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Since there’s been some discussion lately about the appropriateness of religious discussion here on Ricochet, let me preface this by saying that I intend this thread primarily for professed Catholics. That’s not to say others are unwelcome at all, but I’m planning to pitch my question in a way that presumes fidelity to the Catholic […]

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We’ve had some discussion here about college, costs, utility, etc. As my children get older this is weighing more on my mind every day. My oldest daughter is determined to get into a service academy. She initially wanted to go to Annapolis and be a Marine, but now she’s leaning more towards the Coast Guard. […]

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Confession time, the Hinderaker-Ward Experience (HWX) has often utilized audio clips that play at an insufficient volume in the posted broadcast. They sound fine to me when I cut them. Then something happens in the transfer and rebroadcast. Producer Blue Yeti has routinely advised me to pump up the volume or rip them through some sound enhancing web app first, but I have not. I figured it was more of Blue Yeti’s overprotective mothering (I also regularly ignore his nagging to eat more vegetables and to call him more often) and it couldn’t have been that bad.

Fuller confession time: I don’t typically listen to the podcast after it’s posted. I was there, I lived it, and, no matter what new levels of excellence in punditry, interviewing, TWIGs and Loons I felt we achieved, I did not see the value of a replay.  More to the point, I have not yet reconciled with the reality that, while my voice in real life sounds to me like a combination of Morgan Freeman and David McCullough, on tape it’s an uncanny combination of Carol Channing and Tom Waits with a head cold.

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Barbara Kay of the National Post, Canada, has written an article in today’s paper, July 31: The Biological Clock is No Myth. She tells of her own experiences in the 1970s, trying to have a third child in her early thirties. She was told that her chances were slight, and the risk of miscarriage, and birth defects […]

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I’ve been involved in some very interesting discussions on Ricochet the last week or so in which the bone of contention often seemed to come from a difference in the level of libertarianism of the discussants. One of these was about the NYC stop-and-frisk regime. Others have been about drug policy, gun rights, NSA snooping, […]

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I don’t know if any of the others of you noticed how proud Jonah Goldberg was in his announcing that, during the National Review Cruise, he and Rob would be providing so-called “Archimedic Stylings” – I guess as a kind of demonstration of their high toned education. Please listen to the link above and notice […]

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It’s been quite some time since I dropped one of my literature posts into the hopper. Life has kept interfering. But some recent reading has motivated me to talk literature with the Ricochetti. In the late seventies, while still in my twenties, I went through a William Faulkner stage.  It passed, and I went 30 […]

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With critical battles facing us on every turn, we have to listen daily to bargaining, positioning and retreating of the GOP “leadership” who have let us down so often in the past. The few strong voices, most of them “newcomers”, are seen as intruders by these “leaders”. The only resolve seen in the likes of […]

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I recently applied for a teaching position at a local charter school.  The interview was the second time this year that I’ve had to face two women across the table.  I suppose it’s pointless to complain now that the duo violated most of the principles of what is known in the profession as “best practice.”  The theory states […]

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