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For Your Thanksgiving Enjoyment: “W” on 41 and Charles Krauthammer On Everything

Wednesday, November 26, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
So the turkey is roasting and the football games bore you.  Tow things for your day.

First, here’s the audio of my conversation with President George W. Bush about his father and his new book 41: A Portrait of My Father.

Second, Charles Krauthammer, whose 2014 book Things That Matter sold more than a million copies, was my guest Wednesday to open the show.  Here is the audio and transcript of that wide ranging chat perfect to launch a hunder T-Day dinner conversations.




HH: I’m beginning the show with your favorite guest, America, Fox News contributor and author of Things That Matter, Dr. Charles Krauthammer. He is of course the only guy I know who sold a collection of previously-published essays more than a million times. But I have a bone to pick with you, Dr. Krauthammer, because of that book.

CK: Well, pick the bone and do it now.

HH: Well, it’s Mark Steyn and Mark Leibovich have both released anthologies, which were entertaining and wildly informative, and I’ve read them. But I’m afraid you’ve unleashed an avalanche of anthologies, because every publisher now thinks that their anthology is going to do as well as Things That Matter, which is still selling at Amazon in the incredible numbers as Christmas approaches.

CK: Yes, well, tell them not to bother, because I will outsell them with my sequel, which will be called Things That Don’t Really Matter, and then the trilogy will end with Things That Don’t Matter At All. And that’s just going to destroy them all. Continue Reading

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Lt. Col. Allen West On Ferguson, POTUS and 2016

Wednesday, November 26, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Lt. Col. was my guest in the first hour today, talking Ferguson, President Obama, and 2016:




HH: From Dr. Krauthammer, we move to Congressman Allen West, formerly a member of Congress and formerly a football. He’s a University of Tennessee fan. I don’t believe they’re actually, are you wearing paper bags these days, Congressman?

AW: No, Hugh, it’s a pleasure to be with you, a Happy Thanksgiving. I don’t recall you wearing paper bags when Arizona and the Wildcats had their little spate. So I’m still proud of the Volunteers. I went up to ol’ Rocky Top for the Alabama game. We’ve got a young offensive line and defensive line, all freshmen, and we’ll be back.

HH: Now Congressman, I’m an Ohio State Buckeyes fan, so we never wear paper bags. We’re going to beat Michigan this weekend. I hope you’re pulling for the Buckeyes at least.

AW: Yeah, but you know, you don’t say Ohio State down south. You guys don’t do too well against the Southern Eastern Conference. Continue Reading

“Rioting in Ferguson – A Disheartening Rejection of the Civil Rights Movement” by Clark Judge

Wednesday, November 26, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The weekly column from Clark Judge:

Rioting in Ferguson – A Disheartening Rejection of the Civil Rights Movement

By Clark S. Judge: managing director, White House Writers Group, Inc.; chairman, Pacific Research Institute

The most disheartening fact about the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, is that the rioters reject due process of law. Yet these same rioters are among the Americans who should be most invested in protecting the law’s protections. They are, after all, some of the chief beneficiaries of the nearly two-century struggle to achieve the very rights they now so violently want to wipe away.

 The struggle to make protection of rights universal in America – that is, to extend it to African-Americans — began in the Revolutionary years with the banning of slavery in Vermont in 1777, in Pennsylvania (albeit by stages) in 1780 and in Massachusetts in 1783. It continued with exclusion of slavery from the Northwest Territories in 1787, the subsequent ending of slavery within their borders by all states north of the Mason-Dixon line and the Ohio River, the Civil War, the 13th Amendment, and Reconstruction. It languished after Union troops left the South in 1877 and in the decades that followed as the various legislative struggles between pro-civil rights Republicans and pro-segregation Democrats generally ended with no action. It returned to life with the Democratic Party’s split over civil rights at its 1948 national convention. In the following decade and a half a new civil rights movement gained steam among both a new alliance of Republicans and northern Democrats on one hand and increasingly vocal and brilliantly led African-Americans on the other. It ultimately carried the day in a series of victories – legislative and otherwise — stretching from the middle ‘60s to the middle ‘70s. Continue Reading

Debating Ferguson With The Daily Beast’s Jonathan Alter

Wednesday, November 26, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The Daily Beast’s Jonathan Alter joined me Tuesday to debate the merits of whether justice was done by the Ferguson prosecutor and Grand Jury.  That transcript is here.

Quite a few talking heads on TC appear not only not to be prosecutors, but to not know any of them.  They aren’t exactly hard to find.

Even masked protesters like Thanksgiving, so I expect the increasing calm to continue and tonight to mark the end of the protests.  Family fights over what happened may mark more than a few T-Day dinners though.

My annual, “How to get Thanksgiving dinner conversation going” hour will be on today’s show, and my contribution will be “You know who should replace Hagel at Defense?  Rummy.  Third time’s a charm.”


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