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A highlight from Is Solana The Next Ethereum Killer
"Can a Solana overtake Ethereum? We're seeing a lot of metrics that have a lot of people, their heads are spinning. They're surprised. They don't know what's happening. They don't know why Solana keeps continuing to pump, or we're seeing a lot of positive numbers. We're seeing active users skyrocketing. And also we're getting listed on Perpetual's futures on a very major exchange. You're going to want to check this out. This is Discover Crypto. Thank you for joining everybody. Welcome back, Rodney. We're talking about some altcoins. And now we're not going to talk about ranked 8 ,000 meme coins. Is that okay? We're talking about Solana. I guess we could talk about... Everybody's talking about Grok, I thought. That's right. Grok. Well, yeah. It was like, what? Maybe a top 200 at this point. Hit $186 million market cap. I just saw Kyle Chasse tweet, or Chasse tweet. He's like, I bought the top. Ah. You know, so it happened. As they do. Did you get in on Grok, Rodney? I did not get in on Grok. I faded Grok at 20 million. Sorry. Excuse me for not buying a meme coin. You know. It went up to 150, right? So you missed out on about a seven and a half X. It's still sending, yeah. All right. So you're only missing out on a 10X so far. So far, it's a 10X. But Rodney, you just got in last night, correct? Yes, sir. Yeah. How was that? How was it flying into the Atlanta airport? I heard it's... My fiance, she has Follow Atlanta now, and they're shutting down the whole airport. Apparently, it's like, you know, entire hallways are like two foot wide. What was your experience? Well, I actually drove here from Charlottesville, Virginia, so it was an eight hour drive, but very nice. Got to listen to Joe Rogge on the way here. Some of my favorite cryptocurrency channels. Okay. Yeah. All right. Well, speaking of cryptocurrency, let's just get right into the stories here, folks. We are going to talk about Solana in a bit, but first, let's look at the crypto market. We have Bitcoin down about 1%. Let me go ahead and hit refresh just in case we're getting a little bit fresher. All right. Bitcoin down 1%. But Ethereum is up about 2 % right now, XRP down 2 .5%. Solana is cooling off, folks. Solana is almost down to 5 % along with Cardano, but both of them had a positive week. Solana just had a 10 times better week than Cardano there, 38 % to a 3 .8 % pump there. So if you're holding Solana over Cardano, you're feeling pretty good. If you're holding both, you're wondering, you're looking at your Cardano bag, poking it with the stick, like the meme, come on, do something, do something. It'll happen eventually, folks. Just trust me. Then we have Chainlink down to 5 .5 % as well, but Matic is up. But we look, look at Celestia, Tia, Tia is up. We were talking about Tia, Tia is up 25%, 125 % for the week. Now, TJ, did you see any Tia actually, you saw Celestia? I mean, I know it's Drew's wife's name, so he's been big on it, but he actually, I think was talking about Celestia. Yeah, we did a short on it a while back. We noticed it when it very first popped out. Obviously it's strong in some of the Asian markets, a competitor, so to speak, coming out of nowhere. We're seeing, we're moving up very quickly through the top 100. I think it's ranked 65, 68, something like that right now. I mean, it was under 100 a week or two ago when we first covered it. Definitely something to keep an eye on. And this is something that's important that I wanted to mention on today's stream. As we're getting into a new bull market, there's a lot of different ways to look at different altcoins and value different things. When you're building out your portfolio, there's something to be said for projects that have been around for a little while that you know are going to perform into the bull market. Again, we've looked at them a lot. They're in the top 20s, top 50s, the Maddox, the Mutables, the avalanches, the Solanas, kind of the big performers of the last cycle. However, the ones that tend to have the most explosive gains can be the things that are launching around this time, the newer things. It'll be interesting to see if that trend proves through in this cycle. But Tia, Celestia would be one of those ones that it looked like tech had been around for a while, the team had been around for a while, and they were waiting for the right time to launch to really capture attention in this bull market. So watching how those perform over the next few months, I do think is going to be key. We're going to be doing a deep dive on Celestia coming up in the next week or so. I have some of that going into the works. But watching layer ones, layer twos in the narratives, obviously, in this cycle, I think is going to be a good strategy if you're looking to make those gains. All right. But speaking of gains, we also have the other side of the coin, and that's the losses, folks. The biggest loser is Rollbit for the day, down 10 percent and then Kronos. But if you look at the week here, the biggest loser is Trust Wallet and then followed by XRP. Oh, no. XRP was the number two loser for the week, folks. So it's just interesting to see a top five coin be one of the biggest losers right there. Nio, Nio as well. Nio is down now. Nio is on a video I'm working on right now, the top five coins out of Asia, everybody. And Nio is one of the five. So that might be one. All right. I'll be joining in in a second here. But I think it's time for us to talk a little Solana here. Now, Rodney, what are your broad thoughts on Solana as a sign in real quick? Yeah, well, I think that could be one of the bigger comeback stories of this next run, because really the reason why it dumped down so much, because look at everything dumped during the bear market. But the reason why it dumped down significantly was the negative association it had with Almeida Research, Sam Beckman Fried and stuff like that. But now that we're putting all that stuff behind us, it's probably going to recover. I mean, beside what the occasional network outage is, it's actually a pretty solid project. So a lot of people bought that dip understanding that the reason why it was down wasn't because of function. It was because of the negative publicity. Just like Elon Musk going on Joe Rogan's show, smoking some, you know, green and then dumping Tesla stock. Yeah, I always talk about that podcast. I saw that podcast and I remember thinking, oh, wow, this guy is incredibly bright. I would want to own Tesla stock. A lot of people say, oh, yeah, let's dump it. Well, Solana is overtaking Ethereum by active users after a 70 % spike. Everybody let's look at some of the numbers here. So this is according to Arnimix, they had 356 ,000 unique users on Saturday beating Ethereum's 330 ,000. So beat them by 26 ,000 right there. The milestone was driven by a sharp uptick with the network hosting only 200 ,000 just one week ago, less than a week ago. So it was $100 ,000 less. For comparison, ETH consistently holds around 300 to 350 with two brief spikes above 400k in a surge of more than 1 million wallets. But the price of Solana has plummeted. Is it still more than 96 % from 2021 high of 250 bucks? Does that sound right? I don't know about 96%. Yeah, no, no, that's not right. At one point, at one point when it fell to $10 in January, active addresses on the network shrank 85 % from over a million, 1 .28 to around 200 ,000 this September, according to the block. But Solana refused to stay down and now it is up 145 % just in the past four weeks. So everyone holding on to the profit feel good. And then some analysts have been quick to pronounce that Solana has flipped Ethereum by active users due to the recent uptick. However, the ecosystem has expanded beyond its base layer with the majority of ETH activity now taking place on layer two. So Solana may surpass Ethereum, but there's a giant asterisk because if you want to incorporate little activity, two well, Ethereum, the EVM as a whole greatly surpasses Solana there. But TJ, what do you think about Solana ever surpassing Ethereum as far as, you know, being the number one chain? What odds would you, would you put it less than 5%, less than 1 %? No, I think what you just said really matters there by what metric, right? You know, so you've got transactions, you've got daily active users, you've got a market cap, you've got volume, you know, there's so many different metrics to measure a chain by. So I could see it passing it in transactions one day. That's what it's designed for, right? If you get some good, if you get some good games running on it, you could see it hit higher active users, higher transaction or, you know, but volume, probably not, you know, like DeFi is going to most likely live on Ethereum for the foreseeable future. We talked about that a little bit last week. The ecosystem really matters there. And so I think what we're seeing right now in price gains in the short term, sure, it could, it could outperform there. And I think part of what we should talk about here today is why we saw all that price movement happening over the weekend. And I think, I think you've got my screen here, BJ, you can pull it in here, but some of the factors that came up on this article on Cointelegraph, why Solana Price woke up this week, it really has to do with, you know, obviously FTX getting reopened back up. A lot of people thinking there's less likely for Alameda and what's held on the FTX balance sheet, less likely to dump.
"charlottesville" Discussed on WTOP
"Caused a lot of conflict in charlottesville has met its end no problem this is cbs news on the hour presented by indeed dot com i'm tom for you and we start with the late development in the middle east mainly overnight u .s. military airstrikes on two locations in eastern korea linked to iran's revolutionary guard statement the pentagon said president biden directed the strikes to make clear the united states will not tolerate such acts and blamed iran which supports the ultimately the responsible strikes come as the biden administration tries to keep the war between israel and hamas from spreading into a wider middle east conflict but it is not clear if strikes these will convince iran to back off or incite their militias to commit more attacks cbs news national security correspondent david martin the pentagon insists these strikes were not coordinated with israel which continues air attacks on gaza and also briefly sent troops into the hamas controlled territory some three weeks after hamas the terrorist raid into israel ambulances raced through gaza after israel said it carried out about two hundred fifty strikes in the last day the military says it's targeting hamas infrastructure but a growing number of civilians are caught in the crossfire and hospitals are struggling to treat the injured while running low on fuel and supplies cbs's tina kraus in tel aviv now the search for the lewiston main shooting suspect heavily armed police surrounded the home of robert card using a bull horn to tell anybody inside to come out though they admit they were not sure anybody was there that operation apparently is now over no word of anybody coming out this is the usually quiet small city of lewiston deals with the two incidents that have taken eighteen lives cbs's jerica duncan is there was ranked as the thirteenth safest place in america recently in a survey so this hits them very hard a lot of shock but a few people that i spoke to said they're not going they're not going to let the events that took place stop them from believing that overall they do live in nearly six weeks into the united auto workers strike against detroit's big three there's a tentative deal with one of them ford stacy thompkins has worked for ford for thirty four years was happy to get that word i like to see employees so it in all people actuality are going to say well we don't get as much i don't feel that way i feel we've paved the way for the younger generation just like my father's generation paved the way for us and maybe for deals with gm and stellantis a somewhat unexpected category five storm has killed at least twenty seven and people around in mexico's resort city of acapulco we know one of the victims was a soldier crushed to death when the roof of his house collapsed the winds from otis reach 165 miles per hour that's strength a never before recorded in acapulco that cbs's adrian barred reporting from mexico city and this is cbs news if you need to hire you need indeed because indeed solid one hiring solution helps you attract interview and hire candidates all from one place visit indeed .com slash credit when people have a craving to explore new and traditional asian cuisines they head to pf chang's where scratch made dishes come from the two thousand -year -old tradition of wok cooking pf chang's wanted to explore new possibilities for their website they turn to american eagle dot com american eagle dot com re -architected pf chang's website integrating third multiple -party systems to create a unified digital experience the results improve page speed and performance personalized content based on users location intuitive online ordering an increase in organic search visibility and a forty percent increase in new users for scratch made asian cuisine visit your local pf chang's or go to pf website design development digital marketing hosting produce efficiency revenue and results holds visit american eagle dot com pf chang's in american eagle dot com another example of the best businesses in world the turning to the best in the business for websites go to american eagle dot com or call eight seven seven one web that's now eight seven seven web now one w t l p at twelve oh four good friday morning it's october 27 2023 it'll be partly cloudy overnight clouds we'll keep the temps mild veronica says we'll be down to about 55 to 60 for the low we're at 64 now good morning to you i'm dean lane we do indeed thank you for taking us along for your midnight hour ride topping the stories we're following for you as we roll into this early friday morning together here w t l p a Maryland lawmaker maker says this morning the killing of a washington county judge
GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel: Republican Party Is 100% With Israel
"Ron McDaniel, the racism that is involved in these anti -Semitic incidents. Yesterday in Minneapolis, I saw with my own eyes so I know what happened. A motorcyclist at a demonstration that was, quote, pro -Palestinian was flying the Hamas flag. That is like flying the Nazi swastika. There isn't any doubt about this and I hope our Jewish listeners understand the Republican party is 100 % with Israel in this battle. Do we have any fringe that isn't? No, we don't and we condemn them, right? So when we saw what happened in the horrific events of Charlottesville a few years ago, the RNC passed a resolution 100 % condemning those anti -Semitic chants and the anti -Semitic behavior and everyone needs to understand the charter of Hamas is to wipe the state of Israel off the earth and kill all the Jews. When people ask for a two -state solution, say they came to us and said, you know, we need a two -state solution in the U .S. but the other party says we don't believe you have the right to and exist we believe all Jews should die. That's what they're saying. How can you have peace through that? Israel has offered time and time again to do that and it's Hamas who has been elected to lead the Palestinian people. That is their elected government. That is their charter to kill all Jews and everybody needs to understand that and they show that. You know, we talk about what happened in Israel being 9 -11 or Pearl Harbor. Yes, it is but it's more because they tortured intentionally those families. They went and said, not only how do we kill them, how do we inflict as much torture and damage on mothers, on children, on grandmothers, Holocaust victims? It was intended to maximize pain and suffering and that is their charter and that is why we need to stand with Israel and where is Hollywood? My goodness, where are these liberal universities? Where is the woke world? Imagine if people were saying, yes, any other group in this country, they'd be up in arms and where are they? Where are the leaders in the Democrat Party? They are failing right now and the Republican Party is standing up and we're really glad to partner with the Republican Jewish Coalition to show our unity with Israel this critical
A highlight from 3 Reasons SBF WILL Go To Prison! (Bitcoin Pump Halted)
"Good morning. It is time to discover crypto's 10 .33 am. It is October 3. We started on this time on purpose because it's October 3rd, 10 .03. So, we want to start at 10 .33. How are you doing today? We got a special guest, everybody. What's up, babies? Thanks for having me, Deezy and the team, man. You sometimes got to start a little late, you know? Greatness has, yeah, sometimes you got to wait for some... It took us 180 seconds. That's not that bad. That's not that bad. Appreciate everyone who stuck around. Rodney, how's the journey so far? What was it like coming out this way? Oh, real easy fly. I live in Charlottesville, Virginia. So, it was about an hour trip on the smallest jet, but the person next to me was just so unpleasant, you know? Okay, why were they unpleasant? Did they think a person wasn't real in the back? They're just using both of the armrests, which is like... It's faux pas. It is. Yeah, yeah. I know what you mean. I know what you mean. I'm a big guy. It is, yeah, with the shrinking seats and everything. Yeah, I have my own flight nightmare, you know? I don't want to reiterate the story here, but yeah. I heard about that. Yeah, I watched yesterday's show. I say it at the end. It was the worst flight experience I've ever had, and it was Delta, too, and even one of those crazy ones. All right, guys, make sure you follow Rodney here. He's over at Crypto Journeys RS. So, if you're looking at it here, Crypto, and then the shoe store, followed by RS. No, no, it's Singular. It's Journey. Crypto Journey RS, not Crypto Journeys. Do you like the band Journey? Uh, no, no. You just heard Small Town Girl. I love good music, so... Journey is good music. I don't care what you say, all right? I will die on that hill, as well. Let's see. Okay, I just watched One Punch Man. Is this related? Oh, One Punch Man. So, it's an old meme coin called Saitama. It is kind of related, but just in the name. Just in the name, just in the name. Yeah, I watched that just three days ago or so. Five days ago, something like that. You like it? It was pretty good. Second anime I've ever seen. I've only watched two. Well, it's crazy. It's like a different superhero. He's too strong. You know, he doesn't get strong. He's just too strong. Ah, it's a cool, it's a cool... Yeah, yeah, it's, you know, he's... Anyways, let's get back to Crypto, folks. We're going to talk about Crypto. We're going to talk about Sam Bankman Freed. We got some charts we're going to look at. We're going to look at Bitcoin reserves. We got some CFTC stuff, as well. Who's Satoshi? And some Smash or Pass. One of Deezy's coins. It's going to be a good one, folks. We got the lab rats in the chat. All right, let's see what we got with the Crypto market cap. I'm going to go ahead and refresh here, because it's too scary, folks. It is way too scary. It is down two and a half percent. Well, I made it worse, folks. You can blame me. It is now down 3 .1%, so I just wanted to tank the market. 24 -hour volume, $47 billion. Gas, 27 Gwei. And Bitcoin dominance is down a little bit. It was up to 47 .9. Here we have Bitcoin. It is down 3 .3%. Ethereum's down 3 .7%. BNB and XRP down around 2%. Lido staked Ether down 3 .6%. If we go down, though, we do see Solana in the green there, and so is Polygon. Matic is in the green. So we got some of these BizDev VC coins. They're moving on up. I say that in a good way. All right, now we're going to look at the top gainers. And if you have Gala, you're having a Gala? I absolutely love Gala games. There's a lot of different parts to Gala, but mostly games. And the game Spider Tank, it's really good. I played it just to play it, and it's really good if you like those three -on -three shooter games. It's a really good game. So I love Gala. Extremely bullish on Gala. All right, now we have an existential crisis. Is it Gala or Gala? This is really what people want to know, because I hear Gala, I think Gollum. I'm thinking of what DC is like. I get my Coinbase app, I look at my chain link, and I'm like, my precious, my precious. And then I buy 0 .3. One day I'll have four. I have 3 .7 right now. So I plan on DCing this week. I'll have four whole chain link. It's going to be lit. It's going to be lit, like Torren said. All right, so Gala, my thesis on Gala is Gala just needs one game to really pop when we get some positive price action. But the tokenomics could leave a little bit to be desired. There's a lot of people, they got these expensive nodes and it's just creating more Gala every single day. A lot of these people, it seems like they sell. I don't know. Oh, and there's a lot of drama with the co -founders right now. They're suing each other right now in court, unfortunately. So it's like a mom and dad kind of fighting issue, suing each other for different things. But yeah, you don't want to see that. But when you just play the games, I mean, they're good, you know, especially Spider Tanks. But there's a few others they dropped. It's definitely an experiment in DeFi, you know, DeFi gaming. But I definitely think Gala can be one of the big winners for sure. They had good shows with Kings of Leon, you know, that's great in the bull market.
A highlight from Sydney Sundance Smith's - God Story
"Welcome to Evangelism on Fire podcast. My name is Mark Thomas, an ordained pastor, a teacher of the best selling book of all time, your host, and most importantly, your evangelism coach. Every episode, I bring you an inspiring message to help you live the most exciting life God has created you to live by actively sharing your faith in Jesus with others. I believe in the power of the gospel and the potential of all Christians to live out the mission of the great commission. I believe the best way for Christians to grow is to go. It's time for a revolution in every Christian's life around the world so that every person everywhere around the world can hear the gospel of Jesus Christ from a friend or a family member through one -on -one evangelism. I'm so thankful for our time together today. I absolutely love spending time with you, evangelism on fire nation. I believe this podcast will truly inspire you and I believe it will inspire so many people that you know. And if you're inspired and feeling moved to share this, then please message some friends, post this on social media and let people know about this episode so we can get this message out there more. I appreciate you and everyone listening right now. And a quick reminder, I encourage you to subscribe to the podcast, to rate it, to review it, to spread the word on social media and spread the message of evangelism on fire forward. Many people are looking for hope these days, especially young people. They wanna be part of something bigger. And here at evangelism on fire ministry, we have big plans to reach them in 2023. Here's where you will not find hope. You won't find hope in the culture. You won't find hope in technology. You won't find hope even in many ways in politics. Now, all of these things have their place, but true hope can only be found in God. The message that we wanna share is that God wants to give hope to the young generation and all generations, that there is hope for them through a relationship with God, through Jesus Christ. And we wanna offer this hope to as many people as possible in 2023 through our outreach ministries, which of course includes our EOF podcast ministry. I'm asking you to join us at EOF ministry and become a partner. A partner is just a friend that makes a regular commitment to us each and every month. They stand by us. That enables us to respond to the opportunities that are coming our way. In many ways, we live in a hopeless world, but through Christ, we have hope. Life without God is a hopeless end. Life with Him is an endless hope. Join us right now and become a part of our team and let's reach the world with the most important message that exists, the gospel message. Join us for the plans we have for ministry in 2023 by becoming an Evangelism on Fire ministry partner. Are you ready? Well, this is your next step. Go to today's show notes and click on the giving link to become a monthly partner by setting up a monthly donation or go to our website evangelismonfire .com. Click on the donate button to give a monthly reoccurring donation or a one -time gift. Thank you for joining us to give hope to the world. All right, welcome Evangelism on Fire nation to today's podcast episode. Man, I've got a big time treat for you guys today. We have on our podcast episode today, Sydney Sundance Smith. She's 31 years old. And let me tell you what, she's on a mission to be one of the world's top female bare knuckle fighters. And listen, she has her eye on the title. And you know what? Something that I love about Sydney is that she is a true spiritual warrior and she carries her faith and her father's memory with her everywhere she goes and into the ring. Sydney Sundance Smith, welcome to Evangelism on Fire podcast. How are you doing? I'm blessed and highly favored. Yeah, I'm doing well. I feel really good. You know, I'm in a really good place in my life, so. That's awesome. I'm so happy for you. So you know what? So my audience, Evangelism on Fire Nation, so they know more about you. I gave you a little introduction, but tell us more about who you are. Oh, wow. I feel like that's such a big question, right? Like the, what does Shrek say? Like an ogre, I have like an onion, I have ears. Yeah, I don't know, man. I'm just like a kid from the middle of nowhere. I grew up on a horse farm. All three of us, my brother and my sister and myself, we were all born at home. We were not born in a hospital. Oh, you were born at home? Not a hospital, at home. Oh, wow. And so for my sister's birth, my dad actually had to deliver her because the midwife was somewhere else. And so she didn't get there. Oh, wow. So my dad had to deliver my sister. That is wild. What was going on with the midwife? It starts wild. She was delivering another baby like across the county. Right. Wow, that's such a cool story to start this podcast off. Hey, it's interesting from starting to talking with that. You know what I'm saying? But yeah, I mean, I don't know. I just grew up out like in the middle of nowhere in a place called Middlebrook. Doesn't even have enough people to be considered a town and still considered a village to this day. When I first heard about you, I was when I was training at Mixed Martial Arts Institute here in Richmond, Virginia. And I would hear your name mentioned, you know, in my training sessions. Then I got to be good friends with Gigi, who she owned MMA Institute around the area that she lived. In Charlottesville, yeah. Yeah, for a little bit. And through Rick McCoy and Tyus Thomas and David Gladfelter, I got to know more about you because I would just hear your name around, you know, the Institute. So let's get right into it. How did you come to faith in Jesus Christ? So I actually, I grew up in it. I just kind of always believed he was there, that he was and that his son existed. And I didn't really know too much about the Holy Spirit growing up. That wasn't really something, it's not really something that Presbyterians talk about a lot, you know. And so, yeah, I mean, I had a relationship with him for, you know, most of my life, but it really didn't, it was like, you know, like the shockwave kind of hit more when I was like 16, 17. And I was really starting to go through like some really serious suicide and depression. And I got really, you know, just really into the word. And, you know, my mom bought me a study Bible on Easter, the year I turned 17. And I still have it, I still use it every day. And so that really just kind of, cause I just have this insatiable appetite just like to know things. I don't know why I just do. And so, yeah, so giving me a study Bible was a great way. And I just never looked back, you know. And that's, I mean, I've had my ups and downs, right? You know what I mean? I'm not saying, I've walked a perfect path since I was a teenager that is far from true. But, you know, it doesn't mean that I've ever stopped believing in God or loving God or talking to God. You know, I think that I just kind of have this different understanding of who he is and like what he wants to do. Like he's never gonna give up on you, you know? And I think that's something that's really important and not something that I really want to get out there is that I'm not saying go out there and do all these bad things. We shouldn't sin much so that grace can abound much. But what I'm saying is that like, grace covers a multitude of sins. That's what I'm saying. And there's no shame, no condemnation for those that are made new in Christ. And that's what I'm trying to come and talk about is there's a way, we've kind of gotten to this point as a society where if anybody starts saying like, thus sayeth the Lord, or you quote the word in a way that people know that you're quoting the word to them, they just shut down, right? And so I don't know, I just feel like God has written it on my heart in a way that, you know, I just talk about it. I'm not trying to shove it down your throat. I'm not trying to like preach at you, but I just, I feel like God is so enmeshed in everything and every single moment of every single day that I mean, his word is just one more example of that. And speaking it is very powerful and that's something I learned along the way. And so to speak it, you have to know the word. Say that again, Sydney, maybe that one more time. To speak the word, you have to know the word. So yeah, you know, write it on your heart. Yeah, to speak the word, you have to know the word, you know, and I've read some articles about you that you are in the word daily. Yeah, I love that. I love that. Every day. In my study Bible, Josephus, you know, I've got like the concordance, the Hebrew and the Greeks dictionaries. Like I really do, like, I truly go through it all, all the time. I just love it, you know. I think it's really interesting. And I think that when you study the different translations, not that anyone is better or worse than any of the others, but I think that, you know, they all have something to offer. And, you know, that goes for like the Hebrew and the Greek too, because their vocab, like, I don't know how to explain it, but their vocabulary was richer. It was like more dense than ours is. I feel like the words that they chose to communicate what was going on or how they were feeling or what God was saying were chosen for specific reasons. They did a lot of like play on words with, you know, like was it Adam and I can't remember the other one, like that that's similar to his name, but it's like Adan or whatever, you know. And like, so one means Adam and one means something that's like completely opposite and bad that he did or whatever, you know. Hey, you know what, if someone's listening right now, right, so this is mostly a Christian podcast, but a lot of those listeners out there right now, they're not reading the word daily, say like you are or I am. What encouragement would you give to them to pick up the best -selling book of all time, the Bible, right, and get in the word and, you know, taste that a little bit every day. What would you, what encouragement would you give to them? I mean, what do you have to lose, right? Like there's so many places in the Bible where it talks about how we should meditate on God's word. And that's not just sitting there and being like, oh, you know, I'm thinking about your word. But the Hebrew and the Greek actually means to like speak on the utterance, to talk to yourself about it. And honestly, you know, you shouldn't look at it as a chore. I know for a long time, you know, it's not like I've read my Bible every single day for my entire life, right? Like we all go through stages and phases and seasons, but, you know, habits are what you consistently do. So, you know, it's gonna take time to get to that point where, you know, you make it, it's just part of what you do every day. You have your coffee and you sit down and you spend time with God first thing, you know, that's kind of like what I like to do. Just pick a time that works for you. It doesn't have to be like, oh, I'm spending 45 minutes, you know, just literally anything is better than nothing, right? Like God just wants you to say, hey, you're important to me and I'm taking this time out of my day to just spend this time with you. Set yourself up to like read five verses or read a chapter a day or, you know, start with small bits. But I mean, honestly, try not to look at it as a chore. I mean, you're meeting with the creator of the universe and magnificent things happen. Ah, come on. I mean, you know, Jesus is the word, right? Yeah. So, I mean, if you shun the word, you're kind of like shunning Jesus in a way. And he came to give us life more abundantly. So how can you have abundant life if you kind of like refuse the one who's trying to give it to you? Wow, that is, that's deep. That's profound. That is so good. That's the Holy Spirit now. That's the Holy Spirit. Speaking in and through you. Just do the talking. Cause I ramble. People know that. I'll talk forever, especially when it's about God. So I was like, God, please just let the Holy Spirit. Isn't it cool when the Holy Spirit speaks in you and through you and you hear what you just say and you're like, wow, thank you, Holy Spirit. That was totally you. Yeah, that was not me. You're like, whoa, that was good. Yeah, that was fire. That was fire, straight fire. Yeah, I was praying for like tongues of fire to be dropping on people in Albuquerque and stuff. Like it would be so heavy in the arena. Like I pray for that kind of stuff. Like to me, when I walked into church on Sunday, cause I've been doing like a really in -depth study on Joshua. I actually did a pretty in -depth study on judges. And then I went back and did Joshua cause God was like, go read Joshua. And I was like, all right, cool. So that's what I did. And you know, so I walked into church on Sunday and I just, I felt God say, take your shoes off. This is Holy ground, you know? And that was what I prayed over the ring the last time I fought in May, cause they let you go out and check the ring out. And so like, I prayed in the spirit and, you know, people call that speaking in tongues. To me, I call it praying in the spirit. It's personal between me and God. But you know, and I just remember saying like, this is Holy ground. Do you know what I mean? And I like closed the whole circle of it and like, you know, I just, and I pray about it before I go, pray about like his spirit being there, you know, and the Bible says that, that God himself is enthroned on the praises of Israel. And then people want to ask me, like, why do you walk out to Christian rapper, Christian praise music? And I'm like, why wouldn't I, you know, I'm inviting, I'm inviting God to come in and like come into my situation. You know what I mean? And just, and yeah. So to me, it's, it's a lot different, you know? So much of it is spiritually based for me. I mean, even like the hashtag, watch me rise that I use, right? That actually comes from one of my favorite verses in Judges. And it's because it was a woman judge who spoke at Deborah. And you know, I'm always about like the women warriors, like the outcasts that, you know, in society it's like says to be ladylike and they're like, no, I'm going to go fight with the dudes. Like that's who I've always identified with, you know, like Mulan was my favorite Disney movie. Like, yeah. So yeah, I mean, I don't know. I lost her. So, you know what you, you mentioned a moment ago, August. So you have an upcoming fight Albuquerque, right? Just trying to trace that one back, but yeah. But you also mentioned that how you went into the ring and prayed at your last fight. Now your last fight, you beat your opponent. You landed 98 punches to her 26. And you know what I'm like that. Yeah. And you only suffered a few bruises. Tell us about that fight. You know, there was a lot of craziness going into that fight that, you know, I just kind of briefly spoke on and that's pretty much, you know, most of like that's like the gist of what I'll say about it just to like, you know, maintain a modicum of respectability, but basically my corners last minute abandoned me for no good reason. And like one of them wasted a promotion flight and all this stuff, like it was insane. And I'm like at the airport, you know, trying to figure this stuff out. My friend drove down from South Carolina with her mom and her four year old son and like to corner me. And man, it was just wild. Like so many God moments happened. You know what I mean? It was like for every curse, there are two blessings. Like that was, that came true. You know what I mean? Like that was just so evident. And it wasn't just for me. It was for so many other people around me too. Like my friend who came down, she had been, you know, kind of like, you know, a rough state, a stagnant place in her faith with God. And, you know, I guess was feeling some type of way. And when she saw like everything that had happened and how God just like made everything just boom, boom, boom, boom, she was like, look, I told my whole family, there's no way I'll ever question again, if that is real, you know? So literally it was just nothing but God. I was just having a blast. Like I had to put all that stuff out of my mind. I didn't feel any emotion. Like, you know what I mean? I felt some, but I just prayed for protection and peace and to stay on point for what we came there to do. You know, like I had, like I have people who like, I have prayer warriors who literally like that is what we do is we pray over these events. It's not just we're praying over my fight. We're praying over the event as a whole, you know, we're praying over all of the millions of live viewers, you know, that's what we're doing. And it, I mean, hey, I couldn't have, I mean, it was other than, you know, just wanting to push the pace a little bit more. I feel like, you know, it wasn't, it wasn't a bad start to be KFC, you know what I'm saying? And you know what? BKFC, now, one thing I love about you, okay? You're a different breed, okay? You have martial artists, you have your MMA fighters, but tell my audience, maybe some of them don't, they do not know what BKFC is. You're a whole different beast, okay? All right, you're a whole different human beings. So evangelism on fire nation. If you don't know what BKFC is, listen to this. Tell my audience what type of fighter you are, Sydney Sundance Smith. So I started off in MMA, but I was waiting very patiently for them to open my weight class. And when they did, we fight with no gloves, just a little bit of wrap support around your wrist. And you know, I take down some of that. You're talking bare knuckle. Bare knuckles, yeah. Bare knuckles. 100%. She said 100%. Facts, yes. I'm so like, okay, so they're coming up with this new card. It's one in Thailand. It's like the super fight or whatever. And they're letting them do, it's a special rules, bare knuckle Muay Thai. Ooh. I have been bugging the crap out of them. Like, hey, can we get a bare knuckle Muay Thai? And they're like crickets. And then this happens and I'm like, I see y 'all. I see what's happening. Y 'all keep me in mind at 1 .15, I told them, I told all of them, I've told my manager, I've told Dave Felt, I mean, you know, I've told them all. I said, if you start a bare knuckle Muay Thai, don't even ask me any questions, you just sign me up. Sign you up. Every single time you have a fight for me, don't even ask me, don't ask me no questions, just sign me up. Don't do that until the day I cannot fight for. That appeals to me. So how do you go from MMA to bare knuckle fighting? How does that transition happen? Very carefully, I guess. It's hard not to kick people and knee people. I mean, honestly, I was just waiting for them, like I said, to open my weight class. It's been around for five years now. So you're a straw weight, correct? Yeah, yes. All right. They had 1 .25 for a while and I, you know, I've been offered a couple of different, different promotional bare knuckle, you know, fights at 1 .25. But I just, you know, I had a lot of medical issues and stuff and, you know, even now healthy, I have to, I have to work to be at like 1 .32 walking around, you know, like a healthy 1 .32. So there's no way I could fight at 1 .25. Those girls cut from like an insane amount and yeah, no. I'm good at 1 .15, you know, like I can make the weight. It doesn't bother me. I make 1 .15, like my body just automatically knows like, oh, it's time to cut weight. And it just does it. Like I really, you know, I just have this really good system and as long as I stick to it, then I really don't have any problems. I cut weight and I feel so strong. It's so weird, but it's just, I've gotten it down to that, down to that point, you know. You know, one thing that I've heard about you, tell me if this is true, but I've heard that you're a fighter who likes to get hit. Oh yeah, oh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Yeah, so like, you know, Donald Cerrone, you know, he kind of like a little bit of a slow starter sometimes. He's got to get hit a few times to like kind of wake him up. And then he's just like, you know, like back in the day, that's, that's kind of like me. You know what I mean? It's like, if you don't, if you're not going to exchange with me, it's kind of hard. Like, yeah, I mean, I still fight you, right? But it's not going to be the same level of fight. You know, if you're, if you want to bang with me, you're going to, like, I know people think like, maybe I'm just, you know, exaggerating or whatever, but like, you're going to get a different, a different side of me. Like you're going to bring out something in me that is like, oh, okay, you think that was hard, like my turn. You know what I mean? Like I get to hit you now, right? So I don't know. I just, I love it. I've always loved it. I fought Chelsea McCoy for my first fight, right? Like Rick McCoy's daughter, first ever MMA fight. She hit me so hard, I fought double. I'm not even kidding, right? I didn't know what to do. I had never, like, I was training out of a basement with some, you know, with a guy who had a few amateur fights under his belt. Like, it wasn't like I was Rick McCoy's daughter trained at the MMA Institute, right? I apparently even knew what the MMA Institute was. And I was just like, yeah, I'll fight her. Everybody was like, you're really going to fight her? And I was like, yeah. And then like, I didn't get knocked out or submitted or anything, right? Like we had a good fight, but yeah, she made me see double and I was just kind of like, you know, it was in that moment where it was, it was kind of like, you're either going to do this and you're going to love it. Like, that's going to, that's going to do it for you. You know what I mean? Yeah. Or you're done. You know what I mean? This is not for you. Yeah. And I was just like, I shook my head and I was like, well, then I was like, just pick one, you know? So it kind of solidified that. And you know, so it's not the last time I've seen double in a fight.
The Hill: Pressley Fires Back on Ramaswamy’s Comments
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A highlight from Ghizlaine Taft's God Story
"Welcome to Evangelism on Fire podcast. My name is Mark Thomas, an ordained pastor, a teacher of the bestselling Book of All Time, your host, and most importantly, your evangelism coach. In each week, I bring you an on fire message to empower and coach you to live the most exciting life God has created you to live by actively sharing your faith in Jesus with others. I'm so thankful for our time together today. It's such an honor spending time with you, Evangelism on Fire nation. This podcast will truly inspire you, and I believe that it will inspire so many people that you know. And if you're inspired and feeling moved to share this, then please message some friends. Post this on social media and let people know about this episode so we can get this message out there more. I appreciate you and everyone listening right now. 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To do this, become a partner at evangelism on fire ministry. Being a partner means making a commitment to give whatever you can to help us on our mission. We can't do this without you. We can't do this without the support of God's kingdom. Let's reach the world with the most important message that exists, the gospel message. Join us for the plans we have for ministry in 2023 by becoming an evangelism on fire ministry partner by going to today's show notes and clicking on the giving link to become a monthly partner by setting up a monthly donation or go to our website evangelismonfire .com. Click on the donate button to give a monthly reoccurring donation or a one time gift. Thank you for joining us to give hope to the world. Welcome evangelism on fire nation. And this is your host, Mark Thomas. Welcome to episode 151. In last week's episode 150 and in today's episode, we are going to the evangelism on fire podcast archives and I am putting in your ear the top two rated God stories from all of the God stories in our podcast archives. Today, I want you to listen to this amazing God story of Gigi. She grew up as a practicing Muslim who now follows Jesus with a fierce love and passion as a Christ follower. This is one of your favorite all time God stories on evangelism on fire podcast. So I want you to sit back, listen to this amazing, amazing God story and enjoy evangelism on fire nation. I have a special guest with us today. Her name is Gigi and I'm so excited to have her on our podcast today. She has an amazing testimony of what Jesus has done in her life. So Gigi, say hello to evangelism on fire nation and tell us a little bit about yourself so we can get to know you. All right. Good morning evangelism on fire. I pray that my message blesses you today. Yes. Yes. Amen. Yes. So let me tell you a little bit about myself. My name is Ghislaine Labar Taft, but I'm known as Gigi as my close friends call me. I was born and raised in Morocco in North Africa. I am actually the product of a French Catholic mother and a Muslim Moroccan father. How crazy is that? Yeah. Yeah. That's crazy. That is right. They met in med school. They wed and they had two boys and a girl. That would be me. And since I am the youngest, I had to toughen up at a very, very young age. So when I was three years old, my mom had had enough of not being fully accepted by my paternal family. She didn't want to convert to Islam. And my father, who was very cool and very opened while he lived in France, became very Muslimish, so to speak, when he went back home. And that's part of the culture actually. So while on vacation, she met an American and just up and left us. My dad, who was a prominent doctor, found us a nanny who loved us unconditionally. And Pastor Mark, I truly believe that that's where my unconditional love for others come from. She really felt that in me, you know, those back. Right. That's amazing. To this day, it actually touches me to the core that someone would be willing to leave her just family to care for us. It actually brings tears to my eyes, truly, you know, so that's sacrificed right there, you know. And the reason she did that is at first she would come and take care of us during the day, but I would cry and wouldn't sleep all night because I missed her so much. So she gave it all up and came to live with us. Wow. That is so amazing. And you're right, Gigi. I mean, what a great expression of unconditional love. Absolutely. Absolutely. And so when I was six years old, my father died in a plane crash. There were 60 doctors on board. One survived to tell the tale. Very sad story. My dad's younger brother, my uncle, and his wife took us in. They had three kids. We were three. And you would think we were the Brady Bunch, except we were not a happy family, unfortunately. So my uncle, and like my father, was a practicing Muslim and taught us to pray five times a day, which is how we pray, how Islam teaches you to pray, basically. It would yank us out of bed to ensure that we had prayed. So literally we would be asleep at night and he'd yank us out to make sure that we had prayed. Not having the time to pray meant that you would pile up your prayers. Islam requires the faithful to pray five times per day and allows you to make up those prayers if you are busy or if you forget, basically. Allah is the authority and he's not to be questioned. Actually, nothing is to be questioned, period. So I grew up really fearing and hating this punishing God who sat up in heaven and seemed to enjoy tormenting me, at least that's how I felt, right? Nothing was going right at that time. When I was 16, I found my mom through the embassy, the French embassy, and I ran away. I literally went to school one day and ran away. My mom lived in New York. She sent me a plane ticket and I came to the US with not even my toothbrush, I tell people. My brother, $20. And that's what I had in my pocket. So you not even a toothbrush and you had $20. That's all the money that you had with you. That's all I had with me. And I crossed the ocean and came to this country with absolutely nothing, an empty heart, broken empty heart. I had left my brother and that's what happened. So it took a few months because we had to wait for the visa. My mom had gotten me a visa and I left Morocco. I never returned until 2013 when my brother, who's biologically my cousin, but as I had said before, we were three and they were three. So we call each other siblings, brothers and sisters. When he got married, he insisted for me to go back. And that was my first time back, 80s. So of course being the way I was, I looked for love in the wrong places. And I met a young man and we had a very bitter divorce and I moved to Florida. I was an empty shell and I studied religion, trying to find gods all over the place. I thought, well, if it's not in a guide, there has to be a God somewhere. And I landed on an ashram studying Buddhism. And I felt like that Buddha's teachings were calm, loving, and that was something that I could follow. Meanwhile, I earned my degree in teaching in education, but couldn't find a job. So I had to move to Charlottesville, Virginia to teach French and Spanish at a local high school. So that's pretty much what happened, like how I grew up, so to speak. That's an amazing, unique story of your life. It really is very different. So let me ask you this, Gigi, like when you came to this country, to our country with only, again, you said no toothbrush, only $20 in your pocket. What empowered you to have the courage to make that move with only $20 in your pocket? My brother wanted me to leave. He knew, my older brother knew that my family was trying to marry me. So in Islam, they marry people at a young age, really, or something. And people were starting to look at me and ask my uncle for my hand in marriage. And he was considering it. And at the time I was 16 and my brother wanted me to study and be educated and do something with my life. So he's the one who pushed me, really. Yeah, that is so awesome. So how did you discover Jesus as your savior, as a once practicing Muslim? Well, one day my friend Bob and his wife invited me to Efford Baptist Church, which is a church here in Savannah County, for their daughter's baptism. I really didn't want to go because I didn't believe in Christianity. You have to understand, for Muslims, the Trinity is not only foreign, but it's absolutely horrible. How can you be God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, right? It's just not heard of. So I really wasn't interested in religion and Christianity, but remember, I had a big heart and love that was instilled in me. So I went with a gift, because I love to give gifts, and I really did not go for any religious reasons. After all, what kind of a God would allow a three -year -old to be abandoned by her mother? Or what kind of a God would allow a six -year -old to lose her father to be raised by an authoritarian uncle? emotionally, My uncle physically, and sexually abused me, and that was hard for me. Yeah, so of course you're thinking, if there is a God, what kind of God will allow that pain and suffering into my life? Right, absolutely. And so at the end of the service, the pastor made an altar call, which I ignored completely. Actually I was thinking, I need to buy food, I need to do this, I need to do that. And he then asked everyone to stand and sing, give thanks with a grateful heart. And honestly, I don't even remember what happened. All I know is that the flood of tears emanated from my eyes. I couldn't even stand, and I crawled to the altar. Oh, wow. You literally, you crawled to the altar? I could not walk, Pastor Mark, and that is the God's honest truth. I couldn't even carry myself. I crawled there, and while I was crawling, I felt all the guilt from years of sin, all the shame, all the hurt, all the anger leave my body. Wow. I just felt instantly renewed, like a renewed body. And it was all replaced with love, with hope, with gentleness, with kindness, with goodness. Really the fruits of the spirits just oozed out of my body. The love of God, that love and peace that really encompasses all understanding. And literally, I met Jesus, my Lord and Savior, at the altar that day. Wow. And you literally, you weren't going to let anything stop you, Gigi. You literally crawled to the altar to accept Jesus as your Savior. I really did. I really did. Physically, I couldn't even do it. I just crawled. That's the bottom line. Wow. That is what I'm talking about. Wow. So you weren't ashamed of the gospel. You knew that Jesus was calling you and you crawled to the altar to receive him. And on your way there, he is totally cleansing you. And you're being reborn with each inch that you crawl to the altar. Wow. I just absolutely love that. You know what? You got me fired up. Just tell me that story of you accepted Jesus as your Savior. Wow. It's amazing. I still sometimes have to pinch myself just to be like, wow, I can't believe this happened to me. Yes, I was saved. I didn't feel the big, you know, anything. It was big. Right. It was big. Oh, wow. Wow. So if there's anyone listening to our podcast right now and they're thinking about coming to Jesus and, you know, accepting him as your Savior, but something that's holding them back. I want you as someone who literally physically crawled to the altar to receive Jesus. What would you tell that person right now? I would just say, just go. What have you got to lose? Honestly. Yeah. What can you lose? Just run. Don't even think about it. Who cares what others think? You know, the whole time I was there, I was like, oh, my gosh, what if somebody sees me? What if somebody recognizes me and my sins? And I just run, crawl, do what you have to do. Yeah, that is so good. Gigi said run, crawl, do what you have to do. Just don't hesitate and wait to accept Jesus as your savior. If he is calling you right now, don't wait. Just crawl to him. Run to him. So Gigi, how long have you been a Christian? I've been a Christian since 2003 when I received baptism. Wow. Since 2003. So what was your life like before you made a decision to follow Jesus? So honestly, as a Muslim, I was very bitter. I didn't understand Allah. And since nothing was to be questioned, we just went through the motions and we followed the teachings. I was empty, though. I was a high school teacher, so I was a contributor. I was really contributing to society. But I felt numb on the inside. I loved on children, but I had no love for myself. I chose abusive men to fulfill a void and I would then leave them or they would leave me. And that gave me like a feeling of justifying my victimhood. I was just a victim basically in this world. It was a dark period in my life, to be honest. Yeah. But living without having a relationship with Jesus Christ is really rocky. It's a costly life. I mean, the Bible is clear. It says the wages of sin is death. And I was dying on the inside. Yeah. Yeah. And many times that spiritual death will lead to an actual physical death. Exactly. Exactly. And maybe not for me, because I was teaching, I was coming home, but I was dying on the inside. And so, of course, you have anxiety takes over, depression takes over. So, yes, eventually, you know, suicidal thoughts were my middle name at one point. Oh, wow. That is darkness. Hey, Gigi, if there's a Muslim practicing Muslim listening or anyone who is outside of the faith of Christianity and they've been searching or they're considering searching for Jesus as their savior, especially to a practice of Muslim, you know, what would you what would you say to encourage them? I would say read the Bible. It's very factual. The history doesn't you cannot you cannot refute history, right? It's written. And I would say so study it for sure. But but have an open heart and just just come and visit a church, just meet the people. There's no questions that will not be answered. There's no doubt that will not be answered. People will put their arms around you and not judge you. I remember saying to Pastor John, who was the pastor of the time, an effort Baptist, I remember saying, but I don't understand the Trinity. And he would say to me, he would put his arms around me and say, keep coming back. Yeah, I would say keep coming back. That is so good. That is so good. Now, I know evangelism on fire nation. You're probably wondering what I'm wondering, you know, about Gigi. So, Gigi, how did your life change after you became a Christian? So after I became a Christian, I felt really free from the inside out. I felt free from oppression. You know, we're in a time where people talk about oppression. I felt free from oppression, which I had created in my own mind. And I will venture to say anyone who feels oppressed is because they have created that in their own mind. I had been a victim as a child, but now I'm a victor. I'm victorious over everything. Yes. My self -esteem is stronger. And I did that really by speaking positively as well. The Bible says we are snared by the words of our mouth. And I choose to speak life every day around me, around the people that are with me so that I can continue to be a positive person. I don't feel broken anymore. I don't feel ugly. I don't want to commit suicide anymore. I don't pursue every broken man to try to fix their life. That was my thing, right? Let me find the most broken person so I can fix them. Yeah. So I actually stopped dating. So I had decided to stop dating for a while so I could date myself and get to know myself. Yeah. Say that one more time. That's so good. I want everyone to hear that again. For sure. I stopped dating, going from one man to another, and I started dating myself. I had a relationship with myself. I started loving on myself, taking care of myself. And I prayed to God. I wrote down actually what I wanted in a man. And a year later, I met my husband, Mike. And we have been married for 21 years now. We have an awesome kid together, which is a whole story with our son, actually. And I wish I could say that everything was easy and smooth since I've been a Christian, but that would be lying. Right. It's not that smooth. A lot of people think, well, I'm going to become a Christian and everything will be perfect. And that's not so. We had, for example, we had to, we tried to have a child for three years and nothing happened. And at the time, like I said, I was a teacher at a local high school and I would see these 16, 17 year old get pregnant. And I would say, God, I'm serving you. I'm here 100 % for you. Why am I not getting pregnant? Right. We depleted a bank account with in vitro fertilization. And I was praying one day and I heard God loudly and clearly say, be still and know that I am God. And then he said, but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as eagles. They shall run and not be weary. And right then, right there. And then I went into all the fertility drugs and I flushed them in the toilet bowl. And I said, we're stopping this. God knows my heart and knows I want to be a mother. And that's what's going to be. Wow. So you totally trusted in the Lord with all your heart that he, not the fertility drugs, not anything else, that he was the one that's going to provide you with a child that you have a heart desire for. Yes, amen. Exactly. That's what I did. And I remember the devil one day saying to me, see, you're not pregnant. Like every month would pass. And you say, see, look at the God you serve. You're not pregnant. And I would literally open the front door. I could still see myself doing that. I would open the front door. I would put the Bible on the floor. I would stand on it and I'd say, devil, flee out of my house. I am standing emotionally, spiritually, and physically on the word. Amen. That's praise God. That is so powerful. So powerful. Two years later, two years later, I remember I even went and bought a pair of little shoes, like baby shoes, and I would put them in the living room because that was one thing with my husband. I'd always have to pick up his shoes. And that was very annoying to me. Right. So, so I bought little baby shoes and I would put them in the living room and pick them up and put them back. And it might sound crazy to some, but you have to visualize what you want in life. You have to speak it. You, if you want it to manifest, you have to manifest it by faith first, really. Yeah, absolutely. Absolutely. That is so true. And I want to encourage everyone listening, Evangelism on Fire Nation, whatever dreams God has put in your heart right now, I want you to visualize those dreams like Gigi did with having the expectation of her child and speak those things which be not as though that they're going to be and trusting God for him to bring it to pass and for him to manifest your dreams. So that is so good, Gigi. Hey, what now? This is the question of the day. OK, what what's one thing about your testimony that you've never shared with anyone? OK, so I have I've never shared with anyone that I have had two visions of Jesus, and that was while I was a Muslim and Jesus was rescuing me. One, when I was nine years old, I tried to commit suicide and I was we had we had a house that was very, very high and I was upstairs and I thought I should throw myself from the second floor building. And and he appeared to me and told me that he loved me and that scared me so much that I just rebuked him right away. Like I was like, no, I literally said no, because there could not be a Christian God in a Muslim family. So that I mean, if my family had heard of that, they would have destroyed me. I don't even I can't even imagine what could have happened to me, honestly. So so I just rebuked that and let it go. And the second one was after I had graduated from from college and all, I was in my bed and I was just crying because I felt like there was nothing for me to do. No one loved me. I didn't care. I was a victim. Nobody cared. And I wanted to kill myself. And I closed my eyes and I pictured myself throwing myself in the abyss. And I felt this hand, this huge hand pick me up and put me back on this mountain. And it happened like three times that same day, that same moment. And when I looked up, there was a bright light around me. The room was all bright and actually my eyes were open. So it's a it's a true vision, like not a dream or anything. And and Jesus was telling me that everything was going to be fine. Wow, that's absolutely amazing. Hey, I want to thank you so much for, you know, sharing those two really their personal touches from God. And I just I considered an honor and a privilege that you're sharing that part of your testimony that you've never shared with anyone before. Gigi, thank you so much for having the courage to do that. Thank you for having me, Pastor. Absolutely. Now, if someone's listening to this podcast right now and they haven't committed to following Jesus, what's the number one thing you want to share with them? If someone is listening today and I hope they are, I urge you to give your life to Jesus Christ. Jesus died on the cross to show me and you have to love that unconditional love, really. You know, it's one thing to love, but it's another thing to have that unconditional love. He offers us forgiveness of our sins. He washes them all away as we confess with our mouth that he is Lord. He took someone like me. Sometimes I think God has a funny sense of humor. He took someone like me, a piece of coal, and turned it into a diamond.
A highlight from Generative AI News - Busting AI Myths, Giant Funding Rounds, AI in Education and Media, and More - Voicebot Podcast 337
"It is also the 22nd edition of the Generative AI News Rundown. Top stories this week include busting some generative AI myths, a lot of big funding rounds, generative AI takes media jobs, UK universities embrace generative AI, and more. Hello there to all my friends in Voicebot Nation and Synthetia Land. It is great to be back with another episode of the Generative AI News Rundown. Also known as The Gain Show. I'm your host, Brett Kinsella. Gain has broadcast live on YouTube and LinkedIn each Thursday since February. And today we bring you Gain on the road. We broadcast live from Charlottesville, Virginia, home of the University of Virginia, and the headquarters of technology development consultancy, WillowTree. Really appreciate them hosting us this week. My guest hosts today are Tobias Dangle, WillowTree's president, and Patrick Wright. He's the head of the company's AI and data practice. It was great to get their perspective on some unique stories from the past week in generative AI lands. Our lineup today includes busting some generative AI myths. There is a lot of talk about GPT -4 and whether it shows the seeds of general artificial intelligence. Whether it and other large language models have a theory of mind and whether they display emergent capabilities. We break down the theories and some of the misleading claims in our first segment. The generative AI funding fountain continues to flow and we have some blockbusters this week from Inflection AI, Typeface, and Runway. Granted, Runway's numbers also belie a potential problem that no one seems to have noticed, so we talked about that. We also have smaller rounds from Scriptic and Dust to update you about. From the broader generative AI world, our brands and generative AI land segment, we focus on Axel Springer's news about generative AI actually replacing newsroom jobs after a PR rep vehemently denied us. And we have an intriguing embrace of generative AI by 24 leading UK universities. That was unexpected and we break down the boundaries and implications of the new joint principles statement. We finish up as we have the last several months with the generative AI winners and losers of the week. I know you will be interested in hearing more about that. Also, one more thing. If you are interested at all in how generative AI is changing the practice and profession of conversation design, you should check out the upcoming unparsed conference. It's being held in London and online in two weeks. If you use the code VOICEBOT, you actually get two tickets for the price of one, so you can bring a colleague at no cost. And it's actually pretty low price anyway. Now, I'm going to be presenting at the conference, so if you can make it, definitely let me know. I want to catch up with all the VOICEBOT podcast listeners and the game viewers. If you cannot make it to London, you should consider the online tickets. It's only £99, which is more than worth the cost. Plus, if you think about it, it's two for one, so it's really just £50, which is less than $60 worth the cost, given what is a pretty amazing speaker lineup. They're going to tell you about frontline differences, generative AI versus conversation design, plus other things beyond generative AI with conversation design. So just go to bit .ly, bit .ly, you know that, forward slash unparsed2023. So unparsed, all lowercase 2023. Sign up there. Use the code VOICEBOT, get two for one. Really inexpensive. And if you can make it to London, I'd love to see you. Let me know you're going to go. OK, on to your generative AI news update for the week with special guests, Tobias Dangle and Patrick Wright of Willow Tree. Next up, busting generative AI myths, the growth and limits of generative AI funding and the implications of embracing generative AI in the news media and higher education. Let's get started.
"charlottesville" Discussed on WTOP
"If you don't really want it. Melissa Howell WTOP news. There's a new RSV vaccine and the CDC has signed off on it. It should be available to Americans older than 60 by the fall. In healthy adults older and children RSV typically causes mild cold like symptoms that go away but it can be much more serious for older adults especially those with underlying medical conditions like diabetes, chronic heart or lung disease. In fact RSV causes as many as a hundred and sixty thousand hospitalizations each year for adults older than 65 and as many as 13 ,000 deaths. That's WSB Atlanta reporter Sabrina Cupid. We are learning that a years -long U .S. Coast Guard investigation into decades of sexual assault violence at the Coast Guard Academy went undisclosed to the Senate Commerce Committee until last week. Politico reports a letter signed by lawmakers is seeking more information to investigate that he followed the law. The Coast Guard identified more than 60 incidents of rape, sexual assault sexual and harassment at the Academy or by its cadets over a 20 -year period during its investigation. Fox News has agreed to another multi -million dollar settlement. The company is going to pay 12 million dollars to Abby Grossberg, a former producer who claimed Fox News was a hostile and discriminatory workplace. Grossman worked on the Tucker Carlson Tonight program. The network fired her after she sued them. The settlement is the latest development in a series of legal battles involving Fox. In April, the company agreed pay to Dominion Voting Systems more than 780 million dollars. Top stories were working on a WTO P. President Biden says he's offering an alternative student debt relief plan after today's Supreme Court ruling. And the justices also ruled in favor of a Christian web designer in Colorado who refuses to create websites for same sex weddings. Tomorrow marks the start of new laws in Ireland and Virginia. Keep it here for full details in the minutes ahead. It's 648. Back to Dave Dildine Daring out at the 14th Street Bridge, traffic released. DC 295 remains heavy near the Anacostia River bridges in on Maryland the Baltimore Washington Parkway southbound after 198. The water remains deep. It submerges the right lane northbound slow past Fort Meade. It's a crash blocking the right side near Route 32. 95 southbound between 695 and 195. The deep water along the right. Some heavy traffic through Charlottesville. Route 29 remaining closed between White Oak and Four Corners. Diversions between New Hampshire Avenue and Southwood Avenue for the emergency utility work. Slow work around traffic through Hillendale, Langley Park and Four Corners on New Hampshire and University. Route 50 eastbound soggy and slow from Baydale Drive onto the eastbound span of the Bay Bridge. No two -way traffic in the wet weather. In Bowie westbound after 197 the crash remains on the left. 270 northbound some sluggish traffic moving through the two -lane stretch in Frederick County. volume Just and a little bit of road spray. Interloop still slow riding through Silver Spring. Virginia Beltway delays are rising. 66 quiet. 395 okay. 95 southbound still heavy. Quantico toward the Stafford exits and northbound pulling into Woodbridge. Fix your AC breakdown today. Snell heating, cooling, and plumbing electric can repair your system the same day or you don't pay. Book it at SnellEasyBook .com. Dave DelDine, WTOP traffic. And the forecast with WTOP meteorologist Mike Stenniford. How do we look? We are still looking a little stormy across the region. A heavy thunderstorm
Julio Rosas Exposes Bad Actors at Trump Arraignment in Miami
"There's a lot of, you know, terrific journalists on the ground, like senior writer for town hall, Julia Rosas, who joined us from Miami to share what the scene was like outside the Miami federal courthouse where president Trump was arraigned. Julio, you've done such a great job in your reporting over the years of sort of infiltrating some of these bad faith actors. In fact, a week or two ago outside Disney world in Orlando, there were a group of people that were carrying Nazi swastikas and, uh, supposedly being as DeSantis supporters. But you know, that's something that you've had your eye on in terms of watching for people who pretend to be representing one side or the other, but ultimately Julio, we find out they're, they're not, they're not, you know, these are, these are bad actors. These are people almost play acting a role to try to smear the side that they oppose. Yeah. I mean, there's history to that, right? We have a whole, uh, Charlottesville, Lincoln project, potentially campaigns during the governor election up in Virginia. Uh, so it's, it's interesting, right? Because there is a reason why they like to hide their faces. And it's either because they truly are Nazis and they want to make sure they don't get found out, uh, in their, in their regular life, or they are people who aren't and are just doing that to make the other side look bad. So, I mean, politics is a very dirty game, especially when it comes to, uh, politicians that are as polarizing as someone like, uh, governor Ron DeSantis and obviously here with, uh, former president Donald Trump. So we'll have to see, we'll have to see what happens if any arrests were made and see if there's any identity identity that goes along with it. So that's why, uh, there is concern. I mean, I, it's, it's not, it's not unheard of for things to get crazy,
Texas shooter's 'RWDS' patch linked to far-right extremists
"Authorities have not said what they believe might have motivated a man to shoot and kill 8 people at a Dallas area mall over the weekend, but one police official suggests that the shooter may have embraced the views of far right extremists. An official who wants to remain anonymous tells The Associated Press that social media accounts believed to have been used by 33 year old Mauricio Garcia appeared to have expressed an interest in white supremacist and neo Nazi views, Garcia was wearing a patch that read R wds short for right wing death squad. It's a phrase that has been embraced in recent years by far right extremists who glorify violence against their political enemies, one group that has adopted the term is the Proud Boys, smaller groups that participated in the white nationalist unite the right rally in Charlottesville Virginia in August 2017 were named right-wing death squad, Garcia, who opened fire at the mall on Saturday, was killed by a police officer. I'm Donna water
How Textbooks Are Already Rewriting the Trump Era With Greg Price
"Price joins us big name on Twitter and he is also the communications director for the state freedom caucus network. Greg, welcome to the program. Thanks for having me on Charlie good to be here. Greg, tell us about the story you broke about a push. I was in a push guy and I got a 5 on the exam that was what 11, 12 years ago, a push is advanced placement, U.S. history, tell us about what you found in our textbooks of the these are the top students, by the way. These are the top performing students that is what AP exams are supposed to be. Tell us about it. Yeah, so I went through 5 AP U.S. history textbooks on the college boards official list of them. There's about 20, not all of them cover all the way through the Trump presidency, but a few are starting to. And I went through 5 of them that do that. And I found that they contain, you know, just things that are straight up lies about Donald Trump as well as clear bias on behalf of the authors, all of whom are college history professors. And so to give you a few examples in the American pageants, which is the most commonly used a push textbook and in these classes, it describes Donald Trump as a quote sexual predator. But if you go back to Bill Clinton, it describes him simply as dogged by scandal and doesn't even mention any of his accusers. That is clearly liberal bias. It's described Donald Trump as a sexual predator and not Bill Clinton. But then if you go to some others such as the American promise, written by 7 co authors all of whom are professors, it says in there, verbatim, Donald Trump refused to condemn Charlottesville. That is something that is factually incorrect. And there's another one that has the very fine people on both sides, folks from Charlottesville. There's one that covers through COVID and through the beginning of the Biden administration, which says that the most likely origin of COVID was a wet market, doesn't even mention the lab leak theory. It covers January 6th by saying a policeman died, which again, factually untrue
Joy Reid: Republicans Pass Laws Allowing People to Hit BLM Protestors
"Joy Reid came to this job with homophobic posts Bigoted posts on the Internet she said that her system was corrupted Promise she's a liar her system wasn't corrupted When's it joy But she's muscled past that Because she's so profound and intelligent and important That Comcast gave her a prime time job At 7 p.m. 7 p.m. where our friend Jesse waters destroys her every single night But no matter she's a very important message And here it is That tip news busters cut for a goat You have Republicans in multiple states including Florida Passing and pushing laws that will allow people to hit Black Lives Matter protesters or any protesters they like with their cars And this was after the Charlottesville murder by car of a white woman who was a Black Lives Matter protester Did I miss something mister producer the states are passing laws saying you can run over protesters Wow Did you folks know that Republicans are pushing laws and passing laws that say you can run over protesters especially Black Lives Matter protesters And yet and yet we saw what took place in kennesaw Wisconsin Where an activist rhino white pro white a white band I think it was George memories very short Did I mention that In very selective I forgot That's another thing on a resume That's why they hired
"charlottesville" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"And analysts and over 120 countries. I'm Leslie lotto, and this is Bloomberg. Thank UVA's Justin Charlottesville, think again. We expanded our reach so you could expand yours. Introducing the University of Virginia, Northern Virginia. This is professional learning with UVA excellence, and it's closer than you think. Visit northern dot Virginia dot EDU to learn more. Make sure to play for the first time to Afghanistan in 2003. It's sustained a moderate traumatic brain injury. One of the most important elements of caregiving is taking care of yourself. For many military veteran caregivers, their caregiving journey starts earlier in life and lasts longer, visit AARP dot org slash caregiving for a free military veterans guide to navigate your caregiving journey and better care for your loved one and yourself, brought to you by AARP and the ad council. It's hard to keep up with breaking global business news that was a mixed day here in the states. Volatility is sky high. But at Bloomberg, our season reporters and anchors make it look easy. If he in stocks hit a fresh record bearers have basically been rendered obsolete. The right height dance is playing out on belly of the curve. Are you worried about a wage price spiral? A lot of Wall Street strategists getting more and more cautious here. Bloomberg radio, the Bloomberg business app and Bloomberg radio dot com. Bloomberg, the world is listening. These are the sounds of a dinner, a dinner that
Sheri Hooper, Founder of Interactive Neighborhood for Kids (INK), Saw a Need in Her Community
"But sheri has a unique story and one of the things we're gonna focus on a lot on this podcast is taking conservative ideas and putting them in the mainstream where many times those ideas or either hijacked is something only government can do and or that should only be in the realm of government or schools and others and sure you had this great idea and we're gonna talk about it today about a neighborhood for kids and we're not talking about a little neighborhood. We're talking about a kids where they can go and learn and explore and be themselves. But sherry, first off to our listeners, let's just jump right into this. Here you think about it. Tell us a little bit about your background and then sort of what led to this. I mean, you're a girl from lumpkin county. I mean, you know, what else tell us a little bit about you and then we'll get into the story. Okay. Born and raised in delonge. And with great family, background. And met the love of my life when I was about 21 in Maeve away. We quickly had kids three within 19 months apart. That would be twins if somebody's trying to calculate. And we moved back to Gainesville after my husband went through his fellowship residency and fellowship in Charlottesville, Virginia. And moving back into the community with small children, there was it was a challenge to find a place to go and have the kids play. And me as a mom feel safe. So starting out trying to get back in the community, met up with the sum of my ladies from church that had kids the same age. And we started play group in the basement of my home. And make a long story short, it grew so quickly because there was not only did I have that need, but many of the other moms in the community had that need to be able to get together, have their children play together and also have community within the moms or the
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa Calls for Reverse of Joe Biden's Travel Ban
"At the Cyril ramaphosa Have you ever heard of Cyril ramaphosa mister producer How about mister coal screener He's very busy While he's the prisoner of South Africa today and he's ticked off Joe Biden picked 8 African countries 8 African country A black country is essentially To put a travel man out there and is no doubt I didn't hear anything Every talk show host in America On TV and raiders pointed that out to you Now if Joe Biden were Donald Trump you know that they'd be calling him a racist and here's the thing Joe Biden actually has a racist history That's right he was a segregationist He threw in with the too Mississippi former plantation honors He likes to talk about Charlottesville Charlottesville is nothing to do with race when it came to tromp All I know the lib media the Democrats their little websites get all worked up about it but the fact is the president did not support the clan or neo Nazis None of them It's a horrible death that took place there as well But here he is Cut 13 go We call upon these countries that have imposed travel bans On our country and our other southern African sister countries To immediately and urgently reverse their decisions Now these restrictions are completely unjustified And unfairly discriminate against our country and our southern African sister
Where Are All the GOP White Supremacists the Left Keeps Talking About?
"Where are the white supremacists that we keep being told about Jennifer? I wish I was out. I don't know what they are. They're at the Glen young in rally paid for by The Lincoln Project, pedo protected. Oh, hang on. I just connected two things. Isn't that interesting? Lincoln project protects pedophiles like Jack Levi, with 21 young men, children as well who had inappropriate sexual relations with. That's The Lincoln Project white supremacist problem with Rick Wilson and his wife cooler with the south shall rise again written on the cooler with the confederate flag. Oh, and then there's white supremacists like Charlottesville, so I think there's a connection here, isn't there, Jen? Yeah, you're absolutely right. Everything that the left calls us is exactly what they are. We've seen it from conspiracies. We've seen it to what they call the people on the right. It is just them trying to shut people down and to try to deflect from who they really are, and it's disgusting. We have got to do a better job of spreading the message. I know talk radio does it. Thank God for that. But when is the news media going to wake up? When is the left going to stop trying to brand the right just because they can't articulate facts because they don't have any to bring to the
Terry McAuliffe Is Campaigning in Virginia by 'Othering' Constituents
"We were in Charlottesville yesterday near the end of the program I'll tell you why But while we were there mining our own business Stacey Abrams Was campaigning for Terry mcauliffe Dave Matthews that clown whose from that area he was there I guess so they could actually attract people And as we were driving through there we saw your typical lily white left wing cooks walking as quickly as they could to wherever this site was So as you know Charlottesville is a university town University of Virginia So it becomes quite clear to me that the base for Tim McCollum is to turn out as many blacks as possible because they're breaking internal revenue code tax laws the Democrat party is and apparently the pastors too In something I've never seen to this extent that's certainly clear And the elitist wealthy white professors other academics university students and so forth The suburbs the middle class whatever the race not so much He's expecting that as McCullough that the suburban women will vote Democrat Because he supports abortion on demand and paid for by everybody That's how they view women So what they do is they sit down around a table and they say okay This is how we approach blacks This is how we approach Hispanics although they haven't really done much outreach to a Hispanics based on the advertising This is how we approach the white liberals And this is how we approach the white millennials
"charlottesville" Discussed on Nonprofits Are Messy: Lessons in Leadership | Fundraising | Board Development | Communications
"Had come to really committed to make that would be a contribution to a conversation about the problems facing. And what are the forces while there's so much focus on the forces better dividing us. What are the forces for good in archery. And so we're absorbing all this and we're getting a little too sort of full with all this theory and and sort of rhetoric and we were in this house worrying right now on a little staff retreat. And i said let's let's just put it all aside all we've been thinking about talking about aside and let's do envisioning exercise. Let's project to the world that were premier indian to. What do we want people to you know. Think about when you know after watching this film. Are there questions that we want to have instant or the earnings and so there's a vision and so we started talking and it wasn't long before we came up with a list of really simple simple that we felt we should answer. How do we raise our children. How do we teach them. How do we take care of the sick and the dying. How do we live and work together. How do we welcome the stranger. And how do we lead questions. And we knew that we didn't want not question finding want once correlation stories that are just about had children became kind of a matrix. Gonna thank well a matrix in lent lenses that we would look through and We felt kane. This sort of covers the lifestyle we wanted to sell me. One story Ever capture all that we have been thinking about when we were thinking of kindness decency empathy and compassion and goodness so we thought okay sort of covers the lifestyle and covers the you. Think about it. it's the It's a family environment. It's the working is the communities that you live on and as said marks and it was. Just it was a breakthrough moment. Creatively for us. And it started shaping way than we fell. We could look for stories about raising children about education about health. Care in which kindness and decency. Compassion are at the front of the decision that they really are shaping with great rate sort of awareness by the leadership. How do we leave. The sort of values of an organization values the nonprofit and it wasn't long after that and we were so this is enormously helpful charlottesville okay and it rocked our world like it rocked so many people's and it was sort of this awakening that now the world we're living in Is is so much. More divided violated in conflicted and in some respects dangerous Than than maybe we hadn't really been thinking about in those months and if released forced us to reevaluate the film. And i wanted to take and so we and we said we have to. If we're going to fill in this time we have to demonstrate an awareness of the world that we're living. It's it's it's it's not enough just to find a beautiful story about raising children. There has to demonstrate to the audience that we're aware of how bad it is for some people in this country or are maybe uncon- like you mean something about the unkindness of things john Inside your part we arrived ac. What we call a set of fundamental training as much as we booking through stories that sorta exemplified in an answer. The question how do we raise the children teach How do we work together. stranger that we needed to demonstrate and we find stories that actively working begins fundamental unconcious. It is fundamentally kind not have a safe place to sleep. It is fundamentally uncon- to not have access to health care. It is fundamentally unkind not paid a living wage and the injustices of racism sexism homophobia just fundamentally on and so we felt that what we were looking for were stories of raising children stories teaching children's stories of healthcare that were all trying at all created with an awareness and a commitment to writing these on kindnesses to addressing is fundamental and finest and that became the way that we found stories in some curious. You described such a generative discussion series of discussions that you and your team had around this before before you even went looking for the stories because you had to figure out which stories to go looking for. I guess it was actually curious as says as we kind of pull back the curtain and here this story about your vision exercise. I'm actually curious as a documentary. Filmmaker is this the kind of process you would typically do or was this unique because of your actually kind of exploring a word and everything that it carries every song right to write the rules. You you write the playbook as you go yes. There are trump's back you might fall into if you're doing cry you know or you're doing in our way historical dog and but this was pretty unique. We did have great fortunate generous funding address on him to do that. Thinking it was incredibly no good fortune that we have the time to do such thinking because we were making shown about a notion a state of of being and it was then. We were making a documentary. Where mickey you need to find stories. You need to develop characters you need to. You need to use this power.
"charlottesville" Discussed on WMAL 630AM
"He'll join us identified. 8 35 brings us when young Republican nominee for governor in Virginia. That's a loaded show already. But we've also got Alicia Andrews out of Loudon County, one of the moms leading the charge against 11 County School board. She's been with us all morning long and continues to do so. Thank you, Alicia for doing that. It's an honor to be here in honor to serve in. Joining us also is one of your colleagues down in Fairfax handed down and perfect. I guess that is correctly south of love and county, and it's not layer easy. Maybe. Alright, East, let's say East Uh, via Tompkins is, uh, tip of the spirit there for the open F C. P s coalition Where Zia, You've also done your own signature gathering to try to upend and recall a couple of years school board members, and now you're hitting a legal wall. First of all, Thank you for being a part of this. And thanks for joining us mornings ago. Hey, Larry. Hey, guys. Good morning. Good morning, Alicia. Such pleasure beyond this is the perfect timing the quiet before the storm. The kids are still asleep. It could be a mad rush to get them out the door and To work. Yeah, and your octopus. Watch your car. Your favorite doctor like that. Sorry. You're facing a legal challenge here because your Commonwealth attorney in Fairfax County basically through the voters under the bus through your petition drive and your signatures under the bus. Tell me what happened? Yes. So we were betrayed by our court appointed Commonwealth Attorney, Mr James Single, you know, active Benedict Arnold nous where you know, without telling us anything going into court. He decides to basically throw our case out alongside the defense. However, we're playing to fight back on Friday, the 10th of September we went ahead and filed a motion to reconsider this case. Because, frankly, new facts have sort of come to light since the case was, uh, was summarily thrown out. It turns out that later you can't. You can't make this stuff up. Not only was Mr Henley, a member of a school board himself down in Charlottesville But after apparently slandering the elementary school at his kids were attending. I got so bad actually need to withdraw his kids back in 1989 that the Charlottesville City Council actually debated removing Hinckley from office. Like he was actually going to be the subject of a recall. So he was facing a recall himself. And he and again I don't know, declare he was appointed to represent you. The petitioners who were driving this recall, and he never disclosed this to you. His client. The term farces thrown a lot around these days, but I feel like I mean, it's really It's really proper ridiculous. And then furthermore, so that was that was the first straw. It also turns out fast forward now to 2019. Hinckley's again involved in school board politics. He actually campaigns alongside this tone at a network Nova of the plot begins. Yeah, alongside Scott. No, I mean, it's it's absurd. It's unethical. He sure recused himself quite frankly, absolutely. Looking for a I mean, it's prosecutorial bias, but lucky for us. This is a reversible error that the court can now fit. So then what happens next? Well, we father motion, the motion has to be considered and then we will hopefully have our dean Kurt court. However, the signature petitions were still going strong. We're almost done with two of our other school board Recall recall target First is Miss Cohen and then second Miss a bra Romish, whom has been let me didn't matter. Signatures that we've gone from his home is just in the past 48 hours Since their over the top comments regarding 9 11 has been absolutely crazy. Remind our listeners what she said. They're on the anniversary of 9 11. Well, so first and foremost opened up CPS coalition where bipartisan organization really formed to try and recall the school board members based on their incompetence and keeping the schools closed in the face of science and Partisan politics, however, so we don't really take a stand on individuals what they say in terms of, you know political issues. However, by taking the open CPS hat off, put my partisan hat on. My American hat. At the very least, um her comments were beyond the pale, you know, rather than the school board actually tried to do the right thing and pass the motion recognizing and observing the events of 9 11. Miscellaneous actually took it as an opportunity to join the victim Olympics and try to describe her experience. During that we respect to racism and ethnic discrimination as being on par with The thousands of Americans that were incinerated on that day. Now listen, My name is Zia Tompkins. Right? And my dermatological melamine production is somewhere towards olives, Right? I remember 9 11 vividly and I do remember At times being a bit uncomfortable when others would conflate what people look like with what happened, however, to insinuate somehow that you know the way you felt at that time with anywhere close to the thousands of people that were being incinerated. It's completely It's completely crazy. I mean, she was six years old. What happened? They did someone that let her play whack a mole at Chuck E Cheese. It doesn't make any sense to try and conflate her experience with that event was inappropriate. And, Yeah, there is more to score political points. It wasn't actually to do anything or to actually Because she actually felt something like you're saying she did it because she wanted to score points. And that's the worst part about any any of this mess on 9 11 is coming together as a country is really what we have to do. A member member says 9, 11 and Let us know where we can get people to go and sign for the signatures for the Yeah, Thank you. See the the effort continues. Where do people go? If they want to support what you're doing? So the first place can go is www open F. C. P s coalition org Please donate But more importantly, please give us your time. We need the manpower.
Charlottesville Removes 3rd Monument Hours After Lee, Jackson Statues Come Down
Charlottesville Removes Robert E. Lee Statue That Sparked a Deadly Rally
Charlottesville Removes Confederate Statues
"charlottesville" Discussed on WTOP
"Next week or in the low to mid nineties. With that heat index right near 100 degrees. We'll have some showers on showers and thunderstorms on Monday and then some isolated chances on Tuesday and Wednesday. 76 right now in Washington, Frederick at 79, Leesburg. 72. Leonardtown at 75. Alright, thanks so much. Lauren 11 51 on this morning in Charlottesville. The sound of work crews removing the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, which had stood in the heart of Charlottesville since 1924. That statue was at the center of the infamous Unite the right rally back in August of 2017 when white supremacist clashed with peaceful counter protesters. One of those counter protesters, Heather Higher, died when she was run down by a car on a nearby street, driven by a white supremacist. Dozens were on hand this morning to watch this historic moment. There were no protests from those who wanted those statutes to stay up just a short distance away. The Statue of Confederate General Stonewall Jackson also came down. Stay with double G T o P for complete coverage. We'll hear from W. T. O. P's Dick Uliano has been on the scene in Charlottesville. We also have a photo gallery of today's events on w t o p dot com. 11, 52 and other news this morning had interim government is asking the US to deploy troops to protect key infrastructure as it tries to stabilize the country and prepare the way for elections in the aftermath of the country's president being assassinated and underscores how a battle for power and a constitutional standoff arising from that assassination could further unhinge a nation already dealing with widespread poverty and gang violence. Police in Haiti have detained 17 suspects in connection with them. Murder. If you thought this past June was exceptionally hot, you're right. June of 2021 was the hottest ever in 127 years of record keeping in the U. S. That's from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which says exceptional heat waves from coast to coast produced an average June temperature of 72.6 degrees. That's 4.2 degrees above average, and that breaks the old record set back in 2016 by about one degree. Up next in money news. Why hotel might not be able to book that room you want. I'm Jeff Global w T o p at 11 54 George Wallace here, and I think we can all agree when it comes time to get estimates on home improvement projects. I don't know, like getting a new roof. It's not one of our favorite things. Right? Let's face it. It can be hard to understand different pricing. Some contractors, prices are so low that you immediately don't trust it. Then there's the way too high price where you wonder what you're even paying for. You know what the solution is, folks. You call Patrick Singles and you look home design because they have the Goldilocks price. The roofing price. That's just right. I've done it and could not be happier. New Look will come out and give you a same day estimate and line by line pricing. So you know exactly what you're paying for. It's called total price transparency and right now, say 50% on all roofing materials and 0% financing for qualified homeowners. Call 802 79 53 100 or visit new look home design dot com to schedule a free, no obligation. Same day estimate. Does it feel like finding clothes.
"charlottesville" Discussed on WTOP
"The 19 twenties in Charlottesville, Virginia. Now stand in the city. No longer W. T O P s Dick Giuliano was there to witness it, and he joins us now Live Dick. What's happening with those statues at this moment? Chris. We're standing on Jefferson Street in the heart of downtown Charlottesville, the street name for the third president of the United States and, of course, the founder of the Great Institution of Higher Learning, the University of Virginia. Here in Charlottesville. This whole town, of course, is rich in history. And this is a historic moment this morning threshold moment, not just for Charlottesville. For the Commonwealth of Virginia wants the heart of the Confederacy and the nation itself, the Robert E. Lee statue that has sparked so much controversy over the past few years. Has been hauled away. And now the Confederate General Stonewall Jackson, who Lee regarded as his right hand is this bronze statue of Jackson is now A stride a flatbed truck removed from the stone pedestal and Courthouse Square. The crowd here waiting with anticipation really, only for this flat bag flatbed to haul it away. People say this is a defining moment in the city's history, and many of the town's people have turned out in some visitors from out of town from Philadelphia. From New Jersey from Washington, D. C. Dozens of people have come to see this moment. Workmen have carefully removed first the Lee statue. Now the Jackson statue, both of these bronze statues bound for storage, reporting live from Charlottesville, particularly on O w T o P news. Thank you. And you can see a gallery of dicks photos from this morning about the removal of those statues at w t o p dot com will, of course, be checking in with Dick throughout the day on this historic day in Charlottesville, Virginia..
"charlottesville" Discussed on WTOP
"Ana Gavel is our producer coming up to Confederate statues have come down today in Charlottesville Coronavirus vaccine maker wants to give US booster shots. And President Biden tells Russian President Vladimir Putin enough is enough. W T o p News time 10 31 BREAKING News on w T O P A historic day in Charlottesville to statues of Confederate generals that have loomed large over the city for a century are coming down. They have come down in fact. W. T. O P s Dick Giuliano witnessed. He's been watching history being made. He joins us now live Dick. Hey, of course I'm with a crowd of people in downtown Charlottesville, where? At the courthouse square just two blocks from here. The Robert E. Lee statue came down a couple of hours ago. Right now. The bronze statue of Stonewall Jackson, astride his horse and battle pose a valiant figure. But now meeting with this certain ending This statue is a top of flatbed truck removed from its stone pedestal on this truck is the statue and the the small law articulated crew carrying Cherry picking boom that lifted workmen up to the statue to unbolt it. And since it and pull it down, lift it down carefully, really? From the crane, the statue on a flatbed truck. It's going to be taken away as the Lee statue was a couple of hours ago. And removed to storage. The crowd here let up a cheer as the both statues came down some of these residents of Charlottesville very pleased at the moment, saying with certainty the city has crossed a new threshold. It's a new chapter in the city's history and with no doubt rejection of Confederate history, which has been honored in this this city in this town. Really for decades. Reporting live from Charlottesville, particularly on O w t o P News, Dick thank you.
"charlottesville" Discussed on WTOP
"Charlottesville. We've been following the story All morning long. The city has taken down its infamous statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. That was the statue at the centre of the deadly White Nationalist Rally in 2017. And another statue is coming down today. There as well with us to talk about it live in Charlottesville is w t. O p s Dick. Uliano Dick. What's happening now? Good morning, Nick. I'm about 50 ft, away from a Stonewall Jackson statute, which is two blocks from the least statute. As you indicate the least statue was removed just a short while ago to the cheers of the crowd. Now the crowd has moved here to courthouse square. The statue behind a chain link fence. Hardheaded construction crew numbers and J Go yellow and orange vests are directing the operations from the base of the statue to prove members are on a, uh, a small boom cherry picker. Working at the statue height level. They there are now red fabric straps attached to the underside of the bronze statue. They are connected to Hooks and a block and hooked Suspended by this 50 75 ft. Corinne. We expect in just a short while. When the crew gives the signal the statue will be hoisted off its stone pedestal and removed from this part. One of the workmen had his arm in the air now signaling something to the crane operator. I'm not sure that this is the moment This is a very methodical process. It involves very careful work. These statutes are not to be damaged. I'd rather placed into storage once they are removed. Among the crowd that has gathered here is the University of Virginia student. Uh, Tsarnaev Quiet, who has a Charlottesville High school student in 2016 wrote the initial petition to remove the statues. A year later, we have the bloody protests over the removal of the Confederate statues right here in downtown Charlottesville, now with Les Office stone pedestal. Stonewall Jackson still in battle pose atop his horse on the stone powder stolen Courthouse square with workers on carefully going through the maneuvers to remove that statue. That's where we stand right now. Next reporting live from downtown Charlottesville. Go ahead next. Yeah, Dick. I'm watching this unfold live as you talk about it, watching it on the monitor here, and it's very similar to what happened with the Robert E. Lee statue. They've got it all strapped up. Those bands are all the way around the undercarriage of the statue, as you said, and they're they're kind of tightening up. Everything. And you said it is a methodical process. How is the crowd there at that statue Compared to the crowd by the Robert E. Lee statue? It looks to be maybe a larger crowd. Am I right about that? Work. Um yes, I think. Oh, as the morning has gone on, more people have turned out. These are people who are seemingly Corey pleased with the removal of the statue. We've not seen any protests to this operation this morning. The mayor was here this morning and just spoke about how this is a new day in Charlottesville. These people are being patient right now. They have their cell phone cameras aloft, standing near the claim, looking out at the statue just waiting waiting on that historic moment. Wind up the Confederate statue was lifted off the pedestal. And, uh, perhaps the Obama threshold will be crossed in a in a new beginning here in Charlottesville again. The, uh, the crew two men in a shell re picker are at the statue level. They are working the Straps and the hoist crane operator 60 his vehicle through on the side Street here, he said, Think some signals to the crane operator but again, very methodical process. It's not moving yet a lot of anticipation that it's going to be perhaps momentarily. Okay. WTF, his dick Uliano live in Charlottesville. Following this situation as the city takes down these two Confederate monuments today, stay with us. We're going to have continuing coverage. This other statue just about to be taken down. It looks like sports at 15 and 45 brought to you by your local Honda dealer Don't settle for less than a Honda over to Christiane. The Washington Nationals not only lost the game against the San Francisco Giants last night by a score of 5 to 3, they may have lost their starting catcher for a bit. John Gums removed after he felt a pinch in his left oblique manager Davey Martinez did mention postgame that he'll be reevaluated today. Gnats and giants getting underway at 405 today, Out West Tonight in Las Vegas. It's UFC 2 64, the main event. Features the third installment of Connor McGregor versus Dustin. Poor EA. Now Korea defeated McGregor back in January, while McGregor convincingly won back in 2014. The notorious one was fired up at the weigh in yesterday, telling Joe Rogan this man is going to learn that.
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"People. Listen to this. President referenced Charlottesville. Neo Nazis brandishing torches a century later hate crimes against Asian and Jewish Americans. Reminders that white supremacists, um white terror. Is the most lethal threat to our homeland. Today, White attacks off what is a front page of the New York Post. We've played a video this week. It's hard to watch. But you ought to see it because it shows what a lot of New Yorkers and experience it shows What people in Los Angeles of experience Chicago Big Cities, small cities like I would assume somebody walking down the street and gets punched in the mouth if I took a punch like this porch 55 year old Asian woman Took this week in Chinatown that we're showing right now at mike online dot com. If you're watching the stream as well, is listening to us on this great radio station. I don't know that I'd ever get up. This woman gets punch so hard in the mouth. She's knocked to the ground by this guy. Oh, who did it? A black man. So black guy goes up and just out of the clear blue punches, this poor woman in the face. Black guy gets arrested. Always gonna rest of the Brazilian times. You know, that's Trump's fault. Oh, God, it Chris Cuomo. I see makes sense to me. Budget nut cases. 806 55, Mike more coming up. Hope you join us. Wow, It's.
"charlottesville" Discussed on WCBM 680 AM
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"charlottesville" Discussed on KQED Radio
"I'm outlets in and President Joe Biden is promising a full scale war time effort. Fight the Corona virus pandemic. He wants 100 million people vaccinated in 100 days, But he says defeating the virus won't be quick or easy. I understand the despair and frustration of so many Americans. And how they're feeling. I understand why many governors, mayors, county officials, tribal leaders feel like they're left on their own without a clear national plan to get them through the crisis. Let me be very clear. Things they're going to continue to get worse before they get better. While the initial rollout of the vaccines was marred by lack of coordination and shortages, they were developed in record time. That's one bright spot during a year of darkness. Today, we're gonna hear stories on how people have persevered and found their own bright spots. First, the story of frontline health care workers who began receiving the vaccine last month. Dr Tyson Bell is one of them. He's a critical care and infectious disease doctor in Charlottesville, Virginia. We're gonna tag along with him on the day he went in for his vaccination. Did everyone sleep? Baby Son Chair Dr Ashland Great Carol. This is Tyson's family. His wife, Kristen, his two year old daughter, Ruby, Mommy Milk and his seven year old son, Elaine. They're having breakfast before Tyson heads to work to receive his vaccine. He directs the intensive care unit at U. V a health and treats patients with the most severe cases of covert 19 taking care of Cove in 19 patients has been one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. Watch. Patients have to be put on ventilators, knowing some would never come off. You get so emotionally attached to patients that it can be hard sometimes when you can anticipate what's going to happen. He doesn't just deal with the virus that work. It's everywhere around him on my drive home. I call family members who have Cove in 19 and maybe at home, But I'm worried that they're going to end up in the same boat at some point, and that's incredibly stressful. And this is just another layer of complexity that just intersects with. You know that every aspect of your life and so it feels like you can't actually escape it sometimes over 19. Has changed a lot for his family. He's working from home or his kids are in a virtual school and his mother in law comes to the house to help out a couple days a week, Tyson says he stretched to the limit at the hospital. He's working with patients who was sometimes too sick to discuss their own treatment. One of the things that happens a lot of time in the ICU is people come in extremely sick from the get go. And they may have tubes and all sorts of machines hooked up to them. And they're not speaking with you. And in a sense No, I'll just be honest. There's a dehumanizing aspect to it to where if you don't know someone's voice and their back story. Sometimes you don't make his is firm of a connection with with these patients, he worries about his patients. But also whether he's putting his family at risk. He lives in constant fear of bringing the coronavirus home to them. So I've talked to my Children about the coronavirus in the fact that has caused so much problem in the country in the world. Some days are really tough. But I share all that with my Children tomorrow. I'm going to get the vaccine against coronavirus when I talked with him about the fact that I'm getting a vaccine last evening school work. Yeah. No, they fully understood the gravity of that. And what that meant. Is it just a test? No, they've done. The experiment's already now is real vaccine. There's a real bad scene. Yeah. Doesn't hurt. It probably will hurt, but only for a little bit so it can't get up. It's a little pinch..
"charlottesville" Discussed on Newsradio 700 WLW
"To stop the governor, while noting the law could effectively legalized murder in some instances, And then he foolishly says the following the legislation would have legalized the murder of Heather Higher in Charlottesville. Talking about the guy who drove into a mob not escaping a mob. Drove into a group of demonstrators generally call them a mob if they're not attacking the car. Anyway, he's wrong about that. On. Do I have to see Where, if anywhere, that piece of legislation goes, you know lots of questions here. I could have sworn I read that was a city that legalized it. But it's pending in Florida, so we shall see. Actually, okay. A lot of cities have actually introduced legislation like that. Well, they did it. In the wake of Charlottesville. Not in the wake of the most recent protests. The protests among the ungovernable if you will, All right, What do we have? What we have what we have, Um Chicken sports ahead. Mainly football. All someone put you in charge of sports here today and a lot of you would that's coming up Jay Ratliff two for traveling today and then I hope it's all between now and 5. 30. It is Monday morning 5 19 700 wlw. Hey, Alexa. What's everyone talking about Getting 700? W l W from I heart radio. Free healthcare hundreds to more than $1000 per month and disability compensation and tens of thousands for college tuition. These are just some of the U. S Department of Veterans Affairs. Benefits that may be available to veterans via is focused on customer service. Like never before. Choose B A and see why Veterans trust in via reached an all time high.
"charlottesville" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"Groups, the unite the right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and this is where she came across Josh Bates. It was a person who was talking about they didn't have enough money to go to Charlottesville. And that someone else suggested. Hey, we have this crowdfunding site. Why don't you set up a fundraiser? When Megan click the link? She saw this whole list of white supremacist fundraisers. Website Josh had built because go fund me had started cutting them off. Was the beginning of what Meghan calls Alta Tech at the time we're talking about all tech was basically just replacements that were coded and controlled by people, probably in the movement are close to the moment or at least like Didn't care about these premises using their services. So they're replacing patri in with Hey, Triana, like it's kind of a 1 to 1 match there. But when it came to advertising the rally, the alright didn't need all tech. They had a Facebook event page and it was being promoted by hate groups that Facebook had allowed to remain on the site even after they were reported by civil rights advocates. I mean, I'm a solo researcher with a laptop in rural North Carolina, and I was able to find well over 2000 hate groups operating on Facebook in like a couple of months. So you know, I don't have a lot of sympathy. Facebook didn't know it was happening, right? Like that's ridiculous. Meghan decided to go to the rally in person in part to see if this convergence of hate she was seeing on Facebook. What happen in real life? Josh.
"charlottesville" Discussed on WHAS 840 AM
"Mikey Cheryl of New Jersey first raised this concern Jim Clyburn Who has a couple of offices in the Capitol, befitting his position in the House, said he has one where his name is right on the door. But the writers Went right to his unmarked office. And Clyburn said, How would they even know that? That's where he would have been? School shootings? Synagogue? Church shootings? Charlottesville, Capitol Hill? Is there a pattern here that law enforcement is seeing when it comes to domestic terrorism? In some us Yes, In some ways, No Sherry. I was talking to one intelligence official here in New York, who Who said on what handed? There's nothing to compare this to because It's been the civil war since Americans were really fighting Americans and S O. The intelligence officials are having to adjust the way they think about these threats, because honestly, who could have imagined Now. On the other hand, authorities say this is no different than what happened with Al Qaeda and with Isis propaganda is circulated on social media. It Radicalizes lone individuals who find Confederacy online. You have a lot of sources in law enforcement, and you talked to him about a lot of things in the past. Is this something that really is a grave concern to them like, for instance, what it was after 9 11. It is of grave concern. And it is a whole new way of thinking about the threat picture because, after 9 11 there was a good deal of focus on on external threats. All of this is from within. And yes, there's concern that some of it is stoked by outside forces. But these Air American insurgents that attack the capital on January 6th and you've had now National guard troops who may have deployed overseas to Iraq and Afghanistan to defend the country who now have to come home. Gets into Washington D C to defend the capital against American citizens, So it is unlike anything we've really seen in recent memory. It really is a B C's here in Kentucky. Thank you so much. Thanks, Terry. Dozens were arrested this week, just days after the siege on Capitol Hill details coming in about those involved some We've learned our believers in the cult conspiracy..
"charlottesville" Discussed on WORT 89.9 FM
"You know, I was at a protest long before Charlottesville and a car kind of swerved into me and a colleague as we were walking home from the proper from the protest that was terrifying. And, you know, I kind of thought of that as a one off as just something random, one jerk. But in the three years since, you know the four years since What I have so realized is that we really take for granted the fact that if you go out and act upon your first Amendment right of freedom of speech, freedom to protest, you may not come home the night and and that is a really terrifying expect, Uh, I see. It's so important to get the thing about The role that violence plays in our nation's history right, And that islands is not only the direct violence, but it's also the structural islands right laws and practices that allow that violence happen. And for me what I've been increasingly concerned about and thinking about this moment as a history is what will the violence of this memory be? How will historians and scholars and journalists talk about this moment? What are the frames that they're going to use? Because the way we remember this is how we move forward? I mean, if we just think about a contemporaneous issue We're just now getting rid of statues. To rebel forces to Confederate soldiers who acted in open treason against United States. 100 plus years later. We're just now getting rid of those statues. So what? This January 6th look like? In 10 years and 50 years in 100 years, And that question is the soul of our nation is January 6th a response to getting rid of those statues, right? We saw the Confederate flag flown in our nation's capital for the first time. Yeah, it was never there during the Civil war, right? That was that was brought in is part of what's happening right now. The growing visibility of of tensions around race and actually, I'll start with you, but oh, Dad, I want to hear your answer as well. I mean, yes. Race and, yes, gender and, yes, just general xenophobic anxieties. And you know, it's not just the dismantling of Confederate statues. It's also black lives matter. It's also um the increase of people of color as American citizens. It's around immigration. What I believe is happening is this existential white male banks of what people's role is? In this nation, and you know there were people of color at the rally in capital at the Capitol. There were women, right holding very prominently women for Trump signs, But what we see happening in my opinion is this fear of what is the place off people who think of themselves solely as representing this nation. Mm e 100% agree with everything that actually just said, Um, you know, one of the things that was interesting in the research I was doing last year. You know this? I was really focusing on the Revival of the organized white supremacist movement in the US through the emergence of the neo Nazis and then through the connections that we're seeing today. And one of the interesting things is that when the neo Nazis emerged in the 19 eighties, the like the KKK was declining, like the membership was really, really low. And it was. I mean, compared to what it was in the 19 twenties, for sure. And you know a lot of people I think might have thought that the organized white supremacist movement was Dying. Then there was this. Neo Nazi movement that made its way from the UK and suddenly you had this new generation of young people in cities that were getting indoctrinated into White supremacist ideology, and I spoke with a lot of anti racist skinheads who fought against those neo Nazi skinheads and One of them had. He was also working with the John Brown anti Klan committee at the time, and he really had a very interesting sort of historical take on what he was missing at that time, and he said, you know, People who were getting involved with a needle neo Nazi most men and other arms of the white supremacist movement that started taking root in the eighties and nineties. That was kind of like that. Plus, like Reagan as president, That was kind of a backlash to the gains that African Americans have been making for the prior two decades, and you could look back even further to reconstruction. Which was interrupted there was this whole backlash that set us back and so to me. I've actually kind of been thinking about it as thieves like moments where, like it felt like we were making Gains and, you know, initially it seems hard to remember now. But after George Floyd was killed, public support for the Black lives matter swelled. And then we saw the backlash and I feel like That's what we're seeing. I mean, these strains the Confederate flag, whatever. I mean, they have been there for ever right? But we are. I think, at a moment where All of these sort of gains that we have seen for African Americans and people of color and LGBT. Q. Like they're just it's gotten to the point where now we're seeing this backlash. And so it just feels like a really critical point. Because You know, it's so sad to think back about like what could have been for like every construction had actually And then spin finished? Mm e think those are such incredibly important points. And I think it's really grounding to kind of look at this from a historical perspective, but also from the perspective of the free press, right. And what does it mean to cover this moment to talk about this moment and the consequences for that if you are just joining us You are listening to wrt 89.9 at Madison. I'm your host, Ali Muldrow. This is a public affair. And today we're talking toe. Odette Yousef, who is a WB Easy Reporter on Race, classic and community teams She is the host of Season three of WB. Easy's Motivate Motive podcast a serious about white supremacy in America..
"charlottesville" Discussed on KQED Radio
"We have to recognize that, you know, Maybe this is a wake up like we saw something that I don't think most people thought they would ever see in their lifetimes in America. A lot of the world didn't think they'd see that in America and we saw it on Wednesday, and it's scary and it's frightening. And I have to wonder if If they'd have gotten their hands on on some actual legislators or Mike Pence, Like what might have happened to those legislators. It could have been worse even than it was and it was quite bad, and I hope that's a wake up call for people that we have got to Stop with the extremism and, you know, get back to the business of trying to create a country where people have opportunity. Um, you know when when everyone is opportunity, everyone can prosper. It's not a zero sum game, and that's what I think people don't understand. Mary McCord is illegal director at the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at Georgetown University Law Center. She also served as acting assistant attorney general for National security at the U. S. Department of Justice. That was from 2016 to 2017. Mary McCord. Thank you so much for sharing your expertise with us once again. Thank you, Michelle. While the country continues to consider responses to the right at the capital on Wednesday, we wanted perspective from an official who previously dealt with far right extremists firsthand, so we've called Michael sicker. He was the mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017, when neo Nazis and other white supremacist groups flooded the city for the Unite the right rally. Which did eventually turned violent, and one woman was killed in a numerous other people were injured as a result of the events that day. Mayor signals thought a lot about these issues, and he wrote about them in a book called Cry Havoc, Charlottesville and American Democracy under Siege. He's also a historian who is considered one of these issues. Previously s O. He is with us now to tell us more, Mr Mayor. Good to have you back on the program. Thanks for having me first of all, you know, I think like many people, you Must have had some very specific responses to what you saw unfold on the capital. So what? You know what was the first thing that came to your mind when you saw what was happening well with three years of retrospect, now looking back it Charles will happening in 2017. It's even clearer that it was really kind of the fulcrum or the hinge for this whole new era in our in our politics and And I think to major respects, the first one was, you could call the militarization of politics. So it's the advent of people who are routinely using political violence to intimidate and try to Achieve their outcomes, which is incredibly offensive to our constitution. But the second is that it also opened the door for people to repudiate that kind of politics. So Joe Biden ran virtually his entire presidential campaign on This goal of restoring the soul of America on his first campaign ad began with the word Charlottesville and with His recollections of watching you Nazis in the street and the murder of Heather Hire, which you alluded to And so I think both of those phenomena happened this week, a number of the like the the police chief, the newly named police chief. I mean, the prior the incumbent of that office resigned just a couple of weeks ago, and he just his replacement is he's a veteran of the department, but he's new to the role. Has been quoted as saying that they didn't know That this was going to happen, and a lot of people just don't believe that. Do you buy that There was not intelligence here that would have allowed them to plan appropriately or or not here. Three specific lessons that came out of Charlottesville. The first is you have to design a security plan for whatever event is gonna happen that will separate whoever might be violent from those who could who could intensify the conflict. The second is that you have to get intelligence on what's planned. Wherever it's going to be, especially from what's called the Dark Web. On by the third is that you need to do tabletop exercises where the different components of government rehearse and practice before and that's a That's a best practice. And none of those things happen in this instance. And I think it's probably because of The fact that the federal government, which controls Washington, D C, has adopted a coddling posture toward white nationalists. This has been amply described now by figures like Elizabeth Newman, who was Who was an assistant secretary of Homeland Security under the Trump administration, who resigned and later became a whistle blower talking about how they were adopting not only relaxed posture but almost in encouraging one toward white nationalists because they're part of Trump political coalition. So if you try to puzzle it through, they didn't know because they didn't want to know the number of the far right media and including, you know, certain political figures have drawn the analogy to black lives matter and antifa and their argument is that you know Um These groups were allowed to demonstrate. So Thies groups you know, similarly should be allowed to to demonstrate and their attitude is that you know they were. They were coddled, and so they feel like this is sort of equivalent and what's your at it? What's your response to that? Well, this whole sordid affair has revealed the inherent white supremacy in modern day trump era. Mass policing. I mean, just a reminder he was so troubled by what he called the quote outrageous acts of violence and destruction in Portland and Seattle, where there were a lot of black lives matter and anti fascist protesters that he called for the invasion of the city's by federal troops last summer in the wake of the George Floyd protests, and he wanted the defund the cities, and he specifically talked about the occupation of federal buildings. That's a direct quote from President Trump. So he's very alarmed about the occupation federal buildings when it comes to Black and brown protestors protesting police brutality. But when it comes to the occupation federal buildings by his base, he's actually directly connected. One of the points that you've been making is that That Donald Trump was the sort of the fulcrum of this I mean, you've pointed out that he had been encouraging his supporters to violence dating back to the 2016 campaign when he said that he would You know, pay the legal fees for any of his supporters who beat up protesters and he's used that kind of language throughout his presidency, But I think you're also making the point that this goes beyond President Trump. If that's the case. What's the answer? Pragmatically. I'm so disappointed and and frustrated by the lack of leadership in so many in the modern Republican Party..