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Sep 2019

Out d’Coup | Dem Debate Hot Takes; DisOrder in the UK; B-bye CAP; Scott Perry Goes to TN; Robot Rocket Launchers; Free Will Releases; and, more!

Presidential debate hot takes - Biden indignant word mashing; Bernie needed a cough drop; Warren feeling campaign momentum; Beto calls for mandatory buy-backs of assault weapons; Castro goes after Biden with the dementia card; Andrew Yang plays Oprah...You get a UBI! You get a UBI! 

Remember, people, no messiahs this time round. Put faith in our movements, not any political candidate. 

ORDER! UK goes off the rails as Parliament is suspended, Scottish court rules that the suspension is unlawful, as the clock ticks down to a no-deal Brexit. 

The Center for American Progress shuts down in a classic union-busting move. Center for American Progress...you can stick it where the sun don’t shine. 

California legislators pass a landmark bill that strikes at the heart of the gig economy. App-based employers like Uber and Lyft must now classify workers at employees, not independent contractors. 

Amazon workers at the company’s headquarters in Seattle planning to walk off the job due to climate inaction. 

Scott Perry officially unveiled part of his plan to reach out to voters in the Pennsylvania 10th Congressional District this week.  It included speaking to voters in a swanky upscale suburb of Nashville, Tennessee.  Yup, that’s correct. Congressman Perry doubled and tripled down on his support of Donald Trump in front of Tennessee voters at a local “coffee group” hosted by a local GOP official.  Perry shared the floor with Jim Demint, from the Heritage Foundation, and Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows’ wives.      

Reading Uninhabitable Earth, by David Wallace-Wells has got me looking forward to any new beer release I can get my hands on. 

Visit to Riverhorse Brewery in Ewing, NJ. Great Sour Triple Belgian.

U.S. Army joins up with Lockheed Martin and Raytheon to test robotic, battlefield rocket launchers in Estonia. That’s going to end well. 

Free Will releases:

"Crowd Party - Hazy IPA brewed with flaked oats, vanilla, and milk sugar, hopped with Cashmere, Vic Secret, Loral, and Ekuanot. Notes of peach cobbler, blueberry freckle ice cream, strawberry cheesecake, and mango Dole Whip. 7% ABV⁣" * 

"Barrel Aged Saison de Rose - Farmhouse Ale aged in barrels with hibiscus, grapefruit, lemons, ginger, and peppercorns and aged for 9 months in wine barrels. Bottled conditioned for one year, this beer strikes a balance between delicate fruit, flowers, and lively determined spiciness. 6.9% ABV"

* descriptions from Free Will FB page. 

Sep 2019

Out d’Coup | Dem Presidential Campaign Heats Up; Biden Annoys Philly Labor; Dorian Slams Bahamas; Greta Thunberg in NYC; U.S. SpaceCom; Free Will Releases

A poll last week from Monmouth University showed a three-way tie between Sanders, Warren, and Biden. Polls since then seem to show that poll as an outlier, but as the campaign season heats up, we’ll be watching this more closely.

Biden is annoying some Pennsylvania labor leaders. Biden has not committed to attending a Philadelphia AFL-CIO candidate forum on Sept. 17-18. President of Philly AFL-CIO Pat Eiding went on NPR to express his frustration.

Trump moves to rescind more environmental rules that will increase the pace of climate change. Trump now has worked to roll back a total of 84 environmental rules

Category 5 hurricane Dorian is battering the Bahamas. This is the most powerful storm to hit the Bahamas in recorded history. Trump said he never heard of a Category 5 hurricane. Meanwhile, some Christians gathered on Florida beach to pray the hurricane away. They have a good track record. 

Greta Thunberg arrived safely in NYC this week for the UN Climate summit and climate actions. Activists greeted her onshore chanting, “Sea levels are rising, and so are we!” And the right-wing responds as you would expect, criticizing her looks and her Aspergers. Thunberg responded on Twitter and Instagram saying, “When haters go after your looks and differences, it means they have nowhere left to go. And then you know you’re winning!” 

Star Wars is back on. Trump formally reestablished the U.S. Space Command at a White House ceremony this weekend.

Free Will had another double can release this past weekend: Village Fest - Their annual Märzen style Lager and Angel, Hop Blend 3 - No-Boil IPA brewed with local Deer Creek Malthouse Keystone Pale malt, flaked oats, and Castle Valley Mill Bloody Butcher corn. 

Aug 2019

Out d’Coup | Ding Dong the Koch is Dead; Bernie and Warren Surge; Biden Promoting Lesser of Two Evils; Summer Wrap Up; Free Will Releases and Sour Sunday

It's the last of our Summer Sessions! Sean is back from a week-long, grueling mission to get all his laundry done. We review the news of the week and do a little reflecting on the summer and look forward to the political landscape as we head into 2020. 

A reminder that this weekend features Free Will Brewing's last Sour Sunday of the summer. That will feature three new awesome bottle releases: OrchestratedMojito. and Honey Gone Wild. They also are releasing Relax & Chill - Hazy Pale Ale on Saturday.

We will be back next week as we prepare for campaign season to shift into full swing. 

Aug 2019

Out d’Coup | Trump Can’t Buy Greenland; Climate Action; No APSCUF Contract; Sean Had to Do Laundry; Raging Chicken’s Future; Free Will Releases

Trump really wants to buy Greenland...I guess with all those melting glaciers, there will be lots of new land for golf courses. However, Greenland’s foreign minister has made it clear that Greenland is not for sale. 

Greta Thunberg, the sixteen-year-old Swedish climate activist, is sailing across the Atlantic to attend the UN Climate Action Summit and climate action protests in NY. 

Some miners in West Virginia making the turn toward a Green New Deal. 

APSCUF’s “interest-based bargaining” continues as faculty preparing to head back to campus without a contract. APSCUF chapter presidents met in Harrisburg yesterday. Chapter presidents serve as the Negotiations Committee, which is theoretically supposed to set the priorities for bargaining. Bargaining is slated to continue Aug. 19–20 at the APSCUF office and Sept. 14–18 at Dixon University Center in Harrisburg.

Sean’s not here today. He had to do laundry. 

What’s in store for Raging Chicken?

Free Will Releases.

Aug 2019

Out d’Coup | Dem Debates Round 2; Rep. Scott Perry’s Town Hall Fail; No APSCUF Contract Yet; PA Student Power at KU; Space News; Free Will Releases

The Debates. Sanders and Warren rocked it. Delany leading neoliberal, private sector attack dog, Harris has got to ditch Democratic Party consultants. Tim Ryan goes after Medicare for All because using unions? 

As of now, only 8 candidates have qualified for the third Democratic presidential debate. Candidates will need 130,000 unique donors and at least 2% in the polls. They have until August 28. Those debates will be in Houston on Sept. 12 and 13th. 

Scott Perry’s handpicked townhall turns into a disaster.  Perry blamed the “fake news” and local Indivisible groups for conspiring to make the room look empty when it was actually empty.

APSCUF is still without a contract. Negotiations resume on August 8

PA Student Power Network is starting a chapter on Kutztown’s campus this fall. 

Trump-appointed NASA chief administrator, Jim Bridenstine, gets behind the industrialization of low earth orbit spearheaded by the increasing commercial use of the International Space Station. Kevin’s daughter wraps up her week at the Da Vinci Science Center’s NASA Space Camp today. 

Free Will has two can releases Saturday. DDH Love Letter From the 90’s - Hazy IPA brewed with oats, milk sugar, and Bloody Butcher cornmeal from Castle Valley Mill, then double dry-hopped with Galaxy, Mosaic, and Citra. 7.2% ABV⁣⁣. ⁣⁣And, Cloudy³ - Hazy IPA brewed with oats and milk sugar and hopped utilizing INCOGNITO™ Citra and Mosaic in the whirlpool, with a substantial dry hop consisting of Citra and Ekuanot hop pellets, as well as Mosaic lupulin powder. It’s a collaboration with Levante Brewing. 6.5% ABV

Jul 2019

Out d’Coup | Trump and Racists Stoke Fascism; Ilhan Omar Pulls No Punches; Democratic Party Leadership Withers; Second Dem Debate Netroots Nation; Apollo 11 Moon Landing; More Mashes at Free Will

The 2020 campaign now in full swing as Trump and his supporters launch their new racist chant: “Send them back!” The chant targets “The Squad,” Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Talib, and Ayanna Pressley - the most visible, newly elected progressive congresswoman...all, of course, women of color. Precisely why Trump is using them as surrogates to encourage violence and hatred against people of color and immigrants. 

Ilhan Omar is welcomed by constituents in her home district. She pulls no punches telling reporters that she thinks Trump is indeed "fascist." 

A question still remains if Democratic Party leadership has the capacity to meet Trump’s rekindled fascism. My bet is that we are on our own. Thank the old gods and the new for a growing insurgent Democratic caucus.

CNN announces the lineup for the second round of Democratic Party presidential debates. Biden is spared being on the same stage with Warren once again. This time around Bernie and Warren will share the stage on night one while Kamala Harris will face off with Biden on night two. 

The Washington Post reports that there may be some labor unrest within the Bernie Sanders Campaign.

It was Netroots Nation in Philadelphia last weekend. I’ll have a read on my limited time there. 

No bigger space news than the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. On July 16th, 1969 the Saturn V rocket launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida carrying Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins to the Moon. Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the lunar surface 50 years ago tomorrow, July 20th. Collins remained in orbit piloting the command module. 

Lego released their new Lunar Module set to commemorate the historic mission. My kids and I will add that to our Lego Saturn V rocket that my daughter and I built last year. 

Free Will Brewing will be at the Bluegrass and Blueberries Festival at Peddler's Village this Saturday and Sunday from 10 am until 6 pm. That will pair well with two new releases from their Mash series. The festival special: Blueberry Mash - Blueberry Mash - Sour Ale brewed with 850 pounds of blueberry purée, vanilla, and milk sugar. 7.5% ABV. A Mango Mash - Mango Mash 🥭 - Sour Ale brewed with 850 pounds of mango purée, vanilla, and milk sugar. 7.5% ABV.

Jun 2019

Out d’Coup | Recap of the Debates; PA Senate Chaos; Tech Problems This Week

Hey all, 

Sorry for the delay with this week's podcast. We had to record on the fly on Friday given our schedules and something went wrong with the recording. So, today's podcast is part summary of what Sean and I talked about this past Friday, a recap and analysis of the debates, and an explanation of what's up behind the scenes. 

Today's podcast is just enough for a hot summer day. :-)


Jun 2019

Out d’Coup | Bernie’s Big Speech; Dem Debates; Deeper Corruption; No Impeachment; Climate Crisis; Wolf Vetoes EITC; PA Min Wage; PA Voting Machines; Midtown Bear; Moon Plans; Sean’s Car; Brews

Bernie Sanders gives a major speech defending democratic socialism and introducing a 21st Century economic bill of rights. Bernie just keeps on widening the space of possibility in American politics.

Participants in the first round of the Democratic Party presidential debates are set. All but four people made the cut: Four candidates didn’t make it: Montana Gov. Steve Bullock; Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton; former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel and Miramar, Fla., Mayor Wayne Messam. New Monmouth University poll shows Warren moving into the #2 spot at 19% ahead of Bernie’s 13%. Biden still holding onto the top spot at 36% among “likely caucus-goers.” Latest head-to-head national polls showing six (6) Democratic presidential candidates beating Trump in a hypothetical matchup: Biden +13, Sanders +9; Harris +8, Warren +7.

Cadre, a real estate company partially owned by Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, has received more than $90 million in dark money from foreign investors. The money was funneled through secret accounts in the Cayman Islands. Jared may not have too much to worry about since Elaine Chao has stepped into the corruption spotlight this week.

Nancy Pelosi further stymies moves to opening impeachment inquiries at the Peterson Foundation’s 2017 Fiscal Summit. The Peterson Foundation has long been criticized for its role in making the case for gutting social programs and advancing unbridled free trade.

Ahead of this week’s hearing on Medicare for All before the House Ways and Means committee, Committee Chair, Democrat Richard Neal of Massachusetts gathered his fellow Democrats behind closed doors and told them not to use the phrase “Medicare for All” during the hearing. Instead, Neal told them to use “universal health care” or “universal health coverage” instead. He was not very successful. Neal is known to be resistant to Medicare for All and some of his largest financial backers are insurance companies and big Pharma. The hearings did show, however, that Mike Kelly, the Republican representative from PA’s 16 District is an anti-Medicare-for-All crusader.

Carbon emissions from the global energy industry increased at the fastest rate since 2011, according to BP’s annual global energy report. According to the report, emissions increased by 2% because the demand for energy significantly outstripped the rollout of renewable energy resources and infrastructure. BP’s chief economist, Spencer Dale, told The Guardian, “At a time when society is increasingly concerned about climate change and the need for action, energy demand and emissions are growing at their fastest rate for years.” Yes, said that was BP’s chief economist.

Look...the Green New Deal is a disruptive initiative whose time has come. Time for people over “jobs.” I’ll tell you a little about what I mean by that.

In this week’s report from Gilead, due to Alabama lawmakers recent passage of an extreme anti-abortion bill - a bill that provides no exception even in the case of rape or incest - rapists may be able to get custody of a child resulting from rapes they committed. That’s because last month those same lawmakers removed language from a bill that would have denied rapists parental rights.

Code Pink is seeking a permit to fly the Baby Trump Blimp on the National Mall during Trump’s July 4th address from the Lincoln Memorial. And, the symbolic “tree of friendship” planted at the White House by Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron has died.

Governor Wolf says he’ll veto a bill designed to increase the EITC tax credit program that diverts money away from public schools toward private, for-profit, and religious schools.

Will there be an increase in the minimum wage and the tipped minimum wage?  Not so fast. House Republicans told Patty Kim that House Republicans haven’t had the “time” to come up with a proposal to raise the wage from $7.25 to $15/hr.

PA House Dems looking to do an end around Daryl Metcalf to get Wolf’s Restore Pennsylvania infrastructure plan out of committee and to the House floor for a full vote.

PA Republicans refuse to support funding for updating all of PA’s voting machines before the 2020 election. Gov. Wolf has pushed for a $15 million plan to update all voting machines, but Republicans won’t include it in the budget.  Last year Wolf began pushing for voting machines with paper backups following new reports showing new Russian attempts to interview with our elections.

A year old black bear made its way into Midtown, Harrisburg and into an oak tree.  The bear quickly became a learning opportunity for all of the neighbors when the local game warden allowed everyone to see the bear up close when it was sedated.

Eric Blanc, author of Red State Revolt: The Teachers’ Strike Wave and Working-Class Politics, was just in Harrisburg and will be in Bethlehem on Monday to talk about his book and discuss working class politics. The event is sponsored by the DSA of the Lehigh Valley and will take place from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at Color Me Mine at 25 E. 3rd Street in Bethlehem. Details HERE.

Trump dumps on NASA’s moon plans. He tweeted:  

“For all of the money we are spending, NASA should NOT be talking about going to the Moon - We did that 50 years ago. They should be focused on the much bigger things we are doing, including Mars (of which the Moon is a part), Defense and Science!”

Could it have anything to do with Chinese space initiatives and the current trade war? I wonder. NASA administrator and Trump appointee Jim Bridenstine, says nothing has changed with their plans to land on the moon in 2024.  

NASA spots Star Fleet logo embedded in Martian dune.

Sean got his car inspected. Fer realz.

If you’re looking for a good beer for Father’s Day this Sunday and you are in the Kutztown area, I don’t know how you can resist picking up a couple 4 packs of Dad Jokes from Saucony Creek. Dad Jokes is a Brut-style IPA. Here’s the description from the brewery: Dad Jokes “makes you think you're getting another one of today's juicy sweet IPA's but engages your palate with a clean, refreshing, bone-dry finish. Late additions of Amarillo and Motueka lend juicy tropical flavors with balanced hop bitterness.”

While you’re there ask about their annual July 4th Pig Roast from 11:00 am till 7:00 pm. Tickets are $25, which includes slow roasted pork and choice of great sides including Mac & Cheese, coleslaw, corn on the cob, baked beans, roasted potatoes, and watermelon salad Live Music from Nick Cerniglia from 4-7PM.

Jun 2019

Out d’Coup | Biden’s No Good Really Bad Week; Warren Rocks It; Picket Line Bernie; DNC Clueless; Wolf Doubles Down on Fossil Fuel; Daylin Daze; EITC Scam; Summer Lee’s PAC; Space News; Free Will

Time to party like it’s 1988!  Joe Biden, yes that Joe Biden, was caught plagiarizing parts of his climate change plan.  Hitting control C and control V on your keyboard is not an acceptable climate change plan. The worst thing is that he’s plagiarizing from a Fossil Fuel industry-backed organization, the Carbon Capture Coalition as well as the labor and environmental group the BlueGreen Alliance.

And this week, Biden says he’s for repealing the Hyde Amendment, then he’s against it. This morning his campaign says he’s for repeal again. He must have been watching Elizabeth Warren’s town hall on Wednesday and decided to steal some her strategy too. Recall that the Hyde Amendment poor, working class, and young women from using government-backed health insurance to help pay for safe and legal abortion. Speaking of Warren’s town hall, that’s how you do it. Democrats should take lessons in how to answer questions from Warren.

Meanwhile, Bernie went to Wal-Mart shareholders meeting while calling on supporters to show up on picket lines in support of striking graduate student workers at the University of Chicago.

The DNC is out on the vanguard again, saying they will absolutely not hold a debate on climate change that has been called for by Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and former Obama cabinet official Julián Castro, along with the Sunrise movement. Worse still, the DNC threatened to ban Inslee from the official DNC debates is he participated in a debate on climate change held by another organization. Tom Perez must have missed a new report out of Australia says that “planetary and human systems [are] reaching a ‘point of no return’ by mid-century, in which the prospect of a largely uninhabitable Earth leads to the breakdown of nations and the international order.”

Democrats fail to consider the political costs of NOT impeaching Trump. We’ll see how long Pelosi can stick to her line that she doesn’t want to impeach Trump, she wants him in prison.

David Dayen’s got a great new piece in the latest edition of In These Times on how Amazon is taking over our lives. It’s an excellent report and analysis on why we’ve got to limit the power of these mega-corporations.

A new report from the accounting group Deloitte shows that the net worth of Americans between the age of 18 and 35 has dropped 34% since 1996.

Governor Wolf released his “Restore PA” plan that aims to rebuild Pennsylvania’s aging infrastructure.  The plan would lock in natural gas drilling for the next two decades. Progressive Democrats such as Elizabeth Fiedler, Daniel Otten, Sara Innamorato, and Summer Lee opted out of putting their names on the bill and climate scientist Michael Mann told the Capital Star that he “hopes [Governor Wolf] will reconsider this misguided plan.

Daylin Leach goes full Trump by exonerating himself and leaking a preliminary version of the Senate investigation into his allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct.  His actions forced Jay Costa, Vincent Hughes, Art Haywood, Larry Farnese, Lindsey Williams, Tim Kearny, Maria Collett and everyone else in the Party to call for his resignation.

The Pennsylvania Senate voted Mike Turzai’s egregious EITC tax credit and charter school give away legislation out of committee and just in time for the budget season.  The bill would add $100 million to the EITC tax credit program and would increase the administrative fees from 10% to 20% so billionaire-backed special interests groups like the Commonwealth Foundation can make more money off the backs of Pennsylvania’s poorest children.

Plain View Project releases a report showing racist, misogynist, and violent Facebook post by 330 Philadelphia police officers.

Summer Lee’s UNITE PAC gets the goods.

U.S. Navy looking to get support for its new rail gun by tying it to NASA’s lunar base plans. The electromagnetic railgun will be tested on a U.S. warship soon, could be used to launch payloads off the moon toward Earth or into deep space without the use of chemical propellants.

Free Will Brewery’s new release this weekend is Angel: Hop Blend no. 2 - the second iteration of their “No Boil IPA was brewed with local malt from Deer Creek Malthouse and heirloom bloody butcher corn from Castle Valley Mill.”  

On Wednesday, June 12th, Free Will Brewing joins with Tré Locally Sourced to present "Grilled & Chilled" as their latest sour cellar series. Grilled and Chilled will be a 5-course pairing will feature some of your favorite brews and soon to be favorite dishes.

May 2019

Out d’Coup | Mueller Speaks; Dem Leadership Bent on Failure; More Abortion Bans; Severe Weather; Sunrise Movement; Hburg Teacher Strike Threat; Lego Lunar Lander; Free Will Releases; Poured in PA Doc

Robert Mueller speaks! He must have been listening to our special Tuesday edition of the podcast this week. Mueller basically made is crystal clear that the ball is in the hands of the Democratic Party majority in the House. Impeachment is the Constitutionally available next step. But that will require the Democrats to actually exercise their power - not something they have a recent history of doing.

Black voters in Philadelphia and around the country begin to make demands on House members to move forward with impeachment, according to a New York Times article published yesterday. As 60-year-old Philadelphia florist shop owner Paulette Beale-Harris put it, “It’s time for Congress to do something. It’s time for them to stop being afraid to do what has to be done for the country.”

Apparently, Bernie Sanders finally heard the message, too. Speaking at a town hall in Nevada, Sanders explicitly called for impeachment hearings to begin. Nancy Pelosi and Jerry Nadler, the Chair of the Judiciary Committee who would need to call for an impeachment inquiry, are still messaging “all options are still on the table.” We’ll talk a bit about Democrats fear of their own power.  

Huge developments in Supreme Court case about Trump administration’s move to put a citizenship question on the 2020 census. It probably won’t be too much of a surprise to you that the real reason for the question was to dilute the Hispanic vote and give more weight to white voters. But now, thanks to the estranged daughter of the GOP’s “Michelangelo of gerrymandering,” Thomas Hofeller, there is documentary proof. Not only may this affect the Supreme Court case, but we may have more proof of Trump administration officials lying to Congress.

Louisiana passes radical “fetal heartbeat” abortion ban, becoming the latest addition to the right-wing moves to bring a case against Roe v. Wade to the Supreme Court. The state’s Democratic Governor, John Bel Edwards, says he’ll be thrilled to sign it.

After Missouri’s Republican Governor signed that state’s extreme abortion ban into law last week, the state’s last remaining clinic offering abortion may be shut down today. That depends on the outcome Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit currently before a judge. It’s not clear when the judge will issue a ruling. Supreme Court takes a pass on Indiana’s extreme anti-abortion bill that would have banned abortion motivated by race, gender, or disability such as Down syndrome. We’re sure that Mike Turzai is throwing a hissy fit right about now.

The Midwest continues to be ravaged by massive floods, tornados, and severe weather in a picture of our climate future. Even USA Today is headlining articles about the relationship between severe weather and climate change after this week’s weather.

U.S. Department of Energy decides to change the image of oil and gas. No longer fossil fuels; now it’s “freedom gas” and “molecules of freedom.” Can’t make this shit up. The Department of Energy was promoting the expansion of liquified natural gas at a Texas facility. Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy Steven Winberg, said he was "pleased that the Department of Energy is doing what it can to promote an efficient regulatory system that allows for molecules of U.S. freedom to be exported to the world."

The Sunrise Movement calls for mass protests this summer at the second Democratic debate in Detroit. The Sunrise Movement hopes to mobilize tens of thousands of young people to travel time Detroit for the July 30th debate to pressure Democratic presidential candidates to make 2020 a referendum on climate action. The UK-based Extinction Rebellion is planning to shut down Heathrow Airport with drones and road closures to demand immediate climate action and to stop the construction of yet another runway at the nation’s busiest airport.

California Assembly passes a bill to reclassify Uber drivers and other “gig economy” workers as actual employees, not independent contractors. If the bill passes the Senate and is signed into law, it will represent the first major push back to the gig economy.

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern announces the world’s first “wellbeing budget.” The new budget will shift priorities away from “growth” to the wellbeing of the most vulnerable and New Zealand society as a whole.

Mitch McConnell still an asshole.

Pennsylvania saw days of severe weather, including multiple tornados and significant flooding over the past few days. Pennsylvania averages about 17 tornados a year, but this year we are already up to at least 22.

Harrisburg Teachers, who have been working without a contract or a raise for over a year, were set to go on a one-day strike today because of how the administration was trying to use the district’s recovery plan to force a bad contract onto the union.  The teachers’ strike threat had overwhelming support from the community and it forced the administration to withdraw those plans and brought them back to the bargaining table.

The things you learn working the polls for a local school board election. Kevin worked the polls for the Pennridge school board elections last week and now has more questions about what the hell is going on around here.

Remember those Proud Boys and alt-right activists from the Sports, Beer, and Politics?  Well, they’re now getting involved in local Philadelphia politics. Vico Bertogli made is a Republican nominee for the Abington School Board and Charles Matthis, a Philly GOP Committee person who provided security for these rallies is running the campaign for Philadelphia Republican At-Large candidate Matt Wolfe.  

The main news out of Japan this week was the White House ordering the Navy to cover John McCain’s name on the destroyer named for him and his father ahead of Trump’s visit. So, you might have missed the fact that the U.S. will now partner with Japan in landing humans back on the moon and establishing a permanent presence. Japanese companies have ramped up their play to be major players in the commercial space sector, including developing commercial lunar landers.

Lego is releasing a special 1087 piece model of the Apollo 11 Lunar Lander tomorrow. The release is Lego’s way of celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first humans to visit the moon. One giant step.

Two big releases at Free Will Brewing tomorrow.

And a new documentary focusing on PA’s craft brewing industry was released this week. “Poured in PA,” is a two-year journey two visiting more than 50 Pennsylvania breweries. The film is a production of Harrisburg-based GK visual and you can stream it now on Amazon Prime, even if Dick Yuengling is in the film.