Tag: American Politics

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. I Recently Acquired a Wife

 

hoboSignI know. It’s news to friends and family. No one was more surprised than I.

She’s very neat and so discreet. She seems to eat like a bird and likes everything I cook. There was not even any sorting out of who sleeps on which side of the bed, or whose clothes and toiletries go where. She is financially independent and undemanding. Indeed, my bank, utilities and even the vaunted tech giants haven’t even noticed her moving in with me.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Here’s Why You Should Care About the Gay Pride Shirt Case at the Kentucky Supreme Court

 

The Kentucky Supreme Court will hear arguments on behalf of Hands On Originals owner Blaine Adamson on Aug. 23.For Blaine Adamson, there’s no separating his beliefs from his work. His Christian faith is what guides and drives him. It’s what makes Blaine who he is at home, in his community, and in his business.

Blaines’ faith is why his promotional print shop, Hands On Originals, provides otherwise unemployed women in Uganda with a steady income by hiring them to create hand-woven baskets, which they then give away to customers to raise awareness for the struggles these women face on a daily basis.

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One of the things I learned living in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2015 is that progressivism isn’t on the left, it’s actually far to the right of “the right.” In the world of rich white progressives, egalitarianism is a racist ideology that poor white people use to illegitimately demand equality in the public […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Achilles’ Heels, or Am I Being a Heel?

 

[Updated upon considering some comments. Deletions noted by strike-through; italics annotate additions.]

The conservative media space, social and otherwise, is abuzz with another woman of the left speaking truth we wish to hear to the power of Big Media. Lara Logan is a woman of immense physical courage and moral courage. She has spoken hard truths to real power. She is a real, old-fashioned reporter. Kudos to Lara Logan are warranted. And. Lara Logan is human, like all of us, and we may choose to overlook parts of her humanity that complicate our preferred narrative.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Kudos to Lara Logan

 

Lara Logan’s outspoken comments in recent days regarding the biased media and the death of journalism came and went quicker than a lightning bolt. Yet this flash of light lingered long enough to spark a fire. Her comments were read across conservative radio, highlighted in the Washington Examiner, and talked about on Fox News. When I heard that she spoke out, claiming to commit journalistic suicide, my ears perked up. She called the left-wing media propagandists.

“Former CBS News foreign correspondent Lara Logan said, “responsibility for fake news” begins with journalists as she berated the “liberal” media in a recent interview. “The media everywhere is mostly liberal,” Logan said during a podcast with retired Navy SEAL Mike Ritland on Friday. Logan, who said the interview was “professional suicide for me,” also blamed the media for not pursuing objectivity anymore, arguing journalists have evolved into “political activists.

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Donald J. Trump has been president for two years. He’s at the border and is asking for a wall, oh wait, no – now a steel fence, and compromise and dialogue with the Democratic Party. He was asking for a little over five billion to shore up the Southern border. He said “I’ll take less […]

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As a Louisiana native with two kids at Texas A&M, its been an interesting first semester. My Louisiana family decided that spending Thanksgiving in College Station and attending the LSU/A&M game would be fun. I sported maroon and white (after all, that is where my tuition checks go), while my family wore their LSU purple […]

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That elections have become so all-consuming is a strong indication that liberty and personal responsibility are in dangerous decline. If people and our civic organizations were working properly, government would be a small sideline in our lives. More

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When I realized it was my turn for the November Group Writing Series and the theme was elimination, I started to fret a little. Elimination is a challenging word, turning it over and over in my mind. It became complicated – talk about the all consuming Mid-terms? The Caravan? Did the Founders stress out this […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Predicting Elections Using A.I. and Machine Learning

 

Here’s a set of stats from the 2016 election you may not know:

  • Trump received 2 million more votes than Governor Romney.
  • Hillary Clinton received 62K fewer votes than President Obama.

Obviously, a shift happened over four years which favored Donald Trump. Which demographic factors motivated that shift? More importantly, is there something we can project for the 2018 and 2020 elections?

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@jamesmadison recent post on the company Google titled “Be Evil”, reminded me of the censorship and removal of talk show host Alex Jones. I’d never heard of Alex Jones until I stumbled on his Fox Network radio broadcast starting at 12:00 noon in my area during the 2016 presidential campaign. I am self-employed and drive around […]

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As has become an annual tradition in the Trump era, the end of another Supreme Court session brings rumors of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s impending retirement. In this episode, Richard Epstein looks at Justice Kennedy’s legacy, considers whether lifetime terms on the Supreme Court are justified, and looks at the future of a post-Kennedy court. More

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On this episode of the AEI Events Podcast, New Orleans’ Mayor Mitch Landrieu reflects on his experiences with governing at the local level and the progress New Orleans has made during his time in office. Having inherited a city struggling with numerous challenges, he recounted how his administration worked to rebuild a foundation for the […]

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The recent announcement of retirement by Speaker Paul Ryan of the U.S. House of Representatives has been pontificated on by many to be the result of President Trump’s success in changing the Republican Party. This, however, is not true. President Trump has probably succeeded in changing some, not all, of the public’s perception of the […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Oscars, According to My Husband

 

Last night was the 2018 Oscars – also known as “The Academy Awards.” I don’t know what happened when I mentioned the Oscars were on tonight, but my husband Scott unleashed a tirade of … well, after a grilled burger and a couple Coronas, he let loose as follows and it ain’t pretty:

Our society is so screwed up! Millions are spent on awards shows. They’re all the same…. Tonight we’ll roll out yet another red carpet, so overpaid actors and actresses in their designer duds and diamonds can strut down and bark their latest opinion to the rest of America. I’d rather watch paint dry somewhere!

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Credibly Accused

 

I’ve noticed the new normal in the media is to use the phrase “credibly accused.” I just saw it again in a PBS statement about Tavis Smiley.

This investigation included interviews with witnesses as well as with Mr. Smiley. The inquiry uncovered multiple, credible allegations of conduct that is inconsistent with the values and standards of PBS, and the totality of this information led to today’s decision.

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In response to a strong but unsupported reply I made on a comment on a @richardepstein post Let Them Bake Cake , @tommeyer rightly challenged me: “That said, do you think that [Justice Anthony Kennedy’s] career can be summarized as a ‘secular supremacist project of effectively outlawing biblical Christianity.’” More

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When I was in high school I considered myself a budding lyricist, I would often come up with some lame lines and show my fellow students on the school bus or in the classroom, none of these “songs” were particularly good although one of them made the school poetry book which a bit of an achievement I suppose. […]

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There is something rather useful to progressives when it comes to arguments that they love to play at, “only my heart and what I feel matter”. “That is as long as I intend to do what I see and feel is good, that is all that matter”. “My intention to due a good action is […]

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