Do tell

Restating the Obvious

From a story in the Washington Post: "Killings have been reported during exorcism rituals at some shrines in the past, but such a mass killing would be unusual." Let us hope so.


Book Review 383: Barbarossa

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BARBAROSSA: The Russian-German Conflict 1941-45, by Alan Clark. 522 pages, illustrated. William Morrow Almost all Americans share a belief that our fathers and grandfathers fought a “good war” that eliminated fascism. It is a false belief as regards European fascism but half-true for ...

Energy blues

Restating the Obvious

Whiny Baby Donald promised millions of jobs by ending the war on coal. It takes a special kind of idiot to believe that, but meanwhile, Whiny Baby Donald shows no concern for the dying nuclear power sector. Nor, to be clear, did any previous president. Combustion Engineering (where my ...

Hawaii punches above its weight

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Trump talks tough but Judge Walcott really is tough. Some attorneys believe the Justice Department is intentionally dragging its feet in the Hawaii case because the 9th Circuit rotates the three-judge panels assigned to motions every month, with the next swap-out due Saturday. The 9th Circuit ...

Meddling in elections

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Some Americans are concerned about the possibility that Russia interfered with the 2016 United States elections, although virtually all of these people are liberals or moderates. You can count the Republicans who have shown any concern on your thumbs. Count RtO among the concerned, but also ...

Why you cannot trust cops

Restating the Obvious

The Los Angeles Times follows up on the arrest of Wyclef John on suspicion of robbery. It was a case of operating on a vague description. OK. That is inevitable in police work. Witnesses don't usually provide exact information and, besides, there are tens of thousands of men around Los ...


Book Review 382: Been in the Storm So Long

Restating the Obvious

BEEN IN THE STORM SO LONG: The Aftermath of Slavery, by Leon F. Litwack. 651 pages. Vintage paperback Although slaves had been freed in Latin America, Haiti and the British Empire within living memory of the Civil War generation, Americans came to their great emancipation without any settled ...

Bringing a gun to a car fight

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Stories about guns are almost always tragic or stupid, often both, but sometimes funny, too. "The man had robbed four occupants of a parked car and was running to a waiting vehicle when one of his robbery victims hit him with the car, police said. “ 'We believe this impact caused the ...

Picking rightwing scabs

Restating the Obvious

1. Gun nuts say guns in the home are no more dangerous -- even less so -- than other common household amenities, like swimming pools. However, I have never heard of two friends getting in an argument and drowning each other in their swimming pools. I will go so far as to say this will never ...


Book Review 381: Hitler’s Heralds

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HITLER'S HERALDS: The Story of the Freikorps 1918-1923, by Nigel H. Jones. 284 pages, illustrated. Dorset Lots of people think Donald Trump is a neonazi, and they are correct; but there is a yuuge difference between Hitler or Mussolini and Trump: Trump does not have a private army of ...


Nazi echoes

Restating the Obvious

Well-dresssed nazi as the BBC envisions him (Richard Lintern as Charles Lucas) Suppose I told you a politician gave a speech and that the principle themes were 1. economic autarky 2. huge expansion of armaments 3. denunciation of unfair treaties 4. hypernationalism and ...

Tactical blunder

Restating the Obvious

I don't know who scheduled the time and place of the hoopla meeting for the development of the Maui High site at Hamakuapoko, but by making it at 4:30 at Paia Community Centee, he guaranteed that everyone coming from Kahului hit the Paia traffic jam. From 2:30 on, the slowdown starts at ...


Book Review 380: The House of Mondavi

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THE HOUSE OF MONDAVI: The Rise and Fall of an American Wine Dynasty, by Julia Flynn Siler. 452 pages, illustrated. Gotham, $28 Despite being written in broken English, the outlines of the story are moderately interesting: Young immigrants, Cesare and Rosa Mondavi, scrap around and end up in ...

Whip Obamacare now!

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The weeks since inauguration day are the longest period that Congress has failed to vote to repeal Obamacare. Just sayin'. The Times reports: As liberals overwhelm congressional town hall-style meetings and deluge the Capitol phone system with pleas to protect the health law, there is no ...

More voting shenanigans

Restating the Obvious

And, no surprise, the perp is another Trumpeter. There are more illegal voters in the Trump White House than among all the illegal immigrants in the country. You cannot make this stuff up.


The ruination of Judge Gorsuch

Restating the Obvious

When Senator McConnell announced the Republican conspiracy against Article 2, Section 2 of the Constitution, my mind leapt forward to wonder what would happen if they got what they wanted: a Republican president. Would he be able to find a lawyer of high skills with so little self-respect, ...

The not-so-grand inquisitor

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"The agent pressed. Did my meetings and talks abroad focus on US law or the law of other countries? Not understanding what any of this had to do with my ability to return home, I found myself explaining that in addition to the Constitution, the United States is bound by international treaties. ...

Maui makes A

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Or perhaps the US Tennis Association did it, on Maui. Either way, bad publicity. About 40 years ago, I covered the first professional ice hockey game in Norfolk, Virginia, and the stadium played a recording of "God Save the Queen." The players, who were mostly Canadians, almost fell off their ...