Bag of Randomness for Thursday, November 10, 2016


  • We haven’t really talked about politics with our kids, other than the basics of how an election and democracy works. But after telling DaughterGeeding who won the election first thing yesterday morning, she immediately wanted to was call her grandmother and ask her to stock up on Oreos. If you recall, she was in the room when I was watching the news and Trump was leading a chant of “no more Oreos.” Also, OtherDogGeeding’s real name is Oreo.
  • All the Trump voters deserve their time in the sun and to gloat to a certain extent. They simply exercised their right to vote and they showed up – the way a democracy should work. It was a long election, an emotional one, and they expressed themselves in the most patriotic way, voting. As for those that decided to protest the election (and I have no idea exactly what they were protesting) let them get that second stage of grief out of their system, and let them move on. Most were young and didn’t know how else to express themselves.
  • Funny thing, it’s hard to realize both sides of the political divide love their country and want the best for it, they just want to go about it differently.
  • I really never really believed in the silent majority argument, but I do now.
  • As a liberal, of course, I’m not exactly comfortable with a Trump presidency, but I’m more comfortable with him leading the country than Ted Cruz. For eight years, my political views were represented in the branch of the presidency, “we” had our “turn”. But I do feel a bit bummed that neither the House or Senate has the majority power to represent my political leanings. No matter who’s in control of the other two branches, I’ve always preferred the other party to be in charge of the other branch, if anything, to keep the other “in check”. I know the Democrats controlled the Senate, House, at the start of Obama’s presidency, but he had those Blue Dog Democrats that kept him from going too far left.
  • After a stock market beating, you’ll often hear analysts stating the market is correcting itself. I wonder if that can be true for our country. I mean that in the sense that of how people vote and how government needs to be shaken up.
  • The last border marker of The Republic of Texas is still standing
  • Surnames Meanings, Origins & Distribution Maps 
    • Data on “Geeding”
      • 822,126th most common surname in the world
      • Approximately 215 people bear this surname
      • Frequency –  1: 1,489,629
      • U.S. rank – 103,915
  • I love this lullaby version of Green Day’s “Basketcase”. It was on an episode of ‘Mr. Robert’ and it just pulled me in.

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13 Responses to Bag of Randomness for Thursday, November 10, 2016

  1. wordkyle says:

    "…but he had those Blue Dog Democrats that kept him from going too far left." – Can you explain anything they actually prevented?

  2. RPM says:

    Silent majority? The person with the most votes lost. That's twice in the last 20 years. It's beyond time to get rid of the Electoral College. Make it by popular vote just like every other office.

    • John Mackovic says:

      We don't vote for President, the States do. There is no office where there is a nationwide popular vote.

      • Geeding says:

        As a Libertarian, and I'm not asking you to speak for them all, but how do you feel about the Electoral College, and should there be an office in which there is a nationwide popular vote?

        • John Mackovic says:

          I think it's working the way it's designed and that's good. No, we're in a federal system, and the states should be running things, so citizens don't vote for that kind of stuff because we're represented by our state. Does that make sense?

          • Mr. Mike Honcho says:

            Agreed, the Electoral College is doing great. It is designed to prevent the electoral focus from being solely on the Huge Cities and their centers of population and try and keep all states relative. And it does the best job of any system.

    • wordkyle says:

      Aren't electoral votes based on population anyway?

  3. John Mackovic says:

    Wouldn't it be great if we had a weak federal government and these elections wouldn't have much meaning to us? If Ted Cruz was as big of an originalist as he claims to be, he'd agree. Unfortunately, it looks like we're just going from one statist to another.

    I have a feeling that my last name is slightly more common than "Geeding"

  4. DF of LL says:

    RE: Surname

    I got ya beat.

    830,776 most common

    211 number of folks

    1,517,865 frequency

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