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There is something rather useful to progressives when it comes to arguments that they love to play at, “only my heart and what I feel matter”. “That is as long as I intend to do what I see and feel is good, that is all that matter”. “My intention to due a good action is […]

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This post was inspired by the discussion in the post on Warplane Nose Art.  http://ricochet.com/433550/nose-art-and-the-spirit-of-our-military/ The following is an essay my father wrote for an English class in October 1946, during what I assume was his freshman year of college after he was discharged from the Army Air Corps. He was twenty years old at […]

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Covfefe

 

A CTR+F search on both the Member Feed and the Main Feed reveals no uses of the word covfefe on Ricochet.

Get it together, people.  We’ve got to discuss all the negative covfefe.

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Nearly as soon as Donald Trump was elected, we started hearing cries from his defenders, every time the President and/or President Elect was criticized , screaming “what about when Obama…”. The term Whataboutism was coined, and many people (several whom I agree with usually) derided the term. Personally, I don’t mind Whataboutism. I think that […]

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“Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem!” (Zeph 3:14). Today marks the day Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth. Upon hearing Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth – filled with the Holy Spirit, proclaimed, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your […]

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Can a Video and a Catchy Tune Change the Middle East?

 

This video seems to me to be something we’ve been waiting for — a voice within Islam to shame and expel the violent extremist. To celebrate life and love instead of death. There’s no hiding the bomber’s religious motivation; he recites the Muslims’ creed. But the others counter what he says with positive messages from Islam. They point to the misery bombers have caused with images of destruction and the presence of people — Muslims — who have been hurt by them.

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(At the risk of getting tossed off Ricochet, I must admit that the idea for this came from a Saturday Night Live skit.) STEVE HARVEY: Welcome to Celebrity Family Feud, Stanley Cup Edition! Our producers spent three hours this morning explaining to me what hockey is, so we’re committed to putting on a great show […]

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AG Sessions Visits Memphis to Deliver a Strong Message

 

Last Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions came to Memphis to talk crime, drugs, and violence, all of which are as abundant here as the barbecue. Last year, Memphis experienced a 43 percent spike in homicides, prompting Sessions to remind one and all that, “these aren’t just numbers:”

These are people, our citizens whose safety and lives are at stake everyday. They are people like the residents in Sycamore Lake Apartments here in northeast Memphis. Last week, two men were shot there and killed during a drug deal, according to the local detectives who worked the case. Tragically, this is not an uncommon thing there; since 2014, seven people, including a soon-to-be-mother and her unborn baby were murdered in just that apartment complex.

The Attorney General went on to pledge that “every lawful tool” would be employed to “take the most violent offenders off our streets.” Highlighting a link between illegal drugs and violent crime, Sessions added, “If you are a gang member, know this. You think you are targeting us. Well, we are targeting you. We will devastate your networks. We will starve you revenue sources, deplete your ranks, and seize your profits.”

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So the National Geographic published an article (subscription required) about the Central African Republic and the war there. It left me with more questions. There is a military factions called the Seleka filled with Muslims and there is a military faction called anti-balacka that is mostly filled with Christians and some animists. Immediately I wanted to know why […]

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Driverless Cars Are Happening, Even If Some in Washington Don’t Get It

 

In a chat not long ago with me, an influential GOP member of Congress pooh-poohed self-driving cars based on the idea that people wouldn’t be interested in the technology. Voters like their pickup trucks! Apparently this politician didn’t know any parents with teenagers getting ready to get behind the wheel. Certainly some polls show consumer concern.

But I recall someone who rode in a driverless car with great initial apprehension, which later turned to boredom since the car drove like it had downloaded the brain of a driver’s ed instructor. Actually I think the phrase “grandmotherly” may have been used.

To the above point, some relevant analysis from Ben Evans:

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You can classify this essay as random musings from a former beat cop, who is still somewhat cynical about human beings. That includes their behavior in public, and their intellectual capacity to engage in a coherent debate. There is a quote attributed to St. Thomas Aquinas; “Very few men are swayed by a logical argument, far […]

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  In episode 354 of The Ricochet Podcast, Mollie Hemingway suggests that the widespread confusion over Trump’s election is reasonable. Later she reminds us that Trump is but a symptom of what is happening in America. In a sense, I suppose it is right to say that an incessant analytical fussing over a mere symptom […]

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Does the President Need a Secure Phone?

 

The Associated Press has an article headlined “Trump’s use of private cellphone raises security concerns.” I have three simple questions about this.

  1. Considering that the transcripts of his conversations with world leaders routinely get maliciously and anonymously leaked to the press, does the President really need to use a secure phone?
  2. Is anyone else deeply concerned that the President cannot have a phone conversation with a foreign leader without the transcript being maliciously and anonymously leaked to the press?
  3. Does anyone really think the same media which breathlessly reports every possible piece of maliciously and anonymously leaked information gives one whit about the security of the President’s phone calls?

And a bonus question: How hard can it possibly be to figure out who is leaking transcripts of presidential phone calls? The pool of people with access to those transcripts can’t be that big.

Massacre in Baghdad

 

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Three car bombs struck crowds in and near Baghdad yesterday killing at least 35 people and injuring more than 100 others. The first was detonated shortly after midnight, local time, near an ice cream shop. The second came a few hours later and struck near a government office. And in the evening, a suicide bomber in an explosive vest hit an army checkpoint.

Credit for the attacks was claimed by ISIS. The bomb at the ice cream shop was targeted at a late-night crowd celebrating Ramadan. During the holy month, Muslims fast during the day, so nighttime sees large crowds of people shopping and eating before dawn, when next day’s fast begins. That’s why you get a big crowd around an ice cream shop at midnight.

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The Trump problems started with the notorious two scoops of ice cream.  But now Nancy Pelosi has put her finger on a scandal which should drive him from the White House: “I thought it was unusual for the President of the United States to go to Saudi Arabia first. Saudi Arabia?” Pelosi said. Preview Open

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Who’ll be the Republican legislative bridge to the White House? Romney burned any chance he had to unify the Republicans when he gave his own “Bonfire of the Vanities” speech excoriating Trump.  McCain, never reliably conservative in the first place, simply cannot get over Trump’s comments about his capture in Vietnam.  He’s at least as […]

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