Local Politics; is texting suspicious?

I’ve decided to lay off of the national politics blogs for awhile and focus on local versions. It’s been quite the eyeopening experience. I think the guys (it’s mostly guys) covering the state are doing a pretty good job, and I try to read them even if their politics are quite different from mine. The blogs seem to be run by well educated people that try to keep themselves informed, and I think THAT may be the reason all of them seem to have no time for a lot of the Tea Party nonsense, even the more ‘conservative’ ones. They all rely heavily on local newspapers and news stations to keep them informed, so that’s making me re-consider a subscription to the Clarion-Ledger. I’m pretty sure I still wouldn’t read the paper version, but I might read the online version more.

Anyway, the story that jumps out lately, is of course, the MS Senate race, but I actually want to talk briefly about something else. The theme of political corruption is the main driver of this post by ‘CottonmouthBlog‘ poster “Cottonmouth”. The reason it pops out to me is that my place of work is mentioned in relation to the corruption. I have NO IDEA if the allegation is true or not, I’m in no way related to the story and have no personal knowledge of the situation. But I do wonder if ‘text messages with a contractor’ is an issue. I text message several contractors all the time. First, they are personal friends that I know FROM WORK but like to hang out with outside of work, and secondly, they can actually help me solve problems here at work because they worked on the systems I’m tasked with supporting. Is just the act of texting a contractor really all that suspicious?

If US Representatives were actually based upon the smallest state’s population

Political Post so ignore: (I saw this mentioned as a needed change to the gerrymandered house and decided to figure out the actual numbers.)

A quick back of the envelope calculation of how many representatives each state would have if the representatives were chosen based upon the smallest state’s population.

Wyoming’s population is the smallest at 582,658. So they would get ONE representative and every other state’s number of representatives would be determined by dividing that state’s population by Wyoming’s and rounding up.

Currently we have 435 Representatives. Under this rule we would have 567 and they would break down thusly:

California 66
Texas 46
New York 34
Florida 34
Illinois 23
Pennsylvania 22
Ohio 20
Georgia 18
Michigan 17
North Carolina 17
New Jersey 16
Virginia 15
Wasington 12
Massachusetts 12
Arizona 12
Indiana 12
Tennessee 12
Missouri 11
Maryland 11
Wisconsin 10
Minnesota 10
Colorado 10
Alabama 9
South Carolina 9
Louisiana 8
Kentucky 8
Oregon 7
Oklahoma 7
Connecticut 7
Iowa 6
Mississippi 6
Arkansas 6
Utah 5
Kansas 5
Nevada 5
New Mexico 4
Nebraska 4
West Virginia 4
Iaho 3
Hawaii 3
Maine 3
New Hampshire 3
Rhode Island 2
Montana 2
Delaware 2
South Dakota 2
Alaska 2
North Dakota 2
Vermont 2
Wyoming 1
Total: 567

So much for the integrity business.

Really wish I could believe that SOMEDAY those responsible will pay, but I don’t.

Just read Matt Taibbi’s latest piece about the ratings agency’s complicity with the financial crisis.

A ‘money’ quote:

2008 was to the American economy what 9/11 was to national security. Yet while 9/11 prompted the U.S. government to tear up half the Constitution in the name of public safety, after 2008, authorities went in the other direction. If you can imagine a post-9/11 scenario where there were no metal detectors at airports and people could walk on carrying chain saws and meat cleavers, you get a rough idea of what was done to reform the ratings process.

 

He ends with this:

But we know now that it was no accident. What happened to the ratings agencies during the financial crisis, and what is likely still happening within their walls, is a phenomenon as old as business itself. Given a choice between money and integrity, they took the money. Which wouldn’t be quite so bad if they weren’t in the integrity business.

The family in MS History

Today on MPB they had an interview with one of the players on the MS State basketball team that snuck out of the State to play against a mostly black team back in 1963. (Look it up, it’s an interesting story.) The guy they interviewed was my Dad’s second cousin. I had no idea a family member was a part of that particular piece of Mississippi college/racial history.

What I really found cool about finding this out was the fact that my Dad was a freshman member of the Ole Miss football team the year James Meredith started there. So apparently my family was present for two of the bigger college/racial historical events in the state. NEAT!

Generic Election Post, Plus a BIG BITCH about my precinct’s voting machines.

Generic part,

I’ve voted. Have you? If you haven’t get out there and vote slacker!

The Bitch,

My voting precinct’s voting machines should NEVER have been purchased or allowed as a voting device ANYWHERE. Not because they are hard to use, they aren’t. Not because they confuse users, they don’t. No, they should NEVER have been even considered as a voting machine for one SIMPLE reason. YOU HAVE NO WAY OF ASSURING A PERSONS VOTE!

They have no paper receipt. If someone has set up the machine to flip every 3rd vote for one candidate or another THERE IS NO WAY TO TELL! If the machine display shows you voted for Candidate X, it could have recorded a vote for Candidate Y AND YOU’D NEVER KNOW!  Without paper receipts to act as a permanent record to be compared by the voter to their selection and that can be used in the event of a recount the machine is BOGUS!

This is NOT ACCEPTABLE!

I’m surprised this hasn’t been taken to court yet. For a voting machine to even be considered it must at minimum have some way to keep a PAPER TRAIL of votes, otherwise it’s nothing. You might as well ‘trust’ your local snakeoil salesman to pick the winner.

Political Prediction Post

My predictions:

1) Florida goes Democrat, they’ll win.
2) Florida goes Republican, as goes Ohio so goes the country.

 

Put your predictions here!

 

EDIT: It’s Thursday November the 8th and no-one has called Florida either way yet. In the end it didn’t matter and my #2 ended up being close enough.