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It isn’t what it is. It’s never what it is. It’s what it can be made to look like. — movie Edge of Darkness starring Mel Gibson, 2010 ********************I was watching the above-named movie when this line struck me as relevant to all that has been and is being revealed recently. Sometimes I feel like […]

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Jesse Watters of Watters World just did a segment on people asking him what is going on with Drudge, and why his headlines have turned negative towards President Trump. I noticed the same thing for some time. I used to start my day on line for news updates as follows: Drudge Report, Watch.org and Ricochet […]

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My friend is a “different” race than I am. I’m considered “white” and he is considered “black.” Aside from the fact that we are really both just shades of the same color which I call Human, are we really different?

He has two eyes, I have two eyes.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Youth and Politics

 

“All people are good at making distinctions about the things they are acquainted with, and each is a good judge of those things. Therefore, good judgment goes along with the way each one is educated, and the one who has been educated about everything has it in an unqualified way. For this reason, it is not appropriate for a young person to be a student of politics, since the young are inexperienced in the actions of life, while these are the things about which politics speaks and from which it reasons. Also, since the young are apt to follow their impulses, they would hear such discourses without purpose or benefit, since their end is not knowing but action. And it makes no difference whether one is young in age or immature in character, for the deficiency doesn’t come from the time, but from living in accord with feeling and following every impulse. For knowledge comes to such people without profit, as it does to those who lack self-restraint; but to those who keep their desires in proportion and act in that way, knowing about these things would be of great benefit.”

This quote comes from one of the first three chapters in Book One of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics, with which Aristotle intends to set as a prelude to his discourse regarding how it ought to be received as well as what the task is that “we have set before ourselves.”

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I have mentioned in the past that my wife and I don’t pay any attention to the media during the week and get our information from a variety of Internet sources. We make up for this by listening to all the CSPAN re-plays of the Sunday talking head shows. It was a struggle, punctuated by […]

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With the notable exception of Chappaquidick, the post-Vietnam movie industry, including the later original content cable television business, has relentlessly bent history and even powerful works of fiction, imposing narratives designed to immunize younger viewers against ever discovering inconvenient truths and other voices. I started mulling this over with Angelina Jolie’s shocking betrayal of a man she claimed to deeply respect, in her deeply biased big-screen rendition of Laura Hillenbrand’s profound Unbroken. I saw both Jolie’s Hollywood production and a small budget Christian production of the rest of the story. I’ve cogitated over this and found more and more productions attaching to the idea which formed: this is all quite deliberate propaganda.

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Move over, Barbie, the new face of Mattel has arrived. Ze may not be as shapely and enduring as their predecessor, but according to a glowing feature in TIME magazine, ve might be headed for a holiday-neutral pine tree near you this December.

Billing their latest product as “a doll for everyone,” Mattel becomes the latest Fortune 500 corporation to go all-in on gender identity with its androgynous “Creatable World” doll, which follows closely on the heels of its decision last year to nix its respective boys and girls toy divisions.

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The Left is whipping their little useful idiot minions into a frenzy. They’ve made Trump into Hitler and us into Nazis so that anything they do to us is deserved, and I don’t have a good feeling about it at all. A systematic disinformation campaign by the media and the school system has resulted in […]

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“Know what I was most proud of?” former Vice President Joe Biden said last week during a campaign event. “For eight years, there wasn’t one single hint of a scandal or a lie.” Or from “The View,” “not one single whisper of scandal.”

Both of these are fairly recent quotes from Vice President Biden – and of course, they echo the Obamas saying there wasn’t a “smidgen” of scandal in his administration.

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With nearly seven in 10 American adults worried about cultural and political threats to free speech, good news may be closer than you think. In fact, a recent court decision provides hope that free speech protections are trending upward, charting the course for future victories for all Americans. Free speech was at the very center […]

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This may not be the place, but I have a half-baked theory I want to throw out there, since the left is pursuing the reconstruction of our language. (Starting with all conservatives being on the Hillary list of phobics culminating in “deplorables.”) Here goes: We are inundated with these references, and once “racist” started to […]

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What, exactly, motivates someone to waltz into a public place and gun down scores of innocent people he’s never met?

Well, that may be the wrong question. In the shooter’s mind, there are no innocents — only sinners and reprobates of all kinds; jerks, dunces, philanderers, drunkards, and bullies. That 16-year-old grocery bagger might seem nice enough, but he likes to torture the nerds at school — and, besides, he stole the girl I fancy. That 36-year-old mother of two may look innocent, but she’s actually part of an ethnic invasion which seeks to destroy the country as we know it. Et cetera. For people who think this way, each killing is an act of revenge against a world the shooter believes has wronged him. It is, in his warped and woeful understanding, a type of justice.

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I have just finished reading Tom Cotton’s book “Sacred Duty”. It is about the “Old Guard” and their various missions. I had known about the burial services at Arlington and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers. The book goes into great detail about the training and preparation done by each soldier for the particular days […]

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https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-49145664 I run into this over and over….now the “Duchess of Sussex” has chosen a world based gang of “activists” (that’s always positive, too) for featuring in a Vogue magazine issue (somehow AOC got left out). The main virtue to belong is to be shaking things up and some of what they are doing is […]

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Van is a spitfire. She is a dedicated conservative and she loves this country. She left Vietnam with her family right after the war. She is an entrepreneur, having started several businesses, and now in her senior years runs a nail business (does fingers and toes, as my husband would say) from her home, and does my nails. I’ve known her for more than ten years, so we know each other pretty well. The other day she stunned me with a story of bravery and determination. And it wasn’t about leaving Vietnam.

Van has mostly senior customers from all walks of lives, an assortment of religions or no-religions, and many cultures, ethnicities, and races. I’m going to share her story as she told it to me the other day, in her inimitable style:

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“Send her back, send her back, send her back!” the crowd thunderously chanted at a recent Trump rally. They were referring, of course, to Rep. Ilhan Omar, originally from Somalia and one of the main, malcontented mean girls of what has been recently designated as the “Squad.”

One commentator compared the chanting to “two minutes of hate” from George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, the dystopian novel about a nightmarish authoritarian regime. Seriously? Leftists, whose numbers terrifyingly continue to swell, have been hating on America every second of every day for the last fifty years or more. They hate America, they hate the Founding Fathers, they hate every facet of our history, they hate our customs, they hate Judeo-Christian religion, they hate Western civilization, they hate capitalism, they hate self-reliance, they hate beauty, they hate truth, they hate sexual and gender normalcy, they hate “whiteness” itself.

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So this poll came out showing how public opinion is hardening in our immigration debates. Several Evangelicals made a a big deal about this poll showing how white Evangelical support has turned dramatically against letting any migrants into the country at all.   More

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I have a really hard time figuring this political pundit. I’ll let these two linked articles describe why. Evangelicals Are Supporting Trump Out of Fear, Not Faith https://stream.org/david-vichy-french-wants-christians-to-surrender/ I don’t consider myself in the ranks of Evangelicals. I’m also reluctant to use fear as the alleged motivation for opposing Hillary Clinton. Can Ricochet members offer […]

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Big Press is taking a beating these days and it is largely well deserved. The local wellness center has a small battery of monitors on the wall across from the elliptical machines. I flip back and forth between CNN and Fox during my morning routine. Each pitching their brand of ‘journalism’ with what amounts to […]

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