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For years I’ve been a government employee working for the NYC Department of Ed. Being the lone conservative on every staff had its own challenges, but just working for the government always irked me. However, I could never find a path out. Having a bachelor’s in illustration and a master’s in education didn’t really open […]

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When did “no” become an unacceptable answer? As a drama teacher, a great deal of my work involves creating and maintaining networks of individuals who can help me create student productions at the level that I demand and expect. In order to maintain a working relationship with these professionals and semi-professionals, I treat them well, […]

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Jamie Wilson’s environmental reminiscing about Eastern Kentucky got me thinking about the stories my uncle told me about growing up between 1930 and, oh, 1990. Bob has always been a technology guy -given he invented half of it, I guess he had to be -and he tells stories about that era and the changes from […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Forceps, Lies, and Videotape: Planned Parenthood’s Favorite Talking Point Evaporates

 

“Heavily edited.” … “Deceptively edited.”

These are the de rigueur, “don’t you forget it” modifiers faithfully deployed – by Planned Parenthood and its elite media allies alike –to describe damning undercover videos captured by citizen journalists at the Center for Medical Progress.

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Our feckless leader has once again outlined his strategy for defeating ISIS. In his speech at the U.N. President Obama said: “Ideologies are not defeated with guns but with better ideas.” I recall that the Nazi ideology was defeated with a lot of guns and a lot of blood. More

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He still is polling low, but has just acquired endorsements from some significant Iowa benefactors: http://video.foxnews.com/v/4517800495001/chris-christie-makes-big-campaign-push-in-iowa/?#sp=show-clips More

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Friday-Night-FightsI’ve long felt conflicted about Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. True, it’s one of the worst federal agencies, but that particular trio is my favorite weekend agenda — especially when football is added in. Leave it to the government to screw that up.

During the halftime of a high school football game, BATF Special Agent Marc Delpit allegedly beat up the dad of one of his son’s teammates and allegedly threatened an allegedly gathering crowd at gunpoint. Allegedly. According to multiple witnesses, Delpit punched the victim to the ground and kept on punching. When bystanders tried to step in, witnesses said the agent drew his pistol and brandished it at the crowd. (Actually they said he “waved” it, but how often do you get to use the word “brandished?”)

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A short version of the speech my husband didn’t give on Constitution Day (because he misunderstood what the university wanted him to speak about) was published today at Public Discourse. It’s entitled The Image of Liberty: What the Roman Empire Can Teach Us About American Politics More

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shutterstock_238956442I will stipulate that the policies of the Democrat Party are both fiscally irresponsible and socially destructive. I will stipulate that Democrats lie to advance their destructive and irresponsible policies. I will stipulate that Democrat politicians are by and large corrupt, irresponsible, and often display a disturbing hostility toward Constitutional rights.

Having said that, there are things one cannot help but admire, even envy, about the Democrat Party versus the Republican Party.

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Full disclosure: I have not tried SaneBox, and my understanding of how it works is limited to this FAQ: “When you sign up for SaneBox, we establish a secure connection with your email server so we can monitor incoming email. Our robots analyze your past interactions with your email to figure out what’s important to […]

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Carly Fiorina at the CNN debate at the Reagan Library on September 16th.
Carly Fiorina at the CNN debate at the Reagan Library on September 16th.

Carly Fiorina must feel as if she’s taking crazy pills. During the recent GOP debate on CNN, she dared Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to watch undercover videos recorded by the Center for Medical Progress — videos that, as Ricochet readers know, exposed Planned Parenthood’s practice of harvesting and selling baby parts, sometimes from babies born alive.

In interviews since then, so-called reporters have denied reality. George Stephanopolous (the liberal activist and longtime Clinton insider) informed Fiorina on ABC’s This Week that “analysts” had reviewed the tapes and that what she described didn’t exist. Why did Stephanopoulos need ‘analysts’? The videos — both the edited versions and the full footage — are available on YouTube for everyone to watch. He obviously didn’t view them. Chuck Todd told Fiorina on NBC’s Meet the Press that “there is no evidence that the scene you describe exists.” What evidence does Todd need, other than his own eyes and the video — which he obviously didn’t watch?

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We have the capacity to feel pain for good reasons: It is how we know to take our hand out of the fire, to not move an injured limb, or that we have something wrong with our bodies that is not visible to the naked eye. In this sense, some pain is adaptive. Acute pain […]

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Indulge yourself. Just don’t overdo it…or under do it. More

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shutterstock_126203432Given all the attention it has received recently, it’s worth considering climate change’s potential implications in perspective. That is, even if we take some of the worst-case scenarios at face value, what kind of problems are on the table?

Via Bjorn Lomborg, the World Health Organization (hardly a conservative source) estimates that there are 141,000 deaths each year attributable to climate change. I haven’t been able to track down a more recent number, but — given that we’re trying to do a worst case-scenario and that the WHO currently estimates that this number will climb to 250,000* by 2030 or 2050 — let’s just call it 200,000 per year now. For the sake of argument, let’s further stipulate that this is mostly human-caused. (By the way, I have this farm that I’m looking to sell, cheap. I mean, I’d like to make make money on it, but if you’re really interested…)

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My Marine is being sexually harassed by his government. No, not by anyone inside the Corps but by the neo-Puritans on a sexual witch hunt throughout the Department of Defense. Hardly a week goes by that he is not either required to take an online or in-person “awareness” course or asked to fill out a […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. “S’up?”

 

shutterstock_156216785One of the best things about Big Data is how exactly it confirms Small Data. I mean, we all knew that the best way to make an impression on someone you want to make an impression on isn’t to say, “Hey. S’up?” We knew that, but now, thanks to Big Data, we know it.

The dating app Hinge, which is yet another dating app with yet another odd name — its more popular rival is Tinder — has released some of its findings and the results are, well, see for yourself:

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“I have decided to run for Speaker of the House and graciously ask for your support,” McCarthy said in a statement. Wonder if he’d support a nucular option. More

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So it appears the Man has deigned to grant Ta-Nehisi Coates a six-figure salary for the next five years so he can devote himself full-time to explaining why people like Ta-Nehisi Coates can never get ahead. More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Good News: Associated Press to Stop Calling AGW Skeptics “Deniers” …

 

global-warming-stylebook-entry… the bad news is the AP will also stop calling those who find wanting the evidence of a man-caused climate crisis “skeptics.”

We have reviewed our entry on global warming as part of our efforts to continually update the Stylebook to reflect language usage and accuracy.

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