What Is Wrong With This Poll?

What was the first news outlet you used this morning?

  • Internet

    Print newspaper




    Other – Please explain:

    So here is my problem with this poll that appeared on my online newspaper web site.  Now granted this issue does not rise to the level of the war in Syria or how to remove Scott Walker from office, but still it seems rather glaring enough to merit a posting on my blog.
    I wake up every morning and the first thing I turn to for news, weather, and information is the radio.  One radio is located in the headboard of the bed and it is a natural reaction to tune into the world via AM radio.  I have been doing that since in my mid-teens.
    I can not be so in the minority of still turning to radio for news that a listing like that above does not even include the medium!  Right?

Welcome Back John Williams To WGN Radio

Today the man who should never have been allowed to leave in the first place returned!

What Coffee Maker Should I Buy?

I knew this day was coming.  My Cooks coffee maker is needing to be replaced, and while I am aware of many options are available to make the darn near perfect cup of coffee I am not sure which to select.

Which brings me to writing for my readers to chime in and offer suggestions.

While I do not want to be overly expensive in my purchase I also am willing to spend a bit to get a product that makes for a far better brew than the one I presently own.

Several months ago I was listening to Wisconsin Public Radio as the guest talked about a wide variety of options for coffee makers and noted the temperature the water needed to be and that a cup should brew in one minute.  Now I am not sure how much data one has about their coffee maker, and I am not really asking for that information (unless you know it) but am more concerned about getting that flavor and punch from a cup that I get when out and about and buy one.

My days of loving coffee started when I would go to my grandparents across the road from where I lived as a boy.  Grandpa would snack before doing afternoon chores, and since I wanted to help throw the corn to the pigs I would sit at Grandma’s table and ask for some of the coffee that was being served.  I wanted to be like the adults, and so in a cup that was far more milk than coffee I had my first java experience.  Grandma always told me coffee would stunt my growth but in time the ratio of coffee to milk soon ran more in my favor and in time I was drinking it black.

Meanwhile at home my parents had a glass percolator maker that had a metal insert for the grounds.  Regardless of the type of maker or where the cup was served one thing was always constant in my life about coffee.  The best conversations and memories have often surrounded drinking a mug of black coffee.

So now that I have pulled you this far into the need to find a coffee maker for my kitchen………please advise me.

And thanks.



Census To Now Report Gay Married Couples As Families

This just makes sense.

The Census Bureau, which struggles to keep up with the rapid changes in American life, is about to start categorizing same-sex married couples as families.

The 2013 American Community Survey results, which will be reported in September, will mark the first time the census integrates an estimated 180,000 same-sex married couples with statistics concerning the nation’s 56 million families. Until now, they had been categorized as unmarried partners, even when couples reported themselves as spouses.

Efforts to count the relatively small slice of same-sex couples who are married have been beset by accuracy problems. Following the 2010 Census, statisticians reduced the estimate of same-sex married couples by 28 percent after concluding that more straight couples had mismarked the gender categories. The census adjusted the results by looking at first names and changing the gender when there was a 95 percent chance of a mistake.

“While I fully endorse this change, because it’s the right thing to do, we’re not completely sure how reliable the data will be to start,” said Gary Gates, who studies gay demographics at the Williams Institute at the University of California at Los Angeles Law School. “But on the social and cultural side, it’s important to tell researchers and the public that the federal government views these people as families and these couples as married. That in itself has utility.”

Census officials hope the accuracy will be improved by the 2020 Census. They are testing questions that they hope to introduce in surveys — but not until 2016. People will be given four explicit options to check about their relationship — opposite-sex spouses, opposite-sex unmarried partners, same-sex spouses or same-sex partners. They also will be asked whether they are in a registered domestic partnership or a civil union.

Census Data Shows 20% Higher Death Toll In Civil War

Hat Tip to James.

As a Civil war buff this really interested me.  The idea of such an increase in the number of causalities has long been a topic of conversation but the fact newly digitized census data from the 19th century is now allowing for harder evidence to be added to the discussion and bolstering the underlying idea is most remarkable.

For 110 years, the numbers stood as gospel: 618,222 men died in the Civil War, 360,222 from the North and 258,000 from the South — by far the greatest toll of any war in American history.

By combing through newly digitized census data from the 19th century, J. David Hacker, a demographic historian from Binghamton University in New York, has recalculated the death toll and increased it by more than 20 percent — to 750,000.

The new figure is already winning acceptance from scholars. Civil War History, the journal that published Dr. Hacker’s paper, called it “among the most consequential pieces ever to appear” in its pages. And a pre-eminent authority on the era, Eric Foner, a historian at Columbia University, said:

“It even further elevates the significance of the Civil War and makes a dramatic statement about how the war is a central moment in American history. It helps you understand, particularly in the South with a much smaller population, what a devastating experience this was.”

The old figure dates back well over a century, the work of two Union Army veterans who were passionate amateur historians: William F. Fox and Thomas Leonard Livermore.