Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Yes, Virginia, Your Governor Is Wrong

 

Dear Virginia,

Sometimes things can go horribly wrong when voters elect the wrong Governor. Obviously you escaped Planned Parenthood because I would not have received your letter otherwise. Unfortunately, Governor Northam might believe a maternity ward is a morgue, and his favorite movie might be “A Partial Birth of a Nation.” I know you live in a rough neighborhood, and you fear for your safety. I can’t bring you a gun, Virginia. The best advice I can give you is to rent a van and move to West Virginia; further west would be even better.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Bringing a Sword to a Sword Fight

 

A couple of years ago, our neighborhood pub decided to hold a mug-raising contest for Octoberfest. My wife got goaded by her friends and entered at the last minute. The 20 or so contestants held full beer mugs at arm’s length; after about five minutes, people began to drop out rapidly. As the clock ticked down toward ten minutes, there were only three contestants left: Two young, fit guys and a woman in her fifties. Finally, one of the guys gave up and lowered his mug. The other fellow, thinking that he had won, held out his glass for a few more seconds. He triumphantly lowered his arm, then looked behind him and saw my wife still holding up her mug.

My favorite Ricochet podcast is the Andrew Klavan Show. I like his commentary and I also enjoy his books. On January 6, he talked about a TV show called The Witcher. (From here; go to about minute 39 for the quote.)

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. A Very Personal Civil War: The Divorce of Chaplain McCulloh

 

The American Civil War is known by many names, but one of the more common and poignant ones is “The Brother’s War,” as the conflict often split families and caused sibling to fight against sibling. Familial conflict over the war did not confine itself only to brothers; it sometimes tore apart couples and separated husband from wife.

In the fall of 1863 Reverend William D. McCulloh [also spelled in some records as McCullough] wrote out a petition to the Mississippi legislature asking them to dissolve the bonds of matrimony that existed between himself and his wife Harriet. It was probably with a heavy heart that McCulloh penned the following letter:

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Important, Timely (nod to Speaker Pelosi) Questions

 

It’s “time,” as Speaker Pelosi might prayerfully suggest, to get answers to these perplexing questions.

On Joe Biden and the impeachment:

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Today on the show the Lev Parnas nonsense, the media’s fan fiction around impeachment, Governor Kemp stops by after his State of the State address and Bernie verses Warren. More

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Finish the week strong with your Friday martinis! Join Jim and Greg as they discuss the roster of President Trump’s impeachment defense team, including former independent counsel Ken Starr and famed defense attorney Alan Dershowitz. They also roll their eyes as Arizona Sen. Martha McSally tries to fundraise off of calling CNN reporter Manu Raju […]

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This week on “The Learning Curve,” Bob Bowdon is joined by guest host Alisha Thomas Cromartie, personal growth coach, education leader, and former Georgia state legislator. They talk with Derrell Bradford, Executive Vice President of 50CAN, about the myth that school choice programs siphon funds away from traditional public schools, the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program, […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Great Ads

 

Two of my favorite advertisements. In light of the procession to the Senate with the Articles of Impeachment, never have so few done so little for so many, I thought I would throw a change-up. If impeachment is leaving you with a bad taste in your mouth, or if you feel the whole thing is like herding cats, enjoy. Come to think of it, as Dennis Miller said, Nancy Pelosi when asked a tough question has the same expression on her face as a raccoon peering over the edge of a garbage can in the middle of the night.

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Nothing but crazy martinis today and the last one is a lot of fun! Join Jim and Greg today as they try to understand how bumbling figures like Lev Parnas ended up as Rudy Giuliani’s key operatives in Ukraine. They also shake their heads as Iowa Democrats plan to release three separate results from the […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Nikki Loves America

 

Ambassador Nikki Haley believes America is the greatest country in the world, and she’ll tell you why. She thinks well of our society and people, while being clear that she has seen and experienced real racism and sexism and that socialism is making a troubling resurgence in popularity. In her account of her time in the Trump administration, Amb. Haley raises concerns, which she raised publicly while in office, about the arrogance of mere appointed officials, carrying no independent constitutional authority or accountability, while contending that the real Donald J. Trump is always willing to listen and respects respectful, professional, direct expressions of disagreement. Nikki Haley puts this all together in a slim, readable volume: With All Due Respect: Defending America with Grit and Grace.

The title comes from a small but significant moment in the former South Carolina governor’s tenure as United States ambassador to the United Nations. She had gone out on a national show and spoken the last known administration position on new Russia sanctions. However, President Trump made a different decision when the staffed recommendation came to him, before Amb. Haley’s media appearance.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Prince Harry the Timid

 

I never dreamed I’d post something about this. As much as I love our cousins across the pond, and as much as I appreciate their tenacious clinging to their quaint and fusty old ways, petulant drama surrounding “the royals” strikes me as about the most boring subject imaginable. This will be my only comment on the matter, I’m sure.

The fetching American princess is getting a lot of heat right now, and I want to put in a word in her defense. [Disclaimer: I wouldn’t recognize her if I saw her, but I understand she’s quite lovely.]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Reading in the Winter of Discontent

 

BooksA year ago I wrote an article called “Keeping Up” (published elsewhere) about my reading plan for 2019. I noted that since I have fewer reading years ahead of me than behind me, it would be a good use of my time to plan the coming year. It is part of my winter of discontent that I failed to keep that plan.

Not that my plan wasn’t good. To quote myself:

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Today on the show the Lt. Governor Geoff Duncan stops by to talk about this years legislative session, Congressman Jody Hice weighs in on the farce of impeachment, Democrats pat themselves on the back during this somber time and Governor Kemp’s State of the State speech. More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. What to Expect During the Senate Impeachment Trial

 

It begins, the first Senate trial of an impeached President in 21 years, and only the third in our nation’s history.

As a former Secretary of the Senate – the Senate’s chief legislative, financial, and administrative officer – it’s painful to hear pundits and so-called legal experts misinform people. Much of the disinformation and errors seem to be coming from CNN (surprise!) and, of course, the Twitterati. I’m happy to help set the record straight.

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Pull up a stool for another busy day on the Three Martini Lunch. Join Jim and Greg as they call out Joe Biden for falsely insisting the Obama-Biden administration never used military action apart from congressional authorization. They also hammer CNN for blatantly siding with Elizabeth Warren in her accusation that Bernie Sanders told her […]

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Today on the show an overview of the last night Democratic debate, highlights from the Trump rally and impeachment is finally moving forward. More

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I was trying to take a photo with my flip-phone of what was in front of me and discovered later that it just didn’t work. Probably a good thing, I didn’t get permission to publish. What it should show is a lady that drove up to the ATM but was too far away to reach […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Once Upon a Spinning-Wheel (Part 10): The Many-Sundered Heart

 

Nessa-Cthoney’s long golden-green hair went flying back in the storm winds, as flames that had nothing to do with the torches flickering nearby glowed in her eyes like burning embers.

Lightning flashed and glinted over the Death’s Head pin in the witch doctress’s hand as it hovered over the ragged-trousered voodoo doll of the man known as Nemo.

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Who knew you could have so much fun talking about Elizabeth Warren? Join Jim and Greg as they wade into Warren’s accusation that Bernie Sanders told her two years ago that a woman couldn’t get elected president. They also shake their heads as Warren promises to cancel a lot of student loan debt on her […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Conservatives and Gender Nonsense Tolerance

 

The whole gender identity movement, the so-called “trans” thing, the idea that sex is not biologically determined, the idea that it’s really more complicated than two overlapping bell curves of masculine and feminine traits — all of that seems pretty absurd to me. It also seems important, in that it’s the first time we Americans have been told that we have to profess belief in something patently absurd or face censure in the workplace and society — and possible prosecution in New York City.

I comment on it more often than something as ridiculous as the “trans” movement would seem to deserve. I usually comment about it on Facebook, rather than here, because I assume most people here are broadly in agreement that the whole thing is silly.

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