Your Republican Presidential debate participants (subject to change)

Jeb went from 17% to 15.4%. The Donald from 10.8% to 14.2%.

Here is the 2016 Republican Primary Debate Schedule. The first one will be on August 6, 2015, at 9 p.m. EDT in Cleveland, OH, airing on Fox News Channel.

The rules of participation: “the Top 10 candidates in an average of 5 national polls will be included.”

I looked at the graphic above from the Washington Post on July 16, and the percentages were these: Jeb Bush: 17; Donald Trump: 10.8; Scott Walker: 9.3; Marco Rubio: 7.8; Ben Carson: 7.6; Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee tied at 6.5; Ted Cruz: 5.1; Rick Perry and Chris Christie tied at 2.9.

I looked again on July 17, and the numbers changed radically: Jeb Bush: 15.4; Donald Trump: 14.2; Scott Walker: 8.9; Ben Carson: 7.6; Rand Paul: 6.5; Marco Rubio: 6.4; Mike Huckabee: 5.7; Ted Cruz: 5.1; Chris Christie: 2.7; and Rick Santorum, who had been an also-ran at 2.2. Rick Perry slipped off the podium at 2.1, along with John Kasich: 1.5; Bobby Jindal: 1.4; Carly Fiorina: 1.3; Lindsay Graham: 0.7; George Pataki: 0.5.

I don’t know what the cutoff date for selecting the candidates, but Christie, Perry, and Santorum seem to be battling for the last two slots.

(Hat tip to Arthur@AmeriNZ.)

Connecting the historical dots: Ferguson to Charleston

“People should not spend their days mourning relatives they never knew from a war that ended 150 years ago, especially if that feeling is so paramount that it outweighs the sense of brotherhood they might feel toward fellow humans who are alive…”

Little Rock, 1957
Little Rock, 1957
At my relatively diverse, but still primarily white, church, I am the de facto organizer for Black History Month each February. I’ve noticed that 2016 will mark the 90th anniversary of what what was Negro History Week, designed by Carter G. Woodson in 1926. “Besides building self-esteem among blacks, [it] would help eliminate prejudice among whites.”

I think the argument that the United States is “post-racial”, now that Barack Obama has been elected President twice, has been pretty well negated by the events of the past six years. There are those who will seriously argue that because Obama, and for that matter, actress Halle Berry, had white mothers, they shouldn’t be considered black. Anyone passingly aware of the historic obsessive nature of the US government to define race Continue reading “Connecting the historical dots: Ferguson to Charleston”