Category Archives: Political

Presidents and the Supreme Court

Today we tiptoe into the minefield of politics. Recently much has been made about presidential appointments to the Supreme Court, and with good reason.  Our highest court has the final say on what the law of the land actually means. Within a year and a half of taking office, President Trump gets to appoint two

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How Winning a Court Case Cost 10,000 Lives

With all the heat about illegal immigration, it’s refreshing to find an occasional point of light.  One such point (three points, actually) is the “Border Trilogy”, a series of three podcasts from National Public Radio’s Radiolab.  It goes a long way toward explaining how we got to where we are today, including a court case

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A Better Polling Method

There’s been a lot of soul-searching among polling professionals since the 2016 election — why was President Trump’s win such a surprise?  Since then, political pundits have been looking for better polling methods. They may have found one — social circle polling.  Basically, instead of asking how someone plans to vote, people are asked how

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The Prevalence of Fake News

President Trump has a point — there’s a lot of fake stuff out there. Of course, manipulative tools have been available for some time.  I assume you’ve heard of the computer program Adobe Photoshop?  The publishing business where I worked for 15 years displayed a photo of an older couple with the man’s head replaced

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The Patriotic Path To Justice

Today I’ve been reading about the NFL players and owners meeting discussing proper procedures for the national anthem.  I don’t want to get into that specific subject, but as a military veteran, I do have definite thoughts about patriotism. Realizing that this nation has its problems, I believe patriotism includes calling attention to those problems

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Is Cyberwarfare Our Greatest Threat?

I grew up during the height of the Cold War, when every home-improvement show we attended had a model bomb shelter.  Thankfully, we won that one.  But today we may face a threat that is even more insidiously dangerous. I’m sure you’ve heard the accusations that Russia was behind the email hacks during the 2016

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The Answer to Fake News?

Talk about change, President Trump certainly has stirred up a debate about the press’s role in our society.  As one might predict, members of the Fourth Estate are very much engaged.  In the recent past, I’ve seen the following — The Christian Science Monitor’s March 13, 2017 cover story, “Trump vs. The Media: The War

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