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Over at the Corner, John J. Miller notes that H.P. Lovecraft was rather explicitly drawn on for an episode of Scooby-Doo. Well, perhaps not to be outdone, last week the madmen at South Park not only had a cameo by the big Cth himself, but also scads of Elder Things, Shub-Niggurath, a shoggoth, and a […]

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Democrats to America: “Boo!”


It’s somehow fitting that this year’s elections are being held so close to Halloween. Not only has the Left attempted to characterize the coming Republican tide as an invasion of ghosts and ghouls rising from the dead, it’s removed its collective mask and announced to the world that it really does hold millions of its fellow Americans in contempt. Like Frankenstein’s monster in its death throes, its messengers are lashing out with incoherent grunting as they attempt to explain away the coming bloodbath.

There’s something shockingly spooky about watching some of this nation’s leading politicians, pundits and entertainers banding together to defame such a large portion of their constituencies. To them, the stupidity of the people is self-evident; after all, they’re being ignored by the boobs. They have Nobel Prizes and Pulitzers and Oscars and Emmys, and yet their wisdom is being questioned. And so they’re reduced to smarmy put-downs and self-congratulatory smugness. They call the activists “teabaggers,” and all those hip folks understand the reference. They blithely attack conservative women in repulsively misogynistic language. The country they celebrated two years ago for creating an atmosphere that allowed a grassroots movement to grow they now villify for the same thing.

15 Injured in Suicide Bombing in Heart of Istanbul


I just checked the news and saw this. This is ten minutes from me; I walk through there every day. They’re concerned there’s a second device in the area.

Eyewitnesses claim that there were 2 perpetrators. One shot down by police before blast. Second managed to blast himself #Istanbul #Turkey4 minutes ago via TweetDeckBreaking: PKK spokesman says he knows nothing about bomb in #Istanbul’s #Taksim Sq – learned of it from CNN calling him to ask11 minutes ago via web judging from broken windows of hotels&other little shops&restaurants in the vicinity of #Taksim square explosion,the bomb was strongAttack was directed to the police buses parked at the center of the square. Suicide bomber fused the bomb in between these buses. #Turkey

A Geeky Question


This has nothing to do with Israel or Iran or Hamas or midterm elections. This is a cri de coeur to any helpful geeky types who might read Ricochet.

I spend all my worktime typing on a computer and am extremely picky about keyboard feel. I need a new external keyboard to go with my Mac laptop, but am not near any handy warehouse-sized computer accessories stores where I could type-test lots and lots of them. I’ve done some reading and have concluded that my tastes run (I think) to mechanical switches, probably Cherry browns (let me just adjust my propellor hat as I type this). I like me a well-made rubber dome switch a la Unicomp’s late, lamented Mighty Mouse (confusing name; no relation to Apple), but they’re totally ungettable now, and my Mac wouldn’t cooperate with an old one I tried to hook up to it in any case.

Murkowski and Fagan: A Guide for the Perplexed


So, having spent the better part of yesterday evening reading about it, here’s my verdict on the question, “How worried should I be about Lisa Murkowski bullying Dan Fagan?” On a scale of one to ten, with one being “about as worried as I should be by the threat of poisoned Halloween candy” and ten being “about as worried as I should be by nuclear proliferation,” I’d give it a 3.5. I’d give it a higher ranking, but I think the election will take care of Alaska’s Murkowski problem, sparing me any further angst on the subject.

That said, there’s a larger issue here that’s worthy of a seven, at least.

A Recommendation for My Parental Playbook


From time to time we have discussed parenting issues on Ricochet, so I wanted to recommend two books that I think sums up the philosophical stance displayed by our contributors. And I’m thinking of Ursula here.

Wendy Mogel’s Blessing of a Skinned Knee was guide for the toddler to ten year old set written some dozen years ago. Many know of this book. But her newest release is focused on teens. “Blessings of a B Minus.” It is terrific.

America – Has Obama put a “Kick Me” sign on our backs?


Foiled bombings in Chicago and Brooklyn. Virginia man arrested for casing Metro for terrorist action. Have we emboldened terrorism by our soft international stance, i.e. “negotiating” with the Taliban; Obama’s infamous, and pedestrian, speech reaching out to the Muslim world as a religion of peace. (As two teen girls are executed by Islamists in Somalia.) Or is this the build up of years of planning by Al Queda and the like and pure coincidence that it all comes tumbling down now? Or is it radical Islam doesn’t want to see Stewart and Colbert take the stage tomorrow? I put it to those more expert than I here at Ricochet.

Personally, I’ve always felt another successful terrorist attempt was inevitable in a society as free, and freely hated by our enemies, as ours. Living in Los Angeles you see the simplicity of a suicide bomber walking into a mall and detonating him/herself.



A test case for the post-Iraq war on terror. Iraq isn’t a model for how to respond. Neither is Afghanistan. No cause of war — we are at pains not to be officially at war with Yemen — no coalition of the willing, a set of constraints we haven’t faced before, and a set of shifting variables (Turkey, Iran…) that look much different from even a few years ago. Choose your gray area, there it is: the drone killings, the complicity of American citizens, even geography — Yemen is practically Africa. And there’s no AFRICOM in Africa.

Mental notes: (1) Iran vs. Saudi Arabia. (2) Yemen standing with Saddam and against the Saudis in Gulf War I. (3) US gets the “tip” yesterday, or earlier, from “Saudi intelligence officials.” (4) …?

A Question For The Experts


A quick question for the politicians, the professional experts like Mike Murphy, and the political junkies in the Ricochet universe:

As someone who spends most of the time on the road and finally has a bit of time to watch television, I have to ask, are political ads designed to entice viewers to jam railroad spikes in their ears? It seems that I see the same ads at least 117 times per hour. From what I can tell, all of these nefarious candidates have engaged in every diabolical act except the sinking of the Lusitania and there is some conjecture about that. Are voters really deemed to have the IQ of bread mold?

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I’m about to pick up some friends who are coming into town for the Stewart/Colbert rally tomorrow. Fact is that a ton of friends and neighbors are going, and hosting people coming in from out of town as well. A friend reported that half his flight from Michigan was full of rally attendees. I think […]

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The Democrats’ War on Poll Watchers


Voter intimidation was so 2008. This year, the Democrats are trying out a new thuggish tactic: poll watcher intimidation. J. Christian Adams, the former DOJ official who accused the department of racial bias in its handling of the New Black Panther Party imbroglio in 2008, explains:

[I]n Houston, poll watchers for a group dedicated to election integrity called ‘True the Vote’ are being harassed because of what they are seeing inside the polls. And it might come as a surprise who is doing the harassing.

How Worried Should I Be About Lisa Murkowski Bullying Dan Fagan?


One of our members sent us an e-mail about this item on Sarah Palin’s Facebook page. (Dear member: Would you like to be identified as the tipster? I’m not sure, so I’ll err on the side of caution and keep your name out of it.)

Yesterday, Lisa Murkowski’s hired guns threatened radio host Dan Fagan, and more importantly, the station that airs Fagan’s show, with legal action for allegedly illegal “electioneering.” The station, unlike Murkowski, who is flush with millions of dollars from vested corporate interests, does not have a budget for a legal defense. So it did what any small market station would do when threatened by Beltway lawyers charging $500 to $1000 an hour – they pulled Dan Fagan off the air.

Pacquiao v. Margarito with Harry Reid Bonus


I don’t know if it’s wise to admit this on Ricochet, but I like to think you can always count on me for the truth, so I’ll just say it. I’m so sick of politics that I don’t want to hear another word about the election; and I certainly don’t want to write one. Besides, I suspect everything that can be said has been said. Surely I can’t be the only one?

But I just found a way to talk about something I’m actually interested in right now and to tie it in–plausibly!–with election news. You’ll be so impressed.