EPISODE NUMBER: 8070 (March 12, 2012)
GUESTS: Katherine Boo
SPECIAL GUEST: Dave “Mudcat” Saunders
SEGMENTS: Daylight Savings Socialism | Indecision 2012 – Republican’s Southern Strategy | Indecision 2012 – Dave “Mudcat” Saunders | Cheating Death – Bacon Cure for Nosebleeds and Brain Wave Sterility | Sign-Off
SUIT REPORT: Gray Suit | Powder Blue Shirt | Navy patterned tie
VIDEOS: Monday, March 12, 2012
Check out the following eye candy, I mean, highlights, from last night’s show until I can post a full episode guide. Our old friend Cheating Death was back baby! Please enjoy responsibly.
Tonight’s episode was a sheerly delightful treatise on good ol’ southern pandering, with Stephen speaking in a southern accent (why is that so strange, he is, after all southern) for several minutes. We also were treated to the return of Cheating Death, which exposed us to the holistic benefits of bacon (in various orifices), and new exciting advances in male contraception that may stop your sperm – but also swell your ears. The rhythm’s gonna getcha!
I thought both guests, Dave “Mudcat” Saunders, and Katherine Boo were interesting and well chosen for their respective topics. Ms. Boo wasn’t the warmest guest we’ve had, but she held her own with Stephen fairly well – we have to remember, not everyone is as well-matched for his in-your-face style. I often imagine how intimidating it must be for guests on TCR, particularly those who are not as familiar with the show as we are.
What did you think about the episode? Do share your thoughts in the comments.
Daylight Savings Socialism
Yeah, I clap when I am angry too.
I know they say you earn that hour back in the fall, but who’s earning the interest on that hour in the meantime? The unions, that’s who. How do they get those lunch breaks?
So I am not going to sit here and talk into this camera, I am going to sit here and talk into this camera.
Indecision 2012 – Republican’s Southern Strategy
And I am delighted to say that we have three very handsome gentlemen-callers, along with that nice old man who keeps promising us gold.
How can I resist a Georgia peach like Newt Gingrich? He’s a southerner, born and raised, except for where he was born and raised.
And Mitt has just received the endorsement of the preeminent of southern culture, the heir of William Faulkner, Mr. Jeff Foxworthy. James?
Now if you’re a multi-millionaire entertainer, supporting the candidacy of a wealthy financier from Massachusetts, you might no longer be a redneck.
But Newt Gingrich wasn’t going to take that grits comment lying down, although, from the looks of him, he has eaten grits lyin’ down.
Oh, Newt has thrown the chitlin’ down. But I am sure that Mitt will pick it up because he is not aware that chitlins are hog intestines.
Indecision 2012 – Dave “Mudcat” Saunders
Mudcat: I always heard that South Carolina was too small to be a country, and too big to be a mental institution.
There is some truth to that.
What do southerners care about, how can [the candidates] reach them?
Mudcat: Fight, sing, drink, pray.
That sounds like a good party.
Where are my manners! Would you like a gun?
Mudcat: I love guns.
Can southerners tell when people are pandering to them in fake ways?
How did Nixon turn the South fully Republican?
Mudcat: I think the Southern strategy was smart, but what I think it really boiled down to was 1980, Lee Atwater. God, guns, and gays, is where it went.
In the South, we still love our God, we still love our guns, and being gay isn’t at the top of our list. There aren’t a lot of big prominent gay Republicans in the South, unless Newt’s got an announcement to make, which would shock all three of his wives.
When people are pandering to Southerners, are there things politicians shouldn’t do? (Rifle wobbles) Excuse me. Can you go too far in pandering to Southern people?
Mudcat: Without question, without question.
Mudcat: If [Romney} doesn't win Florida, he can' t beat Obama. If he can't take Florida, you and I both know, if you're looking for rednecks, by God the Riviera Hilton full of them.
Florida is the Mecca of rednecks. No offense to Mecca.
Cheating Death – Bacon Cure for Nosebleeds and Brain Wave Sterility
A quick disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor, I am doctor of Fine Arts, which is why after I perform surgery, most people say, my five year old could have done that.
Prescott Pharamceuticals: Quality drugs since 1989. Established, 1910.
I read it for the hot oscicles on cochlea action.
Yes, all of the best medical ideas come from the early 1900s. That’s why I treat my dropsy with “Dr. Arbuckle’s Suspension of Cocaine in Tincture of Cocaine.” Dr. Arbuckle’s: “Come for the cocaine, stay for the cocaine.” ™
Besides, if you want to avoid getting pregnant there is only one surefire way: be a man. (Crosses fingers.) I haven’ gotten my period in a while.
Contraceptives for rats, really? What happened to rat abstinence education? You can have a perfectly good time by stopping at rat third base: wallowing in feces.
Junk canceling headphones, then you are ready to rock out with your c@&k out.
Side effects include Norweigan Wood, Chubiwumbas, and Scrotal Eclipse of the Heart.
What’s an undercity?
Katherine Boo: It’s a place that’s increasingly hard to see these days, and low income communities, like the slums of Mumbai, like many neighborhoods in our country-
Why don’t we see them?
KB: Because you’re in your gated community.
I am in my gated community.
KB: You’ve got your tinted windows.
I wear sunglasses that have mirrors on the inside.
When you spend three years living with people who by our standards are abjectly poor, what does America look like to you when you come back?
KB: It looks incredibly fixable-
KB: Yeah! And also, you turn on the tap, and you go, ‘Oh my God, potable water. That’s amazing.’ Yeah. I come back here and I think, if we were really serious about fixing poverty, we could do so in, like, half a second.
KB: [Indian society] is a society in which corruption takes so much opportunity from the poor, that in itself it becomes one of the opportunities that remain.
KB: I think this is incredibly cool work to do, because I get to spend time with people who are doing interesting things, and people whom I find inspiring on so many levels.
Thanks to Kris for her help in assembling some content for this guide.