Meanwhile, at Ricochet...
Ricochet editor and Navy veteran Jon Gabriel recounts the story of another Navy man: Doris “Dorie” Miller, and how, during the attack on Pearl Harbor (73 years ago on Sunday), he went from being a “hash-slinger” to a Navy Cross winner.
Ricochet member John Walker continues his Saturday Night Science series, with a deep dive into the nature of genetic drift.
Ricochet editor-in-chief Troy Senik reminds us that the ostensible joy and kindness of Christmas music is just a mask for psychopathy and disfunction. This is why we can’t have nice things, Troy.
New Ricochet Podcasts...
This week on an awesome new Need to Know, Mona Charen and Jay Nordlinger are joined by Linda Chavez, Chairman of the Center for Equal Opportunity, who discusses her fight for equal opportunity and against racial quotas.
This Day in History...
On this day in 65 BC, the Roman poet and soldier Horace was born. He had a front row seat for the transition between from the late Roman Republic to the Roman Empire. Horace became a mouthpiece for the new regime after Augustus came to power. In that sense, he was kinda like Jay Carney — except he knew his head from his ass.
On this day in 1660, a woman (who was either Margaret Hughes or Anne Marshall) appeared on stage in public in England for the first time. She played Desdemona in a production of Othello. So, in an indirect way, you have this woman to blame for Cher winning that Oscar.
Historically, this was a bad day to fly on an airplane:
In 1963, Pan Am Flight 214 was struck by lighting and crashed.
In 1972, United Airlines Flight 553 crashed after an aborted landing attempt.
In 1987, the Alianza Lima air disaster happened.
In 1988, a USAF A-10 crashed into an apartment complex.
In 2011, the author of The Daily Shot was subjected to an in-flight screening of Moonstruck. He indiscriminately cursed Margaret Hughes and Anna Marshall.
We Heartily Recommend...
Look, we’re not interested in starting a nerd fight here. This is what it is. Star Trek is not everyone’s cup of tea. But today, we are heartily recommending Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Even if you’re not into Star Trek, this is the one worth watching. If you’re a fan of the franchise, this is the standout. (And if you quit it after the second season, you’re missing out, because it gets a hell of a lot better).