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I describe the concepts behind the news of the day and give my verdicts on the issues that matter.

I describe the concepts behind the news of the day and give my verdicts on the issues that matter.
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I describe the concepts behind the news of the day and give my verdicts on the issues that matter.

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English


Episodes

I will Never Face it

10/27/2018
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The verdict for this episode is: I don't care. In this episode, I discuss the tragic mass shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue. I point out that I don't care about your objections, or what history may or may not say about the right to bear arms. America will have gun control. When America has gun control, everyone will be safer.

Duration:00:05:29

Every American Citizen Should Have Representation in Congress

10/22/2018
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The verdict for this episode is: if the citizens of Washington, DC and Puerto Rico were overwhelmingly white evangelical Christians, they would have Congressional representation. In this episode, I discuss how DC and Puerto Rico compare with some states in terms of population. I then discuss how different things would be if DC and Puerto Rico were granted statehood. I finish by discussing how DC and Puerto Rico could be granted statehood.

Duration:00:05:22

America's Illegitimate Political System

10/8/2018
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The verdict for this episode is: in America, minority rules. In this episode, I discuss the real problem destroying American politics--the reality that an illegitimate government is enacting policies opposed by a majority of the American public.

Duration:00:05:42

What we Know About Brett Kavanaugh

9/29/2018
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The verdict for this episode is: Brett Kavanaugh is a liar. In this episode, I discuss several lies Brett Kavanaugh told during his testimony on Thursday. I conclude with the idea that if you support Kavanaugh, you support putting a perjurer on the Supreme Court.

Duration:00:10:46

Democrats Should Stop Talking About Impeachment

8/28/2018
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The verdict for this episode is: Trump should be removed from office, but won't. In this episode, I briefly explain the impeachment process. I next say why I believe Trump should be impeached. But I point out reasons why the Democrats shouldn't pursue impeachment.

Duration:00:04:21

Reforming the Supreme Court

6/24/2018
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The verdict for this episode is: the process for confirming people to the Supreme Court is broken. In this episode, I discuss changes to the constitution that I would like too see made, because I am sure they would improve both our judicial and political processes.

Duration:00:05:25

Real Wages and Rent

6/16/2018
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The verdict for this episode is: for many American workers, wages are not keeping pace with the cost of living. In this episode, I discuss a report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics that demonstrates how the real wages of many American workers were lower in 2017 than 2016. Here is a Washington Post story about the report. I demonstrate the impact of decreasing real wages with a report from The National Low Income Housing coalition that shows there isn't a single state where someone earning...

Duration:00:04:14

I got a Job!

6/10/2018
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The verdict for this episode is: I miss blogging and podcasting. In this episode, I very briefly describe my new job and how I have been having trouble establishing a good balance in my life since getting it. I finish by hoping to more regularly blog and podcast.

Duration:00:01:43

It's Guns Stupid!

2/19/2018
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The verdict for this episode is: dozens of other countries have violent video games. This episode is my response to the tired, ridiculous idea that America's mass shooting epidemic can be blamed on something other than guns.

Duration:00:03:11

Are You Willing to Have Your Child Shot?

2/18/2018
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The verdict for this episode is: arming teachers only makes sense if you're willing to have your child shot. Honestly, this episode resulted from the frustration I'm feeling around the idea that arming teachers is a practical way to defend against school shootings.

Duration:00:01:33

Guns and Law Abiding Citizens

2/17/2018
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The verdict for this episode is: everyone is a law abiding citizen--until they aren't. In this episode, I discuss one of the most unfortunate statements heard after every American mass shooting.

Duration:00:03:14

Better Finances for People With Disabilities

1/14/2018
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The verdict for this episode is: everyone involved with the disability community should learn about ABLE accounts. In this episode, I discuss what I have learned about ABLE accounts. ABLE accounts are tax-free financial accounts that people with disabilities can use to pay qualified disability expenses. After learning about ABLE accounts, I opened my own and have begun spreading the word about ABLE accounts. I believe ABLE accounts are one of the best things that has happened to the...

Duration:00:14:34

Explaining the Republican Tax Bill

12/31/2017
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The verdict for this episode is: Republicans care way more about corporations than people. In this episode, I explain the provisions of the Republican tax bill you may want to know about. This post details the changes to tax law and provides links to resources. This page has links to all of the content I have produced about taxes.

Duration:00:11:05

Michael Flynn's Russia Involvement Explained

12/3/2017
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The verdict for this episode is: Flynn's guilty plea proves the so-called fake news is right a lot of the time. In this episode I briefly recap Michael Flynn's guilty plea. After that, I describe the timeline of events that demonstrate Flynn's involvement with Russia. This post has information about Flynn's guilty plea. Here's a post with links demonstrating the timeline of Flynn's involvement with Russia.

Duration:00:09:47

Republican Tax Bills Will Add Trillions to the Debt

11/18/2017
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The verdict for this episode is: Republicans don't care about the debt. In this episode, I show you how Republicans are using tricks to hide the true cost of their tax proposals. I also discuss some of the problems created by the Senate's proposal to eliminate the individual mandate that requires people to have health insurance. This post demonstrates how GOP tax plans could result in billions of dollars being cut from Medicare. Here's information about the repeal of the individual mandate....

Duration:00:07:58

The Russian Uranium Deal Explained

10/28/2017
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The verdict for this episode is: Hillary Clinton did not trade uranium for donations to the Clinton Foundation. In this episode, I detail the transaction behind the sale of a company named Uranium One to the Russian government. I demonstrate why Hillary Clinton couldn't have approved the sale on her own. I also show how the Clinton Foundation's failure to properly disclose donations added to the conspiracy. The articles from Snopes and Factcheck have a lot of information about the issues...

Duration:00:11:36

John Kelly is not Admirable

10/24/2017
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The verdict for this episode is: John Kelly's press briefing was not only dishonest, but it was evidence of his outdated beliefs. In this episode, I discuss Kelly's press briefing about the phone call between Trump and the family of La David Johnson (a soldier slain in Niger). The focus of the episode is Kelly's words about the days when women, religion, the military, and Gold Star families were considered sacred. I conclude that Kelly's words demonstrate that he wants a society where...

Duration:00:07:18

Black Lives Matter

10/12/2017
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The verdict for this episode is: my Facebook post about all lives matter was wrong. In this episode, I discuss a Facebook post I wrote as a response to the messages that black lives and blue lives matter. I describe how I didn't realize that many white Americans are racist. I point out how Donald Trump has shown me that to far more whites than I knew black lives don't matter nearly as much as white lives do.

Duration:00:10:46

Tax Brackets Create Winners and Losers

10/3/2017
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The verdict for this episode is: reducing the number of tax brackets makes things far more unfair than simple. In this episode, I explain the current tax brackets. Next, I describe how Donald Trump's tax plan would decrease the number of tax brackets, giving the wealthy a huge tax cut. Here's a post I wrote explaining tax brackets.

Duration:00:08:56

Republicans Care Way More About Banks Than us

9/26/2017
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The verdict for this episode is: class action lawsuits are easily the best way to protect consumers cheated by financial institutions. In this episode, I show how Republicans are trying to eliminate a rule that prevents financial institutions from forcing customers to arbitrate claims against them. Next, I demonstrate how class actions are far better for consumers than is arbitration.

Duration:00:08:36