Hey, it’s the first Goldberg, Long, and Podhoretz of the new year and our merry band of gentlemen and gentile riff on a wide variety of topics for you. This week: funiculars, Al Gore sells to Al-Jazeera, just where are Obama’s women cabinet officers, lower standards for Mount Rushmore, Chuck Hagel, Downton Abbey, the Oscars, Game of Thrones, the Oscars and Lincoln, and yes, trillion dollar coins and John’s out of the box idea for solving the debt crisis. 

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  1. Profile photo of Ross C Member

    EJHill is the Milton Friedman of Photoshoppers.

    I am regularly impressed with the photo shop cleverness that EJHill displays but this one is truly awesome.

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    • January 12, 2013 at 1:35 am
  2. Profile photo of Shane McGuire Member

    I would like to be known as the EJ Hill of lawyers.

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    • January 12, 2013 at 1:38 am
  3. Profile photo of Joseph Eagar Member

    The first direct link is broken.

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    • January 12, 2013 at 2:12 am
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    Anonymous

    Fixed. 

    Joseph Eagar: The first direct link is broken. · 14 minutes ago
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    • January 12, 2013 at 2:27 am
  5. Profile photo of Alfredo Delgado Inactive

    Merry GLoP to one and all!

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    • January 12, 2013 at 2:42 am
  6. Profile photo of Matt Travis Inactive

    Rob has to ask whether algore is evil? Oyve…

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    • January 12, 2013 at 2:53 am
  7. Profile photo of EJHill Member

    Solve the nation’s (and Ricochet’s) fianacial problems in one fell swoop!

    • #7
    • January 12, 2013 at 3:13 am
  8. Profile photo of Brasidas Inactive

    EJHill, that is awesome! I hope the podcast is half as good as your photoshop for it is.

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    • January 12, 2013 at 3:56 am
  9. Profile photo of billy Member

    Um…that stuff about Ted Knight being a highly skilled fighter pilot? I can’t seem to find any evidence of that.

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    • January 12, 2013 at 3:56 am
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    Anonymous

    From Wikipedia:

    Born Tadeusz Wladyslaw Konopka to a Polish-American family in Terryville, Connecticut, Knight dropped out of high school to enlist for military service in World War II. He was a member of A Company, 296th Combat Engineer Battalion, earning five battle stars while serving in the European Theatre.

    billy: Um…that stuff about Ted Knight being a highly skilled fighter pilot? I can’t seem to find any evidence of that. · 3 minutes ago
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    • January 12, 2013 at 4:02 am
  11. Profile photo of EJHill Member
    Blue Yeti: From Wikipedia: …He was a member of A Company, 296th Combat Engineer Battalion, earning five battle stars while serving in the European Theatre.

    That means he helped build bridges for the infantry to cross rivers in the drive to Germany. The 286th CEB served in Belgium.

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    • January 12, 2013 at 4:33 am
  12. Profile photo of Benjamin Glaser Inactive

    Charles Durning was at his best in his role as the Gavin patriarch on Rescue Me.

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    • January 12, 2013 at 5:14 am
  13. Profile photo of billy Member
    Blue Yeti: From Wikipedia:

    Born Tadeusz Wladyslaw Konopka to a Polish-American family in Terryville, Connecticut, Knight dropped out of high school to enlist for military service in World War II. He was a member of A Company, 296th Combat Engineer Battalion, earning five battle stars while serving in the European Theatre. · 1 hour ago

    billy: Um…that stuff about Ted Knight being a highly skilled fighter pilot? I can’t seem to find any evidence of that. · 3 minutes ago

    I saw that he received 5 (!) bronze stars but not that he was a fighter pilot. Anyone?

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    • January 12, 2013 at 5:22 am
  14. Profile photo of EJHill Member
    billy I saw that he received 5 (!) bronze stars but not that he was a fighter pilot. Anyone?  

    No. Battle Stars are awarded to units that participate in a major battle. He did not earn five bronze stars.

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    • January 12, 2013 at 5:55 am
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    Shane McGuire: I would like to be known as the EJ Hill of lawyers.

    Oh? You work pro bono, too? Or do they pay you in McGuire Coins from the Republic of Texas?

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    • January 12, 2013 at 6:13 am
  16. Profile photo of Indaba Member

    Funny – your family leaves the house and do you feel relieved and want to take off your pants? Great laughs. Thank you.

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    • January 12, 2013 at 8:16 am
  17. Profile photo of Cunctator Inactive

    I really need this podcast to be happy, which maybe says more about me than this podcast. Thanks! The thing I like about it is that it’s like sitting next to a table of interesting people at a bar and eavesdropping. Great stuff!

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    • January 12, 2013 at 8:49 am
  18. Profile photo of CB Toder aka Mama Toad Member

    As mama to six, there are times when I ask Papa Toad to just leave the house with everyone so I can be alone in my own home… Ah, the peace and quiet… The last time they bailed on me, they went to see Wreck-it Ralph… sooo glad to have missed that.

    But I can honestly say I have never ever had any temptation to wonder around with no clothing or wear the spaghetti strainer as a codpiece….

    We are all glad that EJ did not choose to photoshop that particular part of the show…

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    • January 12, 2013 at 8:51 am
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    Mama Toad: We are all glad that EJ did not choose to photoshop that particular part of the show…  
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    • January 12, 2013 at 9:15 am
  20. Profile photo of CB Toder aka Mama Toad Member

    Oh my — when I looked at my alerts and saw that you had commented again on this thread EJ, I suddenly felt a moment of dread as I realized that I had inadvertently kind of sort of challenged you to do your worst… that was really really funny. And much milder than I am sure you could have been… (no, that’s not a challenge either…)

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    • January 12, 2013 at 9:22 am
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    I haven’t listened yet. I’m saving it. This is by far my favorite high-brow podcast, especially now that Milt Rosenberg has been taken off the air.

    I don’t know if you all have settled on a name yet, but I’ve been recommending this to everyone as the GoLoPod.

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    • January 12, 2013 at 9:31 am
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    Mama Toad: Oh my — when I looked at my alerts and saw that you had commented again on this thread EJ, I suddenly felt a moment of dread….

    Man… that’s the second time since the New Year my name has been linked to the word dread… I am getting a seriously sinister reputation around these parts.

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    • January 12, 2013 at 9:50 am
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    EJHill
    billy I saw that he received 5 (!) bronze stars but not that he was a fighter pilot. Anyone?  

    No. Battle Stars are awarded to units that participate in a major battle. He did not earn five bronze stars. · 17 hours ago

    Amazing how this stuff gets garbled. I can see how bronze battle stars on a campaign ribbon get confused with bronze stars for indviduals, but one source on the net has him as one of the first allied soldiers to enter Berlin (which seems unlikely unless the 296th CEB got attached to the Soviet army somehow, which would be a story…).

    But who was JPod really thinking about? I suppose I should just review highly decorated fighter pilots of WWII, but I think I’ll just assume it was George McGovern (a B-24 pilot awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross) who sort of looked like Gavin McCleod (who was 14 in 1945). Until corrected.

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    • January 12, 2013 at 11:54 am
  24. Profile photo of Douglas Member

    On the subject of shows in particular and the popular culture in general, I stopped watching TV series years ago. Two things seem to happen to shows I like: either they’re canceled early (Rome and Sleeper Cell after only two seasons each), or they devolve into leftist hellholes. For you Game of Thrones people, the Dubya’s-Head-On-A-Stick should be a huge warning flag. As someone else said, whatever isn’t explicitly right wing becomes left wing over time. I heard the guys praise Downton Abbey, but I just heard an interview with an actor on the show where he describes that world as awful and how glad he is the society has progressed. Even money says the plot ends up agreeing with him. 

    Agree with the guys on how Lost is the perfect representative of the ADHD generation, a show with no plot that the creators simply wing it and use shiny objects to keep viewers strung along like fish to a lure. As Jonah once put it, there was never anything in the shiny box in the first place. 

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    • January 13, 2013 at 3:13 am
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    Bill Clinton was named Father of the Year because he got the Son, Obama, reelected. It’s a creepy psychological drama, the Democratic party. Shakespearean, actually. Where’s Maureen Dowd when you need her?

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    • January 13, 2013 at 4:10 am
  26. Profile photo of Cunctator Inactive

    Leslie Watkins, fantastic observation!

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    • January 13, 2013 at 5:19 am
  27. Profile photo of Raizy Member

    This Orthodox Jew (and Commentary subscriber) cringed when John referred to Christmas as a pagan holiday.

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    • January 13, 2013 at 6:48 am
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    Raizy: This Orthodox Jew (and Commentary subscriber) cringed when John referred to Christmas as a pagan holiday. · 0 minutes ago

    Me too, but I’ve already complained about John Podhoretz and was overall pleased with his improvement this podcast 😉 so didn’t want to appear petty and complain. Thanks for saying so!

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    • January 13, 2013 at 7:03 am
  29. Profile photo of Benjamin Glaser Inactive

    This is just a reminder from your jolly old Presbyterian curmudgeon that not all Christians celebrate the “holy day” of Christmas. God has given us 52 (53 some years) holy days which are sufficient for our needs. 🙂

    For an irenic defense of the traditional Presbyterian position (yes I realize there are but a few of us traditional Presby’s around anymore) I recommend reading this link.

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    • January 13, 2013 at 8:07 am
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    Anonymous

    Based on this Twitter conversation, he was thinking about Ted Knight.

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    • January 13, 2013 at 12:04 pm
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