Episode 269 : I’m Going to Regret This

Welcome to part two. It’s politics with a side of other kind of politics tonight. So prepare yourself. Tony goes out on a limb in ways that make him really uncomfortable with himself. Enjoy!


Presidential candidate who you think has the best policies? Presidential candidate who you think would be a disaster for the country?  –Jasmine

Suspect this will have been answered in the interim, but: “Alan Rickman was an amazing actor. Discuss.” –Anonymous


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14 Responses to Episode 269 : I’m Going to Regret This

  1. jas says:

    OK, Tony….I’ve learned my lesson. No more political questions 🙂 (And Will, about Grapevine…call me.)

  2. jas says:

    Why even an Anarchist has a stake in Trump v. Clinton
    by J. Y. Hall

    1. Nuclear Weapon Proliferation and Use

    Trump has said that he thinks it’s fine for even more countries to have nuclear weapons (Japan, South Korea, Saudia Arabia), AND he has said that he sees them as a first resort for the U.S. in conflicts. So basically the end of the world is a much greater possibility in a Trump presidency.

    2. Supreme Court picks affecting:

    Citizens United
    Civil Rights

    This one is harder to predict ’cause Supreme Court Justices can sometimes wind up voting in ways you wouldn’t have predicted. However, Trump says he is looking for an Alito-type, and the next President will probably get more than one selection.

    3. Erosion of other rights–in particular Freedom of the Press

    4. The “norm” of what is acceptable behavior. I’ve mentioned this before so won’t go into details, but just generally you are already seeing racist and sexist bullying becoming much more acceptable than they already were (which was already way too much).

  3. jas says:


    I know Tony said that there’s this real thing–“biological sex”–but I don’t know if one can separate it out from the cultural lens (gender) through which we see it.

  4. Beth says:

    I was surprised you took the political question with such a narrow scope. It didn’t ask specifically about the 2016 presidential election – you could have picked your dream team of candidates from throughout history.

  5. Stuart says:

    I’d actually forgotten William was a Republican, given how much we seem to share political views (anarchism aside). I think the polarizing nature of current politics makes that a surprising thing, but I wish it wouldn’t. I’ve no idea what happened to sensible, middle of the road thinking. Perhaps it doesn’t sell as much advertising space.

    • William says:

      Nope, I’m not a Republican… unless I’ve forgotten, too!

      I’m just not a Democrat, either. The space for “party” on my voter ID card is blank.

      • themagicaltalkinghat says:

        Hee! Hee!

        *sings* William’s a Republican! William’s a Republican!

      • Stuart says:

        Well, that’s disturbing. I fear I may be hearing things in my old age, could have sworn that’s what you said in this episode 🙂 I Shan’t go back and check, potentially embarrassing myself.

        • William says:

          Well, I won’t deny I said it. I cannot believe, sometimes, the gaffes I make on this podcast. Now THAT’S embarrassing…

          It’s truly amazing what one’s mouth will utter when one’s brain hasn’t yet actually figured out what it intends to say.

          Which is why, in my real life, I tend to keep my mouth shut until I know what I want to say, and I avoid situations where I suspect I might not be afforded adequate time and space to think about what I’m going to say before I say it… you know, situations like an unrehearsed, unedited podcast. *sigh*

          • Stuart says:

            I actually take my hat off to you guys, the only way I can vaguely approach being articulate is to have the time to type out my thoughts. You always seem to have things to say on such a vast array of subjects, too.

            For what it’s worth, a pox on the public record of my and everyone else’s political affiliation. The only point at which it’s relevant is for those we elect to office.

  6. Mark says:

    Yeeeeeaaaaah, I’m listening to this immediately….

    Political candidates: This is the sort of conversation I don’t generally like getting involved in. To try to simplify my views, I tend to be socially liberal and fiscally conservative. Back in the day, this would tend to make me more of a centrist Republican but the last couple of decades the Republicans seem to have stopped being fiscally conservative in favor of special projects for their home districts/regions and have also gotten more into social issues then they should.

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