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In another post here on Ricochet, respondents talked about some awesome products they have recently discovered. Virtually all of the items mentioned were imported. Mine included. Set me to wondering. Is ‘Made in America’ important to you? Do you read product descriptions or labels to see where things are made? Do you seek out items […]

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A 4-8-4 Story: There Is a God

 

4-8-4 Traffic
Dispatcher: 4-8-4 go.
I-205 and Columbia with Oregon plate, Adam Boy Charlie 123.
Dispatcher: 4-8-4 Copy.

The dispatcher will enter the plate number into the computer while I talk to the driver. My driver is a bit nervous, but that’s not unusual, and he has five teenaged girls in his VW Beetle. They’re not nervous, and they’re all smiles, and very chatty. They look like they are between the ages of 15 and 18.

Understanding in a Foreign Language

 

When I first came to Japan, I could not speak the language. I came to the country in a job straight out of college, teaching conversational English in a juku, or cram school, in a town outside of Osaka, and my high school French and college German were of no use to me.

The first weeks were hard, trying to learn everything. I began copying the written kana daily in both forms, hiragana and katakana, so that I could be able to read signs, menus, and labels. I hired a teacher and attended lessons weekly. I talked with new friends most nights in a local bar and picked up Osaka-ben, or slang.

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A Wish Mine be a cot beside the hill,A bee-hive’s hum shall sooth my ear;A willowy brook, that turns a mill,With many a fall shall linger near. The swallow, oft, beneath my thatch,Shall twitter from her clay-built nest;Oft shall the pilgrim lift the latch,And share my meal, a welcome guest. Preview Open

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I don’t know the answer to the first question, but I have something to say about how we answer it. The Public Discourse has had two interesting articles on the subject in recent weeks, but there were one or two errors about Constitutional interpretation worth correcting. I was pleased to read Nicholas Higgins’ recent article on the […]

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Toward a Hipper Ricochet

 

Folks, Ricochet has an image problem. The political Right has long been seen as a bunch of old fuddy-duddies who wouldn’t know a B3 (blah, blah, blah) from a BIH (burn in hell). If you were young and hip, would you want to join such a square web site? Bro, get real!

So what we’ve got to do is change our image. I am hipper and doper than you, so I can tell you what we need to do.

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I began grinding coffee beans by hand about a year ago primarily due to necessity. Now I am addicted to my ‘morning grind.’ I bought a couple of nice looking but very inefficient handgrinders that made the effort feel like work and almost made me give up on the whole ordeal. That all changed, praise […]

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The recent dust-up over James Gunn’s ancient tweets got me to thinking “Where is Galt’s Gulch?”  Is there some haven somewhere for non-PC humor and meritocracy and individual liberty?  People (perhaps more men than women) inherently enjoy crude humor.  As it has become effectively outlawed in society I assume that people will find a safe […]

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Wednesdays. When it appears, I post the review here on the following Sunday. Book Review ‘Shale Boom’ an even-handed look at fracking By MARK LARDAS Preview […]

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Do you know anyone who isn’t feeling cynical about politics, politicians and pundits? I was thinking about whom I actually trust in the political sphere, and the list is depressingly short. What does it mean to trust? For a place to start the Cambridge Dictionary defines trust: Preview Open

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The Weird World of White Allyship

 

As a polite, non-confrontational person, I have a penchant for being invited to Facebook groups that are quite different from anything that I would try to join on my own. In my latest adventure, I was added to a group focusing on JOCs, or “Jews of color.” I thought I knew the two basic rules for white people in these types of places: self-efface, and never disagree with a person of color. But it turns out there is much more to learn!

According to some schools of thought, being a white ally can entail disagreeing with a person of color under the following circumstance: the POC fails to be offended by something a white person said that the POC should have been offended by. It is specifically not the POC’s job to call out offensive content, because that is called ’emotional labor’ and you cannot impose it on them. To be a good ally, you must be offended on their behalf and educate your fellow whites. This applies regardless of whether any actual people of color thought there was anything problematic about the statement(s) under contention.

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So we have this problem. The problem is that far left hooligans engage in widespread political violence against everybody from the inoffensive nice guys to actual neonazis. The problem is further that this is done with the tacit to explicit (oakland) approval of local and state government. There is an even further problem that the […]

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The Most Powerful Woman in the World Is a Man

 

The #MeToo movement may be on the verge of claiming its biggest scalp to date. On Friday, The New Yorker published allegations of misconduct against the Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer of CBS, Les Moonves.

Unlike Harvey Weinstein’s company, CBS is a publicly traded behemoth. Moonves has led CBS to huge profits, $13.7B in revenue in 2017 and healthy 4 percent increase from the previous year. People like having Moonves where he is, atop the television network with the most viewers in the nation. So it will be interesting to see where this leads. According to the article, Moonves’ egregious behavior spanned from the 1980s to the late 2000s. Perhaps he learned the lessons of the Clinton years well, lessons that the American Left is only now beginning to regret.

Which brings us to our titular subject, “The Most Powerful Woman in the World,” which, in fact, appears to be a man. Despite there being heavyweight women in the news media — reporters, anchors, editors, publishers — a list that’s long and varied, it is a man that’s truly leading this movement. And that man is Ronan Farrow.

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Nowadays, whenever I feel like torturing myself, I turn on a tv news station to watch host after host and guest after guest scream at each about something or other. No one will answer a question with an actual response. To be precise, no one will engage in argument, that apparently archaic practice of analyzing […]

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