Episode 015 Show Notes

In our fifteenth episode, Mike returns and the guys discuss the Scott Walker recall, requested rights for Arab-Americans, Obama's "kill list", and much more. They also discuss the last few sections of Article II. The Prep School lesson is about keeping pests out of your garden naturally and safely.


Scott Walker Recall

Rights for Arab-Americans?

Obama's Kill List

More About Obama's Kill List

Even more about Obama's Kill List (Long NYT article) -- worth the read

US Military Microchip has built in security issues



Section 2 - Civilian Power over Military, Cabinet, Pardon Power, Appointments

“The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to Grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offenses against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.

He shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur; and he shall nominate, and by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, shall appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not herein otherwise provided for, and which shall be established by Law: but the Congress may by Law vest the Appointment of such inferior Officers, as they think proper, in the President alone, in the Courts of Law, or in the Heads of Departments.

The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.”

Section 3 - State of the Union, Convening Congress

“He shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; he may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper; he shall receive Ambassadors and other public Ministers; he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed, and shall Commission all the Officers of the United States.”

Section 4 - Disqualification

“The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”

(from http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html#A2Sec2)



BT - Bacillus Thuringiensis

By Colleen Vanderlinden, About.com Guide

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Definition: Bacillus thuringiensis, most often referred to simply as Bt, is a naturally-occurring pesticide that is useful in controlling many common garden pests, including cabbage worm, tomato hornworm, and Colorado potato beetle, as well as several other caterpillar species. Bt is a bacteria that kills these pests by attacking their digestive systems, essentially killing them from the inside out. Bt is not toxic to humans, pets, or pollinators.

Bt is commonly sold under the brand names Dipel and Thuricide.


Bt is very useful if you find your garden has been infested by cabbage worms.



Diatomaceous Earth (food grade): bug killer you can eat!

Diatomacious Earth (often referred to as "DE") is an off white talc-like powder that is the fossilized remains of marine phytoplankton. When sprinkled on a bug that has an exoskeleton (such as bed bugs, ants or fleas) it gets caught between their little exoskeleton joints. As they move, the diatomaceous earth acts like razor blades and cuts them up. But it doesn't hurt mammals. We can eat it. We do eat it! It's in lots of grain based foods because lots of grains are stored with diatomaceous earth to keep the bugs from eating the grain!


Die bugs! Die! Die! Die!

I have heard two explanations of how diatomaceous earth works.

One is that on a microscopic level, the diatomaceous earth particles are very sharp looking. These particles stick to an insect and get stuck between its exoskeleton joints. As the insect moves, it gets physically cut up.

The other explanation is that diatomaceous earth sticks to the insect and somehow causes them to dry out. I think this approach involves scratching the insects waxy layer which then allows precious moisture within the insect to get out. So their teeny tiny bug-innards turn into teeny tiny bug-innards-jerky.



OK, in the show, Mike mentioned a couple other things:

Combine 1 cup of regular flour (like for baking) and one or two tablespoons of cayenne pepper, mix and put into a shaker and shake on your broad leaf plants to kill cabbage loopers.

BT also kills corn borers.

NOTE*** He mentioned that BT only needs to be applied once every 20 years – this is incorrect. There is an item called MILKY SPORE that will kill grubs; THIS works for up to 20 years. Follow the directions on the package.