Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Our Liberty’s Greatest Threat (At the Moment)

 

It is not often that either Chris Mathews or Joe Scarborough are right about anything. But a couple of weeks ago, on the same day, they both used their own words to speculate that the nation was on the verge of a crisis that would endanger its very existence. Of course, they were dead wrong about what the crisis was or the reasons for the danger. As a matter of disclaimer I would like to make it clear that I did not go on an MSNBC binge. I picked up these insights from short clips. Long ago I determined that MSNBC should only be consumed with accompanying dozes of good Irish whiskey. And, unlike Irish whiskey, MSNBC should always be restricted to short, well-spaced dozes. The whiskey is always more enlightening, honest and clarifying.

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I told Mrs R that if she hadn’t shredded all of our cancelled checks and credit card statements, that I’d be able to use them to put dates on some family travels and photos. It would also help me complete a detailed timeline of family history. The cancelled checks are all gone, but a couple […]

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I’ve completed reading the executive summary of the FISA Report. Only eighteen pages but there’s a whole lot there. Know what I didn’t see? A referral to the DOJ to prosecute that Editor’s Note:Automatically redacted for Code of Conduct violation: Obscenities and vulgarities. If you are the author, you can edit this and remove the […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Porn: To Ban or Not to Ban, That is the Question

 

Political Twitter does this thing where a subject pops up and debate rages for days; eventually, the debate migrates to blogs, where someone writes on the topic du jour, then someone else responds, and then someone else responds to that response, and so on. The debates are always largely pointless, they debate theories that are entirely theoretical and hypothetical. And yet, here I am, weighing in, because unfortunately everyone else weighing in on the “ban porn” debate is wrong.

For those of you smart enough to stay away from Twitter, it started here:

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Are you sick of Mueller Reports, Impeachment “hearings”, knowing full well this will go on until Trump leaves office? He’s a good president and a good man. Can we get on with some holiday cheer? I’m listening to a vintage CD called “Christmas Cocktails“, that I found on Amazon. It’s the ultimate holiday fun jazz […]

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Just discovered the 20 For 20 podcasts. They are interesting AND entertaining. The one with Mitch McConnell is high-larious. They are short and a really nice break from all stuff on Capitol Hill right now.   More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Ode to Jeaux by a Tiger Fan

 

Basking in the gleaux of Jeaux,

After years of seasons seaux and seaux.

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I just this moment finished reading Nativity, the Christmas story by Joseph Bottum. It’s wonderful–exhilaratingly wonderful, look all genuine artistic accomplishments. Portraiture as knowing and incisive as those of O’Hara. Prose as sure and glowing as that of Fitzgerald. And through it all the wry, self-possessed sensibility of a storyteller who long ago turned his back on New York to live in the Midwest–and seems to have decided to revive the great tradition of the American short story all by himself just because nobody else seemed interested.

The title of the story, again, is Nativity. It comes in at under 50 pages and costs less than two bucks. The beauty of the thing will wring your heart.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. A Cornered Rat Reponds

 

Last week, the airwaves were full of media praise for Nancy Pelosi to cover for a meltdown seemly aimed at reporter James Rosen but I feel was much more a vent toward a plan going very badly. The media certainly came with both barrels. Chris Mathews and selected Hardball panelists agreed that it may well have been her “finest hour.” That tower of truth Lawrence O’Donnell celebrated her “crushing” of Rosen. Andrea Mitchell attested to Pelosi’s “deep faith” and her sincerity in citing her status as a properly raised Catholic. And the ever-so conservative of convenience David Brooks, no doubt more impressed by the crisp crease of her pantsuit than her substance, called it a “beautiful moment.”

When I bothered to watch the clip of the press conference (actually just a tight, measured statement to the reporters) and her turning on Rosen as she was leaving, my first impression was of a cornered rat striking out and releasing the frustration with its predicament. It might have been quite a bit of her own doing, but Pelosi has been cornered into calling for the bills of impeachment after losing all of the battles needed to make the measure favor her party and her ends.

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Many years ago, as an undergraduate at Kent State (back in the 70s), I would sometimes be totally exhausted after a week of studies and work. My favorite getaway from the pressure would be to go home, crack a bottle of wine, turn on the TV (with the volume completely off), tune in to lady […]

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Looking at articles across the net, it looks like the answer is, “Yes”. I guess 2.0 Graham has faded into the woodwork. This brings question to my mind. Does the President have the right to order the Senate to hold a trial? A quick DOA in the Senate of the House’s articles of impeachment would […]

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As some readers may know I am a massive critic of the war in Afghanistan. Today the Washington Post revealed the Afghan War equivalent of the famous Pentagon Papers of the Viet Nam era. It is far worse than what we thought, and truly is up there with a massive tragedy of epic proportions. It […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Danger of Making Ruthlessness Seem Reasonable

 

I use a lot of dangerous drugs. Well, not me personally, but on my patients. Of course, I use dangerous drugs only when the disease I’m treating is more dangerous than the drug. In diseases that are not life-threatening, naturally I avoid dangerous drugs and try to stick with safer therapies. Chemotherapy drugs can save your life, but they can also have significant side effects. Side effects that you would not tolerate if you were treating a sinus infection. But if you have cancer, and you’re trying to avoid dying, it may make sense to take a chance on side effects – even very serious side effects. In truly desperate circumstances, there are few actions one would not consider, no matter how drastic.

That’s what always bothered me about the great leftist / progressive / socialist leaders of the 20th century: Hitler, Lenin, Mao, Stalin, and so on. They saw a problem and took drastic measures to fix it. When I consider the horrifyingly drastic measures they took, I wonder, “What possible problem did they see that warranted such drastic actions? Who on earth could have possibly thought that was a good idea?” Even for those who lack sympathy for others, killing millions of people is no small thing. They claimed that they were trying to save or improve their countries for their citizens. Which some considered to be an adequate reason. Think about that. And then, think about Greta Thunberg.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Vroom! Vroom!

 

I used to ride motorcycles way back when (an expression which translates to “Damn, I’m old.”). I started riding when I was 14, always on borrowed machines. I bought my first motorcycle for $200, a used Honda CB-160. I rode that thing for a couple of years, then sold it—for $200.

In college, I sold my car and bought two motorcycles—a Honda CB-450, and a Honda XL-125. I rode those for a couple of years until I started dating a gal who refused to ride (makes dating tough, but she had a car). Unfortunately, both bikes got stolen. I ended up buying a car, then broke up with the girlfriend.

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Ronald Reagan will always be known as the President who won the Cold War without firing a shot. He also should be known as the President who broke the back of inflation. Reagan didn’t break the back of inflation by himself, instead he empowered Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker to stop inflation. NPR states: “Here’s […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. December 8: Super Luis Saves the Day

 

The light switch stopped working in my bathroom, right before Thanksgiving. Luis, my super, was off to visit family for the holiday so I rigged up some ad hoc lighting and asked if he could come by the next week to see what the problem was.

Turns out, the problem was my previous super, Carlos, who had “repaired” the same switch about 20 years ago with equal parts electrical tape and hope, both of which had now melted into a molten rubbery substance that had fused all the ancient, shorted-out wiring in my wall together.

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It will not come as a surprise to you that my company does the coolest thing in the world. As you also already know, Ricochetti are the very best kinds of people. Our company actually has quite a few Ricochetti in our ranks – I recruit here without shame. Once again, we are looking to […]

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