Sunday, December 21, 2008

Episode 57: Obama's Tax Cuts

Well, it's the last show of the year (we're taking next week off) and Hatton is in Oklahoma. After some discussion of travel and gas prices, we focused on three items: 1. Gov. David Patterson's new budget, which includes such absurdities as a tax on sugary sodas, an increased tax on cigarettes and taxes on downloaded media sales. 2. In a stunning example of how different Islam is from anything the West understands, an EIGHT year old was denied a divorce request from a FIFTY EIGHT year old man. 3. Finally, buried deep on the second page in a single paragraph, Obama's finally admitting that his new economic package will include some tax cuts ... (go to the second page, it's there).

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Episode 56: Conservative?

This show was a little difficult to record - there were some technical glitches with the stream and the mixer. That caused the delay in releasing it. Regardless of Mr. Murphy's presence, Ken and I talked about a bit of news: The Auto Bailout and the effect of the Unions and pensioners on the Big 3's bottom line. The bill failed and that's not a bad thing... but there are a number of sticky wickets to deal with when looking at a solution. Also, we talked about some little know news stories. One about Palin's Church and the fact that there were people in the building when it was set alight. Also the glossed-over story about the Oregon Bank Bombing. We couldn't help but discuss Blago and Illinois politics. Question with no answer: does anyone think Rahm Emanuel was involved? I personally think that Illinois should adopt a new state slogan... "Dead men tell no tales, but they can vote!" Finally we talked about one of the points of Conservatism - "a Strong stance against big spending Republicans and Democrats." In this portion, we came up with a great way to bring the economy back in line - if DC is so dead set on spending $770B to recover the economy, send it out as a stimulus check to all tax payers. Let them spend it back into the economy, use it to pay bills, buy a car or even invest!

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

In Case You Haven't Noticed

There's something new at the East Coast Conservative ... that would be blog entries! Because of the changes that have been made to the podcast, there are news stories that have gone unmentioned on the show. To make up for that, Ken and I are going to start posting blog entries throughout the week. By doing this, Ken and I can focus on issues on Sunday that need the full hour's worth of discussion. To see the entries, make sure you are subscribing to the RSS feed from our site. That feed address is Thanks for listening... and reading! If you like what you see and hear, tell your friends and blog about us. If you don't send us a comment and let us know why.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Don't Give the 9/11 Coordinators What They Want

From an article in the New York Times comes word that five of the men charged with coordinating the attacks on 9/11 have decided to forgo their trial. They have presented a request to confess in full. While on the face of this, it sounds wonderful, there are a lot of reasons that people aren't exactly jumping for joy. First of all, many families of the victims of 9/11 have been looking at these trials for closure. Additionally, these trials have been at the forefront of the Guantanamo military tribunals. The people who feel that it is their obligation to defend those incarcerated there are tying to use these trials to try and undermine the stance of the Administration.

Senator Schumer takes on Gift Cards

'Tis the season for giving, right? Well if you listen to Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), gift cards should not be a part of your spending.
"The truth is gift cards should come with a warning attached," Schumer said. "You need to know where to look and to look carefully with gift cards." Schumer said his office is frequently flooded with calls from angry consumers who were giving gift cards only to find they have a limited life or have a decreasing value after a given period of time, sometimes less than six months. "You don't get the complaints about them (gift cards) on Christmas morning," Schumer said. "You hear about them in March when someone goes to use them."

Monday, December 8, 2008

Group Thera...podcasting

After last night's show I had the chance to join in with Adam Graham of the Truth and Hope Report and David Oatney of Oatney on the Air. We spent an hour and a half talking about a number of different issues -
  • Georgia U.S. Senate runoff results
  • the unseating of Congressman William Jefferson in Louisiana due to corruption.
  • The automotive industry workers prayer support
  • The decline of newspapers in America.
  • The state of the "war" on drugs.
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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Episode 55: Wandering Topic Night

Tonight's show was a "Wandering Topic" show (hence the title). There were a number of things that needed to be discussed tonight, including the fact that 12/7 is the anniversary of the "Day that will live in Infamy." This brought up a conversation about the comparison of WWII to the attack on the towers, the current status of the mission and even what mission we're fulfilling now. This led to an examination of the situation of Ali al-Marri and what should be done about him. Another topic that came up was gas prices, namely the fact that Western New York still has the most expensive gas in the lower-48. As Toawa from Second Life suggested before, politicians are calling it price gouging. Ken pointed out that the two places that are really hurting from the drop in oil prices are our buddies in Iran and Venesuela. Finally, we could not help but discuss the bailout of the Big 3. Ken's disguested by the notion that Chris Dodd would require a CEO change at GM... that's up to their board, Senator. Some administrative notes - there will not be a show on December 29th.

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