Monday, May 28, 2012

Constitutional Crisis Jackpot

So I have been playing with the interactive electoral college map at and have found a couple very plausible scenarios when each of the major candidates gets 269 electors.

Lets start by saying that only 5 states are really "in play". NH, OH, IA, CO, NV.  We already showed that that there will be a tie if OH and NH go democrat and the rest go republican.

One gets a single point Romney win by giving OH and NH to the Republicans and the rest of the Dems.  However if the Democrats get one of Nebraska's electors (which happened last time) it's back to a tie.

The Constitution is clear, if the electors are undecided the House of Representatives picks the president.  Somehow I think there might be riots if that happened.

Play with the map.  What are your plausible scenarios for Constitutional Crisis Jackpot?

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

QoTD Thomas Sowell Edition

From the inestimable Thomas Sowell:

Among the biggest lies of the welfare states on both sides of the Atlantic is the notion that the government can supply the people with things they want but cannot afford. Since the government gets its resources from the people, if the people as a whole cannot afford something, neither can the government.

Read the whole thing HERE.

Saturday, May 19, 2012


Went by the Car wash place to get the oil changed in my wife's Expedition.  It usually just a few more bucks than an oil only and you get a reasonably nice car wash plus they wipe down and vacuum out the inside.  They use Valvoline which is quality, if not top end oil.

I pull in and see brand new "Pennzoil" signs, and Pennzoil caps on the employees.

Me: "So when did you switch to Pennzoil"
Employee:" About a month ago"
Me: "You have anything else?"
Employee:"Nope, just Pennzoil"

Me: "I won't put that stuff in my vehicles"  and I drove off.

I've seen what that crap does to engines in my auto-shop class way back when.  I wouldn't put it in my car if it was free.

So I'm changing my own damn oil again.  I really am too-old for crawling under a Ford.  At least this one is 4-wheel drive.  I'll have to find a new place or buy some ramps when it's time to do the Mustang.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Lawdog QoTd

Somehow I missed this a couple days ago,  from the LawDog:

Why is it that Bill Clinton having illicit sex is "Something between consenting adults and no one else's business", but Secret Service agents having legal extra-marital -- last I checked prostitution is quasi-legal in Columbia -- sex is a scandal and everyone's business?

Maybe if the Secret Service agents had lied about it to a Grand Jury, would it have been okay then?