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We all have that “where were you” memory associated with big historic events. Where were you on 9/11? Where were you when Armstrong walked on the moon? For those of us of a somewhat advanced age, where were you when Kennedy was shot? Events we share, but are also particular to just us.

This past July was the fiftieth anniversary of the moon landing. I remember watching on tv as a fifteen-year-old in our family room in San Jose with Mom, Dad, and the two brothers. Dad worked for Lockheed Missiles and Space and had previously worked for Aerojet General, an Apollo engine contractor. I remember Dad getting up and coming to each of the three boys, looking us in the face and shaking our hands. He and Mom had been born before Lindbergh’s flight, lived through depression and war, and now, we had achieved this.


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I have said several times that the Democrats should read Moby Dick and the Never Trumpers should read The Oxbow Incident. After giving it more thought, I am certain of the mob mentality. Trump winning the nomination and then the election crushed their expected entitlements to power and inflamed fragile sensibilities, the real crime. Now they are fighting over who can bring the rope. Whatever false claim they make is repeated as fact by the mob. His crimes, according to the Twitter mob this week, resembled Schiff’s “parody,” not the actual transcript of Trump’s phone call. Having built the mob into a hate-filled frenzy, Democrats are ready to build the gallows while still in search of a real crime. This mob, however, will not feel any remorse in lynching an innocent man.

The government lynch mob was so sure of Trump’s evil side, it violated laws and norms to spy on him, destroying anyone in his campaign they thought could be turned to testify against Trump. Like Captain Ahab, their pursuit led to their own destruction and the destruction of the respect citizens have for the FBI, CIA, FISA Court, DOJ, and DNI. Like a lynch mob, they assign morality to their evil actions to justify them. Like the whale, Trump survives, while Brennan, Clapper, McCabe, Strzok, Page, Comey, Rosenstein, Fusion GPS, Simpson, Mueller, Steele, etc., are out, discredited, and/or waiting for the ax to fall thanks to Barr and Dunham. Since intelligence agencies exist to serve the President, the investigation will likely lead to Obama and other administration heads.


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For several days now, climate alarmists and members of the Extinction Rebellion have snarled traffic in and around London preventing people from getting to work and earning a living. We’ve scene a similar tactic in Portland, OR, by Antifa.

Well, Londoners may have reached their breaking point. When some climate activists jumped atop a commuter train in order to stop it from running, the London commuters finally snapped. The London police have been soundly criticized for not doing enough to stop this nonsense, and many of the politicians in the city from the mayor on down (as in Portland), sympathize with and support the activists and their cause. At some point, this was bound to happen.


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Unbelievable. Stephen Nichols, an 84-year-old Korean War veteran who served on the Tisbury, MA, police force for 60 years has had his firearms seized. Here’s what happened:

He was eating breakfast in the local diner, Linda Jean’s, when he commented to a friend that the school resource officer was often seen leaving school in the mornings. When he’d investigated it, he found out that the resource officer at Tisbury school was leaving — after children were present — to get himself a coffee at the Xtra Mart nearby.


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A year ago, frustrated with the media’s pathetic coverage of the burgeoning, 7,000-member migrant caravan from Central America to the United States, I posted an intemperate tweet. Long deleted, I asserted that the Open Society Foundations – funded by currency trader, billionaire, and left-wing “philanthropist” George Soros – was behind the caravan.

The left-wing Twitter Mob’s response was quick and ferocious. Reporters, including the New York Times’ Ken Vogel and others from Bloomberg, CNN, and the Washington Post reached out to me. Despite the fact my Twitter account (with a whopping 2,200 followers at the time) was always personal and never affiliated with my employer, it didn’t take much for The Mob to inundate my employer’s senior executives with scores of emails and demands for my head, never mind the fact that I was already halfway out the door as part of a planned retirement.


Contributor Created with Sketch. ACF Europe #9: White


After Blue, we talk about White–after freedom, equality–the centerpiece of Krzystof Kieslowski’s Colors Trilogy! His theme is modern abandonment and so he looks at equality as the problem of revenge–getting even, dealing with dissatisfied desire in a hateful way, and all done through the forms of the law. This is the comic part of the trilogy, and yet it starts with a divorce in Paris and ends with prison in Warsaw. The Poland-France clash here points to the difficulties the EU would find trying to marry Western and Eastern European countries which are unequal in money, power, and politics–but equal in pride.


Contributor Created with Sketch. The Democratic Field is Unacceptable, Or, Why It All Matters


From a friend, who nails it:

Most of the legitimate extreme objections to Trump are “personal” — to his rhetoric, his personality, his style. Sure, people of good faith can object to this policy or action or that — but that’s true of any President. Trump has not fundamentally changed or transformed the country, and 90%-plus of his policies and actions fall within the window of what could easily have been done by one or more of his predecessors. My objections to most of the Democratic candidates are not personal (except maybe in Schoolmarm Liz’s case) — they are rooted in policy. Policies rooted in collectivism and “social justice theory” (the bastard child of Frankfurt School Marxism and postwar French deconstructionism), that no credible candidate seems ready to disavow, are (a) repugnant to me, and (b) well outside this country’s historical norms. Four more years of Trump will not fundamentally change the country. Four years of a semi-moderate Democrat with a Republican Senate probably won’t either. But four years of Liz or Bernie or (probably) Joe, without a GOP Senate, probably would. I do not want my children to have to grow up in a bigger, worse version of 1970s Britain.


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My friends, while conducting a séance at the witching hour, a spirit from beyond the grave contacted me, and here is what he had to say about President Donald Trump:

If he’s on the beach, you must impeach.


Overdue for a trip back home to the bayou, Dave Carter takes us on an audio journey to the place that captured his heart long ago as we meet a Cajun Cook who is rising to national prominence for her ability and genuine good nature. Pat Darbonne is well known around southwest, Louisiana, but she captured the attention of The Today Show’s Hoda Kotb, who has invited Pat to bring her humor and culinary talent to New York City for a cooking segment on national television. Oh yes, and Pat was a classmate of Dave’s back in Louisiana as the two graduated high school together, as Dave says, “sometime back in the last century.” Listen in as Dave’s friend Joel Valdez joins a conversation that covers everything from the world of retail to the antics of Dave’s radio friends and the genuinely enjoyable culinary world of “Pat-N-Da Pot.” As Dave said, “it was the sweet accents of home and it did my heart good to talk to her.” We think you’ll agree.


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In her first interview since leaving NBC News, Megyn Kelly isn’t holding back about the problems at her former workplace. Here’s a clip from our friends at Grabien,


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The Portland Police Bureau released the transcript of their investigation into the officer shooting of a mentally ill man on the streets of Portland. The 555 pages of investigation work is far more important than the Mueller Report and the amount of time that has been spent on trying to nullify an election. The will full ignorance, and misplaced compassion of refusing to address the problems of the mentally ill by turning them loose on the streets is a national disgrace. It is not only a disgrace, but it’s also dangerous.

The story from OregonLive:


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I try for moderation in all things. I certainly don’t believe everything I see in the media. I don’t believe everything that either party tells me. This brouhaha over impeachment has seemed ridiculous to me up to now. But with recent developments, I have seen the light. Trump must be impeached, removed from office, and prevented from ever holding another office of public trust in his lifetime. There are some acts that are simply beyond the pale for any civilized person, and the use of exclamation points outside of very strict boundaries is one of them. The evidence is before us:


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Sacrosanct ideal. Liberty. Fundamental issue of justice.

That’s just a sampling of the words and phrases 2020 Democratic hopefuls used Tuesday night to describe the destruction of 60 million unborn American lives since Roe v. Wade struck down state-level protections in 1973.


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In the aftermath of the Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tweeting his support of the anti-government protests in Hong Kong, which consequently led to a PR firestorm and the ire of our communist neighbors, it got me thinking. Why does anybody engage is social media at all? Why would one engage in such platforms when even the most offhand, negligible comment can cost someone their job or even livelihood? It just doesn’t make sense to me. 

I can think of a couple of examples of social media costing people significant amounts. Last October, Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett cost her a new season of her extremely popular show “Roseanne.” Elon Musk’s tweet on the morning of Aug. 7, 2018, claiming he would sell Tesla at $420 ended up costing him $20 million. I think the most scathing example is how last December, an eight-year-old tweet cost Kevin Hart a chance at hosting the Oscars. It seems there is no statute of limitations on internet content.


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“‘And am I answerable that thoughtless and unprincipled men exist, whose shades of countenance may resemble mine?’ Cora calmly demanded of the excited savage.”
— James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans

Nothing is new. Published in 1826, Cooper was tackling the issue of collective white guilt for sins against American Indians. Cora’s question struck me as so timeless and relevant to our current controversies over reparations and the American sin of slavery. It’s really an argument in defense of herself as an individual. Thus, it’s an argument that places individual character and behavior above racial and tribal identity.


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Fox Business host Trish Regan shared a letter President Donald Trump sent to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Oct. 9. In it, he said he can “destroy” the Turkish economy if Erdogan does not “work out a deal” on the situation in Syria.


Contributor Created with Sketch. The Fog of Impeachment


“If it’s a mist in the pulpit, it’s a fog in the pew.” An old Baptist preacher said that years ago and it always stuck with me. Translated into secular-speak, if the speaker doesn’t present a simple, direct, crystal-clear message, the audience will never retain it.

Speaker Pelosi apparently never heard this advice. In theory, Democrats want to impeach Trump for colluding with Ukraine to get dirt on Biden. But when reporters asked her about the issue Tuesday, she blamed Ukraine’s archenemy, Vladimir Putin.


This week on the United Kingdom’s Most Trusted Podcast®, James and Toby span the globe, from the reaction of the now infamous “Kingsman” video to the NBA’s bowing to pressure from Beijing and the latest on the homefront concerning the looming deadline for Brexit.

And without any spoilers, reviews of El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie and the season finale of Succession.


Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by members Created with Sketch. My Personal Struggle with OPM Addiction: A Cautionary Tale


Opium is my pet name for OPM – Other People’s Money. I know that it’s addictive and dangerous. I have personal friends whose lives have spiraled out of control after just trying a little bit of it. It seems harmless enough in small doses, but their experience has led me to do my very best to avoid experimenting even with recreational use of this powerful substance. But recently, I have fallen off the wagon. I share my story, hoping to help others. My name is Dr. Bastiat, and I am addicted to OPM.

I live in a very nice house on a golf course in a gated community in Hilton Head. A few months ago, we found a leak in our roof. My neighbor down the street had just replaced his roof. His estimate was $13,000, but during the repair, they found some problems with flashing and sheeting, and it ended up costing nearly $15,000. My house is a little bigger, so I was thinking of numbers close to $20,000. That would be a setback, but not enough of one to lead me to get hooked on OPM. At least, you wouldn’t think so, would you? But hear my story, dear reader, so that you do not suffer the same fate as me.


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The headline reads: “Planned Parenthood Decision Sparks Seattle U Protest.” In typical fashion, you can’t really tell what the story is about, except that it has to do with Planned Parenthood, Seattle University, and protests (a frequent pastime in Seattle). It’s probably not what you think, though.

Seattle University used to be a private, Jesuit University. Over the years, the school has strayed farther and farther from being really Catholic, and I’m pretty sure the majority of students there are no longer Catholic. The decision in question, taken by the President of the college, was not to include Planned Parenthood on an online list of medical-care resources. About 1,000 students, faculty, and alumni were protesting this decision! You know what color Seattle is (as blue or maybe red/communist as can be), and as I have pointed out before, progressives are progressive first, and everything else later, including Catholic. With Abortion as the Holy Sacrament of the Progressive movement, any action to discourage it is taken as an affront by the population.


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I happened to fall into conversation with a young veterans’ organization member, who turned out to also be eligible for the veteran’s organization to which I belong, due to service in Korea. My outfit needs more fresh blood, so I had an ulterior motive to sit and listen, just prompting him for more of his thoughts. It was a treat to hear a well-spoken young man’s perspective on his own life, work, and service. The trick, really the pleasant surprise, was to then find an amazing breadth and depth to this fellow veteran, who I took from the conversation to be in his mid-20s.

That places him on the cusp between Millennials and Gen-Z. Folks, he was none of the negative stereotypes routinely riffed about his age cohort. He started on active duty, then (fairly recently) transitioned to a reserve component. He was highly focused on leveraging the mutually reinforcing training, certifications, and experience of his civilian and military careers. He had mapped out paths of advancement in both, taking advantage of the commonality in the two technical occupations. Oh, and he had not even needed college to get on this path, but already had thought through the evening/weekend/online schooling that would punch his ticket to the top of his chosen field in both the military and civilian life.


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My world-renowned phrenologist, Dr. Hans O’Cranium, and I were in DC this week and inadvertently learned the identity of the heretofore unnamed whistleblower in the Trump impeachment inquiry: Cousin Itt, Gomez’s hairy cousin from The Addams Family.

Hans and I were on Capitol Hill to testify on the correlation of skull topography to the tendency of poorly educated pro athletes to make uninformed comments about complex geopolitical matters such as freedom of speech and trade with Red China.


Contributor Created with Sketch. Dem Debate Wrap-up: October in Ohio


Twelve candidates. Three hours. And one guy dumb enough to watch it.

CNN and the New York Times teamed up Tuesday night for the latest cattle call. The contestants were Biden, Booker, Buttigieg, Castro, Gabbard, Harris, Klobuchar, O’Rourke, Sanders, Warren, Yang, and in his first debate appearance, businessman Tom Steyer. They met in Ohio at Otterbein University, which apparently is a real school.


Contributor Created with Sketch. It’s a Strange Time for the West to Panic About China’s Supposed Supereconomy


Chinese Finance Minister Liu Kun speaks to Governor of People’s Bank of China Yi Gang and National Development and Reform Commission Vice Chairman Ning Jizhe at a conference on China’s economic development ahead of the 70th anniversary.
China’s high rate of (reported) economic growth tempts its depiction as a supereconomy that’s figured out a successful alternative to Western-style capitalism. Its ascent to 21st century global economic and technological leadership may by unstoppable, according to this view. A New Cold War is America’s best option to slow that advance, although it probably won’t work. Delay, maybe. Defeat? Good luck.

Yet to quote economist Herbert Stein, “If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.” And maybe that pithy saying offers some insight into China’s future. For instance: A new Bloomberg Businessweek story tells how “mounting discontent among tech workers could hamper the industry’s growth, creating yet another headache for the government.” With the Chinese tech sector slumping, more and more workers are less willing to tolerate “996” shift schedule of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days a week, plus overtime.