About Max

A Maine native, Max now lives in New Hampshire with his wife, who is an editor at National Review, and their three cats in a c. 1790 house built by an American Revolution war veteran. Max was pretty liberal in college, but then moved to New York City, which, though it's the most liberal city in the world, ironically made him into a conservative. He is a classic neoconservative: someone who was liberal and moved rightward initially over concerns about national security and foreign policy. Max does a number of things for Ricochet, including maintenance, project management, customer service, and some writing from time to time. He writes about his adopted home town, Tuftonboro, New Hampshire, at tuftonboro.net.

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Tomorrow is my last day working for Ricochet. I became a member in October of 2011, after having listened to the Ricochet podcast for about a year prior to that. Those were the days of Troy Senik and Mollie Hemingway. In October of 2014, as I was packing to move from NYC to New Hampshire, […]

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Enough with the Masks!

 

So last night my wife and I tried to go to a Christmas service at a historic church here in town. This is one of those traditional old New England churches. Like, picture a New England church. That’s what this looks like. Protestant church. One room, wooden pews, this one has tin ceilings. This particular church, they only have one service a year, to maintain their tax-free status. It’s actually not great for regular use because there’s no plumbing. There’s electricity, just no bathrooms.

So they have a Christmas service, although they canceled it last year. We’ve been several times in the past, so we wanted to go last night. And when we got there, we saw there was a sign on the door that read, “face masks required.” So, we went home.

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Today is my 30th episode of American Maxim. So that’s six solid weeks at five episodes per week. Except I started the show on a Tuesday, and I took Thanksgiving and Black Friday off. But other than that, six solid weeks! OK, so today’s Wednesday, so this is still an incomplete week. So four solid […]

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Letter from Washington Jail

 

The following is a letter, apparently from Nathan DeGrave, who is a political prisoner being held at a jail in Washington, DC. He has not been convicted of any crime, but he says he has been held for over nine months because he entered the US Capitol, along with a film crew, through, he says, an open door, while making a documentary film on January 6.

The letter, released October 29 via the Twitter account of a criminal defense attorney named Brad Geyer, contains disturbing allegations about the inhuman conditions experienced by prisoners in the facility, including physical and mental abuse by Department of Corrections Officials. Some of DeGrave’s allegations seem to have been confirmed already by the US Marshal Service, which, according to the Washington Post, recently conducted an investigation that found “unacceptable conditions” at the jail. The US Marshals are now moving 400 federal inmates to a different facility in Pennsylvania. But not the January 6 political prisoners.

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I am going to be doing a daily (eek!) podcast on politics, culture, and religion (although not every day will cover each of those). I’ve published my first episode: https://ricochet.com/podcast/american-maxim/democrats-still-want-to-spy-on-you/. A daily podcast is obviously a big commitment, and it may take me a week or two to get into the swing of things. I […]

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Let’s say, hypothetically, that I start a daily podcast (on Monday). What’s it called? I joked to @ejhill that “Max Is Mad as Hell and Not Going to Take It Anymore” is a bit verbose. EJ suggested “Mad to the Max.” I don’t want to pigeon hole myself, though, so I should probably leave “mad” […]

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When Leaders Lie, Liberty Dies

 

Joe Biden flanked by masked wraiths. (Screenshot from c-span.org)

Joe Biden, in a mumbling speech to an 88% empty chamber of congress the other night, declared that “America is on the move again.” Then why were Nancy Pelosi and Kamala Harris, both fully vaccinated, wearing masks behind him? Everyone in the room, 200 people we were told out of the customary 1,600 that would attend a normal presidential speech, was wearing a mask and ostentatiously distancing. All of them, presumably, are fully vaccinated.

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At the request of Ricochet members, we have added a new feature, available to you when you publish a new post, to include a page view counter. The counter will register a hit when a reader views the post or clicks on the Preview or Open buttons. Use of this feature is optional and is […]

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In our ongoing effort to change the way things look for no reason other than to irritate charter members who still yearn for Ricochet 1.0, we will be updating the comments section of posts and podcasts tomorrow. I’m just kidding. Actually, it’s not just a cosmetic change. There are significant “under the hood” improvements to […]

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We’re updating some code that should improve the site’s performance but will temporarily make it appear as if you’re no longer following any posts. Since notifications for new comments are generated based on who’s following the post being commented on, then for a brief period you will not receive a notification even if someone comments […]

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They stopped counting in the middle of the night in key swing states where Trump was leading. They forced Republican poll watchers to leave. Then they started counting again in secret and magically the next day Biden was ahead.  Nope. Not going to accept that that is fair. Preview Open

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The Great Task Remaining Before Us

 

Abraham Lincoln delivering the Gettysburg Address at the dedication ceremonies at the Soldiers’ National cemetery. Nov. 19, 1863. 20th century print with modern color. Shutterstock.com

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

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We had a 21 minute outage from a data center yesterday. Here’s the explanation from the data center: We have determined that this outage was caused by a software issue affecting a switch pair. We are performing a full investigation to determine the root cause and help prevent this issue from recurring in the future. We […]

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Election Night at Ricochet

 

Join us this evening from 6PM ET / 3PM PT on to talk with your fellow members about the election in a Ricochet Live Chat. Then at around 9PM ET / 6PM PT we will start a Zoom broadcast (on the live chat page) with Bethany Mandel & Jon Gabriel, with visits from Peter Robinson & Rob Long, and other Ricochet friends and alum, and we’ll hear from Ricochet members who want to share their thoughts as well.

So gird your loins, grab your favorite beverage, and strap in for a history night with friends at Ricochet.

Goodbye, Sweet Henrietta

 

My sweetest Henrietta died on Friday morning in my lap. I hope that my touch in her last conscious moments was comforting to her. She was attached to me as no other cat has ever been, and I to her. I found her in an actual trash pile in Brooklyn, NY, on October 17, 2011.

We had thought that she had arthritis since January of this year, and I had been giving her medication for that three times a week. Once a jumper who spent most of her time on top of the refrigerator, she had slowly relinquished her former heights until she spent most of her last few months on our bed, which is only 18 inches off the ground.

About a month ago we took her to the vet’s because she was having difficulty breathing. We saw that from about that time on her mobility was quickly declining.  I began to have to carry her to the litter box because she couldn’t get into it on her own. Last Monday we took her in again and our vet realized that her mobility issues were neurological, likely due to a tumor somewhere on her spine. The vet gave her a steroid shot, which helped her for several days. Thursday she began having trouble breathing again, and that night I lay on the floor of the bathroom, where she had retreated, and thought that she would die there. I looked in her eyes and slowly blinked, the cat way of saying, “I love you.”

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Our web host had a catastrophic world-wide outage this evening. The first assumption was that it was a cyber attack, but the host is still sorting it out. In any case it wasn’t an attack necessarily against us — all sites at the host went down. Our hosting provider is actively working on the issue, […]

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