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April is off today so Darren and Joe are joined by Stan Ward. They are joined at 11:30 by Linda Teeter from Americans For Tax Fairness. Linda discusses the Pfizer/Allergan merger, what tax inversions are, and how they hurt government infrastructure and Americans. We also talk a little about Switch Data's attempt to get tax breaks to move into the old Steelcase Pyramid building. There's more discussion on the Colorado Springs shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic, and much more.
Darren, Joe, and April are joined in the second hour by Lonnie Scott, director of Progress Michigan. Lonnie talks about a FOIA request with the Michigan Attorney General's office to see if AG Bill Schuette may be getting too comfortable with corporations. Most of the first hour is spent talking about the Planned Parenthood clinic shooting in Colorado Springs, Ted Cruz says the most violent criminals are Democrats, incoming Grand Rapids mayor Rosalynn Bliss gets a new "assistant" with a new pay raise and accusations of cronyism, a Jackson County judge gets a 30 day suspension from the Michigan Supreme Court for inappropriate behavior, a Benton Township pastor wants Christians to stop shopping on Sundays, and a North Carolina woman is arrested after the pictures she posted of her dog with duct tape around his mouth to get him to "shut up" goes viral.
Darren, Joe, and April are joined by frequent caller and sometimes guest host Stan Ward. Topics include the massive Chicago protests over the officer shooting a black man 16 times, an update to the Minneapolis Black Lives Matter rally being shot up by white supremacists, a Black Lives Matter protestor was roughed up and kicked out of a Donald Trump rally in Birmingham, Alabama, there are now only three northern white rhinos in the world, Bindi Irwin wins Dancing With The Stars, Justin Amash wants to squash tax breaks for the proposed new occupants of the former Steelcase Pyramid, Darren asks if the Ohio marijuana vote was rigged to fail, and in Off The Cuff: a South Carolina strip club patron gets punched in the face for telling a stripper she has a muffin top.
Darren discovers from reading social media tripe that President Obama is a "Muslim antichrist who has brought racism back" (where's that eye roll smiley), Turkey shoots down a Russian bomber they claim violated their airspace, a Black Lives Matter protest in Minneapolis is shot up by white supremacists, Pfizer is purchasing rival Allergan in a $16 billion tax inversion deal, Politifact says Donald Trump lies three out of four times, Darren has a celebrity death as he talks about the life of former game show host Jim Perry (Card Sharks, Sale of the Century), Fox Propaganda Channel host Elizabeth Hasselbeck announces she's leaving the network, and in Off The Cuff: the Louisville, Kentucky city government is asking who is wiping boogers on the mens room walls.
On this episode, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal drops out of the presidential race, Grand Rapids outgoing mayor George Heartwell says no to governor Rick Snyder over Syrian refugees, and France bombs the Daesh in Syria in retaliation over the Paris terror attacks.
We spend most of the show talking about the Paris terrorist attacks that took place on Friday the 13th, pastor Stephen Anderson says the Paris terror attacks were caused by "faggots and abortion", Michigan governor Rick Snyder is now refusing to take in more Syrian refugees, Michigan attorney general Bill Schuette becomes the new head of the Republican Attorneys General Association, and actor Charlie Sheen announces he's HIV positive.
Topics include New Jersey governor Chris Christie vetoes legislation to protect domestic abuse victims, Senator Ted Cruz says an atheist isn't fit to be president, a Michigan Senate committee votes to eliminate straight party tickets on ballots, Darren calls out Grand Rapids city commissioner Senita Lenear for abruptly ending a city commission meeting due to a protest by RAPID bus drivers who are members of the Amalgamated Transit Union, and an Arkansas mom goes to jail for feeding her baby bourbon.
Topics include Michigan gets an "F" grade when it comes to government transparency, New Jersey governor Chris Christie vetoes a bill that would make voting easier but signs a bill outlawing bestiality, Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane goes to war against her perceived "enemies", we look back at the 40th anniversary of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior, we talk about another GOP debate, Bernie Sanders appears on Rachel Maddow's show, Darren plays a clip from pro wrestling legend Jim Cornette and why Jim says Bernie Sanders doesn't need a manager, and GOP mouthpiece Chris Pack doubles down on his remarks about current State Rep. and Democratic Congressional candidate Gretchen Driskell.
Darren, Joe, and April discuss the election results including Ohio says no to legalizing marijuana but Portage, Michigan says yes, the Michigan Legislature passes a road repair bill that includes an increase in the gas tax and vehicle registration fees, and the Michigan Legislature now has to shift money to pay up for Attorney General Bill Schuette's war against gay marriage. Darren explains why Schuette should pay $2 million out of his own pocket in this episode.
Darren, Joe and April are joined in the 11:00 hour by Wayne Hilton, a parent of a child diagnosed with pediatric schizophrenia, and Dr. Robert Powitzky, Ph.D., Retired Clinical/Forensic Psychologist, Chief Mental Health Officer, Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Dr. Powitzky and Mr. Hilton talk about House Resolution 2646, which would provide sweeping reforms in how mental health concerns are treated in the US.
Other topics include the following:
Is Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette playing political games with the Michigan State Police Crime Lab?
Why Gawker is being criticized for their headline announcing the death of former Senator and actor Fred Thompson.
A new Pew Institute study says the U.S. is becoming less religious.
A football coach who wouldn't stop leading his players in prayer is suspended by the school.
Some schools are angry about having to tell their students that the Pledge of Allegiance is not mandatory.
A Bossier Parish, Louisiana school is being accused by the ACLU of proselytizing Christianity throughout the school day.
Sports news involving the Kansas City Royals winning the World Series, NASCAR driver Matt Kenseth intentionally wrecks Joey Logano, and a judge seals the documents involved in the murder trial of retired professional wrestler and WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka.
Several large retail chains announce they're not going to be open on Thanksgiving this year.
Darren is joined in studio by April Crowe, Stan Ward, and retired Teamster and host of Work In Progress Radio Jim Chase. In the 11:00 hour, David Gernant, Democratic candidate for the 80th District State House, joins to talk about his entry in this special election. Other topics include the South Carolina cop who body slammed a teenage girl in a school classroom is fired, a panel discussion of self defense laws in Michigan, former US House Speaker Dennis Hastert pleads guilty to lying to federal authorities about cash withdrawals from bank accounts, Chris Christie gets kicked out of the quiet car on an Amtrak train for shouting into his cell phone, Chicago Police are accused of running a secret facility to hold criminals, and two people are shot at an Iowa McDonald's after saying something about pickles.
Darren starts the show solo as he discusses why the show went on hiatus the previous week and the departure of Jim Goerner from the show. The posse of Stan Ward, retired Teamster and host of Work In Progress Radio Jim Chase, attorney Dwaine Sutton, and Diane Baum come to Darren's rescue to join him for the remainder of the show. Topics include a South Carolina teenager getting body slammed by a cop when she refuses to leave a classroom, the latest GOP debate, former State Rep. Cindy Gamrat wants the media to apologize to her (yes, really), Hillary Clinton destroys the latest Benghazi committee, the Green family of Hobby Lobby fame is accused of importing stolen antiquities into the United States from Iraq, and Darren discusses why he feels the GOP is slandering State Rep. Gretchen Driskell. All this and an update on the woman called the "Worst Aunt in America" on this episode.
We are joined today by Jim Norton, Acting Director for Planned Parenthood of West and Northern Michigan. Jim gives his take on Michigan House Bill 4883, which would curtail sex ed classes across Michigan's public schools if passed. He also discussed what Planned Parenthood really does, the Michigan Senate's oversight committee to investigate Planned Parenthood, and the doctored videos distributed by an anti-abortion group.
Darren, Jim and Joe were joined by April. Other topics discussed were Pope Francis visits the US and tells us we need to do something about climate change now, a former hedge fund manager purchases the patent to an AIDS drug and increases the price nearly 5,000%, the University of Michigan wants to keep their current ban on firearm possession on campus, and we look at the life of New York Yankees icon Yogi Berra.
Joe Elder is off, so Darren is joined on the phone by Jim and in the studio by Nathan Kettle of The Boiling Kettles.
On this episode the boys discussed the Grand Rapids mayoral race and Darren went through the financial disclosure forms for Robert Dean and Rosalynn Bliss and found some very interesting things. Also, the boys talked about the upcoming GOP Presidential candidate debate, an update on former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle, a Cincinnati police officer has been charged with murder, a 7-year-old boy is forced to eat lunch by himself at school for three days straight because he's an Atheist, an 8-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl in Kentucky are handcuffed by a sheriffs deputy, the Senate vote to defund Planned Parenthood fails, and Chris Christie says the national teachers union should be punched in the face. Speaking of punches, we talk about Ronda Rousey's latest fight and we take a look at the life and career of former professional wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper who passed away on July 30.
Darren, Jim and Joe are all in the studio to discuss many things. A new PPP poll shows the Michigan Legislature has a higher disapproval rating than Gov. Snyder, Mike Huckabee makes controversial claims that President Obama is leading Israeli citizens to the oven door, Hulk Hogan gets fired by the WWE for racist comments made during a sex tape, and a Minneapolis dentist becomes the most hated man in the world after killing a lion in Zimbabwe. And Fiat Chrysler recalls nearly 1.5 million Jeeps in response to last week's story about two guys who hacked into the entertainment module of a Jeep and took control of the vehicle. All this and more on this episode.
The boys are joined on the phone by Buck Geno, host of Work In Progress Radio as heard as part of The Union Edge. Buck discussed the Prevailing Wage in Michigan, how it's set, and the Republican efforts in Lansing to eliminate it. Joe Elder and Nathan Kettle get into a spirited debate over political parties that you REALLY don't want to miss. And a pair of hackers take control of a Jeep Cherokee using their laptop, the Jeep's entertainment control system, and the Jeep's URL. This has now led to a nationwide recall by Fiat Chrysler. We'll tell you what happened. Be sure to listen.
It's a full studio as Darren, Joe, and Nathan are joined by Mike Farage and Grand Rapids mayoral candidate the Rev. Robert Dean. Jim joined the conversation via phone from his undisclosed location. Rev. Dean stayed all two hours taking phone calls and talked about what he calls an impending $1 billion budget deficit in Grand Rapids, how he would fix roads in the city, and commented on a recent arbitration ruling making Grand Rapids Firefighters work more hours for less money. It's an important conversation you don't want to miss.
Today the boys welcome Huffington Post Senior Reporter and Political Managing Editor Amanda Terkel on the show to discuss Bill O'Reilly's bogus war stories and bullying tactics. Other topics include President Obama's veto of the Keystone XL Pipeline, PTSD in the military, and a Federal Court ruling that returns Michigan wolves to the endangered species list.
On the show, the boys discussed these topics:
In the first hour, "Deflategate" and how Neil DeGrasse Tyson used science to argue Bill Belichek's comments, Senator Joni Ernst's family received $460,000 in farm subsidies while trying to imply they were poor, John Boehner may have committed treason when he set up talks with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, an Oklahoma lawmaker wants to ban all government marriages, a gay Alabama state legislator threatens to out infidelity among her colleagues.
In the second hour, black employees allege they were fired from a Virginia McDonald's franchisee because they were black, the Milwaukee, Wisconsin county sheriff says black men are shot by police because of single mother homes, and Bowe Bergdahl is to be charge with desertion from the Army. All this and more on this episode of Southpaws.
Today the boys had Mitch Kahle of the Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists, (MACRA) on to discuss the cross on Dewey Hill in Grand Haven, as well as the placement of religious symbols on public property in general. They also discussed the new CIA Torture Report that was recently released, and Michigan's GOP led lame duck session that passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which allows health professionals to not treat patients based on religious exemption.
On this episode the boys discussed the GOP smear campaign against Cathy Forbes, the Michigan GOP's plan to join an anti-discrimination bill with a religious freedom rider, if Islam and Christianity are to blame for fundamentalism, and they're joined on the phone by Jessica Hanselman, Democratic Candidate for Michigan State House, 77th District. All this and more on Southpaws.
The boys were joined on the phone by Jeff Irwin, State Rep. for the 53rd District. Jeff discussed the shenanigans orchestrated by the GOP leadership to silence Democrats. We also talked about our big announcement (we will air Tuesdays and Wednesdays), BP spills oil into Lake Michigan, Chase Bank wants you to show identification when you deposit cash, and Jim thinks the GOP will gain control of the US Senate in the 2014 election. Find out his reasoning when you listen to this episode.
Our friend Anonymous Al joins the show today to talk about Crimea and Ukraine. The boys are also joined by Dean Vanderstelt, Democratic Candidate for the 2nd Congressional District. Dean talked about his campaign, why he joined the race, and what he would like to do if elected. Richard Carillo and Jonathan Browning also joined the show to talk about a suit against the United Auto Workers union regarding representing employees of an auto parts supplier. Other topics included the new show Cosmos with Neil DeGrasse-Tyson, the Medal Of Honor ceremony isn't covered by Fox News Channel, and a new poll states that you need God in your life to be moral. We pick that poll apart on this episode.
The boys were joined today by "Cool" Mike Farage and he discussed his suit against the city of Grand Rapids to delay the May millage vote. The boys were also joined by phone at Max Richtman, President and CEO of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare and he talked about the group's purpose and efforts to secure Social Security. Other topics included debunking political ads, Sen. Feinstein accuses the CIA of spying on Senate staffers, and rape insurance is now available in Michigan.
The boys are joined today by Hayden Passmore. A lot of topics were covered including Arizona's controversial bill allowing businesses to refuse service to the LGBT community, a Virginia politician calls pregnant women "hosts" for fetuses, and a woman records being pulled over by a cop on her cell phone and she gets arrested. All this and more on the next Southpaws.
The boys were joined today by Marcia Hovey-Wright, State Representative for the 92nd District. Topics discussed included the Emergency Manager law, the abortion rider bill, and the EAA. Other topics during the show included Tennessee Volkswagen workers vote to not join the UAW, the 1 percenters feel they're being ostracized by the rest of the 99 percent, and how does Chevron try to make nice to a Pennsylvania town after an explosion at their fracking site? Listen to find out the unbelievable answer.
The boys were joined on the phone by Democratic Congressman and US Senate candidate Gary Peters. The Congressman talked about the recently enacted Agriculture Act of 2014, his campaign for Carl Levin's Senate seat, and what work in the House he would like to continue in the Senate. We delved further into the Agriculture Act and Darren's experience with covering the bill signing for Southpaws, Tennessee GOP lawmakers are threatening Volkswagen with cutting off incentives if their employees join the UAW, and a Koch Brothers funded website smears veteran NBC reporter Andrea Mitchell. Find out why by listening to this episode.
The boys talked about Super Bowl 48 and looked at the controversy over the Coca Cola/America The Beautiful ad. They also picked apart Governor Snyder's "Comeback Kid" ad claim by claim and disputed the accuracy of the Governor's claims. Other topics included the latest on Chris Christie, another Kent County Commissioner is in legal trouble, and the war on Christmas takes front and center in Indiana. Find out how conservatives hope to win that war by listening to this episode of Southpaws.
The boys were joined by State Representative Brandon Dillon of the 75th District. Brandon gave us his take on the President's State Of The Union address and the governor's State of the State address. We talked about the State of The Union and the multiple replies to it, Bristol Palin makes a poor attempt to give parenting advice to Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, and Joe and Darren get into a heated discussion about Hobby Lobby's threat to close their stores if they're forced to abide by the contraception mandate of the Affordable Care Act. Joe thinks the government shouldn't dictate what insurance coverage Hobby Lobby offers or withholds from their employees; Darren thinks Hobby Lobby shouldn't impose their religious beliefs on their 18,000 employees. Parental guidance highly suggested during that exchange.
State Representative Scott Dianda from the 110th District in Calumet calls in to discuss the 2014 state of the state address. He also talks about being named the most frugal member of the state house. We also discussed L. Brooks Patterson's interview in New Yorker where he slams Detroit, several members of the GOP are asking for Dave Agema to step down, we look at a Mother Jones article on how the DeVos family bought right-to-work legislation in Michigan, and we briefly looked at a feud brewing between Grand Valley State University's newspaper and the university's board of control. Lots of good stuff to listen to in this episode of Southpaws.
The boys are all back together to discuss climate change and why the polar vortex is not a laughing matter. Other topics included Detroit pensioners losing cost of living increases, unemployment benefits cut for over a million Americans, and, on the lighter side, a newly elected town official in New York state takes his oath wearing a spaghetti strainer on his head. All that and more on this episode of Southpaws.
Darren and Jim hold down the fort for this episode and are joined by Dave Overholt and Paul Farage. We talked about a new bill to prevent police in Michigan from seizing assets until there has been a court conviction. We also talk about the lengthy New York Times article about Benghazi, US Postal Service comes through at Christmas time and UPS and FedEx has failures, and we have an award presentation for Governor Snyder. Find out more by listening to this episode.
On this special Christmas edition of Southpaws, we are joined via phone by Katelyn Campbell. She tells us what she's up to now that she's a freshman at Wellesley College. We also talked about the Duck Dynasty controversy, we blast Justin Amash on several items, and we have a story that may bring tears to your eyes about a woman's three wishes from beyond the grave.
From Darren, Jim, Joe, Kristen, and Nicholas, we want to wish you a Merry Christmas.
We had a lot of guests on this episode. Rep. Winnie Brinks from the 76th District talked to us about the campaign contribution increase that just passed and why she opposed it. State Sen. Rebekah Warren talked to us about bills in committee to strengthen human trafficking laws in Michigan and Darren explained why he's opposed to two of those bills. And our old friend Jeremiah Bannister called in to discuss a manger scene in Dorr Township and the controversy over his questioning who put it there. Lots of stuff to listen to so make sure you do so.
Jim Chase from Work In Progress Radio joined us to talk about a new organizing campaign for the Teamsters union along the lakeshore. We also talked about a federal bankruptcy judge giving the green light to the city of Detroit to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, Rush Limbaugh calls Pope Francis a Marxist, and we discuss why unions are still needed today. It's a great conversation you don't want to miss.
The boys were joined by WZZM morning anchor Lauren Stanton to talk about a charity she's volunteering for. The major topics today were the new nuclear weapons deal between the U.S. and Iran, Vermont is going to single payer coverage in 2017, and a story about banning smoking in private homes in one town sparks an argument between Darren and Joe over Michigan's smoking ban. Batten down the hatches for this one.
The boys were joined on the phone by State Senator and Democratic leader of the Michigan Senate Gretchen Whitmer. Sen. Whitmer talked about the war on teachers, what needs to be done to help schools, and how the Right To Work legislation complicates matters. We also talked to Professor Nicholas Budimir from Muskegon Community College about labor relations. Two great guests in one incredible show. Make sure you listen.
The boys are joined by newly elected Grand Rapids City Comptroller Sara VanderWerff and she described a couple of things she will be overseeing during her next four years in office. We went into election coverage from across the area, state and nation. We also talked about Obamacare, the NSA scandal hurting relations with our allies, and a NASA space telescope finds possible habitable planets in other solar systems.
Joe is on vacation but Darren and Jim are in the studio for two hours of compelling talk radio. Special guest Alec Lepper from the Playhouse in Romulus joins the boys by phone to talk about the strip club industry and one particular east side pastor who doesn't like the idea of strip clubs. Alec also talked about the impending dancer lawsuit against several clubs for classifying dancers as independent contractors instead of employees. The boys were also joined by Lynn Mason, Ionia County Commissioner and candidate for the 86th District State House going against Lisa Posthumus Lyons. Lynn is a former teacher so she gave us her opinion on Lisa's "pigs get fat, hogs get slaughtered" comments about teachers earlier this year. We also talked about Obamacare, how racist can the GOP get, and Snyder signs a bill hurting unemployed workers. All that and more on this week's episode of Southpaws.
Sports talk started the show as the boys discussed Jim Leyland's departure from the Detroit Tigers. Politics was next as we delved into the fallout from the government shutdown and what's next, drone strikes in Pakistan may not be as accurate as our government would have you believe, and Gov. Snyder shuts down the NERD fund but will he reveal who the donors were. The answer can be found by listening to this episode of Southpaws.
This week we had a four person panel, including a chemist and a caregiver, discussing the war on drugs and the slow continuation toward the decriminalization and possible legalization. Find out what else industrial hemp can be used for and who is against the cultivation of cannabis. We also talked about the continuing government shutdown and the possibility of the debt ceiling not being raised in time. Joe says MSNBC is as biased as Fox News but Jim and Darren completely disagree. Listen to that debate on this episode of Southpaws.
Lots of guests on the show including 75th District State House Rep. Brandon Dillon, Grand Rapids City Comptroller Sara VanderWerff, and Jim Chase from The Union Edge. We spent the bulk of our time talking about the government shut down and what cowards the Republicans are. We also talked about the package of proposed bills to crack down on human trafficking, but do they go too far? Listen for the answer given by the Southpaws.
The GOP has shut the government down and that becomes the big topic this episode. Darren, Jim and Joe get into a heated exchange over who's to blame for the shutdown and what should happen. Other topics include the US beginning formal talks with Iran for the first time in nearly 35 years and why the GOP hates that, more voter suppression in North Carolina, and Snyder and his cronies make Michigan the fifth worst state for businesses to move to. Be sure to listen.
The boys are joined on the show by Grand Rapids City Comptroller Sara VanderWerff. She discussed what the comptroller exactly does and her re-election campaign. We also talked about the upcoming start of Obamacare and why the GOP is threatening shutdown and the NERD fund is paying for Detroit city emergency manager Kevyn Orr's condo. What kind of conflict of interest is this? Make sure to listen and find out.
The boys are joined by Charles Showalter, host of the Union Edge, Jim Chase and Buck Geno. Topics included right to work and whether an Indiana judge declaring that RTW law unconstitutional gives some hope to Michiganders. Make sure you check out this episode of Southpaws.
The boys look back at the September 11 attacks on the 12th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on American soil. They also look at Syria and the possibilities of US involvement there.
On this episode the boys discussed the Bradley Manning sentence of 35 years in prison and why Pfc Manning is a hero. We also talk about whether military service should be compulsory or voluntary, Monsanto pressures Facebook to remove an event protesting the company, is President Obama a racist because he owns two black dogs and no white ones (yes, seriously, we had to discuss it), and how a Delaware politician is blaming his drunk driving arrests on gay marriage. You'll have to hear it to believe it.
The boys are joined by Nathan Kettle, a volunteer for the Kent Dems Communications Committee and we spent a great deal of time discussing Judge Aquillina's decision not to prosecute Roy Schmidt and Jase Bolger over the election rigging scandal in 2012. We also discussed Ann Arbor Public Schools asking for tuition and a lot more.
The boys are joined by newly elected Grand Rapids City Commissioner for the Third Ward Senita Lenear. She talks about some of the priorities she wants to tackle in City Hall and she gave perspective over how teachers and schools are treated by the State. We also talk about Mitch McConnell's uphill fight to keep his US Senate Seat, the downfall of journalism in today's society, and Darren and Joe have a very heated argument over the use of Executive Orders when a do-nothing Congress refuses to act. The collective blood pressures rose faster than a NASCAR drivers' speedometer. Make sure you check it out.
This week the boys are joined in the studio by the ever elusive anonymous "Al" and his commentary. State House Representative for the 91st District Colleen Lamonte joins via phone to talk about the latest happenings in Lansing including the potential to expand Medicaid in Michigan and her views of Lisa Posthumus Lyons' comments about teachers. We also talked about the Detroit bankruptcy, Jim gets Joe's blood pressure up over NSA surveillance and Darren gets Joe's blood pressure up over the Affordable Care Act, and more business are put on the boycott list. Find out which ones by listening to this episode of Southpaws.
On the eve of her birthday, the boys are joined by the fourth Southpaw announcer Kristen Cook. Topics included the bankruptcy of Detroit and what Darren thinks might be an alternative to Chapter 9, Joe and Jim get into a heated debate about insurance and Obamacare, and the hypocrisy of conservatives and "free speech" comes to a head after a 14 year old girl is harassed on Facebook over a protest poster. Find out what that poster said when you listen to this episode of Southpaws.
The boys spent most of the time discussing the Trayvon Martin case and the acquittal of George Zimmerman. The show started with an interview with Brooke Harris, a former Pontiac school teacher who was fired for helping her students organize a fundraiser for Trayvon Martin's family. Please listen to this important episode of Southpaws.
On this episode of Southpaws, the boys continue to take State Rep. Lisa Lyons to task over her "hogs get slaughtered" comments about teachers. They also spend a lot of time discussing why GOP governors are so concerned about what's going on in a woman's vagina and much more. Make sure to listen.
Special guest from Cleveland, Ohio was Drayton Nay, General Manager of Christie's Cabaret. He gave his thoughts on people in the strip club business being referred to as "trash" and I think Drayton was speechless for a minute or so. Drayton also discussed the efforts by the regressives to keep people from voting, the efforts to ban abortions in Texas, North Carolina, and Ohio, and why people vote Republican in the first place. We also had a listener call us from Japan to talk about FDR's Second Bill of Rights. We also talked about the ongoing military coup taking place in Egypt. All this and more on this episode of Southpaws.
On this episode the boys cover a lot of topics. From Edward Snowden to abortion filibusters, from Arlen Meekhof to SNAP cutbacks, and from quirky abortion laws to exploding breast implants, we covered a wide variety of topics. And Darren really goes off on Lisa Posthumus-Lyons. This episode is one for the ages. Make sure to listen to Southpaws.
The boys are joined in studio again by the mysterious "Al" who gave commentary on several topics. 75th District State House Representative Brandon Dillon joined the show by phone to talk about the latest events in Lansing, including his opinion about Lisa Posthumus-Lyons' comments about school teachers being "hogs". Other topics include the NSA data mining program and why Dick Cheney's opinion of Edward Snowden is severely flawed, a Florida children's museum wants an apology from protestors, and a Texas legislator wants more limitations on abortion. Hear his very bizarre reason behind this on this episode of Southpaws.
On this episode we ask if Edward Snowden is a patriot or a traitor. We devote a lot of time to the NSA data mining by the government and private contractors under contract with the government. We also talk about latest in state news, and the Plan B One Step morning after pill is now available to women over the counter at any age. We blister Laura Ingraham over her comments about it. All this and more on Southpaws.
The studio was full of testosterone as Darren, Jim, and Joe were joined by Reece Cooper and Nathan Phenicie. The boys talked about Michigan's scanner law and how it works, the US Supreme Court rules on DNA testing and how that ruling may intrude on your liberties, and Snyder wants to expand EAA. Can the Democrats stop him? We'll follow up on that story and others right here on Southpaws.
Darren, Jim, and Joe are visited by intern Reece Cooper. Jim Chase from Teamsters 406 came in to talk about the organizing effort at 7UP in Cadillac. Mixed Martial Arts fighter and promoter Joel Chapman joined us by phone as we discussed two bills going through Lansing to regulate the MMA industry. The boys also discussed Michelle Bachmann announcing her retirement from Congress, Mark Schauer is running for governor, and Darren and Joe get into a heated debate about the First Amendment and whether there are restrictions to free speech. That and much more on this episode of Southpaws.
Jim takes the day off and Darren and Joe are joined by Nathan Phenicie. The show started with a phone interview with Katelyn Campbell, the West Virginia high school student who's fighting for proper sex education at her public high school. This very articulate lady was kind enough to talk to us on the day of her graduation. We also talked about the GOP continuing to fabricate "scandals" including the new Umbrellagate scandal. Other topics include the politicizing of the horrible tornado that hit Oklahoma. And how much money has been spent so far on the two attorneys helping Judge Aquillina in the Bolger-Schmidt fiasco? Find out and how many hours of work that is on this episode of Southpaws.
Darren, Jim, and Joe are joined by State Representative Brandon Dillon. They talked about Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and his controversial comments about State House Speaker Jase Bolger as well as new anti-union legislation going through the state House. The boys also discussed the release of the three Cleveland kidnapping victims and so much more. Next week is the one year anniversary of Southpaws. Make sure to listen.
Darren and Jim are joined by the mysterious "Al" for this episode. The boys talk about Jason Collins coming out as the first current athlete of the major sports who is gay, Plan B one pill is now on the market over the counter for 15 year olds and above (and the right is howling about that), and we talk about the Jessica Heeringa disappearance. And a judge finds out his punishment for his court behavior. Find out what that is by listening.
Our special guest in the studio was Nathan Phenicie. We discussed how the Boston bomber will be prosecuted and Darren had an interesting and controversial way to deter future terrorist acts.. We also talked to Christopher Wooden, who was in Boston during the time of the bombing. He shared some details of how things went during the lockdown of the city. We also talked about Katelyn Campbell, the WV high school senior who stood up to her principal about a religious based sex ed seminar. Plus new abortion restrictions in Kansas, Snyder's numbers are looking worse, and how do you get fired on your first day on the job? A North Dakota TV anchor has answered that question. Find out what he did on this episode of Southpaws,
Darren, Jim, and Joe are joined by comic/activist AnnaFlora Somers to discuss the Boston Marathon bombing and abortion. The boys also talked about surveillance and the balancing act between safety and privacy, Dave Agema triples down on his homophobia, and an Ionia County judge finds himself in contempt of court. What did he do? Make sure to listen and find out.
Darren, Jim, and Joe are joined by phone by Brandon Dillon, State Representative for the 75th District House seat. Brandon explains to listeners exactly what Right to Work means for the poor, middle class, and union workers in Michigan. The boys also talk about North Korea, religion, and a former Tennessee lawmaker takes multi-tasking to a whole new level. Find out what he did and why he may be looking at jail time.
On this episode of Southpaws, Darren and Jim discuss Dave Agema's homophobic Facebook post and the hatred of gays in society. Snyder starts a new agency and we talk about other political news across the country.
On this episode the boys talk about marriage equality and the Supreme Court arguments over Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, North Korea threatens their neighbors to the South, and we explore the practice of fracking a little. All this and more so make sure to listen.
On this episode the boys discuss more about the sequester, the victim blaming culture in this country when it comes to rape, and the political infighting in the GOP as Sarah Palin and Karl Rove exchange insults. Make sure to listen.
A very special thank you to Lewis Black for joining by phone to discuss Laughfest and some of the current events in the political world. We discussed the sequester, Chimneywatch 2013, the war on women continues, and Sarah Palin plans on writing a new book. We'll tell you what the subject of her book is when you listen to Southpaws.
Terry Hoogerhyde from the Teamsters Union joined the boys by phone to talk about the state Democratic Party convention this past weekend and some of the fallout from it. Other topics included the sequestration and how it affects Michigan, the state GOP wants to divert DNR money to build logging roads, and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is being ostracized by his own party. Find out why when you listen to Southpaws.
Darren, Jim, and Joe are in the studio this week to talk about trans-vaginal probe legislation in Michigan, RTW and the fight against it, and the right has completely lost their minds about gun control. Plus, the "I give God 10%, why do you get 18?" waitress has been identified and lost her job. All that and much more on this episode of Southpaws.
Darren, Jim, and Joe are back. Local comic and activist Anna Flora joins the show by phone from Washington, DC to talk about the second inauguration of President Obama. The boys also discussed the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and the new poll in support of abortion rights, and a Utah juice bar is charging liberals extra for smoothies. Check it out.
Darren, Jim, and Joe talked to 76th District State House Representative Winnie Brinks. She discussed her agenda with the boys by phone and the State of the State address. Other show topics included Obamacare and employers trying to skirt it, gun control, and much more.
Darren, Jim, and Joe Elder return to the studio. Deb Fragel joins us by phone to talk about changes to Michigan's unemployment benefits and how everyone is affected by those changes.. We also talk about gun control, banks too big to fail, Congress' approval rating is lower than head lice and cockroaches, and so much more.
Darren and Jim are joined in studio by the "third Southpaw" Kristen Cook and Joe Elder. Drayton Nay rejoins the show via phone as a special guest talking about the "fiscal cliff", strip clubs and more. Other topics include legislating morality, the vicious gang rape in India, and Speaker Boehner drops the F-bomb. Make sure to listen.
Darren and Jim are joined by Joe Elder and Jim Chase. The boys talked about gun control, the "reasons" put out by the right about why the Newtown, CT tragedy happened, the fiscal cliff, and much more. Be sure to listen.
State Rep. Brandon Dillon joins us by phone to talk about the Newtown, CT tragedy and the GOP shenanigans in Lansing. Jim Chase from the Teamsters Union, counselor Kyle Hinton, and Joe Elder join the show in studio to talk about the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting and right to work. This is one of our best shows yet. Make sure to listen.
A full two hours dedicated to Right-To-Work (for a lot less money) legislation. Darren and Jim talk to Mark Brewer, Chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party, to get his perspective on this legislation. In the second hour, special reporter Deb Fragel shares the sounds of the protest along with her eyewitness account of events. This is some very compelling audio that you can't miss.
Darren and Jim are joined by Jim Chase of the Teamsters Union to discuss the end of the Grand Rapids Gravel strike and the closing of Interstate Bakery/Hostess. The boys also talk about right-to-work (for a lot less money) coming to Michigan and what Gov. Snyder would do, the GOP is in denial, and we get closer to the fiscal cliff. That and much more on this episode of Southpaws.
Darren and Jim are joined by Jim Chase of the Teamsters Union to discuss the end of the Grand Rapids Gravel strike and the closing of Interstate Bakery/Hostess. The boys also talk about right-to-work (for a lot less money) coming to Michigan and what Gov. Snyder would do, the GOP is in denial, and we get closer to the fiscal cliff. That and much more on this episode of Southpaws.
With Darren absent this week, Jim is joined in the studio by JD Sullivan. Topics include some more nonsense from the right, what is climate change, what makes people a "good" christian and much more on this episode of Southpaws.
Topics include Petraeus, why we're boycotting Papa Johns and Applebees, and why the word "entitlements" should be abolished from the political vocabulary.
Darren and Jim discuss the six statewide proposals on Michigan's ballot in the first half hour of the show. The boys then interview strip club consultant Drayton Nae, who talks about the political landscape and how it affects the strip club industry. Other topics include the continuing war on women, rape, abortion, race relations on the decline, and the resurgence of the Ku Klux Klan. This is quite a topic filled episode so make sure to listen.
Darren and Jim have MUCH to talk about this week, including the Wisconsin legislators advocating the arrest of federal officials who would implement "Obamacare" in the state, slaughtering horses in the United States, the fiscal cliff, why the federal minimum wage should be increased and by how much, and a whole lot more.
On this episode, Darren and Jim interview Bill Farmer, Democratic candidate for the 63rd District State House. The boys also pick apart the second and third presidential debates, more instances of bad customer service are debated, and the boys are furious that a doctor may lose her license in Kansas for performing an abortion on a 10 year old girl who was raped by her uncle. You'll have to listen to the rant on this episode.
The boys pick apart the VP debate, political billboards are discussed, and the boys talk about the suicide of Amanda Todd as a result of bullying. You can't miss this episode.
Tom Good from the National Labor Relations Board was our special guest and we discussed social media and employment and independent contractor relationships. We also talked to Richard Carrillo, Democratic candidate for the Kent County Clerk. We also discussed the President's performance in the first debate, Roy Schmidt left off the Kent Republicans voters guide, and Darren and Jim pick apart a pro-Jase Bolger ad.
This week, Darren and Jim discuss what right wing radio has done to the journalism business. The boys also talk about Mitt and his taxes, more fallout from the 47% tape, and much more.
Darren and Jim interview Winnie Brinks, Democratic candidate for the 76th State House seat, and Richard Carrillo, Democratic candidate for the Kent County Clerk's office. The boys also discuss the secret Mitt Romney tape, Hobby Lobby sues the government over health care reform, and the current poll results for the six statewide proposals on the ballot.
Darren and Jim interview Paul Helder, head of the Grand Rapids Teachers Union, about the importance of collective bargaining in Michigan and the teacher strike in Chicago. The boys also discuss the Democratic National Convention, First Lady Michele Obama's speech, former President Bill Clinton's speech, and Darren empties both barrels of frustration at "birthers".
We're joined in the studio for this episode by Kristen Cook, the official voice of Southpaws. Darren, Jim, and Kristen talk on the phone to the Democratic candidate for the 70th State House seat Mike Huckleberry. Jim Chase from The Union Edge/Work In Progress joins us in studio to discuss Labor Day, the current state of the Grand Rapids Gravel strike, and more. We also discuss the one-judge grand jury investigating Roy Schmidt and Jase Bolger, another Republican opens his mouth about abortion, and we discuss a teacher suing her employer because she briefly worked as an exotic dancer. All this and more on Southpaws.
On this edition, we bring you the latest on Roy Schmidt including the possible appointment of a one person grand jury. We also discuss the GOP convention in Tampa, Rush Limbaugh says President Obama caused the hurricane in Tampa, we update you on the Grand Rapids Gravel strike, and Jim makes Darren's voice raise three octaves by saying one word. How? You'll have to find out by listening to Southpaws.
On this episode of Southpaws the boys talk via phone to Kent County Democratic Party chair Jim Rinck. Darren and Jim are also joined in studio by Deb Fragel, who specializes in helping the unemployed get benefits. Other topics discussed include more of Roy Schmidt, Todd Akin inserts his foot deeply into his mouth over rape, Saginaw police shoot a homeless man, and the lack of customer service in today's world. All this and more on Southpaws.
Steve Pestka, Democratic candidate for the US House 3rd District was a special guest on the show. Darren and Jim also discussed voter suppression, Paul Ryan chosen as Mitt Romney's running mate, and Roy Schmidt gets blistered a little more. All on this week's Southpaws.
On this episode of Southpaws, Richard Carrillo joins us again to discuss the absentee ballot lawsuit against Kent County, Jim Chase from Teamsters 406 talks about the Grand Rapids Gravel strike, and we discuss why people who abuse animals should be imprisoned for a long time.
Darren and Jim entertain two special guests on this week's show. James Farris, the Democratic candidate for Kent County Sheriff, joins the show as does Richard Carrillo, the Democratic candidate for Kent County Clerk. The boys also discuss more fallout of the Roy Schmidt fiasco, Mitt Romney's trip to Europe, and the Teamsters strike against Grand Rapids Gravel. All this and more on this week's Southpaws.
Winnie Brinks, the Democratic write in candidate for Michigan's 76 District House seat, joins the show and discusses her candidacy, we blister Roy Schmidt a little more, and we discuss Gov. Snyder's silence on the Roy Schmidt fiasco. All this and more on Southpaws.
On this episode of Southpaws, Darren and Jim discuss the prosecution findings in the Roy Schmidt fiasco and why charges aren't being filed against Schmidt, Mitt Romney won't release his tax records and continues to flip flop on issues, and Jim discusses what could potentially be an ugly race in the 3rd US Congressional District. All this and more on Southpaws.
On this episode, Darren and Jim discuss the Health Care Reform Act and how it directly affects Michigan residents, Pat Miles, Jr. has a new job, and Ted Nugent thinks the south should have won the civi war. What? You heard that right and we'll discuss it on the next Southpaws.
On this episode of Southpaws, Darren and Jim discuss the Supreme Court ruling on the Health Care Reform Act, Kent County Democratic Party secretary Al Abbasse joins the show again to provide his insight, and Darren takes Ann Romney to task over a dressage horse. All this and more on this firecracker filled Independence Day edition of Southpaws.
On this episode of Southpaws, Darren and Jim look at the Supreme Court decision on Arizona's Immigration Laws, Gov. Snyder signs a new budget early, and Darren gets personal as he talks about the defunding of mental health programs across the country.
On this episode, we bring local comic and activist AnnaFlora Somers on to discuss the controversy over the "V" word. We also discuss the idea of "liberal bias" in the media and we look at the life and death of Rodney King.
On this episode, we discuss the results of the Scott Walker recall vote in Wisconsin from last week and what it means. We also look at Michigan's attempt to completely outlaw abortion and the preacher who burned the Koran in 2011 is at it again, this time hanging President Obama in effigy. This and much more on Southpaws.
On this episode of Southpaws, Darren and Jim talk to Kristen Cook, the voice of Southpaws, about her recent trip to Kentucky for an equestrian event, comic AnnaFlora Somers joins them to discuss the Stop War On Women protest, the latest on Roy Schmidt, and much more.
On this episode of Southpaws, Darren and Jim discuss the controversy surrounding 76th District State House Representative Roy Schmidt. 75th District State House Representative Brandon Dillon calls in to discuss the issue and we play an interview Darren conducted with the head of the Michigan Democratic Party Mark Brewer. Other topics discussed include the G8 Summit in Chicago, Facebook's IPO, and Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell causes a stir with remarks he makes in front of a Planned Parenthood fundraiser.