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So, I went to the gun shop this morning to buy a protest gun. I told my wife over family dinner last night that I was going to the gun shop and buy the most obnoxious gun they had. (Upon returning this morning, she asked me where I went. I told her and she said, “oh wait, so you were serious?”) I did not, in fact, buy the Barrett. I ended up buying a Smith and Wesson .44 mag as my half-inch of “go [redacted] yourself.”

In any case, while talking to the older gentleman who worked the counter how his day was, he said it wasn’t great working there anymore. He gets too many visits from the ATF because of guns showing up at crime scenes. He believes that there should be a restriction on the number of guns purchased per month because not everybody is throwing these guys out of the store like he does. He is outraged that law enforcement “cannot do anything” because they aren’t “caught in the act.” His position is, if a guy is buying 14 guns in a year and all of them show up at crime scenes, this ought to be something law enforcement could do something about. He also gets that you can’t give the anti-2A people an inch. So faithless enforcement and faithless politics has made everybody unhappy and closed all doors to an agreeable compromise.


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It is winter and I am discontented. That was all I had when I signed up for the Group Writing theme, and I was hoping really hard that when I sat down to write, something more would come to me. When I began, I intended to write about the present, but my fingers had another idea as my mind took me somewhere else. To Long Island in the 1970s, when it was winter, but I was not discontented.

My father used to build us an ice skating rink in our back yard every winter. He would lay out a huge sheet of thick plastic in a frame built of 2×4’s and fill it with water. We had a large backyard and he was in the roofing business, so the sheet of plastic was pretty big and so was the rink, at least it seemed so at the time. We would skate from just before Christmas through early March. Every night he would go out and spray the ice to make it smooth for the next day. My cousins would come over; friends and many of the neighborhood kids. We had a floodlight in back in the backyard, so we would skate all day and all night. We’d come in for my Mom’s hot chocolate and then it was back out again.


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There are times that you reflect on your experience as a police officer, and for that matter, in any path you chose to walk. I ran across some observations from another police officer on a police blog. I’ll add my own comments on what this officer wrote.

The people at the top often don’t have a lot of practical experience. There are exceptions, but most cops who become chiefs, sheriffs, or other high-ranking officers spend most of their career paving the path to promotion. They spend a brief time as working cops, then transfer to a non-enforcement job, where they stay until they get their first promotion. They never truly understand the job, and the cops they oversee don’t identify with the brass, or the brass with the cops.


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On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I was reminded of the trips we have made to St. Augustine, FL.

When tourists go to St. Augustine, many focus on the local fort, the Castillo de San Marcos, the candy factory, or listen to commentary about the countries that fought for control of Florida. On one of our trips, however, we located a quiet part of town, a neighborhood of discreet older homes with nicely trimmed lawns. These homes are a testament to the resilience of, and commitment to, the City of St. Augustine by the black community:


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The other day I heard someone say, “Back in 2018…” My brain did a double-take. It sounded odd, 2018 was the future. The year 2018 was the future for so long, it just didn’t sound right being in the past.

I read Orwell’s most famous book when 1984 was the future. Now it’s the past, but strangely, the belated present. I’m trying to write a screenplay that’s set in 2045 that involves androids. I keep having to move it backward in time because it’s all coming too fast.


The term “Weapons Free,” is used to describe a missile defense system which has been set to launch whenever and wherever the system’s computer senses any potential threat, according to Special Forces retired Lieutenant Colonel Brendan Welsh who shared a great many illuminating perspectives and theories about the US strike that led to the demise of Iran’s Maj. General Qassem Soleimani with our own Dave Carter.

And while there were no threats to the podcast (except a wisecrack or two by Alphonse Fontenot), Dave couldn’t resist going “weapons free,” in a show which also features a new segment called Meet The Member, in which various Ricochet Members sit down for a fun conversation with Dave. In this first installment of Meet The Member, Dave talks with a fellow veteran, Ken Owsley, known around these parts as “Spin.” They talk about everything from Spin’s time serving in the Army in Germany to sharing some laughs while discussing the value of maintaining a healthy sense of humor. Sportscaster Mark joins in to talk LSU Championship football, and General Hatchett unveils something called the Hatchett Doctrine. While no one was hurt and no small animals were abused in the making of this podcast, we think you’ll enjoy this “Weapons Free” edition of the show.


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In 1997, San Francisco-based Edward Von der Porten, a noted marine archaeologist, learned of an unknown Manila galleon wreck on California’s coast. The discovery led to a hunt for the wreck and 20 years studying it.

Von der Porten’s “Ghost Galleon: The Discovery and Archaeology of the San Juanillo on the Shores of Baja California” captures the result of that effort.


On this week’s edition of the United Kingdom’s Fastest Growing and Most Trusted Podcast®, the country’s true power couple, James and Toby, marvel at the Queen’s negotiating skills, who has proved better than Theresa May at facing down a hostile foreign power.

They also discuss the subject of the latest Delingpod, Laurence Fox, and the reaction to his appearance on the BBC’s Question Time.


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Airplanes fly because the people who design them understand physics. They know how pressure changes as air flows over a curved surface. They understand lift and drag, and how force and mass relate to each other to determine acceleration. They’re experts in the science of materials, in finite element analysis, in instrumentation and control systems and combustion and ten thousand other arcane details of science and design and manufacture.

None of this means that they get it right every time, as Boeing’s recent travails remind us. But they get it right often enough to make air travel the safest means of transportation.


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Last night at the SAG Awards, a few pictures worth 1,000 words raced around the Internet.


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Recently, as I was on my way to Looking Up One Thing On The Internet,™ I came across Something Else™ that really tickled my fancy, even though, or perhaps exactly because, it had nothing to do with the object of my search. This is something that frequently happens to me, and which I usually roll along with, because when it all pans out, I sometimes come across stuff that interests me more, and enlightens me more, than the thing I started out investigating. And what I ran across this time was a Google Books citation of Volume XXII-No. 2, of the “Michigan School Moderator.” A bit more noodling around, and I learned that Volume XIV was from 1893, and so I think “my” issue is from 1902 or thereabouts.


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I have been thinking about the situation with the Bidens; Joe and Hunter, and about my own experience while I had my business. I was determined never to offer or accept a bribe nor do business with anyone who offered or asked for a bribe. Being the owner I didn’t expect to be bribed personally but employees were another issue. I caught a chemical company bribing one of my employees that was authorized to order mostly cleaning chemicals. I fired the employee and found another company to deal with. Later on, I caught the head of maintenance taking a bribe from an equipment rental company. I fired him and the entire crew quit in sympathy. It hurt but I managed to hire a new crew quickly (which is a whole other story).

I had a strict gift policy for myself and employees. I was the only person authorized to take a customer to dinner, although lunch was ok for my salesman to buy. Gifts were only given at the holidays and were, guess what, cheese baskets, but they were delivered by my trucks while regular orders were delivered.


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Isolated Iran leader lashes out at Europe as nations join US in ramping up pressure

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on Friday lashed out at Germany, the U.K. and France, calling them the “footmen of the U.S.,” days after the European countries moved to sanction the Islamic Republic for violating the controversial 2015 nuclear deal.


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If you follow the Northwest news at all, you will be familiar with the story of the environmentalists behind the drive to remove dams on the Snake River to improve the habitat for endangered salmon. Nevermind that removal of those dams would also result in the loss of many megawatts of clean, carbon-free energy production for eastern Washington, and add thousands of trucks and rail cars to carry all the cargo that was previously carried on the river. Local agricultural and utility interests in eastern Washington have spoken with alarm about this proposal. Some economists have also come out against it, demonstrating that dam removal would have negative consequences for the entire region, even absent the enormous costs for removing the dams.

Now, a State Senator has proposed a bill in the legislature in Olympia, to essentially give the citizens of Seattle (who are so numerous and so Leftist that they essentially run the State) the kind of project that they are asking the citizens of the other half of the state to accept. Senate Bill 6380 would launch a study of breaching the Ballard Locks and removing the Seattle City Light Dams, to restore Seattle waterways to their pristine condition. It would also restore Lake Washington to its original condition, and remove Ravenna Creek from its sewer pipe back to the surface.


Joyce discusses the impending impeachment trial in the US Senate.


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It’s a chilly morning on the farm this January 17 (there’s a bit of snow), a perfect setting for National Hot Buttered Rum Day! (Who knew?)

You can read a very interesting little history of rum production here, where I learned that it came into being as a way to use up the by-product (molasses) of sugar production on Caribbean sugar plantations in the mid-seventeenth century. Getting any further into the weeds will teach you that rum production and commerce was inextricably linked to the slave trade, a nasty part of its history that we, and rum, must acknowledge and live with. No good comes from papering over it, so there it is.


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“Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.” – Thomas Sowell

Sowell made this statement over a decade ago, so it should be updated to four decades, maybe five. And now the fruit of replacing what worked with what sounded good is ripe for harvest.


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  1. @susanquinn did a great post on the vagaries of “winter” in Florida. Where I live in FL, we call people that live where Susan does “Northerners.”

I live in the Conch Republic (capital city: Margaritaville). My current, post-Irma abode is just over 100 miles from the southernmost point of the United States. We don’t “do” winter. Okay, maybe we hope for a couple of days in JAN or FEB where the temp only hovers at around 50-55 for a couple of days, but only so that it decrements the bug population in JUN, JUL, and AUG. My weather bug app says that, over the next 10 days, the lowest high will be 71. That day is an anomaly. Most days the high temp will be between 75 and 80. Last week, my super-cool-guy watch was telling me that temps were typically in the high 80s.

So, blizzards? Sleet? Snow? Arctic inversions?


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Dear Virginia,

Sometimes things can go horribly wrong when voters elect the wrong Governor. Obviously you escaped Planned Parenthood because I would not have received your letter otherwise. Unfortunately, Governor Northam might believe a maternity ward is a morgue, and his favorite movie might be “A Partial Birth of a Nation.” I know you live in a rough neighborhood, and you fear for your safety. I can’t bring you a gun, Virginia. The best advice I can give you is to rent a van and move to West Virginia; further west would be even better.


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This is a post from my blog that I wrote back in 2018 when the “Red for Ed” frenzy, to increase Arizona’s education funding, was happening.

I’m an educator with a different perspective from what you probably see in the media regarding Red for Ed protests. I worked in public schools for 12 years, as an afterschool provider, teacher, administrator and more. I’ve taught in three states and don’t claim to be an expert in everything education, but I have my experiences, and don’t agree with what’s happening. Let me explain.


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I believe that the reason leftism tends to win is that hate is a more powerful emotion than love. This was the strength that guided Nazi Germany. Hitler had many interesting ideas for the economy which may or may not have worked, but what led to his success was his hatred of the Jews. That hatred made him popular.

This seems impossible in today’s more enlightened times, if one can avoid reading the perspective of German film director Werner Herzog: “Dear America: You are waking up, as Germany once did, to the awareness that 1/3 of your people would kill another 1/3, while 1/3 watches.” That’s ridiculous, right? We’ve moved past hatred. Right?


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A serial bank robber in New York has been released under the new bail law. From Fox News:

New York’s new bail-reform law is being blamed for the release of an accused serial bank robber who may have struck another bank after he got out of jail.


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A couple of years ago, our neighborhood pub decided to hold a mug-raising contest for Octoberfest. My wife got goaded by her friends and entered at the last minute. The 20 or so contestants held full beer mugs at arm’s length; after about five minutes, people began to drop out rapidly. As the clock ticked down toward ten minutes, there were only three contestants left: Two young, fit guys and a woman in her fifties. Finally, one of the guys gave up and lowered his mug. The other fellow, thinking that he had won, held out his glass for a few more seconds. He triumphantly lowered his arm, then looked behind him and saw my wife still holding up her mug.

My favorite Ricochet podcast is the Andrew Klavan Show. I like his commentary and I also enjoy his books. On January 6, he talked about a TV show called The Witcher. (From here; go to about minute 39 for the quote.)


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I generally read and follow most right-of-center media endeavors, except for those that consistently offer very little (e.g., Heritage Signal, etc.). I have long had a high regard for Jonah Goldberg, usually appreciating his former stance of self-deprecating good humor; I have all of his books, some even autographed. I would have voted for David French for president had he run.

But I do not see the purpose of The Dispatch, Jonah’s new venture with Steve Hayes (former Weekly Standard editor; his book on The Connection is criminally neglected by all of the isolationists out there), and a few others (including David French lured away from National Review). I am not speaking here only as one who believes that the Green Bay Packers are Evil (they are, and Aaron Rodgers is one of the biggest jerks in professional sports; if you know Steve Hayes, you understand why it was necessary for me to point that out about Rodgers and the Packers).