2PP058 – 7 July 2011

This episode was recorded about a week ago, but Arthur had work and other commitments to deal with before editing this episode. We begin with special days. A very brief talk about movies leads to a discussion of Jason’s recent trip to Missouri. Among other things, he visited Joplin had saw first-hand how bad things still were a month after the killer tornado. Did you know the tornado is still killing people in Joplin?

Jason received another important “ballot” with lots of bold italic type. This leads to a discussion of the games that Republicans are playing over the deficit. Arthur clearly thinks Republican politicians are lying about what they’re up to. Jason thinks some of them are “true believers”, using deficit reduction as a way to enact their extremist social issues agenda.

Then we’re on to the absurd study form Harvard that claims attending Fourth of July activities creates Republicans. Arthur says the researchers’ problem is that correlation is not causality—the fact that some of their data seems to match up does not establish cause and effect.

Finally, comments let us discuss a few more things—including a kind of spam comment that Arthur has never seen before.

Please leave a comment (anyone’s welcome—agree or disagree!), or you can ring the 2Political Comment line on 206-350-3982.

Links for this episode:
Pictou Lobster Carnival
Jason’s posts on Joplin, Missouri, with photos
Another Love Note from the Heritage Foundation – Jason’s blog post on the “ballot” he mentioned
Fourth of July – Arthur’s blog post about the study claiming that attending Fourth of July events creates Republicans. Arthur thinks it’s nonsense.
Jason’s Blog
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