This week, something a little different: a totally free-form, no-topics-agreed-on-prior-to-the-show, take it where you will episode. Full disclosure: this is not the big deal it appears to be as even when we do agree on topics before the show, they are often abandoned, ignored, or disappear down a deep GLoP rabbit hole. Such is life in the GLoP Audio-phonic Universe®. So, in the spirit of improvisation, we’re not going to tell you in this show description what they discussed. You’ll just have to listen.


Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. QOTD: Camera vs. Sandwich


The late Sam Kinison, an incomparably loud and invariably offensive comedian, once delivered a comedy routine about famine. He remarked that whenever he sees heart-rending scenes of famine victims he wonders, “How come the film crew didn’t just give the kid a sandwich? How come you never see that? What are they afraid of”that it would spoil the shot?”

His famine routine was really very funny. In a twisted way it was also trenchant. The “Camera or Sandwich” problem is a good starting point for examining any human problem. Is it better to try to collect lots of insights about many issues than to get bogged down in particular problems involving particular people?


Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. End Corporate Giving


Conservatives have responded poorly to Chic-Fil-A’s abandonment of The Salvation Army. The problem is not that the company has arguably joined the Left’s zeitgeist with its corporate donations. The problem is that companies make donations at all.

A corporation is just individuals working as a team for business purposes. Whatever money donated by the company is taken from the same revenue that supports wages/salaries and can be invested in the company for the good of all employees. 


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Unlike Kanye, I have never written a song comparing my beloved to Chick-fil-A though it might work just plugging it in to Shakespeare’s Sonnet #18: Shall I compare thee to a Chick-fil-A? Like most people, Christians included, I just enjoyed a good chicken sandwich. I also appreciated a rare corporate entity that offered a polite nod to my faith instead of trying to make me forget it or apologize for it.

So, I was quite taken aback to see news reports that Chick-fil-A would end its support for so-called “anti-LGBT groups.” Who are these groups? The Salvation Army and The Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Huh? Labeling these organizations “anti-LGBT groups” is quite curious. To be sure, they are formally “Christian” organizations that hold traditional Christian views about homosexuality and same-sex marriage. But the work they perform in the communities they serve cannot be characterized as “anti-LGBT” in good faith. Yet, the litany of news stories about this shift in policy has identified them as such without any qualification.


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In one video:


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Earlier this year, the Arlington County School Board voted unanimously to rename Washington-Lee High School (mascot: The Generals). Now, I can drive on Lee Highway, through Arlington County (named for the home of Robert E. Lee), to the more virtuously styled Washington-Liberty High School. Surely Lee has enough monuments and memorials to him that we don’t need to worry that history will forget him entirely, but is this trend of erasing disfavored historical figures necessary or helpful?

Specific memorials can be attacked and defended on their individuals merits, but in general, they are an invitation to learn about history. I recently happened to visit the Stonewall Jackson House in Lexington, VA. It’s a modest building of brick and stone, with a small garden out back. While I knew who Stonewall Jackson was before I took the tour and browsed the museum’s small bookstore, I actually didn’t know much about the man, and I didn’t know what to make of the tour guide’s assertion that Jackson would have preferred a quiet life of obscurity in Lexington. I’ve since picked up a copy of the late James I. Robertson’s biography, Stonewall Jackson: The Man, The Soldier, The Legend. Reading the first-hand accounts of the man and the times leading up to the Civil War, it’s hard not to acknowledge the complexity of the choices that he made. 


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Last Saturday the NFL set up a tryout for Colin Kaepernick. Recently, a few teams had shown interest in him but were afraid to bring him in for a workout. In the past, Kaepernick had sued the league, a suit that was eventually settled. Teams feared that if they brought him in for a tryout and did not sign him, he would turn around and call them racists and maybe try to sue again. So, the NFL set up a workout and invited all teams to send representatives. This way they could evaluate the QB without being singled out and possibly face a bad public relations situation.

Kaepernick last played in the NFL in 2016. His play then was not great, but not terrible. Today, he may not be one of the top 32 quarterbacks in America, but he likely is one of the top 64. In other words, he could at least be a back up in the NFL. I believe the most important part of this workout was not going to be his throwing or running, but the interview. His protests, not his play, are why he is out of the league. No doubt some owners would be willing to help with the causes he stands for off the field, but they want to know how he will represent their franchises on the field and in press conferences.


Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: 1946 Hitchcock Movie Notorious


SEBASTIAN (Claude Raines):
Mother. Mother.

She awakens and looks at the clock on her night stand.
MME. SEBASTIAN (Leopoldine Konstantin)
Why are you up so early?


Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Democrats Need a Bigger Boat


Pollsters want to know: is America ready for a gay president? Personally, I’m not even ready for the New Deal, so what do I know? I do know that one can no longer marvel in polite company that a dude is married to another dude. Like you, I’ve been informed that Buttigieg’s marriage doesn’t impact my marriage so long as I submit to baking the cake, as it were.

Then again, what is left to marvel at in this primary, other than the fact that Bernie Sanders is not, apparently, donning a sandwich board and channeling Lyndon Larouche? Take the issue of gender. (Please!) The candidates in this race were literally beyond parody even before Warren felt compelled to say that “trans,” “nonconforming,” and “non-binary” women of color are the “backbone” of American democracy. Such posturing is actually funny in Biden owing to his “yeah, whatever” cynicism regarding all things woke. The former Vice President will one moment be praising women for being the only ones who know the pain of childbirth and the next minute acknowledging that yes, men can get pregnant, too.


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Everyone’s birthday is special. But until I started to study Judaism more carefully, I didn’t realize how auspicious birthdays are to the Jewish people.

I think this statement makes the point well:


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With the impeachment raging, Democrats seem unaware of just how damaging the entire show is going to be for their most likely candidate going head-to-head against Trump.

In 2020, Trump’s record of accomplishments is far more impressive than most undecided and moderate voters could have imagined; candidate Trump in 2016 didn’t seem capable of moving the embassy to Jerusalem while maintaining peace, of enacting massive tax-cuts, or of passing bipartisan criminal justice reform.


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This morning I saw an op-ed piece that finally drove me over the top. Here is one statement from Kathleen Parker from her piece :

Whatever her ultimate motive, Haley clearly decided that stepping on Tillerson and Kelly was in her political interest. There can have been no other reason to drag these two honorable, accomplished men through the mud for, by her own account, trying to mitigate some of Trump’s more-destructive impulses.


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The Chicago Symphony Orchestra New York Tour, Nov. 15, 2019 (© Todd Rosenberg Photography)My wife and I enjoy hearing different symphony orchestras, as you can read in my recent posts. It’s fascinating to hear their varied sounds and attitudes in close conjunction. After only six weeks, the 2019-2020 concert season has been a very special treat for us, as we suffer through hearing a dozen first class orchestras in some of the world’s finest concert halls.

In October, I enjoyed two American orchestras, the Cleveland and the Philadelphia, then together we heard Leipzig’s Gewandhaus Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra from Munich. This time, we came to Carnegie to hear the much-lauded Chicago Symphony.


The establishment of a sovereign Jewish state just three years after the Holocaust is both a miracle and the achievement of some remarkable women and men. Now that the founding generation has passed on, it falls to those living today to sustain that achievement. But how? In thinking about the careers of prominent Israeli leaders, what lessons, particularly in courage, can we, and today’s leaders, learn from them?

To ponder this question, Tikvah’s Jonathan Silver is joined by David Makovsky, a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a former editor of the Jerusalem Post, and the co-author with Dennis Ross of Be Strong and of Good Courage. Through the biographies of four Israeli leaders, Makovsky and Ross invite us to think about the purposes of Zionism and the qualities of judgment and character needed to act for the sake of Israel’s strategic interests.


Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Why Progressives are Insatiable – and Unstoppable


Human beings, by nature, are hungry. A basic human need is to feed our hunger, and it shows up in many different ways. Our most fundamental hunger appears in our bodies telling us that we need to nourish ourselves, that we need to be fed. Some people hunger for recognition and even fame. Others are hungry for learning. Still others want to control others, either in their work or through authoritarian means. Many seek material possessions to satisfy their cravings. The question for me, though, is why do people crave the impractical or impossible, when they already have attained so much?

The possible answers have occurred to me, and they are dismal and tragic.


Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Introducing Life, Liberty, and Law Podcast


Introducing Life, Liberty, and Law—conversations on the human right to life, brought to you by Americans United for Life, the national leader in life-affirming law and policy. What we share as Americans is a conviction that every member of the human family really matters—that everyone counts. We struggle in our experience as Americans to live this conviction. We know this. And in a time of political polarization, it’s more important than ever that Americans of all ages, backgrounds, and beliefs have a place where they can think and speak honestly about what the human right to life means in the fullness of its scope. We won’t always agree, but we’re going to be honest with one another. And we believe as Americans that we all share this common goal: a future where everyone is welcomed throughout life and protected in law. Life, Liberty, and Law is a conversation about how we can do better.

In our first episode with the Ricochet Audio Network, Alexandra DeSanctis, Staff Writer at National Review, joins me and Noah Brandt of Americans United for Life to unpack the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to consider Louisiana’s “Unsafe Abortion Protection Act” in 2020, the first abortion-focused case that the high court will consider in many years, and a breaking national poll from Americans United for Life/YouGov on the substantive health and safety issues at the heart of the Louisiana law that the high court will consider.


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Marcus Porcius Cato, also known as Cato the Elder, the great Plebeian soldier, statesman and defender of ancient republican virtues, in his later years is said to have closed all his public speeches with the words, “And furthermore I am of the opinion that Jeffrey Epstein didn’t kill himself.”

I’m only kidding. Cato the Elder never said that. That was a Jeffrey Epstein meme I just made up.


Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The DACA Dilemma


Activists protest President Donald Trump’s decision to end DACA, Portland, OR, Sept. 5, 2017. (
A vexed Supreme Court is now considering the legal status of the highly popular program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, better known as DACA. DACA’s survival is now up for grabs in three related cases before the Court, which are being consolidated under the name Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California. The Court displayed its angst about the legality of DACA during last week’s oral argument for the case.

In June 2012, President Barack Obama initiated the program whereby children who were brought into the United States illegally became eligible to remain for two-year renewable periods so long as they did not commit any felonies or misdemeanors. As designed, the program does not offer these “Dreamers” a path toward citizenship, but it does authorize them to get jobs, obtain driver’s licenses, social security, and a host of other privileges. There are now close to 700,000 Dreamers in the United States, and they have often excelled, as students, military personnel, and workers. Most emphatically, they are not “far from angels,” let alone “hardened criminals,” as President Trump scandalously tweeted on the day of oral argument.


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The business members of the Downtown Seattle Association have noticed that there are many “repeat offenders” who always seem to engage in criminal activities very shortly after being released from jail. Recently, they got proof.

A study just found that “90 of 100 repeat offenders from February” have re-offended and been booked into jail in the nine months since. The response from the city government? New programs.


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Human capital is the most valuable form: money is a stand-in for real wealth, and all other forms of assets (real estate, securities, gold, etc.) need to be managed to even retain value. But human capital is what creates all other wealth, and best of all, if we leave it alone in a big petri dish, then it requires virtually no management to do its thing.

The most productive people in the world have a lot of practice creating wealth because they live in entrepreneurial places: the US, the UK, Singapore, the Netherlands, Israel, and Hong Kong. It is a big win when you can attract highly-productive resources. Which tells me that the United States should offer immigration/citizenship to every Hong Kong citizen who can pass a good English test, pledge to uphold American principles and not rely on public funds. Such a move would simultaneously bolster the United States and deeply wound China.


Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. A Blessing for President Trump


No, it didn’t make the nightly news, but here’s an incredible blessing for President Trump from a few days ago. “Blessed are You, our Lord, King of the universe, that You have shared part of Your glory and love and compassion with a human being who maintains the honor of every innocent person and every Jew, forever.”


Last night was debate night in the UK and it was pathetic. James and Toby dissect the “girly-man” tussle between Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbin on ITV’s “Tron” set, Nigel Farage’s separate appearance on the BBC’s Question Time and “minor Royal” Prince Andrew’s PR nightmare turn with Emily Maitlis.

Then it’s off to the culture wars and real wars. We get reviews of Netflix’s new WWII documentary series, the big screen retelling of the battle of Midway and Ford v Ferrari. Back then, men were men.


Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Quote of the Day: The Gettysburg Address


Image result for the gettysburg address image“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” — President Abraham Lincoln, Nov. 19, 1863

Since Lincoln’s delivery 156 years ago, the Gettysburg Address has been parsed and analyzed for its meaning and importance.* I don’t intend to offer my own analysis, but rather to commemorate Lincoln’s eloquence on that day. This post’s title is referring to recent Ricochet posts with the title “Fewer Words” because I think Lincoln’s speech is one of the best examples of how brevity can improve communication.


Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Don’t Be Chikin: Give to the Salvation Army


Don't be Chikin Fill Red KettleIt took less than a generation for the corporate leadership of Chick-fil-A to turn on and spit in the face of its founder, S. Truett Cathy. The fast-food restaurant chain has thrived on the wallets of Bible-believing Christians who responded to the secular supremacist left’s boycott with a buycott that crushed and exposed the real economic weakness of the radical left. Now, however, the non-Truett family president and COO has attacked the core customer base to score social credit with his business elite peers, funding luxury beliefs at the direct expense of the least, the last, the poorest among us. Every Bible-believing Christian, and everyone of goodwill, should respond with a new kind of buycott. Starting this Friday, and running until Christmas Day, the Nativity of Christ, don’t be chikin, give to the Salvation Army.

John Hinderaker, of PowerLine, explains Chick-fil-A’s cave to the Christian-hating left:


Elaine J. Eisenman, Ph.D. is co‐author of Betrayed: A Survivor’s Guide to Lying, Cheating, and Double Dealing. Previously, she co-authored I Didn’t See It Coming: The Only Book You’ll Ever Need to Avoid Being Blindsided in Business. She is Managing Director of Saeje Advisors, has served on public and private boards since 1998 and was Dean of Executive and Enterprise Education at Babson College. Elaine sits with Carol to talk about the Betrayed book and stories of betrayals that span business, marriages, friendships, and families. Elaine shares how people can recover from broken trust and move forward with her B.O.U.N.C.E formula- and sometimes even revenge- in this juicy and uplifting discussion.

You can learn more about Elaine and Betrayed here and purchase the book here