Thursday, August 31, 2006

DNC effects interesting change in primary calendar

David Broder has broke the news that now, Nevada will hold its primary five days after the Iowa caucus. So Iowa holds the caucus on Monday 14 Jan. 2007, and Nevada has theirs Saturday 19 January. New Hampshire then will be on Tuesday 22 Jan., and SC a week later on the 29th January.

Broder seems to think this is a problem. Why? He doesn't seem to clearly indicate that. He does write that "what was lost in all this was tany sense of public deliberation about the choice of the next president. In the general election, people have two months or more to evaluate two or maybe three candidates. In the early primaries, eight or 10 people may be vying. What is morst needed is time -- and a place -- for them to be carefully examined.

"Historically, New Hampshire has fulfilled that responsibility." Broder fills in with some history on this, and then adds "New Hampshire voters don't need - or particularly want - guidance from Iowa and frequently they ignore the Iowa results."

This seems to be more about Broder's discomfort with the break from the New Hampshire tradition than any real problem with voter awareness or participation. The columnist from Mother Jones seems to agree with me, or I with her. But try to find the essay quickly. Good luck. I dont' have time this morning.

A little search for the essay, which also appears in today's Savannah Morning News, shows that David Broder is fond of using the word muddling. But back to the NH issue, I wonder if he's just beefing because he doesn't like the East Coast losing their influence. Where are you from again, Mr. Broder?

Cow Whisperers Against the (Iraq) War

Mollie Ivins writes another brilliant piece on the anti-war movement, "Mooove on: Time to sign up with 'Cow Whisperers Against the War' ." The link preceding goes to AlterNet. This is also in today's Savannah Morning News, .

If you haven't heard of Mollie Ivins, and no I won't jab you with snide comments like what rock were you hiding under-- certainly it's a big world, and you might be from some other place in the world, more familiar with say, the South African press than ours-- I'll let you know she is a long-time political reporter who got her start with the Dallas and Fort Worth newspapers.

In a nutshell, Mollie believes that persistence and gentle persuasion will win where bickering and forcefullness have failed, to convince our populatce & leadership that the war in Iraq (what about Afghanistan?) needs to be minus at least one participant, the USA.

Good morning, afternoon, evening, night O World

Bonjour.

I wonder who you will be, you who read this web log. Will you be idly scanning blogs, looking for something of interest to you? Or will you be searching for certain key phrases, words, information? Will you be working for a government, for a corporation, or for a smaller concern?

Are you married? Do you have children? Are you a fellow blogger? Are you left-handed? Are you hearing impaired?

With all this connectivity, why are people still feeling so very alone? How are you feeling today? What are your dreams? Where are you? What is life like for you? What message do you have to share with the world at large? What do you want to share with someone in private, and who would that someone be?

Saturday, August 26, 2006

What ever happened to cash discounts at the pump?

Yes, I know I'm behind the times a bit, but I am catching up. The other day I noticed we don't get those discounts at Enmark for paying cash for our gas.

So what happened with that?

I found a fact sheet from about nine months ago or so, which states:

* "The total cost of credit/debit fees to the gasolene convenience industry was $3.3 billion in 2004." So what was it in 2005?

* In the US, the largest component of credit/debit card fees -intechange (what the banks charge the retailer to acept Visa, Mastercard, Debit Cards, etc.) - accounts for roughly 2/3 of the fee. Interchange fees also fund the costs of rewards programs (cash back, sky miles, no annual fees, no late fees, etc), all designed to get sonsumers to use credit or debit instead of cash, which "serves as a hidden tax... and raises the cost of all products regardless of the form of pamyment," so says Hank Armor, CEO of the National Association of Convenience Stores.

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Red Wheelbarrow

Red Wheelbarrow

So I got to the Red Wheelbarrow as a result of following a link to another blogger from "I want to connect with others who are trying to improve the world."

Monday, August 07, 2006

Today I'm going to start another long haul push

By the above headline, I mean I'll really try to make a success of this blog, I'll try to develop it into a journal and review that is well above the common standard. What will I have to do to achieve this? This is one question I'll have to answer as I work daily and nightly, not only on this but on the poetry and short story submissions which I hope to make part of my career development and achievement.

Resting to my left is a guide to London. Sooner or later we'll be passing through there, very likely looking for work as well as abode. I'd prefer to live in Wales or North Ireland, maybe Donegal. But we'll see.

On our vocabulary today we've got

Names of pecan varieties:

Moreland
Forkert
Ivy
Pignuts

I had thought of applying for work to Tim Tarver, at the place south side of town with the Scottish terrier logos.

Arabic word for today is "leemadha," "why?"

If someone would be willing to trade their back issues of the Three Penny Review, say, with my old issues of Harper's, this would be helpful. I can't afford all these literary and poetry journals.

Passing B Matthiew's Bakery and Eatery the other day, I saw it was open again. It had been closed down early one other day, late winter. I'm glad to see it open.

I'm making a push also to finish Cancer Ward, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. It's been on my "to read" list for a few years, I think since returning from Iraq in July 2003.