David and Goliath in Michigan

 

What is going to happen in Michigan? I hear this question a lot these days. Tomorrow, the primary is being held. The latest polls show Mitt Romney in the lead over Rick Santorum by 2%, which lies within the margin of error. In other words, it would appear to be a dead heat.

Michigan is Romney’s home state. He was born here. He grew up here. His father was Governor. His mother ran for the Senate here. He ought to have an edge.

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As I was sipping my morning coffee I came across this article on ESPN. The headline is “Ben & Jerry’s Sorry for Fortune Cookies.” Apparently, Ben & Jerry’s, in an effort to capitalize on Linsanity decided to market a treat called Taste the Lin-Sanity. Lin, as you may know, attended Harvard where he was a […]

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We often hear talk from candidates about keeping the revenue of the federal government to its ‘historic average’ of 18 or 19 or even 20%. This has always seemed odd to me for a few reasons. There is no set of natural forces that has kept revenue at this level, except the performance of the […]

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Not really if there is no way they would ever actually be used.  Mark Steyn weighed in here in his wonderful book TV in depth interview recently.  Mark touches on this at about 2:15 of the 3 hour show. http://www.booktv.org/Watch/13139/In+Depth+Mark+Steyn.aspx Preview Open

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From: “What are you going to give up this Lent?”, Feb. 26, 2012, Catholic New Worldby Francis George, Cardinal Archbishop of Chicago, http://www.catholicnewworld.com/cnwonline/2012/0226/cardinal.aspx So far in American history, our government has respected the freedom of individual conscience and of institutional integrity for all the many religious groups that shape our society. The government has not […]

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Something that’s been stuck in my craw.  Santorum stated he was morally opposed to birth control, abortifacients, etc., but he voted for Title 10 as part of an appropriations bill.  He then went on to say, in his own defense, that he subsequently supported Title 20 which would contemporaneously provide abstinence education to counter the […]

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Info@Ricochet.com, May I suggest a new Tab intended for Meet Ups, I believe the whole Ricochet community would grow if it was easier to find Ricochetors that are willing to meet face to face and build a stronger community. I suggest allowing members to pick Groups (i.e SoCal, Athens, Chicago … etc) they would be […]

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A Ricochet Meet Up in Athens

 

The only thing that rivals the enjoyment of reading the thoughts and watching the interaction of Ricochet people on this site is watching it all unfold in real time.  So it was wonderful last night, when Casey Taylor and his delightful wife gave me a ride to Speakeasy, in picturesque downtown Athens, GA for a Ricochet meet up.   Once there, we first met Ricochet member Aimee Jones, who was kind enough to orchestrate the festivities.   David Foster was there, having flown in (literally, he flew his own plane) from Maryland.  And in short order, two other Ricochet members arrived from Knoxville (properly pronounced, it’s “kuh-noxville”).  Since they use different on-screen names, I’ll refrain using their real names, which I remember.  And since I can’t remember their on-screen names, I won’t mention those either.  How’s that for efficiency?

The conversation rolled gently from one topic to the next, from our respective vocations to military subjects, from freelance journalism to politics.   We batted about the electability of each of the candidates, we dissected the strong and weak points of the field, and were just getting around to solving world hunger when a kind young lady came to take our order.   As impressive as the food was, the general atmosphere of our little gathering was even more so.  We would divide into small conversations of two or three people, only to spontaneously reunite with a topic of interest to the whole gathering.   Evidently, time got away from us because in due course our greeter politely informed us that others were waiting for our table, we having been deep in conversation for a few hours.

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That’s what citizens in developed countries pay for western-style socialized medicine. Every single day of their lives. Everybody. This needs to be repeated verbatim till it sinks in. We’re doing the right things by talking about mandates, cabinet members with breathtaking authority to write rules, unelected committees dictating healthcare coverage and the like. But for […]

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I have just attended a speech by Mark Steyn in Melbourne, Victoria (Australia) on the theme of freedom of speech, organised by the Institute of Public Affairs.  Thanks Mark for one of the funniest, passionate defenses of free speech I’m ever likely to hear.  It was a call to action and I have resolved to […]

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NYT: The Founding Fathers Would Have Wanted A Contraception Mandate

 

Today’s NYT features a ponderous defense of the HHS contraception/abortifacient mandate by Dorothy Samuels, a member of the Times editorial board and former ACLU lawyer.  If this is the best the Left can do, it is pathetic indeed.

Samuels basic assertion is that those who oppose the mandate have no “right to impose their religious views on millions of Americans who do not share them.” Hang on a minute.  Those of us who say that the government should not force religious institutions to violate their core principles are somehow trying to impose our views on others?  Presumably, every failure to subsidize a  lifestyle choice amounts to an infringement of liberty.

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Unfortunately, an otherwise decent movie was ruined by gratuitous anti-semitism of the new left Jeremiah Wright-David Duke hybrid variety. The lead bad guy is a Russian speaking Jew (oddly named Christo) in the Ukraine whose specialty is smuggling drugs from Mexico into the into the US (at least he did not confess to developing the […]

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“Time Stand Still” I turn my back to the windTo catch my breathBefore I start off again.Driven on without a moment to spendTo pass an evening with a drink and a friendI let my skin get too thinI’d like to pauseNo matter what I pretendLike some pilgrimWho learns to transcendLearns to live as if each […]

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According to this article in the WSJ (not behind the paywall), Santorum isn’t calling for special tax breaks for manufacturers, but instead an across-the-board cut of capital gains taxes to a flat rate of 17.5%, noting that “Taxes on corporate earnings repatriated from overseas should be eliminated to bring home manufacturing.” My memory isn’t the […]

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I, like probably a good percentage of Americans, am the child of a defected Catholic. Mom left the church after her parents divorce (she was 13). My parents were not religious, but had me (their first) and started going to church. My Dad said he thought that was what respectable people do when they have […]

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