Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Familiar stories

The State newspaper picked up Hutchins Cat Woman story:
I swear, I think we could write about a park bench and it would show up everywhere else.

A cute piece submitted by funny man David Martin is at the bottom of this entry.
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by David Martin

“Research Project for Ms. Anne Thrope’s Grade 9 American History
Class” by Diana “Di” Ogenes

This is my research project for my American History class. It
is a project which required research about history. It was assigned
by Ms. Thorpe and she said it had to be 500 words long! That’s a lot
of words but I counted them all and I think I even have a few extra.
I chose for my research project “Who voted for George W. Bush
and why?” In a democracy like the one that we have, I think it is
important for people to vote. And I thought it would be interesting
to find out why people voted for Mr. Bush.
My dad says that anyone who voted for Bush is an idiot. But I
don’t think that’s fair. After all, almost half of the voters voted
for him and they can’t all be dummies, can they?
For my research project, I chose the personal interview
method. Since Mr. Bush won in our Congressional district, I figured
it would be easy to choose some names from the phone book and ask them
if they voted for Mr. Bush and how come. I’m not sure why, but that
method didn’t seem to work very well.
First I spoke to our mayor, Mr. Blo Harde. Since he’s a
registered Republican, I was pretty sure that he voted for Mr. Bush.
But Mr. Harde said he couldn’t remember who he voted for. He said
that 2004 was a long time ago and he was pretty busy on election day
and he’s just not sure which lever he pulled. In fact, the more he
thought about it, the more he said he was pretty sure he didn’t vote
for Mr. Bush.
Next up, I tried Mr. Manny Baggs who runs the local bank. My
dad told me that Mr. Baggs definitely would have voted for Bush just
to get a tax cut. But when I called Mr. Baggs, he said that he thinks
he voted for John Kerry in 2004. When I asked him about the 2000
election, he said he might have voted for Bush but that was six years
ago and he couldn’t really remember.
I also called Mr. Baggs’s wife, Sadd L. Baggs. She’s the
president of the local Women’s League of Republican Voters so I’m
almost positive that she voted for the President. I asked her if she
voted for Mr. Bush and, not surprisingly, she said yes. But when I
asked if she voted for him in 2000, too, she said: “Oh, you mean
George W. Bush. I meant that I voted for George H. W. Bush in 1988
and in 1992. I don’t think I ever voted for his son.”
I must have called a dozen different people who are registered
Republicans but not one of them said that they voted for our
President. The sports editor of our local paper said he voted for a
Bush recently but it turns out he voted for Reggie Bush for the
Heisman Trophy last year. But after the scandal broke about Reggie
Bush taking money from marketing agents while in college, the editor
called me back and denied even voting for that Bush.
Like I said, I hoped to find out why people voted for George
W. Bush but I haven’t had much luck. On the other hand, I think I may
have discovered something even more interesting. From my research, it
might be possible that nobody voted for Mr. Bush. Isn’t that funny?


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