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Here is an interesting piece written by John C. Wright, former Atheist, on his conversion and the logic behind it. Interesting read. I have nothing really to add to it, just thought you all might enjoy it. More

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…the apologists for the so-called Ground Zero Mosque said that name was a misnomer? The mosque isn’t anywhere near Ground Zero, they told us. Yeah, actually, it kind of is. More

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Can anyone read this story and see those pictures and still maintain that Planned Parenthood is about “women’s healthcare”? More

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The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee has begun releasing the names of this year’s winners of the Bradley Prize. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the distinction, it’s something tantamount to the Nobel Prize of conservatism (which is to say not like the Nobel Prize at all). The award is traditionally given to the leading public intellectuals of conservatism, and past winners include Ricochetti such as Richard Epstein and Victor Davis Hanson.

Yuval.jpgOf the four annual awards, two have been announced thus far. One will go to former Indiana Governor, current Purdue University president, and friend of Ricochet Mitch Daniels. The other will go to the estimable Yuval Levin, Founding Editor of National Affairs and Hertog Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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Usually I’ve been getting dangerous, but now I’ll do so in a bit of personal way* (totally CoC compliant I swear). I am curious about our members of faith — do you believe God has spoken to you in the past? Perhaps not directly, but in some manner, has He spoken to you? I have […]

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Please pardon the departure into less obnoxious, short-and-to-the-point posting. It probably won’t happen again, but I am really, really annoyed and I’d like some feedback. I didn’t listen to the last podcast. I didn’t listen to the last EconTalk. I’ve been listening to NPR in my car and turning it off when the music stops […]

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From today’s NRO: With international disarmament agreements, as with domestic gun control, nothing is easier than disarming peaceful people — thereby leaving them more vulnerable to people who are not peaceful, who can simply ignore the restrictions that others obey. Disclaimer: Thomas Sowell is not God nor does he play God on TV. His statements should not be confused […]

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On this week’s podcast, there was a reference made to the epic posting on tolerance of homosexuality, and the point was made that so much of the dead end arguments in our politics today is as a result of the assumption of bad faith. Darn right it is, and the recent history would suggest that […]

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Following the horrors of the Boston Marathon bombings, our stalwart Attorney General is fired up and determined to protect America no matter what it takes. He’s using every resource, employing every tactic, working from sunup to sundown to hunt down radical Islamists hiding in the shadows of our great country. He’s not going to let murderers obsessed with killing innocents in the name of Jihad take another American life, not under his watch.

He promises to guard and defend the American people, to protect the nation he loves, and to ensure that no life is ever lost again at the hands of Islamic extremists—and he’s not going to stop talking about it until every terrorist is dragged, kicking and screaming, from the holes they hide in.

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Famous performers and sports stars die sooner, apparently. From EurekAlert:

Fame and achievement in performance-related careers may be earned at the cost of a shorter life, according to a study published online today in QJM: An International Journal of Medicine.

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A new series of videos has debuted. They’re designed to annoy the White Cane Dark Sunglasses media as they continue to non cover the non trial of the non doctor Kermit Gosnell in, in, in,…. Where is that trial taking place again? More

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Reince Priebus wants to fundamentally reform Republican Party marketing. He wants the Republican party to have the same kind of data based , get out the right votes organization, the Obama Campaign constructed over the last 6 years through trial and testing. It was funded by soft money and could only be used by the […]

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You’ve read about the trend toward luxury dorms at universities, haven’t you? If not, do see this article and this slide show on some of the most extravagant examples. I’m thrilled to see my home town University of Michigan is no slacker in this important competition. So, we’ve designed our society such that every conceivable […]

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What a show folks. There’s nothing like a president that knows every question ahead of time and has the notes ready. Even the final encore question on the gay NBA player, yes he came back on stage for us to swoon, was a rigged one. Has this ever happened before Obama? Does the press care? […]

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Pictured here is a 30-year-old (yes, 30!) man who dropped $2,600 on a carnival game trying to win an Xbox Connect (retail price around $300, coincidentally how much he lost in the first few minutes). Instead, all he won was this Rastafarian banana. He got caught up in “having to win his money back” and […]

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Anyone here going to Houston this weekend for the NRA Convention? Anyone have any good recommendations as to where to visit or what to see in town? I am taking a half day to go visit the Battleship Texas, the sole remaining dreadnaught. Best part is that this is the first weekend away my wife […]

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I know you’d all rather talk about Jason Collins, but spare a moment for MLB, if you would. Last night was the source of some great baseball, for several reasons: 1) The Rockies won. 2) The Dodgers lost. 3) The Rockies Beat the Dodgers, by ten runs. 4) The game was featured as the MLB.TV free […]

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Last weekend, The New York Times online ran “No Rich Child Left Behind” — an opinion piece by a Stanford professor of education and sociology. In it, Sean Reardon bemoans the fact that over the last few decades, “differences in educational success between high- and lower-income students have grown substantially.”

Reardon declares the widening academic gap is because “rich students are increasingly entering kindergarten much better prepared to succeed in school than middle-class students.” He argues that, in turn, is because the rich are spending more resources on their children’s “educational success.” He goes on to make the predictable lefty argument that the government should “invest much more heavily as a society in our children’s educational opportunities from the day they are born.” In other words, society should be trying to replicate the educational experiences of affluent children.

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With all the record-setting hate around here, I thought that someone had to start a Ricochet lovefest. Who do you really appreciate here on Ricochet and why? My list starts with these twelve (and it was difficult to limit myself to 12): 1. The Hemingways- Mark and Mollie are the Fred and Ginger, the Bogart […]

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