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Wherever Ferdie goes, his bear goes and today they went with us to Collinsville. For some reason Ferdie dropped his bear in the front yard and went on to checking out other things. And there Bear sat until a neighbor...<p>Wherever Ferdie goes, his bear goes and today they went with us to Collinsville. For some reason Ferdie dropped his bear in the front yard and went on to checking out other things. And there Bear sat until a neighbor put Bear on our rocking chair on the front porch. He sat next to a stuffed raccoon which another neighbor had given us as a joke for all the real raccoons we'd dealt with in our yard. </p>
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<p>Cute, eh? Bear has his arm on the arm of the chair like a real person. Finally Ferdie discovered him.</p>
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<p>And that was the end of bear on the chair.</p>
<p>But we also had another kind of funny bear story. Tomorrow is our grandson Connor's birthday and when I asked him what he wanted, he said "a giant bear". I looked everywhere today and frankly, with Valentine's Day tomorrow, it seems giant bears are a popular gift from husband to wife, boyfriend to girlfriend and vice versa. I dispaired of finding this bear and I knew he wanted one because he'd asked for a giant bear at Christmas but no one believed him. Finally I walked into Schnuck's and there was a giant bear right in front of me in the floral department which puts truth to my belief that these things are big Valentine's presents. Right there with all the men buying bouquets. I got the only bear left and he is as cute as can be and really really soft. I put him in the grocery cart just like I would a toddler and we shopped. Many other shoppers tried to pretend they didn't notice the huge bear riding along like a human, while other got a big laugh. </p>
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<p>He is now on our couch waiting to be presented to our Valentine grandson born on the 14th of February 8 years ago.</p>Collinsvillepersonal stuffSeasonal newsDiane Meyer2016-02-13T18:22:50-06:00How you should dry your hands
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A question for the ages. When in public restrooms is it better to dry your hands with the electric dryer or use the paper towels? The answer is surprising and makes sense when you think about it. Several studies comparing...<p><a href="http://www.stltoday.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/health/peoples-pharmacy/how-should-you-dry-your-hands/article_ab2c1507-7ba4-59b5-a4e6-6488ec4d85b5.html">A question for the ages.</a> When in public restrooms is it better to dry your hands with the electric dryer or use the paper towels? The answer is surprising and makes sense when you think about it.</p>
<p> Several studies comparing hand-drying methods have found that jet-air dryers blow microscopic drops of water containing bacteria around the bathroom. Researchers concluded that jet- or warm-air dryers “may be unsuitable for use in healthcare settings” since they could facilitate the spread of germs from one person to another.</p>
<p>This alone makes paper towels the better option, especially the hands free types. And paper towel machines are much quieter.</p>HealthDiane Meyer2016-02-13T07:42:48-06:00Thank you health experts
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For once the diet police have given permission to us to have something good. "Why Valentine's Day is Actually the Healthiest Holiday". "Recent studies have often pointed to the impressive health benefits chocolate" although it is only certain types of...<p>For once the diet police have <a href="http://www.naturalnews.com/052951_Valentines_Day_wine_and_chocolate_healthy_lifestyle.html">given permission</a> to us to have something good. "Why Valentine's Day is Actually the Healthiest Holiday".</p>
<p>"Recent studies have often pointed to the impressive health benefits chocolate" although it is only certain types of chocolate which are good for you. Dark chocolate ranks among the most powerful superfoods known to mankind.</p>
<p>Wow. That is quite the statement.</p>
<p>Wine has also been shown to have health benefits, especially red wine. It helps reduce the risk of depression and dementia. It is also associated with anti-aging properties, as well as with a lower risk of developing breast, lung or prostate cancer. Wine was also shown to protect against type 2 diabetes, stroke damage and even liver disease.</p>
<div style="overflow: hidden; color: #000000; background-color: #ffffff; text-align: left; text-decoration: none;"><br />Super super. <a href="http://www.naturalnews.com/052951_Valentines_Day_wine_and_chocolate_healthy_lifestyle.html#ixzz3zxZ55unh" style="color: #003399;"></a></div>
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<p><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://respublica.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515fe569e201b8d19e4579970c-popup" onclick="window.open( this.href, '_blank', 'width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0' ); return false"><img alt="Lent" class="asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d834515fe569e201b8d19e4579970c img-responsive" src="http://respublica.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515fe569e201b8d19e4579970c-320wi" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Lent" /></a></p>Concordia SeminaryReligionDiane Meyer2016-02-11T07:19:59-06:00What was found in the car
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Dale had his car serviced today and when he went to pick it up he was told a big squirrel's nest was found between the radiator and the firewall. But that's not all. They also found this. Baby squirrels! Oh...<p>Dale had his car serviced today and when he went to pick it up he was told a big squirrel's nest was found between the radiator and the firewall. But that's not all. They also found this.</p>
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<p>Baby squirrels! Oh no! Dale's been driving around not having a clue they were under the hood of his car.</p>odd stuffpetsDiane Meyer2016-02-10T14:57:38-06:00Opening stuff
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Everything we buy or get in the mail these days has gotten harder and harder to open even mailing envelopes. I can't be the only one who thinks this. Everything from bag of something from the store, the "tear here"...<p>Everything we buy or get in the mail these days has gotten harder and harder to open even mailing envelopes. I can't be the only one who thinks this. Everything from bag of something from the store, the "tear here" botch all on so many items. Just try to open a bag of cereal without having cereal fly all over the floor.</p>
<p>I know it isn't just my cranky age because our 7 year old grandson asked me to help him open a popsicle the other day and these things are made for kids! And, now all of a sudden everything non food has been attached to their boxes using those nasty cable ties. Toys are hooked to the inside of their boxes with myriad of these cable ties put on so tightly there is no room to cut them off. Not only toys, though, are using these cable ties. I've found them in the most innocuous products. Tools, health care products, cleaning products and on and on.</p>
<p>Gone are twist ties, hello you devil cable ties.</p>
<p>The clam shells have always been the worst but now every darn thing has been made to need a tool to open.</p>
<p> </p>AwfulnessDiane Meyer2016-02-10T08:39:12-06:00Drop outs
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The New Hampshire primary votes were counted and we saw who won and who didn't. Then like clockwork the press corps began their yammering about who needs to drop out, go home, call it quits. I just do not understand...<p>The New Hampshire primary votes were counted and we saw who won and who didn't. Then like clockwork the press corps began their yammering about who needs to drop out, go home, call it quits.</p>
<p>I just do not understand why it is so important to the media that the candidate field gets whittled down. I even heard the opinion many times last night that everyone should give it up except for Trump and Cruz on the GOP side. On the democratic side, no one really had the guts to tell Clinton it's time to go, but I'll bet there were whispers.</p>
<p>Let these people keep battling it out, we've only had two states out of 48 go and vote. It's infuriating that Iowa and New Hampshire have such influence and I wonder if it isn't far past time for the primaries to be changed to a different format so every state has the chance to have a choice.</p>
<p>Someone tweeted last night: "If you're willing to give up bc of 1 bad primary night, you weren't really committed to this cause of putting America on a different track."</p>politicsDiane Meyer2016-02-10T07:15:23-06:00A little bit of snow
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There are morning rush hour crashes all over St. Louis and the Metro East this morning all because of a cold, fluffy bit of snow. It must have made the roads really slippery.<p>There are morning rush hour crashes all over St. Louis and the Metro East this morning all because of a cold, fluffy bit of snow. It must have made the roads really slippery.</p>
<p><a class="asset-img-link" href="http://respublica.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515fe569e201b8d19d4725970c-popup" onclick="window.open( this.href, '_blank', 'width=640,height=480,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0' ); return false"><img alt="Snowcrashes" class="asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d834515fe569e201b8d19d4725970c img-responsive" src="http://respublica.typepad.com/.a/6a00d834515fe569e201b8d19d4725970c-320wi" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="Snowcrashes" /></a></p>St. LouisTravelweatherDiane Meyer2016-02-09T06:54:20-06:00Doritos!
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I believe the uproar by abortion promoting organizations over the Doritos commercial featuring a baby pregnancy ultra sound during the Super Bowl was the fact that the general public saw an actual baby in the womb. It made real what...<p>I believe the uproar by abortion promoting organizations over the Doritos commercial featuring a baby pregnancy ultra sound during the Super Bowl was the fact that the general public saw an actual baby in the womb. It made real what pregnancy is and abortion groups would rather not have that right before our eyes because it might make people pause and reflect.</p>
<p>What we don't see isn't there seems to be the philosophy which keeps these groups in business.</p>noteworthyDiane Meyer2016-02-08T11:06:57-06:00Primary Irony
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I find it ironic that most of the media which has glammed onto Chris Christie's grilling of Mario Rubio and his lack of experience in actually running anything or accomplishing anything, were darn silent during Obama's first run in 2008....<p>I find it ironic that most of the media which has glammed onto Chris Christie's grilling of Mario Rubio and his lack of experience in actually running anything or accomplishing anything, were darn silent during Obama's first run in 2008. There wasn't the same joy at the "gotcha" over no experience we're seeing now.</p>
<p>That said, I'm not particularly in the Rubio camp, I haven't settled on anyone yet, but it was painful to watch what seemed to be an over the top, vehement, set up by Christie who himself is polling near the bottom. Maybe Christie in backdoor partnership with some of the others running.</p>
<p>But, don't get me started on how bad the democrat side is.</p>
<p>And, New Hampshire is a weird place for primaries and much too much is made of that state. Voters can, and do, cross party lines to try and gum up the works.</p>AwfulnesspoliticsDiane Meyer2016-02-08T07:44:06-06:00A substitute for eggnog St. Louis version
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Dale got into the habit of loving eggnog with a bit of bourban added to it over the holidays and now misses it since eggnog is gone until next November. I have no desire to try and make it from...<p>Dale got into the habit of loving eggnog with a bit of bourban added to it over the holidays and now misses it since eggnog is gone until next November. I have no desire to try and make it from scratch so have been looking for alternatives and I do believe I've found it and it's all about Ted Drewes frozen custard.</p>
<p>I looked up what goes into eggnog and it's pretty much what you get with a Ted Drewes vanilla custard. I bought a couple of the individual cups sold in local grocery stores, let it soften to not quite liquid, put it into a container, added some nutmeg and a bit more vanilla, a bit of milk to thin and Voila! After the first sip Dale said, "That's it!"</p>
<p>If I get tired of doing this, I've heard Baskin Robbins always has eggnog ice cream but I'm not sure it's creamy enough.</p>
<p>Heh</p>Food and DrinkDiane Meyer2016-02-06T12:01:36-06:00Awful Super Bowl Food
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How's this for a change of pace? Most stories about what to have while watching the Super Bowl are positive, written so that you'll go get whatever the article recommends. But not this one from Chicago Tribune columnist, John Kass....<p>How's this for a change of pace? Most stories about what to have while watching the Super Bowl are positive, written so that you'll go get whatever the article recommends. But not this one from Chicago Tribune<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/kass/ct-super-bowl-food-kass-met-0205-20160204-column.html?asdasd"> columnist, John Kass.</a> He writes: Super Bowl Snacks Must Rise Above Glistening Cheeses, Wilting Vegetables.</p>
<p>Ha. Most of us have been around football parties that featured veggie trays and plates of small cubed cheeses. Ranch dressing for dipping, crackers for holding the cheese. Often toothpicks are involved.</p>
<p><strong>"Clearly, there is a reason for bad Super Bowl Party food: lazy cooks who don't even cook.</strong></p>
<p><strong>"Raw vegetable tray," tweeted reader Dan Lambert who hates the ubiquitous vegetable tray. (Crudites if you are fancy.) Deep-fry it or GET OUT!"</strong></p>
<p><strong>Sadly, Super Bowl hosts and hostesses have been brainwashed by evil corporate America to think all they have to do is order up deli or chunks of yellow cheese and stick stupid toothpicks in them and call it Super Bowl food."</strong></p>
<p>And more wrong football food is stuffed into the story.</p>
<p>So what serves as good Super Bowl Food? Kass doesn't even like hot wings because most are not hot and they're soggy. He thinks they should be crisp. Frankly, I don't remember ever having crispy wings, most are sort of soft because of the sauce they've been tossed in. What he likes is Louisville Wings, bourbon-flavored wings dumped on a hot grill to crisp, then smothered in that spicy bourbon sauce.</p>
<p>Chips and dips and salsa and beer are good. But don't put out any food or dips formed into a football shape.</p>
<p>I usually try to do wings, tortilla chips with gaucamole and salsa, other snack stuff and a meat of some kind, sausage maybe. Beer, wine, Dr. Pepper, Scotch. Maybe meatballs would be good this year with good Italian rolls or bread.</p>
<p> </p>Food and DrinkSportsDiane Meyer2016-02-05T09:56:54-06:00Glow in the dark flower pots
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Now that spring is just over the horizon, I've been seeing more ads for garden items. One of these which keeps reoccurring is from a paint company promoting its glow in the dark paint for outdoor flower pots. The pots...<p>Now that spring is just over the horizon, I've been seeing more ads for garden items. One of these which keeps reoccurring is from a paint company promoting its glow in the dark paint for outdoor flower pots. The pots sit in the sun all day and at night they just glow...at least in the photos. I thought this would be really cool to try, we have a lot of pots and to see them glow would be awesome. I did a Google search on this and found person after person <a href="http://sweetandsimpleliving.com/diy-glow-dark-planters/">saying it did not work.</a>  One search turned up <a href="https://www.pinterest.com/explore/glow-pots/">a Pinterest page</a> which supposedly had people showing their glowing flower pots, but it is the same photo for all of them and it's the paint company's ad picture.</p>
<p>I tend to believe the people who painted and painted for nothing. It does sound too good to be true.</p>noteworthyDiane Meyer2016-02-05T07:09:22-06:00Big financial problems facing the park district
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If you live in Collinsville you should read this story outlining the serious money problems (tens of millions of dollars of debt) facing the Collinsville Area Recreation District (CARD). As with anything to do with finances in a taxing body,...<p>If you live in Collinsville you should<a href="http://madisonrecord.com/stories/510661371-bankruptcy-considered-as-controversial-option-for-financially-stressed-public-sectors"> read this story</a> outlining the serious money problems (tens of millions of dollars of debt) facing the Collinsville Area Recreation District (CARD). As with anything to do with finances in a taxing body, this issue has big disagreements on how to solve it.</p>AwfulnessCollinsvilletax dollars at workDiane Meyer2016-02-04T08:28:18-06:00New tally
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From Y-98 traffic reporter Lance Hilldebrand this morning On St. Louis highways so far in 2016 Mattresses 13 Ladders 9 The latest ladder fall off was today on westbound 40/64 at Spoede<p>From Y-98 traffic reporter Lance Hilldebrand this morning</p>
<p>On St. Louis highways so far in 2016</p>
<p>Mattresses 13  Ladders 9</p>
<p>The latest ladder fall off was today on westbound 40/64 at Spoede</p>AwfulnessSt. LouisTravelDiane Meyer2016-02-04T08:18:08-06:00Don't take a survey
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Sunday I was in the Collinsville Home Depot picking up some new kitchen cabinet knobs when a woman employee holding a clipboard came up to me and asked if I would mind taking a short survey on water. Me: Water?...<p>Sunday I was in the Collinsville Home Depot picking up some new kitchen cabinet knobs when a woman employee holding a clipboard came up to me and asked if I would mind taking a short survey on water.</p>
<p>Me: Water?</p>
<p>Her: Yes, water.</p>
<p>Me: I don't want to buy anything and I don't want to be called</p>
<p>Her: you won't be, it's just a survey on water and if you take it, you'll be entered into a drawing for a 25 dollar Home Depot gift card</p>
<p>Me: I'll take it as long as you know I do not want to be emailed or called about anything.</p>
<p>Her: You won't.</p>
<p>Me: oh, ok</p>
<p>Her: do you own your own home or rent?</p>
<p>Me: Own</p>
<p>Her: Is your water from the city or some place else?</p>
<p>Me: City</p>
<p>Her: What city?</p>
<p>Me: Collinsville</p>
<p>Her: Do you have a water softener?</p>
<p>Me: No....uh oh</p>
<p>Her: That's all there is. Can I have a phone number?</p>
<p>Me: Why? I do not want to be called about anything</p>
<p>Her: The <strong>ONLY</strong> reason you'd be called is if your name is chosen to receive a gift card (she said this numerous times)</p>
<p>Me: I hope I can believe you</p>
<p>Her: You can, the only reason for having your number is for the drawing</p>
<p>Me: stupidly giving her my number</p>
<p>Her: Thank you and I hope you win</p>
<p>Me: That will be the day.</p>
<p>And so....yesterday I got a call from this number 573-339-7669 and I did not answer it because it was nothing I recognized. When the ringing stopped I googled this number and found it's from Tri State water softener in Cape Girardeau and others have had the same experience. You get a call and no message is left. Even if you say hello, no one responds. After learning this and getting pretty ticked off with Home Depot I set that number on my phone to "blocked"</p>
<p>Later in the day another 573 call came, this time it was 573-339-1800. Certainly the same place with different last digits. So I set that number to "blocked". And the next time I'm over in Collinsville I am going to talk to the manager or someone about the falsehood around that survey. And, I will never answer another survey from any store ever again.</p>
<p> </p>AwfulnessCollinsvillenoteworthyDiane Meyer2016-02-04T07:51:54-06:00A peek into a federal agency
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The House Oversight Committee held a hearing yesterday which dealt with malfeasance in the Department of Education. It explored explore the department’s failure to protect its information from cyber-attack, as well as the conduct of its chief information officer. Department...<p>The House Oversight Committee held a hearing yesterday which dealt with malfeasance in the Department of Education. It explored explore the department’s failure to protect its information from cyber-attack, as well as the conduct of its chief information officer. Department of Ed has a vast data trove on student-loan borrowers and their parents—and the nearly $100 billion it disburses in new loans every year—are reason enough to want the bureaucrats to prevent digital intrusions. Mr. Chaffetz says the bureaucracy now holds, among other things, 139 million Social Security numbers in its digital files.</p>
<p><a href="http://www.ruthfullyyours.com/2016/02/02/washingtons-next-hacking-target-an-agency-holding-139-million-social-security-numbers-fails-cyber-test/">Wall Street Journal editorial here.</a></p>
<p>Yesterday's hearing wanted to get to the bottom of Harris' other actions: Confidential internal documents reviewed showed that the IG’s office has been investigating CIO Danny Harris for years for possible misuse of his position and government property, among other alleged transgressions.</p>
<p>In 2013 Assistant IG William Hamel reported to Deputy Secretary Tony Miller that Mr. Harris “operated outside business ventures” in which he employed department subordinates and received payments from subordinates and others “for installing home theaters and detailing their cars.”</p>
<p>So there you have it. It was a totally non partisan hearing with both democratic and republican members of the committee coming down hard on Harris and the successor to Arne Duncan as acting secretary of education, John King, Jr. It was so tough, in fact, that after the hearing ended, Harris collapsed and was taken by ambulance to a hospital.</p>
<p><a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/senior-education-official-collapses-after-heated-four-hour-hearing-on-hill/2016/02/02/a799572e-c9dd-11e5-88ff-e2d1b4289c2f_story.html">Washington Post story on this hearing.</a></p>
<p>It's a busy week for the House Oversight Committee. today they dive into the Flint River lead contamination.</p>educationpoliticsDiane Meyer2016-02-03T08:18:06-06:00Coin Flip?
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At the end of the night during the Iowa Democratic Caucuses, Clinton and Sanders were in a virtual tie and to make matters even more bewildering, 5 caucus sites had to resort to a coin flip to determine who won...<p>At the end of the night during the Iowa Democratic Caucuses, Clinton and Sanders were in a virtual tie and to make matters even more bewildering, 5 caucus sites had to resort to a coin flip to determine who won the delegates. </p>
<p>Five coin flips, 5 heads in a row going to Hillary. What are the odds of 5 straight coin flips coming up heads or tails? I did a Google search for this question to see if it is as as mathematically strange as it seemed to me and what came up on result page after result page was incomprehensible math jargon. I am not a math person, but even if I were, these explanations were crazy.  Most math answers came up with the number 62 and I still have no idea what 62 means, but I think it means you'd need 62 coin tosses to get 5 in a row to come up the same.</p>
<p>For example </p>
<p>Lets calculate it for <span class="MathJax" data-mathml="<math xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML"><mi>n</mi></math>" id="MathJax-Element-48-Frame" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; display: inline; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-align: left; text-transform: none; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: normal; word-wrap: normal; white-space: nowrap; float: none; direction: ltr; max-width: none; max-height: none; min-width: 0px; min-height: 0px; position: relative;" tabindex="0"><span class="math" id="MathJax-Span-929"><span class="mrow" id="MathJax-Span-930"><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-931">n</span></span></span><span class="MJX_Assistive_MathML">n</span></span> consecutive tosses the expected number of tosses needed.</p>
<p>Lets denote <span class="MathJax" data-mathml="<math xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML"><msub><mi>E</mi><mi>n</mi></msub></math>" id="MathJax-Element-49-Frame" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; display: inline; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-align: left; text-transform: none; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: normal; word-wrap: normal; white-space: nowrap; float: none; direction: ltr; max-width: none; max-height: none; min-width: 0px; min-height: 0px; position: relative;" tabindex="0"><span class="math" id="MathJax-Span-932"><span class="mrow" id="MathJax-Span-933"><span class="msubsup" id="MathJax-Span-934"><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-935">E</span><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-936">n</span></span></span></span><span class="MJX_Assistive_MathML">En</span></span> for <span class="MathJax" data-mathml="<math xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML"><mi>n</mi></math>" id="MathJax-Element-50-Frame" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; display: inline; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-align: left; text-transform: none; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: normal; word-wrap: normal; white-space: nowrap; float: none; direction: ltr; max-width: none; max-height: none; min-width: 0px; min-height: 0px; position: relative;" tabindex="0"><span class="math" id="MathJax-Span-937"><span class="mrow" id="MathJax-Span-938"><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-939">n</span></span></span><span class="MJX_Assistive_MathML">n</span></span> consecutive heads. Now if we get one more head after <span class="MathJax" data-mathml="<math xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML"><msub><mi>E</mi><mrow class="MJX-TeXAtom-ORD"><mi>n</mi><mo>&#x2212;</mo><mn>1</mn></mrow></msub></math>" id="MathJax-Element-51-Frame" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; display: inline; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-align: left; text-transform: none; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: normal; word-wrap: normal; white-space: nowrap; float: none; direction: ltr; max-width: none; max-height: none; min-width: 0px; min-height: 0px; position: relative;" tabindex="0"><span class="math" id="MathJax-Span-940"><span class="mrow" id="MathJax-Span-941"><span class="msubsup" id="MathJax-Span-942"><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-943">E</span><span class="texatom" id="MathJax-Span-944"><span class="mrow" id="MathJax-Span-945"><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-946">n</span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-947">−</span><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-948">1</span></span></span></span></span></span><span class="MJX_Assistive_MathML">En−1</span></span>, then we have <span class="MathJax" data-mathml="<math xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML"><mi>n</mi></math>" id="MathJax-Element-52-Frame" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; display: inline; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-align: left; text-transform: none; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: normal; word-wrap: normal; white-space: nowrap; float: none; direction: ltr; max-width: none; max-height: none; min-width: 0px; min-height: 0px; position: relative;" tabindex="0"><span class="math" id="MathJax-Span-949"><span class="mrow" id="MathJax-Span-950"><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-951">n</span></span></span><span class="MJX_Assistive_MathML">n</span></span> consecutive heads or if it is a tail then again we have to repeat the procedure.</p>
<p>So for the two scenarios:</p>
<ol>
<li><span class="MathJax" data-mathml="<math xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML"><msub><mi>E</mi><mrow class="MJX-TeXAtom-ORD"><mi>n</mi><mo>&#x2212;</mo><mn>1</mn></mrow></msub><mo>+</mo><mn>1</mn></math>" id="MathJax-Element-53-Frame" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; display: inline; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-align: left; text-transform: none; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: normal; word-wrap: normal; white-space: nowrap; float: none; direction: ltr; max-width: none; max-height: none; min-width: 0px; min-height: 0px; position: relative;" tabindex="0"><span class="math" id="MathJax-Span-952"><span class="mrow" id="MathJax-Span-953"><span class="msubsup" id="MathJax-Span-954"><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-955">E</span><span class="texatom" id="MathJax-Span-956"><span class="mrow" id="MathJax-Span-957"><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-958">n</span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-959">−</span><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-960">1</span></span></span></span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-961">+</span><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-962">1</span></span></span><span class="MJX_Assistive_MathML">En−1+1</span></span></li>
<li><span class="MathJax" data-mathml="<math xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML"><msub><mi>E</mi><mrow class="MJX-TeXAtom-ORD"><mi>n</mi></mrow></msub><mrow class="MJX-TeXAtom-ORD"><mo>+</mo><mn>1</mn></mrow></math>" id="MathJax-Element-54-Frame" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; display: inline; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-align: left; text-transform: none; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: normal; word-wrap: normal; white-space: nowrap; float: none; direction: ltr; max-width: none; max-height: none; min-width: 0px; min-height: 0px; position: relative;" tabindex="0"><span class="math" id="MathJax-Span-963"><span class="mrow" id="MathJax-Span-964"><span class="msubsup" id="MathJax-Span-965"><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-966">E</span><span class="texatom" id="MathJax-Span-967"><span class="mrow" id="MathJax-Span-968"><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-969">n</span></span></span></span><span class="texatom" id="MathJax-Span-970"><span class="mrow" id="MathJax-Span-971"><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-972">+</span><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-973">1</span></span></span></span></span><span class="MJX_Assistive_MathML">En+1</span></span> (<span class="MathJax" data-mathml="<math xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML"><mn>1</mn></math>" id="MathJax-Element-55-Frame" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; display: inline; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-align: left; text-transform: none; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: normal; word-wrap: normal; white-space: nowrap; float: none; direction: ltr; max-width: none; max-height: none; min-width: 0px; min-height: 0px; position: relative;" tabindex="0"><span class="math" id="MathJax-Span-974"><span class="mrow" id="MathJax-Span-975"><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-976">1</span></span></span><span class="MJX_Assistive_MathML">1</span></span> for a tail)</li>
</ol>
<p>So, <span class="MathJax" data-mathml="<math xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML"><msub><mi>E</mi><mi>n</mi></msub><mo>=</mo><mfrac><mn>1</mn><mn>2</mn></mfrac><mo stretchy="false">(</mo><msub><mi>E</mi><mrow class="MJX-TeXAtom-ORD"><mi>n</mi><mo>&#x2212;</mo><mn>1</mn></mrow></msub><mo>+</mo><mn>1</mn><mo stretchy="false">)</mo><mo>+</mo><mfrac><mn>1</mn><mn>2</mn></mfrac><mo stretchy="false">(</mo><msub><mi>E</mi><mrow class="MJX-TeXAtom-ORD"><mi>n</mi><mo>&#x2212;</mo><mn>1</mn></mrow></msub><mo>+</mo><msub><mi>E</mi><mi>n</mi></msub><mo>+</mo><mn>1</mn><mo stretchy="false">)</mo></math>" id="MathJax-Element-56-Frame" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; display: inline; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-align: left; text-transform: none; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: normal; word-wrap: normal; white-space: nowrap; float: none; direction: ltr; max-width: none; max-height: none; min-width: 0px; min-height: 0px; position: relative;" tabindex="0"><span class="math" id="MathJax-Span-977"><span class="mrow" id="MathJax-Span-978"><span class="msubsup" id="MathJax-Span-979"><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-980">E</span><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-981">n</span></span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-982">=</span><span class="mfrac" id="MathJax-Span-983"><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-984">1</span><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-985">2</span></span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-986">(</span><span class="msubsup" id="MathJax-Span-987"><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-988">E</span><span class="texatom" id="MathJax-Span-989"><span class="mrow" id="MathJax-Span-990"><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-991">n</span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-992">−</span><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-993">1</span></span></span></span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-994">+</span><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-995">1</span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-996">)</span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-997">+</span><span class="mfrac" id="MathJax-Span-998"><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-999">1</span><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-1000">2</span></span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1001">(</span><span class="msubsup" id="MathJax-Span-1002"><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-1003">E</span><span class="texatom" id="MathJax-Span-1004"><span class="mrow" id="MathJax-Span-1005"><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-1006">n</span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1007">−</span><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-1008">1</span></span></span></span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1009">+</span><span class="msubsup" id="MathJax-Span-1010"><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-1011">E</span><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-1012">n</span></span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1013">+</span><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-1014">1</span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1015">)</span></span></span><span class="MJX_Assistive_MathML">En=12(En−1+1)+12(En−1+En+1)</span></span>, so <span class="MathJax" data-mathml="<math xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML"><msub><mi>E</mi><mi>n</mi></msub><mo>=</mo><mn>2</mn><msub><mi>E</mi><mrow class="MJX-TeXAtom-ORD"><mi>n</mi><mo>&#x2212;</mo><mn>1</mn></mrow></msub><mo>+</mo><mn>2</mn></math>" id="MathJax-Element-57-Frame" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; display: inline; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-align: left; text-transform: none; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: normal; word-wrap: normal; white-space: nowrap; float: none; direction: ltr; max-width: none; max-height: none; min-width: 0px; min-height: 0px; position: relative;" tabindex="0"><span class="math" id="MathJax-Span-1016"><span class="mrow" id="MathJax-Span-1017"><span class="msubsup" id="MathJax-Span-1018"><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-1019">E</span><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-1020">n</span></span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1021">=</span><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-1022">2</span><span class="msubsup" id="MathJax-Span-1023"><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-1024">E</span><span class="texatom" id="MathJax-Span-1025"><span class="mrow" id="MathJax-Span-1026"><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-1027">n</span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1028">−</span><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-1029">1</span></span></span></span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1030">+</span><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-1031">2</span></span></span><span class="MJX_Assistive_MathML">En=2En−1+2</span></span>.</p>
<p>We have the general recurrence relation. Define <span class="MathJax" data-mathml="<math xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML"><mi>f</mi><mo stretchy="false">(</mo><mi>n</mi><mo stretchy="false">)</mo><mo>=</mo><msub><mi>E</mi><mi>n</mi></msub><mo>+</mo><mn>2</mn></math>" id="MathJax-Element-58-Frame" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; display: inline; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-align: left; text-transform: none; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: normal; word-wrap: normal; white-space: nowrap; float: none; direction: ltr; max-width: none; max-height: none; min-width: 0px; min-height: 0px; position: relative;" tabindex="0"><span class="math" id="MathJax-Span-1032"><span class="mrow" id="MathJax-Span-1033"><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-1034">f</span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1035">(</span><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-1036">n</span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1037">)</span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1038">=</span><span class="msubsup" id="MathJax-Span-1039"><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-1040">E</span><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-1041">n</span></span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1042">+</span><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-1043">2</span></span></span><span class="MJX_Assistive_MathML">f(n)=En+2</span></span> with <span class="MathJax" data-mathml="<math xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML"><mi>f</mi><mo stretchy="false">(</mo><mn>0</mn><mo stretchy="false">)</mo><mo>=</mo><mn>2</mn></math>" id="MathJax-Element-59-Frame" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; display: inline; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-align: left; text-transform: none; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: normal; word-wrap: normal; white-space: nowrap; float: none; direction: ltr; max-width: none; max-height: none; min-width: 0px; min-height: 0px; position: relative;" tabindex="0"><span class="math" id="MathJax-Span-1044"><span class="mrow" id="MathJax-Span-1045"><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-1046">f</span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1047">(</span><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-1048">0</span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1049">)</span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1050">=</span><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-1051">2</span></span></span><span class="MJX_Assistive_MathML">f(0)=2</span></span>. So,</p>
<div class="MathJax_Display"><span class="MathJax" data-mathml="<math xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML" display="block"><mtable columnalign="right left right left right left right left right left right left" rowspacing="3pt" columnspacing="0em 2em 0em 2em 0em 2em 0em 2em 0em 2em 0em" displaystyle="true"><mtr><mtd><mi>f</mi><mo stretchy="false">(</mo><mi>n</mi><mo stretchy="false">)</mo></mtd><mtd><mi></mi><mo>=</mo><mn>2</mn><mi>f</mi><mo stretchy="false">(</mo><mi>n</mi><mo>&#x2212;</mo><mn>1</mn><mo stretchy="false">)</mo></mtd></mtr><mtr><mtd><mspace width="thickmathspace" /><mo stretchy="false">&#x27F9;</mo><mspace width="thickmathspace" /><mi>f</mi><mo stretchy="false">(</mo><mi>n</mi><mo stretchy="false">)</mo></mtd><mtd><mi></mi><mo>=</mo><msup><mn>2</mn><mrow class="MJX-TeXAtom-ORD"><mi>n</mi><mo>+</mo><mn>1</mn></mrow></msup></mtd></mtr></mtable></math>" id="MathJax-Element-60-Frame" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; display: inline; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-align: left; text-transform: none; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: normal; word-wrap: normal; white-space: nowrap; float: none; direction: ltr; max-width: none; max-height: none; min-width: 0px; min-height: 0px; position: relative;" tabindex="0"><span class="math" id="MathJax-Span-1052"><span class="mrow" id="MathJax-Span-1053"><span class="mtable" id="MathJax-Span-1054"><span class="mtd" id="MathJax-Span-1055"><span class="mrow" id="MathJax-Span-1056"><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-1057">f</span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1058">(</span><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-1059">n</span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1060">)</span></span></span><span class="mtd" id="MathJax-Span-1072"><span class="mrow" id="MathJax-Span-1073"><span class="mspace" id="MathJax-Span-1074"></span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1075">⟹</span><span class="mspace" id="MathJax-Span-1076"></span><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-1077">f</span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1078">(</span><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-1079">n</span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1080">)</span></span></span><span class="mtd" id="MathJax-Span-1061"><span class="mrow" id="MathJax-Span-1062"><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-1063"></span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1064">=</span><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-1065">2</span><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-1066">f</span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1067">(</span><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-1068">n</span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1069">−</span><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-1070">1</span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1071">)</span></span></span><span class="mtd" id="MathJax-Span-1081"><span class="mrow" id="MathJax-Span-1082"><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-1083"></span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1084">=</span><span class="msubsup" id="MathJax-Span-1085"><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-1086">2</span><span class="texatom" id="MathJax-Span-1087"><span class="mrow" id="MathJax-Span-1088"><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-1089">n</span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1090">+</span><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-1091">1</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span class="MJX_Assistive_MathML MJX_Assistive_MathML_Block">f(n)=2f(n−1)⟹f(n)=2n+1</span></span></div>
<p>Therefore, <span class="MathJax" data-mathml="<math xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML"><msub><mi>E</mi><mi>n</mi></msub><mo>=</mo><msup><mn>2</mn><mrow class="MJX-TeXAtom-ORD"><mi>n</mi><mo>+</mo><mn>1</mn></mrow></msup><mo>&#x2212;</mo><mn>2</mn><mo>=</mo><mn>2</mn><mo stretchy="false">(</mo><msup><mn>2</mn><mi>n</mi></msup><mo>&#x2212;</mo><mn>1</mn><mo stretchy="false">)</mo></math>" id="MathJax-Element-61-Frame" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; display: inline; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-align: left; text-transform: none; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: normal; word-wrap: normal; white-space: nowrap; float: none; direction: ltr; max-width: none; max-height: none; min-width: 0px; min-height: 0px; position: relative;" tabindex="0"><span class="math" id="MathJax-Span-1092"><span class="mrow" id="MathJax-Span-1093"><span class="msubsup" id="MathJax-Span-1094"><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-1095">E</span><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-1096">n</span></span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1097">=</span><span class="msubsup" id="MathJax-Span-1098"><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-1099">2</span><span class="texatom" id="MathJax-Span-1100"><span class="mrow" id="MathJax-Span-1101"><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-1102">n</span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1103">+</span><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-1104">1</span></span></span></span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1105">−</span><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-1106">2</span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1107">=</span><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-1108">2</span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1109">(</span><span class="msubsup" id="MathJax-Span-1110"><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-1111">2</span><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-1112">n</span></span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1113">−</span><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-1114">1</span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1115">)</span></span></span><span class="MJX_Assistive_MathML">En=2n+1−2=2(2n−1)</span></span></p>
<p>For <span class="MathJax" data-mathml="<math xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML"><mi>n</mi><mo>=</mo><mn>5</mn></math>" id="MathJax-Element-62-Frame" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; display: inline; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-align: left; text-transform: none; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: normal; word-wrap: normal; white-space: nowrap; float: none; direction: ltr; max-width: none; max-height: none; min-width: 0px; min-height: 0px; position: relative;" tabindex="0"><span class="math" id="MathJax-Span-1116"><span class="mrow" id="MathJax-Span-1117"><span class="mi" id="MathJax-Span-1118">n</span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1119">=</span><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-1120">5</span></span></span><span class="MJX_Assistive_MathML">n=5</span></span>, it will give us <span class="MathJax" data-mathml="<math xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML"><mn>2</mn><mo stretchy="false">(</mo><msup><mn>2</mn><mn>5</mn></msup><mo>&#x2212;</mo><mn>1</mn><mo stretchy="false">)</mo><mo>=</mo><mn>62</mn></math>" id="MathJax-Element-63-Frame" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; display: inline; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: normal; text-indent: 0px; text-align: left; text-transform: none; letter-spacing: normal; word-spacing: normal; word-wrap: normal; white-space: nowrap; float: none; direction: ltr; max-width: none; max-height: none; min-width: 0px; min-height: 0px; position: relative;" tabindex="0"><span class="math" id="MathJax-Span-1121"><span class="mrow" id="MathJax-Span-1122"><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-1123">2</span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1124">(</span><span class="msubsup" id="MathJax-Span-1125"><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-1126">2</span><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-1127">5</span></span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1128">−</span><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-1129">1</span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1130">)</span><span class="mo" id="MathJax-Span-1131">=</span><span class="mn" id="MathJax-Span-1132">62</span></span></span><span class="MJX_Assistive_MathML">2(25−1)=62</span></span>.</p>
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<p> </p>odd stuffpoliticsDiane Meyer2016-02-02T06:49:36-06:00Just try to clean the washer
http://respublica.typepad.com/respublica/2016/02/just-try-to-clean-the-washer.html
Washing machines should by their very nature be clean. I mean, really, each time you use one it fills with soap and water. So why do these high efficiency, front loaders, get so icky grimy along the rubber edging inside...<p>Washing machines should by their very nature be clean. I mean, really, each time you use one it fills with soap and water. So why do these high efficiency, front loaders, get so icky grimy along the rubber edging inside the door? And, why is it so hard to remove this stuff?</p>
<p>I'm going to give ours a go today and hope it comes clean.</p>AwfulnessDiane Meyer2016-02-01T08:27:33-06:00Get it over with Iowa
http://respublica.typepad.com/respublica/2016/01/get-it-over-with-iowa.html
I read two tweets over the weekend by two different people which pretty much sums up this primary/caucus season. "I hate this election." "Thank god this whole stupid election is over after Iowa. So others feel as though Iowa is...<p>I read two tweets over the weekend by two different people which pretty much sums up this primary/caucus season.</p>
<ol>
<li>"I hate this election."</li>
<li>"Thank god this whole stupid election is over after Iowa.</li>
</ol>
<p>So others feel as though Iowa is the be all and end all too. and New Hampshire. But let's look at Iowa first, it's sooooo important the media world has camped out there since practically August. On the republican side, how much did it actually end up meaning as far as who became the eventual nominee? I'm only going back to 1976.</p>
<p>Except for the last two election cycles-2008 and 2012, the Iowa winner got the nomination. In 2008 Huckabee won and 2012 saw Santorum.</p>
<p>On the democratic side, except for 1992 when Tom Harkin won Iowa, 1976 when 'uncommitted won and 1988 when Dick Gephardt won, Iowans did pick the eventual nominee.</p>
<p>This kind of makes me sick that one state gets first dibs in a very unusual format. After Iowa candidates will begin to drop out and after New Hampshire more will pack it in until by the time the rest of the states get their turn, most choices will be gone.</p>
<p>But. I don't know whether to laugh or cry. A big blizzard is heading toward Iowa at the same time as the caucuses.</p>politicsDiane Meyer2016-01-31T20:48:57-06:00