Nate Silver and the Fetish of Data-Driven Journalism

"Sir, the possibility of successfully navigating an asteroid field is approximately 3,720 to 1." "Never tell me the odds!" ―C-3PO and Han Solo   Yogi Berra famously threw the fat lady off her stage in 1973 when he said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” With the rise of and reliance upon data-driven modeling of elections and

By | 2017-02-07T21:42:02+00:00 February 7th, 2017|

In RE: Lewis v. Trump—A Thought Experiment

It should be stipulated without reservation that U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) was one of the most important civil rights heroes of the 1960s. He sacrificed not only his personal safety but helped to lead a movement that brought America into line with its own founding, ideals, and aspirations. As we commemorate the broad life and scope of Reverend

By | 2017-01-16T18:57:49+00:00 January 16th, 2017|

Winning the War and Losing the Peace

Conservatives and Republicans tut-tutting along with Dems over what amounts to the latest excuse for why Hillary lost the election are setting themselves up for coming legislative defections and defeats. The campaign didn’t end on election night. That’s the message for America from the bipartisan uniparty headquartered in Washington, D.C.—the one that Trump

By | 2016-12-20T12:52:17+00:00 December 20th, 2016|

The Common Sense Trump-Has-Been-Elected Survival Guide

With Donald Trump's election, a growing number of websites, organizations, survival guides—and even elected officials—have issued statements of fear, stoked notions of dystopia, and promoted and threatened nullification and secession. Perhaps a different kind of survival guide is needed just now, and it could start with some adult talk and a small dose of common

By | 2016-12-12T11:25:40+00:00 December 12th, 2016|

Popular Vote or Electoral College? A Debate

For the second time in 16 years, it appears that the winning presidential candidate will lose the nationwide popular vote while winning office through the Electoral College. George W. Bush did it in 2000; Donald Trump, another Republican, has done it again in 2016. The Electoral College was designed by the Founders as part of

By | 2016-11-17T16:20:37+00:00 November 17th, 2016|

The Squandered Teachable Moment

One of the main challenges of producing or hosting a radio or television show is finding new or interesting things being said or written.  One of the main challenges of the blogosphere, Facebook, Twitter, and the rest is both the garbage that is published and the immense amounts of information disseminated.  Social media, with all

By | 2016-11-14T10:07:35+00:00 November 14th, 2016|

These Losers Aren’t Just Sore, But Vicious

From very early on in this election season, and especially since Donald Trump became the Republican presidential nominee, I’ve looked forward to the day when he would win the presidency and I could gloat in the smug faces of all of the Hillary Clinton supporters (and NeverTrumpers) who spared no occasion to assure America that Trump

By | 2016-11-13T18:32:26+00:00 November 13th, 2016|