Voter Fraud

President Trump wants to launch an investigation into voter fraud. I’m down with investigating this, but at the same time I feel like it’s a wild goose chase. How many millions of dollars will need to be dedicated to this? If something turns up great. The people at fault can be brought to justice otherwise the American tax payer will just have to shoulder another useless endeavor of the federal government.

Among the list of allegations is that dead people are still miraculously voting. I know this was a problem in the past, but most voting districts have rectified that problem with upgrading to electronic ballot collections and double redundancy voter check in by polling officials. I’m sure there are ways to compromise the computerized systems but when you have multiple voting officials checking over each entry I tend to think it makes it very difficult for the so called “ghost ballots” to be cast.

President Trump is also pointing to people being registered in more than one state. I’ll give some credence to this. If I had to guess when a person moves their place of residence from one county or state to another they only remember to register themselves in their new voting district and not unrolling themselves in the other. I only see this as a failure of our own registration system to not have a central processing information storage server that automatically eliminates the registrants previous info. Additionally, does President Trump really think that people have the time and resources to vote in one district and get themselves to another? I personally don’t have the time as I always choose to vote early in the morning even if it makes me late for work because it’s normally very busy at the end of the day.

The accusation that somewhere in the neighborhood of 3 to 5 million illegal immigrants are fraudulently registered to vote and have done so baffles me. I know that there are a great number of people of currently reside in our country illegally. I also know that they don’t want to be found out by ICE. I sincerely doubt that these people who although they would very much like to enjoy the freedoms, privileges, and obligations that come with being a US citizen would put themselves at risk by trying to vote.

Let me point out that President Trumps own attorneys have stated and to a certain extent proven that there is no voter Fraud. Granted it was in defense of accusations from 3rd party candidate Jill Stein, but when you have your own people saying, “No, everything’s cool”. Shut up.

As is the law of the land you do not need to win the popular vote in order to become president of the United States. It is through the Electoral College that the president is chosen. I think President Trump needs to take a moment to reflect on this and then let it go. If your ego is that damaged by the fact that you didn’t win the popular and the Electoral College then resign. Otherwise, drop the butt hurt act, roll up the sleeves, and get to work. Win the hearts and minds of the American people so that in 4 years you can win both no problem. We’re all watching Mr. President.

 

Good Things Are Happening

Since the start of the new year many good things have been taking place for me. I’m actually going to take a minute get on my soap box and blow my own horn for a bit.

Although the year started off with a bit of a hiccup everything is progressing forward and I can safely say that I have more tally marks in the positive column than I do in the negative one. Despite the current political climate I foresee a maintained positive through the rest of the year as well.

The second best thing I currently have going on for myself is I am currently dropping weight. I have had family tell me in recent months say that it looks like I loosing lbs., but its a little different when it comes from my patients. They don’t see me everyday and they have little to no obligation to actually be nice to me let alone give me a compliment. (Truth be told I’m terrible at taking compliments.)

For those of you close to me who decided to stay on the positivity train with me thanks for being part of it even if I brought you along initially against your will. (Your welcome.) Train leaves the station again tomorrow morning bright and early.

For those who are wondering why I chose the second best thing and are wondering what the hell could possibly be better than getting compliments about weight loss you’ll just have to wait and find out. Like I said lots of good things still to come.

“Keep your stick on the ice. We’re all in this together.” -Red Green

 

Last Man Standing

Since Christmas Eve one family member after another has taken ill for at least 24 hours or more. This includes my work family. One by one I have watched some ailment put them out of commission for an extended period of time. Everyone that is except me.

I am an island on to my own. When some sickness makes the rounds I can normally weather the storm and at worse only have to deal with some of the minor annoying symptoms associated with whatever the affliction is. I’ll have to attribute this to my robust immune system.

Through the pharmacy I have the “pleasure”  of interacting with hundreds of patients in a week and as a result of that their illnesses as well. I’m also exposed to many a students through my teaching endeavors and the illnesses they bring with them to the classroom. I would say my immune system is always working over time combating and adapting to the various illnesses that are hurled my way.

I also never bought into the constant use of hand sanitizer. If memory serves me the CDC and other federal health agencies put out studies saying that people were over doing it. To put a fine point on this I make sure I’m clean and sterile when I need to be, but the rest of the humans on the continent I share with need to calm down with the scrubs and the lotions. Your body does need a certain level or bacteria on it and in it anyway.

It’s like I tell my coworkers and cohorts all the time. Just lick the counter/keyboard and get it over with. The illness is going to claim you anyway just get it over with now. Unless your me and the New York City sewer rats.

Don’t Give in to the Dark Side

Since the beginning of the month I have seen multiple people post about how January is normally the “bluest” time of the year. To clarify that would make January the most depressing month.

I’m not really sure why this is so. With most of the world following the Gregorian calendar it is the start of a new year. Another 365 days to shape into however you see fit.  Make the most of it as they say.

At current the scales are tipped more towards the positives for me. This has greatly helped me maintain a positive outlook on things. I will do my damndist to stay on the positivity train as well and I’m going to bring as many people along for the ride as possible. Kicking and screaming if need be. It has been seeming to me lately that too many have been trying to rain on my parade and it’s just not going to happen.

Friday the 13th also happens to be right around the corner. I get that there are many bad connotations attached to this day on the calendar, but what of it. How about we just let it pass like any other day on the calendar. Unless we are going to declare it a Federal holiday and then were going to be handing out holiday pay then I’m game.

In all seriousness though. If your having a rough go at it don’t give in to despair. Regardless of your problem or station in life just keep on keeping on. It most likely can’t get worse.

Full Ahead

At this point in time I have successfully completed the second hell day in the new year. Generally the first three weeks of the year are a complete shit show in most retail pharmacy settings. Everyone is trying to figure out their new insurances and switch between pharmacies for one of a dozen different reasons.

Comparative to day one it was more successful in the fact that for once I didn’t leave anything hanging that I had to worry about the next shift picking up the ball and running with it. However from the time I walked in till about 5 minutes before close I had to keep the gas petal pinned to the floor along with everyone else. Again, nothing new, but when trying to come back to a normal or just slower tempo after having the throttle pinned for almost my whole shift is somewhat difficult.

When I found myself finished for the day a sense of panic hit me for a second. I still had what seemed like a bunch of wound up energy and was capable of running a gauntlet if need. The volume was stuck at 10 for a minute. Now that I am at home I’m closer to a 6 instead of the 2 I normally am at right before bed. Sleep will just have to take a back seat for now.