32 thoughts on “It’s A Late Open Forum!

  1. Jack recently reminded us, “’All politics is local.’ Tip O’Neill used the quote often, but the line predates him.”
    My question is: Is Tip’s bromide still the case? Have American politics been nationalized by the internet, et al? Jack was born at the north end of the Acela Corridor and has lived and worked at its south end his entire life. I spent six years among Northeasterners. I’m pretty sure Northeasterners (and their fellows on the West Coast, as well as the media and Hollywood and academia and the professions) know what’s best for the entire nation and vote accordingly, i.e., straight ticket lefty Democrat. So, my question is, are any politics local anymore? I think not.

  2. Was so busy today the only news I heard was about Paul Pelosi being injured during a home invasion today. It is certainly unethical of people to break into someone else’s home and injure the homeowner or any invited guests. I’m pretty sure that very few people would find it ethical behavior, but by reading comments on some of the news sites I find that it is not 100% of people.

    • No one should cheer or jeer when a political opponent or a family member has been assaulted. It is equally unethical to speculate as to some political motivation behind the attack before any facts come out.

      My wife and I spent most of the afternoon waving campaign signs at the early voting place. Civility was the rule. Everyone should keep in mind that their own behavior as it relates to the election will reflect negatively or positively on their favored candidate. Act like an ass and the opposition will use you as evidence that all that support your candidate and the candidate are just like you. The opposite may not be true but negative impressions will be spread like wildfire, so it is imperative not to add any accelerants.

  3. Looking forward to the opening game of the World Series in approximately 55 minutes and 22 seconds.

    I saw Justin Verlander, the game 1 starter, recently state he wanted to pitch until he was 45 (channeling his inner Tom Brady, I guess). He was basically off for two full years, 2020 and 2021, while he had Tommy John surgery to rebuild his arm. I’m going to say it was successful, as he was 18-4 this year, with an ERA of 1.75. Probably the favorite to win the Cy Young.

    Verlander’s overall record is 244-133. He will turn 40 next February. What do you think are his chances for getting to 300 wins? Wasn’t Nolan Ryan the last pitcher to reach that milestone? Along with a gazillion strikeouts. Verlander would need four years with an average of 14 wins, or five years averaging 11.2.

    • As a long-time Braves fan, I’m rooting for your Astros this year. The last 300-game winner was Randy Johnson. As for Verlander, I think he has a little chance to reach 300 wins, but any arm issue at this point will probably put paid to that dream. Assuming he wins his third Cy Young award this year, his dominance at his age might not require him to reach 300 to make the HOF. I think 275 gets him in for sure.

    • That was some game. A fairly rotten outfielder makes a terrific play to save the Phillies in the 9th, and an umpire makes a crucial call that helps stop a rally for the Astros in the 10th. You almost never see that “the batter let himself get hit” call…it was correct, but still.

  4. I know we have discussed dogs a few times, so I wondered what your thoughts might be regarding dogs not leashed or fenced in the country. I ask because I ride my bike to work at least once a week. My straightest route between the two towns is about twelve miles, eight of which are on very-low-traffic gravel roads in the country. Two of my last three rides in the morning have seen me chased by unknown dogs. The first stayed around for about a quarter mile, and this morning a bigger-sounding dog lasted for a nearly half a mile. Thank the Lord that both incidents happened on the same stretch of gravel, which featured a slight downhill, allowing me to give it the beans and ride away from them.

    I like dogs a lot, but having an unknown dog catch up to me in the pitch black of morning darkness is not a scenario I want to deal with. At the same time, I understand that the country is not in-town, and maybe dog owners should be afforded more leniency with their animals.

    I think if an owner, even in the country, knows his/her dog will run off the property to chase something, the dog should be leashed. It’s unethical, and a bit dangerous, to do otherwise.

    For the time being, I will start taking a different route that bypasses that section of my normal route. It adds two miles to the commute, but I’ve never encountered a dog that runs free there.


    • This raises some excellent questions. I’m out in the country, and my dogs haven’t seen a leash in over four years now. But I also keep an eye on them when they’re out with me, and they know the limits of our turf. Other dogs I know are not even pets – they’re working dogs, and seldom leave their charges. They wouldn’t know what to do in a house or on a leash any more than one of the cows would. Obviously, the rigorous training they receive is the most ethical choice.

      Of course, depending on the country you’re riding in, dogs might not even be the least of your worries. Not only do we have coyotes which hunt at dawn and dusk, but I wouldn’t want to surprise any of our cows or goats, either. If dogs should be respected like a fire in a fireplace, then cows need to be respected like a harvest bonfire.

      In short, I suppose the ethical thing for the country folk to do is train their dogs and keep good fences. And the wise thing for everyone else is to be wary of all animals they don’t know personally.

    • Irresponsible.

      A dog off property in the country is likely to harrass someone’s livestock or acquire a taste for fresh chicken. At that point it is treated no different than a coyote, and some neighbors likely will take care of it before that point.

      • My Dad’s best friend who lived in Upstate New York had a lovely, friendly Airedale that he let run free. It literally wiped the neighborhood clean of cats, delivering one or more carcasses to the door every day. The community uprising forced my father’s pal to relocate the dog.

  5. I think WordPress ate my comment (an ethics question regarding dogs in the country). I tried to post it twice, so if there’s any way one could be resurrected, I would be most appreciative.


  6. I’m late to the game…

    It seems to me that the political left is in the process of rehashing many of the “Big Lies” that they used after 2016. I’m hearing an increase in claims against Republicans (and of course Trump because that’s their go-to) of racism, anti-Semitism, misogyny, Fascism, Russian lackey, of course blanket smears of insurrection and treason, climate change is going to kill us all, white supremacy, angry white men stroking their firearms, threat to Democracy, there are still Jim Crow 2.0 claims, etc., etc. Something I noticed about most of the smears is that they seem to be targeting core fears of the population, it’s almost all fear mongering.

    To be fair, there are many fear mongering claims coming from the political right these days too.

    I’m not saying there aren’t reasonable reasons to to be cautious and aware of what’s going on these days, but is the only thing we have left in politics to make constituents be in actual fear of each other, what could possibly go wrong with that approach?

    • To me, that’s good to hear. At some point we have to get back to running our country under the constitution. As well, banning Shiff and Omar from specific committees is all right, but not banning them from all committees is also the right decision.

      Taking power from the Democrats is a huge blow to them. Governing well is an even better revenge.

      Voters are looking at what the Democrats have done and deciding they don’t want that. Republicans also need to keep these swing votes by demonstrating that we are better than them.

      That’s not to say Republicans should lie down and let themselves be run over. One of the good things people saw in Trump was that he was willing to stand up and fight — as opposed to what we saw from Romney and McCain when they won the nomination.

      If Republicans can show that they are worthy of the voters who put them into office, they can forge a lasting coalition. It’s a pretty low bar, but Democrats have shown they are not up to the task. I hope and pray that Republicans will step up just a wee little bit when they gain power.

  7. Interesting comment on a Reason article.


    For a more extreme example, consider a pickpocket caught on tape and clearly guilty. Despite the obvious evidence of guilt, the police torture him into a confession. The pickpocket also argues that are targeting him because he’s left-handed (assume for the sake of argument that there is in fact evidence that the police regularly pursue left-handed pickpockets while ignoring right-handed pickpockets). Let’s further assume that the pickpocket wants to claim that the police intimidated witnesses, falsified evidence, etc. The fact that he’s guilty of pickpocketing does not excuse the police for abusing the process along the way.

    • Definitely agree with this comment. Fruit of the poisonous tree, is it not? Our legal system is set up to keep the police and the prosecutors from violating people’s rights, even if they are guilty as sin.

      Better that 10 guilty men go free than one innocent man is sent to jail — people may not understand that, and may not agree with it but it is vitally important to the rule of law, it seems to me.

    • Here’s a thought. How about if the president suggests legislation required every able bodied American, who is not a felon, and who does not hold sincere religious beliefs to the contrary, to be required to carry a gun when they are out in public.

      If any potential shooter knew there would be dozens of people around him carrying guns, ready to take him down after he started shooting — that might actually deter some of them. If they’re not deterred, it would limit the damage. Granted that many people would likely be unable or unwilling to shoot back, but enough would.

      The remedy for bad speech is good speech. Can’t the remedy for bad people with guns be good people with guns?

      Somehow I have a doubt or two that Biden would put forward such legislation, even though it would be much more effective than anything he has ever done.

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