Tag: Social

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Motorcycle Accidents

 

Last summer I was browsing through our towns’ police department Facebook pages because sometimes I like to see a little of what is going on in that circle. It’s very limited, but sometimes they have useful traffic or fire updates, and it’s interesting to see what crimes might be mentioned. One incident that stood out to me was the death of a motorcyclist on one of the main roads. The driver of a pickup had changed lanes into him and knocked him into a box truck. The details were sparse, as you would expect from a simple Facebook post, but the motorcyclist died, and it was hinted as likely the fault of the pickup driver.

Yesterday, I volunteered to be in the church nursery as I had been sick on my normal day and it just so happened that my husband’s aunt had also volunteered and were placed in the same room. I haven’t seen her for a while because she just retired and has been off to places like Kenya, the Philippines, and Missouri. She is one of those involved, social ladies that knows everyone and is generally up to speed on the happenings of our cities. I don’t know how people do that.*

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I have one question for the virtue-signaling leftists throughout America and the entire Western world who recently were beside themselves over President Trump’s alleged vulgar characterization of the country of Haiti: Can you make the case that Haiti is not a s___hole? Go ahead, let’s hear it. I didn’t think so. More

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I (and many others) have been saying for a while now that America is set to enter a “hell period” sometime around 2018-2022, as the so-called “demographic mismatch” between a large cohort of retiring white Boomers and an electorate that is trending less so really starts to bite. To my knowledge, most countries do not […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The NFL: Now a Case Study in Destructive Leftism

 

Seriously, Colin Kaepernick? You’re really doing this?

Yep, he’s filed a grievance against the NFL owners under their collective bargaining agreement, alleging that they have colluded to “deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick’s leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States.”

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are pleasantly reminded the Democrats are also deeply dysfunctional as former Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. says he doesn’t know what his party’s economic agenda is. They also sigh as late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel suddenly becomes the media’s benchmark for whether the latest GOP health care bill is a good idea. And they groan as four NFL players want to institute a month dedicated to social activism, similar to how the league devotes a month to breast cancer awareness.

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Here on the Gulf Coast, mockingbirds are everywhere. Listening to them is a way of life for many folks. I grew up among people who love to gather on a porch or patio to simply relax and observe nature while chatting, sipping on cool drinks, or maybe pretending to read while slumped asleep in a […]

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Kukris, parangs, sabres, scimitars — Ricochet, it seems, hosts more than a fewer connoisseurs of martial artifacts and replicas. Why do we do it? Why do we collect melee weapons we will probably never use? Does a man buy a KA-BAR like a woman buys a tea cup? Is it homage to a personal fantasy […]

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gears-of-war-3-groupAs I’m forced to point out from time to time, nobody complains about hours wasted on recreation like watching sports (and reading about sports, and talking about sports, and dreaming …) or watching TV. Many responsible adults devote entire weekends to such activities but are not thought childish or lazy for it.

Affluence has enabled people to regain the abundant time for leisure that primitive hunters enjoyed before the rise of agrarian and industrial societies. In our society, video games are a normal activity of Generation X — respectable in moderation — but have yet to gain the respectability of being practiced by elders.

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What are some of the funnier jobs out there? I mean the “No, seriously, they pay me to do this!” jobs. For example: screamers. Every year, there must be a hundred young actresses who finally get national airtime simply by hitting the high note. More

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When I visit my young nephews, I am often asked, “Where is your hat?” You see, I am suppose to wear my hat at all times because it is apparently part of my face. It’s a simple Irish cap, similar to this one and like the one my grandpa wore. It isn’t very rare or […]

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What productive thing might you be doing if not for Ricochet? I like to think I’d be writing a novel. The plot is in the back of my mind, I’m sure. But it’s drowned out by echoes of podcast chatter.  More

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shutterstock_164988680So, I’m reclining in a chair at the bedside of an old man, asleep, in a nursing home. Life is easy when the senile sleep.

On the other side of my chair is a coffee table with a single item, taunting me: a container of delicious cookies.

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Not many of the younger generations are familiar with black-and-white films, aside from a handful of classics replayed around Christmas. Somehow, even my siblings escaped that education while I spent countless hours on guided tours of cinematic history with my dad. One consequence is that I was exposed to humor of 1930s vintage. I learned […]

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All the rain we have been getting here lately reminds me of the frequent thunderstorms southeast Texas got when I was a kid. Back then, it “rained buckets” and you couldn’t run fifteen feet (say, from your car to the door) without being completely drenched. Sometimes you couldn’t even see that distance because of the rain. […]

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I immediately thought of Ricochet when I ran across these high-falutin jokes. A taste: A Roman walks into a bar, holds up two fingers, and says, “Five drinks, please.” More

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You should be more interested in politics than in mindless entertainment. But you’re not. That’s okay! Conservatives like people for who they are, not for who they could be. Let it out. More

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When in your life did something seem certain to fail but turned out alright? What in your experience seemed impossible yet shockingly succeeded? More

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Do you ever actively seek inspiration? Is it a routine or just an occasional impulse? What sort of motivation do you seek? Is it to be kinder? To be hopeful? To be productive? To want to learn? More

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As you know, Steyn has needed help recently with skyrocketing legal bills and has asked that donations be made in the form of book sales. If you buy a book through his site, he will autograph the title page with a message of your choosing. I figured I’d simultaneously help Steyn and get my dad […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Inevitably Expensive Care

 

Many, if not most, medical procedures are more expensive than they could be due to regulatory burdens, middlemen, frivolous lawsuits, and whatnot. But there will always be forms of extraordinary care which would drain a family’s resources even under ideal circumstances.

Last year, only a month after our grandmother died, my cousin Kristen’s baby boy was admitted to the children’s hospital for trouble breathing and moving. Little Colin was eventually diagnosed with transverse myelitis, an inflammation around the spine with potentially paralytic consequences. The doctors never figured out the cause of Colin’s ailment. There was at least one time when he nearly died because of a mysterious heart irregularity which the physicians said was apparently unrelated to the myelitis. Complications continued to arise. Colin’s lungs needed help. His breathing tube was only removed a couple weeks ago.

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