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I had a dream that the media, contrary to common conservative perception, are working to weaken and ultimately destroy the Democratic Party. How are they doing this? By flatly refusing to hold any Democrat accountable, ever, for any level of malfeasance, incompetence, corruption, ineptitude and general idiocy.  More

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“More than 80 percent of the members of a Michigan union representing home health care workers opted to quit the organization in 2013, federal filings show. The workers took advantage of the state’s newly enacted right-to-work law, which allowed individuals to opt out for the first time ever.” “…The sheer size of the shift suggests […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. A Toast To Ricochet—Rachel Lu

 

Today is my 2-year Rico-versary. Two years ago, I took the plunge, forked over the cost of a grande latte at Starbucks (remember that?), and put up my first post.

Life has certainly changed since then, and Ricochet has been a very positive part of that. I think I would have been pretty thrilled two years ago if you’d shown me what my life would be like today. 

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Rick Perry Receives the Kiss of Death—Troy Senik

 

How do you know your dreams of reaching higher office are doomed? When Dick Morris says you have a chance. From the latest musings of the man who guaranteed a Hillary Clinton-Condoleeza Rice presidential race in 2008 (the book laying out that scenario is now available at prices starting at $0.01 from Amazon):

Of the defeated candidates left over from 2012, Santorum is probably too focused on social issues to win. Cain and Bachmann can be dismissed as flashes in the pan, and the problems that knocked them out of contention have not gone away. Romney probably won’t get a third chance. Even Nixon only got two. Newt inflicted too many wounds on others and on himself.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Did Donald Sterling Tape Himself?

 

Reported in the LA Times yesterday, but not really noted in our earlier discussion on the taping of Donald Sterling.

The site is also reporting that sources who have heard the entire hourlong recording say Sterling absolutely knew he was being recorded. TMZ Sports has reported Stiviano has said she has more than 100 hours of recorded conversations with the 80-year-old Sterling, who is said to have used the tapes to refresh his memory because he frequently forgot what he said.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Letting Your Kids Win? Teaching Winning and Losing—Metalheaddoc

 

My lil’ boy is about to turn 8. When we do something competitive, like running in the backyard, I let him win. I feel the bitter taste of defeat is an acquired, grown-up taste that he doesn’t need to get from Daddy. But as he gets older, how long do I let him win?

I want to teach him to be humble in victory and gracious in defeat. I also don’t want him thinking Daddy is a slowpoke who can’t do anything. How do you all go about teaching your yoots about winning and losing?

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Donald Sterling’s comments, opinions and past behavior are dreadful – no doubt about it. I just wonder how the NBA is going to cope with the next thought crime that comes along. What happens to the next guy who drops an anti-gay slur? (Frozen Chosen asked this in another thread.) What about if a black […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Lefler’s Laws of Life—DC McAllister

 

Our fourth child is about to graduate from high school and will be heading off to my alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in the fall. I thought a fun graduation present would be a collection of pearls of wisdom to carry with her as she embarks on a new stage of life — one in which she’ll have to navigate between liberal professors rewriting history and frat boys trying to convince her they have noble intentions when they invite her back to the Pi Kappa Phi house for a “nightcap.”

I guess I could just give her a copy of Proverbs or George Washington’s Rules of Civility, but I’m a nerd at heart, so Ensign Robin Lefler’s essential laws of life from Star Trek Next Generation (“The Game”) came to mind.

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Saltveit, Mark. The Tao of Chip Kelly: Lessons from America’s Most Successful Coach. Diversion Books, 2013 ASIN B00HR82BQO   More

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Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has been arrested in connection with the 1972 murder of Jean McConville. I wonder what Rep. Peter King, long known for his ardent opposition to all forms of terrorism except the Irish Republican variety, thinks. More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. On Israeli “Apartheid”: A response to Zafar

 

In Judith Levy’s post regarding Secretary Kerry’s use of the word “apartheid” in the Israeli-Palestinian context, Zafar wrote:

Under Apartheid in South Africa the benefit from the majority of the land and its resources was allocated to one ethnic group at the expense of another – one group had freedom of movement, the other didn’t. One group basically controlled the other for its own benefit.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Benghazi Keeps Bubbling Up Despite WH Spin — Jon Gabriel

 

As a kid, I had to repaint an old bike body that had been left out in the elements for months. I picked up the rusty body, rinsed off the dirt with a hose, let it dry and spray painted it. The shiny red bike looked like new.

Of course, after several weeks, the rust came back with a vengeance. Being lazy, I’d touch up the paint every few months to keep it looking decent. But, since I didn’t take care of the hidden corrosion, the rust wouldn’t stay covered up for long.

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I first learned of this through Chicks On the Right: According to this, Eric Holder’s US Dept of Justice might be behind this effort, in something called Operation Choke Point, which is supposedly a targeted program designed to shut down as many as THIRTY separate industries by closing them out of banks. The American Bankers […]

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Two interesting articles—one at The Federalist, and one at The College Fix. Two unbelievable sets of comments. (Correction: A few of the comments on The Federalist article are sort of annoying or seem to be argued in bad faith, but they’re not unbelievable. Maybe the reactions expressed just took me by surprise. The ones at […]

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“It will draw to a fine point where we are at — and that is, the First Amendment is sacred, but that the First Amendment is not absolute, and by making it absolute you actually make it less sacred to most Americans,” Mr. Schumer said. I know I am not the brightest guy in the […]

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Even among moderates, and some conservatives, the name Bush conjures up dread. Yet the power brokers of Wall Street are determined to get someone who will sing for them like a trained bird and we will end up with dynasty versus dynasty in 2016 unless action is taken. Even here at Ricochet and many conservative […]

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This was posted a few weeks ago by Matede, but it deserves more exposure, especially now. Please consider giving to this wonderful group of people who are raising funds to make a movie about Kermit Gosnell, the man they rightly call “America’s biggest serial killer.” Time is running out for their crowdsourcing effort. More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. RIP, Bob Hoskins: Top Bloke; Not a Bad Actor, Either—James Delingpole

 

Rest in peace to Bob Hoskins, who just died of pneumonia at 71. He’s probably best known for his role opposite that infuriating animated bunny in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? or for his appearance in the slightly overrated Mona Lisa. This is a shame because his finest hour, surely, was his performance in the ’80s London gangster classic The Long Good Friday.

The key bit is at the end, which I’m not going to spoil for those of you haven’t seen it. (And you must! And when you’re done, make it a double-whammy and watch the Michael Caine ’70s gangster classic Get Carter!, which for my money is the only film of that genre that touches it). Suffice to say that in less than five minutes Hoskins, without saying anything — it’s just a close up of his face as he sits in the back of a car — provides the best acting moment not only of his career, but of almost anyone’s acting career.

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The economy is at a standstill. Russia is about to invade its neighbors. China is about to take over as the #1 economy. Iran is close to a nuclear weapon. Syria is a killing field. Not only is the Middle East peace process dead, but our ally is furious at us. The promising pipeline is […]

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I do miss it so. More

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