ACF Founders Series #1: Hamilton

 

Friends, I’m pleased to announce yet another series of the American Cinema Foundation movie podcasts. We usually talk about movies–now we’ll be talking about movies yet to be made: About the Founders. Friend of the show Richard Brookhiser has very kindly agreed to do a series of podcasts with me, following his admirable biographies of the Founders. We’re both persuaded by Shelley’s famous word, that poets are the unacknowledged legislators of mankind–and we’d rather some of this poetry deal with the most famous legislators themselves, the Founders. At the same time, America needs a Plutarch and Mr. Brookhiser is doing very well in that role. We start with the most controversial and splendid Founder, adventurous Hamilton, the immigrant patriot.

All Things Being Equal: Amy Coney Barrett for SCOTUS

 

“This year will be remembered as an especially auspicious time for the Supreme Court. President Trump is in a position to pick the next Justice from a list of extremely qualified jurists.” So says Leonard Leo, who was a key person putting together the list for President Trump. In an interview, he made clear his requirements and expectations:

What is important is that we have a judiciary occupied by individuals who understand … they have a duty and a moral obligation to enforce the structural Constitution. They have a duty to make sure that limits on government power are respected and enforced, and when they carry out that duty or obligation, they are in a myriad of ways preserving the worth and dignity of every human person. Because if you have a system where government can do anything, if you have a system where rights that aren’t in the Constitution can be created and things that are in it can be ignored, no one is safe.

The people on the qualifications list meet those requirements at a minimum. In fact, they are so well-qualified that many people are making their recommendations for Trump’s pick to separate the golden wheat from the less golden chaff. There is one person who has a unique combination of qualifications that no one else has, and that is Amy Coney Barrett.

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I ran across this article today: Are we stuck with cement? The article points out that cement is made from limestone, releasing carbon dioxide in the process. It seems like there are substitutes but there is little information on ready, available and effective they will be. Given how commonly used cement is in concrete and […]

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The Heritage Podcast  Why Tariffs are not Conservative fell somewhat short of its objective in my case. I know, I know, it is a conservative mantra. I just don’t know what else to do. I was excited to hear at the start that the woman commenting was going to offer solutions to the many existing unbalanced trade […]

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The following came in an email newsletter from the professional association to which I used to belong: the Los Angeles Association of Deputy District Attorneys. The author is Michele Hanisee, President of the Association. “In a startling abuse of the legislative process, a budget clean-up bill has just been used to sneak in radical and never-debated […]

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Gotham by Gaslight

 

Batman. He’s been around for almost 80 years, in comic books and movie serials, small screen series and multiple film incarnations. He’s been goofy and gritty and everything in between, and just when you think you’ve got a handle on what Batman can be, along comes something like “Gotham by Gaslight.” Its premise is simple: what if Batman was set in the 1880s? The answer, it turns out, is a delightful twist on both the superhero and detective story.

The plot, it goeth thusly: Gotham is a bustling, growing city struggling to control its seediness as it prepares for a World’s Fair style celebration hosting by late-20-something Bruce Wayne. Alas, the town has a serious problem in the form of Jack the Ripper, who has been killing and mutilating women. And there appears to be a man dressed like a bat who has also been seen at night …

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Part of my job as an IT professional is to warn my users about cybersecurity risks, and teach them how to keep their stuff safe.  Over the last six months however, I’ve come to the conclusion that this is a fool’s errand.  “You people” are still doing those quizzes on Facebook.  You are still installing […]

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As most of you know, I work in information technology.  To keep myself “abreast” of goings one, one thing I do is look at techmeme several times a day.   Today I notice this interesting article that gives a little bit of information about browser privacy, which you all may find useful.   Preview Open

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Today on the website for FOXNEWS for Pete’s sake, is an article about Himmler’s daughter.  It’s an odd article – first of all, I’d never heard of her until today, and nothing happened recently regarding her (she died earlier this year, apparently), so I’m not sure what prompted the publication of this article today.  Secondly, it refers […]

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An unreconstructed Marxist has won a congressional seat (the election is just a formality) from New York City She’s basically Hugo Chavez in heels. And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is just getting started. She will primary Chuck Schumer in 2022, and if she wins then, she already has her eye on the presidency. The Democrat-Media Complex is ebullient. […]

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I will be attending Spacefest IX at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort and Spa in Tucson July 5th-8th.  Would anyone be interested in a meetup? I’m considering renting a car the morning of the 5th and visiting the Titan II museum.  I will be doing book signings on Friday July 6th at 11:00 […]

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Eudaimonia and Identity

 

America’s culture is a constant source of discussion here on Ricochet. Whether it’s homosexual marriage or marijuana decriminalization/legalization, culture permeates our discussions. I just finished reading Mona Charen’s piece over at NRO, “The Price of Feminism,” this morning and it coincided with me finishing Yuval Levin’s Fractured Republic and Charles Murray’s Coming Apart last week.

The reason I mention all three pieces in regard to American culture is that they all point to decline or change in the culture. Levin’s book focuses predominantly on the decline of civil society in America and its replacement by the federal government through the process of what he calls “bifurcated-consolidation.” Murray’s book looks to the physical results of 60 years of cultural change that has seen the founding virtues (Murray’s words, not mine) of marriage, honesty, religion, and industriousness falter in the lower classes and stay strong in the upper classes.

Abolish the Deep State: A Modest First Step

 

I’ve been giving thought to how the deep state can be truly abolished. I don’t think that the proposed reorganization plans unveiled by the White House, for all their vast benefits, will do very much to eliminate it.

The deep state creates two problems for Americans. First, the deep state (like all organizations) desires to perpetuate itself through its influence over the political classes.

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It started innocently enough. A friend asked “what does the ‘A’ stand for?” “Why, Awesome, of course!” That became an in-joke, part of the wry humor and ribbing among friends. But they were exchanging these comments with secure communications, which is where things got out of hand. Apparently, the alphabet soup agencies’ AI’s cracked the […]

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David froze. He heard Mom’s footsteps in the hall. He quickly took a bite of his cookie and shoved the rest behind the extended upper panel of the old upright piano. He knew better than to be eating in Grandma’s parlor. Especially near the piano. Even though David had heard her coming, Mom’s hushed voice […]

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(This review contains only the mildest of spoilers. Fans of the show who haven’t had time to binge it yet, need not worry.) After watching Luke Cage Season One, I was amazed at how unintentionally conservative it was. Season Two starts out trying to be woke, and originally I had worried that it would become […]

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