Monthly Archives: March 2012

Trayvon Martin, question 2: Does George Zimmerman have a passport?






Trayvon Martin, question 2: Does George Zimmerman have a passport? Listening to either Robert Zimmerman, on behalf of his son, or Robert Zimmerman, Jr., on behalf of his brother, one wonders what the point of these family interviews could be other than to buy time. They are too dubious to be very effective in generating sympathy for George Zimmerman, too full of inconsistencies and offer… Read More

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Trayvon Martin, question 1: Why were his hands underneath his body?






Trayvon Martin, question 1: Why were his hands underneath his body?*   There are no bright moments in the killing of seventeen-year-old Trayvon Benjamin Martin. A self-appointed ‘neighborhood watch’ guy named George Zimmerman apparently talked himself into believing that he was some kind of unofficial cop, carried a 9-mm. semi-automatic he never should have been allowed in the first place, and fatally shot an unarmed… Read More

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Health insurance is not broccoli






Health insurance is not broccoli Listening to news updates on the oral argument currently taking place at the Supreme Court is getting a bit scary. If the ‘slippery slope’ argument is being taken seriously, then the dispute over universal health care is taking an odd turn, surprisingly odd. Reportedly Mr. Justice Scalia posed a question to government lawyers something along the lines of this one:… Read More

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The Big Ho-Hum from Louisiana






From Louisiana, a big ho-hum for the primary fight SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER  As was predictable,* Rick Santorum won Louisiana’s presidential primary Saturday. Also predictable, the word ‘evangelicals’ has been all over the air waves. Again predictable, almost all of the commentary has come from people who have not lived in Louisiana, not stayed here for any length of time, not come from any place near here. I… Read More

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The 2012 GOP primary race; Illinois today






2012 GOP primary race–today, Illinois   Today, the Illinois primary. Puerto Rico went as expected for Mitt Romney, or better—since he won all the delegates there—and Missouri results are held in a murk, not to be clarified until April. The prevalent question surrounding the Illinois primary is how well Romney will do. Illinois has abundant metropolitan and suburban areas, with enough population to allow some… Read More

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Weekend further shaping the 2012 primaries






2012, and how the GOP primary race has been shaped The weekend has brought its partial results. With the vote from Puerto Rico in Sunday, Romney gets the delegates there.* Missouri held caucuses on Saturday, reportedly to a mix of amusement and anger, but results will not be announced until April. The New York Daily News reported Rick Santorum ahead. Ron Paul supporters, au contraire,… Read More

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Target demographics and the 2012 GOP race






Target demographics in 2012–How the GOP primary race has been shaped Reluctant as I am to post on a beautiful Saturday morning in March Madness (the wearing o’ the green worked its magic a day early this year)–still, a new Gallup poll out yesterday reinforces the previous post. So, following up– Recapping, the argument for pushing Newt Gingrich out of the GOP primary race has… Read More

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The 2012 GOP primaries–Delegate math and stupid ridicule






Math wins, numbers of voters still count in elections–open convention coming?   Another cluster of primaries, a new current argument about the GOP primary season. Now the question hovering over the political reporting is whether Newt Gingrich can be pummeled into getting out of the race. His sister suggests not. Candace Gingrich-Jones, in an excellent performance of The Accidental Activist, by Rebecca Gingrich-Jones, suggested that… Read More

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The 2012 primaries have finally defined Santorum territory and Romney territory






The 2012 southern primaries yesterday marked a clear dividing line–finally If the GOP primaries have established a consistent pattern, it is that the dividing line for the Romney-Santorum-Gingrich threesome is rural appeal versus metropolitan/suburban appeal. Santorum has the less populated counties almost all to himself, in most states; Romney and Gingrich battle it out for the more populated areas. This pattern has been partly defined… Read More

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The 2012 GOP primaries in the South–two today






2012 southern primaries today The big political ticket today is two southern primaries, in Alabama and Mississippi—Hawaii and American Samoa have caucuses today, too, but that’s a different story, and anyway, the delegates from beautiful places at remote distances are mainly being commandeered by Mitt Romney. A competent run-down on the probabilities here   All the discussion serves as a reminder of how many kinds… Read More

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