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Father Ma is a dangerous man. There are symphonies and arias that stir our emotions and then there is the voice of one man with a simple phrase who moves people to applaud, and some to weep. Father Ma is a dangerous man because he has found his voice. “In July 2012, a priest named Thaddeus Ma Daqin was […]

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Hail practical jokers of the world!  Today is your day.  Or is it the day to honor fools?  Dime, where are you?  To celebrate, please tell us all about your best practical joke.   My best practical joke happened when Professor Smith and I went to visit Rachel at the end of her Peace Corps […]

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Everyone knows that when you put up a post on the Member Feed, it goes down past the first page pretty quickly.  That’s fine, it’s exactly what must happen when one or two dozen new member posts are created every day. It’s kind of a problem, though, when someone wants to put together a meetup […]

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After Getty Images recently announced that they’re licensing millions photos to the public for free, there’s been some chatter on Ricochet about using Getty Images in our posts. While Getty is saying that they’re doing this simply to adapt to the reality of how people use images on the Internet, some people (like yours truly) […]

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Lance gives us great music all the time, so I thought I’d share a song with him. It’s called Flee or Fight and it’s by a new Charlotte-based band called Matrimony. Anyone who has been through a breakup and just wants to move on will relate to this song. One of the hardest things about […]

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Liberal Fascism in Action: Putting Man-Made Global Warming Skeptics in Jail

 

National Review’s Jonah Goldberg has spent a lot of time since the 2008 publication of his seminal work on the history of the progressive political movement defending the book’s title, Liberal Fascism. He can stop now.

Adam Weinstein, elite liberal journalist — who, sadly, has been reduced to writing “Rants” for Gawker — is example 13,873 that proves the thesis. And it’s a doozy.

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I brought up Rand Paul again on last night’s AMU. By the way, the AMU is a fun and interesting conversation that I encourage more Ricochetti to join in.  If that means I have to talk less, well, I often don’t have anything to say that is all that interesting anyway – and I go […]

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Let’s go back to February, shall we? Back to the days just after the Superbowl when Seattle was on cloud nine because the Seahawks just won the Superbowl after decades of not even getting close. Winter was very cold this year, though most of the Pacific Northwest had avoided the blizzard conditions that had overtaken […]

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Supreme Court Should Avoid Overhaul of Patent Protections

 

In the newest installment of my column for the Hoover Institution’s Defining Ideas, I look at Alice Corporation vs. CLS Bank International, a case that went before the Supreme Court for oral argument yesterday.

The case turns on the question of whether a computing method used in electronic funds transfers is patentable, a query ripe for a clear answer, given that a 10-judge panel on the Federal Circuit produced seven different opinions on the matter. Critics such as Professor Robin Feldman and the New York Times editorial board have argued that the practice is too abstract to deserve intellectual property protection. I have a different take, as I note in the piece:

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The headline blared “The Shocking Statistic About College Grads That Nobody Is Talking About,” and the Facebook post said, “This could fundamentally change the workforce as we know it,” so I read the story. What I found was pablum. “Women Now 33% More Likely Than Men to Earn College Degrees.” My response: and, your point? […]

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The BBC’s World Service is finishing up a week-long series of stories on “Freedom.”  Today, they had a panel discussion on the topic of free speech in London.  There were three panelists: an atheist activist comedienne, a man from a group dedicated to fighting “fascists,” and a third man whose description I didn’t catch. They started […]

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Connecticut is a state in decline, for some reason our state legislature (majority democrat of course) has pretty much consistently passed all the wrong measures that should be to encourage economic growth. They raised taxes across the board in the biggest tax increase in the state’s history, , raised the minimum wage, went head first […]

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Robert Thomson, a Journalist’s Journalist, Explains Why a Lot of Journalists Ought to be Spanked

 

Since becoming a copyboy back home in Australia at 18, journalism is the only life Robert Thomson has ever known—and he has made a brilliant career of it as a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times, editor of the Financial Times, editor-in-chief of the Wall Street Journal, and now chief executive officer of News Corp, the newspaper company, built by Rupert Murdoch, that owns more than 150 titles.

When I interviewed him for Uncommon Knowledge, I tried to get Robert going on journalism-as-a-noble profession.

I’ll Have the Risotto, the Pouilly-Fuissé, and a Side of Ammo

 

Meet Southern chef and restauranteur Sean Brock. He shot a gun for the first time at the age of eight and sleeps next to a 9-millimeter handgun. Some of his restaurants are in South Carolina, which just passed a law permitting concealed carry. Despite his personal comfort with guns, he doesn’t want them in his restaurants. “It’s a bit strange to me that you think you need to carry a gun when you’re having a cheeseburger,” he said.

Restaurants in the state have been given the option of essentially opting out of the law by posting a “no guns allowed” sign. But Brock hasn’t decided yet whether or not to put one up. “The pressure to make the right move is intense,” he said. “When you start to become this stage for rights, you have to be so careful. You can’t put your own beliefs up front because it’s not just a singular opinion. Your opinion will affect so many other people.”

What Happens When Obamacare Becomes Popular?

 

We now have a poll showing support for Obamacare.

Not a majority, just a plurality (though a solid 49%).  While you can quibble quite a bit with the methodology, the undeniable fact is that the numbers have shifted in this particular poll with this particular question, so it means something.