November 2010

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Episode 125: Lame Turducken Session

billsimmon 27 Nov 2010 | : episodes

This episode is being posted almost a week late due to Thanksgiving stuff going on. My apologies. We’ll be back with our third anniversary show on 11/28 (tomorrow!). Pre-show notes follow below…

Original air date: 11/21/10
Total run time: 1:59:02
File size: 57.1 MB

Walking Dead
The Event
A Shepherd’s Tale is released
We watched Repo Men
Trailers — Green Lantern and Cowboys & Aliens & Tron Legacy

Harry Potter 7
Clone Wars


Lame-duck session
* DADT repeal
* Tax policy
* Earmark moratorium

Andy Harris wants his government-subsidized health care — and he wants it now

Ghailani verdict

TSA body scanners
* health concerns
* invasion of privacy concerns
* security vs. civil liberties – weird priorities
* security theater vs. privacy concerns

1. Sarah Palin (R), former half-term governor of Alaska – vetted
2. John Yoo, former Bush DOJ official – education levels
3. Bryan Fischer, official at the American Family Association – medal of honor – feminized
4. Roger Ailes, president of Fox News – npr nazis
5. Mike Huckabee (R), governor turned Fox News personality – doesn’t understand checks and balances
6. Loy Mauch (R), state representative in Arkansas – doesn’t understand what the confederacy is.

Episode 124: Welcome to the Post-Apocalypse

billsimmon 15 Nov 2010 | : episodes

Pre-show notes follow below. Feel free to chime in in the comments about our post-apocalyptic discussion from this episode.

Original air date: 11/14/10
Total run time: 1:57:52
File size: 56.6 MB

Walking Dead
The Event
No Ordinary Family

summer 2011!

post apocalyptic fiction discussion


Reflecting on 2010 midterms
* Replacing an unpopular party with an even more unpopular party
* Dems got a lot done, but traded policy success for electoral failure — was it worth it?

Looking ahead — short term
* Big fight over Bush-era tax rates
* DADT repeal iffy but still possible
* New START still alive

Looking ahead — longer term
* What kind of GOP will we see? (Weisberg vs Milbank models)
* What’s the White House’s plan?
* Center of gravity likely to shift away from the Senate
* What’s the reach of the “Mod Squad”?
* Issa plans hundreds of hearings

Encouraging jobs report for October
* 151k added, head back above water
* A month too late for Dems?

Simpson/Bowles fiscal commission
* Don’t let a few good items fool you
* Immediately irrelevant

* John Hinderaker, Powerline blogger
* House Speaker-to-be John Boehner (R-Ohio)
* Sen.-elect Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
* Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)
* Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)

Episode 123: Midterm Election From Hell

billsimmon 02 Nov 2010 | : episodes

Housekeeping note: We’ll be off the air again next week due to some personal business keeping Bill away from the studio. We’ll be back week-to-week in two weeks.

Notes follow below…

Original air date: 10/31/10
Total run time: 1:58:07
File size: 56.7 MB

The Event
No Ordinary Family
Several genre shows get full seasons, one gets canceled
Nolan gives Batman 3 a name

Dead Set
Walking Dead
Star Trek cited by TX supreme court
Avatar 2 & 3
Torchwood news


Midterm elections
* Completing the stages of grief
* House is gone, but what about Senate? (revisiting the categories from the last episode)
* Assorted campaign tidbits: Clinton nearly brokered deal in Florida; Miller goons “arrest” a reporter; head-stomping in Kentucky

GOP leaders make clear: no compromises with anyone on anything

GDP report shows tepid growth in third quarter

Another terror plot foiled

The challenge of overcoming ignorance

The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear
* Note turnout #s

* Christine O’Donnell (R), U.S. Senate candidate in Delaware
* Glenn Beck, deranged media personality
* Kelly Khuri, head of the Clark County Tea Party Patriots in Indiana
* Brian Kilmeade, co-host of “Fox & Friends”
* Sarah Palin (R), former half-term governor of Alaska
* Sharron Angle, U.S. Senate candidate in Nevada