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This morning, following on from my post yesterday about speech, social media, and college campuses, I came across this gem.  A professor at Berkley – in the social work school, no less – recently told his students that    [T]he Black Lives Matter movement “needed to stop scapegoating the cops” and shared statistics to argue black-on-black crime is the […]

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In the many professions represented here at Ricochet, I suspect that there are legitimate Jargon terms that spoken with the right tone of voice, could be set to music like below.  The music is surprisingly good by itself, actually.  It makes me think that a polyester leopard skin shirt open three buttons down (with a […]

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I had never really heard her, except for the odd hit on Fox Business, but having listened to her speech at CPAC and especially the Ricochet Podcast with Jay Nordlinger I was definitely intrigued. So I spent some time this morning reading up on her and her back story and I have come away liking what […]

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It would be foolish to argue against the fact that the art of the Music Video reached its peak in the 1980’s. The videos of The Cars, Peter Gabriel, Robert Palmer, and others made MTV must viewing (an unimaginable thing at this time.) Even Madonna’s early videos were fun. Not to mention Aha’s “Take Me […]

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Remember the rule change from 2012 that conservatives and libertarians alike detested?  The on where the RNC made the convention itself obsolete by requiring so high a bar to entry that only a presumptive (read: establishment) nominee could become the nominee after all?  Forbes: Rather than only requiring a candidate to have a plurality of […]

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When my oldest daughter was about 5, when asked what I did she would say, “My Dad’s a fixer-man”.   She has always been a smart girl. I’ve been a maintenance man all my career, because I love it.  There are few better feelings than bringing back to life something that’s broken, or to properly maintain […]

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Ruling the Fed: Republicans Attacking Yellen Should Be Careful What They Wish for

 

Fed chair Janet Yellen testified this week on the state of the economy. The only interesting thing to come of it was some sharp-edged criticism by Republican members of the House Financial Services Committee. That includes committee chair Jeb Hensarling, who said, “Fed reforms are needed . . . Fed reforms are coming.”

Senator Rand Paul, for one, is pushing a bill to audit the Fed, by which he means auditing the Fed’s policies and discussions. But Yellen and other Fed big shots fiercely oppose any rules that might be imposed on the central bank by Congress.

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So I was puttering around in my kitchen, soaking some salt pork when I heard from the bathroom, “Dad! Dad!! I need some help.” Aware of my five-year-old son’s penchant for bringing toys into the bathroom, I wasn’t particularly concerned. I was a bit annoyed. I presumed that he finally managed to drop Megatron into […]

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National Journal’s Ron Fournier stood by the straw poll voting booth at CPAC, scratching his bald head in consternation. Something was bothering him and the thing that was so clouding his mind was former mayor Rudy Giuliani’s recent statement that President Barack Obama does not “love America.” Did the conservatives attending CPAC share Giuliani’s view? […]

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A Quest to Visit All 50 States

 

I want to visit all 50 states. Don’t know why exactly, but ever since I was a kid it seemed like it was something I had to accomplish. By the time I was 10 years old, I had visited 10 states, 20 states by the time I hit 20, and on it went until I hit 39 and stalled out. Despite this barrier I remain obsessed with this dumb little quest.

When a business trip took me to Boston, I added an extra day so I could swing through Maine and New Hampshire. I volunteered for a singularly unglamorous trip to Cincinnati simply so I could cross the bridge into Kentucky. I can’t look at a U.S. map without mentally calculating which states I must visit and in what order. I’m running out of time to hit all 50 by 50; maybe for a midlife crisis I could rent an RV and disappear for a month.

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Henry Maine (Sir Henry) was an English jurist who wrote one of the best books (Popular Government) on the conservatism of the last part of the nineteenth century (he also had perhaps the greatest sideburns in history).  He had huge admiration of the American Constitution. Preview Open

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Salon as many people on Ricochet know is a liberal online magazine beloved by liberals who are religiously, politically, historically, economically, culturally and willfully ignorant of so many issues; that it would be sad were it not funny. Whats not so funny however is that Salon preaches to its woefully ill-educated smugly liberal audience falsehoods […]

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Thinking about another post, I came up with a question that there is likely not an easy answer too. In other words, perfect for Ricochet. If broadband internet is a utility, does that allow a private company to block access to a website based on content? Preview Open

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Jeb, ask your brother why he let your family name and the Republican Party be dragged through the mud with no defense. Tell him that his approach to the media and the Democratic Party is just like Obama’s unwillingness to fight Islamists. It’s a very similar disease. It smacks of a strategy because it was […]

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Over at Red State, Leon H. Wolf gives a robust and detailed rundown of why, as a practical matter, it’s a good thing for government to be involved in marriage: In every state I know of, if two parents are raising a kid, the default assumption if one of them dies is that the child […]

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