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One of the many wars between Britain and France/Spain during the 18th century was a war called the War of Jenkins’ Ear. Some Spanish naval commander off the coast of Florida chopped off the ear of an Englishman named Mr. Jenkins on the charge of smuggling. The British used this as a pretext to declare […]

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Strikes always amuse me. It’s like watching a workforce play Russian roulette. I always wish I could ask them “So, who should get fired so that you can get a pay raise?” While I would surely and swiftly point to the incompetent fry cook Chuck, I imagine most striking workers would be confused by the very […]

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Heard on the radio today: A writer at the Wall Street Journal (sorry, don’t recall the name – a woman) has suggested that, if the Republicans won’t defund Obamacare – and it looks like they won’t have the numbers to do this – they should declare en masse that they won’t take the Obamacare exemption […]

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So what would happen (pace Slate’s Allison Benedikt) if everyone, including the horrible people, did have to send their kids to public school? Well, when I was in about sixth grade, population changes required the Salt Lake City School District to close one of its four high schools and re-draw the boundaries. My neighborhood, which […]

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I’ve been waiting a half-hour for Obama to begin his 1:15 PM Eastern statement on Syria. When he does get around to gracing us with his presence, do you think he’ll surprise us by calling Congress into session? Or will he declare war by executive fiat? Preview Open

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The Soundtrack of Innocence Lost

 

I’m pleased to announce that Band of Love has chosen to debut its new music video right here on Ricochet. (MTV is soooo ten years ago.)

Before I post the video, let me say a few words about MTV, Miley Cyrus, and the VMA awards by way of preface. There are four points that need to be made.

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Running your own business often means that your schedule does not exactly match that of the world of “regular employment”. When the contracts come in, you work them, and you meet your deadlines regardless whether these fall on holidays shown in that calendar on the wall in the living room. One such circumstance has arisen […]

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Thanks to Jonah Goldberg’s email-only G-File, we have a link to an essay written in 1964 by Isaac Asimov.  In it he makes prediction on the state of the country/world 50 years hence in 2014.  I must say, he did a fairly good job. But by far the the most impressive prediction came at the […]

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Watching Todd Helton’s final at-bat of the evening – after having hit two 3-run jacks in his two previous at-bats – reminded me of what it was like to be a Rockies fan in 2007 and 2009.  A strikeout, but even then, the distinct feeling of October.  It is why baseball is this nation’s sport, […]

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I started my 22nd year at the helm of a classroom this week, and the sailing’s been a bit rough.  My biggest goal for my 6th grade class has always been to get these children to start seeing themselves more as independent young adults rather than dependent children.  My crew this year seems fairly entrenched […]

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HIGH SCHOOL — 1957 vs. 2013   Scenario 1: Jack goes quail hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck’s gun rack. 1957 – Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack’s shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack. 2012 – School goes […]

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We are currently on vacation to visit our son in Florida. We usually prefer to drive on all of our vacations mostly because we enjoy the scenery (the expected…and unexpected). Sometimes we make the choice because of cost, sometimes it’s because we are hauling stuff to our son, sometimes you just can’t get there unless […]

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Brother James’s True Vocation

 

Brother James wasn’t like the other postulants. For one thing, he was a college graduate. Most of the other novices were no more than a year or two out of high school. Brother James was twenty-eight. He’d gone to Seton Hall, just a short hop from New York City. He once had a drink with Louis Armstrong at Basin Street East. He’d been in Germany with the Army. Elvis Presley had bought him a beer. 

Brother James’s mother had died a couple years earlier, and he’d used his small inheritance to finance a trip. He’d seen Hong Kong’s wealth and Calcutta’s squalor. He’d been to the Holy Land and prayed at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Once, he’d barely escaped the clutches of an angry mob in Cairo. 

Rummy Revisited

 

Regardless of what you think about Donald Rumsfeld — and I admit, without a second’s hesitation, to being an admirer — there’s no doubt that he’s one of the most fascinating personalities we’ve had on the national political stage over the past few decades.

That’s the first thing that makes the upcoming documentary, The Unknown Known, so interesting. The second is that it’s being helmed by Errol Morris, who won an Oscar for The Fog of War, the 2003 documentary on Robert McNamara. Morris doesn’t go easy on his subjects, which is why the Hollywood Reporter is so frustrated with the outcome: