Category Archives: Elections

The 2nd Elephant



SEGMENT – “WE MUST DO SOMETHING…”

In the aftermath of Vegas, et al, the call once again becomes “We must do something.”  The problem is, what is something to one person may be nothing to another, and everything to yet another. It all comes down to an understanding of what “reasonable” is. Because what is reasonable to you, may not be to me, and vice versa.

In short, other nations have gone so far as to confiscate guns from citizens. But here in the United States, that would be… problematic at best. So. for the moment, let’s play the “What If?” game. If there were a law which banned all guns, how would those who pass such a law go about enforcing it?

Reference to Constitution Thursday The Saturday Podcast Episode “I Don’t Like Monday’s”

SEGMENT – GERRYMANDERING

In Wisconsin, the State Legislature stands accused of deciding to gerrymander the whole State to favor one Political Party. Now look, this is nothing new. But it is new to have the Supreme Court take up the case and look at whether or not Gerrymandering is in the “best interests of democracy.”

Putting aside the whole “we’re not a democracy” argument for the moment, there actually is a solution to the problem that would make it more challenging (not impossible) to gerrymander, but there is no way on this green planet that the Donkeys and Elephants will ever allow it to happen…

SEGMENT – FRIENDS

A voicemail reminds me of why I love doing these podcasts and shows so very much.

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The 50 Yard Line



SEGMENT – Why the NFL Players Aren’t Wrong But Aren’t Right

The common retort to those who complain about the kneeling NFL players is that “they have a 1st Amendment right” and if you oppose them, you hate the Constitution. The problem with that line of thought is that the people opposing the players also have a 1st Amendment right. but how many of them can do what the players are doing and get away with it?

SEGMENT – Kennedy and the 50 Yard Line Prayer

Former Bremerton High School Football Coach Joe Kennedy has appealed his case to the 9th Circuit asking for an en banc hearing after a three Judge panel ruled that his prayers were an unconstitutional act of establishment. He argues that the ruling de facto says that school teachers have no 1st Amendment rights.

SEGMENT – “Russia” and the American Election(s)

Facebook has said that it will release the ads which it says came from Russia and deal with” social and political” issues. But the statement Facebook released raises as many questions as it answers…

SEGMENT – Vietnam

Ken Burns newest documentary is well underway, and looks at the Vietnam War. There have been many reviews of it that are good and bad, some of them quite emphatic.

One Man Can Change the World



SEGMENT – American Ignorance

As it turns out, Americans – many of whom continue to call for things like eliminating Free Speech and abolishing the electoral College, have almost no idea why those things exist in the first place. But before you jump to the standard Chat Show Host outrage conclusion, consider this – why would they? Think about this for a second: how much time did you personally spend when you made your last big ticket purchase, thinking about the pros and cons of that spending? Now… how did that compare with how much time you actually spend thinking about your voting choices?

Given how candidates and issues are presented to us, why would we spend time on civics or learning about the “why’s” of our system? Seriously, what incentive is there for this “average” American Citizen to not just know these things, but to even care?

 

SEGMENT – The Russian Facebook ROI

“Russia,” as some sort of homogenous unit, bought $155,000 in Facebook ads during the 2016 Election. According to recent news reports, this investment of a mere $155,000 changed the election. Why does this seem far fetched to me? Because it is a generally accepted rule of thumb that the ROI on Facebook advertising is basically worthless…

SEGMENT – One Man Can Change the World

Once upon a time (Sept 26, 1983), a man you’ve probably never heard about, changed the world.

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