Presidential election results: The South tried to rise again

Presidential election results: The South tried to rise again
JISHOU, HUNAN — Charles Johnson posted this graphic in a comment yesterday at Little Green Footballs. It’s thought-provoking, from a number of angles. We can argue about correlation and causation here. Either way, I’m not very surprised at the results.

And Obama wins again.

JISHOU, HUNAN — It’s almost 1 pm here, and between writing exams and caring for a sick friend, I’ve been watching the reports on the election. I am very glad that Barack Obama has been re-elected. If you’re a Republican and reading this, sorry your candidate lost, but that’s the way it goes. From my cursory glances at the Senate races, it also seems the GOP didn’t do so well there, either. You need to ask yourselves why. Some of your candidates were too extreme, frankly. They were popular within a certain demographic, but that demographic is apparently not representative of the voting population at large. As for Mitt Romney, he may have picked up nearly 49% of the popular vote, but that also suggests he was not a strong enough candidate to sway people away from Obama and the Democrats. Maybe if he actually had had a definite platform that he could stick to longer than two hours he might have done better. Or if he had something like, well, sincerity. Obama’s still got a tough job ahead, with a GOP-controlled House that may try to obstruct him at every chance. I’m hoping, however, that these mule-headed Republicans put ...

Things I’ve learned from the debates so far

Mitt Romney sure can spin a yarn. Trouble is, it changes with every retelling. He thinks President Obama is a little boy who lies, like Romney’s sons. (Huh?) In debate #1, Obama was confusticated by the yarn spinning. In debate #2, he was not taking any more of that shit. (Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.) Romney thinks Big Bird ought to get a real job, and not live off the public dole. It’s probably the same opinion he has of Obama. Romney has a “binder full of women.” Cool. Is that what CEOs call a “little black book” now? Yes, Obama did in fact say the Benghazi attack was “an act of terror.” Moving on now. Vice-president Joe Biden likes to cut big talkers like Paul Ryan down to size. Speaking of Ryan, wearing your ball cap backwards while lifting weights does not make you “hot.” Washing already clean dishes does not make you “one of the common people.” You just end up looking like a dork.

The poor get poorer and the rich get … gone

JISHOU, HUNAN — The problem we face today, says Mike Lofgren in The American Conservative, is not a widening gap between rich and poor, but that the super-wealthy choose to stand aloof from society at large. The rich are the new secessionists, Lofgren argues. Rather than be part of society and do “good works,” as Andrew Carnegie did with his millions, today’s billionaires seek only to suck more money from the 99% who don’t really have much of it. What I mean by secession is a withdrawal into enclaves, an internal immigration, whereby the rich disconnect themselves from the civic life of the nation and from any concern about its well being except as a place to extract loot. Most remarkably, this thought-provoking and incisive essay is not the product of a wide-eyed progressive or a McGovernite liberal, but a conservative who served 16 years on the Republican staff of the House and Senate Budget Committees. A conservative writer who thinks logically! Truly a dying breed. Lofgren compares America’s ultra-rich — which he notes include Republic presidential nominee Mitt Romney — to the upper-class British living in colonial India. They lived in India, but they were not a part of ...

The physics of Mitt Romney

JISHOU, HUNAN — It’s not often I can read something about quantum physics and politics at the same time, so I have to share this piece in the Sunday New York Times about the puzzling phenomenon known as Mitt Romney, candidate. Of course, as is true when reading some xkcd comics, if you’re not up on the concepts, the jokes will fly right over your head, but I got a few chuckles out of David Javerbaum’s “A Quantum Theory of Mitt Romney.” Romney is not only animatronic and a living Etch-a-Sketch, he’s also a metaphor for quantum physics. Two excerpts from Javerbaum’s piece will show what I mean: Complementarity. In much the same way that light is both a particle and a wave, Mitt Romney is both a moderate and a conservative, depending on the situation (Fig. 1). It is not that he is one or the other; it is not that he is one and then the other. He is both at the same time. …snip Entanglement. It doesn’t matter whether it’s a proton, neutron or Mormon: the act of observing cannot be separated from the outcome of the observation. By asking Mitt Romney how he feels about an ...
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