Ron Paul Has Two Options

Either Ron Paul must pledge not to run as an independent candidate, or he must drop out of the race for the Republican nomination and begin preparing an independent run. This decision must be made as soon as possible.

Paul is running as a Republican. As a Republican he has the obligation, if not to support the Republican nominee, then to at least not sabotage his party in the general election.

Obviously, if Paul were to run as an independent in the general election, then he would no longer be a Republican. However, if Paul does this, then he has been running for the Republican nomination in bad faith.

And Paul is leaving the option open. Thus far he will only say he does not currently plan an independent run.

While unusual, such a run would not be unprecedented. The last time a primary loser ran as an independent/third party was John Anderson’s 1980 run. Anderson finished third behind Reagan and Bush in the primaries that year, then ran as an independent.

It is all the more reason to suspect that Paul might still run independently if not nominated.

But Ron Paul should run either as a Republican or an independent, not both. Either commit to staying out of the general election if not nominated, or get out of the primary election and make the independent bid.

The Importance of Language

This quote came from a clip in a CNN news report this afternoon:

“…needless lives are lost…”

The woman who said the above was talking about the dangers of cell phone usage while driving.

She may have a point, but she meant to say “lives are needlessly lost.”

What she actually said has a host of unfortunate implications.

Update: The speaker was Deborah Hersman, chair of the National Transportation Safety Board.

Comparing 3 Quarterbacks

Cam Newton (career to date): 81.1 RTG, 7.0 AY/A, 2.4 Y/R*
Tim Tebow (career to date):  83.4 RTG, 7.3 AY/A, 3.5 Y/R*
Vince Young (rookie year):   66.7 RTG, 5.2 AY/A, 3.9 Y/R*


Y/R* is (rushing yards – yards lost on sacks) / (rushing attempts + times sacked)


The above covers 13 starts for Newton and Young, and 11 starts for Tebow.


How do you think these 3 will be ranked when their careers are over?



MythBusters Cannonball

(Disclaimer: Yes, I’m sure the hosts are not solely responsible for safety measures.)

Of course the second team were the ones responsible for this mishap!
 
Not sure why, but this figures:

“Savage and Hyneman were not present at the Alameda County bomb ordnance range – which the show has used for years and is nearly 1,000 yards west of the Shetty home – when the cannon fired at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday.

“They said the three other stars of the show — Tory Belleci, Kari Byron and Grant Imahara — had been ‘calibrating’ a homemade cannon, firing a ball made of either steel or cast iron into water barrels and a brick wall to make sure it had the same power as a historical cannon.”

http://www.chron.com/news/article/MythBusters-hosts-Sorry-about-that-cannonball-2376113.php

At least Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman are taking full responsibility for this. Good on them.