Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby

 

There’s no one way to be a man.
Men who get their periods are men.
Men who get pregnant and give birth are men.
Trans and non-binary men belong. #InternationalMensDay
— ACLU (@ACLU) November 19, 2019

Ladies, remember the Women’s Movement from the 1970s? Remember how we were all supposed to be just like men? Have the same jobs, the same pay, the same ability to have free love, free sex with no consequences? Breaking taboos, such as going shirtless, burning bras, not being a ‘housewife’ but a ‘contributing member of society?’ As if having and raising children and keeping a pleasant home were equal to slavery. So some decided to be just like men, while denigrating others who did not agree.

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Ever since the first humans divided work into hunters and gatherers history has been a story of labor delineating into the millions of occupations that exist today. Journalism and journalist have become terms too broad to adequately describe the various functions that so-called journalists are performing. I propose creating a new nomenclaturen to describe particular […]

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It’s all electoral politics for your Thursday martinis! Today, Jim and Greg discuss President Trump doing much better in Wisconsin than he was just a month ago and offer ideas for why those numbers are changing. We also discuss the latest Democratic presidential debate and take a closer look at Joe Biden’s difficulty at clearly […]

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Today on the show Senator David Perdue stops by, the Democrats had a good debate last night, no one is really being swayed by impeachment, Kamala Harris is terrible at running for President, Pete Buttigieg is the only one that can explain what Jesus really meant and Stacey Abrams is still Stacey Abrams. More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Does He Want to Play?

 

Last Saturday the NFL set up a tryout for Colin Kaepernick. Recently, a few teams had shown interest in him but were afraid to bring him in for a workout. In the past, Kaepernick had sued the league, a suit that was eventually settled. Teams feared that if they brought him in for a tryout and did not sign him, he would turn around and call them racists and maybe try to sue again. So, the NFL set up a workout and invited all teams to send representatives. This way they could evaluate the QB without being singled out and possibly face a bad public relations situation.

Kaepernick last played in the NFL in 2016. His play then was not great, but not terrible. Today, he may not be one of the top 32 quarterbacks in America, but he likely is one of the top 64. In other words, he could at least be a back up in the NFL. I believe the most important part of this workout was not going to be his throwing or running, but the interview. His protests, not his play, are why he is out of the league. No doubt some owners would be willing to help with the causes he stands for off the field, but they want to know how he will represent their franchises on the field and in press conferences.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Memories of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera

 

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra New York Tour, Nov. 15, 2019 (© Todd Rosenberg Photography)My wife and I enjoy hearing different symphony orchestras, as you can read in my recent posts. It’s fascinating to hear their varied sounds and attitudes in close conjunction. After only six weeks, the 2019-2020 concert season has been a very special treat for us, as we suffer through hearing a dozen first class orchestras in some of the world’s finest concert halls.

In October, I enjoyed two American orchestras, the Cleveland and the Philadelphia, then together we heard Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra from Munich. This time, we came to Carnegie to hear the much-lauded Chicago Symphony.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Why Progressives are Insatiable – and Unstoppable

 

Human beings, by nature, are hungry. A basic human need is to feed our hunger, and it shows up in many different ways. Our most fundamental hunger appears in our bodies telling us that we need to nourish ourselves, that we need to be fed. Some people hunger for recognition and even fame. Others are hungry for learning. Still others want to control others, either in their work or through authoritarian means. Many seek material possessions to satisfy their cravings. The question for me, though, is why do people crave the impractical or impossible, when they already have attained so much?

The possible answers have occurred to me, and they are dismal and tragic.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Introducing Life, Liberty, and Law Podcast

 

Introducing Life, Liberty, and Law—conversations on the human right to life, brought to you by Americans United for Life, the national leader in life-affirming law and policy. What we share as Americans is a conviction that every member of the human family really matters—that everyone counts. We struggle in our experience as Americans to live this conviction. We know this. And in a time of political polarization, it’s more important than ever that Americans of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs have a place where they can think and speak honestly about what the human right to life means in the fullness of its scope. We won’t always agree, but we’re going to be honest with one another. And we believe as Americans that we all share this common goal: a future where everyone is welcomed throughout life and protected in law. Life, Liberty, and Law is a conversation about how we can do better.

In our first episode with the Ricochet Audio Network, Alexandra DeSanctis, Staff Writer at National Review, joins me and Noah Brandt of Americans United for Life to unpack the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to consider Louisiana’s “Unsafe Abortion Protection Act” in 2020, the first abortion-focused case that the high court will consider in many years, and a breaking national poll from Americans United for Life/YouGov on the substantive health and safety issues at the heart of the Louisiana law that the high court will consider.

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Why are so many company websites as annoying as the Devil on Meth? *** Today all I wanted was to select 4 to 6 bath towels, and have them shipped. So I went to JC Penney’s website and to Target. Over at the Penney website, I put cotton bath towels in the item selector, and […]

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Back to our usual format with three big stories today! Jim and Greg applaud the Senate for passing legislation designed to sanction anyone found targeting the human rights of people in Hong Kong, but they still wish the demonstrators could get some public support from President Trump. They also react to U.S. Ambassador to the […]

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What are some of your favorite Gen X movies? Some movies that you Gen X’ers came of age watching….I’ll start with 3: Fast Times at Ridgemont High St Elmo’s Fire Risky Business I don’t need an all Disney streaming service, I need an all 80’s streaming service! Throw some TV too like Hill Street Blues […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Crown Returns and with Great American Tories

 

Choose your Queen: Claire Foy (L) or Olivia Colman (R)
Unlike its broadcast competitors, Netflix does not reveal its viewership numbers, so it’s hard to gain any measure of this week’s debut of Season 3 of The Crown. But if it follows Nielsen’s estimates of last season then the streaming service’s imaginary look at Britain’s Royal Family is probably toiling away in relative obscurity. The second season started out with a fairly strong 3 million American viewers but couldn’t even reach a sixth of that by the time it got around to episode 10. Netflix says Nielsen is full of bollocks.

Having watched the first three episodes the wholesale cast changes haven’t helped. Perhaps Claire Foy was too glamorous to play the part of Elizabeth II in the first place but she was a joy to watch. Now Oscar-winner Olivia Colman (The Favourite) has taken over the role and spends most of her time on screen looking like she’s sucking on a lemon. Worse yet, this season promises less Queen and more spotlight on the more dysfunctional Royals, Princess Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter) and Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor). Oh, joy.

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Today on the show Chick-Fil-A and the culture war, Reuters retracted a story after it made Obama look bad, Democrats are in Atlanta for the debate tonight, impeachment testimony didn’t go well today for the President and cloning doesn’t work that well. More

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Eric Swalwell “spoke” and the Babylon Bee couldn’t resist…and it’s hilarious (well, if you’re still 15 about some things like I am). https://babylonbee.com/news/democrat-releases-something-of-substance More

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Liberals have long used education to re-enforce their ranks with future liberals coming out of school. Conservatives, in the noble desire to not unfairly try and manipulate children into how to think, have been reluctant to wage ideological battle in the classroom. One thing we can promote in school that is not overtly partisan but […]

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Nothing but crazy martinis today! First, Jim and Greg react to news that former Republican, Democrat, and independent Lincoln Chafee is now a Libertarian and thinking about running for president with his new party in 2020. They also slam the Democratic National Committee for recoiling at the idea of Politico’s Tim Alberta asking questions at […]

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Some time ago I posted about carbon emissions caused by e-cars due to the fossil fuels used to generate electricity for them. I just wanted to post an update/revision on that. I said that e-cars cause the emission of about as much carbon dioxide as a conventional car that gets 27 miles to the gallon. […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. This Week’s Book Review – The War for the Sea: A Maritime History of World War II

 

I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) After my review appears on Sunday, I post the previous week’s review here on Sunday.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. In Praise of Detachment

 

“Every generation laughs at the old fashions but religiously follows the new,” wrote Henry David Thoreau, who died in 1862, deprived of the glittering spectacle of aesthetic, intellectual, religious, and cultural fashions that would follow. He was only 45. Which, come to think of it, was about the same age I was when I checked out of the popular music scene altogether, the increasing poverty of melody or even musicality doing to my spirit what a jackhammer does to a Stradivarius.

Over time, however, I’ve noticed a creeping detachment on my part from a great many other things that are thought by a great many people to be of pivotal importance — some of it actually quite important, though by no means all of it. Mark Twain is credited with the quote that “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.” Which seems to be the case in a great many areas of life ranging from fashionable clothing to theories of governance, man’s relationship to the state and more. For those who’ve been around long enough to observe the recurring cycles, there is a tediousness that becomes at first apparent, and then insufferable.

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