(If it turns out that the tickets were misplaced by administration, then hey, no hard feelings, it's just a game. There'll be others.)
While we were getting ready for day care this morning, they both complained about how Agri-business is suffocating the independent farmer, particularly those interested in organic or pesticide-free produce. They were also saying stuff about ethanol subsidies and the myth of the estate tax, but as a lifelong city-dweller, I had no idea what they were talking about...
I don't care for the month of April, and not because of taxes (which provide funding for infastructrure!) or the weather (which brings May flowers!) or T.S. Eliot (he wrote "The Wasteland"!)
Bad things happen in April. People do stupid and inhumane things.
In his books on writing, John Gardner put forth the idea that one should always strive to be life-affirming in what one writes, on the basis that within the audience for any particular piece of writing there may be a person who is quite seriously considering suicide. With that as a possibility, Gardner suggested that the only moral requirement of writing is that it nudge -- to the extent it can -- towards tomorrow and possibility and humanity.
Every now and then I like to take out that idea of Gardner's and walk it around a little. It makes the world seem brighter, particulary on a sunny Spring day by the lake...
Next week's episode, "Le Master of Disguise," is due to play with Pink Panther/Orient Express 60's caper movie tropes, featuring songs set to Nigerian Juju. (Which is right up my current alley. I've been listening to the Highlife music of Ghana and Sierra Leone since introduced to it in the "Mission to Mars" episode.)
I just hope that Sam and Caleb don't mind missing another "Face the Nation" so that their Daddy can watch cartoons.
Then election results come in and I have to recognize my complete disjunction with the majority of the electorate.
I voted yesterday and all of the candidates I supported lost (but for some uncontested races). These were good people who valued things like civic services and public transportation and human beings, and they lost to conservative, corporatist, intolerant japeholes.
And here I thought we were on to something.
After looking at returns before work this morning, I compared counted votes versus census population for Milwaukee County and the city. About 166,160 votes were cast in our race for county executive, with the incumbent keeping the seat. (He's a city services slashing japehole of the type I mention above). The 2006 Census lists the population of the county at 915,097. With 26.7% below the age of 18, that leaves 670,760 eligible voters -- this means a turnout of 25% of the electorate in the county.
Turnout from the city worse: 81,339 voted for mayor; Barrett was a shoe-in, but the votes offer a good indication of total voters. The census lists the city population at 586,941, with 28.6% below voting age. This leaves 419,076 eligible voters, and a turnout in the city of Milwaukee of 19%.
Here's a palatte cleanser, clearly left over from yesterday: Muppet bloopers!
This was an April Fool's thing. Feingold is not really running as a third party candidate.
Unless he is.
But he isnt.