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The Tabloid Age

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on September 13, 2014 at 1:50 PM

I have a certain respect for the power of storytelling. I've been working on a fairly big project for some time now, and as politics has recently ground down into a steady routine of some people spewing hatred about Obama, while other express disappointment that he doesn't magically redeem the country, I've taken to focusing on that, more than other things. Like politics. But as I look at things, I can't help but think we've lowered ourselves, and the only ones who are benefiting are the people racing to the bottom.

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Michigan Governor's Race Proves Politics Is All About Perception

Posted by TreyL on September 10, 2014 at 1:49 AM

During Super Bowl XLVIII this past February, Governor Rick Snyder (R-MI) ran an ad proclaiming himself "Michigan's Comeback Kid," claiming Michigan's economy was prosperous and wonderful, and the ad even featured Snyder going scuba diving in his own swimming pool. The Republican Governors Association ran ads featuring Sleeping Bear Dunes at sunset (Quite a beautiful, Pure Michigan sight, I might add) and Mackinac Island claiming Michigan's economy was vibrant and while not saying directly that Snyder deserved a second term, proclaimed "The Schauer's Over," a swipe at Mr. Snyder's Democratic challenger, former Congressman Mark Schauer. However even with little name recognition, Mark Schauer's message was getting through to Michiganders, and the race has been close, tied, or even shown Schauer leading since they started polling the election back in December of 2012. Instantly, Snyder's campaign turned negative, abandoning all of Snyder's so-called "accomplishments," and started slinging mud at Schauer. It just goes to show you, all politics is perception.

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George W. Bush Calls on Bill Clinton for #ALSIceBucketChallenge

Posted by obamaluv on August 20, 2014 at 8:50 PM

There's some light and fun news in the political world. The power of social media has proven to be a force of positivity with the worldwide spread of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Most recently, former President George W. Bush has involuntarily participated in the challenge saying, "I do not think it's Presidential for me to be splashed with ice water, so I'm simply gonna write you a check." His wife Laura clearly didn't think that was sufficient as she douses her husband in ice water.

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The Hypocrisy and Contradiction of Today's Right

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on July 23, 2014 at 11:00 AM

Words matter, but meanings matter more. When it comes down to it, yes, the President once promised you could keep you doctor and your insurance, and failed to completely fulfill that promise. But the President made a good faith effort to extend healthcare to millions of Americans, and the judicial activism of the right has, in bad faith, created a ruling that could strip that from millions of Americans.

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Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, and Rape Culture

Posted by TreyL on July 18, 2014 at 10:42 PM

Trigger Warning

Earlier this week, failed 2012 Senate candidate from Missouri Todd Akin officially rescinded his apology for his "Legitimate Rape" comment, saying "This was something that was intentionally misunderstood and twisted for political purposes. Also in 2012, Senate candidate from Indiana Richard Mourdock said in a debate that he thinks abortion should be illegal even in cases of rape and incest because, "When pregnancy begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it's something that God intended to happen." We've heard the term Rape Culture quite often and heard things about the song "Blurred Lines," but why haven't we heard about how when our politicians trivialize rape that it only furthers this notion?

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About me/Refugees or Illegals?

Posted by TreyL on July 16, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Hello fellow Democrats and Liberals!

My name's Trey, I'm 19, and a sophomore at Western Michigan University, and despite coming from a family chock full of Republicans, I'm a Democrat. I'm openly gay and am a direct immigrant descendant.

That leads me into the topic of my first entry here on WatchBlog: The immigrant children crisis in the Southwest.

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Ah, that's gratitude for ya.

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on June 13, 2014 at 8:37 PM

After several years of doing his best to obstruct the Obama Administration, and impress Republican voters, they dumped him for a Tea Partier named David Brat. So, as is appropriate for the New Republican Congress, Conservative dogma and theory has overtaken practice and perspective on history. Well, Eric, you should have seen this coming.

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Dependence and The Long Range Bet of Climate Change

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on June 5, 2014 at 4:28 PM

If you've ever played a game like StarCraft, you'll be familiar with what they call a dependency tree, a set of things you have to develop, like buildings, units, or whatever before you can build better and more powerful units, buildings, and defenses. Game developers do this to help mirror one part of the reality of warfare in this simulation, the fact that having certain units depends on having certain facilities, certain kinds of expertise, and so on and so forth. A complex civilization, army, or whatever, doesn't just spring out from nowhere.

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A Revolting Failure

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on May 19, 2014 at 6:02 PM

I can't say I didn't see this coming. The answer to the eternal question, "what would happen if we gave a Tea Party, and nobody came?" has been answered. You would think these people would have seen this coming, too, but it's coming as a shock to many of them.

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Twenty Sigma: Chaos and Order in American Governance.

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on April 22, 2014 at 10:44 AM

1987's crash, Black Monday, shouldn't have happened. Yes, morally, that's true, but I'm not simply talking about that. I'm talking about in statistical terms, if we're dealing with things from a normal distribution. We should have been able to wait billions of years and never see a day on the stock market like this, the odds being 10 to the 50th power that things would ever turn out that way.

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Hope is Optional. Change isn't.

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on March 26, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Recently, I've started doing thirty-minute walks about every day, during my lunch hour in the city I work. For the sake of variety, I try not to take the same route too much. Having done so for a while, I've seen much of my city, many of the layers of change that it has undergone, and that it continues to undergo. More than ever, it leads me to see the necessity for actively dealing with our nation's change.

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Public Sector Still Slowing Job Gains

Posted by Adam Ducker on March 10, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Comparing public and private sector job growth to other recessions shows a pretty stark contrast.

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America Contradicts Itself, For it Contains Multitudes

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on February 4, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Glenn Beck's response to a Super Bowl Commercial that showed a diverse selection of Americans, and "America the Beautiful" in multiple languages is correct in almost every way, except the way that matters most. He says that one's reaction to such a commercial can set one apart, that if one doesn't like the diversity presented, that you won't feel like you fit in, that you'll feel like a racist or something. Well, if the shoe fits...

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Republicans and Boiling Water on the Stove

Posted by Stephen Daugherty on January 23, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Sometimes we'd like to do without pain, without fear and shame. So often, it makes us vulnerable to those we'd rather not be vulnerable to. However, despite the fact that this is often true, and as a Democrat I've had to deal with such issues in my party, I find that it's useful to have a sense of where your limits are, and what behaviors you should not repeat.

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