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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I’ve been following Notre Dame football for a long time. At one time ND had about three games that were televised during the football season so I would listen to the other seven games on the radio. The season is now a 12 game season, and then the additional bowl game. ND has a national […]

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The Oklahoma Sooner football team barely survived a bad first half to win over undefeated Baylor University 34-31. They were down by 25 points in the second quarter due to two turnovers and really bad defense by OU. Jalen Hurts lost two fumbles and had two interceptions during the game but his face never showed […]

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It’s a no-filter Friday on the Three Martini Lunch. Jim and Greg start by reacting to the Roger Stone convictions before even starting their martinis. Then they shake their heads as President Trump goes on a Twitter rant against former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovonovitch while she’s testifying on Capitol Hill and Adam Schiff immediately overplays his hand by calling it witness intimidation. Then Jim details the disturbing backgrounds of new Democratic presidential candidates Michael Bloomberg and Deval Patrick, including Bloomberg’s mistreatment of women and Patrick abusing his office to help a relative avoid registering as a sex offender. And they get some satisfaction knowing that even the finalists in the “Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions” have already forgotten who Michael Avenatti is.

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Is there any Democrat who won’t run for president at some point this year? Today, Jim and Greg dissect the eleventh hour campaign of former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and the message he’s sending to the other Dems in the race by launching a campaign now. They also sigh as they realize the impeachment process is going to play out for months and it appears highly unlikely that anyone in Congress is likely to change their mind about anything. And they laugh as Michael Bloomberg apparently settle upon the strategy of skipping the first four Democratic presidential contests and putting all of his chips on winning in the South on Super Tuesday.

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Jim is back! Join us for the Tuesday edition of the Three Martini Lunch as he and Greg get a kick out of candidates like Kamala Harris and Amy Klobuchar playing the race and gender cards against Democratic primary voters to explain why their campaigns are struggling. They also roll their eyes at reports that Democrats are trying to get witnesses to cry in the open impeachment hearings in order to build emotional support for President Trump’s impeachment. And they discuss why even more Democrats – like Eric Holder and Deval Patrick – are seriously looking at late entries into the 2020 campaign.

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All good martinis yesterday, and none today. But we have three doozies for you. First, Jim and Greg discuss the new Project Veritas expose, clearly showing reporter/anchor Amy Robach blasting her bosses off air for refusing to air her story exposing Jeffrey Epstein and his powerful connections for the past three years. They blast ABC for engaging in the same kind of cover-up NBC did for Harvey Weinstein. They also shudder at reports that as many as ten Americans were killed by drug cartels in Mexico, the latest evidence that cartels clearly control key parts of Mexico and may even be more powerful than the Mexican military. And they laugh at the painfully predictable reaction from liberals on Twitter and far-left columnists like USA Today’s Christine Brennan after some of the Washington Nationals said nice things about President Trump and one even wore a MAGA hat.

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After a surprisingly brief venting about how bad their football teams are, Jim and Greg serve up three good martinis. They welcome New York Times polling showing Warren as the weakest major Democratic candidate against President Trump and an NYT editorial blasting Warren for falsely claiming that only billionaires would see higher taxes in her plan to pay for single-payer health care. Then they relish the exit of Beto O’Rourke from the 2020 Democratic field and also hammer the media for building up Beto as some sort of transformational figure in 2018 when he was always an empty suit. And Jim highlights his extensive profile of U.S. Attorney John Durham, the tight-lipped prosecutor tapped to investigate how the Trump-Russia investigation began in the first place.

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College Basketball is back! The regular season starts this week. In honor of that happy fact, I thought I would post something I wrote toward the end of the last season,which for whatever reason, I never posted. It is admittedly a little dated, but I think the main point stands. If you belong to one of the […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Diaz Doesn’t Dope

 

Nate DiazThis is not a political story, in the party-politics sense at least. It is a story about protecting your reputation in the face of bureaucracy, modern corporate calculations, and the 24/7 cable sports and social media environment. The protagonist is one of two brothers who have fought professionally for practically their whole lives, and who are now reaching the age cruel to combat sports practitioners. In considering the latest tale of Nate Diaz, brother of Nick, we might find generally applicable lessons. In that sense, maybe you could take it as a parable for the politics of our day.

Nate Diaz officially weighs in at a very long and lean 170 pounds in the UFC. He has won 22 of his 33 professional fights. He fought his way into the UFC, out of other lower-level promotions, by winning the Ultimate Fighter 5 tournament. He is known as a working-class brawler from the rough part of town in Stockton, California, yet his victories break down 5 knockouts/ 12 submissions/ 4 decisions. That is, he is more likely to win choking or manipulating an arm until his opponent taps out, surrendering to avoid serious damage. At the same time, that mixture of wins and losses points away from ever being a fair-haired boy in the organization.

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Another day with two good martinis! Join Jim and Greg as they celebrate U.S. forces killing another top ISIS official who may have been the successor to al-Baghdadi. They’re also pleasantly surprised to see Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema frustrating party leaders for taking a moderate approach on several issues and opposing an end to the legislative filibuster no matter which party is in control. And while Jeff Sessions was a solid senator, they’re not too excited to hear Sessions is seriously considering joining a crowded field to win the seat again.

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Join Jim and Greg as they appreciate a more stable southern border thanks to Mexico holding up its end of the bargain on border security. They also shudder at the news that Justin Trudeau will continue as Prime Minister of Canada, even though Conservative Party candidates won more votes nationwide. And they enjoy watching Democratic insiders wring their hands because they’re worried none of the many Democrats running for president may be able to defeat President Trump and dream of new candidates jumping into the race.

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David French joins us for a drink today in place of Jim, who will be back on Friday. Today, David and Greg discuss the courage of Enes Kanter, a Turkish player for the Boston Celtics. In the wake of widespread NBA cowardice on China, Kanter continues to defy the repressive Turkish government even though it persecutes his family members and he faces threats against his life. They also wince at President Trump’s Twitter-esque letter urging Turkish President Erdogan to seek a cease-fire with the Kurds and blast Trump for pulling back so suddenly in Syria that our own military is scrambling to get out of there. They work in a much-needed laugh as Beto O’Rourke now admits he would have law enforcement come and take away your AR-15 and any other weapons he would ban.

At the conclusion of today’s episode, they pay tribute to the late Rep. Elijah Cummings and then remark on David’s upcoming departure from National Review to join a new venture known as The Dispatch.

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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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I think there is a rule among sporting organizations that using drugs to enhance performance is forbidden. Is this generally true? If it is why aren’t men, who must be taking drugs to enhance their feminine characteristics, ruled out of participation because of their drug use. This seems like a sensible and enforceable standard. More

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Chad Benson, host of “The Chad Benson Show,” and Greg Corombos of Radio America serve up your Columbus Day martinis while Jim is away basking in a New York Jets victory. They start by getting a kick out of Bernie Sanders once again trying to drag Democrats to the left by telling ABC News the big difference between him and Elizabeth Warren is that she’s a capitalist and he is not. And of course, Bernie once again calls for a political revolution. They also shudder as Chinese President Xi Jinping warns that anyone trying to create divisions in China “will end in crushed bodies and shattered bones” and Chad warns that the U.S. and the rest of the world need to realize that the future will either be dominated by China or the U.S. And they react to the violent video meme depicting Trump mowing down media entities and political opponents and the furor that inevitable followed.

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Happy Friday! We’re finally back to our usual format today, so join Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America to wrap up the week in style. First, they nod along as Vice President Mike Pence asks the media why they suddenly don’t care about foreign meddling in the 2016 campaign now that President Trump wants some answers. They also feel ill as Golden State Coach Steve Kerr suggests an absurd moral equivalence between the U.S. and China. And they have fun with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard threatening to boycott the Democratic presidential debate she just qualified for.

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Hey, we finally we have a good martini and it only took us until Thursday! Today, Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America appreciate a bipartisan group of lawmakers blasting the NBA for kowtowing to China. They also slam the Biden campaign for whining that the New York Times is making common cause with Breitbart.com by covering Hunter Biden’s overseas activities. And they hammer President Trump for not worrying if thousands of ISIS prisoners go free because of Turkey’s attack on the Kurds because most would only wind up in Europe again.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Is Free Speech Compatible with Free Trade in China?

 

American populists already blame free trade for costing their country jobs and industrial might. Now they blame it for curtailing freedom of speech. The argument: If the US and Chinese economies weren’t so intertwined, then China couldn’t “export” its authoritarian values by using its huge market power to strong–arm American companies.

Populists correctly note that the NBA’s rebuke of a Houston Rockets official’s pro-Hong Kong democracy tweet is hardly the first instance of Beijing trying to use its financial influence on foreign companies to shape global opinion — especially regarding Hong Kong, Taiwan, and its Uighur reeducation camps. As one China expert told The Washington Post, the Chinese communists don’t tolerate dissent on these issues inside China, “and increasingly they are not tolerating dissent on these issues outside China.”

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