2PP097 – 2 March 2015

2pp_album_art_110x1101.jpgToday we talked a bit about the New Zealand elections, which Arthur mentioned back in Episode 95. He talks in more detail about the nuts and bolts of how election campaigns are done in New Zealand, sharing some things he hasn’t really talked about on his blog or his AmeriNZ Podcast, either. That leads to a discussion about voter turnout, and how low turnout affects the result.

Jason’s cat even has a few things to say!

Everyone’s welcome to leave a comment (agree or disagree!).

Jason’s Blog
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2PP096 – 23 February 2015

2pp_album_art_110x1101.jpgYes, we’re back again—we told you so! Today we start out talking about the Alabama circus and the larger issues involved in the tired rightwing talking points about marriage equality, defiance of Supreme Court rulings, and so on. Arthur mashed two different religious references together—did you catch it? Trust us, he knows his mountains—including the one the radical right needs to get over.

Everyone’s welcome to leave a comment (agree or disagree!).

Jason’s Blog
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2PP095 – 17 February 2015

2pp_album_art_110x1101.jpgWe’re back!! Today we start out with a quick episode to—let’s be honest here—remember how to do this. Clearly Arthur needs a refresher, and that’s up first. Then it’s a little talk about what we’ll be doing, before we chat about a few other things. We even do a little skit. That’s it—we’re just getting warmed up!

A new, full episode is coming later this week.

Everyone’s welcome to leave a comment (agree or disagree!).

Links for this episode:
Arthur’s blog posts on the 2014 New Zealand elections
AmeriNZ 305 – Third and AmeriNZ 306 – Solstice – The podcast episodes where Arthur talked about the NZ elections (in part)
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.


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2Political: The return

Yes, it’s true: 2Political Podcast is returning! In a few days, Jason and Arthur will record a new episode, once again sharing their conversations about politics, the news, and whatever else they think of. Naturally, in that first new episode in over a year they’ll also talk about where they’ve been all this time, as well as current topics.

Talk with you soon!

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2PP094 – 27 November 2013

Arthur starts off today talking about why there was such a gap in episodes—including Arthur’s marriage—only to have this one delayed by his work schedule. Irony! We then talk a bit about the weather system that was bearing down on DC at the time we recorded. Then, we talk about Thanksgiving. That led us to talking about Tina Turner. Of course.

Talk about expat stuff leads to a talk about marriage equality and Jason’s unique way of quantifying what it means politically. The reality is, marriage equality is the USA’s permanent reality: There aren’t enough states that would ratify a constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality, so even if the impossible happened and an amendment got through Congress, it would be dead in the water. We talk about why the anti-gay industry still keeps pushing a lost cause.

We move on to some talk about the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Many thoughts on the actual history, conspiracy theories and our own memories. We end on a mention of the lizard people guarding President Obama.

We skipped comments because, well, the whole schedule is really messed up! Still, everyone’s welcome to leave a comment (agree or disagree!).

Links for this episode:
Husband and husband (Arthur’s post in his marriage)
The Kennedy Assassination — What I Remember 50 Years On (Jason’s post)
Remembrance (Arthur’s post on the assassination
JiFKa: the 50th anniversary of the death of John Fitzgerald Kennedy (Roger’s memories of the day)
White House Can’t Afford Its Shapeshifting Alien Reptile Guards (tongue-in-cheek story from Wired)
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP093 – 3 October 2013


We begin today talking briefly about Linda Ronstadt at the 2013 National Book Festival (the clip above is from that). Then, on to a darker topic: The GOP Shutdown of the US Government. We’re annoyed.

Jason wonders how a junior US Senator from Texas became Speaker of the US House—because that’s what it looks like. The Republicans began their shutdown with no exit strategy, which was incredibly stupid. But are they crossing the line into treason? If they destroy the world economy, it would be worse than that.

We think that there has to be massive reform. Congressional Districts should be drawn by non-partisan commissions and politicians shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the process. Voters also have to stop voting to re-elect the same people who are causing all these problems. We also think the Republican Party needs to suffer a massive defeat in order to be able to rid itself of the teabagger lunatics. On the other hand, Democrats have been doing much better at standing up to Republicans than they’ve done up until now.

We end up with a rant from Arthur about a Washington Post piece that totally mucked up Australian history and displayed ignorance of The Commonwealth, parliamentary democracy—and pretty much everything else, to be honest.

Everyone’s welcome to leave a comment (agree or disagree!).

Links for this episode:
Linda Ronstadt at the 2013 National Book Festival – The blog post that Jason mentioned
The Nullification Party – the Andrew Sullivan piece Arthur mentioned
Australia had a government shutdown once. In the end, the queen fired everyone in Parliament. – The boneheaded piece from the Washington Post
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP092 – 5 September 2013

Arthur continues clearing the backlog of recorded episodes, this one from September. We’ve now recorded another episode already, and that’ll be posted soon (we’re trying a new, easier to edit set-up).

We began by talking about Linda Ronstadt. Jason got to see her live, but Arthur never did. We then add a few famous people born around the time we recorded. This bulk of this episode was about Syria (events settled down after we recorded). We were undecided about the then-pending Congressional resolution, and we talked about our uncertainty about what should be done. As we go on, we being to come to some sort of more solid opinion. What we talk about was played out again in the battle to prevent the GOP Shutdown, which began a few weeks after we recorded this episode.

We wind up talking a bit about International politics, first, the Australian elections, then we talk about the contest for the next Leader of the New Zealand Labour Party (who is also Leader of the Opposition).

Everyone’s welcome to leave a comment (agree or disagree!).

Links for this episode:
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP091 – 06 August 2013

Arthur is clearing the backlog of recorded episodes! He hasn’t been able to get this episode edited due to lack of time and to some technical problems with the recording. Those problems meant even more time was required for editing, and Arthur just didn’t have any time. We recorded another episode in early September, and he’ll post that one soon.

We spent this episode responding to comments Roger Green left on our previous episode. We have a few digressions, of course. Jason also talks about his experience after being attacked and robbed, including dealing with the criminal justice system.

Everyone’s welcome to leave a comment—agree or disagree!

Links for this episode:
The national joke – The blog post that Arthur mentioned
Dealing with that “white privilege” conversation with humor – Roger Green’s post
When will moderate whites condemn dangerous White Culture? – Chris Hayes parody
Video of Violent, Rioting Surfers Shows White Culture of Lawlessness – the Gawker parody article that prompted Chris Hayes’ satire segment
The View Along My Sunday Walk – Jason’s blog post that Arthur referred to at the very end
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP090 – 18 July 2013


At the start today, Arthur explains what’s been up with the delays and such. Then, we begin this episode with Jason telling us about his going to the Paul McCartney concert recently (video above).

We spend a little time talking about Internet difficulties. It should be easier to change email addresses. It’s been awhile since we recorded, so when we move onto politics, we have a lot to say. We begin with the Supreme Court rulings we missed out on talking about at the time. This leads to talk about immigration reform and Republican chicanery.

The last topic is THAT trial. We don’t agree about all aspects.

Everyone’s welcome to leave a comment—agree or disagree!

Links for this episode:
All Jason’s blog posts on the Paul McCartney concert
Gay Marriage Becomes Legal In The UK Because Conservative David Cameron Had The Guts To Stand Up To His Own Party
Gay marriage reveals surprise contrast between ‘starchy’ Britain and ‘freewheeling’ France – the Washington Post article Jason mentioned
Equal justice under law – finally – Arthur’s blog post on the first Green Card issued to a gay couple
House GOP sponsor wants new voting rights law – The article Arthur mentioned
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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2PP089 – 13 June 2013

Arthur continues to have scheduling conflicts, but rather than have yet another Lost Episode we decided to post this much-delayed episode, anyway. There are sound issues—Jason’s air conditioner. Arthur tried to remove that, but it made it sound like Jason was talking under water. Instead, he used what seemed the somewhat better version.

After general chitchat, we go on to our first topic, the NSA spying scandal. Like a lot of people, we have concerns, like, who’s watching the watchers? We talk about all the swirling interests in the background, from political to commercial and beyond. Toward the end we talk briefly about the Special Elections for US Senate seats and the cowardice of Chris Christie. Could either of us vote for a Republican?

Everyone’s welcome to comment (agree or disagree!).

Links for this episode:
That Equality Thing – Roger Green’s blog post that Arthur mentioned
Jason’s Blog
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.

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