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Is anybody else as perplexed as I with the recent action in the presidential election contracts at Intrade (the prediction market, where individuals can bet on the outcome of various events in the future)? Here is a screen grab from the site as of 18:25 UTC on 2012-09-29. Holy inevitability, Batman—Obama re-election at 78.7% and […]

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Here is an  explanation of trickle-down economics, from a small businessman (the owner of a small business, not a small man). http://dallaswindows.com/Trickle_Down_Economics_101.htm  More

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Karl Marx famously described religion as the opiate of the people–a set of delusions with which the suffering proletariat might comfort itself–and you’ll still find plenty of liberals who subscribe to the view that, as prosperity and education diffuse themselves, becoming more and more accessible, religion, no longer necessary, will fade out.

What, then, are we to make of a young man, gifted with a fine intellect and a good education, athletic prowess, and a Major League Baseball contract that made him wealthy–in short, a young man who had everything–who chose to walk away from it all to become a monk? (In the photo, the young man in question is on the left, carrying the censer.) From an article about the hot young baseball prospect, Grant Desme, who is now known as Brother Matthew:

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On a recent thread someone mentioned that Rousseau was a thinker of the left. I’ve also heard that Rousseau provides a basis for totalitarianism. I’m curious: is this based on The Social Contract or some other work? I ask because I read The Social Contract and I was surprised at how often I found myself […]

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I confess to having no opinion on the matter. I thought D’Souza’s time on the Ricochet podcast was interesting, on the other hand I usually consider psycho-profiling elected officials to be a waste of time. However, a lot of people seem to be taking D’Souza seriously, and most of the rebuttals are of the “it’s a […]

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Has anyone else seen Tomorrow When the War Began? For the uninitiated (like me until I saw it on Netflix just now), It’s an Australian adaptation of Red Dawn. It’s very well produced and well acted. Here’s the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_KhErNyiq8 More

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I suppose the truth is still putting on its shoes, or perhaps its very well creased pants: The film, Innocence of Muslims, has sparked angry and at times deadly demonstrations across the Muslim world. Dozens of people have been killed in the protests, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya. More

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In case Ricochetees have come upon a case of wistfully thinking the Obama Team wants America to be like fuzzy socialist Sweden (which, if you check out Malmo, as an example, is not doing so great), we’ll need to watch what Univision – not the ordinary mainstream press – has put together. Looks like they […]

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This week we’re delighted to have Anne Pierce with us as a guest contributor here at Ricochet. A series editor for Transaction Publishers — and the recipient of a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago — Anne writes on American presidents, American foreign policy and American society.  More

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I have a new piece up on PJ Media today, in which I discuss a $5.7 million jury award to a man who was shot and paralyzed by LAPD officers as he fled from the scene of a drive-by shooting, a charge to which he pleaded no contest and went to prison. This makes sense to some people, but I suspect most of them are lawyers.

It’s cases like this one that cause ordinary people to think the law sometimes really is, in the words of Mr. Bumble, a ass.

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Americans have a basic fear of hunger. It’s in our history, and in our mythology. It’s much beyond Democratic (heart but no brains) or Republican (brains but no heart). “All the same,” said the Scarecrow, “I shall ask for brains instead of a heart; for a fool would not know what to do with a […]

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I no longer have a choice but to state the obvious: the American Republic is about to fall. The proximate cause will be a worldwide financial collapse. What we are seeing in Greece and Spain right now is going to spread. Given the interconnected nature of word finances, there simply isn’t a strong enough firewall […]

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By now I’m sure everyone has seen the Obamaphone Lady video. The Obamaphone People: No job. No desire to get a job. No visible means of support. Sucking from the teat of Big Government and resentful that it doesn’t supply more milk. (I think that ‘Obamaphone People’ is a much better name for them than […]

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Frankly, I’ve never heard of ALEC before. However I see this as PBS’ October Surprise to scare the undecided, via Bill Moyer. Run for the Hills. Here’s podcast of the show More

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With the first presidential debate only days away, Politico has released a list of the top ten most memorable debate moments of the past half century. The list includes a number of moments that would make almost any list (for example, “There you go again”) along with a couple stranger choices (“You’re likable enough”).

More important than what made Politico’s list, the question here is this: What debate moments make your top ten list?

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For those interested in participating in a Presbyterian Adult Sunday School Class on the topic of Church and Politics, here is week #1’s assignment: FYI, There are 6 sessions and the class is based on the book BEING Reformed Faith Seeking Understanding More

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…I expect Democrats to react pretty much like the King does here: As always, thanks, Creators.com. More

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Okay, so most polls show President Obama ahead of Mitt Romney. And many conservative skeptics say: maybe yes, maybe no. In fact, probably no. The edge given to the President just reflects the bias of the (mostly) left-wing pollsters. No organized conspiracy here, it’s just the way things turn out. Then aren’t they defeating themselves? […]

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