Some guy got whacked this week. Maybe you heard about it? The good news is we've got two professors on to help us parse the story: Paul Rahe and Victor Davis Hanson. We also cover stagflation, why Paul Ryan may be the Republican's best hope for 2012, and the suprising link between Victor's mom and Governor Moonbeam. Seriously.
You know them, you love them, you can't live without them, please give a warm Ricochet welcome to this week's links:
- Here's the story about the dog who's a SEAL. Read with a certain degree of skepticism however, as it's from the British tabloid The Sun, which isn't exactly known for it's fact checking. Update: The NYT is now reporting the story as well. Our apologies to The Sun.
- We concur: Hitler's Last Days: An Eye-Witness Account is an interesting choice for bedtime reading.
- Downfall is a great movie, but we love even more the internet meme a scene from the movie spawned a few years ago, including the inevitable Hitler Finds Out bin Laden is Dead (warning: adult language).
- Here's your robe, what's your hurry? ABC News broke the story that Osama had 500 euros and some phone numbers sewn into his clothes.
- We also are reluctant to wade into this, but the BBC reported (we know, we know) in 2000 that an official Israeli report has acknowledged for the first time that the Israeli security service tortured detainees during the Palestinian uprising, the Intifada, between 1988 and 1992.
- The iconic photo from The Situation Room during the bin Laden raid is well on the way to becoming the most viewed photo ever posted on Flickr. It has also launched thousands of parodies, including our personal favorite, "The Situation in The Situation Room."
- We're not able to find the article that anonymously claims that Obama had to be talked into the mission. Little help, James?
- Curtis E. LeMay (1906–1990) was the often abrasive but utterly effective U.S. Air Force General, heralded as the father of modern strategic bombing (he's credited with orchestrating the firebombing of Tokyo and crippling Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia with devastating aerial assaults). In the classic Cold War film Dr. Strangelove, the character of General Buck Turgidson, played by George C. Scott, is based in part on LeMay.
- We're sure he was a lovely guy, but Richard Helms is the only Central Intelligence Agency director to have been convicted of lying to the United States Congress over CIA undercover activities. In 1977, he was sentenced to the maximum fine and received a suspended two-year prison sentence. But in a weird moment of convergence for this podcast episode, according to Wikipedia, he did interview Adolph Hitler for UPI during the 1936 Olympics.
- Here's the exchange on Twitter that Rob mentioned. Hey @MaxShenker, next time use the comments on Ricochet. That's why they're here.
- Paul Rahe is one of our most prolific contributors. His post on Paul Ryan, The Road Ahead: A Third Man Who Can Lead and his post on Stagflation is just a small sampling of his Ricochet ouvre. Collect them all!
- You know, until this very moment, we had never really thought about the relationship of corn and bacon. Thanks, James.
- North Dakota Senator John Hoeven and Peter Robinson attended Dartmouth together back in the days when checking the weather report on Yahoo! was considered cool. He was also a guest on episode 28 of the podcast.
- Wikipedia has an excellent summation of the territorial dispute over the Kashmir region, the northwesternmost region of South Asia. The countries disputing are India, Pakistan, China, and the Kashmiri people. Maybe it's just us, but Rob's solution sounds a little too Trump to actually work. If they do ever manage to become a sovereign nation, they will have best national anthem ever, though.
- According to Bollywood.com, Indian superstar actor Shah Rukh Khan will indeed portray Saddam Hussein in an upcoming bio pic. We're not sure about the claim that he's a bigger star than Brad Pitt, however. Hollywood stars have huge international audiences. Bollywood stars are unknown here, which is why they sometimes run into problems at Newark Airport.
- Hillsdale College is unsurprisingly located in Hillsdale, MI and is the ideal place to send your conservative son or daughter. Ricochet's own Pat Sajak is on the board there, but no, he won't write a recommendation for your kid.
- Pauline Davis Hanson was the first woman jurist on the 5th District Court of Appeal in California. Here is one of several law scholarships endowed in her memory.
- Jessica Lynch served in Iraq during the 2003 invasion operation. After she was captured Iraqi forces, she was subsequently rescued by U.S. Special Operations Forces. Lynch's was the first successful rescue of an American POW since World War II and the first ever of a woman. However, initial media reports on Lynch's recovery in Iraq were incorrect. Lynch, along with major media outlets, fault the U.S. government for creating the story as part of the Pentagon's propaganda effort.
- Here's the piece in Time about the kids who listened while George W. Bush read My Pet Goat to them on September 11th, 2001. The biggest shocker isn't that they thought the President did the right thing by finishing the story, its that they are now in high school.
- The "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster was first produced by the British government as a morale booster during WWII. There are dozens of parodies and variations of it. Make your own here.
- Peter's post, Poets' Corner, Or a Double Dactyl for Osama is a lot of fun. James Lileks' double dactyl is the second comment down, but be sure and read them all.
- Thanks for reading this far. Did we miss anything? Add your own links in the comments below.
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