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Nobody needs to read this, it is my vent; my pointless whining; my complaint which I cannot utter; my primordial yawp. Probably I won’t even post it. Kind of like James Stewart dictating to his secretary in “Mr. Hobbs takes a vacation”. I hate dishwashing. One of my first jobs, over four decades ago, was […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss new polling showing public perception dropping for businesses that are publicly breaking ties with the NRA, due entirely to a massive plunge in favorability among Republicans. They also breathe a sigh of relief as Republicans in Arizona’s eighth congressional district reject the frontrunner […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud conservative columnist and “Need to Know” podcast host Mona Charen for speaking the hard truth that too many on the right are willing to look the other way on President Trump’s personal behavior – and even the Roy Moore story – in an effort […]

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to the horrific news that the armed sheriff’s deputy assigned to Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School was aware of the shooter and never went in to confront him. They also recoil at reports the sheriff’s office was specifically warned in November that the shooter […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome the news that Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer will run for the U.S. Senate in North Dakota, and even though he’s not as conservative as we might want him to be, by all accounts Cramer gives the GOP its best chance to defeat Democratic Sen. […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome a new Politico/Morning Consult poll showing more Americans now plan to vote for a Republican congressional candidate than for a Democrat, which is a big swing since in recent weeks. They also roll their eyes as Democrats and pundits fret that President Trump […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Make Some Babies!

 

Yesterday, there was a surprising story in the New York Times about the falling fertility rate. That wasn’t the surprising part; it’s that this was framed as a negative for our society. In the Upshot blog, Lyman Stone writes,

As a result, the gap between the number of children that women say they want to have (2.7) and the number of children they will probably actually have (1.8) has risen to the highest level in 40 years. (From 1972 to 2016, men have expressed almost exactly the same ideal fertility rates as women: In a given year, they average just 0.04 children below what women say is ideal.)

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Recipe for a Wedding Cake

 

In his famous poem “Ozymandias,” Percy Bysshe Shelley describes the head of the tyrant’s statue lying in the desert sand:

Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;

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Alexandra DeSanctis of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer the family leave plan pushed by Sen. Marco Rubio and Ivanka Trump to allow parents to tap their future Social Security checks to cover the weeks surrounding the birth of a new baby in exchange for waiting extra weeks when they reach retirement. […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome comments from Bank of America Chief Executive Brian Moynihan suggesting the recent tax bill will trigger “massive new investment” in the United States, likely leading to economic growth and more jobs. They also skewer a plan from two state Democratic lawmakers in California who […]

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I had an epiphany over the weekend while watching a YouTube video discussion of the Aziz Ansari controversy. I have concluded that I owe an apology to young women making “rape culture” and “#MeToo” allegations, and many others who appear to have suffered the same distress as a result of casual sex. My thoughts on […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud Meghan McCain for calling out Michael Wolff’s many factual errors and questionable journalistic ethics to his face during a discussion of his book on “The View.” They also unload on Republican Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens for conducting an extramarital affair as he prepared […]

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New Year — Old Tradition

 

I just wanted to share with my friends here one of my favorite traditions that has evolved over the 44-year marriage that we’ve managed to sustain. We go for a motorcycle ride on New Year’s Day. Now, it hasn’t happened every time.

The first one was not photographed, and happened spontaneously. We jumped on the bike, and rode from our little apartment down to the beach, Ocean Beach, in San Diego. We’d been married about six months. We simply had to do it: because it was not 20 degrees below zero, there was no snow, and it was the first time either of us had experienced New Year’s weather like that.

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In Banter’s sixth installment of the “Bridging the Dignity Divide” series, Chris Karpowitz and Jeremy Pope joined the show to discuss the results of the third annual American Family Survey, cosponsored by Deseret News and Brigham Young University. The survey covers a range of issues facing American families today, including economic challenges, cultural concerns, health […]

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This was written as a response to this article by Rod Dreher: http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/failsons-and-the-women-who-love-them Given that it turned into more of an essay (or a long rant) then a comment, I figured I’d post it here. Apologies in advance…actually no. No apologies.  More

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Somebody mentioned first dates in another thread. Every married couple has to have a first date. Who asked first? How long ago was it? What did you do, and where did you go? Ray and I had re-met at a New Years party (same person gave it as the one where we met, same date […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are very cautiously optimistic about tax reform getting done after the Senate Budget Committee approved the Senate bill and several of the likely holdouts now seem ready to pass it. They’re also concerned following the latest North Korean missile test, which seems to indicate […]

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Thoughts After Thirty-One Years

 

I have a friend who broke up his second marriage because he wasn’t satisfied. Within a month, he found someone new through his social circles. He was in love and they began living together. After two years, he gave up on this girlfriend because she wasn’t going to change.

Within a month, he found another woman on a dating site and was living with her. Once again, he was in love. At about two years, he would speak openly about their differences and their conflicts. But this time, he was determined to make it work.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America note Republican Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ed Gillespie grabbing a small lead in one poll and greatly closing the gap in others as his tough stance on gang violence resonates with voters. They’re also stunned to see Republican Roy Moore and Democrat Doug Jones knotted […]

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