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A Civil Tongue in Your Head!

 

No, this was not President Trump’s final retort, to Jim Acosta, during the donnybrook in the East Room. But, if you read this little tale, you may find the phase on your lips at socially delicate moments. I report it just as my father tells it. Use with caution, my friends.

A Tale from My Father: The Inquisitive Postmistress

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Book Review: ‘Uncompromising Honor’ Regains Focus of Early Books

 

David Weber started the Honor Harrington series in 1992 with On Basilisk Station. The series now contains 14 mainline novels, six anthologies, and 15 spinoff novels. Enormously popular, series books have occasionally threatened to become an unconscious parody of the series, through Weber ending each novel with a battle bigger and more destructive than the climactic battle of the previous book.

“Uncompromising Honor,” by David Weber, is the 14th and latest novel in the mainline of the series. Instead, it may be one of the series’ most original books since the first three.

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Nevada Wave

 

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Recounting Florida: Will New Votes Magically Appear?

 

It’s like déjà vu all over again. Like many of you who lived through the contentious recount of 2000 in Florida when the separation of votes was in the mere hundreds and the subsequent legal challenges that ultimately resulted in putting George W. in the White House – be prepared to agonize and scream at your television once more about the upcoming recount for both the senate and possibly even the gubernatorial race in Florida.

Teams of lawyers have already descended. Senator Rubio is calling foul. Heavily Democrat Broward County is again at the epicenter of this latest circus. And at least one “left-behind” ballot box for provisional ballots has miraculously appeared. Odds are more votes will magically appear just as they did in 2000 and anticipate that some valid ballots will be ruled invalid.

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Quote of the Day: Society and Government

 

“Society is produced by our wants, and government by wickedness; the former promotes our happiness positively by uniting our affections, the latter negatively by restraining our vices. The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions. The first is a patron, the last a punisher. Society in every state is a blessing, but government even in its best state is but a necessary evil.”  – Thomas Paine

Yesterday a Ricochet contributor was arguing Washington could do better than gridlock. My first thought was that while it could, it did better than gridlock only rarely. That is because, as Thomas Paine notes, government is generally a negative.

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House Call: By the Numbers

 

https://www.realpeopletalkingpolitics.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/U.S.-CAPITAL-BUILDING-3.jpgWhat is the real final Democrat count in the House of Representatives? None of the presentations, of election information, make the House situation obvious. They could all use a remedial course in the visual presentation of quantitative information. The RealClearPolitics elections House results page is about the best, but allow me to make the situation really clear, laying out the numbers and then giving the historical context.

Running the Numbers:

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Age Reassignment

 

I’ve been waiting for this, since it was clearly inevitable: a 69-year-old man in the Netherlands is petitioning to have his birth date legally changed, making him 20 years younger. And his case is being heard.

Ratelband says his legal appeal is consistent with other forms of personal transformation that are gaining acceptance and government recognition in the Netherlands and around the world.

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McSally vs. Sinema vs. Election Officials (Updated)

 

Kyrsten Sinema has taken a slim lead over Martha McSally in the razor-thin Arizona vote for a new US Senator.

Arizona, like Florida, is commonly subject to close votes and slow counting. The vast majority of Election Day votes were recorded by the wee hours of Wednesday morning. From 1.1% reporting to 99% reporting, Republican candidate McSally led Democrat Sinema by about one percent. (Much in line with my prediction earlier Tuesday.)

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Washington State Voters Double Down on Democrat Destruction

 

May I add my disgust at the results of Tuesday’s election. I am ashamed to be a resident of the state where the voters vote themselves higher taxes, boondoggle projects that waste their dollars (choo-choo train that 1 percent of the population will ride), essentially disarm their police (after I 940 passes with 60 percent support, police will be regulated to death and almost have to ask the criminal’s permission to respond with deadly force — the initiative curbs police violence!); disarm themselves with gun regulations (I 1639 adds more onerous regulation of legal firearms owned by law-abiding citizens, thus reducing every citizen’s ability to defend himself from the increasing crime, especially in cities); and make all the more certain that more ineffective social programs are coming.

The voters of WA sent an abortion-supporting Pediatrician (!) to Congress, turning Blue a district that has been Red for many years; voted down their loudest voice in the State House against the predations of un-Sound Transit (I wish Mark Harmsworth much luck and prosperity in the rest of his life, and mourn that I do not live in his district), and sent even more D’s to the state legislature. [And the Board of un-Sound Transit is about to give the Capo di Tutti Capi a big raise — on my dime]. I always knew my own district was a lost cause (the ass with the perpetual sneer who is not my “representative” in Congress received 72 percent of the vote) and the entire state is even a bigger lost cause now. Of the ten WA congressional districts, seven are now represented by Democrats.

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Who Votes Republican?

 

Exit polls aren’t always 100 percent reliable. For example, in 2016, the exit interviews suggested that Donald Trump would lose Florida, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina by small margins. He won all of them.

Let’s take it as given that 2018’s exit polls are likely flawed in the same way. Still, they are among the most interesting polls because they reflect the views of actual voters — not “registered” or “likely,” but the real McCoy. Margins of error we shall always have with us, but it shouldn’t stifle all punditry.

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The Truth and Nothing But the Truth. What About the Whole Truth?

 

We will read lots of coverage about the horrific shooting last night in California. But let me call your attention to another shooting last night and the news coverage surrounding it. This one took place a few blocks from where I work in bustling downtown Brooklyn NYC. At a Target store in a downtown shopping center. One dead. The coverage is almost uniform…

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Gosh, If This Woman Isn’t the Next US Senator from Arizona

 

. . . and I hope she is, and perhaps even if she is, would someone please offer her a lifetime gig singing the National Anthem at the Superbowl? (She can do the half-time show too, as far as I am concerned):

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Halfway Winning

 

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The Church’s Ongoing Gay Orgy

 
Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio

Not a headline I take any pleasure in writing but arguably quite accurate and descriptive of the crisis that threatens to utterly destroy the Catholic Church and all that portends – especially the possible disintegration of the good charitable work and the medical care the Church provides.

The news of a cocaine-fueled gay orgy in the same Vatican building that houses the offices of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith* broke in July of 2017, four years into Francis’ papacy. Priests engaging in this orgy and their guests, some of whom may have been male prostitutes, were arrested by Vatican police. About a month ago, it came to light that, Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio was present at the orgy and was given an opportunity to leave the scene by the police rather than be arrested.

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It Happened to Me…

 

You read stories like this and you find it hard to believe that anyone could be that stupid. Surely I would know better and wouldn’t fall for some hard luck story that, looking back on it now, seemed a little too contrived.

But there it was, sitting in my email and I read it. The guy really sounded sincere. He had been injured on the job and needed money. There were people after him, bad people, that wanted to do bad things to him and, given the chance, to me as well. He was in a tight spot. Could I throw a couple of bucks his way? Yeah, I did it. I was gullible enough to do it.

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Trump’s Tax Returns, or What Does Nancy Pelosi Have to Hide?

 

Watching the election coverage last night it had barely become clear that the Democrats were going to take the House before all the talk (on the “mainstream” channels I was surfing) turned to salivating over the ability of House committees to use the subpoena power to get Trump’s tax returns. It was almost indecent. The masks slipped pretty fast. They weren’t attached very well to begin with.

But I’m not 100 percent sure how these tax return subpoenas are going to shake out. I’m familiar with the subpoena power in private litigation. As a lawyer for several decades, I’ve issued plenty of subpoenas. But subpoenas aren’t magic. You don’t necessarily get what you want. They’re just formal requests that obligate the recipient to either a) comply, b) negotiate some acceptable alternative, or c) let a court decide whether compliance is required (a recipient can move to quash or an issuer can move to compel enforcement). In practice, subpoenas are rarely complied with as issued.

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Reflections of a Poll Worker: The Ugly, the Bad and the Good

 

Yesterday was my trial by fire, also known as working for the first time at a polling place in Florida during a hotly contested mid-term election. Getting up at 4:30 am for a 6 am arrival isn’t fun, but I made sure I had some coffee before we opened the polls. I was one of six Book Inspectors who discovered the worst parts, the ugliest parts and the best parts of being a poll worker in Polk County, Florida. So what were my observations?

The Ugly Parts

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Only in America . . .

 

Every once in awhile, I come across a headline that elicits a laugh. This one from the Drudge Report may not be my all-time favorite: Dead brothel owner wins... But it is awfully good.

It happened in Nevada, where Dennis Hof, the owner of the Love Ranch and other destination spots, passed away on 16 October, and the citizens residing in his rural state assembly district preferred him dead to Lesia Romanov, his Democratic opponent, alive. I suspect that, had I lived in the district, I, too, would have voted for the deceased.

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Dems Take the House, GOP Widens Control of the Senate

 

For the next two years we’ll get more fine judges and gridlock on everything else.

Fine by me.

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