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2016 Election by the Numbers

August 15, 2016 Leave a comment

Since the beginning of the 2016 US primary elections, I’ve been working on a chart showing the election numbers. I updated it in early August 2016 with all of the official results that were available at the time. Follow this link for the entire chart on Google Drive, or scroll through here on my blog (it’s easier to see in Google Drive).

 

 

At the end of July, Pew Research Center crunched some numbers and came up with an interactive web page to show where each candidate’s votes went, from March 2015 to June 2016. I’ve tried to crunch the numbers even further to estimate the votes at the general election in November, but it’s been a difficult challenge, with so many candidates this year, and so many variables to contend with. For instance, some candidates dropped out very shortly after the first primary was held in Iowa on February 1, 2016, yet their names still appeared on many ballots, or their names were written in, so they still received votes. Also, 2 states didn’t report popular vote totals, making this even more difficult. Of course, this is politics, and things change on a dime here in the US. It’s all just a guessing game until November 9th, and even then we might not know the results (anyone remember Bush?).

 

Pew Democrats Pew Republicans


Republican – December through April

Let’s get the more difficult party out of the way first. Republicans started out with well over a dozen candidates in 2015.  Only the top 11 were given a spot on the PRC chart, and out of those, only 4 were serious contenders. In the “other” column on my main chart, I’ve included all votes that weren’t for the top 4. On the 2nd and 3rd sheets of my chart, I’ve broken down the votes of the 10 top contenders.  Since Walker dropped out before the first primary vote was cast, I’m not going to include him in any official totals except the overall “other” votes (some people wrote his name in), even though he was included on the PRC chart.

There appears to be a huge discrepancy between the December 2015 survey and the actual numbers at the polls, but that’s more a matter of timing than anything else. To understand what I’m talking about, there were 31,168,591 votes cast for all Republicans during the primaries (more, if we could get the actual votes from the 2 states that didn’t release totals). If a candidate was shown to have 1% of the vote in December, he or she should have seen roughly 300,000 actual votes. Most of the candidates didn’t even see ¼ of that. Part of the reason for that is because the survey was done in December, yet the first vote wasn’t cast until February, and another part of the reason is because the candidates dropped out very early in the race.

We’ll start with the December 2015 PRC survey.  I’ll list the candidates in the order they dropped out of the race, the percentage of votes they had at each point, the actual numbers they had at the polls, and where their votes went according to the April 2016 PRC survey. For some, the numbers were too small for the PRC to accurately estimate the percentage that went to other candidates, so I’ve tried to eyeball it as best as I can. Almost all candidates continued to get votes even after they dropped out, presumably because their name was still on the ballot (too late to amend them?) and people were either unaware that they’d dropped out, or were just loyal to them, regardless.

Huckabee dropped out on February 1st. PRC said he had 1% of the vote in December. From December through April, he received 49,658 votes. Eyeballing the PRC chart, his votes went in 6 directions, with Trump receiving a slightly higher percentage than the others. So let’s say that Trump got 20% (9,931), leaving each of the remaining 5 candidates 16% (7,946). Paul’s votes were split between 5 other candidates and himself, with what looks to be 20% going 4 ways, and 10% going 2 ways. Christie’s votes went 7 directions, including himself, with Trump getting the lion’s share (25%) , and Kasich getting a tiny bit more (15%) than the remaining 5 (12%). Fiorina’s votes were split 7 ways, including herself, with Kasich (16%) getting a tiny bit more than the others (14%). Bush’s votes went 7 ways, including himself, with Cruz (20%) and Kasich (18%) in the lead, followed by Trump (16%), Undecided (13%), Bush (13%) retaining votes, Other (10%) and Rubio (10%) bringing up the rear. Carson’s votes were split 9 ways, including himself, with all the percentages given on the PRC chart (Rubio and Paul had 1%, Fiorina had <1%, which left her with only 3 votes, so I reduced theirs to .9% each and gave her .2%). Rubio’s votes were split 8 ways, including himself, with all the percentages given on the PRC chart.


Huckabee – 2/1 – 1% – 49,658 > Trump 9,931 – Cruz 7,945 – Kasich 7,945 – Rubio 7,945 – Other 7,946 – Undecided 7,946

Paul – 2/3 – 2% – 60,689 > Trump 12,137 – Cruz 12,137 – Kasich 6,068 – Other 6,073 – Undecided 12,137  – Paul 12,137
Christie – 2/10 – 2% – 55,386 > Trump 13,847 – Cruz 6,646 – Kasich 8,308 – Bush 6,646 – Other 6,646 – Undecided 6,647 – Christie 6,646
Fiorina – 2/10 – 1% – 37,017 > Trump 5,182 – Cruz 5,182 – Kasich 5,925 – Rubio 5,182 – Other 5,182 – Undecided 5,182 – Fiorina 5,182
Bush – 2/20 – 4% – 271,283 > Trump 43,405 – Cruz 54,256 – Kasich 48,830 – Rubio 27,128 – Other 27,126 – Undecided 35,269 – Bush 35,269
Carson – 3/4 – 10% – 723,775 > Trump 253,321 – Cruz 246,083 – Kasich 79,615 – Rubio 6,514 – Paul 6,514 – Fiorina 1,449 – Other 21,714 – Undecided 65,139 – Carson 43,426
Rubio – 3/15 – 10% – 3,515,648 > Trump 738,286 – Cruz 914,068 – Kasich 1,019,537 – Carson 17,578 – Paul 17,578 – Other 246,099 – Undecided 140,625 – Rubio 421,877

 

Trump, Cruz, and Kasich also had some votes shift between December and April, which will affect the final calculations. No dates, as they hadn’t dropped out at this point. Kasich’s votes were split 5 ways, with himself retaining about 40% of the votes, and the others each getting 15%. For Trump’s split, I had to divide the best I could between Kasich (1.5%), Rubio (.4%) and Paul (.1%). All other information comes from the PRC chart.


Cruz – 14% – 6,914,585 > Trump 1,313,772 – Kasich 553,167 – Rubio 69,146 – Carson 138,292 – Paul 34,572 – Fiorina 34,572 – Other 207,437 – Undecided 345,729 – Cruz 4,217,898

Kasich – 1% – 3,705,077 > Trump 555,761 – Cruz – 555,761 – Other 555,761 – Undecided 555,761 – Kasich 1,482,033
Trump – 34% – 10,184,988 > Cruz 1,018,498 – Kasich 152,775 – Rubio 40,740 – Paul 10,184 – Other 305,550 – Undecided 712,950 – Trump 7,944,291

 

Our December through April totals are as follows:

Trump – 10,889,933
Kasich – 3,364,203
Cruz – 7,038,474
Rubio – 578,532
Carson – 199,296
Bush – 41,915
Fiorina – 41,203
Christie – 6,646
Paul – 80,985
Undecided – 1,887,385
Other – 1,521,290 (Other 1,389,037 + other candidates not listed 131,756)
Grand total  of Repbulican votes Dec – Apr – 25,649,862


Democrat – December through April

Using the same formula for the Democrats for the same time period, excluding Biden and Warren altogether, since they weren’t officially part of the race after December 2015. I’ll only be using Clinton, Sanders and O’Malley’s totals. That should make things a lot easier! O’Malley was the only one to drop out during this time-frame, also after the first day of primaries. His votes were split 5 ways, including himself, so an easy 20% split, with Biden’s share going to Other.  Sanders and Clinton also had a vote shift.  All information from the PRC chart, with percentages, noted in parenthesis.


O’Malley – 2/1 – 1% – 101,751 > Clinton 20,350 – Sanders 20,350 – Undecided 20,350 – Other 20,350 – O”Malley 20,351
Sanders – 29% – 9,761,077 > Clinton 1,561,772 – Undecided 683,275 – Other (1.7%) 165,939 – O’Malley (.3%) 29,284 – Sanders 7,320,807
Clinton – 48% – 12,985,404 > Sanders 2,467,226 – Undecided 1,038,832 – Other (2.5%) 324,636 – O’Malley (.5%) 64,928 – Clinton 9,089,782

 

Again, using the same formula as above for the Republicans, our totals for Democrats are:

Clinton – 10,671,904
Sanders – 9,808,383
O’Malley – 114,563
Total Undecided – 1,742,457
Other – 762,675 (Other 510,925  + other candidates not listed 251,750)
Grand total of Democrat votes Dec – Apr – 23,099,982


Republican – May through June

That brings us to the next set of totals – May through June. Again, the same formulas were used, except for Huckabee with <1% of the vote in April, who didn’t show a vote shift on the PRC chart, and had 1,780 votes. His votes will be included in with the “others” in the grand total.  We’re also adding a new column – Neither – which should make things more interesting.


Paul – 2/3 – 1% – 6,104 > Trump (50%) 3,052 – Clinton (25%) 1,526 – Neither (25%) 1,526
Christie – 2/10 – <1% – 2,465 > Trump (100%) 2,465
Fiorina – 2/10 – <1% – 3,661 > Trump (100%) 3,661
Bush – 2/20 – 1% – 15,618 > Trump (67%) 10,464 – Neither (33%) 5,154
Carson – 3/4 – 1% – 133,289 > Trump (90%) 119,960 – Clinton (10%) 13,329
Rubio – 3/15 – 2% – 20,508 > Trump (90%) 18,458 – Clinton (5%) 1,025 – Neither (5%) 1,025
Cruz – 5/3 – 23% – 871,528 > Trump (87%) 758,230 – Clinton (10%) 87,153 – Neither (3%) 26,145
Kasich – 5/4- 10% – 583,155 > Trump (78%) 454,861 – Clinton (20%) 116,631 – Neither (2%) 11,663
Trump – 44% – 3,843,846 > Trump (96%) 3,690,092 – Clinton (3.9%) 149,910 – Neither (.1%) 3,844

Grand total of Republican votes May – Jun – 5,518,729 (votes above (5,480,174) + other candidates not listed (36,775) + Huckabee’s (1,780) votes)


Democrat – May through June

O’Malley – 2/1 – <1% – 9,509 > Clinton (100%) 9,509
Sanders – July – 37% – 3,985,988 > Clinton (90%) 3,587,389 – Trump (9%) 358,739 – Neither (1%) 39,860
Clinton – 46% – 4,497,412 > Clinton (95%) 4,272,542 – Trump (4%) 179,896 – Neither (1%) 44,974

Grand total of Democrat votes May – Jun – 8,611,203 (votes above (8,492,909) + other candidates not listed (118,294) )


Combined Republican and Democrat – December through June

This is where things get interesting. I’ll be combining each candidate’s totals from the first part (Dec – Apr) and the second part (May – Jun), showing their vote shifts as a combined total.

Paul – 87,089 > Trump (50%) 43,545 – Clinton (25%) 21,772 – Neither (25%) 21,772
Christie – 9,111 > Trump (100%) 9,111
Fiorina – 44,864 > Trump (100%) 44,864
Bush – 57,533 > Trump (67%) 38,547 – Neither (33%) 18,986
Carson – 332,585 > Trump (90%) 299,326 – Clinton (10%) 33,259

Rubio – 599,040 > Trump (90%) 539,136 – Clinton (5%) 29,952 – Neither (5%) 29,952
Cruz – 7,910,002 > Trump (87%) 6,881,703 – Clinton (10%) 791,000 – Neither (3%) 237,299
Kasich – 3,947,358 > Trump (78%) 3,078,940 – Clinton (20%) 789,471 – Neither (2%) 78,947
Trump – 14,733,779 > Trump (96%) 14,144,428 – Clinton (3.9%) 574,618 – Neither (.1%) 14,733

O’Malley – 124,072 > Clinton (100%) 124,072
Sanders – 13,794,371 > Clinton (90%) 12,414,934 – Trump (9%) 1,241,494 – Neither (1%) 137,943
Clinton – 15,169,316 > Clinton (95%) 14,410,851 – Trump (4%) 606,772 – Neither (1%) 151,693

Now we’ll add to it the Other and Undecided votes from both parties and their respective segments above, and their vote shifts according to the PRC chart.

Other Republican – 4% – 1,559,845 > Trump (76%) 1,185,482 – Clinton (19%) 296,371 – Neither (5%) 77,992
Undecided Republican – 14% – 1,887,385 > Trump (68%) 1,283,421 – Clinton (15%) 283,107 – Neither (17%) 320,855

Other Democrat – 2% – 880,969 > Clinton (80%) 704,775 – Trump (10%) 88,097 – Neither (10%) 88,097
Undecided Democrat – 14% – 1,742,457 > Clinton (73%) 1,271,994 – Trump (18%) 313,642 – Neither (9%) 156,821

Now it’s time to add them all up and see what we get.

Trump – 29,798,508 – 47.39%
Clinton – 31,746,176 – 50.49 %
Neither – 1,335,090 – 2.12%
Grand total combined votes – 62,879,774


In conclusion …

So there we have it, folks. Of course, this isn’t the end of the story. There are still almost 3 months until the general election on November 7, 2016. A lot could change between now and then. Hell, a lot could change between now and next week. I’m anxious to see if the Pew Research Center does another poll between now and the election, and if they do, I’ll update these numbers with their polls.

Of course, this says nothing of how the Electoral College will vote, either. This could be another squeaker, or we could end up with SCOTUS deciding the election, which would be pretty interesting considering we’re down a member.

 

* All sources included either in links here or on my chart on Google Drive. I’ve quadruple checked my math at each calculation. While my math may be flawless, my logic might be a little off. I’m open to any constructive criticism of the work I’ve done here. It’s taken me months to compile all of this information in a way that was easy to read and understand. *
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2008

November 28, 2008 Leave a comment

2008 is almost over (how did it go so fast?). I thought I’d post this survey I received, as an interesting way to remember the year.

JANUARY

1. Who kissed you on New Years?
Bill and Matthew

2. Did you have a New Year’s resolution this year?
Nope, never do.

3. Does it snow where you live?
Not as much as before, but still too much.

4. Do you like hot chocolate?
Sometimes

5. Have you ever been to Times Square to watch the ball drop?
Nope, and don’t ever plan to. Too crowded and dangerous.

 

FEBRUARY

1. Who was your Valentine?
Bill

2. When you were little, did you buy Valentines for the whole class?
In elementary school, yes.

3. Do you care if the groundhog sees its shadow or not?
Ha! No, it’s a joke.

4. What did you receive for Valentine’s Day?
A card from my Husband.

5. What did you give for Valentine’s Day?
A handmade card to my Husband.

 

MARCH

1. Are you Irish?
Not that I’m aware of.

2. Do you like corned beef and cabbage?
Never had it, don’t know.

3. What did you do for St. Patty’s Day?
Nothing, I never celebrate it.

4. Are you happy when winter is pretty much over?
Hell yeah! Even happier when it’s completely over!

 

APRIL

1. Do you like the rain?
Not spring rain; too cold. I love summer rain, though.

2. Did you play an April fool’s joke on anyone this year?
Sadly, no, I didn’t get the chance to this year.

3. Do you get tons of candy for Easter?
Nope, I don’t celebrate it.

4. Do you celebrate 4/20?
No! Why anyone would celebrate that is beyond me … stupid drug addicts – sad people.

5. Do you love the month of April?
Only for tax refunds! LOL

 

MAY

1. Finish the phrase “April showers…
…haven’t been happening until May in these parts.”

2. Do you celebrate May 16th: National Piercing Day?
Nope, never even heard of it.

3. Is May anything special to you?
Nope, just that it’s getting warmer, finally.

 

JUNE

1. What year did/will you graduate from high school?
1988

2. Did you do anything fun during this month?
Not that I remember, unless you count a family reunion.

3. Have a favorite baseball team?
Hate sports.

 

JULY

1. What did you do on the 4th of July?
Picnic at my Dad’s, I think.

2. Did you go to the fireworks?
Not on the 4th, but the weekend after.

3. Did you blast the A/C all day?
I only turned on the A/C about 5 times this summer, for 1-2 days each time, and we weren’t home on the 4th anyway.

4. Favorite memory?
Coatesville fireworks, and that I finally got to enjoy them with my Husband this year.

 

AUGUST

1. What was your favorite summer memory of ’08?
The Flight 93 Memorial in Somerset PA, and Cedar Point Amusement Park in Ohio, with Bill, Matthew and Jessie. 🙂

2. Did you have a sunburn?
Not this year.

3. Did you go to the pool a lot?
What pool? I didn’t even swim in my Dad’s pool this year. 😦

 

SEPTEMBER

1. Are you attending college/school?
Nope

2. Do you like fall better than summer?
Ugh, NO! Fall means summer has ended. 😦

3. What happened this month?
Not much. Our Anniversary and a couple of good things happened.

 

OCTOBER

1. What was your last Halloween costume?
I was supposed to go as a nerd with my Son, but when both a party and tradition got cancelled, I didn’t want to waste the money on a costume.

2. What is your favorite candy?
All of it! LOL I’m not picky about candy.

3. What is your favorite thing about this month?
Halloween!

 

NOVEMBER

1. Whose house do you go to for Thanksgiving?
Usually my in-laws’, but I’m itching for a change. Maybe I’ll convince Dad to host it next year. 😉

2. What are you thankful for?
Matthew, Bill, and that those I love are happy and healthy. I’m also thankful that I’ve found some long lost friends lately.

3. Do you love stuffing?
That depends on what’s in it. Definately NOT celery or oysters…yuck!

4. Anything special in this month?
Yeah, Obama got elected this year! Wooohooo!!

 

DECEMBER

1. Have you had any snow already this year?
Unfortunately, yes. We had about an inch on 11/21. 😦

2. What is the average high temperature in winter where you live?
20-35 degrees F.

3. Is your Xmas spending more or less than last year?
Much much less.

4. Describe your holiday spirit in 3 words or less.
BAH-HUMBUG!

5. How do you spend New Years Eve?
We spend it with my Dad every year, either at his house or at my Uncle Jack’s. This year, it’s at Dad’s (yay! less driving!).

My views

September 13, 2008 2 comments

Interestingly enough, I could swing either way, when it comes to politics. I just took this little survey, and although not comprehensive enough to make it realistic, it does show that I’m all over the map when it comes to my beliefs. Some of the questions I struggled with, others were far too easy to answer.

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Overall: 40% Conservative, 60% Liberal

Social Issues: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

Personal Responsibility: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal

Fiscal Issues: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal

Ethics: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal

Defense and Crime: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal

How Liberal Or Conservative Are You?
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Let me try to explain my positions, and maybe I’ll make more sense to the people who just can’t seem to understand my position, politically. I’ll use the questions asked in this survey as a basis for my answers.

1. Environment:
♦ I do believe that the environment is a primary social responsibility. I also believe that if businesses are polluting our environment, they must be made to change their practices. I think they should be given some time to change things, but not an extraordinary amount of time. I don’t believe that every company that pollutes fits into a particular mold. For instance, if a company is dumping their waste into a body of water, that company should be fined and given no more than 30 days to fix things. But if a company would have to completely re-vamp their entire operations, say because they’re putting out too much pollutants into the air, then they may need a lot more time, but they should receive the fines. I believe, 100%, that Global Warming is at least partially man-made, because the science backs it up.

2. Immigration:
♦ I’m really mixed on this. I look to the past, and to the future, for answers about how I think on this critical matter. This country wouldn’t be what it is now, without immigration. The major difference is, when the immigrants of the past came to our country, the majority did so legally. They learned our language and our culture, and strived every day to pass the requirements set forth to become an American citizen. I think it is unrealistic to completely secure our border with Mexico. We can do what we can, but we just don’t have the manpower or architecture to do so. I don’t know what the answer is, but I have a few ideas about possible solutions, which would be too long for this blog.

3. Gay Rights:
♦ I believe that everyone should have the right to live their lives free of prejudice! I completely, with 100% of my being, agree with gay rights! The only people that oppose this, do so because of religion. And if anyone was paying attention to one of my previous blogs, we’d see that mixing religion and politics is a complete violation of the First Amendment. It is nobody’s business who people have sex with. Love is love, and it doesn’t matter whether it’s between a man and a woman, or between a couple of the same sex! To those who oppose gay rights, I say: get a life, and worry about your own love life!

4. Education:
♦ Our public education system sucks, and that’s putting it mildly. It’s so bad in my area, that I refuse to send my Son to the public schools. He is currently in a Charter School, but I would prefer to see him Homeschooled through a Cyber School which caters to his education style. I think that “No Child Left Behind” is a joke and should be revoked. The only thing it does is to promote children without educating them! I also think that a voucher system would be a great idea! Bad teachers should have their licenses suspended until they complete more education. Competition between good schools would be wonderful! Unfortunately, there aren’t many good schools to choose from in my area, so the good ones would be overcrowded in a heartbeat, which would not benefit the children at all. Even with a voucher system, I would still choose Cyber School for my Son. At least that way, I know he’d get a good education!

5. Marijuana:
♦ I’m mixed on this one. I think it should be legalized, just like alcohol and cigarettes are. It is no more harmful that alcohol. But, I think there should be exactly the same restrictions on marijuana as there are on alcohol and cigarettes. Age limits, DUI laws, and where it can be consumed should be the laws. If an adult chooses to smoke in their own home, away from children, and doesn’t decide to drive a vehicle while they’re under the influence, then it’s not anyone’s business.

6. Affirmative Action:
♦ I’m mixed on this one, too. I think that it WAS a good thing, and still IS to an extent. But I’ve also seen the effects of hiring someone just because of their skin color or gender, and that person does nothing that even resembles work while on the job. I really don’t know what the solution is to this one. I think that everyone should be hired based on their merits, but that there is still too much discrimination in this country to get rid of Affirmative Action.

7. Gun Rights:
♦ I am totally on board with the Second Amendment. I, myself, own a gun! I have lived in some very nasty neighborhoods, and it is my right to protect my family in my own home. And if it became necessary to carry my gun on me when I’m outside of the house, then I would apply for the necessary permits to do so. I have been well trained how to use a gun, and about gun safety. I am, however, for somewhat strict gun laws. I think that the laws we have in place in Pennsylvania are sufficient for the purchase of a gun. But I also know that the criminals aren’t walking into a store to buy their guns legally. I think there should be a “one strike and you’re out” law when it comes to illegally possessing or using a firearm. I am also completely opposed to hunting for sport. I am not a vegetarian, and I know where meat comes from. But killing an animal just to have it’s fur, or it’s head on your wall as a trophy is sickening to me.

8. Luck?
♦ I’m not sure how this is a political issue. I’m not even sure if I believe in luck or not. I know sometimes I feel like the most unlucky bitch on the face of the Earth, but other times, I look at my Son, my Husband, and the fact that we have just barely enough to survive on, and think that I’m pretty lucky compared to others who don’t have any of that. Do I think that some people have less luck than others … yeah. But I think luck equates to opportunity. I also think that the more money a person has, the more opportunity they have.

9. Social Security:
♦ Touchy subject for me, personally. Being disabled, Social Security is something I will eventually be relying on. We don’t have enough money to be able to invest in our future, and we’re not alone! And thanks to the “baby boomer” generation, we may not have enough for our benefits when we’re older, even though we’ve paid into it since the day we started our first jobs. As for my Son’s generation, I have no idea what’s going to happen! I know the system needs fixed, but I really don’t know if privatizing it would be the solution or not. I don’t have enough information to make an educated decision on this issue. I do, however, know that no matter what, I will not be voting strictly the way I’m registered to vote … I will be voting on this issue (if it ever comes up for a vote) based on what I believe will be the best thing for me and my family.

10. Taxes:
♦ In all honesty, I would support a flat tax of say 5-10%, with no loopholes and legal ways to get out of paying taxes. The more you make, the more you pay, no arguments. Of course, the rich would never go for that idea, so we need to focus on reality. I still believe that the richest among us should be paying the highest taxes, and I would stick to my beliefs, even if I was making millions! That’s who I am, deep down inside. I believe that a person should always be looking out for those less fortunate than themselves. I think the rich who complain about taxes are greedy, selfish people. I admire rich people who give a good percentage of their income those that are more needy. What I find really sad, are the poor people who give more of themselves than the rich people. For example, the highest paid Wal*Mart execs gave less of a percentage of their income to help the victims of hurricane Katrina, than the lowest paid employees did! I was working at Wally World at the time, and I was utterly disgusted by the Walton family and the CEOs. I completely agree with the tax plan that Obama has mapped out. Some may call him “Robin Hood”, but I believe he’s right.

11. & 12. Deficit, National Debt, Unemployment and Inflation:
♦ I believe that all of these issues need to be addressed, and that there is not one clear solution to them all. We need to stop throwing money at other countries. We need to collect on the debts other countries have incurred. Unemployment is at the highest rate in the past 6 years, and we need to keep our jobs IN the United States. The rate of inflation is higher than it’s ever been before, and I think our Government needs to step in and do something about it. But I do not know what the solutions are to these problems. I only know that we need to take care of our country first, and stop worrying about other countries and their problems. We did not create their problems, and we should not be stepping in to fix them. I think that butting our noses into everyone else’s business is what’s causing the rest of the world to hate us, and it’s putting us in jeopardy on so many levels, not the least of all financial.

13. Social Responsibility of a Company:
♦ This is almost a no-brainer. Every company has a responsibility to more than just it’s shareholders. They have to be responsible to their employees, their community, their state, and their country. They all need to stop pandering to their shareholders!

14. Healthcare:
♦ Another no-brainer for me. The wealthy should not be the only ones to have healthcare. It would be genocide otherwise. I am currently under a state run health insurance plan, and I want to personally thank everyone in my state who pays their taxes so that I can get myself healthy enough to contribute to it myself! I am also grateful that my Son has health insurance, that I could not otherwise afford. Granted, my health insurance isn’t the best, but I get the services I need, and I don’t have to worry about being sick or having an emergency. I would also like to thank our Governor, Ed Rendell, for putting this health care system into place in Pennsylvania. I think every state could learn from his example. If not for our state health care system, my Husband would be forced to pay $360 a month for just him and I, and on top of that, there would be a $1000 deductible for EACH of us. Those figures are just too far out of reach for us.

15. Authority being questioned:
♦ Um, duh! Of course authority should be questioned! How else do we hold them accountable for their actions? I’ve always questioned authority … keeps ’em honest.

16. Abortion:
♦ I’ll try to keep this short. First of all, I do NOT believe in abortion, except in cases of rape, incest, or if it puts the mother’s life in danger. It should NEVER be used as a means of birth control. I believe that it is every parent’s responsibility to teach their children about sex … safe sex, how to avoid disease, and how to NOT get pregnant. People that exclusively teach abstinence are living in their own little worlds, in an altered reality, and are doing children everywhere a disservice. I believe that it should be taught at home, and at school. If a parent can’t, or won’t, teach their child how to avoid pregnancy, then the school should! However, I don’t believe that Roe v. Wade should be overturned. There are far too many children born, with not enough people to take care of them, as it is. And too many children are born to families that don’t want them, and can’t care for them, and those children suffer because of it. I know too many children who have parents that abuse and/or neglect them. If I could care for them all myself, I would, but that’s not realistic. I live in the real world, where mistakes happen, and birth control fails. And I do not believe that a woman (or girl) should be forced to be responsible for another human being if she’s not capable of it. For me, personally, I could never abort a child, nor could I give a child up for adoption. Luckily, I don’t have to worry about that for myself anymore. But I have to now think about my Son and his sisters, and educate them the best I can about waiting to have sex until they are old enough to handle the consequences, should any arise. And I have to teach them how to prevent pregnancy and disease, responsibly.

17. & 18. Military:
♦ Action that defies international law ever being justified? No, because it makes us look like hypocrites. The war in Iraq being justified? No. Our war is with al’Queda (sp?) and Osama Bin Laden. It should have stayed focused in Afghanistan and on terrorists. The Bush administration lied to us about WMDs in Iraq, to fuel the fire. We should not be there fixing their problems, which center around religion in the first place. This war is as justified as the Vietnam war. I’m sure even McCain would agree with me about the Vietnam War! These are my person opinions, and I’m not asking anyone to agree with me.

19. The US Justice System:
♦ Yet another joke. Prisoners have way too many rights to begin with, they don’t need more! People are being put in prison for too long for petty crimes, and not long enough for heinous crimes. There is no rehabilitation when the inside of prison is no better than the outside, when it comes to gangs, etc. And lawyers … don’t even get me started on how corrupt they are! That a person caught, for the most part “red handed”, committing murder gets a lawyer who tries to prove he’s innocent, or plea bargain for a reduced sentence … well, that’s just beyond me! What’s worse is people being set free because of a minor legal technicality! I think a prisoner should have done to them, what they did to their victim! Which brings us to …

20. Death Penalty:
♦ As long as it can be proved, without a doubt, that someone murdered someone else, then I am all for the death penalty! Only difference is, I think they should go out the same way the person they murdered went out. No more of the lethal injection bullshit. That’s too easy on the murderer! I don’t give a shit about “humane” when it comes to murderers! I say, bring back public hangings! The State of Delaware was the last to ban them; maybe Delaware could be the “First State” once again?!?  I know there are statistics to support that crimes in Delaware were low before hangings were banned, and increased afterward, but I don’t have them offhand, and won’t post something I’m not absolutely sure about. Another day, another topic, another blog.

Anyway, these are my beliefs. Some may seem more Republican, some may seem more Democratic. What’s most important to me right now are the economy and the war, and I fully intend to vote for the candidate who I think will change, for the better, the lives of my family, the people I care most about, and the people in this country who share similar problems.

49 Things …

August 23, 2008 Leave a comment
Learn 49 things about your friends, and let them learn 49 things about you!

1. Do you like blue cheese? salad dressing, yes, but not plain bleu cheese
2. Have you ever smoked heroin? No, I’m not an idiot!
3. Do you own a gun? Sure do!
4. What flavor do you add to your drink at Sonic’s? I didn’t know you could do that, and I’ve been there a couple of times. Hmmmm.
5. Do you get nervous before doctor appointments? That depends on whether I know I’m getting a needle or not. *shudder*

6. What do you think of hot dogs? I go through periods of liking them. I prefer cheese or chili dogs. Actually, I could probably live on Harry’s Hot Dogs for life!
7. Favorite Christmas song? Ugh, I hate Xmas. The only ones I like are the ones that make me laugh, like “12 Pains of Xmas”.
8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? It used to be Turkey Hill Iced Tea, until I found out it could kill ya. Now I drink Raspberry soda.
9. Can you do push ups? I honestly don’t know, but probably not more than one.
10. What’s your favorite piece of jewelry? My wedding band and my black rose necklace.

11. Favorite hobby? Lots – my computer, my shows, cross-stitch, reading and lately, gardening.
12. Do you have A.D.D.? I’m sorry, what was the question? LOL
13. What’s one trait that you hate about yourself? My poor health.
14. Middle name? Hate it, and don’t give it out.
15. Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment: * So much to do, so little time. * Can’t believe school starts next week, I’m gonna be a basket case without him. * Can’t wait till November so I can vote for OBAMA!

16. Name 3 drinks you regularly drink. Raspberry soda, occasionally milk or water.
17. Current worry right now? Jessie
18. Current hate right now? HA! Certain people who know who they are. McCain, who owns 7 houses, is worth millions (his wife is worth more), and thinks he’s “in touch with America” … let’s see him support a family on less than $30,000 a year, and see who he votes for!
19. Favorite place to be? Disney World *sniffle*
20. How did you bring in the New Year? With my Son, my Husband and my Dad at my Uncle Jack’s house. We usually have a roaring good time! 🙂

21. Like to go camping? Yes, as long as I’m not sleeping in the back of a mini-van! LOL
22. Name three people who will complete this? Probably Jess and Mel, don’t know who the third would be.
23. Do you own slippers? A couple of pairs, depends on how cold my feet are.
24. What color shirt are you wearing? Red
25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets?
Ick, no! I hate sliding around in bed (well, when I’m trying to SLEEP, that is LOL).

26. Can you whistle? Sure can!
27. Favorite color? Black or red
28. Would you be a pirate? Yes, but only if the booty was good. 😉
29. What songs do you sing in the shower? None
30. Favorite girl’s name? Nicole

31. Favorite boy’s name? Matthew
32. What’s in your pocket right now? No pockets.
33. What was the last thing that made you laugh? Jessie, not remembering what she did today, because she was knocked out for tooth surgery. (No Jess, you weren’t dreaming! LOL)
33. Best bed sheets as a kid? I didn’t get the cool sheets, my spoiled sister did. I had some white/pink/lime-green patterned sheets.
34. Worst injury you’ve ever had? Broken arm as a child, arm caught in an escalator as a child, dislocated/fractured elbow as an adult.
35. Do you love where you live? It’s better than where I HAVE lived, but I still can’t say I love it. Too many damn horse and buggys; the neighbor’s dog and rooster won’t shut up; and the motorcycle drivers are rude and ignorant on this stretch of road (one of these days, I’m gonna follow one home, and blast my stereo in front of his house at 3am and see how he likes it!).

36. How many TVs do you have in your house? 2 that are on the brink of dying, and 2 tiny spares my Dad gave me, in case of emergency.
37. Who is your loudest friend? Um, I dunno. I’m probably the loudest of all my friends! LOL
38. How many pets do you have? My one and only, 17 lb cat Punkin
39. Does someone have a crush on you? I’m pretty sure my cat does. LOL
40. What is your favorite book? “The Story of O”

41. What is your favorite candy? Anything with ewwy gooey caramel in it.
42. Favorite Sports Team? I hate sports!! (I do, however, like to watch the Olympics: the sports that require talent like Gymnastics)
43. What were you doing 12 AM last night? I was on the phone with the Hubby.
44. where’s this one?? What one? What are we talking about?
45. worst habit? Smoking.

46. Do you play an instrument? My keyboard and occasionally the Wii remote!
47. How long does it take you to get to work? 0 minutes. I never leave my job.
48. Plans for the weekend? Laundry and spending time with the Brat. 🙂
49. If you could eat anything in the world right this second?
Lobster. I have such a terrible craving. I haven’t had it in many years. 😦

30 New Captivating Questions

March 16, 2008 Leave a comment

30 New Captivating Questions

 

TAKE THIS SURVEY!

Take this survey

1. What was the highlight of your day? Spending time with my son
2. How many meals do you usually eat a day? anywhere from 1 to 3
3. What’s your favorite movie? Gia is my all-time favorite
4. Have you ever thought George Clooney was hot? yep
5. Have you ever doubted your sexual orientation? when I was a teen I didn’t understand why I liked both boys and girls
6. How long has it been since you have seen an ex? 5 hours ago
7. Name 5 of your best friends. Bill, Sherri, Kelly, Kim, Di
8. Would you ever consider moving to Zimbabwe? hell no
9. What would you do if someone dyed your pubic hairs bright pink permanently? ain’t got none, so they’d have a hard time!
10. When was the last time you had Starbucks? never
11. Are you single? nope
12. What is your opinion on global warming? I think my g-g-g-g-grandchildren are fucked
13. What about abortion? it’s a child, not a choice!
14. Which would you rather star in: High School Musical or Striptease? Striptease
15. What’s the worst movie you’ve ever seen? The Grudge
16. How many times do you sneeze a day? 2-3 times x 3-10 times each
17. Are you an “adult”? “yes”
18. Where do you live? in my house in PA
19. Have you ever thought Micheal Jackson was going to kidnap you? LMAO
20. What color hair do you have? brownish-red, peppered with gray
21. Would you rather have a hybrid vehicle or a Hummer? a hybrid
22. Who is prettier: Angelina Jolie or Kate Bosworth? dumb question for me, Angelina Jolie of course!
23. What do you think about the tabloids? they’re stupid gossip, and I hate gossip!
24. Have you ever been to Texas? nope
25. Would you want to go? sure
26. Do you wear a watch? sometimes
27. Have you ever had the sensation that you were falling while asleep? I have that while awake, too
28. Would you rather work at Goodwill or McDonalds? Goodwill
29. What do you think about Britney Spears’ 16 year old sis getting pregnant? and I thought MY family was fucked up!
30. Do you recycle? yep, everything I possibly can!