Episode 81 – Department of Injustice (Smelly Cheese Knees)

Billy Cheesy-Knees Barr. His official title is United States Attorney General but he’s not acting like it, he’s acting like Trump’s personal lawyer. Tonight we muck our way though the latest attacks on our justice system. Billy Bag of Goo Barr has no interest in upholding our constitution or the rule of law. Cass talks about how the DOJ is SUPPOSED to work and Kim goes over a bit of Barr’s history and constitutional philosophy.

We know we don’t trust him, but we can’t figure out what the the big, big picture is. Why did Barr take this job? He could’ve sailed into the cheesy sunset of his doughy life without having to deal with all the Trump drama. Why are the Republicans just brazenly disregarding laws and rules and the constitution and morals and ethics and anything good in the world. What the fuck is going on?! Seriously. WHAT. IS. GOING. ON? What are they up to? Global dictatorship? Things are changing quickly. It feels like we’re on a runaway train with the orange swamp thing pulling the horn and doughy cheese knees shoveling the coal, full speed into swamp hell.

Fuck.

Disclaimer – This episode is filled with colorful, wildly creative and totally disgusting nicknames for Baggy Pipes. We made ourselves a little nauseous, so if you have a tender tummy or a keen visual interpretation of words, please proceed with caution.

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Media Bias Fact Check:

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Episode 80 – Game Night and a Melange of Torment

Game night with Nanny and gin! We played a round of Bad Libs and a Who said it; Joey from Friends or Rudy Giuliani. We also had some related Phillies and tried to tease out some sense from the nonsensical. We laughed hard with tears and all – boy howdy, did that feel good. Not a whole lot of laughter going on these days. It was a good way to extinguish some angst, of which. there is plenty going on these days. As always, it felt good to be together. To be with people we care about, who share our ideals and vision is so precious. There is no substitute for true connection, it’s greater than fear or control or maniacal bullies. True connection is the unsung super hero in the fable of humanity. We are so much greater together, in laughter or angst, sadness or  joy, fear or courage. We have each other and together we have strength.

Ella’s Song

We who believe in freedom cannot rest
We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes

Verses
Until the killing of Black men, Black mothers’ sons
Is as important as the killing of White men, White mothers’ sons

And that which touches we most is that I had a chance to work with people
Passing on to others that which was passed on to me

To me young people come first, they have the courage where we fail
And if I can shed some light as they carry us through the gale

The older I get the better I know that the secret of my going on
Is when the reins are in the hand of the young who dare to run against the storm

Not needing to clutch for power, not needing the light just to shine on me
I need to be just one in the number as we stand against tyranny

Struggling myself don’t mean a whole lot I come to realize
That teaching others to stand up and fight is the only way my struggle survive

I’m a woman who speaks in a voice and I must be heard
At time I can be quite difficult, I’ll bow to no man’s word
See also, Ella Baker
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Episode 79 – Do The Next Right Thing

Tonight was the SOTU address. We didn’t listen. We recorded our own STOTU, or rather our State of Mind address. Cass coined the term Trumpcabulary with a game outlining a few of Trump’s verbal atrocities, all the misspoke, made up words the leader of the free world issues while attempting to reinforce his Very Stable Genius-ness. Is he having strokes, in the midst of early-onset dementia? Is he just as cognitively deficient as he is morally deficient? Time will tell. But it’s sad – for our country and humanity. How can people support this lunacy? His followers turn a bind eye at every turn.

What does it mean to confront the truth? How do we stand up to the face of despair and fear? What brand of courage is required to defend justice? We’re figuring it out, slowly but with resolve. Hope is a funny thing. We’re taught that the good guys win. We have this idea that the battle will be waged and won; roughly through the course of an hour and a half, the span of an avengers movie. NEWS FLASH: we’re in it for the long haul and it’s gonna take some fearless introspection and humility. It’s going to be hard and painful. Sacrifices will be made.

But they’ll be worth it.

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Gratitudes to the usual cast of characters- and WINE.

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Episode 78 – Do You Have a Satanic Womb?

So, if you’ve been impregnated with satan’s baby recently, you’re probably pretty pissed at Paula White. She’s called on god to expel your fetus.

When I was a kid and I imagined the year 2020 I thought of hovering cars, spaceships, crazy cool electronic things, and maybe some kind of time travel, but never, never satan babies. We’re backsliding. What’s next, real witch hunts? If only we could back slide all the way back to Cass’s ancestor, Roger Williams. Roger developed the idea of the separation of church and state that eventually made it’s way into our constitution. Tonight we discuss the history of his idea and the benefits of keeping these institutions from commingling, We also explore Erich Fromm’s theory of the fear of freedom, which is quite fascinating and also, a little scary.

“The crucial difficulty with which we are confronted lies in the fact that the development of man’s intellectual capacities has far outstripped the development of his emotions. Man’s brain lives in the twentieth century; the heart of most men lives still in the Stone Age. The majority of men have not yet acquired the maturity to be independent, to be rational, to be objective. They need myths and idols to endure the fact that man is all by himself, that there is no authority which gives meaning to life except man himself. Man represses the irrational passions of destructiveness, hate, envy, revenge; he worships power, money, the sovereign state, the nation; while he pays lip service to the teachings of the great spiritual leaders of the human race, those of Buddha, the prophets, Socrates, Jesus, Mohammed — he has transformed these teachings into a jungle of superstition and idol-worship.” – Erich Fromm, Escape From Freedom

Listen in, but please wear protection.

Gratitudes to the usual cast of characters – Cass, Doug, Quinn and Kim

 

Episode 77 – Coughapocolypse

As we set out to record tonight’s podcast, Cass fell into a coughing fit of epic proportions. She’d been sick then seemed to be recovering, but as illness sometimes works, the relentless germ raised it’s red-faced, spittle flecked head and pushed back the promise of wellness with gasping strength. Cass WILL recover. That’s what she does. The germs, so invested in their fruitless battle are no match for her resilience. She just needs some rest and maybe a cup of tea with honey laced with a hearty shot of whiskey. Or two ; ) She will survive.

As Cass was in the middle of a coughing fit, her daughter came in and began to offer solutions. I saw a familiar look on her face; something a bit beyond concern but not quite in the realm of fear. She was worried, yet confident in her ability to help. Ella revealed (to me) the same resolve I’ve seen on her mothers face.  The same look I’ve seen in countless faces, including my own. Resolution, determination, hope and compassion – the best medicine.

It’s difficult to see someone you love struggle. Our first instinct is to DO SOMETHING, fix the problem, restore them to our idea of how they should be – how we want them to be. Especially someone from whom we glean our own strength, someone we see as a benevolent caretaker. Emotions drive us to DO SOMETHING but also obscure the path and possibly, in the most frenzied moments, the destination. What’s required is patience. A moment to take a deep breath, assess the situation, amass our our strength and make a measured assessment about how to navigate the path ahead to ensure safe passage to the destination. It’s not the easiest way and often, the longest.

Today, the impeachment hearings for President Donald J. Trump entered the senate. Senator Mitch McConnell set the rules which stipulated that there would be no testimony from witnesses, no evidence and no documents presented during the trial, but maybe AFTER the trial (W.T.A.FFFFFF?) The House committee presented addendums to McConnell’s rules – one for each witness they wished to subpoena. Each Addendum was presented with quotes, soundbites, references to house testimony and compelling facts supporting their request. Each addendum was voted on and each time the senate republicans voted to deny the addendum. So, a trial with no witnesses, no evidence, no testimony; just Trump’s red-faced, spittle-flecked council fighting for control over our government, our country, our democracy. The house committee, led by Adam Schiff, remained focused. They issued carefully worded arguments with a demeanor of calm and resolve, imploring U.S. senators to engage in a fact finding trial that would honor our constitution. The republican senators chose party before country, over and over again. The crux of their argument is this: (from Kevin M. Kruse on twitter) “How can we possibly vote to remove the president without all the evidence we’re voting not to see?”

The republican senators are in the throughs of emotion; fear to be exact. They desperately want control of our government and in their desperation have relinquished clarity of sight for deception and desperation. The lies, gaslighting and projection they employ will never raise them above truth and justice. Their party will be known as the advisory of American democracy, the party of Putin. They are the red-faced, spittle-flecked germs challenging our benevolent care taker – the American constitution.

Our constitution will prevail, our democracy will recover. It always does (god and hoobidy-doobidy willing) – but sometimes a cup of tea with lemon and honey – and a shot of whiskey – or three -helps.

It’s time to rest up and gather our strength, there’s a long, hard road ahead.

 

Gratitudes for the truth-seekers, caretakers and maniacal compassion-flingers. Those who speak up for those who have no voice, who march for the ones who cannot, for the strength that we reflect upon each other. For unity, grace and humility. For whisky.

For TRUTH.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Episode 73 – Protest!

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Tonight the Curios talk protest. It looks like we may be on the eve of action as the impeachment hearings will soon move to the senate for a vote. Donald Trump has sought to swing our election by means of foreign intervention for his benefit in the 2020 presidential election. If his actions are not checked, our democracy will wither. The Republican senators have (mostly) decried this process as unconstitutional, they have embraced Russian propaganda and seemingly abandoned our constitution. We must speak out.

There are many ways to protest but the most effective way to be heard is en masse. Organize a group or join one if you can. Below are some ideas for peaceful protest, a link with current senator’s contact info and a link to the ACLU’s website’s page, Know Your Rights.

  • Write letters
  • Email lawmakers
  • Make phone calls
  • Host a “Postcard Parlor”
  • VOTE!!!
  • Boycott – know who your consumer dollars benefit
  • Gather, march, sing, ORGANIZE
  • Engage in public art
  • Seek factual reporting and share it
  • Engage in meaningful discourse with other-minded folks
  • Model kindness and inclusion
  • Donate to humanitarian causes
  • Help fellow protestors

Contact senators

https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm?Class=1

Know your rights

https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights/

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Gratitudes:

Cass – Edits

Doug – Mics

Quinn / Altadena Hotel – Music

Kim – Blog

Ziggy and Vespa – The sweetest lap warming dogs we know

Episode 72 – There’s No Kentucky Fried Chicken in Afghanistan

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Game night! Tonight we play Who Said It and Bad Libs with some despicable republican personalities. It’s funny and sad. But what are we supposed to do, revel in the angst or laugh a bit? In this episode we choose laughter.

These are scary times. Our democracy is on the line and the republicans seem to be totally ok taking Russia’s side. What the hell? These fools are not “patriots”, they are self-serving, greedy, evil cartoon characters hell bent on the destruction of our constitution. Russian assets. They are Russian assets eating away at our national identity like a hammer and sickle wielding plague. Fuck them.

We take a break from politics to talk about Menopacolypse, which may or may not be be related to our angst. It’s hard to tell but whatever, we don’t care. Ziggy has a boo boo, kim has the sniffles, Cass has the spots.

It’s a grand shit show and we’re all lead actors. Hazzah!

Thanks to Doug for setting up the mics like the pro he is, to Cass for her fine editing skills, Quinn and Altadena Hotel for the killer music and my word deficient peri menopausal brain for squeezing out this blog.

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