Author Archives: Paul

Professional software engineer; enthusiast / advanced amateur photographer; (Apple) / Mac / iOS guy; partially omniscient, witty, tech geek; hooligan; user of 'adult language'; 37?!?; rock / blues / jazz fan; skeptic; and raconteur (...and ESRI).

Trump Wasn’t Invited to Throw Out First Pitch

The paper of record: An hour before Dr. Anthony S. Fauci threw the first pitch at the season opener between the New York Yankees and the Washington Nationals, President Trump stood on the briefing room stage at the White House and declared that he, too, had been invited to throw out his own opening pitch. […]

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Trump: “I haven’t seen him lately”

The paper of record: President Trump’s national security adviser, Robert C. O’Brien, has tested positive for the coronavirus, the administration said on Monday. [..] It is unclear when he was last in physical contact with Mr. Trump, although he joined the president on a July 10 trip to Florida. Speaking to reporters before departing the […]

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Grant Imahara, Former Mythbuster, Battlebots Champion, Dies at 49

The Discovery Channel: We are heartbroken to hear this sad news about Grant. He was an important part of our Discovery family and a really wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Grant Imahara was an electrical engineer who dedicated his life to using his skills to make people smile. Beyond […]

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The Guilty Dog Barks the Loudest

Brian McCullough on the Techmeme Ride Home for 2 July 2020: Sometimes, you fear the most the thing you suspect in others that you know you’re guilty of yourself. This concept was known to our parents and grandparents generations as, “The guilty dog barks the loudest.” It’s why spouses who cheat, come to believe that […]

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Understanding ‘Defund the Police’

I’m tired of hearing people who assume they know what “Defund the Police” means terribly mischaracterize it, without even spending two minutes to read a little about it and find out for themselves. I’m tired of hearing our air-conditioner repair man turned Governor of Tennessee continue to either ignorantly or intentionally mischaracterize it. Unsurprisingly, it […]

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On Conservatives and Conservatism

Today’s self-described1 “Conservatives”, while not actually practicing what our parents or grandparents generations would have recongnized as Conservatism2, certainly have become unbelievable adept at deflection and self-delusion. The cornerstones of what I today refer to as “traditional” American Conservatism have always been: maximizing individual freedom, limiting government, financial responsibility, and free markets. Each of which, […]

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Mississippi to remove Confederate emblem from flag

ABC News: JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi lawmakers voted Sunday to surrender the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag, more than a century after white supremacist legislators adopted the design a generation after the South lost the Civil War. This is good. However… A commission will design a new flag that cannot include the Confederate […]

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Bubba Wallace: You won’t see Confederate flag ban protesters tear gassed and shot with rubber bullets

AL.com (a part of the Alabama Media Group): Bubba Wallace, a vocal advocate in getting the banners banned, was unfazed by the demonstrations outside the racetrack. “It’s their right to peaceful protest my man, so it’s part of it,” Wallace said on FOX Sports. “But you won’t see them inside the racetrack where we’re having […]

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Naomi Osaka: It’s Insulting to Tell Athletes to ‘Just Stick to Sports’

The TIME100 Talks: Why Naomi Osaka Says It’s Insulting to Tell Athletes to ‘Just Stick to Sports’ Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka is challenging the “weird stigma” around athletes who speak about political issues, arguing that it is not faced by other professions. “Everyone has a vote and a say, I think it’s really weird […]

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Cato: A Shocking Dereliction of Duty

Jay Schweikert writing at The Cato Institute (cato.org): This morning, the Supreme Court denied all of the major cert petitions raising the question of whether qualified immunity should be reconsidered. This is, to put it bluntly, a shocking dereliction of duty. As Cato has argued for years, qualified immunity is an atextual, ahistorical judicial invention, […]

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