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Ricochet Podcast #65: Legionnaires

We get a boots on the ground report on the state of the health care system from our own (recovering) Rob Long. Then, The Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson joins to discuss the ever growing welfare state, whether Boehner punted, Trump, and his man crush on Paul Ryan.

Better late than never, here are the links:

  • According to Wikipedia, Legionnaires’ disease acquired its name in July 1976 when an outbreak of pneumonia occurred among people attending a convention of the American Legion at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia. On January 18, 1977 the causative agent was identified as a previously unknown bacterium, subsequently named Legionella. We’re not certain this is what Rob had, but we would like to point out that he did two podcasts and a Red Eye while infected with it. That, ladies and gentleman, is what we in show business call a trouper. 

  • Greenville, SC is the sixth largest city (by population) in the state of South Carolina. The metropolitan area had an estimated population of 639,617 in 2009. It is also the home of Bob Jones University.
  • Levaquin is used to treat bacterial infections of the skin, sinuses, kidneys, bladder, or prostate. It is also used to treat bacterial infections that cause bronchitis or pneumonia, and to treat people who have been exposed to anthrax. 
  • Uncommon Knowledge is the Hoover Institution’s superlative interview series hosted by our own Peter Robinson. Required viewing.
  • The correct pronunciation of Fatima? Listen here. Although the Dragnet ad (yes, we found it) pronounces it differently, we’ll have to go with the former on this one. And James, you are correct — that is George Fenneman doing the announce. 
  • Michael Totten is the great independent journalist who covers the middle east. We bet he knows how to correctly pronounce Fatima. P.S. Looks like he’ll be on the podcast April 28th.
  • Jim Treacher  writes the DC Trawler column over at DailyCaller.com. We’ve invited him on the podcast in the past, but he says he’s too shy. Really.
  • Here’s the column Speaker Boehner wrote for Politico. He would have gotten much nicer comments had he written it on Ricochet. 
  • Here’s the John McCormick piece in the The Weekly Standard. 
  • Matt Lewis’ budget roundup in the Daily Caller is here. 
  • According to Rasmussen, party affiliation is running neck and neck at the present time. The independents clearly hold all the cards. 
  • According to this site, Maine is about 95.5% white, making it only second to Vermont as the whitest state in the country.
  • Unsurprisingly, Mark Steyn is absolutely correct. Colonists were charged a tax based on the diameter of the trees they cut down. 
  • Matt Lewis’ blog entry about manning up.
  • Here’s the clip of Kobe Bryant that got him fined. Don’t let your kids lip read it.
  • Ashley Judd’s tortured (and unneeded) apology may be parsed here.
  • According to this post on Google’s official blog, Kansas City is (so far) the only city to have been awarded Google’s high speed fiber connection. Does Peter know something Google doesn’t?
  • Speaking of Google, here’s Paul Ryan’s congressional district via Google Maps.
  • We’re interested in buying some Trump chocolate, but first we’d like  to see some proof as to where they are actually made.
  • The Trump Panama Hotel is as wonderfully subtle and understated as everything else he is involved in. Can a real estate development have a comb over?
  • The Daily Caller does have an iPhone app but not one specifically for the iPad. Neither do we. 
  • Programming reminder: join us next week for Donald Rumsfeld and Mark Steyn.

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The Ricochet Podcast is proudly sponsored by Encounter Books. This week’s featured title is The Road To Fatima Gate by Michael J. Totten.  Available at EncounterBooks.com and Amazon.com.

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  1. PJS

    Finally!  I’ve been impatiently waiting all day.  I even started the laundry to distract myself.

  2. ultra vires

    Another great podcast gentlemen. I especially liked the discussion with Tucker Carlson when you got around to discussing Paul Ryan, and why he needs to throw his hat in the ring for 2012; he’s from a swing district in a swing state, he’s well-versed on the budget numbers, and it would be enjoyable to watch him wipe the floor with Obama in those Presidential debates. We should start a Draft Ryan 2012 movement here on Ricochet

  3. Matthew Gilley

    Rob: At the risk of sounding stalkerish, if you ever again find yourself fighting back pestilence in the Greenville-Spartanburg area the Gilley clan would be glad to help.

  4. Bolivar

    Three minutes in and already I’m choking back tears of laughter on “Minnesotans have to believe that.” I’m in for some fun.

    By the way, Blue Yeti, take your time about the links. You do such a  great job that being a little late this time is no biggie.

  5. Kennedy Smith

     Delovely.   Howevvvveeeerrr,,,  I kinda felt like you were not willing to confront Tucker’s pessimism.  I love Tucker, but c’mon, his gaze extends about 10 miles past his condo.  The Hill and Politico say Obama will win, ergo, Obama will win.

    I was counting on Peter, our eternal optimist, to stick the shiv in, in the most gentlemanly way, and perhaps he would have done so, if Tucker weren’t the entire podcast.  But no, Peter sided with Darkness, and forced Rob to come up with some kind of unconvincing Deus ex Machina script on the fly.

    Far be it from me to be more optimistic than Peter, but come on.  We’re winning.  On all fronts, even Wisconsin.  Where’s that jaunty gloatitude?

  6. ParisParamus

    Most depressing podcast ever.

  7. Matthew Gilley

    Excuse the civic pride, but I’ve got to stick up for my home region.  Greenville, Spartanburg, and the other cities in the Upstate area are not nearly so small as portrayed.  SC has exceptionally weak annexation laws, so cities like Greenville and Spartanburg have deceptively small populations.  The full metropolitan area (which appropriately includes Spartanburg, too – it’s just 25 or so miles away from Greenville) is a fast growing region of more than a million, and it’s easily the largest metro in SC.  The area is home to BMW North America, Michelin U.S., Denny’s, Milliken & Co., GE Energy, CH2M Hill, Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research, Furman University and Wofford College – just to name a few.

  8. K T Cat

    The general pessimism of the panel reflects a lack of faith in our principles and in people in general.  I don’t know about you, but I’m a conservative and a Catholic and I truly believe these things work.  I also believe that over time, people learn what works and what doesn’t.  In the case of national fiscal policy or sexual mores, the time scale of such realizations is on the order of decades.  We’re right on the cusp of a major social change and you guys are still acting as if things will go on like they have forever.

    It’s not just Tucker Carlson, it was also Pat Caddell last week.  They were both wrong about the future because the future will be unlike the past.  Here’s why.  Dittos for the complaints about men laying around while women run the place.  That’s going to change because it has to in order for the nation to function.

    Stop doubting yourselves. Society may stray for a time, but it always comes back to traditional principles because they’re the only things that work.

  9. EJHill

    Aren’t Trump Chocolates made in that upscale hamlet of Ft. Wayne, Indiana? Call Mitch!

  10. Casey

    Regarding “Steynian Anecdote”/Illegitimacy:     

    Could it be that the self-destructive behavior of the bottom third of the income ladder IS an act of defiance against the upper two thirds?  In other words, the middle- and upper-classes tend to get educated, get married, stay married, etc.  And the lower-classes, feeling disaffected, reject the fancy book-learning and moral codes of “the man”.

    In this respect, the American experience feels different than the European experience.  Defiant child vs Spoiled child.

    If true, how would this effect policy?  Does it make you more or less pessimistic?  If not true, why?

  11. Peter Robinson
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    Kennedy Smith:  I kinda felt like you were not willing to confront Tucker’s pessimism.  I love Tucker, but c’mon, his gaze extends about 10 miles past his condo.  The Hill and Politico say Obama will win, ergo, Obama will win.

    I was counting on Peter, our eternal optimist, to stick the shiv in, in the most gentlemanly way, and perhaps he would have done so, if Tucker weren’t the entire podcast.  But no, Peter sided with Darkness, and forced Rob to come up with some kind of unconvincing Deus ex Machina script on the fly.

    Far be it from me to be more optimistic than Peter, but come on.  We’re winning.  On all fronts, even Wisconsin.  Where’s that jaunty gloatitude? · Apr 14 at 5:56pm

    I was still under the spell of my dinner with Mark Steyn.  But I’ve been thinking about this all day, and you’re right.  Will post about it tomorrow.  (If I live.  I’m optimistic about the nation, less so about my sinus infection.)

  12. Pseudodionysius

    (If I live.  I’m optimistic about the nation, less so about my sinus infection.)

    When are you and Rob going to listen to Claire and I? Start enacting your own health care reform package and start popping that Vitamin D!

  13. David Williamson

    My wife is called Fatima – it is pronounced Fatima – not Fateeeema, as Americans always do.

    Like Iran is Iran, not Eyeran 

  14. Sean

    Regarding Tucker & the DC – way back when there a thread mentioning getting Matt Labash on the podcast – any chance of that happening?

  15. Bureaucrat859

     Tucker Carlson I believe said that only 37% of Californians had full time jobs last year, right?  That can’t be right.  Does anyone have a citation for that…Tucker?!

  16. We’re not sure where he is getting that number either, but according to this article in today’s Los Angeles Times, unemployment rate in California currently stands at 12%.

  17. Sisyphus

    There are 37M people in CA, 18.1M in the civilian labor force, 15.9M employed, 2.2M drawing unemployment. So that means 43% are actively employed in some way. In this economy, it would not surprise me if 6% were employed part time, leaving 37% employed full time. H/t Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    By modern standards, that is an ugly, ugly number.

  18. Thanks Sisyphus. Maybe next week, we’ll crowd source the links. 

  19. Edward Dentzel

     

    I take issue with Tucker Carlson’s and Mark Steyn’s commentsregarding the next election.

     

    Their argument is, essentially, that demographics areworking against Republicans because of whites on public assistance. My argumentwould be that these people were already liberals beforehand and that they wouldtake Government assistance proves it. It’s not like they were hardcoreconservatives, started getting public assistance, and then turned intotreehuggers. I question whether these people would have ever voted Republican.

    Yes, more unmarried women are having children but that doesnot mean they would have ever voted Republican under different circumstances.In fact, Utah is the most conservative state and where is the lowest rate ofunwed mothers? Utah.

     Also, they are making their observations in the Northeast,an area conservatives have been fleeing for 20 years. If they are seeing unwedmothers there, it’s because these women were already liberal before gettingknocked up; they were never going to vote Republican whether they had kids ornot, married or not.

    If there is some poll out there proving public assistanceconverts people from conservatives to liberals, then I will concede theirpoint. Until then, I question their reasoning.

       

     

     

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