Friday, October 26, 2012

2012 Electoral Votes by State prediction


Romney States;
Alabama - 9
Alaska - 3
Arizona - 11
Arkansas - 6
Colorado - 9
Florida - 29
Georgia - 16
Idaho - 4
Indiana - 11
Kansas - 6
Kentucky - 8
Louisiana - 8
Mississippi - 6
Missouri - 10
Montana - 3
Nebraska - 5
New Hampshire - 4
North Carolina - 15
North Dakota - 3
Ohio - 18
Oklahoma - 7
South Carolina - 9
South Dakota - 3
Tennessee - 11
Texas - 38
Utah - 6
Virginia - 13
West Virginia - 5
Wyoming - 3

Obama States;
California - 55
Connecticut - 7
Delaware - 3
District of Columbia - 3
Hawaii - 4
Illinois - 20
Iowa - 6
Maine - 4
Maryland - 10
Massachusetts - 11
Michigan - 16
Minnesota - 10
Nevada - 6
New Jersey - 14
New Mexico - 5
New York - 29
Oregon - 7
Pennsylvania - 20
Rhode Island - 4
Vermont - 3
Washington - 12
Wisconsin - 10

Electoral Votes;
Romney - 279
Obama - 259

Total Votes Cast: ~137,987,220

I utilized CNN's Electoral Map

Monday, July 02, 2012

What's next Doc?


Initially I was not happy about the 5-4 decision upholding Obamacare and the mandate/penalty/tax, but then after a day I felt like it was ok.  After a few more days, I’m truly scared what might become of this. 

Everyone wants to talk about the hypothetical broccoli scenario, but why don’t we use actual scenarios that could very well play out with the right circumstances. 

With the economy still slugging along, federal, state and local governments are still trying to find more ways to cut costs and/or raise revenue.  Hmm… crime & punishment costs are too high so why don’t we cut the costs of hiring more policemen and DAs to prosecute criminals.  An idea is thrown out there that each citizen should be more responsible for their own safety (based on certain statistics, crime does go down with increased gun ownership) so why not arm ALL legal age (18+) citizens with their own handgun?

What’s to keep a newly elected GOP Congressman from deciding this new idea is both good for cutting costs and raising a little revenue?  He talks to a friendly Senator (who sits on the Finance Committee) and they come up with a plan.  The Congressman decides to introduce a bill in Congress, but it is disguised as a bill that gives tax breaks for elderly home owners.  It easily passes the House by a unanimous vote.  It then goes over to the Senate, but instead, the Senate Finance Committee rewrites the bill.  It is now called the Armed to Protect Yourselves Act.  It is a short bill, but basically states you must buy or own a handgun, and if you do not, you must pay a penalty.  And since it is a tax related bill, of course, it could not be filibustered and only needs 51 votes to pass the Senate via reconciliation.  When the NRA gets wind of it and puts its weight behind the issue, it does pass the Senate.  It goes back the House where it passes by a vote of 219-212.  Then President Mitt Romney signs it into law, to be effective January 1, 2014.  Dems/libs screaming the whole time of course (those town halls would be fun that summer).

A similar idea is proposed but with a different sector.  Some government official could decide that too many people are not paying their fair share for maintenance and upkeep of public roads, so let’s introduce a penalty for not buying an automobile or gasoline (more hybrids, carpools, public transportation, etc. are cutting down gas tax revenues).  Same route as above is taken and passed. 

Wow, this new taxing power is great!

I certainly don’t think these exact scenarios will happen, but that doesn’t mean something else similar won’t. 

While some say that it will be hard to pass a new tax this way, it seems that they don’t make the connection that a Congressman (liberal or conservative) can justify anything if they are highly motivated (or compensated through campaign contributions of course).

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Great Savior, Barack Obama

I look across this great big land,
upon the trees, plains and politics;
it is not that hard to see,
the cons, the cheats and heretics.
Many people have tried and failed,
in their brave pursuit of liberty;
but rest ye not my good ol' friend,
rescue comes in tainted chivalry.
For what hope is there for some,
who've taken others for granted;
with their careless thoughts and ways,
that were once so enchanted.
The days grew long and hard,
for these mortals who had survived;
but change has come at last,
Rejoice! Your savior has arrived.
The crowds chant his glorious name,
with his deeds of help and kindness;
but to some he will always be,
a man with unchangeable blindness.
He came in through the darkness,
of a history that was so cruel;
His main goal was to enlighten,
the frauds, the beggars and fools.
He succeeded in so many ways,
where others have folded and flopped;
He has brought with him a great devotion,
and a Congress that can't be stopped.
For tomorrow is a brand new day,
when people won't have to worry;
Cause the government of the people,
passed the Stimulus Bill in a hurry.
What's next is not known,
to us, the poor old sheep;
For Obama, our great Shepherd,
gets bills passed as we sleep.
If you think that this is great,
then you truly are a tool;
I, for one, am a little upset,
cause now we're effing screwed.
To think about the Great Depression,
with all the suffering and sadness;
I've come to place all my hopes
on betting on March Madness.
I also have some other concerns,
of what is next to come;
More welfare and free health care,
to worthless, no-good bums.
Bank Nationalization,
is also just around the bend;
So look out all you investors,
your money is Congress' to spend.
Now the Great Barack Obama,
does not want your house or boat;
He's just hoping in 4 more years,
He'll have bought all your votes.

Yes, I wrote this.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Steroids & HGH in Sports

Here's my opinion on the whole Steroids & HGH problem;
  1. Steroids have been illegal, without a doctor's prescription, in the USA since 1990 (under the Anabolic Steroid Control Act of 1990). HGH I'm not absolutely sure whether it is illegal or not.
  2. Major League Baseball (MLB) did not make it official that Steroids were illegal as a performance enhancer until 2004. HGH is still not tested for.
  3. If any athlete has taken Steroids or HGH since it has been illegal in the US, whether competing in the US or representing the US, you are a cheater.
  4. Any baseball player that doesn't want to be associated with taking steroids should have spoken up sooner. You profited off of other guys taking it and raising salary levels. Now you must deal with your's and your union's silence.
  5. Any baseball player that took it should not be allowed in the Hall of Fame (HOF)!!! Imagine if some 1950s player that was on the cusp of being admitted to the HOF got to extend his career 1 or 2 more years or got the needed hits, HRs, RBI, Wins, K's or whatever because of steroids or HGH. He'd probably be in the HOF right now. Is it fair to those guys?
  6. If there is smoke, there is fire. Sorry Roger and Barry, you did something.
  7. Imagine all of the guys in the minor leagues that never got a sniff because of the players that used steroids/HGH. The difference in pay for some of those guys is huge. But because some MLB players weren't tested and kept using illegal drugs, those minor league guys were robbed of their chance of reaching their dreams.
  8. How many owners got new stadiums from 1988-2003? All of those stadiums were probably built on taxpayers money. They were all given new stadiums so they could compete with other teams and stay in their respective cities. Owners raised prices across the board, from tickets to beer, from merchandise to memorabilia. They raised these prices because salaries went up and up because of steroids/HGH. Reference Kevin Brown, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Ken Caminiti, Jose Canseco, Alex Rodriguez, Rafael Palmeiro, Miguel Tejada, Jason Giambi, etc. (and who knows how many others).
  9. Kids in little league, club leagues, junior high schools, middle schools, high schools and college, see the stance that MLB, under Bud Selig's and Don Fehr and the Players' Association, has taken and realize that to compete and have a shot at making the Majors', they will probably have to get involved in some sort of performance enchancers.
  10. Steroids/HGH does affect the integrity of the game. I show up for a game between the San Diego Padres and Houston Astros. Kevin Brown on the mound that day and MVP Ken Caminiti are killing the Astros. But wait, what if Kevin Brown didn't take steroids/HGH, would he have pitched as well and if Ken Caminiti wasn't using steroids, would he have hit the ball so well and as hard? Oh, we'll never know. That's integrity.
  11. It is just as bad if Ken Caminiti was gambling on the game and threw a couple of bad balls to 1st. Try and convince me the difference. There have been plenty of baseball games that came down to 1 play. All of those who say gambling is worse than steroids/HGH are ignorant and they are kidding themselves. They are just as bad in my book.
  12. The Mitchell Report needed to come out and it needed to name names. I only wish there could be punishment for them all. But that is probably not fair and I realize that. But to those who say it did no good for MLB for the names to come out I say you are ignorant. It puts faces to a scandal that will forever have changed how MLB will be viewed by thousands, if not millions of fans. It also lets future generations know that you can cheat, but beware, you could face severe consequences for your immoral and possibly illegal actions.
  13. For the reporters who claim they didn't know, I understand. We all didn't know. But you should also apologize to your viewers, listeners or readers. Your jobs are to report/investigate anomolies in sports. If a pitcher doesn't have his best stuff tonight; "is the guy possibly injured?", I'm sure you'd ask that question after the game to either the pitcher, manager or GM. So when guys are putting up career numbers that are way off from previous years, shouldn't you ask the GMs, managers and coaches questions on why he is doing so well this year vs previous years? Your jobs are to investigate, not be buddy-buddy with the players, managers and GMs so you can have access to things or feel like one of the guys.
  14. For NFL media and HOF voters, please don't give me that "on the field only" excuse. You are being ignorant and irresponsible to your jobs, employers, fans, viewers, readers or whomever when you claim this. If a guy has taken illegal performance enhancers and is caught, does that really deserve to be ignored? Shawne Merriman was busted and served his 4 game sentence, Rodney Harrison was also busted and served his 4 game suspension, but don't give them awards or vote them to the HOF because they are cheaters. They got to where they are by cheating. The other guy did it the right way. Maybe he didn't put up the stats the cheaters did, but what numbers would the cheaters put up if they didn't cheat. Ask that question before you decide. Have some respect for all of us, don't rely on that "on the field only" crap. It's weak and dishonest to your profession.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

2008 Electoral Votes by State prediction

McCain States;
Alabama - 9
Alaska - 3
Arizona - 10
Arkansas - 6
Colorado - 9
Florida - 27
Georgia - 15
Idaho - 4
Indiana - 11
Kansas - 6
Kentucky - 8
Louisiana - 9
Mississippi - 6
Missouri - 11
Montana - 3
Nebraska - 5
Nevada - 5
New Hampshire - 4
New Mexico - 5
North Carolina - 15
North Dakota - 3
Ohio - 20
Oklahoma - 7
South Carolina - 8
South Dakota - 3
Tennessee - 11
Texas - 34
Utah - 5
Virginia - 13
Wyoming - 3

Obama States;
California - 55
Connecticut - 7
Delaware - 3
District of Columbia - 3
Hawaii - 4
Illinois - 21
Iowa - 7
Maine - 4
Maryland - 10
Massachusetts - 12
Michigan - 17
Minnesota - 10
New Jersey - 15
New York - 31
Oregon - 7
Pennsylvania - 21
Rhode Island - 4
Vermont - 3
Washington - 11
West Virginia - 5
Wisconsin - 10

Electoral Votes;
McCain - 278
Obama - 260

Total Votes Cast: ~131,889,000

Update: I have corrected Massachusetts total to 12 (was originally recorded as 10). Also, changed Obama's total from 258 to 260.

Update: Now that there are official results, I know I was a bit off on Electoral Votes, but I was pretty darn close on Total Votes: Official votes cast - 131,442,598 to my prediction of 131,889,000 or 0.34% off. I still need to work on states' voting tendencies.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Please, oh please...

will someone finally get HGH testing for Major League Baseball and any other sport that doesn't yet test for it? Screw the MLB Players' Association, all they care about is the money, not the game. Sure the owners and MLB management only care about the money too, but seriously, the players will protect their own (Here's a good article about the topic by Jeff Pearlman, who wrote a biography of Barry Bonds, Love Me, Hate Me).

Now that Jason Grimsley has admitted to using Human Growth Hormone (HGH) and apparently named other players, can Selig get testing put in? If not, I would love for Congress to get back into this topic, but I don't see that happening now that election fever is hitting both parties. This topic isn't a hot button that gets people elected. Although, I would probably seriously consider voting for any politician just for backing this cause.

The major problem from what I've heard on radio and read in various articles, HGH can only be detected by blood tests as of now. The Players' Association is absolutely against doing any kind of blood testing of its players. Screw 'em I say (over and over again).

Rid the sport of these cheaters once and for all. Put asterisks next to all records of any player involved in this era. Then they can just put a wing in Cooperstown of the juicing era (I did hear this idea from Mark Vandermeer on KILT 610).

PLEASE!!?

Friday, May 26, 2006

Ah, that makes it all better

So prostrating (no, not castrating) oneself is all it takes in the Catholic Church to be forgiven for sexual abuse of a child or children. I'm sure the hundreds or thousands of kids and adults feel sooo much better now that these "men of cloth" have prostrated themselves in church.

You must love to be a part of the Roman Catholic Church in the 21st Century.