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


    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 »

    Debt, Immigration, Trump and Apple

    This nation is in denial that we have a debt problem and an immigration problem.  Both of these issues are at their zenith in our short history.  Politicians in both parties are in the main ignoring these issues and kicking responsibility to future generations. Our Federal government is spending other people’s money faster than collecting it.  Much faster.  And we are taking other people’s money | Read More »

    NYC about to Flush Common Sense down the Toilet

    One of the first things we learn in Kindergarten is that boys and girls do not share a bathroom.  There are some essential reasons for this.  First, we are told that boys and girls are different in what anatomical parts we have.  Second, we learn that boys and girls do not want to share their actions in going to the bathroom with each other.  Third, | Read More »

    2016 – An Outsider’s Handicapping, Part II

    Back in November I made an analysis of the Republican potential field for President.  Much has happened over the intervening months and I thought I would make two more reviews before the season starts, now and the week before the voting actually gets underway. There were 20 potential candidates back in November, and out of that group, I identified Pataki and [mc_name name=”Sen. Lindsey Graham | Read More »

    Apple’s Hatred is more Organized

    One of the most appalling news stories of the day concerns Apple and their newly decided action to ban almost any games showing a depiction of the Confederate flag.  Nevermind that some of the games are purely historical, such as Ultimate General: Gettysburg.  It appears that the corporate giants are all racing each other to see who can become enlightened fastest. Dissent is one of | Read More »

    Couldn’t have happened to a more PC company…

    FireFox at one point was the sole real answer to Internet Explorer.  Microsoft had crushed Netscape, through whatever means, and there existed really no viable opportunities.  FireFox came along, innovated and grew rapidly.  At one point, its market share was 25.1%. On April 3, 2014, the CEO of FireFox stepped down over his contribution to California Proposition 8 which sought successfully (until overturned by judicial | Read More »