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Chiefs Defeat 49ers in Super Bowl LIV

 

At the start of the fourth quarter, the San Francisco 49ers lead the Kansas City Chiefs 20-10. Then they decided to relax. The Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs roared back with 21 unanswered points, winning the game 31-20.

Congratulations to coach Andy Reid, and all the loyal Kansas City fans who have waited 50 years to get back to the Super Bowl.

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On August 21, 2016 we had a meetup at Jack Stack Barbecue – Freight House in Kansas City. The occasion that brought a critical mass of us together in Kansas City was the World Science Fiction Convention.  This was attended by @tg, @hankrhody, @mattbalzer, @amyschley, @donaldscrankshaw, my wife and myself.  If you’re nerd enough to […]

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@mattbalzer, @amyschley, @hankrhody, @tg, @donaldscrankshaw, and I are all attending the 74th World Science Fiction Convention, typically abbreviated to WorldCon. This particular WorldCon also goes by the name of MidAmeriCon II. The convention starts tomorrow and will run through August 21st. We will have a Ricochet Meetup the evening of the 21st. Since there are […]

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A few of us are going to the World Science Fiction Convention, which will be in Kansas City this year. When the convention is all done, we’ll be holding a Ricochet Meetup. Come join us for an evening of barbecue, steaks, and other assorted delicacies. Hear our tales of adventure from the WorldCon. Have your […]

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Amy Schley and I will be co-hosting a Ricochet Meetup the evening of August 21st, 2016 in Kansas City, MO. The venue hasn’t been selected yet, but Amy will choose someplace when we get closer to the date. The event that precipitates the meetup is Mid-Americon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention. Amy, Hank […]

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No Award at the Hugos

 

hugo-award-logoWell, if you’ve been following the Sad Puppies story, the votes are in. Rather than swallowing their pride and liking something on the merits, the Social Justice Warriors out of spite voted for no awards to be given in several categories.

Before the Hugos were a proxy for politics, they were about good science fiction. I’ve got a book on my shelf, or in a box, or maybe my brother has it, that is a compilation of Hugo winning stories from the ’50s and ’60s. Some of the stories are fantastic, amongst the greatest things I’ve ever read. Some aren’t all that great in my estimation, but they got the award because other people disagreed with me. It’s about the science fiction, not about the politics, right?

Even if it isn’t about the politics on the surface, it usually is in the end. It seems a group of people realized that A) it’s a major career boost to have that “Hugo Award Winning” on your dust jacket, and B) A relatively small group of people could swing the voting one way or another. And so the Hugos in recent years have gone to a small, poorly written, and overwhelmingly leftist set of stories.

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Kansas City, Kansas (or KCK, as it’s known) is the red-headed step-child of the Kansas City Metro area, starting with its name. No one has to clarify that they mean the Oklahoma City in Oklahoma, or the Indianapolis in Indiana, or the New York City in New York. But poor KCK, being a tenth the […]

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Based on numerous posts and comments I’ve seen – and people I’ve talked to at Ricochet Meetups – the Ricochet membership is almost bursting at the seams with science fiction readers. I don’t know that many Ricochet SF fans attend conventions, but I’m here to invite you to join me at next year’s World Science […]

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Ricochet Magna Meetup in Kansas City (Short Version)

 

kcA number of key anniversaries fall within a week of the weekend of June 12-14. As such, it seemed like a good time to get together with fellow Ricochetti and a few guest speakers to party as only people who will pay for a political podcast know how.

From experience with National Review Cruises and from other meetups, we came to the conclusion that you wanted to make sure that there was always something to do, but that you never stopped people from just hanging out and talking. We will have political, historical, and theological talks, great food, alcohol, tobacco, and firearms. From the World War I museum to Kansas City Blues dancing, there are any number of fun activities to ignore or pay attention to at your leisure. The full, if provisional, schedule is here (I expect most comments to go there), but if you want to ignore the activities your schedule is Friday: meeting space in the hotel, Saturday: Liberty Memorial Park, Sunday: Leavenworth.

The 25, 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, and 6400 year anniversaries being celebrated are the Fall of the Berlin Wall, the first battle American troops went into in Vietnam, the resignation of William Jennings Bryan from Wilson’s cabinet (leading to entry into the War), the Battle of Waterloo, the birth of Pocahontas’ kid (almost), the Signing of the Magna Carta, St. Cyril’s lynching of Hypatia, Achilles’ conquest of the Lesbians, and the invention of beer. If you’re not familiar with any of these and why they’re important, there’s still time, and Ricochet will help over the upcoming month.

Meetup in Kansas City!

 

Robin-hood-disneyscreencaps.com-4724June 15 marks 800 years since the signing of the Magna Carta, one of the most important documents in history. In honor of the fellow at the right agreeing to respect his noblemen: Mr. Amy, James of England, and I are hosting a Ricochet Meetup in Kansas City!

This June has a number of anniversaries of important events in the spread of freedom and American identity at 25, 50, 100, 200, 400, 1600, 3200, and 6400 years ago. We assume that everyone will be celebrating 800 years of the Magna Carta, so we’re not trying to compete on the day; we’re taking the closest weekend. The Waterloo celebration later in the week may mean that you’re already partied out that week; if so, we understand, just as those of you who get to celebrate the Berlin Wall finally falling to Peter’s words have a great reason not to attend other, inferior parties. An informal poll, though, suggests that few of you are celebrating the 400 years since Pocahontas gave birth to a founding father of Virginia (and James would like to suggest there is nothing more pro-freedom than marrying an Englishman). Come celebrate the invention of beer, or any of the other anniversaries, but more importantly, come and celebrate Ricochet. A meetup where we have coffee really is like having coffee with friends.

On June 13th, we will be at Penn Valley Park in beautiful midtown Kansas City. After a recitation of the Magna Carta’s text — it’s not much longer than the Declaration of Independence — under a garden of memorial oak trees, we will tour Liberty Memorial and WWI museum. Afterwards, we’ll have a delightful picnic at the shelter and fun in the sun in one of Kansas City’s great parks.

Country Club Sues WWII Vet over Petty Property Dispute

 

Virgil Wesley has lived in his modest Kansas City area house since 1995. Now, a posh county club is suing the 86-year-old World War II veteran over the placement of his garage. According to the Brookridge Country Club, a corner of Wesley’s small garage crosses onto their property and Something Must Be Done.

Family members say Brookridge Country Club is suing Wesley for $75,000, because they allege 60 square feet of his garage is on country club property, according to a survey. “I thought somebody was crazy!” Wesley said, “I’ve been maintaining it all these years!” “He’s a WWII veteran, he’s 86 years old, he’s wheelchair bound, he has no money, no ability to hire an attorney, and they know that!” said Virgil’s daughter, Louanna Davis.