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Listening to a great interview with Milt Rosenberg and Hadley Arkes on Gay Marriage, I am left with the idea that the elephant in the room, never mentioned, is the “F” word, “Fornication”. It is no secret that throughout history men and women have coupled without “benefit of clergy”. In many countries and cultures, such […]

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The Syrian Army hacked the Marines.com this morning with the following message: “This is a message written by your brothers in the Syrian Army, who have been fighting al-Qaida for the last 3 years. We understand your patriotism and love for your country so please understand our love for ours. Obama is a traitor who […]

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It was last Friday that we taped with Victor Hanson and that conversation is now up on Ricochet as our Podcast #29. On the same afternoon, we also taped with Eliot Abrams and that conversation will be up and listenable in a few days. That Friday afternoon , Obama and  Secretary Kerry seemed to be […]

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Ah yes.   The peaceable kingdom.  Mrs. Spider is resting . . . and has considered that if she were to die in the next whenever . .  she’d rather not have this post remain as her Ricochet epitaph in cyberspace. I think I’d rather go for something a bit more ((cough)) spicy. Preview Open

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Okay, now that the title of my post has you scratching your head as to what in the world I could be referring to, let me admit up front that his finest hour hasn’t really happened yet, and very likely never will. President Obama’s truly pathetic and feckless pronouncements on Syria have demonstrated once for […]

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The Death of Football and California’s Ban on Gay Conversion Therapy

 

Last week, the NFL settled a lawsuit with more than 4,500 former players over allegedly hiding information that football increases the risk of concussion. The suit included the family of NFL linebacker Junior Seau, who committed suicide last year after displaying symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a type of brain damage associated with concussions.

The death of Seau and the long-term injuries of other players have spawned studies on the dangers of football not just for professional athletes but for children as well. Researchers have looked at CTE risk and mild cognitive impairment, a kind of dementia related to Alzheimer’s disease, as well as problems associated with autoimmune response, problems that arise not from serious blows to the head, but from even lesser ones:

A Partial Dissent from Professor Yoo

 

In quintessentially masterful style, Professor John Yoo makes a compelling case in his National Review piece, “The Benefits Outweigh the Costs in Syria,” that the US ought not to inextricably tether its foreign policy interests to the machinations of the U.N., whose commitment to its own declarations can be most charitably described as inconsistent.

“It’s time for the United States to stop hiding behind such obsolete, formalistic views of the laws of war and embrace a pragmatic approach in keeping with long American practice,” writes the professor. His logic seems unassailable and concise to me, and his follow-on review of the U.N. Charter vis-a-vis the legal and moral right of member nations to act in concert with their own interests and in the interest of global security is powerfully persuasive.

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What little peace I’ve enjoyed lately was shattered today by a nerve racking shakedown by a Costa Rican OIJ (equivalent to our FBI) agent.  I had just pulled into our local gas station and jumped out of my 4×4 pick-up truck when a guy I’ve never seen before suddenly appears out of nowhere and asks […]

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Will this weekend be remembered as the weekend when things went completely nuts? Pundits and politicians are skittering around like bugs on a hot griddle trying to figure out what to say about President Obama’s incoherent actions (or lack thereof), flipping and flopping, backing and filling on Syria. Preview Open

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As some of you may know, I am a surgical resident…. in a pretty competitive field. I stand to make a lot of money when I finally finish all my training. It’s been a long road though, and I have been at this for many years now. I have two university degrees, a royal college […]

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Over at American Thinker there are three long pieces well worth reading for anyone interested in the Zimmerman trial. They are by one Jonathan Cohen. The first deals with the facts of the events on the night Zimmerman shot Martin, complete with a map. As I recall, it is on a par with Jack Cashill’s […]

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One issue that I differ from conservatives on is legalizing marijuana.  In my view marijuana does not deserve to be lumped in with other more harmful drugs.  I believe there is such a thing as responsible consumption of marijuana, just as there is such a thing as responsible conusmption of alcohol.   I work at a high […]

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The notion that recipients of food aid barely scrape by on over $600 per month just sticks in my craw.  Especially after I read this article.  So I’ve been thinking about collecting inexpensive, easy, healthy meal ideas from Ricochet–I’m sorry I missed Sooper Mexican’s post from several months ago.  PJ’s awesome SNAP project gives me the excuse I need […]

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The second half might be a bit obvious. But it’s actually written for semi-native speakers of English for whom that may not be the case. First time with this history of English? If interested, check out Parts One and Two, also: Part One. Britain Becomes England: http://ricochet.com/member-feed/History-of-English-Part-One.-Britain-Becomes-England/(comment)/798863#comment-798863 Preview Open

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It’s on. My family is taking the SNAP challenge for the month of September. You remember the SNAP challenge, right?  This was where many Democrats tried to live on the benefits of the SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) to prove how difficult it was for the poor. So those clowns couldn’t figure out how to […]

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