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This is a winter, praises be the cycle has come round again!   when the exterior is an alien, deadly world, to go out we must don layers of protective armor: socks, down overalls, a balaclava, boots, a stiff heavy jacket.  8 degrees, 5 degrees.  When we naked primates must revel with pride in the […]

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Quote of the Day: On Compassion

 

“I didn’t figure the fans wanted to sit through a sudden death. You can’t say I’m without compassion, although I’ve been accused of it.” — Vince Lombardi, on going for a touchdown to end the 1967 NFL Championship Game between the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys.

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the football game known to history as the “Ice Bowl.” With wind chills reaching -38°, it was the coldest title game played in NFL history.

Immigrants Are Important for America

 

I just read the story of the just-finished-basic-training private who saved four people from a fire before going back for more and becoming overwhelmed by the smoke and dying. Very brave, but it was his decision. I have no idea if he knew the risks. But he saved several lives at the cost of his own.

What struck me was this description from PJMedia:

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I just celebrated my five-year anniversary as a Ricochet Member, on December 20.  This got me to thinking about all the people I love on Ricochet.  Being a Member has been wonderful, and I have made many new friends and gotten a brand new Family, which beats the old family completely. I love @kayofmt, because […]

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Armistices vs. Forcing a Surrender

 

I’ve been thinking of what kind of problems ensue when leaders try an armistice to end a war rather than insist on the enemy surrendering. I’m sure that experts can provide instances where it has worked well but consider these two important examples:

  1. WW 1 ended in an armistice between the western powers and Germany. For the next 20 years Germany moved from serious poverty to a major power in the world — and filled with notions of anger and revenge. This armistice ended when the biggest and most murderous war in history started.
  2. The Korean War ended in an armistice between Korea, China and the United Nations (mostly the Unites States). We are now faced with a rather putrid result in North Korea.

If North Korea starts another major war or major conflict then it seems we have every reason to agree with Douglas MacArthur that we should have gone in against the Chinese and settled things permanently. I’m not belittling the risks with that nor do I know enough to authoritatively criticize what the leaders were up against but I really do think that the Chinese Communists couldn’t stand up to us and Mao needed to be slapped down. It’s clear also that the Soviets were behind the whole thing, too — that definitely makes one wonder what to do. However, giving Mao a defeat and uniting Korea into a western-oriented government could well have been better.

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I was just browsing to find a New Year poem or quotation to share. Ring Out, Wild Bells jumped out at me of course, and I don’t know why I checked out Ella Wheeler Wilcox, whose name also surfaced: woman writer. Lady poetess. (Yuh, redundant, but it couldn’t be said often enough..) “Three-named lady”….it seems to […]

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Bret Stephens has an interesting, seemingly self-aware column in the NYT in which he acknowledges that, though he agrees with several of the Trump administration’s policy agendas thus far, he is, nonetheless, still a Never Trumper. Good for him. To thine own self be true. But, to my mind, Stephens, as is his way, goes […]

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Wednesdays. When it appears, I post the review on Ricochet on the following Sunday. Seawriter Preview Open

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Last week we had Rosie O’Donnel offering bribes to legislators in exchange for their votes. ( An inchoate crime if there ever was one, but I guess it’s too long ago now to warrant investigation, why dig up old issues, right–and besides, how could we ever prove what she actually said? Oh, wait…)  But this […]

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I noticed the discrepancy between film critics’ evaluation of the new Stars Wars movie The Last Jedi and the audience on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s not a 10-point spread. It’s 40 points. Since I intended to see the picture anyway I went and I have to say that I understand many of the issues the audience […]

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The Iranians are going to the streets again. The last time in 2009 almost a million people marched in protest in Tehran. The Obama administration did nothing. They didn’t condemn the regime. They didn’t make contact with the protest movement. The administration sat idly by and let the protestors be beaten and shot by thugs. […]

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Ok, so the Big10 is 7-0 in bowl games so far. The SEC is 1-3 in bowl games. However, the Big10 does not have a team in the championship playoff, while the SEC has two. The playoff is not a national championship – it is a 4 team tournament. I’m an Ohio State fan, but […]

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A great deal of our lives is driven by fear. In some ways, having some fear is normal: there are dangers in the world. Drunk drivers, rapists and murderers, jihadist immigrants, thieves and scammers are abundant. We read about them in our newspapers, see them on the internet, and watch them on TV. Even if […]

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The Alphabet Ends at “Y”

 

Sue Grafton died December 28 at the age of 77. Grafton was the author of the Kinsey Milhone “Alphabet” series of mysteries.

They were called that because the titles all started with a different letter of the alphabet, starting with A is for Alibi and ending with the forthcoming Y is for Yesterday. Grafton started the series in 1982.

It was unusual in several ways. Although Milhone was a single female character, she was not a feminist. She was just a regular working stiff, trying to get through life. The series also progressed chronologically, with each book using one to six months of time. By the time the series ended it had not yet left the 1980s. She also intended to end the series once she got to Z.