Good day and Happy Thanksgiving! This was written the day before (Wednesday, November 23rd), so anything directly happening today will either be covered Friday or Monday.
Turkey Day Update
- The Christmas Wish List is up… https://w2ed.wordpress.com/2016/11/24/2754/
Football/Sports Update (Tuesday/Friday):
Applebee’s Football Picks:
Each week during the season the Applebee’s where I am from has a weekly $10 gift certificate for everyone who picks 5 winning teams of that week. They can pick any team they choose, though all 5 of their picks have to win to win the certificate. This week is different – with Thanksgiving games, we have a special section of picks this week.
My record for last week was 4 and 1. My season record is 0 and 11, with an overall record this season of 31 and 24 in 55 games.
This being Thanksgiving, my picks for today are:
- Minnesota Vikings over Detroit Lions
- Dallas Cowboys over Washington Redskins
- Indianapolis Colts over Pittsburgh Steelers
- Tuesdays are usually results, while Fridays are usually picks.
The Call to Investigate
On Tuesday, Cake shared a link with an urging from top computer scientists to Hillary Clinton to challenge the votes in those states. They site a big difference between the paper and electronic ballots, with Clinton receiving 7% fewer votes in counties that had electronic voting machines than the ones with paper ballots. (Source: CNN – http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/22/politics/hillary-clinton-challenge-results/index.html ) Yesterday brought Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate, and Republican Senator Lindsay Graham of South Carolina, calling for a recount in the three states in question (Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.) Stein is seeking to raise $2.5 million for said recount fight. (Source: Jill 2016 – , Los Angeles Times – http://www.latimes.com/nation/politics/trailguide/la-na-trailguide-updates-gop-sen-lindsey-graham-wants-congress-1479254194-htmlstory.html )
I suspect that most Trump supporters will be against this – after all, any risk to endangering their candidate’s elect status is a threat to be reckoned with. However, they should be joining the chorus – as should everyone else.
I argued yesterday that the key reason for Hillary Clinton’s loss was Trust – which was broken permanently that week before the Democratic National Convention. The emails that were leaked were the first of many important parts of hacks happening to the Democrats this campaign. Russian hackers were claiming responsibility for some of it, with Julian Assange listing them as a source.
At the same time, Trump was beginning to bring his “election is rigged” talk during his campaign, at some points encouraging more released information and to hack in his favor while blaming “400 lb hackers” for revealing some of his skeletons. To suddenly trust the results now that it’s in his favor? Something smells rotten in Denmark…
While all of this is going on, final recounts are going on in various states suggesting that Clinton won the popular vote, at this point, by over 2 million votes – a wider margin than the 600,000+ on election night. (Source: USA Today – http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2016/11/23/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-2-million-popular-vote/94339510/ )
Too many hacking incidents, one of which broke the key issue of the election. Allegations of a system being rigged by more than one candidate. An abnormal vote discrepancy between the electoral college and the popular vote. The three states in question being some of the closest races of the election. What more reason do you need?
The one thing the people of this country needs, with all of its problems with the police, military and government officials, is the ability to trust in its actions. With half of the country divided by the outcome, the media confused by how it messed up, and all of the negativity overall that it has brought, choosing to double-check the results should be a priority. Even if Trump stays the winner after all of that, you’d give some people a reason to rest – and if Hillary did win the recount, there is the legal system.
Some things have to be done for the right reasons, to lay questions to rest and put minds at ease. I’d rather know the truth than to live a lie.
Update: While writing this, Fox 6 (Milwaukee) announced that Wisconsin will be doing a recount based on Jill Stein’s push. (Source: Fox 6 – http://fox6now.com/2016/11/23/elections-commission-expects-green-party-to-file-for-recount-of-november-presidential-election-in-wi/ )
The Things I Am Thankful For
Yesterday, I posted about all of the negative things I am not thankful for, in the hopes of purging some of them soon. You can’t focus on the negative without appreciating the positive, the good things going in your life. Consider this the second part to that list, the perfect way to appreciate today.
- Family: My bloodline may be small and scattered, making family get-togethers difficult. That being said, they’ve continued to be my strongest support in the best and worst of time. Hope they’re having a great day today!
- Amanda and her family: This was far from the easiest year, first with me trying to go to school while maintaining our relationship and later with me moving up here and still having difficulty finding work. I’m lucky to have her, even when she does stress me, and her family and friends also all sorts of shades of wonderful. Love you babe!
- Friends: In spite of how politics have played into our lives, ripping apart friendships and testing the levels, I’m still lucky to have some of the greatest friends in the world.
- Cats and pets: While the clean-up and maintenance sucks, having something to cuddle and play with when between job apps, tasks or just without your significant other helps keep life in perspective.
The list may be shorter – but no corrective actions need to be made. As long as the solid relationships are maintained and debts are repaid, whatever hardships I face I needn’t worry about facing them alone.
I also posted these yesterday, but in case you need it – for those feeling deeply depressed or suicidal, here’s two websites that might help:
Happy Thanksgiving! See you tomorrow!