Excelsior!

This week, Peter Robinson is off, but we still have plenty o’ show for you: First, we go across the pond (well, actually he’s in Michigan, but you know what we meant…) to chat with Anglophile John O’Sullivan on Brexit and then we delve deep into the cultural zeitgeist with The Weekly Standard’s (and The Substandard podcast host) Jonathan V. Last to examine the legacies of Stan Lee and the great screenwriter and author William Goldman. Finally, is a White House press pass an inalienable right? We discuss. Let us know what you think in the comments.

Music from this week’s podcast: Spiderman by The Ramones

 

 

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There are 18 comments.

  1. The Cloaked Gaijin Member

    Nice photo, but isn’t that what Lileks always wears to the office when he starts to feel outnumbered philosophically.

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    • November 16, 2018, at 12:23 PM PDT
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  2. Jim Wright Coolidge

    Isn’t that the Quicksilver costume they’ve given Lileks? Is a coup underway?
    (edit: I’m blind. I assume that’s John O’Sullivan. Which would give #brexit a tragic new spin.)

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    • November 16, 2018, at 2:41 PM PDT
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  3. filmklassik Member

    It’s just Newman in the great first scene of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

    Butch is scoping out a local bank with an eye toward sticking it up soon but sees, to his frustration, all the new tech and security they’ve installed there. Bristling, he turns to a guard by the front door.

    ”What happened to the old bank?” Butch demands. “It was beautiful.”

    ”People kept robbing it,” the guard replies.

    ”Small price to pay for beauty,” Butch snaps before stomping out the door.

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    • November 16, 2018, at 3:22 PM PDT
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  4. James Lileks Contributor

    The Cloaked Gaijin (View Comment):
    Nice photo, but isn’t that what Lileks always wears to the office when he starts to feel outnumbered philosophically.

    A little too modern; I go with the vintage WW2 design. 

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    • November 16, 2018, at 3:48 PM PDT
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  5. Mrs. Ink Member

    So what should we do, Rob Long, kill ourselves and get it over with? Uff da, you guys are depressing.

    The suburbs were not the problem, doofus, the problem was 41 cowardly Republican congressmen cutting and running. You can’t win wars you don’t fight. Add in traitors like Jeff Flake, the son of the postman, and Bob (Iran deal) Corker, the criminal PA legislature and here we are.

    The loser squish Republicans have had decades to make inroads against the Left and have done exactly nothing. Nixon and the Bushes actually increased the level of statism.

    Nor is Trump the problem, Trump is a symptom. Obama was a symptom. The Obama election and the Trump election were both change elections. People want something different than the current state of affairs, which is why inexperienced or stupid or evil people are pushing socialism, and the plain old ordinary people are pushing populism in the form of Trump. 

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    • November 16, 2018, at 4:57 PM PDT
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  6. kedavis Member

    The Cloaked Gaijin (View Comment):

    Nice photo, but isn’t that what Lileks always wears to the office when he starts to feel outnumbered philosophically.

    I’m not getting a photo at all. How odd.

    I see the smaller “preview” photo on the Podcast page, but not the larger version in this Thread.

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    • November 16, 2018, at 5:14 PM PDT
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  7. Icarus213 Thatcher

    The most charming part of this episode was around 19:30 where O’Sullivan said to James Lileks, “And final point, Jim….” It just made me chuckle.

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    • November 16, 2018, at 5:54 PM PDT
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  8. kedavis Member

    At the end where James says “See you later!” they should have spliced in Jack Butler (from The Remnant) saying “No you won’t, it’s a podcast.”

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    • November 16, 2018, at 6:09 PM PDT
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  9. James Lileks Contributor

    Icarus213 (View Comment):
    The most charming part of this episode was around 19:30 where O’Sullivan said to James Lileks, “And final point, Jim….” It just made me chuckle.

    One does not correct John O’Sullivan. 

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    • November 16, 2018, at 8:20 PM PDT
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  10. kedavis Member

    The 2020 election could turn out differently than some now fear. It appears that Just for one example, on basically her first day on the job, Kyrsten Sinema broke one of her more serious campaign promises: that she would not vote for Chuck Schumer as minority leader in the senate.

    She may have tried to put on a “moderate” face during the campaign, but the mask is already slipping.

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    • November 16, 2018, at 10:18 PM PDT
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  11. Henry Castaigne Member

    I like how Rob Long is the hippy dippy elite decadent Iron Man. 

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    • November 17, 2018, at 12:13 AM PDT
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  12. George Townsend Member

    I could say more about this excellent show, but one thing bothers me, and it happened at the beginning. Rob said that the Democrats now have one branch of government. Assuming (which I do) that James knew that this was wrong, he should have corrected him. Congress has two Houses: The House of Representatives and the Senate. Together they form one branch. The Democrats won the House. Therefore, they now control half-a-branch! Too many people are too ignorant of Government no to correct any error when it is said so authoritatively.

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    • November 17, 2018, at 6:30 AM PDT
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  13. JackButler Podcaster

    kedavis (View Comment):

    At the end where James says “See you later!” they should have spliced in Jack Butler (from The Remnant) saying “No you won’t, it’s a podcast.”

    I would have demanded royalties. 

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    • November 17, 2018, at 1:50 PM PDT
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  14. kedavis Member

    JackButler (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    At the end where James says “See you later!” they should have spliced in Jack Butler (from The Remnant) saying “No you won’t, it’s a podcast.”

    I would have demanded royalties.

    How about a slight loosening of the ball gag? :-)

    Actually it seems Jonah doesn’t admit to… uh… that is, doesn’t tell those… uh… “jokes”… any more.

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    • November 17, 2018, at 2:45 PM PDT
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  15. Blue Yeti Admin

    JackButler (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    At the end where James says “See you later!” they should have spliced in Jack Butler (from The Remnant) saying “No you won’t, it’s a podcast.”

    I would have demanded royalties.

    We would not have paid them. 

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    • November 17, 2018, at 2:53 PM PDT
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  16. Petty Boozswha Member

    Mrs. Ink (View Comment):

    So what should we do, Rob Long, kill ourselves and get it over with? Uff da, you guys are depressing.

    The suburbs were not the problem, doofus, the problem was 41 cowardly Republican congressmen cutting and running. You can’t win wars you don’t fight. Add in traitors like Jeff Flake, the son of the postman, and Bob (Iran deal) Corker, the criminal PA legislature and here we are.

    The loser squish Republicans have had decades to make inroads against the Left and have done exactly nothing. Nixon and the Bushes actually increased the level of statism.

    Nor is Trump the problem, Trump is a symptom. Obama was a symptom. The Obama election and the Trump election were both change elections. People want something different than the current state of affairs, which is why inexperienced or stupid or evil people are pushing socialism, and the plain old ordinary people are pushing populism in the form of Trump.

    How come Peter Robinson is using a pseudonym?

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    • November 17, 2018, at 4:20 PM PDT
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  17. OccupantCDN Coolidge

    Great point, too many endless endings. I think this is one of the things that made BBC shows better. Once the story they told ended the series would end as well. BlackAdder works because its only 6 episodes per season (a total of 24 episodes and 3 specials) they didnt dilute the great story and comedy with 12 to 18 additional episodes that of mediocrity, that would only have distracted from the central premise and story line.

    Same with movies – they should also be shorter than 110 minutes… Any longer and the story becomes diluted with irrelevant subplots and details.

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    • November 18, 2018, at 1:33 PM PDT
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  18. Lazy_Millennial Member

    In addition to turning professional wrestling into what it is today and inventing the pay-per-view, Vince McMahon is the person who taught Donald Trump how to work an arena crowd

    https://youtu.be/dVxVDDYwNvU

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    • November 19, 2018, at 1:12 PM PDT
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