Sunday, May 25, 2008

EPISODE 27: Cheap Flying Libertarian Fights Fires

Quite an interesting episode this evening. Tonight I was joined by Matt Myers, a friend of mine, volunteer fireman, past chief and owner of Myers Accounting / Canalside Financial. Ken joined in late, having been to a wedding. We started the show off with a brief discussion of the life of the late Jimmy Griffin, former 4-term mayor of Buffalo who passed away at the age of 78 this weekend. Matt filled us in on some of the politics and personality traits that made him very well known in the area. From there, we looked skywards at the airlines and had a conversation aboutAmerican's $15 per checked bag fee. Later in the show, Ken (who worked at the Tampa airport for around 5 years) told us that American's employees were the most unhappy, especially after the company got permission to use the employee pension fund for operating costs in 2003. Everyone was in agreement that customer service in the airline industry has tanked and except for Southwest, nobody is happy when it comes to air travel any more. This conversation spurred off two side-discussions. The first was the fact that former Georgia Rep. Bob Barr is now the official Libertarian candidate. On a more interesting (and closer) note, Buffalo is beginning to stand out as a great place to On-shore technology and support projects! About this time, Ken managed to call in, so we tracked back to the airline conversation. Finally, there had to be something said about the fire on board the USS George Washington (Cvn-73). This is the ship that Ken and I served together on (see pictures from the fire). She is on her way to take over for the USS Kitty Hawk in Japan this summer. Fair winds and following seas to all those aboard! No lives were lost, which is the most important thing. Thanks to all for listening and have a SAFE Memorial Day Holiday! Take a moment to remember those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and say a prayer for those who are on the front lines today. Click here to listen to today's show. If you want to join in, we record at 8:30 pm EST every Sunday night. Email comments are welcome at Conservativepodcast@gmail.com or you can add a comment to this post.

Monday, May 19, 2008

EPISODE 26: Happy Parenthood

Short-set of show notes because we spent a lot of time talking about a few issues. The California Supreme Court's decision to overturn the voter-approved marriage bill dominated the conversation... I think everyone knew that this would be the start of more fights, not the end. Also, while nobody is surprised that Orthodox Jews oppose the decision, the statements made by the Rabbi in the article are deeply disturbing and accurate. Also, while an Oslo zoologist says there are examples of same-sex couples in the wild, the numbers among humans, especially in the US, are much harder to pin down, but no more than 10%... still well in the minority. While on the subject of sex, we had to talk about the Planned Parenthood suit against Oregon Law that prohibits giving sexually explicit material to minors. They argue that kids should be able to watch porn. (Side note, in 2004 they handed out a book considered porn to kids in a conference that parents were not allowed to attend.) If you want to be "educated" by planned parenthood, there is a reference to Teen wire dot com (no link from here), a site that they have built for teens to learn about sex, diseases, birth control and abortion. Finally, an update on the McKinley High School issue that was reported in ECC Podcast 14 and 15. The report has been completed and is scheduled to be released on Monday. Until then we only have rumors as to it's contents. Thanks for listening! If you want to join in on the conversation, you can call in live. More instructions can be found on our talkcast page. Email comments are welcome at conservativepodcast@gmail.com or you can post a comment here on the website. Click Here to listen to tonight's show! If you like the show, tell a friend. If you don't, please send us an email and let us know what we did wrong. Be sure to come back next week, when you'll hear different words in a different order!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

EPISODE 25: Civics Lessons and Candidate Issues

This week we took a break from our normal format to go over how the Federal government is supposed to work. We also wanted to talk about some of the issues that candidates are proposing and how they would actually deliver them as President. Ken and I were joined by Ken's friend Chris as well as Paul (The Voice) Stanton. We started off speaking about the basic structure of our government, staying on topic as much as possible with a lot of laughing and a few of my "McCain" moments. When we got to talking about how a bill becomes Law, we all had to remember that great School House Rock short - How a Bill Becomes a Law (redundant but I didn't write the title). Also discussed briefly was the concept of Ammendments and veto powers. Finally, we hit the issues... the promises that the candidates have made. According to NTU, Obama has promised $307 Billion in new spending, Hillary's at $226 Billion and McCain is at $6.8 Billion. We went through a short list of promises... some are amanzingly dumb, most are pure pandering and in most of the cases we couldn't come up with a simple way to know how the candidate would deliver. Links to each synopsis are on the same NTU page. We thank everyone for listening! If you like the show, please tell your friends. If you want to join in on the show, watch our home page for the recording schedule (traditionally every Sunday night at 8:30pm EST). You can become a part of the show! Talkshoe provides for live-chat as well as the ability for people to call in. Our number is 724-444-7444 and the talk-cast ID is 75570, we'd love to have you on the show! Click Here to listen to this week's show!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

EPISODE 24: Mike Wilson Plays Bully with Florida's Flying Votes

Had a bit of a hiccup at the start of the show and had to re-start the recording. Sorry to anyone that was streaming for the original recording and hope you were able to join us for the actual show. Keeping the theme of the light-hearted start, we had to talk about the Florida senate's attempt to fine people that like to decorate their trucks with nuts (bull's, that is). Along the same lines but not at all, the discussion went to an article about a republican trying to get Playboy and Penthouse out of military exchanges (stores). A Detroit professor got his son a bottle of lemonade and then lost his son to CPS for 6 days because it was Mike's Hard Lemonade... something the dad had never heard of. The informal poll in our chat room showed that everyone knew what it was in our audience. Something that Floridians are finding hard to swallow is the fact that their delegates still don't count. A group went to DNC headquarters to protest. We were joined by Tom Millican and Adam Graham to discuss this issue. Finally, for our local issues, Ken talked about the kidnapping of a 26 year old and his family's reward offer. Hatton talked about the debacle that has erupted in his sleepy little village. We thank everyone for listening! If you like the show, please tell your friends. If you want to join in on the show, watch our home page for the recording schedule (traditionally every Sunday night at 8:30pm EST). You can become a part of the show! Talkshoe provides for live-chat as well as the ability for people to call in. Our number is 724-444-7444 and the talk-cast ID is 75570, we'd love to have you on the show! Click here to listen to tonight's show.