The Time Shifters

This week, some insight into the TV viewing habits of your favorite podcasters, followed by the very smart opinions of Wall Street Journal Opinion Page Editor Bret Stephens.

Then, #NeverTrump progenitor and founder of The Resurgent Erick Erickson stops by to make the case (as if we needed the help) as to why Trump cannot be allowed to win the White House. Also, Lazy_Millennial‘s post Bernie: The Man We Need, and a preview of our big Ricochet Podcast extravaganza #300 show coming next week.

Music from this week’s episode:

Tonight, The Bootle Let Me Down by Merle Haggard

The opening sequence for the Ricochet Podcast was composed and produced by James Lileks.

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  1. Tom Meyer, Common Citizen Contributor

    I can tell that picture’s been photoshopped. If the picture were real, Lileks would be in his classic A-shirt.

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    • April 8, 2016, at 12:08 PM PDT
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  2. EJHill Podcaster

    We’ll change that. Once we get Peter on Dancing with the Stars everybody will watch live TV.

    • #2
    • April 8, 2016, at 12:27 PM PDT
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  3. Commodore BTC Inactive

    did you ask Stephens about his (and the WSJ’s) utter contempt for Ted Cruz?

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/what-ted-cruz-values-1453767729

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    • April 8, 2016, at 12:28 PM PDT
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  4. Peter Robinson Founder

    EJHill:We’ll change that. Once we get Peter on Dancing with the Stars everybody will watch live TV.

    Don’t think I haven’t auditioned, EJ.

    And by the way, I like this week’s picture just as it is. James in his bright yellow tank top? Some sights are too much for us mere mortals.

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    • April 8, 2016, at 12:30 PM PDT
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  5. Casey Inactive

    I’m astonished that people watch anything other than sports. I haven’t watched anything at all in years.

    I pay for cable only for Pirates games. And whatever I pay it feels worth it when we sweep Mollie’s Cardinals.

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    • April 8, 2016, at 1:08 PM PDT
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  6. Casey Inactive

    FYI – The pretext is an essential element for justifying Islamic war. They intend to “defend” Islam. Therefore, they need the pretext that requires defense.

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    • April 8, 2016, at 1:26 PM PDT
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  7. Lazy_Millennial Member

    I get a shoutout! Woo-hoo!

    • #7
    • April 8, 2016, at 1:46 PM PDT
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  8. Wolverine Coolidge

    Haven’t listened yet but betting it’s a hate fest for Trump and his supporters.

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    • April 8, 2016, at 2:06 PM PDT
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  9. Josh F. Inactive

    Wolverine:Haven’t listened yet but betting it’s a hate fest for Trump and his supporters.

    Not hate, just sadness at the ignorance that has led to Trump and Sanders’ success in the primaries.

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    • April 8, 2016, at 2:46 PM PDT
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  10. James Lileks Contributor

    Wolverine: Haven’t listened yet but betting it’s a hate fest for Trump and his supporters.

    We had a pro-Trump guest lined up, but he declined before the show; under the weather.

    • #10
    • April 8, 2016, at 3:23 PM PDT
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  11. Wolverine Coolidge

    Bucky Boz:

    Wolverine:Haven’t listened yet but betting it’s a hate fest for Trump and his supporters.

    Not hate, just sadness at the ignorance that has led to Trump and Sanders’ success in the primaries.

    Some of us support Trump on the issues, even if we have reservations about the man himself. There are many conservatives that are opposed to our current immigration policies and think that our foreign policy has been a disaster the last 16 years. Sorry you find us ignorant, but if so, then there are a lot of ignorant conservatives out there.

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    • April 8, 2016, at 3:43 PM PDT
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  12. billy Inactive

    Note:

    Attacking a candidate is one matter; a blanket comment about his supporters -- including fellow Ricochetti -- is another.

    Wolverine:Haven’t listened yet but betting it’s a hate fest for Trump and his supporters.

    Now let’s be fair, it isn’t like [redacted].

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    • April 8, 2016, at 4:34 PM PDT
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  13. Basil Fawlty Member

    Audible is back!

    • #13
    • April 8, 2016, at 5:18 PM PDT
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  14. Bruce M Thatcher

    Rob Long reminds me of my Catholic mother. He guilted me into joining Ricochet while listening to this podcast.

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    • April 8, 2016, at 6:18 PM PDT
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  15. Lazy_Millennial Member

    Bruce Metzger:Rob Long reminds me of my Catholic mother. He guilted me into joining Ricochet while listening to this podcast.

    Welcome! Glad to have you. Heads up, Trump’s a divisive figure, here as in real life

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    • April 8, 2016, at 6:31 PM PDT
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  16. Bruce M Thatcher

    I had a Facebook post last August where I had pictures of DJT and Foghorn Leghorn with the caption “birds of a feather”. Nothing more controversial than that. I thought the resemblance was significant as a Loony Tunes fan.

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    • April 8, 2016, at 6:52 PM PDT
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  17. Nick Stuart Inactive

    Basil Fawlty:Audible is back!

    A really good value for the money. Glad they’re back. I subscribed as a result of hearing about them on Ricochet.

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    • April 8, 2016, at 7:07 PM PDT
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  18. listeningin Inactive

    Okay, I love you guys but oh my GOSH, YES…listen to the Twitter comment. The long introductions to advertisers, the feigned shock and awe expressed because the introduction was “clever”…those get really old, really fast for your loyal listeners.

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    • April 9, 2016, at 1:15 AM PDT
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  19. Josh F. Inactive

    Wolverine:

    Bucky Boz:

    Wolverine:Haven’t listened yet but betting it’s a hate fest for Trump and his supporters.

    Not hate, just sadness at the ignorance that has led to Trump and Sanders’ success in the primaries.

    Some of us support Trump on the issues, even if we have reservations about the man himself. There are many conservatives that are opposed to our current immigration policies and think that our foreign policy has been a disaster the last 16 years. Sorry you find us ignorant, but if so, then there are a lot of ignorant conservatives out there.

    Our current policies are unenforced. No one argues for keeping the status quo on immigration. Ignorance is destroying our party. The fact that a partial-birth abortion supporting, freedom hating, incoherent candidate has the most delegates proves how ignorant voters are.

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    • April 9, 2016, at 4:28 AM PDT
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  20. Josh F. Inactive

    Wolverine, do you support abandoning our allies and allowing China, Russia, and Iran to become hegemons in their spheres of influence? That’s what we get in the Trump drawdown and nuclear proliferation plan

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    • April 9, 2016, at 4:32 AM PDT
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  21. Wolverine Coolidge

    Bucky Boz:Wolverine, do you support abandoning our allies and allowing China, Russia, and Iran to become hegemons in their spheres of influence? That’s what we get in the Trump drawdown and nuclear proliferation plan

    I don’t think we should risk going to war with Russia over Ukraine, China over Spratley islands. I don’t think we should depose Assas because I fear what comes after with a Sunni government. I also think we will get a lot less border enforcement and a lot more immigration with a President Rubio than Trump. I will admit I am getting second thoughts about Trump the man but not about some of his positions.

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    • April 9, 2016, at 5:22 AM PDT
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  22. Chris Campion Coolidge

    Is it an accident that Rob’s mug always has a significantly pinched look in these photoshops?

    Either there’s only one picture of Rob out there, or someone is making a point about the boss. Trump wouldn’t let that stand. He’d build a wall around it and nuke it from orbit.

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    • April 9, 2016, at 6:18 AM PDT
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  23. EJHill Podcaster

    Chris Campion: Is it an accident that Rob’s mug always has a significantly pinched look in these photoshops?

    It’s not particularly nefarious. It’s just that we’ve never gathered our intrepid trio into a studio and covered a full range of emotions in front of a green screen. The headshots are mainly video captures from Redeye, Uncommon Knowledge and various projects that Lileks has done over the years. I obviously collect and reuse. (Peter’s new eyewear caused a flurry of new cuttings.)

    None are ideal since the resolution tends to vary so much. And even full HD video doesn’t match the resolution of the stock photography I often use for pieces and parts.

    Time to find that perfect expression is a luxury I don’t have. From the end of recording to posting on the site is often less than 90 minutes and depending on the complexity of the composite (my record is 36 layers) there’s just not time to pour through hours of video for extra material.

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    • April 9, 2016, at 8:39 AM PDT
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  24. Peabody Here Member

    Technical comment: I use a droid app called Podcast Addict to listen to all my downloaded podcasts. For some reason this particular episode did not automatically download and when I try to refresh the feed to force it to, it still won’t come. Not sure what is different about this episode. (I did receive other recent podcasts, such as the latest SooperMexican podcast.) Just posting this in case the issue is on the Ricochet side.

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    • April 9, 2016, at 8:43 AM PDT
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  25. donald todd Inactive

    Have TPTB considered renaming Ricochet as the Trump Hate Fest website? Perhaps featuring Bucky Boz?

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    • April 9, 2016, at 12:29 PM PDT
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  26. Douglas Inactive

    Listening to the guests, once again, I’m struck by how far apart the movers and shakers of the Republican Party… including the media, old and new… are from average people on the right. Advocating “entangling alliances”, endless foreign interventions, etc, while mocking the very great number of people concerned about such things.

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    • April 9, 2016, at 7:22 PM PDT
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  27. Casey Inactive

    Actually, Douglas, your remark reminds me of a well worn sitcom scenario where Person A and Person B are arguing about Persons C and D while C and D slink out of the room.

    That’s American conservatism in a nutshell.

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    • April 9, 2016, at 8:02 PM PDT
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  28. Josh F. Inactive

    Douglas:Listening to the guests, once again, I’m struck by how far apart the movers and shakers of the Republican Party… including the media, old and new… are from average people on the right. Advocating “entangling alliances”, endless foreign interventions, etc, while mocking the very great number of people concerned about such things.

    We have been involved in foreign intervention since 1941, continually. Why, in the face of radical Islam, should we retreat now? We didn’t surrender to the Soviets. Why should we surrender to terrorism?

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    • April 9, 2016, at 10:41 PM PDT
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  29. Ambrianne Member

    I’m a couple of years older than Bret Stephens and I also have three children. (Thank you, Wikipedia.) Our middle child is a 14-y-o boy and a real Yankee Doodle Dandy. He’s literally a Boy Scout. We homeschool; one day at our history co-op we discussed Selective Service and how some say a military draft is part of the social contract while others think it’s akin to slavery, or at least indentured servitude. He was mortally offended by the latter point of view. This kid loves his country and will figure out how to serve in some way.

    Bret Stephen’s 10-year plan does not provide balm for this conservative mother’s heart. If you accept the premise that government at every level is a Mickey Mouse operation, then who, exactly, does he propose we send into the high deserts of Trashcanistan to enforce his ideal foreign policy? My son? His? It’s not that I have no patience – it’s that I have no trust.

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    • April 10, 2016, at 3:40 PM PDT
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  30. Wolverine Coolidge

    Bucky Boz:

    Douglas:Listening to the guests, once again, I’m struck by how far apart the movers and shakers of the Republican Party… including the media, old and new… are from average people on the right. Advocating “entangling alliances”, endless foreign interventions, etc, while mocking the very great number of people concerned about such things.

    We have been involved in foreign intervention since 1941, continually. Why, in the face of radical Islam, should we retreat now? We didn’t surrender to the Soviets. Why should we surrender to terrorism?

    I think you are only disagreeing because I’m a Wolverine and you’re a Buckeye:)

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    • April 10, 2016, at 5:44 PM PDT
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