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Here’s a bit of a ramble in two directions at the same time: I take as my jumping-off point Cassandro’s excellent Paging Jimmy Carter and the International Election Integrity Community, which you should go read and then come back here. Specifically, I Walton made a comment in which he mentions “pulling out in whatever pieces […]
QUESTION: When was the last time somebody changed your mind about something important here on Ricochet? By “important”, I don’t mean that the fate of the Republic depends upon you personally believing it. So let’s do away with “it’s not important what I believe”. Also, sadly, movie fight club entries do not count. Preview Open
From the Washington Examiner: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/defense-national-security/finland-sweden-turkey-nato-deal Sweden, Finland, and Turkey have signed an agreement about counter-terrorism (“living up to NATO requirements” or some such) which sees Turkey lift its objection to the other two joining NATO. Preview Open
That’s right, today is Flag Day (see Jim George’s post) which means that the greatest president of this century has racked up another year. Our deposed President, President-in-Exile, what-have you, remains the rightful chief executive of our government, and some of us really appreciate his accomplishments, and can relate to his shortcomings. Preview Open
On the ninth day of the sixth month, in the year of our Lord Two Thousand Twenty-Two, the American House of Representatives convened a television show about a political protest some years earlier. The clips from this show will be used as “facts” for elections in 2022 and 2024. These clips will be used by Democrat campaigns, of course, but more to the point, they will be used by the state-run media to condition voters and vote managers. The more people in on the next steal, the less work each plotter involved must do.
I cannot rate the show very highly. It has terrible pacing and features weak performances from the usual crew of identical new faces who for some reason keep showing up on our screens. It wasn’t like this in the old days. It used to be that a show needed some strong performances and tight writing to get popular. There was a kind of platinum age of television heralded by the beloved but now-unwatchable “Babylon 5,” which was a watershed in long-arc, multi-season plotting of a broadcast series. Shows followed in different genres: “The Sopranos,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “Dexter,” “Game of Thrones,” “Breaking Bad,” “Better Call Saul.” This current offering from the House is poorly done. It’s amazing it got greenlit.
Or — The Conservative Case for Raising my Rent First, a presentation from Sir David Gilmour (back when ‘e was comm’ner than thou) on the relative virtues of raising one’s rent: Preview Open
Kurt Schlichter has a great post up at TownHall.
“Here is my proposed gun control compromise following the latest attack on children that millions of us did not commit. Ready? You gun fascists can kiss my Schumer and we keep our guns. In fact, let’s also repeal the National Firearms Act and impose national constitutional carry.”
I guess that this means our brilliant plan is working as designed, and now the other prong of the trap will swing into action, right? Preview Open
The newer Top Gun movie is worth the money and worth your time. I’m not saying it’s “good”. Just that I enjoyed it. It’s a low-brow movie that is hands down far better than most. There is the additional benefit of fanservice callbacks which are mostly handled very well. If you’re a fan of the […]
I’ll simply link to a better Memorial Day post than I have in me now. I wrote the following nearly ten years ago on the way home from my second Afghanistan tour after a visit to see a friend at Arlington who was killed on my first Afghanistan tour. https://ricochet.com/230866/archives/today-is-a-beautiful-day/ Preview Open
Well it’s better than disarming the citizenry. If we refuse to address root causes and actual problems — leave me out of your limp-wristed compliance mindset. Preview Open
Not much to say here. Just have been enjoying my ringside seat to the storms lashing our Imperial Capital. Here’s a shot of the air travel picture: Preview Open
So at Business Insider, there’s this: Republican Sen. Mitt Romney suggested in a New York Times essay that “NATO could engage” in Ukraine, “potentially obliterating Russia’s struggling military” as an option against Russian President Vladimir Putin were he to deploy nuclear weapons. Preview Open
I’m purt happeh todee. Got my veehickle halfway to legal with a quick trip to get emissions tested. Expected value is probability x gain; I figured that the likelihood of getting pulled over for an expired tag was low (especially with the route I planned to take), and so risked a ticket rather than have […]
And Mohammed too. From an agnostic perspective, it makes no sense to “revere” prophets, and other associated saints, messengers, martyrs and so forth, praying *in their names*, while espousing a strict monotheism. Preview Open
From the Washington Free Beacon, h/t patriots.win — read the whole thing: Preview Open
It’s okay to be angry. It might not be healthy, but that’s your business, and “your business” is the key issue in American politics and society. Always has been.
It’s okay to be angry at the elected representation and “leadership”, and frankly, to do something about it. There’s nothing more categorically American than seizing control from a corrupt or feckless (or both) government.
Now in glorious YouTube-Vision. On April 14th, 1988, USS Samuel B. Roberts struck an Iranian mine. Sailors worked with incredible stamina and ingenuity to save the fractured ship, to include welding cleats outside the hull and lashing those together with wire rope (“cables”) to hold the hull together. On April 18th, US Navy forces in and around the Persian Gulf damaged or destroyed half of the Iranian Navy.
I liked Kevin Samuels. Plenty of other people liked him, and plenty of others did not like him — The Godfather. Par for this human course, I suppose. As I described here last year, he spoke about dating and male-female relations primarily in the black community. He didn’t have much patience for whitey, but I […]