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Routine Ramblings of an Occasionally Interesting Housewife

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behind on reading
I just opened a second set of "catch up on LJ friends" tabs. It took skip=150 to get to the first set of skip=25 tabs that I already have open, waiting for time to catch up.

That's what happens when I get ultra-busy during an election, I suppose.

Tuesday. Normal Tuesday-busy, with Critter doing a ride-along, plus voting in the morning, then going out to dinner and sleeping over with Knight for our anniversary. Ro joined us for the bowling part. Day-work evaporated, so we did lunch together and ended up with free food, due to a less-than-competent server.

Dinner with Knight at Joe's. Margaritas are too strong for 'kin on a long-day. Even with a nap during chess club. Was awake for parent mingling; played a few games with younger kids, then with Critter.

Can't herd this entry into linear thought for the life of me.

Slept hard after determining that we didn't know who our next president would be. Shock. Woke to threatened lawsuits, then a concession. Whee. not.

Attended my first Bible Study Fellowship today. There's bunches of extra scripture references in the first day's questions, so I'm calling tomorrow day one. My brain was too tired tonight during break at work. But, I purchased a nifty notebook to use for the study. I am content for now.

Between picking up Tigger and going back to work, I stopped at Wal-mart and dropped $30 on plastic boxes. Six 58 qt. boxes, to be precise. Cleared off the laundry folding/wrapping table, and moved my knitting machine from the kitchen to the laundry room. All of my current knitting projects fit in one box. The rest of the boxes are wrapping paper, and misc. accumulation from the table. The boxes form a wall to keep the scotties from using the laundry area as an out-of-sight potty spot.

Worked during the day and tonight, for a total of more than 7 hours. During break, organized my knitting projects and bible study notebook.


Bed now.

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No offense, Min, but I have to say it: Missouri isn't taking any more guff about electing the dead guy, now that Kentucky elected the senile guy. ;-)

I won't complain too hard about the senile guy. He was instrumental in Gaucha finally getting her visa.

Tell me, when are the Libertarians going to ever be a force strong enough to get airplay in the campaigns?

Never. Because the Libertarians aren't a real political party. They're a think tank with a fan club and a newsletter.

The Cato Institute is a real force in politics, and has had quite a bit of success getting their political positions listened to and occasionally acted upon. Reason has reached the level of respectability where it's almost seen as one of the official policy journals, at the very least in the second tier of political journals like their political opposite, Mother Jones.

But the rest of the Libertarian Party will be taken seriously when they act as if they were serious about politics. I'm going to compare apples and oranges here for a second, but bear with me.
  • According to the preliminary count, St. Louis City and St. Louis County had about 2,000 people vote for Michael Badnarik for President.
  • Between all of them, the St. Louis area Democratic Party Township Clubs probably draw from a pool of maybe about 1500 volunteers.
Your average Democratic Party Township Club member puts in about four hours a week on it during the off season, and about 12 hours a week on it during the last six months before an election.

So while it's unfair to compare voter total to volunteer total, let's face it, what we've set here is the floor for how many volunteers it takes putting in reasonable numbers of volunteer hours to elect worthwhile numbers of candidates and occasionally win on ballot issues. So assuming the numbers scale well, Libertarians will be taken seriously when at least 3/4 of them start being willing to spend as many hours a week on political activity, on phone banking and literature drops and going door to door and mailing list management and monthly meetings and candidate forums and fund raising, as the roughly 0.2% of all Democrats who volunteer do.

That's a tough row to hoe. I don't think they'll ever do it. I think that the Libertarians would be better off joining a real political party and going back to being a wing of that party, working to influence the nominating process. But it is within the realm of the theoretically possible. "All" they'd have to do is be heroically motivated and unprecedentedly active.

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