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The Candidate Of Change – And Folding Cash

Posted by Nancy on August 20, 2008

Your reaction to this link will likely depend on whether you lean Republican or Democrat, conservative or liberal progressive.

BTW, where did that “progressive” label come from?  Especially since the current Progressive candidate seems to be advocating a retread of Carter’s policies?

Back on topic, which is this interesting little article.  It is about “street money” that will be passed out to local precincts in Philadelphia on election day.

When he came to Pennsylvania, Obama ignored pleas to fund street operations in Philadelphia. He did spend record sums on TV advertising, but still lost the state to Hillary Clinton by nine percentage points. Some insiders said that he should have worked harder at driving out his base in Philadelphia, even if it meant handing out some Election Day cash.

“The apparatus was not energized,” said Al Spivey, chief of staff to Councilman Curtis Jones and an expert in Philadelphia elections. “They can’t just do this campaign with ads.”

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The path to winning elections in Philly includes street money, cash doled out to ward leaders who use the money to pay party committee people to work their voting divisions on Election Day, and sometimes for other expenses like meals or transportation or to hire extra workers.

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“In the fall I think there is going to be an expectation of City Committee that just like in the Kerry campaign and just like in the Gore campaign there will be money moving into City Committee for election-day activity,” said political consultant Ken Smuckler.

Ahem, “progressive.”  As in, this is progress?  I guess I am a naive idealist, but I would like to think our elections are decided by people who have studied the issues and understand the responsibility that comes with the privilege of voting, not those who are hustled in by those with campaign cash in their pockets.

Can someone explain to me how spending money for meals, transportation, and to pay your “volunteers” is different from buying votes?  I guess if it was good enough for Gore and Kerry we need to keep the progress rolling.

Then I came across this_one:

Secret web pages and hard-sale tactics have replaced Hope and Change for the Democratic convention. The CBS affiliate in Denver discovered a hidden website that sold tickets to the Invesco Field acceptance speech by Barack Obama on August 29th, while Team Obama continued to deny that tickets were anything but free. Democratic activists complained to the reporters about Obama’s sell-out. Oddly enough, when CBS started asking questions, the site suddenly stopped offering tickets. What a coincidence!

Well, that certainly puts a different complextion on why Obama moved his acceptance speech to a larger venue. 

More seating = more tickets = more $$$$$$

And another idealistic dream gets dashed in the pricey stands of Invesco (is there irony in the name?) Field.

I really have no intention of turning my blog into a political screed, but some things are just too good not to share.  Meanwhile, I need to spend less time surfing the net for political commentary.

In other news, we almost closed the windows and turned on the air conditioning today.  We will tomorrow, as it is supposed to finally get up into the high 80’s – yea for summer!  Finally!  Bring on that global warming!

I can’t remember ever spending the first two weeks of August with the windows open all day to enjoy the mild weather, and blankets on at night because the temperatures dipped so low.  Well, at least not since we got central air years ago.  But that has been our weather this year; I’m not complaining, but I do wonder what winter will bring.

With another issue of the historical society’s newsletter written and published this evening I am ready for tomorrow’s meeting.  I had an interesting interview today with a local vet who is preparing to travel to Washington D.C. to view the WW II Memorial, and made him the lead story. 

We are losing that generation who fought for freedom and wonder if such a defense of liberty could ever be possible again.

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Gambling, Anyone?

Posted by Nancy on August 11, 2008

Do you suppose the people who send out all the spam for online gambling ever get responses?  I figure they must or they wouldn’t send so much, but it’s hard to imagine that anyone would respond to such crass ads.

Am I the only one who gets offers for “free” online gambling, roulette, blackjack, and other ways to throw your money away?  That is about all that ever shows up in my spam qeueue.  Maybe that means I’m lucky I don’t get worse?

Still, do I look like a gambler?

Enough ranting about gambling.  Now I’m going to rant about Algore and global warming.

It was beautiful today, sunny and a high of 74.  Perfect fall weather.  Oh, wait, this is early August.  It is supposed to be ten or fifteen, maybe twenty degrees warmer than that out.  I wore a long sleeved shirt all day and considered a jacket when I met a friend for ice cream at 8:30 in the evening.  It is downright chilly out there now.

It’s Algore and the global warming, er – climate change – problem. 

We can’t call it global warming anymore, since they realized a while back that the earth seems to be in a cooling cycle and the warming theory won’t fly anymore.  When all else fails, change your terminology to confuse the issue further.  Maybe no one will notice.

Yep, I’m a full-fledged global warming skeptic.

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Concerned About The Intellectual Climate

Posted by Nancy on July 28, 2008

I installed Instant messenger on my computer this weekend and am officially in touch with the world now – or at least with the few people I am connected to.

I know, I know – probably the next to the last person in the universe to do so.  I can hear all the laughing out there.  You have to remember though, I am not young and it hasn’t been high on my priority list.

So, this morning I IM’d a little with Doug, and this evening with Matt.  It is an easy way to keep in touch, but somehow impersonal.  You don’t see the person, you don’t hear their tone of voice, you don’t even have to give it your full attention.  Multi-tasking, and at my age. Still, it’s more contact than just an email.

I read about Twitter recently…..  Nah, that’s too much. That one seems to border on narcissism.

It was another nice day here today, with weather so mild we left the house open and didn’t turn on the air. According to this chart from weather.com it is below average across most of the country.

Close to 90 tomorrow though; definitely air conditioning weather.

Here’s my latest video clip on global warming, taken from a website called DemandDebate.com.  It advocates teaching both sides in the classroom; I like their motto:

“We’re more concerned about the intellectual clilmate.”

Al Gore has caused more environmental damage with his lifestyle and economic damage with his theories than any one man should be allowed to.  What a weenie.

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Really Cool Results

Posted by Nancy on July 5, 2008

When is the last time you remember a Fourth of July where the temperature didn’t manage to climb out of the 60’s?  Never?  Me neither.

Cool temperatures were perfect for painting the kitchen yesterday; we could leave the windows open so the fumes could dissipate and the breeze helped with the drying time.  Unfortunately the humidity from all the rain didn’t help, but who wants to turn on the air conditioning when it’s 65 just to remove the humidity?

Didn’t think so.

We got the ceiling scrubbed and painted, all the frou-frou stuff on top of the cabinets taken down and washed, and the cabinets themselves scrubbed and new shelf paper put up.  Bud did the painting, but I did a mighty fine job of standing back and telling him what he had missed with the roller, since it was nigh on to impossible to tell from on the ladder.  (I wasn’t nitpicking – he asked me to do it.)

Unfortunately, the light and fan did not make it up.  The unit is all assembled, but the electric box needs to be replaced before Bud can install it.  The box sits about half an inch too low from the ceiling.  Hmm.  Looks like this is going to require a reconnaisance mission into the attic, but I’m afraid that will have to wait a couple days.

This morning we’re off to Doug’s for the move and the pool party, and tomorrow is the blessing and the pond party.  It looks like a warming trend is finally coming our way, with a high of 80 today and 85 tomorrow, so we may actually be able to get in the water without freezing.  

We may have a real summer yet.

This weather has not been kind to my garden.  The tomato plants are the biggest I have ever seen this early in the season, but they’re all leaves with almost no blossoms or tomatoes.  They love hot days and warm nights, and they aren’t getting them.  The peppers are struggling too, and the weeds are almost impossible to control from all the rain. 

I found another really good article on global_warming yesterday.  I have also decided to add www.wattsupwiththat.wordpress.com to my list of links because I read it daily and am fascinated with the science behind the issue.  I don’t always understand it, but it is enlightening to read anyway.

As for Al Gore and his Nobel Peace Prize?  Watch this and see what you think:

Irena_Sendler_vs._Al_Gore

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How Many Cubits Long Was That?

Posted by Nancy on June 4, 2008

I’m starting work on my ark and need to check the measurements.

                      

 

Waiting till this morning to drive to Doug’s was not the best decision I have ever made.  We had four inches of rain by 8:30 and it kept raining until noon.  Some of the storms were severe, with lots of lightning and thunder. 

There was no electricity at my house this morning, so I spent a little over an hour in the township office before driving up (so I could miss rush hour traffic).  During that time I talked with several residents who wanted to know what we are going to do about their flooding problems.  This afternoon I talked with a local reporter who had been contacted by another flooded resident – he wanted the township’s point of view.

What can I say?  If ever there was an Act of God it is rain – in this case four inches in one night.  It can’t soak into the ground that fast, it can’t run off that fast, the creeks, streams, ditches, swales, rivers, culverts – everything – are all beyond capacity.  Roads are closed and they are taking people out of their houses in boats in some areas.

But I’m at Doug’s now, and it isn’t quite as bad here.   It was raining heavily and visibility was awful on the way up, but at least the roads were open.

Our road crew spent the day cleaning debris away from culverts and drainage tiles to keep the water flowing as much as possible, but you can’t do enough to get rid of that much water.  The last time local creeks were out of their banks like they are today was in the early 1970s, according to long-time local residents.

So, time to start constructing the ark.  Fortunately I can build it in my back yard and float it out, since our yard is under water too.

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