This week, our good pal and fellow podcaster Andrew Klavan sits in for the making-TV-great-again Rob Long (of course you should buy and read Andrew’s book The Great Good Thing: A Secular Jew Comes to Faith in Christ). First up, Trump’s cabinet is becoming sentient and we have plenty to say about that. And, a few words about the Left’s FREAKOUT every time Trump Tweets. Then, the great and crushingly urbane John O’Sullivan joins to discuss Europe’s reaction to Trumpism and what the future holds for the continent. His piece Europe Agonistes in this month’s National Review is a must read. And we wind up with a tribute to John Glenn, of the the greatest Americans who ever lived. Godspeed, sir.

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  1. Profile photo of Judge Mental Member

    Outstanding art, EJ

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    • December 9, 2016 at 7:44 pm
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    Judge Mental:Outstanding art, EJ

    Oh, yes, indeed. EJ has done it again.

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    • December 9, 2016 at 9:29 pm
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  3. Profile photo of EJHill Contributor

    The original mock up:

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    • December 10, 2016 at 3:07 am
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  4. Profile photo of Franco Inactive

    EJHill:The original mock up:

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    The Divided State of Ricochet

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    • December 10, 2016 at 5:31 am
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    I find it difficult to express just how deeply I ADORE Ricochet podcasts.

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    • December 10, 2016 at 6:04 am
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    EJHill:The original mock up:

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    I prefer this cover to the actual cover, and I’m not just saying that to flatter my hosts.

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    • December 10, 2016 at 6:34 am
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    I’m behind in listening to podcasts, so it may be a week before I have time to listen to this one. But I wanted to say that the artwork on this is just grand. EJ hits another home run.

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    • December 10, 2016 at 7:30 am
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    I like his tweets, its the best thing about him.

    It gives the whole thing a patina of citizenry politics instead of a disconnected gentry class.

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    • December 10, 2016 at 8:24 am
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    I always miss Rob when he’s not in the mix, but Andrew’s chemistry with the others is the best substitute yet. Thanks for a great podcast.

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    • December 10, 2016 at 1:34 pm
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    Should we, the Ricochetti, be insulted at Peter’s concern that “a communist killed Kennedy” needed explaining in order to assuage commenters? I imagine >90% of us knew what Andrew meant. After all, we are the single most well read cohort on the Internet. Perhaps Peter should have specified “for our younger listeners” or some such disclaimer.

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    • December 10, 2016 at 2:39 pm
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    Is that Rob or Jon G behind the mag?

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    • December 10, 2016 at 3:00 pm
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  12. Profile photo of Judge Mental Member

    EJHill:The original mock up:

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    It was the photoshop within the photoshop that made me comment. I noticed it even in the mini version in the right navbar.

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    • December 10, 2016 at 3:06 pm
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    JR Bohl:Is that Rob or Jon G behind the mag?

    That would be @roblong.

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    • December 10, 2016 at 3:22 pm
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    Blue Yeti:

    JR Bohl:Is that Rob or Jon G behind the mag?

    That would be @roblong.

    The always Trump guy? There was a radio host in Chicago who described himself as the man behind the man behind the man. That may be Rob’s role in the podcast. Seriously, though, this may the best episode I’ve ever heard on the flagship podcast. Well done guys!

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    • December 10, 2016 at 4:39 pm
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  15. Profile photo of Annefy Member

    Are there young men now like John Glenn? Men willing to take risks? Men of honor? Men willing to sacrifice? What a silly question.

    Anyone besides me watch the Army Navy game today? Watch the clips of service people all over the world watching the game? See my post earlier this week?nate-yenny-usmc

    If you doubt the existence of such young people you are hanging out in all the wrong places.

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    • December 10, 2016 at 5:35 pm
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    Richard Easton: There was a radio host in Chicago who described himself as the man behind the man behind the man. That may be Rob’s role in the podcast.

    Rob is the executive producer. It’s his way of muscling in on the backend syndication rights which, as of now, will pay dividends in 2057.

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    • December 10, 2016 at 6:47 pm
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    Annefy: If you doubt the existence of such young people you are hanging out in all the wrong places.

    I don’t. It was one of those Qs intended to get the other fellows going. 😉

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    • December 10, 2016 at 7:04 pm
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    James Lileks:

    Annefy: If you doubt the existence of such young people you are hanging out in all the wrong places.

    I don’t. It was one of those Qs intended to get the other fellows going. 😉

    I was referring to the answers. Specifically Peter Long’s “… but no.”

    Not the question

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    • December 10, 2016 at 7:44 pm
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    I can’t tell you how glad I was to find this yesterday. As I was preparing for my nightly listen, I recoiled “Oh, crap! We are already into the Klavanless Weekend!”

    But then…

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    • December 10, 2016 at 8:14 pm
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  20. Profile photo of EJHill Contributor

    Since we’re posting pictures, my boy is the one on the tank.

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    • December 11, 2016 at 6:52 am
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    Who is the new sponsor- the luggage company? I wanted to check them out, but I don’t see it listed.

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    • December 11, 2016 at 8:37 am
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    @Blue Yeti Who is the new sponsor- the luggage company? I wanted to check them out, but I don’t see it listed.

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    • December 11, 2016 at 8:39 am
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    Goddess of Discord:@Blue Yeti Who is the new sponsor- the luggage company? I wanted to check them out, but I don’t see it listed.

    It’s Away Travel:

    https://www.awaytravel.com/ricochet

    We’ll have the ad module updated shortly. Thanks!

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    • December 11, 2016 at 9:32 am
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  24. Profile photo of milkchaser Member

    I, too, was a boy when John Glenn orbited the Earth. But having learned the whole story, I have to ask why he was elevated to hero status among the others? He was a nice guy, but no more a hero than the other Mercury astronauts, no more than any other astronaut. To call him a hero for that is ludicrous. He was a hero for his combat flights – a hero among many. The US has had a lot of combat pilots.

    But to call him a modern-day knight? Puh-leez. He was a partisan hack in the Senate who traded on fame from one 5-hour flight. I will never forget Fred Thompson trying to run an investigation into Klinton’s campaign violations in 1997. John Glenn was the ranking member and he stonewalled and protected Klinton – to prevent any real investigation from taking place. After watching that, I cannot consider him a hero.

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    • December 11, 2016 at 10:27 am
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    EJHill:Since we’re posting pictures, my boy is the one on the tank.

    How many sons do you have? 😉

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    • December 11, 2016 at 4:23 pm
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    profdlp: How many sons do you have?

    All of them.

    When you earn that title every other Marine becomes your brother and sister. That makes all of them my sons and my daughters.

    When the death of a young, active duty Marine makes the news I openly cry, reflexively and unapologetically. It’s not a sobbing but the tears form and flow. I know that, but for the grace of God, that could be my son. I have had many of coworkers look at me like I am totally nuts. But it bothers them more than it bothers me.

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    • December 11, 2016 at 5:05 pm
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  27. Profile photo of Matt Bartle Member

    When James Lileks started talking about how a man’s testosterone level decreases as he gets older, did anyone else think he was about to announce a new sponsor?

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    • December 13, 2016 at 10:30 am
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    Matt Bartle:When James Lileks started talking about how a man’s testosterone level decreases as he gets older, did anyone else think he was about to announce a new sponsor?

    …Or reveal something intensely personal?

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    • December 13, 2016 at 11:57 am
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    Matt Bartle:When James Lileks started talking about how a man’s testosterone level decreases as he gets older, did anyone else think he was about to announce a new sponsor?

    Now, anytime James says anything, I search his syntax to figure what segue it might be.

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    • December 13, 2016 at 12:36 pm
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  30. Profile photo of Benjamin Glaser Member

    Not to speak ill of the dead, but I have to echo milkchaser a bit on John Glenn’s record in the Senate, especially on abortion, for it was loathsome and my Ohio relatives can testify to that.

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    • December 13, 2016 at 12:45 pm
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