Surely I can't be the only person in America who is irritated when I'm told who the 'winners' are in American political races before I've even had the chance to vote. Because of the time difference, Western states go through this every national election. Winners sometimes give victory speeches even before the polls close here. (Californians and others, an hour behind us, have it even worse.)
Several times, this was NOT the case. Like Truman's candid, after his presidential race:
Who was that Dewey guy, anyways?? (smirk)
Perhaps Donald Trump won't be the Republican candidate for president. Perhaps Hillary Clinton won't be the Democratic candidate -- because she'll be indicted, and deservedly so. (Daughter #1 believes this is going to happen anyways, either before, during or after Hillary's flirtation with the White House.)
It would just be nice to have voting be an action that actually means something. Not just a foregone conclusion.
The Brick actually saw this happen, when he was a member of Colorado's Republican state delegate meeting a few months ago. The accepted 'candidates' of The Machine had already made their speeches, flags and signs waving, when a single person walked to the podium and gave a speech. He wasn't surrounded by toadies, didn't have an expensive suit on, and didn't make airy promises -- he just talked.
According to the Brick, this man not only made sense, he made good sense. And although Dave had never heard of him before, he voted for him.
So did the guy next to him.
And, I'm assuming, the woman next to him. Because against all odds, this man is on the current ballot as the primary Republican candidate. (There are others listed -- but the Brick tells me these former darlings of The Machine are all write-ins.)
The candidate for Senator that I'm talking about? Yes, it's
He's given both the Brick and myself hope that there are still real people out there who care about our state and its future. If you're voting in Colorado's primary, I urge you to consider voting for this man.
Faithful dogs -- a long, wonderful list, including animals who kept waiting for their masters, and working dogs. Many good stories here.
It's all in the plating -- fast food arranged to look fahncy.
Looters get their just reward...in ancient Pompeii. A new discovery.
One word -- famous last words. (From Mental Floss)
The rest of the story -- from a number of famous recent news reports that just 'happened' to leave out some of the most important stuff. (From Cracked.com)
A man lies about escaping from Auschwitz -- for decades -- and finally gets caught. Hmm...that's a new twist on stolen valor.
Pasta un Gobbola Tabola...I guess you're supposed to eat it for the Feast of St. Joseph (March 19) -- but it sounds like fun any day!
'Profound' quotes by celebrities. Be impressed by these highfalutin' comments. Uh huh. Sure. You betcha. (From Death and Taxes)
'America is full of high-earning poor people.' Do you agree?
Men in Black are pestering an area in Iowa?
When 'cheap' for a funeral actually means 'respectful.'
'Chekhov,' Anton Yelchin, in the latest Star Trek movies, killed by his own car. Weird.
45 feisty (and memorable) lines said in real life. (From Cracked.com)
Would you return something after a decade of use...because the store has a 'lifetime guarantee?' (From Surviving and Thriving)
Have a great week.