December 2010

Monthly Archive

Episode 129: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t START

billsimmon 21 Dec 2010 | : episodes

Pre-show notes follow below. We’re taking next week off. See you in 2011!

Original air date: 12/19/10
Total run time: 1:53:18
File size: 54.4 MB

SGU canceled
Fringe embraces death-slot
Tron Legacy
B&E watch a Chuck episode!
The Fall
best of year SF – Inception? Monsters? Scott Pilgrim?
compare 2010 to 2009


DADT repeal passes Congress
* Passed House, 250 to 175
* Passed Senate, 65 to 31
* Plenty of credit to go around

Tax deal passes Congress
* Passed Senate 81 to 19
* Passed House, 277 to 148
* A quick, impressive turnaround in political fortunes

Omnibus fails
* 9 GOP votes disappear overnight
* Sets up ugliness for February

* Motion to proceed was 66 to 32
* Needs at least nine GOP votes; I count six or seven
* Kyl, McConnell, and Graham announce opposition today
* DADT-related threat

DREAM Act fails
* Cloture fails, 55 to 41 (needed 60)
* Three Republicans voted with majority (Lugar, Bennett, Murkowski)
* Five Dems voted with minority (Pryor, Tester, Ben Nelson, Baucus, and Hagan)

Zadroga 9/11 health bill
* Senate GOP blocks a vote, but it’s not dead yet
* Jon Stewart makes it an issue

Health care reform lawsuit
* Two court wins to one, so far
* Incoherent rationale
* Dubious judge

Study finds Fox News viewers deeply confused

1. Rep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.)
2. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.)
3. Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.)
4. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas)
5. Rush Limbaugh
6. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)

Episode 128: Weekend at Bernie’s

billsimmon 15 Dec 2010 | : episodes

In this episode, Steve and Bill dive into the nitty gritty of this tax compromise and beging to discuss the best SF of 2010. Pre-show notes are below.

Original air date: 12/12/10
Total run time: 1:57:44
File size: 56.5

Walking Dead
New “Thor” trailer
best of 2010
All Clear / The Fall

Tax deal
* Who gets what
* Unexpected stimulus
* Liberal economists, wonks approve, despite reservations — base, House Dems do not
* If it fails, there’s no Plan B
* Senate passage appears likely, House unclear
* Does it portend more constructive talks? Probably not
* Obama’s frustration with criticism from the left
* Is it a cave? Is it triangulation?
* Bernie Sanders holds the floor
* Bill Clinton endorses WH plan (then holds impromptu press conference)

* GOP narrowly blocks vote
* Why procedural talks broke down
* Lieberman/Collins offer stand alone bill — Reid, Pelosi, Obama on board (will bypass committee process)
* Are there 60 votes? Yes. Will there be time? Unknown

* Condi Rice endorses (all eight former Secretaries of State now on board — six of eight are Republicans)
* George HW Bush endorses
* Snowe, Collins, and Gregg endorse
* Need nine GOP votes — appear to have at least six
* McCain hints at ratification vote this week

1. Christine O’Donnell (R), failed U.S. Senate candidate
2. Glenn Beck, deranged media personality
3. Tucker Carlson, bow-tied media personality
4. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.)

Episode 126: They Say it’s Your Birthday…

billsimmon 02 Dec 2010 | : episodes

PSFR celebrates three years of politics and science fiction this week with special guest Alex W. in the studio. Below please find the triumphant return of Mike’s show notes!

We’re also unveiling a new web feature this week: the Stupid People Saying Stupid Things Tumblr blog! Emily will update it on Mondays after a live show. Yay!

Original air date:11/28/10
Total run time: 1:54:12
File size: 54.8 MB

00:05 North and South Korea on the brink of war

00:12 Tom DeLay is now a convicted criminal!

00:23 Terror plot in Oregon

00:30 You are listening to The Radiator…

00:32 Vermont man arrested for threatening Prez via Twitter

00:33 Walking Dead vs The Preposterous False Drama

00:48 SG-U

00:59 Station and show id

01:01 Congress and the Nuclear Treaty

01:06 Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Wait for a Poll

01:09 HIPACRIts in the House

01:13 Steve King wants to revoke citizenship for children of illegal immigrants

01:19 Presidential polls for 2012 are meaningless

01:23 Fox News discovers The Onion (but doesn’t quite grasp the
concept of satire)

01:28 Station and Show ID

01:29 TSA and Security Theater

01:36 Not much about Chuck

01:37 Buffy Reboot

01:42 Stupid People Saying Stupid Things