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The dizzying events of the last couple of days, with more shoes possibly to drop (including confirmation of reports that FBI agents refused to destroy several immunity grantees’ laptops), suggest a new political calculus. If Hillary skates through to a win next week (counting on every vote that’s already been cast, and will be in the […]

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I have been speculating about the reason why so many emails appear to have been located on a completely unsecured laptop computer in the Weiner home used, apparently, by both Mr. Weiner and Ms. Abedin. The “Powerline” blog surmises that Anthony Weiner took the emails to give himself a “hole card” against being tossed to […]

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I’m looking forward to reading the definitive book about the 2016 election when it comes out in a couple of years.  I just can’t decide if it will be nonfiction history, fiction, or a graphic novel.  If nonfiction, David McCullough should write it; if fiction, Tom Wolfe; if graphic novel, a collaboration of Scott  Adams […]

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One of the more whimsical prognostication methods for a Presidential election is tallying which candidate’s mask has sold the best. Here in Military City, TX–a Bellweather County and home of The Alamo–I counted 12 Trumps and 12 Hillarys. But I don’t remember ever having to account for so many making crass jokes at each candidate’s […]

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  I’ve mentioned before how many views the Trump rallies are getting on YouTube, a couple orders of magnitude over the views that Hillary’s rallies get.  But it turns out that there’s a much larger audience on Facebook.  My son tipped me off on this, I had no idea. Preview Open

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As an amateur student of philosophy and theology, I believe in trying to get to the bottom of things, in the most general sense. That is, if a certain phenomenon is explained by a yet deeper phenomenon, I want to know about it. Perhaps, underlying many things, most things, or everything, there is one single […]

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Quick Thought on Comey

 

I think that Comey has now been wrong twice. First, he didn’t have the authority in the summer to decide whether to bring charges based on the evidence that the FBI had gathered on Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server. That is up to the Justice Department’s prosecutors. He was also wrong on the reading of the criminal statute on misusing classified material, which is why that decision is up to the prosecutors, not the investigators.

Second, Comey is wrong to disclose the restart of the investigation over the weekend into the evidence — he has apparently violated DOJ internal guidelines and historical practice. The only similar example that I can think of was Lawrence Walsh, as independent prosecutor, naming Caspar Weinberger as a criminal suspect right before the 1992 elections — an example which shows why current guidelines are right.

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October is the cruel month for the Watt boys. Our mother passed away on October 28th and dad passed four days short of a year later on October 24th. It seems fitting that All Saints Day and All Souls Day follow October on the 1st and 2nd of November. When I first took care of dad […]

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GOP habituees and hangers-on contemplate, or warn, or pledge that there will be a reckoning in the wake of this election regardless of whether Trump wins or loses. We know. I just think it’s cute that they think they have some choice in the matter. Remember what this election was about: a choice between Hillary […]

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The following is a test of the Ricochet revised Emergency Broadcast System. This is only a test. Halloween is upon us. Given Ricochet’s welcome tightening of its Speech Codes and riveting explanation of the new guidelines on Copyright Compliance, the esteemed constituents of the polite, center-right can no doubt look forward to the implementation of […]

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Today marks the 499th anniversary of the day when Martin Luther posted an invitation to debate on the parish bulletin board.  Tradition says that this was the church door, which was a common-enough practice, so we accept the “nailed to the church door” narrative.  The common title given to this invitation to debate is the […]

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I’m getting my yearly fill of Bad Catholic Movies.  This includes classics like, “The Omen” but more importantly, includes delightful works such as “The Order”.  What other heretical or just BAD Catholic movies are out there? On my list: “Stigmata”, “The Omen”, and “The Order”.  What others am I missing? Preview Open

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Let Teens Trick-or-Treat

 

shutterstock_326989286Complaining about teenaged trick-or-treaters has become a tradition in America, almost as beloved as grousing about early Christmas décor. Who do these kids think they are? Halloween is for children, not bratty teenagers who should be doing their homework.

In the spirit of this longstanding tradition, Slate’s L.V. Anderson has decreed that henceforth, no person over the age of 13 may trick-or-treat. Candy will be dispensed to costumed 13-and-unders only; older kids who try to horn in on Halloween should know that they run the risk of being shunned, or possibly poisoned.

As a longstanding partisan of Halloween, I rise to challenge this ruling. Trick-or-treating is innocent and fun. It should be permitted for anyone willing to don a costume and recite the traditional script, from toddlerhood through the end of high school.

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The following less-propagandist-than-usual clear-eyed analysis appeared above the fold on the Times website this afternoon. “While the hunt for classified information is the priority, bigger problems would arise if there is evidence the emails were concealed from investigators.” Preview Open

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