I start off with my famous Jack Benny bit. Mare talks more about politics and the job of government. Then we discuss the introduction of the sperm and egg. Egg, sperm. Sperm, egg. Gay statutory rape? We threaten to get rid of netflix (10 years later it hasn’t happened). Run, Lola, Run. We finish with two famous stories. One about Mare teaching WWII to ignorant old men. The other, the epic story of boy vs. tooth.
When I got to college the whole Iran-Contra thing started coming out. And I began to read some of what Hunter Thompson was writing about the Reagan White House. And then there were all those communist professors on campus. I’m not saying I attended any meetings. But I did vote for Dukakis in ’88.
Say what you want about Reagan–he defeated the Soviet Union, he traded arms for hostages, the economy seemed to improve under his administration, maybe he got a little cozy with South American dictators. But it seemed like he and Tip O’Neill would work against each other during the day, and then have a drink together at the end of the day. Not like the ridiculous politicians we have today who pretend to believe, or god forbid really believe, that the members of the other party are evil anti American scum. Morons.
And Reagan was the only President to survive an assassination attempt. So he’s got that going for him. Which is nice.
I believe that Jesus is the Son of God.
I need sand.
Please give me a baby brother.
In this episode I try to make some sort of political point. Our conversation is kind of a mess. Mare asks me to edit it our of the podcast. I don’t. Also in this episode, Maly wants a hamster, and quit thinking about eating it.
I had no idea who Jim Pearson was, so I did a little research. Pearson was a U.S. senator from Kansas from 1962 – 1979. His Wikipedia article makes for interesting reading (if you’re interested in the politics of the 60’s and 70’s). He was known for working with his colleagues from the other side of the aisle. He opposed the bombing of Cambodia and Laos, worked to unblock civil rights legislation, and apparently did good things for Kansas regarding gas, oil, cattle, and aviation. His successor was Nancy Landon Kassebaum. Remembe when politicians worked together to do good things for their constituents and not for themselves and those who paid them the most.
Many of these buttons won’t have stories. In fact most of them won’t. This one doesn’t have much of one. Except this. I was raised by a couple yellow dog republicans. (This won’t be the last republican button you see). I would have voted for Reagan both times if I’d been old enough. He was good enough for my folks and Alex P. Keaton. By the time I could vote I’d been at k-state a few years and so went Dukakis. Later I made my way to the Libertarian party which is still where I pretty much am, although I’ve lost faith in the invisible hand of the market. In fact I’ve pretty much lost faith in our political system as it stands now to do much good at all.