With Rob and James cruising the Bahamas this week, we draft Pat Sajak to guest host with Peter. He reminisces about Bill Buckley and Merv Griffin, and let's us in on what's it's like to be a celebrity conservative. Then, Claire Berlinski joins to discuss our junk and the TSA, royal weddings, and the the inside story behind her cross town move. Finally, Ricochet contributor Steve Manacek stops by to talk about the Deficit Commission and why we should be afraid. Very afraid.
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- We don't have a copy of Pat's photo of Reagan but we do have this one of a young Peter Robinson posing with his former boss.
- Many episodes of William F. Buckley's Firing Line are now available on YouTube.
- Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan is a co-educational, liberal arts college known for being the first American college to prohibit in its charter all discrimination based on race, religion, or sex; its refusal of government funding; and its monthly publication, Imprimis. National Review has described Hillsdale as a "citadel of American conservatism. Ricochet contributor Paul Rahe is a member of the faculty.
- Among other things, Merv Griffin was a band leader, a talk show host, and the creator of Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune.
- All of Pat Sajak's recent Ricochet posts are on his profile page.
- Claire Berlinski's recent move is well documented on the pages Ricochet.
- San Diego's John Tyner coined the phrase "Don't touch my junk." Videos of his encounter with the TSA are on his blog.
- Royal weddings. Really?
- John Burns reported for the New York Times from Baghdad for most of the Iraq war. He is now based in London. His archives may be accessed here.
- Hey John Boehner: Man up!
- The National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform's Power Point presentation may be viewed here.
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