Caucuses: 27 delegates
Romney won this state, a longtime GOP stronghold, in 2008. Sarah Palin, the former governor and vice presidential nominee, showed up to vote at a caucus on Tuesday.
Primary: 76 delegates
Gingrich, who represented a Georgia district in Congress for 20 years, won the Peach State, raising his hopes for next week's primaries in Alabama and Mississippi. Gingrich had almost 50 percent of the vote, with Romney beating Santorum for second place.
Caucuses: 32 delegates
This state has a large Mormon population, and as expected, Romney won in landslide.
Primary: 41 delegates
Romney, the former governor, won handily with more than 70 percent of the vote. Santorum was a distant second, garnering 12 percent.
Caucuses: 28 delegates
Santorum won the caucuses, with Paul finishing second. The Texan spoke at a caucus Tuesday in Fargo.
Primary: 66 delegates
Romney won by a slim margin. The state was considered the big prize of the night, particularly since it's such an important state in the general election.
Ohio is also key because this Rust Belt state borders Michigan, where Romney was raised, and Pennsylvania, Santorum's home state.
Primary: 43 delegates
This socially conservative state with a large population of evangelical Christians was won by Santorum with about 34 percent of the vote. Romney and Gingrich were in tight battle for second.
Primary: 58 delegates
Santorum won the Volunteer State, another conservative state, with about 38 percent. Though Gingrich was a lawmaker from neighboring Georgia, Romney finished second, with 28 percent, while Gingrich had about 23 percent.
Primary: 17 delegates
Romney, the former governor of neighboring Massachusetts, won with about 40 percent. Vermont, known for its independent spirit and liberal leanings, helped Paul make a strong showing, as he and Santorum each won almost 25 percent of the votes.
Primary: 49 delegates
Romney won with 60 percent, with Paul second. Santorum and Gingrich, who lives in Virginia, failed to get on the ballot.
Events in my life 15 years ago... from my journal:
- Nephew Peter is a month old and Nephew Michael is about a year and a half. Unfortunately, I turn 31. "I got a walkman from my parents. Michael liked Pearl Jam when it came thru the Walkman... Petie was more into Nirvana..."
- Primary season starts !! (which I'm always interested in) Bob Dole wins the Iowa caucuses. Pat Buchanan comes in 2nd after having already won contests in Louisiana and Alaska. Then the NH primary...Buchanan beats Dole there. Steve Forbes wins the Delaware primary and then the Arizona primary. Dole wins in ND and SD. The race is wide open!
- "We went over to Brian and Debbie's on Sunday. Michael is repeating words now. What a smart kid... Peter hasn't shown the same intelligence, but give him time, he's just two months old..." Michael "likes to run at you full speed so you have to grab him and pick him up. He rolls a ball across the floor and says "bowling." Now that's smart ! Peter's OK too."
- Today was the Massachusetts primary (aswell as 7 or 8 other states). I voted for Forbes. I go for those non-politician types..." Dole wins all the primaries, so pulls ahead of the others and looks like he is going to get the nomination.
- "F and I had a nice weekend last weekend... We went down to Yarmouth on Cape Cod and stayed at a place called the Ocean Club. It was a great place ! It had a jacuzzi, 3 rooms, 2 bathrooms, 3 TV's, a fireplace, a kitchen, a nice view, 3 beds... a little more than we needed, but since it was in the off-season, it didn't cost much for what we got. I really enjoyed it... We walked on the beach a little, went out to dinner at a nice restaurant... On Sunday we drove over to the Cape Cod National Seashore, to Nauset Light, then over to the Natural History Museum in Brewster where we took a nature walk.
F slipped waist-deep into the marsh...
She was jumping over some water onto a little island but she jumped too far and went right into the deep water up to her waist. It was more funny than traumatic. Good thing the weather was pretty nice... not too cold... We walked back up to the Natural History Museum and she changed into some dry clothes..."
- My father turns 56 and there's a family get-together at my parents' house.
10 years ago in my life, here's what was happening...
- Meggie gets a new stable in Kirkton.
- My parents return from a trip to Alaska
- Linda's Uncle Jim and Aunt Suzanne visit from Canada. We go to Kirkcudbright, Threave Castle and Mabie House.
- We keep getting the flu.
- We go to Manchester to visit Granada Studios and the set of Coronation Street. We see Vera Duckworth and Les Battersby.
- We see the illuminations in Blackpool on the way back.
- Linda is off work for several weeks with no energy. It's discovered she has M. E.
More goings on 10 years ago this month...
- Jenny went to Dublin to visit Nicole and Allan.
- My mother turned 60. My parents are in their RV driving around Alaska at this time.
- Linda's school holiday ends. Jenny also goes back as a student at Linda's school.
- Nephew Mike starts kindergarten soon.
- Meggie gets a new stable in Kirkton.
McCain selects Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate… WHAT ??!!??? That is totally out of the blue, isn’t it ?
It’s not a bad idea to put a woman on the ticket, but could he have possibly found anyone more unknown ???? I’ve never heard of her, anyway. And maybe a running mate who is a bit more experienced, too. She’s barely older than ME (and I’m still just a kid). I mean, if McCain dies in office (he’s old, you know), do we really want someone like this running things ?
Well, those are my initial reactions, anyway. Like I said, I don’t know much about her yet.
I can’t help but think this is somehow aimed at wooing female Hillary Clinton voters over to the dark side. But only STUPID people would vote for someone based purely on their gender, Shirley.
Here are some interesting tidbits from Wikipedia on Sarah Palin:
In 1984, Palin was second-place in the Miss Alaska beauty pageant …. won Miss Congeniality.
Palin holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Idaho where she also minored in politics.
Her husband, Todd, is a Native Yup'ik Eskimo
On September 11, 2007, the Palins' son Track joined the Army. Eighteen years old at the time, he is the eldest of Palin's five children. Track now serves in an infantry brigade and will be deployed to Iraq in September. She also has three daughters: Bristol, 17, Willow, 13, and Piper, 7. On April 18, 2008, Palin gave birth to her second son, Trig Paxson Van Palin, who has Down syndrome. She returned to the office three days after giving birth. Palin refused to let the results of prenatal genetic testing change her decision to have the baby. "I'm looking at him right now, and I see perfection," Palin said. "Yeah, he has an extra chromosome. I keep thinking, in our world, what is normal and what is perfect?"
Details of Palin's personal life have contributed to her political image. She hunts, eats moose hamburger, ice fishes, rides snowmobiles, and owns a float plane. Palin holds a lifetime membership with the National Rifle Association. She admits that she used marijuana when it was legal in Alaska, but says that she did not like it.
I've had a chance to see and hear her on TV just now, and I must say, I like her. She's very likeable. Easy on the eyes and loads of personality. Still, don't like the hunting and guns very much.
I'm a bit down that Obama didn't do better. He did OK, but Clinton came out ahead in the big states like New York and California... I would've liked him to have won one of those. The delegates are awarded proportionally in most places, tho, instead of winner take all... so they both came out about even at the end of the night. Bummed that Obama didn't beat Clinton in Massachusetts...
McCain looks like he's on the way to the Republican nomination, winning the big contests. Romney won some western states but it looks like he won't catch up to McCain. Huckabee did surprisingly well in some places, winning some southern states.
1. I once had a bean from the game "Don't Spill the Beans" stuck in my nose.
2. I was a boy scout.
3. I've shaken hands with Douglas Wilder.
4. I'm at my beardiest ever at the moment.
5. I used to be in the Boston University MBA program (for about a week)
6. A grandfather of mine died as a result of a tsunami caused by the Alaskan earthquake of 1964.
7. I'm Time's Man of the Year. And so are You.
8. I used to date a Korean, a Burmese and a Hong Kong-ese girl (but not simultaneously)
9. I have never been on a horse.
10. I don't have an abnormal fondness for cheese, but hundreds (perhaps thousands) think I do.
Read in Wikipedia about Chicken, Alaska:
Chicken was settled by gold miners in the late 1800s and in 1902 the local post office was established requiring a community name. Due to the prevalence of ptarmigan in the area that name was suggested as the official name for the new community, however, the spelling could not be agreed on and Chicken was used to avoid embarrassment.
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Excerpts from http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/1145161
ST. LOUIS - The first humans to spread across North America may have been seal hunters from France and Spain.
This runs counter to the long-held belief that the first human entry into the Americas was a crossing of a land-ice bridge that spanned the Bering Strait about 13,500 years ago.
Humans may have crossed the Atlantic on boats... Art from that era indicates that Solutrean populations in northern Spain were hunting marine animals, such as seals, walrus, and tuna. They may have ventured into the ice floes in much the same way that the Inuit in Alaska and Greenland do today.
Inuit use large, open hunting boats constructed from animal skins for longer trips or big hunts. These boats, called umiaq, can hold a dozen adults, as well as several children, dead seals or walruses, and even dog-sled teams. Inuit have been building these boats for thousands of years, and Stanford believes that Solutrean people may have used a similar design.
It's possible that some groups of these hunters ventured out as far as Iceland, where they may have gotten caught up in the prevailing currents and were carried to North America.
"You get three boats loaded up like this and you would have a viable population," Stanford said. "You could actually get a whole bunch of people washing up on Nova Scotia."
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"They have invented a myth that Jews were massacred and place this above God, religions and the prophets," the outspoken right-winger declared in a speech carried live on state television.
"If somebody in their country questions God, nobody says anything, but if somebody denies the myth of the massacre of Jews, the Zionist loudspeakers and the governments in the pay of Zionism will start to scream," he said.
"Our proposal is this: give a piece of your land in Europe, the United States, Canada or Alaska so they [the Jews] can create their own state."
In October, he said Israel "must be wiped off the map", and last week said Israel was a "tumour" that should be moved to Germany or Austria
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's spokesperson said menacingly that "thank God, Israel has the means at its disposal to bring about the downfall of this extremist regime in Iran".
"There will be no second 'final solution'," Raanan Gissin said.
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