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The same day after laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during a somber Memorial Day ceremony at Arlington cemetery, the Commander in Chief decided to…play golf for the 9th week in a row. Has any President (including Eisenhower) ever played golf on Memorial Day? During the two years of President Obama’s […]

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Theodore Dalrymple writes brilliantly — as he always does — about a British man who became a serial killer while working on a doctorate in homicide studies. In the piece he also delivers the best one paragraph summation of why you should read Kenneth Minogue’s The Liberal Mind if you haven’t already. What lies behind these […]

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One of my West Coast friends, a legal immigrant from a formerly communist country, called me to report that she lost not one but both of her jobs yesterday. In one case, the company is closing. In another, the company is downsizing. As she’s pregnant with her first child, this could not have happened at […]

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Law Talk #7: The Most Radical Injunction

 

The Ricochet Law School faculty lounge has re-opened after an extended closure for renovations (the custom made combination beer tap/LexisNexis terminal is working wonderfully, thanks for asking). This week, Professors Yoo and Epstein (ably guided by host Troy Senik) opine on California’s soon-to-be-freed prisoners, presidential war powers, immigration, and San Francisco’s unkindest cut. Or lack of it, as the case may be.

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Paul Ryan: A Duty to Serve

 

On Monday – which is to say, on Memorial Day – Jennifer Rubin posted a short squib on The Washington Post website. In it she goes after politicians of merit who shy away from running for higher office with the excuse that their decision was based on the needs of their families. She asks pointedly whether this is supposed to mean that those who do run are therefore “less devoted” to their families. She intimates that the whole thing may be “a bit of a dodge.” And to make her point, she directs our attention to the women and men serving in the armed forces.

This weekend, however, I saw firsthand why this reason (however true) is really not an appropriate rationale for politicians. My family and I spent the weekend in Norfolk. There are multiple Army forts and Navy bases in area. On and off base there are thousands of homes, filled with a single spouse and multiple children. Usually it is the dads who are gone six months, but often it is much longer. Having a spouse deployed is not reason for complaint. Life goes on, children go to school, mothers cope and there are no weekends home for the absent dads.