No Pardon for Old Men

Sheriff Joe ArpaioAs the second season of Humorless Rants, Elizabeth and Kevin bring you a lively discussion of the week’s events.

They start with a discussion of the DNC lawsuit that recently ended after a year in court. Federal Judge William Zloch dismissed the complaint by Jared and Elizabeth Beck claiming that the DNC had plotted to make Hillary Clinton its presidential nominee. Humorless Rants has been covering this issue since it began. So our intrepid duo have a few thoughts on whether the DNC was really in “cahoots” with the Clinton campaign, and whether Florida judges in red robes should only cry in their chambers.

Joe Arpaio Pardon

Next up, the Ranters take on the pardon of Joe Arpaio. Elizabeth has a long history with the racist, power-abusing sheriff and she gives him a good introduction to his many misdeeds that led to his conviction. But even with the pardon, it isn’t all bad news. Sheriff Paul Penzone, who succeeded Arpaio is cleaning up Arpaio’s mess, including shutting down Tent City.

Both Elizabeth and Kevin also discuss the status of the pardon. You might be surprised to hear that it is not a done deal. But you will have to tune in to find out about it.

Transgender Ban

Although it is on hold for up to a year during which the military will study the issue, Trump is pushing forward with his ban on transgender troops. Elizabeth and Kevin get into the broader issues with regard to this. Many would like to see the military refuse this order at the same time that they realize how dangerous that would be for civilian control of the military. Tune in to hear the discussion.

Season Two, Episode Two: No Pardon for Old Men

Next Week

Be sure to tune in next week for a review of the week’s news. We’ll update this when we know what the Ranters will be talking about.

Image cropped and distorted from Sheriff Joe Arpaio at a rally for Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0.

Corporate NeoLiberal Shills

NaziSwastika.pngSeason Two of the Humorless Rants Podcast starts with a bang — featuring president of the Center for American Progress, Neera Tanden.

The conversation focused on two issues. The first was the future of the Democratic Party. Tanden noted that many people have written off the party — or at least feel that it needs to make deep changes. Such people think it should do something like the Republican autopsy after its 2012 defeat. Of course, it’s hard to justify that when Hillary Clinton got just under 3 million votes more than Donald Trump. The Democrats only lost the election because the system isn’t democratic.

Tanden noted, “We don’t need to beat ourselves into a pulp about the Democrats being dead.” She added, “I feel very optimistic.” And it’s not hard to see why when all of the indicators point to 2018 being more like 2006 than any other off-year election in recent memory.

The Russian-Trump Connection

The second issue of the podcast was the connection between the Russian government and the Trump presidential campaign. The Center for American progress has released a report, Russiagate: The Depth of Collusion. Tanden didn’t go into great depth about the 14,000 word report. (You should read it yourself!) But she did mention some tantalizing bits like the fact that they have found over 20 contacts between the Russian government and the Trump campaign.

Tune in for the whole show to learn more about these issues in addition to insights about Capitol Hill meetings where they serve water and don’t even offer doughnuts.

Season Two, Episode One: Corporate NeoLiberal Shills

Next Week

Join Elizabeth and Kevin next Sunday for a discussion of the DNC lawsuit, disobedience to Trump’s ban on transgender military personnel, and anything else that comes up this week.

Image cropped from Center For American Progress. by Jay Baker at Washington, DC by Maryland GovPics. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.

You Can’t Reason With Nazis

NaziSwastika.pngWith a title like “You Can’t Reason With Nazis,” you would think this podcast would be about the neo-Nazi rally in Charlotteville, VA. But this podcast was recorded before that. It just goes to show, Nazis are always with us — especially when our president is “Donald Trump: Friend of Nazis.”

Kevin and Elizabeth are joined by Jesse Turner.

They start with Noah Berlatsky’s argument against Angela Nagle’s (ridiculous) idea that liberals created the alt-right. As Elizabeth noted, “There’s a reason why we don’t have dialog with Nazis.” This is where Jesse Turner relates to the discussion, since he has studied Nazism in some depth.

What follows is a fascinating look at the actual Nazis and the neo-Nazis that we all have to deal with. Not surprisingly, this gets into Donald Trump and his rhetoric and use of power. What’s most interesting is that things really haven’t changed. The same lies that worked then work today.

Tune in for 50 minutes of the best audio you’ll hear this week. It’s only here that you will learn if it is effective to tell Nazis to check their Aryan privilege.

Episode Sixteen: You Can’t Reason With Nazis

Next Week

Tune in next with for Neera Tanden! Yep, that’s right: Neera Tanden.