Author Archives: Cato

Defense of Palin Psychosis (DoPPs)

The Democrats have Brown Derangement Syndrome, here we have Defense of Palin Psychosis. (DoPPs) Sarah Palin opens her mouth and lets fly with another gem of a gaffe, Liberals quickly and righteously declare that she doesn’t understand American history, half of the Conservative world takes to the books and engages in wicked contortions and acrobatics to prove correct Palin’s mistakes…

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Stop with the damned Navel Gazing Already

As a history lesson, navel gazing was a religious reaction to the impending doom that confronted the Byzantine Empire in its final decades of its existence. Instead of confronting the reality of the geographic and world-power situation surrounding the shrunken city-state, Byzantine Christians retreated into themselves, seeking to find enlightenment in meditation, aided by staring into one’s navel as a…

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Nate Silver and FiveThirtyEight’s Calculus on Baker v. Patrick v. Cahill

(I agree FiveThirtyEight is one of the best left leaning blogs.  I don’t always agree with their conclusions, but they usually make good arguments and provide actual empirical evidence to back up their claims.  Overall, Nate Silver does a good job. – promoted by Mike “DD4RP” Rossettie) I have been following FiveThirtyEight for quite a while now. It’s a polling/statistics…

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A Tale of Two Independents

In July Rasmussen Reports had Republican-turned-Independent Gubernatorial Candidate Lincoln Chafee slightly leading his putative Republican and Democratic challengers, putting him in good position to become Rhode Island’s first independent governor in recent memory. While his lead is certainly not insurmountable and the polling definitely will change as the race matures. Former-Senator Chafee, at the moment, is leading the pack. Yes…

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House of Representatives Votes to Make State Colleges Universities; Students Feel Smarter Already

Yesterday, the lower house of the legislature passed a bill that would essentially make state colleges in the Commonwealth into state universities. Since it doesn’t seem like a particularly partisan issue – or at least one that is overly cut and dried – I figure that it might serve as an interesting point for discussion here. So, in my inaugural…

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