Friday, August 19, 2016

American identity by county

Pale yellow are the people who identify as only "American". These are the ardent Trump supporters.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Beach day

It's 63°F and cloudy. A perfect day for the beach (or bananafish). I'm on my own this weekend and I've just decided to drive to a nearby beach. Normally, I wouldn't go to the beach in July - too much sun and too many people. But today should be perfect.

Friday, July 08, 2016


I was living in England during the Watergate years. Many of my English friends were shocked by the disclosures of government cover-ups and absolutely certain that nothing similar could possibly happen in the UK. Is Tony Blair finally the Watergate wake up call for the British? I am so used to the routine malfeasance of political and government figures that I find it hard to accept the naiveté of others. Yes, the American system is corrupted by money. And so are all the others.

For several months it has looked as though this summer's political conventions might resemble the 1968 Democratic convention. We expect protest. Activists have already applied for permits to demonstrate in Philadelphia, and Trump protesters will just show up in Cleveland. But in the aftermath of the police shootings this week in Dallas, it is likely we will also witness a 1968 type police-protester clash. Cleveland and Philadelphia are both cities where a heavy police response could spread to rioting beyond the convention sites. It's going to be a hot summer.