Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Best Posts of 2016

 

Friends, as 2016 comes to a close, we want to highlight some of the best writing from our community this year. However, we have a small problem: Every year we have so much great writing here on Ricochet, that it’s easy to overlook some of the best stuff. So we’re hoping you can help us out.

We’re going to have two categories: Best Post by a Member and Best Post by a Contributor or Staff Member. You can help us out by nominating posts for our consideration.

Here’s how it works:

Everybody gets two nominations, one for each category. If you want to go back through your own posts and nominate yourself, please do. Great writing is great writing.

The year is quickly winding down, so we’re only going to leave the nomination window until Sunday at midnight (Pacific Time), so if you know a member who hasn’t made their picks, feel free to drop them a line before time is up.

This isn’t a popularity contest, so there’s no point in nominating the same thing multiple times. (But if you like a nomination, feel free to hit that “like” button.) After that, we’re going to narrow them down and pick the best ones and you’ll see the results next week!

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  1. Instugator Thatcher
    Instugator Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    http://ricochet.com/398475/more-nukes-more-nukes/

    More nukes by TKP

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    • December 24, 2016, at 12:58 PM PST
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  2. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron Miller Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Among my bookmarks are:

    “What temperature should the planet Be?” by Dr Bastiat (Member)

    “The Thing Most Needful” by Paul A Rahe (Contributor)

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    • December 24, 2016, at 1:02 PM PST
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  3. MJBubba Inactive

    My nomination for best member post of 2016 was this one by Pencilvania, from May:

    http://ricochet.com/archives/im-flagging-myself/

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    • December 24, 2016, at 1:16 PM PST
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  4. Western Chauvinist Member
    Western Chauvinist Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Judge Mental’s account of 9-11 from his apartment near the WTC: Witness, Part 2

    There are other notable pieces by other members (I hate to mention others without mentioning them all), but JM’s personal account was gripping.

    Contributors: Anything by Dave Carter or new contributor Michael Henry.

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    • December 24, 2016, at 1:31 PM PST
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  5. Sweezle Member

    There are many terrific posters on Ricochet. I would say Dave Carter remains one of my favorites. And everything by a newer member Michael Henry is too good to miss.

    If I have to choose only one Dave Carver piece for 2016 it will be “A progessive’s guide to decoding a Trump voter.” For Michael Henry it will be “Early, Early voting” for nailing one of my pet political peeves with great humor.

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    • December 24, 2016, at 1:51 PM PST
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  6. Mountie Member

    For contributor I’ll vote for Annika Hernroth-Rothstein if for nothing else for the plain chutzpah of going to Iran, twice, and writting openly about it.

    http://ricochet.com/archives/one-jew-iran-one-supreme-leader-one-bad-deal/

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    • December 24, 2016, at 2:17 PM PST
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  7. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    This is a fine idea. Maybe I’ll think of a Contributor post later, but for Member post I’m putting up I, Circuit Board by @skipsul. If there were an award for a series of Member posts, that would properly go to Ricochet Silent Radio by @garymcvey.

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    • December 24, 2016, at 2:51 PM PST
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  8. Fred Cole Member

    Western Chauvinist: Contributors: Anything by Dave Carter or new contributor Michael Henry.

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    You need to be more specific.

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    • December 24, 2016, at 4:08 PM PST
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  9. Mountie Member

    Question for the editors, what if the member post was flagged for not promotion to the main feed? If you are going to put the winners on the main feed with links that could be a problem.

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    • December 24, 2016, at 4:12 PM PST
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  10. Jamie Lockett Inactive

    I have two, both from the same author, @majestyk.

    First is a great piece on organ donation:

    http://ricochet.com/369270/redesigning-the-organ-donation-market/

    The second is a lot of fun, especially in how wrong he is:

    http://ricochet.com/347542/resolved-lt-commander-data-is-not-a-person/

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    • December 24, 2016, at 5:44 PM PST
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  11. Johnnie Alum 13 Coolidge

    She’s post on gratitude.

    http://ricochet.com/382606/gratitude-for-michael-or-why-ill-still-be-here-a-week-from-now/

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    • December 24, 2016, at 6:44 PM PST
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  12. JimGoneWild Coolidge

    My satirical best ..

    http://ricochet.com/archives/menstand-up-for-your-rights-at-the-ladies-urinal/

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    • December 24, 2016, at 7:16 PM PST
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  13. Fred Cole Member

    Mountie:Question for the editors, what if the member post was flagged for not promotion to the main feed? If you are going to put the winners on the main feed with links that could be a problem.

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    Obviously if it’s flagged not to go on the Main feed, it won’t be put on the main feed. But you should probably go ahead and nominate it.

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    • December 24, 2016, at 10:51 PM PST
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  14. Midget Faded Rattlesnake Contributor

    @judgemental’s, @skipsul‘s, and @she‘s pieces mentioned above are all truly excellent.

    Remembering that 2016 includes an entire year, and realizing it’s easiest to dig through my own archives, I found this, from back in March:

    Where Affordable, Altruistic Healthcare Goes to Die

    When I wrote this, I had been meaning to write about mutual aid societies for a while, and an item in the news had just made them particularly topical. Maybe the real reason I’m nominating this piece is because of the topic: mutual-aid societies seem a mostly-forgotten part of American history that’s vital to remember in the search for workable alternatives to a stultifying welfare state:

    These mutual aid societies accomplished something now apparently thought impossible by many right-thinking people: the harmonious fusion of social and financial capital. Megan McArdle’s presentation on the tendency of social capital (also called “reciprocal altruism”) to dissipate financial capital among today’s American poor, keeping them poor, is justly famous. But it overlooks that life doesn’t have to be like this, and indeed wasn’t always like this.

    Mutual aid societies once functioned as both extended families and actuarial instruments for their members, creating an orderly fusion of social and financial capital where the two supported each other, rather than cancelling each other out. Because organized mutual aid spread social obligations over a membership larger than the biological family, and formalized the obligations into predictable rules, individual members of mutual aid societies no longer found their own capital wiped out from helping one another, allowing poor people to accumulate capital in the long term.

    In the shorter term, mutual aid societies provided, even to the very poor (albeit on a modest scale), financial benefits we associate with comfortable middle-class living, such as sick, retirement, death, and unemployment benefits. Perhaps equally important were the non-financial benefits: membership in such societies was how many poor people imposed middle-class morality on themselves. Members encouraged one another in thrift and clean living — in particular, abusing the hospitality of one’s fellow members by requesting benefits for the self-inflicted wounds of immoral behavior was typically disallowed.

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    • December 25, 2016, at 9:14 AM PST
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  15. Arahant Member

    Fairly new member, but he has kept me in stitches these last few weeks: @michaelhenry. If I have to pick but one of his, I think I would nominate his latest: “Polls Apart.” The first paragraph alone eclipses many posts.

    Contributor post is a harder decision, but I believe I shall go with Dave Carter’s “On Being Sadistically Healthy.”

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    • December 25, 2016, at 12:32 PM PST
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  16. Eustace C. Scrubb Member

    Member David Deeble’s salute to the plasitc bag.

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    • December 25, 2016, at 12:34 PM PST
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  17. Umbra Fractus Coolidge
    Umbra Fractus Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    The PIT.

    (Someone had to say it.)

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    • December 25, 2016, at 1:47 PM PST
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  18. Arahant Member

    Umbra Fractus:The PIT.

    (Someone had to say it.)

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    The PIT is not about the writing of the OP. It is all about the comments.

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    • December 25, 2016, at 2:14 PM PST
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  19. Umbra Fractus Coolidge
    Umbra Fractus Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Arahant:

    Umbra Fractus:The PIT.

    (Someone had to say it.)

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    The PIT is not about the writing of the OP. It is all about the comments.

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    There’s an OP?

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    • December 25, 2016, at 2:21 PM PST
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  20. Arahant Member

    Umbra Fractus:

    Arahant:

    Umbra Fractus:The PIT.

    (Someone had to say it.)

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    The PIT is not about the writing of the OP. It is all about the comments.

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    There’s an OP?

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    Yes, Skip did it this time. I’m not sure if he counts as staff, since he is a moderator, or just a member since he isn’t paid. Either way, it still leaves you with one nomination in the other category.

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    • December 25, 2016, at 2:25 PM PST
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  21. Judge Mental Member

    Arahant: I’m not sure if he counts as staff, since he is a moderator, or just a member since he isn’t paid.

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    I think we need a ruling from the judges on this. Are moderators staff? Are they The Powers that Be, or only The Powers that Wannabe?

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    • December 25, 2016, at 3:18 PM PST
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  22. Fred Cole Member

    For purposes of this, the moderators are members.

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    • December 25, 2016, at 4:53 PM PST
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  23. Gary McVey Contributor
    Gary McVey Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    @skipsul fans–that means everyone–should check out his fictional Thanksgiving story. Also, his That Pioneering Spirit series on traveling cross country with the family.

    But his post about abortion is haunting. It may be before 2016, though.

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    • December 25, 2016, at 5:42 PM PST
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  24. SkipSul Coolidge
    SkipSul Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Gary McVey:@skipsul fans–that means everyone–should check out his fictional Thanksgiving story. Also, his That Pioneering Spirit series on traveling cross country with the family.

    But his post about abortion is haunting. It may be before 2016, though.

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    It was early this year. And thanks!

    http://ricochet.com/archives/the-unwanted-child-a-rumination-on-the-anniversary-of-roe-vs-wade/

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    • December 25, 2016, at 5:51 PM PST
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  25. SkipSul Coolidge
    SkipSul Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Arahant:

    Umbra Fractus:

    Arahant:

    Umbra Fractus:The PIT.

    (Someone had to say it.)

    View comment in context.

    The PIT is not about the writing of the OP. It is all about the comments.

    View comment in context.

    There’s an OP?

    View comment in context.

    Yes, Skip did it this time. I’m not sure if he counts as staff, since he is a moderator, or just a member since he isn’t paid. Either way, it still leaves you with one nomination in the other category.

    View comment in context.

    @whiskeysam@franksoto, and @cudouglas all took their turns this year too.

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    • December 25, 2016, at 5:53 PM PST
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  26. Fred Cole Member

    Hey. We are gonna keep this open for a little while longer. So if you haven’t yet, please nominate a piece of writing!

    And if you’d rather nominate publicly, you can always send me an email (fred@ricochet.com) or a pm and I’ll make sure it gets to where it needs to go.

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    • December 25, 2016, at 7:55 PM PST
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  27. iWe Reagan
    iWe Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Here are the ones I thought were the best posts (besides my own, of course, like how I met Mrs. iWe):

    Wonderful, wonderful story: Judge Mental

    Gobsmacking. She

    Laundry Ad. Superb at getting us to think critically about the sort of thing one usually ignores.

    John Walker on Tesla, and on Buran.

    But best of all? HANDS DOWN – Cargo Cult Science. Wow. Wow. Wow.

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    • December 25, 2016, at 8:55 PM PST
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  28. blood thirsty neocon Inactive

    Ricochet Editors’ Desk:Great writing is great writing.

    Maybe so, but no one here is Tolstoy or Shakespeare, so let’s dispense with the pretentiousness and pedantry. Who was right?

    Member Nominee

    Let’s face it, Republican unity will Be much easier than Democrat unity. : @bloodthirstyneocon

    _________________________________________________

    Contributor Nominee

    Power of the Purse: @PaulRahe

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    • December 25, 2016, at 9:05 PM PST
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  29. SkipSul Coolidge
    SkipSul Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Since others are breaking the rules about only 1 nomination (which is good because there were some great ones this year):

    @thekingprawn – http://ricochet.com/389020/no-thank-you/

    @ryanm – http://ricochet.com/359960/the-cult-and-the-heresy/

    @garymcvey – http://ricochet.com/393635/want-to-tell-hollywood-youre-fired-heres-how/

    @bossmongo – http://ricochet.com/archives/on-military-driving-and-wily-cajuns/

    @midge – http://ricochet.com/388415/female-fantasies-the-nose-knows/

    @sonofspengler – http://ricochet.com/archives/the-things-we-own/

    There are plenty of others I could pick, but these were among my favorites of the year.

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    • December 25, 2016, at 9:12 PM PST
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  30. Stad Thatcher

    Aren’t we being a little premature? After all, there are a few more days left in the year, and I’ve yet to make the winning post. Hehe . . .

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    • December 26, 2016, at 5:37 AM PST
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