Saturday, August 29, 2009

Episode 91: A Case for Banning Morals

Sorry for posting this so late, it's been a very busy week! In tonight's episode we're going to be talking about a number of different things that have shown up over the past week. There are some comments about the state of debate and the house resolution that won't seem to get the hint and go away but there are other topics as well! Links for the show

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Episode 90: Analyzing Unfinished Business

On tonight's podcast we caught up with a few items that needed to be looked at again. Our government passed legislation that is already failing to live up to the promises. Big surprise there! We're also had to stomach through and comment on the words of a supporter of HR 3200. Beyond that, continued talk about the attitude of both sides on the health care issue. We now have a discussion forum at RepublicanOperative.com that you can access it by going to http://www.republicanoperative.com/forums/ecc-podcast-episodes/. Also, our facebook page is up and running and of course we have our store at Printfection.com/eccstuff. Thank you for your continued support and participation with the show. We also have a voice comment line! You can use the "Call Me" button to leave a voice comment at any time. Articles discussed in tonight's show: I played the audio for this before the show started. It's well worth the listen - Ronald Regan on Socialized Medicine (10 minute audio).

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

ObamaCare Line By Line

Thanks to the folks at RightSoup.com for linking to an actual Fact Check on ObamaCare. I felt it necessary to post the link to it here and address some of the more pertinent claims being made. The read is a long one but oh so much worth it! There are some claims that are being made (about 4 of the 47 claims discussed from the search) that are FALSE. The rest are either TRUE or PARTIALLY TRUE. This little synopsis should be a very good start for making real, legislatively based statements against this bill.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Episode 89: Angry Mob or Concerned Citizens?

Tonight's show is going to have to center on a few things that we've talked about before but have to be touched on again. First off, some updates to things that we've talked about before. Also, the events of this past week cannot go without some discussion. We've been called an angry mob and been asked to snitch on our neighbors... and still people don't see the actions of the administration as dangerous. This episode is being released unedited - there are some distractions and one restart but to be honest that's one of the things you have to deal with when recording "live". Maybe it's part of that raw, angry mob mentality but I'm going to leave it in this week. We now have a discussion forum at RepublicanOperative.com thatyou can access it by going to http://www.republicanoperative.com/forums/ecc-podcast-episodes/. Also, our facebook page is up and running and of course we have our store at Printfection.com/eccstuff. Thank you for your continued support and participation with the show. We also have a voice comment line! You can use the "Call Me" button to leave a voice comment at any time. Articles discussed in tonight's show:

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Talking about Politics and Tactics

I just have to share an email that I wrote regarding politics in general - we were talking about the whole "report a friend" message that is coming out of the White House and some one asked about the viral emails that are generally more fiction than fact.

Here's my reply: 
> Is that tactic OK? 
Here's the problem with politics - there are those who think it's about people, those who think it's about power, those who think it's all a game and those who pay absolutely no attention. Sadly, while the first of those is *supposed* to be true, the elected officials tend to act like it's the second, the media plays it like it's the third and the majority of the population fall into the last category. 

Is the tactic of throwing out bogus stories and sending them via blog posts or emails "OK"?

I'll answer with an in-definitive maybe. 

Here's why:  If I get an email like the one about Pelosi (which, BTW, I don't recall seeing until tonight) I process the message, check the validity of the contents and decide if it's worth including as content in my show.  80% of it is outright crap 5% of them are worst-case projections of what "could happen" if a particular law or amendment is passed 5% of them are scare-tactics that are too tinfoil-hattish not to see right off the bat 10% of them are actually valid statements  Here's the thing - if every person that falls into that last category I listed before were to actually check out the validity of even the 20% that LOOK feasable, they would be forced out of their bling-infested American Idol/Survivor/Desperate Housewives vicarious lives and understand what's going on around them. Imagine what our political world would be like if 80% of the eligible public voted. 

> Disputes on actual legislation are AWESOME. _THAT_ is what we SHOULD be
> doing. And the more light we bring into the actual legislative process, the
> better I personally believe the legislation will be.

There's a statement that I make on my show - most Americans have forgotten how their country runs. For example, the President can boast all he wants about providing funding but unless spending legislation passes the Congress, he's full of hot air. Also, the President can not enter into either a treaty or state of war with another country without Congressional approval. 

The game of Politics is, truly, the best game of plate balancing you've ever seen. On the one hand, a politician must keep the plates that are the constituents happy. This is done mainly by speeches and some trivial legislation. Another plate represents the lobby powers, still strong as ever, that keeps spinning by more legislation, some of it less than trivial. Yet another plate is the political party, in which most of the funding and all of the cross-support happens. With this plate, politicians can help each other out by spinning the plates of their friends.

There are more plates but I think you get the picture.  Sadly, most Americans don't get that game. Even those that follow politics don't realize just how much of a balancing game it is. Even though I am a conservative, I understand the need to remain civil when it comes to debates and exchanges... that's part of the reason that when things on this list break down to name-calling I'll either start making jokes, try to bring the conversation back to more civil ground or just walk away. 

As I've said in the past, it's not worth making my lisiopril work harder.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Episode 88: Study Ships Stimulates Steins

Tonight's show turned out to be right on track, even with a very busy weekend by both hosts! We had good interaction with a smaller crowd than usual; It doesn't help when the usual invites don't get sent out in a timely manner - the downside of a couple of hosts with active summer schedules! We now have a discussion forum at RepublicanOperative.com that you can access it by going to http://www.republicanoperative.com/forums/ecc-podcast-episodes/. Also, our facebook page is up and running and of course we have our store at Printfection.com/eccstuff. Thank you for your continued support and participation with the show. We also have a voice comment line! You can use the "Call Me" button to leave a voice comment at any time. We did manage to have good time on tonight's show, though! Here are the articles we discussed:

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