Primary Day

For those who don’t know, I always work as poll worker for the Department of Elections on Election Days, running voting for the 1st of the 13th, roughly covering the area around Oak Hill and Willow Run in Elsmere.

Quote of the Day from an election worker:

“Paul, did you get called a geek a lot when you were a kid?”
(Response: “Are you kidding? I still get called a geek.”)

From a voter:

To her young daughter as they were entering the booth: “If you touch anything, I’m leaving you here!”
(The election worker who heard that had to run across the room to keep from laughing out loud.)

As far as the results go:

I was surprised by the Markell victory. I figured the union support and strong ground organization that Carney seemed to have (at least I saw it in the City) would carry the day. It’s also a shame for Bill Lee, as I thought Carney would be the weaker opponent in November for him. An interesting item: Apparently a lot of Republicans switched their registration in order to vote for Markell. Including some people you’ve heard of. Those stories in the News-Journal about the massive gains in Democratic registration may have been less a sign of Democrat strength and more a sign of Markell’s strength.

The first signs I had that Carney might be in trouble was at my polling place where Markell had a challenger and greeters present while Carney had neither, even though it’s a fairly blue-collar traditional district. (Hillary carried it in February, despite her loss in the state.) I had expected Carney to carry my district fairly easily given that profile, but it was actually a dead tie at the polling place. The unofficial results show that Carney carried the district once absentee ballots, which are counted at the Department of Election’s county office, were included in the total, but the narrowness of that victory showed greater Markell strength than I expected.

Other than that, the elections seemed to turn out the way I would have hoped, at least in the races I care about:

Republican 4th Senate: I was glad to see John Clatworthy win. He’s a good guy with the right values. It was rough to see him running against Mike Fleming, who that description also fits. I just have a better relationship with John, so I was pulling for him. Hopefully, Mike will find an opportunity to seek another office in the near future.

Democrat County Executive: Glad to see Gordon go down. We did not need him back in office.

Democrat County Council President: I was disappointed to see Clark win again. Too many ethical clouds around him.

Mayor of Wilmington: I was glad to see Baker win. He’s earned another term. He needs to focus on crime this term; that’s been the weakest part of his performance. It’ll also be interesting to see what he does knowing he’ll never have to face the voters again. If you thought he was blind to public opinion before, you probably haven’t seen anything yet!

City Council President: The best choice won.

8th District City Council: I was glad to see Martelli pull this off. I’ve heard nothing but good things about him from all types of people. And Hay clearly wasn’t a fit for the district, either in his background or temperament.

The best news though: this will all be over in two months, as long as the Democrats don’t drag a lot of elections into the courts because they don’t like the results again.

I’m not that Paul Smith

From Snopes:

This is to Officially inform you that it has come to our notice and we have thoroughly completed an Investigated with the help of our Intelligence Monitoring Network System that you are having an illegal transaction with Impostors claiming to be Prof. Charles C. Soludo of the Central Bank Of Nigeria, Mr. Patrick Aziza, Mr Frank Nweke, none officials of Oceanic Bank, none officials of Zenith Bank and some impostors claiming to be the Federal Bureau Of Investigation agents. During our Investigation, it came to our notice that the reason why you have not received your payment is because you have not fulfilled your Financial Obligation given to you in respect of your Contract/Inheritance Payment.

So therefore, we have contacted the Federal Ministry Of Finance on your behalf and they have brought a solution to your problem by coordinating your payment in the total amount of $800,000.00 USD which will be
deposited into an ATM CARD which you will use to withdraw funds anywhere of the world. You now have the lawful right to claim your funds which have been deposited into the ATM CARD.

Since the Federal Bureau of Investigation has been involved in this transaction, you are now to be rest assured that this transaction is legitimate and completely risk-free as it is our duty to Protect and Serve citizens of the United States Of America. All you have to do is immediately contact the ATM CARD CENTER via E-mail for instructions on how to procure your Approval Slip which contains details on how to receive and activate your ATM CARD for immediate use to withdraw funds being paid to you. We have confirmed that the amount required to procure the Approval Slip will cost you a total of $550 USD which will be paid directly to the ATM CARD CENTER agent via Western Union Money Transfer / MoneyGram Money Transfer. Below, you shall find contact details of the Agent whom will
process your transaction:


Telephone Number : +234-808-252-6229

Immediately contact Mr. Paul Smith of the ATM Card Centre with the following information:

Full Name:
Zip Code:
Direct Phone Number:
Current Occupation:
Annual Income:

If I were going to engage is such a fraudulent action, I wouldn’t use my own name. I’d pick a really common name. Something like John Smith.

Joe Eszterhas on his conversion

Why did God save the life of a man who had trashed, lampooned, and marginalized Him most of his life? Why did He take the time and the trouble to save me? It certainly wasn’t because I had written Basic Instinct and Showgirls, right? Was it because my wife and I had four little boys we were trying to raise? Possibly.

Read the whole article, from Newsweek of all places.


“The Republican ticket has it in the right order. We have the much more experienced candidate first. We have the younger, new generation candidate second. They have a candidate with no experience first, and they have the older-generation candidate second.” —Rudy Giuliani

“No governor ever had foreign policy experience before becoming president—not Ronald Reagan, not Franklin D. Roosevelt, nor any other governor. It is hard to know how many people could possibly have had foreign policy experience before reaching the White House besides a Secretary of State or a Secretary of Defense.” —Thomas Sowell

“Obama and his running mate, Sen. Joe Biden, see America as a nation in which government plays a primary role in individual lives. John McCain and Sarah Palin see the individual as primary and government as a protector of freedom that can help the less fortunate become self-sustaining.” —Cal Thomas

“In short, Sarah Palin is the emblem of what feminism was supposed to be all about: an unafraid, independent, audacious woman, who soared on her own merits without the aid of a patriarchal jumpstart, high-brow matrimonial tutelage and capital, and old-boy liaisons and networking.” —Victor Davis Hanson

“As many as an estimated nine out of 10 children with Down syndrome are aborted in the womb, sought out by increasingly sophisticated prenatal tests and eliminated as too flawed, too burdensome, too different to live. This is the ugly eugenic underbelly of American life, even as we congratulate ourselves on our tolerance and diversity.” —Rich Lowry

“If at times, it is not easy to determine what a liberal is, it’s because during presidential election campaigns, politicians who have been voting like liberals, talking like liberals and boasting about their liberal credentials, suddenly insist that they’re really centrists.” —Burt Prelutsky

“Dismiss if you will the rapturous response to Ms. Palin’s speech by the delegates in the convention hall and the posters on conservative blogs. The best testament to its power was the lame response of the Obama campaign. They noted she had the help of a speechwriter… in preparing her remarks. Well, duh. Every major political figure has speechwriters.” —Jack Kelly

“Barack Obama, a famous fan of pickup basketball, must recognize his plight: It’s two on one now. John McCain drafted Gov. Sarah Palin, the star point guard from the Wasilla Warriors, to double-team Obama. (McCain’s team doesn’t care if no one covers Joe Biden, who seems to spend most of his time yelling to the media, ‘I’m open! I’m open!’ But when he gets the ball, all he does is talk about what a great player he is and dribble in place.)” —Jonah Goldberg

“While addressing the [GOP convention], Sarah Palin criticized Barack Obama for not having enough ‘specifics.’ Obama was reportedly angry about the claim, but didn’t say exactly why.” —Conan O’Brien

What’s with the Spiderman theme?

Joe Posnanski has a great rant about the inanity of the Spiderman theme song. A sample:

In the chill of night

At the scene of a crime
Like a streak of light
He arrives just in time

This is where the song sort of goes its own way … this isn’t even part of the regular tune. I mean, it’s good stuff, inspiring and moody, but it’s like the piano section of “Layla,” it doesn’t seem to have much to do with the rest of the song. And my theory is this is when the Spiderman songwriters hit the big E on the inspiration gas tank. I can only imagine that at this point they started timing the song over and over and saying, “How long is that? Forty seconds? Is that long enough? Add a couple of more whistles. OK, now how long? Why does thing have to be a minute long? Can’t we just stop here? Come on? How about a few more horns in the song?”

Nope, they had to keep going. And the song went dramatically downhill at this point.