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A moderate 41st President, George H.W. Bush was a good guy. Rest in Peace Mr. President. So, how long before the progressives start being nasty. It’s currently 12:26a.m. Eastern Standard Time. I predict by tomorrow morning there are at least three examples, with triple that by the end of the day. More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. George H.W. Bush, RIP

 

President George H.W. Bush passed away Friday evening at 10:10 pm CT at the age of 94. Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath posted the following statement to Twitter:

George Herbert Walker Bush, World War II naval aviator, Texas oil pioneer, and 41st President of the United States of America, died on November 30, 2018. He was 94 and is survived by his five children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, and two siblings. He was preceded in death by his wife of 73 years, Barbara; his second child Pauline Robinson “Robin” Bush; and his brothers Prescott and William or “Bucky” Bush.

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Reading Mona Charen’s piece on the Main Feed about loneliness reminded me of a recent post I put on my blog about why we feel so isolated in such a connected world. I found my inspiration in an unlikely (for me) place. The link is here. More

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Recently the comment was made that if Ricochet ends, we won’t be figuring out who was the winner, and my thought was “Well not with that attitude it isn’t.” I followed that up with some more thoughts about how I would go about determining who is in fact winning Ricochet, and this post is the […]

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A few years ago, another member did a post like this, and it was just good fun. Cats Rule! More

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Brown-eyed Beauty and I are highly discriminate TV viewers. We don’t jump in on whatever new series is getting the buzz. I should mention that when we do discover a great series, we aren’t always immediately aware of just how far behind the rest of American society we have fallen. Take “Law and Order”, for […]

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I am no longer astounded or dumbfounded or shocked or surprised by the things Pope Francis says, but this one is a real gem. In an address today, Pope Francis said this (trigger warning: gobbledygook ahead): More

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The New Testament includes four gospels. The gospel according to Matthew, The gospel according to Mark, The gospel according to Luke and The gospel according to John. These gospels are actually anonymous. In other words, the writers of these gospels at no point say, “My name is Matthew and this is my story of Jesus’s ministry, […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Elimination: The Moravian Tracts

 

The three photos in this post are from a September bicycle ride. Each shows a visible trace of the old boundary of one of the three Moravian Tracts in Tuscarawas County, Ohio: the Schoenbrunn Tract, the Gnadenhutten Tract, and the Salem Tract.

The boundary between the cornfield on the left and the grove of trees to its right is the south boundary of the Schoenbrun Tract. Seen from Hwy 416. (Clicking on a photo will take you to a larger version of it on my SmugMug photo site where I’ve posted a series of photos from the entire ride.)

These tracts, of 4,000 acres each, were granted by Congress as “indemnities” to the Christian Delaware (Lenape) Indians in Ohio, and put under the trusteeship of the Moravian Brethren, the pacifist missionary group under whose guidance these Indians had been Christianized. (That’s not a good theological term, but it’s one I’ll use here.)

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Machu Picchu Boogie

 

Shadows and smoke. There are many men and women who fight to keep this nation safe outside the bright lights of declared combat zones. Their adversary is a shifting, adapting network of those who, for profit or ideology, want to undermine the United States and its interests. Temporary alliances are made with the bad to fight the evil. The rules shift with the composition and capabilities of the network. Violations of Operational Security (OPSEC) can lead to personal tragedy and national embarrassment. The fighters that operate out in the shadows and the smoke fight as hard as they can, and take succor when they can.

The moderators have quite reasonably asked that I give fair warning: The yarn below the fold is a bit racier than regular Ricochet fare. That’s not to be prurient. It’s an effort to depict three-dimensional fictional characters, not two-dimensional cardboard cutouts. If you do decide to jump below the fold, I hope you like Leo and Patricia as much as I do (despite what they do). And Coker? Well, Coker’s Coker.

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[Computers] are useless. They can only give you answers.” Attributed to Picasso. What did Picasso mean by that? A plausible answer to that is given by Willis Eschenbach in his post “The Picasso Problem” at the Watts Up With That website. Eschenbach, somewhat of a polymath and self-educated in climate science, writes occasionally for that site […]

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As a (former) Federal employee, we received active shooter training at work because we were not allowed to carry our own weapons on site (makes sense when you essentially have your own SWAT team). The basic training tells you to “Run, Hide, Fight” – in that order. One inquisitive person at Oakland University asked, “What do we […]

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Here’s my post for tomorrow about seven hours early: From Wikipedia:  More

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The end of the regular season is upon us with a slate of conference championship games to be played this Friday and Saturday. Here is a comprehensive list: Friday, Nov. 30 More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Bumblebees and Frame Rate

 

For years it was posited that bumblebees could not fly — they simply could not displace enough air to make it possible. Nobody told the bees, of course, so they carried on anyway.

It turns out that the camera used to film bumblebees had a frame rate that captured half the bumblebee’s flaps, and nobody knew that the bee flapped twice as quickly as they thought it did — and so it flew.

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Someone recently posted about funny earthquake stories but I can’t seem find Ricochet search on my phone to bring it up. Anyway, we had a 7.0 this morning here. No funny stories unless one considers being a school bus full of screaming elementary kids bouncing like a bucking bronco funny…wait, that was kind of funny. […]

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Last Thursday was the 50th anniversary of The Beatles, a.k.a., The White Album, The Beatles’ sprawling 1968 double-LP. I took the occasion to record a podcast on The Beatles’ musical legacy, which you can listen to here.

In the course of that podcast, I made the case for The Beatles’ greatness, even though they are most decidedly a product of the Baby Boomer culture that refuses to relinquish its death grip on us all. But I don’t think they’re entirely beyond criticism, though I wouldn’t dare make it on my own meager authority. Which is why I here invoke George Martin, who made so much of The Beatles’ music possible (as I explained here), and who believed that The White Album should have been just one album and not a double LP.

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The suspect in the first of two closely timed attacks on Orthodox Jewish boys sure doesn’t look like a skinhead or Klansman, which is why there is not a word about the suspects’ race.

The boy was walking home with his mother around 6 p.m. Sunday near Throop Avenue and Walton Street in Williamsburg.

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Many years ago, 1989 to be exact, I bought a house in an older neighborhood in Sacramento. Most of the homes were small Victorians with elderly owners who had been there for years. Some previous owner had put an addition onto the house, planning to have an in home business, but the county put a stop to that. So, I had two front doors one at each end of the house facing the street. Lack of openness by the seller, I soon discovered there were drug dealers next door. Took me near a year to get rid of them, and I open carried every time I worked in my yard.

There was a young Hispanic couple in the house on the other side of the druggies, with a small little girl. They called her Chiquita, a cute two- or three-year-old. I made it a point to get acquainted with them, and they helped me organize a “Neighborhood Watch” group so we could help the older folks if they needed, and we were able to stop the druggies from terrorizing the neighborhood. I became extremely fond of this young family, from Guatemala, who were in the country legally. The wife had already obtained her citizenship, but hubby was having difficultly with his English. All my grandchildren called me Kay Grandma, to keep me separated from all their other grandmas and great grandmas. So, Chiquita started calling me Kay grandma, and soon both her mom and dad were calling me Kay Grandma. They had another little one, a boy, they gave him an English name.

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What did the FBI tell the judge? The FBI raided the home of a whistleblower who was in possession of documents regarding the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One, according to the whistleblower’s lawyer, Michael Socarras. More

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