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Project 365 2015

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I have been doing Project 365 (a photo a day) since 2009. For the second year in a row I have made all 365 (and for the third time overall). Click on the photo to go to the album:

Ben Carson Loses Top Campaign Advisers In Shakeup

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Further signs that Ben Carson’s Presidential campaign, which has been in a death spiral in the polls for some time now, is in real trouble,

13 Days of Photos: Day 13

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The image is really more appropriate for this evening (if not very early tomorrow morning), but Happy New Year! Untitlted July 4, 2015 Montgomery, AL

Bill Cosby Charged With Sexual Assault In Pennsylvania

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After nearly two years of decades old stories leaking out, entertainment legend Bill Cosby has been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2005.

A Reminder about Primary Polling

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Worth the read from Nate Cohn at the NYT’s The Upshot:  Are Primary Polls Finally Predictive? No, but This Is When the Fun Starts.  

13 Days of Photos: Day 12

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“Three” January 3, 2015 Pike Road, AL

Christie And Bush Take Aim At Marco Rubio

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Jeb Bush and Chris Christie have spent the holiday week taking aim at Marco Rubio.

Pataki Out

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Another minnow is winnowed. Via CNN: George Pataki drops presidential bid

13 Days of Photos, Day 11

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A bit of a visual cliche, I will admit, but hey, I like the shot:   “Dandelion” April 12, 2015 Pike Road, AL

Tamir Rice And The Question Of How The Law Should Handle Officer-Involved Shootings

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The decision by a Cleveland Grand Jury to decline to indict a police officer in the shooting of 12 year old Tamir Rice raises once again questions about how the law handles shootings involving police officers.

No, Jim Webb Probably Would Not Be A Viable Independent Candidate For President

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Jim Webb’s recent criticism of Hillary Clinton is renewing speculation about an independent bid for the White House, but he hardly seems like a viable candidate for such a run.

Trump Comes In Second, Tied With Pope, In ‘Most Admired Man’ Poll

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Donald Trump is in second place, and tied, with Pope Francis, in a poll asking Americans to name the person they most admired in 2015.

OTB Caption Contest

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Time the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM

An Alt Right Primer

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While I was passingly familiar with the alt right movement, I found this piece from Buzzfeed to be informative (and depressing):  How 2015 Fueled The Rise Of The Freewheeling, White Nationalist Alt Right Movement. And, unfortunately, 2016 is going to provide additional chances to discuss this topic given the racism and nationalism fueling the Trump campaign.

13 Days of Photos: Day 10

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Untitled February 12, 2015 Pike Road, AL

13 Days of Photos: Day 9

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“Christmas Kitty” December 25, 2015 Pike Road, AL

No, the US is not on the Verge of a Multi-Party System

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We will have a two party system for the foreseeable future.

OTB Caption Contest Winners

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The May the Fa-La’s Be With You Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over.

Donald Trump’s Iowa Supporters Not Sure They’ll Show Up At The Iowa Caucuses

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Donald Trump is drawing large crowds in Iowa, but at least some of his supporters aren’t sure if they’ll be showing up for the caucuses.

The Quixotic Quest for the Radical Center

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Americans don’t trust their government or each other. There’s no reason to hope it’ll get better.

Bill Clinton Set To Play Bigger Role In His Wife’s Campaign In The New Year

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Former President Clinton is set to hit the campaign trail for his wife in the New Year, and that could make things quite entertaining.

Some Genuine American Exceptionalism

Via Mental Floss:  Countries That Haven’t Adopted the Metric System.

13 Days of Photos: Day 8

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Although taken months ago, this is weirdly still fitting for December 2015: “Silver Drops”May 15, 2015 Pike Road, AL

Pastor of First Baptist Dallas’ View on Refugees and Carpet Bombings

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A five minute segment on the O’Reilly Factor clearly underscores how intertwined he is in secular politics.

Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas!

13 Days of Photos: Day 7

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A photographic message to the OTB readership: “Sign of the Season” December 12, 2015 Pike Road, AL

Nonexistent Culture Wars And The Nonexistent ‘War On Christmas’

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The people who believe there is a ‘War On Christmas” tend to be the same ones who hold to the largely false idea that their religious beliefs are under assault due to a “culture war.”

When Life Imitates an Episode of “Breaking Bad”

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Via WCVB:  $1 million in cash found in disgraced former state representative’s safe deposit boxes U.S. Marshals said they found the cash in safe deposit boxes controlled by John George, 68, who is also a former Dartmouth Selectman. George was convicted and sentenced to 70 months in prison on federal charges for embezzling from a […]

Rand Paul Says He Won’t Participate In The Next Debate If He Doesn’t Make The Main Stage

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Rand Paul is throwing a bit of a temper tantrum. It’s not very Presidential.

2016 Brings Open Carry to Texas

Via the DMN:  Police brace for 911 calls as open carry starts Jan. 1 across Texas Police across Texas are bracing for a spike in 911 calls when the state’s open carry law takes effect Jan. 1 and panicked citizens start seeing handguns on people’s hips. “For a while we’ll be in a transition period, but […]

13 Days of Photos: Day 6

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How about a cat pic for Christmas Eve? (The internet does love some cat pics!). “Christmas Anticipation” December 9, 2015 Pike Road, AL

Mike Huckabee: I’ll Drop Out If I’m Not In The Top Three In Iowa

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Mike Huckabee says he’ll drop out if he doesn’t finish in the top three in Iowa. He should probably start packing his bags now.

Big Trouble On Team Carson

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As we head into Christmas, there doesn’t seem to be much peace on Earth or good will toward men among Ben Carson’s advisers.

After More Than Three Decades, Americans Held Hostage In Iran To Receive Compensation

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After more than three decades, the men and women held hostage in Iran for 444 days will receive at least some compensation.

13 Days of Photos: Day 5

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“For Your Thoughts” November 4, 2015 Pike Road, AL

Federal Appeals Court Ruling Raises Doubts About Rulings Against Redskins Trademarks

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A ruling in an unrelated case raises serious doubts about the law used to revoke the Washington Redskins trademarks because they are allegedly ‘disparaging.’

Republicans Say They Want A “Conservative” Presidential Nominee

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In a new Gallup poll, Republicans say they want a “conservative” as their Presidential nominee, but they may regret what happens if they get the kind of hard-right conservative they seem to be thinking of.

Trump Tops Yet Another Poll

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Donald Trump remains firmly at the top of of the GOP field in what is likely one of the last polls of the GOP race for 2015.

The Next Republican Debate Will Have A Lot Fewer Candidates On The Stage

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Fox Business Network has announced its criteria for the next GOP Debate, and it looks like Rand Paul, Carly Fiorina, and John Kasich will be kept off the prime time stage.

Washington Post Pulls Political Cartoon Depicting Ted Cruz’s Daughters As Monkeys

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A political cartoonist for The Washington Post crossed a line and, rightfully, got condemned for it.

Medical Marijuana Legalized in Colombia

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Via the BBC:  Colombia fully legalises medical marijuana Colombia’s president has signed a decree fully legalising medical marijuana in a shift away from preventing drug crop production. Juan Manuel Santos said the move put Colombia “in the group of countries that are at the forefront…in the use of natural resources to fight disease”. But, he […]

Postal Service Bars Newspapers That Advertise Marijuana From The Mail, Even Where It’s Legal

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The Post Office is saying that it will not accept for mail any publication that includes ad for marijuana, even in states where it has been legalized.

Cruz Channels Wallace

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Via the AJC: “My position is very simple. I oppose amnesty. I oppose citizenship. I oppose legalization … Today, tomorrow, forever. I believe in the rule of law.” Several thoughts:  I guess Cruz thinks that battling Trump means a hard line on immigration. Borrowing a rhetorical turn from George Wallace is not an innocent coincidence. […]

Donald Trump, Liar Of The Year

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Donald Trump has won Politifact’s ‘Lie Of The Year’ because, well, he’s told so many things that are utterly and provably false.

Donald Trump, Defender of Civil Liberties

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The Donald: Trump used that reference to Putin as an opportunity to chide the Russian dictator for allegedly killing journalists. “I hate some of these people, but I would never kill them,” Trump said of the journalists who cover him. “I would never kill them. I would never kill them… I would never kill them, but […]

War on Christmas, Brunei Style

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Via the Sydney Morning Herald:  Brunei bans Christmas celebrations in public, including wearing Santa hats. Oil-rich Brunei has banned public celebrations of Christmas, including sending festive greetings and the wearing of Santa Claus hats. Muslims seen celebrating Christmas and non-Muslims found to be organising celebrations could face up to five years jail. However the country’s non-Muslims, […]

Boko Haram Update

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Via the LAT:  Boko Haram has grown stronger, more lethal and even less compromising Boko Haram was blamed for recent twin suicide bombings in Kano: one carried out by an 11-year-old girl, and a market bombing in Yola that killed 34. The extremist group was responsible for 6,644 deaths in 2014, a 300% increase from the […]

Final Report Shows Tepid Economic Growth During Third Quarter

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The final report to third quarter Gross Domestic Product shows that growth over the summer was, at best, tepid.

SpaceX Pulls Off Historic Launch And Return Of Rocket After Delivering Satellites Into Orbit

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Last night, SpaceX successfully launched a rocket to the edge of space, deployed cargo, and returned to Earth. A huge and potentially revolutionary accomplishment.

13 Days of Photos: Day 4

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To continue the thematic variation, a still life: “Glad” June 1, 2015 Pike Road, AL

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