Ricochet Podcast #65: Legionnaires

We get a boots on the ground report on the state of the health care system from our own (recovering) Rob Long. Then, The Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson joins to discuss the ever growing welfare state, whether Boehner punted, Trump, and his man crush on Paul Ryan.

Better late than never, here are the links:

  • According to Wikipedia, Legionnaires’ disease acquired its name in July 1976 when an outbreak of pneumonia occurred among people attending a convention of the American Legion at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia. On January 18, 1977 the causative agent was identified as a previously unknown bacterium, subsequently named Legionella. We’re not certain this is what Rob had, but we would like to point out that he did two podcasts and a Red Eye while infected with it. That, ladies and gentleman, is what we in show business call a trouper. 

  • Greenville, SC is the sixth largest city (by population) in the state of South Carolina. The metropolitan area had an estimated population of 639,617 in 2009. It is also the home of Bob Jones University.
  • Levaquin is used to treat bacterial infections of the skin, sinuses, kidneys, bladder, or prostate. It is also used to treat bacterial infections that cause bronchitis or pneumonia, and to treat people who have been exposed to anthrax. 
  • Uncommon Knowledge is the Hoover Institution’s superlative interview series hosted by our own Peter Robinson. Required viewing.
  • The correct pronunciation of Fatima? Listen here. Although the Dragnet ad (yes, we found it) pronounces it differently, we’ll have to go with the former on this one. And James, you are correct — that is George Fenneman doing the announce. 
  • Michael Totten is the great independent journalist who covers the middle east. We bet he knows how to correctly pronounce Fatima. P.S. Looks like he’ll be on the podcast April 28th.
  • Jim Treacher  writes the DC Trawler column over at DailyCaller.com. We’ve invited him on the podcast in the past, but he says he’s too shy. Really.
  • Here’s the column Speaker Boehner wrote for Politico. He would have gotten much nicer comments had he written it on Ricochet. 
  • Here’s the John McCormick piece in the The Weekly Standard. 
  • Matt Lewis’ budget roundup in the Daily Caller is here. 
  • According to Rasmussen, party affiliation is running neck and neck at the present time. The independents clearly hold all the cards. 
  • According to this site, Maine is about 95.5% white, making it only second to Vermont as the whitest state in the country.
  • Unsurprisingly, Mark Steyn is absolutely correct. Colonists were charged a tax based on the diameter of the trees they cut down. 
  • Matt Lewis’ blog entry about manning up.
  • Here’s the clip of Kobe Bryant that got him fined. Don’t let your kids lip read it.
  • Ashley Judd’s tortured (and unneeded) apology may be parsed here.
  • According to this post on Google’s official blog, Kansas City is (so far) the only city to have been awarded Google’s high speed fiber connection. Does Peter know something Google doesn’t?
  • Speaking of Google, here’s Paul Ryan’s congressional district via Google Maps.
  • We’re interested in buying some Trump chocolate, but first we’d like  to see some proof as to where they are actually made.
  • The Trump Panama Hotel is as wonderfully subtle and understated as everything else he is involved in. Can a real estate development have a comb over?
  • The Daily Caller does have an iPhone app but not one specifically for the iPad. Neither do we. 
  • Programming reminder: join us next week for Donald Rumsfeld and Mark Steyn.

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The Ricochet Podcast is proudly sponsored by Encounter Books. This week’s featured title is The Road To Fatima Gate by Michael J. Totten.  Available at EncounterBooks.com and Amazon.com.