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A highlight from An NBA Power Poll, Plus Malcolm Gladwell Plays Sports Czar
"Coming up, an NBA Power Poll, Malcolm Gladwell. This podcast is an A plus. Next. This episode of the Bill Simmons Podcast is presented by Airbnb. Maybe you're traveling to see friends and family for the holidays. When you're away, your home could be an Airbnb. Whether you could use a little extra money to cover some bills or for something a little more fun, your home or spare room might be worth more than you think. Find out how much at Airbnb .com slash host. We are supported by McDonald's. This month, McDonald's is upping its game by introducing two beloved sauces to its lineup. Mambo sauce and sweet and spicy jam. Hmm, why do I love these? Well, they both pack a spicy punch. They let you switch up the flavors in your usual order. I like having more choices. You know what, if you're gonna give me eight choices, why not give me 10? The sweet and spicy jam sounds delicious. These two sauces are only available for a limited time and participate in McDonald's. So make sure to try them while you can. Tap the banner to learn more. We're also brought to you by the Ringer Podcast Network. If you missed it, we started, wait, that movie made how much money? Month last night on the rewatchables. We did Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, me, Chris Ryan, Van Lathan, it was a wonderful experience for all of us. Van looked at Chris at one point and he said, everything I do, I do it all for you. Oh no, that was Bryan Adams, but we had a great time. Coming up on this podcast, I'm gonna do an NBA Power Poll at the top because there's no games as I'm taping this on Tuesday. So let's, where are we after two weeks? I tried to fly through this. I limited myself to 22 minutes. I think I went two minutes over, but I flew through it, tried to get off as many comments as I possibly could. And then our old friend Malcolm Gladwell is gonna come on and do some sports hour stuff. There's some things that he's noticed about direction sports are going in that he doesn't like, and we're gonna try to fix it. So that's the podcast, first, our friends from Pearl Jam. Here we go. All right, I'm gonna throw an NBA Power Poll at you. I'm not sure I'm gonna do this every Tuesday, but I definitely wanna do this some Tuesdays. I'm gonna go through all 30 teams as fast as possible. And I'm gonna throw things out that I feel like are important when necessary. Pot shots, important comments, things I've noticed, some fake trades, you've known me for a while. It's gonna be all the typical stuff. Going backwards from 30 to one, I'll give you the groups as we go. The first group is called the Dregs. That's Washington number 30. They are 30th in defense. And the only reason they're 30th in defense is because we only have 30 teams. I actually think there's some way they could have been 36th in defense. They're the only team in the entire league that I do not wanna watch on league pass for any reason at all. They're one and five, 15 .6 point differential against them. Shoot this team into the sun. I cannot believe House thought this team was gonna go over 24 wins. They might not go over 14 wins. They're awful. I never want them on my TV. Next group, probably the lottery. I say probably, but I'm gonna zip through these teams and then go back to somebody. 29 Utah, 28 Portland, 27 Detroit, 26 San Antonio, 25 Charlotte, who is way more fun than I expected they would be to watch, and 24 Chicago. It just feels like the lottery's in the future for all these teams. I wanna talk about San Antonio really quick. Three and four, kind of a sneaky, tough schedule. They played Phoenix twice, the Clippers, Dallas, that goofy Indiana team, Houston, and Toronto. They're minus 8 .6 point differential because they've gotten blown out a couple of times, and they're 29th on defense, which I was surprised by per 100 possessions. The thing that I wanted to point out here, because this one Benyama thing is super important. This is the best teenager that's come into the league, at least since LeBron. We can debate. LeBron, I think in year two, for two months at least, was a teenager when he was putting up 27, seven, and seven. When he started his 27, seven, seven cycle. Wembe might be the best teenager I've ever seen. They're starting Jeremy Sohan at point guard, and Pop's been transparent about this. No, no, we know we're gonna take some lumps. We're trying to figure this out. I went to the game when they played the Clippers, I talked about it in a previous pod, and it was just an absolute debacle, watching poor Sohan try to run the offense, bring the ball up. Now we're seeing teams starting to pressure them because he's not a point guard. He's a small forward. There's crazy stats now. Trey Jones, just by being on this team and not being Jeremy Sohan, is now one of the best advanced metrics point guards of all time. Right now, his per 100 on -off is plus 28 .3 because Sohan is minus 22 .7. That's how disparate the two things are. Which brings me to my point, this is too important. You have the best teenager maybe ever. You have one of the best league pass players already in the entire league in Wimby. I have no idea how long he's gonna stay healthy, knock on wood, hear me knock really loud. I just got my dog going. No, that was me, dumb ass. They need one more point guard. TJ McConnell is on Indiana, and they have Halliburton, who's averaging a 24 -12. He's awesome. They have Nembhard, who's great as a backup. McConnell's like, he's 13 minutes a game. He's clearly a trade piece for them. Just go get him. I'm not saying San Antonio has to make the playoffs, but they need to be entertaining, and Wimby needs to play with point guards. He clearly needs just to play off people, high screens, all that stuff. They need one more point guard. TJ McConnell is my choice. They have all their own firsts. They're not gonna trade those obviously, but they have some goofy picks. They have Charlotte's top 14 protected first. They have a pretty good Chicago first that I wouldn't give up. They have a first swap with Boston. There's ways to do this. I would just put that Charlotte pick next year on the table and just grab them because you guys hit the lottery. Literally, with Wimby -Dyama, literally hit the lottery. You hit the lottery and you hit the lottery. Get to do two point guards. We're not asking for much here. I wanna watch this guy. I wanna enjoy him play basketball. All right, next section is panic time. Number 23, Memphis. They're one and six. They finally got out to Schneider. And number 22, Sacramento, who lost twice to Houston in three days by 18 and 25. No Darren Fox for either game. Panic time in this respect. I know we're six games in the season, seven games in the season, but the West is one of those things where you're gonna look up and the car is left. The car has left the driveway and your family is gone. You're gonna be basically Kevin and home alone if you don't get your shit together. And I don't even wanna be two games under 500 in the West. That's how deep and good the West is. So when you're one and six, like all of a sudden two and 12, two and 13, Sacramento could all of a sudden be three and nine. I would just be nervous constantly. This is not like last year when the Lakers started out two and 10 and ended up making the playoffs. Nobody is doing that this year. The cutoff line is gonna be 46 wins. Memphis looks, they just can't score. And I think it's gonna be really, we talked about this verno last week. It's gonna be really hard for them to crawl back and be at least like 11 and 14, something like that by the time Ja comes back. The Sacramento thing, we predicted this when we did the over -under preview, like the conference is way better and they stayed basically the same. And now Fox is hurt. So it can take Fox going out for 10 games and all of a sudden you're not even in the playing game. I would just be nervous, so it's both of those teams. Again, it's early. Next group, friskier than we hoped. We have number 21, Brooklyn. Ben Simmons averaging almost 11 rebounds and seven assists a game. And yet you can't play him at crunch time, bizarre. Number 20, Orlando. Number 19, Houston. Number 18, Indiana. And number 17, Toronto. Just quickly on Houston, a delightful league pass team. I had no idea. It's like being at a buffet dinner and somebody brings like some, have you ever had a fried oyster? It's like, great, I'll try that. And then it's delicious. They play hard. I like watching them. And I did not expect a Shungun to be a potential all -star, but that's where we are. They're three and three. Again, they beat Sacramento twice, we'll see. But Orlando at number 20. Every time I do this, I'm gonna have a BS all -star of the week. I used to do this when I wrote my column back in the day. I used to call them the Bill Simmons all -stars, just people that I just liked for whatever reason. I love Jalen Suggs. I don't really know fully what he is. He tries harder than everybody on every other team. He really gives a shit. He feels additive in all these different ways. And yet at the same time, he'll absolutely like airball a three in one of the biggest moments of the game. But that guy cares. I watched a game where he got this hustle rebound. Can't remember who they, they lost at the buzzer. Get this hustle rebound and dribble back out and took a three and missed it and put his jersey over his head for like the next minute and a half. I actually think he might've been crying. He was so upset they lost. He is the most competitive random guy in the league. I love Jalen Suggs. Oh, as Saruti said, it's the Laker game. I love Jalen Suggs. I don't know what he is. He might just end up being like a seventh man on a championship team at some point. He's gonna have a moment on a good team. I don't know if Orlando's gonna be the team, but it's gonna happen for that dude. I also really like Anthony Black more than I thought, but we'll see. It's early for this team. Palo hasn't gotten going. Somehow they're four and three. We'll see when the schedule gets harder. Toronto at number 17, just the Lakers miss Schroeder. And I like what Schroeder's doing in Toronto. They're three and four, but they easily could be five and two. I've been watching them because I have their over under, I bet on. And I like where Toronto's at. I think they're better than they were last year. I think they're at least a playing team. Number 18, Indiana though. So their second in offensive rating and 25th in defense. In the 25th, I was actually surprised it wasn't worse. They can't guard anybody. They're shooting 43s a game. Their top six guys are all over 40 % three point shooting. They're kind of like the 80s Nuggets, but with threes. And they just play with a certain pace. And some days it's going to be bad. Like the Celtics put 155 points on them and it probably could have been 160 if they'd made some shots. Hal Burton's special. He's a 24 -12 this year. But the crazy thing about their offense is that Matherin's been terrible. And Matherin was a guy that they were like, this is going to be our guy. He's making a leap. We're going to trade Buddy Heald. We got to give the card keys to Matherin in that spot. And he's been bad. And their offense has still been pretty good. This is a team that anytime you see them, I don't know if you bet basketball, but if they're like plus 11, plus 12, it's like they could beat anybody any night. I'm just telling you. I'm not saying they're going to win a round in the playoffs, but just night to night, that's a team that they could just go 22 for 45 from three, make some shots. And Hal Burton, they actually should be five and two. Hal Burton blew the last possession against Charlotte the other night. But I've enjoyed watching them. I've watched an insane amount of basketball, by the way. All right, next group, the wildcards. I don't have a lot to say about these teams, but we'll go in order. Number 16, New Orleans, just seem jinxed. I'll come back to them in a second. Number 15, Cleveland. I want to see them with Garland and just, I want to watch them for a couple of weeks. I like the Struce edition, but we'll see. The Knicks, they're three and four. Nice win against the Clippers. The Randall thing continues to be nuts. Now he's taking out guys in the other team. Clippers 13, just traded for Harden. We talked about the Knicks and Clippers last week. Look, the Clippers, they played one game and they got killed by the Knicks. They're worse. I told you that last week. Still feel that way. Guess what they can't do now? Any transition stuff. The Knicks, 26 to six in fast break points last night. Rebounding. They got out, rebounded by 17 by the Knicks. Harden just brings so many things that you don't want in a starting five, but then he brings the great passing and the scoring and he can have the ball all the time. They don't need anyone to have the ball all the time because they have all these other guys who need the ball. I just don't like the trade. I continue to not like it and I don't understand it. I actually liked the team they had before they made the trade. So congrats again, Clippers. Number 12, Miami. 28th offensively. Kind of feels worse when you watch them. They haven't had their full team for a couple weeks. I'm not gonna judge them at all until December. I'm not gonna judge Dallas either. Dallas I have at number 11. They're six and one, fourth in offense. They've had a really easy schedule. So that's why, let's see what happens. Their one loss is to Denver. Let's see what happens when they play some tough teams all in a row and have one of those four games in six nights or three on the road. One of those situations. But they are in better shape than they were last year. And you look at the Grant Williams piece, which I'm not spiteful when I watch my old players. I'm rooting for Grant Williams. It's like seeing somebody you dated that you still have a good relationship with. It was nice to see him do well for them. Derek Lively seems like they have something. We talked about him last week, but he's at least like a rim runner in that kind of Nick Claxton world, but maybe a little more violent alley -oop or a little young Clint Cappelli. The Kyrie thing is the piece that I'm really interested in this. He finally had a good game last night, but for this season, 24 % shooting, 3 .8 free throws a game, which are always the two numbers to look at with Kyrie. What's he shooting threes? Is he getting in the line? And so far it's been neither, but he seems happy. When you watch them, they've been a surprisingly pleasant watch, and he seems like in a good spot. So I don't want to jinx it because as annoying as he's been over the years, and you know my stance on Kyrie, I just don't trust him. And I just feel like a seven -year track record of imploding kind of has to start to mean something after a while, but it is fun to watch him play basketball. And it does feel like he's got a specific spot on this team. They don't have to rely on him too much. It's very similar to where he was in 15 and 16 and 17 with the Cavs where he could kind of float in and out like a cat with LeBron. It's like, I'm feeling it. Oh, all right, let's give Kyrie the ball. The shooting going down though, it's a small sample size, but they also haven't been playing tough teams yet. And I'm just monitoring that because with guards, it can kind of sometimes go sideways pretty fast, and you don't realize it happened until after it happened. Just quickly going backwards to number 16, New Orleans, because they lost Ingram, they lost McCollum already. And they have this Hawkins who they drafted that everybody liked coming out of the draft, but the fact that he can play right away has actually kind of saved them a little bit. I just, I still feel like we need to do some sort of ceremony or something with them. Like we need the people from the Conjuring to just do something with New Orleans basketball. It just shouldn't be this bad every year. Your team shouldn't have two, three major injuries every year. You should have good luck at some point. And this goes back to the seventies. Remember, when they moved, when they became the New Orleans Jazz, their first major, major giant trade was for Gail Goodrich with the Lakers. They had to give up two first rounders, and he immediately blew out his Achilles. He played, I'm gonna say, less than a season. And one of the picks turned out to be Magic Johnson. So that's where we started with New Orleans, and it's been awful ever since. Nothing good has happened in this team other than they've won a couple of lotteries, but even the lotteries they won, the Davis, Anthony when they were in Charlotte before they got to New Orleans, they bring him to New Orleans and he wants to leave. And then they win the Zion thing, which seemed like the luckiest thing that ever happened to them. And meanwhile, we're still waiting for him to play two straight months. So Conjuring people, something. We need something to happen with that team. All right, the top 10. We're at a good pace right now. Where are we at? Yeah, feeling good. This is working. Young and hungry is the next thing. We got Oklahoma City at number 10 and Atlanta at number nine. If you remember, Atlanta was one of the, these are the two teams I was going nuts for before the season for their over -unders. I love the Atlanta over -under. I love the New Orleans over. And I like what I've seen from both. OK sees four and three, Atlanta's four and three. Atlanta's sixth in offense. And that's notable because Trae Young has sucked again shooting west. He's 28 % from three. Last year's 33 % from three. This might not be happening the next Steph Curry thing. Like what age does he have to hit where we have to go? All right, he's not the next Steph Curry. Because I think I hit that age last year at age, when I was age 53. I think I hit that for Trae. They killed Minnesota, which is notable. We'll talk about Minnesota in a second. But they really, I watched that game and they really, really, really handled them. I like this Atlanta team. And I think there's a path for them to be a three or a four seed if Trae can get going. And then OKC, trade for a big already. You're a guy short, like stop. You guys have a chance to be like a 50 win team. What are you doing? I want to see what's going on with Josh Getty in about two weeks. Whether it looks different than it has for the first couple of weeks here. I don't like, he's not going in the free throw line at all. 1 .3 a game. 26 % three point shooting, which we knew. He can't shoot threes. But there's also like the Chet piece of it. Seems like it's throwing them off. And I've watched games where they've taken them out at crunch time.
Fresh update on "portland" discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News
"The sixth wave of hostages released included the first time an American woman, Liad Benin, was freed from captivity, but for her father Yehuda, the joy is incomplete. Her husband, Aviv, is still captured in Gaza. Her sister, Tal, flew from Portland, Oregon for the reunion. Very grateful be to here with my family right now. They heard from the president. Things are moving well. She'll soon be home. Former Secretary of Henry State Kissinger has died. He personally met with various leaders in the Middle East and helped negotiate an end to the Yom Kippur War In no area of the world is it more difficult to promote a just and lasting peace. But the most pressing US foreign policy issue was Vietnam. In 1970 Kissinger began secret negotiations with the North Vietnamese hoping to end US involvement in the war. Skyler Henry, CBS News, Washington. Yet Kissinger worked for President Nixon and for he won the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in ending the war in Vietnam. Kissinger died at his home in Connecticut. He was 100 years old. There's been a ransomware attack on a healthcare chain that operates 30 hospitals in six dates. The attack on ardent health services has affected patients and facilities. The company's taken its network offline as a protective measure. More from CBS's Nicole Scanga. Without access to their computer system affected hospitals have gone back to keeping paper records. Now Arden Health has not yet released a timeline for when its network will be restored or if they plan to pay the ransom. Same -sex marriage has come to Nepal. A couple that's been married for years six officially registered the first same -sex marriage in Nepal. Earlier this year the Supreme Court the in Asian nation issued an interim order allowing this. They faced hold -ups until local administrative offices got the okay to do the paperwork. Then the couple says it was a breeze. A top activist in Nepal it calls a historic achievement. Steve Kathan, CBS News. The family that runs the Sands Casino company in Las Vegas says it has entered agreements to buy a majority stake in the NBA's Dallas Mavericks from team owner Mark Cuban. A source tells the Associated Press the family will pay 3 billion dollars. This is CBS News. You don't need a job platform, hiring partner. you need a Indeed lets you schedule and conduct virtual interviews all from one place. Start at www through science and technology. Sponsored by Nobles. Digital Twin is a meant to be a permanent companion to what ever system you're looking at and the idea would be that the model means be they'd taking data in at some continual cadence and providing data back out in order to advise and perhaps predict unexpected events with that system. Listen to the entire discussion on federalnewsnetwork .com. Search Nobles. Tackling national challenges that continue to rise and change rapidly can be difficult. Nobles can help. Nobles brings together the best of science, technology and engineering to solve complex challenges like improving transportation and infrastructure systems, countering threats from weapons of mass destruction and enhancing the operability of naval surface ships. For 25 years, Nobles has been an innovator with the federal government, investing advanced in R &D, enriching lives and making our nation safer. Nobles, for the best of reasons. Visit noblis .org to learn more. Double the TLP at 104 and Thursday morning, last day of this month,
A highlight from Encouragement for evangelism
"Well can I thank your minister the Reverend Stewart for his words of welcome. Sort of the way it is if you put one man to do your harvest then you're sort of lifting the phone to ring him and you're conscious I could be taking a risk because if I ask him to do mine then he might ask me to do his and that's the way it fell out. I'm the local man that happened to ask and we had your minister and we were greatly blessed by having him a number of weeks ago on the Friday night and we trust that the Lord will continue to bless you all here in Portland. Oh we do appreciate your prayers and we will be praying for you and for your work here and for the work of God in this place. We trust that the Lord will visit this area this region again we're talking the minister's room about history and the visitation of the Lord in Scotland many many years ago and what a lovely thing it would be to see the Lord work in that kind of way in our area in this region in which we minister. Isaiah 55 is a portion of God's Word that we want to read from together this afternoon Isaiah 55 this is a chapter in scripture that is filled with well -known verses. Verses that if I were to start them and you didn't have the scriptures in front of you you may be able to finish them you might know the reference you might you might be good but you might not they just filled with familiar verses and it is a couple of familiar verses that we want to meditate upon for a few moments together this afternoon but Isaiah 55 we break into the chapter at verse 6 and we want to read to the end of the chapter together Isaiah 55 and the verse 6 it says seek ye the Lord while he may be found call ye upon him while he is near let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts and let him return unto the Lord and he will have mercy upon him and to our God for he will abundantly pardon for my thoughts are not your thoughts neither are your ways my ways saith the Lord for as the heavens are higher than the earth so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts for as the rain cometh down and the snow from heaven and returneth not thither but watereth the earth and maketh it bring forth and bud that it may give seed to the sore and bread to the eater so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth it shall not return unto me void but it shall accomplish that which I please and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it for ye shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you unto singing and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree and instead of the briar shall come up the myrtle tree and it shall be to the Lord for a name for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
Fresh update on "portland" discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News
"By ibew local twenty six where electrical actors come to grow the good evening i'm demetri solis juan herreras breaking news tonight for breaking news tonight former secretary of state henry kissinger has died at the age of a hundred his service service under presidents richard nixon and gerald ford want him a nobel peace prize for ending a war that kept going in fact he reshaped u .s foreign policy in the seventies left an indelible mark on world affairs bs news correspondent steve kathan looks back on kissinger's life and legacy henry kissinger was the harvard professor who moved to richard nixon's white house first as national security advisor then secretary of state dr kissinger is perhaps one of the major scholars in america and the world today and he became a power player of the first order i don't stand on protocol if you'll just call me excellency we'll be getting cbs news pamela fall says he advocated realism don't just be ideological be practical real politic was a policy of power not values as america's top diplomat kissinger opened up relations between the u .s. and china developed the policy of detente with the soviet union and his efforts arrange to a ceasefire between north and south vietnam brought him a nobel peace prize steve pathan cbs news stay with us here on w t l p for continued analysis of henry kissinger's work his career and special reports from cbs news well another big story here we're counting down to perhaps the restarting of the war between hamas and israel in less than half an hour tonight was the the sixth and final night of the truce between these two parties sixteen hostages held in gaza were eastern exchange for thirty palestinians one of the israeli hostages is a u s citizen cbs news correspondent lilia in luciano tel aviv the sixth wave of hostages released included the first time an american woman leah happening was freed from captivity but for her father yahuda the joy is incomplete her husband aviv is still captured in gaza her sister tal flew from portland oregon for the reunion very grateful to be here with my family right now they heard from the president things are moving well she'll soon be home with her three children raya ratnam and her daughter ela separated in captivity just before the thirteen -year -olds released saturday are expected to be together again ci a director william burns has been involved in the hostage negotiations w -t -o -p's national security correspondent jay jay green joins us earlier to explain that i asked the ci a that question uh... earlier he's in the region uh... for meetings uh... the regarding israel hamas conflict including discussions about the hostages anyone anyone who knows anything about bill burns knows that he's a career there is a tremendous amount of credibility with them and people know they believe they trust him and when you look at his work in in in that region when he was ambassador of jordan he has some extraordinary experience in a lot of different scenarios just like this so he's one of those people you need at the table he's the voice of reason but at the same time he's a very smart guy who knows how these things go and if you don't do the right things at these tables go they really can badly afterwards so i think that's one of the reasons why he's there wtop's national security respond to j .j. green so as we mentioned the ceasefire the truce here is officially over in about twenty five minutes at midnight dc time and then we have to see does this mean that there will be new israeli bombardments in gaza and more rockets flying from gaza toward and sometimes hitting israel or there be an extension of the peace here and more hostages and prisoners exchanged will keep you updated as we learn more former first lady rosalynn carter was celebrated and then laid to rest in plains georgia tonight the same tiny town where she and jimmy carter were born she was remembered as more than a first lady really a global humanitarian during private funeral at church a cheerful pastor tony loud and called her the greatest first lady our first lady excelled them all the ninety -nine -year -old former president also attended as did the couple's extended family who remember the carter's extraordinary marriage dad got used to mom disagreeing with him and issue became partner in a true sense of the word where they had equal footing and that report from cbs's skylar henry tonight on wtop mrs carter's final resting place on is the grounds of the former first couple's home where her husband still lives coming up are we still headed for that economic soft landing you've heard so much about stay with us at navy federal credit union we want to share special thank messages you this veterans day and who better to hear them from than your friends and family happy veterans day to my husband timothy golden we are so proud of you i'd like to shout out brennan barrett who served as an infantryman
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Valid one time per day. Excludes $1 to $3 menu. It's the crossover. Sports Illustrated's NBA show. Breaking down the latest news, rumors, and everything in between. Here's your host, Chris Mannix and Rohan Nadkarni. This is the Crossover NBA Podcast. I'm Chris Mannix joined this week by my colleague at Sports Illustrated, Rohan Nadkarni. And Rohan, it's always good when we have some breaking news on the podcast. We are recording this on the day the NBA returns. Tuesday night, double header, Warriors Suns, Lakers Nuggets. That's going to be a lot of fun to watch on Tuesday. But the big story over the weekend was Giannis Atentecumpo once again saying, Milwaukee, you are my home. Giannis agreeing to a three -year, $186 million contract extension. We'll get into kind of the nuances of why this extension makes sense financially right now. And why he would do it now. And what kind of contracts he can sign in the future. But this was something I think that Bucs fans and the Bucs front office was optimistic about in the aftermath of Milwaukee acquiring Damian Lillard. But now, here we are with Damian Lillard under contract for the next four seasons. Giannis Atentecumpo under contract for, I believe, three of the next four seasons. I'll get the numbers right. But the last year's a player option of that deal. But he's under contract at least until his early 30s, putting him through his prime years in Milwaukee. Your reaction to this deal getting done at the 11th hour before the start of the season? Pretty surprised only because Giannis himself kind of mentioned early this summer why financially it wouldn't make the most sense for him to do it now. As you alluded to, there is some kind of not quite complicated math, but a series of steps that Giannis can undergo to kind of maximize the financial impact of taking this deal now. So he's still coming out ahead money -wise. I mean, I wrote when the Damian Lillard trade went down, I should say, that this was a huge win and it only becomes a bigger win for Milwaukee if Giannis signs. And that's what happened. And I think, listen, this team, the expectations still win a title, all those things. But for the city of Milwaukee, for the franchise, even if they don't win a title now, if you get another three or four years of Giannis at Centecumpo, you get his entire prime in Milwaukee. You put off the conversation, at least for a couple years, about whether he's leaving, etc. That's a huge win. It makes the Lillard trade a win already. It's really incredible work by their franchise. I mean, we sat here, Chris, I'd say at the beginning of the summer, kind of wondering aloud what moves are on the table for the Bucks because they looked a little bit boxed in at the start of the summer in terms of what they could do to improve the roster around Giannis. To go around and get Damian Lillard and then sign Giannis to an extension the same summer, when no one was expecting either of those moves, it's an unequivocal, unqualified, total home run for the Bucks. No, I tweeted this in the immediate aftermath. This was an executive of the year stretch for John Horst. Not only does he get Damian Lillard into the fold, which makes the Bucks better in the short term, he ensures long -term viability by getting Giannis' name on a contract. Just to clear up the math here and sort of explain what kind of deal Giannis has signed. He is under contract now for the next four years. This year's age 28 season, he's going to make $45 .6 million. Next year, he'll make $45 .8 million. The new deal kicks in in the 25 -26 season, which will put Giannis at $57 .6 million that year, $62 .2 million in 26 -27. He has a player option for 22 -28, which would be year five of this new deal that he's operating under, which is worth $66 .8 million. The reason that he signs this contract right now, and I want to give credit to Bobby Marks, the ESPN front office insider, because he's been able to explain this in a way even idiots like you and me can't understand. It's mutually beneficial for the two sides to do a deal like this right now. Because of that over 38 rule that exists, Giannis could sign a short -term extension again with Milwaukee in 2026, and then a four -year extension with the Bucks in 2028. What this deal is effectively doing, or the message it's sending, is that Giannis is a buck for life. He's going to be alongside Damian Lillard for the next four seasons. That's a guy we've talked about a lot. He likes Damian Lillard, and he wants to play with Damian Lillard. Not only is Giannis getting himself financially set up for the short term by signing this three -year extension, he is putting the dominoes in place to make the max possible amount of money over the next 10 years of his playing career. Anyone that might have been wondering if Giannis is going to be a buck over the long term, it sure looks right now that Giannis is going to be playing in Milwaukee for the entirety of his NBA career. I think we're looking, Rohan, at another Dirk Nowitzki. I think this is kind of a Dirk -like situation where the Bucks have shown Giannis enough. They've shown Giannis enough that he is willing to commit to this team long term. Absolutely. And I'll just leave a little bit of room. Our old friend Howard Beck wrote about it today for The Ringer that everything is great right now. Up until things change, if this flames out, whatever, we've seen stars request trades, etc. I'll leave a little room for that, but I'm with you. And I think it's great for the NBA. I really do. I want to see Jokic in Denver for his entire career. I want to see Giannis in Milwaukee for his entire career. We've kind of lost that the last few years with guys moving around teams so much. There's been this conversation this week, should Kevin Durant have his jersey retired in Golden State? I think it'll happen and I think it's fine, but it's just not the same. It's not the same as a guy like Giannis staying in one place for his entire career. It's refreshing to see. I think it's just so good for the league. I'm excited, man. I'm excited to see him battle with the Celtics this year. I miss the days when it felt like you could think these two teams are going to have to get through each other for the next few years. We're setting up for that with Giannis and Tatum for the next few years. As a basketball fan, I'm just really excited. I think you hit the nail on the head. I think he's going to be kind of remembered as this generation's Dirk for just how synonymous he is with Milwaukee. The fact that Giannis said the things he said earlier this summer, he said he wants to play for a winner, and backed it up, I just think says a lot about the kind of person he is. That was not just posturing or whatever. Milwaukee made some good faith moves, and he signed a good faith extension in return. To contrast this with Lillard's situation in Portland, Lillard committed to the Blazers, but he didn't demand action out of them before he committed to them. Giannis came out this offseason in multiple interviews and said, I'm paraphrasing, of course. You've got to make sure that you have a championship roster around me. He put a lot of pressure on the Bucs to get something done. To the Bucs credit, for the second time in three years, they pulled off a deal that made Giannis happy. Drew Holiday, his acquisition a few years ago, that made Giannis happy. Now, Damian Lillard bringing him in, that makes Giannis happy. He was able to use his status with the team to push them to go all in for a championship. Once they did, he committed. He was true to his word, and said he would commit to the Milwaukee Bucs. I do think that's commendable for Giannis as well. I think, short term, if you're looking for questions about the Bucs, there are a couple of them. Chris Middleton is the most glaring. I have no idea what to expect from Chris Middleton this year. He missed half the season last year. Then there's that weird, vague pre -season talk for me. Well, I'm going to get to that. I'm going to get to that. I like the coaching stuff. Chris Middleton, his status is a big variable here. I think with a healthy Chris Middleton, the Bucs are the number one team in the East. It's still close, because I think Boston is really good, obviously. But with Middleton, I think they're number one. Without him, I think they're number two. I'm anxious to see how healthy he is at the start of the season, and how healthy he can be throughout the season. The other part of it is coaching. This Terry Stotts story has kind of gone away over the last couple of days. Frankly, who really cares about an assistant coaching change on an NBA team? This is a real thing. Terry Stotts was given a hands -on role to effectively be the architect of this Bucs offense. We know this, because Damian Lillard came out last week and said, Look, this is the same offense I ran in Portland. The guys that are veterans on the Milwaukee team were coming to him and saying, Well, what about this? What about that? What's the right way to run this particular play? Terry Stotts was not just a sage voice on Adrian Griffin's bench. He was someone that was intimately involved and integrally involved in what this team does offensively. We've seen the reporting that there was some kind of public blow up at a shoot around or a practice between Terry Stotts and Adrian Griffin. I had not heard about that. I had heard in the hours after Stotts decided to leave the team that he just wasn't comfortable being Adrian Griffin's assistant coach. That's kind of what it came down to. Terry Stotts has been head coach in the NBA for a long time. He has had some levels of success as a head coach. Adrian Griffin came in and Adrian Griffin, people have told me he rides his assistants out there. He makes them work pretty hard. Adrian Griffin worked under Scott Skiles for a while, worked under a number of different coaches in different situations. Adrian Griffin had high expectations and demanded a lot from his assistant coaches. The way I was explained to me was Terry Stotts just wasn't comfortable with the dynamic, didn't like the dynamic with Adrian Griffin. Maybe that dust up in practice was the straw that broke the camel's back, but it felt like the people I talked to that it was coming. I don't think this is inconsequential. I really don't because now everybody else on that Bucs staff gets bumped up a seat. Now you don't necessarily have the guy on the bench with that kind of gravitas is the right word, but certainly experience that Terry Stotts brought to the table. I don't think we can dismiss his exit as nothing because I do think it's something. Yeah, not to mention his relationship with Damian Lillard, right? I mean, that's something that I think was probably providing Dame some level of comfort. He obviously posted a photo of them together on Instagram after. Take that for what it's worth. I mean Terry Stotts and Damian Lillard will always have a great relationship. Terry Stotts empowered Damian Lillard over nine years. Like took him on as a rookie and helped develop him into the player he became. So I can understand the loyalty between Lillard and Stotts. The one interesting thing about the Bucs and Celtics, I'd say, is the questions around their coaching staffs. You know, Missoula had to deal with it a lot last year, especially during the playoffs. Now listen, at the end of the day, he came within a game seven and Jason Tatum maybe not turned his ankle of making it to the finals. So maybe that stuff was overblown. But, you know, there's been a lot of talk about the assistance the Celtics added this summer and the reasons they needed to do that. Bringing in a guy like Jeff Van Gundy, for example, to consult with them. And the importance of that experience that it's a lot of pressure on Adrian Griffin in his first year to deliver a team with title expectations. And now he's losing his most experienced assistant coach. It's going to be very interesting. I think that's a serious variable for the Bucs. We've seen it cut both ways. I mean, we've seen Nick Nurse have a lot of success. We've seen Emei Yudoka have a lot of success. Other times it doesn't go as well. So I think it's going to be very interesting keeping an eye on just how the coaching staff in both Milwaukee and Boston ultimately affects what those teams do. I think one of the undercurrents of the Celtics summer, for example, was maybe moving on from some of the guys that didn't fully buy in with Missoula. Guys who necessarily didn't have the best relationship with him. So I don't know that it's going to make a huge impact because they're just so much more talented than the rest of the conference. But I'm interested to see how that plays out. Yeah, it certainly adds a wrinkle to what Milwaukee's trying to do this season. I think with such a slim margin between the Celtics and the Bucs, anything can make a difference. So that's worth keeping an eye on this year.
Fresh update on "portland" discussed on News, Traffic and Weather
"A third of an inch expected around places. From the Como4 Weather Center, I'm meteorologist Rebecca Stevenson. Music. Newsradio 1 ,000 FM 7. Stay connected, stay informed. From the Northwest 24 -hour News Center, I'm Jeff Pojalup. Here's what we're following. A disturbing story out of West Seattle where we've learned one student young was hurt following a pepper spray assault outside Arbor Heights Elementary School on Tuesday. A woman told police that she parked a car and as she got out to walk toward the school, someone in a sedan drove by and directed pepper spray at her out the driver's side window. unfortunately, Now a few kids did end up in the reach of that spray. Seattle Fire tells me their medics treated a ten -year -old student in stable condition and that her parents declined a ride to the hospital. Acting principal Alana Heider posted a note to the school community that said, in part, there is nothing we take more seriously than the safety of our students, staff and school community. Plus, she said that they would continue to be prepared to respond to any urgent situations. Police Seattle tells me they searched the area when they were here on the call, but they did not find that sedan or the driver. They're now asking anyone with information to call them so they can further investigate this case. That's 4's Como Denise Whitaker reporting from West Seattle. Meanwhile, the search continues for whoever shot and killed a woman in Auburn. It happened early this morning at a Chevron gas station off Harvey Road. The woman was found just up the road. Police say the shooter and two women got in a pickup truck, got into an argument. The suspect then shot one of the women. died She shortly after. Police haven't released any other details on the suspect. Now that shooting happened just hours after a man was shot and killed in Auburn. It happened on I Street Northeast yesterday afternoon. There are no details yet on the suspect in that case. That's Como 4's Preston Phillips. Senator Patty Murray wants Congress to allocate more money to child care. She says the lack of affordable child care in the United States has become a crisis for Well as child care workers. Child care workers cannot wait. They have to pay rent this month. They have to put food on their table tonight. She wants Congress to approve President Biden's supplemental budget request, which allocates more money to child care programs. Republicans have not commented. A dramatic new look for Woodinville downtown may not not include the business that has been one of the It's a huge draw for people from throughout the region. About 15 years ago, it started working with green partners on a cutting edge to redevelopment project called the Gardens District. It would mix apartment units and restaurants with infrastructure upgrades and new investments in parks and trails. A centerpiece would be a new mole backs garden center. However, earlier this month, partners green told mall backs its lease on the future project was being canceled. I am influenced as to why we are in this situation. But in early November, us they sent a formal termination of our lease in the new project and then the new phase one development and we are hoping to have productive conversations and put it back on track. Well, city leaders say they are hopeful that mall backs and green partners, which has connections to an investment firm that advises Bill Gates, they can come to a new agreement so that the gardens district project does indeed move That's forward. come before us. Joel Moreno reporting Amtrak adding two additional daily round trips between Seattle and Portland. The new schedule begins on December 11th and it will mean a total of 12 trains will run between the cities each today. Stops include Tacoma, Tacoma, Olympia, Centralia, Longview and Vancouver. The new departures will be at summer. 5 and 750 p .m. from Seattle and 645 a .m. and from Portland. Feds are giving our state 4 .8 million dollars to fix up some of our ferry boats. This will money pay for the refurbishment of the passenger areas on six vessels. The hope is that it will extend their lifespans by 5 to 10 years. Now an update from 10 and 40 past each hour here at Northwest News Radio and Bill Schwartz wonders whether the Mariners will make a pitch for the state's top free agent. MLB's winter meetings begin this weekend in Nashville and the big story is which team
A highlight from Ruckus Wi-Fi 7 opens doors for partners to offer needed solutions to existing and new customers, Crexendo UGM Podcast
"This is Doug Green and I'm the publisher of TR Publications and I'm here with Matthew Matlack of Ruckus Networks. Matthew, thank you for joining me today. It's my pleasure. Thanks for having us. So I'm so excited you were able to take some time out here at the Crescendo User Group Meeting 2023. This is a NetSapiens platform meeting. So we're going to be talking about NetSapiens and the NetSapiens platform and products especially made for the use of that platform to partners selling that platform and so on. I'm going to get into that in just a second. We're really talking in this podcast about Wi -Fi and the importance of good Wi -Fi. So what does Ruckus Networks and good Wi -Fi have in common? You bet your boots. So Ruckus is unique because we don't sell voice. We don't sell handsets. Our goal is to make sure that whatever hosted voice solution you're positioning, we provide power over Ethernet to the phones. If there's a Wi -Fi option, we want to make sure the Wi -Fi is reliable. So we've had a great experience at the conference. A lot of good customers are here, partners are here, and I've met folks that have been with Ruckus from day one that have been using Ruckus at their house for many years. I said, why Ruckus? He said, we wanted to be disruptive in the industry. We wanted to make a Ruckus. So our antenna designs within our access points provide for better coverage for higher capacity, and that's why we become the industry leader for high density wireless. That's why you see us in convention centers, resorts, hospitality, service providers, but this has been an incredible conference. You're talking about expectations, right? When people walk into a drink station, a convention center, an airport, a barber shop, whatever, they have a Wi -Fi expectation. Absolutely. It's like when you walk in a room and turn on lights. You expect it to work. Wi -Fi has become the same way. It's the fourth utility. Whether you're staying in a hotel, whether you're in a classroom, or you're in the convenience store, or at the mall, you want to have the ability to connect to Wi -Fi. You need to make sure you have to check the box that says, I agree to the terms and conditions, and that my data may be tracked. So you have to be educated before you connect to public Wi -Fi. If you can connect to a secure Wi -Fi or pay a premium for some enhanced broadband for high definition streaming or watching videos, know that that's an option. If I'm a partner with Ruckus, can I win with Wi -Fi? Every day. We're the easy button for wireless. We have the ability to be supported in the cloud, or you can be supported with a centralized controller. So we don't lock you in to one specific management. And if I'm an enterprise, especially with some of those pre -Wi -Fi facilities built maybe even 100 years ago or more, can I still win with Wi -Fi? You can. It is remarkable the amount of old warehouses, old buildings that we provide wireless coverage in. I tell people, if you have a wireless challenge, give us a chance to showcase our technology. And with Wi -Fi 7 coming out, we're the first ones to market with Wi -Fi 7. We are fully invested in the ongoing innovation of wireless because we're a wireless focused company. So what about the Crescendo ecosystem, the NetSapiens end users? The focus for a lot of the NetSapiens partners is selling a reliable solution for managed services, right? Voice is the primary application, right? But you have to have Wi -Fi. You have to have security. You have to have customer service. We want to be part of that family. They know when they position Wi -Fi, it's going to work with Ruckus. We don't lock our customers into one certain management. And if we need PoE switching, we use US -based chipsets. So they're inherently more secure than what they may have been using in the past. And here's the Crescendo show before I've been struck by the number of devices and products made for the Crescendo NetSapiens environment that are reliant on Wi -Fi, basically, principally using Wi -Fi to connect. Yeah, so today we work with several hundred service providers across the US alone. The amount of mobile devices is going to continue to expand, right? Almost everybody has their own cell phone. So with that, that's just another device that's going to connect to the network that expects performance. superior Now I understand you've got something new. Wi -Fi 7? We do. Wi -Fi 7 was released last week. Ruckus has announced the R770. It's an indoor access point and it's leveraging our artificial intelligence. So it takes the mystery out of channel planning. Traditionally in wireless, you'll have channels 1, 6, and 11. And it takes some science to get channel planning just right in environments. And what this does is it uses our patented RF enhancements to increase range and coverage. So there's going to be a huge leap in throughput, capacity, and latency reduction. Now if I'm a partner and I'm not experienced in selling Wi -Fi services, do I need special training to get on board? So we do have partners within the Crescendo family that can go out and do a complete site survey. They can do a full implementation. But that being said, you guys can contact Ruckus directly, provide us a building map, and we'll do basic consulting for free just to give you an idea of where the access point should be placed indoors and outdoors. More and more people are wanting outdoor coverage for parking lots or for high school stadiums or athletics just to provide some enhanced security. We want that to work in and out as we walk in and out of the building. Of course. So within a warehouse, you may need to know where some valuable equipment is, right? We can do some location tracking within a warehouse or within a hospital if you need that added functionality. And those warehouses can be acres. Huge, massive warehouses. And they weren't filled with Wi -Fi in common. Right. So you've got that. What does this all look like? If I'm an enterprise listener, what am I looking at? The key with enterprise, it's all about reliability, right? Although you may have a large IT staff, you have a lot of people focused on servers and storage and voice and security. So very segmented staff. We can make Wi -Fi easy for an enterprise, whether supporting internal offices, whether it's supporting a remote office, a new construction site. We support a lot of small, medium business, large enterprise, but we're the number one vendor for service providers and the number one vendor for hospitality. So 90 % of the Marriott's out there use ruckus. How's Wi -Fi 7 different than what we've experienced before? So Wi -Fi 7 is going to have a maximum throughput of 46 gig. It's IEEE 802 .11 BE and it's going to have 16 spatial streams. So it offers great quality of service for low latency applications. And if you're just simply a user, in other words, if I'm thinking about the people on the campus that I'm serving, they'll notice it. They'll actually see the difference or experience the difference. Absolutely. Is there a place where we can sort of experience that now or learn about that now? Sure. So the NBA season is getting ready to start and we've been very fortunate to be the network standard for a paycom center in Oklahoma City, the home of the Oklahoma City Thunder. So whether you're sitting on the floor or you're sitting up in the rafters at the top of Loud City, you're going to have a great wireless experience with rights. And there's a great example of the types of things as Wi -Fi users we've all gotten used to, that if we're at the edge of the airport, the edge of the stadium, the edge of the facility, you see the bars going down. Exactly. I mean, our focus is to make sure that from a security standpoint, you have the ability to communicate with friends and family. Maybe you get a chance to go to a game once a year and you're with your father, your mother, your grandparents, and you want to capture those moments in the arena, right? You need to have the ability to share photos on Facebook or Instagram and do Snapchat. That's what we offer is reliable connectivity. Matthew, I hope you get around to helping the Blazers out in Portland, but we're going to wrap up our podcast. It's great to see or great to have you here. Where can we learn more about Ruckus Networks? Well, I'll tell you, if you're in Portland, the Timbers have a great Ruckus Network. Well, then we'll have to go to that stadium. Absolutely. Where can we learn more? You can learn more at ruckusnetworks .com, and if anybody out there is interested in seeing a demo of Ruckus Cloud or wants to dig into the security enhancements that we have on our network switches, you can contact me directly at matthew .matlack .com. Matthew, it's been a pleasure. I'm looking forward to learning more about this Wi -Fi 7, but for now, thanks very much. Thank you.
Fresh update on "portland" discussed on News, Traffic and Weather
"Stay connected, stay informed from the Northwest 24 hour Center. News I'm Jeff. Here's what we are following. The search continues for a shooter in Auburn after early morning gunfire leaves a woman dead. It is the second deadly shooting in Auburn in less than 10 hours. The latest violent incident started at 1 30 this morning at a Chevron station off Harvey Road and ended in a parking lot off 15th Street Northeast. Police say there was some kind of confrontation at the station gas between the shooter and two women in a pickup truck. Police say it could have been an attempted carjacking. The suspect opened fire hitting one of the women. That woman died at another location just the up road. The victim was in the passenger side of the vehicle. That suspect then approached the passenger side of that vehicle. Something happened, shots were fired and then that vehicle drove off and ended up here. Police met them off 15th Street Northeast and tried to save the woman who was shot but she died. That's Kimmel 4's Molly Shen. Senator Patty Murray demanding Congress provide more support for young families. Taking to the floor of the US Senate, the Washington Democrat says the lack of affordable child care has become a crisis in this country. Parents can't wait. They have to go to work tomorrow. They need accessible options now. She says Congress needs to approve the supplemental funding request President Biden submitted last month. It would provide federal funding to child care services and other programs to help struggling parents. Republicans have not responded to Murray's demands. Amtrak adding two additional daily round trips between Seattle and Portland. The new schedule begins on December 11th and will mean a total of 12 trains running between the cities each day. Stops include Tukwila, Tacoma, Olympia, Centralia, Longview and Vancouver. The new departures will be 5 a .m. and 7 50 p .m. from Seattle and 6 45 a .m. and 7 25 p .m. from Portland. Our state is getting some federal money to fix up some of our aging ferry boats. The feds will kick in 4 .8 million dollars to refurbish passenger areas on six vessels. Earlier this year US Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg came to Washington to talk about the difficulties facing the states ferry system. Having the largest ferry fleet in the country also means the having largest challenges of any ferry fleet in the country and we want to make sure we're a good federal partner for the work that's being done here. The federal grant will pay for upgrades on all six of Washington State Ferry's Issaquah class vessels Originally constructed between 1979 and 1982 and currently serve travelers of the Fauntleroy, Vashon, Southworth, Mukilteo, Clinton, Anacortes and San Juan Islands. The hope is to extend the lifespan vessels of the by five to ten years. People in Carnation have been complaining about the new Tolt Dam early warning system it's supposed to warn people in the event of a catastrophic breach. Unfortunately the new siren is inaudible in many parts of the city. Seattle Public Utilities says it is improving the volume and the clarity of the system that includes changing spoken the voice from male to female to increase clarity. This is a test of the Tolt Dam warning system. Seattle Public Utilities also upgrading all existing outdoor sirens with more powerful speakers. Leaders in Carnation had been calling on the City of Seattle which maintains the system to reimburse them. Owners of a well -known gardeners mecca say they are shocked and devastated to learn they're not part of the plant to redevelop part of downtown woodenville. Moldex Garden and Home, a fixture in the area for 67 years, has been told its lease will not be renewed 19 when the -acre gardens district project is constructed. Whenville's mayor told the Times he plans on talking with the city council members about revoking the permit for the massive project for leaving moldbacks out of the deal. State of Washington says it is taking action against a problematic homeless encampment that sits at the corner of 10th and Dearborn Seattle near I -5 and I -90. There have been more than a dozen fires at that camp this year alone. State lawmakers have allocated money for cleanup, but it still hasn't happened. Governor Inslee spoke with Como4. So that camp is going to be It's the right thing to do. There's danger associated with it. We cannot allow these repeat fires. No one was at the camp during the most recent fire. Now an update from the Beacon Plumbing Sports Desk. Well we check sports 10 to 40 past each hour here at Northwest News Radio and Bill Swartz wonders whether the Mariners will make a pitch for baseball's top
A highlight from 121: Part 2: Mike Fredericks Hunts Cartel Bosses and Survives a Terrorist Attack
"What were the, uh, what was your, what was the meat and potatoes? What were the staples for you in terms of making cases? What was big at that time? You know, I tried heroin when I first got up there and I didn't want to rephrase that. I attempted to make heroin cases. I brought an informant up from Portland and he kind of jerked me around. I mean, it was a very ethnic thing at the time. He didn't make any cases. So then I kind of switched to cocaine. Methamphetamine was big. We had guys doing meth up there. You had meth labs in Northern Idaho and we coordinated. There were only two agents in Idaho and two agents in all of the state of Montana. So it wasn't unusual for me to take a case number in concert with either Idaho or Montana agents. And then I'd do like the undercover or I'd run cases in those states, stuff like that. So we knocked off a couple of meth labs. There was one that was kind of a, it was a predecessor to Breaking Bad because my lab case was in a motor home. They were buying the precursor chemicals from Oregon, Washington. I don't know if they got the chemicals actually from Idaho or not, but they were bouncing around. And six months I was tracking these guys, tracking the chemicals, tracking where they were, identifying the organization, the cook and all this kind of stuff. And then when it ultimately came down, they were in a motor home on the banks of the Columbia River, which divides Oregon and Washington, outside of Hermiston, Oregon, the Pendleton, Hermiston, Oregon, or in Eastern Oregon, that area. And we took them down and it turned into a big deal because we got, I don't know, a couple of pounds of meth. We got a bunch of cars, we got five weapons, and it went to the appellate court, the Ninth Circuit appellate in San Francisco. You mean the Ninth Circuit? Yes, exactly. But they upheld the convictions. Everybody went down. Were they affiliated with biker gangs or, you know, any drug organizations? Or was this just more of a freelance operation? No, this was freelance. This was one guy, one old time cooker in quotes, that actually I got him twice. I got him back to back simultaneously. He ran a lab in a motel in Clarkston, Washington. At the same time he was coordinating the lab, the motor home lab that we took off in Oregon. So we were doing the motor home lab primarily. I mean, we had like four or five different DEA offices respond. We had a plane on the final stage. We had the state police. We had everybody working on it. And simultaneously he blew up, inadvertently blew up the lab in the motel in Clarkston, Washington. Isn't that the way it is for most of these guys? This isn't the safest thing to do. Yeah. But I tracked him simultaneously to doing the other one. And then once we arrested him and indicted him in the district of Oregon, I also got him indicted in the district of Eastern Washington and put him in jail again behind. I mean, he had back to back sentences in two different federal districts, which was kind of cool. And I turned an informant that was his muscle guy, his guy on the motel lab. And he'd been a Vietnam vet. He was an addict. He testified and he was a character too. I mean, I met him and tried to recruit him and he was wearing a 45 revolver on his hip, like a Western gun fighter.
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A highlight from Preseason Begins & The Annual GM Survey
"This is the crossover NBA podcast Chris Mannix joined as I always am by Chris Herring and Rohan Nadkarni. Quick housekeeping note fellas the NBA preview issue is out I guess the basketball preview issue because there is a lot of college stuff in there as well but the cover is NBA Jimmy Butler guest editor for this NBA preview issue Rohan you spent some time with Jimmy Butler in parts unknown I assume South Florida did a a story with him it's excellent check that out I've got a piece on the Phoenix Suns spent some time talking to Matt Ishbia James Jones Frank Vogel key pieces of that organization trying to recreate exactly what happened after the season ended how they got this point where they have one of the most expensive teams in NBA history a lot of good stuff there scouting reports different elements as well make sure you pick up the magazine on stands right now. So fellas we've got the NBA GM survey that's out and I want to dive into some of the elements of that but before we start recording this podcast I was just going through social media looking up some clips and all that stuff and I came across one from the Pat Bev pod the Patrick Beverly pod he does with Barstool Sports I just want to play this clip for you because Pat Bev was joined by Michael Rubin the former owner of the Philadelphia 76ers now this still the CEO with fanatics someone who has a strong relationship with a lot of players including James Harden who they discussed in this clip here as a past NBA owner obviously you're close to the Sixers the situation that's going on with James Harden how would you handle it it wouldn't have happened you know first of all James is family to me and like I'm not going to hide about that I love James this thing is breaking my heart this thing was just not handled well he was playing with us in practice and boy he was cooking he was oh I'm talking about the pot was out and he was stirring that bitch up there's nobody who wants to win a championship more than James Harden I know this guy like my brother people give James a hard time because you know he likes to have fun it's bullshit like the guy the guy's work ethic for basketball is insane and his attitude has been great he's been leading he's been giving advice so you might hear all the bad shit you know TV from reporters that's not there but actually being a teammate that's there he's he's been phenomenal I block out the noises really same because I think a lot of people just don't know like the real James Harden how badly he wants to win I think he's in great not good shape he's in great shape yeah he's in great shape right that's right body looks great yeah every time I'm in the weight room he's in the weight room he's gonna ball out this year so herring I know my blood shouldn't boil when I hear stuff like this and I know it you know the podcast is doing its job if it gets me kind of drawn in and talking about it but to hear Michael Rubin say that James Harden wants to win a championship more than anyone at the same time that James Harden is trying to force his way off a championship contender that is a Rubik's Cube of nonsense that I'm really having a hard time wrapping my head around your thoughts on the propaganda emerging from the Pat Bev pod about James Harden I'm just trying to think of a stranger mashup than the one you just explained I mean the the whole universe of Michael Rubin and all the there's so many things lately that just on social media that I've wanted to mute and I don't think I know enough about how to do it I haven't taken the time to do it but if I had a way of muting like Michael that Rubin parties James Harden and any other number of athletes are at or like all these white parties and everything else it's like I would do that but that makes this element of this story this this framing odd because it's like okay well he presumably is friendly with James Harden or James Harden is friendly with him but also the fundamental standpoint now at this point that maybe there are people in the organization that instead of kind of just gloves off which it seemed like it would be based on what James Harden said about Daryl Morey earlier this summer that there's also the very real possibility that maybe he's not traded and so they need him to feel wanted and they need him to feel like they want him to perform well which is what you would want if you're a team that at least there's a you said in one of the last pockets we did it's not out of the realm of possibility that they could be a winner a contender a champion if everything fell right you know the right way so I think that's all this is is just positive reinforcement but I mean it's also silly from the standpoint that you're saying that clearly people that are making trade demands whether it's behind the scenes whether it's publicly whether it's saying my general manager my president is a liar it's hard to hold those two thoughts in the same time in your head that you know on the one hand he can say those things but also nobody wants it more than he does come on like I did I know it's just you know the first thing probably that popped into Ruben's mind but it's just silly Rowan I know you're you're a regular at these white parties but do you have a issue let me just first of all echo my esteemed colleague Chris herrings fatigue with Michael Rubin just this guy's everywhere all the time fanatics sucks I'll say it fanatics is not good wow let's start there I mean like kudos to Michael Rubin you know what he did getting involved with meat mill etc but like we could have left it at that listen I if I were James Harden I might be living my life a similar way I let me put it that way but there is now a what is it a preponderance of evidence that winning a championship is not necessarily number one on this guy's priority list just not only in terms of how he's carried himself this offseason but how he likes to carry himself during the season when he's staying in Miami or Vegas for an extra night I'm away from steam mates are flying separately etc that all that stuff's been reported I'm just I'm sick of the the Sixers offseason I'm sick of the Embiid hard in partnership I respect you Mannix for still holding out hope having faith you've always been kind of an optimist a wanderer a dream I died that's why I don't describe you but I'm just so over this it just well like you said I mean respect to that podcast we're here talking about it I love Pat Bev he's a good personality but like what are we doing here Michael Rubin who are you who are you fooling okay we are familiar with James Harden's game okay you're not fooling us game off the court specifically right like you you can't say James Harden is misunderstood or gets a bad rap when right he he forced his way out of Houston by throwing a multi -week temper tantrum he effectively quit on the Nets which forced them to make a when deal they probably didn't want to and now here he is trying to get out of Philadelphia after holding you know one of the worst holdouts in holdout history to stay away from the team it just the the I mean just trying to get us to believe that is just wild so you know we had to talk about it you know James Harden still officially member of the 76ers we'll see what happens as these preseason games go on and what they do with them but right now James Harden kind of between a rock and a hard place might have to play for Philadelphia this season so I want to talk in this episode about the GM survey which always provides good preseason material whenever it comes out and there were some interesting elements in this year's GM survey guys and I want to start with the championship prediction from the NBA GMs which turned into a two -way tie between the Boston Celtics and the Denver Nuggets Milwaukee coming into third place 23 % Phoenix 7 % they came in fourth in the LA Clippers finishing at 3 % last year the Bucks were the leader at 43 % Denver doesn't surprise me Denver has the core of that team back we've talked about this before I think they can expect some organic growth from Christian Brown I think Peyton Watson might be able to play they've some other guys on that roster that can take steps up by the way while we're speaking of the Nuggets condolences to Mike Malone's family for the passing of Brendan Malone his father that was revealed by the organization this week but when it comes to Denver on the floor I can see why they'd be a championship contender the Celtics I might be one of the few pessimists I don't know if I'm pessimistic about the South I have more questions about the Celtics than many people do my good friend Scalabrini was on TV recently and he said every GM would want this roster and I tend to agree with that sort of because if you could bubble wrap this roster and guarantee that it plays 65 to 70 games together and will be healthy going into the playoffs I think you're absolutely right I think the backcourt is really strong especially defensively Drew Holliday elite defender Derek White big time defender we know what Jalen Brown Jason Tatum can do you know that that that speaks for itself the front court is good right Chris has Porzingis good player Al Horford good player but Porzingis chronically injured right like he played what 60 -65 games last year but that was a contract year and I have less confidence he's going to be able to repeat that he was already injured this off season with whatever happened with his foot over in the World Cup Al Horford's 37 by design he's probably only going to play like 50 games this year because they want to keep him healthy for the playoffs so we don't know what's what Al Horford is going to look like at the end of this season after that what is there they signed Wennion Gabriel Wennion Gabriel last year played 68 games for the Lakers in the playoffs he played 10 he averaged 3 .7 minutes per game in the playoffs with the Lakers last year that is the definition of playable in the regular season and unplayable in the playoffs like it just is what it is Luke Cornette is still there he was unplayable for Boston in the playoffs last year you know this is a team that was already thin when Grant Williams was there now Grant Williams is gone and I don't know what they do if one of these two guys goes down for any length of time so that's a long way of saying like yeah I can buy the argument that the Celtics are the team to beat Eastern Conference I can buy the argument that they are a championship contender but Rohan I just I have a lot of concerns about what happens if anything goes south in that front court I agree I mean that's why I thought the holiday trade was so fascinating and why I wasn't sure how seriously to take Boston as a contender for holiday even though his name was obviously their name was obviously coming up that entire weekend before he was traded a huge reason why they've been been special the last few years is kind of the alchemy of their front court mix -in matching Horford, Rob Williams, and Grant Williams that's gone entirely I see people saying now Porzingis and Horford might start together this talks about does Derek White come off the bench there's a right that's another thing I don't understand I mean you don't you don't have a backup really for either guy right now why aren't they backing up each other that already is starting to not make a ton of sense for me the way I look at it Mannix is I do think we're starting to see some trickle -down effect of the second apron because you look at the top teams right now whether it's Milwaukee, Boston, Phoenix, Denver to an extent it's not that the championship teams of yesteryear were flawless but we're looking at teams that are especially top heavy these days and Boston doesn't have a lot of avenues to improve the roster same for Milwaukee I mean I think Milwaukee has a great five and uh Holliday, Conaton, Middleton, Giannis, and Lopez but then they have Bobby Portis and they have a bunch of question marks after that they don't have a lot of playoff rotation guys uh Phoenix is in a similar boat Denver I think you and I are probably high on Denver's bench than most people we like what we think Peyton Watkins can do Peyton Watson can do Zeke Najee Swarther had a nice pre -season debut but those are a bunch of question marks for them right now so on one hand I echo your skepticism about Boston only in terms of Horford's coming off the worst postseason of his career um I think on both ends of the floor and he's only getting older Porzingis he's played 10 playoff games in his life but when you match them up against kind of the other contenders unless you think like a team like the Lakers or Warriors who have a little bit more depth maybe not quite as much top and talent uh can make a push I understand why you'd put Boston there only because I think a lot of the contenders are really top heavy right now well I mean but the the front court like to get out of the Eastern Conference you gotta get through Milwaukee and Milwaukee's front court is still really strong they still have all the pieces that were in place they still got Giannis still got Brook Lopez still got Bobby Portis they've still got all the guys that have the potential to give Boston a lot of problems and I go back a couple of years and the Celtics back when they had Rob Williams and they had Grant Williams they were in the mix for Yaka Purdle when San Antonio was trying to deal him they wanted to get Purdle they didn't want to get two first -round draft picks back then but they knew back then when they had you know three you know strong front court guys that they needed one more to get through Milwaukee that was when they made the deal for Mike Mascala and he turned out to be unplayable in the playoffs as well so I have concerns about Boston's front court anything about the predictions hearing concern you or you know stand out to you whether it's the Celtics or somebody else I mean I can admit to the same thing you guys are saying that I was surprised that Boston was tied for first for just you know the team that GM's thought was the most likely to win the whole thing it's really hard for me to look at this roster without wincing just a little bit we all can acknowledge that there's a lot of top and talent in this team there was before the moves they made this summer there is now the Porzingis fit is interesting I think everybody can look at that and say wow that if this works out they can win a title obviously no one's denying that it's just to have him and Horford as your two centers and then Wendy and Gabriel who I really like but I don't think of as necessarily my second or third string center or you know if he's even a center he's like six nine or whatever he is so that's all it's just you know and look I've been critical of the Celtics from the standpoint of you're trading away a lot to get Porzingis if only you're talking about Marcus Smart from the standpoint of you know a backbone a heart and soul obviously a very versatile important defender within that cog that they have defensively so they go get Drew Holliday and I think it does kind of answer a lot of those questions a lot of those criticisms but I just I still wonder a little bit of if now you're doing that and in doing that you give away Robert Williams if it makes you thinner at the spot that I was most concerned about now you know it's center even when they had those three it was kind of a weird hodgepodge of guys that you're not for any reason you're not gonna feel comfortable about whether they can hold up and be healthy the whole year also stylistically if you're missing one of guys it changes the way your offense looks because two of them are guys that can shoot from three one is a guy that's kind of more around the rim and setting screens and stuff like that so anyway I was just a little bit surprised that as we're all acknowledging the potential thinness of this group that they would be a co -favorite here I think the Nuggets still deserve to be the favorite and I personally would probably take the Bucks over the Celtics as a favorite but but all that said you know I don't think there's a runaway team here after the Nuggets I would probably leave them at number one because there was a lot of other stuff that happened between the depth of the Lakers the top end stuff of the Celtics the top end stuff of the Bucks to me when I see that much stuff happening I'm just going to defer to the team that won last year that granted they did lose some things but they have the potential to get better with more continuity of the top end guys that they have that haven't been healthy up until last year so I would you know I was a little bit surprised to see that Boston pulled into a tie with Denver among the GMs well we as we know the Boston media mafia is working over time in these kinds of situations I'm kidding I know it was the GM survey one thing I want to throw out there is in a in kind of a funny twist like the Celtics have had the best Joel Embiid defender over the years in Al Horford and Horford was giving Embiid problems in the semis last year to the point where Tucker had to get in his face and be like bro you need to take this matchup but what does Boston do now in that matchup because if you're playing Horford against Embiid does that mean you're playing Porzingis and Horford together and which of your guards are you keeping off the floor does that mean you keep Derek White off the floor it's kind of an interesting problem they've created for themselves unless they're willing to live with Porzingis on Embiid but that kind of takes away one of the biggest strengths they've had in that matchup over the years yeah is it going to be a challenge for them because Horford has been excellent I mean Embiid he gives him so many problems he clearly has the timing down on Embiid like he does he knows yeah it's fat it's fantastic to watch he pushes him off his spots he's he's just got a lot of you know and maybe some of it's mental too like Embiid's seen him so many times over the years that it's like all right well Al Horford again and you know he's asked about every single postseason he's had great games against Horford don't get me wrong he's played really well at times but it is I have a little surprise guys that the team nobody's really in on the Suns yet seven percent seem a little low for me you know man look I understand maybe Herring you got to give this team time to figure itself out and see if these guys can play together and see if this mix of players can work but you know if that team gets the playoffs fully healthy hard to stop very hard to stop in the postseason no no question I mean you know I watched clips I watched bits of the the game that they played against the Pistons and granted it's the Pistons you know one of the youngest teams in the league but to watch the Suns who you know have just started playing together that you know have 80 points between the first and the third quarter of a road game road opener for preseason there's obviously a lot of potential there offensively I would say that as we talk the things we like and dislike about teams the thinness the depth of these rosters I'm a little bit surprised that the Suns haven't done a little bit more to go out and get a a bonafide point guard I think it's a big granted you have a lot of ball handling on that roster it's not to say you don't and top level guys that can do it but it's a big change to go from having Chris Paul be your point guard and even to have campaign be your backup point guard to then going and just saying we're you know we're going to kind of take the Clippers route to have our forwards handle the ball to have Devin Booker handle the ball again all guys that can do it but these are also guys that you like to just kind of throw in iso situations you don't want to wear them down the whole season of having them handle the ball so I they've added depth and I think they need that they obviously needed it last offseason or I'm sorry last postseason and so they've done well to add to that but I think that they still it would do them well to have even if it's you know I look at something like what the Bulls did they went and got Javon Carter someone that played for the Suns at one point the sort of guy that could really be helpful to this team I also wonder just a little bit just a little and I think I saw some of this in their first preseason game as well Yusuf Nurkic is an interesting fit I think he can do good things for them he's good you know as a playmaker here and there defensively I worry just a little bit about him of how big it seemed like he took in Portland and you know for all the problems Ayton has at times I wonder if he's more nimble defensively and would work better defensively with that team but we'll see we'll see what happens I think that the Suns absolutely could win it they absolutely have the talent and skill to do it I think they have you know a coach that I really like one of my favorites in league and Vogel but I definitely have some questions about them which is why again would still take Denver head and shoulders above everybody else for now I actually am a little bit surprised the Lakers didn't get more picks here as well in this in the survey I maybe would have liked the Suns more before the Nurkic trade I'm just I'm replaying that Denver series in my head and while Landry Shammet was getting a ton of open threes and theoretically that could be Bradley now I mean I look at them as even worse or you know more poorly equipped to slow down the Nuggets than they were last year and while we're on the subject of health I mean Durant you know he missed some time obviously he came back right before the start of the playoffs and looked great at times and I think bookers only continue to improve but I mean there's a health there's a health question mark hanging over them you know as long as Durant is there and I I need to see it I mean there's definitely some exciting moments just watching kind of Beale Booker and Durant take their turns in that preseason game and it's like oh man like they have three guys who can go just iso and get a score seemingly anytime they want but and I'm I'm warming to the Nurkic move more than when it first happened but I really need to see that defense in action for a little while before I can take them seriously as a title contender yeah I think you guys just articulated why they only got seven percent of the vote there's a lot of question marks out there about them until we see them actually come together and play all right we had Nicole Jokic picked up first place in two different categories and I want to talk about both of them first was the player most likely to win the 2023 -24 MVP he got 43 percent of the vote in that category Yanis at number two at 20 percent and then if you were starting a franchise today and could sign any player who would it be he got 33 percent of the vote in in that category Victor Webayama coming in second with 23 percent on the subject of MVP guys let's start there 43 percent of the vote I'm actually shocked it wasn't higher like I thought it would be like 70 percent because not look first he's 28 years old he's in his prime he's durable he's just won a championship he was you know the best player on the best team in the NBA there's no reason to believe he's not going to come in next year and put up comparable or this year put up comparable numbers and I do think that the people that were divided on Nicole Jokic last year are not going to be divided this year the people that were skeptics about his ability to win and use that against him when it came to MVP voting and use that as a reason to vote for Joel Embiid those people aren't going to exist or that feeling isn't going to exist if Nicole Jokic puts up MVP numbers on the guy on the team that is at or near the top of the western conference there is no doubt in my mind he is going to win MVP he is going to get deservedly I think every benefit of the doubt this year when it comes to MVP votes so whether it's you know Embiid, Giannis, Jason Tatum, Luka Doncic I think Jokic is going to get the benefit of the doubt there Herring I think he's going to be by far and away he is by far and away the front runner to win the MVP.
Former Detroit Police Chief James Craig Touts His Senate Bid
"Crime is becoming the number one issue in America. We do not live in a safe country, especially if you just walk the streets in most urban areas. Video after video, the statistics are out of control. We need to do something about it. Joining us now is Chief James Craig. He is running for the Senate in the beautiful state of Michigan and the important state of Michigan. Mr. Craig, welcome to the program. Tell us about your candidacy. I'm excited to be here, Charlie. Thanks for having me on your show. As you probably know, I served in law enforcement for 44 years and had a chance. I started my career in Detroit where I was born. And after being laid off, I went to California and I was with the Los Angeles Police Department for almost three decades. on I went and became the chief at Portland, Maine. A lot of people say, how do you leave Southern California and go to Portland, Maine? Well, that's a good question, but I did it and it was a great experience. And so I stayed there a couple of years and from there I went to Cincinnati and became the chief of police. I stayed a couple of years and in the state of Michigan, Detroit was going through bankruptcy, had an emergency manager and he needed a chief. And they asked me if I wanted to come home and the rest is history. I ended up staying eight years until I woke up one morning and I said, I guess I want to go into politics. And that's how I got started on the journey. As you probably know, I was in the last cycle running for Michigan governor, leading GOP candidate until I got taken off the ballot based on some petition signatures. And after that was over, I thought I was for the most part done with politics. And then people kept saying, you know, you need to run for governor again. And then when Debbie Stabenow left or is leaving, vacated or she's going to be vacant, people said run for the U .S. Senate. So that's where I am. And I think when I look at U .S. Senate compared to governor, it's just so much going on wrong with our country under this administration. You talked about it in your beginning monologue. Crime is out of control. But it is controllable. I'll give you an example. Now, let's talk about 2020, post George Floyd. A lot of cities, major cities were on fire, looting, police, you name it. What's going on in these major cities? Groups of people converge, incited riots. They came to Detroit, too. One big difference though, Detroit didn't burn. There was no looting. There's no rioting. And there's a number of reasons for that. And certainly I can't take all the credit, but certainly I'm a leader who leads from the front. Those who converged on Detroit to wreak havoc knew I was there, knew I was not playing. I had men and women, the police officers who were ready to act when necessary. And then we had a community. And, you know, Detroit's not naive to civil unrest. I remember 1967 riots of Detroit. But Detroiters said, no, you're an outsider. You're not going to come in and burn our city
A highlight from Sean Feucht
"Hey, folks, welcome to the program and to what I like to call Monday. And it's Miracle Monday because it's a miracle we were finally able to get our schedules aligned with our dear friend, Sean Foyt. Sean, welcome back to this program. I like your hat. Thanks. Good to be here. It says, make holiness great again. Yeah. Awesome message. You know, people often say to me that, Eric, I don't know how you do it. You travel, you travel, you're everywhere. I'm doing nothing compared to you. You're significantly younger than I am, but you're bouncing around. You've got a family. In fact, I think you've got several families. You've got a few in different states and stuff, but you honestly, you travel basically nonstop. So a lot has been happening with you, and I want to talk about any of it that you have time to talk about because you're dealing with what we Christians call spiritual warfare, and it's real. It's not something we've invented, but talk about some of the stuff you've been seeing lately because it's unbelievable. Yeah. I mean, well, it's funny because I just got an email actually just now from our production guy, one of our production guys that does all of our, you know, helping us with our sound and our lights and all of our stuff for venues, and Antifa has been using these hidden emails to attack his servers to get all the information on what we spend on all of our events. This is like a normal day, right? And so his team tracked back the emails, and they tracked back to a psychic and Wiccan facility in Portland, Oregon. So anyway, I share that with you because it's true. We are living in a spiritual war. And yesterday I went on live news to talk about this Knott's Berry Farm issue and how this that's place an amusement park that my kids have gone to in Southern California for Halloween this year. They're doing a demonic bondage strip show with I mean, it's pornographic. It's insane. It's they're letting all ages into it. And this is the same location that hosted a love song from the Jesus People movement back in the 70s and 80s. It's the location that hosted revivals. And now it's been let's be clear, Knott's Berry Farms. Now, when I hear that, I kind of think, oh, that's kind of Americana. Yeah, telling me. And again, I say this on this program and everywhere I go, folks, you need to wake up to where we are. This is literally satanic. Knott's Berry Farms is doing something openly evil, as openly evil as you can imagine. It would be like the fever dream of somebody from from 30 years ago, like this is going to happen in the satanic future. And you'd say like, yeah, you're nuts. But Sean, you're telling me that they're doing this. Knott's Berry Farms is why would they do something as openly sick? It's so sick. It's almost unbelievable. Yeah, I mean, it's it's the full on assault on the next generation. I mean, the enemy always, always picks the most vulnerable. You know, he always attacks the weakest. And that's our kids. And of course, you know, I'm passionate about this because I got four kids, ages 13, 11, nine and five. I just finished a book on boldness for teens and preteens like it would basically be my field manual to my own kids for how to how to grow up in this atmosphere and culture. But I think what we're seeing and, you know, the acceleration of the elections, the political climate, the the sexual perversion on overload, the demonic. I mean, this this what's happening in Knott's Berry Farm makes the Sam Smith Grammy show look like child's play. I mean, it is so absolutely grotesque and disgusting. And yet it's happening right down the road, like from where I live. And so anyway, just referencing the spiritual war climate, it's true. It's what we're living in right now. We have to open our eyes. We have to put on the full armor of God. You know, we have to literally return back to the reality that we're facing this every day. And it's only going to increase as we approach next year and the general election. I mean, it's it's it's insane.
A highlight from CXPA Marks CX Day, A Global CX Celebration, Podcast
"This is Doug Green, and I'm the publisher of Telecom Reseller. And I'm very pleased to have with us today, Graham Clark of Amcor CX. Graham, thank you for joining me today. Hey, it's great, Doug. Good to be here. And we also have with us Patty Soltis of Upwork and also of the Florida Network and CXPA. Patty, thank you for joining us. Thank you for having me. I'm delighted to be here. And we have with us once again our friend, Mark Daly, who's helped us with many different things, been involved in many projects and also a co -host at the MSP Expo. Mark, thank you for joining us this afternoon. Always a pleasure, Doug. Great to be here. Well, you know, we were just talking about before the podcast began about this is sort of a pleasure to talk about a fresh topic, at least fresh in the last few weeks. The topic of CX and how, you know, this is such an important issue, actually, for so many of our readers, even if day to day, that's not always the central part of their day job or their mission or what they're thinking about and so on. So we're going to be diving into that. We're going to be talking about CX. We're going to be talking about something called CX day and something called CXPA. But, you know, agreement, Patty, let's first just take a look at what CX means. What do we really mean when we're talking about CX? I would take that, Patty. I would say that. Yeah, I'll take that one. Customer experience, when we talk about that, that's every experience and interaction that a customer has with an organization. It starts from when the customer first realizes or has the awareness of some kind of need or want and goes through that entire cycle, like everything in between, coming out on the other end where hopefully the customers ending up in an advocacy state. It's everything that flows through all of those pieces. It's funny because a lot of people will typecast customer experiences, customer service, or typecast it as the user experience. It's that and everything more. It's the marketing that happens. It's the technology that they use as they go through this. It's the digital contact that they have. It's literally every interaction that that customer has with the organization as they go through that whole customer journey with it. And the thing I always like to add in when I talk about customer experience is the importance that customer experience can have to an organization. Because when an organization is strong in customer experience and they understand how important that customer is to them, they end up with just much better financial results. And the other thing that always gets me about this is when somebody asks me, why is customer experience important? I always want to say to them, because your business can't exist without a customer. Without customers, you don't have revenue. Without revenue, you don't have a business. So it makes perfectly good sense to pay attention to the customer. And it's kind of interesting that it's so obvious and yet, you know, it's, I like what you're saying that you're basically telling me, because it's ubiquitous inside the company, it needs to be ubiquitous and everyone's job inside the company. It sounds like everybody should be thinking about how their work inside a firm or an organization impacts CX. Yeah, that's really true. I've actually seen some other podcasts and speaking engagements and things like that where people, we've played the game where give me a job and I'll tell you how it's connected to CX. Because there is literally every role inside an organization on that customer experience. And that's, you know, some of it's direct, some of it's indirect. Some of it is in how a product is designed. Some of it is in how feedback is taken in. Some of it is in what kind of setting does someone work in. But there is a way to connect every single part and every single person in an organization back to the customer experience. Now, with that said, what is CXPA? Maybe I'll take that. So CXPA is the CX professionals organization. So in addition to customer experience, which Paddy defined, right, which is the customer's perception of how they relate to an organization. There's a thing called CX and CX is or CX management is kind of the discipline. So about 20 years or so. Some people started to put kind of methods and practices around how do you make this CX thing work. And then, of course, 2008, Apple changed the world with the launch of the iPhone and real mobile became a thing and smart apps and social media, I mean, all that stuff. Right. So so CXPA is the global professional organization that sits at the heart is think of us as the IEEE of the CX movement. And so CXPA is an organization that exists globally. We own the most important CX professional certification, the CXP, which Paddy and I are both CXP certified. That's the CX, CXB, what does CXB stand for? Certified customer experience professional. Yes, they get one of those. But it is the most widespread and recognized customer experience certification in the world. And so CXPA's role is to be the gathering place for information, networking, meeting other like minded professionals. We like to say that the CX world is like a cult or religion. And if you believe, you believe. And as Paddy said, you know, fundamentally, companies survive unhappy customers and we all have customer experiences that we rave about. We're raving fans of people. I mean, I'm a raving Amazon fan and Amex is a big fandom of mine in the sense of they're one of my brands. And then we all have customer experiences. We tell our friends about it on the other side, like dealing with our media company about a trouble problem. Or you mentioned this was coming out at the same time as the MGM hack and all the misery that people went through somewhat at the part of the company, somewhat not the company's ability. But people will talk about what happened on their once in a lifetime vacation to Vegas. Right. For a long time to come. And so how do companies recover from that? So CXPA is just the gathering place, the professional association that sits at the heart. We sometimes call it the heartbeat of the CX movement on a global basis. Graham, you actually have CX in the name of the company M -Corp CX. We do. So M -Corp CX is we are a boutique CX consulting company. We were we were founded at what's generally recognized as the birth of the modern CX movement, which is 2002. CX has two birthdays like the king of England or queen of England, king of England now. One is around 1968 when a bunch of crazy marketing people came up with a thing called C -SAT for the American automotive industry. Right. They were called J .D. Power. And that worked very well until a guy by the name of Fred Reichheld in Bain decided C -SAT wasn't a good enough score. And he came up with a thing called net promoter score that people might have heard of thrown around. And Bain created a piece of software, floated that company out as a company called Satmetrics in 2002. And the two other big technology players in the movement, Qualtrics and Medallia were formed at the same time. And then that date is kind of one of those change dates where the last 20 years have been the movement. So in the last five, six, seven years, where every technology company, integrator, agency, BPO consulting company have formed a CX practice. And every company has realized this is a foundational thing that impacts their long term success. You know, most of those companies got into the business the old fashioned way by buying something like us. So in North America, we're the last of the companies. We're about 40 people strong. And so we have been we've been a core part of this of this journey for the last 21 years. And it's certainly an honor to be to be still here fighting the good fight with, for example, a company up there in the northwest where you're from. Microsoft is one of our biggest clients helping Satya Nadella move that company from a product obsession to a customer obsession. Intel, which has a big operation of Portland, we were talking about similarly big client, a lot of pharmaceutical clients, life sciences clients, financial services clients. So we're so it's what we do. We're not just a practice attached to another consulting company who will leave the CX movement the day it becomes not quite so popular. That's the reason and rationale that we exist and all we do. Patty, could you connect the dots for us between Upwork and also the work you do on CX and for CXPA? Sure. So just in case people don't know, Upwork is an online platform at the tech company. And what we do is we match organizations with freelancers. So we are a global organization. We have clients and we have freelancers literally all over the world. What we do inside the organization is we really work on what kind of experience are we providing to our clients and to our freelancers? And this gets connected on many, many levels. There's the the analytics group, there's the product marketing group, there's the user experience and user experience research group. Then there's the customer experience division. And we all co -mingle with each other, taking a look to see what can we do to improve that? The interesting thing is that when successful organizations are working inside a customer experience, what they do is they connect what's happening in that customer experience world and they connect it back to financial metrics. So one of the big things that we do is we take a go in and take a look at what is happening with churn and retention inside the organization. And we will take a look at that piece. Then we'll go in and take a look at what it is the customer saying, what it is that they need. It's called voice of the customer. And we will co -mingle all of that data to come together. And then we can go back to the organization and say, if the platform can do A, B and C, we think retention can improve by X and that will ultimately overall improve our profitability by this much money. So that's really what we do inside the organization. CXPA has been really good. CX has been around for, as Graham said, about 20 years now, but it's still very much a growing field. You look at how long other parts of organizations have been around, things like finance, things like HR, things like marketing, innovation. Those kind of areas have been around a lot longer than the CX division. So the CXPA really comes into pretty much our organization and every organization. And one of the big things they offer is professional development for us. And they offer that through a variety of different things. There's a really great mentor mentee program inside of the CXPA. There's a lot of webinars that are offered. There's the local networks that are out there for people to mix and mingle. And there's an annual event that the CXPA does. So there's a wide variety of different things that organizations can become involved with, inside the CXPA to help that development grow and to really help use CX as a tool to drive the organization. So Mark, you have had a front row seat for a long time in sort of both worlds, in the technology world and the CX world in large and small companies. You've with worked firms to try to organize both sides of that house to work together better and to have better outcomes. So what can you tell us about what this all looks like from the point of view, especially of the IT people that we reach? Sure, I appreciate that, Doug. Yeah, so I've got a technical background, former engineer, but also former sales manager, professional services consultant, that type of world. And one of the reasons why we're here today is I met these folks at the Florida CXPA and was very intrigued because customer experience to me has been around a long time. And using technology and doing it the right way gives that great experience to keep that customer for a long time. And we used to call it the lifetime value of a customer. And if you work with big, bold and old companies like I have in my career, some of the larger ones, they look at generational value of a customer. So not only did I capture you as a client and a customer, I'm now focused on your children as a customer. So I've been with the same insurance company for 40 years. My three children use the same insurance company as I do. And so it was a natural transition. Not all companies have that culture of CX. And so when I saw the advertisement on LinkedIn for Florida CX having a local meeting, I jumped on board and I was fortunate enough to that white paper that I did on AI last February, that was read by several people. So these kind folks asked me to present on AI and really around the customer support, autonomous support using AI. And we just did that a couple of weeks ago. And so I'm very much a big proponent of what they're doing. There's a CX day globally that's happening. I think it's on Tuesday, October 3rd. And these are the reasons why I want to introduce you to these guys, because it's all about the customer. And I learned that early on in my career. And they're the ones that pay you. Your managers come and go. It's about the customer. So I was at the point one time in my career, we used to use a secret shopper and we would call up an agent, not to try to trick them to try to get valid answers, but record the conversation. And then sometimes it was a horrible conversation. They just were not prepared correctly enough. But then I would play that for an executive in the company and I would say, OK, this is how your current state. Imagine technology. This is what it would be like using technology and IVR, for example. And there's a lot of different ways to use technology. And I mentioned AI a moment ago, but there's a lot of different ways to use technology to enhance the customer experience. And that's what I'm all about. So I'll turn it back to you. Thank you for inviting me. No, no. You know, this is the type of thing that I'm hoping to facilitate with this podcast that to connect. They're not necessarily separate worlds, but I think in large companies, they're often separate divisions, people reporting to separate organizations and getting it to work together. Patty made a marvelous point about it being really every or every person in the organization from the newest hire all the way up to the CEO. You know, whether you're washing the windows or or, you know, running the accounting or whatever you're doing, even if it's not customer facing, you're facing the customer. It seems to me, so, you know, so with that said, you know, I want to hear, you know, from from you guys, you know, we have we have a large community of carriers and companies out there that serve certain types of customers. The relationship has always been very stable, but it hasn't been poor. But they're now having to make a transition to probably a more customer facing, more active role in talking to their customer and new technologies, new things, introducing new connectivity and so on. And maybe you guys could tell me a little bit about how do you make that transition to to making sure CX remains there as you roll out, roll out the new technologies and the new products? That's a really interesting question, Doug, because a lot of people for a lot of people, it's a shiny object when a new technology of some sort comes along. And the most important thing that an organization can do is look at what is their strategy and how does the technology fit into their strategy? And the unfortunate part is that what most organizations do is they do it the other way around. There's something out there. It's a new, bright, shiny object and everybody wants to have it. But how does it fit inside the organization? And it's really important for organizations to be aware of what customer experience can do for them. I read a study recently and it said that 80 percent of customers will stay with an organization when they have a good customer experience. Eighty six percent of customers will leave an organization after one poor experience. There's a lot at risk there. I loved listening to Mark talk about the 40 years that he's been with his insurance company and now his children are part of. And that's what organizations should be striving for. It's a pretty well -known number. It costs five times more to acquire a customer than it does to keep a customer. So for an organization to be able to do what Mark's insurance company has done, that's really pretty valuable to an organization. So when you're looking at those technology pieces and you're considering how are you going to leverage A .I., how are you going to really make that part of your organization? You have to look at how does it fit in your company's strategy? How does it fit in how you're going to acquire and retain customers and really drive that customer experience? That's a slightly different spin on that, which I agree with everything you said. So thinking about, you know, the telecom reseller audience. Right. I mean, I come out of that world. Here's working with cable and wireless AT &T. I built I built a telecom reseller, which was a partner with AT &T and SBC and Verizon and Cisco and a boatload of other people supporting small businesses. And so thinking about it from a company in that market, bringing bringing new technology to market rather than inside. So the absolute foundational essence of customer experience is to understand your customer. And one of the biggest challenges that organizations that we work with from from tiny companies, like I mentioned, Guadalupe Valley Telecommunications down in southern Texas, amazing organization, very much a rural telecommunication provider to huge companies that we work with is how they manage. Customer change and customer expectation change. So one of the biggest challenges a lot of companies have got, Mark, you mentioned being with the same insurance carrier for 40 years. When you turn that on the insurance company, one of the things a lot of companies struggle with is that their customers changed in those 40 years. I mean, look at demographic shifts in the United States. Right. We're eight to 10 years away from being a non -primarily white nation. Right. Those things matter when you're a company trying to do business. So understanding the changing expectations of your customers that one day after Apple makes their new iPhone announcement a few weeks ago, everybody's running in going, why can't you do this? Amazon does this. Everybody's like, why can't you do this? And so and you're, you know, Gen Z is acting differently to your baby boomers. So customer personas, customer segments are becoming much more segmented. And you need to think about how do you deliver that magical, personalized experience to that customer as they change. An example of one of our clients over the years who's a retailer that I won't mention because they let us is one of the things they saw happening was the aging of the population. So they sell a lot of electronics products. And so they realized that their customers who used to be, you know, 30 year old, mostly nifty guys to be brutal about it 30 years ago. Right. Who were into the tech stuff are now 60. Right. And they're trying to figure out what to do with their smart TV that's on the wall that they have integrated with FaceTime on their Apple iPhone so they could talk to their grandkids on the other side of the country. And it don't work. Right. And so how do you service that? So I think understanding how your customers are changing, how their expectations are changing and how do you bring all the components to the table to serve that and then really getting into the telecom world. Right. Some of these things are foundational. Companies are focused on the nifty self -service chatbot leveraging chat, GPT, whatever other words you can come out of. Guess what happens when the phones don't work? When the customer can't get through, when the hold time is inadequate. Right. When the IVR scripting in a medical business takes you through nine options before they say, by the way, if you're having an emergency dial 911 as the seventh or eighth or ninth option as opposed to the first one. Right. So so things like, you know, voice and even the other types of telecom interaction and the connectivity and the service and quality of service are absolutely foundational to a company even having a hope of doing all these more esoteric things. And so smart companies recognize how their customers are changing, recognize what their customers want, including things like different languages of service. Right. We have a bank that basically 25 percent of their calls are now answered in non -English languages. Portuguese for Brazilians, Russians for Russians, Spanish. Right. And Indian, I mean, in Hindi for us, they have to service customers because that's what their customers want. So I think starting with the who is the customer? What does the customer want? How's that changing? And then how do you use what you have as a company in order to connect with those customers as they change and drive those segments is really the essence. And that is not easy to do, but it is straightforward and it is basic and it is, you know, eat your vegetables, exercise, don't drink too much, don't smoke. Right. And you will live a relatively long and hopefully relatively happy life. And I think CX is a lot like that. Telecom means everything to us. We can't exist without it. Good point. It's all digital. Everything's digital. It's all bonding together.
A highlight from S13 E16: Oliver: Writer, Producer, and Novelist Spotlight
"Hello, welcome to The Loney Show. I'm your host, John Mayolone. In this episode, don't have regulars, because raisins, as always, unfortunately. As for our guest, he's from Portland, Oregon, currently living in Los Angeles, California, and he is a film producer. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Oliver Tutill Jr. Well, thank you, Peter. It's actually Ted Hill Jr. But thanks for having me on your show. I'm excited to be here. Anytime. So, how's life? It's good. It's really exciting. I love the film business. I've been in the business for quite a while. And it's very exciting meeting different people, talking to different producers, actors, filmmakers, editors, composers, business financing. It's all very exciting. You meet a lot of very interesting people that are very involved in their work and are very creative. Ah, very good. And have you been up to much recently? Yeah, we've been pretty busy. My company's name is Cinema Development and Writing Services. And my business partner is Tara Walker. And what we do is, when we started out, we've had our business about a year now. And anybody that's curious, they can just go to cinema wds .com. That's our website. And what we do is, we work with novelists, and we adapt their novels into screenplays. And then once we've adapted them into screenplays, we've been asked by our clients to, well, can you place this with Hollywood companies? And we said, well, yeah, we probably can, you know, we weren't doing that. We're primarily focused on writing, but we started packaging, which means that we started putting together like a deck of electronic brochure that shows the actors we thought might be good for the role, and what the director is. And then we present it to different production companies, different producers and finance companies in Los Angeles, and sometimes in New York as well. Okay, very nice. And what inspired you to start all that? Well, I think I started out in the business, and so did Tara, we were both actors. And we enjoyed that. But it's, it's very, very tough. Getting regular work as an actor, you go through good times, and then there's these long stretches where you don't have much work. And so we said, Well, how can we get more involved in business? And so we both decided, well, why don't we become producers? So Tara started her own production company years ago called Alpenfest films. And then I started, I started out making a production company called Autumn Tree Productions, where I, at that time, this was in the late 1980s, I pretty much focused on making educational films, and actually was pretty much on emotional child abuse. And I did that for 10 years, I had a lot of success. A lot of my films, educational films are used in universities and colleges and many institutions. And after doing that for 10 years, I wanted to segue over into doing commercial motion pictures and, and documentaries. So I started a company called Bluewood films. And under that name under that company, I produced quite a few films and documentaries and pleased to say that some of them are on streaming platforms now where people can can see them. I just have my newest release was just last month. It's called Crazy Horse of Life, featuring Russell Means, the late Nakoda actor who did very well. Right, then. Very good. And have you ever considered like, releasing any of your work on an international level? Yes, I mean, Crazy Horse of Life is available internationally. They can definitely time to be TV so anybody can go to to be TV and anywheres in the world basically and watch it for free. It's ad supported. And then we've got another film called the right to bear arms, which is a dramatic crime feature starring john savage. And that's available on Amazon Prime and Amazon freebie and also on to be TV. And we've got another film that's distributed internationally. It's also on to be TV. It's called the Loch Ness Monster of Seattle and it features Graham Green, the Academy Award nominated actor from Dances with Wolves. It's been doing very well. My distributor is very pleased. He just sent me a letter the other day and he said how happy is that how well it's doing. So those those three films are available now. We've got new ones that are going to be coming out later this year. We're excited about. Wow, fantastic. So where would you see yourself 20 years from now? Well, that's a good question. And 20 years is a long time. But I would say in 20 years, I'd probably see myself and Tara, my business partner, our own company now, but probably producing eight to 12 motion pictures a year. Also, I'm a composer too. So I probably, I haven't been doing my composing recently, but I've, I've scored a lot of motion pictures and documentaries. And it's a matter of fact, Crazy Horse of Life. The score I did that score and I did actually I wrote the score years ago, but it's used in this big feature now and I scored the movie right to bear arms as well. So but 20 years, I want to still be producing movies and helping actors and helping create jobs for people that work in the industry. You badly because they can't get work. Yes, of course. So I want to provide jobs for people. And also, I'm a novelist as well. And I hope to have a few more novels released. I just had my first novel released by awesome Achilles publishers, which is their home offices in London. So it's definitely an international release. And it's called when the sunlight goes down, goes dark, excuse me, when the sunlight goes dark. And it's about a young, young boxer living in Los Angeles, who has to deal with unscrupulous promoters. And one of the one of the supporting characters in the book is a man from England who who wins one of the heavyweight titles. It's also a book that it also covers worker exploitation, family dysfunction, spousal Okay, fantastic. Yeah, let me just mention, Peter, that people can look at it to go to the website for the book. It's when the sunlight goes dark .com. That's the website for the book. And it's also available on amazon .com and Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, any bookstore, you go into any reputable bookstore, and they can order it for you. All right, then very good. So in terms of your written work, besides what, besides the novels you've just written, are there any more novels you're yet to write or have released? I do have one novel. It's called primordial division. I'm searching for the right agent to rep it. It's kind of a crime horror novel. It's also set in Los Angeles in the 1970s and 1980s. And it's about a woman who has the ability to see the future. She's kind of one of these mind readers and the kid, the male protagonist is able to, he's got the power of telepathy. Very good. And it's set in the context of the entertainment industry. Oh, nice, nice. What could you give a 40 minute presentation on without any preparation? I'm sorry, say that again, Peter, a 14. What could you give a 40 minute presentation on without any preparation? Oh, a 40 minute presentation? I could give it on, definitely, I could probably give it on, I made educational films for 10 years. So I could do on an education, I could do one on the film business. They cover all the aspects of the film business from development to pre production to production to post production, exhibition and distribution. I could do that for you. I've been in the music business since I was a kid. So probably give you a one on that as well. So, okay, very good. What which recent news story have you found most interesting? That's a really great question. The recent most recent news story that I found the most interesting probably would be what's going on with our climate and what's happening to the earth in regards to the climate crisis that's happening in the world today. That's that's one of them, I guess I know it's a big topic, but it definitely stands out. I'm also fascinated by what's going on in American politics today, who's running for president and what's going on in Congress in the Senate. And I'm also very concerned with the state of our country, you know, and how divided people are and how unhappy so many people are. Yeah, absolutely. I was gonna also say to my friends who are very struggling because they have kids, and it's hard for them to get daycare for the kids. So I have one friend, she had to give up work because she, she couldn't afford to hire a babysitter or a nanny or daycare. So yeah, she had to give up her job. Oh, no, that's just sad. Very sad, very sad, the income inequality in this, in the United States. I'm not an expert in your country, but in the United States, it's very sad to see so many people that are divided by class. Wow, I thought the UK was bad. I didn't know that the US has got bigger problems given its size. Yeah, there's a lot of problems. Definitely. We've seen the erosion of the middle class here. You know, it's been kind of disappearing for years. And the income inequality that exists in this country, it's pretty bad. And as well as you know, there was a, I was watching, I was watching News Nation the other night and the big story presented by Chris Cuomo, who's an interesting newscaster, whose brother to his brother to the former governor. And he his top story was these kids that these babies, basically, the toddlers and daycare that died from fentanyl overdoses. And he's all over that. And I'm thinking, yeah, that's, that's tragic. But a lot of people don't want to address what's happening kids into this country, they have many kids suffer from abuse, and how they it's very difficult for them to thrive and survive become and constructive citizens. That that puts something into the country that helps it grow more. Yeah, absolutely. You know, I can share one thing with you, I used to be a teacher. And I taught drama at a film school and a college, as well as film production. And I had a class, this is in Seattle, Washington. And I had a class where I had a quite quite a number of kids that were African American. And I'll never forget this, Peter, because like, they would come to class, sometimes the girls would be crying and go, what's wrong? She go, Well, Joey got killed last night. He said, What are you talking about? She goes, Yeah, Joey, you know, he got on the top of he got on the roof of Dan's car and Dan shot him to death. I said, Oh, you don't read about that in the paper. And then then another day, a girl came into class, she was weeping. I said, What's the matter? And she's when my sister was killed last night. I said, Well, what happened? She said somebody shot to her living room window, and she was killed. You don't read about it in newspaper. Just people don't know about that. Exactly. Yes, indeed. It's the media these days, they only want to show what they really want to show. They don't show the important stuff that goes on like poverty, financial crisis or things that impact a lot of people in this world. Absolutely correct. Yes, you're right, Peter. They don't know it's funny, funny because Chris, it's not funny, but I found it interesting. Chris Como mentioned one night on his show on news nation, he, he mentioned that people don't want to talk about class warfare in this country, you know, what's going on between the classes between the wealthy and the poor, or the struggling lower middle class, you get an idea of it. And now with all the strikes that are going on, you get the writers Guild of America on strike. You've got the screen actors Guild that's going on strike. Now you've got the United Auto Workers going on strike, and it's getting bigger, that strikes growing. And if that strike goes all out, it's going to, it's going to play havoc on the economy here. Yeah, absolutely. What do you disagree with most frequently? What do I disagree with most frequently? Probably people that say everything's going to be great. You know, you just have to hang in there. And also, I find myself disagreeing a lot with financial advisors who say, just, you know, keep it where it is, you know, don't sell, just stay steady, keep your bonds, 40 % bonds or 60 % bonds, 40 % stock or 40 % bonds, 60 % stock. I disagree a lot with financial advisors. Not that I'm an expert in finance, but I'm fascinated by it. I read about it. Absolutely. How much time do you spend on the internet? How much time do I spend on the internet? A fair amount, because I do a lot of research on the internet. And while I'm something to do research on something particular, then then you find, wait a minute, I've got to have to research this more. Then you find yourself going to another page, finding more things to read about. And then you realize you're going to be searching even more on the internet. So and to be honest with you, I spend so much time on the internet as it is on zoom calls. I'm tired of looking at the internet. I prefer reading books. So I read a lot of books. But I've got to use the internet a lot to do research. You know, especially I work with a lot of people that I've got to find out what their background is, you know, in the film business, and the financial business. So I do spend an enormous amount of time on the internet. I imagine you, you do yourself, I'm sure. Oh, yeah, absolutely. Hours upon hours. Yeah, it's a it's a necessity. It's a necessity today without a without a cell phone or computer. It'd be very difficult to survive. I do know some folks in their 70s and 80s. They don't use computers, they don't use cell phones. I do know one young guy who doesn't use a cell phone, but that's very unusual. But it's very hard to survive. I couldn't stay in business if I couldn't use a computer and cell phone. Oh, yes. Sure. It's the same for you. Yeah, of course. The internet is such a necessity. It's part of our lives, in a way. Absolutely. Yes. It is. It's built in. And you read about these kids, you know, they get addicted to their cell phones and computers. And there's so many psychologists that predict they're gonna have trouble with their personal relationships in looking at a screen. They don't spend time in person a lot. I don't know how that'll play out, but it makes sense in a lot of ways. What a world filled with clones of you, what would a world populated by clones of you be like, a world populated by I'm sorry, what what would a world populated by clones of you be like? You mean point of view? And a world populated by clones of you? What would it be like? Oh, clones of me? Yes. Okay, what would I think it would probably be a pretty peaceful world. To be honest, I don't think there'd be any wars, I think war would end. I think children would, we'd set up some type of educational system and change some values in the government in the country so that kids don't get abused, that parents are afforded the education and the training, starting in high school. Probably actually, I take that back, starting in grammar school. How to parent, how to treat other human beings, learning about themselves, becoming self intelligent, learning emotional intelligence, understanding their emotions. And growing up to be citizens that are productive and have empathy for other people. And if this happened, we could, I believe we could end this may sound naive, but I do think we could end poverty in this country. But there's no will to do that. There's no will to help kids because children can't vote. And they're not members of political action committee. So I would, I would make sure that their political action committee is available for children. I would allow children at a certain age if they can show that they have some knowledge about the political system, to have a say in voting, to see who represents them. And I believe with education, and with treating people well, with respect and compassion, having people trained for the type of work that they want to do, that poverty could could be eliminated. And so there are a lot of clones to me, there would be no more wars. And there would be a lot less suffering in the world. Yeah, that sounds that sounds like a very good reason. Thank you. Welcome. What's Education is the key. Education is the key and law. The merging of law and education. And again, unfortunately, the people in power, the bureaucrats and politicians don't have the will or the desire to bring about the needed changes. Yeah, it's so sad. What is your favorite quote? Yes. And probably, I guess it's a quote that is on my mind a lot now, because it's a quote I used to open my novel when the sunlight goes dark about the boxing family in Los Angeles, and the quote is, Oh, pardon me, thou bleeding piece of earth, that I am so meek and gentle with these butchers. And it originally that quote is taken from William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar when Mark Anthony is standing over the dead body of Julius Caesar and Caesar has been assassinated. by members of the Senate. And he's bemoaning the fact that he's so meek and gentle with these butchers because he's kind of going along with them at the time. And it's just a quote that just stands out to me because I've used it in my book because I my books about worker exploitation in one way because a lot of these boxers are exploited. And a lot of them end up in not very good shape. Because people aren't looking out for him. So I guess for today, that's my favorite quote. I mean, I have others too. But I guess for today, that's the one that would be my favorite. All right. Very good. And I could you could use that metaphorically, too. I mean, the sense that, you know, Oh, pardon me, you know, why aren't the people that are running the government trying to help the people? Yes, that's a very good question. I'm sure you've run into very similar situations in England. Oh, yeah, absolutely. Absolutely. All the time. What's improved your wife quality so much? You wish you did it sooner? I'm sorry, Peter, you have to say that one more time. All right. What improved your life quality so much? You wish you did it sooner? well, Oh, I would I would say I spent a lot of time in therapy. I came from a very dysfunctional family. I suffered a lot of abuse, I was put into a private boarding school where kids got regularly beaten very badly. One of the lucky ones, really, I never suffered any permanent physical injury. But I think if I hadn't gone into therapy, and I was in therapy for decades, I'd say that probably the key to my being a functioning productive adult today, that in a book I read, called compassion and self hate, written by Theodore Isaac Rubin, that book changed my life. I never thought a book could change my life, but that one did. Yeah, of course. That and of course, if you're going to be successful, you have to you have to work hard, you have to know where to put your effort, you have to work hard and you have to think smart. I mean, that old saying about if you work hard, everything will fall into place is not necessarily true. I've known, I've had guy friends that have worked hard all their lives, and they've got nothing. Yeah, absolutely. So you got to work smart, as well as hard. Yes. But the more success you realize, it just adds to your happiness and your fulfillment. Yeah, of course. But people need the basic necessities have to be taken care of. You got to have clothes, you got to have proper shelter, you got to have decent physical health. I don't think I've ever met anyone that's happy if they haven't had good physical health. Yeah, of course. How did you spend your last birthday? Well, my last birthday, I had dinner with my business partner and my best friend, Tara Walker. We went to a really nice restaurant down on the beach, had a great dinner. And then went home and watched a really great movie. And it was a great day. And you know, I talked to a lot of friends and family too. I got a lot of calls. Okay. That's cool. It was fun. Oh, yes. It was quite a time. Yeah. You like birthdays? Yeah, I like birthdays. It's pretty cool, I guess. It's funny. I was just reading about Jimmy Carter, you know, the former President of the United States who is a president. And he's going to be turning 99 here in a couple days. And someone called him up, one of his family members said, I wanted to wish you a happy birthday. And he said, that's, that's not real good. I'm not really excited about this birthday. I didn't know you even make this far in his life. Yeah, he's going to be 99 years old. And you know, he's been in hospice for seven months. Everyone thought he was going to pass in about two or three weeks and he's still going. Madness. Amazing man. Absolutely. We could use a young Jimmy Carter today. That's for sure. Uh huh. Yeah. That'll be something. It would be. Yeah. Yeah. What's the best way to start the morning? The best way to start the morning is to eat a good breakfast. I know so many people that don't eat breakfast. They have health problems, they're overweight. And I don't mean starting breakfast, you know, eating junk food. You gotta eat something healthy for you. Eat something healthy. Write down the things you need to do today if you have to make a list. Yeah, it helps me a lot before I go to bed to write it to do this. So when I wake up in the morning, I know exactly what I got to do. And I got to feel the body first. You got to take care of the body. I have a friend of mine who's, he had a stroke and he's in the hospital now. He can't barely move. And, you know, he, he didn't have the right diet and he's still a fairly young man. It's very tragic. So feel the body and feed it well. Yeah, absolutely. I'm sure you know, because I could tell you put a lot of hours on your show. Oh yeah. It's, it's quite a process, but it's definitely worth it. Yeah, it's enjoyable. Yeah, sure is. If you could travel back in time, what would decade you want to live in? There's so many decades I would love to live in. There's so many centuries I'd love to live in. It's really hard to pick one, but if I had to pick one, I'd probably say the early 1960s. Sixties? That's pretty cool. Yeah, that's when Muhammad Ali came on the scene and that's when the Beatles came on the scene. To me, that's, I think we'll never see the likes of the Beatles or Muhammad Ali again. Yeah. So one of a kind, they always say. Yeah, but I, believe me, Peter, I'd love to live, I could go back to ancient Rome and be fascinated. Of course, your life expectancy wasn't very long. Oh yeah. Cause Sanitary wasn't up there and the advancement technologies got in the way. Yeah. Everything's like, ugh. I would love to live the life of a Plains Indian in 1840. I think that would be fascinating. It's freedom that people can barely conceive of today. And what a great, got the kids, Indian children back in those days, man, talk about having a great childhood. Yeah, absolutely. And that is all we have for this episode. It was great having you on Oliver talking about your works. You're welcome. And until next time, stay tuned for more.
A highlight from Part 2: Zach Wilsons Alive, Belichicks in Trouble, Buffalos Cruising, and Week 5 Lines With Cousin Sal
"All right. So we're taping part one here. It is a little past 4 o 'clock Pacific time. Just watch the Pats completely shit the bed. We're not going to talk about that. That'll be part two. Part one. Ryan Russilla was here. We're talking Drew Holiday. The big trade. How is the NBA different for you right now, and are we done? Do we finally have the 30 rosters? Is this what we're looking at? Do we know who's going to be on everybody's team, or are we somehow not done? I never think we're done anymore in the NBA, and I know you're being a gracious host here, but you and I talked for five minutes today. I think you have the headline take on this, okay? I think you have the headline take on what the top of the league looks like. Are you ready to share it this early? I think Boston has the best top six. I did not feel that way 24 hours ago. I did not feel like there was a clear best. I trust this team in crunch time, and if Porzingis stays healthy, which is a huge if, I think they have the best six, and they can fill around, and they have the most ways that they can play whoever in the series. So from that vantage point, you had to do the trade. And they gave up a center who has been hurt every single year, and I don't fully trust that he's ever going to be out there when it matters. Brogdon, who was hurt, who was mad at the team, and two picks. And you get Drew Holliday, who was a 2021 Finals hero, who's one of the best defensive guards in the league, who's still really good, and just raises their ceiling. Now you can go white Holliday, Tatum Brown, and a center at crunch time, and you're good. You can switch on almost everything, especially if you get anything from Horford. So were you similarly enthused? Yeah, I love Drew. There's some stuff with his shooting in the playoffs where it's been pretty bad, or you're like, is that just because you can't make shots at the playoffs, or is it just what happened statistically? I mean, it does happen. I mean, if I'm getting the negative parts out of the way, like, yeah, sure, he's a little bit older. The big situation is a huge question mark. I can't believe what they got from Horford last year. So I don't know if you can just pencil that in, because he was way beyond expectations, at least for me, or for what I had for him. But when you can add Drew for those pieces, and I'm with you, when Rob Williams is right, it's really, really nice. But you can even tell when he's out there, you're like, is something wrong with him again? The number of times that I've watched Rob Williams in Celtics games, I'm like, I know he's out there, but wait, something. And every time, I thought Marcus Smart was trying to end his career with some of those Valley U passes, depending on how he lands, like, wait, is this going to be the last one we ever see from him? So to me, it makes a lot of sense. By the way, on that Rob point, my dad texted me after the trade, he's like, oh, I hate giving up Rob. I'm like, you complained about Rob more than anybody I know in my life. You would text me from the games going, oh, Rob's just off in the, Rob just walked in the tunnel again. I don't know what happened. I like just Brian Barrett had a tweet, 32 games, 29 games, 52 games, 61 games, 35 games. Those are Rob Williams' last five years. It just wasn't reliable enough for a team that's trying to win a title. I interrupted you. No, you didn't, because it's a it's a really good point, because what's going to happen? I mean, you know, it's just there's there's definitely like if Prozingis is hurt, it feels like the whole thing is screwed up and there's a really good chance that that could happen. But if you're talking about like the allocation of minutes and the talent that's getting those minutes, well, the talent that's getting those minutes just went up with Drew Holiday. And that's, I think, the simplest way to look at it. So they they turn Marcus Smart and Grant Williams and Brogdon and Rob Williams into Drew Holiday and Prozingis, more Derek White minutes, more Peyton Pritchard minutes. And then there's a little bit of an X factor with who's going to be like that ninth man, tenth man, kind of big four slash five person, maybe, or somebody you trade like that. I feel like that's the easiest position to pick up in January and February. The big thing for me is I think White was ready for a bigger role. I think White and Holiday together is magnificent as a as a backcourt. And I read some stuff today. They think White's going to come off the bench. I don't know if I see that. I think I would come out of the gates with White and Holiday and Tatum and Brown in the center and maybe bring to your Horford point, like maybe bring Horford off the bench and try to really try to rest his minutes during the season and be careful with him and make him a bench player. And then the playoffs reassess. But I think that having those four guys all together, they complement each other so well. You can play basically any kind of defense against any perimeter guy in the league. Those four guys and they're just better. I mean, there's there's just no way around it. They're better. He's a much better player than Marcus Smart was last year. And you know, you made that point about the shooting. He'd have those games. He'd go 5 for 22 in a playoff game. You know, he'd eat. But I do feel like he was asked to do a little bit more than maybe what he's supposed to be doing. I don't feel like he's a pure point guard. Right. Now you have White who can handle most of the ball handling. He could play off the ball and they're going to get the best version of him. Awesome locker room guy, too, by all accounts. I mean, really like a beloved teammate wherever he went. And I think they wanted to change the chemistry a little bit. I think this was an unhappier team than maybe they led on to the outside world last year. Yeah. Look, I definitely like him more than Smart. And you know, to be totally fair, when I'm looking at like the Lillard side of this trade last week before we knew the second piece of Drew and upgrading from Drew to Lillard, I'm going, OK, well, now you're top two in Milwaukee's like in the argument for the best two in the NBA. OK, that's that's really what this league has been about now post the teens decade where it was the arms race for your top three. It's you look around the league, you go, OK, who's got the two best? Like, let's come up with the five teams who have the two best. And with Lillard and Giannis, that's like a whole nother level. So when I was looking at it, it's like Lillard compared to Drew, you know, Drew is not somebody you're expecting to break down a defense off the dribble. Right. Oh, we're stuck into the shot clock, like make something happen where Lillard can literally do anything right in the final second of the shot clock and still you feel like it's still a decent look. So that part of it's a huge upgrade. But he's number three to four as far as an offensive option. He also and I don't know, this is just me talking out loud as I thought about the trade. It's pretty clear that when Boston's offense gets into trouble in the playoffs, like Tatum and Brown haven't figured out a way to kind of unlock it other than just like I can already picture my head like I know what the Tatum move is going to be. I already know what the Jaylen Brown move is going to be. And I don't know if Smart was able to make their life easier with the playmaking. And then sometimes I even think Smart would go like, well, if you guys are going to screw around, like I might just I might just be green light on this possession. I don't think Drew necessarily plays that way. So, you know, it's probably silly for me to think that like Drew is going to be the Steve Nash type who comes in and sets up all these great late playoff possessions. But there may be something in lessening the burden of those guys feeling that they have to do or defaulting to just forcing the issue as much as they do in the playoffs. I like how much ball handling they have, to your point, because they were talking about experimenting a little bit more with Tatum as a point forward this year, which makes me nervous a little bit just because, you know, he's six foot nine. I'm not sure that's the best use of him, but they seem pretty adamant. Like we feel like he could be a little bit more of a creator. And then you think White can do that. To me, White is the key to this season now, because if, you know, other than the Porzingis health thing, which I almost I'm going to knock on wood, but part of the reason they made all this movement and they got rid of Brogdon and Smart was I think they really wanted to push White to be the lead ball handler for them and a creator. And there's some unbelievable pick and roll stats with him. And just if certain people set him a pick in the way, even in the Miami series, he was one of the only guys who could create offense. So I think they have that plus they have Drew. And the reality is for Drew, this is this might be the deepest offensive team he's been on. Right. When you think back to like it was on some pretty weird Philly teams and some pretty weird New Orleans teams, and even when Milwaukee was at its best, it was really just Giannis, Middleton and Drew. And that was it. This is there's more shooting and playmaking around him than I think we've seen. Maybe it'll be a slight upgrade on the flip side. He doesn't have Giannis, who was the second best player of the century, probably, but I like the spot for him. It seemed like he really wanted to go to a contending team and I don't really know who they were competing against because for reading through some of the reports, it just seemed like Philly. I don't even know what the trade was for them. Portland wanted at least one piece back, probably two that they could do their keeper package. They wanted picks back. Golden State wasn't even in it. And it didn't seem like OKC ever threw their hat in the ring, which I was shocked by because I felt like OKC was the sleeping giant of this whole thing with Dort and some picks and just say, fuck it, let's let's see if we can be really good this year. So it seemed like it was down to Boston. The Clippers, they just had more assets. I don't know if Portland keeps Rob. He's on a good contract. They already have Ayton. My guess is that they're probably spinning him. Does it make sense that both of those guys? My sense is they're going to try it out, you know, but, you know, the thing with Rob is like, if you think he's an awesome defensive player that's just out there, like he's awesome when he's used a certain way. And once Boston unlocked that two years ago, where they stuck him on a non shooting big and then you could see other teams adapt to it, it's like, well, let's stop giving them an out where Rob can just roam off of this dude that's not a shooting threat, because I think that, you know, this is just going to turn into like now that he's not here. But I mean, have you listened to us talk about Rob Williams at all last couple of years? He you know, I don't I don't think he's I know what the defensive metrics are. I know the on off stuff. It's a big reason why I think the analytics models always love Boston. Like sometimes you look at him and be like, hey, I think this team's good, but like these numbers are overwhelming. This is like, yeah, it's it's so far like as if there's this huge gap between Boston and everybody else, which I never really felt going back these last two years. But you're if Chauncey Billups and you think like, OK, Rob Williams is going to go out there and like wreak havoc, it's like, well, he has to be used a certain way. So maybe they feel like that's in defensive support to Aiten. And with Aiten, you know, I have I'm not quite sure what to expect. Well, this is the one thing he's probably going to put up huge numbers because he's not going to have older dudes that have a higher status in the league that go, I'm sick of passing it to you. So he's probably going to get more touches. We'll probably see like early Aiten numbers and like twenty to ten for the first six weeks of the season. Yeah, I'm with you. Yeah. Like he'll he'll he'll put up some big numbers there. But, you know, defensively, it's really about his competitiveness because there were times I think going back two years ago when we were thinking about him with that run of the Suns, the finals, you're like, look at this guy. Like he can switch out on the smaller players. You can rotate. But it's all about the way he's wired. And I think long term, unfortunately, like we already kind of know the answer there. Like I don't think all of a sudden now you start playing with some fierceness after being in the league this long. So he was the fifth option on that team and there seemed to be real resentment toward him in that whole Phoenix culture of like, why doesn't he just realize we don't need his offense? We need him to basically rebound and block shots and crash the offensive boards. I think his attitude was probably twenty five years old. I want to be the best player I can be. I already went to a finals. I don't that's not I think I could do more than that. So I don't I don't think anyone was necessarily wrong. As I said, on my Thursday pot, I just hated the trade for Phoenix. I just thought they got the poopoo platter back. You know, they got some some some spare ribs back and a couple of egg rolls and and that's it. But they did not get an entree back. And I think he's an entree on the right team, whether he's a guy that made sense for them. I don't know. But I know that they didn't get a good haul for him. I think Rob, for his contract, for what his talents are, is a really intriguing piece for them or for another team, because you could trade for him. And it's not like a daunting salary. Right. I think he's in what is what is it, like 15 a year or something like that? No, it's a really good. Yeah. I mean, it was a really low cost extension and he's still a pretty young guy. Yes, so.
A highlight from A Dame Trade Deep Dive With Ben Thompson, Plus Seth Meyers and Million-Dollar Picks
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We did the big chill. It was very, very exciting. I have Kyle Brandt coming on Monday's podcast. I'm just gonna tell you the movie now because it is gonna be the best moment of your weekend if you spent two hours watching this classic. We're doing Toy Soldiers. It really brings everything possible to the table. So if you wanna watch it ahead of time, there it is. That podcast is going up Monday night. If you wanna hear stuff about the debate, we have Tara Paul and Mary's podcast, Somebody's Gotta Win. That reacted to it as well as the press box with Brian Curtis and David Shoemaker. So there you go. Our debate coverage has been on point. Also, higher learning. Van and Rachel had Larry Elder on this weekend. It made a lot of noise, man. That podcast is great. I hope you check that out as well. Hope you're checking out theringer .com. And on this podcast, gonna talk about the dame trade at the top. We're gonna bring in Ben Thompson from the Techery newsletter, which he's been on this podcast I think four weeks ago. And he's a huge Bucks fan. He's gonna give the Bucks fan side of things. We're gonna do million dollar picks. And then old friend Seth Meyers talking about a whole bunch of stuff. So really good podcast. It's all next. First, our friends from Pro Jam. What's up? All right, I'm taping this on Thursday afternoon. Normally when there's a big MBA trade, I always do the emergency trade reaction right after the podcast. But we just put up a podcast on Tuesday. So I decided to play it a little differently this time. I wanted a little distance, I wanted to listen to stuff, read stuff, and try to form some big picture opinions coming out of this. So I have four smaller ones, then one big one. First one, I thought Portland did an incredible job with this trade. I really liked this trade, especially everyone was trying to bully them in June and July about, oh, you got to take Miami's offer. You just got to. It's where he wants to go. It's the only offer you're going to get. And guess what? They waited. They played it perfectly. They stared Miami down, and they got a much better deal. First of all, they get the Drew Holiday piece that they can flip into a bunch out of their stuff, which we'll talk about in one second. I love the DeAndre Ayton gamble. As you know, on this podcast, I am a big DeAndre Ayton guy. Not in the sense of I'm the biggest fan of his in the world, but I'm a fan of the asset. I just think I love the valued assets, no matter what it is. Whatever market we're talking about, DeAndre Ayton, 18 and 10 for his career, 60 % field goals percentage, 25 years old. He's played in 45 playoff games. He played four rounds in the 2021 finals. Last year, he got his ass kicked by Jokic. Oh, sorry. Like, that never happens. And Phoenix just sold on him, which I can't wait to talk about. But just from a Portland standpoint, they not only get Ayton in whatever they get for holiday, they get the 29 first, they get the two swaps, and they dump Nurkic. Nurkic hasn't had a healthy start to finish all the way through the playoffs here since 2018, which I'm positive was a long time ago. He's basically 12 and 8. He's, you know, a 50 % shooter. I made a list of the top 30 centers. I encourage you to do this at home, because what's more fun than making lists of NBA centers? I can't imagine anything. I made a list of who I thought were the best assets of the center position for talent, contract, everything. He was 29th on my list. The only person I had ahead of him who's technically a starter, unless you start talking about the Detroit or Charlotte guys, was Zubats on the Clippers. I thought he was the 29th best center asset in the league. And Phoenix, you know, just quickly to go to them, they're trying to win this year. They got worse. They turned Ayton's money into Nurkic and Grayson Allen and Nasir Little. Grayson Allen, we already know with him, he can't play in playoff series. We saw him 22. We saw it last year. I heard and read in some places like that, I got two rotation players. Did they? Is Nurkic a playoff rotation player? Is Grayson Allen a playoff rotation player? Because I'm positive he's not. So for the same money that they were spending on Ayton, they got three guys that I don't think are going to help them. In 25, the money comes down a little bit to 23 million just for Nurkic and Little, which is 7 million less than Ayton. And then in 26, that money goes up to 25 .5. But I don't understand what Phoenix was doing. Why not wait to see if Ayton clicks with Vogel? Vogel has such a good history with centers. He rejuvenated Dwight Howard on the 2020 Lakers. He basically created Roy Hibbert's career in 2013 with the defense verticality thing. I thought he was going to do a good job with Ayton. I'm stunned that they gave up on him. I'm almost waiting for one of those, now they tell us stories when, you know, that's where Brian Curtis calls them, where like a week after something happens, there's this kind of notebook dump where it's like, here's seven terrible DeAndre Ayton stories. So maybe that'll happen. But for Phoenix just to be like, cool, we locked this down, man. We got Nurkic. You're trying to win the title. You have KD and Booker and Beal. And like, what are you guys doing? Anyway, from Portland's standpoint, I love the Ayton thing. I love that they didn't get bullied. And I know they're going to turn Drew Holliday into something. So this to me was at least an A minus for them, for where they were two months ago, where Dave's like, I want to go to Miami. That's it. And if you don't trade me there, that's kind of fucked up. And they made this work as it got reported that, uh, I think in the athletic, that he expanded his list to Brooklyn and to Milwaukee in the last two weeks. And that's what Portland was waiting on. You know, they were banking on the fact that he's a competitive dude. He's one of the best 75 pairs ever. He wanted a situation settled. So, you know, you wait, you wait, you wait, they expand the list and then you go. Uh, there's a Drew Holliday piece to this. That's awesome. He becomes a contender prize. I wouldn't call this a Drew Holliday sweepstakes. I reserved sweepstakes for the superstars, but it's a mini sweepstakes. This is somebody that could have a huge impact on the playoff race. You know, not only the usual suspects, everybody's talking about Boston, ironically, Miami is a really good fit for him. And in some ways, um, I'm a little more scared of them with Miami than Dame in some ways, especially at a much cheaper contract with giving up less and keeping some of their assets. Philly, if they could pull it off, they have to be in there in Golden State, Minnesota. I think I have to mention Sacramento, I think is a team that if they could figure out how to get Drew without giving up their core, which is basically Keegan Murray and Sabonis and Fox, like that's, you know, could Davion Mitchell be in that trade with some, with a salary and some picks, who knows. The team that I love for Drew Holliday is OKC. I have OKC, you know, I started doing my MBA research for the over -under spot and I haven't landed on a number for them yet, but to me, they feel like a high forties team with Chet and with the growth of their young guys. And if you just like, let's say they traded Lou Dort and a bunch of their picks, maybe two firsts and two of their lesser picks or three firsts and a second, whatever it is. And they just say, fuck it. And they get Drew and you put him with Giddy and SGA and Jalen fucking awesome Williams and Chet Holmgren and all these other dudes they have, that might be a top three team in the West. I mean, that, that's starting to give me some early 2010s OKC vibes. So where he goes is going to be important. I just feel like there was so much Drew Holliday slander the last couple of days. You know, he's one of my favorite players. Even Haralabob, who was the chairman of the board of the Drew Holliday fan club for years and would have the benefit dinners there and, you know, just did a lot of yeoman's work on that front. And even he was like, yeah, yeah, Dame's better than Drew. That trade makes sense for Milwaukee. I was hurt, Haralabob. I was 100 % hurt by that. But you know, Drew got his ass kicked by Jimmy Butler in the playoffs last year. I get it. It happens. Jimmy was unbelievable. I feel like he would have kicked anybody's ass. By the way, why is Drew Holliday guarding Jimmy Butler? That speaks more to some of the issues with Milwaukee. He was never supposed to be a point guard and a creator. I think he was always better as an off -the -ball guy. We saw that with Rondo and New Orleans and just in general. I want to see him with a point guard. I want to see him just being unleashed, not having the ball a lot, just worrying about hitting threes, being an occasional, you know, make -shit -happen guy and being like the third or fourth best guy on a team without having the offensive responsibility to have. All their half court issues got blamed on him for the last couple of years. And I get it. They weren't like an awesome half -court team, even the other one in the finals, but I really value that dude. I had him, even I did the trade value list in August and I had him 37th and I had Dame 23rd. I think he's one of the best 30 players in the league still. He's 33 years old, which, you know, I'm going to talk in a second about when guards hit their mid -30s, but just in general, I think he's a real asset. If he goes to a team like the Celtics and they can keep Derek White and Tatum and Brown in the center, it's like, look out, man. So little mini sweepstakes, rarely do we get the trade, but then we still get another asset to talk about. Thank you for everyone involved in the trade. And then the fourth small point is just that, you know, not rocket science, Milwaukee bought some Giannis time here. They have one of the best 20 players of all time. They were staring down the barrel of a situation that was not good. I was talking about it on this podcast in late June and early July. I thought he was going to put them on the clock. I thought Mark Lasry selling his stake was a really bad sign for all of this because that dude is smart. As I laid out in June, that guy is really smart. And if he's feeling like, you know what, it's time for me to sell my buck stock, that makes me nervous. And then all the stuff that Giannis said and did, which I thought he did really fairly and really smartly. And I think that dude's about titles and that's it. And I know we say that about players, but I think in his case, I don't think he cares about, you know, what's my legacy, how do I compare against Dirk DeWhisky, any of that stuff. I just think he wants more rings. I mean, think about the guys who have won two rings out of the best 35 guys on my list of my pyramid. Those are all guys in my top 35 that won multiple wings. You go to the one -ring side, Jerry West, Oscar, Moses, Dirk, Jokic, Giannis, Pettit, Garnett, Kawhi, Rick Barry. That's the list he's on now. I certainly don't think he's looking at that list going, I got to get away from these guys, but it's a slightly different list. I think when you win multiple rings in multiple situations, it elevates you in a certain way. I think he fundamentally understands that at least a little bit. I want to be the best player since LeBron James. I think that's a thing that he wants. How am I going to do that? I need more rings. I need more finals trips. He knew from last year and maybe even the Boston series that they just weren't good enough. Whether this trade is going to be the thing that propels them, we'll find out, but he's been in the league 10 years, two MVPs, five first teams, two second teams, and now we have this little two -year window. Kawhi and the Raptors was a one -year window. This is a two -year window, I feel like. With Giannis, he's got two years left in his deals. So does Lopez. Middleton has two in a player option. Dame's got two, and then this crazy $120 million player option extension thingy that he has that just keeps going and going. It's probably two years. There's a world where this could go terribly this season, at least for what the expectations are, and then maybe it becomes Kawhi, Raptors. Maybe Giannis is like, you know what? That didn't work. Trade me. And the Bucks, who have no picks left and no future, they look at it next summer, and they go, all right. We tried it. Giannis, what can we get for you? Dame, what can we get? And they just do a reboot, rehaul. Remember, they won in 2021, which just takes so much pressure out of this. It's so much different than the Clippers situation, where they went all in on Kawhi and Paul George. They give up all those picks and SGA, and they've gotten nothing out of it. They haven't even made the finals. So it's got to happen. I think they at least probably have to make the finals. If they get bounced in round two, do I think Giannis is going to stay because they made this Dame -Mower trade? Probably not. So that leads to the big question, is how good of a trade was this? So there's a big picture angle on Dame, and it's going to sound negative, but I really don't want it to sound negative because I think Dame, I voted for him for NBA Top 75. I think he's been one of the best guards in the last 15 years. I think there's a ton of great things you can say, and there's a chance that he goes to Milwaukee, and this thing is fucking awesome. I know any Celtic fan I've talked to, including Isaiah, who's helping produce this podcast today, the Giannis -Dame pick and roll is just terrifying. Other than Jokic and Murray, it's going to be the single most unstoppable offensive play in the league. It is. We are conceding that point. The spot Dame is in right now, big picture -wise, it's weird. He's a superstar, but he's not, and we've seen guys like this before. I judge superstars by, do you have the resume statistically, and is your team succeeding consistently at a certain level? You can't totally say that about Dame. He's never been on a 55 -win team. He's missed the playoffs completely four times in 11 years. He said three first -round exits. He made the Final Four once in 2019, which was really lucky because Golden State and Houston were the two best teams, and then they got smoked. He's never been on a true contender ever. Instinctively, you go, well, that's not his fault. Who's he played with? Well, he played with LaMarcus Aldridge and CJ McCollum and a couple other guys, but not really anybody. The reason I'm putting this up is there's a success element that he has not had yet that for somebody with his resume is actually kind of unusual. I went and I looked up how many guards in the history of the league averaged 22 points a game for their career and played at least 700 games. I thought the list would be like 20. I didn't know. I didn't know what I was walking into. Only I think 75 guys have averaged 22 a game. So I went and I looked up the list, and it was 10 guys, 700 games, 22 a game for their career. There were some guys who came close like David Thompson, who I think is one of the best guards I've seen in the last 45 years, but had a short career and had some drug issues. He didn't make it. He didn't play enough games. Pete Maravich, 24 .2 points a game, but he didn't play enough games. Kyrie hasn't played enough games yet. Bradley Beale is five games away. I'm actually kind of glad the cutoff's at 700 so we don't have to talk about him. And then Mitchell and Trey Young aren't there yet. There's only 10 guys that made it, and the 10 guys are all fucking awesome. And again, I mentioned this in the context of Dame, who we think he is versus the success he's had. So the 10 guys, Michael Jordan, 30 .1, Jerry West, 27 .1, Allen Averson, 26 .7, George Gervin, 26 .2, Oscar Robertson, 25 .7, Kobe, 25 .0, Harden, 24 .7, Curry, 24 .6, Wade, 22, barely made it, and Russ, 22 .4, and then Dame is at 25 again. All right, what does he not have that those other guys have? Well, MJ, don't need to talk about him. Don't need to talk about Jerry West, who's the freaking logo. Allen Averson, pretty good comparison, right? Big stats, really memorable player, but not a ton of success. Here's the difference. Averson made the finals once. He won an MVP. Dame has done neither of those things. George Gervin was the best scoring guard of the 70s. He made two final fours. He had some bad luck. He really, in 79, really should have came close. And some of it's on him, right? He could have come through. Bobby Dandridge is the one that ended up coming through for the Bullets. They lose. But two final fours, he had four top five MVP finishes, five first teams, four second teams. He was just unassailably the best guard in the league until MJ. Oscar Robertson, don't need to go through him, but he won a ring and an MVP. Kobe, five rings and an MVP. Eleven first teams for Kobe, by the way. James Harden, three final fours, an MVP, six top five MVP finishes, six first team MBAs. And even though Harden has never made the finals as the best guy, he made it with OKC as the sixth man, you could build a contender around Harden. We saw it. We haven't really seen it with Dame. I think that's a fair thing to bring up. Curry, four rings, two MVPs, you know, the Curry thing. Dwayne Wade, three rings, two top five MVPs, two first teams, three second teams. He's more in the Dame waters a little bit, but he had the 2006 finals and he was the second best guy with LeBron on those heat teams. And then Westbrook, who you would say, well, Dame had a better career than Westbrook. Did he? Westbrook made the finals in 2012. He was second best guy on that team. Almost made the finals in 2016. He won an MVP. He had two first teams and five second teams. It's at least like a real argument. And I think when you look at Dame, he only had that one 2019 round three, got bounced. He's only had one top five MVP finish. He's only had one first team MBA and four second team MBAs. Really, really good top 75 career. But the piece that's missing is, have you been on a really good team? Have you made a real run at it? Which is why, you know, I think this Milwaukee trade is so much fun. This is his real chance. I get nervous about a couple things with this trade. One is that, you know, if you look at the 33 and older guards who average 22 points a game in a season. Jordan did it twice. Curry did it twice. Still going. Kobe did it three times. Jerry West twice. Sam Jones once. Hal Greer once. That's the entire list. Now the NBA is different. We have more three -pointers now. It's easier to score. Scoring is the easiest it's ever been. Guys can play at a longer age. So I'm not ruling out Dane being good for the next three years. But just pointing out, history is saying, be a little nervous. In general with guards, like Chris Paul, we saw from age 35 to 36 to 37, like it just dropped. But that's two years older than Dane. Maybe it's fine. I just worry about guards. We have not a lot of instances with guards in their mid -30s of them either peaking as players or being able to sustain whatever success they had during their prime. It always starts to go down with really no exceptions, except for Steph Curry. He's the only non -exception. So if your case is Dane's as good as Steph Curry, or Dane can be as potent as Steph Curry on a winning team, like, you know, Steph Curry is better than Dane, but I'm not going to argue that he couldn't do a lot of the stuff that Curry did in Golden State. The bigger issue for me, the age I'm definitely worried about. Dane has not been healthy the last couple of years, and we have not seen him play nine straight months at playoff basketball with a big bullseye on his back. Everybody coming after you, you're the best team. We haven't seen him do that ever, much less than the last couple of seasons. So can he stay up? Can he stay healthy? That's one thing. The defense with Dane just got kind of swept under the rug the last couple days, and I don't really understand it because there's five categories of defensive player I feel like. There's excellent, there's good, there's average, there's not so good, and then there's bad. And I think Dane's a bad defender. I think the stats back it up. Like, his defensive rating last year was 245 out of the guards. He's the 245th guard for defensive rating. You know, 117 .4 individual defensive rating is 483 overall. Portland's team's always defensively, it was the Achilles heel for them. Partly because of Dane, because he couldn't guard anybody. He's too small. And, you know, think about what we saw from the playoffs the last couple years. I think about the 2020 bubble Celtics playoffs, not infrequently, because I think that team had a chance to potentially win a title. What happened? Everyone hunted Kemba Walker. It was hunting season. It's like, where is he? Got to get a switch. Got to get Kemba Walker guarding somebody who's bigger, or got to beat him off the dribble, and it just became a hunt session with him. And basically, he got played out of the league. He's not in the league anymore. You know, we had this with Isaiah Thomas, too, in the mid -2010s. I think it's been an issue with Kyrie Irving. The Celtics certainly went at him in the playoff series with Brooklyn a couple years ago. Curry, you saw, who I think is a better defender than people give him credit for, but the And he's a much better defender than Dame is. Jordan Poole is somebody that got hunted in playoff series recently. Chris Paul, obviously, is a big one. Jalen Brunson, remember what the Heat did to him? Mitchell, when he was on Utah, this was a huge issue. And then Trae Young, obviously. My fear with Dame is he's a DH, and I think in Portland, part of the reasons he was able to put up the stats he did was because he wasn't playing defense, right? It was just, how many points can I score? My team isn't very good, and I'm just going to do my thing. He's an incredible offensive player. But how much of a trade -off is the defense, right? Well, you think, all right, well, Milwaukee, they're really good defensively. They'll be able to protect him. Here's the team. Giannis, Dame, Lopez, Portis, Middleton, Conaton, Beauchamp, Crowder. Who's guarding Trae Young on this team? Who's guarding Jason Tatum? Here's a partial list of guys that I don't think this team will be able to guard this season. Devin Booker, Tatum, Butler, Trae Young, Kyrie, Curry. Who's going to be chasing Curry around the screens? Dame lowered? Good luck. SGA, Luca, Mitchell, Murray, Edwards, Brunson, Ja, Garland, Fox, Halburn. Are they going to be able to cover Derek White? I don't know. The way this team is constructed, they are not going to have the ability to guard other guards at all, which means they're just going to have to be in a shooting match with them, right? It's going to be not much different than what's going to happen with Phoenix, where they're just literally going to have to outscore the other team. I've just watched too much playoff basketball over the last couple years, where it's like, if you have that weak link on defense, and you're playing a team that's smart enough, they're going to go after that weak link. Like, think about them against the Lakers, right? The Lakers figure their crunch time. Let's say they make the finals. It's Milwaukee and the Lakers, and Lakers crunch time. They're going to have LeBron and Davis and Austin Reeves and, I don't know, a shooter and a point guard, whatever. All they're going to be doing is trying to find where Dame is on the court and going after him. What about when they play Boston? Boston puts out White and Brogdon and Tatum and Brown and a center, and all they're going to be doing is trying to make sure Dame is covering somebody who has the ball who's now torturing him. I think it's a real problem for them. And what's funny is they gave up Drew's defense and, you know, they, what they gave up on defense, which is significant, and they gained an offense, it might end up just being a wash and they might just be a different version of the same team where they still have a huge flaw. It's just on the other end of the court. I'm just shocked that nobody brought up the defense. I agree he's an amazing offensive player and what's cool about this trade and what I'm excited about as a basketball fan is, can he go up a level? Right? A lot of these stats he put up, especially the last couple years. They didn't mean anything. They were, he was on bad teams. Like, who cares? Ultimately, Bradley Beal scored 30 points a game on the Wizards. Who cares? I think most really good offensive players, if they're on a bad team, can get between 25 and 30 a night. Can you do it nine months in a row? Can you do it when you're getting hunted on defense all over the place? How much can Milwaukee protect him? And what does he have in the tank at age 33 with 900 plus games on the O 'Dominor already? I'm still afraid of the Bucks, but people have, like, FanDuel had them as best odds in basketball and I think most people feel like they're the favorite now. I don't feel like there's a favorite. I think you can go through every team. Boston, I could, I'm scared of Porzingis. What's going to happen with Jalen Brown out there? He has contracts. Can Peyton Pritchard, all these different things. Philly, God only knows. Miami, they're unquestionably worse. Yeah, Milwaukee is going to be really good, but depending where Holiday lands and how this all plays out, I just think it's still wide open. And the other piece, so if you're just talking Boston, Miami, Tatum kills Milwaukee. I have no idea why. Boston is kind of built to at least stay with Dame and, you know, Derek White is about as good of a person you're going to have to try to keep Dame in check, at least. And Boston's done a really good job of guarding Giannis over the years. They don't have Grant Williams this year, but I just don't think, I think there's as many ways this goes wrong as it goes right, I guess would be my final thought on this because for what they gave up, especially with that 29 unprotected and the two swaps and, you know, they are all in on this team. And you know my theory, when you go all in on a team, you better think you can win. Not positive, but it's an awesome trade. It really is. It makes the league so much more fun. Dame and Giannis together. I'm going to enjoy watching Portland. I still have my eating stock. Watching Phoenix fans slowly realize that Derkiszna isn't the answer is going to be fun and then we'll see where Drew Holliday goes. So really fun trade. We're going to talk about it a little bit more with Die Hard Bucks fan, Ben Thompson in one second. Let's take a break.
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So I know we're only, you know, we're still in the dozens. I'd like to get into the hundreds and eventually thousands, um, but it's a cool program. If you haven't listened to it, it's a quick 15 minutes to quick by morning, run down three days a week of the top five topics, three minutes each. Do a great job. They do an awesome job when we're, when we fill in the stuff. We screw the whole thing up. Yes. Yeah. We, we blow the whole, the whole, uh, the schedule, but, um, but they do awesome and they're funny. I love it. It's a quick, you know, down and dirty 15 minutes, top five items of the day. And now you get your day started off on the, uh, they, you know, I think on the right foot, they were saying this week, like, Oh, it's so negative all the time, but I think they're hilarious. They take the negative stuff that's going on, but of course the negative stuff isn't the news. Yeah. Yeah. That's what we're seeing. I mean, carjackings again, Rochester had another, you know, record night. I mean, it's incredible how that was going on. And so it's amazing is, is like the Democrats just sit around and watch this happen in every city and every city. It's insane. Yeah. I sent you an article earlier this morning about Philadelphia. Let's see. I can find it. It's, uh, not that it's anything out of, you know, anything that we don't know about, but let's see here. Philadelphia swarmed by alleged juvenile. Come on, come on. Juvenile looters targeting the Apple store, Lulu lemon and footlocker. Yeah. So, cause they're starving. They're starving. They just, just need a little piece of ham and some Turkey. They need clothes and food. That's, that's only fair. I mean, they, you know, and once again, I know we've all heard this joke, but footlocker is not missing one pair of working boots. No, no, all the Nike's, all the Nike. Yeah. Well, some of those Nike's, I mean, Oh my God. Crazy. You know, talking about like, you know, thousands of dollars for a pair of, thousands, thousands of dollars. I was talking to my daughter and she said to one, one of her friends has a, as a pair of shoes were $1 ,200. I'll never forget the most expensive pair of shoes I ever bought. We were just starting a business. This was like 30 years ago now. Right. Crazy to think. And I remember somebody told me that maybe my dad was like, you got to have a decent pair of shoes. Right. And so I went up and I bought a pair of Justin and Murphy's. They're like 120 bucks at the time. Yeah. The most money I have ever spent on a pair of shoes. Now boots, I've spent more money on since because boots are more expensive, you know, hunting boots. Well, there's a purpose to them. I still don't spend more money on shoes. Like I'm wearing like Skechers or like $40. Like some of these Nike's $500. You can't tell me you're running faster. It's different when you're going to go out and buy a pair of like waders or something. You're going to use them. First of all, you're going to use them for the next 30 years. Right. And there's a purpose to them, right? Like, okay, they're more expensive, but I can walk through the water with them. Right. But if I bought like, if I had five, 600 hour pairs of shoes, I'd be afraid to leave the house. I wouldn't, I wouldn't get off the carpeting. Well, they're targeting the Apple store here, Glenn, because they'll buy jobs. And that's the only way to get a job is to make sure you've got an Apple iPhone. So it'll be like Chicago. We talked about this the other week with, with, uh, with Mike Speraza, Chicago is now forced to open or, or just talking about opening, you know, a, a government run grocery store in the inner city because they've all that. Well, they're going to, so they're going to, they're going to, the plan is to fight the communism with more kind of communism, right? That's going to work really well. But could you imagine how inefficient, first of all, Walmart's pulled out, Costco's pulled out, all the stores have pulled out because now target, have you heard targets now closing stores across the country? So target is now going through and discussing all the stores across the country, liberal target, liberal target. They put a black lives matter that they ripped down the smash of the window. I thought that'd be some sort of a shield or that we're just going to put up this, uh, this plywood and we're going to spray black lives matter on it. Hashtag hashtag BLM. And we'll be safe as they rip it out and use that same plywood to smash the window with. It's pathetic. There'll be nothing left in these inner cities. The problem is when it starts to spill over into the, into the, Oh yeah. This is, this is where it gets ugly. Well, they want it. That's what they want. That's, that's why people like, uh, the governor of New York, uh, you know, Kathy, the ice queen, Kathy Hochul is, is, you know, they first tried the push for section eight housing in the suburbs because that was only fair. Yeah. Now they couldn't get that through because the people in the suburbs are like, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa. Now they're busing in illegal immigrants in the middle of the night. And I tell you something, if these Democrats like Mark Poland cars were proud of what they were doing, they would have a welcoming party at noon at noon, high noon. They'd have a press conference welcoming our newest community members off the bus so that the whole community could see these family units that are getting off. You got the husband, the wives, the two kids, you know, the things that we see in our country, right? No, it's not happening. They're bringing them in at two o 'clock in the morning. So nobody sees, they're all, they're all 23 year old males, right? Or 18 to 25 year old males. Some of which are from the Congo. I don't know about the, uh, you know, the, some of the social norms in the Congo, but I'm just thinking that maybe they're a little bit different than the Western world. I don't know. I'm just thinking maybe not. Maybe they're exactly like us. I don't know. But they're exactly like us. Why would they want to come here? Why are they aspiring to come here? I don't know. Anyway, it's a fentanyl fentanyl up again, by the way, there was another report. I think it was on a Fox news. Well, good for the Republicans. I mean, at least part of them, I should say good for the five or six Republicans that are the extreme right wing, according to the media, that's holding this garbage up. No, shut the government down, shut it down, shut it down until there's no more money. Take the money, go into Ukraine and send it to Texas, which they did right to the border, which they didn't do last time. Right. Kept it open. That's what do you need? What do you need? We're out of control. The founding fathers gave the power of the purse to Congress and the, and the Pentagon, the Pentagon goes, yeah, you know what? We're just going to exempt Ukraine funding from the budget. So ha ha. We just went over 33 trillion. If you go online and look at the clock, it's moving fast, right? So we're on our way to 34 or 35. Can you even see the numbers anymore? They just blur blur now. So, so fast. Oh no. And, and good news, by the way, we're refinancing this debt at 5 % now, not at 1 % or zero like we were doing. Yeah. It makes a lot of sense. Yeah. It'd be great. Yeah. The fence talk about keeping rates higher for longer. I don't know. They're not going to be able to do that. They'll be cutting interest rates by next year. Mark by where? And the number one reason I say that is because when you talk to every economist, I say, that's not going to happen. And they are typically wrong. So if you take the, it's like saying betting against the casino, it's like saying, you know what? I don't think MGM is going to make money in the sporting books next year. Ma, they're going to figure out a way to make money. They'll rechange the lines, right? Well, you, all you need to do is look at it and get a bunch of economists in a room and ask them where they think the market's going to be and then do just the opposite and you would be way better. Yeah. Pretty much that's usually the way to go. No doubt about it. So the, the, the, the Pelosi, we were talking earlier about the Pelosi stock trader. Yeah. You can follow online. Now, some of these folks, we did the game show game last week. We talked about the, uh, the net worth. I picked the poor ones too. They were like 23, 21, you know, $20 million. Some of these folks are amazing. I mean, really just, you know, the wizards of smart on some of these are just really, timing is impeccable up here. This is somebody who is selling some software that I'll track it, which you can, you, you've pointed out, you can get it for free online, but, but the, the numbers are really astonishing. This Democrat Senator sold her Aspen vacation home for $25 million. That was just after she sold her Lake Tahoe vacation house for $36 million. Well, by the way, why, why do they own these big $25, $36 million homes? Well, a big, big part of it is because the taxation of it, right? So a Feinstein who's telling you your ordinary income tax rates are too low. She's shifting that to a capital asset, which is going to create a capital gain in the future or no gain. Or no gain. I mean, they're 10, 10 31. This is why when Donald Trump looked at Hillary Clinton right in the eye and said, you will not get rid of the carry interest deduction and you know it because all of your, I use it, of course, all of her bigger donors donate money to Hillary Clinton. And this is exactly the truth, right? They will never get rid of some of these things. Like they talked about, we're going to get rid of the 10 31 exchanges. Yaha. Yeah. Uh huh. Yeah. So the big developer strokes a giant check to the, to the Democrats off the table. Let's listen to her success though. Amazing. A Senator sold her Aspen vacation home for $25 million just after she sold her Lake Tahoe vacation house for $36 million. Only two years earlier, Diane Feinstein has been a member of the political scene for 32 years and her salary is only $130 ,000 per 130 grand a year. Now it's more now. That's a little bit dated, but it's up, it's up to probably 180 now. But, but listen to this. First of all, if it was up to 580, you're not buying $23 million homes, $36 million homes. No, no, we're going to put in multiple homes. We're going to, we're going to put the Paul Pelosi onto our research committee. You make a million dollars a year. First of all, most of, most business owners that make that kind of money, they didn't make it throughout their whole life, right? They didn't start making a million dollars at 20 years old. They started making a million dollars at 50 years old and it took 30 years to get to that point. Right? So my point is, you're not at a million dollars a year at age 50. If you did it the right way, the hard way, and you did it yourself, you're still not affording a $23 million home, right? Multiple ones. Yeah. Multiple, multiple. Right. Those aren't even her primary residence. Those are her vacation homes. She lives in, she lives in California. Listen to this though. And it's, it's all of them. It's all of them now. This is a, this is from Nancy Pelosi, stock trader. Uh, this is a tweet, uh, a Twitter feed. You can follow Pelosi tracker is what it's supposed to track or underline or something like that. You'll find it. Anyway, uh, three weeks ago, sitting politician bet against the U S economy so far. He's been right. Tom Carper bought $45 ,000 of PSQ and inverse ETF on the tech sector on eight 23, August 23rd. Since then he's plus 3 % while the market is negative 4%. Go figure. Wow. Go figure. Man, these guys are so good. Yeah. And they're not by, they're, I mean, these are, that's some pretty technical strategy. You started getting into options strategies and stuff. I mean, yeah. Yeah. These guys have become very, very slick. It's not just about buying a, you see, it used to be, okay, I'm going to buy X, Y, Z. Then I'm going to vote for or against something. You know, I'm going to short the stock and then I'm going to vote against them for both that, that, that. So the stock goes down or I'm going to vote for something, knowing that it will benefit the company. The stock will go up and in a sense front running. No, they're, they're in the options strategies now. They're in the market. Yeah. They're doing butterfly spreads. Yeah. Crazy stuff going. They're very sophisticated. They shouldn't be allowed to two things. When you go into Congress, I, you know, I would love to have a Congress person run on or present around the following platform, right? Number one, term limits, term limits, top of the list. Number two, though, while you're in Congress for the eight years, or wherever we allow you to serve 10 years, 12 years, whatever it is, you could not invest in a stock market at all. All your investments are frozen or your choices, a model, some kind of a model liquidated go to cash, or you could buy the fidelity balance to counter. You could buy the, you could buy the T -rope price, you know, target retire, whatever, you know, or you go to goes into a blind something or other where you have no idea. Right. It just goes into what you picked a one through five tolerance for risk and somebody else invest. Maybe it's just broad indexing. Maybe that's it. Right. Something that doesn't allow this kind of garbage to go on where, you know, they buy, you know, Tesla stock and then approve a huge, you know, oh, we're going to, guess what? We're going to build a, you know, for government funded battery stations all the country. Of course, Elon comes out and goes, we already got those, you idiots. I did that like four years ago, you morons. Amazing what Elon can do and what the, what the government can. Going back to target for just a second, not to digress, but I found WGRZ, thankfully came up with a list of the, uh, the target stores that will be closing, Mike, the full list of locations all in, all in Republican run. You'll be shocked. Yeah. Yeah. Right in the, uh, the thriving, the, uh, you know, thriving, the Minneapolis, uh, location, the retailer said the decision, the close was really difficult. I wonder if that was after half. That was the one they put the BLM on. Yeah. Oh, that was the one they put the sign on that said, please don't burn our store down. We love you. I hashtag BLM lit it on fire. Yeah, that's right. Yeah. Uh, let's see. I'm shocked though. I wouldn't, I'm surprised you wouldn't stay. I mean, you know, like just collecting, you love them. You love, you support them. This is what you supported. Remember you, you, you raised money, you gave money. Yeah. And guess what they did with that money. They agitators hired to whip up people in the community to smash and burn down your store. You idiots. So there you go. There you go. Nice, nice work. What else do you think, Mike? Uh, New York city's East Harlem neighborhood. That's going to be one that's goes down. I wonder why. Chicago, San Francisco for sure. San Fran. Yeah. San Fran. Uh, by the way, before I forget San Fran, Democrat San Francisco mayor, announces plan to require drug testing, which is good in an effort to, if you're going to receive homeless benefits. Right. But the funny thing was in this same passage, they're going to Texas to try to recruit police officers. The funny thing is is that the people they sent from San Francisco to try to recruit people. They didn't come back. They defected like North Koreans. Some of them got jobs. They get over the wall. They come out, they get over the wall. It was hilarious. No, they didn't go back. Well, the other five stores, Mike, three in Portland, Oregon and two in Seattle, five, three in Portland. They're pulling out of Portland together. All of these inner cities folks will be food deserts. You're going to hear that term. It'll be business deserts. It'll be nothing. Well, business deserts, nothing left, but there'll be, but target, don't forget target. Does target sell food? Yeah. Well, yeah. They sell food. Yeah. For sure. Yeah. Well, I don't go on target. So Walmart I know does Costco for sure. Costco is a food store. I don't think target is as big as Walmart as far as like fresh fruit, but definitely frozen food, all that kind of stuff. You know, aisles of pop and water and chips and right, right, right. And all that kind of stuff. But you can definitely frozen food. You can buy bulk frozen food there. So, so there's going to be food deserts, all over the place, business deserts, whatever you want to call them. You know, it's amazing because you know, the, there's no policing. And the sad thing is that is the problem. It's not, there's no policing. I shouldn't say that. Excuse me. No, you're policing your asses off. I get it. There's no ability. There's no prosecution. There's no bill. You guys are arresting people, putting them in and they go right back on the street. They're getting, they're getting appearance tickets. It's a joke. Your point is no, there is no policing anymore because of the system, the Democrats put together where the police officers aren't going to bother. If you're a police officer and you know that somebody is going to be this, this carjacking or whatever is robbery. And you know that there's a potential, you're going to get an altercation where you're in New York state. There's two police officers that have been brought up on charges recently with almost a hundred percent chance that if you do catch that person, that person will be right back. Yeah. A hundred percent. Why would you bother? Why would you bother? You're not going to put your life in line. No way. You want to go home to see your wife and kids too, and your mother or your husband or whatever. You want to be able to spend your Christmas with your family. Why would you do that? And they know that, right? The Democrats know that. This is, you can't be this stupid. I mean, who allows these people to go right back on the streets and say, this is a good idea without correcting this right away. You can say, okay, bail reform. Our intentions were one thing, but when you look at the fact that in New York state, we are now breaking records in towns like Rochester and Buffalo for the most amount of vehicles being stolen. We can say, okay, look at bail reform, put it in place. It clearly did not work. It's been a total disaster. These towns have turned to shit. We absolutely need to go back in the other direction. They're not doing that. They don't care. They want to, and they're doubling down, tripling down on it, tripling down. We invited this liberal on, you actually were on the show with him and he said, things are actually safer since bail reform. That's what his argument was. His argument was, and by the way, his argument was if we have even less police officers, cities like Buffalo will get safer. Well the thought was less police officers, less arrests. Less arrests means less crime. Dude, you got the whole thing backwards, bro. And not only that, but now we know that, right? Now we know, now you can, I mean, literally auto thefts are up 360 % in Rochester. They're not up 3%. You can say, well, you know, in Buffalo and we're in second place. And they can't play, they can't play in COVID. They're trying to like, well, it was a lockdown. People were at pent up, whatever. Remember that was the, that was the reason for the rioting and the ballooning and burning like, well, people had a lot of pent up. We probably should have locked them down. That was a little bit of the reason for the increase in suicides. You guys, you guys increased suicides because you locked kids in their homes, but it wasn't the reason that they went and decided to steal Nike sneakers from a footlocker. So check this out. Speaking of COVID, this is huge. This is, I don't know if you saw this or not, but this is absolutely ginormously huge. Dr. Fauci was smuggled into CIA headquarters without a record of entry where he participated in the analysis to influence the agency's COVID -19 investigation according to the house select subcommittee on the coronavirus pandemic. Did he need to do much with these left -wing CIA agents? Probably not. No, no, no. That's what they're smuggling him in for. Well they smuggled him in because they didn't want anybody to know that he was part of the PSYOP operation, which was hydroxychloric. By the way, the I think it was a Mayo clinic and some other hospitals now have come out as well as the CDC and said hydroxychloroquine, yes, indeed is an effective treatment for COVID. Oh, by the way, ivermectin also an effective treatment. The CDC now approving that. Now mind you, we're going to keep in mind that if there was any other treatments that couldn't get the emergency use authorization for these vaccines that clearly don't work. Amazingly, I'm still seeing people online go signing off my sixth booster on our way for the sixth shot, proud to get our sixth shot. How about how about one the other day, local left -wing nut job got her sixth booster shot, six shot and she still got COVID and then she said, well, I was so good hiding and it got all my shots and then I went to a concert and I got it at this concert. Well, first of all, you don't know that, but second of all, if you have six shots and you six shots and you still got COVID and you actually think that was a good idea, you don't need a vaccination. You need a mental, you need a mental check. I tell you, I know people during the during the COVID, the height of the COVID that were older, some of our clients actually that were prescribed by a doctor a hydroxy quirk when they were taking it once a week as a as a preventative measure. Yeah. And they, to this day have never had COVID. Yeah. And it's, it's, I mean, so it, but the sad thing is again, you know, we couldn't, it's all about the money now. And that's, you know, when people talk about the evils of capitalism, you're seeing some of that. Now, capitalism is the best thing on the planet, right? As far as, you know, lifting the masses out of poverty and creating amazing amounts of wealth. But the problem is this isn't, this isn't capitalism. What's going on. This is cronyism is what's going on. It is, Hey, look at, I will give you these government dollars. You're going to get this patent. You're going to get this. Unholy marriage between business and government. Mark my word. We were talking about Feinstein selling 25, $30 million homes. This Fauci will be on the board of Pfizer. He'll be on the board of Moderna. He's going to get shares of those companies. He will be blessed with with with millions and millions of dollars. His family watch and see, we'll be talking if we're, if you and I are fortunate enough to be around 20, 30 years from now, we'll be talking about the Fauci trust and watch and monitor that trust and see how big that family trust. Well, you see how easy this is now. You look at how they move money around and how the in your face money laundering folks. This is what this is. This is corruption and fraud. Some of the Bidens are great at the money laundering part. They got 20 shell corporation, but guess who's getting the, guess who's going to be controlling the funding to rebuild Ukraine. We pay to destroy it. And guess what? The Hillary Clinton foundation gets paid to rebuild it. Right. And guess who's going to get the contracts to rebuild. Oh, that'll be probably one of the Biden family members or somebody else's politically connected. Right. Remember it was, it was a Joe Biden's brother who got the contract, the multi -billion dollar contract to rebuild Iraq. No building experience, never been a contractor, right? No idea. Right. This is why these projects cost 500 times what they're supposed to cost. This is why when money comes into Buffalo, for example, $25 million to build homes, five get built. And you were, wait a minute, five, are these $5 million homes in the East side? Each of those homes would have been built for a quarter million dollars or less. And yet where did the rest of the money go? And the, the answer is never, we don't know. We don't know. We can't account for it. Or we'd have no idea. Or I mean, how many times have we've seen that in so many places that whether right down the local level or God forbid at the federal level between, you know, Iraq and others. I was telling you last week on the radio, I was reading an article about the grants that were coming into the city of Buffalo to plant trees. And I thought, okay, wow, like this could be sweet. Okay. You know, like I'm a big tree guy. I love trees. I plant trees every year. I do think, okay, that's one way to, first of all, I think it's one way to make a community look great. When you, when you drive around, let's say North Buffalo, all the streets are all tree. They look beautiful. You drive around the East side, it looks like shit, right? So, okay. You're going to take some of my tax money and you're going to directly plant trees. Okay. It's a win for the environment. It looks nice. It's going to bring things together. I'm like, well, where's the catch? This is a government agency. Where are they going to screw it up? You read through and you find out that they're paying $1 ,000 a tree. Now you and I both know that if they're saying it's $1 ,000 a tree, by the time it's done, it'll be two to $3 ,000 a tree. Now you, you're talking about $13 million worth of trees. You and I just planted trees. Every year we plant a few trees around our office, you know, three, four in the spring, three, four in the fall, just so they can start to grow and work their way in. And then, you know, plant more. We pay $250 a tree, plant it. Right.
A highlight from FULL INTERVIEW - Jason Rantz, Conservative Radio Host
"Right now, during Jeep adventure days, well -qualified Washington DC lessees get a low mileage lease on the 2023 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4 by E for $399 a month for 27 months with $5 ,699 to its signing. Tax title license extra. No security deposit required. Call 1 -888 -925 -JEAP for details. Requires dealer contribution and lease through Stellantis Financial. Extra charge for miles over $22 ,500. Includes 7 ,500 EV cap cost reduction. Not all customers will qualify. Residency restrictions apply. Take delivery by 10 -2. Jeep is a registered trademark. You've probably seen Jason Rantz on Fox News Channel. He's a conservative radio talk show host out of Seattle. I felt so stupid a few months ago. There was some event. I think it was in Tampa even. I was at some event and he was at a booth and like a dopey fan boy, I go creeping up to him, Jason, I'm Mike Gallagher. I'm a big fan of your work. And of course, he looked at me like I was the stalker that I was. And so when we had an opportunity to talk to him about his new book, we thought it would be fun to bring him on the show because his new book has a title that is right up my alley, What's Killing America? Inside the Radical Left's Tragic Destruction of Our Cities. Jason, admit it. When I came up to you, you were looking for security. I'm still looking for security. I'm still deeply uncomfortable. I dragged you onto the show to try to stalk you about your new book. That's how obsessed I am. Now congratulations on all the great work you do. Like I told you in person, you are fearless and man, you go into some of these cities and you've been covering for a long time now something that I really am obsessed with and that is what seems to be the Democrats' intentional destruction upon our American cities. This to me is one of the great unanswered questions. We see prosecutors that don't prosecute crime. We see cashless bail. We see the shoplifters. We see the murder, the mayhem in places like Seattle and Portland and New York and all over the country. But the big question is, if it's intentional, and I think you and I believe it is, why? Why are they doing it, Jason? So it's intentional, but I don't think they realize that the destruction that is happening as a result of their policies are actually tied to their policies. I think ultimately these are folks, and I make a differentiation between Democrats and the radical left because I don't see the Democrat party itself per se, at least not the voters, responsible for the destruction. I see the radical sect of the Democrat party, and they believe that there is going to be some short -term pain for what will ultimately be long -term gain, whether we're talking about crime, homelessness, drug use, housing costs, immigration, you name it, all of which is covered in the book. But I think they just understand that to make this kind of transformative change, you're going to have to cause some chaos. I think certainly there's some people who just like the chaos, and I think that those are the most particularly destructive people. We see some of them in local politics. I think we see some of them at the national level. But ultimately what's killing America is about why they believe what they believe and why they're implementing certain kinds of policy. What is it that motivates them? What is that ideology that motivates them? Because when you truly understand the why in addition to the what, that's when we can actually fight back and win some of these battles. Otherwise you're going into war completely blind, and that's not a great way to fight. It goes back to one of the most famous quotes of Barack Obama's presidency and the whole history of Barack Obama, we want to fundamentally transform America. And I remember when he said that, I got chills. I thought, I think he means it.
Scott Presler: Registering Voters Will Make Biden a One-Term President
"Better than the government ever could and so I just started traveling the country and we organized cleanups in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Chicago, Denver, Duquesne, Detroit, Houston, Colosso, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Nashville, Portland, Pittsburgh, but more importantly Dan weaving in voter registration into this my work although it was helping to clean up the cities was only a band -aid if we want to make long lasting change it means registering voters and so I started turning my cleanup efforts into voter events registration what better way to decide who our city council members are and school board members and mayors and state representatives and so now what I'm asking as we go into this November and beyond is guys look for ripe opportunities to register voters at your churches at your synagogues address pro shop at a movie theater during sound of freedom at Jason Aldean concerts at gun shows we have so many a myriad of opportunities to register conservatives to vote and then we get them out to vote this november and beyond we
A highlight from OUTCAST by Gloria Giorno
"Seek and Destroy that has been the theme of discussions of truth now for well I'm in my seventh season here and we started the show on Wynwood radio in Miami 2016 is when I agreed to do the show with them aired the first episode January of 2017 this is Ian Trottier here and today we are going to start talking if you are not familiar with the name Charlotte Iserbit she passed away about a year and a half ago she's a former advisor to the Department of Education under Ronald Reagan her story is very interesting and captivating because she talks about having received a list of these Skull and Bones members via mail that was sent to her father who was a Skull and Bones member at Yale and Anthony Sutton was hot on that trail so two names that you should familiarize yourself with and that is Charlotte Charlotte's work and that is the deliberate dumbing down of America she talks about the invasion of the American education system and that having been formalized under Jimmy Carter back in 1979 Department of Education so she talks about that through her book and then also what I was talking about was Anthony Sutton calling her being hot basically on the trail of dissecting the corruption that is it's really manipulation because Ella Hugh Yale was a major stockholder a main president of the British East Indies trading company that is a Rothschild controlled trading company and the Rothschild funded the American Revolution so I may be off here ladies and gentlemen but if you look at the flag that was flown above the John Paul Jones excuse me the USS Alfred commandeered by John Paul Jones on the Delaware that basically started the American Revolution that flag is basically identical to the British East Indies company flag and then that you trace that and you go back to Cambridge Massachusetts and something called the flag committee which is Continental Congress approved Washington Franklin adopted what became the first flag of the United what became known as the United States and that was the US Grand Union flag which as being designed by Betsy Ross that is the US Grand Union flag which is identical to the British East Indies company flag because that is where the financing came to fund Washington's army and then you ask well wait a second that's English and well yeah this it is English but it's not English because London the city of London is not technically part of England it is its own banking it's sovereign nation a Roman banking colony still in existence these are all facts and you can cross -check them but anyway so seek and destroy corruption that is how I that is that is how I theme my discussions my conversations my talks it's what I do in Trottier with discussions truth today we're gonna talk about the Department of Education rather the state of the education system in the United States so quickly before we bring the guests on we'll be we'll be talking to Gloria Giorno and her son Stevie and getting their view as conservatives what it's been like for Stevie to go through I think it's Belmont University as a conservative so without further ado thanks for tuning in for the podcast on and we're bringing on Gloria and Stevie right now calling Laurie and Stevie this is Ian Trottier for Discussions of Truth Gloria hi nice to meet meet you and welcome to Discussions of Truth I've looked at some of the work that you're you've excellent hi Stevie so thanks for for joining the the the show and please give listeners an introduction to who you are Gloria you can start tell listeners who you are what you what you do and then and then Stevie you can do the same please I try to destroy a young conservative and I also did a nonprofit the name of it is United Women Foundation what we do is mentor employ aid and young conservative women who are in Stevie's situation and we also give out scholarships to conservatives who are not in need of a scholarship but who are conservatives and who are promoting the conservative agenda in their lives thank you Gloria and that's United Women Foundation calm I'll go ahead and put a link to that in the episode Stevie go ahead and introduce yourself for us please well thank you very much for having us on my name is Stevie Giorno and I serve as the chairman of the Tennessee Young Republicans and I am the former student body president at Belmont University where I was attacked by the radical left for being proud of my country and being proud to be an American on the 4th of July in 2020 during the as a mother for protecting your your family and your country I've looked at the website I've looked a little bit about both of you and what's interesting is you have been you've come my way and your stories come my way through a contact there in Florida and your Stevie your story is daughter went through something very similar and in her university classes but Stevie go ahead and tell us a little bit about about what you experienced you were the student body president at Belmont University yet you were attacked for your political views isn't that right picture of myself in front of the White House and I captioned it that I was proud to be an American and I thanked those who had sacrificed and served so that we may have the freedoms and liberties that our forefathers intended for us and within 24 hours my fraternity was blackmailing me threatening to label me a racist and remove me from the fraternity there were hundreds of comments on my Instagram post and there were hundreds of signatures on a change .org petition that sought to remove me as the duly elected student body president even though I was elected unanimously with almost 99 98 % of the vote and so it was really bad that students friends of mine my fraternity brothers wanted to attack me because I was proud to be from this country you know my grandparents escaped from communism in Yugoslavia and my mother lived there for a year so I've heard the first -hand horrors of what happens in a communist country and I fear that our country is headed that way every single day. Now what's interesting is one of the articles that I that I went through briefly was is written by Campus Reform it's published on an online newsletter called Campus Reform and one of the stories that they have today actually talks about glorifying Che you Guevara know this is a this is a socialist figure that that helped with the with the cubist Cuban communist revolution and Fidel Castro you're you're talking about your family having come from communist Yugoslavia are you seeing are you seeing Stevie in in in in your experience on on campus now I don't know what you're doing now maybe you graduated you can bring us up to date with where you at right now but are you seeing some of these same the same signs that that perhaps your mother or your grandparents were talking about that were that were red flags for for communism growing within the country are you seeing that experiencing that I do and I think unfortunately it is getting worse specifically at Belmont University they refused the school is refusing to allow a turning point USA chapter on campus I think it it's it's it's awful it's an infringement on our First Amendment right to freedom of speech and freedom of belief to protest to assemble and so it's really unfortunate what's going on with with colleges and universities I graduated in the spring of 2021 but I have heard of the horror stories happening at private Christian schools so -called Christian schools happening across the country and until students and parents and grandparents begin to see what is happening you know the first step to solving a problem is acknowledging it exists and it's there and it's not going to get better until enough conservative students and parents realize that they need to stop funding the indoctrination machines of universities and change course well it's very brave of you to say that glory I want want to get your your view and and and I want to first first say this I opened this show up before I brought you on with talking about somebody named Charlotte Iserbyt and I'm happy to send you her link to her book it's called the deliberate dumbing down of America what she did was she started dissecting what was happening under the Reagan administration with the attack on the indoctrination that we're seeing fruits of today a few decades later but Gloria did you did you ever expect or suspect that something like this might happen to your son I I he gets into college were there any anything anything happening up to that time where he's now the student body president of Belmont University anything before that that you were that you questioned well you know hey they he might he might need to defend himself or was this a complete surprise to you it was a complete surprise there was absolutely nothing the handbook the literature the online documentation about Belmont University everything fit a conservative Christian agenda there was nothing I mean personally I think it's a bait and switch but there was absolutely nothing I was friends with some of the professors who are conservatives at Belmont or who were conservatives at Belmont and we had spoken for two years before Stevie made the decision to go there and no there was not any kind of indication that anything like this would happen now we would never allowed our son to want to go to a school where he would have been threatened for his beliefs I mean he had been working for Republican candidates since he was 17 years old so it was out in the open it's on his LinkedIn it's public so no I mean we we were told on every tour we were told at every meeting that this was a fully free campus there would be no harassment it was Christian it was conservative and I read the handbook and Stevie followed all the guidelines when these things did start to occur he did follow all the guidelines he followed all the rules he turned everything into administration and they did nothing absolutely nothing and Stevie yeah go ahead to this day they have not responded in any way shape or form nothing and this has been three years now so you have not gotten a formal response from the school administration Stevie you're simply in DC taking a photograph outside the White House expressing your gratitude for the country and the values that it stands for did you ever suspect this type of backlash coming from the because he knew that if he spoke out against them that they would send him to a camp where he'd never be heard from again and really that whole year of 2020 was either you agree with everything we're saying you endorse the BLM organization but we're gonna do everything we can to destroy you and in fact because Tennessee is a single -party consent state that means you can record conversations with only one person knowing I did record those conversations with my fraternity which my mom put into her book and in those conversations my fellow friends my fraternity brothers say if you do not apologize for your post if you do not endorse this group we're gonna do whatever it takes to destroy you and your career and your reputation so it's a more mild form of what happens in communist countries but because these students were not held accountable it is only going to get worse and worse and it did I mean there was one instance where a female student who worked at a fast -food restaurant I would go to for my breakfast in the mornings she admitted in the official College Democrat group text that she was putting quote gross stuff in my drinks every single day because I was a an awful conservative who loved this country and one endorsed the BLM organization and the school guess what the school did when I turned her in what did they do they accepted her into Belmont law school you gotta be kidding me I'm serious 100 % she was rewarded for attacking a political opponent and I think that's dangerous as we see what's going on with President Trump he is being attacked because he's leading in the polls and it's truly unfortunate that we're becoming a banana republic yeah did the did she make you sick with whatever she put in the drinks and we couldn't even get the Nashville police who are unfortunately very short staff due to the liberal City Council and the liberal mayor at the time unfortunately they were they were unable to investigate it because I was perfectly fine thankfully but they said since there was no lasting issues that they refused to investigate and then the school accepted this girl into law school with full knowledge of everything she had done struck so it it shows the systemic problem we're having and imagine if this is happening in a conservative Christian private university in Nashville Tennessee one of the most conservative states imagine what's going on in all 49 other states we don't have the ability to record conversations and to take screenshots of texts and emails and and have such transparency I mean it's terrifying to think what's happening in these other colleges yeah very well said Stevie tell us about that book and tell us about how tell us about how it's been received my husband and I we want to speak out on this we want people to know I need parents and grandparents to know what their children and yes very teen but there still are children what they face and what they are up against when they go away to school we need for parents to fight back we need for parents to take a stand if 40 % of students stopped attending their respective universities you know that the agenda at universities with administration would change so we as conservatives we have that title of being silent majority because usually we are silent well Stevie and I wanted to change that hence the book I use I feel that the book is an educational tool for parents learn from what happened to my son learn from the experience that we've had we went to this university many times it's not far from our home we investigated it we knew people who worked there who taught there and never once did we feel that it was going to be a threat to our son and look what happened so whatever you're seeing I dread to think what's going on at public schools I just dread but I want parents to learn learn read the book you'll see everything is documented in there as my son said fortunately we're able to record and we're able to use everything for information but we need for parents to be more active in their students and their children's educations even when they are at college because they are all indoctrination facilities I did live in a communist country I went to first grade in Zagreb which was then Yugoslavia in 1972 and I can tell you that on my way to school my walk to school every morning I had 1 ,000 US dollars in my backpack I knew if civil unrest broke out at the age of six I knew how to get out of Yugoslavia get into a cab that was waiting for me at the end of the hill and that cab driver would take me to the border of Yugoslavia in Italy where one of my aunts would meet me and my parents would come when they were able I also knew the police officer on the corner he wasn't there for me he wasn't there to make sure that I'd be safe or anybody else he was definitely there to protect the communist regime and Josip Tito who was the dictator at the time and the parallels that I saw with what I experienced living in a communist country and what my son endured at Belmont University it's there if it's clear as day and I want to enlighten everyone who wants to hear from me I want all parents to know this is happening in our country now too we are being silenced and shut down the title of the book folks is outcast how the radical left tried to destroy a young conservative and that is Stevie so Stevie was this a the attack on you was this coming from the BLM movement at Belmont University or in Nashville have you identified the nucleus of where this attack came from okay so let me ask you a broader question we saw during the Trump Tifa uprisings mainly Seattle Portland but obviously across the country Chicago New York but that coincided with this this COVID -19 virus outbreak as a as a university student you've now graduated but Stevie were you were you drawing any parallels to either of these things happening during the Trump administration that seemingly linked to a communist revolt within the country does that making sense were you able to draw any connect any dots Stevie we know from history that it usually doesn't work that way and the government's gonna keep taking more and more of our rights and when you couple that with what is happening what did happen in 2020 with with the riots and people getting away with committing crimes to where if you and I or anyone else who was a conservative did burn down a courthouse like they did in Nashville or protest and kill innocent people in the streets we would go to jail however because they were advancing a political movement that the liberal district attorneys in big cities supported they were let go and they were not punished like they should have been like we would have been so the hypocrisy is terrible I think it does parallel communism to where you know if you remember the black shirts Mussolini's black shirts taking control of the Italian government because they were the advancing political agenda and movement that the powers that be wanted them to they were able to harass and intimidate people into supporting them and I fear that our country is going that way and we need people to stand up now if we're ever hoping to take back our country and get it back on the right track and under control Gloria the book is recently published it looks like it was just published last month and you've got us forward by Sam Sorbo how's the reception of the book been so far what are people saying who have you spoke to about it how is it being received lot Gloria a of media outlets that are reaching out to us I'm being asked to speak almost on a daily basis different organizations different groups Stevie and I have traveled to a lot of different states throughout the country and we will continue to be touring and we are I have started a conversation and parents are now extending that conversation with their friends and that is the goal we need to start with one person talking to another and now the growth has been exponential it's incredible the book is selling very well it's available on Amazon and wherever books are sold but from what I have witnessed and the calls I am getting yes it is and I mean if we as conservatives don't speak up we're gonna be done this is it and if America Falls there is nowhere else to go and our children are being indoctrinated I don't care what level of schooling it's that they're being indoctrinated on every single level and if parents do not set a strong foundation in the household when the child is born and continue that throughout a child's life when they go to college always we will not be America any longer so the book is being well received I do have parents who have reached out to me and who have asked me questions likewise I do have some haters but that's how I know I'm making a difference because the hate is there as well yeah absolutely well said it's like when you went once you're censored you know that you're putting up the correct information on the online right Stevie are you concentrating on any particular campuses as you tour the country you point of a Christian organization and unfortunately they they canceled the meeting that was going to happen at Belmont and so been trying to help the students out there at Belmont but really I think the key thing is getting in front of as many young people as possible who are conservative and letting them know that they're not alone that the hardships they're going through have happened before and they're gonna happen again and we've got to stand up tall for what we believe in and we can't be scared of people saying mean things about us or what people put on social media or what they may say to us we've got to stand up for what we believe in if there's any chance of saving our country thank you very much let me ask you this question Gloria as we as we wind down and then I want to give each of you an opportunity to leave listeners with some final words and thoughts but Gloria as somebody who's lived in a communist country and it sounded like you did at least one year schooling their first grade what's happening right now to the border of your country what's happening down there they believe they have freedom and to an extent they do and I equate it to when I speak I speak to a lot of young people because young people are what United Women Foundation is mostly about and so when I speak I they look at me very oddly when I tell my story but what I have found that works very well is I bring up a lion at a zoo and he's in a zoo he's caged his needs are met he has food he has shelter he has water he has medical attention and it's all for free but he is still in that cage but he is able to roam in that cage correct and then we have the next picture a lion picture lion in Wyoming in Montana anywhere in this country roaming freely that lion bends for himself he finds his own food he finds his own shelter he finds his own water he takes care of himself that lion is independent to me that is the difference that is the bottom line that is the difference between communism and America that is the difference between our constitution is that lion that is roaming free throughout this country and that's what we are right now so that is something that I think resonates with young people and I I believe that putting it in a perspective of a picture like that they are beginning to understand a little bit I hope at least I mean I don't know right now what I'm seeing is a lot of people have said we cannot have an opinion because we have not experienced it which truly breaks my heart my family in Croatia thinks that they are free in effect my family basically is a caged lion yeah incredible and and let me review what is happening right now at the southern border in in the U .S.
Did Pres. Trump Dance Around the Idea of Pardoning Jan. 6 Suspects?
"The show we try to keep our guests to a minimum so here was donald trump yesterday if you missed it on these pardons i thought this was the most important question um what he's going to do is a corrective mechanism to pardon these people involved with january 6th which is clear case of judicial overreach here and i got a lot of complaints about the answer here and this i felt was a little bit unjustified the other stuff i get i understand but this i felt was unjustified take a listen said to what he first it's short i saw yesterday 22 years another one got 18 years another one got 17 years and yet when they burned down portland and they killed people they got practically nothing by comparison in fact in many cases they got nothing when they went into minnesota when they went into minneapolis and they burned down the entire city and took over the police force and took over the whole building and then set that on fire they got almost so nothing we have two sets of justice i think whoever these people are i looked at this i was watching this and i couldn't believe it and let me tell you it's every time i do whether it's an interview or i talk to somebody this just like you're doing this is the first subject they bring in they think it's really horrible and so really unfair it was weird i got some complaints it was from people who obviously are not trump people they were various other candidates they were supporting various other candidates they were supporting um and they said that they felt that the answer was kind of squishy and i thought some of the criticism of the interview as i said before was absolutely fair but i don't think that's fair at all uh you know i know president trump on that name dropping nobody really cares a lot of people know no i'm not his best friend not his worst friend i'm his friend i know him we've had dinner together i don't want to over dramatize how close we are but i've heard him talk many times when he tells you things that he yeah he doesn't talk in like white papers here's what i'm going to do step one in day one is going to be an executive order 12 6 2 5 2 5 3 point section appendix 625 based on title 18 usc 35252 probably he doesn't do that so when
A highlight from FASB Bitcoin News with the Caf Bitcoin Crew + BTC Sessions
"Hello, and welcome to the Cafe Bitcoin Podcast brought to you by Swan Bitcoin, the best way to buy and learn about Bitcoin. I'm your host, Alex Danson, and we're excited to announce that we're bringing the Cafe Bitcoin Conversations Twitter Spaces to you on this show, the Cafe Bitcoin Podcast, Monday through Friday every week. Join us as we speak to guests like Michael Saylor, Len Alden, Corey Clifston, Greg Foss, Tomer Strohle, and many others in the Bitcoin space. Also, be sure to hit that subscribe button. Make sure you get notifications when we launch a new episode. You can join us live on Twitter Spaces Monday through Friday, starting at 7 a .m. Pacific and 10 a .m. Eastern every morning to become part of the conversation yourself. Thanks again. We look forward to bringing you the best Bitcoin content daily here on the Cafe Bitcoin Podcast. I'm going to say luxurious experience, even though I was having problems, the look and feel of the UI, it's an Apple versus Android kind of thing as far as I'm concerned. It's just it's a very nice experience. And the best part about it is the access to the Telegram group and the help that you get when you do run into problems. They have really the end user in mind when it comes to getting this thing set up and running. And then, as Tomer said, once you get it set up and running, there's these apps that you can download and they need some configuration sometimes, but they also run, according to Portland Hoddle, who obviously knows a lot more than I do about this space and about these tools. He was really impressed with how quickly you can get things onboarded and how they effectively come pretty much pre -configured for somebody who's not going to utilize these tools to their utmost, you know, to the utmost. So that's my experience with it. I think it's kind of like an Apple experience as far as servers and nodes go. All right, good stuff. Do you guys want to dive into some discussion of this new FASB ruling? I see Foss out in the audience. Terrence Yang's up here. Good morning. Welcome. Greg, if you want to come up here and share your thoughts or insights on this, anybody else who has an accounting background understands the significance of the ramifications of what the FASB ruling is going to have, the new rules regarding GAAP accounting and large corporations. Terrence, if you're there, do you want to dive in? Sure. So bottom line, this is great for all U .S. public companies who do GAAP accounting. This is the accounting rule change that was affected for people who report GAAP or generally accepted accounting principles. So number one, this affects all U .S. public companies and any private company that aspires to go public and is planning ahead. So this will make their transition much easier. They're already doing GAAP accounting, even though they don't have to. And GAAP accounting does what? It classifies Bitcoin as an intangible asset. And what is that? That means it's going to be classified, it's currently classified as similar to goodwill. So, you know, that saying that it takes a lifetime or generations to build a reputation and you can lose that reputation in a day. So if you think about how goodwill is calculated, once you damage your goodwill, whether you're Enron or FTX would be a good example, right? Because they're continuing to operate under the FTX name. The brand is atrocious.
"portland" Discussed on The Crossover NBA Show with Chris Mannix
"And a CJ McCollum based package that you and I have discussed many times seems like a potentially viable way to go. So I want, you know, if I'm the Portland trailblazers, I want somebody that I truly trust to make important basketball decisions in that job, but right now they're in flux. So the timing is terrible and I would be very curious to see where they go from here. Are they prepared to make a dramatic move? Maybe not trading Lillard himself, but trading McCollum or maybe trading nurkic, maybe trace some of these other pieces. If you're gonna snap him out of this funk, it's gonna require some moves. And I don't know what if you do that with an interim head of basketball ops or not. I'll be curious to see how they play this out. Yeah, I can't see Joe cronin being empowered to trade Demi Lillard. Not this year and not until if it happens. Joe cronin is named the permanent president of basketball operations. They're obviously going to cast a pretty wide net in Portland to try to see who the best fit is for that franchise. I think that choice be it Joe cronin or anybody else should be the person empowered with that decision. But I do think cronin can and should explore secondary deals. And by that, I mean CJ McCollum. Again, regardless of what Lillard wants, Simmons from a column makes sense. For both teams, right? You got Ben Simmons just hanging out in Philadelphia with clear, clearly no intention of ever playing for that franchise. He's there. You put Ben Simmons in Portland, all of a sudden, you have added a Swiss Army knife type of defender, to one of the worst offensive teams in the league. And you add another ball handler and up tempo guy who can, you know, obviously energize that team's fast break attack. That makes sense for Portland. CJ McCollum makes a ton of sense for the Philadelphia 76. I mean, Joel embiid and we'll get to this is having a monster season in Philadelphia. They have Seth curry playing well, Tobias Harris, when he's healthy, playing well, they need more firepower. CJ McCollum, while not being Damian Lillard, represents firepower. That's that to me is an obvious swap to make if both teams can kind of narrow their focus and not try to extract every ounce of blood being draft picks in this context from from the other in this situation. The other part of this Howard, the extension that Lillard is eligible for this off season. I don't think it's a leap of faith to say that Lillard wants that extension. That would guarantee him an extra $100 million and two more years on his deal that will take him right up until the round is 37th birthday. That kind of guaranteed money. If it's available to you, you are going to want it. The question becomes, does it make any sense for Portland to do it? I know, I know what Lillard's brought to that team. He has been the face of that franchise for almost a decade now. He and you and I can I think you and I are in the same page. He is arguably the greatest blazer of all time. Like he's yes..
"portland" Discussed on The Crossover NBA Show with Chris Mannix
"Again, if you're the franchise that's fortunate enough to have a generational type talent like Steph or in this case like Damian Lillard, I think you do what you got to do. We don't know if he's asking for that extension. We don't know if he will. We don't know he'll want the max value on it or he'll insist on that or if he'll give them some wiggle room. But if and when that moment comes, I'm doing it. And by the way, I'm not trading him. I am not proactively trading Damian Lillard. I, if I'm the Portland Trail Blazers, I know I'm a small market. I do not attract free agents and getting a guy like dame who they drafted 6th overall credit to dealer shave for that pick, by the way, like that is some combination of good fortune and good scouting, but you don't get that opportunity every year. You can go years, decades. Ask the Sacramento Kings. How long it might take to find a talent who can anchor your team and how difficult that is, especially in a smaller market. So I am not about to pull the plug on the game Lillard era when he's still just 31 years old. I'm looking to trade whether it's CJ McCollum, nurkic, Covington, Powell, basically everybody else, and I think they're all movable. What you can get is a different question. They are overdue for a shake up, no question. If I can get Ben Simmons, I'm with you. I'm going and getting them. But short of that, I'm still trying to make other moves to support dame Lillard and extend their this Lillard era of being a strong playoff team as opposed to starting over and trading him. It's not an unreasonable argument, I just, maybe I'm a little bit more practical, cold blooded, whatever word or phrase you want to use. I don't see this panic. No, it's not panicky. I don't see this team winning a championship in the next couple of years. And if you're not, well, what are you playing for? If you're not playing for a championship, you should be tearing it down to build something that eventually will compete for a championship. And you know, you talked about how the shelf life of players is even longer in today's game. And like I believe that, like, I get that, you know, whether it's the amount of members on a training staff and what guys are able to do, their bodies hold up a little bit longer in today's game. But a couple things worry me about Lillard. One, he has been an Iron Man for most of his career. You look at the games played here..
"portland" Discussed on The Garden Report | Boston Celtics Post Game Show from TD Garden
"He looks healthier certainly. The burst that he has right now is good. The strength and the post that you talked about there should was moving CJ and I don't know if I don't know if he may have gone through him or he just realized his role in this offense or what, but I think he got through to everybody else, actually. This is what happened. The threes, John, the threes. I'm crazy. Rod and I were among the few who were like on Marcus aside when he said what he said. And I know he was playing like crap then, but I'm just talking about the threes though. The turnaround has been tangible. Yeah. Both crazy threes that made us lose our mind in the past. I don't even see them anymore. What's happening now is that at the start of this game, where they made 14 of the first 15 shots, you go back and look at the ball move between jaylen and Marcus. I mean, they were playing that two man game and that forced his Portland defense to react faster. Yeah. Everything was just popping. And Schroeder was moving the ball too. All of them were. He was. He was. And he was, and he was getting anywhere he wanted to win he wanted to get there. It was bad. There's a buy in. There's a connectivity across this team right now. You have passes everywhere. Do you want with us for our last game, but the lineup you put out there in crunch time is to start the 5 ball and lose 5 passers. Space in the floor the way they did it in work is you tie just unload an avalanche them in the last 5 minutes there, but you look at that lineup that they put out there to close the game with Richardson instead of rob a 136 offensive rating in those 5 minutes. The stuff that they're able to do just because of the amount of playmakers that they have, they have a ton of versatility on defense because everyone defends here, but I feel like everybody on this team has the ability to pass and we open the show talking about, you know, maybe why this looks a little bit better without brand now. I'm not saying that they're better without Brown or anything that I think that's.
"portland" Discussed on The Garden Report | Boston Celtics Post Game Show from TD Garden
"This was bad, man. This was really bad. I know they didn't have dame Lillard, and obviously that impacts your chances of winning with damn. This was really bad. I mean, grant Williams, getting it done, Tatum, Schroeder, Peyton, Fritz. I mean, you go down the line. Everyone had a big game Payton hit himself. Damn near half court. Hitting logo Lillard shots in this game. Even when the game was out of hand, it doesn't matter. I was dreaming of that. This is like the stimulus package that you needed for this team. They needed a night like this where everything seemed to fall. Was even when they, you know, the league got down only one or two points. You never really got a feeling as though they were going to lose this game. Because Portland just never really, they made a few shots, but for the most part, this is a point that was a bad team right now. They really are. I talked to Chauncey bills after the game and you know this was the first time he said he's addressed the team after a loss. Usually he's just gonna let them do their thing, but he had to speak on this one. And the message was pride. They didn't play with any kind of pride. It's one thing to get your ass kicked. But at least get your ass in trying to play with some type of effort. You played you played your business card. You got this like that. You see a lot of games like that where they just didn't seem to play with a tremendous amount. Now I know I should ride went to Portland. You played your pistons card with Chauncey? That's my guy. That's my guy. His team is not very good unfortunately. Tough job from the inter into. I was just saying shrine. It feels like that whole thing's coming to an end. Sooner than anyone can imagine. Yeah. They're going to have to do something. I mean, it really does feel like they're at that point where they're going to blow everything up and just start. And if you're the Celtics, I mean, you know, I would look long and hard about some of those pieces and I poured the Ross to that..
"portland" Discussed on The Garden Report | Boston Celtics Post Game Show from TD Garden
"Come in West Coast edition garden report. John zanis, Bobby Manning, charade blakely out in Portland. Jimmy toscano has a way of just popping into these things. So it is happening tonight. He was active in the group chat. He was in the game. Jimmy might be coming. Jimmy Jimmy, Jimmy's gonna surprise you. Jimmy is coming. I have no doubt about it. So once you have here, one 45, one 17. I want some numbers. When was the last time I saw the score this much back to back games? Oh, I don't think I can do that, but I don't know it. I'm waiting for somebody smarter than us with, you know, research capabilities. It's probably not hard to find. But what was it last game, one 30, right? One 30 on the dot, right? One 37 one 30? Yeah, so I'll pull that up in a minute. But it's still unbelievable shooting night. And again, we play the make miss league game. It's really nice when you're the one making all the shots versus, you know, last night watching Utah do what they did, but 56 field goal 57, three point percentage, 26 assists. You taught S started in this one, 14 of 15. Yeah, you know, it's just stuff was falling..
"portland" Discussed on The Crossover NBA Show with Chris Mannix
"Howard, where the blazers have their own internal issues to deal with over the weekend the team confirmed that there is an internal investigation going on into blazers, general manager, Neil O'Shea, the investigation, centers around O'Shea, allegedly creating a hostile work environment. And I've been told that for the last roughly week or so investigators have been calling in members of the organization for interviews. They have been calling former staffers and coaches that work for that team to discuss how they were treated by O'Shea in the past. You know, I've got some thoughts on this myself, but give me your reaction to this investigation into Neil osha. The difficulty here Chris is that we don't really have any details yet. There's just a broad description of hostile work environment. And we don't know what that entails. We don't know how many people in sales we don't know what kind of behavior it allegedly entails. And so I'm going to withhold there's nothing to say with all judgment. There's nothing to judge. I don't know what we're I don't know what we're judging yet. I assume we will hear more in the days and weeks to come. Or maybe by the time we hear those details, maybe he'll already be out if it's that bad. And if their internal investigation. Discovers that things are that extreme, I had not heard any hint of anything like this in prior years. I had never gotten any sense that there was any trouble in Portland up until now the most pressure on Neil O'Shea with regard to his job with the blazers was whether or not he'd done enough to get Damien Lillard a championship level supporting cast. As a basketball matter, he was already, I think, under fire in some quarters. Obviously, the Chauncey billups higher was a notable flashpoint as well, a couple of months ago, but in terms of the way Neil oles runs the team..
"portland" Discussed on Newsradio 1200 WOAI
"Portland yesterday. Conflicts between members of proud boys. And Antifa happened after the right wing. Proud boys held a rally yesterday. That brought out counter demonstrators and the two sides, among other things were exchanging paintballs bear mace and smoke devices. One witness claims that a man used a slur at a black man and then fired multiple shots in their direction. Portland police said that man has been arrested. But provided no other details and according to a number of witnesses, this is scary. Police in the area largely left the protesters and didn't intervene in any of the clashes that were taking place. Speaking of clashes, there's that country called Afghanistan. We're joined now by San Antonio. First news national correspondent Rory O Neill. A lot of places to start. Why don't we start with the most recent information? And that is that a gun battle broke out this morning at the Kabul airport, killing at least one Afghan soldier. Afghan American German soldiers were involved in exchange of fire This morning. They left one Afghan soldier dead. Three more wounded. Good morning. Good morning. We also got an update on the numbers as to how they're making progress with these evacuations. New numbers from the White House show that yesterday or as of three o'clock this morning of the 24 hour period that ended at three a.m. Eastern 25 c seventeen's in three c one thirties evacuated 10,400 people from the Kabul airport. 61 Coalition aircraft evacuated another 5900 people, so that's more than 16,000 people evacuated yesterday. Which isn't bad news when you consider that the numbers of the total amount of evacuations somewhere in the neighborhood of 30,000, and that's almost at least the third in just the last 24 hours or so. They say they've evacuated 37,000 since August. 14th. Of course, that deadline is looming. We got word from the Taliban this morning, the spokesman saying that the US would be crossing quote a red line if troops stayed in Afghanistan past the August 31st deadline. That spokesman saying if they extended, that means they're extending occupation of Afghanistan. Creating mistrust was the word he used between us. Didn't go any further on that just stopped at mistrust just stopped at mistrust. And of course, you know, these negotiations are going on a back channel. So you know what we hear from the Pentagon, even from the president is all Being said. Even while there are talks underway behind the scenes, all right, we're looking at close to 5 6000 troops at the airport, and that's American troops, thousands more from allied countries. As for people wanting to get out of the country, we know everybody wants to get out if they if they can, But how does that work with our allies? Because we know uh, you know, we're using United States aircraft to get Americans and Afghan refugees out. Uh, let's say, Germany and the UK just as an example trying to get their individuals out. Is there any kind of a system of who can come in and get out or United States have presence? How does that work? Well, you know, I think it's different when the U. S takes the eggs actions versus, say, one of our NATO allies like Germany. So over the weekend, Germany started flying in their own helicopters so that they could go out across Afghanistan. Pick up German citizens, bring them back to the airport in Kabul and then evacuate them. If the US does something like that, it takes it to a whole different level. And this is what the by the administration is trying to deal with expanding this perimeter around the airport as well. You know, when the U. S moves, it draws a lot more attention, But the French and Germans have been able to be more aggressive in going out outside the airport boundaries and getting their people and transport in the back. Biden administration only say they'll expand the airport presence. They haven't said yes or no to this idea of using other hardware to go out further to the country to rescue Americans, obviously difficult to come up with, you know a specific number. But roughly speaking, Rory how many Americans are we looking at that we need to get out? How many Afghans do we need to get out? Oh, the number of Afghan one. That's a variable figure. Even the Taliban says Hey, look, You're evacuating too many people for economic reasons not because they actually helped you with all this. So we have to find out which is which the number of Americans had been around 15,000, But we believe that coming down they're being told to stay in place right now. Don't come to the airport unless you've been specifically instructed to as they try to secure better access cleaner access point. For Americans to get to the airport. But the numbers are are fluid is politis way to say it and his dire is the entire situation is what looks to me anyways. Being the most dire is the fact that the Taliban wants us out of there by next Wednesday. Right? Yeah. Yeah, That's the difficult part, And that's why these negotiations are happening to see because the president has said repeatedly every American who wants to leave Bill gets them exactly how many Afghans now that want to leave. That's a bit more of a gray area. Certainly we're going to be leaving some Afghans behind that wish they could leave. But that's uh You know that? That's the challenge right now. Appreciate the update. San Antonio First news National correspondent Rory O Neill, Brad Sham has your Cowboys report in 10 minutes. When.
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"In the past like the paul thing i also i don't the nick l. me win definitely isn't the same at all but there is a little of we don't see him brought forward as much. I mean we still think it was eddie worked with him and so they talked about nick on the show but they still push for where you know a lot more so you see sort of the decisions that the show makes it who they spotlight and i think moving forward. We'll definitely see each or totally agree. Just because you went doesn't mean you're the you're the superstar of the season the often more personality based overall i did enjoy the season. It was a thrill to be able to watch it. Where do you think we're going next. I would love to see. I feel portland's portland is a location. We've talked for a long time. A lot of a lot of the seasons are locations. We've mentioned have been picked up. Should we say. I wanna see philadelphia. Yeah it's wild that we haven't seen philly yet. I think that would be a really fun location. It's pretty central pennsylvania's underrated. I'm listening to say that. right now. Pennsylvanians underrated stay haley. Hear me out hershey park. Oh yes a attlee. See right at the show for the magical elves. Are you listening. Yes yes yes yes. Yes yes yes i.
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"That's like we've hit on the larger issues like These guys can exist in that space without having to face any backlash or questioning for and frankly even if you do get a second chance to rub you wanna put it like. That's something you should face the rest of your life like you should face that the rest of your life like i i just. I don't really know a good answer that with him. And i know portland fans have been really frustrated with it. But i'm kind of wondering where you're at with that. Yeah you know. Dame is someone who Has shown over and over again his character kiss somebody who has always been a man of character. He's always stood up for people He's you know he's been a constant wase in the fight for social justice on several ends. I mean you saw him. Protesting during the black lives matter He wore shirts with with the messages. You know stop asian. He has been a supporter of of you. Know different communities that are dealing with issues like this and he's always been someone who has stood by what he said he someone that he says something you can trust his word And i think character matters and so to me. I tend to be someone where when there's controversy that comes up with him i want to hear from him. I wanna hear straight from his mouth. What he has to say because he's proven himself to be a man of character. And i believe that i believe that he is and so you know. I think it's a tough situation because we don't know how much the players knew. We don't know what conversations took place what we're getting is bits and pieces of. He said she said from this media outlet in this media outlet. And that's not the whole picture. We don't know the conversations that are going on behind closed doors. We don't know what they're being told they can or can't say we don't know any of that and so for me. When you have a guy like dame who's been loyal to the city who's been loyal to this franchise who's been a person of character who stood by his word. I tend to think that that will continue. And i think that if he if he were to have backed one of these people as wanting them to be the coach i believe it when he says he didn't know about that. Because i think. I didn't know either. I think you know i mean how many of us have people off people in my life. Don't know everything about my history. People that i know my friends my casual acquaintances. I don't know everything about their history. You can know a person and not know. Every single detail of their past Even things like this. And so. I think i until i hear otherwise from him. I am going to trust what he's said and the bottom line to me is. It shouldn't have even gotten to that point. You shouldn't have gotten to a point. Where dame is saying. I want the sky. I want this guy because there should go back to what i said earlier that there should be policies and procedures in place before they even get to that level. This isn't on the players. This is on management. This is on the nba. It needs to be taken care of on that level. We shouldn't be expecting current players to be doing background. Checks on possible coaches. Yeah and i think it just speaks to. The overall issue is with the nba. Like i think that's who has not gotten enough flack for this like i think I mean i would. I'd personally say neal should deserves even more flat than he's gotten but The nba has gotten very little heat for this in general and they deserve all of it..
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"Is your host mark schindler as always before we get started today. If you have not already please be sure to rate and with us over on apple podcasts. You always want to hear from you and feedback I am really excited today. I'll to talk with her but not excited for the subject matter. But we'll get into that i I'm joined by dee miller over at blazers edge. You do really great work just with basketball. In general. I've enjoyed connecting the on the time line but especially with everything. That's been going on recently in portland founded really pertinent to have you on but first of all. How are you doing things on your end. How is house portland. Thank you You know. I actually don't live in portland okay. I live in los angeles. Oh racers yeah. I grew up in southern oregon. My family is all in the portland area. But we moved down here when i was in high school. And so i've been here now half my life which ages me massively but i've been down here for for quite a while but it still oregon. Is you know always will feel like home. And i have been a blazer fan since i was a little kid. There was no way. I was switching to the lakers. So yeah well that is. That's definitely good to hear. I'm currently team loose. I guess is probably be like that. I grew up so i was really late to basketball. I i like to football and hockey gramps i grew up in ohio and like basketball's big but like i'm five foot. Eight so i was not basketball is not synonymous remain. But i got really into basketball when the when the pacers got good in the mid two thousand ten and So the brown was obviously Went so i was like i just. I turned on the eastern conference finals in two thousand thirteen in fell in love But it's kind of like team listened like trying. I don't know just like basketball. I guess this how about you know. I was always very much trailblazer fan. And then when i started working with switch cultures that covers basketball not just nba but also even like overseas and wnba and things like that It shifted it. Became a lot more. Like i really. There are players that i love that. I will watch regardless of what team they're on and i can sit down and watch a game between any two teams and just enjoy watching basketball. I don't always think it's bad to be team lewis. I think sometimes it's kind of a nice thing to just be able to sit there and enjoy the game rather than feeling so invested in one specific team. No i agree like i just especially. Now i've been doing a lotta drafts up too. So like i mean. I was watching high school games now. Which is like wild thing. Box have been transitioning warren scouting. I love it. It's just like you watch. A player gets a discover their games. They are hopefully..
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"Come right on the heels of the jason k. It news which the national media is saying like. Oh jason kidd got out of the way and he didn't want to interfere or make things complicated. I think the real thing is i. Think damian lillard put jason kidd's name out there without any idea or or background on jason kidd's domestic violence history and that went over like a lead balloon import portland rightfully so people did not want any part of vat here. is a very inclusive fan base. Here i would say one of the more active female driven twitter sphere fan interaction everything. So that's something we all kind of unified over. And i think there was a backlash there. I think damian lillard foray into that. Coaching suggestion probably led to. I'm not talking to anybody for a couple of days. So not the sorry not bad. It's funny because like like you're meshing with or not not funny. Those wrongly put it like that was my initial reaction to because i had a lot of people that i know like in group chats just general be like what the fuck like. I can't believe they would do that. And it sounds asinine. Say it but i just think dame is focused. One hundred percent on like we us in the media sphere and people who are fans. They're focused on reading all the stuff and keeping up with it anymore does not focused on keeping up with everything like i mean. He watches the league. You he talks but he. He's one hundred percent about the week all day every day but like that's the kind of stuff gets brushed over really easily and people don't find if if they don't got out of their way finding i'm not trying to excuse thousand thing but i think i'm in the same boat with you. I think that was more like a shit. I had no idea that this was a thing. And that they responded. Accordingly i think i i really do bind that line of thinking that i think the good or damian lillard directly probably got in contact with jason kidd's people and we're like this isn't happening and i wouldn't be surprised at the blazers said this isn't happening Then working back to. Just the general unrest with damian lillard. Obviously he gets eliminated after that game. Five where he scores a bunch of points game sticks they blow a big lead go out. Cj mccollum has arguably his worst playoff showing. He's ever had in his career so now you he's obviously frustrated. There was a kris haines article. Six weeks for some of the timing with the christine's who's been yeah. I'm talking about. What is portland done for me. Like done for damian lillard. They built the right team around him. And i think all those feelings kinda came to the foreground Obviously frustrated posts a instagram story. That has some a quote from an embassy hustle song as far as you know windows opportunity or window determination. Meet opportunity or something along those lines. I think he's just laying the groundwork. Because i think so. Much of the damian lillard brand is loyalty is relationship but the city is loyalty. And it's not just going to be a one. Eighty course correction if he needs to get outta here in his prime go compete. It's this little framework. That's kinda getting built up for the first time. And i don't think it's going to happen this offseason. At least i really don't. But i think the framework is there. It is another disastrous wasted season. Next year. i don't think he's the type of guy who's going to wait around to see what happens..
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"Having here with the blazers. So i those guys are a little more seasoned and can pick up on this pattern for the rest of us. Who who've kind of dealt with paul allen led organization. I mean there's been some rough spot odds but like it's so blindsiding with all. This ended just zero accountability. With how neil shave runs the media market. Here i mean ablazing basically when ben gulliver left here neil she use it as an exact pinpoint opportunity to jank or condition our credential and hats off to our managing editor dave decker. Who said we're not gonna play that game we're not gonna do this conditional credential and do this proving ground for you. We're going to speak objectively about this team and we stuck to that and unfortunately Is stifled the growth of young media members in this market and and outside of traditional state run media here he is put a cap on it ended damages. Market it is. I think it is prevented this team from being held accountable for its mistakes. Which i think is ultimately stunted damian lillard prime years as far as the teammates that are around him. So that's that's my long o'shea ran. It's not very many. I remember we were talking about this a of months ago and you are. You sent me some some articles podcast alongside it from stuff a couple years ago when i was like wow i didn't i didn't even know about this like and it's kind kind of crazy and comparing it like it's a small market can get kind of overblown sometimes but like you're talking about with portland. Like if feels very much like indiana me in some regards. Just unless they're in the playoffs. You're not really hearing about them that much. Because there isn't as much media coverage part of that is i mean. Markets are markets. but at the same. Time like you're mentioning. Just that's that's kind of where it is right now so in talking about the failings of building around around dame that's where it's interesting to me because iva it's like i'm sure if i remember correctly i wanna say that he said in his presser you know this is not the place where we're getting a star free agent or something like that in his press conference and that's true but my issue is always been unwillingness to make roster moves I think the team drafts. Well like i'll give give credit for that like i think. The team has drafted well. But the problem has been like sticking way to your guns with with keeping guys on the roster because i think there have been real opportunities to move guys to maybe try and make some kind of ross remove or make some kind of big time move and i guess we could talk about. Cj mccollum with that Given the inflexibility of this roster now it really feels like unless. Cj mccollum is getting moved. There really isn't anything sizable happening to make a concerted change on this roster but it also seems like. You'll share completely unwilling to do that. I think when you talk about the draft record..
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"Anyway. considering arena portland for occasion the summer for weekend. Yeah it does. I am friends in portland. Should really see them at some point dan. I keep wanting to do like vancouver to like san francisco like a train. Adventure and stop in seattle and portland has always done. Drain venture of train may way to see a some countryside. Took a train from chicago to la once once that sounds. I've always wanted to do the ones that are late from toronto to vancouver where it's like. The open not sounds pretty burs across the country trained that that sounds not well plan it was. it was I splurged on like a sleeper car. They had like a bathroom in the car. Beds out why split is paid a lot and but it was like easter weekend and so a couple of states that you're going through the alcohol on the train because there were to follow the liquor laws of the state. You're going through. And i was very upset funny and very well next time you know you gotta bring your own alcohol on that train. Any hobo movie will tell you my shoulder i actually. I would completely be going to thank whoever if.
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"Technically they are actually closer though to third than they are to seventh which is hard to believe but true. It's amazing three games. Authorities out of the laws con-going tonight behind the box. Who just keep losing games that they shouldn't be losing. But yes i. I understand there is sort of this feeling of. Let's get greedy away. Your fourth seat will hang onto the fourth seat guys as a six game west coast trip coming up after wednesday which as we know. It's like the march of deaf. You're playing denver in denver plan both l. Eighteen you've got memphis off of back to back when you come from houston to memphis which is not easy. The way memphis place. That's a hard playing team. So you know and then you play phoenix as well. Who's obviously playing great. That's a rough trip of. What are you hoping to get out of the trip. And then you come home near like three. They feel like must win. Whole gang's with charlotte in boston. Your last two which could be preceding especially boston. So there's still a lot of work to be done. But i'm feeling like house. Money is anything as if you could stay. Forty four through six. that's great. It used to feel like hey just get seven ten. Anything can happen but now you yes howard you right now. There's this feeling of you really need to stay in the top six and actually have a playoff series and i feel like even a first round with a gentleman sweep would be a more successful season than the nets losing in the finals. Right if we can see in new york. I bet you it'll be looked at that way because of everything you said. Expectations are much different. You've got to get there. I yeah no question alad we appreciate it this this trip down the memory lane to the knicks pressroom circa two thousand ten. We will get you a nice soft pretzel on your way out some chips. Whatever leftover in there but we appreciate it man. Keep up the great work. That's.
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"He's different a said that year off he took went around league and he started also kind of look inside of self. Maybe i need to change my ways little bit and he has done that and they said he's a different guy smiles more which is audibly. But you know. I just think the depressive foundation is everything right. Did you don't have to have a lot of talent to be a good defensive team. The buy ins the hardest part especially in today's nba. Especially when you have a young team which he does. This is a young team. But every guy i've talked to and i've i've done interviews. I've done events with guys like even emmanuel quickly. All we talk like those young guys. They love him. They absolutely love him. They trust him. They believe in and it starts with. Of course the star of by from the star that the lead guy everybody else follows. So that is what it's not so bad sometimes the hire people you know. Oca ca connect. Leon and a guy he knows well. Sometimes that's the right thing to do because there's a trust already built in that as we know found in have that in chicago and it didn't really work out for him when he had all the power in minnesota so well he wants his say he's got it. He's got a trusted people. He's got a coaching staff. That he got his guys in but they also added pieces. I just think this was the situation that he's rejuvenated. But i go back to the defensive foundation. That's the the the foundation of the success of this team starts there. And you know that's not something you've been able to say about the knicks. Since of course the ninety s well. It's funny allen because this actually echoes what you were just saying about. Julius randle can't a guy just mature again. Not the mature. But no it's randall. Still seven years in could learn to be a better version. Tom has learned to be a better version of himself. Like yes success as a lead assistant in boston success as.
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"Kristen anchor since our stage magic correct when we got into the rehearsal room it was a very it was very similar conversation around. Well i want this to be something that you have stake in. I want you to feel connected to the piece. So every actor. I sat with them. And i said well. How do you wanna bring yourself to this character. And every actor had an answer in every actor had a reason for wanting to be here. You know every actor wanted to be in a sifi project. Every actor never saw a person that looked them represented this way and you know conversations with lana where it's like. What does this character actually have. An accent is this character. Puerto rican and i say yes and the beautiful choice that made right in the first read of just saying no this character. He does have an accent. I'm making that choice. And so then working with him to say yeah. Let's let's go for them and tell me what that means to you. I love hearing that and it makes me think of so much of what we wanted to do. When pcs created the original works program part of the pcs remix season. There was the idea of. How can we create brand new. Works led by a different group of artists that is made inside of a pandemic in asks these questions of the relationship between theatre technology. And so as you're getting into more of the rehearsal process. I wonder if you reflect on what the relationship of theater and technology was inside of this process like how. How do you feel getting a group of artists. Make something that is decidedly not theater. Well in my point of this theater and what's so interesting. It wasn't in the top of my mind the whole time but when i got to the final product and i listened to it i had an emotional moment especially during the Monologue at the end. Where i was like. I'm hearing this and it feels like seeing it on stage and part of it was just the q. And literally the resonance in the room. It felt like it was reverberating around me and just the the little choices like derek was like. Let's do an act break. You know like let's let's have it build and then let's have on break and then let's start again with that built and those types of choices when you actually hear the finished products if feel theatrical and my question has always been why do we wrap a container around what theater. It's to me listening to protocol and in. There's so much of this represented in comments. When people i heard it is is this based on a play or was this supposed to be play and as i think it is and it's just that the medium is different and i think that one thing that i would love as an afro futurist to do is to break down these barriers of what is theater. And what is the because my intention with this piece was to show that you can create an art piece that is cinematic for in one way or theatrical in another way but it is neither of those things right. So it's it's showing you that those terms actually are more malleable than you think. I think that's what's so exciting about being a theater artist at this time. And you hear all the time people saying that there's gonna be no substitute for in person sitting in a theater looking up at a stage in experiencing beater in that way. But what's so exciting about being a theater. Artists in this time is that we are adaptable. This is not the first time in in our history. That peter has been outlawed in probably. Won't be the last time. And so the only way we survive. It's to embrace different mediums to embrace the future. And you know you mentioned being an afro futurist in that being a diving force and i somebody said to me once you know to imagine ourselves in the future has to be a discipline for us and i think that that is just as important of theater artists as it is for me as a black woman because if we cannot imagine ourselves in the future than theater does it doesn't continue but here we are. We made this cinematic theatrical coal podcast and that is a form of theater and there's no substitute for in person but there's no awesome no substitute for what we just did. I love that answer so much and it moves me to want to talk about afro futuristic. Because you brought it up here. And i think of just connection to all of this. I remember like learning. The term after a future is an think of this anecdote that will go per shared about how Star trek was her favourite show growing up because it was the first time she ever saw future. And besides of being able to see the lineage of yourself being able to see i will exist further out than i myself can exist. My people will go on at. I guess in setting out to create an afro futurist. Podcast what do you do what you read. What do you reference what. What is it that makes this podcast interest. Well i really like the way that you described africa ism there but i would even expand it and i think that afro future ism have live. Different meetings left subjective meetings because in my point of view afro futures Basically applies to creating a world in which you can see yourself. And this is coming from the point of view of black person so it doesn't necessarily have to be in the future afro futures and can be placing black people in thrillers. Afro future ism can be rewriting. History afro features can be science fiction and space. There is a futurist element to it. But i think that what future ism does does well. Is it promotes representation. And that's what is missing from world today and we are turning the curve towards representations. We see things like love Craft country now we see you know us and those types of things didn't exist before you know we not on the scale that they do today and so where i was coming from in this piece was to create a piece that is afro futurist and that it represents people who are not traditionally represented but also to represent them in a way that's not specifically using their race as the means to do that so i wanted to create a piece. That's a story and for me. That's very afro futurist. It's very afro futurist to say. Well what do you. What do you do when you put you know. People of color in space..
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"Now it's tough like you said the injuries tough because rodney hood was such a pleasant surprise when we got to portland from cleveland and so i think he always just kinda has he has like a really weird special spot in portland. Fans like in portland's heart just because of what he did in that for overtime game against denver like he was the dude in that game he and so it's hard to watch him now because he's not mobile he like. You said he probably can guard force. But the the best part of rodney hood. When he was at full strength was you can play him at two and he was a match up nightmare because you could get him and he could get us back to the basket kind of really facilitate out of that out of that role there really kind of pick a spots and it's just not there now. What i'm what. I'm interested to see his one. How portland structured is contract. He's actually might be their most attractive trade peace because his next season a salary is not guaranteed. I believe so that that'll be interesting to see. If he's still hereafter the portland's gonna make a move. It's going to be rodney hood is going to be involved. Yeah i think this year little if he can look good the last couple of data love him though. He's looked good but his his yet cove at the start the year and then i had. I can't remember what injury picked up a leg injury. I believe that kept him out of a couple of games after his career high. I think like you said he's look good when he's playing. I think his offense. He's confident now. I think naseer little is the guy who's gonna probably play rodney hood out of the rotation and then you're probably just gonna use rodney hood for for spot duty or if if there's a i don't know what it is. If either starts coming along or shot starts falling but it's just so hard these achilles injuries to kind of gauge. When guys are going to be ready or what type of player they're gonna be you know moving forward because that is a career altering injury for la perimeter guy so it'll be interesting to see. I think year little is kind of the guy. That's gonna play him out. And i think really with cj mccollum coming back. I think those rodney hood rodney hood minutes. right now. Are going to get relocate or reallocated two different guys in the rotation. Yeah yeah for sure. And it's just speak on the achilles injuries to it's so it's so weird how that's worked out like the last couple of years Because i mean when i was like i mean i'm only twenty three now when i was a kid growing up like those were guys until injuries was like okay careers over And now like i remember rudy gay was like the first guy he came back to sacramento had like his best year of his career. And he's been fine ever since david wa wa in houston right now. It looks like he's almost more athletic than he was before But then a guy like demarcus cousins is hardly move on the court anymore and kevin durant frigging fantastic. This year like Even though he has lost little bursts as mary's kevin durant. Like i mean he can shoot over anyone What just interesting. How it how it impacts guys differently..