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You might have noticed in the news today, there is a unanimous decision coming out of SCOTUS. Big deal cases do not often turn out that way, unless of course SCOTUS is throwing out some crazy administration power grab. We are conservatives, & as such assume that defeated power grabs are the least measure of success–we […]

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I heard this story on NPR this morning (yes, I know!!!) As many abortion clinics close throughout Texas, it’s becoming difficult to train new OB/GYNs in the technique. Who will carry on this important work in the future? A few years ago, 48 doctors in Texas did abortions, but a recent study shows it’s now down […]

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Jails-620x394My friend Sean Kennedy asserts in a column at Real Clear Policy that the “Bipartisan Push for Criminal Justice Reform Is Misguided.” I respectfully disagree. On the contrary, criminal justice reform is a conservative effort that is necessary to restrain government that has grown too large, powerful, and costly.

Criminal justice reform, or CJR for short, is a broad-based movement made up of numerous policy reforms taking place mostly at the state level. Texas has pioneered many of the reforms and has inspired a growing number of states to follow suit which has led to, among other beneficial results, reduced recidivism rates and lower prison costs.

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Because I was in the right place at the right time a few weeks ago, I got to attend a taping of the “Uncommon Knowledge” Podcast Monday night. The invitation didn’t specify a dress code, but I asked ahead and found out a suit and tie was expected, which meant my normal evening attire wouldn’t cut it. After work […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Notes from the Lone Star State

 

IMG_1044-853x640Since I’ve been in Texas for 18 hours now, and have already jogged from my hotel to the Capitol (see the photograph — and please accept my promise that in real life the dome is bigger than my nose and not the other way around), I am, you will agree, an expert. What strikes me so far:

Item: People in service positions — the staff at the rental car agency, the waiters at restaurants — somehow carry themselves with a certain relaxed and unself-conscious pride. Like equals. Like people who are doing things and going places. When I asked directions to the rental car garage at the airport late last night, the young janitor did a well-spoken job of giving them to me, responding to my thanks by looking me in the eye and saying, “You’re welcome, Sir.”

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Sunday. When it appears, I post the previous week’s review on Ricochet.  Read More View Post

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I and kidcoder and Richard Harvester will all be in Dallas, and would love to meet other Ricochetti for dinner 6 April! 7 PM. RSVP to me via PM. Location: http://www.meatpointdallas.com Read More View Post

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Whole Woman’s Health in the Supreme Court: When Does Regulation Count as an Undue Burden?

 

In its first major argument since the untimely death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the newly constituted eight-member Supreme Court in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt had a spirited session on whether the twin requirements of Texas Law H.B. 2 constituted an “undue burden” on a women’s constitutional right to have an abortion set out in 1992 Supreme Court decision in Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey. The first of these requirements was that any physician have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of where the abortion took place. The second, and more onerous, was that the abortion be performed in an Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) that is frequently reserved for procedures more dangerous than an abortion.

In the course of oral argument, there was no question that Justice Scalia’s voice was missed, but by the same token, there was no shortage of comments from the Justices who peppered the lawyers throughout the argument. Eight-member courts can function, at least to this extent. I have already written about the merits of this case, and nothing contained in the oral argument changed my views on the how it should be decided. If one could dial back the clock to 1973, I would never have held that the laws that made abortion illegal in every state of the union were unconstitutional in all of them, on grounds that it were unclear then and are still difficult to articulate today. But for these purposes, that decision is water over the dam, and the only question before the Supreme Court was whether the Texas requirements imposed an undue burden on the right of a woman to obtain that abortion.

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Texas, 1979: I Got Here as Soon as I Could

 

Drive Friendly I wasn’t born in Texas, but I got here as soon as I could. It is a popular bumper sticker in Texas. In a way, it describes my life.

My wife Quilter and I are natives of Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was a nice place to grow up between the 1950s and 1970s, when the two of us were growing up. When I graduated from college? Not so much. In 1979, Michigan was going through a recession which was emptying out the state. Jobs were not to be had, perhaps especially in Ann Arbor. The supply of labor was sky high due to new Michigan graduates who wanted to stay. Thanks to the Michigan recession, the supply of jobs was about as low as a submarine’s keel at test depth.

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What would the Ricochetti in the Houston area say to a meet-up in January? Perhaps the afternoon of January 16 0r 23 – 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm? The last meet up was at a Rudy’s on the north side of Houston. We could do something like that again, or perhaps somewhere else. There are […]

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I stumbled across this in Reuters: Zombies in Texas’ oil fields Read More View Post

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A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…A long time ago in a Treaty not so far removed…

 

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Today I am back in the city of my birth – Laredo, Texas – visiting on personal business. The town was founded in 1755 by my maternal great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather, Tomás Sánchez de la Barrera y Garza. It has been more than two decades since I lived here, but I still visit from time to time. Musically, […]

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I write a weekly book review for the Daily News of Galveston County. (It is not the biggest daily newspaper in Texas, but it is the oldest.) My review normally appears Sunday. (This week’s was printed on Wednesday.) When it appears, I post the previous week’s review on Ricochet. Read More View Post

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map_specnewsdct-08_ltst_4namus_enus_650x366Hurricane Patricia is the most powerful tropical cyclone ever measured in the Western Hemisphere, with maximum sustained winds hitting 200 mph. It is projected to strike Mexico’s Pacific coast state of Jalisco late this afternoon or early this evening.

The Category 5 hurricane is likely to make landfall near the popular resort destination of Puerto Vallarta, and authorities and residents are scrambling to prepare for the unprecedented storm. In addition to the high winds, there could be localized rainfall of up to 20 inches and waves of up to 39 feet.

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That’s how I reacted when I read this article, though I expressed that thought with a rather less-polite acronym when I posted it to my Facebook page. What’s all the fuss about? From the story: An economics professor emeritus from the University of Texas in Austin has resigned. His reason expressed in a resignation letter, […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Stop It, Dad, You’re Embarrassing Me

 

Friday-Night-FightsI’ve long felt conflicted about Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. True, it’s one of the worst federal agencies, but that particular trio is my favorite weekend agenda — especially when football is added in. Leave it to the government to screw that up.

During the halftime of a high school football game, BATF Special Agent Marc Delpit allegedly beat up the dad of one of his son’s teammates and allegedly threatened an allegedly gathering crowd at gunpoint. Allegedly. According to multiple witnesses, Delpit punched the victim to the ground and kept on punching. When bystanders tried to step in, witnesses said the agent drew his pistol and brandished it at the crowd. (Actually they said he “waved” it, but how often do you get to use the word “brandished?”)

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bullets_bourbon_ricochet_9-14-15-1Want to help preserve the Second Amendment? Like luxury and fine dining? Think you can’t have both? This is not your father’s conservative weekend event. Guests of Bullets & Bourbon will be staying at a luxurious executive retreat (Rough Creek Lodge, pictured above) a little over one hour from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. They will be fed world class cuisine and have the use of 11,000 acres of hunting, shooting, and every type of activity you can think of.

Our speakers are Glenn Reynolds – a.k.a the Instapundit – Ricochet’s own Kevin D. Williamson, Ed Morrissey of Hot Air, Dana Loesch of Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, and from PJ Media.com, Roger L. Simon, Stephen Green, and Dr. Helen Smith, plus strength training expert Mark Rippetoe. Guests will not only hear presentations by our incredible speakers, but will break bread and perhaps a few sporting clays with them.