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As with overseas graffiti-reading, so with newspaper-reading; although I do occasionally think about the latter. Recently, and specifically, I got to wondering what Beto Stodieck and Zury Machado were up to these days. Back when I was reading newspapers, at least Brazilian ones, guys like these – society journalists – had full pages all their […]

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review appears Sunday. When it appears, I post the previous week’s review on Ricochet. Seawriter Book review Exploring the Scandinavian ideal Posted: Sunday, February 22, 2015 By […]

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So Give Me the Scoop on this CPAC Thing

 

v2-Boris-Nemtsov-tributes-2I’m guessing there’s no better group of people to ask. I want to know what really happened at CPAC. Remember, I wasn’t there. Missed the party. Wasted my weekend on the news about Boris Nemtsov being blown away on the streets of Moscow. No, of course I don’t know who killed him, but I’m not yet at that zen state where I look at that news and think, “Political assassination in Moscow, Kremlin critic lying dead just outside the Kremlin’s walls, who cares, how could that possibly affect the world.”

So after freaking out completely, I turn my attention back to the US to scan the news from the other superpower, the last, best chance of –well, “my country,” as I quaintly think of it. I read, variously, that CPAC is freaking out the Nation because it seemed “disturbingly sane,” and that 25.7 percent of the 3,000+ attendees–half of whom identified as between the ages of 18 and 25–think Rand Paul’s the man for the job.

If I were just casually skim6271610-3x2-700x467ming the news, didn’t know all that much about America, my takeaway would be that CPAC made itself look “disturbingly sane” to the Nation–and I’d be confused: Shouldn’t CPAC just look “disturbing” to the Nation? What does CPAC look like to our nation, as opposed to the Nation? What about the world–did CPAC just make our nation look sane, insane, or “disturbingly sane?” I hope people at CPAC were sane enough to be really freaked out by that news from Moscow–were they?

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The topic of manners and limits in our ever-changing society is often the subject of posts on Ricochet, and I wonder how many here are familiar with Curb Your Enthusiasm, which takes on awkward situations arising out of the anti-hero’s explorations of social conventions, ethical dilemmas, and obnoxious people who manage to push boundaries without ever getting […]

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Edit:  That didn’t take long.  I posted this maybe two, maybe three days ago — timed it poorly.  I am surprised at how quickly Boehner got the amnesty betrayal done.  The rest of this is un-edited.  Anybody excited about this?  Another gang of nothing, full of nothing, for nothing is with thee rumor of a […]

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