Category: Politics

Is poverty always about being poor? 3

Is poverty always about being poor?

I had a conversation with a coworker yesterday about poverty in Guatemala. According to some research he did for a paper about 80% of the population lives below the poverty line. It sounded odd – that’s a huge portion of the population to be considered “poor”. So I had to...

No. 1: What Color is a Conservative? 0

No. 1: What Color is a Conservative?

I found it ironic that on the same day that political leaders are dealing with the insightful idiocy that was Harry Reid’s “Negro dialect” comments recorded in Mark Halperin’s new book Game Change,I finished reading the memoir of a dark-skinned black Republican who grew up with bellbottoms and an afro;...

Updated: Athletes and Senators are not the same… 0

Updated: Athletes and Senators are not the same…

Sean Hannity was busy this afternoon comparing the public responsibility of Tiger Woods to that of elected officials. They’re the same, he says, because when you become a “public figure” your private life is no longer private. So people like Tiger are wrong when they say that their’ private indiscretions...

The Three-Fifths Man 0

The Three-Fifths Man

I’m getting tired of hearing African American leaders toss the Three-Fifths Compromise into discussions about discrimination in America. Yesterday on Laura Ingraham Washington, D.C. Councilman Michael Brown was on with a local bishop discussing a same-sex marriage initiative in the District. He views it as a civil rights issue. I...

Good Statistics and Bad Inferences 2

Good Statistics and Bad Inferences

I’ve used this quote more than once here: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Sometimes people manipulate statistics to deceive. Statistics are used to get you to give money to shady charities, invest in faulty opportunities, or convince you that what you’re fighting for is...

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Is racial bias the same as racism?

In this political olympiad the notion of racism has received steadier attention than it has at any point in my lifetime. The only thing that comes close is the Rodney King beating and the LA riots. Since those were individual incidents that, though reported on for months, only occupied a...