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The Wonderful Thing About Not Working

We are watching Seattle literally eat itself over the Amazon tax.

The wonderful thing about spending a weekend not working is that one has time to think about things. Which, technically, is working after all because I make my bones by forming opinions about things about which I have spent time thinking. So I guess I spent the weekend working after all. In addition to battling the lawn into submission.

Nevertheless, after thinking about some things, specifically the Iran Nuclear Deal, I am puzzled about the Iranian reaction.

After the whole “Death to America” spectacle in the Iranian Consultative Assembly, what happened? Did Iran automatically announce that they were unilaterally withdrawing from the agreement? Isn’t that what you would think that they would do if they really believed that the US abrogating the agreement was harmful to it?

Politics as usual means that, whichever side of the aisle you think has your best interests at heart, Congress will on the one hand try to pass laws that are clearly Unconstitutional because they believe that people who vote for them will like the law, while at the same time refusing to pass laws to fund Treaty actions that leave Military Aircrews basically abandoned on the ground in Russia.

Yes. That Russia.


Justice Antonin Scalia (1936-2016)

Pat the Lawyer from Lawless Chat joins Dave to talk about the life, legacy and replacement of Senior Associate Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Saturday while on a hunting trip to Texas.

Part 1

In Part 1 of today’s discussion, Dave and Pat talk about Justice Scalia and his legacy. They also get to some of the issues related to replacing him, which is shaping up to be the biggest political issue in the Presidential Election. The question is, what should the Republican strategy be?

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In Part 2 of today’s show, Dave and Pat look for the answer to the question of what the GOP strategy should be. It includes a brief look at a couple for potential nominees and the realization that 2016 is bigger than one Justice on the Supreme Court. So, should the GOP fight the longer battle or is the next nominee the hill they want to die on?

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Tark the Shark

US-JUSTICE-GAY-MARRIAGEThe Supreme Court of the United States will hear four cases from around the nation dealing with the issues related to Gay Marriage. Doug Johnson of the joins Dave to talk about the issue, and a few other questions come up along the way. One of which is whether or not this should be a States issue or a Federal issue. And, should the legal system even be involved in marriage?

Gavin Newsome has made a long expected and not-much-of-a-surprise announcement today that he is running for Governor in 2018. Are there any others out there who might run? What is Kamala Harris somehow manages to lose her race for Senator next year?

The President is seeking a full Use of Force Authorization from Congress in order to take further action – including ground troops – against ISIL. Republican leaders seem to be in favor of the idea.

First Lady Michelle Obama launched the Got Your Six campaign, a Veterans reintegration program designed to help Veterans re-assimilate into civilian life. The question is whether or not she understand Veterans or just the few she’s heard about, including Chris Kyle? Who was not a woman, which seems to be a problem in Mrs. Obama’s view.

Long time Collegiate Men’s Basketball Coach Jerry Tarkanian passes away at the age of 84. Dave saw him coach in person once at the Sweet-16 in Seattle.

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