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Earliest: October 8, 2003Latest: November 9, 2016Total: 54

November 9, 2016

Framingham Presidential Election Results

Fresh off of Donald Trump win of the White House, I thought it would be interesting to see how Framingham performed against the actual winner of a major presidential election.

Framingham is clearly a blue town, at least that's what it has shown on every election result since 1972. The only year that the town went Republican was in 1984.

Here is a table highlighting how the town votes

Year Republican Democrat Actual Winner
2016 7,031 20,277 Donald J. Trump / Mike Pence (R)
2012 8,938 18,340 Barack Obama/ Joe Biden (D)
2008 8,430 17,839 Barack Obama / Joe Biden (D)
2004 8,448 17,239 George W. Bush / Richard Cheney (R)
2000 7,347 17,308 George W. Bush / Richard Cheney (R)
1996 6,669 16,836 Bill Clinton / Al Gore (D)
1992 8,114 15,165 Bill Clinton / Al Gore (D)
1988 12,745 15,826George Bush / Dan Quayle (R)
1984 15,074 14,368 Ronald Reagan / George Bush (R)
1980 11,979 12,275 Ronald Reagan / George Bush (R)
1976 13,903 15,387 Jimmy Carter / Walter Mondale (D)
1972 12,975 15,652 Richard Nixon / Spiro Agnew (R)

Data used in the above table came from the Massachusetts PD43+ Elections Statistics Database.

November 8, 2016

Election Day 2016

pollingplace

Today is Election Day in the United States. Many voters have already casted their ballets via early voting.

In Framingham, Massachusetts, there was a long line at the Keefe Technical School which is our local polling place. It took 25 minutes to cast our votes this morning.

There was someone that cut in front of me in line that didn?t even know which polling place they should be in. Take some time and learn where your polling place is, and plan to visit there often! It?s 2016, there?s plenty of resources available to help you find your local polling place.

Reguardless of who wins the Presidential race, it will be a historical win.

Updated American's Creed

I updated American's Creed from the Boy Scout Manual, I am sure that William Tyler Page wouldn?t object to this version.

I believe in
the United States of America as a
Government of the people, by the people, for the people;
who just powers are derived from the consent of the government;
a democracy in a republic;
a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States;
a perfect Union, one and inseparable;
established under those principles of freedom, equality, justice,
and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their
lives and fortunes.

I therefor believe it is my duty to my country
to love it;
to support its Constitution;
to obey its laws;
to respect its flag;
to fully protect it?s national secrets and
to defend it against all enemies.

The original American Creed was developed by William Tyler Page in 1917. It is a brief, clear statement of American traditions and ideals, as expressed by leading American statesmen and writers.

October 30, 2016

Selfie Sticks in Massachusetts Polling Places

President Position

This year's Presidential election is pretty crazy and people are starting their early voting. Some people are even posting selfies of them at the voting booth.

While selfie sticks haven't been ban in some voting area, some schools/buildings have banned them for security purposes.

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts doesn't have any laws against taking any type of pictures at the voting area.

Following Voters

You can follow along those that have publically announced that they voted:

Did you know

  • Flags are required by law to be displayed in a Polling area. (Title VIII, Chapter 54 Section 25A)
  • Not only is Smoking is prohibited but carrying any cigarettes or lighter can be asked to leave, otherwise you could be faced with a $20 fine.
  • You are allowed to put a sticker on the ballot in special situations. (According to the Massachusetts Election Day Manual: "The voter may also bring with them a sticket, handed to them on their way into the polls by one of the write-in candidates, to affix to the ballot.")
  • Any person may challenge a voter for legal cause. (Don't do this unless you're sure of the outcome!) If a person makes a challenge for an unspecified reason, the election worker should thereafter ask the challenger what specific reason they wish to have recorded. If, after being so questioned by the election official, the challenger gives no specific reason, the voter should be permitted to vote, and should not be considered a challenged voter.
  • The names of the Presidents are in the alphabetical order by surname.
  • After the Polls have closed, the polling location must remain open so that the public may observe the counting of votes from outside the guardrail.
  • When you vote and encounter a problem, notify the warden or presiding officer about the issue. They should be able to resolve the issue. If you do not get a satisfied resolution, contact the Commonwealth's Elections Division at 617-727-2828.

October 9, 2016

The American's Creed

The American's Creed from the Boy Scout Manual. This is something to remember as we get closer to election day in the United States:

I believe in
the United States of America as a
Government of the people, by the people, for the people;
who just powers are derived from the consent of the government;
a democracy in a republic;
a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States;
a perfect Union, one and inseparable;
established under those principles of freedom, equality, justice,
and humanity for which American patriots sacraficed their
lives and fortunes.

I therefor believe it is my duty to my country
to love it;
to support its Consitution;
to obey its laws;
to respect its flagl and
to defend it against all enemies.

The American Creed was developed by William Tyler Page in 1917. It is a brief, clear statement of American traditions and ideals, as expressed by leading American statesmen and writers.

Key lines to the Creed:

  1. Closing words of the Preamble to the Constitution
  2. Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
  3. Declaration of Independence
  4. James Madison in The Federalist, No. X
  5. Speech by Daniel Webster
  6. Preamble to the Consitution
  7. Adapted from closing workds of Declaration of Independence
  8. Speech by John Hancock
  9. United States Oath of Allegiance
  10. George Washington's Farewell Address
  11. War Department Circular, April 14, 1917
  12. Oath of Alleigiance.

September 11, 2016

George W. Bush

Something to think about today, Patriot Day in the United States:

The following appeared in the Durham, NC local paper as a letter to the editor:

Liberals claim President Bush shouldn't have started this war. They complain about his prosecution of it. One liberal recently claimed Bush was the worst president in U.S. history.

Let's clear up one point: President Bush didn't start the war on terror. Try to remember, it was started by terrorists BEFORE 9/11. Let's look at the "worst" president and mismanagement claims.

FDR led us into World War II. Germany never attacked us: Japan did. From 1941-1945, 450,000 lives were lost, an average of 112,500 per year.

Truman finished that war and started one in Korea. North Korea never attacked us. From 1950-1953, 55,000 lives were lost, an average of 18,333 per year.

John F. Kennedy started the Vietnam conflict in 1962. Vietnam never attacked us. Johnson turned Vietnam into a quagmire. From 1965-1975, 58,000 lives were lost, an average e of 5,800 per year.

Clinton went to war in Bosnia without UN or French consent. Bosnia never attacked us. He was offered Osama bin Laden's head on a platter three times by Sudan and did nothing. Osama has attacked us on multiple occasions. Over 2,900 lives lost on 9/11.

In the two years since terrorists attacked us, President Bush has liberated two countries, rushed the Taliban, crippled al-Qaida, put nuclear inspectors in Lybia, Iran, and North Korea without firing a shot, captured a terrorist who slaughtered 300,000 of his own people. We lost 600 soldiers, an average of 300 a year. Bush did all this abroad while not allowing another terrorist attack at home.

Worst president in history? Come on!

The Democrats are complaining about how long the war is taking, but...

  • It took less time to take Iraq than it took Janet Reno to take the Branch Davidian compound.
  • That was a 51 day operation.
  • We've been looking for evidence of chemical weapons in Iraq for less time than it took Hillary Clinton to find the Rose Law Firm billing records.
  • It took less time for the 3rd Infantry Division and the Marines to destroy the Medina Republican Guard than it took Teddy Kennedy to call the police after his Oldsmobile sank at Chappaquiddick.
  • It took less time to take Iraq than it took to count the votes in Florida!!!!

Our military is GREAT! PASS IT ON.

September 3, 2016

Corporate Money in Politics

Corporations have taken over the 2016 United States Presidential Elections.

This screenshot of a campaign donation request that I receieved recently:

Triple Match Funding

Triple Match? Where is that matching money coming from? Corporations. This is why many people feel that the political system in the United States is out of control.

Not a Problem?

Don't think money is an issue in this Election? Consider this snip from the Ben and Jerry's website:

$200 may not sound like a lot of money, but in the last presidential election cycle less than of one percent of Americans made a political donation of more than $200. Donating that kind of cash to a campaign is well beyond what many people and families can afford and if the decision is between funding a politician and buying a month?s worth of groceries, you can bet that food comes first. Besides, since when did free speech get so expensive?

28th Ammendment

Please support the fight to get the Corporations out of the elections via the 28th Ammendment to the Constituion. The reason why we need a constitution is to overturn the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling in 2010.

Get The Dough OutVisit getthedoughout.org

Let the People Vote! Campaign Contributions have gotten out of control. Before we can control the government spending, we need to control the contribution spending.

May 29, 2016

Pat Buchanan in 1996

An audio clip of the debate from the 1996 Republican Presidential Primary debate. I believe that is Pat Buchanan response to the question, "What is your vision for America."

Let me tell you where I stand
You know where I stand
I will fight to be the most Pro-Life President in the history of this country.
I will stop illegal Immigration cold.
There will be no more $50 billion bailouts.
We will end foreign aid
There will be no more American troops in Bosnia.
Downsize our Government.
Cut taxes on the American people
and we will restore the Constitutional Republic of the founding father's dream.
That is a conservative vision and a conservative agenda.
Senator Dole has no vision.
and when there is no vision, the people will perish.

The last line in the speech is a quote from Proverbs 29:18 - "Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."

April 6, 2016

Enough Kasich, Enough....

This Kasich thing is just getting out of control, here's the latest email from the Romney for President Inc, team:

Friend, nearly every poll shows that both Trump and Cruz will get crushed by Hillary Clinton in the fall.
If we want to win the White House, there is only one Republican candidate who can defeat Hillary: Gov. John Kasich

Here's the pretty chart that they include:

Kasich Email Poll2

This is the numbers the Kasich team doesn't want you to focus on:

April Poll Numbers

Also in the email is this:

It's mathematically impossible for Ted Cruz to win enough delegates to secure the nomination. His claims otherwise are dishonest and it's time for our Party to unify behind the one candidate who can defeat Hillary.

Ted Cruz has spent millions of dollars attacking Gov. Kasich's record, misleading voters. The truth is, John Kasich has the conservative record that Ted Cruz can only dream about. After all, he is another one-term Senator.

Um sorry, but if it's "impossible for Ted Cruz to win enough delegates to secure the nomination" and he has five times as many delegates than you have...um are you using Common Core Math in your calculations?

Sorry John Weaver, Chief Strategist of the Kasich, the team you are on is fighting a losing battle. One more thing, please stop calling me Friend.

March 29, 2016

Kasich beats Clinton

I like how Kasich campaign is playing the spin game, in today's email to investors, they claim that Kasich is the only one that can beat Clinton.

Kasich Graphic

The only problem is that mathmatically he won't be able to win the Republican nomination. Here are the current deligate count:

GOP Nomination

Not sure why anyone would be donating money to the Kasich campaign. He is a nice guy, has some great ideas, but is a serious long shot at getting the 2016 GOP nomination, let alone beat Hillary Clinton in the fall.

February 14, 2016

Washington's Birthday

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I found the following rant in my CD collection from 2003. This seems appropriate as tomorrow is Washington's Birthday and we are in the middle of the Presidental primary. Steven W. Allen is an author, speaker, and retired attorney:

I wonder how many remember why we have today off from work or school?
State and Valley municipalities seem to have forgotten, as not a single one has anything planned for Presidents Day. Originally designated as a memorial of Washington's birthday, the day has sadly dwindled from what it once was.
Some would argue George Washington's legacy is no longer relevant, yet had he not served as its leader, America as we know it would not exist.
Having recently written a book about George Washington and other founding fathers (Founding Fathers - Uncommon Heroes), I believe his contributions are more applicable today than ever before.
May we never forget Washington or any of the other men and women who shaped our nation. We owe them a huge debt for the freedoms we enjoy today.
I hope state and Valley municipalities will deem Washington worthy enough to honor with more than a paid holiday for employees next year.
Expensive and extravagant celebrations are not necessary; in fact, as a man who requested no funeral oration Washington would not want that, but his legacy should not be completely ignored.

You can find all sorts of books written by Steven W. Allen on his website: stevenallenbooks.com.