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We all must rest from work and life eventually.  Someday, hopefully a day of our own choosing, we all have to hang up our hat or hand over our work for others to carry on.  This holds true for businesses too, and the products they manufacture or the services they sell.  We aim, when we […]

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Since the Truman administration, the Secret Service has given code names to the presidents, vice-presidents and candidates that they protect. Reagan was “Rawhide”, Obama is “Renegade”, and Biden is “Dipstick.” (Ok, I made that last one up. Biden is actually “Kevlar” because as long as he is one heartbeat away from the presidency, President Obama […]

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Words matter. The current matter before the Supreme Court depends on one word, marriage. All other arguments are illogical, irrational and not based in reason. Premise – the state has an interest in defining the limits of what constitutes a union between those individuals who wish to bind themselves in a family unit relationship. To promote […]

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Thank or blame Bereket for this one.  With his Beer and Politics post, he got me to wondering about the breakdown of beer affections and species of conservatives that one meets here on Ricochet. So, Biertrinker of the BEST DARN SITE in the WORLD (r), list below your favorite beer and your self-identification as a […]

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I think when history totes up the ‘accomplishments’ of the Obama administration, the resurrection of Al Sharpton from sleazy obscurity and elevation to presidential advisor on race relations will rank as the domestic equivalent to the foreign policy accomplishment of giving  Iran an open path to nuclear weapons. I just don’t know which explosion will go […]

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Egalitarian capitalism is predicated on the belief that, given a simple framework, order spontaneously emerges out of seeming chaos. The Internet is so chaotic that everyone, at least to some extent, fears it. The Net is the source of bomb plans, pornography, and every perversion within the reach of the human imagination. It is how, for […]

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Clear Waters of Lake Michigan Reveal Its Many Shipwrecks

 
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This 133-foot long wooden steamer, the Rising Sun, is in 6 to 12 feet of water just north of Pyramid Point, where she stranded on October 29, 1917. All 32 people on board were saved. (U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City )

The ice over Lake Michigan has finally melted, but the water is still very cold. That, along with the good weather conditions, has left the water extremely clear. So clear in fact, that turn-of-the-century shipwrecks are visible from the air:

What Makes a SoCon?

 

A few days ago, several Ricochetti on the member side were kicking around an idea for a podcast featuring social conservatives. (Want to read those in-house conversations? You need to be a member.) It was a good discussion and one that’s been mirrored behind the scenes at the site (we take your suggestions seriously).

It brought an interesting question to mind, however. What makes someone a SoCon? I’ve never used the label in reference to myself because I’m generally fine with gay marriage as a policy matter (though I’m totally opposed to the means by which it’s been gaining ground) and I know that’s usually a litmus test. That said, I’m also pro-life, firmly in favor of the various Religious Freedom Restoration Acts, anti-assisted suicide, totally opposed to the contraception mandate, deeply troubled by the pervasive breakdown of the family, and generally convinced that both the law and the culture are developing an ominously antagonistic posture towards people of faith. So wouldn’t it be sort of weird to say I’m not a social conservative?

A Peek Behind the Ricochet Curtain

 

behind-the-curtain Ladies and Gentlemen of Ricochet, and future Ladies and Gentlemen of Ricochet, have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes here at Ricochet? Well, today, you’re going to find out. Because today, I’m taking you on a a magical tour behind the editorial curtain. Follow me!

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See, behind the scenes, the editors use a program called Slack to talk to each other. And it turns out that our behind-the-scenes culture is a little bit like other places where employees use Slack:

On Immigration, Three Pathways to the Nomination

 

F7660Houston, Texas, once played a special role in American presidential history. It was there, in October 1960, that then-candidate John F. Kennedy addressed a group of Protestant ministers on the separation of church and state — a necessity, JFK’s camp believed, in order to lay to rest anti-Catholic concerns.

Houston was back in the news this week, again for something that overshadows the election. The drama this time: Jeb Bush appearing before a gathering of Hispanic evangelicals and laying out his stance on immigration reform.

What the meeting demonstrated: Bush’s strength and vulnerability on the topic.

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Sometimes an article articulates what one has been trying to say so comprehensively and with such passion there is nothing more I can add. Anthony Esolen has written such an article on the subject of the sexual revolution and its aftermath and how it relates to Liberal/Libertarian positions on the issue. It’s titled “Fools or […]

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Sticks & Stones Hurt. Now, Words Do Too

 

This week, in Baltimore, we witnessed lawlessness and violence at levels not seen since the late ’60s. Freddie Gray protesters looted and burned down homes, businesses, and even a church’s 60-unit senior home and community center. Police were hurt by thrown rocks, bottles, and other projectiles. Shop owners were savagely beaten by mobs of rioters. Cars were burned en masse.

Out of this, as in the aftermath of other recent protests nationwide, have come calls for dialogues on policing, race relations, and problems faced by minority communities. All worthy discussions, to be sure. However, a controversy has also developed over the use of a word.

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In the mid 70′s I had my Godfather II experience. Dad had made a little money selling his business, so he said ‘F-off Guv’ to the pre-Thatcher socialist British mindset and dragged his young wife and 4 very English kids (of which I’m the oldest) to America. Preview Open

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Here in Pennsylvania, we figured our state legislature had gerrymandered us out of having any interesting Congressional races until 2020.  In particular, you’d expect Rep. Bill Shuster of the ninth district to be safe.  He’s a Republican in the state’s most Republican district.  He’s chairman of the Transportation committee, following in the footsteps of his father, […]

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How We Can Easily Feed a Planet of 11 Billion

 

shutterstock_252173746-e1423860273200How big will global population be in 2100? Some 10 or 11 billion, according to the UN. But some demographers think that estimate is way too high. Back in 2013, I blogged about a projection from Sanjeev Sanyal of Deutsche Bank. His calculations find the world’s overall fertility rate falling to the replacement rate in 2025, although global population will continue to expand  for a few decades thanks in part to rising longevity: “We forecast that world population will peak around 2055 at 8.7 billion and will then decline to 8.0 billion by 2100. In other words, our forecasts suggest that world population will peak at least half a century sooner than the UN expects and that by 2100, and that level will be 2.8 billion below the UN’s  prediction.”

But what if the UN is right? How can we feed all those people? It actually wouldn’t be that difficult, according to the World Bank’s Heinz-Wilhelm Strubenhoff in a piece over at Brookings. He runs through the math, but I wanted to highlight two things. First, plenty of existing farmland isn’t being used efficiently: “Farmers in the Netherlands produce 8.6 tons of cereals per hectare, Ukrainian farmers produce 4 tons per hectare, and yields in Nigeria are stagnant at 1.5 tons per hectare.” Second, we waste so much: “The average European is wasting 179 kg of food in the value chain from the farm gate to the lunch or dinner table. This is almost the annual consumption of a poor person mainly living on cereals (200 kg).”