Episode 014 – The Worst Spies Ever Episode

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https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/swingstateshow/episodes/2017-03-30T10_58_35-07_00

Breaking news alters the guys’ plans again… And they end up talking about Nunez, Russia, and independent committees, and why government and business are veeeeery different creatures.

AJ gets them back on track and they break down the Nunez developments, why they read like a cheap spy novel, why appearances of impropriety matter, and why it all feels like a Coen Brothers film.

They also talk about Trump’s failure, as a “smart” guy, to manage the AHCA debacle, that his only “successes” come because of executive orders, and how we’ve now seen that he can’t even get something done when he owns the House. And it turns out his approval rating reflects that.

Trump segues the show into the next segment by telling Bill O’ Reilly and Matt Lauer about his buddy, Putin…

AJ talks about thorn in Putin’s side, Alexei Navalny, whose constant protest and exposure of Russian corruption will probably get him killed. Which leads the guys to talk about recent Republican attempts to crack down on protestors here in the US, and how Nixon at least pretended he was coming down on drugs instead of protestors.

They discuss why Trump would admire someone like Putin, and how some modern Republicans, particularly in Trump’s inner circle, seem to be drawing inspiration from the authoritarian handbook.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/senate-panel-plans-to-interview-trump-son-in-law-kushner-in-russia-probe/2017/03/27/84fe10ae-12f9-11e7-ada0-1489b735b3a3_story.html?utm_term=.e54a5a46cc4d

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-39404985

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Episode 013 – The Unlucky (For Trump) Episode

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Rachel Wiesz and Kevin J. O’Conner open the show discussing comeuppances…

AJ’s Broadside involves football, coaching, responsibility, throwing one’s players under the bus, and University of Iowa’s Kirk Ferentz provides an example of how a coach handles responsibility.

It’s episode 013 and FBI Director Comey confirms they’re investigating Trump, his campaign, and Russia. Comey further indicates that the investigation includes assessing if any crimes have been committed.

The guys make the almost obligatory comparison to Nixon, but wonder if Trump will have the balls, brains, or the patriotism to resign rather than take the Presidency down with him.

Comey then stops short of calling Trump a liar RE wire tapping, and explains how requests for surveillance work in the real world.

Jennifer Rubin, in a WaPo opinions piece, asks if the Republicans will finally accept that Trump has zero credibility…https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2017/03/20/comeys-testimony-humiliates-trump/?utm_term=.b62842c0aac4

AJ asks “Who wants to be famous?” and roll on Trump.

Especially now that Gallup shows a 17% drop in Trump’s popularity, as he gets deeper into scandal (after barely two months in office), and the negative impact of his policies on his supporters become more obvious.

The guys talk about Angela Merkel’s visit, and how much dumber Trump seems afterward, especially when he starts talking about NATO…

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/mar/18/trump-merkel-nato-germany-owe-money-tweet

Which prompts the guys to discuss whether Trump is evil, stupid, or selfish, and how, regardless of which it is, he’s become toxic for our nation.

AJ wonders if guys like Rubio and JEB! Feel and sense of hypocrisy after beating the drum against Hillary for being under federal investigation… Especially after we hear FBI director Comey dismiss the case against her…

And, the guys remind the audience that the principle remains “…innocent until proven guilty…” but it wouldn’t break their hearts to see Trump finally pay for a lifetime of greed and selfishness…

Then we hear from a Jodi Ernst town hall meeting at Coe College, wherein the crowd asks pointed questions and gets, well, no meaningful answers…

Which leads the guys to lament, using several shit metaphors, that they don’t have the time to mention, let alone delve deeply into, the multitude of other subjects that they want to bring to the audience’s attention, including:

Gorsuch’s confirmation hearing…

ACA/Obamacare v AHCA/Trumpcare…

Iowa’s budget shortfall and the continued failure of “trickled on” economics…

The guys give a shout out to friend of the show, Shatyl Bach…
www.facebook.com/shantyl.bach

And Slow Burn their way out of the show…

Slow Burn” by Kevin MacLeod
(incompetech.com)
edited by Working Class Skeptic
and licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
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Episode 012 – The Russian Episode

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We start off the show with an 8 bit version of the Russian folk song, Korobeiniki, or for those of us less cultured swine, the theme from Tetris.

Lewayne fires off a burst of assorted topics in his Broadside, including:

Upcoming special elections…

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/whats-going-on-in-the-first-house-elections-of-the-trump-era/

Trump’s address to Congress…

NPR annotations: http://www.npr.org/2017/02/28/516717981/watch-live-trump-addresses-joint-session-of-congress

WaPo analysis:https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2017/02/28/fact-checking-president-trumps-address-to-congress/?utm_term=.e0e6dfe5d28e

The previous five Presidents’ addresses:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2017/02/28/presidents-first-address-joint-session-of-congress/98472988/

Approval ratings:

Obama on the week of his first address (2/24/09) was 64/23. http://www.gallup.com/poll/116479/barack-obama-presidential-job-approval.aspx

W, in the weeks around his first address was around 62(63)/21(22) range. http://www.gallup.com/poll/116500/presidential-approval-ratings-george-bush.aspx

Bill Clinton in the week following his address was 59/29. http://www.gallup.com/poll/116584/presidential-approval-ratings-bill-clinton.aspx

George HW Bush and Reagan: http://www.gallup.com/poll/116677/presidential-approval-ratings-gallup-historical-statistics-trends.aspx

Last, and definitely least, Trump: http://www.gallup.com/poll/201617/gallup-daily-trump-job-approval.aspx

Branstad’s pet “Who needs licensure?” bill:

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2017/03/06/branstad-urges-reform-professional-licensing-requirements-despite-legislative-pushback/98802600/

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Trump’s Muslim Ban: Mark II, and the new Republican “plan” for replacing the ACA…

Then guys try to wade through the Russia spiderweb, listen to Jeff Sessions lie and Al Franken call him on it, hear Jeff Sessions explain in detail a meeting that he didn’t recall having, and remind the audience that George Orwell wrote more than one book…

Sessions/Leahy Interview: https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/Sessions%20Responses%20to%20Leahy%20QFRs.pdf

Animal Farm: https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=animal+farm&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Aanimal+farm

They also talk about the “Yeah, but…” syndrome the right suffers when they get called on their bullshit, and remind us all to watch out for jingly keys…

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Episode 011 – The Resistance Episode

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Jean-Luc Picard kicks off the show by schooling the Borg on resistance…

…and AJ’s Broadside continues the attack.

Lewayne pimps the contact info, then talks about town hall meetings.

Marco Rubio tells us why he’s running scared, and it includes this little publication:

https://www.indivisibleguide.com/download-the-guide

And, Bernie tells him, and those like him, to man up or GTFO.

The guys talk about why people are really pissed off at town hall meetings, and at least one of those reasons is Donald J. Trump, whose approval rating is dropping like stone down a well.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/other/president_trump_job_approval-6179.html

They get side-tracked talking about what Trump is actually doing, compare it to W’s handling of the presidency, and why, despite, W’s example, people still didn’t seem to be paying attention to Trump…

Which leads into a discussion of the tendency among those on the right to vote against their own interests.

AJ reigns them back in, and ties his Broadside into the town hall responses to Republican members of Congress. Lewayne discusses how it is necessary to point out to some people how Trump’s policies actually affect them., and AJ analyzes the impracticality of keeping the “good” parts of ACA/Obamacare AND ditching the mandate.

Lewayne suggests the the Republican Party, itself, bought into Trump’s bullshit, expected to be received as conquering heroes and, instead, have met unexpected resistance every step of the way. AJ predicts that, when the numbers get low enough that same party with drop Trump like he’s on fire.

The guys also discuss “Trumpcare,” what that might look like, and how, if it worked at least as well as “Obamacare” they’d be okay with it… They just don’t think it will happen, because block grants are a shitty way to deal with health care.

But, maybe there is hope… Darrell Issa, while talking to Bill Mahr, mentions looking at Canada’s health system… Of course, the guys express doubt that “capitalists” will go for it, even though, as AJ points out, such a system fits within “economic conservatism” by having better outcomes for less money…

After a montage of Trump talking himself up, the guys go local, and talk about how things are going for Trump in Iowa, as evidenced by a piece in the Washington Post…

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/these-iowans-voted-for-trump-many-of-them-are-already-disappointed/2017/02/26/18f86b86-fa8d-11e6-be05-1a3817ac21a5_story.html

And, it makes Lewayne ask Trump supporters, sincerely, what he’s actually doing that they like…

AJ expresses frustration at the false equivalency people made when considering who to vote for and the guys discuss the “single-issue” method of making a decision… and the lack of critical thinking it exposes…

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