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One of the few redeeming social values of NPR is the very funny show, Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.  The funniest bit ever on that show was the Clippy Must Die segment.  If you haven’t heard it, do give it a listen. Clippy, of course, was the animated paper clip that popped up in Microsoft Office […]

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After the fabulous Las Vegas meet up in October, we should plan a Midwest gathering!  I have found the perfect place; Mackinac Island, at the northern tip of Michigan’s  “mitten”.  Fantastic views, wonderful walking/biking tours, history and terrific nightlife, it’s also where the movie Somewhere in Time was filmed.  No casinos, no cars.  Needs to […]

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In the computer game World of Warcraft, one of the first quests a new character is required to complete involves taking a club and beating lazy servants who are sleeping on the job. I was reminded of that when I read yesterday that Harry Reid is calling the senate back into session at 2PM on […]

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Josh Trevino on the “Benedict Option,” Or, Rod Dreher, The Premise is Wrong

 

From remarks Josh just placed on Facebook:

[The] piece on the “Benedict Option” from Rod Dreher is worth reading, even though I don’t at all agree with it….Part of the problem is its premise, and specifically the opening line from Alasdair MacIntyre: “A crucial turning point in that earlier history occurred when men and women of good will turned aside from the task of shoring up the Roman imperium and ceased to identify the continuation of civility and moral community with the maintenance of that imperium,” which in turn leads to the proposition that it’s time to form communities to survive the coming barbarism….

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Many conservative commentators and Republican politicians – spooked by Ted Cruz’s filibuster – have proposed the alternate strategy of doing nothing and letting Obamacare blow up. The thinking goes: Obamacare is a “train wreck” (in the words of one of its architects), the American people overwhelmingly hate it, its unpopularity is increasing over time and […]

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Mischaracterizing the Republican Base

 

The GOP establishment just doesn’t get it. That’s evident from the language they’ve been spewing at Ted Cruz and the Republican base—the Tea Party types, the wackos who are deranged, deluded, infantile, and angry.

The Tea Party, of course, has been accused of being angry since it entered the scene in 2008 in opposition to TARP and out-of-control government spending. But until recently, those accusations have come mostly from the Democrats. Now they’re coming from within the GOP, from establishment types who don’t like the tactics or tone of its base—or any threat to their own power (a threat that was on full display by the Tea Party in the 2010 election).

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An old friend from the same South Coast Oregon town asked me for advice to help his son who is joining the Navy. Here is what I came up with, I’m sure there is a lot more that Ricochet veterans can contribute. 1. Know what you are going to be doing two years from now, […]

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In the Torah, the phrase “It came to pass” is always before bad news. The implication is that whenever things “run their course”, the outcome is poor. Good things are preceded by actions, bad things by forces of inertia. And this jives with my experience: when we create our own reality, we can change the […]

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SLAC Cranks Up the Dial

 

I know I’m a layman and all, but even to my untutored eye, this looks like a big deal.

The fine people at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have invented a chip accelerator that can boost electrons to speeds up to ten times faster than anything existing technology can reach. The new chip accelerator also happens to be three millimeters long, which is smaller than a grain of rice.

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Speaking of feckless crapweasels, Lindsey Graham joined John McCain and 23 other Republicans in voting for cloture, allowing Harry Reid to restore funding for Obamacare. Senator Graham immediately began Tweeting his followers that he had voted to defund Obamacare. Preview Open

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The last couple of days and the excuses set forth by the GOP “leadership” as served to remind me of a day long ago in the mountains with my uncle. They also have highlighted how that same leadership is devoid either their mission as it relates to the people or a functional plan. Since I […]

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Two guys tried to rob a couple earlier this week – in front of my gym, actually. The title from WSMV explains the outcome. Puns aside, here’s the money quote from the coach: The first thing that went through my head is somebody should do something, and that’s when I got really upset and disappointed […]

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Cathedrals Are Still Going Up

 

A post for a Sunday:

In Barcelona, the cathedral of la Sagrada Familia, begun in 1882, is scheduled to be completed in 2026.  Here is what the masterpiece of the great Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926) will look like when completed:

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It’s taken as a given by driver safety expert types. It’s prohibited by many major corporations for employees driving on company business.  My question is what observations and research is there that provides objective evidence that driving while using a hand held cell phone is a risky behavior. Preview Open

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