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For those unfamiliar with the “doge” meme, you can find an explanation here. (I should clarify that “doge” is a humorous misspelling of “dog” and not a reference to medieval/Renaissance Venetian rulers.  I should also clarify that Ricochet is one of few places where that first clarification would be necessary.) Preview Open

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No economic system in history has enabled more people, regardless of gender, religion, or race, to escape poverty, than open markets. It is in these fertile fields that the seeds of human creativity have been most widely spread, been most deeply rooted, and reached the most dizzying heights. Many ideas die, and become the fertilizer […]

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I’ll be spending today with friends and family.  In attendance will be: a British imperialist, a liberal Cold Warrior, a Henry Adams conservative, one set of in-laws from California, children ages 8, 5, 4, 1.5, and 2 dogs (poodle and Golden-doodle).  I am responsible for dessert: pecan tart with chocolate drizzle and sweet potato pie. […]

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In the Kitchen Just Now…

 

…I overheard our eighteen-year old son, just home from college, engaged in a deep philosophical discussion with our eleven-year old daughter.  The question before them, as they mashed the potatoes:  “If you ate yourself, would you disappear or become twice as big?”*

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I think it’s better for us to spend this time with family that we may not always have throughout the year discussing the true meaning of Thanksgiving. The best way to do that is to go back and look at the history. For your consideration is an excerpt from The Christian Life and Character… in which […]

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This is the best thing since I found a document at work named “Where is the .exe.txt”. resources[‘ffe.ee.shared.exceptions.500.123516’] = ‘Important: You need to make a change on this application. You told us that someone who’s applying for coverage has more than 2 parents. To correct and continue with the application, log out now. Then, log […]

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Via MacIver Institute by James WigdersonSet an extra plate at the table this Thanksgiving. President Barack Obama is inviting himself into your Thanksgiving dinner. In between the mashed potatoes and the green bean casserole, Obama wants everyone to discuss the Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as Obamacare. It’s a turkey of an idea. Do you […]

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Today is Thanksgiving, the fourth Thursday of November.  But tonight is also the first night of Chanukkah, a coincidence that will not be repeated for another 80,000 years.  So to all our Jewish-American Ricochetti, let me be the first to wish you Gobble Tov! (Such an awful pun, but too good not to share.) Preview […]

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In a number of threads, George W. Bush has come in for some serious criticism.  I am not above criticizing him myself, but I think many of the complaints amount to playing the tape backwards.  With hindsight we can see that different choices could have been made better, but 2000-2008 was a different time.  Different […]

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I bring up this topic in response to the flurry of blog posts offering talking points to give you the upper hand in political fights with family members at Thanksgiving. Do you have any cringe-inducing relatives who cause friction, political or otherwise, at holiday gatherings? Here are a few of my favorites: My psychic, dream […]

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A regular topic on recent Need To Know podcasts has been the incredible drop in New York City’s violent crime rate during the 20 years, as well as the likelihood that this trend will reverse under Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio.  On multiple occasions, the hosts have approved of how the the mayors’ policies have “kept guns off […]

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How Would You Change the Presidential Debates?

 

From this morning’s installment of Mike Allen’s Politico Playbook newsletter:

EXCLUSIVE: Top officials from past presidential campaigns have quietly formed a group to push for major changes in the general-election debates, with recommendations expected by late spring. The working group is questioning the debates’ format, moderator-selection process and location: Might a TV studio make more sense than a college town? Members said a major goal is to make more allowance for changing technology and the rise of social media. A likely recommendation is an earlier start for the debates, in response to the increase in absentee voting.

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The concentration of power in the executive branch under Bush was a cause for concern among many, especially on the left.  The left, of course, has not uttered a peep at the czars, power grabs, illegal, unconstitutional, and murderous behavior of the current executive branch.   Many on the right want as much of Obama’s […]

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