Monthly Archives: November 2016

What’s with the complaints about stores being open on holidays?

Over the past few years (what, 5-10?) there has been a lot of outcry over people who have to work major holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. People even call for boycotts of these stores, hold protests, etc… Honestly, though, where is this coming from? Employees working these holidays is nothing new! Continue reading

This election has sunk to a new low.

First some disclosure, I want to be as transparent as possible.  For those of you who read this and do not know me, I am a middle aged and white man who is registered as a Republican.  I am college educated and my work is a mix of blue, white, and pink collar.  As far as religion is concerned, I consider myself a cross between Pagan and Agnostic.  I have lived in various states and areas that range from strong Republican to strong Democrat.

From the day Hillary announced that she was running for President of the United States I knew for a fact I would not vote for her.  I also felt the same way about Donald Trump (in the primary and the general election).

I voted for Gary Johnson in the Presidential election of the United States on November 8th, 2016.  I am not going to deny this fact nor will I deny that I have voted 3rd party for President since 2000.  Each election, though, there were candidates in the primaries that I would have supported for President but unfortunately none of them got the nomination (personally I don’t like the primary process anyway).  For the past 3 elections where there wasn’t an incumbent (2000 – Bush, 2008 – Obama, 2016 – Trump) I’ve been told I’ve thrown away my vote and by the winner’s opposition I got their opposition elected.

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Once again it’s election time.

Here we are in the same place we find ourselves every 2, 4, or 6 years.  It’s election time.  You can rest assured that Wed morning we’ll wake up with either Clinton or Trump the elected president and about half of us will be happy or bragging and the other half will be unhappy and possibly even complaining about how rigged the process is.  Then, a few days later we’ll all go back to our lives and forget about the process for another 2/4/6 years then it starts all over again.

I’ll admit, I don’t like the election process too much.  The delegates to elect the nominee is rigged plus the media likes to jump in and potentially influence the election (perfect example, Hillary Clinton announced she won the New Hampshire primary at 7:45PM eastern time even though the polls in New Hampshire were open until 8PM.  The news ran with this from that minute over the next 48 hours and then people oved onto the next set of states.  The truth?  Bernie Sanders won NH’s Democratic primary but not a single person or news agency went back and recanted the store about Clinton winning.  This isn’t the first time, too, remember Florida in 2000 when the news announced a winner even though polls were still open?

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