Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. PTSD and the Coronavirus

 

The other day I invited two friends over for a visit. We formed a woman’s group that usually meets monthly, but we hadn’t come together in months. All of us are seniors and they are both more cautious than I am regarding the coronavirus. So, I suggested we could sit either outside or inside (not having checked on the late morning temperature).

When they arrived, one friend (call her “E”) came to the front door and told me that my other friend (“R”) was walking around the side of the house to enter by the lanai side door. Clearly, she had decided she preferred to sit outside, in spite of the early morning Florida heat and humidity. We moved our chairs into three spots of shade we found and visited for 1.5 hours.

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That’s right. The Washington Rednecks – A perfect change up. I’m a life-long, long suffering fan, so I figure I’m allowed to weigh. Just a few of the benefits: More

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Join Jim and Greg as they applaud Australia for ending its extradition agreement with Hong Kong and extending visas for Hong Kong residents in Australia over China’s crackdown on freedoms. They also discuss New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman urging Joe Biden to refuse debating President Trump unless Trump agrees to a couple of very unlikely demands. And they wince as CNN’s Don Lemon demonstrates just how little he knows about the most basic tenets of belief for tens of millions of Americans.

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Well, this is interesting. Especially if you live in eastern Oklahoma, including the state’s second largest city, Tulsa. While much of the media will focus on the two US Supreme Court decisions involving whether 1) Congress or 2) Manhattan prosecutors may access President Trump’s tax returns, I find the McGirt v. Oklahoma State Appeals Court […]

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What better way to celebrate our country’s independence than by getting your first gun? Teri did just that — and she thinks her Sig Sauer is pretty cool. And Stacy is looking to break her family out of New Jersey for a vacation at an undisclosed location.

Also, Teri’s tweet goes viral, Bush 43 alumni go all in for Biden and schools are going to screw everything up this Fall.

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Seeing Chomsky’s name recently (yes, dinosaurs DO walk the earth), I was reminded of this linguistic discovery lingering in one of my email folders. I emailed the dude with a comedy bit, and got a succinct reply. Here ‘tis: At 09:38 AM 9/3/2003 you wrote-: More

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Socrates approaches the doors to the Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice. He carries a large bag full of heavy tools. One of the guards approaches him. Guard: What do you think you’re doing? More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. John Brassefort

 

I was just wandering through James Lileks’ website when I came across his retrospective of a forgotten American painter. I’m not a big fan of abstract painting, but @jameslileks‘ discussion of the artist and his work gives me some appreciation of the genre. Enjoy!

http://lileks.com/institute/brassefort/index.html

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After a week off, the crew is back and have an in-depth conversation about:

  • Trump’s Mt. Rushmore speech and the media’s awful portrayal of it
  • Sen. Tammy Duckworth’s characterization of the speech is a total lie
  • Cancel culture and the goofy claim it doesn’t exist and what the future holds

There is no magazine this week, so the guys will talk about their top picks in the next issue!

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Join Jim and Greg for three crazy martinis today! First, they wade into the battle over how schools should open, with President Trump and teacher unions unsurprisingly on opposite sides of the debate. Jim offers a highly entertaining theory on how a recent head injury may explain some of his troubling decisions. And they have a lot of fun dissecting the new presidential campaign of Kanye West.

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Can you still take a boat from Hamburg to Iquitos? I think you can, if the boat’s draft is less than 18 feet. Whether anybody does, I doubt, after a most casual online check of cruises. I do not have a keen eye for those things, and for all I know there are, even now, […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. NaNoWriMo Victory: I Published a Book!

 

There has been a lot of sadness and negativity in our world so far this year, but I want to share something good with you all: during the stay-at-home months of March and April, I was able to accomplish a goal that I have had for as long as I can remember. All gratitude and praise to Jesus, I have published my first book!

Even before I could read, myself, I was “writing” books. My mom would fold and staple paper into a “book” for me, and then I would draw the pictures and “read” my book aloud. Once I learned how to actually read and write, I didn’t slow down. In fact, my main issue has always been actually finishing something before I move onto another idea. Being a published author is what I have always wanted to do with my life, but I lacked discipline growing up, and then college and working distracted me from my goal.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. John Podhoretz

 

Based on years of listening to him, and on everything I’ve heard about him, John Podhoretz is a gentle, humane, and thoroughly decent man. I envy him his ability to pluck precisely the right word from his obviously vast vocabulary, and to speak, when he chooses, with extraordinary nuance and precision.

Sure, he’s prone to outrageous hyperbole (a quality hardly unique to him in this, the Age of Trump), is unduly proud of his Judaic morosity, and has a sense of humor that resonates with 12-year-old boys and Jonah Goldberg (but I repeat myself). But still, I enjoy listening to him.

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With the death of Ennio Morricone yesterday, I wanted to remember the wonders of his score-writing. He wrote over 400 scores, but will always be remembered for the way he wrote westerns for Sergio Leone. To this day, “western” soundtracks are simply pastiches of Morricone’s work. In fact, the first Ennio Morricone western I ever […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they wince over the news that coronavirus mutations could make the virus up to ten times more contagious. They also hammer Joe Biden for embracing a national version of California’s AB5, which crushes opportunities for freelance work and erodes the right to work without joining labor unions. And they shake their heads as President Trump decides to dredge up a fight with Bubba Wallace and NASCAR.

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Join Joe Selvaggi and Pioneer Senior Healthcare Fellow Josh Archambault as they discuss specific reforms that could improve the current foster care system. Josh shares findings from his recent research, as well as his experiences as a foster parent himself. Read Josh’s recent USA Today op-ed on this topic.

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I’ve been playing around with a theory that due to the virus-related semi-isolation over the last few months, many of us are nurturing an “internal mythology” about ourselves that wouldn’t otherwise get quite so developed. Americans have been spending more time with themselves and their thoughts than they were otherwise used to since late March. […]

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