Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. “The Resident” Should Be Allowed to Die a Natural (Swift) Death

 

Always one to watch and critique medical dramas, I sat down with a beer to watch the newest entry to the genre. “The Resident” is the Fox network’s answer to other edgy shows that promote liberal agendas.

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On a recent “Need to Know” podcast. Mona Charon was discussing the current shifts in partisanship and where NR conservatives fit in. She said something to the effect that some former red team members are joining the blue team, no doubt due to something related to Trump. I’m no fan of Trumps rhetorical vulgarities, though […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. State of the Disunion

 

Our president is probably going to stay on script and deliver a pretty good speech if one is to measure it against his ad-lib, free-rap jive-talking. I’d like to guess at what he will say about major issues and invite your guesses as well. If he free-jams then who knows, he might call out whatever the boyz said at the Grammy’s as they painted our president as a Django Unchained whip-master.

The economy … stupid. Obviously, we should all look the other way about our national Ponzi scheme as it inexorably rides in a cheap Fiat over the cliffs of insanity. So let’s ignore that the way everyone ignored Simpson-Bowles and envision what the president will say about the winning. The stock market, small businesses, big business, employees, lifted regulations, and all kinds of other reasons trigger the optimism that dominates the landscape. The timing of Trump’s big self-pats on the back will be important.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Hush, Now

 

In what my husband, at least, regards as a masochistic quest to understand the phenomenon of abortion in America, I watched yet another documentary, this one entitled “Hush.” In it, a pro-choice director, Punam Kumar Gill, investigate the question of whether the health effects of abortion on the women who have them are being generally, even systematically distorted or concealed.

The short answer, it seems, is yes. The supposedly debunked link between abortion and breast cancer hasn’t been debunked at all. And there are excellent reasons to believe that abortion rates explain why our neonatal intensive care units are full of wanted infants delivered too soon. There are also (duh) clear links between abortion and increased vulnerability to mental illness in women. Why aren’t women warned about these risks?

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I guess this shouldn’t surprise but when I saw it in my Sunday NY Post I think it got elevated in my mind. This wasn’t from FrontPage or Jihad Watch or one of those stalwarts that keep an eye on radical Islam, but from a major newspaper from a city and region that has a […]

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Ding dong the pantsuit is gone. The cackling crook is done! She’s back? Why? What happened? A book… and a tour. Fine. After Brazile’s revelations, surely she’ll have to stay away. More

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The Department of Justice sent a letter to House Intelligence Chairman Nunes seeking to stop the Republican majority from voting to forward their four page memorandum on FBI and DOJ misconduct to President Trump for his declassification approval. The reason given was threats to national security through declassification of the memorandum. This is the latest […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Tearing Down Digital Walls: Facebook vs. Ricochet

 

I joined Facebook just over 10 years ago. I had no idea what it was, but I knew my three oldest boys, who all were attending college at the time, were on it, and I thought it might allow me to connect with them and keep up with their mysterious Millennial lives. That didn’t work out: like the agile young mammals they were, they scurried onto other platforms about the time I arrived, leaving me with little to do except observe the endless stream of “Farmville” messages and cat videos.

But pontificators gotta pontificate, as the saying goes, and so I started expressing my thoughts on Facebook. Ten years on, I’ve expressed thousands of thoughts — or perhaps a few thoughts thousands of times. I’ve had a lot of good conversations, polished my writing, made some pretty funny jokes, occasionally embarrassed myself, reconnected with long-lost friends, and discovered many rewarding virtual acquaintances.

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Lots of beer, lots of ice, the best burger I ever ate, and lots of people. And a few dogs. And two vikings. More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. A Modest Immigration Proposal

 

At the risk of being pilloried, I’d like to make a suggestion about how to deal with the issue of 1.8 million Dreamers, and how to help start the process of resolving the question of the other 9 million non-Dreamers who came here as adults.

I think that there are a couple of motivations that most people do not state. I have a fear that Democrats want amnesty to create millions of new voters.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Inspectors General Need to Be Taken Seriously

 

The Inspectors General are probably the most underappreciated and underrated people in the federal government.

The Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) was statutorily established as an independent entity within the executive branch. Since then it has been instrumental in identifying fraud, waste, mismanagement, and abuse, as well as developing policies to deal with those problems. As part of the office of the Inspectors General, the Office of Evaluations and Special Projects was created in 2014 to oversee the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2012. This gives them the following mandate:

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All types: mental, emotional, spiritual, physical. Politics makes my stomach churn these days. I just deleted 98 alerts without reading any of them. I can hardly bear to look at Facebook, as so many friends seem unable to post anything but hysterical political posts. I want to see pictures of your friends and families, and […]

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Wonderful time at the Robbie Burns dinner last night! I’m sure there are some readers who’ve participated in the Burns Supper tradition, to mark the Scottidh bard’s birthday and celebrate all things Scot! Except–I was sitting next to a Scot (and no millennial; around 50 I’d say) who, late in our conversation, actually challenged me […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. How To Catch a Spy and Enter the Navy for Dummies

 

So if you are trying to boost your resume to realize a lifelong dream of becoming a Navy Intelligence Officer, what would you do? Naveed Jamali did what any bright, bold, and determined American Millennial would do. He became a double-agent for the United States. Wait a minute … back up.

Naveed grew up like any other kid on the block. He loved G.I Joe, his Navy model airplane kits, his toy tanks, and guns. His parents were first-generation Americans, his mother from France and his father from Pakistan. They met at Columbia University, fell in love and married, and opened a book and research center in New York City. Working in his parent’s increasingly successful book business, they grew accustomed to a specific type of regular visitor, Russians under diplomatic cover at the UN.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Shape of Things to Come

 

The older we get, the more perfect we become. That’s not surprising. Each day we add a bit to our knowledge of the world. For instance, just last week I learned to read the mood of my dog by the angle of his tail and to read the mood of my wife by the angle of her eyebrows.

Just this past month or so, I learned how to keep my coffee hot, how to keep the dog from eating the cat’s food, how to keep the dog fed while we’re gone, and how to manage a shopping list. Now there’s nothing in this world I don’t know.

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There seem to be quite a few posts on the topic of “How do you square your conservatism with Trump’s [fill in the blank]. As if conservatism came with a rule book and code of conduct that spelled out what its adherents should do when confronted with a real life Hobson’s choice. We have our […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Comey as Weiner

 

Few people are less self-aware than James Comey. We have been treated to his wonderous and unending self-righteousness on Twitter over these past many months since his unplanned decision to leave the FBI so he might ‘spend more time with his family’ (and his lawyer), and take some time to write his memoirs of how the Trump administration fell into the Obama Administration’s and government bureaucracy’s traps.

Comey’s greatest achievement pre-Trump was standing up to the Bush Administration. As you might expect that moment in 2004 is a wee bit overblown. A week before Comey made a mad dash to Ashcroft’s bedside, the Attorney General had already decided to oppose the White House plan to reauthorize the domestic surveillance program. Ashcroft was in recovery at the hospital from gall bladder surgery. Comey rushed to inform Ashcroft the White House was proceeding despite his oppostion. So he was looking out for his boss’s position while his boss was indisposed. The courage of the moment already rest with Ashcroft, not the messenger. This was not Joan of Arc stuff. This was fulfilling John Ashcroft’s decision as a dutiful, obedient, biddable, or maybe even an obsequious servant.

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