Dispatches from the Meth Lab of Democracy

 

The Arizona Senate race is a bit confusing. One poll has the race in a dead heat, another shows McSally ahead by 6 or 7 points, another has Sinema ahead by 6 or 7 points. The Green Party candidate has dropped out of the race, and endorsed Sinema. Some say that will help Sinema, some say it will not.

Polling is an art form, not a science; if it were a science there would be no need to vote. Arizona has not been Oregonized, yet. It is not a one-party state. Arizona is similar to Oregon in that they both are large states in land area. Arizona is the 6th largest, and Oregon is the 9th largest state in land area.

Member Post

 

Yes, at the Cecil B. DeMille School for Bombastic Cinema and Acting (located just past the Slausen CutOff), we are so pleased when a student finds the range and does well. Claire is starting to sound like “By George, I think she’s got it!” La Comédie humaine: Plus fort! Preview Open

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

Quote of the Day: Why Is It Always Our People?

 

“Why is it always our people? Why us? Bork, Thomas, Alito, and now Kavanaugh. Why us? Because it’s a noble cause in their eyes to destroy a conservative judicial candidate, and I hope it blows up in their face. I hope politically they pay a price for this … losing [the confirmation fight] is not enough, they need to pay a price at the ballot box.” — Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

He is right. Until the Democrats pay a price at the ballot box their incivility will only increase. When you are trying to train a dog not to make messes on the floor you need to rub their noses in the mess they made and say “No.” If you think what they did to Kavanaugh is acceptable, if you want to give political violence a pass, if you are good with virtue-signaling mobs destroying peoples lives stay home on November 6, or go ahead and vote Democrat. If you are tired of this behavior, vote them out of office.

Member Post

 

I saw this morning that a friend (it was @davecarter if you must know) posted a meme on Facebook that mentioned plastic container lids not fitting. I have honestly been free of this demon for so long that I forgot it’s still a thing for some people. A drawer full of containers and lids of […]

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

Member Post

 

Starting with the lawyers who presented the class action lawsuit against President Trump by one of the illegal alien hordes to prevent him closing the border.  Add the judge who allowed it into their courtroom, the people paying those lawyers, the people protesting against closing the border, all the Congress critters not supporting the President […]

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

The American Zeal for Punching Up

 

Red-blooded, real Americans are sick of America’s elites punching down on them. Authentic American politics, like authentic American comedy, roots for the underdog and punches up, not down. The problem with today’s elites is their down is up and their up is down: Our elites believe they’re signaling their superior virtue by “punching up” when they ridicule heartland America, but of course what they’re really doing is using their privileged social status to punch down on heartland America instead. Or that’s how it seems to many of us. For those unfamiliar with this punchy lingo, comedian Ben Schwartz explains,

“Punching up” and “punching down” are relatively new pop-political terms, often found not far from words like “mansplaining,” “problematic,” and “trolling.”

Member Post

 

I’ve posted a few videos related to the ubiquitous surveillance of Google, and some suggestions related to browsers and search engines. I’ve been itching to switch to a flip phone, the dumb variety, but my work needs me to have a smart-ish phone. I am happy to see that there may be light at the […]

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

Rutgers Faculty vs. Their Union Over Anti-Semitism Probe

 

Recently the Trump administration made the right call reopening a probe into an anti-Semitic incident from Rutgers (my alma mater) from 2011. The Washington Post reports,

The Trump administration is reviving an investigation into allegations of anti-Semitism at Rutgers University, where Jewish students said they were charged a discriminatory fee in 2011 to attend a campus event critical of Israel’s policy toward Palestinians.

Member Post

 

Every month I try to post the Full-Time jobs numbers from the latest BLS data release. These are not the widely reported ‘headline’ numbers. Those come from the Establishment Survey and include part-time employment. During the Obama presidency, many of the improvements in the ‘headline’ jobs numbers were increased in part-time employment. To me, Full […]

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

Member Post

 

When I realized it was my turn for the November Group Writing Series and the theme was elimination, I started to fret a little. Elimination is a challenging word, turning it over and over in my mind. It became complicated – talk about the all consuming Mid-terms? The Caravan? Did the Founders stress out this […]

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

Member Post

 

But I’m not, so I don’t. Nevertheless, major sevens, or major sevenths if you prefer, have an attractive-albeit-in-careful-doses sound. Play some yourself. Don’t they just sound like the theme song to a 1970s female-oriented sitcom? Try this: say “Excitement” followed by an Amaj7, then “Adventure” followed by a Dmaj7, then – after a brief weighty […]

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

Member Post

 

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell on Iran Sanctions Snapback, America’s Energy Competition with Russia in the EU, Chancellor Merkel U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell occupies one of the most critical positions in American diplomacy, not only because Germany represents the EU’s largest economy and has disproportionate influence on the continent, but because of […]

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

Member Post

 

They said e-readers and virtual publishing were going to revolutionize the industry. Now, according to a recent New York Times article, it appears tiny books have arrived on the scene to do the same. “Dwarsliggers,” as they are called in the Netherlands where they originated, are indeed small compared to regular books – about the […]

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.

Quote of the Day: Two-for-One from Edmund Burke

 

On this day in 1790 Edmund Burke published an epistolary pamphlet, Reflections on the Revolution in France. It was prescient for the time and still seems so today. The magic of it, which gives so much prescience, is that it encapsulates large dollops of knowledge of human nature. In a thousand years, it shall be as relevant as it was in the Eighteenth Century and is now in the Twenty-First.

A spirit of innovation is generally the result of a selfish temper and confined views. People will not look forward to posterity, who never look backward to their ancestors.

Member Post

 

“We are one American nation. We must unite. We have to unify. We have to come together.” Every faction in our irreparably fractious and fragmented country calls for unity, following events that demonstrate just how disunited the United States of America is. Preview Open

Join Ricochet!

This is a members-only post on Ricochet's Member Feed. Want to read it? Join Ricochet’s community of conservatives and be part of the conversation. Get your first month free.