Florence GOP Chair Tommy Phillips turns in his delegate's votes...
Saturday, May 31, 2008
Florence GOP Chair Tommy Phillips turns in his delegate's votes...
Friday, May 30, 2008
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Now that we're in the twilight of the Presidential Primaries, we can draw conclusions and make Monday morning quarterback calls for why we are where we are. Obviously, the Democratic nomination has been the more interesting (and destructive) of the two parties. While pundits have been able to draw reasons why Barack Obama will likely be the nominee based on race, income and age, there is one reason that cuts through all of this, and is probably the most corrupt practice of all....... the Caucus.
We've talked about this before, but we'll review. While most states hand out delegates based on the popular vote, some states use the Caucus system. That is, voters gather at various locations to discuss the candidates, and to talk others into, or out of, voting for a candidate. The votes are not private - they are done in full public, subject to all the pressure and cajoling of those in support of other candidates.
Just like the Superdelegate system, the Caucus is in place for one reason - to take the power away from the everyday voters - who don't know what they're doing - and put it in the hands of a select individuals on the inside. Even though they are open to all voters, the caucus can be overrun by a few motivated supporters for a particular candidate. This happened in 1994, when Howard Stern hijacked the Libertarian convention in New York and became their nominee for Governor. Does there seem to be a candidate with the same fervor in 2008? Need I ask?
There's no doubt that Obama would not be in the position he is in if not for the caucuses. The Obama camp took advantage by rallying together a slew of college kids, who don't have day jobs generally, got them to these caucuses, and cleaned up. After Super Tuesday, when Obama really started to take off, many of those primaries were caucuses as well, and that's when the Superdelegates began to trail off to Obama. The last two months have been prologue ...
But to hell with opinions, check the numbers. If you take out the superdelegates and caucus numbers, and just go with the primaries, Clinton is dead even with Obama. Not including Florida and Michigan. The Clinton team must be kicking itself for blowing the campaign due to the caucuses. If Obama hadn't have had his run of 12 wins - many of them caucuses - the bum rush of superdelegates would still be waiting, and we'd have had an even closer race. Imagine how crazy it would be if there were a dead heat, rather than a 175 delegate edge to Obama.
I have friends who support Obama, and I have friends who support Hillary. One of them is a young female. I think she looks at Hillary as a sign that women - and she - can accomplish anything that they put their minds to, and that the sky is the limit. That's true already, but there always needs to be a first. I feel a bit sorry for her when it looks like it won't happen due to a defect in the elective machinery - especially one deliberately put in place...
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Transparency has been a major issue discussed among the candidates in this year's election. That is, they feel the need to hide nothing from the voters, and to reveal every nook and cranny in the English Muffin known as Election 2008....
John McCain took steps to alleviate those questions this week. First, he finally released some details of his wife Cindy's tax return from her beer distributing business. Sure, it matters nothing, but when your wife is raking in $6 Million a year, somebody will want to know how much. It's really just an attempt to piss off the voters by making them feel jealous of her wealth. As we all know, every candidate in the field is a millinaire, just how much of one is the only question.
The second step was the interesting one. To end the worries about his age and health, McCain's camp released his medical records and health status. Apparently, he is in better health than I am. Not bad for a 72 year old. About all he takes is a cholesterol pill, like anyone over 40. How can a man who has battled melanoma and been in a concentration camp for 5 years be in such good shape? Easy............. He's an Alien Cyborg!
SC6 has uncovered secret CIA documents that reveal McCain was the result of a joint government/private sector project to build the first indestructible man. What we found out from this project was that McCain actuall has never had cancer, but that those "treatments" were actually code for cyborg upgrades. "Radiation" was actually a laser night vision installment, while "Biopsy" was the replacement of all his bones with an enmymetic polyalloy skeletal system. Pretty cool, eh? In addition, every year, instead of his annual physical, McCain gets the battery replaced on his LED display computer system.
So, for those of you worried about McCain's ability to serve out two terms, don't worry - John McCain will never die - it's impossible. Here's a short Terminator clip - in German.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
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Sunday, May 18, 2008
I almost didn't notice the date today... May 18, 1991 was the day I graduated from Oswego State University in New York, and every May 18th, I review the year and try to plan out the next year to make sure I'm better off than the year before. It's safe to say that I failed miserably this past year...
There were a few moves I made earlier to last May 18th last year that, in hindsight, were financially silly. The trip to Europe, buying a new car when the old one was just fine ( I blame that one on my brother, Mark - and myself). But I was still doing fine, and making good money, so who cared. Then I turned 39.... Most guys lose their minds when they turn 40, but I decided to start a year early. As stupid the things I did were, I was still okay, until I shot my mouth off at work, and spent the next 6 months trying to find another job. Sure, I'm back on my feet now, but I do miss the $10k a year I lost. I'm sure I'll get it back here, but it would've been better to not have lost it in the first place....
I have learned to appreciate work, and I am more relaxed at Honda, and I have learned to temper my mouth when work pisses me off. Chalk it up to experience... There is another thing that this has affected: attending my best friend's wedding....
Phil was my best friend growing up. I've known him since kindergarten, and we played in bands together since high school. Through thick and thin, we stuck by each other. But I couldn't make it to New York this weekend for his wedding. The money hasn't come in quite in time, and I can't take days off from a new job. Matt is there, and he's telling everyone how sorry I am. I truly feel like a piece of crap, but I couldn't see spending $500 this weekend when there are friends I owed money to for helping me out when it got rough this year. It was a tough choice, but I had to be practical for once.
On July 9th, the clock hits midnight, and i'll be 40 at last. Maybe it's time to grow up a bit. Sure, sometimes it takes years to overcome bad decisions, but I'm about there. The dark days are over, and the future is brighter than today is, and much better than yesterday...
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Oh well, so much for cleaning up my pottymouth. I actually got this picture forwarded by two different people. Anyway, John Edwards has endorsed Barack Obama. Not a very big deal to me. Obama is already well on his way to winning the nomination, so this comes as no surprise.
The real question that people are asking is will John Edwards be the VP Nominee? I wouldn't think so. While Edwards may try to be viewed as the agent of change candidate , along with Obama, he really would be like calling a retread tire new....
Why choose the VP from 2004 - the year the Democrats BLEW IT - to be the VP in 2008? Hardly sounds like change to me. Alos, to a lesser extent, Edwards and the Democrats would be admitting that nominating John Kerry was a mistake, and that the loss in 2004 was his fault. That doesn't sound like party unity to me.....
Maybe Michelle Obama would rather divorce her husband rather than allow him to pick Hillary as VP, but Edwards is not the man. There will be someone out there that will compliment Obama better than Edwards, and it doesn't have to be Hillary.........
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
TRY SAYING: He's intriguing! INSTEAD OF: He's an a___ clown!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Poor Len Fries. Who is Len Fries? He's probably the unluckiest man in the area right now.. And it's all the fault of the analog to digital switchover.....
Like most of you know (and cable TV keeps reminding you), all analog transmission for TV will end on February 17, 2009, thus leaving analog TV's virtually useless, unless you get the converter box. Here is where Len Fries has been getting shafted....
Thanks to the Federal Government, you can get a discount coupon off of the $40 converter box. All you have to do is call 843-388-2009 and they'll send you a coupon. OOPS !! The number is 888-388-2009. Apparently, a lot of people have been making that mistake, and calling poor Len Fries at his house. What makes people not have enough common sense to realize it's not a local number is beyond me, but it happens.
Yep. Len gets dozens of calls a day, but he has been positive about it. "No one has been rude to me. They've all been pretty understanding." Then again, it be pretty ballsy to yell at a guy when YOU dial the wrong number.
For now, Len is putting up with the inconvenience. No problem - they'll only be calling for another year or so.........
Monday, May 12, 2008
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Saturday, May 10, 2008
The Old Train Depot in Moncks Corner - Where All the Fun Was Today...
Today is the last installment of SC6's On the Road Series, and it was great! Our good buddy and political shaman, Earl Capps, got his Master's Degree in Communications (or as he calls it, Bullshitting) from the College of Charleston, and he had a big celebration and roast. We'd been prepping for this for about a month, and from all comments, we didn't disappoint - or swear !!
Earl had a veritable who's-who in politics there. Among them were Charleston area Solicitor Blair Jennings, State Rep. Carl Gullick, Dorchester County Treasurer Mary Pearson, and new Judge Kristi Harrington. I've been told that I 'insulted' Kristi by saying she was 'kinda hot', so I'lll fix that now. Kristi, you are TOTALLY HOT !! ;)
I was a bit taken back by all of the awareness there is of this blog among the politicos. I got to see Joshua Gross, but to hear that Stan Spears Jr. and Katherine Jenerette (who called me the 'Bad-Boy Blogger in Florence'.. WOW) are avid readers too, I was stunned. The blog's primary objective isn't to overturn the proverbial applecart, but if things need to be said, we do it.
Today wasn't about me, we're here to honor Earl's achievement. To overcome all the obstacles he's had, and put in the eight years needed to finish school - while still working full-time and raising kids - is something worth honoring. Especially when it involves ten minutes of endless ribbing !!
I love the old fashioned roast - where you have a beer , then proceed to pick apart the honoree, while still being respectful. I think I did a good job, although I was nervous as all hell. Here are a few of my best jabs:
'Earl received his diploma from Sen. John Land. So tell me, how cold is Satan's handshake?'
'Earl's favorite way of finding things in common with his younger fellow students is to ask what year they were born, then tell them what Iron Maiden album came out that year.'
'With his blonde hair and blue eyes, Earl is the personification of Hitler's dream.... By the way, Rick Beltram couldn't make it today, but he said congrats.'
'With Earl's graduation, one question remains: can he afford to finally buy a new car? It's outside, and i've never heard a car asked to be euthanized before.'
'Earl's anniversary schedule is a little different from most people: One year is the Silver, 2 years is the Gold, and 5 years gets you in the Marriage Hall of Fame.'
Earl with emcee Bill Schuster
Fellow Troublemaker Joshua Gross with Congressional Candidate Katherine Jenerette....