Frozen HemingwaysAmerica’s first couple of podcasting finally returns this week for their unique take on all the days’s news. This week, the VA scandal, tough times on Twitter, the Santa Barbara shooter and misogyny and that #saveallwomen hashtag, the cultural phenomenon that is Disney’s Frozen, and a rather yawning Fight of The Week.

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There are 19 comments.

  1. Aaron Miller Member

    Speaking of “our choral culture”, why doesn’t America have choral drinking songs? How did singing together get relegated to church gatherings and concerts? Did it gradually die out as record players became popular?

    “You Catholics can’t sing.” Too much performance music… like modern performances of the national anthem. Cantors should lead, not perform. In my experience, congregations participate most in songs which are sung entirely together, rather than back-and-forth between the cantor/choir and the corpus. That said, there are times when songs performed entirely by the choir are just what the Doctor ordered. ;)

    “Everyone is a winner.” I blame Nirvana. Cobain’s guitar skills were slowly developing alongside his creative skills, but somehow he made a generation think everyone is a latent rockstar and no one needs to learn an instrument. Angst is everything.

    That’s an interesting point about the development of music sequencers and digital mixers replacing the common desire to learn an instrument. Just wait until someone makes a program that transcribes notes when hummed and drummed.

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    • June 3, 2014, at 3:46 PM PDT
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  2. Karen Inactive

    I don’t enjoy listening to this podcast very much, primarily because Mark promulgates falsehoods on nearly every podcast. I don’t know if it’s because he’s just lazy or misinformed. The VA most certainly responds to FOIA requests and they do fire people. As to the “outcomes” mentioned, that is different from the wait times. And “no repercussions”? Many senior executives at the Phoenix VA including the VISN director were removed – this was widely reported last week. And more will come once the full IG report is released. You know what’s really wrong with D.C.? The know-nothing journalists on either end of the political spectrum who are more interested in advancing a political agenda than making an effort to report the truth. I bet most journalists don’t have the chops to become senior-level federal employees. And throwing a bona fide American hero under the bus is not a “positive thing.” Good grief. There’s a ton GOA reports from years back regarding the VA available to anyone. Stop being so propagandistic and lazy. For example, federal senior executives are ineligible to join federal employee unions.

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    • June 3, 2014, at 5:59 PM PDT
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  3. EJHill Podcaster

    I hate the random cropping of 2.0!
    Frozen Hemingways2

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    • June 3, 2014, at 6:06 PM PDT
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  4. KC Mulville Inactive

    If you had to sing the crap they give us, you Lutherans would be worse than Justin Bieber out for a night with dad.

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    • June 3, 2014, at 6:27 PM PDT
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  5. Percival Thatcher

    KC Mulville:

    If you had to sing the crap they give us, you Lutherans would be worse than Justin Bieber out for a night with dad.

     You clearly have no experience with our new hymnal.

    Neither – unfortunately – does our organist, Dr. Strangechord.

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    • June 3, 2014, at 6:41 PM PDT
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  6. KC Mulville Inactive

    Sorry, must hijack thread …

    Someone at my parish thought it would be a good idea to replace the book hymnals with projector screens, and using PowerPoint to flash the hymn lyrics on screen so that everyone can sing along. (I hate the idea.) Then they extended the idea to project all the spoken responses included also. (I hate that even more.)

    Anyway, for those not familiar with it, during Mass we say the Creed. Halfway through that prayer, we say the words “by the power of the Holy Spirit, he was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man.” Our custom is to reverently bow while saying those words.

    But when you’re reading the words off a projector screen, and the screen tells you to bow, the congregation can’t see the screen while they’re bowing, and inevitably lapses into a few seconds of confused mumbling because they don’t all remember the words.

    It’s hilarious.

    Anyway, last week we had an old-timer priest who still doesn’t know how to work the body microphone. And when the bowing brought about the mumbling, he started growling (on mike) at how stupid it was. It. Was. Priceless.

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    • June 3, 2014, at 7:11 PM PDT
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  7. Mollie Hemingway Contributor

    KC Mulville:

    It’s hilarious.

    Anyway, last week we had an old-timer priest who still doesn’t know how to work the body microphone. And when the bowing brought about the mumbling, he started growling (on mike) at how stupid it was. It. Was. Priceless.

    That is awesome.

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    • June 3, 2014, at 7:13 PM PDT
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  8. Tom Meyer, Common Citizen Contributor

    I can’t begin to thank the two of you enough for making what should be such an obvious point: lefty feminists are unintentionally encouraging more Elliot Rogers by showing that — with a modest body count and a super-creepy manifesto — you can get everyone talking about you for days.

    That’s exactly what a lonely, psychotic narcissist wants!

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    • June 3, 2014, at 7:27 PM PDT
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  9. Aaron Miller Member

    KC Mulville: Someone at my parish thought it would be a good idea to replace the book hymnals with projector screens […]

    My regular church back in Texas has used projectors for decades (or, rather, the same projector for decades). One of my dad’s pet peeves is the copyright information with the projected lyrics. The music director says that it’s mandated by law. It doesn’t bother me, but I can see how some might feel like it’s the secular world poking its nose in the door. 

    When I was a kid, I felt special for being able to enter the hidden room with the projector and recording equipment. My dad taped the Mass and made copies for parishioners who could not attend. Now that I think about it, I’m not sure they have continued to record each Mass since tape decks went out of style.

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    • June 3, 2014, at 7:29 PM PDT
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  10. Fricosis Guy Listener

    Again, I express my gratitude to my nine-year-old son for protecting me from the cooties of Let It Go.

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    • June 4, 2014, at 6:59 AM PDT
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  11. Mollie Hemingway Contributor

    Tom Meyer:

    I can’t begin to thank the two of you enough for making what should be such an obvious point: lefty feminists are unintentionally encouraging more Elliot Rogers by showing that — with a modest body count and a super-creepy manifesto — you can get everyone talking about you for days.

    That’s exactly what a lonely, psychotic narcissist wants!

     Ari Schulman’s piece on this changed my mind about such things. Very good read. “How To Stop Mass Shootings.

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    • June 4, 2014, at 7:42 AM PDT
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  12. Hartmann von Aue Member

    What you said about Catholics: John Michael Talbot agrees and has a lot of fun with it at the expense of fellow Catholics.

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    • June 4, 2014, at 10:47 AM PDT
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  13. Stad Thatcher

    I only want to say I’m glad they’re back. Sad to hear they were gone so long because of a family tragedy.

    I enjoy the fight of the week. I’m still curious to know how “the average height of men” could start an argument . . .

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    • June 4, 2014, at 1:56 PM PDT
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  14. Paul Dougherty Member

    I need to obtain the alternate lyrics to Let It Go. It would be a cheep way to by a few days of hero status from my six (soon to be seven) year old son. That, and anything to replace the Jingle Bells antics of Batman.

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    • June 4, 2014, at 7:14 PM PDT
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  15. Mollie Hemingway Contributor

    Paul Dougherty:

    I need to obtain the alternate lyrics to Let It Go. It would be a cheep way to by a few days of hero status from my six (soon to be seven) year old son. That, and anything to replace the Jingle Bells antics of Batman.

     All I remember is “Gotta go, gotta go. something something going to explode.” I’ll see if I can get the rest. Heh.

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    • June 5, 2014, at 7:44 AM PDT
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  16. with me where I am Inactive

    Wait, so you said that it was narcissistic to associate one’s own experiences with the victims of a deranged mass murderer who had nothing to do with oneself, and you took heat from a lot of folks on social media who said it was not in fact narcissistic to associate one’s own struggles with the victims of a deranged mass murderer? I hate to say it, Molly, but it sounds like you’ve been hanging around with a lot of narcissists.

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    • June 5, 2014, at 2:02 PM PDT
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  17. Fred Cole Member

    I can’t issue a ruling on the FotW because its unclear what it was.

    Also, wth is with that music at the end?

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    • June 6, 2014, at 8:15 AM PDT
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  18. Son of Spengler Contributor

    Interesting to hear the segue from #YesAllWomen to Frozen. Just after the movie came out, I wrote a Ricochet post examining the movie’s anti-male subtext. Among Ricochetti, I’m clearly in the minority in my interpretation. But I think the movie is designed to be socially subversive, and I’ve been disappointed to see conservatives embrace it.

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    • June 6, 2014, at 11:09 AM PDT
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  19. Peabody Here Member

    I’d like to disagree a bit about people’s singing ability these days. Recently I had the opportunity to ride in my son’s 5th grade class school bus on a field trip. On the ride, the bus driver played current pop music over the bus’s PA system. While the genre is not my favorite, I was amazed by what I observed. Nearly every kid knew almost every word…singing in unison. And they were good. Sang in key. I actually enjoyed the music more than if I heard it without the kids. I was in 5th grade in 1976 and I had never seen anything like it before. Even if kids from my era liked music being played over school bus speakers and knew the words they few would actually sing out loud.

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    • June 9, 2014, at 7:04 PM PDT
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