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Wow, this is incredible. I read this in the Daily Caller. Of course, the only other publication I’ve read about this is from oregonlive.com (I’m guessing they’re well to the left of the Daily Caller). I’m not going to credit all of this, but every one of the witnesses’ (especially the accusers) backgrounds better be […]

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Sexual assault allegations may be the area where men and women are unavoidably divided. All the talk about how we bring our personal experiences and biases to how we interpret events seems plain to see. Women fear being assaulted and not believed; men fear being accused and ruined while being innocent. This fear that women have […]

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This Is War

 

To most of you, this title will not be a surprise. There are still some, however, who have thought that calling the current state of politics “civil war” was hyperbole; I suspect, after the Kavanaugh hearing, they are rethinking their assessment.

Now President Trump has ordered an FBI investigation, after all the refusals of Chuck Grassley to appeal to the White House. Jeff Flake made a last minute appeal (demand), saying that he would require the investigation, in order to vote for Kavanaugh. Fine. Maybe that will elicit votes from Murkowski, Flake, and Collins.

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In Group Writing, Ricochet members claim one day of the coming month to write on a proposed theme. This is an easy way to expose your writing to a general audience, with a bit of accountability and topical guidance to encourage writing for its own sake. Haven’t participated in Group Writing yet? We’d love for […]

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In February 2013, in his last official act as pope, Pope emeritus Benedict XVI appointed a commissioner for a small, seemingly insignificant hospital in Rome, the Immaculate Dermatological Institute (IDI). Two years later, that same hospital was at the center of a tug-of-war between Australian Cardinal George Pell and the Vatican’s Secretary of State. Today, […]

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Some tidbits on today’s feast. The liturgy today celebrates the feast of these three archangels who are venerated in the tradition of the Church. Michael (Who is like God?) was the archangel who fought against Satan and all his evil angels, defending all the friends of God. He is the protector of all humanity from […]

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The Russian Orthodox Church, headquartered in Moscow, is facing a challenge to its authority over Ukrainian congregations. My reading, of summary histories, of Russia, and of the Eastern Roman Empire (Byzantine Empire), suggests deep roots to such conflict. Church and state politics seem closely intertwined, at least where Moscow is concerned. Although both churches trace […]

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It is being widely reported that Ted Turner has recorded an interview,with Ted Koppel, for “CBS Sunday Morning,” in which he reveals he is battling a relatively slow, milder form of dementia: dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB).  Turner build up his Atlanta-based Turner Broadcasting System in the 1970s and ’80s to be a cable powerhouse […]

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On this last weekend of September, a number of interesting games are on tap that will determine how the rest of the season unfolds. In the Atlantic Coast Conference, there will be a clash of the undefeateds as the No. 3 Clemson Tigers host the visiting Syracuse Orange. The Big Ten gives us what could […]

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Could the future of the Supreme Court really hinge on high school yearbooks and fart jokes? If so, I can offer a contemporary defense of the word “boof” as another 80’s teen’s euphemism for the Mighty Wind.  I graduated in 1982; in SAT terms, Inuit : snow :: teen boys: flatulence. We had a larger-than-necessary […]

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I am long tired of the Ford/Kavanaugh is surely lying/guilty because she/he didn’t respond the way I think she/he should have nonsense. No one is an authority on just what the correct response to a given life-altering event must be. And most of us vastly over estimate our ability to read people accurately (whether someone […]

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Can We Question Motive?

 

I am always torn on this. For crimes, we have the idea of “motive, means, and opportunity.” Yet the idea of motive is really ad hominem, a violation of the code of conduct.

The Accuser deleted her entire social media profile before this story broke. (Which is a neat trick, by the way. I have not logged into Facebook in well over a decade, and I cannot get it deleted). Apparently she is a Democratic activist of some note. Perhaps she is even truly radical, which is not hard to believe considering her life story as we know it.

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… nothing sends me into a teeth-grinding, eye-bulging fury like listening to one of the GOP’s useless, decrepit, gaga senators address his Democrat colleagues in terms of the utmost reverence and respect. Here’s Orrin Hatch today speaking to Diane Feinstein, the devious geriatric schemer who’s laying waste to a man’s life and who undoubtedly regards […]

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