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Elizabeth Warren’s DNA Test Contradicts Her Previous Stories About Native American Ancestry

 

Elizabeth Warren recently released the results of a DNA test which she claims proves that she is of Native American descent.

The claim in the report is that it is likely that Elizabeth Warren has a Native American ancestor from 8 generations ago. If we assume that a generation is 25 years, and given that Warren was born in 1949, that would this Native American ancestor was born sometime around 1749, well before the founding.

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Woke: The Coming “Red Wave”*

 
All the Dems have done is awaken a sleeping giant.

* While I dislike the exaggerated and hyperbolic language of the media regarding the upcoming midterms as some sort of major global storm (most laughable is tsunami), I’ll go with it here since it seems to be the rage. However, as was previously well done by @valiuth, let’s define the term as I use it here. My use of Red Wave means:

  • Republicans add seats to their control of the Senate; and
  • Republicans keep control of the House (narrowly or not).

I previously posted a hopeful prediction (with lesser confidence) back in July … Slouching Toward a Red Wave. I’d like to update that prediction now with much more confidence. Let’s use three significant new current events once again, shall we?

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Media Meltdown of the Week

 

It’s no secret to many (all?) of us here that the mainstream media has an inherent left-wing bias. Instead of reporting objectively as they claim to do, reporters from ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, and countless newspapers consistently inject liberal bias.

Never before has this been more clear than during the Kavanaugh saga when reporters repeatedly threw journalistic standards into the trash just for the opportunity to peddle unsubstantiated rumors about the judge’s childhood and college years. Who needs standards when there’s a larger mission at stake to destroy a good man’s reputation? With this sign that media bias is worsening rather than improving, it is useful to document the media’s most egregious moments.

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Multi-Sensory Prayers, Witchcraft, and the Mirror of Protection

 

I see another story about witches acting against the Trump Administration today, specifically planning to “hex” Brett Kavanaugh publicly on October 20. There have been several other such stories since Trump got elected in November of 2016. I would like to suggest doing a bit of counter-magic, although I would use a very different term for it: prayer.

Ricochet is an interesting place. We have many religious folks. We have many hard-headed atheists and some agnostics, many of whom are engineers. We also have others who have had a wide range of experiences. One of our members was once a 900-number telephone psychic, for instance. I’m not sure how many here have ever studied any forms of traditional magic beyond the “I read Harry Potter” level. Trying to explain why this is important in a way or ways that make sense for everyone on Ricochet, across our vast array of backgrounds and knowledge sets, is not easy, but I’m going to give it a go.

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How to Build a Computer 19: Logic Gates

 

Welcome back to How to Build a Computer. You recall where we’re at, right? Hah! Trick question. As if I’d stick to a rational sequence. Today we’re going over some of the details in how you go from electrical circuits doing whatever it is that electrical circuits do and turn that into logic. We’re talking Logical Gates

Logic gates! Each one more logical than the last.

Logic gates are transistor circuits that you can use to modify a signal. Let’s take the NOT gate as an example. If the input is on, the output is off. If the input is off, the output turns on. Whatever you put in, you get not-that coming out. Simple enough. Except the part where you’re creating energy out of nothing; what’s up with that? Well, not pictured you’ve got a five-volt source and a grounded drain. When you’re creating energy out of nothing you’re actually stealing it from that source. Those details make laying out your circuits more complicated but can generally be ignored when you’re drawing logic gates. Heck, as long as I’m recycling my drawings have another:

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Carpe Diem!

 

I was very lucky for my first 54 years to find myself in the orbit of a man who lived life with more zeal than anyone I’ve ever known. Those of you who’ve read some of my posts will probably guess I’m speaking of my Dad, and you’re right! Please bear with me while I recount, in short form, some stories, a few of which I’ve told here before, that explain what I mean:

He was born on March 6, 1919, the fifth of six boisterous and energetic children, in Birmingham, England. Although not considered “intellectually gifted,” he was very bright and threw himself into his studies (the ones that interested him, at least) with gusto. One of his interests was play-acting, and he memorized yards and yards of Shakespeare, as he appeared at first in bit-roles, and then as major characters in school productions. But his pièce de résistance was his role as the Pirate King in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance. At some point during his “I am a Pirate King” song, he flung his cloak open with great abandon, knocking all the footlights into the orchestra pit, injuring several musicians, and bringing down the curtain for the performance.

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You Are Not a Neutral Civilian

 

I’m retired and now live in Florida. I worked in lower Manhattan for 40 years and lived in Manhattan for about eight of those years. Despite NYC’s reputation, especially in the 1970s, I always knew where I could go and when and never really felt threatened by street violence in all those years. I maintained situational awareness, I guess. That is until late winter 2013 near the end of my time there.

One morning after arriving in Manhattan at 8 AM via the NY Waterways ferry to the east end of Wall Street, I started to walk the half mile to my office along Water Street and then Maiden Lane. On that morning, the streets were empty of pedestrians but I noticed that down the block and on the other side of Water Street, the NYPD was shepherding a large group of Occupy Wall Street activists on the sidewalk. The police seemed to have the group concentrated in a semi-orderly fashion. About four cops flanked the group by walking next to them in the street.

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Au Revoir, France

 

French hero Arnaud Beltrame, who sacrificed himself to save a hostage from an Islamist terrorist, won’t have a place named after him because it may upset Marseille’s huge Muslim community, Valeurs Actuelles reports.

This is how dhimmitude progresses and is another example of how leftism ruins everything:

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Doomed

 

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Trump: The ’60 Minutes’ Interview

 

President Trump sat down for a long, interesting interview Sunday with Lesley Stahl of “60 Minutes.” He talked about Hurricane Michael, the suspected murder of a Saudi journalist, China, Russia, the economy, and the issue of “fake news.”

The video is below the fold (warning: the video autoplays). Whether you watched it last night or just now, how do you think he did?

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Melania Trump: Guilty by Association

 

She was an immigrant to the United States, an independent woman who began her modeling career at five years old, and was a successful model who spoke five languages: Slovene, English, French, Serbian and German. She moved to the US in 1996, and became a permanent resident in 2001 and a US citizen in 2006.

Her name is Melania Trump. And the mainstream media has tried to make her life hell.

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“The Anger Is Really Fear…”

 

The anger is really fear: fear that you may be able to place the truth before them in such a way that they will have no choice but to leave the bunker, and find themselves. Nothing terrifies them as that does.

The quote is from John Waters, a journalist who had a 30-year career in Ireland. He left journalism, as he says, because it became an “ideological cesspit.” Mr. Waters engaged in an email discussion with a freelance writer named Michael Duggan, and the discussion was published by the Catholic Herald. The Catholic Herald serves Catholic readers in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

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Congress Is Broken. Let’s Fix It.

 

The founders gave us a wonderful system, and it has served us well for over 230 years. This I must believe, as an American. Those people spent a lot of time working out how best, considering all of history, to make a nation last. So, what is this system they created? Broken down into relevant parts, it is the House of Representatives, the Senate, the Executive (no branch, they didn’t create the three letter alphabet soup that now is placed under the Executive), and the Justice System.

Why so many moving parts? First off, it’s true that the people, and what they think, matters. However, people are subject to flights of popular fantasy (see: Democrats), and our constitution respects this. So we get a lot of parts to our federal government to try and respect both what people think right now, but also to temper those thoughts with time.

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G-d Does Not Want Obedience

 

Last week there was a terrible fire in a home in Israel. Two children, ages 2 and 5, were killed. Three older children in the same family, all girls, escaped. But at what cost? Can you imagine their lives going forward? How many times will they ask themselves: What could I have done? What if I had…? Why didn’t I try ….? The mere thought of it shakes me to my core. Can you imagine going through your whole life with these kinds of regrets?

The psychological name for this is “survivor’s guilt,” and it can be crippling enough when you know there was nothing else to be done. But if you even imagine there was some other way you might have saved a life, but did not, it would be crushing. Survivor’s guilt is what hammered Noah after the ordeal of the Flood – it led him to drunkenness and disgrace. Because the truth is that he actually should have felt guilt: he dropped the ball.

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Quote of the Day–On Learning History

 
William the Conqeror

WILLIAM THE FIRST was the first of our kings,
Not counting Ethelreds, Egberts and things,
And he had himself crowned and anointed and blest
In Ten-Sixty-I-Needn’t Tell-You-The-Rest

But being a Norman, King William the First
By the Saxons he conquered was hated and cursed,
And they planned and they plotted far into the night
Which William could tell by the candles alight.

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Surviving Hurricane Michael – Part One

 

Sunday, October 7th – As a property manager in the Florida Panhandle, I awaken to text from customer, “Can you empty frig of perishables due to the tropical storm?” “Yes – no problem” I answer, then ask myself what tropical storm? I pull up weather.com and see something has just formed in the Caribbean, heading for the Gulf of Mexico. I alert my husband. “Oh? Ok.” And it’s off to visit in-laws in Panama City Beach.

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The Kavanaugh Hearings: One Step Away from “Room 101” in 1984?

 

Perhaps some day we will come to see Justice Kavanaugh as the closest thing we have in modern times to the abjectly miserable Winston Smith in Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, who suffered unspeakable forms of torture in “Room 101,” the worst torture chamber of all in Oceania.

Perhaps, in fact, that day is here, as the final day of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings brought us to a new low of ruthless cruelty in an attempt to destroy a man and his family. I would posit that this kind of barbarity and savagery is just one baby step away from the “creative” methods of torture administered to Winston Smith and any of his fellow Oceanians who ran afoul of the dreaded “Thought Police”.

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Thoughts on the Gosnell Movie

 

Earlier today, I went to see the Gosnell movie, a movie which is going to change the debate about abortion forever. I was surprised by the part of the movie that affected me most deeply; in a movie that was totally about babies, the part that moved me the most wasn’t really about the babies. It was the scene in which an actress playing Gosnell’s daughter makes a very brief appearance.

That must sound so strange. Please let me explain: I am the daughter of two people who have been very active in the pro-life movement since before I was born. I have always been well aware of the horrors of abortion, and I was prepared when I walked into the movie theater to be horrified by what was done to those babies. I was also aware that abortion hurts and sometimes kills women. I was prepared for that too. I also knew that abortionists are often — to put it mildly — incompetent doctors. That part didn’t surprise me either. But the very brief shot of Gosnell’s daughter shook me to my core.

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ACF#41 The Untouchables

 

Let’s talk about The Untouchables, Brian De Palma and David Mamet’s answer to The Godfather! My friend John Presnall and I give you a conversation about the Mafia and America and all the different elements these amazing artists wove together: Democracy, tyranny, Europe, America, Protestants, Catholics, WASPs, Irishmen, Italians, and all sorts of other things brought to life by Sean Connery, Kevin Costner, Andy Garcia, Robert De Niro, and Patricia Clarkson. Listen and share, friends!

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The Condescension Explosion

 

The very idea of condescension has always filled me with disgust. Actually, rage is probably the better word. The very idea that someone thought he was better than me, and would therefore feel all warm inside, by telling me what I can and cannot do, was not likely a prescription that was guaranteed to keep my blood pressure under control.

You can say the whole Leftist idea is one of condescension. These people really do think they are better than others. They are the anointed ones, the “experts,” who know how society should be run for the benefit of all.

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