Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Week That Was

 

It’s hard to believe that it was only a couple of weeks ago that Jeb Bush called the Trump presidency “exhausting”, thus confirming the “low energy” moniker given him by Trump during the Republican primaries. He continued: “…it feels like the whole world has been turned upside down,” comments reminiscent of the ponderous deficit spending implemented by President George W. Bush in the face of the financial crisis.

But in terms of today’s news cycle Bush’s comments occurred back in the Precambrian era. The week that was featured deadly protests in Charlottesville, a war on history Confederate memorials and to cleanse the palate, a solar eclipse. The Washington Post, where Democracy Dies in Darkness or something, was curiously pro-eclipse. Personally I was unimpressed: it reminded me, if anything, of when my phone transitions to power-saving mode.

At Charlottesville, racist David Duke managed to hold a Unite The Right rally and, judging from those in attendance, most of his supporters are reporters and media photographers. The events of the week, like the election of Trump, only seemed to reinforce to the Left that the U.S. is on the brink of another violent civil war, without pausing to consider that the outcome of such a war between potheads and gun nuts is a foregone conclusion.

Meanwhile, the Resistance (starring Hillary Clinton!) pondered whether their eclipse-safe goggles might protect them from viewing statues they find offensive. This historical revisionism, aided and abetted by the political establishment of both parties, would have Robert E. Lee turning over in his grave. (Assuming that Antifa radicals haven’t already exhumed his remains). The latest iteration of left-wing hysteria qualifies a “Not The Onion” disclaimer: ESPN has pulled broadcaster Robert Lee from broadcasting University of Virginia football games. And you thought only universities turned back well-qualified Asian Americans.

Whether it’s the snowflake culture that prevails in the world of high-tech (most recently at Google) or the poisonous identity politics of Antifa radicals, Academia serves as a conduit for Leftism, which then proceeds to poison everything it touches.

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  1. Songwriter Inactive
    Songwriter Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    David – how do you feel when the media gift wraps a joke and hands it to you – as ESPN did this week? Are you grateful? Or do you ever wanna say, “Hey, fellas, leave the comedy to us professionals?”

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    • August 23, 2017, at 5:13 AM PDT
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  2. The Reticulator Member

    David Deeble: Meanwhile, the Resistance (starring Hillary Clinton!) pondered whether their eclipse-safe goggles might protect them from viewing statues they find offensive. This historical revisionism, aided and abetted by the political establishment of both parties, would have Robert E. Lee turning over in his grave. (Assuming that Antifa radicals haven’t already exhumed his remains). The latest iteration of left-wing hysteria qualifies a “Not The Onion” disclaimer: ESPN has pulled broadcaster Robert Lee from broadcasting University of Virginia football games. And you thought only universities turned back well-qualified Asian Americans.

    In other sports news, the Big Ten Conference and Atlantic Coast Conference are disbanding because the term Conference is too much like Confederate (and in fact has the same etymological root). Sports fans might become traumatized. Instead, ESPN will broadcast intramural games.

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    • August 23, 2017, at 6:45 AM PDT
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  3. David Deeble Member
    David Deeble

    Songwriter (View Comment):
    David – how do you feel when the media gift wraps a joke and hands it to you – as ESPN did this week? Are you grateful? Or do you ever wanna say, “Hey, fellas, leave the comedy to us professionals?”

    Apparently these jokes DO write themselves.

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    • August 23, 2017, at 7:19 AM PDT
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  4. Jules PA Member

    the outcome of such a war between potheads and gun nuts is a foregone conclusion.

    ❤️

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    • August 23, 2017, at 7:32 AM PDT
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  5. Profile Photo Member

    David Deeble: without pausing to consider that the outcome of such a war between potheads and gun nuts is a foregone conclusion.

    One of the most interesting tidbits I saw about Charlottesville was in a story that there were two armed militias at Charlottesville – one right wing and one left wing – they worked together to break up fights and disbanded when the mayor declared the assemblies to be unlawful.

    This gave me two thoughts:

    1) This is a huge 2nd Amendment story about responsible gun ownership and use and of course the MSM is mum on it.

    2) There are left wing militias? WTF?!

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    • August 23, 2017, at 7:50 AM PDT
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  6. MarciN Member

    David Deeble: At Charlottesville, racist David Duke managed to hold a Unite The Right rally and, judging from those in attendance, most of his supporters are reporters and media photographers.

    Awesome comment on the whole story. :)

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    • August 23, 2017, at 8:07 AM PDT
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  7. Hammer, The Member

    Refreshing, Mr. Deeble, as always.

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    • August 23, 2017, at 8:18 AM PDT
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  8. Nanda Panjandrum Inactive

    Appreciate the news wrap-up and the breath of fresh air, David…Nobody does it better; even Dick Gregory is smiling. :-)

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    • August 23, 2017, at 11:02 AM PDT
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  9. Unsk Member

    “Instead, ESPN will broadcast intramural games.”

    Hopefully Reticulator , those intramural games will be in a safe space where no score is kept, because you know many have issues with self esteem and a lot of feelings could get awfully hurt if a score was kept. Of course, trophies for everyone all around afterward.

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    • August 23, 2017, at 2:06 PM PDT
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  10. zandertunz Member

    Like the delightful ozone ambiance following a thunderstorm, David, your wrap up to the stormy week was bright and cleansing. Thanks for the breath of fresh air. Ahh… Plus, it made me laugh. Good medicine!

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    • August 23, 2017, at 2:16 PM PDT
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  11. Kay of MT Member

    Jules PA (View Comment):
    the outcome of such a war between potheads and gun nuts is a foregone conclusion.

    ❤️

    This is perfect!

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    • August 23, 2017, at 5:08 PM PDT
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  12. Ralphie Member

    And yet, we still have toilet paper to buy. Amazing.

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    • August 25, 2017, at 10:24 AM PDT
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  13. David Deeble Member
    David Deeble

    zandertunz (View Comment):
    Like the delightful ozone ambiance following a thunderstorm, David, your wrap up to the stormy week was bright and cleansing. Thanks for the breath of fresh air. Ahh… Plus, it made me laugh. Good medicine!

    You bet, Zandertunz, and I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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    • August 27, 2017, at 8:42 AM PDT
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