“Nothing is simpler than to kill a man; the difficulties arise in attempting to avoid the consequences.” — Rex Stout, Too Many Cooks
David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome the news that U.S. sanctions are inflicting a devastating economic toll and putting a lot of political pressure on North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-Un. They also cringe at reports that President Trump promised China two months ago that he would not condemn a […]
The left has settled on the election strategy of screaming “racist, racist, racist” at President Trump and any who dare show any support for him. It need not be true if it works, as Senator Harry Reid shamelessly admitted after smearing Mitt Romney into defeat. Yelling “that’s racist!” is also a defensive move by Democrats, fearful of President Trump showing they no longer have a monopoly on peoples’ votes based on skin color. President Trump can win bigly in the 2020 election, and put his tormentors on the back foot now, if he simply goes on offense, keeping his promises made in on Trump’s New Deal for Black America. In so doing, he can make a substantial positive difference in the lives of forgotten and exploited Americans, cleaning up the rats, and the dirty rotten rats in local and state governments.
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Rats and violence in Baltimore, as in other cities, are indicators of basic civil society and local government breakdown. President Trump, as a developer between New York and New Jersey, has a long memory of stories that fed his tweets about Congressman Elijah Cummings’ hometown. This is not dinner-time viewing, but it is a fair sampling of local Baltimore stories since 2013. If you find the following a bit much, I note that cats chase rats, and you can chase the images here with a wonderful cat tale: “The Mother.”
The Atlantic had this 2014 story of an independent photojournalist documenting neglect of entire blocks of empty buildings:More
The following is a very tragic story. Reader discretion advised.
Little AJ Freund died last week. He was five. He had been born with opiates in his system and was taken into custody by Illinois DCFS for a year and a half. He was then returned to his mother.More
This is what real “hate crimes” legislation and prosecution looks like: “A second man convicted in the 1998 dragging death of James Byrd Jr. is set to be executed this week.” A second man convicted of dragging a black man to death is set to be executed by Texas this week. This monster would be spending the rest of his life, maybe, as a ward of the state in California, or Washington State, or New York, or fill in your Democrat-controlled state here.
But see what CNN and the left prioritizes:More
In Paterson, New Jersey six people were shot, one killed, over a seven hour period last Thursday. It appears to have been four separate, and seemingly unrelated, shootings. New Jersey has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. If you are don’t mind paperwork and have good references you can own a gun […]
A pregnant woman was killed in Queens. Witnesses heard her scream, “He’s going to kill the baby!” The attacker stabbed her repeatedly, including multiple stabs into her belly. It would seem he was indeed targeting the baby. The killer turned out to be the victim’s ex-boyfriend. He was caught and will be charged with one count of murder in the second degree.
You may ask, what exactly does this horrendous crime have to do with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Reproductive Health Act? Prior to that law being enacted there would have been additional charges for killing the unborn child. Now, aborting a child is never a crime, even if the abortion is performed against the mother’s will. The murder of the mother is still a crime, but killing the baby is not. That means this man will only be facing one count of murder.More
A 19 year old illegal alien scumbag killed 4 people in Northern Nevada. Wilbur Ernesti Martinez-Guzman started his killing spree on Jan. 9th or 10th, when he killed his first victim in Gardnerville Ranchos, an upscale residential neighborhood in Gardnerville, Nevada and victim 2 on Dresslerville Road near by — only a few miles from where I work. […]
I invested 10 hours or so in viewing “Tin Star”, a 10 part series, on Amazon Prime. I found the program to be interesting and involving, particularly in its depiction of family relations and loyalties as they face challenges to their family bonds. The performances were uniformly excellent and I just had to find out […]
(Note: Most of my stories here tend towards the light and fluffy. This one isn’t, so be forewarned that some of this is ugly. Even though this is all a matter of public record, I’m going to limit my use of names to the principals, and then only those I remember; it’s been almost 15 years. These are the events to the best of my recollection, some of which I learned in the trial, and the rest that I found online after it was all over. I’ll try to demarcate the two.)
Late on the night of Nov. 14, 1997, Elhadji Gaye pulled up in his green Lexus sedan in front of an apartment building in East Harlem, NYC. A driver for a livery company, he had received a call for a pickup at that address from his dispatcher. It was late, but Gaye, a recent immigrant from Guyana, was happy to work the long hours, as it allowed him to send more money back home; not only to his wife and children, but to his entire extended family.More
The cover image on iTunes for the Academy Award winning documentary series “O.J. Simpson: Made in America” is a dripping glove in the design of the stars and stripes. It perfectly captures the message of the series — the “trial of the century” was really a reflection of America’s sins.
So, yes, the history of the Rodney King beating, the Watts riots of 1965, Mark Fuhrman’s disgusting racist language, and every curse, slap, and traffic stop ever suffered by a black American at the hands of the police is part of the gloomy backdrop of the Simpson case.More
Here again is a post in my series on the Ten Commandments. Let’s look at Exodus 20: 13 Thou shalt not kill. More
Songs on the Death of Children. In his book The Devil’s Pleasure Palace, Michael Walsh opines that the German Romantic Movement of the late 19th and early 20th Century, foretold the decline of Western Civilization. Two stories in the news today perhaps reflect how far we have fallen. Both stories are horrifying. Dad Admits Killing […]
There is only one answer to the events that are unfolding around us: Speak the truth. It’s not hard to find. Even the Washington Post sort of stumbled over it. Key quote:
In a year-long study, The Washington Post found that the kind of incidents that have ignited protests in many U.S. communities — most often, white police officers killing unarmed black men — represent less than 4 percent of fatal police shootings. Meanwhile, The Post found that the great majority of people who died at the hands of the police fit at least one of three categories: they were wielding weapons, they were suicidal or mentally troubled, or they ran when officers told them to halt.
On Nov. 8, 1998, my parents were both killed by a single .22 caliber gunshot wound to the head. My father fired both bullets. At no time did it occur to me to blame the weapon, nor has it since. My father murdered my mother and then turned the weapon on himself, leaving no note or message of any kind. So I guess I have a unique perspective on the topic of guns and “gun control.”
Although my father murdered my mother with a .22 rifle, do you think it matters to me how he did it? More importantly, if you think he wouldn’t have done it without a gun, you know little of human nature.More
How did an assassin end up under Our Lady’s mantle in heaven with his confessor and his victim? In the thirteenth century, as now, murder was an impediment to priestly ordination, and the Order of Preachers has always had a clerical character due to the close connection between preaching and the sacraments of penance and […]
Assuming Ted Cruz doesn’t pull a rabbit out of the hat, and I am faced with actually having to seriously consider Trump as nominee… Should I cut Trump slack because he backed off this regarding ordering the military to murder innocents: More
Something like two-thirds of the books sold each year in the United States are sold in the weeks leading up to Christmas, which explains why publishers are more apt to release books (such as my own recent contribution, The Grand Strategy of Classical Sparta: The Persian Challenge) in the fall.
The reason that book sales are concentrated in this season is simple and straightforward: we are expected to give gifts and, tolerably often, we have no idea what to give. Knowing that there may be a host of Ricochet members in that situation, I propose over the next few days to suggest a number of recent books that might do the trick.More