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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: It’s Not Just About Politics

 

The article in the New York Times, like its companion piece in the Washington Post, is one long dog whistle. Its warning is not about Judge Barrett herself, who will fold into the life of the Supreme Court, but the possibility that others who share or are attracted to her active religiosity might be rising out there in the country to pose a threat to the secular dominance of America’s cultural mores that began some 60 years ago.

The new counter-belief system back then argued that shared community values grounded in religious belief—or virtue of the sort evident in the Barrett family—imposes unnecessary constraints on personal or private behavior.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Hand Holding

 

“Hands are made for holding.” – Corina T., Nevada

I usually don’t get Dove chocolates but I saw some in the dollar store, had a craving, and picked up a bag. I’m a little aware of the quotes Dove includes inside the wrappers. Some find them insipid and rant against them. Others find them humorous. I enjoyed the above pre-Chinese Flu quote on my wrapper. With St. Fauci saying that shaking hands will be a thing of the past, this is a nice reminder that people need a human touch.

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My name is Gordon, “Jack” Gordon, and I’m a private detective. To be more precise, my name is Alexander Dunbar Douglas Henryson Jardine Keith Kerr Stewart Gordon. I am descended from many Scottish noble families. I am also descended from all of the most famous of the Scottish makars, including the two men involved in […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: BLM on Peaceful Protests

 

From Hawk Newsome, chairman of Black Lives Matter, speaking on Fox Nation:

I think that it is a tool of white supremacy to say if you want freedom, then you get it by protesting peacefully. For a country that drops bombs on people, for a country that incarcerates people, for a country that enslaves people — to criticize us for vandalism is preposterous, Why is it a tool of white supremacy? Because the white supremacists who built this country never earned anything peacefully. They did it through bullets and blood. And that’s the American way.

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Part 1 2 3 4 5 Part Six Dusty started undoing all of the magic spells that still lingered around the conference room. He quickly pulled Walpole and Percival aside for a few words, and then led us back to the door that joined our hotel. I retrieved my baggage from my room, and then […]

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Few things on earth are as dejected as an unhappy eleven year old. Billy Dewalt sat at the portable desk his dad had made him so he could comfortably do his homework in the family room. Apparently his dad did not realize there is no real way a boy can ever comfortably do homework, especially […]

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It was a dark and stormy night at the Edgemere Estates; the wind was blowing rain and sleet against the panes of glass and pelting the brick with gusting malice. The crackle of the fireplace was muted by the sound, and Lord Edgemere struggled to concentrate as he scratched his fountain pen along the coarse […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Alexander Solzhenitsyn on Living in the West

 

From a newly-translated memoir, excerpted in the Wall Street Journal, from his new home in Vermont:

 But the Lord also sustained me in another way, in the fact that, even though living in the West, I did not have to rush from pillar to post to survive, which would have been exhausting and degrading in an alien milieu: I didn’t need to look for money to live on. And so I never took an interest in whether my books would be to the taste of a Western readership, whether they’d “sell.” In the USSR, I’d been accustomed to earning almost nothing but spending almost nothing as well. Alas, in the West, that wasn’t possible, especially with a family.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. It Was a Dark and Stormy Night…

 

…so, naturally, I was afraid! It didn’t even need to be stormy. If it was dark, I was afraid. As you all know, I grew up on a farm in a little mountain valley where I could see every star in the universe once twilight ceased and darkness reigned. Every. Single. Star. I should have been in awe! And, if I was outside with someone else, I certainly could relax and appreciate the limitless view of the heavens.

But, if I was alone in the dark, for whatever reason, inside or outside, all I experienced was a heart-pounding irrational fear. One evening we drove to town to go see a movie. It could have been a Disney cartoon classic or something equally innocuous like “The Parent Trap” or some Doris Day film. It doesn’t matter because also shown was a Woody Woodpecker cartoon that involved a vampire vulture stalking Woody. Naturally, Woody was oblivious to the threat, and every time the vulture just missed getting Woody. But that vulture’s looming face, coming up behind cheerful little Woody Woodpecker really got to me! When we were home, I went to the bathroom to get ready for bed, and THERE WAS THE VAMPIRE VULTURE!! No, seriously, I swear I saw him in the darkness of the window panes over the bathtub. He WAS there. So, from then on, if I went to the bathroom after dark, I had to consciously NOT look at the windows, or I couldn’t even stay in there long enough to brush my teeth.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. QoTD: The Left Believes We’re Stupid

 

Voters can be unwise, hidebound, prejudiced. Sometimes they fail to discern their own good and even vote for the opposite. Progressivism, by contrast, holds that it has discerned the people’s true interest and redefines democracy as what the people would vote for if only they were smart enough to know their own good. –Michael Anton, in The Stakes

In this quotation, Michael Anton gave one of the most astute descriptions of the Left’s beliefs about the Right. It would be funny if it wasn’t true about them.

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I know some of you hate horror films or at least avoid them, but I love them. I think it’s partly the adrenaline rush. When horror is done well, I appreciate seeing imagination run wild, but I think one of the biggest reasons I enjoy horror films is that life outside the theater is less […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. QotD: Judging Columbus

 

I should be judged as a captain who went from Spain to the Indies to conquer a people numerous and warlike, whose manners and religion are very different from ours, who live in sierras and mountains, without fixed settlements, and where by divine will I have placed under the sovereignty of the King and Queen our Lords, an Other World, whereby Spain, which was reckoned poor, is become the richest of countries.—Christopher Columbus

You may judge him more harshly than he judged himself. Or maybe more leniently. But however you do it, happy Columbus Day.

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Although Gibb was a greasy little stain on the collective name of economic historians, I was quite sure that he wasn’t feigning his quirked eyebrow at my tired appearance. Age might have left me thick, gray curls and a firm posture, but it had still taken its share away, and the deep lines drawn expertly […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: An Offense God Will Bear No Longer

 

In his second inaugural address, Lincoln’s spoke of the sin of slavery and quoted the Gospel of Matthew as to the suffering sin brings: “Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh” (Matthew 18:7).  

Of course, Lincoln was speaking of the wages of slavery paid out in the first American Civil War. Anthony Esolen, my fellow Catholic, doesn’t identify what he thinks is the root of our current internal hostilities in his piece, No Common Love, No Common Life, but I think he wouldn’t argue with me when I contend that God is letting us pay the price for sexual sin, particularly that which culminates in the mass slaughter of innocents through legalized abortion. “What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.” — John Wesley