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  1. The Cloaked Gaijin Member

    Ariana?

    Ariana Grande started the Huffington Post?

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    • August 9, 2019, at 6:53 AM PDT
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  2. Hugh Member

    The Cloaked Gaijin (View Comment):

    Ariana?

    Ariana Grande started the Huffington Post?

    Explains all the naked headlines….

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    • August 9, 2019, at 7:37 AM PDT
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  3. OccupantCDN Coolidge

    The Cloaked Gaijin (View Comment):

    Ariana?

    Ariana Grande started the Huffington Post?

    For the rest of her life … No matter how poorly her records sell, or has empty seats at a show … No matter what…

    Nobody will ever describe it as ‘bombed’ …

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    • August 9, 2019, at 8:33 AM PDT
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  4. Kephalithos Member

    James is right. People who earnestly call themselves “incels” subscribe to an ideology — an ideology which is little more than a mirror image of the critical theory-inspired credo common among the left.

    In defense of sad, lonely young men — not incels, but more sympathetic people who risk being tarred with the same brush — I’ll say this: Modern society places the burden of forming relationships almost entirely on the individual. For better or worse, it no longer throws people into involuntary contact with each other –at least, not to the extent it once did. If I want to meet someone, I can’t expect institutions to do the work for me; I must seek her out. And that’s difficult — particularly for those of us who aren’t exactly overflowing with bravado. Add to that the fact that many people have high standards and low self-esteem, and the fact that relationships only work when they’re sustained by regular contact (even with the Internet, most friendships are made or broken by geography), the result is a large cohort of men who’ve all but given up.

    Most people follow the path of least resistance. That path once led to marriage and family. Now, it leads to video games and prolonged adolescence.

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    • August 9, 2019, at 9:26 AM PDT
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  5. WI Con Member

    There have been some fantastic photoshops of the ‘guys’ over the years- that one is in the top five for sure.

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    • August 9, 2019, at 9:47 AM PDT
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  6. Patrick McClure Member

    Bring back John Yoo! Down with the Brit kissing damn Yankee!

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    • August 9, 2019, at 10:06 AM PDT
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  7. Duane Oyen Member

    Once again, let it be widely known that EJ Hill is an artistic genius.

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    • August 9, 2019, at 12:12 PM PDT
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  8. J Ro Member

    Duane Oyen (View Comment):

    Once again, let it be widely known that EJ Hill is an artistic genius.

    I’m thinking there could be a potentially lucrative side gig creating profile photos for members.

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    • August 9, 2019, at 2:00 PM PDT
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  9. Rightfromthestart Coolidge

    Peter never heard of the Overton window! I let out an audible OMG. Let me take a guess that he gets his information almost exclusively from the NY or LA Times and Washington Post. That is the very definition of being in the bubble (more of a bunker, actually). I’m at a loss for words. 

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    • August 9, 2019, at 2:17 PM PDT
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  10. kedavis Member

    Well, at least Rob isn’t claiming again that very soon cellphones can be 3d printed. Now he’s just saying it about guns.

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    • August 9, 2019, at 2:23 PM PDT
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  11. kedavis Member

    Odd thing, Rob’s story about the Cheers bit that DIDN’T make it into the show, I could swear I saw that in an episode. Could he have maybe gotten the did/didn’t-make-it stories reversed?

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    • August 9, 2019, at 2:51 PM PDT
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  12. Boss Mongo Member

    @peterrobinson (paraphrase): I know the 2A say the right to bear arms shall not be infringed, but

    Ain’t no “but” about it, brother. I’ll compromise on some stuff. I find abortion abhorrent, but believe time will win our position, and mebbe in a hundred years or so, it will be regarded as the holocaust it is. Instead of a societal, country-wide upheaval, I’m willing to stay checked and wait.

    Someone wants to take the tools by which I can keep my family safe, though? That’s a red line–and not one of those sad, sallow Obama red lines.

    It’s non-negotiable.

    And I’ve got the assaultiest of assault weapons.

    And I’ve got enough military time in that I’d trip a “red flag” just because of where I’ve been and what I’ve done–at the behest of and in service to Uncle Sam.

    Bad call, appending the “but.”

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    • August 9, 2019, at 2:52 PM PDT
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  13. kedavis Member

    Rightfromthestart (View Comment):

    Peter never heard of the Overton window! I let out an audible OMG. Let me take a guess that he gets his information almost exclusively from the NY or LA Times and Washington Post. That is the very definition of being in the bubble (more of a bunker, actually). I’m at a loss for words.

    That’s not the only bubble Peter is in…

    And the continued glowing support of George Will is also significant.

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    • August 9, 2019, at 2:53 PM PDT
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  14. kedavis Member

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    Really? GLoP?

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    • August 9, 2019, at 2:55 PM PDT
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  15. kedavis Member

    Sorry if you missed it, Front Seat Cat, “Big Bang Theory” was pretty good.

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    • August 9, 2019, at 3:00 PM PDT
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  16. Blue Yeti Admin

    Rightfromthestart (View Comment):

    Peter never heard of the Overton window! I let out an audible OMG. Let me take a guess that he gets his information almost exclusively from the NY or LA Times and Washington Post. That is the very definition of being in the bubble (more of a bunker, actually). I’m at a loss for words.

    Fact check: the NYT has been using that phrase for years. So has the Washington Post. And yes, so has the LA Times. 

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    • August 9, 2019, at 3:05 PM PDT
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  17. Rightfromthestart Coolidge

    Blue Yeti (View Comment):

    Rightfromthestart (View Comment):

    Peter never heard of the Overton window! I let out an audible OMG. Let me take a guess that he gets his information almost exclusively from the NY or LA Times and Washington Post. That is the very definition of being in the bubble (more of a bunker, actually). I’m at a loss for words.

    Fact check: the NYT has been using that phrase for years. So has the Washington Post. And yes, so has the LA Times.

    Suitably chastened , I’m even more at a loss for words. 

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    • August 9, 2019, at 3:20 PM PDT
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  18. Eustace C. Scrubb Member

    There have been many good sitcoms since Seinfeld (which was perhaps the best, though I might opt for Malcolm in the Middle which was post Jerry.) Veep was very good, as was 30 Rock. Silicon Valley is great. And if you’re not watching The Good Place you really should. Unlike Seinfeld, it does have lessons, great philosophical lessons.

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    • August 9, 2019, at 3:35 PM PDT
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  19. Miffed White Male Member

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Odd thing, Rob’s story about the Cheers bit that DIDN’T make it into the show, I could swear I saw that in an episode. Could he have maybe gotten the did/didn’t-make-it stories reversed?

    They used my question? Woo Hoo!

     

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    • August 9, 2019, at 3:38 PM PDT
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  20. Hugh Member

    Well they didn’t use mine. (exits sulking)

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    • August 9, 2019, at 4:17 PM PDT
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  21. Blue Yeti Admin

    Hugh (View Comment):

    Well they didn’t use mine. (exits sulking)

    This one was on the list, but we ran out of time. Let me try and throw my weight around a bit: @jameslileks Can you treat us to a couple of anecdotes about your dog?

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    • August 9, 2019, at 4:31 PM PDT
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  22. kedavis Member

    Burwick Chiffswiddle (View Comment):

    In defense of sad, lonely young men — not incels, but more sympathetic people who risk being tarred with the same brush — I’ll say this: Modern society places the burden of forming relationships almost entirely on the individual. For better or worse, it no longer throws people into involuntary contact with each other –at least, not to the extent it once did. If I want to meet someone, I can’t expect institutions to do the work for me; I must seek her out. And that’s difficult — particularly for those of us who aren’t exactly overflowing with bravado. Add to that the fact that many people have high standards and low self-esteem, and the fact that relationships only work when they’re sustained by regular contact (even with the Internet, most friendships are made or broken by geography), the result is a large cohort of men who’ve all but given up.

    Most people follow the path of least resistance. That path once led to marriage and family. Now, it leads to video games and prolonged adolescence.

    Part of the problem could be that past “incels” could see to where their situation would change and they’d no longer be involuntarily celibate. The Beach Boys, for example, could believe that Rhonda might eventually “help them.” But the current incels don’t see it changing any time soon, maybe not ever.

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    • August 9, 2019, at 4:33 PM PDT
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  23. kedavis Member

    Rightfromthestart (View Comment):

    Blue Yeti (View Comment):

    Rightfromthestart (View Comment):

    Peter never heard of the Overton window! I let out an audible OMG. Let me take a guess that he gets his information almost exclusively from the NY or LA Times and Washington Post. That is the very definition of being in the bubble (more of a bunker, actually). I’m at a loss for words.

    Fact check: the NYT has been using that phrase for years. So has the Washington Post. And yes, so has the LA Times.

    Suitably chastened , I’m even more at a loss for words.

    Does that mean then that Peter doesn’t even read the NY or LA Times or the Washington Post?

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    • August 9, 2019, at 4:34 PM PDT
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  24. kedavis Member

    Eustace C. Scrubb (View Comment):

    There have been many good sitcoms since Seinfeld (which was perhaps the best, though I might opt for Malcolm in the Middle which was post Jerry.) Veep was very good, as was 30 Rock. Silicon Valley is great. And if you’re not watching The Good Place you really should. Unlike Seinfeld, it does have lessons, great philosophical lessons.

    Indeed, Seinfeld only had one “lesson,” at most: “be a self-centered New Yorker.”

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    • August 9, 2019, at 4:40 PM PDT
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  25. kedavis Member

    Blue Yeti (View Comment):

    Hugh (View Comment):

    Well they didn’t use mine. (exits sulking)

    This one was on the list, but we ran out of time. Let me try and throw my weight around a bit: @jameslileks Can you treat us to a couple of anecdotes about your dog?

    Which dog? I think he’s had 3 within the past year or so. But that might make it more difficult for him to deal with answering…

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    • August 9, 2019, at 4:41 PM PDT
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  26. Front Seat Cat Member

    WI Con (View Comment):

    There have been some fantastic photoshops of the ‘guys’ over the years- that one is in the top five for sure.

    They may be reincarnated….

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    • August 9, 2019, at 4:53 PM PDT
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  27. Boss Mongo Member

    kedavis (View Comment):

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    Rightfromthestart (View Comment):

    Peter never heard of the Overton window! I let out an audible OMG. Let me take a guess that he gets his information almost exclusively from the NY or LA Times and Washington Post. That is the very definition of being in the bubble (more of a bunker, actually). I’m at a loss for words.

    Fact check: the NYT has been using that phrase for years. So has the Washington Post. And yes, so has the LA Times.

    Suitably chastened , I’m even more at a loss for words.

    Does that mean then that Peter doesn’t even read the NY or LA Times or the Washington Post?

    Who could blame him?

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    • August 9, 2019, at 5:36 PM PDT
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  28. kedavis Member

    Boss Mongo (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Rightfromthestart (View Comment):

    Blue Yeti (View Comment):

    Rightfromthestart (View Comment):

    Peter never heard of the Overton window! I let out an audible OMG. Let me take a guess that he gets his information almost exclusively from the NY or LA Times and Washington Post. That is the very definition of being in the bubble (more of a bunker, actually). I’m at a loss for words.

    Fact check: the NYT has been using that phrase for years. So has the Washington Post. And yes, so has the LA Times.

    Suitably chastened , I’m even more at a loss for words.

    Does that mean then that Peter doesn’t even read the NY or LA Times or the Washington Post?

    Who could blame him?

    Well there is that. But at least he would (hopefully) know what the Overton Window is.

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    • August 9, 2019, at 5:58 PM PDT
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  29. kedavis Member

    Rob’s argument vis. demographics etc for the various streaming services, has some value. But if the “hillbillies” don’t find ANYTHING they want to see on Hulu/Neflix/whatever, why would they keep kicking in their $11?

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    • August 9, 2019, at 6:22 PM PDT
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  30. Henry Racette Contributor

    I have a lot of respect for Peter Robinson: he seems a thoroughly decent, gentle, thoughtful man. I can understand, even sympathize, with his willingness to compromise on the “assault weapon” issue. However, it’s a little ironic that Peter began his comments by quoting (well, paraphrasing) the first clause of the Second Amendment, which reads

    A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state

    but then followed up (at 06:55) with:

    We may not infringe on a Constitutional right to bear arms. But what is an ‘arm’ that may be ‘born?’ Clearly it is not military-grade weaponry.

    Respectfully, Peter, I think the word militia tips us off that, yes, the intent clearly was that we be allowed to possess “military grade” arms.

    What exactly is an “arm” is a legitimate question, and I am comfortable excluding rocket launchers and tanks and things like that. But there is no plausible basis for claiming that so-called “assault rifles” are not arms.


    As is often the case, I found James’ comments thoughtful and eloquent. I particularly appreciated his observation that, for all the anxiety we feel every time one of these twisted, broken, empty souls commits an atrocity, the truth is that life is pretty good for the vast majority of us; these are not dark times, though darkness intrudes and demands our attention.

    Another fine podcast.

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    • August 9, 2019, at 6:39 PM PDT
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