Tag: Peter Robinson

Ricochetti Adventures in Vegas and LA

 

I previously posted about our hot weekend (113°F) in Vegas at FreedomFest 2017 whilst interviewing a treasure trove of luminaries, but I left off details and photos of our two meet ups from the weekend. The first, on Friday night was hosted by @addictionisachoice:

@cowgirl and Addiction Is a Choice are in the rear of the photo, with virtuoso pianist Hyperion Knight to the right of him, then me, @nicegrizzly, and @Whiskeypolitics Dave. On the other side of the table, @docjay is seated next to Cowgirl, and next to him we have three guests who will be joining Ricochet soon: Garin Bader, fantastic magician and pianist who performs regularly and is a friend of Hyperion’s, and Nancy and her daughter, Sarah.

Uncommon Knowledge at the Reagan Library

 

Sunday afternoon 500-600 people gathered at the Ronald Reagan Library for a live edition of Uncommon Knowledge. A large contingent of Ricoteers was in the audience, and if you didn’t make it, we missed you! Our beloved Peter Robinson was interviewed by Ricochet contributor and all-around lovely guy, Pat Sajak, who is also known for playing hangman on TV.

The Uncommon Knowledge episode was wonderful! Peter told us quite a few anecdotes about the evolution of the “Tear Down This Wall” speech, a few of which made me tear up. I know some of you watched it via livestream, and the Blue Yeti promises to have it properly posted soon. Patience, please, as he is a VERY busy Yeti for the next few weeks.

Peter Robinson 30 Years After “Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall”

 

On this special 50th episode of Whiskey Politics, we are honored to welcome Peter Robinson, Speechwriter to President Ronald Reagan. Among hundreds of other speeches, Peter is now celebrating the 30th anniversary of the history-making Brandenburg Gate speech where against advice from the White House, State Department, and Germans, President Reagan called on General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down this wall!” We discuss this pivotal moment in history, the relationships with Margaret Thatcher and Milton Friedman and his upcoming Ricochet and Uncommon Knowledge interview with Pat Sajak at the Reagan Library.

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I was attending a meeting in downtown D.C. today (at this lovely and historic hotel, if you’re curious).  It had been a rainy, cool morning, traffic was wretched trying to get to the airport to pick up a colleague and then messy trying to get to the hotel for the meeting.   However, the day […]

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Because I was in the right place at the right time a few weeks ago, I got to attend a taping of the “Uncommon Knowledge” Podcast Monday night. The invitation didn’t specify a dress code, but I asked ahead and found out a suit and tie was expected, which meant my normal evening attire wouldn’t cut it. After work […]

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NO SPOILERS I was walking my dog earlier today and listening to “The Ricochet Podcast, Ep. 286: No Spoilers.” When my nine year old son went with friends from school to see the latest Star Wars two days before my wife and I were able to, we were properly armed against any accidental plot point […]

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For the second week in a row, I’m running late with my college football post.  Anyway, here are a few games of interest this weekend. In the Big Ten, the No. 12 Michigan Wolverines are leading the Penn State Nittany Lions 21-16 midway through the fourth quarter.  Later today, the No. 3 Ohio State Buckeyes […]

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Over at RicochetMeetup.com you can view some pictures and read a very brief description of our wonderful meetup in Simi Valley this weekend, hosted by David Sussman.  David will flesh out all the details shortly ( I see he has beat me to it!),  but I wanted to sing his praises first, noting that he […]

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A hat tip to Peter Robinson for the insight, but here’s some anecdotal confirmation from The Conservative Tribune: During a two-and-a-half hour meeting with 40 pastors in the Trump Tower on Monday, 2016 GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump managed to make some headway with a subset of the black community. Preview Open

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Ricochet: Home of the Conservatarians?

 

41HW16e6UrLLast year, my good friend Will Patrick, here in Tallahassee, Florida, introduced me to the Ricochet podcasts. The first episode that caught my attention was one dedicated to President Reagan’s first meeting with Gorbachev at Reykjavik. It was fascinating.

For more than 10 years, I have been involved in the conservative/liberty movement through my current work at The James Madison Institute (JMI) in Florida, and previously with the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI). Between what I read and the many speakers I get to meet and hear from in person and at conferences, I felt like I had a great grasp on all the top scholars and thinkers in the movement. However, the Ricochet podcast has served to introduce me to so many more, including people like Avik Roy and Charles C.W. Cooke. During my many travels visiting JMI’s supporters around the state of Florida, I listen to the podcast almost religiously and find it quite entertaining and thoughtful. [Editor’s Note: Want to become a member of Ricochet and get a free month on us? Join today and use the coupon code APRIL for your discount.]

After hearing Charlie Cooke on the Ricochet podcast several times, I migrated over to his Mad Dogs & Englishmen podcast. And I recently read his fascinating new book, The Conservatarian Manifesto (of which I will soon post a review).

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/12/01/resolved-comments-sections-need-to-go/ The headline of the article (shut down all comments) isn’t actually Cillizza’s conclusion. Rather, he wants either comment moderation (by paid staffers!), or so much good content that the noise comments are drowned out by sheer volume. Preview Open

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Congratulations on your commendable insight on building a fortress that is absolutely zombie-proof. Your family and dearest friends are safe. And you have room to save a few select others…  five people to be exact. 1) You may save one politician (I know, a lot of you would rather let them rot, but go with […]

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I’m dismayed by the trend started at Vanderbilt and California’s state universities to withdraw official recognition from Christian campus groups. But it raises a question. Most universities–at least public ones–have one or two conservatives (or sane moderates) on their governing boards. What will these people do to reverse the tide of gender theory, Marxist rantings, […]

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Mr. Robinson’s been mentioning for quite a while the book about the Cold War he’s currently working on.  Being not only a child of the Cold War but also an avid reader on the subject, I’d really like to hear more about what he’s doing and what approach he’s taking.  I’m sure others would as […]

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