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Sep 2019

Out d’Coup | Impeachment Week; Climate Change Not Going Away; SEIU Shuts Down Rittenhouse Square; Green New Deal at Work; Free Will Releases; Good-bye Down to Earth Cafe and Bread Box Bakery

Impeachment. Will the Democrats try really, really hard to drop the ball? Which way forward?

What’s up with AFT President, Randy Weingarten, backing away from Medicare for All.

CNBC reports that Democratic Wall Street donors may back Trump if Warren is nominated. 

UN Climate Report released to Monumental change already hear for the worlds oceans. Meanwhile, Trump addresses UN Assembly to say the future does not belong to the Globalists. And that’s after taking to Twitter to mock 16-year-old climate activist, Greta Thunberg

Thousands of janitors from SEIU 32BJ shut down Rittenhouse Square yesterday to let residents know that their contract is set to expire on October 15th and that they’re ready to strike. 

Solidarity event with UAW strikers in Langhorne

Gov. Tom Wolf getting behind legalizing pot

Climate crisis and the workplace. If we accept the urgency for action to combat climate change, how do we use collective power in our workplaces to demand action? Kind of like Green New Deal laboratories. In August, Jared Odessky of Data for Progress released a short report focusing on what unions can do - and are already doing - to win green contracts focusing on targeting their workplaces for climate action.

This week’s release from Free Will: Hello, From Somewhere is a Hefeweizen brewed with a near 50/50 split of wheat and local Deer Creek Malthouse pilsner malt. Sad closing of Down to Earth Cafe and Bread Box Bakery in Perkasie. 

Sep 2019

Out d’Coup | Climate Strikes; UN Climate Action Summit; U California Divests; AOC Turns Up Impeachment Heat; Tuition-Free NM; Turzai Fumbles @ DeVos Event; Scamming Vets; Free Will Releases; Fleabag

Historic climate strikes around the world have put the issue of climate change front and center. More than 4 million people around the world took to the streets. While climate strikers filled the streets, GOP leadership was in private meetings with the fossil fuel industries. According to The Intercept, “On September 18 and 19, as Thunberg met with lawmakers, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., hosted fundraisers with oil and gas lobbyists to raise cash for the Scalise Leadership Fund, a political action committee used to dole out cash for battleground House races across the country.”

Today is the U.N. Climate Summit in New York City. International leaders are signaling they will make new “concrete” emissions reductions. The United States is not expected to join the rest of the world.

Texas drowning again under one of the wettest storms in U.S. history. Tropical storm Imelda dumped up to 42 inches of rain on Southeastern Texas and has caused at least 5 deaths. The University of California system announces it is ending all investments in fossil fuels. UC’s divestment is the largest fossil fuel divestment yet. According to Vox, “By the end of September, the UC’s $70 billion pension fund and $13.4 billion endowment will no longer hold any stakes in companies involved with extracting fossil fuels.”  And, California is suing the Trump administration over auto emission standards. 

The Trump administration ignored reports from officials from the Customs and Border Protection that climate change is one of the key factors driving record immigration from Central America.

AOC makes the case that Nancy Pelosi’s refusal to get behind impeachment is a bigger scandal then Trump’s lawlessness. 

New Mexico announces a plan to give all residents tuition-free college regardless of income. 

Weekly rant on left forgetting that power lies with the people, not political messiahs.

63% of Pennsylvania 10th congressional district voters believe in climate change, but Scott Perry recently signed off supporting resolutions attacking the Paris Accords. 

PA Senator Mike Fomer has resigned following being charged with possession of child pornography. 

Betsy DeVos was in Harrisburg on Thursday to visit Harrisburg Catholic Elementary School and promote school vouchers, but it was House Speaker Mike Turzai who sucked all of the air out of the building as he called a retired school teacher “special interest people” who don’t care about the children. 

Victory Media scams vets. 

APSCUF notifies its members that they have reached an “agreement in principle” on their expired contract. Now members will have to wait and see if the leadership can turn principles into contract language. Members have little idea about what principles have been agreed to. We shall see. Of the agreement, APSCUF President Ken Mash said:

I believe that the agreement in principle represents a historic advance in the process of creating a shared vision of how our universities should operate to best serve our students.”  Looks like we’re in a new era of Silicon Valley win-win discourse - or, as Anand Giridharadas has dubbed it, “the elite charade of changing the world.”

 Free Will had some freaking awesome releases this past weekend. 

Fleabag scores big at the Emmy’s.

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 | Mueller Speaks; Impeachment; Second Debate; Netroots; Young Dems Conference; Beer Reviews

We're still kind of summering. 

Sean is back from Indy. Kevin carved out time away from kids summer camping. Sean's birthday is coming up. 

Today we focus on the aftermath of this week's Mueller testimony, Democratic Party leadership losing the battle to avoid impeachment, and the upcoming Democratic presidential debates. 

We also give our takes on Netroots and the Young Democrats of America Conference. Yes, Sean was actually elected for something! 

Kevin gives his promised review of Free Will Brewing's Blueberry Mash, Mango Mash, Sophisticated Ignorance, and Pool Beer. Sean also lists a bunch of numbers that correspond to something on the new camera lens he's crushing on. 

All that and more! 

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.