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If the Democratic National Committee and Black Lives Matter were signed to Netflix to co-produce a soap opera, the result would be pretty much what the first few days of the January 6th Committee have been. The first day of the hearings featured more weeping men than the Stonewall Inn on the day Judy Garland […]

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The Republican Party is in a position to take both houses of Congress in the 2022 elections as well as make real inroads at state and local levels. This is due largely to the disaster that the first few months of the Biden administration have become. The reversal of Trump era policies has had an […]

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The Quote of the Day is the easiest way to start a fun conversation on Ricochet.  You don’t have to think up something intelligent, pithy, or eloquent yourself–just steal borrow (with proper credit, of course) from somebody else! You can share a written or spoken passage that you’ve come across and find worthy, a quote from popular, classical, or […]

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Nobody Tells the Truth

 

Why would anyone have faith in the government’s telling the truth? It’s clear that if the facts get in the way of their agenda, they aren’t interested in “complicating” their message. We always knew that government, and especially politicians, “mishandled” the truth, but we figured that behavior went with the job. After all, they desperately wanted to fool as many people as possible. But now the lying is so ubiquitous that the word “truth” has lost its meaning. I’d like to think the lying happens less on the Right, but I simply don’t know if that’s true anymore. Even more disappointing is that more than ever, the media has decided that its mission is to defend the Leftist agenda, so they are happy to collude in the lying.

The fact is, digging up the truth can be inconvenient: who wants to conduct an investigation, with the time and effort it will require, when you can just make it up? Not only is making that effort tiresome, but you might discover facts that simply don’t support your agenda. A much more “helpful” approach is to be creative; make up your own facts from innuendo when you report on the Right, and ignore or embellish your facts when they aren’t flattering to the Left.

The rest of us are left to try to determine the truth on our own. How are we supposed to do that? We’ve known that the media has slanted Left for a very long time, but it is now dominated by the Left’s agenda. How did the media become so committed to making up their own facts?

How to name the war

 

A few weeks ago we discussed whether The War of Northern Aggression was a name that was ever used seriously.  Whether or not, it’s not a name that will find acceptance among all the regional partisans in our country.  I don’t think we’ve even reached complete agreement on whether it was the Civil War or the War Between the States.  Each of those names is also a political statement.

But look at how the issue was finessed by the local  G.A.R. post in Albion, Michigan:GAR markerThe marker reads: “G.A.R. Memorial / In Memory of U.S. Soldiers and Sailors  / War of 1861-65 / Erected by the E.W. Hollingsworth Post 210 / Department of Michigan / 1925”

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When I was a kid, scientists in the movies were either good guys who used their knowledge and skills to solve the problem and kill the monster or the aliens or they were bad guys (“mad scientists”) whose ego caused them to misuse science in an attempt to rule the world.  Those movies never had incompetent […]

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This is a fun little compilation of news stories prior to November 2020 detailing how election machines are designed for fraud. You don’t need complex systems to add 1+1+1+1+1+1, unless you want a system that changes 1 to .75, or can subtract 100,000:  Politico: How to Hack an Election in 7 Minutes (Aug 5, 2016)(https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/08/2016-elections-russia-hack-how-to-hack-an-election-in-seven-minutes-214144/) […]

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Philosophy in Space: We Hold This Fiction to Be True Star Trek

 

After all the adversities that we’ve encountered in our travels, the greatest adversary, it turns out, is ourselves–our capacity for the best and the worst. We still have much to learn about what’s up there, and what’s in here.

Thus says Captain Kirk, gesturing to his heart at the end.  This is in the final episode of Star Trek Continues.  I say THIS IS TRUE STAR TREK. This is Star Trek fiction the way it oughta be, even if the copyright holders don’t count STC as part of their canon. This is true Star Trek because it is PHILOSOPHY IN SPACE.

Quote of the Day: “A Damsel with a Dulcimer”

 

File:Dulcimer1917vogue.jpgA damsel with a dulcimer
In a vision once I saw:
It was an Abyssinian maid
And on her dulcimer she played,
Singing of Mount Abora.
Could I revive within me
Her symphony and song,
To such a deep delight ’twould win me,
That with music loud and long,
I would build that dome in air,
That sunny dome! those caves of ice!
And all who heard should see them there,
And all should cry, Beware! Beware!
His flashing eyes, his floating hair!
Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread
For he on honey-dew hath fed,
And drunk the milk of Paradise. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

A favorite poem, and one I think deserves another outing here on Ricochet.

Kublai Khan (1215-1294) was the grandson of Genghis, the “Great Khan,” and ruled the Mongol empire from 1260-1294.  Today he is recognized as the founder of China’s Yuan dynasty, and as the great unifier of what is now China and as its integrator into that same Mongol empire.  Unfortunately, his leadership talents (which were considerable) were not inherited by his successors, and by the middle of the 14th century, the Mongols had withdrawn from the majority of his conquered territory, and China went its own way from that point forward.

On Doctors and Following the Science

 

Earlier this week, I reached a bit of a breaking point with COVID theatre in medical settings. We brought our two-year-old daughter to a specialist appointment for a somewhat stressful (though non-invasive) test. I brought my husband Seth along because I didn’t want to be faced with the possibility of having to juggle a crying newborn while also comforting my scared toddler during the exam.

It started with the pens. The pens, oh, the pens. There is something deeply disconcerting about a medical provider that is still engaging in the theatre surrounding surface transmission in late-July of 2021. No, we don’t need separate cups of “clean” and “dirty” pens. I intentionally always take one out of the dirty cup in my own quiet little act of rebellion.

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So Jonah Goldberg (who in my opinion is actually one of the nicer and more reasonable NeverTrumpers), put out this somewhat polemic tweet today: I choose the fourth option: a simple political riot.  It’s amazes me how certain segments of the American elite talk about 1/6 as if Satan worshippers or Klansmen in full regalia […]

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In another post I commented: I think it is clear ( and has been since at least the IRS Tea Party targeting )  that we now live in a police State. The full power of the State is brought to bear against its political opponents. Friends (and family … looking at you Hunter ) of […]

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The failure to recognize the  fact that production takes time is one of the greatest failings of the conventional Keynesian-based wisdom that we have been indoctrinated with.  Here is a good quote from Mises that points it out, and also points out the futility of our politicians and high priests’ attempts to learn true facts […]

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