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Notes from an alternate timeline: Hillary Clinton is set to delivery her first State of the Union speech tomorrow night before a joint session of Congress, though there is still some controversy over whether the Texas or Hawaii delegations will show, given Texas’s November referendum to petition for independence, and the nuclear fallout quarantine still […]

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Congratulations to the talented Bruno Mars for six Grammy awards last night. His fun, catchy pop hits, accompanied by his fabulous dance moves have propelled him into a force to be reckoned within the highly competitive world of music. Yet, many are downplaying his successful night with disappointing headlines that he beat out “expected” hip […]

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Today the Taoiseach of Ireland Leo Varadkar announced Ireland will have a referendum on abolishing the constitutional ban on abortion in May 2018. He stated in a long speech why he had changed his mind from initially being pro life to now firmly pro choice. He refused to use the term unborn baby and repeatedly […]

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A lot of people ended up with egg on their faces in 2017. The events of 2016 left me wiping off no small amount of yolk as well. Sure, there are reasons why this happened, but in the final analysis, those on the winning side always get to point to the scoreboard and take comfort in the fact that even if it was ugly, victory was nonetheless had.

Out of a desire to make amends for having been wrong, I’ve avoided writing about politics for most of the year, deciding instead to write about subjects as diverse as UFOs and personal finance. So, in returning to writing about politics, my desire is to be scrupulously fair to all involved and I begin by asking: What hath this victory wrought? In my opinion, little less than a miracle.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Re-redefining RINO in the Trump Era – A Response to Old Bathos

 

In a post you should read, Old Bathos offered a new definition of RINO for the age of Trump. Ol’ Bathos is making an important point: never accept the premise of the Left’s loaded questions. I submit that RINO is being redefined in a more significant way.

Before the election, Trump seemed like the one who was Republican in Name Only. After all, he was a newcomer to the party and had donated money to left-wing Democrats. In the past year, though, Trump has developed some serious conservative Republican credentials.

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The Modern Poetry Podcast is back. Our own @langevine, Caitlin, joins me to talk about The Idea of Order at Key West, the most beautiful of the poems of Wallace Stevens — American modernist, businessman, winner of the Pulitzer, and the most eminent figure to be pummeled savagely by Hemingway. Next week, we’re publishing our thoughts on 13 ways of looking at a blackbird. Please listen, share, comment, and rate/review us on iTunes.

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Yes friends and countrymen, it is time for the SOTU. I’m glad already that we no longer have to be reminded that our POTUS means to speak clearly “Let me be clear”, when in fact he is actually saying, “here’s how it is you imbeciles.” Nixon had a similar tic except he always added the […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Bacon (Francis) on Books

 

“Some books should be tasted, some devoured, but only a few should be chewed and digested thoroughly.” Francis Bacon

I first came across this quotation not through reading Francis Bacon (indeed, where I encountered it did not cite him at all), but in the book Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke. It is etched on a brass plaque on the workshop door of Mortimer Folchart, the book binder, known in the book also by name Silvertongue. For Mo (as he is called by his daughter), the quotation is not merely an expression of his love of books, but also a riddle and a warning, for Mo has the ability to give actual life to the characters in the books he reads should he read them aloud. He can even draw those figures out from the pages and into the real world or send them (and others) back. This was how he lost his wife, how he drew a villain who has been hunting him ever since, and how he drew out a rogue whose allegiance is doubtful, but who is trying to connive his own way back into his story.

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Good evening, I’m Joe Kennedy, you know me by my famous last name, square jaw, outrageous accent, and ginger complexion. I’m a rising star from a squeaky clean famous family ready to tackle the critical events of today by bringing my experience to the fore. Substance abuse and mistreatment of women will never happen under […]

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Weren’t poor people skinny in early 1980s America? When exactly in America (or England or France) did poor folks start gaining weight? It really wasn’t very long ago at all so the specifics would fascinate me.  More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Defining “RINO” in the Trump Era

 

The derogatory term “Republican in Name Only” is applied to those who vote with the left instead of supporting a conservative agenda. I think there is a new variant of that definition. Since the MSM no longer maintains even a vestigial link to objective reporting, the more significant RINO defining trait is whether a Republican lets his enemies frame and define the issues.

Consider the weekend performances of Lindsey Graham and Susan Collins. They expressed their opposition to that which Trump did not do—fire Mueller. A month or so ago, when the Russian Collusion fantasy was at its peak, firing Mueller would have been a political disaster. Since then, the situation has changed. Opposing what Trump almost did in retrospect is true RINO self-abasement.

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Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu is a political survivor. He’s not only sustained the confidence of Israelis through countless violent attacks on Israeli citizens by Hamas and Palestine Authority-inspired terrorists; he’s survived the eight-year political onslaught of President Obama and his minions in the State Department and the UN. From Obama’s first rhetorical attack (the […]

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The creation of the US Senate is an example of compromising on the principle of popular representation. Only ills flow from giving individuals holding political power more protection from people voting them out of office. The connection between the creation of political machines in a state and the ever exploding federal budget is a clear. […]

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One of the best Ricochet posts of all time was @DanHanson’s post on Cargo Cult Science. Among its other virtues, the article (which if you have not read, you really, really should) was amazing because it helped us see how, even within the highest intellectual echelons of the scientific world, people revert to ways of thinking about the world that are for lack of a better word, primitive and silly.

Our modern world is so very capable and technologically advanced that it is hard to admit the possibility, or even the probability, that most people, most of the time, remain as rudimentary in their thinking as our pagan ancestors were. I would go so far as to suggest that the vast majority of people are, when it comes to making sense of the world, as simple-minded as those island primitives who worshiped American soldiers because they came bearing goodies.

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I just came from my local WalMart and I’ve never seen anything like it. Every employee in there, from the managers to the baggers to the stockers all had a new spring in their step. Every single employee asked me how I was doing, and am I finding what I needed with a big grin. It […]

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A sensitive question for sure, but it has been haunting me for a while. A follower of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace, I have walked my household through student loans and car payments while my husband has hid a large % of our income in retirement savings from his first day on the job. More

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I am forgetting which of the many online sources first came up with the statement that although many politicians in the recent past have been perceived by some to be guilty by association, Trump is guilty by accusation. I have several friends who are like me and we embraced Trump’s arrival at the Oval Office. […]

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Get out of your winter blues and post a Quote of the Day in February.  You can present the naked quote, or add your thoughts on how it applies to the world. We have many openings on February’s schedule, so sign up now for your date(s) of choice!   More

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Are you familiar with the business model behind multi-level marketing companies like Mary Kay? If so, you know the basic outline of LuLaRoe (LLR)’s scheme. The company has “independent retailers” across the United States; they order inventory from the main office in California and then the retailers, usually stay-at-home mothers, sell the dresses, skirts, t-shirts, and more via Facebook groups, live video sales, and pop-up sales in their homes and street fairs.

The business has been the subject of controversy after controversy in the last year: from potential tax fraud to changing the terms of contract with retailers unexpectedly. I wrote about the downward spiral LLR has been taking over the last year for the Federalist; it’s an interesting case study in how to build and then destroy a business in a short amount of time.

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My title is facetious—you knew that, right? I’ve shifted from bewildered, annoyed, perplexed and irritated as I’ve watched people make excuses—yes, excuses—for complaining about negative Trump posts and their responses to them. I have news for everyone: you’re all to blame—those who write them and those who respond to them. Here’s my completely amateur psychologist […]

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