Thursday, February 21, 2008

Nearest Book Meme Arrives

Granny Geek tossed the "Nearest Book Meme" to us from her hopefully warmer-than-here abode in Texas.

The instructions are simple:

1. Grab the nearest book (that is at least 123 pages long).
2. Open to p. 123.
3. Go down to the 5th sentence.
4. Type in the following 3 sentences.
5. Tag five people.

That's an easy one for Thinkingthings--I pretty much always have a book or two that I'm reading, and an audiobook in the car CD or tape player, with two or three more waiting in the back seat.

The nearest book tonight--and the reason I haven't posted since February 14th--is Stephen King's Duma Key. Its a good'un, like most but not all of King's work. It's also a great read for icy weather in front of a warm fire (that is burning for pleasure, thanks, not because the power is out).

So here you go:

"Somebody better investigate, that's what I think."

"My daughter and I went exploring one day. It looked like outright jungle south of here."


Damned if I can figure out the purpose of this meme. But since reading books is way up on my list of stuff I love to do, I couldn't pass it up, and I also can't pass up flinging this meme on to others--mostly so I can find out what my fellow bloggers are reading.

So, you're up: Sky Girl, Fat Jack, Kate's Camp, Lovely Leah

Thursday, February 14, 2008

How quickly we forget...

It is fascinating how people (read: the media) are suddenly aghast at the thought of "super delegates" altering the wishes of democrat voters at the convention this summer. These delegates may cast votes which could swing the nomination away from whomever the popular vote selected!

How quickly we've forgotten how the United States elects our president anyway. We've forgotten the coup of 2000. We've forgotten that the popular vote in a presidential election basically means diddly squat. The dear old US of A only trusts it's government-by-representation process so far--it is one thing when we talk about city council representatives, or state legislators, or even U.S. Senators, but the president? Heavens no. We need a representative to represent our votes, sort of.

Here's the real scoop. The founding fathers decided to compromise--instead of allowing Congress to choose the president, and instead of allowing the unwashed masses (actually, that would have been the unwashed white male property owners) to elect the president, we-the-people actually elect a slate of "electors" who then vote for president.

You can get more details about the the Electoral College and the actual process here.

Frankly after the fiasco that landed GWB in office in 2000, I find it hard to trust the process of electing our president. So the thought that super delegates could swing a nomination one way or another doesn't really surprise me too much--with the small exception that it is the Democrats doing it. I say "small" because when I think about the old line party members in SW Missouri, I realize that this small group of people wield a large amount of power. I am sure it is even larger on a national level.

It is time that "We the People" refuse to accept the "compromise" made over 200 years ago. Middle aged white guys no longer hold the only authority in this nation, but they don't seem to have gotten that message yet. If the rest of us simply let them usurp the power as we did in 2000 and again in 2004 then we deserve what we get.

Dismantling the Electoral College, and electing the president by popular vote, is one way to ensure that the opinion of the people, not simply the weight of the states, is what drives our nation.

We insist that school kids study history--do voters need a textbook entry to remember something as recent and as significant as a stolen election only 8 years ago?

What good is an election if our votes are not counted and our voices are not heard? This is certainly more important in November as it is at the convention, yet one is surely a symptom of the other.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Note to self:

"Attitude is the control center of your life."

Charlie Shore, phenom of the St. Louis Hawks 1958 championship team, was acknowledging his induction into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame when he tossed out this gem on February 10, 2008. He had trouble maneuvering his elderly 6'11" frame towards the microphone, but his talk had the otherwise dazed-by-boredom audience alternately moved and in stitches. Funny how, after his statement about attitude resonated around my brain, the rest of the "thank you mom" speeches didn't seem so boring after all.

It is about attitude, and thinking. Thanks for reminding me, Charlie Shore.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Blogaroni Nominations Are In!!

The nominees are in for the Springfield Area Local Blogger Awards (the Blogaronis) and Thinking Things got a nomination for Best Personal Blog! How's that for cool? Seriously, thanks for the nod. Being nominated is positive reinforcement for continued posting, and it is a great motivator when it feels oh-so-much easier to think a blog post rather than to actually sit down and type it out. I write at least three posts a day in my head. You can tell by scrolling down about how often I actually type one.

Go to Simple Thoughts to see all the categories and nominees. I am in some esteemed company, for sure. The deadline for voting is February 15th -- you can get all the specifics by clicking on the link.

The Springfield area is chock full of bloggers with much to say. Every blog listed is worth a click and a thorough read. I'm sure proud to be included in the mix.

Now, go vote.