Ockham’s Razor And The Trump Tower Transcripts

William_of_OckhamBelow is my column in the Hill newspaper on the release of the transcripts from the investigation into the infamous Trump Tower meeting.  The testimony of key players is consistent with a reckless effort to get dirt of Hillary Clinton but, if anything, it undermines claims of collusion or conspiracy with the Russians.  The answer may lie in the writings of 13th Century  English Franciscan friar William of Ockham.

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Florida Woman’s Smiling Mugshot Triggers Public Outcry After Lethal DUI Accident

1526581064132We often discuss the choice of whether to smile in a mugshot (at the risk of appearing gleeful) or frowning (at the risk of looking guilty). Angenette Welk, 44, chose poorly.  Her smiling mugshot has prompted an outrage from people over the fact that, before she took the picture, she killed a 60-year-old mother in a drunk driving accident.

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English Man Arrested With Cheerleader Outfit After Driving 130 Miles To Have Sex With 10-Year-Old Girl

downloadMichael Bickerton, 49, insisted that his interest in sexual relations with children was purely fantasy.  That did not sit well with English police who arrested Bickerton after he drove 130 miles to meet at 10-year-old for sex.  It also did not help that he brought a cheerleading outfit with him in the car.

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Wisconsin Police Praise Pranksters in Staged Accident


Cumberland (Wis.) police posted an interesting message for the Cumberland High School students responsible for this year’s prank.  Using a black tarp, the students made it look like a car had crashed into Cumberland High School.

The police posted the image above with the message “Hats off to the Cumberland High School Class of 2018 on your senior prank. Congratulations Class of 2018 on one of best senior pranks that Cumberland High School has seen.”


That is high praise from your local police station.