How the Left Views Parenthood


Last week, a district court judge dismissed a case brought by disgruntled parents against the public schools of Montgomery County, MD. The judge, an Obama appointee, sided with the school district against the parents, offering his blessing to the district’s policy of secretly “transitioning” children without notifying parents. The Washington Post ran a story about the case. I’ll quote from the top-rated comment on the Post piece:

If you treat your child as a human being with inherent worth, dignity, and the right to both privacy and self-determination; if they know you love them for who they are as a person regardless of who or how they love or what body they inhabit; then you have laid a foundation of trust where there will be no need for them to withhold anything from them.

Short and Very Sweet


My Texas granddaughter is short and very sweet. She is the 13th member of the exclusive club whose 15 members get to call me ”Grandpa.” We traveled to Dallas for her gala second birthday. She is seen in the pic on the right with a small fraction of her birthday loot. She now has just enough hair for pigtails but is already girlishly aware of her clothing choices. Tireless, bright, and energetic, she seemed to know the names of every animal and much else in a visit to the marvelous Perot Natural History Museum.

I find that with my grandsons (as with my sons) that my disposition to them when they arrive is colored by impatience for when they are old enough to throw a ball or bait a hook, and we mostly just roughhouse in the meantime. I sometimes think that the father-son relationship is mostly a series of initiation rites.

The sheer sweetness of little girls is something to enjoy in the moment unconditionally. I have always been a little awed by my daughters from the moment each arrived.

This week James and Toby talk about Anthony Fauci’s retirement – is he stepping down to maximise his chances of winning a Nobel Prize? – the fact that neither of them have received any invitations to go grouse shooting this year, the role of the vaccines in the rise in excess deaths, Finland’s dancing Prime Minister, Michael Gove’s departure from frontline British politics (which Toby rather regrets), and, in Culture Corner, Brilliantly Difficult, the documentary about their favourite cartoonist Bob Moran, 13 Lives, which isn’t as good as the documentary on the same subject, and Dombey and Son.

Opening sound this week is the Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin defending her partying videos via YouTube.

Sean’s Golf Shop a Snapshot of American Spirit


A few of our new neighbors invited my husband to have breakfast and go to a golf course practice range to “hit a few.”  I suspect the guys just wanted a nice, big, homemade breakfast. I can confirm this theory because my husband gushed about the breakfast more than the practice range. It also was discovered that after three years of sitting in storage, his glove disintegrated into a hundred dandruff-looking white flakes, and the handle to his putter followed suit. The driver was also not up to par – no pun intended. Time for a new driver, putter, and glove, I asked.

He launched into a search that produced a place called “Sean’s Golf Shop – New and Used Golf Clubs – Golf Repair Services.”

When the Star Gets Fired


There’s an influential Hollywood website called The Ankler. It gets its name from “ankling”, a word coined by Variety, the ancient Bible of the business side of show business. Someone who “ankles” a studio is laid off, but leaves under their own power; a normal, unemotional job separation. The opposite, in Variety-ese, is getting “axed”—flat out fired, and escorted off the studio lot by security, with dueling lawyers sure to follow. It doesn’t often happen to the stars, but when it does, it’s a big, public, messy deal. This is particularly true when an entire show is shaped around them: Charlie Sheen, Jeremy Clarkson, and Roseanne Barr are recent examples. We’ll get to them.

Some actors are fired because of problems they caused on the set. Others, simply because they were miscast to begin with, or couldn’t seem to give the performance that the film or TV show needed. And with many others it simply came down to money.

Sam Harris: Confessions from the Conspirators


Sam Harris was recently on the Triggermometry podcast (YouTube link below, so you can see the entire episode for yourself) when he admitted that the Hunter Biden laptop story suppression was a left-wing conspiracy to deny Donald Trump re-election. Just a quick cut:

New York Times: Let’s Abolish the Constitution


The TL;DR version of this editorial is “The US Constitution is an impediment to our grand socialist utopia. We should get rid of it and decide everything by majoritarian rule.”  It’s behind a paywall, just so you know. I’ll put an excerpt at the bottom. Under this scheme, there would be no Bill of Rights; nothing to stop the Government from censoring speech, banning religion, or even breaking down your door in the middle of the night and making you disappear. Nothing except the presumed goodness and decency of elected politicians.  This is how the left wants it to be.

This article was actually cited by Trump-Hating NRO contributor Dan McLaughlin in an argument with Bull-worker Stephen Hayes Jim Swift. Swift was arguing that Never-Trumpers like McLaughlin were wimps because they refuse to vote for Democrats to spite Trump. McLaughlin countered that voting for Democrats is voting to empower radical positions like the one espoused in the New York Times. “Sorry, I’m not gonna sign up with the people who argue that we need to get rid of the United States Constitution.” He is correct on this point.

Biden Has Solved Our Election Integrity Problem!


President of the United States Joe Biden has arranged for that sterling cyber-citizen TikTok (wholly owned subsidiary of the Chinese Communist Party) to partner with Biden’s Federal Voting Assistance Program to ensure the bestest election integrity ever experienced outside of mainland China. Quite the turnabout from when that bad, old Orange Man banned federal agencies from doing business with this sterling enterprise. I mean, they are Big Tech, after all, and nothing says integrity like Big Tech. Throw in the CCP angle and we can be certain that their diligently collected data on every man, woman, and child will be fully leveraged in this great endeavor.

Now, I know some of you Orange Man drones will scoff just like those irresponsible rascals at Gateway Pundit, but soon you will be brought to a more correct understanding of things. That is why TikTok is America’s new arbiter of what is and isn’t election disinformation. What could possibly go wrong?

TikTok assures us:

Our Children Are Not Lab Rats


After following the positions on transgenderism for countless corporations, non-profit and professional organizations over the past few years, I’ve determined that there can be no other rational explanation for all of these groups to pursue this grotesque experiment on our young people; they are conducting outrageous medical procedures simply because they can, and no one knows how to stop them.  Despite its claims to protect children, the American Academy of Pediatrics has distorted the scientific data available and quashed professional discussion; despite international rejection of its position, it insists on pursuing its agenda to treat patients with questionable protocols and drugs:

The care model is not one-size-fits-all, said Brittany Allen, M.D., FAAP, a member of the AAP Section on LGBTQ Executive Committee. It recognizes the wide spectrum of normal, healthy gender identities.

‘As I often tell families, gender-affirming care is creating space for children to be able to tell us their gender story, rather than filling in the end of the story for them. In that journey, gender-affirming care may draw on evidence-based medical tools — such as puberty blockers or hormone therapy — at developmentally appropriate ages. These tools have been shown to help reduce gender dysphoria and improve mental health for many transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse youth.

One Girl Went to Mow…


I’ve started mowing the fields.  Very late this year, due to a series of calamities and necessary service adjustments that put my essential vehicle in the tractor hospital for several months (“supply-chain issues”):  a leaky hydraulic hose, worn tires, and a–not-required, but I thought wise–thorough going-over at her coming-of-age twenty-first birthday anniversary. (I poured myself a drink when she came home, just to celebrate.  And checked her radiator fluid to make sure she was well-hydrated too.)

She’s laughably small beer when it comes to real farming (a 29HP New Holland), but she does the job for me, and we’ve come to understand each other over the years.  I’m very respectful of her rather unyielding idiosyncrasies and her sometimes snappish behavior when it comes to changing her implements, and of her occasionally peculiar reactions to my (always civil) requests vis-a-vis steering and direction.  In return, she stays vertical, and–so far at least–has kept me whole, unlike poor Mr. She, who lost half an index finger in an entanglement between our previous (bigger) brush hog and a high-tensile electric fence.  Not really the tractor’s fault.  But she was there.

(Over the years, I’ve taken dozens of small city children on gentle tractor rides.  They’re almost always accompanied by a parental admonition of “be careful, these machines really want to tip over.”  And I have to explain, every time that–actually–“these machines want to stay upright.  Barring a really freakish and unavoidable circumstance, it’s almost always the fools in charge of them who are responsible for tipping them over.”  So far, so good, even when the gears let go that awful day and I went freewheeling down the hill. Very. Scary.  Especially starting her up again and getting her back to the top.)

Little Things Mean a Lot … Or How Boring Has My Life Become?


It has been a dry summer where I live. Whenever rain is predicted, it will get a little cloudy and then blow over without as much as a drop of rain. My lawn now has a nice straw color. Pretty sure a cigarette could cause it to burst into flames. Luckily, I don’t smoke. On the upside, I haven’t had to use the lawn mower since the middle of June.

Last year I had a bunch of dying bushes pulled out and replaced with some nice new landscaping. Cost a few thousand dollars so, while I am good with the grass withering away, these bushes and plants need to be kept alive and healthy. That means watering them everyday, maybe twice a day when it is really hot. The new landscaping is in the front but my faucet is on the side on the side of the house. That means dragging out 100′ hose everyday.

But Does David French Matter?


The lively thread sparked by Joseph Eagar post showed that David French evoked some well-earned antipathy toward his rather tiresome shtick of asserting that his personal brand of conservatism is so pure and enlightened that he is deeply offended by us lesser types daring to claim the same political label. His tweet that the Florida legislation barring mandated indoctrination violated the First Amendment was predictable. His MO is, for example, to call out Christian communities for being insufficiently loving towards the militantly sexually deviant as if that were a greater problem than the array of institutionalized hatred pointed at Christian and Jewish religious life.  Or the idea that 2A supporters have “made a fetish” of guns and that is bad for America. His aborted vanity presidential candidacy to express his distaste for Mr. Trump was vintage. Alas, we are unworthy of his guidance.

But Mr. Eagar’s post and its thread tend toward two mistakes. First, even given that the injunctive relief against the Florida statute could be attributed to successful forum-shopping to land a very liberal judge, there is nevertheless a real First Amendment vulnerability here. I don’t think it will be easy to reverse this. Second, people don’t seem to fully understand how utterly useless, ineffectual, and unimportant David French really is and why he should be ignored.

Just in Case You Forgot…


Liz Cheney reminds us once again that she literally sacrificed everything to save America from being made great again because she’s just like Abraham Lincoln.

Two years ago, I won with 73% of the vote. I could easily have done so again. But it would have required that I go along with Trump’s lies about the 2020 election. That was a path I would not take. No House seat is more important than the principles we are all sworn to protect.

The Real Wuhan Virus Vaccine


During the first year of the Wuhan Pandemic, my wife and I took part in a research study to see whether a 100-year-old vaccine for tuberculosis had any protective effect from the virus.  We both got inoculated with the Bacillus Calmette-Guérin or ‘BCG’ vaccine, which was first used in the 1920s.

As I have shared with y’all before, both my wife and I are nurses, at a clinic and emergency room, respectively.  During the pandemic, we each had daily contact while at work with multiple Wuhan Virus patients.  We also had contact with people in our personal lives who shortly thereafter were diagnosed with the disease.  Despite all these contacts, we never contracted the disease, or at least never had any symptoms.  I was only tested for the virus once during this period and my wife was tested twice.  All of the tests were negative.

A Noir Mystery Set in Space


From the moment Dagny Blake entered Ezekiel “Easy” Novak’s office he knew she was trouble.  He took her job anyway. Her looks had nothing to do with it. Well, not much.

“Trouble Walked In,” by Mike Kupari, recasts the classic 1940s hard-boiled detective story in a science fiction setting. Novak is a private detective in Delta City, the largest city on the planet of Nova Columbia. He has a one-investigator office. His only employee is his researcher-receptionist Lily.

The Atlantic Does Not Know the Half of It


Being dead in their trespasses and without the regenerative “therapy” of baptism and communion, leaving them the hapless playthings of the demonic, The Atlantic quivers at the threat of the Church Militant and its Mighty Marian Prayer Rosaries. That very Church Militant is mustering for battle at a strategic bastion of darkness.

Storming the iron gates.

Quote of the Day: Planting the Almond Tree


“Look, one day I had gone to a little village. An old grandfather of ninety was busy planting an almond tree. ‘What, grandfather!’ I exclaimed. ‘Planting an almond tree?’ And he, bent as he was, turned around and said: ‘My son, I carry on as if I should never die.’ I replied: ‘And I carry on as if I was going to die any minute.’” – Nikos Kazantzakis, Zorba the Greek

These are troubled times. We have had several threads here on Ricochet wondering whether the United States will dissolve into chaos in the next year or the one after that. I have been seeing those kinds of conversations on other blogs I frequent. And yes, I believe it could happen, and have written about getting prepared.

The Transgender Transmogrification of Everything, Including the Past


If I had a dollar for every article I’ve seen lately about the eye-popping excesses of transgender ideology, I could comfortably retire right now, even in this time of runaway, Biden-caused inflation.  I mean, really, just peruse the headlines on a conservative news website – come to think of it, include left-wing sites as well because they’re proud of what’s being done – and you will see things you simply can’t believe, particularly as it pertains to children.  It’s as if the powers-that-be are demonically possessed with the desire to surgically and chemically alter as many innocent children as they can get in their grasp while calling it “gender-affirming” healthcare.

Neither George Orwell nor any other great writer of dystopian literature could have ever dreamed up what has now become an actual reality.  I’ve said it before and it bears repeating:  There’s never been anything like this in the history of the world and it is pure evil on an unprecedented scale given that virtually every institution in the country is promoting it. 

What Was the Purpose of the Raid on Mar-a-Lago?


It’s been almost two weeks and the purpose of the raid is unclear. Leaks indicating that they were looking for nuclear secrets appear to be far-fetched. If Trump took nonclassified records that didn’t belong to him, that could have been resolved given his cooperation in June. Some of the FBI people were also participants in the Russia hoax.

Some have suggested, including a Newsweek reporter, that they were looking for Russiagate documents, including Crossfire Hurricane ones. But it seems improbable that Trump would have only one copy of these records. Wouldn’t copies and scanned versions have been made of anything related to Russiagate? What think ye?

Returning to Ricochet


I have not been on here since October of 2020.

That should tell you all you need to know about how profoundly distressed I was by the actions of the corporate world in installing a demented president and Giggles, the vice president. I do not believe Biden won the election. I will never believe that. You can call me a conspiracy theorist. That’s fine.

NeverTrump Helping Democrats in Missouri Senate Race


An ally of Liz Cheney is running as a third-party candidate in Missouri to help the Democrats take another Senate seat.

Former U.S. Attorney John Wood stepped down as lead investigator for the House Select Committee on Jan. 6 this summer to launch an independent Senate bid in Missouri.  Wood is a close friend of the Cheney family and formerly worked in the second Bush administration with stints at the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The GOP Establishment Can Degrade Candidates but Don’t Dare Criticize Their Decades of Failure


This is where we are. McConnell can basically tell the country right before an election the candidates, in his estimation, are poor quality. The establishment can crap where it wants to crap. It can slime where it wants to slime. But if you point out the decades of broken promises and no delivery from elderly do-nothing losers way past their expiration date with one foot in the grave like McConnell, it is tantamount to helping the Democrats.

Mitch McConnell is 80 years old. He’s the “future.” He should be majority leader for another 30 years when he’s 110. And how dare young upstart Republicans, who are in fact the future, be dissatisfied with his record of his delivering no rollback of really anything. So he gets to help the opposition. He gets to tell the country that our candidates are low quality. He doesn’t say that Democratic candidates are insane cultural Marxists who will destroy the country. That’s not who he goes after. He goes after people who won’t make him majority leader.