Friday, April 15, 2016

HWX: April Love with Guest Mike Nelson

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It’s a special midweek edition of HWX with Brian Ward of Fraters Libertas and Paul Happe of the Nihilist in Golf Pants reconvening to discuss the critical issues of our time. Topics addressed include:
* Black Lives Matters protests – their tactics and motivations are analyzed, including audio of a master of rhetorical jujitsu, Bill Clinton and how he responds, with equal parts shaming and offering up the real villain – the Republican party.
* Hillary Clinton and CPT time – analysis of her allegedly racist joke, as well as exclusive new audio of her subsequent appearance to make amends with a comedy set at the Apollo Theater.
* Trump – with a break in the primary season, the Trump children take center stage, and we analyze the genetic comparison of children by Trump wife. Also coverage of the Trump children’s inability to vote in New York, and Ivanka’s hot new scarf line (with an exclusive sneak preview of her new ad).
nelson imageThe highlight of the show is an appearance by comedy legend Mike Nelson of He gives us the latest scoop on the new movies getting the Rifftrax treatment, including Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Also details on the upcoming Rifftrax LIVE show (at a movie theater near you), on May 5, with a riff of the cult classic Time Chasers. We also discuss the grand reunion of the entire Mystery Science Theater 3000 crew (Joel Hodgson et al), coming on June 28. Tickets to both events can be purchased at Rifftrax LIVE.
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Saturday, March 19, 2016

HWX: March Madness

It’s a very special episode of HWX, with Brian Ward of Fraters Libertas and Paul Happe of the Nihilist in Golf Pants reconvening to discuss the critical issues of our time. Topics addressed include:
* Barack Obama’s controversial NCAA women’s basketball tournament bracket picks
* A fond look back on Marco Rubio’s now suspended Presidential campaign (with help from Carly Simon)
* The Trump attack ads on Rubio and their potential effect on his future prospects in Florida (including a new attack ad debuting and targeting some of your favorite Ricochet personalities)
* The status of the Hillary campaign and some of her recent advertisements (including a first draft of a rejected ad never before heard in public)
* The #NeverTrump movement among conservatives – high principle or a temper tantrum?
* The enticing potential of an open GOP convention. If a majority of delegates can’t agree on any of the remaining candidates, who to choose? And a question for the Ricochet membership, if we could dispense with the dirty business of democratic selection, and you could choose ANYONE in the country to be the Republican nominee, who would it be?
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Saturday, March 05, 2016

HWX: The New Centurians

It’s an extra special midweek edition of HWX, with Brian Ward of Fraters Libertas and Paul Happe of the Nihilist in Golf Pants reconvening to celebrate episode 100 of this award winning podcast. Also making a grand return to the folder, the original H himself, John Hinderaker.
Topics addressed include:
* Super Tuesday and analysis of Minnesota’s characteristically unique voting patterns
* Marco Rubio’s Baghdad Bob-like post election analysis of his performance and prospects
* Ted Cruz’s viability and a review of his more creative anti-Trump ads
* Hillary Clinton latest ad campaign “Making America Work for You” with an exclusive sneak preview of latest ad on this theme (with help from Austin Powers)
* An update of Hillary’s latest poll numbers, with a focus on young women, and an update on Madelyn Albright’s “special place in hell” for women who don’t support her.
* A final, fond farewell to the Jeb Bush campaign, Nobody Did it Better than Jeb (according to Carly Simon).
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Monday, February 08, 2016

Top 11 Changes to the Hugh Hewitt Show When it Moves to Mornings

Top 11 Changes to the Hugh Hewitt Show When it Moves to Mornings

Shock Jock Hugh Hewitt is taking his radio program from the twilight hours to the big stage of morning drive.  Here are the top 11 predicted changes:

11)  Changing show name to The Morning Zhugh

10)  "The Smart Guys" segment now known as "Lesbian Dial a Date"

9)  The Beltway Boys segment limited to analysis of the Kardashians

8)  Intro tag line change from "Morning Glory, Evening Grace"  to "Wake Up Escanaba!”

7)  Generalissimo Duane will now be known as Generalissimo Booey

6)  Out: GOP Presidential candidate interviews In: porn star interviews

5)  Canned Heat bumpers replaced with canned fart sound effects

4)  Hugh will finally give out the time

3)   Mary Katherine Ham and Guy Benson to host weekly segment where they prank call Congressmen. 

2)  Erwin Chemerinsky to permanently join show as Hugh's zany ethnic sidekick. 

1) Cleveland sports team talk replaced with ... Uhhhhhh, no change there

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Against HWX

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Brian Ward and Paul Happe of HWX return for a special midweek, pre-Iowa caucus podcast extravaganza. Topics addressed include:
* What Are You Drinking? Featuring a new release from Badger Hill Brewing, Minnesota Special Bitterand a classic from New Belgium, Snow Day.
MSB* The cause and effect of the National Review’s broadside attack on the Trump campaign, and why they appear to be missing the entire point. Bonus audio of Democrat attacks on Trump, Jeb Bush’s fetal position defense, and the problem with Marco Rubio.
* Iowa caucus preview, including fearless predictions and analysis of who will win (or won’t win).
* Movie talk, with an exclusive preview of the upcoming Star Wars VIII: What Difference Does It Make.
* The racism of Hollywood and the Oscar’s boycott, including audio of the snow daybest performances from the criminally under recognized Strait Outta Compton and The Concussion. Also an analysis of the Best Actor nominees and why they were deemed so superior to anything else released in 2015.

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Friday, January 15, 2016

All NFL Players Need to Know They Learned In 1st Grade

Last Sunday, Blair Walsh missed a 27 yard kick that would have won a playoff game for the Minnesota Vikings. Many fans excoriated him for the 10-9 loss, but the first graders ofBlaine's Northpoint Elementary School felt differently. They sent him letters of encouragement. Here are a couple of examples:
  • I know that it can be hard to get through things that are sad. but you have to try and try again. Everyone makes mistakes sometimes. One time I made a mistake when I was doing a cartwheel. I felt embarrassed. You can still help the Vikings win the Super Bowl next year.
  • I peed my pants in front of all of my friends. I felt really sad. I know just how you felt.
In Cincinnati, the Bengals led the Pittsburgh Steelers with mere seconds left, and the Steelers out of time-outs and on their end of the field. However, Vontaze Burfict was flagged for a cheap shot flagrant attempt to injure Steelers Receiver Antonio Brown, then Adam "Pac Man" Jones pushed a referee with only fourteen seconds left in the game, allowing the Steelers to kick a 35 yard field goal to win 18-16. Burfict and Jones were goats in the eyes of everyone, except for the first graders of Hamilton elementary of Cincinnati felt differently. Like the Minnesota kids, they sent encouragement to their hometown heroes:
  • Antonio Brown is a weak a$$ loser. I wish you had knocked his head off.
  • Pac Man, you are still my hero. Don't take sh#t from no one.
Kids say the darndest things.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Top 11 Alternate Names for the Center for of the American Experiment

John Hinderaker is the new president of the Center of theAmerican Experiment and big changes seem to be on the horizon for that venerable institution.   Among these, perhaps a name change is in order as well?  If the confusion about the name heard during the King Banaian Radio Show last week is any indication (… for the American Experiment?  … of the American Experiment?), some added clarity could pay big dividends for brand identity.
In that spirit, here are our suggestions for top 11 alternate names:

11)  Center Under the American Experiment (for that panic room feeling)

10)  Center Over the American Experiment (carpet bombing the state with conservative ideas)

9)  Center In But Not Of the American Experiment (assuming Hugh Hewitt and his predatory lawyers can be bought off from copyright infringement litigation)

8)  Center Behind the American Experiment (if they don’t mind the obvious Koch Brothers, puppetmaster ovetones)

7)  Center In Spite of the American Experiment (or just go with “the DFL party”)

6)  Center After the American Experiment (for that fatalistic outlook)

5)  Center Between the American Experiments (slightly more positive)

4)  Center ‘Round the American Experiment (for that folksy vibe, plays well outstate)

3)  Center Regarding the American Experiment (properly bureaucratic sounding for a think tank)

2)  Center Near the American Experiment (more humble, less arrogant)

1)  Center Through the American Experiment (take charge, kick ass tone)