Ricochet editor Mollie Hemingway sits in for Rob Long today. Our guests? Masters of conservative social media David Limbaugh and Kevin Eder. We talk budget deals or no deals, McConnell's compromise, Boehner's strategy, Bachmann's candidacy, lightbulbs laws, and Mollie describes her visit to a strange land called Venice.
- Our thanks to Ricochet member Grendel who thoughtfully provided this chart to insure that our volume numbers are accurate for the foreseeable future. A "M" thanks, sir.
- Oh, Intelligentsia. With your steam punk decor, your tattooed baristas, your mid 90's playlists, and your 5 buck cup of joe, why would we get caffeinated anywhere else?
- On the other hand, Sovereign Grounds Coffee Shop looks far more homey and comfortable. Plus they serve food.
- We're not quite sure how we feel about a proposed Southern California secession. On the one hand, it would not be advantageous to no longer be a U.S. citizen, and we'd need a passport to visit Vegas. On the other hand, Jerry Brown would no longer be our governor. So there's that. Discuss in comments, please.
- As one might expect, James' paper, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune is doing great work covering the government shutdown in Minnesota. The shutdown is really hitting folks hard now as beer is being pulled from store shelves. Oh, the humanity!
- Mollie's husband Mark Hemingway writes for The Weekly Standard. That doesn't mean he could throw a little dap our way once in while. How about it, sir?
- Dean Martin's recipe for burgers has a very simple list of ingredients and is easy to replicate as long as you are 21 or over.
- Bacon salt? How does this exist and we've not heard of it? After the secession, we decree that bacon salt will be made available free to every citizen of Southern Californiastan.
- Jeremiah was known as the weeping prophet. Make of that what you will.
- A court clerk in the town of Barker, NY did indeed resign rather than have to process marriage licenses for gay couples. We can't help but wonder how many gay couples were actually thinking of getting hitched in Barker in the first place. Niagara Falls, it ain't.
- David Limbaugh is indeed a Big Man on Twitter, closing in on 13 thousand followers.
- Our pal and podcaster Jennifer Rubin has been on the front lines of the budget negotiations since the start, taking some unpopular stands for a conservative blogger. P.S. Her podcast with Mickey Kaus will be back in the next week or so.
- We're not sure if this is the Gallup poll that Mollie is referring to. It's from April, but the numbers match up. Mollie?
- Here's the Think Progress piece on the debt ceiling.
- The title of the Esquire piece says it all: "How Can We Not Love Obama?" Click if you dare.
- Kevin Eder is also a Big Man On Twitter. The Daily Caller documented how Kevin pwned (as the kids say) the guy who runs the White House Twitter account. Nice work, dude.
- President Obama raised a stunning $82 million last quarter. We're gonna need a bigger boat.
- Ricochet member genferi has helpfully compiled a list of of the ten Republicans who voted against the BULB act. They didn't, er, see the light.
- Rob Long's post Republicans vs. Big Business propose that the GOP should be the party of main street. Given the $86 million, we aren't going to be the party of 5th Avenue, that's for sure.
- According to "The Minnesota Clipper," a recent profile in Time, Michele Bachmann is 5' 2". That would also make her competitive with most members of the Los Angeles Clippers.
- A hearty hooray to Ricochet member Casey for his Ricochet Member Post of The Week, What Is Winning?. Casey, you win a copy of this week's Encounter Pick. We'll be in touch. By the way, for those of you who were rooting for Crow's Nest post On Anti-Intellectualism, it was posted after we made this week's choice. It will be in the running for next week though. Thanks for playing!
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