Episode 25: Show Notes and Sources

  1. History’s Greatest Monster
    1. Dave – Trump for goading Kim Jong-Un via twitter and stupid statements and then doing it again. And also because he thanked Putin for kicking out 755 diplomats.
    2. Travis – WNED-TV Buffalo, New York for suing LeVar Burton for using the phrase “You don’t have to take my word for it” on his podcast, LeVar Reads.
    3. Curtis –
    4. Bob – Actual Nazi Sebastian Gorka
      1. Continues to have a WH office and go on tv despite having no security clearance
      2. Hyping up war this week with North Korea
      3. Called the Minnesota mosque bombing a “false flag” operation and blamed leftists
      4. Said that no terrorist attack in US history was unconnected to al Qaeda
        1. Which will be news to Timothy McVeigh
        2. Not to mention the countless race-related murders(lynchings), burnings, and bombings that have defined what “The South” – and, indeed American history – have meant to African-Americans and minorities. Not that that’s acknowledged by him, or even on his fucking radar as “a thing that happened.”
      5. Drives a Mustang with the license plate “ART WAR”
      6. Plagiarized his PhD dissertation, which called for a union of police and military for law enforcement in the US
      7. Worked for Viktor Orban in Hungary – ultra-rightwing nationalist who John McCain called a “neo-fascist” dictator
      8. Per a Rolling Stone report, he only still has a job because no other federal agency wants him
        1. Was supposed to be fired this summer, but WH couldn’t find him another job
      9. Oh and he’s paid $155,000/year in taxpayer money
  2. The Big List
    1. Russia
      1. Paul Manafort’s house was raided by the FBI in July.
        1. Had a search warrant.  Seized documents and “other materials”
        2. Pre-dawn, no-knock raid
        3. Search warrant may indicate that investigators convinced a federal judge that Manafort wasn’t truly turning over all documents related to the Russian investigation as he previously claimed.
        4. Trump called for firing acting FBI director hours after raid
          1. Claiming that acting FBI director Andrew McCabe was a “Comey friend” and was in charge of the Clinton investigation and got a $700,000 donation for wife’s political run from Hillary Clinton
      2. Special Counsel Mueller subpoenas Manafort’s Bank Records
        1. Mueller’s team of investigators has sent subpoenas in recent weeks from a Washington grand jury to global banks for account information and records of transactions involving Manafort and some of his companies, as well as those of a long-time business partner, Rick Gates, according to people familiar with the matter.
      3. President Trump thanks Putin for ordering expulsion of US Diplomats
        1. Was “very thankful” that Putin ordered them out of the country due to sanctions
        2. Tired of paying them and wants to cut the State Department’s budget, 755 leaving
        3. “I want to thank him because we’re trying to cut down our payroll, and as far as I’m concerned, I’m very thankful that he let go of a large number of people because now we have a smaller payroll,” Trump told reporters at his Bedminster, N.J., golf club.
        4. Reminder that Trump wants to cut the State Department’s budget by 29% in FY19
        5. Many of the job cuts that happen as a result of Putin’s directive will likely be Russian staffers. But some U.S. personnel will also have to leave the country. Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan told reporters on Tuesday that this will be a difficult undertaking.
    2. North Korea
      1. North Korea has successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead that can fit on an ICBM, analysts say.
        1. Experts say North Korea likely to have 30-60 nuclear warheads.
        2. It isn’t known whether North Korea has successfully tested the warhead design.
        3. Experts still believe the North Korea has failed to create a reentry vehicle for their ICBM that can withstand the intense heat of reentry.  They expect this vehicle will be completed by the end of this year.
      2. Twitter war – POTUS threatens DPRK if they threaten us any more
        1. Trump said, “Military options are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely.” on Friday.
        2. Improvises “fire and fury” line
        3. Then says “Maybe it wasn’t tough enough”
        4. Adding  that North Korea “better get their act together or they are going to be in trouble like few nations have ever been in trouble”
      3. DPRK responds by announcing a plan to launch missiles 20km away from Guam
        1. “Sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason and only absolute force can work on him,” said the DPRK about the POTUS
        2. Says plans are in the works and will be ready by mid-August
        3. The latest remarks come as North Korea released details of a plan to fire four of its Hwasong-12 missiles into waters near the U.S. territory of Guam, which houses 7,000 U.S. military personnel and two major U.S. bases. The trajectory of the missiles would take them over Japan, which along with South Korea has vowed a strong reaction should the North go ahead with the plan. Pyongyang’s military says the plan would require approval from leader Kim Jong Un.
      4. One of Trump’s evangelical advisors said that the president has the moral authority to take out Kim Jong Un, saying “God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un”
      5. China wants no part of the war, unless US starts it
        1. BEIJING — China won’t come to North Korea’s aid if it launches missiles threatening U.S. soil and there is retaliation, a state-owned newspaper warned Friday — but it would intervene if Washington strikes first.
        2. The Global Times newspaper is not an official mouthpiece of the Communist Party, but in this case its editorial probably does reflect government policy, experts said.
    3. Republicans, especially Mike Pence, appear to be gearing up for a shadow campaign for 2020, implying that they don’t expect Trump to run again.
      1. Pence has told donors he will run in 2020 if Trump does not.
      2. John Kasich has also declined to rule out a 2020 campaign…regardless of Trump’s status.
    4. Trump is on 17 day working vacation
      1. Made fun of by the North Koreans
      2. Made fun of by the former Mexican President
      3. Caught golfing and crashing weddings while “working”
      4. Has had very few meetings during the day, most of it is filled by “lids”
    5. National Emergency declared on opioid abuse
      1. Tom Price, HHS said Tuesday that there was no immediate plans for Trump to declare national emergency on the opioid abuse gripping the nation
      2. Thursday Trump declares national emergency
      3. In 1990 Trump said he would like to legalize and regulate drugs
      4. This is actually good, we need to (among other things)
        1. Increase access to Naloxone, and reduce its cost
        2. Education about pain management during medical schools to stop overprescribing
        3. More addiction based services for all insurance groups, including Medicaid
        4. Increase mental health services for all insurance groups, including Medicaid
        5. Legalize Marijuana and reduce sentencing for previous cases
  3. Lightning Round
    1. Kid Rock Gets GOP Backing for Senate Run.
      1. Senate Leadership Fund has expressed it’s support.
      2. “I believe if you work your butt off and pay taxes, you should be able to easily understand and navigate the laws, tax codes, health care and anything else the government puts in place that affects us all,”
      3. Yes, the same Kid Rock that was once convicted of assaulting a man in a Waffle House at 3am.
    2. Attack on GOP Congress going well  
      1. Three times this week POTUS has attacked Sen. McConnell for failing to repeal OCare
        1. Key GOP Senators have backed McConnell in on-going fued
      2. All Establishment Republicans now fired from the WH
    3. New poll shows half of Republicans would support delaying the 2020 Presidential election if proposed by Trump.
      1. Poll also shows: 47% of Republicans believe Trump won the popular vote,
      2. 68% believe millions of illegal immigrants voted in the 2016 election
      3. 73% think vote fraud happens somewhat or very often.
      4. 56% said they would support postponing 2020 election if Trump and Republicans in Congress agreed
      5. 52% said they would support postponing 2020 regardless
    4. Protestors put giant inflatable chicken behind the White House
    5. Trump has still refused to acknowledge Minnesota mosque bombing
      1. Bloomington Minnesota Islamic Center was bombed
      2. Community came together to support Mosque
      3. Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said bombing was ‘act of terrorism’
      4. Mosque’s director invited Trump to come out and see the bombing in person
    6. FISA Section 702 is pending reauthorization from congress, allows warrantless wiretaps
      1. Could expire (it wont)
      2. Section 702 allows for warrantless surveillance of conversations between people in the US and in foreign countries. The law passed in 2008 during the George W. Bush’s presidency, was extended by the Obama administration, and is now set to expire at the end of 2017, unless Congress reauthorizes the provision—a move the Trump administration supports.
    7. Teen birth rates rise in Texas after family planning services budget was reduced in 2011
      1. Budget reduced by 67%, from $111 million to $37.9 million
      2. Majority of the cuts were against Planned Parenthood
      3. The reduction of family planning services in Texas has resulted in the closure of 80 clinics and an increase in teen birth rates by 3.4 percent.
      4. Roughly 2,200 teens would not have given birth absent the reduction in Texas family planning funding, Packham wrote.
      5. Study shows that while teen births are down, they could have been reduced further had the spending not been cut
    8. Pence finally releases emails from his personal AOL account used for state business
        1. 6 months late
        2. Have ~50 FOIA requests, some a year old, to finally be processed
        3. Used campaign attorneys to decide which emails to release
        4. The pending requests seek Pence’s emails on a variety of topics, including Donald Trump, Indiana’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, voter fraud, Syrian refugee resettlement, lead contamination in East Chicago and the HIV outbreak in Scott County.
    9. Stem-Cell pouch implants “cure” type-1 diabetes, but there’s a catch
      1. Catch is that they have to be on immunosuppressants for the rest of their life
  4. Kentucky
    1. Matt Bevin has a plan to combat opioid crisis
      1. Use painted rocks hidden around the state to raise awareness for Kentucky’s opioid problem and the “Dont Let Them Die” initiative
      2. Painted rock searches, a form of hide-and-go-seek, are a new, wildly popular trend, said Bevin’s release.
      3. “The concept is simple: volunteers paint and decorate rocks, then place them for others to find. When one finds a painted rock they can photograph themselves with it and then post the photo to their social media outlet of choice. Finders are encouraged to then hide the rock for others to find. The goal is not to find and keep the rocks, but to continue placing them for others to discover.”
      4. Will place rocks in all 120 counties within two weeks
  5. General Quarters
  6. Super Happy Fun Time
    1. Dave – A potential cure/prevention for 93% of cervical cancers. A melbourne based study shows that Gardasil 9 vaccine protected against 93% of cancers. Hailed as ground-breaking. The golden age of medicine.
    2. Travis – August 8th was International Cat day.
    3. Curtis – Judge Dumps Lawsuit Against Taylor Swift
    4. Bob – Lemmysuchus
      1. British researchers realized a prehistoric crocodile found in the 1800’s was a new species
      2. Almost 6 meters long and ate turtles by crushing them in giant blunt teeth
      3. Decided to name it after Motorhead’s lead singer Lemmy Kilmeister