Today two-thirds of the GLoP Culture podcast are together (a veritable biumvirate, one could say) to keep you up to date with some pre-election punditry while also distracting you just enough with pop culture news to prevent a sense of total crushing morosity. John Podhoretz of Commentary magazine joins Jonah to discuss the realities of Jewish political life in America, and to level with us about how realistic the chances of an upset are in the coming election. Then, John – with his It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia-style cork board at hand, interconnected strings and all – walks a perplexed Jonah through the evermore-confusing details of the Hunter Biden scandal, who seems to have done what, and what parts of the whole mess you should even care about. Then, in addition to a lightning round of pop culture questions, the guys also discuss their NYC-nostalgia, and their oddly specific memories for local television commercials from their childhood. While all of those lines seem cheesy now, John points out that “Maybe there’s something to be said for them, as it’s been nearly 60 years and I remember every word.”

Show Notes:

Get your tickets to The Dispatch’s post-election event, “What’s Next: Election 2020 and Beyond”

Commentary, the 75-year old monthly of intellectual analysis and political probity… you know the rest

John on the possibility of Jewish conservatism

The surge of American anti-Semitic violence

“Timmy’s my Jewish friend”

 “Don’t cross the street in the middle of the block”

The oddly sensual Carvel ice cream commercial

The giant New Yorker excerpt of Obama’s memoir

Irving Kristol on McCarthyism in Commentary

Tucker loses his mail

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  1. Charlotte Member
    CharlotteJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Cute title. :-)

    Looking forward to listening.

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    • October 30, 2020, at 7:32 AM PDT
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  2. David Bryan Member

    Charlotte (View Comment):

    Cute title. :-)

    Looking forward to listening.

    Love these two, even though my view of President Trump is quite different from theirs.

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    • October 30, 2020, at 8:01 AM PDT
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  3. Jon1979 Lincoln

    JPod’s in a little bit of a tight spot here, because he sort of wants to agree with Jonah that the Hunter laptop is a big nothingburger because it’s all about Hunter and doesn’t have an absolute smoking gun on Joe, but since he works for the New York Post, which is catching hell from Twitter and Facebook and is being shunned as unclean by the other media outlets, he does have to make the point (starting about the 54 minute mark) that the story does matter, if only because of the anti-First Amendment inclinations it’s showing in so many media outlets, because they don’t want to have the sads next week if they report on the laptop controversy and it causes Biden to lose the election.

    Here’s the v2.0 from 1968 of “Don’t Cross the Street in the Middle of Block”, by the NYC Department of Transportation, which went multicultural. The original version was the jingle with the vocals from two years earlier, and was written by Vic Mizzy, who did the music for “The Addams Family” and “Green Acres” (JPod’s not old enough to remember its’ N.Y.C. Department of Sanitation’s predecessor, the “Phil D. Basket” anti-littering jingle from 1965, which AFAIK, is nowhere to be found on YouTube).

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    • October 30, 2020, at 9:08 AM PDT
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  4. Ambrianne Member

    I think Jonah and I are both 1970 babies, and I remember that Timmy PSA as well. I grew up in Boise, ID. Trivia time: Idaho had the first elected Jewish governor, Moses Alexander, and located in Boise is the longest continually-operating synagogue west of the Mississippi. Nevertheless, out here “Zion” means Utah, so the ads just confused me. 

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    • October 30, 2020, at 10:56 AM PDT
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  5. kedavis Member

    I just can’t hear Jonah any more without thinking about how he went to THE Goucher College.

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    • October 30, 2020, at 11:54 AM PDT
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  6. kedavis Member

    And Jonah says Tucker Carlson didn’t have copies of the documents? Sheesh.

    I thought Jonah was supposed to be informed, on top of things, in the loop, etc.

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    • October 30, 2020, at 7:33 PM PDT
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  7. Jon1979 Lincoln

    kedavis (View Comment):

    And Jonah says Tucker Carlson didn’t have copies of the documents? Sheesh.

    I thought Jonah was supposed to be informed, on top of things, in the loop, etc.

    He also questioned the belivability of Hunter’s laptop turning up in a Delaware computer repair shop on the Remnant last week, ever after it already had been announced the shop had a signed document from Hunter authorizing the repairs — if the document had been forged, Team Joe and all the media would have been screaming about it. For all the chiding done towards Trump supporters about being in denial that the polling is real, he’s had his own denial problems admitting that a crack-addicted guy with the money to buy 100 replacement MacBook Pros would simply drop one off at a repair shop, be too high to remember to pick it up and/or remember what he left on the hard drive, and would then just dip into the Chinese or Ukrainian petty cash fund to get a replacement computer (though I think on this week’s show, in a bow to JPod and his ties to the New York Post, we’ve advanced the football to the documents are real, but they don’t mean anything because there’s no written contract from Joseph P. Biden in them legally affirming he’s the Big Guy).

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  8. kedavis Member

    Jon1979 (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    And Jonah says Tucker Carlson didn’t have copies of the documents? Sheesh.

    I thought Jonah was supposed to be informed, on top of things, in the loop, etc.

    He also questioned the belivability of Hunter’s laptop turning up in a Delaware computer repair shop on the Remnant last week, ever after it already had been announced the shop and a signed document from Hunter authorizing the repairs — if the document had been forged, Team Joe and all the media would have been screaming about it. For all the chiding done towards Trump supporters about being in denial that the polling is real, he’s had his own denial problems admitting that a crack-addicted guy with the money to buy 100 replacement MacBook Pros would simply drop one off at a repair shop, be too high to remember to pick it up and/or remember what he left on the hard drive, and would then just dip into the Chinese or Ukranian petty cash fund to get a replacement computer (though I think on this week’s show, in a bow to JPod and his ties to the New York Post, we’ve advanced the football to the documents are real, but they don’t mean anything because there’s no written contract from Joseph P. Biden in them legally affirming he’s the Big Guy).

    And he probably wouldn’t be satisfied if there WAS a contract signed by “Joe Biden” because that could be ANY guy named “Joe Biden.”

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    • October 30, 2020, at 9:26 PM PDT
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  9. Miffed White Male Member
    Miffed White MaleJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Jon1979 (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    And Jonah says Tucker Carlson didn’t have copies of the documents? Sheesh.

    I thought Jonah was supposed to be informed, on top of things, in the loop, etc.

    He also questioned the belivability of Hunter’s laptop turning up in a Delaware computer repair shop on the Remnant last week, ever after it already had been announced the shop had a signed document from Hunter authorizing the repairs — if the document had been forged, Team Joe and all the media would have been screaming about it. For all the chiding done towards Trump supporters about being in denial that the polling is real, he’s had his own denial problems admitting that a crack-addicted guy with the money to buy 100 replacement MacBook Pros would simply drop one off at a repair shop, be too high to remember to pick it up and/or remember what he left on the hard drive, and would then just dip into the Chinese or Ukrainian petty cash fund to get a replacement computer (though I think on this week’s show, in a bow to JPod and his ties to the New York Post, we’ve advanced the football to the documents are real, but they don’t mean anything because there’s no written contract from Joseph P. Biden in them legally affirming he’s the Big Guy).

    Nobody from the Biden organization has denied the authenticity of the contents of the laptop.

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    • October 31, 2020, at 6:20 AM PDT
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  10. kedavis Member

    Miffed White Male (View Comment):

    Jon1979 (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    And Jonah says Tucker Carlson didn’t have copies of the documents? Sheesh.

    I thought Jonah was supposed to be informed, on top of things, in the loop, etc.

    He also questioned the belivability of Hunter’s laptop turning up in a Delaware computer repair shop on the Remnant last week, ever after it already had been announced the shop had a signed document from Hunter authorizing the repairs — if the document had been forged, Team Joe and all the media would have been screaming about it. For all the chiding done towards Trump supporters about being in denial that the polling is real, he’s had his own denial problems admitting that a crack-addicted guy with the money to buy 100 replacement MacBook Pros would simply drop one off at a repair shop, be too high to remember to pick it up and/or remember what he left on the hard drive, and would then just dip into the Chinese or Ukrainian petty cash fund to get a replacement computer (though I think on this week’s show, in a bow to JPod and his ties to the New York Post, we’ve advanced the football to the documents are real, but they don’t mean anything because there’s no written contract from Joseph P. Biden in them legally affirming he’s the Big Guy).

    Nobody from the Biden organization has denied the authenticity of the contents of the laptop.

    “It IS my dog, and many people saw him bite you…”

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    • October 31, 2020, at 1:20 PM PDT
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