Episode 017 – The Greed & Disgust Episode

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https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/swingstateshow/episodes/2017-05-10T17_44_20-07_00

Paul Ryan – er – Patrick Bateman’s spa visit kicks off the episode, and Lewayne asks how much money one has to make to stop being an asshole.

https://prod-cdn-static.gop.com/media/documents/DRAFT_12_FINAL[1]-ben_1468872234.pdf

Then the guys spend a lot of time on the nightmare that is the AHCA/Trumpcare/Ryancare/Republicancare mess before getting into voter suppression, abortion, and other Republican shenanigans.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2017/05/05/branstad-signs-controversial-voter-id-bill-into-law/311568001/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/anthonynitti/2017/03/13/gop-health-care-bill-will-result-in-a-huge-tax-cut-for-the-rich-24-million-without-insurance/#1f5ca72f6a2f

https://www.vox.com/2017/3/13/14914062/republican-health-care-plan-cbo-redistribution-poor-medicaid

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Episode 016 – The Ignorance Episode

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https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/swingstateshow/episodes/2017-05-03T21_03_14-07_00

Bill O’ Reilly and Neil Tyson discuss the tides to kick off the show.

AJ’s Broadside takes shots at O’ Reilly and science ignorance.

The guys discuss the Right Wing disinformation machine and Lewayne namedrops CASA. http://www.casaforchildren.org/site/c.mtJSJ7MPIsE/b.5301295/k.BE9A/Home.htm

Trump realizes what everyone else already knew – being the POTUS is a lot harder than being a rich douchenozzle. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/28/us/politics/trump-interview-quotes.html?_r=0

The guys talk about North Korea, and lots of other things Trump doesn’t know anything about.

Lewayne plugs the Swing State media empire.

The guys talk about Iowa, why educated people are leaving, and the Republican need to harm the people they’re supposed to represent. Then, the guys call it a day.

Opening/closing music is Slow Burn and transitional music is Impact Moderato, both by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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Episode 015 – The Morality Episode

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https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/swingstateshow/episodes/2017-04-15T11_12_55-07_00

Bill O’ Reilly opens the show talking about the evils of Secular-Progressives, and the need for traditional values… like his…

Which gives AJ room to fire all cannons at O’ Reilly in the Broadside

The guys talk more about O’Reilly and other political alpha males who treat women like sub-humans, and AJ performs a reading of an O’Reilly Caribbean sex fantasy transcript complete with falafal…

er, loofah…

Link to Bill’s fiction book, “Those Who Trespass”

https://www.amazon.com/Those-Who-Trespass-Television-Murder-ebook/dp/B000FC1AIY/

Which leads to a broader discussions about (predominantly) Republican hypocrisy when it comes to moral sexuality, and how they deal with the cognitive dissonance…

The guys also talk about Fox’s workplace safety, and how it looks to everyone when a company settles AT LEAST FIVE TIMES, and AJ reminds the Trumpkins about Trump “University.”

Which segues into a discussion of Mike Pence and how he’s the opposite of those Republicans…

but, not really…

Lewayne relates a story about lawyers peeing to illustrate how women can be excluded from participation in the “old BOYS network.”

The guys talk about the upcoming Special Election in Georgia, and how they hope Jon Ossoff will signify a shift in the red states…

Lewayne breaks down the experience of Ossoff and leading Republican opponent, Karen Handel, and why Ossoff seems like the better candidate.

The guys also discuss why Special Elections, Hell, EVERY election matters when trying to stop the Republicans, and how the audience can help, even if they can’t vote in the election itself.

Link to info on upcoming Congressional Special Elections

https://ballotpedia.org/Special_elections_to_the_115th_United_States_Congress_(2017-2018)

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*Correction - The reference to a 
$50 million settlement should 
actually be $25 million.

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
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/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/

Iowa abortion bills: Vote-on-20-week-abortion-bill.JPG

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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Episode 10 – The Fake News Episode

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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…

Sweden

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-sweden-idUSKBN15Y0QH

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/19/516097504/trump-says-look-whats-happening-in-sweden-sweden-asks-wait-what

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/20/world/europe/trump-pursues-his-attack-on-sweden-with-scant-evidence.html

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/donald-trump-explains-sweden-terror-comment-baffled-nation-n723006

http://www.government.se/492382/contentassets/e6047ff54c00452895005f07e2e2ba39/a-comprehensive-approach-to-combat-racism-and-hate-crime

Mark Barnett

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/17/us/target-bomb-arrest/

Benjamin McDowell

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/feb/16/dylann-roof-copycat-south-carolina-charleston-shooting

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2017/02/16/fbi-white-supremacist-says-he-planned-to-kill-jews-in-the-spirit-of-dylann-roof.html

William Christopher Gibbs

https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch/2017/02/09/fbi-investigates-white-supremacist-deadly-poison

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.

https://sites.duke.edu/tcths/files/2013/06/Kurzman_Schanzer_Law_Enforcement_Assessment_of_the_Violent_Extremist_Threat_final.pdf

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

https://triad-city-beat.com/2017/02/local-conservative-activists-prepare-violent-confrontation-islam/

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.

http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/2017/02/16/amid-marathon-debate-iowa-legislature-barrels-towards-passage-collective-bargaining-bill/97984338/

https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislation/BillBook?ga=87&ba=SF288

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

 

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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

https://specialpassenger.bandcamp.com/album/keep-on-fighting

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.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/02/06/iran-and-china-respond-trump-military-drills/97555758/

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

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/05/us/politics/trump-white-house-aides-strategy.html?_r=0

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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