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America’s pastime is a beautiful thing.  It provides America’s children with wholesome entertainment, and an opportunity to learn about sportsmanship, teamwork, and work ethic as they grow up.  It provides Americans with an opportunity to come together and root for our teams, despite our differences.  The sun seems to shine brighter on game day.  We […]

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President Obama Hits the Mark on Call-Out Culture


During an Obama Foundation Summit meeting, former President Barack Obama had strong words for the version of activism favored by his daughters’ generation, which merely consists of “calling out” people for being insufficiently woke, usually on social media.

Quote of the Day: Chocolate


“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”
― Charles M. Schulz

“Strength is the capacity to break a Hershey bar into four pieces with your bare hands – and then eat just one of the pieces.”
― Judith Viorst, Love & Guilt & The Meaning Of Life, Etc

Surely you knew that October 28 is National Chocolate Day. No. Well, it is, and of all foods, surely chocolate is most deserving of its own special day! I got a running start on the day with a rich chocolate brownie, with sea salt, and a small cup of good black coffee, while listening to live jazz on Sunday evening.

Nixing Huawei


The Trump administration has announced that it will move to prevent federal tax money already earmarked for rural 5G high-speed wireless services from being spent on equipment from the Chinese company Huawei.

I advocate free trade, and see trade restrictions as a tool that should be used sparingly, deliberately, and as briefly as practical.

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Why is a quid pro quo relevant in the accusations being made against the President? I hear it over and over and over again, as if the answer to the question of why it’s important is self-evident. Most recently tonight on Tucker Carlson where Brit Hume said that it won’t be clear to many Republican […]

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What Makes You Rich?


Erick Erickson had an interesting question on Twitter this week that I wanted to pose to Ricochet members:

The Kafkaesque Persecution of Gen. Flynn


“Someone must have been telling lies about Josef K., he knew he had done nothing wrong but, one morning, he was arrested.”

Thus begins The Trial by Franz Kafka, one of the most frightening of all dystopian novels. This novel foretold the nightmare which surely follows from the totalitarian takeover of all aspects of life including, in this case, the legal system and the Courts. It is one of many such tales from the chamber of horrors which make up this genre, such as, for only one example, Orwell’s 1984, which cause us to express thoughts like “it Couldn’t Happen Here”, which, as it happens, is the title of another novel of this same kind, by Sinclair Lewis. His novel is said to be roughly based on the career of “The Kingfish”, Huey Long, of our home state, and we can assure you Gov. Long could and did, happen in the Great State of Louisiana. Actually, one might say “it” happened twice, as his younger brother followed him later in the Governor’s office.

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Brexit won’t happen on October 31st but there will be a general election on December 12, the first wintertime General Election for the United Kingdom since 1923. The current projection on has the Tories favored to gain a 58 seat majority. The bill, which passed 438 to 20, now goes to the Lords where […]

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Are You Buying What They’re Selling?


In the early days of my television career I worked at a very small independent station and had to learn to do a lot of things. It was a vastly superior education than the one I had received at university. I was fortunate enough to learn from men whose broadcasting credentials reached all the way back into the glory days of network radio. They were both patient and allowed me to make my share of mistakes and learn from them.

One of my first assignments was to write and edit promotional spots. Here my mentor was the corporate programmer and passed on this bit of sage advice. Never assume that the rest of the public shares your interests or tastes and never assume that your successes are an indication that you know what you’re doing. That last bit confused the crap out of me.

Kayla Mueller This Was for You


The “dark and dangerous” operation that claimed the life of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was named after 26-year-old Kayla Mueller, an American who was kidnapped by the extremist group and killed in 2015.

Mueller, who was described by her family as a “compassionate and devoted humanitarian,” traveled to Turkey in 2012 after her graduation and then crossed the border into Syria, on a mission to help those fleeing the civil war in the country. She was leaving a hospital run by the medical charity Doctors Without Borders in the Syrian city of Aleppo when she was kidnapped in August 2013.

New York’s Pipeline Fiasco


New York faces serious energy shortages today, largely due to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s insistence on banning fracking and blocking construction of new pipelines to import cheap natural gas from outside the state. He hopes to wean the state off of fossil fuels, which are said to drive global warming. Though the evidence concerning global warming and its deleterious consequences is quite thin, let’s assume, for the sake of argument, that the dire predictions of climate disaster are correct. If so, it becomes even more imperative to pick both the right sources of energy and the right way to get them to market.  Solar and wind are too erratic to do the job, so we have to depend on some form of fossil fuel. Natural gas is high on that list. Unfortunately, the retrograde environmental policies of politicians like Cuomo is a key reason why New York faces an escalating energy predicament.

Today’s deep fear of climate change unthinkingly translates into abiding hostility toward any new technology for extracting and shipping fossil fuels. This regressive approach gets it backwards. As a rule of thumb, every new technological breakthrough results in higher levels of production with lower levels of risk. Therefore, it follows that we should encourage the displacement of old technology to capture these gains. The ideal way to proceed considers both the amount of pollution taken out of circulation and the amount of pollution added.

In most cases, new technology is better in every relevant dimension. Accordingly, the process of permit review under both federal and state environmental statutes should apply the same output measure to both systems and approve any permit for new technology that takes older technology offline. It should be evident that the easiest targets for displacement are the oldest, and least efficient, facilities.

More Unforced Errors?


Rats. . . Or is this more evidence of panic on the left? Are the Democrats, the Deep State, and their media minions freaking out, racking up penalties on both offense and defense, because of increasingly effective pressure from the Trump team? Consider their responses in the first 48 hours after American special operators successfully raided the rat hole of the now dead terror chief of ISIS, a man who would be caliph.

WaPo: “Watch me burn my journalism card.”

On Lt. Colonel Vindaman and Espionage


I want to clear up a misconception of my remarks on the Laura Ingraham show last night.  I did not accuse Lt. Col. Vindaman of committing the crime of espionage.

I have tremendous respect for a decorated officer of the U.S. Army and a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  What I was addressing was a report that Ukrainian officials had sought to contact Vindaman for advice on how to handle Rudy Giuliani acting as a presidential envoy.  I meant to say that this sounded like an espionage operation by the Ukrainians.  I think it deliberately misconstrues my words to say that the separate issue of the phone call between the US and Ukrainian president through the chain of command constitutes espionage by Vindaman, or that Vindaman is some kind of double agent.

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In 2018 the Democrat party worked hard to win control of Congress. My district, NJ-11, had been held by the GOP for decades, but in 2018 the incumbent decided to retire leaving an opening to flip the seat. Through the years the district had become more purple and less red. Still, a far-left radical couldn’t […]

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From John Brennan’s twitter: “As in previous times of National peril, we rely on our military, diplomats, intelligence officials, law enforcement officers, & other courageous patriots to protect our liberties, freedom, & democracy. May they stay resolute & strong despite corrupt political headwinds they face.” Preview Open

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Book Review: Murder in the Grove by Michael Henry


I swear I was only going to read a chapter or two last night, but here I am at four in the morning just having closed Murder in the Grove by Ricochet’s own Michael Henry. Like the earlier books by Michael Henry I have reviewed (Three Bad Years, At Random, and The Ride Along), Murder in the Grove is a good, solid book and well worth reading.

The main character is Willie Mitchell Banks, whom we met in Michael’s earlier books. Willie Mitchell was a district attorney in the Mississippi Delta country. He had been in office in his rural county for nearly a quarter-century before retiring and moving to the big city of Oxford, Mississippi (population currently less than 25,000). By the time of Murder in the Grove, he has been living in Oxford long enough to be in good with the old geezers who play golf down at the country club each day, and it is there that the adventure begins. One of his relatively new friends asks if he will look into a murder that happened in 1962. At the same time, his successor as DA is having to bring a murder trial to Oxford in a change in venue due to the accused’s being too well known in their rural county in the Delta, making it impossible to impanel a jury. Willie Mitchell gets involved in both the current trial and in investigating the murder from long ago. And soon enough, more bodies are turning up all over the place.

Remove the Training Wheels


The rise of socialism and nanny state ideologies in the West demands a response, but a cheerful and hopeful one. Too often conservatives are caught in anger explaining why the Left’s ideas won’t work instead of happily explaining why our ideas have succeeded and could succeed again.

It all reminds me of a child learning to ride a bike.