Against Tattoos

 

I’m not the sort of person who goes in for cultural fads. Planking? Nah. Harlem Shake? (I remember that mess…) No, thank you. If you ever hear about kids “cheesing,” let’s just say you won’t find me hunting around for a cat. This resistance to cheap thrillism and quick paths to fame are merely a few of the many measures which mark me as being a conservative – certainly in the realm of “how I conduct my own affairs.”

But these passing fads are just that – fads – and a thing that has really caught in my craw in the past couple of years is the exploding prevalence of tattoos. You can mark me down as being strongly opposed, despite the fact that I have generally libertarian attitudes about this and other questions of personal conduct.

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Some of you probably can’t wait for the election to be over because you are sick of all the political ads that you are seeing. Living in the New York City TV viewing area, it is expensive to air political ads (and the Democrats almost always win anyway) so I do not see too many. […]

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What Has Happened to American Civility?

 

Yes, I know deep down civility is still there, but it seems to be gone now. Recently, data was released that compared the views of each major political party member about the other political party and the lines were almost flat … until 2000 when the Democratic party jumped with negative views of the Republican Party. Why?

Was it the result of Bush v. Gore, where one party feels that the Supreme Court selected Bush and not that Gore had been cherry picking his recount requests to certain counties rather than statewide (until it was too late)? 9/11 unified the country but not for long. 2008 came along, Democrats didn’t seem to mind graphics depicting John McCain as a bloodthirsty vampire and Obama was elected. With that election, the Republicans’ view of the Democratic Party took a major plunge and our modern age of hyper-partisanship was officially born.

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I voted early today, just in case I get called out on Election Day. For the first time in my life, I voted a straight Republican ticket. Gone over to the dark side. Drunk the Kool-Aid. In the tank. Stockholm Syndrome. Turncoat. Apostate. Defector. Frondeur. Bonnet Rouge. Preview Open

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Thinking About Anti-Semitism

 

In the days following the murder rampage at the Tree of Life synagogue, I received several expressions of grief from friends who are committed Christians. One included in her note a verse from John Donne:

No man is an island entire of itself . . .
any man’s death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

This largeness of spirit is what I have come to know and love in America. The incubus of anti-Semitism, so ineradicable and durable everywhere else in the world, has been gloriously and nearly miraculously minimized in the United States. Of course there were episodes. Leo Frank, a young factory manager, was lynched in Georgia in 1915. Henry Ford publicized the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Following Kristallnacht in 1938, radio preacher Father Coughlin told his large audience that the Jews had brought it on themselves. “Jewish persecution only followed after Christians first were persecuted.” The Ivy League and other institutions maintained Jewish quotas, and country clubs and sometimes whole neighborhoods were “restricted.”

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Social media is not an unalloyed good. Even marvelous social media sites such as Ricochet have their drawbacks. (@judgemental and @garymcvey, for instance. Those guys, I tell you…) Sometimes we just need to take a break from it all. Traditionally, I have taken my break from Ricochet at Lent every year. This last year, having […]

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President Trump is talking about ending birthright citizenship by issuing an executive order.  Most of the commentators have scoffed.  But how far fetched is the idea,  really?  The operative language of the 14th amendment makes a citizen of anyone who is “born in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction hereof.” Preview Open

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‘End in Sight’: Brexit Secretary Reveals Deal with EU Weeks Away The Brexit secretary has said a deal is expected to be finalised with the European Union (EU) in just three weeks’ time.Dominic Raab revealed the news in a letter to Hilary Benn, chairman of the Commons Brexit committee, in response to a question about […]

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We were so zealous about October’s theme of Zeal that we had to add an extra day onto the month. Oddly enough, in the comments of our last entry, someone mentions when a character added an extra day to a month once. Totally unrelated, I’m sure. At any rate, here they all are: Preview Open

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ACF Critic Series #9: Paul Cantor

 

We’re adding a new critic to the ACF podcast: America’s eminent Shakespearian, Paul Cantor! He’s a writer I admire and from whom I have learned much on Shakespeare–much to my surprise and delight, he’s getting into film criticism in a big way and he’s in the mood to talk about it. We have a long interview to offer you, the first in a series of discussions about pop culture in America. We go from Godfather to Breaking Bad, we get to super-hero movies and ancient mythic heroes–to tragedy in Greece and in Shakespeare’s England–and lots of other things about TV and movies in-between. Also, we do more than a little talking about Mark Twain. Listen and share friends, join the conversation in the comments, and read more Cantor!

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This past Saturday was the horrific shooting at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. As expected, Twitter was quickly filled with awful hot-takes and finger pointing. This was followed by others rightfully calling those out for doing so, in what has become a predictable pattern on Twitter when any tragedy occurs.  Although I agree […]

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Racist Hall Pass for Joe Donnelly and Hillary Clinton

 

Why are Hillary Clinton and Sen. Joe Donnelly getting a free pass for their racist comments?

Seriously? Why is the former Secretary of State not being vilified by Don Lemon on CNN for saying that black people “all look alike?” Why is Chris Matthews of MSNBC not calling for the resignation of Indiana Democrat Joe Donnelly for saying that his state campaign director is Indian-America, “but” he does a great job?

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I usually come to the television series party a bit late. My one brother, who is not a Ricochet member had Amazon Prime, and Netflix installed in the Arizona house. I thought I would share one of the programs that caught my attention. I’ve found that Netflix, and Amazon Prime have provided some well made […]

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The Fight Over Jew-Hatred

 

Believe the Bible or not, it was prescient in its prophecy that God would bless those who bless the Jews and curse those who curse them.

Societies like the good and great United States that embrace Jews have thrived. Societies that turn on their Jews fare poorly.

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First of all, Happy All Saints Day. One year ago today, on All Saints Day 2017, Fr. Thomas Weinandy released a public letter to Pope Francis revealing his “deep concern about the “chronic confusion” in the Church and the way that his “seemingly intentional lack of clarity risks sinning against the Holy Spirit.”” Preview Open

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