Nightly 2.0 Update: TGIF

 

Week two is just about over here on the Good Ship 2.0. We’ve made some significant progress in making our new boat comfortable and functional, although like any shakedown cruise, we’ve discovered some unexpected issues to fix and are working to repair them. 

Tonight, we kick things off with a correction: despite earlier reports to the contrary, we have discovered (through some intrepid detective work form our members) not all of the content from the old site has migrated over to 2.0. This has proved to a much more complicated task than we thought it would be. But, let us reassure all of you again that your 1.0 posts ARE NOT LOST. We have have access to the old site and all of the content is there. It will be brought over. 

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Both Rocco and Fr. Z link to a video of Pope Francis going to Confession prior to a Penance service at St. Peters. The first link contains about 5 minutes of video and shows the Holy Father confessing his sins and then going into the confessional to hear confessions (there is also some beautiful video from […]

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I am going out on a limb about this call today. Putin will in a day or two pull his troops back from the border of the Ukraine.Obama will take credit for saving the Ukraine, Putin will be declared a rational 21st century leader. Of course  the Crimea will stay firmly in Russia’s hands. All sanctions will […]

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Did you know that? The material that we all are made from is evidently magic. Now, the Neo-Darwinists wouldn’t explain it that way but if you read what they are proposing as a serious scientific theory – it sure sounds like they are talking about a magical substance. It’s so magical that if you get things just right […]

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Check out these October polls for Harry Reid race back in 2010.  Sharron Angle won 11 of 12 of the October polls that year by an average of 48.5%-45.75%, but Harry Reid won the final vote by 5.74 points.  That means that the final polls were off by 8.49%.  How is that even possible?  Afterwards, […]

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  It’s been suggested by astute Ricochetti that the meet ups, and RicochetMeetUp.com, need a logo.  I picked out 3 totally different ones that I thought captured the social aspect of Ricochet Meet Ups, and now that I see them here together, I can’t decide if I should just buy one, or all three. (I […]

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National Review’s Kevin Williamson and Charlie Cooke have a daily (week days) podcast caled Mad Dogs & Englishmen. Both men lean strongly towards libertarianism, and in the first half of today’s episode they discuss some of the differences between conservatism and libertarianism and whether libertarians have more in common with Republicans or Democrats. These are […]

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The new look, the new ways of doing things , change is inexorable  . How are the regular folk handling it ? I will admit to some trepidation with the new site and have shied away from posting much . How does the community feel ? Did you feel like you left for the weekend […]

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For my happiness post, March 28, 2014, let me present Kieran Francis M___.  Born this morning at 8:45, and weighing in at 7lbs 15 oz.  He is here pictured next to his mother, my lovely wife, who absolutely radiates when she holds him.  Motherhood is an amazing thing, and Dad’s eyes watered up a bit […]

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After having a day to hunt for the arguments made before the Supreme Court and digest them, I have a few observations to make. Some (like most of observations about anything) are simple but should be handy responses to those who support the administration’s position. A couple of others are general in nature. I will […]

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Religious liberty is about choosing your own way of life … and denying that the government has a prior authority to choose it for you.   The battles over Hobby Lobby and contraception aren’t about religion. They’re about mandates. A government bureaucracy, emboldened by a blank-check law, has decided that women not only need birth […]

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The typical conservative criticism of the Obama Administration’s foreign policy  — one yours truly has indulged on repeated occasions — is that it fails to account for willful aggression. Under the White House’s reading of the world, there are no animosities, just misunderstandings. Given this line of reasoning, the imperative of international relations is not so much deterring hostility as it is lifting our antagonists out of their false consciousness.

There are two varieties of liberal rejoinders to this proposition. The more forceful rebuttal is that this is nothing more than a caricature, a confusion of diplomatic subtlety with outright weakness. The more guarded version concedes that the president may have been naive in his earlier days, but has developed a more sophisticated reading of the world in office. Evidence for either is hard to find in the interview the president gave to CBS’s Scott Pelley this week, as reported by Politico:

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My state senator is all enthused about a feasibility study of establishing another Big 10 school in Illinois. The reason being University of Illinois Champaign is a hard school to get into, and many parents end up paying private school tuition, or sending their children to out-of-state schools (Purdue, U of Iowa and beyond) and […]

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Why Philosophers Hate Economists

 

I can’t be the first person on Ricochet to have noticed that philosophers and economists don’t always get along. The tension between the two bears some resemblance to the tension between conservatives and liberals. As the old trope goes, conservatives believe that liberalism is wrong, while liberals believe that conservatism is evil. Similarly, when economists and philosophers disagree, the economists believe it’s because the philosophers aren’t making sense, while the philosophers believe it’s because the economists are morally bankrupt.

Do you have a theory about this? I do. Here goes:

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well maybe not “hate”. It’s just the endless scrolling parade of progressive causes and hearty guffaws at those benighted conservative yahoos.  I don’t agree with them, and find their sanctimony and moral narcissism appalling. Each post says “look! see how virtuous I am! What an enlightened free-thinker I am!”  I simply cannot engage them, partly […]

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Rubber Duckie and I made a quick trip to Seattle last week for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s annual “Big Climb”- the event where we old fools try to defy time  by climbing up 1300 steps, ascending 69 floors.  The idea originated with Ricochet member F.L. Booth, real name Don, when he climbed last year. […]

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