Tag: Jay Nordlinger

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On Slack today, @exjon observed, “Condemning Nazis is the easiest political move in history. It costs Trump nothing.” I disagreed. There are a lot of ordinary people who fear that “Nazi”, at least these days, is chiefly a stick that elitists use to beat the proles. This fear, as many Trump voters like to put is, […]

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Otto Warmbier and the Triumph of the North Korean Propaganda Machine


What are we to make of the strangely incurious reaction by most media outlets and commentators toward the charges levied by the North Korean regime against Otto Warmbier? Even if one accepts that civilized countries should tolerate the manhandling of their citizens by thug regimes for such ridiculous “crimes,” I find it odd that nobody is really questioning the facts surrounding his arrest.

Most of the articles and commentary I’ve read (including those by people sympathetic to his plight as well as the “white frat boy had it coming” crowd) accept uncritically that Mr. Warmbier took down a propaganda poster in a restricted area of his hotel (to their credit @jaynordlinger and Jim Geraghty appear to be notable exceptions, but the Smart Girls and many other Ricochet podcasters appear to have accepted the factuality of Mr. Warmbier’s offense). This despite the fact that:

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I encourage you to read this “Impromptus” by Jay Nordlinger, on the topic of life on “Indian reservations.” (I use scare quotes because neither Indians nor reservations today resemble their predecessors.) I am embarrassed to admit that I was completely unaware of the rampant child abuse that occurs on reservations. And I am not just talking […]

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Trump Reconsidered


It’s time for those of us holding our noses at Trump to reconsider our approach. He’s not our cup of tea, but he may be a cup we have to drink from. Barring a minor miracle in Iowa, or a major one in New Hampshire, Trump is going to be our nominee. He may even be the president. It’s time we tried to make that unwanted cup as palatable as possible.

We’ll never know, because most scholars agree that Hitler had no offspring. But as Jay Nordlinger relates in his gripping new book, Children of Monsters, there was a man, a Frenchman, as it happens, who was told that he was Hitler’s illegitimate son and believed it. It distorted his mind and his life.

41llHxZtW9LThat’s where Jay’s book journey begins, and where this podcast, devoted to the book, begins too. Discussion then touches on the stories of some of the other children of monsters. There was Vasily Stalin, who wasn’t raised by the dictator, but by his bodyguards, and Svetlana, who defected and came to America. There were the Mussolini kids – one of whom, daughter Edda, stayed loyal to papa even after he executed her husband.

This week, the Pope is in town — there’s a lot to say about that and we do, pretty much in real time as it’s happening (shout out to Ricochet member Egg Man for providing updates in the chat room).

Later in the podcast, a very special announcement concerning Ricochet and Jon Gabriel (no, we’re not getting married — but close).

From A Cop: Thank You, Jay Nordlinger


There is never enough time to read everything one wants. Pages are dog-eared as magazines are thumbed through, all with the intent for them to be read as soon as time allows. The magazine is set aside, soon to be covered by others, similarly dog-eared and thumbed-through. Eventually the pile grows large and is thrown into the bin with a wistful sigh.

But once in great while, you reach into that pile and extract a treasure, which is exactly what happened to me when I came across a piece by Jay Nordlinger in an about-to-be-discarded issue of National Review. The Ricochetti of course know Jay as the co-host, with Mona Charen, of the weekly Need to Know podcast. But if you don’t subscribe to National Review magazine — the one printed on good old-fashioned paper, or its digital equivalent — and have it delivered every other week, you are denying yourself some of the best writing available anywhere.