Dr. Berlinski’s Tour de France and Tour de Force

 

From 496 CE, Clovis I, the first French king to be baptized a Christian, to the Revolution of 1789, to the present, Claire Berlinski takes us on a wild ride through French history and the French psyche to understand the motivations of the French nation. Her often psychoanalytically inspired insights are of interest. It is the whole creative work, however, that brings alive important questions, putting them front and center for us to ponder that gives great value to her effort.

Claire is one tough customer. She won’t accept easy excuses or easy answers. She lays bare the horrors of the French Revolution and recognizes the limitations of the policy of Laicité.

We Should Be Celebrating Candace and Carol, Not Kanye

 

For years we’ve wanted to see more African American conservatives who aren’t afraid to speak up for the cause. There are already outstanding examples in Walter Williams, Thomas Sowell, Clarence Thomas, Jason Riley, and Shelby Steele, among others. Now, we have two black women — one a millennial activist and one a woman running for mayor of Nashville — who are both conservatives. These are the people we should be talking about.

Candace Owens is the Director of Communications for Turning Point USA. She explains what the organization stands for: fiscal responsibility, limited government, and free markets. She travels all over the country, encouraging people to dialogue with her and consider joining a TPUSA campus affiliate or form their own group. She is fearless, outspoken, and convincing. Many things that she says serve to empower black Americans.

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I’ve just posted an article on my blog about a Firearm Restraining Order bill that I’ve been negotiating in the Illinois House. My aim is to help deter the instances of mass shootings while protecting civil liberties. I’ve also posted a video discussing the bill: Preview Open

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Several years ago, Vancouver BC created safe injection sites, supervised by medical personnel, so IV drug users could come out of the alleys, and prevent public drug use and overdoses. Two years ago, Seattle authorized two sites, one in Seattle and one in a suburban area. As of today, no sites have been approved or […]

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There’s No More Whisky

 

Barra is a small island in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. There are approximately 1,174 residents, and 761 of them still speak Gaelic. Barra is predominantly Catholic to this day. The island has a rich history, some of which involves piracy. Rory the Turbulent, which is a fine name for someone who engages in piracy, was summoned to meet King James VI to answer for his behavior:

Headquartering themselves at Kisimul Castle, and making use of Birlinns, the MacNeils became famed for piracy. Indeed, after attacking English ships in the reign of queen Elizabeth, they were summoned by James VI — Elizabeth’s heir, and king of Scotland — to answer for their behaviour; the MacNeil leader (Rory the Turbulent) complained that he thought King James would be pleased, as Elizabeth had killed his mother (Mary, Queen of Scots), so James released him.

Comey’s Not Sure Hillary Paid for the Dossier

 

Starting at the 9:00 mark, Comey acts very confused about a fact that the NYT and WaPo have stipulated for six months. He even goes so far as to deny that he knew this for a fact when he was FBI Director. I guess he’s worried about getting prosecuted for lying to the FISA court? I guess that makes sense, but if the IG uncovers proof that Comey knew this when he was feeding the FISA court bogus evidence, won’t his false exculpatory statements be used as evidence of guilty knowledge, i.e., intent? Oh, what a tangled web we weave, Jim.

See You in Stockholm

 

Thank you for the welcome to Ricochet. This is my first post. I’m new to the community as a philosopher (not political commentator) and look forward to the exchange of ideas. 


The truly historic meeting that took place yesterday between the leaders of the nations of the Korean Peninsula didn’t happen by accident or in a vacuum. While pundits speculate on a panoply of factors that may or may not have contributed to the initial negotiations, undeniable is the role played by one Donald J. Trump.

The Passing of a Special Lady

 

The Special Lady was once a social worker, an assistant museum curator, and a dance critic who wrote reviews for the local newspaper. She was also a dancer, and a published author and poet. She founded the North Carolina Haiku Society and was a former president of the North Carolina Poetry Society. Her prose and poetry appeared in numerous literary journals, anthologies, periodicals, and she even read some of her works for radio and on television.

Her expertise was Haiku, and her works in the genre were well known, published even in Japan. Her final book of Haiku is her only publication still in print. She acted as a judge for many poetry contests, once serving as National Chairman of the Carl Sandburg Centennial Poetry Contest. The lady drew a one-panel cartoon for the local paper (Tu-Tu, the Would-Be Ballerina), sponsored by a dance studio owned by two of her closest friends from high school. The Special Lady was also my mother, and she passed away yesterday at the age of eighty-nine.

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They got him.  It was a four day manhunt for a man who murdered a sheriff’s deputy. Four days of house-to-house searches, road blocks, interviews with known associates, four days of tracking this guy through thick wood, bogs, deer trails, knowing it was his ambition to kill more, knowing he could be set up behind […]

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Paradise Lost or Never Found?

 

My wife and I just got back from a two-and-a-half week vacation in Hawaii – you know, the one place in the world that really was paradise before evil white colonists came. Except that it wasn’t. Yes, white people brought lots of invasive plants and animals to the islands. But so, it turns out, did the Polynesians who originally settled Hawaii. They brought food animals – rats and pigs – along with various plants. (On the other hand, birds also carried seeds to the islands as did inanimate forces like the wind and the ocean.)

Well, okay. But surely the evil white colonists brought discrimination, right? Well, no. Discrimination was there long before the colonists showed up. It turns out that traditional Hawaiian culture was based on a system of three castes: rulers, commoners, and slaves.

Mollie Was Right: Clapper Set Up Trump

 

I guess it doesn’t matter so much what we argue about here in our tiny, inconsequential online conservative community, but it can be fun to keep score. Last weekend, there was a small skirmish on one of @colombo’s always humorous posts. The point of contention involved the merits of @molliehemingway’s thesis in a Federalist column titled “Comey’s Memos Indicate Dossier Briefing Of Trump Was A Setup.”

Since the truth mattered enough to Mollie that she took time out of her busy schedule to defend her thesis in person right here on Ricochet, it matters enough to me to write a brief post letting everyone know that she was right about the setup. We know this from a declassified congressional report. It’s pretty simple: Clapper set up the January 6, 2017, Comey-Trump prostitute-pee briefing; Clapper leaked information about the briefing to CNN; and Clapper lied about it to Congress. From the Federalist:

Conquering the Caprock

 

The Kiowa called him Man-gom’-hente’ which, when said correctly with the right clicks of the tongue, means that the index finger is missing so, therefore, “I point with the thumb.” The Comanche, being more crude and unimaginative (just ask any Kiowa), used a term which simply meant “bad hand.” He could be thin-skinned and petty as well as insightful and generous. He was both shy and forceful. He spoke with a lisp but could cuss with “superior clarity.” He spent half his life in almost constant pain but still uncomplainingly led men through hardships that tested them to their limits.

For more than a decade, he was the master chess piece that the General of the Army (be it Grant, Sherman or Sheridan) moved around on the frontier board when success needed to be assured. Although known largely for his success against the Plains Indians of Texas, he played important roles in dealing with the Apache, the Sioux, the Northern Cheyenne, and the Utes. The soldiers of his first combat command hoped to kill him themselves in their first action. At almost the exact moment that he seemed to achieve his career and life goal, he was cut down. He was very probably the best commander that the United States ever sent to the field against the American Indian.

The soldiers who served under Ranald Slidell MacKenzie for over two decades probably would have had little trouble believing that he had finished at the head of his West Point class. They might have been surprised to also learn of the large number of demerits he received, mostly for playful pranks and being late. What they mostly saw was a model of discipline, order, and sheer will. He could hang a man from his thumbs for a breach of order and secretly pay his bills to allow him a second chance. He was the Indians’ unbending enemy in war and their fearless champion in peace.

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“Purity” and the debate over who is the “true conservative” has become a staple of Republican primaries. It’s also an incredibly toxic way to run Republican, especially conservative Republican politics. It reduces the quality and weight of the principles we espouse.  This is especially clear in Idaho right now. In the upcoming Idaho primary on […]

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Please, Correct Me If I’m Wrong

 

My recollection of the Comey kerfuffle is as follows:

As FBI Director, Comey has a conversation with Trump in February 2017 wherein Trump allegedly said Flynn was a good guy and Trump hoped for a good result for him, to which Comey replied that indeed Flynn was a good guy.

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Ricochet member Dajoho put up a great post on the veracity of news reports on the Niger ambush in which four US troops died.  This post points out some problems with the press.  He examines shortfalls in reporting on an event about which he knows more than anybody else who wasn’t there (@dajoho). So, it’s […]

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With the arrest of suspected Golden State killer Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, identified through use of familial DNA, it is apparent that this technique will gain increased use whenever there is a path forward. I do not recall which program it was, but I surprised to hear how inconsistent and incomplete is the “national” DNA database […]

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