My Votes on 2016 Alabama State Constitutional Amendments

I won’t get into my national support, but at the state level: Shelby and whoever’s opposing Brooks this time. I do have brief thoughts about the Alabama State Constitutional amendments on the 2016 ballot (yellowhammernews.com; Ballotpedia also has coverage).  I care about Alabama politics enough to almost get arrested over it.  Here are some irreverent and… Continue reading My Votes on 2016 Alabama State Constitutional Amendments

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#NeverTrump Electoral Math

This one is pretty simple.  Say you’re a standard-bearing GOP voter who is absolutely disgusted with the candidate that your fucked-up primary/caucus season selected.  Your last name doesn’t have to be Bush here.  You could be my dad or my brother, but you’re definitely #NeverTrump. Trump has the temperament to be a lot of things,… Continue reading #NeverTrump Electoral Math

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On Mid-Term Elections for First-Term Presidents

Starting with the 20th Century, the following first-term Presidents of the United States have gained ground in midterm elections: T Roosevelt, F Roosevelt, GW Bush. That’s the list. Note the Teddy only gained ground in House elections, as the 17th Amendment had not yet been ratified. First-term Presidents get killed in midterm elections. The two… Continue reading On Mid-Term Elections for First-Term Presidents

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Obama Inaugural: Audio of “Air and Simple Gifts”, Obama’s Oath of Office, and Obama’s Inaugural

I had the idea last night to put my radio SHARK 2 and Radioshift to good use: recording Obama’s inauguration. My audio started from 11:30 a.m. Eastern and goes through 1:00 p.m., so if there’s any audio in that timespan you’d like [Rick Warren’s invocation, Joseph Lowery’s benediction, Joe Biden’s oath, etc.], I’ll splice it… Continue reading Obama Inaugural: Audio of “Air and Simple Gifts”, Obama’s Oath of Office, and Obama’s Inaugural

Sending a Message

So Israel is still bombing the hell out of Gaza. Isn’t it time for the sticks to stop and the carrots to start? Wouldn’t the obvious choice here be sitting down at the peace table with the Palestinian Authority and clearing up things in the West Bank? If Hamas, and not Palestinians, is the enemy,… Continue reading Sending a Message

Happy Hopemas

So I’m sitting on the couch, post present-opening, when the lady who stays with my grandmother brought me the Obama memorial coins she’d bought. I looked at them, handed them back, and told her, “Unlike the rest of my family, I actually voted for the guy.”. I then proceeded to turn to my mom, sitting… Continue reading Happy Hopemas

In Whom Our Hope Is Found

A note: many of you are tired of reading about politics. I ask you, then, “What the hell are you doing here?” Seriously. I don’t write about politics every four years, y’all. 🙂 Barack Obama placed his campaign on the concepts of hope and change. I think he was smart to do that—mere change enough… Continue reading In Whom Our Hope Is Found