Two things of importance today, other than a nice bike ride both to, and I hope from, work. Today is presidential primary day in Washington state. This "election" is costing taxpayers $10 million and it allocates only 25 percent of the states delegates, none of whom will be Democrats. My ballot is due in the mail but I'm not going to bother with it. Why you ask? First, as a Democrat, it's a waste of time and a stamp. Democratic delegates were chosen through a caucus a week or so back. Caucus delegates will go the county convention, and from there delegates will be selected to the state convention where the national convention delegates will be selected. The Democratic primary vote is merely a beauty contest. A waste of money good for nothing more than bragging rights.
The second reason I didn't vote is that it called for me to check a party "loyalty oath" on the envelope, declaring myself to have not participated in another party's nominating process. I could have done this, checked the Republican or Democrat box and no one would have been the wiser. Plus, there is no legal penalty for doing so, not like there is a penalty for being a felon and voting, that sort of thing. I thought about voting Republican, checking the box and all. I'm not sure what would happen if I checked the Democrat box and cast a Republican vote. The notice on the envelope didn't address that. The Republican votes count for 51 percent of the delegate allocation, while the Republican caucus allocated 49 percent of the delegates. Heck, I don't say the Pledge of Allegiance, so there's no way I'm signing a stupid loyalty oath to a political party. Morons.
And speaking of people who are not all that smart, I received a call from a former student's mother today. The student became a former student when she dropped my class today. This student told her mother that she was dropping the class because I told her she wasn't capable of writing at an eighth grade level and that she was stupid and there was no way she was going to pass the class. I was under the impression that this student was in the Running Start program that allows high school students to take college classes if they qualify but now it seems she's a high school graduate. Now, I'll never be confused for the nicest, or even most tactful teacher in eh world, or even on my campus, but even should I think a student is stupid, even though unfocused or lazy might be more apt, I'd never say it to his or her face. In one class today we touched on the difference between being honest and being brutally frank. I can't wait to see if this student posts at myprofessor.com or whatever the hell that site is called.