Fence Jumpers

This week, we’re fortunate to have two giants of America political punditry: the Washington Examiner’s Michael Barone and Hillsdale College professor (and Ricochet contributor) Paul Rahe. They opine on the current state of races across the country, and an early line on 2016. But before that, a deep dive on the current state of the Secret Service, take on Ricochet member TeamAmerica’s query Foreign Policy President Needed: Any Republicans Qualified? Also, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and whether or not we ought to be worried about Ebola in the good old USA.

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  1. otherdeanplace@yahoo.com Member
    otherdeanplace@yahoo.com
    @EustaceCScrubb

    Excellent photographic evidence of our hosts’ athleticism (for which they are so renowned.)

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  2. Miffed White Male Member
    Miffed White Male
    @MiffedWhiteMale

    Is anyone else finding that all their subscribed podcast feeds in itunes are broken?

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  3. Blue Yeti Admin
    Blue Yeti
    @BlueYeti

    Miffed White Male:Is anyone else finding that all their subscribed podcast feeds in itunes are broken?

    I have nit seen any other reports of this, MFM. Please PM me or write us at support@ricochet.com and we’ll get it figured out for you.

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  4. Peter Robinson Contributor
    Peter Robinson
    @PeterRobinson

    A tan suit? Me? After Labor Day?  Tan?

    EJ, how could you?

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  5. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill
    @EJHill

    Peter Robinson: EJ, how could you?

    It’s all about competence, Peter, all about competence.

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  6. user_333118 Member
    user_333118
    @BarbaraKidder

    How appropriate is it to refer to your guests as “giants of American political punditry”?

    Both gentlemen were confident that Mitt Romney would beat President Obama and both wrote some very fervent pieces, shortly before the election,  to illustrate their reasoning for that confidence.

    I’m sure they have some good analysis on many of the “current races across the country” but you may be wise to cast your net wider when looking for “an early line on 2016”.

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  7. Bishop Wash Member
    Bishop Wash
    @BishopWash

    Miffed White Male: Is anyone else finding that all their subscribed podcast feeds in itunes are broken?

    I use podget on Linux, which uses the direct link from the main podcast page and am having trouble as well. If I click on the link from there I get a Temporary Connection error page.

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  8. Percival Thatcher
    Percival
    @Percival

    Blue Yeti:

    Miffed White Male:Is anyone else finding that all their subscribed podcast feeds in itunes are broken?

    I have nit seen any other reports of this, MFM. Please PM me or write us at support@ricochet.com and we’ll get it figured out for you.

    Sent an email, Yeti.  Yeah, it’s all the feeds at the moment.

    Schlichter and Kruiser and Katz (oh my!) probably got Tobasco sauce on the server.

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  9. user_280840 Member
    user_280840
    @FredCole

    My own comments about this, re: ground chuck, can be found here:

    http://ricochet.com/in-defense-of-secret-service-restraint/

    James Lileks, the comments are specifically in response to a comment of yours, you are cordially invited to visit and respond.

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  10. user_280840 Member
    user_280840
    @FredCole

    Wth!? How did the good people who play Magic: The Gathering get lumped in that pretentious nimrod!?

    If I was on a full keyboard instead of just my iPhone, I swear upon the altar of God that I would rip Rob a new corn chute!

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  11. Nick Stuart Member
    Nick Stuart
    @NickStuart

    Will the 2016 Republican include in his/her campaign the theme “restoring competence” and “cleaning house?” Likely a lot of what’s gone on in the IRS, for example, will still be within the statue of limitations.

    Will the media press the Democratic candidate on what she/he will do to restore competence and run to earth anyone who broke the law (OK, egregiously broke the law) in the previous administration?

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  12. Matede Member
    Matede
    @MateDe

    This isn’t showing up in my iTunes, are their any bugs with this?

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  13. slygore@gmail.com Member
    slygore@gmail.com
    @Slygore

    I’m with you Fred Cole! I play Magic as well and I’m no left-winger!

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  14. user_473455 Member
    user_473455
    @BenjaminGlaser

    Thank you to Paul Rahe for mentioning why the GOP is struggling.

    They do not stand for anything, that is, other than saying the words “Reagan”, “Founding Fathers”, “Constitution”, “Obama”, in random order.

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  15. Rightfromthestart Coolidge
    Rightfromthestart
    @Rightfromthestart

    Any steps to prevent the spread of Ebola might, MIGHT, offend someone perceived to be in the minority and as we know liberals would ( quite literally in this case) rather die than do that. At least they don’t mind if you die.

    The problem with the Tyson thing and others like it is that when the claim is made that (insert conservative name here) said such and such a thing it can’t be refuted without checking and by that time it’s too late, the lie has gone around the world three times. I’ve noticed that conservatives are often stunned by this technique , Biden is especially adept at it.

    As Bill Whittle says ‘ it’s easy to destroy someone of honesty and integrity if you have none of your own’

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  16. Mike H Coolidge
    Mike H
    @MikeH

    The audio keeps cutting out after about 8 minutes. I have to keep refreshing the page and finding my place… Mac/Chrome

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  17. Blue Yeti Admin
    Blue Yeti
    @BlueYeti

    We are experiencing an issue with iTunes in which some shows (including this one) are not showing up in iTunes. We expect to have this resolved by 12PM PT. In the meantime, please subscribe to the Super Feed to receive all of our shows in iTunes. Directions here.

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  18. user_1152 Member
    user_1152
    @DonTillman

    Lileks at 32:20: “Is the narrative on the left going to be that the failure is due to an insufficient application of these ideas?”

    Exactly.  Like for the Stimulus.

    Here’s what my reply to that narrative  looks like:

    Any engineer will tell you that sort of thing doesn’t fly in the real world.

    For this to be workable you have to not only provide the exact amount of resources you need to guarantee the result, but also what happens if the amount is off by a little, high or low, or off by a lot.  And you have to account for any error in the source material for these calculations.  And you have to provide an organic corrective mechanism that compensates for any errors or changes in conditions along the way.  Any sustainable working real world system does this.

    Don’t worry, I can handle the math.  If you can’t do this, you’re creating a very dangerous monster.

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  19. Lorenzo Member
    Lorenzo
    @Lorenzo

    On the off chance you don’t already know this, the podcast troubles are not just an iTunes problem. I use BeyondPod (android) and all my Ricochet feeds (but none of the others) failed to update this morning. I get the following error message:

    Reason to fail: WebException – Unable to connect to remote Web Server! Http status code: 500 (Internal Server Error)

    I don’t know enough about this to know if that info is helpful, but figured it couldn’t hurt to throw in.

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  20. Blue Yeti Admin
    Blue Yeti
    @BlueYeti

    Update: Podcast feeds should now be working. Apologies for the inconvenience.

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  21. Lorenzo Member
    Lorenzo
    @Lorenzo

    Hooray! Government don’t work good, but Blue Yeti does!

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  22. thebeekeeperkissedme Member
    thebeekeeperkissedme
    @thebeekeeperkissedme

    James, you need to brush up on those segues. Even Rob, Rob!, saw that one coming a mile off. Try some segue push ups before next week.

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  23. Blue Yeti Admin
    Blue Yeti
    @BlueYeti

    Courtesy of James Lileks, himself:

    segue

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  24. SteveSc Member
    SteveSc
    @SteveSc

    Anyone know a link to the football editorial Lileks was talking about?  I googled a bit for it, but no go.

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  25. Blue Yeti Admin
    Blue Yeti
    @BlueYeti

    SteveSc:Anyone know a link to the football editorial Lileks was talking about? I googled a bit for it, but no go.

    I believe it’s here.

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  26. Pencilvania Member
    Pencilvania
    @Pencilvania

    Didn’t Shinseki resign?  I thought he was the first in the O administration.

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  27. user_1152 Member
    user_1152
    @DonTillman

    Blue Yeti:Courtesy of James Lileks, himself:

    Yeti, don’t you guys have some sort of Skype visual going on there?  Is there a secret hand signal that James can throw up?

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  28. Rob Long Editor
    Rob Long
    @RobLong

    Fred Cole:Wth!?How did the good people who play Magic: The Gathering get lumped in that pretentious nimrod!?

    If I was on a full keyboard instead of just my iPhone, I swear upon the altar of God that I would rip Rob a new corn chute!

    Hah!  Well, you know.  I was trying to create a word picture.

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  29. Blue Yeti Admin
    Blue Yeti
    @BlueYeti

    Don Tillman:

    Blue Yeti:Courtesy of James Lileks, himself:

    Yeti, don’t you guys have some sort of Skype visual going on there? Is there a secret hand signal that James can throw up?

    We have a live text chat going on during the show, but we don’t use video. Too much of a bandwidth hog.

    P.S. Don, we will be bringing back the live stream in a few weeks.

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  30. Grendel Member
    Grendel
    @Grendel

    That’s Vol. 5 Number XXXVI.

    • #30