Halloween Spooktacular

It’s a special Halloween episode of HWX with Brian Ward and Paul Happe. Featured in this episode are discussions of the horrors of the election season:

  • The email leaks of Hillary and John Podesta. Which is your favorite ignored scandal?
  • World premiere of the new spin on the holiday classic, the Monster Mash, with the Clinton Cash.
  • Analysis of and lessons learned from James O’Keefe’s new video releases.
  • HWX House of Horrors, a tour of the haunted mansion that is the 2016 Presidential election.

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There are 9 comments.

  1. Pete Inactive

    I really enjoyed “Clinton Cash”. Thanks for the laugh, guys!

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    • October 22, 2016, at 12:20 PM PDT
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  2. Merrijane Thatcher

    Funny ending! Regarding discussion near the end, perhaps advice to ignore moral standards in politics is worthwhile to career politicians or political operatives who want to consistently win, but I can’t see how that’s a good policy for voters in general. If that thinking becomes generally accepted, I don’t see there being much point in voting at all except as a team sport.

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    • October 22, 2016, at 3:58 PM PDT
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  3. Brian Ward Contributor

    Thanks @Pete

    And thanks @merrijane. I had that same thought as I was speaking the words about how to react to these temporary scandals. Am I really advocating for abandoning moral and character standards for my preferred politicians? Well, no. But….

    I wish all voters took these character and integrity matters as seriously as they should. But the reality is, they don’t. Democrats to a much greater extent than Republicans vote for identity and ideology. Their candidates’ personal failures (or success or accomplishments or qualifications) are immaterial. They will use the situational ethics best suited for defending their candidate and attacking their opponent, whatever that happens to be. Principle does not play into the calculus. Republicans reacting to strategic situational ethics attacks as if they were based on immutable principle or that the other side’s arguments are based in reality is unilateral disarmament and a prescription for losing. I wish it weren’t so.

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    • October 22, 2016, at 5:19 PM PDT
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  4. The Mononymous J.I.M. Member

    Regarding Jeffrey Epstein’s “Lolita Express”: If Hillary is disqualified because Bill flew with Epstein, is Trump also? http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/06/30/the-billionaire-pedophile-who-could-bring-down-donald-trump-and-hillary-clinton.html

    • #4
    • October 23, 2016, at 2:22 PM PDT
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  5. Saint Augustine Member

    Pete:I really enjoyed “Clinton Cash”. Thanks for the laugh, guys!

    Great song!

    • #5
    • October 23, 2016, at 6:50 PM PDT
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  6. The Cynthonian Member

    Move over, Paul Shanklin! You have a rival…..a certain Paul Happe. Thanks, Paul, for “Clinton Cash.” I haven’t laughed that hard in quite awhile.

    • #6
    • October 23, 2016, at 10:56 PM PDT
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  7. Brian Ward Contributor

    If you’d like to read more about Clinton Cash, full lyrics available here:


    • #7
    • October 24, 2016, at 7:33 PM PDT
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  8. Matt Bartle Member
    Matt Bartle Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Really enjoyed this episode.

    For the record, I think it was Reagan who gave a speech in Japan for $2 million.

    I’m also a fan of Founder’s Brewing, especially Breakfast Stout, which is worth it just for picture on the label. Maybe you should include What Are You Drinking in the notes along with the list of topics!

    • #8
    • October 25, 2016, at 2:06 PM PDT
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  9. Brian Ward Contributor

    Matt Bartle: Maybe you should include What Are You Drinking in the notes along with the list of topics!

    That’s a great idea, will do, thanks Matt. And feel free to make more suggestions for future installments.

    • #9
    • October 25, 2016, at 6:20 PM PDT
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