Ricochet Podcast #109: The 9th Happiest City

 

This week, Dr. Thomas Sowell and Ricochet’s own Mollie Hemingway gather ’round the microphone. We cover Super Tuesday, Dr. Sowell’s new book Intellectuals and Society, religious freedom, Rush to justice, free birth control, a first hand account of Andrew Breitbart’s funeral, and an innovative idea on how the city of Minneapolis could instantly get happier. 

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Update: A new EJHill graphic hot off his monitor. 

The Ricochet Podcast is proudly sponsored by Encounter Books. This week’s featured title is The Case for Polarized Politics: Why America Needs Social Conservatism by Jeffrey Bell. Coming soon to EncounterBooks.com and Amazon.com.

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    @GarrettPetersen

    OH MY!  Thomas Sowell!  I wish I weren’t in a library right now so I could listen right away.

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    @StevenPotter
    Leslie Watkins: One of my favorite things about this podcast (and there are many) is listening to James’s riffs of righteous indignation.

    I thoroughly enjoy them, too.  It brings a smile to my face as I’m listening.

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    @jameslileks

    Back in the 80s I did a mock-documentary on the opening credits of the Mary Tyler Moore show; favorite sequence was an “interview” with the actress who played the typically Minnesotan lady in the background of that screen grab, disapproving of Mary Richards’ outburst. In the doc she was a famous European movie actress who’d come here during the war, was cut from every important movie she ever did, and was seen only in that 3 second segment.

    There’s now a statue of MTM on that spot, by the way, tam o’shanter perpetually wed to the tips of her fingers.

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    @FreeWifiDuringSermon

    Can Rob or Blue Yeti find The Joke from Breitbart’s funeral and link to it online?

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    @DutchTex

    Right after I posted this on the member feed, I can suddenly post comments again…I love computers.

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    @AaronMiller

    I can’t wait to hear it!

    You can upgrade my latte membership to [whatever pseudo-coffee trumps lattes] if y’all can convince Sowell to start posting on Ricochet.

    And there’s no one on Ricochet I would rather hear discuss the religious freedom issue than Mollie.

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    @LeslieWatkins

    One of my favorite things about this podcast (and there are many) is listening to James’s riffs of righteous indignation. But today we also caught a glimpse of his not unrelated loyalty and heartfelt humanity. Thanks, James. May I call you brother?

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    @SMatthewStolte

    I’m glad there’s a girl on this week. — Not that I didn’t enjoy all of the Star Trek and the humor inappropriate for mixed company last time. But no one wants it to get out of hand.

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    @PatJefferson

    “Epidermis in the scrum” sounds dirty. Just sayin’.

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    @jameslileks

    Of course, Leslie! 

    Now what did I say?

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    @LeslieWatkins

    It was the gap in air time after Rob was telling the story about the joke—which I’m dying to hear by the way—and they said, “James” and it took you awhile to speak. Maybe I’m wrong, but I got the sense that the story kind of choked you up (and it was choking me up), so I felt a kinship.

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    For continuity,  here’s the original graphic that went with this post: 

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    I like the podcasts that are like well constructed music that start low and slow and then work up to a beautiful sunshiny moment.  A few podcasts ago that was exemplified by the “bleep” by VDH in his comments about Santorum; one of the highlights of this podcast was the Rossini-like crescendo to the “Toddlers in Tiaras” reference.

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    @billy

    Andrew Breitbart’s favorite joke, told by Orson Bean.

    Here

    Editor’s note: Caution, as discussed in the podcast, this joke is NSFR (Not Safe For Ricochet).

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    @PeterMeza

    Freedom is in Peril:

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    @jameslileks

    Orson’s joke could be used to describe how many conservatives feel about a Romney victory.

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    @MrDart
    billy: Andrew Breitbart’s favorite joke, told by Orson Bean.

    Here

    Editor’s note: Caution, as discussed in the podcast, this joke is NSFR (Not Safe For Ricochet).· 53 minutes ago

    Edited 42 minutes ago

    Thanks for the link.  Dennis Miller talked about it the next day on the radio (Orson’s a frequent guest) but said he couldn’t tell it on air.  Now we know why.

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    @EJHill

    I don’t know which Minneapolis institution in more beloved, the Twins and #7, or Mary Tyler Moore and….

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    @billy
    James Lileks: Orson’s joke could be used to describe how many conservatives feel about a Romney victory. · 1 hour ago

    Thank you.

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    @ParisParamus

    I want this poster, now:

    FREEDOM IS IN PERIL

    OBAMA MUST GO

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    @MelFoil

    The view from James’ private helicopter:

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    @SeverelyLtd

    Just finished the segment with Mollie Hemingway, and really enjoyed it. Give that woman her own podcast.

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    @billy
    Severely Ltd.: Just finished the segment with Mollie Hemingway, and really enjoyed it. Give that woman her own podcast. · 2 minutes ago

    Or at least put her in the rotation of Ricochet Podcast regulars.

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    @EThompson

    Hmph… Mr Lileks and EJ Hill; I  would have assumed a mention of # 29 would be in good order:  

    In the 1977 season, Carew batted .388, which was the highest since Boston’s Ted Williams hit .406 in 1941, and won the American League’s Most Valuable Player award.

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    @IsraelP

    Rob’s reference to “Ezra Nitrous” who might have invented nitrous oxide is cute. “Ezra” means assistance or aid (as in “first aid”), so it’s a better line that Rob had thought.

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    @EJHill
    EThompson:  I  would have assumed a mention of # 29 would be in good order…

    Who is the most beloved Twin in history? Killebrew, Carew, Puckett or Kitty Kaat?

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    @CaseyWay

    Great to hear Mollie on the podcast.

    I’m almost inclined to head to DC with a sign “Give me the dignity to struggle with my faith.” If I had any talents with graphic design, I might style it after the “Keep Calm” poster. But where’s the best place to stand: the White House, Congress, HHS…

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    @Antiphon

    Wait, did we hear the voice of the YETI on this podcast? Is that a first?

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    @PeterMeza

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    http://www.keepcalm-o-matic.co.uk/

    Let’s have some fun with this!

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    Antiphon: Wait, did we hear the voice of the YETI on this podcast? Is that a first? · 13 minutes ago

    Edited 12 minutes ago

    I don’t think so, but maybe I missed something? You’ll notice the podcast gets a little choppy towards the end of the interview with Dr. Sowell because James was having momentary trouble with his router, but I thought I cut all of that out. Oh well. 

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