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Old 2008-11-04, 22:11   #716
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How does the whole "absentee ballot" trhing work, anyway? I mean, how can I fill in the ballot if I'm not allowed to be wherever it is that the ballot is? I always wondered about that.
If one will be a poll worker in their own home town, but not it their home precinct, they will do the absentee thing. Or if they know that work will send them to Botswana, they can.

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[p.s.: Another thing that always puzzled me, which I can never seem to get a straight answer to: Who is buried in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier? You'd think with modern forensic science they'd have figured it out by now. If I were one of the relatives of the Unknown soldier, I'd sure want some closure.]
Simple answer, none. No one is burried in a tomb, they are entombed.

Slightly more complex: within The Tomb of the Unknowns, there are soldiers from the US Revolutionary War, the Civil War, WW I, WW II, & 'the Korean Conflict'. There had been one before from Viet Nam, but the identity was determined and he was later moved. All current members of the US Armed Forces, have now give samples for DNA matching. There will be no more unknown US soldiers. (At least this is what is explained at the Tomb).
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Old 2008-11-05, 02:00   #717
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Well, the election is today. I guess we'll know the results in a few hours!
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Old 2008-11-05, 03:50   #718
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Well, the election is today. I guess we'll know the results in a few hours!
Or ... we could consult the sports page.

Starting in 1936, the fate of the (Boston in 1936, Washington since then) Redskins football team at its last home game before a presidential election has predicted the winner of that election, 17 out of 18 times. (This is supposed to be considered significant by some because the Washington Redskins are based in the national capital, Washington, D.C.)

On the first 17 of such occasions (1936-2000), when the Redskins won, the incumbent party retained the presidency, and when they lost, the incumbent party lost the presidency.

It appeared that the streak was broken in 2004 when the Redskins lost, at home, to the Green Bay Packers on October 31, 2004, but the incumbent president was re-elected a few days later. (However, there are widespread suspicions of electronic voter fraud in Ohio that year, so some may consider the streak to be "actually" unbroken, after all. How's _that_ for a rationalization of magical thinking? ;-)

This year, on November 3, the day before election day, the Redskins lost, at home -- forecasting a presidential loss for the Republican candidate.

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As the famous urban-legend-debunking site snopes.com explains (http://www.snopes.com/politics/ballot/redskins.asp), however:

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Our desire to understand and assert some control over the world around us is often manifested by our attempts to find predictive signs that enable us to prognosticate events -- even when there is no seeming connection between predictor and event. Sometimes one natural phenomenon supposedly forecasts another, as in the belief that a groundhog's seeing his shadow on February 2 portends another six weeks of winter. In other instances the linkage is between affairs of mankind, as in the superstition that the winner of football's Super Bowl augurs that year's stock market performance (or vice-versa).

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Old 2008-11-05, 04:04   #719
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Old 2008-11-05, 04:08   #720
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Congratulation America!

Edit: Nice new Avatar i have there!

McCain was quite eloquent in is concession speech! Can't wait for Obama's one.

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Old 2008-11-05, 04:18   #721
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Now begins the effort to dampen the pendulum's swing left-ward.
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Old 2008-11-05, 04:43   #722
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Now begins the effort to dampen the pendulum's swing left-ward.
Hopefully it's against the wall on everything other than social freedom issues.

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Old 2008-11-05, 04:46   #723
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McCain was quite eloquent in is concession speech!
Quite so. I especially noted that he refered to Barrack as "My President". That should fix the "he's not my president" crowd that might crop up.
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Old 2008-11-05, 05:54   #724
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History.
One of the best comments at the election party I just got back from was: "I'm gonna go buy a flag". First time in a while where I've felt like doing just that :)
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Old 2008-11-05, 09:12   #725
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Now begins the effort to dampen the pendulum's swing left-ward.
I doubt that leftward is the problem. The thing should be to keep facts ahead of ideology and put a nixer on corruption and pork-barrel. Beyond that, I see two main problems:

1. As Ernst said almost a year ago, he wouldn't wish this presidency on his worst enemy. The mess that the chimp-in-chief has left will take some cleaning.

2. And expectations are sky high so there will be many disappointments along the way.

Regardless, , congratulations!!

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Old 2008-11-05, 15:32   #726
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1. As Ernst said almost a year ago, he wouldn't wish this presidency on his worst enemy. The mess that the chimp-in-chief has left will take some cleaning.
I'm mildly surprised that Obama didn't demand a recount.

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