One Never Knows, Does One?

This week, a run through Jerusalem with the Washington Free Beacon’s Matt Continetti and then back home to Alabama guided by the Wall Street Journal’s Bill McGurn. Also, Lileks on Franken and what’s next for Minnesota, Peter Robinson goes for a ride on the Orient Express, and what do they call a Quarter Pounder on Vulcan? Tune in to find out.

Music from this week’s episode: One Never Knows, Does One by Billie Holiday

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  1. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill
    @EJHill

    My alternate ending because A) it brings things full circle and B) Billie Holiday always sounds like a cat being dragged backwards through a cactus patch.

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  2. Peter Robinson Contributor
    Peter Robinson
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    “A cat being dragged backwards through a cactus patch?” Worthy of Mark Twain himself.

     

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  3. Dave_L Inactive
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    I agree with McGurn’s thesis that liberals are enabling the election of Roy Moore.

    I would add that McCain, Murkowski, and Collins are enabling his election as well.

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  4. Arahant Member
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    Glad you liked the new Murder on the Orient Express, Peter. I also enjoyed it.

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  5. Rightfromthestart Coolidge
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    Gillibrand’s problem, apart from being only slightly more well known than me, is that she’s too cute, sorry, but there it is . She looks like a prom date rather than Commander in Chief, no Command presence .

    Mohigro, James, excellent , I love it.

     

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  6. Rightfromthestart Coolidge
    Rightfromthestart
    @Rightfromthestart

    The Moore race beautifully encapsulated by Ann Coulter:

    ’The media say that Republicans support Moore just because they want another GOP vote in the Senate. I support Moore just because I hate the media.‘

    Same here, I believe this attitude is more widespread than beltway/media types can grasp.

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  7. Nick Baldock Member
    Nick Baldock
    @NickBaldock

    I love Peter Robinson as much as I can love a straight man I’ve never met, but as an Agatha Christie geek I must correct him: Poirot in the original film of MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS (1974) was Albert Finney, not Peter Ustinov. (Finney was, extraordinarily, Oscar-nominated).

    Have you read Mark Steyn’s review? He excoriates Branagh for making the Arbuthnot character a black man in order to engage in cheap virtue-signaling.

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  8. Arahant Member
    Arahant
    @Arahant

    Nick Baldock (View Comment):
    Have you read Mark Steyn’s review? He excoriates Branagh for making the Arbuthnot character a black man in order to engage in cheap virtue-signaling.

    I think Mark needs to take a chill pill on that one. Yes, it is typical Hollywood “we need a minority in here” where one would not have been historically. But it could have been much worse than one virtue-signalling flag raised. If one takes the movie as it is and as a product of the Twenty-First Century, it’s quite enjoyable. Go see it without prejudice.

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  9. SParker Member
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    EJHill (View Comment):
    B) Billie Holiday always sounds like a cat being dragged backwards through a cactus patch.

    Aw, man… End-of-life Billie, without a doubt, but the cat’s phrasing was impeccable.  Why be

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  10. Charlotte Member
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    @Charlotte

    Why is everyone always so very careful to call the guy in Alabama “Judge Moore” instead of Roy Moore, Moore, Judge Pervo, or similar?

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  11. RPD Member
    RPD
    @RPD

    It’s good that Lileks likes Star Trek Discovery more than I do.  Enjoying The Orrville though.

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  12. JuliaBlaschke Coolidge
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    Rightfromthestart (View Comment):
    The Moore race beautifully encapsulated by Ann Coulter:

    ’The media say that Republicans support Moore just because they want another GOP vote in the Senate. I support Moore just because I hate the media.‘

    Same here, I believe this attitude is more widespread than beltway/media types can grasp.

    You’ll be giving the media a gift if you put that creep in the Senate.

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  13. filmklassik Member
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    @filmklassik

    Rightfromthestart (View Comment):
    The Moore race beautifully encapsulated by Ann Coulter:

    ’The media say that Republicans support Moore just because they want another GOP vote in the Senate. I support Moore just because I hate the media.‘

    Same here, I believe this attitude is more widespread than beltway/media types can grasp.

    Okay, but that raises the question of what loathsome behavior a Republican politician could be guilty of that would supersede your loathing for the media.

    We know pedophilia isn’t enough to make you relinquish your support, so would the forcible, physical rape of an adult woman be enough to do it? How about the forcible, physical rape of a teenager?

    I’m just curious to know where the line gets drawn here.

    And it’s not rhetorical either.  It’s a legitimate question.  What would an “R” have to do to make you step back and allow a “D” to take their place?

     

     

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  14. Rightfromthestart Coolidge
    Rightfromthestart
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    JuliaBlaschke (View Comment):

    Rightfromthestart (View Comment):
    The Moore race beautifully encapsulated by Ann Coulter:

    ’The media say that Republicans support Moore just because they want another GOP vote in the Senate. I support Moore just because I hate the media.‘

    Same here, I believe this attitude is more widespread than beltway/media types can grasp.

    You’ll be giving the media a gift if you put that creep in the Senate.

    The media made the spotlessly clean Mitt Romney into a monster , so how much worse could it be?

    Check out Rick Poach’s excellent Ricochet  post ‘On Razors and Reprobates’

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  15. filmklassik Member
    filmklassik
    @filmklassik

    Rightfromthestart (View Comment):

    JuliaBlaschke (View Comment):

    Rightfromthestart (View Comment):
    The Moore race beautifully encapsulated by Ann Coulter:

    ’The media say that Republicans support Moore just because they want another GOP vote in the Senate. I support Moore just because I hate the media.‘

    Same here, I believe this attitude is more widespread than beltway/media types can grasp.

    You’ll be giving the media a gift if you put that creep in the Senate.

    The media made the spotlessly clean Mitt Romney into a monster , so how much worse could it be?

    Check out Rick Poach’s excellent Ricochet post ‘On Razors and Reprobates’

    This “They’re just gonna say that about us anyway” attitude is beyond dangerous — it is incredibly short sighted — and it’s the reason the next generation of voters wants nothing to do with Conservatism or the GOP.

    And anyone who says, “Heh, heh.  Just wait till they get married and have a steady paycheck, kids, a mortgage, etc. and see how Liberal they are then, heh heh” is out of their friggin’ mind.  That is no longer the case, my friend.  I wish it was.

    It stopped being the case in Western Europe, didn’t it?  And the truth is, the future of America looks a lot like present day Western Europe.

     

     

     

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  16. Patrick McClure Coolidge
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    filmklassik (View Comment):
    We know pedophilia isn’t enough to make you relinquish your support

    What pedophilia?  Which Republican candidate was pursuing pre-pubescent children for sexual gratification?

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  17. filmklassik Member
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    Patrick McClure (View Comment):

    filmklassik (View Comment):
    We know pedophilia isn’t enough to make you relinquish your support

    What pedophilia? Which Republican candidate was pursuing pre-pubescent children for sexual gratification?

    …was pursuing “pre-pubescent children”? None, to my knowledge. None whatsoever.

    Good point, my friend.  Roy Moore never went after 12-year old girls. Hooray!!  Excellent defense!!

    Congratulations.  Roy Moore has just been vindicated!!!

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  18. Arahant Member
    Arahant
    @Arahant

    If you can’t get your terminology right, you become less credible. If I call you an ax murderer, yet you’ve never murdered anyone with an ax, I would become less credible. I mean, we all know you used an ice pick, after all.

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  19. filmklassik Member
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    If you can’t get your terminology right, you become less credible. If I call you an ax murderer, yet you’ve never murdered anyone with an ax, I would become less credible. I mean, we all know you used an ice pick, after all.

    Agreed. We are truly down the rabbit hole. “Your Honor… ladies and gentlemen of the jury… I stand here accused of assaulting my sister, beating her bodily, and breaking her arm in three places. To which I plead innocent! Yes, I assaulted my sister, and yes I beat her bodily — but I only broke her arm at the wrist!  I mean, three places??  Don’t make me laugh!  THIS IS A MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE!!”

     

     

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  20. Nick Baldock Member
    Nick Baldock
    @NickBaldock

    Present-day Western Europe is quite a nice place, after all.

    Given my friends (the next generation of leaders) and my students (the one after that), my best guess is that we are about to enter a very statist, internationalist form of social democracy  that will be kept afloat by technological advance. It will enforce cultural libertarianism, if you see what I mean. (The official abolition of genders, the encouragement of human modification and the removal of religion, for example). In my four a.m. moments, I see this as BRAVE NEW WORLD.

    But lots of things could happen.

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  21. Patrick McClure Coolidge
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    filmklassik (View Comment):

    Patrick McClure (View Comment):

    filmklassik (View Comment):
    We know pedophilia isn’t enough to make you relinquish your support

    What pedophilia? Which Republican candidate was pursuing pre-pubescent children for sexual gratification?

    …was pursuing “pre-pubescent children”? None, to my knowledge. None whatsoever.

    Good point, my friend. Roy Moore never went after 12-year old girls. Hooray!! Excellent defense!!

    Congratulations. Roy Moore has just been vindicated!!!

    Never said it vindicated him.  Hebephilia and pedophilia are separate Conditions. One worse than the other. Be accurate.

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