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Quote of the Day: “Not a Single Hint”

 

“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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Odium Mundi

 

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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Engaging the Enemy

 

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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Squabble Over the Squad Gets Squalid

 

“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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When Leftist Worlds Collide

 

In a rapidly declining Western civilization gone mad with progressive ideology, one of the few pleasures available for people with traditional values is watching one fringe element of the left trash another fringe element of the left. It doesn’t necessarily do much to slow down the civilizational destruction, but it provides sporadic moments of intense pleasure.

One case in point: Leonardo DiCaprio. Did you know that the world-famous actor and climate activist is guilty of promoting white supremacy? Neither did most people, but after all, he is white, rich and powerful, so it just stands to reason, right?

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I originally intended to post this on May Day. May Day is a day for remembering that communists are still out to get you. They just call themselves socialists now to sidestep communism’s ugly histories. A group of idolized elites and vast unaccountable bureaucracy all claiming to represent commoners against elites like themselves? Check.  More

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The Federal Conviction System

 

Over the years, Ricochet’s members who practice law have occasionally mollified our common predilection for lawyer jokes by providing examples of honest-to-goodness Justice in action. At the local levels, at least, American judicial systems seem to work now and then; even if other first-hand experiences among Ricochetti have been downright depressing.

Would anyone care to defend the federal criminal justice system? Mark Steyn has written many times that US courts at the national level boast a conviction rate that would impress brutal third-world dictators.

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Morality and Politics: Do You Try to Make Moral Choices?

 

I am cringing while I write this post, in a way I never have. I don’t trust that we can have a civil conversation about this topic; that I may open old wounds and create havoc. I’ve asked myself over and over whether I can trust all of you to be decent, moral human beings. I think I can trust you; I hope I can because this question has been nagging at me for months, and I need your help to resolve it. Let’s make this an opportunity to do it together, in our search for truth and understanding. That means putting aside the need to win or be right; I don’t think either of those efforts will be successful.

All that said, I have been struggling with my own morality related to politics.

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The week of Easter 2019 was difficult, personally and as a Christian. I lost my mother in law, our last remaining parent. Notre Dame caught fire and burned, doing massive damage. The small Christian community of Sri Lanka suffered terrorist attacks, resulting in hundreds of deaths. Another shooting at a Jewish synagogue in California. I […]

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The Vegas Golden Knights and the San Jose Sharks have a passionate, and intense dislike for each other. 205 penalty minutes accrued in a seven game series is a pretty good indication of the passionate, intense dislike between the two teams. They hate each other. With 10 minutes to go in the third period of […]

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Mitch McConnell is calling on Republicans to take a stand against socialism to fight the Democrat party in the 2020 election: ‘We need to have a referendum on socialism,’ the Kentucky Republican told reporters. ‘I’m going to be arguing, and I’m encouraging my colleagues to argue, that we are the firewall against socialism in this […]

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In her latest podcast, D.C. McAllister (@dcmcallister) speaks of her recent experiences on Twitter and calls for conservatives to carry on the fight in the culture war. Conservatives must never back down against the left’s relentless assault on marriage, the family, religion, and other traditional institutions that are the bedrock of America’s greatness. More

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How My Political Views Helped Me Grow Spiritually

 

I think most politically involved Christians would say that their politics are influenced by their faith. This is true for me, as well; however, I’ve realized recently that the opposite is also true: my growing political views have actually helped me to grow as a Christian.

Even from childhood, I’ve often been a judgmental Christian. I have a history of being hard on myself and others. I remember being very upset with my parents one Sunday because we weren’t going to go back to church for the evening service; weren’t we supposed to be there every time the doors were open? I also nearly broke down in tears once because my sister was talking about buying a two-piece bathing suit.

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