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One theme I stress is that conservatives need to get better at political warfare. A case in point is Atlantic Magazine’s token libertarian columnist, Megan McArdle. The recent grassroots effort to petition the White House to deport CNN’s arrogant toff, Piers Morgan, has apparently sent Ms. McArdle to the fainting couch:  “I hardly even know […]

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How Many of You are Married? Barkha Herman · December 28, 2012 at 10:54amSo, Barkha. Do you have an idea how you could analyse and publish the results of this anecdotal study? I hope someone can advise you how to “data mine” the 327+ individual responses. Preview Open

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This is a subject I’ve always wanted Michael Medved to take up, but since he probably won’t, I’ll bring it up here.  What is “Peace”?  Is it absence of war? Is is absence of conflict?  Is Peace really desirable?  If swords get beaten into ploughshares, and lions lie down with lambs, what will the lion […]

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Kennedy Smith Memorial Service

 

On December 15th, we received the heartbreaking news that Ricochet Member Kennedy Smith had passed away. The tributes came in as Kennedy would have liked; rapidly, smartly, and from the heart.

Unable to adequately describe Kennedy’s imposing and fun-loving brilliance, I simply quoted the gentleman extensively and let that gentle, yet sharp, wit speak for itself, for to try and capture such brainpower by any other means would be like trying to use a dim flashlight to illuminate a flash of lightning.  But while we can’t illuminate lightning, we can celebrate it’s brilliance. 

Behold the Double Standards. Again.

 

Two items of note to mention:

  • The United States Senate has approved warrantless phone-tapping for the next five years by a vote of 73-23. It is worth remembering that the Senate is controlled by Democrats. As the article goes on to note, President Obama is “a vocal supporter” of the legislation and is sure to sign it. (Link via InstaPundit.)
  • As Jonathan Adler reports, the Obama administration appears to have tried to suppress scientific reports regarding the impact of genetically modified salmon on the environment. The White House’s action was deemed “a direct violation of numerous ethics regulations and possibly of federal laws,” that “was instituted over the objections of scientists at the FDA, but with the awareness of HHS Secretary Sibelius, her senior adviser Andrea Palm and the Office of Science and Technology Policy and its director John Holdren, who is responsible for enforcing ‘science integrity’ across government agencies.”

Of course, if the Bush administration were in power, port-side pundits would have raised holy Hell regarding these reports. But the Obama administration is in power, so instead, one just hears crickets.

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Living in a small Texas town, the kind with cotton and sorghum and petroleum and barbecue, plus a Confederate memorial on the courthouse lawn, I don’t see graffiti unless it’s on the sides of freight trains. I cherish the fantasies of this goon-puke being applied in Chicago switching yards and our sainted President retiring to […]

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The Romney Cabinet: What Was in the Shadows?

 

A member response to my last post’s aside —  John Bolton was my hope for a Romney Secretary of State — got me thinking.

One of the criticisms of any challenger to an incumbent president is that the voters do not know what the challenger’s presidency would look like. This is not as much a challenge in parliamentary systems, because the opposition party often picks what’s called a “shadow cabinet,”with “shadow ministers” who mirror the actual holders of the office. It provides a consistent critical voice on government policy from those with expertise, creates a farm team for the future, and gives the electorate an idea of who will govern should the opposition win.

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Something I don’t get, and I ask for insight from Rob Long, EJ Hill and any other Ricochetti in the entertainment industry on this, why is it so difficult to produce and market films and shows that have a conservative theme (or at least conservative undercurrent).  Given the ratings of Fox News and the extraordinary response […]

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The narrative that Ms. Clinton and the Obama Administration is purposely hiding behind her recent illness/traumatic injury to avoid testifying before Congress on Benghazi needs to be put to bed, for now.  Conspiracy theorists can be forgiven, however, due to the apparent inability of the Obama Administration to be more forth coming in regards to […]

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What has been the effect of the “everybody should go to college” mantra? It destroyed the signalling effect of going to college. Maybe 30 years ago a person can get on a career path despite majoring in the Liberal Arts. The fact said person was admitted into a college and earned a degree meant something […]

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How Do You Talk to a Child About Death?

 

With apologies for the downer of a topic, but . . .

A married couple of our acquaintance will soon attend a memorial service for a woman who recently passed away, and of whom their young daughter was quite fond.  They have not yet told their daughter of the woman’s death as they are at a loss as to how to proceed with such a discussion.  I told them I would put the matter out for consideration among the Ricochetti, where much wisdom can reliably be found.

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…is high-speed internet access for all: The Internet has taken the place of the telephone as the world’s basic, general-purpose, two-way communication medium. All Americans need high-speed access, just as they need clean water, clean air and electricity. But they have allowed a naive belief in the power and beneficence of the free market to cloud […]

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I’m sure at one time almost everything we enjoy, or take for granted, was considered a perk for those who had money. Having grown up overseas, there are many ordinary things whose ubiquity I almost haven’t gotten over yet, such as air conditioning and carpet. I remember my mom telling me that most Americans owned a car, […]

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I’m hoping to get Dave Carter’s attention with this post.  Yesterday, heading home from a Christmas visit with my parents, I passed a truck that I’m sure was one of the five Schneider National trucks described by Carter in his October post, “The Ride of Pride.” Brother Dave, is there any chance that you were heading […]

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This is a genuine question.  I am in the process of filling out my FOID, and I am preparing to decide between shotgun or handgun to protect my wife and house.  I’m leaning toward handgun, as I have some experience, and it seems that going to a range to practice would be easier and more […]

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