Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Cure for Vanity

 

I found a quotation by Tom Wolfe about vanity: “The surest cure for vanity is loneliness.” I think he’s right; if we have no one to see us or hear us or flatter us, we can simply be who we are.

Speaking of “being who we are,” at times I envy women who have no interest in make-up or primping themselves for others or even for themselves; their lives are simpler. No budgeting money for make-up, hairstyle stuff, skin toners, wrinkle remover products—just being their natural selves. No time needed for putting all that stuff on or taking it off.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Pogrebin and Kelly: The Problem of Moral Orphans

 

An elderly priest I knew years ago had an impressive scholarly background in moral theology and philosophy. Despite that wealth of sophisticated moral reference points, he told me even at his advanced age his first consideration in matters of morals and conscience was still whether it was the kind of thing his parents, aunts, uncles, and siblings would do or approve.

His example is very human and normal—in a healthy society. Ideally, each child would have parents who are part of a community of parental peers who inculcate a shared set of reference points that guide us such that we rarely need a formal overlay of explicit rules. We know what is right and wrong by example and intuition. My mother knew that when I hopped on my bike to go off for hours at a time. If I got into mischief that (a) other adults would intervene and that (b) she would hear about it. More importantly, I knew that too.

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A lot of interesting videos about history/geography keep popping up on Youtube’s right side. This is a fascinating little one about the search for information about a supposed ship race to determine whether New York or New Jersey should get Staten Island.   More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. I Treat Bob in Portland While I Drink Beer in a Bar in Naples

 

Criminently! I’ve ruined my post by giving out too much information in its title. Now there’s not much to add.

Well, now that I’m down here, I might as well flesh it out a bit.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Status and Statutes of Limitation

 

Barr Omar and EllisonIt is likely that Congresswoman Ilhan Omar got to this country at age 12 as a matter of immigration fraud by her father, got her citizenship at age 17 as a result of her father’s further immigration fraud, and committed immigration fraud herself in a sham marriage to a biological brother who wanted status in this country. AND. None of this, because of the way the laws are written, will likely result in her being stripped of her citizenship or facing any federal charges. What we can and should expect is a high profile public briefing by Attorney General Barr, laying out the facts and the law and, very importantly, tying the facts of this case to the massive fraud perpetrated on American citizens by Somali “refugees.” Attorney General Barr should then tie the massive fraud to our government agencies and to supposedly do-gooder non-governmental organizations, several with Christian churches in their names. In so doing, Barr should also address the way this past fraud has been revived and multiplied at our southern border.

Ilhan Omar likely got to this country at age 12 as a matter of immigration fraud by her father.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Near Side of Space

 

“This is really important. I need this at the top of your list.”

The boss-man looks haggard. He’s definitely not been getting enough sleep. And, judging by the look in his eye, he knows exactly how silly of a request he’s making. He’s still gotta make it. He and I aren’t the only ones on this call, and the boss-man has boss-men of his own to appease. That’s life.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. On the New York Times and the Rural “Brain Gain”

 

This story in the New York Times on a “brain gain” underway in rural America is old news for many of us. We’ve long spotted the small but growing trend away from urban centers towards rural communities. It first became evident more than ten years ago, as outmigration become evident in California for the first time in the state’s history it added no new congressional districts after the 2010 Census. Outmigration from high tax northeastern states and cities has been underway even longer and continues unabated.

There are some obvious reasons for that, mostly positive, but not without some emerging conflicts that are already apparent in places like Texas.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Heraldry and Vexillology Series #1: Introduction

 

A few months back, one of our Ricochet conversations veered off into an abstruse subject. Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Only one? Well, which one are you thinking of?” Truth to tell, I couldn’t point to the conversation at the moment, but what I do know is that it involved a flag. And the subject that started to be discussed was vexillology. “What is vexillology?” you may or may not be asking.1 The short version is it’s the study of flags, looking at the colors, the symbols, the history, and how the flags are used. Those in the conversation suggested it might be nice to have a series on the subject.

Vexillology is either a branch of heraldry or an overlapping field, depending on whether the person being asked is a herald or vexillologist. It’s difficult to talk about vexillology without also at least dabbling our toes into the deep waters of heraldry, and specifically into the sub-branch of heraldry known as armory. Armory is the part dealing with coats-of-arms and the full heraldic achievement.

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The story hardly needs telling yet again. We have all seen the movies, documentaries, read the books, visited the inumerable websites. For my purpose, though, some essential facts need repeating. The night of April 15, 1912, RMS Titanic is speeding across the North Atlantic at 23 knots (26.14 mph, or for the metrically impaired, 42.1 […]

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I thought of the statement in the post title when I was perusing yet another article about the legal thicket in the Clinton-Comey-Mueller hoax. I won’t link to it, it is simply illustrative that when you are playing “gotcha”, the more complicated the logic of the gotcha, even if true, the less impact the reveal. […]

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Over the last few weeks, I’ve given y’all humorous accounts of my travails with one Inept Government Agency (IGA) after another. From the comments after each post, a lot of you have had similar experiences. There is one very important group of people who cannot say the same: The moral paragons who want to control […]

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Dear Rico-Friends! Any suggestions for how I might appear subservient to men? Looking for behaviors and phrases that would annoy the bajeezus out of the kind of feminist who is offended when a man holds a door for her and gets downright splenetic if a man offers to carry her packages or otherwise gives evidence […]

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I probably haven’t been noticed but I’ve not been very active here for several months. To start from the beginning I should say that we moved again. July 2018 we moved from Mt Pleasant Sc to Summerville Sc a distance of only 40 miles. We moved to an over 55 community. It wasn’t to our […]

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In honor of Michael Franks’ birthday. I never knew that Crayon Sun was inspired by a cat… More

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Among those on the Left, I’ve seen a great deal of dismissal over conservative concern over cancel culture, deeming the worry “elitist.” Only comedians and journalists are being canceled, so why is the average conservative so up-in-arms about the widening practice?

It’s an interesting argument, and one I’ve spent the day chewing over. I’m not personally concerned about “getting canceled,” because there’s no way to cancel a conservative writer and homeschooling mother. That doesn’t mean I won’t stop decrying cancel culture, because the mob’s bell could come for any of us. But for many other conservatives working out in the world, “cancellation” is a concern, though it looks far different.

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At last, there is hope. Here is the Qatar Philharmoic playing one of the happiest musical compositions you can find. And the crowd loved it. We need to jam all Muslim radio stations with this music. They would never dream up nasty scenarios for us once this farandole got into their heads. They might even […]

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In case the title of this post was not clear, let me explain – I basically NEVER cook. I don’t like it; it stresses me out. I may bake occasionally, but that’s about it. I am one of those people who unapologetically brings store-bought cookies to events or signs up for drinks.  On the other […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Turning Vice into Virtue

 

“Even a person who comes to embrace sexual desires traditionally regarded as disordered, and publicly to define his identity in terms of them, will often feel a residual sense of shame and guilt – and this despite the fact that attitudes about sex have liberalized, and the fact that many sympathize with him and are keen to reassure him of his virtue and status as a victim of prejudice. An Augustine or Aquinas would attribute this to the voice of conscience. Knowledge of the natural law, they would say, is never entirely destroyed even in the person most in thrall to vice. It is only ever papered over with layer upon layer of rationalization. And sometimes the truth still shines through, albeit dimly.

“…nothing counteracts lingering feelings of shame and moral failure the way that feelings of pride and self-righteousness can. The former can be masked if one can work oneself into the latter. One can tell oneself: ‘It is those who call what I do shameful who should be ashamed. They are the bad people – they are the bigots, haters, oppressors. And I am doing something noble in rejecting their opinions and fighting against them! Yes, that’s it!’ By a kind of psychological alchemy, vice is transformed into virtue and virtue into vice, and one’s self-esteem is thereby salvaged and even enhanced.” Edward Feser

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Distribution of Control is a new political paradigm ideally suited to 21st Century economic challenges. It is intended to inform a new politics for our still new millennium. I’ve more fully explored DC at BurkeanNation.org, and am now bringing it to the Ricochet community, with this being the second post. My goal is to find […]

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