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No More Pasta For A While

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Reality check: From January 1981 until today there was only one Democratic administration, that of William Jefferson Clinton. If you are one of the Democratic Party’s “heavy hitters” it is very probable that you were connected to the Clinton administration in one way or another. Can we all accept that?

Despite shared employment in the Clinton administration, not every member of that group is working for, or even endorses Hillary Rodham Clinton in the campaign for President, and some are even working for Barack Obama. Is everyone on board with that concept?

Not every woman in the United States is a supporter of Mrs. Clinton in the Democratic primary. Are there any problems with that statement?

Not every African American is a supporter of Mr. Obama in the Democratic primary. Can we agree on that?

If you can’t agree with those statements, find something else to read, because you won’t understand the rest of this post.

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May 4, 2008   11 Comments

Guam Votes

Let’s see, it’s a caucus in a place that has no value to winning the November election, so Obama Wins Guam.

This post from Group News Blog includes this quote:

Obama finished with 2,264 votes to Sen. Hillary Clinton’s 2,257 votes – a 7-point difference. Obama never trailed from the first vote count on.

Obama won 14 of 21 districts. Most districts that were won by Clinton were by small margins.

There’s no link, so I can’t verify it, but the difference is 7 votes or .15 of a point. A “7-point difference” would be about 316 votes.

Based on the numbers it looks like Clinton won 7 districts by one vote [small margin] and Obama won the other 14 by a single vote to give him his 7 vote margin.

In comments there is discussion of a recount, which is certainly justified.

While the people of Guam are US citizens, they have no electoral college votes and can’t vote for President. Washington DC is the only non-state with electoral college votes.

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Non-terrorist Court House Bombing

CNN is reporting more problems in my former hometown: FBI looks into San Diego courthouse explosion

(CNN) — The FBI’s counter-terrorism unit is trying to determine who detonated a small explosive device early Sunday at the federal courthouse in San Diego, California.

The bomb, which damaged windows but caused no injuries, went off about 1:40 a.m. (4:40 a.m. ET), just outside the Edward J. Schwartz Federal Courthouse, the FBI said.

The blast shattered a glass door to the courthouse and broke a window in a building across the street, the bureau reported.

The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force took over the investigation from local authorities after investigators determined the blast was the result of an explosive device.

As this is likely the work of one of the white whackos in the county, and there are a lot of them, it won’t be classified as terrorism, but as an “anti-government protest”, like Eric Rudolph. The only white people who are terrorist are members of animal rights or ecology movements. Christianists with more weapons than most countries are, for some reason, never terrorists.

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Some Variety In Food Poisonings

E. Coli was getting boring, so there’s a new “wee beastie” in this Associated Press report, Gourmet Boutique recalls 143 tons of meat

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York food company is recalling more than 286,000 pounds of meat and poultry because it might be contaminated with the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes.

The voluntary recall includes several different brands of fresh and frozen products made by Gourmet Boutique, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Saturday.

Included are some types of chicken salad and sandwiches sold under the name Gourmet Boutique, and several frozen wraps and burritos sold under the names “Jan’s” and “Archer Farms.”

Listeria contamination is a hell of a lot more dangerous than the report indicates. It can act to make a lot of existing problems worse, and is difficult to diagnose unless someone is looking for it. It is almost always found in processed food, like pre-package lunch meat, and it is the result of unsanitary manufacturing facilities.

May 4, 2008   4 Comments

A Sort Of Win

The Associated Press says Louisiana Democrat takes GOP House seat

BATON ROUGE, La. – Democrat Don Cazayoux won a special congressional election Saturday, bolstering his party’s majority status on Capitol Hill and taking a seat held by Republicans since 1974.

If Zell Miller and Joe LIEberman are your idea of a Democrat, then Cazayoux is a Democrat. An anti-abortion, pro-gun guy who already declared his intention of joining the Blue Dog caucus, you will find him voting with the Republicans on almost everything, in the spirit of unity and bi-partisanship, of course. Nancy would probably give him a committee chair, if there were time left.

May 4, 2008   4 Comments

Passing the Plate

Florida License Plates

Florida Plate Blogging


Standard Florida Plate

A weekend feature of Why Now.

Note: This is the only specialty plate for motorcycles, and the “beneficiary” is the Able Trust, also known as: Florida Governor’s Alliance for the Employment of Citizens with Disabilities. I’m not sure that I would appreciate the connotation if I were still riding.

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