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Sunday, July 10 is the day for our second Pacific Northwest Ricochet Summer Picnic. Tumwater Falls Park in Olympia, overlooked by the old Olympia Brewery is the place. This notice is just to assess interest. The park has picnic tables under the big trees, sculptures designed for the kids to play on, two waterfalls, and […]

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There have been several posts here about the way suicide has impacted various members, their families, and friends. I think everyone has been affected in some way or another, including veterans who may be dealing with PTSD after returning home. A way my wife has gotten involved in trying to reverse this trend is through the American Foundation […]

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The above picture is a chalzion clamp and although it’s an image from the net I borrowed one for a 28 year old friend. He has a chlazion (an eyelid lesion) and he has no insurance as he lives paycheck to paycheck and works his behind off just to get by. He had insurance but […]

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Update – Grosseteste has agreed to run Group Writing in July and August. First off, I want to thank Vectorman for tending Group Writing in May and June. He did great work on a difficult job. I was unable to continue because Quilter (my wife of 39 years) had major surgery – a hysterectomy mandated by […]

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I suppose this is just a soup rock, a post that has developed a bit in my mind, that I am dropping in the pot. I have not researched this carefully, but I trust my memory and I wonder what others may have to offer. When I was a very young man, perhaps 15, a […]

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Ol’ man McVey & ol’ man Arahant put me on to a head-scratcher in a separate literary discussion. We were thinking about the Kirk-Spock type of relationship. One of’em’s intelligent but lacks daring, the other one seems more than capable of making terrible decisions. There’s a lot to think about there, from American love of nature […]

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A version of this thread was shut down due to excessive mopery and dopery in the spaceways. I received several PMs saying people still had comments and since no objection was EXPLICITLY raised to the post content, I am reopening Optimism Question #4a. Knock it off, knuckleheads.   More

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Tha Doggfather.

If you ever watch A&E, you’ve seen the ubiquitous ads for the network’s reboot of the “Roots” miniseries that launched Memorial Day. As with most remakes, I saw the original and have little interest in watching the story over again. Like usual, my personal stand has aligned me with rapper, herb enthusiast, and occasional porn star Snoop Dogg.

The mastermind behind the albums Doggystyle, Tha Doggfather, and No Limit Top Dogg refuses to watch “Roots” and asked all African Americans to join him. He uploaded a expletive-laced video to Instagram to share his nuanced view.

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Over at the London Spectator, perhaps the loveliest headline since Prime Minister Thatcher won back the Falklands:

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I have been working my way through a book called THE FAITH OF CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS, which was written by Larry Alex Taunton. It has so far been a good read, which gives well-researched background information on what possibly made Hitchens the man, the anti-theist, and the public intellectual that he became. The interesting thing is […]

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This is a really fun conference at a reasonably-priced hotel (I got my room for less than $100 per night). Ricochetti interested in meeting up for meals, drinks and conversation, as well as hanging out with some well-known pundits can contact me for details; [email protected] If you’re interested in attending the conference here is the […]

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And the short Klavan-filled week is just beginning! Is it just me, or have Game of Thrones and the presidential election become indistinguishable? A Dragon Lady leading a horde of slavish savages versus an army of the slavering undead. Add a Viagra commercial and it’s Fox News!

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Just a thought: I enjoy reading The Daily Shot, but I don’t really care for newsletters. I don’t get enough private emails to need SaneBox, but I get enough that I don’t care to be subscribed to much of anything. Likewise, I enjoy reading The Morning Jolt and The G-File, but don’t appreciate them being […]

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The Never Trump moment is not over. Recently Brad Thor, best selling author, reportedly had one million hits to a Facebook post where he argued that a vote for Trump violates his conscience and fails the litmus test of Liberty. Thor is but one of the don’t vote Trump advocates. Even the Los Angeles Times […]

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Okay, I was inspired by a link to the Pirates of Penzance lyrics in The Daily Shot from a few days ago. I give you Hillary Clinton, singing the signature song from her new hit comic opera, The Pirates of Wall Street:   More

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James Weeks, candidate for Libertarian Party chair, danced and stripped down to his thong before leaving the stage amid a chorus of boos.

By dinner time Saturday I was a bit disappointed with how my experience at the Libertarian Convention had progressed. Part of me was eager to bask in the craziness that I had assumed such a gathering would inevitably draw out. Yet to that point, I had encountered little out of the ordinary. We met with numerous campaign workers, all of whom seemed polite, professional, and possessing a full measure of sanity. Discussions with various delegates turned out many people who seemed eminently reasonable and thoughtful. As James of England and I sat down to eat before the debate, we each expressed a bit of surprise out just how uneventful the entire affair had been thus far.

Having let our guards down a bit we set out for the debate, oblivious to the horror show that awaited us. Charles Cooke has said that the easiest way to determine if one is a conservatarian is that when you find yourself among conservatives you feel like a libertarian, while if you find yourself among libertarians you feel like a conservative. After two hours in a room with hundreds of libertarians and their candidates, I was seeking forgiveness from the ghost of Edmund Burke for having ever been led astray.

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Okay, next Optimism Question, #4 to keep track. Exactly what moves on immigration should be made in the first year of a Trump administration? More

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If you’re not a regular reader of The Atlantic you wouldn’t know this, but most of their writers simply can’t go a single contribution without dredging up even the most hidden of grievance(s) underlying a topic. This little bundle of liberal schizophrenia is no exception. The author, Alana Samuels, writes: In Oregon, a higher share […]

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