Broadly Focused Podcast – Episode 14

News coming out our ears!  I don’t think we’ve ever had to reject as many possible stories as we did for this week’s podcast, so we’ve really got a quality crop of crap for you this time.  We ditched the game because of the wealth of feedback and follow-up we had (big loss, right?) and include a couple of more audio clips as part of our coverage.  All live yet again!

News Items:

Southern Pastor calls for Fence – for gays

A pastor calls for a ‘hunned… hunnedfitty mile loooong’ electrified fence to imprison all the queers, lesbians, homosexuals, and queers until they die off as a… race? species?
This is fail so epic, the term epic fail may need to be updated to incorporate this pastor’s name in some fashion.

Birthers – Arizona and Hawaii dance?

The man in charge of running Arizona’s elections has gone to the birthers. Secretary of State Ken Bennett now says he’s not convinced Barack Obama was really born in the United States and so he is threatening to keep the president off the ballot in November.

We wonder what fuels the continued, moronic fixation on this completely asinine non-issue.

Hasidic Jews deny the Internet

40,000 Orthodox Jews rallied in Citi Field (Flushing, NY Brian’s old stomping grounds) to discuss banning the internet. (Mind you, it was a male only event.  And, they didn’t actually ban the internet) Continue reading

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Broadly Focused Podcast – Episode 13

This was a fun one!  I got a new mic for Brian that gives us a more consistent level for him with less noise.  We had a bunch of crap going on, and were a bit rushed, but still had a good session.  We kept on topic for the most part and got to all our stories (although we really only cared about the Enterprise thing).

News Items:

Obama Affirms Belief that Same Sex Couples Should Get Married

For President Barack Obama and his team, the decision to back gay marriage came down to a choice between two unpalatable alternatives: Support it and brave the backlash in battleground states where the issue could be a liability — or keep silent and be accused by allies of gutlessness and putting politics over principle
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We applaud the president for his bravery while giving him shit for having equivocated over this simple issue for so long to begin with.

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas House on Monday approved a bill designed to prevent the state from subsidizing abortions even indirectly through tax breaks, but the measure’s chances in the Senate appeared uncertain.

The bill was adopted by an 88-31 vote. The measure would prohibit Kansas taxpayers from claiming abortion expenses under a deduction for medical costs when filing their income taxes. It also would deny tax breaks to abortion providers, such as an exemption to the sales tax that nonprofit groups claim when purchasing goods.

Jesus Christ, Kansas, please stop trying to compete with Arizona and North Carolina for the ‘Most Embarrassing State’ title!

http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/05/07/kansas-house-passes-most-dangerous-sweeping-anti-abortion-law-in-the-nation/

http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2011_12/measures/documents/sb313_02_0000.pdf

We Can Build the Enterprise within Twenty years

This website proposes something truly inspiring. It is this: We have the technological reach to build the first generation of the spaceship known as the USS Enterprise – so let’s do it. The ship can be similar in size and will have the same look as the USS Enterprise that we know from the Star Trek science fiction. It ends up that this ship configuration is quite functional. This first generation Enterprise can have 1g artificial gravity and ample living space. It can be as comfortable to live in as being on earth. A thousand people can be on board at once – either as crew members or as adventurous visitors. While the ship will not travel at warp speed, it can travel at a constant acceleration such that the ship can easily get to key points of interest in our solar system.

OK, so this guy is officially our hero.  We love the site, love the idea, and have major nerd wood right now. Continue reading

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Episode 12

Well, I’m not totally happy.  I’m kind of sick, and felt a bit thick-headed throughout, and I think it shows.  In any case, we had a couple of interruptions requiring edits this week, but nothing too bad.  We recorded on a Wednesday morning, and I may get this published tonight!

News Items:

Richard Grenell and Discrimination

When Mitt Romney hired Richard Grenell as his foreign policy spokesman last week, some liberals were mad because he made a lot of jokes on Twitter about the anatomy of several female public figures. You’d think conservative Christians would rally to his cause. The enemy of my enemy is my friend, right? But no, Grenell has done something unforgivable to the American Family Association’s’  Bryan Fischer and Media Research Center’s Dan Gainor: Be an openly gay person.
I get a little testy with gay, atheist, pro-choice, and other progressives still clinging to Republican identities, and other BS.

Asshat recommends raping gay children straightA radio personality in Cleveland is facing tremendous backlash after telling a father that he should get one of his male friends to rape his daughter to force her to turn straight.

Can you say, ‘resume generating event’?

Bullying laws, and how they’re un-ChristianHow a persecution complex turns ugly: Christian activist groups are arguing that anti-bullying laws are attacks on religious belief.

LOL.  They’re totally not, in case you were wondering. Continue reading

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