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Duct/Duck Tape and Marriage
This reminds me of the short speech I gave at one of my daughter's wedding. It went roughly like this. A few minutes ago you exchanged wedding rings. Perfectly round, made of gold, shiny, to symbolize that you are now one and will have many golden moments t...

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Breaking up the Liberal City?
This is a consideration of Ross Douthat's piece, "Break Up the Liberal City" in the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/25/opinion/sunday/break-up-the-liberal-city.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0   , so you may want to read that first. Note that while c...

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How will the Republicans spin Trumpcare
Nobody seems to like Trumpcare. The Democratic opposition is predictable, but there's also AARP, physicians groups, hospital groups, and, as the final insult, alt-right Breitbart, Trump senior advisor Steve Bannon's home turf: http://www.breitbart.com/big-g...

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That first Trump jobs report: good, not euphoric
More spin: the jobs data is good news, but it's been treated as a Trump triumph. (1) given lags, the previous administration deserves most of the credit, and (2) it's not like it's an unprecedented gain in jobs. It's well in line with some of the other high...

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On the media
On the media: Now that the White House seems to think of the media as the opposition, we need to think about who the media is from a top-down basis. Reporters and editors are one thing. Owners are another. The news we hear is largely given to us by conglome...

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Micromanaging the poor, soft drink edition
The New York Times has an article on the horror of people on SNAP (Food Stamps) buying soft drinks. The findings show that the No. 1 purchases by SNAP households are soft drinks, which accounted for about 10 percent of the dollars they spent on food. “In th...

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Civility isn't overrated.
Today' I'm just posting a rant.

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Celebrating New Year's Eve Early
Last night, the hostess at our New Year's Eve party suggested we celebrate New Year's Eve when New York did -- at 11 p.m. Central Standard Time (UTC -6).  She'd had a cold and was still feeling a bit weak. This seemed like a good idea. All of us are in our ...

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Segmenting opposition to Trump
In marketing, you can segment the market in several different ways. For example, you might separate soup by product type (dry | ready to serve | condensed) or by customer (seniors | families with kids | college students, etc.) If we look at opposition to Tr...

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