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Sunday, August 7, 2016

The Writer's Life 8/7 - Kakistocracy

It's been said so many times -- this is a presidential election unlike any other. After the events of this week, I was certain Donald Trump's hopes had been dashed, and reading Peggy Noonan's op-ed piece in today's NY Post corroborated the belief. She has thought up a telling bumper sticker: "Hillary, WAY LESS ABNORMAL." She closes with a word mentioned to her by a friend, from the Greek: "Kakistocracy" -- government by the worst, least qualified, most unprincipled." A couple of pages later, Kyle Smith sums up The Donald's popularity by claiming that political correctness has paved the way for his rise. He cites Clint Eastwood, who refers to millennials as Generation P, as in Pussy, as one of the 71% who are fed up with all things PC. According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll, the race has again narrowed, 52-49%. I've always been pessimistic about politics, so I expect Clinton to win. As I see it, the only chance Trump has is if the number of those disenchanted with the system is even larger than assumed.

Jonathon Trugman weighed in on the new Iran scandal. In his article, he mentions the Bank Secrecy Act, which states that all transactions of $10,000 or more must be reported. He says it's "painfully clear" that the Obama administration chose to pay the Iranians cash in order to get around the law and sanctions, an act that would likely land a banker in jail.

Sports history was made twice today: Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners has become the 30th player to reach the 3000 hit plateau. And golf pro Jim Furyk -- he of the odd swing -- broke the PGA record for the lowest round ever, 58, -12 at the Traveler's Championship in Connecticut, where he finished in a tie for fourth. Congrats to these classy and fabulous sportsmen.

My thanks to the young man with a bad back, who purchased a beautiful book on British lit and a fishing skills guide, and to Conspiracy Guy, who bought a cook book and Forensics for Dummies. I wonder where he hid the body.
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