Sausage Party

Episode 81 – Sausage Party

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Spoiler-Free! We have been looking forward to this one for a while. The concept is utterly ridiculous. The sexual innuendo blatantly in your face. Crude and crass jokes abound. To top it off, its the brainchild of fellow stoner and friend of the show, Seth Rogen. Loaded with a cavalcade of voice talent and Rogen friends (including: Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton, James Franco, Paul Rudd, Bill Hader, Salma Hayek, Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Nick Kroll, Craig Robinson), does Sausage Party live up to its immense potential? Does it manage to transcend its baser nature and become a new animated gem? What’s the difference between a sausage and a hot dog anyway? We answer all of these question and more in episode 81 of The Smoking Screen Podcast. Come and join the circle!

Now You See Me 2

Episode 80 – Now You See Me 2

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Spoiler-Free! And for our final trick we will make this joint…..disappear! After a successful first installment, Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Wood Harrelson, Lizzy Caplan, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman, try to pull another cinematic rabbit from a hat with Now You See Me 2. The budget is bigger, the tricks are more elaborate and the action much more frenetic. But, are those good things? Is there more style than substance? Does it matter that one of “The Horsemen”, Isla Fisher’s Henley Reeves, is noticeably absent? Are we likely to see a third film? Do we want to? We answer all of these questions and more in episode 80 of The Smoking Screen Podcast. Come and join the circle!

Episode 79 - Pets and Bourne

Episode 79 – The Secret life of Pets & Jason Bourne

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SPOILER-FREE! We hit up the drive-in for the most ill-suited double feature of the summer: The Secret Life of Pets and Jason Bourne. WTF! Pets has been a huge moneymaker for Universal, raking in over $500m worldwide. Is this gang of furry friends the start of a new and beloved franchise, or a summer crush that will soon be forgotten? It has been almost 10 years since we have seen Matt Damon play Jason Bourne. Are we glad to see him back? Does the film bring something new to the franchise? How the hell does Matt Damon look even sexier than last time? We discuss all of these questions and more in episode 79 of The Smoking Screen Podcast. Come and join the circle!

Star Trek Beyond

Episode 78 – Star Trek Beyond

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Space. The final frontier. These are the rebooted voyages of the super sexy crew of the starship, Enterprise. With J.J. Abrams off busy playing with lightsabers, Justin Lin (of Fast and Furious fame) takes over the director’s chair for the third installment of the new series. Was he able to find the right balance of humor, action and family, that has made Star Trek such a beloved franchise? Do we think of Chris Pine as Captain Kirk now? Did Idris Elba deliver a bad guy that Benedict Cumberbatch and Ricardo Montalban would be proud of (KAHHHHNNNNN!!!)? We answer all of these questions and talk about the DNC in Philly (what a disgusting mess) in episode 78 of The Smoking Screen Podcast. Come and join the circle!

DNC Protest

Why Bernie Supporters Are Angry And You Should Be Too

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Why Bernie supporters are angry and you should be too.

4 takeaways at the end of the Democratic Primary

Hi there! We are Bernie supporters. You may have heard a lot about us from the media and late-night pundits that endearingly refer to us as violent, tin-foil hat wearing, cry-baby Bernie-bros. Don’t believe everything you see on TV. We are people of every gender, race, religion and sexual orientation. The majority are under 45 but many of us are older. We are the kind of people that will stop to help you when you’ve accidentally locked your keys in the car. We are a movement based on profound care for each other and our planet.

What are we so “mad” about? Why did Sanders delegates stage a walk-out of the DNC convention? Why did mass protests fill the streets of Philadelphia?

The Democratic Presidential Primary was conducted in an unethical manner during the campaign, at the polls and at the convention.

Quite simply, the Democratic Primary was not democratic.

(1) The recent WikiLeaks of DNC emails showed there was no separation between the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Hillary Clinton during primary season. Over 19,000 emails display collusion regarding the debate schedule, media control, fundraising efforts and most appallingly, tactics to be deployed against Bernie. Never mind calling latinos “taco bowls” and mocking African American names. The evidence was so damning that the DNC Chair, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz was forced to resign on the eve of the convention.

What makes this even more frustrating? The Sanders campaign and his supporters called the bias out during the primary, however, the DNC and Wasserman-Schultz reiterated publicly (many times) that they were neutral as per the party charter. Berners spent countless hours canvassing and phonebanking. Regular people donated over $200 million to the campaign, only to find out that it was never a fair contest to begin with.

Oh, but it doesn’t end there! Wasserman-Schultz was forced to resign for her unacceptable practices as head of the DNC. That very same day she accepted a high-ranking position with Hillary’s campaign. She has not apologized to the 46% of Democrats that voted for Bernie.

For the final cherry on top, the DNC and Clinton campaign claim that it was the Russians that hacked the emails. They appear more concerned with speculation rather than documented corruption within their own party.

(2) Throughout the Primary, there was strong evidence of election fraud. Election Justice USA has just released a comprehensive report detailing these shenanigans called An Electoral Process In Crisis. They report that Bernie lost up to 184 delegates due to election fraud. Yes, that is enough to push him ahead of Hillary (2,030 delegates: Bernie/2,021 delegates: Hillary).

Exit polls showed significant discrepancies from the final vote counts. Results that fall outside of the margin of error deserve careful scrutiny. This disparity was documented in 11 states, all of which favored Clinton. The same media company conducted the Republicans exit polling and it was near perfect.

Hundreds of thousands of voters across the country showed up to polling places only to find that their names had been removed from voter rolls. In Brooklyn, NY, alone, over 120,000 voters were purged. Two Brooklyn Board of Elections top officials were suspended without any public explanation. Statistics show that Bernie was disproportionately affected by these purges across the country. Those who were removed were forced to vote by affidavit ballot, which is typically not included in the final tally.

The media typically run these polls so that they can make accurate predictions and for audience infotainment. Once people started to notice the discrepancies, the media cancelled them for the remainder of the primary.

(3) If beating Donald Trump is the ultimate goal, it is counterintuitive and disturbing to see the weaker candidate pushed so far forward and propped up by the Party and the media. It is undeniable that Bernie does much better against Trump than Hillary due to his appeal to Democrats but also Independents and Republicans. Poll after poll has shown that. Hillary is now losing to Trump in key swing-states and nationally in several polls. Only 28% of the population finds her trustworthy. If 10 Americans were asked if they trusted her, 2 would say yes and one would be on the fence. It is difficult to imagine this historic, downward trend suddenly reversing. How is Hillary planning on winning the general election when…

Bernie Beats Trump

(4) The treatment of Sanders supporters (fellow Democrats!) at the Democratic convention has been absolutely shameful and exclusionary. The list is lengthy. Bernie signs were taken away, supporters were blocked from cameras, delegate credentials were stripped for the most undemocratic reasons and white noise machines were used. Keep in mind that many delegates paid around $600/night and travelled great distances to be in Philadelphia. Many had to crowd-fund or go into debt in order to attend. Even more insidious was the DNC prevention of Bernie’s super-surrogate, Nina Turner, from being able to nominate Bernie from the stage as previously agreed upon.

We were bullied out of our “own” convention. Those in power chose to use it in an unnecessarily aggressive fashion to silence anyone who did not agree with the DNC’s scheduled programming. All while, ironically, the calls for “unity” rang from the podium.

We are not petulant babies that are sad that we lost the election. It is the disenfranchisement of the very voters that the Democratic Party claims to hold so dear that truly makes our skin crawl. These actions are turning millions of voters away. Independents currently make up the largest voting block in the country and many more are headed that way after this week’s debacle. Our votes have to be earned not gained solely through fear.

For those demanding that we “be quiet now”, when would be the proper time to speak up against corruption, collusion, election fraud and voter suppression?

There is no reason that we cannot advocate strongly against a Trump presidency AND corruption within the Democratic Party. If we do not solve both of these problems now, we will face them again next election.