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You know the scene — it’s a holiday get together with tons of food and there are two tables. One table for the adults and off in another room is one for the kids (with one poor soul chosen to keep them in line). The reason was fairly simple: it’s hard to enjoy the company of other adults when there are kids talking nonsense, making noises, and just being “kids” at the table.
I consider myself to be a fairly smart guy. I’m no genius but I have a college education, read a great deal and in the last few years have tried to keep up with politics. I’ve always been a conservative I suppose. While working at a University (in IT) in the mid 2000s I started to read stuff at Townhall.com and the “Bigs” when they came online, because I was surrounded by a lot of lefties. Over time I learned a lot of the ins and outs of conservative ideas, read some Thomas Sowell and Mark Steyn, and found things like Uncommon Knowledge and PJTV.
Then just a few months ago someone over at PJMedia.com recommended a Ricochet podcast that had some familiar names and it turned out to be the live 200th podcast. It was fantastic! I’d never really heard of Ricochet (sorry, guys) but I learned it was a place where smart conservatives went to write posts and talk about the issues of the day. I surfed over and signed up just to see what was going on in the member feed and write my first post. I’ve been lurking ever since.