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“The appearance of any work by Mr. J.M. Keynes must always be a matter of importance; and the publication of the Treatise on Money has long been awaited with intense interest by all economists. If I’m Lord Keynes, my book has been selected from all the other cuts of meat in the shop by Prof. […]

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We’re All Trixie Vixen, Now!

 

"Dancing"Female “empowerment” has gone the way of any flashy trend: someone takes it too far, it loses any impact it had, and it becomes a parody of itself landing at the butt-end of a Babylon Bee joke or “South Park” episode. Congratulations, Super Bowl LIV Halftime Show, you were the venue to finally break the glass ceiling – liberating countless female “adult entertainers” and sending them to the high holy ranks of empowered women. Move over Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Trixie Vixen is the new (very glittery) face of women’s rights!

I’ve long given up on the entertainment industry exercising any type of self-censorship in the interest of good taste or what is appropriate for public consumption. I was a kid once (at least as evidenced in family photos) and, although I never took much interest in them, the magazines aimed at teens contained all sorts of information that would make any adult blush.

If you think there is any possibility the current environment still contains relatively minor risqué topics, the April 26 issue of Teen Vogue ran an article titled “Why Sex Work Is Real Work.” I feel empowered just by reading that headline. The entertainment industry is not made up of a bunch of dummies; they know a certain level of undress and controversy translates into viewers and dollars. Remember those suggestive “Go Daddy” commercials (they debuted during Super Bowl XXXIX)? The originals created enough buzz that most people didn’t know exactly what Go Daddy was but they sure knew the commercials. And how about the Clairol Herbal Essence advertising campaign – not exactly “Where’s the beef?

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Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) has announced in her Senate speech that she will vote to acquit President Trump.  (Link here.) This is a relatively big deal, because Sen. Collins was one of only two Republican Senators who voted in favor of allowing subpoenas for additional witnesses.  Mitt Romney (R-UT) was the other.  Sen. Romney is […]

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High Plains Blizzard: Discontent on a Montana Highway

 

Move across the Great Plains in November and you are chancing sudden, serious winter weather. My parents did this twice in the 1970s with four young children. As we recall, the family dog was flown instead of sharing in the road trip both times. This was before hotels and motels catered to people with animals.

November 1977 found the Brown family convoying west from Fort Knox, KY, to Fort Lewis, WA. Dad had been reassigned from an Army hospital, commanded by a colonel, to an Army medical center, commanded by a one-star brigadier general. This was very good, as it meant he was moving into position to be promoted, as a clinician rather than administrator, from lieutenant colonel to colonel. What was not so good was the weather.

Our two-vehicle convoy’s make-up had been driven by family size and the oil crisis. When we had driven east, we rolled in Detroit steel. Then the oil crisis hit, and it was time to consider new vehicles. Dad got himself a Mercedes 240D. “D” is for diesel, the superior fuel economy and fuel price per mile choice at the time. Mom wanted something other than a station wagon around 1975, so she got Bessie the Bus, a VW with a bus shift lever linked to the four-on-the-floor transmission by a long wire. The engine was around 65-70 bhp.

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This Iowa debacle, which is hilarious, has let loose the Bernie Bros of war on Twitter. They are piping mad. It’s Hillary, the DNC, and the Russians in an anti-Justice League of electoral meddling all meant to sink their candidate of choice in the polls, fund raising, and public opinion. I try not to attribute […]

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Quote of the Day: Accidents

 

There’s an old saying: “If you think safety is expensive, try an accident.”

The first choice after an accident is to say “How can we improve the design so this can’t happen? How can we remove the opportunity for errors?”

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No not your one. We’re having a general election in Ireland on Saturday, the first since 2016. The party currently in Government, Fine Gael (a minority government propped up by some Independent TDs), has been slipping steadily in the polls in the last few weeks. Reasons include: failure to alleviate an unprecedented homeless problem, the […]

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The Other Iowa Message

 

Byron York reports in the Washington Examiner:

In the end, Trump won 97.16% of the vote, to Walsh’s 1.08% and Weld’s 1.27%. Others, write-ins of various people, totaled 0.47%. It was a striking show of strength for the president.

From Peggy Noonan: A Point Worth Pondering

 

As I was wandering through the news headlines this morning, I came upon an item that recounted MSNBC “journalist” Joy Reid’s interview with Pete Buttigieg. Don’t ask me how the topic came up, but Reid took Buttigieg to task for a recent tweet of his that said, in part, that America needed a president shaped by “heartland” values. Poor Buttigieg did not anticipate her response which was that the word “heartland” was “like a dog whistle for white voters.” When I read that, I thought of a recent opinion piece by Peggy Noonan in the Wall Street Journal that said in part:

The past decade saw the rise of the woke progressives who dictate what words can be said and ideas held, thus poisoning and paralyzing American humor, drama, entertainment, culture, and journalism. In the coming 10 years someone will effectively stand up to them. Their entire program is accusation: You are racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic; you are a bigot, a villain, a white male, a patriarchal misogynist, your day is over. They claim to be vulnerable victims, and moral. Actually they’re not. They’re mean and seek to kill, and like all bullies are cowards.

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The GOP as we’ve known it is no more. Honesty, integrity, fairness, restraint (budgetary and otherwise), modesty, loyalty — all gone, replaced with a slavish devotion to Trump (I would have added, “and Trumpism,” but of course there’s no intellectual framework behind anything he does). Preview Open

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Even Joe Manchin Can’t Resist the Left

 

As the Senators’ question time began last week, I offered a hopeful hypothetical, an imagined moment in which Senator Joe Manchin stood up for West Virginians and the party of FDR and JFK. I urged: “in the impeachment, it’s Joe Manchin’s time.” Sadly, we now know that even Sen. Joe Manchin no longer represents his state, whose citizens overwhelmingly support President Trump because he is actually for them.

Instead, Joe Manchin has called for a motion of censure, making a play to get four Republicans to join the Democrats against President Trump and his voters, a specious motion against normal presidential behavior of the sort these same senators condoned by inaction when it was President Obama. Sen. Manchin wrapped his surrender and service to the left in the false garment of “a moderate, centrist Democrat from West Virginia…” He showed no courage and spited the state that elected him more than once on promises of not being a tool of the bicoastal DNC governing elite.

If Sen. Lamar Alexander indulges Manchin’s gambit, it will be on behalf of big business and big agriculture in Tennessee, as they desperately fight to suppress American workers’ wages with an open spigot of cheap foreign labor and as their embrace of the radical secular social agenda is threatened by the first president since at least Reagan to actually deliver on the GOP social-conservative platform planks. Those planks are just supposed to keep the “Bible thumpers,” the rubes, in line at the ballot box, while substantial promise-keeping is only for defense contractor executives and big business.

An Afternoon with Friends and Justice Thomas

 

Gary Robbins, Bob Thompson, and I held a Ricochet mini-meetup on Saturday in Scottsdale, AZ.  We met at the Il Capo Restaurant for a nice Italian lunch — Gary’s treat, so thanks again, my friend. In our lunch discussion, we reached complete political agreement on all issues. Gary is now a confirmed, ardent Trump enthusiast who loves walls and Big Beautiful Coal and hates Adam Schiff. No, wait, not yet. (He will be, once the Gary pod growing in my garage is matured.)

After lunch, Gary and I watched the new documentary about Justice Thomas, called Created Equal: Clarence Thomas In His Own Words. I enjoyed the movie, which was a touching and interesting presentation of the life of this outstanding Justice and American hero. There was little focus on his jurisprudence, and much focus on his extraordinary life story, from extreme rural poverty on the Georgia coast during the Jim Crow era, to his study in a Catholic seminary, his days as a student radical in the ’60s, and his eventual development into a Reagan Republican.

There was significant coverage of the outrageous Senate hearing, for political junkies.

Military Service Records of Our Presidents

 

General Washington Crossing the Delaware.

This post is inspired by a bit of presidential trivia I came upon the other day. When John F. Kennedy was elected president, he became the first to have served in the US Navy. That made me wonder about how many other presidents had served in the military in some capacity prior to their winning the White House, what branches they had served in, and whether or not they’d experienced combat.