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I shudder to think what we would be facing today if Donald Trump were not POTUS and we had Hillary Clinton instead. Of course, we have many other things to be thankful for, but Neil Gorsuch as a Supreme Court justice tops my list. Four justices were dissenters in the decision affirming Executive authority under […]

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Do the Democrats Want a Civil War? We Need to Know

 

As you may have noticed, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) is at it again. This time, she has picked up on the fact that some of the leftist thugs in our midst have taken to harassing members of the Trump administration, refusing to serve them when they sit down at an eatery, driving them from restaurants, and making a racket outside their homes.

Here is what she said: “If you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.”

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I know I am late joining the discussion of the late Charles Krauthammer and his impact on politics, psychology, life, etc.  Tributes have been posted by countless people who read his columns, heard his speeches and watched his TV appearances. Not to mention the personal remembrances from the multitude of friends he cultivated throughout all walks […]

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So be cool and Start a Conversation by posting a Quote of the Day. It’s the easiest way to start a fun conversation on Ricochet, and we’ll give you tips on finding great quotes. Many Quote of the Day posts make the Main Feed and some even garner close to 100 comments. So don’t miss the action […]

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Quote of the Day: This is not Heaven

 

“The Progressives think the Founders’ system imperfect. The Founders thought so, too. Men, they thought, are not angels. They can live well and freely, but this is not heaven.” — Dr. Larry Arnn, The Founders Key

Our Founders knew that creating a Constitution that would last through the ages was a risky business. Designing a democratic republic was a unique endeavor, and writing a document that would preserve the country for the future, no matter how well intended, was being written for men and women: flawed and power-hungry beings. It wasn’t just that the Founders were so deeply informed about human nature; they only had to look at themselves, their goals, weaknesses, limitations, and desires to know that an extraordinary document would need to be produced. As James Madison said, “If men were angels, no government would be necessary.”

The Evolution of American-Style Capitalism Under Trump

 

Call it “Trade War Stories.” Increased steel costs have forced MidContinent Steel and Wire of Poplar Bluff, Missouri, to lay off 60 workers. Iconic American motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson, said it would shift some production overseas to avoid EU retaliatory tariffs imposed in response to President Trump’s trade measures. Washing machine prices are up nearly 20%. Protectionism as the new national security.  Just the beginning perhaps if more of Trump’s trade threats are turned into reality. Enough pain to cause a recession? Probably not with a highly caffeinated American economy thanks to federal tax cuts and spending increases. At least that’s the consensus view. Maybe a chop a third off a third off a percentage point, maybe a bit more if things really get out of hand. Goldman Sachs:

A multilateral trade war—in which everyone imposes a tariff on everyone else—would lead to higher world inflation, tighter monetary policy and slower growth. The negative effects would be amplified if equity prices dropped around the world, as financial conditions provide an important channel for negative spillovers. … We see that the economic effects get a lot bigger when the trade war escalates. The US GDP hit rises to almost 0.5%, primarily due to the drop in equity prices.

So long 3% growth. But some economists are more concerned, such as Bank of America Merrill Lynch economist Ethan Harris:

In Defense of Complaining

 

Upon reflection yesterday it occurred to me that I have been unduly judgmental on others: those who complain.

Letting life happen to you is something people who suffer silently do quite well. If you believe in the fates or the stars or other beyond-our-control influences that dictate our lives, then complaining serves no function whatsoever. This goes quite some distance toward explaining why billions of people in places like India and China and Africa whose faith is fate quietly accept their lots in life. Apathy is worse than kvetching.

On Leaving Portland

 

Some of you know, but many may not, that @1967mustangman and I have left Portland, OR, for the greener pastures of Dayton, OH. While there are many things about Portland I miss (the food, Mustang’s family, my coworkers, the food, the mountains, the food…) it surprised me what a sense of relief I felt as we left the city limits. Driving a 22-foot diesel moving van was a learning experience — one which required asking @davecarter many questions on Facebook — but actually driving across this beautiful country helped remind me that there is life outside the dreary angst that progressives have created in Oregon. Wyoming and Nebraska were especially beautiful.

Perhaps the most noticeable difference is the lack of homeless people in Dayton. The winter weather is fairly inhospitable for living on the streets, and Dayton doesn’t really cotton to having homeless hanging out on street corners. Since we moved here, I have seen maybe four people asking for money on street corners. This is in stark contrast to the tent cities of Portland, where vagrancy is not only tolerated but accepted and supported. Because of that permissiveness, the freeways and under bridges are littered with trash, making the city look like a cross between Idiocracy and District 12 from The Hunger Games. Lest anyone think the homeless are harmless, I would invite you to read this, where the victim in question is my own sweet husband. To be fair, Ohio does have some of the highest heroin use in the country, but serious efforts are in place to stop the influx of drugs by the cartels. Meanwhile, at my hospital in Portland, a patient who denied any street drug use finally owned up to doing meth because, as he said, “I mean…everyone does a little meth…”

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Apparently there are a plethora of restaurants named the Red Hen in the original thirteen colonies. It reminds me of all the places that have placards stating that Washington slept here. All of the Red Hens are facing the wrath of outrage over the ejection of Sarah Sanders from one Red Hen in Virginia. I’m […]

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Our country is at war. Not with another nation or nations, but with an international confederation of well armed irregulars. The situation on our southern border resembles the Scottish Marches in the 17th Century, France with the Ecorcheurs in the 16th, Catalonia in the 17th. Theyve got plenty of guns, and those are for one-on/one […]

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While there have been rumors for over a hundred years that the teleportations of 2018 through 2025 might have been attributable to the United States Federal Government, it is only now that certain documents have been declassified regarding Projects Montgomery and Diaspora that we can write the history of these events. It must, however, be […]

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Day Two from South Korea: Touring and Meeting Some North Korean Friends

 

Good morning from day two of my trip in South Korea. Yesterday was our first official day here, and we spent it touring around Seoul. We visited Gwanghwamun Square (광화문) and Gyeongbok Palace (경복궁) before getting some shaved ices and visiting a history museum. During the first part of the day we visited with three North Korean defectors and in the evening we had a picnic dinner in a park by the river with even more North Korean friends.

Monday was our one day for tourist activities and Tuesday will be spent with the Korean LiNK staff members, discussing what they do and how they help with refugee rescues and resettlement.

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Terrible News from Burt Adams Camp. Prayers for this Scout, his family, his Troop, and the staff at Burt Adams. Troop 277 is at Woodruff this week. A horrible tragedy. A 14-year-old boy was killed when a tree crashed on his tent at a Boy Scout camp, officials said at a press conference. The boy […]

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How to Build a Computer 4: Diodes and Transistors

 

We all love blasting things with ions, and most of us could spend all day shooting at wafers, but eventually someone is going to ask you to build something useful. What am I doing with all this mess of silicon anyhow? Here’s where we see the use of all that stuff. What do you suppose happens when you put a p-doped chunk of silicon next to an n-doped chunk of silicon?

One last cookie photo, then I’m going on a diet. Swearsies.