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(Note: This was originally meant to be a comment on @frontseatcat ‘s post https://ricochet.com/499018/try-everything-president-trump/ but it grew out of control. I’ve been thinking we needed the multilayered defense against the current push to ban/limit certain weapons laid out fully anyways, so here it is — or at least the first couple layers.) This first part […]

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I’m watching a basketball game (Go Lobos!) and on of the TVs is inexplicably tuned to the BBC, which is rotating through today’s six or so “top stories”. Of which Ms Hicks’ resignation is the most prominent. Why? The best I can guess is that they think it makes Trump look bad, but that could […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Is Trump Turning on NRA? Yes, No, or Meh?

 

So in my daily perusal of news, I came across the following article:

“I don’t want mentally ill people to be having guns,” he says in the clip below. So far, so good: No one wants people who are unstable to be armed, even knowing that only a small percentage of the mentally ill are violent. But we have due process for a reason. If the state could strip you of your rights by declaring you “sick,” without a formal adjudication, the potential abuses are endless. Trump doesn’t seem to care, though. He says at one point here that the cops should have taken the Parkland killer’s weapons whether they had the right or not.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Does Texas Need Campus Free Speech Legislation? A Look at the Goldwater Institute Model Bill on Campus Free Speech

 

The Texas Senate State Affairs Committee Chair recently held hearings at Texas State University on whether Texas should enact legislation protecting free speech on state college campuses. The Senate Committee asked fourteen speakers to testify on registration requirements of student organizations and obstacles for students to invite speakers to appear on state campuses, such as arbitrary security expenses. In addition, the Goldwater Institute submitted written testimony explaining the Goldwater Institute’s model bill called the “Campus Free Speech Act.”  The model bill was co-authored by the Goldwater Institute and Stanley Kurtz of the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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Every time tragedy hits, whether it is a mass shooting, terrorist attack, natural disaster or some other event, there is an outpouring of thoughts and prayers from those who believe in God. Inevitably, these well-meaning souls are chastised and ridiculed by multitudes of unbelievers. Some of the comments made by the skeptics are benign, but […]

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There are lots of ways a company can depart the S&P 500. They can get bought out or merge or get surpassed in market value by faster-growing companies. But whatever the proximate reasons, S&P 500 turnover has narrowed dramatically over the decades, from an average tenure of 33 years in 1964 to 24 years by 2016 and perhaps to just 12 years by 2027, if an analysis by Innosight proves correct. Or to put it another way, nearly 50% of the current S&P 500 will be replaced over the next ten years.

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I’ve just seen both these movies, courtesy of Netflix. And, while they will not go down in movie history as the greatest epics to hit the silver screen, they both, for different reason, have much to commend them. Bedtime for Bonzo is really a lot of fun. A light comedy, about a professor (played by […]

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White House communications director Hope Hicks, one of candidate and President Trump’s longest-serving advisers, has announced that she will leave the administration. From the New York Times:

Ms. Hicks had been considering leaving for several months. She told colleagues that she had accomplished what she felt she could with a job that made her one of the most powerful people in Washington, and that there would never be a perfect moment to leave, according to White House aides.

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  Since that fateful day of the Stoneman Douglas school shooting in Parkland, FL, a hornet’s nest has been stirred, and it’s long overdue. President Trump is hearing from all sides, hosting law enforcement, governors, as well as students and parents. I heard on the radio part of his discussion with Diane Feinstein and other […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Mango: Fruit of the Gods

 

The high of summer in Cambodia is marked by the Khmer New Year in mid-April. It’s a time when the entire country collectively sweats. Women in their fine silk and lace go to the monasteries and welcome the New Year in the searing heat. However, underneath all the sweltering heat, there is a very heady, sweet tropical aroma lingering in the air; the peak of the mango season is almost upon us.

Mango is the quintessential tropical summer fruit. I’ve mentioned before on this page that I grew up on an orchard. To be precise, I grew up on a mango orchard, and many childhood memories are associated with this fruit. With the arrival of spring in late January, the blossoms would bloom on the mango trees. The sweet fragrance of the flowers would attract insects. We’d gather dried leaves and grass around the bases of the trees and light fire to keep the insects away. By late March, as the temperature begins to rise and the budding mangoes continue to grow, there is a slight change in the air and so arrive the “mango rains.” Mangoes begin to fall from the trees, marking the arrival of the pre-monsoon rainfall. These “mango rains”, also referred to as “summer showers,” are just light sprinkles in the afternoon, but sometimes they do turn into several hours of downpour. But without the rains, the crop won’t thrive; the rains help in the early ripening of the mangoes. After the rainfall, we would gather all the fallen green mangoes and pickle them whole. Khmers love eating sour fruits, especially mangoes, pickled or fresh. If you ever visit Cambodia, you’d see fruit vendors selling sour fruits on every street corner, all over the country. We eat those fruits dipped in a mixture of salt, sugar, and chili. Our pickled mangoes never lasted until the next season.

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In an earlier essay I wrote about the attack on a U.S. Coalition base in Syria conducted by Russian mercenaries. The attack was supposed to seize the base and an oil well that was under coalition control. There were American advisors on the base at the time of the attack. U.S. artillery and airstrikes defended […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Deer Hunting with Dad, Circa 1954

 

All the talk of restricting the purchase of rifles to anyone under 21 brought back memories from my youth. I grew up in a suburb of Pittsburgh. During the ’40s and ’50s, there was still open land where a boy could shoot a BB gun and use a bow and arrow without any harm to anyone. Some of the older boys did just that. The summer of 1954, I was eight going on nine. I kept asking if I could buy a BB gun and a bow with my newspaper and snow-shoveling money. Dad said I was too young and, besides, what was I going to shoot? The older boys tried for rabbits and pheasant and doves so that was what I told my dad I wanted to do. His response was that I had to eat what I shoot and was I prepared to clean and cook my game? Well, I wasn’t. His deal was that he and I would go hunting for deer in the fall and maybe a bow or BB gun would show up at Christmas.

Now, for a little about my dad. In 1954 he was nearly 50 and had a bout of TB. He was older than all my friends’ dads and he was not at all healthy. When he was younger he and my moms five brothers did a lot of hunting but it had been years. He used a 12-gauge shotgun which used what was referred to as pumpkin balls instead of shot for ammo.He kept it locked in a closet. He only showed it to me once when we were looking for a water leak. To this day I couldn’t tell you the make. Our hunting trip was going to be an adventure for me but not so much for my dad. Not many of his friends still hunted so somehow, through some fellow ushers at church, he found what he thought was ideal, a pay-to-hunt farm.

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I looked up the definition of mental illness on the Mayo Clinic’s web site (https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/mental-illness/symptoms-causes/syc-20374968). Although there’s not a single, concise definition, the list of signs and symptoms caught my eye: Examples of signs and symptoms [of mental illness] include: More

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I had a long discussion with a left leaning friend back when the punch against the infamous Richard Spencer punch happened. This growing violence that exists in a small sector of American youth is a larger indicator of the cognitive dissonance in our youth. Reason interviews Berkeley Students on the topic, and the answers are […]

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I woke up this morning to a snow day. The mountains behind the house went from no snow to snow last night. I love snow days, and when you’re retired every day is a snow day, even those summer days in the 100’s. More

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I had sex with my third cousin. It wasn’t as awkward as the first two. Why did the monkey fall out of the tree. It was dead. More

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I’m recuperating tonight from two and a half days of subbing in a fourth-grade classroom. There were some struggles, but it mostly went well. There were lots of vivid moments that are satisfying to remember. For example, the students were assigned to take a position on an issue from an argument feature of Scholastic News, then give reasons to back up their claim. They completed this in teams, and voted on one team member to go up to the front and present their conclusions. (It was cute to see one team that kept raising their hands. I’d go over there, and then realize that they were just voting.) The kids elected to speak did a great job, for the most part standing up straight, looking at the audience, and speaking in complete sentences.

One reserved little girl gave an unexpected argument in defense of keeping the penny that charmed the socks off me. I asked her if she had seen it in the Scholastic issue, since the “for” and “against” items are written by kids. Nope, it was her own, she corrected me in her quiet way. See, Ricochet members, if we get rid of the penny, we are losing out, because finding a penny is good luck. We won’t have these serendipitous discoveries anymore if we coldheartedly pull these one-cent pieces out of circulation. So put that in your pipe and smoke it.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Republicans Are Beginning to Drive the Narrative

 

We’ve been waiting a very long time. We have watched Republicans wringing their hands, trying to be polite, and deferring to their “honorable colleagues.” Finally, I think we’re seeing a couple of Republicans who are indicating they’ve had enough. I don’t know how long it will last, but I’m cautiously encouraged.

The first Republican I want to give a shout out to is Devin Nunes. Since the first major controversy arose in the House Intelligence Committee over the Russian dossier, which Nunes chairs, he has had to fight for his voice to be heard and for his reputation. We are now seeing the results of his efforts.

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