Tag: conversation

The Oprah Conversation: “Racist!”

 

Let’s have a conversation about race, shall we?  Because Oprah wants us to.  Like on her new Apple TV show, “The Oprah Conversation,” the first episode of which was entitled “How To Be Anti-Racist” (because simply not being racist isn’t good enough).  But be forewarned, white people.  It is necessarily going to be a tad one-sided.  That’s because the fundamental premise of any conversation with you about race is going to be that, well, you are just . . . no . . . damn . . . good.  Alrighty?  Let’s do it then.

Let’s talk about white racism, “white privilege,” “white advantage,” the “white power structure,” “whiteness,” and “white” this and “white” that and nothing but white, white, white, until if you hear the word “white” used in a derogatory way one more time, you’re just going to . . .

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OK, we know that all conservatives are so defined….over much resentment by conservatives who know of nothing in their own personal history that would qualify as mistreatment of anybody based on race. So, that’s not enough and this has been lurking but it’s out in the open now…..there is a movement from the left that […]

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Me and my Uncle were discussing the borderwall and Daca and whatnot. He mentioned that we should help the economy of Honduras and Nicaragua. I responded that we cannot develop the countries of Iraq and Afghanistan and we invaded them. Apparently, he believes that cooperating with said countries would be more effective. I do not […]

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The Most Informed vs. the Least Informed

 

“…I used to think that it was the most informed people in America who were going to save the country. And I’ve started to think maybe it’s the least informed people in America who are going to save the country, because those of us who are the most informed are busy smacking each other across the head on a regular basis.” — Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro had an interesting interview with Glenn Beck, who came across as more likable than I often find him. Perhaps it’s that he’s selling a new book. But a worthwhile conversation.

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I don’t write as much on Ricochet as I used to do. I am on a constant hunt to earn something of a living by writing (which has become a strong desire more and more), so I have tended to write pieces to submit to different online publications, my own website, or for The Daily […]

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10 Types of Social Media Commenters

 

I opened a Facebook account years ago in order to keep up with family living in various places across the country. It’ll be fun, they said. And at first, it was. Pictures, events, recipes and everyone’s morning coffee have been shared on this venue, for which I am appreciative. It’s gotten pretty dicey at times and I’ve had to remind myself why I am on social media in the first place.

I often wondered why it changed so much but then realized it’s because the world we live in has. We’ve changed with it. Things that matter to us are all plastered on there and it’s no longer about sharing thoughts in our own words. It’s now full of memes, GIFs, political articles, competition, and memories of long ago that we share again in the hopes of remembering what was.

Then I started a Twitter account and kept it private until about a year ago. I wanted to just lay low and see how it was to interact with mostly strangers. Way out of my comfort zone, but I’ve grown to appreciate many in that community of people. There are some very smart people who have gained a following and use it fairly wisely. I use social media more than anyone else in the family, including the teens. They actually see it for what it is and if they want to connect with friends, they do so with texts and phone calls. I could learn a lesson from them.

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I mean, I joined Ricochet March 8, 2016. I started several conversations, but my most successful one was written about cider, which was one of my earliest ones. I commented all over the place, jumped into the Pit, joined the Chix once in awhile, talked about cars, firearms, my marriage (41 yrs. next month). But […]

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A View from the Other Side: Ideological Purity and Trump

 

I started a new job last week with a large non-profit focused on a specific disease prevention, treatment, research, and cure. I now work from home, but was in the corporate headquarters earlier this week. Much like the government and academia, there is an implicit assumption there that anyone who is educated and cares about people is politically liberal. This always leads to little insights into how the non-fringe, non-activist wing of the other side thinks.

Here are a few snippets to mull over.

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You are planning a dinner party, and your guest list can consist of ANY 12 people you especially wish to sit across the table from, for a meal and good conversation.  So, who do you invite?  All the people you invite must be alive today (no, you can’t invite Shakespeare or Ronald Reagan).  List your […]

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OTC Contraceptives: The Best Solution For All

 

Yesterday, my Facebook feed was filled with talk about the Hobby Lobby decision, with conservatives shouting hallelujahs and liberals wailing and rending their garments. I tried commenting on existing threads, but — this being Facebook and not Ricochet — the conversation predictably got nasty and stupid. Many of my conservative friends thought this incredibly narrow decision was a great victory for religious liberty and freedom of conscience (which is vastly overblown), while my lefty friends acted as if we had just re-passed the Comstock Laws (which is patently absurd).

This morning, I took a different tack and started my own thread. I posted a link to an excellent article on The Federalist that argued that making some forms of contraceptives available over-the-counter (OTC) is the best solution for all. I summarized the article in a way that (I hoped) would appeal widely:

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Join ROMAN GENN, Felicia B, 6’2″in high heels, and our LA area Ricochetti for dinner and delicious conversation at Antonello’s (3800 S. Plaza Dr., Santa Ana) on Saturday, May 3.  Full meal with your choice of fish or chicken, and the room is private.  At the last RicoMeet here, there were 26 in attendance, and […]

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