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A Photo for Friday

“Magic Square” January 17,2015 Jackson Square (New Orleans, LA)

Memories of Polling Past

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Thinking back to about this time in 2011.

78 > 22

Trump Escalator

If we are gong to assess the significance of Trump, we need to pay attention to the numbers.

TL;DR Meme Version of Taylor’s Post

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In case my 1000+ word post on Trump and the GOP field was too much, here’s the meme version: Having read some of the comments on my post, and having thought a bit more about what I am trying to convey, the issue is this:  by the time the voting starts there won’t be 17 […]

A Photo for Friday

“Silhouette” 7/19/15 Pike Road, AL

Comparative Citizenship

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If anyone is interested in the question of where the US fits in comparatively on the question of birthright citizenship the answer is:  we are in the distinction minority.  In terms of comparison to other highly developed states only the US and Canada have birthright citizenship.  On a geographical dimension, the practice is common in […]

Trump and American Political Parties

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Trump illustrates the weak nature of our parties.

The Wrong Iraq Question

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To lose something one has to have it in the first place. (It is pretty basic logic).

Symmetry in Cuba

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Via CNN:  Marines who removed flag at U.S. Embassy in Havana see it raised again The gap between the flag coming down and going back up (54 years) was such that my first reaction was to to be mildly surprised that the three marines in question were still alive.

A Photo for Friday

“Empty” Montgomery, AL 4/2/15

Moody’s Predicts 2016

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Via CNN Money:  Time-tested model says a Democrat will win in 2016 Republicans might be in the spotlight this week with their first big debate, but Democrats received some very encouraging news. Moody’s Analytics, which has correctly predicted every presidential race since Ronald Reagan’s victory in 1980, just came out with its forecast for 2016. […]

Trump and Political Correctness

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So Trump tweets: .@redstate I miss you all, and thanks for all of your support. Political correctness is killing our country. “weakness.” — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 8, 2015 Because, of course, being decent and polite and not making menstruation jokes as a means being denigrating is being “politically correct.” While Trump takes it […]

A Very Quick Thought on Carly Fiorina

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Can we all keep in mind that Fiorina did well in a second tier debate with the candidates currently polling 11-17? 11 through 17. (Side note:  four Ph.D.s in Political Science at lunch this afternoon could not even remember all seven candidates in that range–I think we could only conjure five.  Granted, meetings have been […]

A Photo for Friday

“America” taken June 12, 2015 Dothan, AL

Amazing Stat of the Day (U of Phoenix Edition)

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The Daily Beast has a piece on the woes of the University of Phoenix:  Death of a Diploma Mill: University of Phoenix Going Down in Flames? There is a lot to be said about this, but I do not have the time at the moment.  Regardless, I was truly shocked by the following stat: According […]

A Photo for Friday

Well, weekly hasn’t taken yet, but here’s another: 4th of July, 2015 (Montgomery, AL) More fireworks here. At some point I might get a rhythm going…

The Most Important Trump Number

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Remember how I have noted (twice, in fact) that one of the factors one has to consider in terms of Trump’s poll numbers is the current fragmentation of the field?  In other words, leading a field of more than a dozen, even with numbers in the mid-20s raising the question of whether he can garner […]

Gold Prices

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But all those nice men on the tee-vee and radio told me that gold was where I should be putting my money.  Oh dear. (That and all the Austrian economists and their predictions of hyper-inflated doom). Well:

On Munich Analogies

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Of course, the Iran deal has unleashed the ever popular deployment of the Munich analogy.  Samuel Kleiner and Tom Zoellner critique the formulation and give us a run-down of its relevance over the decades in an LAT piece for earlier in the week:  Republicans’ ‘Munich’ fallacy. The analogy is, of course, tired and pointless and yet it […]

Infrastructure Funding Blues

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The gas tax was last raised in 1993.

An Important Reminder about Polling

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We are still a ways from actual voting–this needs to be remembered.

The Bland Arrest Video

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An authoritarian ego trip for all to see.

Today in “Asked and Answered” (Sowell on Iran Deal Edition)

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Any discussion of the Iran deal has to be about realistic alternatives, not fantasies.

The Challenge of Democracy

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Or, at least, a key challenge. Via the Monkey Cage:  No, we’re not arguing from the same facts. How can democracies make good decisions if citizens are misinformed? Widely shared misinformation hampers democracy because it makes it difficult for groups of people to take effective and appropriate action on shared civic problems. Indeed. I recommend […]

Another Troubling Police Encounter with a Black Motorist

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A few days late, but a story worth noting if it has escaped notice.

More on Cosby

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Via the BBC: Bill Cosby ‘offered women money’ for silence after sex American comedian Bill Cosby admitted trying to pay women to keep quiet after having sex with them, according to testimony obtained by the New York Times. […] After Ms Constand became upset and returned to her native Canada, Mr Cosby offered to pay […]

Smell-O-Vision 2015?

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Via the NYT:  Scent Received, With a Tap of a Smartphone. A)  Who wants this? B)  The technology is inevitably going to lead to teenage boys texting farts to their friends.

Sunday Deadline for Greece

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Via the BBC:   Greece debt crisis: Eurozone ‘gives Sunday debt deadline’ They had better get their act together (yes, I know) as their performance today was, well, underwhelming:  Greece turned up empty-handed to emergency bailout talks.

Fireworks Dumbitude

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The older I get (and as I approach “you kids get off my lawn”-ness), the more I get frustrated by fireworks in the wild.  By that I mean:  I love a good fireworks display, but wish people would stop buying the durn things and setting them off days before (and days after) the 4th of […]

Will the Last Cosby Defender Turn off the Lights on the Way out…

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Via the BBC:  Bill Cosby admitted he gave woman drugs before sex In his 2005 testimony, Mr Cosby admitted that he obtained Quaaludes in the 1970s, with the intent of giving it to women he wanted to have sex with. The case was brought by Andrea Constand, a former employee of Temple University – the […]

Soccer Ratings Win for World Cup Champs

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Via NPR:  U.S. Women Shatter TV Ratings Record For Soccer With World Cup Win While some 17 million American viewers tuned in to the 7 p.m. ET start of Sunday’s game, that number quickly grew to 21.86 million an hour later — and reached 22.86 million at 8:30 p.m. ET, according to preliminary data from […]

Greek Priorities

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Via Reuters:  Despite crisis, few Greeks ready to forgo coffee “Greeks are ready to cut anything else, but not their coffee. Customer traffic is stable,” said Kleanthis Kanellos, 34-year-old manager of the packed Old Flo cafe in a working class district of Athens. Well, one has to have one’s priorities straight (although their propensity toward […]

Tech 1776

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Via Shelly Palmer:  7 Hottest Tech Trends in 1776

Trump and the Polls

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He’s second in national polls!

Friday Foto

A new feature from me:  a weekly photo. This week:  Savannah Sunset: More from Savannah, GA here.

Metro Photos

And now for a deviation from battle flags and SCOTUS rulings. I was recently in DC for a few days and here are some photos I took in DC Metro stations. I always find the combination of architecture, geometry, and lighting to provide for some interesting photographic opportunities.

Moore Prepares for Battle

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In week a that has seen discussion of lost causes, the Chief Justice of the Alabama Surpreme Court appears poised to fight one last battle.

On Constitutional Language

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Wherein I take the view that as our understanding of language changes, so too does our application of the Constiution.

Pro-Battle Flag Rally in Montgomery

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Via WSFA:   Rally held at Alabama Capitol to protest removal of Confederate flags According to the Sons of the Confederacy, the rally is to send a message that the Confederate flag is about heritage, not hate. I am really tired of that formulation.  What specific heritage?  Fighting a war to preserve slavery?  A symbol […]

Roberts Blackmail Plot!

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Wayne Root, former Libertarian VP candidate asked a provocative question:  Was Supreme Court Justice John Roberts Blackmailed? His concern:  Roberts’ vote in the PPACA cases. His evidence? Doubt me? On the same day that Justice Roberts and the Supremes upheld Obamacare – again – the key IRS watchdog reported to Congress that the IRS purposely […]

Silly Legislative Tricks

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Via The Hill:  House bill would force the Supreme Court to enroll in ObamaCare Rep. Brian Babin (R-Texas) said that his SCOTUScare Act would make all nine justices and their employees join the national healthcare law’s exchanges. […] Babin’s potential legislation would only let the federal government provide healthcare to the Supreme Court and its […]

Google Comes to Bama

While the state continues to deal with its past, the future looms as well. Via CNBC:  Google makes a big bet on… Alabama? The Internet and technology giant plans to build a new data center in the state at the site of a former coal-fired power plant. In a blog post Wednesday, Google said the […]

Confederate Flags Removed from Alabama Capitol Grounds

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Via WSFA:   Confederate flags removed from Alabama Capitol grounds Alabama Governor Robert Bentley ordered the removal of all Confederate flags from the Confederate Memorial Monument that stands on the grounds of the state Capitol, making him the first Southern governor to completely remove the flag from the state capitol. The four flags (three national flags […]

The Stories we Tell Ourselves (Battle Flag Edition)

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An important tenet of the internet is “don’t read the comments.” Well, I have violated that rule of late–which means more musings on the symbols of the CSA.

Because it’s Fun to Stay at the YMCA When you’re in the Navy…

As I contemplate weightier subjects that I am having a hard time writing about at the moment, I give you Vladimir Putin as every member of the Village People.

In Case you Want to See What Hyperinflation Looks Like…

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…take a look over at the BBC:  Zimbabwe dollars phased out. Zimbabwe is phasing out its local currency, the central bank says, formalising a multi-currency system introduced during hyper-inflation. Foreign currencies like the US dollar and South African rand have been used for most transactions since 2009. Local dollars are not used except high-denomination notes […]

The Warrior v. the Guardian

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Some interesting insight on the McKinney pool party confrontation:  A Former Cop On What Went Wrong In McKinney The two officers in this brief video represent two different policing styles, two different mindsets that officers use as they interact with civilians: the Guardian and the Warrior. As a former police officer and current policing scholar, […]

Comparative Military Bases

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This series of maps is worth a look:  What we can learn by looking at where world powers have military bases. Here are two of them, the US and China: While such maps do not tell all one might need to know they do undercut two arguments often made in the popular press. First, it […]

And the Hyperbole Prize Goes to…

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…Rod Dreher: A number of you have sent me the Edward Schlosser essay on Vox, headlined, “I’m a Liberal Professor, And My Liberal Students Terrify Me”. It cannot fail to bring to mind the horrors of China’s Cultural Revolution, in which Mao turned the fervor and idealism of students on their professors, creating generational warfare […]

No, College Professors are Not Afraid to Teach Millennials

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One more on this topic.

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