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The other day I invited two friends over for a visit. We formed a woman’s group that usually meets monthly, but we hadn’t come together in months. All of us are seniors and they are both more cautious than I am regarding the coronavirus. So, I suggested we could sit either outside or inside (not having checked on the late morning temperature).

When they arrived, one friend (call her “E”) came to the front door and told me that my other friend (“R”) was walking around the side of the house to enter by the lanai side door. Clearly, she had decided she preferred to sit outside, in spite of the early morning Florida heat and humidity. We moved our chairs into three spots of shade we found and visited for 1.5 hours.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Arguing with the Other Side

 

“He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.” — Edmund Burke

We can look at Burke’s statement through the lens of our own lives. I’ve met all kinds of people who either hide from those who disagree with them, or look for people to fight with. In many ways, both attitudes can be unhelpful because their underlying goals are not productive.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ACF PoMoCon #21: Dan Mahoney

 

So here’s the fifth interview in my series in remembrance of Peter Lawler — today, I talk with Dan Mahoney, America’s foremost authority on the thought of Solzhenitsyn, and the author of several other important books, especially on the greatest French thinkers and statesmen of the last two centuries, some of whom he’s translated. (You can find his books on his Amazon page.) We talk about American individualism, the troubles of democracy, and Peter’s Christian reflection on what it means to be a person — both individual and relational, both homeless in this world and at home, in community, with that homelessness…

https://soundcloud.com/user-77539699/acf-pomocon-21-dan-mahoney

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President Trump’s poorly aimed Tweet early Monday morning diminished a weekend worth of public goodwill. He must, for the first time, apologize. He must apologize or lose all. This ain’t 12-dimensional chess, and this isn’t 2016, as he recognized in his speeches this past weekend. Now he needs to Be Best! He was right to tweet against NASCAR, but erred badly in naming the only black driver in the top racing circuit rather than the Suits in the NASCAR boardroom. He needs to make this right before the week is out, and could win bigly in so doing.

Here are some of President Trump’s great words from Saturday’s Salute to America:

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Based on years of listening to him, and on everything I’ve heard about him, John Podhoretz is a gentle, humane, and thoroughly decent man. I envy him his ability to pluck precisely the right word from his obviously vast vocabulary, and to speak, when he chooses, with extraordinary nuance and precision.

Sure, he’s prone to outrageous hyperbole (a quality hardly unique to him in this, the Age of Trump), is unduly proud of his Judaic morosity, and has a sense of humor that resonates with 12-year-old boys and Jonah Goldberg (but I repeat myself). But still, I enjoy listening to him.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Frailty and Tenderness of Life

 

I went into a state of numbness this morning. I do it so infrequently that I had to ask myself what was going on. I came to realize that I was succumbing to the pain of those around me, and protecting myself in this primitive way:

I received a forwarded text from a friend who had met regularly with me and our friend Earl (whom some of you may remember); we studied together for an hour every week for many months, until Earl, 88 years old, passed away. Today my friend forwarded a text from Earl’s daughter, thanking us for the time we had spent with him and how much he loved it, and how much she missed him. I miss him, too.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Kayleigh McEnany Lowers Boom on Leftist Propagandists

 

I noted a week ago that White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany had opened two weeks in a row with a remembrance of all the black lives that do not matter to the Marxists running Black Lives Matter, the DNC, and their media jackals. I showed that the press corps completely ignored and buried that news in their half-hour hate. I concluded that Kayleigh McEnany should continue the demonstration of real care for all black lives this Monday and then slam the trap shut when the leftists again ignore black lives lost on our city streets. She did, and it was a thing of beauty, “all black lives matter:”

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany
Issued on: July 6, 2020

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Black Reparations Parsed

 

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In the midst of today’s heightened racial unrest, the calls for black reparations have become more insistent. In their recent book, From Here to Equality: Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century, William A. Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen write: “Racism and discrimination have perpetually crippled black economic opportunities.” The offenses cited are slavery, legal segregation under Jim Crow, and more contentiously, “ongoing discrimination and stigmatization.” Their book figured centrally in a recent article in the New York Times Magazine by Nikole Hannah-Jones, who launched the highly controversial 1619 Project. In her piece, “What is Owed,” she makes this claim:

Reparations are not about punishing white Americans, and white Americans are not the ones who would pay for them. It does not matter if your ancestors engaged in slavery or if you just immigrated here two weeks ago. Reparations are a societal obligation in a nation where our Constitution sanctioned slavery, Congress passed laws protecting it and our federal government initiated, condoned and practiced legal racial segregation and discrimination against black Americans until half a century ago. And so it is the federal government that pays.

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Anyone familiar with the behavior of abusive husbands recognizes the signature characteristic of the breed, which is an ability to make the victim feel that she, and not her husband, is the one in the wrong — that the abuse is her fault, that she deserves it.

The nation is taking a beating today. Property, public and private, is being destroyed by a self-righteous mob that assures us that this beat-down is the fault of America — of everyone who isn’t as woke as the smashing, looting mob. People are being fired, their careers ruined, for decades-old and trivial “offenses,” fired by employers who are terrified that the mob will turn on their companies next if they don’t instantly vouchsafe their obeisance.

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The Wuhan virus was a once-in-a-century health care catastrophe. It would have been a serious problem even had numerous state governors not overreacted and exacerbated what was already a challenging situation (to say nothing of killing elderly nursing home patients by the thousands through plainly neglectful policies).

After weeks of near-panic and crushing economic loss brought about by a malignant microscopic organism (and no, I’m not talking about the Governor of Michigan… though her too), the nation faced an historical challenge: how to begin to restore the shattered dreams and hopes of millions of people whose livelihoods had been wrecked, if not by the virus, then by the policies that followed.

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As America heads into a long holiday weekend, however distorted by the great political fight for permanent tyranny or another season of liberty, it is fitting and proper that we should again reflect on our many blessings, including our national heritage. Our basic governing document has only been truly changed, legitimately amended, 27 times in 233 years, with 10 all at once at the very beginning, part of the agreement under which the base document of the Constitution was ratified.

We all profit by Saint Paul’s admonition to the early church at Philippi:

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For those of you who have been trying so very hard to appease or encourage the rioters, looters, and protestors who are angry at the United States and its citizens for supposedly depriving black citizens of equal rights and advantages;

For those of you who feel that you owe black America apologies and reparations and extra consideration for the harms that they believe have been launched against them;

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The United States in a Perilous Year

 

The United States is going through some hard times right now. Some might believe 2020 to be the most challenging year faced by the Republic. The oldest among us remember a year far worse than 2020 or even the 1960s.

“The Year of Peril: America in 1942,” by Tracy Campbell, recalls that year. The United States had been unexpectedly thrust into a war, one we appeared to be losing in 1942.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Doggerel and Pony Show

 

Any time you can get dogs and ponies, of any size, into the same act, you have a winner. Wallace Tripp got that combination down in splendidly ridiculous form in his 1974 illustrated book of verse A Great Big Ugly Man Came Up and Tied His Horse to MeThe moment after this month’s theme came to mind, Tripp’s title poem came to mind, both words and illustrations.

I have enjoyed the illustrations of Maurice Sendak, and Wallace Tripp throughout the years. Both laid down striking illustrations with pen and ink, often colorized with another medium. Wallace Tripp’s “book of nonsense verse” consists of children’s nursery rhymes and nonsense verse. Each bit of doggerel is perfectly played off by a preposterous scene. Consider the title poem:

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Eighty years and one month ago to the day, Winston Churchill delivered his famous “We shall fight on the beaches” speech to Parliament. That speech, probably Churchill’s finest, is most famous for its litany of desperate battlefields upon which England was prepared to defend herself: on the seas, the beaches, the hills and roads and fields of that tiny but then-powerful nation.

But what I find most moving about it is its conclusion:

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: The Declaration of Independence

 

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

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I live near Little Asia in Mesa. This commercial community has been flourishing, revitalizing a portion of a run-down part of town. The latest good sign is the opening of an H Mart. This is a Korean-American supermarket chain with everything from inexpensive to luxury items. The store opened as Arizona started recovering from the governor’s knee on disfavored businesses’ necks. The parking lot is full, every day. This entrepreneurial audacity is worth celebrating this Independence Day weekend.

H Mart entry sign You can see the lettering on the entry all the way across the parking lot. In huge block letters, this company set out its policy, before any state or local official edict:

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If you’re like me, you’ve spent the last few months trying to figure out the reasons for the near collapse of law and order in this country. Most of us realize that events following the George Floyd death have been in the planning stage for a long time; the Marxists saw a moment of weakness in our society and capitalized on it with merciless determination.

I get all that.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Is Fauci Pushing a Fraud?

 

“Doctor” Fauci, and I use that term loosely, is a serial fraudster. He is now a center-left establishment political hack wrapped in a lab coat. He must be confronted with his conspicuous silences, contrasted with his emphatic pronouncements. He owns the deaths of thousands, possibly tens of thousands by now. He owns permanent harm to millions of Americans already. So far, only Senator Rand Paul has called him and his Coronavirus cabal on a piece of their perfidy. . . not that I have any strong feelings on the matter.

Even Republican governors have collaborated in the latest chapter of the long scam. They were all silent on the danger of mass “protests.” Yet, they were all over churches and businesses. Their latest pronunciations entirely ignore or obscure the likely role of leftist mass gatherings in the name of “social justice.” Instead, these cowards point the finger at young adults freely associating in bars and on the water. Never mind that everybody knows the other health risks from the bar/party scene are significantly higher, but that never drove bar bans before.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: True Measure of Success

 

“I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has had to overcome while trying to succeed.” –Booker T. Washington

Mr. Washington may have been addressing black America in particular, but all of us can benefit from his words.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Leftist Education Created This Moment

 

Toppled Christopher Columbus statue, St. Paul, MN.
If you are disgusted with the lawless chaos that America has been subjected to recently, you have our educational system, especially our universities, to blame.

American-hating thugs who topple statutes and demand policymaking authority over our once proud nation are the direct result of the takeover of our universities by left-wing radicals. They have relentlessly propagandized young Americans to believe our history is a shameful litany of racism, imperialism, and exploitation.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Mr. President, Master the Mask War!

 

President Trump should seize control of the narrative again. Given that the Vice President, who failed to protect the start of the administration by standing with General Flynn, who folded like a cheap suit as governor when corporations threatened his state for opposing the radical anti-Christian corporate agenda, masked by “sexual identity” activism, has failed to provide real leadership to the “coronavirus task force,” President Trump will just have to do it himself. Since masks are now a political statement, turn the narrative against the left.

Contrast the black masks of the left, the black masks of the real fascists, with a custom-fitted, carefully styled white lower-face covering emblazoned with bold blue USA outlined in red. Think Ralph Lauren style here. Unveil the new look the next time President Trump strides out past the press gaggle to Marine One, or with the First Lady on the Fourth of July. Make VP Pence wear one. Have Kayleigh McEnany wear one into the press room, then take it off to address the camera. 

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. UK: An Economist Looks at 90: Tom Sowell on “Charter Schools and Their Enemies”

 

 

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[Update: I posted this not knowing that member Gossamer Cat beat me to much the same observation a couple of years ago in this post. And, frankly, GC’s post is the better one. Go read it. — H. ]

I read Herman Wouk’s famous novel a long time ago and saw the 1954 movie adaptation many years later. I don’t recall the novel well enough to know whether the movie is faithful to the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, but both the movie and the book are excellent. Humphrey Bogart, as the problematic Captain Queeg, ball bearings twirling nervously in his hand as he obsesses about the pilfering of strawberries from the ship’s larder, created a cultural icon for the paranoid in power, impossible to like and an easy target for righteous contempt.

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