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In the normal controllable political situation, there is lots of wiggle room and plenty of ways to slice the salami thin so everyone gets a piece. Unfortunately, not all situations in politics are controllable. Especially at the level of Supreme Executive Authority, many decisions are binary. Either you do or you don’t. Such a decision is […]

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Throughout American history entrepreneurs have played confidence games to finance risky business ventures. They raise money through celebrity and media sensations, making unrealistic promises to investors in the hope that unfinished technologies and untested business models will one day pay off, if only they can keep the cheap capital flowing for long enough. Those who […]

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@bethanymandel did a post on her friend’s new book called, ”Leaving Cloud 9”, By Erica Anderson. http://ricochet.com/532746/when-you-leave-cloud-9/ I ordered a copy and just finished it. The story is about Erica’s husband Rick, who grows up in a broken home, broken in every way. The trailer, the parent, the poverty, the terrible abuse, a story repeated in […]

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My wife and I moved from Utah to Phoenix last February. We have been going through this hot weather season for the first time. Last evening there was a storm, lightning, thunder, rain and high wind gusts. My wife texted our daughter, who lives here with her husband and three children, to make them aware […]

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How Can We Teach That the Fire Is Hot?

 

George Orwell said, “So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don’t even know that the fire is hot.” The realist in me would add that this is why the left-wing control of our educational systems, media, and entertainment industry is so catastrophic. The conspiracy theorist in me would add that this is why the left wing places so much emphasis on controlling our educational systems, media, and entertainment industry.

Regardless, socialism seems to be rapidly gaining popularity here in the US, largely among people who seem to have absolutely no idea that the fire is hot. They appear unaware that the 20th century even happened, much less why. I would argue that this represents clear evidence that our educational systems, media, and entertainment industry are in fine shape – from a left-wing perspective, it’s working. Anyway, this brings up a few questions in my mind:

Does Religion Need Special Protection in the US?

 

The idea of special protections in this country has always been objectionable to me; it requires another reason for government intrusion into our lives. We take pride in extending the Bill of Rights to everyone, and equal opportunity transcends special classes.

Enforcement has previously fallen under the jurisdiction of the Justice Department, but now the new Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights, Ken Marcus, has decided to add a new protected group: religion. In particular, he is concerned about anti-Semitism.

Mr. Marcus is motivated by a childhood incident that took place in the predominantly Jewish Sharon, Mass, where a group of children saw him:

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I am re-reading Menace In Europe, published in 2006 by our own @claire (Claire Berlinski). Inspired, I’d like to take our conversation(s) about the migrant crisis in Europe in a slightly different direction.   Douglas Murray’s Strange Death of Europe certainly sets the migrant crisis into the context of a Europe that has been struggling to come […]

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Deep-Dish Gluten-Free Pizza Florentine Alfredo

 

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For those who want to live forever and achieve heaven on earth, God created all the ingredients for Pizza Florentine Alfredo. Now, to make your life complete, I shall teach you how to combine them to create a masterpiece you will never forget. As with any pizza, it has a crust, sauce, cheese, and toppings. This particular recipe will provide ingredients and instructions for gluten-free crusts, because the author of the recipe cannot eat any other kind. The primary toppings of this pizza are fresh baby spinach leaves, slivered or sliced almonds, and bacon because that’s what God intended those ingredients for is to be combined on a pizza.

This recipe is made in a 14” non-stick deep-dish pizza pan. If your pan is smaller, you might consider cutting the recipe. If your pan is larger, how do you fit it into your kitchen cabinets?

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Both artistic and engineering-based architecture have been featured activities in some video games for more than a decade. Civil engineering is more common. Construction and management of cities or theme parks has been a popular genre of games since Will Wright designed the first SimCity in 1989. It is fitting that Wright’s follow-up series The […]

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While the world is growing aware of how Facebook makes money (getting you to spend countless hours loading up data on yourself, your friends, and typing key words and 👍’s that they in turn can sell as consumer marketing and targeting information), at least they are dedicated to tracking down “fake news.” Other social media […]

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Reviewing “The Great Revolt” in the Context of Five Countrywide Types

 

Salena Zito and Brad Todd’s new book The Great Revolt is a great read, based on extensive interviews with Trump voters as well as a Great Revolt survey. It’s important to note, though, that in the survey and later for the book, there are only interviews with Trump supporters from a specific geographical region: Trump supporters hailing from the five “Rust Belt” states of Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania; and even more specifically, from ten electorally-significant counties within these states.

Zito and Todd’s focus on Trump voters from behind the “Blue Wall” of rust-belt counties, which had been stubbornly blue before Trump, ought to be treasured for what it is: neither a description of American Trump voters in general, nor the final word on America’s new populist-conservative coalition, but a testament to the power of geography in our electoral process, and to the strategic importance of not overlooking those who might otherwise go overlooked.

In The Great Revolt, Zito and Todd identify “seven clusters of voters integral to [Trump’s] winning coalition.” These clusters are not meant to describe all types of Trump voters, or even the bulk of Trump voters; instead, they’re meant to describe crucial Trump voters: voters Zito and Todd believe were vital to Trump’s storming of the “Blue Wall” to achieve electoral victory. While Zito and Todd also argue that these seven types of voters serve as bellwethers for a more general populist-conservative realignment, it would be a mistake to lose sight of the fact that the “great” in The Great Revolt refers not to our country as a whole, but to the power of people in places which have lately been overlooked to make a great difference in our politics.

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With the 4th of July in the middle of the week and with many members on vacation, Ricochet was blessed with a full month of Quote of the Day posts. It’s still summer, but you can beat the blues by clicking on the August 2018 Sign-Up Sheet and Schedule to share your favorite quote. 01-July Arahant […]

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Sustaining Love

 

In a recent essay by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, he quoted David Brooks (yes, that David Brooks as far as I can tell) on the way a person maintains his or her love for another. Brooks said:

My favourite definition of commitment is falling in love with something and then building a structure of behavior around it for the moment when love falters. [Italics by R. Sacks]

I was moved by this practical and profound observation. It reminds me of those times when young people ask me when they’ll be able to stop working so hard at the relationship with a significant other, and I answer, “Never.” Personally, I would not use the word “work,” because that commitment comes out of devotion and dedication, not out of obligation. But in life, love can falter or be challenged, and we must decide whether or not we are in for the long haul.

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So, I quite accidentally discovered that the long-occasionally-touted plans to revive Firing Line have been realized since last the topic drifted across my media attention horizon.  That established: Is it good? Should I devote any of my jealously-guarded eye-time to watching it or not? Preview Open

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Dear readers, As you all know, I’ve been writing about the Work of our Hands society quite a bit in recent columns. But in the last few months, I’ve begun trying to uncover more of its history. It isn’t easy, as I’m sure you can understand. It took me months to even work out who […]

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I’ve always used Google for searches. I appreciate the home page free of advertisements and news links and my perception is that I get better results (more likely to find useful information) than with other search engines I’ve tried. But now that they’ve switched their mobile site from a paginated format to infinite scrolling (“More […]

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