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In this video Gov. Christie expresses himself in a forthright and personable manner while staking out staunchly conservative positions on issues including- Taxes, Spending, Education, Same-sex marriage, Marijuana and the Courts. I think his unusual combination of bluntness and likability would be a great strength in a presidential campaign. Preview Open

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explorerIt’s Christmastide, so it’s time once again for Newsweek to flex its theological muscles and slam Christians for their intolerable reading of the Bible. It’s a cheap trick. It’s easy to throw bombs at Christians. They’ll refute your claims, but they are not going to strap on a vest of explosives.
I’ve read the article, “The Bible: So Misunderstood it’s a Sin,” and — as a favor to you, and to help you preserve time to prepare your New Year’s Eve — I’m offering up time that would otherwise have been completely wasted (as opposed to mostly wasted) to fill you in on what you already know.

In 2013, Newsweek’s balance sheet showed the magazine in fiscal bankruptcy, so it’s little surprise that the magazine now demonstrates its moral bankruptcy by publishing an article bashing Evangelical Christians for their alleged Biblical ignorance and — naturally — for their refusal to stand with the current zeitgeist. No sensible person will pay attention to, or pay for, the magazine. However, plenty of senseless readers will glom onto the end-of-the-year edition, eager to read something that bucks up what they are sure they already know. Newsweek needs those readers and will fill them full of what they need just to stay afloat.

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Dear WSJ Wine, I do love many WSJ offerings, including most especially Wall Street Journal in the Morning. However, I must make my concerns regarding your wine offerings known. Tonight, my husband and I opened FOUR bottles from the most recent shipment and found, quite literally, one of them drinkable, and that was about the […]

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I found this story to be very moving: http://www.skynews.com.au/news/world/europe/2014/12/28/would-be-killer-lays-flowers-on-papal-tomb.html Preview Open

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I’m looking for some examples of legislation that has been imposed on all of us to address issues that relate to only a small minority of people. A policy in particular that I’m thinking of is the ban on plastic bags here in Seattle and the one recently passed in California. Only a small number of people […]

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Police are people who are not immune to the flaws of humans regarding power and abuse, and great good. The point is the police have little reason or institutional imperative to be better or have more success or decency because the people have elected progressive leaders for generations who have made the system impossible for […]

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The second day or so after Thanksgiving, when we’re making headway through the Leftovers (we buy Bird Enough for the people around the table rather than the whole neighborhood) I start on my Christmas Card List. I send out actual cards, in envelopes with stamps, religious or secular based on the person I am sending […]

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A Torah scroll does not have any pictures, punctuation, or even vowels. But its words form images in our minds, images that become iconic even while their meaning or origin are not widely understood. Take, for example, the Menorah. This is a holy artifact from the Temple, and it was the centerpiece of Titus’ triumphant […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Is New Year’s Eve the Worst Holiday?

 

As a kid, New Year’s Eve fascinated me. It was a night when grown-ups dressed up, drank fancy cocktails and danced across ballroom floors. Granted, my parents only went out a time or two, but I had seen the movies. Most adults had the times of their lives and I couldn’t wait to join them. We kids would fight to stay up late, bang pots and pans and light the illicit firework or two, but it just wasn’t the same.

Once I hit drinking age, I spent several New Year’s Eves at college bars or block parties where I could finally join the excitement. I rarely found much. Most the celebrations were overcrowded nightmares of sweaty throngs and queasy drinkers. Hardly the tuxedo-clad soirées I had imagined as a lad. There wasn’t even a big band, for pity’s sake.

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In 1982, the author, a recent graduate of Dartmouth College who had spent two years studying at Oxford, then remained in England to write a novel, re-assessed his career prospects and concluded that, based upon experience, novelist did not rank high among them. He sent letters to everybody he thought might provide him leads on […]

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Robert McReynolds’ post about “Smart Republicans” could not be more apropos to a conversation I had over dinner with a dear friend and fellow young Conservative. Part of our conversation included a discussion about becoming less tolerant of intolerance as we become older.

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Everyone knows that Seattle has one of the most highly-educated workforces in the country. That partially explains why we are so stupidly progressive. And although Washington voters have a healthy awareness of the importance of properly educating our children we continue to mandate increased spending on our broken government school system. Voters aren’t very good at math. Actually, it’s not the math so much as the logic that precedes actual math. Even without knowing the exact numbers, I’m pretty sure that if we want smaller class sizes we’ll need to either hire a bunch more teachers or send busloads of our kids to Oregon. But we voted for smaller class sizes without considering how to, you know, pay for it. Now the Governor must find a way to reduce class sizes for public schools by hiring more teachers, administrators and school district staff (apparently the ‘busing to another state’ option is not under consideration). The Gov is taking heat from a court order to increase funding. What’s even harsher is the criticism from The Washington Education Association, sponsor of the initiative to reduce class sizes.

We also need a bunch of money for roads n’ stuff since we already blew the transportation budget on counterproductive passenger trains (It turns out that a certain train line in the works is going to worsen automobile and bus congestion by permanently occupying the heavily-used HOV reversible lanes on the I-90 Lake Washington floating bridge, but that’s another story).

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I have been trying to figure out the angle on the whole white LEO shooting innocent black men protest. What goal or agendas are being forwarded? Why would those in power be pushing this movement? But now we are seeing LEOs (government officials) being executed by citizens and it finally dawned on me where this […]

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It takes a massive leap from the cliff of logic and reality to attribute the dearth of minority employees represented in Silicon Valley to institutional racism. Last I looked, Asian Americans are in the “minority” as well, yet you will find no analysis showing an over-representation of people of Asian heritage on the payrolls of […]

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LibertarianHooverFor those of you who didn’t catch the announcement in today’s installment of Ricochet’s morning news recap, The Daily Shot (not subscribed yet? sign up here), the Hoover Institution has at long last made the podcasts that we post here at Ricochet — The strategikaLibertarian with Richard Epstein and Strategika (featuring the members of the Victor Davis Hanson-chaired Military History Working Group) — available for subscription via iTunes and other major podcast providers. The subscription link at iTunes for The Libertarian can be found here and for Strategika here.

New episodes are currently on a holiday hiatus, but you can use the break to catch up with the archives. We’ll be back with new episodes — and new series — early in the new year. Happy listening.

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It’s that very annoying time of year again. No, I’m not talking about snow and 3,000-calorie-a-day cookie diets. I’m refering to New Year’s resolution time.

I’ve never been much of one to make resolutions. Too many people fill themselves with unreasonable expectations and end only with disappointment and self-loathing. I need no special time of year to accomplish those things. The closest I’ve ever come to a formal, declared resolution is to think of something I’d like to accomplish, but then I remember my hatred of the ritual and abandon the idea.

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If I am late to the party I apologize but….Apparently a scandal is abscessing on the Hill regarding Louisiana State Representative Scalise(R) regarding speakership at a “European American Rights”(read White supremacist and David Duke affiliated) meeting in New Orleans in 2002. Scalise is third in line of power among the Boehner led House. That he is […]

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As mentioned in a previous post, WSJ reporter Josh Zumbrun looked yesterday at why a stronger job market isn’t “luring back many of the millions who dropped out of the labor market during the down times. … Over the past three months, an average of 6.8% of those outside the labor force either found a job or began looking for one. That means people are entering the labor force at the lowest pace in records kept since 1990, down from more than 8% in 2010.” And the labor force participation rate in November was exactly where it was at the end of 2013.