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Turn Out

The people who keep talking about turn out are full of it.  They believe that a turn of less than 60% for a Presidential election is great.  I want to know what is wrong with the 40% of the country who couldn’t be bothered.

Florida turn out was much better than average, but not as good as 2004:

2004: 10,301,290 registered  7,640,319 voted 74.2%

2008: 11,247,634 registered 8,201,274 voted 72.9%

About half of the people who were added to the books didn’t show up at the polls.  That’s pathetic.

In my county we only added about 2,000 new voters between 2004 and 2008, but we had 5,000 more voters this time, raising our turn out to 73.5%.

I am personally bummed out by the vote on our “hate amendment”.  Showing Florida as a “blue state” is not truthful.  Nearly a million Florida voters who chose Obama, also chose hate.

November 5, 2008   12 Comments

Still In Play

We don’t know who the Senator will be in Georgia, Minnesota, Alaska, or Oregon.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution writes: Georgia Senate race heading for runoff

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) and Democratic challenger Jim Martin both geared up for a runoff on Wednesday, even though an undetermined number of votes were still being tallied.

The two candidates held dueling press conferences to chat about their campaigns and lay the groundwork for a possible four-week battle to decide a winner in the acrimonious contest.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting early Wednesday afternoon, Chambliss had 1,841,449 votes, or 49.9 percent of the total, while Martin had 1,727,625 votes, or 47 percent. Libertarian Allen Buckley had 126,328 votes, or 3 percent.

Georgia law requires 50%+1 to be declared a winner.

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November 5, 2008   2 Comments

Tropical Depression 17

Tropical Depression 17Position: 14.6 N 82.1 W [12 AM CST 0600 UTC].
Movement: Northwest [305°] near 5 mph.
Maximum sustained winds: 35 mph [55 kph].
Wind Gusts: 40 mph.
Minimum central pressure: 1004 mb.

It is 85 miles [135 km] East-Southeast of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the Nicaragua/Honduras border.

A tropical storm watch remains in effect from Puerto Cabezas Nicaragua northward to Limon Honduras. A tropical storm watch means that tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area, in this case within 24 to 36 hours.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

[For the latest information click on the storm symbol, or go to the CATEGORIES drop-down box below the CALENDAR and select “Hurricanes” for all of the posts related to storms on this site.]

November 5, 2008   Comments Off on Tropical Depression 17

Happy Blogiversity

Andante at Collective Sigh is celebrating her fifth blogiversary. She got me hooked on this madness.

November 5, 2008   1 Comment

Happy Bonfire Night

Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot.
I see no reason why gunpowder, treason
Should ever be forgot.

The British are celebrating the anniversary of the thwarting of the Gunpowder Plot.

A group of English Catholic conspirators including an explosives expert, Guy Fawkes, stashed 36 barrels of gunpowder in the basement of the Parliament building with the intent of blowing up the members of Parliament and King James I during the official opening of Parliament on November 5th, 1605.

Bonfire Night is celebrated with bonfires and fireworks. Effigies of Guy Fawkes, and occasionally the Pope, are traditionally thrown on the fires. Effigies of modern politicians have made their appearances at the celebration.

As Robert Cecil was involved, I doubt anyone will ever know the truth about the plot.

November 5, 2008   Comments Off on Happy Bonfire Night