A Weekly Offering of This n That

Rainy Day is my alter ego. She is the little angel that sits on one shoulder and whispers in my ear to forgo that 6" piece of triple chocolate fudge with the four scoops of ice cream on it; she is also the little devil who sits on my other shoulder and convinces me that I can eat just one bite of each and be satisfied, and then laughs with such great abandon when in fact, I eat the whole thing, she falls off my shoulder. Mostly, Rainy Day helps me see the humor in living and, mostly, she encourages me down the right path. Not necessarily the straight and narrow one (how fun is that?) but the path that offers the most adventure and fun.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Rainy Day and CNN's Quick Vote

There was a time when Rainy Day was a News Junkie, but any more, she skims the headlines, reads a few articles on line, perhaps comments now and then, but that's about it. Except for the polls and Quick Vote on CNN.com.

CNN has a daily Quick Vote, except it isn't daily. Rainy Day has the sneaking suspicion they leave it up until they get the numbers they're looking for. Of course, it isn't a scientific poll, one can vote as often as one wants, possibly skewing the results no end. And, does anyone besides Rainy Day pay any attention?

Sometimes, they have some pretty good ones, such as:

1. Which quality is most important in a vice-presidential candidate?
            Common touch
            Great hair

Rainy Day thinks Great Hair should be a really good call – not! But, she did find the question a bit confusing. Nothing about intelligence was asked, or education. Not one question about issues, or stance on Foreign Affairs. What does Common touch mean? Can the person relate to the Common woman? And what makes a person Electable? An ability to tell lies with a sincere smile? And where do they get Experience at being a VP?

The last time she looked, Experience stood at 61%, Great hair at 16%, Electability at 12%, and Common touch at 11%.

Now this one is sort of interesting, offered due to the twitter dust-up between Ann & Mitt Romney and Hillary Rosen:

2. If you had the means to do without the income from a job, would you work outside the home?

At the moment it's 50% would, 50% would not.

The problem with this question is, in Rainy Day's mind, it is really too simple. Men, so Rainy Day has been told, need the job to feel good about themselves. Especially if it is a job of power. Women, on the other hand, may want to escape their husbands, kids, and the confines of their jail, uh, home, for a while;-) (Men have a need to bring the meat home, so to speak, whether in the form of a carcass or a paycheck. Women have the need for intelligent conversation.)

Rainy Day thinks the question should have been carefully considered and reworded. Perhaps along the lines of: "If you could afford to stay home to raise your children, and not lower your standard of living, or their health care, would you chose to do so?"

Rainy Day also wonders how many women who like Ann Romney chose to stay home had domestic help – nannies, cooks, maids, etc.?

All of the women Rainy Day knows are in the 99%, and most of them truly wish they could have had the option to stay home to raise their children, without going on the Welfare Rolls, but it wasn't an option. They had to work in order to provide or help provide shelter, food, and clothing for their families. They had at least two full time jobs – that of housewife and mother and that of worker bee.

Rainy Day thinks CNN needs to get someone else to write their Quick vote questions.

In the meantime, Rainy Day is still trying to decide who to vote for based on their having Great Hair. Hmmmm....Rachel Maddow? G. W. Bailey? Sasha Alexander? David Boreanaz? Kyra Sedgewick? George Clooney? Mary McDonnell? Gary Cole? --- so much hair and only one vote....

Oh, they've added a new question for this week.

3. Do you believe your home life has suffered because you work too many hours?
Yes is 65%
No is 35%

Rainy Day couldn't, in clear conscience answer. You see, she has no job and she has no home life. Rainy Day isn't sure she has a life, but that's a whole different topic. Trust her.

So, CNN, news central for the world, puts up these burning questions, and leaves them either until they get the numbers they want, or a better one comes along, Rainy Day isn't sure which. But, Rainy Day does wonder, are these questions indicative not just of the office people they hire, but of their reporters and their reporting abilities? Is this part of the Dumbing Down of America?

But, what Rainy Day really wants to know is, would you really vote for a person because they have Great Hair?

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