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I went into my Ricochet Account intending to up my membership level, but the Change Membership form was pre-filled with another member’s name and e-mail address.  Not good.  So I went to my Inbox to send Blue Yeti a note to let him know and the Send To field is grayed out.  Ricochet is nowhere […]

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“But how is President Romney vs. President Obama a hard choice? How is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vs. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid a hard choice? How is Speaker of the House John Boehner vs. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi a hard choice? “It isn’t.” Preview Open

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Like many people here, I’m a fan of SFDebris’ Opinionated Star Trek Reviews. Today’s review is “Suddenly Human.”  The gist of the story is that the crew of USS Enterprise find a destroyed ship from a warlike people -the Tellarians.  One of the survivors is a human, though, so the crew investigates and discover that […]

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What Are the Best Books on American Presidents? — Nick Baldock

 

It is a long-term ambition of mine to read a full-length biography of every dead American president, and I confidently assume that the good folk at Ricochet can help me with some recommendations.

I do not want a definitely ‘conservative’ or right-wing selection, please; I want, as far as possible, a decently scholarly and balanced series of historical-biographies. Conservative correction of hagiography – as, I suspect, with JFK – I understand may be necessary.

A Tax ‘Reform’ For The Worse — Andrew Stuttaford

 

Over at the Washington Examiner, Philip Klein argues in favor of phasing out the mortgage interest tax deduction, an idea that seems to be gaining some traction with the likes of Republicans, such as House Ways and Means Chairman Rep. David Camp. It shouldn’t have.

Phasing out this deduction may, at least to market fundamentalists, rest on sound economic logic, but politically there is very little to be said for it. Before we get to why, let’s remember a few things:

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The day started off pleasantly.  “Either feed the dogs and make breakfast or dress Lila and if you look at the Internet you’re dead”.    Saturday is soccer day starting about late March.  I love dressing my girl in her stuff, pink shin guards and what not so I chose my pleasurable chore.   Her […]

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A very thought provoking piece by Yuval Levin over on The Corner. In it he elucidates the very distinct differences in how liberals and conservatives view religious freedom.  Liberals see religious liberty as freeing individuals from oppressive traditional ideologies, whereas conservatives see religious liberty as prerequisite to conserving liberty and enabling a diverse society.  The […]

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In his book, Up Front, the great WWII cartoonist, Bill Mauldin, recounted an incident that describes today’s United States all too well.  The army had shipped new combat boots and jackets to Italy for the frontline troops.  Unfortunately, soldiers in the rear echelon pilfered many of the clothes before they could reach the men in […]

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A “Blue Moon” is the second full moon in a month (depending on what definition you use).  Tonight (actually at about 1:30 a.m. CDT tomorrow morning) is the second NEW moon in a month. Having not found a name for it, I’m using “Black Moon” for the time being. If a Blue Moon is when […]

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Perhaps the best activist documentary I have seen was Mine Your Own Business, a documentary that brilliantly exposed the hypocrisy, dishonesty, and cruelty of the environmentalist movement, which I have shown to many Democrats with positive results that have, in some cases lasted for years. The people who made that film are now raising funds […]

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Heads up, all of you using the female Afro avatar (and don’t start with me, you all know which one I mean):  (1) Personalize your avatar immediately.  (Even I was able to do that – albeit I’ve never been able to change it.)  (2) If you truly can’t, then count off by tens, and use […]

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