Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. A Day of Great Social Import

 

Fourteen years ago today. It was a Sunday. A beautiful, young nurse became so fed up with the dating life that she let her father walk her down the aisle aboard the Tall Ship Silva in Halifax Harbour. There she stood, never looking more gorgeous in her flowing white wedding gown, in front of a socially awkward, unemployed former lawyer three years her senior. Ignoring her father’s offer to steal a lifeboat and bring her back to shore, she married him.

That loser found a job a few months after the wedding. It was a really bad job, terrible hours, little pay, soul-crushing work. But within weeks of starting, he got a slightly better job with a much better company. A couple of months later, he got a better job within the company and the news that the beautiful young nurse was now expecting a child. Two promotions followed in rapid succession and by the time that child was born (six weeks premature), that nurse’s husband had a job he could be proud of.

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Long, long ago read my first Aubrey-Maturin novel. Then I read my second. Then I read the series. Then I did it again. And again. Time for another read. One thing the series did to me was to introduce me to Port wines. So I have tried a number. My first choice is Dows, second […]

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After a brief discussion of the media and the markets and convenient coronavirus excuses, we dive into Wednesday’s Three Martini Lunch. Join Jim and Greg as they are gratified to see convicted rapist and former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years in prison. They also discuss what this episode says about our justice system. They also have different reactions to South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn suggesting Joe Biden’s big wins on Tuesday suggest the Democratic National Committee should “shut this primary down” and “cancel the rest of these debates.” And they get a kick out of the writer for “The Atlantic” who feels betrayed because her husband voted for Bernie Sanders for strategic reasons in the California primary while she stuck with Elizabeth Warren.

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I recently realized that many people on Ricochet do not know the good news. The PIT, the irreverent, jovial, crude, erudite, mercurial center of Center-Right oddity is also probably the center of Ricochet dating. There. I said it. To date, I believe the PIT has scored three Ricochet marriages, perhaps more if I need to […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Perils of Postmodern Love

 

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, perhaps the one holiday hated by everyone — the one day when all singles long to be coupled and all couples long to be single. With Valentine’s Day come obligations and expectations: Christmas, but without the music, gingerbread cookies, and living-room conifers. (“I bought her a box of chocolates last year — and a bottle of sauvignon the year before that. Hmm. What to get her? I guess a Trumpy Bear will have to do.”)

No doubt, the Internet will soon be awash in articles about the dating scene, which, like the weather, is something everybody complains about … but nobody does something about. It’s frankly a wonder that a problem so universally acknowledged should be in want of a solution. Yet here we are.

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(Reflections on prior conversations) It’s a fact often remarked on that a lot of us ordinary folk, out here in flyover country, look to celebrities as role models—that we dream of being famous and rich like them, living a lifestyle like theirs—in fact, that many of us want to play-act as if we were celebrities. […]

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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. New Year–Same Old Celebration

 

We like to wallow in the fact that we don’t live in a freezing, snow-covered environment, like where we grew up. Since our marriage in 1974, we’ve spent a few years in a snowy climate, but mostly, we’ve lived in coastal Southern California, or here in the Mojave Desert. We spent a decade in Southern Maryland, by the Chesapeake Bay, but it hardly ever snowed there, either. Riding the motorcycle year round has never gotten old. We no longer go out on New Year’s Eve, but we always go for a ride on New Year’s Day, just to take this photo!

Happy 2020 everyone! It’s going to be another great year–as long as you keep your point of view in a happy place!

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I don’t usually read things like this, but a friend who doesn’t usually recommend things like this suggested it: I think it’s worthy of discussion. Sexual morality and the collapse of civilization More

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Back to the normal format today, but plenty of good Friday fodder awaits. Today, Jim and Greg are happy to see better-than-expected numbers in the October jobs report. They shred Elizabeth Warren’s ludicrous plan to pay for government-run health care, explaining why it’s a fiscal pipe dream and a health policy nightmare for everyone. And they roll their eyes as Katie Hill and all of her liberal and media apologists ignore the actual reason she is resigning from Congress today.

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Start the week off right by joining us for the Three Martini Lunch. Today, Jim and Greg celebrate the U.S. forces who tracked down and eliminated Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the ISIS leader responsible for some of the most heinous and grisly murders, rapes, and oppression we’ve seen in recent times. They also pile on the Washington Post for offering a much softer headline and obituary for al-Baghdadi than was appropriate. Jim and Greg are pleasantly surprised to see liberal political street fighter Rahm Emanuel begging Democrats to stop pushing Medicare for All. And as California Democratic Rep. Katie Hill announces her upcoming resignation, they explain why this story is disturbing on virtually every level.

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Jim Geraghty is back and firing on all cylinders for three big stories today! First, he and Greg poster dunk on LeBron James for calling Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey “uneducated” for his tweet urging people to stand up for freedom in Hong Kong and suggesting such speech can be very harmful – to the Chinese government and NBA profits apparently. In complete contrast to LeBron’s cowardice, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes is loudly applauded for hammering his own employer for following the path of least resistance in spiking Ronan Farrow’s story on Harvey Weinstein. And they roll eyes before ripping Tom Steyer for telling supporters a win for the Democrats in 2020 means the end of the Republican Party forever and a Republican win “literally” means the end of the world.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome former Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis making an urgent plea to end political tribalism because a unified America is a stronger America. They’re also sad to learn that health problems are forcing the retirement of Georgia GOP Sen. Johnny Isakson and they’re also not thrilled that there’s another Republican-held seat headed to the ballot in 2020. And they discuss why the allegations of Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar may raise legal issues and possibly complicate her political future.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America enjoy watching Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s own staffers begging her to get out of the Democratic presidential race and blast her debate performances as “obnoxious.” They also roll their eyes as Joe Walsh presents himself as the mature, high character alternative to Trump because he stopped acting like Trump a year ago. And they dissect New York Times columnist Bret Stephens taking umbrage at being called a “bedbug” by a university professor and bringing the comment to the provost of the school. Jim caps off that final martini with a plea for everyone to stop bugging each other.

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Yesterday, I had the honor and joy of walking youngest daughter down the aisle. Here’s a picture before we headed to the wedding venue (the farm belonging to the parents of the groom):   More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. 45 Years, or a 12-Step Program for a Successful Marriage

 

I would never have imagined that I would be married so many years. In fact, when I first met my husband-to-be, I told him that I didn’t know if I would ever get married. It just seemed like such a traumatic, demanding step; besides, who would have me?

But I was wrong—and I’m so glad I was. In meeting my husband, I found a man who is generous, smart, funny, helpful, and kind. He can also be stubborn, determined, and obsessive about detail. But I digress . . .

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss Hong Kong hitting pause on an extradition agreement with the Chinese government following massive protests. They also examine the Supreme Court’s approach to Christian vendors vs. the LGBT agenda. They consider what comes next after Iran’s decision to exceed the low-grade uranium limit set by the 2015 nuclear deal. And they also discuss the Trump campaign’s decision to fire its pollsters after unfavorable leaks of bad numbers.

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I remember how we so much liked these pralines we used to get with our bill at Molina’s in Houston that we wanted more – they weren’t for sale. We asked for the recipe and the chef came out to tell us he couldn’t give it to us, he just made them. Something you may […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Happy Mother’s Day! Part 1

 

Well, Mother’s Day is off to a great start. Well, it was . . .

I hit the kitchen a little over an hour ago to start the official MDay dinner. On the menu for tonight? Lasagna! I use a modified version of the tomato sauce and lasagna recipes in Craig Claiborne’s cookbook. I had just finished chopping up the vegetables when I remembered the card! I rushed upstairs and grabbed the card from it’s super secret hiding spot (on top of my dresser) and rushed back downstairs to sign it and put it on my wife’s computer. Just as I was about to sign it, I saw the fine print: Happy Birthday!

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