This episode was delayed because Arthur was swamped with projects. It was recorded before Representative Anthony Weiner resigned. But before we talk about that, we talk about the debate among seven Republican presidential candidates. Arthur focused mostly on the candidates’ positions on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Naturally, we veer into related topics.
When we get to talking about then-Representative Anthony Weiner, we both think the treatment he received was ridiculous but Arthur was especially pissed off about it (and yes, he knows he messed up Vitter’s first name at one point). It leads on to some talk about why such a stupid story became so big.
We next talk about an important “ballot” that Jason received. And that leads on to economic topics, including some from New Zealand.
At the very end, we talk about liquefaction, after the recent big Christchurch earthquake. Arthur mentioned San Francisco’s “Mission District”, but meant “Marina District”.
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Links for this episode:
Seven Republicans put America to sleep – Arthur’s blog post on the 7 Republicans’ positions on marriage equality
Unheeded voices – Arthur’s later blog post with videos on marriage equality by Republicans, NJ Governor Chris Christie and former Utah Governor John Huntsman (Arthur mentioned the Huntsman video)
An Interesting “Ballot” in the Mail – Jason’s blog post on the “ballot” he talked about
Raw video of the 6.0 aftershock – The video about the earthquake that Jason mentioned (as posted to Arthur’s blog)
Christchurch earthquake: Watch how liquefaction occurs – nzheraldtv video on YouTube
Arthur’s blog, podcasts and videos can be accessed here.
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1. I understand, Arthur, that you don’t think prostitution SHOULD be illegal. Still, prostitution IS illegal in most states, and on that basis alone, Spitzer should have resigned, if only because he was engaging in illegal behavior while he was the Attorney General of New York State.
2. There will never be the case that ministers will be not marrying people in the US if only because it has a lengthy tradition. Frankly, it doesn’t bug me any more than ship’s captains or mayors marrying people.