1. DutchTex

    I will put aside the fact that the graphic representation put together by EJ is actually about a shootout in AZ…

    I didn’t get a chance to comment on Peter’s post from this weekend, so I thought I’d take a moment to say that Josh is as eloquent speaking about Texas as he is writing about it. 

    I skimmed the comments and didn’t see this mentioned, so I’m going to mention it.  One thing that has always impressed me about Texans  historically is their sheer toughness.  Much of Texas, back when it was settled (and is still today, were it not for AC) is nearly uninhabitable:  Little water, extreme and unpredictable weather, dangerous creatures–large and small.  Yet settlers made it, settled it, created a country from it.  

    We lived in the country, on a farm, with an electric water pump for our wells and a couple of window units in our house and a grocery store to go to.  My family just squeaked out a living that way.  I cannot imagine the backbreaking work and toughness it must have taken just to get food on the table in the 19th and early 20th centuries. 

  2. Eric Blair

    Great podcast gentlemen.  This is a bit of colliding worlds for me, as a Ricochet member and a daily listener to the Carolla podcast.  Excellent work!

  3. EJHill

    DutchTex – Deadlines and graphic needs do funny things to you. In the words of Mythbuster Adam Savage, “I challenge your reality and reserve the right to substitute my own!”

  4. R.J. Moeller
    Eric Blair: Great podcast gentlemen.  This is a bit of colliding worlds for me, as a Ricochet member and a daily listener to the Carolla podcast.  Excellent work! · 2 hours ago

    Tell me about it! With Prager, Carolla and Ricochet teaming up lately, my head is exploding in excitement.

  5. Adrian

    Thanks! Trevino’s twitter feed is hilarious, and I’m a big Carolla fan, can’t wait to listen!

    p.s. Adam will be thrilled to learn that Ricochet’s comment spell-check system (or is it my computer doing it itself, i don’t know) insists his name is misspelled and suggests Corolla or Carola.

  6. Johnny Dubya

    I can’t believe Rob and Adam didn’t discuss their mutual hatred of the revolting substance known as goat cheese.

  7. EJHill

    James – You are an aficionado of old radio, so we’re going to have to pull a Harlow Wilcox on this podcast and find a way to work the commercials in like old Waxy. 

  8. wilber forge

    And no one mentioned using Texas Rangers as a graphic. Hmmm.

  9. Franco

    While James is right that a lot of improv is just plugging in previously used  material, Peter was (perhaps unwittingly) right in praising Carolla’s improv ability. ( Did he do more homework? )I listen to Adam enough to have witnessed his improv brilliance time and again. James – he’s pretty much known as one of the best. Take it back!

  10. R.J. Moeller
    Adrian: Thanks! Trevino’s twitter feed is hilarious, and I’m a big Carolla fan, can’t wait to listen!

    p.s. Adam will be thrilled to learn that Ricochet’s comment spell-check system (or is it my computer doing it itself, i don’t know) insists his name is misspelled and suggests Corolla or Carola. · 2 hours ago

    Haha! Good to see a real fan like yourself caught that!

  11. James Lileks
    C

    EJ: my mentor and guiding spirit, ol’ Harlow, but I can never match his monomaia. The guy talked about floor wax like he drank it with seltzer, and I still think he founded a religion devoted to the worship of Autolite Stay-Full batteries.

    That said, I’m not a big Fibber fan. Never really got it. Few radio comedies hold up, except Benny, which is timeless; Lum & Abner, which was deceptively brilliant, and Gildersleeve, which had heart and a great long story to tell.

    Oh, and Dickie Beals died, but that’s another post. We now return you to the Ricochet Podcast Comment Show.

  12. R.J. Moeller

    James, you are a delight and I’ve tried nearly 12 times and in 12 different ways now to get you as a guest on the AEI podcast. So I’m taking to the Comments section for my final appeal! I was born in Minneapolis and grew up reading The Star Tribune over my late grandpa’s shoulder. So in many ways, we’re already old friends.

    What’s it gonna take for us to Skype?!?!

  13. EJHill
    James Lileks: …not a big Fibber fan. Never really got it. Few radio comedies hold up….

    If you like Benny, how about its spinoff? The Alice Faye-Phil Harris Show was great, too. Elliott Lewis as Frankie Remley… Ain’t a big call for left-handed guitar players…

    But, your shameless begging is admirable.

  14. James Lileks
    C

    RJ – I’m in! I must have missed those 12, but #13 did the trick. Drop me an email at first-name @ last-name.com. If you know what I mean.

    EJ: love Phil Harris. Big ol’ breezy blaring’ Mouth of the South. Side note: he has a walk-on in a Lum & Abner movie. But that’s another post.

  15. Zeke

    Thanks for having Adam on.  His podcast is right up the with The Bleat on my list of Internet necessities.  Agree with Franco–Carolla often returns to the same themes and personal anecdotes, but he is brilliant at improvisational humor.  

  16. Britanicus

    Just finished the section with Adam–Excellent! Please have Adam on more. Or at least people like him (if such an animal exists).

    Having you three and Adam on was a wonderful experience.

  17. Steven Drexler

    I have to weigh in here and say this was my least favorite Ricochet Podcast episode. First half great, but Adam Carolla is not my cup of tea. I’ve tried his podcast and I found it crude, unfocused, and not particularly funny.

    Peter’s question about Texas was a very good one, and one that we need to continually ask: what makes the Lone Star State different. As a “damn yankee” who attended Texas A&M, I saw the state through outside eyes. It’s a delightful culture, but very complex. It’s not all self-sufficient oilmen and ranchers. Just as many progressives there as elsewhere, they just can’t get hold of the levers of power.

  18. Chris Campion

    As I listened to this podcast in dreary, rain-drenched Vermont, a Vermont sick with the bloated idiocy of a certain flatlander Senator from Brooklyn (“flatlander” is Vermont code/Native Vermonter dogwhistle speak for “Ain’t born here”), it was interesting to have VT noted as one of the few states that was first born a Republic prior to joining the Union, just like Texas.    The 1st Republic, actually, and the 14th State – so Texas is just lagging way, way behind.

    Trevino’s points are well taken, regarding the paths that other states have taken, and now look at the ditch they’re in.  The states are a microcosm of what’s been happening in Europe, when decades of indulgence funded by others has allowed them to rot from the inside out, and yet they still stand and demand more from the countries that haven’t made the same lazy choices as they have.  We’re not there yet, in terms of the states, because the USG acts as the Bailout of Last Resort (which was the stimulus in many ways, for many states), but we’re almost there.  We’re almost there.

  19. Douglas

    Maybe I’m getting a little bit of burnout, but the main podcasts haven’t seemed as good in the past few weeks. As for Corolla, I’ve tried his podcasts, and language concerns aside, it just wasn’t my cup of tea. 

  20. Douglas: Maybe I’m getting a little bit of burnout, but the main podcasts haven’t seemed as good in the past few weeks. As for Corolla, I’ve tried his podcasts, and language concerns aside, it just wasn’t my cup of tea.  · 21 hours ago

    Douglas — Tell us where you think we’re not fulfilling expectations for you. Always happy to take notes and suggestions on how we can improve. 

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