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Two weekends ago, I was touched and pleased by Barkha Herman’s lovely post on my very humble self. The challenge was laid for me to respond in kind. This past week-and-a-half was super busy, with a large volunteer project taking most of my week, and playing catch up the rest of the days. Today is Wednesday already, […]

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This interview is timely for many reasons. Dave Bossie, a former congressional investigator who filed a criminal referral on Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff in the 1990s, knows the Clinton machine and how it “grinds you up.” He discusses… More

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Once again, Democrats are calling for a “conversation” about guns in America. But when a state-enforced ban and confiscation of semi-automatic firearms is one of their talking points, it’s hard to believe a “conversation” is what they really want. Would we be having a “conversation” about the First Amendment if they were proposing to ban whole categories of news outlets or implement background checks for journalists? I would doubt the sincerity of anyone suggesting such things, and I doubt the sincerity of anyone proposing universal background checks for gun owners, too.

The anti-gunners believe that if they talk enough at gun owners, we’ll see the light (their light), trust in their good intentions, and turn in our guns. The problem is that they have no clue how you actually talk about guns, as California State Senator Kevin de Leon (D) will now demonstrate:

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Politics is a funny business. A simple, funny business. It is simple because people are simple and it is funny because people are funny. And people are funny because they are serious and they are serious because they believe people to be complex. And these serious, complex people can spend entire political afternoons telling you […]

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“Dad’s got major issues with the new Rabbi”. I was raised at a British Orthodox Synagogue. When my family moved to the U.S. we became members at a Conservative Synagogue. For years after college I floated to different temples and Chabad. However, once I was married we joined the local Reform Synagogue. I won’t say it […]

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Frank Soto joins us this week; pessimistic about the pope, optimistic about conservatives’ political future. Is Marco Rubio out of the race? We’re done talking about Trump, and — given the prescience of Flyover Country — let us simply assume that this is the start of something. Speaking of which, Rob Long points out an article in which Newsmax declares Flyover Country to be the #1 conservative podcast in the Multiverse. You’ve got to read between the lines, but that’s essentially what they’re saying.

Intro includes a song from Ronald Jenkees; closing music this week comes from Public Service Broadcasting; h/t Ricochet member Lance.

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Here’s NR’s Mr. Geraghty writing about how Mr. Trump learned his shtick from the goddess herself. He is very vague about the connections, because there is no reporting to be done here of facts, it’s just talking about moods & attitudes, aided by the terrible fall of the goddess, who now supports Mr. Trump. That […]

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Releasing several hundred kittens on stage halfway through the debate would reveal the true natures of the candidates, and make for great video. Let me know how you think select candidates might react, and feel free to add your own options: Humor; crack a joke, laugh, etc. More

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We on the Right often get bogged down in “facts” – thinking that, somehow, it should sway “Black Lives Matter!” rioters that thousands of black men are unlawfully killed by other blacks for every black man killed unlawfully by a police officer. But it does not. They don’t care.  More

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Kim DavisKim Davis, the court clerk in Kentucky who refused to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples is going to jail for contempt of court. Her reasons for refusing to do so are because, in her own words, “To issue a marriage license which conflicts with God’s definition of marriage, with my name affixed to the certificate, would violate my conscience.”

So quit your job, Kim. Problem solved.

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I expect most people on Ricochet have lives to live, so that the experience of folks who live out fantasies might be of some exotic interest, in the way visiting Europe has been interesting to Americans, every now & then, but not too soon after escaping the dead hand of the past… I expect, further, […]

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Any predictions who will be the first major political figure in the U.S. exposed by the hackers? It won’t be Bill Clinton—he’s too smart, and he doesn’t need the web site’s help. Besides, infidelity for a Democrat is a political enhancement (unless you’re Gary Hart or John Edwards). More

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Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is no friend to conservatives and gun owners alike. Once considered a rising star in the Keystone State Democratic party, now she’ll be lucky to avoid prison bars. Even as she contends with state criminal charges, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane is also facing scrutiny by the FBI, The Inquirer […]

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A few days ago, Pseudodionysius posted a thread about my love of country music. Since then, I have been in something of a slow burn because of a certain comment that was posted there. The comment in question was posted by me, wherein I mentioned one Randall Hank Williams, better known to the world as country music legend Hank Williams, Jr.

From 1989 to 2011, a version of one of Williams’ hit songs – retitled “Are You Ready For Some Football?” – was featured by ABC (and later ESPN) as the introduction to “Monday Night Football.” Here is a clip from the early 1990s:

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“An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.” Today’s writing assignment, class, is to reconcile that quote from Robert A. Heinlein with how Donald Trump is conducting his candidacy. More

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Is there a better way to have a political debate? After watching the first part of last night’s debate on Fox, then switching off the video to listen along with Ricochet’s chat feed, I was struck by its disorderliness.

The interviewer-driven Q&A style is confusing. Granted, the debate had to involve ten candidates, and it was only fair that each was given time to make their case. But the haphazard format made it nearly impossible for me to get a good read on any of them. With a format like this — and this has been true ever since Nixon and Kennedy had at it — wit and charm trump substance. For example, although I was impressed with Rubio, I’m still not sure what he proposes to do to spark small business development.

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Screen Shot 2015-08-05 at 4.31.22 PMFor every Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and Bernie Sanders, there’s a Robby Wells, Doug Shreffler, John Blythe, and Morrison Bonpasse. Below is a guide to some of the lesser-known candidates angling for the Most Unwanted Job In America.

Brad Winslow is IN!The only Democrat of Orange County, California, Brad Winslow’s platform is a call to arms on behalf of a 28th amendment to the Constitution that would give “Congress and the President a uniform set of goals that they must work on together” and “establishes a set of basic behavior guidelines for the relationship between these two branches.”

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The Rev. Tim Keller has said there are 4 kinds of city churches: 1. The church *in* the city, which services its congregation’s needs but has little external impact; More

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Having never read any of her columns before I have no idea about this woman’s politics. I can only say I agree with every word of it. Salena Zito writes in The Pittsburgh Tribune: More

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