How Do They Know?

First an old joke:


Three men were sitting around and the question came up as to what was the greatest invention of all time.


The first man said, “The internal combustion engine. It gave us cars and planes. Without cars America would never have become as great as it is!”


The second man disagreed, “The computer. It’s changed the world. It got us to the moon. It gave us the internet.”


The third man smugly waited his turn and then gave his answer; “Thermos bottles!”


“Thermos bottles!” replied the other two men incredulously. “Why in the world would you think that thermos bottles are the world’s greatest invention?”


“Well,” replied the third man, “they keep hot things hot and cold things cold.”




“So?” replied the third man, “How do they know?”




There’s a big brouhaha about requiring voters to provide identification at the polling site. Opponents claim that this is merely a ruse to disenfranchise those without identification who tend to be lower income and lower social strata. They also claim that the states enacting the laws have not encountered any voter fraud, therefore it doesn’t need to be fixed.


I need an ID card to get into my work place, or drive a car, get a library card, use a credit card, etc. I guess I’m just used to it. On the other hand, I’m old enough to remember when the original Mayor Richard M. Daley and his political machine ran Chicago. The joke(?) was that Chicagoans should “Vote early and vote often,” and “Even dead people have the right to vote in Chicago.”


However, that was then, this is now. I’m sure today’s politicians are significantly more honest than politicians were back then.


<Sorry – I had to catch my breath.>


In any case, if I can register to vote under any name I choose and not have to prove my identity either while registering or while voting —


How do they know?


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