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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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Imagine a line in front of a movie theater ticket office for a smash hit where 10-20 people cut in front of everyone else to get in and the theater’s employees let them get away with it even though they saw them do it.  Imagine an income tax system where 95% of the people file […]

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…from the Iran nuclear weapons deal. Russian Foreign Secretary Sergey Lavrov said this yesterday, following the announcement of the deal: We all probably remember that in April 2009 in Prague President Obama said that if the Iran nuclear program issue is sorted out, then the task of creating the European segment of the missile defense […]

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Have you been around the recent political discussions on Ricochet? Lots of people seem ok with the opinion that only net contributors to the public fisc should be allowed to vote. The name for that is, of course, oligarchy. All these men, of course, are convinced that the criterion would never ever become more restrictive–say, […]

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shutterstock_111393362It is a well-worn trope of the left — from the mere ‘liberals’ to the looniest of the loony left — that politics should not be the art of the possible, but rather the art of making the impossible possible. No less a deep thinker than Hillary said “The challenge is to practice politics as the art of making what appears to be impossible, possible.”

Who can doubt that the left has been spectacularly successful at this? To take only the last few years, compulsory state adoption of SSM, ObamaCare, and executive amnesty have accomplished what was routinely declared impossible within the lifetime of this website.

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“The reason Capitalism gets a bad rap is because it holds you accountable.” .  – Milton Friedman. More

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Considering that religious preference can be a poor predictor of political leanings, and my Facebook page is focused on conservative politics, I thought this exchange with a guy who requested friendship was interesting. It’s a daily struggle to persuade the politically ambivalent that Republicanism doesn’t promote theocracy, but guys like this don’t help. (note: his […]

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Miss Berlinski once asked, on a whim, a rather dangerous question: What do you believe to be true that no one else believes to be true? That is the way to start a civil war. Happily, I am a stranger, so I believe I can afford to answer that question–not without all due apologies, not […]

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Senator (R, FL) and Presidential candidate Marco Rubio stands accused by The New York Times of having splurged $80,000 of his money on a luxury speedboat. An image of a “luxury speedboat” of the same make and model he selected is below. A couple of thoughts occur to me about this. One concerns actual luxury […]

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I subscribe to NBC’s daily First Read email update on the “know-thine-enemy” principle. Last week, its discussion of Bernie Sanders’s presidential launch contained this paragraph (emphasis mine): In his presidential kickoff speech yesterday, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders called for “a political revolution to transform our country economically, politically, socially, and environmentally…The issue of wealth […]

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