Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Wasted Vote: One Of Our Worst Modern Myths

This year has been going by like a very fast plane, and it's not going to be much longer before it's time to vote with one of our votes going to elect the next President of the United States, if we've done what needs to be done to qualify.

Even if you don't agree with my personal views re: who should be in The White House next, I still want you to be out there voting!!!

Anyway, I'm going to give my personal views here re: this particular election (and -- most importantly -- what I see as helpful overall advice and observations when it comes to how to vote here in the USA) ...

1.  I refuse to vote for somebody who was determined to force an elderly widow to sell her home and the land it sat on (for the purpose of expanding his fancy-Nancy Atlantic City hotel) just because he was rich & powerful enough to do so (or so he thought -- fortunately, the presiding judge had enough of a clue to decide that he wasn't going to get away with that kind of crap).  I've always been under the impression that the power of eminent domain should only be used when absolutely necessary and NEVER for personal gain.  I also refuse to vote for somebody who seems to get some kind of jollies out of turning one group of people against another group of people based on such things as race, religion, education, etc.  Enough said...

2.  As for the other choice presented in the usual politics-as-usual "two-party system" -- I'm not sure whether or not I believe all of the rumors about her, but (unfortunately or for-the-best), there are enough people believing the rumors that it will interfere with how much of a trust factor there will be associated with her should she get elected.  Just not a good time for her to be assigned this role...

3.  My goddaughter suggested someone who seems to be a much better choice for our country at this time than either Choice #1 or Choice #2.

His name is Gary Johnson, and I'd like to thank you in advance for clicking on his hyperlinked name and learning more re: what he's about.

4.  I'm now going to encourage you not to be afraid to color outside of the lines of the conventional two-party box...

(a).  Sure!  There's that outdated-to-the-max electoral college to consider -- but I wonder if it would be able to get its own way if enough people went for a third choice that it would result in a popular vote that would become a David reality to a Goliath myth.

(b).  How about that famous old wives tale out of New Hampshire!?!  Frankly, I think that it's high time that NONE of the voting results become public until every single one of the polls have closed down the night of the final May primary elections.

If, for instance, Mickey Mouse wins in the New Hampshire primaries, that shouldn't make us decide to give up on voting for Donald Duck, if we feel that Donald Duck (who -- as well as Mickey -- would be a much better choice for POTUS than that certain other Donald with the cotton candy hair and goofy expressions) would do a better job of running the country than Mickey Mouse.

(c).  Which brings me to the conclusion of this blog-entry:

There's no such animal as a "wasted" vote, so don't let anybody convince you otherwise!!!

Let me better qualify what I just said:

This statement wouldn't (except in a kidding way) apply to a vote for a cartoon character or somebody who, for one reason or another, doesn't meet the qualifications for serving in the 21st Century POTUS position (e.g. the skeleton of Abraham Lincoln; a three-month-old baby; Paris Hilton's chihuahua; etc.).

However, it would, for instance, apply to Gary Johnson, even though he's running on a Libertarian ticket instead of as a Democrat or Republican.

Right now, I'm in the process of preparing to return to Anderson to live, and I hope I'm able to do this in time for registering to vote in this very important election.

I know that somebody might be reading this who is already registered to vote but might be wondering if it's of any use to even go do it.

Don't think for a minute that your vote won't make a difference!

Look at how all of those tabs Larry has collected over the years have come together to make a difference to so many families who came to stay at Ronald McDonald House of Indiana -- and how he has been able to do this so much more quickly and effectively because of how so many individuals have helped him to do this!!!

The same principle can be made to work when it comes to voting for our next President, if we will only think of the quote that often gets associated with the late, great Robert Francis Kennedy:

"Some men see things as they are, and ask why. I dream of

things that never were, and ask why not." 

Saturday, September 3, 2016


Read my previous post here, and it will give you some idea of what I mean by giving up -- or, at least, what has gone into inspiring me to give up...

Anyway, in my last post, I told you that my next post would be a sequel to what I had written before that.

The update to this is that I'll, hopefully, get around to writing that sequel, but life just keeps on happening, so I'm going to focus now on talking about what has happened most recently.

I'm not even going to do it in this post -- will just tell you that I'm going to be doing this with a minimum of a couple of posts (at the VERY least!!! -- before I get back to writing the sequel.

First off, I was running out of time in the library yesterday when I came across this incredible song collection.  I was able to start playing it yesterday, but I wanted to hear the whole thing, so I said that I would be listening it "tomorrow" (which is now "today") while I'm writing here.

That's at least promise I've been able to keep right on time, as I'm listening to it now!  I'm assuming that I'll be able to hear the entire collection before I get unexpectedly-distracted.

Anyway -- to make a long story short -- I'm going to give up to writing the sequel at this time and go with newer business.

Will I write the sequel today?  God only knows, and He's not telling!!!

Anyway  -- God willing and the creek don't rise -- I plan to write several different pieces today to post in various places, and I'll be sharing them with a Tweet (which gets simulcasted at Twitter and Facebook) as I get them finished and posted.

I'll probably also be posting other Tweets not connected to links of any kind as well as posting directly to Facebook.

Before I do all of that, I'm going to go ahead and post this blog-entry.

If you're viewing it, that means that it's been published!  LOL

Also, I'll be interacting at Facebook between creating posts.

In short, it's going to be a busy day.

It's now almost eleven in the morning, and the library is open until 5:30 -- but I'll only be online until a little before three in the afternoon, as the last bus of the day leaves the terminal at ten after three.

That will be the last time that I'll be online at the library until this coming Tuesday.

I've been sent a new (upgraded) version of my cell phone.  It's now waiting for me in my Anderson post office box.  I'm planning on picking up my mail on Tuesday and, then, taking all of the necessary steps to help my original version to pass the "baton" over to its replacement.

Already, I've copied my calling list onto paper so that I'll be able to easily get it displayed on my new phone.  Some things (e.g. my phone number, voicemail messages, minutes, etc.) will automatically travel from one phone to the other.  However, my address book isn't one of those things.

It sounds as if I'll be able to take pictures with my new phone and share them on social media sites, in email, etc., so I'm looking forward to that.

Even so, I'm not going to give up the old way of doing things.  Star Photo will still be getting my business when it comes to developing traditional pictures from film -- which brings up something that I have going on there.

Over a year ago, I asked the owners if something like this was possible, and they said that it was.

You see, I have several rolls of film containing pictures that I've taken but ended up not being able to afford to get developed.

So, what I asked was if something could be set up that would be along the lines of a wedding gift registry -- only it would be cash put on my account that I could use to get the rolls of film developed.

Once I get caught up, I'd write another announcement at various places to let people know -- and any extra left over in my account would go towards helping other people in similar situations to get their film developed.

In my opinion, it's important that we preserve our history.

Anyway, if you ever want to put something on my account, just let them know that it's to go to the account of Ainsley Jo Phillips.

At this point, it's gone from being a little before eleven in the morning to being a little after it.

And it's time to quit "blabbering" -- this being a word I first heard spoken by the amazing Russell Thomas Hartsaw (now, deceased -- MURDERED!!!) about it here.

So, this should be posting very shortly just as soon as I put the finishing touches on it and send it on its way.

Speaking of Russell, there's a special tribute to him and the difference he made in the lives of at-risk youth that I've been inspired to write for a very long time -- and, especially, since December of 2014.

This coming week -- again, God willing and the creek don't rise -- I'm going to have the chance to get online at least some every day except for tomorrow and Monday.  Therefore, I'll, hopefully, get at least somewhat caught up...we can only hope....................