268: Never Waste a Good Crisis

This week, Equifax announced they had been the victim of the largest data breach in U.S. history and instead of looking out for those affected, they have tried to profit off it at every turn. From tricking worried consumers into giving up their legal rights, to shady insider stock trades before the announcement, we’ll take a look at the whole scary mess on today’s show.

Also on the show:

  • Reflecting on the anniversary of 9/11
  • Florida police urge residents not to shoot their guns at Hurricane Irma
  • The subtle and brilliant (sickening) way that Fox News distorts the facts
  • Bernie Sanders announces “Medicare for All” plan
  • Martin Shkreli sent to jail after Hillary Clinton threat

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267: Never Watch My Dad Dance

I believe that children are the future. Teach them well and let them lead the… OK, in all seriousness, I realize that having my daughter on the show is incredibly self-indulgent, but I’ve been imagining this day since before she was born. I always wondered what kinds of conversations we’d have as she got older and, honestly, they’re even better than I had hoped. This is a small snapshot of the way her mind works and her thoughts on her world. I realize she’s my kid and I’m highly biased, but I hope you enjoy it.

Also on the show:

  • Trump rescinds DACA, continues his cartoon villain bashing of minorities
  • Woman on Tinder date gets stuck in a window while trying to retrieve her poo
  • Dirtbag of the week: Martin Shkreli (Pharma Bro) selling $2 million Wu-Tang Clan album

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266: Dear Mr. President

It’s always hard to find the right balance of politics and humor during a tragedy. What we’re witnessing in Texas has been heartbreaking and, as I type this, it’s not even close to being over. My thoughts are with those affected by Harvey (and its aftermath) and I’m hopeful that things will improve exponentially in the coming days so that those affected can start to rebuild their lives.

This week on the show:

  • Trump screws up being Presidential, again
  • The media’s fascination with disaster porn
  • Wisconsin man battles nail gun – I’d call it a draw
  • What does Trump’s pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio mean for the Russia investigation?
  • P!nk elevates an otherwise lackluster VMAs

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265: What Happened

This week I made my best effort to tone down the Trumpster Fire coverage. I think we all needed a break – I know that I did. So, yes, there is a fair amount of Trump in the show – it’s impossible to eliminate him entirely – but I’m excited that I got to devote most of the show to other topics:

  • Emma’s first day of 4th grade
  • Trump’s greatest hits in Phoenix
  • Tainted alcohol in Mexico followup
  • The rise of Cornhole – ESPN The Ocho?
  • Hillary Clinton talks creep-factor at Presidential Debate
  • Piglets saved from blaze, then served up to firefighters that rescued them
  • Another Trump surrogate eaten alive on MSNBC

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264: Fine People on Both Sides

This was a heavy show to research, prep and record. Of course, it’s horrible that Heather Heyer lost her life standing up to bigotry, racism and intolerance. Any loss of life is never acceptable in a situation like this. But, just as troubling to me is that this type of hate can be openly and proudly celebrated in 2017 in our country. I don’t understand how a nation of overwhelmingly good and smart people are allowing this to happen.

Like many of you, I’m disgusted by the man that calls himself our president and I fear the damage he is doing to our country and the lens through how the rest of the world views us. Make no mistake, this type of hate-filled riot was made possible by Trump’s consistent dog-whistling throughout his campaign and into his presidency. Even when presented with the no-brainer choice of denouncing white supremacists and neo-nazis, he did not and will not.

When planning each episode of American Cliché, I really try and create a balance of content. I know that many of you come to hear me rail on Dear Leader, but I also realize that many of you want an escape from this shit. You’d rather hear me joke about weird news or some other crazy thing some asshole did (that doesn’t happen to be our president). And I want that too. However, sometimes things happen and we have a moral responsibility to use whatever platform we have to let those responsible know that what they’re doing is not OK and will not be tolerated or normalized. I have this podcast and I feel an obligation to use it. As a listener, you also have tools at your disposal. Use social media to condemn these acts. Write to your congressional officials. Attend a rally.

Thanks for your support of American Cliché. I hope you’ll share your thoughts on this episode with me so that we can continue this important dialogue. Be good to each other and take care of yourself.

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263: …And That’s the Real News

The tagline for this show has been “sometimes truth is stranger than fiction” since the show premiered in 2005. As I continue to wade through the Trump-flavored firehouse of news each week, I’m reminded of how accurately that line describes our entire political reality right now. If only I had known then, how true that would be now…

This week on the show:

  • “Fire & Fury” with North Korea
  • Trump launches his version of State-run TV from Trump Tower
  • Urban Dictionary defines a “Scaramucci”
  • Texas gun play demonstrates the true meaning of karma
  • Bill Maher dissects GOP hypocrisy on Obama

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262: They’re Going to Die Over There

Another crazy week in politics and beyond. This week on the show:

  • New segment: Top ten old news items
  • Lindsay Graham talks war with North Korea
  • The tale of Neely and Andrew Moldovan – where is the defamation line?
  • State Department issues a warning on tainted alcohol at Mexican resorts
  • Why won’t the media push pack on Sarah Huckabee Sanders?

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261: Spicey’s out, Scaramucci’s in

I’m so excited to be back after a nearly six-year hiatus! I have to be honest, I didn’t anticipate the news cycle changing so quickly. In fact, I’ve had to scrap my show prep three times in the last four days due to the insanity that is the Trump White House. At any rate, here’s where we ended up:

  • Why did I come back?
  • Trump bans transgender people from serving in the military
  • Spicey’s out, Scaramucci’s in!
  • Catheters in ice cream – a new Summer treat?
  • Trump’s adolescent bullying of Jeff Sessions
  • Doctor’s remove 27 contact lenses from a woman’s eye
  • Dirtbag of the week: Mike Leaming
  • RIP Chester Bennington

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