Crazy, Global, Nike

Crazy, Global, Nike

Nike is getting a lot of coverage (well, whatever isn’t devoted to Bob Woodward’s new book) for picking Colin Kapernick to be in their new ad. All of the coverage I’ve seen on this has centered on how it’s going to affect consumers. Implicitly, American consumers. But guess what? Roughly half of Nike’s revenue comes from the rest of the world. Even if Nike sees a dip from American conservatives who care about Kapernick (that isn’t offset by liberal consumers) sales in the…

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Insurance Policy

Insurance Policy

Sharyl Attkisson making the case that the intelligence community has organized against Trump in The Hill. He would have to be marginalized at every turn. Strategies would encompass politics, the courts, opposition research and the media. He’d have to become mired in lawsuits, distracted by allegations, riddled with calls for impeachment, hounded by investigations. His election must be portrayed as the illegitimate result of a criminal or un-American conspiracy. Sounds like a vast right wing conspiracy to me.

Trade Deficits

Trade Deficits

Trade deficits are being treated as black and white issues these days, but Sen. Toomey nails the absurdity of that view in a Politico article: “You want to shrink a trade deficit, there’s an easy way to do it: Have a recession.” Trade Balance = Output – Input, or Trade Balance = Exports – Imports His point is that we could wipe out all of trade deficits simply by being too poor buy anything from the rest of the world…

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Mexian Priests Murdered

Mexian Priests Murdered

USA Today reports on the high number of Catholic priests being murdered in Mexico: …Mexico is now considered to be the most dangerous country to be a priest, according to the Catholic news agency Crux Now… …Rev. Juan Miguel Contreras Garcia became the 23rd church leader killed in a string of violent attacks since 2012… …Both religious and political leaders have few answers for why priests are specific targets… Omar Sotelo also said the attacks on priests are most likely due to organized crime.

American Christian as Persons of Color

American Christian as Persons of Color

Bloomberg responds, partially, to the New Yorker’s article attacking Chick-fil-A’s “creepy infiltration” of New York. Neither a defense nor an attack on the New Yorker nor it’s author Bloomberg points out some interesting demographics on Christians in America: …83 percent of all black Americans are absolutely certain that God exists. No other group comes close to this figure. Black Christians are far more likely than white Christians (84 percent to 64 percent) to describe religion as very important in their…

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2018 Breaking New Photography Pulitzer Prize Winner

2018 Breaking New Photography Pulitzer Prize Winner

Ryan Kelly won the 2018 Pulitzer in Breaking News photography. See the image at that link and hear an interview with him on NPR, including how he now runs social media for a brewery, having ditched journalism. The details in the photo are amazing: flying people, cell phones, water, shoes. A horrible moment captured perfectly.

Senate: Governing Coalition

Senate: Governing Coalition

Paul Ryan spoke recently on how the house was closer to a governing coalition than a bi-party system. The Post has an article that outlines out Senator McConnell is learning the same us true of the senate. Out of 51 Republicans, McConnell can count on about 45 as mostly reliable votes. McCain, even when he is here, is often ready to buck the leader. Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) break ranks as moderates, while Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)…

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