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"Welcome to today's podcast, sponsored by Hillsdale College. All things Hillsdale, at Hillsdale .edu. I encourage you to take advantage of the many free online courses there, and of course, to listen to the Hillsdale Dialogues, all of them at Q for Hillsdale .com, or just Google Apple, iTunes, and Hillsdale. Welcome back, America. That music means we are joined by David Drucker, the beltway insider of The Dispatch. You can read everything that David writes and link through it at on Twitter, or X, at David M. Drucker. Good morning, David. I want to start with Pennsylvania Senate, because we got some news in there. There's kind of twin stories this week. You've got a piece in The Dispatch. Our mutual friend Selena Zito's got a piece at RAN, I think yesterday, or maybe it was today in The Examiner. Dave McCormick is getting in, and to me, the newsworthy part of that story isn't so much that McCormick's getting in. I really kind of hoped he would. But the newsworthy part is that Doug Mastriano, the failed MAGA gubernatorial candidate from this last cycle, has already come out and endorsed McCormick. So it looks like there's some party unifying going on in Pennsylvania. What do you make of this, David? Yeah, look, it's a really big deal for Republicans not to have to fight through a nasty primary, especially one that pits the populist wing versus the more traditional conservative wing. Dave McCormick is the candidate that Republicans in Washington wanted, but he's also the candidate Republicans many in Pennsylvania wanted. He's also run before. That makes him more formidable, because he's been through the process, and it gives Republicans to field a seasoned candidate against a rather seasoned incumbent. Bob Casey, you know, he might not make the most headlines, he might not be the most interesting guy in the world, but he's won a lot of tough races. And he's got a last name in Pennsylvania. Say that again, Dwayne? I said he's got a last name in Pennsylvania that he's been trading on. He does, but you know, he has now been in office since 2006, and so I think he has established himself in his own right. And he is very adept at knowing where he needs to pull votes from, where Republicans need to be undercut the most. And so what's really good about this is McCormick is now going to be doing this for the second time. Now, in a general election, it'll be his first, but he's the kind of Republican that can win general elections in Pennsylvania, at least if you look at his profile and the way he's positioned himself. So Republicans have to be happy about this, and they should be. Oh, he's the best candidate the Republicans could field. In an environment where you've got a chance of picking up a bunch of seats because of just how many Democrats are playing defense this cycle, this is as good of an opportunity as the Republicans could possibly hope for in the Keystone State. Let's go to the president's interview with Kristen Welker on Meet the Press, where he talked about, I'm going to negotiate the abortion federal legislation because the heartbeat stuff I'm not all for. I think the heartbeat laws were terrible. There should be some negotiation of where that limit is. How is that playing in Iowa amongst GOP primary voters? Well, look, I think we'll find out. I mean, I think for now, the president's fine. I don't think it's impacted polling numbers much, but as his Republican competitors chip away at him on this issue, it could ultimately have an effect. I mean, one of the things we really don't know yet, Dwayne, because we haven't seen it yet, is for years, the issue with abortion in Republican primaries has been who's going to be, who's reliable and dependable when it comes to appointing conservative judges that if a challenge to Roe versus Wade were to get before them, would vote to overturn it. Well, Roe's gone, and we're now in an era where it's about what kind of legislation would you vote for or sign at the federal level to curtail abortion rights. And so we don't yet have something to go on yet in terms of how Republican primary voters look at this and react to this kind of debate. And we're going to find out. Of course, the former president's doing what he always does. He tells everybody he's going to make them happy. How? You know, I just will. Don't worry. Trust me. Well, we'll see how that works out. He's running against one governor who signed a six week heartbeat bill. He's running against other Republicans who have promised a 15 week federal ban on abortion. And we'll see if the president's bobbing and weaving on what kind of legislation he would push for or accept as president. Again, we'll see if that has an impact on how Republicans in Iowa vote. We don't know that it'll have any impact, but it might. Couple minutes left with David Drucker of the Dispatch. I want to shift over to the House GOP circus that is dealing with are we going to have a shutdown or are we not going to have a shutdown? It looks like it's looming again. And David Drucker, I read a piece back when he was with the examiner from 10 years ago. It's a really bad deja vu, David Drucker. Yeah, you know, I went and found that last night and I posted it and, you know, there they go again. The thing about shutdowns, Dwayne, is the party that instigates them almost, almost, almost never wins them. And we saw Republicans do this 10 years ago. They instigated a shutdown to try and force President Obama to defund his signature health care law. Of course, he was never going to do it. Of course, a majority Democratic Senate was never going to go along with it, but they did it anyway. They ended up failing and they ended up missing an opportunity to push incremental conservative reforms through a majority Democratic government. When I say Democratic, Democratic Party run government and Republicans seem on intent on reprising that mistake. There's no end game here. There's no unity. One of the reasons Kevin McCarthy was able to win a debt ceiling fight is there was unity among 218 Republicans. They don't have that here and they don't really know what they're doing at this point. That doesn't bode well. David Drucker, read everything he writes over at the Dispatch or you can catch him on Twitter, the site formerly known as Twitter X, at David M. Drucker, Dwayne Patterson in for Hugh Hewitt. We'll be back with the political roundup after the top of the hour break. Come right back next.
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"Well, I want to apologize in advance for the message, don't worry, not for the content, but for the manner of delivery in God's kind providence. This is one of the few times in my life where amplification is needed for my voice. God has graciously and kindly allowed me to experience some laryngitis. And so, it might sound a little rough, so I appreciate your patience in advance. My wife Maria is with me, my helpmate, the one who completes me, literally the wife of my youth. We've been married now for 38 years. We've got three adult daughters, Michelle, Marissa, and Amanda. Two of them have blessed us with sons in love, Brian and Donnie, three grandchildren, Jashani and Caleb, and Bethany Rose, and Amanda is the only one still with us at home. She loves when I do this, but I am accepting applications. TheLawMan104 at Gmail.com, TheLawMan104 at Gmail.com. Only the godly need apply, and if you're wondering how serious I am about that, before now almost 20 years of full-time street evangelism ministry, there was 20 years of law enforcement. So, only the godly need apply. It has been such a blessing to spend most of the week. Yeah, I'm going to get it on the drive home high note. It's been such a blessing to spend much of this week with you, to break bread with you, to fellowship with you, to proclaim the gospel with you, to enjoy some momentary light affliction in the form of persecution with you. It has truly been a joy. My dear brother, Pastor Jeff and I compliment each other very, very well. He speaks way too highly of me, and I could never speak too highly of your pastor. He is one of my dearest brothers, and I love him, and Elizabeth, and the five kids who have graciously adopted me and Maria as grandparents, when they already have such wonderful grandparents, and so it is a joy, a joy to be with all of you. I send greetings, bring greetings from Grace Fellowship Church up in Davenport. We pray every Sunday evening of a handful of churches, one church each week, and Christ Fellowship Bible Church is one of the churches that we regularly lift up in prayer. We love you all very, very much. We love to co-labor with you in these ways, and just know that your church family, your elders, all of you are being prayed for on a regular basis up in Iowa. Now, the title of this afternoon's sermon is How to Gauge Success in Your Personal Evangelism Efforts. Now, today's sermon will be unlike the homiletically precise and beautifully exposited sermons you are so richly accustomed to hearing Sunday after Sunday from this pulpit. Today's sermon is going to be more topical in nature, and while today's sermon will have its three standard points, it's going to be a while before we get there. In fact, I think about two-thirds of this afternoon's message is introduction with a whole bunch of sub-points. So if you're taking notes, get ready. Now, the three main points, which serve as a three-word definition of effectiveness or success in evangelism, obedience, faith, and love, will be presented in a bullet point, almost shotgun manner, with a reading of assorted biblical texts and brief commentary on each. And the reason for this is that I believe that once we get to these three points, it's going to take very little explanation and even less convincing to bring you to an understanding of what success and or effectiveness in evangelism truly looks like. Now, if I haven't lost you already and that wouldn't be your fault, it would be mine, my hope is that this will all make sense by the time we finish our time in the Word this afternoon. And my hope is that our time in the Word will bring conviction, correction, sanctification, and edification to this portion of the Bride of Christ, which calls Christ Fellowship Bible Church home. That's the goal. So I'd ask that you'd stand with me for the reading of God's Word. I'm going to read two passages of Scripture. Now, these two passages are going to serve as foundational passages for this afternoon's message. They will be referenced throughout the message that we won't be expositing them per se, but this gives us the foundation of where we're going today. The first is Matthew 22 verses 34 to 40. Matthew 22 verses 34 to 40. God's Word tells us this. But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered themselves together. One of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, testing him. Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law? And he said to him, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these, the two commandments depend, the whole law and the prophets. And then just turn a couple pages over in your Bible to Matthew 28. Just like the passage in Matthew 22, this one I'm sure is very familiar to you. Matthew 28 verses 16 to 20. God's Word tells us this. But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated. And when they saw him, they worshiped him, but some were doubtful. Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, all authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you. And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. You made me see this. And again, I apologize. The clearing of the throat is going to be an inevitable consequence of me talking this afternoon. So, I appreciate you bearing with me. Because I am a Christian, because I have been saved by the grace of God alone through faith alone, in Jesus Christ alone, I believe the best way for me to fulfill the two greatest commandments which we just read is this. The greatest way I can show my love for God is by testifying to the world who he is and what he has done in the world through Christ and in my own life. And the greatest way I can show my love for a person, any person, every person, is by warning people about the wrath of God to come. A wrath that may already abide upon them and pointing them to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for the grace, mercy, love, forgiveness, and reconciliation they so desperately need. In today's message, we're going to consider what the Word of God says regarding this most important temporal endeavor, loving God and loving people through the vehicle of evangelism. More specifically, we're going to consider by what standard we ought to gauge the effectiveness of our evangelism efforts. And there is a standard. And again, the standard for gauging the effectiveness in evangelism, the standard for gauging our quote-unquote successfulness in evangelism is obedience, faith, and love. Write those three words down if you're taking notes. Obedience, faith, and love. I want to begin by sharing some quotes from great evangelists about evangelism. Some of these you're going to be familiar with, maybe some of them you might not be. Hudson Taylor once said, the Great Commission isn't an option to be considered, it's a command to be obeyed. Albert Mohler, at the end of the day, the biggest obstacle to evangelism is Christians who don't share the gospel. Oswald J. Smith, we talk of a second coming. Half the world has never heard of the first. I would hazard guess it's more than that. Charles Spurgeon, we're going to hear from him a few times, the Prince of Preachers. Oh, my brothers and sisters in Christ, if sinners will be damned, at least let them leap to hell over our bodies. If they will perish, let them perish with our arms about their knees, imploring them to stay and not madly to destroy themselves. If hell must be filled, at least let it be filled in the teeth of our exertions and let not one go there unwarned and unprayed for. Again, Charles Spurgeon, every Christian, every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter. Leonard Ravenhill, could a mariner sit idle if he heard the drowning cry? Could a doctor sit in comfort and just let his patients die? Could a fireman sit idle, let men burn and give no end? Can you sit at ease in Zion with the world around you damned? William Booth, not called, do you say? Not called? Not heard the call? I think you should say. Put your ear down to the Bible and hear him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity and listen to its pitiful wail for help. Go stand by the gates of hell and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father's house and bid their brothers and sisters and servants and masters not to come there. And then look Christ in the face, whose mercy you have professed to obey, and tell him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish his mercy to the world. William Barclay, there is no joy in the world like the joy of bringing one soul to Christ. And the author is unknown on this one, evangelism is not a professional job for a few trained men, but is instead the unrelenting responsibility of every person who belongs to the company of Jesus. And one last one from Charles Spurgeon. It is a very material point in salvation to be saved from hardness of heart and carelessness about others. Do you want to go to heaven alone? I fear you will never go there. Have you no wish for others to be saved? Then you are not saved yourself. Be sure of that. What is the most natural plan to use for the salvation of others but to bear your own personal testimony? To be a Christian and to not be regularly engaged in evangelism. Not the way I do it, not the way your pastor does it, not the way Brandon or Nathan or Peter or some of the other folks in the church necessarily do it. But to be a Christian and not be regularly engaged in evangelism according to the personality God has given you. In the context of life, where he has placed you is tantamount to being a police officer who refuses to enforce the law. A carpenter who refuses to pick up a hammer. A chef who refuses to prepare a meal. An athlete who refuses to exercise. A teacher who refuses to educate. A firefighter who refuses to rescue the perishing. A doctor who refuses to treat patients. A soldier who refuses to fight a just war. An ambassador who refuses to herald the king's message. In other words, a Christian who refuses to engage in evangelism is by definition a contradiction of terms. But here in North American Evangelicalism, evangelism is so often the exception instead of the rule. But it has always been the rule for every genuine follower of Jesus Christ. To profess faith in Christ while knowingly and willfully refusing to tell others about him, refusing to warn them of the wrath of God to come and then refusing to point them to salvation by the grace of God alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone, is such a dereliction of Christian duty. Such an example of cowardness. Such an act of depraved indifference. Such an expression of lovelessness that such a one should examine himself to see if he is even in the faith. If you are unwilling to sacrifice a friendship for the soul of a friend, if you are unwilling to sacrifice comfort for the soul of a stranger, if you are unwilling to sacrifice your temporal freedom for the souls of those who want to take that freedom, if you are unwilling to sacrifice your vaunted, cherished, and maybe even sinfully idolized ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for the furtherance of Christ's kingdom, then with what confidence do you boast of your own citizenship in the kingdom of heaven? Now who doesn't fail in this regard? I do. I fail. I have. I do. I will. And God's grace and Christ's sacrifice is perfectly sufficient to cover and wash away our occasional and even our frequent sinful evangelistic failures. Because it is by grace we are saved and kept through faith. We're not saved and kept through evangelism or any other work. But if you have no heart for evangelism, no heart for the parachute, no heart for those bound for hell, then you may not be saved. And if this is you, repent and believe the gospel while God has given you time. Now before we look at a biblical definition of effectiveness and or success in evangelism, I want to take some time to discuss why and how many, if not most, Christians fail in evangelism. And to do that we've got to consider the most common unbiblical definition of effectiveness and success in evangelism and the bad theology behind it. The unbiblical definition of success, the unbiblical definition of effectiveness in evangelism focuses on tangible results. How many decisions for Christ? Or how many people accepted Jesus as their Savior? Or how many people come to church? I posted a few videos to YouTube from some of our efforts this week, particularly out in front of the Hopeless Clinic over there in Granite City. And the comments are coming in and one person says, is this even effective? Is this even effective? Well, I answered him how I'm going to answer these questions now. You see, result driven models of evangelism inevitably result in a watered down gospel and strange fire like the prosperity gospel, the word of faith movement, and the seeker sensitive and seeker driven movements. Result driven models of evangelism often have as their foundation an unbiblical theological construct known as Arminianism. This unbiblical notion that states in part that man cooperates with God and his salvation. That's not true. It's known as synergism. That's the ten dollar word for that idea. And that's where the unbiblical concepts like accepting Jesus and asking Jesus into your heart and the sinner's prayer, none of which find their footing in scripture. That's where these unbiblical concepts come from. This idea that man somehow cooperates in his salvation. The Bible does not teach that people are saved by accepting Jesus. God doesn't need our acceptance. We need his. Rather, the Bible says in John 1 12 to 13, but as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in his name, who are born not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor the will of man, but of God. The Bible does not teach that people are saved by asking Jesus into their hearts. Rather, the Bible says in 1 Peter 1 3, blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Or in Acts 13 48, when the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord, and as many has been appointed to eternal life, believed. And then in Mark 1 15, Jesus said the time is fulfilled, the kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe in the gospel. The Bible does not teach that people are saved by praying a prayer. Nowhere in the word of God will you find anyone led in a prayer that somehow saves them. Ever. Instead, we read in the word of God in Romans 10 9 to 10, that if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. And then in the second part of Acts 16 31, we read believe in the Lord Jesus. Now the scene here is the Philippian jailer dropping to his knees and asking, what must I do to be saved? And Paul didn't respond by saying, well, you know, you have a God shaped hole in your heart that only Jesus can fill, and if you pray this prayer and repeat after me, well, then you'll be saved. No, he said, believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved. Result driven models of evangelism produce as an inevitable consequence, an unspoken and maybe unrealized mindset that says, the gospel isn't enough. The gospel isn't the power of God for salvation, the gospel needs my help. Music that is man centered instead of God centered, worship services designed to cater to the lost instead of sanctifying the saved. Outreach efforts that present the gospel as some kind of consolation prize during the church parking lot carnival. Friendship evangelism that is neither true friendship nor evangelistic. Gospel as service projects that feed water, clothes, and house people, while tragically only succeeding in making people feel more comfortable on their way to hell. All of it. All of it is an expression of the belief that Jesus isn't enough. The gospel isn't enough. Salvation from the wrath to come by the grace of God alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone just isn't enough. God needs our help. No, he doesn't. The gospel doesn't need to be excused. It's supposed to be proclaimed. Why? Romans 1 16, for we are not ashamed of the gospel. For it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. Not only does unbiblical theology and a minimization of the gospel's power breed ineffective and unsuccessful evangelism, but so do wrong motives in evangelism. Even when we might be doing it the right way. We all know that God can talk through a donkey, right? We also know that a true gospel preached under false pretenses can be used by God to usher his elect into the kingdom. Paul wrote in Philippians 1 18 to 20, what then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed and in this I rejoice. For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and hope that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness Christ will even now as always be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. However, while God is perfectly effective in calling the elect to himself and will at times use false converts as he did in my own life, and wrongly motivate Christians to proclaim his gospel, or wrongly motivated rather, Christians to proclaim his gospel, for the Christian with the wrong motives, your evangelism isn't as effective as you may think. There are street preachers and street screechers running all over the planet, nomads who have no attachment to a local church, who think they are very effective because they are preaching a biblical gospel. If you are engaged in evangelism with wrong motives, then you run the risk of bringing a reproach upon Christ if and when others discover your wrong motives. And you will have fewer crowns to lay at the master's feet, as much of your work may in the end burn up with hay and stubble. I've been on the streets full time for some 19 years now, and I can testify to you that I know some of my work over those two decades is going to burn up with the hay and the stubble. Oh, it's not to say that the gospel proclaimed wasn't used by God in each and every instance as that gospel was proclaimed, whether to be an aroma of death unto death to those who are perishing, or an aroma of life unto life to those who are being saved. But I'm not going to have crowns to lay at the master's feet for all of my evangelism efforts, because I did it with wrong motives sometimes, I did it for the wrong reasons sometimes. Christ will still be glorified, God will still be exalted, the gospel will do exactly what God intended the gospel to do, but I won't have the crowns to lay at the master's feet in all of my evangelistic endeavors, because I was out there for the wrong reasons. Again, our focus this afternoon is having a biblical standard for gauging our effectiveness in evangelism, a standard that can withstand the scrutiny of naysayers inside and outside the church, and a standard that can provide us with encouragement and spirit-led motivation whenever we begin to ask the question of ourselves, is the evangelism I'm doing really effective? Is there really any success to the evangelism I'm engaged in? Now the standard we will consider, what I believe to be the biblical standard, has two sides to its coin. Yes, it's a standard that can both encourage and motivate us in our evangelism efforts, however it is likewise a standard that can correct and rebuke us when we stray toward unbiblical ineffectiveness in evangelism. So what might some of these wrong motives look like? Ask yourself, particularly if you are actively engaged in public or street evangelism, as many of you here are, ask yourselves the following questions. First, are you motivated by a love for evangelism instead of a love for people? Are you motivated by a love for evangelism instead of a love for people? As I look back on my own 19 years of full-time public evangelistic ministry, I know there were times when I finished open-air preaching for instance and quickly packed up and headed home. Now sometimes there were real time constraints and or other obligations that required a hasty retreat from the field, but there were certainly other times when I rushed off for no other reason than I was done preaching. I did what I came to do and I'm done. I didn't take the time to wait and see if anyone wanted to talk about what they heard. And I didn't take the time to seek out people to talk to them. People I watched listening to the preaching, people I knew were listening to the preaching. And I think those times of unwarranted quick exits from the streets revealed in me a greater love for the activity of evangelism than the biblically intended goal of evangelism and that is the saving of souls. I enjoyed the act of evangelism more than I loved the people I was trying to reach with the gospel. How about this? Are you motivated by what evangelism can do for you in a temporal sense? There were likewise times when my public ministry was motivated by a desire to build up the ministry. After all it was my livelihood. There were times when I went to the places I went, preached the messages I preached, partnered with the people I partnered, had the conversations I had, shot the video footage I shot to build my ministry. There were times when I was focused on raising financial support, building my tiny little brand and furthering my reputation with the hope of being invited in the pulpits and on podcasts and maybe even on the conference platforms. See that kind of work burns up with the hay in the stubble. How about this? Are you engaged in evangelism, whether public or personal, public or private, because you have to or because you get to? Are you engaged in evangelism because you have to or because you get to? There is a difference. Are you motivated by the joy of telling people about Jesus? Are you motivated because evangelism or are you motivated because evangelism is little more than a spiritual box you know you are supposed to check? Is evangelism an expression of worship or an exasperating form of work for you? Is evangelism work you do heartily as unto the Lord or is it nothing more than the work you do begrudgingly to stay out of spiritual trouble? As many of us have been out on the streets together this last week, we should ask ourselves why we were out there. Did we have the sense that we got to go, that we were allowed to go, that we were blessed to go, that we were privileged to go? Or did we have the sense that we had to go? Were you out there this week because some fat old furry guy from Davenport, Iowa was out there with you? Your work is going to burn up if that at all was your motivation. And even after learning these things and being confronted with these things and repenting of these things in my own life, I have to continually watch out for all of these things in my own life. Tony when are you going to preach? Well I got to think about that. Because am I going to preach for the glory of God and for those people in front of me or am I going to preach to entertain you? I have to consider that every time I preach. Did we take to the streets with the recognition and the motivation that while we understood we were obeying Christ's command to fulfill the great commission? Was our obedience filled with the joy that came with that palpable sense of privilege to be allowed to do that which Christ has commanded us to do? Was it truly a joy to obey Christ outside the Cardinals game or in front of the Abortuary or on the college campuses or at the corner of Walk and Don't Walk? How close were we this week individually and collectively to reaching the biblical definition of success, the biblical definition of effectiveness in our evangelism? The biblical definition which are answering these three questions. Were we obedient? Were we faithful? Were we loving? So let's now, I think now we're ready to look at these three elements, these three tests of effectiveness and or success in evangelism whether it be your personal evangelism or whether it be in that public proclamation of the gospel. First, is our evangelism regardless of the context, public or personal, effective and successful because we are obedient to make the effort to make disciples as we are going? And as we answer that question we should ask ourselves, is or was my obedience genuine or feigned? Was it pretend? Psalm 66 3, say to God, how awesome are your works because of the greatness of your power, your enemies will give feigned obedience to you. Psalm 81 15, those who hate the Lord would pretend obedience to him and their time of punishment would be forever. If our obedience is feigned or pretend then of course we must repent. Having settled the matter we should recognize that our obedience in evangelism comes in part from the reality that we are slaves to righteousness, slaves of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Willing, thankful slaves for a master. Romans 6 16, do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death or of obedience resulting in righteousness? And as slaves of Christ we understand that our obedience in evangelism isn't special, it isn't noteworthy, it isn't praiseworthy. We are simply doing that which our master has commanded us to do. Man in street preaching circles, we love the pat on the back, we love the accolades from our fellow preachers, we love the likes on our posts. Jesus said this in Luke 17 7-10, which of you, having a slave plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, come immediately and sit down to eat. But will he not say to him, prepare something for me to eat and properly clothe yourself and serve me while I eat and drink and afterward you may eat and drink? He does not thank the slave because he did the things which were commanded, does he? So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, we are unworthy slaves. We have done only that which we ought to have done. Obedience in evangelism means we recognize that we are not special, that we are not doing anything special in and of ourselves, that we are not worthy of a pat on the back from our fellow man or our Lord. Because we are doing nothing more than what we ought to do as slaves of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our obedience in evangelism is an expression of love about which we will look more closely and will more closely consider here in a few minutes. There can be no true love for Jesus without a desire to obey his commands, without a desire to obey all of his commands, of which evangelism is just one. Jesus said in John 14, 15, if you love me, you will keep my commands. Now as I read these, for anyone who might be confused, this isn't obedience that leads to salvation. This is obedience that is a fruit of salvation. You will never obey to the point of earning or keeping the love of God through the gift of faith in Jesus Christ. But if you are in Jesus Christ, you will bear fruit. And that fruit includes obedience and a desire to obey, not only in evangelism, but a desire to obey all of his commands. John 14, 23 to 24, Jesus answered and said to him, if anyone loves me, he will keep my word and my Father will love him and we will come to him and make our abode with him. He who does not love me does not keep my words. The word which you hear is not mine, but the Father's who sent me. A little later in John 15, 10, Jesus said, if you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. We should obey Christ as Christ obeyed the Father. This kind of obedience is commensurate with a real desire to follow Christ wherever he leads, to follow Christ even to where he has already gone, to deny ourselves and take up our own crosses. John 10, 27, my sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me. Mark 8, 34, and he summoned the crowd with his disciples and said to them, if anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. Similarly, but with one very key word change in Luke 9, 23, and he was saying to them all, if anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Obeying Christ in evangelism is a living testimony and, if need be, a dying declaration to the reality that Jesus Christ commissioned his apostles and all of us who had come to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ as a result of their gospel teachings. We have been commissioned to this work. Again, Matthew 28, 18 to 20, and Jesus came up and spoke to them saying, all authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you and lo, I am with you always even to the end of the age. Yes, my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, obedience to Christ is a barometer for success and effectiveness in both personal and public evangelism. Faith is another barometer. Evangelism engaged by faith and in faith and through faith is effective and successful evangelism. If you are faithful in the work, and of course all of this presumes we're preaching a biblical gospel, but if you are faithful in the work, no matter what the results look like, if you can see any at all, good, bad or ugly, if you are faithful in the work, you are successful. You are effective. When we don't engage in evangelism because we've bought the worlds and sadly much of the visible church's lies about the effectiveness of evangelism, we say with Peter, on the night of Jesus' arrest and mocking and beating, I do not know the man. Have you thought of that? When you refuse to be faithful, to engage in evangelism, have you thought of that? Have you thought about the way you're denying Christ in that? Do you read that passage about Peter and wonder, how could Peter ever do that? Not once, not twice, three times. How many times have you refused to share the gospel when you had the opportunity to do so? Once, twice, three times, too many to count like me? Every time I was unfaithful in that way I was saying I do not know the man and I don't want you to know him either. However, we are faithful when we are so unashamed of the gospel, that the thought of denying Christ by way of evangelistic inactivity or slothfulness, that we cannot help but declare the gospel in our homes and at work and at school and in the company of lost friends and in the company of strangers on sidewalks, on campuses, in large cities, in small towns, in coffee shops, in post offices, in grocery stores. Why? Well, according to the word of God, it's because we're not ashamed of the gospel. For it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. In evangelism, we faithfully refuse to buy the lie that says to be too evangelistic is to risk pushing people away from Jesus. You can't push anyone away from Jesus. You can't catch them to do it. Because by their very nature they're running as fast as they can toward hell. You can't catch them to push them away. Don't believe that lie. We refuse to see ourselves as public or corporate nuisances. Instead, by faith we see ourselves as Christ sees us, as Christ commissioned us, as ambassadors. 2 Corinthians 5.20, Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us. We beg you on behalf of Christ be reconciled to God. When we are faithful in evangelism, we are ready to speak confidently, assuredly, unashamedly, gently and respectfully about the hope that is in us. 1 Peter 3.15, But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence. Yeah, but Tony, no one's asking me. So I'm off the hook, right? No one's asking me. Maybe no one is asking because you don't look or sound anything like Jesus. Maybe they have no idea that they ought to ask you. Maybe it's because you're being unfaithful when it comes to evangelism. That's not an accusation, that's just something for you to consider, something I have to consider. The faithful Christian evangelizes knowing and believing that the God who is always working is at work in every gospel tract distributed, in every evangelistic letter written, in every science, philosophy and social studies question biblically answered, in every conversation had, in every open air sermon preached, in every catechism to a child. The effective and successful evangelizing Christian who is not privy to the names of all the elect, to all the names written in the Lamb's Book of Life, believes that salvation is possible for every lost person on the receiving end of his or her gospel presentation. The effective and successful evangelizing Christian knows that all things are possible with God, including the saving of souls. He or she actually engages in evangelism, believing God is going to save somebody. Matthew 19, 24 to 26, Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. And when the disciples heard this, they were very astonished and said, then who can be saved? And looking at them, Jesus said to them, with people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible. We can go out to that abortuary, that hopeless so-called clinic, and we can stand there thinking this is impossible. This is impossible! We're not even getting yelled at from the clinic. We're getting yelled at from the ultrasound van behind us. This is impossible! No, it's not! Because with God, the saving of every woman going into that murder mill is possible. The saving of every unborn child is possible. The saving of every coward driving a woman to that place is possible. The saving of every so-called death-scort in front of the place is possible. The saving of every abortionist is possible, because with God it's possible. That's what we should be thinking. Not, oh, here we go again. Oh, we've got to stand out here again. This is going to be miserable again. No. We should be going out there and every other place we bring the gospel with the joy of the Lord is our strength, believing by faith that with God it is possible. The faithful evangelizing Christian fears God and not man, and when fear of man raises its ugly head, the faithful evangelizing Christian fights the sin of fear by the power of the Holy Spirit. He knows that he shouldn't fear man who can only kill the body. He knows God values him more than many sparrows. He knows God has numbered both his days and the hairs on his head. And so he faithfully sacrifices of himself and, if necessary, he sacrifices himself, not on the altars of comfort and safety, but at the foot of the cross, knowing that persecution is good for him, that persecution is a gift from God to him, that persecution is a glorification of Christ in his life, in her life. Matthew 10, 21 to 33, a longer passage. Brother will betray brother to death and father as child and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. You will be hated by it all because of my name, but it is the one who has endured to the end who will be saved. But whenever they persecute you in one city, flee to the next, for truly I say to you, you will not finish going through the cities of Israel until the Son of Man comes. A disciple is not above his teacher nor a slave above his master. It is enough for the disciple that he become like his teacher and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign the members of his household. Therefore do not fear them. For nothing, there is nothing concealed that will not be revealed or hidden that will not be known. What I tell you in the darkness speak in the light and what you hear whispered in your ear proclaim upon the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul, but rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear you are more valuable than many sparrows. Therefore everyone who confesses me before men, I will also confess before my Father who is in heaven. But whoever denies me before men, I will also deny him before my Father who is in heaven. Yes beloved, if we are obedient in our evangelism, if we are faithful to Christ and the gospel in our evangelism, then we are both effective and successful in our evangelism. Do not ever again be discouraged by the professing Christian who walks up to you and says, This does not work! That is just a lie from Satan. Now the person who is standing in front of you might be a genuine believer who thinks that way. Because they have been poorly taught, poorly discipled, poorly shepherded. And probably because seeing you do the work faithfully racks them with so much guilt and shame and not doing anything at all, it is just easier to point a finger at you. So do not be discouraged. If you are being obedient and you are being faithful, brothers and sisters, you are biblically and God glorifyingly effective and successful in your evangelism no matter the results. Finally, evangelism motivated by love for God and love for people is always effective and successful. Now as I start to try to land this plane in the next few minutes, let me repeat something I said at the beginning. Because we are Christians, because we have been saved by the grace of God alone through faith alone and Jesus Christ alone, I believe the best way for us to fulfill the two greatest commandments is this. The greatest way we can show our love for God is by testifying to the world who He is and what He has done in the world through Christ and in our lives. And the greatest way we can show our love for a person, any person, every person is by warning people about the wrath of God to come, a wrath that may already abide upon them and pointing them to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for the grace, mercy, love, forgiveness and reconciliation they so desperately need. Again, Matthew 22, 34 to 40. But when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered themselves together. One of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, testing him, teacher, which is the great commandment in the law. And he said to him, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the greatest and foremost commandment and the second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend the whole law and the prophets. Furthermore, because we love the people with whom we have relationship, we must be willing to sacrifice these relationships for the sake of the souls of our loved ones and friends. We must be willing to lay down all of the benefits we may derive from the relationship with our lost friends and family members. We must be willing to sacrifice that which in many cases brings us the most joy, our relationships. Jesus said, pastor quoted it earlier, John 15, 13, greater love is no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. Not only must we be willing to lay down our lives for our friends, lay down our friendships for the souls of our friends, but we must also be willing to have that same kind of sacrificial love for our enemies and the enemies of Christ. Matthew 5, 43 to 48, you have heard that it was said, you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you so that you may be sons of your father who is in heaven. For he causes his son to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous, for if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Don't even the gentiles do the same? Therefore you are to be perfect as your heavenly father is perfect. We are effective, we are successful in our evangelism efforts when we love our enemies, when we do good to those who hate us, those who will fire us from our jobs because of our faith in Christ, a brother in our church has recently experienced that. Or those who will arrest us because of our faith in Christ, those who will try to inflict physical harm upon us because of our faith in Christ. And again, there is no greater way we can love our enemies than pointing them to the one they hate the most, the one they hated first, Jesus Christ the Lord. Luke 6, 26 to 28. Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for their fathers used to treat the false prophets in the same way. But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. It is this kind of love, love for Christ, love for friends and family, love for strangers, love for enemies that produces in us a holy tenacity and a spirit driven boldness that makes us both successful and effective in every evangelism effort. Every one of them. Every single one of them. When the early church was receiving its first taste of potentially hazardous and costly persecution, they did not petition the Lord for relief. They did not ask the Lord for relief. So much did they love Christ. So much did they love their enemies that they asked for more boldness still. Acts 4, 23 to 31. When they had been released, they went to their own companions and reported all that the chief priests and the elders had said to them. And when they heard this, they lifted their voices to God with one accord and said, O Lord, it is you who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them, who by the Holy Spirit through the mouth of our Father David your servant said, Why did the Gentiles rage and the peoples devise futile things? The kings of the earth took their stand and the rulers were gathered together against the Lord and against His Christ. Truly in this city they were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel to do whatever your hand and your purpose predestined to. And now, Lord, take note of their threats and grant that your bondservants may speak your word with all confidence while you extend your hand to heal and signs and wonders take place through the name of your holy servant Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place where they had gathered together was shaken and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak the word of God with boldness. With boldness. It is this kind of sacrificial bold love that casts out all fear. Probably the biggest deterrent to effective evangelism and successful evangelism is fear. But love, true biblical love, removes that sinful deterrent. 1 John 4.18, There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear because fear involves punishment and the one who fears is not perfected in love. Dear friends, as I've said for many years, I say to you now, the only time we fail in evangelism, the only time we fail in evangelism, presuming we biblically gauge in evangelism, the only time we fail in evangelism is when we fail to evangelize. That's the only time we fail. If you are obedient to Christ and proclaim a biblical gospel, then you are successful and effective in your evangelism efforts. If you are faithful to Christ and His word, then you are successful and effective in your evangelism efforts. If you seek to fulfill the true two greatest commandments, to love God and love your neighbor, then you are successful and effective in your evangelism efforts. Every single one of them, regardless of the results, regardless of the outcome, obedience, faith and love. That's your definition of effective evangelism. Obedience, faith and love. With God the Father keeping us, with God the Son shepherding us, with God the Holy Spirit indwelling and leading us, and with obedience, faith and love as our holy motivations and our foundational principles, we can only be effective and successful in our evangelism efforts. Are you effective and successful in your evangelism efforts? Well, no, Tony. Not when you put it that way. In fact, I don't engage in evangelism. You know why? It's not my gift. It's not my gift. God never requires a special gift of the individual Christian to enable him or her to do that which He has commanded every Christian to do. God never requires a special gift of the individual Christian to enable him or her to do that which He has commanded every Christian to do. You will not find the so-called gift of evangelism anywhere in the Bible. Might there be some Christians who are better at evangelism than others? Certainly, just like there are some Christians who are more hospitable than others, more encouraging than others, more giving than others, better leaders than others. However, that there are Christians who are better at evangelism than others doesn't free a single Christian from his or her responsibility to engage in evangelism, to answer the call to every Christian to fulfill the Great Commission. Tony, I hear what you're saying, but I just don't want to do it. I don't want to lose my friend. I don't want to lose my scholarship. I don't want to lose my job. If this is you, dear friend, then you must understand that whatever or whoever you are unwilling to give up for the sake of Christ, unwilling to forfeit, to obey His command, to tell people about, and then at that tragic moment of refusal, that thing or that person you refuse to let go is your God. You are in that moment an idolater and you need to repent. If hearing that you bristle, maybe not because you disagree with what I'm saying but because your immediate reaction is that what I've suggested is just too high a price to pay, then you must, right now, examine yourself and test yourself to see if you are even in the faith. You must understand that if you bristle, it is not because of your love for people that you won't let go of them if necessary to proclaim the Gospel to them. It is because you do not want to deny yourself. You do not want to deny yourself the pleasure or benefit you derive from those to whom you refuse to proclaim the Gospel. You don't truly love them. You love yourself. Somewhere inside of you, you believe the people in your life need you more than they need Jesus. You believe you need the people in your life more than you need Jesus. Think about that. And if this is you, my friend, repent. I know many of you. It is likewise true that for me and Maria, there are many new faces here. People who have called Christ Fellowship Bible Church home since our last visit a couple of years ago, praise God. I praise God for new faces. I praise God that I will have more people to meet, Maria, and I will have more people to meet over dinner tonight. And as fine a church as this is, like every other church in the world gathering today, there are likely wheat and tares here this afternoon, saved and unsaved, true converts and false converts. There are people here this afternoon who are confident in their salvation and rightly so. And maybe there are those who are quite certain they are lost and rightly so. What kind of Christian would I be in such a setting at such an opportune time if I did not proclaim the Gospel? What would that say about my love for God? What would that say about my love for you? Well, I would be ineffective. I would be unsuccessful, wouldn't I? If you are here this afternoon and you know you are pretending to love Jesus when you know you really don't. Or if you are here this afternoon and you make no bones about it, no, I don't love Jesus. I know I don't love Jesus. Then I call you to repent. God the Father sent His Son to earth and the person of Jesus Christ, truly God, truly man without sin. Living a life of perfection for some 33 years that none of us can manage to live for 33 seconds. Yet even though He knew no sin, at a time appointed by God the Father before the foundation of the world, God the Son voluntarily sacrificed His life on that Roman cross. He died a death He did not deserve to take upon Himself the punishment each and every one of us young and old rightly deserve for our sins against God. And unlike every false God created in the imaginations of men, Jesus Christ the Lord, the God-man, the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last, the second person of the one and only triune God who was with the Father in creation, all things being created by Him and through Him and for Him, the sinless Lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world and the Lion of the tribe of Judah who will judge both the living and the dead, this one Jesus Christ rose from the grave. He is alive today. He will return at a time of the Father's choosing. What God commands of you this day at this moment is that you repent. That you turn to God from your sin and by faith and by faith alone you receive Jesus Christ as your Lord and your Savior. And He will take that heart of stone that has no real love for God and therefore has no real love for people. In fact, you don't even love yourself. Because the Word of God says that the one who rejects God, the one who rejects the wisdom of God, doesn't love self, doesn't love life, they love death. They love death. You must turn to Christ. Christ is your only hope. And if God causes you to be born again to a living hope, if He extends to you the gifts of repentance and faith that only God can give, then again He will take that heart of stone and He will give you a heart of flesh. You will begin to love that which God loves, namely Him. And you will begin to hate that which God hates, namely your own sin. And you will have the assurance of salvation not because you attend a good church on Sunday. And you will have the assurance of salvation not because you participate in evangelism. You will have the assurance of salvation not because you're a good person, because you're not. You're like the rest of us. You will have the assurance of salvation because of the goodness of God that would allow His perfect and priceless Son to die for a sinner like you. And you will be reconciled to God, the God you've offended your entire life by your sin. And again you will have that assurance, that assurance of forgiveness, that hope of eternal life because of the goodness of God that would allow His Son to die for a sinner like you. So repent and believe this Gospel. Turn to Christ and live while God has given you time. And as a result of that salvation, if He gives that to you, not as a work leading to salvation, but as a fruit of that salvation, you will love God and you will love people. And you will want to, in obedience, faith and love, proclaim the Gospel you've heard today. Let's pray. Father, I thank you for our time and your Word. I thank you for your grace and your mercy and your kindness. Father, I pray for my brothers and sisters here at Christ Fellowship that they were edified this afternoon, not by me but by you, by your Word. That they were sanctified, maybe corrected, challenged. And I pray, Father, that they will even more boldly proclaim the Gospel than obedience, faith and love. And for anyone here who does not know Christ, I pray, Father, believing that all things are possible by you. That you would cause people to be born again today here. Not for the filling of this church. Not for the exaltation of a pastor. Not for the joy of a preacher. But for your own glory. That you would save souls. For your own glory. In Jesus' name. Amen.
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"Trump calls Florida heartbeat bill a terrible mistake, and Mike Pence talks war with Russia. So I think if you will allow me to speak critically of Donald Trump for five minutes, I will speak critically. No, no, no, no. Look, you know, and I know, everybody listens who to this program knows that I don't think Trump is perfect. I think he ought to be the next president. And I think that, as you know about me and about many people listening to this program, that we are radically pro -life. We think it's a moral issue. And I think that Trump has made, I think he misspoke. I think it was, I don't know. Well, talk about it so people understand what we're talking about. Donald Trump went on face the nation and said that the heartbeat bill Ron DeSantis bravely signed in Florida was a terrible thing, a terrible mistake. And he said that he wouldn't commit to supporting any kind of federal restriction on the taking of unborn life. And he said with characteristic real estate bravado, well, I'm going to have policies that are going to make everybody happy. Everybody's going to walk away happy from the table. That is not how things work. When you're talking about life and death issues, Mr. President, that is how things might work. If you're negotiating over ownership of a golf course. All right. All right. Each of you is going to get nine holes. Okay. You'll each get nine holes. It's wonderful. You got, you've got half a golf course, half a loaf is better than none. But we remember from the story of Solomon, half a baby is not better than none. In this case, we're talking about cutting the baby in half. Literally we're talking about should abortion, should the pro -life position be, we want a bad abortion after maybe 15 weeks, which would only get rid of maybe 8 % of the abortions in America. If that's the pro -life position, it's not worth a damn thing. That's the law in Germany. That's the law in France. That's the law in Belgium. All these countries where euthanasia is now taking over. Having a 10 week, a 15 week abortion ban solves absolutely nothing. It just means the women who are so dopey, they don't even know they're pregnant until like 18 weeks won't be able to get abortions. That's all it means. He's really just punishing the stupid. It's not saving a significant number of babies. I don't know who Trump is getting his advice from on the abortion issue, but they're not on our side. They are like the Jared Kushner. They're not on our side. What Trump is saying is a complete loser position. It's like saying we're going to build the wall. We're going to build the wall with the Mexican border, except every 20 feet there's going to be a gap. We'll get most of the wall built. There'll guess who will come. I think a couple of things need to be said. First of all, I already said it. Trump is not perfect. So he often has done things that I think are harmful to himself. And saying that I think just politically is a mistake. But we also have to say without a doubt he has been the most pro -life president we ever had in this country. Because of him and standing up for Kavanaugh, Roe v. Wade was overturned. I want to remind people of that. I also want to remind people that he spoke at the March for Life. No other president had done that. And so right now, I guess I find everything with him, not everything, but a lot of stuff just funny. It's almost like he'll say anything Ron DeSantis says, he'll say the opposite. I know. You could be triggered and tripped into that. And it's his Achilles heel that whatever Trump, whatever DeSantis says, Trump will somehow try to spin it. Trump even said that Andrew Cuomo did a better job on COVID than Ron DeSantis. That is literally the most insane thing any American politician has said since Jefferson Davis said I want to secede from the union. It's up to that level of crazy. But Trump, I mean Trump does this stuff for effect. In other words, for political effect to drive people crazy. That's why I guess I find it at least partially entertaining that he'll go out on a limb and say something like that just to trigger DeSantis. The problem is this stuff isn't cute. There were thousands of people murdered in those nursing homes in New York. Abortion isn't cute. This is not something funny. This is not like letting Jared and Ivanka turn the White House into their own little party hut. This is really serious. And our only leverage over Trump is right now during the primaries. If he gets the nomination, he can do whatever he wants because he will be elected president unless they assassinate him, which I do not put past that. I do not put that past the deal. Oh, I know that there have been attempts that we haven't heard about, but obviously they would do anything to get rid of him. We have our leverage now, especially before the Iowa caucus. Trump needs to be told if you keep saying this weak, rhino, wimpy garbage about abortion, maybe we'll hold our noses and vote for you against Joe Biden because we don't want to be put in prison camps. But we're not going to go to the mattresses for you. We're not going to go to the wall for you. We're not going to be fanatical, devoted supporters. We will hold our nose and vote for you the way we held our noses and voted for George W. Bush. Do you want to be the next George W. Bush? Well, no, John, I think it's worse than that. I think what will happen, what will happen is many evangelicals, pro -life evangelicals simply won't vote, which I think is an unbelievable mistake because they feel it's principled not to vote for Trump because he said this about what DeSantis's view. On the other hand, let him think that and maybe it's true and let him act accordingly. It's like if we are so on the reservation, Eric, that they know they have our votes no matter what they do, the Republican Party will keep treating evangelicals and pro -lifers the way the Democratic Party treats blacks. That is, you have no choice where you're going to go, take whatever scraps we throw you. So no, I think it's good. Let him be a little afraid that we will go off the reservation. No, that's why I just said that. That's why I just said that. In other words, I actually believe that that's true because when you look at what happened in the last number of elections, there are many evangelicals who are so pious in the negative sense that they would say, I'm just going to sit home and I'm not going to vote because Trump had three wives and I'm going to let Hillary Clinton or Satan or Adolf Hitler take over America because I'm so pious that I won't pull the lever for somebody who doesn't agree with me on everything or who puts out mean tweets or says things I disagree with. That is effectively how we got Biden because we didn't have a serious situation that we're in. On the other hand, Mike Pence is saying that unless we give long range missiles to Ukraine so it can kill lots of Russians, we'll have to go to war with Russia because it will invade Poland. So in order to avoid war, we have to fight a war. It's exactly what George W. Bush said about Iraq, that we have to fight the terrorists over there so we don't have to fight them over here so they won't do 9 -11 again. Now we know now Iraq had nothing to do with 9 -11. It had no weapons of mass destruction. So he lied us into the Iraq war. In Vietnam, they told us we had to fight the Vietnam war so that the communists wouldn't take over Japan and then Hawaii. The whole domino theory is something that warmongers and the military contractors they work for, they whip it out every time they want to get us in a useless war. They say, well, remember Neville Chamberlain? Remember 1938? And I always say, remember August, 1914, when they blundered into World War I and destroyed all three of the main governments involved in it, all based on nothing, based on lies, based on garbage. Sometimes it's November, September, 1938. Sometimes it's August, 1914. And you're the idiot warmonger about to plunge the world into destruction because of your silly fantasies private about being a big man. Mike Pence is one of those warmongers and he's very dangerous right now. There's never enough time to talk to you, my friend. We'll get you back as soon as possible. Thank you, folks. We'll be right back. Thank you. For 10 years, Patriot Mobile has been America's only Christian conservative wireless provider. And when I say only, trust me, they're the only one. Glenn and the team have been great supporters of this show, which is why I'm proud to partner with them. 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Fresh update on "iowa" discussed on History That Doesn't Suck
"As he'll later recall, he makes the commander a cup of "...steaming black coffee, strong enough to blister the throat." Charles takes a sip, letting the hot, bitter brew burn its way through his throat to warm his body. That does the trick. Pushing through his strained voice, the corps commander says sternly, "...give me Chatillon, MacArthur. Give me Chatillon, or a list of five thousand casualties." Doug is startled by the general's abruptness, as well as his ultimatum to take Chatillon or sacrifice the entire brigade trying. Yet, the 84th Brigade Commander answers, "...alright, General. We'll take it, or my name will head the list." Run ragged by this war, and even worse by this campaign, Charles can't help the tears that form in his eyes at this moment. He knows that Doug means what he says. That he's ready to sacrifice his own life, not just the lives of the doughboys he commands. Charles Summerall says nothing more. Sharing a knowing glance with Doug, the uncharacteristically teary V Corps commander simply rises and leaves. As for Doug, he turns back to his map and battle plans. Come morning, he's got a promise to fulfill, one way or the other. While preparing to go into battle, the doughboys of the 42nd Rainbow Division's 84th Brigade hear of General Douglas MacArthur's willingness to accept 100% casualties in pursuit of victory. One soldier sarcastically responds, "...generous son of a bitch, ain't he?" Yet, knowing that their commander truly will die beside them if it really comes to that, their confidence holds. Meanwhile, Father Francis Duffy of the heavily Irish and Irish descent 165th Regiment, or the Fightin' 69th, as it's still known back in New York, says Mass. The brave chaplain knows that it won't be long before he's on the battlefield, taking last confessions from Blancheface doughboys making peace with God. He risks his life more than a chaplain is expected to, but that devotion to his lads is precisely why they love and trust him. Yet, as Douglas MacArthur's brigade and the rest of the Rainbow Division attack Côte de Châteillon on a rainy October 14th, the Brigadier General delivers neither the victory nor the casualty list that he promised. Despite furious fighting, the Germans use the high ground to their advantage on the attacking Americans. While his 168th Iowa Regiment manages to take a foothold on Hill 288, the 83rd and 32nd Brigades to the left and right of Doug's 84th fail to advance, which in turn holds back his doughboys. Thus, Châteillon remains in German hands as the sun sets. The next day, October 15th, the 84th Brigade takes Hill 282 and presses around Hill 205 toward La Tuilerie Farm. But small victories are not what any of the generals, from Douglas MacArthur to Charles Summerall to Blackjack Pershing himself, are looking for. But Blackjack sees surprising results in these hard days from III Corps' 32nd Division. No one expected much from these Minnesotans, whose ranks are filled with fresh recruits, replacing the many who fell at Soissons. But not content to let the 42nd Rainbow and 5th Divisions do all the heavy lifting on this pincer movement, General William Hahn takes note of a gap in the German's barbed wire line and exploits it. As a result, the Kremhilde Line's crucial Côte d'Amour falls to the Yanks. An elated Blackjack declares, Unstented praise must be given, the 32nd Division. That's right, they finally punched through this crucial piece of the Hindenburg Line. Meanwhile, Douglas MacArthur is still struggling to manage that same accomplishment as Chatillon. As V Corps Commander Charles Summerall relieves the commander of the 83rd Brigade for his failures on the evening of October 15th, he also tells Doug that he wants Chatillon taken no matter what by 6 p.m. tomorrow. The 84th Brigade Commander renews his vow, victory or the death of his whole command and himself. And he means it. Back at his headquarters briefly amid this fight, a reporter notices a fresh bullet hole in the left sleeve of Doug's beloved turtleneck sweater. When the reporter asks about it, the Brigadier General replies, There are times when even general officers have to be expendable. Still, Doug knows he can't just charge at the Germans. There has to be a smarter way. And thanks to some new intelligence, he intends to find it tonight. It's just after midnight in the early, still dark morning hours of October 16th, 1918. We're somewhere in the rough, hilly terrain of Côte-de-Chatillon as General Douglas MacArthur leads a reconnaissance group through the brush toward the Germans' barbed wire protected lines. Doug has heard reports of a gap in the wire and now he's hoping to find this weakness so that his men can exploit it with the sunrise. The doughboys crouch down as they slide through the grass and crawl through the mud. Suddenly, German artillery comes blasting their way. Instinctively, the scattering Yankees dive into shell holes for cover as these instruments of death light up the otherwise blackened sky. Ah, and it's amid the flashes of light brought by the Germans' attack that he sees it. Doug sees the weak spot in the barbed wire. As the barrage ends, the general climbs out of his hole to find his troops and get them back to their lines. Quietly, he addresses one doughboy. The soldier doesn't respond. Well, everyone's exhausted. Maybe he's asleep. Doug climbs into the shell hole and shakes the young man. And that's when he realizes the soldier isn't sleeping. The doughboy is dead. There's no time to think about it. Doug has to get the others out. He crawls to the next hole. Again, he calls out. He shakes and finds the man is dead. This repeats again and again. Other than himself, Doug soon realizes that every doughboy in his entire patrol is dead. The stunned commander makes his way back to the American lines alone. How did he live when all those boys died? He can't make sense of it. The best he can do is leave it up to God. Speaking about this later, he'll simply say, It was God. He led me by the hand, the way he led Joshua. That gap in the wire proves to be the ace these doughboys needed. The 84th Brigade exploits it hours later that same morning. General Douglas MacArthur later summarizes this long and hard day of fighting in his Reminiscences, writing, Won the approach to final victory. A hard-fought victory indeed. Doug reports the capture of Côte de Châtillon and after almost four days without a wink of sleep, falls into a 16-hour slumber. The exhausted Brigadier General is recommended for promotion and the Distinguished Service Cross, but he'll never forget the heavy loss of life this victory cost his brigade and the larger Rainbow Division. Merely speaking of Châtillon will make this future World War II commander emotional for the rest of his life. But as the casualties mount, the Americans have turned the tide. The daunting Crème Hilde line is cracked. As we know, the 32nd Division punched through at Côte d'Amarie on the American right. General Douglas MacArthur's doughboys have done so at Côte de Châtillon in the American center. And meanwhile, I Corps' 77th Division has taken a crucial placement at Grand Prix called Saint-Jouven on the American left. All three of these objectives seemed impossible only a week ago. Meanwhile, the German Army is feeling battered by the Americans' constant onslaught. Lieutenant Otto Leis of the German 29th Division writes about this time, saying, But still, that doesn't mean the Meuse-Argonne Offensive is over. Far from it, and during these same mid-October days leading to Hunter Liggett taking command of the U.S. 1st Army on the 16th, the newly promoted Lieutenant General is touring the front lines, talking and listening to troops and officers alike before returning to his headquarters to devise his plans. That's the kind of man that Hunter is. Slow, deliberate, and methodical. Emblematic of this is how the General occupies his mind at the start of battles. By playing solitaire. That's right. As a commander, he can't do much at that point apart from wait for news on how his plans are playing out. So, he occupies his mind with the card game. Come October 17th, Hunter makes a big decision for his new command, the American 1st Army. Having studied its recent advancements and personally seeing how exhausted the troops are, the mustachioed Lieutenant General wants his army to simply hold its present line for now. General Blackjack Pershing doesn't love this. He knows that the French, especially Prime Minister Georges Clemenceau, are going to hate this. But Hunter has reached his limit with the AEF commander's interference. The 1st Army is his now, so Hunter Liggett tells Blackjack to, and I quote, go away and forget it. To his credit, Blackjack does exactly that. He returns to his central responsibilities as an administrator, politician, and diplomat, representing the army to both the Supreme War Council and to Washington. Still, Blackjack assigns his aid to keep tabs on Hunter. But even with their recent wins and current strong positions, the Yankees are facing a serious problem with their communications. The Germans have broken their radio codes, tapped their telephone lines, and are capturing 1 in 4 runners. The Americans need a reliable means of communication. Commanders will soon realize it's been hiding right under their noses.
A highlight from Real Estate Agents Money Making New Construction Plan (Part 2)
"Welcome to Real Estate Coaching Radio, starring award -winning real estate coaches and number one international bestselling authors, Tim and Julie Harris. This is the number one daily radio show for realtors looking for a no BS, authentic, real time coaching experience. What's really working in today's market, how to generate more leads, make more money, and have more time for what you love in your life. And now your hosts, Tim and Julie Harris. Welcome back. We are on to day two and we're picking up where we left off yesterday and we're talking about how to make money with new construction. If you didn't listen to yesterday's points, make sure you go back and listen and I know a lot of you will find, by the way, the show we did prior to yesterday is the day before will also be, I think, a very big eye opener for many of you with regards to the different types of mortgage financing that's out there. But without any further delay, Julie, let's just roll right back in and let's talk about the easiest, the most advanced ways that agents can work in new construction. That's right. So we're going to start with something a hundred percent of you can do to get your feet wet with new construction and then we'll end with the most advanced iteration of making money with new builds. So point number one, work in a new construction model home during the hours the builder doesn't build with that builder or don't build it at all. They might buy new construction, for example. Think listing leads, new construction buyer leads, et cetera. And in fact, I think you know this, we have several of our coaching clients who have worked out deals with even some of the bigger builders. I know one of our coaching clients in Texas has a deal worked out with KB Homes, which by all means is kind of a production builder. They've got tons of different neighborhoods. Well, when one of them is about to be done and the next one is just starting, they don't go around. Coverage being that there's not enough new build reps to go around to all the model homes that they have available. That's right. Or maybe the hours that they work doesn't work all the time. Maybe there's just one day a week that you can do this. Anyway, our coaching client worked out a deal where she makes a certain percent if she sells one of their new builds. So she's basically acting like a sub for the new build reps when the new build reps can't or for whatever reason don't want to be at that particular new build model. Now, it's important though to explain this why the new build reps want to do this. Because they're going to get paid regardless of who brings the buyer, so they don't care. And new build reps, especially using Julie's example KB, they're not going to be listing resells. They're only selling the product that that builder has for sale in that particular subdivision. Most of the new build reps aren't even allowed to sell across subdivisions. If there's five KB Homes developments and I'm thinking of Keith Moulton and his great new EXP group and Inkeny, Iowa and all that whole big area of Iowa where they are, they're all those large new build constructor guys. They list the mid -tier ones and they list them within their EXP group, but the upper tier ones, the really large national ones, it's exactly like what Julie and I are describing. So what Julie is saying with point number one is, again, get off your duffs, get away from your keyboard and go out and befriend the new build reps and then offer to basically be their sub working in the models. They are going to say yes, provided they respect you and they know that you'll represent them well. They might have to ask for permission, but in a lot of cases they won't. And you will, guess what, sell new construction, but you're also going to pick off some resale leads. In other words, someone's going to walk in, they're going to want to build with that builder and they're going to have a house to sell, you're going to get that lead. And why is it that the new build reps aren't licensed? It's very obvious. The new builder pays them a salary, pays them a commission, doesn't want their loyalties divided, but also doesn't want that new build rep to then start, well, this model is not good for you at XYZ homes, I'm going to take you across the street and sell you one from ABC homes. They want that particular staff member only selling that particular product. That's where you can come in. Point number two. Well, that's right. And let me just point out why this is number one. Remember, we're going from easiest to most advanced. Notice that here you are not asking for a listing agreement. You are not, I mean, you can write the buyer side, which they're already prepared to pay. All you really have to do is learn a little bit about their product and how a builder contract works, which is generally more simple than your normal contract. Actually even simpler than that, Julie, because what you just said is going to intimidate about 90 % of them if you think about what you just said, right? Even simpler. Just be the meter and greeter and the police fill out your information or, you know, that's it. And then turn over the lead. Don't even do anything other than meet them and greet them because guess what? You met that buyer when they walked into that model, you're going to get the commission. Let them walk through the model. Let them walk through several models, maybe some specs. As long as they've registered, if those people decide to build with that particular builder, you will get paid whatever the co -op commission is. So open your eyes to how easy this can be for all of you. That's something a very low skilled new agent can easily pull off. I think of new construction model homes as kind of like the best buyer mousetrap ever. If buyers are searching, and we know for a fact with lower inventory, buyers are going to these new builds on their own, they're finding the inventory, you might as well be the one between them and the house, right? I mean, we're going to belabor this point too long, but this is something else. It's very rare that you see a new builder up that has an assistant. So if somebody walks in, and they want to see a spec that's maybe 10 minutes away in the subdivision, that means they lock the door to that model home, which means any subsequent buyers that pull up, which may have been equally as motivated, are going to get, you know, they're going to leave and they're going to go next door, they're going to maybe even leave the whole area. You guys get the point. So what the new build rep wants to do is sell more new construction. What you can do is cover them when they're not there. Maybe just act as their assistant on the weekends, and you will pick up sales that way. We've had lots of coaching clients do this over the years. I will say a funny story, I remember this. We had a coaching client that would go to this new build model area where it was a, I think it was a gal actually, and she knew this builder rep only worked on Saturdays. She knew that, guess what, most of the buyers were coming out on Sundays, and they never were there Monday through Friday. So what did she do? She went out and made camp, basically. Go where the buyers are. And then she just waited for the buyers to pull up, and then she was selling the new build rep's models, and she was obviously pulling off other business from that. I mean, talk about a great, a very ambitious, very proactive lead generator. Which, by the way, didn't cost you a referral fee, or a impression fee, or any other kind of paying for your leads fee. And you didn't have to make a TikTok video to get the sale. Not even that. Okay. Imagine if you will. All right, point number two, how do you make money with new construction? Create a relationship with those new build reps, and or the sales managers at different projects, where they refer the resale listings to you. Now, if they are licensed, and remember, they aren't always. It's very, very rare, only if they're really, really small builders, that you'll find a new build rep that is licensed. But we just belabored this point exhaustively, I think. We rolled that into point number one. Anyway, if they happen to be licensed, you can pay them a referral fee. If not, you can do gift cards and other things. But the flip side to it is, is a lot of times, and you and I did this when we sold real estate, we've coached our other agents to do this as well. Let's say you do go to one of those small or mid -level builders, and there's, it's frankly, usually the person that's the build rep is the wife or the husband of the actual builder, And so what you can do, as opposed to having any sort of financial exchange, what they're going to want to do is they're going to want to thank you for selling that particular house by giving you the listing on their next spec. And that's something you can do mostly in the really high end. So if you approach a builder that's specing on a really high end build, and they're still out there, plenty of them, and you're going to say, well, I have a potential buyer or buyers for this property. In the past, when I've worked with other high end builders, the arrangement we've had is I help them sell this particular house to one of my buyers. And then when they build another spec that they'll list that house with me. So then obviously I can help them sell that property as well. And you'll be surprised how that domino of buyer to listing, buyer to listing, buyer to listing, that can last you your entire real estate career. Yeah. It's a beautiful relationship and you can have more than one with more than, you know, different builders. Right? So that kind of leads us into that third point, list the spec homes. Now we've been throwing around that term. What is a spec home? A spec home spec stands for speculation and they come in two flavors. One is the builder is building a home that does not have a contract on it yet speculating that they will. That's why it's called a spec home. And the other way spec home happens is if somebody was in contract to build with that builder, but for some reason, either they backed out, they lost their financing, they lost their will to sell. Somehow the deal came apart and it becomes an inventory home. Sometimes they're called inventory homes instead of spec homes. We're going to share with you guys now, like normal price range stuffs in normal price range, let's say even nowadays, what the hell is normal pricing, right? A million or less. Generally speaking, it's very easy to get out of a new build contracts because the builder knows they've got a hundred buyers that one particular house, but the more expensive stuff when you starting into multimillion dollar spec homes, what happens a lot of times is the builder will ask for the buyer to, in essence, have 20 % hard money into the house. In other words, let's say the buyer is buying a $5 million house and the builder is going to ask for, and usually two deposits, a million dollars. And if the bill, if the buyer doesn't close that a million dollars stays with the builder, you see? So these are just different little things you're going to learn as you climb the ladder. We've had coaching clients, we coach agents to sell new construction, all different price ranges. So you need everywhere from, you know, big old ranches and land, raw land, trees, forests, all the way obviously to ultra luxury homes. So all these skills are applicable to all markets and all price ranges, which leads me to a friendly reminder. The notes for today's podcast are down in the section below. So if you scroll down under the video, if you're watching on YouTube or if you're over on iTunes or Stitcher or Spotify, just go down there and open up the show description. You'll see all the notes as Julie and I are presenting them for the most part. And you're also going to see a link to join Premier Coaching. Now Premier Coaching is, from what we understand, the nation's number one selling coaching program for real estate professionals. And the best part is, I think all of you will agree, is you can join Premier Coaching right now for free. It's a next natural step for all of you in your real estate careers. We know you love this podcast. It's the number one listen to daily podcast for real estate professionals in the United States. You won't believe what you get as part of being a coaching client. This is training. At the best we can do in the 20 or 30 minutes we have you every day, it's training. Coaching is what you get when you join Premier Coaching. So click the link below or you can go to premiercoaching .com or of course you can text the word Premier to 47372. But remember when texting message and data rates may apply. That is going to be homework from this podcast and every podcast after that. Next point Julie. Point number four, list every listing the builder has representing them on the whole development or the whole building if it's a condo building for example. This may include both lots to sell to other builders and or the actual homes or condos being built. That's where you you have the relationship with the builder. So I'm thinking about people like Lance and Karen Kenmore out in Washington state who have been coaching clients for a long time. They have multiple builders, different developments where they represent the entire thing. So they have signs on lots. They can sell those to other builders. They have signs on lots that they're representing the builder. It's not built yet. They have half built homes. They have spec homes. They have everything. One of their builders is going to do a town home project next so they can do different products as well. So another little idea of spinning off Julie's point number four is if you for example have the opportunity to list a parcel of land, a big swath of land that might be great for a developer. There are people that do the developing. There are people that go and essentially have if necessary the zoning work done. They'll put in the sewers, the electric. They'll even subdivide all the lots and all the rest of it and then they sell those off to builders. A lot of times some of these land developers, all they'll do is identify the lands and they'll sell some of the land to somebody to develop the land all on up. So what you're going to discover is from a big old farm field to new construction and a big huge subdivision, there are different levels of businesses that are involved. Now how do you stay involved if you're the one that happens to cross the big old soybean field as was the case for Julie and I sold real estate. All right, so you find the big parcel. Let's call it, you know, 25, 50, 100 acres, whatever it is. You then will list the property and then you will then find the people in that particular market that do the development and then the developer, if the lots are then sold as a whole off to a new builder, which is usually how it actually works, try to stay attached to the transaction every single deal, every time the property changes hands. Make it so that you're part of the deal every step of the way. I'll give you an example. There's a friend of Julie and I's in Houston, his name is Vinod, he owns a place called Urban Living and in its day it was a massive brokerage and what he would do is he goes out and identifies, well he would find a parcel of land in Houston, the zoning laws and this is, you guys are going to think I'm making it up but it's true, in Houston you can actually have a commercial building right by a residential building and so it's not uncommon when you're driving around certain areas of Houston where you see like how the hell is there a church's chicken right next to a, for example, a literal home next to a condo building, next to a car wash.
Fresh update on "iowa" discussed on Meet the Press
"Animal infestations blocked fire exits expired food and meds and that's just scratching the surface Bloomberg's Josh Idelson Brendan Case co -wrote the piece. Brendan joins us along with the editor of Bloomberg Business Week, Joel Weber. We've I talked think for generation now about you know how big of a presence Walmart has had in America and it actually is like the story that Walmart sort of you know propelled into America it's like these big box stores and changing small -town America Dollar General has actually taken a lot of that farther now the stores have a much much much smaller footprint which we describe in the story the price points are amazingly affordable and inflation seemingly -proof as we also point out in the story the cost of all is of this though that it turns out to be a really troubling place to to work and the people who actually work in the stores a retail job Wow the stuff that they've gone through so so Brendan Josh Adelson but was lead writer on this Brendan case also intimately familiar with it Brendan what was the the reporting tidbit that made you and Josh just really want to dig into this there were a couple things and one of them was what we say at the very beginning of the story which was that if you look at at a lot of the fines that the labor department through OSHA has levied against Dollar General one of the things that keeps coming up over and over again is blocked exits which obviously matters a lot to OSHA it harks back to the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in New York one one thing that surprised us was talking with an employee in New Orleans who said that in his case the block exits were no accident in fact a manager had told him to purposely block exits to try to cut down on shoplifting make it hard to get out of the store that was one thing another thing that jumped out was just the lack of you know heating and air conditioning and we talked with people who had put ice packs down their pants when it got hot wore you know multiple coats and layers when it got cold and one regional manager who you know was fairly high up in the company who told us that she was just really shocked by how difficult it was to get funding for basic maintenance basic upkeep on top of all that there's the sense Dollar General has just been in this incredible growth strategy so talk about how how it's kind of swept with the country yeah and it's really it's really amazing how fast it's grown to your point it's a little bit sort of a creature of the Walmart era you know Walmart comes in and it wipes out a lot of retailers across the country and leaves a landscape that if you're not close to a Walmart or have a easy access to a car you might not have as many retailers that you know as you had before and and so in Swoop's Dollar General and many of its rivals and you know opens up stores to the tune of typically you know a thousand a year and so you know they've got more than 19 ,000 locations around the country right now you can pair that with a little more than 5 ,000 for Walmart including the Sam's Club and you start to get a sense of how ubiquitous it is especially in smaller towns about about 80 % of its stores are in towns of 20 ,000 people or fewer and you know if you if you drive through you know through the countryside in in many states particularly the southeast but in in many other parts of the country as well you'll see you know store after store. We talked about the block fire exits can we also talk about the back Juana because there's some of that in the story. I was waiting to do that transition there. How crazy are some of the reporting details that you found? The issue of animals getting into the stores befouling and the merchandise is something that also came up over and over again. You know there was one there was one case in in Oklahoma where birds got in and you know used sections of the store you know as a bathroom and the store manager there told us that he was told to just take the merchandise home wash it in your washing machine if you have to and bring it back on the shelves. You know there was a another another instance in which there was a an Iowa store there was a worry about asbestos but after inspection you know some state inspectors found out that it it it wasn't asbestos that was the good news the bad news was that it was stains from bad feces. I mean this is over all a wall. It's pages and pages of disturbing anecdotes of disturbing experiences that employees have had. I mean one thing that really stuck out to me was the employee who you know there's one employee in the store the asking employee a customer to watch the store well he or she went to the bathroom. I mean the thing I that was thinking through throughout this this piece is is that this is working for Dollar General. They're making a calculation that they can allow their stores to reach this condition, pay their employees this wage, have this few of employees in a single store because five years. Yeah it's really worked for a long time and they've had you you know from a financial standpoint a really strong record of sales increases and profit One increases. thing they're good at doing and this is not true of all retailers is opening new stores and fairly immediately having them contribute to the to the bottom line. Now this year has been a different story for Dollar General at least from a stock market perspective where the shares have come way down, they've cut the profit forecast a couple times.
A highlight from The Jets in Despair, a Wide-Open AFC East, and the Big UFC-WWE Merger With Sean Fennessey, Ben Solak, and Nick Khan
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We're gonna bring in our guy, Sean Fennesey, diehard Jets fan to walk through his emotions the last 12 hours. And then last but not least, Nick Khan, who was running WWE, but today they merged with UFC. And we're gonna talk about that merger, what it means, what it means for the business, what's Vince McMahon's role in the whole thing. And then we're gonna talk a lot of sports media stuff as well. ESPN versus Charter, what the NBA rights are gonna be. So this is an action -packed podcast. Dare I say it's a TKO for you, the listener. Let's bring in Pearl Jam. All right, we're taping this on Tuesday morning, we got the words that Aaron Rodgers, out for the year, torn Achilles, Sean Fennesey, who I've worked with for 11 plus years at this point, diehard Jets Mets fan, Knicks, been a rough ride, rocky road. After Rodgers went down five minutes into the game, you just tweeted goodbye and it didn't respond to texts. We didn't know. I was saying it was like, Marcuson's gone. There is no Marcuson. It's like, Sean's gone. There is no Sean. How are we feeling today? Thanks for having me on the show, Bill. Really kind of you to have me on. I feel justified in all of my melodramatic curse talk. I'm sure I feel similar to how you felt in 2002, 2003, you know, with the socks and feeling anxiety. I feel bad. I feel even worse, actually, because they won for a variety of reasons. But we got a chance to see, like, this is a really cool, fun, exciting team. And they, I don't know if they were Super Bowl bound, but it's easy to imagine a world in which they could have been Super Bowl bound. So yeah, I feel I feel very bad. Very bad. Well, I think the revelation from last night was that Breese looked like 95 percent of where he was last year, which I was not expecting. He was a weird fantasy football guy. It was people like, when's he going to be 100 percent, is it going to happen? So the fact that he looked like that almost made the Rogers thing worse as the game was going on, if it was even possible to feel worse about it, because it's like, oh, this guy is like a guy again. Yeah, even at the very beginning of the game, it's stupid to nitpick the first four play calls. But I was like, wow, they're really throwing a lot coming out of this game. I thought the whole point of this season was to actually use the running game to power Rogers. Obviously, the injury is a freak injury. Nothing could have prevented it. He's an older player. That O -line is obviously problematic, but it was painful actually watching Breese play so well because that could have been really the focal point of the offense. And then Aaron Rodgers just needed to be competent and then this would have been a really competitive team. So it's like I'm legitimately depressed about it. On the other hand, I tell you what I really don't like about it.
Fresh update on "iowa" discussed on The Hugh Hewitt Show: Highly Concentrated
"Congressional Black Caucus embodies all those values. You betcha the Congressional Black Caucus, as he stares out at all the members of the Congressional Hispanic Democratic Caucus. Then he mumbles along, cut number 13. For decades, immigration reform has been a bipartisan in this country. Unfortunately, the mega Republican Congress and my predecessor spent four years gutting the immigration system under my predecessor. Do you want to believe that? Does anyone want to believe Donald Trump built the fence, built the wall, half of it at least, and some say three quarters immigration influx dropped and the messaging was dramatically more effective. Yesterday, the president gave a half million work visas to Venezuelans who had fled the communists in Venezuela. And that which gets rewarded gets repeated. And Bill McGulian, I can't say his name, from Fox News had amazing footage. It's like a river of people in South Texas. So Peter Doocy asked, Karine, I'm not the press secretary, Pierre, whatever. What about that? And she won't answer the question. Guy Benson talks about that last night on Fox News special report cut number 16. The images to the extent that they're being shown by much of the media, but the images speak for themselves. It's absolute chaos. 10,000 encounters a day at this point, plus all the gotaways and just this unbelievably lame, insulting talking point that it's the Republicans fault. Republicans passed a border bill back in May. The Democrats don't like it. They're not interested in enforcement, but the Republicans have taken action. The president has plenty of tools at his disposal to make this better on the enforcement side. He chooses not to exercise those options because he's not interested in it. And so that exchange between the Democrats and the Republicans is just very almost infuriating to watch because Peter asked a specific question and the response from the press secretary was a quick deflection to something he didn't ask. And then she just moved on to someone else, hoping it wasn't curating because there's not, there's no story to tell. Even the New York governor, Kathy Hochul, got in on the act on bashing Biden yesterday, cut 18. We have to let the word out that when you come to New York, we're not going to have more hotel rooms. We don't have capacity. So we have to also message properly that we're at our limit. If you're going to leave your country, go somewhere else. But the smarter thing is to apply for asylum before you leave your country. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. The door is open. Governor talk to your president. The door is open. Biden face competing pressure as he tries to ease the migrant crisis right to the New York times when the New York times is calling it a crisis. It's a crisis. Meanwhile, on the Republican side, things are not good in the house. There's a crack up in the GOP House caucus, Congressman Michael Oller, leading the Republican moderates into a continuing resolution with Democrats that will be a clean CR because a dozen right wingers are laying down on the floor and kicking their heels led by Matt Gaetz, Dan Bishop and Matt Rosendale. Michael Oller will join me later in the hour to discuss that. Meanwhile, the Republican National Committee threatens to poll New Hampshire debate. If the state moves up its presidential primary, Republican Governor Kristin Inouye of New Hampshire responded, told Fox News, We will not be threatened. We will go first. End of story. This is only a controversy because Iowa is changing its rules to make it look more like a primary rather than a caucus. And New Hampshire goes first by state law, even if they have to hold it in in November. The RNC has got superb leadership and Ronna McDaniel and she will sit down with the I met the New Hampshire chairman, Chris, last week and not the governor, Kristin Inouye, but they're RNC chairman. They'll work it out. They'll figure it out. Iowa, go back to the caucuses. That's the answer. Meanwhile, Donald Trump is fighting back against erosion of his Iowa support based on abortion. By pointing out to the Republicans, he's done more in his four years as president for the pro life movement than any other Republican ever cut number one. Last year, I was able to do something that nobody thought was possible. And you have to really think about this and study this because very important. We ended Roe v. Wade. You just think about you just think about because people have to get elected. We have to get elected. But I did something that for 52 years, people talked. They spent vast amounts of money in fighting it, but they couldn't get the job done. Fifty two years they fought and they fought hard. They spent large. They have fundraisers every night. They couldn't get the job done. I got the job done. I got it done is his reply to people who think he's gone soft on abortion. And I think it will be effect. He did put the justices on who did overturn forty nine years of bad constitutional law. Now Dobbs is the rule of the world and he is being very cagey on what he wants to do. But you know what would secure him the nomination if he would call up Matt Gates and knock some sense into that knucklehead. He is bringing down the Republican caucus. He and Matt Rosendale and Dan Bishop are the ring leaders that are bringing down the Republican caucus. And Matt Gates is the only person he's afraid of because he's too dumb is Donald Trump. So if the former president called up and slapped Matt Gates around a little bit and said, Matt, this is not actually a good idea. We're going to end up with a clean C.R. and that's a bad idea. We're going to give the House back. So I'm going to be president. I'm going to get impeached again. Donald Trump has got to tell Matt Gates, I do not want to give the House majority away. You're going to get me impeached again, even when I win the presidency again. So please knock this off and follow McCarthy. He knows what he's doing. That's what former President Trump could do to help the Republican Party out right now. And I think probably lock up the nomination if he did, because Matt Gates is nobody's idea of a prom date. And everybody would like to see the president slap around the president, one of the Matt Gates. But he wants to win a House majority that doesn't impeach him. You got to shut that guy down. Coming right back, America. Welcome back, America. I'm Hugh Hewitt on this Friday. Sources on Capitol Hill. I might stop the broadcast early in the morning, but I keep working the Hill and calling people on the phone to find out what's going on inside the House GOP caucus. And sources told me Michael Waller, freshman extraordinaire representing New York's 17th congressional district, had gotten together enough moderate Republicans to sign a discharge petition in response to the blockade on the budget brought about by Matt Gates, Matt Rosendale, Dan Bishop and a handful of others. So I tracked down Congressman Lawler and he agreed to come on with me this morning. Good morning, Congressman. Nice to meet you in person.
A highlight from Session 2 Evangelism
"Today we start with evangelism defined. We need a what is evangelism and the slide is just here to help. Everything that's up here on the screen is also on your sheet. By the way, the word evangelism itself doesn't appear in the KJV, it doesn't appear there at all. But the word euangelia, euangelixo, I think I have that down here, the word evangelist appears three times and that's Acts 21 .8 where it speaks of the house of Philip, the evangelist. And in Ephesians 4 .11 where he says he gave some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastor teachers. And then 2 Timothy 4 verse 5 where he says, do the work of an evangelist, recommending that to Timothy the pastor. So the word evangelist appears there but the word evangelize as such is not in the King James but it appears there in various forms. Many times the word euangelixo or any of the declension of that, euangelixo, it is related to the word euangelion which is the gospel and euangelixo, I bear the good news, I bear the gospel, I bring the gospel. And I've listed some ways it's used here. Matthew 11 .15, one word, have the gospel preached. One word for those five words, a form of that word. Luke 4 .18, to preach the gospel, that appears in Acts 16 .10, Romans 1 .15, Romans 15 .20, 1 Corinthians 1 .17, 2 Corinthians 10 .20, there you have the word, one word translated to preach the gospel. Luke 7 .22 and again in 2 Peter 1 .25, the gospel is preached. One word, euangelion or euangelixo, I should say. Luke 8 .1, showing the glad tidings. Luke 9 .6, preaching the gospel, one word for all three words. Luke 20, verse 1, preached the gospel. Acts 8 .25, 14 .7, 14 .21, Romans 10 .15, preach the gospel and again in that same verse bring glad tidings. Same word, 1 Corinthians 9 .16, I preach the gospel, Galatians 4 .13, Galatians 1 .8, preach any other gospel. And so it has the word in King James, any other, but the word, preach the gospel, is one word in the Greek there, euangelixo, 1 Thessalonians 3 .6, brought good tidings, Hebrews 4 .2, 1 Peter 1 .12, those that have preached the gospel unto you. And 1 Peter 4 .6, the gospel preached. So that word appears many, many times, let's look at it some more here. I better keep the computer up to date with me here. Whoops, what am I doing wrong here? I thought I just punched here, what do I do? I'm going to have to have Chris come back and tell me what to do, something's froze up here. What did I punch that time? Alright, I'm rushing it too fast, alright, we'll catch up with that in a bit. Luke 3 .18, 4 .43, 16 .16, and all of those references there, I'll go through all of them. Every one of them I've listed down here from the above references we find 48 times the word euangelixo appears in the New Testament. Other references which I've not listed where the word is translated declared and showed. The frequent use of this word in the Greek New Testament tells us how important the Lord considers this matter of evangelism. The word preached the gospel or related phrases as a translation of the one word translated into English, evangelized. And though it doesn't appear in our King James Version, it does appear in the Greek New Testament. So, let's note that next paragraph. In addition to these 48 references involving that word, there are an additional 56 references in the New Testament that have the word gospel, a translation of euangelion. This makes a total of 114 verses in the original that speak of the gospel and the proclamation of the gospel. And so, it is an important word. I want to see where I am. Where do you find the word on this, the frequent use of this word? That's way back at the first point, isn't it? Ah, right where I am. I'm right there. Now, let me figure out what I punched a minute ago. I think I did. I've got it going now. Alright. The meaning of evangelism. The meaning of evangelism. John Stott stated, the deep Bible doesn't, wow, something happened there. Does not just contain the gospel, it is the gospel. He was commenting on Galatians 3 .8, the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, in thee shall all nations be blessed. Now, of course, John Stott would not be in our camp, and I'd agree with his statement, though he might not agree with us stating that we ought to preach the whole counsel of God. And we're going to need to keep that in mind all the way through. We need to preach the whole counsel of God. Yes, sir? Some of the reading for Dr. Rice, he said that if so many or evangelism was the main business of the Christian, do you think that's an accurate statement? The question he asked was this, and the reason I'm repeating the question is so it gets on the tape. The question he asked was this, in the reading from Dr. Rice, he said that the main business is the business of evangelism. Am I giving it right? And he said, what is my appraisal of that? I would believe that statement is very true. Our preaching ought not be totally evangelism and evangelistic. In fact, our business, he asked the question, the way he phrased it, the main business is solely, I'm going down the road here a ways, I'm going to give you an article that appeared, I'm trying to remember who it was, I think it was written by Dr. Gordon, I'm not sure. Anyway, I've got one in the notes here. Keeping to the main issue, keeping to the main business, and it's quite an article. It wasn't Dr. Gordon. I can't even remember who wrote it now, but I've got it to hand out and I want you to take it. I believe the main business of all our churches is the matter of winning souls and missions, outreach, winning, evangelizing. Now that doesn't mean in doing that, that all of my preaching ought to be evangelistic and everything about my church should be evangelism. I need to be building up the Christians and we're going to come to that. I need to be building up the Christians and evangelism doesn't involve just winning the soul. The evangelism involves discipling that person after he's born again. I think we'll cover much of that, but I'm not saying that I disagree with Dr. Rice. I'm saying I may be adding to him, adding some things to what he would say, but I believe the one thing we neglect an awful lot in our churches and look for excuses to neglect is this matter of evangelism. We come along with the idea there are other things more important and we get sidetracked. Up in Marshalltown, Iowa, there is the Fellowship Baptist Church up there. The pastor at one time was Dr. Glenn Jaspers and David Jaspers pastored the church. He's now president of Maranatha. David Jaspers pastored the church for a time. And you walk in their building, in the foyer, right there in the foyer is a great big sign I've never forgotten. It says, let's keep the main business the main business. And what they're saying is the emphasis around here needs to be on evangelism, keeping the main business the main business. And fellas, that's exactly what I fail to do a lot of the time. I let other things crowd in and push me and I have to check up on myself all the time. And too often, I'm not keeping the main business the main business. And so I'm saying to you, I believe evangelism is desperately important. Alright, now when you ask a question, I'll answer your question. I will give you opportunity, now feel free to raise your hand, unless you've got a real long question, then I want you to be up here sitting, give you an opportunity to come up here and be seated so you can get right up to a microphone. They're supposed to have a microphone standing, we will have one, for long winded questions. But than other that, I'm going to answer, I'll re -state the question here. He needs a coffee, who handed these out, do you have two of them? Okay, alright, he's got one, thank you. So I believe the statement by Dr. Rice is true and however, let me go back, you'll make a mistake if you say, well it's a main business so every sermon is going to be evangelistic. I believe every sermon should contain evangelism. There should be the gospel in every message I bring, enough gospel to challenge a person to get saved. But my business, let's go to Ephesians 4 .11, he gave some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors, teachers, for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry. Now we'll come to this later, we might as well get to it now. For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, the second word for there is E -I -S, unto. That could be translated, that we are perfecting the saints, who is that? The evangelist and the pastor teacher, to perfect or mature the saints, the word perfect there is the idea of maturing the saints, maturing the saints unto the work of the ministry. So what should it be? We should understand that it shouldn't be that we are in the pastorate and we're standing in the pulpit to develop others so they'll go out and give out the word of God. That we're maturing the believers unto the work of the ministry, unto the edifying of the body of Christ. Now I think that's an important verse to have as a key in your philosophy, Ephesians 4 .11 -13. I think it's vital that you have those and that you memorize them and keep that in mind. When we do that, it says the evangelist and the pastor teacher, for the perfecting of the saints, for the maturing of the saints, unto the work of the ministry. What am I saying? Evangelism is the main thing and I ought to be developing Christians so they can go out and be evangelists. So they can go out and do the work of evangelism. And that means that my messages, and I think this is the way I operate, my messages are primarily to Christians. And nearly every message I bring, I could probably say this wasn't a thoroughly evangelistic message. My messages are to bring a message to the Christians to help develop them so they can go out and be better soul winners. But all the time I have in mind, we need to develop soul winners around this church and evangelism is a major thrust. Did I answer your question? Yes sir. Alright, thank you. Okay, let's come on to Roman numeral II, the meaning of evangelism. And we'll come on down to a second quote by John Stott. Oh, I went a little past that, no here we go again. It went on beyond that. Second quote, through the Bible, God is Himself actually evangelizing, that is communicating the good news to the world. All scripture preaches the gospel, God evangelizes through it. However, again I'd say that all of us fellas need to remember we're called to preach the whole counsel of God. And you see guys like John Stott and those men do not believe that separation is a doctrine. That's the problem with the new evangelical crowd. They do not believe separation is a doctrine. I believe you've got a doctrine of inspiration and you've got a doctrine of the virgin birth and the resurrection and a doctrine of separation. And we should respect it as a doctrine and preach and teach it just like we do other doctrine and realize that separation is a vital issue. But the main business of a church is to evangelize and win souls. Alright, let's go on. Capital letter A, the Bible is really the best sourcebook, capital letter A, the proclamation of the gospel. Now, we see from these notes given above, it means to give the gospel the good news of salvation, to get out the message.
A highlight from Commemorating The 22nd Anniversary Of The Sept. 11th, 2001 Attacks
"It's funny how people lie about actual real world events, even as we witnessed them on video, like Trump's visit to the Iowa football game. And he just got a resounding welcome. And they were trying to pretend he was being booed. You know, because there might have been a smattering of boos or a few people that gave him the middle finger, they wanted to pretend that he didn't get an absolute hero's welcome at the football stadium. And the video showed he did. Even CNN acknowledged it. Screaming, USA! USA! Trump! Trump! Trump! Man, oh, man. Republicans need to focus on Iowa and New Hampshire to try to stop him. I guess that might be their firewall if you're Ron DeSantis or Nikki Haley or one of the others. I don't know how they're going to stop him. We shall see. It's September 11th. We're broadcasting from lower Manhattan. It's been 22 years since the September 11th attacks changed our world forever, changed our way of life, changed the way we view, oh, things like freedom. Freedom is on my mind today a lot. And I want to start with a difficult question about 9 -11. You know, 9 -11 spurred the Patriot Act, where the government felt that steps needed to be taken in order to be able to thwart terrorism. And the Patriot Act essentially took away the freedom that many, many Americans had enjoyed. Now, I understand we've got to try to figure out how to battle terrorism. Totally get it. But what I'm not too clear on is when the door got cracked open, where today the government is criminalizing speech to such an extent that they want to lock up the 45th president of the United States. The New York Times did a huge piece. Trump's indictments, key players in the 2020 election effort, it is quite the quite the article. They call out just about everyone in Trump's orbit and essentially accused them of being co -conspirators in a crime to overturn the 2020 election. It's insane. It's insane to witness the absolute destruction of speech in this country. And I want to ask you a difficult question. I want to start with it. Did it begin with the Patriot Act? Did this begin with 9 -11? Because my hunch is it might have. And if so, then Republicans are culpable as well. I think the more immediate place we're at right now is due to COVID. COVID cracked open the door to say, hey, if you question anything about the vaccine or about masks or about lockdowns, we're going to destroy your life. We're going to get you fired. We're going to deplatform you. We might even put lock you up. If you dare, I know a guy who lost a job, a good job, because he expressed a belief on social media that he shouldn't have to wear a mask because his coworkers were triggered by him. Now, he has since sued the employer, and I hope he wins. That's still winding its way, I think, through the legal process. But that's just one example of many. Everybody has an example. Everybody knows an example of somebody who paid a heavy price for daring to open their mouth. It used to be that America is a place where you were allowed to open your mouth. You were allowed to question authority. You were allowed to question any narrative you wanted, and we weren't going to lock you up for it. Democrats in 2016 questioned the election. All of them did. I've played that montage for you 100 times. Hillary, John Lewis, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Jimmy Carter, they all said Trump didn't win. The New York Times isn't doing a big expose on them. The New York Times isn't calling them out. But now they're calling out, and I mean everybody, Ronna McDaniel, Ted Cruz, Mike Lindell, anybody within—in fact, I saw in the comments section of this shocking article in the New York Times, somebody said, well, shouldn't Fox News be next? What about talk radio? Yeah, that's right. The left wants to lock all of us up for daring to express opinions. When did this terrible, dark chapter begin? Was it COVID, or was it 9 -11 and the creation of the Patriot Act? Let's start there. 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A highlight from A Niners and Cowboys Party, Tyreek Runs Amok, Six-Man Booths, Four-Box Bliss, and Parent Corner With Cousin Sal and Jimmy Kimmel
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A highlight from KCs Receiver Dilemma, UFC 293, ESPN In Trouble, and Million Dollar Picks With Ariel Helwani and Ben Thompson
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A highlight from Jacqueline Fritschi-Cornaz
"Welcome to The Eric Metaxas Show. Would you consider yourself smart, insightful, precocious, astute, clever, wise, beyond your years, and good at checking a thesaurus for synonyms? Well, then you've come to the right place. Here now is the handsome, attractive, striking, gorgeous, and quite frankly, breathtaking, Eric Metaxas. Hey there, folks. Welcome to the show. I like to call today Tuesday. Hello and good morning. Because yesterday was Monday. Yesterday was Labor Day. And so if I look confused, it's a sign that I'm confused. It's hard to get back in. So it's nice. It's a nice, you know, you get, you know, it's almost done. We're almost done. We're almost on Friday. So listen, we have an exciting guest. Well, two exciting guests. First of all, in a few minutes, I'm speaking to Jacqueline. I think it's pronounced Jacqueline. We're going to find out. There's a new film coming out called Mother Teresa and Me. I'm going to see a screening tonight of that film. But we have the woman behind the film, not Mother Teresa, the other woman behind the film with us in a couple of minutes. Very exciting, honestly, to get her here in the studio. We also have Father Pavone coming in today. That'll probably be our two. He is the head of priests for life. He's a hero. And I want you to hear what he has to say. We've got a lot of other crazy guests coming up this week. I won't mention it. Chris. Yeah. I do want to say. Oh, yeah. Thank you. Right. Two, three things, three things before we get to our guest Jacqueline. First of all, our food for the poor raised. Thank you to all of you who gave because without you food for the poor couldn't do what they do. And you didn't need to give just because I hectared didn't need to to respond. Most of you didn't respond. There was some congratulations in resisting my siren song to give food to the poor people in our hemisphere. But it really is. I just want to say I'm grateful to those of you who stepped up. God bless you. Thank you very much. I want to say that even though I'm tan, don't don't let that fool you. I've been working. Really? You have a you have a rating writing deadline. I'm working on a sequel to my book letter to the American Church and writing books. And really, even the last part is very hard. And so even though I look tan and rested, it's a lie. Well, the tan part technically is true. Yeah. But I I feel it's not as easy as they say, huh? Well, you can just put it in chat, GPT and say write a sequel to my last book. Yeah. No, it's so it's been it's been I ask your prayers, those of you who pray, because it's it's hard. And letter to the American Church, by the way, is, you know, I say it is I say it genuinely humbly, like I know it wasn't my idea. And so you have a particular burden when you feel like God wants me to say something. And to some people, that just sounds crazy. But here's the irony. Those people are crazy. But the fact is that it's the book has been resonating tremendously around the country. I get notes from friends who say somebody sent me the book, you know, and I want to mention two things. First of all, letter to the American Church. There's a study guide. If you order it, you can see whether it's through Amazon or Socrates in the city. There's a study guide that goes with it. If you want to do it in a home group or something like that, continue the conversation, because people will read the book, they get motivated, and they say, Well, what can I do? What can I do? And they're usually doing it in a group will help you kind of figure out some things you can do. Secondly, there is a documentary film. Now, I know I've mentioned this before, but it's true. A film. documentary I shot my part in LA at right at the end of June. Directed by Michael Bay. And there were exploding churches in the background, slow motion. It's doves. It was beautiful, right? Yeah, yeah. It's kind of kind of Transformers kind of. No, it's it's a documentary. You did shoot in Hollywood based on letter to the American Church. And with this documentary, we're trying to get the message out to people who don't read books. And you know who you are. And shame on you know, but seriously, the idea that this is being turned into a gorgeous documentary. It's gorgeous. You've seen parts of it's like it's so so beautifully done. It's really exciting. And it's going to be screened in a few churches as a kind of a promo. So I'm going to be traveling around the country. But it's it's very exciting. And it gives me hope for the country. Because as you know, if you know, the thesis of the book is that the American Church is in the same place that the German church was in. At the beginning of the Nazis rise to power, we know the German church did not stand up and do the right thing in time. And as a result, evil took over that nation. And I really believe that we have an opportunity in this country, if we're willing, if we're willing to step up and understand the gravity of it. So I'm hopeful. Um, I should say also, Chris, before we get to our guests, I'm going to be traveling like crazy. Yeah, you have a really, really big skill. It's a little frightening, actually. Yeah. Thank goodness for air travel. Yeah. I'm going tomorrow to Miami. Hmm. I was just I was just there. By the way, it's terrific. It's terrific to have the Cuban coffee. You ever get those? I would love to say I would love to see you on a on a colada, which is sort of the double espresso. I'm happy to try it. I'll do it. So I'm going to Miami tomorrow. I'm speaking at a thing. By the way, everybody who wants to know my schedule to want to know if you can come to one of these events, go to Eric metaxas .com. Eric metaxas .com has my speaking schedule, or if you want to invite me, whatever. But so I'm going to Miami this week. Next week. I'm going to California. Um, there's a TP USA faith pastors conference in San Diego. I'm gonna be speaking at that. Then I'm doing a big event at the Nixon library. Uh, very excited about that. So I'll be there in California next week. And then it gets really crazy. I'm going to Iowa. I'm going to Dallas. I'm going back to Los Angeles. I'm going to Michigan Grand Rapids. Just it goes on and on and on and on. Wow. So So people say to me, Hey, Eric, what do you do for fun? The only thing I do for fun, probably is at the end of the day, when I'm exhausted, we, we what we tend to watch classic films. Oh, yeah, yeah, those are good. And Suzanne and I discovered I mean, this is the good news with like Apple TV. It's like you can find some stuff because a lot of times Turner classic movies, which I recommend, does not have something that I want to watch. They'll sunset that's the term they'll sunset movies and titles sometimes they'll have licensing for a little bit and then it kind of goes away. So it might have been there at one point. Yeah, you know, well, Turner classic movies, I mean, generally, I recommend it. But if you can't find a classic film there, like last night, they were running, you know, in the eight o 'clock hour, they were running a documentary about, you know, maybe with Fred Astaire, or Bob Hope. So and he tended neither of those great actors tended to appear in documentaries on coal mining. So you're stuck. It's hard to dance. So what did we do we found? We found some really cool stuff. But I guess I don't know where you how people find stuff. But we with Apple TV, we were able to discover just a just a trove of films we wanted to watch. So we watched, I don't know that I've ever seen the whole film. But it's one of Hitchcock's earliest films is it's 1935. It's called the 39 steps. Yes, it's a classic film. It's a classic, and it's wonderful. And so we watched that the other night. And all I can tell you is I want to watch it again. Because there's so much good stuff in it. Is it a is it? It's a thriller, right? Well, it's it's a it's a Hitchcock film. It's like a classic Hitchcock film.
A highlight from Would The Deep State Try To Do The Unthinkable Against Trump?
"We get it. You're busy. You don't have time to waste on the mainstream media. That's why Salem News Channel is here. We have hosts worth watching, actually discussing the topics that matter. Andrew Wilkow, the next D 'Souza, Brandon Tatum, and more. Open debate and free speech you won't find anywhere else. We're not like the other guys. We're Salem News Channel. Watch any time on any screen for free 24 -7 at snc .tv and on Local Now Channel 525. This is your source for breaking news and what to make of it all. This is The Mike Gallagher Show. Former president has a very strong grassroots base and we have seen that demonstrated. Who would have thought a mugshot on a coffee mug would be a winning idea for a politician, huh? The issue for him that I would be worried about is that in 2020 he was able to stay in his basement. They're talking about masks again. Maybe he'll go back in the basement. We cannot have four more years of Donald Trump in the White House. Now from the relieffactor .com studios, here's Mike last week. And as it so happened, I didn't even realize that my scheduled vacation was up against the Labor Day holiday. So I had kind of a long break, you know, and I recharged the batteries and I got a fresh clear head and clear eyes and I am ready to go. And it's Tuesday, September the 5th. I wake up this morning, I flip on an app, listen to one of the shows that I listen to and I hear the host boldly proclaim, Trump cannot win next year. I'm looking at the phone and I'm thinking, did he just say that? In September of 2023, with a 46 point lead over Ron DeSantis, this friend of mine said on air, Trump cannot win next year. And all I could think of was, it's a good thing I'm back. I am back just in time. I am on the way. Here I am. So welcome in to a safe space. If you are a lover of Trump's policies and what was accomplished, I mean, I don't know that he can't win. I don't know that he can win. We got to let the voters start voting because when the voters in Iowa and South Carolina and New Hampshire, when they all start voting, if the votes line up with the polls, it's going to be a short party for Ron DeSantis, period. And that's when he's got to say, I'm all in for Donald Trump. And that's when I pray Donald Trump will say, he's my guy and it's going to be a Trump DeSantis 2024 ticket, which is unstoppable. And it's even better when you think about DeSantis' ability to govern as Trump is facing all these legal challenges. It's just, isn't it wild when things that some people think are complicated are really real simple. Welcome aboard. We got a lot of territory to cover. I hope you join us. The PhD weight loss and nutrition phone number is 800 -655 Mike. That's the way you join us. Press one to come on air. I missed you. I missed the show. It's so weird. I went with my dear friends, Joey and Peg Hudson to London, and we did all kinds of sightseeing. The Hudson's dragged me out to High Clear Castle, which is the scene of Downton Abbey. I've never seen Downton Abbey, but they love it. And it was fun. It's a beautiful, beautiful, big, big mansion in the countryside. We saw some shows. We ate well. We enjoyed life, enjoyed friendship. We're all facing challenges together as a country, as Americans. And we just got to remember we're in this together. You just wonder, though, how far they're going to go to try to stop Donald J. Trump. How far will they go? And I'm going to talk about something that is unthinkable, but Tucker Carlson talked about it on his show on X, and it is a horrific thing to consider. But I was watching over the weekend Adam Schiff and Bernie Sanders and all these dirty Democrats who are now talking about dusting off the 14th Amendment. Maybe that's the case. Maybe at the polls. Maybe DeSantis can't stop him. There's no way to stop this guy. We're trying to throw criminal charges at him one after the other. Maybe we could try to put him in jail. But we realize that the Constitution doesn't preclude him from running and winning, even if he's convicted of any of these charges. Maybe we can trot out the 14th Amendment, because there's something in the 14th Amendment about an insurrection. Never mind, Trump hasn't been convicted of any kind of insurrection and won't be. He's not facing insurrection charges anywhere. It's about payments to porn stars and it's about documents and it's not everything else but insurrection. But maybe, just maybe, the 14th Amendment will work. Maybe that's going to be our ace in the hole. If that doesn't work, what's left? Well, Tucker Carlson said it, I think, over the weekend, a horrific, evil, terrifying prospect. I've prayed about this all weekend because they didn't even know whether to bring it up to you. But Tucker put it out there. Millions and millions of people are watching Tucker. I think this was during a conversation he had, if I'm not mistaken, with Dave Portnoy.
A highlight from The Mike and Mark Davis Daily Chat - 09/05/23
"We are representing a second whistleblower from the FBI, Marcus Allen. Due to whistleblower retaliation by the FBI, I've been suspended without pay for over a year. Because of you, ACLJ donors, you get the best attorneys in the world. Yes, I am a pirate, 200 years too late. The cannons dump thunder, there's nothing to plug. Before Margaritaville, before cheeseburgers in paradise. Here are four or five Jimmy Buffett albums before the guy even became big. This is from A1A, a reference to the coastal Florida highway, and a pirate looks at 40. This came out when Mike Gallagher was walking around being 14 years old. But world traveler Mike is back and it's so good to see you. How are you doing? How was the trip? How are things? It was great. It's so great to be back. First of all, quick note about Jimmy Buffett. I love how you're a Jimmy Buffett purist. I just love that. Everybody else is playing cheeseburger in paradise and you're like, no, no, no. But he's way deeper and broader than that. And you're so right. You're so right. That guy brought so much joy to so many people over the years. What a life, what a legacy, and his music will live on. But it is absolutely wonderful to be back, to hear your voice and to see your smiling face again. We had a great trip to London. I come back. I mean, but I, you listen, I cannot disconnect and I've got like 20 shows in my head. I'm doing shows in the London tube. I'm practicing what I'm going to say because it dawned on me. I am needed right now. I am on the way. I mean, I woke up this morning. I turned on the radio. I heard somebody say there's no way Trump can win. He just can't win. He cannot win. And I'm thinking, boy, I got, I got to get back to work. I mean, I don't know. You're sitting here doing show material on the tube. I can just imagine somebody just trying to get to work there in London. Oh, is that guy talking about? He keeps going on about Trump and Biden. I don't even know what's going on. Who is he? Who is he? Only thing missing was the tinfoil, you know, the tinfoil on my head. But there's so much craziness going on and people making assertions. And you've been so good about how the cautiousness of, we don't know. We got to let the voters start voting. Please, Iowa, get here already. You know, South Carolina, get here already. Let's see what this, how this, how things are going to, are going to unfold. But now they're trotting out the 14th amendment for Trump. Yes. Let's cover this for everybody, because if you can't erode his poll numbers, if you can't prosecute him out into the back 40 and make him go away, you try to take steps to keep him off the ballot. There is nothing they won't try. There is nothing. I mean, and I don't even want to go here and stop me if you think it's a bad idea to even bring this up, but people are now suggesting openly there's one, there's going to be only one thing left for them to do to this guy. And I don't want to say it on the air. I have a responsibility. You have a responsibility, but we also reflect what people are talking about. And it's being said on social media. I mean, I don't even want to use the word. Well, you know, who started this. If you're going where I think you're going, that would be Tucker. Tucker in an amazing couple of segments with Adam Corolla, I believe. Yep. I mean, I'll, I'll carry the, I'll do the heavy lifting if you want to. The only thing left is to assassinate him. I hate to even say those.
A highlight from Guest Host Carl Jackson On Our Two-Tiered Justice System In America
"We get it. You're busy. You don't have time to waste on the mainstream media. That's why Salem News Channel is here. We have hosts worth watching, actually discussing the topics that matter. Andrew Wilkow, Dinesh D 'Souza, Brandon Tatum, and more. Open debate and free speech you won't find anywhere else. We're not like the other guys. We're Salem News Channel. Watch any time on any screen for free 24 -7 at snc .tv and on local now channel 525. The Mike Gallagher Show. I built hundreds of miles of wall. If we didn't have it, it would be hard to believe it could be any worse. They're just letting people flow into our country. A country has to have borders. Some of the wall was up there and it would be laying on the ground rusted rotten steel, rusted rotten wood, and what the radical left crazy Democrats did. If there's a piece of wood laying down, they consider that a wall. I built because this is the game. They're a party of disinformation. In the ReliefFactor .com studios, here's Mike. Welcome back to the ReliefFactor .com studio. I'm your guest host Carl Jackson sitting in with the great Mike Gallagher and Joe in Kentucky, Louisville. I'll be going to you in just a second here. If you want to call into the program 1 -800 -655 -MIKE. 1 -800 -655 -MIKE. I just want to comment on that video, the last video that you saw on SalemNewsChannel .com with former President Donald Trump in that CNN town hall that he did with the lady that just got taken to school even though she tried to take him to school. That was so annoying. I could barely take that interview. Do you realize the Biden administration, a lot of that new material that we purchased, they've literally sold a lot of it off. They've sold it off. Even to try to rebuild and keep in mind when Trump says rebuild, a lot of the wall was being fortified. He didn't literally build hundreds of miles worth of wall, unfortunately. I wish he had the left and unfortunately some rhinos did everything they could to slow the border issue down. That's something that has to be started all over virtually again with the exception of the 40 plus miles that were added because the Biden administration literally are continuing to sell off some of the material. Some of the some of the material is just setting still not doing anything but they're selling it off. They did they did the same thing as a matter of fact with material from the Keystone XL pipeline. Just so you know how evil and disgusting and despicable the Biden administration and his leading up to this and this show. I'm going to show you how and thank you Tracy for reminding me the the woman was Robin from Hawaii from the state of Hawaii. I don't recall what island and and Derek you're right. I think more more people need to read the left so we understand what the left is doing so that we're not fighting so harshly against each other because I really do believe and I understand you want Trump to win. I got it. Fight for him like heck and you should and you should but there's a mistake I believe in sabotaging Adron DeSantis. I think there's a mistake in in in in saying nobody else should compete in the race and I'm not going to lie with you lie to you. I I don't want a lot of those people on the stage. The only people frankly that I care about and I know I'm going to offend some people out there are Trump DeSantis and Larry Elder and I'll tell you why and and I want to bring I want to bring I'll tie all this together. I promise you and Joe I promise you I'll get to Joe and Louisville, Kentucky. I'll be coming to you because you got an important call here that I that I want to take on but there's a reason why I I say Trump DeSantis and Larry Elder and I'm okay with those three. I'm okay with those three hashing it out. Now I do live in Realville you know Rush Limbaugh was the mayor of Realville. If I'm looking at the polls even though I I know that the polls are skewed I know that the polls are wrong I still know that Trump has a humongous lead over everyone. That is clear even in state polling that is very clear so it is more than likely that Trump will be the GOP nominee unless there's fewer people. I'm a selfish person. I like we the people. I realize that Trump if he gets in he gets four years and I'm sitting there thinking okay we need to win 2024, 2028, 2032, 2036, 2040. How do we do all this? How do how do we do all this? If if you think that it's going to be a four -year plan we're going to somehow turn America around in four years you're sadly mistaken. You're just you're you're sadly mistaken. The DOJ issue is the biggest issue in my opinion out there. The way that the DOJ the FBI how they've been utterly corrupted is the biggest issue but there's something I got to share with you. Unfortunately the DOJ and the FBI being corrupted just shows us that we're too late to the party so it is the biggest issue out there but unfortunately all of the other issues that preceded that in order to create a corrupt DOJ a corrupt FBI we're late to the party. I believe that Trump is better when it comes to that stuff right DOJ stuff and all that man he just I think he'll go in and just wreck shop. I love that. I think I think Trump is better instinctively with foreign policy. He's just honestly he changed my views on some foreign policy stuff and that I absolutely love and adore adore him for. I love his sheer tenacity force of will but I'll be straight with you when it comes to the stuff leading up to DOJ and Ron DeSantis is better and I don't care if you like that or not he's got an instinct for that. You don't have to you can whine like little girls on the left you can lie about it you can deny it you can do what some conservative columnists and and and influencers have been done uh doing that all of a sudden DeSantis is the worst but no I'm sorry he's our second best guy and I don't think it's even close and I think you're playing a seriously dumb game if you try to sabotage them. I think you're an idiot. I think you're a fake MAGA person and I don't think you're out for the country. I think you're out for yourself if you're trying to sabotage our second best guy. I just opinion for the betterment of America. You're an idiot. I want to make it completely and emphatically clear because this is not a one election game. We've come to the party way too late. Ron DeSantis' instincts on cultural Marxism and what led up to the DOJ corruption I'm sorry he's been better than Trump on that. When it comes to the issue of COVID I'm sorry I see all of the naysayers oh well Ron DeSantis is lying he did this he did these are the the whiners these these are the guys in the MAGA movement that need testosterone uh oh Ron DeSantis he's lying about you know he was he he was what are they saying oh he he locked down Florida and guys I live in Florida yes he followed orders just like everybody else but you had what's what's her name Kristi uh and I'm missing someone the lady in Iowa that were very strong on COVID but once DeSantis backed out of COVID he was better than anybody else by far by far it wasn't even close it showed me that he was instinctually getting stuff and he was strong enough to say whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa wait a minute here's what's going on now and he wasn't falling to the pressure so that's why I want to see Trump on stage because as much as I love Trump and we've got a video here saying don't comply with COVID well I'm sorry I love Trump I love Trump but I'm we the people first I want Trump to tell me what he learned so that he does about COVID uh and and the deep state so he never gets duped again when he's in office that's what I want to know I deserve that as a voter you may not want that that's up to you but I'm a we the people person I want that because you know what I don't have the resources to fight against the deep state I don't have them if they lock me up I'm gone away forever you're never going to hear me again so I'm pretty selfish I want to stay out of prison I don't want to be the proud boys guy that I'm gonna that I'm going to talk about uh later Larry Elder the reason why I want him is simple in my opinion Larry Elder is a better communicator than DeSantis he's a better communicator uh than than Trump and I think he can communicate those ideas better than them and even to minority voters I think he can communicate our ideas better to minority voters than DeSantis and Trump can so I figure let them fight it out I think Trump is going to win but let them fight it out because you know why with those three I think we the people win and the left is an isolated on Donald Trump where they can just aim all right so take everybody out of the race let let's take everybody out of the race and let's just let the DOJ the FBI the the mainstream media big tech every look at everything that has been unleashed on Trump now let's get everybody out of the way so they can just completely focus on him you know what Ron DeSantis is do you know what Larry Elder and I pray to God Larry Elder gets on the stage larryelder .com do you know what they are they are an insurance policy I'm sorry I love Tim Scott I love Tim Scott I think Larry Elder is a better candidate than Tim Scott so I hope to God that he gets on the stage all right because I want to hear them debate but they're an insurance policy you know why the left is scared to get rid of Biden those that are Kamala Harris I had somebody messaged me yesterday uh Carl I love you on the show but I disagree with you on this part the impeachment thing because Kamala Harris the left has no problem throwing black people under the bus even a black woman they will throw her under the bus quick fast and in a hurry she's an insurance policy for Biden you know who's an insurance policy because I read them all the time I'm just telling you the truth you don't have to believe it you don't have to agree with it I don't necessarily agree with it but when I read the left when I read the radical left the person who they fear the most is DeSantis whether you like it or not doesn't mean that it's true that is their perception because they believe that DeSantis is Trump not charismatic but will get crap done when he came in the office that's true I don't believe DeSantis at this point I mean unless he gets a one -on -one and there's a miracle that he's going to win the primary but I tell you the left yes they fear Trump but they also fear DeSantis why would you take the guy the second guy that they fear out and try to sabotage them the those of you that are doing that and and I'll say it maybe I'm sabotaging my career today you're complete and utter idiots and I don't believe you're MAGA I believe you're just you're I believe you're just what what's the word I just believe you're grifters I believe you just want to follow the crowd I don't believe you're for the betterment of America I don't believe you're for the empowerment of we the people I think you're full of crap to be frank with you this is Carl Jackson and for Mike Gallagher we'll be back unveil evil in nefarious the modern screw tape letters praised by Pastor Jack Hibbs my pillow is having their biggest sheet sale of the year you've helped my pillow become one of the most extraordinary success stories in America today well now Mike Lindell wants to give back exclusively to you a Mike Gallagher listener the percale and Giza dream bed sheet sets are available in a variety of colors and sizes and 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is just one -sided BS for lack of a better word what I will say is right now the senate is the most privileged nursing home in the country but to every COVID tyrant who wants to take away our freedom hear these words we will not comply so don't even think about it and now sitting in for Mike today in the relief factor .com studios here's Carl Jackson all right welcome back to the Mike Gallagher show coming to you live from the relief factor .com studio I am your guest host Carl Jackson sitting in for Mike Gallagher the number to call in 1 -800 -655 -Mike 1 -800 -655 -6453 thank you Tracy uh callers if you want to call back the lines are good apparently uh the uh callers were in some areas where the phones just weren't okay all right they're rebooting the phones right now so 1 -800 -655 -Mike 1 -800 -655 -6453 let me let me let me play an audio clip for you I think this is uh this is very interesting to me I'm actually surprised to to hear this but that's Derek Klingle being on it I want to go to Tucker Tucker says I agree and I quote I agree 100 after guest says uh Trump and Biden are too old to be president here's audio clip number two I'm actually kind of surprised to hear this but let's roll it uh I think both Trump and Biden are too old I think there should I don't think you should be able to be that old and be president uh but I think Trump trying to be a hundred percent more aware I I think Biden has got some serious dementia issues I'm I'm actually surprised to hear that I I can't uh I did not know he said listen I I do believe that there should be an age limitation that we we talked about this yesterday I do think that there should be some type of cognitive test obviously if you look at uh Trump he's he's I think he's 77 or 78 years old the guy acts like he's probably 60 I mean it's it's absolutely insane and then you look at Biden and it's simply not the same but I I do believe there needs to be some cognitive test and perhaps there does need to be an age limit at some point uh but I'm wishy -washy on that I'll admit I'm not a term limit guy I know a lot of people want term limits listen I just think evil people do evil things they'll just figure out how to do evil things even more quickly I think we need to leave a move a lot of these people out of Washington D .C.
A highlight from Dont Tread on Me
"We're proud to announce our brand new ACLJ Life and Liberty Drive. Our legal teams will be focusing on the issues that you, our ACLJ members, have told us matter the most to you, life and religious liberty. Join the ACLJ in the fight to keep America free. Dennis Prager here. Thanks for listening to the daily Dennis Prager podcast. To hear the entire three hours of my radio show, commercial free, every single day, become a member of Pragertopia. You'll also get access to 15 years worth of archives, as well as the daily show prep. Subscribe at Pragertopia .com Hello, everyone, and welcome to the Dennis Prager show. It is Wednesday, August 30th, 2023. My name is Julie Hartman. I am the host of the Dennis and Julie show, or I should say the co -host of Dennis and Julie, alongside Dennis Prager. That premieres every Monday on the Salem News Channel. I am also the host of my own three times weekly show, Timeless with Julie Hartman, which is on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays on the Salem News Channel. You can also catch those two shows, Dennis and Julie and Timeless, on the Julie Hartman YouTube page, and of course, you can download them on Apple and Spotify. It is great to be with you. To begin this morning, we're going to talk about a 12 -year -old Colorado student, who on Monday was kicked out of class for having a Gadsden flag patch on his backpack. For those who don't know what that is, the Gadsden flag patch, it is the don't tread on me flag that sometimes you see flying around the United States. According to the school district, which kicked this child out of class, that Gadsden flag is only flown in Trump 2020 flag flying white supremacist neighborhoods, which is obviously a lie, and not to mention insulting. This story, I think, provides a pretty apt synopsis of the state of American education for two reasons. First, the teacher who kicked this boy out of class falsely said that the Gadsden patch had, quote, origins with slavery. That is not true. This patch was actually made in the 1770s during the American Revolution, and the slogan don't tread on me was intended to be a message to the British that the American colonists who were rebelling against their rule were no longer going to put up with the British treading on them. That is the first thing that reveals the state of American education because it is very common nowadays for the content in schools to be taught incorrectly. Then the second reason why it says kind of everything you need to know about the state of our country's school system is that in addition to teaching the wrong content, students are being politically persecuted. There was another story in Massachusetts just about three or four months ago where a young 12 -year -old boy, Liam Morrison, was also sent home from school because he dared to wear a t -shirt that said there are only two genders. This is an ever -growing phenomenon in our country, but let's go here to this article I'm reading from American Greatness. On Monday, so two days ago, very recent, a Colorado Springs charter school removed a middle school student from class for having a Gadsden flag patch on his backpack, alleging falsely that the patch had origins with slavery. A video circulating on X features a Vanguard school administrator explaining to 12 -year -old Jaden and his mother why the boy was pulled from class. The confrontation has gone viral, and due to negative publicity, this is great news, the boy was allowed to have the patch in place when he returned to school on Tuesday. That is totally the right strategy. What happened is that Jaden and his mother were so outraged by Jaden being sent home from school that they went public with this clip. They were on Sean Hannity on Fox News. I believe that they also spoke with Tucker Carlson, or at the very least, Tucker Carlson covered this story. That is the right approach. When something insane happens, whether it's in your child's school or in your workplace, you have to go public with it. That is the only way that we are going to expose the rot of wokeism and try to get it unraveled. This past Monday, in addition to being the day that 12 -year -old Jaden was sent home from school, also marked the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the famous I Have a Dream speech. In addition to Martin Luther King's great activism, nonviolent activism, the thing that ended the racist Jim Crow laws in the South was the fact that Americans were seeing the discrimination against black people on their televisions. The start of cable TV, or at least the popularity of cable TV in the 50s and 60s in contributing to the civil rights movement cannot be underestimated. It is because people started taking video of black people in the South being hosed down by police officers, having dogs unleashed on them. And in the court of public opinion, the Jim Crow laws and other racist measures that were present in the South no longer became acceptable because people were seeing with their own eyes how disgusting it was. That is what we need to do now in this arguably new civil rights era in our country. We need to go public, show video, send audio of a teacher berating a student. So I just thought that was interesting that on the same day that this child was sent home was the same day that Martin Luther King delivered that speech. Similar lessons can be gleaned from both of those experiences. Continuing from American greatness, this is a quote from the school administrator. The reason that we do not want the flag, the reason that we do not want the flag displayed is due to its origins with slavery and the slave trade. The Gadsden flag, the surprised mother responded to which the administrator replied the don't tread on me flag. The mother asked what would happen if Jayden removed the patch and the staffer answered flatly the bag can't go back if it's got the patch on it because we can't have that in and around other kids. They're talking about this patch like it has cooties, like if you get within five feet of it, you are going to get a highly contagious deadly flu. We can't have this around other children. Lest they get infected with the imaginary bigotry of the Gadsden flag patch, the mother shot back. Yeah, it has nothing to do with slavery, I love this. The mother is teaching the teacher. That's like the Revolutionary War patch that was displayed when we were fighting the British. Thank you Jayden's mother for teaching basic elementary history to an elementary school teacher. The administrator responded, I am here to enforce the policy that was provided by the district. This is such cowardice. It's not me who's doing this, even though I'm the one who sent the child home. It's a policy. I'm just hiding behind the policy. The mother and son pointed out that other Vanguard kids, Vanguard is the school in Colorado, are allowed to have other various patches on their backpacks. That's exactly right. I bet that there are students at that school who have come in with Black Lives Matter patches or pride patches or even t -shirts with those symbols. Why is that okay? Arguably Black Lives Matter, not just arguably, I mean it's pretty evident, Black Lives Matter is far more offensive of a flag than the Gadsden flag. Black Lives Matter is a Marxist organization which advocated for uprooting the Western prescribed notions of the nuclear family. The Black Lives Matter organization has accumulated billions and billions and billions of dollars that has gone absolutely nowhere to places that would actually help black people. They purported to raise this money for bail funds and for scholarships and for public school funding. What we have found out is that it has actually gone into the pockets of the founders so that they could buy $6 million mansions here in Los Angeles. Those billions of dollars were also used to, actually they were used for bail funds, but they were used to bail out violent rioters who set buildings aflame. Those riots in 2020 killed 25 people, many of whom were black. But the Black Lives Matter flag is okay. I bet you there would be no issue, but the Gadsden flag, oh yes, that is bigotry. How about the pride flag? You know, pride no longer represents tolerance of those with different sexual identification. It a represents movement that seeks to condone the genital mutilation of young children in the name of so -called gender affirming care. Is that offensive? Would that flag be allowed in schools? I bet you it would. 1 -8 Prager, 776 -1877 -243 -777 -6. Back in a moment. Precious metals, it's imperative that you buy from a trustworthy and transparent dealer that protects your best interests. So many companies use gimmicks to take advantage of inexperienced gold and silver buyers. Be cautious of brokers offering free gold and silver or brokers that want to sell you overpriced collectible coins claiming they appreciate more than gold and silver. What about hidden commissions and huge markups? Nick Grovitch and his team at AmFed always have your back. I trust this man. It's why I mention him by name. Nick's been in this industry over 42 years and he's proud of providing transparency and fair pricing to build trusted relationships. If you're interested in buying or selling, call Nick Grovitch and his team at AmFed Coin and Bullion, 800 -221 -7694, americanfederal .com, americanfederal .com. Triple G has notified me that we actually have a clip of this recording of the administrator telling 12 -year -old Jaden, the Colorado student, that he could not wear the Gadsden flag patch on his backpack. I just want to play a minute of the video for you so that you can hear this. And for those of you who are watching the show on the Salem News Channel, you will see that this boy is so polite. He's clean cut. He has a nice shirt on and he's sitting there, you know, with his hands clasped together and he's just nodding and taking it in, incredibly dignified and polite. He didn't say anything like, come on, this is ridiculous. What the heck is going on here? He handled that with such class. His mother should be proud. Let's hear a minute of this clip. Thank you. Do they know what the Gadsden flag is? It's a historical flag. So there, the reason that they do not want the flag, the reason we do not want the flag is due to its origins with slavery and slave trade. That is what was, that's the reason behind the Gadsden flag. The don't tread on me, which is the Gadsden flag. Okay, so he, what's going to happen if he doesn't take it all? He, I mean, he is able to go, I was actually just telling him, like, I was upset that he was missing so much school. I'm like, ah! So I asked him, can he just take his stuff out of his bag and go back to class? Like, I just want him to go back to class. The bag can't go back. It's got a patch on it, because we can't have that in and around other kids. So that's what I was trying, and then he said you were close, so I was like, oh, okay. It's amazing that this administrator is saying, you know, I hate that he's missing school. He's missing school because of you, my friend, or not my friend, my enemy. All right, reading continuing from American Greatness, the head of the school told Jaden's mother that the patch was, quote, disruptive to the classroom environment, and that the boy was welcome to return to class on Tuesday, but only if he removed the patch, okay? Because of its creator's history and because it is commonly flown alongside Trump 2020 flags, the Confederate battle flag, and other white supremacist flags, some may now see the Don't Tread On Me flag as a symbol of intolerance and hate or even racism. Oh, gosh. We could spend the entire three hours on that quote. Okay, so many lies in that one sentence. But they're saying that Trump 2020 flags are white supremacist flags. How is that not political persecution? So half this country are white supremacists, really? And then I love this line here. Some may see it as a symbol of intolerance, hate, or even racism. Welcome to the tyranny of the minority. If one person is made to feel uncomfortable by that flag, the entire school has to go along with that person's preferences. This child has to be sent home. As the administrator said, he loses out on learning because this one person may, in a hypothetical world, be uncomfortable. So this is interesting because let's look at these four adjectives that were used to describe this patch, disruptive, intolerant, hateful, and racist. We live in a world where there is such a profound assault on truth. And what comes alongside that assault on truth is an assault on the objective meaning of words, because that's basically another way of saying the truth, that words hold a objective, truthful meaning. You know, when people say, well, what's the harm of calling a man a woman or a woman a man? What's the harm of saying words are violent? This is the harm, because when words lose their objective meaning, the rules and the standards that are associated with those words also lose their objective meaning, and then all havoc breaks loose. There is this standard in American public education. It was established in a Supreme Court case in 1969. The case is called Tinker versus Des Moines, Iowa School District. And it dealt with the fact that students came to class wearing Vietnam War or anti -Vietnam War wristbands, and they were asked to remove those wristbands. And this case went all the way up to the Supreme Court, and the court established what's called the Tinker standard of regulating speech in schools, because they had to balance the fact that sometimes it is necessary and even good to regulate speech in schools for disciplinary reasons, but also respecting the fact that students have First Amendment rights. So they established this standard, which essentially says that students have a right to express political speech, wear shirts, wear backpack stickers, wear wristbands. As long as that speech is not disruptive to the classroom and does not infringe on the rights of other students to learn. So here we see that this school district in Colorado is saying that Jaden's backpack patch is disruptive. And so if we are now calling a backpack patch disruptive, then it means that they can lawfully tell Jaden to go home and get rid of it, because the Tinker standard says that they have a right to censor speech that is disruptive. Once the objective meaning of words change, then that paves the way for the objective meaning of rules and standards associated with those rules to change. Another story that we will cover in this hour is this Spanish soccer league craziness where the head, I believe it was, of the Spanish soccer league went up and kissed one of the female players after the Spanish female soccer team won the World Cup. This kiss, which by the way I do not condone, you shouldn't kiss someone if it is unwanted or without their consent, but this kiss is now being called sexual assault. And this man who planted the unwanted kiss on the female soccer player is under criminal investigation for sexual assault, which in Spain, as in the United States, carries prison time as a potential punishment. Another perfect example of the way that if we change words, then we change the laws associated with those words. Because now if a kiss is called sexual assault, then you can be prosecuted or brought to trial for alleged sexual assault if you kiss someone. This is very scary. That is why conservatives make such a fuss when words are used improperly, because it leads to a slippery slope. And by the way, this is going to affect all of us. There are going to be many people, we're already seeing it happen, who are going to be fired from their jobs or sent home from school for supposedly being disruptive or racist when they're not. We have calls. We'll take them in the next segment. 1 -8 Prager 776 -1877 -243 -7776. I'm eager to hear your reactions. Back in a moment. Mike Lindell has a passion to help you get the best sleep of your life. He didn't stop at the pillow. Mike also created the Giza Dream bed sheets. These sheets look and feel great, which means an even better night's sleep, which is crucial for overall health. Mike found the world's best cotton called Giza. It's ultra soft and breathable, but extremely durable. Mike's latest deal is the sale of the year for a limited time. You'll receive 50 % off the Giza Dream sheets, marking prices down as low as $29 .98, depending on the size. Go to MyPillow .com, click on the radio podcast's square, and use the promo code Prager. There you'll find not only this amazing offer, but also deep discounts on all MyPillow products, including the MyPillow 2 .0 mattress topper, MyPillow kitchen towel sets, and so much more. Call 800 -761 -6302 or go to MyPillow .com and use the promo code Prager. Welcome back to The Dennis Prager Show. I'm Julie Hartman, your guest host for today. We are discussing the fact that this 12 -year -old boy in Colorado was sent home from school on Monday for wearing a Don't Tread On Me patch on his backpack. The school said that he had to remove it. In order to return to school, he and his mother went public with a recording of the administrator admonishing him. And the public outrage over this incident led to the school allowing Jaden to come back with the patch on his backpack. I should also note that the school announced that they would be canceling Parents Night due to quote, unforeseen circumstances. Clearly, they do not want to face some questions about this incident. Let's go to Steve in Chicago, Illinois. Hi, Steve. Thanks for calling in. Yeah, Julie, thanks a lot. So, here's where I'm going to part company with you, okay? Whatever happened at School of Colorado sounds ridiculous, okay? But you beat it like a dead horse a thousand times to make it sound as if this is commonplace. You talk about transgender issues, and Dennis Prager does it nonstop. And what you do, and the way to deceive people, okay, which is what I think you and Dennis do, is to omit from your discussions and your narrative other information that would make what you're saying completely false, okay? What is that information that we are omitting? Well, I'll tell you. I'll tell you. You guys beat this transgender drum like they are going to take over the world and destroy civilization. The fact is - When have we ever said those words? That they're going to take over the world and destroy civilization? I listen to Dennis all the time. It's incessant. And the fact is, is there are very few transgender people relative to the population, okay? That's true. Most of us will never meet a transgender person. The few people who are transgender are afflicted with a horrible psychiatric illness, okay? They deserve empathy. No one is forcing them to undergo any transgender hormonal treatment. I'm going to pause you there, Steve. I don't mean to cut you off, but just for the sake of time, I'm going to pause you and I'd like to continue a discussion, but I have to cut in. You are right, Steve, that there is a relatively low number of transgender individuals relative to the population, which is why I ask the question, why is teaching that gender is non -binary and fluid becoming so mainstream if this is so rare? And I encourage you, Steve, and anyone listening who may agree with his disagreement of Dennis' position and my position, I encourage you to read the California Department of Education codes, the Arizona Department of Education codes, New Jersey, Michigan. Many states, blue states around the country, in these codes have things that say that you should teach kids that gender is non -binary. In New Jersey, they say that you should not refer to children using gendered pronouns. Here in Los Angeles, the LAUSD, which has about 450 schools under its jurisdiction, has monthly Rainbow Club meetings where students as young as four years old are subjected to drag queen story hour. This is not a fringe thing. This is very mainstream, and they are also taught these radical gender codes. I agree that people who are experiencing gender dysphoria deserve empathy. That is why I, and I feel comfortable speaking for Dennis, that is why Dennis and I are so disgusted. And that is the word disgusted by this movement, which is saying, legitimizing the fact that it is normal to not feel your gender. These individuals deserve empathy, they deserve therapy, but what they do not deserve is being subjected to doctors and students who are saying, yeah, you're 13 years old or you're 15 years old and you don't feel like your gender, here are some puberty blockers, and by the way, you should have your breasts cut off. This is happening at the Duke University Medical School, Medical Hospital, excuse me, Boston Children's Hospital. This is happening all over the country. I'd like to give Steve an opportunity to respond. We may have to go into the next segment, Steve. We don't have much time. OK. Yeah. What you're saying about people having their breasts, women having their breasts cut off and hormonal blockers, again, it's a misleading narrative you're giving. OK. No, no, no female is going to breast cut off without her consent, without substantial psychiatric involvement. OK. It is not substantial psychiatric involvement. That is not true. You know what? You know what? I've studied this issue. It is true. As have I. As have I. It is very common for these kids. OK, I'm sorry. We're going to have to continue into the next segment. Steve, stay on. We'll pick it up. Back in a moment.
A highlight from Trump v. the Others
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It was demanding for everybody because I'm here in central time talking to the West Coast crew out there in Pragerland where everybody was working really late between radio and the Salem News Channel. Just fantastic coverage last night, post debate, all kinds of opinions flying thick and fast. So I'm just really enormously pleased to be here in one of my frequent fill -ins. It's always a joy to be here for Dennis. And you can follow me on Twitter or X or Guacamole or whatever they're calling that thing these days, at Mark Davis, M -A -R -K Davis. And the best way to get ahold of us, of course, is the phone lines that are used in the show every day. 1 -8 -Praeger -776, 1 -8 -Praeger -776. Again, I'm Mark Davis here in the big bustling DFW. And wherever you are, I have some things I need to know from you. You ready? And what I'm gonna do is put some of it in question form. Most of my obvious offering is to get your thoughts and ask the blanket question. What did you think of the two big things that you could see last night? One of them was the debate on a stage in Milwaukee. And the other one was seen by perhaps 10 times more people. I mean, are we at 200 million? At some point, everyone in America, if not around the world, will have seen Trump on Tucker. And we'll talk a little bit about whether it was smart for Trump to do Tucker instead of the debate. It certainly wasn't dumb, it certainly didn't hurt him. Because after all, as we've learned by now, nothing hurts him, at least not yet. And by the way, every candidate on the stage last night, every candidate on the stage last night, dreams of having a bump, having a boost like Trump will get today from another arraignment. This time under the aggressive thumb of Fannie Willis in Fulton County in Atlanta, Georgia. He will turn himself in at some point and you will then almost be able to palpably sense the fundraising boost, the poll boost. Here is the truth of the Trump poll numbers. There's something we know, but there's something numerical we don't know. Again, one eight Prager 776, one eight Prager 776. Talk about Trump's decision not to be on that debate stage. And then we'll talk about everybody that was on that debate stage. Cuz it was a fascinating night for Vivek, a so -so night for DeSantis. A really good night for Tim Scott, a surprisingly, momentarily at least interesting night for Mike Pence. Nikki Haley did great, but did she get enough Mike time? Chris Christie, that New Jersey bully boy thing, that just gets really old, really fast. And Doug Burgum and Asa Hutchinson were there as well, which is about the old, I got nothing bad to say about these guys. I've got nothing bad to say about these guys. Hutchinson was an okay governor of Arkansas, really needs to be awakened on some of the gender clarity necessities. Doug Burgum seems like a wonderful guy, and what a tough nut, keyword nut. Who plays basketball the night before a debate? Who does something that has even a remote injury risk? My colleague Mike Gallagher and I were talking, and he said, if I'm on the debate stage the following day, I'm putting myself in lockdown. I'm gonna be in bed, in some type of pneumatic bubble. Nothing will get to me, but so that I don't rip open my Achilles tendon. Which he did, so he had to crutch himself onto the stage. And I don't wanna be cynical enough to say that this strikes me as debate theater and that it was faked. I don't believe that, I don't wanna be that guy, I don't wanna be that cynical, but I will be this judgmental. How dumb is it to do something the night before a debate that can hurt you? So of course, I know driving on the highway can hurt you and da, da, da, da. So I have all kinds of hot takes on how I think everybody did. I'm gonna frame it in terms of what I expected versus how they did. And then we'll talk about what I expected from Trump on Tucker. I expected it to be stratospherically good, and it was. So we have specific Trump on Tucker observations, and we have specific debate participation observations. And it all takes place against this glorious, fascinating backdrop of late August, 2024. Here we are, we are still September, October, November. So we're still four and a half months before anybody votes for anything. Change is still possible, but how plausible is it? How many times have you heard people say, yeah, in this particular year, by this point, Newt Gingrich was in the lead? Yeah, in this particular year, Rudy Giuliani was in the lead. Well, guess what was not going on when Newt, obviously, neither gentleman ever became president or ever will, it seems, for multiple reasons. There was no Trump, nobody had a 50 point lead. It was just wide open, it was five or six or eight or 10 or 14 or 17 people all running now. Trump is the alpha dog, the king of the hill. There is nothing that has dented his support yet. I will tell you the one thing, I wouldn't even say might, I'd say the only thing that can, the only thing that can, and I'll do that here in a second. In fact, probably got to get to that first. 18 Prager 776, 18 Prager 776. And again, my name, Mark Davis, follow me on Twitter, X, whatever you want to call it. I can't say X, it's Twitter to me, I don't know, I'm an old fart, what can I say? At Mark Davis, and I'll take a look at those during the break. But the best way to get ahold of us, of course, with your thoughts, 776. 18 Prager Okay, I do have a fresh column in the Fort Worth Star Telegram, I'm proud to write for the Star Telegram and the McClatchy newspaper chain and Newsweek and Town Hall, but the thing I did an immediate, I pretty well do mean immediate, turnaround reaction column for was the Star Telegram. So if you go to star -telegram .com and look at opinions, find me, Mark Davis, there is my column that talks about how Vivek and Pence and Tim Scott helped themselves. I mean, the only people who did, but they did. But the enduring question, the enduring question is, can anybody catch Trump? Is that even possible? So if we start with the premise that they say anything is possible, not anything, okay? Asa Hutchinson, Doug Burgum, or Will Hurd winning the nomination is as close to not possible as the English language permits, okay? But let's just say that in these turbulent times, where almost everything seems volatile, it was volatility that kind of lofted Trump in 2016. There were a lot of frustrations, there he was, he seemed anti -establishment, he caught the wind of that in the sales of so many Americans. The timing was just, it was perfect for Trump. Now, eight years, next month, wow, he and Melania came down the golden escalator at Trump Tower. In a way, it seems like yesterday, in a way, it seems like 100 years ago. But anyway, everybody knows him now. And the love for him and hatred of him are both baked in so solid, so two things are true at the same time. With Trump as the nominee, you're going to get two things, guaranteed two things. The love for him and the devotion to him and the desire to flip a huge middle finger to the establishment that now pursues and persecutes him, that will be on fire with energy. The other thing that's gonna be on fire with energy, every Democrat, Biden could be actually dead and on the ticket, and Democrats will crawl on broken glass and walk through fire to deliver another loss to Trump. So that will be in furious force. So which of those forces, which of those phenomena is greater? I don't know, and neither do you. Are there risks to making Trump your nominee? There sure are. But are there risks that a whole lot of people seem totally willing to take? Yes, indeedy. So what is the one thing that might erode Trump support? And I'm not saying it will, but it's the only thing that can. I'll tell you next, and take your calls next, 1 -8 Prager 776. Mark Davison for Dennis. The Dennis Prager Show. Gold dealers are a dime a dozen. They're everywhere. What sets these companies apart, and whom can you really trust? This is Dennis Prager for AmFed Coin and Bullion, my choice for buying precious metals. When you buy precious metals, it's imperative that you buy from a trustworthy and transparent dealer that protects your best interests. So many companies use gimmicks to take advantage of inexperienced gold and silver buyers. Be cautious of brokers offering free gold and silver, or brokers that want to sell you overpriced collectible coins, claiming they appreciate more than gold and silver. What about hidden commissions and huge markups? Nick Grovitch and his team at AmFed always have your back. I trust this man, that's why I mentioned him by name. 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I totally understand his logic. Why should I? They're 50 points behind me. I don't need to show up for this. I totally get it. He's right about that. It did not hurt him to not be there, but it was a missed opportunity. There are millions of people for whom the last 10 times they heard Trump talk, it was all about Jack Smith, and Fannie Willis, and Alvin Bragg, and this persecution, and that lawsuit, and this vendetta, and that witch hunt, all of which is true. But it can be fatiguing to some folks who are not a junkie for this. And this would have been an opportunity for Trump with a bunch of rivals, and a bunch of pretenders to be sure, and a bunch of people at 0 .5%, and I know, I know, I know, I know, I know. But it would have been him talking about borders. It would have been him talking about crime. It would have been him talking about climate, which by the way, he did with Tucker, but he could have done that too. Not to get greedy, but why not do the debate and then sit down with Tucker tonight? Wouldn't that have worked? So yeah, but it was a statement. I understand it was a statement. It was a positioning statement that says, I don't even need to be on that stage as they all run for who's going to be the last person left when there are two candidates left standing. That is, by the way, what last night's debate was about. It's what the entire campaign is about for everybody not named Trump. At some point in the spring, there'll be two candidates left. One of them will be named Donald Trump, and the other one will not. And everybody wants to be that other person. And forever it looked obvious that it was going to be DeSantis. It doesn't look that way so much right now. Now it could really be the vague. Will that sustain? Is this kind of a flash in the summer pan? I don't know. Your thoughts are welcome. 18 Prager 776. As I get ready to go to the phones, here's the thing. Everybody, I get asked this all the time. Is there anything that could change the calculus? Anything where Trump just doesn't have that 50 point lead anymore? Because while we're talking math, here's what's undeniably true. Trump can win the nomination, can breeze to the nomination without poaching one single supporter from anybody on that stage last night. Obviously, he could do it tomorrow. DeSantis, just to pick somebody or the vague, let's go with DeSantis for the moment. He needs to poach half of the Trump poll numbers. He's got to go get half of those people. Half of the people saying we want Trump, half of the 50 some percent, if not more, who say we want Trump, who say that now in August, have to stop saying that by the time people are really voting in Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, and Nevada, etc, etc. So what is the one way that happens? And this is a half court shot, maybe a full court shot. And that is that some of the poll emotions right now, some of it, most of it is we want this guy to be president. We loved him then, we love him now, we want this guy to be president. You know, the usual earth logic that people use in expressing support for a candidate. But some of it, and it'll have to be a lot of it. And I don't know that it is. But certain x percentage of it has to be folks who may or may not require Trump to be their next president. But they are furious at what's being done to him. It is a show of support. I mean, why do you think the poll numbers will go up after he is arraigned today in Atlanta? Is it because a bunch of people will just look at issues around America and decide, oh, he is my guy? Some may, but most of the poll bursts and the fundraising bursts that happen after each continuing litany of indictments is people saying, oh, hell no. It's what I call the Jason Whitlock effect. Jason Whitlock is the wonderful broadcaster, blogger, who was on the Tucker one, I think might have been after the first indictment or the second one, I lose track. Jason Whitlock was on with Tucker when Tucker was on Fox and said, I don't even know what I think about Trump. I'm halfway with him, halfway not. I like some of what he does, some of it not. I don't know. But tonight I'm hardcore MAGA. Tucker, tonight I am hardcore MAGA, Jason Whitlock said. And it was as a statement of revulsion at what was being done to him. Now, if that's a bunch of Trump support, cuz here it is in one nutshell. By the time we get to, we go through Christmas, we go through the holidays, everybody digests their holiday meals. And then we all get rolling in January of 2024. And millions of Republicans go, whoa, okay, now it's what's always been serious. But now it's time, time with a capital T. It's not about whether we don't like Jack Smith or whether we think 2020 was rigged or whether we're just not about anything else. Other than it's about one thing, one thing, who beats Biden? Who gives us the best chance of beating Biden? And if the similar numbers of people who think so today think that that's Trump, and by the way, it may well be, then nothing will change. All these campaigns, all the DeSantis's, all the Viv Hanks, all the everybody's, I don't wanna say it'll be for naught, but it will not bear fruit. It will not bear fruit. If, however, and it's funny because right now we got the sort of the fresh angst, the renewed emotion and determination of what will happen after Trump is dragged before yet another tribunal for yet another non -crime. And we can talk about this some today if you want. There's really only one thing out of every single one of these stupid persecution prosecutions, all these indictments, all these things. Really, they only got him on one thing. There's one thing that he just really should have done differently. And that's the handling of those stupid documents. Give back the stupid documents. If you do that, then that's not even a problem. But all this election related stuff is insane. He thinks he got screwed. And guess what? So do I. Guess what? So do most of you. We don't get to believe that. And if we're him, we don't get to act on that and make phone calls and secure meeting space and tweet to somebody to watch a TV show, all of which has been criminalized by these lunatic prosecutors. But in January of 2024, it's not gonna be about that anymore. No matter how we feel about that. No matter how we feel and no matter how resentful we are of that and how much we wanna stick with him. And I mean, in that regard, if millions of people say, God bless you, sir, God bless you, we love your presidency. We want those policies back, but the damage seems to have been done.
The Real Math Equation Behind Primary Races
"Don't disagree with me a lot. It makes me think about stuff. Um, says, Listen, Dan, you know, the Iowa caucuses are five months away. You're acting like this is over. No, I'm not. I'm speaking to you as a practical conservative who's run for office and loss. The reason I'm suggesting to you that people who are not registering the polls drop out is because there's an opportunity cost camp and others. You go, please listen to me, folks. there's a cost here. I get it. If you haven't run for office, sometimes you think, Well, what's the big deal? Let him stay in the race. not You're hurting anyone. No, they are. Because when you have 10 or 15 people in the race, even guys going to run for office. You're going to run for office. It's a matter of fact, here's the problem. These donors, a lot of these donors have a fixed budget politics. If you max out to a PAC, the local committee and your candidate and you're done, that's it. We don't have you for the general. So, whereas I agree with you that primaries are a good thing, primaries with what call I would at this point, waste of time candidates, not that they're not decent people. I don't know them. It's not a moral judgment of them. It's a simple math equation. There are a couple of things that matter in politics to in politics. Many press coverage and volunteers, all of those things are looted when you have people in the race who absolutely cannot win. I get that. I was months away. I'm really sorry. There is zero and I mean zero chance Asa Hutchinson is to going win the presidency. Zero. Not zero zero
A highlight from Chairman Gallagher on What Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum Should Ask the GOP Candidates About Xi and CCP
"We're proud to announce our brand new ACLJ Life and Liberty Drive. Our legal teams will be focusing on the issues that you, our ACLJ members, have told us matter the most to you, life and religious liberty. Join the ACLJ in the fight to keep America free. Welcome to today's podcast, sponsored by Hillsdale College, all things Hillsdale, Hillsdale dot edu. I encourage you to take advantage of the many free online courses there. And of course, a listen to the Hillsdale dialogues, all of them at Q for Hillsdale dot com or just Google Apple, iTunes and Hillsdale. Morning Glory America Bonjour. Hi, Canada. I'm Hugh Hewitt. Tomorrow night, eight Republicans will meet on the stage in Milwaukee for a debate. I am certain that China will come up the Chinese Communist Party, but I'm not sure how. Brett Baer, of course, coming up later in the program. Martha McCollum, two superb professionals, the equal of anyone else in our business, will be asking the question. But I thought I would talk it through with the chairman of the House Select Committee on Engagement with the Chinese Communist Party. Mike Gallagher, congressman. Good morning. Great to have you. Thank you for joining me. It is great to be with you, Hugh. We're going to come back around to this kind of war, which I finished last night on the recommendation of you. It is a remarkable book. And I had no idea how awful the chai comms were to our American prisoners. I just I didn't know. Did you know that before? Did the Marines teach you that when you were in the Marines? No, there's there's two things that I think, well, a lot of actually our modern thinking about how to prepare people for when they get captured. Think survival of Asian resistance and escape school, which I attended when I was in the Marine Corps actually comes out of the experience of the Korean War, particularly some politically sensitive moments when a few American captives refused actually to go home. There was, of course, this controversy during that time period post Korean War in the 50s about this idea of brainwashing. This is prominently expressed in the fictional book The Manchurian Candidate, which became a major American movie. But a lot of our thinking about how to better prepare pilots in particular because they get shot down for resisting in captivity actually comes out of that period. Well, a couple of takeaways I'll never forget. There are no Turks died in the camps. The Turks are the toughest people in the world, and none of them died in the Chinese Communist Party camps. And the Americans didn't eat everything they could eat because they didn't like it and they died of starvation. But the fact that the Chinese communists treated our men that way is a tell because they've reverted to this mode. They were the hardcore Maoist, Leninist mode in 1950 through 1953, and they've reverted. And that's what I want to talk to you about. I want to ask you at length. We got a lot of time this morning and thank you for the time. If you were advising Brett and Martha based upon your six months, what would you tell them are the major takeaways that you've learned as the chairman of the Select Committee? And how would you suggest they be turned into a question? Take your time, because that's a big that's a big question. What have you learned thus far in six months? And how would you convert that into questions for our candidates? Well, I think the overall thing to realize for these candidates and this advice is worth what they're paying me for it is that there is, in my opinion, something called the commander in chief test. It's not you know, you're not graded A through F. I think it's a pass fail endeavor, but it is absolutely critical. Put differently, I'm not myopic enough to believe that foreign policy or a particular issue of foreign policy is going to win the candidate candidate the election, but it could very well lose them the election. The final thing to say about the assumptions going into this when it comes to foreign policy is that the conventional wisdom is that it doesn't really matter from a political electoral perspective. And there's a lot of social science to support that. I just would say it doesn't matter until it does. It doesn't matter until things go haywire on the world stage and suddenly voters are looking to a prospective commander in chief to communicate, if nothing else, a sense of safety that I have the temperament and the plan to keep America safe in a very dangerous world, which leads, I think, to the answer your question more than anything else. I think these candidates need to communicate that they have a clear understanding of the threat we face in the Chinese Communist Party, the scale and scope of this threat. Why this isn't just a matter of some obscure territorial disputes in the South China Sea. This is indeed a global competition. The CCP has global ambitions. What happens in Xinjiang, what happens in Beijing is not going to stay there. They are intent on exporting their model of total techno totalitarian control, which leads to the second point that you need to find a way to contrast that threat to enduring the and inherently superior American values. And I do believe that this is a contest between two fundamentally incompatible systems of government. And it's unlike anything we've seen since, of course, the old Cold War. So communicating the stakes, communicating who we're dealing with in the nature of a Marxist Leninist regime that will stop at nothing to ensure that they survive at the expense of their own people. And that is the enemy of freedom around the world is the most important thing. In fact, I would say even more important than any particular policy position is just communicating that understanding of the threat and the prioritization of the threat, a recognition that as president, the most important issue that you will be dealing with as commander in chief is how to deter a war with the CCP in the short term and win a new Cold War with the CCP over the long term. So let's put that in the form of a question for Brett and Martha, because I think you're right, I am looking at, of course, I've always looked at every one of these debates as an audition to be commander in chief. Eventually, there comes a choice with the Democrat. But right now, when I vote in the Virginia primary, I will vote based on who will be the best commander in chief. And because that's what matter. 9 -11 matters. What is the W do on 9 -11 that matters? What does W do? The Afghanistan and Iraq. What does anyone do on any moment of crisis? What do they do in the situation room? Figuring out how to elicit that about China is a difficult thing. So you've been doing nothing but this for six months. And by the way, recap for our audience and Pittsburgh Steeler fans what you have been doing for six months, because they may never have heard of the select committee. This might be the first day they're listening to the audience. No acronyms or five dollars in the tip jar for food for the poor. Well, the speaker of the House created the select committee on the CCP to do two things. One is to communicate why this matters, why anybody in northeast Wisconsin or Pittsburgh or Ohio should care about the threat posed by the CCP, to shine a light on all the things that they're doing, whether it's threatening to invade Taiwan, whether it's establishing illegal police stations on American soil, whether it's infiltrating American universities or attempting to build spy bases in our near abroad, to explain why it matters and why your average American should care about it. The second thing is to identify policies and pieces of legislation that can pass even in divided government. In the 118th Congress, what is the center of gravity in terms of steps that we can take in order to put ourselves on a better position to beat the CCP in this short and long term competition? So that's what we've been doing. We've broken it down, essentially, as though this isn't a perfect organization into three main lines of effort. And I do think this reflects our overall lines of effort, our grand strategy against China basically has three main components. One is military competition. What are the things we need to do to deter a war over Taiwan in the near term, as well as ensure that we maintain our dominant military position over the long term? The second is what I call economic statecraft. How do we selectively decouple from China so they don't have a coercive leverage over us so they can't threaten, for example, to cut off the export of advanced pharmaceutical ingredients in order to bring us to our knees? And then the third line of effort is what I call ideological warfare or ideological competition, which is not only how do we rediscover a language for talking about American values and incorporate values and human rights back into American grand strategy, but also how do we better defend our institutions from Chinese Communist Party subversion, from something called United Front Work, from traditional espionage, things like that. So we aren't corrupted and divided from within, which is what the Chinese Communist Party is trying to do. Wang Huning, who's Xi Jinping's top lieutenant in the 90s, wrote a book called America Against America, in which he talks about Americans as greedy, factional. And that that title, America against America, I think reflects their overall strategy, which is to divide Americans against Americans and thereby make it impossible for us to compete. So we've been developing policy recommendations along each of those lines. We've put out two reports, one on military competition, one related to human rights. And we're going to be putting out further reports. So, you know, I think those are useful starting points for for candidates who want to prepare for a debate in terms of where's Congress at on this issue? Where's the bipartisan center of gravity? Where can you potentially build on some of our work? But that's what we've been doing for six months. It's trying to understand and explain the threat and then identify policy solutions that help us to combat that threat. How would you put that in the form of a question by Brett or Martha? Well, there's the overall prioritization question, you know, what is the biggest threat to American national security, which is a bit boring, but no, it's not that's not boring. That that is that is the question, isn't it? Shouldn't that just be asked? What is the number one threat to American national security and why? Shouldn't that be it? Yeah, I think that that's table stakes, right? That's a good diagnostic question. And then it also allows the candidates, if they want to use their full time and I forget how much time they get to really articulate the key distinction between them and the Biden administration, because if you read the Biden administration's national security strategy that they talk about China as a pacing threat, although I'm hearing now that the Pentagon is saying don't say pacing threat, say pacing challenge or competitor, because we obviously don't want to provoke the CCP for whatever reason. I've described this as kind of like a Voldemort phenomenon. There's this belief that the more more we say things like New Cold War or say that the CCP is doing bad things, that it will somehow become more true, which I think is absurd. I'll be right back. Sherman Gallagher is going to stay with me through the break and then we're going to bring him back and then we're going to do that again. And we're going to talk to him for 15 minutes this morning about this. I can't believe I'm doing that. 15 minutes with Mike Gallagher coming right at you, America. Stay tuned. I'm back now with Chairman Mike Gallagher. This is the segment between the radio segments, so you don't get to hear this unless you're watching it on YouTube or on the on the television station. Chairman, in terms of what level should we expect of our candidates knowledge? I see your Green Bay Packers thing yet. Do you know the Browns cleared 38 million in cap yesterday by restructuring Joel Bentonio and Miles Garrett's contract? We have no we have the most cap space in the NFL. We are the team to beat. We will see you. I actually I don't think you're making it to the Super Bowl this year. We are going to be in the Super Bowl this year and you are not ready for this. I'm glad this isn't on the air because this is a serious conversation. But you had to do that little thing. And I'll I'll just go get my brown sweater and just put it on during this segment like that. I'm going to wear this all the time now on the air because we're going to the Super Bowl. Chairman, do you know that we cleared Miles Garrett contract yesterday? You know what we do? Do you follow sports at all or do you just do ChaiCom stuff? I don't follow Brown's contract minutia. I'll confess. I'll confess that, though. I was I was yesterday. Someone said that I had the potential to coach for the Browns after I helped them with a constituent case issue, to which I said I would never coach for the Browns on an Intel. All right. Let me get serious again. I'm going to try to go off the off the rail. We'll get back on the rails. How many times have you guys held public hearings? Oh, gosh, I think 10 at this point, approximately 10. You had at least one set of war games. You have more war games coming. We do. We have we have at least one more coming up that's going to be more focused on economic and supply chain issues. OK. Do you think the candidates know anything about that? I really do want to try and use today to focus their attention on China. Do you think they know anything about what the select committee has been doing? Have you been approached by any of them? I think some do. It's part of the reason I wrote an op ed on this that appeared today in The Wall Street Journal just came out was an effort, maybe shamelessly, to draw attention to some of the things we're doing, because I think it creates some unique opportunities. I mean, to me, you know, the most and this reflects my bias in thinking that hard power is the most important variable on the world stage. I think a candidate who can articulate what we need to do to rebuild the military in general, but really the Navy in particular, which is, as you know, Hugh is really struggling right now. It needs to be our priority force in our priority theater. It's not. We're going backwards. There's questions about focus, warfighting prowess. You know, I wrote a report with the help of Admiral Montgomery about the lack of warfighting focus in the surface Navy with Tom Cotton, Dan Crenshaw and others. I mean, I think that's a massive opportunity for a candidate really to take the ball on defense and go a few layers deep beyond just peace through strength, military good, China bad. You go a few layers deep on that and sort of communicate that you have a coherent plan. Doesn't need to be super detailed. Doesn't need to be a 50 page white paper about everything we need to do. But just as an overall strategy for fiction, I'm going to get your comms team in trouble again. I haven't seen this plan that you and Cotton worked on. How can I not have seen this plan? Well, this is a year ago. You got to blame Cotton's comms team for this because he was OK. And usually it's good to blame Tom Cotton. He's on next hour. I'll do that. Is that widely available? Yeah, it's Cotton did it with four of us in the house. It was over a year, a year and a half ago, kind of in response to all of these ship collisions. Some of the reports that we were getting from active duty sailors and just the changes over the years to training in the surface Navy. We did a deep dive drawing on the expertise of Admiral Montgomery and others. I will give him about that in the next hour and I'll get a link and I'll make sure it's posted out to the candidates. Don't go anywhere. I'm coming right back with Chairman Gallagher. Welcome back, America. I'm Hugh Hewitt, Chairman Mike Gallagher of the House Select Committee on Engagement, the Chinese Communist Party returns. We talked during the break and we got off course because we did a little football trash talk. But now we're back on course. Chairman Gallagher, have you read this book? You had Kabul, the untold story of Biden's fiasco and the warriors who fought to the end. It it made me furious. It absolutely made me furious. Have you had a chance to read it yet? No, but my friend Commander Salamander, who's great in his podcast, Midrats, I highly recommend, just did a podcast with with the authors. So I listened to it. It's not the same, but I am now looking forward to reading the actual hard copy. Well, the end of the book, which I don't know of Commander Salamander got to because I didn't get to it and I talked to him for a long time. It's about how the chai comms came in as soon as we left. They have designs on Bagram. They know what the air raids mean. They know what the strategic minerals mean. It's just a great example of what happens when we retreat in the world. In fact, in the in the this kind of war book you had me read, I wrote down some notes. A retreat once started as the most difficult of all human actions to reverse. And they were talking about the retreat of the Norcs at that point. And then we would retreat later when they counterattack with the chai comms. But we retreated from Afghanistan and they have come in. Have you focused yet on what they're doing there? It hasn't been, admittedly, a subject of a hearing. You know, we have experts, you know, regional experts and Afghanistan experts. I think the key thing to bring it back to the the presidential debate, obviously the obvious thing to do is to connect the surrender to terrorists in Afghanistan, our abandonment of our position, our abandonment of billions of dollars worth of military equipment to then the collapse of deterrence in Ukraine and Eastern Europe, because I do believe that our feckless position in Afghanistan sent a clear signal of weakness to Vladimir Putin. And no wonder Vladimir Putin ignored all of our warnings leading up to the invasion on February 24th because we look so weak on the world stage and we allowed terrorists to completely take over the country. And I think also that has had a negative impact on our deterrent posture in in the Indo -Pacific, across the Taiwan Strait. You mentioned critical minerals. I also think this is a huge opportunity for presidential candidates to articulate a plausible path towards reducing our dependency on China for critical mineral processing. They control 90 percent of the processing. Right now, I think our attempts to wean ourselves off of our to to establish some form of semiconductor manufacturing independence are not going to be successful, in part because the Biden administration has placed so many onerous regulations on grants for chips, fabrication facilities. But if a Republican candidate, particularly one with a business background or with a gubernatorial background, came in and said, here's our strategy when it comes to advanced pharmaceutical ingredients, critical minerals and rare earth processing, tie that to a robust domestic economic agenda. That's a massive opportunity for someone trying to pass the commander in chief test, because the reality is we are going to have to reclaim our economic independence from China in key areas. The progressives are experimenting with one way to do it. We need to identify a way that is fundamentally free market, but not but nonetheless achieves the actual goal of reducing our dependency on China. Chairman Gallagher, there's only one veteran on the stage, Ron DeSantis. Mike Pence has got a son and a son in law on active duty. Of course, Nikki Haley's husband is deployed. Those three know about this in terms of of why is China a threat? Is it a fair question to ask? Why is China a threat? What is it that worries you about China? Is that a fair question? If so, how would you answer that or suggest they answer that if you are one of the people on the stage? Well, first of all, I do think DeSantis has been really good on China and probably the best in the field. I was watching the forum that they did in Iowa. I forget what it's called, the Iowa Faith and Family Forum. And he proactively brought up China as an issue and talked about what he's done in Florida to combat the threat, talked about the threat in global terms. And so the most of the discussion focused on Ukraine. And I understand that that's more of a politically divisive issue on the stage. And so there is a you know, I think the moderators will want to identify the differences between the candidate thus far. Governor DeSantis has been talking in clear and unapologetic language about why the CCP is a threat and what he would do to combat it, which is greatly appreciated. More to your point, as a Navy veteran, I think he has a huge opportunity to be the Navy guy, be the guy who's going to rebuild the Navy and put it in a position where it can it can deter Xi Jinping from attempting to achieve his lifelong ambition was to take Taiwan by force. So to answer your question, Vivek just told me last week, we'll give them Taiwan after we achieve semiconductor independence. In other words, Vivek understands Taiwan is important for its semiconductor. Your colleague on the committee, Ro Khanna, tweeted at me last night when I was already offline that that doesn't do the trick. That's not why we're worried about Taiwan going down. Who's right? Well, obviously, our interests in Taiwan extend far beyond semiconductors. Our interests predate Taiwan's emergence as a semiconductor powerhouse. And if the concern from Vivek and I think it is that our dependence on TSMC for semiconductor manufacturing needs to be eliminated, I just would say two things. It's highly unlikely that we're going to achieve semiconductor independence by 2028. TSMC is investing far more money than the CHIPS Act is investing right now. Even under a Republican president, we would struggle to wean ourself off our dependency. But if the CCP had control of Taiwan, they would still be able to hold the rest of the world economically hostage. And that is the issue. Semiconductors or other or some sort of domain of economic competition. If they had Taiwan, they would be able to completely dominate the region through which trillions of dollars of international trade go. The other thing I would say, it's I mean, we got to go to break. I'll come back to go to break. We'll be right back with Chairman Gallagher during the break and then one more segment beyond. Don't go anywhere. America, I'm Hugh Hewitt. Portions of The Hugh Hewitt Show are brought to you by Food for the Poor. So I'm back with Chairman Gallagher, Chairman Vivek's answer to that is I'm going to get India to cooperate. And if Taiwan closes the Taiwan Straits, we're going to close the Malacca Straits. Ro Khanna says that's that's crazy. That doesn't work. I don't know what the answer is, but I know what Vivek has told me. I don't think he agrees with you, but I'll let him speak for himself. I don't want to put words in his mouth that we have to worry that much about the Taiwan Strait. Well, he's obviously very smart. I would say this with Marxist Leninist regimes, their appetites grow with the eating. So I think it would be a mistake to think that if we just surrender Taiwan on a date certain that we wouldn't have to worry about the problem. If they're the dominant regional power, they're one step closer to becoming the dominant global power. And that, I think, is the answer to your earlier question. Why? Why is the CCP a threat? Because they're trying to destroy our geopolitical position. Primarily by convincing us to destroy ourselves, they believe, as we mince words about whether they're a competitor or an adversary, they certainly believe that they're in an existential war with the free world led by America and that China will win, rendering America and our constitutional system of self -government subordinate, humiliated and wholly irrelevant on the world stage. So you can sort of think of it as as an assisted suicide. You know, they're trying to expedite our collapse. They provide the chemicals, fentanyl, the collapse in prosperity. Covid, IP theft, economic warfare and the self -loathing and depression via political interference and information warfare. So I think the the the threat would not stop after Xi Jinping had taken Taiwan. I think it would only expedite and become greater. So if you could read Xi Jinping's mind, what is he thinking about us? What does he want to see happen to us? I think he wants us to look inward and to abandon our position on the world stage and to be consumed with internal political battles. I also think he likes seeing us embrace this almost the CCP's narrative that America is an evil country. America is a neo colonial racist hellscape. I mean, this is CCP propaganda that a lot of Americans have embraced. I think ultimately he wants us to lose faith in ourselves as a force for good in the world. And ultimately, over time, he thinks the rest of the world is going to Finland dies more in the CCP's direction as an alternative model of government and world leadership, in part because America has lost faith in itself. That's why I think primarily the hard power is the most important variable. This is an ideological competition overall. And ignoring the role ideology plays in the competition is a fatal flaw. And so we need to find a way to press the candidates on that as well. You know, the we got two minutes before we come back. The ideological competition is quite simply not discussed. And I don't think our media is familiar with it. They're not stupid. They're ignorant of the ideological. They don't even believe it exists anymore. Chairman, have you run into that? Do your Democratic colleagues believe that there are such things like Leninist and that that the 20th century ideological competition is back with a vengeance? Well, I think for two and a half decades, we tried to take the communist out of Chinese Communist Party, and this belief persists that, well, they're not really communist. They're not really Marxist. They've embraced forms of capitalism and they're they're rational actors. And I think this is a dangerous way of thinking to go down, particularly under Xi Jinping. The party has embraced its Marxist Leninist roots. Xi's spirit animal is, in fact, Stalin. He looks to Stalin for guidance on how to operate. And so a candidate who understands that and can articulate that, I think, has a massive opportunity to distinguish themselves. The Democrats sort of come at the ideological competition through human rights. And there are a lot who genuinely believe in the cause of human rights. And though there are times when we have to prioritize between security concerns and human rights, this is when dealing with China, that's not an issue at all. We're coming right back. Stand by, chairman.
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A highlight from The Incompetence Of Biden & Kamala Harris Is Stunningly Apparent
"This is your source for breaking news and what to make of it all. This is the Mike Gallagher Show. We always ask people, who do you want to see be the 2024 nominee? And six months ago, Ron DeSantis, he would always come up. He was the first one. If it wasn't Trump, it was him. People don't even mention it right now. They're not your kids, Joe. I'm sorry. And it also took you four and a half years to even acknowledge your own granddaughter in Arkansas. And we really could see Trump and maybe even up to a dozen other people face charges early this week. Now, from the ReliefFactor .com studios, here's Mike Gallagher. What a weekend. The Iowa State Fair. We want Trump. The crowd went wild as Ron DeSantis was literally overshadowed by Trump at the Iowa State Fair. You know, I'm going to say this, I've been saying it over and over again, and some people give me grief for it. In fact, Barbara came up to me at the event in San Diego the other night and said that she wanted me to be all in for Trump and I'm not supportive enough of Trump, which is news to me since I always get criticized for being too far in the tank for President Trump. But I'm sorry, I'm not going to deceive you or pretend that DeSantis is being treated really unfairly. Are you listening to him? Are you paying attention to what he says, what he offers? I believe that he should have waited until 2028. And I would dream of a Trump DeSantis ticket in 2024. But everything DeSantis says is exactly what America wants from a president. He's being treated really, really unfairly. Not a whole lot around that. And let's face it, if Biden is the nominee, I don't want to jinx this, but anybody should be able to beat him. Did you hear what he said over the weekend about the wildfires in Hawaii? Now this has been a devastating event. Thousands and thousands and thousands of people have lost everything. That one historic town is completely wiped out. People were jumping into the into the ocean to escape the flames. It's just a hellscape, right? So there's Biden on the beach again, again, man lives on the beach. He's only been on vacation in the two and a half years or so that he's been president about 40 weeks. Hey, Derek, would you get me a fact check on that for me, please? I want to get the exact amount of vacation time that Grandpa Joe has been taking since he was sworn into office after the spectacularly efficient and effective and pristine election of 2020, where nothing went wrong and people just revolted and a record amount of votes for the guy who never left his basement, who never campaigned, Joe Biden. Let's find out just exactly how many weeks of vacation he's been gone. Well, I'll get you that number in just a moment. But I want to play this clip of you because I saw this report on social media from a Bloomberg reporter covering Biden. And the reporter said Justin Sink from Bloomberg reported after a couple of hours on the Rehoboth, Delaware beach, Biden was asked about the rising death toll in Hawaii. No comment, he said, before heading home. I thought there's no way there's no way he can't be that out of it. He can't be that cruel. He can't be that detached. He can't be that addled. There's no way he's going to give a no comment to a reporter asking about the death toll in Hawaii. Now, this video and audio is a little hard to hear. Adam's going to crank it up as loud as he can. But there is video evidence of Biden's callousness. Will you come talk about the Hawaii response, Mr. President? He stood there. Any comment about the rising death toll in in Maui? And he said, no, no comment and walked away. No comment in his golf shirt with his stupid baseball cap on after he stumbled around the I'm beach. going to get a number here in just a moment. I want you to, I'm going to fact, I'll get a fact check here on how many weeks he's been on vacation. I know it's been almost half the time he's spent in office. Unbelievable. So Trump or DeSantis or Vivek or whoever it's going to be is going to be able to get on the debate stage and say, do you plan to work in your next term? Three hundred and fifty two days. He's been on vacation. Three hundred and fifty two days. I'm just going to divide this up as 50 weeks, 50. I thought it was 40. He's been on vacation for 50 with not 15, 50, 50 weeks. I mean, gosh, no wonder Eric Hanson was gone for two solid weeks. He's following a page from the Joe Biden playbook. You know, hey, if you're going to if you're going to go big or go home, forget this couple of days off at a time, take two weeks off, take four. Next time, Eric's going to take four weeks off instead of two. And Eric, too, has to go to the beach. Everybody needs like beach time. Everybody needs like mental health clearance time. Cars don't work. Stay home. OK. Guess Uber doesn't work. I guess Uber doesn't. I'm telling you what, the whole world's going crazy. If everybody around you is going nuts. What do you do about it? And of course, my wife always used to say, maybe it's not them, Mike. Maybe it's not them. Speaking of family, many thanks to everybody who's been praying for my son, Trevor. He had a surgery the other day when I was out in San Diego for our big event out there. Trevor had his toes amputated on his right foot because of his diabetes, who is always the cruel irony that Trevor is the athletic fit one that really just doesn't seem fair. You know, he loves to be he's very, very physical, very athletic, very active. They thought they were going to amputate his foot because of an infection that he got in his in his foot. Instead, they just amputated the toes. He says he's doing great. I talked to him a lot over the weekend, talked to him late last night. He said, Dad, it's the weirdest thing that phantom pain they talk about is real because my toes hurt. And he goes, I don't have any toes on that right foot. And of course, he sent me some videos and pictures. And I tried to be the strong dad without, you know, fainting as he's showing me his new foot. But he's a tough, tough young man and he's a warrior. And I am absolutely grateful for the prayers and the warm wishes that I've gotten from so many people for our family. His older brother is there. Brian's taking care of him. His daughter, Lily, is taking care of him. My other son, Matthew, is going into Minneapolis today to take care of him. So many, many, many, many thanks to the prayers for Trevor Gallagher. Of course, yep, he's the same one that had the car accident. Listen, when you see the car that he was driving when he was in the head on collision, do we still have that video, that picture that we can send out? Isn't it car at 800 -655 -MIKE? And you send and we'll send you back the picture of the car that Trevor was in, the head on crash in Arlington, what was that, a year ago, year and a half ago? And I knew with all the challenges he's had with diabetes, he was in this terrible car accident and he broke his legs, his knees. I mean, he had, gosh, he was banged up. Poor kid was banged up big time. I say kid, young man, what is he, 40 now. But lucky to be alive. But I remember after when I went to the hospital the day after his accident, I was thinking, gosh, I hope to heck he does not have further complications with his diabetes as a result of the accident. And inevitably that is what happened. So anyway, many thanks to the prayers that so many of you have been have been extending for Trevor. He's going to be just fine. I think it is right. Do we have it? Is that right, Derek? Yeah, keyword car. So if you send the keyword car to the MyPillow text line, which is 800 -655 -MIKE, you'll get a picture back of the car that Trevor was driving. He was in a head on collision. He's going about 50 miles an hour. How he survived that thing, I mean, I see that car and I just get a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach again. The car caught on fire. I mean, he literally had to break out of the door and crawl out on his badly broken legs. Both of his legs were shattered pretty badly.
"iowa" Discussed on Rewilding Earth
"I mean it's every four years. Wolves are listed wolves or delisted. We nature and people like us can't live like that we can't go for years at a time and then just completely at breakneck turn one eighty and go in the other direction. It just doesn't work that way. It's not to be going back and forth like that until there has to be something else right. How do we measure what's going on the ground. Like i could ask you now. What are your favorite success stories. It's not like you're starting with a blank sheet of paper in iowa. You guys have been working for a long time. And i know you have stories. I'm seeing within the concentration of our moral people in iowa that i know you know. We spent most of our careers. Most of our lives going. Oh my god here's another. They're killing something. They're not doing me fight to save his little place and i think in the process. We get beat up pretty bad but when we take prairie for example because the prairie people. I really admire here. And and and so but now we've got a lot more per it's come and the spreading of the prairie understanding is really grassroots going out because we're white and we don't have montagnards well if we put some prairie back we'd have a place for the monarchs you know. Change his here Understanding of your place in that Disturbed habitat and you realize that disturbances is always going to continue on. And that's not necessarily a bad thing you know. It opens up opportunity. It's like we're having the discussion of basis species and all invasive species aren't bad you know in certain certain way because some very quickly Transforming soil towards something else could grow there and then they kinda die off and then the the species was there previously now has hair previously now has habitat in healthier Back into understanding that flow of life in your place in that flow you start finding the beauty and the prairie.
"iowa" Discussed on Rewilding Earth
"They said we lost half here in fifty years. It's clear we keep mining the soil. And so you know what. How do we get the health back through the soil. You can't keep putting artificial stimulants back on fertilizer and stuff like that. So we're gonna have to look as a on a large scale. What other species are necessary for this to go on to feed us to take care of us and to take care of the place up if you were from another planet and you came here and you heard people like us talking about reviled. Would you believe that we were sincere. Really truly sincere one hundred percent on board. If we weren't talking about places like iowa indian wisconsin. I mean like i wouldn't in my little spaceships. Believe a word. Anybody was saving down here on earth. If the only places they were talking about where the super richest places and they were using the defense. Well that's where most of the biodiversity is and we have limited resources. And that's just a that's an organizational bureaucratic view of a problem. That's not the whole view. You talk a lot about people in place with. Doesn't take a lot of resources for community to band together and say we're not gonna we're not gonna farm anymore above nine degree inclines. We're not gonna farm anymore in these flood plains we're going to take care of him and restore help to restore but mostly leave them alone. That doesn't cost a lot. That's not an or an organization says stuff like well. We can only dedicate resources to the biological hotspots in the world and that may be true because they are a bureaucracy. That's their job. But that is not the end of wilding the possible. That's their job but that is not the end of rewarding. You know the the possibilities for it. It's it's people on the ground and that's mostly the conversations. I've been having so far with people and places like iowa their talk..
"iowa" Discussed on Rewilding Earth
"Everything about talking about isla and re wilding is a major pattern interruption. And for those of you just joining this type of discussion. We're talking about one of the most important areas in the mississippi watershed thirty two different states countless tributaries throughout this giant giant region the region. So big that. We don't have to say excluding alaska for the first time that we've ever been talking about a wildland you know. Project or wildland network design. We don't have to leave that. Big chunk of of north america out this time because we are on par with alaskan size conservation the first time in the lower forty-eight the thing that i think is wild about it is that if if in a place like iowa that is the number one test for we wilding that has not been done in many places around the world that have similar situations if you really want to go for it. If you really believe in rewinding and that its power to do the thing that we all desperately want more of boy that wouldn't be very many places in the world to start better than iowa right. Yeah and i heard quote yesterday. Because i think this all together about what about farming. You'd farmer in his definition of the dirt was it holds up the plants and that really got me because he's probably thinking corn beats you know and so but i got to thinking about that and our way of understanding wildness you know here in iowa especially in this agricultural area in the world.
"iowa" Discussed on SharkFarmer Podcast
"Once you get down to working usually. There's a couple guys that some farm shop drive down the road you'll see the door open or just sitting there with beers hand what That's must be an iowa. Thank bush light. That's that's usually what goes into it. You know generally the the shopper. The set or is like the worst audio you can have though so. I built an office inside of her shop. It's twenty by twenty. That's kind of where i record. It works out pretty well. Okay and you're you're putting some of these up on youtube to yeah. I have been it. Take for editing. If i'm gonna show everything on youtube though that's for sure some stuff you gotta cut out. I don't know if you know about that. No not at all. We just hit record and go. So what are you guys talking about anything and everything we bring out the gum topics some controversial we do. Would you rather We talk a little bit of farming surprisingly We have a couple of guests on. That's that's about it at work. We're nowhere near the professional that you guys are at the shark farmer podcast. I mean that's that's obvious. But i mean do you do you mainly focus on like tic toc stuff. Yeah that's kind of how we all met though. That's definitely a big part of it. But we'll still. I mean it's more of a stress reliever for all of us like getting together at a bar with some friends except time we ord in people some another listen to it. Yeah that is how i started. was with egg twitter. I mean it's not farm talk but it was literally was just talking with other people on twitter now. I mean granted. My podcast is entertaining and has value to the listener. So i don't know if we can compare the two podcasts. My point is that there is an audience out there. In with his biggest tic tac and farm talk is. I mean this. This could have some wheels under it. Yeah it's it's been picking up a little bit. I don't understand why people listen to it and that's why we got to be a little bit careful what topics we go into so we don't offend a certain group or another like that but for the most part it's been going along pretty fun and we'll keep doing it against don't you think that's part of it though anymore is like you just you just put yourself out there. I mean w we've had tony read on a show. I mean he doesn't hold back anything. And i mean he seems to just completely blow up. Yeah and he's kinda got that knack for that to listen to his podcast as well and he's he's definitely got figured out..
"iowa" Discussed on SharkFarmer Podcast
"Were they all there to see you. Know no was iowa game Yes sir enough on indiana yesterday. Did you guys actually win. Thirty four to six. You know i'm just going to say it. And i know the seventy thousand people there are not going to like it but iowa fans are pious. Yeah you know. I can say that because i'm an illinois fan. Oh explained a lot. It does doesn't. It could be a good year now now that we've we've heard that before. When did you get on talk. So like a lot of people. Once that i Cove outbreak happened. A lot of people went to social media. And that's kinda what. I did as well so i found tick. Tock started making a couple of videos and once you have one video that you know kinda blows up a little bit. That really intrigued me to keep making And fly to join a little bit more so now. I'm just trying to pump out a couple every week. If i can find get some decent footage and it takes a while at the for a fifteen second tick todd video. Sometimes i put an hour and a half in really just the Like the one show on like the overhead of the tractor stuff like that. The that much time can go into those. Yeah i'd probably put too much time on that. But it's if i wanted to sync up with the music right and everything And then the worst part is if you put all that work and then sometimes it can take to get no views. I don't understand tick-tock. Because i've had some stuff on there that i thought was just. It goes huge. And then i've had stuff that i thought was really funny. And there's like four hundred people to watch it. Yup but when you start to talk i mean i saw five hundred. I'm like wow five hundred people watch this and now i'm up to one that and it's a lot different now..
"iowa" Discussed on Bet The Board
"Guy from anywhere could be a corner. Could be a safety. Could be a linebacker. They call it a fire zone so basically the russian five. There's three is in the middle protecting the seams and then you have three deep. Put it works. They have managed as a defense to create havoc without a ton of guys in the box which is surprising. And if you can create pressure without sending a bunch you know you're going to be a pretty successful defense now when i look at this a little bit it. It's twenty twenty one obviously and you need to be able to pass to win. And so that's going to be the big thing here for patriots. I know they want to rely on the ground game but peach going to have to make some throats and you have a receiver group that has down. Its top to weapons from last season. There didn't seem to be a lot of game-breaker from what i watched in indiana game. Not a lot of guys that can create separation on a lot of guys that can consistently win one on one. I know the hope is that the o. Line is better this week in goodson can create some place to keep iowa state's defense honest right. You want a ground game here. That maybe makes iowa state adjust enthrone other guy in the box so that when teachers does attempt to throw the ball downfield. There's less congestion and he can be a more efficient passer. But i don't know if that's going to happen i just don't see i would do much on this side of the ball. It feels like a game for iowa and maybe even iowa state. We'll see where if you can pick up a couple first downs. Don't make a mistake. Punted away play for field position. That's not a terrible drive but if you turn it over then this game potentially gets ugly quick you really just dig into you. Know some of these metrics you dig into some of what we saw from last week and on the surface again for iowa. State's defensive it looks like you. And i was able to you know. Move the ball just a little bit. But i watched that game because i just wanna see what iowa state is. I enjoy watching them but a lot of the big plays they gave up. We're just missed tackles show if you can clean that up. You're looking at an iowa state. Defense that is going to be a leap. But just in terms of some of the yards per play metrics. I mean they gave up a thirty seven yard explosive. Two plays later. They gave up fifty two yard explosive. It's defenders whipping on tackles. If you make those tackles. I stayed only gives up three point two yards per play last week. I just don't see many advantages for was offense here. No and i'm right there with you. I think when you look at iowa state this isn't a team gets beat up physically in the trenches so if iowa isn't able to establish a ground game i don't think that's the petrous at this point. His career can use weapons. Like sampoerna tyrone tracy or charlie jones to consistently win one on one match ups in really put iowa state defensively on its heels because we seen before and we can look at the ball game last year when they've sold out to take away oregon's ground game it really snuffed out with the ducks wanted to do an iowa. Dna will always continue to remain a run. First offense all about goodson take him out and then take your chances that patriots can beat you with a vertical passing game from one big twelve program noah playing host to a marquee a nice little segue into a big twelve team going onto the road. Where it's texas headed ville. It's the longhorns a six and a half point road favorite total in this game is bet down a touch to fifty five and a half at fan to a sportsbook. This'll be a rivalry renewed in a sold out. Stadium the first arkansas. Since two thousand seventeen. Of course these teams might play a heck of a lot more regularly when texas makes its full migration into the when you look at steve circuit and he has experienced life against the arkansas razorbacks last season. Alabama dropped fifty points on them in that particular spot. It is however a very young texas team playing in their first gerard environment in texas coaches weren't afraid to share that as one of their potential concerns. But to the longhorns credit pain they were very workman-like. And i don't think they've got enough credit for their effort against louisiana eighteen game. That wasn't even really all that close. Meanwhile arkansas they need to score three lay touchdowns to get outside the number against rice. A victorian cover that you told me was never in doubt there was some actual sharp money there arkansas. Even on game day laid the nineteenth. So that's that's living a clean life. There i agree with you on texas. I mean for an opening performance. I thought they showed well exceeded expectation. It's it's game one. Sark doesn't have his own players. The players themselves are dancing to a new scheme. Some of the players aren't really scheme fit. And you're against louisiana defense that returned the most production year over year. So that's that's no slouch defense. We projected louisiana top forty in defensive efficiency coming into the air. And you look at the. Longhorns rival the duke point two five. Epa per play good for nineteenth best in the country bijon robinson who he raved about in the big twelve. Podcasts showed that he is dynamic and he is a workforce that is a good combination of running back hudson cart. Pleasant surprise there. Eighty two percent adjusted. Completion percentage. Ten point seven yards and attempt didn't have a single turnover worthy play had a passer rating when the o. Line kept them clean. That was just out of this world. Now i will say this. Everything sounds great but there are two things to look for against arkansas's defense. The first is upfront. And i went into spring ball thinking that the texas. Oh line with four starters. Back and snagging alabama's o line. Coach would turn this into just a really really solid unit. But if you remember back in our big twelve preview we said the texas oh line had been just getting absolutely trounced the first and second team defense is bullied the align in the spring game my sources tell.
"iowa" Discussed on Bet The Board
"Let's not kid ourselves in you. Hit this perfectly. Indiana was not a test. Not when tom allen jr trot out michael pex eight months removed from acl surgery the second surgery on the same knee. Okay and once look one thing about that too. I was gonna say. There were rumors circulating saturday. Morning appendix might even be available to go in that game. Yes there was we were. We were poking around spending the morning on that. Because because you kind of put that across my desk. And i started poking around and send some notes and no one could really confirm it and when you saw him out there sixty sixty five percent seventy percent of him being nice at best he couldn't step into throws and he didn't have an off-season work with those receivers or building timing and chemistry. We know the weakest part of indiana's offense has been their own line. I mean you know how you gonna dominant offense. It's like go against a quarterback that sixty five percent healthy with virtually no offseason an old online. That you might as well just stuck. Orange cones out. There penance was pressure on nearly forty percent of dropbox he had a one point seven passer rating. When pressured one point seven completed. Three of eleven passes for one point nine yards and attempt when pressure. That's not going to be what i will face this week. Right i mean. The cyclones offense returns all five starters along the line. You have an all world running back in breeze hall fully capable quarterback in brought party. This isn't the hoosiers online. That has serious question marks. You know it's it's a great line horse in the backfield. It feels like iowa state might have success on the ground to some level right. I mean that wasn't an area where iowa's elite last year before they lost some of these guys to to the nfl. They're outside the top twenty five in line yards and stuff right and finished outside the top. Thirty five in rushing success rate allowed against really an unimaginable. Big ten slate of oftens last year. So you know with iowa state. I look at that game. And i say kind of saw that coming you know was a similar situation. What we had last your eyes stay on sputtered out of the gate against louisiana and then they went on the road the next game against gary patterson defense in hong four hundred and twenty plus yards and thirty. Seven points and brought party was fantastic. You know on the road. Against gary patterson seventy eight percent adjusted completion percentage that game nine point two and attempt one nineteen passer rating. That was kind of what we discussed in this. Preseason preview of of the big twelve is like. Ken matt campbell. Get out of september. Can he get away from that. That opening game where it just looks like. They are disinterested which is just odd for group of players and coaches. That are kind of built the way they are. But when i look this game it could be a grinder iowa. State obviously has the better align better d. line but a quarterback running back the positive also is all american tight end charlie koehler was held out against you and i went through warm ups. Expect him back this week. The other thing to mention here and you hit on this perfectly. I believe you said the series recently averaged about forty one points and you have two teams here that play below average bases both averaged roughly seventy snaps per game last season. That was outside the top. Eighty five both were around sixty five offensive snaps in week one. It'll be interesting to see with this. Total knowing it's worth college game day is going to be knowing. It will probably be one of the biggest games on saturday if this total gets worked on a little bit here in pushed up and if for some reason forty eight pops that's going to be like seeing sharks and a feeding frenzy. I would guess and if you look at the weather right now things can obviously change seventy two hours out. But we're kind of on that cost of wind actually playing a role projected sixteen miles per hour with gusts higher. So that'll be an interesting total to monitor. As as this week progresses. Yeah and when you look at this iowa state offense. I mean you talked about some of the guys that are veteran leaders brief hall one of the more dynamic players in the entire country and i was kinda surprised when i dug into some of his numbers not metrically relatable but just to try and put what he's done in perspective he's third. In the nation for scrimmage yards since the start of last season behind only two members of the alabama crimson tide that have now taken their talents to the nfl nausea harrison. Devante smith only devon. Single terry has a longer streak of consecutive games of the rushing touchdown the last five years. And when you look at breese all. He was relatively slow by his standards. Getting out of the gates three yards per. Carry one hundred yards from scrimmage but it was a workmanlike effort. We was never able to build some momentum. You hope that he finds a little spring in his step and could carry that into this contest here but on the other side of the ball pain. Iowa's offense despite that four thirty four to six scoreline did absolutely nothing to blow you away average well less than five yards per play fifty six thousand three hundred yards of offense came on tyler goodson early touchdown run spencer peaches thirteen of twenty seven for a buck forty five and as a complete unit gained forty percent of their available offensive yards in the contest. Guess what going up against iowa state in a tight game defensively going to be significantly more difficult with them. When you're playing downhill after defense puts you in the catbird. See last week against indiana absolutely and none of the questions i had about. I was often were answered last week. In you hit this perfectly. You look at this score of thirty four six. And you're thinking iowa dominated the score. Says i was. Offense was efficient. The defense was dominant. Rally is often. The production was basically three explosive plays. That's the fifty six yard run by goodson which you mentioned. But he was held a two point three carry on his eighteen other runs. So you immediately wonder about an iowa align that lost three starters. Both it's tackles and center right. The three most important positions along the line not just in talent but in the value of the position lost the accuracy questions. We had about spencer teachers coming into the season. Only magnified sixty two percent adjust completion accuracy from a clean pocket. In the kicker averaged five point eight and attempt from the clean pocket. We said this in the big ten preview dodd right. we can't be a conservative passer and inaccurate not a good combination and pass protection wasn't very good for iowa. He was pressured on forty one percent of his dropbox. Now give indiana credit. Lots of returning production defensively still a unit projected gist outside our top thirty inefficiency coming into the year but again i always say to different animal right. This top fifteen defense with more talent with more returning production than indiana. You look at how john he walks. Defense has kind of molded some new things in college football and he is partly responsible for matt campbell being show good at iowa state. It's dis- quirky innovative defense. That will play three safeties many times though only have five guys in the box..
"iowa" Discussed on Bet The Board
"Way to beat ohio state. It's not running at the edges. It's not running between the tackles. It's trying to create a vertical passing game. Do the guys like mike. Opinion and company provide enough of a threat for oregon. Beat the buckeyes. Over the top and era where we've seen vulnerability not just last week against minnesota but in the past and typically their achilles heel. I think there's two answers to that. And when you're looking at a game with the spread of fourteen and a half to stay within the number organs going to have to be able to run the ball because that's just who they are. You know six guys who started at least a game on the offensive line are back. It's a dominant unit upfront. That's just how mario cristobal recruits. You have the veteran backs you mentioned in verdel and die. They have to be dynamic. Anthony brown needs to create an extra man advantage in the box with his legs. Enforce the buckeyes linebackers who don't have a ton of playing experienced to be disciplined and make the right rates that wasn't necessarily the case against minnesota last week but it could be tougher then would appears on the surface to establish that ground game. I mean. I thought ohio states defense did a decent job stopping the run if you look at the epa numbers. They don't look great. And it's because you give up a fifty six yard gash on fourth and one when a defender can't make tackle in the whole four yards e ebrahim did make a nice cut. I have to give him credit. Since that'll be the only highlight reel get them for the season. As he's shell for minnesota did make a nice cut making the ohio state defender to pick up his jockstrap that was left on the canvas. Yes ages. it's a missed tackle. Okay in ohio. State gives up another gash or on the opening. Drive the second. Half for twenty yard touchdown. So those are the plays that are swinging the epa metrics. But if you look down to down which is always important to look at both ohio states defense stuff. More than thirty one percent of the gophers runs are behind the line scrimmage. They held minnesota below the national average in yards per rush. You know and that is just one of the better lines that i think you're gonna see in college football just in terms of like a mass perspective. Five guys on minnesota go three twenty. Plus the right tackles foreigner pounds. So i don't think you can just look at how minnesota ran the ball and assume that that's what's going to happen at the horseshoe so i think to keep this within the number oregon's got to be able to run the ball but to your point if oregon wants a chance at winning this game they're going to have to move the ball through the air and it's going to be on anthony brown in the receivers to take advantage of a buckeye secondary. That has some questions obviously and they had questions last year. They had questions in game one. I mean this is unit last year that was just barely inside the top sixty in the entire country and passing success rate allowed and explosive passing. And you look at minnesota last week. It's like you lose best returning wide receiver and altman bell. You're obviously transitioning away from shod. Bateman who is a first round pick and go for still passing you know just was fantastic. Positive point two six. Epa per pass minnesota's twelve percent better than the national average in passing success. Rate averaged nearly seven yards per pass attempt. So the buckeyes can be had on the back end. I just don't know of oregon actually has the horses out there to exploit. and so. that's that's the big thing i mean. Everyone's raving about organ mario cristobal and really to me. When i look at it it's like. Us's down where's their competition west of taxes for recruits at this point. And so i just look at this team. And i say that there is just question. Marks outside in oregon's pass attack has been fairly weak. The last few seasons relative to what. We've grown organ. Football the be anthony browne's never been known as a passer. You look last week against fresno just four explosive passes. They finished the week outside the top sixteen. Epa per pass and there's just a real lack of punch their average five point one yards per play against fresno now something informational here todd. The projected starting corners rojo state cameron brown. Seven banks did not play against minnesota. We're going to have to monitor that throughout the week. Because cameron brown is healthy. Was it kovic wasn't disciplined will say seven banks is working way back from injury obviously but he was on the field for warm-ups against minnesota one or both of those corners for ohio state. Returning could change some things in this game. I hear and i think i'm glad you hit on that point talking about banks because they said he was actually listed as the emergency corner in that game. So it'd be hell of a lot more precarious situation if he did not travel with the team but being dressed and in uniform speaks volumes that he's a lot closer to return and of course ohio state will have all hands on deck for this game a chance to go a long way. In terms of proving their overall merits is one of the top teams in the country. We'll see of oregon can make that leap up into elite status pulling off the outright upset but more importantly for business around here. Will they have enough in that department to cover as a fourteen and a half point dog from one big ten venue to a big twelve venue. That a welcome in big ten foe that of course being the annual cy hawk showdown between iowa and iowa state where you're looking at iowa state it modest four and a half point home favourite jack trae stadium fan duel sportsbook total on the game at forty six in what we know about these two teams we talked about iowa state. They outlasted you and i last week. Sixteen ten closes at twenty eight point favorite never flirted with a cover in that spot. Meanwhile to the untrained iowa absolutely obliterated indiana in two thirty four six when when you look at the series history here last year was the first time. This rivalry wasn't played since one thousand nine hundred seventy six. This will be the first time that both of these teams will enter the cy hawk showdown as ranked foe so it should be something to watch their iowa. State will be favored over iowa for the first time since two thousand that was actually kirk fairness is second season with the hawkeyes and this stat. Blew me away but it just goes to show how dismal this pergama has been on the whole. I state favored over a top twenty opponent pain for the first time in forty years they played one hundred thirty one games in that span simply incredible what matt campbell has done to return this program to relevancy last five meetings. Iowa has won by an average margin. That's not worth sharing for cyclones fans. But i will say under has been the order of the day the last fifteen meetings between these teams under his gone thirteen and to the average points per game. Less than forty wanna contest. When you look at this iowa team pain they don't blow you away with anything they do on the offensive side of the ball but during a seven game win streak stretching back to last year. They've outscored opponents. Two hundred and forty eight two eighty nine and they lead the country and yards per play defense all those metrics get tested against brock purdy and bruce hall that office. It's really an interesting iowa. Team that i just can't quite figure out but you know looking at. I was defense on paper coming into the season especially early on. Before guys develop and adapt to these new enhanced roles the weakness appeared to be along. Iowa's defensive line. I like iowa's linebackers. The secondary's fantastic..
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"Iowa debate, Joel was perfectly positioned to chronicle It's wild twist and turns and what he learned revealed who was really in charge of the Democrat Party. As we mentioned earlier immediately following the January 2020 Iowa debate, Van Jones appeared to channel the voice of the Democrat grassroots when he acknowledged that no one on the Iowa debate stage had what it took to defeat Donald Trump. Again, Joel Pollack, and that's when the Sanders boomlet started. Sanders always had an organization behind him. He always had a devoted following, but He was lingering. Languishing and second or third place for a long time, he began to really pick up momentum. At that moment. It was almost as if the Democratic Party electorate was saying if we can't beat Donald Trump, we at least want to go out fighting for what we truly believe in. And voters started choosing Sanders almost as a protest as the Iowa caucuses came to a close. It looked as if Bernie Sanders was going to come out the clear winner. Then the unbelievable happened. We've been told now, for about two hours. The numbers are about to roll in. This is something is seriously off about this vote count. And I know that there are people that want to throw around a lot of irresponsible terms about rigged around hacking. We don't know any of that. At this stage. What we can say confidently is that there are massive technical issues that are delaying the vote count right? Right now in Iowa. Mm. The Iowa caucuses,.
"iowa" Discussed on Exploring the Midwest with Jody Halsted
"I'm giving you like secret information. That is not as busy and it takes just the same amount of time from the capitol as it does from center street So darts a great way to get here in its stress-free frio and super cheap. It's less than a dollar to get on that bus in and a here. If you want your car here on the fairgrounds. I would suggest that he will come early as you would guess friday saturday. Sunday are a little bit busier days We have a discount after five on those weekdays. So if you wanna come out enjoy some food. Do some of our activities in the evening. Sometimes you can slip right in after five and get a discount if you wanna comfort the daytime. We have to get ahead of time. That are also a lot cheaper. So you can save about five dollars on an adult Easy that ahead of time. We have a daily program that goes up on our website donor app in. It's also Available on our website or printed piece to actually the comes out before the fair. So if you want to pick out your favorite activities in sort of time what you're doing Then that would be sort of a good route to take it versus like walking in the gate and then trying to figure out what to do but we do have plenty. I mean we're used to one hundred thousand. People are so a day coming into the fair grounds. So buy your tickets online. You don't even have to stop it or to get window. Then you just buzz right through so We're used to getting people through and we can do that. Pretty quick around around rate tips and for all the information. Those deals and discounts Where can people visit online and are there any social media accounts that they want to be sure to follow to get them excited for what's to come with the iowa state fair absolutely so you can go to.
"iowa" Discussed on Exploring the Midwest with Jody Halsted
"Oh so there are some really famous features of the iowa state fair and you know in my mind i think of the giant slide that that was always kind of a highlight for me but then there are other things that people. It's like when you go to the fair. You do this. So what would you say are some of those famous features that that people just really love at the iowa state fair. Well you like to say around here that if you haven't seen butter cow there's no real proof that you have been to the iowa state fair and historically speaking she's very iconic is a Huge butter cow full size That is sculpted by we've had five of butter sculptors over our history and She is on display during the fair in then Actually the butter is reused for a few years after that. But that's sort of an iconic thing just historically speaking that came about as a clever idea by the dairy producers to increase the use of butter disturbed them. show different ways that it could be utilized in. You would want to use it in your kitchen. Which i don't know if you'd wanna make an actual butter cow on your kitchen. But it was clever nonetheless and so that's very iconic and then all of our buildings so we have buildings that date back to eighteen eighty six in when we have guests who come from other states or other countries the historical buildings that we have the structures the different architecture that we have is really impressive. Grandstand was built in nineteen o nine And we've done a couple of renovations to it and it still stands today so i think those are some of the things that you know. I think are impressive. A based on other state fairs. We have four hundred fifty acres here at the iowa. See there in a hundred and sixty of them. Roughly our campgrounds. So four about eleven days in august That area i have heard becomes about the seventh largest in iowa..
"iowa" Discussed on Exploring the Midwest with Jody Halsted
"The data the iowa state fair always in august and it is always eleven days. So can you tell me. Is there a reason at eleven days. Is there a reason for the dates. That are chosen. I'm sure there was a whole whole lot of i. Don't figuring in mathematics and working with with the numbers that went into choosing just the perfect time yet so when the fair started it actually was held in october october. Twenty fifth eighteen fifty four And if you've ever been in iowa in october It could be miserable. We could have snow could have is. It can be bitterly cold. It could also be a beautiful day And so the fair sort of hopped around for a bit in the octobber. September range Mostly because it was hooked to agriculture. So it was a time when maybe the crops were ready to compete or farmer wasn't in the field in come to the fair so that's sort of how the date was developed in. It slowly moved back to august In we've had a few days like a week and then we've gone up to eleven days in eleven days Spot and we know that from staff here. You know that first week gun really busy. We're kind of working the kinks out. And then we get through that next part of the week. And we've by j in we strategically place it. So people have enough time to enjoy everything but that they don't get bored with you know maybe having at last over time there are other figures like for example. Texas does a whole month And they take like a couple of days off here and there which we try different things over the years than this sorta seems to be the window. That's fast right before school. The kids as projects are ready if they're exhibiting are showing and it's sort of the end to the summer So to speak in you know we've had a hundred plus what degree weather here in august in. We've had snow during the no. That's how i will roles.
"iowa" Discussed on Exploring the Midwest with Jody Halsted
"Rose that so I think that that is super cool. That we can sort of go back to that history And the fair mission at that. Time was twenty five cents. They had a budget of three hundred and some dollars. So i just think the history of what we do today. is really really important. We love to do new things but we also keep those traditional things going And you know one here. The fare wasn't hug because of the world's fair it wasn't held because of two different wars world war And then also the spanish war. And then i wasn't held last year because of covid sort of those sort of things in our history as well But it's a place for innovation. It's a place where people bring the new products you know whether that be she amies for your car or feeders for your livestock. We still have that today and we had it in eighteen fifty four. When affair started that is so fun. And you know. I never really thought about the because every year. You have the largest bull and you have the largest pig and the largest pumpkin and i never really thought about the fact that those were traditions. That stretched clear through from the beginning of the fair. I just kind of figured it was. Oh well that's fun to see this huge massive bull But i never really connected the two that is so fascinating. I think You know the big. Pumpkin is a great example of competition because those things are are babied like children For the producers left bring him here but also that is sort of a genetic experiment that they can go back home to or the seed person can take back and say okay. This is what happened in that giant. Pumpkin this is how we can you know. Put that in Someone else's guard into maybe make it a little stronger and last longer so fascinating. Now the data the iowa state fair always in august and it is always eleven days..
"iowa" Discussed on Exploring the Midwest with Jody Halsted
"Exploring the midwest. My name is jody. I will be your guide as we chat with incredible people across the thirteen midwestern states and discover all the amazing things. There are to see and do. I hope you enjoy our summer topics. And invite you to reach out to me at any time with topic ideas or destinations attractions or even people that you think i should know about. You can click through the show notes and leave a comment or connect with me on instagram facebook or twitter at jodi halstead. Everyone thank you so much for tuning and again to the exploring the midwest podcast. Today we are kicking off state fair season and i am so excited to start with the country's most famous state fair now. This state fair was the inspiration for the novel. State fair it spawned three motion pictures smash broadway musical by rodgers and hammerstein and has loads and loads of national accolades. So the iowa state fair was the place. I had to begin so much to recommend it. And my guest mindy williamson is the marketing director for the iowa state fair and she's ready to share some back-spun and of course the food that draws millions of people into the state each year. So many thank you so much for joining me today. We love talking about the iowa state fair and you know i will a second way you said about it being The best state fair and we're a little biased here but it's a great slice of americana and You know in addition to the things that you mentioned it is listed on the one hundred or one thousand things you need to do Before you die so If you haven't been You know i would say come out an experience it and if you have been we welcome you back each august now get. Can you give me a brief history.
"iowa" Discussed on Untrained Wisdom
"Started off as computer comfort. So I can actually start from the beginning on what led me to this organization. And then we can move into more of the marketing Institute. So, the University of Iowa holds a student org fair. And when I was walking around there, I saw something that said, computer class, and this actually stems into why marketing was such a key factors. Because I looked at the word computer and I said, okay, I'm on my computer all the time. What does this mean is this for computer science Majors? That was mostly the initial reaction I had. And then I went up to some of the friendly executive board and talked to them and learned that, oh, this is an organization that off pretty much Bridges. The Divide between college students and seniors and learn from one another and teaches seniors. About different types of Technology from birth. When I joined the executive board, we realized how this is not just about computers. Technology is advancing so fast as you can see. Now most of the stuff today is virtual, so I thought it was important that we wanted to expand and Rebrand the name computer Comfort. There's an amazing marketing Institute from tippie College of Business. Had our student org chosen to do a whole rebranding by adjust. Join the org at this time. And a whole class took all of our values. Our mottos, and I saw what we had is computer comfort and each group in this one class had the opportunity to present to us rebranding ideas which was awesome. I loved sitting there. I felt like a judge getting to be able to pick the best presentation and the amazing Graphics that they created. It made the organization feel sick. For special also in this process and each presentation was great. We wanted to at one point take little parts of each presentation. We have to choose one, but that's how it came to be device advice. So computer Comfort to device, device are two completely different names. And I definitely think Harris would have been proud of the name change because it's not just computers. Nowadays, we have tablets, we have iPhones, especially a few years ago, when some of the main questions we got were about iPhones with out, a younger generation, buying iPhones for the mom or dad or their grandparents. And that's them looking down at it being like what do I do with this? How do I we did check with Harris? It was one of the things that we wanted to do. Let him know what's going on. Peggy Stover was the professor who runs the marketing Institute Bell of Olsen was one of the students who actually created the logo along with her teammates wage So we shared it with Harris. Got a call with him, he wasn't able to drive up from st. Louis and he loved the idea. He loved the broadening and he just loved that we were still doing it that we were still sticking with that same mission of getting seniors and college students together to talk and to be with each other to support each other. And sometimes technology was the excuse. And there were definitely skills being learning, but it was just an opportunity for people to come together, who just, frankly, weren't spending enough time together. Cuz colleges tend to be filled with young, people, and senior homes tend to be filled with older people. Yeah, so Harris, love the idea off and we just are very proud to be part of Harris, Frank's Legacy here at the University of Iowa. Okay? Now, you talked about this a little earlier before we started recording can walk and, and read that. Same question, do you? What is the appeal? What was the appeal for you for this organization and just hearing those two groups together birth? In conversation about technology. So, the first appeal like I said, was, when I saw computer Comfort something that I've never seen before. Something, that's so new. And I love talking to my grandparents. Why isn't this a skill that every college student, or even college student? And Below range of Ages? Should feel comfortable talking to older, Generations as college. Students were working up to a certain career and I feel like it's essential work with all different populations and all different ages. So aside from the technology aspect, which is my second point, I would say that just creating that connection and be able to just talk about life. They're not different. They love talking about their college days or I love learning about the bird house that they have in their backyard. In my last session, we were talking about that the Technologies Aspect is just a whole nother added Factor because I think that if seniors are given more of the resources that they can get from the organization or even beyond the organization, they're going to be able to feel more on a level of their grandkids, or their daughter or son, two, great aspects, that Drew me in. Yeah, absolutely. I can't, you mentioned earlier that the initial groups of students made the connections out in the community to the senior homes and whatnot. When you enter the picture of either, do you base built on their connections and make other Connections in the community? Then so I actually had the wonderful surprise of being given this role when the pandemic started so long, I had been in active, volunteer and Outreach and external relations a part of that executive board position. Before the pandemic started, I had the opportunity job You to go to three of the senior centers in Iowa City. We worked with Walden Place, Oak, Knoll and Senior Center. And we had the opportunity to go to these places with our volunteers and find be able to be one-on-one with different seniors. So, when I took the position as president, now, there was the added challenge of we're already trying to teach seniors technology. Am I going to try to do this virtually and add a whole nother added extra Challenge on to this? I took the challenge and last semester was my first semester as president did a lot of brainstorming with the executive board.
"iowa" Discussed on Untrained Wisdom
"She holds a b a in english from the university of iowa. Burlington iowa native. Susan is the oldest of five children remains closed to her siblings and their progeny. Yes okay offspring offspring including eleven great nieces and nephews. Spare time and weather permitting. Her pastimes include biking and reading all right great. Well thank you. Susan for joining me today. Thanks for having me. So we'll start with our opening question. Which is how do you take care of yourself. Well needless to say these days during covert. It's more challenging than usual. But i'm always reminded of that great thing that happens when you get on the airplane and the stewardess would always say that you put your mask on first and then you help other people so i try to remember that self care is really really important especially for those of us who are involved in caring for others and so i do all the usual things. I try to eat healthy diet. I tried to get outdoors as much as i can. I exercise daily. I try to spend a lot of time. Virtually now with friends. laughter is important. Sleep is important all the things that the doctors have been telling us for years that they're kind of boring but truly when you do them everyday they were asked. Yeah absolutely especially nowadays overc- recording this when it soldier outside than it is in your frigerator below less than all as well so we'll go ahead and get started because we want to focus on your work with trail trail is spelled t. r. a. l. And i was actually just curious. Is it an acronym for anything. It is indeed an acronym tools and resources for active independent living. The name that was suggested to us. It's not logical name but we're going to stick with it for a while. Who is your audience for trail so the audience. Very broadly is older adults. However you might find that it's changing all the time or the retirement age use to be sixty five so you might say sixty five and up but we have members in their fifties all the way up into their eighties but there is no age requirement. That services that we provide. I think are just as well suited to adults with disabilities for example so were charging older adults but really anyone who wants to continue living in their own homes despite the challenges that that can present sometimes as you get older. So how did this idea began for trail so here in johnson. County began as many good ideas. Do with a bunch of friends sitting around drinking wine and talking about things in life in general so on twenty thirteen pie and three neighbors were hanging out on a cold january weekend on a farm in southern iowa and talking about how much we enjoyed living in this neighborhood. We live in iowa city north side. So were within walking distance of downtown. There are parks the multi generational historic neighborhood but we are all of a certain age and many of us have large older homes with stairs and a lot of repairs and so we started thinking about. How can we stay here. We love living here. There are many wonderful retirement communities but not all of us wanna live there so that began this crazy conversation and we thought it might be an idea worth pursuing and so we lassoed other neighbors and lee began meeting and years later. Here we are. That's the short story. So one of the things you mentioned leading up to this conversation is that you are one of the founders of this organization. Do you want to just take a moment to tell us who else is involved. The other founders are the three other women were involved in that initial conversation. Nancy housman linda. Maguire and and burnside and we quickly included david. Rusk enjoy smith cathy. Cole and mike feis liz and swanson and then from time to dime. We invited others. Who are both friends and specialists. Allen swanson for example a realtor john thomas neighbor but is also an iowa city council first thing. Michael lenzing is a neighbor but also involved in a funeral service. Don't we look at a lot of expertise that was around aging in the beginning. We actually thought maybe we would buy a piece of property somewhere near downtown and build a little community. Not unlike iowa city's prairie hill co housing has done but became quickly obvious that none of us are millionaires and lead by property near downtown iowa city and so then we kind of pivoted. Why was it important to establish trail in the first place. The number one reason is it was entirely self serving. you want it didn't organization. That could help us. The boundaries live the way that we wanted to live independently as long as we can in our older homes but as we got together and began looking at services throughout johnson county. It was clear that there was a bit of a gap. I mean we do have some wonderful social service agencies here who cater to older adults elder services visit nurses the area agency on aging. But there didn't seem to be this. Sort of transitional service between i'm at home and i'm already and i can do everything myself. Okay now i gotta move into oak knoll or another kind of your loopholes et cetera. So again it just felt like the time was right and plus spy city was beginning to become known nationally as one of the best retirement places in the country because of healthcare access to culture and recreation as kinds of services so it felt at the same time we could see that the elder population is growing in our county and statewide that there would be a market for something like trail and just to give people some context in terms of where we are. You are one of the handful of local guests. I've had were an iowa city iowa. Which is the ship city of where the university of iowa's located so there's a lot of university retirees retired faculty and staff and then attached to the university. We have a medical school. So when you're talking about quality of life we have that aspect of this community are surrounded by healthcare that is top notch. And you mentioned o'connell which is a retirement home correct. Oakland is one of those places that has a large independent living actin but also assisted living and also healthcare so it's a full spectrum. It's not for absolutely everyone. And i should also point out that o'connell and other senior living facilities here in iowa city and around the country are not cheap one of the aspects about aging in place which by the way W.
"iowa" Discussed on Reverie True Crime
"Her he had worked as a quote unquote child prostitute and that he feared for his life noreen and john. Gosh were divorced at this time and john has no idea whether or not this happened what noreen would find on her doorstep. A few years later. Mike confirmed this story. The authorities only had her word to go on about what happened when she says johnny stop by. She still stands firm in her belief that johnny was kidnapped to be a part of a child. Sex ring and the investigation was only stifled because there were big names involved in what happened to her son and in the child sex ring the private investigator they had hired was supposedly the one that told her. That's either what happened or likely happened. I think ever since then it's been something she can't shake it definitely does make sense. But i don't think the pe-. I should have said that if he didn't have some kind of evidence to back that up johnny's parents still believe he is alive. Somewhere and i'll edge is because the i had told them this and they believe it so much they just can't explore any other avenue but maybe johnny really did show up and speak to his mom. None of us can positively say that didn't happen and at the same time it could have never happened. Authorities have not said the child trafficking or child sex ring. Theories are not possible but they simply don't have enough evidence to say that's what happened on september first two thousand six. Noreen claims that someone dropped pictures off by her front door. She posted some of these pictures on her website. These photos are disturbing to say the least. She says there's a black and white picture that is of johnny when he was twelve. He was bound gagged and had a human brand burned onto his shoulder. Another picture is of a man who may have been deceased with something around his throat. Noreen suspected that he was one of the people who molested johnny later on. Noreen would say the first two pictures were found on a child porn website on september thirteenth. Two thousand six a letter with no name was mailed to the moines police. It says quote gentlemen someone is played a reprehensible joke on a grieving mother. The photo in question is not one of her son. But three boys in tampa florida around nineteen seventy nine to nineteen eighty challenging each other to an escape contest. There was an investigation concerning that picture made by the hillsborough county sheriff's office. No charges were filed and no wrongdoing was established. The lead detective on the case was named xaluva. This allegations should be easy enough to check out. end quote nelson's alva- did confirm. The letter was accurate and he investigated the black and white and nineteen seventy eight or seventy nine nelson said quote. I interviewed the kids and there was no coercion or touching. I can never prove a crime in quote. There was a documentary that came out and twenty fourteen called who took johnny in the documentary and is told that one of three of the boys in the pictures were identified by police. Not the boy that noreen things is johnny. She still thinks it is johnny and the picture. There's a theory that suggest it was the work of pedophile working and the top branches of government and law enforcement sailing children on the black market and forcing them into prostitution pornography. Extortion and things that are even worse as humans. Isn't it easier to believe that such things could possibly not be true as we have learned through studying things like m. k. Ultra not saying. This is the work of the c. i. A. or anything like that. I'm just saying these things are well documented to have happened back in the fifties and sixties. It's a hard pill to swallow but it is one thing to take into consideration as it isn't in the realm of impossibility. There have also been rumors and conspiracies. That jeff gannon the white house. Reporter is johnny. Gosh no dna tests have proven this to be true at least as far as the government has told his right the last thing. I'd like to go over as paul banacci and the franklin scandal in nineteen eighty nine paul blamed lawrence e king junior. Who was an extreme advocate for the republican party businessman and a director of the franklin credit union in omaha nebraska of being in charge of an underage prostitution sex ring. He said that lawrence had been grooming abusing an oppressing him since he was very young. Paul said that he was lured in by this franklin pedophile network when he was only twelve years old. Paul was made to look over the boys that were brought into the rain. Paul admitted that he took part in the kidnapping of johnny. Gosh he said he chloroform. Johnny and the getaway car. Noreen immediately went to the jail to visit paul. She wanted to hear what he had to say. She said that. Paul told her things that only someone that had truly interacted with. Johnny would know the des moines. Police never interviewed paul in person despite the fact that he admitted he played a role in janis. Abduction the fbi blew off paul's allegations and chose not to follow any wounds that he had given everyone was made to believe he was a liar. Paul was assigned to psychiatrists by the court and they diagnosed him with multiple personality disorder. This was likely nurtured in him by the adults in the pedophile ring. If his story is true sodomy is said to play a vital role when trying to control children and to split their personality. There are many interviews with paul on youtube. That i suggest you watch to form your own On this in a nineteen ninety-three interview. Paul talks about being at the formation of the north american man. Boy love association and a boston catholic church. He was not the first person to ever blame. Lawrence for these dirty deeds. Accusations were made by girls that said they live with jarrett and barbara web. These two were members of the franklin credit union board. They were a part of the sex ring and would adopt many foster kids.