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Federalist Radio Hour Host Emily Jashinsky is in for Jim today. Emily and Greg start by dissecting the left’s full meltdown over Twitter suspending several journalists on the left for violating the new doxxing rules. They also discuss the impact Twitter has in exposing media bias and whether Elon Musk’s actions break his pledge to champion free speech. They’re also furious as Philadelphia public schools plan to impose a mask mandate on students when they return in January just as the damage done to poor and minority students in California from being out of school becomes clearer. Finally, they wonder what exactly Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg does following reports he was vacationing in Portugal just a week before the nation was threatened with an economy-crippling railroad strike.
Join Jim & Greg as they dissect new polls showing that inflation, gas prices, and other economic issues are the top concern for for more than three of every five Americans. They also welcome news that Florida leans increasingly to the right as GOP voter registrations dwarf the numbers put up by the Democrats. And they’re a bit stunned to hear Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kinney admit that he’s looking forward to the day he’s no longer mayor.
Hi, kids! Class is back in session! I know it’s been a while, but today’s lesson is historic! Today, our lesson is about a favorite topic, logic. Or, more accurately, logical fallacies. There are many logical fallacies. First, there are “formal” fallacies, four in all, including “syllogistic” fallacies (all salmon are fish; all sharks are […]
That was fast. Less than 24 hours after Democratic US Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-PA) and an aide were carjacked and robbed outside Philadelphia’s FDR Park, five teenagers were arrested and charged with the crime. She’s the second pro-police reform Democratic elected official to be carjacked this week. Preview Open
This Once-Great City Continues Its Slouch into an Abyss of Racism, Crime, & Anti-Semitism
Until the New Year, my family and I lived in the Philadelphia suburbs for some 18 years. We still have great friends and memories, and we continue to make almost monthly forays to our former home community (but not center city Philadelphia). Our memories of trips to downtown Philadelphia (rarely at night) are mostly positive (my youngest son and I being jostled by Flyers fans while donning Capitals jerseys during an NHL game is an exception, but I knew what I was in for. We all know Philly sports fans and their history – just ask Santa).
Click here to listen to the podcast! On this episode of The Resistance Library Podcast, Sam and Dave discuss the bombing of MOVE. If we told you that the Philadelphia Police Department literally dropped a bomb on a house in the city in the 1980s, you’d probably think that we had lost our minds. But, […]
Join Jim and Greg as they lay out their fearless – and conflicting – predictions for who will win the White House. They also explain who will win the tightest Senate races and which side will control the House. They shake their heads as reports of electioneering inside polling places and refusing GOP poll watchers pop up in Philadelphia. And they react to New Jersey announcing no in-person votes will be counted for at least a week.
Join Jim and Greg as they applaud a new ad urging voters to keep the GOP in control of the Senate. They also hammer a New York Times writer for complaining that conservative outlets are giving too much attention to the multiple nights of vandalism, looting, and violence in Philadelphia. And they unload on California Gov. Gavin Newsom for his utterly insane COVID rules for Thanksgiving or any other gathering.
Join Jim and Greg as they cheer the confirmation of Justice Amy Coney Barrett. They also discuss the Philadelphia police-involved shooting of a man advancing toward officers with a knife and the resulting violence that left 30 officers injured, including 12 in the hospital. And they break down the left’s unhinged reaction to the Barrett confirmation – from immediate calls for court packing to claiming originalism is racist – while Jim points out that the left probably ought to blame Ruth Bader Ginsburg for Barrett being on the court.
“Liberty is meaningless,” Frederick Douglass once said, “where the right to utter one’s thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist.”
Born a slave in the Antebellum South, Douglass knew a thing or two about freedom and bondage. As a child, Douglass learned to read and write by challenging white schoolboys his age to spelling contests. He lost every time at first, but in time, Douglass leveraged his hard-earned mastery of the English language to not only secure his own freedom, but play a crucial role in the eventual liberation of millions of American slaves.
Fast-forward to 2020. Not only are monuments to Douglass’ likeness in jeopardy from the mob, but so are the characteristics that led to his freedom. Competition, hard work, and rugged individualism—qualities that Douglass personified and which led to his own liberation—are all derided as racially exclusive values of “whiteness.”
Eighteen years before, Detroit had been the richest city in the United States – with a per capita income exceeding that in every other urban area in the country. By 1968, it was no longer so well situated. But it was prosperous. It was vibrant. The architecture was stunning; the churches, beautiful; the picture palaces, a wonder.
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.
Rats and Dirty Rotten Rats
My mother served as a nurse in the Philadelphia Department of Public Health in the late 1950s. This was before the national, and then transnational, drug gangs cranked up the level of violence from knives, chains, and zip guns, to effective late 19th century, early 20th century firearms (double-action revolvers, eventually superseded by semi-auto pistols). The old men sat on their tenement stoops keeping watch. Young nurses, women, often white, walked alone because they were under community protection.
Considering how much the Ricochetoisie is firmly against mob violence, wanton property destruction, and general lawlessness, shouldn’t there be at least one thread on this site expressing outrage at the riots in Philadelphia last night? “Twitter users flooded the social media site with the hashtag sharing shocking reports allegedly made by officers over police scanners […]
A Philadelphia City Councilwoman wants to make it easier for thugs to rob convenience stores, liquor stores, and other businesses. A controversial bill is currently working its way through city hall designed to regulate ‘stop and go’ liquor stores. One part of the bill would force business owners to take down bulletproof glass inside their stores. But at what […]
Most of you will remember New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ill-fated attempt to ban sugary drinks of a certain size in NYC restaurants. The ban was sold as a response to a public health crisis surrounding sugar consumption and obesity. It was eventually struck down by the NYC court of appeals on the grounds […]
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Last night was the third night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. We could tell you about the minor figures who strode the dais: Sigourney Weaver, Chris Murphy, Leon Panetta, Joe Biden, Governor Moonbeam, the latter proudly declared “Hillary Clinton does stuff!” (And yes, we just called Joe Biden a minor figure. Sorry, Joe. The truth hurts.) But there were three important speeches Wednesday night: Michael Bloomberg, Tim Kaine, and President Obama.
Bloomberg, who flirted with a run earlier this year before deciding against it, came out to say specifically that he’s not a Democrat, he disagrees with Democrats (his comments about how they stand in the way of educational reform got boos), and that he disagrees with Hillary Clinton, but that people should vote for her because Donald Trump would be worse.
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Monday was the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Not unlike the Republican convention, which had a theme each night, the Democrats had a theme too. As near as we can figure, last night’s theme was “Angry Yelling.”
There were several familiar Democratic tropes at work. Al Franken showed up to throw some red meat into the crowd and try to be funny. (But he’s out of practice, his timing was a mess, his material was dusty, and his jokes didn’t quite land.) At one point Franken was out there with comedian and Bernie Sanders supporter Sarah Silverman, who caused a stir when she said “To the ‘Bernie or Bust’ people, you’re being ridiculous.” They awkwardly tried to kill time while they were waiting for Paul Simon to come out and perform. (He looks like death now, by the way … so he kinda fits in among the Democrats.) And just to prove that Democratic convention clichés never die, Simon was followed by a video of Mario Cuomo.
Quinn the Eskimo and I are pleased to announce the second Philadelphia meet up will be held on Wednesday, October 28th at 7pm, here in the city of Brotherly Love. Specific location is yet to be determined, but it will be in Center City. [update- RESPONSE HAS BEEN FANTASTIC SO FAR- THIS WILL BE WAY BIGGER THAN […]