Senator Feinstein Schools Some Kids On Climate Change

 

California’s senior (in all senses of the the word) Senator Dianne Feinstein recently met with some children who are concerned about climate change and well, it didn’t go so great. For the kids.

More
Ricochet Member Recommended FeedRecommended by R> Members

Waiting for Mueller

 

At the beginning of this long investigation, I wrote that if convincing evidence is presented that candidate Trump colluded with Russians — that is, he knowingly participated in or otherwise facilitated illegal Russian interference in the 2016 election — then I would call for his impeachment.

I also wrote that I think the entire charge is a fabrication of the embarrassed and almost pathologically mendacious candidate Clinton, and that in fact it’s largely a projection of her campaign’s own shady dealings with Russia via the Steele dossier and related nonsense. That is still my belief.

More
Ricochet Member Recommended FeedRecommended by R> Members

Applesauce

 

I was born in 1952 and spent a lot of my childhood with my maternal grandparents, who lived next door to us. I had no clue that Will Smith had over 50 patents to his name, owned the canning factory that was the major employer in my tiny hometown, and was an accomplished amateur scientist and photographer. To me, he was just Granddad.

To make applesauce the conventional way, you peel and core the apples, put ’em in a pot, add sugar and water, and cook. It takes a half hour or so and you get nice brown sauce, depending on the apple variety you put in. In the early Twenties, Granddad came up with the idea of pressure cooking the apples, hitting them with steam jets in a continuous process. It was fast, it was inexpensive, you needed less than half the sugar, and it poured out applesauce so fast that any other method became obsolete. Granddad and two friends bought a factory in Lyndonville and converted it to making sauce. They would start buying apples in September and pack sauce until February when the apples ran out. The rest of the year they would ship the stored sauce, mostly in private labels for A&P, Safeway, Loblaws, and other grocery chains, as well as their own brand, VB. (The name came from Vischer Brothers, the original owners of the plant, but rather than try to establish a new brand they just changed it to Very Best.)

More
Ricochet Member Recommended FeedRecommended by R> Members

The Wings of an Owl and a Searcher

 

Maman-ti (Sky-Walker) had been given the title of Do-ha-te by the Kiowa. He was not a chief but certainly was a planner of battles, a leader of raids. He was not interested in credit or prestige but was content to lead, advise and let others collect the glory. The Kiowa considered him a medicine man and prophet who lived “in the shadows of the past” and whose magic was both great and terrible. His gifts came through the Owl Spirit. He would retreat to his lodge to pray, chant and be visited by the Spirit. After a time, his followers outside would hear the rustle of owl’s wings and Maman-ti would appear from the lodge with a plan or instructions.

In January of 1871, Maman-ti and a war chief named Quitan led a raiding party into Texas. Along the Salt Creek Prairie between Fort Belknap and Fort Richardson the Kiowa came across two groups of teamsters. One was a large set of wagons and the closer group was only three wagons and driven by three black men. The raiders attacked the three wagons with the large party far in the distance. The larger party “forted up” while the smaller group tried to run for their protection. They didn’t make it, despite the brave effort of one of their number.

More
Ricochet Member Recommended FeedRecommended by R> Members

God’s Little Smuggler

 

“Brother Andrew” is the pseudonym of Andrew van der Bijl, a Christian missionary who smuggled Bibles into communist countries during the height of the Cold War. His story was well known in Evangelical circles; they even made a comic book about him. He told of crossing through border checkpoints, his ancient Volkswagen stuffed with Bibles. It was like a spy thriller. He was never caught. The blindness of the crossing guards seemed miraculous.

Brother Andrew was the perfect hero for a young, deeply conservative, deeply religious boy — which is to say, my 13-year-old self. I longed to be like him. To face danger, to engage in intrigue, to take the battle to an implacable, prodigious foe — that would be glory.

More
Ricochet Member Recommended FeedRecommended by R> Members

Quote of the Day: No Escape

 

And everyone was saying, “It’s a conversation.” But it is not a conversation. It’s a one-sided….belief? And there was no room for discussion. It was just arguments; trolling; bullying.

Where was this stated? Can you guess what it was about? A political discussion board? YouTube comments? r/pol? It was said by a yarn dyer regarding a controversy over knitting on Instagram.

More
Ricochet Member Recommended FeedRecommended by R> Members

Achilles’ Heels, or Am I Being a Heel?

 

[Updated upon considering some comments. Deletions noted by strike-through; italics annotate additions.]

The conservative media space, social and otherwise, is abuzz with another woman of the left speaking truth we wish to hear to the power of Big Media. Lara Logan is a woman of immense physical courage and moral courage. She has spoken hard truths to real power. She is a real, old-fashioned reporter. Kudos to Lara Logan are warranted. And. Lara Logan is human, like all of us, and we may choose to overlook parts of her humanity that complicate our preferred narrative.

More
Ricochet Member Recommended FeedRecommended by R> Members

The Things We Love

 

I’ve mentioned once or twice that I’m an avid fan of the novels of mystery writer Louise Penny. A friend of mine introduced me to them several years ago, and at first I was hesitant, wondering how I’d get along with a Francophone Chief Inspector of the Sûreté du Québec, and his adventures in and around the little lost hamlet of Three Pines, somewhere in Québec’s Eastern Townships. It all sounded a bit “foreign” to me, given my almost exclusive devotion, whodunit-wise, to the British variety of same.

Then I read the first couple of books, and I fell in love. With Penny, who’s an extraordinarily good, and very insightful, writer. With Three Pines. And with the eccentric and recurring cast of characters who populate it and the books, who’ve invaded my heart, and who sometimes simultaneously (and at the same time), have me weeping with sorrow, laughing with joy, and crowing with delight. The plots aren’t so bad either. (If you’re interested, I’d strongly suggest reading the books in order, just because of the recurring characters, and the development of each of them throughout the series.

More
Ricochet Member Recommended FeedRecommended by R> Members

Shut Up as in a Trap: Civilians During the Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi

 

In November 1860 Vicksburg resident James Shirley wrote of the turbulent times his city was experiencing: “We are in the midst of a

Pre-war photo of James Shirley - National Park Service
Pre-war photo of James Shirley – National Park Service

terrible commotion caused by the election of Abe Lincoln. Our Southern chivalry and fire-eaters are above fever heat; meetings are held throughout the country; a large amount of gas is let off daily…warm and heated arguments are held at every corner of the streets…all kinds of property has depreciated in value and without the present dark and gloomy clouds which now hang over the South so portentous, pass away soon a terrible storm will overwhelm us.” Shirley was prophetic; in less than three years he would see his home become a battlefield, and shortly thereafter he would find a grave in his once beautiful back yard.

More
Ricochet Member Recommended FeedRecommended by R> Members

What Are the Issues That Divide Us?

 

I received an interesting text message this morning:

Hi Amy, I’m a volunteer with New Conversation Initiative. We want to talk to people from all walks of life to figure out how we repair the divide in our country. What issues do you think divide us the most?

More
Ricochet Member Recommended FeedRecommended by R> Members

A Chicago Police Officer’s Quote of the Day

 

So what? We can’t get felony approval for anything without finding twenty witnesses, a dozen surveillance cameras, a victim interview, the offender’s mother’s statement AND a confession on video…..and even then, it’s probably going to be a C.I. (Continuing Investigation) until such time as God himself descends from Heaven to declare “This [redacted] is GUILTY and has forfeited his eternal reward.”

The back story on this quote is that that the State Attorney for Chicago, an elected position recused herself from the Smollett case.

More
Ricochet Member Recommended FeedRecommended by R> Members

Congratulate Ricochet Contributor Pat Sajak

 

Starting in May, he will be the new President of the Board of Trustees of Hillsdale College.

We are in California at a Hillsdale National Leadership Seminar, and the announcement was made last night, to rousing applause.

More

More Tolerance, Please

 

The more significant the disagreement, the more important it is that something as easily settled as the meaning of the words we use not prevent us from having a civil discussion. There are many real and important things about which we differ; our words should not be counted among them.

The word “tolerance” implies disagreement. After all, we are never asked to tolerate something of which we approve. Rather, we’re asked to tolerate things that we don’t necessarily like. Approval and tolerance are two different things, and asking someone to approve of something is not the same as asking them to tolerate it.

More
Ricochet Member Recommended FeedRecommended by R> Members

Nick Sandmann Lawsuit against WAPO for $250 Million and Clarence Thomas’ Solo Opinion

 

Two stories have intersected making for intriguing discussions about the First Amendment as well as the laws against defamation.

The first story is the defamation lawsuit of Nick Sandmann against the Washington Post for $250 million. WaPo’s coverage of the confrontation between Sandman and a Native American man exploded into a national story and was fed by the inflammatory and reckless coverage by WaPo and other media outlets. Sandmann’s lawyer, Lin Wood, said, “Nick Sandmann was perceived as an easy target. He is 16. Inexcusable on every level.”

More
Ricochet Member Recommended FeedRecommended by R> Members

Kudos to Lara Logan

 

Lara Logan’s outspoken comments in recent days regarding the biased media and the death of journalism came and went quicker than a lightning bolt. Yet this flash of light lingered long enough to spark a fire. Her comments were read across conservative radio, highlighted in the Washington Examiner, and talked about on Fox News. When I heard that she spoke out, claiming to commit journalistic suicide, my ears perked up. She called the left-wing media propagandists.

“Former CBS News foreign correspondent Lara Logan said, “responsibility for fake news” begins with journalists as she berated the “liberal” media in a recent interview. “The media everywhere is mostly liberal,” Logan said during a podcast with retired Navy SEAL Mike Ritland on Friday. Logan, who said the interview was “professional suicide for me,” also blamed the media for not pursuing objectivity anymore, arguing journalists have evolved into “political activists.

More
Ricochet Member Recommended FeedRecommended by R> Members

But How Will You Pay For It?

 

This post stems out of a conversation at the work lunch table. Someone brought up that Brooklyn Bug-Eye’s economic illiteracy. “We’ve chased Amazon away! That’s three billion in tax incentives that we can spend elsewhere!” Not quite how that works. The discussion moved on to banning cow farts and air travel and so forth. I’ll spare you the details, you’ve heard ’em all before. The problem is that by the time you get to how you’re going to pay for such a thing you’ve already lost the argument.

Here, let’s have Rachael Carson tell it.

More

Unwarranted: Elizabeth Warren’s Flawed Idea

 

Elizabeth Warren, one of the – what is it now, 211 candidates for president? – seems intent on proving that having been a Harvard law professor is no bar to fatuous policy prescriptions. She has endorsed the farrago of foolishness called the Green New Deal, promises to tax the rich “make the economy work for us,” and recently proposed a shiny new policy idea fresh from 1971 – government-funded, universal pre-school.

Decade after decade, this old chestnut is trotted out as a pro-family, pro-middle class reform, and every time, assumptions about government’s competence to perform this task are blithely assumed.

More

Will Smollett Claim TDS As A Defense?

 

As of this morning, actor Jussie Smollett is under arrest for filing a fake police report in connection to the “attack” that took place last month. According to the two men who perpetrated it, he paid each $4,000 in order to carry it out.

More
Ricochet Member Recommended FeedRecommended by R> Members

Louder with Crowder Goes Under Cover to Expose Late Term Abortion

 

Steven Crowder’s show went to a clinic in Denver, Colorado to expose how easy it is to obtain a late-term abortion and the lie that only women in “duress” get late-term abortions (such as, a risk to the mother’s life or fetal abnormalities). Well, we all know that is a lie, and this video exposes that.

It’s not a graphic video, but I will pray that Patient X changed her mind and decided not to get the abortion. I will ask that you do the same.

More
Ricochet Member Recommended FeedRecommended by R> Members

Bernie Sanders Is Not Running for President of the United States . . .

 

. . . He is campaigning to overthrow the existing U.S. Constitutional government and replace it with a new government. That new government will be based on principles completely different from the principles of the existing US government.

I happened to hear a portion of Mr. Sanders’ announcement video and was horrified by the level of revolution I heard in the short clip. I looked further to be sure the segment hadn’t been taken out of context. I don’t think it was. I hesitated to post this (I’m really not a crazy conspiracy theorist), but so many ideas that are antithetical to the founding principles of the United States republic are now considered acceptable or even desirable that I thought Bernie Sanders’ announcement was a place to plant a stake.

More