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 David Brooks

September 9, 2017

Show Notes

In this week’s episode, we discuss a little of left twitter and David Brooks.

Follow Up

We start with some follow up about Ruchit’s hate of left twitter. Tom’s theory: Ruchit hates left twitter because of selection bias. Ruchit disagrees, but he is wrong.

Then, AJ clarifies that the New York Times is an establishment paper, more than a left or right paper.

David Brooks

David Brooks wrote a piece of Identity Politics called In Priase of Equipoise.

David Brooks

David Brooks describes equipoise as:

It’s the ability to move gracefully through your identities — to have the passions, blessings and hurts of one balanced by the passions, blessings and hurts of several others.

AJ hates this column and David Brooks.


Is the GOP using 800,000 individuals as a bargaining chip in the upcoming budget negotiations?


Ruchit: Yale Course on listening to Music.

AJ: 8 Bit Music Theory

TJ: Lens Rentals shows their gear destroyed by the total solar eclipse.

After show

In the after show, AJ makes David Brooks’ point.


Everything We Know about Sheriff Arpaio

September 2, 2017

Show Notes

Ruchit believes Twitter is only slight worse than Fox News. Specifically, he’s upset with @MelanieHannah. He’s also upset with @ajsmull.

Sheriff Arpaio

Let’s not call him Sheriff Joe, because that makes him sound like a lovable drunkle.

Sheriff Arpaio

But we need to talk about him because Trump pardoned Sheriff Joe.

Is Trump’s pardon a blank check to his cronies?

Donald Trump
I am very proud now that we have a museum on the National Mall where people can learn about Reverend King, so many other things. Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice.

Statements on the pardon:


Ruchit and Rex Tillerson both predict that he will not be Secretary of State by the end of the year. Rex Tillerson on Trump:

I don’t believe anyone doubts the American people’s values or the commitment of the American government or the government’s agencies to advancing those values and defending those values.
And the President’s values?
The President speaks for himself, Chris.
Are you separating yourself from that, sir?
I’ve spoken -- I’ve made my own comments as to our values as well in a speech I gave to the State Department.

More on Emails

This time from the Trump campaign to Russia


AJ: The Mystery of the Senate bathrubs

TJ: Burger King launches WhopperCoin crypto-cash/bitcoin in Russia

Ruchit: Arctic hideaway in Norway

After show

In the after show, Ruchit believes that Mike Huckabee is funny. ??‍♂️


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.