Through the magic of Skype, Jonah talks from Spain with Jack about life in Spain (and Iberian pork), the killing of Soleimani, Star Wars, and more.

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Graeme Wood on Soleimani 

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The EU’s fatal flaw

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There are 12 comments.

  1. dicentra Member
    dicentra Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Using one’s oven to store pots and pans is common throughout Latin America as well, because few Spanish/Latino dishes require the oven. Maybe none of them do: it’s all stove-top action or barbecue. Nobody bakes their own bread or cakes—they’re always from the panaderia.

    So why do they purchase ovens if they never will use them? I’m not sure: maybe all the decent stove tops are manufactured with ovens attached, because they’re made in European/American countries where oven use is frequent. I guess you’d have to ask them.

    Also, “exit” in Spanish is “salida,” so it could be “espalida,” much more euphonic than “spexit.”

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    • January 3, 2020, at 6:39 PM PST
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  2. kedavis Member

    Wow, Jack is young! “Hi, Jack!” in the airport has been a joke at least since the movie “Airplane!” in 1980.

    Also, yes Spanish does have a better word. And stop calling me Shirley.

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    • January 4, 2020, at 1:21 AM PST
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  3. kedavis Member

    And for the record, no matter how sentient a machine/robot might SEEM, it’s still really just a machine.

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    • January 4, 2020, at 2:34 AM PST
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  4. kedavis Member

    And nothing makes me decide NOT to subscribe to The Dispatch quicker than when Jonah says “David French is in it!”

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    • January 4, 2020, at 2:35 AM PST
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  5. kedavis Member

    I might have gone with this closing:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljiVRV5B5i8&t=353

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    • January 4, 2020, at 2:41 AM PST
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  6. BillGollier Coolidge

    Love the Remnant….very informative and enjoyable to listen. However, while I understand the chastisement of those on the far right like Sebastian Gorka and the apprehension concerning if anyone thought about the repercussions in the Trump administration I have to ask why you basically just give the left’s hypocrisy in all this a pass. President Obama ordered over 500 drone strikes that killed over 3,000 people of which 700 were civilians but the media and the Democratic Candidates act like this is the first time we have initiated a drone strike. Furthermore, President’s Regan-Obama have all had contingency plans to take Soleimani down. I fully understand your concern about those Republicans blindly following President Trump and what it may do to the Republican Party but both you and David are so focused on that you many times are ignoring the left and that much of their tactics in the past 10 years have lead to President Trump. In many ways you both are playing into Donald Trump’s hand by making him way more important than he really is. Just an opinion….

    Again…very much enjoy your work and have subscribed to the Dispatch…..but at times you focus just a bit too much on the internal struggle within the Republican Party leaving the left free to do whatever…..

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    • January 4, 2020, at 5:23 PM PST
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  7. La Tapada Member

    Jonah should not assess a language based on subtitles in a movie. Subtitles for movies are often poorly done by amateurs. In fact, Spanish writers are far more likely than use a variety of words to refer to the same thing or person (in a newspaper article, for instance) than English writers. I know this from 30 years of doing Spanish-to-English translation.

    Other than that, I enjoy hearing of Jonah’s adventures in Spain.

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    • January 4, 2020, at 5:34 PM PST
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  8. kedavis Member

    BillGollier (View Comment):
    Again…very much enjoy your work and have subscribed to the Dispatch…..but at times you focus just a bit too much on the internal struggle within the Republican Party leaving the left free to do whatever…..

    Didn’t Lenin have a term for people like that?

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    • January 4, 2020, at 8:16 PM PST
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  9. Bishop Wash Member

    kedavis (View Comment):

    BillGollier (View Comment):
    Again…very much enjoy your work and have subscribed to the Dispatch…..but at times you focus just a bit too much on the internal struggle within the Republican Party leaving the left free to do whatever…..

    Didn’t Lenin have a term for people like that?

    Oddly, I think Mona Charen used that term as the title for one of her books. 

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    • January 4, 2020, at 10:32 PM PST
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  10. Joseph Stocks Member

    The incredibly weak point Jonah repeatedly makes that when Trump does something good it doesn’t mean he’s acquired some God-like omniscience applies to almost no one. 

    It shows his intellectual flabbiness:

    Normal conservative: See Trump did something good, that’s cool. 

    Goldberg: So you think he can do no wrong?

    Normal conservative: What are you talking about? 

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    • January 5, 2020, at 10:02 AM PST
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  11. Jon1979 Lincoln

    Joseph Stocks (View Comment):

    The incredibly weak point Jonah repeatedly makes that when Trump does something good it doesn’t mean he’s acquired some God-like omniscience applies to almost no one.

    It shows his intellectual flabbiness:

    Normal conservative: See Trump did something good, that’s cool.

    Goldberg: So you think he can do no wrong?

    Normal conservative: What are you talking about?

    Having been subject to Trump’s attacks, Jonah has developed a habit in the past three years when Trump does something of which he approves of then qualifying it by saying Trump intellectually doesn’t know why he did it, and was simply going along with other people’s suggestions because he doesn’t care enough about the subject at hand. It’s kind of like taking points off a test, because you got the right answer, but you didn’t show your work; however, in the current case with Soleimani, Trump’s action was a reversal of his position over the past two years of not taking any serious retaliatory action against Iran despite its growing provocations.

    Coming off that, and off things like his Syrian troop withdrawal, it’s harder to claim someone else convinced Trump to do this, because he doesn’t care about the issue. So instead we get a focus on the subset of people supporting Trump here who think Trump does everything right, and using that as a straw man in order to deduct test points (though to be fair, the people who think Trump can do no wrong also are the ones you see on other comment sections like Disqus, who’ve made lists and will harass any pundit who was ever the least bit Trump-skeptical. Jonah’s probably gotten more messages from them over the past four years than he has from David French or Rich Lowery).

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    • January 5, 2020, at 11:52 AM PST
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  12. kedavis Member

    Victor Davis Hanson makes some of these points very well, such as in his “The Classicist” series, particularly the one called “Donald Trump: President NObama.”

    https://ricochet.com/podcast/the-classicist/donald-trump-president-nobama/

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    • January 5, 2020, at 2:31 PM PST
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