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INT. A TASTEFULLY DECORATED LIVING ROOM The Gold Tooth, staunch conservative and respected Ricochet contributor, has fallen asleep on the couch. The book he had been reading, Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason (in German, naturally), is lying open on the floor. A CD of the collected piano works of George Enescu is still playing softly […]

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In a shocking move for decency and life, the President attended the Pro Life March in person this year, the first President to do so.   More

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An 83-year old Scottish woman who suffers from dementia is climbing the UK music download charts, singing a duet, with her caregiver, of Frank Sinatra’s hit from 1969, “My Way.” Margaret Mackie and Jamie Lee Morley first performed the song at her nursing home, during last year’s Christmas karaoke party, and subsequently recorded it at […]

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People are always asking me why I support Joe Biden. For one, he was a senator for the Reagan administration. Secondly, he, like my hero Bill Kristol, supported the Iraq invasion. But most importantly, the reason I support Joe Biden is that I can count on him to be animated by a profound sense of […]

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I know some people like to unplug, every now and again. I know some people unplug from Ricochet, every now and again. More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Tattered Black Shawl

 

As we go through life, there are some items that travel with us, and we can’t imagine living without them. Our history is molded into them. They’ve seen our struggles and our joys. In some cases, they’ve been stepped on, dumped on, misplaced, borrowed, or worn out. For me, my tattered black shawl is that precious item that I can’t imagine being without.

I first bought this shawl 20 years ago when I was in Pokhara, Nepal, a dusty town with barely paved streets and tiny shops. I’d made up my mind that I needed a black shawl, so I was on a quest to buy one. Most garments that I saw were colorful and bright. But I needed black. I finally found this shawl. It was surprisingly well-made; now that I think about it, I don’t know for sure if it was made in Nepal or China. But it was soft and warm and I packed it up with my other Pokhara purchases.

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“Understanding” is the key to an anxiety free existence in these crazy, unserious times in modern America. …among them there is only one hatred that is not disarmed: the hatred of the man alone, of the individualist outside of all parties. – Page 99 More

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In this piece for Spectator USA’s special issue devoted to cancel culture, I describe my own experience of being cancelled by an online mob two years ago. I lost five positions in total, including my full-time job running an education charity. As I say in the piece, it was a vertiginous fall from grace, like something out of a Tom Wolfe novel. But that isn’t the end of the story.

I’m now setting up a Free Speech Union to protect people who find themselves at the center of one of these witch-hunts. Together, we can stop this digital McCarthyism ruining any more lives.

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Elizabeth Barrett Browning.jpgDISCONTENT
Light human nature is too lightly tost
And ruffled without cause, complaining on–
Restless with rest, until, being overthrown,
It learneth to lie quiet. Let a frost
Or a small wasp have crept to the inner-most
Of our ripe peach, or let the wilful sun
Shine westward of our window,–straight we run
A furlong’s sigh as if the world were lost.
But what time through the heart and through the brain
God hath transfixed us,–we, so moved before,
Attain to a calm. Ay, shouldering weights of pain,
We anchor in deep waters, safe from shore,
And hear submissive o’er the stormy main
God’s chartered judgments walk for evermore.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

On first glance, Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1805-1855) would seem to have lived a life of privilege and fortune, with little room for discontent or unhappiness anywhere. Her family, which resided in the north of England, was extremely wealthy on both sides, the result of both inheritances and ownership of Jamaican sugar plantations. As the oldest of twelve children, she had a very comfortable upbringing, well-educated, and encouraged in her love of poetry-writing by her mother, who kept every one of her daughter’s notebooks, giving us a fascinating glimpse into Elizabeth’s stylistic and philosophical development as she aged.

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China Suddenly Increases Death Toll By Over 60% As Virus Jumps To Europe The emerging corona virus infection in China is now spreading overseas, and 46 million Chinese in 16 cities are now under some form of quarantine. Reports indicate that every diagnosed case is potentially responsible for infecting another 15 individuals. If true this […]

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Well, Trump did it. Good for him. I think, Trump supporters and Trump critics on the right, can all agree this is a great thing to happen today.

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Boris Johnson and EU Chiefs Sign UK Withdrawal Agreement Heralding Historic Brexit Moment More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Meanwhile, Back at the FISA Court…

 

The FISA Court just declassified an order Thursday relating to the FBI spying on the Trump campaign. Here is the order; here is a National Review article with a brief summary. This is a significant order addressing an important question not answered in the Horowitz Report. The order was entered on January 7, 2020.

The important, new information from this order is that the DOJ has concluded that the third and fourth FISA warrants obtained against Carter Page were wrongful. This means that the FBI conducted unlawful surveillance of the Trump campaign in violation of the Constitution.

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On Day 2, Schiff showed his grasp of the facts of this case in a two hour, twenty minute virtuoso performance of his Opening Argument. At the end of Day 3, Schiff had a compelling summation. It was a rhetorical crescendo, and one of the best final arguments I have ever heard. It laid Trump’s […]

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Here’s what Democrats mean when they say that a story they don’t want revealed and investigated has been ‘debunked’. Sometimes they will just call it a far out ‘conspiracy theory’. Authored by Debra Heine via American Greatness blog, More

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Zuby, rapper, musician, podcaster and author, stops by during his worldwind tour of the United States. Son of Nigerian immigrants, he talks about his upbringing in Saudi Arabia and the UK, and the perspective on the world it offered him. He and Bridget cover the role of masculinity in today’s society, why the concept of […]

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The Democrats have a “women problem”. No, not that they don’t get votes from women, they get plenty of them. It’s that they really seem to have their political ambitions badly hurt by women — Nancy, Hillary, Elizabeth, Stormy, Chrissy Blasey Ford, etc. You get the picture. And now our latest entrant into the Democrat-wrecking […]

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It’s always a sad time when people perish trying to do good in the world, but it hits home when they’re American: https://www.foxnews.com/us/3-american-firefighters-killed-in-australia-crash-all-us-military-veterans-are-identified More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Three Most Important Words in the English Language

 

Oh, I know what you sappy sentimentalists are thinking: “I love you.” But, you would be wrong! How embarrassing.

The three most important words in the English language are: “I don’t know.” Okay, technically that’s four words with a contraction in the middle, smarty pants.

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