Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Self-Destruction of Modern Feminism

 

I grew up as one might imagine the youngest and only girl in a sports-oriented family would: a tomboy who had a never-ending supply of used boys’ clothes, a competitive nature, and a healthy imagination. Role models (both of what to do, and what not to do) were in ample supply. My parents both worked full-time and gave my brothers and me the greatest childhood of which any kid would be jealous. We never had any idea of the financial struggles they dealt with as my father took a risk on starting his own business with no safety net but with a wife, young kids, and a mortgage to support. Although we grew up working-class and didn’t have name-brand … anything, we had our parents’ devotion, dedication, and support. We could do anything we could put our minds to. And I was told no differently because I was a girl.

Even though I was a girl, it wasn’t an exclusionary part of my identity. It was a formative part of my personality (and why I lost all the backyard fights), but never brought up as a weakness. My being a girl – and woman – was never to be used as an excuse for cowardice or timidity or to be a crutch for self-pity. That mindset got me through college, the Marine Corps’ Officer Candidate School, the Marines, and professional life. It’s true there have been many challenges along the way and perhaps being a woman has made some aspects of the journey more difficult, but to have resolve and determination beat into my mind (more or less a consequence of those fistfights with my brothers) makes the challenge more worthy of pursuit.

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Pull up a stool for another busy day on the Three Martini Lunch. Join Jim and Greg as they call out Joe Biden for falsely insisting the Obama-Biden administration never used military action apart from congressional authorization. They also hammer CNN for blatantly siding with Elizabeth Warren in her accusation that Bernie Sanders told her […]

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Dispatcher; 680 I have a call for you.680; at SE 122 and Stark.Dispatcher; Good you’re close, a fight call at the Starlite Motel SE 89 and Stark, Room 102.680; Copy.Dispatcher; 484 what’s your 20?484; SE Division and I-205.Dispatcher; I’ll need you to cover 680 on a fight call at the Starlite Motel. 484; Copy, we know […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Resolved: Hate Crime is Not a Significant Problem in the US

 

I put forward the resolution above for debate, along the lines of an “Intelligence Squared” program. I’m going to start by taking the “For” position, meaning that I will argue in favor of the resolution.

Here are my calculations, generally following the format of an Anti-Defamation League press release issued on November 12, except that I am accurately and dispassionately reporting the actual data. As we’ll see below, the ADL chose a different approach.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. ‘I’m Not Mourning’: A Short Study of Moral Relativism

 

An anonymous Chicago cop expresses my sentiments to perfection when it comes to the purveyors of intended, and unintended mayhem. I’ve seen my share of both, and I’ve seen the anguish that both bring. That doesn’t make me a hero, but I’m fairly discerning when it comes to nonsense. I know it when I hear it, whether it is the preening of the political class, or the chattering from the academic class.

“So what? We can’t get felony approval for anything without finding twenty witnesses, a dozen surveillance cameras, a victim interview, the offender’s mother’s statement AND a confession on video…..and even then, it’s probably going to be a C.I. [Continuing Investigation] until such time as God himself descends from Heaven to declare ‘This [redacted] is GUILTY and has forfeited his eternal reward.’” – Anonymous Chicago Police Officer

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. “Poorly Trained Paramilitaries’ and Occupiers”

 

On December 22, The Oregonian published an essay written by Portland Police Officer Peter Braun. I didn’t comment on Officer Braun’s guest column essay three days before Christmas; after all, a break from the news of the day, as short as it might be, is a welcome relief from the winter of our discontent.

Opinion: Sworn to protect and serve a city that doesn’t welcome it

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Pull up a stool and join Jim and Greg as they offer the second installment of their prestigious year-end awards. Today they remark on the political figures they’re most sorry to see pass away in 2019. They also share their choices for rising political stars and the political figures who appear to be fading into […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Catch, Hug, and Release

 

The following news story is why I never, ever vote for a Democrat. I don’t care if they are attractive, glib, or share their visit to the dentist on YouTube. I don’t care that they mouth the platitude of; “Country over Party.” Whether it is for a local office, state office, or federal office I never cast a vote for any Democrat.

New York lawmakers eliminated cash bail for many violent offenses beginning January 1, 2020.
New York, NY – Under the City of New York’s so-called justice reforms, suspects will no longer be held in jail for carrying weapons beginning in January.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Remembering the Murder of a Convenience Store Clerk

 

One year ago, around midnight, as Saturday turned into Sunday the 16th of December, 2018, a gunman entered a small independent convenience store. The space inside is tight, very close quarters, and the clerk decided to fight for his life and his co-workers, instead of accepting whatever fate the thug decided. The clerk, Jose Alcaraz-Hernandez, lost his life, and a co-worker was seriously wounded. The crime has not been solved in the year since that night.

The large group of prayer candles and flowers gave way in fairly short order to a permanent wooden cross. The hand-painted cross outside the store tells us that Jose Hernandez was born November 18, 1964, and was killed on December 16, 2018. From a photograph put up in the first days, we know him to have been a grandfather. We know nothing of the killer. If the police know more, they are not saying so to the public.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. FISA? It’s A One Way Street, Take The Next Left

 

From The Horowitz Report:

Nevertheless, we found that members of the Crossfire Hurricane team failed to meet the basic obligation to ensure that the Carter Page FISA applications were “scrupulously accurate.” We identified significant inaccuracies and omissions in each of the four applications-7 in the first FISA application and a total of 17 by the final renewal application.

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(CNN)A man who was slammed by a Chicago police officer during a Thanksgiving day arrest was charged Sunday with aggravated battery of a police officer. The incident, which was captured on a widely circulated video, led to the officer being assigned to desk duty pending a use of force investigation by the Chicago Office of […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Another Magic Bullet: The Psychology of Persuasion

 

Police officers live in the world of possibility, not probability. They don’t memorize the stats on the number of violent encounters between officers and the public. When conducting a traffic stop, or sent on a call from a dispatcher they are dealing with people that they don’t know. They don’t have the time to contact someone’s former scoutmaster, rabbi, priest, minister, or former sixth-grade teacher for a character reference. Calls that are dispatched concerning violent crimes in progress gives the responding officers more time to mentally prepare for a dangerous situation.

There are no magic bullets; whether it is a Taser, non-lethal impact munitions, baton, or pepper spray when confronting someone with a knife. Sometimes those options are effective, and sometimes they are not. Every potentially violent situation is different, and every violent situation has its own set of facts. In other words hypothetical second-guessing after an incident to try and come up with one standard that will solve all future encounters without lethal force is nonsensical.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Hoaxes For Dummies

 

Jussie Smollett is back in the news. He’s filed a countersuit against the City of Chicago for malicious prosecution. In case you’ve forgotten who Jussie Smollett is he claimed that two white MAGA men attacked him in the early morning hours as he was walking home with a Subway sandwich. As everyone knows, Chicago streets are dangerous because Trump supporters are out wilding when the temps drop into the teens in their relentless search for a gay black actor they can assault.

Smollett’s lawyers filed their two-count counterclaim late Tuesday. They delivered it in a 49-page response to a lawsuit first filed by the city, which seeks to recover $130,106 for the investigation it conducted after Smollett made his allegedly false claim in January. The actor leveled his new accusations against the city, the Chicago Police Department, detectives Michael Theis and Edward Wodnicki, CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson, and bodybuilding brothers Abimbola and Olabinjo Osundairo.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Dispatch from the Seattle/King County Crime Scene

 

The business members of the Downtown Seattle Association have noticed that there are many “repeat offenders” who always seem to engage in criminal activities very shortly after being released from jail. Recently, they got proof.

A study just found that “90 of 100 repeat offenders from February” have re-offended and been booked into jail in the nine months since. The response from the city government? New programs.

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From the Second City Cop blog: There’d better be an exodus of 1 from O’Hare after an absolutely cowardly act Sun morning of a fellow officer standing and watching 2 co-workers fighting for their lives with a homeless maniac in which even the taser didn’t work. Useless Mr “Too Many Cameras” do the right thing […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Dispatch from the War Zone in Seattle

 

On my favorite KOMO Web site today, there is a sad story about a King County worker assaulted, right outside the King County Courthouse in (used-to-be) beautiful Downtown Seattle. This is so disgusting that I am going to copy some of that story for you here. This is what the City of Seattle and County of King have become. Please do follow the link and read the whole story.

In September, Kara was assaulted just outside the King County Courthouse after leaving work to head to the train.

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All good martinis yesterday, and none today. But we have three doozies for you. First, Jim and Greg discuss the new Project Veritas expose, clearly showing reporter/anchor Amy Robach blasting her bosses off air for refusing to air her story exposing Jeffrey Epstein and his powerful connections for the past three years. They blast ABC […]

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I could not believe the ineptness displayed by the police of Kent, Washington, responding to a home-invasion robbery. Ricochet Police, what do you think of this? More

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I’ve seen my share of kills, but nothing as cold-blooded as this. Working the streets as a cop you see your share of mayhem, with intention, and unintentional stupidity. From OregonLive: More

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