Need To Know with Mona Charen and Jay Nordlinger
Episode 16: Kids As Props

National Review's Mona Charen and Jay Nordlinger
Jan 18, 2013
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This week on Need To Know, the NYT blows the lid off of winter weather around the world, controlling guns Obama style, children as props, Bill Clinton is Hollywood icon, our weird stance on Israel and the U.S.’s waning influence in the world, Panetta and the Pope, and the secrets, behind Sabre Dance, the Need To Know theme song. 

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The mighty pen of EJHill has struck again.

  1. Peter Meza

    If just one life could be saved by listening to this podcast wouldn’t it be worth it?

  2. EJHill
    Peter Meza: If just one life could be saved….

    I love that line. Every time someone throws that at me I ask them if that includes an armed citizen killing an invader. I mean if a .9mm to the head stops one rape isn’t it all worth it? If a blast from an AR-15 stops just one senseless murder at a convenience store isn’t the Second Amendment worth it?

  3. Peter Meza
    EJHill

    Peter Meza: If just one life could be saved….

    I love that line. Every time someone throws that at me I ask them if that includes an armed citizen killing an invader. I mean if a .9mm to the head stops one rape isn’t it all worth it? If a blast from an AR-15 stops just one senseless murder at a convenience store isn’t the Second Amendment worth it? · 3 minutes ago

    On a serious note right here in Colorado Springs very recently we had a young couple murdered who surprised a burglar.  A concealed carry permit and a pistol may have saved not only one life, but two, plus one less bad guy.

  4. Nick Stuart

    Wonderful how it happened that the four bestest letters from kidz ever just happened to be written by a perfectly ethnically genderly balanced crew of two girls, two boys, two caucasian, one African American, one not quite clearly identifiable other.

  5. David Carroll

    Is anyone really surprised that Obama policy is being developed by eight year olds?

  6. John Walker

    I can’t hear Sabre Dance without thinking of the final scene in Cagney’s little-known but laugh-out-loud Cold War comedy, One, Two, Three.  (The video in this clip is less than ideal; the complete film is worth searching out and savouring as a full-on madcap experience.)

  7. doc molloy

    Mona is dead right about One Two Three an absolute hoot of a film and a Billy Wilder film too so he understood what was happening in East Germany at the time and so the humour is spot on. But Jay said he’d never  heard of it, too young perhaps, but strangely, then mentions sabre rattling, well what a coincidence.. One Two Three has a sabre rattling scene with the music, a great hit of the time… Polka dots  were in!

  8. Grendel

    I trust M&J’s strictures against using kids as props and propaganda does not encompass taking kids to political events and letting them get as involved as they care to be.

    We took the kids to the March for Life a few times.  One time 6 or 7-year old Katie saw a poster with a picture of some dismembered products of conception.  “What’s that?” she said.  We told her, and she exclaimed “Why doesn’t the president stop it?”  We explained that Bill Clinton was in favor of abortion.  She exploded and castigated Clinton with every bad name she knew.  (I was privately pleased that none of them would violate the CoC.)

    Another time, when Colin was about 8, we were resting on the steps of the National Archives.  He took it upon himself to hold a placard that said “Pro-Child/Pro-Choice”=”Pro-Pig/Pro-Bacon” and explain to the puzzled that it meant “You can’t be both”.

  9. EJHill

    When Cagney wrapped up work on One, Two, Three he walked away from Hollywood, returning to the cameras twenty years later in Ragtime.

    Even at 81 he could deliver a line on film like no other.

  10. Nick Stuart

    If saving just one life is the object, we would make it illegal to stand on a chair. OSHA fatality reports contain a number of cases where people stood on chairs to do one thing or another, fell off, and were killed (usually by hitting their head on something like a counter or the floor).

    Clearly we need chair control. A national chair registry. A waiting period to purchase chairs.

  11. Sabrdance
    David Carroll: Is anyone really surprised that Obama policy is being developed by eight year olds? · 7 hours ago

    I refer you to number 12.

     

    Also, obviously I appreciated the ending discussion.

  12. Schoolmarm

    Thanks for the shout-out at the end of the podcast, Jay and Mona!  I’m honored!

  13. Danihel Tornator
    John Walker: I can’t hear Sabre Dance without thinking of the final scene in Cagney’s little-known but laugh-out-loud Cold War comedy, One, Two, Three.  (The video in this clip is less than ideal; the complete film is worth searching out and savouring as a full-on madcap experience.) · January 18, 2013 at 2:22pm

    One, Two, Three is available on Netflix Instant Stream, if anyone is looking for it.

  14. Matt Travis

    When did President Infanticide become so concerned about “just one life?”

  15. Mona Charen
    C

    Thanks, good to know about Netflix.

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