No, not the president. Betsy Hart of the Heritage Foundation joins to report on parents pushing back against a public high school’s progressive indoctrination plans.

Jay and Mona then move on to things they love (Jay loves Emma Stone, Mona loves the series “The People v. O.J. Simpson”) and some of the things they hate. There’s some CPAC, Milo, “repeal and replace,” and consideration of the life and meaning of John C. Calhoun. Was Yale right to remove his name?

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  1. The Elephant in the Room Member

    I’m glad you’ve finally caught The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Mona. I was reluctant watch it last year – like many, I thought I didn’t want to relive the whole O.J. spectacle again – but I was amazed by how good it was. It’s a reminder of how the O.J. Simpson trial really was the beginning of American culture as we know it today: the 24-hour celebrity culture, the reality celebrity phenomenon of people who are famous merely for being famous, the media’s reliance on sensationalism. Most Americans forgot that the first exposure to the name “Kardashian” was during the O.J. trial: O.J. Simpson’s suicide attempt began in Kim Kardashian’s bedroom.

    Christopher Darden has a great moment at the end with Johnnie Cochran regarding race; I’ve had friends who worked in the legal profession at the time tell me that Cochran’s portrayal as a “true believer” is accurate.

    Sadly, the follow-up is planned to dramatize Hurricane Katrina – as “American Crime Story.” I’m not as sanguine about the next season…

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    • February 23, 2017, at 7:17 PM PST
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  2. Leslie Watkins Inactive
    Leslie Watkins Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    In 1983, as a feature writer for a three-county daily on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, based primarily in Biloxi, I wrote a story on Grace Hopper, interviewing her prior to her speech at the Navy Retirement Home. Her 60 Minutes interview had recently aired, so she told me pretty much the same things she told Morley Safer. (I am so annoyed at myself: she gave me a nano second that I have since had the very poor judgment to lose.) After the interview, Hopper told me something I knew to be true but had chosen not to believe: Don’t let anyone tell you things are worse now than they were before, she said, pointing out that she grew up around open sewers, rat infestations, very high disease and mortality rates.* All of the bad problems are better now, she asserted. She also said that the only concern she had with computers was people using them to solve problems in the same way as before. Toward changing that end, she did not allow her students to say: “But we’ve always done it this way.” I found her to be a charming, exceptional person. My preference about the name change, though, is that they wait for a new building to honor her; otherwise, John C. Calhoun will always be a footnote to this one.

    * For all my dislike of modern progressivism, I have to acknowledge it was early Progressives who cleaned up the cities.

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    • February 24, 2017, at 9:45 AM PST
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  3. Texmoor Coolidge

    I have to disagree with Jay on renaming Calhoun College. At first I was surprised to learn there was a building named after John C Calhoun at Yale, but you do have to recognize he was an important statesman in American history and there must have been a reason why a building was named after him. There’s always room to add notes/comments next to his dedication.

    This reminds me of a debate that happened at my alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin. The school decided to move some of the Confederate statues that lined the South Mall on campus and remove the plaque dedicating the large fountain to the Confederate fallen.

    Texas, like many other Southern states, has built monuments and raised statues to honor the people who fought and died for the Confederacy (including my ancestors). I don’t know why Mona or anyone else should be surprised by this. Honorable men and women died on both sides of the Civil War. There are plenty of dedications to the Union up north. (I’m really trying hard to not call Jay & Mona damn Yankees :p)

    No one can erase the history of slavery or the Civil War from the American experience and no one in a free society should even attempt to. Let’s just allow the facts to speak for themselves and let everyone come up with their own judgment on our common history.

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    • February 24, 2017, at 3:40 PM PST
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  4. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Regarding the assertion that having a waiting period before buying a gun probably has good arguments, has anybody got any data on how many people pass the background check and buy a gun legally, then commit murder within 72 hours? I would guess it happens so incredibly rarely that it is not worth inconveniencing the 99.99% of gun buyers who are not buying for the immediate purpose of murder. Let us not assume that those who want to restrict our rights have good reasons. Make them prove that their restrictions have a high probability of actually solving a problem.

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    • February 25, 2017, at 10:13 AM PST
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  5. captainpower Inactive

    Randy Weivoda (View Comment):
    has anybody got any data on how many people pass the background check and buy a gun legally, then commit murder within 72 hours?

    I don’t, but I did hear on some podcast that of those denied, most of them are false positives inconveniencing law abiding citizens further and delaying the process uselessly.

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    • February 25, 2017, at 12:51 PM PST
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  6. Lazy_Millennial Member

    Regarding “Run OJ Run” signs, Chesterton’s chapter on “what is government” is a good reminder on why humans sympathize with the outlaws.

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    • February 27, 2017, at 8:35 AM PST
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