Halloween

The Floor Show

The U.S. Capitol is pictured at dawn in Washington D.C. on Oct. 15, 2013. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA)

Really:

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA23), then House Majority Leader, in 2014. (Original photo by Molly Riley)House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s message to dozens of House conservatives was succinct: “I’m not John Boehner.”

McCarthy (R-Calif.) has been desperately trying to distance himself from Boehner (R-Ohio), the man he wants to replace as Speaker of the House. His latest attempt came Tuesday night as he made his pitch to a dozens of conservative lawmakers at the Capitol Hill Club.

“I’m not John Boehner. I’m going to run things differently. I’m my own man,” McCarthy said, according to one conservative in the room, Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas).

(Wong)

It really is something of a dangerous phrase for Republicans, purporting to be one’s own man. One would think Jeb Bush would offer enough examples to make the point, but this is Kevin McCarthy.

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A Zombie Ghost Dalek Bug

Detail of Adam Huber, 'Bug Martini', 30 October 2014.Oh, come on. Less asking, more clicking.

Detail of Bug Martini, by Adam Huber. 30 October 2014.

A Little Light … er … ah … Something

D'oh!  An earlier version misidentified the Skipper costume as The Professor.

Normally, we find the saccharine-sweet clickbait going around social media downright idiotic, and possibly even offensive. And that isn’t necessarily because the overdose of toxic cuteness is itself stupid; rather, it has to do with the fact that it is so easy to “share” content that people seem to have stopped thinking about what they’re passing along.

Detail of photograph by Gina Lee, ca. 2013.To the other, it’s not like we’re going to knock Gina Lee or her daughter Willow. But in the first place, the destruction of language—such as Mike Spohr’s BuzzFeed headline, “A Little Girl Named Willow’s Costume Game Has Already Won Halloween”—really should stop. Professional writers should not go out of their way to behave as if they are functionally illiterate. Then again, botching the language is a commodity these days, so … you know … whatever. And Mr. Spohr can always blame his editors. We hope.

And, additionally, there are still other treasures to be found. The photographic exhibit also contains one of the best editorial corrections I’ve ever witnessed:

An earlier version misidentified the Skipper costume as The Professor.

Is this the part where we say, “Oh, my”?

Or would, “Ouch!” suffice?

To the other, BuzzFeed is aiming for proper journalism, saccharine clickbait notwithstanding. Many, perhaps most, of us would likely have just made the correction and not attached any sort of note. So thank you, Mr. Spohr, for taking that one on the chin for the sake of journalistic integrity.

And, no, that’s not nearly as much of a joke as it sounds.

But, yeah. We’ll give a little razzing. How could we not?

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Spohr, Mike. “A Little Girl Named Willow’s Costume Game Has Already Won Halloween”. BuzzFeed. 21 October 2014.

Unfortunate Thematic Consistency

Detail of Tom Tomorrow, 20 October 2014Well, we would have gone with the gay joke, or the one about Daa’ish … or ebola or climate change or whatever … but, you know, this panel is, shall we say, a bit more on topic given the way things are going around here today. Via Tom Tomorrow and Daily Kos comes this look into the nightmare season, a misfortune of cyclical proportions that Hallowe’en and Election Day are so narrowly separated. To the one, Christmas starts in June, these days. To the other, it’s a Year Six election.

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Tomorrow, Tom. “The House of Feeeaaaarrrr”. This Modern World. Daily Kos Comics. 20 October 2014.