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5. Jeb Bush. Many might place Jeb higher on this list but if anything I feel this placement is generous. Jeb has an extremely low ceiling amongst conservatives. Put another way, as the bottom half of this list drops off, whose votes will be going to Jeb? The only candidates whose voters might have Jeb as their second guy are Rubio, Walker and perhaps Kasich, all of whom look to go deep into the primaries. The current size of the field works to Jeb’s advantage and his inability to get a bigger share of voters at this stage does not bode well for him moving forward. As for his debate performance? Well, ehh... it was “Jebby.”
6. John Kasich. Kasich remains my top dark horse candidate. Being able to deliver Ohio is the single most substantial asset of all the GOP candidates. Add to that his common touch, likability and appeal to moderates and you have the makings of a very formidable general election candidate.
8. Carly Fiorina. Fiorina emerged as the clear winner of the little kid debate and was quickly catapulted to the grown-ups’ table. I respect her candidacy hence her placement on the upper card, but my gut tells me she will prove to be more of a flavor-of-the-month candidate than someone that goes deep into the primaries.
9. Mike Huckabee. I’ve never been a big fan of Huckabee but no one can deny that he performed very well at the debate. He also has a great platform for a general election. That being said I ultimately think his lack of intellectual depth holds him back in a field this deep.
11. Rick Santorum. It certainly doesn’t look like Santorum’s campaign is going anywhere—but then again it didn’t look that way in 2012, either. Santorum remains a principled advocate of blue collar Americans and his proven track record of winning states and delegates give him the tie breaker over the bottom portion of the pack.
15. The rest of the list has such low chances of winning there’s not much point in trying to rank them. Here we have a tie for last place between candidates Gilmore, Pataki and Graham.
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Sunday, June 28, 2015
|Rachel Dolezal, now-and-then|
|Figure 1. Function over time|
|Figure 2. Constant function|
If the line is flat (horizontal), the quantity that the line is describing (the function) is not changing over time. As you move right or left on the line (forwards or backwards in time), the line does not go up or down. The quantity is neither increasing or decreasing in time. In math we refer to this as a “constant” function. This is shown in Figure 2.
If the quantity increases as we go forward in time, the line goes up. A line describing PC-ness would necessarily go up (to the right) because it is always increasing (over time).
|Figure 3. Linear function|
|Figure 4. Exponential function|
|Figure 5. Logistic function|
When CDs were first produced the technology was new. The cost to switch over to the new music medium was expensive. Both the CDs and the machines you needed to play them on cost more than the current music media, records and cassettes. As more and more people gradually discarded their old relics of the previous technology, dubbing-cassette boomboxes and record players and the like, the sales of CD players and CDs went up. As sales went up, the costs went down. As the cost went down, more people switched to the new media. Rinse and repeat. What you have here my friend is an exponential-like growth pattern.
As this goes to press, the President has used the latest Islamist beheadings as an opportunity to once again lecture the nation on the dangers of “Islamophobia;” the White House has been bathed in rainbow colors celebrating the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing homosexual marriage; and the latest list of college “microaggressions” is making the rounds on Facebook. I know it’s a tired cliché, but you can’t make this stuff up.
|Figure 6. Comparison of Exponential and Logistic function|
Perhaps two years from now our hypothetical measuring system will show the increase in PC units from 2016 to 2017 is less than it was from 2015 to 2016. If no such evidence is forthcoming, then unfortunately we are still in an uninhibited growth model (Figure 4) with no end in sight—or we are still on that bottom half of the “S” curve. A side-by-side comparison of exponential and logistic growth is shown in Figure 6.
Driving: Distance, Speed and Acceleration
Another example of functions and derivatives
An everyday experience that is often used to explain the concept of the derivative, a fundamental concept in calculus, is driving.
You go for a drive. You drive a certain distance. The (main) function corresponds to your position. How many miles had you driven at some particular point in time on the trip? It will be a line/curve going up. As the line moves to the right we are going forward in time, and we are moving, so our overall distance traveled is always increasing.
The 1st derivative of this position function gives the rate of change of the distance traveled over time, the rate of our motion: our speed. How many miles per hour were you driving at that particular time?
The 2nd derivative of the position function is the derivative of the 1st derivative; the rate of change of the 1st derivative. The rate of change of your speed. That’s acceleration. Acceleration is the 2nd derivative of the position function. When you find the 2nd derivative you can plug in a number for the time variable and it will tell you what your acceleration was at that instant in time, how many miles per hour per hour, or miles per hour2. This will be a positive number if you are speeding up or a negative number if you are braking or slowing down.
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And now, finally, the magic is revealed. How do we find out where the inflection, or tipping point is, i.e., when it occurs? How do we find the date when the rate of increase begins to decrease?
Just before the inflection point the rate of change of PC-ness has its maximum value! Just beyond the inflection point the change in PC-ness has a slightly lower value. What has happened in between is that the rate of change of the increase in PC-ness has gone over from a tiny positive number to a tiny negative number. It has crossed the threshold of zero change in the rate of increase in PC-ness.
Henceforth: the Dolezal Point.
|Figure 7. Cubic Polynomial function|
Sunday, June 21, 2015
The common denominator to be found amongst groups benefiting from political correctness is that they are groups not traditionally associated with American power. Be it women in the workplace, minorities from non-European countries, or people engaging in alternative sexual lifestyles, political correctness advocates expanding the influence and collective voice of these groups. Political correctness is a forced selection choosing that which is alien or new to America over that which is traditional. This is not to say, as Seinfeld would say, that there is “anything wrong” with these groups. It is merely an acknowledgement that political correctness actively discriminates against what is traditionally perceived as American.
Political correctness becomes laughable when confronted by its absurdity. But the laughter quickly fades when one contemplates the degree to which Western life is influenced by political correctness. Not only are the PC sensibilities promoted on all levels of popular culture, but it has taken unilateral control of public education. So much so that one could easily argue that the primary focus has shifted from educating students in math and science to indoctrinating them into a particular ideology. So much so that Jerry Seinfeld does not feel comfortable performing on public campuses.
Identity politics is not the only issue covered by political correctness. Political correctness also speaks to foreign policy and national security. Whether the issue is ISIS or having secure national boarders, the American liberal can usually be found defending those who are undermining America. At the very least, they occupy the part of the discussion least interested in defending America. For this reason it could easily be argued that political correctness as a collective force represents the single greatest threat to America. Because political correctness simultaneously coalesces and amplifies all of the threats that we face.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
- This is our fault for invading Iraq in 2003 under a pretext.
- We committed numerous wartime atrocities during the Iraq War, culminating with a civilian casualty count recently measured as 150,000 out of a grand total of 500,000 Iraqi deaths.
- The Islamic uprising is one of epic nationalism and religious fervor justified by a people that have suffered under the yoke of western dominance since WWI. Starting with the colonialist arbitrary dissections of the Middle East after the collapse of the Ottoman empire, the region has endured repeated interventions, political, economic, as well as military, by the United States. Such as overthrowing governments by CIA skullduggery (installing the Shah of Iran after overthrowing an elected government) or just flagrant “regime change” by brute force as we did in the Iraq War.