James Leroy Wilson's blog

Friday, September 30, 2016

Mrs., Mr., etc.

Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. I always referred to the former as "Peyton" and the latter as "Brady." For similar reasons, I'd call Mrs. Clinton "Hillary" and Mr. Trump "Trump."  But I'm ditching that. Not because Hillary and Trump are informal and disrespectful; quite the opposite. I call them Peyton and Brady because I have an admiration for them and those are the best names to easily identify them. But I don't have admiration for Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump and they don't deserve the informality.

On CBS News last night, Mrs. Clinton said that Mr. Trump "probably" didn't pay taxes. Very wise of her, to throw in "probably." It's not like there aren't a dozen ethical violations Mr. Trump's supporters could plausibly say she "probably" committed.

The Arizona Republic endorses Mrs. Clinton over Mr. Trump because he's "authoritarian." You know, unlike the no-fly listiing, Patriot Act-enacting, asset forfeiture-endorsing, warrantless spying-excusing, unprovoked war-making people like Mrs. Clinton.

If Gary Johnson had a libertarian foreign policy, knowledge of the specifics of foreign affairs wouldn't matter so much because non-interventionism would be applied across the board. But he's neither libertarian nor does he have a grasp of foreign affairs. In some states, however, you can write in Darryl W. Perry and the vote will count.

So Wells Fargo apparently committed fraud. That should mean criminal and civil prosecutions. It shouldn't mean more regulations. 

Nick Saban should listen to Freakonomics Radio. And learn when to shut up.

Is Vegas placing bets for which season #AliciaMachado joins Dancing with the Stars? 

Mrs. Clinton, Mr. Biden, shut up already about Mr. Trump's taxes:

"Over and over again courts have said that there is nothing sinister in so arranging one's affairs as to keep taxes as low as possible. Everybody does so, rich or poor; and all do right, for nobody owes any public duty to pay more than the law demands: taxes are enforced exactions, not voluntary contributions. To demand more in the name of morals is mere cant." - Learned Hand

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