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I started with the recipe for Vanishing Oatmeal Raisin Cookies that is printed on the bottom of every 42 oz. container of Quaker Old Fashioned Oats. Then Easter happened, and we got swamped with Chocolate Bunnies, the Milk Chocolate variety.  I used to gobble them bad boys up like they were Crystal Meth.  Now, I […]

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Conservatives do a lot of complaining about the sad state of academia these days.   From the radicalism of the intellectual climate to the explosive growth of bungling and cynical administrators, not a lot appears to be going right.   Fortunately, every now and then something like this pops up and refreshes my faith in […]

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The Ricochet Meet-Up on Saturday starts with barbecue at the Salt Lick on the grounds of the Dell Diamond here in Round Rock at 4:00 PM. The game starts at 6:05.  If you would like tickets in advance, just contact me here or go to the team’s site for ticket sales: http://www.milb.com/tickets/tickets.jsp?sid=t102 I look forward to […]

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I just watched Brett Baier interview former NSC spokesman Tommy Vietor on Fox News’ Special Report, talking about the newly-released Benghazi talking point memo.  Vietor was spinning fast enough to turn an aircraft propeller, but Baier was calm and focused on the point. I still haven’t made up my mind how much evidence the Rhodes […]

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Tufts to Department of Education: “Finding Has No Basis in Law”

 

Be sure to read FIRE Vice President Robert Shibley’s excellent piece today at WGBH.com on the ongoing battle over how colleges and universities handle allegations of sexual harassment and assault. As I reported yesterday, the White House unveiled its first official task force report (PDF), to both acclaim and criticism. Overshadowed by the White House announcement, however, is the news that Tufts University is pushing back against its treatment by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. As Shibley explains:

One of the first questions many people ask on this issue is, “Why are colleges holding rape trials anyway?” Good question. They do so because they are required to under Title IX, the 1972 federal law banning sex discrimination in educational programs. But don’t bother looking at the text of Title IX, which makes no mention of rape hearings at all. The requirement instead comes from mountains of federal regulations and piecemeal statutes that hold colleges to standards that are nearly impossible to meet or even comprehend.

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Can you sleep on airplanes?   I can’t for beans unless there’s sedagives involved.  That’s sedative Igor! I have a redeye soon and will take some Ambien, a drug I very rarely take.   Every now and then people do bat guano crazy stuff on it but not sleeping is a pain.   Whatchya gonna […]

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Nerd alert: Maybe it’s because I recently re-read Tom Wolfe’s “A Man in Full,” but with the exception of this happening in Florida instead of California and it not being an actual earthquake, this is almost the scene he imagined when Conrad escaped from prison: http://www.ajc.com/ap/ap/us/more-than-100-injured-in-florida-jail-explosion/nfmgm/ Preview Open

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Ricochet’s great content first drew me here.  But I became a member and began to comment because of the community of Ricochetti that I witnessed and wanted to join. (I know this is an oft-repeated theme here at Ricochet, but that is my point.) The rich community that has developed here is due to 1) […]

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Today’s Must-Watch Videos on Benghazi—Jon Gabriel

 

What the mainstream media once considered semi-racist conspiracy theories of the tinfoil hat crowd is re-emerging as a major story in Washington. The news cycle is moving quickly, but here are three powerful videos that will get you up to speed.

Early this morning, Joe Scarborough exploded at panelist Donnie Deutsch for warning the GOP off the Benghazi story. (Skip ahead to 7:00 for the good stuff.)

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Clippers coach Doc Rivers reacts to the NBA’s decision to ban team owner Donald Sterling for life in response to racist comments the league says he acknowledged he made in a recorded conversation: “I don’t think this is something we rejoice in or anything like that. I told the players about the decision and I […]

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Peter Robinson has a post today about the Catholic Church and the upcoming Synod on the Family. While thinking about the topic, it naturally occurred to me that this is a topic that spreads far wider than the Catholic Church, Christianity, or believers. Family is about everyone. I’d like to hear what everyone thinks about […]

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Sorry, China, the U.S. is Still the World’s Leading Economic Power—James Pethokoukis

 

The US economy has been the world largest since 1872 when it overtook the UK’s. A heckuva run, no doubt. But that may end this year, according to the Financial Times:

The US is on the brink of losing its status as the world’s largest economy, and is likely to slip behind China this year, sooner than widely anticipated, according to the world’s leading statistical agencies.

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This is my first post on Ricochet in some time.  About a month ago my life was thrown into chaos, a chaos it has not recovered from, but one that has blessedly subsided.  Sometime during the last month my account expired (hey editors I sent you an email about this and never got response) and […]

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