4/27/2009

Google today only

I haven't posted anything ham radio related here on justinmattes.com in awhile so I figured it was time. The entries have been kind of lengthy so this is short and sweet. Today is Samuel F.B. Morse's birthday so Google wanted to honor him the best they could. I actually did a report on Morse in school once, back then we didn't HAVE Google so that stunk!! ?Anyway it's a cool way to celebrate Morse's birthday and promote the use of Morse Code

4/11/2009

"Swing Vote" and the ALPCA Elections

While I have written about both politics and ALPCA, I have never addressed ALPCA politics on this blog.......until I watched the movie Swing Vote. While the elections of officers of a license plate collector's Club don't even come close to the President of the United States, I went to bed staring at the 2009 ALPCA elections form. I took away from the movie what everyone else did, every votes counts (no comments from the peanut gallery. The movie is about this loser of a father, Bud Johnson (Kevin Costner) getting forced by his daughter Molly (Madeline Carroll) to go do his civic duty and VOTE. Bud, half drunk, stumbles into the voting booth and is about to cast his ballot and (of course) the machine fails. Molly casts his vote for him, but somehow it doesn't count. This time the election officials figure out Bud's vote will decide the fate of the entire Presidential election. Once everyone in America finds out the fate of the election is in Bud's hands, he becomes an overnight political icon. This simple man with dreams attempts to give folks a voice, with a little prodding from Molly! Of course it wreaks of the debacle in 2000 but the one thing I really liked about the movie, is while both sides pull out all the stops Bud remains on the fence. Each candidate shows they both will do absolutely ANYTHING to get that one vote, even though it means some bribery. The irony behind the movie was panned by most movie critics who invoke the 2000 election, but my folks and I enjoyed it!
For the ALPCA members,especially this running for the Board, reading this note, I have made up my mind on the Directors for 2009, but not VP. No I am not going to name names on here, I seldom ever do. However if you haven't voted yet, or even if you have, rent Swing Vote. Yeah it's corny and far-fetched, then again..... but rent it. It will definitely open your eyes!
Good luck to the candidates.....See you in Erie
Since I wrote about ALPCA I'll throw a plug in the for the ALPCA Garden State Region Meet on November 21,2009 in Waldwick,NJ