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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Podcast — the (Basket Full of) Deplorables edition – with nanophycisist Mike Stopa and radio talk host Todd Feinburg. Our topics:

  1. Hillary engages in deplorable hate speech, calling half of Trump supporters “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic, you name it.” Is this a campaign killer?
  2. Trigger warnings and reaction to the University of Chicago’s War on Triggers.
  3. Hillary collapsed Sept. 11, but didn’t hit the ground when she was caught by members of her Secret Service detail.

Find us online at harvardlunchclub.com, on Twitter @HLCpodcast, and at Ricochet.com as part of the Ricochet family of podcasts.

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Episode 02 – Gary Johnson, Aleppo, Book Review, Chicago homicides, and Honoring Parents September 11, 2016 Next on Thinking It Through with Jerome Danner, I try to think through the issue with Gov. Gary Johnson not knowing the name Aleppo (in Syria), the horrible homicide rate in Chicago, and understanding what it is to honor our […]

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The Night Shift: One Reporter’s Life Covering Chicago’s Violent Crime

 

shutterstock_309339200I felt dirty, short of breath, and my chest was tight. I could taste the stink of cigarette and weed smoke and liquor and had the smell of blood stuck on my tongue.

In our continuing quest to find ways to Make Ricochet Great Again, I’ve brought you another long-from article that I encourage you to read in its entirety. This one, “Three Years of Nights,” is from Chicago Magazine. Its author, Peter Nickeas, spent three years working the overnight violent crime beat for the Chicago Tribune and the time obviously marked him. By the end of the article, I think a little of what he saw will mark you too.

I couldn’t help but think about the failures that have allowed things to deteriorate to the point that I can read about the death of a three-year-old and just nod my head sadly while I read. Is there an answer to this violence? I don’t know. Maybe it’s more cops, better schools, more enforcement. Maybe it’s more legalization, greater leeway, greater choice.

Chicago’s New Untouchables

 

On April 28, 19-year-old Jessica Hughes, a DePaul University nursing student, was riding on a Chicago train, when:

After a large group of people got off the train at the UIC Halstead stop, a man moved to the seat in front of her, turned around and attacked.

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This is a short film documenting the protests that occurred at UIC earlier in March. It was featured on Hannity last evening. It’s worth seven minutes as a reminder of what the real opposition is. “I think the important thing to take away is that, you know, you can look back, even take a glance […]

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Hope n’ Change is still no fan of Donald Trump, but we won’t stand idly by while he’s blamed for the increasingly violent protests being waged by the well-funded and entirely-orchestrated Left. What we’re seeing is the culmination of over seven years of anti-Republican hate speech from the Democrats and media. Members of the GOP […]

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The Joy of Kass

 

I’m not a believer in past lives, but if I had one, I must have lived it in Chicago. I’ve been enamored with the city since my first visit some thirty years ago, and I’ve often marveled at how it can produce some of the finest people I’ve ever met while, simultaneously, producing some of the most loathsome politicians ever to walk the earth. Perhaps there are some Chicagoans among the Ricochetti who can inform me on this phenomenon in the comments.

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Following last year’s successful Chicago Ricochet Meetup, I had to do it again. We went to Greek Islands this time, on Sunday, February 21st. I also got in a few mini-meetups before the main event. On the way down on Saturday, we (my wife Sarah, myself, and Danny, a friend from work) stopped in Hudson, […]

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Losing the Cities

 

shutterstock_363188468I live in Chicago. It’s a very progressive town. Most of my friends and acquaintances are progressive. I work with a graying pony-tailed and bearded fellow who assertively wears his Bernie Sanders t-shirt at least once a week. I myself read The New Yorker, go to theater as much as possible, and even had a play recently produced by a local theater group. I am a devoted fan of WFMT which is simply the greatest classical music radio station in the world and a bastion of tasteful urban liberalism. When finances permit I go to orchestra concerts and even the opera.

I don’t own a car — I get around by bike or take public transportation. I get depressed whenever I have to journey to vast exurban wasteland that surrounds my city. In other words, though I live 700 miles to the west of Gotham, I live in accord with New York values, at least as far as lifestyle and culture is concerned.

Thus, I relished this article by Kevin D. Williamson, a stern bit of wisdom which has been alluded to by several Ricochet posters.

Oh, Come on Emanuel!

 

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If you did not see the clip of Rahm Emanuel apologizing for his part in suppressing the release of the video of Laquan McDonald’s murder and, more generally, of screwing up the city of Chicago into near chaos, you missed a real holiday treat. You can see it here. (If you’re impatient with the blather, the fun part starts at about 3:26.)

As Todd and I discuss in this week’s edition of the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast: “Oh, Come on Emanuel!,” the Godfather’s performance is true virtuoso.

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Once again I’m going to the Chicago Auto Show, and I’m looking forward to hosting a Ricochet Meetup while in town.  We had a grand old time at the meetup last February and hope to have as much fun in 2016.  The venue is Greek Islands, 200 South Halsted Street in Chicago.  We will be […]

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I’ll be in Chicago next month for a joint concert of the New York and Chicago Bar Association Choruses.    (No, I’m not a lawyer – – but I actually have played one on tv.) I’m flying in a day earlier than most of the chorus, because I figured as long as I’m in Chicago, I […]

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At the time of this writing on Thursday evening, very little is known about the sicko who shot up a community college in Oregon (which had no armed security), snuffing out lives and dreams before the police ended his spree. We know that the shooter (whose name we won’t repeat here) was 26 years old, […]

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Chicago Food Carts: A Small Victory for Liberty

 

We often argue here about government policy toward victimless crimes — or if you prefer, “victimless” crimes — but it’s hard to see a justification for Chicago’s recently lifted city-wide ban on street food vendors. As noted in yesterday’s Cato Institute Daily Podcast, the Illinois Policy Institute took up the fight last year on behalf of vendors such as Sara Travis, who ended up moving to Austin, TX after discovering it was impossible to legally run her mobile coffee business in Chicago.

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Our colonial forebears resisted taxes on sugar, printed goods, and breakfast beverages.  Two-hundred and fifty years later, a major American city has expanded an amusement tax such that it includes even digital goods.  Progress. I’m not a Chicago resident – something for which I can be continually grateful – so I first caught wind of the […]

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Feel free to pick out your favorite highlights in the comments. Its common these days to dismiss modern politicians as practicing “soundbite” and “talking point” politics. When someone tries to speak more extemporaneously, they are dismissed by the New York Times as “rambling”. So, take a listen to the “rambling man”. And, then, note how […]

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For Chicago area Ricochetti.  Totally worth your time to stop in a the Laugh Factory tonight, and see the hilarious Evan Sayet.  This is what happens when a former liberal discovers his conservatism and uses his razor sharp wit to cut the left to shreds.  He is also genuinely interested in meeting fans, and you’ll […]

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