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Hours of Transport

 

“What are men to rocks and mountains? Oh! what hours of transport we shall spend! And when we do return, it shall not be like other travellers, without being able to give one accurate idea of any thing. We will know where we have gone—we will recollect what we have seen. Lakes, mountains, and rivers, shall not be jumbled together in our imaginations; nor, when we attempt to describe any particular scene, will we begin quarreling about its relative situation. Let our first effusions be less insupportable than those of the generality of travellers.” – Elizabeth Bennet, in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Let me attempt to describe the particular scenes we enjoyed on our recent journey from the flat, swampy terrain of southern Texas to the sandy shores of slower-lower (as the locals say) Delaware. The greater part of our first day was spent driving to Hot Springs, Arkansas. Arriving as the sun started sinking in the sky, we were rewarded with stunning views of Lake Hamilton from the road above. We opted to find a restaurant in the historic part of town and were again pleasantly surprised to find a delicious pizza at SQZBX, a place that showcases its origins as a piano store/repair shop. We learned that our friendly waitress was from Memphis, and she reminded us of the bridge closure that we’d have to navigate the next day. For breakfast, we found a diner that seemed popular with locals. We enjoyed the food, hearing the local accents, and taking in the lake view as we ate.

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I am doing separate posts on my own blog, and at Ricochet about last week’s Nashville seminar and meetup (s).  Here are links to the ones now on my blog.  The actual meetup post will be tomorrow, but you may find someone you recognize in the Hillsdale post. https://rushbabe49.com/2021/05/02/lens-artists-photo-challenge-146-focus-on-the-details-flying-cross-country/ Preview Open

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On this episode of the Resistance Library Podcast, Sam Jacobs invites Robby Starbuck onto the show.  Robby Starbuck is a director and producer running for the House of Representatives in Greater Nashville. We had him on to talk about how the average person can join in the fight to save the American way of life, […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they dig into new polling numbers showing millennial and Gen Z voters very unenthusiastic about Joe Biden. They also react to Nashville officials covering up information showing very few COVID transmissions in bars and conspiring to make sure the public did not know. And they enjoy spiking the football on John Kerry by looking back to his 2016 pronouncement that there would never be Israeli-Arab peace outside of a peace deal involving the Palestinians.

Oriana Schwindt joins City Journal contributing editor Aaron Renn to discuss Schwindt’s seven-month-long journey to municipalities near the geographic center of every U.S. state, and what she found there: the curious “sameness” of American cities. Schwindt chronicled her travels in a recent article for New York.

In gentrifying neighborhoods across the country, visitors are practically guaranteed to find high-end bars with expensive cocktails, coffee shops with tattooed and bespectacled baristas, new luxury housing in all-glass buildings, and maybe an Asian-fusion restaurant. “The reason so many of these joints feel harvested from Brooklyn,” Schwindt writes, “is because they are.”

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It took longer than usual, but I’ve finished the Youtube slideshow video made from pictures of the recent Nashville Meetup. The previous meetup slideshows I’ve done have only been about 1-3 minutes long, but the larger number of people, locations, pajamas, mansions, jars of moonshine, and Dr. Who costumes resulted in far more pictures than […]

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If you attended the big Nashville Meetup and forgot to buy your shirt to mark the occasion, there’s still time before we knock this item out of the store. And if you enter the promocode SAVING4TAXES you can get it for as little as $16.39. Offer is good until 11:59PM PT on April 15th (Tomorrow). […]

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Nashville Mega Meetup

 

nashvilleSomething really special is happening here in Nashville April 10-12: the Nashville Mega Meetup! Some of Ricochet’s most beloved members and contributors will be descending upon Middle Tennessee for a weekend-long bacchanalia that will include a pond-side country bonfire, tours of Belmont Mansion and the Jack Daniel’s Distillery, sightseeing in Nashville, and a lovely capstone dinner at Circa Grill Sunday evening. Right now, our numbers are hovering around 50! I believe this makes the Nashville Mega Meetup the biggest Ricochet has ever seen. Since we in the South are known for our hospitality, I’d like to invite y’all to join us for this weekend extravaganza full of good food, strong drinks, and sparkling company.

So come on down to Nashville, and rub elbows with the likes of Troy Senik, Frank Soto, Dave Carter, Fred Cole, Jason Rudert, James of England, Pleated Pants Forever, Aaron Miller, 6ft2inhighheels, yours truly, and many others. If you don’t come, you may regret it for the rest of your life, bless your heart! Remember, to attend you must be a member. So join Ricochet today and come see us in Music City.

UPDATE: The Shadowy Forces That Be have created a coupon code for non-members who want to join in order to attend the Nashville meet-up. Just type in MEETUP at the link or click here for the special offer!

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To anyone rolling into Middle Tennessee next month for the epic Nashville meetup, please see the note copied below from Vicryl Contessa on the meetup thread. I will also add that, whether or not you are staying at the Magnuson Hotel, please consider doing something very nice for or saying something very nice to VC. […]

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If you haven’t heard about the Nashville Meetup April 10-12. go HERE or to www.RicochetMeetUp.com for all the details.  This promises to be a meetup for the rico-ages, with tons of restaurants, bars and activities already arranged for your gastrointestinal delight.  In addition, for those who are traveling from afar and wish to stop in […]

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Most of you probably know about the big, weekend-long (April 10-12) Ricochet Meetup in Nashville.  Some of us coming in from the north want to have a meetup the night before in Louisville, Kentucky.  Why Louisville?  For people coming from Michigan, Chicago, Wisconsin, and Minnesota it’s along the way or not very far from the […]

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**Update 2: Because The Nashville Weekend has evolved significantly in the past month+ (including now growing to the point of becoming a proper noun and thus receiving full capitalization), and because it’s coming up quickly, and because various members requested it in the comments, and because Sunday dinner starts an hour earlier, I’m editing this post […]

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Winning Back America by Ignoring the Parts You Hate

 

Remember a few years back when the media was stocking up on smelling salts over Sarah Palin’s reference to small towns as “the real America?” Truth be told, I was never warm to that formulation. As a matter of crass politics, a winner never disowns huge segments of the electorate. I also disagreed with the idea on principle. I think a lot of us at Ricochet know what Palin was trying to say: that there are parts of the country where earnest patriotism is regarded as gauche. I’m all for attacking that attitude when it specifically arises, but applying it as an undifferentiated slight does a disservice to a big chunk of the country.

Still, if the media’s outrage had to do with the content rather than the speaker, they’d be taking to their fainting couches over the latest column from (West Virginia native!) Michael Tomasky, whose new piece at the Daily Beast drops the mask about how leftists really feel about the South; namely, that it is populated by untermenschen. After referring to the region as a “reactionary, prejudice-infested place” (the evidence for which comes from Louisiana’s rejection of Mary Landrieu in last weekend’s Senate runoff), Tomasky lets fly with an olympian expectoration: