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Middle-aged reformed Democrat with many years of information technology and writing experience.


    2016 – An Outsider’s Handicapping – Part IV

    I originally was not going to post another entry on this until right before Iowa, with a final prediction, but the past month has been so interesting that I thought I would revisit this topic. We have had two strong, conservative, former governors drop out.  That was a surprise.  Perry might run for the Senate, as may Walker, but I think for both their Presidential | Read More »

    FiveThirtyEight Demonstrates Conclusively the Bias of Statistics and the Real Danger of Polling is a website born from a blog on Daily Kos, who, for anyone living in a political cave over the past few years, is a very left-wing site.  Nate Silver started a blog where he applied statistics to an analysis of polls.  His conservative credentials were burnished by the New York Times acquiring his website in 2010.  Then, in 2013, his site moved to | Read More »

    Volkswagen, Boeing and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 – Incentivized Cheating

    Volkswagen is having a very bad week.  It appears they figured out that it was more profitable to cheat than to comply with U.S. law.  It further appears that they outsmarted the testing protocols with relative ease for some period of time until the EPA discovered the “flaw”. President Johnson launched the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to eradicate poverty.  President Bush extended | Read More »

    Whole-ier than Thou

    The word “university” has its origins in the Latin universitas, or “the whole”.  The University of California, helmed by the emergent Lord Napolitano, professes to be the new Lord of all that is “whole-y”.  And with their “whole-i-ness” comes our new values.  To wit, we have the Right to be “free from Acts and Expressions of Intolerance”. To profess a policy means that lack of adherence | Read More »

    Better Call Saul – 2016

    RMJ inspired me to write this post.  It reminds me of a joke made during the 80’s about the similarities between the GOP and a prophylactic.  But I digress. In my entire adult life, I have never felt so angry as I did during the passage of Obamacare.  I was seething everyday at the reports of how the Democrats had the votes to pass it | Read More »

    Votivation – The New Walking Around Money

    Seton Motley beat me to the punch, but I want to expand on his excellent post.  There is a 24×7 war in full force and effect over the hearts and minds of voters.  Sites like this one and the Huffington Post are mostly geared toward like-minded people.  What Robert Epstein has studied, and we should pay attention to, is the political playbook geared toward the | Read More »

    2016 – An Outsider’s Handicapping – Part III

    Things are finally starting to get interesting around here.  I started this journey before formal announcements and based my initial analysis on historical trends, nine months ago I had the top six as Romney, Kasich, Christie, Perry, Walker,  and Bush, in that order.  The only candidate I did not have on my list then was Trump, who is as of this writing the front-runner. I recognize | Read More »

    The SportsCenter Effect and the Debates Tonight

    For the candidates tonight, there really is simply one goal: coverage.  You get on a highlight reel for the right reasons and it raises your profile and your funding.  You get on for the wrong reasons and you get negative attention and lost support. All 17 of these candidates are more or less known quantities for their backers.  Some are known quantities to the public. | Read More »

    Layman’s Reaction to the “First” Debate on C-SPAN Tonight

    I am by no means a politician and so my opinion is purely based on hearing the candidates speak.  I just found out about the debate about ten minutes prior when I saw a blurb on about it.  I have read a lot about these candidates, but this is the first time I have been able to listen to them speak. Some of them | Read More »

    Sandra Bland as a Teachable Moment

    I first heard the name Sandra Bland in relation to the Martin O’Malley free-for-all shoutdown that occurred at NetRoots, ably reported here by streiff.  I almost did not pay any attention, but then saw a follow-up this morning on Fox.  Out of morbid curiosity, I decided to watch the full video released by the Texas Department of Public Safety.  I found that it summed up | Read More »