Back to Normal

The kids are gone. One started high school, and the other is making friends at fraternities at his new college by repairing their tap systems on the kegs. So, I’m back to work.

After I start typing up notes on two articles that have been brewing in the background, I’ll be back here. I need a couple of hours.

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Inside the Trump Voter

A new survey from Public Policy voting did some interesting work on Trump voters. Thought I would share some of the findings:

  • Asked what racial group they think faces the most discrimination in America, 45% of Trump voters say it’s white people followed by 17% for Native Americans with 16% picking African Americans, and 5% picking Latinos. Asked what religious group they think faces the most discrimination in America, 54% of Trump voters says it’s Christians followed by 22% for Muslims and 12% for Jews.
  • Overall 89% of Americans have a negative opinion of neo-Nazis to 3% with a positive one, and 87% have an unfavorable opinion of white supremacists to 4% with a positive one. Just 11% agree with the sentiment that it’s possible for white supremacists and neo-Nazis to be ‘very fine people,’ to 69% who say that’s not possible. (I would have liked to have seen this question limited to the Trump voters. Curious.)
  • They asked about confederate statues, but their question phrasing was weak.
  • Ryan and McConnell’s approval rates have dipped to record lows, because of Trump’s attacks on them. You might not like those guys, but we need them to keep the mad man in check.
  • 57% of Republicans want Trump to run again in 2020; 29% want someone else That’s a lot. Be afraid.

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I am very sad about Chris Pratt and Anna Faris. If those crazy kids can’t make it work in Hollywood, who can?

My twittterfeed has been yellling about that Google guy all day today. Some are saying that this move gave Trump a little more steam. Others are saying ‘who cares.” 

It’s raining at the beach today so we went to the movie theater. Saw Superman 2 for a second time. It’s a seriously excellent movie with a Ramones soundtrack. Peter Parker wears all sorts of geeky t-shirts that we’re buying for Ian. 

We visited Tryon’s Palace at New Bern yesterday, which is interesting to anybody who slogged through the later books in the Outlander books.  Tomorrow, we’ll have lunch with a friend in Raleigh on the way to Asheville. Bluegrass music every evening! 

I’m Here


We’re in NC visiting in-laws and picking up Jonah from an Outward Bound trip. Y’all will have to bicker without me for the week. It’s stormy, so I may do a post or two. (Cue a Donald Trump whine about a working vacation.) 

“That’s Crazy!”

Sorry, y’all. I got a horrible cold that I couldn’t shake; I’ve been on the sofa for a week. I’m back in action. Did a spin class this morning, and I’m catching up on all the conversation from last week.

In the meantime, I have one anecdote. Jonah went to orientation at his college last week. It was sort of like college camp. He slept in the dorms, attended ice-breakers, and listened to presentations on various topics for two days.

One of the presentations that he attended was about words and phrases that you can’t say. Student leaders showed the group a power point slides on the bad words and gave them alteratives. Jonah said some of the words were obviously offensive. He knew that he shouldn’t say “that’s retarded!” or “that’s so gay!” But he was surprised to learn that he couldn’t say “that’s insane!” or “that’s crazy!,” because it could be seen as a microaggression against those with mental illnesses. They discussed safe spaces and trigger words.

What Jonah took away from that presentation is that some people on his campus are crazy and that he wants to join a fraternity, because he thinks that there will be fewer crazy people in a fraternity.

If I can’t respond to Donald Trump’s tweets with a simple “that’s crazy!,” I’m at a loss. Can someone provide me with another response?

How Conservatives View Higher Ed (Just the Links for now)

Pew came out with a new study a couple of days ago about partisan views of higher ed. They found that Republicans increasingly have a negative view of higher education.

A majority of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (58%) now say that colleges and universities have a negative effect on the country, up from 45% last year. By contrast, most Democrats and Democratic leaners (72%) say colleges and universities have a positive effect, which is little changed from recent years.

I’ve got parenting things to do this morning, so for the moment I’m simply give you some links:

Dan Drezner

Megan McArdle

Controversy can ruin a college. Mizzou has had a huge drop in enrollment.

Related: Google is paying professors for research that benefits Google.