Thursday, September 18, 2008

How familiar are you with the 12th Amendment?

The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves; they shall name in their ballots the person voted for as President, and in distinct ballots the person voted for as Vice-President, and they shall make distinct lists of all persons voted for as President, and all persons voted for as Vice-President and of the number of votes for each, which lists they shall sign and certify, and transmit sealed to the seat of the government of the United States, directed to the President of the Senate.

The President of the Senate shall, in the presence of the Senate and House of Representatives, open all the certificates and the votes shall then be counted.

The person having the greatest Number of votes for President, shall be the President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed; and if no person have such majority, then from the persons having the highest numbers not exceeding three on the list of those voted for as President, the House of Representatives shall choose immediately, by ballot, the President. But in choosing the President, the votes shall be taken by states, the representation from each state having one vote; a quorum for this purpose shall consist of a member or members from two-thirds of the states, and a majority of all the states shall be necessary to a choice. And if the House of Representatives shall not choose a President whenever the right of choice shall devolve upon them, before the fourth day of March next following, then the Vice-President shall act as President, as in the case of the death or other constitutional disability of the President.

The person having the greatest number of votes as Vice-President, shall be the Vice-President, if such number be a majority of the whole number of Electors appointed, and if no person have a majority, then from the two highest numbers on the list, the Senate shall choose the Vice-President; a quorum for the purpose shall consist of two-thirds of the whole number of Senators, and a majority of the whole number shall be necessary to a choice. But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.
That may seem like jibberish, but you might want to learn what it means ... and here's why.

Libertarian Presidential Candidate Bob Barr is fighting to have both Barack Obama and John McCain stricken from the ballot in Texas.

Basically, the state of Texas has a law that the nominees for president must file with the state by August 26th. Thing about it is, neither Barack Obama nor John McCain did that ... in part because neither was officially nominated by their party by that time.

This may seem trivial, but could be a big deal. I've read story after story about minor party candidates being stricken from ballots in dozens of states due to electoral glitches or archaic rules. And those minor party candidates have challenged the rules and lost in court. States are allowed to decide their own rules for elections. End of story.

So will Texas make an exception? Or will McCain and Obama be removed from the ballot there?

If that happens, John McCain will be missing out of 34 electoral votes that I'm sure he was counting on. And frankly, it's hard to imagine him getting to 270 without those votes. But that doesn't mean Obama will necessarily win either.

Essentially, if it's a close election that McCain should have won, neither candidate will get the 270 required to win the presidency outright.

And if that happens ... that's where the 12th Amendment comes in.

The House of Representatives would be charged with choosing the president. But not the entire House. Each state will choose one member of the House from that state to cast their vote, choosing from any candidate who received at least one electoral vote.

Of course, each state will choose a member from the majority party WITHIN THAT STATE, which would actually give John McCain a slight edge ... under the current makeup of Congress (although it would be decided by the new Congress, so that could shift).

Making matters more interesting, the Senate would pick the Vice President ... with each Senator casting a vote. The Senate's current makeup leans to the Democrats, so Biden would have the edge.

Who says politics isn't interesting ...

McCain and Palin fail geography ...

First it was John McCain, seemingly not understanding that Spain was in Europe ...
In an interview with a Florida affiliate of Spain's Union Radio, McCain was asked, if elected president, would he invite Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero to the White House.
"I would be willing to meet with those leaders who are friends and want to work with us in a cooperative fashion," McCain said. He then mentioned Mexican President Calderon, who he said "is fighting a very tough fight against the drug cartels."
Then it was Sarah Palin, seeming not knowing where SHE was.
Palin introduced herself to more than 4,000 at a rally in Cedar Rapids (Iowa) by saying, "It's so good to be here in Grand Rapids." (which of course, is in Michigan)
So for the record, the GOP's presidential candidate is unfamiliar with a world map ... and their Veep candidate is unfamiliar with a US map. This is so re-assuring.

These guys are awesome ...

I'm really hoping they win this year's "America's Got Talent."

Sabres ink Pominville for Five ...

Got this press release from the Sabres:
BUFFALO, NY (September 18, 2008) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension with right winger Jason Pominville, keeping him in Buffalo through the 2013-14 season. The 25-year-old Pominville was scheduled to become a restricted free agent at the end of the 2008-09 season.

Pominville (11/30/1982, 6’, 178 lbs.) finished second on the team in scoring last season, posting career-highs in points (80) and assists (53), along with 27 goals. He was also a team-high plus-16 as he played in all 82 games for the second consecutive season. A finalist for the NHL’s Lady Byng Trophy, Pominville picked up just 20 PIMs while collecting at least a single point in 55 of 82 games. He had three consecutive game point streaks of seven games or more, including a career-high 10-game point streak from Feb. 17-Mar. 5. Pominville finished the season as Buffalo’s captain, as he was designated to wear the “C” during the months of March and April.

Pominville made his international hockey debut last May with the United States at the 2008 World Hockey Championships, finishing with five points (2+3) in seven games.

A native of Repentigny, Quebec, Pominville has 178 points in 222 career NHL games in Buffalo. Pominville made an immediate impact in Buffalo by scoring 18 goals in 57 games after being recalled early in the 2005-06 season. He was a key part of Buffalo’s 2006 playoff success, as he scored the series-clinching OT goal over Ottawa in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. It marked the first time in NHL history that a playoff series was decided by an overtime shorthanded goal.

Pominville was Buffalo’s second-round choice (55th overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

They will hold a press conference today at 4:30 to discuss.

Ohio State teaches students about bird war

Well ... kind of.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, which, for the record, I think is one of the finest newspapers in the county:

The Wexner Center for the Arts will welcome students back to the Ohio State University campus Tuesday evening with a free outdoor screening of a movie about brutal attacks by vicious birds.

Students, be warned: Hard tests and tons of homework might not be the only threat to your well-being.

After directing three classics in a row (Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho), Alfred Hitchcock unleashed his thriller The Birds in 1963. He also managed to weave in his usual icy blonde (newcomer Tippi Hedren), mother issues (via Jessica Tandy), noble hero (Rod Taylor) and several memorable set pieces -- especially an attack on a school -- that remain effective.

In fact, all Hitchcock left out was any explanation for the fine-feathered fiends mounting their chaotic attacks.

Viewers are encouraged to take chairs and blankets to the Wexner plaza.

In the event of rain -- or a screeching bird invasion -- the screening will move into nearby Mershon Auditorium.

This way the students will beware of birds throughout the school year. Good idea, Ohio State.

Reason this morning: rerun

Due to technical difficulties, and the fact that I can't be in two places in one time, today's Reason will be a re-run of the Aug. 11th episode.

Please enjoy it ... again.

If only ...

Damn you, The Onion!

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