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My most recent contribution to PJ Media concerns Oriana Farrell, that mom in the mini-van who landed herself in a New Mexico calaboose after what started out as a routine traffic stop for speeding. In the piece, I take issue with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, who, in his commentary on the matter, assigned all the blame to the police, ignoring the fact that if Farrell had but signed the speeding ticket she had earned, none of the unpleasantness that followed would have occurred. O’Donnell opined that the initial stop, for going 71 miles an hour in a 55 mph zone, was unwarranted. Farrell was stopped near Taos, O’Donnell said, “on a road where, like all roads in New Mexico, no one drives 55 miles an hour.”

Which may be true, but it ignores the point. Even if most drivers do go faster than 55 on a given stretch of road, few of them are going faster than 70 — and anyone who does and gets caught can expect to be pulled over and ticketed. And if he drives off from the traffic stop, he can expect to be arrested (but probably not shot at, as happened to Farrell).

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It’s easy to learn from roughnecks in the oil field. There is certain innocence in their transparency. The morning meeting is always a place to learn great wisdom especially after passing out a case of Amp energy drink. This morning I learned that roughnecks are smarter than Republicans. The topic of this morning’ss meeting was […]

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Ok, I’ll admit it. To be completely Thomas Frank, I voted the wrong way in the last two presidential elections. If voting is nothing more than an exercise in naked economic self interest, then my votes for McCain and Romney were irrational. President Obama has been absolutely wonderful for my personal fisc, if not the […]

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From Alan Ryan’s book, On Politics: A History of Political Thought: From Herodotus to the Present (p 858-859): After Montesquieu it was a cliché that the civilizations developed slowly, that it was appallingly difficult to transplant institutions from one society to another, and absurd to expect a society to operate alien institutions as if it […]

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On the Main Feed, at the bottom of the side section is listed Sites We Like. The “We” is the collective opinion of Silent Cal Productions. Which leads me to ask, what sites are “we” missing? This small “w” … we, I hope is the collective opinion of the Members. I will start the first […]

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I had started to write a review of the Pope’s statement about “trickle-down economics.” I confess to peeve over that phrase, as it is almost always hurled as a pejorative. I was in the middle of writing something and my browser closed, losing what had been written. I thought I might start it again.

But I found myself instead looking at the video below (thanks to Russ Roberts for calling it to my attention). It’s an adaptation for the smartphone of Leonard Read’s famous I, Pencil essay. As you shop this weekend, it’s worth another look. Besides, the children are beautiful.

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We have officially entered Christmas music season. I like almost all of it. Almost, except for the song “Little Drummer Boy.” For some reason the song has always bugged me. I’ve only ever found one version I could tolerate, and that only because the band made it musical. Well, now there are two versions I […]

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There are a number of takeaways from this incredible study but I found the title one the most comical. A 75 year longitudinal study done by Harvard psychiatry on 200 males in 1938 until the present has drawn some interesting conclusions. The emailed article from my older liberal patient is included below. 1) A happy […]

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Everyone has experiences in life around which time is marked. My own life has several. Was it before we moved to the grandparents’ farm or after? Before college or after? Before we got married or after? Before we had kids or after? Before moving to California or after? When trying to recall certain events it’s […]

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Ah, Black Friday: The day wealthy whites are applauded for judging lower-class folks who are just trying to buy affordable gifts for their kids.

Huffington Post’s mocking headline blares “THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT!” followed by bold black and red stories of consumerism gone wild. New York’s Gawker features “The Best Walmart Thanksgiving Day Fight Videos” (I won’t dignify them with a link), while coastal elite news anchors cluck about the barbarians at the Target security gate.

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I was not intending to do any shopping today, it being Black Friday and not wanting to deal with the attendant insanity, however, as I was passing by the local WalMart there was a gaggle of protesters, about 75 or so, at the entrance picketing the store and handing out leaflets. I saw a few […]

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Seems it was just a couple of days ago when someone (sorry, don’t remember who) brought up the possibility of Obama serving a third term. Various comments pooh-poohed this idea as mere Tea Party anxiety. Here’s a little article from the Washington Post to give Tea Partiers another reason to start taking anti-anxiety meds. http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/end-presidential-term-limits/2013/11/28/50876456-561e-11e3-ba82-16ed03681809_story.html […]

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Whether you work in an office, a shop, or a store, you’ve had this experience. Every break room, lunch room, and food mess has one: the community fridge. The chair I occupied in the lunch room today was right next to one of these things, and every time the door was opened I was reminded […]

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I just read an article by Victor Davis Hanson regarding the coastal elites and how they’re out of touch with the plebs in fly-over country. Mr. Hanson raises this question: how would the attitudes/outlook of these elites change if the centers of power were relocated? Well, why not? We’ve got the technology to carry on […]

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In the matter of nuclear Iran, Israel has three levels of enemies. First is Iran itself. Second is the chief enabler – the government of Barack Obama and, by extension, the electorate that allowed that government to hold power. Third are the miserable nations that make up the anti-Israel cheering section. I am confident that […]

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Happy Thanksgiving to my Ricochet Brothers and Sisters. It is a Blessing to be a member of our team and warms my heart reading Thanksgiving stories and menus from around our community. This Thanksgiving I am Blessed to be in the oil field. Out here where the skies seem forever blue, sage as far as […]

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I’d really like to get feedback from Ricochetti on an idea that has been wandering about my brain for a few years. Please take a look at the following presentation and give me your thoughts. Thanks! The traditional left-right spectrum leaves much to be desired as a model of political belief. Its most glaring failure […]

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The Hanson family wish all Richcoetti a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. Gloria and I journeyed to Huntington Beach in CA from NJ to cook a feast for our daughter Catherine and her friends, while our other daughter Kelly and her husband Frank host his family in Budd Lake NJ. All is well with us and […]

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Laid up with bronchitis is not the best way to spend a holiday, but I’m enjoying it nonetheless. Sure, my Packers are dishonoring their glorious history, the latest news from Washington makes me grumpy and the state of the world is worrisome. But the beauty of Thanksgiving stops us from grumbling – at least for […]

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Here I am, sitting in a hotel room in a major tourist town, over a thousand miles away from the wife and tater tots, working on college football. The flight yesterday was a nightmare, with every available seat taken, stuck in the middle Epstein-style with more snot-nosed, crumb-crunching rugrats than a Romper Room bus. More

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