Archive for January, 2008

Who Won NV?

Posted in 2008 Election on January 20th, 2008

The Nevada Primary is over and the press is proclaiming the results to the world at large. According to the media Clinton and Romney won their respective races. But is this actually the case? As with the previous NH primary, that depends on how you look at the primaries and caucuses.

The Democratic results from NV were: Clinton 5,355 (50.7%); Obama 4,773 (45.2%); Edwards 396 (03.8%). This shows that Sen. Clinton edged out Sen. Obama by at 5.5% margin, but did win the popular vote in the NV Primary. This is what the media is reporting about – though, unlike the earlier NH Primary, they’re also reporting on delegate counts as well this time.

Let us though once again look at the practical matter of the allotment of delegates, since it’s these delegates who will actually nominate the Democratic Party’s Presidential Candidate. It’s these men and women, plus 852 “superdelegates”, who will determine which candidate is nominated. Democratic primaries and caucuses award delegates on a proportional basis. Below is the break down of delegates for the 2008 NV Primary:

  • Hillary Clinton won 12 Nevada delegates
  • Barack Obama won 13 Nevada delegates

From the perspective of delegates the 2008 NV Democratic Primary Sen. Barack Obama achieved victory by a margin of 1 NV delegate. This is because many delegates are decided at the district level and Obama won the more heavily populated southern districts in Nevada.

On the Republican side of the 2008 Election race the results were more conclusive: Romney 22,649 (51.1%); Paul 6,087 (13.7%); McCain 5,651 (12.7%); Huckabee 3,616 (8.2%): Thompson 3,521 (7.9%); Giuliani 1,910 (4.3%). This shows Romney as a solid winner of the popular vote in the Republican primary.

As with the Democrats, let us once again look at the practical matter of the allotment of delegates, since it’s these delegates who will actually nominate the Republican Party’s Presidential Candidate.

  • Mitt Romney won 17 Nevada delegates
  • Ron Paul won 4 Nevada delegates
  • John McCain won 4 Nevada delegates
  • Mike Huckabee won 3 Nevada delegates
  • Fred D. Thompson won 2 Nevada delegates
  • Rudolph Giuliani won 1 Nevada delegates

Mitt Romney actually did score a very decisive win the 2008 NV Republican Primary in all practical ways, both by popular support and by delegate allotment.

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Printer's Error: Irreverent Stories from Book History
No Apology: The Case for American Greatness
The 2008 Elections

VA Castrates Truckers

Posted in Humor, Politics on January 18th, 2008

VA. State Delegate tries to cut truckers’ nuts off!

Lionel Spruill - VA. State DelegateVirginia State Delegate Lionel Spruill introduced a bill Tuesday, January 15, 2008, to ban displaying replicas of human genitalia on vehicles, calling it a safety issue because it could distract other drivers.

Under Mr. Spruill’s proposed measure, displaying the ornamentation on a motor vehicle would be an offense punishable by a maximum fine of $250.

They’re offensive to some folks. It’s OK to express yourself, but citizens have the right not to be subjected to something vulgar.

— VA State Delegate Lionel Spruill

The 61 year old Spruill, a Democrat from Portsmouth, claims that the idea came from a constituent whose young daughter had spotted the facsimile sex organs dangling from the back of a truck and asked her father to explain them.

Hey! That big truck is just a facimile penis, why shouldn’t it have testicles too?

The man apparently complained that he had been left speechless when his six-year-old daughter spotted a pair and asked him what they were.

Spruill said he became concerned when he learned that the truck accessories had got larger as their popularity had increased. “How big are they going to go?” he said. “When will it stop?”

This completely cracked me up, especially since Spruill is quoted as opposing Virginia’s “Drooping Drawers” legislation with the line, “Let these kids express themselves. It will pass on.” I guess Spruill is either more offended by plastic testicles than he is by living butt cheeks, or he has some sort of inferiority complex.

Mr. Spruill, I heartily suggest that you contact BullsBalls and get yourself a pair so you don’t feel so left out. They have them in an assortment of sizes and colors, so I’m sure you can find a suitable pair without castrating American trucks to get them. LOL!

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The Right Man: An Inside Account of the Bush White House
Not a Crime to Be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America
First 100 Trucks: And Things That Go
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The Pleasures of Testicles: A Celebration and Exploration of All Things Balls

Ningunas Vueltas

Posted in Politics, Society on January 17th, 2008

Ningunas Vueltas – No Returns, or at least that’s what several Mexican border towns are hoping to be able to tell returning Mexican citizens in the wake of the recent Immigration legislation in Arizona. As a result of the Reconquista del Arizona by America, Mexico’s border town are expecting and dreading a massive influx of returning Mexicans.

A delegation of nine Mexican state legislators from Sonora traveled to Tucson, AZ to make the case against Arizona’s new employer sanctions law. These lawmakers say that such a law – that will effectively force Mexican illegal immigrants to return home – will have a devastating affect on the Mexican state. Ningunas Vueltas, por favor!

How can they pass a law like this? There is not one person living in Sonora who does not have a friend or relative working in Arizona

— Leticia Amparano Gamez
Representative for Nogales

The Mexican lawmakers said that Sonora cannot handle the demand for housing, jobs and schools it will face as illegal Mexican workers in Arizona return to their hometowns without jobs or money.

Maybe these Mexican lawmakers need to spend less time trying to enforce their ideas on the sovereign nation of the United States of America and more time on developing their own economy. They definitely need to spend less time and money on training Mexicans in how to infiltrate America’s borders.

Of course in truth the Mexican government doesn’t want their citizens to return to Mexico; they’re worth too much to the Mexican economy while their in the US. In 2006 alone Mexicans – combined legal and illegal – living in the United States sent 23.1 billion US dollars back home to Mexico. This places remittances from America third after oil and maquiladora exports as a foreign-exchange generator for Mexico!

It’s quite clear that the Mexican government has something to be gained from illegal migration and has, since the 1980s, promoted the idea of dual nationalities for those who are willing to sneak themselves across the American border.

A very grateful H/T to Bold Color Conservative for his original post and links.

Related Reading:

International Migration, Remittances, and Brain Drain (Trade and Development)
U.S. Immigration Made Easy
Mexico: Biography of Power
Coming Together Presents Remittance Girl
Domestic Enemies: The Reconquista