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And if so, do you have pictures to share? I dressed as a hobo; had an unfortunately damaged top hat which was perfect for such a costume. Managed a proper bindle too, with a red neckerchief with white polka dots. Sat on my front steps and handed out candy to trick-or-treaters. “What are you dressed […]

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This is a big weekend for the Texas Tech Red Raiders. My alma mater is playing the Texas Longhorns, a team we haven’t defeated since that glorious day on November 1, 2008, when UT’s national championship hopes were dashed at the last second: More

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During our annual family visits to Denver, I always find a way to make it to The Tattered Cover, a large bookstore downtown. I rediscovered it after many years away, and pleasantly realized that they offered discounted and used books amongst their full-price items. I usually spend a few hours in the company of this wide collection of […]

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Since it is Halloween, I thought I would use one of Kipling’s ghost stories. This one is a preface to one of the poems in Rewards and Fairies. Seawriter More

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Traditionally moral scolds have been characterized as creatures of the right, but today all the tsk-tsking arises from the fever swamps of progressive purity. The next victim of these pinched-face church(less) ladies is Halloween.

The College Fix (hat tip to John J. Miller) notes a series of advisories and admonishments being distributed to students around the country. They also reprint a letter issued by a Residence Life coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison:

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I told my wife I wanted to upgrade my membership to the Lady Thatcher level, but she said “Only if you wear a dress.” Yo! Peter Robinson! Where do you shop? More

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*UPDATE* They hit Detroit this morning! *UPDATE* #2 They Hit New Hampshire!

 “Quarantine Peters” Street Art Lands in Detroit

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 The problems with any set of rules occur at the boundaries of those rules. Gross infractions are easy to spot, but even the best of rules has gray areas. You just cannot anticipate all of the ways that people will creatively re-interpret laws, or find valid (or pseudo-valid) exceptions to the rules. This chicken-excrement controversy […]

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“We cannot discuss our Ten Commandments in school but they can discuss Islam’s Five Pillars?” “The three-page assignment asked questions including, “How did Muslim conquerors treat those they conquered?” More

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Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo exploded mid-flight today, after its engine ignited, witnesses say. One fatality and one major injury has been confirmed by the California Highway Patrol. The status of the pilots is not known. More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. H. P. Lovecraft & The Darkest Horror

 

LovecraftIt being Halloween week, we’ve had some fun discussing horror writing and film, from Edgar Allan Poe‘s horror of death to the theological horror of The Exorcist. I enjoy both genres immensely, but I’ve come to a late appreciation for H.P. Lovecraft (1890 -1936), who did as much to shape the genre in the 20th Century as Poe did in the 19th.

Lovecraft lived most of his life in Southern New England, with a short stint in New York City during his brief and profoundly unhappy marriage. Born into relative privilege of a 19th Century sort, he never really earned a living, getting by on his inheritance and the pittance his writing brought in. Introverted and unwilling to promote himself, he died in obscurity of stomach cancer in 1936, his work having never gained any attention outside of pulp magazines.

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For days, I’ve been trying to remember the name or author of a painting I once saw in college. Can y’all solve the mystery? The scene is a canyon of the Old West during a cattle drive. A storm has struck the herd. Rather than killing a particular steer, the lightning jumps between dozens of […]

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shutterstock_114560317There’s a question haunting campaign pros in the 2014 election. Both sides are worried about it, and neither side can answer it quite yet.

It’s simple enough: can the voter turnout tools and techniques developed and deployed with such success by Barack Obama’s team in 2008 and 2012 work for Democrats without the exceptional charisma, presence, media adoration, and generational and racial signifiers that Obama brought to the fight?

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030514inequality1Less income inequality is self-recommending, according to the left. Full stop. Reducing the income gap as much as possible — while still, of course, leaving some incentive for wealth creation — should be a top priority of government. Maybe the top priority. As President Obama said late last year: “The combined trends of increased inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American dream, our way of life and what we stand for around the globe.”

We know now, however, that mobility has not been decreasing. Economic research also suggests that income inequality — at least so far — is not a fundamental threat to the American way of life. The Manhattan Institute’s Scott Winship draws the following conclusions from his review of the literature:

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shutterstock_921171Does anybody else live in a city that “decides” when kids will go trick-or-treating…and it’s not on Halloween? We moved to Huntington, West Virginia seven years ago and this was the first place I’d ever even heard of such a thing. It rubs me the wrong way, because this is a cultural practice that’s evolved, independent of government, over many hundreds of years. It strikes me as a gross overstepping of authority for a city to assign a date on which the custom will be carried out by individual citizens, especially when that date isn’t when the culture says it should be. It’s almost as if the city decreed that people will open their Christmas presents on December 23rd.

I’m not all that interested in justifications for why they’re choosing a given date, though I’ve heard rumors that it’s to avoid kids being out when drunk adults are driving back from their Halloween parties. I’m mostly wondering how a city thinks it can insert itself into this aspect of private life. And what is it that the city actually does in assigning the date? Do they pass a law? Surely not. Do they have some informal resolution of the city council encouraging people? More likely, but I’ve never heard the details.

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