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It is a vulgar things in Americans who boast an education that they’re educated to be snobs. That’s literally how they know they’re educated. I’m not naming names, but it’s also how they learn what the word literally literally means. American snobs are usually derived from European snobs. They see in some way that American splendor, including the White […]

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DSC05950So as you can imagine, my family has been having a lot of conversations lately about cardiology and cardiac surgery. My father was already quite well-informed about the subject, because his own father suffered from cardiac disease (confirming the well-established wisdom that such things run in the family, and making me think it might be wise one of these days to have my own ticker checked out: What keeps me from doing it is not wanting to know, which I know isn’t the most courageous way to approach these matters. I’ll get around to it. I think I’m okay for now.)

Anyway, we’ve been talking about the personalities of people who go into cardiac surgery as a speciality. There are lots of stereotypes, of course: I liked this blog, written by a woman who in no way would I consult for any medical problem, given that she’s “a physician who is intuitive and a Reiki Master/Teacher discusses healing from ‘the front lines’ of the mind-body connection in the hospital setting.” But her description of the temperaments of cardiovascular surgeons seemed interesting to me:

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I wasn’t one of the lucky few to snag a ticket when they first went on sale, but I was lucky enough to purchase one at the bargain price of £150 from a shady ticket re-sale outfit on Tottenham Road. On the day of the concert, November 23, 2004, hopeful folks held signs outside of […]

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Whose birthday is it today? Not mine, that’s for sure. Odds are it’s not yours either. Better than 300:1 odds. Well whoever it is should stop. That’s right, stop having birthdays. Time keeps passing and I realized today that college students who want safe spaces are no more familiar with the Soviet Union than they […]

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Shooting at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado. Three dead, including one police officer. No word yet on a motive, but you know where this is going mediawise… Preview Open

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This week Kathleen Parker had a good send up the horror that is the current generation of Snowflake Fascists that infest our institutions of “higher” education. “Such is the world we’ve created for young people who soon enough will discover that the world doesn’t much care about their tender feelings. But before such harsh realities knock […]

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1409113012000-Doug-DuceyArizona Governor Doug Ducey is not your typical politician. He rose to prominence as the CEO of Cold Stone Creamery, turning a sleepy local chain with a handful of stores into an international brand with nearly 1,500 locations in 31 countries. Having mastered business, he entered state politics, spending four years as Arizona’s treasurer until his landslide election as governor one year ago.

Since his inauguration, Ducey has already fulfilled several of his campaign promises, but his trickiest pledge remained: How could he give more money to classrooms without raising taxes? For decades Arizona has led the nation in school-choice initiatives, but a years-long court case mandated more money for the K-12 education. This summer, a judge ordered that an additional $336 million be spent at once and perhaps as much as $1.3 billion in back payments in the near future. As I note in my article for The Wall Street Journal (subscription required), Gov. Ducey knows how to wheel and deal while keeping his promises to the taxpayers:

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I’m serious. I’ve never been active on a blog before, and I think I’m in deep trouble. Some people seem to spend all their waking hours here. Some people are so bright that their wisdom and intelligence are overwhelming. Me, I just say what I think, trying to balance head and heart. But I think I’m spending too much time here. Yet there are so many important topics and intelligent (although sometimes somewhat snarky) comments, that I don’t want to miss what is clearly valuable information.

I’m trying to set up rules for myself (limiting myself to certain people, topics, reviewing a limited number of comments. limiting my own comments). And then of course I make my own posts — how foolish is that?! Maybe I need a super speed reading and super speed writing workshop. Maybe Ricochettis should offer one? Is there a cure? Should there be a cure? Is it possible to have a life outside of Ricochet?

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Progressives have often been ridiculed on Ricochet for emphasizing feelings over actions, intentions over results. What good is a hashtag against terrorism or colored ribbons against a disease? Be serious! But must we always be serious about serious problems? If sympathetic expressions are cheap and easily dismissed, why are emotionally detached jokes not dismissed with […]

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Due to the clamoring of hundreds of you, I have written this post on the topic of American Education. Well okay, it wasn’t hundreds of you. Okay it was my mom. I’ve posted snippets of these incidents in various threads, but here they are all in one place, along with more incidents I haven’t written […]

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To understand Jihadist Islamists, one has to know the roots from which they have sprung. They come from Islam, and Islam is one of the three great religious belief systems that have risen out of the hearts, minds, and imaginations of the Semitic men of the Middle East as they struggled to understand the deep, […]

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how to pronounce the name of the French president! It is pronounced oh-LOND. Every time Obama says it, he says oo-LAWN. It’s embarrassing. Is there no one in his circle that has the intestinal fortitude to correct him? Foolish question, I guess. Preview Open

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In trying to learn more about the Paris attacks, I haven’t come across much that I feel confident commenting on, but I’ve learned a great deal that sheds light on the matter. I’ve organized much of it here, along with links to references, many of which are repeated.

What follows should be taken with the normal stipulation that information is likely to change and that there’s likely a great deal that’s known by authorities but hasn’t been released.

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This morning I see this article being shared around Facebook, complete with charts, data, and the usual attempts to shame. Many Americans Believe They Don’t Need The Flu Vaccine Preview Open

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Donald Trump is an interesting character who has an obvious need to be in the spotlight. He knows a lot about real estate development, being a television personality and playing to crowds. He has an attractive family and seems to have done a good job of raising his kids. The women in his life are […]

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Is Spike Lee still cool? Do the kids look to him as a cultural leader? Should he be this bold in predicting the impact his next movie is going to have? http://www.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2015/11/25/spike_lee_predicts_sex_strikes_across_college_campuses_in_the_wake_of_chi.html Preview Open

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When Ian Fleming’s James Bond was first put on the air, Casino Royale was broadcast in 1954 with Barry Nelson as “Jimmy Bond”. The teleplay, which I confess I haven’t seen, was apparently pretty awful since it wasn’t until 1962 that the world was graced with the second first Bond adventure – Dr. No. Watching […]

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