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Happy New Year – 2010 – The last decade in 7 minutes

Posted by TopOfTheThread on December 31, 2009


Take a look at this video summary of the last decade in 7 minutes.  A lot has happened in those years… It has been a tough 10 years but a lot of good things also happened. Happy New Year to everyone.

Happy New Year - The Decade in Review in 7 minutes

Click here -- The Decade in Review in 7 minutes

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Electoral College – Electoral Votes – The New Plan for 2012

Posted by TopOfTheThread on November 4, 2008

(Yes, I know everyone should vote… everyone’s vote counts,… etc…) electoral_college

I live in New York. I vote in New York. New York votes Democrat (with or without me). ...So if I vote for Obama, New York’s 31 Electoral Votes go to Obama. If I vote for McCain, well, New York’s 31 Electoral Votes still go to Obama.

Let’s get everyone voting. Let everyone feel their vote counted; Every last vote mattered.

Here’s the new plan…

  • If a candidate gets 57% or more of the popular vote in the state, the candidate will get 100% of the state’s electoral votes.
  • If a candidate gets less than 57% of the popular vote in the state, the candidate will get 80% of the state’s electoral votes.

This plan will (a) have states without a dominant preference, contributing 80% of its electoral votes to the candidate  and 20% to the other candidate, and (b) states with dominant preferences (greater than 57%) will have all of their electoral votes given to the candidate.

From a psychological perspective, let’s look at my situation of living in New York. (In each scenario I realize NY is an Obama state.)

  • Scenario (a): If I plan on voting for Obama, I rush out and vote hoping to contribute to New York awarding 100% of the electoral votes to Obama.
  • Scenario (b): If I plan on voting for McCain, I rush out and vote hoping that I can contribute to New York only contributing 80% of the electoral votes to Obama. (and 20% to McCain).

Hypothetically, if Obama gets 55% of the NY popular vote, he would get 24.8 electoral votes and McCain would get 6.2 votes. (Yes, we need to account for fractions and the point there is more than 2 candidates… plus other details.)

Interesting idea?  This plan keeps the electoral college process in place but also accounts for the popular vote. It also has everyone feeling their vote does count.

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Obama. McCain. Palin. Biden. The Wizard of Oz

Posted by TopOfTheThread on November 1, 2008

Great picture of Obama, McCain, Palin, and Biden as the characters in The Wizard of Oz.

Obama. McCain. Palin. Biden.  The Wizard of Oz

Obama. McCain. Palin. Biden. The Wizard of Oz

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Why does Keith Olbermann show up at a SNL closed rehearsal?

Posted by TopOfTheThread on November 1, 2008

Keith Olberman is a funny, intelligent comedian. It would be hard to classify him a a reporter.

He’s not the only one. Bill O’Reilly is one obvious example that takes the polar opposite views. We need these formats. We need entertainment. We need to appease the extreme left and extreme right with some entertainment. They are both out and out funny.

What the pubic needs to remember is their livelihood depends upon ratings. Their livelihood depends upon ratings. They take basic truths and expand them, spin them, left and right. (Hopefully Americans are not using these shows to determine their voting preferences.)

Olbermann comes across as a big, confident, intelligent guy on TV. He does a good job and his show does well.

Its comes out that Ben Affleck will be spoofing him on SNL tonight (11.1.08 NBC). Olbermann sneaks into a CLOSED SNL rehearsal to watch? Ben Affleck comments he is uncomfortable with him there.
Is Olbermann so insecure? He should take being a character on SNL as a compliment. He’s arrived! Obama. McCain. Biden. Cinton. Clinton. And especially Palin have been ripped apart on the show.

Keith – it’s a part of the job. If you are going to be “who you have created” you need to be a little more confident. Evidently your TV persona is a facade.


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Trust? Trust? Are you kidding me? (Obama, McCain, CEOs,…)

Posted by TopOfTheThread on October 7, 2008

Republicans, Democrats, George W. Bush, Weapons Of Mass Destruction,  pork barrel earmarks, Congress,  Public Company CEOs, Banks, lobbyists, Stock Brokers, Investment Banks, SEC, The Fed, honesty trust governmentFTC, FDIC, Treasury, …

Who can we trust?
I don’t feel comfortable with any of these people or entities.  As time goes by we are finding it is harder and harder to trust.

We have shown that people cannot be left to do the right thing.  Look at what Wall Street, and the CEOs have done to the United States and World markets.  How honest was our government regarding our entrances into Iraq and Afghanistan?

We need moderation and regulation
We have shown the need for SEC to get stricter. We need the FDIC and Fed taking more control. We obviously cannot trust the greed and excesses of Banking and Wall Street.

  1. We cannot trust the executive branch to do the right thing without the legislative branch monitoring them.
  2. We cannot count on the legislative branch doing the right thing without the executive branch monitoring them.

Who do we trust?
I do not trust Obama or McCain. I do not trust Congress (Look at page 263 of the bailout bill.) Congress maneuvers and adds irrelevant items and earmarks.  They had to add it to the bailout bill!  One of the most critical bills in recent history.

  • If McCain wins the election, there will be a Republican president and Democratic Congress.
  • If Obama wins the election, there will be a Democratic president and Democratic Congress.

If McCain wins the election, Congress will keep him in line.  If Obama wins the election, I hope the democrats don’t run rampant making changes without thinking them through. Do you trust them?


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Team Obama or Team McCain – Who should we vote for?

Posted by TopOfTheThread on September 16, 2008

Come November most of us will either be voting for the Democrats’ candidates (Obama/Biden) or the Republicans’ candidates (McCain/Palin)?white house obama mccain cabinet

We listen to Obama, McCain, Biden, and Palin speak, and preach their policies, beliefs, and philosophies. We also take into consideration the policies of their associated political parties.

So we elect a president…. And THEN the President-Elect names his cabinet.

The people of the United States deserve better. Tell us the members of your cabinet now. Let us truly elect the team (administration) we want leading the country.

Date: 9.16.08

To: Senator Obama. Senator McCain.

Re: Naming your cabinet

Please name your cabinets now. Tell us who will be your team so we can better judge who to vote for… You must know who will be filling these positions in your administration.

Here are the positions we need. We do realize some of the positions will change after the election, but please do the best you can. We already know your Vice President, so please name your heads of the executive departments-the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs, and the Attorney General. If you can, also please name your heads of the Environmental Protection Agency; Director, Office of Management and Budget; the Director, National Drug Control Policy; and the U.S. Trade Representative.

Thank you.

The People of the United States of America

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Obama + 5%

Posted by TopOfTheThread on July 31, 2008

I watch the daily changes in the polls and believe they are extremely inaccurate. So inaccurate, they obama president should add 5% to an Obama numbers.

If Obama is forecasted at 46% (Gallup Daily Election Poll Results for the General Election, July 27-29, 2008, Based upon a three day rolling average of national registered voters. ) we should consider Obama’s number 51%.

Do I have any formal basis of knowledge to back it up? No. (But I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night 😉 )

The major factor in the inaccuracy of the polls is the pollsters are not reaching a dominant sweet spot for Obama (Ages 18 – 25, cell phone users, students, online users, etc…)

I imagine Gallup is making calls to people. Reaching people over 30 years old… The bottom line is anyone who is picking up the phone (landline and cell) is not that sweet spot.


I checked to make sure the Gallup people were calling cell phones and found they do call them. (That’s a step in the right direction.)

Survey Methods (From Gallup)
For the Gallup Poll Daily tracking survey, Gallup is interviewing no fewer than 1,000 U.S. adults nationwide each day during 2008.
The general-election results are based on combined data from July 27-29, 2008. For results based on this sample of 2,682 registered voters, the maximum margin of sampling error is ±2 percentage points.
Interviews are conducted with respondents on land-line telephones (for respondents with a land-line telephone) and cellular phones (for respondents who are cell-phone only).
In addition to sampling error, question wording and practical difficulties in conducting surveys can introduce error or bias into the findings of public opinion polls.
To provide feedback or suggestions about how to improve, please e-mail

Good. At least they are calling cell phones.

I found it interesting that the chart on this page was a three-day rolling survey. They state they interview no fewer than 1,000 adults nationwide each day. So this is a three-day survey, wouldn’t they have at least 3,000 results in the survey versus the 2,682. (I am sure they can get 3,000 registered voters surveyed over the period.)

Remember this post in November, when Obama and McCain are 2 points apart in the polls going into the election and Obama wins by at least 7 points.


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Tapped: My sister is a soldier in Iraq

Posted by TopOfTheThread on June 21, 2008

Here is a chat with a young man from the west coast. The only information that has been changed is to protect the people’s identity. friend_of_TopOfTheThread’s sister is stationed in Iraq. His sister plans on attending medical school upon her return.

It is interesting to get a soldier’s family member’s opinions… (Stay with it. It is a chat so it may seem out of order at times.) Date of chat 6/21/08

US soldier with children in Iraq



topofthethread: Does she get American news or newspapers?

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: i think so

topofthethread: I admire everyone over there. I think they are doing a great job.

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: : do you have any relatives there?

topofthethread: No but a buddy of mine is in the marines. He was overseas and now is back in quantico.

topofthethread: Whether people agree or disagree with the “actions” overseas, it is important that our people feel supported

topofthethread: Does your sister and her group feel supported by us?

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: : I agree! I think that they know we’re behind them. It might be a bit disconcerting to hear the spiteful remarks of self-proclaimed liberals though.

topofthethread: I agree.

topofthethread: I can’t stand to hear it.

topofthethread: Does she feel like she’s in danger?

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: : it would be pretty naive if she didnt

topofthethread: Overall yes. But constantly.

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: what I don’t get is the sheer number of people claiming how f—ing supportive they are of the war but never dared join up. most people have no clue what being deployed actually means. its so hypocritical.

topofthethread: yep

topofthethread: I would never imagine, pretend, to have any clue as to what it is like. We should simply 100% support the people.

topofthethread: And we should have a real strategy.

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: : being a relative of someone over there, I’m in favor of pulling the troops out as soon as possible. But everyone keeps telling me that this attitude would be destructive. how the heck would they know what’s best in this situation? noone does.

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: the war is a fact. all we can do now is try to make the best of it.

topofthethread: Good point. The only fact is we have real, americans over there doing their jobs and risking their lives for us. That’s it. We do not know what would happen in any of the scenarios being presented.

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: exactly. but apparently, these real people have become a politcal toy.


topofthethread: Does your sister’s superiors give her any indication as to how long this action will last?

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: : nothing definite

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: : in the end, it comes down to gov policy

topofthethread: how long is she enlisted for?

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: : for X years. XX months to go.

topofthethread: You and your folks must be counting the minutes

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: : yeah

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: i tried to talk her out of it, but she’s serious about studying, and we could never afford uni (we’re ‘XXXXXXXXXXees’), so…

topofthethread: So she enlisted purely for the money for college?

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: no, if so, there would have been alternatives, the money offered kinda settled the discussion

topofthethread: Is she your younger sister?

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: nope, older

topofthethread: what would she say if you told her you were going to enlist?

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: I think she’d try to persuade me not to do it.

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: after all, if all this was really for our country, and not just in the interest of it, I probably wouldn’t hesitate.

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: i don’t think the military would want me, though. I’m ….XXXXXXX

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: so…who are you gonna vote for?

topofthethread: Not sure. For such a great country, the choices are… McCain has more experience but I am afraid he will follow the current administration’s path. (If they had a plan it would have helped. Obama…

topofthethread: is this man of change but I have not seen any substance or answers.

topofthethread: My decision has not been made… yet…

topofthethread: And you?

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: not sure either. I don’t think experience is that important, after all, the president

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: is hardly gonna make any decisions without consulting his staff. And we live in a democratic system, so he doesn’t have that much power anyway. From the very start I was inclined to vote for Clinton, but she behaved crappily during the primaries.

topofthethread: i g2g. I wish you and your sister all the best and her speedy / healthy return to you and your family. ……………………….

friend_of_TopOfTheThread: ok

*** window is closed


Regardless of the political climate in the U.S. please support our troops.


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America needs a one-term, bust-chops President

Posted by TopOfTheThread on June 19, 2008

We all know this won’t happen because a first term president immediately starts his initial term with an eye on getting reelected…american flag president

More than ever, America needs a tough, strategic leader.

We need a “person” who will get in office, not be afraid to ruffle feathers, and get things done. He / she needs to be soley focused on selflessly stopping the current tailspin of the U.S.

We need that SOB CEO-type person who is going to get the country from point A to point B… reagardless of all obstacles… join him, help him, or get out of the way.

Unfortunately, The President always need the backing of one of the parties in order to get legislation and action completed. For this exercise, let’s make believe he can be that hard-ass CEO and needs to get these 3 things accomplished in his one and only term in office.

1. Oil and Drilling

If the economy is good, and people feel financially confident, everyone feels better about life. The economy is revolving around oil.

Oil has dramatically affected the U.S. We are so dependent on imported oil, we are at the world’s mercy.

China has started slant drilling off of Florida. They have also reopened old refineries in Cuba. Venezuela doesn’t exactly love the U.S. and is planning on selling “previously destined to the U.S. oil”, to China. Mexcio has elections in July and it is expected the new Mexican leadership will not favor selling crude oil to the U.S.

Simply put, we need to (a) learn to conserve while (b) drilling of the coast of Florida and in Alaska. Many people won’t like it. It just needs to get done. Let all the nature groups scream. Tough. And yes, Mr. President, it may prevent you from getting reelected but you will be helping to save our once-great country. (See )

2. Terrorism

Let the world know we won’t stand for terrorism and we’re willing to fight. But we need to have a plan. Think strategically not tactically. We want the U.S. (and the world) to be free of terrorism. We are fine with sending in troops and planes. We just need a plan. Who. What. Where…. What is our exit strategy? What is a success? failure?

We know the plan will be modifed from time to time. We need a plan.

We need to fight. Opponents will scream. Mr. President, it may prevent you from getting reelected but you will be helping to save our once-great country.

3. Unify the country (party lines)

Democrats. Republicans. Indendents. There has never been such party lines as we have today. There seems to be out and out hatred of the other party. This is the hardest and easiest of the three items here.

I wish I knew the answer to this one. Perhaps we should dissolve the party system.

If we dissolve the parties, the “party power mongers” will rally the troops. Protests will occur. Mr. President, it may prevent you from getting reelected but you will be helping to save our once-great country.


In this imaginery scenario, if our president accomplished these three items, He would definitely make a lot of enemies and not get reelected. He probably would not even get his party’s nomination (if there were parties).

… but we would be on our way to again being the greatest country on earth.

Wishful thinking.


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Politics – New definition(s) – The Wright Stuff, The Wright Thing

Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 23, 2008

new political terms for dictionary

Here is a new definition that should be used throughout politics (and anywhere else appropriate):

The Wright Stuff * or * The Wright Thing: To run from, avoid, distance onself from a person or item that may hurt you. Related to Reverend Jeremiah Wright’s relationship to Barack Obama. Ex: A political candidate who is endorsed or befriended by someone who may hurt their campaign. Usage(1): The Democrats’ strategy should be to do The Wright Stuff. Usage(2): When McCain refused the endorsement, he was doing The Wright Thing.


The Wright Stuff (c) Copyright 2008 and MarkA.

The Wright Thing (c) Copyright 2008 and MarkA.

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