Rand Paul and That Angry Fractured Electorate

Posted by Keeley on February 5, 2016 at 4:43 PM

While analyzing why Rand Paul's campaign collapsed after seeming to be in a relatively strong position a year or so ago, there is a simple possibility that might help explain why. The three R's: Rand, Ron, and Ross have - over the years starting with Perot - finally galvanized a significant portion of the electorate who are fed up with mainstream politics. No kidding. But the next step in that chain of logic is: it has encouraged the veritable wave of very successful insurgency campaigns like Sanders on the left and Carson on the evangelical and conservative side, and Ted Cruz.

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Decent result in Iowa

Posted by Christine & John on February 1, 2016 at 10:48 PM

I am not a fan of Trump or Cruz, the two top winners. But it is good that Trump did not come in first; Cruz didn't win big and Rubio came close. Maybe Cruz and Trump will smash each other leaving Rubio. Rubio is not my first choice. I think he has the capacity to be a great president, but he is too young and inexperienced. We don't want another Obama. But when I compare him to Trump, Cruz or (heaven forfend) Hillary, Rubio looks good.

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How to fight Obama overreach

Posted by Christine & John on January 30, 2016 at 12:08 AM

Obama now wants firms to report on race and gender and salaries with an eye toward harassing firms toward what he considers equality. Let's just say no. I am determined to supply false data whenever I can get away with it. I am a person of white, but when asked about it, what if I randomly choose my race. I check anything except white. After all, who knows? I don't know my ancestry farther back than my grandparents. Let's just assume that there is a lot of diversity there.

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Sweden and Certitudes on Illegal Immigration

Posted by Keeley on January 29, 2016 at 11:13 AM

Sweden's left-wing government has announced it will deport about 45% of the 160 thousand refugees who poured into the country last year - many as a result of the Syrian Civil War. That means up to 80 thousand refugees deported on flights out of Sweden.

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The Fox, the Manhattan Mammal, and the Wolves: a Fable

Posted by Keeley on January 27, 2016 at 6:22 PM

Manhattan, the Island of many hills, once upon a time had a varied bunch of mammals roaming it's woodsy, swampy, stream-filled ecosystems, according to a project to unearth what Manhattan was like before the Dutch and then everyone else came, at Welikia.org. You had black bears, mountain lions, bog turtles and timber rattlesnakes, for example.

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Hello Joe

Posted by Christine & John on January 25, 2016 at 12:01 PM

My bold prediction is that Hillary will not be the nominee. She is too poor a candidate with too much baggage. She certainly acted unethically with her email and the Clinton Foundation and maybe illegally. She cannot get out from under her behavior. My forecast is that she will develop a "health problem" sometime between March and June and be unable to continue. This health problem may have real roots, since she is old and tired compared to younger candidates and even compared to Bernie. So what's next?

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There ain't enough beer in the world to make that woman look good

Posted by Christine & John on January 19, 2016 at 7:10 PM

Watching Sara Palin live endorse Donald Trump. She is like the crazy woman at the bar, they one whose eye contact you try to avoid. Even Trump must be embarrassed. OMG. FUBAR. In a rational and just world, this "endorsement" would finish anybody's candidacy. I guess I am an angry old guy, angry at the stupidity of Sara Palin, angry that intelligence takes a back seat to retard passion. It leads me to the wisdom of my youth - "There ain't enough beer in the world to make that woman look good."

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When young people who want to get rich think of ways to do it, politics should not be among the top choices.

Posted by Christine & John on January 16, 2016 at 1:09 PM

I just read a story about Chelsea Clinton buying a $10 million apartment in NYC. She seems a nice and smart woman, but with a history degree it would seem to be hard to make those bucks at her young age. It is a sad commentary on our times. One should not be able to amass a multi-million dollar fortune based on involvement in politics alone. It is part of the crony-capitalism that has developed as government has grown.

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The Moment Ted Cruz Looked Like a Frat Boy

Posted by Keeley on January 15, 2016 at 1:18 PM

Does the GOP want Ted Cruz as its nominee for President of the USA? It's still an open question of course, but perhaps the exchange with Trump on New York values illustrates the difference between what appear to be the top two GOP choices going into Iowa and New Hampshire.

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Obama's Last Address and the Standard Social Science Model

Posted by Keeley on January 14, 2016 at 8:54 PM

President Obama's State of the Union address was precisely what you would expect from him in his last year of office: a call to protect his perceived legacy. And it in fact is not his legacy really, but a larger concept that exists under the progressive world view. And facts that don't fit into that world view are downplayed or ignored.

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Is Gun Violence Really a Pathology?

Posted by Keeley on January 8, 2016 at 7:57 PM

According to the Prevention Institute, gun violence is literally an epidemic and we need to "unshackle" the CDC to study and regulate the pathologies of violence related to guns. Similar to tainted spinach and influenza. This overlaps slightly with those who say that recent shootings might have been prevented had authorities the power to lock up mentally unstable citizens who have not committed a crime.

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Geopolitics ain't what it used to be thanks to fracking

Posted by Christine & John on January 6, 2016 at 11:24 AM

I read today that the price of oil has plummeted. This would be unsurprising given the lethargic state of the economy, except that this news sits next to stories telling of extreme tension between Iran & Saudi Arabia, with Gulf States taking sides, and continuing unrest in Iraq. In other words, everybody in the area of the world's leading producer of hydrocarbons is for a very rough patch and the price of oil FALLS.

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Texas Makes a Reasonable Choice

Posted by Keeley on January 4, 2016 at 7:07 PM

Statistically, some of the safest towns in America are in Texas. In terms of violent crime, Texas is a far, far safer place than say Detroit. So while the words trigger-happy Texans are appearing in articles around the world, it's good to keep that basic fact in mind as Texas enters its Open Carry era for handguns.

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Change outcome by changing habits & behaviors

Posted by Christine & John on December 27, 2015 at 10:50 PM

My core belief is that we as individuals can reinvent ourselves, that we are not victims of birth or circumstance, that we can make choices and that if we want to change our outcomes they need to change our habits and behaviors. This belief informed all others and shaped the course of my life. It means that when faced with challenging circumstances, I figure out what I can do to change my responses and/or change conditions by envisioning the result I want and then working backwards to the do the needed steps. I do this with a pragmatic outlook, judging situations by what really happens, not what I think should happen or not what people say should/will happen.

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Merry Christmas

Posted by Christine & John on December 25, 2015 at 9:36 AM

I say "Merry Christmas." I don't object if people say "Happy Holidays" or whatever their habit. It is nice when people want to share their joy and good people take in that spirit. Those who parse these things are unfortunates who lack the empathy to share in the joy of others. We should pity them and maybe repeat the greeting with a nice smile and understanding.