Europe/Americas update: September 19-20 2017

WAR ON TERROR Folks, if you’re like me and you spend any time on Twitter, you may think that it’s home to some of the worst people in the world. And you’re not wrong. However, as a non-Instagram user I was surprised to learn that things may be even worse over there: Researchers say Islamic… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: September 19-20 2017

Europe/Americas update: September 4-5 2017

EUROPE RUSSIA At the BRICS summit in China on Tuesday, Vladimir Putin said that Donald Trump is “not my bride.” This huge revelation was Putin’s way of saying he’s not disappointed with Trump because “disappointment” isn’t a thing that world leaders should be with one another. In that sense I actually agree with him. Putin… Continue reading Europe/Americas update: September 4-5 2017

The size of the tent doesn’t matter

FiveThirtyEight’s Harry Enten wrote a piece yesterday on Joe “I Vote With Donald Trump Two-Thirds Of The Time” Manchin (D?-WV) and his value, much evidence to the contrary, to the Democratic Party: So I can see why progressives would be peeved with Manchin. But it’s sort of silly to compare Manchin to the median Democrat.… Continue reading The size of the tent doesn’t matter

Sensible Centrism

Rahm Emanuel is a Good Democrat: In the first three weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency, mayors across the country became some of his most vocal opponents and vowed to fight his discriminatory executive orders. But there’s at least one city leader who wants to work closely with the new administration: Democratic Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.… Continue reading Sensible Centrism

Maybe the problem is your poll, not the people who answered it

Earlier today, this hit lefty Twitter: 30% of Republican primary voters nationally say they support bombing Agrabah. Agrabah is the country from Aladdin. #NotTheOnion — PublicPolicyPolling (@ppppolls) December 18, 2015 HAHAHAHA, Jesus, what a bunch of blockheads, am I right? People immediately started having fun with this tidbit of information, and I’m sure there are… Continue reading Maybe the problem is your poll, not the people who answered it

The difference that 8 years (and one career change) can make

Full confession: I didn’t watch much of the debate last night, because, well, frankly I didn’t want to. I watched the Penguins suck again, which in hindsight was the wrong choice, and then I tuned in to the debate towards the end. So apart from now being very aware that Jim Webb once killed a… Continue reading The difference that 8 years (and one career change) can make

“How” matters more than “what”

Suddenly campaign finance reform is all the rage in the Democratic primary. Hillary Clinton is the latest to make the issue a key part of her pitch to voters, and I suppose that’s a good thing, inasmuch as we know that the heavy influx of private money into our political system is a very bad… Continue reading “How” matters more than “what”