Monthly Archives: August 2014

Why Sorenson will go to jail and Perry won’t

Iowa State Senator Kent Sorenson pled guilty this week to Federal charges that are likely to send him to prison. The influential Tea Party Senator accepted $73,000 from the Ron Paul campaign in 2012 to shift his endorsement from Michele

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Posted in Election 2016, Texas

Someone should remake ‘Four Lions’

We learned this week that two Americans were killed fighting for ISIS in Syria. There are likely to be many more as the Arab world’s long, awkward transition away from authoritarian government breeds more violence. It might be helpful for

Posted in Art, Foreign Policy

Muslims are coming from Mexico to murder you

Kent Brockman: Professor, without knowing precisely what the danger is, would you say it’s time for our viewers to crack each other’s heads open and feast on the goo inside? Professor: Mmm, yes I would, Kent. The Simpsons, Season 5,

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Posted in Election 2016, Foreign Policy, Uncategorized

Contraception and abortion

Long busy week, but noticed this article related to a previous post and thought it was interesting. From the Washington Post: Between 2007 and 2012, Colorado saw the highest percentage drop in birth rates among teens 15 to 19 in the

Posted in Reproductive Rights

The foolish gamble behind the Perry indictments

Considering the blatant, almost entirely legal corruption that has been the hallmark of the Perry years in Texas, it’s ironic that the allegations which finally led to his indictment are complete horseshit. Perry is being accused of using threats and

Posted in Election 2016, Republican Party, Taxes

A state-by-state look at migration patterns

The New York Times published some fascinating visualizations of US migration patterns. They are worth a look. A few highlights: Hardly anybody moves to Louisiana, Mississippi or Alabama except for people trying to escape one of the other two states

Posted in Texas

US Power, Good or Bad?

“Someday this war’s gonna end.” Lt. Col. Kilgore, Apocalypse Now Americans have a confused relationship with the wider world. We launched our existence as the first great anti-Imperial movement of the modern era. Now we are the world’s only global

Posted in Foreign Policy

Small groups, big influence

The Houston Realty Business Coalition hosts monthly breakfast meetings featuring some of the most influential figures in state and local politics. Founded in 1967, the HRBC, formerly called the Houston Realty Breakfast Club, is an institutional hub for Houston’s business

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Posted in Political Theory, Social Capital

Peaches, chips and immigration

Two stories caught my eye this week for their potential impact on labor markets, immigration policy and wider issues. The first involves a new computer chip being introduced by IBM based on the neural architecture of the human brain. From

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Posted in Economics, Immigration, The Second Machine Age

Evangelicals and the Amish Option

A close friend and fellow Texas ex-pat is looking to escape the godless Gomorrah of their affluent East Coast city. They want to move to the countryside, but the effort isn’t going so well. Their dilemma is emblematic of wider

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Posted in Religious Right

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