Sunday, November 27, 2016

Numbers Time: 49 and Brown

It's a sad day in Mudville. The 0-12 Cleveland Browns and 1-10 San Francisco 49ers have been eliminated from playoff contention.

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Numbers Time: The Brown Note

This is your weekly reminder the 0-11 Cleveland Browns are still in playoff contention. To be clear, they're still in contention because they still have a shot to win the AFC North.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Numbers Time: Down in Brown

This is your weekly reminder the 0-10 Cleveland Browns are still in playoff contention.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Numbers Time: No Gloating

I've been darting between stages of grief in the last day or so. I wore all black and retreated into a hoodie while triple checking election returns and wondering how the electoral college could flip the result. So I've got Depression and Bargaining covered.

Today, I'm just pissed.

We all have to take responsibility for what happened Tuesday. All of us. Starting with me. I have been saying for months that she was going to lose. History was against her. Not because she's establishment or weak, but because Obama was too liberal, and the country tends not to like that much. I got called cynical and pessimistic for saying it wasn't a lock. But also, I've been a total asshole to a lot of people about it. That's on me. I don't know how to have this conversation. Armed with years of reading, both in school and for fun, I could see something no one else saw, and I wasn't very good at articulating it. When faced with people too rosey or people who thought it was perfectly acceptable to vote for Stein or Johnson, I got nasty and dismissive. As a result, I fed into everything they were already feeling about elitists looking down on them.

I think everyone needs to do the same. Everyone.

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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Numbers Time: It's Brown Time

This is your weekly reminder the 0-9 Cleveland Browns are still in playoff contention.

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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Numbers Time: Talkin 'Bout Brown

This is your weekly reminder the 0-8 Cleveland Browns are still statistically in playoff contention.

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Numbers Time: Browns Playoff Bound

If NFL.com is going to start posting the playoff picture in week 4, I'm going to have something to say about it.

This is your first weekly reminder that the 0-7 Cleveland Browns are still, statistically, in playoff contention.

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Monday, October 3, 2016

Designated Survivor: Zero Shits

This is my running list of things on Designated Survivor I could not give two shits about.

• Kiefer's son

• Who's calling Kiefer's son

• the fact that Kiefer's son is clearly dealing drugs (UPDATE: called it!) (UPDATE: friends got me to watch the pilot again and Kiefer's son explicitly is selling drugs at the rave. Somehow missed or forgot that. Shows how few shits I give.)

• Kiefer's daughter

• Any impacts the situation is having on Kiefer's daughter

• Kiefer's character's name

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

This is My Everything

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Elections in Brief: Top 10 Third Party Candidates

I'm tired of hearing about people talking about voting for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson. Not because I disagree with them but because most of them have no idea what voting for a third party candidate means (if this isn't you, don't get offended, it's not about you then). I'd venture a guess none of them have ever heard of Eugene Debs, the most tenacious third party candidate in US History. Do they know anything about historical third parties or their role in American politics? Or why we don't have any small, strong parties today? Instead of mocking these ignoramuses (ignoramii?) , it's time to get educated.

I'm not just going to lecture here about the dangers of third party presidential candidates. Ralph Nader arguably turned the results of the 2000 election. As a result, people who want to vote for a third party candidate keep having to hear about the futility of that decision. Nader won only 2.74% of the vote and received no electoral votes, but he still tipped the election toward the candidate most ideologically opposed to himself, George W. Bush. Is this always the result? With the two parties controlling the entire political process, is there hope for third-party candidates? Here's a list of the top 10 most successful third-party candidates, by success in both electoral votes and percentage of popular vote. Nader doesn't even rank on this list, and he tipped an election.

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