Monday, October 29, 2012

Episode 253: A Growing Case

We coined a new Twitter hashtag in this episode... or at least it will be soon!  The Obama campaign's defenses have now brought back race as an issue with such vigor that it can no longer be called "Playing the Race Card."  This time they're pounding it so hard, I'm going to start tagging it with #RaceHammer because they're coming out like a barbarian wielding a double-headed sledgehammer!

Ken has returned from his hiatus and it was good to have him back on the call.  We talked about the reasons the Obama campaign is twisting, spinning and reaching for every angle in the campaign playbook and then brought out the things they're doing.

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Articles for Episode 253: A Growing Case

Looking at the polls, the "Mittmentum" (as Limbaugh coined it) is picking up! This makes the case that the Obama campaign is growing more and more desperate for every vote it can eke out. They're starting to pull out all the stops an it shows.

Here are the articles we're going to be discussing:
There is a lot beyond this going on in the news. Please take the time to read through some of the other stories for the week

Friday, October 26, 2012

Posting by Request: Fighting the VA

The original subject of this message was The VAs abuse of the fiduciary program, and the denial of veterans 2nd Amendment Rights under the Constitution of the United States of America.  It is a personal appeal from a friend of mine, Tim Heald.  You can follow Tim at http://intolerable-acts.org/

As many of you know I have bee struggling with the VA over the fiduciary program and the 2nd Amendment. Specifically over the lies they are telling vets that are added to the fiduciary program. I have been unable to ascertain who is even responsible, much less have my grievances addressed.  As such I've decided to go outside the VA to attempt to rectify the situation. Today I contacted the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs. This is what I sent them through Facebook, email and the form on their web site:

Gentlemen and woman of the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs,

My name is Timothy Heald. I am a 100% disabled veteran, a prior service Infantryman, Paratrooper and Long Range Surveillance Senior Scout Observer.  I served in the Army and the Army National Guard for a total of 8 years, with 2 deployments. I ETS'd from service in Feb. 2006.

I recently received a letter from the DVA informing me that I had been found incompetent to handle my funds, and had been assigned a fiduciary. While I disagree with this decision, that is not the primary cause of my decision to write to you today.

My motivation for instigating this discussion is located in the 4th paragraph of the letter I received notifying me of this decision. That paragraph states:

"As we advised you previously , the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act prohibits you from purchasing, possessing, receiving or transporting a firearm or ammunition based upon our determination that you are incompetent to handle your VA funds. You may be fined and/or imprisoned if you knowingly violate this law."

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Episode 252: Internet and Foreign Policies

A lot of fun in this episode, with David Oatney as well as a round-table of Shorahmin, Toawa, Joesf and Tom from Secondlife.  David is a Tennessee State House Examiner, Western Religion and Elections examiner for Examiner.com. We didn't manage to get through all of the articles but rather jumped through two different sets of subjects.

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Articles for Episode 252: Internet and Foreign Policies

There have been a lot of claims that this election cycle is more polarized than ever. In this episode we're going to look at some of the things happening online and overseas. Here are the articles we're going to be talking about tonight:
There was a lot of news during the week, here are some other articles up for discussion:

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Interesting Unemployment Figures

Just after the first Presidential debate I heard a news commentator make the statement that, “states led by Republican governors have enjoyed lower unemployment than those with Democrat governors.” Rather than take this statement as pure fact, I decided to crunch the numbers and what I found was that she was absolutely right. I present here the findings of my analysis.

Initially I grabbed just the unemployment rate by month (January 2012 through August 2012) and got the following:


As you can see, month over month, Republican led states do indeed have a slight (the difference is minuscule in most cases) advantage over their Democrat counterparts. A colleague of mine suggested that I factor out those states where the Governor has been in office for less than two years to see if this held true. The logic behind his idea was that those who have been in office for less than two years would not have had a chance for their policies to truly take hold. Here are those results:

The number scale is smaller so the size of the bars might seem the same as above. In truth, they are not. There is a slightly more marked difference between the two.

Not satisfied with just pulling these numbers, I decided to pull in the party leadership of the Upper and Lower chamber for the state and compare those.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Episode 251: Looks Pretty Bad

Well, as usual we didn't make it through all of the articles - actually, we didn't make it beyond the Kooks Among Us segment.  I tried but it just wasn't in the cards or the conversation this week.  Tom Clement of rposl.org joined in as the co-host and then we were also joined by Joesf as well as an unexpected visit from my mom!

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Articles for Episode 251: Looks Pretty Bad

Originally I wanted to do an all "tinfoil hat" episode this time but other news prevailed. There are things out there that don't look good, for both parties. This episode is going to be broken into two segments.
  1. Kooks Among Us:
  2. Bad News for Obama:
There were a lot of other things in the news this week. Some of them could have fit in the theme of the show but there isn't enough room to cover every one! Feel free to bring up any of these in the comments section.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

In Line at Wal-Mart

My good friend Fabian Story just posted the following on Facebook:
Ok, so as I am standing in line in Wal-Mart I am privy to a conversation that takes place between two very very verl large women who have carts full of junk foods and processed pre-cooked meals laughing and talking about the fact that the are now going to vote for Obama since they have received their new Obama phone and was able to drop their contract with Verizon and now pay 10.00 a month each for the same plan they were paying 69 for the equivalent services with Verizon. They then proceeded to tell me and another lady in the line that Obama is saving this nation by "giving" everyone healthcare, phones, paying off people's houses and making it harder on businesses to screw us.

I asked her where she worked and she told me she lives off of child support for 5 kids with 4 diff daddy's and she was not ashamed to tell me that she made more by lying in court and making them "pay" than getting a real job. She said that since she did not have to report Child Support as income she lived in "rent assisted" house, gets nearly 1600 in food stamps and other services and she sees this as her right. What are we becoming?
Now, if you talk to Democrats about those who leech off our public support system, they'll tell you these are "few and far between."  Unfortunately, this isn't the only story that I've heard that follows this same narrative. It seems to me like the exception, for some demographics, is becoming more and more the rule.

Even President Obama has said, "I think we should acknowledge that some welfare programs in the past were not well designed and in some cases did encourage dependency.… As somebody who worked in low-income neighborhoods, I've seen it where people weren't encouraged to work, weren't encouraged to upgrade their skills, were just getting a check, and over time their motivation started to diminish. And I think even if you’re progressive you've got to acknowledge that some of these things have not been well designed." (ref: President Obama Admits Welfare Encourages Dependency)

Apparently in some parts of the country, it's not just the past but also the present where this is the case.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Episode 250: More Scary Political Games


Yeah, I know we could have talked more about the debate, unemployment or other things that have folks riled up.  There's a lot of issues happening and rather than just throw our two cents after what other folks have said, I always like to look for the stuff not on the front page.

Tonight we had Tom Clement, current Chair of the Republican Party of Second Life as well as my previously "mysterious" co-worker, Marshall, on the call!

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Articles for Episode 250: More Scary Political Games

After the video comment from yesterday, I found some other scary political games for us to discuss on this episode.  This is what we have lined up for this time 'round:
I started to line up articles about the debate, and there are some in the "extra stories" list. That said, everyone else is talking about the debate. I thought it would be more useful to discuss other things. Here are the other articles I pulled this week:

Video Episode 4: Scary Games Politicans Play

I seem to be having more fun with this video stuff, so that means you'll be seeing more of it along with the weekly podcast recordings! Tonight I wanted to share my thoughts on two bits of absurdity. The first was the fact that a liberal candidate for State Senate in Maine was Slammed for World of Warcraft Fandom. The second relates to the recently release unemployment numbers. My apologies if I offended any of you WoW players out there. I'm guessing my students were the exception... unfortunately they're also the only experience I have in real life!


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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Video Episode 3: Post Debate Comment

After watching and listening to the first Presidential debate tonight, I had to record a quick comment and response.  What did you think?



I also assigned something of a homework question, which I'll see about putting up as a poll as well.  Did "candidate" Obama provide the same level of specifics and details for his plans in 2008 that his campaign is now asking Romney for?