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Properly punctuated, an excellent root beer, but here I refer to the Portuguese initials of the Brazilian Coffee Institute. I was just thinking up a slogan for it. Not that it needs one now – the office went out of existence in 1989 – or needed one earlier. Uhh…”It’s All About The Coffee.” No; that’s […]

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Despite the criticisms made about President Trump’s bombastic behavior and conduct, his base has stuck with him throughout because he taps into a movement that’s so much bigger than him. What movement is that exactly? That would be the national populist movement
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Join Jim and Greg as they applaud South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott for a pragmatic approach to police reform and for rightly hammering the Democratic characterization of his legislation as a “token” approach. They also rip Chief Justice John Roberts for siding with the four liberal justices in blocking the Trump administration’s effort to end DACA, which was unconstitutionally created in the first place. And they wade into the ugly back and forth between President Trump and former National Security Adviser John Bolton over Bolton’s scathing new book.

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Leaving it to foreigners to do the work that American media companies just won’t do, The Guardian reports: Last month, California made headlines when it announced a first-in-the-nation plan to create a $125m coronavirus relief fund for undocumented workers. But its rollout got off to a chaotic start this week, with thousands of calls flooding […]

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Two good martinis and one very bad one as we head into Mother’s Day weekend. Join Jim and Greg as they marvel at how well Florida has done thus far in warding off virus that’s particularly rough on the elderly. They also shudder deeply as the U.S. lost a stunning 20.5 million jobs in April and the unemployment rate soared to 14.7 percent. And they welcome news that the percentage of positive COVID tests is declining at testing ramps up.

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Join Jim and Greg as they examine media critic Howard Kurtz’s call for TV hosts to rely on infectious disease experts to assess the coronavirus instead of more familiar faces. They also hammer “The Atlantic” and two law professors for concluding that China’s crackdown on internet speech is a better way to go than America’s default towards free speech. And they unload on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for lying about opposing Trump’s China travel ban and for suggesting Trump was wrong even to allow American citizens and green card holders to return from China.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Victor Davis Hanson on Corona, California, and the Classical World

 

Victor Davis Hanson is both a classical scholar at the Hoover Institution and a farmer in the San Joaquin Valley of California. He’s also a defender of the President, (his book The Case For Trump spent weeks on the best seller lists in 2019), and a close observer of the scientific and medical communities. These disparate interests and fields of study give him very unique perspectives and insights on the current COVID-19 crisis. We discuss the current situation with him in great detail, including the difficulties encountered by farmers, by research scientists and doctors, why some areas of the country are affected more than others, his theories about when the virus actually appeared in the U.S. and finally, what plagues of the ancient world can teach us about how to best manage and get past the situation the entire world finds itself in.

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Extremely frustrating Facebook post, by a fellow church member who really ought to know better: Remember how Trump said he could shoot someone on 5th Ave. and no one would care? Well, now we have a lot of deaths and a good many of them fall to a Federal government created by this man and […]

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The physical bars and restaurants and being ordered to close in many places but the Three Martini Lunch remains open. Come in and join us! Today, Jim and Greg react to the CDC urging Americans to avoid gatherings of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks and mayor and governors forcing bars and restaurants to close. They also discuss the awkwardness of the Biden-Sanders debate in the midst of the coronavirus crisis and highlight how Bernie Sanders and other Democrats have pushed Biden into extreme liberal positions on energy, immigration, guns, abortion and more. And they discuss the stunning political fall of Andrew Gillum, who came less than a percentage point from becoming Florida’s governor in 2018.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Migrant Crisis and Wuhan Flu?

 

Last week, my husband and I attended a family party in New York. Joking about “social distance,” family members did refrain from hugging as enthusiastically as we might ordinarily have done, and the cousin who had just returned from Milan was mock-shunned and chided for not informing us of his travels before he had intruded into the new, six-foot diameter personal space bubble we’d been told we should maintain around ourselves.

My husband and I got home from New York just as the cancellation cascade commenced and things began to look less ha-ha and more serious. Family e-mails have been arriving daily, offering health updates; one family member has a slight fever, everyone else seems okay, wash your hands, wash your hands, wash your hands. Had we known then (that is, two weeks ago) what we know now, the party might have been canceled altogether. Certainly, my Milan-visiting cousin would’ve been politely un-invited, or offered the option of virtual attendance via Skype. After all, the focus of the party was my aunt’s 85th birthday. She’s hale and hearty, but … she’s 85.

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Thank goodness ICE ignores the “sanctuary” status of cities when it comes to apprehending illegal aliens: https://www.foxnews.com/us/ice-arrests-illegal-immigrant-nypd-child-rape-sexual-abuse More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Fencing Off an Attractive Nuisance

 

People have been choosing to take some risk and expense to come to this country, rather than others closer to their home country, in part because our federal government, with the collusion of both major party establishments, allowed access to our social welfare system. It took President Trump to finally uphold our written laws, finally getting the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice personnel in place who would not continue resisting American law and the policy preferences of a presidential electoral majority.

On Friday, a short statement from the Press Secretary thanked the Supreme Court for doing the right thing and noting the new DHS rule on immigrants’ access to welfare programs will go into force this Monday.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Washington DC Wins. Washington State (and Others) Lose. It’s Good.

 

Wednesday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Trump Administration can withhold federal funds from cities and states that deny the feds access to illegal aliens released from prisons (i.e., maintain “sanctuary” for illegals).

This is a good thing. The headline on the local station web site reads “Appeals court rules against Wash. State.” In this case, Washington state, and others, are in the wrong, and, in my opinion, deserve to be slapped down.

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The Democrats debated in Las Vegas last night and they put on quite the show. Join Jim and Greg as they walk through the major dust-ups between Bloomberg and Warren, Bloomberg and Sanders, and Klobuchar and Buttigieg and try to figure out what the impact will be on the race for the nomination. They’re also thrilled to see a new poll from Gallup showing Americans with the highest satisfaction in the state of the U.S. since 2005 and lopsided numbers of citizens optimistic about the economy and where it is headed. And they go back to the debate to focus on NBC’s Chuck Todd asking Michael Bloomberg whether billionaires should exist.

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US District Court Judge, David Bury, a George W. Bush appointee, ruled yesterday in Tucson that the temporary detention facilities used initially to house immigrants before assigning them to a more permanent facility were “substantially worse than detainees face upon commitment to a civil immigration facility or even a criminal detention facility.” As a result, […]

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Most Democrats and many Republicans believe it is morally acceptable for foreigners to reject our country’s democratically established immigration procedures and to settle in the US simply because there is more economic opportunity here. One needn’t be fleeing direct threats of violence (a refugee) to break into another people’s home and remain indefinitely. It’s enough […]

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More Democratic infighting means more popcorn on today’s Three Martini Lunch. Join Jim and Greg as they get a kick out of Tulsi Gabbard suing Hillary Clinton for defamation after Hillary indirectly accused Gabbard of being a Russian asset. They’re also very puzzled as to why Joe Biden would insist on not deporting illegal immigrants guilty of drunk driving, especially given his own family’s story. And they discuss the House impeachment managers’ odd tactic of accusing the jurors in the Senate of assisting President Trump in a cover-up if they reject any efforts by Democrats to subpoena documents or witnesses.

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Well, I did hear the word chévere in the Dominican Republic, so Stevie was good on that one. Anyway, I suppose the much more recent controversy has lapsed into mere kerfufflehood and will likely rightly shrink to the size of a pinhead, but I would still like to meditate on “cultural sites.” I have met […]

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