So…. who won?

This whole last week everyone has been able to feel the excitement brewing over super Tuesday. We all wanted to make sure our candidate got on the ballot so we all showed up in numbers. Only problem was that most of us had no idea what was going on. Even after last night I’m still confused as to how a caucus works, let alone who actually won them. I watched as the tv flashed cute updates… Clinton…. Obama…. McCain… Romney. My phone was ringing off the hook with people yelling He got another… She is projected to win this or that, but in the end who knows for sure what happened. You see there are these things called delegates. It doesn’t really matter if you win a state or not. It matters if you win delegates and superdelegates. So as we watched the states announce who had won we started to keep track of these funny delegate things. Some states had Obama win but gave Clinton the 2 delegates. Some states had Clinton win but gave Obama an extra delegate. Yahoo reported that Obama was behind Clinton by 5 delegates. CNN is reporting 582 to 562 in favor of Clinton. And I just received an email from Obama headquarters that claimed they were in the lead. Someone told me that the race would be over once the convention hit. That even though these states voted we had an electoral type system for this. Some states will play a bigger part so candidates really didn’t need to stay long in the states that had fewer votes. After all courting California, New York and Florida seem like a good way to get elected. Therefore, after all that hype we are still waiting. The only question I still have is: who won?


Obama, Obama, Obama

It just amazes me to see how many people will be willing to stand for hours out in the cold, just to get a look at a future presidential candidate. I have to admit, I too was one of those people. It was announced on a Wednesday that Barack Obama was going to travel to Minnesota and host a rally at the Target Center. 16 hours later, he was sold out. I still wonder how we scored tickets since we were handed actual yellow ones on Friday morning, but there we were making the preparations to see our candidate in person. Planning that there were going to be quite a few people we decided to show up 2 hrs early. We groaned when we saw the line at that moment. It stretched down the block. There must have been a couple hundred people already there, a few missing the absolute ingredients to stay warm on a chilly Minnesota day. Yet, there was a contagious excitement. Our line was moved from where it was to the other side of the building. This they said allowed for the line to wrap around the building and over the bridge. My entourage and i stood watching as the rest of the line passed us. (as we were fortunate to still be next to the target center when the line got moved). It was never ending. The Obama staff said that nearly 22,000 people showed up. We counted ourselves lucky to have come early. Our seats were decent. We obviously weren’t close enough to shake the mans hand but we were close enough to see him without a telephoto lense. He talked a straight talk, and spoke to the issues that we were fervent on. Obama even had a crack or two abt George W and his cousin Dick. It was much the same speech as can be seen at just about every rally he has had. If you get c-span I suggest watching it, then watch his wife Michelle. These two are an amazing couple. It would be a shame for us not to put them on the Democratic ticket. For those of you wishing to know what Barack Obama stands for, I urge you to view his campaign pages. After reading up on the issues, I suggest going to your local caucus and voting. Mn will be holding theirs tonight (super Tuesday) from 6.30-8. This one is too important to miss.

The Gambler

There is an old country western song that my father used to sing along to as he took me to school. He would sing “You need to know how to hold them, know when to fold them, know when to walk away, know when to run. You never count your money while your sitting at the table. There will be enough counting when the dealing’s done.”
That choirs line keeps comming up as I watch the presidential campaigns rage on to Super Tuesday.  Some candidates really do need to learn when to fold. A few of these would be Democrates Kucinich and Gravel, and Republicans Paul and Giuliani who have not won (or come close to winning) a single state. When we are this far into caucuses and we have had numerous major ones take place, we should be narrowing down the field. It is time to respect those who have understood this such as Republican Thompson and Democrate Bidden. These men know that by continuing to run and campaign in a losing battle they are effectivly pulling peoples time and attention away from the 3 main runners in each race. It would be a bigger service to each of these men- and the parties to which they campaign, because they are obviously not going to get the nod. Instead boys, save your money. Save the money of the other leading candidates. If the urge is still there to be the president, find an independent party (not the independent party, but one seperate from the republicans and the democrates) and try your hand there. By persisting in this maddness I can only say Thank God you will never be president. America needs a president that has the common sense to know his limits.


Trick or Treat for UNICEF


Well once again, Halloween is right around the corner. I do admit that it is not my favorite holiday in the world, however, every halloween provides one of the best oppertunities that some have to spread the message of good will and charity. This halloween is no different. Many of you are gearing up to give away candy to the throngs of young people dressed as ghosts, witches, and goblins, but I would like you to not forget about those people out there Trick or Treating for another cause. Yup.. that is right, many young people will also be Trick or Treating for UNICEF this year. When you see these youngsters, or pass by one of their booths I would ask that you be generous enough and donate a dollar or two to help those in need. With that said, you may be wondering what UNICEF does.
Well for starters UNICEF is the United Nations children’s fund. It was created December 11 1946 to provide emergancy food and healthcare to children residing in countries that had been devistated in WW2. Today, UNICEF’s mission has greatly expanded. Now in addition to helping children in war torn areas, UNICEF provides child survival and development programs, basic education and gender equality programs, HIV/AIDS prevention and awarness programs, and child protection, as well as basic immunizations to needy children throughout the world.

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