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It’s a Wednesday Night Special edition of the Hinderaker Ward Experience (HWX). John Hinderaker of Power Line and Brian Ward of Fraters Libertas reconvene to review the critical issues of our time. 

They were joined by the great Mark Steyn for an extended discussion of what he’s been up to of late, in particular getting sued by global warming theorists for the crime of exercising his right to free speech. Topics include how this relates to the larger movement by the Left in attempting to silence dissenters, the whims and depredations of the American legal system, how this has affected Mark’s relationship with National Review, and ways Mark’s admirers can help him in his defense. These topics may sound heavy, but they’re handled with Mark’s characteristic élan and light-hearted touch. 

Also featured is Loon of the Week (democracy ending to thunderous applause) and This Week in Gatekeeping (the New York Times’ continuing attempts to keep the concepts of millions and billions and trillions straight). The show wraps up with some Super Bowl predictions, and a look back at our ability to predict anything accurately in the past.

This podcast is brought to you by Encounter Books. This week’s pick is Glenn Reynolds’ The New School: How the Information Age Will Save American Education From Itself . Check out EncounterBooks.com and get 15% off this, or any title, buy using the coupon code RICOCHET at check out.

All feedback welcome in the comment section, hope you enjoy.

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  1. ravdav Inactive

    May I ask a question? In the UK there is a general rule that the loser in litigation will, subject to the discretion of the court, be expected to pay the winning side’s legal costs. I thought that in the USA costs orders were not usually made. Is this correct?

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    • January 30, 2014, at 3:01 AM PST
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  2. Israel P. Inactive

    Re: proving malice – see Ariel Sharon vs New York Times.

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    • January 30, 2014, at 5:15 AM PST
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  3. Johnny Dubya Member

    Terrific episode. I was disappointed, however, to hear Mark and John mischaracterize Gov. Cuomo’s “no place” remark. In fact, he was not referring to ordinary citizens but rather to politicians. In my view, that does not make his statement any less appalling, but let’s be accurate about what he said.

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    • January 30, 2014, at 6:28 AM PST
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  4. Eeyore Member
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    Johnny Dubya: Gov. Cuomo…was not referring to ordinary citizens but rather to politicians.

    And those politicians were elected by whom to represent those very sentiments? 

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    • January 30, 2014, at 7:20 AM PST
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  5. Brian Ward Contributor
    R Davies: May I ask a question? In the UK there is a general rule that the loser in litigation will, subject to the discretion of the court, be expected to pay the winning side’s legal costs. I thought that in the USA costs orders were not usually made. Is this correct? · 4 hours ago

    Correct, Mark Steyn’s reward for successfully defending himself in this case will be a vague sense of justice and a seven figure legal bill from his attorneys.

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    • January 30, 2014, at 7:20 AM PST
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  6. Johnny Dubya Member

    Eeyore, that is a valid point. But that was not the point made by the podcasters. Imprecision and mischaracterization open us up to attack by the other side. It’s equivalent to what the left did with Huckabee’s comments on contraceptives and Uncle Sugar.

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    • January 30, 2014, at 7:48 AM PST
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  7. Rightfromthestart Coolidge

     I believe most people are in-numerate they just have a vague sense that 1 billion is more than 1 million but not at thousand times more. For this reason Republicans should stick to just one unit, $3 billion sounds like nothing in the multitrillion dollar federal budget but if someone’s were to say the Democrats wasted 3000 million dollars on that project perhaps it would sink in. Naturally I have no hope that Republicans will ever do anything to actually fight the Democrats. Tut tut my friends cross the aisle and all that.

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    • January 30, 2014, at 7:56 AM PST
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  8. Yeah...ok. Inactive

    Mark Steyn, excellent.

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    • January 30, 2014, at 9:06 AM PST
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  9. David Williamson Inactive

    Mr Steyn is holding the hockey stick upside-down (get a lawyer!).

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    • January 30, 2014, at 9:15 AM PST
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  10. Mr. Dart Inactive

    Love the cackling about folks in the South being “unable to drive in the snow.” I grew up in the Great Lakes region of the upper Midwest– that’s where I learned to drive. After the blizzard of 1976/77 I’d had enough of the North and moved to the South. Promotions and transfers moved me all over the US including a few years in Chicago in the mid-80’s. To this day I have to leave the beautiful South in wintertime to look after family properties in Ohio and Michigan. In short, my winter driving abilities are well established. 

    I assure you, not even a smart-mouthed Yankee from Minnesota can drive uphill on ice. And, even if he could get his auto rolling on two inch thick frozen water he sure as heck couldn’t stop it.

    We promise not to ever laugh at Minnesotans if, heaven forbid, you have to deal with a hurricane some day.

    Really. We promise.

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    • January 30, 2014, at 9:46 AM PST
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  11. Scott R Member
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    David Williamson: Mr Steyn is holding the hockey stick upside-down (get a lawyer!). · 7 minutes ago

    Catastrophic global cooling. We must act now.

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    • January 30, 2014, at 10:12 AM PST
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  12. Neil Hansen (Klaatu) Inactive
    Johnny Dubya: Terrific episode. I was disappointed, however, to hear Mark and John mischaracterize Gov. Cuomo’s “no place” remark. In fact, he was not referring to ordinary citizens but rather to politicians. In my view, that does not make his statement any less appalling, but let’s be accurate about what he said. · 3 hours ago

    I disagree. I have listened to the governor’s comments a number of times and the only way to take them as applying only to politicians is if you assume the Republican Party is made up only of politicians. That is simply not the case. 

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    • January 30, 2014, at 10:22 AM PST
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  13. katievs Member
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    Anything Steyn-related is irresistible.

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    • January 30, 2014, at 11:40 AM PST
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  14. Eeyore Member
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    David Williamson: Mr Steyn is holding the hockey stick upside-down (get a lawyer!).

    Well, not really upside-down. Perhaps this is Mark’s view of global warming: If the stick is read as held – The dramatic plummet in world temperatures caused by the emerging New Ice Age has (thankfully) been modulated by Global Warming to a slow enough rate making survival adaptation possible to what will be a frigid future.

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    • January 30, 2014, at 11:54 AM PST
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  15. Nick Stuart Inactive

    Mann v. Steyn = Jarndyce v. Jarndyce for the 21st century.

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    • January 31, 2014, at 7:30 AM PST
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  16. EJHill Podcaster
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    I am waiting for Mann to sue my Photoshop as a slander towards hockey sticks.

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    • January 31, 2014, at 8:40 AM PST
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  17. Full Size Tabby Member

    Whether Gov. Cuomo was referring to the citizens or the citizen/politicians we might elect to represent our views, I have noticed that Democrats have really pushed this idea that they have no responsibility toward those who disagree with them. This has been one of Barak Obama’s biggest themes. On those rare occasions when I have watched one of his speeches, I have come away with a clear impression that he does not consider me part of the constituency he serves.

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    • February 1, 2014, at 7:02 AM PST
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  18. The Question Inactive

    I completely accepted the predictions of global warming until I was given an environmental science class to teach. Studying the textbook I learned about the Medieval Warm Period and the Little Ice Age, became much more aware of the natural variation in climate, and became quite a bit more skeptical of global warming (I had already turned conservative after 9/11). I realized that while it has been demonstrated pretty conclusively that the Earth warmed during the later half of the 20th century, I hadn’t realized that such a trend is not necessarily that unusual. And now of course we have the data indicating the warming trend stopped over a decade ago. Maybe the trend will pick up again. Or maybe not. I’m agnostic on the question since I think we really don’t know.

    Maybe I shouldn’t be using my real name here…

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    • February 3, 2014, at 1:00 AM PST
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  19. David Carroll Thatcher
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    I am really excited about the latest podcast. I now have a plan to get rich based upon the football picks by betting that exact opposite of the picks on the podcast. I request that next fall, football picks be made a weekly feature. You don’t have to pick all the games, just a few for betting would be enough. Oh, and would you add the betting line margin to the picks please?

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    • February 6, 2014, at 6:24 AM PST
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