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Ricochet Podcast #87: Looking For A Hero

This week, Jonah Goldberg sits in for the child-rearing Peter Robinson. We of course cover the presidential race, learn a few new words, discuss Ben-Hur’s nationality, Jonah teaches us what a “girlfriend experience” is, and we paint a disturbing mental image of a certain northeastern governor. Trust us, it’s very educational.

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To link or not to link:

  • Cinncinatus&nbsp;was an aristocrat and political figure of the Roman Republic, serving as consul in 460 BC and Roman dictator in 458 BC and 439 BC. And yes, the city in Ohio was named after him. Update: Member Will Lord in the comments below disagrees.&nbsp;

  • According to Ingolo.com, the correct&nbsp;pronunciation&nbsp;of Che is cheh.&nbsp;
  • Gopher Stadium does look like amazing, although visiting an outdoor football stadium in Minnesota in December does take stones of steel. Note to Lileks: according to the website, the U2 concert has been&nbsp;rescheduled. Adjust your calendar. P.S. Lileks writes about his day at the game in much more detail on Lileks.com. We insist you visit there.&nbsp;
  • Ben-Hur was laughingly described in the L.A. Times as a Palestinian here. Funny, he doesn’t look&nbsp;Palestinian…&nbsp;
  • The film James is&nbsp;referring&nbsp;to is indeed Footlight Parade. Here’s the trailer.
  • We’re not going to go as far to say that this is the definitive source on this, but according to PalestineFacts.org, the origins of the name Palestine “derives from “Plesheth”, a name that appears frequently in the Bible and has come into English as “Philistine”. Plesheth, (root palash) was a general term meaning rolling or migratory. This referred to the Philistine’s invasion and conquest of the coast from the sea. The Philistines were not Arabs nor even Semites, they were most closely related to the Greeks originating from Asia Minor and Greek localities. They did not speak Arabic. They had no connection, ethnic, linguistic or historical with Arabia or Arabs.” Have it out in the comments.
  • It’s Rosh&nbsp;Hashanah, so a hearty mazel tov&nbsp;to Ricochet member genferei for his winning post&nbsp;Why Can’t We Call The New Deal A Wrong Turn? We’ll be in touch, sir.&nbsp;
  • Raymond Moley&nbsp;was not in fact FDR’s Chief of Staff (the position didn’t exist in those days) but was an important advisor and speech writer for the President. He later grew increasingly critical of his policies, eventually becoming a conservative Republican. Smart man.&nbsp;
  • The logo for the National Recovery&nbsp;Administration.&nbsp;
  • Here’s the dance number from Footlight Parade when the dancers hold up cards of Roosevelt’s face. Incredible.&nbsp;
  • ABC News has the story about the 20,000 missing SAMs. Ruh-Roh.
  • “Frenemy” in Arabic? Mr. Long, you have stumped us. Little help, Ricocheteers?
  • And for the record, Mr Goldberg, Eskimos do not have 50 words for snow. And they don’t rub their noses to kiss either.&nbsp;
  • That said, be sure and subscribe&nbsp;to Jonah’s great weekly email blast, The G-File (link at the very bottom of the page). We do.&nbsp;

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The Ricochet Podcast is proudly sponsored by Encounter Books and their Broadside series. This week’s featured title is A Century of Palestinian Rejectionism and Jew Hatred by&nbsp;&nbsp;Sol Stern. Available for all platforms at&nbsp;EncounterBooks.com&nbsp;and Amazon.com.

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