Episode 10 – The Fake News Episode


Lewayne opens with a Broadside about the terrorist attacks in Atlanta, Bowling Green, and Sweden. He also gives the audience some pointers on the type of person to watch out for if we want to prevent more attacks in the US…







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Benjamin McDowell



William Christopher Gibbs


AJ opens the show proper by thanking the audience for listening, and lets them know how to get more Swing State in their lives. He then talks some about the Kurzman and Schanzer’s survey.


Lewayne mentions the pack of old people in a seafood joint who are interested in “killing the hell out of” Muslim infiltrators.


Which give AJ a segue into talking about #fakefuckingnews… and why a free press is so important. John McCain even agrees with him.

AJ also introduces us to David Frum who talks with Scott Stossel about how to build an autocracy, and what the hell Trump’s administration should properly be called.

The full presentation is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTBUs1La7Uw&t=538s

AJ then talks about real “fake news” and reminds us of its impact on the election. The guys also discuss Trump’s war against the “liberal” media, the burden of proof, echo chambers, the Trump administration’s dwindling credibility, and the importance of reading from (an supporting) multiple, far-ranging, information sources.

They head back to Iowa for some local news…

Public employee union-busting is in full effect, and there’s a push for universities to use party affiliation as a factor in hiring decisions.




Episode 09 – The Broadsides Episode


Due to scheduling issues, we have a short episode this week.

AJ spends some time talking about Comrade Flynn and his resignation, and Lewayne talks about Congress’s Safe Space Rule XIX backfiring on Mitch McConnell. #ShePersisted

Here’s the Coretta Scott King letter at the center of the kerfuffle… https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/3259988-Scott-King-1986-Letter-and-Testimony-Signed.html#document/p1

Episode 08 – The Warmonger Episode



Walter Sobchak opens the show reminding us that Donnie’s out of his element.

Lewayne takes aim at politicians who don’t understand or respect musical artists.

Lady Gaga’s halftime show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txXwg712zw4&t=114s

Guthrie Lyrics http://woodyguthrie.org/Lyrics/This_Land.htm

Gaga Lyrics http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/ladygaga/bornthisway.html

Springsteen video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPhWR4d3FJQ

Mellencamp video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOfkpu6749w

Morello Response http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/tom-morello-paul-ryan-is-the-embodiment-of-the-machine-our-music-rages-against-20120816

Rolling Stone article http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/stop-using-my-song-34-artists-who-fought-politicians-over-their-music-20150708

Music compilation/fundraiser for ACLU’s fights against Trump


We “Slow Burn” through the opening, along with Hitch, Bernie, Donald, and Edward R. Murrow.

Slow Burn” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) edited by Working Class Skeptic and licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Lewayne expresses excitement that the US hasn’t yet been nuked, despite Trump’s ongoing effort.


AJ continues the litany of things Trump and his people know fuck-all about, as outlined in the New York Times.


Especially when CHRIS CHRISTIE was his most experienced advisor.

The guys call back to the discussion of the Muslim ban, pointing out that, as expected, it met legal “hurdles” as a judge halts the ban. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tno6wjcsWi0

More from the Times articles reveals that Trump is desperate for validation, despite claiming his presidency is going well, and spends an inordinate time with cable news like CNN… You know, the ones he called “fake” news…

AJ questions whether one can be an effective president if one doesn’t understand the concept of “leadership,” or, if one doesn’t even understand the duties, responsibilities, or restrictions of the presidency.

Lewayne discusses the Trump/O’Reilly pre-game interview, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVox2frrW64, whether a Democrat could’ve said the things Trump said when challenged about Putin, and why there’s no comparison between a Russian despot and America’s checkered history.

AJ feels a sense of hope upon learning that the protests are starting to get to Trump, and the guys encourages America to keep pouring it on, to keep reminding Trump that the majority of America despises him. They also contrast Trump and Hillary’s response to criticism.

The guys let the Trump supporters know that they can break up with him, that it’s safe to stop pretending that the awful shit he’s doing is okay.

Steve Bannon talks about the church militant https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCVvc2hNVMU and his desire to wage war on pretty much anyone http://www.salon.com/2017/02/06/6-things-steve-bannon-has-declared-war-on_partner/ and the guys have to spend some time talking about him, masculinity, and Bannon’s hand up Trump’s ass.

Trump’s first authorized military operation gets some time, especially since it seems like it was an afterthought… http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/02/after-raid-yemen-bans-u-s-missions-against-terrorists.html got a bunch of people killed, and apparently missed its target… http://time.com/4662150/yemen-raid-qaeda-al-rimi-trump-audio-fool-white-house/ But, since it was originally (conveniently) Obama’s plan, Trump can wash his hands of it.

Lewayne talks about what military operations mean to the people who are actually impacted by them, Trump tells a bunch of people about how much he loves war https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMArIc5Hn_g, and AJ, despite some audio issues, reminds us that, in both history and fiction, it’s often the gung-ho guy who gets people killed. He also compares Trump to the guys playing GI Joe at the border, and discusses notions of masculinity. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/10/undercover-border-militia-immigration-bauer

Lewayne talks about what Sun-Tzu actually says about warfare – specifically that the best way to win is do it without warfare.

Which leads to a discussion of Bannon’s elevation to the Security Council, the demotion of the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and that, from all appearances, Trump DIDN’T REALIZE he was promoting Bannon…

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-steve-bannon-nsc-national-security-council-order-a7565191.html and what having a white nationalist who loves war will likely mean for real people, especially those in the military or with loved ones in the military.

“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.” José Narosky http://www.corpsman.com/2010/11/in-war-there-are-no-unwounded-soldiers-jose-narosky-veterans-day-2010/

Lewayne strenuously encourages the audience to tell the administration, “NO!” when it comes to war, and AJ wraps things up before Lewayne bursts a blood vessel…

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Episode 07 – The Banned Episode


Image Credit:  Jamie Hu

Denver Police Commander Tony Lopez opens the show telling protesters they can’t exercise free speech without a permit.

(DIA requires a permit in advance for gatherings at the airport.)


AJ fires the opening rounds at Trump’s immigration order with The Broadside.

We do a “Slow Burn (Working Class Skeptic remix)” through the opening.

Lewayne Godwins all over the beginning of the episode and proves his German is really rusty… and his patience is limited…

He also references the “Law Enforcement Assessment Of Violent Extremists” to remind us that we’re more likely to get attacked by an angry white gunman than a Muslim.


Speaking of white guys, Jeff Sessions asks (now former) acting-Attorney General Sally Q. Yates about her willingness to stand up to a president who issues an unlawful order. SPOILER: She does. And gets fired for it.

AJ beats the refugee order with a thesaurus seeking the proper word to express his disgust with the impending Constitutional crisis it’s already caused.

The guys ponder aloud how an order meant to curtail “terrorist” immigrants fails to include origin nations for actual terrorist attackers, specifically the September 11, 2001 hijackers…

The Right’s answer – “It’s Obama’s list.” and “Obama did it, too.”

Even though, as AJ points out, Obama’s policies are regarded as “failures” by Trump, and Lewayne discusses why the policy isn’t the same.

AJ outlines the objections from foreign service officials (you know, people with actual experience with foreign policy) including four bullet points that put the order’s negative impact in perspective.


Lewayne throws the Right a bone, and reminds them they can focus on money as a reason to object to the order. He then takes a brief side-trip to mention Kurt Vonnegut and “Samaritaphobia…”


Then he loses his shit because people are actually balancing the lives of refugees against boogeymen.

AJ, more calmly examines whether the order is actually a “Muslim ban” by checking again with Trump adviser, Rudy Guliani, who agrees that he was, in fact, originally tasked with creating a Muslim ban…

AJ then points out that such a ban INCREASES the likelihood of terrorism by playing into the recruiters’ narratives.

This argument is reinforced by a clip featuring an alleged former CIA operative explaining that, to Muslim extremists, they are the Rebellion and the United States is the Empire…

AJ further points out that, aside from the impact on refugees, the orders lack of clarity leaves travelers with no idea if they’ll be allowed into the country. The guys also discuss what impact the order has on US military and intelligence personnel, and the apparent betrayal of their foreign allies who risked their lives for them.

The guys discuss intentionality vs. stupidity as motives for the action, and how, regardless, the current structure of Trump’s circle suggests less administration and more authoritarianism…

…and now Trump’s going to take a break from burning the country to the ground for a weekend in Florida.

AJ gives some suggestions for dealing with people who don’t think the ban is a ban… One of them includes the New York Times annotated copy of the order.


The guys take a break to listen to David Tennant reassure the audience of the chat show, “Last Leg,” that everything will be all right…

Then Lewayne talks about the Atheist Candidates website: http://atheistcandidates.com/

And AJ talks about why atheist, secular, progressive representation is important not just to us, but to the nation…


And FFS, organize, mobilize, protest, vote!


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Music: “Slow Burn” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) edited by Working Class Skeptic and licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0