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An active thread, ‘Telephone Land Lines: Yea or Nay,’ asks if you have a land line phone. My question is- What choices and competitors for internet, tv and phone service exist where you live? I live in southern New Jersey in Camden County, not far from Philadelphia, Pa (Comcast’s headquarters). For internet I can get […]

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I usually only see two or three new movies a year in the theater, but I did happen to see two within the past day – The Interview and Unbroken. As this is a center-right website, let’s think of all the good conservative comedy movies that exist. Are there any? As Rob Long would say, […]

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This was reported late Saturday- http://news.yahoo.com/tv-plane-162-aboard-missing-indonesia-034017659.html I hope they either locate living survivors or at least determine the fate of those on the plane this time, so as to offer closure to their families. Preview Open

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In this age of wilful ignorance, the power and importance of tradition often gets a bad rap. The wisdom bound up in the layers of custom can be discarded without appreciating the enduring gift it can be to us all. And if you’re going to sing the virtues of tradition, then when better than Christmas? And […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Why Are We Suddenly Friendly with Cuba?

 
Che Guevara, Raul and Fidel Castro

The temperature in Miami, Florida, has gone up over the past little while. All the hot air is being generated by the Cuban exiles who live there. Their temperatures rose when President Obama suddenly, as is his wont, announced another executive decision. This time he has decided to become friends with Fidel Castro and his brother Raul, the rich Communist dictators who have ruled over Cuba since 1959.

We have since learned, to our great surprise, that the decision has been a little time in the making. Apparently, in the summer of 2013, the Pontiff of Peace, Pope Francis suggested to President Obama that the time had come to show compassion, and forgive the Castro brothers their sins of murder, appropriation of private property, sexual infidelity, etc. For the sake of “the poor people” of Cuba, Pope Francis has suggested that the States ought to lift their trade embargo against Cuba, and allow commerce to flow. No mention is made of the not too minor detail that executive decisions have to be ratified by Congress. The President is an expert in making his “executive decisions” sound like a done deal.

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I’m currently reading, Envy: A Theory of Social Behavior, by Helmut Schoeck. Envy is a feeling of discontent or anger aroused by seeing someone else in possession of a desired object or quality. Schoeck describes it as “the consuming desire that no one should have anything, the destruction of pleasure in and for others, without […]

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He wandered through the bustling streets of the more posh areas of Washington DC and merely took in the sights, sounds, and smell–oh those smells, nothing like what he had been used to on the family farm–of the magnificent city. A short walk east of the Georgetown University campus took him along Prospect St NW […]

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This is why I do not believe this government’s economic stats: The U.S. Department of Commerce appears to manipulate economic stats to reflect favorably on those in political power. The link below states my case. Preview Open

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They tell me this is the hardest stage. She hid it for a long time—after all, she’s always been clever. Cobbled together a career in occupational therapy while raising two children and following dad’s meandering assignments on two coasts courtesy of the US Navy. During the Carter years, when Castro released mentally ill patients from […]

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Whoever started the December Gifts thread ( I didn’t notice it until Dec 10) added to my appreciation of this season more than I would have ever expected. The physical gift I recieved from Mrs. Pessimist this year was a simple one. A cheese making kit that she saw on the daily Richochet updates with […]

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Baby spoon for RicochetWho knows where he found it? For that matter, who knows what possessed him to look for it? But this year my big brother–“Uncle Don” to my kids but “Deej” to me–arranged to have my youngest son Andrew place this object in the bottom of my stocking. (I’d have missed it, giving up after scooping out the usual orange, nuts and chocolate cups, if Andrew hadn’t asked if I was absolutely certain that I’d reached all the way to the bottom.)

When I pulled it out, I had no memory of it whatsoever. None. I might as well have been looking at an oddity from an antiques shop. Then I spotted the Teddy Bear (click on the photo to see it better) at the base of the spoon and–well, this is odd to describe, but suddenly I was back in the kitchen of the home in Endwell, New York in which we’d lived until I was seven. My memory of the spoon remains hazy, I admit. But I cherish it–I cherish it for the hands that held it: my brother’s, my father’s, my grandmothers’; above all, of course, my mother’s.

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Not exactly where it all began, but before I was dodging and/or killing some of the most deadly snakes in the Western Hemisphere I decided to drive vice fly to Costa Rica (CR). I mark the beginning of this adventure in the epicenter of the Redneck Riviera (Panama City, Fla.) where I purchased a four wheel drive Nissan pick-up truck. A couple of days later I was pounding Coronas and shots of tequila in Boys’ Town Nuevo Laredo, Mexico where I had misspent several spring breaks before settling down and getting serious about life. My personality is so much better appreciated south of the border.

For any who are thinking about trying it, let me be the first to tell you that driving from Florida to CR by yourself is not without its risks. Don’t want to start any arguments with the feminists, but that trip would have probably been somewhere between very and extremely dangerous for a non-Spanish speaking female. Even for this muy macho the possibility of hitting an (axle breaking) pot hole or (driver through the windshield) black cow after dark was too great to chance. At dusk of each day of this journey I would start looking for a fleabag hotel to stay in and hit the pueblo to see what mischief was about.

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Over at PJMedia, I have a piece up today on how the FDA, the USDA, and Michelle Obama, not to mention ObamaCare, are ruining our and our kids’ health, while causing vast amounts of money to be wasted, based on junk nutrition science. It’s particularly worth getting up to speed on what a healthy diet […]

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“At its peak, the Swiss defensive network involved roughly 2,000 separate structures fitted with explosives. These ranged from bridges to tunnels — such as the Gotthard tunnel through the Alps — to roads and airstrips. “The idea was that the explosive-laden structures would deter aggressors considering an invasion. Failing that, the series of defensive lines […]

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