Tag: Troy Senik

Introducing Kite & Key

 

Admit it: you’re a nerd. Admit it, Ricochet!

No worries — me too. And during my years as a think tank executive, that was always a frustration. People who casually followed politics would ask me how to get a quick understanding of a public policy issue and … I wouldn’t know where to send them.

TV and the major newspapers increasingly focus on the political dimensions of policy fights, without telling you anything meaningful about the substantive debates. But where was I going to steer people? To one of our white papers? To a book I knew they didn’t have the time to read? I got paid to be immersed in that stuff — and I loved it. But these people had lives to lead. They wanted to be responsible, informed citizens, but didn’t have endless free time to delve deep into policy research.

Ricochet Replay: A Night with John Yoo

 

For those of you who couldn’t make our live broadcast, we present A Night with John Yoo.

John spends an hour+ with Ricochet Editor Emeritus Troy Senik to talk about his new book, “Defender in Chief,” to reminisce about clerking on the Supreme Court and his time in the Bush 43 Administration and legacy as “the torture memo lawyer.”

From an Anonymous Source

 

With the news breaking of the execution of several Chinese nationals who worked for the CIA, I wanted to find out a bit more. Just how badly compromised was our intelligence network? Yes, it has been a few years since the executions that occurred between 2010 and 2012, but a roll up of a spy network like that can hurt intelligence gathering and operations for decades. It can lead to some very bad surprises for a country like the United States.

I made contact with some of my sources in the intelligence community. Most agreed that it was both bad and embarrassing. The predictions and damage assessments I was hearing had a very wide range, and I decided that it was worth the risk of contacting a source who is a bit higher up and in the know on these things.

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As friends know, I produce the Whiskey Politics video series for Dave Sussman, who is a stalwart friend, fellow traveler, and all-around classy guy in the conservative movement and (hopefully) revolution. He’s developed a thoughtful technique that is rarely heard in today’s world of gotcha journalism and clickbait headlines. His interviews reflect a genuine interest […]

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“April is in my mistress’ face” – or at least livestreaming on social media. April, a 15-year-old giraffe at the Animal Adventure Park in upstate New York, is not just pregnant, but very pregnant – nature played the ultimate April Fool’s prank on her by delaying the delivery of her already-past-due baby again yesterday. Her […]

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Flyover 43 – Senik and the Last Hurrah

 

Troy Senik joins us for an extended “goodbye” podcast (quotes explained in the podcast), including information about where he’s going and what he’s leaving behind; somewhere in all of that, we can’t help but discuss politics. Also, a few stories – straight from the horse’s mouth – that you may not have really heard yet.

Intro includes music from Ronald Jenkees. Closing music this week is Josh Ritter. I mentioned a few things I’d link to… and of course I didn’t write any of it down. Links forthcoming.

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So, now that Troy is leaving, it’s time that facts be submitted to a candid world and for me to tell once and for all the truth about the giraffe. This is my recollection, and the whole story is known only to four people: Troy, Whiskey Sam, Frank Soto, and myself. I don’t know what […]

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I’ve kept this secret for a long time. Too long, some would say. I’ve been haunted by that decision, but what would you do if the fate of the free world depended on your silence? Would you be so quick to unburden your conscience? So quick to judge if you had seen what I had […]

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I am asked many questions at Ricochet meetups.  How did you get to be so insightful and intelligent, Frank?  How do you cope with being so attractive, Frank?  The most common question asked of me however is this: What is the deal with the Giraffe?  With Troy moving on greener pastures, Fred, Whiskey Sam, and […]

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Addressing us warmly at the close of Doug Kimball’s great 2013 Las Vegas Meetup of 2013, Troy recognized the special nature of our connections, prophesied the direction of Ricochet, and prompted my involvement in promoting and archiving our events at ricochetmeetup.com. Since then, he has popped up often; volunteering as a foil for our goofy jokes, […]

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If I dug deep enough into the merciless abyss that is my inbox, I could probably find it: an e-mail I received in December 2010 from a woman I’d never met, by the name of Diane Ellis. The veterans around here will remember Diane as an editor-in-chief during Ricochet’s early days and as one of […]

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Flyover Country #40: Flyover in 2 Emojis or Less

 

Troy Senik joins the conversation this week to discuss regional gangs, marketplace disruptions, feminist genderphobes, and Ryan’s unhealthy obsession with Greek alternate currency. We also manage to work all of the Ricochet sponsors into an actual conversation about conservative politics. Eat your heart out, Lileks!

We reference a few posts: Richard Fulmer’s Nun Question, here;  Canadian Cincinnatus on Uber, here;  David Sussman on Gender, here; Jon Gabriel on Hillary’s coolness, here; and Tom Meyer, also discussing Uber, here.

The Strategika Podcast: Peter Mansoor on NATO, Past and Future

 

Mansoor-PeterIn the newest installment of the Strategika podcast from the Hoover Institution, I’m talking with retired Army Colonel Peter Mansoor (former executive officer to General Petraeus in Iraq), now the General Raymond E. Mason, Jr. Chair of Military History at Ohio State University. In this first of three podcasts on the future prospects for NATO, Professor Mansoor takes us through the alliance’s history, how it’s adjusted to the post-Cold War world, and what its prospects for survival are given the threats from Vladimir Putin’s Russia. Listen in below or subscribe to Strategika through iTunes or your favorite podcast player.

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).