Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Regular and Irregular Channels

 

Some of the witnesses at the ongoing Congressional hearings seem quite disturbed at the use of “irregular channels” for decision-making and implementation, supplementing and bypassing the “regular” channels. (here, for example) Reminds me of a Churchill story…

In February 1940, Churchill was not yet Prime Minister but rather was First Lord of the Admiralty. He received a letter from a father disappointed that his son had been turned down for a commission, despite his qualifications and his record. Churchill suspected class prejudice and wrote to the Second Sea Lord, saying that “Unless some better reasons are given to me, I shall have to ask my Naval Secretary to interview the boy on my behalf.”

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With public trust in the media at an all-time low, Carrie Sheffield joins the podcast to talk about media bias. We break down the causes and implications of “fake news,” the blurring of news reporting and opinion journalism, and name a few outlets that still present an unbiased view.

Carrie is a visiting fellow at IWF and serves as National Editor for Accuracy In Media, a citizens’ media watchdog whose mission is to promote accuracy, fairness and balance in news reporting. Carrie covered Congress for The Hill and served as a founding reporter at POLITICO. She won a Robert Novak Journalism Fellowship and has published in The Wall Street Journal, TIME, USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, HuffPost, Bustle, American Spectator and Daily Caller.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Complaint to Intelligence Community Inspector General Regarding “Whistleblower”

 

A few days ago attorneys for an anonymous client filed a complaint with the Intelligence Community Inspector General alleging that the so-called whistleblower that sparked the current impeachment frenzy has illegally benefited financially. The “whistleblower,” who has been identified by RealClearInvestigations as an Obama Administration holdover from John Brennan’s CIA named Eric Ciaramella, has raised about $250,000 from a GoFundMe page set up by his far-Left attorney Mark Zaid. (Zaid tweeted shortly after Trump’s inauguration that a “coup” had begun.) Read the new complaint below via FoxNews’ Scribd account.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Framers’ Impeachment Fears Fulfilled, with a Twist

 

The current attempted coup by the unelected Deep State, now proudly proclaimed by the New York Times and leftist media people, was not anticipated by the framers of the Constitution of the United States.

The behavior now on display in Congress, on the other hand was anticipated and ultimately written off as a necessary risk that could be corrected in short order by the voters either affirming or punishing the legislators. We have this, rather than a parliamentary no-confidence vote because of the eventual balance struck, dividing power across three branches of government and within the legislature between two chambers.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Group Writing 2019: VBS

 

Too often my posts have seemed to meander to my boyhood days here in the Appalachians. Before long, I’ll start to hear Earl Hamner’s voice in my head as I write up these recollections (“Good night, John Boy…”). Still, it’s difficult not to recall formative events or people primarily during the 1970s. Swinging away from the Viet Nam trauma and psychedelic counter-culture; a boy had to navigate the world with little information. Our only source of news was Walter Cronkite every night and a smattering of articles from the Bristol Herald Courier.

Summers were filled with mowing lawns and baling hay. At least the hay came later when I was old enough and big enough to wrangle a bale. I imagine that old farmers whined about boys having it easy with square bales vs. loose hay as they do now about round bales vs. square. Technology has made life easier for boys at a time when they really don’t need it easier.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. What Unites Obama-Trump Swing Voters? Heavy Metal.

 
Trump shooting the horns with West Coast Choppers‘ Jesse James.

Researchers at The Economist wondered if musical preferences factored into political opinions, especially among the millions who voted for Obama in 2012 and Trump in 2016. They discovered that if Trump wants to win independents in 2020, he should strap on a flying-V guitar and start wearing studded leather.

Working with Vivid Seats, they compared county-level musical preferences with election results. It seems Obama-Trump voters just wanna rock. The hard rock/metal genre was the favorite of this group, defined by bands such as Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Tool, and Iron Maiden, and was calculated by concert ticket sales.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Royal Incoherence

 

Reporter James Rosen of Sinclair Broadcast Group asked Nancy Pelosi a question at her weekly press briefing Thursday. A very reasonable question, I think anyone would agree.

He asked, “I wonder if you could explain to the American people why the legal rights of the whistleblower should prevail in this political setting over those of President Trump, who should ordinarily enjoy a right to confront his accuser?” His question is reasonable because Mr. Trump is an American citizen with constitutional rights that do not disappear when he is elected to political office.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. World Kindness Day

 

Okay, so it seems like every time we turn around, there’s another “special day” commemorating everything from hot dogs to potato chips. But I just learned that Wednesday was “World Kindness Day,” and my heart opened.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The ‘Billionaire Effect’ That Wealth Worriers Never Mention

 

The “billionaire effect” isn’t how the mere existence of the super-rich seems to cause great alarm in some people. Well, it isn’t just that, obviously. UBS defines the “billionaire effect” as how entrepreneur-led businesses “have tended to outperform others financially” due to “long-term vision, smart risk taking, business focus, and determination.”

UBS analysis of more than 2,000 global billionaires finds that over the past 15 years, billionaire-controlled companies returned almost twice the annualized average performance of the market and generated a 50 percent higher return on equity. Moreover, while the billionaire effect is seen globally, the effect was strongest in the United States.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Say It Loud and Clear: The Alt-Right Has No Home in the Conservative Movement

 

With the ongoing controversy about alt-right figures appearing at speaking events for TPUSA and Daily Wire staff, it’s been encouraging seeing how these young leaders of the conservative movement are handling their presence. While I am disappointed in Michelle Malkin’s (which I wrote about previously), the next generation are handling the alt-right exactly as they should be. I am by no means a fan of Charlie Kirk, or his organization TPUSA, but I’m nonetheless uplifted to see how he handled this situation:

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: One Nation, One Flag, No Hyphens

 

“The immigrant who comes here in good faith, becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American. If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn’t doing his part as an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality… We have room for but one soul loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people.”
Theodore Roosevelt, address to the Knights of Columbus at Carnegie Hall in New York (12 October 1915)

We’ve heard conflicting arguments over what America is and who should be welcomed. I think Teddy Roosevelt’s statement makes a compelling case. America is a land of awesome wonders that millions have died for. It is not founded on a single ethnic or religious group, but a founding set of documents. If you swear to be an American, and to uphold the constitution, you are welcome here, no matter where you are from.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. My Pet Economic Theory Explaining the Increase in Income Inequality

 

Premise 1: All environmental laws disproportionately affect the cost of living for the poor, the lower middle class, & the middle-middle class as the cost of the most basic goods, food, housing, transportation, and wage rates are directly distorted.

Premise 2: Any environmental law not justified by the effect on the actual environment is justified by an environmental political ideology and thus cannot be rationally argued with but can only be stopped by political opposition.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. San Francisco Elects The Joker As District Attorney

 

A followup to Stad’s post . . .

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San Francisco’s new D.A.

The Joker is a rage-filled figure, devoid of conscience and determined to create chaos and overturn society. That’s what San Francisco did in electing Chesa Boudin as its new District Attorney. The city’s new D.A. is determined to encourage the forces of chaos in order to fulfill his twisted desire to overturn American society. You can read about his platform here, but it boils down to a pledge to not prosecute many crimes because he opposes the “criminalization of poverty” and will instead focus on “root causes” (the 1970s called, they want their crime policy back!).

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Democrats Impeaching Trump Because Orange Man Bad

 

Donald Trump’s haters have been demanding his impeachment since the day of his inauguration. To that end they have cast about wildly for any reason imaginable. And in the process they have attempted to criminalize the normal actions of the president.

They just don’t like Trump. The Democrats, of course, but also the NeverTrumpers, just want him gone. There have been so many attempts that it is almost too hard to list them all. The Mueller investigation, of course. Remember how Trump was going to be impeached because of the Mueller report? Remember that the next time you hear a news report about a poll showing how the number of Americans who support the president has supposedly increased since six months ago. All that means is that some Americans, otherwise known as Democrats, wanted to impeach Trump for Russian Collusion before and now want to impeach Trump for Ukrainian…something. They want to impeach Trump no matter the reason and no matter the facts.

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Obsessed with a certain political procedure in DC? Cleanse your intellectual palate with this Impeachment hearing free episode. Instead of blowhard House members and witnesses, we’ve got biting, incisive, and funny rank punditry® on HBO’s Watchmen, a look back at Casablanca, Rob wonders why drag isn’t as forbidden as black face, some thoughts and observations on the streaming wars, and we hear a pitch for a new reality series that might play well in red and blue areas. Tune in!

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Facebook is now a central fact of world politics, commerce, and affairs. With more than 2.3 billion users worldwide, it has more users than there are Christians or Muslims, not to mention Jews. Industry analysts project that by 2020 more marketing dollars will be spent on Facebook alone than on the entire TV ad market.

It is, in sum, a global presence that hovers above the world declaring that it desires nothing but to connect us with each other, to convene community. Its understanding of itself, its understanding of us, and its understanding of human nature, therefore, invite serious religious questions: How should a religious person think about Facebook; how can we think about Facebook through a religious lens?

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Seth Porges has made a career out of pursuing cool stuff. A journalist and filmmaker, he has appeared on numerous shows on History, Travel, Discovery, Nat Geo (including upwards of 50 episodes of Travel’s “Mysteries at the Museum”) and was a former editor at Popular Mechanics and Maxim magazine. Seth joins Carol to talk about his viral hit documentary short about Action Park- considered the world’s most dangerous amusement park- that he has now turned into a feature film “Class Action Park”. They also cover the history of pinball and Seth’s “superpower” of detecting art forgeries.

You can view the trailer for “Class Action Park” here.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Down with the Individual, Down with Private Property

 

Socialism seems to attract many of our millennials. So let’s go through some Khmer Rouge slogans and sayings to get a sense of what real socialism is. And no, real socialism is not Norway or Sweden, but Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge regime. A regime that was ruled by the right people: the highly educated, the intellectual elites.

All slogans and sayings are taken from Henri Locard’s book Pol Pot’s Little Red Book: The Sayings of Angkar, which I talked about in one of my previous posts.

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Post of the Week Created with Sketch. Service…As in: When I’m Dead, Use this Music at My Service

 

I’ve been to many funerals in my life. Some were a celebration held after a long life. Some were a remembrance of a loved one gone too soon, but thankfully relieved from a vicious period of suffering. Some were really painful because the loved one was taken in a sudden tragic way. But, the highlight of every one of these services was the music. Music at a funeral is critical because one’s soul is touched by music in an incomparable way.

Mr. CowGirl and I have (jokingly) (…well, maybe not “jokingly”) told our children that the only thing that matters at our funerals IS the music. We keep compiling lists of songs that our talented children will be required to perform. There won’t necessarily be time left for eulogies or sermons because, the older we get, the more music we keep finding that defines our lives.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Don’t Know Much About History: Veterans Day Edition

 

This is page one of the “Intermediate Level U.S. History since 1900” workbook, used to prepare for the citizenship exam. What, if anything, do you think current 8th-12th graders and college students would put down in each block, before peeking or asking Siri or Alexa? If you let either of those spirits into your home, what do they say about these wars?

Citizenship Study Guide page

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General James Mattis discusses his childhood, early adulthood, and life as a military leader. Mattis explains some leadership lessons he has learned and expresses some of the ideas in his new book, Call Sign Chaos
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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Ninja Nancy and the Two-Way Win

 

In his book Win Bigly, Scott Adams described the two-way win: Setting up a situation where if you get your ask, you win, and if you don’t get your ask, you still win because you will have advanced your position relative to never making the ask. Scott tweets a recent example in President Trump’s suggestion that China should investigate Hunter Biden’s deal when he went to China with Vice President Biden on Air Force Two. If China does investigate and something negative comes out about Biden, Trump wins. If China declines to investigate, that confirms suspicions of influence peddling, and Trump wins.

Well, Ninja Nancy Pelosi has set up her own two-way win with the upcoming “no confidence” vote on the President (referred to in our previously constitutional system as “impeachment”). With the aid of the legacy media, the content and significance of the hearings will not matter and at the end of the day; it will be sufficient that a House majority repudiated a repugnant politician. Then it is over to the Senate.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Say What?

 

Scales of Justice and Boots of Truth “The one who states his case first seems right, until the other comes and examines him. ” — Proverbs 18:17, English Standard Version

“A lie will go round the world while truth is pulling its boots on.” — not Mark Twain

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The New Caesarism: Read the Book

 

Hello, Ricochet!

I presume that you’ve all received invitations to read what I’ve been publishing lately, haven’t you? Perhaps several times, even? If not, let me know right away. Everyone who contributed to my book campaign should be on my mailing list, but it’s possible your e-mail filters are rejecting my newsletters as spam, or that somehow I’ve accidentally deleted your address. It might help if I send the newsletters from a different address, so be sure to let me know. If you didn’t contribute, but want to be on the mailing list, just send me your address through the contact form on my website.

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