Lots of Candy. No Kids.

I bought candy again this year but I don’t really expect any kids to come trick-or-treating in our neighborhood tonight. There were no little witches or goblins last Halloween – or the Halloween before that. In the 16 years that Sandra and I have lived in the rambling old house at the end of Post […]
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Deny, Deceive and Lie

  You might remember Shaggy’s hit song, “It Wasn’t Me.” The chorus goes like this: But she caught me on the counter (It wasn’t me) Saw me bangin’ on the sofa (It wasn’t me)] I even had her in the shower (It wasn’t me) She even caught me on camera (It wasn’t me) I thought […]
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Poor Ole Jeb!

  I never thought I would feel sorry for Jeb Bush. He is tall. He is rich. Very, very rich. And he can be quite haughty. But last night he looked like a lost waif. He plainly does not like campaigning. He said as much recently, blaming the “demonizing” that goes on in political campaigns today. […]
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Rise of an Empty Suit

  Tonight’s the night. The night that could decide the fate of Donald Trump’s bizarre candidacy… that could send Jeb! back to his Miami mansion. .. that could signal the emergence of a new Republican star… No, not Ben Carson.  Gentle Ben has all the voters he is ever going to get – the Bible thumpers, […]
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Spare the Old and Sick

  What sadistic impulse drives Republicans to punish the old and the sick? What cynical mind set would allow Democrats to accept such an outrage? I ponder these disturbing questions as I await revelation of the details in a budget deal reportedly struck by retiring House Speaker John Boehner and the White House. This is […]
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Democracy is No Joke.

  Winston Churchill said democracy is the worst possible form of government – except for all the others. And you have to wonder whether any system of government can work as long as human beings run it. This morning I read that Guatemalan voters have elected TV comic Jimmy Morales (lower photos) as their president. Meanwhile […]
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Blasphemy in Politics

  Men and women far more learned than I have debated for centuries the idea of the “unforgivable sin.” According to the Gospels, if you commit blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, you will not be forgiven. But what does that kind of blasphemy entail? I think it might include deliberately misinterpreting God’s Word for political advantage. And that […]
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Hillary and the “Demons”

  Halloween came early for Hillary Clinton yesterday. Over an interminable 11-hour stretch, she was taunted and prodded by a cast of characters that reminded me of a horror show the church next door used to put on every October. It was called “Hellbound” and it was designed to warn teenagers of the consequences of […]
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Enough of the Abuse!

  As I write this, Hillary Clinton is facing that discredited House Select Committee on Benghazi, and those awful Republicans are getting an opportunity to display their customary hostility and bad manners. I suppose it’s something she has to go through. I imagine Congress could charge her with contempt if she doesn’t. But the five Democrats on […]
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Good Idea, Bernie!

  While Joe Biden coyly toys with the idea of running for President and Hillary Clinton sails serenely through that contrived email “scandal,” Bernie Sanders is igniting a nationwide movement that looks more viable every day. And – encouragingly – Bernie’s campaign is focused on issues of vital importance to Americans, not on side-show antics […]
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