Jeb at His Campaigning Peak Just Won’t Do

 

This is Jeb at his peak from the 1998 gubernatorial debate–before first winning statewide office against an incumbent party. In a few minutes you can appreciate how he faced a weak candidate and didn’t show in 1998 the qualities that we need in an America thrust to the left by his brother’s successor. Despite the conservative temperament on display, it was a different era: before 9/11, Iraq, the financial crisis, Obamacare and the Tea Party. The wonky folksiness could play in another era.

Does anyone seriously think that this is what is needed against Hillary in 2016?

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Two of the most popular bands on the planet outside of the bubblegum and hairspray league, and the intersection is well-populated with a ridiculous number of mashups.  I mourn the passing of the Muse that I love, replaced by a bunch of Prison Planet wankers with skills drowning in music inspired by politics and pettiness […]

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  Halloween is in many respects the first part in a trilogy of days in the Christian tradition which mourns and remembers those who have died and passed on to eternity. Forget the nonsense about it being an old Irish Celtic tradition – it was (and remains) a profusely Christian day. It is a day […]

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There were quite a few times, over my grade-school years, when I was told to take a worksheet home and have my parents sign it.   But I doubt I ever presented them with anything as priceless as this one my niece delivered to my sister, this week: Preview Open

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ESPN Scatters the Embers

 

grantland“Sports serves society by providing vivid examples of excellence.” — George F. Will

Earlier today, ESPN announced that it is shuttering its sports commentary website, Grantland. Dear friends, I am heartbroken. I will miss the well-written, offbeat sports journalism, but I will get over that. Somehow, someway, the internet will provide me with something else to read in the bathroom. The handful of Grantland contributors whose work I followed religiously will no doubt resurface elsewhere. The sun will rise; the world will turn. But my heart breaks, nonetheless, because I cherished the idea of Grantland.

Sports has been America’s great passion since before the invention of the radio. From the beginning, men like Damon Runyon, Ring Lardner, and Grantland Rice told the story of sports in print, describing in often beautiful prose an elegant dance of personality and athleticism for readers with the imagination and attention span to follow sports the way you or I might read a novel. Few fans in those days would ever see a game in person, but they lived and died with their teams through the literary prism of a well-written story.

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One Eye, Two Eye, Three Eye that was my favorite. If you asked me for an explanation as to why back in the day well… it shares a trait with Cinderella, a story which could never be a Disney production, at least not in any true sense, not to myself or my siblings. One could […]

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            When Jeb Bush was asked about regulating the daily Fantasy Football industry at last week’s debate, he gave a typically tone-deaf Bush answer. In doing so, he clumsily mentioned that his own fantasy football team is 7-0 this year.             Now a 7-0, or undefeated, fantasy football team is no small feat. That means […]

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 Virtually every action show/movie has subplot trashing US values/ motives. Here’s why: The bulk of the revenue comes from overseas markets, so who cares? Political correctness rules They  fear for their safety if radical Muslims are cast as the “bad guys”. Any (rare) negative Muslim role has to be balanced by a good Muslim character; moral equivalence rules as well when […]

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Time to Rethink College (Part 4): Filing the Gaps in the Gap Year Theory

 

BoxesOfLifeIf skill and time had not prevented, I would have liked the illustration at right to show a young person in the education box — not tall enough to look out and unable to see what is in the next box. In the previous series (I, II, III) I shared from my personal experiences with my own children, how I tried to give them exposure in both the education and work worlds as they grew so the career decision is not a jump into the unknown. In response, others added to my thoughts their own wisdom (thank you ricochettes). So if there is a parent or young adult thinking of bucking the trend, they need the support of many voices. Because, the hardest part in not conforming to the cultural expectation for college right after high school is trying to explain why to our family, friends and teachers. My daughter experienced this first hand while talking to a parent of one of her graduating peers. When my daughter explained she was taking a gap year, the adult walked away before she could fully explain the logic. That is tough on a kid and can be tough on parents. So the reason to do this last post is make it easier for others to take alternate paths.

Interweaving Work and School

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The Republicans own the big steaming budget deal.  At Ricochet they have been taking well-deserved heat for putting off difficult fiscal issues until after the end of Obama’s term. What you have not noticed yet is that, buried in this awful mess is a hidden provision.  It is a cut to the potential Social Security […]

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A Russian airline has crashed in Egypt, leaving no survivors. Here are the facts so far:  The aircraft was flying from Sharm al-Sheikh to St. Petersburg There were 224 people on board, almost all Russians, plus a few Ukrainians The aircraft was an 18 year old Airbus 321  The pilot sent a radio message about […]

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My Attempt to Explain “The Establishment”

 

It’s a word that gets thrown around with more frequency than anyone would really care to know. For some it means, “Those who will not commit political suicide,” while for others it means, “Those who have no spine.” But despite being near useless in explaining who is at the top of the Republican Party, the word “establishment” does have a meaning, and it does have members. The power of the establishment is debatable. On one hand, the performance of the national party inside Washington DC is more than capable of being orchestrated by these select few. After all, what good is having a leadership apparatus if it cannot exert some form of influence within its own sphere. However, on the other hand, it’s powerless to influence individuals like you or me to do anything when it comes to campaigns, including vote, if you do not succumb to their efforts. I will explain this.

First, the political establishment is made up of the folks one might expect. These would be the people in high positions of power in the Republican National Committee (RNC) and the leadership positions in the House and Senate. So yes, Reince Priebus and Sharon Day, the second in command at the RNC, would fit this description. We all know about Priebus, but who is Sharon Day? Day is someone described by the Florida paper The Sun-Sentinel as an “uber [sic] Republican.” She hails from Florida, obviously, and was elected to the number-two spot in 2011. She stays behind the scenes mostly, speaking to dedicated GOP crowds during elections, and trying to wash the smears of “War on Women” off of the GOP. Since she is from Florida, it is hard to imagine that she has not had close contact to folks like Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio, but that is pure conjecture and not enough to go on to claim that she is secretly a leftist, as many wish to paint the Establishment as being.

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Getting a little motion-sick here on the bus. We keep changing drivers and they can’t agree on a speed. The Democrat drivers think we should hurtle over the cliff ahead at ninety miles per hour. The Republicans think we should go over at a staid, respectable fifty-five. We clearly need a compromise. How about we […]

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Inaugurating the Ricochet ‘Brain Teasers’ Thread

 

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Let’s start with a contest: Submit your best ‘Brain Teaser’ and win* a dinner date with The Divine CB at Les Vieilles Pierres in Paris on the Seine.

  • * Only catch is that you have to pick up the tab — small price to pay for the high honor bestowed, wouldn’t you agree?
  • … and also convince your prospective dinner companion to go with you … (*she’s in — ed.)
  • … and pay for airfare to …. Oh, forget it.  Let’s just do this for the fun of it.