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I have been told before that I am a little backward. I have never taken offense at the observation. At time, I actually take pride in it. More

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I’ve started reading Donald Westlake. I think it was Power Line that turned me on to him. Without further adieu here’s a gem I found in one of his books (Richard Stark is a pen name of Westlake’s). From The Outfit: A Parker Novel by Richard Stark published in 1963 (beginning of chapter three). On […]

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For those who read my last post and may have felt that it was overly critical of men, don’t worry: my next post will be aimed at women. But before I write that post, I want to offer an explanation for why I am writing these posts at all. I suspect that most of the Ricochetti are […]

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Swiss voters went to the polls today (actually, most had voted well before by mail, dropping off their ballots, or over the Internet) to decide three initiatives. We vote frequently in Switzerland, and the initiative process and the sovereignty of the people under direct democracy imposes few limits on the scope of an initiative which […]

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I’m convinced we will look back on the Obama years as a romantic interlude in American politics. (What were we thinking? Will be the rallying cry.) Romantic in the sense of let’s leap over all the difficulties of our past, our historic guilt and with this act alone, solve all our racial problems by electing […]

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This one should be familiar to anyone who reads military SF. Jerry Pournelle snatched it as a marching song in his Codominium series (the one with John Christian Falkenberg.) Seawriter More

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From a friend, who, like millions of Americans, decided this weekend to work off his Thanksgiving overindulgence by heading to a gym.

(My friend explains that “guns” means “biceps.” Since I’ve never had biceps big enough to warrant comment, this came as news to me. James Lileks, of course, will already have known.)

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Stubbs the cat has been the mayor of Talkeentna, Alaska since 1997. “He’s the best mayor we’ve had,” quotes one resident. “He doesn’t raise our taxes- we have no sales tax. He doesn’t interfere with business. He’s honest,” says the manager of the local general store. This cat is pretty much the Libertarian dream; the […]

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Mark Watney was part of the six person crew of Ares 3 which landed on Mars to carry out an exploration mission in the vicinity of its landing site in Acidalia Planitia. The crew made a precision landing at the target where “presupply” cargo flights had already landed their habitation module, supplies for their stay […]

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Heh. I’m just posting this for the clever title. It’s a story about a non-story ginned up by Obama’s gate-keepers in the media. See what I did there? More

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To add a little mystique and bad-a**-ness, we ought to give our hosts some wrestling-style nicknames and a signature finishing move. Any ideas? Rob – I can’t think of a name. Rob Long Duk Dong? (sorry, Sixteen Candles flashback) “The Swan”? Finishing move-the RINO squish More

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For the benefit of anyone under the age of 60, here’s a news flash. The Vietnam War was won by the enemy in the halls of Congress first and then on the battlefields of Vietnam in 1975. Are the Democrats who helped the enemy win in 1975 going to do the same thing with the […]

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We all greatly enjoy listening to our Ricochet podcast all star hosts, but could they be getting a little squishy soft? More

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The prestige of New York City is a mystery. Schenectady should have more. I recall that in Eric Ambler’s first novel, The Dark Frontier (1936), Schenectady is named as a likely cradle of nuclear weapons research. I don’t recall New York City ever coming up, nor can I think of a reason why it should have, then or […]

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It almost goes without saying that what your nearest and dearest want this year is a Ricochet Christmas (or Ricochet Hanukkah or Ricochet Kwanzaa or Ricochet Festivus.) But after you’ve purchased your son and daughter and Aunt Tilly a Ricochet Membership, what else is there? Lots more. Here’s some ideas with the appropriate link so […]

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I just finished listening to about a dozen podcasts from the week following the election. Over and over again commentators stressed that the electorate for mid-term elections tends to be ‘older and whiter’ than that for presidential elections. What struck me, however, was that there were many left of center commentators who pointed this out in a […]

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On my jog this morning I noticed two things right off that I need a three-dimensional printer for: 1. PLASTIC TIP ON POST OF GLASSES. The plastic tip on my glasses that goes over my left ear has broken off. The metal part is still fine, but these are my jogging glasses, so as long as I don’t stab […]

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