Is it Fair? 7th Game Heroics. Cork the Whine. Updates on Previous Posts.
- I have stated a few times that I will always try to stay away from religion and politics. We all hear way too much about those subjects on a daily basis so there is no need for me to bore you with further diatribe. With Tuesday looming and the overt amount of conversation regarding the election (which by the way gets in the way of my college football discussions), I again educated myself on the election process. In a nutshell: the winner of the statewide popular vote generally takes all the Electoral College votes, a rule stretching back to 1824. Each state is assigned a number equal to its Senate seats (two) plus its seats in the House of Representatives. Not so confusing so far but that means the seven states with only enough population to qualify for one House seat will get three votes each in the Electoral College. On the other hand, California, with 53 seats in the House, gets 55 electoral votes, and Texas‘ 36 seats provide for 38 electoral votes. That’s why, after the U.S. expanded to 50 states, the Electoral College had 535 seats, the same as the total of members of Congress (Senate and House). It now has 538, because in 1961 the 23rd Amendment to the Constitution added three for the District of Columbia, which had previously been without a voice in choosing the president. Is this process fair where the concept that the people could not or should not be trusted to vote directly for our national leader? Four times in our history the nationwide popular vote winner actually lost in the Electoral College including the Al Gore, George W. Bush debacle (can you say ‘hanging chads’?). Something to ponder as we close in on Tuesday night. Our constitution does not specifically spell out the right of all Americans to vote but no matter how you feel and what party you support you should cast your ballot.
- A couple of weeks ago I wrote about baseball and the length of the game. I received a few terse responses from baseball fans and totally accepted and understood their point of view. Not so much a naysayer and as a youngster a huge baseball fan, I enjoyed watching this year’s World Series and especially the 7th game. The game itself was tense but what really added to those late inning dramatics was that the Cubs had the chance to overcome The Curse. Back in 1945, the last time the Cubs had reached the World Series, the owner of a pub named The Billy Goat Tavern got kicked out of game 4 at Wrigley Field because the goat he brought to the game smelled so bad that the fans complained. The pub owner was so outraged that he declared that the Cubs would never win again which was obviously interpreted to mean that they would never again make it to a World Series. So The Curse declared by the owner of The Billy Goat Tavern is over and could not have ended in a more dramatic way. Good baseball stuff!
- Upon further review I may not write about enough positive things going on in this crazy world. The topics of ISIS, Syria, our election and the healthcare debacle come to mind. Fortunately I had the opportunity to read an article about a school teacher in Argentina….a very strong-minded and dedicated teacher similar to many of the great school teachers around the globe. Though this teacher is a bit different. Noelia Garella, now 31-years old, has Down syndrome and overcame many naysayers to now take over a class room teaching an early reading class to 2 and 3-year olds. She was inspired by her parent, friends and fellow teachers to pursue her dream under very difficult circumstances. Reading this just sort of grounds you, making you feel a bit guilty for complaining about things that seem so trivial compared to Ms. Garella’s daily challenges. She should be an inspiration to all of us.
- Updates: I attended two Falcons‘ games in four days…two different types of wins but nonetheless fantastic; the Philippines continue to get stranger by the day….their President needs to be ‘eighty-sixed’; I have been on a few flights with the pre-flight announcement including the directive: “no Samsung S7 Note phones are allowed on any commercial airline”….blah, blah, blah. Really Delta, as if passengers with S7 Notes don’t place their phone in their purse or briefcase?; The English Premier League and NBC continue to bring us great broadcasts every weekend; and finally, I cannot wait until Wednesday morning.
Adios and Happy Sunday Funday!