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Members will remember back in May, I started a GoFundMe campaign here on Ricochet and that other place, to help get @kayofmt through a very tough time in her life.  The Members came through with a pretty sizable pile of dough.  I am very sorry I forgot to post this when Kay sent it two weeks […]

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Debate Roundup, Night 2: Joe’s Back and Tulsi’s Coming with Him

 

The second night of the second round of Democratic primary debates was a livelier affair than Tuesday’s offering. The Wednesday Ten were Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Andrew Yang, Mayor Julián Castro, Rep. Michael Bennet, Gov. Jay Inslee, and Mayor Bill De Blasio.

The breakout last night was author Marianne Williamson, who was the most Googled figure in 49 states. How about for Round Two? It was a 50-state sweep:

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Ah, nothing quite like a good Scotch whisky on the rocks… wait, I mean the other kind of Dewar’s flask. A Dewar, short for Dewar flask, is the laboratory-grade big brother of an old vacuum flask or Thermos. (James Dewar fought a long battle with the founder of the Thermos company over patent rights. He […]

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Christopher Wray was hired as FBI Director to lead the clean up crew, but has he joined the cover up team? Will Attorney General Barr finally compel full compliance with court orders? Will President Trump finally follow through on his threat to fully declassify and unredact the underlying FBI and DOJ documents? John Solomon, writing […]

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We live in a “me-first” culture. Our needs, our wants, our expectations are our top priorities, and we demonstrate our commitment to them all the time. If you suspect that you focus on yourself too much, you might not be surprised to learn that the Torah tells us that serving others, such as the widow, […]

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Magazine-Worthy Photographs

 

In his Impromptus column at National Review today, Jay Nordlinger closes with a photo, taken by my wife, of the bee balm and daylilies in our front yard.

I saw a photo the other day and thought — and said — “Magazine-worthy.” It was snapped by our Molly Powell — National Review’s Molly Powell — who lives in New Hampshire. With her permission, I share it with you. A bit of New Hampshire on a late afternoon, with bee balm and daylilies gracing the stage:

Afternoon in New Hampshire (beebalm and daylilies), by Molly Powell

‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Reminds Us That Hippies Are Gross

 

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino’s latest flick, hit the big screen on Friday. The film’s message can be summed up in one short, and crass, line delivered by protagonist Rick Dalton (Leonardo Dicaprio): “dirty [expletive] hippies.”

While Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is nominally the story of Dalton, a washed-up actor struggling to remain relevant, it is just as much about hippies and, as the quote from Dalton indicates, how awful they were. It is, essentially, a two-hour, 45-minute middle finger to hippies.

The countercultural movement often gets viewed through rose-colored lenses. Its themes of peace and love do seem appealing, and the notion that swaths of the country dedicated themselves to promoting those ideals does sound nice. In theory. The actual movement was fairly, for lack of a better word, gross. Tarantino brings this oft-unexplored aspect of hippiedom to the forefront of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and doesn’t shy away from depicting the nasty reality of the bohemian life.

Yeah, It Looks Like New York City Made a Big Mistake Spurning Amazon

 

Technically, I guess, it was Amazon who rejected the Big Apple last February — deciding not to build a massive corporate campus in Queens and locating some 25,000 jobs there — rather than the other way around. (The company is still coming to Virginia, the other winner of its nationwide “search.”)

But that cancelation of Amazon’s announced plans came after “an unexpectedly fierce backlash from lawmakers, progressive activists, and union leaders, who contended that the tech giant did not deserve nearly $3 billion in government incentives,” according to The New York Times. A comparatively small group of noisy activists may have seen it as a victory, but most New Yorkers didn’t. Same with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio who sought to “diversify the city’s economy from being so dependent on Wall Street.”

Just how much did that backlash cost NYC. Here is economist Enrico Moretti, author of The New Geography of Jobs, in a fantastic interview with the Richmond Fed (bold by me):

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This sort of thing has now happened twice. Last year some time Chase called following up on suspicious credit card activity.  (Actually it was my own activity and quite legitimate.)  That’s good, I appreciate the intent, but there was a difficulty:  Why would they ask for the name on the account?  And the address?  And […]

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Young Politicos Take On a Compelled-Speech Law That Should Trouble Us All

 

It shouldn’t come as a shock that two conservatives opening a political consulting firm are only interested in promoting conservative ideas, campaigns, and candidates. What’s surprising—even alarming—is that Ann Arbor, MI, could fine the small firm $500 a day for doing so.

That may sound like something from a dystopian novel, but it’s actually at the center of a lawsuit filed by Grant Strobl and Jacob Chludzinski, founders of ThinkRight Strategies. A two-man shop, ThinkRight offers to provide advocacy services like campaign websites, slogans, speech writing, debate coaching, and more.

Yet, a law in Ann Arbor—where ThinkRight recently started—forbids even political consultants from doing what the law deems “discrimination” based on “political beliefs.”

ACF #26: Kurosawa, Rashomon

 

Here’s our first Kurosawa podcast–Rashomon, one of the master’s early Oscar nominations, a sign of the openness of Hollywood to great moviemaking elsewhere. The movie is still near the top 100 on IMDb, which I take as a sign that American film lovers nowadays also sense its greatness–in the beautiful cinematography and acting, and above all in the poetic device. This podcast also gives me an opportunity to introduce a new contributor, Molly McGrath, who teaches philosophy at Assumption College and now and then writes on movies, always with force and insight.

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Before you try to Google “American Muslim Party,” don’t bother. These Islamists are not bold enough–yet– to tell everyone how they are vying for the halls of power. M. Zuhdi Jasser of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy has once again alerted the American public that political Islam is alive and well. Under the guise […]

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Bill De Blasio’s Bill

 

Bill de Blasio, the much-disliked mayor of New York City, has virtually no chance of winning the Democratic presidential nomination for 2020. And it is a good thing, too, because his grandiose Workers’ Bill of Rights is a sure-fire recipe for economic disaster. His proposal tampers with every key feature of employment law.

Mayor de Blasio believes employment relationships are a zero-sum game, and he wants to strengthen the position of workers against their employers by kneecapping the latter. He insists that employers be required to provide paid family leave, pay higher wages, and to treat all temporary staff as “employees,” so that they too receive statutory protections. Additionally, his proposal mandates that employers may only terminate employees “for cause.” These recommendations, among other changes, would strengthen labor unions. To de Blasio, for workers to win, employers must lose. He wholly misses that by his proposal their fortunes are linked together in a lose-lose embrace.

Several flawed assumptions undergird his Workers’ Bill of Rights. First, he repeats the common claim that the position of ordinary workers has stagnated over the past four decades. But this claim is rife with difficulties. The quality of goods and services has significantly improved over time—computers have replaced typewriters, and smart devices have made rotary phones obsolete. No one alive wants to go back to the 1970s. Wage measures cannot adequately capture quality and lifestyle improvements. Also, wages are a smaller fraction of an employee’s total income due to the rise of fringe benefits.

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Google is hosting a “summer camp” in Sicily for hundreds of celebrities. Expensive hotel rooms, lavish food and invitees arriving on over 100 private jets. The “summer camp” will solve the world’s problems, especially climate change. The Google guys must know the carbon footprint of this outing is probably higher than the summer months for […]

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https://www.breitbart.com/news/reagan-made-racist-remarks-in-taped-conversation-with-nixon/ Let’s not sugarcoat this, the comments, which were made in the heat of anger against African countries who had just recognized the People’s Republic of China, are difficult to view in any way except as being racist, and deserve to be condemned.  They should not, however, be allowed to define the legacy of this […]

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Social Credit Scoring

 

On Thursday I kept running into stuff like that shown in the photo. The fourth day’s ride had taken me through flat and level corn and soybean country, from Kokomo almost to Lebanon, Indiana, where Mrs R had reserved a motel room. (A KML file of this year’s routes is here, and might display in Google maps if you click on it.) But I was having trouble getting across Sugar Creek. 

 

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Andersen Cooper is smitten by Marianne Williamson, and so am I. She is far and away my favorite Democrat contender in this year’s Primary contest. She is sassy, she is sincere, she is wingnuts crazy in all the new age ways. In the literary phrase, she is a well put together older woman. That never […]

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“There are prophets in our era. And the prophets may never see the outcome of their work, in fact, Albert Jay Nock in 1936 wrote that this was exactly the [prophets’] work — to disavow themselves of any belief that they would change the status quo and to instead realize that the prophets exist to […]

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