A rare three-guester this week, but then there's so much to cover. First, National Review's Andrew Stuttaford gives us his British ex-pat's view of events in London, Bill McGurn enlightens us on Obama-malaise, and economist John B. Taylor on -- what else -- the economy. How we got here and where we're going. Don't be too jarred by the open of today's show, it's just....acting!
The links are back and better than ever:
- A Clockwork Orange was first published in 1962. The film, directed by Stanley Kubrick was released 9 years later in 1971. According to Wikipedia, the film "features disturbing, violent images, to facilitate social commentary about psychiatry, youth gangs, and other contemporary social, political, and economic subjects in a dystopian, future Britain." That entry will need to be updated now as the future has apparently arrived.
- Don't miss Representative Paul Ryan's new Prosperity Podcast featuring his guest Senator Marco Rubio. Somewhat disappointingly, they do not do any dramatic book readings, although they do discuss the coming NFL season.
- Margaret Thatcher was indeed the last British Prime Minister who had to deal with riots. Ricochet's resident Thatcher scholar Claire Berlinski wrote a great post on Thatcher's handling of the Poll Tax Riots of 1981.
- Andrew Stuttaford crossed the Atlantic to make his fortune. Despite that, he has been contributing to National Review since 1993 and has written on a wide range of subjects from post-Soviet Russia to Xena, Warrior Princess. Based in New York since 1991, Stuttaford’s day job is in the financial sector. He is a contributing editor of NRO. Read his work on The Corner. We do.
- The Royale Family ran on the BBC for three series between 1998 and 2000, and specials from 2006 onwards. It is about the lives of a television-fixated Manchester family, the Royles. It had nothing to do with the American series of the same name starring Red Foxx and Della Reese.
- Rob wrote a post on Ricochet about the BBC video he refers to in the podcast.
- A link to The Sun. The "Identify A Moron" section is here.
- Bill McGurn's piece in yesterday’s WSJ They Once Loved Jimmy, Too.
- There are several references to Jimmy Carter on The Simpson's. Some enterprising blogger has put together the top 5.
- Under normal circumstances, we'd dismiss Bret Stephen's Is Obama Smart? as pure link bait. These days, it's a fair question.
- Obama's bromance with Ronal Reagan was the subject of a long piece in Time earlier this year.
- The Kennedy's was a TV mini-series from 24's Joel Surnow. It was originally made for The History Channel. But the Kennedy family pressed History's owners, A&E Television Networks and The Walt Disney Company. Surnow stated: "It happened at the board level. I don't want to mention anyone by name. It's very simple to say that certain board members are friends with the Kennedys." Other reports pinpointed Kennedy family members Maria Shriver and Caroline Kennedy as the leaders of the campaign to ax the show, targeting Disney executive Anne Sweeney. It was later shown on the Reelz Channel and be purchased from Amazon.
- Like all cool economists, John Taylor has his own website.
- Do brainy economists read The Onion? Probably not, but here's the story James asks Professor Taylor about.
- Speaking of link bait, Eugene Robinson's column is titled "A downgrade’s GOP fingerprints."
- What do you think of A Clockwork Orange? A "great work" or "over wrought and obvious"? Tell us in the comments.
- Who wins the highly coveted, much sought after Ricochet Podcast Member Post of The Week? Why it's Charles Rapp for his post Democrat-Media Complex. Way to go Charles, we'll be in touch about your Broadside.
- Troy Senik wrote a great post on Ricochet about the Newsweek cover shot of Michelle Bachmann.
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