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21
Apr

Out d’Coup | Mass Marches Signal Spring Has Sprung; Fox News in Frenzy; Dark Charter School Money in Harrisburg School Board Election; Capitalism and Space; Free Will and Pizza Boy Releases

It’s Friday, April 21, 2017. Welcome to Raging Chicken’s Out d’Coup podcast. I am Kevin Mahoney, editor and founder of Raging Chicken Press. Each week I talk to our Capitol muckraker-in-chief, Sean Kitchen, about the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics.

Spring has sprung. Last weekend saw more than 120,000 people take to the streets across the nation to demand Trump release his tax returns. Tomorrow is the March for Science, where tens of thousands of people will converge in Washington, DC and in sister marches across the county in defense and celebration of science. Next weekend will be the People’s Climate March followed two days later by what are shaping up to be huge May Day strikes. No hiding from #TheResistance during the April Recess as even Democratic politicians face the music of a renewed progressive, left movement.

Meanwhile, the Trump Organization plays “where’s the armada” and increases tensions in the Korean peninsula. Congratulations go out to Turkish President Erdogan for “winning” new dictatorial powers. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago visit with Chinese President begins to pay off - for Ivanka.

Fox and Friends goes all in with Freedom Fascism, getting all tingly watching bombs explode to Toby Keith's, "Courtesy of the Red White and Blue." Bill O’Reilly kicked to the curb - apparently even sexual harassment factories like Fox have their limits. Today is the National Day of Silence a student-led national event organized in thousands of schools, colleges, and universities to bring awareness to the silencing effects of anti-LGBTQ name-calling, bullying and harassment.

Sean Kitchen gains a nemesis after he calls out the role of dark money and charter schools lobbyists in heated Harrisburg school board fight. Digging in the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center Report. Republican State Senator Don White introduces bill to allow guns in schools. The PA Senate Education Committee vote 9-3 move the bill out of committee and ready it for a full vote. PA Republicans establish their own “Area 51” in the State Capitol. We’ll call it Area 461. Unemployment compensation bill passes - we’ve got a short-term fix. Bill McKibben speaks to crowd in the Lehigh Valley, issuing a call to action and some sobering news ahead of Earth Day.

More on the first protest in space and the Autonomous Space Agency Network. Recalling Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy - will space exploration simply be an extension of capitalist expansionism? Great new beer release from Free Will Brewing; new canning at Pizza Boy.

This week’s Rick Smith Show on Free Speech TV is preempted for Democracy Now’s special Earth Day coverage. It’s the perfect time to catch up on past episodes where you can check out Raging Chicken’s weekly weekly #Resistance Report. Check out all Rick’s archives right HERE.  

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14
Apr

Out d’Coup | Trump Calls on Mommy (of all bombs); More Cabinet Controversy; Sessions Cleans Filth; PA DEP Sues Rural Towns; PASSHE cuts; and, Space News!

It’s Friday, April 14, 2017. Another not so good friday - at least if we’re talking about the future of democracy. I am Kevin Mahoney, editor and founder of Raging Chicken Press. Each week I talk to our Capitol muckraker-in-chief, Sean Kitchen, about the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics.

This week in Trumplandia: Americans learn a new vocabulary word. Say it with me now: MOAB. Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb. But you call call it Mother. In order to avoid protesters so she can more effectively destroy public education, we are paying almost $8 million for federal marshals to protect Betsy DeVos. Safely past Women’s History Month, Trump signs bill (behind closed doors) that may leave as many as 4 million women without access to medical services. Another former Trump campaign staffer registering as foreign agent. Carter Page...really, Carter Page…is STILL in the news. Supreme Court now armed to repeal 20th Century. Gorsuch will cut his teeth on voting rights. And Jeff Sessions heads to the border to announce that he is weaponizing the Justice Department to take a stand against “the filth” - his words from his prepared remarks. Oh, and let’s not forget North Korea. Can you say….ah, shi-bal?

Closer to home, Anti-EPA Director of the EPA Scott Pruitt, heads to PA coal mine to announce his plans to remove environmental protections. The coal mine he chose to speak at was recently fined $3 million for dumping mine wastewater into tributaries of the Ohio River. And it seems like Pruit has a friend in PA as the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection sues two small rural towns for passing local laws banning underground disposal wells for fracking wastewater. You heard that right. The EPA is suing towns because they tried to protect the environment. According to a new report from PA Budget and Policy Center, PA taxpayers are footing the bill for teaching creationism in charter schools. PASSHE’s hired consultants visit campuses to determine how to give Chancellor Frank Brogan a green light to gut public higher education.

And what’s that? The first protest in space?

Tune in to the Rick Smith Show on Free Speech TV this and every Saturday at 7pm EST. I’ll be there giving the weekly #Resistance Report. You can stream the show live at Freespeech.org or you can tune in on Dish Network, Direct TV, and with the FSTV app on Roku. If you miss the show, go to the RickSmithShow.com and click on the FSTV icon in the sidebar.

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7
Apr

Out d’Coup | Syria Strike; Gorsuch Confirmed; Bannon v. Kuschner; Philly Airport Workers Vote Union; PA Student Power Ramps Up; PASSHE Cuts; More Mandatory Minimums?

It’s Friday, April 7, 2017. I am Kevin Mahoney, editor and founder of Raging Chicken Press. Each week I talk to our Capitol muckraker-in-chief, Sean Kitchen, about the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics.

This week in Trumplandia: The big news of the day, of course, is that last night the US military attacked a Syrian military base with 59 tomahawk missiles. The attack was a response to the Assad regime’s brutal chemical weapons attack in Kahn Shaykhun, a town between Damascus and Aleppo that is held by forces opposed to Assad. Trump has not hesitated to order the use of military force since he took office. Awed by the first pictures of the Tomahawk missles being launched from US Destroyers, MSNBC’s Brian Williams calls the pictures “beautiful.”

No doubt that the airstrikes will dominate the news, even as the Senate moves to approve Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court today [Gorsuch was confirmed right as we were finishing recording]. In order to break a Democratic Party filibuster, Senate Republicans changed Senate rules. The repeal of the 20th century is now on the menu.

Bannon v. Jared aka the Tramp v. the Cuck. Jared does Iraq. Dons flak jacket over his blue sport coat - digging that stuffed sausage look.  Drama in the big house. Nunes out. You know, for the good of the whatever. Carter Page joyfully admits he was Russian agent. It was was very exciting.

Meanwhile, here in the Keystone state, many state Democrats join Republicans in the PA House to vote to bring back mandatory minimums. House GOP want to cut fire services in Harrisburg, apparently to speed their plans to burn down the government. No movement yet on so-called “right-to-work” package. PASSHE moves forward in plans to gut public higher education in the state. Philadelphia airport workers vote to unionize. PA Student Power ramping up their fight. Students at West Chester University join nationwide actions for Fight for 15 on Tuesday.

Tune in to the Rick Smith Show on Free Speech TV this and every Saturday at 7pm EST. Yours truly will be there giving the weekly #Resistance Report. You can stream the show live online at Freespeech.org. You can also tune in on the Dish Network, Direct TV, and with the FSTV app on Roku. If you miss the show, go to the RickSmithShow.com and click on the FSTV icon in the sidebar.

Remember folks, we need you to help keep pull-no-punches, progressive media going strong. Become a member of Raging Chicken for as little at $2/month! Simply go to RagingChickenPress.org and look for the Support and Membership tab. Click “Become a member” and you’re on your way. Or, click “Be a Patron” to become a member on Patreon. Not ready to become a member? No problem. You can make a one-time donation by clicking “Donate.”  

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31
Mar

Out d’Coup | Destination Climate Crash; Flynn to Testify?; Scott Wagner is Not a Scientist; Ithaca Adjuncts Win Big; Philly Troublemakers; and, more!

It’s Friday, March 31, 2017. I am Kevin Mahoney, editor and founder of Raging Chicken Press. Each week I talk to our Capitol muckraker-in-chief, Sean Kitchen, about the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics.

This week in Trumplandia: The drama and stakes ramp up in DC. Michael Flynn to testify if given immunity. Nunes subplot thickens. Senate intelligence committee says they won’t play games with investigation. Bye-bye to your limited privacy protections on the Internet. Farewell, to the clean energy plan. On the other side of the ledger, Maryland bans fracking. But in PA, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the PA DEP approves two new injection wells - think Oklahoma earthquakes and becomes a booster in favor of bring four more ethane cracker plants to the Keystone state.

Pennsylvania upping the ante on anti-climate crazy. Wanna-be Governor on PA, Scott Wagner, says people just need to take a cold shower, and we’ll be fine. Wagners campaign manager wants to make sure we know that Scottie is not a scientist. I repeat not a scientist. Philadelphia DA race getting interesting - civil rights attorney throws his hat in. Right-wing, billionaire backed think tank hacks in PA beg Sean to take their picture. Lancaster Stand keeps the trainings going, but postpones occupation as pipeline tied up in court. Ithaca college contingent faculty win big. Great weekend at Philly Labor Notes Troublemakers School. I talked APSCUF strike. Meanwhile PASSHE starts the retrenchment ball rolling.

Tune in to the Rick Smith Show this and every Saturday at 7pm EST. Yours truly will be there giving the weekly #Resistance Report. You can stream the show live online at Freespeech.org. You can also tune in on the Dish Network, Direct TV, and with the FSTV app on Roku.

Remember folks, we need you to help keep pull-no-punches, progressive media going strong. Become a member of Raging Chicken for as little at $2/month! Simply go to RagingChickenPress.org and look for the Support and Membership tab. Click “Become a member” and you’re on your way. Or, click “Be a Patron” to become a member on Patreon. Not ready to become a member? No problem. You can make a one-time donation by clicking “Donate.”  Look for new t-shirt release this coming week.

We are digging in for 2017 and Trumplandia. We need you - the progressive community - to help us deepen pull-no-punches, progressive media that will hold power accountable.  

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24
Mar

Out d’Coup | Rep. Scott Perry on God’s Right to Pollute; Are Pipeline Protesters Jihadists?; Closing in on Trumpovsky and his Bratva; Nunes Freaks Out; Labor Notes; and, Mars

It’s Friday, March 24, 2017. Back out East...this is Kevin Mahoney, editor and founder of Raging Chicken Press. Each week I talk to our Capitol muckraker-in-chief, Sean Kitchen, about the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics.

This week in Trumplandia: To Repeal or Not to Repeal...that was the question. Democrats thrown down a Supreme challenge. Do they have the discipline and spine to carry through? Bernie Sanders puts faith in organized resistance in the face of an inept Democratic Party. Pelosi still wedded to losing script. Closing in on Trumpkovsky and his Bratva. Devin Nunes slips out back door of House Intelligence Committee to run and tell Daddy Donald that G-Men are busting the party. Rex Tillerson blows off NATO in favor golf getaway at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort with Chinese president. And, of course, Ivanka gets West Wing office as first “adult child” of a president.

Pennsylvania still a great place to be if you love the crazy. Representative Scott Perry claims EPA is infringing upon God’s right to pollute. A Perry spokesperson took to Facebook to clarify that Perry didn’t mean God creates ALL pollution...just most of it in the Chesapeake Bay. PA State Public Utility Commissioner Robert Powelson says anti-pipeline protesters are engaged in a jihad against natural gas. Will that be enough to get him his sought after Trump appointment? And, still freaked out by fake news and protesting grandma’s, good old boy Daryl Metcalf bans media from press conference on right to work in State Capitol. It was a press conference. Questions still remain if PA GOP used dark magic to open a sinkhole in front of Capitol in an attempt to swallow a bus of citizens prepared to rally against repeal of ACA. Critics say it just might have been years of GOP imposed austerity and neglect of key infrastructure.  

Meanwhile, Senator Casey seems to be growing into his spine. Just in time, too as it looks like conservative rebranded moderate Representative Charlie Dent may be throwing in his hat to challenge Casey in 2018. Tomorrow, Philadelphia hosts a Labor Notes Troublemakers School. I’ll be there and will be part of a panel talking APSCUF strike.

Tune in to the Rick Smith Show this and every Saturday at 7pm EST. Yours truly will be there giving the weekly #Resistance Report. You can stream the show live online at Freespeech.org. You can also tune in on the Dish Network, Direct TV, and with the FSTV app on Roku.

Remember folks, we need you to help keep pull-no-punches, progressive media going strong. Become a member of Raging Chicken for as little at $2/month! Simply go to RagingChickenPress.org and look for the Support and Membership tab. Click “Become a member” and you’re on your way. Or, click “Be a Patron” to become a member on Patreon. Not ready to become a member? No problem. You can make a one-time donation by clicking “Donate.”  Look for new t-shirt release this coming week.

We are digging in for 2017 and Trumplandia. We need you - the progressive community - to help us deepen pull-no-punches, progressive media that will hold power accountable.  

Music in second break: “The Resistance,” by Invisible World. Play and download their song HERE. Donations support Planned Parenthood and the Midwest Music Foundation.

 

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17
Mar

Out d’Coup | Trump’s Budget Bomb; Gorka Exposed; Sean Kitchen Gets Fake News Cred; Mahoney in Portland, Oregon!

It’s Friday, March 17, 2017. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I am Kevin Mahoney, editor and founder of Raging Chicken Press. Each week I talk to our Capitol muckraker-in-chief, Sean Kitchen, about the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics.

This week in Trumplandia: Last week the Trump organization telegraphed coming cuts to the EPA, NOAA, the State Dept. and other government agencies. This week we got to see Trump drop the GOP’s radical wish list like a bomb. Casualties will include seniors looking for a meal, poor young folks looking for work, scientists looking to cure diseases, and children looking for Sesame Street. White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney explains how taking meals away from home bound seniors is a secret plan to help coal miners and single-parents in Detroit. Details of how said plan will work are still being stewed in a White House cauldron awaiting their Amazon Prime delivery of eye of newt.

Sebastian Gorka, President Trump’s top counter-terrorism adviser, swore lifetime allegiance to Hungarian pro-nazi party. Not making that up.

New DNC head makes leadership debut in response to Trump budget. Still working off failed political strategy. We’ll draw from experience in PA to layout what Trump’s budget is designed to do. Why Democratic leadership can’t see this is astounding. We’re happy to help hold your hands; you can send your donations to Raging Chicken Press.

Sean Kitchen earns his fake news street cred from right-wing nut job legislator Daryl Metcalf. Trump’s budget promises devastating impacts on Pennsylvania’s water and environment. We’ll take you through the details. Governor Tom Wolf goes on the attack on the national level - seems to figure out what a political strategy with a spine looks like. And PA Senator Bob Casey also seems to find a political voice gearing up for his 2018 campaign. And, finally, a huge congratulations to Seth Kahn, Amy Lynch-Biniek, and Bill Lalicker on the release of their book, Contingency, Exploitation, and Solidarity: Labor and Action in English Composition. Kevin was with them in Portland, Oregon for the celebration. We talk Portland, craft beer, and more in our last segment.

Tune in to the Rick Smith Show this and every Saturday at 7pm EST. Yours truly will be there giving the weekly #Resistance Report. This week David Yankovich will be on hand to talk about GOP insane health care proposal. You can stream the show live online at Freespeech.org. You can also tune in on the Dish Network, Direct TV, and with the FSTV app on Roku.

Remember folks, we need you to help keep pull-no-punches, progressive media going strong. Become a member of Raging Chicken for as little at $2/month! Simply go to RagingChickenPress.org and look for the Support and Membership tab. Click “Become a member” and you’re on your way. Or, if you are on Patreon, click “Be a Patron” under the same tab. Not ready to become a member? No problem. You can make a one-time donation by clicking “Donate.”  Look for new t-shirt release this coming week.

We are digging in for 2017 and Trumplandia. We need you - the progressive community - to help us deepen pull-no-punches, progressive media that will hold power accountable.  

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10
Mar

Out d’Coup | Goodbye EPA, Goodbye Climate; Sanders Heads South for the Picket Lines; DCMH Nurses and Tech Strike; God Pics PA Senate Hopeful; and Rep. Mike Kelly Blows Lid off Shadow Gov’t

It’s Friday, March 10, 2017. I am Kevin Mahoney, editor and founder of Raging Chicken Press and Raging Chicken Media. Each week I talk to our Capitol muckraker-in-chief, Sean Kitchen, about the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics.

This week in Trumplandia: Time to cut the government. Trump organization drops the ax on EPA, NOAA, State Department, and possibly HUD. The word “science” is purged from mission statement of the EPA’s Office of Science and Technology Policy. Founding member of EPA’s environmental justice office quits. Looks like we’re dropping black hoods on climate scientists. And, you could see this one coming, deep cuts proposed for climate research. GOP will replace Obamacare with....Obamacare? Or, what exactly? And then there’s Russia...

Bernie Sanders joins workers on the line at a Nissan plant in Mississippi. CWA gets contract with AT&T Southwest that includes bringing 3000 jobs back to the US. Day Without Women/International Women’s Strike was a day of protest, celebration, and intersectionality. At least three schools districts close for the day due to the number of women who requested leave.

Nurses and technicians at Delaware County Memorial Hospital go on a two day strike and then are locked out by their new for-profit, hedge fund owners for an additional three days. Raging Chicken was there for the first day of the strike. God confirms his preferred Senatorial candidate. Congressman Mike Kelly blows the lid of the Shadow gov’t.

Tune in to the Rick Smith Show this and every Saturday at 7pm EST. Yours truly will be there giving the weekly #Resistance Report. This week David Yankovich will be on hand to talk about GOP insane health care proposal. You can stream the show live online at Freespeech.org. You can also tune in on the Dish Network, Direct TV, and with the FSTV app on Roku.

Remember folks, we need you to help keep pull-no-punches, progressive media going strong. Become a member of Raging Chicken for as little at $2/month! Simply go to RagingChickenPress.org and look for the Support and Membership tab. Click “Become a member” and you’re on your way. Or, if you are on Patreon, click “Be a Patron” under the same tab. Not ready to become a member? No problem. You can make a one-time donation by clicking “Donate.”

We are digging in for 2017 and Trumplandia. We need you - the progressive community - to help us deepen pull-no-punches, progressive media that will hold power accountable.  

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6
Mar

Solidarity with PASNAP on Strike - A Father/Daughter message

I spent part of today on the line with PASNAP nurses and techs on strike against Delaware County Memorial Hospital. Check out all the videos of today's action HERE. You'll find even more coverage on our Facebook page

When got home, my daughter wanted to see the video I took. She was happy to hear the song "We Are the Union!" - it's one of her favorites. She started singing the song - with her own ad libs - and I was lucky enough to record it. 

This goes out to the nurses and techs on strike. We stand with you. 

Bread and Roses,

Kevin Mahoney 

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3
Mar

Out d’Coup | #GodlyHeritage with Rick Saccone; Tuesday with Toomey Arrests; Protests at the Chamber; #DemFail; This Week in Trumplandia; and, more!

This week in Trumplandia: It was Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress. The ability to read a speech on a teleprompter leads some pretty gushing reviews by the media and several high profile Democrats. Knowing the Democrats have to steel themselves for a long fight, Democrats chose former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to give the response to Trump. Beshear’s address helps insomniacs; but, leads most progressives to yell at their TVs. We’ll talk more #DemFail. Meanwhile, progressives in the states aren’t waiting for the national party to get it’s head out of the sand. More and more progressives looking to run for office and protests have not subsided.

Jeff Sessions first did not and then did have conversations with Russian operatives during the presidential campaign while serving as a surrogate for Trump. Session plays the nice old Klan - I mean man - card, emphasizing his “oh, golly gee...come to think of it” defense. He’s now recused himself from ongoing investigation of Trumps Russia ties.

Earlier this week Rep. Rick Saccone announced he was challenging Se. Bob Casey for Senate in 2018. Saccone helped protesters understand our #GodlyHeritage. Tuesday with Toomey activists arrested in Philadelphia for trying to meet with Toomey. This morning Sean got up bright and early to join activists from Lancaster Stands Up at a Chamber of Commerce meeting with Republican State Rep. Lloyd Smucker who has refused to hold town halls for his constituents. Sean was inside that meeting. And yours truly makes a debut on FSTV, doing the #ResistanceReport on the Rick Smith Show. Tune in to Rick’s show this and every Saturday at 7pm EST. You can tune in online at Freespeech.org. You can also tune in on the Dish Network, Direct TV, and with the FSTV app on Roku.

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We are digging in for 2017 and Trumplandia. We need you - the progressive community - to help us deepen pull-no-punches, progressive media that will hold power accountable.  

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28
Feb

Right-Wing Republican Rick Saccone Announces 2018 Senate Bid | Intro by Right-Wing Christian Org President

On Monday, February 27, 2017, right-wing Republican Representative Rick Saccone announced his campaign to challenge PA’s Democratic Senator Bob Casey in the 2018 midterm elections. Saccone represents the 39th district in Western PA, which includes parts of Allegheny and Washington Counties. Saccone is perhaps best known for introducing and passing a bill declaring 2012 the “Year of the Bible.” Saccone was elected to the PA house as part of the Tea Party sweep of the 2010 midterm elections.

Saccone is introduced by Tim Barton, the President and COO of WallBuilders - a right-wing Christian organization founded by his father, David Barton. Here’s how Americans United for the Separation of Church and State describes WallBuilders:

“WallBuilders was founded by David Barton, a former Christian school teacher in Texas who has carved out a lucrative niche for himself by promoting the idea that the United States was founded to be a “Christian nation.”

Named by Time magazine as one of the most 25 influential evangelicals, Barton uses WallBuilders, which has both for-profit and non-profit arms, to attack mainstream history, insisting that church-state separation was not the intention of our Founders.”

Saccone’s announcement was held in the PA Capitol rotunda. This audio was recorded by Sean Kitchen of Raging Chicken Press.

We are digging in for 2017 and Trumplandia. We need you - the progressive community - to help us deepen pull-no-punches, progressive media that will hold power accountable.  

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