Burning Down the House

Isn’t this a way to start out a New Year?

We’re breaking all sorts of precedents, starting off with a long thoughtful discussion on the state of American football. We talk about the Damar Hamlin incident from the Monday Night game in Cincinnati and then give a hail and farewell to “The Pirate,” Coach Mike Leach of Mississippi State and then local man has a nervous breakdown over the recent play of the Minnesota Vikings.

Then it’s off to the fun and games of Washington, DC where the vote to elect the Speaker of the House in the 118th Congress has even the usually unflappable Byron York grasping for answers.

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  1. kedavis Coolidge
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    @kedavis

    If Peter really thinks Gaetz just “doesn’t like” McCarthy, he hasn’t been paying attention.

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  2. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Uhhh, Byron?

    McCarthy – or whoever – doesn’t need to run 435 House races.

    Unless you think he’s supposed to help the Dimocrats too.

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  3. RufusRJones Member
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    This is a great short article about how prepared everybody was. The forethought about resources and what to do is just amazing. 

     

     

     

     

     

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  4. RufusRJones Member
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    I have listened closely as I could to Chip Roy about all of this. I think the point is, why didn’t they get rid of the ACA when they had the chance? etc. They have to force some structural changes to control the liars, RINOs, and GOPe. 

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  5. RufusRJones Member
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    @RufusRJones

    I forget who is in charge of development here so I will just say something on this thread. 

    I have heard Anthony Weiner a couple of times on WABC and I think he would fit in really good with the ricochet podcast network. Really good analysis on how the political football actually moves. When he talks about policy, he’s not a bomb thrower anymore.

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  6. DonG (CAGW is a Scam) Coolidge
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    @DonG

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Uhhh, Byron?

    McCarthy – or whoever – doesn’t need to run 435 House races.

    Unless you think he’s supposed to help the Dimocrats too.

    In theory, he would run opposition to Dem held seats.   In reality, McCarthy ran opposition to Republican held seats.  

    Byron is confused about member supporting McCarthy and members fearing the wrath of a tyrannical Speaker with hundreds of millions of dollar to use for or against members and total control of any legislation a member might want.   Do not confuse fear with preference.   If I were given control of legislation and hundreds of millions of dollars, then 200 members would be singing my praises.  

    A few members have enough personal wealth (eg, Gaetz) or are willing to put principle above job security (eg, Roy) and are in a position to roll back the Pelosi power consolidation.  We should praise them instead of aping the establishment narrative. 

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  7. Bishop Wash Member
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    @BishopWash

    Pronunciations can be weird. I’d never heard vegan pronounced as James did although it makes sense coming from vegetable. I’ve always heard vee-gan.

    I’ve always heard Adidas pronounced as uh dee dus. This week I watched a video on World Cup soccer balls. The host and the guy he interviewed both said ah deed aus. It was weird. 

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  8. DonG (CAGW is a Scam) Coolidge
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    @DonG

    Bishop Wash (View Comment):
    I’ve always heard Adidas pronounced as uh dee dus. This week I watched a video on World Cup soccer balls. The host and the guy he interviewed both said ah deed aus. It was weird. 

    Europeans use AH dee das.  It comes from the name of the founder Adolf “Adi” Dassler.   He split his shoe business with his brother, Rodolf, who founded the Puma shoe company.   I don’t know why Americans say “uh DEE dus”. 

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  9. EJHill Podcaster
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    DonG (CAGW is a Scam): I don’t know why Americans say “uh DEE dus”. 

    For the same reason we don’t have iss-suws with our shed-u-als or go ooot and aboot. 

    We’re AMURIC’NS.

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  10. Bishop Wash Member
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    @BishopWash

    DonG (CAGW is a Scam) (View Comment):

    Bishop Wash (View Comment):
    I’ve always heard Adidas pronounced as uh dee dus. This week I watched a video on World Cup soccer balls. The host and the guy he interviewed both said ah deed aus. It was weird.

    Europeans use AH dee das. It comes from the name of the founder Adolf “Adi” Dassler. He split his shoe business with his brother, Rodolf, who founded the Puma shoe company. I don’t know why Americans say “uh DEE dus”.

    Thanks. Must have been a European video I caught. Don’t know why we pronounce it that way but do know that any junior high boy can tell you it stands for All Day I Dream About Sex. 

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  11. Rightfromthestart Coolidge
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    A few rebels pressed the advantage they had and succeeded in getting concessions. That’s how it works in parliamentary systems, that’s how it worked in the American Revolution. Is Byron blaming the rebels for McConnell surrendering on the Omnibus?

    I greatly admire Peter but he’s not a wartime consigliere.  

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  12. kedavis Coolidge
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    @kedavis

    Bishop Wash (View Comment):

    Pronunciations can be weird. I’d never heard vegan pronounced as James did although it makes sense coming from vegetable. I’ve always heard vee-gan.

    I’ve always heard Adidas pronounced as uh dee dus. This week I watched a video on World Cup soccer balls. The host and the guy he interviewed both said ah deed aus. It was weird.

    Vee-gan probably avoids confusion with people who come from the planetary system of Vega.

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  13. Bishop Wash Member
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    kedavis (View Comment):

    Bishop Wash (View Comment):

    Pronunciations can be weird. I’d never heard vegan pronounced as James did although it makes sense coming from vegetable. I’ve always heard vee-gan.

    I’ve always heard Adidas pronounced as uh dee dus. This week I watched a video on World Cup soccer balls. The host and the guy he interviewed both said ah deed aus. It was weird.

    Vee-gan probably avoids confusion with people who come from the planetary system of Vega.

    That’s good. Does Ricochet have a large Vegan demographic that James was reaching out to?

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  14. kedavis Coolidge
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    Bishop Wash (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Bishop Wash (View Comment):

    Pronunciations can be weird. I’d never heard vegan pronounced as James did although it makes sense coming from vegetable. I’ve always heard vee-gan.

    I’ve always heard Adidas pronounced as uh dee dus. This week I watched a video on World Cup soccer balls. The host and the guy he interviewed both said ah deed aus. It was weird.

    Vee-gan probably avoids confusion with people who come from the planetary system of Vega.

    That’s good. Does Ricochet have a large Vegan demographic that James was reaching out to?

    None of them want us to know, especially James.

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  15. Leslie Watkins Member
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    I do not think our culture has become overly safety conscious. Our culture has become hysterical, which is how I view the hand-wringing over the McCarthy saga as much as Damar Hamlin’s tragic collapse. I don’t know if this is correct, but I read that the first question Damar had upon waking was about the outcome of the game. Give me players over pundits any day.

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  16. ericB Lincoln
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    @ericB

    Enjoy listening to three of my favorite pod voices.  However,

    Here is the great dilemma…

    … wanting to listen to  @charlescwcooke  usually at 1.5 to 2 times speed,

    but then feeling like maybe it would be better to listen to @jameslileks at about 1/2 speed.

    Life’s choices.

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  17. James Lileks Contributor
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    ericB (View Comment):

    but then feeling like maybe it would be better to listen to @jameslileks at about 1/2 speed.

    Life’s choices.

    Next week I will not have that extra cup of coffee and we’ll see how it goes

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  18. J Ro Member
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    @JRo

    Leslie Watkins (View Comment):

    I do not think our culture has become overly safety conscious. Our culture has become hysterical, which is how I view the hand-wringing over the McCarthy saga as much as Damar Hamlin’s tragic collapse. I don’t know if this is correct, but I read that the first question Damar had upon waking was about the outcome of the game. Give me players over pundits any day.

    For comparison, someone suffered a heart attack during Christmas Mass in a full church I happened to be in. Yes, a few medical professionals rushed into action and an ambulance was called. I was too far away to see anything, but someone sitting nearby must have calmed and cared for the victim’s hysterical family member who had cried out for help. But the rest of the congregants and celebrants from priest on down waited calmly and quietly for the poor soul to be taken out (luckily he/she was in the back near the main entrance) and off to the hospital before continuing with the service. As far as I could tell no one took out their cell phones to call or make viral videos. No doubt a good many of them were praying in silence. Needless to say, I was not witnessing this very calm, deliberate response from the crowd in America, but in Kyoto, Japan.

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  19. Saint Augustine Member
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    @SaintAugustine

    York is wrong. McConnell was wrong.

    The problem is that we don’t trust the Republican leadership, or anything else in D.C. They all seem too swampy.

    You have to be pretty clueless to see such an epically swampy bill, enabled by McConnell, and not expect any difficulty from the heirs to the Tea Party in the House while the heir-apparent, who appears to them as a well-established swamp creature, tries to take over the House.

    There would have been trouble anyway, but McConnell made it worse. I would imagine that almost any Trump voter from 2016 or 2020 could have told us that in advance.

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  20. Ernst Rabbit von Hasenpfeffer Member
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    @ape2ag

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):

    York is wrong. McConnell was wrong.

    The problem is that we don’t trust the Republican leadership, or anything else in D.C. They all seem too swampy.

    You have to be pretty clueless to see such an epically swampy bill, enabled by McConnell, and not expect any difficulty from the heirs to the Tea Party in the House while the heir-apparent, who appears to them as a well-established swamp creature, tries to take over the House.

    There would have been trouble anyway, but McConnell made it worse. I would imagine that almost any Trump voter from 2016 or 2020 could have told us that in advance.

    McConnell’s “wisdom” seems to be self-fulfilling.

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  21. kedavis Coolidge
    kedavis
    @kedavis

    Ernst Rabbit von Hasenpfeffer (View Comment):

    Saint Augustine (View Comment):

    York is wrong. McConnell was wrong.

    The problem is that we don’t trust the Republican leadership, or anything else in D.C. They all seem too swampy.

    You have to be pretty clueless to see such an epically swampy bill, enabled by McConnell, and not expect any difficulty from the heirs to the Tea Party in the House while the heir-apparent, who appears to them as a well-established swamp creature, tries to take over the House.

    There would have been trouble anyway, but McConnell made it worse. I would imagine that almost any Trump voter from 2016 or 2020 could have told us that in advance.

    McConnell’s “wisdom” seems to be self-fulfilling.

    That’s the best kind of wisdom, at least to some people.

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