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Obama, Biden, and Biden, LLC
So the FBI had Hunter Biden’s laptop for about a year, and didn’t do anything with all that evidence. Ok, that makes sense. The FBI’s job is to investigate Republicans. There were no Republicans implicated in this evidence, so why would they pursue an investigation? Again, that makes perfect sense. But then, after that perfectly predictable beginning, some rather odd things started to happen.

A copy of the laptop’s hard drive falls into Republican hands a few weeks before the election. How fortuitous. And then there’s Barack Obama. He could have campaigned for Joe Biden during the primary, but he did not. He could have campaigned for him after Biden won the nomination, but he did not. But then Mr. Obama changed his mind, and decided to help Biden on the campaign trail. And he did so, I think, within a few days of the laptop evidence being exposed. One wonders what other evidence is on that laptop. I have no idea. But I suspect that Mr. Obama may have some idea.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Science vs. Postmodernism


“The scientific method liberates us to pursue truth regardless of who we are. … There is no black mind or white mind. No white male way or knowing or indigenous way of knowing, there is only one truth and we find it through the scientific method.” – Dr. Gad Saad

“That’s white history.” – Said to me by an executive on my college’s paper.

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Jen Nilsson has it all, a great condo in California, a fast-track job in a Silicon Valley start-up, and a seemingly limitless future. Life is good and bound to get better. Then her sister Katie, ten years younger, and just out of college, calls and asks if she can move in with her big sister. Katie can no longer stand living with their parents.

“If You Can Get It,” a novel by Brendan Hodge opens with this. Jen wants to say no, but Katie is not calling from their parents’ home near Chicago. She is right outside Jen’s California condo. Jobless Katie lacks the money to drive home. Jen is stuck. She has to say yes.

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I sent the following letter to my state legislators. I hope that others will send a similar one:

Emergency powers are designed to temporarily consolidate authority to address a situation requiring an immediate response. Those powers are not meant to endure until that special authority decides to relinquish them. The extraordinary powers end as soon as time allows for the normal legislative process to resume.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Clarity versus Agreement


One of the best things I have heard on talk radio is this sentiment by Dennis Prager: “a guiding principle of my show is that I prefer clarity to agreement.” Clarity is a wonderful thing, seeing clearly, for one who has not been able to do so is a profound gift.

This summer, my eyesight began to fail. It was slow at first, so slow I didn’t notice it. My reading glasses just slowly quit supporting me to read. By the time I went to the doctor, I had moved from +1.25 for reading and nothing for driving to +5 for reading and +2 for driving, though I am better now. It acted as a step function; but, thinking back on it I could remember how I noticed things starting to get blurry, but discounted it.

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Sure, US Senate candidate Mark Kelly loves the Second Amendment. Just ask him.

I am a supporter of the Second Amendment, I am a gun owner,” the Democrat said at last week’s campaign debate with Sen. Martha McSally (R–AZ). “Our rights and traditions are so important.”

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I came very close to sitting out the 2016 presidential election. As easy as it was to reject the cynicism and corruption of Hillary Clinton, I considered Donald Trump too much a wild card and a buffoon to willfully pull the lever for him.

As the election neared, it slowly dawned on me that I had begrudgingly decided to vote for Trump — that is, against Hillary — but I had yet to fully admit it to myself. I struggle mightily with depression, and in the days leading up to the election, I began spiraling into paralysis, to the point where deciding not to decide was no longer an option, but simply a reality. I wasn’t going to vote, because I was unable to vote. The lesser of two evils, indeed.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Cowardice


“When cowardice is made respectable, its followers are without number both from among the weak and the strong; it easily becomes a fashion.” ― Eric Hoffer

So, has cowardice become a fashion? The excessive timidity over Covid suggests it may well have. So, too, do increased reports of police not just ceasing to be proactive about policing – spending time avoiding getting into “situations.” But it has gone beyond that, with police refusing to make arrests of violent and dangerous criminals for fear of the adverse reaction should the perpetrator receive his just desserts when resisting arrest.

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Ok, so it looks like there is a new, big pile of evidence that Joe Biden is corrupt, and has been for years. Biden and his family are all Democrats, so I don’t think anyone expects any of them to go to prison. The question is, will this affect the election in a couple of weeks? I can’t believe that any Democrat or Republican voter had previously thought that perhaps Joe Biden was not corrupt. But perhaps this latest pile of evidence makes that open secret more difficult to ignore. I guess. But we’ve been ignoring even worse behavior by this guy for years. So honestly, how could this new evidence change anyone’s opinion of him?

So I don’t think it will change the election, because I don’t think anybody is voting for Joe Biden (or Kamala Harris, if they’re honest). I think some people are voting for Donald Trump, and others are voting against Donald Trump. But nobody is voting for Joe Biden. Trump is a big personality – you love him or you hate him. Biden is, well, the other guy. Whatever. So I think Biden will win about half the vote, like other Democrats. And I can’t imagine anything that could possibly change that. What do you think? Will this corruption scandal have any impact on the upcoming election?

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Fellow Ricocheter @drbastiat published a post that prompted some topic-adjacent thinking about the directional and tonal shift I’ve seen in the marketing and advertising world this year.

As a marketing strategist who leads creative productions of all kinds, I greatly respect the process and the artists involved in writing, conceptualizing, filming, editing, etc. Commercials, magazines, billboards, articles, blog posts, company brochures, and even direct mail (yes, even that) have often sparked inspiration for one of my own projects.

We’re not going to give you self-care tips or talk about how “in these times” we’re all soooo stressed out. Kelly Maher and Lyndsey Fifield have figured out that sometimes you just need to sit with a friend and acknowledge that things are chaotic in your life… without immediately looking for answers or life hacks to make it better. Just tuck in!

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The GM of the NBA’s Houston Rockets has stepped down. My indifference to that news item is boundless. However, a family member who still reads (I canceled my membership to Insider and have not followed nor watched any pro sports since the Redskins became the Washington Football Team) brought to my attention the fact that the article discussing Daryl Morey’s departure made no mention of the controversy last year in which he tweeted support for Hong Kong freedom demonstrations and later deleted the tweet under pressure.

Apparently, Disney subsidiary ESPN cannot be allowed to jeopardize the global distribution revenues of Disney content especially that of Disney subsidiary Marvel nor the revenues of the NBA by even the mere mention of the fact that there had ever been a single tweet by an NBA employee containing criticism of Chinese government repression.

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Thursday afternoon, a Seattle policeman was patrolling in his vehicle in the South Lake Union area. A man was walking down the street with a stick on fire in his hand. The policeman yelled at the man to stop, but he threw the lighted stick into the vehicle occupied by the policeman. The article on includes a picture of the vehicle.

The 37-year-old suspect was not hurt.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Again with the Legs?


At Thursday’s town hall, Joe Biden brought up legs again. No, he wasn’t talking about his own hairy legs this time, instead he was giving his ideas on policing. His advice for police was, “So instead of anybody coming at you and the first thing you do is shoot to kill, you shoot them in the leg.”

We’ve got some debates town halls to cover, we’ve got a good old fashioned social media shadow banning scandal, Joe Biden’s son is bad at influence peddling, we had a Supreme Court nominee sail through her hearing, and we get into the nitty gritty on the 1619 Project. But most importantly, we spend some quality time with Kim Strassel, she of the Wall Street Journal, and one of the most ardent supporters of the President. We of course talk about that with her, also the Senate, the previously mentioned big tech/media controversy.

Music from this week’s show: Amie by Pure Prarie League

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My wife was watching a “Dancing With the Stars” type of show the other night. The commercials were all targeted toward their specific demographic: Cleaning products, seltzer beers (whatever the heck those are), SUV’s, etc. She left, I switched to a football game, and the ads changed as well: regular beers, investment services, pickup trucks, etc. They spend a lot of money on those ads, and they want to be sure they are putting the right message in front of the right eyeballs, to get the right message across.

Christmas advertising is fascinating. Lots of big families gathered around a roaring fireplace wearing cozy sweaters, laughing together as they serve apple pie to everyone. It’s a shameless pitch to our heartstrings, but it works. On me, at least. I’m more fascinated by the fact that they consider me to be in their demographic than I am by their ad itself. How did my eyeballs get selected to see this ad? And then, yesterday, I was even more fascinated when we got the brochure below in the mail.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. And Boris Says: So Long and Thanks for the Fisheries


And finally it comes to this. Boris Johnson might be a lot of things, but a liar on Brexit he’s not. On Friday, he held a brief conference and said, the UK is out. The EU is not negotiating in good faith and Hard Brexit it will be. Watch below.

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On Fox News Sunday this past Sunday, Senator Chris Coons claimed that to move forward with the hearings and ultimately the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court “constitutes court-packing.” Senator Ben Sasse, who was interviewed in the following segment, rightly corrected Coons’ redefinition by stating, “Claiming that court-packing is filling open vacancies that obviously isn’t what court-packing means.” Others, including Senators during the ACB hearings over the past two days, have reminded Democrats of what the actual, historical definition of court-packing truly is: appointing additional justices to the Supreme Court. Not filling vacant seats.

Just yesterday, Senator Claire McCaskill posted a video to Twitter with this caption: “This is a picture of voter suppression. Why do Americans have to wait in lines this long? This is the line in Suwannee Georgia today to vote.” A long line in itself does not constitute “voter suppression.” The definition of “suppress” is: to put an end to the activities of (a person, body of persons, etc.). Voters waiting in long lines to vote simply because a lot of people happened to show up (for early voting at that) does not fit the true definition of suppression. Rather than appealing to reality and truth, this is an appeal to anger and emotion. McCaskill claims that voter suppression is happening. People are angered by her claim. Therefore voter suppression must be happening. Even when it’s not.

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Rudy Giuliani shared the following text message that supposedly is from Robert “Hunter” Biden to his daughter Naomi:

But I don’t receive any respect and that’s fine I guess. Works for you, apparently. I hope you all can do what I did and pay for everything for this entire family for 30 years. It’s really hard, but don’t worry, unlike Pop I won’t make you give me half your salary.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Trump’s Disruptive Foreign Policy


The following began its brief life as a comment on another recent post, but after reflection I thought maybe it was cogent enough to stand on its own. On the foreign policy front, I suspect I may be the only one here who has served in Embassies, including during the Trump era. This is what I will say about that.

  1. I’m sure I won’t break any news when I say that most of the foreign policy establishment leans left and is distressed when any Republican is elected but was especially so in 2016. This is not only true of our dear State Department friends but across the entire transnational community of foreign policy elites.
  2. Continuing as Captain Obvious, DJT is a norm-breaker, and the foreign policy community seriously loves it some norms–and resents when they are broken.
  3. Of course, some norms badly needed to be broken. In particular, the national and international foreign policy consensus on China urgently needed to move, and this administration succeeded in catalyzing that movement. The 2017 National Security Strategy and National Defense Strategy were masterfully done. They met a critical need to generate a global awakening about the failure of the previous consensus on Beijing, probably best summarized by Robert Zoellick’s 2005 “Responsible Stakeholder” speech. Someone had to end the charade, and it’s worth wondering whether a more conventional administration of either party could have overcome the entrenched consensus to have boldly introduced major-power competition as the new normal–so successfully that even the professionals now agree that we can’t go back to the status quo ante on China.
  4. Israel and the Middle East is the other major area where the foreign policy consensus simply had to be sidelined. I recently spoke to a State Department official who–in the context of a discussion about normalization with the UAE and Bahrain–seethed angrily about how this Administration had trashed 70 years of foreign policy consensus on Palestine. Without irony. Sometimes the conventional wisdom must be firmly rejected.
  5. Getting our allies to finally invest in their own defense is also a plus.
  6. Having said that, we are paying a price for appearing capricious and unnecessarily dismissive of our allies. Sure, they can be difficult, but they remain our allies and we do need to keep them on our side. Those same national security documents make it clear that major-power competition is a team sport, and we have to bring the team along if we’re going to win. And we must win.
  7. Also, the incessantly revolving door of senior officials (especially SecDefs and National Security Advisors) has been extremely disruptive to getting important work done in the international space.
  8. Finally, there’s been a dearth of consistently strong and vocal leadership on our American principles (democracy, rule of law, human rights, etc.), particularly since Nikki Haley stepped down as U.N. Ambassador. Foreign policy requires salesmanship, and ours would benefit from some strength, steadiness, and consistency on these themes.

Bottom line, this administration has served as a corrective to some badly flawed policy. Disruption was absolutely necessary, but at some point should start to give way to stability and focused team-building.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. A Dog Faces Death: ‘This Is Awesome!’


My dog is dying. He has cancer in his shoulder. We’re all very upset. Well, all of us except the dog.

We got Griffin at the pound when he was about three years old or so, we think, so he’s probably about 10 years old now. Or so. He looks like a black Lab, but I think he’s just a mutt. He won’t get near water, and when I throw a ball he gives me this questioning look as if to say, “That was a perfectly good ball. Why did you throw it all the way over there?” I’ve only seen him swim once, and that was when I threw him in our pool (I just wanted to see if he was able to swim). So he looks like a Lab, but I think he’s a mix of heaven knows what. He’s been a great dog. He’s very friendly and social. Everybody loves Griffin.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Alexander Solzhenitsyn on Living in the West


From a newly-translated memoir, excerpted in the Wall Street Journal, from his new home in Vermont:

 But the Lord also sustained me in another way, in the fact that, even though living in the West, I did not have to rush from pillar to post to survive, which would have been exhausting and degrading in an alien milieu: I didn’t need to look for money to live on. And so I never took an interest in whether my books would be to the taste of a Western readership, whether they’d “sell.” In the USSR, I’d been accustomed to earning almost nothing but spending almost nothing as well. Alas, in the West, that wasn’t possible, especially with a family.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. It Was a Dark and Stormy Night…


…so, naturally, I was afraid! It didn’t even need to be stormy. If it was dark, I was afraid. As you all know, I grew up on a farm in a little mountain valley where I could see every star in the universe once twilight ceased and darkness reigned. Every. Single. Star. I should have been in awe! And, if I was outside with someone else, I certainly could relax and appreciate the limitless view of the heavens.

But, if I was alone in the dark, for whatever reason, inside or outside, all I experienced was a heart-pounding irrational fear. One evening we drove to town to go see a movie. It could have been a Disney cartoon classic or something equally innocuous like “The Parent Trap” or some Doris Day film. It doesn’t matter because also shown was a Woody Woodpecker cartoon that involved a vampire vulture stalking Woody. Naturally, Woody was oblivious to the threat, and every time the vulture just missed getting Woody. But that vulture’s looming face, coming up behind cheerful little Woody Woodpecker really got to me! When we were home, I went to the bathroom to get ready for bed, and THERE WAS THE VAMPIRE VULTURE!! No, seriously, I swear I saw him in the darkness of the window panes over the bathtub. He WAS there. So, from then on, if I went to the bathroom after dark, I had to consciously NOT look at the windows, or I couldn’t even stay in there long enough to brush my teeth.