Episode 4

The mixer didn’t arrive on time, but we found a safe workaround.  So, there is no quality improvement over Episode 2, but there were also no issues like in Episode 3.

News Items:

Judge decides to dismiss case against muslim immigrant for assaulting insulting atheist

Once again, Brian keeps Matt from going off half-cocked.  The lack of objectivity in the modern media really is disgusting.   While the Muslim attacker was clearly in the wrong here, the judge really didn’t have the choice to convict the man.  Be warned:  we get very tangential on this one.

Republican candidates decry the expulsion of religion from the political arena

Newt Gingrich said the country is under attack by a the “secular left,” Mitt Romney is concerned about President Obama’s “secular agenda” and Rick Santorum has said repeatedly that the idea of an absolute separation of church and state makes him want to “throw up.”

The Great State of California leads the nation in Science Eduction – WTF?

Well, we screwed up here.  Actually, it was Brian’s fault.  You’ll hear it.  We didn’t cover this story, and I’m a little bummed!  I really encourage you to check the report out, as it shows an important and alarming trend in US education.

(Brian: I feel especially dumb as this was a topic I brought to the discussion!) Continue reading

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Episode 3

Well, that didn’t take long.  Even though I’d been warned in numerous podcasts about podcasting not to, we have been recording directly into the computer.  On Tuesday, about an hour and 15 minutes into recording, the software I use crashed, and did not save our audio recording.  Luckily, I, for the first time, was using my digital audio recorder as a backup.  What you hear here is the best I could accomplish with my limited knowledge and experience.  I hope it won’t hurt your ears too much.

News Items:

Virginia proposes invasive procedure for abortion seekers

This is sick stuff.  As proposed, this law was going to require sonograms, many of which would require the use of a vaginal probe, before an abortion could be performed.  Even as passed, it sucks:  doctors would be required to offer to perform the sonogram.

We get in to this from two directions – How the law, even as passed, is really an attempt to side-step Roe v. Wade, and how incredibly misleading the authors of the article were, since they were reporting on a version of the law no longer proposed.

Economic argument for birth control coverage

In this segment, we cover an interesting article outlining an economic argument for the Birth Control Coverage mandate.

Megadeth frontman backs Santorum

Dave Mustaine, leader of the heavy metal band Megadeth, is ready to rock out for Rick Santorum. “Earlier in the election, I was completely oblivious as to who Rick Santorum was, but when the dude went home to be with his daughter when she was sick, that was very commendable,” Mustaine recently told MusicRadar.com. “… You know, I think Santorum has some presidential qualities, and I’m hoping that if it does come down to it, we’ll see a Republican in the White House… and that it’s Rick Santorum.” Continue reading

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Episode 2

This week we start with a correction, and touch quickly on the Prop 8 Decision, then move right into the news for the week.

News Items:

Malaysia deports Saudi Journalist Hamza Kashgari

We talk about the man Malaysia deports back to Saudi Arabia to face charges of questioning the prophet Mohammed.

Rick Santorum says no to women and gays in the military

We talk about the complex issue of female combat troops and Santorum’s anti-progress views.

Article showing that about 1% of the UK female troops in the Afghani campaign came back pregnant.


And an interesting paper on pregnancy rates in the US Military – where unintended pregnancies have a higher rate of occurrence than in the civilian population. (I’m still reading the whole thing.) 


Samuel L Jackson says he only voted for Obama because he was black

He doesn’t even really make an excuse for it, he just claims that’s what everyone does. He also gets into the N-word and why no one gets to define his understanding of it for him. Continue reading

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Episode 1

What do you know, Episode 1.  We managed to get and stay on the outline, and only went over by 20 minutes or so.  Here are the talking points and links:

News Items:

Santorum tells gay man he doesn’t deserve privilege of marriage

We explore Rick Santorum’s anti-gay tendencies and the possibility that he is our country’s most homophobic major candidate ever.

Mitt’s polygamist Mexican grandfather

This is where I call Mormon beliefs bullshit and we conclude that moving to Mexico to avoid prosecution for polygamy doesn’t make you a Mexican, it makes you an expatriate.

Actress’ claim to be gay by choice

This article gets us talking about the nature vs.nurture debate and it’s impact on the LGBT movements’ efforts. Continue reading

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