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Foreign policy and mid-terms: anybody care? The Obama administration’s and NBC’s whitewash of the news in Ukraine. Then, AEI’s Arthur Herman joins to gives us more perspective on the Ukraine and the leviathan oil field. Later, Washington Examiner’s Byron York on the woman who shall not be named, Republican chances of taking the Senate, and what politicians are Cruzing for a bruising? Finally, the Comcast/Tim-Warner merger, and why do some posts get edited or redacted? A Ricochet Podcast investigation: the answer may surprise you. 

Music from this week’s episode:

Theme from Tetris by London Philharmonic Orchestra and Andrew Skeet

The Ricochet Podcast opening theme was composed and produced by James Lileks.

In Russia, podcasters photoshop EJHill

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  1. Bluebottle Inactive

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    • February 21, 2014, at 2:49 AM PST
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  2. Profile Photo Member

    Sad for Peter that Putin outlawed loosely tying sweaters around necks. When will the oppression end?!

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    • February 21, 2014, at 2:52 AM PST
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  3. Profile Photo Member

    Sometimes it takes a few minutes for the file to show up across our CDN. Re-load it and try again. 

    Bluebottle: My podcatcher says:

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    • February 21, 2014, at 2:56 AM PST
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  4. Scott R Member
    Scott RJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Lileks: “Oh, ironic doesn’t begin to describe Israel saving Germany by selling them gas.”

    What a line! One for the ages.

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    • February 21, 2014, at 3:59 AM PST
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  5. Adam Koslin Member

    FYI, the “Tetris Theme Song” is actually a 19th century Russian folk song called “Korobeiniki” (Коробейники), or “Peddlers.” The lyrics read rather strangely when translated into english, but there’s a lot of saucy double-entendres that keep it from being boring.

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    • February 21, 2014, at 4:07 AM PST
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  6. PsychLynne Inactive
    Scott Reusser: Lileks: “Oh, ironic doesn’t begin to describe Israel saving Germany by selling them gas.”

    What a line! One for the ages. · 1 hour ago

    This is now up there with John Yoo should run for the Water Board in my favorite lines ever…but anyone, not just Lileks.

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    • February 21, 2014, at 5:12 AM PST
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  7. Kim K. Member
    Kim K.Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Thank you for keeping Ricochet civil. It’s the only place I would want to comment.

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    • February 21, 2014, at 6:06 AM PST
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  8. EJHill Podcaster
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     Theme from Tetris by London Philharmonic Orchestra and Andrew Skeet

    Not quite.

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    • February 21, 2014, at 6:54 AM PST
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  9. Caroline Inactive
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    EJ: you keep topping yourself. The nesting dolls are wonderful. 

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    • February 21, 2014, at 6:57 AM PST
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  10. Vespacon Member
    Caroline: EJ: you keep topping yourself. The nesting dolls are wonderful. · 1 minute ago

    Was about to say the same. 

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    • February 21, 2014, at 7:01 AM PST
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  11. James Lileks Contributor

    OF COURSE I’m the smallest. <huff>

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    • February 21, 2014, at 8:35 AM PST
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  12. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHillJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    James, you’re neither a dictator or a founder. Such is the inequity of life.

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    • February 21, 2014, at 8:47 AM PST
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  13. Rachel Lu Contributor

    Small point of confusion: in the opening ceremonies, I thought the Soviet segment was that part with all the red light and industrial sound effects? It seemed fittingly demonic to me, frankly.

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    • February 21, 2014, at 9:39 AM PST
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  14. Nick Stuart Inactive

    Lefty watermelons will do everything they can to strangle the energy renaissance baby in its crib. In the US I predict they will be largely successful.

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    • February 21, 2014, at 9:47 AM PST
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  15. profdlp Inactive
    James Lileks: OF COURSE I’m the smallest. <huff> · 1 hour ago

    I thought Putin was you when I first saw it. It probably had something to do with that black motorcycle jacket you were wearing out west a while back.

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    • February 21, 2014, at 12:45 PM PST
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  16. Grendel Member
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    So Rob says they shut down The Anti-Child Animus of SSM Supporters because some people made good arguments against State-sanctioned Sodomitic Menages and offended people who support and engage in them. That’s not center-right conversation. That’s Liberal Fascist privileging of feelings over reason to kill conversation.

    “Mr. Sutton, why do you rob banks?”“That question is very offensive.”

    Why aren’t we roaring with laughter at the very idea of SSM? The Duck Dynasty guy was right when he pointed out that buggery and coitus are not the same thing. (The Zeitgeist: What?!? They both involve orgasms and penetrating various dark orifices! How can they not be the same!) The absurdity is doubled when we go from concept to practice, and I don’t just mean the naked guy in the gay pride parade with his pink toy poodles leashed to his genital piercings. The whole homosexual gestalt is imitative to the point of fraudulence, and they offer that as an argument: “Homosexuals just want the same thing other people have”! No, they want to pretend that what they want is the same as what we have, and they want us to ratify their sham.

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    • February 22, 2014, at 2:07 AM PST
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  17. Grendel Member
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    Sounds like the Leviathan field gives Iran even more motivation to nuke Israel and for Russia to help. And thus more reason for Israel to nuke Iran.

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    • February 22, 2014, at 3:49 AM PST
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  18. Larry Koler Inactive
    Caroline: EJ: you keep topping yourself. The nesting dolls are wonderful. · February 20, 2014 at 5:57pm

    EJ, please DON’T top yourself. 

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    • February 23, 2014, at 7:31 AM PST
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  19. Benjamin Glaser Inactive

    No podcast this week?

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    • March 1, 2014, at 9:47 AM PST
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  20. Profile Photo Member

    Peter and I were in DC this week recording some Uncommon Knowledge interviews. We’ll be back next week (probably Thursday).

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    • March 1, 2014, at 11:52 AM PST
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