Dear Bob, here are some photos of my life here on the campus of Concordia Seminary. I love kids, working with the grounds crew, swimming, playing with my dog friends, and especially my own family people.
So Cantor lost his primary race yesterday and it shocked just about everyone and although there was an immediate attempt to conclude just why this happened, it's really too soon to know. But is was a head slapper for sure.
Ever since President Obama ended his speech at West Point yesterday, media types and commentators have been trying to figure out just what his foreign policy doctrine is. Lots of disappointment in editorials and such. The New York Times published just one of the many. So it was funny to hear Howard Dean on Morning Joe this morning take issue with all the muttering and tell the panel this:
"The media lacks the sophistication to understand the Obama doctrine."
Missouri's two senators have come together to agree to partner in introducing a bill which would change the name of Washington DC's Union Station to Harry S. Truman Union Station. The reason for this change is that there is no memorial to Truman in Washington and Truman used the presidential rail car, which was based at Union Station, extensively during his time in the White House.
On a similar subject, it seems as though every major city has a Union Station. Where did the impetus for that name come from? Ah. Found the answer:
In the early days of train travel each of the major railroad companies had their own station.Then the coming of "Union" stations was an attempt to consolidate rail traffic into a single terminal instead of having each railroad build a separate station and approach-track system, using piles of cash and hundreds of acres of valuable downtown real estate in the process.
In Missouri: Backers of initiative petitions to eliminate teacher tenure and to allow an early voting period have submitted signatures to get the measure on the November ballot.
The teacher initiative would require school districts to adopt an evaluation system based on “quantifiable student performance data.” The early voting proposal would allow a six-week voting period before state and federal elections.
My oh my, so many people are miffed that the subject of Hillary Clinton's age is creeping...or storming...into the 2016 presidential election talk. Democrats don't like the topic, many in the media have forgotten how quick they were to point out Reagan and McCain's age as a detriment to office. I tend to agree with Sam Stein a left leaning political writer for the Huffington Post and a White House correspondent. He told an agrravated Morning Joe table on MSNBC the other day that Hillary's age is a legitimate issue to discuss. And I agree. If other candidates can have their age insulted, joked about or critiqued, so can Hillary. And I say that as someone who is not 36 years old and much more in line with Hillary.
But here in the National Journal comes another defense of why her age shouldn't matter. If elected she would be as old as Reagan when she takes office. "A combination of federal data and a more nuanced approach to calculating Clinton's life expectancy—one that includes her gender, era, and other factors—projects the would-be president living to age 86. That means Clinton would live a full 17 years after taking office, more than enough time to serve out two terms."
This stuff is fairly humorous. Go ahead and rationalize why her age doesn't matter when it sure did/does become a subject of jokes and frustration when it comes to GOP candidates.
We may be spending too much time reading about, listening to and grumbling about politicians. What other generation gets such constant information about who said what, why they said it, how bad/good it was. etc etc. This morning was the topper for me.
Morning Joe used part of their first hour making up outrage over Senator Dan Coat's going to the wrong senate hearing yesterday. In the end after some minutes in exciteable disbelief, the Morning Joe crowd eventually joined forced in blaming Coats' staff in less than polite terms. This story made other major newspapers and news outlets as well. I mean come on.
Way too much about politicians. Take your life back!
North Carolina’s Board of Elections found that tens of thousands of registered voters from the state have personal information matching that of registered voters in other states, and appear to have voted in states other than North Carolina in 2012. In some cases, votes were cast under names of individuals who had passed away before Election Day.
The review searched databases in 27 other states and 101 million voter records for information such as matching names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers.
The review found that 35,570 North Carolina voters from 2012 shared the same first names, last names, and dates of birth with individuals who voted in other states. Another 765 Tar Heel State residents who voted in 2012 had the the same names, birthdays, and final four digits of a Social Security number as voters elsewhere.
Meanwhile, the election board’s executive director, Kim Westbrook Strach, told lawmakers that 81 deceased North Carolinians apparently voted in 2012 as well. While some appear to have submitted absentee ballots prior to their death, she said “there are between 40 and 50 who had died at a time that that’s not possible.”
Strach offered a series of proposals for the state to consider to better secure its voting practices and reduce fraud, including on-site digital face-recognition or electronic-signature technology.
With the Supreme Court ruling yesterday which effectively overturned McCain-Feingold campaign donation money stipulations, all the talk is how much money individuals may give without restriction. There are many who are pointing at this ruling as a boost to republicans. But here's a chart which shows how much money each party has been given recently. You may have to click to enlarge it.
It looks like the top ten donors to the democrats gave almost twice as much as the top ten donors to republicans. Never fear democrats, you have lots and lots of big money on your side.