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Police officers and sheriff deputies work in a world where possibility takes precedence over probability. There are people out there that will try to kill a law enforcement officer if they can. A shooting incident takes place in a matter of seconds. The second-guessing and misinformation about the decision to use deadly force goes on forever.
The two videos come from incidents in Detroit. The first video is of an arrest a gang member in Detroit who had a federal warrant. His friend who was not involved in the arrest decided to try and shoot one of the arresting officers. Social media posts claimed that the shooter was unarmed.More
In this episode, the guys keep it simple, discussing Bari Weiss’s departure from the New York Times. She quit and wrote a scathing open letter, detailing the reasons for her resignation. Also discussed is Andrew Sullivan’s departure from New York Magazine, with both stemming from what looks like intolerance from not only readers but staff members who increasingly are hostile to points of view that do not align with their own.
It has implications for those publications but the business of journalism overall. Will the guardians of these institutions stand up and say, “That’s enough!” or will they allow a bunch of Jacobins to control the editorial content?More
This week the Good Fellows are joined by Hoover Institution Senior Fellow Victor Davis Hanson. The gentleman farmer from Selma, CA (and the author of The Case For Trump) is not known for pulling his punches, and this discussion is no different. The Good Fellows consider the recent resignation by New York Times editor Bari Weiss, the open letter published in Harper’s Magazine supporting free speech, the scourge of cancel culture in the academy and the media, as well as some ideas for enhancing higher education to make it more relevant for today’s society. And yes, Hanson proffers some unsolicited advice to the current occupant of the Oval Office about how to win in November.More
So the US Government put down a murderer Tuesday. A whole bunch of liberals are upset that justice was served. The man murdered an entire family, but, you should feel sorry for him for… reasons? If you’re smart (and I know you are because you’re reading on Ricochet) you don’t rely on the media to tell you why you should feel sorry for these guys. This isn’t Hollywood and these guys are not Old Yeller. They earned their right to receive what could be called the Anesthesiologist’s Overdose. How do I know? I did what the media will not do: I read the appellate opinions in these cases.
Daniel Lewis Lee was euthanized – a much nicer cleaner end than he deserved. He was a true white supremacist who killed an entire Arkansas family in pursuit of guns and money to finance a separate white supremacist state. He’s dead; I won’t waste time on him. I will focus, instead, on the next three who are slated to Dr. Kervorkian’s Special Tonic.More
Looking for a way out of this crisis, our people have turned to the Federal Government and found it isolated from the mainstream of our nation’s life. Washington, D.C., has become an island. The gap between our citizens and our government has never been so wide. The people are looking for honest answers, not easy answers; clear leadership, not false claims and evasiveness and politics as usual.
What you see too often in Washington and elsewhere around the country is a system of government that seems incapable of action. You see a Congress twisted and pulled in every direction by hundreds of well-financed and powerful special interests.
“We are preparing the ground for a different kind of society… We are coming to dismantle racist, sexist, violent, utterly bankrupt system of capitalism, this police state. We cannot, and will not, stop until we overthrow it and replace it with a world based instead on solidarity, genuine democracy, and equality – a socialist world.” — Kshama Sawant
Sawant’s list of grievances — bankruptcy, racism, sexism, violence, and a police state — are all products of government, not of capitalism. Our government is not only bankrupt but, by some estimates, has well over $100 trillion in “unfunded liabilities” (i.e., debt).More
Ever since Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign began to look like it was more than a promotional stunt for his reality show and began to take on the shape of a real run at the White House, there were voices on the Right condemning the whole idea of a Trump presidency. The Right’s most concerted effort took the form of National Review’s “Against Trump” issue, and most on the Right remain critical of the President’s failings even if they support him generally. (This is a marked difference from the last Democrat president, who received virtually no significant criticism from members of his party while in office.) But a sizable group of Republicans (excuse me, “former Republicans”) abandoned their party and became “Never Trumpers” – they were so exorcized by the idea of Donald Trump personally that they could no longer support their party. Some, like Max Boot and Jennifer Rubin, completely altered their beliefs and values because they hated Trump so much.
And from this sprang a whole new cottage industry of Republican-hating Conservatives. A niche craft that once belonged only to David Brooks and David Frum suddenly burst open with a whole field of carpetbaggers toting elephant guns: Charles Sykes, Mona Charen, Jonah Goldberg, George Will, Noah Rothman, Joe Scarborough, just to name a few. And with it has come two political websites to challenge the likes of NationalReview.com, CommentaryMagazine.com, and Ricochet.com: TheBulwark.com and TheDispatch.com.More
The usual names that come up when a Conservative thinks about Cancel Culture or the Culture Wars in general: Saul Alinsky, Herbert Marcuse, Antonio Gramsci, etc.
My thoughts on Cancel Culture made some other names pop up in my head; Roy Moore, Ed Stack, Brett Kavanaugh, Ben Shapiro, Andrew Breitbart, Stanley Kurtz, Thomas Jefferson, Jared Polis, Michael Corleone, John Roberts, Heather Mac Donald, Ronald Reagan, Michael Lind, etc.More
I had a chat with son #4, the cop, earlier this evening. He said “the silent majority is speaking up,” and went on to say that citizens were showing up in increasing numbers at the station to express support, drop off food, and generally counter the prevailing anti-cop message.
We had a well-attended Back the Blue event here in town a few days ago. Unfortunately, I didn’t hear about it until it was over, or I’d have been there. My son tells me that he and his people are familiar with Back the Blue and appreciate the support.More
Brian Anderson, a newly retired Army Officer, joins the show. Anderson talks about being a restless kid in Sacramento who wanted to get out and experience the world. The Army provided that chance. Brian shares stories of getting to boot camp during the coldest Midwest winter in decades and being thrown together with three white dudes, four black dudes, and a Cuban, and making it all work. Brian details his career as first a medical tech and then later in logistics. His career saw him in Korea three times over twenty years with stops in Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Washington, South Carolina, Kansas, and Texas along the way.More
Let me say first that I still plan on voting for Trump in November. He’s done great things for the economy, for unemployment, new job creation, and has done a pretty good job on coronavirus, sanctioned Iran, supported Israel, as well as other achievements.
But my ability to listen to the man has been tapped out.More
Ancient texts have no shortage of cool phrases; think of Homer’s “rose-fingered dawn” or “swift-footed Achilles.” There is really not much depth of meaning to be found in such examples, as they are clearly there for the rhyme and the mnemonic.
I submit that the Torah’s use of similarly “styled” language is not an epithet or other normal literary device, that instead the text means something very specific and much more intriguing. In this case, I’d like to look at a phrase found sometimes when someone dies: The text says that the person is “gathered to his/your/their people.”More
Several weeks ago, I had an idea for a piece that was “Times worthy.” I thought about the editors I know there, about the pieces I’ve written there recently and mulled over the prospect of pitching it there. I decided to write it for the Washington Examiner instead; it just wasn’t worth the risk. In the aftermath of the Senator Cotton op-ed, which many other conservatives watched with amusement and horror, I realized that there was a high likelihood that if it were published, a mob would come for me and the Times would leave me out to dry; if they did it with a sitting Senator, I wouldn’t stand a chance. I wondered what Bari, a friend and editor at the Times would think of my decision until today when she published her widely-read and discussed resignation letter. The whole thing is an essential read, but for the purposes of this post, I’ll flag this portion:
The truth is that intellectual curiosity—let alone risk-taking—is now a liability at The Times. Why edit something challenging to our readers, or write something bold only to go through the numbing process of making it ideologically kosher, when we can assure ourselves of job security (and clicks) by publishing our 4000th op-ed arguing that Donald Trump is a unique danger to the country and the world? And so self-censorship has become the norm.
Every now and then something happens that reaffirms your faith in America and its citizenry.
Recently in Boise, Antifa decided they would conduct another of their “peaceful protests” which normally include peacefully rioting and peacefully burning down occupied buildings. Throw in beating a few honest citizens or storekeepers that complain, and that’s your typical Antifa “rally” or “march.”More
James Bond movies are famous for having outrageous villains, and this is a common theme in many modern movies. Their evil is so exaggerated and outrageous that it’s nearly inhuman. This is probably designed to make it easier for the audience to cheer when the villain is blown to bits at the end, but I think there’s another reason. By dehumanizing villains, Hollywood attempts to show that evil is inherently inhuman, and that most humans are inherently good. I think Hollywood does this because leftism makes no sense unless that is true. Who needs God? Or stuffy traditional values? Or judgmental cultural mores? Just be who you are! Relax! Do what feels good, and don’t allow your personal growth to be restricted by outdated superstitions.
I think that this optimistic view of human nature is a significant reason that Hannah Arendt was so harshly criticized for describing Adolf Eichmann with her now-famous phrase, “The banality of evil.” At his trial in 1961, Eichmann seemed an ordinary-appearing, slender, balding man, who seemed every bit the boring bureaucrat. She described him as “terribly and terrifyingly normal.” She wondered whether evil was radical or whether it was simply a result of most ordinary people conforming to popular opinions without carefully considering the consequences of their actions. A modern progressive, who thinks that people can govern other people in centralized control structures, and consistently do so ethically and fairly, would find Arendt’s mundane description of evil to be extremely concerning, I would think.More
As the summer of 2020 dawned, left-wing radical groups began rioting and taking over parts of America’s cities. While this specific form of left-wing violence is new, left-wing violence itself is far from new in the United States. Indeed, one of the most hidden and concealed parts of recent American history is the extensive left-wing violence that began in the late 1960s and continued into the 1980s.
At first, one might think that these were isolated incidents of small-scale “protest” or even minor violence. However, upon even brief examination, we find out that the outpouring of leftist violence over this time period was anything but minor. The most likely explanation for why you have never heard of this until now is that the events of these years have been consciously buried by those who would prefer you not know about them.More
If you think the public health response in Blue States to COVID-19 is anything other than a proxy for generalized state control of individual liberty, let me point you to Minnesota (and California). As has been detailed by Scott Johnson at Powerline blog in his series CORONAVIRUS IN ONE STATE, Democratic governor Tim Walz has been exercising autocratic rule on thin data. Remember the SARS-CoV-2 panic was started by visions of Chinese authorities welding high-rise apartment doors shut and Italian hospitals refusing ventilators to anyone over 80. The viral tsunami was coming and it was going to crash our health care system.
“Flatten the curve” was the mantra as government took extraordinary control over our lives and livelihoods for a brief period. Yes, the refrigerator trucks parked outside of New York hospitals were alarming. Yes, the mobilization of the government to provide emergency health care facilities in New York and Los Angeles was dramatic. Yes the response of private companies to providing PPE and tests was heartening and hopeful. And the wave passed. That didn’t mean there would be no more illness and death. But the health care system survived, treatment protocols were developed and shared. So now, let’s get back to living our lives, right?More
There has been a lot of talk about race in America these past several months. You can tune into CNN and listen to Don Lemon if you want a timewasting activity. But better would be to listen to some black intellectuals. Some are more conservative in their outlook than others. Some are Democrats yet they do not subscribe to the woke outlook.More
Since this is July 14, Bastille Day, I bring you a special edition of the podcast–a conversation on the American and French Revolutions from the point of view of the British Empire, especially as understood by the greatest friend America had in Britain at the time, the philosophical statesman Edmund Burke, who is also a founding father of modern (including American) conservatism. I talk to Greg Collins, who teaches at Yale and did his Ph.D. at Catholic University of America, and has a wonderful new book on Burke’s political economy–Burke was the original wonk, he was a great defender of religion and law, but also a great promoter of commerce and private enterprise.More
There’s a full docket in the faculty lounge as Professors Richard Epstein and John Yoo tackle the Roger Stone case and review the Supreme Court term that was: How did John Roberts justify taking both sides of the abortion regulations case within just a few years? Why does the Court get so many religious liberty cases these days — and is Antonin Scalia to blame? Has the pursuit of President Trump’s tax records seen SCOTUS open up a pandora’s box? And did the Court just give a huge chunk of Oklahoma back to Native Americans? All that plus the profs head to the suburbs, and we answer the question “Is it time to start worrying about Justice Gorsuch?” Also, remember to submit your questions for the upcoming Law Talk Q&A in the comments or to [email protected]More
A 33-year journalism veteran, Jeff Cox is the finance editor at CNBC.com. Jeff joins Carol Roth to talk about the state of the economy and the market and why a disconnect exists. Jeff shares his concerns about “PPP infinity” and he and Carol give a primer on the Federal Reserve and central banking, and discuss how “The Fed” is creating asset bubbles and engaging in behavior that constitutes a “moral hazard”.
Plus, a “Now You Know” segment on the explorer who discovered cigars.More
“Back the Blue” demonstrations that support law enforcement are increasing across the country, and BLM has begun to hold counter-protests. There hasn’t been violence; yet. I worry that these supporters for police officers will be shut down, however, if we don’t stay vigilant.
Do you know about Back the Blue? Citizens all over the country are organizing and demonstrating their support for law enforcement. From my research, I was able to identify at least a dozen protests in the last month: Tavares, FL; Springfield, MS; Pima County, AZ; Jupiter, FL; Jensen Beach, FL; Tampa, FL; Palm City, FL; Brooklyn, NY; Jacksonville, FL; Omaha, NE; Los Angeles, CA; Plattsburgh, NY and Parkland, FL. Attendance ranged from a couple of hundred to 2,000 people. The earlier protests in June met little to no resistance. As soon as Back the Blue began to become more visible and better attended, BLM decided it needed to show up. Although some of the encounters were tense, there have been no violent incidents that I could identify.More