The Hinderaker Ward Experience (HWX) returns for a very special Christmas Eve podcast. John Hinderaker of Powerline and Brian Ward of Fraters Libertas conspire as they dream by the fire at the nexus of Christmas and politics.

They begin with a review of HGTV’s White House Christmas 2012. Yes, we may be $16 trillion in debt, but at least we get to enjoy scale model White House Gingerbread houses with digital photographs etched into the windows, life sized topiary models of the First Dog, and a small forest of 54 live Christmas trees and gold leaf bunting installed inside the President’s house. The official White House chosen theme of this year’s Christmas is “Joy to All”. The unspoken subtext may be “Après moi, le deluge”.

Next they cover the latest depressing developments in in the fiscal cliff negotiations. Seven days out and the President is in Hawaii, while Republicans are alternately whining and cutting their own throats. Is there any hope? We’re holding out for a Christmas miracle.

The current, resurgent gun control debate is also touched upon, including John’s newly acquired membership in the National Rifle Association.

We wrap up with a double shot of Loon of the Week (why Lincoln is no Obama, and the Kwanzaa related consequences of the fiscal cliff) and This Week in Gatekeeping (Essss-wonderful!)

A very Merry Christmas to all HWX listeners, and comments are always most welcome.

Note: Listener of the week honors (and an appearance on the next HWX episode) goes to the first person to name the 3 gifts John is expecting to receive this Christmas from his son. Good luck!

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There are 5 comments.

  1. Thatcher

    At what point is this country going to start (at least) acting as if we our hocked up to our ears?

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    • December 24, 2012 at 11:58 am
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  2. Member

    John will be getting a bottle of scotch, a cigar, and a box of 9mm ammunition.

    • #2
    • December 25, 2012 at 2:56 am
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  3. Contributor

    Ding ding ding ding ding ding!

    Congratulations Jeff Petraska, you are the winner.

    Please monitor your Ricochet inbox for further communication about date and time for the next show. Hoping to cobble one together pre-New Year’s. 

    • #3
    • December 25, 2012 at 3:03 am
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  4. Member


    Although not Ricochet’s most extreme Gun Extremist, I’d like to address your question about the increased speed in the firing of the semi-auto pistol versus the revolver. 

    For the average person, John’s description of the difference as slight and “insignificant” is appropriate. But I’d like to suggest you spend 38 seconds watching Jerry Miculek work to dispel any perception of that advantage.

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    • December 27, 2012 at 5:11 am
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  5. Thatcher

    I forget who said it, but either John or Brian certainly expressed my sentiments when he said that he feels as if the White House is under enemy occupation. 

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    • December 28, 2012 at 8:53 am
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