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  • Obama's Blockbuster Gift for Brown: 25 DVDs (The Big Spender)

    03/06/2009 3:47:50 AM PST · 16 of 72
    jpthomas to Doogle

    DVDs are encoded with a region code. The USA is part of region code 1, whereas Europe (including the UK) is region code 2. The commercial DVD player specification requires that a player to be sold in a given place not play discs encoded for a different region. So chances are, the Prime Minister won’t be able to play the DVDs when he gets home (unless he can find a region free DVD player).

  • Can we win without Florida?

    11/04/2008 4:59:46 PM PST · 41 of 53
    jpthomas to library user

    The State Division of Elections isn’t going to start posting results until after 8:00 pm. I just checked their website, and it’s still at 0%. Where is abc getting their pre-8 pm results?

  • IBD/TIPP Poll 11/02/08 Re-Weighted to 2004 voter turnout: McCain 47.6%, Obama 44.4%

    11/02/2008 10:54:31 AM PST · 20 of 30
    jpthomas to TNCMAXQ

    I live in Okaloosa County, Florida, one of the most Republican-leaning counties in the USA. (The county cast 77.7% of its vote for Bush in 2004.) Our Supervisor of Elections announced that we tripled the previous early voting record for this election. So the Republican turnout in this panhandle county looks to set a record if the early voting turnout trend continues through election day.

  • { Pete Stark } Congressman questions DOD presence

    05/16/2008 1:52:05 PM PDT · 35 of 53
    jpthomas to SmithL

    When I attended the program manager’s course at the Defense Systems Management College at Ft Belvoir, part of the curriculum involved a Capitol Hill day, where we visited Congress, sat in on defense related sessions, and met with congressmen, to get acquainted with Congress’ role in the acquisition process. Observing congress that day was part of our official duties, as well as a required part of the program management course. For the Congressman to get all hot and bothered over something like this is absurd.

  • State protests FEMA cash cut (Louisiana)

    07/25/2006 4:55:25 AM PDT · 3 of 7
    jpthomas to Ellesu
    It is interesting to contrast the attitudes of the Louisiana "leadership" and citizenry with that of neighboring Mississippi. Consider the following comment:

    "The morale is higher in Mississippi about the future than in Louisiana," says Douglas Brinkley, history professor at Tulane University and author of The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, published in May. "There's a can-do spirit in Mississippi that transcends what you'll find in New Orleans."

    I found the above quote in the following USA Today article (today's edition): In Mississippi, Katrina recovery gaining steam

  • "Fightin' Dem" Caught Campaigning in Uniform, Wearing Uniform Above His Retired Rank

    07/21/2006 12:55:57 PM PDT · 61 of 115
    jpthomas to BlueNgold

    There are unusual circumstances, not applicable to the present case, when a promotion occurs at retirement. For example, when an Air Force officer accepts the position of permanent head of a department at the Air Force Academy, they serve on active duty at the rank of Full Colonel. They are promoted to Brigadier General upon retirement, and receive BG retired pay and protocol rank. Again, not applicable to the present case, but there are unusual cases when it happens.

  • CA: UC regents allow dozens of executives to keep improper pay

    07/21/2006 9:38:36 AM PDT · 8 of 8
    jpthomas to NormsRevenge
    I found the most interesting line of this article to be the following:

    "Some employees will get revised W-2 forms to include money they were paid without being reported as taxable income by the university."

    I suspect this is tied to the low-interest rate loans given to some UC administrators and faculty as mentioned earlier in CA: Low-rate loans for UC's elite on homes - Some less than 2 percent -- system won't divulge names.

    Depending on the conditions of the loan, the amount by which the loan rate falls below a standardized rate computed by the IRS generates taxable income to the recipient.

  • CA: Low-rate loans for UC's elite on homes - Some less than 2 percent -- system won't divulge names

    07/13/2006 6:38:22 PM PDT · 6 of 13
    jpthomas to NormsRevenge

    I hope the recipients of these loans are aware of the potential tax consequences. Depending on the details of the terms of the loan, the employer is treated as if it paid additional compensation to the employee in the amount of the difference between the actual rate of interest and something called the applicable federal rate (AFR). The AFR is a kind of "market" interest rate computed using average yields of U. S. Treasury Obligations. This additional compensation income is deductible by the employer and is taxable to the executive.

  • DAD, WHAT's UNABHÄNGIGKEITSTAG?

    07/04/2006 5:10:24 AM PDT · 4 of 18
    jpthomas to nathanbedford

    I worked for two years in Germany at one of their research institutes as part of an engineering exchange program. Some of my older German colleagues told me they were required to learn the Gettysburg Address in the original English as part of their education. They would have attended school in the 50s and 60s. I don't think it's still part of the standard educational curriculum in Germany.

  • Khobar Towers The Clinton administration left many stones unturnd.

    06/25/2006 5:32:13 AM PDT · 25 of 37
    jpthomas to DogByte6RER
    I don't know where Louie Freeh got the designation "4404th" for the unit that lost airmen in the Khobar Towers bombing. I was stationed at Eglin AFB and attended the memorial service at King Hangar where Bill Clinton spoke for the lost airmen of the 33rd Fighter Wing, nicknamed "the Nomads". I recall Clinton talking big about bringing those responsible to justice, a promise easily made but, like so many uttered by his lips, left unfufilled by his administration.

    The 33rd Fighter Wing has a memorial at Eglin to their airmen who died at Khobar Towers. Here is a picture of it:

    Our local paper had a photo today on their front page of one of the widows placing a bouquet of flowers at her late husband's (Sgt. Millard "Soup" Campbell) spot on this memorial to mark the 10th anniversary of his loss. I would have posted this image, but the online version of the paper requires a paid subscription.

  • [Vanity] Book Suggestions for Graduates?

    05/25/2006 4:37:07 AM PDT · 19 of 31
    jpthomas to Remole

    Publisher's Synopsis:

    Dr. Bennett is currently working on his next work, America: The Last Best Hope, a two-volume history of the United States. America: The Last Best Hope is a vibrant account of this country's record from before the Founding of the United States to the present day. In recent decades, many histories have treated the American story largely as a social study of missteps and injustices. This treatment is different. Dr. Bennett does not shrink from any hard truths about the nation's past, and he trumpets the glory, romance, and exceptionalism of American achievement. At 512 pages, the first volume covers the discovery of the Americas to the eve of World War I. Volume Two takes readers from World War I to September 11, 2001. The first volume will be published and released May 23, 2006 by Nelson Current, and the second in 2007.

  • Hurricane Concerns Push Crude Back Over $71-(too funny)

    05/24/2006 5:32:52 AM PDT · 16 of 45
    jpthomas to Flavius
    I was surprised to read this article after watching Fox News this morning, during which they reported exactly the opposite, that crude prices actually dropped. I think the explanation is that prices dropped in after-hours trading based on speculation that crude inventories in the U.S. are up. At least that's what Bloomberg is reporting this morning:

    Oil Falls on Speculation U.S. Gasoline Supplies Rose Last Week

    Does anything else have a hard time figuring this stuff out when simultaneous headlines provide exactly the opposite news?

  • Driving Off Half-Tanked

    09/27/2005 11:25:38 AM PDT · 23 of 68
    jpthomas to xzins

    Where I live in the Florida panhandle, the gasoline stations obtain 90% of their product from a local Citgo terminal supplied by fuel barges. After Dennis, Emily, and Katrina, we have had intervals of a week or more when no gasoline was available anywhere locally. The waters of the Gulf were too choppy for the barges to make it over to us. Tourists told to evacuate the area in advance of these storms would naturally fill up before leaving the area for the drive home. Evacuees from LA, MS, and AL took what gasoline was left. So unless you are prepared to get by for a week on a half a tank of gas, which may be impractical depending on your commute, I don't see how your approach would work in these circumstances.

  • Wuerffel relocates school to Florida

    09/23/2005 12:46:24 PM PDT · 1 of 2
    jpthomas
    Danny Wuerffel's father was an Air Force chaplain stationed at Eglin AFB while Danny played his High School football at Fort Walton. After winding up his not-so-stellar professional football career with the Saints, Danny got involved with the Desire Street Ministry/Academy in New Orleans.

    My wife got a call today from one of her "Bunko Babes" asking for a donation to help raise money to buy t-shirts and other clothes for these kids. (We live near Niceville.)

    For more info on the Desire Street Academy, you can go to their website here.

  • THE BAD BUSH PRECEDENT -- FEDS PAY FOR KATRINA -- WHAT ABOUT RITA?

    09/21/2005 7:28:32 AM PDT · 39 of 50
    jpthomas to CWW
    Should federal dollars go towards repairing interstate highways, such as the section of I-10 east of New Orleans knocked out by Katrina, or the section of I-10 east of Pensacola destroyed by Ivan? What about the cost of clearing downed trees and other debris from the interstates and other public roadways? What about repairing assets with an impact on the national economy, such as the port of New Orleans, or the telephone interchanges that, when damaged, affect the telephone network of an entire interstate region? What about the cost of repairing Keesler AFB in Biloxi, or Penasacola NAS, or Eglin AFB near Ft Walton Beach, Florida?
  • Hurricane Katrina -- Leftist talking points -- Help (Vanity)

    09/19/2005 1:46:42 PM PDT · 27 of 45
    jpthomas to Deagle
    Are you sure that MG Landreneau is related to Louisiana's Senator Landrieu?.
  • Hurricane Katrina -- Leftist talking points -- Help (Vanity)

    09/19/2005 1:40:59 PM PDT · 24 of 45
    jpthomas to nailspitter
    FEMA is a federal agency. There is no Louisiana "branch" of FEMA. Louisiana has instead a state Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. According to their website, the LOHSEP is directed by Major General Bennett C. Landreneau, who is also the Adjutant General for Louisiana. Basically, he wears two hats: he heads the Louisiana National Guard, and directs this state office. His bio is here.

    It looks like from his bio that he was appointed to his position in the National Guard by whoever was governor of Louisiana in 1997. I'm not sure when this other office was established, or when he was appointed director. However, it is a certainty he was appointed to his positions by the Louisiana governor, not the President.

  • Woman arrested after posing as hurricane victim, police say

    09/13/2005 4:55:43 AM PDT · 1 of 64
    jpthomas
    I've been listening to WWL radio New Orleans early in the morning, and heard them discussing this story. The Memphis DA has stated that there will be no plea deals offered to anyone charged with a crime perpetrated on an evacuee.
  • 911 Commission Report

    09/12/2005 5:12:24 PM PDT · 20 of 26
    jpthomas to GYPSY286
    Even though he's not supposed to use web sites as "sources", he can use them to download documents and reports relevant to his report. If he's going to write about the 911 Commission, he should take a look at its final report. He can download the entire thing at no cost (or sections of it) at the Commission's official website: Commission Report.

    He should also look at unclassified reports and documents relevant to the 911 Commission at the CIA's website: War on Terrorism.

  • Lack of plan hurt Katrina-hit states' response

    09/11/2005 3:29:24 PM PDT · 34 of 36
    jpthomas to GSlob
    RE: "and the head of Florida wildlife..."

    What is the proper title of such an official in Florida? Chief alligator?

    Answer:

  • Wal-Mart at Forefront of Hurricane Relief

    09/07/2005 2:28:45 PM PDT · 17 of 65
    jpthomas to george76

    My daughter works part-time at a Wal-Mart in Destin, Florida while going to school. She told me they have signs up offering jobs to displaced Wal-Mart associates from the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina. She has spoken to numerous evacuees from Louisiana and Mississippi at the store.

  • Panhandle communities, military making room for Katrina evacuees

    09/03/2005 1:40:15 PM PDT · 1 of 6
    jpthomas
    As the story indicates, many of the Keesler AFB (near Biloxi) evacuees are being hosted at Eglin AFB. There are both permanent buildings as well as substantial grounds available at the fairgrounds for the proposed "tent city". The "tent city" is actually a large air conditioned temporary structure, according to our local newspaper.
  • Jobless Rate in Gulf Coast Likely to Surge

    09/03/2005 9:56:08 AM PDT · 36 of 39
    jpthomas to UltraKonservativen

    I live in the Florida Panhandle, where many Hurricane Katrina victims have evacuated. (Eglin AFB is building an evacuee site at the Fort Walton Beach Fairgrounds to house 1,000 people.) The current unemployment rate in my county (Okaloosa) is 2.9%. There are plenty of jobs available here if the evacuees seek work. I think the author of this story is overlooking the fact that many evacuees will seek and find work where they have relocated.

  • EAST BANK OF ORLEANS AND JEFFERSON REMAINING IN THE METRO AREA ARE BEING TOLD TO EVACUATE

    08/30/2005 6:17:02 PM PDT · 36 of 99
    jpthomas to Free Vulcan

    Interview of mayor on WWL TV I just finished watching via streaming video. Pumping Station 6 has failed. When the breach first appeared, the pump was able to keep up with the inflow by pumping the overflow water into the canal. Mayor claims it was his #1 priority this morning to get sandbags in place to plug the breach. He claimed that someone dropped the ball and didn't get that done. It appears that the breach problem is now past the point of no return. The city will fill with water until it equilibrates with the water level of the lake ( = 3 feet above sea level.)

  • EAST BANK OF ORLEANS AND JEFFERSON REMAINING IN THE METRO AREA ARE BEING TOLD TO EVACUATE

    08/30/2005 5:48:03 PM PDT · 18 of 99
    jpthomas to Free Vulcan
    It's the levee for the lake. The breach is near the area where the causeway across Lake Pontchartrain links into the city. Here's some more info on the break from the Times-Picayune newslog:

    Mayor Ray Nagin has announced that the attempt to plug a breach in the 17th Street canal at the Hammond Highway bridge has failed and the rising water is about to overwhelm the pumps on that canal. The result is that water will begin rising rapidly again, and could reach as high as 3 feet above sea level. In New Orleans and Jefferson Parish, that means floodwaters could rise as high as 15 feet in the next few hours. Nagin urged residents to try to find higher ground as soon as possible.

  • Who speaks for Casey Sheehan?

    08/19/2005 9:21:44 AM PDT · 14 of 15
    jpthomas to manny613
    I'm not sure how many know David Gelerntner's story. He's a computer science professor who was critically injured by a letter bomb sent to him by Ted Kaczynski. Gelerntner started writing about political issues after that experience.

    For those interested, here's the text of a letter sent by Kaczynski to Gelerntner subsequent to his attack and prior to his capture:

    Text of letter from Unabomber to Gelernter

    Dr. Gelernter:

    People with advanced degrees aren't as smart as they think they are. If you'd had any brains you would have realized that there are a lot of people out there who resent bitterly the way techno-nerds like you are changing the world and you wouldn't have been dumb enough to open an unexpected package from an unknown source.

    In the epilog of your book, "Mirror Worlds," you tried to justify your research by claiming that the developments you describe are inevitable, and that any college person can learn enough about computers to compete in a computer-dominated world. Apparently, people without a college degree don't count. In any case, being informed about computers won't enable anyone to preventinvasion of privacy (through computers), genetic engineering (towhich computers make an important contribution), environmental degradation through excessive economic growth (computers make an important contribution to economic growth) and so forth.

    As for the inevitability argument, if the developments you describe are inevitable, they are not inevitable in the way that old age and bad weather are inevitable. They are inevitable only because techno-nerds like you make them inevitable. If there wereno computer scientists there would be no progress in computerscience. If you claim you are justified in pursuing your research because the developments involved are inevitable, then you may as well say that theft is inevitable, therefore we shouldn't blame thieves.

    But we do not believe that progress and growth are inevitable.

    We'll have more to say about that later.

  • WE HAVE A POPE!!! (Cardinal Ratzinger-Pope Benedict XVI)

    04/19/2005 12:26:10 PM PDT · 2,424 of 2,928
    jpthomas to Protect the Bill of Rights
    You might want to consider a book written by the new Pope regarding the Catholic faith: Called to Communion: Understanding the Church Today
  • Prayer Request: My father is undergoing surgery Monday

    03/20/2005 8:10:18 PM PST · 22 of 66
    jpthomas to SlowBoat407

    My father-in-law had similar surgery about twelve years ago. Everything went well and the relief of the terrible back pain he had been suffering made a huge difference for him. I will pray that your father's surgery goes equally well for him.

  • Democrats name building for Daschle (LMAO Alert)

    03/03/2005 12:25:39 PM PST · 40 of 67
    jpthomas to doug from upland
    And here's Little Tommy Daschle Street that runs through his greatest accomplishment, a recently completed urban renewal project funded by a bill he sponsored:

  • Question, Freepers, on Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser

    02/12/2005 1:39:08 PM PST · 4 of 15
    jpthomas to LS
    There is a review in Reason Magazine online that takes a more critical and objective view of the book than most I've seen: Chewing the Fat The misguided beef against fast food

    Mind you, the reviewer is a professor of sociology at Northwestern University and is extremely unlikely to be a "conservative" source.

  • NORTHEAST BLIZZARD - Live Thread - January 22-23 2005

    01/22/2005 4:32:02 AM PST · 33 of 986
    jpthomas to AmericanMade1776
    Wow. I remember the blizzard of '78 in Dayton, Ohio. I was a 2nd Lt stationed at Wright-Patt. There was supposed to be a 4-star change of command ceremony that Monday morning, so the base held off announcing a closure until the last minute. My car was literally frozen in place, so I wasn't going anywhere that day anyway. Here's a description I read on a website about it:

    The most severe winter storm to ever strike southwest Ohio was the "Blizzard of '78." It stands out as the exclamation point in a series of unusually cold and snowy winters during the late 1970s. Compared by some to an inland hurricane, this surprise storm of unprecedented magnitude is notable not so much for the amount of snow it dropped, but for its unrelenting intensity. What began as a moderate rain on the night of January 25, 1978 quickly gave way to increasing winds and rapidly falling temperatures. As the rain turned to snow just after midnight, sustained winds of 60-70 miles per hour and gusts over 100 mph blew the heavy snow horizontally, reducing visibility to zero for the next six to eight hours. The barometric pressure reached an all-time record low -- 28.81" -- as the blizzard dropped a foot of snow on Butler County before moving on. Drifts made many roads impassable and some communities were completely cut off -- reachable only by air. Road crews were forced to utilize unconventional methods of snow removal such as front-end loaders and bulldozers. Due to significant accumulations already on the ground from prior snowstorms, there was no room to push snow aside in many cases, so it had to be trucked away.

  • 40 Reasons why the US is Better than Britain (humor) - a British response.

    12/13/2004 6:01:48 AM PST · 21 of 171
    jpthomas to Le Bouledogue Britannique
    I like your "Wooly Pullies" better than ours. I bought some wool "sweaters" while shopping at a NAAFI store in the former British occupation zone of northern Germany. I was stationed in Braunschweig at the time. They kept me warm during some awful German winters when the sun would disappear for weeks at a time.

    We were stationed too far from the U.S. sector to pick up the U.S. armed forces TV and radio networks. We could, and did, however, listen to the British armed forces radio network. After all, how could I get by without knowing the latest snookers results?

    My U.S. military ID permitted me access to the British bases and NAAFIs. The only problem I ever had was understanding the gate guards. They seemed to have a universally thick Cockney accent (probably intensified deliberably when they spied my US ID). One queried me three times before I comprehended the phrase: "'ave you 'ad a look under your bonnet?" Fortunately my American accent probably made me an unlikely IRA terrorist candidate.

  • Election Day May Grow To Season

    12/01/2004 8:09:07 AM PST · 2 of 4
    jpthomas to Tumbleweed_Connection
    "The possible problem could be longer lines."

    Amen to that. I voted early in Okaloosa County, which had only two early voting locations available. Only 15% of registered voters managed to vote early in this county, and during the entire period the lines were hour-long or more. They would have to provide a lot more facilities to make this work next time.

  • U.S. Dollar Hits All-Time Low Vs. Euro @$1.33.35

    11/30/2004 5:57:06 PM PST · 41 of 72
    jpthomas to M. Espinola

    The Euro became legal tender on January 1, 2002. An "all-time" low involving less than three years of data doesn't seem all that impressive.

  • Ohio Provisional Vote Count Update

    11/23/2004 10:29:50 AM PST · 36 of 76
    jpthomas to dwilli
    They're coming from this leftist blogsite: ohvotesuppression. In spite of the source, the information appears to be the most accurate and up-to-date consolidation of data on how the provisional vote count is going in Ohio county by county. Bush's increasing margin of victory must really be making these bloggers "see red" (pun intended).
  • Ohio Provisional Vote Count Update

    11/23/2004 10:25:46 AM PST · 33 of 76
    jpthomas to js1138
    And the election board of the largest Democratic-leaning county, Cuyahoga, has invalidated one-third of their provisional ballots: 8,099 Cuyahoga ballots ruled invalid. The valided ballots from Cuyahoga remain to be counted. I think Bush will end up with a net gain after the provisional and absentee ballots are all counted.
  • Saudi bride roughs up guest for photographing her with camera phone

    11/21/2004 8:30:50 AM PST · 28 of 58
    jpthomas to R. Scott

    Some adherents to fundamentalist Islam believe that photographing a person violates an edict of the Koran. It is the same reason that mosques use geometric decorations in lieu of figures of people or animals. I think it is because they believe that to make an image of a person or creature is to set oneself up as rival "creator" to Allah. So the bride may have had religious as well as personal objections to being photographed.

  • Ohio Provisional Ballots Seem Legitimate

    11/17/2004 12:28:41 PM PST · 35 of 54
    jpthomas to traderrob6

    Because I believe these "spoiled" ballots represent overvotes, where a voter inadvertently voted for more than one candidate for a particular office. In many cases, such as with the optical scanning machines, when the voter attempts to cast such a ballot, the overvote is detected as the voter's ballot is read by the voting machine. The ballot is rejected by the machine. The poll worker is alerted by the rejection and determines that an overvote has taken place, provides the voter a fresh ballot, and marks the uncounted ballot as spoiled. I personally witnessed such an occurance at my own polling place in Florida. Since the person whose initial ballot was "spoiled" got a fresh ballot and was able to vote, the "spoiled" ballot represents an erroneous duplicate ballot that should not be counted.

  • Ohio Provisional Ballots Seem Legitimate

    11/17/2004 12:16:00 PM PST · 32 of 54
    jpthomas to traderrob6

    Why will the provisional ballots increase Bush's lead? Because the table on the Ohio Secretary of State's website shows that these ballots are distributed proportionally to the population of each county. If you consider the provisional ballots cast in a particular county, you would expect that the percent cast for Bush and Kerry to fall in line within a few percentage points to how the regular ballots were cast in that county. Since we know that in the aggregate Bush received more votes than Kerry from the regular ballots, when you aggregrate the results of the provisional ballots from each county, the net result should be a slight gain for Bush. In other words, the provisional ballots should roughly follow the results of the regular ballots cast. The only way I would have expected a different outcome is if the provisional ballots had been cast overwhelmingly in the Democratic strongholds. Thankfully, they were not.

  • Ohio Provisional Ballots Seem Legitimate

    11/17/2004 12:03:17 PM PST · 26 of 54
    jpthomas to TNCMAXQ

    I don't know how to explain the discrepancy between the 135,000 number sometimes mentioned and the 155,428 listed on the Ohio Secretary of State website. What I do believe, however, is that the provisional ballots will most likely result in a net gain for Bush. As you can see from the table I posted, they are distributed as one would expect, proportionally to the population of the counties. I believe they will break in each county close to how the votes were divided between Bush and Kerry in those counties. That should result in a slight increase in Bush's margin of victory, once the provisional ballots accepted as legitimate are counted. The spoiled ballots will not be counted as part of the official results due by December 1st.

  • Ohio Provisional Ballots Seem Legitimate

    11/17/2004 11:51:44 AM PST · 24 of 54
    jpthomas to South40
    The table on the Ohio Secretary of State's website (Voter Turnout: Nov. 2, 2004) shows a total of 155,428 provisional ballots issued:

    Voter Turnout: November 2, 2004

    Unofficial Results

    County Name Total Precincts Total Registered Voters Total Votes Cast Percentage of Votes Cast Provisional Ballots Issued
    Adams 35 17,696 12,094 68.34 184
    Allen 139 68,174 48,121 70.59 1,374
    Ashland 65 34,847 25,171 72.23 629
    Ashtabula 127 62,926 45,474 72.27 1,142
    Athens 69 45,100 27,960 62.00 2,504
    Auglaize 39 33,094 22,528 68.07 647
    Belmont 83 44,452 33,452 75.25 1,067
    Brown 35 28,922 20,030 69.26 326
    Butler 289 238,117 163,668 68.73 5,793
    Carroll 26 20,076 14,172 70.59 304
    Champaign 29 25,376 18,564 73.16 555
    Clark 100 89,683 68,883 76.81 1,279
    Clermont 191 125,823 88,019 69.95 1,818
    Clinton 32 25,092 18,177 72.44 378
    Columbiana 103 78,536 49,249 62.71 1,085
    Coshocton 43 22,679 17,331 76.42 277
    Crawford 46 29,591 21,906 74.03 424
    Cuyahoga 1,436 1,005,807 665,334 66.15 24,788
    Darke 43 38,290 26,379 68.89 710
    Defiance 42 25,847 18,169 70.29 672
    Delaware 123 100,676 79,691 79.16 1,891
    Erie 62 55,517 39,690 71.49 972
    Fairfield 118 91,498 67,632 73.92 1,306
    Fayette 38 16,093 11,704 72.73 293
    Franklin 788 845,720 515,472 60.95 14,446
    Fulton 35 28,561 21,902 76.69 381
    Gallia 35 23,567 13,944 59.17 574
    Geauga 96 65,393 51,286 78.43 668
    Greene 142 105,079 77,830 74.07 2,127
    Guernsey 37 27,129 16,570 61.08 558
    Hamilton 1,013 573,612 418,001 72.87 14,386
    Hancock 62 49,607 35,087 70.73 791
    Hardin 38 18,921 13,146 69.48 349
    Harrison 24 11,769 8,410 71.46 89
    Henry 33 19,685 15,188 77.16 250
    Highland 31 28,243 18,323 64.88 494
    Hocking 32 18,378 13,258 72.14 251
    Holmes 19 18,089 11,542 63.81 170
    Huron 55 37,436 25,584 68.34 670
    Jackson 38 23,997 14,332 59.72 422
    Jefferson 91 49,655 36,528 73.56 650
    Knox 56 36,971 26,661 72.11 689
    Lake 217 160,165 119,657 74.71 1,975
    Lawrence 84 41,424 27,876 67.29 599
    Licking 122 111,387 78,876 70.81 1,565
    Logan 52 29,406 21,135 71.87 650
    Lorain 239 196,601 139,069 70.74 4,134
    Lucas 495 302,136 216,453 71.64 6,719
    Madison 44 23,477 17,451 74.33 392
    Mahoning 312 194,673 131,938 67.77 2,717
    Marion 84 43,323 28,762 66.39 928
    Medina 149 118,330 84,725 71.60 1,266
    Meigs 27 15,205 10,813 71.11 240
    Mercer 37 31,306 20,478 65.41 931
    Miami 82 72,169 50,562 70.06 1,609
    Monroe 29 10,350 7,857 75.91 132
    Montgomery 588 391,914 279,801 71.39 9,227
    Morgan 22 9,358 6,770 72.34 160
    Morrow 36 24,249 16,403 67.64 314
    Muskingum 85 51,552 38,817 75.30 871
    Noble 27 8,879 6,715 75.63 75
    Ottawa 78 30,251 23,052 76.20 469
    Paulding 30 14,226 9,881 69.46 243
    Perry 46 23,480 15,328 65.28 428
    Pickaway 53 30,045 22,579 75.15 553
    Pike 24 19,661 12,708 64.64 285
    Portage 129 109,565 76,306 69.64 1,445
    Preble 45 28,137 21,226 75.44 493
    Putnam 35 24,572 18,948 77.11 246
    Richland 126 95,359 61,907 64.92 1,357
    Ross 76 43,463 31,402 72.25 563
    Sandusky 72 39,408 32,433 82.30 760
    Scioto 106 48,012 35,317 73.56 867
    Seneca 54 37,974 27,148 71.49 494
    Shelby 35 28,460 22,688 79.72 791
    Stark 364 267,939 186,252 69.51 6,653
    Summit 475 368,858 275,551 74.70 5,932
    Trumbull 274 142,548 108,533 76.14 2,700
    Tuscarawas 81 55,656 42,871 77.03 987
    Union 46 30,200 22,515 74.55 436
    Van Wert 39 21,100 15,252 72.28 297
    Vinton 20 8,527 6,059 71.06 129
    Warren 157 125,919 93,321 74.11 1,465
    Washington 56 40,881 29,707 72.67 643
    Wayne 97 69,672 51,898 74.49 818
    Williams 44 26,772 18,324 68.44 694
    Wood 105 91,492 61,865 67.62 2,655
    Wyandot 24 15,834 10,785 68.11 138
    TOTAL 11,360 7,979,639 5,574,476 69.86 155,428
  • Limbaugh gets favorable ruling, sends case to state Supreme Court

    11/17/2004 11:26:55 AM PST · 19 of 64
    jpthomas to princess leah

    The only positive is that two members of that infamous 2000 court have since retired and been replaced by Jeb Bush appointees. The bad news is that Barbara Pariente, one of the most radical of the group, is now the chief justice of the court.

  • Dollar drops to new all-time low against euro

    11/17/2004 5:12:47 AM PST · 8 of 27
    jpthomas to roaddog727

    A new "all-time" low isn't all that impressive considering that the Euro didn't become legal tender until January 1, 2002.

  • Social Security 'reform' is a dangerous idea

    11/16/2004 12:29:11 PM PST · 20 of 46
    jpthomas to Independentamerican
    One of the best counterexamples to this lame argument is the fact that there are retirement systems that opted out of social security (before Congress closed the loophole in 1983). A comparison of the benefits from social security versus the City of Galveston alternative program (from Some Americans Already Have Privatized Social Security:

  • Provisional Ballots Are Being Counted in Ohio (no statewide figures yet)

    11/15/2004 4:37:22 PM PST · 53 of 155
    jpthomas to Bonaventure
    The provisional ballots seem to be dispersed porportionally to the population of each county. You would expect them to be cast in each county roughly in the same percentages as the regular ballots. Here's a table from the Ohio Secretary of State's website (Unofficial election results, Nov 2, 2004) showing the distribution of provisional ballots by county (last column of table):

    Voter Turnout: November 2, 2004

    Unofficial Results

    County Name Total Precincts Total Registered Voters Total Votes Cast Percentage of Votes Cast Provisional Ballots Issued
    Adams 35 17,696 12,094 68.34 184
    Allen 139 68,174 48,121 70.59 1,374
    Ashland 65 34,847 25,171 72.23 629
    Ashtabula 127 62,926 45,474 72.27 1,142
    Athens 69 45,100 27,960 62.00 2,504
    Auglaize 39 33,094 22,528 68.07 647
    Belmont 83 44,452 33,452 75.25 1,067
    Brown 35 28,922 20,030 69.26 326
    Butler 289 238,117 163,668 68.73 5,793
    Carroll 26 20,076 14,172 70.59 304
    Champaign 29 25,376 18,564 73.16 555
    Clark 100 89,683 68,883 76.81 1,279
    Clermont 191 125,823 88,019 69.95 1,818
    Clinton 32 25,092 18,177 72.44 378
    Columbiana 103 78,536 49,249 62.71 1,085
    Coshocton 43 22,679 17,331 76.42 277
    Crawford 46 29,591 21,906 74.03 424
    Cuyahoga 1,436 1,005,807 665,334 66.15 24,788
    Darke 43 38,290 26,379 68.89 710
    Defiance 42 25,847 18,169 70.29 672
    Delaware 123 100,676 79,691 79.16 1,891
    Erie 62 55,517 39,690 71.49 972
    Fairfield 118 91,498 67,632 73.92 1,306
    Fayette 38 16,093 11,704 72.73 293
    Franklin 788 845,720 515,472 60.95 14,446
    Fulton 35 28,561 21,902 76.69 381
    Gallia 35 23,567 13,944 59.17 574
    Geauga 96 65,393 51,286 78.43 668
    Greene 142 105,079 77,830 74.07 2,127
    Guernsey 37 27,129 16,570 61.08 558
    Hamilton 1,013 573,612 418,001 72.87 14,386
    Hancock 62 49,607 35,087 70.73 791
    Hardin 38 18,921 13,146 69.48 349
    Harrison 24 11,769 8,410 71.46 89
    Henry 33 19,685 15,188 77.16 250
    Highland 31 28,243 18,323 64.88 494
    Hocking 32 18,378 13,258 72.14 251
    Holmes 19 18,089 11,542 63.81 170
    Huron 55 37,436 25,584 68.34 670
    Jackson 38 23,997 14,332 59.72 422
    Jefferson 91 49,655 36,528 73.56 650
    Knox 56 36,971 26,661 72.11 689
    Lake 217 160,165 119,657 74.71 1,975
    Lawrence 84 41,424 27,876 67.29 599
    Licking 122 111,387 78,876 70.81 1,565
    Logan 52 29,406 21,135 71.87 650
    Lorain 239 196,601 139,069 70.74 4,134
    Lucas 495 302,136 216,453 71.64 6,719
    Madison 44 23,477 17,451 74.33 392
    Mahoning 312 194,673 131,938 67.77 2,717
    Marion 84 43,323 28,762 66.39 928
    Medina 149 118,330 84,725 71.60 1,266
    Meigs 27 15,205 10,813 71.11 240
    Mercer 37 31,306 20,478 65.41 931
    Miami 82 72,169 50,562 70.06 1,609
    Monroe 29 10,350 7,857 75.91 132
    Montgomery 588 391,914 279,801 71.39 9,227
    Morgan 22 9,358 6,770 72.34 160
    Morrow 36 24,249 16,403 67.64 314
    Muskingum 85 51,552 38,817 75.30 871
    Noble 27 8,879 6,715 75.63 75
    Ottawa 78 30,251 23,052 76.20 469
    Paulding 30 14,226 9,881 69.46 243
    Perry 46 23,480 15,328 65.28 428
    Pickaway 53 30,045 22,579 75.15 553
    Pike 24 19,661 12,708 64.64 285
    Portage 129 109,565 76,306 69.64 1,445
    Preble 45 28,137 21,226 75.44 493
    Putnam 35 24,572 18,948 77.11 246
    Richland 126 95,359 61,907 64.92 1,357
    Ross 76 43,463 31,402 72.25 563
    Sandusky 72 39,408 32,433 82.30 760
    Scioto 106 48,012 35,317 73.56 867
    Seneca 54 37,974 27,148 71.49 494
    Shelby 35 28,460 22,688 79.72 791
    Stark 364 267,939 186,252 69.51 6,653
    Summit 475 368,858 275,551 74.70 5,932
    Trumbull 274 142,548 108,533 76.14 2,700
    Tuscarawas 81 55,656 42,871 77.03 987
    Union 46 30,200 22,515 74.55 436
    Van Wert 39 21,100 15,252 72.28 297
    Vinton 20 8,527 6,059 71.06 129
    Warren 157 125,919 93,321 74.11 1,465
    Washington 56 40,881 29,707 72.67 643
    Wayne 97 69,672 51,898 74.49 818
    Williams 44 26,772 18,324 68.44 694
    Wood 105 91,492 61,865 67.62 2,655
    Wyandot 24 15,834 10,785 68.11 138
    TOTAL 11,360 7,979,639 5,574,476 69.86 155,428
  • Thousands Of Pallies Storm arafats Compound ! (LIVE THREAD)

    11/12/2004 4:00:20 AM PST · 18 of 546
    jpthomas to ElisabethInCincy

    Do you remember what happened during the funeral procession for the Ayatollah Khomeini in Iran? His adorers swarmed the coffin, causing it to tip over and his corpse to roll out onto the ground. It was truly a Kodak moment. Another evil man who did incredible harm to the world.

  • The GROM Factor (Poland's special forces in Iraq - from 2003)

    11/07/2004 2:39:10 PM PST · 17 of 34
    jpthomas to sinanju

    "Grom" was also the name of the giant battleram used by Sauron's army to smash open the gates of Minas Tirith.

  • Once Bitten, Twice Tempted, but No Call in Wee Hours(FNC, NBC backstage)

    11/04/2004 5:41:38 PM PST · 31 of 36
    jpthomas to mystery-ak
    I think that, by state law, they won't start considering the provisional ballots until ten days after the election.

    I'm not sure of this, but I speculate this is for the following reason: Some people show up to vote on election day, and the records at the precinct indicate the voter had earlier requested an absentee ballot. The voter states that they never received the absentee ballot, or lost it. They are then given the chance to cast a provisional ballot. The elections office waits until ten days after the election to ensure that all the absentee ballots have arrived by mail. They then check (among other things) to see whether they have received a duplicate absentee ballot from someone who cast a provisional ballot. If there is a duplicate, then the provisional ballot is voided, and the absentee ballot counted. Make sense?

  • Cure My Paranoia: Did We Win? (Vanity)

    11/04/2004 5:17:44 PM PST · 22 of 45
    jpthomas to GOPGrrl

    I wanted to reassure myself on this issue as well, so I went to the Ohio Secretary of State's website, where there is a PDF file showing the distribution of provisional ballots by county. The only concern I had before seeing these numbers was whether a disproportionate number were in the predominantly democratic counties. I was reassured to learn that they are actually distributed as you would expect, proportional to the population of each county. So, when they are counted, they should in general result in gains for each candidate close to the percentage of votes they won in that particular county. As a result, once these ballots are tallied, the net result should be a slight increase in Bush's overall lead. There is a small chance his lead could diminish by a few thousand votes, but the odds of Kerry garnering the 85% or more he would need to overtake Bush are akin to the likelihood of Osama bin Laden becoming a convert to Judaism.

  • military households in FL vote 47% Kerry, 53% Bush

    11/02/2004 6:07:14 PM PST · 56 of 62
    jpthomas to topdog1
    This doesn't jive with current actual results from Okaloosa County, Florida, home of the largest USAF base in the US, and heavily populated with active duty and retired military. I think they are missing the large number of absentee military votes. In 2000, Okaloosa County went for Bush with 74% of the vote. As of 8:05 pm CST, with 52% of precincts reporting, he's getting 78% of the vote in this heavily military county:

    Bush (Incumbent) 47,296 78%

    Kerry 13,290 22%