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Ricochet Podcast #100: Number 100

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Finally. Just our hosts today, no guests. James Lileks, Rob Long, and Peter Robinson ruminate on the New Hampshire primary, the presumptive nominee, a classic Mel Brooks movie, and the future of Ricochet.

Music from this week’s episode: 

  • This Is Why We Fight by The Decemberists

  • Puttin’ On the Ritz by Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle

Here’s the direct link to this week’s episode (great for mobile devices!). But it’s our 100th show, come on, subscribe! Not part of the iTunes revolution? Visit our Feedburner page for a number of other subscription options. Or better yet, use Stitcher.

Thanks to the hardest working man in Photoshopping,  EJHill for the illustration. 

The Ricochet Podcast is proudly sponsored by Encounter Books. We thank them for all their support in helping us get to this milestone. 

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  1. 1967mustangman

    I knew there was a reason I was delaying going to the gym today!  Thanks guys!

  2. Nobody

    The Edison Hotel?  James, anyone who knows anything about Manhattan knows that the Edison is where you take a Times Square tranny for a couple of hours of recreation.  You get what you pay for, partner.  

  3. Pilli

    Rob, you are100% CORRECT .  Dunkin’ Donuts IS better than the burnt Starbucks stuff.  I am making some now.  Mmmmmm…

  4. Brady Kiel

    Peter, perhaps you waited too long to share Young Frankenstein with your kids. I shared it much earlier with my kids and hmmph-hmmphed over the several questionable lines. I relish how they adorn our vernacular with one-liners around the house. My son recently told me as I ascended our stairs that I should “Stay close to ze candles…ze shtaircase…can be twachewous…” As a teacher, I dub every new “Abby” as “Abby Normal” and proceed to explain why. They enjoy that clip! Cheers!

  5. Crow

    I only just started listening to the podcast, but, Rob, you’ve nailed it.

    There is absolutely no comparison between fresh brewed Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and Starbucks. Friends, I’ve lived in both Seattle and New England. I love many things about Seattle. But Rob is totally on point here. Dunkin’ Donuts is far more flavorful than overly roasted Starbucks (and, I might add, I’m a navy guy. I like very strong 3AM black coffee–Starbucks isn’t “strong”, it’s burned)

  6. Guruforhire
    LowcountryJoe: The “Tea Party” was hijacked by populists who claimed to speak for “it”.  I knew very early in that it this was going to happen when my SoCon neighbor — who’s a squish regarding capitalism — began to self-identify her self as a member.  Most people seemed to forget (or just not know) that the movement started with Santelli’s rant against mortgage bailouts and the moral hazard of creating government dependencies.

    Please correct me if you believe I’m wrong about this. · Jan 7 at 8:46pm

    Edited on Jan 07 at 08:47 pm

    The tea party was a barf of conservative dissatisfaction, and it wasnt hijacked by anyone.  There was never anything to hijack.

  7. Peter Robinson
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    Brady Kiel: Peter, perhaps you waited too long to share Young Frankenstein with your kids. I shared it much earlier with my kids and hmmph-hmmphed over the several questionable lines. I relish how they adorn our vernacular with one-liners around the house. My son recently told me as I ascended our stairs that I should “Stay close to ze candles…ze shtaircase…can be twachewous…” As a teacher, I dub every new “Abby” as “Abby Normal” and proceed to explain why. They enjoy that clip! Cheers! · Jan 7 at 2:36pm

    Your kids sound more inventive than mine.  All I’ve been getting is a lot of “Frau Bluchers,” followed, of course, by whinnying.

  8. Keith Preston

    “put the candle back!”

  9. Blue Yeti
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    I added my favorite line at the very end of the podcast. Wait for it…

  10. RobininIthaca
    Brady Kiel: Peter, perhaps you waited too long to share Young Frankenstein with your kids. I shared it much earlier with my kids and hmmph-hmmphed over the several questionable lines. I relish how they adorn our vernacular with one-liners around the house. My son recently told me as I ascended our stairs that I should “Stay close to ze candles…ze shtaircase…can be twachewous…” As a teacher, I dub every new “Abby” as “Abby Normal” and proceed to explain why. They enjoy that clip! Cheers! · Jan 7 at 2:36pm

    Loved today’s podcast!  It was a treat to hear just the three of you uninterrupted and I must admit that we watched Young Frankenstein with our then 13 year old (I know – I know!) and all of us laughed hysterically.  James brought the whole thing back to life perfectly and now I’m going to see if we can stream it on Netflix.

  11. Jimmy Carter

    Yer coffee tastes bitter or burnt? Add a touch of salt.

  12. Matthew Gilley

    Dunkin Donuts?  

    Krispy Kreme.  That is all.

  13. LowcountryJoe
    Guruforhire

    LowcountryJoe: The “Tea Party” was hijacked by populists who claimed to speak for “it”.  I knew very early in that it this was going to happen when my SoCon neighbor — who’s a squish regarding capitalism — began to self-identify her self as a member.  Most people seemed to forget (or just not know) that the movement started with Santelli’s rant against mortgage bailouts and the moral hazard of creating government dependencies.

    Please correct me if you believe I’m wrong about this.

    There was never anything to hijack…

    I did put Tea Party and it in scare quotes.  However, there was something there.

    Guruforhire The tea party was a barf of conservative dissatisfaction, and it wasnt hijacked by anyone…

    That’s right, it was dissatisfaction.  And since there was something there to hijack, many conservatives — no matter the values/views that drives/drove them — had wanted a nauseating and pre-existing “dissatisfaction banner” in which to fly that dissatisfaction under.

  14. KC Mulville

    Mel Brooks saved my child once.

    My boy had done something that infuriated me, and I was ready to rip his head off, and he happened to ask me, if he told me his explanation, whether I would be angry. Instantly I flashed to Gene Wilder and said, ” I will NOT … be angry.” 

    Well, the memory of that scene from Young Frankenstein calmed me down, and probably saved his life.

  15. Bereket Kelile

    It’s about time! It was starting to feel like the off-season for college football. Next time can you guys tape a couple in advance before you leave? You know, like rations. 

  16. Jimmy Carter

    Nice touch, Mighty Blue Yeti [that cracked Me up].

  17. Grendel

    There used to eb 7 DDs within a mile or so of my house, but one just closed.  As Joe Biden noted, they are all staffed by Gujarati.  I mention this because while the DD bean coffee is very good when I make it at home, the stuff they sell in the stores is weak.  (Still better than the overroasted Starbucks product–coffee for people who don’t like coffee.)

    Has anyone else noticed this?

  18. Stephen Bishop

    I have to agree that Dunkin’ Donuts is better than Starbucks. Unfortunately Dunkin’ Donuts is not available in the UK and their CEO Nigel Travis who hails from the UK has no plans to open up in the UK as there are better investment opportunities elsewhere. So much for “We the people” in the UK.

    As for chick-fil-a I have never heard of the brand. Please send colonists to educate us.

    Great podcast BTW.

  19. ParisParamus

    The opposite of their (fake) messiah isn’t our messiah, but an anti-messiah; Mr. Boring-Effective-Successful

  20. LowcountryJoe

    The “Tea Party” was hijacked by populists who claimed to speak for “it”.  I knew very early in that it this was going to happen when my SoCon neighbor — who’s a squish regarding capitalism — began to self-identify her self as a member.  Most people seemed to forget (or just not know) that the movement started with Santelli’s rant against mortgage bailouts and the moral hazard of creating government dependencies.

    Please correct me if you believe I’m wrong about this.