So Does Your Vote Really Count?

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I’m sure you’ve read it elsewhere, but they’re still counting votes for the senate race up in Minnesota with the race between Al Franken and current Senator Norm Coleman.  The current totals, which are going up and down with the tally, rests at about 220 votes between the two of them.

Think about that for just a second.  There were nearly three million votes cast for the seat and we have a difference of just 220 votes.  That’s less than one one-hundredth of a percentage point.  Or, to put it another way, a penny compared to a hundred dollar bill.

It was a bit larger but they found 100 votes in one county cast for Mr. Franken that were missed due to a typo.  And the state is having problems with the voting machines.  Note the 870 comments on that one.  The absentee ballots are giving them trouble as well.

I have to admit that I didn’t hold out much hope for Mr. Franken when I first heard he was running. (Hmmm, I thought I had something bookmarked on that.  Oh well.  I’ll find it later.) But then again it is Minnesota.

Barney Expresses His Own Opinion of the Election

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Well, I guess Barney’s upset that the Republicians pretty much lost the election.  He took out his anger on Jon Dekker, a member of the White House Press Corp from Reuters.

Maybe, as First Lady Laure Bush put it, “he was done with the paparazzi.”

He’s probably lucky Dick Cheney didn’t shoot him. 🙂

As an aside, what Barney was probably concerned about what all that stuff in the reporter’s left hand.

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Russia Leads in Dog Tracking Technology. When WIll the United States Catch Up?

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Reuters is reporting that Russia has taken the lead in dog tracking technology.  Russians can now use the military GLONASS satellite global positioning system to monitor the movements of their faithful companions as they save the word from the evils of American capitalism.  No news from the American military on when or how they plan to catch up with our pesky Commie friends.

So beware that lovable stray that you throw scraps to.  He may be helping to planing routes for the next Soviet invasion.

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UPS bans left turns to save gas – When will NASCAR do the same?

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Buried in this article is a mention that UPS has now eliminated left turns from its routes because they waste fuel. 

The first thought that comes to mind though is all those left hand turns that occur every weekend with the typical NASCAR race.  Maybe they’ll reverse the direction drivers race to save gasoline.

I’m sure that Luke over at Thunderlounge will be one of the first to pick up on this.

(Yes, I know the the gas wasting is because you usally have to wait for traffic before you can make a left hand turn.  Please kindly note the “Joke” and “Funny Stuff” categories on this post.)

Discussion about the “No left hand turn” policy: here (Where numbers are given to show that the policy is working), here (OK, so it appears it’s not a new policy), and here (With a lot of negativity in the comments although the NASCAR mention gets a +1 from me).

Another Disney Actress Gets Busted

Well yet another Disney star is in trouble. You would have thought by now that Disney would have done something to mentor these folks. Seems like every time you turn around, another one is in trouble and it’s all over the news.

It’s a pity though that this time it’s a Kim Possible actress.

What’s next? Christy Carlson Romano doing a sex scene on Family Guy? Oh wait. She did. Link.

TV star Kirsten Storms was arrested for DUI in September 2007, in LA. Kirsten, who voices the cheerleader Bonnie Rockwaller in Disney’s “Kim Possible”, was arrested after failing field sobriety tests.

School Renames Easter Bunny ‘Peter Rabbit’

School Renames Easter BunnyA little late on this but…
From here:
A Rhode Island public school has decided the Easter bunny is too Christian and renamed him Peter Rabbit, and a state legislator is so hopping mad he has introduced an “Easter Bunny Act” to save the bunny’s good name.
“Like many Rhode Islanders I’m quite frustrated by people trying to change traditions that we’ve held in this country for 150 years, like the Easter bunny,” Rhode Island State Rep. Richard Singleton told “Good Morning America Weekend Edition.”

Talk about the Homecoming Queen’s Got a Gun

From here
Miss America 1944 - Venus Ramey - Image from Hulton Archive and Getty ImagesWAYNESBURG, Ky. — She was Miss America in 1944, but Venus Ramey said an accomplishment Friday the 13th pleases her just as much.
The 82-year-old Ramey was alerted to a gang of metal thieves on her property near Waynesburg by her dogs. She said she jumped in her truck and drove to the building that was being looted, blocked an SUV and stepped out of her vehicle with a .38-caliber revolver.
A man told her he was “scrapping metal.” Venus replied “not my metal,” and shot out one of his tires. She held the man at gunpoint as four others fled. Ramey flagged down a driver with a cell phone and had a call placed to the sheriff’s office.
Deputy Sheriff Danny Gilliam saidone man will be charged. The others who ran were rounded up, but released.