Our Embraceable Yoo

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“The state is powerful and everyone else you know is a moron.” And with that from Rob Long we launch into our Rank Punditry™ segment on the propaganda wars being waged in America today.

It’s also the First Friday after the First Monday in October and you know what that means – we’re checking in on the new Supreme Court term with the Ricochet Podcast’s Legal Correspondent John Yoo. We cover Mr. Justice Thomas’ new found vocalness from the bench and how the conservative wing is now the center of attention.

Then we switch gears to China and the CCP’s testing of Joe Biden and how that is going to play out over Taiwan.

Music from this week’s episode: Embraceable You by Etta James

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  1. Lawst N. Thawt Coolidge
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    Seems to be a Rob mic issue starting around 39:00.

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  2. The Cloaked Gaijin Member
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    Lawst N. Thawt (View Comment):

    Seems to be a Rob mic issue starting around 39:00.

    Yeah, it’s bad, but perhaps it can’t be fixed at this point.

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  3. Blue Yeti Admin
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    Lawst N. Thawt (View Comment):

    Seems to be a Rob mic issue starting around 39:00.

    We see it. Stand by, we’ll be uploading a fixed version in a few minutes.

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  4. Blue Yeti Admin
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    The Cloaked Gaijin (View Comment):

    Lawst N. Thawt (View Comment):

    Seems to be a Rob mic issue starting around 39:00.

    Yeah, it’s bad, but perhaps it can’t be fixed at this point.

    Sorry! (and that took much longer than a few minutes).

    It is now fixed and re-uploaded. If you have downloaded the unmixed version of the show to your mobile device, please delete that version and re-download it to receive the corrected version. If you are playing the show from the player above, reload the page and you will get the corrected version.

    We apologize for the inconvenience (and added another outtake at the end of the show to make re-downloading the show worth your time).

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  5. RufusRJones Member
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    There is too much private and public debt, globally, to embrace scarcity for ostensible environmental reasons. 

    The United States tax receipts are now lower than the combined outlays of Social Security, Medicare, and the interest on the debt and it’s not going to go away. 

    If cold fusion doesn’t happen, they are going to print money to pay for it.

    We didn’t cover these things with progressive taxation, so now we are going to cover them with regressive inflation. They also can’t let any asset bubble pop.

     

     

     

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  6. Wolfsheim Member
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    John Yoo! Hurray! He looks not just like Jon Snow. He easily passes for St. Michael in America, ready to slay beasts!

    Prof. Yoo is, of course, absolutely right about the mood of the country at the time of the SCOTUS Brown decision. I was just a boy at the time, but I think I had some understanding of where it was all going, and it was not just a “regional” issue. There may have been a lot hypocrisy (or at least naivete and snobbism) on the part of non-Southerners (and non-Americans), but the scandal of racism was broadly understood…Of course, there was the political reality. History does not repeat itself, but there are nonetheless clear parallels to the horror of abortion.  

    Prof. Yoo is also quite correct in pointing out that America was far from indifferent to what Japan (which, by the way, was not, pace Rob Long, “backward”) was up to leading up to Pearl Harbor.

    Sorry to go on pointing out how right JY is, but he is spot-on regarding the Chinese strategy: It’s not Leninism; it’s generic tyranny.

    Enjoy McDonald’s!! (When the first McDonald’s opened in Tokyo’s Ginza back at beginning of the 1970s, a friend came back from standing a very long queue…)

     

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  7. Quickz Member
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    I enjoyed the podcast (as usual) and especially was grateful for the note to re-load the podcast that was (somehow) part of the “snapshot” info you can read on your phone. Usually I glance to see who will be absent, what guests, topic, etc., but in this case I was alerted to re-load podcast for better version. Since my phone auto-downloads, this was very helpful. I assume I thank you @blueyeti – Thanks!

    As far as arguments go, I was persuaded by the Overturn Roe argument once a point was made (was it @peterrobinson ?) I digested the argument – instead of a national backlash it would instead likely be a smattering of backlashes limited to certain states, since most states would just go make their decision on what to do on their own that would be in line with a solid majority of their residents and life would largely remain the same.

    An added bonus is that for many people it would be the first time they realized that, in absence of Roe, their own state is plenty able to make the call – a call that many will agree with. Perhaps this learning experience of the glories of Federalism will be another point in favor of Overturn Roe.

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  8. RufusRJones Member
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    I don’t know about all of this litigation on abortion. Having said that, this is my opinion. 

    Abortion has been driven to planned parenthood almost exclusively. Those guys have huge overhead to meet and they get fat salaries. It has been proven that they have abortion quotas, which makes no sense in reality. How do you have quotas over somebody screwing up with birth control? They hope people screw up, and then they ride their employees to close the sale. This is nuts. When they do this they cover their overhead and they make gigantic money. Tina Smith who is the senator from Minnesota has made huge money from these guys. They pay Gucci Gulch to keep this thing going.

    Furthermore, they have pretty much proven that women that are freaked out about their pregnancies have high odds of creating attachment problems in the child. This is a real bitch to fix.

    The world would be a better place if the GOP would drop the legal threats and just make the moral case. You would get votes subtracted from the left and added to the right. Otherwise the dynamic is preserved. That is just the state of the world at this point. Maybe the litigation path going forward changes this.

     

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  9. FredGoodhue Coolidge
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    “People have lived their lives according to this [Roe vs. Wade].” Talk about dark humor.

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  10. Blue Yeti Admin
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    Quickz (View Comment):
    I enjoyed the podcast (as usual) and especially was grateful for the note to re-load the podcast that was (somehow) part of the “snapshot” info you can read on your phone. Usually I glance to see who will be absent, what guests, topic, etc., but in this case I was alerted to re-load podcast for better version. Since my phone auto-downloads, this was very helpful. I assume I thank you @blueyeti – Thanks!

    That’s exactly why I put it at the top of the post!

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  11. T.C. Member
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    About the outro (“Embraceable You”), I’m ashamed to say that I don’t recognize the vocalist. … Unless it’s Lilian (or Teedy?) Boutte?

     

    At any rate can you clue me in?

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  12. Blue Yeti Admin
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    T.C. (View Comment):

    About the outro (“Embraceable You”), I’m ashamed to say that I don’t recognize the vocalist. … Unless it’s Lilian (or Teedy?) Boutte?

     

    At any rate can you clue me in?

    It’s the incredible Etta James and the version used here is linked in the post above.  

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  13. Nanocelt TheContrarian Member
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    The discussions on Roe v Wade and the posturing and political calculations  of the Supreme Court, and, etc, impressed me as an extended illustration, with little if any self awareness, of  Chesterton’s famous dictum:  The aim of Progressives is to make sure mistakes continue to be made; the aim of Conservatives is to assure that those mistakes are never corrected.

    And, of course, in the legal realm, the term for that is, as discussed extensively here:  Stare decisis

     

    Whatever happened to John Roberts’ statement that his job was just to call balls and strikes?  Of course that was the greatest, though oft repeated, bunch of dodgy malarky ever spouted by a SC nominee, or Chief Justice nominee. And, clearly, he didn’t mean a word of it. 

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  14. T.C. Member
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    Blue Yeti (View Comment):

    T.C. (View Comment):

    About the outro (“Embraceable You”), I’m ashamed to say that I don’t recognize the vocalist. … Unless it’s Lilian (or Teedy?) Boutte?

     

    At any rate can you clue me in?

    It’s the incredible Etta James and the version used here is linked in the post above.

    Thank you

    Blue Yeti (View Comment):

    T.C. (View Comment):

    About the outro (“Embraceable You”), I’m ashamed to say that I don’t recognize the vocalist. … Unless it’s Lilian (or Teedy?) Boutte?

     

    At any rate can you clue me in?

    It’s the incredible Etta James and the version used here is linked in the post above.

    Thank you, Blue Yeti … Apparently I’ve forgotten how to read whilst down here.

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