Episode

2/16 Crime, Immigration, Wrong Lessons & Voting For The Weakest Adversary w/ Olayemi Olurin

February 16, 2024

It’s Casual Friday! Sam and Emma speak with political commentator Olayemi Olurin to round up the week in news. First, Sam and Emma run through updates on the totally natural passing of Alexei Navalny, Israel’s raiding of Nasser hospital in Khan Younis, Israel’s new West Bank settlement program, ceasefire calls from Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, one of the GOP’s countless impeachment shams, student debt relief, US aid to Israel, Amazon joining Elon Musk’s challenge to the NLRB, same-sex marriage in Greece, New York’s redistricting, Donald Trump’s legal woes, and the IRS’ tax filing pilot, before watching Tucker Carlson’s attempt to defend his Putin interview. Olayemi Olurin then joins, diving right into her insight into New York’s ongoing manufactured crises around crime and immigration, particularly from her perspective as a defense attorney. Olurin first looks to the evil of Eric Adams as she explores the roots of these “crises” in the NYC Mayor and the New York Democratic machine, diving into his ongoing attack on bail reform, and how the bail system serves as economic leverage for prosecutors, before touching on the potential ends of the FBI’s investigations into his campaign. Next, Olay walks Sam and Emma through the recent Democratic endorsement of the New York Democrats’ moderate push after Tom Suozzi’s victory in NY-3, looking at the insanity of presenting Long Island politics as “normal,” and tackling Democrats’ insistence on remaining outrageously out of touch with their constituents. She also discusses the tactic of voting for the weakest adversary, before wrapping up the interview by touching on the unsurprising fact of the Democratic Party’s support for Israel.

And in the Fun Half: Emma explores the NYT’s recent kind-hearted coverage of Israel’s (self-proclaimed) fascist West Bank settlers, Caleb from Trenton tackles the pervasion of Nazi propaganda in the US, Guy from Jupiter discusses accountability for exploiters of undocumented labor, and Matt Taibbi continues to struggle with his breakup with Elon Musk, now one-year out. Tucker Carlson marvels at the existence of global capitalism in Russia, Tim Pool rants about how nobody cares about Kristen Stewart or how she looks, and Candace Owens calls women “the new perverts”, plus, your calls and IMs!

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