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I have mentioned before how San Antonio elected its most “progressive” city council a few years ago. It astonished me how these collectivists are so blithely unaware of the nature of their beliefs. This quote from an article about rising rents in the city is illustrative: “Homeowners also wouldn’t be allowed to sell their houses […]

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Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but I had a credit card number stolen, and just discovered an eruption of fraudulent activity for the past week. I mention here because, ahem, I literally do not use the card for anything except my Ricochet account. I don’t carry it around, haven’t used it for […]

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Identity Politics: Setting the Record Straight

 

Human beings are arrogant creatures prone to pessimism. We do not want to take responsibility for our own sorry circumstances or failures nor are we willing to simply attribute these things to chance. So we find others to blame and we invent conspiracies. The self is perfect, of course, but a victim. When in the company of others with similar failures and sorry circumstances, we find solace. When politicians step in to encourage our doubt and provide false state-mandated remedies, identity politics is born.

The American ideas of equality, liberty, self-reliance, opportunity, and perseverance are antithetical to the corrosive despair of victimhood. Our citizens are not victims, but individuals with the liberty and power, with the responsibility, to pursue their own happiness.

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So the recall effort to bring down Gov Newsom here in California is less than two weeks old and already has over quarter of a million signatures. Citizens need to sign the petitions for the recall and succeed in having some one million plus signatures. Which means we must go for two and a half […]

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What Are the Key Parts of a Relationship?

 

Some time back, it was popular to talk about the “Five Love Languages,” the ways in which a person shows his or her love to someone else. I was always kind of resistant, partially because I reflexively suspect categorization as being a somewhat fuzzy and lazy tool, especially when applied to relationships. Or as the Babylon Bee puckishly “reported,” Husband Declares His Love Language is Marathoning All the ‘Lord of the Rings’ Movies.

Still, there is no denying that people absolutely often express love through acts of service, affirming words, gifts, time, and touch. But that, at least to me, neither properly categorizes, nor even includes the most important language of love in a growing relationship: listening. Indeed, listening to the other person is not only important, but it is the gateway to having a successful relationship in the first place. Hearing the other person, and considering what she has to say, is the first and single most important step in any proper relationship. Everything that comes after that builds on that single foundation.

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It seems incredible that our policies and political actions seem to be driven by gossip. What else can you call assertions about climate, the environment, economics, social justice, education, judicial appointments, electoral candidates, executive officers, et.al that are based on little or no evidence that can be examined, debated or challenged? But in fairness there […]

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Why do many long-standing members of the Republican Party and the Conservative movement have such a strong sense of loyalty to the Kurds, but no sense of loyalty to their fellow Republicans and Conservatives who support our President? Why do some such people level an accusation of disloyalty and betrayal against anyone who did not […]

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Tulsi Unloads on Hillary. Have Popcorn?

 

This explosion occurred when the forlorn and pathetic Hillary Clinton called candidate Tulsi Gabbard a Russian asset. A Uranium-rich remark. Now, there’s a lot to like about Tulsi Gabbard, even though I think she’s wrong about a number of social policy issues and if she had a different educational path might have come out more on the conservative end of the spectrum … but damn! She certainly has Hillary Clinton pegged. We’ll see if this boosts her standing in the Democrat field even as some diehard Hillary fans are affronted by the broadside. Who cares about Biden, Warren, or Bernie. This is where all the action is.

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I always upgrade to the latest operating system on my home iMac, which is just over a year old. Unfortunately, The Print Shop is now incompatible, and I would like to find new desktop-publishing software that will work, and be as versatile as The Print Shop has been for me. The Print Shop was the […]

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On the Remnants and Arrogance of Empire

 
An essay commissioned by Peter Robinson on this week’s Ricochet Podcast.

After the devastation of two World Wars in less than a half century, the British Empire began to dismantle itself in the late 1940s. As commentator Mark Steyn has observed it then precipitated an event unheard of in human history – one dominant military power ceding power to another peaceably – not as the result of losing a war, but through sheer exhaustion. The British decided to tend to their knitting at home and left the new dominant power, the United States, to play the role of the world’s policeman.

The map of the Middle East signed by Mark Sykes and Francois Georges-Picot. (British National Archives)

After almost 75 years we’re still at it. But we’re doing it in the world designed by our predecessors. The borders and political divisions we see are largely due to two events: The Sykes-Picot agreement of 1916 which divided much of the Middle East into spheres of influence between the British and the French and the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne that created the modern Turkish state. Both of these agreements, the former made at the height of the First World War and the latter after it, were made without regard to the people that were actually living there.

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Quote of the Day: G.K. Chesterton on Generations

 

“I believe what really happens in history is this: the old man is always wrong; and the young people are always wrong about what is wrong with him. The practical form it takes is this: that, while the old man may stand by some stupid custom, the young man always attacks it with some theory that turns out to be equally stupid.”
– G.K. Chesterton, Illustrated London News, June 3, 1922

A constant in electoral politics is pitting the generations against each other. Many Boomers thought the Greatest Generation was too staid and traditional. Gen Xers found Boomers self-indulgent and profligate. Since Generation X is famously a forgotten generation, Millennials content themselves with bashing the Boomers as well.

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Fox streamed some of Trump’s Dallas rally Thursday night. Finding little else to watch on my available 600 or so cable channels, I tuned in, at least until the start of the hockey game (Coyotes beat the Predators, 5-2). I noticed a marked change in the president’s delivery and demeanor in Dallas. First, he seemed […]

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Dinesh D’Souza on the Socialist Temptation

 

Thursday night, Dinesh D’Souza was in town to meet with the local Young America’s Foundation group and give a talk at the State University of New York at Buffalo. It was free and open to the public, so my wife and I went. His talk was streamed live and can be viewed on YouTube:

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Quote of the Day: St. John Henry Newman

 

“It is plain every great change is effected by the few, not by the many; by the resolute, undaunted, zealous few. … shunning all intemperate words, let us show our light before men by our works.” St. John Henry Newman

I dunno, but this admonishment for the clergy might also pertain to politics. Ahem. (Yes, yes, I know Trump is not the best shunner of intemperate words, but his works on our behalf seem pretty solid. And he fights — resolutely, undauntedly, and zealously.)

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Where Do Kids Go When Parents Are Addicted?

 

A local Vermont newspaper ran an incredibly touching obituary for a young woman, just two years younger than me, who finally succumbed to her addiction to opioids. Her father wrote the obituary, and explained how her addiction came to pass,

Megan grew up in St. Albans and Georgia, Vt., participating in dance and swimming. She proved to be an adventuresome reader and a fearless jumper off cliffs. But on July 1, 2005, she was once again at a cliff on Eagle Bay in Burlington. I was sitting at my desk on the first day of a new job, and a Vermont State Policeman called to tell me to drive to the emergency room at the University of Vermont Medical Center. I was told that she had been pushed off the cliffs and hit the rocks below … with her face. Having been rescued by a man in a kayak and EMTs, she was being stitched up, and her jaw was wired shut. They suspected a TBI, but when they prescribed her liberal doses of opiates, she lost control of her life. She would be in and out of rehab — and jail — for the next 14 years.

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I am posting here out of frustration with our mental-healthcare system. A member of our extended family has been exhibiting paranoia and delusional thinking. We spoke with a friend who is a psychiatric nurse and she felt that this person needs to be evaluated by a psychiatrist. We were able to contact this person’s LCSW […]

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Colorful Korean Meal

 

Various forms of contemporary kimchi. National Institute of Korean Language [CC BY-SA 2.5]
Across the northern hemisphere, this is the time of year for harvest festivals. In Germany, Oktoberfest 2019 is in its final week. Two weeks ago, South Koreans celebrated ChuseokI claim no expertise in Korean culture or cuisine but have a few colorful memories of Korean food.

Start with green and white cabbage. Cabbage is preserved by fermentation, both in Asian and in Europe. In Korea, instead of sauerkraut, a mild dish, you get kimchi. Driving through the hilly Korean countryside north of Seoul, I noticed very large plastic sheets laid out on the sides of the road, near farming houses. They were covered, covered with small bright red chili peppers, laid out to dry. These would form the fiery base of the spices that separate kimchi from sauerkraut. There are many other possible ingredients, but you can usually expect orange carrots, green and white scallions, and white radish, ginger, and garlic.

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There used to be a time when being a “first” meant something—first man on the Moon, first solo flight across the Atlantic, and so forth. When it comes to women, minorities, and LGBT, the “firsts” never seem to stop: https://www.foxnews.com/science/nasa-astronauts-history-first-all-female-spacewalk More

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