Saturday, November 6, 2010


{Some thoughts on psychological warfare.}
Conclusion and solution: Next time don't repress.
Or better yet: Don't let me there be a next time.

"Trucks to Montanon's, and like families to Utahns"- Prof Llyons
We discussed the Electoral College in class and OHMYGOSH I do NOT understand it. AT ALL. He probably went over things 5 times in 5 different ways because the system is so complex and ludacris. I came to a deduction at the end of the class period that we should all start putting some stock in the "california plan" to select our President, and circumnavigate around the General Elections and Presidential elections and base everything on the National Popular Vote. It certainly wasn't in the framers plan to make the whole thing a circus act. But it is.

I'm giving myself 15 more minutes to put this together.
As I strolled on over to the Institute building I saw some face-painted beings hiding in the bushes donned with nerf guns. They leered and I couldn't figure out what in the world was going on, then remembered it's Zombies VS Humans up on campus. I should've gotten involved this year. But I didn't.

I needed a good laugh later.
So I tried to make some pancakes.
Sad, pathetic, but totally comical.
I had a little more free time so I headed into Borders to browse. I found about 15 books that I want. All different kinds but 2 in particular that I MUST get my hands on. A vegan cookie book, and another cookbook with over 400 recipes using only 4 ingredients in each one. They were in the Bargain Books area, so I think I'll go in today after painting. PLUS. I need to get black leggings for Sunday's performance-and find someone who knows what things they changed at the beginning of the second song.

5 more minutes.
As I was getting into my vehicle I saw this man with a black hoodie jogging over to my car carrying something. Of course there were several seconds there where all the martial arts I'm learning zoomed through my head. Then I realized I could just shut and lock the door really quick and be much safer.. but I didn't. He was waving so I totally thought that I knew him.
I didn't. But he was rad. His name was Jake, from Hawaii and was here trying to get sponsors so him and his church group (the Church of Unification) could go do projects on the other side of the world. I talked to him a little bit about what kinds of things his group had done over the years and what they were doing next. I was interested in what types of things he believed religiously and he shared a little bit. There are so many good people in this world trying to make it better. He wanted me to buy a Hawaiian dream catcher, but I have this thing where I'd rather go to the place and get my own. But I did give him a measly donation from what I did have, I'm all about humanitarian aid.

Then I went to Joni's.
I think my favorite quote of the night was "If you were a bagel, you'd be 8-grain".
And I'm pretty sure I coddled the stuffing out of the toy moose I got my hands on. It had 2 wires, but only in it's antlers. If I'd made the toy the thing would be full of wire and totally child inappropriate, but.. that's alright. Which reminds me, we talked a little about OCD.ness. But that's another story for a later time.

We're painting today!
AND she let me kidnap her guitar!
I stayed up till' two trying to figure it out.


  1. hahaha... 8-grain bagel!!! HILarious. so glad you came over! LOVED our talk. and so glad you took that guitar home. it is going to love you!!!

  2. The National Popular Vote bill could guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).

    The bill preserves the Electoral College, while assuring that every vote is equal and that every voter will matter in every state in every presidential election.

    Every vote, everywhere would be equal and counted for and directly assist the candidate for whom it was cast. Candidates would need to care about voters across the nation, not just undecided voters in a handful of swing states.

    Now 2/3rds of the states and voters are ignored -- 19 of the 22 smallest and medium-small states, and big states like California, Georgia, New York, and Texas. The current winner-take-all laws (i.e., awarding all of a state’s electoral votes to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in each state) used by 48 of the 50 states, and not mentioned, much less endorsed, in the Constitution, ensure that the candidates do not reach out to all of the states and their voters. Candidates have no reason to poll, visit, advertise, organize, campaign, or care about the voter concerns in the dozens of states where they are safely ahead or hopelessly behind. Voter turnout in the "battleground" states has been 67%, while turnout in the "spectator" states was 61%. Policies important to the citizens of ‘flyover’ states are not as highly prioritized as policies important to ‘battleground’ states when it comes to governing.

    The bill would take effect only when enacted, in identical form, by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes--that is, enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538). When the bill comes into effect, all the electoral votes from those states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).

    The bill uses the power given to each state by the Founding Fathers in the Constitution to change how they award their electoral votes for president. Historically, virtually all of the major changes in the method of electing the President, including ending the requirement that only men who owned substantial property could vote and 48 current state-by-state winner-take-all laws, have come about by state legislative action.

    The bill has been endorsed or voted for by 1,922 state legislators (in 50 states) who have sponsored and/or cast recorded votes in favor of the bill.

    In Gallup polls since 1944, only about 20% of the public has supported the current system of awarding all of a state's electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in each separate state (with about 70% opposed and about 10% undecided). Support for a national popular vote is strong in virtually every state, partisan, and demographic group surveyed in recent polls.

    The National Popular Vote bill has passed 31 state legislative chambers, in 21 small, medium-small, medium, and large states, including one house in Arkansas (6), Connecticut (7), Delaware (3), The District of Columbia (3), Maine (4), Michigan (17), Nevada (5), New Mexico (5), New York (31), North Carolina (15), and Oregon (7), and both houses in California (55), Colorado (9), Hawaii (4), Illinois (21), New Jersey (15), Maryland (10), Massachusetts (12), Rhode Island (4), Vermont (3), and Washington (11). The bill has been enacted by the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, and Washington. These seven states possess 76 electoral votes -- 28% of the 270 necessary to bring the law into effect.