Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
You may commit some of the worst crimes imaginable, and all we will do as a people is describe the crimes out loud and write about them in a report. Do whatever you like, because you will never, ever go to prison.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
"The restriction with the most bite would bar top executives from receiving bonuses exceeding one-third of their annual pay. Any bonus would have to be in the form of long-term incentives, like restricted stock, which could not be cashed out until the TARP money was repaid in full."Speaking of the new restrictions on executive bonuses, a lobbyist for the financial services firms said, "This is a big deal. This is a problem." Really? A problem for whom exactly?
Bonuses make up much of financial executives' take-home pay, so the new rules could significantly diminish their compensation. For example, Goldman Sachs chief executive Lloyd Blankfein made $68.5 million in 2007 -- a Wall Street record -- but $67.9 million of that was in bonus and other incentive pay that analysts said would be subject to the new rules.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
- The World Health Organization reports that France has the best overall health system in the world. The U.S., which spends a higher portion of its GDP than any other country on healthcare, ranks 37 out of 191 countries--behind Columbia and Saudi Arabia.
- France ranks higher in Human Development Index than the U.S. (11 versus 15).
- France incarcerates a much smaller proportion of its population than does the United States (91 per 100,000 people versus 726 per 100,000 people).
- Oh, and they don't execute people.
- The French work less, vacation more, and live longer.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
And everyone scratched their heads and said, "I didn't know there were any black Republicans."
In fact, there aren't. Well, OK, there's at least one, and he's now the party chairman. What's that you say? OK, yes, there are some more--but barely.
Let's look at some numbers from the last 10 presidential elections:
In 2008, Barack Obama (D) won 95% of the black vote and John McCain (R) won 5%.
In 2004, John Kerry (D) won 88% of the black vote and George W. Bush (R) won 11%.
In 2000, Al Gore (D) won 90% of the black vote and George W. Bush (R) won 10%.
In 1996, Bill Clinton (D) won 84% of the black vote and Bob Dole (R) won 12%.
In 1992, Bill Clinton (D) won 83% of the black vote and George Bush (R) won 10%.
In 1988, Michael Dukakis (D) won 86% of the black vote and George Bush (R) won 12%.
In 1984, Walter Mondale (D) won 90% of the black vote and Ronald Reagan (R) won 9%.
In 1980, Jimmy Carter (D) won 85% of the black vote and Ronald Reagan (R) won 11%.
In 1976, Jimmy Carter (D) won 83% of the black vote and Gerald Ford (R) 16%.
In 1972, George McGovern (D) won 82% of the black vote and Richard Nixon (R) won 18%.
That's about as unanimous as it gets in politics. And this leads me to the challenge I would like to issue:
I challenge any Republican to explain to me, in writing, why the Republican Party faces nearly unanimous opposition from African-Americans. Please explain to me the historical reasons that Democratic presidential candidates have averaged 87% of the black vote and Republican candidates have averaged 11% since 1972. I believe you cannot do this without offering up a damning critique of your own party. You may leave your response as a comment to this post, or, if you need more room, email it to me at BetterThanMachines@gmail.com. I will post thoughtful explanations, unedited, on the front page of this blog.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
- In 2007, Pike County had 42,493 registered voters: 19,653 Republicans, 14,692 Democrats, and 8,148 "others."
- Pike County voted for McCain over Obama, 12,456 (52%) to 11,448 (47%).
- Pike County county is part of Pennsylvania's 10th Congressional District, which just re-elected Democratic Representative Chris Carney, 56% to 44%, over his Republican challenger. When Carney was first elected in 2006, he became the first Democrat to represent the district since 1961.
- Pike County is considered the westernmost edge of the Greater New York area surrounding New York City and is the fastest-growing county in Pennsylvania.
- Check out these three posts for the story behind the sign and an explanation of what it really means.
- Join the discussion in the comments sections about how exactly we're back...and how we still have a long way to go.