The Hinderaker-Ward Experience
Episode 51: HWX, the Savior Podcasters Edition (with Victor Davis Hanson)

Guest: Victor Davis Hanson
Jul 27, 2013
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The Hinderaker-Ward Experience (HWX) returns with a special Saturday edition.  It’s John Hinderaker of Power Line and Brian Ward of Fraters Libertas bringing you all the important news and analysis of the week. 

The episode is brought to you by the fine folks at Tonx Coffee.   For a FREE sample of this dynamite new coffee go to Tonx.org/HWX and sign up for a delivery.

Topics of the show include:

*  The bankruptcy of Detroit, who’s to blame and why so many seem unable to connect the dots on causation.

*  The continuing reaction to the George Zimmerman trial, with John’s fascinating analysis of typical jury behavior, during and after the deliberations.

*  The return of Anthony Weiner and the future of Internet crotch shots as a political communication tool

Were also joined by the great Victor Davis Hanson, talking about his new book  The Savior Generals: How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost – From Ancient Greece to Iraq.

From Themistocles to Belisarius to William Tecumseh Sherman to Matthew Ridgway to David Petraeus, Victor discusses the characteristics that unite these men as the tragic heroes of their times.  He also touches on what happens when a Savior General doesn’t emerge in time (Vietnam War) and the questionable ability of our modern culture to produce a Savior General in the traditional model.

We wrap up with the Loon of the Week (MSNBC hosts on the REAL reason behind Detroit’s bankruptcy) and This Week in Gate Keeping (if you can’t trust the New Republic and Stanford Law School for information, who can you trust?).

The Listener/Member of the Week honors go to the first person in the comments section who can name why John was feeling “under the weather” during for this episode.  Winning this award entitles you to an appearance LIVE on a future HWX taping, so get your submissions in now!.

All feedback and comments are welcome in the comments section below.  And don’t forget to support HWX by getting your free sample of coffee at Tonx.org/HWX.

  1. Astonishing

    John’s got a Mangria hangover and could use a shot of Tonx.

  2. Lensman

    Great to hear from VDH on a weekend when he has a great column on the Op-Ed page of the Wall Street Journal (today) about General Matthew Ridgeway and the pivotal role he played in 1950-51, winning the Korean War (to the extent that a victory was permitted) after the Chinese Army poured over the Yalu River into Korea.

    It’s the 60th anniversary of  signing of the armistice in Korea, which armistice has been repudiated by the Norks in the past year. Technically we have an ongoing war in Korea. Let’s hope there are still some great “savior generals” in the U.S. military.

  3. Ario IronStar

    Allow me to be the second to say:

    John’s got a Mangria hangover and could use a shot of Tonx.

    Still #2.

  4. Al Sparks

    I usually enjoy the Hinderwalker Ward Experience and that includes this week’s.  But their production values could use some working on.  I don’t care about the occasional discussions with their producer that were meant to be offline, but when they’re playing the occasional recording of a person they want to comment on, it’s at a very low volume.  To listen to that recording you have to turn the podcast volume up.  But then the recording is over, and they’re back to talking, my ears are getting blasted before I manage to turn it down.  It’s even worse when they do voice overs on a recording.

    It’s been roughly 9 months since I mentioned the production values problem, to James Lileks (during an NR Cruise) and he did say it was a concern at Ricochet.

    I do think the problem has been addressed at the other podcasts, but the problem has stubbornly remained with HWX.  It’s been around for at least a year.  Doesn’t anyone at Ricochet headquarters listen to their output and self-critique?

    For that matter do John Hinderwalker and Brian Ward care?  By now, someone must have told them.

  5. Yes, the levels of the clips are often too low. It has to do with the way the are pulled from the web. I make them as loud as I can, but there are limits to what can be done if the source material itself is low volume. 

    We’ll strive to do better in the future. 

  6. Brian Ward
    C
    Astonishing: John’s got a Mangria hangover and could use a shot of Tonx. · 6 hours ago

    Well played, Astonishing.  I find your victory to be flabbergasting.  Congratulations and we’ll be in touch via Ricochet mailbox about our next show details.   

  7. Brian Ward
    C
    Al Sparks: I usually enjoy the Hinderwalker Ward Experience and that includes this week’s.  But their production values could use some working on.  …  but when they’re playing the occasional recording of a person they want to comment on, it’s at a very low volume.  To listen to that recording you have to turn the podcast volume up.  But then the recording is over, and they’re back to talking, my ears are getting blasted before I manage to turn it down.  It’s even worse when they do voice overs on a recording.

    Doesn’t anyone at Ricochet headquarters listen to their output and self-critique?

    For that matter do John Hinderwalker and Brian Ward care?  By now, someone must have told them. · 2 hours ago

    Do we care?  Dagger to the heart, Al.  Everything we do, we do it for you.  

    Clip volume is a touchy thing depending on source.  And Blue Yeti’s been on me weekly to clean it up.  We’ll see what we can do.  

  8. Astonishing

    John’s analysis of Mandy’s remorse and the deliberations process is exactly right.

    But there’s a crucial point he leaves out, which is: 

    Unless there is evidence a juror or the jury deliberation process was corrupted by an illegal outside influence–a juror’s last vote in the jury room must be accepted as final. A juror’s later change of mind, for whatever reason, must be credited with zero value.

    Otherwise, a jury’s verdict would never be final, the legal process could never be conclusive or concluded, and jurors would be hounded, pressured, and even threatened to change their votes after the fact.

    As she might soon learn to her regret, apart from protecting the legitimacy of the judicial process, the finality of the juryroom vote protected Mandy herself from post-trial harassment. By undermining respect for the finality her own vote, Mandy has invited endless harassment upon herself. The race hustlers will not leave her alone now unless and until she absolutely and unequivocally renounces her not guilty vote.

  9. Lensman

    I loved the behind the scenes “listening in” opportunity when, right after the VDH interview, we could hear the back & forth between Brian, Blue Yeti and John. It’s like an open mike on a radio show during a commercial break.

  10. SooperMexican

    Love the VDH. Hope to pick up that book. 

  11. Oops..forgot to cut that out. 

    Update: it’s been fixed. 

    Patrick Gibbs: I loved the behind the scenes “listening in” opportunity when, right after the VDH interview, we could hear the back & forth between Brian, Blue Yeti and John. It’s like an open mike on a radio show during a commercial break. · 42 minutes ago

  12. Peabody Here
    Brian Ward

    Al Sparks: I usually enjoy the Hinderwalker Ward Experience and that includes this week’s.  But their production values could use some working on.  …  but when they’re playing the occasional recording of a person they want to comment on, it’s at a very low volume.  To listen to that recording you have to turn the podcast volume up.  But then the recording is over, and they’re back to talking, my ears are getting blasted before I manage to turn it down.  It’s even worse when they do voice overs on a recording.

    Doesn’t anyone at Ricochet headquarters listen to their output and self-critique?

    For that matter do John Hinderwalker and Brian Ward care?  By now, someone must have told them. · 2 hours ago

    Do we care?  Dagger to the heart, Al.  Everything we do, we do it for you.  

    Clip volume is a touchy thing depending on source.  And Blue Yeti’s been on me weekly to clean it up.  We’ll see what we can do.   · July 27, 2013 at 6:01pm

    At least you don’t audibly type feverishly like someone does during Three Martini Lunch. 

  13. Indaba
    Astonishing: John’s got a Mangria hangover and could use a shot of Tonx. · July 27, 2013 at 11:09am

    Tonx! It is not in Canada. Get an international firm for goodness sake!

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