It’s another super-sized edition of the podcast with our guests The Weekly Standard‘s Andy Ferguson and The Washington Free Beacon’s Matt Continetti. We cover James’ dental adventures, Lance Armstrong, guns and the Chicago way, dueling Nixons, Republicans adrift, and Zero Dark Thirty

Music from this week’s episode:

The Ricochet Podcast opening theme was composed and produced by James Lileks

EJHill brought Photoshop to a gun fight.

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Members have made 24 comments.

  1. Profile photo of Nick Stuart Inactive

    Nice touch EJ, posed on LaSalle St. in tranquil, no crime at all, move along folks, nothing to see here Chicago.

    Yes Rob, Peter, and James, do come visit us here in the People’s Republic of Illinois.

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    • January 17, 2013 at 5:46 am
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    Nick Stuart: Yes Rob, Peter, and James, do come visit us here in the People’s Republic of Illinois. · 1 minute ago

    We’ll give you a nice Chicago welcome. Just don’t ask no questions.

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    • January 17, 2013 at 5:49 am
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  3. Profile photo of Stephen Dawson Thatcher

    It’s the one on the right that frightens me most.

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    • January 17, 2013 at 5:55 am
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  4. Profile photo of Eeyore Member

    I agree with Stephen:

    Peter: “Won’t you join us for a round of sporting clays?”

    Rob: “This cool prop gun was used in Pulp Fiction.

    James: “One false move and you’re meat vapor….”

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    • January 17, 2013 at 6:32 am
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  5. Profile photo of Edward Smith Inactive

    Peter needs some Stairmaster time.

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    • January 17, 2013 at 6:53 am
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  6. Profile photo of D.C. McAllister Contributor

    Nice pic! 🙂

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    • January 17, 2013 at 8:00 am
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  7. Profile photo of Trace Inactive

    I love Andy Ferguson. I would join Ricochet all over again for access to a podcast of him hosting different people telling Richard Nixon stories!

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    • January 17, 2013 at 8:15 am
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  8. Profile photo of TheSophist Inactive

    Good podcast, gentlemen, but… there’s something from this podcast that is profoundly disturbing and disappointing. I’ll see if I can put words to the thought and post it up on the member feed.

    I mean, the whole “let’s be realistic about what we can accomplish” thing seems to miss the point entirely… Like I said, this is half-baked, but… I can’t help but feel like we can do better.

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    • January 17, 2013 at 8:40 am
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  9. Profile photo of Benjamin Glaser Member

    Ferguson’s point on why Chicago will not be Detroit was an excellent one. It also should be remembered Detroit in many ways was like all the other rust belt towns that relied on one industry to fuel growth. 

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    • January 17, 2013 at 8:50 am
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  10. Profile photo of Leslie Watkins Member

    Don’t like to gripe, but there’s nothing worse than having the punchline of a joke cut out from under you. Fixation on the rule sometimes leads to the detriment of expression.

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    • January 17, 2013 at 9:02 am
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    Hunger for Bush. That appeals to my demographic.I am proud of GHWB and also GWB. (SWIDT?)

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    • January 17, 2013 at 9:08 am
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  12. Profile photo of Foxfier Member

    Haven’t had a chance to listen to the podcast, but the graphic called up a Lileks phrase from the depths of my memory, something about not wearing a fedora because of a claimed resemblance to a munchkin version of guys and dolls…..

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    • January 17, 2013 at 10:03 am
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    This is the only podcast on the Net where you’ll hear “Gummipuppen” used in context. Awesome!

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    • January 18, 2013 at 3:05 am
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  14. Profile photo of Bereket Kelile Member

    About that Sacramento Bureau for WFB, I’m available.

    • #14
    • January 18, 2013 at 3:33 am
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  15. Profile photo of Mr Tall Inactive

    Andy Ferguson was hilarious and right on target — please bring him back on soon. 

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    • January 18, 2013 at 5:42 am
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  16. Profile photo of James Lileks Contributor

    ~Paules: I *live* to slip that word into conversation. 

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    • January 18, 2013 at 7:45 am
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  17. Profile photo of Mate De Coolidge

    Urghh, Can we please Stop talking about Christie being any kind of potential presidential candidate, Wall Street might forget his misgivings Like the Sandy enbrace, his hissy fit over the Sandy bill (knowing full well it was loaded with Pork), his condemnation of the NRA Ad, but conservatives won’t.

    The Nixon stories were great guys

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    • January 19, 2013 at 2:29 am
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  18. Profile photo of Giantkiller Member

    Excellent podcast – Rob was in particularly good form, and very un-squishlike, Andy Ferguson – can’t get enough of that guy.

    One point – to the best of my knowledge, only three terrorists were waterboarded, and none during the current administration. If the film seems to show otherwise, it is incorrect. Other enhanced interrogation techniques may still be available.

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    • January 20, 2013 at 8:56 am
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    Trace: I love Andy Ferguson. I would join Ricochet all over again for access to a podcast of him hosting different people telling Richard Nixon stories! · January 16, 2013 at 7:15pm

    Can we get Nixon on? Or is he too busy right now?

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    • January 23, 2013 at 7:10 am
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    We tried. He can’t get a decent Skype connection in his current location.

    Chris Campion

    Can we get Nixon on? Or is he too busy right now? · 12 minutes ago

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    • January 23, 2013 at 7:23 am
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  21. Profile photo of Trace Inactive

    Really? I wouldn’t have thought he was all that far from Venice ;-o

    Blue Yeti: We tried. He can’t get a decent Skype connection in his current location.
    Chris Campion

    Can we get Nixon on? Or is he too busy right now? · 12 minutes ago

    1 hour ago

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    • January 23, 2013 at 9:20 am
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  22. Profile photo of JediGraz Inactive

    I might be a little dim, but can someone tell me the word that was bleeped out? In a clean way, of course. Perhaps what it rhymes with?

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    • January 28, 2013 at 7:27 am
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    Rhymes with pits.

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    • January 28, 2013 at 7:40 am
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  24. Profile photo of JediGraz Inactive

    Thank you, Mr. Yeti!

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    • January 30, 2013 at 7:34 am
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