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Observations: The QandO Podcast for 13 Jan 16

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What is Donald Trump’s attraction to Russia, aside from the entertainment options available from Russian sex workers? The press, led by Buzzfeed, beclowned themselves this week. Maybe it’s time to stop simply complaining about media bias on the Right, and start treating the press like political enemies. Trump seems to perceive China as our real geopolitical opponent. Also, let’s discuss everything you never wanted to know about military procurement.

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Observations: The QandO Podcast for 06 Jan 17

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2017 has arrived, and we’re back for another year! Has any President-Elect ever wielded influence like Trump, before taking office? The Seal of the Speaker of the House is apparently a Nazi symbol. Obama now has Romney’s 2012 foreign policy, and Trump has Obama’s 2012 foreign policy when it comes to Russia. Julian Assange is now our friend, Sean Hannity says. The Yahoo! Finance headline was supposed to say “BIGGER navy”. “Bigger.” Who is Evan McMullin? Who cares? If you’re worried about Russian hacking, maybe don’t use “password” as your password.

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Observations: The QandO Podcast for 09 Dec 16

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The Trump cabinet shapes up, consisting mainly of cabinet officers that dislike the departments they’ll be heading. Except for Jim Mattis, of course. CHY-nah seems to be in the Trump Administration’s crosshairs. Nazis are no longer allowed to sell pistachios. Vladimir Putin keeps playing hacking games with the elections in Western democracies. Also, Russians are racist and misogynist, but at least we get hot, mail-order brides out of it. We go into holiday hiatus, but will be back with the podcast in January. Also, Dale celebrate 8 days of being smoke-free.

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Observations: The QandO Podcast for 02 Dec 16

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Dale announces that he has been smoke-free for 24 hours, but declines to say whether he can actually quit smoking. We’ll see. Trump picks some cabinet members, then sticks his finger in China’s eye. Good thing Jim Mattis is gonna be SecDef. SJWs are ridiculous. A fantastically interesting conversation about the Gold Standard occurs. We bemoan the regulatory state. Then we notice the Democrats seem to have learned no lessons from the recent election; Nancy Pelosi retains her leadership of House Democrats, who apparently think 60 seats lost under her leadership isn’t enough. The ACA is collapsing.

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Observations: The QandO Podcast for 19 Nov 16

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Both Dale and Michael are mentally exhausted, resulting in a long, rambling, disjointed podcast, beginning with a long, dull story about buying a new motorcycle. They then move to Trump’s nominees for various positions, all of whom are, of course, racists as bad as Hitler, or just superannuated GOP hacks. College is increasingly useless, so that bubble should die already. Google safe search is your friend.

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Observations: The QandO Podcast for 11 Nov 16

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Our long, national nightmare is truly over, and the Clinton Dynasty no longer hangs over our neck like a millstone. No one saw the Trump victory coming, even though they should’ve. The Left is having the biggest temper tantrum ever, while Democrats have the worst electoral result since Reconstruction. Prediction: Donald Trump will not put gays and Jews into camps. Obama’s response to the Trump win has been gracious and the nation should appreciate the peaceful transition of power. Who’s going to pay for the big infrastructure program? Will The Wall be built (We already know who’ll pay for that if it is)? In 1980, Ronald Reagan was an “amiable dunce” who’d get us into a nuclear war. In 1988, we thought of him differently. Will we think differently of Donald Trump when his presidency ends? The podcast ends on a note of, unbelievably, cautious optimism.

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Observations: The QandO Podcast 21 Oct 16

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The last debate is over…FINALLY! We now cruise towards an election with Trump losing badly in traditional polls, but ahead in the tracking polls. Is there a hidden silent majority for Trump? We’re not betting on it. Dale is reading a lot about Rome, and makes a lot of tendentious parallels between Ancient Rome and modern America. The Cubs may do something no Living American has ever seen. Football will disappear within 20 years. Michael talks about golf, and Dale’s attempt to have fun with that goes terribly wrong, making the last five minutes of the podcast unlistenable.

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Observations: The QandO Podcast for 15 Oct 16

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Donald Trump is a boor, which we already knew. The media has abandoned any pretense of objectivity, and gone all in for Hillary Clinton. How do you fix a biased media? You dont. Not easily, anyway. Meanwhile, Milwaukee sheriff David Clarke says a riot is an ugly thing, but it’s about time we had one. The US looks like it collapsing slowly, in the same way the Roman Republic did…we’re just waiting to see who our Julius Caesar is. But, maybe, just maybe, we can avoid that with a Constitutional Convention. How much of the GOP’s decline can be based on the Entertainment Wing? Oh, also, Russia and China are dangerous.

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Observations: The QandO Podcast for 07 Oct 16

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Donald Trump’s…um…intemperate remarks about women hit the airwaves, and got wall-to-wall coverage. So, it looks like Ted Cruz picked the wrong week to release a photograph of him making phone calls for the Trump Campaign. Anyway, the disaster that is Election 2016 continues apace. With the election almost in the bag, why are Dems cheating so much? Popular culture is sending us subtle messages that are hard to pick up, but dramatically affect our thinking. Also, the educational system in this country is a frickin’ disaster.

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Observations: The QandO Podcast for 30 Sep 16

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If this week’s podcast had a single thread running through all our topics…it would be interesting and listenable. But it doesn’t. So…Anyway, we talk about Donald Trump’s inability to forego responding to criticism. We know exactly what kind of horrific disaster a Hillary presidency will be, but we don’t know what kind of horrific calamity a Trump presidency would be, though we know it would be one. How can we protect Cuba’s unique culture of poverty and despair from being lost to tourism and money? Dale updates us on the status of his Volvo, and tells Michael what car to buy. We then just swap car stories for an hour. We finish up by discussing how women fail to understand that men live in a world where a smart mouth can get you punched.

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