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I opened our front door and said hi. He asked for them french fried taters…mmmmm.  There was a very large man in front of me. Heavy, tall, and not an exerciser but a man who could do considerable damage if motivated, but he’d never be motivated. He is a high functioning autistic who sits our […]

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There’s a lot of history being written about on the site today. Dolittle’s Raiders, The Somme, Gettysburg, and of course, Independence Days (ours and our British cousins.) Here’s a bit of living history: Today is the 100th birthday of Miss Olivia de Havilland. Best known as Melanie Wilkes in Gone With the Wind, the two-time […]

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William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham (Mr. Pitt the Elder) Pitt is best known as the wartime political leader of Britain in the Seven Years’ War, especially for his single-minded devotion to victory over France, a victory which ultimately solidified Britain’s dominance over world affairs. He is also known for his popular appeal, his opposition to […]

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Celebrating Clarence Thomas’s 25 Years on the Court

 

clarence-thomasOnce a party of ideas, the GOP has degenerated into being a party of personalities. Nothing shows this more clearly than the career of Clarence Thomas, whom a Republican president of moderate sensibilities nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago this month. Whereas Donald Trump has taken liberal positions on everything from the minimum wage to the Second Amendment, Thomas has over the years articulated a robust version of conservatism rooted in our nation’s founding principles and in the natural rights of the individual. Trump appeals to raw passions; Thomas talks to hearts and minds.

Thomas’s quarter century on the Court stands for a few simple propositions: The Constitution means today what it meant at the time of its ratification. It creates a limited national government bound strictly by a separation of powers and a balance with the authority of sovereign states. Thomas rejects social engineering in favor of individual liberty grounded in natural law. In his dissents, he has held true to this understanding of the Constitution even if it has meant casting aside fashionable opinion and decades of judicial precedent and earning the criticism of political and media elites.

No official in any branch of the federal government holds more-deeply-considered conservative values. Thomas thinks that the Constitution protects natural rights, economic freedom, and private civil society from government meddling. He rejects race-based affirmative action, controls on speech or property, and bureaucratic intervention into private conduct. He would allow religious groups more participation in public life while protecting them from the heavy hand of government regulation, and he would protect the Second Amendment right for civilians to bear firearms.

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Boris Johnson laid out his vision for Britain and touted his accomplishments as mayor of London before his surprise announcement that he wouldn’t seek the Tory leadership. Among his accomplishments, he said: “We brought down crime by almost 20%, the murder rate down by half, bus crime down by 50%—obviously crime committed on buses, rather than […]

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With the convention just a few weeks away, a thought experiment has occurred to me.  Imagine that Donald Trump had to suddenly withdraw from the race because of, say, the onset of a health problem that would not be permanent or life threatening but just something that would make campaigning impossible. This would throw the convention […]

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In discussions of mass shootings the standard rebuttal to a ban on “assault weapons” is that other guns have the same ammunition capacity, rates of fire, etc., or that even more destruction could be wrought with another type of weapon like a bomb. That’s true: the two deadliest school attacks in US history were committed with handguns (Virginia Tech, 2007) […]

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Since 2013, I’ve written a Juvenalian satire (socio/political, not comic) for Independence Day. And this year is no different. Happy Independence Day, Ricochetti. The tides have turned. Your comments, questions, interpretations, and critiques are welcome. The Turning Preview Open

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At the beginning of May I engaged in one of my periodic fits of parental bragging when it became apparent that my daughter was going to graduate Magna Cum Laude with her degree in early childhood education.  She’s back in the fold for the holiday weekend and got an email last night from a potential employer. […]

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The Austrian Election is being annulled due to election fraud. Lilibellt, Claire’s Austrian protege, must be thrilled!!! Her Mr. Hofer will get another chance at being president of Austria. Europe is alive and kicking. They have had enough of anti-democratic anti-national rule. What other countries will be pushing for their National Right? Italy, Poland, Hungary, France, […]

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When posing this question back in December, I had no idea it would be so tremendously influential </sarc>….or even possible? In an environment where one’s means to provide for his/her own safety and personal protection are demonstrably curtailed by State Law or even Local Ordinance, and since police apparently have no such duty, who retains […]

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In the same vein as Aaron Miller’s recent “Why so serious?” post, progressive elites – in this case at the United Nations, but I repeat myself – have found a new way to make us hate our lives by loving our planet: a meat tax. That’s the policy solution suggested by the U.N.’s International Resource Panel, […]

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I’m going glamping this weekend.  I guess that’s what you call it.  It’s when you tow a fancy trailer up to a spot in a “campground” that has electricity, water, and sewer right there.  Shower, stove, microwave, DVD player, bluetooth stereo, the whole 9 yards.  Judge me if you want, I don’t care.  I’m too […]

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USAG Loretta Lynch says she will accept whatever the FBI recommends regarding Hillary Clinton’s various crimes.  Seems unambiguous. I think that (especially after the airport meeting fiasco) that Plan A (bury all charges) was dead.  It would result in blowback on Obama and Lynch with no gain for Hillary if FBI leaked and howled about their […]

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Should an agreement be reached between China and the Holy See, this will certainly have “the Pope’s approval”. But China’s Catholics will not be obliged to take it into consideration if their “conscience” tells them it is “against their principle of faith”. This is according to the Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, Cardinal Joseph Zen. […]

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