Heh. I said erection when I really meant election. COMPLIMENT MY CLEVERNESS, DAMMIT.
There’s no time to talk about the results. Let’s talk about why Romney lost.
Essentially, the republican party consists of 3 parts:
- moderate republicans who would like lower taxes
- Libertarians who want drastically smaller governments (i.e. Ron Paul supporters)
- people who want a return to, shall we say, more traditional times (no gay marriage, no abortion, etc.)
Romney needed to appeal to all parts of his base, while Obama’s supporters were much more united. Because of this, Romney has to be against abortion (which he supported up until 2005, which happened to be right around the time he started considering federal politics) and same-sex marriage, (which he’s pretty much always opposed, even after Massachusetts’s supreme court made it legal in 2003) because he can’t alienate that base of voters who oppose those issues.
So what happens? Republican voters are presented with a choice if they’re more liberal when it comes to social issues. They can either side with Republican economic policy, or the Democrats on their social policies. Or, what if you’re a Republican who doesn’t much care for the hardcore religious right? So they vote Democrat for the president, while maybe voting Republican on a more local level.
All of this makes it difficult for a Republican to be elected president. There’s just too many fringe Republicans that give the whole party a bad name. But the party can’t get more moderate because they’ll lose the nutjob vote, which is what keeps things close. What’s the solution? I have no idea, but it’s a tough uphill slog for the party.
Song I Like And Therefore You Should Too
I’m not entirely sure about Windows 8, but the song on the commercial sure is catchy.
The chick who sings the song is named Lenka, I cannot decide whether she’s attractive or not. Feel free to voice your opinion in the comments. Together we will solve this pressing issue.
Freddy: Hey! What the hell is this?
Waiter: [French accent] It’s a bowl of shaudere, sir.
Freddy: Wait a minute, come here. What did you call it? Say it loud enough so everyone can hear. Cone on, say it…
Waiter: Ahem. Shaudere.
Freddy: [raucous laughter] Shau-dere? Shau-dere? It’s chowdah. Say it right!
Waiter: [pause] Shaudear.
Freddy: [laugher] Come back here! I’m not through demeaning you.
Gambling Is Fun
2-1 last week, huh? Not bad. That puts me at 5-1 over the past two weeks. I AM THEREFORE A GAMBLING GOD.
It’s going to be cold in Calgary tomorrow, therefore I’m taking the under (51.5 points) for the Stampeders/Roughriders game. It’s hard to get offense when it’s cold. I’m also going with the Houston Texans minus the one point against the Bears, who I think have had a pretty easy schedule so far. And finally, I’m going with the Lions minus the field goal over the Vikings, who have finally turned back into the Vikings.
Overall record: 69-83-4
A Post You Might Have Missed
If they printed out all my past posts and put them into those spiffy hard-covered leather books, it would be the best library ever. Or maybe the crappiest. Who knows.
Do I have any religious people who read this blog? I bet I won’t after I link to a previous post where I tell people giving back to the church is a bad idea. Keep your eye out for lightning striking me from above.
Nelson’s So Funny
Sometimes I go to who.unfollowed.me and see who stopped following my Twitter updates over the past little while, and then go back and try to figure out which joke was most likely to push them over the edge. Being a detective is fun.
Ohio is just happy it’s making the news for something other than being a ran down wasteland. #election2012
— Nelson Smith (@financialuproar) November 7, 2012
The More You Know
In perhaps the most important executive decision in the history of this blog, I’ve decided to go back to Simple Wikipedia for the second week in a row, but with a twist. I’m going to find Simple Wikipedia definitions for complex things. I spent many hours agonizing this decision. First up, theoretical physics.
String theory is a set of attempts to model the four, known fundamental interactions—gravitation, electromagnetism, strong nuclear force, weak nuclear force—together in one theory. This approach to resolving the alleged conflict between classical physics and quantum physics seeks to quantize—in other words, describe in terms of elementary units—the one classical force, gravitation, yet also to develop a new quantum field theory of the other three fundamental interactions.
Einstein had sought a unified field theory to explain the fundamental interactions within one model revealing the mechanics of the universe. Yet today’s search for a unified field theory that isquantized and that explains matter’s structure, too, is called the search for a theory of everything (ToE). The most prominent contender as a ToE is string theory converted into superstring theory.
Huh. That was still pretty complicated. YOU PROMISED THINGS WOULD BE EASY, SIMPLE WIKIPEDIA.
Dirty Word In Words With Friends
Whore and porn. I like at least one of those things.
If you want to play, my user is ‘nelsmi’. It will be better than porn with a bunch of whores.
Babe Loosely Related To Finance
I’ve been informed that the category is sexist. This affected me about as much as you’d think. (as in, not at all)
This is Kaley Cuoco, from The Big Bang Theory, a show I’ve come to like even though I know it’s just stereotypical nerd humor over and over again. Still, she’s outstanding.
Time For Links
Saj Karsan lives in Vancouver. He thinks a housing crash is likely. So what did he do? He put his money where his mouth is and sold his house. He’s now renting a place. That’s a ballsy call.
Speaking of being bearish on Canadian housing, I wrote a little piece over at Seeking Alpha on ways to short the housing market. You and all your friends and all your friends’ friends should read that. I have no friends.
Most grown men avoid their mother at all costs, unless there’s a free dinner involved. One bucks that trend, starting a blog with his mom. I’d mock some more, but this week the younger half of Boomer and Echo did a nice job comparing free chequing accounts in Canada.
I think Mr. Money Moustache is a little bit insane. (Okay, a lot bit insane.) But I continue to read him because his stuff is interesting, until he tells me I should bicycle everywhere. Nope, not happening. Anyway, go check out his interview about peak oil.
Funancials voted for the Libertarian candidate in the U.S. presidential election. It’s fun when people throw away their vote.
I heart JT because he’s the only PF blogger who will actually look past the S&P 500 when it comes to investing ideas. He points out the reasons why companies will fall off Wall Street’s radar.
Holy Potato says you should never buy a company based on a takeover rumor. But what if you know like, for sure, that it’s gonna happen? Huh? Didn’t think of that, didja smart guy?
The Big Cajun Man points out that time is the most important financial variable. He’s more right than those lustful feelings you had about young Kaley up there.
And finally, Adina continues her streak of quality over at Timeless Finance, as she gives a first-hand account of what it’s like to grow up in a communist country. In Soviet Russia, oppression creates you.
Mmm… mini donuts prepared by a dirtbag without a high school diploma.
Have a good week everyone.