September 2010

Monthly Archive

Episode 120: Lemon Fresh Pledge to America

billsimmon 29 Sep 2010 | : episodes

Notes are below…

Original air date: 9/26/10
Total run time: 1:55:57
File size: 55.7 MB

Chuck – season finale and opener, Summer Glau, etc.
The Event (yawn)
Warehouse 13
This week: SGU and No Ordinary Family on Tuesday
20 epic failures listicle
NY Comicon content released


Campaign 2010
* Just 37 days away
* Interesting polls in New York, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Delaware, Nevada, Kentucky, Louisiana, Florida, California, and Ohio
* Enthusiasm gap still kicking Democrats in the ass
* President Obama’s remarks at a party fundraiser on Wednesday night ring true: “The single biggest threat to our success is not the other party. It’s us. It’s complacency. It’s apathy. It’s indifference. It’s people feeling like, ‘Well, we only got 80 percent of what we want, we didn’t get the other 20, so we’re just going to sit on our hands.’”
* NY-18
* Campaign fundraising totals look good, but…

“Pledge to America”
* Fail
* Written by officials lacking a calculator
* “Adult conversation” on entitlements? Please
* Why it reminds me of the “Itchy and Scratchy Land” episode of “The Simpsons”

Senate GOP blocks defense authorization bill
* Unanimous Republican opposition to motion to proceed
* Extraneous amendments are fine
* One more chance to get it right

Small business bill
* House passes, POTUS to sign on Monday
* GOP opposes after talking up small businesses

Tax policy debate
* Senate punts
* House likely to do the same

Key health care reform measures kick in
* Six-month mark

Margaret Witt wins in court
* Bush-appointee
* Note new legal standard

O’Donnell not done being humiliated
* Intends to stop people from having sex
* Wants to know why monkeys aren’t “still evolving into humans”

The Great Recession is over (at least, officially)

What Halyomorpha Halys tell us about the limits of the GOP ideology

* Family Research Council president Tony Perkins
* Former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton
* Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
* Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)
* Former half-term Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska)

Episode 119: Lost in the Ether

billsimmon 28 Sep 2010 | : episodes

This week got away from me and I never posted this episode from last week. This week’s episode will go up tomorrow so you’ll get 4 whole hours of PSFR this week! Don’t just skip this one though, because it was talk like a pirate day when we recorded it and we were simply hi-larious.

Notes are below.

Original air date: 9/19/10
Total run time: 1:57:43
File size: 56.5 MB

True Blood (season finale)
Warehouse 13 (can Bill guess the episode plot three weeks in a row?)
Being Human
Genre shows come back this week
Steve and Eve watched “9″ on HBO

Clone Wars

movies where villains win


Election 2010
* Delaware GOP Senate primary
* New York GOP gubernatorial primary
* Alaska Senate race becomes three-way contest
* Delaware GOP House primary
* The Republican establishment is frustrated, but ultimately, this is the party’s fault

Elizabeth Warren joins administration
* Gets to work right away
* Bypasses Senate nonsense

Tax policy debate
* Boehner backpedals
* GOP plan: $4 trillion (where’s the Tea Party opposition?)
* 38 Democratic cowards (and counting)

Senate approves small-business-incentives bill

DADT vote on Tuesday

Stewart/Colbert rally scheduled
* Oct. 30
* Politically, good news or bad?

* Former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska)
* Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.)
* Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.)
* U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell (R-Del.)
* Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)
* Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.)

Episode 118: Mind The Enthusiasm Gap

billsimmon 14 Sep 2010 | : episodes

My pre-show notes are below.

Original air date: 9/12/10
Total run time: 1:57:39
File size: 56.5 MB

True Blood (season finale tonight)
Eureka (mid-season finale)
Warehouse 13 (mid-season finale)
Being Human (season finale)
Star Wars Uncut
Ranking Pythoners
Coward (comic by Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips)


Fight over economic policy
* Tax rates set to roll back to 2000 levels — by GOP design
* Obama is sticking to policy presented during campaign
* Boehner/McConnell plan isn’t a “compromise”
* Boehner this morning signals concession

Federal judge finds DADT unconstitutional

Small-business bill looking more likely this week

Campaign 2010
* Dems’ campaign strategy begins in earnest
* Midterm polls (note ongoing enthusiasm gap)
* Nate Silver runs House models
* Keep an eye on Delaware’s Senate GOP primary

GOP welcomes government shutdown

Different approaches to honoring 9/11 anniversary

* U.S. House candidate Jim Renacci (R-Ohio)
* Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R)
* U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle (R-Nev.)
* Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.)
* Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.)

Episode 117: The One Where Bill & Steve Switch Bodies

billsimmon 07 Sep 2010 | : episodes

We’re back to a weekly schedule at PSFR after a break of a few weeks, just in time for election season! Our old-style notes follow below.

Note: I’m having some computer issues this week so some of the post-processing I normally do to the audio file I wasn’t able to do. As a result, the audio quality may be somewhat diminished compared to what you’re used to. A 100% refund is in the mail to you already.

Original air date: 9/5/10
Total run time: 1:59:25
File size: 57.3 MB

Scott Pilgrim
Avatar re-release
Walking Dead trailer
Let Me In trailer/clip
genre shows this fall
True Blood
Warehouse 13
Being Human


* Job numbers
* What, if anything, is next

* Combat troops come home
* “Operation Iraqi Freedom” formally ends

Election Upset
* Murkowski loses GOP primary in Alaska
* Joe Miller is stark raving mad
* Tea Partiers create another competitive contest

Glenn Beck’s D.C. event
* More a religious revival than a political protest
* Still ambiguous agenda
* Is the religious right comfortable with LDS (not really)

Looking ahead to the midterms
* Bleak, bleak, bleak
* Senate in play?
* Is two months a long time?
* What to expect if there’s a GOP majority (government shutdown)
* enthusiasm gap

* Senate candidate Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)
* Rep. John Fleming (R-La.)
* House Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (R-Ind.)
* Senate candidate Linda McMahon (R-Conn.)
* Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)
* Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R)