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Ricochet Podcast #54: Lean Forward

Listen in on one of our most wild and wolly podcasts ever as we cover SOTU, Paul Ryan’s response, international unrest, Olbermann’s departure, predict the big story of the coming week, and then we all lean forward as Rob reveals his secret ambition for his next career. Hint: it may involve a “Special Comment” or two. 

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  • The gulag movie James refers to is The Way Back starring Ed Harris and Colin Farrell and directed by Peter Weir (Master and Commander). It’s not really a Hollywood movie though, as it was independently financed and distributed. 

  • There are dozens of AA Meetings listed for the Hollywood/Beverly Hills area. Perhaps the rules are different in Minnesota, but according to the Southern California A.A. website, “You may generally assume that there is no smoking in the meetings.” Sorry, James. On a side note, A.A. really needs to update their website. It looks like it hasn’t been touched since 1996.
  • We hope this is the last Tiger Mom link we ever have to write, but here she is in the flesh on a recent edition of The Colbert Report. 
  • Here’s the trailer for Napoleon Dynamite, which in our opinion is the best movie ever filmed in Preston, Idaho. The Liger scene is at the 35 second mark. 
  • SimCity is a city-building simulation game, first released in 1989, and designed by the legendary Will Wright.
  • The Chinese water crisis has it’s own Wikipedia page.
  • Google “Chinese Ghost Town?” No need, we’ve done it for you.
  • The huge new hotel and casino James mentions is the City Center Project. Fittingly, the rehabilitation of downtown Vegas has a much less impressive website. 
  • We don’t have any links for Peter’s second oldest son, but here’s some video of Peter’s oldest son Pedro, running the football 45 yards for a touchdown from last season. He’s going to Dartmouth in the fall, ladies. 
  • Sell your cars, high speed rail is coming to California! It sure looks cool. No idea what the trains in California will smell like, however.
  • Los Angeles in fact does have a subway system, although there is no service on the west or east sides of the city, where it is badly needed. Of course, the city used to have a fine system of street cars called the Pacific Electric Railway, or Red Cars that covered hundreds of square miles. But the company was dismantled in the early 1950′s, as was well documented in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Damn ‘toons!
  • Here’s Ursula Hennessy’s post that includes clips from a Reagan and a Clinton SOTU. 
  • David Limbaugh’s column Obama Believes American Exceptionalism Begins With Government is available on his website.
  • We were not able to find the clip of Peter Robinson on Fox News this morning (fix your search function, Fox News!) but here’s the clip from NPR.
  • For the record, CBS News correspondent  Bob Schieffer is 74 years old. But that’s OK, so are most of CBS’s viewers. 
  • It’s true: according to this PDF on the White House web site, Jon Favreau, an assistant to the President and Director of Speechwriting, makes $172,200 a year. P.S. He’s 30. 
  • V: It was an awful show when Jonah brought it up a couple of weeks ago, and it’s still an awful show.
  • As a joke, we think the line about the salmon was pretty lame. For that matter, so was the “pat down” joke. Jon Favreau gets paid what again?
  • We’d like to take this opportunity to recognize another entry in the ever growing pantheon of Peter Robinson impersonations: The Queen of England. 
  • Henny Youngman? Now there was a guy who knew how to tell a joke. Peruse a selection here, including his classic line “Take my wife…..please.”
  • Here’s Paul Ryan’s official Republican response to the SOTU speech. And here’s Michelle Bachmann’s response to the response of the SOTU. Or something like that.
  • At the present time, there are no pat downs required in order to board The Acela, the only high speed train currently running in the United States. 
  • You can subscribe to NPR’s The Planet Money Podcast here. Tell ‘em Rob Long sent you. 
  • Pat Toomey’s op-ed in the WSJ.
  • Newt Gringrich “sat on the couch” with Nancy Pelosi in this PSA for climate change, of all things. 
  • Rob Long’s “tongue bath” to Keith Olbermann is here. His post on Egypt is here.
  • It is indeed Keith Olbermann’s birthday today. How Rob knows that is anyone’s guess. And while we’re on the topic, according this article on TVGuide.com, Lawrence O’Donnell makes $2 million a year on MSNBC. Hey, we think we just discovered Jon Favreau’s next job.
  • National Review’s editorial on Egypt, “Mubarak Should Go — But Not Yet” may be read here. 
  • James is using the Netflix app to synchronize his viewing of Harry Brown between his iPhone and his Apple TV. It’s very handy.
  • Even though we didn’t really discuss it (you’ll have to take that up with the host), Ricochet member Samwise Gamgee does get the highly coveted Podcast Mention of The Week for his post On the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade, What is a Fetus?

Music from this week’s episode:

Special thanks to Ricochet member EJHill for the graphic.

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The Ricochet Podcast is sponsored by Encounter Books. Our featured title this week is Turning Right at Hollywood and Vine: The Perils of Coming Out Conservative in Tinseltown by Roger L. Simon. Available on February 8th at EncounterBooks.com and for Kindle at Amazon.com.

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  1. genferei

    I wasn’t a fan of Rob’s “at least it’s them vs them now” approach to Egypt. But I was won over by his call for clarity in the region. The “Iran didn’t turn out too well” argument doesn’t really wash. It’s not 1977 any more.The world is different. We can watch the world differently, each of us, which helps us see it differently. And I have no confidence that the CIA, the State Department or anyone else has any clue what is really going on in these places. Let a hundred flowers bloom. Then cut down the ones we don’t like. After all, it’s going to happen anyway, whether Peter, David, HIllary or Barack want it or not. 

  2. Matthew K. Tabor
    Yeah…ok.: Civil comments?? Really. yeah…ok. It seems the less civil the conversation the more comments it generates. Can we not agree we enjoy the topic with more comments? Who doesn’t want to read a conversation about Latin and the State of the Union.

    I joined this site because of the podcasts; the ability to insert my Wal*Mart ideas into this high rent intellect is just a bonus. · Jan 27 at 8:36pm

    SAT analogy time!

    Civility  ::  Progress

    as

    Talking about the weather  ::  Getting to know someone

    Plus, why would God have given us index fingers if He hadn’t wanted us to point them at people who were wrong?

  3. Casey Way

    In appreciation to the sponsoring title and the reference to AA in Hollywood, may I humbly present for your listening pleasure, Warner Mack. 

    I understand that alcoholism is a very difficult struggle to face, but I can’t help but wonder if some liberals in Hollywood might just be trying to “keep the truth away, with this sweet West Coast rosé.”

    Great podcast.

  4. Jimmy Carter

    I love these podcasts, but the last thirty minutes of this one, discussing foreign policy, was truly awesome.

  5. The Mugwump

    Kudos to Peter for taking his kid to track before the podcast.  Double kudos, high-fives, and a special parental medal with oak leaf clusters for spending the cutter to put his kids in the parochial school system.  Peter, you have my most profound respect because I know it’s a struggle.  I think you could teach Obama a thing or two about investing in our kids’ future.  When I meet parents on parent-teacher day, I’m often asked why the kid in question is not excelling at school.  Excuse the bold, but there are days when the only appropriate response is a primal scream:

    It’s because you’re a %#$*%$ and you put more value into owning a Volvo than you do in your kid’s education.  If you had a shred of understanding, you’d spend that money where it counts.  Your kid is a dope-smoking idiot, a wastrel,  a coddled product of a feel-good curriculum.  Get it?  Now man up.

    ~Paules/out.

  6. Sisyphus

    ~Paules: Kudos to Peter for taking his kid to track before the podcast.  Double kudos, high-fives, and a special parental medal with oak leaf clusters for spending the cutter to put his kids in the parochial school system.  Peter, you have my most profound respect because I know it’s a struggle.  I think you could teach Obama a thing or two about investing in our kids’ future.  When I meet parents on parent-teacher day, I’m often asked why the kid in question is not excelling at school.  Excuse the bold, but there are days when the only appropriate response is a primal scream:

    It’s because you’re a %#$*%$ and you put more value into owning a Volvo than you do in your kid’s education.  If you had a shred of understanding, you’d spend that money where it counts.  Your kid is a dope-smoking idiot, a wastrel,  a coddled product of a feel-good curriculum.  Get it?  Now man up.

    ~Paules/out. · Jan 27 at 6:21pm

    We can make a button out of that, if that would help. Sometimes a verbal message can lose impact with repetition.

    And thanks for trying.

  7. James Lileks
    C

    That’s an awesome set of links. It’s like footnotes for radio. Thanks!

  8. Kenneth
    James Lileks: That’s an awesome set of links. It’s like footnotes for radio. Thanks! · Jan 27 at 7:23pm

    Yep, Blue Yeti earns his supper.

  9. David Limbaugh
    C
    James Lileks: That’s an awesome set of links. It’s like footnotes for radio. Thanks! · Jan 27 at 7:23pm

    James: I told him the same thing in an email. Amazing amount of work — and useful stuff too. BTW, you’ve got one heckuva radio voice — and, incidentally, I resent you mightily for it. LOLOL.

  10. Pat in Obamaland

    Did James denigrate passive consumers of content?  Maybe another podcast listener can help me clarify!

    I tease and, as always, wonderful podcast.

  11. Peter Robinson
    C
    ~Paules: Kudos to Peter for taking his kid to track before the podcast.  Double kudos, high-fives, and a special parental medal with oak leaf clusters for spending the cutter to put his kids in the parochial school system.  Peter, you have my most profound respect because I know it’s a struggle.  I think you could teach Obama a thing or two about investing in our kids’ future.  When I meet parents on parent-teacher day, I’m often asked why the kid in question is not excelling at school.  Excuse the bold, but there are days when the only appropriate response is a primal scream:

    It’s because you’re a %#$*%$ and you put more value into owning a Volvo than you do in your kid’s education.  If you had a shred of understanding, you’d spend that money where it counts.  Your kid is a dope-smoking idiot, a wastrel,  a coddled product of a feel-good curriculum.  Get it?  Now man up.

    ~Paules/out. · Jan 27 at 6:21pm

    Paules, that means so much to me that I’m printing it out to show to my wife.  Thanks.  Really.

  12. Yeah...ok.

    Civil comments?? Really. yeah…ok. It seems the less civil the conversation the more comments it generates. Can we not agree we enjoy the topic with more comments? Who doesn’t want to read a conversation about Latin and the State of the Union.

    I joined this site because of the podcasts; the ability to insert my Wal*Mart ideas into this high rent intellect is just a bonus.

  13. r r

    Yeah Peter, some day your kids will capitalize on your investment and get you a Volvo when they’re all highly successful – or maybe a midnight blue Camaro.  Hopefully Volvo’s drive themselves by then.

    You “Liger Dads” are great models for all of us fathers here on Ricochet.

  14. Peter Robinson
    C
    Samwise Gamgee: Yeah Peter, some day your kids will capitalize on your investment and get you a Volvo when they’re all highly successful – or maybe a midnight blue Camaro.  Hopefully Volvo’s drive themselves by then.

    You “Liger Dads” are great models for all of us fathers here on Ricochet. · Jan 27 at 8:38pm

    My only remaining ambition in life?  To live long enough to get the kids through school…and have enough cash left to splash out on a midnight blue Camaro.

  15. Pseudodionysius

    Who doesn’t want to read a conversation about Latin and the State of the Union.

    No peeking.

  16. Sisyphus
    David Limbaugh

    James Lileks: That’s an awesome set of links. It’s like footnotes for radio. Thanks! · Jan 27 at 7:23pm

    James: I told him the same thing in an email. Amazing amount of work — and useful stuff too. BTW, you’ve got one heckuva radio voice — and, incidentally, I resent you mightily for it. LOLOL. · Jan 27 at 7:40pm

    Edited on Jan 27 at 07:41 pm

    David: I am told that all of this radio voice stuff is just a matter of finding the right engineer these days. If you know someone in the broadcasting field, you could check it out.

  17. LH Neal

    I agree with Peter’s excitement about the articulate young group of Republican governors and legislators who are expressing the conservative message. My question to Peter: conceding that Obama gets practically all the time on the stage, nevertheless, are there any equivalent articulate,exciting, rising young Democrat stars that are apparent at this time?

  18. Peter Robinson
    C
    LH Neal: I agree with Peter’s excitement about the articulate young group of Republican governors and legislators who are expressing the conservative message. My question to Peter: conceding that Obama gets practically all the time on the stage, nevertheless, are there any equivalent articulate,exciting, rising young Democrat stars that are apparent at this time? · Jan 28 at 1:19pm

    Impressive Democrats?  The mayor of Newark seems to understand the importance of both economic growth and reforming the public schools.  And then there’s Andrew Cuomo.  New York is in such thoroughly appalling condition that young Mr. Cuomo has been forced to say the right things, insisting on the needs for deep cuts in spending.  If he follows the right words with the right actions–if he can even begin to turn the state around–then Cuomo will quickly become the leading contender to succeed Obama as leader of the party.

  19. Paul Stinchfield
    Blue Yeti

    Music from this week’s episode:

    “When the Levee Breaks” might be the perfect accompaniment to a podcast about the Tea Party backlash.

  20. Robert Dammers

    Slightly pedantic point, but I think that Turning Right at Hollywood and Vine: The Perils of Coming Out Conservative in Tinseltown is actually a revised version of Blacklisting Myself, published in paperback.