Archive for November 2012

Two Unique Shopping Events in Edgewater this Weekend

Two Unique Shopping Events in Edgewater this Weekend
There are two big shopping events happening in Edgewater this weekend. Both are perfect ways to jump start your holiday shopping or pick up something fun for yourself. Chicago Craft Mafia’s DIY Trunk Show Broadway Armory, 5917 North Broadway Street Saturday, November 17 from 10 AM to 5 PM Free Admission This is not your... Read more »

List 18: Super Smart People

List 18: Super Smart People
I love smart people. I wrote about Nate Silver’s statistics fueled stardom during the election, which was only strengthened when results showed he predicted the outcome of the presidential election for every state (one better than he had in 2008). Yes, I have a little crush on Nate Silver’s brain, and his is not the... Read more »

Chicago Voters Blindly Affirm "Legally Insane" Cynthia Brim, Demonstrating Why Judges Shouldn't Be on the Ballot

Many people in Chicago are reveling in the re-election of our hometown president, but there are other election results that should not fill our city with such pride. Nationally people have questioned how Jesse Jackson, Jr. managed to be re-elected, but our city has a less publicized embarrassment in our election results, Cynthia Brim. Every election Chicagoans... Read more »
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Obama Wasn't the Only One Who Won Tonight

I had to step away from election coverage. My little girl woke up. I went up and rocked her for 45 minutes until she fell back asleep. (I fully admit that I was trying to avoid co-sleeping.) As I held my daughter in a darkened room, silent but for the creaking of the rocking chair,... Read more »

Akin and Mourdock Lose: It's "God's Will" That The Idea of "Legitimate Rape" Has Been Shut Down

Both Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock have lost after making highly offensive comments about rape.  Both men had previously been favored to win. Both states are otherwise “red.” Did a few statements about rape, pregnancy and abortion lose them their elections? I hope so. Is it right to lose an election based on a few... Read more »

Obama Defeats Romney: Will Nate Silver's Election Projections Be as Eerily Accurate as in 2008?

Obama Defeats Romney: Will Nate Silver's Election Projections Be as Eerily Accurate as in 2008?
I like statistics even though I never liked regular math. I am not excited to find the value of x just for the sake of finding it. I certainly don’t want to want to find the derivative of anything just to do it. But I like how statistics give meaning to numbers. Statistics answer questions.... Read more »
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Don't Tweet (or Instagram or Facebook) Your Vote, Photographing Your Ballot is Illegal

A reminder to everyone, that in most places it is illegal to take a photograph of your completed ballot. The reasoning is that documenting your vote could lead to vote buying. In a year when some employers were allegedly pressuring their employees to vote for a particular candidate, it seems like those concerns are merited.... Read more »

Video of Voting Machine Altering Votes. How to Report Voting Fraud.

Here is one of what will unfortunately probably be many videos of a voting machine not accurately recording a vote. What should you do if you have a problem at the polls? Here is information from the Federal Election Commission web site: Where do I Report Suspected Election Fraud? The first step individuals should take... Read more »

Did Chrysler Give Its Workers the Day Off to Vote? Everyone Should Have Election Day Off

I’ve seen a few tweets about Chrysler giving its entire work force the day off to vote. I haven’t seen any news stories corroborating this, but I really hope it’s true. I hope it’s true, and I wish other employers did the same. I’ve seen multiple reports of people waiting in line for over an... Read more »
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Sick of polls and predictions? A Few Ways to Ignore Election Day Coverage

Sick of polls and predictions? A Few Ways to Ignore Election Day Coverage
It’s been a long and ugly election season, and it’s not over yet. Sadly, even if you choose to watch the returns tonight you may still not know who will be the new POTUS before you go to bed. Blegh. We all could use some distractions at this point. Whether you support Barack Obama, Mitt... Read more »