Do Millennials love Parasite? Do Millennials love Bernie Sanders? Is there an overlapping fan base? Jack invites Free Beacon War Room Director Paul Crookston onto the show to answer these and other questions. (He also confesses to eating an entire pizza when he should have just eaten half.)

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. New Book Flyer

 

If you are just that kind of nerd, my new book on Augustine can be purchased a bit more cheaply with information on this flyer. It really is a good introduction to Augustine, and good for the veteran reader of Augustine too.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Coronavirus and Anti-Semitism

 

We have seen the Democrat Party pulled hard back into its bad old ways of Jew-hatred, now thinly dressed up as opposition to the government of Israel that has been repeatedly elected and supported by the majority of Jews in Israel. We have seen repeated demands, from Western Europe to American universities, for the economic destruction of the one nation in the world with a Jewish majority population. Now comes news of another advanced technology innovation from that most hated of states.

Jerusalem Post

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Most Terrifying Night of My Life

 

Twenty-three years ago today to be exact. Every detail is etched on my brain. It was one of those times when God can take an atheist and force him down on his knees for prayer.

Earlier in the evening of the previous night my wife felt the twinge of contractions. Just 29 weeks along in her third pregnancy she knew immediately that something was wrong. This was not a case of Braxton Hicks, the normal and safe contraction and relaxation of the uterus that can happen in the latter stages of a woman’s pregnancy. This was labor.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Alert the Army: Treating COVID-19 Seriously

 

There is a large untapped pool of federal workers, highly trained and disciplined, who already know a thing or two about operating safely in a contaminated environment. These personnel may be among your neighbors, the ones who put on a military uniform at least one weekend a month. There are already contingency plans for them to respond to domestic mass casualty situations involving radiation, biological, or chemical agents. They have been training since the months after September 11, 2001. They should be alerted now, and staff should be mobilized immediately to refine contingency plans to match the worst case and most likely case scenarios for COVID-19 in the United States.

In the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Army Chemical Corps units, whose core mission had always been decontamination of U.S. military personnel and equipment from radioactive dust, biological, and chemical agents, had a new mission. They would perform the same scouting/surveillance to define a contaminated area’s boundaries and they would perform the decontamination mission, including for people who had become casualties, the end of the decon line becoming the beginning of the medical treatment line. The same mission, only different: instead of “green” equipment, they would go “white” as in medical and civilian lab white, responding to mass casualty incidents inside the United States. They do not carry weapons, because it is not a military threat environment.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. How Low Can You Go?

 

You’d need to live in a cave to have missed all the controversy about the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts. In past years, there have been plenty of criticisms in particular about Girl Scout cookies, calling it a racket, a scam, and big business. I was crestfallen as a young girl when it was time to sell cookies (we used to sell them door-to-door) and all the other girls had saturated the neighborhood before I even went out.

With all these negatives, the Girl Scouts, with their pledge to society and dedication to girlhood are inextricably linked to the cookies. (Our favorites are thin mints.) We buy them in February when the girls sell them with their moms in front of Publix. They work hard. So I was furious to find out that they had been ripped off by people using large counterfeit bills here in Florida. In my research, I discovered that this has happened in other states in the past few years, but to rip off the Girl Scouts–that’s the lowest:

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Buying a house can be a terrifying prospect to the uninitiated but veteran home owner Mary Katharine Ham puts N00b Lyndsey Fifield’s mind at easy with a quick and dirty rundown of everything first time homeowners need to know—from surviving the cash-poor days following closing to what you should not forget during a home inspection. Buckle up Becky—it’s going to be great.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Attorney General Barr warns of “totalitarian democracy”

 
Attorney General Bill Barr

Attorney General Barr gave another important, if willfully underreported, speech. The full text is posted on the Department of Justice website. You can read every word below, with key passages highlighted.

Barr described two conflicting visions of democracy at the root of our current level of social discord, with politics pervasive in all spheres. These two visions are liberal democracy and totalitarian democracy. He then showed how three powerful checks on tyranny have been weakened or turned to the service of consolidating power in a national elite. Attorney General Barr concluded with a note of optimism and a call to action.

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Elizabeth Slattery and Tiffany Bates hit the highlights of the Court’s recent opinions, orders, and denials. They also sit down with 7th Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett and hear about tailgating at Notre Dame football games and shooting sporting clays with her clerks. Stay tuned for Supreme Trivia – The Dogma Lives Loudly edition. Elizabeth’s in the hot seat!

 

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Eternal Campaign Interferes with the Peoples’ Business

 

Americans – at least the media and the political partisans – are infatuated with the presidential election. Check any news source and you’re likely to get copious coverage of the latest poll results, some alleged indiscretion from a candidate’s past or detailed analysis of policy positions that will almost certainly never become law.

More timely matters get ignored. Saturation coverage has been going on since the last election ended. The buzz around 2020 was already heating up when Rep. John Delaney of Maryland announced his candidacy in July 2017 — 1,194 days before the election. The “breaking news alerts,” endless panel discussions and campaign ads have been omnipresent ever since.

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Jan-Albert Hootsen is a Dutch journalist who has long worked in Mexico City. Jay first met him when he went to Mexico City, two years ago, to write about the murder of journalists in Mexico. Mexico is the murder capital of the world for journalists. Hootsen is the Mexico representative of the Committee to Protect Journalists. He is also a whale of a guy. You will enjoy getting to know him, and hearing about his life and work.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Fencing Off an Attractive Nuisance

 

People have been choosing to take some risk and expense to come to this country, rather than others closer to their home country, in part because our federal government, with the collusion of both major party establishments, allowed access to our social welfare system. It took President Trump to finally uphold our written laws, finally getting the Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice personnel in place who would not continue resisting American law and the policy preferences of a presidential electoral majority.

On Friday, a short statement from the Press Secretary thanked the Supreme Court for doing the right thing and noting the new DHS rule on immigrants’ access to welfare programs will go into force this Monday.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Washington DC Wins. Washington State (and Others) Lose. It’s Good.

 

Wednesday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the Trump Administration can withhold federal funds from cities and states that deny the feds access to illegal aliens released from prisons (i.e., maintain “sanctuary” for illegals).

This is a good thing. The headline on the local station web site reads “Appeals court rules against Wash. State.” In this case, Washington state, and others, are in the wrong, and, in my opinion, deserve to be slapped down.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. New York: ‘Gimme Shelter’; 2nd Circuit: ‘No Satisfaction’

 

President Trump, the rule of law, the Constitution of the United States, and the American people won again. The Second Circuit smacked down New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Virginia, Washington, and Rhode Island, along with a leftist judge. The case was New York et al. v. United States Dep’t of Justice et al.

The White House Press Secretary was right on top of this, quickly publishing a brief thank-you notice, the shorter version of which is “Nice court, good judges!”

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. ABC News Suspends Leftist Reporter who Dislikes Trump

 

This is not a Babylon Bee article, but it reads like satire. Veteran ABC reporter David Wright described himself as a socialist. Displaying his mastery of language and subtlety that one might expect from someone who earns their living in the world of information, he also called President Trump an expletive. Displaying his innate understanding of economic theory and property rights, he said that there are too many billionaires. He also, as best I could tell, criticized ABC’s news coverage as being too complimentary of President Trump. (Yeah, well, obviously…)

ABC News responded by suspending him. Some might suggest that the reason he got in trouble was that he was recorded saying these things by Project Veritas. But ABC News records him saying these things on their news program every day. So, what changed? Again, ABC News suspended a leftist reporter who dislikes President Trump. Holy Toledo. Suppose that was their company policy. Who on earth would report the news at ABC? There’d be no one left. Why did they suspend this guy?

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Family Second, Faith First

 

Recently I had the pleasure of listening to Lt. Col. Allen West speak during the service of a local church. His presence and purpose, as much as the words of his excellent message, brought to mind something that I had been mentally digesting since the recent death of the British philosopher and writer Sir Roger Scruton. Both Col. West and Sir Roger serve up mental meals far richer than this poor cook can scramble together but I do have a few beginning bites partially digested enough to serve up a notion or two from them.

It was Scruton’s reflection on faith and family that I had been pondering. He had taken to task the need for government to tout so-called “family-friendly” policies. He contended that when the health of a nation’s faith was solid, the fate of the family was secure. He did not discount the importance and need of a strong family culture for the nation to flourish. But the foundation of that family culture was not in policy but the strong faith of individuals. A nation with a strong culture of faith will have strong families which keep the values of the faith, culture, and nation alive.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Lunch Shaming, Pros and Cons

 

The topic of “lunch shaming” has gathered lots of interest on social media. I’m particularly interested since I sit on my local school board. A quick recap: the feds fund lunches for families who qualify (just over half of our families with a total student population of just over 1,300 kids, K-12). The rest of the parents can send a lunch or put money into an account with the cafeteria service. An important thing to note is that kids in the lunch line can’t tell if someone else is getting a free meal or not.

Some other factors: if the free meal population reaches a high enough threshold, the school can provide all meals for free at federal expense. During the summer, the feds fund free meals for entire families. This is a program of which I suspect most people are completely unaware.

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Does the Constitution set limits on the powers that Congress authorizes agencies to exercise? Last year, in Gundy v. United States, Justice Gorsuch issued a dissenting opinion calling for a reinvigorated “nondelegation doctrine.” He was joined by Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Thomas. Gorsuch’s dissent, along with Justice Alito’s separate opinion, and a subsequent opinion from Justice Kavanaugh, have inspired significant new research by a number of legal scholars. In fact, the Gray Center will soon workshop several new papers at a research roundtable, and discuss them in the autumn at a public policy conference.

One of the first major contributions to this wave of new scholarship is a draft article by Professors Nicholas Bagley and Julian Davis Mortenson. In “Delegation at the Founding,” the University of Michigan professors contend that the Constitution’s original meaning does not support calls for a reinvigorated nondelegation doctrine.

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Andrew Doyle is the man behind satirical Twitter account Titania McGrath – a radical intersectionalist, feminist, and slam poet, who is constantly telling people how oppressed she is – and author of Woke: A Guide to Social Justice. He’s back for round two where he and Bridget cover the insanity of attempting to subvert democracy in order to preserve it, the humorlessness of passionate protestors (and how hilarious Andrew finds them), infantalizing women while claiming to advocate for them, and the problem with the use of the word “privilege.” They dive into the difference between being aware of racism and calling everyone racist, how whiteness has become the original sin in the Church of Woke, why Andrew mistrusts the phrase “male feminist” and they worry about Greta Thunberg’s future, what will happen to her if one day she decides to change her mind, or her stance?

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Fevered Calculations: Heck No, Brownie Moment

 

“If you torture numbers enough, they will say anything you want. If you are good enough, you will not leave any fingerprints.”
— As told by my father, recounting his college statistics professor’s opening lecture

There are all sorts of numbers being thrown around about the Chinese coronavirus, COVID-19. There are all sorts of political agendas underlying every aspect, from governments, to social media content providers (that could be you and me), to paid “journalists.” How are we to think about the risks, the odds, the potential dangers at present and stretching ahead? Also, how is President Trump to avoid a disastrous “Heck of a job, Brownie” moment?

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The Democratic race is heating up as Biden, Bernie, and Bloomberg start to start to jump out from the pack going into Super Tuesday. We look at the biggest states voting that day, California and Texas, with iconic Democratic strategist Bob Shrum and Houston Chronicle columnist Erica Grieder; take in a view from flyover country with political reporter Salena Zito; and talk Trump with EPPC Senior Fellow and New York Times columnist Pete Wehner. All this and the ad of the week, only on The Horse Race!

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. I Get Why the Kids Like Bernie

 

My children are in their early twenties and just starting out. Neither one of them studied anything particularly lucrative (Film; Art). They take after their old man that way (Drama). 

But when I was starting out, I had little trouble getting a job with a Chicago restaurateur who gave me all the work I wanted tending bar and waiting tables. I did not have to deal with a 29 hour per week limit to avoid Obamacare requirements. I could get 40 hours no problem. After 40 hours I would work off the clock for tips only, which was just fine with me. All in all, I could count on about $700 per week.

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