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And Chuggington is his embarrassing eco-commie cousin! According to this, the beloved train and his British buds are imperialist scum making your child into a Burkean, Kipling-loving zombie.  Of course, many of us on Ricochet probably think there are worse types of zombies for your children to turn into. The article seems to be written […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Amateur Hour: Herman Cain Apologizes to Muslim Brotherhood

 

Ryan Mauro reports at Pajamas that Herman Cain, still smarting from the backlash over his declaration that Americans should have the right to oppose the construction of mosques, has since visited a mosque and had so heartwarming an experience there that he has apologized. Trouble is, the leader of the mosque — and Cain’s guide on the tour — is Muslim Brotherhood.

Cain visited the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) of Sterling, Virginia, which is led by Imam Mohamed Magid. Magid is president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), which is a Brotherhood branch. The Brotherhood is, of course, all about the imposition of sharia law. This doesn’t seem to square with Cain’s stance as an opponent of sharia, but not to worry. Cain’s okay with that. 

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43 Senators have signed a letter to Reid saying they will not vote for his proposal. The Boehner plan, whether you like it or not, is about to become the only viable option. H/T to K-Lo at NR. More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. A Tail Of Two Countries: And Cats That Look Way Too Much Like Hitler.

 

Evidently, you cannot give away a cat that looks like Hitler in the U.K. But in the U.S……. they are celebrated with their own web site. Yes, CatsThatLookLikeHitler.com. When’s the IPO?

NOTE: Originally I forgot the link to the U.K. story that makes some sense of this.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Couple in China Sells All Its Children To Fund On-Line Gaming Addiction.

 

Talk about no upbringing. Who’s in charge over there? This couple did it once, then had another, then another. They sold all of them, one by one. They weren’t making a lot on each but evidently it was all about volume. It’s approaching Katherine Dunne’s  Geek Love where a family of circus freaks injested Drain-o and other toxins as part of their prenatal care to try to produce revenue generating offspring for the family business.

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Larry Kudlow has pointed out that nobody has advanced a plan to bring the budget into balance. He’s right, at least all I hear talk of is deficit reduction. More

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I am not a Catholic, but have an undying admiration for Christopher Dawson (1889-1970), the great British Catholic historian.  He’s largely ignored by the academy because of his well-reasoned interpretation of history based on the premise that religion is critical to civilization.  Yet in the late 1950s and early 1960s, he accepted an appointment on […]

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Marco Rubio shows [again] why he will be a future President of the United States of America, while at the same time showing why we should be grateful that John Kerry never ascended to that position… More

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From the Hill’s Blog: Obama: House Republicans wasted ‘precious days’ with Boehner plan By Gautham Nagesh President Obama used his his weekly address to call out House Republicans for holding up the process of getting “our fiscal house in order.” More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Enough with the Summer Reading. Now for Some Summer Viewing: Call Me Ishmael

 

This had me from the first frame–I mean from the first one twenty-fourth of a second.  A ship under sail, the wind alive, the sea dancing.  That’s all it took, baby.  To be broadcast in two parts on August 1 and 2:  Moby Dick.

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Ricochet’s James Poulos has an article at the Daily Caller that seems to apply to many of the conversations we’ve had here recently, reflected most clearly in the different opinions on the proper balance between principle and pragmatism in the budget and debt ceiling fights.  He views the intra-party battle within the Republican party through […]

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I love sharing music with the Ricochet community.  If you have followed them and participated in their conversations, you would understand the motivation behind them.   As a member, I was having a hard time finding my voice.  To be  good contributing member, one has to establish a particular and consistent voice.  The idea behind […]

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In yet another reference to the Hugh Hewitt show [now you know what I listened to this afternoon while mowing], Thursday’s episode contained what I think is the line of the week, from some guy named James Lileks.  The name sounds familiar, but I can’t place it… Anyhow, host Hugh was pointing out that everything […]

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As more information is leaking out concerning the debt ceiling deal between Republican congressional leaders and the White House, the results appear somewhat anti-climactic. We were told we were on the brink of economic disaster, and some of the proposals discussed were genuinely revolutionary given the trajectory of spending over the past ten years. So […]

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A while back there was a thread about which talk radio personalities people listen to.  Technically I do not listen to anyone, but I cherry pick podcasts when I get the chance (commute, lawn-mowing, etc.)  One I listen to a great deal is Hugh Hewitt.  I like his style, and his guests.  One of those […]

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An analysis of political contributions by various industries and interest groups. Via a commenter at this post (7/30, 10:45 am), who somehow derived from this data the conclusion that “Brain industries go with Dems. Muscle industries go with Repubs.” More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Weird Karma of August 2

 

I look around today and see absolutely no sign of people preparing for the coming apocalypse in 3 days if we don’t raise the debt ceiling, so I suspect no one is buying it.

Today I attended a car wash to raise money for my youth football program, met with one of my youth baseball coaches and I’m about to go to a BBQ and finish off the Sangria I made last week (it’s best after it sits).

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Israeli Natural Gas – Midsummer Update

 

1. Egypt-to-Israel gas pipeline attacked again as Sinai descends into chaos. Yesterday, the pipeline in the northern Sinai that brings natural gas from Egypt to Israel was attacked for the third time this month and the fifth time since the protests that brought down Hosni Mubarak. Gunmen approached the pipeline in two trucks, used rocket-propelled grenades to punch a hole in it, then drove off as Egyptian troops approached. There were no casualties. The attack further delays the resumption of supply to Israel following the last attack on July 12.

“According to the partial information we have, this explosion only affects the export of Egyptian gas to Israel,” said Amit Mor, CEO and energy specialist at the Eco Energy consulting firm. “It was directed against Israel and will not affect future supplies of gas to Jordan, Syria and Lebanon…I think the major consumers and government all have given up on the supply of Egyptian gas to Israel….The resumption of the full contractual obligation of gas supply to Israel can be used as a test-case of the Egyptian government to maintain its international obligations vis-a-vis foreign direct investments in Egypt on the one hand, and its future relations with Israel on the other.”

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