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This week, a little tech talk to kick off the podcast. Then, the weird strategy of the house leadership on raising the debt ceiling, Rob makes a u-turn on Cruz, Peter proposes a peace treaty, Then, the Instapundit himself, Glenn Reynolds, pulls over to the side of the road to discuss his new book on the future of education (The New School: How the Information Age Will Save American Education From Itself). Later, are we witnesses to the end of American Exceptionalism? Finally, a Ricochet Podcast tribute to Sid Caesar and Shirley Temple.

Music from this week’s episode:

Animal Crackers In My Soup by Shirley Temple

The Ricochet Podcast opening theme was composed and produced by James Lileks.

Thanks to barista to the stars, EJHill for the photoshop. 

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There are 14 comments.

  1. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHill Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Those hipsters. Here’s what they really looked like in 1985:

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    • February 14, 2014, at 2:21 AM PST
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  2. Randy Weivoda Moderator
    Randy Weivoda Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    You’re a master, EJ.

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    • February 14, 2014, at 2:33 AM PST
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  3. Viruscop Member

    To answer the college polling question, I don’t like either Rand Paul or Ted Cruz, but many people I know would prefer Paul over Cruz. No one that I know has any fondness for Ted Cruz.

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    • February 14, 2014, at 3:14 AM PST
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  4. Aaron Miller Member
    Aaron Miller Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Do Republicans have an official slogan? If not, I’ve got one for them: “I will gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”

    Scott’s good cop / bad cop proposal is clever, but I agree with those who can’t believe the Republican establishment would play the role of good cop. They’re obviously not interested in limited, local government.

    There’s no way to change the Republican leadership without ceding power to Democrats. If conservatives want a party that represents them, they will have to suffer in the short term.

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    • February 14, 2014, at 3:38 AM PST
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  5. Peter Meza Member
    Peter Meza Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    This picture reminds me of this picture:

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    • February 14, 2014, at 3:42 AM PST
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  6. Fricosis Guy Listener

    The expressions on Peter’s face never fail to crack me up. But this week’s work was genius EJ. Thanks.

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    • February 14, 2014, at 6:09 AM PST
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  7. Hartmann von Aue Member

    I have to agree completely with Lileks and Robinson. No more Republican infighting between now and November. “Cave” on the Debt Ceiling and you just take a huge club out of the hands of the Dems. Direct all fire at Obamacare, the Democrat’s WAR ON THE POOR and the lawlessness of the mockery of a President who is currently befouling the Oval Office with the pestilential exhalations of his diseased mind. To appropriate the discourse of one of my would-be oppressors of yesteryear “Fight the real enemy!!!”

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    • February 14, 2014, at 8:46 AM PST
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  8. Hartmann von Aue Member
    Peter Meza

    This picture reminds me of this picture: · 17 hours ago

    The Versailles Moment picture needs to be on the cover of every conservative magazine this month. And in Republican TV ads. Preferably in a TV ad featuring also a homeless family living out of a car. “Look at that honey. Their damn dogs are eating better than we are. Guess that was the change we believed in.”

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    • February 14, 2014, at 9:40 AM PST
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  9. Eeyore Member
    Eeyore Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I haven’t listened to the podcast yet, so may not have yet been introduced – but isn’t that Philip Seymour Long in the middle?

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    • February 14, 2014, at 9:54 AM PST
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  10. Nick Stuart Inactive

    Homeschoolers are like honey badgers. Small, reclusive, staying out of the way. Every so often some newbie politician tries to put a draconian restriction on them at which point the homeschoolers react like, well, honey badgers. As described in Wikipedia:

    They have been known to savagely and fearlessly attack almost any kind of animal when escape is impossible, reportedly even repelling much larger predators such as lions [read politicians, bureaucrats, DCFS workers]. Bee stings, porcupine quills, and animal bites rarely penetrate their skin [ditto for homeschoolers viz the disapprobation of friends, family, neighbors, churchmates, media on the left and right]. … They are virtually tireless in combat and can wear out much larger animals in physical confrontations.

    George Miller (D-NEA) found this out during The Battle of HR6. Makes entertaining reading.

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    • February 15, 2014, at 5:04 AM PST
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  11. Sheila S. Member
    Sheila S. Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I agree completely with the increasing libertarian bent of today’s young adult population. I have a lot of young Facebook friends whom I met at a former job, and I see a lot of cynicism towards government in general from the few who have not completely swallowed the Dem’s hogwash hook, line and sinker. But they aren’t willing to take the bait from Republicans, either. I think they seem fed up with the professional politicians on both sides.

    I also agree that it’s the social issues and the successful demonization of the conservative positions that keep them from even considering the GOP. These are people who bought into the idea of healthcare reform because they agreed that the system is broken who are now seriously rethinking their support of these policies. 

    We do have an opportunity to make an argument with these kids. I don’t think we should ignore the social conservative base, but focusing on a single issue – the failures of Obamacare – just might give us that opportunity.

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    • February 15, 2014, at 12:14 PM PST
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  12. Scott R Member
    Scott R Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Call Rob butter because he was on a roll.

    Cool insight that young people today love capitalism like maybe no other generation before them — they just might not know what to call it.

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    • February 16, 2014, at 2:54 AM PST
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  13. Richard Fulmer Member

    Kay in MT has a good post on the FCC’s power grab. The silence from the press on this speaks volumes.

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    • February 17, 2014, at 6:04 AM PST
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  14. skoook Inactive

    A distinguished Podcast . My compliments to the Chefs. Rob I realize your role in Glop, but your showbiz insights always a tasty dessert here too.

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    • February 18, 2014, at 1:45 AM PST
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