Oct
31
2015
1

Tweet of the Day, HAPPY HALLOWEEN edition.

This is brilliant.

BRILLIANT.

Oct
31
2015
1

The New York Times vs. The New York Times on Presidential Prerogatives.

This story via the New York Times is… this is one of those times when you have to take the long view, perhaps. “The White House will try to block the release of a handful of emails between President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, citing longstanding precedent invoked by presidents of both parties to keep presidential communications confidential, officials said Friday.”  See, the problem here is that the White House has a point: Presidents from both parties have indeed long taken the position (I think, fairly) that they should be able to get unvarnished opinions from their advisers without having to worry about whether it’d be used for partisan purposes.  After all, as the New York Times goes on to note:

President Bush has said that Karl Rove, his closest adviser, and Harriet Miers, his former White House counsel, among others, do not have to comply with Congressional subpoenas because “the president relies upon his staff to give him candid advice.”

This may well end up in a constitutional showdown. If it does, there is no question about which side should prevail. Congress has a right, and an obligation, to examine all of the evidence, which increasingly suggests that the Bush administration fired eight or more federal prosecutors either because they were investigating Republicans, or refusing to bring baseless charges against Democrats. The Supreme Court’s ruling in the Watergate tapes case, and other legal and historical precedents, make it clear that executive privilege should not keep Congress from getting the testimony it needs.

…Oops.  Sorry, that was what the New York Times argued in an ‘editorial’ in 2007.  My bad.  This is what the NYT says now: (more…)

Oct
31
2015
1

So, the Dead Skull Comet missed us a couple of hours ago.

No, seriously: it was a dead comet and it kind of looks like a skull. And it sped by a few hours ago.

If you can’t use that in a game then I dunno, man.

Oct
31
2015
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A public service announcement on Halloween-themed campaign emails.

Don’t send them out.  There are, maybe, three or four political jokes that you can make about Halloween; and for sheer, creeping terror nothing quite matches the sight of an Inbox full of tedious variants of them. Yes, the Other Side is Scary.  Thank you. We get the point.  Dear God, but we get the point.

And no pumpkin emojis!

And get off my lawn!

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Oct
31
2015
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Holiday Posting Rules are in effect.

Because it’s Halloween, and there’s a full day of activities slotted already. Pumpkin carving, trick-or-treating, holding out on devouring the candy, cider drinking… you know how it goes. I post as I post.

Oct
30
2015
10

Be prepared for a… shift in the GOP primary.

No, I don’t have any insider information, but the warning signs are there. I’m getting the distinct impression that somebody is starting the downward trajectory that ends with a candidate ‘suspending’ his campaign. When it happens, I suggest only this: let him down easy. If only for your own blood pressure’s sake.

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Oct
30
2015
5

“Giant, inflatable pumpkin terrorizes Peoria!”

Well, this must have been a sight to see.

The police are investigating possible foul play. No, really; somebody may have tampered with the supports. The people who own the giant inflatable pumpkin, however, seemed determined to squash that particular rumor.

Oct
30
2015
2

Tomorrow is Halloween!

The kids are finally starting to really get into the holiday, so it’s gonna be a busy time for the family tomorrow. Fortunately, the weather looks good; I was worried about rain, where I was. So my major worry right now is just keeping from overdosing on ALL THE HARVEST FOOD. I don’t crave chocolate*; I crave crusty bread and apple cider and pumpkin pies and slow-cooked pork and I should totally run out and get all of that tonight see my problem?

Moe Lane

*…Much.

Oct
30
2015
7

The ‘Rise of the Tomb Raider’ trailer.

You know, I never got into this game series. But this looks kind of interesting. But is there going to be enough combat to suit me?


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Oct
30
2015
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(Not-Awful) Tweet of the Day, ‘All Too Easy’ …And Cute edition.

I didn’t realize that cats could be taught tricks this early. Also: I refuse to believe that even a Sith would do this to a kitten.

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