Should they be jailed?

When I started my wish list for the Trump presidency in November, the first item on it was:

Put Hillary in jail.
Seriously. Jail the bitch, but properly. Full investigation with no direct presidential involvement of any kind. Just open the door. Let the FBI do the work. The Clintons are common criminals, treat them as such. Have their past crimes investigated as well. There must have been many people involved in covering them up, all you need is to make a few to turn to open the floodgates of information leading to the truth.

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How can smart people be so stupid?

I know some smart people. I know that they are smart because they have all the credentials, the accomplishments and the recognition to prove it. They are experts in their fields, they are clearly knowledgeable, they are articulate and very confident about the value of their knowledge.

Yet, when it comes to subjects that is not in the direct purview of their field of expertise, they can be excessively stupid and difficult to argue with. Their stupidity on those subjects can be outright obnoxious. Continue reading →

Getting it wrong #2

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I had a bet with a friend about the outcome of the presidential election. She made several bets to say that Hillary Clinton will win. Her betting was a sort of hedging. She wished for a Trump victory, but she also believed the predictions and considered the socialist juggernaut unstoppable. Winning the bets would have been a consolation prize for the loss of her preferred choice.

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The new normal

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It is frightening how fast the world is changing. How formerly unimaginable horrors can become the new normal we have to learn to live with. How things that were unacceptable to most one day will be compulsory to accept under threat of severe punishment the next.

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Vexing questions about taxing

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I asked an avowedly apolitical friend, who lives and works in a circle of leftists, whether any of the friends I met through her expressed disapproval of my politics to the extent of trying to avoid my company. She said no, but one of the friends told her that he would rather avoid talking to me about taxation in particular because he finds the immorality of the libertarian position on taxation very upsetting and worries that he cannot keep his cool and civility talking about it.

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Quantifiably sleazy

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The third presidential debate was depressing. The whole election season is.
Not the candidates, not the mud slinging, not the lack of real options, not the lack of sensible policies, not the woefully bad ideas from both sides, but how the whole mess is handled by the media, the political class and the public at large.
How the real questions and concerns did not even make it into the debates, let alone being discussed in any reasonable way. How hopelessly partisan everyone involved became. How even ‘facts’ became partisan. Continue reading →