Supply Chain: What Would Trump Do?


This business of the supply chain being “broken” is a joke.  The supply chain is not broken. It is being deliberately crippled by the man-boy governor of California, who has forbidden independent truckers or union truckers driving trucks more than three years old (as I understand data from other Ricochetti) from taking loads away from the piers to local distribution points.  With the number of union truckers driving new rigs being finite, Mr. Xiden’s “24/7” claims are useless.

This is easily remedied.  A real president would jawbone the man-boy governor of California into suspending the regulations for the good of his state and his nation. If this failed, a real president would go on national TV and announce that due to the State of Emergency he had just declared, he was suspending the regs, that he was authorizing the Secretary of Commerce (who would actually be at work, not trying manfully to breastfeed a baby) to seize control of all rigs from Austin to Walla-Walla, that he was diverting the Coast Guard to line the 70 waiting ships up to be offloaded, that he was ordering the Secretary of Defense to divert military resources to the area to assist, etc.

Whatever Happened to LtCol Scheller?


Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Scheller was court-martialed on Thursday, October 14, charged with five counts of violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice including: showing contempt towards officials; showing disrespect towards superior commissioned officers and failure to obey an order or regulation.

He pled guilty on all counts, as he surely must have, given his call for “accountability” in the ranks.

Prior to the hearing, a deal was reached between prosecutors and the defense team, in which Scheller agreed to accept a maximum punishment of a letter of reprimand, forfeiture of two-thirds of a month’s pay for a year, and the processing of his request to resign from the Corps, the disposition and type of discharge to be determined by the Secretary of the Navy.

Quote of the Day: Teaching Contending Perspectives in Texas


Open letter to my college classmates, including and especially those who teach yoga, and/or live in the northeast, and/or who would never even consider living in Texas among so many Deplorables:

Stop spreading misinformation, y’all. Now that I’m a Texan, I am compelled to defend my home state from your baseless attacks. The biased and uninformed tweets and memes that you post have the potential to further damage any remaining goodwill that might still exist in our fraying Republic. By sharing misinformation with the clear intent to mischaracterize and denigrate a well-meaning and carefully written Texas law, you demonstrate your disdain for your fellow Americans and your complete lack of interest in making even a minimal effort to understand them. Your goal is clearly to present the newly enacted sections of the Texas law on teaching social studies in its public schools as completely backward. The tweet that you shared from NBC News presents some factual information, but it does so in such a misleading way as to be untrue. If NBC had reported that the “school administrator [mistakenly] advised teachers” to include books about the Holocaust and books with an opposing perspective, then that would have truthfully captured to nature of what transpired. One word can make a big difference. Isn’t it funny how these frequent mistakes or omissions by “news” organizations always seem to support a preferred narrative?

Honorable Burial Policy


Greg Abbott Ashli BabbittNewsmax is good at clickbait headlines and videos but falls far short in real reporting on the apparent Air Force refusal to support military burial honors for Ashli Babbitt, an honorably discharged Air Force veteran. The Newsmax story just features the angry, grieving mother and one attempt to call one military office before publication. There is not even a minimal effort to check the basic policy and law behind death benefits and military honors for veterans. Newsmax baits, I dig for your consideration, and leave you with a provocative possibility.

There are two pieces to the federal government honoring a veteran in death. The first piece is burial benefits, including burial in certain cemeteries, grave markers, and a folded flag. These are the statutory responsibility of the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (the VA). The second piece is a military honor detail at the internment, what used to be called a burial detail. This is a statutory duty of the Department of Defense. Each service has a duty to its own, fulfilled by active duty, and drilling Guard and Reserve service members. The statutory minimum is two service members in the military honors detail.

The general rule is that veterans who were separated from service under honorable or general conditions are entitled to certain VA burial benefits and military honors. Not surprisingly, then, the relevant law shows up in both Title 10 (Armed Forces) and Title 38 (Veterans’ Benefits). Here are the relevant bits, with emphasis added:

In Waterford, Ireland, a Covid Story That’s Inconveniently True


Waterford city, Ireland is fast becoming popular online for these two pictures attached to each other. Waterford is the largest city in the South East of Ireland, famous for its crystal, its ancient status as the first city founded in Ireland, and for its local food, namely a bread called the blaa (true story). It is also my city as I am within 20 minutes of its centre, albeit in a different county.

But Waterford I snow becoming popular in an unwanted fashion. Over the last week, these two images have circulated as a reply to the covid vaccine mandaters, Covid vaccine pushers, and pro-Covid vaccine extremists (or fascists if we are honest). The reason is simple enough.

Waterford county and Waterford city have one of the highest take-ups of Covid vaccine in Ireland. So high that it’s above 90%. I think the county rate of Covid vaccine take-up is higher than the city’s which is being possibly conflated in the pictures, but it doesn’t really matter, as numbers are nearly the same.

If We Can Keep It


About 235 years ago a deal was struck in Philadelphia. It was a compromise, an attempt to balance the sometimes conflicting interests of a sprawling new world.

Upon the conclusion of negotiations, Benjamin Franklin said of America’s not-yet-ratified Constitution:

ACF Podcast: Birth of a Nation


So here’s something that might interest you on a weekend afternoon: Long time Ricochet member Eric Cook joined me to talk about silent cinema–about the beginning of American cinema, of cinema in general–the first great or at least very impressive movie. It’s a story of the Civil War, since people used to know, that’s the definitive American story! It was made in 1915 and it lasts three hours, it involves everything from portraits to long shots of battles, and pioneered or perfected every technique from playing with shadows and lighting to editing. As Chaplin says, D.W. Griffith was the father of all artists in cinema. It’s also a shockingly racist movie–the more so when you think about the Progressive pacifist politics of the director and of the movie. But in certain ways we will try to explain, all the successes and failures make sense together–the promise and disappointments of Hollywood can already be glimpsed. Eric is an expert on silent cinema, is involved in music for silent cinema, scoring, conducting, and playing, and has studied Griffith with great care, so you are in for a delight! Listen, my friends, and get to know Griffith, or look at him with fresh eyes!

On a website devoted to debate (civil, mind you), we can all agree that politics is not the arena for shrinking violets. Who better to remind us of this fact than the former governor of the Garden State, Chris Christie? He gives us the lowdown on his successes in a Blue State and his thoughts on how Republicans need to keep their eye on the prize. Even with the mention of “Christie Porn,” we promise listeners a PG-rated podcast.

Also, the regular gang go from the economic blockage to “Let’s Go Brandon,” from intellectuals talking about third parties to Captain Kirk back in space. (Well, kinda-space if you wanna get technical.)

Bari Weiss Interview: Courage in the Face of Book Burners


I’m once again recommending a podcast from Bari Weiss. This one is an interview with Abigail Shrier, author of Irreversible Damage: Teenage Girls and the Transgender Craze, her piece of investigative journalism (remember when that used to happen?) on the topic of the exploding “trans” movement afflicting young girls.

I have purchased the book but not yet read it. I’ll undoubtedly write about it after I do.

Demeritorious RBG


Poor Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  Dead for only slightly more than a year, and the jackals have already started on her legacy.  No, not the Right.  People like the ACLU, who–on the recent anniversary of her death–bowdlerized one of her famous quotes, tweeting it as follows:

The decision to bear a child is central to a [person’s] life, to [their] well-being and dignity…When the government controls that decision for [people], [they are] being treated as less than a fully adult human responsible for [their] own choices

…pretending that these were, WRT to RBG, and as a beloved elderly Canadian fisherman of my acquaintance once said of the King James Bible, “the actual words Christ spoke.”

DIE-Hearts Meet Their Match, in the Brandon Variant


Doctors report these flags are a sign of infection from KNIFE21, Brandon Variant.

So, is it me? Or are we seeing a full Balkanization underway in the USA? Divisions are amplified by social, cable, and airwave media. Our historical print media is always behind the curve, trapped in a pretense of ‘fact checking’ and are therefore always catching up. All forms of media are selling ‘views’ to generate advertisement revenue. And views come from a loyal audience. And loyalty can be best mined from those who are already addicted (i.e., Facebook).

Grasping the ‘addiction’ angle of media, the Diversity-Inclusion-Equity Industrial Complex (DIE) has created many voices, some have gone on to attract thousands of followers and millions of hits (views, not punches). And ‘hits’ can lead to celebrity. And celebrity can be monetized – speaking engagements, writing assignments, training deals, book deals, endorsements, and social media ads! And the DIE celebrities can tell their addicted followers to boycott. This creates another opportunity. The celebrities can negotiate with the newly identified offenders, and extract a little ransom.

Florida Fines Leon County $3.57 Million for Its Arrogance


Businesses and governmental organizations are about to learn that Gov. Ron DeSantis doesn’t make idle threats. He backs up Florida law. Leon County, in an effort to protect its lawless and inconsiderate employees, passed a vaccine mandate and will pay the price:

Leon County’s vaccine mandate required more than 700 workers to be vaccinated or be terminated by Oct. 2. Two days later, 14 county workers who refused the vaccine were fired.

At $5,000 for each violation of a state law prohibiting vaccine mandates by government employers, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) Thursday fined the county $3.57 million and gave it 30 days to pay.

October Surprise: Shocking Youth


I don’t know what else to call this. I’ve fudged the date a bit, but for argument’s sake, let’s say that today is the day. It’s close enough.

Today, my son is studying his butt off to maintain his competitive position at a nice private school. One that puts students into *good* colleges. He has a girlfriend and has for probably a couple of years by now. Hell, I never had a girlfriend when I was in high school. I mean, yeah, this and that, but no, not really. He’s tall and good-looking, which he gets from his mother’s side (well, he gets the height from me), and he’s sharp as a whip.

QOTD: Concrete Floor


deVOL Shaker kitchen, Balham, London

Tim Allen:] There’s a big concrete tank at the top of my hill that loads up with grey water and then flows out the drains and eventually comes down my driveway. And there’s always guys in there digging something out, and there’s a big device on the side that’s coated in tar. And I just see the top of their heads.

Everyone Worships Something: 7 Steps Down the Aisle of Toleration’s Church


“Tolerance” is a doctrine. In theology or education or everyday life, “doctrine” is ever present. Everyone has doctrine since everyone has beliefs. We subscribe to a teaching, dogma, or creed to explain what we believe. Our commitment to that set of teachings limits our acceptance of contrary or adversarial claims. It does not matter if you are a feminist, committed to LGBTQ+, a Baptist preacher, or a conservative talk show host; you have doctrine. Everyone everywhere has doctrine. But in our current cultural moment, identity, ethnic, sexual, and gender politics demand our belief in the doctrine of tolerance.

I will use the metaphors of religious ideas and icons to communicate the cultural doctrine of “tolerance.” First, toleration demands “understanding,” then “acceptance,” then “allegiance,” then “obeisance,” then “conformity,” and ultimately “evangelism.” The ordered steps down the cathedral aisle do not matter as much as the baptismal outcome. Hollywood’s hymnal sings both obvious and subtle references to accepted and rejected points of view. Celebrities must bow before the altar of imposed speech codes. News outlets preach from their pulpits against the latest outrage. The plight of those suffering worldwide is reported only if their deaths reinforce the common book of party prayer. Catechismal teaching reinforces the moment-by-moment commitment to membership in the church of toleration. Excommunication is swift for any who would sin against accepted authority. Reputational ruin comes to anyone daring to cross the received cultural commandments. Toleration’s heaven accepts the culturally righteous who are the tolerant saints wearing white robes of social purity. Toleration’s hell awaits anyone who has rejected salvation offered by the cultural gods of the day.

Let me be perfectly clear. I am tolerant, kind, generous, respectful, and gracious to people, no matter who they are or what they believe. But I will always speak out against ideas — the doctrine of tolerance included — that stand against the doctrines of God’s word.

‘A Thousand Different Habits and Instincts … ‘


I no longer carried a badge but I still carried a thousand different habits and instincts that came with the badge. Like a reformed smoker whose hand digs inside his shirt pocket for the fix that is no longer there, I constantly found myself reaching in my pocket for the comfort of the badge. – Michael Connelly through Harry Bosch.

I still have some habits that I carry from my time on the streets. I still stand to the side of the door when I knock on a friend’s door. I didn’t think too much about that until a friend mentioned it to me. When I go to any store, large or small, I watch people. Does everything look normal? I look for all the exits as I walk through the store. When I walk out to the parking lot, I scan the lot. Training and observation is still a constant routine.

TOPICS: Mollie Hemingway’s new book, RIGGED, the poetry of Thomas Hardy, & the recent rise in homeschooling

Host Scot Bertram talks with Mollie Hemingway, Senior Journalism Fellow at Hillsdale College and senior editor at The Federalist, about her new book, RIGGED: HOW THE MEDIA, BIG TECH, AND THE DEMOCRATS SEIZED OUR ELECTIONS. Dwight Lindley, Associate Professor of English at Hillsdale, returns for his occasional series on Victorian poetry with a look at Thomas Hardy. And Joy Pullmann, executive editor of The Federalist and ’09 graduate of Hillsdale, talks with us about the recent rise in homeschooling across the country.

The King of Stuff welcomes Carol Roth, author of The War on Small Business: How the Government Used the Pandemic to Crush the Backbone of America. Carol is a “recovering” investment banker, entrepreneur, TV pundit and host, and New York Times bestselling author of The Entrepreneur Equation. She has worked in a variety of capacities across industries, including currently as an outsourced CCO, as a director on public and private company boards, and as a strategic advisor. We talk about supply chain issues, empty store shelves, inflation, and everything else going wrong in the Biden era. Are they just “high-class problems?”

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from the show. This week, Jon chooses “Days Like These” by Low.

Illegal Mandates and NBA Stars


One thing that I can’t get out of my mind is that vaccine and mask mandates across the country are profoundly illegal. The Supreme Court decision used to justify them is the Jacobsen v. Massachusetts decision regarding a Smallpox vaccine mandate by that State during a Smallpox outbreak at the end of the 19th Century. One of the features of the decision was that the action mandated by the State had to be well-founded, and achieve the effect for which the mandate was issued. That certainly applied to the smallpox vaccine in Massachusetts at the end of the 19th century. At that time, the vaccine had been used for over a hundred years and was, indeed, established science. A person once vaccinated had almost no chance of dying from the disease, acquiring it, or transmitting it. That has proven not to be the case at all with our current vaccines, and certainly not with masks.

Of course, the decision applied to States, and not the Federal Government, which does not have the public health power to issue the vaccine mandate that Biden imposed. Biden averred that his mandate was likely not constitutional, and it is likely to be challenged in court. But, it can’t be until the rules are issued by OSHA, which is taking its time doing so. Everyone is aware that as soon as those regulations are promulgated, there will be attempts to obtain injunctions, and the mandate will be challenged, and will likely move quickly to the Supreme Court.

Group Writing: Seriously?!


Would you be my partner in this project?

 Those were the words that @iwe expressed in an email he sent to me almost three years ago, inviting me to co-write a book about Judaism. To say I was shocked, thrilled, and terrified at the prospect of working on this kind of project would be an understatement. In all fairness to you, the reader, I have to give you some background.

Several years ago, I decided to completely leave Zen Buddhism, which I had practiced for 20 years. I’d remained a Jew, but had never been religious, and never felt a strong affinity for my faith. Ironically, the more I meditated within the Zen framework, the more I felt a deep connection with G-d. (Zen doesn’t address G-d in its practice.)

Bulk Mail Voting Is the True Threat to Democracy


A recent cover of The Week magazine proclaimed “Undermining Democracy. The GOP’s blueprint for nullifying Democratic votes in 2024.”

The article was another installment of the concentrated effort on the Left to convince Americans that voter fraud is essentially nonexistent, just a hoax used by Republicans as an excuse to deny the franchise to underprivileged Americans.

But is it true? Are Republicans using strategies like restricting the number of weeks early voting is allowed, cleaning up outdated voter rolls, and requiring voter ID simply to squelch minority votes?

Victor Davis Hanson: We’ve Never Had a Presidency Like This; Predicts a Reckoning in 2022


A recent stay at my sister’s home presented a microcosm of American life under the Biden regime — the new normal.

My niece told me that some of her unvaccinated friends had dined outdoors at a Manhattan restaurant. One young man entered the restaurant to use the restroom only to find an employee stationed outside the door asking patrons to show proof of vaccination before they could use the facilities.

The Despair Runs Deep; Embrace It


Terry McAuliffe is going to win the governor’s race in Virginia. There, I said it. Yeah, his huge gaffe about parents having no business in their child’s education was a big deal … to normal people. However, normal people are an embattled minority in America’s political landscape. Virginia is a solidly blue state thanks in no small part to policies of mass immigration and profligate expansion of the bureaucratic state that are largely supported by the Republican establishment. The suburbs of Loudoun and Fairfax are politically indistinguishable from Portland or Seattle, and the suburban box-wine consumers who decide all elections these days are an unshakeable Democrat cult.

And it doesn’t matter anyway, really, because Glenn Youngkin really wasn’t going to matter as governor. He’s a soft Bushie Republican (but even that was too much for Bulwarkers like Bill Kristol and Mona Charen who have endorsed McAuliffe) who wasn’t really going to change any Democrat policies because that would be ungentlemanly and vulgar (as we learned from the last presidency).