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When I was younger, I was taught about poetry. I learned different types and styles and read some great things. I remember being intrigued and interested at the lessons learned, the concepts shared, the emotion, and the critical thinking. All I can say now, is where did it go? I’ve been writing my own terrible […]

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With their new web designer it shouldn’t be a problem . “I’m an un-indexed table.  You think you can quickly run queries against me, but you’re wrong.  I’m causing your server to spin and spin without ever getting anywhere.  Now your political career is in ruins.  Next time read the bill before signing it.  That […]

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Dangerous Days

 

In The Maltese Falcon, Sam Spade tells Joel Cairo, “When you’re slapped, you’ll take it and like it.” The slap to the US over the Syrian crisis, in which the American president was ignominiously shown the door by the Russians — followed by the US-orchestrated total collapse vis a vis the Iranians in Geneva — suggests that President Obama enjoys the slap very much indeed. Either that, or he believes with all his heart that his country deserves it, and that it’s in the world’s interest for the US to be slapped down. Or perhaps a perverse combination of the two.

It’s time to evaluate the new reality, which is an Iran clawing its improbable way back to ascendancy and possible regional domination — with vital American assistance — in the face of a calamitous demographic problem. The invaluable Spengler, who is basically the last word on demographics and their implications in this region, has produced another tour de force of an essay on this. He takes off from Bret Stephens’s premise that Obama’s capitulation to the Iranians at Geneva is directly analagous to Chamberlain’s capitulation to Germany at Munich — that it was, indeed, an even greater error, utterly without justification, necessity or exculpatory argument:

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There are many candidates for what I would call the original sin of modern statism. One that I frequently encounter is the “Magic Money” view of income distribution – the presumption that newly-created value exists as a steady flow of wealth that belongs, a priori, to government. Collectivism, thereby, is the natural state – all subsequent […]

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Whenever I am stuck in traffic, I look for diversions. The other day the car in front of me had a homemade bumper sticker. It stayed with me.  I think this is the real question from which everything stems.  The sticker said: Where are the Jobs? I decided to make one and put it on […]

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I am calling this Ricochet Resistance (RR) 2.0 because la Résistance 1.0 (copy & pasted below) failed to launch.  Of course this resistance movement will be ackward and clumsy at first, but over time could become a real thorn in the flesh of the progressives and their loyal collaborators.  By joining our cause you have nothing to […]

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Aldous Huxley once said, “most people have an infinite capacity for taking things for granted.”  Taking things for granted may be a flaw, but it’s a very human one. We’re born helpless, so we have to take for granted that someone will care for us until we can care for ourselves. Along the way, though, […]

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… is that we won’t be putting these out on the table for our Thanksgiving guests.  No, that is NOT a parody: That’s an actual Thanksgiving placement tweeted out by the anti-gun group Moms Demand Action as way to “start a conversation” in favour of gun control and civilian disarmament around the holiday table.  Preview […]

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On Twitter, Barack Obama follows 655,675 other tweeters. Great Britain’s prime minister David Cameron follows 300. France’s President Francois Hollande follows 1,637. Italy’s prime minister Enrico Letta follows 2,453. Meanwhile the anti-freedom anti-capitalists of the world follow… no one. The Pope follows no one (or just himself in other languages). Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei of Iran follows no one. Russia’s Vladimir Putin follows […]

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I have two wonderful daughters, 11 and 9½. The eldest loves to read, play Minecraft and draw (dragons mostly). The youngest likes cute animals, giving “spa treatments” to her doll collection, and getting on her sister’s nerves. And if you disagree with my political views, blame them. Preview Open

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This weekend I got into an argument on a facebook thread where I completely failed to make my point about priorities with someone who felt that because his values were so important strangers would listen to him for days. We don’t have days, we have seconds to catch interest and convey our message. Prioritizing our […]

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I’ve advocated separating from liberals. Our ways of life have diverged so far that we are living separate but equal social lives. I think we should create our own alternative institutions and go our own way. Well, the schism proceeds apace. But the UVa and USC researchers, in a forthcoming paper in the Journal of […]

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Robert Shibley and I Examine ‘Why Speech Codes Endure’

 

Today over at the Pope Center blog, FIRE Senior VP Robert Shibley and I try to get to the bottom of why campus speech codes are still alive and kicking:

Campus speech codes are losers, both in the court of law and the court of public opinion. They expose campuses to liability in free speech lawsuits and mockery in the media. No fewer than two dozen speech codes have been defeated in court or withdrawn after a lawsuit was filed since the dawn of the modern campus speech codes era in the late 1980s. 

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When Barry Obama wrote his autobiography and published it, the cover of the book said “born in Kenya”.  Now, of course, the BHO gang is sure that this was a lie and that he was born in Hawaii.  The literary agent said it was just a fact checking error.  Let us accept this as a […]

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Relative to the National Ricochet Members Meet Up on Mackinac Island next June, I’ll be interviewed on statewide radio and a Fox TV affiliate Monday.  Considering that membership is the lifeblood of this site, and the key to attending the meet up, what words or phrases do my fellow Ricochetti  think would get Midwesterners to fork […]

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There is an ongoing feud between Protestants and Catholics about the authority of the Pope.  I grew up Catholic and learned the Peter was the first Pope, that Jesus had made him so.  As I became a Protestant my view of this changed.  It is important to note that I do not attack Catholicism here. […]

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Holiday Driving Tips

 

My late grandmother could put more elegance to language than anyone I’ve ever known. She could also eviscerate an adversary and shred their arguments into fine little pieces suitable for slicing tomatoes, but that’s another story entirely. There was one phrase in particular that seemed almost musical in its graceful refinement. She always employed it when praying for our family when we were about to make a long trip, kindly asking The Almighty to extend us, “traveling mercies.”

This delightfully antiquated and genteel turn of expression occurred to me last Saturday when I had a close call on the highway. Traveling south of Erie, Pennsylvania, I first ran smack into the “lake effect” snow machine. What had started as a few stray flakes in the wind, as if someone in the vehicle in front of me had a dandruff problem, suddenly became a wall of white, with snowflakes as large as quarters quickly piling onto the windshield. There’s a way to handle that, and I’ll get to it in a moment — but first, the event:

Hand Over Your Man Card!

 

The other night, my husband and I were at a sports bar watching a North Carolina basketball game when all of a sudden the channel on the big screen was switched to “Say Yes to the Dress.” You heard me right. The TLC reality show about women shopping for the perfect wedding dress.

Convinced it was a mistake, we waited for the channel to switch back to the game. Instead, all the waitresses hovered around the big screen like a flock of blackbirds, giggling and pointing. When our waitress finally wandered over, I asked her what was going on. She said one of the waitresses was on the show.

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Yes the great deal brought home by Kerry the Appeaser and touted by Obama the Liar has lasted like a Jello Rock of Gibraltar an amazing 3 days.  Tehran has already disagreed with the interpretation of the language of the agreement as published on the White House Web Site. We can always rely on Tehran […]

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