Everything We Know About the American Heartland

We are three lawyers in Austin, Texas talking about the American Heartland and what we know about the American Heartland.

Everything We Know about Whether the South May Rise Again

August 24, 2017

Show Notes

Randy Bryce (@IronStache) sent AJ a tweet and we spend the entire episode talking about the guy running against Paul Ryan.

Iron Stache

Here are some of his ads:

White Supremacy

It’s been over a week since #Charlottesville.

Donald Trump’s Press Conference

It started on infrastructure, but it derailed quickly.

Confederate Monuments

Should we take them down? Should we keep them up? Donald Trump weighs in.


This episode, AJ’s side bar is so good, we only have his sidebar.

Juror No. 1

The Court
The purpose of jury selection is to ensure fairness and impartiality in this case. If you think that you could not be fair and impartial, it is your duty to tell me. All right. Juror Number 1.
I’m aware of the defendant and I hate him.
Benjamin Brafman
I’m sorry.
juror no. 1
I think he’s a greedy little man.
the court
Jurors are obligated to decide the case based only on the evidence. Do you agree?
juror no. 1
I don’t know if I could. I wouldn’t want me on this jury.
the court
Juror Number 1 is excused.

Juror No. 25

juror no. 25
This is the price-gouging, right, of drugs?
the court
This case has nothing to do with drugs.
juror no. 25
My kids use those drugs.
the court
As I said, the case does not concern anything that you might have read or heard about the pricing of certain pharmaceuticals.
juror no. 25
It affects my opinion of him.

Juror No. 59

juror no. 59
Your Honor, totally he is guilty and in no way can I let him slide out of anything because —
the court
Okay. Is that your attitude toward anyone charged with a crime who has not been proven guilty?
juror no. 59
It’s my attitude toward his entire demeanor, what he has done to people.
the court
All right. We are going to excuse you, sir.
juror no. 59
And he disrespected the Wu-Tang Clan.

Everything We Know about North Korea

August 14, 2017

Show Notes

North Korea accuses Donald Trump of being a senile old man who plays to golf.

North Korea

Ruchit invites Kim Jong-un to Austin while AJ lists all the cities in America that he knows.

Donald Trump touches an orb

Civil Denaturalization

Then, for some reason we decide to talk about the process by with the US takes away a person’s citizenship.

Poll of Republicans

No one wants to talk about the Google memo, so we talk about this poll of Republicans.


RK: Uber investor sues Travis Kalanick.

Tom: Email storms

AJ: Wet, Hot, American Summer. Wikipedia, Netflix


Everything We Know about Parliament

July 31, 2017

Show Notes

In this episode, we read Roberts Rules of Order out loud to our audience. But first:

  • Reince Priebus fired; General Kelley hired.

Parliamentary Procedure

This topic started with AJ wanting to talk how he hates America’s system of government.

image of dead people debating things

When he became speaker in 1995, Mr. Gingrich moved quickly to slash the budgets and staff of the House committees, which employed thousands of professionals with long and deep institutional memories.

Everything Else We Know about John McCain

John McCain made news by voting against repealing the ACA.


Tom: Vicemo

AJ: Yo Gabba Gabba!

RK: Prime Minister’s Questions.


Everything We Know about Jeff Sessions

July 28, 2017

Show Notes

In this episode, we discover we don’t really need Tom to do a show.

Cabinets — how do they work?

AJ and Ruchit renovate their cabinets.

Sessions speaks

Jeff Sessions’ Tenure

He’s the attorney general. What’s he been up to?


DOJ memo on Sentencing:

First, it is a core principle that prosecutors should charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense. This policy affirms our responsibility to enforce the law, is moral and just, and produces consistency.

Memo generally rescinds all prior inconsistent guidance and explicitly rescinds two Holder memos (1, 2) urging more nuanced assessment of charging and plea negotiations. The Holder memos emphasized that “prosecutors must individually evaluate the unique facts and circumstances and select charges and seek sentences that are fair and proportional based upon this individualized assessment.” instead of only the maximum provable charge.

Civil Forfeiture

Even the Institute for Justice thinks that we need reform here.


Before we jump to the sidebar, we discuss BCRA a little more.


Ruchit: Rick Perry pranked by Russians

AJ: Krugman on US-Germany trade imbalance


Everything We Know about BCRA is Useless

July 19, 2017

Show Notes

It seems like BCRA is dead in the water, but we still decided to do a podcast about it.

Pre-show notes

BCRA is dead:

Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA)

Before we begin the show, Ruchit hawks wares on Amazon India Bazaar in a post-pre-show. Then, we pretend like BCRA is still alive.

Changes from last draft:

  1. Adopt Cruz amendment.
  2. Reverse proposal to eliminate the 3.9% investment tax and 0.9% payroll tax on wealthier americans, but still retaining plenty of tax cuts for the wealthy
  3. Replace ACA cost-sharing subsidies with a $182 billion fund to do something similar to the cost-sharing subsidies
  4. HSAs can be used to pay insurance premiums
  5. $45 billion to combat opioid addiction (but, due to the Medicaid cuts, this is still net less funding for opioid addiction compared to no change in law)
  6. It has a new provision allowing people to use tax credits to buy catastrophic plans with extremely high deductibles that cover no routine care.
  7. It replaces the ACA’s subsidies with stingier tax credits based on what high-deductible plans cost and allows insurers to charge older people more than they can now.

Will BCRA pass?

We predict yes, and we are wrong.


Before the sidebars, Ruchit contemplates buying a planter.


TJ: 2017, Disney is coming out with a new DuckTales show.

As a bonus sidebar, DuckTales Theme Song sung by the new cast

Ruchit: Kid does presidential impressions for his middle school graduation. This is from the summer of 2016.

AJ: DeliMan

After show

In the after show, we discuss Indian cooking implements.