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The Reasonable Man
The Most Reasonable Person in the World
Interests: US History, Politics, Culture
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Popular Vote Offers an Egregiously Misleading Vehicle for Analyzing This Election. 1. If you take away the landslide votes in California and New York, Donald Trump would have won the national popular vote in excess of FOUR MILLION votes. To snatch this national victory away from a huge cross-section of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2016 at The Reasonable Man
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Trump Said: "The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems." "When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2016 at The Reasonable Man
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The Reasonable Man assesses President Obama’s statement regarding Colin Kaepernick. Agreeing, disagreeing, and filling in the gaps. President Obama: “In terms of Mr. Kaepernick, I’ve got to confess that I haven’t been thinking about football while I’ve been over here and I haven’t been following this closely, but my understanding,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2016 at The Reasonable Man
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What You Need To Know (in order to appear sophisticated to the most cultivated minds of our time): $20,000,000,000,000 (20 Trillion, aka 20,000 Billion, aka 20,000,000 Million) is NOT a lot of money. If our national debt gives you the slightest pause, you betray your ignorance of macro-economics (you provincial... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2016 at The Reasonable Man
“How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a Forgotten spot in the Caribbean by Providence Impoverished, in squalor Grow up to be a hero and a scholar?” So begins Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton,” a wildly popular Broadway musical that brilliantly weaves... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2016 at The Reasonable Man
Submitted without intentional editorial comment. Last Friday morning C-SPAN’s Washington Journal devoted almost half of their three-hour call-in show to “Donald Trump Supporters Only.” The Question: Why do you support Trump? Of the 29 callers, 20 were men. They offered up names like Daniel, Eric, Jeff, Jonathan and John, two... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2016 at The Reasonable Man
I love NPR. Seriously. I just caught up with Barbershop from this Saturday. The weekly segment, hosted by Michel Martin, and self-described as a “conversation about what's in the news and whatever else is on our minds,” featured Dru Ealons, former Obama administration EPA appointee and current pundit, Ammad Omar,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2015 at The Reasonable Man
The Reasonable Man enjoys the thoughtful perspective of apparently nice person, Chris Cillizza, an astute political pundit for the Washington Post. On any given day he is likely to offer a smart take on the conventional, inside-the-Beltway political wisdom. Sunday (May 24): “Republicans are hoping for a quick primary fight... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2015 at The Reasonable Man
Based on his idiosyncratic interpretation of Christian eschatology, as well as in-house math and science emanating from the internal logic of his own epiphany, lay Baptist minister William Miller determined that the long-awaited Second Coming of Christ would transpire on a date certain in 1843 (later adjusted to October 22,... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2015 at The Reasonable Man
What a surprise! Free speech advocate @CharlesMBlow @nytimes just blocked me [from his twitter account] for disagreeing w/ him RE my hometown tragedy #Waco — Ashley Cruseturner (@BosqueBoy) May 18, 2015 Dateline, Waco, Texas, May 18, 2015 Yesterday, my hometown, Waco, Texas, experienced a horrible and disturbing tragedy, an unfathomable... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at The Reasonable Man
What We Might Have Missed. The Good, the Bad, and an Ugly Microcosm of So Much that is Wrong with the Academy Today. First Lady Michelle Obama presents an intriguing public figure. Striking in her appearance and manner, from her dazzling smile and flashing eyes, to her elongated appendages, to... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2015 at The Reasonable Man
A Few Thoughts on Voter Turnout. SOMETHING WE ALL UNDERSTAND: the Obama Machine pulled off an amazing coup in 2012. Now that the dust has settled, we can say with absolutely no exaggeration or fear of contradiction, the audacious Team Obama "stole" an election that was comfortably within the grasp... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2014 at The Reasonable Man
From the L.A. Times: Justice Department condemns Ferguson leaks as effort to influence opinion "With a grand jury decision looming on whether a white police officer should face charges in the killing of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Mo., the investigation has sprung a few leaks. "New details from... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at The Reasonable Man
A Few Raw Numbers, One Undeniable Fact, and Three General Thoughts on the MS Senate Runoff: 76 years of age (36-year veteran of the Senate) versus 42 year-old insurgent $12M to $5.5M spent on race 190,633 votes to 184,260 (30,000 more total voters than the primary) 48 counties to 34... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at The Reasonable Man
Yesterday on FOX NEWS SUNDAY with Chris Wallace, when asked her journalistic opinion regarding the newsworthiness of a recent revelation concerning missing emails connected to the ongoing investigation into IRS wrongdoing, JUDY WOODRUFF, CO-ANCHOR, PBS NEWSHOUR responded: "Well, what I can say, Chris, is I haven't reported this story. I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at The Reasonable Man
The other day, the great Thomas Sowell crafted two succinct but amazingly insightful observations: “We may yet become the first nation to die from a terminal case of frivolity. Other great nations in history have been threatened by barbarians at the gates. We may be the first to be threatened... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at The Reasonable Man
White House Talking Points on Border Crisis Do Not Add Up Byron York is a MUST READ today: "This was the week in which the Obama administration's attempts to deflect blame for the border crisis fell apart." What is the border crisis? Legions of young people from Central America are... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at The Reasonable Man
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If Hillary Clinton runs for president in the 2016 cycle (and that seems more likely than not), she will campaign as a 67-year-old and 68-year-old candidate and will actually have turned 69 by the First Tuesday in November 2016. By historical standards, if elevated, she would hover along the extreme... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at The Reasonable Man
Careful students of American politics remind us intermittently that elections represent frustrating barometers of public opinion because they ask only one "yes or no question" at a specific moment in time and the sampling is always skewed and self-selecting. In the case of seven-term congressman and GOP Majority Leader, Eric... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2014 at The Reasonable Man
IT STARTS. #POTUS broke law & SusanRice lied again but #SeriallySillyDana @Milbank sees just anothr phony GOP scandal http://t.co/nc8pVgs9aS — Ashley Cruseturner (@BosqueBoy) June 5, 2014 Why is this NOT just another day at the office? TWO BIG REASONS: The President of the United States broke the law and Susan... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at The Reasonable Man
The Stories We Tell---The People We Become by Ted McAlister MUST READ. An Excerpt: "History—or story-telling about the past—is crucial to the health of a people. It knits them together, connecting generation with generation, with purposes both mundane and divine. Bad history deforms a people just as readily as good... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at The Reasonable Man
How We Learned to Stop Fearing God and Worship Ourselves With the seasonal turning of hearts and minds toward the looming Cross and Resurrection, the Revised Common Lectionary featured "Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7" as the Old Testament reading last Sunday. Readers will recall that passage as the description of Original Sin,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at The Reasonable Man
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A Thoughtful Article very much WORTH READING comes from National Review's Ramesh Ponnuru Cross Purposes In which the author makes two very important points regarding religious liberty and LGBT rights. The media cannot be trusted to report accurately on social issues. Mainstream media coverage of social issues "tends to accept"... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at The Reasonable Man
Two Stories That Converge. 1. Potentially the MUST READ article of the YEAR: The Four Faces of the Republican Party by Henry Olsen, senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, via the National Interest. Why is this quite possibly the political MUST READ of the year? It shatters... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at The Reasonable Man
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Former Secretary at War, Robert Gates appeared today on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace. As always, the Reasonable Man finds his comments insightful and instructive. The showdown in the Ukraine appears merely one act within the context of "a long-term strategy on Putin's part to recreate a Russian sphere... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2014 at The Reasonable Man