Late Saturday Morning

I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating.  I don’t mind if you want to disagree with me. Just keep it civil. No name-calling, no swearing, no obscenity, and watch the sarcasm.  I have the privilege of refusing to publish your response, so if you want to get all snarky and mean, go write your own blog. Don’t try to highjack mine.

It’s nearly 11 a.am.  I’ve been up since 8 a.m. but haven’t gotten much accomplished.

My computer printer has taken a break from active duty.  I’ve been tinkering with it, trying to figure out what’s wrong, but so far have come up with nothing I can fix.  Isn’t it amazing how the time flies when you’re involved in that type of situation?  Most of the time, my electronics work very well.  Maybe my printer needs to be retired to the Big Printer Place for eternity.  I’ve had it for over 15 years.  That’s a long time for a printer, and one of these days I’m concerned I won’t be able to find ink cartridges for it.

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Anyway.  I didn’t post yesterday because I had some prep to do for the class I teach every other Friday on the Constitution and Current Events.  Yesterday, I explained the Electoral College to my kids.  They had a ton of questions.  It’s really a good compromise between the heavily populated states and the not-so populated ones, similar to the compromise that created our bicameral legislature:  The House of Representatives and the Senate.  The House is decided by the population of each state.  In the Senate, each state gets two seats, no matter its population.

The purpose of all that was to keep the populous states from ALWAYS winning, leaving the less populous states with nowhere to turn when they were disregarded.

If you look at a map of the 2016 electoral vote, you will see that most East Coast and West Coast states went Democratic. (Correction:  about half the East Coast states went Blue.  It was unexpected for NC, SC, GA, and FL to go Red) That’s because their population is mostly urban, and the politicians tend to regard center America, which is less populated, as “fly-over country” that you have to endure to get to the other coast.Image result for 2016 electoral map

One notable exception in 2016 was my state, Pennsylvania.  What a shock when they went Red instead of their usual Blue!   Typically, the eastern edge goes Democrat as well as the western edge; often, though, the center of the state goes Red.  I still don’t know what happened, because in order to get Republican electoral votes, the state needs to vote for the Red candidate. Maybe we little fly-over folks are just tired of the politicians dictating what we’re supposed to think.  I hope so.

Anyway, it’s an interesting topic.  If you don’t understand the Electoral system, you can google it for a lot of good information as well as criticism.  Not surprisingly, the Blue side wants to  eliminate the Electoral system.  That way, they would almost certainly win every election  on the popular vote alone. You should educate yourselves on the topic before you decide to vote pro or con on eliminating it.  It has worked quite well for over 200 years.

One of my students asked, yesterday, why the population centers, i.e. cities, tend to go Democratic.  To get the answer for that, you only need to look at the demographics of major cities according to, for instance, income. There is more unemployment in large cities; therefore more need for things like food stamps and other government -supported programs.  Democratic legislators believe we need to do MORE than we presently are doing for the poor.  They want us to be dependent on government not just for protection from foreign invasion, but for food, housing, and healthcare. Why?  More government =more control by the government, less power to the governed. More government programs means more taxes because of more government spending.  The more they tax us, the more they own us.

The Democrats expected their longed – for Blue Wave, but they didn’t get it.  It was more like a Blue Trickle.  Yes, they took the House back.  That was expected.   Depending on how the states go who are STILL counting two weeks after the election, they might re-take the Senate as well.  But, to quote our previous President,  Trump still has a pen and he still has a phone. The gains they made in the House were not as large as they expected.  And, believe it or not, there are a few Democrats who want to put Miss Pelosi out to pasture.  We’ll see.  She has a lot of power.

Well, my word. I didn’t intend on a rant this morning. And now I really have to get a couple of things done.

P.S.  I just walked into the dining room and found Terry has my printer all taken apart on the dining room table.  Well, if the problem is mechanical, he can probably fix it 🙂

 

PSS:  It is now 1:45 p.m.  Terry cleaned up the insides of my printer, found a hardened glob of ink and took care of that.  In the meantime, I looked in my Control Panel, and found that he tried six more times  to print a document.  So seven documents were in the queue, and none of them, of course, were printing. So I checked with him, deleted all those documents, rebooted my computer, and everything is working just fine.  What a relief.

7 thoughts on “Late Saturday Morning

  1. Fifteen years is a long time. Mine seem to last about 5-6 years. I use my printer quite a bit because of producing hand-out sheets in my Bible study groups. I’m thinking I need to have the name of your brand!
    The electoral college is a very good system, but it seems either people don’t want to understand it, or they won’t understand it. My local newspaper printed a trashy opinion on the editorial page yesterday fussing about the district lines in our state. Too bad, so sad, it doesn’t need to change. Our Statehouse is bright red.

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  2. The normal human reaction to that which we don’t understand, dislike, or fear, is to KILL IT! One way or another, just get rid of it.

    My printer is an HP deskjet D1560. Simple little printer with no bells or whistles. And it’s working again. I opened my Printer Menu and saw that Terry had tried to print several document AFTER the first one he tried failed after he cleared a paper jam. So–asked him if I could delete them all, rebooted, and everything’s back to normal. He did say he cleaned it all up on the inside–found a big lump of ink that had hardened–so between his mechanical know-how and my slightly-greater experience with the infernal machine, we got it fixed 🙂

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  3. Great post. The founding fathers were so wise, almost prophetic, coming up with the electoral college. And, it will be so difficult to get rid of because two-thirds of states, low population states, have to agree to overturn it.

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  4. The HP deskjets are great printers. Epsons are good ones too. So glad you all were able to figure it out. 😉
    You are spot on about the electoral college. We so need to do all we can to educate this younger generation about it.If it is properly understood, it need not be feared for sure.
    We are really wishing the states would have adopted it as well. It would be much fairer if there were representatives from each county. But, of course, we know that will never happen now, because the popular vote is the only way they can win in some places.
    For the past decade, since the dems got ahold of California and ruined it with their policies that do not work, people have left there and many any have come to Colorado and you’ve seen my thoughts on that. We used to be known as one of the most conservative states there is. Not any more. Too many of those libs moved here to the Denver/Boulder area and now have voted in the same radical policy-leadership they had in California. Why do they never learn?!
    So, unfortunately, now conservatives are leaving Colorado in droves. Perhaps the dems will leave here like they did CA after they ruin it here, but who knows if the damage they do will be able to be fixed. It sure feels like our votes do not even count any more.
    My husband and I are both Colorado born and raised, but we cannot stand to be here any longer and have to face the effects of these corrupt liberal ideologies on our state. We are praying for God’s guidance and will begin our search in Northern Texas after the first of the year.

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  5. Yes, Anna, I know what you meant 🙂

    It’s so sad that Colorado has become influenced by the worst possible crowd. Colorado people used to be proud and strong, willing and able to stand for what was right and fight for it if necessary. Maybe California will get a dose of its own medicine when they are literally over-run with immigrants who come expecting to be taken care of.

    Thanks for your comment, Anna.

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