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Wednesday, October 7, 2009 through Sunday, December 6, 2009
|11/16: Some thoughts on the
license plate brouhaha... Paterson's excuse for the whole idea was that
the current plates were getting old and needed replacement. I call BS.
The last round of license plates came, if I recall right, back in
2001-- eight years ago. The plates before that (Statue of Liberty/Red
White Blue scheme) debuted in the mid-1980s, about the time I was born
(as far back as I remember, I don't recall any gold and blue plates on
vehicles). That's 16 years. The current plates have plenty of life left
11/12: Two stories came out this morning about how third-party ballot lines cost challengers thousands of apparent votes on Election Night. In Nassau County, former Democratic Party darling Thomas Suozzi appeared to have a narrow lead on election night, but reporters forgot to report his competitor's vote on a third-party line, which propelled Ed Magnano into the lead. The other was NY-23, where several precincts misreported Doug Hoffman's total votes as zero; Hoffman was running solely on the Conservative Party line and conceded after unexpectedly disappointing numbers in Oswego County-- numbers that were erroneous, as it turns out. Now, think back to 2008, and the congressional race that put Eric Massa into congress due in large part to an unexplained vote shift in Cattaraugus County. Is it possible that the same thing happened here last year? In the words of Sarah Palin, "you betcha."
10/29: Added the link "TCOT" to national, it's an aggregate of "Top Conservatives On Twitter" and political news.
10/29: It's been a while since I did one of these tidbits... OK, I've been watching with care the race for the 23rd congressional district seat up in northern New York (I attended college in that district). For those who aren't, it's a 3-way race for an open seat. One one hand, the Republicans nominated Diedre Scozzofava, a veteran assemblywoman originally perceived to be socially liberal but leaning conservative on the fiscal side... until she did what no House Republican would do and voiced her support for ARRA, the stimulus bill. Then there's Bill Owens, a typical hack Democrat spouting the usual platitudes of creating jobs and taxing the rich. The third guy is Doug Hoffman, a businessman who lives just outside the district boundaries and is the surprising darling of the national conservative base. He's not always well educated on local issues, is a poor speaker and has dodged most of the debates in which he's had an opportunity to participate. However, he was the only borderline-viable Republican willing to buck the party nomination, so I'm guessing that's the best choice the North Country has. I feel sorry for Watertown.
10/14: OK, it appears we're back up on a semi-normal update schedule now, so thank you for your patience. We're still having some lingering issues with the shared Internet connection.
10/7: Rollover day.