Transcript of OA482: Justice for Daunte Wright

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 482.  I’m Thomas, that’s Andrew, how’re you doing, sir?

Andrew:         I am fantastic, Thomas, how are you?

Thomas:         I’m doing great.  It’s my son Arlo’s birthday today.

Andrew:         Oh!

Thomas:         He turned two.  I am just so over the moon.  I love that little guy.  He’s got so big.

Andrew:         [Sighs]

Thomas:         I switched around his car seat so he’s front facing now.

Andrew:         Oh gosh!

Thomas:         I can’t wait to drive around, be able to see him a little better.

Andrew:         Two, that means – for me it was like “alright, well, tee ball starts when you’re three.”

Thomas:         [Laughs]

Andrew:         [Laughs]

Thomas:         He is, yeah, he’s gonna be base jumping.  He is a daredevil; he just likes jumping off of stuff like crazy.  Drives his mom crazy.  Anyway, that’s what’s on my mind, but we’ve got a lot to talk about.  First up, Andrew Seidel is on next episode.  As much as we love Andrew Seidel, that usually means the Supreme Court did something really stupid, so…

Andrew:         Indeed. 

Thomas:         [Laughs]

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Transcript of OA481: Sanctions Motion Obliterates Sidney Powell

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments.  This is episode 481, I’m Thomas, that’s Andrew, how’re you doing, sir?

Andrew:         I am fantastic, Thomas, how are you?

Thomas:         I’m doing great!  We’ve got a lot of fun stuff, we’ve got Sidney Powell to talk about!

Andrew:         [Laughs]  

Thomas:         Possibly consequences for Sidney Powell, which is the important part, and follow-up on the case where you said John Roberts was right and everybody else was wrong.  I’m very curious to hear if you’re changing your mind on that or not, and some more Banque Worms possibly!

Andrew:         [Laughs]  

Thomas:         A little bit of … Andrew Was Wrong on Banque Worms, and other stuff.  We’ll see if we can squeeze all that in, but here we go, let’s get right to it so we get to do all our segments.

Andrew:         Okay.

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Transcript of OA480: Why Both Sides of the Chauvin Trial Cite Graham v. Connor

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 480.  I’m Thomas, that’s Andrew, how’re you doing, sir?

Andrew:         [Laughs] I am fantastic, Thomas, how are you?

Thomas:         I am great.  You know, those originalism episodes were so fun.  I am the editing time police on this show, and on last episode I was just like “Andrew?  No chaperones.”

Andrew:         [Laughs]

Thomas:         You know, no parents.  Go wild, man!

Andrew:         Ohh, yeah you let me have access to the punchbowl, man.

Thomas:         [Laughs] That meant just a long episode of originalism.  That’s what that means for us.

Andrew:         [Laughs]

Thomas:         But still, we’ve got a follow-up on that, and we’ve got an interesting case being cited by both the defense and the prosecution in the Chauvin trial.  That’s interesting, I want to get the breakdown on that.  Then we’ve got a wild card, but I’m gonna go ahead, right now I’m using host privileges, Andrew, and I’m saying we’re getting to the wild card today no matter what.

Andrew:         [Laughs]

Thomas:         Because I guess I’ll pose it in the form of a question that we all know the answer to.  Can Jordan Peterson sue-

Andrew:         [Laughs]

Thomas:         -for being depicted as red skull, the Red Skull?  I don’t know comic books. 

Andrew:         The Red Skull, yeah.

Thomas:         But anyway, the bad guy in the latest, what the heck, Captain America?  Is that what it is?

Andrew:         Captain America, yeah.

Thomas:         There we go.  I remember because Hugo Weaving is the guy in the movie I think I saw 10 years ago.  Right?

Andrew:         Indeed, indeed he was.

Thomas:         Good times.

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Transcript of OA479: No, Judges Should NOT Be Originalists, Part 2

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 479.  I’m Thomas, that’s Andrew.  How’re you doing?

Andrew:         I am fantastic, but also literally angry with rage.  [Laughs]  

Thomas:         Oh, wow!

Andrew:         So, how are you?

Thomas:         I am – I mean, my angry with rage is that we’ve had to wait so long to get the thrilling part 2!

Andrew:         [Laughs]  

Thomas:         This is like a real Star Wars situation, you know?  You’ve gotta wait years for the sequels.

Andrew:         [Laughs]  

Thomas:         I mean, back when they were good.

Andrew:         You’re not kidding.

Thomas:         The last one was really bad.  Anyway.

Andrew:         Oh god, yeah.

Thomas:         Anyway, now we’re stirring up crap to good fans every which way, that’s how it works.  Hey, Andrew, quick reminder for everybody, I know it’s the day this show is out, but we’ve got our Patreon Q&A, that’s our monthly Q&A where questions are available to patrons only and patrons also get to kind of vote on which questions they like, but everybody gets to come watch on YouTube, on the Opening Arguments YouTube channel, so everybody, that’s tonight as you’re possibly hearing this, that’s Tuesday the 6th at 3 pm Pacific, 6 pm Eastern.  Come check us out, it’s so fun on YouTube.  The questions are always great, Andrew’s ridiculous basement wall with a hole in it is always fun.

Andrew:         Yeah, yeah.

Thomas:         And the green screen off to the side that captures a couple pixels of the screen, very useful.

Andrew:         [Laughs]  

Thomas:         Anyway [Laughs] Andrew curses at his dialup modem.  It’s fun time for everybody.

Andrew:         We do – all of those things are 100% true.

Thomas:         [Laughs]  One more time, Tuesday the 6th at 3 pm Pacific, 6 pm Eastern, we’ll see you there.  But we’ve got to talk about originalism.  This is part 2, it’s part 2 of 2 but not really because we could go forever.  Part 2 of however many we can get to, essentially.

Andrew:         [Laughs]  

Thomas:         I have leftover questions, I can’t wait to get into it.  As a reminder, go back and check out 477 if you haven’t because this is part 2 of that conversation about originalism, so don’t miss that one.  If you’re just coming to this one fresh, go back, check out 477, I’ll wait.  No, no, you can just pause.  Never mind.

Andrew:         Yeah.

Thomas:         I don’t have to wait.  Ah, technology!  Isn’t it amazing?  [Laughs]  Go do that and now we’ll get to part 2, here we go.

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Transcript of OA 478: Why Biden’s Judicial Picks Are Hardball

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 478.  I’m Thomas, that’s Andrew.  How’re you doing, sir?

Andrew:         I am fantastic, Thomas, how are you?

Thomas:         Not as good as you over on the beaches of Cancun with Ted Cruz, I hear.

Andrew:         [Laughs]  No, you know, more of the same, but I am very, very excited about today’s show.

Thomas:         Me too, and you know what I’m also excited about?  Tuesday’s show.  I have been dying for part 2-

Andrew:         [Laughs]  

Thomas:         -of the originalism breakdown.  So, it’s all good, make sure you listen to right now what you’re listening to and also [Laughs]  Tuesday’s-

Andrew:         More of this, yeah.

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Transcript of OA477: No, Judges Should NOT Be Originalists

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 477.  I’m Thomas, that’s Andrew.  How’re you doing, sir?

Andrew:         I’m fantastic, Thomas, how are you?

Thomas:         I am excited to get into today’s episode.

Andrew:         [Laughs]  

Thomas:         We’ve got a new Morgan segment, I mean how exciting is that?  Can’t wait to do that.  Then we’ve got to break down why originalism is bad and why that episode of Rationally Speaking was perhaps not the best.  Perhaps not the best.

Andrew:         This is a topic about which I may be well known as having some strong feelings.

Thomas:         Yeah, yeah.

Andrew:         Can’t wait for both of those.

Thomas:         And lots of listeners have asked us for this episode, including listener Thomas S.

Andrew:         Yeah.

Thomas:         I can’t wait, we’d better get to it.

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Transcript of OA476: Sidney Powell’s Defense is Even Worse Than You Think

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 476, and that means it’s no intro day!  Wooo!

Andrew:         Wooo!

Thomas:         Andrew and I haven’t heard it yet, because I still have to make it.

Andrew:         [Laughs]

Thomas:         But it was probably so good, thanks to everybody who gave me those amazing Simpsons and/or Futurama and/or some obscure British comedy I’ve never heard of quotes.  [Laughs]

Andrew:         [Laughs] This is one of the fun moments every 25 episodes, getting to change out the intro quote.  I know some people complain about the length of the intro, but you know?

Thomas:         If they do, I’ve never heard that.

Andrew:         It’s exactly two “skip ahead 30’s” on your Podcast-

Thomas:         I’ve never heard anyone complain about it, and if thy do you’re totally right, that’s on them, just skip it, I don’t care.

Andrew:         Yup! [Laughs]

Thomas:         Anyway, so much to talk about today.  Oh, man, I don’t even have time to summarize it!  With the Sidney Powell stuff, oh, jeez, there’s so much there.  We’ve got Derek Chauvin, big updates in the Trial, and maybe we might get to some gun control stuff?  We’ll see how that goes because this seems like a jampacked episode.

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Transcript of OA475: Citibank’s $900 Million Oopsie

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 475, what a number.  What a number!  Speaking of, we’ve got new intro quotes coming at you next episode!

Andrew:         Oh! [Sighs]

Thomas:         Andrew already posted the Patreon thread where you can suggest them and you can vote on your favorites.  That helps me, it helps me see who’s interested in what.  Make sure to do that, but all that aside, Andrew, how’re you doing today?

Andrew:         I am fantastic, Thomas, how are you?

Thomas:         Doing great.  What a number, 475.  We’re closing in on 500.  I guess it’ll be a few months away, but-

Andrew:         What are we gonna do for our 500th episode?

Thomas:         Probably a deep dive on something.

Andrew:         [Laughs]  

Thomas:         Carburetor law, I dunno. 

Andrew:         Carburetor law, alright.

Thomas:         It was just the first thing that came to my mind.  I’d be like well-

Andrew:         Huh.

Thomas:         Andrew’ll be like “there’s regulation on how much … carbonation?”  I don’t know what carburetors do.

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Transcript of OA474: FBI “Faked” Kavanaugh Investigation?!

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 474.  I’m Thomas, that’s Andrew, how’re you doing, sir?

Andrew:         I’m fantastic, Thomas, how are you?

Thomas:         I’m fantastic that you’re fantastic.

Andrew:         [Laughs]  

Thomas:         We’ve got – I mean, not only do we have a great show, I just can’t hold it in a moment longer, Andrew.  Cop Rock, with Eli Bosnick.

Andrew:         [Laughs]  

Thomas:         Coming to a Law’d Awful Movies near you this weekend.

Andrew:         Oh, gosh.  Yeah.

Thomas:         Eli Bosnick, for anyone who doesn’t know, is one of the funniest people on the planet, and Cop Rock is one of the most ridiculous things that you wouldn’t believe exists.

Andrew:         [Laughs]  

Thomas:         We’re gonna do Cop Rock episode 1.  Now, I had to get Cop Rock from, like, a guy in a parking garage.  You know, the methods that I had to use-

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Transcript of OA473: In Praise of John Roberts and Joe Manchin?!

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Thomas:         Hello and welcome to Opening Arguments, this is episode 473.  I’m Thomas, that’s Andrew.  How’re you doing, sir?

Andrew:         Hi!  I am fantastic, how are you?

Thomas:         Doing great, I am excited.  You teased this episode on our Stereo Q&A recently, which is every Wednesday.

Andrew:         I did, yeah.

Thomas:         I am actually very excited for this, this could be quintessential Opening Arguments, I can’t wait.  We’re gonna talk about this 8-1 decision in which Roberts was the dissent and maybe Roberts was right?  According to the teasing that you teased, teasingly.  [Laughs]  

Andrew:         [Laughs]  

Thomas:         I can’t wait, we’re also gonna talk about the Manchin news that he recently said something along the lines of he wants to make the filibuster more painful.  Anything he admits that’s gonna be a change is probably good to the filibuster, but we’re excited about that.  Alright, we’ve gotta get right into it Andrew, I can’t wait.  Tuesday deep dive, here we go!

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