David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see Kim Jong-Un has publicly back down from his threats to fire missiles towards Guam and discuss whether some new blunt talk from Defense Secretary James Mattis made the decision an easy one.  David rejects the push by the left and some on the right to move or remove Confederate memorials and statues and instead proposes more memorials to honor Union, slave, and free black figures from the war to provide more context.  And they roll their eyes as an ESPN commentator says he hopes a positive outcome from Charlottesville will be Colin Kaepernick getting a job in the NFL again.

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  1. Arahant Member
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    Yesterday, I was hard on y’all (and it was well-deserved). Today, David, your suggestions on the statues are great. “More history, not less!” should be our battle cry. Actually, the whole thing today was great. Thanks, gentlemen.

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  2. George Townsend Inactive
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    Can someone advise me? I can’t listen to this. It has happened in the past. but, if I click a second time, it comes through. This time nothing.

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  3. Eustace C. Scrubb Member
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    A bit of Devil’s Advocacy on David’s point that mobs shouldn’t decide which statues come down (I generally agree). But you could say it was a mob that tore down Saddam’s statue in Iraq, and I was okay with that.

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  4. Arahant Member
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    George Townsend (View Comment):
    Can someone advise me? I can’t listen to this. It has happened in the past. but, if I click a second time, it comes through. This time nothing.

    What sort of machine/OS are you Ricocheting on, George?

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  5. George Townsend Inactive
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    Arahant (View Comment):
    What sort of machine/OS are you Ricocheting on, George?

    You are testing my computer skills, Arahant, which are not always that great! I have a Dell Laptop, and what I am using to get to the Internet is usually Google Chrome. I also have Microsoft Explorer, but I usually use the Chrome.

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  6. George Townsend Inactive
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    It is working now, Arahant. Thanks!!

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  7. Hibernian Faithful Inactive
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    Eustace C. Scrubb (View Comment):
    A bit of Devil’s Advocacy on David’s point that mobs shouldn’t decide which statues come down (I generally agree). But you could say it was a mob that tore down Saddam’s statue in Iraq, and I was okay with that.

    That was a situation in which a people had won their freedom from a tyrant.  The individuals were vandals who did not use the system laws, but ignored them.  I do not care about their motivation.  This would be no different if a Pro-life activist destroy a Planned Parenthood sign!

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  8. dicentra Member
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    The deal with Kaepernick isn’t that he used his TV appearances as a platform, it’s that his political statements were a total turn-off for NFL fans.

    Remember how Tim Tebow evangelized on the field? How many people defended his right to Be Religious In Public?

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  9. Eustace C. Scrubb Member
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    dicentra

    The deal with Kaepernick isn’t that he used his TV appearances as a platform, it’s that his political statements were a total turn-off for NFL fans.

    Remember how Tim Tebow evangelized on the field? How many people defended his right to Be Religious In Public?

    Tebow or Kaepernick, it all comes back to the kneeling, doesn’t it?

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  10. Bishop Wash Member
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    Eustace C. Scrubb (View Comment):
    A bit of Devil’s Advocacy on David’s point that mobs shouldn’t decide which statues come down (I generally agree). But you could say it was a mob that tore down Saddam’s statue in Iraq, and I was okay with that.

    I think the Saddam, Lenin, Stalin, etc. statues being torn down have a different context. They were installed by those leaders to remind their who was in charge, an extension of the tyrant. When the people were freed, they wanted to be rid of any reminder of their terrible past.

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  11. Arahant Member
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    Bishop Wash (View Comment):
    I think the Saddam, Lenin, Stalin, etc. statues being torn down have a different context. They were installed by those leaders to remind their (people) who was in charge, an extension of the tyrant. When the people were freed, they wanted to be rid of any reminder of their terrible past.

    Conversely, it was the people who put up these monuments. Perhaps politicians spearheaded the efforts and perhaps those politicians did not well-represent all of the people, but it is nowhere near the same level. The people who put them up did not fear for their lives if they did not or did not show support.

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  12. Israel P. Inactive
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    I have taken to skipping this podcast when David French is in Jim’s chair.

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  13. Arahant Member
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    Israel P. (View Comment):
    I have taken to skipping this podcast when David French is in Jim’s chair.

    Don’t skip this one. It was very good.

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  14. J.D. Snapp Coolidge
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    As a fellow Southerner, I completely agree with you, David. We need to tell the history better and get some context in there rather than allowing the Left dictate what is and is not “problematic”.

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