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Are you, er, a gardening buff? Then today is the day for you. The first Saturday in May is World Naked Gardening Day. No, I’m not making this up. According to its organizers, WNGD is a lighthearted, nonpolitical holiday where people all over the world are “invited to tend their portion of the world’s garden […]

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In the wake of the Twin Towers’ falling we heard for months that dots were there to be connected. That the entire tragedy was avoidable if only we’d been hunting terrorists before 9/11 the way we hunted them afterwards. The dots were not public knowledge. Somewhere inside the Department of State, the terrorists’ overstay of […]

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Condoleeza Rice has withdrawn from the Rutgers commencement. Okay, now I’m mad. Coming after the Brendan Eich resignation, we seem to be on a streak: left-wingers protest, an organization goes weak in the knees, and a conservative does the “gracious” thing by withdrawing. Preview Open

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The tide abides for, tarrieth for no man, stays no man, tide nor time tarrieth no man                                                                                                                             St. Marher, 1225 Preview Open

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On Ricochetonedotoh Claire Berlinski had posted some thoughts about posting.  It was a wonderful little compendium of advice, and had a special link right on the Member Feed so that we would never forget.  Does anyone have a link to it?  Is that still around?  Will it be returning as a permanent link on the […]

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Since the first inauguration of Barack Obama as president of the United States, the Middle East has mired itself in a large struggle over who will fill the power vacuum in the region.  This battle for supremacy has now stretched from Baghdad to Beirut and the two primary state actors are Iran and Saudi Arabia. […]

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From the geniuses- yes, geniuses- at HISHE…How It Should Have Ended… the Lego Movie.  If you haven’t already, and are so inclined, spend some time reviewing their work.  And marvel at their popularity.  1.5 millions views in a day.  Just awesome.  I hope they are making millions on it.   Preview Open

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Join about a dozen of your fellow Ricochetti, including our terrific editor, Troy Senik, and the king of caricature, Roman Genn, in Santa Ana tomorrow at Antonello’s for dinner at 6:00.  Just go to ricochetmeetup.com  for more details and to register.  It’s going to be a great evening, and I hope to see you there! […]

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Myth and Climate Video went viral today of Senate Candidate Mark Callahan being thrown out of the offices of Willamette Week during a candidate interview. As somebody who’s been thrown out of that office during a candidate interview, I fully sympathize with Rep. Callahan. In my case the folks at WW demonstrated their respect for […]

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What’s the Conservative Sleeper Issue of 2016?—Troy Senik

 

I may have mentioned this before here on the site — I was recently reminded that I’ve been hanging around these parts for nearly three and a half years, matching herpes for both persistence and intrusiveness —but I’ve never forgotten a piece of trivia Ed Gillespie (then Counselor to President Bush) shared with a group of us speechwriters during the 2008 campaign: the single biggest fundraising issue for the RNC during that cycle — the one that could inevitably galvanize conservative checkbooks — was the Law of the Sea Treaty.

Despite the fact that it was virtually unknown to the press and the wider GOP establishment, the underlying issue of surrendering a chunk of national sovereignty lit a fire under the base. It’s forgotten now, but Mike Huckabee’s emphasis on the issue during the pre-primary period was one of the factors that shifted his campaign into high-gear. There was a limit, of course, to how far Huckabee could ride that one issue, but let us not forget that the feelings stirred up during that campaign would ultimately block the treaty’s adoption four years later.

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I hate to post with no intention of tending the garden.  But I can’t find an active discussion on 2.0.   I really hate 2.0 and would go back to 1.whatever in a heartbeat.  I hate having to scroll past all the pictures.  I don’t get the organization of the site.  I can’t seem to […]

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Splitting Up California? Not So Fast

 

One of the more talked about political developments of late here in California is a proposed ballot initiative that would split the state into six new entities. With the widespread unhappiness about how the state is governed, the proposal has received plenty of attention in the press. But can it work? As Ricochet editor Troy Senik and I explain over at City Journal, the answer to that question is a definitive no.

First of all, the complaint that California can’t be governed in its present state has some serious problems:

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The liberals’ new mantra is “Income inequality – it’s not fair!”  Let’s set up a hypothetical situation.  Person A: Joe Smith has very few skills.  He sweeps the floor second shift at a huge superstore, and makes minimum wage.  Person B: Sam Slick is an NBA star.  He can hit 50% from three-point range, and […]

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Literature for the Funny Bone: Comic Novels and Stories

 

From the tragic to the lighthearted, I like most kinds of literature. I like the great books (especially Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Dickens, Eliot, and Conrad). I like a good action novel (the late-great Vince Flynn, but also Lee Child and Daniel Silva). I really love great historical fiction (Hilary Mantel, Patrick O’Brian, Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle). I love the great epic poems (Homer, Virgil, and Dante), and have forced myself to at least appreciate some modern poets (Auden, Yeats, Stevens, and Billy Collins).  

I like old stuff (Don Quixote, the Canterbury Tales, and pretty much anything by Shakespeare). I’ve become a real fan of sci-fi/fantasy (LOTR, of course, but also Gene Wolfe, Robert Heinlein — though Stranger in a Strange Land is a weird book — and Roger Zelazny). OK, I hate romance novels., and I must say that I’ve never embraced the group that Joseph Epstein calls the “boy novelists” (Mailer, Roth, Updike).

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In response to comments in a couple of other threads, I thought I’d do a summary of an issue that regularly comes up, as it casts an interesting light on the intersection between food, politics, and the roles of Left and Right Progressives in making bad decisions in American politics.  No links, if it comes up […]

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