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Ricochet Podcast #71: We Got Hacked

And, we’re back! This week, we gab about our La Niña, the Congressman’s wiener, Boehner’s butts, the candidates hedges, hash houses, World War II movies, Palestine’s borders, and the case for female jarheads. With our guest (and Ricochet’s newest podcaster) Jennifer Rubin, we cover them all in perfectly captured, mellifluous audio. 

This week’s links, sanitized for your protection:

  • You know, everyone talks about the weather, but no one does anything about it (except for Al Gore, of course). According to NOAA’s website El Niño and La Niña are extreme phases of a naturally occurring climate cycle referred to as El Niño/Southern Oscillation. Both terms refer to large-scale changes in sea-surface temperature across the eastern tropical Pacific.

  • We haven’t been there in years, but there appears to be plenty of places to buy weed in Amsterdam. Of course, there are plenty of places that are much more convenient. And we have better weather. 
  • You too can read Mollie Hemingway’s Ricochet post More “Unexpected” Bad Economic News, Jobs Edition. 
  • Warner Herzog’s amazing new documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams makes it clear that cave men were not nearly as taken with their own physique as certain members of Congress (allegedly) are. Do see the movie. It’s the best use of 3D technology we’ve ever seen. 
  • Even when it’s one of their own, the left wing media cannot resist the appeal of a junk joke. Examples here, here, and here. 
  • Jennifer Rubin blogs at WaPo.com and is of course, required reading. Her interview with the Speaker of The House is here. 
  • Paul Ryan’s interview on Meet The Press a few weeks ago did indeed leave the door open for a presidential run. 
  • Jon Huntsman’s Op-Ed in the WSJ may be read here.
  • Barack Obama received a staggering 78% of the Jewish vote in 2008. Anyone care to venture a guess as to what the over/under will be in 2012?
  • It’s true. We’re starting a new podcast with our pal Mickey Kaus and Jennifer Rubin tomorrow. Naturally, we don’t have a name for it yet. Should be fun, though. 
  • The New Yorker now has an iPad app and it’s terrific. The only problem is now we have to improve the wifi reception in our bathroom.
  • Congratulations to Ricochet member Charles Allen for winning the highly coveted, much sought after Ricochet Podcast Member Post of The Week for his post Myths About Women In Combat. Charles, you win a copy of this week’s Broadside, courtesy of Encounter Books. We’ll be in touch.
  • There’s not a ton of research on women and G-forces, but it does appear that women handle them slightly worse than men do. We can add that to the already very short list of things women handle worse than men.
  •  A huge all-star cast was assembled for Midway, the 1976 retelling of one of the most important battles of WW II, the battle of Midway Island in early June of 1942.Henry Fonda portrays US Navy Admiral Chester Nimitz, the Allied officer in charge of the Pacific Fleet during the war. Charlton Heston stars as Captain Matt Garth, the air operations officer, and Hal Holbrook is great as Commander Joe Rochefort, the intelligence officer in charge of the team that was able to crack the secret Japanese code. Rounding our the rest of the cast: Robert Mitchum, Glenn Ford, Robert Wagner, Toshiro Mifune, Pat Morita, James Coburn, Tom Selleck, Erik Estrada, Glenn Corbett, Cliff Robertson, Larry Csonka, and Dabney Coleman.
  • Released in 1946, The Best Years of Our Lives was directed by William Wyler and starred Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Myrna Loy. But the standout performance is by Harold Russell who plays the double amputee Homer Parrish, a depiction that was considered shocking in its day. The movie won seven Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Fredric March) and Best Supporting Actor for Russell. Harold Russell’s cigarette lighting scene does not appear to be on YouTube, but we did find the homecoming scene featuring Fredric March. If you’ve never seen the movie, you are in for a treat. 
  • Quentin Tarantino made the (perhaps prophetic) observation in the movie Sleep With Me that Top Gun was really just a noisy gay movie. This trailer mash up took that idea and, er, fleshed it out. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
  • Here’s the American Airlines commercial Rob mentioned. Wow. Budweiser has a similar one.
  • Finally, Rob and Peter mentioned the technical issues we have been experiencing since the server upgrade last weekend. Rest assured, we are aware of (most) of the problems and are swatting the bugs as fast as we can. And by we, we mean Busy System Admin, the hardest working man in politics.

Music from this week’s episode:

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The Ricochet Podcast is proudly sponsored by Encounter Books and their Broadside series. This week’s featured title is The EPA’s Green Tyranny Is Stifling America by Rich Trzupek. Available in all formats at EncounterBooks.com.

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  1. Daniel Sattelberger

    NRO doesn’t seem to be linking the podcast anymore.  Any idea why?

  2. flownover

     I have found Hinderocket , the yet-to-be-named meerkats, and am still looking for Gaffney,City Journal to add to the confusion. Stitcher, yfrog, before you know we’re listening to Weiner denying something. What should we do to enhance our listening pleasure ?

    Someone, like Ricochet !, needs to agglomerate the radio derecho. ? Ricochet, si como no ? I, for one, need help in accessing what’s out there. 

    Looks like a great program, but the only time to listen seems to be on longish drives or one hour walks. When do the rico polloi tune in, turn on, and commencer a penser ?

  3. Blue Yeti
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    Dan IV: NRO doesn’t seem to be linking the podcast anymore.  Any idea why? · Jun 1 at 4:08pm

    Usually takes them a few hours to get the link up. It should be there by tomorrow morning.  

  4. Marshall

    Mr. Yeti, congratulations.  The music at the end of this podcast and the most recent Law Talk both very nearly caused me to lose my coffee in laughter.

  5. nick

    Re: Rubin’s crack that “… Pawlenty is fine …”, or words to that effect. Tim Pawlenty! He’s the sensible-shoes candidate!

  6. Ken Sweeney

    James, Peter, Rob—I am calling you out! Jennifer Rubin’s star struck hero worship of Speaker Boehner was disgraceful, and you didn’t challenge her for a second.

    Remember the mediocre “Bush tax cut extension / Obama keeps spending” bill in December 2010 after a landslide election of Republican victories across the nation? How about that disgraceful 2011 spending deal when $30 billion in spending cuts was actually $300 MILLION! Is Boehner in over his head? Was he rolled in those 2011 budget negotiations? I don’t care that he’s “Dean Martin cool” and smokes. So far Boehner gets an F-minus in my grade book.

    I expect gentile conversation across interesting topics, but not bobble heads nodding in agreement with everything that guests profess as gospel. 

    Skip the Starbucks latte and drink black coffee before the next podcast.

  7. Peter Robinson
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    Ken Sweeney: James, Peter, Rob—I am calling you out!  Jennifer Rubin’s star struck hero worship of Speaker Boehner was disgraceful, and you didn’t challenge her for a second.  · Jun 1 at 6:33pm

    You picked the wrong day to make this argument, I think, Ken.  Just yesterday he forced the Democrats in the House to declare themselves on the debt ceiling–and 82 of them joined every last Republican in voting against an increase in the debt ceiling.

    The Speaker has kept his cool, given Paul Ryan running room and backup, and forced the President of the United States into a corner.  The final tally on that $38 billion in spending cuts worked out to be a lot higher than $300 million, by the way, although I’d agree it was disappointing.  But even there the main point, in my judgement at least, was to force the Democrats to make concessions, which Boehner did, then stand firm on Ryan’s budget proposal and the debt ceiling, which Boehner is doing.

    Feel free to disagree, of course–that’s what Ricochet’s for–but in my view we’re darned lucky to have Speaker Boehner.

  8. Ken Sweeney
    Peter Robinson

     Ken Sweeney: 

     You picked the wrong day to make this argument, I think, Ken.  Just yesterday he forced the Democrats in the House to declare themselves on the debt ceiling–and 82 of them joined every last Republican in voting against an increase in the debt ceiling.

    Peter–Yesterday’s vote was symbolism without substance, has no resonance with the American people who don’t pay attention to politics, and is a preliminary round of the debate. I am watching how this debt ceiling maneuvering plays out in the end game August 2nd. My prediction–a redux of the weak 2011 spending deal.

    I really hope you are correct about Speaker Boehner. In my opinion, thus far he wins the rhetorical debates and skirmishes leading up to the final battle, and then loses the bottom-line fiscal reality in final votes for legislation. Based on my scoring of the two major spending confrontations and final votes so far, Obama has cleaned Boehner’s clock (0-2).

  9. Ken Sweeney

    I loved the discussion on WW2 Memorial Day cable film festivals.  I watched Midway and The Best Years of our Lives, too!  ’They Were Expendable’ with John Wayne is one of my favorite presentations of the realism and loss during war.

  10. Peter Robinson
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    Ken Sweeney Peter–Yesterday’s vote was symbolism without substance · Jun 1 at 7:14pm

    At the beginning of last month, President Obama and Treasury Secretary Geithner were still insisting on a “clean” vote to raise the debt ceiling–that is, a vote to raise the ceiling without cutting spending.  What Boehner did yesterday was call their bluff, giving them exactly what they’d demanded–and 82 Democrats joined every last Republican in voting the measure down.  Boehner wasn’t engaging in empty symbolism.  He was engaging in very tough, aggressive politics, humiliating the President of the United States and his Treasury Secretary.  Now everyone in Washington knows the man in charge of the debt ceiling agenda is named Boehner, not Obama.  

    Sure, the final vote could prove a catastrophe.  But every sign so far is that John Boehner is one cool customer.  

  11. Peter Robinson
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    Ken Sweeney: I loved the discussion on WW2 Memorial Day cable film festivals.  I watched Midway and The Best Years of our Lives, too!  ’They Were Expendable’ with John Wayne is one of my favorite presentations of the realism and loss during war. · Jun 1 at 7:18pm

    Your mentioning Wayne reminds me:  We also watched “On The Wings of Eagles.” Wayne was just terrific.

  12. flownover
    BThompson: I’m with James on The Economist. It took a decidedly leftward turn soon after Bush was elected. It’s basically unreadable anymore. Once upon a time it was a refreshing champion of America amidst an addled array of reflexive anti-US cant from British, Euro, and US news weeklies. It evidently discovered that principle doesn’t sell as well as pandering. · Jun 1 at 9:06pm

    Ditto, the New Yorker, Atlantic, National Geographic, and all the Conde Nast, so many publications went full Bush Derangement Syndrome. I think they’re all circling the drain anymore. Except the circulation numbers at Natl Review, American Spectator, City Journal, are all up !! Hope springs eternal.

  13. anon_academic

    suggestion for the title of the Rubin/Kaus podcast, “2 Jews, 3 Opinions”

  14. Ken Sweeney
    Peter Robinson

    Ken Sweeney Peter–Yesterday’s vote was symbolism without substance · Jun 1 at 7:14pm

    At the beginning of last month, President Obama and Treasury Secretary Geithner were still insisting on a “clean” vote to raise the debt ceiling–that is, a vote to raise the ceiling without cutting spending.  What Boehner did yesterday was call their bluff, giving them exactly what they’d demanded–and 82 Democrats joined every last Republican in voting the measure down.  Boehner wasn’t engaging in empty symbolism.  He was engaging in very tough, aggressive politics, humiliating the President of the United States and his Treasury Secretary.  Now everyone in Washington knows the man in charge of the debt ceiling agenda is named Boehner, not Obama.  

    Sure, the final vote could prove a catastrophe.  But every sign so far is that John Boehner is one cool customer.   · Jun 1 at 7:25pm

    I agree with everything you say in this post.  The clean debt ceiling vote was brilliant.  I especially agree with the “sure, the final vote could prove a catastrophe” part.  Being a bottom-line Finance MBA guy, I don’t get wrapped up on process maneuvers and style points.

  15. BThompson

    I’m with James on The Economist. It took a decidedly leftward turn soon after Bush was elected. It’s basically unreadable anymore. Once upon a time it was a refreshing champion of America amidst an addled array of reflexive anti-US cant from British, Euro, and US news weeklies. It evidently discovered that principle doesn’t sell as well as pandering.

  16. Patrick Stahl

     What happened to the Kaus & Limbaugh podcast?

  17. SettlerMom

    I didn’t get what James said about the Lubavicher Rebbe? As always, loved the podcast.

  18. Blue Yeti
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    Sean

    Patrick Stahl:  What happened to the Kaus & Limbaugh podcast? · Jun 2 at 10:20am

    Just wondering the same thing. Must be discontinued? It has disappeared from the list of podcasts on the main page. · Jun 2 at 12:06pm

    As was discussed on the podcast, Jennifer Rubin is going to team up with Mickey. We like to mix and match people and try different combinations (you old timers know that we’ve made changes with the R> Podcast lineup from time to time) and the combination of two prominent bloggers from opposite ends of the country was irresistible to us and to them. David will still be here and participating and we expect to have him back with another podcast in the very near future.

  19. Blue Yeti
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    Fredösphere

     Marshall: Mr. Yeti, congratulations.  The music at the end of this podcast and the most recent Law Talk both very nearly caused me to lose my coffee in laughter. · Jun 2 at 5:21am 

     Hmmm. No one else seems to want to ask this question, so it falls to me: don’t y’all have some kind of Code of Conduct? You certainly talk about it a lot.

    It’s a sweet song about guy professing his love for a girlfriend named Wena. Where’s the CoC violation?

  20. TheRightProf

    Mr, Yeti, if you ever need more tunes for podcast intros/outros, allow me to humbly offer (free of course) my own “band” (really a studio project of mine, with a compatriot), the Poor Richards:  http://www.myspace.com/poorrichardsrock

    I think “Too Much Fun” has a nice long wordless intro and would make a good upbeat intro!