Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Show Notes - 09/28/2010

Reviewing The U.S. Constitution
Amendment 8 - Cruel and Unusual Punishment. Ratified 12/15/1791.

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

Tonight on the show we spoke first about Stephen Colbert's address to US Congress on the issue of Immigrant Farm Workers. Stephen's prepared statement hit the topic and also poked a lot of fun at the Congress including comments like this one, "Maybe this Ag Jobs bill would help, I don’t know. Like most members of Congress, I haven’t read it". He poked many more stabs than that and you can see the video and read the entire transcript by visiting the links below.

During a discussion tangent, a caller verified for us that as of last week, she knows that the rumor of being able to get fired for any reason and collect unemployment benefits is FALSE. Thanks for the call and the report!!

Later we discussed a study by the Highway Data Loss Institute that states that the new "texting-while-driving" bans are not working. The institute shows that in four states (California, Washington, Minnesota and Louisiana) crashes have increased after the ban. The sole reason perhaps is that the police have to be held responsible for enforcing the laws and the consequences are not severe enough in our host's opinion. Links to the data on the 30 states who have laws are listed below.

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Stephen Colbert's Address to Congress - Video & Transcript
Texting While Driving Bans Not Working - Article
State Cell Phone Use Laws

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

Show Notes - 09/26/2010

Reviewing The U.S. Constitution
Amendment 7 - Trial by Jury in Civil Cases. Ratified 12/15/1791.

In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Tonight on the program, we discussed a battery of news stories notable for discussion. Though we did not generate any calls, we would like to remind everyone who listens on the podcast that we absolutely LOVE to hear your comments via email or the Facebook Fan Page each week so keep them coming...

Below is the list of news stories and their links:

Doctor Sues his old University for Failing
Doctors Banned from Smoking in Philippines
30 Years of China's One-Child Policy
GPS Tethered Parolee Robs Pizzeria
Obama "Hope" Poster Creator Loses Hope
Elmo wins Guitar Shop Brawl

This week, our Chat Moderator Troy was having way too much free time on his hands and created some very funny pictures



Also, we had a little fun with some weird questions that we invited the listeners to attempt to anser. Here is the list. If you want to take a crack at the anserw (multiple choice), then email your answers to us Studio AT BehindTheMike.info for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate compliments of Reality One Radio.

1. Prison officials were stunned this week when two prisoners made a daring escape. How did the prisoners get away?
a) They walked out the front door because the guards were watching college football on TV
b) The prisoners escaped on bicycles provided by the guards
c) The prisoners grabbed ropes dropped by an armored helicopter as it opened fire on guard towers

2. In an interesting twist, the D.C. mayoral primary ended with the Republican write-in candidate winning the vote count, but unable to accept the nomination. Why?
a) Because technically, a 6-year-old Shetland pony is unable to hold office
b) Because Ronald Reagan has been deceased since 2004
c) Because the winning Republican write-in candidate was already on the ballot ... of the Democratic primary

3. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is well-known for his many gaffes, but even he managed to top himself during the pope's visit when he:
a) Asked an elderly Tory leader next to him about her panties
b) Missed the papal procession because he was on the toilet
c) Told the pope that he had his own papal tiara, but he kept it in his dungeon

4. Two tourists's vacation abroad ended on a sour note after customs officials politely informed them that:
a) They shouldn't have slept through the plane transfer, but welcome to Bulgaria
b) Due to circumstances beyond their control, the officials were forced to blow up their luggage. Twice.
c) The souvenir "Halloween decorations" they purchased were actual human skulls

5. The United States Air Force has a new program that's garnering some attention and a little bit of mild joking. Is it:
a) Training their soldiers to be like Batman?
b) Including sewing classes so that soldiers can quickly create camouflage from any material?
c) Returning to "fine motor skills" physical exercise that includes tumbling and "martial ballet"?

6. The world of breakfast treats is a competitive business, and people are always looking for something to give them an edge over their competitors. Case in point this week:
a) The Share Point Quick Cafe, which does a retinal scan at the doorway so your favorite order is ready in less than 100 seconds
b) A bakery that is making brownies with 200 mg of pharmaceutical-grade caffeine
c) NYC Dot, a mobile coffee service that delivers your hot coffee to your GPS location per your iPhone

7. Upon being knighted, writer Terry Pratchett had a unique way to celebrate his new knighthood. What did he do?
a) He ran afoul of weapons laws by forging his own sword
b) He had dinner with his family and made his uncle call him "Sir Pratchett" all night
c) He spent two nights in Rockingham Castle, which he had dreamed about as a boy

8. Among the weirdest and most bizarre insurance policies, you can now get coverage for:
a) Losing more than 75 percent of your circle of online friends
b) Your favorite sports team dying in a tragic air travel accident
c) Becoming impregnated by a deity

9. This week's story about a millionaire leaving a sizable chunk of his estate to an obscure organization is brought to you by:
a) The World Tetherball Association
b) The Wombat Awareness Organization
c) The Retired Wrestler Pension Fund of North America

10. A neighborhood business in Rhode Island is looking to increase business by combining two business in one building. Which normally wouldn't be a big deal, except that they're adding:
a) An Irish pub to a funeral parlor
b) A coffee and muffin shop to a strip club
c) A gun range to an insurance building

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Show Notes - 09/21/2010

Behind The Mike Presents BEYOND THE GAME SPORTS TALK

This evening we took a break away from all the day to day news and political banter and took a look into the world of sports (specifically MLB and NFL).

First up in the NFL we discussed some breaking news regarding Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles. Andy Reid (Head Coach) announced that Michael Vick will start on Sunday 26 September 2010 against the Jacksonville Jaguars and for the foreseeable future. This move has nothing to do with Kevin Kolb's recent week 1 concussion but more to do with Michael Vick's performance in week 1 after coming into the game for the injured Kolb with a 20-3 deficit to work with and came back in the loss 27-20 with 175 passing yards and 103 rushing yards. Then starting week 2 he had 284 yards with 2 touchdown passes and a win of 35-32. What will happen if Vick takes the Eagles all the way to the show this year???

Other topics covered were the NY Jets and their big talk leading up to week 1 and they lost that game and looked very bad in the first half of week 2, plus the controversy with the female sportscaster dressing skimpily now wanted to complain about the gawking...can you give us a break. Finally, 23-year old Denver Broncos Wide Receiver Kenny McKinley was found dead at home of a supposed self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

In MLB news, we covered some of the injuries that plagued some of the teams including two major injuries to Atlanta Braves 3rd Baseman Chipper Jones' season ending injury as well as Washington Nationals Starting Pitcher Steven Strasburg who will be out for 16 months to have Tommy John Surgery. We also updated the current postseason picture and reviewed some stats plus Don and Joel had a friendly argument regarding a possible rematch of the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees in the World Series.

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Michael Vick to Start Week 3 for The Eagles - Article
Broncos' McKinley Found Dead - Article

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Show Notes - 09/19/2010

Reviewing the U.S. Constitution
Amendment 6 - Right to Speedy Trial, Confrontation of Witnesses. Ratified 12/15/1791.

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defense.

What a great show we had tonight. First up we interviewed Pop sendation, Florence LaRue. Florence is the only original member of The 5th Dimension and she still maintains a full ensemble band and they tour the United States, Europe and Asia playing the great music that made the band so popular over the past four decades. She also has a one-women show aside from the band's tours and she keeps very busy with humanitarian efforts and speeches. You can check out their schedules at the websites below.

Next we spent some time discussing the voter turnout percentages in some of the latest primaries and how in many cases, less than one third of the voters turned out to vote. These numbers are hardly enough to make any difference at all in the General Election. So we stressed the importance of getting out there and voting so we can make a difference.

Finally, we had our monthly segment, Ideas For A Challenging Economy with Kay Stout. This month, Kay discussed among other career topics, six things that you should not do with your Facebook account. Check the link to the article below and be sure to check out Kay's website to find out how to contact her regarding the services that she offers. Join us each third Sunday for Kay's visit.


Links
Florence LaRue - Official Site
The 5TH Dimension - Official Site
Six Things You Should Never Reveal on FaceBook - Article
Kay Stout - Official Site

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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Show Notes - 09/14/2010

Reviewing the U.S. Constitution
Amendment 5 - Trial and Punishment, Compensation for Takings. Ratified 12/15/1791.

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

It was 2010 Primary Night in seven states; Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Wisconsin. In yet another major blow to the GOP, Republican Conservative Christine O'Donnell tumbled Mike Castle with a 7% margin. She will go on to face, with plenty of opposition, Democratic hopeful Chris Coons. Delaware was the only poll that closed out with positive reporting results by the end of the show. Use the link below to check on the other results.

Later we interviewed Bran Vrbaski, known as the band Rebel Bran. Bran is a Serbian born singer/songwriter transplanted to British Columbia and draws inspiration from a complete array of his surroundings to write his music and lyrics which by the way, he puts them together at the same time. We featured his track, SONNY which has a feeling of blues to it with a fantastic harmonica accompaniment. Check out more from Rebel Bran by visiting their sites below.

Links
Politico - Political Results
Rebel Bran - Official Website
Rebel Bran on Facebook

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Show Notes - 09/12/2010

Reviewing the U.S. Constitution
Amendment 4 - Search and Seizure. Ratified 12/15/1791.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

On the program tonight we began with a music/news tribute to the fallen of the terrorist attacks on 9/11/2001. The tribute was produced by Tony Richards from Reality One Radio. The attacks, unbelievably, happened nine years ago. We spoke a little about what people were doing when they heard about the attacks and some other memories.

Next up was some hot topic issues such as Barack Obama looking at angry Americans coming to the polls in November and some facts behind his own words regarding the health care crisis. Turns out, as any politician, he was lying. How do we know? He moved his lips.

Later on the show, we took a look at the Fall preview as per Entertainment Weekly and talked about some of the shows that are exciting us: Boardwalk Empire, Dexter, Blue Bloods, Hawaii 5-O and more. You can pick up an EW magazine or check out their website to see what else is hot this Fall on television.

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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Show Notes - 09/07/2010

Reviewing the U.S. Constitution
Amendment 3 - Quartering of Soldiers. Ratified 12/15/1791

No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

Tonight on the program we talked about TAXES. First of all, the 2001 & 2003 Tax relief (commonly known as the Bush Tax Cuts) are expiring on January 1, 2011. We talked about the issue that so many people on the Left & Right would have you believe that these expirations will lead to small businesses going under when in reality less than 2% of the tax returns filed last year would be affected by this. We propose that you must have alternative sources.

There are also many tax hikes coming from Obamacare including tax laws that will affect brand name drug formulas, HRA, HSA and FSA accounts, Tanning and Employer Reporting of Insurance Costs on W-2.

So listen to the archive, send us your comments and get MAD like we are!!

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5 Myths About the Bush Tax Cuts - Washington Post

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Sunday, September 05, 2010

Show Notes - 09/05/2010

Reviewing the U.S. Constitution
Amendment 2 - Right to Bear Arms. Ratified 12/15/1791

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Tonight on the show we started out with the National Anthem. Please be so kind as to remove your hats and place your right hand over your heart if you are listening on the archived podcast. John Jay Myers, Libertarian Candidate for U.S. Congress in Texas' 32nd District joined us for a few minutes this evening to speak about an article that he wrote entitled, "Stop Stealing Our My Stuff". The article discusses an analogy of the corruption running rampant through the Federal Government; tax money going to foreign nations, mosques and other things that are just so unnecessary when we as a nation are trying to fight a fledgling economy and imminent depression. He begs to ask...will we continue to make the same mistakes over and over at the polls?

Next up, we talked about the long wanted idea of reducing big government. How do we do this? Well, there are probably many answers for that however, we tackled one issue; Dump the Cabinet. We reviewed some of the cabinet positions that can be eliminated and why.

**Production Note :: This segment will be discussed on the show Tuesday September 7, 2010 ** Finally, we are just three months away from the largest tax hikes in American History. Are you ready? Do you know what they are? Listen to the show archive to find out what you might be shelling out in extra taxes come November.


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John Jay Myers Website
"Stop Stealing My Stuff" - Article
JCX-3-10 - List Of Expiring Federal Tax Provisions 2009-2020

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