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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Life in a Zoo


It was an eerie and uneasy time for us. My husband and I decided to get away and we went to St. Petersburg to stay for a couple of days. The first day was bathed in the warm sunlight of fall, and was perfect weather for touring Zoo Tampa, where we had never been. We had watched the care of the animals on TV and thought it would be fun to become acquainted in person.

Aside from the sunny day, however, much of our visit seemed somehow off. We were hungry when we got there, so we went into the cavernous café near the zoo entrance near noontime. Hardly anyone else was there. Everyone was masked up when they weren’t eating.

When we started touring the zoo, one of the first enclosures had a single tiger in it. We watched as he paced from side to side in one portion where there were rocks for him to walk on. I wondered if his behavior would be considered normal. Later I asked a staff person about it, and she said he was probably waiting for his meal. Maybe so.

Join Jim and Greg as they credit Republicans for keeping a treasure trove of opposition research on Raphael Warnock quiet until the Georgia Senate runoff. Now they are highlighting Warnock’s radical statements on many different issues. They also walk through a number of burdensome new COVID restrictions, including Pennsylvania’s requirement to wear masks in your own home if you have guests, and contrast that with politicians like California Gov. Gavin Newsom who don’t think the rules apply to them. And they get a kick out of watching Bernie Sanders supporters become deeply disappointed with Joe Biden as he names corporate figures to most positions in his inner circle.

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I don’t have a strong opinion on the value of masks. It seems to me that since OR doctors and attendants have worn them for decades (and not just to hide their coffee breath at 6:30 am surgeries) they must have efficacy. So the argument being that they protect the other guy somewhat is reasonable. […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Halloween and the Monster Pandemic: The HARM of Universal Masking


I live in a very red state now, apparently redder than Georgia and Texas. I live in a neighborhood that I love because there are small homes with neatly mowed lawns near old mansions with roman columns. You could say this area meets the progressive definition of “diverse,” which cares only about neighbors having different hues as they sit on their front porches, as people still do here. But it meets my definition of “diverse,” too, because there are Trump flags galore and Biden/Harris signs staked in the grass, and no one disturbs anyone else’s stuff.

The truth is that I rejoice on almost every run through these streets littered with leaves about how plainly American this very mixed neighborhood feels because it’s plain to me that these families have different incomes, different demographics, different opinions, and it is fine. This is a reflection of the country I grew up loving. Unlike the hyper blue bubble of Austin that I recently began to find so suffocating that I had to leave it behind me, this place feels normal.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Glorious Sights of 2020


I do a lot of local travel. This means, in this time of coronavirus (when McDonald’s bathrooms are no longer as reliable as they once were), that I visit many rest stops. The scene at every rest stop is much the same:

A carload of pre-masked people pulls into a parking space. They disembark, mask their way up the pathway to the bathrooms, finish their business, mask themselves back to their car, pile in, and mask away into the sunset.

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Yet another Ricochet member giving her take on these issues. I just hear things that burrow into my brain, and they incubate and hatch in a poorly timed post. 1.) Joe Biden’s DNC nomination speech: NPR was broadcasting bits of his speech and “analyzing” it. Their tone revealed how deeply serious and deep his deep […]

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I first noticed the pattern when picking up my cheese pizza at Little Caesar’s. Signs were everywhere: “Due to the Coronavirus, we are asking that you not wait in the lobby.” “Due to the governor’s order, masks are required for entry into this establishment.” With a little intake of breath, I realized I’d left my mask in the car. Then I saw that no one behind the counter was wearing a mask. Neither was the other customer, a man waiting casually in the lobby for his special order. The next time I got a hankering for pizza, I noticed the same thing. Montanans in our town are just finished with the mask mandate, and certain establishments and their clientele have tacitly agreed that going maskless is fine.

If I had a graph of mask compliance around here, it would show a steep, narrow curve. It’d start with about a third of locals in the stores wearing them, often older women and workers. Before the governor made the order, there were national guidelines, and probably some state and county recommendations, too, so we all had the feeling we were supposed to be wearing them. But the mask wearers stood out. And then the governor gave the order in July, some weeks after our re-opening, enforced through the businesses. Everyone was masked, and one of my friends told a story about being ordered out of a coffee shop after protesting she had a health condition, and told never to return. My graph shoots up to about 98%.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Mask Wearing: Must it Be So Complicated?


While some people comply with wearing masks with a degree of resignation, others are angry and frustrated when required to wear them, as the controversy about the need to wear them drags on. But for some families, mask-wearing is especially difficult for certain children with autism. I suspect that other conditions also create emotional and physical difficulties when wearing masks. In particular, the Ross family with a seven-year old daughter with sensory processing disorder as a result of her autism traveled to Disney World.

Understanding a little more about sensory processing disorder might be helpful. The condition and its manifestations can vary from child to child, and includes (but isn’t limited to) not wanting to be touched, eating only certain foods, wearing only particular clothes or cutting the tags out of their clothes, or having meltdowns in crowded public places. As an example, a balloon popped when the Ross family were at a local fair and the daughter was triggered and ran into a four-lane highway nearby. The potential for this extreme behavior requires ongoing management.

Join Jim and Greg as they cheer police in Oregon for vowing to pull back from parts of Portland after the local prosecutor refuses to press charges against rioters. They also slam Joe Biden for suggesting everyone needs to wear a mask outside of their homes regardless of the circumstances and for insisting on it for the next three months. And they vehemently disagree with New York City’s decision to cancel this year’s powerful 9/11 blue light display over COVID concerns.

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Mask Policies Handicap the Deaf


Mask policies handicap the deaf. Many deaf people read lips. You can’t read lips if they are behind a piece of cloth. I have been thinking about this lately because I had a double-ear infection. My ears were all stuffed up, and my hearing was down to less than 20% of normal. Being temporarily hearing-impaired can lead to some real adventures, but being such in the age of COVID Security Theater makes it even more interesting. I find that I can read lips. I was using that to understand what my wife was saying quite a bit while my ears were stuffed up, but when we went out somewhere, it became impossible.

I had a meeting at church dealing with the phone system. The board member I was dealing with is a woman with a very soft voice. Try to maintain six-feet of social distancing while trying to hear what such a person is saying as she is muffled behind a mask. It did not work out well.

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I believe the thing most conservative individuals want from life is to be left alone to enjoy it. They want a government that provides the necessary services and fosters a climate of economic growth, while regulating only that which is required for safety and security. What goes on the in the bedroom, behind closed doors, […]

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Your Friday martinis are served as Rob Long fills in for Jim. Today, they applaud Tim Scott for pointing out the Democrats didn’t block police reform because of what was in the bill but because of who was proposing it. They also wade into the scrutiny on some red states as their COVID infections increase, and they dissect the intense political debate over wearing masks. And they have fun with the news $1.4 billion in stimulus checks were sent out to dead people.

It was one thing when people argued over ventilators and lockdowns. But naturally, a culture war had to arise out of the coronavirus, and wearing masks is it. Who should wear them and when? Should the government mandate it and for how long? Also, is it right to shame people who choose not to wear one?

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. There’s a Fine Line Between Prudence and Panic…


…and we crossed that line a long time ago.

Over the weekend on Facebook, I repeated a line that I heard at the beginning of the COVID-19 freakout, “There is a fine line between prudence and panic” and commented that we are so far beyond the line that it is no longer funny and is now just sad. Someone responded that we obviously weren’t panicking because 100,000 people are dead and that I (and apparently I alone) am the reason that we can’t open up the economy. Sorry, but that guy was wrong — as a nation, we are in full-blown panic mode, and I think the latest fight over masks proves that beyond any reasonable doubt.

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A friend of mine brought it to my attention carrying a gun and wearing a mask is verboten (a felony) in some states (concealed or open carry). What about yours? Have there been any incidents reported of arrests made? Just curious. I would think these blue state governors would use such a law as a […]

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We’re ending the week with all crazy martinis! First, we dissect the partisan fury of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel who says President Trump is no longer welcome in the state because he didn’t wear a mask before cameras while visiting a Ford plant on Thursday. They also hammer Joe Biden for telling a prominent black talk show host, “If you have a problem figuring out if you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.” And they react to President Trump unloading on Fox News for not doing more to help him and other Republicans win.

If you’re like Dave Carter, you are hearing a cacophony of experts and their contradictory opinions and you’re wondering who to believe? Should we be wearing masks or not? Does a cloth mask do any good or is this just the latest edition of “woke” theatrics? How fast should businesses reopen? What about churches? Should they reopen and under what circumstances? What sort of lessons have we learned to this point? Dave sits down with one of Ricochet’s favorite physicians, known affectionately as Doc Jay to talk about all this and more.

Then, Dave gets Ricochet Member “Arahant” on the phone for a rollicking and fun conversation between two professed curmudgeons. The result is equal parts laughter, commiseration, and compelling insights into life at Ricochet.

Check out the video on my Youtube Channel!

Join me as I make a mask at home out of one of my t-shirts!