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The Writings of Mark Ricci

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Not What He Said But I What Saw Him Doing

In reflecting on Father’s Day and what my father has meant to me, I began to run through all the years we’ve been together. Through those almost 59 years, the deepest impressions he has left on me are not the… Continue Reading →

A Childless Man Holds A Newborn…Again

When you’re childless, the type of childless due to being an ignoramus who had the wrong priorities in life, the last thing you ever expect after you realize the utter stupidity of saying, “I never want to have kids,” is… Continue Reading →

Easter at Aunt Mildred’s

Like many of you, my family has fixed locations for holidays. They are different now, but growing up they went like this: Christmas and New Year’s at our house, 4th of July and Thanksgiving at Aunt Mel and Uncle Ray’s,… Continue Reading →

Of Beltway Budget Cuts and Proper Budget Cuts

The first budget proposal from President Donald J. Trump stunned liberals and moderate Republicans, and delighted conservatives because it has actual spending cuts. Real, honest-to-goodness, spend less than the year before cuts. This is unheard of inside the Beltway where… Continue Reading →

You Hate Trump (And Obama) Because Government Is Too Big

The unprecedented and well-organized effort by Democrats, their interest group allies, and much of the mainstream media to remove Donald J. Trump as President of the United States finds surprising resonance with the average person who did not vote for… Continue Reading →

Trump vs. The Mainstream Media

It is coming as a shock to many people, most of all to the principals themselves, that the Trump administration and most pointedly the President, have declared war on the mainstream media. The indignation exhibited by the largest of the… Continue Reading →

Stepping On It With Both Feet: The Left Refutes The 9th Circuit

A few articles back, this space discussed at length the matter of illegal immigration. Part of that discussion focused on the aspect of international law that a country has inviolate borders and therefore controls who does and does not enter… Continue Reading →

Fake News

Fake news. Alternative facts. My truth. Your truth. The truth. We are awash in charges and counter-charges about who says what, how what is said, and what the what is. During the 2016 Presidential campaign through transition and into the… Continue Reading →

Transition to Fade…Not Likely

We are heading into the last hours of the Obama administration with President Obama seemingly determined to leave his mark on history by promulgating as many executive orders, national monuments, and questionable pardons and commutations as he can in between… Continue Reading →

Andy Williams Meets Watson and Crick

Many people have that one performer or one song that throws the switch and instantly takes them to their Christmas place. Were we to ask amidst the eggnog, cookies and candy canes of a Christmas party, we would find people… Continue Reading →

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