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What do you get when you combine 10 litres of wine and a black plastic garbage bag?

In Wales you get: Drunk Darth Vader’s Jedi assault.

April 23, 2008   5 Comments

It Was An Interesting Year

I first voted for President in 1964, when the major candidates were Lyndon Baines Johnson and Barry Goldwater. My vote for LBJ was predicated on his getting the Civil Rights bill passed. I was brought up down here and was all too familiar with the system and the need for justice. I was still attending segregated schools in the South in the 1960s, although Brown v. Board was decided in 1954.

There were a lot of “firsts”, like the District of Columbia getting to vote for President, but there were also “lasts”. Most people aren’t aware that that election marked the last time a Democratic candidate for President received a majority of the white vote.

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You Really Can Say “Filibuster”

CNN waits until the fourth paragraph to indicate what’s really going on: Senate Republicans block unequal pay bill

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Senate Republicans blocked a bill Wednesday that would make it easier for people to sue over pay discrimination, an effort to roll back a 2007 Supreme Court ruling that limited such cases.

Republicans complained that the bill would produce a flood of lawsuits and criticized the chamber’s Democratic leaders for putting off the vote until the party’s two presidential candidates, Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, returned from the campaign trail.

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April 23, 2008   1 Comment

Reality Check

This is for the media, as they don’t seem to have anyone capable of doing any research.

This is from the Bureau of the Census: Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2004, Table 2. Reported Voting and Registration, by Race, Hispanic Origin, Sex, and Age, for the United States: November 2004

Looking at the figures for people in the US, 18 years of age and over:

There are more women than men: 51.87%
Looking at only US citizens that increases to 52.21%
Looking at registered voters it goes up to 53.26%
And when it came to actually voting in 2004 it goes up to 53.51%

In summary, there are more women, a higher percentage of women are eligible to vote, even more take the time to register, and they are more apt to actually vote.

Women are not a special interest group, they are the majority you need to win an election in the US.

April 23, 2008   2 Comments

No One Could Have Imagined

…that this would be another technology disaster.

The Associated Press reports that the $20 million ‘virtual’ border fence scrapped

TUCSON, Ariz. – A $20 million prototype of the government’s highly touted “virtual fence” on the Arizona-Mexico border is being scrapped because the system is failing to adequately alert Border Patrol agents to illegal crossings, officials said.

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April 23, 2008   7 Comments

Saint George’s Day

Cross of St. George

Saint George is the patron saint of England, Georgia [the country], Bulgaria, Portugal, Catalonia, and the city of Moscow. Orthodox countries tend to celebrate George on November 23rd.

PETA condemns George for his senseless slaughter of dragons. The YWCA condemns the condemnation and wants to know when PETA is going to volunteer to be DragonChow™

Mustang Bobby is sure to remind us that it is also the birth and death day of Billy the Bard, who was a great writer in desperate need of a spell checker.

Master Shakespeare gave all of the best lines to villains supplying low humor to those who have read the Folio, e.g. Arlen Specter quoting Iago, reputedly in support of Clarence Thomas.

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