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Well, not my son but that of a college classmate and her husband.  Can any one of a certain age see or hear those words and not be struck by how time has changed their meaning?  This young man is off for several weeks in Vietnam and then several more in Bangladesh as part of […]

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I used to love driving at night — the peace of the open road in the middle of the dark.  When a car would approach me from behind, I’d get a little nervous it’d be a cop, but seldom was that the case.  I’d just glance at his lights in my rear view mirror and […]

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Waterloo Sunrise

 

I’m just going to claim that this reflects the fact that Ricochet is heard around the world. Within a couple of weeks of my post complaining about the British government’s unwillingness to make much (or anything) of the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo, there’s this welcome piece of news (The Guardian reports):

The site of the battle of Waterloo, south of Brussels, will be restored in time to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Wellington’s defeat of Napoleon in June 2015, a battle George Osborne cheerfully described as “a great victory of coalition forces over a discredited former regime that had impoverished millions.”

Words to Dislike and Like in the Supreme Court DOMA Decision

 

I haven’t seen so many lesbians hugging and kissing on television since I cancelled Cinemax for that very reason.

With all the adulation that folks who favor same-sex marriage are bestowing upon the federal court’s intrusion into marriage laws with its DOMA and Prop 8 decisions, I wonder if those revelers truly know what they applaud.

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“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.”  So said Winston Churchill.  The only quibble I have with the great British statesman is that he didn’t take his definition far enough.  I would add that socialism is also the ideology of […]

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Why not? I loved her, and that’s all that matters, right?  My parents were married for almost fifty years before my father preceded my mother into death.  At that time, his assets became hers; when she passed a few months later, my sister and I inherited their joint estate, but not until the federal and […]

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Whenever I think I can’t be surprised by politics anymore, Steyn drops an anecdote like this. A group of state Alcoholic Beverage Control agents clad in plainclothes approached her, suspecting the blue carton of LaCroix sparkling water to be a 12-pack of beer. Police say one of the agents jumped on the hood of her […]

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On a Bathroom Door

 

A bathroom door, photographed by a friend this very day at the New School in Manhattan.  

Flabbergasted, I post this without comment–certain, however, that, even if words fail me, they will not fail everyone.  Not at Ricochet they won’t.

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http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obama-visits-press-aboard-air-force-1-no-questions-about-scandals-scotus-immigration_738079.html And this is how the memory hole operates. The first draft of history is being written by nitwits who work for the newspapers and electronic press. His Highness is off on a political/diplomatic sideshow in Africa and the press is too witless to see that he’s changing the subject from his major problems at […]

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If asked what our major national import was I suspect you would not have to be a “low information voter” to answer foreign oil. This could even be considered a correct answer if you were to be solely impressed by the total dollar amounts in any one year. But I would contend that because of […]

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Our hundred million plus dollar Obama safari is soon to stop in South Africa.  Not one bit of actual business is being conducted.  Obama won’t stop in Uganda, where homosexuals are killed, to speak about his new found gay pride.  He won’t go to Kenya either to once again pay homage to his drunk polygamist […]

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  When politicians make arguments based on science, they generally don’t rely on the scientific theory themselves.  Instead, they appeal to the authority of science or scientists in support of the policy they wish us to support.  Americans are being asked to make investments of both economic and human capital on the basis of such […]

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Justice Scalia Dissents

 

The opening passage of Justice Scalia’s brilliant, devastating dissent in Windsor:

This case is about power in several respects. It is about the power of our people to govern themselves, and the power of this Court to pronounce the law. Today’s opinion aggrandizes the latter, with the predictable consequence of diminishing the former. We have no power to decide this case. And even if we did, we have no power under the Constitution to invalidate this democratically adopted legislation. The Court’s errors on both points spring forth from the same diseased root: an exalted conception of the role of this institution in America.

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My little education outlet broke news that has started making the talk show rounds. A writer of ours, Loren Heal, discovered a nearly $1 million state grant to the Los Angeles school district that would use school time to train teens to be ambassadors for ObamaCare to family and friends. Yes, really. See the original […]

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Spare Me

 

Though I found this week’s ruling out of the Supreme Court extremely deficient, I’m still a supporter of gay marriage as a matter of public policy. That’s just a disclaimer for anyone on the left who’s going to try to find ‘animus’ of the kind Justice Kennedy identified in Windsor in what I’m about to say. The cover of the new issue of The New Yorker is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen: