It’s another edition of the forward thinking Ricochet Podcast. This week, Peter’s a Texan, The Wall Street Journal’s Bill McGurn is optimistic, The Weekly Standard’s Jay Cost de-constructs Democrats (read his new book, Spoiled Rotten: How the Politics of Patronage Corrupted the Once Noble Democratic Party and Now Threatens the American Republic), Rob isn’t in to audio gimmicks, and James debuts a new feature. The future’s so bright, we gotta wear…well, you know.

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  1. Profile photo of DrewInWisconsin Member

    Have you ever really LISTENED to the Jetsons theme? That is an AMAZING piece of music. Ask James. He’ll tell ya.

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    • June 15, 2012 at 1:00 am
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  2. Profile photo of James Lileks Contributor

    And I will. Hoyt Curtin “wrote” it, if you can write such a thing; the first 24 seconds are just madness, ending in this crazy brass riff, and then uses a simple four-note theme to introduce the family (each getting a commentary afterwards – crazy man crazy teen jazz for Daughter Judy is my favorite), with the brass riff changing key upwards every time, then George gets a little boss-walkin’ theme for about 3 seconds before the manic strings swirl back up and it ends with a one-two punch. 

    And that’s the Cliff Notes version. There’s also the mad percussion in the background. It must have been a blast to play.

     

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    • June 15, 2012 at 1:25 am
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    I’ve alway been partial to the Chop Sticks section for Jane, his wife. Why that tune? Is she secretly Asian? Does it have to do with her taking George’s money? It always puzzled me. 

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    • June 15, 2012 at 1:28 am
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  4. Profile photo of DrewInWisconsin Member
    James Lileks: It must have been a blast to play.

    That’s what I’m thinking. I haven’t picked up an instrument in a couple decades, but if our community symphony ever decided to attempt this, I’d join in a hemidemisemiquaver.

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    • June 15, 2012 at 1:59 am
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  5. Profile photo of Barkha Herman Member

    I, too have a daughter that considers herself a Texan and wants to move there after college….

    I do wonder, though, if Texas will eventually turn into a California.

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    • June 15, 2012 at 2:12 am
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  6. Profile photo of DutchTex Inactive

    OK Peter, Pecos is “PAY cus” No long o, with the emphasis on the first syllable…The first year is a learning experience with the whole pronunciation thing…

    And thank you for that nice “shout out.” However, Tyler’s only four hours to drive. I could do it in my sleep! 

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    • June 15, 2012 at 2:29 am
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  7. Profile photo of doc molloy Inactive

    Peter, Did you say ‘avoiding ‘taxes’ or Texas somehow’..?

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    • June 15, 2012 at 3:32 am
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  8. Profile photo of doc molloy Inactive

    Here’s those boys again.. Texas Playboy Rag.. Peter’s been ragged enough..

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    • June 15, 2012 at 3:49 am
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    I’m not finished listening to the podcast yet, but had one slight correction for Mr. McGurn. The first amendment does not give us our freedom of religion. The first amendment protects the already existing freedom granted by our Creator. I’m sure he knows this, but I feel strongly we must remain vigilant on this point.

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    • June 15, 2012 at 5:48 am
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  10. Profile photo of Brasidas Member

    Hey, thanks for picking my post! You made my day.

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    • June 15, 2012 at 6:17 am
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  11. Profile photo of Boymoose Inactive

    Peter’s Texas theme music has to be

    Thats right your not from Texas

    Lyle Lovett

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    • June 15, 2012 at 10:46 am
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  12. Profile photo of Joe Flaherty Inactive

    Another socko podcast. I’m really getting addicted to these things.

    But Peter, the jig is up. The jig. Not the gig. The gig is not up. 

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    • June 15, 2012 at 12:48 pm
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  13. Profile photo of SnillCo Inactive

    On the subject of music, how ’bout that medley of Timbuk3’s Greatest Hit as the outro tune? It was meant to be ironic, you know. Because that lunatic Bonzo was gonna get us all nuked real good, and it would be the last scene of ‘The Day After’ from there on out. Oh well.

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    • June 16, 2012 at 1:45 am
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  14. Profile photo of Grendel Member
    SnillCo: On the subject of music, how ’bout that medley of Timbuk3’s Greatest Hit as the outro tune? It was meant to be ironic, you know. Because that lunatic Bonzo was gonna get us all nuked real good, and it would be the last scene of ‘The Day After’ from there on out. Oh well. · 1 hour ago

    Thanks for the outro. I love that it was meant sardonically, but that it became a hit–very popular at college and HS graduations–because taking it literally fit people’s mood as the Reagan boom took hold.

    In other words, it was a failure both as prediction and as a song. Judging by some of their serious songs, Timbuk 3 are a couple of liberal snots who couldn’t mugged by reality even if they flashed a big wad of sincerity and concern at C-PAC.

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    • June 16, 2012 at 8:33 am
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    Grendel
    SnillCo: On the subject of music, how ’bout that medley of Timbuk3’s Greatest Hit as the outro tune? It was meant to be ironic, you know. Because that lunatic Bonzo was gonna get us all nuked real good, and it would be the last scene of ‘The Day After’ from there on out. Oh well. · 1 hour ago

    In other words, it was a failure both as prediction and as a song. Judging by some of their serious songs, Timbuk 3 are a couple of liberal snots who couldn’t mugged by reality even if they flashed a big wad of sincerity and concern at C-PAC. · 12 hours ago

    I don’t choose the music based on the personal politics of the musicians. I just try to choose music the echoes the themes in the show that preceded it. In this particular case, I actually got it wrong, but not because of Timbuk 3’s politics (I didn’t remember that they hated Reagan). It should have been a tune about Texas. Guess I was too jet-lagged from returning from Texas the night before. 

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    • June 16, 2012 at 8:50 am
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  16. Profile photo of Jerry the Bastage Inactive
    Umbra Fractus
    DutchTex: OK Peter, Pecos is “PAY cus” No long o, with the emphasis on the first syllable…The first year is a learning experience with the whole pronunciation thing…

    If you really want to see his head explode, try explaining the word “Pedernales.” · 9 hours ago

    Or Nacogdoches (nack-a-`dough-chus) Or better still, Nack’s twin across the Sabine, Natchitoches (`nack-a-ditch), Louisiana.

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    • June 16, 2012 at 9:35 am
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  17. Profile photo of Jerry the Bastage Inactive

    Sadly, though I was given credit in the podcast, I didn’t make the date.

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    • June 16, 2012 at 9:35 am
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    DutchTex: OK Peter, Pecos is “PAY cus” No long o, with the emphasis on the first syllable…The first year is a learning experience with the whole pronunciation thing…

    If you really want to see his head explode, try explaining the word “Pedernales.”

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    • June 16, 2012 at 12:02 pm
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  19. Profile photo of Brian Clendinen Member

    Rob,

    It is deflation not disflation. I have never heard of the term disflation before. Also due to how the BLS measures product improvements in the CPI economist think on average it is overstated by about 0.6%.

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    • June 18, 2012 at 7:49 am
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  20. Profile photo of dash Inactive

    I haven’t listened to the podcast yet, but it sure seems to have stirred up the pedants… 😉 (smiley wink so you won’t think I’m a just a common, sarcastic jerk.)*

    But if there is talk of The Jetsons, the coolest, hippest, most best-est cartoon that ever was watched cross-legged on the floor in my jammies with a bowl of Cap’n Crunch in my lap, then I can’t wait to steal an hour away to indulge!

    *At college graduation they told me I was exceptional–so make that an exceptionally sarcastic jerk. And yes, pendants, the period comes after the closed parenthesis – I just did it that way to annoy.**

    ** Kidding!

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    • June 18, 2012 at 8:54 am
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  21. Profile photo of LKSkinner Inactive

    Your podcast has made an otherwise boring task pleasant and informative; ordering International Relations books that the state of international affairs has already rendered passe’ is a daunting experience. And thanks for the Jetsons! Gee, George Jetson, would he have a Kindle? Would Elroy’s academic library exist on the equivalent of a flash drive, instead of the dusty shelves outside my office? Also thanks for the new book mentions, Political Woman and Spoiled Rotten are the two bright spots on my latest order list.

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    • June 19, 2012 at 6:01 am
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  22. Profile photo of Chris Campion Thatcher

    The prediction that the sort of catastrophic momentum that seems to be the quicksilver/energizing spirit of the Obama campaign is a safe one. He can’t seem to do anything right, and I’m guessing his big speech on the economy was all his idea – and it tanked beautifully. You really want a prediction? Barry doubles down on stupid and starts blaming Obamacare’s woes on Congressional Democrats.

    PS: The outro was entirely 1986 for me. I remember the future being very bright, I didn’t have sunglasses, and I didn’t know what I wanted to do when I grew up. Not a good realization to have 1 or 2 years into college.

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    • June 19, 2012 at 6:22 am
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  23. Profile photo of Jenn B. Inactive

    Peter – As a real Rhode Islander, I would gladly make you an Honorary Citizen of Rhode Island. And unlike James & Rob, I found your prediction very funny…until I realized that my laughter meant it was indeed a joke and I would not have the distinct privilege of welcoming you to the lovely state in which I currently reside. 🙂

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    • June 21, 2012 at 6:17 am
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    Blue Yeti

    I don’t choose the music based on the personal politics of the musicians. I just try to choose music the echoes the themes in the show that preceded it. 

    Attending to the politics of the musicians would put yourself in a straitjacket. It’s a good enough choice for the reason it was a hit in ’86: things are looking bright in Texas, which has contributed, what? . . . one-third of new jobs in the past 4 years.

    The Dems’ fund-pleading e-mails always mention how “President Obama has created 4 million new jobs”, but don’t mention that they have mysteriously been created in states that dislike him and follow policies opposite to his.

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    • June 21, 2012 at 7:52 am
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