When Idiots Hire Idiots

EJHill

Michael Bloomberg’s $50 million folly is in full swing with YouTube videos and graphic campaigns. When you’re arguing a point. you should have a rudimentary idea of what you’re arguing about. Otherwise you look like the idiot you truly are.

Unless Bloomberg’s group has invented the multistage Saturn V bullet, I don’t think casings travel with [...]

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For Easter: St. Helena, the True Cross, and Our Crosses

Peter Robinson
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The mother of Constantine the Great, St. Helena Empress lived from the middle of the third century to the beginning of the fourth. She became the wife or concubine (the records are unclear) of Constantius, Constantine’s father, while he was still a soldier; when Constantius became emperor, he divorced her in favor of a new [...]

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The Oppressive Rule of Law

Frank Soto

Here on Ricochet, and elsewhere on the internet, conservatives have been earnestly debating the nature of the rule of law as it relates to the Clive Bundy BLM showdown.

Personally I have found the discussion to be a bit academic. Theoretically, the rule of law — and the concept of equality before that law — spare [...]

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The Hinderaker-Ward Experience
Episode 69: HWX: Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most

Blue Yeti

It’s a special Saturday edition of the Hinderaker-Ward Experience, with John Hinderaker and Brian Ward reconvening to bring enlightenment to the critical issues of the day. They were also joined for nearly the entirety of the program by the fifth Beatle, the great Steven Hayward. Topics addressed include:

* Winter’s end in Minnesota

* Taxes and our [...]

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From a Friend Who Just Flew Back Home to California from the Other Side of the World

Peter Robinson
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From a globe-trotting friend: 

Nice view of Iran and the North Pole on the return flight yesterday.  The 16+ hour journey from Dubai provided ample opportunity for pointless musing.  For example, I decided that I would rather any emergency landing take place in the polar latitudes over the Islamic ones; a lethal climate seeming preferable to [...]

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James Lileks' The Diner
Episode 8: Solid White

Blue Yeti

 

It’s almost Easter, and that brings recollections of the hierarchy of springtime confections. James Lileks discusses the best way to sever the ears from a chocolate rabbit while listening to songs about spring – including that one about the dinosaurs.

 

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A Founder’s Birthday

Rob Long
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My friend — and yours — Peter Robinson is celebrating his birthday today.  That’s him and his family in the photo above, congratulating the very first Thatcher level Ricochet member.

Well, “celebrating” may be putting it too grandly.   I haven’t asked him, but I know him well enough to guess that at least part of him [...]

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Are You A Helicopter Parent?

Merina Smith

American families have changed in the past 30 years. Parents are older and children are fewer. This combination of changes has led to a lot of parents who hover over their child’s every waking moment. They enroll their children in numerous lessons and activities, arrange play dates, help with homework, demand little by way of [...]

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Strategika Podcast: Ian Morris on Whether We Can Cooperate with China

Troy Senik, Ed.

In the latest installment of the Strategika podcast for the Hoover Institution (the last one for awhile — our next installment of shows will be on Russia, with Kori Schake, Thomas Donnelly, and Ralph Peters), I talk with Ian Morris — archaeologist, historian, and the Willard Professor of Classics at Stanford University — about the prospects of the [...]

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As We Await the End Times

Andrew Stuttaford
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The art of writing a first paragraph is said to lie in the ability to draw the reader in.

I would say that Lily Lynch’s remarkable new piece in The Balkanist passes that test very well indeed:

Harun Yahya is said to be the messianic leader of an apocalyptic Islamic sex cult. He’s also the owner of [...]

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Why I Said Yes to Jon Stewart, But No to Stephen Colbert

John Yoo
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CBS’s announcement last week that Stephen Colbert will be taking David Letterman’s chair as host of the Late Show got me thinking about the differences between Colbert and Jon Stewart. A few years ago, I went on The Daily Show with Stewart to discuss my latest book, Crisis and Command. My friends thought I was crazy [...]

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This is the first year that the nonprofit Gay Games, which are open to all adults regardless of sexual orientation, has utilized advertising atop taxicabs. The ads, seen above, were unveiled early last week. (Courtesy: Gay Games)

Religious Extremist Cabbies Refuse to Promote ‘Gay Games’

Jon Gabriel, Ed.

First it was wedding cake bakers, then  photographers, and now it’s cabbies. When will GLAAD, the ACLU, and the courts rid our society of these intolerant Christian fascists forcing our LGBT brothers and sisters back into their closets?!

Roughly 25 Muslim drivers dispatched to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport are refusing to drive cabs adorned with advertising [...]

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