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“After all, we won the 2016 election,” said Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. “We’re entitled to run the process however we like,” he said. Schumer, a Democrat from New York, is referring to the victory which occurred in the alternate universe, (discovered and described by the humorist P.J. O’Rourke) where Hillary Clinton is President of the United […]

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Dear Ricochet community. Please allow me to re-introduce myself. I am Charlie McGary from Indiana, resident of Japan for 31 years. My former screen name was “Charlie in Japan”.  I stopped posting back then because I was intimidated by all the amazingly intelligent and well-spoken contributors and members that I felt I didn’t belong in […]

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The trade policies and tariffs imposed by the administration of President Donald J. Trump have been criticized at length. Perhaps his strategy was not as ill-advised as all of the pundits loudly proclaimed. As reported by Reuters: China will cut import tariffs on textile products and metals, including steel products, to 8.4 percent from 11.5 […]

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Pushing Back: True and False Civility

 

In the wake of the Kavanaugh/Ford debacle, the topic of civility has once again been brought to the fore. Inevitably, in the aftermath of progressive rudeness or violence, there is a call among conservatives for a tit-for-tat response, for an embrace of the unsavory techniques of the progressive opposition, usually accompanied by an assertion that we’re in a war and we’re losing because we refuse to play by the enemy’s rules.

I’m sympathetic to this perspective: it’s extraordinarily frustrating to face an opposition that seems devoid of principle and honor and that flouts the most basic constraints of law and decency. It’s natural to want to punch back, and it’s understandable that the constraints of civility so common among conservatives would leave some feeling at a disadvantage.

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The Ford/Kavanaugh debacle has been a bizarre spectacle. The fact that these hearings even happened is a sign of how unhealthy our country is at the governmental level. But there is a silver lining. Unless the FBI finds some bombshell (which is extremely unlikely) everything ultimately went the right way. This has become a massive […]

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Take a break on a Sunday afternoon from the swamp. Bisbee, Arizona is a must see if you take a vacation in Arizona. Bisbee is about 5500 feet in elevation, and the city was built to conform to the terrain that surrounds it. Bisbee beginningsIn 1877, a reconnaissance detail of U.S. army scouts and cavalrymen […]

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The King’s Shilling

 

The events recounted below are true, and took place in Sokoto, Northern Nigeria, in the Summer of 1947. The author was a young, newly arrived, civil servant in the British Colonial Service, recently separated from active duty in Italy and North Africa as a Major in the British Army. The gentleman in the photo to the right is a former slave, and the iron rings he is holding were his manacles. The term “The King’s Shilling” is used facetiously in this story: it is generally used to refer to the payment of one shilling to military recruits (and sometimes reluctant ones) in the United Kingdom between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries.

One morning Mallam Muhammadu Azare presented himself and announced that a girl was outside urgently asking to see me, as she was anxious to be officially manumitted from slavery. I must confess that at first I thought he was pulling my leg! Recourse to the legal books on the office shelf and a somewhat more careful inquiry of my mentor, convinced me, however, that this was not the case.

In the early 1900s, when Sir Frederick Lugard, began the process of replacing Sir George Goldie’s loose administrative system in Northern Nigeria with a formal British Protectorate, the issue that loomed largest (almost to the exclusion of all else) was the question of what he called “domestic slavery,” that is, the fact that most (if not all) of the domestic retainers of the Sultan and his Emirs (as well as of minor chiefs and many office holders too) were either people who had been born into slavery or who had actually been enslaved by capture.

What I Wrote

 

I’ve tried not to engage my nearest and dearest on political subjects lately. It didn’t work out so well when I tried this before (cue image of middle-aged woman banging her head against a brick wall and coming away disoriented and exsanguinating) Still, having been (accidentally?) included in a text-message chain between some friends and family members deploring Kavanaugh, I was provoked into responding. Not in a text-message (c’mon, people: have you ever known me to be brief?) but in a nice, long email (appended below).

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Men and Women

 

It is pathetic how some on the left and the right want to think sexual attraction is wrong. On one hand, they’ve oversexualized everything to the point of thinking men and women can’t be just friends. On the other hand, that every man thinks about raping women and how they can get away with it. This is not just pathetic, but evil.

They think that men are incapable of controlling their hormones and urges. They think that every man would be a rapist if he could. They act surprised that a man could remain a virgin through high school and college. They are surprised by the idea of self-control. They want to have their cake and eat it too. They say that we are all sexual beings, but act surprised and mortified by the dance of flirtation between the sexes.

The sexual revolution has destroyed much of the natural tension that exists between the two sexes. Of course, the left is now of the opinion that there is an infinite number of sexes. There once existed the idea of courtship. The answer to the question of sex before marriage used to be a default “no.” Clearly, sex happened before marriage, but women held the power. The default was “no” and they had to be convinced to change that to “yes.”

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Today is the first anniversary of both my and neutral observer’s retirements. We’ll be celebrating with a pair of thick ribeyes grilled medium rare, loaded baked potatoes, and sautéed mushrooms.  However, the wine is extra special and a personal favorite—Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012 vintage (costs more than the rest of the meal combined).  So I’ll […]

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A few days ago, I posted here a comment entitled “Why Abortion?” questioning why abortion has become the hill to die on for the Democrats/Leftists. Some members, whose opinions I value highly, have gently and politely questioned my use of the words “comfort and convenience” in describing the reasons some women choose to have an […]

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So, you’re a former Democrat. Maybe a recent former Democrat. I have some questions that are quite relevant to our current political moment in the U.S.: Were you ever sexually harassed by a current functionary, officer or elected official belonging to the Democrat party? Preview Open

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More Lemons, Please

 

We live in chaotic times when the political world is falling apart. People are angry, discouraged, and outraged; many are throwing up their hands and are depressed that we have reached this state of disharmony and vitriol.

Several weeks ago I wrote about my own despondency in being surrounded by evil acts and evil people. I had people concerned about my mental wellbeing, which deeply moved me. I felt I had an obligation to find a way to experience my life as I wished to know it, in spite of giving in to the ugliness around me. I thought you might find my discoveries helpful:

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Post Me Too, we are seeing an attempt to derail Judge Kavanagh’s appointment based on completely uncorrobated accusations.  Yet the establishment in both parties, which pretends to be subject to fainting spells  over Trump’s behavior, has very different standards with respect to WJC.  Obama had a difficult re-election campaign in 2012.  He had Clinton give […]

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I think we have heard and seen this week, via the Senate Judicial Committee hearing for ‘advise and consent’ on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, evidence to support why the voting age should be older than now set.  We saw and heard plenty of documented examples of drinking alcohol and teen-age behaviors, […]

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This past week, we witnessed emotional testimony from both Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanugh, and Dr. Christine Blasé-Ford, who alleges a sexual assault by Kavanaugh in high school. Both described vicious attacks from social media on them and their families following these allegations. Ms. Ford has had to move from her home, and Judge […]

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On Thursday, September 27, Senator Jeff Flake listened to a man defend his honor and good name against the most slanderous defamation directed toward a public official I’ve seen or heard in my lifetime. Each word was a blade of truth slashing through a web of lies woven to “seek and destroy” a judicial nominee […]

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