It Smells Better Here

Some weeks, we have to hunt hard for topics. Other weeks, well, they rain down like a monsoon. The latter describes this week and to provide an umbrella we’ve got the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s White House correspondent Debra J. Saunders on the political topics (and a bit on San Francisco) and The Skeptical Environmentalist himself, Bjørn Lomborg, who at this moment, is the world’s second most famous Scandinavian authority in climate. Also, a new poll question (answer it!) and Lileks make a cameo appearance to award Ricochet member Kevin Creighton the highly coveted Lileks Post of The Week.

Music from this week’s show: How Soon Is Now by The Smiths

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  1. kedavis Member

    It’s a lot less interesting without James.

    And Rob, you’re not joined “as always” by Peter, since he was missing as recently as just last week.

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    • September 27, 2019, at 12:52 PM PDT
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  2. kedavis Member

    P.S. The new Long Poll is another dud. The options given are totally inadequate.

    For example, one option needs to be something like “Vote for a Republican primary opponent, if there is one. But ultimately, vote to re-elect the incumbent Republican scum if necessary because voting for a Democrat is never wise.”

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    • September 27, 2019, at 1:12 PM PDT
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  3. Blue Yeti Admin

    kedavis (View Comment):

    P.S. The new Long Poll is another dud. The options given are totally inadequate.

    For example, one option needs to be something like “Vote for a Republican primary opponent, if there is one. But ultimately, vote to re-elect the incumbent Republican scum if necessary because voting for a Democrat is never wise.”

    Thanks for listening!

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    • September 27, 2019, at 1:21 PM PDT
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  4. kedavis Member

    Blue Yeti (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    P.S. The new Long Poll is another dud. The options given are totally inadequate.

    For example, one option needs to be something like “Vote for a Republican primary opponent, if there is one. But ultimately, vote to re-elect the incumbent Republican scum if necessary because voting for a Democrat is never wise.”

    Thanks for listening!

    Even if that’s meant to be a jab, the fact is that the Long Poll is shown on other pages besides the Ricochet Podcast ones, so it really can’t rely on people having listened.

    And “vote the bum out” is a bit pointless. That’s what happens IF the incumbent loses the election. No one person’s vote accomplishes that. And what if there is no primary opponent? Voting for a primary opponent, IF THERE IS ONE, is rather different from voting for the Democrat (IF there is one – often there isn’t) or not voting at all.

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    • September 27, 2019, at 1:34 PM PDT
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  5. Richard Easton Member

    Could you release an additional podcast which is just the interview with Lomborg. I’d like to have it available to send to AGW alarmists. Thanks!

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    • September 27, 2019, at 1:45 PM PDT
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  6. Petty Boozswha Member

    I don’t think there is anything in this latest incident that justifies impeachment, but if something came up and my Senator voted for it I do not think he would have to be described as a bum. There is a Remnant of us here on Ricochet that think the Quisling behavior of so many to date is what makes them bums.

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    • September 27, 2019, at 1:53 PM PDT
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  7. RufusRJones Member

    Petty Boozswha (View Comment):
    There is a Remnant of us here on Ricochet that think the Quisling behavior of so many to date is what makes them bums.

    Why doesn’t the electorate vote better? Why is that?

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    • September 27, 2019, at 1:55 PM PDT
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  8. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher

    Just because James didn’t share the heartache of disposing with a lifetime of his father’s belongings doesn’t mean he hasn’t felt it. It is hard work, to be sure, but it’s so tough to look at every single item and know what to keep, what to sell or donate and what to pitch. When my mother died some 20 years ago, I discovered a lovely little box full of valentines from classmates she had received in the third grade! They wound up at the top of the heap in a garbage can, but I went to bed that night thinking about why in the world she had saved those valentines above all others. Don’t ask me why, but the next morning I went outside to the garbage, retrieved that little box and still have it to this very day. No doubt, one day my own children will shake their heads in wonder when they come across that box in my house as they go about the task of deciding what to keep, what to donate, what to sell and what to pitch.

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    • September 27, 2019, at 2:04 PM PDT
    • 13 likes
  9. Petty Boozswha Member

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Petty Boozswha (View Comment):
    There is a Remnant of us here on Ricochet that think the Quisling behavior of so many to date is what makes them bums.

    Why doesn’t the electorate vote better? Why is that?

    They’re very dumb.

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    • September 27, 2019, at 2:05 PM PDT
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  10. kedavis Member

    Richard Easton (View Comment):

    Could you release an additional podcast which is just the interview with Lomborg. I’d like to have it available to send to AGW alarmists. Thanks!

    Happy to help. :-)

    https://www.adrive.com/public/9SDTd8/Ricochet%20Podcast%2009-27-19%20clip%20Bjorn%20Lomborg.mp3

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    • September 27, 2019, at 2:08 PM PDT
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  11. RufusRJones Member

    Petty Boozswha (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Petty Boozswha (View Comment):
    There is a Remnant of us here on Ricochet that think the Quisling behavior of so many to date is what makes them bums.

    Why doesn’t the electorate vote better? Why is that?

    They’re very dumb.

    They voted that way because every single Western government did every single thing wrong in the face of automation and globalized labor and David Horowitz and Angelo Codevilla are right about everything and the GOP should listen to them.

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    • September 27, 2019, at 2:13 PM PDT
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  12. kedavis Member

    Ricochet Audio Network:

    Some weeks, we have to hunt hard for topics. Other weeks, well, they rain down like a monsoon. The latter describes this week and to provide an umbrella we’ve got the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s White House correspondent Debra J. Saunders on the political topics (and a bit on San Francisco) and The Skeptical Environmentalist himself, Bjørn Lomborg, who at this moment, is the world’s second most famous Scandinavian authority in climate. Also, a new poll question (answer it!) and Lileks make a cameo appearance to award Ricochet member Kevin Creighton the highly coveted Lileks Post of The Week.

    Music from this week’s show: How Soon Was Then by The Smiths

    I think it was better by Love Spit Love. (Called How Soon Is Now?) This version was in the movie The Craft, and was used (in a shorter form) as the opening/theme for all 8 seasons of Charmed.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoiO0r0AoAA

    As seen here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQVzZayPpUM

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    • September 27, 2019, at 2:15 PM PDT
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  13. Petty Boozswha Member

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Petty Boozswha (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Petty Boozswha (View Comment):
    There is a Remnant of us here on Ricochet that think the Quisling behavior of so many to date is what makes them bums.

    Why doesn’t the electorate vote better? Why is that?

    They’re very dumb.

    They voted that way because every single Western government did every single thing wrong in the face of automation and globalized labor and David Horowitz and Angelo Codevilla are right about everything and the GOP should listen to them.

    I agree with the collection of issues considered Trumpism, I just think he’s an unworthy vessel for people’s hopes and aspirations.

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    • September 27, 2019, at 2:28 PM PDT
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  14. Samuel Block Member

    Three cheers for those guests! Both were excellent. 

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    • September 27, 2019, at 2:32 PM PDT
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  15. RufusRJones Member

    Petty Boozswha (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Petty Boozswha (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Petty Boozswha (View Comment):
    There is a Remnant of us here on Ricochet that think the Quisling behavior of so many to date is what makes them bums.

    Why doesn’t the electorate vote better? Why is that?

    They’re very dumb.

    They voted that way because every single Western government did every single thing wrong in the face of automation and globalized labor and David Horowitz and Angelo Codevilla are right about everything and the GOP should listen to them.

    I agree with the collection of issues considered Trumpism, I just think he’s an unworthy vessel for people’s hopes and aspirations.

    Okay that is a way better answer than I expected. 

    Michael Malice has this saying, “conservatism is just progressivism going the speed limit.” I think he’s right, but few recognize it. We need a much more libertarian economy that disburses prosperity better and people are sick of cultural Marxism or whatever you want to call it. The media is completely in the bag for the statists and the cultural Marxists. So is the education system. 

    The fact is no Republican is going to lead in this sense.

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    • September 27, 2019, at 2:39 PM PDT
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  16. kedavis Member

    Petty Boozswha (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Petty Boozswha (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Petty Boozswha (View Comment):
    There is a Remnant of us here on Ricochet that think the Quisling behavior of so many to date is what makes them bums.

    Why doesn’t the electorate vote better? Why is that?

    They’re very dumb.

    They voted that way because every single Western government did every single thing wrong in the face of automation and globalized labor and David Horowitz and Angelo Codevilla are right about everything and the GOP should listen to them.

    I agree with the collection of issues considered Trumpism, I just think he’s an unworthy vessel for people’s hopes and aspirations.

    A flawed vessel, certainly. But unworthy? Seems like for that “charge” to “stick” would require being able to name any of the other primary candidates from 2016 who would have credibly done as well in terms of so many things that they may have talked about a lot but would never actually do.

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    • September 27, 2019, at 2:40 PM PDT
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  17. Samuel Block Member

    Long!

    You blew it man. Clifford Brown wrote a great post on why people should join Ricochet. We were all bragging about your business and the people you’ve brought together.

    I’ve always found it strange that the guy who does the member pitch is the one who almost certainly spends the least amount of time here.

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    • September 27, 2019, at 2:57 PM PDT
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  18. David Bryan Member

    Goldwaterwoman (View Comment):

    Just because James didn’t share the heartache of disposing with a lifetime of his father’s belongings doesn’t mean he hasn’t felt it. It is hard work, to be sure, but it’s so tough to look at every single item and know what to keep, what to sell or donate and what to pitch. When my mother died some 20 years ago, I discovered a lovely little box full of valentines from classmates she had received in the third grade! They wound up at the top of the heap in a garbage can, but I went to bed that night thinking about why in the world she had saved those valentines above all others. Don’t ask me why, but the next morning I went outside to the garbage, retrieved that little box and still have it to this very day. No doubt, one day my own children will shake their heads in wonder when they come across that box in my house as they go about the task of deciding what to keep, what to donate, what to sell and what to pitch.

    Beautiful…as your posts so often are, Goldwater Woman.

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    • September 27, 2019, at 3:19 PM PDT
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  19. OccupantCDN Coolidge

    Strange things on the way to all this global warming…

    up to 70 cm of snow (27 1/2 inches) forecast for this weekend.

    https://globalnews.ca/news/5963229/winter-storm-snowfall-warnings-southwestern-alberta-sept-27

     

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    • September 27, 2019, at 4:33 PM PDT
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  20. kedavis Member

    Goldwaterwoman (View Comment):

    Just because James didn’t share the heartache of disposing with a lifetime of his father’s belongings doesn’t mean he hasn’t felt it. It is hard work, to be sure, but it’s so tough to look at every single item and know what to keep, what to sell or donate and what to pitch. When my mother died some 20 years ago, I discovered a lovely little box full of valentines from classmates she had received in the third grade! They wound up at the top of the heap in a garbage can, but I went to bed that night thinking about why in the world she had saved those valentines above all others. Don’t ask me why, but the next morning I went outside to the garbage, retrieved that little box and still have it to this very day. No doubt, one day my own children will shake their heads in wonder when they come across that box in my house as they go about the task of deciding what to keep, what to donate, what to sell and what to pitch.

    Did that year mark any (other) special events in her life? Did you check the names of who the cards came from, maybe one or more of them had special places in her life later on? Just a thought.

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    • September 27, 2019, at 4:34 PM PDT
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  21. kedavis Member

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    Strange things on the way to all this global warming…

    up to 70 cm of snow (27 1/2 inches) forecast for this weekend.

    https://globalnews.ca/news/5963229/winter-storm-snowfall-warnings-southwestern-alberta-sept-27

     

    Where have you been? It’s been “climate change” for YEARS already! And the best part of that is, ANYTHING can be blamed on “climate change!” Too hot? Climate Change! Too cold? Climate Change! Too hot AND too cold? Climate Change!

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    • September 27, 2019, at 4:52 PM PDT
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  22. Annefy Member

    Wow @peterlong … using”erudite” in Fargo?

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    • September 27, 2019, at 4:53 PM PDT
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  23. Goldwaterwoman Thatcher

    kedavis (View Comment):
    Did that year mark any (other) special events in her life? Did you check the names of who the cards came from, maybe one or more of them had special places in her life later on? Just a thought.

    The year of the cards was 1931. I read every single card but didn’t recognize any of the names. No doubt this could be the beginning of an interesting book or short story. Lots of room for the imagination here. 

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    • September 27, 2019, at 5:08 PM PDT
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  24. OccupantCDN Coolidge

    Annefy (View Comment):

    Wow @peterlong … using”erudite” in Fargo?

    He was destined for the big time:

    In the big city using big city words…

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    • September 27, 2019, at 5:14 PM PDT
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  25. OccupantCDN Coolidge

    kedavis (View Comment):

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    Strange things on the way to all this global warming…

    up to 70 cm of snow (27 1/2 inches) forecast for this weekend.

    https://globalnews.ca/news/5963229/winter-storm-snowfall-warnings-southwestern-alberta-sept-27

     

    Where have you been? It’s been “climate change” for YEARS already! And the best part of that is, ANYTHING can be blamed on “climate change!” Too hot? Climate Change! Too cold? Climate Change! Too hot AND too cold? Climate Change!

    Not at all. I hear the term AGW being tossed about a fair bit… the “Anthropomorphic Global Warming” tap dance.

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    • September 27, 2019, at 5:20 PM PDT
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  26. kedavis Member

    Goldwaterwoman (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):
    Did that year mark any (other) special events in her life? Did you check the names of who the cards came from, maybe one or more of them had special places in her life later on? Just a thought.

    The year of the cards was 1931. I read every single card but didn’t recognize any of the names. No doubt this could be the beginning of an interesting book or short story. Lots of room for the imagination here.

    1931 so maybe the first year of Valentines after the Great Depression? That does seem a bit remote, though. It could very well be one or more names, though, and you wouldn’t know it. My mother and father knew lots of people both in childhood and as an adult that I never met or even heard about.

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    • September 27, 2019, at 5:24 PM PDT
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  27. kedavis Member

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    Strange things on the way to all this global warming…

    up to 70 cm of snow (27 1/2 inches) forecast for this weekend.

    https://globalnews.ca/news/5963229/winter-storm-snowfall-warnings-southwestern-alberta-sept-27

     

    Where have you been? It’s been “climate change” for YEARS already! And the best part of that is, ANYTHING can be blamed on “climate change!” Too hot? Climate Change! Too cold? Climate Change! Too hot AND too cold? Climate Change!

    Not at all. I hear the term AGW being tossed about a fair bit… the “Anthropomorphic Global Warming” tap dance.

    That seems pretty outdated these days. Maybe some still use it because it’s an easier acronym?

    Anyway it’s anthropogenic. Human-caused. Anthropomorphic is human-like. As in anthropomorphizing animals.

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    • September 27, 2019, at 5:27 PM PDT
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  28. Jdetente Member

    Samuel Block (View Comment):

    I’ve always found it strange that the guy who does the member pitch is the one who almost certainly spends the least amount of time here.

    1000%

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    • September 27, 2019, at 5:53 PM PDT
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  29. J Ro Member

    David Bryan (View Comment):

    Goldwaterwoman (View Comment):

    Just because James didn’t share the heartache of disposing with a lifetime of his father’s belongings doesn’t mean he hasn’t felt it. It is hard work, to be sure, but it’s so tough to look at every single item and know what to keep, what to sell or donate and what to pitch. When my mother died some 20 years ago, I discovered a lovely little box full of valentines from classmates she had received in the third grade! They wound up at the top of the heap in a garbage can, but I went to bed that night thinking about why in the world she had saved those valentines above all others. Don’t ask me why, but the next morning I went outside to the garbage, retrieved that little box and still have it to this very day. No doubt, one day my own children will shake their heads in wonder when they come across that box in my house as they go about the task of deciding what to keep, what to donate, what to sell and what to pitch.

    Beautiful…as your posts so often are, Goldwater Woman.

    “Rosebud…” -Charles Foster Kane’s last word

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    • September 27, 2019, at 5:55 PM PDT
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  30. JuliaBlaschke Coolidge

    RufusRJones (View Comment):
    They voted that way because every single Western government did every single thing wrong in the face of automation and globalized labor and David Horowitz and Angelo Codevilla are right about everything and the GOP should listen to them.

    And they chose poorly.

    • #30
    • September 27, 2019, at 6:08 PM PDT
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