Posts filed under “Current Affairs”

Discuss: Barack Obama is a Liberal Republican

I have been having fun mocking friends and family on both sides of the political aisle.  GOP colleagues who keep telling me BHO is a Socialist, while Dems think he is the next JFK.

I enjoy disabusing them of their political biases by explaining to them Barack Obama’s actual politics.

Politically, he is a modern day Richard Nixon. I don’t mean the Watergate, thing, I mean his budgets, policies and relations with the two parties.

Sure, he is Pro-Choice, and is also pro Gay Marriage rights. But look at his actual track record:

• He extended Bush TARP;

• Like W, he refused to prosecute banks;

• He made 98% of the Bush cuts permanent;

• When Unions were under attack by various GOP governors, he mostly stayed silent.

• Oh, and he forced GM into prepackaged bankruptcy;

• His healthcare plan was a national version of RomneyCare, created by a conservative GOP ThinkTank;

• He continues to engage in a long distance war that he promised to end

• He was willing to throw Social Security under the bus at a moment’s notice

• His stimulus plan consisted mostly of temporary tax cuts and unemployment benefit extensions, not true Keynesian stimulus (infrastructure, defense, etc.)

• He keeps trying desperately to cut a deal with GOP members

I am not saying any of these things are good or bad — its merely an observation.

But its hard to avoid recognizing that all of these major policies are much more GOP-like than Democrat-like things


Category: Current Affairs, Philosophy, Politics

Chris Christie Goes Postal on GOP Leaders

Category: Current Affairs, Video

School Shootings in the US

    This map displays the casualties and fatalities in school shootings in the US from 1997-2012. It is based on data drawn from the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. This is not a great chart — the size of the circles creates a perceptual problem (each school shooting doesnt cover a 200 square…Read More

Category: Current Affairs, Digital Media

What Perplexes Me About Gun Deaths in the USA . . .

The latest gun news has started a dialogue on the subject, and hopefully it will have a healthy resolution.

I have been having discussions with numerous friends, including a large number of (lawful) gun owners. My view is that having a firearm in your home is both a right and a privilege. Personally, I would treat all guns like cars and all owners like drivers — we should register every gun like an automobile, and license and insure each owner like we do drivers.

There are other issues worth discussing — what to do about all of the illegal guns in the US, how to deal with automatic weapons with high bullet count clips. There is also an issue with how poorly we seem to be coping with mental health problems in America.

That seems to be is a rational place to begin the conversation.

But a few things perplex me about this: Why are gun-related death rates in the US so much higher than in similar countries — i.e.,  economically successful democracies?

When we look at fire-arm related deaths per capita, the US is far ahead of other, similar nations. The United States has 10.2 gun deaths per 100,000 people. That is about 8X the death rate of comparable countries (list after the jump) — and please do not compare the USA to El Salvador, Swaziland or Mexico. We rank 9th overall, and are the 1st modern or weatern nation on the list.

I know the USA is culturally different, and a much younger nation versus most of Europe or Japan.

Still, the difference is perplexing . . .



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Category: Current Affairs

Guns in America: 45 Years on the Treadmill

@TBPInvictus here: I’ve got no charts, graphs, tables or economic analysis to offer with this post, so please forgive me and move along if that’s what you were looking for. I’ve been simmering as I absorbed some of the commentary proffered by the right on the recent Newtown shooting. The self-exoneration speech by the NRA’s…Read More

Category: Current Affairs, Politics

Hallelujah – The Voice (Tribute to Newtown Victims)

Hallelujah – The Voice (Tribute to victims with Leonard Cohens)   click for video December 17 , 2012.   The coaches and artists pay tribute to the Connecticut shooting victims with Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Christina Aguilera , Adam Levine & Three days after the shootings in Newtown, Conn., NBC’s reality talent show The Voice kicked…Read More

Category: Current Affairs, Music, Weekend

What Can Gun Control Advocates Do?

Too soon? Not this time. Over the past decade, I have sadly observed each subsequent shooting tragedy, wondering when things would get so out bad, so out of hand that the United States would finally do something about gun violence. I think Newton is the tragedy that puts the pro gun advocates on their heels….Read More

Category: Current Affairs

TBP Holiday Shopping Ideas!

Its become an annual TBP tradition — each year, I pick some of the more odd & interesting things I stumble across in my travels as well as items off of my own wish list. We always get lots of good feedback about this — so following my last post mocking Black Friday numbers, just…Read More

Category: Consumer Spending, Current Affairs, Markets

Lone Star Swingin’?

@TBPInvictus As I was beginning to follow-up my recent post about our changing national demographics, I almost immediately came upon a state-run website that was rich with data about that particular state. As it happens, it was Texas. So, without further ado, a very quick look at the Lone Star state and its population projections….Read More

Category: Current Affairs, Data Analysis, Politics

Let’s Keep It Small . . .

I don’t know why this tickles me so, but it just does:   via the New Yorker

Category: Current Affairs, Humor