For what may be our last episode of the year (since next weekend in Christmas),Steve is quaffing Bunnahabhain for this week’s peaty Islay whisky, mostly in the vain hope that “Bunnahabhain” could be added to the National Spelling Bee, just for grins and giggles. But after the usual whisky reviews and insults, we get down to business with special guest “Adam Mill,” whose fine work you can take in regularly at American Greatness. “Adam Mill” is a pseudonym for a lawyer based in the midwest who, like our own “Lucretia,” needs to preserve a modicum of anonymity against the Bureau of Cancellations. He took the name from Adam Smith and John Stuart Mill, which means that not only is the Three Whisky Happy Hour the only podcast with two pseudonymous contributors, but with “Lucretia,” the only podcast that combines ancient and modern pseudonyms.

Since it’s the holiday season, we decided to review a few of the key stories of 2021 (chiefly January 6 and its bizarre and infuriating aftermath, and the palpable collapse of the Biden presidency in its first year), and then “Adam Mill’s” predictions for 2022.

Finally, Steve relates how he has discovered “Spaces” on Twitter, where you can listen in on and particpate in live conversations. The one Steve is now following is a young conservative underground—people who pride themselves on being “based,” whatever that means—that is using Spaces to carry out superb improv comedy that mocks every progressive cliche and shibboleth you can name in a complete deadpan style. (The best “runner” was the sequential riffs on “St. George of Floyd, blessed be his name. . .”) Hats off to Athenian Stranger for his role in this delightful and transgressive escapade.

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  1. Dr.Guido Member
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    The Steve and Lucretia show has become my #1 must-listen of the week. Merry Christmas!       

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  2. Ken Henderson Member
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    @KenHenderson

    I’ve looked everywhere for the version of Whiskey in the Jar that used to be the theme song.  Anyone know where I can find it?

    Thanks

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  3. bluegoat Inactive
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    @bluegoat

    Being a relatively new listener, it’s been fun digging through  old shows, trying to figure out the jokes. I keep seeing images of you in an animated cartoon series, with titles like:  Peaty Stevie and the Girl (who plays with guns), Peaty Stevie and the Girl (who went Ughhh),  or Peaty Stevie and the Girl (who recited a poem). The episodes would involve Lucretia setting various traps for Steve, who would often times fall into them, but then magically, and smoothly skate away unscathed. At the end of each episode, we would hear a faint giggle, and know all is well with the world.

    Merry Christmas to you both, and thank you for creating such a highly entertaining and informative show. It’s a treat.

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  4. Lois Lane Coolidge
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    @LoisLane

    Ken Henderson (View Comment):

    I’ve looked everywhere for the version of Whiskey in the Jar that used to be the theme song. Anyone know where I can find it?

    Thanks

    If I’m not mistaken, that was Roger Whittaker.  

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  5. Steven Hayward Podcaster
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    @StevenHayward

    Ken Henderson (View Comment):

    I’ve looked everywhere for the version of Whiskey in the Jar that used to be the theme song. Anyone know where I can find it?

    Thanks

    It was the Grateful Dead believe it or not. Here’s a YouTube version of it, though it is available on CD and maybe iTunes:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGwpWC4ZRQ4

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  6. StoughtonObserver Member
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    @Bruce W Banerdt

    Interesting

    https://amgreatness.com/2021/12/18/squinting-at-leo-strauss-impartiality-and-the-art-of-writing/

     

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  7. RufusRJones Member
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    @RufusRJones

    I’m about 99% sure that the FBI agent in the photo frog marching Angela Davis is from my little hometown in Iowa. I grew up around the corner from his home. I remember everybody talking about it when I was a little kid.

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  8. RufusRJones Member
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    @RufusRJones

    The local Salem channel I reviewed the Minneapolis/North Minnesota Salvation Army guy. He gave really good answers to everything. This started with some kind of international committee. I think the problem is, the actual rhetoric in their releases is pretty problematic.

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  9. Lucretia Contributor
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    @Lucretia

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    The local Salem channel I reviewed the Minneapolis/North Minnesota Salvation Army guy. He gave really good answers to everything. This started with some kind of international committee. I think the problem is, the actual rhetoric in their releases is pretty problematic.

    I was talking with our local mayor yesterday, who insisted that at the local level the Salvation Army remains the excellent charity organization it has always been and that we should ignore the nonsense coming out of that international committee on social justice (or whatever).  My response was exactly in line with what you said: that the official line needed to be a much more straightforward apology and disavowal.

    It is an interesting phenomenon that contributions are down 70%.  It is conservatives, i.e., those paying enough attention to alter their giving behavior, who provide the greatest source of charitable funds to the Salvation Army.  I may capitulate and write a check that clearly stipulates the local Salvation Army because I know the good that they do.  But more than anything I want to make it clear that there are consequences when a charity so obviously supported by good and decent Americans decides to embrace the evil of the woke left.

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  10. RufusRJones Member
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    @RufusRJones

    Lucretia (View Comment):
     I may capitulate and write a check that clearly stipulates the local Salvation Army because I know the good that they do.

    My experience in Minnesota is, they don’t make it simple to keep it local if you’re donating with a credit card on the web. I couldn’t even Google the local website. I had to type in the URL.

    I really hope this works out because it seems like they have the drill down pat, particularly with addicts. They also don’t use it as a recruiting tool for their church specifically, if anybody cares.

    I would feel really guilty if I didn’t give money to some type of thing like this, but I just don’t know about the others. 

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  11. LibertyDefender Member
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    @LibertyDefender

    Liveblogging, I can’t help myself:

    @~5:00 Adam: Spiderman comic books were expensive back then – they were basically three bucks a pop for a comic book . . . I guess I’m dating myself a little bit.

    Yeah, I guess you are dating yourself there, Short Pants.  Three bucks?  For a comic book?  Who is this . . . this, . . . this child?  This infant?  This juvenile?  I remember when the price of a comic book jumped from 12¢ to 15¢.  DC charged a quarter for its occasional “80pg. Giant!” When I started buying Mad Magazine a few years later, I think it cost 35¢.  So I suppose I should say something like “I knew Adam Smith.  John Stuart Mill was a friend of mine. . . .”

    Any mention of any Spider-Man movie should point out that J.K. Simmons’ portrayal of J. Jonah Jameson in the first Tobey McGuire movie was the best movie portrayal of a comic book character – and will be for all time.

    In re Oregon’s Voluntary Human Extinction League and their proposed motto “you first,” There’s a ready-made spokesman.

    “Is Die Hard a Christmas movie?” is not that great a question. As Michael Graham points out, if it were a Christmas movie, every time you watched it on a rainy summer day you’d be asked “why are you watching a Christmas movie in July?”

    Why did it shock DC denizens that Capitol Police opened doors and let in the demonstrators who were exercising their constitutionally protected free speech rights?

    @~16:50: audible twisting cork removal, pour, cork replacement;
    @~18:04: audible pop cork removal (and screw-top noise?);
    @~18:58: cocktail shaker noise;
    but who’s counting?

    @~19:46: Steve: If Trump runs again in 2024 – and right now you’ve got all these polls showing him winning easily if the election were held today, because of the collapse of the Biden presidency

    Lucretia‘s shout-out a few weeks ago convinced me to renew my lapsed subscription to Ricochet.  But there remains here a stalwart NeverTrump contingent.  Like all NeverTrumpers, they steadfastly avoid policy, instead complain bitterly and vaguely about Trump’s generic awfulry.  Recently on his podcast Andrew Klavan interviewd Sebastian Gorka, who very capably made the case for Trump in 2024.  The NeverTrump Ricochetti are not persuaded (See comment #4 et seq.). Conrad Black also feels that the Republican brand today is invincible, and if Trump enters the Republican primaries, he sweeps every state.

    @20:30: Thwunk! (tribute to Mad Magazine‘s Don Martin) cork removal sound(?);

    I do so enjoy this podcast.

    @~27:30: Lucretia: It used to be you would say something like “it’s just the people at the top [who are rotten] but the rank-and-file are good guys.” I don’t buy it anymore.  … the FBI should probably be abolished

    Probably?  If rank-and-file FBI were good guys, there’d be resignations or at least leaks or whistleblowers from the right.

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  12. LibertyDefender Member
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    @LibertyDefender

    I want to join Lucretia’s optimism that American opposition to tyranny will soon reach critical mass, but

    I’m here at ground zero: my kids attended both Fairfax County Public Schools and Loudoun County Public Schools – thank the Lord before CRT and transgender policies.

    I didn’t see any pitchforks or torches headed to the Loudoun County Superintendent’s office after he blatantly lied about the 15 year old rapist being transferred to a second Loudoun County high school where he raped again.  These woke bastiges aren’t even reacting when their own daughters are getting raped.

    I’m grateful that my kids are several years escaped from those madhouses, because if I were told that 15 year old boys could use the girls’ locker room in my daughter’s high school, then I would be at the girls’ locker room door every day, deciding who may enter and who may not.  That would not go well.  And I have a concealed carry permit – that would not go well.

    @~49:45 Lucretia: . . . maybe a little too much Scotch at this point . . . 

    Now I’ll play Maggie Thatcher to Lucretia‘s George H.W. Bush: this is no time to go wobbly.

    I pray that Salvation Army will change course from the top – breaks my heart.  I saw firsthand in 1980s San Francisco the spectacularly good work they did with recovering addicts, they are historically a fine charity. 

    Wow – a stemwinder closing speech on hope.

    Let’s Go Brandon!

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  13. LibertyDefender Member
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    @LibertyDefender

    bluegoat (View Comment):

    Lucretia setting various traps for Steve, who would often times fall into them, but then magically, and smoothly skate away unscathed.

    I’m reminded of the economist joke that I heard from the late, often great Jay Severin:

    A political scientist and an economist were hiking in the deep back country when they fell into a thirty foot deep hole.  “Oh no,” said the political scientist.  “We’re in remote back country, no one will hear us, no one can see us, we’re at the bottom of a deep hole with steep sides we can’t climb, how are we going to get out of here?”

    The economist said “I have a three step plan that I’m confident will get us out of this hole.”

    Political scientist: Well, what is it?  Let’s implement it!

    Economist: Step one: assume a ladder.

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  14. RufusRJones Member
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    @RufusRJones

    LibertyDefender (View Comment):
    Like all NeverTrumpers, they steadfastly avoid policy, instead complain bitterly and vaguely about Trump’s generic awfulry. 

    this

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  15. Lucretia Contributor
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    LibertyDefender (View Comment):

    I want to join Lucretia’s optimism that American opposition to tyranny will soon reach critical mass, but

    I’m here at ground zero: my kids attended both Fairfax County Public Schools and Loudoun County Public Schools – thank the Lord before CRT and transgender policies.

    I didn’t see any pitchforks or torches headed to the Loudoun County Superintendent’s office after he blatantly lied about the 15 year old rapist being transferred to a second Loudoun County high school where he raped again. These woke bastiges aren’t even reacting when their own daughters are getting raped.

    I’m grateful that my kids are several years escaped from those madhouses, because if I were told that 15 year old boys could use the girls’ locker room in my daughter’s high school, then I would be at the girls’ locker room door every day, deciding who may enter and who may not. That would not go well. And I have a concealed carry permit – that would not go well.

    @ ~49:45 Lucretia: . . . maybe a little too much Scotch at this point . . .

    Now I’ll play Maggie Thatcher to Lucretia‘s George H.W. Bush: this is no time to go wobbly.

    I pray that Salvation Army will change course from the top – breaks my heart. I saw firsthand in 1980s San Francisco the spectacularly good work they did with recovering addicts, they are historically a fine charity.

    Wow – a stemwinder closing speech on hope.

    Let’s Go Brandon!

    Too much scotch?!?!?

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  16. Ausonius Member
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    Bravo to Lucretia for saying she is opposed to the 19th Amendment!  More importantly, my wife whole-heartedly agrees.  She and Steve should devote an entire show to explaining how different the country would be if it had never passed.  That would be fascinating.  Oh, and real men don’t get geeky about these stupid movies.  Hayes and Last are proof of this.

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  17. StoughtonObserver Member
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    @Bruce W Banerdt

    Lucretia (View Comment):

    LibertyDefender (View Comment):

    I want to join Lucretia’s optimism that American opposition to tyranny will soon reach critical mass, but

    I’m here at ground zero: my kids attended both Fairfax County Public Schools and Loudoun County Public Schools – thank the Lord before CRT and transgender policies.

    I didn’t see any pitchforks or torches headed to the Loudoun County Superintendent’s office after he blatantly lied about the 15 year old rapist being transferred to a second Loudoun County high school where he raped again. These woke bastiges aren’t even reacting when their own daughters are getting raped.

    I’m grateful that my kids are several years escaped from those madhouses, because if I were told that 15 year old boys could use the girls’ locker room in my daughter’s high school, then I would be at the girls’ locker room door every day, deciding who may enter and who may not. That would not go well. And I have a concealed carry permit – that would not go well.

    @ ~49:45 Lucretia: . . . maybe a little too much Scotch at this point . . .

    Now I’ll play Maggie Thatcher to Lucretia‘s George H.W. Bush: this is no time to go wobbly.

    I pray that Salvation Army will change course from the top – breaks my heart. I saw firsthand in 1980s San Francisco the spectacularly good work they did with recovering addicts, they are historically a fine charity.

    Wow – a stemwinder closing speech on hope.

    Let’s Go Brandon!

    Too much scotch?!?!?

    No such thing exists

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