Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. New York’s Intelligence Suffers the Unintelligent

 

On June 30th New York’s city council voted to cut nearly $484 million from the NYPD’s annual $6 billion budget and shift funding to other agencies as well as youth and social services programming.

According to a USA Today summary, “the changes will cancel a nearly 1,200-person police recruiting class set for next month (though another class in October is scheduled to go forward), curtail overtime spending and shift school safety, crossing guards and homeless outreach away from the NYPD.” (emphasis mine)

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Not Cut Out to Be a Cop

 

There are several YouTube channels that show police activity, and they’ve had a lot of content recently with the riots and such. I had often thought if I had not gone to law school that I might have enjoyed being a police officer, but I now know that would have been a terrible idea. I grew up in a military family and I served in the military. I have stark views of right and wrong; I believe, for example, that people who pull and point weapons at police officers earn every Darwin Award they get.

Sometimes, however, I just watch these interactions and I’m thinking “why aren’t you guys kicking the stuffing out of that creep” as they holler and scream for the camera while they are being detained. Watch the Portland riots or Baltimore, or really any of these BLM orchestrated fiascos; they’re out there. If you’ve never interacted with a police officer but feel privileged to criticize them, watch some video and learn the other side of the story.

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The other day I invited two friends over for a visit. We formed a woman’s group that usually meets monthly, but we hadn’t come together in months. All of us are seniors and they are both more cautious than I am regarding the coronavirus. So, I suggested we could sit either outside or inside (not having checked on the late morning temperature).

When they arrived, one friend (call her “E”) came to the front door and told me that my other friend (“R”) was walking around the side of the house to enter by the lanai side door. Clearly, she had decided she preferred to sit outside, in spite of the early morning Florida heat and humidity. We moved our chairs into three spots of shade we found and visited for 1.5 hours.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Slavery: The ‘Best’ Form of Socialism

 

In an 1864 address, Abraham Lincoln argued that:

The world has never had a good definition of the word liberty, and the American people, just now, are much in want of one. We all declare for liberty, but in using the same word we do not all mean the same thing. With some the word liberty may mean for each man to do as he pleases with himself, and the product of his labor; while with others the same word may mean for some men to do as they please with other men, and the product of other men’s labor. Here are two, not only different but incompatible things, called by the same name liberty. And it follows that each of the things is, by the respective parties, called by two different and incompatible names – liberty and tyranny.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Shameless Self-Promotion

 

Today, the Scott Circuit Court (Kentucky) entered a Temporary Restraining Order against the Governor, preventing him from enforcing his Emergency Orders against my client, Evans Orchard and Cider Mill, LLC.

My Client was joined by the Commissioner of Agriculture and the Attorney General of Kentucky, who were represented by Joe Bilby, General Counsel for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Barry Dunn, Deputy Attorney General, and Chad Meredith, Solicitor General.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: Arguing with the Other Side

 

“He that wrestles with us strengthens our nerves and sharpens our skill. Our antagonist is our helper.” — Edmund Burke

We can look at Burke’s statement through the lens of our own lives. I’ve met all kinds of people who either hide from those who disagree with them, or look for people to fight with. In many ways, both attitudes can be unhelpful because their underlying goals are not productive.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. ACF PoMoCon #21: Dan Mahoney

 

So here’s the fifth interview in my series in remembrance of Peter Lawler — today, I talk with Dan Mahoney, America’s foremost authority on the thought of Solzhenitsyn, and the author of several other important books, especially on the greatest French thinkers and statesmen of the last two centuries, some of whom he’s translated. (You can find his books on his Amazon page.) We talk about American individualism, the troubles of democracy, and Peter’s Christian reflection on what it means to be a person — both individual and relational, both homeless in this world and at home, in community, with that homelessness…

https://soundcloud.com/user-77539699/acf-pomocon-21-dan-mahoney

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. When J.K. Rowling Got Cancelled for Tweeting Me

 

I had a definite fangirl moment yesterday when one of my favorite writers, J.K. Rowling, tweeted in response to my support for her position on free speech and defense of feminism:

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Another Dispatch from Seattle… You Add the Adjective

 

Two very interesting stories today about what goes on in the “Emerald City” by Elliott Bay. It seems that, while a subset of Seattle residents was occupying a portion of the Capitol Hill neighborhood (CHOP, or if you prefer CHAZ), the City of Seattle was running some training for their employees. Specifically, their White employees, on how to move forward, and respond correctly in the “new normal” of the Black Lives Matter (and White lives don’t) City. Chris Rufo, of City Journal, through an Open Records request, reported on some of the handouts at those training sessions. Here are some quotes from the training materials. Emphasis mine.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Brooks Brothers Blues

 

The men’s clothing company, established in 1818, filed for bankruptcy today. I have two short anecdotes about that company that create for me the nostalgic sweet pain that comes from life as you age.

When I was a teenager my Dad had a prescription to Esquire magazine that I perused each month. I found a few articles that held my interest because they were avant- guard but mostly I looked at the ads. It was the Vanity Fair for metrosexual males long before that concept took birth. When I was about fourteen I was captivated by a Brooks Brothers ad featuring a bright blue blazer; not a navy blue blazer, but bright blue. I had to have it. I cut out the ad and begged my mother to buy me a blazer that color. Amazingly enough, she found an inexpensive sport coat the same color from a K-mart or similar store and replaced the white plastic buttons that came on the coat with brass buttons and I was as happy as I had ever been. Unfortunately, this happened in the midst of my adolescent growth spurt or I would still have it today.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. My Kid’s School Re-opening Plans

 

The prep school for #4 son (#2 and #3 graduated from there, attending High School after homeschooling) had a big webinar on all the things they are doing to re-open, including following all CDC suggestions: masks, distancing, the works. I could not watch much. Instead, I wrote the below to the headmaster:

Dear [Headmaster]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Shor Thing

 

I still can’t wrap my head around the “canceling” of David Shor. Shor is the progressive data analyst who tweeted a link to a research paper written by Omar Wasow of Princeton that showed that peaceful protest moves public opinion toward protesters, while rioting moves opinion in the opposite direction.

Progressphiles kicked Shor off its LISTSERV and released a statement that said, in part:

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Americans Are Hungry for the Fight

 

Patton“Americans love to fight. All real Americans love the sting of battle. When you were kids, you all admired the champion marble shooter, the fastest runner, the big-league ball players and the toughest boxers. Americans love a winner and will not tolerate a loser. Americans play to win all the time.”
— General George S. Patton, May 1944 in a speech constructed by soldiers and recorded by historian Terry Brighton.

Americans do love to fight. And when we fight, we fight to win. Right now we are in a war for the survival of a nation. And right now we are in this fight without the overt support of our elected leaders and public figures. America’s enemies are my enemies. We are in this fight against people who would rather destroy a statue of Frederick Douglass than listen to his words that became a defining moment in the fight to end slavery. This is a blatant example of erasing history to cast it in the darkness of evil from which there can be no comparison. The present is the oppressive. The past is privilege.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Hindsight is 20/20 in 2020?

 

The evidence we ignored:

  1. The first major outbreak in the US was a nursing home in Kirkland, WA: 40 to 50 percent of all COVID deaths have been nursing home residents
  2. Diamond Princess Cruise crew and passengers had a 20% infection rate or 80% were not susceptible: Latest research has shown that about 80% of the population has ‘natural’ immunity or defenses

We had the data — our brilliant governors chose to ignore it instead fixating on media response and egregiously incorrect projections and grossly flawed models and assumptions.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. John Brassefort

 

I was just wandering through James Lileks’ website when I came across his retrospective of a forgotten American painter. I’m not a big fan of abstract painting, but @jameslileks‘ discussion of the artist and his work gives me some appreciation of the genre. Enjoy!

http://lileks.com/institute/brassefort/index.html

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. No Second Wave

 

Not even a ripple.

There are a lot of numbers to support the idea that we hit the Herd Immunity Threshold, and COVID is dying for lack of new hosts to infect.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Mr. President, Be Best!

 

President Trump’s poorly aimed Tweet early Monday morning diminished a weekend worth of public goodwill. He must, for the first time, apologize. He must apologize or lose all. This ain’t 12-dimensional chess, and this isn’t 2016, as he recognized in his speeches this past weekend. Now he needs to Be Best! He was right to tweet against NASCAR, but erred badly in naming the only black driver in the top racing circuit rather than the Suits in the NASCAR boardroom. He needs to make this right before the week is out, and could win bigly in so doing.

Here are some of President Trump’s great words from Saturday’s Salute to America:

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. NaNoWriMo Victory: I Published a Book!

 

There has been a lot of sadness and negativity in our world so far this year, but I want to share something good with you all: during the stay-at-home months of March and April, I was able to accomplish a goal that I have had for as long as I can remember. All gratitude and praise to Jesus, I have published my first book!

Even before I could read, myself, I was “writing” books. My mom would fold and staple paper into a “book” for me, and then I would draw the pictures and “read” my book aloud. Once I learned how to actually read and write, I didn’t slow down. In fact, my main issue has always been actually finishing something before I move onto another idea. Being a published author is what I have always wanted to do with my life, but I lacked discipline growing up, and then college and working distracted me from my goal.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. When Single Issue Groups Choose Politics Instead

 

Riots have overtaken cities and entire zones of cities have become utterly lawless, with local businesses getting hollowed out and children shot. The institutions we’re supposed to be able to turn to for defense, the police, have been nowhere to be seen; ordered to stand down by gutless politicians who care more about appeasing social justice mobs than protecting residents. As a result, Americans are taking defense into their own hands, buying out gun shops across the country.

Over at the Free Beacon, Stephen Gutowski outlined just how strong gun sales have been over the last few months:

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Thomas Sowell’s Vision was Right

 

Thomas Sowell wrote A Conflict of Visions thirty-five years ago. It seems even more insightful now than when he wrote it. He dissected the difference between the “unconstrained” view about the supposed perfectibility of human beings and their surroundings versus the “constrained” view that imperfect reality and imperfect human nature present imperfect choices. The former viewpoint is given to utopian schemes which often have spectacular downsides. The latter is all about making the best of perceived trade-offs. 

The expectation of perfection in the unconstrained view means that the status quo is always damnable. It is why revolutionaries who come to power often wind up being executed for betraying the ideals of the revolution which were never achieved or simply changed. Those who had voiced support for the rights of women and homosexuals are now pilloried for alleged insensitivity to transgender issues. Whatever the issue of the moment, the unconstrained view forbids gratitude, acceptance and affirmation of what exists and how it came to be.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. John Podhoretz

 

Based on years of listening to him, and on everything I’ve heard about him, John Podhoretz is a gentle, humane, and thoroughly decent man. I envy him his ability to pluck precisely the right word from his obviously vast vocabulary, and to speak, when he chooses, with extraordinary nuance and precision.

Sure, he’s prone to outrageous hyperbole (a quality hardly unique to him in this, the Age of Trump), is unduly proud of his Judaic morosity, and has a sense of humor that resonates with 12-year-old boys and Jonah Goldberg (but I repeat myself). But still, I enjoy listening to him.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Ratings Must Have Been Through the Roof

 

Because no matter many times I Google it, no matter how many different ways I phrase the question, I cannot find out how many people watched the president’s speech at Mt. Rushmore. Which leads me to believe the ratings must have been incredible.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. In the Beginning Was the Word

 

Homo Sapiens became fully human with the creation of language, whether spoken, signed, or scratched in the dust. Before language, we were trapped inside our brains and our thoughts died with us. With language, our worlds expanded beyond the boundaries of our skulls. Thoughts could be shared, combined, and transformed into new thoughts. Our ideas could, like our children, outlive us. With the written word, our ideas could outlive even our children and their children. We could speak to people hundreds of years into the future and explain to them who we were and how we lived.

The postmodern claim, which the woke have adopted, is that communication between people of different eras – even different cultures – is impossible. Any text, they point out, has an infinite number of possible interpretations. And to that (small “t”) truth, they add the lies that no interpretation is more relevant than the rest and that words are merely tools of oppression in a world in which there are only oppressors and oppressed.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Frailty and Tenderness of Life

 

I went into a state of numbness this morning. I do it so infrequently that I had to ask myself what was going on. I came to realize that I was succumbing to the pain of those around me, and protecting myself in this primitive way:

I received a forwarded text from a friend who had met regularly with me and our friend Earl (whom some of you may remember); we studied together for an hour every week for many months, until Earl, 88 years old, passed away. Today my friend forwarded a text from Earl’s daughter, thanking us for the time we had spent with him and how much he loved it, and how much she missed him. I miss him, too.

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The King of Stuff welcomes Christian Toto, editor of the film and entertainment site, Hollywood in Toto. He belongs to the Critics’ Choice Association and the Denver Film Critics Society, is a Rotten Tomatoes certified reviewer, and an award-winning journalist, film critic, and podcaster. Jon and Christian discuss the dissolution of the media, the future of celebrity, and the passing of Ennio Morricone.

Subscribe to our brand-new Spotify playlist featuring picks from Jon and his guest. In honor of the Maestro, Christian recommends Morricone’s soundtrack for The Hateful Eight and Jon recommends The Mission soundtrack.

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