Tuesday, November 8, 2016

267th post



The rifle qualification was near the end of basic training. At some point in time 

they asked me if I wanted to go to Leadership Training School. I said no and they

sent me anyway. Another two weeks of hell on earth. But I survived it.

When I was first drafted the recruiters asked me what field of study I would like

and what country I would like to go to. I replied saying I would like to study

accounting and go to the Philippines. They sent me to Ft. Gorden, Georgia to train

as a Military Policeman and later loaded me along with a lot of other soldiers on

troop ship headed for the Republic of South Korea. They should have told me what 

they were going to do with my military life and not even asked. 

Back to Ft. Polk and the Leadership Training School. After I graduated from there




I don't know if I told you before, but I have arthritis of the spine. The X-ray was

taken when I pulled some muscles in my back that I did tell you about. 

It must be gene related because Mother took two 800 mg of Tylenol 

every 6 hours for a very long time and then quit all at once, asking me for the

same two tabs maybe once a week.

I'm in continues pain in my back right now and am wearing a back brace and will 

take one Motrin later this morning. This don't get rid of the pain entirely, but it 

makes it much more tolerable.

If this persists I'll probably call Dr. Kwok's office for an appointment. 

The nurse will take my vitals and asked what they always ask: "Have you fallen

since you've been here last?" And I'll lie and say, "no I haven't." 

I slipped on the carpeted steps and butt bumped about three steps to the bottom.

I also fell and is explained in the WEATHER section of this story.


"The world is enjoying the soap opera, that is called the American Presidential 

Forrest Caricofe

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American Presidential Election."


"Presidential elections are so stessful to some folks that they may suffer a heart

attack or worse."
Forrest Caricofe

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No results found for "Presidential elections are so stressful to some folks that 

they may suffer a heart attack or worse."


BBC News

BBC Poll of Polls

Today                 Nov 8           Clinton  48%     Trump 44%

Yesterday           Nov 7           Clinton  45%     Trump 44 %

Last updated     November 8

Election day      November 8

Today is the day.

Trump takes 32-25 lead in New Hampshire after midnight voting

USA TODAY , WTLV 5:10 AM. EST November 08, 2016

"As the world waits with bated breath for the results of Tuesday's contentious 

presidential election, its eyes turned briefly to three sleepy hamlets in rural 

New Hampshire, as their residents — fewer than 100 total — became the first in 

the nation to cast their ballots.

In Dixville Notch, Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump 4-2. Libertarian Gary 

Johnson received one vote, and the 2012 Republican candidate, Mitt Romney 

received a surprise write-in ballot. In the slightly larger burg of Hart's Location, 

Clinton won with 17 votes to Trump's 14. Johnson got three votes, while 

write-ins Bernie Sanders and John Kasich each got one. And in Millsfield, 

Trump won decisively, 16-4, with one write-in for Bernie Sanders.

So, in the three New Hampshire towns with midnight voting, Trump came out 

ahead 32-25.

According to New Hampshire law, communities with under 100 voters can 

open their polls at midnight and close them as soon as all registered voters 

have cast their ballots.

The best known of these three towns, Dixville Notch, has been voting at 

midnight every election since 1960. Neil Tillotson, the former owner of the 

Balsams Grant Resort Hotel, which closed in 2011, started midnight voting 

in Dixville in 1960 to stir up publicity for the resort. Almost all of the Dixville 

voters are employees of the resort .

This could be Dixville's last year in the election spotlight, however. Les Otten, 

a New England businessman, bought the Balsams and plans to redevelop it 

into a massive ski resort. That could bring the population in Dixville over 100 

people, thereby ending its midnight voting tradition.

Hart's Location was the first town to begin the tradition of early voting in 1948. 

According to the town's website, it started when the town was "inhabited mostly 

by Maine Central Railroad workers and their families" and early voting 

became the most convenient way for them to vote. But midnight voting was 

abandoned in 1964, "when residents became tired of all the media ruckus 

and voted to end it."

Hart's Location revived the practice in 1996. The town website blames 

the 32-year lull in midnight voting as the reason Dixville Notch gets all the 

attention, even though Dixville began the practice more than a decade later 

than Hart's Location.

Millsfield, located just over 12 miles down the road from Dixville Notch, is 

the newest town to get in on the act. Millsfield began midnight voting as 

early as 1952 (no one seems certain exactly when) and stopped the practice 

in the 1960s (again, no one seems certain exactly when). The town was invited 

to take the tradition back up last year by New Hampshire's secretary of State, 

in honor of the 100th anniversary of the New Hampshire primary.

“It’s important for us to revisit history that has been forgotten by most people,” 

Wayne Urso, the Millsfield election official who is spearheading the midnight 

vote told Medill News Service.

Don't read too much into the results from these towns. They lean conservative 

and tend to vote Republican, and obviously represent an extremely small 

sample. Dixville voted for the Republican in every election since 1960 — 

including Barry Goldwater who lost in a landslide to Lyndon Johnson — until 

going for Obama in 2008, and splitting the vote between Romney and Obama 

in 2012.

Since reviving midnight voting, Hart's Location voted for Dole in 1996, Bush 

in 2000 and 2004, and, like Dixville, broke with tradition to vote for Obama 

in 2008 and 2012.

Dixville had a better track record in the GOP primary and predicted every 

Republican nominee since 1968 (counting ties in 1980 and 2012), but that streak 

came to a crashing halt when John Kasich edged out the future nominee, Donald 

Trump 3-2."


I believe that if the election is close for either candidate in the Electoral College,

the losing candidate will contest the vote in the state (s) that are close.

International monitors at US polling spots draw criticism from voter fraud groups.

By Alexander Bolton - 10/20/

"United Nations-affiliated election monitors from Europe and central Asia will be 

at polling places around the U.S. looking for voter suppression activities by 

conservative groups, a concern raised by civil rights groups during a meeting 

this week. The intervention has drawn criticism from a prominent conservative-

leaning group combating election fraud.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), a United 

Nations partner on democratization and human rights projects, will deploy 44 

observers from its human rights office around the country on Election Day to 

monitor an array of activities, including potential disputes at polling places. 

It's part of a broader observation mission that will send out an 

additional 80 to 90 members of parliament from nearly 30 countries.

Liberal-leaning civil rights groups met with representatives from the OSCE 

this week to raise their fears about what they say are systematic efforts to 

suppress minority voters likely to vote for President Obama.

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the NAACP and 

the ACLU, among other groups, warned this month in a letter to Daan Everts, 

a senior official with OSCE, of “a coordinated political effort to disenfranchise 

millions of Americans — particularly traditionally disenfranchised groups like 


The request for foreign monitoring of election sites drew a strong rebuke 

from Catherine Engelbrecht, founder and president of True the Vote, a 

conservative-leaning group seeking to crack down on election fraud.

“These activist groups sought assistance not from American sources, but from 

the United Nations,” she said in a statement to The Hill. “The United Nations 

has no jurisdiction over American elections.”

Neil Simon, director of communications for the OSCE’s parliamentary 

assembly, agreed the U.N. does not have jurisdiction over U.S. elections but 

noted all OSCE member counties, which include the United States, have 

committed since 1990 to hold free and democratic elections and to allow one 

another to observe their elections.

The observers, from countries such as Germany, France, Serbia, Belarus, 

Ukraine and Kazakhstan, will observe voting at polling places and other 

political activity.

“They [will] observe the overall election process, not just the ballot casting,” 

said Giovanna Maiola, spokeswoman for OSCE. “They are focusing on a 

number of areas on the state level, including the legal system, election 

administration, the campaign, the campaign financing [and] new voting 

technologies used in the different states.”

In a follow-up e-mail, Maiola noted that it is a limited election-observation 

mission. She said “the OSCE has regularly been invited to observe elections 

in the United States, in line with OSCE commitments.”

Access of international observers during voting is explicitly allowed in some 

states such as Missouri, South Dakota, North Dakota and New Mexico.

“State law does not generally provide for international observers,” Maiola 

said. “However, through our contacts at state and county level in certain 

states, we managed to secure invitations at local level and we have taken 

up the offer to observe. Where this is not possible, we will respect the state 

regulation on this matter and will not observe in precincts on Election Day.”

International observers will follow up on the concerns raised by civil rights 


“We attended their meeting, we took note of the issued they raised and we 

asked our observers in the field to follow up on them,” said Maiola....

The OSCE has 56 participating states from Europe, Central Asia and North 

America, including the United States and Canada. It has assessed elections in 

the United States since 2002.

Voting is expected to be more contentious this November than in past years 

because of a running battle over election law pitting conservative groups and 

Republican state officials against the Obama administration and liberal allies.

The Obama campaign scored a victory this week when the Supreme Court 

declined to hear an appeal filed by Republican officials in Ohio seeking to 

limit the state’s early voting program.

Last month in Wisconsin, the state Supreme Court declined to immediately 

review lower-court rulings invalidating a voter-identification law signed by 

Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

In Florida, judges stopped attempts to restrict voter-registration drives but 

allowed measures to reduce days of early voting and to remove non-citizens 

from voting rolls to stand.

Both sides expect wrangling over voter identification and eligibility to extend 

to polling places and are recruiting armies of volunteers for Election-Day 


True the Vote, a group with Tea Party origins, has an ambitious plan to deploy 

hundreds of thousands of volunteers at polling stations to monitor election fraud.

“We may surpass a million volunteers or fall short, it will be hard to know,” 

said Engelbrecht. “But we’re very excited about the level of enthusiasm, the 

number of volunteers, and the fact that we had a positive impact in bringing 

awareness to this important issue, of election integrity."

Democratic allies will counter with their own forces. The AFL-CIO will 

dispatch 300 lawyers to monitor poll workers and third-party groups 

challenging voter registration.

The Advancement Project, a self-described multi-racial civil rights 

organization, will send more than 3,000 poll watchers to battleground states.

The Election Protection coalition, which includes Democratic allies such as 

the Sierra Club, Service Employees International Union and People for the 

American Way, plans to recruit 8,000 to 10,000 volunteers to cover 80 cities 

and counties.

“We hope that all groups that are putting people at a polling place, that they 

should follow the law and they should be there to make sure that responsible 

Americans who wish to participate in our democracy are able to free of 

intimidation,” said Eric Marshall, co-leader of Election Protection.

Civil rights groups have complained about what they say are subtle efforts of 

intimidation. They point to a billboard campaign in swing states such as Ohio 

warning voter fraud is a felony punishable by up to three and a half years in 

prison and a $10,000 fine.

Engelbrecht of True the Vote says intimidation is not her group’s motive.

“We are not in the business of picking winners or losers, but instead, to ensure 

that the process is iron-clad,” she said. “Properly trained a capable poll 

watchers or workers should offer no indication of their partisan or ideological 

leanings to voters at the polls.”"

This story was updated Oct. 21 at 4:26 p.m.


Some things you might not know of past US Presidents.

Credit Bendon, Ashland, Ohio 44085

The 41st President was George Herbert Walker Bush. George H. W. Bush was

Ambassador to the United Nations and Director of the CIA (Central Intelligence

Agency). He was President during the Persian Gulf War.

The 42nd President William Jefferson Clinton. He became the third youngest 

President at age 46. During his administration, the U. S. experienced more 

peace and economic well-being that at any time in its history.

The 43rd President was George Walker Bush. He is the son of George H. W. 

Bush, the 41st President. He was President during some of our nation's most

difficult times - the terror attacks of September 11, 2001, the wars in

Afghanistan and Iraq, and Hurricane Katrina, which flooded the city of New


The 44th President Barack Hussein Obama II. Barack Obama is the first African-

American President. His father was from Kenya, his mother was from Kansas,

and his step-father was from Indonesia - giving Obama a diverse, uniquely 

American heritage. Obama won the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for efforts to

strengthen international diplomacy.

Who will be our next past President after President Obama?  Will it be Hillary

Clinton or Donald Trump?


Weather for Smithville, Ohio

Today                        RAIN                                         64° 44°

Wed                           SCATTERED_SHOWERS     49° 34°

Thu                            SUNNY                                     57° 40°

Fri                              Cloudy                                      51° 31°           

The Weather Channel - Weather Underground - AccuWeather

I went to the Walmart in Massillon, Ohio yesterday to get more rose colored tint 

on my two pair of new glasses. I brought my old pair with the correct tint so 

they could compare it to what I wanted done to my two new pair.  

I was thinking they could do it the same day, but I was wrong, they couldn't.

I left all three pair of glasses and I now can see better at typing this story than 

I have in years.

I spent all that money, about $300, for the two pair of glasses and tint (tint cost

$10 plus tax for each pair) and come to find out I don't need eyeglasses after all.

When I got back to the house I loaded the gasoline can into the cart, hooked up

the water hose and other things I needed and went back to the fire pit.

I checked the water hose for water and then placed old unneeded papers

into the fire pit. I then doused it all with gasoline. I lighted an old used paper 

towel and threw on the fire pit. Woosh!! I fell down and to my right my elbow 

hitting my forehead, but I escaped the flames of the sudden fire. 

The fire burned only about 20% of the unwanted plants because some limbs of 

the pine tree are sticking out over the fire pit edges and wetness of the 

sunflowers inside their trunks are keeping the fire from making a complete burn. 

It's not suppose to rain until after 4:00 PM today, so I should have time to cut up

the pine branches and sunflower trunks and repeat what I did yesterday.

Except for me falling, of course.

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