Monthly Archives: October 2016

What happened to the County Clerk that was denying marriage licenses to gay people?

On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is a fundamental right. Shortly thereafter, there was a controversy regarding a County Clerk in Rowan County, Kentucky. She refused to grant marriage licenses to gay couples, citing religious beliefs, and was ultimately jailed for contempt of court. She was released five days later and… Read More »

What is the Electoral College?

It’s odd that I had to write three different articles about the presidential election before I came up with the idea of  doing an article about this. We always hear about how important our vote is but at the same time, if you were around in 2000 when it was Bush vs. Gore, we also… Read More »

What are the biggest deviations in popular and electoral vote?

While writing “What other presidents and candidates have been considered demagogues?”, I was reminded of the other two articles I wrote about presidential elections and wondered which elections had the biggest margins. Here are the results: Year Winner Popular Margin Electoral Margin Difference 1980 Ronald Reagan 50.75% 90.89% 40.14% 1912 Woodrow Wilson 41.84% 81.92% 40.08%… Read More »

What other presidents and candidates have been considered demagogues?

Demagogue. Demagoguery.  I was aware of those words before the 2016 presidential election but I didn’t really know what they meant. I didn’t bother to look it up but I assumed demagogue was a politician who plays off of the worst, most basest instincts in a group of people to get votes. According to Wiktionary, demagogue… Read More »

What loophole is Trump taking advantage of on his 1995 tax return?

On October 2, 2016, the New York Times published a story about how Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, reported a nearly billion dollar loss in 1995. The total net losses reported to the IRS in 1995 was nearly fifty billion dollars so Trump’s losses represent 2% of of the sum total for that year. This was picked… Read More »

Is it a myth that white folks preferred Native American societies ?

I was reading somewhere, I don’t remember where, and it talked about how Native American societies were by nature egalitarian. European societies in America were heavily stratified and because of this, whites that were captured and enslaved by Native American societies did not want to return home. The implication was that Native American societies, while ultimately… Read More »