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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Group Writing: Do You Believe in ‘If’ Anymore?

 

One of the reasons I like the occasional music posts on Ricochet is that I’ve spent most of my life quite disconnected from whatever was going on in the contemporary entertainment world, and the posts give me a window into what I might have missed (and whether or not I’m glad I did). Although we moved to the United States only a couple of months before The Beatles took the “Ed Sullivan Show” by storm, I never owned a Beatles album. And while The Rolling Stones were hot during my years at British boarding school, we weren’t allowed to listen to them; Mick Jagger’s hips and lips being (in the opinion of the good ladies running The Abbey School) a bridge too far, even for the radio.

Prior to that, my experience ran to the blue wind-up gramophone in Nigeria and the 78, 45, and 33RPM records we’d either brought with us from England or borrowed from the Officers’ Club, and programs such as Desert Island Discs on the BBC World Service. After that, with a few notable exceptions when I would, in a transgressive mood, listen to Jeff Christie on KQV, the most youth-oriented local AM station (he later resumed his birth name and achieved some measure of fame as Rush Limbaugh), I left the music scene to others, and largely ignored it myself.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Peace and Evil

 

“If peace cannot be maintained with honor, it is no longer peace.” – Lord John Russell

“The left doesn’t fight evil; it fights those who do.” – Dennis Prager

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Doodads and Army Duds [Updated with a fun puzzle!]

 

I had long thought the doodads festooning veteran organizational caps to be a bit silly and something of the past. This Veterans Day, I took another look and came to a different conclusion. Looking at veterans’ uniforms in a parade and watching the pudgy weasel almost popping out of his blue Army Service Uniform in Congress, I discovered two things.

The first realization was of a linkage between military and veteran customs. Look at any military member’s uniform and you will see a shorthand career biography. If you take the time to look up the various ribbons, badges, insignia, patches, crests and whatnot, you get a glimpse into where they served and some tokens of what they did.*

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Thank You for Your Service. You Can Go Now.

 

“Time of trouble,” I objected, “a man who can handle a gun is good to have around, and on your side.”

“Sure,” pa would say, “but when trouble is over folks can’t get shut of him fast enough.”

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

 

A breeze softly blows across the plaza, as if the souls of those who perished are passing by. The white marble sarcophagus displays the Greek figures representing Peace, Victory, and Valor, reminding us that warfare ultimately strives to achieve all of them.

Several years ago we had the opportunity to visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and saw the changing of the guard. The uniformed relief commander appeared and announced that those present remain silent and standing; in some ways, the stated request seemed redundant, as people seemed to be called to do both out of a solemn respect. When we were there, I was struck by the silence and stillness, as the sentinels slowly and gracefully moved through this timeless ritual. We seemed to walk with them, as their actions demonstrated their deep respect for the fallen and for their families.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Blue Lives Lost

 

This year, 137 American police officers lost their lives. A member of the emergency communications center in the Boone County Sheriff’s Office in Indiana suggested to the sheriff a special project to honor all of them. As a result, they set up a Christmas tree with 137 blue ornaments, each with the name, rank and end of watch date of one of the officers who died. Included in that group was Deputy Jacob Pickett from Boone County.

Officers from Boone County spent a weekend writing the names of those officers on the bulbs. Joni Scott, Chaplain of the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, commented:

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I have some thoughts on the subject over at The Weekly Standard….   More

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Memorial Day, for some, is nothing more than an excuse to have a picnic and get drunk. It is the unofficial beginning of summer and it is a three day weekend (woo hoo!). Somewhere in the last few decades it became passé to honor the fallen heroes of war. Sure, people will go to parades, […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Where Honor and Christian Values Intersect

 

I’ve been surprised a lot of things over the past couple of years. Surprised at the outcome of the 2016 election. Pleasantly surprised at how conservative the Trump administration has been in a variety of ways. However, I think what has surprised me the most has been the reaction to these developments.

The left’s reaction is understandable, even if it is out of all proportion to reality. After all, they were beaten unexpectedly, which humiliated them. Within their reaction is also an element of existential panic — rarely does a single party control so many of the levers of power in the government. Think “2009 in reverse.”

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Since Mom went Home to be with Jesus, there have been a few well-intentioned people tell me that I need to start dating; put myself out there and find someone. Every time I field the comment, my eyes roll so far back in my head I can see the inside of my empty skull. “Not […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Vietnam Veterans

 

(I wrote this story at least 30 years ago. It tells about an incident our family witnessed, and today, according to the Inter-Webs, it is Vietnam Veterans Day. This is entitled “The Honor Guard.”)

It was a time when the unpredictable psycho in a TV drama was always a Vietnam veteran. The Memorial Wall in Washington DC was still new, and still controversial. But some veterans who’d visited The Wall realized that it was also a place of healing, and they knew that others who might never get to the nation’s capital needed the chance to rub their fingers over the names, and see for themselves that the loved ones were not forgotten. A group formed, and they commissioned a 1/3 sized, fiberglass replica of the granite monument. It traveled from town to town, at the request of civic organizations, and when the panels were set up in their V shapes, and the ropes arranged to form a trail leading the public into the area for reverent viewing, people came. By the hundreds, they came, and I did, too.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Boycott The NFL – Please

 

I see Stad has already posted a nice post on this subject, but I wanted to be a little more upfront about it. To honor all Veterans, the NFL — which I believe is being disrespectful to our veterans (and America in general) — needs to be sent a serious message.

Twitter is alive with word of the Veterans Day Boycott of the NFL. Today, tonight, and tomorrow night, turn off the TV. Tear up your tickets. Don’t talk about “your” team — they aren’t “your” team any more. It’s now just a bunch of guys who are unified in taking pride in spitting in your eye.

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I’m having a problem with a novel I’m reading, in which the protagonist kills, I would even say murders, a lot of essentially innocent people in pursuit of our country’s strategic aims. Now, I am about the farthest thing from a pacifist imaginable. I once posted online that there is an effective solution to terrorism, which […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. To Trump or Not To Trump

 

That is the question.

My father spent three years in the North Atlantic, as he put it, “successfully avoiding the German Navy.” That’s about as detailed as he ever got about his wartime experiences. If you’re of a certain age, you knew dozens of men like that. Some felt like they didn’t do enough, others felt like they did too much. 

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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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Many elements are necessary for the stability and prosperity of a society. For Christians and Jews, the most basic requirements of behavior are codified in the ten Commandments established directly by God Himself. Among them is a standard agreeable even to atheists yet perhaps poorly understood: “Honor thy father and mother.” What does it mean? […]

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I am forever amazed at the near pathological support people swear to their political champions and causes. While all candidates have their ardent supporters, there are a select few that come to mind that really seem to overachieve in that regard. For example, over the last several election cycles, I’ve marveled at the “true believers” […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. I’m a Victim and That Makes Me Better Than You

 

CampusLast year, George Will got into a heap of trouble for a column in which he wrote that colleges and universities are learning that “when they say campus victimizations are ubiquitous … and that when they make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate.”

It wasn’t a particularly great column by the author’s standards: It was a little unfocused and too easily allowed for ungenerous readings that implied Will was downplaying sexual assault. (It would almost certainly have fared better had it been published after the exposure of the Rolling Stone/University of Virginia hoax). The resulting outrage was enough to get Will disinvited from a speaking gig at Scripps College, a women’s college in Claremont, California. Will’s position gets some support, however, from a new paper by sociologists Bradley Campbell and Jason Manning, summarized at length by Jonathan Haidt at his The Righteous Mind blog.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Is it Cowardly to Kill Innocents?

 

imageWhy does everyone insist on calling terror attacks “cowardly”?

Surprising one’s opponent in a fight is a smart tactic, and one we use often ourselves. A shooter would be foolish to state their intentions in advance. When one fights, the primary goal is to win. So I think it is both mistaken and even deceptive to describe the act as “cowardly.” Indeed, since the terrorists usually plan to end up dead anyway, they really are not guilty of lacking courage.

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As Chris Anderson considers in his free audiobook Free: The Future of a Radical Price, the internet didn’t introduce the concept of profiting by offering “free” products, but it has certainly empowered such market approaches. “Try before you buy” typically involves a demo (a mere taste of the complete product) or a timed trial after […]

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