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 Don Jr.

July 15, 2017

Show Notes

Ruchit is fooled by Donald Trump, but is also obsessed with Donald Trump Jr.

Don Jr

Don Jr is in the news.

Tweet about Don Jr

Better Care Reconciliation Act

This is part of the podcast where Tom gets bored.


TJ: Sad Full House

Ruchit: Don Sr in a Russian music video

AJ: How Tinder Could Take Back the White House

Social media has also made canvassing more inclusive. Several people who volunteered with us said our bot allowed them to canvass despite physical or mental health conditions that prevented them from handing out leaflets. Nathalie Wright, a disability activist and writer, said: “I could do it in my own time on my own terms, as much or as little as I wanted. This reflects a bigger shift this election, where politics has been made more accessible and relevant to people who are usually marginalized.”


We talk about the shopping Ruchit wants to do:

After the after show, we talk about bitcoin.


Everything We Know about the Supreme Court

July 4, 2017

Show Notes

All the listeners are invited to Ruchit’s July 4th Party to celebrate #America.

The Current Term’s Heartlanded.com batting average:  Tom (0.709), Ruchit (0.690), AJ (0.516)

Preview of the Supreme Court’s next term

Trump’s refugee ban has gone to the Supreme Court and they’ve granted cert, in Trump v. International Refugee Assistance Project.

Cases from the previous term

Paven v. Smith

This is a same-sex marriage case controlled by Obergefell:

In the decision below, the Arkansas Supreme Court considered the effect of that holding on the State’s rules governing the issuance of birth certificates. When a married woman gives birth in Arkansas, state law generally requires the name of the mother’s male spouse to appear on the child’s birth certificate—regardless of his biological relationship to the child. According to the court below, however, Arkansas need not extend that rule to similarly situated same-sex couples

A similar case from the Texas Supreme Court, Pidgeon v. Turner.

Hernandez v. Mesa

This case involves a cross-border shooting of a Mexican child by a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer

This case involves public funds and whether religious institutions should have access to those public funds.

Maslenjak v. United States

If you lie during your citizenship application process, does that lie have to be material in order for the Government to revoke your citizenship? The Supreme Court said yes.


AJ: Pregnant women almost got to commit murder in New Hampshire

TJ: Apple’s shot from an iPhone ad campaign requires more than just an iPhone:

Shot on an iPhone equipment

Ruchit: Barbarian Days


We follow up from our bitcoin episode.


Everything We Know about Coffee

June 26, 2017

Show Notes

AJ knows everything about coffee. Tom drinks coffee. Ruchit drinks decaf coffee.

Coffee is a seed

Takes a lot of work before AJ and Tom can drink their coffee and snobbishly look down on Ruchit.

The Coffee Fruit

Film Processing

We take a quick digression:

Coffee Waves Framework

Like feminism, coffee comes in waves:

Making Coffee

AJ has a very specific coffee-making routine.

First, he roasts the coffee

Second, he heats the water

Third, he brews his coffee

As an aside, check out coffee naps. They’re good.


AJ: the worst ever coffee youtube

Ruchit: The Maker, Toast

TJ: National Parks Maps npmaps.com and from the Government.


Everything We Know about Saudi Arabia

June 19, 2017

Show Notes

Do we know more than 20 minutes of stuff about Saudi Arabia and Qatar? Only time will tell.

Ruchit lived in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia.

Where is that?

Map of Saudi Arabia

Saudia Arabia cuts off diplomatic ties with Qatar.


Why did these countries move against Qatar?

Qatar paid up to $1bn to release members of its royal family who were kidnapped in Iraq while on a hunting trip, according to people involved in the hostage deal — one of the triggers behind Arab states’ dramatic decision to cut ties with the government in Doha.

More things we know about the Middle East

For one, Twitter is extremely popular there. Saudi Arabia royal family tree:

Saudi royal family tree

Everything We Know about Technology

AJ was really mad about Ruchit and I continuing the show about Bitcoin without him.

Did the Intercept bungle the NSA leak?


Ruchit: A New York Times article about the Fleet Foxes.

AJ: Tadashi Tokeida on Numberphile

Tom: Statements I Most Regret by Cass Sunstein


Everything We Know about Jim Comey

June 12, 2017

Show Notes

The team fires Ruchit for going on vacation, in an ode to capitalism.

Jim Comey Testifies before Congress

The Senate Intelligence Committee calls Jim Comey to testify.

Comey was asked several questions that we talk about:

Let’s turn our attention to the underlying activity at issue here: Russia’s hacking into those e-mails and releasing them, and the allegations of collusion. Do you believe Donald Trump colluded with Russia?
That’s a question I don’t think I should answer in an open setting.


Are you aware of any efforts by Trump campaign officials or associates of the campaign to hide their communications with Russian officials through encrypted communications or other means?
I have to give you same answer, Senator.

Finally, everyone’s favorite Arizona Senator:

Are you aware of anything that would lead you to believe that information exists that could coerce members of the administration or blackmail the administration?
That’s not a question I can answer, Senator.

John McCain asks questions of Jim Comey

The United Kingdom had an Election

The UK election and the news roundup surrounding the election.


AJ: Giant of the Senate

TJ: KenM aka Kenneth McCarthy