Today we have an exclusive interview with Blaze Media’s Glenn Beck on a range of topics including our national debt, the fate of America’s Republic experiment, and tradition values. Plus: We talk about basketball great Kobe Bryant’s legacy.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Tattered Black Shawl, Part II: A Very Short Story

 

She sat on the wooden bench, her left arm resting on the rod iron armrest, and absorbed the late afternoon sun on her face. The sun had dropped over the last half-hour, bidding her good-bye, and a cool breeze had come up, picking at her shawl. She was waiting for her last visitor; she’d named him “Ringer.” He rode by on his bicycle around this time of day, pedaling his bike like crazy with a joyful smile. He was probably about ten years old, still delighting in his youthful freedom but sweet enough to greet an old woman like her. And he always made sure to ring his bike bell twice. Then they exchanged smiles. Ah, there he was, and they did their dance. Now her time here was complete.

She didn’t want to leave yet, but the coolness crept into her bones, her stiff arthritic hands and her unpredictable feet. She knew her body had lingered longer than it was due, but she rejected medication and was willing to tolerate the pain, to make sure her mind was vivid and true. A few gold and red leaves tripped across her feet in the breeze, a reminder of the disappearing day. She stayed a moment longer, the sun lingering on her face. Still, she was growing colder, and she prepared herself to stand to make the journey home.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. No Quid. No Pro. No Quo. Adam Schiff Has To Go!

 

No doubt there are disagreements among the President and his staff all the time. It is the staff’s job to help the president achieve his goals tactically, politically and legally. And I assume that these conversations can be difficult and painful, especially when dealing with a headstrong chief executive. So when I read that the President and his national security advisor discussed delaying aid to Ukraine for the reasons cited, I’m not surprised. That is why the executive branch is allowed “executive privilege,” so that these conversations and deliberations can be confidential, hence frank, honest, contrary and dare I say, even heated. The final result is all that matters.

I can imagine Trump’s frustration with the entire Joe and Hunter Biden situation. He sees this outrageous profiteering right there, in plain sight. In his position, who would not want this situation to be outed? It smacks of corruption. The Bidens’ Ukraine adventures are not somehow legitimized, and Joe Biden inoculated, just because he happens to be seeking the Democrat candidacy.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. This Week’s Book Review – Crossing the Rubicon

 

 

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Live by the Mob, Etc. etc.

 

Do you believe in karma? We may be seeing it play out in real-time.

One of the most memorable long-form pieces of last year came in Reason from Emily Yoffe, and discussed the canceling of a journalist at the hands of #MeToo activists. I highly recommend opening another browser window to read it in full, but this is a relevant portion for our conversation today:

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Less Government, the Better

 

I’ve been an HOA board member for about eight years now, and only became a member after we had a horrible issue with some residents trying to bully a young couple they didn’t like. Those of us who took over the board have followed an agenda aimed at leaving people alone, and since our covenants are minimal so it’s pretty easy. It got me to thinking, however, about the handful of residents who complain about their neighbors.

The most recent issue was someone complaining about their neighbor’s kids riding dirt bikes on the property. They didn’t like the noise and dust but it’s not an activity prohibited by the covenants. I told the woman complaining that she needed to contact the neighbors directly before we would even consider getting involved. She refused. Another neighbor talked to them and worked it out (keep in mind these are three- or five-acre tracts). The other thing we hear about often is someone not liking their neighbor’s yard clutter. We always tell them to find us where the activity is prohibited in the covenants (and, of course, it’s not).

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: The Drunkard

 

“Well, there are certain sections of New York, Major, that I wouldn’t advise you to try to invade.” – Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart), in Casablanca, to Nazi Major Strasser who had taunted him with the idea of Hitler invading New York.

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James and Toby need to be careful on this week’s edition of the United Kingdom’s Most Trusted Podcast® because someone may be listening in… Yeah, we know, that’s the point
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We’re sharing our worst self-care fails (waxing) and best successes (White Claw). Tuck into this hilarious episode with your favorite beverage of choice and let Emily and Kelly show you the light. Speaking of self-care, Kelly had a fever of 102 during this episode, but she loves you so much that she recorded it anyway. Show her some love in the comments below and on Twitter and Instagram! But the best get-well wish you can give is a review on Apple Podcasts.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Basic Protection in a Respiratory Epidemic

 

The novel coronavirus infection that started in China is now making its way around the world. There is no need to panic. Hopefully, our public health measures will contain the spread within the US to make it at best a minor issue. Personally, I think it would be prudent to halt travel to and from China at this point, or at least insist on a strict quarantine for anyone arriving from China.

However, what if it does get a major toehold in the US and you need to take action? What can you do to protect yourself and your family?

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Hold My Corona: China Showing Basic Civic Competence

 

Thanks to the PowerLine crew, Ricochet members got better insight into what is and is not happening in China than we got from any other media outlet. Steven Hayward had an American in Wuhan give a field report.

If you had ears to hear, you should be both reassured and worried. You should be reassured that China is competently responding to a public health threat. You should be concerned and relieved that the Chinese government and institutions are truly competent, capable of learning from past experiences. That makes them a more dangerous regional and global competitor at the same time as we can assume they are less likely to blunder incompetently into a major war.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Greta Thunberg: Little Tyrant?

 

I’ve listened to portions of her speeches before the UN and Davos, and that’s what she sounds like, a little tyrant.

She’s manipulative as well. There was the case when she rode a German train she said was overcrowded, and where she posted a photo of herself sitting on the floor because she couldn’t find a seat. Turns out she had a first-class ticket with an assigned seat, and the staff on the train made every effort to courteously direct her to that seat.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Jesus Prayed That We Would All Be One

 

The 17th chapter of the Gospel of John presents a prayer by Jesus the Son, to God His Father as He contemplates his last days on earth. In the section at verse 20, his heartfelt prayer for the whole world is as follows:

“I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one; even as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.”

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Post of the Week Created with Sketch. Epic Crossover Event: Dr. Who Battles the Gods of the Copybook Headings

 

Dr. Who and the Noble Lie

There was an episode of Dr. Who where they go back in time to 1814 London. For some reason or another, about a fifth of the people are black. This was not so of England in 1814. When asked about such politically correct deceptions, the executive television producer of Dr. Who, Steven Moffat, said:

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Which Democrat Should I Vote For?

 

In 2016 I had a very difficult time voting for Donald Trump. When push came to shove, I did vote for him, for two reasons: 1) There was at least a chance that he would appoint judges faithful to the Constitution, and 2) He was not Hillary Clinton. Four years later, I don’t regret my vote. Trump has appointed many good judges, and he is still not Hillary Clinton.

He’s also exposed the Left as the lying, cheating, America-hating extremists they are and advanced the cause of conservatism more than any president since (and, arguably, including) Reagan. I’m still not a fan of Trump the man but I’ve come to appreciate him as a badly needed corrective to the post-American America we are increasingly finding ourselves in. I will be voting for Trump in November without hesitation. He has earned it, by my reckoning.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Rest in Peace, Kobe Bryant

 

Kobe Bryant and eight* other people on his helicopter died this morning when the chopper crashed into a Malibu hillside this morning. He was 41 years old. His daughter, Gianna (13 – see image below) was also on board and died with her father. The other passengers have not been identified as of this writing. His wife was not on board. Kobe was a wonder to watch and it was amazing and jaw dropping what he could do on the basketball court. And he was doing great things off the court in retirement. Gone too soon. Rest in Peace, Kobe, Gianna, and the other souls who died with them this morning.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. It’s Raining Iguanas! We Must Act Now!

 

Any natural system will have a lot of variability. It’s not natural for anything to stay the same. Weather is a good example of this. One might think that this would make one reluctant to rebuild our economy and our government based on the weather. But progressives do exactly that. And I think that’s the whole point.

The weather will tell you whatever you want to hear. It’s perfect. “In order to save the world, you all must do whatever I say! Just look at the weather! Don’t you see?!” Hard to argue that, without your argument sounding just as irrational as their original point.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Difference Between the Rich and the Poor

 

It is not that the rich have more money. Not in America. I know several rich people who (having a massive negative net worth) technically have been much poorer than a beggar on the street. And almost all poor people in America today have material/creature-comfort wealth that exceeded that of most kings before 1900.

The difference is found between the ears. More specifically, the difference between the rich and the poor is that the rich have hope. They believe that in the future they can succeed. They are able to live their lives accordingly, spending their time productively.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. March for Life 2020

 

I went to my fifth March for Life Friday. The process was pretty much like previous years. We started with an early morning Mass, took a bus to Washington DC in four-plus hours, and found our way to Constitution Avenue, roughly parallel with the Washington Monument. We made our way into the crowd, proceeded west toward the Capitol, made a right onto First Street just passed the Capitol, and ended at the Supreme Court, two blocks in from Constitution Avenue. The distance is perhaps a mile. This time, it was so packed that we stood still for about an hour before the march started moving for us. Once we entered the crowd, it took us about two and a half hours to reach the end, including that hour of waiting.

This year, there was a special speaker. For the first time ever, as everyone probably knows by now, the President of the United States attended in person. No, I did not get to see President Trump speak. Most of the speakers at the March are in the morning. Those of us who travel that same day to Washington usually miss them. The bus from Staten Island, NY, usually gets to Washington around noon and then has to make its way down to the Mall. The prominent speakers have all spoken by then.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Cursing, Swearing, Blaspheming, and Obscenity

 

Not just a matter of knowing the words,
Nor stringing together in ways unheard
That makes a blast of vitriol seem new.

Any man can make fires rhyme and smell
Of brimstone, sulfur, and lye, all quite well,
But is it art? Is it glory they spew?

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Kobe Bryant Dead at 41

 

NBA legend Kobe Bryant, along with four others, died in a helicopter crash Sunday in Calabasas, CA. The tragedy was first reported by TMZ and is now being confirmed by local media. The LA Times reported that no homes or other bystanders were impacted by the crash. Bryant is survived by his wife Vanessa and four children.

Bryant played his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers, retiring in 2016. He won five NBA championships, was an 18-time All-Star, and NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2008.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. In Extremis?

 

It is impossible for me to take Social Justice Warriors seriously. They are not Bolsheviks or Nazis. They are not intellectual powerhouses or a physical force to be reckoned with. They are mere children and ill-behaved brats at that.

And yet: we must not give an inch. In stable times, we have normal rules. People, not being tested, can be perfectly happy seeking moderation, a middle ground. Diversity can “succeed” because nobody gets too worked up over the fact that some other people think/look/act differently than they do.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Birthdays, Magnetic North and Abortion

 

One classic pro-abortion argument is “If life begins at conception why do we celebrate birthdays instead of conception days” after which the pro-abortion arguer will beam with pride as their unassailable reasoning reigns over you and instantly you find yourself converted to the pro-abortion forces of darkness. Ok maybe not. While this arrow might not be the deadliest in the quiver of pro-abortion archers it is worth addressing and combating because even a simple argument can tip the balance in the mind of the undecided.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. “Shut up and pay up, sucker,” she explained

 

The woman who would be matriarch of the new oligarchs was actually asked a real question by a CBS reporter. Let’s watch and listen together and then discuss.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The President’s Closing Summation to the Senate (A Preview?)

 

In my dreams Counselor Cipollone rises to conclude the President’s defense as follows:

“Chief Justice Roberts, Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, distinguished Senators, I want to thank you for your patience in listening to our defense of President Trump. As our team has outlined, there is no basis in law or fact for a vote to remove the President. Regardless of how passionate the president’s accusers may be, the Constitution gives this body the solemn duty to apply its provisions to the question of impeachment and removal. We have outlined the factual and legal deficiencies in the case presented by the House Managers.

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