Do Bernie Sanders’ Victories Even Matter?

Apparently not, because the Democratic Party has Super-Delgates – Party officials – who can vote however they want, regardless of how the primary elections go.

Bernie Sanders will win at least 13 of the Democratic delegates in New Hampshire and Hillary Clinton will win at least nine. Two delegates haven’t yet been allocated.

In the overall race for delegates, Clinton has 394, thanks in large part to endorsements from superdelegates — party officials who can support the candidate of their choice.
Sanders has 42 delegates.

It takes 2,382 delegates to win the Democratic nomination for president.

So even though Clinton has eked out a barely-above-a-tie win in Iowa, and been pasted in New Hampshire, she still has more delegates than Sanders by almost an order of magnitude.

Because that’s how the Democratic Party works.




Has no member of NARAL ever seen an ultrasound?

FFS, you Ghouls:

Stacy McCain as already asked the relevant philosophical question:

Accepting for the sake of argument that humans are not continuously human from conception on through death, how DOES the fetus transition from non-human to human state? What magical chrysalis occurs, when the embryo goes from non-human to human status?

I’m not holding my breath for an answer. But I would like to wonder if none of these people have ever actually seen what a human fetus is capable of doing, even when very small? I was present at both the ultrasounds for my daughters, and I saw them wiggling and thumb-sucking and responding to stimuli. And they responded to stimuli from outside the womb, too. It’s like they’re ALIVE or something.

To say nothing of this, even more obvious response:



How many of the Top Twenty Books People Claim to have Read, Have you actually Read?

From the Telegraph. (h/t Moe Lane)

  1. Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland – Lewis Carroll – Read it as a child, I think? Parts of it, anyway.
  2. 1984 – George Orwell – Read it in high school. Reread several times.
  3. The Lord Of The Rings trilogy – JRR Tolkien – Read it in middle school. Dad made me read The Hobbit first. Reread several times.
  4. War And Peace – Leo Tolstoy – Started to read it, couldn’t get into it.
  5. Anna Karenina – Leo Tolstoy – No.
  6. The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes – Arthur Conan Doyle – Recieved it as a gift as a child. Read most of it.
  7. To Kill A Mockingbird – Harper Lee – Read it in high school.
  8. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens – No. 
  9. Crime And Punishment – Fyodor Dostoyevsky – Every now and again I try to read The Brothers Karamazov and fail. Never touched this one.
  10. Pride And Prejudice – Jane Austen – Nope.
  11. Bleak House – Charles Dickens – Nope.
  12. Harry Potter (series) – JK Rowling – No, and you can’t make me!
  13. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens – In High School. Reread once since.
  14. The Diary Of Anne Frank – Anne Frank – I think I was supposed to read this in high school, like it was on a summer reading list, and didn’t. 
  15. Oliver Twist – Charles Dickens – Nope.
  16. Fifty Shades trilogy – EL James – Who would claim to read this, who has not? Anyway, no.
  17. And Then There Were None – Agatha Christie – Read in high school. Reread several times.
  18. The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald – Read in High school. Reread several times.
  19. Catch 22 – Joseph Heller – Nope. The ubiquity of the title as a catchphrase has made it seem unecessary.
  20. The Catcher In The Rye – JD Salinger – Tried to read it a few years ago. Found it dull. Tried reading some of his short works and found them also dull. I sort of get what the big deal is, but I do not share it.


Read – 7

Not Read – 9

Mostly Read – 1

Tried to read and could not – 2

Let’s count the Mostly Read as Read and the Tried to Read as Not Read, and say I’ve read 8/20. Insufficient exposure to Dickens really brought my numbers down.


Writing Apps and Social Media – Some Recent Experiences

And by “recent” I of course mean “yesterday”

Less recently, I took Facebook off my phone. It just takes up too much data space, and I tire of scrolling through it. This doesn’t mean that Facebook is “dead” to me, but it does mean that I will be using it less frequently. The charm of it was mostly in the novelty, and that has mostly gone.

But the lack of it did make me wonder if there’s a social media experience I could be missing. Twitter is a battlefield, and like drinking from a fire hose more often than not. Tumblr is much the same. I wanted something … different.

So yesterday I looked at the social media apps on the App Store, and I came across Ello. Ello became a thing last year, and it seemed utterly precious in my eyes. But the copy promised a space for creative endeavors, a place to make and share things rather than to dimly snark at each other. That seemed the cure for what ailed me, so I downloaded it.

It’s already a better experience. I joined the writers group and happened upon a fellow by the name of Lee Williams posting a short story link, Hope is a Venetian RugI liked the cover art, so I followed it. The story was pretty good, but it also led me to the writing/publishing app he had it on, Tablo.

Tablo allows you to write something on your phone, publish it to the wider community, and even put on the Apple iBooks store and Amazon (in exchange for a 20% commission on the sales price of your book. Which is not bad). The phone app is simple and useful, and the web site is even better. I can work on something while I’m putting the baby to sleep, or any other point I have down time.

There’s another app I’ve been using, Werdsmith, which I’ve found useful for sketching ideas (it distinguishes between ideas and projects, which have word goals). Tablo is for when you have a definite story coming out, and you want to focus on getting it out.

So here’s my flagship efforts for the new site:

  • The Little Guerrilla Platoons, a short story about a man’s vengeance on his homeowner’s association (and the fat slob who runs it)
  • The Party at the Last Tomorrow, a post-apocalyptic, cyberpunk novella that’s been taking up brain space for a while now.

Watch this space for publishing details.