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The lights flash by on the Boulevard. A light rain has lifted oils off the road. They shine in the streetlights, giving the asphalt a rainbow hue. Their smell rises up from the road and mixes with the exhaust of the cars, filling the air with a gritty scent. As the cars pass by, all […]

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One of our editors, Bethany Mandel, has a piece in the opinion pages of the Washington Post about how Democrats’ extremism could hand President Trump his reelection.

Read it at the link here and comment below and definitely not there, because they don’t have the same sense of decorum and decency that Ricochet does.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Icon, Part 7: The Presentation of the Lord

 

Behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s annointed. He came in the Spirit into the temple. The parents brought in the child Jesus in order to do according to the custom of the law concerning him. (Luke 2: 25-27, EOB)

On February 2, the Orthodox Church commemorates the presentation of the infant Jesus at the Temple, in Jerusalem. We are at the halfway point of the 12 Great Feasts of the Orthodox church, and already nearly halfway through the liturgical year that began on September 1. We have passed from the nativity of Mary, through her own presentation at the Temple, the Nativity of Christ, and now have reached the time when as an infant he was brought to the Temple (the Exaltation of the Cross and Theophany being of different arcs). The account for this is found solely in the book of Luke, and occupies the entire last half of chapter 2. 

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Fox News is reporting that a man with reported cognitive disabilities managed to get out of his seat on the Space Mountain roller coaster which is completely housed, while the ride was in progress: A Disneyland attraction was shut down after one park visitor jumped off mid-ride Tuesday afternoon, Disney confirmed to Fox News. More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Group Writing: The World’s Largest 3D Jigsaw Puzzle

 

Right in the center of Yaśodharapura (Angkor), the second capital of the Khmer empire, stood Baphuon temple. Dedicated to Lord Shiva and consecrated in 1060 with an installation of a shivalinga in the central tower, Baphuon was the state temple of King Udayadityavarman II (1050-1066). Measuring at 130-meter long by 104-meter wide at its base, Baphuon was the largest temple in the empire at the time of its completion, making it the largest temple on mainland Southeast Asia, until one of the king’s successors out-built him a century later.

Baphuon was a favorite of Zhou Daguan, the Chinese emissary to the Khmer court in 1296-1297. Zhou described it as “the tower of Bronze, higher than the Golden Tower (the Bayon), a truly astonishing spectacle, with more than ten chambers at its base.” Built in the Khmer temple-mountain style, five tiered pyramid in sandstone, Baphuon’s central pyramid soared at 50-meter high. Built on an unsteady foundation of sandy soil and coupled with the temple’s massive weight, Baphuon became unstable for most of its history. Throughout the Angkor era, regular maintenance had been done to prevent the temple from collapsing in. After a period of political and civil unrest combined with attacks from recent migrations from Southern China, the empire came to a close in 1432, which also gave rise to Theravada Buddhism in the country. The Buddhists, led by monks, damaged some Hindu temples including Baphuon. Near the end of the 15th century, they tore down the central tower and some sections of the temple. The stones were used to build a 9-meter high by 70-meter long reclining Buddha on the second level of the west side. The weight of the Buddha exaggerated the problems that the temple had been facing from the start. The Buddha sculpture was never finished and the temple was abandoned.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Humble Beginnings

 

Now, I’m the last person to try and defend the non-intellect AOC has displayed before, during, and after her election. However, I see some trends we conservatives are using when describing her, and it isn’t right.

Actually, it’s also on the left, but let’s bring it up. I see articles about how this “bartender” ended up getting elected. My personal disdain for her aside, why imply someone who was “merely” a bartender can’t represent her district? Next, you’ll be saying a Manhattan real estate billionaire can’t be President.

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@susanquinn recently featured a little story with a big heart, about a Methodist school teacher in Florida who took her grade school students on a walk, to commemorate the history of the Jews who wandered for 40 years in the desert, before they reached the promised land. https://ricochet.com/592875/israelite-walk-in-bartow-florida/#comment-4406495 It isn’t news that antisemitism is alive […]

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Obamacare hit those of us in solo practice pretty hard. The last few years of my life have been extremely difficult for me, and I use Ricochet as a diversion, more like a drug, to keep my mind off things. Once I get my job straightened back out, I hope to reduce my dependence on […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Border Patrol Seizes 254 Lbs. of Fentanyl

 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced Thursday their biggest fentanyl bust ever, saying they captured nearly 254 pounds (114 kilograms) of the synthetic drug that is helping fueling a national epidemic of fatal opioid overdoses from a secret compartment inside a load of Mexican produce heading into Arizona.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Why Conceal Weapons?

 

Despite not carrying a gun, I’m a 2nd Amendment extremist, which is to say I respect the US Constitution as written.

It says “the right to keep and bear Arms” — not the right to bear only “firearms,” nor only the right to “keep” arms in the home. The Constitution’s authors clearly meant the public carrying of weapons, as evidenced by plain language and history.

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It’s a real “… and the problem is what exactly?” sort of headline. This from Axios: “Facebook’s new cash-for-data debacle.”

If you’ve been paying any attention at all to data privacy issues — involving Facebook and other technology companies — then you might be aware some activists and academics have suggested users be paid for their personal data. They criticize the current system as “a massive transfer of wealth from ordinary people to the tech titans.”

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Three girls from Madurai have studied coding and built an SOS app to help their community connect with their local police more efficiently. More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Political Taqiyya

 

Kamala Harris says she wants to abolish private health insurance. The next day, her spokesperson says, “She didn’t really mean it.”

Virginia Governor Northam says he supports abortion after the baby is delivered. His spokesperson quickly issues a statement saying, “He didn’t really mean it.”

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I like this actor (What Happens in Vegas is one of our favorite movies). However, he has made some forays into the arena of issues, at risk to his career. But what do you make of this? https://www.foxnews.com/health/ashton-kutcher-posts-down-syndrome-advocates-powerful-pro-life-testimony-amid-reignited-abortion-debate More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ACF Critic Series #17: Sonny Bunch, Watchmen

 

This week, we’re doing a crossover: Sonny Bunch of the SubBeacon (formerly SubStandard) is joining me to talk about Zack Snyder, the only artist of the superhero blockbuster era, and his greatest achievement, Watchmen, the best superhero movie we have, on its 10th anniversary. Listen, share, and join us in the comments!

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. BREAKING NEWS: Maduro Forces Invade Guaido Home

 

The European Union has joined the United States and other countries in recognizing Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s interim president, a slap to socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro. A few minutes ago, it has been reported that Maduro’s security forces have invaded Guiado’s home. The United States has warned Maduro of serious consequences should anything happen to Guaido. Stay tuned.

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Before companies and corporations became Mega, employers understood that those who were about to retire should mentor the workers they left behind. Possibly the word “mentor” wasn’t used, but there would be informal ways of ensuring that the people with the most knowledge and experience at their jobs left the wisdom of the experience with […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Israelite Walk Happening in Bartow, Florida

 

I guess you could only do this at a private school, but I’m still delighted to see it happening.

Elsa Huff, a teacher at First Methodist School in Bartow, FL is leading her 40th annual Israelite Walk on Friday. She will be walking with third through fifth graders on this journey. At the age of 72, she is inviting students, alumni and any other interested parties to join her and her students in this journey of 5 ½ miles, from Polk State College to her school.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Trump Negotiates with Harris and Feinstein on Judge Picks

 

Since when do Senators get to choose Donald Trump’s nominees for the positions of federal judges? Since now.

In an article on Powerline which references an editorial piece in the Wall Street Journal , Trump has withdrawn three names from his original list of 50 judicial nominees. Imagine the outrage of Kamala Harris and Dianne Feinstein: all of the judges are considered to be conservative. The irony is that these potential judges and their records would otherwise be admired by people from the Left and Right. Patrick Bumatay is an assistant U.S. Attorney who specializes in drug enforcement; he is also a 40-year old gay Filipino American. Daniel Collins has a private law practice, was an associate deputy attorney general and worked on issues like child exploitation. And Kenneth Lee, also in private practice, was an associate counsel to George W. Bush and has a pro bono practice for the poor and incarcerated.

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