Wednesday, November 07, 2012

So...

have the calls for the repeal of the XXII Amendment started yet?

A realization.

I just realized that as of November 1st I have been out of work longer than I was ever employed at any one single job. My longest career stint is now officially as an unemployed person. This is the victory all the Obama fans are celebrating today. It's the grave of my middle class status they're dancing on. Nice country you've created.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

May as well give up.

I've got a crazy neighbor. Considering the times he's probably not all that crazy, but that's another story.

He's got four children, one by his ex-wife and three by his girlfriend that he lives with now. The other day we were talking about our children and he asked me, "When are you going to give your little girl a brother?" I said, "We can't afford it." He said, "The government will pay for it."

Tonight it looks like he's right.

Romney Signs in the Hood!

Today I've seen several Romney signs around Pine Hills and not just at the polling places. My polling place had a couple of Romney signs and a BUNCH of Obama signs. The polling station over on Clarcona-Ocoee Road had nothing but Romney signs. That's on the fringe of Pine Hills and probably serves Clarcona, Lockhart and Rosemont.

And not only have I seen Romney signs on the roadsides, but two houses _in_my_neighborhood_ have put up Romney signs. Here's a photo of one of them:

That's a "FIRE OBAMA" sign on the left, a "MACK for Senate" sign in the middle, and a "Romney/Ryan" sign on the right in front of the blue & silver pick-up.

At the second house the owner was out working on his porch. I got out and shook his hand for having the guts to do it. He's lived here for 43 years.

Friday, November 02, 2012

Support from unexpected quarters?

Coming home from our usual park I decided to take a different route home. Turns out I zigged when I should have zagged at some point. I got lost and ended up in Apopka. In fact, I ended up in a black section of town so I saw lots of Obama signs. But I was a bit taken aback by the one I saw for Obama in front of a funeral home! Yikes! That's support I'd rather not have!

Or is this a Chicago thing? Are the dead going to rise from their graves and vote in Orange County? Hmmm.

A bit more about electoral maps.

Looking at some old election maps it seems clear that Woodrow Wilson would have at best won a squeaker in 1912 if not for the Republican civil war between Taft and Teddy Roosevelt. So he would have likely picked up electoral votes in his 1916 re-election bid in that scenario. (I'm not willing at this time to look at the state-by-state data to back that up!)

That would leave Madison's 1812 election as the only one without a clear gain for the re-elected President. That one cannot be slouched off due to territorial expansion, either. Only one state (Louisiana) was added from 1808 to 1812. Madison's losses mostly came from losing NY and NJ, though he made up a little ground by getting all of NC's electoral votes (he'd only gotten 11/14 in 1808) and picking up LA's three new electoral votes. (I'm ignoring changing due to the 1810 census.) But the war right before the election still counts as exceptional circumstances!

So Obama getting re-elected would be EXTREMELY counter to the nation's history. Doesn't mean it won't happen, but it would be extremely peculiar. If people can't make up their mind on whether or not to keep the current guy at this point in time, they're going to vote against him once in the booth.

Hell, if Obama were a football coach he'd already be gone by now. "I inherited a 1-15 team. Since then we've gone 2-14, 3-13, 3-13, and we're on pace to go 4-12 this year! Stay the course! Forward!" But then football is actually results-oriented with a clear metric for success, while the Presidency is just a marketing campaign.