October 2010

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Episode 122: Kneel Before Zod!

billsimmon 18 Oct 2010 | : episodes

Pre-show notes are below. We’ll be off next week because of Bill’s involvement with the Vermont International Film Festival. See you in two weeks!

Original air date: 10/17/10
Total run time: 1:58:39
File size: 57 MB

#PSFR hashtag
Off next week for VTIFF

NYCC update – ensign ro and ursa, walking dead, m. night, monsters
superman 2

The Event
No Ordinary Family
Clone Wars

Zach Snyder rebooting Superman (with Zod)
Dollhouse Season 2 DVD released (with deleted scenes)
Warehouse 13 renewed for 3rd season
Back to the Future – Stoltz footage seen for the first time


Campaign 2010 — Election Day is 16 days away
* Outside money becomes an issue
* “Independent” groups now outspending political parties
* Dems begin triage phase
* House:  +/- 50
* Senate: consider different categories

Gone: North Dakota, Arkansas, Indiana
Big trouble: Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida
A reasonable amount of trouble: Colorado, Nevada, Illinois
Still some trouble: West Virginia, (state of) Washington, California
A lot less trouble: Connecticut, Delaware
Was interesting, but not anymore: Missouri, N.C., Ohio, Louisiana
Silver linings?: Kentucky, New Hampshire, Alaska

* Monthly job numbers (public vs private)
* The great irony of rewarding Republicans for being wrong
* Deficit shrinks by 9% — but no one’s happy

Byron Williams
* Inspired by Beck
* Discussion topic: where to draw the lines of responsibility?

Peter Diamond
* Nobel Prize, but no Senate vote
* Shelby doesn’t care

Faisal Shahzad goes away for the rest of his life
* Good things happen when we play by the rules

Where things stand with DADT

“Everyone Loses” video sweeps the nation, becomes online sensation

1. CNBC host Larry Kudlow
2. New York gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino (R)
3. Michigan congressional candidate (and former U.S. Rep.) Tim Walberg (R)
4. Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell (R)
5. Nevada Senate candidate Sharron Angle (R)
6. Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade

Episode 121: The “Save Smokers” Campaign Starts Now

billsimmon 05 Oct 2010 | : episodes

Notes are below. Please note that we will be off next week as Emily and Bill attend the New York Comicon. Back in two weeks!

Original air date: 10/3/10
Total run time: 1:59:04
File size: 57.2 MB

*The Event
*No Ordinary Family
*Clone Wars

Star Wars 3D
Let Me In opens
Alien news
Brian K. Vaughn’s “Smokers”
off next week – NYCC
Nolan working on Batman 3


Campaign 2010
* Landscape doesn’t look much different than it did a week ago (though Castle is out in Delaware)
* “Moving America Forward” drive begins in Madison
* Obama/Biden fired up … where have these guys been? (Poetry vs. Prose)

Congress adjourns
* Major items on lame-duck agenda
* TANF Emergency Fund expires
* Pro-forma agreement leads to 54 confirmations

News Corp starts making contributions
* $1 million to Chamber of Commerce’s campaign operation
* Follows $1 million to RGA
* Drops already-thin pretense

White House staffing shift
* Rahm Emanuel departs, plans mayoral run
* Pete Rouse steps in (by way of Obama Senate staff, Daschle)

No such thing as “permanent disgrace” in GOP politics
* Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.) intends to run again in 2012
* Gov. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) hasn’t ruled out future campaigns
* Following in the footsteps of David Vitter, Newt Gingrich, Dick Morris, Ralph Reed, Tom DeLay

* Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)
* Congressional candidate Allen West (R-Fla.)
* Former CNN host Rick Sanchez
* Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.)
* Senate candidate Sharron Angle (R-Nev.)
* Former half-term Gov. Sarah Palin (R-Alaska)