Today is the day that the Supreme Court considers whether former President Donald Trump can remain on the ballot. And considering that it is also 9 months before the 2024 Presidential election, it seems like a good time to check in to see where we are.[ continue reading »» ]
Okay, actually it is 11 months until the next United States presidential election. I have been writing and rewriting this article for a month now. Every time I get a draft put together, things seem to change. Well, overall, things aren’t really that different in the big picture and it was only the smaller things that have changed.
Right off the bat, this series of posts is predicated on how Democrats can retain the Presidency. I’m not a Democrat but it should be obvious why I want a Democrat to win and if it isn’t obvious to you, this post is not for you.
When we last checked in three four months ago, I concluded that the conventional wisdom of a Biden vs. Trump rematch was still the mostly likely. And at this point, it still seems the most likely. But I wrote about the volatility of the situation and that volatility has only increased since.[ continue reading »» ]
I’m a bit overdue for an update but with the GOP debate tonight, it’s worth reviewing where the 2024 Presidential election stands and how things have changed since my last post 3 months ago.
Starting again with Trump, there have been indictments! And he is so busy being indicted, it is somewhat hard to keep track of. Politico has a handy guide for the criminal indictments. But will any of the indictments matter? What will they do for his candidacy?[ continue reading »» ]
Eighteen months out, some moves have been made but plenty more remain to be made for the election of President of the United States. I believe the typical current punditry discussion is too short sighted and doesn’t give enough consideration to how things may yet change as the next 18 months play out. So here’s where we stand now and what I see happening over the next year and a half.[ continue reading »» ]
Twice every year there’s discussion about getting rid of Daylight Savings Time. But this year there actually seems to be a chance that some changes will finally happen. Does anyone actually enjoy changing our clocks and adjusting our sleep schedule twice a year? Most people find the change a minor disruption but some find it to be a major disruption – especially little kids who have no problem adjusting to minor daylight changes from day to day but who will naturally stick to their prior day’s sleep schedule even if the clock has jumped forward or backward an hour since then.
We all know that Daylight Savings Time doesn’t actually “save” any daylight, and while its past purposes may not be entirely clear, there is some logic to the main intent. There are times when sunrise would be ridiculously early in some places without it and shifting the time earlier by an hour for that period can resolve those specific issues. And likewise there are times when sunset would come ridiculously early if the time were to remain shifted. So the intent is to have ideal times and shifting twice a year is what gets us that now. But is it really necessary? Is there a better way?
I’ve been thinking about these problems for years and I too have bounced around between keeping things as they are, going to no DST, or going to permanent DST. But I gave it the full analysis this morning and I think I have a good plan figured out that is sort of a 4th way to go. But first I need to run through the data that I used to study the problem.[ continue reading »» ]
Back at the time of the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention, the Daily Show created videos for the candidates. First was “Joe Biden – Acceptable Under the Circumstances” and “Donald Trump – The Greatest President In History Of All Time”. The titles give you a sense of what you’ll see in the videos. But I think both videos are required watching. And with the election next week, it seemed a good time to go back and watch them again.
Joe Biden – Acceptable Under the Circumstances
Donald Trump – The Greatest President In History Of All Time
I’ve never been a fan of Nancy Pelosi. She isn’t a great public speaker with many hesitancy quirks and frequently seems ill-prepared in her press conferences. She has presided over a House of Representatives twice when she has seemed unable to coral her unruly peers into governing together rather than fighting with each other. I was disappointed to see that she was going to be Speaker of the House a second time and was optimistic about somebody else and her second tenure has turned out to be as bad as the first.
And now, her handling of to-impeach or not-to-impeach has dragged on for way too long. For years, Trump has been doing things that are illegal and easily proven but she has maintained that it isn’t enough for impeachment. And Trump seems to have taken that as a challenge: ‘Oh, if that wasn’t then how about this? Still no? Then I can do this.’ Like a toddler testing limits. Actually, I take that back – he *is* a toddler testing limits. And his parent Nancy is failing to push back. And the toddler President is getting away with more and more. Every day that Trump remains President is another 2 that it will take to fix. Or maybe the time to fix things is going up logarithmically and we are now at a point where 1 year of Trump equals 10 years to fix.[ continue reading »» ]
Sexual assault is wrong. Let me start with that. Also, what Senator Franken did is sexual assault. And he has admitted as much in his apologies. But “Franken Too?”? No, not “too”. At least not when we are talking about Moore and Weinstein and Trump and Spacey and Rattner and Wieseltier and Nassar and Toback.
Not being a conspiracy theorist, I had not marked the date on my calendar. But when I heard that JFK Papers were due to be released, I thought it sounded like about time to make all known facts about it public. Now, as some of the JFK assassination documents are withheld a couple of thoughts occur to me. Most interesting to me is that all of these years later, somebody has identified something that is still not appropriate to be released? Perhaps it is because whatever that thing is would largely change the collective understanding of what happened? In other words, the only stuff that is interesting is the stuff that has not been released?
Or perhaps it is because some of the information would tell the world something about our security apparatus that we don’t want the world to know. And while I understand that we want to keep our intelligence gathering methods secret, it would seem to me that whatever was unearthed in the 1960s would have to be irrelevant to today, right? If not, the implication is that we are still doing something somewhat similar to what we did 50 years ago? Surely our nation’s security is not dependent upon 50 year old security measures.
And the issue of revealing our nation’s secrets about intelligence gathering is especially interesting considering that the man making the ultimate decision, theoretically, is Trump – the same guy who told the Russians information that leaked Israeli sources. And that got me wondering, does Trump know what he is withholding? If he was made privy to the content, one would think that Oliver Stone is trying to arrange a meeting between Kislyak and Trump. And surely the people who want to keep this information secret are smart enough to not want President Blabbermouth to know the contents.
So, it’s more likely Trump does not know what is being withheld. Which means that he is trusting the intelligence community even without digging in to the details? Why would he do that now when he hasn’t trusted them before?
I’m still not a conspiracy theorist but I have to confess that there’s a lot of weirdness here.