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That thump you heard was the sound of Palin’s One Nation tour bus rolling over Christine O’Donnell (and of Mike Murphy being vindicated yet again). From the Daily Caller, regarding Palin’s big rally: More

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No stranger to embarrassing disclosures and revelations, the federal Justice Department recently saw the failed ‘gunwalking’ stings of Operation Fast and Furious end up at the top of Google’s News Search when the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms chief and the U.S. Attorney for Arizona resigned ‘amid fast and furious uproar‘ and a rapidly expanding internal […]

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Check out this excellent profile of Florida Senator, (and to some people, potential next Vice President of the United States), Marco Rubio. The writer, Cal Thomas, asks us to consider Senator Rubio’s recent Reagan Library speech: The right philosophy is key and the Reagan Library speech proves that Rubio has the most important ingredient of […]

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It’s where I was born. That seems to mean something. It seems to mean more if your parents were born in the South as well. There is an interconnectivity and your birth is but a dot in a tangled web of relatives and friends. In Charleston, they say that there are two kinds of locals: […]

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American Airlines said it is searching for a lost cat at New York’s JFK airport that apparently got loose while employees were scrambling to prepare for Hurricane Irene. The missing feline, named Jack, has reportedly been roaming around the American Airlines’ baggage center for the past five days More

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Rested and ready, he’s throwing himself back into the most pressing problems facing his re-election: President Obama Sets Two Hollywood Fundraisers (Exclusive)The Hollywood Reporter More

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From the PJ Tatler (based on story in Washington Examiner): WANTED: Alcoholic Truck Drivers Turns out that recovering(?) drunkards are covered by the American With Disabilities Act (at least according to a very strained interpretation by the EEOC). More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Calling All Romney Supporters

 

I’m not doing this to needle you–honestly I’m not.  Romney’s not my choice, but we here at Ricochet have a big tent–well, a big-ish tent, anyway–and the supporters of the former governor of Massachusetts are not only welcome but among our shrewdest contributors.  Yesterday, though, Jonathan Last put up a post about Mitt Romney that’s biting and funny and that strikes me as pretty largely true.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. And the Favorite Tea Party Author Is . . . John Locke: The Father of our Fathers, part one

 

    Of course, I must mean the original Tea Party.  While Mark Steyn, Ann Coulter, and Glenn Beck are all doing well on the bestseller list, I could not find a single edition of Locke’s Second Treatise above #21,000 on Amazon.  That number is disturbing given that a large percentage of college students are returning to campus this week and buying their books for the semester.  More troubling is Howard Zinn’s People’s History (that is, the communist version of America) retaining an impressive rank of 625 as of a moment ago, having sold over 2 million copies since its publication.  The contributors on the College Feed side of ricochet are not exaggerating when they lament the unabashed leftist bent of their professors.

     While the Right is well supplied with good defenses in its non-fiction bestsellers, all or virtually all of talk radio, and insightful blogs like this one, there remains ample reason to revisit—or visit for the first time—the classic writers on liberty, be you a college student, a Tea Party participant, or a person who makes a living at politics and political commentary.  And the classic author who definitely belongs first on the list is John Locke.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Walter Lippmann Corrects Milton Friendman

 

A week ago today, Mark Wilson posted on Ricochet a piece entitled Electing the Wrong People, or Why We Shouldn’t Mourn Paul Ryan (and Mitch Daniels). In this connection, he included the video that you will find below – in which Milton Friedman suggests that it really does not matter whom you elect to Congress. What matters are the incentives under which they operate.

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Via Mediaite, this&nbsp;video is probably the saddest thing you’ll see today. <span class=”Apple-style-span” style=”font-size: small; ” mce_fixed=”1″><iframe src=”http://player.vimeo.com/video/28171399?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0″ width=”400″ height=”265″ frameborder=”0″></iframe><p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/28171399″>Twin Tower Cameos</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/danmeth”>Dan Meth</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a>.</p></span> More

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I’m already grumpy this morning, so this sort of pushed me over the edge. Politico reports: More

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I’m sure if asked, Brian De Palma will protest that he’s an artist who can’t be blamed for what people do with his work. &nbsp;But the fact remains, an Al Qaeda terrorist was inspired by that work to murder two American servicemen in Germany: http://www.denverpost.com/nationworld/ci_18794573 More

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Muslims, police scuffle at Rye Playland over amusement park’s head scarf ban; 15 arrests made http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/new-york/muslims-police-scuffle-rye-playland-over-amusement-park-123309825.html I think she’s right; it’s because they’re Moslems, unwilling to accept the rules.&nbsp; Indeed, determined to flaunt the rules. More

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Sonia Arrison, in her book “100 Plus: How the Coming Age of Longevity Will Change Everything, From Careers and Relationships to Family and Faith” says that in the near future, living to 100 — and even a little beyond — won’t be so unusual.

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Obama’s recent attempts to bypass a recalcitrant legislature and enact policies that were clearly rejected remind me of an old Monty Python line about agnostics: “There is nothing you can’t do if you don’t know if you believe in anything or not.”&nbsp; This is clearly Obama’s view of governance – there is nothing he can’t […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. More on the High Intellectual Seriousness of Mr. Justice Clarence Thomas

 

Earlier this week, our own Paul Rahe commented, astonished, on the Jeffrey Toobin profile of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas in the current issue of The New Yorker.&nbsp; “Liberals are accustomed,” Paul wrote, “…to treat…[Justice Thomas] as nothing more than a safe vote for whatever Justice Antonin Scalia has in mind. It will be very hard for them to digest &nbsp;and come to grips with what Toobin has to say, and it is no less remarkable that a hardcore left-liberal &nbsp;such as Toobin is willing to say it.”

Today, Michael Barone writes with similiar astonishment in the Washington Examiner:

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Another Solar Panel company is going down the tubes.&nbsp; First it was Evergreen (a company that hired away a couple engineers from the employer I work for), now it’s Solyndra. I’ve actually seen their Fremont, CA facility from the roadside.&nbsp; I drove past it often as the last year I’ve been making regular trips to […]

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When you make a deal with the Devil he will come to collect. Last year Comcast, the nation’s largest provider of cable television services, sought to acquire GE’s entertainment division NBC-Universal. Of course, there were cries of monopolistic practices and one of the leading critics of the deal was ex-NBC employee Al Franken. To win […]

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Peter Robinson started a discussion&nbsp;yesterday with his post about the French citizen who paid the fines of women who violated the Belgian ban on wearing the burhka in public. While I think his point was to see whether we thought this was a proper form of protest against State interference on private matters, the discussion […]

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