272: Something’s Fishy

It’s week number two in the Trump-free zone here at American Cliché and I can feel my blood pressure settling down a bit. That’s not to say he hasn’t done things that infuriate me over the last few days, but I refuse to let his distractions dominate the things I talk about in the 30 or so minutes I spend with you each week. With that said, here’s what I’ve tee’d up for you:

  • Puerto Rico awards $300 million contract to a company with two full-time employees
  • NYC mayoral candidate shocked that his jet hijacking attempt not a bigger issue
  • Amazon announce plans to delivers packages inside your home
  • Montreal man ticketed for singing in his car

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271: Times are Changing

This week is a Donald Trump-free show. I know, it seems like an impossible feat, but I knew it was important to my mental stability to try and clear him from head – if only for a little while. Instead, I took this week to candidly talk about some big changes in my life and also how the Harvey Weinstein scandal has bubbled up some serious truths in our society. I thought the title was apropos to the episode as a whole.

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270: Adult Day Care Center

Sometimes life hurls a bunch of shit at you. There’s no way around it – that’s just the way things go. This past week, in addition to the horror in Las Vegas and the sudden passing of Tom Petty, I got a pretty unexpected gut-punch of my own. I’ll chat about it on the podcast.

Also on the show:

  • The downfall of Harvey Weinstein
  • Trump calls for NBC’s license to be revoked
  • Bob Corker calls out the president
  • Roger Goodell continues to waffle on anthem protests
  • Mike Pence’s half a million dollar PR stunt bust
  • California Wildfires

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269: It’s Out in the Ocean, You Can’t Just Drive Your Truck There

I’m back after taking a needed week off. I had hoped it would be a slow news week so I could take my time picking stories. Instead, I feel like I’m drinking from a firehose. Do you think there will ever be a week where Trump doesn’t make headlines by saying something colossally stupid? No, neither do I.

On the show:

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  • DirecTV offers refunds to those that are offended by the NFL protests
  • Trump on CTE: The NFL is ruining the game
  • The disaster in Puerto Rico

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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.

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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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