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Quote of the Day: Common Sense

 

Today’s quote is again from the movie musical 1776. It comes at the point in the story where John Adams and Ben Franklin, desperately looking for a way to delay a vote on independence that they know they will lose, propose the writing of a Declaration of the colonist’s intent. Pressed by the other delegates for an explanation of why the Declaration is necessary, Adams and Franklin are foundering, unable to come up with a satisfactory answer, until Thomas Jefferson steps up and saves them, saying:

“To place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent.”

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A Confederacy of Dunces

 

I absolutely despise “alternative history” fiction. The distortion of real history is bad enough.

Enter David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, and executives at HBO. Time-Warner’s pay channel has commissioned the creators of “Game of Thrones” to create “Confederate,” an alt-history series where the American Civil War ended in a stalemate and the Confederacy is now a 21st Century nation with institutionalized slavery. This is, as liberals would say, “problematic.”

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I Always Sat on the Hump

 

Being the youngest kid sucks. “You’re too young; you’re too little; you don’t know how; you can’t do it, you can’t do it, you can’t do it.” And, of course, “You’re sitting in the middle.”

I’ve said before that I was the youngest of four brothers, two sets of two born a year apart, with three years in between. That’s four boys in six years; the oldest being five years older than me, the youngest. Most of the time we were divided into two groups, and I was just the younger of the younger group. But whenever we were together as a group, as a family, I was a the bottom of the heap. And although my two older brothers would occasionally include the third, that was usually just so they could exclude me.

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Whiskey Fueled Fun with Doc Jay at Freedom Fest

 

The Whiskey Politics team is at Freedom Fest in Las Vegas interviewing a whole bunch of incredible luminaries, including Steve Forbes, Dinesh D’Souza, John Stossel, John Fund, Jim Rogers, Michael Medved, James O’Keefe and many others. However, we also had a great Whiskey Politics After Hours interview with Ricochet’s own Dr. Jay Schroeder, @DocJay. Video to come soon!

Please subscribe to Whiskey Politics at YouTube and our audio podcasts at iTunesStitcher or GooglePlay where your five-star rating would be appreciated! In: Little Green Bag, George Baker Selection Out: Bad Case of Loving You, Robert Palmer

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Language, Please

 

Most of my pet peeves have to do with either grammar or unsignaled lane-changing; I’m not a man inclined to fuss. But there’s one particular annoyance that probably bothers me on a regular basis more than any other.

I don’t like casual obscenity in public. It bothers me that people, adults as well as young people, will casually swear in a crowd of strangers.

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Book Review: Hitler in Hell

 

“Hitler in Hell” by Martin van CreveldMartin van Creveld is an Israeli military theorist and historian, professor emeritus at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and author of seventeen books of military history and strategy, including The Transformation of War, which has been hailed as one of the most significant recent works on strategy. In this volume he turns to fiction, penning the memoirs of the late, unlamented Adolf Hitler from his current domicile in Hell, “the place to which the victors assign their dead opponents.” In the interest of concision, in the following discussion I will use “Hitler” to mean the fictional Hitler in this work.

Hitler finds Hell more boring than hellish—“in some ways it reminds me of Landsberg Prison”. There is no torture or torment, just a never-changing artificial light and routine in which nothing ever happens. A great disappointment is that neither Eva Braun nor Blondi is there to accompany him. As to the latter, apparently all dogs go to heaven. Rudolf Hess is there, however, and with that 1941 contretemps over the flight to Scotland put behind them, has resumed helping Hitler with his research and writing as he did during the former’s 1924 imprisonment. Hell has broadband!—Hitler is even able to access the “Black Internetz” and read, listen to, and watch everything up to the present day. (That sounds pretty good—my own personal idea of Hell would be an Internet connection which only allows you to read Wikipedia.)

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Report: “Automation Risk Is Concentrated Among Low-wage, Low-skilled Workers”

 

In my new The Week column, I briefly examine whether my fellow American humans are experiencing a “technopanic” right now, and if Silicon Valley is making things worse. (Spoiler: yes and yes!) Indeed, one look at recent headlines about automation — and by “recent” I mean this week — is enough to at least slightly unnerve any worker who’s not a recreational therapist or emergency management director.

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Quote of the Day: Treason

 

I’m taking this Ben Franklin quote from the musical 1776 that I watched on the 4th, as I do most years. I’m not certain whether he said it, but most of the lines in that movie are authentic, although frequently not in the place and time depicted, so I’m going to assume that Franklin actually said it. (If only there were some resource I could use to look up answers to these sorts of questions.)

“Treason… Treason is a charge invented by winners, as an excuse for hanging the losers.”

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Why Would You Want Putin as a Friend?

 

Leaving aside the question as to whether there was actual collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 election, it is undisputed that candidate Trump was eager for a friendship between our two nations. The most recent accounts of the president seeking out more one-on-one time with Putin at the G-20 dinner – using only a Russian translator – is the latest evidence that this enthusiasm is undiminished.

Mr. Trump has offered scores of comments about Vladimir Putin over the past four years, many times leaning over backwards to doubt whether Putin was really guilty of assassinating reporters and opposition figures. Had Putin “been found guilty,” Trump demanded? On many occasions, Trump gushed that Putin was “very nice” to him, and praised the dictator’s “strength.” On May 5, 2016, he told Fox News’s Bret Baier that “I know Russia well. I had a major event in Russia two or three years ago – Miss Universe contest – which is a big, incredible event, and incredible success … And you know what? They want to be friendly with the United States. Wouldn’t it be nice if we actually got [along] with somebody?”

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Summer Scandal: Trump Tower Russia Meeting Revisited

 

September 5, 2017, Washington: Looking back at this summer’s scandal around Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in his Trump Tower office, revelations have come so quickly that the editors are providing this recap for readers struggling to keep up.

Mid-July: When news of the meeting first broke, we reported that it was just between Mr. Trump, Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and the lawyer. But soon Washington was rocked by the news that an interpreter, a show-business agent for Russian pop star Emin, and a representative of a family worried about Russian adoptions were present too. In Georgetown salons everyone asked, what shoe would drop next? The next day, Congresswoman Maxine Waters demanded the President’s impeachment.

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The Heritage Without the Manure?

 

My nephew’s family just returned from a multi-week (amazing) trip to Europe. They (mom and four children 13-6 — dad joined them for the final week) hiked and toured in many countries. I was exhausted watching them via Instagram. As “payment” for parking their car in our side yard, instead of the airport, they brought us some Belgium chocolate, and an adorable little carved wooden Brown Swiss cow. It is about four inches long.

See, my nephew knew (correctly) that I would be absolutely delighted by this tiny gesture because he knows his aunts well. No matter what else we do in our lives, our identity will always be defined by our dairy farm upbringing.

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Operation Dynamo

 

My paternal grandfather served in WWII. He regaled my father with stories of working in the RAOC (Royal Army Ordnance Corps) and later in REME (Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers). He was a Motor Vehicle Fitter at various locations in England and later a REME instructor. My grandfather met my grandmother when she, as a member of the ATS (Auxilliary Territorial Service), was his supervisor in a motor vehicle workshop. They married in 1946, both in their demob suits.

My grandfather died in 1974, before my parents were married. My grandmother died in 1987 when I was young. Recently my father applied for his parents military service records. They revealed some interesting information.

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Boo! Lives Matter

 

Once again a person, Justine Damond, has been shot to death just because a cop got scared.

Ms. Damond had summoned the police, and when they arrived she approached the squad car to give details as to why–but– boo! —something, or someone, made a “loud noise” (y’know, like you hear all the time in urban or suburban areas) — and blam!!

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Attention Republicans in Congress: Voters Will Repeal and Replace You!

 

The failure to get Obamacare’s repeal and replace puts our Republican majorities in the House and Senate in danger – not from Democrat challengers, but from the wrath of angry Republican voters and Trump supporters. If any Republicans lose in 2018, I pray it’s in the primaries to an “I’m not a wuss” challenger, and that these new candidates get elected the following November. The last thing I want is a Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Schumer.

The only chance they have now is to go for total repeal first. What we had before Obamacare was far better than what we have now. The next step would be to introduce necessary reforms to the system, the biggest (to me) being able to buy across state lines. It works for auto, home, and life insurance. All the other stuff (deregulation, high risk pools for pre-existing conditions, etc.) can be done at a later date.

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Jim Crow Comes to San Francisco

 

San Francisco Public Defender Matt Gonzalez is protecting Sheriff Ross Mikarimi, not “defending” Kate Steinle’s killer.
In an attempt to influence the jury pool for the upcoming Kate Steinle murder case, Public Defender Matt Gonzalez wrote a mawkish San Francisco Chronicle op-ed in which he portrayed the alleged killer, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, as misunderstood and maligned.

He penned, “the truth is he’s never previously been charged with a crime of violence. He is a simple man with a second-grade education who has survived many hardships. He came to the U.S. repeatedly because extreme poverty is the norm in many parts of Mexico. He risked going to jail so that he could perform a menial job that could feed him.”

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Turning the Tables at Reagan Library

 

This will not exactly come as a surprise announcement for any Ricochet members, but I’ll filling in for Peter Robinson on his Uncommon Knowledge program at a special taping this Sunday at 4PM at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. My special guest will be the fellow who penned Reagan’s “tear down this wall” speech, the same Peter Robinson.

That historic address was delivered 30 years ago, and that will be the focus of my time with Peter. However, I expect our conversation will take some twists and turns before I ask “one last question.” My research has dug up some pretty exciting stuff, including his stint as a bullfighter in Tijuana and his failed attempt to open a nationwide chain of marionette repair shops.

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