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Like Niagara Falls, except with more death: The honeymoon was a brief moment for love, away from the front lines of Syria’s war. In the capital of the Islamic State group’s self-proclaimed “caliphate,” Syrian fighter Abu Bilal al-Homsi was united with his Tunisian bride for the first time after months chatting online. They married, then […]

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I am going to bring up SSM, but SSM is not central to this post. I hope that’s not too confusing. I am curious as to how people make judgments. A dear sister-in-law recently told me that we should accept SSM because there’s no good reason not to, only those of us with outdated social […]

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Nanda is gone (if not gone yet, she is definitely leaving). I keep thinking of her as a canary in our coal mine, so to speak. What does it mean if somebody like Nanda, who was clearly a pillar of this community, feels driven away? Did the “canary” “die”? What should we do when the […]

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For all you constitutional lawyers on Ricochet. What would stop a red state from making US citizenship a requirement to live and receive state residency and all that goes with that? Make all the non US citizens go to the blue states. This seems to be a states rights issue. Preview Open

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Time for the Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration!  This year’s festivities begin the afternoon of Wednesday, June 17 through Sunday, June 21, in Washington’s Bavarian Village of Leavenworth.  There are performances, competition for kids and adults, and workshops for accordionists from all over the country and the world.  Ray’s accordion band will be performing, and I’ll […]

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After stoking the fire yesterday, I hoped I’d get a chance to offer my own olive branch as we again look for common ground. Well, here it is.  I learned today that a local group of religious priests (that is, priests who belong to an order — like Franciscans, Dominicans, Carmelites, etc) had been forced out […]

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When I was growing up in the 80s and 90s, I watched a lot of old TV. Someone came up with the brilliant idea of Nick at Nite — a TV station devoted to airing reruns of shows from previous decades. That’s how I got the opportunity to watch things like The Dick Van Dyke […]

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I want to start with words that may not be considered politically correct; and I have on good authority that this crowd is not a supporter of politically correct speech.  I get the recent kerfuffle over “rudeness”.  And yet, the topic I want to tackle today is perhaps a little sensitive and personal.  It is […]

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Title IX, 1999, and 1789

 

The Office of the Independent Counsel was created post-Watergate to investigate executive branch wrongdoing. The Democrat-majority Congress reasoned that the DOJ would not be able to effectively investigate its colleagues and bosses. Republicans objected to the independent counsel statute for decades, both on separation-of-powers grounds, and because it was used as a political tool to harass Republican presidential administrations. But it wasn’t until Democrats’ own ox was gored, during the Clinton administration in the form of Kenneth Starr, that Democrats realized what they had wrought. The statute was allowed to expire quietly in 1999 with bipartisan agreement.

I thought of this history as I read Laura Kipnis’s account of Northwestern University’s own independent investigation of her conduct. Kipnis, a liberal professor at the university, has dedicated her career to feminist causes. However, after she recently wrote about her concerns regarding new university policies on sexual relations between professors and students, she became the focus of protests by feminist students. At first, she brushed off the protests. “I’d argued that the new codes infantilized students while vastly increasing the power of university administrators over all our lives, and and here were students demanding to be protected by university higher-ups from the affront of someone’s ideas, which seemed to prove my point.”

Sunday Morning Contest: Share an Adorable Video of Your Pet

 

I know, there’s lots of real news out there, and many things cordial conservatives could be discussing on Ricochet this morning. But look, it’s Sunday. We’ve had a long week. And frankly, the world’s problems will still be here tomorrow. So why don’t we just relax and share a few of our favorite pet stories and videos.

Here’s me, eight years ago in Istanbul, feeding Daisy and Zeki:

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  As 2014 came to a close, rumors swirled regarding the ancient curse of Obummy’s Tomb. Initially hailed as the greatest archaeological  discovery since the ancient ruins of Hillarycare in the Valley of the Goddesses, the opening of Obummy’s Tomb suffered one set back after another.  Most notably, many consultants hired to do the work […]

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Art and Adolescence

 

2341483224_c49e875d42_bPortait of a Youth by Sandro Botticelli

I’ve been given a chance to teach art to middle school students at a private school in the fall. I actually really enjoy working with this age group. I read a book recently that compared the adolescent brain to a waterfall–so much, coming so fast, that it’s better to constructively divert the flow than try to arrest it.

Visual art provides great opportunities for creative ways to divert the flow. I’m preparing my curriculum and materials, and I thought I’d ask Ricochet members about their experiences of taking art classes during pre-adolescence and adolescence.

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There are a lot of subjects that I know little about, but would be very interested in learning about and discussing. I have, in the past, put up short posts on various topics, posing a question in an effort to draw out some knowledge and get a discussion started. But this can be a clumsy […]

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