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I am puzzled about the attitude that a number of respectable conservatives have taken about the impeachment trial.  They seem to have concluded that the House Managers have established the facts at the core of their case; the proposition that President Trump delayed the distribution of foreign aid in order to pressure Ukraine into launching […]

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The book hit Audible less than an hour ago and I can’t wait to let people know. This is, quite frankly, the best audiobook I’ve done in the eight years I’ve been narrating. The story is absolutely riveting. This is the original book, published before the war was over, with a Spencer Tracy movie based […]

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Oh, dammit! I am embarrassed again. The press suggested that Trump disrespected the National Anthem at the Superbowl. He didn’t. He did so at a party. Therefore my initial post was misleading. I would be tempted to simply delete the damn thing, but others have suggested that the proper thing to do is to make […]

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Quote of the Day: Jokes and Appropriate Behavior

 

The best joke-tellers are those who have the patience to wait for conversation to come around to the point where the jokes in their repertoire have application. — Joseph Epstein, Familiar Territory

At first glance, one might be inclined to deem our current epoch humorless. Perhaps it is a feature of humorless humans that they make up societies that are abundant with comedic material. It is, in fact, downright difficult to conceive of a world without plenty to laugh at. Our species appears to be unique in its sense of, and appetite for, comedy. Being funny and having a sense of humor are undoubtedly essential biological attributes — the spiritual and psychological benefits of laughter are also virtually undisputed.

So if we live in an unfunny world, it must be that people have lost their funny bone. That, or the true jokers have ceased to bring the comedy to our attention.

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I don’t know how many of you might remember Reza Aslan, a rather forgettable ex-personality from (where else?) CNN. Yesterday, upon hearing the news of Rush Limbaugh’s cancer diagnosis, he tweeted, “Ask yourself this simple question: Is the world a better place or a worse place with Rush Limbaugh in it?” When a return tweet […]

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In Iowa, Candidates Claim Participation Credit

 

If no one wins, everyone wins. Wait, what?

In lieu of actual timely caucus results in Iowa, many top Democrat presidential candidates claimed credit for their performance without knowing what it actually was.  Mayor Pete: “By all indications, we are going on to New Hampshire victorious.” Amy Klobuchar “We are punching above our weight.” Bernie Sanders: “when those results are announced, I have a good feeling we’re going to be doing very, very well here in Iowa.”

Major Garrett on CBS News Live pointed out the incredible failure of the Iowa Democrat Party to count votes and communicate the tally to the public: “This is political malpractice.”  Flummoxed, Garrett envisioned a Republican attack ad where Republicans would say: Democrats can’t even count votes in Iowa, why would you trust them with your healthcare?

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I am a proud Louisiana native who de-camped over the border to Texas nearly thirty years ago.  This has been perfect because I get to keep all the fun of Louisiana (great food, Mardi Gras, cocktails and jazz), but avoid the corruption and various other failures that are just baked into how Louisiana does business. […]

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Have We Seen the Last Iowa Caucus?

 

The Iowa Democratic Party is in disarray after its debacle Monday night. They had four years to prepare for their first-in-the-nation Caucuses; as the night draws to a close they have no results, no explanation for their failure, and no excuses.

The results of the Republican caucuses came in fast, showing Trump the overwhelming winner. After hours of silence, the Democrats said they are delaying any results. “We found inconsistencies in the reporting of three sets of results,” communications director Mandy McClure said. “In addition to the tech systems being used to tabulate results, we are also using photos of results and a paper trail to validate that all results match and ensure that we have confidence and accuracy in the numbers we report.”

This, after bragging about how ready they were for this pivotal night.

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January 2020 I finally opened a Twitter account. Until then I simply told everyone I didn’t want to become just another “Twit”: like all those depraved lost souls beating one another up over falsely perceived microaggressions, as the Bible says, “straining at the gnats and swallowing the Camel”. Then I decided to run for political […]

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Stalked by Boris

 

Now, don’t laugh. This is serious. I know that this helium balloon, which has been haunting me for a month, is possessed, and it won’t leave me alone. This is how this whole story began…

Two months’ ago a friend gave me three helium-filled balloons for my birthday. Any normal balloons would have collapsed weeks ago. One did. But the other two have been hiding out somewhere in my office. And then suddenly they re-appeared.

(It’s important to understand that the west side of our home has three connected rooms: my office, a very long bathroom with shower and tub, the water closet, and then the master bedroom at the far end.)

Ask Arahant: Advice from a Kindly Curmudgeon, Volume III

 

@cliffordbrown went and made the theme for the month Advice, and what better time than now to revive Ask Arahant. Your kindly curmudgeon is ready once again to answer your questions, as was done here and here.

You all know about advice columns. This is how it works. You ask for advice. I’ll dispense advice. You ask a silly question, I’ll give a silly answer. You ask a serious question, I’ll give a serious answer. I’ll do the best I can, but you get what you pay for, and you aren’t paying for my opinion in anything but time and attention.

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“Can Do” Americans, especially those with little grasp of government and the lessons of history, are susceptible to the promises of socialists. First being sold on the new Socialist agenda: increased taxes on the rich, including a wealth tax. The concept is simple: make the ultra-wealthy, including their corporate interests, fork over more. The socialists […]

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My Sage Advice Will Turn Your Sad Life Around

 

I know how you can be happy without your usual vain efforts to boost your spirits with Prozac and chocolate chip cookies…

1. Adopt a Dog: Hurry to the nearest humane society and adopt a medium-sized, non-barking mutt.  You’re going to want to post a lot of photos of your dog on Facebook (or, if you’re a certain dog lover who shall remain nameless, on Ricochet), so don’t get a black one. They don’t show up well in photos. A mutt with its shots, an embedded ID microchip, and a city license will set you back about $200.

Dogs soothe one’s soul. In fact, petting and playing with a dog increases the level of oxytocin (the calming chemical) in your brain and dopamine in the dog’s brain. I laugh at my dog Bob (photo to the right) at least 15 times a day.

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For me, being a Republican means identifying with the notion of rugged individualism. That although it is true that governance is necessary, as after all, citizens do need stop signs, fire districts, and to maintain an army, it is equally true that as citizens we require and demand  the  right to live and  breathe freely. […]

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Jumping the Gun on Iowa Voting

 

I’m in Idaho, not Iowa. But I’m a poll worker, which means I receive an absentee ballot ahead of every election, in this case the Republican primary. Which gives me a chance to both get ahead of the Iowans and provide a little heartburn to the NT faction.