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13
Oct

Out d’Coup | Trump Assault on Obamacare; Leaving Puerto Rico?; FBI’s new extremists; Right-wing v. Left-wing Media; Space News; and, of course Beer!

Trump continues the assault on Obamacare through what Rick Smith likes to call the “Cut, Gut, and Punish,” model of right-wing politics. In the absence of legislative action to repeal the ACA, Trump is doing everything he can to give it a slow, painful death. Millions of people will be at risk. Also, Trump’s new federal rule will let employers opt out of having to cover birth control in their health insurance plans if God tells them not to. Trump’s had enough with having to pay attention to Puerto Rico. Rep. Scott Perry’s got his back on that one. And turns out the FBI was onto the problem of extremists ahead of the violence in Charlottesville. Only problem was they had the wrong extremists. The FBI was laser-focused on what they saw as the emerging threat of “Black Identity Extremists.” Their words. Rick Smith airs special on Janus v. AFSCME - the Supreme Court case that will likely gut public sector unions.

What happens if the right wing media wins? That’s the title of a recent article in the Columbia Journalism Review by McKay Coppins. He was interviewed on the Majority Report this week and that’s got us thinking again about the need to build progressive media networks - and fast. We’ll take a peek at the right’s infrastructure and wonder why the left does not invest in our own media in the way they do on the right. We’ll talk Bradley Foundation, Hillsdale College, and even attempts to flood student government elections with billionaire cash.

In today’s last call, we’ve got space news and beer. Scientists think we might have a ninth planet after all. It’s thought to be 10 times more massive than Earth and about 20 times farther from the sun than Neptune. Also, asteroid got cozy with Earth early this morning. Say hello and goodbye to 2012 TC4. Free Will Brewing has got a much anticipated sour release today. Today at 3 pm at both locations, Free Will releases Wildhack, a Foudre & Barrel-Aged Sour Brown w/Blueberries; and, Industrio Rustique, a Foudre & Rum Barrel Aged Funky Belgian-style Dark Ale. Pizza Boy also released a pumpkin Sunny Side Up on Tuesday. Cans only, folks.

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6
Oct

Out d’Coup | Vegas Horror; Trump Does Puerto Rico; Supreme Court Season; Adjunct Update; #PABudget; Alt-Right in Lancaster; Next Moon Shot; and Oktoberfest!

Trump visits Puerto Rico. He forgot to pack his t-shirt cannon, but he made due. Reminds Puerto Rico that Katrina was a real disaster; that Puerto Rico has thrown U.S. budget “out of whack;” and, that he is incapable of basic human compassion. Trump did suggest, however, that Goldman Sach or “whoever” may have to cancel Puerto Rico’s debt. Mick Mulvaney - a contender for worst human being in the world - puts the kibosh on that. Says we shouldn’t take what the president said “word for word.” By which he meant that no one’s canceling Puerto Rico’s debt. Las Vegas horror and status quo response from NRA soaked politicians. If we can’t talk about gun control and toxic white male masculinity now, can we pencil in a date? Oh, you’ll get back to us? Yeah, OK. PA Republicans’ solution? The Hearing Protection Act. Mueller-led Trump-Russian probe gets to talk to Christopher Steel, author of “the dossier.” Does this mean the pee tape will be a topic of an open session? And, Supreme Court season is underway. This year is voting and organized labor in the crosshairs. Janus v. AFSCME looks to accomplish what Fredericks could not. Barring another death of a right-wing justice, public sector unions are in trouble. In a bit of a surprise, however, on Tuesday, oral arguments were heard regarding Gill v. Whitford...a case that could bring an end to partisan gerrymandering. Justices seemed open to the possibility. Thanks to a cache of emails internal emails. Buzzfeed reveals how Steve Bannon and Breitbart laundered Alt-Right racists. Oh, and let’s not forget hurricane, Nate. 22 people are already dead.

APSCUF-KU helps raise over $5000 for the adjunct faculty member who was kicked to the curb ahead of life-saving surgery. Over 500 Raging Chicken readers clicked to find out what they could do to help. Still no PA Budget. Gov. Wolf says he’s sick of playing games and will start to manage the budget himself. Securitizing the State Liquor stores is at the top of the list. The refusal of PA Republicans to talk about any reasonable revenue package may lead to the full privatization of Penn State, Temple, Pitt, and Lincoln. And, of course, Standard and Poors has downgraded PA’s credit rating again. That will cost PA taxpayers about $53 million/year in interest payments. Rep. Tim Murphy is out following revelations that this pro-life Rep encouraged his mistress to have an abortion and he conducted a “reign of terror against his staff.” State Rep. Tom Marino blocks Raging Chicken on Facebook. Alt-Right is making a serious play for a PA stronghold. Identity Evropa had a Lancaster coming out party. Now there’s a podcast, called “Taking a Stand.” The first episode featured Identity Evropa leader, and PA native, Evan McLaren and the PA coordinator for Identity Evropa, William Clark. And Represent PA is calling November days of action including a March from Lancaster to Harrisburg beginning on Nov. 10 concluding with two days of action in the Capitol rotunda on Nov 13 & 14.

In today’s last call, it’s the 60th anniversary of Sputnik. Mike Pence uses the occasion to help relaunch the National Space Council. He says the U.S. is going back to the moon. Free Will released PV Fest in 16 oz. cans yesterday. It’s a traditional malty Marzen just in time for Oktoberfest. I will be picking some up today. Free Will partners with Down to Earth Cafe holds its Oktoberfest on Sunday, October 22. There will be 5 traditional German-style beers and traditional German fare at the Perkasie Brewhouse. You can even pick up a Free Will stein for $10. Sunny Side Up cans are out at Pizza Boy. That and so much more.

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29
Sep

Out d’Coup | Shock Doctrine for Puerto Rico; Bannon Assist in AL Senate Primary; German Right Rising; Wagner White Nationalist?; PA Governors Race; Mike Regan’s Junk; Going to Mars; Beer; and More!

On today’s show, Shock Doctrine warriors take aim at Puerto Rico in the wake of hurricane Maria. Roy Moore defeats Trump endorsed Luther Strange in the Alabama Senate primary. Steve Bannon and Nigel Farage were very happy. A preview of the Pennsylvania Senate primary perhaps? Far-right German AfD Party sees large gains after German Election. Climate scientists report that century-old temperature records for September have been shattered across the Midwest and East coast during this month’s heat wave. Judge rules that anonymous police office can’t sue Black Lives Matter. It’s a social movement you idiots. You know, First Amendment and all that? NFL players #TakeAKnee following Trumpster’s attacks. ADAPT activists arrested and dragged away in protests against Graham-Cassidy. Graham-Cassidy dead for now. Russian hacker story gets interesting.

Kutztown University faculty union helps to raise more than $4500 for adjunct kicked to the curb as part of the university’s “caring community” initiatives. HERE’S HOW TO HELP.  Wagner praises Bannon at Phyllis Schlafly “Put America First Rally” in St. Louis. Scott Wagner looking to repeat Roy Moore’s Alabama victory by throwing in with Steve Bannon while Paul Mango lines up with PA’s Trump machine. State Senator Mike Regan takes his hood, I mean helmet, off for the National Anthem. Uses Jackie Robinson to support his move to condemn the NFL for being anti-American. Jackie Robinson, by the way, didn’t stand for the anthem. Incidentally, @MikeRegansJunk premieres on Twitter. Then it went limp. Just sayin’. Sean puts PA white supremacist on blast. Oh, yeah. Still no budget. We told ya.

SpaceX to produce Big F’ing Rocket in plans to make life interplanetary. Mars, the Moon, and anywhere on Earth in less than an hour. NY to Shanghai, for example, in 39 minutes. Cargo ships to Mars by 2022.  Dyson to jump into the electric car market by 2020. Sunny Side Up back on at Pizza Boy! Free Will ramping up can productions. They’ve got Crisper in cans - a Kolsch style ale just in time for Oktoberfest. Rumor has it that Safeword will be brewed again for the holidays.

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26
Sep

Out d’Coup Xtra | Sean Kitchen Talks with Jamie Longazel, Author of “Undocumented Fears: Immigration and the Politics of Divide and Conquer in Hazleton, Pennsylvania”

Sean Kitchen makes his solo debut on Out d'Coup Xtras! Sean talks with Jamie Longazel, author of Undocumented Fears: Immigration and the Politics of Divide and Conquer in Hazleton, Pennsylvania. Longazel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. 

The focus today is on former Hazelton mayor and current U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 11th congressional district, Lou Barletta. Barletta recently threw his hat into the ring to challenge Bob Casey in the 2018 midterm elections. Barletta has been a strong supporter of Donald Trump and has his own sorted anti-immigration history. 

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22
Sep

Out d’Coup | Hurricane Maria; Trump Threatens Rocket Man; KU Fires Sick Adjunct Before Surgery; Fascists Flyering Campuses; Millersville’s EPPIC Fail; Star Trek Discovery; New Beer Releases; More!

Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico as a category 5 storm. This marks the fourth major hurricane in a month to ravage the Caribbean and Gulf Coast. Shock doctrine opportunists salivate. Trump threatens to wipe North Korea off the face of the earth. Subsequent exchanges between Trump and Kim Jong Un have bordered on the surreal. I have to admit, I had to look up the word “dotard.” Paul Manafort is in Mueller’s crosshairs. Jimmy Kimmel has been on fire. Police in St. Louis chant “whose streets, our streets,” in a frightening exhibition of the decline toward authoritarianism. And, Kutztown University administration ordered to kick an adjunct faculty to the curb ahead of life-saving surgery. How’s that for a “caring community.” Just following orders, I guess.

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PA State Representative Aaron Bernstine thinks it’s a good idea to run over protesters in they’re standing in the road. Even some of his fellow Republicans are beginning to get uncomfortable with him. Confronted, Bernstine doubles down calling protesters "thugs." Sean dons the flaming sword of the interwebs in response. Still no budget in PA. How long will it be before the next credit downgrade? History and practices of Identity Evropa. Millersville University’s mental gymnastics department attempts to respond to white nationalist posters on its campus. AbadeeAbadeeAbadee, that’s all folks. We get into the background and tactics of Identity Evropa and other alt-right groups.

And Star Trek Discovery premieres Sunday night on CBS. According to Rolling Stone, Discovery is Star Trek’s answer to the Trump era. Pizza Boy had a big week for beer releases. Kevin gets a new shipment of Biniek Biotech Brews.

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15
Sep

Out d’Coup | Sanders Single-Payer Bill; DSA and Left Organizing; Ponies for All; Climate Change and Hurricanes; Trump Taps David Freed; #PAbudget; Space News and More!

Bernie Sanders introduces a single-payer bill with 16 cosponsors. Just in time for perspective on “What Happened?” Will the Democratic Party get the Sanders Bump and move significantly to the left? It’s looking like it.  All I know is that I want my pony. We talk the growth of DSA and left organizing. In the wake of Harvey and Irma, now is exactly the time to talk about climate change. Kate Aronoff burning it up at The Intercept in the wake of catastrophic hurricanes. We’re watching disaster capitalism in real time now, folks. Trump deepens his relationship with Chuck and Nancy - more like a booty call, really. Trump’s voting fraud commission continues to expose how Kris Kobach plans to suppress the vote in 2018 and 2020. Fearless Girl gets blue ribbon and Wall Street bull doused with blue paint in protest of climate denial. Crude bomb goes off on London tube. And Harvard invites then disinvites Chelsea Manning to be a visiting fellow, thanks to Mike Pompeo and a spineless dean of Harvard’s Kennedy School Institute of Politics.

David Freed - Cumberland County, DA - nominated to US Attorney Office. Maybe he’ll be bringing his binders full of white supremacists with him. The Intercept picks up coverage of Evan McLaren, too. Wolf votes for fracking moratorium in Delaware River Basin Commission. PA House Republicans approves budget filled with gimmicks and cuts to environmental programs. I may want my pony, but PA House Republicans are trafficking in unicorns.

In today’s last call, Chris Robé on his new book, Breaking the Spell: A History of Anarchist Filmmakers, Videotape Guerrillas, and Digital Ninjas at Kutztown University.

We say goodbye to Cassini. Space X releases “bloopers” video. Sean get’s his hand in a crowler video. This might be his big break.

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8
Sep

Out d’Coup | Hurricane Devastation; Trump’s New Friends “Chuck and Nancy”; Russian Hackers on FB; Sen. Wagner and LaRouche; PA Budget; DACA; PA Student Power; Space News and More!

Hurricane devastation continues. Texas residents are barely digging out from Harvey as Irma - the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the open Atlantic - is slated to smash into Florida as a category 4 storm on Sunday. The storm has already claimed at least 19 lives in the Carribean. Meanwhile, the Harvey death toll topped 70. Houston area first responders are now suing chemical plant Arkema for negligence in plant’s explosion. At least 30 companies have now reported toxic spills in Harvey’s wake.

Trump makes friends with Chuck and Nancy. Paul Ryan taken to the woodshed, according to Lou Dobbs. What’s this mean for the Democratic party and the 2018 elections? Facebook admits that Russian hackers bought at least $100,000 in ads in an attempt to influence. One of first troll accounts was a fake Harrisburg resident. Rachel Maddow finally forced to get off the Russia, Russia, Russia beat...walks through the history of alt-right and Republican party.

Senator Soprano - Scott Wagner, has got a soft spot for Lyndon LaRouche, at least when it comes to opening his checkbook. Was it LaRouche’s Holocaust denial or his “The British are Coming” conspiracy that did it for ya, Scottie? PA Republicans planning to cut millions in hazardous waste programs to solve budget problems. Huge DACA protests across the state. Man arrested at Toomey televised town hall for asking questions about DACA. Charlie Dent gets out of the game. John Taylor out too. Tracking down the paper trail on alt-right Evan McLaren. And, PA Student Power Network organizing for free tuition at Pennsylvania’s public universities.

In space news, NASA researchers looking to the 19th century to land a rover on Venus. Ever read Wiliam Gibson’s The Difference Engine, or grooved on steampunk? NASA has. On Sept. 15th we’ll have to say goodbye to the Saturn orbiter, Cassini. Beginning Sept. 13, NASA will begin live webcasts about the program leading up to Cassini’s live-streamed plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere. Sean’s got a new Out d’Coup extra planned for next week on the anniversary of the 1897 Lattimer Mine Massacre near Hazleton, PA. And, what the hell is Verrit anyway and who cares?

Special shout out to Old Man and Skinny Guy - awesome new gaming podcast just launched last week. Go check them out on podbean HERE or check out their website RIGHT HERE.

 

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1
Sep

Out d’Coup | Hurricane Harvey; Berkeley Clashes; March to Confront White Supremacy; Kamala Joins Bernie; H’Burg Police’s New Riot Gear; Wagner Bombs; Alt-Right in PA: Modern Times; and More!

Hurricane Harvey wreaks havoc in Houston and Texas. It’s a devastating window into our climate future. Violent clashes between right-wing and anti-fascist protesters in Berkeley raises many questions about political strategy, media failures, and militarization of the police. Trump removes the ban on supplying police departments with military hardware. Harriet Tubman is officially off the $20 bill. Oh, and Joe Freaking Arpaio? Really? No connection there. [vader]. At least 100 faith leaders, activists, and students are walking from Charlottesville to DC for a “March to Confront White Supremacy.” They left on Monday and will arrive in DC on September 6. Gorka kicked out of the big house. More staff drama. Kamala Harris signs onto Sanders’s Universal Health Care Bill.

Harrisburg City Council voted to approve Harrisburg Police Department’s request to purchase military grade riot gear. Because Charlottesville? Senator Soprano, Scott Wagner plays his anti-Semitic comedy routine this week in Pittston. Crickets. Alt-Right advocate takes to the pages of Penn-Live to cry, “we’re not Nazis”...we just want to preserve “white heritage and identity.” Dog whistle Dog whistle Dog whistle. And more on the “we’re not racists” front, John McNesby, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5 calls a group of Black Lives Matters activists “rabid animals” following a protest in front of a police officer’s house.

And today is Force Friday! That’s right, get all your new Star Wars gear starting today. Modern Times coffee is awesome and so is their new ownership model. Kevin gets a real grinder, but he misses Sour Sunday in favor of back to school.

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30
Aug

Out d’Coup Extra | Seth Goldstein Interviews Ben Yagoda about Journalists and the Press in the Trump Era

Tonight, we’re bringing you the first ever Out d’Coup Extra interview by one of our contributing writers, Seth Goldstein. Seth is also our awesome tech guy that has more freaking energy than you can imagine and keeps Raging Chicken up and running.

Today, Seth will be interviewing Ben Yagoda, a writer and journalism professor at the University Delaware. Seth talks to Yagoda about his perspective on the Trump presidency and the role of journalism and the journalist during this “unpresidented” political era.

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Just a reminder that Out d’Coup is moving back to Friday beginning this week. Sean and I will be back talking about the good, the bad, and the ugly in state and national politics.

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24
Aug

Out d’Coup | Forward from Charlottesville; Refuse Fascism Nov. 4; Trump Still Trump; Sen. Wagner on Nazis; Sen. Martin’s Anti-Protest Bill; Alt Right on Campus; the Eclipse; and so much more!

Reflecting on Charlottesville. Is it time for regime change in the U.S.? If the organization Refuse Fascism has anything to say about it November 4th is "go time." Boston is still strong and Phoenix is rising in resistance to neo-nazis and the alt right. Alt right celebrities and anti-Muslim organizations cancel rallies and retreat to their internet safe spaces. Trump continues to be Trump. Business leaders bail on his Manufacturing Council. Bannon forced out? Or maybe, he finished what he needed to do inside the White House. Now it’s back to Breitbart to pressure from the outside.

State Senator Scott Martin moves ahead with his anti-protest bill. Senator Soprano...Scott Wagner, mimics Trump, forgetting to condemn nazi violence in Charlottesville. The big question remains does he have black friends too? Philly, Lancaster, Carlisle and other PA cities draw thousands in solidarity with Charlottesville and resistance to fascism. PA Student Power Network holds first statewide leadership training retreat ahead of the start of the school year. PA has the largest number of anti-government militias in the U.S. Sean survives the ETown Fair. And, Daryl Metcalfe just couldn’t take the heat, so he blocked Sean on Twitter. Open Records challenge coming soon? We shall see.

In today’s last call we’ll talk staring at the sun during the eclipse, space, and beer.

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Check out: "The Ballad of Daryl Metcalfe," from the Jay Thurber Show.

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