Category Archives: Politics and News

Politics, News Analysis, and other time-sensitive stuff.

The homeless figures dilemma

I was visiting my parents in Pennsylvania, and I returned to an interesting request. A reporter from the New York Times had found the abstract of my talk on the age of homeless in America. The New York Coalition for … Continue reading

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Women Deserve Better

Back in February, I received a personal invitation to view the rehearsal of a controversial event. No, I don’t mean the 2008 KYMAA math festival. I mean an event on Bellarmine’s campus that was held around 14 February. The stated … Continue reading

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Democrats: The Problem of Pennsylvania

When I registered in Kentucky, I faced a dilemma. Illinois has an election-day open primary. Sure, according to the official rules you has to declare a party to vote in a primary. But, and it’s a big qualifier, you can … Continue reading

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Democrats: The Strife is O’er, the Battle Done

Yes, I know that title makes little immediate sense. For a few of you, it’s an Easter hymn in Lent. For most of you, it’s that the primary process is nowhere near over. Given the closeness of the contest between … Continue reading

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What does the President do?

In an effort to think about the upcoming Presidential race, I decided to examine the stated duties in the primary source, the US Constitution. As you may or may not remember, the Executive Branch comes second, after the Congress, and … Continue reading

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A Million Deaths is a Statistic. Or a Book.

I came into work today to a very strange message, asking for calm in the wake of a tragedy. Briefly, the police found a dead newborn in one of the dormitories on campus. Rumors are flying about the mother, and/or … Continue reading

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The Violence of Nature

This week, I’ve watched hurricane coverage. Too much coverage, I suspect, for how many times do I want to see a desolate convention center, or a floating casino three hundred feet inland, or suffering people? New Orleans, Gulfport, Biloxi, and … Continue reading

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Time for Regime Change

In three weeks, I will be voting for the Democratic candidate for President, John Kerry. I’ve been asked about this by several people. The pithy answer I’ve given is that “I’d rather vote for a bad man than an evil … Continue reading

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Quick blogs from the third debate

I’m typing in comments while watching on TiVo. Pause breaks are mandatory. Both candidates are on message. 98 times sounds suspiciously like Ferris Bueller and his “9 times”. Or maybe it’s one short of 99 problems, and Bush secretly enjoys … Continue reading

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