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It’s that time again. If you could invite any 10 people to a dinner party, living or dead (real people, please), who would you most like to converse with across a dinner table? With whom would you and your spouse like to share stories and banter? Assume that you could all speak the same language and be understood. Also assume that time is unlimited. Who would you invite to your ideal dinner party? Here is my guest list:

Rush and Katherine Limbaugh

J.S. Bach

Benjamin Franklin

Dr. Larry Arnn and wife Penny (President of Hillsdale College)

Dr. Thomas Sowell and his wife

Author Daniel Silva and his wife Jamie Gangel

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  1. The (apathetic) King Prawn Inactive

    One of my favorites is in that shot, the ever delightful Dave Carter.

    Of the Ricochetti lot I would love another dinner with D. C. McAllister. I’d also have Peter at the table. Rob, if he’s buying. Jonah as comic relief. Kevin Williamson and Charlie Cooke to liven things up. Paul Rahe to keep things on a higher level. Bill Bennett mostly to see him interact with Paul. Last, but certainly not least, Troy, so I’d have someone to go on smoke breaks with.

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    • December 30, 2014, at 9:46 PM PST
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  2. Profile Photo Member

    Is that a picture of Larry Koler sober by Dave Carter? I need to save this picture. ;-)

    RB,

    Since your picture is wide it makes the text wide too. If you change the size of it, text won’t be hidden.

    I am putting the text here to read it.

    It’s that time again. If you could invite any ten people to a dinner party, living or dead (real people, please), who would you most like to converse with across a dinner table? With whom would you and your spouse like to share stories and banter? Assume that you could all speak the same language and be understood. Also assume that time is unlimited. Who would you invite to your ideal dinner party? Here is my guest list:

    Rush and Katherine Limbaugh

    J.S. Bach

    Benjamin Franklin

    Dr. Larry Arnn and wife Penny (President of Hillsdale College)

    Dr. Thomas Sowell and his wife

    Author Daniel Silva and his wife Jamie Gangel

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    • December 30, 2014, at 10:07 PM PST
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  3. EThompson Inactive

    My favorite dinner guests will always be: Leslie, Therese, Diane, Mary Ann, Nancy, Clifford, Todd, Pamela, Bill and Phil who are my ten best friends in the world.

    All are scattered across the globe so I don’t see nearly enough of them.

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    • December 30, 2014, at 10:17 PM PST
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  4. MarciN Member

    Viktor Frankl

    Ann Coulter

    Winston Churchill

    Albert Einstein

    Rush Limbaugh

    Charles Krauthammer

    George Washington

    John Adams

    Abraham Lincoln

    James McPherson

    And if I could have 11, I’d want Eisenhower there.

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    • December 30, 2014, at 10:42 PM PST
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  5. Profile Photo Member

    I don’t know how I could get there names but I would like the Number 2 people to famous people. I would find them more interesting and more down to earth.

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    • December 31, 2014, at 12:20 AM PST
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  6. ctlaw Coolidge

    Sticking with the living:

    Mark Steyn

    Ann Coulter

    Antonin Scalia

    Clarence Thomas

    Jonah Goldberg

    Peter Thiel

    Bill Gates

    Benjamin Netanyahu

    Daniel Hannan

    Thomas Sowell

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    • December 31, 2014, at 4:57 AM PST
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  7. David Knights Member

    I will assume that Jesus, Buddha, etc. are off limits. I will also assume that language will not be a problem.

    Ben Franklin

    Geo. Washington

    Abe Lincoln

    R.E. Lee

    Will Shakespeare

    Sir Terry Pratchett

    Sir Douglass Bader

    The Virgin Mary

    Gichen Funakoshi

    Rob Long

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    • December 31, 2014, at 5:28 AM PST
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  8. Devereaux Inactive

    I have taken the view that the 10 people are those specifically that I would want to converse with. If they brought wives/hunbands/significant others, it would increase the dinner size to perhaps up to 20. But as all of mine are dead, coming alone would be fine.

    Atilla the Hun

    Charlemagne

    Abraham Lincoln

    Isaiah

    Paul

    Machiavelli

    Cicero

    Lloyd George

    Milton Friedman

    Queen Elizabeth I

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    • December 31, 2014, at 6:37 AM PST
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  9. Stad Thatcher

    Any of the Ricochetti, any of the conservative pundits/authors/columnists/talk show hosts, and all of my old friends. Oh, my wife and her old friends too!

    The beauty of this wish list is that it has already happened, and will happen again.

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    • December 31, 2014, at 6:49 AM PST
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  10. Mate De Coolidge

    Dennis prager, Mark Steyn, Rush and Adam Carolla. I think what would be lively and funny dinner party.

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    • December 31, 2014, at 7:41 AM PST
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  11. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    My list would mostly be made up of Ricochet members, some who I have already met and some who I haven’t. I’ll surely think later of others I should have included, but I’ll start the list of with Jason Rudert, 6foot2inhighheels, Stad, Mollie Hemingway, Arahunt, Midget Faded Rattlesnake, and former member BrentB67. I’d throw in a friend of mine from school who now lives 1400 miles away. And for non-Ricochet celebrities, I’ll take P.J. O’Rourke and the country singer, Sara Evans.

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    • December 31, 2014, at 8:03 AM PST
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  12. HeartofFLA Inactive

    ctlaw:Sticking with the living:

    Mark Steyn

    Ann Coulter

    Antonin Scalia

    Clarence Thomas

    Jonah Goldberg

    Peter Thiel

    Bill Gates

    Benjamin Netanyahu

    Daniel Hannan

    Thomas Sowell

    With the exception of Ann Coulter, whom I suspect would hog the conversation, I really like your list.

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    • December 31, 2014, at 8:10 AM PST
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  13. HeartofFLA Inactive

    10 cents:I don’t know how I could get there names but I would like the Number 2 people to famous people. I would find them more interesting and more down to earth.

    This is an interesting thought. I’ve always said that I would never want to run for elective office. I’d rather be #2. You influence, you dig dirt, you hide dirt, and you mostly have the ability to do all that and be relatively anonymous. Imagine what #2 really knows…

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    • December 31, 2014, at 8:18 AM PST
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  14. PHCheese Member

    Where are Ronald Reagan and William F Buckley?

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    • December 31, 2014, at 8:23 AM PST
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  15. MarciN Member

    ctlaw:Sticking with the living:

    Mark Steyn

    Ann Coulter

    Antonin Scalia

    Clarence Thomas

    Jonah Goldberg

    Peter Thiel

    Bill Gates

    Benjamin Netanyahu

    Daniel Hannan

    Thomas Sowell

    I’d like to be at your dinner party. I forgot Mark Steyn and Netanyahu. :)

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    • December 31, 2014, at 8:52 AM PST
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  16. TG Thatcher
    TG

    Not a complete list of ten, here, but I would include John and Abigail Adams.

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    • December 31, 2014, at 9:05 AM PST
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  17. Neil Hansen (Klaatu) Inactive

    I went with 5 living and 5 dead.

    Jesus
    William F Buckley
    Benjamin Franklin
    St John Paul II
    Abraham Lincoln

    Peter Robinson
    Antonin Scalia
    Clarence Thomas
    Dana Perino
    Jonah Goldberg

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    • December 31, 2014, at 9:17 AM PST
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  18. Mike Rapkoch Member

    10 cents, because I could throw actual things at him.

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    • December 31, 2014, at 10:06 AM PST
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  19. EThompson Inactive

    Klaatu:I went with 5 living and 5 dead.

    Jesus William F Buckley Benjamin Franklin St John Paul II Abraham Lincoln

    Peter Robinson Antonin Scalia Clarence Thomas Dana Perino Jonah Goldberg

    I would have thrown in Alito here. He’s my new favorite justice. :)

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    • December 31, 2014, at 10:11 AM PST
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  20. Misthiocracy grudgingly Member
    Misthiocracy grudgingly Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    All my friends from days gone by who I used to spend uncountable hours with every week but who I never see anymore in these days of jobs and kids.

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    • December 31, 2014, at 11:24 AM PST
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  21. Rob Long Founder

    David Knights:I will assume that Jesus, Buddha, etc. are off limits. I will also assume that language will not be a problem.

    Ben Franklin

    Geo. Washington

    Abe Lincoln

    R.E. Lee

    Will Shakespeare

    Sir Terry Pratchett

    Sir Douglass Bader

    The Virgin Mary

    Gichen Funakoshi

    Rob Long

    That’s quite a downward trajectory.

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    • December 31, 2014, at 12:58 PM PST
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  22. TheChuckSteak Inactive

    MarciN:Viktor Frankl

    Ann Coulter

    Winston Churchill

    Albert Einstein

    Rush Limbaugh

    Charles Krauthammer

    George Washington

    John Adams

    Abraham Lincoln

    James McPherson

    And if I could have 11, I’d want Eisenhower there.

    Charles Krauthammer and Coulter make the top 10 but Eisenhower merely gets the 11th spot? You’re gonna put Eisenhower outside to wait for a space to open! For shame!

    My list is

    Eisenhower as a #1

    Oscar Wilde

    Steve McQueen

    Young Sophia Loren

    King Tut

    Karl Marx (Of whom I would ask what the hell he thinks about the 20th century)

    Alexander Hamilton

    Teddy Roosevelt

    David Bowie

    Leonardo DaVinci

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    • December 31, 2014, at 1:08 PM PST
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  23. RushBabe49 Thatcher
    RushBabe49

    Rob, you could crash my party, and I’d find a place for you at the table. Wouldn’t you just love to talk to Ben Franklin?

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    • December 31, 2014, at 1:12 PM PST
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  24. Profile Photo Member

    Mike Rapkoch:10 cents, because I could throw actual things at him.

    Mike,

    I miss you to from where I am at. If you were more in range I would dinner roll you. When we meet, I will be the one in the helmet. Between you, RushBabe, and Ray I need the protection.

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    • December 31, 2014, at 1:12 PM PST
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  25. EThompson Inactive

    TheChuckSteak

    Alexander Hamilton

    Good call. The most interesting and brilliant Founding Father!

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    • December 31, 2014, at 1:17 PM PST
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  26. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    TheChuckSteak:King Tut

    Do you speak Middle Egyptian?

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    • December 31, 2014, at 1:19 PM PST
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  27. TheChuckSteak Inactive

    Randy Weivoda:

    TheChuckSteak:King Tut

    Do you speak Middle Egyptian?

    No, I just thought it would be cool for aesthetic purposes to have a decked out boy king and his entourage at my party.

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    • December 31, 2014, at 1:37 PM PST
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  28. Hank Rearden Member

    Julius Caesar

    Winston Churchill

    Robert Oppenheimer

    Thomas Sowell

    William Shakespeare

    John Kennedy

    Benjamin Disraeli

    Moshe Dayan

    George Martin

    Milton Friedman

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    • December 31, 2014, at 2:01 PM PST
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  29. Ed G. Member
    Ed G. Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    TheChuckSteak:

    …..

    Charles Krauthammer and Coulter make the top 10 but Eisenhower merely gets the 11th spot? You’re gonna put Eisenhower outside to wait for a space to open! For shame!

    My list is

    Eisenhower as a #1

    Oscar Wilde

    Steve McQueen

    Young Sophia Loren

    King Tut

    Karl Marx (Of whom I would ask what the hell he thinks about the 20th century)

    Alexander Hamilton

    Teddy Roosevelt

    David Bowie

    Leonardo DaVinci

    If you get the young Sophia Loren, can I crash the party too?

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    • December 31, 2014, at 2:03 PM PST
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  30. Ed G. Member
    Ed G. Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Misthiocracy:All my friends from days gone by who I used to spend uncountable hours with every week but who I never see anymore in these days of jobs and kids.

    Yes, me too. Though, nowadays I only want to visit every now and again – I don’t have any desire to return to those days permanently.

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    • December 31, 2014, at 2:06 PM PST
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