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It’s our final podcast of 2013, and we’ve assembled a full compliment of Ricochet editors and contributors as we’re joined by Troy Senik, Jon Gabriel, and D.C. McAllister. They talk Pajama Boy, Duck Dynasty, the best and most memorable posts of the year, and what to look forward to to in 2014. Merry Christmas, everyone!

Music from this week’s episode:

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas by Ella Fitzgerald

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A warm cup of cocoa, EJHill

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    Whiskey Sam
    DocJay: The 3 prettiest people on your podcast aren’t in the picture.

    They’re hiding in Phil’s beard.

    Looks roomy.

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    • December 20, 2013 at 1:02 am
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    Just tweeted from @RicochetEJHill

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    • December 20, 2013 at 1:08 am
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    Pajama Boy has been outed as Ethan Krupp, an Organizing for America employee. Not only a metrosexual liberal but a Cubs fan. This just gets worse and worse…

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    • December 20, 2013 at 1:18 am
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    EJHill

    Pajama Boy has been outed as Ethan Krupp, an Organizing for America employee. Not only a metrosexual liberal but a Cubs fan. This just gets worse and worse… · in 1 minute

    So his eyebrows aren’t naturally arched like that?

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    • December 20, 2013 at 1:20 am
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    EJHill

    Pajama Boy has been outed as Ethan Krupp, an Organizing for America employee. Not only a metrosexual liberal but a Cubs fan. This just gets worse and worse… · 3 minutes ago

    The only way it could get worse: if Ethan Krupp is revealed to be an assumed name for Steve Bartman.

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    • December 20, 2013 at 1:24 am
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    And Krupp is Rachel Maddow’s little brother…

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    • December 20, 2013 at 1:26 am
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    How interesting to hear people who don’t appear to even know Phil Robertson’s name or anything about him or his family discuss the ginned up kerfuffle of the day. Wow.

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    • December 20, 2013 at 1:30 am
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    This was one of the funniest podcasts y’all have done. Many thanks. Oh, and D.C. has a great speaking voice. 

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    • December 20, 2013 at 1:41 am
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    Hartmann von Aue: Oh, and D.C. has a great speaking voice. · 3 minutes ago

    If God proved his existence through the creation of life, he proved his goodness through the creation of Southerners.

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    • December 20, 2013 at 1:49 am
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    Agreed on D.C. I’d pay extra on my membership if it went to having her write at least one post per day.

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    • December 20, 2013 at 1:56 am
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    You all admitted that you hadn’t read anything about what Mr. Robertson actually said in the GQ interview, and yet included it as a part of your show today, I assume because it’s “in the news,” but seriously, you couldn’t take five minutes out of your busy schedules to read a single article? Shame on you. And yes, I am judging you.

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    • December 20, 2013 at 2:00 am
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    EJHill: And Krupp is Rachel Maddow’s little brother… · 35 minutes ago

    Thats not right. Hes the guy on Big bang theory.

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    • December 20, 2013 at 2:02 am
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    Someone said the picture was of Ezra Klein’s visit to the Playboy Mansion.

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    • December 20, 2013 at 2:04 am
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    Hooking your kid up to a car battery TROY? Kinda dark ….. I like it

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    • December 20, 2013 at 2:11 am
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    We are going to enjoy a Ricochet Christmas.

    • Poppin’ fresh podcasts for the ride to DC (w/ tantalizing Twitter rumors that Mark and Mollie have recorded a new “The Hemingways”).
    • Via foodydirect.com: We ordered a lunch to help out my mom: Beef on Weck from Anderson’s Frozen Custard and Key Lime Bundt from We Take The Cake.
    • And good Obama-hatin’ conversation w/ my Ricochet gifted brother and sister-in-law.
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    • December 20, 2013 at 2:34 am
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    Mr. Dart: How “interesting” to hear people who don’t appear to even know Phil Robertson’s name or anything about him or his family discuss the ginned up kerfuffle of the day. Wow. · 1 hour ago

    Do you mean the Ricochet podcasters, or the twitter/facebook hand-wringers? If the former, I think discussion of the kerfuffle itself shouldn’t necessarily require knowledge of the man’s family. Why, I’ve even got an opinion and I’ve never once seen the program. And yes, a friend IMed me this morning and the conversation was something like:

    “so what do you think about this Phil Robertson business?”

    “who??”

    “the Duck Dynasty guy apparently said something in support of heterosexual marriage and my facebook is going nuts. It’s ridiculous.”

    “I imagine. This is why I don’t have facebook!”

    Followed by a whole conversation about liberal hypocrisy. I don’t think much more in-depth knowledge is really necessary. Haven’t listened to the podcast, yet, but I imagine the guys have a pretty good take – they generally do.

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    • December 20, 2013 at 2:42 am
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    Mr. Dart: How “interesting” to hear people who don’t appear to even know Phil Robertson’s name or anything about him or his family discuss the ginned up kerfuffle of the day. Wow. · 1 hour ago

    Do you mean the Ricochet podcasters, or the twitter/facebook hand-wringers? If the former, I think discussion of the kerfuffle itself shouldn’t necessarily require knowledge of the man’s family. Why, I’ve even got an opinion and I’ve never once seen the program. And yes, a friend IMed me this morning and the conversation was something like:

    Followed by a whole conversation about liberal hypocrisy. I don’t think much more in-depth knowledge is really necessary. Haven’t listened to the podcast, yet, but I imagine the guys have a pretty good take – they generally do. · 30 minutes ago

    For what it’s worth, I watch Duck Dynasty all the time. My daughters are 9 & 11 and it’s one of the few shows we can watch as a family. And Phil is my favorite “character,” if that’s the right word.

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    • December 20, 2013 at 3:14 am
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    Cordelia: You all admitted that you hadn’t read anything about what Mr. Robertson actually said in the GQ interview, and yet included it as a part of your show today, I assume because it’s “in the news,” but seriously, you couldn’t take five minutes out of your busy schedules to read a single article? Shame on you. And yes, I am judging you. · 1 hour ago

    Did I say that? I heard Medved read the entire chunk of the interview.

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    Ryan M
    Mr. Dart: How “interesting” to hear people who don’t appear to even know Phil Robertson’s name or anything about him or his family discuss the ginned up kerfuffle of the day. Wow. · 1 hour ago

    Why, I’ve even got an opinion and I’ve never once seen the program. And yes, a friend IMed me this morning and the conversation was something like:

    “so what do you think about this Phil Robertson business?”

    “who??”

    “the Duck Dynasty guy apparently said something in support of heterosexual marriage and my facebook is going nuts. It’s ridiculous.”

    “I imagine. This is why I don’t have facebook!”

    Followed by a whole conversation about liberal hypocrisy. I don’t think much more in-depth knowledge is really necessary. Haven’t listened to the podcast, yet, but I imagine the guys have a pretty good take – they generally do. · 53 minutes ago

    So you haven’t listened yet to Peter and Rob on the subject they knew little to nothing about but disagree with me about their views on a show you admit you’ve never seen. 

    Got it.

    Merry Christmas!

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    Ryan M
    Mr. Dart: How “interesting” to hear people who don’t appear to even know Phil Robertson’s name or anything about him or his family discuss the ginned up kerfuffle of the day. Wow. · 1 hour ago

    For what it’s worth, I watch Duck Dynasty all the time. My daughters are 9 & 11 and it’s one of the few shows we can watch as a family. And Phil is my favorite “character,” if that’s the right word. · 24 minutes ago

    I was referring to Peter & Rob. James facilitated a discussion by them in the first few minutes of the podcast. I’m sorry I wasn’t clearer in my original comment. 

    While all of this stuff was raging last night Phil was ministering to a young woman with cancer at their church in West Monroe. It’s just odd to hear people you respect talk about Mr. Robertson as if he’s Snooki Boo Boo or someone.

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    • December 20, 2013 at 3:46 am
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    Mr. Dart
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    Mr. Dart: How “interesting” to hear people who don’t appear to even know Phil Robertson’s name or anything about him or his family discuss the ginned up kerfuffle of the day. Wow. · 1 hour ago

    So you haven’t listened yet to Peter and Rob on the subject they knew little to nothing about but disagree with me about their views on a show you admit you’ve never seen. 

    Got it.

    Merry Christmas!

    My goodness, Mr. Dart. I can see that you feel strongly about this issue… But my disagreement with you was not on their views, it was on your seeming assertion that a person cannot say anything meaningful about a controversy without being fully immersed. Your exact words are quoted above. The obvious sarcasm, and the “wow,” indicate that the guys could not possibly have anything meaningful to say. My only point was that I don’t think “knowledge about his family” is a prerequisite. 

    Is that an assertion with which you disagree?

    Also, I find it kind of humorous that your points were both made with faux sincerity… sarcasm is fine, but kind of off putting in that context.

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    Mr. Dart
    Jon Gabriel, Ed.
    Ryan M

    While all of this stuff was raging last night Phil was ministering to a young woman with cancer at their church in West Monroe.

    Don’t you think it would have been a bit more credible to simply have made this point in the first place, rather than chastising Peter and Rob for not already knowing this fact? How would they? They are commentators, and they comment on what they see… if you think they should know more, then bring it to their attention. I think a “hey, did you know this about the good Mr. Robinson” might have been a bit more effective than all the “oh, wow! suuuuuper great that you’re talking about someone you don’t even know… merry christmas!” stuff.

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    My goodness, Mr. Dart. I can see that you feel strongly about this issue… But my disagreement with you was not on their views, it was on your seeming assertion that a person cannot say anything meaningful about a controversy without being fully immersed. Your exact words are quoted above. The obvious sarcasm, and the “wow,” indicate that the guys could not possibly have anything meaningful to say. My only point was that I don’t think “knowledge about his family” is a prerequisite. 

    Is that an assertion with which you disagree?

    Also, I find it kind of humorous that your points were both made with faux sincerity… sarcasm is fine, but kind of off putting in that context. · in 0 minutes

    But the family is what the show is all about. Having an opinion about Phil without knowing Miss Kay, Willie, Jase, Jep, Al, Si, the kids and their faith, love, and togetherness is fine. Everybody can have an opinion. 

    The people and groups trying to destroy the Robertson family will fail. But, yes, for some reason this assault bothers me more than others in the past, Ryan. It hit a nerve.

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    Butthe familyis what the show is all about. Having an opinion about Phil without knowing Miss Kay, Willie, Jase, Jep, Al, Si, the kids and their faith, love, and togetherness is fine. Everybody can have an opinion. 

    The people and groups trying to destroy the Robertson family will fail. But, yes, for some reason this assault bothers me more than others in the past, Ryan. It hit a nerve.

    Yes, I agree with you on that. But I don’t think Peter and Rob are out to destroy anyone’s family. I’m listening to the podcast right now, but so far it seems like they’re just as annoyed with this “business as usual” from the mainstream liberal media. Either way, I may ultimately disagree with what they think on the merits, but that won’t be because I think they’re underinformed, it will be because I think they’re simply wrong. 🙂

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    Will the onesie become fashionable? Obama in a Onesie.. That’s soo warm cocoa.. Once in a onesie, a long time ago.. There will be an end. Has to be..

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    I thought we were going to hear Troy finally opine about giraffes.

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    Pajamas? What are these garments you speak of? I remember them as a thing from my childhood, and perhaps that’s the point. Not a man in my family has owned a pair since age twelve. 

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    Whiskey Sam: I thought we were going to hear Troy finally opine about giraffes. 

    For a half second at one point, I thought so too.

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    Frank Soto
    Whiskey Sam: I thought we were going to hear Troy finally opine about giraffes. 

    For a half second at one point, I thought so too. · 1 minute ago

    Ever seen that trick where a musician plays just a couple of bars of one of his hits as a head fake before segueing into something entirely different? Yeah, that was for you benighted souls.

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    Frank Soto
    Whiskey Sam: I thought we were going to hear Troy finally opine about giraffes. 

    For a half second at one point, I thought so too. · 1 minute ago

    Ever seen that trick where a musician plays just a couple of bars of one of his hits as a head fake before segueing into something entirely different? Yeah, that was for you benighted souls. · 6 minutes ago

    O Captain, my Captain!

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