Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Note on the Project to Save Yazidi Girls & Women

 

1407604744396_wps_35_SIRNAK_TURKEY_AUGUST_8_IrMany of you wrote to me directly in response to my post about saving Yazidis from ISIS. Thank you. If you did, you should have received an e-mail from me by now. If you haven’t, please write again. Ricochet’s In Box doesn’t have a search function (we plan to improve this); so I’m concerned I could have overlooked your message.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Swing State Pizza

 

My new favorite website is Brandwatch, which I know is a business and trying to get companies to pay for their research, but a lot of the fun stuff is free. Essentially, they monitor social media so you don’t have to. And they find out stuff.

Stuff about pizza.

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A few years ago everybody was discussing how Mitt Romney had lost the general election because he received so few of the Hispanic votes, and that due to the current demographics, it was impossible to win without an important percentage of their support. And here they go again! The supposedly best crop of candidates in […]

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Normally, I wouldn’t curiously click on a random video linked to by a stranger on Twitter. But today I did. And guess which Ricochet Contributor made an unexpected appearance in the video? More

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Colin-Quinn-UnconstitutionalIf you know comedy, you know Colin Quinn. The Brooklyn native began his career on MTV’s “Remote Control” (alongside Adam Sandler), which led to a gig on “Saturday Night Live” (alongside Adam Sandler). Then, in the early ’00s, he hosted the vastly underrated “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn” on Comedy Central, broadcast nightly after “The Daily Show.”

“Tough Crowd” was set up as yet another cable panel show, but everyone was a comedian, most were friends, and the political viewpoints were all over the place. Guests ranged from the far left to the far right to utterly unclassifiable. One common topic was political correctness since, even then, comics found audiences growing increasingly censorious.

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Dear Friends, Today, I attended Mass with about a thousand people. I was the invited speaker for the Merrimack College Convocation Ceremony, kicking off the college careers of the incoming fresh person class, and the first event was held at Merrimack’s large, on-campus Augustinian church. (Merrimack is a Catholic college affiliated with the Augustinian Order).  More

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Frederic BastiatFor many years I’ve kept a personal blog. Nothing too big or grand. There I discuss mostly politics and history. From time to time I get e-mails from parents asking for reading lists. What books will best impart an understanding of freedom? Like many parents, they’re unsatisfied with the low-thinking busywork their children get assigned. They’re even less satisfied with the flagrantly statist and collectivist slant of their course material.

What these parents are looking for is something that will inoculate their children from the pernicious ideas that circulate in the public school system. While most of the people I’ve dealt with are devout Christians, a very large number are entirely secular. All of them are thoughtful parents who are terrified of raising unskilled, unemployable children who will whittle away their lives playing revolutionary.

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 -The above audio is intended to incite Republican fervor while reading-  There was a time when calling someone a communist was about as low a blow as one could intend. These days, I only get looks of bewilderment in response for my trouble. More

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Victor Davis Hanson. For anyone who missed this commentary. There are times when you can not add much. This is a very good analysis of the political ground swell, credit to Trump and some nuance. Thorough and logical.  More

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I was lucky. Twenty-two years ago my beautiful bride came with a set of in-laws that I truly loved. While they were not ones to preach, I considered my in-laws righteous people. They worked hard, never swore or drank, and they quietly showed their faith in small ways. They passed that all on to their […]

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Keith Stewart is an unexceptional man. “[Y]ou may see a little man get in at West Ealing, dressed in a shabby raincoat over a blue suit. He is one of hundreds of thousands like him in industrial England, pale-faced, running to fat a little, rather hard up. His hands show evidence of manual work, his […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ICYMI: The Economy Was Just Restructured

 

capital buildingIn recent years the iconic Capitol building has been draped in scaffolding due to a needed restoration, the first improvements since 1959-1960 to the symbol of American democracy. From afar the dome has always appeared to be a brilliant beacon conveying American exceptionalism. On a closer look, behind the countless coats of paint and patchwork, the age and weather have taken its toll. The repairs to preserve the dome will allow the Capitol to continue to shine for future generations.

For denizens of and visitors to Washington, DC, or news junkies who see the scaffolding in the digital backgrounds of daily newscasts, it’s a stark visual reminder that America itself is under reconstruction. The national “restoration” project is now in its seventh year. The steward of America’s reconstruction is perhaps the most successful President we’ve seen in our lifetimes, if you define success as achieving an agenda.

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Our usual host 10 Cents can’t make it tonight, so I’m guest hosting the Audio Meet-Up this week. Time: 8:00 PM Eastern/7:00 Central/6:00 Mountain/5:00 Pacific /00:00 UTC Place: Near your phone Number: (712) 432-0375, Access Code: 139584# Who: All members Guest host: John Walker For our loyal friends and fans, the unedited—but CoC-compliant—recording will be […]

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Hillary Clinton And Michelle Obama Host Int'l Women of Courage AwardsTo the assumption that there’s but one Democrat in the White House who can ride to the party’s rescue and save it from the comedy/tragedy that is Hillary Clinton’s presidential effort — his name being Vice President Joe Biden — I’d like to suggest an alternative.

Mr. President, look not to the West Wing but to the East Wing. For the better alternative to Hillary just may be . . . First Lady Michelle Obama. Ok, stop rolling you eyes in disbelief and hear me out:

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Does Hillary still get Secret Service protection if she goes goes to prison? This was a letter to the editor in the Charleston Post and Courier today written by Bill Hausler. More

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From Science comes this loaded-with-bias formulation:

Data show why inequality is a hot topic around the world. In the United States, the top 20% of earners take home a whopping 51% of income, and the share of income going to the top 1% has ballooned in the past 30 years, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the World Top Incomes Database. Yet U.S. incomes are more equal than those of many countries, such as South Africa and Brazil, while Norway and Sweden are bastions of equality, as shown by data prepared especially for Science by researchers at the Luxembourg Income Study Center.

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shutterstock_125410652Regulation is a tricky matter, filled with tension. Too little and you end up with fraud and harm; too much and you stifle innovation. Too little input from industry and you get decisions ignorant of conditions on the ground; too much and you have regulatory capture. When it comes to homeopathy, the Food and Drug Administration seems to have managed to make all of these errors at once — including ones that should be mutually exclusive.

A few months back, the FDA sought public comment on its regulatory regime for homeopathy. Both homeopaths and science-based activists flooded them with material. The most surprising comment, however, came from another organ of the government: a pointed and bitter memorandum from the Federal Trade Commission, essentially telling its fellow regulators to stop making the FTC’s job impossible by abdicating the FDA’s duty to evaluate homeopathic products’ efficacy and safety in the same way they do normal drugs.

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