This week’s whisky

In another wide ranging episode (our last for the year), “Lucretia” and I review the best and worst Christmas movies, the best and worst Christmas music, the rank order of the best Will Ferrell movies, whether blended whisky is ever acceptable, why Finnish rock music sounds like a whale being tortured, and whether we can deduct the cost of our whisky under the tax changes of the COVID relief and omnibus spending bill Congress just passed.

Then we finally get around the the biggest stories of 2020—which turn out to be the stories that were not told, or told so incorrectly that “fake news” hardly begins to describe the malfeasance and incompetence of the media today. What went on behind the scenes in early March to suddenly propel Joe Biden to the Democratic nomination when he was given up for dead? Once upon a time we’d have had Theodore White to explain it to us after the fact, but the substantive decline of the news media includes the decline in political journalism about presidential campaigns. We also discuss how the media’s credulous and superficial coverage of the whole COVID pandemic represents perhaps the most egregious media failure since its biased and inaccurate coverage of the Vietnam War.

Finally, are there reasons to think the left has gone too far with its wokery, and will provoke a significant backlash? Lucretia and I divide on this question, but that’s what happens when you divide about what kind of single malt to drink. Happy new year everybody! We’ll drink to that.

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  1. OccupantCDN Coolidge
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    I havent listened yet… But I felt sad that Steven Hayward had to like his own post… I am sure I’ll love it once I finish cooking diner…

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  2. Jim Wright Coolidge
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    I look forward to Steven and “Lucretia” every week. Another fun and informative listen. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  3. Dr.Guido Member
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    For shame…you completely misunderestimate “LOVE ACTUALLY” It is perfect just as Las Vegas is perfect. As anyone with the sense to realize FW Woolworth is not high end shopping, as you arrive Vegas, EVERYTHING screams “Hey…you…yes YOU! Is this Bull Scheit or what??” It’s is a monument to bad taste and vulgarity and pulls it off with real aplomb…real class if you will.

    “LOVE ACTUALLY” is exactly that in Christmas movies–-(plus…it has ONE non-verbal scene in which Emma Thompson is heartbreaking when she accidentally discovers she’s being cheated on ….That one scene makes the entire movie worthwhile.) And ‘DIE HARD” is NOT a Christmas movie any more than TITANIC is a movie about taxation just because the ship sinks on August 15.

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  4. RufusRJones Member
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    I am only partway through this, but the election analysis and the analysis of the COVID-19 policy is excellent.

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  5. Taras Coolidge
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    Memorable Christmas carol performance I just heard for the first time on radio last night: “O Little Town of Bethlehem” sung by Bob Rivers to the melody of “House of the Rising Sun”.

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  6. Taras Coolidge
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    Steve and Lucretia are right, that we need to take another look at exactly how Joe Biden won the Democratic nomination.

    Specifically, how did he manage that landslide victory in South Carolina that revived his moribund candidacy?

    If Biden‘s job was to stop Bernie Sanders, what role did the tech billionaires play?

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  7. RufusRJones Member
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    Taras (View Comment):
    what role did the tech billionaires play?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vic4LpJKFNg 

     

    Also, search Mark Zuckerberg on Breitbart.

     

    The constitution cannot function as intended when four companies control the public square like they do.

    Republicans that idealize about this stuff are idiots.

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  8. RufusRJones Member
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  9. Steven Hayward Podcaster
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    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    I havent listened yet… But I felt sad that Steven Hayward had to like his own post… I am sure I’ll love it once I finish cooking diner…

    Hey–I have to get the crowd cascade started somehow!

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  10. Eleanor Member
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    If the listener count is 14.5, add me. 
    Now up to 15.5.

    Merry Christmas!

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  11. DrewInEastHillAutonomousZone Coolidge
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    Taras (View Comment):

    Memorable Christmas carol performance I just heard for the first time on radio last night: “O Little Town of Bethlehem” sung by Bob Rivers to the melody of “House of the Rising Sun”.

    That sounds . . . awful.

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  12. Taras Coolidge
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    @Taras

    DrewInEastHillAutonomousZone (View Comment):

    Taras (View Comment):

    Memorable Christmas carol performance I just heard for the first time on radio last night: “O Little Town of Bethlehem” sung by Bob Rivers to the melody of “House of the Rising Sun”.

    That sounds . . . awful.

    Exquisitely! The imitation of The Animals is spot on.

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  13. colleenb Member
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    Amen Lucretia about pushing back against the media narrative as much as possible. They are unpopular but it doesn’t seem that the public are looking for alternatives or searching for information. I think they are more likely to tune out unless the media narrative is almost completely broken.

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  14. Saint Augustine Member
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    @stevenhayward, this bit of Hong Kong’s Central Station has been redecorated to advertise this drink. That’s the one you mentioned, right?

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