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It’s a BAD, BAD, BAD, BAD, BAD, BAD, feeling


Sun, Dec 17th, 2000
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Monday, December 4, 2000

Every once in a blue moon my computer will react strongly to some illegal operation I have performed and give me an output that reads: BAD, BAD, BAD, BAD, BAD, BAD. It’s a total unsettling feeling.

Unfortunately, it’s the same feeling I have about the recent presidential election. It’s not just an unpleasant feeling, but a BAD, BAD, BAD, BAD, BAD, BAD feeling.

It seems only right and just that the ultimate fight for the presidency should have ended up in the courts, the same venue where the business world fights its quarrels.

Nader was right. These were two corporations going after each other; the campaigns nothing more than Madison Avenue media blitzes. And in the end, both sides got out their slick hired guns to duel it out in front of the Supreme Court robes. Where else could this election have ended up but in the bloody courts?

Both parties accused the other of trying to steal the election. “They’re going to steal it. You wait and see,” one Republican friend told me. “Gore’s going to win it, yet.”

Conversely, a life-long Democrat I know, accused the Republicans of weaseling out the election. “What about the 19,000 screwed up ballots in West Palm Beach that they threw out?” he asked. “Bush never won Florida!”

Well, barring some last minute intervention from the election gods, it looks like George Bush, who seems to have failed to win a plurality of votes nationally, will be our president. The Saturday Night Live folks will have a field day.

Bush has Dick Cheney heading up his transition team. The future vice-president, who just days ago was hooked to heart monitors and other medical apparatus, looks as fit as a fiddle.

The joke making the rounds is that Cheney, the poster boy for the conservative cause, really went into the hospital for a heart transplant, but that they couldn’t find a “compassionate conservative” anywhere to act as a donor.

This election, with its third-world turmoil in determining a winner in Florida, has revealed the chaos that lays beneath the election process: faulty election machines, butterfly ballots, and pregnant, dimpled and assaulted chads.
If there is one certainty about this election, it is the fact that we are never going to get a 100% accurate count in Florida; we will never know if we really elected the right guy. It is also very clear that the American public wants some changes in our electoral process so that .....
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Dorothy Willmarth

Sun, Dec 17th, 2000
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Dorothy Willmarth, 85, a retired Spring Valley High School custodian, died Tuesday, November 28, 2000, in Maple Manor Nursing Home.

Dorothy Denny was born December 1, 1914, in Minneapolis. She married Hugh Willmarth in Spring Valley on Novem ..... 
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Bruce A. Skarstad

Sun, Dec 17th, 2000
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Bruce Skarstad, 81, of Arleta, CA, formerly of Peterson, died at his home November 23, 2000.

He was born July 22, 1919, in Peterson, to Dr. N.A. and Bertha (Thompson) Skarstad. He was a Rushford High School graduate, a WW II U.S. Army veteran ..... 
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Dorris Finley Serfling

Sun, Dec 17th, 2000
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Dorris Balcome Finley Serfling, age 100, of Spring Valley, died Tuesday afternoon, November 28, 2000, at the Spring Valley Care Center.

Dorris Balcome was born April 2, 1900, in Jordan Township, Fillmore County, the daughter of Frank L. and C ..... 
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