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I have many questions about the 236 prior attacks, 36 specifically in Benghazi, that were ignored by Hillary and the State Department before the attack on the night of September 11, 2012, happened. I have many questions on why hardly anyone has reported the fact Qatar called POTUS asking him to get weapons into Benghazi, […]

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One of my favorite musicians is Al Stewart. One of my favorite songs of his is “Laughing into 1939”. It tells the story of a New years Eve party in 1938. The music is beautiful, the lyrics deceptive, the message is somewhat scary… I always listen to it on New Years Eve. More

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Since we start a new year tomorrow, what better way to start than a review of a code of laws worth living by? Such as in one of Kipling’s most famous poems – “The Law of the Jungle.” Incidentally, it is composed of rhyming couplets. It is supposed to be the first in which Kipling […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Lovejoy: The New Year’s Comet

 

A new comet is appearing overhead just in time for the New Year. C/2014 Q2 is already visible to the naked eye, and will get brighter over the next few weeks:

This is the fifth comet discovered by Australian “amateur” astronomer Terry Lovejoy. In 2011, one of “his” comets made a spectacular pass through the sky. This one may not be quite so ostentatious, but its location and brightness make it a winner. On Jan. 7 it will pass about 70 million kilometers (44 million miles) from Earth, and it’s predicted to peak around 4th magnitude; easily visible from dark skies without optical aid.

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It’s a special time of year! Not only is it the Holiday season, but the biggest Magic: The Gathering event of the year (in Colorado) is happening this weekend: Grand Prix Denver. More

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It’s that time again. If you could invite any 10 people to a dinner party, living or dead (real people, please), who would you most like to converse with across a dinner table? With whom would you and your spouse like to share stories and banter? Assume that you could all speak the same language and be understood. Also assume that time is unlimited. Who would you invite to your ideal dinner party? Here is my guest list:

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Mayor de Blasio said a boneheaded thing when he stated that he and his wife tell their African-American son to be careful with the police. Everyone — white, brown, pink and purple — should know how to deal with the police (ie, don’t attempt to resist arrest, etc…). The message of being respectful of police is one that all young people need to hear: Mayor de Blasio turned it into a racial thing, and for that, he is a bonehead, no question.

There is, however, a wide gap between saying something stupid and having blood on one’s hands. The head of the NYPD Policeman’s Benevolent Association, Patrick Lynch, stated that Mayor de Blasio has blood on his hands.

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Reading ListHere are my picks for the best books of 2014, fiction and non-fiction. These aren’t the best books published this year, but rather the best I’ve read in the last 12 months. The winner in both categories are barely distinguished from the pack, and the runners up are all worthy of reading. Runners up appear in alphabetical order by their author’s surname.

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So, I’ve been having to talk a lot over the past week about Ricochet to people that don’t know what Ricochet is. Because I live closer to a particular part of town, I’m doing some restaurant recce for the proposed Nashville meet up that is graciously being coordinated by Das_motorhead. The managers and private dining reps usually […]

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I’m not a fan of all of these “Best of…” lists. Jon Gabriel pretty much makes the same point a little more elegantly here.

My New Year’s ritual is simple: I think about the dumb things I did last year and try not to do them again. I don’t pretend that I won’t do dumb things in 2015, but I want them to be different dumb things.

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We have a family dinner on December 30th every year at my sister-in-law’s house, and my wife’s uncle and aunt are always there. Two of my favorite people. She was a stew for many years on Northwest Airlines, and has tales galore about life on the transcontinental routes as well as the milk runs to Montana; he’s a realtor, and found us the home where we live. (He’s also living proof that there are people up here who talk like the characters in “Fargo.” Oh jeez.) They have two bright kids who were callow teens a few days ago but now, through some bizarre alchemy, are grown-up, married, with tots.

So Uncle is describing last year’s dinner, when he beat my French brother-in-law at ping-pong downstairs. This leads to a recollection of his Army days at Fort Hood in ’67, when there was a guy who ruled the ping-pong tables at the rec hall. Big handsome brute, incredible card player too. And he was in some singing group too, because he was a great singer.

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If you’re like me—and apparently, to my surprise, you are, every one of you—you find yourself rather surprised that we are now entering the year 2015. Indeed, this date sounds unfathomably and weirdly futuristic, and suggests we live in Skypad Apartments, work for Spacely Space Sprockets, commute to work in aerocars, and have a robot maid named Rosie. Or in a less Rosie future, HAL is telling us that the mission is too important to allow Dave to jeopardize it. And yes, roll that one around in your mind a bit. Because that was supposed to happen in 2001. And it is now—

No. Stop. It cannot be. It is still 1989. And you cannot convince me otherwise.

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I know many of our Ricochet members avoid Facebook (missing out on our totally hip and cool Facebook group) for whatever strange reasons. Luckily, you all have me to share my Facebook adventures. It’ll be just like you signed up/never left! Yay me! For the last couple of years, some here may know my wife […]

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I was glad to find Ricochet, the effectiveness of online conservative organizing was a surprising source of comfort and fellowship that I discovered by accident long ago. When I was isolated and besieged and enraged I found that I was not alone by going online and sharing my thoughts and feelings with others. And I […]

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For those avoiding Amateur Night … Leap for joy with us and join the fun. Bring something smooth and strong along to make the riding the waves more enjoyable. More

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shutterstock_121088260Amid the contention over the Eric Garner case — whether the force used against him was justified, how much his criminal and medical histories should bear on the events, etc. — two points have emerged with what should be crystal clarity: that the cigarette taxes that make selling “loosies” so profitable are absurd, and that the crime Garner was being arrested for at the time of his death is almost wholly a creation of these taxes.

To give a sense of just how crazy cigarette taxes are in New York City, consider that each pack of 20 is subject to $4.35 in state taxes, plus an additional $1.50 in city taxes: in all, a little over $0.29 per cigarette. Given that cigarettes are legally available within a day’s drive for less than the cost of the taxes, it’s little wonder that an estimated 57% of the cigarettes sold in the state are smuggled in (the highest rate in the nation; Lord knows how much higher the figure is for NYC itself). It’s even less of a surprise that street vendors like Garner and this fellow can make a living selling individual cigarettes for $0.70 each or $1 for two.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. My New Year’s Resolution Is to Not Say “Public Servant” in 2015

 

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From national holidays to team mascots, the other side has made so many words and phrases verboten that I have to Google the acceptability of my speech before opening my mouth. I try to not make a habit of contributing to this intolerance, but I’m willing to make one exception: I think the phrase “public servant” is counterproductive, destructive, and should be banished. Since I’m not one to go for a typical New Year’s resolution of self improvement — too much of a lost cause at this point for that to be much help — my resolution this year is to do my part to make “public servant” politically incorrect in 2015.

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