Category: Potpourri

Responding to Rural America

When I saw the election results, particularly when I saw the distribution of the vote, I immediately thought of former Virginia Senator Jim Webb. As a kind of self-appointed ambassador to the Scots-Irish hill people diaspora, he’s said some things…

Blowing Past Godwin’s Law

One of the shocking things I’ve felt compelled to do since Donald Trump’s unexpected election to be the next president of the United States is to bone up on my history by reading Joseph Goebbels Wikipedia page. I did that…

Who’s to Blame?

I don’t like Jill Stein. I don’t have one good word to say about her. It has nothing to do with her being a member of the Green Party or deciding to run for president and it has everything to…

The Beginning of a Democratic Response

A quick look at the geography of election returns shows that some fundamental things have changed. Just to use Pennsylvania as an example, last night Hillary Clinton netted 455,000 votes out of Philadelphia and 95,000 votes out of Pittsburgh compared…

Wang vs. Silver

I found Sam Wang’s article this morning interesting for several reasons. He’s saying that Hillary Clinton has a 99% probability of winning tomorrow’s presidential election, and Nate Silver says that it’s kind of ridiculous to posit a number that high.…

Thanks a Lot, Comey

The outcome of the presidential election has never been in any serious doubt, barring unforeseen events or revelations. The entire game for months now has been about getting momentum at the end so that the tide is strong enough to…

Sen. Mark Kirk Mocks Tammy Duckworth’s Heritage

During World War Two, President Barack Obama’s grandfather Stanley Dunham (who was white) served as a supply sergeant with the U.S. Army Air Forces. He crossed the English Channel six weeks after D-Day with the 1830th Ordnance Supply and Maintenance Company and went…