Thu, 31 December 2015
Kagro in the Morning wraps things up for the year! And by the way, how’s your corn hole? Greg Dworkin rounds up the day’s political headlines. Twitter’s abuzz with links to Nate Cohn’s explanation of Trump supporters, but is anybody buying Jeb’s? The Year in Gaffes. Gop-ers still trying to split five Iowa votes 10 ways. But is it all for naught? It’s looks that way on paper. An alarming note on year-end GunFAIL: Five family members or significant others have been accidentally shot in the homes of cops, just since Christmas! Armando dives enthusiastically into the predictions game, not just on primary contests, but on policy, issues, and the next presidential term. And following up on some previous KITM stories: a top head rolls in the Flint, MI water scandal; Trump’s spokestroll turns out to be just the kind of Gimmetarian you thought she was; and Congress actually does something about plastic micro-bead pollution.
Wed, 30 December 2015
David Waldman makes it to the middle of the week, and almost to the end of the year with the help of guests Joan & Greg:
Greg Dworkin brings us campaign highlights and lowlights: Donald Trump’s bile is a healing balm, although Trump voters are out for revenge, and Trump’s spokeswoman is out for revenge, although she seems like a nice person.
The experienced presidential candidates know enough to get the Hell out, leaving The Republican establishment figuring out how to tweak the system to still get what they want. The WSJ thinks the “cluster” option is still the least likely.
Joan McCarter looks ahead to the pointless, symbolic fights coming in the new year.
A bruised Planned Parenthood gears up for even more attacks in the election year.
But first, The Potato Drop!
Tue, 29 December 2015
Greg Dworkin gives us the inside line on who’s the best bet in the presidential horse race. Hillary Clinton is way ahead, with Trump and Cruz way back. It doesn’t look like much of a race so far, unless you concentrate on the Gop pack with Rubio falling, Cruz rising. Establishment darling Marco Rubio is not really representative of anyone, as people notice the political natural is not a natural for the job. How about a Jeb! comeback?
None of us want to miss the climatic explosion of Donald Trump, which enriches the media, and destroys the Republican party. Bernie Sanders thinks he might catch some of the pieces raining down, Donald Trump sees a disaster.
"Affluenza" teen visits Puerto Vallarta right in the middle of tourist season, realizes his mistake.
David reports that Ruby Tuesday is overpriced for what you get there.
People that accidentally shoot themselves in Montana get several depressing surprises, including air ambulance bills.
Mon, 28 December 2015
Struck down by the kids' Christmas colds, we had to re-air our Dec. 30, 2013 episode: Morning wingnut outrage: Someone said "spooning" on CNN, and that's Teh Sex! Morning meta-debate: does criticism of the NYT's Benghazi story require on-the-ground reporting? Greg Dworkin focuses the morning madness with a round of ACA stories. Charles Gaba (aka Brainwrap) gets front page WaPo notice for his signup calculations. Greg's next story becomes the first hour obsession, the NBC coverage of how ACA implementation was impacting employees of a Michigan car dealership. But not before distracting us with the very wonkish notion of carving time up into infinitely small slices, to see if we can defeat federal health care policy. Or something. Then we double back to dissect that NBC News story, and it doesn't look like it holds up. The NSA is in the news again, and we read Cory Doctorow's treatment of the big Der Spiegel story. Also: Bloomberg reveals the new American Caymans, in South Dakota.
Fri, 25 December 2015
Our last rerun of the Christmas break was our last live show of last year! Why "traditional media" instead of "mainstream media?" Explainer journalism time! Events have forced us to do yet another GunFAIL-focused show, as yet another toddler shoots and kills yet another mother with her own self-defense gun. Long story short, we parse this one closely. Silver lining: Idaho authorities & reporters have remembered they have some other gun issues to settle. In other poor gun decision news, the story of a shootout on the street after a convenience store robbery in South Carolina. Which is fine and keeps us safe, because reasons. Armando joins for discussion of the NYPD work slowdown, Marco Rubio saying something dumb, and how politics in 2015 might unfold. Oh, and by the way, bushmeat's not to blame for Ebola. Sorry about that. Vermont's crazy gubernatorial election will end in the state legislature. Not unprecedented, but TV ads might be! IL man who accidentally Second Amendmented himself made up a sob story that got him profiled in the local papers.
Thu, 24 December 2015
Our December 30, 2015 episode returns! The GOP's Steve Scalise problem dominates the political news. Greg Dworkin picks up the subject, brings us the fascinating "Tragedy of the American Military," and draws police parallels, via TPM's "The Other Blue Nation." Dictator Obama claims power to reject legislation! And the "fleeting obsessions" of the WH press corps. Armando tries to help make some sense of the North Korean Sony hacking claims, but even with listener help, we're still not quite there. Also, the discussion of LBJ & Selma we teased yesterday. And finally, Jane Mayer pieces together the story of "The Unidentified Queen of Torture."
Wed, 23 December 2015
An "encore performance" of our Dec. 29, 2014 episode: We were back from a short break, and had some catching up to do with the NYPD's Pat Lynch-triggered PR debacle, as well as holiday GunFAIL. Greg Dworkin brought us a far-flung roundup, including the story of how "MTV has done more for the US teen birthrate than decades of policy." Polling on racial issues has an (unsurprising) red/blue divide. Racism vs. racial bias. Obama: lame duck, or honey badger? Jeb-mania! Christie-toast becomes crispier. TN finding its way to Medicaid expansion, and a reminder that S-CHIP is up for renewal in 2015. The latest airline disaster. And the worst media fails of 2014. Crossing racial bias with guns: Two white guys take BB guns off the shelves at WalMart & wander the store firing, and live to tell the tale. Also still alive after the weekend: the white woman who put on body armor and drove around, shooting up Chattanooga, and finally taking aim at police when they caught up with her. Not alive: the black man who police say fired a gun toward a crowd of club-goers, then at responding cops. They do Christmas differently in Texas, I guess. And PolitiFact's year-end roundup of the worst of political Internet memes. "Pants on Fire" doesn't even begin to cover some of these.
Tue, 22 December 2015
Yesterday’s discussion between David, Greg & Armando about the Bernie Sanders campaign and the practical realities of contemporary political campaigns and party dynamics inspired a blog post describing the different viewpoint of some frustrated Progressives fighting out there in the trenches.
The Texas grand jury issues no indictments in the death of Sandra Bland — prosecutors usually get indictments when they really want one.
Video technology increasingly reveals possible police misconduct: In Los Angeles, one deputy accidentally shoots another, then shoots the suspect several times. In Paradise CA, an officer shoots a drunk driver, and doesn’t admit it.
David discusses a new type of jihadist: part terrorist, part gangster — but is cloaking criminality with piousness really new? And how about cloaking criminality with patriotism?
An 82 year old woman calls police because she heard someone chanting, "ISIS is good, ISIS is great" while they were having sex. Maybe taking see something, say something a little too far? Or maybe she misheard?
Mon, 21 December 2015
Happy Winter Solstice! Twitter’s abuzz with Miss Universe news, including the news that Robin Leach is still working. Good for you, Robin! Greg Dworkin rounds up weekend polling, horse race and debate news, strange bedfellows on Mid East dictators, and further discussion of the DNC data breach, with which Armando takes exception. Where’s
Fri, 18 December 2015
David Waldman brings on the Friday Insanity, and there’s plenty:
Remember the War from Christmas?
Augusta County schools in Virginia closed after being hit by the perfect storm of ignorance, as calligraphy brings an abundance of caution and puddles of urine from school officials. Nothing to learn here, move on.
Greg Dworkin hears you like the crazy, so he put some crazy in your crazy:
The Media still struggles with how to push back on Donald Trump, can he be contained, or just shut up for a minute? Trump remains the Honey Badger, and his backers like it, and would be there even if he wasn’t.
David delves further into the shams, scams, and shell games of flim-flammer Martin Shkreli, who had learned from lessons taught by Bain capital, Gordon Gekko, Don Corleone, and generally all BBA courses to remember to drain the maximum available from every transaction, but didn’t learn to first legislate the crime out of his business dealings, and most importantly to build a good coalition of powerful political friends. Like ISIS and Saudi Arabia.
Thu, 17 December 2015
Martin Shkreli, Sheldon Adelson, David Waldman — who has demonstrated the highest ROI on their business model lately?
David joins in on the Shkreli Schadenfreude, but adds much more. Is extractive greed the path to maximizing shareholder value, which is the cornerstone of good business? So, Martin Shkrelli, Boy-Genius-Entrepreneur has been arrested for securities fraud. You might remember him for raising a drug price 5000%, buying the world’s most expensive album, and other business dealings.
The journalists at The Las Vegas Review-Journal did not know exactly who they were working for. Now they know it’s Sheldon Adelson. David looks into what might have motivated him to buy the paper, the possible repercussions, and how the purchase was orchestrated.
The editor in chief for the Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune writes an editorial on the NRA, and was eventually fired for insubordination, although she was following procedures established over 3 decades.
Ahead of open carry, Dallas officials urge residents to keep calm if they see handguns, and not to jump to hasty conclusions on “bad” or “good” guys. Now there is a move to make a crime out of deciding the threat of a person heading towards you with a gun.
Wed, 16 December 2015
After the National Anthem, after the birds tweet and the opening music, after the Ping! and then that opening music, then you know that eventually you will be rewarded with 2 hours of entertaining, informative, David Waldman & friends:
Greg Dworkin subjected himself to the Republican terror-debates last night, as well as the Twitter feed and several articles: With all of the candidates, and 4 hours of debates, the media would be happier with at least a 4 way battle, but it looks like it is coming down to 3: Trump, Cruz and Rubio. Who really supports these candidates? By the way, Hillary Clinton still sits pretty.
Rosalyn MacGregor reported on KITM months ago on Flint, Michigan’s switch from Lake Huron water to the Flint River. Even then, they knew about the hazard of increasing lead in the drinking water. Now, the mayor declares a state of emergency.
Joan McCarter is not on team Bearded Paul Ryan, but Paul has to finish his hunt. Joan’s prognosis is that the government will cling to life through the 22nd, then everyone goes home for Christmas. A multi-millionaire celebrity with lots of time and connected friends, lobbies and humiliates the government into doing something right. CNN asks Carly Fiorina to take responsibility for Planned Parenthood lies. Fat chance.
David looks into a particularly looney former police chief now in jail for his usual habit of violent behavior, and wonders what he’s been drinking. No, really. Should violent offenders and abusive police have their blood checked for lead levels? Can bad cops be predicted by how many complaints have been lodged against them? Wait a minute — don’t people already track how many complaints have been lodged against police officers?
Tue, 15 December 2015
Greg Dworkin brings us many polls and much more:
Trump. No matter what he says, or what happens, or maybe because of it, Trump is somewhere in the lead with the Gop. The good news is that with most others, including Independents, he is still a loser. Hillary Clinton is still seen as a leader — and the leader in the election. It is starting to look as if Ted Cruz will be the one to lose to Clinton rather than Trump. At a secret meeting there was a pledge of allegiance to Cruz. Hispanic activists call Cruz and Rubio traitors. Gop billionaires still shop for a Christmas deal on the election.
On the anniversary of the Newtown Shooting, the memory continues to recede for many, but their parents work to keep that from ever happening.
Las Vegas Review-Journal Staffers try to find out who even owns their newspaper.
Carly Fiorina, America’s famous modern job killing outsourcing CEO, naturally has created “The Outsourced Campaign” David looks into this and other Super PAC shell games. Unrelated — Carly Fiorina chews dogfood.
A Modesto Pastor is shot in a firearms safety class, by his instructor when the instructor didn’t notice he had not holstered his safety orange fake gun, and pulled out his very real personal gun. Who could have foreseen this happening when they sometimes do up to three things for safety?
Gun violence, the Christmas gift that keeps on taking.
Mon, 14 December 2015
David Waldman sniffs out today’s BS, so you don’t have to:
Secret US Policy Blocks Agents From Looking at Social Media of Visa Applicants, Former Official Says — the headline says. David says this isn’t at all what the article is about, and questions if this is what the situation is really about and if this is even an effective solution to the existing problem.
Greg Dworkin brings new polling, analysis and a movie review: Spotlight — “If you lose your respect for real journalism, see this movie and restore it”.
In Iowa people like Bernie, but voting for Hillary. Trump is on a plateau, as Cruz soars. Head to head polls are usually dumb, but here are some. (Trump is the big loser.) Did Gop wait too long to disown trump? Yep, and no one significant has said they won’t vote for him anyhow. The pack breaks into tiers. Is it time to talk about a “brokered” convention? (Even if that is not what they are talking about.) Fiorina snaps, but who is listening?
What is your level of anti-gun-ness? Do you want to minimize accidents, tightly control guns into schools, or do you want to ban guns — all of them? That might actually be the place to start. People are looking into the criteria for being a “Responsible Gun Owner” or a “Good Guy With a Gun”. Rifleman wanders the streets of Akron, and confronts barbershop owner. Eventually the cops are called in — by the Rifleman. The Starbucks cup evangelist gives a bad name to maniac zealot sociopaths by calling for mass assassinations. Meanwhile, the #GunFAIL Effect continues, with an American kid dying every other day.
Serena Williams is first woman since Mary Decker to get onto the cover of Sports Illustrated as Sportsperson of the Year!
Fri, 11 December 2015
David Waldman today addresses examples of news that you just do not hear being addressed anywhere else in detail, which is a shame considering that these are the stories that you would really want addressed everywhere:
An ex-Oklahoma City cop, Daniel Holtzclaw, has been found guilty of multiple on-duty rapes. This is egregious abuse of power, clearly linked to concerns voiced by Black Lives Matter, feminist groups and many others for a lifetime, and yet is only starting to gather attention of the mainstream news. David covers this in some detail today.
A University of Texas task force recommended that students should be able to carry handguns in classrooms but not inside dormitories, but said “Every member of the working group thinks that we would be best if we did not have handguns in the classroom” as their sensibilities became entangled in the law.
CNN’s crazy Trump superfan, who said she’d “never been involved” in politics before, turns out to have been a dangerous birther, married to Bundy militia man, and oh yeah, a state legislator in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.
Armando refutes the intellectualized rationalizations framing the Trump phenomena: Trump supporters, like the Tea Party before them, are just a rebranding of certain conservative groups.
Rosalyn MacGregor reports from Michigan: Gov. Rick Snyder stands up for sanity, and another road deal falls apart. MI House, Senate leave major issues for the final week of session, just like the Washington folks.
Thu, 10 December 2015
Greg Dworkin analyzes the analysis from the left through the right, and the dummies that pretend to be in the in-between. The media worm is finally turning on Trump. But really, Trump is a fine representative for Republican values, and most would be fine with voting for him if he ended up nominee. If not Trump, was the door opened for Ted Cruz, or is Cruz even less electable than Trump? Marco Rubio is checking the most boxes for political scientists, but is he out there wooing like he should?
Justice Antonin Scalia suggests that black students do better in “less-advanced schools” that are on “slower tracks”. David looks into the concept that diversity brings “intellectual danger”, or “safe spaces” to education.
Wendy David regrets being part of the reason we can’t make progress on the gun issue.
Mock mass shooting at University of Texas uses mock guns so no one gets shot as they mock win to prove their point. They end up having to use a Mock campus. Mass farting event will use real farts for real winning.
Wed, 9 December 2015
Today David Waldman continues to pee on the Trumpster fire, managing to hit a few other targets along the way:
Greg Dworkin rounds up the polls and the reviews the news: Donald Trump’s modest proposal to keep out Muslims is being widely condemned abroad and at home. The anger is bipartisan but it’s only a political inflection point if Republican leaders and candidates refuse to support him. But how did we get here? As calls go out to renounce his candidacy, Trump’s N.H. backers circle the wagons. So, why did he pick this time to attack Muslims? Meanwhile, Trump moves on to new targets. Liberals have been saying he’s a loser for some time now, but has Trump already won? And would he ever admit losing anyhow? By comparison, Hillary Clinton and the Dems continue to smoothly cruise.
No matter what bigotry exists in society, veteran’s cemeteries remain quite inclusive and welcoming.
Joan McCarter takes time from her crazy schedule of tracking crazy politics to stop by:
We all know the government will not be funded by this Friday, as everyone gets in line to slip in policy riders and all kinds of lobbyist wish list items. Dick Durbin promises all hell will break loose over the abortion provision language he spotted in the bill.
Self-proclaimed serious guy Marco Rubio goes Dick Cheney by planting misinformation with the help of the AP in the interest of stoking fear and gaining votes.
Tue, 8 December 2015
Greg Dworkin brings us the news, most of it about Donald Trump, exactly as Trump planned. Donald Trump leads Republican polling, because more Republicans support and approve of Donald Trump. Because they too dislike and are afraid of Muslims. Because they too want authoritarian government. Because they too are drawn to the Fascist path. Because they, like Trump, see how Palingenetic Ultranationalism is not as “hat friendly” of a slogan. Because Trump is them.
Donald Trump originally set himself apart from other Gop candidates by being rich, incorruptible and not PC. He recently demonstrated that he would not kow-tow to “special interests” by banning any Muslim from anywhere into the US, unless they could step up and show that they were rich and famous enough to be trusted as a good friend of Mr. Trump’s. Or, if you have a set of compelling deals for him. Or if you have a set of compelling deals for his daughter. Or, even if you were just a Saudi Prince that owned one $48.5M apartment. Or, you Just wanted to buy Derek Jeter’s old World Tower Penthouse — Donald Trump can be generous and flexible during these times.
The Supreme Court won't hear an assault weapons case, but don’t get your hopes up says David. The case will help if it helps in the defining of assault weapons, and also extending to future cases. Opponents will try to limit its success to that one case.
A former marine heard he was being called a terrorist, so he loaded up his guns and took off to NYC to teach those folks what terrorism was all about. The FBI spoiled the lesson.
Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, who has made a career for herself by posing to show off her gigantic and imposing weaponry and guns, would like to travel to Paris to meet up with Syrian refugees and then by “putting them down, blacking them out, just put a piece of brass in their ocular cavity and end their miserable life.” The ones in the water may not be sporting enough for her.
Mon, 7 December 2015
Greg Dworkin brings the polls and discusses the news: Trump-Cruz-Carson in IA, Trump-Cruz-Rubio in NH. As expected, Donald Trump’s lead deceives as well, and the bet is still on Rubio. But, really, the big story isn’t about the leader, it is about why he is leading. Partisans win with partisans, by showing how partisan they are, and so a radical group of Republicans is having an easy time moving the party to the right. If you live in a conservative state, you have a better chance being shot, though.
The Chicago police reports on the Laquan McDonald shooting don’t match the video. So, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced today that the U.S. Department of Justice will investigate the Chicago Police Department. All of them.
President Barack Obama, confident that he, and we, are on the right side of history, reaffirms that “Freedom is more powerful than fear”. Will the public see it his way? Obama’s opponents clearly have a different way of seeing it.
Do you feel confused about the roster of allies and enemies that we have in the Middle East, just as the debate moves into how hard we will be hitting whomever we are mad at or scared of? Imagine if you were actually there, aiming a gun, or having a gun aimed at you. David spends the second half of the show peeling the onion, only to reveal many more layers underneath, just to begin the conversation on this complex subject. Who is Bashar al-Assad, and how did he become President of Syria? You have heard of Sunnis and Shiites, but how about the Alawites, the Salafis, and their importance in the region? Find out a lot more on today’s show, and then realize the small percentage that you actually know!
Fri, 4 December 2015
Greg Dworkin brings us the polling and news: Trump is way ahead, how about that? He does know how to throw a rally. Trump meets with the Gop Jewish Coalition, reminds them that some of his favorite stereotypes are Jewish. Not many were won over, though. Does Trump (or Kasich) understand what it means to be “prejudiced”?
If you are into image advantages, Hillary Clinton has a bigger one than Bernie Sanders.
Armando talks to David on the difference between talking it out and writing it out, and the advantages of listening to KITM.
Joan McCarter reminds us to mark our calendars: One more week until the government shutdown!
Medical groups push for repeal of gag order on gun violence research. House Republicans leave Planned Parenthood defunding out of spending mix, for now. Senate Republicans vote to repeal Obamacare, defund Planned Parenthood, let terror suspects buy guns.
Chris Christie tries to show toughness by being more of a tough guy, by demanding evidence that orphans get adopted, questioning the value of allies (and alleys), and of course supporting torture. At some point a refusal to "look backward" becomes a failure to "look forward”.
Thu, 3 December 2015
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Greg Dworkin points out that hours before the San Bernardino shooting, doctors urged Congress to lift funding ban on gun violence research.
People are still thinking about that Planned Parenthood shooting some time back, and think Republicans deserve some of the blame.
Here is the best way to ask an Iowa Caucus gun control question, if you don’t mind what answer you will still probably get.
Ted Cruz hopes Republican voters are less bloodthirsty than what Rubio hopes they are, going into the primary.
A private memo turns up describing how the Gop would handle Trump if he was nominee — there is probably a memo for each possible nominee, other than Pataki.
Armado calls in to ask where have the Liberals been the last 20 years or so while this mess has been growing? Where are the politicians that will make the stand that gun ownership is not a fundamental right? Or emphasize the power of states to decide? And, of course remember the state of the Supreme Court when making any voting decision.
Meet The Press tries to be “fair and balanced”, may even invite on someone that doesn’t like anyone getting shot. Instead, they will definitely make certain to book M'aiq Huqqabeh.
Wed, 2 December 2015
David Waldman promises, and delivers an eclectic show today:
A former police officer has his first love stolen from him, as well as his faith in humanity, vows to let nothing stop him in his search for its return.
Greg Dworkin calls in with the news you can use — which includes polling! How yooge is Trump’s lead? It not only depends on whom you ask, but how. Voters start to shift to Hillary Clinton, although Bernie Sanders does just as well head to head with Republicans.
New Jersey Muslims used to trust Governor Chris Christie, but quit trusting presidential candidate Chris Christie. As the U.S. continues Middle East coalition building by cahooting with enemies and antagonizing friends, Iraqis do not know who to trust at this moment.
Ted Cruz had it all figured out, when he was going to take out Jeb Bush, but now he has Marco Rubio in his way.
Armando calls in with a few bones to pick with Greg, David, and others:
Ted Cruz hits Marco Rubio on foreign policy, linking him to Hillary Clinton and Benghazi, actually creating a Gop debate on policy and substance. Meanwhile the pundits wring their hands over Hillary Clinton’s likability, a problem she shares with Jeb! and Trump, the other two well-known candidates.
David and Armando discuss Bernie Sander’s plan for free tuition, and similar programs for which a decision needs to be made to help those at the extremes or to help everyone, and if means testing is the path to helping everyone.
Tue, 1 December 2015
Happy December! Between bites of pie and gravy, David Waldman helps us shake off the tryptophan.
Greg Dworkin does not promote, but helps recount how Iowa and New Hampshire got to be first in line to decide who will run for president. Greg and David also do not promote, but report on how the shooting at the Planned Parenthood facility could convince Democrats to risk a government shutdown over guns.
The guys that warned you about Jade Helm and saw thousands of dancing Muslims in New Jersey have theories on what went wrong in Syria. John McCain and Lindsey Graham want 20,000 troops in Syria and Iraq to turn things into something that they do not quite have a plan for. Ben Carson moves way past dog-whistles in his campaign as he battles Ted Cruz for the hearts and votes of people that think homosexuals should be killed. As Cruz rises, so does Gop support for Marco Rubio, thus ruining Rubio’s outsider cred. New Hampshire’s top paper endorses Chris Christie, mostly because they don’t know Chris Christie.
Research reveals the network of dedicated professionals working to create American skepticism of climate change. For more info on this kind of shenanigans, check out the John M. Olin Foundation on Dkosopedia!
Apparently unaware of the dangers of guns, a teen sticks one right through his neck. He is alive, as is one of many toddlers recently shot in Tennessee. Sadly, not as fortunate: the 7 month old in Rome, New York. (warning: graphic description)