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Just finished watching The Don’s speech in Phoenix tonight on immigration. A speech that was the complete opposite, in terms of style, of the one he delivered in Mexico earlier today. From a style perspective I found the speech less than persuasive – but that has more to do with my own biases against the […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. A Tale of Two Donalds

 

trump two facesDonald Trump delivered two major speeches Wednesday, one in Mexico City and one in Phoenix. They might as well have been delivered by two different candidates.

Earlier in the day, Trump held a joint appearance with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in which the GOP nominee delivered a meek, conciliatory message stressing friendship. Trump spoke as much of Mexico’s need for job security and border enforcement as he did of America’s. He abandoned his threat to leave NAFTA, and instead proposed the countries work together to improve the trade agreement.

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David French wrote an article with the thesis that Fox News has helped create a conservative cocoon that has hurt Republicans in presidential elections. Ben Domenech has a response here. I feel that Domenech missed French’s point. 1) The conservative cocoon isn’t just Fox News it is also talk radio and conservative news sites such […]

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Which is why we need nationalized medicine. People shouldn’t be allowed to engage in unhealthy behaviors. From today’s WSJ: More

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Gone are the days of mellifluous tones emanating from my tv during the “news” hour. You may remember in Kurt Vonnegut’s short story, news broadcasters were chosen for their “grackly” voices so viewers wouldn’t feel bad. It’s painful to listen to most of the news shows today. Not only are the voices nasal and screechy, […]

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Any chance that a darker font could be used for notifications and other stuff wherever light blue can be found? It’s very hard to read, especially late in the evening when eyes get tired. I do not accept the excuse that the person in charge is a Carolina fan.  More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. On the Epipen Débâcle

 

I live in the Pittsburgh area, and so does Mylan Labs, the evil company that is selling life-saving Epipens at $600 a pop, forcing families with allergic members to choose between eating regular food and watching their loved ones die, or buying Epipens and dining on cat food. (Pro tip — I’m a doctor, and I recommend Fancy Feast.)

What with my friends and neighbors organizing large protests outside the Mylan facility, and wishing to appear supportive to these people, some of whom live close enough to soap my windows or in some other way directly express their disapproval, far be it from me to suggest that Mylan is anything other than the spawn of Satan. So stipulated.

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I’ve been talking about the anthology my wife and I are doing for a while now. I’m happy to say that the anthology is now complete, and is available on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo. Now, while I’d love for everybody in the world to buy a copy, I’m not here to hawk books. (But […]

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Since being named a bishop by Pope John Paul II in 1994, Cardinal Burke has become one of more well-known prelates in the English-speaking world, known for his willingness to address controversial topics forthrightly, despite often being criticized. Noted as a canon lawyer, Cardinal Burke was made a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010, […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Do Guns and Medical Marijuana Mix? A Ninth Circuit Decision Says No.

 

gunweedWednesday, in Wilson v. Lynch, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit handed down a decision holding that the federal government was within its rights when it decreed, via an open letter to all gun dealers, that any person who held a state license to use marijuana for medical purposes was banned from purchasing a weapon. The ruling applied even though it was in a collision course with the Second Amendment guarantee of the right “to keep and bear arms.”

To people not versed in the law, the decision reads like a bundle of technicalities. Come to think of it, for those who are versed in the law, the same conclusion holds.

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Regardless of whether there was any substantive result from Mr. Trump’s visit to Mexico and meeting with the Mexican President, I believe that the appearance (“optics”?) will be a substantial help for Mr. Trump. He appeared to be right at home in dealing with a foreign head of state on particularly touchy issues (and, on the foreign […]

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Here is something to warm the cockles of your heart. If you were a student at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, you could enroll in an online digital course entitled “Medical Humanities in the Digital Age.” Taught by Rebecca Laroche, Wendy Haggren, and Eileen Skahill, it has as its subject — you guessed it! — the impact of climate change.

There is only one problem. As Kate Hardiman points out at The College Fix, you have to be a true believer to pass the course. Here is what an email sent out by the professors makes clear,

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While shooting the State Fair on Military Appreciation Day, I came upon a band, and decided just to roll tape and see what I could get. There’s something so American about this scene, and so wonderfully ordinary. It’s about 1:35 when I realized I was having one of those days you only get at the Fair.

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See, I don’t think I’m a true conservative. I have been a reader of National Review for a long time, but I read the online version and haven’t paid for a subscription. Hardly conservative of me. I am not socially conservative in many ways, but I find the idea of the Western Canon and traditions […]

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CrN1acuWEAEtvH8Donald Trump just wrapped up a joint appearance with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in which the two men delivered speeches and answered a handful of questions. Trump read his statement in a quiet, measured manner, striking a conciliatory tone. Referring to his private meeting with Peña Nieto, he said, “We recognize and respect the right of either country to build a physical barrier or wall.” However, he added that the two men “didn’t discuss payment of the wall.”

The GOP nominee shed his talk of leaving NAFTA and suggested instead that the two nations work to improve the trade agreement. “A strong, prosperous, and vibrant Mexico is in the best interest of the United States,” Trump said. “Both of our countries will work together for mutual good and most importantly for the mutual good of our people.” He also stressed the importance of keeping manufacturing jobs in the “Northern Hemisphere,” rather than in the US exclusively.

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For those who enjoy Michael’s essays, (and who doesn’t?) He has one up at his website along with this cartoon. By the way, if you ever get the opportunity to hear Michael speak, you’ll hear him talk about how cartoons aren’t necessarily funny, but good ones always evoke complex emotions. More

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Those memes you see on Facebook sure are annoying. But they are also extremely powerful propaganda tools. More

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