Conflicted Elector in a Corrupt College

Though I personally consider voting a civic duty granting assent to a hiring choice, not an exercise of religious beliefs, it was fascinating to read about the philosophical difficulties this elector is wrestling with in deciding whether or not he can in good conscience perform his duty.

The Blessed Path

When running for the Presidential Elector Nominee some six months ago, I had no idea the conflict that would ensue both from without and within. To say that it has been an “educating experience” would be an understatement. I embarked on this journey with a basic understanding of the difference between a republic and a pure democracy. I knew the Constitutional Fathers[1]  set up our government as the former and not the latter[2]. They had wisdom we lack. In my speech before the convention, I mentioned that nothing exemplified the difference between these two forms of the government more than the Electoral College. I admit, at the time, I was ignorant how deeply that held true.

Republic vs Democracy

The essence of a republic is that the authority rests in elected representatives, not in the people directly.  Noah Webster defined a republic as,

“A commonwealth; a state…

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No, I’m not watching the game.

We’re going over to the Boiler Room, to share our food with those who haven’t got enough. (  You can meet us there, but if you’re somewhere else, here’s my favorite Thanksgiving hymn for your enjoyment:

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247. The People’s President

(I hope the original author doesn’t mind my re-publication of his thoughts. I have a soft spot for other geezers who see echoes of the past in our current behaviors.)

A Writing Life

220px-battle_of_new_orleansSince my dad’s younger brother was named Andrew Jackson Logsdon, you might guess that Andrew Jackson was well thought of in my family. He is well thought of by most Americans as the first people’s president, a man who went to Washington, overthrew the elites, and returned the country to its democratic roots. A champion of the common man.

I disagree.

As a person trained in both anthropology and history, I have to declare my biases. Jackson was an important president, with much to his credit. I grant that. But he was also the leader of a successful movement to drive out the legal residents who were owners of vast tracts of land throughout the South, to make way for his white followers.

By the way, I plan to use the word Indian. It’s a description, not an insult, and it is the word that was used in the 1800’s. When…

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Clickbait 1001

I’m interested in the psychology of fascination, and I’m susceptible to this phenomenon if I’m tired or stay on the computer too long. Here’s a clever visual artist playing around skillfully with the concept.

Matthew C. Mariner

Clickbait, 2016 Clickbait, 2016

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… from the first presidential debate

9 things I learned...

1. The TV networks are more concerned with their rating rather than actual journalism.

2. The rules set by the moderator for the audience and the candidates are just namesake and meant to be broken.

3. The moderator role can be played by a high functional AI in future.

4. It will be okay to provide an answer to a selective section / words from the question. I should really try that somewhere.

5. The two minute response timer runs slower than normal clocks.

6. There were a lot of opinions from the armchair politicians who is not even registered or eligible to vote (including me).

7. It’s always fun to watch two old people bicker at each other.

8. The candidates believe if a lie is told repeatedly, it might become the truth.

9. There was good humor when they talk about the millionaires and billionaires robbing the people…

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The Health of the Presidents:  Myth, Mystery, Medicine

Dr. Daliah

By Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP

Myth:  George Washington’s teeth were never made of wood

 Mystery:  Would JFK have lived if he wasn’t wearing a back brace during his assassination?  Who took over when Woodrow Wilson suffered a massive stroke?

 Medicine:  Why did it take Lincoln to die 11 hours after his mortal gun shot wound?


 George Washington – I cannot tell a lie….

It is believed that George Washington suffered from diphtheria, tuberculosis, malaria, smallpox, dysentery, possible sterility, tonsillitis, and epiglottitis.  He appeared to have  many issues with the back of his throat.  Syphilis has been debated but then again many people at the time had syphilis (Abraham Lincoln supposedly had syphilis when he was younger).

George Washington had one original tooth left by the time he became president.

His teeth were not made of wood…..instead made of hippopotamus/walrus/elephant ivory or transplanted teeth.

The tooth loss could have been from…

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