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.
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