Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Swamp Creatures and Their Enablers


I’ve been very troubled by the Roger Stone case, but I’m only mildly concerned about the specific details of the case. The truly troubling aspect is the idea, widely bandied about in the media, that the President does not have the “legal right” to “interfere” in a criminal prosecution.

Here is what the President actually tweeted:


Coronavirus has been dominating the news cycle for several weeks, but there are a lot of things still unknown. One of the best ways to solve a problem, is to have accurate and up-to-date information. Are we getting that from China? Do we have all the resources we need to properly handle coronavirus? This week, Heritage Foundation expert Peter Brookes talks about the U.S. response to the coronavirus outbreak, stopping the spread of disease, and The Trump Administration’s response.



Contributor Post Created with Sketch. There Goes Another One


I had a strange college experience; while I watched all of my classmates become more liberal thanks to the indoctrination on campus, I found myself veering much further to the Right. While classes were canceled so students could protest, I found myself hanging out with James O’Keefe & company (of Project Veritas fame), hanging out around the Centurion office listening to their latest antics. Perhaps my move to the Right was due to my rebellious nature; I don’t want to go along with the crowd. I’m not sure how you can watch one of his earliest videos and not feel as though something profoundly stupid has infected our college campuses,


Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. In Defense of Ritual


Stephen Fry – another national treasure, albeit on his own merit – puts it well:

“Rationally, a monarchy is an absurdity; of course it is,” he wrote for The New York Times. “But ritual and pageant, costume and custom are to public life what metaphors are to language; they bring it to life and move it from the abstract to the real.”


Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Elizabeth Warren’s #MeToo Nonsense


I’m getting really sick of this #MeToo nonsense. The latest frustration: much of the reporting of the Democratic debate last night focuses on how Warren supposedly “skewered” Bloomberg.

This feminist technique of character assassination is quite simple. First, pick a man and find anything that he has ever said that is insulting to a woman. Any woman, the context doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter if it was a joke. It doesn’t even matter if it was 30 or 40 years ago.


Since its founding, the Chinese Communist Party have detained millions of its own citizens and sent them to facilities to be re-educated in the ways of advancing the communist agenda. In recent years, approximately 1 million Chinese Uighurs in the Xinjiang province have been detained in modern day concentration camps for the crime of practicing their Islamic faith. My guest today is Olivia Enos, senior policy analyst at the Asian Studies Center at the Heritage Foundation. On today’s show, we’re going to discuss what the Chinese Communist Party is doing with the Uighurs, how badly they’re being treated, and what outside powers can do to put an end to it.


Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Freedom and Child Locks for Mentally-Challenged Adults


As many of you know, I am the single father of a mentally-challenged, severely autistic, speech-limited adult man. It should be noted that my son has an extensive history of elopement (running away – see also here, here, and here), self-injurious behavior, and occasional aggression. My son has escaped without detection from every school he has attended, including preschool at the age of three, and with the exception of high school when he was retrieved as he was attempting to leave the campus, which was situated on a hill one block from a toll-road where cars travel sometimes in excess of 65 mph.

At age 10, he escaped from our house and made his way up to the same toll-road when some motorists pulled over and managed to detain him until the authorities arrived. About three months later, he escaped from his caregiver’s home and ran across several streets until he was hit by a two-ton truck that nearly killed him. He spent a week in the hospital and a few days in pediatric ICU. He sustained a broken jaw, contusions, and over the next six months fully recovered. He continued to elope as he got older and has been returned to our home several times in the back of county sheriff’s cars. He is not traffic-safe.


On October 25, 2019, the Gray Center hosted “The Administration of Immigration.” For this conference, the Gray Center invited scholars to write papers exploring ways to improve our nation’s immigration system, and discuss them alongside other experts in panel sessions addressing such topics as whether immigration law is special, the costs and benefits of immigration, judicial review of the immigration system, and the moral underpinnings of immigration law. The event also featured keynote remarks from James McHenry, Director of the Executive Office of Immigration Review at the United States Department of Justice.

The second panel looked at national security, special courts, and whether immigration law is special. The discussion revolved around a new working paper on “The Forgotten FISA Court: Exploring the Inactivity of the Alien Terrorist Removal Court” by panelist Aram Gavoor (co-authored by Timothy Belsan). The panel was moderated by Jesse Panuccio, who is affiliated with the Gray Center as a Public Service Fellow. The papers and video are available at


Our most requested episode ever: Veteran matchmakers Emily Zanotti and Bethany Mandel lay out the hard truths about dating—and their best advice. Listen up—but be prepared for some tough love!


Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Advice on Love and Marriage for a Young Man


“How to handle a woman?
There’s a way”, said the wise old man
“A way known by every woman
Since the whole rigmarole began”

Do I flatter her? I begged, him answer
Do I threaten or cajole or plead?
Do I brood or play the gay romancer?
Said he, smiling, “No indeed”


Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Tom Tobin: ‘He Could Track a Grasshopper Through Sagebrush’


In October of 1863, southwestern Colorado Territory was months into a murder spree that would put any modern serial killer to shame. But Lieutenant Colonel Samuel F. Tappan thought he might well be looking at a chance to end it for good.

Leander Philbrook had stumbled into Fort Garland with word that he had escaped the murderers after they had shot the mules he was driving. He had been traveling by wagon between Trinidad and Costilla with Maria Dolores Sanches when attacked. The man and woman had fled on foot but soon Maria had hidden in some rocks so as not to slow down Philbrook while he searched for help.


Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Go West, Young Man, and be a Migrant Worker


Those weren’t his exact words, but that was Dad’s advice. He was often a source of wisdom, but not that time in the summer of 1967. It was actually more than advice. He pretty much insisted on it. So as dutiful sons my brother and I went west (actually a lot more north than west) to Grafton, North Dakota, to join the student work crews in the sugar beet fields. I stayed only a few days, then got on a bus and went back home to reclaim the much better summer job I had left to go there.

My career in the beet fields consisted of about one day of actual work, and maybe not even that. That was part of the problem. We didn’t work when the weather wasn’t right. But I calculated that even though the weather would improve and I would get better and faster (it was piecework) there was no way I’d make the kind of money we had been told that students were making. I’d be better off going home to Mom’s and Dad’s place to try to get back in my job as a construction laborer.


Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Day 29: CoViD-19 Outside of China


We have breached 1,000 cases outside of China. And sadly there are some indications that just like China’s numbers may be suspect, there are some other countries that may not be entirely scrupulous in their counting. North Korea is reporting no cases (unlikely) and a Thai official in Phuket has admitted to underreporting. The news from Phuket is disturbing because it is a major tourist area in Thailand.


Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Jeff Bezos Is a Fool


Mr. Bezos has decided to throw away 10 Billion Dollars. Yes, the world’s wealthiest man has “Committed 10 Billion Dollars to Fight Climate Change.” So, he is spending his own fortune, giving money to “scientists, activists, and non-profits” who are intent on saving the planet from climate change. Activists? Non-Profits?

Well, he’s welcome to spend his money any way he wishes. It’s too bad that not one of those ten billion dollars will have one iota of effect on the climate.


Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Puppy Love


I didn’t get this posted for Valentine’s Day because I was out of town, but it’s too fun not to share. Every year I send out Valentine’s postcards to friends and family with an illustration done by one of my children. This year, my new daughter-in-law did the honors. I was hesitant to ask at first, but she seemed excited to be included in this family tradition. After years of asking my sons to remember to marry someone who would like me, I feel very blessed that (so far) they have listened! The dog in the illustration is my six-year-old puppy Inigo.


Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Trump Supports Helping the Mentally Ill


We have failed the mentally ill of this country. In trying to save government money, we have watched them become subject to increasing job loss, homelessness, imprisonment, emergency room treatment, substance abuse, or vulnerable to violence. How did this happen and what is being done?

The Institutes for Mental Disease (IMD) exclusion began in 1965 as part of the Social Security Amendments Act of 1965, which created Medicaid and Medicare. Here are the basics of the exclusion:


Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Hug and Release


The latest experiment in the justice system of releasing someone who has been arrested without a bail hearing is already a disaster. I’ve seen the streets, not as a policy wonk, but on the front lines. I don’t remember a state legislator or social justice warrior helping me when I was wrestling around with someone at 0200 hours. Someone who had decided that resisting arrest was an option. Father Flanigan was wrong; there is such a thing as a bad boy, or bad girl for that matter.

The Litany of the Street Criminal
If I commit a crime I won’t be arrested.
If I’m arrested I won’t go to jail.
If I go to jail I won’t go to court.
If I go to court I won’t be convicted.
If I’m convicted I won’t go to prison.


Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Mask Slips a Bit More


It seems that each day provides a bit more into the thinking (if you can call it that) of the Left. In Wednesday’s Washington Post (“Democracy Dies in the Darkness”) there was an op-ed written by an associate professor at Marquette University titled “It’s time to give the elites a bigger say in choosing the president.”

The article states that a “better primary system would empower elites to bargain and make decisions, instructed by voters” and that having “intermediate representatives” who are elected and “understand the priorities of their constituents” would be far better than the system we now have.


Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Democrat Debate Recap: Crabs in a Bucket


When you’re shucking a bucket of crabs, the smart ones try like hell to escape. But as soon as one gets to the edge of freedom, the rest of the crabs yank him back down. That was the Democratic debate Wednesday night in Las Vegas.

Bernie Sanders is the frontrunner but would lose if the so-called moderate lane unified behind a single candidate. Instead, the other five Democrats spent two hours pulling each other down, leaving the Brooklyn Bolshevik free to yell about whatever it is he yells about.


Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Go Woke, Go Broke: Boy Scouts File for Bankruptcy


“Go Woke, Go Broke: __________________” … Hmm, I wonder how times I could type that in the future?

“Facing a wave of lawsuits over allegations of sexual abuse, the Boy Scouts of America has filed for bankruptcy.”


Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Bulwark Endorses Whom for President?


After rigorous pushback across multiple blogs, tweets, and sundry other outlets over its editorial suggesting a Romney-Bloomberg independent ticket (pejoratively nicknamed across the blogosphere variously as “The Fun-Sucker Proxy,” “The Oh God, N0oooooo!!!,” “Bloom-ney,” and “What fresh hell is this?” ticket), The Bulwark has retracted the original article and its endorsement and instead issued a revised piece that editor-in-chief Jonathan Last has called “what America well and truly deserves.”

With the democratic-socialist Bernie Sanders now the Democratic frontrunner and the political arsonist Donald Trump as the Republican incumbent, there is a yawning chasm that has never before existed in American politics. By retreating to their poles, our two major parties have left tens of millions of independents and moderate Democrats and Republicans unrepresented. Satan’s entrance into the presidential race wouldn’t just give the vital center of the electorate a home — it would stand a chance to break the system entirely.


Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Our Debt Nightmare Got Worse


The rascals did it again. Last December, Congress passed a gigantic spending bill that digs the debt hole deeper, using a devious process intentionally designed to be opaque. Americans, never that fascinated with budget issues, were well into the holiday season. Media attention was focused on impeachment and the perpetual horse race.

So, non-nerds may not yet realize that late at night on December 16, Congress released a 2,313-page bill with a cool $1.4 trillion in spending and another $500 billion in tax cuts and favors for special interests.


Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Repeal and Replace McCain-Feingold


The Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 (aka, McCain-Feingold) was signed into law by President George W. Bush on March 27, 2002. The high-minded intent of this legislation was ostensibly to get “big money” out of campaign financing, but as history has unfurled in the wake of this legislation we’ve once again had the opportunity to re-learn that oldest of conservative lessons:

No public policy has solely positive or negative consequences, merely tradeoffs.