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RTE is our version of the BBC/ PBS. It’s supposed to be an objective TVchannel, which of course it is not. It frequently lies about conservatives, Catholics, prolifers, and any cause to the right of the center, no more so than when it comes to American politics. If you ever come to Ireland and wonder why there is such bewilderment by general Irish people towards Republicans keep in mind this is where the majority of normies get their news from.

The internet has flooded parents with a LOT of new parenting philosophies… but how do you know which ones are good… and which ones are VERY bad?

This week Bethany Mandel helps soon-to-be-mom Lyndsey Fifield navigate the waters—and provides some outstanding resources for moms and dads!

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We all knew that the New Regime would work quickly to “cancel” the Trump Administration’s actions on behalf of the American People. Here is what has been released today, January 20, 2021, before Day One is over. And this is only the beginning. I have added “cui bono” reaction (who benefits) in italics.

  1.  Issues 100-Day Masking Challenge to the entire nation. Masks to be required on citizens in all Federal buildings, on all Federal land (I assume this includes national parks). I can’t see that anyone benefits, except the Federal Bureaucracy gains more power over us.
  2. Rejoins the World Health Organization, and Dr. Fauci becomes head of the US delegation to WHO. Communist China benefits since they control the WHO.
  3. Create a Covid-19 Response Coordinator. Unknown if this is a new position, with requisite high salary, benefits, and pension. Only the person in that position will benefit from the increased federal spending.
  4. Extends nationwide eviction moratorium to March 31. Renters in government housing benefit; landlords forced closer to bankruptcy since they cannot collect rent from those who are using their property.
  5. Suspension of payments on all federal student loans extended until the end of September. Graduate students, med students, doctors, lawyers, others with high salaries benefit from more income they do not have to use to pay back their loans. The US Treasury is denied those funds, and the US Public suffers.
  6. Rejoins the Paris Climate Accords. No-one benefits, the economy will suffer greatly. Watch for it.
  7. Cancels the Keystone-XL Pipeline project. No-one benefits, but many workers will be thrown out of jobs, energy will cost more, and we alienate our Ally, Canada. Maybe “green energy” interests benefit from more federal largesse.
  8. Rescind the Trump 1776 Commission. Continues the re-write of American History. No one benefits, and American children will continue to be taught that America is Evil.
  9. Prevents workplace “discrimination” on basis of sexual orientation or “gender identity”. The LGBTQXYZ Lobby benefits, as do Plaintiffs Attorneys.
  10. Requires non-citizens to be counted in the census, for congressional redistricting. Illegal Aliens and the DemocRat Party benefit from all the new Dem voters instantly given voting “rights”.
  11. Fortifies DACA. Illegal Aliens benefit. They vote Dem, so the DemocRat Party benefits.
  12. Reverses the Trump Administration restrictions on immigration from majority-Muslim countries. Radical Islam benefits.
  13. Undoes the expansion of immigration enforcement inside the US under Trump. Illegal Aliens benefit.
  14. Halts construction on the Mexico border wall by rescinding the emergency declaration that authorized it. Illegal Aliens and border-crossers benefit. This is an open invitation for more illegals to cross the southern border.
  15. Extends deferral of deportation for Liberians under “safe harbor” provisions, to 2022. Illegal Liberians in the US benefit.
  16. Required Executive Branch appointees to sign an “ethics pledge” that they will not work for their own interests. Maybe just for The Party’s interests?
  17. Directs OMB director to develop recommendations to “modernize” regulatory review, and undoes the Trump regulatory approval process. What this means is more regulations everywhere in the US economy, making doing any kind of business in the US more difficult. Increases the quantity of “red tape” that all businesses have. The Regulatory State benefits.

What do all of the above executive orders have in common? The American Public is hurt by every single one. You, the Taxpayers of America, will find smaller paychecks, higher taxes, higher gas, and other energy prices, fewer new jobs, and little to no representation in Congress. Your children are already taught that America was founded on Racism, Imperialism, and Discrimination; they are taught that people are destroying this planet; they are taught that they can be whatever sex they feel like they are today, starting now in kindergarten. This is not going to go well for America.

The new Biden administration says it must act quickly, with a flurry of executive orders, because the nation is experiencing not one, not two, not three, but four crises.

“We face four overlapping and compounding crises,” said new chief of staff Ron Klain. “The COVID-19 crisis, the resulting economic crisis, the climate crisis, and a racial equity crisis.”

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Joseph Biden is now our President. May God continue to bless this great country and keep all of us safe. Were we to descend into depression, we would not be Americans. Faith is a belief in things unseen. Let us have faith in the depth and breadth of the decency of our fellow Americans. To believe that these next four years will be the end of the United States sells us short. We have faced worse before. No fight is ever truly lost because no fight is ever truly won.

Smile. Be not afraid. Draw inspiration from our glorious history. Onwards.

 

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I signed up for Group Writing and chose my theme well before the events of January 6th and its aftermath plunged me into despair. Given what has transpired and what we will face after today, it seemed at first wrong somehow to focus on a screwball comedy from the 1930s. But then, life was not exactly a picnic in 1938, either. I’m sure that the assault on American values was felt keenly throughout the Depression, the New Deal, and their aftermath. It had only been 2 years earlier when FDR also proposed packing the Supreme Court. So that which is old is new again, unfortunately.

And yet, during those dark days, the screwball comedy was born. The first screwball comedies were Bombshell and It Happened One Night in 1933-34. But I believe the form reached a peak with Howard Hawk’s masterful 1938 comedy Bringing up Baby starring Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn, and a leopard. If you haven’t seen it yet, I suggest that you do so instead of watching the inauguration. It too features a fossil.

Fourteen days after the riots at the U.S. Capitol, Joe Biden took the oath of office on the same grounds that became a scene of mayhem and violence, including the deaths of five people.

Jay and Seth discuss the inauguration, what it means in U.S. political culture and the work that will come next for Biden and members of Congress. They also discuss the press’s role and how they have a reputation to live up to despite the friendlier confines of a Democratic administration.

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President TrumpPresident Trump, like almost all* presidents, exercised the constitutional power of the pardon. In his last hours in his first term of office, President Trump pardoned 73 people and commuted the sentences of another 70. Most of the cases involved drug offenses now treated less harshly, while some rang of government misconduct and ax grinding by the feds. Two rappers made headlines: Lil Wayne and Kodak Black. The former mayor of Detroit, Kwame Malik Kilpatrick, got a break from a very long sentence. No, President Trump did not pardon terrorists, like certain prior occupants of the office. Here is the official release (emphasis added), followed by linked official clemency records for all presidents since Nixon.

Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding Executive Grants of Clemency
LAW & JUSTICE | Issued on: January 20, 2021

President Donald J. Trump granted pardons to 73 individuals and commuted the sentences of an additional 70 individuals.

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Political heresy builds upon heresy. What we are seeing today in the United States has a long history in Europe. Progressives in the United States are not proposing anything new, and in fact, whether today’s Progressives know it or not, their mistaken belief in state collective salvation.

Lord Acton famously said that “few discoveries are more irritating than those that expose the pedigree of ideas.”

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I have never been a fan of Trump’s. However, I do believe that his brashness and bombast have been useful. As the now nearly former president leaves Washington (it is still pretty early in the day) and the new president gets ready to be sworn in, we have been treated to a forecast of what is to come. Leftist overreach has already begun in earnest. They can’t control themselves. Their calls for reconciliation committees and bannings and every other typical leftist maneuver started almost immediately following election day.

On the other hand, Trump set an example of a behavior that Andrew Breitbart began in his dealings with the left. He simply refused to be cowed by their opprobrium. No matter what they said he seemed to walk through it much like a stream flows around rocks in its course. Breitbart, a far more intellectual man than Trump, understood exactly what he was doing. Trump simply did it, but not without effect. And now, with the obvious support of somewhere around 74 million Americans, he may not have won the election, but he proved beyond a doubt the impotency of the left. He walked away unharmed from his first impeachment, and will likely do the same with the second.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Vintage Tool, Modern Technique.

 

A culinary experiment yields an almost foolproof method for the perfectly cooked steak.

Remember restaurants? The lovely Mrs. E and I live in New Jersey and this week will mark the one year anniversary of our last visit to a restaurant. Last January, we spent a weekend in NYC, it was wonderful. We visited The Met and the Guggenheim, enjoyed drinks at Bemelmans, took in a Broadway show, and of course, had dinner.

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What do you do with citizens in this country who are unable to grasp reality, but believe they know more than everyone else? What do you do when those people believe the rest of us are a threat to them, to their power, and to the Country? You call them out, over and over again. Two foolish and absurd statements that were made most recently were by Katie Couric and Representative Steve Cohen.

Katie Couric began her career in television and is still seen in guest appearances, such as on the Bill Maher show. She calls herself a journalist and is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. On Bill Maher’s show, she responded to a question from Maher on the state of the country and wondered how all of us who had supported Trump could be “de-programmed,” having been brainwashed by the Trump charisma.

A Word from the host, Antonia Okafor Cover, on the historic election of Kamala Harris.

A sportscast with Jay’s favorite gurus: Sally Jenkins, Vivek Dave, and David French. Bill Belichick and the Pats. The coach’s turning down of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The miraculous career of Tom Brady. Too “miraculous”? Anything illicit going on? Urban Meyer, the Washington Football Team, James Harden as Brooklyn Net, and more. Very lively, very informed—very entertaining.

President Coolidge fending off mendicant congressmen. (By Paul Rivoche, courtesy of Coolidge House in Washington DC)
The King of Stuff chats with Amity Shlaes, author of The Great Society, Coolidge, The Forgotten Man, and editor of the new Autobiography of Calvin Coolidge. She serves as chair of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation and talks about his unique inauguration, his executive style, and what Joe Biden could learn from him. Then Jon talks about the end of the Trump era and the beginning of (shudder) the Biden Era.

Subscribe to the King of Stuff Spotify playlist featuring picks from Jon and his guest. This week Jon offers “Ritchie Sacramento” by Mogwai.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Trial That Should Not Be

 

Last week, the House of Representatives voted to impeach Donald Trump for “incitement of insurrection,” stemming chiefly from his remarks before a large crowd near the White House on January 6. As I have previously written, serious questions still remain as to whether those charges are valid as a matter of fact and law. But assuming they are, the question is what comes next.

Press coverage is mostly limited to tactical and political issues. On the Democratic side, the chief concerns are the timing and form of the expected trial. Should Speaker Nancy Pelosi delay sending the article of impeachment to the Senate to give House leaders more time to gather evidence to strengthen their case? Or will that delay undercut the perceived public urgency of the trial? If there is an impeachment trial, will that slow down the Senate confirmations of top cabinet officials or the passage of Joe Biden’s legislative agenda? On the Republican side, the question arises of whether individual senators should break ranks with Trump and convict him, even if most Republican voters are as strongly opposed to conviction as Democratic voters are in favor of it.

In an important sense, these questions put the cart before the horse. First, we must ask whether the Senate even has the power to try this impeachment once the president is out of office. As a textual matter, the answer is no. There are two relevant provisions in the Constitution: Article I, Section 3, and Article II, Section 4. Article I, Section 3, gives the sole power of impeachment to the Senate. First, a simple declarative sentence provides that “When the President of the United States is tried, the Chief Justice shall preside.” The key word is “the” as in “the President.” The word “the” is used instead of the word “a.” “The” has a definite reference to the president now sitting in office, which will be Joe Biden on January 20. Once Donald Trump is out of office, he cannot be tried under this provision.

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One of my favorite phrases is “failing up.” That’s when someone who is perceived to be unsuccessful, even a failure, is promoted. People who’ve worked in the federal government know what I’m talking about.

Recently Dr. Anthony Fauci, the 80-year-old, 30+ year head of the National Institute for Infectious Diseases and Allergies – allegedly our nation’s top epidemiologist – has been used, perhaps unfairly, as an example of failing up.

But today, we have a new candidate. Dr. Rachel Levine, President-elect Joe Biden’s announced nominee for Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services. It is perhaps the number three position at HHS, responsible for several hugely important agencies, from the Food and Drug Administration to the Public Health Service. It is arguably one of the top scientific positions in all government and the nation’s top health official (although Dr. Fauci was asked to be President Biden’s “chief medical advisor“).

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I like coffee, like most people. I don’t mind coffee grinds, so not only do I enjoy unfiltered or Turkish coffee, but I have also regularly enjoyed eating fresh ground coffee beans with ice cream or yoghurt or just some cream. Yummy!

But I learned some bad news recently: unfiltered coffee raises cholesterol LDL levels.

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Every Tuesday I am going keep a running score card of the destruction of Biden/Democrats/ Socialists. I plan to keep score of the cost of regular gasoline, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the strength or lack of it against the Chinese RMB or yuan.

The gasoline price is different in many locales. States and local taxes play a big part in the discrepancies. I am going to use the place where I purchase my fuel which is at Costco in the Charleston South Carolina area. I found that they are about 10 cents cheaper than other local stations in the area but not always cheaper than outlying areas. SC is on the lower end of the state tax, Pennsylvania being the highest.

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President Trump issued an annual proclamation, declaring January 16 Religious Freedom Day, 2021. It could not be more timely, given what is about to unfold in our nation’s capital and across the world. Set this one aside for reference over the coming months, as Americans are forced to choose between faith and laws/edicts.**

Proclamation on Religious Freedom Day, 2021
LAW & JUSTICE Issued on: January 15, 2021
[emphasis added]
Faith inspires hope. Deeply embedded in the heart and soul of our Nation, this transcendent truth has compelled men and women of uncompromising conscience to give glory to God by worshiping both openly and privately, lifting up themselves and others in prayer. On Religious Freedom Day, we pledge to always protect and cherish this fundamental human right.

When the Pilgrims first crossed the Atlantic Ocean more than 400 years ago in pursuit of religious freedom, their dedication to this first freedom shaped the character and purpose of our Nation. Later, with the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, their deep desire to practice their religion unfettered from government intrusion was realized. Since then, the United States has set an example for the world in permitting believers to live out their faith in freedom.

Kurt Schlichter, Senior Columnist at Townhall.com and conservative commentator, joins Carol Roth to discuss the current state of free speech, corporatism and deplatforming vis-à-vis America’s political divide. Kurt pulls no punches as he shares the newly named “Schlichter principle” and how it applies to freedom and how things could possibly change- for better or worse.

Plus, a “Now You Know” on how to make the best steak ever.

President Trump will become former President Trump tomorrow. When Joe Biden takes office, Democrats will control the White House, the House, and the Senate. An ambitious agenda lies ahead for the new Democratic administration. And yet there are signs that some Democrats’ obsession with Donald Trump — the condition known as Trump Derangement Syndrome — will be as strong, or perhaps even stronger, after Trump leaves than when he was in the White House. Exhibit A is the fact that Democrats plan to hold an impeachment trial for the president after he has left office. But that is not the only sign of lingering TDS. Look at a new conversation between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton, in which the two reached back into the Trump-Russia matter to call for yet another Trump-Russia investigation — even as a new Democratic administration takes office.

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A retired pastor in our church is part of a really wonderful ministry distributing wheelchairs in Nigeria. Most of those in need of the chairs are victims of polio. As recently as thirty years ago, Nigeria had thousands of new polio cases every year. Thankfully, at that time, Rotary International stepped in and spread the vaccine throughout the country. Other organizations also played a part, so cases fell from 350,000 cases worldwide to 407 cases in 2013. I believe there were just 22 cases in 2019, but people who contracted polio decades ago still need wheelchairs. My friend was planning to make his annual trip to helo distribute wheelchairs last year, but, you know, the Covid. 

I understand why some people would have concerns about the vaccines for Covid-19. Through abrupt and often contradictory policy changes over the past year, the government and the medical establishment have done much to damage their credibility. The vaccine was made so quickly (thanks to the administration’s Warp Speed program), that it worries some. I can understand that those worries. Don’t agree the worries are sensible, but I can understand them.

But some people these days doubt the efficacy of vaccines in general — and if you don’t recognize the effectiveness of vaccines in battling polio and smallpox and measles and many other diseases, your opposition of the Covid-19 vaccine might be consistent, but your attitude doesn’t speak well for your intelligence (and possibly your sanity).