Trump seeks a 'citizens arrest' of Judge Engoron; various members of Congress commit petty and embarrassing crimes; Eric Adams is in serious trouble
This is the only podcast I listen to immediately when I get the notification. Thanks Josh, Ken & Sarah!
Is it me, or did Josh do a Bernie Sanders impression when he said "you are a united states senator"?
Sounds like you guys were really enjoying this taping. And on behalf of the audience: I quite enjoyed the listening — as usual.
Great episode and appreciated you taking the time to address the legality of the hissy fits on the chamber floor we’ve seen from lawmakers this week. I would note that here in my home state of Kentucky we have a clause in our constitution that requires elected officials to swear they have never dueled or they are prohibited from holding office. So, I’ll be expecting an episode on the Code Duello and what constitutes a duel, should Comer get more out of pocket than *checks notes* calling a fellow lawmaker a Smurf.
Love the pod.
Please reject the Orwellian subversion that uses the word “truth” in “truth social”, even in quotation marks. I.e., don’t use terms like “re-truthed”, or even worse “truthed”, “truth”. Call them whatever you want (“posts”, “lies”, “shits”..?) but don’t allow them to coerce the use of the word “truth” for posts that are overwhelmingly likely to be either false or (at least) calling for civil war.
According to Michael Popok of the Meidastouch Network, it is normal for the chief law clerk to sit next to the presiding judge at trial in New York State Superior Court in his experience as a trial lawyer.
Have I qualified that statement enough to be safe, if clumsy?
Was hoping you guys could spare a brief segment for the gigantic award in the Maya Kowalski suit against Johns Hopkins, and how absurd the broad and unregulated powers that the medical child abuse investigator has to access medical records and make treatment decisions without consent or even a court order.
I've heard NY attorneys report that the clerk positioning is normal in that court.
I was so happy to hear y’all’s commentary on Mark Wayne Mullin. I feel like his shenanigans is custom-made content for you guys. Thanks for always bringing the wit and humor.
I love this podcast, but sometimes it seems as if Ken’s offhand comments intended as jokes come straight out of the writers room for a 1976 Norman Lear sitcom that lasted barely a season (All’s Fair, look it up, but don’t watch it, you have been warned).
Jan 6 Capitol protesters being incited and mounting their Rascal scooters is not an image I got from the footage of that day.
The insinuation about the “quality” of person available to sit on a long-term jury in Georgia is another.
This was also the pattern with the offhand comment about Mario Cuomo, prior.
They seem biased in an odd, out-of-date way: ageist, classist, and a little mean. Maybe the jury one comes from his experience as a lawyer, I don’t know. I just wish he’d get a better writer, sometimes.
Markwayne Mullins was an MMA fighter not UFC, he only had 3 bouts last in 2006. And much of O' Brian's taunting involved Mullins needing a box for a debate. May be closer bout than Josh thinks.
Is it normal for the FBI to request that a local police department conduct a “wellness check” of a home the night before an FBI raid on that home? Or is the local police department about to be implicated in obstruction of justice? https://themessenger.com/news/eric-adams-nypd-wellness-check-raid-fundraising-chief-questioned-fbi-never-heard-of-practice
I don't really buy that individual Secretaries of State can leave someone off the ballot. The Constitution doesn't say you can't be on the ballot if you "engaged in insurrection". It says they are barred from holding office, not barred from running for office.
But even if you don't buy that distinction, Democracy is over if individual States can just leave candidates off the ballot without any due process or standard for making that determination. If a Secretary of State can just not put an opposing candidate on the ballot then we are not a democracy at all.
Could George Santos be the supplier for the Baby Merchant in Cop Rock?
I’m not a fan of Malcolm Gladwell’s application of sociologist Mark Granovetter’s “threshold theory” of riots into the idea of a slow-moving riot, where, according to Gladwell, someone can be moved over a threshold to action over timescales of months rather than seconds.
Is it an argument, here, for applying the idea of a slow-motion threshold to Trump’s repost of the citizen’s arrest post? Gladwell applies the theory to school shootings, but the meticulous planning of those shooters seems to show that the threshold to action isn’t a factor. 
How short must the timespan be between the inciting statements or actions and the incited action to show the connection between the two? What’s the role of passionate emotional arousal? Is there some level passionate emotional arousal that the inciter must perceive in the persons they’re inciting? How does that work when you’re in front of a large crowd? Or tweeting at one you can’t see?
Fair enough. Though the Rascal reference still seems to be ageist rather than ablist, I won’t quibble about the particular nature of the slight. I don’t object to those targets, who I also hold in contempt. I just think you should use a tighter choke so you can aim more precisely with a more devastating load. Your shot is hitting targets you aren’t aiming at.
My perspective on juries is a little different, and I am not a lawyer, so bear with me. The retired folks I grew up around did a lot jury duty. They were, overwhelmingly, immigrants who took that as a sacred democratic duty. One of them was a German Jew interned as an enemy alien during WW2, so you can imagine the sense of duty there. They were able to take long-term trials, and did. And, yeah, there were a lot of Italians there, including Cuomo’s people. ;-)