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I got an image off a public site on the internet that I’d like to post. There’s a note by the picture that says it might be subject to copyright. How can I find out if it is? More

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This article about Iran banning public dog walking as well as dogs in vehicles made me realize what a perfect way to easily identify a repressive regime. https://www.foxnews.com/world/iran-capital-bans-public-dog-walking More

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(From my new blog for Gen X moms — tell the Gen X mom in your life about it!) They call Generation X the “forgotten generation” because we find ourselves sandwiched between the behemoths known as Baby Boomers and Millennials. I disagree. We’re not forgotten, not at all. We just can’t be bothered to be […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: State of the Union

 

File:Federal Hall 2011 New York City.jpg“He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient;” — U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 3

President George Washington delivered the first State of the Union address to Congress on 8 January 1790. Congress was then meeting in Federal Hall, in New York City. Our first president addressed themes that we will hear President Donald Trump address, on 5 February 2019, the new date Speaker Pelosi invites him to take the floor of the House:

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Me and my Uncle were discussing the borderwall and Daca and whatnot. He mentioned that we should help the economy of Honduras and Nicaragua. I responded that we cannot develop the countries of Iraq and Afghanistan and we invaded them. Apparently, he believes that cooperating with said countries would be more effective. I do not […]

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Victor Davis Hanson’s latest: The Progressive Race to the Bottom Do you see this as the way things are, as way off base or somewhere in-between? More

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First – Permit me to apologize for posting this. Second – I don’t where this is and don’t care, or when it happened, or what it is. I don’t know if it’s endorsed by LGBT advocate Father James Martin of New York or if he might be in the audience wildly applauding but it wouldn’t […]

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“I couldn’t get through it,” said the would-be anthropologist, nodding to a two-page extract from Locke’s Second Treatise. “It’s all like, ‘God made ye betwixt thee and thine’ and stuff. I looked at SparkNotes instead.” She then opened her laptop to a 25-page article about the “imbricated spacialities of class, race, and gender,” which she had […]

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Friday Food and Drink Post: Calling All Coffee Snobs prompted lively comments and cued a memory. It turns out that @she uses a moka pot, by Bialetti. This simple, rugged design serves up a strong cup of coffee with some froth on top. The action is similar to a percolator, but more vigorous, giving you a froth on top similar to expresso. The device was invented by an Italian in the 1930s and is mostly popular in Europe and Latin America.

Seeing a photograph of @she‘s coffee maker reminded me of my first college roommate. He was a naturalized U.S. citizen who got out of Cuba with his parents via Spain. He was also overly ambitious about numbers of classes and activities, so he would get way behind, and suddenly try to buckle down and get assignments, papers, and study done.

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Doesn’t he know that the only place on earth where this would be possible is Washington, DC? More

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Years ago, I was beginning as a student teacher in a middle school in Westchester County, New York. It was exam week for the kids, and since I was new in town, I was given the task of coming up with an extra credit question for the 8th grade American History class. It was about 11:30 a.m, almost lunchtime.

I came up with this: “Who is Christa McAuliffe?”

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The indispensable Babylon Bee has a wonderful satire article up which discussed the latest trend of unborn babies in New York identifying as convicted criminals so that they cannot be executed. The article is only a few paragraphs long – please go read the whole thing. Somebody at the Babylon Bee must have a wonderful […]

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I love opera! As with so many things, I came to opera late in life and learned enough about it to know that I loved it. For several of our last years in our former home of Baton Rouge, I was on the Board of Directors of our young company, Opéra Louisiane. So, it was […]

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As President Trump crafts his strategy to continue his “promises made, promises kept” grand political strategy, he likely will advance an urban renewal initiative, aimed at key communities the Democratic Party relies upon for electoral success. In addition to assessing such an initiative on its political and moral worth, we should also be very careful about its bias toward bureaucrats or citizens. In Drug Dealing: Not a Victimless Crime, a story of a murder and a car driven into a Subway restaurant, I raised the issue of unintended consequences of urban planning. The would-be masters of the metropolis tell us that light rail makes, encourages development, makes people movement better, and improves communities. Yet, they do not talk about the government induced destruction of businesses, movement of vagrants and drug addicts, and associated harm to communities. I have seen both sides in the Valley of the Sun, prompting cautionary contemplation.

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For many decades, members of an allegedly pro-science elite have pounced on the fact that the United States is one of few nations to still use customary units. These customary units (derived from the imperial system), detractors claim, are irrational: Why are there 5,280 feet in a mile? Would it not be much better if […]

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Remember not so long ago when companies, with their advertisements and television commercials, just wanted to sell you some laundry detergent, or some aspirin, or a car, or any of a multitude of various and sundry products which most Americans needed or simply wanted? Oftentimes they would employ humor or even (gasp!) pretty girls to […]

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A few suggestions on preparing for the Kamala Harris/Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Era of “Social Democracy.”  – In the future, you will have less money, so buy stuff now. As the quasi-socialist and extreme environment agendas are implemented, taxes and energy costs are necessarily going to skyrocket as they have in European Social Democracies. As a result, […]

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“A political philosophy supporting the rights and power of the people in their struggle against the privileged elite.” This is what the online dictionary says when the word “populism” is looked up. Pretty nebulous, right? Shouldn’t a political philosophy have some tools in its quiver as to how to actually handle the issues that inevitably […]

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We could end this silly probe with the testimony of one key witness. Actually, I think Putin would lie and say he did plot with Trump to get him elected. After all, the US Democrat Party is Russia’s best friend and ally, so getting rid of Trump would boost the Dems’ chances in 2020 and […]

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