Cast Iron Skillets and A World In Flames

This week, the finer points of cast iron skillets, Yorkshire pudding, and oh, yes, the burgeoning French revolution, courtesy of Claire Berlinski in Paris, the state of Brexit with Toby Young in London, and the demise of the Weekly Standard in Washington D.C. with our hosts, who have been reading it from day one.

Music from this week’s podcast: Murder By Numbers by The Police

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  1. kedavis Member

    Ricochet Audio Network:

    This week, the finer points of cast iron skillets, Yorkshire pudding, and oh, yes, the burgeoning French revolution, courtesy of Claire Berlinski in Paris, the state of Brexit with Toby Young in London, and the demise of the Weekly Standard in Washington D.C. with our hosts, who heave read it from day one.

    Music from this week’s podcast: Murder By Numbers by The Police

    I think you mean that they have read it, not that they heave over (reading) it.

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    • December 14, 2018, at 6:22 PM PDT
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  2. Blue Yeti Admin

    Note to self: do not write show descriptions on your phone. 

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    • December 14, 2018, at 6:25 PM PDT
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  3. kedavis Member

    James said the Mrs Fields promo code is Ricochet, not Standard.

    The Hopsy promo is also Ricochet, not Martini.

    Also, Mrs Fields is a real person (Debbi Fields) who started it all, but Betty Crocker was not, and Aunt Jemima was kind of retrofitted.

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    • December 14, 2018, at 8:38 PM PDT
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  4. drlorentz Member

    Blue Yeti (View Comment):

    Note to self: do not write show descriptions on your phone.

    Ricochet Audio Network: with our hosts, who have been read it from day one.

    Yeah, it’s still ungrammatical.

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    • December 15, 2018, at 12:14 AM PDT
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  5. kedavis Member

    Yes James, it’s a great day! And the Aftershow too!

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    • December 15, 2018, at 1:38 AM PDT
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  6. rev1917 ExJon

    I’m sure Peter was joking, but I would love to hear more from Rob on cooking. He’s convinced me that I need to invest in a cast iron skillet.

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    • December 15, 2018, at 6:20 AM PDT
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  7. Full Size Tabby Member

    rev1917 (View Comment):

    I’m sure Peter was joking, but I would love to hear more from Rob on cooking. He’s convinced me that I need to invest in a cast iron skillet.

    For most of us cookware is much more relevant to our daily lives than are the activities of the US President, riots in France, or other topics that dominate the headlines. 

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    • December 15, 2018, at 6:28 AM PDT
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  8. Steve Miner Member

    Long time listener, new subscriber. Rob finally got me with his eulogy for the Weekly Standard. For less than the price of an ugly Christmas sweater, I’m now a proud Ricochet member. Merry Christmas!

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    • December 15, 2018, at 7:36 AM PDT
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  9. Taras Coolidge

     I only occasionally heaved while reading the Weekly Standard.

     Back in July, there was a long, badly written, repetitive article by someone whose name I did not recognize, about how Trump is good on “tangible” things, but bad on “intangible” ones, and the latter are more important. The trouble with that is, we can’t be sure those “intangibles” are even real, much less declining (or improving). 

     

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    • December 15, 2018, at 10:04 AM PDT
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  10. RufusRJones Member

    Government Is How We Steal From Each Other™

    To be led well you also need a people who are willing to elect and follow good leaders. So perhaps this is less about the leadership class and more about the follower class. But it certainly seems difficult for good leaders to emerge these days in established democracies.

    link

    Too much centralized government + too much central banking intervention = everyone uses this stuff to steal from each other. Welfare, bank bailouts, intergenerational theft via government actuarial systems, graft, rent seeking.

    Nothing is going to improve and no one is going to think straight until we have a nice Global depression.

     

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    • December 15, 2018, at 10:31 AM PDT
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  11. Chris Campion Coolidge

    miner (View Comment):

    Long time listener, new subscriber. Rob finally got me with his eulogy for the Weekly Standard. For less than the price of an ugly Christmas sweater, I’m now a proud Ricochet member. Merry Christmas!

    Welcome!

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    • December 15, 2018, at 10:50 AM PDT
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  12. SParker Member

    rev1917 (View Comment):

    I’m sure Peter was joking, but I would love to hear more from Rob on cooking. He’s convinced me that I need to invest in a cast iron skillet.

    Good call, both sentences. On seasoning the things, drying them on a burner also works. At some point anointing becomes superfluous.

    Times being what they are (contentious), I suppose this now sparks a controversy that leaves Ricochet looking like Germany after the 30 Years War.

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    • December 15, 2018, at 1:21 PM PDT
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  13. Petty Boozswha Member

    Pay up, you moochers!!

    and

    It was so good to hear Claire again, she was one of the big reasons I joined Ricochet back in the day, now she’s so estranged from the Trumpkin’s incivility around here that there isn’t even a picture of her to include on the guest announcement. Sad. ETTD.

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    • December 15, 2018, at 2:47 PM PDT
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  14. RufusRJones Member

    The EU and the EMU both suck. The basic idea is, China and the United States are hegemonic, so we all need to form our own hegemony. It used to be a simple trading organization. Then all of this centralized power is unaccountable and dysfunctional. If you want to get out for that reason, they will make your life miserable. 

    Harald Malmgren things the whole mess jump the shark in the 80s, and it’s going down no matter what, and Britain is doing the right thing.

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    • December 15, 2018, at 3:50 PM PDT
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  15. Richard Easton Member

    Petty Boozswha (View Comment):

    Pay up, you moochers!!

    and

    It was so good to hear Claire again, she was one of the big reasons I joined Ricochet back in the day, now she’s so estranged from the Trumpkin’s incivility around here that there isn’t even a picture of her to include on the guest announcement. Sad. ETTD.

    I’ve never read anything insightful from Claire. I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree about her.

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    • December 15, 2018, at 4:52 PM PDT
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  16. Boss Mongo Member

    Steve Miner (View Comment):

    Long time listener, new subscriber. Rob finally got me with his eulogy for the Weekly Standard. For less than the price of an ugly Christmas sweater, I’m now a proud Ricochet member. Merry Christmas!

    Merry Christmas, Steve. And welcome to the menagerie.

     

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    • December 15, 2018, at 5:06 PM PDT
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  17. Boss Mongo Member

    Miz Claire (paraphrase): Can anyone name a single violent revolution in history where things were better at the end?

    Me: Yes. Yes we can. 

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    • December 15, 2018, at 5:09 PM PDT
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  18. kedavis Member

    Taras (View Comment):

    I only occasionally heaved while reading the Weekly Standard.

    Back in July, there was a long, badly written, repetitive article by someone whose name I did not recognize, about how Trump is good on “tangible” things, but bad on “intangible” ones, and the latter are more important. The trouble with that is, we can’t be sure those “intangibles” are even real, much less declining (or improving).

    That sounds like Jonah’s argument too. “Sure, he’s doing good, conservative things. But so what? He’s an awful person! That’s what matters! And why nobody should have voted for him! Sure that means President Hillary, and she’s loathsome too! Maybe even more loathsome than Trump! But at least she’s not OUR loathsome candidate!”

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    • December 15, 2018, at 5:28 PM PDT
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  19. Taras Coolidge

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Taras (View Comment):

    I only occasionally heaved while reading the Weekly Standard.

    Back in July, there was a long, badly written, repetitive article by someone whose name I did not recognize, about how Trump is good on “tangible” things, but bad on “intangible” ones, and the latter are more important. The trouble with that is, we can’t be sure those “intangibles” are even real, much less declining (or improving).

    That sounds like Jonah’s argument too. “Sure, he’s doing good, conservative things. But so what? He’s an awful person! That’s what matters! And why nobody should have voted for him! Sure that means President Hillary, and she’s loathsome too! Maybe even more loathsome than Trump! But at least she’s not OUR loathsome candidate!”

    And if you point out Clinton’s or JFK’s far greater infidelities — or Obama’s many, determined lies — that’s dismissed as “whataboutism”. A lot of these people dream of being the token conservative at the Times or the Post.

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    • December 15, 2018, at 6:06 PM PDT
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  20. Eeyore Member

    My first glance read “abandonnez-vous Ricochet.com” I guess Rob wasn’t actually being ironic.

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    • December 15, 2018, at 7:33 PM PDT
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  21. Henry Castaigne Member

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Miz Claire (paraphrase): Can anyone name a single violent revolution in history where things were better at the end?

    Me: Yes. Yes we can.

    Keep in mind how rare that is.

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    • December 16, 2018, at 8:29 AM PDT
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  22. Boss Mongo Member

    Henry Castaigne (View Comment):

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Miz Claire (paraphrase): Can anyone name a single violent revolution in history where things were better at the end?

    Me: Yes. Yes we can.

    Keep in mind how rare that is.

    Concur; not the point, hermano.

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    • December 16, 2018, at 9:29 AM PDT
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  23. Boney Cole Member

    Appreciate the comments on cast iron skillets. We have my wife’s grandmothers skillets, from Woodson’s Ridge in north Mississippi. Not sure if they go back any further . We use them just about every day. They do seem to be ever useful and unchanging.

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    • December 16, 2018, at 11:09 AM PDT
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  24. Chris Campion Coolidge

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    Miz Claire (paraphrase): Can anyone name a single violent revolution in history where things were better at the end?

    Me: Yes. Yes we can.

    You’re far too kind.

    She openly voter for and supported Hillary for president. I get it, she didn’t like Trump. But to vote for Hillary puts Claire on my “no fly” list.

    And thanks, Peter, for eliding right past the still-existing violence perpetrated by Muslims. Maybe it’s not covered as much, or as loudly, but it’s still there. Claire’s comments and laughter about “right-wing” concerns in France, largely relegated to the lumpen proles who do not live in Paris, aligns perfectly with my assumptions about how she sees the world.

    A 2-minute google imparts more information than Claire did.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/27/how-the-murders-of-two-elderly-jewish-women-shook-france-antisemitism-mireille-knoll-sarah-halimi

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-france-shots/gunman-kills-at-least-two-in-french-christmas-market-and-flees-idUSKBN1OA2A8

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    • December 16, 2018, at 12:41 PM PDT
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  25. Petty Boozswha Member

    If Trumpkins were as good at attracting new Republicans as they are at making old ones like Claire walk the plank we would be in good shape.

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    • December 16, 2018, at 12:57 PM PDT
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  26. RufusRJones Member

    Petty Boozswha (View Comment):

    If Trumpkins were as good at attracting new Republicans as they are at making old ones like Claire walk the plank we would be in good shape.

    People need to think about why people want him and why he won. So much centralized government is dysfunctional, but there are a bunch of people that just need it to work like it “should”. 

     

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    • December 16, 2018, at 1:03 PM PDT
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  27. Petty Boozswha Member

    He won because of two words – Hillary and Clinton

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    • December 16, 2018, at 1:11 PM PDT
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  28. Boss Mongo Member

    Petty Boozswha (View Comment):

    He won because of two words – Hillary and Clinton

    And Lo! Behold! Those two words were more than enough.

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    • December 16, 2018, at 1:26 PM PDT
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  29. kedavis Member

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Petty Boozswha (View Comment):

    If Trumpkins were as good at attracting new Republicans as they are at making old ones like Claire walk the plank we would be in good shape.

    People need to think about why people want him and why he won. So much centralized government is dysfunctional, but there are a bunch of people that just need it to work like it “should”.

     

    I can give some benefit of the doubt to those who didn’t vote at all in 2016. Especially if they wise up, look at the judges etc, and vote for a second term in 2020. But I can’t see how any “Republican” who voted for Hillary in 2016 was ever really a Republican, or can claim to be so now.

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  30. Petty Boozswha Member

    kedavis (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Petty Boozswha (View Comment):

    If Trumpkins were as good at attracting new Republicans as they are at making old ones like Claire walk the plank we would be in good shape.

    People need to think about why people want him and why he won. So much centralized government is dysfunctional, but there are a bunch of people that just need it to work like it “should”.

     

    I can give some benefit of the doubt to those who didn’t vote at all in 2016. Especially if they wise up, look at the judges etc, and vote for a second term in 2020. But I can’t see how any “Republican” who voted for Hillary in 2016 was ever really a Republican, or can claim to be so now.

    Claire lives in Europe, she didn’t really understand Hillary the way we did. I agree it was a wrong move, but she’s still the kind of conservative we need.

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