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How Not to Win Friends and Influence People: Noa Tishby

 

red green capitalI wanted to like Noa Tishby. I was prepared to hear her out as a courageous voice in Hollywood and a potential cobelligerent against the new Red-Green alliance.* I value Scott Johnson’s opinions in the main, having followed PowerLine Blog since they eviscerated Dan Rather’s attempt to steal the 2004 election with a blatantly fraudulent story about George W. Bush’s Texas Air Guard service record. Scott recommended readers to “meet Noa Tishby.” So, I read Robert Sarner’s Times of Israel profile “Israeli actress Noa Tishby’s ‘Simple Guide’ to Israel shakes up US progressives.” So far so good. Then, I followed the link to Matt Lewis’s long-form web video interview of Noa Tisby on the new book she reportedly wrote entirely on her own, Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country on Earth. Sad.

I embed, you go watch and decide, then come back to check my opinion. Or read on and then go check my assessment against the tape. By way of warning, this was not safe for younger children’s ears. This is so for all too many web-exclusive videos. She asks the profanity question, common these days as a “mind if I smoke” question used to be. Once the cursing/smoking light is on, the filter comes off, especially late in the interview when she talks about being a woman in Hollywood with “Weinstein” being the daily norm for decades.

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Hi Ricochet.  The title of the above is for a book I am roughly 50% through reading as of this post.  It is the story of the fateful day October 4, 2017 a U.S. Army Special Forces team was attacked in Niger and four were left dead.  The perspective is that of Michelle Black the […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss the recent charges brought against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and dismiss his claim of being a journalist. They also cross the pond to the UK, where Prime Minister Theresa May is resigning over the Brexit debacle and size up the race to replace her. Finally, they collectively cringe at what may be the most embarrassing book interview of all time, as a British host politely points out feminist Naomi Wolf based a major portion of her book on an incorrect assumption about historical records.

Did Bernie Sanders Steal His Wealth?

 

In 2016 and 2017, Bernie Sanders raked in over a million bucks. Last year, his gross income was down to $561, 293 — still not too shabby. The point is not to rib the senator about his membership in the top 1 percent, though that’s tempting. Nor is it to chide him for his relatively paltry charitable donations. His contributions to charity represented only 3.4 percent of his income, it’s true, but compared with some of his competitors in the Democratic field, that was generous. Beto O’Rourke reportedly contributed only one-third of one percent of his 2017 income ($370,412), and he may have underpaid his taxes by $4000 by taking medical deductions in excess of the permitted amount. Amy Klobuchar, Kamala Harris, and Kirsten Gillibrand all gave less than 2 percent of their incomes away. Cory Booker and Pete Buttigieg have yet to release their tax returns, and of course, President Trump is hiding behind a spectral audit (still not complete, three years on?) that in any case would present no legal obstacle to disclosure. Why he is hiding his “beautiful” tax returns is up to the imagination.

The question for Bernie Sanders is: How can you sleep at night knowing that you became rich at the expense of the middle class and the poor?

“But I didn’t,” he would doubtless protest. “I made my money by selling thousands of copies of Our Revolution.” Speaking on Fox News, he was defiant: “If anyone thinks I should apologize for writing a bestselling book, I’m sorry, I’m not going to do it.”

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CHAPPAQUA, NY—Saying it would provide a candid account of her experiences writing an unsuccessful tell-all, sources confirmed Thursday that Hillary Clinton is already working on a follow-up book casting blame for the failures of her previous memoir What Happened.  Preview Open

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America sigh as public squabbles between President Trump and GOP congressional leaders and members leaves us wondering if they will get anything consequential accomplished by the end of the year.  They also wince as terrible poll numbers for President Trump on several questions reflect what may be a rough road ahead for Republicans in 2018.  And they roll their eyes and unload on Hillary Clinton over her new book excerpts.

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I have been working my way through a book called THE FAITH OF CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS, which was written by Larry Alex Taunton.  It has so far been a good read, which gives well-researched background information on what possibly made Hitchens the man, the anti-theist, and the public intellectual that he became. The interesting thing is […]

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I bought this book last week, and finished it in two days.  I admit, I’m an Asimov fan, and enjoyed the three novels about the early life of Dr. Susan Calvin, the “mother” of robotics in Asimov’s fictional world. Beginning on page 196 of this book, however, where two scientists, a civilian, and a robot […]

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I’m 4 chapters into (about a quarter of the way through) Dinesh’s new book, which has the longest subtitle I’ve read in a long time: Stealing America: What My Experience with Criminal Gangs Taught Me about Obama, Hillary, and the Democratic Party . This is the most sobering view of leftism I’ve found since W. […]

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Me and my wife, at the Nixon library. Where I couldn’t help but gush over my brush with my favorite Aristotelian … let me explain. I was unimaginably excited … and drunk; i was also drunk (because I get so nervous). I thought I’d take the opportunity to express my undying devotion to Aristotelianism and […]

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In my post about Freya Stark’s book A Winter In Arabia, I said that I would make a separate post discussing the colonial administration as it was portrayed in the book. Harold Ingrams and his wife Doreen were the colonial administrators assigned to the Hadhramaut and were headquartered in Al-Mukalla on the coast. At this time, […]

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Did you know Ricochet has a Goodreads group page? If you are looking for something conservative to read while the turkey is cooking, or perhaps a gift for some liberal turkey who gets you cooking, then go check it out. The Ricochet Book Club offers over 400 titles recommended by members of the Ricochet community. Preview […]

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 In 1937, three British women went on an expedition (encompassing archaeology, among other things) into the Hadhramaut region of Yemen (at that time, part of the East Aden Protectorate). One of them, Dame Freya Stark, wrote a book about it titled A Winter in Arabia: A Journey Through Yemen. I read it recently, and thought […]

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Everything I need to know about politics, I learned from Dune:  Fear is the mind-killer.  Once men turned their thinking over to machines in the hope that this would set them free. But that only permitted other men with machines to enslave them. That which submits rules. … The willow submits to the wind and […]

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I am thrilled!!!! The official distributor’s website is here. The author’s website (where you can get autographed versions) is here, and it includes excerpts that you can read to decide whether you want to read more or not. It should be on Amazon (both Kindle and hard formats) within a week or two. Preview Open

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Simberg: Safe Is Not an Option

 

The successful expansion into space requires tradeoffs in cost and safety. But the government’s obsessively risk-averse regulations are preventing us from being able to make those tradeoffs. That’s the message of the new book by Ricochet member, CEI adjunct scholar and “recovering aerospace engineer” Rand Simberg. Safe Is Not an Option: Overcoming the Futile Obsession With Getting Everyone Back Alive That Is Killing Our Expansion Into Space is getting rave reviews from prominent experts, knowledgable politicians, and successful entrepreneurs.

Simberg notes that, throughout the history of exploration, science and technology has always entailed risk to the health and lives of the explorers. Yet, when it comes to exploring and developing the high frontier of space, the harshest frontier ever, the highest value is apparently not the accomplishment of those goals, but of minimizing, if not eliminating, the possibility of injury or death for the humans carrying them out.

Tired of Looking for Mr. Right, Author Searches for Mr. Righteous — Jon Gabriel

 

If you’ve been around conservative circles in D.C. for long, you may have heard of Lisa De Pasquale. The Townhall and Breitbart contributor is the former director of CPAC, where she orchestrated conservatism’s largest annual gathering five years in a row. As a result, she seems to know almost everyone in the movement.

But that professional success didn’t translate into spiritual fulfillment or personal happiness — especially in D.C.’s power-mad dating world. De Pasquale chronicles her experiences in her revealing memoir, Finding Mr. Righteous.