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Interview: James Delingpole on The Little Green Book of Eco-Fascism

Ed Driscoll
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Since there’s no Ricochet podcast this week, if you missed my interview with Ricochet’s own James Delingpole at PJ Media, perhaps it will make up for the loss, slightly. (And given that it’s Earth Hour or Earth Day, or Earth Week, or some other pagan eco-holiday this week, it’s worth pointing out that my interview [...]

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Opinion Journal: Rick Perry on the GOP, Foreign and Domestic Policy

Mary Kissel, WSJ Editorial Board
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In an extended episode of Opinion Journal, I talked today with Texas Governor Rick Perry about a wide array of issues: Vladimir Putin, Syria, the Obama Administration’s Asia policy, immigration, Obamacare, and what he learned from the 2012 election, just to name a few:

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Feminism Eating Itself

Rob Long
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This, from the Guardian, must represent the hilarious nadir of modern feminism. Two women, both feminists, are photographed for a magazine. They are depicted with their hands on their hips.

Chaos ensues.

First, the Guardian tries to put this kind of patriarchal photo-aggression into art historical context:

What we know well is that there are hidden ideologies in [...]

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Patton in the Classroom

John Yoo
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All of upper-crust Philadelphia — my home town — is abuzz with the news of a major drug bust in one of the most elite prep schools in the area. Apparently, two recent graduates of the Haverford School, located on the Main Line in Philadelphia (where The Philadelphia Story was set), ran an illicit drug [...]

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Pass the Popcorn

Son of Spengler

For the past 20 years, political ads have followed the Clinton formula:

{cue scary music and harsh narration}

[Opponent's name] is a lying liar… who wants to take us back to the stone age… and will bring Armageddon…

{cue strings and gentle voice}

But [candidate's name] cares for people… has a strong record… will bring prosperity [...]

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Wealth As a Means to an End

Amity Shlaes
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These days, even conservatives think class warfare works. That’s the takeaway from a spate of conferences on the topic of wealth distribution that have been taking place across the country lately. It’s also the takeaway from Mary Kissel’s excellent recent video interview with Charles Murray for the Wall Street Journal. In the video, Murray cautions [...]

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Country Club Sues WWII Vet over Petty Property Dispute

Jon Gabriel, Ed.

Virgil Wesley has lived in his modest Kansas City area house since 1995. Now, a posh county club is suing the 86-year-old World War II veteran over the placement of his garage. According to the Brookridge Country Club, a corner of Wesley’s small garage crosses onto their property and Something Must Be Done.

Family members say Brookridge [...]

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Obama: Our Perpetual Adolescent

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George Will has the irritating trait of saying something that causes me to then think, “That’s exactly how I feel; why didn’t I say it first.”

Writing today at NRO (and in many other places), Will writes:

Recently, Barack Obama — a Demosthenes determined to elevate our politics from coarseness to elegance, a Pericles sent to ameliorate [...]

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Artisanal Toast

Mark Krikorian
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James Lileks is always mocking places like Portland for being full of SWPL affections like “artisanal toast”. I always thought this was just another example of James’s hilarious trademark hyperbole.

Imagine my surprise, then, when I opened the NY Times Dining section today to find a story on just that. The story asks “How do you [...]

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May Ricochet Meetups in California, Texas, North Dakota

Ricochet Editor
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Ricochet members in the Los Angeles/Orange County area take note: members FeliciaB and 6foot2inhighheels are hosting an evening meetup on Saturday, May 3 at Antonello’s in Santa Ana and they’d love to see you there. Full details are available here. 

As for the rest of you, don’t let the Californians have all the fun. Join Hartmann [...]

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Podcast: Educating Gifted Children

Troy Senik, Ed.

As part of a series of podcasts we’ve done at the Hoover Institution to coincide with the release of the new book What Lies Ahead for America’s Children and Their Schools, I talked with Chester Finn, co-editor of the volume and chairman of Hoover’s Koret Task Force on K-12 Education (as well as president of the Thomas [...]

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Enlightened Elites Are Kindly Granting You A Grace Period In Which to Dissent — Merina Smith

Merina Smith

What do you think of the public statement signed by a cadre of intellectuals entitled Freedom to Marry, Freedom to Dissent: Why We Must Have Both? The statement, signed by supporters of gay marriage, calls for more tolerance in the debate over the issue, pointing to recent incidents like the controversy surrounding Brendan Eich:

We [...]

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