Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Put down the Warm, Delicious Roll, Citizen, and Back Away

 

I still marvel that the architects of the European Union never realized that their initials, in English, sound like a reaction to a tin of spoiled herring. I marvel often that the subjects of Brussels don’t rise up, build barricades, rip up the paving stones, and rain them down on the heads of the abstemious non-entities who want to codify what’s acceptable to have for breakfast. 

The season’s festivities in Denmark have been overshadowed by the prospect that it could be the last Danish Christmas before a European Union ban on their beloved kanelsnegler or cinnamon rolls.

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I’m a little late to the party, but you see ’em when you see ’em. Does anyone else feel like this movie felt like the cameramen and CGI guys spent three hours giving the script writers a swirlie while yelling, “This is the 21st century. Visuals matter, not storytelling d****t!”I get that movies aren’t books, so […]

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Before writing my previous post (see below) on political timidity and clerical cowardice, I made a concerted attempt to turn up examples of ministers, prelates, and priests who had spoken up in defense of Phil Robertson’s right to speak his mind as a Christian, and I found nothing.

As you will see if you go through the comments, the absence of evidence available to me was not evidence of absence — at least in the case of Baptist ministers. A number of them spoke up, and some of those who did were exceedingly prominent. This I learned from comments posted and from emails sent to me by non-members of Ricochet, and I must say that, while I would prefer to have gotten this right in the first place, I am pleased that my worst fears in this particular were unwarranted.

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I guess you can file this under the above subject, or alternatively, “Relentless Propaganda Works”: Poll: Americans rank Obama, Hillary Clinton most admired More

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As a kid, New Year’s Eve fascinated me. It was a night when grown-ups dressed up, drank fancy cocktails and danced across ballroom floors. Granted, my parents only went out a time or two, but I had seen the movies. Most adults had the times of their lives and I couldn’t wait to join them.

Once I hit drinking age, I spent several New Year’s Eves at college bars or block parties trying to join the excitement. I rarely found any. Most the celebrations were overcrowded nightmares of sweaty throngs and queasy drinkers. Hardly the tuxedo-clad soirees I had imagined as a lad.

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My constitutional law professor once began a discussion by asking our class: “Does the state motto ‘With God all things are possible” violate the establishment clause?” I shot up my hand and parried: “What if the state motto was “Without God all things are possible?” In other words, at what point can we all agree […]

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The US Constitution encapsulates a core belief that freedom is a natural right, rather than a gift of government. It asserts that politicians are mere stewards of the powers granted to them by citizens; that those powers are permitted to representatives by social contract. Modern Americans, on the other hand, have agreed to be bound […]

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I mean 2013. The end of the year is always the time for a personal “progress check”, or at least some nostalgic looking back on what the last year has brought. For the Lu crew, I’d say it’s been a pretty good year. We welcomed another child. We did some home repairs that had been […]

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James always finishes the flagship podcast with a hearty “see you in the comments at Ricochet!” But as Mollie noted—in the comments, of course—my wife, son, and I received an unexpected present. She invited us to join her, Mark, and the Hemingway family for Divine Worship on Christmas Day. It was a very modern connection: I […]

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Warning: if you haven’t taken your blood pressure medication you may not want to read this just yet. A panel on Melissa Harris-Perry’s show (the same host who said we need to get rid of the notion that children belong to their parents) mocked the family picture Romney tweeted out to send their Christmas greetings. […]

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A few years ago I began a teaching career at a charter school in New Mexico. I was given three hours of training by the local school district and awarded a substitute teacher’s license. I figured it was a good way to get my foot in the door. It didn’t take but a month before I was […]

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I spent 5 years of my childhood in California. As a military brat, we moved a fair bit, but I remember Vandenberg AFB as a great place to live. My dad, a Lieutenant Colonel, had transitioned from flying B-52s to Minutemen ICBMs, and I thought he had the coolest job ever. I didn’t know or […]

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We spent Christmas with family in northern Maine (average temperature: 10F), where it snowed every day. On our way up, there had been freezing rain until about Bangor (I’ve been everywhere), when it switched to snow. The freezing rain made havoc with my old windshield wipers, which simply weren’t up to the task, so we […]

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Recently retired talk show host Neil Boortz always irritated me profoundly. He doth protest too much about what he portrayed as prudish protest by certain of us on the right regarding the death spiral of the culture and policies which aid the trip. Abortion and gay marriage being two of the more visible symptoms. And […]

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Laugh all you want, but this book cover pushes all of my buttons: More

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You’re unlikely to have heard Rob or me mention him—he wanted to remain in the background—but if during 2013 you’ve read Ricochet, posted here, or listened to our podcasts, then you’ve benefitted from the shrewd, selfless work of Todd Lowdon.

Just a year ago, as Rob explained in an accurately titled post, “The End of Ricochet,” Ricochet faced collapse—imminent collapse. I figured we had two weeks left. Ever the optimist, Rob insisted we could stretch it to three. Todd Lowdon stepped forward, becoming one of two people who saved the company.

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Listening to commercials on Dennis Miller while working out, I keep hearing about the “Dollar Shave Club”. Now, maybe it is because my beard is so light that you can’t see it after three days except for a few gray patches on the sides of my chin, but I don’t understand how the business model […]

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It seems like every time there’s a Seattle meetup, some of the Portland folks mention that they wish they could come. I was trying to figure out a way for people to be able to make it, and hit on trains– the Cascade line, specifically, since it (sometimes) has internet and really good specials. Tukwila […]

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My husband and I are gardeners a lot of the year. We live on Cape Cod, so around the middle of December, we start watching more television (Netflix) than we usually do. Also, at our church at the beginning of Lent, the church hands out Rice Bowls, which summon us to give up a meal […]

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This holiday trip to the oil field has been a logistics/operational beating. One bright spot was traveling into Andrews Texas yesterday morning and the modest billboard welcoming folks to town from the west. Apologies for the marginal photos with the sun rising behind the sign. More

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