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When it comes to celebrated jury trials, whether the 1996 O.J. Simpson acquittal or Tuesday’s 3-count guilty verdicts of Minneapolis Police Office Derek Chauvin over the death of George Floyd, I pray for impartial justice. I care more about the integrity of the process – like elections – than the actual outcomes. We want to […]

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The Washington Redskins were a football team in the NFL for decades, but recently changed their name to “The Washington Football Team” in a selfless, heroic attempt to appease a few unappeasable nincompoops.  The owners emphasized that this new, if uninspired, name was only temporary, once they figured out a way to appease the unappeasable.  […]

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Breaking: Chauvin Found Guilty on All 3 Counts

 

Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has been found guilty on all three charges in the death of George Floyd.

The jury declared Chauvin guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. Although the first charge is punishable by up to 40 years in prison, Minnesota sentencing guidelines begin at 12 1/2 years for a defendant with no criminal history.

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The Derek Chauvin verdict was released today. This is one of the most “important” trials of my life relatively short life. It hasn’t felt like it. The accused crimes took place almost a year ago. The riots and protests that ensued are already a vague memory.  It’s hard to believe Donald Trump was our President […]

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Knowledge Ownership and Guerilla Education

 

Deep in the last century when I was a high school teacher in a private boys school, I would arrange guerrilla field trips for my biology class to the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. No school or charter bus. Attendees must use public transportation or get a ride to the gathering point on the mall.  Each had to present his transportation plan in advance of the trip.

Outside the museum I briefed the students with something like this:

McClellan, and Other Leaders Who Got It Wrong

 

Officers of the 69th Infantry New York, at Fort Corcoran, VA, with Col. Michael Corcoran. (Mathew Brady/NARA)

American history is replete with examples of military leaders making foolish and erroneous declarations.

Perhaps none did so more frequently and with such significant consequences than George B. McClellan, arguably the worst commander in U.S. military history, a man who never missed an opportunity to be wrong with a spectacular inability to recognize it.

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I go to my conservative websites and read the latest leftist outrage that won’t be confronted (oooh, I used that word!) by anyone with balls and a spine on the right. Waters should be in jail, Pelosi should be sharing her cell, and all I see from our side is words. I’m not saying we […]

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Confusions Over Leprosy

 

I think of myself as a capable thinker, but I am always worried about creating my own echo chamber, where I seek only affirmation of what I already think, and rejection of other ideas because they do not conform to the opinions I have already formed. The internet, of course, makes this risk even worse, because we can all much more easily find safe havens (like Ricochet) where disagreements are only kibitzing around the edges instead of at the heart of the matter.

And so I get this amazing thrill when I discover that something I thought I knew is actually wrong. That revelation confirms that I am still able to change my mind based on new information. More importantly, I have grown, spiritually and intellectually.

Campaign Cash: Tectonic Shifts Underway

 

One of the consequences of making occasional political contributions is that they result in perpetual fundraising appeals, especially via email and text. Joining political organizations that sell their lists is another way to find an avalanche of appeals in your inbox.

But as a former campaign operative of many years in many states, I find them instructive, even canaries in the coal mine. For example, this one that I received Monday from Sen. McConnell’s campaign organization.

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https://worthypolitics.com/this-is-outrageous-breaking-news-the-supreme-court-declines-to-hear-a-lawsuit-over-mail-in-balloting/ Here is the wording of the SCOTUS rejection of the case regarding mail in ballots, ruling the matter is moot. Do the Justices believe  that there will be no future elections? I mean, if there are going to be future elections, then this lawsuit regarding the issue of early and  mail in ballots  should […]

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There surely must be a horticultural corollary to the well-known maxim, generally attributed to Winston Churchill, that “a woman’s skirt should be long enough to cover the subject and short enough to be interesting.”   And it has to do with “ground covers,” those low-growing, fast-spreading plants that (one hopes) form an attractive carpet, especially in […]

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The President’s recent statement that “No amendment is absolute,” referring to the need for the Lefties to pull each and every gun out of the realm of public ownership, is troubling. I would say it is impeachment material. But apparently he did not go far enough to satisfy Joy Behar. Preview Open

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Was multiple strokes. One wonders how this will affect the trials. In this article we see Sen Booker talking about White supremacists attacking the “sacred space” the more that is revealed, the more the govt looks bad.  When will we know who shot Ashli Babbitt and why he pulled that trigger. Not anytime soon I […]

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Last week, our friend Bari Weiss published a letter written by the parent of child enrolled at the Brearley School, a private all-girls school on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.  It’s one of the most clear minded and cogent statements on woke culture we have ever read. But don’t take our word for it […]

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The Road Back to Boston

 

A supplement to @percival ‘s post on this topic.

“During the whole affair, the rebels attacked us in a very scattered, irregular manner, but with perseverance and resolution, nor did they ever dare to form into any regular body.  Indeed they knew too well what was proper, to do so.  Whoever looks upon them as an irregular mob, will find himself very much mistaken.