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BTRTN: Moore Than A Feeling

Born to Run the Numbers on the radical polarization in our society that is keeping Roy Moore's candidacy afloat:

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2017/11/moore-than-feeling.html

Excerpt:"Yes, we can have a huge problem with Roy Moore, but perhaps we have a bigger problem still with the 1,398,936 people who plan on voting for him. Perhaps they fear that a Democrat would take away the guns they claim they need for those occasions when people like Roy Moore stalk their daughters Perhaps the only explanation is that people in Alabama are not voting for Roy Moore, they are just voting against everyone who they perceive to be a threat to their guns, their religion, and their way of life.

Roy Moore may be a sexual deviant, but in our radically polarized society, a Republican man who preys on teenage girls appears to still be better than a Democrat. It is clear that the polarization is only accelerating. Call it the new Moore’s Law. The degree of polarization doubles every eighteen months...

Is Roy Moore one of the most horrific spasms of a culture that is finally coming to grips with its inherent misogyny, or is he the harbinger of a new wave of candidates that are measured by – and only by -- how zealously they fan the flames of radical polarization? If Roy Moore keeps enough support to stay in this race, we’ve got a bad feeling about the answer. And if he wins, it will be moore than a feeling."

BTRTN: Moore Than A Feeling

Born to Run the Numbers on the radical polarization in our society that is keeping Roy Moore's candidacy afloat:

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2017/11/moore-than-feeling.html

Excerpt:
"Yes, we can have a huge problem with Roy Moore, but perhaps we have a bigger problem still with the 1,398,936 people who plan on voting for him. Perhaps they fear that a Democrat would take away the guns they claim they need for those occasions when people like Roy Moore stalk their daughters Perhaps the only explanation is that people in Alabama are not voting for Roy Moore, they are just voting against everyone who they perceive to be a threat to their guns, their religion, and their way of life.

Roy Moore may be a sexual deviant, but in our radically polarized society, a Republican man who preys on teenage girls appears to still be better than a Democrat. It is clear that the polarization is only accelerating. Call it the new Moore’s Law. The degree of polarization doubles every eighteen months...

Is Roy Moore one of the most horrific spasms of a culture that is finally coming to grips with its inherent misogyny, or is he the harbinger of a new wave of candidates that are measured by – and only by -- how zealously they fan the flames of radical polarization? If Roy Moore keeps enough support to stay in this race, we’ve got a bad feeling about the answer. And if he wins, it will be moore than a feeling."

BTRTN: One Year In... Moving at the Speed of Darkness

Born To Run the Numbers marking the year since Donald Trump was elected President:

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2017/11/one-year-in-moving-at-speed-of-darkness.html

Excerpt: "American used to be the nation that moved at the speed of light.Powered by freedom, motivated by the common good, steered by a sense of justice, and aimed at truth, we were forever out in front, bringing brilliant illumination into the black void. We were shining, bright, and lighting the way for all along the trail. We made mistakes, to be sure, and when we did, we paid dearly because we acted in broad daylight, fully visible to all because of the mantle of leadership we willingly shouldered. But the picture, writ large, was of a nation that was relentless, optimistic, surging on all fronts. We pushed every envelope -- in health, space, technology, communication, and in the mass production and infrastructure required to create the housing, transportation, food, and cleanliness that lifted an entire population’s standard of living dramatically within a single generation. We were a nation moving at the speed of light.

Today, we are moving at the speed of darkness. Obstructing the opponent within is more important than common prosperity. Destroying the perceived enemy is more important than unifying inspiration. Plausible lies are more convenient than hard truths. Dividing is easier than uniting, and inflaming hate of the unknown cheaper than making the investment required to achieve educated insight into otherness. And make no mistake: these travesties are being initiated, led, and exacerbated by our President. In order to assure his own position, Donald Trump is fomenting the polarization that could destroy America from within. Under Trump, we are sliding daily, a titan slivered and sliced by petty bickering and bitter hatreds, by intransigent opposition that would rather cut off the oxygen supply to the entire organism that give sustenance to the enemy. It is an America hostage to internecine conflicts resolved only by Pyrrhic victories. It is an America that is in free fall, rapidly declining from its apex of global achievement, leadership, and moral stature.
Posted by reggieandlee | Wed Nov 8, 2017, 07:40 AM (1 replies)

BTRTN: One Year In... Moving at the Speed of Darkness

Born To Run the Numbers marking the year since Donald Trump was elected President:

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2017/11/one-year-in-moving-at-speed-of-darkness.html

Excerpt: "American used to be the nation that moved at the speed of light.Powered by freedom, motivated by the common good, steered by a sense of justice, and aimed at truth, we were forever out in front, bringing brilliant illumination into the black void. We were shining, bright, and lighting the way for all along the trail. We made mistakes, to be sure, and when we did, we paid dearly because we acted in broad daylight, fully visible to all because of the mantle of leadership we willingly shouldered. But the picture, writ large, was of a nation that was relentless, optimistic, surging on all fronts. We pushed every envelope -- in health, space, technology, communication, and in the mass production and infrastructure required to create the housing, transportation, food, and cleanliness that lifted an entire population’s standard of living dramatically within a single generation. We were a nation moving at the speed of light.

Today, we are moving at the speed of darkness. Obstructing the opponent within is more important than common prosperity. Destroying the perceived enemy is more important than unifying inspiration. Plausible lies are more convenient than hard truths. Dividing is easier than uniting, and inflaming hate of the unknown cheaper than making the investment required to achieve educated insight into otherness. And make no mistake: these travesties are being initiated, led, and exacerbated by our President. In order to assure his own position, Donald Trump is fomenting the polarization that could destroy America from within. Under Trump, we are sliding daily, a titan slivered and sliced by petty bickering and bitter hatreds, by intransigent opposition that would rather cut off the oxygen supply to the entire organism that give sustenance to the enemy. It is an America hostage to internecine conflicts resolved only by Pyrrhic victories. It is an America that is in free fall, rapidly declining from its apex of global achievement, leadership, and moral stature.
Posted by reggieandlee | Wed Nov 8, 2017, 07:39 AM (0 replies)

BTRTN: Uncorked... Rebublicans Count on a Coup Rather than the Constitution

Born To Run the Numbers on the implications of Bob Corker's comments -- that Congressional Republicans are knowingly allowing a man they view to be dangerously impulsive and foolishly provocative to keep his finger on the launch codes.

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2017/10/uncorked-republicans-count-on-coup.html

Excerpt: "The overall implication of Bob Corker’s shocking candor is actually hard to miss: the leaders of the Republican Party are counting on generals to execute a de facto emergency military coup rather than following their conscience to the legal steps that are already built into the Constitution: an orderly process of impeachment, or Section 4 of the 25th Amendment...
We have commented repeatedly at the cowardice of Republican leadership. The cowardice to strip away healthcare coverage from millions of people to score political points. The cowardice to stand on the sidelines as their leader defends the violence of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and anti-Semites. The cowardice to pretend that global warming is not real. The cowardice to not explode in outrage when their leader arbitrarily bars transgender persons from serving in the military. The cowardice to enable their leader to spew endless lies. The cowardice to stigmatize and castigate people because of their faith. The cowardice to be intimidated into inaction by the gun lobby. The cowardice to stand behind a leader who is a brazen misogynist and a serial sexual assailant...And now, the cowardice to hope that a military coup will save them from needing to face the inconvenient reality that they, too, have already concluded that Donald Trump is unfit to be President of the United States."

BTRTN: Uncorked... Rebublicans Count on a Coup Rather than the Constitution

Born To Run the Numbers on the implications of Bob Corker's comments -- that Congressional Republicans are knowingly allowing a man they view to be dangerously impulsive and foolishly provocative to keep his finger on the launch codes.

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2017/10/uncorked-republicans-count-on-coup.html

Excerpt: "The overall implication of Bob Corker’s shocking candor is actually hard to miss: the leaders of the Republican Party are counting on generals to execute a de facto emergency military coup rather than following their conscience to the legal steps that are already built into the Constitution: an orderly process of impeachment, or Section 4 of the 25th Amendment...
We have commented repeatedly at the cowardice of Republican leadership. The cowardice to strip away healthcare coverage from millions of people to score political points. The cowardice to stand on the sidelines as their leader defends the violence of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and anti-Semites. The cowardice to pretend that global warming is not real. The cowardice to not explode in outrage when their leader arbitrarily bars transgender persons from serving in the military. The cowardice to enable their leader to spew endless lies. The cowardice to stigmatize and castigate people because of their faith. The cowardice to be intimidated into inaction by the gun lobby. The cowardice to stand behind a leader who is a brazen misogynist and a serial sexual assailant...And now, the cowardice to hope that a military coup will save them from needing to face the inconvenient reality that they, too, have already concluded that Donald Trump is unfit to be President of the United States."

BTRTN: What Happened in Vegas Will Stay in Vegas

Born to Run the Numbers on why nothing -- absolutely nothing -- will change following the latest American mass gun violence.

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2017/10/what-happened-in-vegas-will-stay-in.html

Excerpt: "It seems that if the carnage did not literally take place in our own backyard, we are able to compartmentalize, elude, hide, move on, do nothing, and ultimately, forget. Over time, Newtown becomes simply a word that is synonymous with horror, taking its place in a long lineage dating back to Columbine and Virginia Tech, and antecedent to the Pulse nightclub in Orlando...

We must accept that there is a particular chemistry in the United States that breeds mass violence. It is a unique combination of inattention to mental disorders, radical access to weapons of mass carnage, and the influence of big money in politics that prevents any attempt to study, to analyze, and to act. It is not just the killers who are psychotic. An unending epidemic of mass murder requires consenting adults. It is fueled by a society of enablers, co-conspirators, and a nation of bystanders who slow down just long enough to get a good, close look at the horrible collision in the other lane before they speed away.

If we think it is a problem for Las Vegas, Nevada, then yes… what happened in Vegas is going to stay in Vegas."
Posted by reggieandlee | Wed Oct 4, 2017, 11:38 AM (1 replies)

BTRTN: What Happened in Vegas Will Stay in Vegas

Born to Run the Numbers on why nothing -- absolutely nothing -- will change following the latest American mass gun violence.

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2017/10/what-happened-in-vegas-will-stay-in.html

Excerpt: "It seems that if the carnage did not literally take place in our own backyard, we are able to compartmentalize, elude, hide, move on, do nothing, and ultimately, forget. Over time, Newtown becomes simply a word that is synonymous with horror, taking its place in a long lineage dating back to Columbine and Virginia Tech, and antecedent to the Pulse nightclub in Orlando...

We must accept that there is a particular chemistry in the United States that breeds mass violence. It is a unique combination of inattention to mental disorders, radical access to weapons of mass carnage, and the influence of big money in politics that prevents any attempt to study, to analyze, and to act. It is not just the killers who are psychotic. An unending epidemic of mass murder requires consenting adults. It is fueled by a society of enablers, co-conspirators, and a nation of bystanders who slow down just long enough to get a good, close look at the horrible collision in the other lane before they speed away.

If we think it is a problem for Las Vegas, Nevada, then yes… what happened in Vegas is going to stay in Vegas."
Posted by reggieandlee | Wed Oct 4, 2017, 11:37 AM (2 replies)

BTRTN: Not Yet Tired of Winning

Born to Run the Numbers on a two week period when you would have thought that Donald Trump's reality show was not "The Apprentice," but was actually "The Biggest Loser."

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2017/09/not-yet-tired-of-winning.html

Excerpt: "Perhaps the climax of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign hyperbole was his claim that once he became President, we would all 'win so much' that we would 'get tired of winning.' Full disclosure: I was keenly skeptical about this particular epochal vision. As a lifetime follower of the New York Jets, I could not imagine a circumstance in which I would become “tired of winning...”

Then, with the election, Republicans seized control of the executive branch, the House, the Senate, and soon after Mitch McConnell succeeded in stealing control of the Supreme Court. I became convinced that if someone was about to get “tired of winning,” it was not going to be me.

Imagine my shock and awe when I realized that of all of Donald Trump’s campaign promises, this is the one that turns out to be the one closest to being correct. Now, to be fair, one reason this one has a chance of being the most accurate campaign promise is because the rest are lying in the Capital morgue. There is no wall, no Muslim ban, no tax reform, and we have not “handled” North Korea. The second reason why this campaign promise may be true is because it is not the Republicans, nor the Tea Party, nor the white supremacists, and not the neo-Nazis who are winning, although the latter two groups can make a stronger case than the former. It is actually the progressives. The Democratic Party enjoyed a September winning streak that was surpassed only by the world-beating Cleveland Indians..."

BTRTN: Not Yet Tired of Winning

Born to Run the Numbers on a two week period when you would have thought that Donald Trump's reality show was not "The Apprentice," but was actually "The Biggest Loser."

http://www.borntorunthenumbers.com/2017/09/not-yet-tired-of-winning.html

Excerpt: "Perhaps the climax of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign hyperbole was his claim that once he became President, we would all 'win so much' that we would 'get tired of winning.' Full disclosure: I was keenly skeptical about this particular epochal vision. As a lifetime follower of the New York Jets, I could not imagine a circumstance in which I would become “tired of winning...”

Then, with the election, Republicans seized control of the executive branch, the House, the Senate, and soon after Mitch McConnell succeeded in stealing control of the Supreme Court. I became convinced that if someone was about to get “tired of winning,” it was not going to be me.

Imagine my shock and awe when I realized that of all of Donald Trump’s campaign promises, this is the one that turns out to be the one closest to being correct. Now, to be fair, one reason this one has a chance of being the most accurate campaign promise is because the rest are lying in the Capital morgue. There is no wall, no Muslim ban, no tax reform, and we have not “handled” North Korea. The second reason why this campaign promise may be true is because it is not the Republicans, nor the Tea Party, nor the white supremacists, and not the neo-Nazis who are winning, although the latter two groups can make a stronger case than the former. It is actually the progressives. The Democratic Party enjoyed a September winning streak that was surpassed only by the world-beating Cleveland Indians..."
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