Sunday, November 28, 2004


Okay, so, Bryan is going to be in NYC on December 10 to do a signing at Midtown Comics and it looks like I can go. Woo! Gonna meet the man himself. (I run his Yahoo fan group, for those not in the know) Get my Absolute Authority signed, Heaven's Ladder, the Ultimates HC, maybe some of my art - and maybe, just maybe, he'll be able to sketch for me. *sigh* :)

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Post-birthday Swag

So some people actually used the Wish List for once... go you people. Thanks to John and Mark for good stuff from Amazon.

The Wife, bless her, gave me moolah so we can finally buy a new computer. So I'm keeping an eye on Dell's current deals, so we can save us some money. The Wife wants a flat screen monitor - who am I to argue with her?

Got some cool DVDs, thanks to The Wife and Becky & Jeff - "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels", "Hellboy: The Director's Cut", and (yay!) The Star Wars DVD Set. Heather also sprung the LEGO Millennium Falcon on me, which I'd all but rationalized away as something I didn't need. It's friggin' cool. Parsons got me New Spring (the prequel novel for the Wheel of Time series), Heather's parents got me a really nice blue sweater (warm and soft) and lighthouse mugs to go with our lighthouse collecting theme (someday I will post pictures), and Ike & Val gave me Superman and Batman figures (woo!). Also got a bunch of gift cards from my sister and the parents with which I will be buying more books, DVDs or software for the new computer.

We went to Red Robin for dinner, where I combined the Monster Burger (two patties of Red Robin-y goodness) with the Royal Red Robin Burger (burger with a fried egg on top). Man that was good, but not something I need to be eating very often.

Saturday, November 06, 2004

It's my Birthday, Precious

So, um, yeah. Gonna go see the Incredibles tonight, and the Episode III teaser. Woo!

Thursday, November 04, 2004

Voting for the President

"Most of the time, electors cast their votes for the candidate who has received the most votes in that particular state. However, there have been times when electors have voted contrary to the people's decision, which is entirely legal."

That disturbs the hell out of me. The three exceptions:

  • In 1876 there were a total of 369 electoral votes available with 185 needed to win. Republican Rutherford B. Hayes, with 4,036,298 popular votes won 185 electoral votes. His main opponent, Democrat Samuel J. Tilden, won the popular vote with 4,300,590 votes, but won only 184 electoral votes. Hayes was elected president.
  • In 1888 there were a total of 401 electoral votes available with 201 needed to win. Republican Benjamin Harrison, with 5,439,853 popular votes won 233 electoral votes. His main opponent, Democrat Grover Cleveland, won the popular vote with 5,540,309 votes, but won only 168 electoral votes. Harrison was elected president.
  • BUSH - In 2000 there were a total of 538 electoral votes available with 270 needed to win. Republican George W. Bush, with 50,456,002 popular votes won 271 electoral votes. His Democratic opponent, Al Gore, won the popular vote with 50,999,897 votes, but won only 266 electoral votes. Bush was elected president.

Here are the two elections that were decided by the House of Representatives:

  • 1801: Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr, both Democrat-Republicans, received the same number of electoral votes, despite the fact that Burr was running as a vice presidential candidate, not for the presidency. Following 36 successive votes in the House, Jefferson was finally elected president.
  • 1825: As mentioned above, Andrew Jackson received a majority of the popular vote over John Quincy Adams, but neither man received a 131-vote majority of electoral votes needed at the time to claim the presidency. Adams won the House vote on the first ballot.

Both Nebraska and Maine can split their electoral votes; the other states have a "winner takes all" rule, which leads to the so-called "swing states": Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennesee, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

26 states and the District of Columbia require their electors to vote for the same candidate that is elected by the popular vote. However, there have been "faithless electors":

  • In 2000, one of the District of Columbia voters turned in a blank ballot. Barbara Lett-Simmons told The Washington Post "it is an opportunity for us to make blatantly clear our colonial status and the fact that we've been under an oligarchy." Lett-Simmons was required by D.C. law to vote for the candidate who received the most popular votes.
  • In 1988, a voter from West Virginia cast a ballot for Lloyd Bentsen instead of Michael Dukakis.
  • In 1976, an elector from Washington voted for Ronald Reagan instead of Gerald Ford.

These "faithless electors" have never been penalized or prosecuted. In the remaining 24 states, electors may vote for whomever they wish, regardless of the popular vote.

Electors in these States are not bound by State Law to cast their vote for a specific candidate:

  • ARIZONA - 10 Electoral Votes (swing state)
  • ARKANSAS - 6 Electoral Votes (swing state)
  • DELAWARE - 3 Electoral Votes
  • GEORGIA - 15 Electoral Votes
  • IDAHO - 4 Electoral Votes
  • ILLINOIS - 21 Electoral Votes
  • INDIANA - 11 Electoral Votes
  • IOWA - 7 Electoral Votes (swing state)
  • KANSAS - 6 Electoral Votes
  • KENTUCKY - 8 Electoral Votes
  • LOUISIANA - 9 Electoral Votes (swing state)
  • MINNESOTA - 10 Electoral Votes (swing state)
  • MISSOURI - 11 Electoral Votes (swing state)
  • NEW HAMPSHIRE - 4 Electoral Votes (swing state)
  • NEW JERSEY - 15 Electoral Votes
  • NEW YORK - 31 Electoral Votes
  • NORTH DAKOTA - 3 Electoral Votes
  • PENNSYLVANIA - 21 Electoral Votes (swing state)
  • RHODE ISLAND - 4 Electoral Votes
  • SOUTH DAKOTA - 3 Electoral Votes
  • TENNESSEE - 11 Electoral Votes (swing state)
  • TEXAS - 34 Electoral Votes
  • UTAH - 5 Electoral Votes
  • WEST VIRGINIA - 5 Electoral Votes (swing state)

That's 257 of the necessary 270 elector votes to win. The swing states that do require their electors to vote with the popular vote are Colorado, Florida, Maine (again, they can split the vote), Michigan, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. Electors in both West Virginia and Washington, however, have voted the other way without repercussions.

Long story short: This is why I don't vote in presidential elections. My vote DOESN'T COUNT.

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