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Archive for November 2008

The Ultimate Suckish Christmas Presents

Chances the average reader is urged to come up with a Christmas list as soon as Thanksgiving ends.
So I present to you the ultimate list of Christmas gifts for friends, family, and people you don’t particularly like.

1. The Slanket It looks like a fuzzy monk giving birth to a nerd in this picture. It would probably be good for going to work, shopping, and other public activities… not. There is no reason anyone should wear one of these.

Looking good…

There are many days that I wake up and wish that I didn’t have to pop in my contacts - for some that day has already come.

I was shocked to hear about a new medical procedure - implantable contact lenses. (But the FDA prefers them to be called “implantable collamer lenses,” based on their collagen foundation.)

A tiny lens is inserted through the eye’s natural lens, solving the problem of moderate to high myopia, (nearsightedness). Researchers are pleased with the positive results: After 3 years of having the lenses, WebMD reports that “nearly 59% [of wearers] had 20/20 vision (normal vision) or better, and nearly 95% had at least 20/40 vision (near-normal vision) or better.”

These lil’ wonder-lenses arn’t available yet, but are expected to be approved by the FDA soon based on the positive research results.

Would YOU ever under-go the procedure? What’s best: glasses, contacts, or surgery?

(Stinkin’ cold!) Art of the Week…

In celebration of our new little bout of snow, we’re looking into how some artistic college students view the weather - and show some love to their “favorite Italian plumber”… shows engineering and computer science students at New Jersey Institute of Technology making a “wonderfully nerdy shrine” to Super Mario.

Do YOU still make snowmen or ‘snow-forts’? (Don’t forget about snow-angels!) :D What are YOUR favorite outdoor winter activities?

Video of the Week

Happy Thanksgiving!

And another interesting link discussing the Anglophilic twist we’ve put on Thanksgiving. Story here.

A Thanksgiving Day Picture

I couldn’t resist posting this…

Apparently, this is how Sesame Street celebrates Thanksgiving…

R.I.P. Big Bird

What’s hitting the shelves next week?…

Since we’re all such smart cookies here at the VOX, I thought it would be of interest to periodically post some bright-n-shiny upcoming publishing dates! (I just know we’ve got some Barnes & Noble nerds here…) Plus, a lil’ added bonus, there’s a link giving more info about the book AND some comments in the ‘Rest of the Entry’. *whooo!* Enjoy!

Coming December 1:

Feature #1!: Bobbi Brown’s Makeup Manual By Bobbi Brown. (Springboard)
Here’s a Hachette Book Group Review.

Hitting the stores December 2:

Feature #2: The Charlemagne Pursuit By: Steve Berry. (Ballantine)
See more of this author’s work at his website:

Feature #3!: Hooking Up with Tila Tequila: A Guide to Love, Happiness, Success, and Being the Life of the Party By Tila Tequila herself… (Scribner)
Head here to for a little blog-action about this book…

See the list of up-and-coming books…

Any interest found in these titles? Any requests or genres of interest for next weeks post??

Elf Ourselves

Another quality posting from JibJab. I found this last year, and figured it would help get us in the holiday, okay Christmas, spirit. Featuring our own Alec Jones, Rae Farmer, Mariah Hanley, Steven Cash, and Erin Daniels. Enjoy. They are hilarious to make, too!

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Question of the Day…

I’m sitting here in the computer lab at school, absolutely bored out of my gourd…

I have a Debate Class next period, and we will be discussing an interesting question (while we PARTY! Yeah, baby…). I thought I’d present the same question to all of you and see what you think. So here you go:

Do you have to eat Turkey for Thanksgiving Dinner? Is it sacriligious to eat other foods? What do you usually have for Thanksgiving dinner?

Quotes of the Week

Quote 1:
Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest men; but be careful that you do not take the day, and leave out the gratitude.
E.P. Powell
What do you do on Thanksgiving? Any cool traditions? How do you include gratitude in your day?

Quote is here.

Quote 2:
Note: There was a story in the paper this morning about Black Friday. If you have time, you should really read it!
I personally don’t really care much for Black Friday. It’s just another marketing ploy that’s way overused. I’m really disgusted at the way the Holidays have been so commercialized.
Rae (Our very own Vox Blogger!)

Do you shop on Black Friday? Do you think that the holidays have become overly commercialized?

Quote found on the Spokesman Review blog Everyday Economy

Quote 3:
It is inappropriate. It can destroy the faith of a Muslim.
Abdul Shukor Husin,
National Fatwa Council chairman, explaining why Malaysia’s top Islamic body ruled Nov. 22 against Muslims practicing yoga

Why? Anybody have any ideas? Do you practice yoga?

Quote and explanation found here.

Bond…James Bond

Quantam of Solace is an action-packed, suspensful thrill of a movie inviting fresh faces and well-known favorites to the screen.

The setting quickly switches among famous cities as Bond dodges enemies and performs undercover work.

Unlike Casino Royale, this case is somewhat personal to Bond. Throughout the movie he risks losing his position because restraining revenge is tough for him.

Having just seen it Friday, I would recommend this movie to anyone hungry for adventure, action, and James Bond.

Recipes of the Week

I do remember- I promised all you squirrels a peanut butter week. So here you go.
Recipe 1:
Skippy Quick Cookies
Recipe is here.

Recipe 2:
Nutty Breakfast Rolls
For those of you (Rae…) who like waffles with peanut butter, try these as a variation!
Recipe is here.

Recipe 3:
Peanut Butter Waffles
Or, you could add peanut butter to the waffle mix! Yay!
Recipe is here.

If we are what we eat…

One thing to think about around the holidays that might be very offending to religious meat eaters; what exactly is in our meat? A cow in nature would naturally produce eight gallons of milk a day, but hormones on non-organic dairy farms can make a cow produce up to one hundred gallons of milk a day! Cows raised for meat can also be fed the same hormones to speed up growth!
I’m no extreme vegan or vegitarian, but one can question the standards of our food and lifestyles….

A different side of Jolie?…

When the tabloid-war for a spread of the new Pitt-Jolie twins gets rough, Angelina gets negotiating.

While planning the debut of summer photos and an interview, The NY Times reports that Jolie did more than simply seek the $14 million recieved for the prints - She was on a mission to ensure the public reputation of her family.

According to the deal offered by Ms.Jolie, the winning magazine was obliged to offer coverage that would not reflect negatively on her or her family.

Jolie also requested an “editorial plan,” giving the couple a blue-print of the potential spread’s layout.

The article continues:

She dictates terms to celebrity magazines…editors say, creating awkward situations for publications that try to abide by strict journalistic standards.

So, is she a publicity-shark or just a mama-bear protecting her young? Even while hounded by the press, the Pitt-Jolie’s don’t seem to be worried. “Ms. Jolie [handles her public image] with determination, a self-reliance and a degree of success that is particularly notable.”

Is Angelina interfering or ‘creating awkward situations’ with the press? How would you cover the story yet still stick to journalistic standards?

Oh how hard they fall…

Here is our shallow post of the day…
As we previously discussed, People magazine announced their latest candidate for “Sexiest Man Alive…” Hugh Jackman.

In celebration of the annual event, MSN news has a “Sunken Dreamboats” slideshow, highlighting previous winners then and now… Gulp… And a few other pretty-boys who just haven’t aged well.

It’s good for a self-righteous laugh, anyway. My personal favorite:

Nick Nolte. Yikes!

And this gem:

Poor Mickey… I guess when he became a boxer he let too many people mush his face up.

QUESTION: Who is the sexiest man alive?

Countdown to turkey!…

Yesterday marked the * 1 week * countdown to Thanksgiving Day!

As the population mentally and physically prepares for some monumental eating - enjoy some festive comics from funnyman Mark Parisi’s website - Off The Mark. (get it…Mark?) :)

How do you prepare for Turkey-Day?

An American Tune

Paul Simon: the quintessential romantic American nihilist.

Today’s wild card…

My friend Lisa said it was snowing in Cheney. Now I can hardly think….

And here is your wild card. You choose the topic…

Wanna buy Dad a beer? You can in Wisconsin

From the New York Times…

Published: November 15, 2008

EDGERTON, Wis. — When a 15-year-old comes into Wile-e’s bar looking for a cold beer, the bartender, Mike Whaley, is happy to serve it up — as long as a parent is there to give permission.

“If they’re 15, 16, 17, it’s fine if they want to sit down and have a few beers,” said Mr. Whaley, who owns the tavern in this small town in southern Wisconsin.

While it might raise some eyebrows in most of America, it is perfectly legal in Wisconsin. Minors can drink alcohol in a bar or restaurant in Wisconsin if they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian who gives consent. While there is no state law setting a minimum age, bartenders can use their discretion in deciding whom to serve.

Don’t buy a plane ticket yet tho, kids! Health officials and civic leaders are trying to change the law. The state has the highest incidence of drunk driving deaths in the U.S. and people there are more than likely to drive drunk there than anywhere else, (You aren’t charged with a felony for it until the 5th offense, either!)

The full article has more details.

QUESTION: Should other states follow Wisconsin? Should teens be allowed to drink in moderation with their parents’ permission?

Note to self: When asking Congress for billions, fly coach…

November 19, 2008, ABC News

The CEOs of the big three automakers flew to the nation’s capital yesterday in private luxurious jets to make their case to Washington that the auto industry is running out of cash and needs $25 billion in taxpayer money to avoid bankruptcy.

Full article here…

My favorite part of the story:
“[GM CEO]Wagoner’s private jet trip to Washington cost his ailing company an estimated $20,000 roundtrip. In comparison, seats on Northwest Airlines flight 2364 from Detroit to Washington were going online for $288 coach and $837 first class.”

I am betting their PR guy hung himself today…

QUESTION: Do you think there should be a bailout? Or should they sell their jets first?

Celebrating the 6-Piece…

“There was no better way to celebrate [their] 25th anniversary…than by embracing these fans and inviting them to share their passion with others.”

Sounds like an ode to a rock god, or even a proud dedication to an artist…nope. This love is all about McNuggets.

McDonald’s launched their offical fan-site for the famous chicken McNuggets yesterday at, honoring their 25th anniversary.

The dedication to these little chewies doesn’t stop there - the fan-site links to the McNuggets Facebook site where you can find a “Nuggnut Hall of Fame and the Nuggnut Pledge”:

I, [state your name] do solemnly swear, that I am totally into Chicken McNuggets. I pledge to eat lots of McNuggets, especially when I’m hungry, in any way I see fit. I understand that it’s perfectly cool to write songs about McNuggets, to take pictures of ones that look like famous people, and to videotape them dancing. I promise to tell anyone who will listen about my passion for dipping, popping, dunking, sharing, sneaking, and generally just bowing down in awe to original tender, juicy white meat Chicken McNuggets, even if it makes me sound like a paid spokesperson. Which is a job I would actually love. Because I’m a Nuggnut, and proud of it. Sincerely, [your name again.]

“McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets have a vocal and enthusiastic fan base,” continues Marta Fearon, director of marketing for McDonald’s USA.

Are YOU a Nuggnut? Would you ‘Facebook’ any of YOUR favorite foods?

Quotes of the Week

Quote 1:
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view—until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.
Said by Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee

Quote is here.

What do you think this says about Harper Lee’s outlook on life? Do you agree with Atticus’s observation? What do you do to really understand a person?

Quote 2:
That’s me in the corner
That’s me in the spotlight, I’m
Losing my religion
Trying to keep up with you
And I don’t know if I can do it

Lyrics from the REM song ‘Losing My Religion.’

Lyrics are here.

Have you ever struggled with something that seems insurmountable? It doesn’t have to be religion, maybe something else, like a death in the family or a horrible breakup. Do you ever feel like you are both alone and in the spotlight?

Quote 3:
People are sending suggestions. And we’re taking it all under advisement.
President-elect Barack Obama about his family’s search for a dog that won’t aggravate his daughter Malia’s allergies.

Quote is here.

Any ideas for the First Dog? I say a Labradoodle or a little dog.

Recipes of the Week

Tofu went over quite well last week, so all 3 recipes this week include tofu.

Recipe 1:
Sesame Treat
Recipe is here.

Recipe 2:
Japanese Tofu Salad
Recipe is here.

Recipe 3:
Tofu and Rice Stuffed Peppers

Recipe is here.

Serious life lessons…

Oddly enough, this food weblog caused me to laugh until I was convinced that all control of my tear ducts had been lost…-…almost life-threatening.

Maybe it was the name: A Hamburger Today; Burgers. With Ketchup, Mustard - and Opinion.

Or maybe the greeting it offers as you enter the page…”Hola, Burgermeister!” (It just really makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside.)

No, wait - I think that this blogs’ appeal is found in it’s elegant viewer-poetry, the ‘Hamburger Haiku’:

dark brown salty crust
right amount of pink inside
sizzle juicy drip


What are some blogs/websites (other than the always-awesome VOX…:D) that you guys find entertaining? Anywhere in the WWW that you spend time?

Holy Court Action! Batman, Turkey Lashes Out.

The mayor of oil town Batman, Turkey, warns to sue Warner Bros. for taking the name of the town and using it to depict the caped crusader without permission.

Batman came to his attention when this year’s The Dark Night was released, and he hopes to win a share of the profits.

Chances are, the case won’t even go to trial, but Batman, Turkey could win some free tourism. After all, sharing names with a celebrity has done wonders for Obama, Japan.

No communion for Obama voters

A Catholic priest in South Carolina wrote and distributed a letter to his parishioners stating “they are putting their souls at risk if they take Holy Communion before doing penance for their vote [for Obama].” His reasoning? Obama is “pro-abortion” and no true Catholic would vote for such a candidate.

“Voting for a pro-abortion politician when a plausible pro-life alternative exits constitutes material cooperation with intrinsic evil, and those Catholics who do so place themselves outside of the full communion of Christ’s Church and under the judgment of divine law. Persons in this condition should not receive Holy Communion until and unless they are reconciled to God in the Sacrament of Penance, lest they eat and drink their own condemnation,” the letter continued.

Many religious leaders spoke out against Obama for his pro-choice views throughout the campaign, some saying that abortion should be the deciding factor when picking a candidate. But others, including the Boston-based Catholic Democrats and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, believe the priest may have stepped out of bounds with this comment.

Was this statement out of line? Should a religious leader delve so heavily into politics from the pulpit? If you supported and/or voted for Obama, would you still take communion?

All the Lohan moron talk…

Made me think of this clip. (It’s a few months old, but timely for the “lively” Obama discussion here.)

QUESTION: Is Obama black? African American? White? (Not colored, please…)

High school students sue over story about their sex lives

This story is from today’s Seattle P-I…


Four Puyallup high school students whose sex lives were detailed in a student newspaper sued the school district Wednesday, saying the publication invaded their privacy and exposed them to severe sexual harassment, humiliation and embarrassment.

The story in February by the Emerald Ridge High School newspaper, the JagWire, emerged from a supposedly anonymous sex survey conducted by journalism students, according to a suit filed in U.S. District Court in Tacoma by the Connelly Law Offices of Tacoma. The student reporters asked others on campus “if they had engaged in sex or if they had performed oral sex, and, if so, under what circumstances,” the suit says.

The story identified the four students by name as examples drawn from 600 Emerald Ridge students surveyed. Elements of their sexual history were detailed. One was quoted about her experience with oral sex. “I was 15. I was horny. It wasn’t really a relationship at that point.”

The plaintiffs say they were harassed: Called “whores” and “sluts” and were embarrassed after the article came out.

I’m guessing from the article (linked above) that the Jagwire student reporters are claiming the plaintiffs knew they were on the record and that their names would be used.

QUESTION: I realize we don’t have all the facts here, but what are you thinking? If you are in my class, make me proud about what we discussed about taking special care when reporting stuff like this…

Lindsay Lohan… idiot? Or just drunk?

This just in from the AP…

NEW YORK - Lindsay Lohan referred to President-elect Barack Obama as the country’s “first colored president” in an interview on “Access Hollywood.”

Describing her experience on Election Day, Lohan said: “It was really exciting. It’s an amazing feeling. It’s our first colored president.”

A spokeswoman for Lohan didn’t immediately return messages left Wednesday.

QUESTION: I know I should have some deep question here, but I’m just too dumbfounded. So how’s this for a question. “Can you believe how stupid this woman is?”

Countdown to J.K.’s New Book…

Mentioned in the last installment of the Harry Potter series, The Tales of Beadle the Bard, is coming to life - planned to be released this year.

Only seven copies of this book had been originally produced, all handwritten and illustrated by author J.K. Rowling herself. On July 31 the accouncement rang true that the general ‘muggle population’ of the UK, Canada, and the United States would be able to get their hands on a copy December 4 of this year.

“Royalties [of the book] will be donated to the Children’s High Level Group, to benefit institutionalised children in desperate need of a voice,” author Rowling explains.

Anyone out there awaiting the arrival of this one? What’s YOUR favorite of the Harry Potter series?

Never Again Will I Claim Middle School Was Tough

Thirteen year old Hannah Jones, a leukemia survivor who is now suffering from a potentially deadly heart problem, was told that she might die if she did not receive a heart transplant. Despite this, Hannah (who was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of 4) made the decision to forego the transplant, saying “I’ve been in the hospital too much—I’ve had too much trauma”.
Hannah’s parents support her decision, and after being interviewed by a social worker the hospital has decided that they will not press the issue.
There is no guarantee the surgery would work, and many transplant patients are required to take medication for the rest of their lives. Hannah stated that if she was on limited time, she wanted to be at home.

Read the rest of the story here

Would you consider foregoing treatment? Were the hospital and the Joneses right in letting Hannah make this decision? What do you think it takes to make this decision, or watch a loved one make this decision?

(Pretty stinkin’ festive) Food News!…

Not only is this holiday season brought in with carols, candy canes, and stories about drummer’s welcomed with milkshakes. (and I can’t think of any better way…)

Popular fast food chain Jack in the Box has it’s customers celebrating with the return of the Egg Nog and Pumpkin Shakes. (click for Nutritional Values…if you really want to know…)

“Our Egg Nog and Pumpkin Pie shakes have become real signs of the season for many of our guests,” Teka O’Rourke, director of menu marketing and promotions for Jack in the Box Inc. explains. “They’re a delicious way to get into the holiday spirit.”

These festive flavors have made their way back onto the menu every year since 2000 and 2004, respectively.

What foods get you into the holiday season? Anyone craving a milkshake as bad as I am now?

Happy Veterans Day!

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Any thoughts about today? Does everyone have the day off from school? Do any of you know any Veterans? If so, please go post their names on the “A Shout Out To Veterans” post.

VROOM! Off to Grandmother’s House We Go!

A nine-year-old boy was caught driving to his grandmother’s house in his parents’ car in Tokyo this week.

Several eye witnesses claimed they saw the vehicle moving without a driver because the boy was too small to be seen from outside the vehicle.

In an interview with Kyodo News, the boy said that he learned how to drive from both his father and arcade games.

He eventually got lost and pulled into a convenience store, where the police finally caught up with him.

It’s quite possible that the boy isn’t quite ready for the independent life.

Holy brawl!…

The Israeli police made an appearance at one of ‘Christianity’s holiest churches’ Sunday - …and it was not to enjoy the services.

The police arrested two clergymen following a conflict turned full-blown brawl between the Greek Orthodox and Armenian monks.

The brawling began during a procession…commemorating the…discovery of the cross. The Greeks objected to the march. [Thus] sparking the brawl.

The scene resulted in the ‘bearded Armenian monk’ and ‘Greek Orthodox monk with a bloody gash on his forehead’ being taken away in handcuffs.

Read the full story…

What would you do in the police’s situation? Any general thoughts about this church-fight?

Recipes of the Week

Recipe 1:
Baked French Swirl Toast
Recipe is here.

Recipe 2:
Tofu and Veggies in Peanut Sauce
Recipe is here.

Recipe 3:
Quick and Easy Vegetable Curry
Recipe is here.

A letter from Barack Obama

Here is your feel-good story of the day…

Spokane resident Janet Westbrook died of cancer Oct. 27. One of her dying wishes was to vote for Obama before she passed. Her wish came true—her ballot came before her death—and you can read the story here by SR staff writer Jim Camden.

Thanks to the Internet, a picture of the South Hill resident holding her ballot reached way beyond Spokane, prompting words of encouragement from as far away as Germany. The notes kept coming even after her death on Oct. 27. Last Friday, her husband Tom Westbrook opened an envelope from an unfamiliar Chicago address, and was stunned.

Watch here to listen to her husband read a thank you letter from Obama himself. This video diary was created by SR photographer Jesse Tinsley.

Have a hankie handy. It’s pretty incredible.

QUESTION: What would be your dying wish?

Gay Marriage Banned in California

California, the first state in the US to allow gay marriages, has now banned them after Proposition 8, which wsa created to reverse legal same-sex marriages, passed yesterday. There were similar propositions passed in other states, and a law in Arkansas now prevents unmarried couples from adopting or fostering children.

The story is here

I must say, I’m furious about this. I do not believe that people’s religious beliefs about marriage should prevent others from marrying, and I do not believe that religious-based laws such as this should exist.

Do you agree that same-sex marriages should be banned? Do you agree that it is in a homeless child’s best interest to be prevented from living with a couple that is not married (this includes unmarried heterosexual couples)?

Initiative 1000 gets the clear…

Should a doctor be able to prescribe a lethal dose of drugs to a dying patient?

In Washington’s Initiative 1000, (titled ‘Death with Dignity), that question was posed upon Washington voters. Despite it’s tricky social inclinations, voters answered by a “margin of 59% to 41%, making it legal for doctors to prescribe a lethal dose of medication for patients with less than six months to live.”

However, as legal as it now may be there are many steps that must be taken before any prescribing can take place. Two seperate requests must be made by the patient, one orally and another in writing. These requests must be made more than two weeks apart and the patient must be “of sound mind and not suffering from depression.”

In addition to multiple requests, the patient must be approved by two seperate doctors.

Washington State has now joined the ranks with Oregon, being the only states with similar ‘physician-assisted suicide’ laws.

Do you agree with this initiative? Should the voters be smacked? Will this have any affect on our lives as teens?

The View From UW: A Staggering Response to Obama

I have been sitting here for the past two hours completely staggered. People have been streaming past my window celebrating the election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. They are cheering, honking car horns, and changing “Yes We Can.” I never thought a transformational event in politics would be celebrated like the victory in a big sporting event, but it has indeed come to pass. What a great feeling to be in the midst of this! From where I sit, Obama has energized young people, and indeed people from most demographics, more profoundly than any candidate for decades. Color me inspired.

More live from Grant park….

More from my former student, Doug, who is in Grant Park watching Obama speak:

“Yes he is amazing. And yes I have completely lost all control of my bodily functions.”

I think that sums it up, folks.

P-A-R-T-Y? For Obama, Of Course!

A festival was held in Obama, Japan, Monday in honor of the election today.

Barack Obama is the life of the party in a Japanese fishing port sharing his name! This “sleepy” town awoke to cheer on the Democratic candidate before the major election. Dancing, singing, and guitar playing were all a part of this celebration. Approximately 50 children and adults sported “I Love Obama” T-shirts, too.

Seiji Fujiwara, a hotel owner in Japan, said, “I’m 85 percent confident that Obama will win.”

Yuko Shirayama of the city’s local “Obama Girls” hula dancing group agrees, saying, “We’ve been dancing for Mr. Obama for more than six months, so I hope he wins.”

Based off today’s results, it seems as if the celebration will continue. Hey, is anybody up for a party in Obama, Japan (say, tomorrow)?

In It To Win It: Obama for Change

Welcome President Barack Obama! Just moments ago, the 44th president of the United States of America was named. History has just been witnessed, and before our nation’s eyes, the very first African-American president was elected.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will be inaugurated in January 2009.

Great job to everyone who “Rocked the Vote!”

President Barack Obama!!!

Barack Obama won!!!!!!!!! After months and months of campaigning! 284 votes!!!

Barack Obama, projected President of the United States of America.

Any thoughts???

Grant Park, Illinois…

I have a former student who attends University of Chicago and is texting me from Grant Park. He says,

“The feeling here is incredible. I have never seen so many people in such a diverse crowd…”

He went on to say that when they call a state for Obama, there are cheers and every time one is called for McCain there are boos.

As you watch the coverage, where would you like to be watching it all happen?

Electoral Map Calculator

Here’s a kind of neat electoral map calculator on CNN. It’s time-consuming, but you can update it through out the night. You predict who will win in each state, and if you are correct, see how many states are needed to get 270 electoral votes for your candidate. Try it!

As we figure things out state by state, how accurate are your guesses? Any surprises?

Election Day-UPDATE (4 PM)

Some polling stations are about to close on the East Coast. Kentucky and Indiana’s polling stations have already been closed and results are pending. The biggest issue right now is that at some stations across the nation, there are simply not enough voter booths and some people have had to wait anywhere from 4-7 hours until they could vote. A lot of counties and precincts are staffed based on the previous election, and not on what the predicted voter turnout will be this time around.

In a few moments, polling stations in the following states will be closing:
Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia

This is only the beginning…

UPDATE (4:30 PM):
North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia’s polls are shutting down right now, and projections will be made shortly…

Obama’s Grandma

As a sidenote to our election coverage, Obama’s grandma, who he has said multiple times was influential in his life, died yesterday. National Public Radio did a short feature on her and how she affected Obama. The story is here.

It’s got to be really hard for him right now, and it does show how he reacts under insane amounts of emotional pressure.

Have you had someone very close to you die? Are you following the election coverage constantly today?

Some Pre-Election Cartoon Humor

The following were found on a word press blog.

Boy, is this true:

Jimmy Margulies, The Record, NJ, 11.01.08


Bob Englehart, The Hartford Courant, 10.31.08

This fits into what we’ve been discussing on one of the other posts:

Matt Davies, The Journal News, 11.01.08

So does this (… kind of. I just found it funny, more than anything else, especially in light of our current economic status.):

Jeff Koterba, Omaha World Herald, 10.31.08

Any thoughts?


What is this!? Post taken from Huckleberries, here…

Brett Phibbs/New Zealand Herald, AP
The North Shining Stars perform in the tiny division at the All Star Cheer International cheerleading championship in Auckland, New Zealand suburb of Takapuna Sunday. You write the cutline.

QUESTION: Go ahead, write a cutline. Or just insert a JonBenet joke.

(Free!) Food News of the Week…

November 4th isn’t just the day for choosing our Nation’s Leader - it’s also a day of free dessert…

Krispy Kreme is rewarding voters with a free ‘America-inspired’ donut, complete in star shape and rocking red, white, and blue sprinkles. Dropping in to the store wearing an “I Voted” sticker is your fast ticket to a free pastry. (Very patriotic…very delicious…)

*Ice cream geniuses* Ben & Jerry’s is also joining the ‘Election Day’ celebration by rewarding customers with a free scoop of ice cream this Tuesday at their stores.

“Originally, we planned to give free scoops away just to those who voted. We found out afterwords that certain laws may not allow it. So instead we’re celebrating our election with a national party,” said Walt Fresse, Cheif Euphoria Officer of Ben & Jerry’s. The theme of the event?: “Democracy never tasted so sweet!”

Drop by from 5 to 8 pm to get your free frozen treat.

man…now I really wish I could vote…

Is anyone going to hit up these free voter-rewards?

Recipes of the Week

I have a theme for this week. Take a wild guess what it is…
Recipe 1:
Election Day Cookies. Remember to vote!
Recipe is here.

Recipe 2:
Arizona Tortilla Soup. This recipe looks a bit difficult, but it looks like if you put the work into it, it would be a good dish for winter nights.

Recipe here.

Recipe 3:
Chunky Two-Bean and Beef Chili. Again, time-consuming, but it could be made and frozen.

Recipe is here.

Raking Muck With Steven Cash

Republican Senator Ted Stevens, Alaska, could be called an American Hero. He has stuck with the American government for an arduous six decade career and is an honorary president pro tempore emeritus. He currently boasts possession of the seventh-longest Senatorial term in American history, holding unopposed the title of longest-serving Republican senator. Since his deep-rooted term began in December of 1968, Senator Ted Stevens has been a key player in benefiting the economic and social welfare of Alaska, claiming responsibility for legislative measures such as the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Authorization Act, the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, and the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act. On July 29, 2008, however, came one of the man’s less-than-heroic moments, as patriot Theodore Fulton Stevens was indicted by a grand jury on seven counts of failing to report a slew of illicitly-received gifts. Despite a “not-guilty” plea, he was convicted on all seven counts only six days ago, and saving some magical, pardoning external interference, it’s relatively safe to assume that poor ol’ man Stevens ain’t seein’ daylight for long, long time.

Yes, how easy it is to rag on the man simply because of the gross disregard he displayed for the American people and his responsibility to them by committing seven felonies. But place yourself in the senator’s position; you’re old, bored, and materialistic. You want things, but you don’t want to pay for them with your meager Senatorial salary, which can sometimes be a whole 30,000 dollars short of 200,000. How else will you afford vacation home-necessities such as a new first floor, a garage, a wraparound deck, plumbing, electrical wiring, a Viking gas grill, expensive furniture, and badass multipurpose tools? Exactly, you’ll contact a powerful oil company with which you are aligned—let’s say VECO—and ask their CEO—let’s say Bill Allen—if he would be so kind as to give you a few, or all, of those unreported gifts. Let’s say $250,000 worth. And you might as well toss in a new Land Rover for one of your sons, too. Why the hell not?

Oh, right. That whole justice thing. And unfortunately for Stevens, it’s been (expletive) served.

For those of you who wish to remember him fondly as the handsome, dangerously loony, out-of-touch Senator who lacked half a grasp on the state of the modern world, I’ll leave you all with his most well-known and insightful address to the American country, taken from the six-page collection in progress, “Stevensisms: Conservative Words of Wisdom from A Corrupt and Loony Senator”:

They want to deliver vast amounts of information over the Internet. And again, the Internet is not something that you just dump something on. It’s not a big truck. It’s a series of tubes. And if you don’t understand, those tubes can be filled and if they are filled, when you put your message in, it gets in line and it’s going to be delayed by anyone that puts into that tube enormous amounts of material, enormous amounts of material.

-Senator Ted Stevens

Stevens on verdict: “Dude, I am absolutely (expletive).”

You will be sorely missed, Senator. Not by me, nor anyone I can presently think of, but probably someone. Maybe Duke Cunningham cares.

(Body) Art News of the Week…

We’ve heard it a million times, (especially from parents): ‘Get a tattoo and you’ll never get a job.’ These students from Northern Illinois University and interviewed by the The Northern Star think just the opposite, trying to improve the ‘business reputation’ of body ink while itching to hop into that chair and get some more.

Art education major, Christine Vinnes, isn’t worried about her tattoos creating a problem in the working environment and is planning on becoming a teacher.

“I don’t feel like my tattoos are anyone else’s business. They are on my body and, therefore, a part of who I am. If someone decides to hire me, it should be based on my abilities not my personal life.”

Mike McGovern, graduate student and instructor for introduction to printmaking, lost count of his tattoos, feeling that his ink won’t interfere with an employer’s choice to hire him.

“I would like to teach art on a collegiate level and, of course, continue with studio art to supplement teaching,” McGovern said. “My tattoos won’t matter in a career like that.”

Do you think tattoos will affect your possible career? Are they acceptable in the workplace?

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