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Giora Romm’s “Solitary”

Thursday, October 9, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Author Steven Pressfield –whose The Lion’s Gate has amazed everyone I have given it to or pushed it on– is bringing Israel’s first fighter pilot “ace” to the studio today: Major General Giora Romm (Israeli Defense Forces, Ret.)

Giora Romm shot down five Migs in the Six Day War, was himself shot down over Egypt on September 11, 1969, suffering horrible injuries when his ejection seat exited his crippled Mirage, injuries that became more mangled when he and the seat hit the ground.  Romm then went on to survive hasty surgeries on broken limbs, harsh months of interrogation followed by long stretches of solitary confinement followed by beatings and more interrogation and solitary before being exchanged for Egyptian prisoners of war.  After numerous operations to repair his shattered leg and arm and a long recovery, Romm returned to the sky and to air combat in the Yom Kippur War, leading the 115th Squadron in that war.

Solitary: The Crash, Recovery, and Resurrection of an Ace Fighter Pilot is already a classic in Israel and now is available in English and will almost certainly be on every fighter pilot’s bookshelf and widely read by anyone with an interest in courage the human capacity for endurance, survival and recovery.






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The Washington Post’s Robert Costa On The State Of The Race(s)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Robert Costa joins me in hour three today to review the Senate map:




HH: Joining me now on the phone from Washington, D.C, Robert Costa of the Washington Post. You can follow Robert on Twitter, and everyone who cares about politics does, @CostaReports, and of course over at the First, Bob, my condolences on your Nats. They didn’t go anywhere. I think you’ve become a complete Nationals guy, haven’t you?

RC: Well, I grew up in Philadelphia, so I have my heart always for the NL East, and I’ve become a Nationals fan of sorts. I think after they lost that 18 inning game, they really just seemed to be lagging, and disappointing here in D.C, which is still not really a baseball town, though.

HH: On the other hand, the Irish are flawless, and they, because Ohio State is being unjustly punished by SCC voters, it looks like my two teams that I follow, the Irish are much more likely to get to the first Final Four.

RC: I’m super excited for Notre Dame. I was out at the Stanford game this past weekend, and when Golson connected on that 4th quarter pass in the rain and in the cold, it was fantastic. And I think the Irish will beat North Carolina this weekend, and then comes the big game, Florida State in Florida. Continue Reading

CNN’s Jake Tapper On The Non-Travel Ban From West Africa

Wednesday, October 8, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

CNN’s Jake Tapper opened the show today.




HH: I begin with The Lead’s host, Jake Tapper, from CNN. Hello, Jake, how are you?

JT: Good, Hugh, how are you doing?

HH: I’m good, but I have to begin with a major complaint about bias on the CNN The Lead.

JT: Okay.

HH: Are you ready for this?

JT: I’m ready.

HH: In the last five days, I do not believe that you have covered that Brian Hoyer led the Cleveland Browns in the greatest away comeback in NFL history. That was the most that any team has ever come from behind in the history of the NFL, and it has not been on the Sports Lead.

JT: You know, I plead guilty to that bias. I’m not even, you know, you’re going to have to get Brent Bozell to write a column on it.

HH: (laughing) Okay, I’ll do that.

JT: I completely fess up. I completely fess up. Continue Reading

Rick Santorum On Ebola, ISIS, and Kansas

Wednesday, October 8, 2014  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Former Senator Rick Santorum was my guest in hour three today:




HH: Joined now by former United States Senator, Rick Santorum, almost certainly going to be a candidate for president in 2016. Senator Santorum, welcome back, always a pleasure to talk to you.

RS: Thank you, Hugh, it’s good to be on the show again.

HH: Now you know that the Steelers are coming into Brownie’s town again, so you’re going to have a bad weekend.

RS: The Brownies have had some rough goes, although you know, they had a good game the other day. I mean, I give them credit. They came back…

HH: Good game?

RS: Yeah.

HH: It was the greatest comeback for an away team in the history of the NFL, 28 points.

RS: No, look, you know, they’ve been playing a lot better this year. They’ve, you know, they played the Steelers tough in the second half of the game earlier this year, and the Steelers have been anything but consistent. So I’m not counting my chickens this time with the Brownies. Continue Reading

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