Poll-tergeist

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From Infidel 753:

If you’ve been paying attention to polls of the Presidential race, you may be getting a little alarmed. As I write this, the RCP average has Hillary’s lead over Trump down to 3.1%, and the two most recent polls included (by Fox and Rasmussen) even show Trump leading. Is it actually possible he could win?

Well, I suppose it’s possible, but it’s still very unlikely. To understand what’s happening with the polls, you have to look at what stage the nomination race on each side has reached.

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Oh No, He’s Not Bringing It Up

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From Green Eagle:

Maybe you thought, as I did, that it would take Donald Trump a while longer to descend far enough into the sewer to seriously bring up the insane claim that Hillary murdered Vince Foster. Well, you’d be wrong. In one of the most disingenuous statements I have ever heard a candidate make, here he goes:

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In Defense of Republican Opportunists

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From Jonathan Bernstein at Bloomberg:

Marco Rubio’s decision to attend the Republican convention and speak for Donald Trump has exposed something important. Not about Rubio — but about a lot of Republicans.

Yes, Rubio is clearly showing himself to be, as the Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein says in a takedown, “an opportunistic politician with his finger to the wind.” Ross Douthat agrees.

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What is a “Computer”? What is “Information Processing”?

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From PZ Myers at Pharyngula:

Just before I left the States, I read this, shall we say, interesting article about how your brain is not a computer. The subhead, which does more or less summarize the content, is:

Your brain does not process information, retrieve knowledge or store memories. In short: your brain is not a computer

Curiously, in order to comprehend the article, I had to retrieve knowledge and stored memories about neuroscience (I have a degree in that) and computers (I worked in the field for several years), and I had to process the information in the article and in my background, and I found that article confusing. It did not compute.

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Why I Never Used “Religious” When I Was a Christian

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From The Life and Times of Bruce Gerencser:

I recently participated in a two-and-half-hour phone interview on the subject of the labels we use to identify ourselves. The man doing the interview is working on his master’s thesis. One label he asked me about was the label religious. Focusing on my days as an Evangelical pastor, he asked if I ever considered myself religious. I told him, absolutely not. The “religious” label was reserved for Catholics, Methodists, Presbyterians, Lutherans, and other mainline groups. THEY were religious, WE were Christians. This was especially true back in my Independent Fundamentalist Baptist (IFB) days.

I viewed most other Christian sects with a good bit of skepticism. Catholics were immediately dismissed as fish-eating, beer drinking believers in works salvation. Catholics were prime evangelistic targets, even though I found them almost impossible to evangelize. Protestants such as Lutherans, Methodists, and Presbyterians were far easier to lead to saving faith in Christ. I considered such people, as a whole, to be religious, but lost. I found these kinds of people to be ignorant of what the Bible taught concerning salvation.

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