Episode 21 – Rightwing Aunties vs. Antifa: Protest The Way I Tell You To!

White moderates will hate you no matter how you act, so you might as well protest against all forms of injustice.
“Why can’t you protest like Martin Luther King? He was one of the good ones!”

On this episode, we discuss some of the recent waves of protest in America. We start with the NFL kneeling controversy started by Colin Kaepernick. Then we touch upon how Trump has only made the issue more divisive. Plus we cover some history and Antifa.

This episode serves as Part 3 in our never-ending argument: Trump’s President Now: Should We Punch Nazis? and Charlottesville Happened: Can We PLEASE Punch Nazis Now?

This episode gets a little heated. Darryl gives some comprehensive context for the current NFL controversy, including Kaepernick’s meeting with a veteran player to assess the most respectful way to protest. Ryan’s an incredibly bitter nerd who seriously hates football for it’s violent tendencies, but is starting to come around to Antifa and… their violent tendencies? Phil’s back to talk about… you guessed it! Appealing to centrists and history! This time it’s all about unions and protest in America. And Sly lives up to his title as the Alex Jones of Oops, I Talked By Politics! by rage-quitting the show. How’s that for a protest?

P.S. This episode was recorded before this happened, but lol homophobic sentient-loaf-of-white-bread VP Pence is protesting football in the fakest way possible.

MLK’s Letter From A Birmingham Jail

A History Of Antifa Protest, Their Handbook
Sly was just on Ryan’s other podcast, WGiRNY, to promote the beautiful merch he made for them.
Theme Song – Baby, I’m An Anarchist by Against Me!
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Episode 20 – Immigration: You Gotta Respect The Hustle

On this episode, we give some backstory and context for immigration issues. Then we sit down with Luis, an immigrant from El Salvador who recently got his citizenship. We also spend a lot of time talking about what makes America a great place, both for the people that are already here and those looking to move here. Because Liberals can be patriotic, too, dammit!

Despite our usual worldly confidence (read as: arrogant and sheltered elitism), we really don’t know what immigration policies we should be striving for. Phil tries to contextualize it by looking at how we’ve treated immigrants in the past (poorly). Sly opens up about his experiences as an immigrant himself. Ryan tries really hard not to talk about health care by giving us some statistics and facts on DACA. That’s the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Obama’s Executive Order to allow undocumented immigrants who arrived as children to stay in America. As a result, we spend a lot of time talking about the nature of patriotism and how important protest is.

Huge thanks to Luis for his great stories about what it was like coming here as a kid, the bittersweet feelings of going back home, just how hard it is to know where our country should go from here, and so much more.

And please keep calling your senators about the Graham-Cassidy Health Care bill.
Qualifications For DACA
Facts Regarding DACA and Immigration
Fact Check for Jeff Sessions on DACA
Luis’ Latin America Nights in Atlanta
Theme Songs – Down Under – Men At Work & Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) – Hamilton Mixtape

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Episode 19 – Separating Artists From Their Obama Death Squads

What if the artist is a fraud?
“Galaxy Brain Feminism: Cheating on your wife for 16 years and blaming the patriarchy”

On this episode, we attempt to answer questions that have been plaguing society for years. Can you separate the art from the artist? Where do we draw the line? When is it fair to superimpose the context of the artist into analysis of the original text? Is it hypocritical to call out unethical consumption when you take part in an unethical capitalist system?

This episode has it all. Orson Scott Card, the writer of Ender’s Game, a sci-fi story preaching tolerance, thought Obama was going to become our permanent dictator and had a lot of racist reasons why! Up and coming rapper XXXTentacion writes some pretty powerful songs about teenage depression, but also might be a violent sexist! Turns out feminist nerd favorite Joss Whedon is… not that at all. Does that change his work? Does that make Firefly sexist now? This episode gets real into the weeds about capitalism, you know, like every other episode that Phil and Sly are on.

Orson Scott Card’s Rant

The New Wave Of Rap Violence

Joss Whedon’s Ex-Wife’s Blog Post

Reconsidering The Feminism Of Joss Whedon

Theme Song – Radiohead’s Creep

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Episode 18 – North Korea and the Two Mad Men

North KoreaIn this episode, we discuss North Korea and what we should do about it. In order to come to the conclusion that we have no idea what to do about it.

Special Guest Lauren returns again to talk with the non-Ryan hosts this time. She helps drop some knowledge on Kim Jung-un’s country and the horrible things he does to it’s citizens (including the women and children). Darryl can’t even keep the crazy North Korea shit straight in his head. Capitalist Phil uses this opportunity to discuss the fundamental flaws of Communism while Comrade Sly dodges his questions to instead speak out against Capitalist imperialism.

Theme: Kim Jong Style – Key of Awesome

North Korea’s Peace Deal

North Korea Cites Gadaffi and Saddam to Justify Actions

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Episode 17 – Charlottesville: The KKK Is Not OK

Tiki Torches are the new hoods in Charlottesville
Counterprotestors in Charlottesville, VA, surrounded by White Nationalists

On this episode, the four of us are back together for a serious episode about the horrid events in Charlottesville, Virginia. If you don’t know, we recap the events of the “Unite The Right” rally, and give some context with a brief history of the KKK and white supremacy in America. We discuss a different history of the police than last week’s bonus episode with Ryan’s dad. We also talk about the centrist response to these events. Things have really changed since last time we talked about punching Nazis. Phil’s finally back to really give us some global history on slavery and racism. Darryl’s even more on Sly’s side than Ryan, who’s moderate views are wavering now that *cracks knuckles* Nazis are openly rallying.

List of Unite The Right Groups Present in Charlottesville
Phil’s oft-recommended Eyes On The Prize Documentary
Birth Of A Nation – The Early Anti-Black Propoganda Film
Tim Wise’s Documentaries
Ken Burns’ Documentaries
Intercept Article on White Supremacists and the Police
An example of how Nazis are treated in Germany
Ryan’s Best Acquaintances Episode

Theme Song: The KKK Took My Baby Away By The Ramones

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Extra Extra – An Interview On The Police & Their Politics

police

This was originally planned to be part of Episode 16 -on what it’s like to be outside of the partisan binary in American politics, but as you’ll hear, it ran too long to be included, but was way too interesting to be left on the cutting room floor.

Ryan sat down with his Dad, retired from the New York City Police Department. He gives a pretty detailed history of the modern NYPD, primarily under Mayor Dinkins and Mayor Giuliani. They discuss some specific instances of violence involving the police like Washington Heights Riots after a police shooting and the 1972 Harlem Mosque Shooting. They also discussed what it was like being a Republican during the Obama years and why many no longer want to associate with the Republican party but… are hesitant to jump to the Democrats.

The opinions that follow are a little outside of the usual for the show, but we hope you enjoy this interview, despite very few of regular host Ryan’s opinions showing through.

Content Warning: We speak extensively on graphic violence involving the police, both from and towards.

Theme Song – Rudie Can’t Fail by The Clash and The Barney Miller Theme song

Special thanks to Sean Lynch for helping out with the intro and outro of this episode.

Apparently, the FBI Crime Stats aren’t as clear as we thought.

Dad’s Band – The Angel’s Share And The Devil’s Dew

Their upcoming show – an all you can eat BBQ

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Episode 16 – Aren’t Both Sides Just As Bad?

On this episode, Ryan interviewed regular host Sly and regular listener Evan. Neither of them fit into either political party. Sly is further left than the Democratic party and Evan’s between them. Is Sly a filthy commie? Is Evan a milquetoast centrist? Are both sides just as bad? (No)

Don’t worry too much, Sly and Evan do not sit down together, otherwise your headphones would explode.

First, Sly tells us his ideal political utopia. He also admits he only became a communist to look cool and is a total Bernie Sanders hipster. Why won’t Bernie join the Democrats? If Sly hates them so much, why is he a registered Dem? How does Sly feel about third parties?

Then, Evan joins to tell about his political journey. How does a mild mannered middle school metal-head go from self-identified liberal to right-leaning, centrist troll of our facebook group? When did he drift into the middle? How did an uber-liberal college shape his opinions? How does Evan feel about third parties?

A bonus interview with a retired member of the NYPD (and a certain host’s Dad) will be up this weekend, touching on some similar themes and a whole lot more history.

Make sure you stick around for the next episode to hear Phil (he’s back!), Darryl, Ryan, and Sly talk about the political journey they all went through to get where they are now. Spoilers, they used to be way dumber and way more problematic.

Theme Song – Your Party by Ween

Special thanks to Ryan from Tales From The Static for helping out with the intro.

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Episode 15 – Rightwing Media – Good For What Ailes Ya

Ailes
Quote by a man who barely knows Roger Ailes

The boys are back, well… not Phil. So we brought in Jon, an avid conservative media consumer (especially Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity) to help us break down just why these monsters are so popular. We also give a (not so) brief history of Roger Ailes and his role in the creation of the modern Republican party and the conservative wing of the media. Without Phil, Sly gets carte blanche to rip apart Capitalism. Darryl thinks all liberals are communists (we are). Ryan’s just a Jon Oliver copy. Just one more episode after this till Phil comes back!

Some topics discussed:

  • Roger Ailes
  • Richard Nixon
  • Rush Limbaugh
  • Trump as the ultimate Foxy Grandpa
  • Sinclair’s Media buyout
  • Mambo No 5
  • Greg Gianforte
  • Conservative Advertisers
  • And much more

The History of Roger Ailes

Sinclair’s Takeover of Local News

Greg Gianforte’s Lack Of Media Coverage

Jon’s Band – The Muckrakers

Muñoz-Stock 2017

Our Reagan Episode

Theme song: Bimbo No 5, a Mambo No 5 parody

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Episode 14 – Let The Women Speak!

Women

The boys are out having fun and Ryan wasn’t invited, so he’s having a girl’s night out! He welcomes Helen, Lauren, and Alana to discuss issues facing women today.

Some topics discussed:

  • Feminism
  • Was Karen Handel’s victory in Georgia’s 6th a victory for women?
  • Trump’s remarks about females (especially Mika Brezinkski)
  • a Freudian analysis of Trump
  • Sandra Fluke
  • Planned Parenthood
  • And much more

Content warning: We do discuss violence against girls, sexual assault, and related topics.

Helen’s Podcast FiLM

Hillary article mentioned

Theme song: Pink Floyd’s Mother as performed by Felicia Westin

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Episode 13 – The Rise of the Machines

machines

To follow up our last informative episode on Climate Change, we’re going to do some factless fearmongering about the dystopian machine future.

The gang decides to talk about automation and the machine workforce replacing humans. Since data is scarce on this issue, we quickly devolve into a discussion about how machines are going to kill us all. We promise the next episode will not feature Terminator imagery or talks about dystopion futures. Phil can’t wait to rub our impending deaths into Darryl’s face. Ryan doesn’t care what kills us as long as it’s soon. Sly is just afraid of everything while Darryl does not appreciate our new InfoWars format.

Theme Song: Terminator 2 Theme

Humans Need Not Apply

Why Automation is Different This Time

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