Today I am home, hobbled by a bad ankle. Not sure what happened, it was fine yesterday at noon and by 6 PM I could barely walk. The ankle just hurt and I don’t think I hit anything. So I figured to work from home today and then found out my remote access wouldn’t work, I think I used the wrong password too many times and the system has locked me out. I will need to wait to get reset.

Browser Problems?

I noticed last night on my home PC that eg didn’t display as I had formatted it on two separate web browsers in my KDE GUI. I am running SUSE Linux at home. Yet Elaine diplayed properly on her Redhat linux system. Most peculiar. Please let me know if you see a picture at the top of the menu and if the eg logo is lined up with the text in the rap area.


Case Sensitivity


I had added my picture to the top of the menu bar but it wouldn’t display. And it worked on my Windows PC when I set it up. But the Word Press server is on a Linux box and Unix is case sensitive. So, the capitalized PNG in my picture file is not the same as the small png in my code. I think it is fixed now.

Windows is oblivious to case and is a dangerous tool to edit with unless you are going to put the results on a Windows Server.

If everything is looking right, the ‘rap’ (where this text is) should be in TAN, the header area (where the logo is) should be GREEN, the menu to the left should be a PALE YELLLOW and the body background should be a repeated green Celtic Knot motif. Please let me know if you see something different.

Next, I shall try to create a menu header module that will contain my picture and some text commentary.

Style Question

If things came out right, my logo is lined up with the margin of the text content below. Now, the logo has two edges, the white outer edge and the green inner edge. Do you think it is better to align the white or green edge with the text margin?

I’ll leave it on the white edge for a while.

A New Look

I have modified the Cascading Style Sheets to rearrange and recolor exempli gratia. It was interesting, for a while, trying to figure out what would happen if I tweaked THIS or THAT. But in the long run, I would rather have a CSS editor that shows you the changes as you go rather than saving and refreshing.

I thought I had a problem getting the .php index file updated to publish the new look so I asked Elaine to look at it and she said she would tomorrow, but I figured it out on my own. I hope she doesn’t try to fix it in the morning. (I don’t think she cares for the new color scheme)

Let me know how it works with your browser.

Brief Representation Idea

I just want to throw out an idea, no taxation without representation.

Since Congress saw fit some 90+ years ago to limit the number of representatives to 435, the population of the United States has grown quite a bit. As we approach a population of 300 Million citizens, each representative will represent 690,000 citizens. This is not fair.

We shouldn’t expect a representative to represent more than 150,000 citizens. I think a target of 100,000 citizens per representative is a reasonable number. The Constitution set a lower limit (30,000) but never set an upper limit. I think it is time to set one.

More on this later.

Campaign Donation Idea

Many questions and issues have been raised about monetary contributions to political campaigns. As campaigns become more expensive, candidates need to raise more money. But, Fair Election laws limit individual contributions to a relatively low amount so a candidate has to try to gather lots of contributors. Or contributors give their excess moneys to PAC or 527 organizations that then contribute to the candidate or campaign independently for their pet issues.

Either way it ends up as a mess. The candidates can’t vet all their sources and they may not have an incentive to do so. PACs and 527s that promote special interests don’t have any real controls on their activities. But do we need controls?

In some sense I think we do, unbridled contributions by all and sundry lead to either the appearance of a conflict of interest or a real conflict of interest between office-holders and their constituencies. And the appearance, or conflict, does not become apparent until well after the election. But individuals should be allowed to contribute what they want to whomever they want. That’s just basic American values.

I suggest the there be unlimited contributions by registered voters to the candidates of their choice and that there be full disclosure of the contributors within a reasonable time-frame, say 3-5 days, in a public domain. (Given the ubiquity of the Internet, passing the information back to the appropriate election committee and getting them to post it in an organized manner should be straight-forward.) No obscuring or obfuscating the information. The contributors will be identified by their voter registration information so some sort of cross-checking is possible.

I don’t know if there should be a minimum amount that doesn’t need to be publicly posted. Some people might not want it known by the Democratic neighbors that they contributed $50 to a Republican candidate. That can be debated, but putting a non-publicized level in place starts the process of obfuscation. If a citizen can’t participate in the political process because of fear of retribution, then the terrorists have won.

This approach may not eliminate the PACs and other special interest campaign groups, but it may cut back on their input because their contributors may send the money directly to the candidates. Any group that is collecting for referendum campaigns should also be covered by these election contribution rules.

I’m not sure about political party contributions. Should parties be required to provide full disclosure as to who is giving them money? Since the parties can’t contribute to a candidate’s campaign, most of what they would do is run issue ads or party promotional ads. And again, most contributors will probably be going directly to the candidates.

Putting a limitation of only allowing registered voters to contribute will change the political fiscal scene. It will be interesting to see what happens.