Saturday, October 8, 2016

Where did the truck commercials go?

As I told my friend, one thing that bothers me is that...
the set of skills and butt-kissing required to win a major party presidential primary campaign is different than...
the set of skills and butt-kissing required to win a general presidential campaign, which is different than...
the set of skills and butt-kissing required to effectively serve as president.

Here's the venn diagram, in my opinion.

O      O      O


Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. - John Adams

There are three kinds of lies: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics. - Attributed to Mark Twain.

A friend of mine discussed Kansas school funding.  He discussed the proportion of Kansas revenues going to education, several various rankings of educational outcomes, and comparisons between teacher pay and the high-end superintendent/administrator positions.

There's a big lawsuit "Gannon" in the Kansas Supreme Court, in which the two sides are throwing numbers at each other in an attempt to determine whether the state of Kansas is adequately funding education.

And, if the court finds that the funding isn't adequate, the state of Kansas is looking at some sort of court-mandated tax increase.


Fighting the might be able to throw statistics at it, but you have a small chance.  The problem is, no one wants news anymore.  Just the story.  Just the lead.

Fighting the revolution...I see one chance on the political front...and it involves a unified front - across many red red states - saying in one voice, "hell no, we won't go."  It involves standing up to the media, the sports world, and the zeitgeist.

Fighting the government overreach...A convention of the states making an amendment to strengthen the 10th allow states to do whatever the hell they want...that has a small chance. could get the marijuana lobby and the religious right lobby on the same page...


I looked at my choices on my ballot for President.  Hell no, hell no, no, hell no.  I only trust two of them to not get us involved in another war.  I only trust one of them to care about religious liberty.  I only trust two of them to care about strict constituionalist justices.  But in all, none of them are worthy of my oval.


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