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Republican Debate

John McCain and Mitt Romney take the gloves off, while Ron Paul adds some perspective. Too bad Ron Paul is such a nut, because he's right on one issue, the war in Iraq.




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The Rules of the Game

contributed by Charles Lemos

The most important classes I ever took in my decade long stint in graduate school were the ones on game theory and in particular one called Policy-Making Procedures. Recognizing how different electoral rules provide different electoral results is of the utmost importance.

Look at the differences in Iowa and Nevada. Iowa and Nevada are both caucuses but they have slightly different rules. A brief example and I will show you why John Edwards got over 30% of the precinct delegates in Iowa and only 4% in Nevada. Both states have threshold/viability rules, so a second choice matters. In Iowa, candidates that fail to meet the 15% threshold can try to persuade others to join their camp. One key difference is that in Nevada, only supporters of non-viable candidates are allowed to switch to a different corner during the realignment period. That does cut down on the gamesmanship whereby precinct captains of viable candidates can direct a small number of people to a rival corner in order to change the delegate count in each precinct. So Edwards supporters in Nevada where they failed to meet the viability test could not bring others in only go out nor could the Clinton or Obama camps throw any of their surplus voters over to Edwards. If they did not meet the viability test in any precinct, Edwards supporters could only join either Clinton or Obama in the second round. That one variation in the rules between Iowa and Nevada accounts for the wide discrepancy in the tallies of Edwards in those two contests.

The rules of the game matter. One reason that Obama is doing well is because he appeals to independents who by the virtue of being “independents” are more apt to buy the unity message among other reasons. To date all primaries (except Florida) and caucuses have been open ones in which independents can vote in either primary or caucus. Iowa and Michigan even allow on the spot registration changes allowing voters to switch parties up to the last second. But there are 13 closed contests coming up, only open to registered Democrats or registered Republicans. The biggest are New York, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Ohio, Massachusetts, New Mexico and Georgia. That one change of the rule erases at least some of Obama’s support. The biggest impact is likely in Massachusetts where the Kennedy’s recent endorsement might sway independents to come out in droves for Obama but unless they have changed their registration they are ineligible to vote (I was unable to reach the Massachusetts Democratic State Party to learn when the cut-off was or is).

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Fun With Fox

Fox Clowns Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly have trouble relating to others. Ron Paul supporters chase Sean Hannity and the Secret Service has a chat with Bill O'Reilly




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Countdown w/Keith Olbermann
Keith's latest book is Truth and Consequences: Special Comments on the Bush Administration's War on American Values

Links With Your Coffee - Tuesday

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Links With Your Coffee - Friday

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  • Caucus II the Republicans A Mark Fiore animation.

  • To be deported for voting
    TJM Author Luci has a problem. Her son received a letter last week, saying he would be deported for lacking moral character. Evidence? After registering for selective service, political campaigners mistakenly explained that he was allowed to vote in a local election because he had registered for selective service.

    This young man lacks moral character because a political campaigner told him he could vote, election officials allowed him to vote, and he informed INS officials that he had voted.

    Yes, he made a mistake, but it was a mistake that other people had a duty prevent. The campaigner should have known that resident aliens were not authorized to vote, and should not have pressed him into doing so. Election officials should have informed him at the polls that he was not allowed to vote because he was not yet a citizen.
  • YouTube - Scarborough: Bhutto Assass. Helps Giuliani and Clinton

  • Twilight of the Books: A Critic at Large: The New Yorker

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    In 1937, twenty-nine per cent of American adults told the pollster George Gallup that they were reading a book. In 1955, only seventeen per cent said they were. Pollsters began asking the question with more latitude. In 1978, a survey found that fifty-five per cent of respondents had read a book in the previous six months. The question was even looser in 1998 and 2002, when the General Social Survey found that roughly seventy per cent of Americans had read a novel, a short story, a poem, or a play in the preceding twelve months. And, this August, seventy-three per cent of respondents to another poll said that they had read a book of some kind, not excluding those read for work or school, in the past year. If you didn’t read the fine print, you might think that reading was on the rise.

  • Dispatches from the Culture Wars: Debunking Creationist Nonsense. Again.

  • The Left Coaster: Ron Paul really is nuts! (video)

  • Matthew Yglesias (December 26, 2007) - Innumeracy (Media)

  • Effect Measure : How about Medicare for all?
    If you have heart disease or diabetes and you are uninsured you are worse off than those who are insured by several measures. Those are the kinds of health conditions that usually worsen with age, too, so you would expect this to be a bigger problem for the uninsured near elderly. But they don't worsen for this group because when they hit 65 in the US they are no longer uninsured: they have the near universal health insurance coverage called Medicare, and as a result their health improves.

Ron Paul on Evolution

There are many reasons Ron Paul would make a bad president. It's not only that he apparently doesn't understand evolution, but that at his age he has failed to educate himself. He seems to show the same lack of curiosity as the current president. We don't need another one like Dub.




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When Fascism Comes

A nugget of truth from Ron Paul. This is in no way an endorsement of his presidential campaign. He would make a truly terrible president in my opinion.




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Hardball w/Chris Matthews

Links With Your Coffee - Thursday

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  • Comparison Shopping: Oprah vs. Bill - Indecision 2008 Now that's amusing.

  • The Future of Reading (A Play in Six Acts) [dive into mark]
    When someone buys a book, they are also buying the right to resell that book, to loan it out, or to even give it away if they want. Everyone understands this.

    Jeff Bezos, Open letter to Author’s Guild, 2002

    You may not sell, rent, lease, distribute, broadcast, sublicense or otherwise assign any rights to the Digital Content or any portion of it to any third party, and you may not remove any proprietary notices or labels on the Digital Content. In addition, you may not, and you will not encourage, assist or authorize any other person to, bypass, modify, defeat or circumvent security features that protect the Digital Content.

    Amazon, Kindle Terms of Service, 2007

  • American College of Physicians Endorse Single-Payer - CommonDreams.org

  • Ablative, Allative, Adessive, Obsessive - New York Times
    SOMETIMES we turn to ritual to find peace in the solemnity of routine, in the comfort of regular practice. But occasionally we turn to ritual for another reason: because our favorite activities are just too embarrassing to do in public. My obsession, reading textbooks on foreign languages and memorizing obscure grammatical detail, is ritual of the latter persuasion. Not to put too fine a point on it, but if I did it in public, I wouldn’t have any friends. But if I didn’t do it at all, then I couldn’t tell you that Ancient Greek had a noun declension for objects found in pairs. Like shoes, or maybe breasts. And what fun would I be, then?

  • Let us kill all the teddy bears / Note to radical Muslims: I've now named my favorite coffee mug 'Muhammad.' Hope that helps
    Here's what I like to do every time I see a throng of frothing religious zombies marching in the streets of Sudan or Pakistan or Colorado Springs or anywhere else in the world, carrying knives and torches and holding festering clots of fear in their hearts as they burn flags or photographs or copies of "The Goblet of Fire" or "The Golden Compass" or that sweet little book about the cute gay penguins in the Central Park Zoo and all screaming for the instant death of someone who dared to suggest that, say, Jesus was actually a liberal pacifist or that L. Ron Hubbard was a nutball hack or that it's perfectly delightful to let sweet little schoolkids name a sweet little teddy bear 'Muhammad.'

  • "A Cartoon" by Mr. Fish (Harper's Magazine)

  • ZNet |U.S. | Don't Believe the Hype (Ron Paul is Not Your Savior)

Links With Your Coffee - Thursday

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  • The Right-Wing Relativists | Campaign for America's Future
    There was a time when conservatives used to commonly insult liberals with an accusation that they were empty "pomo relativists." Lynn Cheney, in particular, made a point of it when she was the chairman of the National Endowment of the Humanities and even wrote a book about it called "Telling The Truth," if you can believe that.
    CHENEY: It's postmodernism, the notion that there is no such thing as truth. There's only your version of events and my version and Charles' version and Harry's version, and the one that prevails will be that of whoever is the most powerful. This seems to fly in the face of the way scholarship has proceeded for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.
    It takes your breath away, doesn't it? The exposure of the conservative movement as extreme epistemic relativists has been one of the most fascinating (and frustrating) stories of the Bush years.

  • Good Math, Bad Math : Pathetic Innumeracy - this time from Great Britain
    The British lottery put out a "scratch-off" game called "Cool Cash". The idea of it is that it's got a target temperature on the card, and to win, you need uncover only temperatures colder than the target. Simple, right?

  • Bring back the Greek gods - Los Angeles Times
    Prominent secular and atheist commentators have argued lately that religion "poisons" human life and causes endless violence and suffering. But the poison isn't religion; it's monotheism. The polytheistic Greeks didn't advocate killing those who worshiped different gods, and they did not pretend that their religion provided the right answers. Their religion made the ancient Greeks aware of their ignorance and weakness, letting them recognize multiple points of view.

  • Palimpsest: the guide to a (mostly) paperless life | 43 Folders I'm putting that scanner on the Amazon Wish List

  • YouTube - BILL MOYERS JOURNAL | Jeremy Scahill | PBS

  • WRITERS’ STRIKE KNOCKS OUT ‘FAKE NEWS SHOWS,’ LEAVING ONLY … FAKE NEWS

  • Aardvarchaeology : History Carnival 58
  • denialism blog : Who's Nuttier: Apple Fans or Ron Paul Fans?

  • Drinking and Praying: Proposal Could Tip Irish Priests Over Legal Limit You've got to love it. Christ's blood is over the legal limit.
    The job description for a Catholic priest doesn't include a lot of perks -- perhaps one reason that their numbers are shrinking rapidly across the Western world. In Ireland, though, the gig might be further complicated by a new proposal to lower the legal blood alcohol limit for drivers. Priests there are speaking out against the proposal because it could render them legally drunk after performing Mass. . .

    "Perhaps it could be enough for you to fail a drink-driving test," the Rev. Brian D'Arcy, a priest from Enniskillen, told the Irish Times. "I don't like to use the word wine, as it is Christ's blood in the Eucharist -- but it still has all the characteristics of wine when in the blood stream."

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Links With Your Coffee - Wednesday

Links With Your Coffee - Sunday

Bits And Pieces

I think it must be love

Does Your iPod Play Favorites? A note on random.

What I Heard about Iraq by Eliot Weinberger . It looks like Republican Ron Paul has heard something of the same things and poses the question to the House of Representives What If (It Was All a Big Mistake)

Red State Road Trip Day 3 via Truthout

Video Vandalism: The TOOLZ Inaugural Mashup
You're going to love the audio track of this Quicktime Movie.