The Ricochet Podcast
Episode 123: Living In The Future

Guests: WSJ's Bill McGurn and The Weekly Standard's Jay Cost
Jun 14, 2012

It’s another edition of the forward thinking Ricochet Podcast. This week, Peter’s a Texan, The Wall Street Journal’s Bill McGurn is optimistic, The Weekly Standard’s Jay Cost de-constructs Democrats (read his new book, Spoiled Rotten: How the Politics of Patronage Corrupted the Once Noble Democratic Party and Now Threatens the American Republic), Rob isn’t in to audio gimmicks, and James debuts a new feature. The future’s so bright, we gotta wear…well, you know.

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  1. DrewInWisconsin

    Have you ever really LISTENED to the Jetsons theme? That is an AMAZING piece of music. Ask James. He’ll tell ya.

  2. James Lileks
    C

    And I will. Hoyt Curtin “wrote” it, if you can write such a thing; the first 24 seconds are just madness, ending in this crazy brass riff, and then uses a simple four-note theme to introduce the family (each getting a commentary afterwards – crazy man crazy teen jazz for Daughter Judy is my favorite), with the brass riff changing key upwards every time, then George gets a little boss-walkin’ theme for about 3 seconds before the manic strings swirl back up and it ends with a one-two punch. 

    And that’s the Cliff Notes version. There’s also the mad percussion in the background. It must have been a blast to play.

     

  3. I’ve alway been partial to the Chop Sticks section for Jane, his wife. Why that tune? Is she secretly Asian?  Does it have to do with her taking George’s money? It always puzzled me. 

  4. DrewInWisconsin
    James Lileks:  It must have been a blast to play.

    That’s what I’m thinking. I haven’t picked up an instrument in a couple decades, but if our community symphony ever decided to attempt this, I’d join in a hemidemisemiquaver.

  5. Barkha Herman

    I, too have a daughter that considers herself a Texan and wants to move there after college….

    I do wonder, though, if Texas will eventually turn into a California.  

  6. DutchTex

    OK Peter, Pecos is “PAY cus”   No long o, with the emphasis on the first syllable…The first year is a learning experience with the whole pronunciation thing…

    And thank you for that nice “shout out.”  However, Tyler’s only four hours to drive.  I could do it in my sleep! 

  7. doc molloy

    Peter, Did you say ‘avoiding ‘taxes’ or Texas somehow’..?  

  8. doc molloy

    Here’s those boys again.. Texas Playboy Rag.. Peter’s been ragged enough..

  9. Schoolmarm

    I’m not finished listening to the podcast yet, but had one slight correction for Mr. McGurn.  The first amendment does not give us our freedom of religion.  The first amendment protects the already existing freedom granted by our Creator.  I’m sure he knows this, but I feel strongly we must remain vigilant on this point.

  10. Brasidas

    Hey, thanks for picking my post!  You made my day.

  11. Boymoose

    Peter’s Texas theme music has to be

    Thats right your not from Texas

    Lyle Lovett

  12. Joe Flaherty

    Another socko podcast. I’m really getting addicted to these things.

    But Peter, the jig  is up. The jig. Not the gig. The gig is not up. 

  13. SnillCo

    On the subject of music, how ’bout that medley of Timbuk3′s Greatest Hit as the outro tune? It was meant to be ironic, you know. Because that lunatic Bonzo was gonna get us all nuked real good, and it would be the last scene of ‘The Day After’ from there on out. Oh well.

  14. Grendel
    SnillCo: On the subject of music, how ’bout that medley of Timbuk3′s Greatest Hit as the outro tune? It was meant to be ironic, you know. Because that lunatic Bonzo was gonna get us all nuked real good, and it would be the last scene of ‘The Day After’ from there on out. Oh well. · 1 hour ago

    Thanks for the outro.  I love that it was meant sardonically, but that it became a hit–very popular at college and HS graduations–because taking it literally fit people’s mood as the Reagan boom took hold.

    In other words, it was a failure both as prediction and as a song.  Judging by some of their serious songs, Timbuk 3 are a couple of liberal snots who couldn’t mugged by reality even if they flashed a big wad of sincerity and concern at C-PAC.

  15. Grendel

    SnillCo: On the subject of music, how ’bout that medley of Timbuk3′s Greatest Hit as the outro tune? It was meant to be ironic, you know. Because that lunatic Bonzo was gonna get us all nuked real good, and it would be the last scene of ‘The Day After’ from there on out. Oh well. · 1 hour ago

    In other words, it was a failure both as prediction and as a song.  Judging by some of their serious songs, Timbuk 3 are a couple of liberal snots who couldn’t mugged by reality even if they flashed a big wad of sincerity and concern at C-PAC. · 12 hours ago

    I don’t choose the music based on the personal politics of the musicians. I just try to choose music the echoes the themes in the show that preceded it. In this particular case, I actually got it wrong, but not because of Timbuk 3′s politics (I didn’t remember that they hated Reagan). It should have been a tune about Texas. Guess I was too jet-lagged from returning from Texas the night before. 

  16. Jerry Broaddus
    Umbra Fractus

    DutchTex: OK Peter, Pecos is “PAY cus”   No long o, with the emphasis on the first syllable…The first year is a learning experience with the whole pronunciation thing…

    If you really want to see his head explode, try explaining the word “Pedernales.” · 9 hours ago

    Or Nacogdoches (nack-a-`dough-chus) Or better still, Nack’s twin across the Sabine, Natchitoches (`nack-a-ditch), Louisiana.

  17. Jerry Broaddus

    Sadly, though I was given credit in the podcast, I didn’t make the date.

  18. Umbra Fractus
    DutchTex: OK Peter, Pecos is “PAY cus”   No long o, with the emphasis on the first syllable…The first year is a learning experience with the whole pronunciation thing…

    If you really want to see his head explode, try explaining the word “Pedernales.”

  19. Brian Clendinen

    Rob,

    It is deflation not disflation. I have never heard of the term disflation before. Also due to how the BLS measures product improvements in the CPI  economist think on average it is overstated by about 0.6%.

  20. dash

    I haven’t listened to the podcast yet, but it sure seems to have stirred up the pedants… ;-)  (smiley wink so you won’t think I’m a just a common, sarcastic jerk.)*

    But if there is talk of The Jetsons, the coolest, hippest, most best-est cartoon that ever was watched cross-legged on the floor in my jammies with a bowl of Cap’n Crunch in my lap, then I can’t wait to steal an hour away to indulge!

    *At college graduation they told me I was exceptional–so make that an exceptionally sarcastic jerk. And yes, pendants, the period  comes after the closed parenthesis – I just did it that way to annoy.**

    ** Kidding!

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