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Please don’t read this if you don’t want the potential ending to the sequel spoiled because I could (though it’s unlikely) be right. More

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Justin Trudeau announced that Amazon will be adding 3000 new jobs in an expanded Vancouver facility by 2022. In all the coverage of this announcement, I can’t find any analysis of the tax breaks that Amazon received to make this commitment. More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Waiting for Fruit

 

In order to know where you are going, you have to first know from where you came. This is why stories are so important within families; why shared history and the rich weave of cultures and traditions all matter so much.

The timeless stories in Judaism are those found within the Torah. And they are fresh in every generation because these stories are not merely a means to perpetuate a culture, but they also serve as the spur to continued growth and development. The Torah constantly reminds us of being slaves in Egypt (to empathize with strangers, to remember our debt to G-d, and for many other reasons besides), as well as telling us of many other commandments that are designed to strengthen the bonds between people, and between man and G-d.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Last White House Correspondents Dinner Worth Watching

 

…was with Craig Ferguson as the comic headliner in 2008. He dished out elbows and barbs all around, speaking with the passion of a brand-new American citizen — American on Purpose. See how he lures the assembled journalists into revealing their overwhelming liberal bias and nails them with a one-liner at 10:10. He was not invited back.

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At the end of May, I will be journeying from Tucson to Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin to start my new job. I know Ricochettis live all over the country so I would like some input. What places do you recommend me stopping by on the way there? Here’s the route. I’ll either be taking the US-54E route […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Unexpected Wisdom

 

The New Oxford American Dictionary defines wisdom as, “the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment.” Twenty-somethings are not exactly renowned for having any of these in spades.

But almost anyone, regardless of age, can point to an experience that has given them at least a little piece of insight. Often, these are wisdom-producing experiences we don’t appreciate right away, and it takes some temporal distance to understand the lessons learned. Ending a relationship (or worse, having the relationship ended on you) is exactly one of these experiences.

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Every time you read something about the kids of Stoneman Douglas High School and their anti-gun efforts, the word “survivor” is attached. It is, of course, a conscious choice on the part of the media and the rest of the far left to confer to these children a moral authority that they would not otherwise have. But are all of them really “survivors?”

There were 17 fatalities that day and the indictment filed against the killer also lists 17 charges of attempted murder — and it specifies that each of these 34 individuals was shot. Some of these kids were just grazed and were home from the hospital by nightfall. Others needed multiple surgeries and are still in recovery. But the ones who are walking around protesting, such as media darlings David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez, are they truly “survivors?”

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In the post Counterattack! I linked to Angelo Codevilla’s article: Living With Politics as War. Since then I have read Steven Hayward’s excellent post: “Achieving Disagreement” Inside the College Bubble. This has caused me to want to — in the parlance of the Congress — “extend and supplement my remarks.” First, let me say that the focus of […]

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I wasn’t going to buy Jonah’s book, because I found the title too depressing. Haven’t conservatives got any hope to offer the poor world? But it’s Jonah, so I relented and got the Kindle version. I just read the first line of the introduction: More

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Here’s the video from the PM’s own YouTube channel.

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The United States Constitution lays out the principle of the separation of powers in three simple steps. Article I of the Constitution gives Congress the power to make the laws of the United States. Article II entrusts the President to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, usually through the actions of other executive branch individuals. Article III then charges the federal courts with applying the laws passed by Congress and enforced by the executive branch when deciding cases and ordering remedies. This constitutional structure avoids concentrating excessive power in any one branch—a protection that is lost when all three functions are put in the hands of a single agency.

Thanks to the rise of the administrative state, agencies like the Securities and Exchange Commission are taking over responsibility for all three functions. The agency promulgates extensive regulations that have the force of law, which it then enforces against individual defendants, often in an SEC tribunal, not in an Article III court. This cozy arrangement is now being tested in Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, argued last week before the Supreme Court.

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An audio meetup (AMU) is an international conference call of Ricochet members. We talk on many different topics. Some don’t involve Donald Trump. More

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I just saw this article (B of A’s Gun Dilemma is Just Beginning) which reports them taking a side in the gun debate. It immediately got my dander up as I am all in with Bank of America and Merrill Lynch meaning that almost all of my banking and investing is handled through them. I […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Carson’s HUD Decision and What I Learned When I Taught in a Welfare-to-Work Program

 

Dr. Ben Carson, as director of HUD, has proposed raising costs and imposing work requirements for people in public housing or receiving public housing money. I was a little iffy about that – I mean, who’d want to live in the projects or deal with Section 8 requirements if they didn’t have to? I grew up dirt-poor, and I was a poor single mom for over a decade after that. I know what poverty is like. I know the people who struggle at the bottom. It sucks, and having expenses raised sucks worse.

But after reading the details of Carson’s plan, I agreed enthusiastically. His ideas are perfect, and not because they are cost-saving or because they get those deadbeats going.

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Her parents knew when she was young that something was wrong. She refused therapy (which has little to no effect on this condition). We learned about her behavior gradually, finally figuring out that my uncle had alluded to it, but was probably too humiliated to share it with us. Although I’m not an expert in […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Are All Golden Rules the Same?

 

Every “ethical” society seems to have a Golden Rule, some variation on Luke and Matthew’s “Do to others what you would want them to do to you.” Confucius stated it as a negative: “What you do not wish for yourself, do not do to others,” which is functionally identical to Hillel’s, “What is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow.”

And yet there is a gaping chasm between all of these forms (the Wiki link contains dozens of other examples), and the formulation which is the middle topic of the middlemost text (Leviticus) of the Torah (Lev. 19:18). In other words, the Torah formulation makes the Jewish version of the Golden Rule at the heart of the text. And it is, upon reflection, very different from the Golden Rule of Confucius and Luke and Matthew and Hillel. The Torah says, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

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Sheriff Chitwood is doing what Sheriff Israel of Broward County (Parkland) didn’t: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/04/24/florida-sheriff-takes-zero-tolerance-approach-to-school-threats-arrests-almost-30-students-in-2-months.html More

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will make a televised announcement Monday evening in what his office said would disclose “dramatic news” regarding the nuclear agreement with Iran. [link] More from the link …. More

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