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Sunday, December 30, 2007

The Big Show #151- Loving Joe, Lisa and Beyonce

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We are back for a New Years Eve show and this one is legendary. That's right, you can elevate your expectations because we meet em. We discuss the Cinnabon guy who doesn't think Aaron is hot, fun with colonoscopy, bad parenting trifecta, Joe and Lisa are my new best friends, Southwest Airlines does it right, people who have cooler technology than us, calling in drunk to work, and Aaron blows a big interview.

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Saturday, December 29, 2007

Taking a stand

Recently, the town council of Queen Creek voted and approved the process of having an invocation before each town council meeting going forward. In plain English, this means that the town of Queen Creek will be reading a prayer before each meeting. They will be offering an open invitation to members of all faiths to read a prayer. Councilwoman Lisa Colletto Cohen had suggested an alternative idea of allowing a moment of silence so people could pray, reflect or do what they wish during that time. That suggestion was pushed aside and by a 6 to 1 vote, the town of Queen Creek opened pandora's gigantic legal box.

I'll be upfront and say that I'm an agnostic. But far more important to me than what faith I worship or not, is the basis of our country, The Constitution. Our forefathers had the foresight and understanding of current events of their time to make the very first thing they granted all of us is the right to freedom of religion. But it also guarantees the separation between church and state. This is where I have a major problem with what the council did.

Instead of allowing each of us an opportunity to privately pray to our God, Allah, Flying Spaghetti Monster or whatever we wish, they decided it was far more important to appease the religious desires of some to make faith a part of the public square. This decision of course was met with applause by those who fought to ensure a new division in the town. I'm sure this decision stemmed from another recent debate on calling the tree we have in front of the town hall a "Holiday Tree" instead of a "Christmas Tree".

While I celebrate everyone's right to pray, attend church, not attend church or practice their faith in their own way, I do take serious offense to this new concept that America is a Christian nation. I took it upon myself to investigate this further to see if we truly were founded on Christian principles and as I expected, nothing was further from the truth. Even in 1960, President John F. Kennedy gave a famous speech where he proclaimed an understanding that the US was not founded on one religion and religious beliefs don't belong in the public square. I could only wish we would return to those days where no religion was treated as a national religion and all faiths were equally respected. But more importantly, I hope the people who are seated on the town council would realize that religion has no business in politics.

As we have passed the time that we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, I would like to wish you all a happy holiday season and ask that you consider the words of JFK:

"I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute--where no Catholic prelate would tell the President (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishoners for whom to vote--where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference--and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the President who might appoint him or the people who might elect him.

I believe in an America that is officially neither Catholic, Protestant nor Jewish--where no public official either requests or accepts instructions on public policy from the Pope, the National Council of Churches or any other ecclesiastical source--where no religious body seeks to impose its will directly or indirectly upon the general populace or the public acts of its officials--and where religious liberty is so indivisible that an act against one church is treated as an act against all."

Have a safe New Years.

-Aaron

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Ok, I can't contain myself

I'm finding it harder and harder to wait to do a show because so much happens between the shows, especially if we go on an extended break like we're doing right now. As many of you know, I'm a big time political junkie. I live, breathe, eat, shower...etc politics. So I've decided that unless something really funny in politics happens (hey it could happen), I'm going to keep my ranting of my political thoughts to the blog. So if you want to my political rants, here's the place to come to.

So...let's talk about the big news today. No, I don't care about Jamie Lynn Spears. Congrats, move onward girl. But the other big news was the bill that was signed into law that gives Bush the chance to act like Al Gore. You know...the bill that raises the CAFE standards for cars so we actually get up the same environmental standards as China in about 13 years.

Now I don't want to bash Bush too hard because he did sign the bill so that's a good thing but what I think the media failed to report was the backroom nonsense that went on with this bill and they really blew it on an outright lie that Bush told on why he considered vetoing the original bill. When the bill was first introduced, it removed the tax subsidies that the Republicans gave to the oil companies and offered tax subsidies for companies and customers or renewable energy. Sounds like a fair trade right? Oil companies only get to make 3 billion a quarter and renewable energy like solar and wind get a chance to take off.

But Bush of course immediately stated he'd veto that version because it would "tax Americans". That's Bushspeak for "it would cause my friends who have large stock portfolios in oil companies to feel a small prick in their inner dark souls". So you know there would be a huge fight. And oh was there....When the bill was introduced, the Republicans immediately filibustered it. Now for those of you who aren't hip to your politics, to filibuster a bill means you will not allow the bill to be heard on the floor of your respected chamber. To break that filibuster, you need 60 members of the Senate to vote for cloture which forces a debate on the bill. Well the Dems don't have 60 friends, even amoungst themselves so they were forced to ensure the oil companies went on to bankroll their new Christmas gifts for their kids. Thank God!

So now the bill that went through the house and senate offer some positives. For example, lightbulbs as you know them will be replaced by energy efficient bulbs. Appliances in the near future will be required to use less energy and you'll start seeing cars that offer better gas mileage starting in 2011. But there's something to consider with the better mileage discussion. That 35 mpg requirement is an average. So if you were thinking Hummers were going away, think again. GM simply needs to build a vehicle to average out the wastefulness of the Hummer and life goes on for GM.

So I think there's some things to smile about with this bill but there's a lot that will need to wait till someone with real environmental leadership principles is in the EPA and the White House.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

The Big Show #150- The Holiday Spectacular Pt. 3

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It amazes me that we've done this show for 3 years running, but what doesn't cease to amaze me is the great stories we get from all of you. This year was no exception. We share our answers to the questions we asked for the show and share our favorite and not so favorite holiday songs. Enjoy and happy holidays!!

Here's who participated in the order they called: Trent from The T-rent show, LaDawn, Tim and Nanette from For Whatever Reason, Matt from The Redboy Podcast, Dani from Truth Seekers, Dan from Life on Tap, Crystal from The Life of Spaguy's Wife, Jen from Tucker Tales, Kate, Country Coworker, Cousin Mel, Philosophy Guy, Shelly from Shelly's Podcast, Les from Zaldors World, Karmyn Tyler From Karmyn Kast, Joe and Lisa from Cheap Date and Barely from Barely Podcasting



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Monday, December 10, 2007

The Big Show #149- The show before #150

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It's our last show before the big holiday spectacular and I have to say that on a gem scale, this is a cubic zirconium. We discuss how my work has become an oddball shopping mall, garland that looks like boobs, why anyone would go see Dane Cook, Sheri Sheppard knows nothing about religion, our mayor is an idiot, Jenny gets her own segment (finally) and we wrap up the show with a talk about Aaron's giant hot pocket....oh yeah the show is that...ummm....ok well it isn't but still....it's free and that's good for something right?

Don't forget to answer the holiday spectacular questions by calling 206-202-2343 by December 15th.

1. What unique tradition does your family have that would seem unusual to others?

2. What event/something someone did/something you did that made you feel the true magic of the holiday season?

3. What meal do you love/dread during the holiday season?

4. What is your favorite/least favorite holiday song and why?


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Sunday, December 02, 2007

The Big Show #148- Brought to you by USC

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The show that you love to love is back with another longgggg episode. This time, we share all the glory that is to be had when you go to a game vs. USC. All the pagentry, cheerleaders and that song that drives you crazy are here! We also share our tales of Thanksgiving week, Aaron shares his weird work issues, parents who drop their kids off at the mall, Jenny gets angry at a karaoke host and Miley Cyrus makes Aaron feel like an old man. That and a lot more awaits you on our extended edition of The Big Show.

Music provided by Hey Tiger. Check them out at HeyTigerBand.com

Don't forget to answer the holiday spectacular questions by calling 206-202-2343 by December 15th.

1. What unique tradition does your family have that would seem unusual to others?

2. What event/something someone did/something you did that made you feel the true magic of the holiday season?

3. What meal do you love/dread during the holiday season?

4. What is your favorite/least favorite holiday song and why?


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