Things are hopping in the Twilight Lounge this week. First, the boys pay tribute to the latest rock and roll casualty, easy-listening icon Glenn Frey; next, they dive into a few small news items, leading to questions of intention and intelligence. All of this is merely an appetizer, however, leading to this week’s main course, during which we ask the question:
Is Han Solo good for the Jews?
Included in this in-depth conversation: a neo-Nazi website’s nickname for J.J. Abrams, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher’s Jewish roots, whether Rocky Balboa is one of the most iconic characters in American cinema, Methodists, Beverly D’Angelo vs. Christie Brinkley, Eric’s kickboxing cousin Brian Schwartz and the utter lack of modern-day swashbuckling Jews .
A strangely manic Rosen wants badly to engage with the State of the Union address, but first the boys must complete a respectful David Bowie mourning period. Once that’s (mostly) out of the way, they move onto the meat of this week’s show, namely asking if
Two of President Obama’s four SOTU points are good for the Jews?
being careful to consider the ins and outs of the “Obama Doctrine” (especially as it applies — or doesn’t) to the Middle East and the sincerity of the President’s request that politics “reflect what’s best in us,” acknowledging the reality of trash-talking Presidents and stone-faced members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, then taking us home with some vintage Thin White Duke, as is only right.
Anyone wondering about Rosen’s ability to obsess over mundane, everyday items has never asked him about water bottles, trips to the drugstore and shopping carts. Fortunately, this means he is also able to aim that hyper-focus on more pressing, universal issues, such as:
Could bacon possibly be good for the Jews?
Unsurprisingly, this topic takes the boys on several flights of fancy, leading them to critiques of generous pigs, Israeli pork growers, 1948 Middle East demographics and kashrut laws and the modern Jews who bend them to fit their own needs.