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If John Bolton is called to testify in the President’s impeachment trial, Joe Biden should also be called. Biden needs to be asked what he meant when he said to the Ukrainians (in that now-famous tape) “call the President” regarding his threat to withhold 1 billion in loan guarantees. The questions need to get to […]

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If Trump decided not to give the expected money to the Ukraine would that be legal or not?  My understanding is that a President has fairly sweeping powers in relations to foreign policies.  Obama is famous for his discretion with Russia and the scraping of a planned and agreed upon missile system in Poland and […]

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This is a question for anyone who may know the answer, particularly you lawyers out there. I can’t seem to find a clear answer. The question keeps popping into my mind when hearing arguments about Trump’s impeachment, particularly the second article, which accuses Trump of obstructing Congress because he sought judicial review of congressional subpoenas. […]

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I’m just testing something out here.  It’s occurred to me that we can use the ‘like’ feature here to generate a poll.  In the comments below, I’ll post two replies, Yes and No.  Like which one you think applies.  We’ll see which one wins by the number of likes, right?  Let’s see… Preview Open

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I don’t know how to set up a Ricochet poll.  It would be interesting to gauge the reactions of the Ricochetti at this point in the proceedings.  I write to ask that the powers-that-be set this up, if they are interested. I think that these are four good categories: Preview Open

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I got to thinking about the great Shakespearean Plays and one of my Favs is MacBeth.  Please enjoy the read. Speech: “Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow” BY WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE (from Macbeth, spoken by Macbeth) Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow, Creeps in this petty pace from day to day, To the last syllable of recorded time; And all our […]

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The Tattered Black Shawl, Part II: A Very Short Story

 

She sat on the wooden bench, her left arm resting on the rod iron armrest, and absorbed the late afternoon sun on her face. The sun had dropped over the last half-hour, bidding her good-bye, and a cool breeze had come up, picking at her shawl. She was waiting for her last visitor; she’d named him “Ringer.” He rode by on his bicycle around this time of day, pedaling his bike like crazy with a joyful smile. He was probably about ten years old, still delighting in his youthful freedom but sweet enough to greet an old woman like her. And he always made sure to ring his bike bell twice. Then they exchanged smiles. Ah, there he was, and they did their dance. Now her time here was complete.

She didn’t want to leave yet, but the coolness crept into her bones, her stiff arthritic hands and her unpredictable feet. She knew her body had lingered longer than it was due, but she rejected medication and was willing to tolerate the pain, to make sure her mind was vivid and true. A few gold and red leaves tripped across her feet in the breeze, a reminder of the disappearing day. She stayed a moment longer, the sun lingering on her face. Still, she was growing colder, and she prepared herself to stand to make the journey home.

No Quid. No Pro. No Quo. Adam Schiff Has To Go!

 

No doubt there are disagreements among the President and his staff all the time. It is the staff’s job to help the president achieve his goals tactically, politically and legally. And I assume that these conversations can be difficult and painful, especially when dealing with a headstrong chief executive. So when I read that the President and his national security advisor discussed delaying aid to Ukraine for the reasons cited, I’m not surprised. That is why the executive branch is allowed “executive privilege,” so that these conversations and deliberations can be confidential, hence frank, honest, contrary and dare I say, even heated. The final result is all that matters.

I can imagine Trump’s frustration with the entire Joe and Hunter Biden situation. He sees this outrageous profiteering right there, in plain sight. In his position, who would not want this situation to be outed? It smacks of corruption. The Bidens’ Ukraine adventures are not somehow legitimized, and Joe Biden inoculated, just because he happens to be seeking the Democrat candidacy.

Live by the Mob, Etc. etc.

 

Do you believe in karma? We may be seeing it play out in real-time.

One of the most memorable long-form pieces of last year came in Reason from Emily Yoffe, and discussed the canceling of a journalist at the hands of #MeToo activists. I highly recommend opening another browser window to read it in full, but this is a relevant portion for our conversation today:

The Less Government, the Better

 

I’ve been an HOA board member for about eight years now, and only became a member after we had a horrible issue with some residents trying to bully a young couple they didn’t like. Those of us who took over the board have followed an agenda aimed at leaving people alone, and since our covenants are minimal so it’s pretty easy. It got me to thinking, however, about the handful of residents who complain about their neighbors.

The most recent issue was someone complaining about their neighbor’s kids riding dirt bikes on the property. They didn’t like the noise and dust but it’s not an activity prohibited by the covenants. I told the woman complaining that she needed to contact the neighbors directly before we would even consider getting involved. She refused. Another neighbor talked to them and worked it out (keep in mind these are three- or five-acre tracts). The other thing we hear about often is someone not liking their neighbor’s yard clutter. We always tell them to find us where the activity is prohibited in the covenants (and, of course, it’s not).

Quote of the Day: The Drunkard

 

“Well, there are certain sections of New York, Major, that I wouldn’t advise you to try to invade.” – Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), in Casablanca, to Nazi Major Strasser who had taunted him with the idea of Hitler invading New York.

Basic Protection in a Respiratory Epidemic

 

The novel coronavirus infection that started in China is now making its way around the world. There is no need to panic. Hopefully, our public health measures will contain the spread within the US to make it at best a minor issue. Personally, I think it would be prudent to halt travel to and from China at this point, or at least insist on a strict quarantine for anyone arriving from China.

However, what if it does get a major toehold in the US and you need to take action? What can you do to protect yourself and your family?

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My school has nine dorms, currently only running at eighty percent capacity or so, since enrollment’s down. There are some lovely old brick buildings, a handful of less-lovely brick buildings, some newer buildings which come as close to “skyscraper” as you get in this part of the country, and one product of the nineties which […]

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  Donald Trump is a liar…but so is Adam Schiff. Of course there was a quid pro quo. That’s what diplomacy is. I defended that as far back as September 29.   This impeachment is 100% political, and it always has been.   John Bolton hasn’t changed the facts, but he has changed the political […]

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Hold My Corona: China Showing Basic Civic Competence

 

Thanks to the PowerLine crew, Ricochet members got better insight into what is and is not happening in China than we got from any other media outlet. Steven Hayward had an American in Wuhan give a field report.

If you had ears to hear, you should be both reassured and worried. You should be reassured that China is competently responding to a public health threat. You should be concerned and relieved that the Chinese government and institutions are truly competent, capable of learning from past experiences. That makes them a more dangerous regional and global competitor at the same time as we can assume they are less likely to blunder incompetently into a major war.

Haiti and Chile are polar opposites. The mostly flat island nation literally fell apart with a major earthquake. Chile, a mountainous land astride the ominously named “Ring of Fire,” politely declines sincere offers from the US and Israeli urban search and rescue teams because their buildings do not just fall down and crush the occupants. Why? Because Haiti is a terminally corrupt society and Chile is deadly serious about accountability, ensuring all buildings are truly earthquake resistant. No sketchy enforcement of concrete rebar codes in Chile, unlike Haiti or even Mexico. The lack of casualties after major earthquakes is an important indicator of government competence and civic accountability.

Greta Thunberg: Little Tyrant?

 

I’ve listened to portions of her speeches before the UN and Davos, and that’s what she sounds like, a little tyrant.

She’s manipulative as well. There was the case when she rode a German train she said was overcrowded, and where she posted a photo of herself sitting on the floor because she couldn’t find a seat. Turns out she had a first-class ticket with an assigned seat, and the staff on the train made every effort to courteously direct her to that seat.