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Super Fat Tuesday

Filed under: Politics,Religion — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , — Paddy Wallbouncer @ 8:05 am 2008 February 5

As if we needed another excuse to drink. Today is the day before Ash Wednesday, also known as Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras. Catholics say it’s the last chance to have a good sinning with food, drink, and debauchery before their 40 day fast begins –ending on Easter Sunday. It’s a pretty easy fast. You get to eat pretty much anything you want, anytime you want, except for Fridays when you can’t eat meat. You get to replace your protein fix with fish. It’s not like Ramadan, where you don’t get to eat for a full month while the sun is shining.

The Muslim fast is probably better for the economy since you have to use all that energy on lights and alarm clocks as you gorge yourself early morning and after sundown for a full month. Catholics contribute to the fishermen’s wallet. Electricity and Oil usage for lighting is a little more universal, so the Muslim fast might be considered a little more “Democratic.”

And Speaking of Democratic, 24 states have their presidential primaries today. (21 for the Republican Party) It’s called Super Tuesday because a large percentage of voters will make their voices heard in the presidential primaries. In order to get their parties nomination, a candidate needs to get the vote from over half of the popularly appointed delegates. These delegates’ votes are decided by popular election in the individual states. Republican votes differ slightly, in that the candidate will be awarded all the delegates from each state if they win the popular vote in that state

The Democratic Party results are completely up in the air according to experts. What was once a strong Hillary Clinton lead has seemingly been chiseled away by contender Barack Obama according to the most recent polls. In the Republican runoff most are expecting that the Republican presidential candidate will be a foot race between Arizona Senator McCain and Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

It’s Fat Tuesday, get wacky, go out and vote. We’ll keep you informed of this and other entertaining news.

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