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20
May 2019

Out d’Coup | Biden Chronicles; Abortion Bans; No Impeachment; 23 Dems and Counting; Borowicz White-Nationalist Selfie; PA Abortion Bill; APSCUF; One Pennridge; Space Wilderness; Beer; and, More

Joe Biden’s Revisionist History Tour kicked off in Philadelphia this weekend. Biden goes all in on a middle of the road climate policy? Really? How do you cut a deal with a climate crisis, Joe?

Welcome to the gates of Gilead. Extreme abortion bans set the stage for a Supreme Court challenge to Roe v. Wade. 8 states now have passed anti-abortion bills this year, the worst, of course, being this week's bans in Georgia, Alabama, and Missouri. Elizabeth Warren announces one of the most aggressive plan to defend reproductive rights. If you have not read Rebecca Traister’s article in New York Magazine this past week, do yourself a favor and read it. Her piece “Our Fury Over Abortion Was Dismissed for Decades As Hysteria,” resonates on so many levels. Your anger is an asset and when a political party tells you otherwise, there is a problem with the party.

What do you do after you say the president is the biggest threat to American democracy? You fight hard for robocall legislation, of course.

Really, Bill de Blasio? Good luck to you and your pals from Montana and Colorado. Beto O’Rourke will certainly be your friend. Where’s the ball? Where’s the ball? 23 Democrats now in the race.

AOC gives her staff 3 months of paid parental leave. I would love to be a fly on the wall of Congress right now.

While we were away, noted Islamophobe Stephanie Borowicz was caught taking selfies with white-nationalists from the American Guard.

The Pennsylvania House passed another unconstitutional abortion ban. This time outlawing abortion of fetuses that may have down syndrome. Fifteen Democrats reached across the aisle to support this bill and even though this bill cleared the House, it passed with the lowest vote total an abortion ban has had in decades. And for the legislators who voted against the bill, well, they got an email from Pennsylvanians for Human Life that compared their votes to Hitler and the Holocaust.

APSCUF and PA State System approve an early retirement plan outside of the contract. They say this is what “working together” looks like. The public chumminess leaves out the fact that the plan allows for an expansion of the part-time faculty cap.

Martin Tower, the former international headquarters of Bethlehem Steel, is no more. The building was imploded on May 19th.

I’ll be working the polls in tomorrow’s PA primary election. I’m out there for One Pennridge for the Pennridge School Board election. The team of Kelley Peloquin, Peter Yarnell, Kyle Esposito, Lisa Wilson, and Alex Rajan are the folks to pull the lever for on Tuesday - that’s tomorrow.

A new study warns that unless we start setting rules now, future plans to mine the solar system could destroy our little corner of the Milky Way. The study calls for designating 85% of our solar system as protected wilderness.

Dogfish Head Brewery merging with Sam Adams.

What we were up to during our break.

18
May 2019

Out d’Coup Update for 5/27/19

We'll be recording our full episode on Monday. Just wanted to give you a short update about what's going on.

3
May 2019

Out d’Coup | Barr; Sunrise Movement; Medicare 4 All Hearing; Supermajority PAC; Business Unions for Biden; Knock Down the House; Metcalfe Anti-Vax Madness; Climate Denial; Summer Lee; Space News; Beer

Barr’s testimony shows that we are one step closer to full-blown authoritarianism.

House Dems troll Barr’s no-show with chicken.

The Sunrise Movement gets profiled in Rolling Stone as young activists gear up to ensure that climate action is front and center in the Democratic primary debates and the 2020 election. The first-ever hearing on Medicare for All took place in this House this week. Pramila Jayapal gets it done. Stacey Abrams passes on a Georgia Senate run.

Cecile Richards, Alicia Garza, and Ai-jen Poo join forces to launch a new PAC called Supermajority. Supermajority will partner with different groups to educate and train two million women in activism and political participation across the country. According to a press release sent to ELLE.com, Supermajority not only aims to ensure a women's agenda is represented at the ballot box in 2020, but also to drive change around issues like the wage gap, childcare costs, maternal mortality rates, family leave, and family separation at the border.

Old School Labor makes a strong, white showing for Biden in Pittsburgh this week. Michael Bennet is running for president. Googling “who is Michael Bennet” now. Eric Levitz of New York Mag nails it in his piece, “Why I — a Bland White Guy You’ve Never Heard Of — Am Running for President.

Knock Down the House is now out on Netflix. The film is directed by Rachel Lears and it follows the 2018 primary campaigns of four progressive Democrats taking on entrenched, big money politicians - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Amy Vilela, Cori Bush, and Paula Jean Swearengin.

Navy sailors aboard the USS. Harry Truman  in Norfolk, VA  encouraged to greet Vice President Mike Pence by “clapping like we’re at a strip club.”  

Harrisburg may have actually hit Peak Stupid this week.

On Tuesday, Daryl Metcalfe invited roughly 150 anti-vaxxers and their disease-carrying, unvaccinated, children to the Pennsylvania Capitol and gave their conspiracy theories a platform by hosting a press conference and introducing legislation to protect anti-vaxxers.

If that wasn’t enough, on Wednesday, the Senate Republican Policy Committee tried to one-up Metcalfe by hosting another sham climate change hearing that had Koch Brother funded geographers, meteorologists, and geologists.  One big takeaway from the hearing is that Senator Scott Martin added “novice Hurricane tracker” to his resume.

Summer Lee along with PA House and Senate Dems held a police accountability rally in the wake of the Antwon Rose verdict.  Speakers included local community leaders and Antwon’s mother, Michelle Kenney.

Looking forward to next week, March on Harrisburg will be arriving on Monday fighting for gift bans.

Galactic Capitalists test the waters, joining Vice commander of Air Force Space Command Lt. Gen. Thompson to make the case that the Space Force is going to be awesome for business. That case was made at this past week’s Future of War Conference in D.C.

China plans on building a moon base in the South Polar region, once again confirming that if you want to know the direction of space exploration, you need to read Kim Stanley Robinson. His latest, Red Moon, features China’s dominance on the moon...centered in the South Polar region.

Virgin Galactic clears another hurdle on its way to its first round of space tourism. Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo completed its fifth successful test flight. The $250,000 tickets are going fast now.

Free Will has got ANOTHER double-can release on Saturday:

  • Kangaroo Mob - A No Boil IPA brewed in collaboration with Birds Fly South Ale Project (Greenville, SC) featuring rye malt, Lemondrop hops, Gunpowder green tea, and local lemongrass from Barefoot Botanicals. 5.3% ABV
  • A Ride Down the 5 - Perfect for Cinco de Mayo.  Mexican style amber lager with a soft, bready character, a touch of malt sweetness, and a balanced hop profile with a crisp and clean finish. 5.4% ABV.

Shout out to friend-of-the-show Mike, who gave me two of his latest homebrew stouts: Rogue Bear Chocolate Stout and Old Rumpole Chocolate Stout. I’m breaking them open this weekend. Thanks, Mike!

Sean has a recap from Forest and Main’s 7th Anniversary Party and an awesome photo shoot in the coming week.

26
Apr 2019

Out d’Coup | Biden Announcement; Anita Hill; Warren’s Got a Plan for That; Greta Thunberg and Extinction Rebellion; Trump Freakout about PA GOP; Bloomsburg U President; Space News; Lots of Beer!

Biden announces through a video that he’s running in 2020. His first stop is a high-dollar fundraiser at the home of the chief lobbyist of Comcast, the notorious anti-union, enemy of net neutrality based right in the heart of Philly. Joe Biden suffers some Social Media 101 fails in 2019.

And, in an attempt to clear obstacles to his presidential run, Biden called Anita Hill a few weeks ago to offer “regrets” about what he put her through in the 1991 Judiciary Committee hearing with the then-Supreme-Court-nominee, Clarence Thomas. “Hey, Anita, here’s a gaslight for your troubles.” Hill was having none of it and spoke at length to the New York Times saying that she sees “Biden as having ‘set the stage’ for last year’s confirmation of Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, who, like Justice Thomas, was elevated to the court despite accusations against him that he had acted inappropriately toward women.”

Elizabeth Warren has one hell of a policy week. She calls for impeachment hearings to begin in the House and makes the case for tuition-free college. Warren’s plan goes even further than other tuition-free college proposals.

Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist, joins the on-going UK protests by Extinction Rebellion and other climate activists groups. She continues to be a catalyst for more militant action on climate. As proof of concept, former archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and Green Party MP Caroline Lucas are helping launch a handbook about how to become an Extinction Rebellion activist, according to The Guardian. The handbook will “feature instructions on everything from organizing roadblocks to dealing with arrest.”

Turning Points USA invited Trump Jr. to speak at Penn State on Wednesday, but little Donnie wasn’t the only Trump cretens in Pennsylvania this week.

Alex Isenstadt and Holly Otterbein from Politico reported that Trump sent top campaign operatives to Harrisburg to try and triage the tire fire that’s happening at the Pennsylvania GOP Headquarters. Trump sent David Urban, Lou Barletta, and others to meet with party officials. And did we have a Scott Wagner sighting in the middle of the fracas?

An In These Times employee reached out to Sean for a photo of Summer Lee from Swearing-In Day.  They will be publishing a story in June on DSA candidates who made it to office and will run the photo as part of that issue.

Tricia Nadolny drops a story about Bloomsburg University president Bashar Hanna’s long history of misconduct that’s been suppressed by several university administrations. It’s a story about how university administrations pay off bad actors and help them fail upwards. Yours truly was one of her sources.

PennLive gets a paywall.

Shields up! A group of undergraduate students at Drake University in Iowa is developing a magnetic shield to defend interplanetary astronauts from the intense cosmic radiation between Earth and Mars. According to LiveScience, “Their MISSFIT (Magneto-Ionization Spacecraft Shield for Interplanetary Travel) design uses a powerful magnetic shield that, like Earth's magnetosphere, protects the planet from high-energy particles.”

Forest and Main is having their 7th Anniversary Party in Ambler this Sunday - rain or shine! This year they’re turning it into a block party!  

Weyerbacher sold a 55 percent majority stake to a private investment firm and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Why? Blame it on pumpkin beer, they say.

Free Will has two new can releases on Saturday. Satisfying Chaos, an Imperial Chocolate Stout and Bold Bubbles a Brut IPA brewed with dragonfruit and hopped with the 2019 Pink Boots Society hop blend featuring a combination of Sabro, Mosaic, Simcoe, Loral, and Glacier hops. Bold Bubbles is brewed by the women of Free Will as just one part of the Pink Boots Society - Greater Philadelphia Regional Chapter Collaboration Brew Day.

19
Apr 2019

Out d’Coup | Mueller Report; Bernie Takes Fox; Warren’s Big Policies; Gillibrand Both-Siderism; UBI in CA; Rutgers Union Win; NextGen in PA; Where’s Sean?; Star Trek; GoT; Our Planet; Free Will Beer

The Mueller Report drops and, yes, it’s pretty damning for the Trump administration. The biggest challenge for Democratic party leadership now seems to be how to continue to fan the flames of Russian outrage while not pulling the impeachment trigger. But will calls for impeachment growing sharper by the day, you’ve gotta wonder what kind of political gymnastics they will perform now that they have everything they said they needed to call for impeachment hearings. Still, Democratic House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer prefers to punt, instead of exercising the House’s Constitutional oversight authority.

Bernie Sanders puts Fox on its heels at a town hall in Bethlehem. Later in the week, he said he’ll ban fracking and all new fossil fuel projects. Elizabeth Warren calls for a ban on all new fossil fuel leases offshore and on public lands. And, I’ve gotta agree with Doug Henwood on this one. Writing in Jacobin, Henwood’s article title says it all, “I Can’t Believe Elizabeth Warren Is Losing to These Guys.”

Kirsten Gillibrand uses Ilhan Omar to stake out her “both-siderism” creds. But when it comes down to it, Gillibrand is right in line with the official party line as Democratic party leadership is failing horribly when it comes to responding to attacks on Ilhan Omar. It seems only the most progressive legislators have got Omar’s back.

Stockton, California begins an 18 month pilot of a University Basic Income for 130 residents.

On the brink of the first strike in Rutgers history, the faculty win a huge contract, proving once again that organizing for power pays off.

NextGen is doing some serious organizing on the ground in Pennsylvania. Activists are getting students at Penn State registered to vote ahead of a special election in the PA 12. While a win for Democrat Marc Friedenberg will be an uphill battle, NextGen already has its sights set on 2020. On Wednesday of this week, NextGen held a town hall on West Chester’s campus with U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan.

It was the season finale of Star Trek Discovery last night and launch of the final season of Game of Thrones last Sunday night. It’s been quite a week. I began watching Netflix’s new series, “Our Planet,” featuring the iconic narration of David Attenborough. It is a beautiful and devastating nature show that places climate change front and center. The BBC also aired David Attenborough’s special, “Climate Change - The Facts” on Thursday.

Naomi Klein, and Avi Lewis team up with The Intercept to release “A Message from the Future with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,” a beautifully animated letter from an imagined future in which the Green New Deal passed and has been put into practice.

Free Will releases a brand new fruited IPA for you this Saturday, 4/20. Sleight is a fruited Double IPA with passionfruit, coconut, and a touch of vanilla. 9.1% ABV. On draft and 4-pack cans available this Saturday in both Perkasie and Peddler’s Village taprooms.

12
Apr 2019

Out d’Coup | Thursday Night Episode; Guardian Breaks Story on Wolf Admin Ties to Big Oil; Shapiro Holds Line on Priest Abuse; Kutztown Budget Crisis - AGAIN; Space; Beer

It’s a special Thursday night episode of Out d’Coup. Kevin’s heading to Philly tomorrow and Sean is heading back home...so here we are. Thursday night with Fresh King Cake and Sunny Side Up.

On today’s show, The Guardian published a bombshell investigative story this week. They reported that Governor Tom Wolf’s office and DEP officials halted environmental studies during the permitting process for Energy Transfer Partners Mariner East - 2 Pipeline in order to fast track the pipeline’s construction.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Senate Democrats renew their push for abuse survivors in the wake of the Catholic Church’s grand jury report.  

It’s spring in PA. That means it’s budget cutting time at Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. Kutztown University president Kenneth Hawkinson sends email to faculty and staff waving the flags of austerity as we head into the final weeks of classes. And we hear a new student fee is on the horizon. Oh, joy! What will be the response from faculty, staff, and students? We shall see.

Awesome space news this week...For the first time, SpaceX lands all three boosters after a successful satellite launch, we got the first-ever image of a black hole, this week was the 35th Space Symposium, and investment in space companies hit an all-time high of $3 billion. But, we’ll get to most of that maybe next week.

Cool beer release at Free Will. It’s Vulgar Display of Fruit. An “Imperial Sour Ale brewed with an obscene amount of apricot and black currant purées, and finished with a touch of vanilla.” Sean treks home for his brother’s housewarming. Sciencing in Philly.

5
Apr 2019

Out d’Coup | Socialists in Chicago; Milwaukee Working Families; Fundraising Numbers; Highlander Fire; Creepy Joe; Iovino Win; Turzai LOL; Sanders on Fox; Robots Coming; Space; Floating Cities; Beer

Trump breaks the news that windmills cause cancer. Oh, and there are oranges in the Mueller report.

Socialists win big in Chicago! Chicago DSA members will now hold 10% of Chicago’s alderman positions.  Why don’t you put that in your pipe and smoke it, Rham?

Working Families Party-backed candidates win big in Milwaukee's school board elections. They now control 5 of the 9 seats on the board. That’s good news in the wake of the loss of a State Supreme Court seat in the badger state.

White power symbols found after fire destroys part of the Highlander Research and Education Center outside of Knoxville, TN. Highlander was instrumental in training activists for the civil rights movement and has been one of the most important organizing institutes in U.S. history.

Bernie Sanders leads the field of presidential candidates in fundraising with $18.2 million dollars. MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt tweeted out this week,

“If we used the metrics of ANY other year and applied them to Bernie he would be called a frontrunner ( came in 2nd last time;  almost won Iowa, won NH; near the top of early polls; huge fundraising numbers; proven appeal to the base of the party) And yet he gets ignored. It’s absurd”

As “Mayor Pete” Buttigieg’s presidential campaign shows surprisingly good fundraising numbers, a new poll shows that nearly 70% of Americans are just fine with a gay presidential candidate.

It was not such a good week for former Vice President Biden who’s rapidly earning the nickname of “Creepy Uncle Joe.”  

Pam Iovino defeats D. Raja in the special election for the PA 37th Senate District.  It’s the first major red to blue flip for the 2020 cycle that puts the Pennsylvania Senate in play.  Iovino withstood attack ads linking her to AOC, Bernie, the Green New Deal, Universal Healthcare, support for abortion, and socialism.

Mike Turzai was caught calling pro-choice advocates “Nazis” at a Real Alternatives awards dinner and when called out on it, he said that his quote was “taken out of context.”

A new poll shows that Pennsylvanians are become increasingly concerned about climate change. What do you say, Governor Wolf? Still going with the “drill, baby, drill,” approach?

Bernie Sanders agrees to do a Fox News town hall in Bethlehem, PA on April, 15th. Yeah, that’s tax day.  The Sanders Campaign also hired Becca Rast from Jess King’s campaign to run Sanders’ national field campaign.

Congratulations to the faculty and staff at the Community College of Philadelphia who finally have a tentative agreement after three long years of negotiations. It was only when they were on the brink of striking that the City got serious about negotiations.

The Robots are coming...Well, they’ve actually been here for a while in Giant Food Stores across PA. But they will begin arriving in “waves” soon, according to Giant’s parent company Ahold Delhaize USA. UFCW is not fooled by the company’s claims that the robots will not lead to the loss of jobs. In December, Walmart rolled out their 360 autonomous, mini-Zamboni-like robots who clean floors and “collect data.” According to a report by McKinsey Global Institute, as many as $800 million people may lose their jobs to robots by 2030.  What do you think, can we get that UBI, like yesterday? Yang, 2020.

Looks like the Lunar South Pole is a potential landing site for NASA’s 2024 humans-back-to-the-moon goal. Why? Protection from radiation and promising potential for water ice. That means...rocket fuel. Yes, Kim Stanley Robinson’s Red Moon officially needs to be required reading.

Despite last weeks ISS wardrobe malfunction which prevented the history all-women space walk, NASA says another medium-sized space suit not likely anytime soon.

If you’re getting a little uneasy about inaction on climate change, you might be comforted...or horrified...by this week’s United Nations roundtable about creating “Floating Cities” to handle mass refugees and the flooding of coastal cities. And, you bet there’s a company called Oceanix - no, this is not Peter Theil’s baby. They have plans.

“He who controls the spice, controls the universe!” Totally psyched that Dune is going into production. The new version of Frank Herbert’s epic sci-fi series will be directed by Denis Villeneuve, who did an awesome job with the 2017 sequel of Blade Runner.

Sean has been playing with his new toy with awesome results.

Shout out to my colleague Sandi Leonard and her co-creators for their really cool role playing game, MajiMonsters. It's like a cross between Dungeons and Dragons and Pokemon. Very cool. The game is available from DriveThru RPG after a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Free Will releasing “Acai Mash” on Saturday. This beer is brewed with 850 pounds of acai puree, milk sugar, and vanilla. It comes in at 7.5% ABV and will be available in 4 packs at both the Perkasie and Peddler’s Village locations.

If you’re looking for something a little different, you might want to check out Free WIll’s special event, a “Toast to Cheese,” next Wednesday, April 10 as part of their cellar pairing series. There will be 4 courses of fine, locally produced cheese from Calkins Creamery (Honesdale, PA). Each accompanied by a delectable bite of specialty toast and, of course, some of our favorite brews.

29
Mar 2019

Out d’Coup | Mueller Report Lite; No Abrams for Biden; Big Week for AOC & GND; Wackadoo Mike Lee; DNC Blacklist; PA Special Election; Jesus, Borowicz; Climate Denial Circus; #PAPromise; NASA; Beer

Mueller Report dropped and it's over 300 pages, but we just get to see the four-page Barr Report. Trump says he’s vindicated. Adam Schiff nearly explodes. And Rachel Maddow doubles down on Russia, Russia, Russia.

Stacy Abrams will not be Joe Biden's VP nominee because “who wants to run for second place”

AOC brings the wrecking ball to Republicans who are playing games with our climate.

AOC will be on Chris Hayes’s show on MSNBC at 8 pm tonight for a special on the Green New Deal. Live from the Bronx. And polls continue to show that the GND is super popular with people from coast to coast.

Just in time too. On Monday, a new report from the International Energy Agency shows that the world’s energy demands grew by 2.3 percent this past year and a fleet of relatively young coal plants located in Asia led the way toward a record for emissions from coal-fired power plants — exceeding 10 billion tons of carbon dioxide “for the first time,” according to the report.

Senator Mike Lee puts on a performance that may just win an award for all time stupid. And juvenile. And, well, pretty disgusting when you get down to it. When you start your show with a painting of Ronald Reagan on a velocirapter shooting a machine gun, you need to check yourself. Or at least quit your job.

The Center of Investigative Reporting gets its hands on an hour-long recording of oil executives celebrating and laughing after Trump appointed the lawyer from  American Petroleum Association of America to the Department of the Interior.

Trump admin is trying to shut down Obamacare.

Facebook says it’s going to ban white nationalists and white supremacists from the platform. We’ll see.

The DNC blacklists consultant groups who choose to work with primary challengers.

There’s a special election in the PA Senate’s 37th district this week.  Pam Iovino is running against the uber-rich Republican D. Raja. This seat was vacated by Guy Reschenthaler’s Congressional victory and Democrats are looking to pick this seat up.

Daryl Metcalfe invites climate deniers, I mean “skeptics,” from Das Heartland Institute to speak in front of the house environmental committee. Meanwhile, the biggest takeaways from the hearing were that 1) Leanne Krueger doesn't give a fuck about your self-published climate denial books; and, 2) that climate deniers find the term “climate deniers” derogatory.

State Rep Stephanie Borowicz was seconds away from seeing snakes coming from the capitol dome and speaking in tongues as she gave an extremely racist and Islamophobic opening prayer on the day that Pennsylvania's first Muslim woman, Movita Johnson-Harrell, was sworn into the house. We get some hate mail, too!

Minutes after that Rep Borowicz went off to the Health committee to vote on taking money from poor people because Jesus always said: “blessed are the rich, for they shall inherit every damn thing they want.” See Matthew 5:3-12, aka the Beatitudes

Fallout from the prayer has Democrats asking for a censure of Borowicz and her Islamophobic prayer while Metcalfe is asking to censure Democrats because of their censure.

Big rally in the state Capitol for the #PAPromise - tuition free college in PA.

Mike Pence tries to channel Kennedy’s moon landing speech, saying that NASA will speed up its plan to return Americans to the moon by 2024. Maddow briefly covers the announcement and misses a bigger picture.

Today NASA was supposed to make history with the first-ever all women space walk. They had to cancel because the didn’t the right sized space suits.

NASA will introduce a new mini-helicopter for its Mars 2020 mission.

Sean receives three and a half pound all-metal cylinder right before today’s podcast.

It’s another Sour Sunday this weekend at Free Will Brewing taproom in Perkasie. Get first access to their brand new bottle release - Flowers in the Desert. Both Tré Locally Sourced and Taza Truck will provide the eats.

22
Mar 2019

Out d’Coup | NZ Assault Ban; #EggBoy; Climate Crisis; Deep Throat?; Bernie Union; Beto Bucks; Nunes’ Mom; PA Anti-Union Bill; Safe Patient Ratios; #PAPromise Rally; PABPC Summit; Space News; Beer!

New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern moves to ban all assault rifles and automatic or semi-automatic weapons. Just like that Vulcan and Moloch are thrown back to the underworld. #EggBoy becomes global hero for egging fascist Australian politician, Fraser Anning. And, predictably, liberal guardians of civility decide to discipline #EggBoy and “both-sides” the issue.

Wisconsin Republican’s plan to strip power of incoming Democratic governor shot down as unconstitutional.

The flooding in Nebraska, Missouri, and Iowa in the aftermath of the latest “Bomb Cyclone” should be shaking us awake about our climate future. We have less than 12 years now folks. Some union leaders from the AFL-CIO come out hard against the Green New Deal and right-wing and corporate media eats it up.

PA Auditor General Eugene DePasquale hosted a public hearing on Penn State’s campus on the impacts of climate change on the state. DePasquale said, “Every time there’s a disaster in Pennsylvania, it’s a hit to the state’s taxpayers, as opposed to if we were able to do something beforehand to mitigate this.” A report will be forthcoming.

Democratic Presidential hopeful former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper makes his primetime campaign debut by telling the world about the time he went to go see Deep Throat with this mom. Then in his recovery, he asks why women candidates aren’t asked if they plan on choosing a male running-mate.

Bernie’s campaign makes history as campaign staffers form a union! Wooo. Bernie goes public with his support and uses the moment to advocate for more unionization across the country.

Speaking of moms, Devin Nunes is not happy with his Twitter mom, so he’s going to sue her. And her cow. When Devin Nunes’ Cow tweeted, “Devin’s boots are full of manure. “He’s udder-ly worthless and it’s pasture time to mooove him to prison.”

Beto O’Rourke brings in some big fundraising numbers, $6.1 million. He’s a little vague on the details, though.

Pennsylvania House Republicans failed at fast-tracking an anti-union bill through the chamber this week and it was a call for a roll call vote that killed it, for now.

SEIU Healthcare PA, PASNAP and the Coalition of Nurses were in the capitol on Wednesday to lobby for safe patient ratios in hospitals across the state

PA Promise Rally in the Capitol next Wednesday. The PA Promise is legislation that would bring tuition-free college to the PA State System of Higher Education.

The Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center held its annual Budget Summit this week.

Vice President’s baby, the National Space Council, will be pushing hard to make the June 2020 launch date to return humans to the moon. Better bring the Preparation H because NASA researchers finding that the longer astronauts spend in space, the more like they are to reactivate the herpes virus.

Galactic capitalists getting really excited about turning the eighth continent, the Moon, into a mining and rocket fuel operation. For real. Toyota is getting tapped by Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency to develop a big-ass, off-road lunar rover. As expected, Boeing is delaying the test launch of its crew capsule from April to August.

Known millennial hater, Mark Price, is popping up in some odd places doing some pithy subtweeting.

This Sunday, Free Will is hosting The March Meltdown 5K from 10 am - 1 pm. The Meltdown begins and ends at Free Will Brewing Company in Perkasie, PA. This unique 5k race takes place on the scenic trails in and around Perkasie and along the East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek. The Meltdown is open to runners and walkers of all ages, but you must be 21 or older (with a valid ID) to get your free craft brew from Free Will.

And Free Will releases Holographic Universe tomorrow, March 23 - Sour Ale with boysenberry, plum, sweet basil, and milk sugar (6.4%) is available in cans and on draft this Saturday, March 23rd in both Perkasie and Peddler’s Village taprooms!

15
Mar 2019

Out d’Coup | Sanders Oppo; NZ White Supremacist Kills 49; Beto In; Impeachment; Youth Climate Strike; PA Special Elections; Lehigh U #MeToo; Nasa News; Anchor Union; Shipp Brews; Free Will Flicks

CNN releases oppo research dump on Bernie Sanders showing that he wanted to nationalize most industries in the 1970s, and that’s bad why?

The House votes 420 - 0 on a resolution to make Mueller’s final report public. But, Lindsay Graham wants to throw his body in front of that bus and block the resolution from being taken up in the Senate. Manafort gets more jail time and his lawyer keeps lying. New York State drops new pardon-proof charges against Manafort moments after he was sentenced in federal court.

49 people dead and 48 injured in New Zealand as white nationalist terrorist opened fire on two mosques in Christchurch, the country’s third most populous city. It was the worst mass shooting in New Zealand history. The self-proclaimed fascist left behind a white nationalist manifesto and live streamed part of the shooting.

And the breaking news this week that rich people are cheating the system to get their kids into top colleges and universities shocks...well, nobody really. Now we just have more concrete proof from the U.S. Department of Justice that the system is rigged. Big time.

Chances are that you already know that Beto O’Rourke announced he is running for president. He hit social media hard as he hit the campaign trail in Iowa yesterday. He seems to be hoping that by performing excitement and positivity, he can avoid taking progressive positions - or any positions - on key policy issues such as Medicare for All. Beto’s entry into the race brings the total number of candidates to 17 with Uncle Joe expected to announce next week. And, if you care, Corey Booker is officially dating Rosario Dawson.

Boeing grounded due to problems with their 737 Max that led the Ethiopian Airlines flight that killed the 157 people.

Nancy Pelosi says she’s against impeaching Trump, just like she was against impeaching Bush because it “divides the country.” I think she got impeachment confused with the Mississippi River.

Hundreds of thousands of students are walking out of school today as part of a global youth climate strike. They are taking to the streets to protest the failure of politicians to take the necessary actions to stave off a dystopian climate future. Organizing for coordinated strikes grew after the Swedish teenager, Greta Thunberg, held a solo protest outside the Swedish parliament last September.

And, holy crap is Tucker Carlson a racist, sexist, asshole. Again, not exactly shocking.

Democrats won two special elections on Tuesday night!  Larry Krasner staffer Movita Johnson-Harrell will become the first Muslim to ever serve in Pennsylvania and Bridget Malloy Kosierowski blew out the Old Forge Pizzagate loving Boomer Frank Scavo in a district that voted for Trump by 7%.  

Pennsylvania House has officially introduced legislation to bail out the nuclear industry, which is creating lots of strange bedfellows on both sides of the issue.

Lehigh University in Bethlehem is having its #MeToo moment as an associate professor files a federal lawsuit saying that she was used as a “sacrificial lamb to its own racial agenda” to appear more progressive than it was. “Lehigh sacrificed vulnerable young women, who they permitted to be abused because its image as an unbiased and racially diverse college was more important,” the suit alleges.

It’s Meek Mill Weekend! Philadelphia’s City Council honored Mill’s work on improving the criminal justice system and gave us all a reason to celebrate this weekend.

NASA’s huge Space Launch System (SLS) looks like it may be sidelined in favor of private space companies. The SLS was supposed to be the main launch vehicle for NASA’s Orion spacecraft - its main vehicle for getting to Mars and establishing a presence on the Moon. The SLS has missed several deadlines and with NASA’s goal of launching around the moon in June 2020, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine told the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation that the agency is now looking to private industries like Space X - even though they do not yet have a launch vehicle able to carry Orion to its lunar mission.

New US/Russian Crew launches to the International Space Station from Kazakhstan on Pi Day! Two of the astronauts on this mission were on the aborted mid-flight launch last October.

Elon Musk took to the LiveStream last night to unveil the latest TESLA vehicle. It’s a mid-sized SUV called the Model Y.  They will run $47,000 to $60,000 and offer more battery range. Those will ship starting in 2020.

Workers at San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing vote to unionize! If all goes as planned, one of America’s first craft breweries could be members of the ILWU - the Longshoremen!

We’ve got a list of Irish Craft Brews for you this St. Patrick’s Day weekend...if you can find them of course.

Shippensburg University, with the help of a grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, launches courses to support and train the state’s craft beer industry. For real!

Tomorrow, Free Will releases Sexy Goodies once again. Sexy Goodies is a New England style Double IPA brewed with flaked oats, flaked barley, and milk sugar. Hopped with a collection of Calypso, Mosaic, Citra, and Apollo. This beer has a smooth, gentle mouthfeel with notes of Makrut Lime leaves, strawberry, and peach. 8.5% ABV

And big news for Free WIll: Free Will confirmed that it is opening up in Souderton, PA - joining forces with Broad Theater, the under-renovation historic movie venue in the center of town. Free Will will be operating a bar in the lobby! Look forward to a viewing-focused experience with beverages in-hand.

Sean does Lent his way.