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Fabulous new smartphone apps are out from Kantech. These two new apps work together and they are awesome! The Manifold of INTUITIONS app connects the smartphone’s camera and microphone to a sophisticated AI program called the POSSIBILITY synthesizer. When all of the raw data is processed the resulting file is called the ACTUALITY file. Version […]

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So, Should I Caucus?

 

635501804068694446-2016IowaCaucus-720x163The Iowa caucuses will come to their tumultuous conclusion Monday. I live in Sioux County, here in the northwest corner of the state, and from what I can tell, Cruz, Trump, and Carson are the candidates of choice here. Carson will probably do very well, as this area is both very conservative and very religious. The various precincts will have large public rooms or gyms assigned for meeting, and the Democrats will probably gather in someone’s basement. My pastor encouraged everyone this morning to participate in the caucus and make their voice heard. I do believe in fulfilling one’s civic duty, and my vote and advocacy (primarily against Trump) would have some non-zero value.

Problem is, I’m not a Republican.

I dropped out of the GOP about a decade ago, because they failed in their responsibilities too often. They simply didn’t seem to be worth supporting any longer, and the party pays only the barest lip service to my values and beliefs. To paraphrase Reagan, it’s not so much that I left the party, but they left me. I’m officially declared as “No Party” in the voter rolls. (Not that this has in the least dissuaded the GOP from sending me stacks of junk mail.)

Live! It’s Television!

 

A glimpse inside the production truck during Fox’s presentation of Grease.

America seems to have a new fascination with live television. NBC has found ratings success by presenting Broadway musicals such as The Sound of Music, Peter Pan, and The Wiz.

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The first month of the year is over, and with it the “Beginnings’ project. We had 31 entries this month from 31 different contributors. (Way to go!). Two hit the Main Feed, and I am sure a couple of other would have had their authors not marked them “Do Not Promote”. One conversation racked up […]

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Given our hypersensitive times, I first have to get the obligatory disclaimer out of the way. No, I am not making the claim that Donald Trump is morally equivalent to the violent psychopath who tried to take over the world. Furthermore, I would vigorously oppose anybody who made such an obscene claim. In a time […]

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This weekend I took a trip with Mr. Hank Rhody and other friends and family to the 18th annual Ice Cold Beer Fest in Minocqua, WI. It was my second visit, and despite the increase in participants this year it was still a good time, with this year’s strategy of sticking with a couple types […]

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The following YouTube video was censored by German authorities, presumably because it is hate speech. Yet it is not at all hateful or extreme. It is a fearful 16 year old girl asking her government to offer her the protection from intimidation by some immigrants to Germany and to adopt a sensible immigration policy. She […]

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This is what I have been muttering to myself lately about the election: President Trump Will Fail: Donald Trump is great at what he does. There is a good reason why his opponents have not gone after his career in business. The problem is that his skills don’t transfer. Trump is the head of his […]

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For President: Donald J. Trump

 

Donald TrumpI’m not endorsing the man, obviously, but to provide a touch of balance here at Ricochet I thought I’d offer a few words from a man who does: the Canadian media mogul and author, Conrad Black.

In fact, Donald Trump is reasonably conservative …

In straight policy terms, consider his proposals to stop illegal immigration, his tax and health-care suggestions, and his general foreign-policy outline of defining the national interest and maintaining it (neither an over-extension such as George W. Bush attempted nor a bunk disguised as a “pivot,” as Obama has tried to effect). None of this is offensive to a reasonable conservative except the bravura about making Mexico pay for the wall along the border or the absurd and impractical call not to allow any Muslims into the country except accredited diplomats….

My Iowa Poll Methodology

 

Albia1So, sort of feels like the 300,000-odd folks who are apt to caucus in Iowa tomorrow hold the fate of seven billion people in their hands, doesn’t it?

Come on, Iowa, don’t blow this!

I figure this is one of those rare days when it makes perfect sense for me to spend the whole day thinking about Iowan politics. After all, tomorrow we’ll know: Has our country formally gone insane? Or maybe everyone’s just been bored and yanking our chain? Is Ann Selzer, the best pollster in the world, going to emerge from this with her reputation unscathed?

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Noted rapper and pretentious liberal Macklemore recently released a track called “White Privilege”.  You’d think such an exquisitely politically correct subject would please the social justice crowd, but since Macklemore is a white guy, and therefore cannot do anything right, his track is problematic.  Fortunately, the kind souls at Everyday Feminism have a list of […]

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Immigration Idiots and Amnesty Maniacs

 

GOP_ImmigrationComedian George Carlin asked, “Have you ever noticed that anybody driving slower than you is an idiot … and anyone going faster than you is a maniac?” Something similar is going on in the GOP’s immigration debate.

After a decade of failed — and often deceptive — Republican and Democratic efforts to enact comprehensive immigration reform, nearly everyone distrusts everyone else on the issue. A divide between the parties is expected, but more damaging is the intraparty battle within the GOP. Once President George W. Bush went all-in for an immigration package that proposed amnesty that wasn’t called amnesty and a fence that wasn’t actually a fence, conservatives understandably no longer assumed good faith in their party leaders.

Immigration and border enforcement have long been divisive issues, but there are a few areas of common ground. Nearly all voters believe we should expedite the processing of passports, and most believe that, say, a successful, America-loving businessman from Manila shouldn’t have to wait two decades to become a US citizen. But popular reforms like these have been consistently buried within 1,000-page omnibus bills that overhaul border security, the H1B visa program, and college financing for children of illegal immigrants.

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I’m shocked.  I don’t like Trump.  I like the effects he is generating. Tucker Carlson nails it.  That’s why I’m shocked.  I thought he was kind of a squish in a bow tie.  Nothin’ but net on this one.  Oh, and, being an article about Trump, be advised there’s a little bit of vulgarity in […]

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Science fiction seems as if it should interest me, but it hardly does. Then again, science itself doesn’t much either. In any case, I do get some cool ideas now and then for stories, and here’s one. (If someone’s already thought of it, that is all right by me: so out of touch am I […]

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Peter’s post, Donald J. Trump, We Thank You, brought to mind the following passage from Mortimer Adler’s How To Think About The Great Ideas: In the first place, we must regard political controversy as good, not bad. In fact, what we ought to fear is uniformity of opinion, not difference of opinion. Each of us, […]

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