From the Washington Times on June 19, 2017:
A research group in New Jersey has taken a fresh look at postelection polling data and concluded that the number of noncitizens voting illegally in U.S. elections is likely far greater than previous estimates.
As many as 5.7 million noncitizens may have voted in the 2008 election, which put Barack Obama in the White House.
Also, read the rebuttal from political science professors.
I had a post on illegal voting I started writing, but I decided that the topic of Seth Rich takes precedence since it is getting closer to July 4 and 10, the date of his death in 2016.
Who is Seth Rich? He was a 27-year-old DNC employee whose death by shooting is clouded in controversy as it was ruled a robbery yet nothing was taken from him. He may have been behind the Podesta WikiLeaks emails, but whether he was the source or not, the botched nature of the DC police in handling his death and the strange refusal of the DNC to investigate further into the death of one of their own is mind boggling and truly saddening.
This is all “old” news, but recently, an all-volunteer and independent group of students at George Washington University released a report that they called The Profiling Project: Set Rich Homicide, which found:
- Seth’s death does not appear to be a random homicide
- Seth’s death does not appear to be a robbery gone bad
- Seth death was more likely committed by a hired killer or serial murderer
- There may be additional video surveillance of the crime and crime scene
- The resolution of prosecuting the individual(s) responsible appears to be hindered both actively and passively
- Seth’s killer(s) most likely remains free within the community
Knowing all that, it is even more heartbreaking to learn that he was a good-natured man, loved by everyone, and he loved this country. He loved dressing up in red, white and blue for Independence Day.
Whether this veers into conspiracy theory-town is debatable. I wouldn’t call myself a conspiracy theorist but I am truly bewildered by his death because it seems so senseless. No death makes sense, but the explanation for this one, botched robbery, does not add up.
I’ll add more to this when I have the time.
Or if you prefer, the subtitle of this post: How an old millennial missed the social media movement, still clings to the blog as a viable format and why Betsy DeVos should be given a chance.
To continue in the same introductory manner as the first blog post, let me be concise in justifying the existence of this blog among the proliferation of outlets where you can get your politics (assuming I continue writing).
- Shows on TV too often rely on guests who represent the opposition, or supply the same conservative view albeit in a different perspective. Here, I use research to support my views. You will not be treated to unsupported drivel.
- Speaking of drivel, this will never be a Facebook post. There will not be rants or emotional diatribes.
- No hashtags (except to sort and organize) or attempts at joining drive-by trends by using hot buzzwords. Analyses only, though this doesn’t preclude analyses of these drive-by trends.
- This is not a podcast, so no need to commit. This is not a collection of pictures or memes – those are best left to other mediums. I reserve the right to post ones I like though, on Meme Mondays. In short, this is not social media. I write to engage in political discussion, not to collect likes.
- I am right leaning, but that doesn’t mean I eschew the views of the left. This blog is for free speech, except when it’s inflammatory, disrespectful or hateful.
With that said, let’s discuss Betsy DeVos. I don’t know much about this Cabinet pick, except that she is for school choice and may be bad for public education. I have done the most research into this pick by watching her confirmation hearing (though full disclosure: not to completion) and looking into whether studies have shown whether school choice works.
Hi. Welcome to my latest project: American politics. But, a word of caution – I am not known for my persistence. This is the latest of my blogs, and while I certainly intend to keep updating, I may lapse and once I do, there is a good chance I will not be heard of again. Let’s hope this blog won’t fall to that fate.
Now for the real word of caution: I am a Trump supporter. I voted for him on November 8th and I could not be prouder to have done so. I watched his inauguration on TV (on Fox no less) and stayed on for all day coverage. I may have understated my political identity because I am certain I am right leaning but I cannot be more particular than that.
What inspired the creation of this blog is my finding how chaotic political discourse have become, which can mislead one astray from the “truth,” in quotations because truth in politics is personal to one’s own beliefs. So the “truths” here will often point to right-leaning ideas. This is a spoiler alert. If you do not like those ideas AND do not want to be exposed to them, you do not have to keep reading. I do not want angry arguments or ad hominem attacks. However, if you do not like right-leaning ideas but can engage in a healthy discussion, I welcome you. But, if you do like those ideas, well, you should subscribe. Maybe we can be internet friends.
Finally, I expect for the most part I won’t have many original political thoughts. So, I will feature links to posts that I find interesting. This is a way to engage discussion, but, if no one likes them, I can just tell myself I am saving these “for posterity.”
Oh, one last finally. I have not thought hard about this, but I think I should have a cool pen name. Like Publius. Too bad I did not take Latin in my younger days, else I would be able to come up with one. Maybe in the next post I will sign off with a nice flourish, but for now, toodles, and thanks for reading.