Ring of Fire is a podcast hosted by Farron Cousins that began as a radio show in 2004 by Mike Papantonio. The show focuses on exposing corporate fat cats, polluters and media spinmeisters.

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  • Episode 748: Experts Weigh in on Judge Cannon; Trump's Potential VP; Alito Drama
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    Judge Aileen Cannon has officially been on the documents case for a year, and legal experts are saying that they are shocked she still has a job. These experts have been so repulsed by the behavior of Judge Cannon that they now believe she's no longer fit to serve on the bench at all. And the rulings she issued last week are no exception.

    Last week, Donald Trump's shortlist of potential running mates was made public, as the potential picks were sent vetting information by Trump's campaign. And the list is nothing short of horrifying. All of the people are considered hard right extremists, with some masquerading as "normal." But don't be fooled - these people are ready to strip away your rights at the first opportunity.

    The neighbor that allegedly had some problems with Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's wife spoke out publicly about their altercations last week, and suggested that the Alito family is "outright lying" about what happened. One of the big issues was the upside down flag that was flown outside of Alito's home following the 2020 election. Alito claimed the flag was put that way after a spat with the neighbor, but the neighbor says the flag was like that for weeks before things blew up.

    Rather than giving themselves a raise, Congress passed a law a few years ago that allows for an insane amount of reimbursements for members of Congress, on everything from travel to housing. And a new analysis of the receipts has revealed that Matt Gaetz is one of the top recipients of these new government handouts, that actually don't require any receipts at all. And Republican Nancy Mace wasn't far behind him.

    All that, and much more, on this week's Ring of Fire Podcast!

  • Episode 747: Lock Him Up? Boebert Bails; MTG Wants to Go Rogue?
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    During his recent interview with Fox & Friends, Donald Trump claimed that he's "ok with" the idea of him going to prison. However, he included one very important caveat that many believe could be a signal to his violent base. Trump said that while he's fine with going to jail, "the public" likely wouldn't be, and that could lead to some bad things happening. This covert call to action is exactly how the Capitol Riots came into being, with Trump's rhetoric gradually getting more and more violent until the violence actually began.

    Republicans in Colorado's 4th Congressional district decided to have back-to-back primary debates on Friday and Saturday, but Lauren Boebert didn't show up for the Saturday debate. One possible reason is because she got utterly humiliated and lashed out at the moderator of Friday night's debate when the moderator brought up Boebert's Beetlejuice shenanigans, which then caused the other candidates to dogpile on her. But her absence didn't stop the attacks on Saturday.

    Marjorie Taylor Greene went off crazier than usual on Tuesday morning in a post on social media. Greene demanded that the Republican caucus in the House spend the rest of their days working on ways to punish every single person that is involved in Donald Trump's legal problems, saying that Democrats have pushed us into a "full blown dictatorship." Clearly she doesn't own a dictionary, but that's beside the point. Greene is demanding that Republicans abuse their power, and that is something that routinely gets overlooked by the press.

    Republicans in the Senate, and even some outside of it, are begging the rest of their Party members to shut the hell up about Donald Trump's felony convictions. They understand that this is NOT a winning issue for the Party, and they would rather focus on the economy or literally anything else heading into the election. Apparently, there are still a few people in the GOP that have a brain, and they know that the polls are looking really bad for a nominee with a felony conviction, and whining about it incessantly only reminds the public about what he did.

    All that, and much more, on this week's Ring of Fire Podcast!

  • Episode 746: Trump's Not So Eloquent Holiday Message; Huckabee Ignores Arkansas Emergency Watches NASCAR
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    It wouldn't be a holiday in the United States without Donald Trump posting something horribly offensive and inappropriate on social media, and Memorial Day this year was no exception. Trump posted a message wishing a Happy Memorial Day to all, including the "human scum" that have been successful in holding him accountable in court.

    Arkansas governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders caught flak over the weekend for ignoring her constituents while tornadoes ravaged the state and killed at least 8 people. Instead of being their for her state during an emergency, Sanders had flown to North Carolina to catch a NASCAR event. This is what Republican "leadership" looks like - just like when Ted Cruz abandoned Texas during snowstorms to go to Cancun.

    Donald Trump's campaign claimed that about 25,000 people showed up to his rally in The Bronx last week, but that claim was swiftly debunked by aerial photographs that showed a crowd much smaller than that. Trump has been lying consistently about the size of his rally crowds because he believes that is the only barometer to gauge how popular he is. And if he's right about that, then he's definitely in trouble.

    Donald Trump threw a fit on Tuesday morning over Republican Representative, and House Freedom Caucus Chair, Bob Good. Trump got on Truth Social and attacked Good as being bad, and then went on to endorse his primary opponent. Good's race has split Republicans in the House, with some endorsing his opponent while others are standing by him. But the big question is why is this hard right lawmaker even facing a challenge? The answer is even dumber than you'd expect.

    All that, and much more, on this week's Ring of Fire Podcast!

  • Episode 745: Trump Trial Recap; Republican Wants Gag Orders Outlawed; Did Trump Lie to the FBI?
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    The defense team rested their case in Donald Trump's hush money trial a little before noon on Tuesday, and the former President never took the stand. Trump had promised multiple times that he would be testifying in his own defense, and the consensus was that this would be a horrible idea for his trial team. Apparently he took the advice of his lawyers - and the prevailing legal scholars - but that doesn't change the fact that he still chickened out of doing what he said he would do.

    Republican Representative Andy Ogles is so angry about the gag order against Donald Trump that he is pushing legislation that would make ALL gag orders ILLEGAL in this country. Ogles is part of a Congress that has achieved the least amount of accomplishments in the history of this country, and THIS is the kind of legislation that he is focusing on, rather than actually trying to do something to help the country.

    Mitch McConnell is sick and tired of all the reports about the corruption of the conservative justices on the Supreme Court, and this week he came out and said that everyone just needs to leave the court alone. This comes after last week's report of the upside down American flag hanging outside Justice Alito's house following the 2020 election. But there's a reason McConnell wants everyone to shut up about the court - HE picked these people that are now under so much scrutiny.

    Following the release of court filings this week, Donald Trump falsely claimed that the FBI, under President Biden's direction, was given orders that they could assassinate Trump when they executed the search warrant for government documents at Mar-a-Lago. This is not true at all and is a complete misinterpretation of the order, but Trump used it as a distraction so that people would ignore the fact that the unsealed documents also said that MORE classified documents were found at his golf resort months after the FBI conducted their search.

    All that, and much more, on this week's Ring of Fire Podcast!

  • Episode 744: Barron Trump No Longer Accepting Delegate at RNC; Will Trump's Buddy Get out of Going to Jail? Database for Pregnant Women?
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    It was announced last week that Barron Trump would be an RNC delegate at the RNC convention this coming summer, but Melania Trump has now put that idea to rest. Her office announced that he is declining to be a delegate for the state of Florida, but this came AFTER her husband, Donald, made a video boasting about Barron being a delegate where the former president appeared to not even know how old his son is.

    Another one of Donald Trump's friends is moving closer to becoming a jailbird after an Appeals Court upheld the criminal conviction of Steve Bannon for defying a Congressional subpoena. Bannon had been allowed by a Trump-appointed judge to remain out of prison as he appeals the conviction, but he may now be out of options. Former Trump adviser Peter Navarro is currently serving his sentence for the same crime, but he had a judge that was NOT appointed by Donald Trump.

    Republican Senator Katie Britt, who was last seen making a fool of herself from her own kitchen during her State of the Union Response, has put forth legislation that could end up creating a national database with the personal information of every pregnant woman in America. Britt claims that the legislation would only create resources for pregnant women to understand their options (options that don't include any information about terminating a pregnancy,) but the legislation actually says that women can enter their information for the government to track and store. This is exceptionally dangerous, given the laws that are popping up all over the country.

    During a recent podcast, two professional psychologists warned that Donald Trump's mental deterioration appears to be accelerating. They pointed to the fact that his mental gaffes are becoming both worse and more frequent, which could be a sign that his brain is rotting out faster than we realize. The stress of his criminal trial could be the catalyst that is causing this rapid decline.

    All that, and much more, on this week's Ring of Fire Podcast!