Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. “History Lessons”

 

History Lessons
By El Colonel

For me it’s not surprising
To hear that temperatures are rising.
Or that this prognostication
Will cause a global conflagration.
Nothing new here to see,
At least for me.

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[In Jim Gaffigan’s falsetto inner audience voice: Why is she always writing about suffering? Doesn’t she know nobody wants to talk about that?] File under: Important lessons I’ve learned from life and Amazon Prime.  Preview Open

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Donald Trump is so “unpresidential.” So say his detractors, with a frown. And so say his admirers, with a smile. In 2020 the electorate will have its chance to be rid of Trump and return to politics as usual, which offers a straight-line path to further Leftist influence. I prefer to continue our experiment with this unusual leader who dares to agitate and excite the political world.

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Hats off to national historical treasure David Burge (and PowerLine for promoting this so we do not have to use Twitterstorm to see it): https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2019/01/a-peak-moment-in-the-history-of-the-internet.php . Make sure to play the music – I can’t get the tune out of my head. And while we are speaking of PL, here’s to the irrepressible happy warrior Steven Hayward […]

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There is a terrific Wall Street Journal article today about the increasing number of people living with a disability who are entering the workforce. One man applied for more than 300 government jobs with no success before landing a job as a bartender near Gallaudet. Now he owns his own craft brewery. I am curious to […]

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Well, the longest government shutdown in US history has come and gone. Although I didn’t enjoy this one nearly as much as I enjoyed the previous shutdowns, now that it is over I miss it. It’s back to business as usual in Congress, which means the spending will resume, while many important issues—such as border […]

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Animals may or may not be vegetarian, but at least they do not become vegetarian and then lecture you about it. Years ago, while working at Texas A&M, I took a course on animal nutrition – not human nutrition. Of particular interest was horse nutrition. I knew that a horse is not a ruminant, yet […]

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I have used Gillette razors for many years. At one time I used the Gillette Mach 3, later to move into the Gillette Fusion 5. I was running out of blades and was thinking about going with a Gillette Fusion 5 Proglide Power before Gillette decided to become a social justice marketing avenger fuel by […]

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Hi everybody! New member on the block here looking to stir up some trouble. But instead of wading into the latest exhausting political or cultural flashpoint, I want to lob out some grenades into the past and see what y’all make of them:  The rest of the Allies should’ve gone straight to war with the […]

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In one America, people are online and informed. Whether they’re well and accurately informed is another question entirely: journalistic standards appear to be all but nonexistent, and social media and the internet in general are a swirling maelstrom of confirmation bias and venomous hostility. Left-wing opinion writers masquerade as dispassionate reporters; radicals dominate our universities; and […]

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This is the link to a short video produced by MRCTV in which Britanny Hughes gives a concise and very impassioned critique of New York’s new barbaric abortion law, which permits abortions for any reason until the moment of birth: https://youtu.be/XWrC2qSl2bg — she has a reason to be passionate about it as she is well […]

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From The New York Times, a devastating critique of where the President’s re-election chances stand now that the Democrats are more emboldened in Congress:

At midterm, the once-dazzling political momentum… has stalled. In the year ahead, the President faces what his allies and advisers see as the most critical tests of his Presidency both at home and abroad.

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Stories are not set in stone. They are not fixed in place or time. They are not restricted to one particular group of people, nor even necessarily to people. A good story has a truth about human nature. We see ourselves and those around us in a good story.

In some ways, there are only so many story structures, but they are clothed in infinitely different details, just as a limited company of actors might portray thousands of characters through costume changes and changed mannerisms. If we strip down the stories, they still have the same bones. Boy meets girl. Man overcomes nature. Man overcomes himself. I could list them all; there are not so many more.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ACF Critic Series #16: Teachout, Out of the Past

 

Second podcast this week–we’re coming up to my birthday, so for a couple of weeks, we’re doing the part of generosity here at the ACF! Today, Terry Teachout and I turn to noir: Out of the Past. Robert Mitchum, Kirk Douglas, and Jane Greer starring in Jacques Tourneur’s directing of the Daniel Mainwaring script. Roy Webb scoring, Nicholas Musuraca shooting. This is one of the peak achievements of noir and we had such fun talking about it. It is beautiful and tragic. It shows small-town life vs. the big city; America vs. south of the border; and the corruption of glamour that makes a chump of a noble man.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Donald Trump Announces Total and Complete Shutdown of His Presidency, to Applause

 

It brings me no pleasure, as a member of the GOP base® and resident of MAGAville, to tell you that Donald Trump today is a total loser. A real dummy. Trump got completely steamrolled by Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats. In the Rose Garden this afternoon he announced that he has agreed to a temporary deal to end the (partial) government shutdown until February 15. Then some trained seals who were in attendance clapped. In exchange, Trump gets nothing. America gets nothing: The deal apparently includes no funding at all for the wall.

What a loser. I thought we sent Trump to Washington to do things different. Today it appears he cares more about giving a speech to Congress next week (the State of the Union Address) than he does about securing our nation’s border. Now that the government will “re-open,” he can give the speech. Whoop-de-doo.

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Turn down the lights! It’s time for another Ricochet Silent Radio adventure in our ongoing series…Tales From the PIT! (Music theme intro cue)

Yes, you’ve tuned into 1954’s boldest new radio sensation. Rocket with Ricochet into the infinite horizons of the far-off world of the future. At the beginning of the 21st century, one man will uphold justice…by breaking the law! A total outsider to politics, a moody, gifted loner with a vigilante streak, has risen to power over a great continental nation. Incredible…but possible! It’s been a troubling question for republics since the times of the Caesars; what happens in those few, crucial times when saving the country from chaos seems to demand utterly undemocratic means?

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My questions for you today are simple. Where is the best-tasting coffee in the world grown? What are the best beans? What is the best roast? Do you like dark or light or (perish the thought) blonde? Is it worth purchasing coffee which is grown in the foothills of the Himalayas and harvested bean by […]

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As the deadbeat Lebowski a/k/a The Dude put it during early-scene repartee with Walter Sobchak at the bowling alley: “That’s interesting, man, that’s [CoC]-ing interesting…” Such was my initial reaction to reportage in The Daily Caller about a teaser video release on YouTube featuring Jeff Bridges in full Dude sartorial ensemble kicking along a tony […]

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