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The Argument Chamber / Election post
« on: November 02, 2020, 10:04:44 PM »
Nobody posting anything yet?  Sure, don't post until tomorrow like the weaklings that you are.  I can wait.

As long as the echoing silence isn't *interrupting* or anything, here is something you didn't need to know:  ballot structure is important n' stuff.

See, my home state of Arizona has a reputation for being racist over the Martin Luther King holiday, and probably other things too, to be fair.  But the MLK holiday is a bad rap

When the holiday was put to a vote, someone fucked up the ballot, whether due to naivete or something worse, I don't know, but what they did on the ballot was this:

( ) Vote 'yes' if you want Martin Luther King Day to replace Columbus Day.
( ) Vote 'yes' if you want Martin Luther King Day to replace another holiday.
( ) Vote 'no' if you don't want Martin Luther King Day as a holiday.

In the polling booth, as soon as I looked at the ballot, I knew the initiative was bound to fail because the 'yes' vote had been split.  It's crazy to see something so unfair as this and know that it should have been structured differently as a yes/no question with a SUBSEQUENT question regarding replacing Columbus Day.

The results were like this:  32% in favor of MLK Day replacing Columbus Day, 30% in favor of MLK Day replacing another holiday, and 34% in favor of not having MLK Day as a holiday.

I forget how the holiday was enacted after that, but our dimwit governor thinking he had heard a mandate from the people that we didn't want this holiday, cancelled it.  We impeached his cracker ass shortly thereafter.

So, quick summary:  'racist' Arizona actually favored the MLK holiday 62% to 34%, but... ballot structure.


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General Discussion / Greetings!
« on: February 25, 2019, 09:49:51 PM »
Really nice to see some familiar faces. How you doing?

Me, I'm gray and pushing 60 with a son who's pushing 6. In a pretty good spot, overall, methinks, but the wife might argue.

I hike when possible, play dnd or poker with college buddies, and get tipsy on 1.5 glasses of wine or a couple (dark) beers. Haven't had knees since 1983, but somehow managed an uphill half marathon earlier this decade.

There's probably more that could be said, but we'll have time for that. Your turn.

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