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The Second Presidential Debate

October 11th, 2016 · No Comments · politics

I was at a baseball game during the first Presidential debate and at a movie during the Vice-Presidential debate. I was happy to be at the baseball game and I enjoyed the movie. Sadly Sunday I was home upstairs working and wandered downstairs to talk to Ellen. I want to emphasize I was not sad […]

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That Third Party Option

May 6th, 2016 · No Comments · General, politics

Third parties have not fared well in American politics over the last century or so, either having no impact on the Presidential race results though in a few cases potentially moving the winner from one party to the other (though not electing the third-party candidate). One example of the latter was when Teddy Roosevelt ran […]

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On C-SPAN at the Karl Rove Book Signing

February 12th, 2016 · No Comments · books, history, politics

If I had a bucket list, which I do not (I suppose creating a bucket list is my one current entry in my bucket list), and if being on C-SPAN was on that list, it has now been met. Last year on December 12 we returned home from our entire family visit to Disneyworld and […]

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My Political Theory Class

December 4th, 2014 · No Comments · education, globalization, politics

This semester I am not only teaching classes, two IT related classes at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC), but also taking graduate classes, two Government and Politics graduate classes at the University of Maryland College Park. So every Tuesday afternoon and evening I attend two almost three hour classes, the first focusing on […]

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My Second Mention in the Washington Post

February 15th, 2014 · No Comments · baseball, hockey, politics, popular culture

One of my now favorite sports writers for the Washington Post, Tracee Hamilton, wrote a column today, Olympic hockey rules for overtime and shootouts,  http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/olympics/wp/2014/02/15/olympic-hockey-rules-for-overtime-and-shootouts/. This followed the dramatic eight round shoot-out, technically in International Hockey referred to as Game Winning Shots (GWS), where the U.S. beat Russia in a preliminary round game in hockey 3-2.

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Obamacare Will Reduce Employment By Two Million Jobs

February 4th, 2014 · No Comments · healthcare, politics

In the Washington Post this morning, http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/cbo-botched-health-care-law-rollout-will-reduce-signups-by-1-million-people/2014/02/04/c78577d0-8dac-11e3-98ab-fe5228217bd1_story.html. The column was based on a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) study, http://www.cbo.gov/publication/45010, that also indicated that healthcare enrollment will be initially reduced by about 1 million (the headline but not the politically most interesting part) due to the problems with the website. The most powerful reasons, to me at least, […]

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American’s Belief (or non-belief) In Evolution

December 31st, 2013 · 1 Comment · politics, popular culture

I read a column in the Post that noted that Republicans (not me) are growing more skeptical about evolution while Democrats are increasing in their belief, http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/12/30/republicans-growing-more-skeptical-about-evolution/. I then went and read the source Pew Research Center poll which was the basis for the column, http://www.pewforum.org/2013/12/30/publics-views-on-human-evolution/. This poll had a lot of interesting data. The actual question […]

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Defining Genius

September 16th, 2013 · No Comments · politics, popular culture

There is an interesting article in the current issue of Commentary Magazine, about the definition of genius, noting that the term is used pretty widely these days about many people, http://www.commentarymagazine.com/article/i-dream-of-genius/. There was on particular quote I liked from Schopenhauer defining the different between genius and talent: “Talent is like the marksman who hits a target, […]

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Thoughts Regarding the Publishing of the Names & Addresses of Gun Owners

January 4th, 2013 · No Comments · government, politics

The publishing of the names and addresses of local gunowners by the Westchester Journal News in December, http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/01/02/newspaper-decision-to-out-gun-owners-sparks-all-out-battle/, was, to put it mildly controversial. It has led to a lot of strong reactions in large part as far as I could tell driven by one’s position on the Second Amendment of the Constitution relating to the […]

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