Ricochet Podcast #35: The Enthusiastic Warrior

 

Big Government’s Andrew Breitbart joins us and we cover the panoply of conflicts that seem to follow Andrew where ever he goes. A brief list: Most of Twitter, the folks in the parking lot of the Sears Center, Glenn Beck, Shirley Sherrod, Eleanor Holmes Norton, and Harvey Fierstein. And that’s just in the first ten minutes. We also talk about the Tea Party, the mid-terms, and we get a valuable lesson in crowd control.

And now, more bullets than a John Woo movie:

  • Andrew confronts the protestors at the recent Right Nation 2010 rally.
  • Before reading Andrew’s Twitter feed, please send the children out of the room.
  • Andrew discusses the alleged use of the N-word at the Capitol on Hannity.
  • Listen in as Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton does a little fund raising in her spare time.
  • “Back and to the left” is a line from JFK, Oliver Stone’s fictionalized account of the Kennedy assassination.
  • Wikipedia’s collection of links and background on Shirley Sherrod’s speech and subsequent resignation.
  • You may not recognize Shepard Fairey’s name, but you have seen his work. Sorry Mr. President, he’s just not that into you anymore.
  • Where it all started: Andrew’s book Hollywood, Interrupted.
  • While you were sleeping, Rob Long was hard at work discussing Lindsay Lohan on Red Eye.

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    @TheMugwump

    Kudos to Andrew Breitbart for bravely taking on the tactics of the left. I have for most of my adult life assumed that the left was honest in their desire for a better nation if somewhat philosophically naive. Thanks to Breitbart I no longer cut the left any slack. And I think this is where the Tea Party holds the high moral ground. We are witnessing a revolt by decent Americans against the grifters who inhabit our political institutions. Fight on, Mr. Breitbart, you are a warrior in service to the nation. Huzzah!

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    Caller:

    …a video game that would be great for your website. Palin-Pelosi Catfight! In, like, Betty Page gear?”

    Rob:

    “Uh…”

    Caller:

    “Right now it’s X-rated, but I could take out some of the naughty bits…”

    Peter Robinson bursts out of the men’s room, wiping his hands on his pants.

    Peter:

    “Doggonit, Rob! No calls! No more calls! You promised!”

    Rob:

    “Well, Peter, that’s what’s known in Hollywood as a Zinoviev promise..”

    Peter (stuttering):

    “Z-z-z- noviev?”

    Rob:

    “Didn’t you ever see “Stalin”?

    Breitbart:

    “Duvall. Awesome.”

    Rob:

    “There’s this scene in the basement of the Lubyanka. Beria and a couple of KGB guards yank Zinoviev out of his cell and drag him down this looooong corridor towards the execution chamber….”

    Breitbart:

    “Great lighting…”

    Rob:

    “And Zinoviev is blubbering and shrieking, like, ‘Call Comrade Stalin! This is a mistake! Call Comrade Stalin!’

    So they get to the execution cell; the guards fling the door open and Zinoviev cries out ,

    ‘Comrade Stalin promised! If I confessed, he would spare me! He promised!’

    And Beria unholsters his revolver and smiles and says,

    ‘Comrade Stalin… has… withdrawn… his promise’…”

    Caller:

    “Hello?”

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    @AaronMiller

    This podcast should have been called “Conspiracies.”

    This sort of corruption among politicians and organizers seems normal now. Is it temporary? Is this America from here on? Or was it always like this and I never realized? I’ve been hoping all the unmasked hatred for conservatives and the willingness to use any vile means to bully us into submission is just a passing trend.

    I’m not sure it’s worth a conservative’s time to be a guest on the shows of intellectually dishonest and mean-spirited hosts. As Rob says, they always try to ambush conservatives. They don’t really care what we think. But maybe some of their audience are honest enough to wonder.

    Andrew’s right that Obama is ironically to thank for the philosophical awakening of countless Americans.

    I know what Andrew means by “power of the visual of the protest.” But I’d hate to see protests become the norm for both sides of politics. The thought of competing protests calls to mind two people shouting over each other without a care for what’s being said.

    This is the most depressing podcast yet.

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    @EJHill
    Aaron Miller: …I’d hate to see protests become the norm for both sides of politics. The thought of competing protests calls to mind two people shouting over each other without a care for what’s being said.

    As much as Rob tries, Organizing for America and the SEIU will not sign the Ricochet Code of Conduct. It is, for better or worse, a part of human nature and long enshrined as a part of our history.

    From the Stamp Act Riots to the Draft Riots of 1863 and the Bonus Marchers of the Great War, we Americans have been known to protest quite a bit. I, for one, am heartened that our side has finally gotten off their collective duffs to do a little rabble rousing of our own.

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    @TheMugwump

    Aaron Miller

    This podcast should have been called “Conspiracies.”

    “This sort of corruption among politicians and organizers seems normal now. Is it temporary? Is this America from here on? Or was it always like this and I never realized? I’ve been hoping all the unmasked hatred for conservatives and the willingness to use any vile means to bully us into submission is just a passing trend.”

    Trace, it’s not normal under the rule of law. The current situation is an aberration. Most Americans understand that voluntary compliance to the law makes for a free and prosperous society. This is one reason why the middle class is rising against the political class. The Tea Parties are nothing if not thoroughly middle class. What other group comes armed with trash bags to clean up the mess after a protest? Kant was the first one to make the case that a strong middle class is the foundation of a great nation. Marx specifically targeted the bourgeoisie as enemies of his future utopia. Marx was a fool, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have his acolytes today. Put your bets on the middle class. America is rising.

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    @HumphreyBenjamin

    Kudos guys. Consistently the most entertaining podcast I’ve stumbled across yet. Wish it were a daily, but, know you gotta make a living too. Keep em comin.

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    @NickStuart

    A question came up to the effect “where do community organizers come from, how do they learn how to do this?” The answer is there are training programs for it. Seriously.

    How do I know this? Because I’ve helped develop several, most recently one that’s still in the print shop ready to be used to train some 1000 trainers on how to train people to be “grassroots advocates” in all 57 states (being facetious with the number, but you get the idea).

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    @DuaneOyen

    When describing the leading confrontationalists of the Right, of whom the sainted Andrew is certainly a leader, it is important to remember who was first- and continues today: David Horowitz.

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    @anonacademic

    Mr. Breitbart is probably correct that the MSM refused to show his clips exculpating the Tea Party protestors at the allegedly n-word chanting gauntlet because to do so wouldn’t have fit the narrative and a good story. However this is a bit rich coming from a guy who still hasn’t issued a retraction in regards to Juan Carlos Vera, the man at the San Diego ACORN office who called the police immediately after talking to Giles + O’Keefe about human trafficking. Mr. Breitbart in this instance, like the MSM in the n-word chant thing, let a good story get in the way of factual accuracy.

    I say this even though, like Mr. Breitbart, I think Giles/O’Keefe got a lot of indisputably repulsive/criminal ACORN interviews and that even the avowed “legitimate” functions of the organization are bad policy and thuggish tactics — however by the same token the MSM probably are equally convinced that the tea party are angry anti-government extremists. In both cases evidence is ignored and slanders perpetuated when it conflicts with a narrative.

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    Kenneth: Caller:

    …a video game that would be great for your website. Palin-Pelosi Catfight! In, like, Betty Page gear?”

    Rob:

    “Uh…”

    Caller:

    “Right now it’s X-rated, but I could take out some of the naughty bits…”

    Peter Robinson bursts out of the men’s room, wiping his hands on his pants.

    Peter:

    “Doggonit, Rob! No calls! No more calls! You promised!

    Greatest comment on Ricochet to date.

    You forgot Lileks commenting on how the movie paid perfect homage to the Bolshevik architecture of the 1930’s.

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    Rob Long –Notes for Andrew Breitbart

    Rob , I heard you try to steer Breitbart into a concise overview of the Pickford/Shirley Sherrod story.

    Iam fan of Andrew. He could be the digital Hearst. He makes news and interprets the scene, he’s an activist weapon and I’m glad he’s on our side. I have heard him extensively on Dennis Miller’s show and Red eye .

    He needs a producer /editor to keep him focused and mold him into a master natural communicator.

    Pickford sounds like a classic Democratic scandal ; Government negotiates a settlement with itself, $Billion tax dollars are directed to Trial Lawyers and phony Black plaintiffs , rewarding their support. The black politician making it happen is Obama and Shirley Sherrod is $7figure beneficiary.

    My head was swimming with yours during Andrew’s recounting. Even Tiger Woods needed Butch Harmon.

    FWIW -Rob the Ricochet podcast best with 3 participants per segment

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    Can you please post the link to the Eleanor Holmes Norton audio recording? Thx

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    ~Paules: Aaron Miller

    Trace, it’s not normal under the rule of law. The current situation is an aberration. Most Americans understand that voluntary compliance to the law makes for a free and prosperous society… Sep 24 at 7:38pm

    ~Paules — I love that I have become enshrined in your consciousness as the naif awakening from his squishy centrist torpor to the real ways of the world… but this one wasn’t me — it was Aaron. Never mind that I’m 20 years older than Aaron and am supposed to know better.

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    Trace Urdan: Can you please post the link to the Eleanor Holmes Norton audio recording? Thx · Sep 28 at 4:19am

    Done. 4th bullet from the top.

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