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Guests are fun ‘n all but sometimes bros just gotta stick to the core group. Lileks, Robinson and Long discuss everything from a rumble in James’ once quiet neighborhood to Tim Scott, Ron DeSantis, Jay Bhattacharya and a certain company which is following Anheuser-Busch into the grave by making its own conspicuous call to not just go about business as usual.
Song of the week:
- Opening soundbite is Ron DeSantis speaking during his presidential campaign announcement on Twitter.
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I don’t think I’ll ever be over
Is the culture war “boring?” Not to those of us who have children or grandchildren.
Maybe it’s not as exciting as marginal tax rates to those that long for the good ol’ days of the pre-Trump GOP. But then, that’s another reason why the wonks lost control of the party in the first place. While the Marxists were co-opting virtually every part of our children’s lives they chose to ignore it because it was boring. And that’s how they got Trump and don’t realize how big a role they played in it.
Someone wise once said that when you make a mistake you should acknowledge it and apologize, not double down…
Rob: All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for bored people to do nothing.
True, but Rob’s image of the presidents of failed banks selling apples on corners warmed the cockles of my cold black heart.
Writers on the conservative side who moan and groan about the culture war seem not to recognize that every piece they write about elections, crime and criminal justice, education, foreign policy and military entanglements, the Second Amendment, and—yes—taxes is participating in the culture war. The culture war they see as boring seems to be the one that does not affect them except to the extent that it makes them cringe.
The problem is woke is limited to the University, it is in the board room, the military, all branches of federal and state governments. When a SC nominee can’t define what a woman is, it is a problem that can’t be ignored.
The irony here being, Trumps greatest legislative achievement was.. lower marginal corporate tax rates.
The Minnesota governor was warning people not to drive further than what you can do on one single tank of gas, both ways. For some reason.
There was a short time when they said it was spreading at gas pump handles. You had to put a plastic bag over your hand when you used the gas pump.
I’ll never forget when the vaccine came out and it was being widely distributed. April 1, 2021. Most of the country is going into its outdoor season. Not a damn thing worked. There were multiple localities during their outdoor season, with high vaccination and high mask wearing that were disaster areas in June. It just got worse and worse until August 1, 2021, when Rochelle Wolensky drops this bomb that the vaccine doesn’t work like a vaccine. It doesn’t kill the virus. It doesn’t stop the spread. etc. At some point, they changed the definition of a vaccine.
What did the vaccine do in reality? It very marginally saved a few lives and very marginally kept a few people out of the hospital.
I had two shots by around June 2021. I caught Covid around May 2022. I got sick as hell.
Public health is worthless.
You have to have some centralized power in a country like this, but far too often it creates more damage than anything positive. The idea that anybody is going to change this is laughable.
I’ll listen to the podcast later today, but I just want to say that first picture is perfect!
I’m supporting DeSantis because he is actually doing something about it in Florida. In 4 years Trump did nothing about it. People working for government agencies were subjected to struggle sessions and forced to wear stupid pieces of cloth over their faces, 8 hours plus a day.
“Politics is downstream from culture and not the other way around.”
― Timothy S. Goeglein
I believe President Trump was the head of the Executive branch. Therefore the Legislative achievement was attributable to Sen. McConnell
Trump could have done those things too, if he was a Governor. But that’s not what Presidents do.
Indeed. Just like the judges that would have gone nowhere without McConnell.
When he was President the administrative state in Washington became more woke by the day, which he ignored.
I’ll just say I cannot wait until Rob’s COVID podcast hits and I hope it makes a big splash outside of Ricochet.
Firstly because hopefully it’ll draw more people to our wonderful site; secondly because an accounting must be made; and thirdly because I bet it’s just going to be great.
Just in case anybody goes looking for the movie James describes, he got the title wrong. The movie with Kate Winslet is Contagion, directed by Steven Soderbergh. Outbreak is the one with Dustin Hoffman and the monkey.
“Contagion” was a main top of the GLoP podcast from 2/29/20, worth a listen.
I’m a week late to this I know but I hope Rob’s long-form story of COVID includes a chat with Jim B Meigs about his Commentary article on the 1964 Anchorage earthquake and elite panic. Fascinating stuff.