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Each month Ricochet has two group writing projects, intended to encourage the widest possible member participation. I have been the chief cat herder for the theme writing project for the past couple years. By way of exhorting and occasionally extorting participation, I have been known to threaten to fill white space with posts featuring bears, […]

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Happy New Year! Join Jim and Greg as they cheer the government making the right choice to void a major penalty for distilleries that produced hand sanitizer to meet demand in the early months of the pandemic. They also discuss President Trump’s phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, in which Trump said Georgia officials had not done enough to investigate voting irregularities and said he needed to find nearly 12,000 votes. And they have fun with the total lunacy of House Democrats removing gendered language and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver ending his open prayer of the new session by saying “Amen and A woman.”

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It was a dark and stormy night; the snow fell heavily – except at occasional intervals, when it was driven sideways by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in Breckenridge that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and blurring the streetlights that struggled against the darkness. Sensible […]

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It was a dark and stormy night, the kind that set Bill’s joints to aching more than usual. He was just thankful that he had an indoors job, a job that paid better than day shift, and did not involve all those customers pawing the merchandise with their kids grabbing goods with their grubby paws. […]

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When in the course of Ricochet events it becomes necessary for me to fill in days, bears awake from their disco caves. In this instance, we have an offering from Robert Frost, and another anonymous bit illustrated by Wallace Tripp. The Bear The bear puts both arms around the tree above herAnd draws it down […]

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After a surprisingly brief venting about how bad their football teams are, Jim and Greg serve up three good martinis. They welcome New York Times polling showing Warren as the weakest major Democratic candidate against President Trump and an NYT editorial blasting Warren for falsely claiming that only billionaires would see higher taxes in her plan to pay for single-payer health care. Then they relish the exit of Beto O’Rourke from the 2020 Democratic field and also hammer the media for building up Beto as some sort of transformational figure in 2018 when he was always an empty suit. And Jim highlights his extensive profile of U.S. Attorney John Durham, the tight-lipped prosecutor tapped to investigate how the Trump-Russia investigation began in the first place.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America recoil in horror as an avowed neo-Nazi opens fire in a Pittsburgh-area synagogue, killing eleven people and wounding others because he thought all Jews needed to die. They also discuss the liberal insistence that this is the year young voters really show up at the polls, but early voting does not suggest that’s happening. And they roll their eyes as Twitter considers scrapping the “like” button to stop hateful messages from going viral. They also react in very different ways following the Bears’ win over the Jets on Sunday.

After another round of vicious third-party ads surrounding this Sunday’s Bears-Jets game, Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are cautiously pleased to see registered Republicans showing up to vote early in bigger numbers than Democrats in several key states. They also shake their heads as Democrats duck and dodge questions about how they would handle the thousands of people heading to our southern border and demanding to enter instead of going through legal channels. And they shudder as more details emerge in the murder and disposal of Jamal Khashoggi by Saudi elements in Turkey.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see multiple non-partisan experts insist the Republicans still have a shot at keep a majority in the House of Representatives, although the odds are not in their favor. They also shudder as Democrats look to be in strong position to win governors’ races in many key states. They cringe as Beto O’Rourke supporters rewrite the disco hit “YMCA” in support of the Texas Democrat. And Jim and Greg do their best to carry on professionally leading up to this week’s Bears-Jets game, even as special interest attack ads try to whip animosity between them.

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Calling all Ricochet wildlife (one word) enthusiasts: At some point every day I try and haul myself out of my very comfortable blue reclining armchair (where I can be found far too often during the day, with either a book, or my Kindle, or my knitting for company), and walk a couple of miles, sometimes […]

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When talk turns to the great strategic thinkers–Sun Tzu, von Clausewitz, George Kennon–one name is often overlooked: Buster Bluth. That could be due to the obscure origin of Bluth’s thinking. While Sun Tzu’s ideas can be found in the classic book “The Art of War” and Kennan published his in an anonymous article in Foreign […]

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