between Stephen Wukela and incumbent Mayor Frank Willis has progressed and regressed all at the same time since Tuesday's primary election. Wukela still holds a sinfle vote lead after recount, but that one vote is being protested by Willis' attorney, and Willis is requesting - you guessed it - another election based on a tie.
After recount, both Willis and Wukela received one additional vote. The one vote for Wukela was from a man who recently moved from Lake City to Florence ( isn't everyone leaving Lake City?), and voted for Wukela. Willis is contesting that one vote, and one is all you need. In addition , Willis is charging that there were city residents that were not allowed to vote in the Mayor's race, and non-city resident's that did vote. No specific cases have been given, but it's pretty standard to pile the complaints on to make a better case.
To give you an idea of how crazy Florence elections are, listen to this. In primaries involving city elections, you can vote in BOTH the Democratic and Republican primaries !! The city votes are considered separate, so you could have voted for Lindsey Graham in the GOP Senate race, and still have voted for Wukela or Willis in the Mayor's race. Strange indeed.......
So, where are we now? Wukela is still the winner, but the protest now goes to the State and Florence municipal Democratic parties. Will it end there? Don't count on it, pun intended. If you have seen the HBO movie 'Recount' this month, about the Bush - Gore 2000 race, you'll know that there are plenty of ways to stretch this mess out.
Back in 2004, Dickie Jones of Sumter lost to Phil Leventis by a mere 36 votes, with hundreds of disputed votes cast at Morris College. Everyone pushed Dickie to protest the vote and fight Leventis, but he declined. Maybe he had the right idea. The GOP may have been able to benefit locally from this mess, but no one is running for Mayor on the Republican ticket. Too bad.....
Saturday, June 14, 2008
I've got a few things on the plate today, so I'm just leaving a quick one for you guys right now. I'll be staying in Hilton Head next weekend, so I have to tie up a couple loose ends this weekend here in Flotown. Most of you guys don't check in during the weekends anyway, but just in case, here you are for now. I'll add a few new ones later on.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
For those of you who only care about those stupid, useless races - US Senate, Congressman, President - we shed some light on the closest race that happened Tuesday. The race for Mayor of Florence.
Yes, Stephen Wukela, a 32 yr old attorney, beat long-time Mayor Frank Willis in the Democratic Primary - by one vote. Of course, there will be a recount before anything is official, and ANYTHING can happen with that. Yes, this is the same Frank Willis that ran for Governor two years ago. How can such a thing happen?? Well, for those of you who have paid attention, this came as no surprise.
Wukela is a pretty smart guy, and every time I've met him, he's been friendly - even if I am a Republican. I'm not 100% behind his policies - I worry about how much he wants to jack up the school budgets, and he's against the Santee Cooper plant, which I support, but with changes. More than that, Willis has had a couple kinks in his Florentine armor.......
From all appearances, it looked like Willis has been trying to get out of Flotown with his Nexsen-Pruett wife for awhile now, and he has said some of the most racially stupid statements I've ever heard in person. In short, the black community knew better, and there was a small, motivated group that got the vote out - barely.
While we're on it, small is a good word for it. Of the nearly 50,000 City of Florence citizens, Wukela beat Willis 1468 to 1467. That's only 3% of the citizens, and probably less than 10% of all voters. That good old Florentine voter apathy has struck again !!!! Basically, if you can get you whole family and church to show up to the polls here, you can win any seat you wish...
Of course, pending the recount, none of this is official yet. However, HBO is already negotiting for the movie rights to it, and the main characters have already been cast - Skippy from Family Ties will play Wukela, and The Amazing Kreskin will play Willis. Coming Soon to a theater near you !!!!!!!!!