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Photos for MLK Day

A friend shared a photo of the MLK statue and it may me remember these, and today is the best day to share them: Both taken June 17, 2015

Only the Best People…


Sigh. Via WaPo:  Meet the 24-year-old Trump campaign worker appointed to help lead the government’s drug policy office.

American Ideals?

Donald Trump Shrug

Some thoughts about why the president’s remarks on immigration are so problematic.

A Litany of Trump’s Racism


For those who are skeptical, still about his racism (although how you can be at this point, I do not know), I would point you to William Saletan’s piece in Slate:  No, Not Everything Is Racist, But Donald Trump is.  Even if one wants to argue with Saletan’s analysis, or even his conclusions, the piece has links […]

Being Known by the Company you Keep…


Support for Trump’s comments are very telling.

A Photo for Friday: “Haunted Hallway”

“Haunted Hallway” November 22, 2017 Shelby, AL

Headline of the Day

Via the Cleveland.com: Aggressive wild turkeys in Rocky River interfere with mail delivery. About 25 to 30 homes haven’t been able to get their mail delivered, she said, and the problem has been lingering for about three weeks.

One more on Twitter


If you can’t beat a dead horse on a blog, where can you?

The Dunning-Kruger Presidency


Knowing what you don’t know is important.

2018 Latin American Elections

LatAm elections 2018

For anyone interested in the 2018 electoral calendar in Latin America, ACE provides the following graphic:

Some Thoughts on Presidential Twitter


Donald Trumps’ tweets are the public statements of the President of the United States. This makes them noteworthy and often important.

A Photo for Friday: “At Pulpit Rock”

“At Pulpit Rock” November 10, 2017 Mt. Cheaha State Park (Alabama)

The President’s Pakistan Tweet

Trump Twitter

POTUS decided to start the New Year by insulting Pakistan over Twitter.

Project365 2017

Well, Project350 (I missed 15 days this year, but so it goes): Either click through to the album or arrow through via the embed.

Trump’s Amazon Tweet


So, there was this from the President of the United States Why is the United States Post Office, which is losing many billions of dollars a year, while charging Amazon and others so little to deliver their packages, making Amazon richer and the Post Office dumber and poorer? Should be charging MUCH MORE! — Donald […]

Fun with Write-Ins (AL Senate Race Edition)


Via the NYT: Write-In Results From Alabama Senate Race Are In. And They’re Downright Weird. What do Robert E. Lee, SpongeBob SquarePants, Nick Saban, Jesus Christ and George C. Wallace have in common? They, like Roy Moore, will not be the next Senator from the state of Alabama.  (And, really, if JC can take the hint, Moore […]

Protests in Iran


Via the BBC:  Iran cities hit by anti-government protests. Anti-government demonstrations that began in one city on Thursday have now spread to several major cities in Iran. Large numbers are reported to have turned out in Rasht, in the north, and Kermanshar, in the west, with smaller protests in Shiraz, Isfahan and Hamadan. The protests began […]

Elections Coming in Italy


Via the NYT:  Italy’s President Dissolves Parliament and Officially Opens Election Season. The countdown to Europe’s next pivotal election began on Thursday, when Italy’s president dissolved the Parliament and effectively opened the campaign for the first national elections in five years, scheduled for March 4. The move by President Sergio Mattarella now places Italy’s always tumultuous politics […]

A Photo for Friday: “Blue Ridge Sunrise”

“Blue Ridge Sunrise” Blue Ridge, GA December 19, 2017

Tax Confusion


Attempts to pre-pay property taxes lead to confusion and frustration.

Moore Seeks Court Action to Stop Certification of Vote

Roy Moore Gun

Roy Moore continues to think that he is special.

The Power of Vaccines


Via the NYT, Measles Deaths Fall to a Record Low Worldwide: For the first time in history, annual deaths around the globe from measles have fallen below 100,000, the World Health Organization announced this year. As recently as the 1980s, measles killed 2.6 million people a year. The decline — a public health triumph, as measles has […]

Trump’s Presidential Challenge Coin is Very Trumpian


Via WaPo:  It’s ‘very gold’: The presidential coin undergoes a Trumpian makeover. For two decades, the commander in chief has doled out distinguished-looking coins as personal mementos. Now, the presidential “challenge coin” has undergone a Trumpian transformation. The presidential seal has been replaced by an eagle bearing President Trump’s signature. The eagle’s head faces right, not left, […]

A Photo for Friday: “Morning Magic”

“Morning Magic” Blue Ridge, GA December 19. 2017

VA House of Delegates Race now a Tie

VA balllot

One for the textbooks.

HRC’s Approval Numbers


Via FNC:  Hillary Clinton popularity hits all-time low, poll shows. Seeing the headline generated two thoughts almost simultaneously.  First, the Fox New obsession with HRC is just weird.  Second, who cares? Of course, it is weird for a losing candidate to continue to see numbers like this fall.  I honestly wonder how much of it is people […]

Lessons from the Alabama Special Election

Roy Moore Doug Jones

Let’s not forget how unique the Moore-Jones contest was.

Summary of GOP Tax Bill


The NYT has a useful, comparative break-down:  What’s in the Final Republican Tax Bill.

A Photo for Friday: “Remnants”

“Remnants” November 22, 2017 Shelby, AL

Comparative Falsehoods: Obama v. Trump

Trump Obama Handshake

The difference is, dare I say, huge.

Senator Shelby on Roy Moore


Richard Shelby, the senior Republican Senator from Alabama: “I’d rather see the Republican win, but I would hope that Republican would be a write-in. I couldn’t vote for Roy Moore. I didn’t vote for Roy Moore. But I wrote in a distinguished Republican name,” Shelby said. “I’d rather see another Republican in there and I’m going […]

Even More Moore-Jones


An analysis with maps and numbers via WaPo:  What it would take for a Democrat to win Alabama.

The Death Toll in Puerto Rico


Some stunning numbers in an under-reported story from the NYT:  Official Toll in Puerto Rico: 62.  Actual Deaths May Be 1,052. The entire piece is worth reading and sharing.

Character and Candidacies


Political Scientist Greg Weiner makes an argument for character in the NYT:  The Scoundrel Theory of American Politics. there is also a novel and ominous concept of the statesman emerging in American politics, most clearly in the gymnastic contortions being accomplished to justify support for the Senate campaign of Roy Moore, the former chief justice of Alabama: […]

An Additional Note on Moore Support


To add to my post form earlier, I would recommend this column in the NYT by Quin Hillyer:  How Roy Moore Survives. He raises two key points that are worth highlighting.  The first, which I did not mention in my post, Alabamians have a deep-seated resentment about perceived out of state inference.  As such, the following is […]

The Moore-Jones Race


Explaining what Tuesday is likely to bring.

A Photo for Friday: “Broken”

After missing last week, the PfF returns: “Broken” November 22, 2017 Shelby, AL

Benghazi!! (Wait, What?): Tales from the State Department

Rex Tillerson

The ongoing destruction of the Department of State

And Amateur Hour Continues…


Via  WaPo:  The CFPB now has two acting directors. And nobody knows which one should lead the federal agency. President Trump and the outgoing head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau both named acting directors to head the watchdog agency on Friday, throwing its leadership into disarray. Legal analysts were split over whether the White House or the CFPB had authority to […]

Doug Jones’ Challenge


Via WaPo:  ‘Doug Jones’s problem’: African American voters not energized by Alabama’s Senate race. Jones’s campaign believes he can win only if he pieces together an unusually delicate coalition built on intense support from core Democrats and some crossover votes from Republicans disgusted with Moore. Crucial to that formula is a massive mobilization of African Americans, who […]

A Photo for Friday: “Spooky Bench”

“Spooky Bench” November 22, 2017 Shelby, AL

This Will End Well…

Today in “Not The Onion” via  WaPo, This man is about to launch himself in his homemade rocket to prove the Earth is flat: Hughes promised the flat-Earth community that he would expose the conspiracy with his steam-powered rocket, which will launch from a heavily modified mobile home — though he acknowledged that he still had much to learn about […]

On German Democracy

Angela Merkel

Negotiations over government formation is not a crisis.

Explaining Votes for Moore


Voters rank factors before choosing how to vote.

CBS Fires Rose


Via the NYT:  Charlie Rose Fired by CBS After Sexual Harassment Allegations. David Rhodes, the president of CBS News, told the news division in an internal email that Mr. Rose, a host of “CBS This Morning” and a “60 Minutes” correspondent, had been let go after allegations were raised “of extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior said to […]

Moore’s Bio Helps Bolster Credibility of Charges

This continues to be a highly credible story, and Moore himself has helped that credibility.

A Photo for Friday: “Another Beach Bird”

“Another Beach Bird” November 4, 2017 Gulf State Park Gulf Shores, AL

On Write-In Votes in Alabama


There has been some press speculation concerning a write-in vote in Alabama Senate special election. Here’s what the Secretary of State’s page says on the subject: When the candidate you would like to vote for is not listed on the ballot, you may vote for that person by writing his or her name in the […]

AL Senate Polls


Via AL.com:  Doug Jones takes lead on Roy Moore in new Senate poll. Louisiana-based JMC Analytics conducted the poll after allegations of sexual misconduct by Moore were reported by The Washington Post. The poll had Jones received 46 percent support in the poll to Moore’s 42 percent. With a margin of error of 4 percent, however, […]

An Analogy on Hierarchy (and the Lack thereof) in Party Behavior

football play

An attempt to explain the consequences of institutional design.

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