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I grew up near Boston, saw the Boston Pops a number of times as a kid (I especially remember thrilling to their live performance of the fabulous Theme from Mr Lucky).

Boston had a remarkable role in our revolutionary times, home to Samuel and John Adams, the site of the Boston Massacre, Paul Revere’s ride, the Battle of Bunker Hill, and other amazing histories. For years it has been an Independence Day tradition for the Boston Pops to perform a long outdoor concert from the Esplanade on the Charles River, ahead of the spectacular fireworks, and when they start, to provide incredible music to accompany the show above.


Contributor Created with Sketch. Want More Expensive Meat? Check Your Privilege


I’m not sure how I got to be on the mailing list for, but the lefty petition site sometimes sends me petitions they’ve decided to highlight on their site. This afternoon, I received an email with the subject line “Aldi.” As a loyal Aldi shopper, I clicked, wondering why the site had decided to aim its firepower at the low-cost grocery store.


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In the last few weeks I have seen a number of articles and statements about pay disparity between men and women soccer players. (Useful numbers here.) It seems rather obvious from the noise that a number of those women who are happy to recycle cherry-picked numbers about salaries could not name four starters on the US Team, have never bought a ticket to a soccer game and never watched a game on TV until very recently, if at all. The financial truth is that women do not support women’s sports nor do they make much of an effort persuade men to become interested.

Among other sports, I do watch soccer. I watch the Premier League broadcasts on weekends. I follow DC United in the MLS and I actually buy tickets to games. And I follow the US national teams. ( I have always been concerned about our women’s team being too confident of their athleticism so that they can often be vulnerable to counterattack by patient, savvy European teams; and I am appalled at the state of the US men’s team). I noticed that even in the elimination rounds of the Women’s World Cup there were many empty seats in the stands.


Contributor Created with Sketch. Ross Perot, Billionaire & Presidential Candidate, Dead at 89


From the Associated Press:

Ross Perot, the billionaire businessman who twice ran for president in the 1990s, has died at the age of 89. The Dallas Morning News reports Perot died following a five-month battle with leukemia. Born in Texas, Perot made his fortune by founding and running two technology companies, Electronic Data Systems and Perot Systems. He ran as an independent presidential candidate in the 1992 election and as a third-party candidate in the 1996 election. Perot’s wealth, fame and confident prescription for the nation’s economic ills propelled his 1992 campaign against President George H.W. Bush and Democratic challenger Bill Clinton. Some Republicans blamed him for Bush’s loss to Clinton as Perot garnered the largest percentage of votes for a third-party candidate since former President Theodore Roosevelt’s 1912 bid.


Ron Coleman is an intellectual property attorney who rose to fame defending the trademark of the band “The Slants”, which was won at the Supreme Court. He is now defending individuals like Gavin McInnes and Laura Loomer who have been kicked off various social media platforms (aka “deplatformed”). As a pioneer in how the law affects brands, the internet and free speech, Ron joins Carol Roth to talk about the evolution and challenges of free speech online and what the government should or shouldn’t be doing about “big tech”.

You can follow Ron on Twitter (as he jokes, while he still has an account) @RonColeman and read his blog at Likelihood of Confusion.


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Drove my mother up to her summer house last week. The landscaper she hired to do a spring cleanup never showed and now come summer the yard was a mess. The one really ugly part was that the gravel driveway looked fuzzy with all of the weeds coming through.

The thought of trimming bushes and raking didn’t bother me, but that weedy driveway did. The house is over 100 feet from the road so that is too much bending over to pull all the weeds. It would have to be weedkiller. Roundup costs over $15 a gallon and there are lawsuits claiming it can cause cancer. I needed an effective but environmentally sound solution. My mother came through with a recipe she found on the internet (I still think she must have asked the grandkids for help working that “google-thing.”)


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U.S. Air Force Four-Star General George Babbitt played with The Ventures when they first began! It’s fun to hear “Walk, Don’t Run” and watch him as he revels in the opportunity to play with them 38 years later.


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Green shoots or suckers? Time will tell, but consider a few recent stories from diverse sources. Will this collection of dots end up forming a map to President Trump’s reelection in 2020? Perhaps.

We are told that the left has a lock on the minds of the youngest eligible voting cohorts, “Millennials or Generation Y” and “Generation Z.” Gen Y, the generation born near the turn of the millenium, is now 25-42. Gen Z, little talked of, like Gen X, is now 7-24. So, they are experiencing the craziness of the left’s cultural crusade first hand. Consider three articles on this latest voting-age generation.


Contributor Created with Sketch. Uncommon Knowledge: The Deniable Darwin


Is Charles Darwin’s theory fundamentally deficient? David Berlinski makes his case, noting that most species enter the evolutionary order fully formed and then depart unchanged. Where there should be evolution, there is stasis. So, was Darwin wrong?


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After I had officially retired from my professorship in Kentucky, I stayed on to teach half time. With time on my hands, I applied for a part-time job as a bouncer in a large dive bar just across the state line in Tennessee. (Kentucky was dry.) I tried to look tough during the interview, but after thirty years of teaching, I probably looked as if I would try to scold a troublemaker into submission instead of tossing him out on his ear. The bar owner said I didn’t look intimidating enough for the job.

But then a position as a jazz DJ opened up at the local NPR radio station. Happily, the manager of the station had been a student of mine in a graduate seminar some years back, so after a perfunctory tryout and a brief interview, she hired me.


Contributor Created with Sketch. Ed Henry & Janice Dean Using Their Platforms for Good


Those in the mainstream media are obsessed with Fox News and its anchors and contributors. The obsession is at least in part purely jealousy; Fox dominates ratings consistently and were it not for airports, gyms, and bars, one has to wonder what ratings at CNN would actually look like. There is, certainly, plenty about the network (indeed, at every network) worthy of criticism, but this same Fox Derangement Syndrome makes it impossible to praise when praise is due. The last few weeks, two Fox personalities have used their platforms for good; highlighting two medical conditions impacting their families. If we lived in a sane and calmer political climate, their actions would be news across the networks, not just on Fox’s airwaves.

Over the weekend, Ed Henry appeared on Fox & Friends and told the emotional story of his decision to donate part of his liver to his sister, suffering from a liver disease:


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Back in March, Ben Domenech interviewed Lyman Stone on the Federalist Radio Hour. Stone is an economist who writes for The Federalist, AEI and the Institute for Family Studies. He and his wife live in Hong Kong.

The whole interview is great and I recommend it. Stone shares a great many unexpected insights. The following is the one that stood out to me the most:


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The title of this post may look like rather esoteric, bluestocking, or even erotic clickbait, but there’s nothing to that theory. It’s not a feminist take on the story of poor Peter Abelard, and no guy ends up minus an essential piece of equipment at the end of it. No. It’s just a rumination on one of the dumbest things I ever did in my life (that I’m willing to cop to, at least), and how I got past it, beyond it, and how it all turned out for the best. (It’s also, perhaps, an object lesson in heeding the warning signs, something else I’m not always very good at.)


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You have likely heard for most of your life, from the ever-more-leftist universities and media organs, “Latin American death squads” are a tool of right-wing dictators and military governments trying to suppress the people’s champions, the leftist, progressive, forces. You have also heard Democrats consistently defend leftist regimes in Latin America. You will recall that a Democrat-controlled Congress prohibited funding support to the “Contras” in opposition to the socialist Sandinista government in Nicaragua (a crew that is now back in power through the ballot box).

You will also remember that the New York Times suppressed knowledge of the Holodomor and the Holocaust, as each unfolded. So, it is quite shocking, and refreshing, to see the New York Times publish “Venezuela Forces Killed Thousands, Then Covered It Up, U.N. Says.”


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Iran and the Levers of Global Power – Victor Davis Hanson

In sum, Trump has some choices with Iran that few other presidents have enjoyed. After considering all the bad alternatives, Trump will likely conclude that the good one is to stay calm as Iran implodes, to not play omnipotent global cop responsible for the safe commerce of those who oppose U.S. withdrawal from the Iran deal, and to not weaken sanctions — and be ready to hit back hard should Iran be so foolish as to kill Americans in international space.


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I would never have imagined that I would be married so many years. In fact, when I first met my husband-to-be, I told him that I didn’t know if I would ever get married. It just seemed like such a traumatic, demanding step; besides, who would have me?

But I was wrong—and I’m so glad I was. In meeting my husband, I found a man who is generous, smart, funny, helpful, and kind. He can also be stubborn, determined, and obsessive about detail. But I digress . . .


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Ever heard of “Ded Moroz?” It’s Russian for “Grandfather Frost” — their Santa Claus. Morozhenoe is Russian ice cream, and even in Soviet days, it was available at ice cream stands all over Moscow, even in cold weather. Russians have some things in common with Americans–wide open spaces, manifest destiny, a less than delicate attitude towards life, love of country, a well-known space program. And ice cream; they make astonishingly good ice cream.

In 1986 you could go into a cafeteria–Stolovaya–and get a pretty good basic lunch. Chicken soup, bread, a vegetable, a glass of tea for about 35 cents. This is part of what makes writing about the Iron Curtain days tricky for pre-Trump conservatives: the Soviets weren’t lying about everything, just a lot of things. The subway was immaculate and cost seven cents. Ice cream was available everywhere, as evidently it was part of a confidence-building Five Year Plan at some point.


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MiniAOCLeftist thugs bullied and threatened the life of an 8-year-old girl for daring to parody, to expose to laughter, their leader AOC. The leftists, who have so far faced no criminal or even social media company sanction, have proven, once again, that totalitarians cannot tolerate laughter at them or their ideas. Yet, if AOC could only chill out and seize the obvious pop-culture reference, couldn’t she gain a broader and deeper cultural cool cred?

The Mini AOC social media accounts were created by a father and mother with an 8-year-old daughter who had the acting chops, the presence, to gently satirize Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. They did not seek anonymity. Rather, they acted as Americans who expect to be able to poke fun at our politicians.


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TEMPE, AZ – Short and not-so-sweet: Six (in some stories five) Tempe police were drinking coffee at a Starbucks before going on shift to police July 4th festivities. An unidentified patron complained of feeling unsafe with the police officers there. The person in charge, who knew at least one of the officers, asked them to either move out of sight of the complainer or leave. Cops left.

The Police Union posted about it on Twitter, adding a ‘Dump Starbucks’ graphic. The Union also ‘reached out’ to Starbucks corporate, apparently as corporate was reaching out to them (I am imagining an accidental collision that looks like a glancing open-handed fist bump) with the kind of verbiage that only dedicated flacks can: “We know this is not a national policy at Starbucks Corporate and we look forward to working collaboratively with them on this important dialogue,” and “We have deep respect for the Tempe Police Department and its service to our community,” said the Starbucks statement. “We have reached out to understand better what may have happened in our store, and to apologize for any misunderstanding or inappropriate behavior that may have taken place.”


Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day #2: The Declaration of Independence


“The Declaration of Independence is not only an American document. It follows on Magna Carta and the Bill of Rights as the third great title-deed on which the liberties of the English-speaking people are founded. By it we lost an Empire, but by it we also preserved an Empire. By applying its principles and learning its lesson we have maintained our communion with the powerful Commonwealths our children have established beyond the seas…We therefore join in perfect sincerity and simplicity with our American kith and kin in celebrating the auspicious and glorious anniversary of their nationhood.” – Winston Churchill, July 4, 1918

His words are just as true today as when he said them 101 years and two days ago. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution may now seem as if they are under siege, but the were under siege by those who hate liberty when they were written and have remained under siege ever since.


George Will once pointed out to George McGovern that he, McGovern, had become a noun, and an ism: “McGovernism.” The same has happened to David French: “David Frenchism.” What is that? French himself discusses it, with Jay. They talk about a slew of things, in a conversation both leisurely and vigorous: Independence Day; Justin Amash and the Republican party; climate change; Antifa and masks; Trump and dictators; Nike and Arizona; Oberlin College and a bakery (it’s always a bakery, isn’t it?); the NBA; Iran; the Tuskegee Airmen … You have a pair of Frenchistas, talking over the world.


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“There is a level of cowardice lower than that of the conformist: the fashionable non-conformist.” ― Ayn Rand

Colin Kaepernick is a fashionable non-conformist. His non-conformity is a safe one, in which he is rewarded. His NFL career was going nowhere, so he created a new one as a non-conformist – a fashionable one, only striking out at safe targets.


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“Hold hard a minute, then!” said the Rat. He looped the painter through a ring in his landing-stage, climbed up into his hole above, and after a short interval reappeared staggering under a fat, wicker luncheon-basket.

“Shove that under your feet,” he observed to the Mole, as he passed it down into the boat. Then he untied the painter and took the sculls again.


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Two and a half years ago, I shared how my father acquired a cannon for holiday noisemaking and celebration in the story “Holiday Traditions: Entering the New Year with a Bang.”

As part of the Bicentennial Year, the Bellmore Johnson Tool Company re-released the Winchester Model 98 signal cannon, a 10-gauge blank-firing miniature cannon. They were all-metal, painted black, and fired by pulling a 10-foot lanyard. […] Firing produced a roar, a flash of flame, and cloud of smoke, and the cannon recoiled several feet.