Obsessed with a certain political procedure in DC? Cleanse your intellectual palate with this Impeachment hearing free episode. Instead of blowhard House members and witnesses, we’ve got biting, incisive, and funny rank punditry® on HBO’s Watchmen, a look back at Casablanca, Rob wonders why drag isn’t as forbidden as black face, some thoughts and observations on the streaming wars, and we hear a pitch for a new reality series that might play well in red and blue areas. Tune in!


Seth Porges has made a career out of pursuing cool stuff. A journalist and filmmaker, he has appeared on numerous shows on History, Travel, Discovery, Nat Geo (including upwards of 50 episodes of Travel’s “Mysteries at the Museum”) and was a former editor at Popular Mechanics and Maxim magazine. Seth joins Carol to talk about his viral hit documentary short about Action Park- considered the world’s most dangerous amusement park- that he has now turned into a feature film “Class Action Park”. They also cover the history of pinball and Seth’s “superpower” of detecting art forgeries.

You can view the trailer for “Class Action Park” here.


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Socialism seems to attract many of our millennials. So let’s go through some Khmer Rouge slogans and sayings to get a sense of what real socialism is. And no, real socialism is not Norway or Sweden, but Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge regime. A regime that was ruled by the right people: the highly educated, the intellectual elites.

All slogans and sayings are taken from Henri Locard’s book Pol Pot’s Little Red Book: The Sayings of Angkar, which I talked about in one of my previous posts.


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This is page one of the “Intermediate Level U.S. History since 1900” workbook, used to prepare for the citizenship exam. What, if anything, do you think current 8th-12th graders and college students would put down in each block, before peeking or asking Siri or Alexa? If you let either of those spirits into your home, what do they say about these wars?

Citizenship Study Guide page

General James Mattis discusses his childhood, early adulthood, and life as a military leader. Mattis explains some leadership lessons he has learned and expresses some of the ideas in his new book, Call Sign Chaos

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In his book Win Bigly, Scott Adams described the two-way win: Setting up a situation where if you get your ask, you win, and if you don’t get your ask, you still win because you will have advanced your position relative to never making the ask. Scott tweets a recent example in President Trump’s suggestion that China should investigate Hunter Biden’s deal when he went to China with Vice President Biden on Air Force Two. If China does investigate and something negative comes out about Biden, Trump wins. If China declines to investigate, that confirms suspicions of influence peddling, and Trump wins.

Well, Ninja Nancy Pelosi has set up her own two-way win with the upcoming “no confidence” vote on the President (referred to in our previously constitutional system as “impeachment”). With the aid of the legacy media, the content and significance of the hearings will not matter and at the end of the day; it will be sufficient that a House majority repudiated a repugnant politician. Then it is over to the Senate.


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Scales of Justice and Boots of Truth “The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him. ” — Proverbs 18:17, English Standard Version

“A lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on.” — not Mark Twain


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I presume that you’ve all received invitations to read what I’ve been publishing lately, haven’t you? Perhaps several times, even? If not, let me know right away. Everyone who contributed to my book campaign should be on my mailing list, but it’s possible your e-mail filters are rejecting my newsletters as spam, or that somehow I’ve accidentally deleted your address. It might help if I send the newsletters from a different address, so be sure to let me know. If you didn’t contribute, but want to be on the mailing list, just send me your address through the contact form on my website.


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One of the downsides of living without a car is that you rely on delivery services or ride sharing to obtain groceries.

I decided to make use of the Walmart delivery service, which uses Doordash. When my order arrived, it was entirely wrong. All of the diet soda was regular soda, not even one of the frozen items was the correct variety. I did not want to sign for the delivery, since it was not what I requested. The driver was apologetic (he had not picked the order) and he contacted Doordash customer service.


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In the late eighties, one of my competitors decided to exit the food service portion of the cheese business and concentrate on the retail market even though they were a national company they had a sales and distribution hub in my market of the Pittsburgh area. I was approached by one of their top salesmen for a job; I recognized the opportunity to increase my business and I hired Jack. I did much of the selling myself although I had another salesperson besides Jack. My business was based upon repeat orders and =my customers were very loyal. It’s trite but I provided quality, service, and a good price.

Speaking of price, the cheese industry for the most part is a commodity price industry. The price follows buyers and sellers on the Chicago Commodities Exchange on a weekly basis. Prices theoretically can go up or down upon supply and demand. They rise on tight supply and drop on a glut. Speculation also plays a part but I’ll skip that for now. A 20cent per pound move would be a large swing, 2 to 5 cents would be more normal change when the market is moving. There can be months of no change. I would immediately change my pricing to reflect changes up or down in accordance with the Chicago Market.


Victor Davis Hanson explains the parameters of what he calls the Trump Doctrine — deterrence without intervention — explains how it deviates from the post-Cold War consensus, and argues for why it’s a reasonable approach to a changing international landscape.


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At Stanford University last week the Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro laid waste to the alt-right. Shapiro is a popular speaker on college campuses, and almost always follows basically the same script about the Left and the idiocy of progressive ideology. But of late an alt-right brigade has coordinated a campaign to target Daily Wire staff giving speeches on college campuses across the country, and in response, Shapiro decided to spend a significant portion of his speech hitting at them directly. It’s one of the best speeches he’s ever given and is deserving of an hour of your time:


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Today in The Delusions of Hillary, the twice-failed presidential candidate told a BBC radio host that “many, many, many people” were pressuring her to enter the presidential race. “I say, never, never, never say never.”

I can’t help but think that many, many, many Americans never, never, never want Hillary Clinton to run again. What are your thoughts, Ricochetti: How would a repeat of 2016 go this time around?

With public impeachment hearings starting on Capitol Hill, it’s time to look at what the witnesses actually said in those secret Democratic depositions. The star of the show, whenever he is scheduled to testify, will be Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman. The National Security Council staffer showed up in full dress uniform — the first witness who actually heard the Trump-Zelensky call — and was celebrated in the press

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As Governor of South Carolina, Mark Sanford was a favorite of the GOP’s conservative wing. Successful and pragmatic, he was an ideal leader to promote limited government on the national stage. Then, he took a fateful hike along the Appalachian Trail.

The outing was actually to Buenos Aires where he met his mistress; an adventure that devastated his socially conservative brand, not to mention his marriage. A few years later, he returned to politics as a congressman for the Palmetto State but soon criticized the Trumpward drift.


This week on the United Kingdom’s Most Trusted Podcast®, James and Toby get right down to the task at hand. Mr. Delingpole eviscerates Mr. Young for being insufficiently conservative. Peace is restored when they move on to discussing Hillary Clinton and Greta Thunberg and finally, how do you want to go?

After this podcast, you just might need a cigarette.


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Kudos to The Federalist’s David Marcus for an excellent post on the 5 Reasons A Senate Trial Would Be A Nightmare for Democrats. As a former Secretary of the US Senate who is pretty familiar with Senate procedure, I’d like to add a possible sixth: Blocking a “unanimous consent request” or “motion to proceed” to a Senate trial, if permitted under a more expert reading of the rules.

A procedure crafted in the 1950s and first used by the legendary former Senate Majority Leader (and US President) Lyndon Johnson, it always takes unanimous consent – or at least 60 votes to end debate in the 100-member chamber – to proceed to legislation. Thanks to the infamous “Reid Rule,” the 60-vote threshold has been removed for presidential nominations. Any Senator’s power to object to a UC is one very big difference between the House and Senate and gives individual Senators great power.


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Just because you dislike capitalism here, doesn’t mean you necessarily dislike capitalism everywhere. Have a problem with the American way of doing things? Well, there are other options. Elizabeth Warren, for instance, favors an “accountable capitalism” based on the German model of corporate governance and trade policy. Critics of Big Tech point to the more aggressive EU on issues such as competition and privacy. And, of course, Scandinavia remains the go-to example for politicians arguing for more expansive social welfare policy.

But Europe’s various flavors of capitalism have an unpleasant aftertaste in at least one major way. As a new McKinsey Global Institute analysis finds, “Europe is falling behind in growing sectors as well as in areas of innovation such as genomics, quantum computing, and artificial intelligence, where it is being outpaced by the United States and China.”


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I have this tee shirt I wear every Veterans Day. It says “Navy Veteran” on the front, and it has the Seal of the Department of the Navy on the back. Normally, I only wear it at home, because I don’t think I deserve free meals for my service (if I went out for lunch), given so many before me never knew they were eating their last meal. Yeah, there’s Memorial Day for them, but it still doesn’t feel right for me on Veterans Day.

Still, we were driving back from our latest cruise today (maybe a future post), so I wore the tee in public. When we stopped for food or gas (or just to stretch), I got a few “Thank you for your service” and handshakes from people. I also gave out a few myself, as other veterans were traveling too. The strangest part of driving home today was when we were on the bypass around Statesboro, Georgia this afternoon. There I was—a Navy Veteran, wearing a Navy Veteran tee shirt, on Veterans Day, driving on Veterans Memorial Parkway. How cool—or surprising—is that?


Mary Katharine Ham and Kelly Maher are constantly doing big things—opening farms, running marathons, raising children… but they also naturally procrastinate on things like… taxes and paperwork. How do they balance it out—and how have they overcome their hilariously-unproductive 20s? This joyous confessional episode will either motivate you… or make you feel like you really have your life together.


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You know that brief, glorious and incredibly annoying phase in a young child’s life when they keep asking “why?” drilling down past parental layers of knowledge, guesswork, and ignorance until they reach the rock bottom of “Because!”

Jews love questions. It is part of our persnickety DNA. We like to question everything. One could even suggest that we create anti-semitism in part because we instinctively doubt whoever is in charge. But even Jews rarely go as far as I am about to….


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First, my bonafides: I currently work for a global manufacturing company, and am responsible for network and server infrastructure throughout North and South America. I’ve worked in IT for nearly 30 years.

So trust me when I tell you that, contrary to what Rob Long told you on the flagship podcast, you do not need a VPN. Let me tell you why:


This past August the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued a significant administrative law opinion that has thus far drawn too little attention. The case involved guidance the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued in 2012 telling private and public employers—such as the State of Texas—that they could not run criminal background checks on potential employees without incurring potential disparate impact liability for disproportionately screening out statutorily protected groups. Most news articles discussing the case have focused on the immediate outcome, which is that the Fifth Circuit enjoined EEOC’s guidance, effectively preventing the agency from bringing any enforcement actions based on its theory of liability.

But that’s not the big story here. Rather, it is how the Fifth Circuit’s decision did it that could reverberate far beyond the confines of this case. The court may have sounded the death knell for *all* EEOC guidance. When Congress created EEOC, it deliberately denied the agency the ability to issue rules. For the past half century, EEOC did not let this statutory constraint slow it down much. Denied the ability to pass rules, EEOC passed mere “guidance” instead. But because that guidance was backed up with (1) the threat of enforcement; and (2) employers’ knowledge that federal courts readily defer to EEOC’s interpretations of its governing statute, the guidance was as good as law. However, by enjoining the criminal background check guidance on the ground that EEOC has no substantive rulemaking power, the Fifth Circuit exposed the fact that EEOC has long been acting outside its congressional grant of authority. In other words, the reason the Fifth Circuit gave for prohibiting this particular EEOC guidance would apply to most—if not all—substantive guidance that the agency issues.


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The military used to be one of the most highly respected organizations of our federal government. Over time, however, it has suffered from the criticism of a Progressive society. Barack Obama made some of the most drastic changes to the military and in so doing exacerbated the negative perceptions of society toward the military:

A curious thing happened in the second half of the Obama era: The commander-in-chief began viewing the military less as an entity designed to destroy enemies but a tool with which to achieve progressive goals. Warriors were turned into social-justice warriors. Men and women with risible-to-nonexistent military records were made heads of the services. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus (who had logged all of two years’ service as a junior officer) named ships after Cesar Chavez and Harvey Milk.