Month: March 2012

How the Original Tea Party is Co-Opting the Establishment

Rand Paul Tea Party

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“As soon as they get here, we need to co-opt them,” said former senator and current lobbyist, Trent Lott in 2010, referring to the new Tea Party republicans that were about to enter Congress. As Wikipedia says, “a co-option is an act of absorbing or assimilating. It is normally used in the context of a group of persons assimilating a weaker or smaller group, with the intention of neutralizing a threat from the weaker group.” Continue reading

Is Ron Paul Gunning for VP?

Ron Paul 2012

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“A brokered convention is now our stated goal, and winning the nomination for Dr. Paul at said convention will require extensive politicking” said Jesse Benton, Ron Paul’s campaign chairman. And if Ron Paul can’t get the nomination? “We’re looking potentially for Ron to be the vice presidential nominee” said Benton. A cabinet position or major changes to the party platform are also things the campaign is considering. Continue reading

What Happened in the Virgin Islands? Did Ron Paul Win or Did Romney?

Ron Paul won the popular vote in the Virgin Islands, but the media is reporting that Romney won. How can this be? In most caucus states, there are two parts to the process. First, the people vote for the candidate of their choice. Then, those who stay for the second part, get to vote for the people that they want to send as delegates, to the convention. Continue reading

What Blackjack Players and Voters Have in Common

Blackjack

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As I was trying to come up with what my goal should be for my next trip to the casino, I started realizing just how similar Blackjack players are to voters. All Blackjack players can be put into one of three categories: A players, B players, and C players. The same can be done with voters.

In Blackjack, just like in the real world that we all live in, there are facts. In the real world we have economic science. In Blackjack we have Basic Strategy. Basic Strategy is a statistically-proven list of plays, that if consistently followed, is guaranteed to give the player the absolute best odds to win against the dealer, in the long term.

For example, a player that has been dealt a 16 should always hit (request another card), and risk busting (going over 21, and losing the hand), if the dealer has a 7 or higher. This is because we should always assume that if the dealer has a 7, he will end up with 17, thus beating the 16 (there are more 10s than any other card in a Blackjack deck). The C players many times are too afraid to request another card in this scenario, and would rather wait and see if the dealer himself will bust. More often than not, the coward player will lose that hand, which is why he is better off taking the risk of requesting another card. Continue reading