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Ricochet Podcast #87: Looking For A Hero

This week, Jonah Goldberg sits in for the child-rearing Peter Robinson. We of course cover the presidential race, learn a few new words, discuss Ben-Hur’s nationality, Jonah teaches us what a “girlfriend experience” is, and we paint a disturbing mental image of a certain northeastern governor. Trust us, it’s very educational.

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To link or not to link:

  • Cinncinatus&nbsp;was an aristocrat and political figure of the Roman Republic, serving as consul in 460 BC and Roman dictator in 458 BC and 439 BC. And yes, the city in Ohio was named after him. Update: Member Will Lord in the comments below disagrees.&nbsp;

  • According to Ingolo.com, the correct&nbsp;pronunciation&nbsp;of Che is cheh.&nbsp;
  • Gopher Stadium does look like amazing, although visiting an outdoor football stadium in Minnesota in December does take stones of steel. Note to Lileks: according to the website, the U2 concert has been&nbsp;rescheduled. Adjust your calendar. P.S. Lileks writes about his day at the game in much more detail on Lileks.com. We insist you visit there.&nbsp;
  • Ben-Hur was laughingly described in the L.A. Times as a Palestinian here. Funny, he doesn’t look&nbsp;Palestinian…&nbsp;
  • The film James is&nbsp;referring&nbsp;to is indeed Footlight Parade. Here’s the trailer.
  • We’re not going to go as far to say that this is the definitive source on this, but according to PalestineFacts.org, the origins of the name Palestine “derives from “Plesheth”, a name that appears frequently in the Bible and has come into English as “Philistine”. Plesheth, (root palash) was a general term meaning rolling or migratory. This referred to the Philistine’s invasion and conquest of the coast from the sea. The Philistines were not Arabs nor even Semites, they were most closely related to the Greeks originating from Asia Minor and Greek localities. They did not speak Arabic. They had no connection, ethnic, linguistic or historical with Arabia or Arabs.” Have it out in the comments.
  • It’s Rosh&nbsp;Hashanah, so a hearty mazel tov&nbsp;to Ricochet member genferei for his winning post&nbsp;Why Can’t We Call The New Deal A Wrong Turn? We’ll be in touch, sir.&nbsp;
  • Raymond Moley&nbsp;was not in fact FDR’s Chief of Staff (the position didn’t exist in those days) but was an important advisor and speech writer for the President. He later grew increasingly critical of his policies, eventually becoming a conservative Republican. Smart man.&nbsp;
  • The logo for the National Recovery&nbsp;Administration.&nbsp;
  • Here’s the dance number from Footlight Parade when the dancers hold up cards of Roosevelt’s face. Incredible.&nbsp;
  • ABC News has the story about the 20,000 missing SAMs. Ruh-Roh.
  • “Frenemy” in Arabic? Mr. Long, you have stumped us. Little help, Ricocheteers?
  • And for the record, Mr Goldberg, Eskimos do not have 50 words for snow. And they don’t rub their noses to kiss either.&nbsp;
  • That said, be sure and subscribe&nbsp;to Jonah’s great weekly email blast, The G-File (link at the very bottom of the page). We do.&nbsp;

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The Ricochet Podcast is proudly sponsored by Encounter Books and their Broadside series. This week’s featured title is A Century of Palestinian Rejectionism and Jew Hatred by&nbsp;&nbsp;Sol Stern. Available for all platforms at&nbsp;EncounterBooks.com&nbsp;and Amazon.com.

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  1. BThompson

    Bonnie Tyler, of course! Thanks for the correction, Joseph!

  2. Layla

    Firefly! Swoon. I knew there was a reason I loved Ricochet. The professor’s quote is a great one, of course, but I think the best conservative quote actually comes from Serenity:

    “Sure as I know anything, I know this: They will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, ten? They’ll swing back to the belief that they can make people…better. And I do not hold to that. So no more runnin’. I aim to misbehave.”

    Got that, Washington technocrats?

  3. BThompson

    The Foo Fighters?? Surely Laura Branigan was the proper choice here.

  4. Skip London

    Cincinnati is named after the Society of the Cincinnati, an organization of Washington’s army.&nbsp; The society continues to exist in the form of a group of descendents of the officers in Washington’s army. &nbsp;The town flies the flag of the Society in a public square. The officers adopted the name because like Cincinnatus, Washington returned to his farm after the war.

  5. Blue Yeti
    C
    BThompson: The Foo Fighters?? Surely Laura Branigan was the proper choice here. · Sep 28 at 5:29pm

    Not a fan.&nbsp;

  6. Palaeologus
    BThompson: The Foo Fighters?? Surely Laura Branigan was the proper choice here. · Sep 28 at 5:29pm

    Aww,&nbsp; give ‘em a shot. There’s a Hall ‘n Oates (more Oates than Hall)&nbsp;look to ‘em.&nbsp;

    I think I just exceeded my McCain-Feingold annual apostrophe allotment.

  7. Joseph Stanko
    BThompson: The Foo Fighters?? Surely Laura Branigan was the proper choice here. · Sep 28 at 5:29pm

    Don’t you mean Bonnie Tyler?

  8. Joseph Stanko

    Oops, double post. &nbsp;Yeti, why can’t we delete these?

  9. David Knights
    Layla: Firefly! Swoon. I knew there was a reason I loved Ricochet. The professor’s quote is a great one, of course, but I think the best conservative quote actually comes from Serenity:

    “Sure as I know anything, I know this: They will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, ten? They’ll swing back to the belief that they can make people…better. And I do not hold to that. So no more runnin’. I aim to misbehave.”

    Got that, Washington technocrats? · Sep 29 at 5:24am

    That has to be one of my favorite movie lines of all time.

  10. Yeah...ok.

    Another fine podcast. Thank you.

    Rob Long, Mark Steyn is my gold standard for the written word but by golly you can turn a phrase. If I can only have one paragraph, give me Mark Steyn. If I can only have one sentence, give me Rob Long. Your (I’m pretending to write to Mr. Long in this portion of the comment) delivery is very subtle as well. On an earlier podcast, Peter Robinson mentioned how he often didn’t comprehend the significance of something you said until he listened to a podcast replay. You casually deliver complex concepts in a simple package. These ideas may go temporarily unnoticed because you often deliver a line with no warning and no feedback hook. The listener either hears it or is unaware it was spoken. I’d provide an example of one of these gems but I’m exhausted now and I must find some mouthwash.

    Tongue bath of Rob aside; my mancrush writes the Bleat. Go there I must.

  11. James Lileks
    C

    Thanks, Yeah! And I agree re: Rob. The fellow has a sly & disarming way of packaging his insight in the form of a question, which makes those of us who tend to blurt assertions look rather crude.&nbsp;

    I’m still a bit miffed I got hammered for being technical on Pointilism, but, well, que seurat, seurat.&nbsp;

  12. billy
    James Lileks: Thanks, Yeah! And I agree re: Rob. The fellow has a sly & disarming way of packaging his insight in the form of a question, which makes those of us who tend to blurt assertions look rather crude.&nbsp;

    I’m still a bit miffed I got hammered for being technical on Pointilism, but, well, que seurat, seurat.&nbsp; · Sep 28 at 9:07pm

    Edited on Sep 28 at 09:08 pm

    (groan)

  13. Ethan, College Conservative

    This was fun to listen to. Save for a few graphic details about corn and the digestive system.

    Has anybody reading this comment ever actually been to Madison? Whenever I hear people talking about Wisconsin (as in the Badgers, not the state) I think about the two times I’ve been there.

    It’s like the Disneyworld for liberals. There was a Buddhist monk handing out pamphlets.(if that’s what it’s called. It was like a broadside, only about buddhism.) There was a Vietnam vet claiming to be the devil- or something along those lines.

    I could go on and on, but if you want a full description, listen to Neil Young’s “After the Gold Rush.”

  14. Nyadnar17

    Every time I hear a liberal arts or soft science major talk about the College “education” I want to pull my hair out.

  15. Give Me Liberty

    We Don’t Need Another Hero!

    Out of the ruins Out from the wreckage Can’t make the same mistake this time We are the children the last generation We are the ones they left behind And I wonder when we are ever gonna change it Living under the fear till nothing else remains We don’t need another hero We don’t need to know the way home All we want is life beyond the Thunderdome Looking for something we can rely on There’s got to be something better out there Love and compassion, their day is coming All else are castles built in the air And I wonder when we are ever gonna change it Living under the fear till nothing else remains All the children say We don’t need another hero We don’t need to know the way home All we want is life beyond the Thunderdome What do we do with our lives We leave only a mark Will our story shine like a life Or end in the dark Give it all or nothing

    ~ Tina Turner

  16. Blue Yeti
    C
    Give Me Liberty: We Don’t Need Another Hero!

    ~ Tina Turner · Sep 29 at 3:07pm

    I thought about this song, but honestly the video for it with Tina Turner decked out in full Mad&nbsp;Max&nbsp;wardrobe just kills it for me. Good idea, though.&nbsp;

  17. Richard Pugilist

    Did my ears deceive me? Was the color of Mal’s coat sighted as red and not brown? Outrage! Infamy!

  18. Layla
    Jita Traffic Control: Did my ears deceive me? Was the color of Mal’s coat sighted as red and not brown? Outrage! Infamy! · Sep 29 at 6:26pm

    Drunk at bar: Y’know, your coat is kinda a brownish color….

    Mal: It was on sale.

    ~ “The Train Job”

  19. Pilli
    Thursday is the end of my week. &nbsp;After I listen to James, Rob and Peter there is nothing left. That being said…I think Rob is wrong about Herman Cain’s success in the FL straw poll. &nbsp;Florida republicans are very conservative; more conservative than say Texas republicans.

    They were simply waiting for their turn. &nbsp;When it came, they cast their votes for Cain. That is why they moved the FL Republican primary up to January. FL republicans are fed up with&nbsp;compassionate this or liberal that. They are tired of having to wait their turn and finally get to choose from a poor field. &nbsp;Florida wants input. &nbsp;As the fourth largest electoral state they want to flex some muscle.

  20. Robert Promm

    The name Palestine refers to a region of the eastern Mediterranean coast from the sea to the Jordan valley and from the southern Negev desert to the Galilee lake region in the north. The word itself derives from “Plesheth”, a name that appears frequently in the Bible and has come into English as “Philistine”. Plesheth, (root palash) was a general term meaning rolling or migratory. This referred to the Philistine’s invasion and conquest of the coast from the sea. The Philistines were not Arabs nor even Semites, they were most closely related to the Greeks originating from Asia Minor and Greek localities. They did not speak Arabic. They had no connection, ethnic, linguistic or historical with Arabia or Arabs.