We have all the answers this week: the pronunciation of the letter “w”, the best analogy for the Justice Department scandal, the best that can happen in the IRS scandal, who really is America’s dog, whether or not Obama is Liberace and Behind The Candelabra is a great or an unwatchable movie. Also, BREAKING: the war on terror is over, Will Smith is a physicist (just ask him), the case for drones, Jonah reviews Star Trek: Into Darkness, Arrested Development, the coming TV disruption, the importance of making Webster, and Morgan Freeman falls asleep

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  1. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge

    I’m dying, dying, I tell you, to listen to GLOP, yet the direct MP3 linky no worky.

    And I’m just about to kick iTunes to the ashbin of history, so please help convince me to vote with my feet regarding that enormous, bloated, gassy, and pompous piece of something once vaguely referred to as “software”.

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    • May 31, 2013, at 5:20 AM PDT
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    • May 31, 2013, at 5:27 AM PDT
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  3. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge

    Thank you! There will be additional danish served at Monday’s staff meeting in recognition of your efforts, BY.

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    • May 31, 2013, at 5:32 AM PDT
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  4. Blue State Blues Member
    Blue State Blues Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Can’t get it on iTunes in the superfeed.

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    • May 31, 2013, at 5:35 AM PDT
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  5. Profile Photo Member

    Reload it. It’s there.

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    • May 31, 2013, at 6:04 AM PDT
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  6. Commodore BTC Inactive

    John and Jonah both espoused The Limbaugh Theorem without attribution:

    My entire life the economy of a country has always been tied to the president, fairly or not, fairly or unfairly. Economy goes up, president gets the credit. Economy goes south, president gets the blame, whether he had anything to do with it or not, it’s been standard operating procedure. But not now…. And people do not make that connection, say, “How can this be?”…

    … He’s never seen as governing. Obama is always seen opposing everything that’s happening, even the things he is causing to happen. He is on a perpetual campaign…

    … Some people say he’s campaigning just because he likes it, that’s his strong suit. No. It’s not that. It’s to make sure that he doesn’t get blamed for anything. He is presenting every day a photo-op and an image of opposing all the things happening, and as they get worse, he gets credit for trying to fix them.

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    • May 31, 2013, at 6:25 AM PDT
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  7. Commodore BTC Inactive

    sorry John, Arrested Development is the best sitcom ever made (the first two seasons at least)

    it’s also subversively conservative

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    • May 31, 2013, at 6:50 AM PDT
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  8. Reckless Endangerment Member


    Let’s add some reviews of Webster!

    Hold on, hold on. Let me stop you right there…

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    • May 31, 2013, at 7:26 AM PDT
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  9. Stephen Dawson Inactive

    Rob Long: you are right. It is the perfect analogy. And yes, he really did burn the spaghetti.

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    • May 31, 2013, at 7:40 AM PDT
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  10. Jeff Peterson Inactive

    Worst. Segue. Ever. 

    You’ll know it when you hear it.

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    • May 31, 2013, at 8:35 AM PDT
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  11. Leslie Watkins Inactive
    Leslie Watkins Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I’ve very glad that this podcast is occurring more regularly. The guys are gellin’. I personally would enjoy lots more stories about Hollywood/American cultural history with a political turn whenever there is one.

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    • May 31, 2013, at 9:09 AM PDT
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  12. Profile Photo Member
    Leslie Watkins: I’ve very glad that this podcast is occurring more regularly. The guys are gellin’.

    I so agree. It’s a lot of fun listening to this podcast.

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    • May 31, 2013, at 10:09 AM PDT
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  13. doc molloy Inactive

    Can GLoP please turn its laser light attention some time soon to The Larry Sanders Show regarded to be best comedy show ever.. Rip Torn at his best.

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    • June 1, 2013, at 4:05 AM PDT
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  14. Rightfromthestart Coolidge

    The press is angry with the administration because thereare scandals at all, the way your wife would be if you did something embarrassing in public. They feel the scandals reflect poorly on them and they are now forced to try to lessen the impact.

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    • June 1, 2013, at 6:28 AM PDT
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  15. Benjamin Glaser Inactive

    Great stuff. 

    By the way I share Jonah’s fear about Star Wars by J.J. Abrams. 

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    • June 1, 2013, at 7:18 AM PDT
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  16. Tom Meyer, Common Citizen Contributor

    I know Fred had a whole post on it, but I’m simply amazed that so many fellow Trekkies enjoyed ST:ID. It was an utterly generic blockbuster with an utterly generic villain, despite the utterly contrived and failed attempt to shoehorn him into a more deservingly famous part.

    For the record, I enjoyed the reboot while it was on the screen, but came to thoroughly dislike it the more I thought about it. And yes, there have been a lot of lousy Star Trek movies before, but at least they were bad in a Star Trek kind-of-way.

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    • June 1, 2013, at 12:23 PM PDT
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  17. angelasg Member
    angelasg Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    What happened to “GLoP Culture” as the title?

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    • June 2, 2013, at 1:06 AM PDT
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  18. bourbonsoaked Inactive

    Talking about Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks reminds me of a story Michael Crichton told: he wrote “Rising Sun” and named the main character John Connor to specifically appeal to Sean Connery. The character was described as looking like the actor and was designed so that Connery would take the movie role and make it a success. Appeals to vanity are hard to ignore.

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    • June 2, 2013, at 9:52 AM PDT
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  19. Solon Inactive

    Can someone explain to me why these guys aren’t writing a right-leaning comedy tv show? I’ve been saying this so many times that I might get kicked of Ricochet for saying it again, but as long as Jon Stewart and Colbert continue making fun of the right, unopposed, Americans will never take the right seriously. I know from experience; I used to watch those guys, and I never even realized how biased they were. I never would have voted for a Republican a few years ago. So, these guys are hilarious, especially Jonah Goldberg, and by the way Mark Steyn is hilarious, too; I believe that a comedy tv show with people like this involved would actually change the culture in America towards conservatives. It would help with all the stuff we righties complain about all the time, with being mocked and stereotyped. I heard this podcast, and they wrote a skit on the spot: a dream sequence of Ashley Judd running for office. That would be funny to see. Come one, SNL is never gonna do it, nor is anyone else. I am available to help, by the way, but I need a huge entourage. 

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    • June 3, 2013, at 7:47 AM PDT
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  20. Hartmann von Aue Member

    Not one stinking, alien-brain-goo-spattered quatloo for any of the reboots. The biggest problems with the new Star Trek can only be solved by firing the writers who don’t get the characters (Kirk in particular), getting rid of some of the actors (Zoe Saldana, Chris Pine) and returning it to its original format: Television. ST fans only flocked to see ST:TMP and ST: TWOK because they had more or less grown up with the characters. 

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    • June 3, 2013, at 10:44 AM PDT
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  21. Tom Meyer, Common Citizen Contributor
    Hartmann von Aue:

    Star Trek can only be solved by… returning it to its original format: Television.

    Seconded. I think the new films are proving that it’s difficult to do Star Trek movies not based on a Star Trek show. What made Spock’s death so powerful in ST:WoK was that he and Kirk had spent a lifetime together as BFFs. NuSpock and NuKirk have known each other about a year, and didn’t even like each other for the first half of that.

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    • June 3, 2013, at 11:39 AM PDT
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  22. Nerina Bellinger Member

    I’ve just finished reading John’s tribute to his recently deceased sister. It is simply, beautiful. John, I am sorry that you have to endure life now without your sister’s presence. Your love for her was made so clear in the piece at Commentary. My prayers are with you and your entire family.

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    • June 13, 2013, at 9:24 AM PDT
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