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Was it outed along with Nunes’ whistleblowers? Has it gone into witness protection, and is it now looking into the camera and complaining about spending the rest of its life as “just a schnook”? Was Rob the straw that stirred the drink, and has the show been suspended until he’s done making Kevin James another million dollars? […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Forget Walls of Concrete or Ice, It’s the Debt Wall That’s Really Shocking

 

Walls of a sort seem to be especially prominent in my life right now, both professionally and personally. In this blog, I have written critically about Donald Trump’s southern border wall. And one of my favorite books (currently reading) and television series is A Song of Ice and Fire/”Game of Thrones,” in which a 300-mile long, 700-foot high ice barrier (with some mystic properties) figures prominently. But here is the wall (of debt) that affects both my professional and, I fear, my personal life and the lives of my kids in the future (via the Congressional Budget Office):

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It’s the end of the month and Amelia Hamilton is here to answer all your questions about taquitos, fan clubs, and fostering!

What’s a good drink to go with taquitos? — Brad

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Victor Davis Hanson’s latest column for National Review is titled “Devin Nunes and Washington’s Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery inside an Enigma“:

The beleaguered Intelligence Committee chairman is the latest target in a partisan smear campaign. He must not step down. Devin Nunes (R., Calif.) will not step down from the chairmanship of the House Intelligence Committee. He is the new target in an already long line of those targeted by the media for forced resignations — Steven Bannon the purported anti-Semite, Sebastian Gorka, the alleged closet Nazi, Jeff Sessions the supposed Russian patsy, and now Devin Nunes, the purported partisan naïf. Nor should he resign — especially given the wider and bewildering landscape of the politicization and corruption of the intelligence community over the last months and the dangerous state in which we all find ourselves vi-à-vis the intelligence agencies and the transition of presidential power.

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This post is inspired by @she‘s post about Casablanca and the discussion about national anthems which ensued. Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote this additional verse to “The Star Spangled Banner. More

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I am currently reading Laughing Without an Accent and the title delivers as promised. I’m a tough audience, but it has me laughing out loud. I bought it on sale for Kindle awhile back and am re-reading it. Laughing Without an Accent is a collection of personal accounts by an Iranian-born woman raised in the […]

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James Day Hodgson (1915-2012) was a politician and diplomat who served during the administrations of Richard M. Nixon and Gerald R. Ford, first as Secretary of Labor (1970-73) and later as Ambassador to Japan (1974-77). Many years after his retirement, Hodgson published a book titled American Senryu, a collection of senryū poetry written by Hodgson himself. Here is one of my favorite poems (in italics) from that book, including a bit of commentary by the author:

The exciting thought
That beauty is possible
Sustains us all.

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The reading on a live tracking application following the 70 racers of the inaugural Indian Pacific Wheel Race was confounding. The tracking dot of Mike Hall, the British ultra-racer supreme was frozen a few kilometers south of Canberra, Australia – 5,024 kilometers into the self-supported ultra cycling race from Perth to Sydney. The notation “stop” […]

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I’m interested in the thought process of non-IT folks here on Ricochet. I manage the IT infrastructure for a mid-sized company. More

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In 2008, I was in another country in command of a small, tailor-built unit that was quietly training, mentoring and advising a Partner Nation’s highest end unit on how to bring the Good News to Bad People. I was, in my job’s parlance, living the dream. That type of mission is the whole raison d’etre of the US Army Special Forces.

The wars in Iraq and–especially–Afghanistan have, in my opinion, led us a bit astray. SF is doing way too many unilateral Direct Action hits. There are plenty of Special Operations Forces that can conduct high risk raids; there’s pretty much only one that can organize, train, advise and assist other nations’ forces so that they can do their share of the heavy lifting, particularly in their own country (Countries? I gotta put off hitting the hooch on days I want to post).

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“Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always […]

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