Join Jim and Greg for three crazy martinis today! First, they wade into the battle over how schools should open, with President Trump and teacher unions unsurprisingly on opposite sides of the debate. Jim offers a highly entertaining theory on how a recent head injury may explain some of his troubling decisions. And they have a lot of fun dissecting the new presidential campaign of Kanye West.

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  1. Taras Coolidge

    Remember, Jim Geraghty is always wrong.

    He urges us to assume good faith — on the part of the teachers’ unions!? Why should we do that, given their track record of putting incompetent and criminal teachers ahead of children?

    We shouldn’t reopen the schools until it’s “safe” — except that safety is not a yes/no situation but a continuum. Bringing kids together has always meant spreading disease.

    He assumes that a viral video of a woman testifying before a school board is representative of lockdown opponents, when by definition a viral video is “man bites dog”. Even when it’s not being spread by the Left for political reasons, as appears to be the case here.

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    • July 8, 2020, at 10:37 AM PDT
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  2. Taras Coolidge

    RJGIAW.

    Unless maybe if you’re Clint Eastwood, coming out as a Republican or, worse, a Trump supporter in Hollywood is a career ender. You don’t do it unless you’re content to retire, or do nothing but Christian movies for the rest of your career.

    Jim should have remembered the sad history of Friends of Abe, which was forced to disband rather than give its membership list to the IRS – in strict confidence of course!

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    • July 8, 2020, at 11:04 AM PDT
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  3. Anamcara Member

    Partisan football? Parents cannot go back to work. Can parents still be prosecuted if they don’t get their kids to school — promoting truancy? Kids have a right to education.

    Schools have huge spaces available but boors and outside. Schools did not demonstrate much creativity in the online classes. Why do we hope they will solve this. 

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    • July 8, 2020, at 11:09 AM PDT
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  4. Taras Coolidge

    Just remembered another RJGIAW.

    Why should schools that are closed be getting Federal funds?

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    • July 8, 2020, at 11:17 AM PDT
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  5. Arahant Member

    Yep. What they said above.

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    • July 8, 2020, at 12:02 PM PDT
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  6. Arahant Member

    Also, always be careful of projection. When you point a finger at others, three are pointing back at you. When Jim says that DJT and Yeezie have huge egos, I’m not saying that he is projecting, but he might want to really analyze how much it is them and how much how the universe if reflecting back at him.

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    • July 8, 2020, at 12:06 PM PDT
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  7. Joe D. Lincoln

    hey, if kanye gets traction, and it becomes a kanye vs biden race – leaving trump in the dust, im voting for kanye

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    • July 8, 2020, at 12:11 PM PDT
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  8. Arahant Member

    Joe D. (View Comment):

    hey, if kanye gets traction, and it becomes a kanye vs biden race – leaving trump in the dust, im voting for kanye

    Ditto.

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    • July 8, 2020, at 12:19 PM PDT
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  9. Arahant Member

    But I doubt that’s going to happen.

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    • July 8, 2020, at 12:19 PM PDT
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  10. WilliamDean Coolidge

    Joe D. (View Comment):

    hey, if kanye gets traction, and it becomes a kanye vs biden race – leaving trump in the dust, im voting for kanye

    I was holding out for Walt Frazier as Kanye’s VP. Didn’t happen. Sorry, Kanye.

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    • July 8, 2020, at 12:58 PM PDT
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  11. WilliamDean Coolidge

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Also, always be careful of projection. When you point a finger at others, three are pointing back at you. When Jim says that DJT and Yeezie have huge egos, I’m not saying that he is projecting, but he might want to really analyze how much it is them and how much how the universe if reflecting back at him.

    DJT and Kanye have YUGE egos.

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    • July 8, 2020, at 12:59 PM PDT
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  12. Arahant Member

    WilliamDean (View Comment):
    DJT and Kanye have YUGE egos.

    Do they really? Or is it part of the act?

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    • July 8, 2020, at 1:02 PM PDT
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  13. Eeyore Member
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    Jim:
    “…to quote Jonah, a Remnant. We, you know … And, by the way, I think the country is spectacularly ill-served by this, and I do not believe it is a partisan phenomenon…”

    “In a recent Three Martini Lunch, Jim Geraghty describes the bi-partisan sentiment that the country is ill-served by Jonah Goldberg’s Remnant podcast.”

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    • July 8, 2020, at 1:25 PM PDT
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  14. Taras Coolidge

    Arahant (View Comment):

    WilliamDean (View Comment):
    DJT and Kanye have YUGE egos.

    Do they really? Or is it part of the act?

    The language used by President Donald Trump in his first ever State of the Union speech on Tuesday contrasted sharply with the words of former President Barack Obama when he addressed Congress in 2010.

    According to a transcript of the speech released by CNN, Trump referred to himself in the first person singular 30 times. He said the word “I” 29 times, in addition to adding one “me.”

    Obama, when he delivered his first State of the Union, used “some version of ‘I’ or ‘me’ nearly 100 times,” wrote Dan Gainor, the vice president for business and culture at the Media Research Center. — https://www.westernjournal.com/heres-many-times-trump-said-first-sotu-address-compare-obamas/

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    • July 8, 2020, at 1:43 PM PDT
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  15. WilliamDean Coolidge

    Arahant (View Comment):

    WilliamDean (View Comment):
    DJT and Kanye have YUGE egos.

    Do they really? Or is it part of the act?

    “We are what we pretend to be.”

    – Kurt Vonnegut

    When you’re touting your ratings and inflating the size of your crowds as evidence of the greatness of yourself or your service as president, I’d say that betrays a pretty enormous ego right there.

    When you jump onstage of an industry awards ceremony, grab the mic from the winner’s hand and start giving your own contrary opinion to everybody, I think that also betrays a pretty huge ego as well.

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    • July 8, 2020, at 2:16 PM PDT
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  16. David Bryan Member

    WilliamDean (View Comment):

    Joe D. (View Comment):

    hey, if kanye gets traction, and it becomes a kanye vs biden race – leaving trump in the dust, im voting for kanye

    I was holding out for Walt Frazier as Kanye’s VP. Didn’t happen. Sorry, Kanye.

    Clyde, Baby! Best hands in the game. Seems a perfect fit to be the VP pick for Joe Biden.

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    • July 8, 2020, at 2:29 PM PDT
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  17. kedavis Member

    Taras (View Comment):

    Remember, Jim Geraghty is always wrong.

    He urges us to assume good faith — on the part of the teachers’ unions!? Why should we do that, given their track record of putting incompetent and criminal teachers ahead of children?

    It sounded to me like he wants to assume good faith on the part of the teachers, not the unions. But the reality seems to be that teachers do what the union leaders tell them, when it should be the other way around.

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    • July 8, 2020, at 2:59 PM PDT
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  18. kedavis Member

    WilliamDean (View Comment):

    “We are what we pretend to be.”

    – Kurt Vonnegut

    That sounds like navel-gazing nonsense.

    If that’s what you really are, then you’re not pretending.

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    • July 8, 2020, at 3:03 PM PDT
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  19. WilliamDean Coolidge

    kedavis (View Comment):

    WilliamDean (View Comment):

    “We are what we pretend to be.”

    – Kurt Vonnegut

    That sounds like navel-gazing nonsense.

    If that’s what you really are, then you’re not pretending.

    That’s basically his point. When your whole life is a performance, you’re no longer performing.

    Or put another way, you are the sum of your acts and behaviors, far more than you are whatever perception you have of yourself.

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    • July 8, 2020, at 3:40 PM PDT
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  20. kedavis Member

    WilliamDean (View Comment):

    kedavis (View Comment):

    WilliamDean (View Comment):

    “We are what we pretend to be.”

    – Kurt Vonnegut

    That sounds like navel-gazing nonsense.

    If that’s what you really are, then you’re not pretending.

    That’s basically his point. When your whole life is a performance, you’re no longer performing.

    Or put another way, you are the sum of your acts and behaviors, far more than you are whatever perception you have of yourself.

    That seems more accurate, but also seems more like the opposite of the quotation.

    But then it becomes all about perception. If I put on a façade, which is all that other people perceive, is that actually ME? I don’t think so. People “perceive” many things that aren’t really true. That doesn’t mean their perception is the reality. They can still be wrong.

    And for some reason it reminds me of the teleportation/Star Trek Transporter issue. Yes, if an exact duplicate of you is created, it will seem like you to everyone who knows you. But it still isn’t REALLY YOU. YOU are DEAD. No matter what everyone else perceives.

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    • July 8, 2020, at 4:31 PM PDT
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  21. Arahant Member

    WilliamDean (View Comment):
    When you’re touting your ratings and inflating the size of your crowds as evidence of the greatness of yourself or your service as president, I’d say that betrays a pretty enormous ego right there.

    How much do you know about the spiritual tools of affirmations and denials?

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    • July 8, 2020, at 4:45 PM PDT
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  22. Arahant Member

    WilliamDean (View Comment):
    When you jump onstage of an industry awards ceremony, grab the mic from the winner’s hand and start giving your own contrary opinion to everybody, I think that also betrays a pretty huge ego as well.

    Okay, you might have a point with Yeezy.

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    • July 8, 2020, at 4:45 PM PDT
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