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Kagro in the Morning - September 30, 2015

Kagro in the Morning presents their All-Star lineup today: David Waldman, Greg Dworkin, Armando, and Joan McCarter!

Greg takes a medical, and political perspective to yesterday’s House Planned Parenthood Hearing: A bad day for women, and Republicans. The Gop Chair trots out a terrible and dishonest chart, and is shut down.

Joan joins in on the discussion on the House Planned Parenthood hearing’s war on women.

There may not be enough angry white guys to sustain the Republican party, but plenty are jockeying for leadership positions in the House. Also there's room for the liar, the nutter, the fool, and the demagogue to fill that “strong bench” for the GOP.

Ted Cruz shows he is no one's friend, and finds no one is his friend.

Benghazi is now the longest congressional investigation in history. Kevin McCarthy takes a bow.

Will Kim Davis now convert to Catholicism? What will she do next week?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:38am EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 29, 2015

David Waldman will be on TV - and .tv - when he is interviewed on The Lip.tv! The topic will be #gunfail, a concept created by David, which he built upon over the years. David will discuss how #gunfail has become influential, and its potential as a journalistic tool.

Greg Dworkin could not visit today, but he passed along these interesting topics:

Americans unite against Citizens United.

Shell leaves Arctic, giant oil rigs out there now only good for Bond villains.

Would Donald Trump play us for suckers?

Is John Boehner bad at his job, or what?

Actually, yes, he was pretty bad at his job.

Inept people queue up for his position, but not Cathy McMorris Rodgers.

Media reports on style over substance, and therefore, Carly Fiorina.

100,000 Peruvians rally for Kim! What idiots would believe that?

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:21am EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 28, 2015

Got the Post-Pope jitters? Don’t worry - you can stay Pope-current with today's Pope-Relevant episode of Hopping Mad with Will McLeod and Arliss Bunny!  On Daily Kos Radio, Mondays, right before this show, with this guy.

Last night’s lunar eclipse was pretty, but has not heralded doomsday at press time, and neither has Pope Francis shaking John Kerry’s hand.

Donald Trump promises to round up immigrants humanely.

Greg Dworkin fulfills his vow to round up the latest polling and analysis:

Trump isn't winning like he used to.  Chainsaw Carly is at third, while cementing her reputation of being a lying liar that lies.

Polls show Gop on the wrong side of several issues including gun control and funding Planned Parenthood, and just like Obamacare and the Iran Deal, support increases the more people become informed on the issues.  Now that they ruined the job, and caught the car, Republicans have a hard time finding a new Speaker of the House.

Conservatives are happy to be on the wrong side of the Constitution as well.  Ben Carson sees at least one religion as a probable cause for searches, which is just one available criteria for suspicion. And, a KY Republican claims a First Amendment right to accept bribes.

VW programmed a computer to lie to you, and you did not find out for years.  What other machines are lying to you right now?

Good guy with a gun bullseyes the carjacking victim, may not get that NRA salute.

Direct download: September_28_2015_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:38am EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 25, 2015

David Waldman, with Greg Dworkin has plenty to talk about today - The Pope, Polls, Politics and - BREAKING:

John Boehner does a terrible job doing his terrible job, and leaves...  Why is he leaving? Who will take his place? What will happen now and in the future? What about the Democrats?

Anyhow, back to Donald Trump. Are we at peak Trump? Is a second tier of less-loser candidates forming? Well, how about Rubio, then?

Anti-Muslim activist quits Oath Keepers when they refuse to help him arrest US Senator, and reveals it only costs $40 to join Oath Keepers!

A Mayor in Maine wants to publicly shame welfare recipients. A county in Texas screened job applicants to hire only Baptists. Think it can't happen where you are? David looks into what it takes to get into the local political clubs.

Remember to tune into Daily Kos Radio next Monday, at 8AM for Hopping Mad with Will McLeod and Arliss Bunny and their discussion of the canonization of Junipero Serra, by Pope Francis!

Direct download: September_25_2015_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:34am EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 24, 2015

David Waldman definitely did not have an easy fast on Yom Kippur, but lives to tell us about it, and answers your questions on spirituality, Judaism, and child rearing.

Joan McCarter makes a surprise visit on her way to Asheville, North Carolina, for the Daily Kos Connects meet-up and seminar. Check out the table of events, and stop by!

Then Armando makes his surprise visit! David and he have a broad discussion about - just about everything. But mostly about the continuing problems some black activists are having reaching understanding with some Bernie Sanders supporters. Should the focus of all sides be in allying to build a coalition, win elections and change things?  Or do substantial changes need to happen first?

And Ben Carson is second place in many Republican polls. Did anyone expect that? Did he? Who is Ben Carson, and what is he getting out of this?

All that and much more! Hit the link and listen!

Direct download: September_24_2015_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 11:54am EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 23, 2015

David Waldman is observing Yom Kippur today. He has pre-recorded an all-new show for today:

There was just too much left to say about the bizarre drug price-raising CEO story to let it drop at the end of yesterday's show, so we plow forward with that one, which really becomes completely nuts.  At first glance, Martin Shkreli comes off as the typical multimillionaire boy-genius.  But, a look at his history shows a streak of diabolical fiendishness.  After all that,will he change?

Sticking with a theme of business follies—and hey, why not run the government like this, right?—we start to examine the business record of Carly Fiorina, both at HP and in her previous job at Lucent, which also pretty much collapsed. Hmm!

And of course, we have to ask WTF, VW?

Finally, in our Entrepreneurial Spirit corner: who says you have to "own" or "have rights in" the property you put on AirBnB? Don't be a dinosaur, man!

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Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 8:52pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 22, 2015

David Waldman explores the gray areas between truth and complexity, meaning and interpretation, English and Aramaic, lumpers and splitters, philanthropists and psychopaths, The Boy Scouts and getting to High Holiday services:

Greg Dworkin is as shocked as you are that Scott Walker is out of the race - if you too expected that Scott Walker’s many shortcomings would quickly do him in.

Rubio’s numbers are up, mostly because the rest are so awful. Hillary Clinton still doing pretty good.

With Perry and Walker out, there are less insiders left in. Not that it makes it any easier for the outsiders.  

Fiorina climbs polls, but was still a terrible CEO.

Jack Shafer says Trump isn't a media creation, then explains how he is.

And - Ben Carson is still an incredible bigot but is OK with 80% base support.

Despite 4 Pinnochios, Taquiyya falsehoods gain traction. Denying one’s religion to persecutors has been seen as a good strategy in the past.

This leads David into continuing a discussion on how interpreting scripture, whether from the Torah, Bible, or Quran depends on the perspective, and honesty, of the interpreter, including a contrasting of the tenets of Taquiyya and Kol Nidre.

David also attempts to show mercy to this jerk, who is raising a pill’s price by 5,500%. He isn't alone.

Direct download: September_22_2015_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 3:08pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 21, 2015

If you like Kagro in the Morning and listen to David Waldman on a regular basis you’ll be interested in knowing that there is a way for you to help pay for the continued production of this show, which costs real money.  You can donate at Recurrency.com or Netrootsradio.com, so you should.

Welcome to the latest show to debut on Netroots Radio: "Hopping Mad with Arliss Bunny & Will McLeod"! Visit their website, IMHoppingMad.com and follow on twitter @IMHoppingMad.

PM gets into a bit of a sticky wicket, along with a dead pig’s gob with his todger.  David tries to explain, while staying on the air.

World-wide Skype outage temporarily silences Greg Dworkin - but he does send in a lot of new polls:  

Clinton's lead over Sanders grows.  Trump’s lead over Fiorina shrinks.  Walker’s lead over anyone goes away.  Gop-ers all losers with Trump.

In the kind of political analysis you can’t catch elsewhere, David contrasts the translations of the tenets of Judaism, Jewish vs. Evangelical, from Atonement to the Shofar.

Newly disclosed information shows that that George W. Bush made a retroactive “fix” in the legality of Stellar Wind.

Direct download: September_21_2015_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:07pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 18, 2015

This Episode is about money, where it goes, and why people make the decisions they do about whom they share it with.  A couple good places to share:  Netrootsradio.com, Daily Kos Radio, and David Waldman - the team that brings you discussion of topics that you do not hear anywhere else. Like these:

John Dean, who used to work on one side, but now doesn't, asks: Will the second debate confirm that “Mad as Hell” Republicans don’t want a competent presidential candidate?

The elite are different from you and me.  David looks into a study that concludes that Rich elites—even rich liberal elites—don’t believe in redistributing wealth.

Unsurprisingly, many Wall Street executives say wrongdoing is necessary for success.

And - the dealers who control the U.S. Treasury market rigged bond auctions for years.

Which leads David back to the the LIBOR bid rigging cartel, and history’s largest financial crime that the WSJ and NYT would like you to forget.

Does this talk of rampant greed on a monstrous scale and its financial machinations make you hopping mad?  Then you should tune in to "Hopping Mad with Arliss Bunny & Will McLeod", debuting next Monday, September 21 at 8AM on netrootsradio.com!  

Maybe if you share these hashtags: #gunfail, and #lockdownnation, more people will understand the scope of these problems and work to address them.

Direct download: September_18_2015_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:12pm EST

Kagro in the Morning - September 17, 2015

David Waldman counts the days until the Autrumpnal Equinox, while everyone else recovers from the debate from Hell.

Greg Dworkin notices that Jack Tapper injected vaccines into the debate with some unexpected side effects.

Fiorina wins! Trump does not win! Maybe because other debaters are not eighth-grade girls. Debates keep Jeb!on his toes. Jeb! is his own man, but remembers those that helped get him here. You do know they are related, don’t you?

Eventually candidates will talk to all Americans. Polling not going so well for Kim Davis.

Ahmed Mohamed, who probably would not be in trouble if his name was Amelia Bedelia, becomes a teachable moment, and an example to be shared. Ahmed came out on top, and wiser to boot.

Professor on Professor crime wave probably started with #gunfail.

David finishes out the show with a look at charter schools. What does it take to make a school - other than a pile of money and the free market?

When the ability to close charter schools is a sold as a feature, what happens to the students when the feature works?

Direct download: September_17_2015_64.mp3
Category:News & Politics -- posted at: 12:58pm EST