"Political science tells us that campaigns are about driving elections towards or away from a natural outcome. When modelers make models, they are trying to predict a ‘natural’ endpoint. There is always the possibility of biasing your actual calculation. Adding in assumptions like fundamentals could be right and could be wrong, but what they represent is basically a hypothesis about where the race ought to be. Making a model like that is a good political science experiment, but we should be clear that we are adding assumptions on top of the polls."Dr Sam Wang "That model is wrong(Dr Wang's) — not necessarily because it shows Democrats ahead (ours barely shows any Republican advantage), but b...
The NFL and Adrian Peterson
Sep 17, 2014 |
“We believe he deserves to play while the legal process plays out,” General Manager Rick Spielman said at a news conference Monday Gov. Mark Dayton called it “an awful situation,” and Nike, which pays Peterson handsomely to endorse its products, distanced itself from the star running back.Anheuser-Busch said it was “increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season. We are not yet satisfied with the league’s handling of behaviors that so clearly go against our own company culture and moral code.”The NFL assured Anheuser-Busch, “We are taking action and there will be much more to come.” "This has been an ongoing and deliberate process since last Friday's ne...
The Miseducation of Texas Students
Sep 16, 2014 |
The Texas NAACP and Texas League of United Latin American Citizens on Monday contended that the curriculum changes passed in May “were made with the intention to discriminate” and would have a “stigmatizing impact” on African-American and Latino students.“The State of Texas is failing to provide many of its minority students with equal educational opportunities,” documents sent to the federal department said.This is like in your face, like showing the ultimate in disrespect,” Bledsoe said. “To suggest the positive aspects of slavery or to exalt Jefferson Davis of the Confederacy is just an abomination. I mean no disrespect to people who may have had ancestors who were part of that, but it is...
Monday Morning Quarterback 15 September 2014
Sep 15, 2014 |
The Monday Morning Quarterback is a person who passes judgement on and criticizes something after the event (the Oxford Dictionary). We take a look at the Sunday talk shows and much more. El lunes por la mañana El mariscal de campo es una persona que juzga y critica algo después del evento (el Diccionario Oxford). Echamos un vistazo a los programas dominicales y mucho más.
Sep 14, 2014 |
Wendy Davis is making headlines for her newly released memoir, Forgetting to be Afraid. In the book, Davis revealed for the first time that she had two abortions herself. She also details her gritty and sometimes unhappy life growing up, first in Rhode Island and then Texas, Oklahoma and California. Henry Kissinger’s ‘World Order’By JOHN MICKLETHWAIT How do America’s current leaders shape up? Here the book is both irritatingly coy and implicitly devastating. There is no direct criticism of the Obama administration and even a slightly comic paragraph expressing Kissinger’s deep personal admiration for George W. Bush — in the midst of a section on the cluelessness of his foreign policy. The wo...
The Week that Was 13 September 2014
Sep 13, 2014 |
The past week's political events that help shape the American politics. Acontecimientos políticos de la semana pasada que ayudan a conformar el cuerpo político estadounidense
Friday Java 12 September 2014
Sep 12, 2014 |
The political magazine with a full cup of Coffee and a few polling numbers in between the refills. La revista política con una taza llena de café y algunos números de las encuestas entre las recargas. Wayne Pharr, former Black Panther who fought the Los Angeles Police in a historic gun battle in 1969, passed away on September 6, 2014 at age 64. The funeral service for Wayne Pharr will be begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday September 13, 2014 at People's Independent Church 5856 West Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90043.
September 11, 2014
Sep 11, 2014 |
“Thirteen years after small and hateful minds conspired to break us, America stands tall and America stands proud," he said. "And guided by the values that sustain us we will only grow stronger.”President Obama "In my 50 years of broadcasting this event stands out as a tragedy beyond beyond words." Jerry Pippins
South Dakota Senate Debate
Sep 11, 2014 |
The survey, conducted by Democratic firm Public Policy Polling for Weiland’s campaign, gives Rounds 39 percent support among likely voters, while Weiland takes 33 percent support. Two former Republicans running as independents also register—former GOP Sen. Larry Pressler nets 17 percent, while former Republican state Sen. Gordon Howie has 4 percent support.It's an improvement for Weiland, when an early August survey showed him trailing Rounds by 8 points. The poll also shows Weiland is considerably better-liked than Rounds, with 48 percent of respondents viewing him favorably to just 27 percent saying they view him negatively. In contrast, voters perceive Rounds more evenly. Though he left o...
President Obama Speaks on ISIS
Sep 11, 2014 |
"The United States will recruit a global coalition to degrade and ultimately destroy the militants, known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria ,eradicating a cancer like ISIS was a long-term challenge that would put some American troops at risk.We will hunt down terrorists who threaten our country, wherever they are, That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria, as well as Iraq,”using an alternative name for ISIS. This is a core principle of my presidency: If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven.” President Obama
President Obama failed Presidency or Propaganda
Sep 10, 2014 |
A majority of voters believe Barack Obama’s presidency has been a failure, a new poll says.According to a Washington Post/ABC News poll released Tuesday, 52 percent of Americans say Obama’s presidency has been a failure, compared with 42 percent who believe it has been a success. Thirty-nine percent believe strongly that his presidency is a failure, just 3 points below his total success score.Politico Protect Internet freedom. Defend net neutrality On September 10th, sites across the web will display an alert with a symbolic "loading" symbol (the proverbial “spinning wheel of death”) and promote a call to action for users to push comments to the FCC, Congress, and the White House. https://ww...
Labour Day 2014
Aug 31, 2014 |
"Workers have a right to organize into unions and to bargain collectively with their employers. And a strong, free labor movement is an invigorating and necessary part of our industrial society.Only a fool would try to deprive working men and women of their right to join the union of their choice.Should any political party attempt to abolish Social Security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things, but their number is negligible and they are stupid." President Dwight Eisenhower
Militarization of Police
Aug 27, 2014 |
One can view the events of Ferguson, MO and decide it was a good call to, before rioting even began, suit up the police as soldiers. But the world is not binary. Regardless of how one views the events of Ferguson, we should all be troubled by the over-militarization of routine police activity. We should all be troubled at the growing number of well documented cases of heavy handed local and state police. Being a conservative means we should support the judicious use of force. It also means that, unlike liberals who routinely turn a blind eye to the abuses of the state targeted toward their opponents, we should not simply presume the ends justify the means. Redstate Erick Erickson
Whats Next if DA Fails to Indict Wilson
Aug 27, 2014 |
U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill told The AP she’s pushing for federal and local investigations to be completed around the same time so that all evidence in the case can be made public — a step many consider important should prosecutors decide not to charge the officer. McCaskill, a former prosecutor in Missouri, said she’s hopeful the physical evidence in the case — including blood spatter patterns, clothing and shell casings — will provide “incontrovertible facts” about what happened during the shooting. Will the evidence the matter to the 9 person white jury and the racist prosecutor,No.
The Michael Brown Autopsy
Aug 19, 2014 |
Mr. Brown was shot at least six times, only three bullets were recovered from his body. One of the bullets entered the top of Mr. Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when it struck him and caused a fatal injuryn It was likely the last of bullets to hit him.The bullets did not appear to have been shot from very close range because no gunpowder was present on his body. However, that determination could change if it turns out that there is gunshot residue on Mr. Brown’s clothing, to which the team did not have access.And have not seen the X-rays showing where the bullets were found, which would clarify the autopsy results. Nor has he had access to witness and police statements. ...
Guard called to Ferguson
Aug 18, 2014 |
Gov. Jay Nixon has signed an executive order directing additional resources through the Missouri National Guard to help restore peace and order and to protect the citizens of Ferguson. “Tonight, a day of hope, prayers, and peaceful protests was marred by the violent criminal acts of an organized and growing number of individuals, many from outside the community and state, whose actions are putting the residents and businesses of Ferguson at risk. I join the people of Ferguson, and all Missourians, in strongly condemning this criminal activity that included firing upon law enforcement officers, shooting a civilian, throwing Molotov cocktails, looting, and a coordinated attempt to block roads ...
Ferguson Today 14 August 2014
Aug 14, 2014 |
"Let us remember we are all part of one American family," Obama said in a short address from Martha's Vineyard, where he is vacationing. "We are united in common values and that includes belief in equality under the law, basic respect for public order and the right of peaceful protest."President Obama Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has given police oversight of the Ferguson situation to the Missouri State Highway Patrol under the command of Capt. Ronald S. Johnson, a St. Louis area native. As many as 300 marchers are making their way along West Florissant Avenue in what is so far the most peaceful demonstration since the shooting death of Michael Brown five days ago.A police car is leading the proc...
President Obama on the World of Politics
Aug 11, 2014 |
Obama made clear that he is only going to involve America more deeply in places like the Middle East to the extent that the different communities there agree to an inclusive politics of no victor/no vanquished. The United States is not going to be the air force of Iraqi Shiites or any other faction. He blamed the rise of the Republican far right for extinguishing so many potential compromises, Obama also acknowledged that gerrymandering, the Balkanization of the news media and uncontrolled money in politics — the guts of our political system today — are sapping our ability to face big challenges together, more than any foreign enemy. “Increasingly politicians are rewarded for taking the most...
Hawaii Democratic Primary
Aug 10, 2014 |
David Ige defeated incumbent Neil Abercrombie( President Obama supported Brian Schatz amd Abercrombie) the Democratic gubernatorial race. At least 158,000 people have voted absentee, but only 139,000 votes have been counted, which means 20,000 votes still need to be counted. All the precincts have been counted in the 11 p.m. printout, save for the two polling places in Hawaii County that have not yet voted — which consist of roughly 6,000 votes. Brian Schatz has a 1,788 votes lead over Rep Colleen Hanabusa after the 5th printout.The latest numbers shows Schatz at 49.38% over Hanabusa’s 48.55%, with a lead of 1,788 votes.
Netroots Nation 2014
Aug 4, 2014 |
In April, the city set a target of cutting service to 3,000 customers a week who were more than $150 behind on their bills. In May, the water department sent out 46,000 warnings and cut off service to 4,531.But cutting off water to people already living in poverty came under criticism last week from the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, whose experts said that Detroit was violating international standards by cutting off access to water. "When there is genuine inability to pay, human rights simply forbids disconnections," Catarina de Albuquerque, the office's expert on the human right to water and sanitation, said in the communique.LAtimes We’re excited to let y...
Jul 29, 2014 |
The thesis of this paper is that these events, in combination, confront the nation with a new kind of problem. Measures that have worked in the past, or would work for most groups in the present, will not work here. A national effort is required that will give a unity of purpose to the many activities of the Federal government in this area, directed to a new kind of national goal: the establishment of a stable Negro family structure.Moynihan Report (1965) Kelling and Coles advocate an aggressive, get-tough confrontation of public disorder in its various forms: vagrancy, vandalism, panhandling, etc.George L. Kelling Broken Windows” thesis in 1982 Mr. Bratton should not be a once-innovative ge...
The Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Jul 22, 2014 |
UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Recalling the principles proclaimed in the Charter of the United Nations which recognize the inherent dignity and worth and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family as the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. “I urge you to oppose the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This treaty surrenders U.S. sovereignty to unelected UN bureaucrats and will threaten parental care of children with disabilities. Our nation already has laws to protect Americans with disabilities." Mike Farris Bob Dole, U.N. Ambassador Samantha Powe...
Earthquakes and Fracturing in Oklahoma
Jul 7, 2014 |
"The number of earthquakes in Oklahoma is increasing with 226 magnitude 3.0 earthquakes occurring as of last week in the state just this year, Oklahoma is having more 3.0 magnitude earthquakes than the Western U.S. combined. The majority of them are occurring in central Oklahoma," Austin Holland research seismologist with the Oklahoma Geological Survey Edmond Sun USGS scientists have found that at some locations the increase in seismicity coincides with the injection of wastewater in deep disposal wells. Much of this wastewater is a byproduct of oil and gas production and is routinely disposed of by injection into wells specifically designed for this purpose.
Election Night June 2014
Jun 24, 2014 |
No Confidence Vote in President Obama ?
Jun 22, 2014 |
That is an absolutely remarkable vote of no-confidence in Obama's ability to do the job he was elected to do. Yes, I know that Republicans are going to be against virtually everything Obama is for and that independents these days tend to be swollen with the ranks of disaffected GOPers. But, what Obama does have to do is be president for the next two and a half years. And he'd like to spend that time building some sort of second-term legacy for himself. The leadership numbers — if they sustain — badly complicate those efforts. Chris Cillizza, Washington Post The question was asked by the media and Not the public.According to Rasmussen president's approved is at 48%
Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton
Jun 22, 2014 |
The rollout of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s new book, “Hard Choices,” as a prelude to a possible 2016 run for the White House, has had all the subtlety of a military operation ramping up to full speed: the leak of the Benghazi chapter to Politico late last month , the cover story in the latest issue of People magazine, the wall-to-wall lineup of television interviews this week, a grueling cross-country book tour.New York Times Book Review Jerry Pippin the Redstate Liberal reviews Hard Choices and whats next for Hillary Clinton.
California Teachers' s Job Security
Jun 12, 2014 |
In Vergara vs. California Judge Rolf M. Treu ruled, in effect, that it was too easy for teachers to gain strong job protections and too difficult to dismiss those who performed poorly in the classroom."This decision today is an attack on teachers, which is a socially acceptable way to attack children, Instead of providing for smaller classes or more counselors, “you attack teacher and student rights.”Alex Caputo-Pearl, president-elect Los Angeles teachers union.Silicon Valley entrepreneur David Welch made his money creating breakthrough technology in fiber optic communication and building hardware to run the massive interenet networks of the future.He's spending it - at least some of it - on...
Jerad Miller the Joker in Las Vegas
Jun 12, 2014 |
They walked passed our officers, who were eating lunch in one of the booths, and immediately upon passing them, Jerad Miller pulled a handgun out and shot officer Soldo one time in the back of his head,” McMahill said. Officer Beck tried to engage the couple, but was shot in the throat before he could pull a trigger, McMahill said. The Millers then shot him several times more.The suspects pulled the officers from the booth and covered Beck with a Gadsen Flag, a yellow banner with a coiled snake above the words, “Don’t Tread on Me,” and threw a swastika on him. One of them then pinned a note to Soldo’s body that “basically stated that this is the beginning of a revolution,” McMahill said. Las...
Dr. Maya Angelou All-American Hero
Jun 7, 2014 |
"Dr Angelou taught all women that self-worth has nothing to do with what the world might say.For me, “that was the power of Maya Angelou’s words, words so powerful they carried a little black girl from the south side of Chicago all the way to the White House. She touched me, she touched all of you, she touched people all across the globe, including a young white woman from Kansas who named her daughter after Maya and raised her son to be the first African American president of the United States.She was the master. For at a time when there were such stifling constraints on how a black woman could exist in the world, she serenely disregarded all the rules with fiercely, passionate unapologetic...
The POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl
Jun 4, 2014 |
Sergeant Bergdahl, 26, America’s only known current prisoner of war. He was captured under still unclear circumstances in June 2009 by insurgents in the mountains of eastern Afghanistan New York Times Remaining steadfast and forever thankful that this American POW was released and continuing to keep Sgt Bergdahl & his family in my thoughts and prayers. There are so many challenges ahead and this military mom for one, continues to pray for Sgt Bergdahl & family, especially his mom, Jani, just as I have since learning of Sgt Bergdahl's capture a few years ago. There is only ONE BREATH DIFFERENCE between FEAR OF LOSING A CHILD AND LOSING A CHILD. ColoradoMilitaryMom
The Post Office
Jun 1, 2014 |
The USPS traces its roots to 1775 during the Second Continental Congress, where Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first postmaster general. The cabinet-level Post Office Department was created in 1792 from Franklin's operation and transformed into its current form in 1971 under the Postal Reorganization Act.The USPS employed 626,764 workers (as of January 2014) and operated 211,654 vehicles in 2013. The USPS is the operator of the largest civilian vehicle fleet in the world. The USPS has exclusive access to letter boxes marked "U.S. Mail" and personal letterboxes in the United States.In the 1960s African Americans were appointed as postmasters of the nation’s three largest Post Offices ...
Remembering Sam Greenlee
May 26, 2014 |
Sam Greenlee was born in Chicago, attended the University of Wisconsin and the University of Chicago He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. He served in the military (1952-4), earning the rank of first lieutenant, and subsequently worked for the United States Information Agency, serving in Iraq,Pakistan, Indonesia, and Greece between 1957 and 1965. Leaving the US foreign service after eight years, he stayed on in Greece. on the island of Mykonos, where he began to write his first novel published in 1969 as "The Spook Who sat by the Door", the story of a black man who is recruited as a CIA agent and having mastered the skills of a spy then uses them to lead a black guerrilla movement i...
Memorial Day 2014
May 26, 2014 |
Memorial Day 2014 is a special presentation hosted by Jerry Pippin. I thank you as your Commander-in-Chief because you inspire me," Your willingness to serve, to step forward at a time of war, and say 'send me,' is the reason the United States stays strong and free. Of all the honors that I have serving as President, nothing matches serving as your Commander-in-Chief."President Obama at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan The Monday Morning Quarterback will return next week.
A Brownie Moment at the VA
May 22, 2014 |
“So, you know, if you ask me, you know, how do I think Ric Shinseki has performed overall?” I would say that on homelessness, on the 9/11 GI Bill, on working with us to reduce the backlog across the board, he has put his heart and soul into this thing and he has taken it very seriously.But I have said to Ric, and I said it to him today, I want to see, you know, what the results of these reports are, and there is going to be accountability.” President Obama on the problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs and his defence of General Eric Shinseki .General Eric Shinseki is no Brownie(Michael Brown) G. W. Bush’ made an ill-timed praise of his Federal Emergency Management Agency director, Mi...
Topeka ,Kansas USA
May 19, 2014 |
"A decade after the ruling, "Brown's moral guidance was translated into the enforcement measures of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act.Yet, in an era where some de facto segregation remains, Obama said "the hope and promise of Brown remains unfulfilled in education.We must continue striving toward equal opportunities for all our children, from access to advanced classes to participation in the same extracurricular activities," Obama wrote. "Because when children learn and play together, they grow, build, and thrive together." President Obama A resident said she overheard Copeland use a slur at a restaurant in March and wrote to the town manager. Copeland, in an email to her, ackn...
The Politics of Technology
May 16, 2014 |
The Federal Communications Commission voted to release a net neutrality proposal and seek public comments?The FCC release a notice of proposed rulemaking, or NPRM, where the agency proposes new rules and asks for public comment on them. The release of the 99-page NPRM Thursday sets off a 120-day comment period on the proposed rules, with 60 days for initial comments and 60 days for comments that respond to the first round of discussion. FCC’s comment page, which a link to the proposal officially titled, “protecting and promoting the open Internet.” Clicking on the proceeding number, 14-28, takes you to a Web form where you can leave a comment.The FCC’s email box for the proceeding is also st...
Equal Protection Under Law in Arkansas
May 12, 2014 |
Circuit Judge Chris Piazza said: "Arkansas's marriage laws discriminate against same-sex couples in violation of the Equal Protection Clause ...." "Although marriage is not expressly identified as a fundamental right in the Constitution, the United States Supreme Court has repeatedly recognized it as such," EUREKA SPRINGS — Two women from Fort Smith became the first same-sex couple in Arkansas ever to receive a marriage license.Kristin Seaton, 27, and Jennifer Rambo, 26, got the license at about 10 a.m. Saturday at the Carroll County courthouse in Eureka Springs, which normally issues marriage licenses for four hours every Saturday. Arkansas online
The Week that Was 09 May 2014
May 9, 2014 |
The past week's political events that help shape the American politics with co-host Jerry Pippin(jerrypippin.com). Jerry has been in radio over 50 years and on the Internet since the 1998. Acontecimientos políticos del pasado semanas que ayudan a dar forma a la política estadounidense con el co-anfitrión Jerry Pippin (jerrypippin.com). Jerry ha estado en la radio durante 50 años y en Internet desde el 1998.
May 7, 2014 |
After the scandal, writes Lewinsky, “I turned down offers that would have earned me more than $10 million, because they didn’t feel like the right thing to do.” After moving between London (where she got her master’s degree in social psychology at the London School of Economics), Los Angeles, New York, and Portland, Oregon, she interviewed for numerous jobs in communications and branding with an emphasis on charity campaigns, but, “because of what potential employers so tactfully referred to as my ‘history,’” she writes, “I was never ‘quite right’ for the position. In some cases, I was right for all the wrong reasons, as in ‘Of course, your job would require you to attend our events.’ And, o...
Friday Java 03 May 2014
May 5, 2014 |
The political magazine with a full cup of Coffee and a few polling numbers in between the refills. La revista política con una taza llena de café y algunos números de las encuestas entre las recargas.
Barbarity in Oklahoma
May 1, 2014 |
The Oklahoma Department of Corrections botched the execution of convicted killer Clayton Lockett Tuesday night, claiming the execution didn't go as planned because of a blown vein. It was determined he was sedated approximately seven minutes into the execution," DOC Director Robert Patton said. "At that time we began pushing the second and third drugs in the protocol. There was some concern at that time that the drugs were not having the effect, so the doctor observed the line and determined that the line had blown."The second drug in the protocol was vecuronium bromide, which is a paralytic used to stop Lockett's breathing. The third drug in the protocol was potassium chloride, which was us...
Bob Dole's Kansas
Apr 23, 2014 |
The former senator Bob Dole started a three-day tour Monday afternoon in Overland Park and Olathe. He plans to be in Kansas through Wednesday, including a visit Tuesday to the political institute named after him at the University of Kansas.Dole wants to visit each of the state’s 105 counties. Whether he makes it to every county is an open question that he acknowledges with a dose of trademark dry humor. “When you’re 90, you don’t order room service or green bananas,” he said. Kansas City Star
Apr 16, 2014 |
"This day will always be hard, it will never be easy to be close to that place where our lives broke apart. You are strong at this broken place. Compassion took hold of this city, and it was “a mighty force.Our support and love for you will never waver,promised the victims. We will never forget what this day means to you.”Former Mayor Thomas Menino "The city’s recovery during the past year was “an enduring example of the power of the common cause, indeed, the power of love itself, That’s what community is . . . and I am so proud to be a part of this one.”Governor Deval Patrick
Science Comprehension Thesis
Apr 8, 2014 |
The Science Comprehension Thesis, which says the problem is that the public doesn’t know enough about science to judge the debate. It’s a version of the More Information Hypothesis: a smarter, better educated citizenry wouldn’t have all these problems reading the science and accepting its clear conclusion on climate change. But Kahan and his team had an alternative hypothesis. Perhaps people aren’t held back by a lack of knowledge. After all, they don’t typically doubt the findings of oceanographers or the existence of other galaxies. Perhaps there are some kinds of debates where people don’t want to find the right answer so much as they want to win the argument. Perhaps humans reason for pu...