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The chattering class has found a home on Twitter. Twitter does perform a public service, although an unintended service that displays the ignorance of the elites. Elites on both the Left, and Moderates that expose themselves as ignorant, and disdainful of anyone that lives outside the bright lights of Washington DC, or any other large city.

From the Bulwark to the Lincoln Project, as well as the DNC, they have tiny little minds, they live in tiny little states, and drive tiny little cars with tiny little horns that go peep, peep, peep! Apologies to Randy Newman.

They have no real-life experience and live in concrete-and-glass canyons that limit their horizons and stunts their vision. Oh, they might go to the beach, or even attend a conference in Aspen, but that just reinforces their tiny beliefs. They went to the right schools and dutifully memorized the socially accepted platitudes. The most dangerous thing they do is open a bottle of champagne or do a little cocaine.

Their stupidity was on full display when tweeting about coyotes. None of them would last very long in the Sonoran Desert. Not all predators in the Sonoran Desert walk on four legs, crawl, or slither. The most dangerous predators walk on two legs in the Sonoran Desert. Coyotes traffic in drugs, and human beings.

The Sonoran Desert does not care if you went to the right school, know all the right people, and are invited to the right parties. The Sonoran Desert does not care what you think you might know about the border. Ignorance is bliss for the elites but it is not a virtue.

Take some time to watch this video. It will be far more educational than “Meet The Press.”


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  1. JoelB Member

    Being a wolf looks like one hard job.

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    • October 24, 2020, at 12:23 PM PDT
  2. Juliana Member

    Watching things like this remind me of how safe and secure my life really is…and I am grateful for those who chose to put their lives in danger to make this country better.

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    • October 24, 2020, at 5:36 PM PDT
  3. James Gawron Thatcher
    James GawronJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member


    I haven’t had a chance to watch the video but I will do it. However, I just wanted to tell you to hang onto your introductory paragraphs. You nailed them. No matter how facile and talented they are, they are so divorced from ordinary life and live in their bubble of right-thinking that they don’t have a clue. Some of them are cynical enough not to care but many are just that unconscious of their lack of grounding in reality. You hit on something. The Twitter thing is symptomatic of this whole syndrome. Their egos are so big they are sure that their instantaneous opinions on subjects are sage. Trump is just using Twitter to counter-punch a corrupt & lazy media. These people identify with the corrupt & lazy media. Pathetic.

    Hold onto the ideas in these paragraphs they are relevant to many other subjects too.




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    • October 24, 2020, at 5:47 PM PDT
  4. Gary Robbins Reagan


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    • October 24, 2020, at 7:31 PM PDT
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    by Angelo Codevilla in July 2010

    It’s a long read but worth it

    Today’s ruling class, from Boston to San Diego, was formed by an educational system that exposed them to the same ideas and gave them remarkably uniform guidance, as well as tastes and habits. These amount to a social canon of judgments about good and evil, complete with secular sacred history, sins (against minorities and the environment), and saints. Using the right words and avoiding the wrong ones when referring to such matters — speaking the “in” language — serves as a badge of identity. Regardless of what business or profession they are in, their road up included government channels and government money because, as government has grown, its boundary with the rest of American life has become indistinct. Many began their careers in government and leveraged their way into the private sector. Some, e.g., Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, never held a non-government job. Hence whether formally in government, out of it, or halfway, America’s ruling class speaks the language and has the tastes, habits, and tools of bureaucrats. It rules uneasily over the majority of Americans not oriented to government.

    Important as they are, our political divisions are the iceberg’s tip. When pollsters ask the American people whether they are likely to vote Republican or Democrat in the next presidential election, Republicans win growing pluralities. But whenever pollsters add the preferences “undecided,” “none of the above,” or “tea party,” these win handily, the Democrats come in second, and the Republicans trail far behind. That is because while most of the voters who call themselves Democrats say that Democratic officials represent them well, only a fourth of the voters who identify themselves as Republicans tell pollsters that Republican officeholders represent them well. Hence officeholders, Democrats and Republicans, gladden the hearts of some one-third of the electorate — most Democratic voters, plus a few Republicans. This means that Democratic politicians are the ruling class’s prime legitimate representatives and that because Republican politicians are supported by only a fourth of their voters while the rest vote for them reluctantly, most are aspirants for a junior role in the ruling class. In short, the ruling class has a party, the Democrats. But some two-thirds of Americans — a few Democratic voters, most Republican voters, and all independents — lack a vehicle in electoral politics.

    What really distinguishes these privileged people demographically is that, whether in government power directly or as officers in companies, their careers and fortunes depend on government. They vote Democrat more consistently than those who live on any of America’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Streets.

    This was written in 2010, a very prescient article by Angelo Codevilla

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    • October 24, 2020, at 11:14 PM PDT
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    One more excerpt from article cited above:

    American secondary schools are generous with their As. Since the 1970s, it has been virtually impossible to flunk out of American colleges. And it is an open secret that “the best” colleges require the least work and give out the highest grade point averages. No, our ruling class recruits and renews itself not through meritocracy but rather by taking into itself people whose most prominent feature is their commitment to fit in. The most successful neither write books and papers that stand up to criticism nor release their academic records. Thus does our ruling class stunt itself through negative selection. But the more it has dumbed itself down, the more it has defined itself by the presumption of intellectual superiority.


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    • October 24, 2020, at 11:21 PM PDT
  7. I Walton Member

    Looks like the entire area is without the famous fence. Where is it? Will this area get one? Does it matter?

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    • October 25, 2020, at 5:17 AM PDT
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  8. Western Chauvinist Member
    Western ChauvinistJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I love that the Wolves consistently call the smugglers, “the bad guys.” Simple language plainly spoken is so very clarifying.

    The reason to build the wall? “The bad guys.” 


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    • October 25, 2020, at 6:33 AM PDT
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  9. Old Bathos Moderator

    I spent a year at Ft. Huachuca and travelled a lot on the Arizona-Sonora desert. That would be a hell of hike. Tough ground, snakes, patrols and zero water or shade over large areas. Those guys are really impressive. The fact that the smugglers make an effort to conceal their tracks, that they know they will be tracked is interesting. You would think they would select a route not covered by the Shadow Wolves.

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    • October 25, 2020, at 7:26 AM PDT
  10. Ontheleftcoast Member

    Today’s ruling class, from Boston to San Diego, was formed by an educational system that exposed them to the same ideas and gave them remarkably uniform guidance, as well as tastes and habits. These amount to a social canon of judgments about good and evil, complete with secular sacred history, sins (against minorities and the environment), and saints.

    That is critically important. James Surowiecki’s The Wisdom of Crowds describes five characteristics necessary for a group to be “smarter” than any one of its members:

    Diversity of opinion: Each person should have private information even if it’s just an eccentric interpretation of the known facts.

     Independence: People’s opinions aren’t determined by the opinions of those around them.

    Decentralization: People are able to specialize and draw on local knowledge.

    Aggregation: Some mechanism exists for turning private judgements into a collective decision.

    Trust: Each person trusts the collective group to be fair. 

    Just for starters, the educational system has destroyed diversity of opinion in the ruling class; the more time you spend being education processed the more likely it is that you are made uncomfortable by diversity of opinions.



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    • October 25, 2020, at 8:07 AM PDT
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  11. Bill Nelson Member

    Makes a lot of assumptions about people you do not know. And a lot of those people are going to be friends, neighbors even relatives. There are some very fine people who hold different political views, chattering or not.

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    • October 26, 2020, at 9:15 AM PDT
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