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Gun Confiscation in Biden's America: Will You Be on the List?
"Who have 100 ,000 followers. I'm not even mentioning their names, but just imagine for a second you garner 50 thousand followers. You're Joe Smith. You've got a regular job, living a decent life with your two kids and the dog, whatever it may be. And all of a sudden you start posting about and Biden wins, God forbid, in 2024, you start posting about Hunter Biden's crack problems and his paintings and money laundering. Oh, next thing you know, look, you get a knock at the door. We'd like to talk to you about these Twitter posts, by the way. You have a gun, son of your business. Well, actually it is our business. You have a gun. We'd like to see that. Next thing you know, you get some kind of flag red against you. Your guns are confiscated. look, Oh, they find a gun in your house and all of a sudden they make up some phantom menacing thing. Oh, he lunged for it. Meanwhile, you were seven rooms away while they're in your house. This is what worries me. They will use the gun list as a way to target their political opponents. Not that they're going to confiscate every gun. There's no way. They have no chance. But how would they do that, folks? And now let's play a little interactive game. But, Dan, I've listened to your show before. It's illegal for the federal government to create Yes, correct. It's also illegal for the federal government to use tax dollars to pay off people's student loans. But they do that. There's always a workaround for tyrants. And the workaround for the tyrants is the background check system. The federal government wants to desperately compile a list of everybody that's gone through a background check for a firearm. So they have a list of every firearm and who bought it. The problem, ladies and gentlemen, is the mandatory background check is only for sales from FFLs. It's not for private. So Mike if or I were to give away a firearm to, say, our daughters or sons, and they're not prohibited possessors, the government son of the government's business, your gun, you can give it to whoever you want, as long as it's the law. They want
Fresh "Smith" from WTOP 24 Hour News
"Morning I'm John Aaron and I'm Michelle Bash the top local story we're following this hour it started last night and the discussion of plans to bring as many as nine new data centers to Prince William County continues at this hour. County Board of Supervisors chair at large Ann Wheeler asked Janelle Cameron a lawyer representing Stanley Martin homes how many diesel generators would be included in the project. We don't have that answer. Can you give me an estimate? I cannot. That's a problem. We don't have any idea? In No all of the data center people I could text they're currently sleeping so no. The board was set to vote last night on the rezoning plan that would bring the Devlin Technology Park data center to Bristow in the area of Devlin and Linton Hall roads. But the vote that decides the fate of the 4 .2 million square foot plan has not happened yet. Many locals are opposed to the project the 269 acres where that data center may sit are currently zoned for residential homes. A meeting in November over another data center had public comment go through the early hours of the morning. Stay with WTOP for updates from that session. Another meeting went very long just approved early this morning a change allowing more small apartment buildings and townhomes to be built in part of our area. The vote by Alexandria City Council came during a six hour long zoning change meeting that started last night. The Washington Post reports the zoning change means buildings with as many as four units can be built in any residential neighborhood in the city. That includes areas previously reserved only for single -family homes with yards. A similar change recently okayed in neighboring Arlington prompted opponents to file a lawsuit against the county and that has yet to be resolved. A local mom is using a car crash teach to her kids an important life lesson. The crash happened last week and the 17 year old who police believe was driving is suspected of DUI but has not been charged. It's night and day seatbelts change That's what parent Kristi Lucia has been telling her kids in the aftermath of last week's deadly Fairfax County crash involving several teenagers. There seven were kids in the accident and one was wearing a seatbelt. The one who was wearing seatbelt a walked away from the accident and the six who were not were in critical condition in the hospital. She also used the incident to explain the impacts that drinking could have on decision -making. Even if you're not driving when you're intoxicated you probably don't have the judgment to the put seatbelt on or be selective about who's driving you. Lucia created a GoFundMe for the family of the 14 year old student who died in the crash. It's raised over $50 ,000. Scott Gelman, WTOP News. Concerns about crime brought crowds of residents to a town hall meeting with DC Police Chief Pamela Smith At the town hall session at 8th and Florida Avenue Northwest the chief heard from Ward 1 residents who frightened were and concerned including Tarek Shah who lives at 8th and V Streets Northwest. There was a murder in our building just 10 days ago. A woman was shot in the face across the street on Saturday. There was a gangland style shooting in LeDroit Park this weekend. Police Chief Smith told the town hall police being are diligent and recruitment is up. Many residents asked for council support for the mayor's preparing for the first proposed bill that would give police new tools to fight crime. Dick Iuliano, WTOP News. Long time area residents will remember a history making building that opened 50 years ago this week. A The plot lot has changed on the land where the old Capitol Center used to sit. Next door to the downtown Largo stop on the blue line now. I just think why didn't they bring the metro out there when the arena was out there? Jim Poland is the son of the late Abe Poland, and the former owner of the Wizards and Capitals in the one who built the cap center, the first arena with a video screen for
Why Is Semafor's Ben Smith Slobbering All Over Nikki Haley?
"Of course attacked my stepson and me because he works with DeSantis which the world whole knows but apparently they didn't but I make my own decisions I decide what I'm going to do you have adult children don't do what they want to do and that's okay you know I'm just thankful we don't have any kids that support Bernie Sanders you many callers come here and correctly say my god I've lost this kid didn't lost any of our four let me go on operations were initially supported stick me with you'll see how this works by twenty five million investment funding as well as revenue generated from advertising in person that investments you know their biggest initial investor was mr. producer Sam Bankman freed is in prison for ripping off god knows how many people that's inauspicious beginning I would say but this is 74 so their first investors in a 2023 semaphore raise $19 million in additional funding from investors to replace the money that they had received from Bankman free so what he was their largest external investor their largest external investor so that shows you some of their judgment now they don't put that up on their site they don't have a footnote so people quote semaphore go to semaphore they don't know these things there's more in March 23 semaphore launched its China and global business initiative quote -unquote a collaboration with the center for china and globalization ccga think tank registered as a non -government patient though its independence from the communist chinese party has been disputed semaphore has said the project's purpose is to offer quote a diversity of opinion unquote an alternative to washington's hawkish consensus on beijing now you know what that means of peace communist china for business the initiative would consist of regular events in new york and beijing and would foster dialogue between business leaders and increasing china u .s tensions now you see why they're promoting Nikki Haley if they don't present any of this on they the website don't reveal their connections they the don't other business model semaphore's partnership with the ccg has occasionally come under scrutiny semaphore's show justin smith said semaphore would go into the collaboration with eyes wide open that that it was under no illusion that chinese business leaders are other local groups operate he said they would
Fresh update on "smith" discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News
"Annandale. We are back up to 26 now in our nation's capital. I'm WTLP where the time now is 1 40. Good morning. Money news at 10 and 40 past the hour on WTLP brought to you this morning by pin fed great rates for everyone. Here's Jeff. Home sales have slowed but prices are still up rising for eight consecutive months now. Prices in the DC metro are up an average 4 .4 % from a year ago. was Cyber Monday another record up 10 % from last year. The four seasons in Georgetown has set up mini chalets for outside dining. $500 minimum required. The Dow finished Tuesday up 84 points. The S &P 500 up just for the NASDAQ up 41. Claybaugh, Jeff WTLP News. Overseas this morning Asian stocks remain lower across the board. The Nikkei is down by 87 points. The KOSPI is off one and a half. The Hang Seng is down 423 and the Shanghai is off almost 18. Good morning welcome in 141 on WTLP. Glad you're in with us this early morning. This is WTOP News. New data out recently from McKinsey and company shows apparently U .S. companies have lost real momentum in promoting black professionals into management. Ray feature Smith, reporter for The Wall Street Journal says this
Dan and Paula Have a 'Euphoric' Night at the Morgan Wallen Concert
"Blast, but I gotta tell you something you Know I've been married 20 years, and I was watching a video The other day and it said if you made it past hand you beat like most people so I doubled that and Man, let me tell you something you got to share experiences with that significant person in your Kids forget experiences all this other superficial crap Expensive cars and big Homes and stuff it's a great. That's all cool. If you can get it get it do what you got to do? But I ain't your marriage counselor, But I told this couple next to me. They've been married a year. They said you got any advice. I said I do share Experiences There's something spiritual that happens. It's like a bond. It's like a real bond something happens at these things And I some guy gave me a man card like literally a man card and I so here it is Jim you can Vouch for me. It's an actual man. I'm gonna turn it in right now all right folks and give me my man card Because I was so euphoric At this concert because I love Morgan Wallen his music so much and this guy Nate Smith was so Good like started out the night so good, and I was just feeling so good with Paula hanging there, And I get depressed a lot. I don't mean to like be like a downer on this segment or all but I do I get like it In runs my family like real depression stuff, and I gotta tell you man. I didn't think I could feel that good. I didn't think I could That feel good it's probably the best night of my life, which is crazy cuz UFC last week. I didn't think you could top that But I had this feeling of euphoria, and it wasn't do I really did I only had like a couple shots to kill I'm being Exaggerated nowhere need those of course and you don't want to be ex sloppy in public but But I really did I had the sense of euphoria and sand in my boots came on and I was dancing with Paula you know I dance and I like John Travolta like you know the Italian dancing like swaying my hips with Paula and I started like getting all like teary -eyed because I really I never thought I could be Happy at one night. It was crazy. I had such a
Fresh "Smith" from WTOP 24 Hour News
"Evening. I'm Kyle Cooper. Thanks for being with us tonight on WTOP. The murder of George Floyd in 2020 sent off a national conversation about race, equity, and opportunity. And it influenced American companies to create new goals for advancing the careers of their black workers. For the past couple of years, those companies have focused on elevating black professionals to management level positions at record rates. But new data from McKinsey and the company shows that those numbers are now reverting to levels set before the pandemic. Joining us now, Ray Smith, featured reporter for Wall the Street Journal. Ray, thanks for being with us tonight. Thank you. So what are we learning from this when new data it comes to who is getting promoted now? We're learning that at that critical first promotion from entry level to management, that that has fallen for black men and black women, especially for black women in 2022. So they were gaining promotions up to that point post George Floyd, but we saw a sudden drop in 2022. What does the breakdown tell us if we know about this when it comes to gender? When it comes to gender, we saw almost an overcorrection in getting women hired and entry level black women hired for entry level positions. They had long been underrepresented. And so what we've seen now as a result is as many more black women were hired, we're seeing much more of them suffer from not being promoted from that entry level position. to manager Is there any kind of conclusions that we can draw based on this, you know, about why fewer and fewer black workers are now getting promoted? There are a couple of things. One is basically companies taking their eye off the ball post George Floyd. You know, there was a lot of urgency right then at that point, right after that. But then, since a lot of things have happened to distract companies, whether it's economic pressures, you know, budget cutting layoffs, even trying to get workers back into the office, that has taken a lot of time. And so some companies have just taken their eye off the ball because of these other distractions. And some companies have also gotten pushback from employees who feel like these DEI efforts just went too far and that they were actually discriminatory whites. against All right. Well, Ray, we appreciate you bringing this information. Sounds like a good read. We'll have you check that out. Thanks for your time tonight. Thank you. That is Ray Smith. He is a feature reporter for The Wall Street Journal. Now a look at the top stories that we're working on tonight on WTOP, a Prince George's County cop on trial accused of shooting and killing a handcuffed man After toppling over in the wind this afternoon, the national Christmas tree is back up down on the ellipse. Twelve more Hostages held by Hamas released in exchange for 30 Palestinians held by Israel on this fifth day of a fragile ceasefire. Keep it here for full details on the stories in the minutes ahead on WTOP. It's now 9 18. Traffic and weather on the eights. Here's Bob Himmler on the WTOP traffic center around the Beltway in Maryland and in Virginia. Traffic is running without report of incident or delay, and Baltimore Washington Parkway did have the car fire northbound after Route 100. That's now been completely cleared, and there's no delay and nothing to left see there. 95 is also without delay both ways. 50 westbound headed toward the district between 14, 410, and Kenilworth Avenue down to a single. Left lane getting by the work zone there. But 295 up and down and along 695 and 395 of the district you are good to go. Meanwhile traffic on the Virginia side on 66 eastbound that crashed before Route 50 out of the roadway. The one cleared near Portland and 395 and 95 each running without delay. James the OSINT agency improving global security through trusted intelligence, giving you the most assured defense data for your organization. Find out more at .com. Janes Bob Inler WTLP traffic. Alright let's go live now to 7 News First Alert to meteorologist Steve Rudin. I Steve know you've got a few more hours of work tonight and so do I but I'm already not looking forward to going outside. Yeah in it's cold my office
A highlight from George C. Wolfe - 'Rustin'
"Monarch Legacy of Monsters, an Apple Original Series. The world is on fire. I decided to do something about it. On November 17th. This place, it's not ours. Believe me. The most massive event of the year arrives. If you come with me, you'll know everything, I promise. Oh my God, go, go, go! Monarch Legacy of Monsters, streaming November 17th. Only on Apple TV+. My guest today is one of the great storytellers of Stage and Screen, which is why it's only fitting that he's here at the Fest to collect the Storyteller Award. He's a playwright best known for writing 1986's The Colored Museum and co -writing 1992's Jelly's Last Gem. He's a theater director best known for directing the original Broadway productions of Angels in America Millennium Approaches and Angels in America Perestroika, two landmark plays in 1993, and a host of Broadway musicals, including 1996's Bring in the Noise, Bring in the Funk, 2004's Caroline or Change, and 2016's Shuffle Along. And he's a screen director best known for directing the 2005 limited series Lackawanna Blues and the films Night in Rodanthe from 2008, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks from 2017, Ma Rainey's Black Bottom from 2020, and this year's Rustin, the story of Bayard Rustin, the gay civil rights activist who organized the 1963 March on Washington. Over the course of his career, this 69 -year -old has been nominated 15 times for a Tony Award, winning three for best direction of a play for Angels in America Millennium Approaches in 1993, best direction of a musical for Bring in the Noise, Bring in the Funk in 1996, and best special theatrical event for Elaine Stritch at Liberty in 2002. He was nominated for an Emmy best directing for a limited series for Lackawanna Blues in 2005, and he has twice been nominated for the Directors Guild of America Award for outstanding directing of a miniseries or TV film for Lackawanna Blues in 2006, which resulted in a win, and for The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks in 2018. The New York Times' Ben Brantley has described him as a brilliant stage director, arguably the best now working in the American theater. The Los Angeles Times declared, there are few living talents who could be viewed as as much of a New York theater institution. Interview Magazine said it would be difficult to overstate his status on Broadway, and Tony Kushner proclaimed that he is the premier theater artist of my generation. And those are just the quotes about his work in theater. There are many more about his work in film. But without further ado, would you please join me in welcoming to the SCAD Savannah Film Festival and to the Hollywood Reporters Awards Chatter Podcast, Mr. George C. Wolfe. Mr. Wolfe, thank you so much for coming to Savannah. Glad to be here, glad to. Let's just start at the very beginning. Where were you born and raised, and what did your folks do for a living? I was born and raised in Frankfort, Kentucky. My mother was a teacher, and she later became a principal of the schools. I went to that school. She taught me. It was horrifying. My father worked for the state government, and that's that. For the first eight years of your life, the town in which you grew up was segregated. Yes. You have spoken about wanting to go see a movie, 101 Dalmatians, and not being able to do that because of your race. Well, my grandmother was this incredibly ferocious figure who would take on anybody. I telling remember her that I wanted to go see 101 Dalmatians at the Capitol Theater. I remember her calling and them telling her no. It was sort of startling and shocking and fascinating because it was the first time I'd ever see her come into contact with a no. So that was fascinating. But then it integrated, and then at one point, when I went to high school, I was editor of the high school newspaper, and I went and convinced the man who ran the Capitol Theater that I should go see movies for free so that I could write reviews. He said, but by the time the review comes out, the movies will be gone. I said, but it's cultivating a love of movies, and so that's what my column will do. It was my slight payback because then I got to go see movies for free. I love it. Let's talk, though, there's a moment you've described over the years. You were in fourth grade, and your, at that time, all black grade goes to an all white class. But that time, I think it was probably a little bit older, so I got about the PTA and the singing. Well, I think by that time, Frankfurt was integrated, but I still went to this black school which was connected to a university there. And the principal, this woman named Minnie J. Hitch, you told us, because we were going to be singing a song, and the lyrics were these truths we are declaring that all men are the same, that liberty is a torch burning with a steady flame. And she told us that when we got to the line that liberty is a torch burning with a steady flame, we should sing it with a ferocity and that we would shatter all racism in the room. So I literally remember these truths we are declaring that all men are the same, that liberty is a torch, you know. And then racism was gone. And racism was gone, exactly. They were all transformed. But it sort of was like so cluelessly wonderful for somebody to tell someone that young that if you say words and if you say them with power and conviction, you can change people. And that sense of potency of conviction and language was embedded in me, and it's never left. When did you see your first theatrical production that was done professionally? When I was 12 or 13, my mother went to do some advanced degree work at NYU, and she brought me a log, and it was one summer. And so I saw a production of West Side Story that was done at the State Theater at Lincoln Center. Then I saw a production of Hello Dolly with Cab Calloway and Pearl Bailey. And then I saw a production, as it turns out, from the Public Theater and Mobile Unit that Cleavon Little played Hamlet. Wow. And it was done in Washington Square Park. Wow. And some in respect, each of those three productions had, I think, a lasting impact on a kind of aesthetic. Right. And the thing interesting about the Mobile Unit, it was free. And so it was seeing the rawness of that energy of the audience was also very, it was very, very, really wonderful and really interesting and great. So the throughout rest of your time in high school, you were increasingly involved in theater and school. I don't know if it was specific, I think, was it writing, directing, acting? What were you focused on at that point? Acting and directing. And also it's very interesting because when I went to that high school, I stuttered really intensely. So this is one thing I was talking about earlier. So they decided that I was stupid because I stuttered. And so they called my mother over to the school to say, and they wanted to put me in remedial classes. And she says, are you crazy? No, that's not happening. And so I developed an Evita complex. So I said, by the time I leave this school, I will be running it. And so I was editor. I was drum major. I was the worst drum major since the dawn of time. I just, you know, I was editor of the newspaper, of the literary magazine. I just did all these stubs just to, you know, how dare you dismiss? I could tell. And I never heard the story about them calling my mother over, but I could tell I was being disregarded. Right. I sensed it. And I went, no. So you start college in Kentucky and then move to Pomona and California. What at that time? This is there. Oh, yeah. We're doing the whole thing. Exactly. What was the idea of going out to California? Was it just to have a change of scenery or did you were you already thinking maybe that's where you go if you want to be in show business? No, not at all. I had always dreamed of going to New York. I would I would watch, you know, TV shows that were set in New York, like the Dick Van Dyke Show. And I remember this is kind of neurotic and crazy. But I what I really I was obsessed with Disney and I wanted to have my own amusement park. But I wanted money. I knew you need a lot of money. So I decided that actors made a lot of money. This is when I was seven or eight. And so and I knew the actors starved. So when I was seven or eight, I used to practice not eating. So that when I went to New York, this is insanely true that, you know, that I so I could deal with it, you know. Well, little did I know one doesn't need to practice starvation. So you graduate from Pomona, go to L .A. for a little while to do theater, to do theater. OK, now theater, as I guess you quickly concluded, is primarily in New York. Well, yeah, I mean, at one point I did shows and I started to get some good reviews in the L .A. Times. And then I got called in. I don't even remember for to be a writer on a sitcom. And and I and I said something funny and they said, oh, he's quick. We're going to have to tie one hand behind his back. And I took that literally. And that's when I went I'm moving to New York. You know, I just was it was like time to go time to go time to go confront a whole bunch of other stuff and things I need to learn and get smarter about. Well, so, OK, you move. It's 1979. You're in your 20s. You moved to New York. Early 20s. Early 20s. Right, right, right. Very early. In fact, I was 19. I was just pretending to be 20. Something like that. Yeah. You moved to New York. There are a number of years then after moving there that were we can say lean. You got to put into practice not eating so much. You what said once quote, I came to New York to write and direct. And when I got here, a lot of my rage came out. Close quote. What do you mean by that? Well, it's so interesting because in L .A., it's you know, it's you know, there's more space. So so, you know, poverty and wealth are very much so separated. And then in New York, it's, you know, they're next door to each other. And the intensity of the inequity at the time, plus the fact that I had no real power over my existence, sort of magnified all of that. And I remember I remember seeing I remember at one time seeing this image of this of this woman in a fur coat. It was winter and eating chocolates and there was a subway vent and there was this homeless woman sitting there. And she had newspaper wrapped around her legs instead of boots. And she was like like crazy and was like and just seeing those two images next to each other. It's you know, it's the thing about New York. Every single time you step foot outside your front door, you see somebody who is worse off than you and you see somebody who is living a completely different life to you. So you have you get instant perspective whether you want it or not. So in those those leaner years, you are teaching a little bit. You're going to get your own MFA at NYU Tisch in dramatic writing, your... Dramatic writing and musical theater and a double MFA. And then there's a opportunity to have a work of yours produced for the first time at Playwrights' Horizon, which is a big deal. Playwrights? No. And how did that go? Well, it it was interesting. It was it was ultimately the best thing that could have happened for my career. I didn't direct it. I wrote the I wrote the book and I wrote the lyrics for it. And it and there were things that in the rehearsal process that I. And also, when I first came to New York, I said, I'm a writer and director, and they said, no, you can't do both. You have to focus in on one. I said, but I could do both. And they said, no, you can't. So I focused just on the writing. So then I there were things that were happening in the rehearsal room that I knew weren't right. But in the spirit of ra ra ra, getting along and being good guy and all this sort of stuff, I didn't object. And then I remember there was a tornado passing through New York City on the day my bad review came out. So I'm standing on the corner of 95th and Broadway with the winds blowing. I'm reading this hate review. And it was so very painful. But it was really interesting because it was very good for me because, you know, I went, oh, if this happens again, if I get another bad review. And of course, I've gotten bad reviews. But if it's going to be because it's my vision. Because it's I because I put every single thing I had on the line. Everybody, we're only in the room to make a very beautiful baby. And if we become good friends as a result of that, that's fine. But we all have a responsibility. The people that you're collaborating with to do their finest, best work. And you have to do your finest, best work. And it was interestingly enough, when I was at NYU, the piece that I wrote that bombed, I went, oh, this is going to be successful. And then there was this play that I wrote just for myself called The Colored Museum. And yeah, none of y 'all applauded when I said the title of the other thing, Paradise, did you? No. But that's what happened. It was the most interesting thing because I wrote one for success and I wrote one for myself. And that was the thing that succeeded. And so it was a very deeply, deeply, deeply valuable lesson. It was just like, and then eight weeks later, all those people who trashed, eight weeks, no, eight months were that it were eight weeks. Eight months later, all those people who trashed me were going, oh, where has he been? Oh, my God. Oh, my God. Oh, my God. And I'm so glad it happened that way. I'm so glad that the first piece was treated that way so that therefore it gave me a clarity and a sense of responsibility. And doing and doing work that I believed in and and that was that I believe mattered as opposed to something that was going to lead to success. It was just one of those slap you in the face and get smart, George. So you mentioned The Colored Museum, which let's just say, though, you know, you had you're coming off the rough review. How did you even get the opportunity to do The Colored Museum, which is going to as if you don't know, it was the first big success for Mr. Wolf. So how did that opportunity even come out of that? Well, it came out of that because I was at Playwrights Horizons because the guy named Lee Richardson, who was running a theater called Crossroads, said you're at Playwrights Horizons. And I don't think there's ever been a black playwright at Playwrights Horizons. Do you have something else that you've written? I said, well, funny you should ask. Dada, Colored Museum. And so that's how it happened. So there is there were they were both connected in a in a in a way that didn't seem so at the time, but was sort of brilliantly perfect. I want to ask you. So The Colored Museum is produced at Crossroads in 86 and then moved to the Public Theater in 87, which you'll notice the Public Theater, the great off Broadway institution, is going to come up quite a few times in this conversation. But for people who weren't around at that time or don't know or whatever, can you describe what The Colored Museum is about and what the controversy backlash that that provoked was? Because it was you you had to develop thick skin early on because it was not all fun and games in response to that one either. Well, but that was different. That was called pure unadulterated jealousy. So that was that was that was just, you know, I came from nowhere and all of a sudden I'm at the Public Theater. And Frank Rich wrote a wrote a review, a rave review, and said it's the kind of playwright who takes no prisoners. And people thought and that meant he kills people. The language kills them. And people thought that that meant I was soft. So it was just like that was just dumb cluelessness. That was very that was very easy to dismiss. And and, you know, and it was it was just jealousy. It was and that I, you know, I went, oh, my feelings are hurt. Oh, I'm over that. OK, go to hell. You know, it's just sort of like I didn't I didn't sweat about that. Well, tell us a little bit about the show, because this is your big success. First. Yeah, it was first. Well, it's it's interesting when I was at NYU. In the dramatic writing program, there are about three or four people writing plays about old black tap dancers, and they didn't happen to be old black or tap dancers. And so and I was just I was just I just thought about it. And I said, so somebody has figured out, has made a decision or dynamics have been created so that people have decided what black is. And I'm going, I'm black, I'm black my entire life. And I view it as this ever changing, complicated, insane, brilliant, amazing thing. So it was an effort to shatter, shatter any preconceived notions that I thought were going to stand in the way of what I wanted to create. So I wrote this play, which was eight exhibits set inside a museum. So I wanted to shatter all the perception, any perceptions that were in my head. So it's to liberate me to go in any direction that I wanted it to. And that's what happened. And it became this and it became this very successful show. It played, I think, for I think for 10 months at the Public Theater. Then it went to the Royal Court in London. Then it toured all around. And now it's it's high schools do it now and stuff, which is great. So it's in. And then as a result of it, then I started getting interesting from that. I went from, you know, being completely flat broke to then I met the kids of studios. I got Mike Nichols wanted me to write a movie for him. Robert Altman wanted me to write movies. So all of a sudden, you know, these job opportunities happened. But it wasn't for many years that you actually went into film. In the meantime, you were kind of seizing this interest in the theater, this opportunity now in theater. There was a person who is legendary by the name of Joseph Papp, who founded and ran the public, who took a great interest in you and, you know, brought you in there. And and we can say, you know, in addition to producing the colored museum, right. Named you one of three resident directors there offered to have a producing entity within the public for you. This was a big champion to have. He then passes away in 1991. He gets succeeded by a lady who was there for only 18 months. And then in August 1993, this institution of the sort of first thing that comes to mind when you think, at least for me, off Broadway comes looking for a new director. How did you become aware that there was interest in you for that position? And was it was that job, which you then spoiler alert, got and held for the next 12 years? Was it what you thought it would be? Nothing is ever what you think is going to be. But that's the point of the journey. It was actually it was I was I directed a Broadway show called Jealous Last Jab. And then I was then offered Angels in America. And and then I was in the middle of directing a seven hour play. And then they called up my lawyer and said, we want to talk to George about running the public theater. And I went, well, I'm kind of busy right now. Can they come back after? And they said no. And so they wanted to make a decision. So when I was in rehearsal, it was announced that I was running the public theater. It was I loved the thing which I loved. I loved, loved about running the public theater was giving artists money, giving artists money and spaces where they could go do work. It was that, you know, because I after after Jelly, I went, oh, this is hard. Surviving Broadway and dealing with all of these all of the dynamics and the money and the audiences and all of that stuff. This is really, really hard. And you have to be really, really tough. And so I knew all these artists who were really gifted, incredibly gifted people, but maybe weren't as tough. Can we can I just mention a few? Because these are shows that were given a spotlight by you in those years, which, in fact, several of them were just revived in the last couple of years. So decades later, people are, you know, coming back to them. But let's note, Twilight, Los Angeles, 1992. This was a dear, dear, very Smith and important show there. That was 1994. We had Top Dog Underdog, Suzan -Laurie Parks wins the Pulitzer for that 19 excuse me, 2002. Take me out again. Just revive. So these are the kinds of people who were talking about where you can. And this the public was not particularly known for its being inclusive prior to your tenure. Well, I'd say it was I think probably yes. I think it's also a place that gave us, you know, for colored girls and it's also a place that gave us for short eyes. So I'm so I would I wouldn't totally agree with that. And also these were very smart artists and these were tough artists. But there were, you know, it's just you people when you're beginning, you need a place to play, which means you need a place to fail so that you can get smarter. Like I had with Playwrights Horizons, you need you need to to do the work and not feel the pressure of it being the biggest hit in the world because you're growing and you're learning and you're getting smarter and you're getting tougher and you're learning more savvy. Just like the things that I allowed on the first production that was done, I didn't allow on the second one. And so you get, you know, so you're growing, you're growing all these muscles. It's not just your talent muscles. It's your your ability to defend yourself and to protect your work and to go, I disagree with that. And, you know, I remember one time there was a writer who was doing a play and a couple of things got really wonky at rehearsals. And I said, well, why didn't you speak up? He said, well, I was just scared that I was actually doing a play at the public theater and somebody was going to discover I didn't know what the hell I was doing and throw me out. And it's that fear you have to get. You have to realize that fear and doubt and other stuff, all that stuff is a part of growing and you have to have permission to grow. And so that's that's what I took on very much so, which is creating a space that was there. I wanted the I wanted the audiences and the artists there. I wanted it to look like the subway at rush hour in New York. I wanted to have all kinds of people there. So that was the thing that I loved after a while. It became very, very clear to me that as much as I was creating spaces for other artists, it was very challenging to be one. And while being in charge. Well, let's go back to, again, what you were doing when you got that opportunity to go there, because this was the beginning. While you're creating these opportunities for people off Broadway, you were making your first inroads on Broadway. As you mentioned, Jelly's Last Jam, 1992, you co -wrote and directed this about Jelly Roll Morton and the birth of jazz. Your first Broadway show musical with Gregory Hines and small role the first time you're working with Savion Glover. And this gets 11 Tony nominations, wins three and sort of leads to Angels in America. Now, this is it's been looked back at. I think the New York Times looked at it as the greatest show on Broadway of the last 30 years. It's an all timer, obviously, but you first saw it as a spectator in Los Angeles. It started at the Mark Tabor Forum. There doesn't sound like there was even a thought in your head that you might ever have anything to do with this. How did that change? Well, Jelly had opened up and I worked with a producer named Margo Lion, who passed away, who was a very dear friend of mine. And everybody, you know, and there were some changes that were going to be made from the Tabor to when it moved to Broadway. And she brought my name up and Tony Kushner and someone called me up and said, Tony Kushner wants to come and talk to you. I said, OK. And he came over and he talked and I had never read the play. I had only seen it. So I talked to him about it and just gave him my observations.
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Remember, they impeached President Trump twice for nonsense. They've indicted him four times for non-crimes. They're trying to bankrupt his family business for non-fraud. They've illegally gagged him twice in violation of his First Amendment rights where he can't even complain about Jack Smith or the process. And they're even trying to throw this legal Hail Mary. They tried this out in Colorado and they're trying this around the country. They're just going to try to take him off the ballot using a post-Civil War constitutional amendment used to disqualify Confederate insurrectionists who went to war against the union. They're trying to use Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment to say that January 6th was somehow an insurrection. And therefore, President Trump is disqualified in these various blue states. They're starting in Colorado and blue states. They're trying to get the precedent set and then they want to use this in swing states. So they just want to have President Biden or Newsom or whoever the hell they run win by default, even though President Trump has the popular support. This is an outrageous legal attack. And it's the people who pretend like they're the protectors of democracy are trying to destroy our democracy. Yes, there's three attack vectors right now and we don't have time to go through all of them. There's the personal stuff with Trump, Big Fannie Willis, Alvin Bragg and two DOJ. Then there's ballot access stuff, which is Colorado and others, which is on the surface a good victory. Thanks to you, Mike. But on the deep level, they're setting a precedent to kick him off the ballot. Then there's the third stuff, which is the New York civil trial, where they just might take his business empire from him. That's just a drain time, energy, resources and distraction. I want to get to the personal criminal stuff, though, because that's the stuff that really worries me. What is the as of today? What is the trial schedule? Well, they have these trials going back to back to back starting in January. Right. Which one's first? We don't have a lot of time. So what's happening in January? So I have I don't have these in front of me. But January, I believe they're starting with the D.C. trial with Tanya Shukin and they do a March trial and then they they do a May trial. So it's back to back to back with three trials. And it's insane that they're trying to do this. They haven't even produced all the discovery that the criminal defendants are entitled to receive from the prosecution. Yet Jack Smith is teaming up with this Obama D.C. judge to bring these bogus charges against Trump for January 6th. It is not a crime to object to a presidential election. It's a lot. It's allowed by the Electoral Count Act of 1887. Democrats objected to Republican wins in 1968, 2000, 2004 and 2016. We don't see John Kerry and Al Gore and Hillary Clinton in prison for objecting. But yet they're trying to use a bogus legal theory, both in D.C. and down in Atlanta, Georgia, down in Fulton County, Georgia, to Democrat hellholes to try to throw President Trump in prison for the rest of his life for objecting to a presidential election. They're also trying to throw him in prison for having presidential records in the office of former president, which is allowed by the Presidential Records Act, while they ignore the fact that Biden had five stashes of stolen classified records from his time as VP and even Senator. They're going to ignore all that. You're right. So, Mike, just to make sure I understand. Sorry, we're tight on time here. January, while the Iowa caucuses are looming, Donald Trump could be sitting. Does he have to sit for trial? He doesn't. He doesn't have to, but he's going to. He sat through these trials up in New York and he should. The problem is, is he's not going to get a fair trial in Fulton County, Georgia. He's not going to get a fair trial in Washington, D.C. There's no doubt he's going to get railroaded by this Tanya Shukin and D.C. in this 95 percent Trump deranged jury pool is going to find him guilty. The only way that this is going to end is when the Supreme Court steps up and says that what President Trump did is either press protected by presidential immunity, going back to George Washington 250 years ago, or it's protected by the First Amendment. This is outrageous what Democrats are doing. These are republic ending tactics by Biden and Jack Smith and these Democrat judges like Tanya Shukin. And this is full scorched earth stuff. There is no recovery. Crossing of the Rubicon. They're going full Dresden on the Constitution. They want to carpet bomb it. They want no memory of it to exist. Mike Davis, excellent. We'll have you on again soon. Thank you. Thank you, Charlie. You see, if we had an RNC worth anything and Rana McRomney, we would kind of war game. 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"This is the Crossover NBA Podcast. I'm Chris Mannix joined by my colleague Rohan Nadkarni and Rohan this is unfortunately going to be a James Harden centric podcast because the three teams we're going to talk about today, Houston, Philadelphia, the LA Clippers all have a connection to one James Harden and the only team that's struggling right now is the team that James Harden is on. But before I get to what we're going to talk about on this week's show, do you remember that takedown from a couple of days ago that the Dallas Mavericks broadcaster did on James Harden? A really well articulated takedown. Also felt personal. Also felt a little personal. I didn't really, honestly, I didn't feel that way. I didn't think it was personal. I thought it was pretty professional. I mean, it wasn't bombastic. It was all facts. Don't get me wrong. All facts. Just funny to come from a Mavericks broadcaster, but continue. Definitely. An unusual source on something like that, but it was factual and it viral it and was widely applauded for the substance of what it said. Our friend, Jimmy Traina, our colleague over at SI .com says that Bally Sports Southwest has taken down that video because yes, they've taken down the video because according to Jimmy Traina did not meet with the values of the Mavericks. What? What are we talking about? That was the furthest thing from controversial. It was certainly, you know, spicy. It was opinionated. Perhaps it was a take, but isn't that what you want from broadcasters? Like, don't you want them to have a take? I mean, how vanilla do you want a broadcaster to be? I mean, again, it was out of left field coming from a Dallas Mavericks broadcast. You expect something like that from like Stephen A. Smith on first tape first take or skip Bayless on undisputed. You don't expect that from an analyst on the Dallas Mavericks broadcast, but that's where it came from. And that's how it got into the universe. It got taken down wild, wild to me. So I had no clue. That's kind of an embarrassing look. I someone had to have complained. Perhaps it was the Clippers. Who knows? That is or maybe just Mark Cuban doesn't want that guy, you know, acting like he's representing the Mavericks. I don't know. But can like, can we just be adults about this? We all know that that's one person's opinion. No one is ascribing this take to the Dallas Mavericks. It was again, as we sat here, it was all true. Nothing he said was a lie. Nothing was exaggerated.
Fresh update on "smith" discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News
"Carter today in Atlanta. The gathering at the Glenn Memorial Atlanta Church is in honoring the former First Lady who was a humanitarian, a champion of mental health, and so much more. I welcome you to this space in this hour as we praise God and give thanks for the life of Roselyn Smith Carter. Former President Jimmy Carter, who is 99, is the attending tribute to his wife of 77 years, so are all living former First Ladies, President Biden and Jill Biden. Wendy Kenyon, CBS News. Hamas has just released 12 hostages more to Israel, and it comes as CBS's Cami McCormick tells us the U .S. pushes for a longer truce. CIA Director William Burns is in Qatar for talks and Secretary of State Antony Blinken is coming home, coming back to be with their loved ones, and we're determined to continue that for as long as possible to bring as many people home as we possibly can. The current ceasefire expires on Wednesday. Hunter Biden has agreed to testify before Congress as it investigates his business dealings. CBS's Catherine Herridge. Their strategy is to do this in two phases to have the closed door interview first for them to have a fact -finding exercise and then to have public hearings that can be more, in their words, efficient and targeted. least So at for now, it does appear that the president's son will be required to sit for this deposition on December 13th or try and fight the deposition in the courts. Celebrations in India today were all 41 construction workers who've been trapped in a collapsed tunnel were rescued. They'd been stuck down there for 17 days. Pope Francis has officially canceled his trip to Dubai for the UN Climate Conference on doctors orders. The Vatican says the 86 year old's been battling lung inflammation for days. Another drug is overshadowing Ozempic on weight loss from TikTok. I've lost 17 pounds in eight weeks to pop culture. What housewife isn't on Ozempic? Not one. Many Americans are on injectable weight loss drugs and new health records show that of 18 ,000 overweight adults using Monjoro or Ozempic over a year, those taking Monjoro were three times more likely to lose 15 % of their body weight than those on Ozempic. The researchers note that both drugs are supposed to be for those with type 2 diabetes, but half of those studied, like many Americans, are using the drugs for weight loss only. Matt Piper, CBS News. On Wall Street, the Dow is up 60 points. This is CBS News. Make the hiring process work for you. With Indeed's end -to -end hiring solution, you can attract, interview and hire candidates all from one place. Start at indeed .com slash credit. 203 on WTOP on Tuesday, this November 28th, 2023. It is partly Good
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Charlie what you've done is incredible here. Maybe Charlie Kirk is on the college campus. I want you to know we are lucky to have Charlie Kirk. Charlie Kirk's running the White House folks. I want to thank Charlie. He's an incredible guy. His spirit, his love of this country. He's done an amazing job building one of the most powerful youth organizations ever created. Turning Point USA. We will not embrace the ideas that have destroyed countries, destroyed lives and we are going to fight for freedom on campuses across the country. That's why we are here. Brought to you by the loan experts I trust Andrew and Todd at Sierra Pacific Mortgage at andrewandtodd .com. Joining us now is Sean Davis CEO and co -founder of The Federalist. Sean I'm tired of losing. I'm sick of losing. I'm a big football fan. It's my weakness. I know I get a lot of hate mail for it. Oh it's woke. I don't care and one of the things about football is if you lose you get fired. At the RNC though if you lose you remain. Explain this to me Sean. I don't know it seems like that's almost a fact of politics anymore. Is it the watching these debates for example. Why on earth are people who hate us and hate people who read us and follow us and hate what we believe. Why are we letting them run these debates and attack our people. It would almost be like giving the Yankees front office the ability to interview anyone who's going to go and play for the Red Sox or like letting the Redskins and I still call them the Redskins and I always will. Letting the Redskins coach like pick who's going to play for the Cowboys. It's so dumb and yet we seem to do it debate after debate and year after year and I simply don't understand it at all. Yeah and so I want to play a piece of tape here. So Ronna McRomney was asked about her involvement in Virginia and it's always deflection. It's blaming other side and Larry O 'Connor who's a total superstar. I really like Larry. He's been in the movement for quite some time. He's so calmly and beautifully asked this question was like hey why wasn't the RNC more involved. His reaction afterwards is just epic. So let's play this piece of tape here. It's always somebody else's fault. It's never the national party's fault. Play cut 155. You don't let people lie about you and let it not let it go unanswered. Let it go unanswered and our candidates have got to do this. You can walk and chew gum at the same time. You can go and say this is where I stand. The Democrats are lying and now let's talk about crime, schools, border, fentanyl, and national security. I just want to clarify one quick thing though. The RNC had no involvement in these elections in Virginia per Governor Youngkin's request. We not well we were told in the summer they didn't need us that they had all the money and they were good. So now we've learned that the Virginia GOP chair Rich Anderson says that he asked the RNC to match the Democrats with one million dollars of a late cash infusion into the state. The RNC the only excuse they have is they can't raise money but that was supposed to be an thing. honest She said well we have no money but you're not raising any money because donors don't trust you the grassroots don't trust you. Sean help me understand. Yeah you've got two jobs as a as a party leader. You raise money and you set up state -by -state infrastructure so that the party can succeed which means by the way getting out to vote and setting up get out to vote infrastructure. So your your job is to supposed to raise a truckload of money and you're supposed to set up everything so that we can match the other side match the Democrats and how they get out the vote how they do ballot chase and all that. I've seen like I don't pay attention all that much to the fundraising so I won't I won't comment on that but it's been almost four years since a completely absurd election in 2020 when the Democrats just ran circles around us in in their absentee ballot chase their mail -in chase. I haven't seen a whole lot of evidence and that in states where we really need to win like Arizona and Georgia that either the state party or the national party is doing much of anything to make sure the Dems don't run in 2024 the exact same playbook they ran against us in 2020. So I'm I'm honestly kind of befuddled I feel like I'm watching office space watching the Bob's interview the employees and thinking what would you say you do here because I can't figure it out. So moving forward here Sean let's emphasize on the NBC news thing so we're after a very disappointing night and then Lester Holt and Welker are cross -examining our candidates just I want just the most objective way you could look at it what candidate do you think separated themselves from the other and who do you think missed an opportunity at that debate? Oh I thought Hveke was awesome I love how he came right out of the gate and trashed the moderators and basically said you're a whole bunch of Russian collusion hoaxers like who do you think you are that's how you handle these moderators and and I think Newt Gingrich was the one who who provided a perfect model for this he did it in during the 2012 primary where every time he got a question in one of these debates from a total left -wing hack masquerading as a journalist he just took him to town so you know your premise is garbage you're full of crap I think you're liars and here's what I'm going to talk about instead of the uh was fantastic um it's hard for me to say who the loser was in these because they kind of feel like loser debates to me and in the first place it's like watching the kids table so um I think the whole debate thing in it in and of itself we need to have a discussion about um but but I thought Hveke and the way he handled the moderators was great and I wish every single Republican from now until forever would treat these hack propagandists the exact same way. So I totally agree and I'll just say this you know Ron DeSantis received the first question and he gave his kind of typical and by the way he's the best governor in America I want everyone to be very clear I get hate mail when I say that Ron DeSantis remains the best governor in America he's not a good presidential candidate he's running a poor campaign it's the brutal honest truth and it's hard to watch he gives this fine answer you know I'm Ron DeSantis and people can't pay for gas and bah bah bye feel your pain yeah whatever Ron how awesome you were just you it was like a t -ball you could have went right after NBC news you could have just used them as the villain and the vague kind of picked up you know the trillion dollar bill that was laying right there and he called for Rana's resignation on top of it it was Rana's resignation the RNC is a bunch of losers we have a culture of losing and NBC news you guys are the complete worst and he got the headlines honestly he got the headlines across the head you know across the board and people really appreciate it because they want a fighter so let me ask you uh kind of shifting gears here Sean Joe Manchin not running for the senate the significance of this and how should we think about a potential no labels candidacy that is bubbling up with Millard Willard Mitt Romney and Mr. Manchin yeah so I got a kick out of Manchin's press release that he put out and said you know I've accomplished what I want to do in my career and I'm very proud of what I've done and and I have hopes of doing other things buddy you're retiring and not running again because you were going to get your butt kicked because you were Joe Biden's little laugh dog when you were supposed to be representing uh West Virginia voters so I think we need to be honest about why he's not going to be a senator again and it's because no one in his own state likes him the people who know him best don't want him as their senator anymore and and that's why he's not going to be running again so you bring up Mitt Romney uh man they are they are birds of a feather in that thing Mitt Romney's only the only consistent thing he has done his entire career in politics is run he gets in once and then he does such a poor job that everyone in the state hates him so he can't run again so he just finds like a new state to run you know he was a one -term governor in Massachusetts he got smoked in the presidential so he decided to move to Utah and run for senate there and no one likes him there anymore because he's a jerk uh and so what does he have left to do the only thing that Joe Manchin has left to do which is avoid any actual real job and just stay in politics and find a bunch of left -leaning voters who pretend they're independent but you can bilk and make a living off of so that's what's happening with Joe Manchin and I can't take this no label stuff seriously at all it's just a grift for a bunch of idiots who are hated by the left and hated by the right don't want to get a real job and have no home to go to go back to by the way Federalist you guys do great work it's really amazing just 30 seconds rip on the Federalist how are things going there you guys are one of the most important outlets in the conservative movement well you're very kind to say that thank you um the Federalist is uh it's an online media publication we do a lot of fantastic commentary original reporting our editor -in -chief is Molly Hemingway who literally wrote the book on on the rigged election of 2020 we unmasked the Russia collusion hoax we unmasked the Kavanaugh rape hoax and unlike a lot of many other publications that pretend to be on the right we actually love conservatives and we we love our readers and we love our voters and we want to be their voice and make them as loud as possible so people in Washington can hear them and not vice versa Sean uh stay right there we'll get right back and everyone check out federalist .com is the federalist 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video to accompany it in a second will John Fetterman cost Joe Biden the election divisions among democrats over Israeli -Palestinian conflict have highlighted the fault with lines in the party John Fetterman's actions are unlikely to sway the presidential election Pennsylvania however it does show that there are fault lines in the democrat party first of all I'm not a fan of John Fetterman but the guy is a master class troll every republican could take a class in how to troll like John Fetterman is basically if reddit became a U .S. senator I don't know if you saw this video but it's just you know you have this guy that looks like cyclops walking you know in a hoodie with the Israeli flag walking did you see this video on the funniest thing I've ever seen and all these people are getting arrested honestly I respect that level of game and this his base he's trolling so Sean you know let's broaden this a little bit outside of just Fetterman doing the trolling is this which is um the fault lines the democrat party over Israel the Palestine issue I don't want to overplay this I think this is the most divided I've seen the democrats in recent memory am I right on saying that Sean I think you are and I think it explains why the institutional left why Joe Biden and the party leadership uh walk on eggshells on this issue which really shouldn't be a difficult issue um you know people shouldn't be rolling into Israel and murdering babies and raping people and filming it and bragging about it that's bad I feel like anyone who has a soul understands that's bad but unfortunately there's a significant segment of the left the far left um it hates Israel hates Jews and when they see party leadership uh like Joe Biden and anyone else uh say common sense things uh about Israel they lose their minds and that that explains everything about why the democrats are handling this as poorly as they are is it Joe Biden is terrified that he's going to lose the presidential election because he's going to lose Michigan because he's going to lose Dearborn Michigan that's that big thing explained everything it's everything that's going on it has nothing to do with principle they're just scared about what their loony left is going to do to them if they don't kowtow to Hamas yeah and it's just but also beyond that Sean there are radicalized white liberals that care about the Gaza issue as well it's not just the Muslim vote right this could impact on their college campus enthusiasm and you play that in with some Jill Stein Cornell West I mean there are serious fault lines in this forced democrat coalition oh absolutely the the hardcore uh white left uh is is every bit as anti -semitic as the uh the bread by the way in in left wing run universities who view the entire world through this oppressor oppressed colonialist victim uh perspective and so yeah your your most rabid anti -semites often on college campuses are these hardcore left -wing white radicals it's totally bizarre but if you watch the media you watch the media the only anti -semites on earth are on the right which is absurd if you have eyes and ears and a brain because it's clearly concentrated on the left final question Sean your just gut reaction Tucker Carlson vice president for Donald Trump I love it I love Tucker uh I think it'd be great it'd be great for America um he's one of the only people who who says all the things that we all think but aren't allowed to say he actually comes out and says it and uh I love him I think it'd be awesome I think we would win especially in a multi -candidate race we're gonna keep on building it out Sean thanks so much appreciate it thank you sir nobody Tucker is better in front of the camera than Tucker you're not gonna outwit him could you just imagine Tucker in a debate Tucker versus Cami Kamala Harris versus Tucker Tucker is ridiculously alert he's been harassed constantly and in an internet age as Joe Rogan famously said Tucker Carlson was built for the internet no personal scandals his laugh alone we know this at Turning Point USA you can you could fill up a room if you just announced Tucker so let's pretend Trump has to go to Fulton County and Jack Smith and he's tied up in all this court stuff wouldn't it make sense to have a vice president who could draw big crowds and draw media attention especially in a multi -candidate race everybody you want to win younger voters especially younger men Tucker Carlson you would win early 30 -somethings you would win the Rogan bros you would win the Andrew Tate people and honestly I think you'd win a lot of suburban women a lot of moms like Tucker they really do Tucker's smart he's well before I'll use it again the more he's attacked the stronger he gets they've tried to take Tucker out every possible way the government spied on him illegally Tucker doesn't care he's in a political moment that we're in doesn't that make sense I want to tell you about the Herzog Foundation we are partnering with 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legend Benny Johnson Benny is best known by hosting a legend you are a legend no no no I don't just I just don't throw praise unless it's earned okay I got to tell the whole story here and we'll get through it and Benny of course hosts the Benny show he's amazing we've done some really fun stuff at Turning Point USA and continue to and so but he's best he will be best when known the history books are written for being a debate coach so here I am about to take the stage at Freedom Night our Turning Point USA event and my phone is lighting up Vivek goes after the RNC Vivek goes I say what is going on because here I kind of put in the back of my mind I was like whatever you know you and Vivek were like doing somersaults off of jet skis or something you're like we're debate prepping running through the woods or I was like all right okay whatever and then as soon as I saw Vivek go after NBC News I said Benny it's Benny tell us the story Benny okay so what do I do professionally well like this has been something that I've had a tough time a question I've had a tough time answering my entire life I do pattern recognition and energy energy right like where is the base what is our energy what are the what are the patterns of the things that we hate the very most well we we hate an RNC that doesn't listen to us we hate a Republican party that won't build the wall that won't deliver for the base that delivers election wins for the RNC it is not the RNC that wins elections it is us who gets out and votes but we also hate the corporate press and so why don't we bundle both those two things into criticism of an RNC that is siding with NBC News to host a debate and ask the questions why are these debate hosts allowed to one rig another debate against Republicans why is the RNC celebrating NBC News as a debate partner when they went with Hunter Biden's laptop disinformation Russia disinformation against President Trump kneecap President Trump's why would we allow that like how like how cucked are we and how embarrassing is it for all of us that that we have to say this is our Republican party and why doesn't Rana just resign do us all a favor and simply resign and so I all I did all I did was bring those concerns to the person who I was making a documentary with that day the vague and um you know compliments to the vague he sort of so let's absorb them and and let's show the clip here so what with it because because it really was the shot heard around the world it was one of the most viral debate moments in the history of debates because Vivek said what we were all thinking Rana has a 99 disapproval rating every base every every base member all the donors I talked to they want her gone it is it transcends economic lines state lines nobody likes her unless they're on the payroll right and yet Vivek is the only one that and then NBC News on top of it this is behind the cut one fifty four because these snooty the snooty like uh persnippity moderators to be compared to Greg Gutfeld and then it'll throw off it'll throw them off their game so bad because you'll be like you you you people are clowns to us right like our base doesn't like you and it's nothing personal it's just you've earned it right you've lied to them that's right yeah yes so why are we yep be such a broken system now I want to brag on the vague because we're going to play some more here how many times Benny how many times have you and I texted or you know said good ideas to congressmen and senators they said yeah yeah they don't listen to us credit to Vivek for also being open -minded right that's a big deal that's exactly right and also Vivek who's certainly not short of podcast bookings said why isn't Elon Musk and Joe Rogan and Tucker Carlson hosting debate why isn't Charlie Kirk hosting a debate Charlie why aren't you have you been asked by the RNC to host a debate no I have been attacked by the RNC in the last couple weeks definitely not asked to host the debate but I I'm I'm thankful to even be included in that list that's that's very sweet but no what but what would like why not I mean that's in the little that's in the documentary that we put up we put up a 30 -minute documentary about that debate preparation which really was just us having a conversation right like energy absorption like like where's the base right now what do they want to hear because as much as we want to talk about the number of naval ships and Hugh Hewitt know how many ships do we got like people are really concerned about other issues and specifically inside of the party like you shouldn't get rewarded for lying to us and that's what the Republican party just said they rewarded Kristen Welker and NBC News who lied to us for three years and kneecapped President Trump who we put in office in spite of them trying to rig the 2016 election we put President Trump in office and they destroyed arguably his first term based on a lie and they have never apologized they have never said they were wrong they they then get rewarded by our own RNC and it allows me to ask the question again and again how cucked are we if we can't say you get no debates until you apologize to our base for lying to us about the Russian collusion hoax then we really don't have a party and so it was refreshing to see somebody actually say that from the stage and then to call for Rana to resign which by the way you want to talk about moving the Overton window because I you know you know me Benny I I pick fights all the time and I've been kind of like beating the drum you know why is Rana Mcromany still in there you know in our little corner here and you know we're having fun and next thing you know boom Vivek goes on stage it's like yeah why are you in charge exactly and who are you and it was I mean now it's mainstream completely mainstream here's cut 166 Benny did a documentary with Vivek before the debate here is the conversation behind the scenes of Vivek deciding he will call for Rana to resign play cut 166.
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A highlight from Big Blue in Big Trouble
"In this house wherever the rules are disregarded chaos and mob rule. It has been said today where is bravery? I'll tell you where bravery is found and courage is found. It's found in this minority who has lived through the last year of nothing but rules being broken, people being put down, questions not being answered and this majority say be damned with anything else. We're going to impeach and do whatever we want to do. Why? Because we won an election. I guarantee you one day you'll be back in the minority and it ain't going to be that fun. All right, folks, welcome to another edition of Friday's Finest. My name is Chip Lake and I'm going to be guest hosting the show today as Doug is out traveling. He's on assignment. He's busy. He's here. He's there. He's going from state to state. So today you're stuck with James and I for Friday's Finest and we got a good show for you. We're going to touch a little bit on the debate last night in South Florida. What I call the VP debate, the runner -up debate, right? I don't know that any of these people really have an opportunity to be the nominee of the Republican party, but they're auditioning for something and we're going to talk a little bit about that to start the show. Maybe talk a little country music awards last night in Nashville and then we're stallions, probably some Josh Dobbs, some Arthur Smith. He shaved his mustache this week. Some changes need to be made in Atlanta and Arthur Smith stepped up and took some leadership and got rid of some facial hair. So hopefully it's a sign of good change for if you're a Falcons fan and Doug and I are and we'll talk a little bit with James about the game this past weekend against the Minnesota Vikings. The initial BCS rankings came out. So we'll talk a little bit about that and we've got a really, really busy weekend coming up of college football and pro football. So stick with us after the break and we'll get started. Hey everybody, you know about Legacy Precious Metals. Legacy Precious Metals, you hear from them. We talk once a month. We talk about Legacy Precious Metals, talking about Precious Metals being a part of your portfolio, how they're your navigator. Well, now they're not only navigating in a new way, they're actually giving you a new way to buy gold and silver. In fact, Legacy Precious Metals has developed a revolutionary new online platform that allows you to invest in real gold and silver online. In a few easy steps, you can open an account online, select your metals of choice and choose to have them stored in a vault or shipped to your door. I'm more of a ship to my door kind of person. I enjoy having them with me, but they can do it either way and you can now do it online. It gives you real access to a dashboard where you can track your portfolio growth in real time, anytime. You'll see transparent pricing on each coin and bar. This puts you in complete control of your money. This platform is free to sign up for just visit legacypminvestments .com and open your account and see this new investing platform for yourself. Gold hedges against inflation and is against a volatile stock market. A true diversified portfolio isn't just more stocks and bonds, but a different asset class. This platform allows you to make investments in gold and silver no matter how small or large with just a few clicks. Remember, do as I have done, go to legacypminvestments .com and get started today and now you've got a new tool to help you along in your investments. Hey everybody, it's MyPillow's 20th year anniversary and over 80 million MyPillows have been sold. Mike Lindell and MyPillow wants to thank each of you and every one of you for giving you the lowest price in history on their MyPillows. You will receive a queen size MyPillow for $19 .98, regular prices $69 .98 and just $10 more for a king size. You will receive deep discounts on all MyPillow products such as bed sheets, mattress toppers, pet beds, mattresses, my slippers and so much more. This is a time to try out something other than the amazing products that you've had your eye on. Go to MyPillow .com, click on the radio podcast square and use the promo Collins to receive this amazing offer on the queen size MyPillow for $19 .98 or call 800 -986 -3994. This offer comes with a 10 -year warranty and 60 -day money back guarantee. It's time to start getting the quality sleep you deserve. You know how I know that? Because I sleep on a MyPillow every night. Go to MyPillow .com and use promo code Collins or call 800 -986 -3994 today.
MMA Fighter Takes Down Knife-Wielding Attacker
"The video is in the article. The footage went viral several days later leading to Baez making an appearance on TMZ and explaining what happened before, during and after his altercation. The man was identified by police as Omar Marrero and charged with two colonies, according to CBS news. What he likely did not know was that Baez held a 5 2 -1 record as a professional mixed martial artist most of his bouts with fight time promotions. Baez also told TMZ that he holds a black belt in jiu -jitsu, wrestled in college, practiced and has kickboxing for 15 years. So generally, he's a very bad person to pick a fight with, to the one holding a knife. And as they point out, this isn't the first time someone has had a fight. He's a very bad person to pick including an attempted car thief against Kevin Holland, a great fighter, an attempted mugging of strawweight Palina Viana, an attempted car theft against Jordan Williams, a home invasion of light heavyweight Anthony Smith, a drunken swing at Hall Hall of of Famer Matt Serra, a nighttime break -in at ex -light heavyweight champ John Jones' house. Can you imagine? Probably the greatest MMA fighter of all time, certainly one of them, an attempted stabbing of featherweight Maquon Americani's brother in an attempted mugging of legend Renzo Gracie. Renzo Gracie, the Gracie family. family. Unbelievable. There's a reason you see the word attempted a lot a in lot their attempted, because they all got their asses kicked. I'll be back. Mark Levin on 77 WABC. And before by legal media. Attention Marines, military personnel, families and contractors who were stationed at Camp Lejeune. Were you present And at Camp Lejeune between August 1953 and December of 1987, you may be entitled to significant For nearly 34 years, those on the Marine Corps base Camp Lejeune were exposed to contaminated drinking water, resulting in devastating injuries, including several forms of cancer, adverse birth outcomes, Parkinson's disease and more. until Until now, North Carolina's procedural laws have prevented victims from getting the justice they deserve. But passage of the Camp Lejeune Justice Act of 2022 would allow you or a loved one to file a lawsuit seeking compensation for illnesses and injuries. Linked to the toxic water call today for your free consultation 800
A highlight from Read_776 - Banks Without Bankers
"There's a very good reason for Bitcoin -backed banks to exist issuing their own digital cash currency redeemable for Bitcoins. Bitcoin itself cannot scale to have every single financial transaction in the world be broadcast to everyone and included in the blockchain. There needs to be a secondary level of payment systems which is lighter weight and more efficient. Likewise, the time needed for Bitcoin transactions to finalize will be impractical for medium to large value purchases. Bitcoin -backed banks will solve these problems. They can work like banks did before nationalization of currency. Different banks can have different policies, some more aggressive, some more conservative. Some may be fractional reserve while others may be 100 % Bitcoin -backed. Interest rates may vary. Cash from some banks may trade at a discount to that from others. HOW FINNY The future of Bitcoin is uncertain. We don't know how well it will scale, how privately it will be used, how it will be stored or even how it will be used for payments. In addition to the progress of protocols and applications, the development of Bitcoin's system may have the most significant impact of all on the value of Bitcoin the asset. The range of potential outcomes is wide. Consider two hypothetical extremes. In one, all Bitcoin is held in third -party custody and users trade receipts between one another. In another, Bitcoin becomes a self -custodial peer -to -peer asset for everybody in the world, providing every conceivable financial function. Both extremes are unrealistic and the system will likely end up somewhere in the middle at maturity. Many will pay custodians to store their Bitcoin and many will not. Some will use protocols they can unilaterally exit and some will trade claims representing underlying Bitcoin issued by third parties. Unique to the emergent Bitcoin financial system is the application of cryptography to fundamental financial functions. Novel technologies exist, are being built and have been theorized that will enable previously unseen functionalities, robustness and ultimately competition amongst Bitcoin financial intermediaries. Key to these novelties is the characteristic of peer -to -peer or P2P exchange, that Bitcoin financial intermediaries will surely exist as commercial options, but that newly possible direct manipulation and exchange will exist as well. I will analyze the possibilities for the development of such a system, but will do so with a deliberately partisan lens. I assume as a foundational premise that the greater the peer -to -peer possibilities, the better. Better in that I believe financial autonomy is a fundamental good to be strived for, but also better in terms of the stability and neutrality of Bitcoin as a whole. It is probably inevitable that trusted third parties will emerge on the basis of convenience provided, but should they dominate their peer -to -peer counterparts, the entire system is threatened. This article is an expansion upon my previous writing, Bitcoin Banking, which covers the theory behind full -reserve banking and free banking, and applies these systems to technologies such as the Lightning Network and Federated Chomian Mints. I will expand my analysis of the above, introduce other emerging technologies, and focus on the likely economic characteristics of the resulting mix. The best place to start is with a discussion of trust. If you're going to trust, trust your community. Few species can cooperate as humans do. We cooperate best with our closest kin, as they are most aligned with our genetic interests and genes compete to be propagated into future generations. Evolutionary biologist John Maynard Smith proposed that genes evolve to find Nash equilibria when solving strategic problems under competition. Known as the evolutionarily stable strategy, our genes evolve to influence our behavior so that we, generally speaking, help the closest copies of our genes. Communities in a confined geography also tend to have a relatively greater alignment of interests within than without. As an example, everyone can agree that they want security. Debate arises around what methods to use and at what cost. Genetic alignment varies by location, but geographic alignment, by definition, does not. Everywhere in the world, the interests of community members are greatly aligned. There is much to gain from being part of a community. As individuals stand to gain more from their communities, their risk of loss likewise increases. The social risk hypothesis posits that depression is an adaptive, risk -averse response to the threat of exclusion from social relationships that would have had a critical impact on human survival and reproductive success. It is likely that humans have naturally evolved to avoid social rejection. There is no denying that people are selfish and their interests are often not aligned with the interests of their community. All the evolutionary theory in the world doesn't prevent littering, nor does it prevent the throwing of loud parties at the expense of a neighbor's sleep. And yet while these examples may create some social friction, they usually aren't deemed costly enough acts to risk social rejection. In contrast, if a community member was caught stealing another's car, the social consequences could be much more severe. Without the cost of community rejection, moral hazard often emerges as the benefits from defection against a conflict of interest outweigh the benefits of maintaining a long -term, net positive contribution. Known as the agency problem, a conflict of interest between a principal and an agent will result in moral hazard, all else equal. Community social costs do not solve the agency problem, but they certainly mitigate it. Further, communities have evolved with the advent of the internet. This evolution has rendered geography as a less supremely important characteristic of community alignment, while enabling communities with common interests to form globally. Global online communities aren't the result of genetic or geographic alignment. Rather, they form from common interests. The potential for new technologies and financial arrangements to exist among online communities is large, as will be discussed at length below. Where economic agency exists, community trust can mitigate moral hazard. The advent of the internet has enabled novel forms of community trust that, in turn, can mitigate novel economic risks. Community trust can be leveraged in a variety of ways. For hundreds and possibly thousands of years, informal financial groups have existed as a method for saving and borrowing. Be they savings and credit associations, village savings and loan associations, savings and credit cooperative societies, and so on. Today, informal financial groups are the primary mechanism for savings and borrowing by groups disconnected from formalized financial institutions. Community trust is also leveraged through formal financial institutions. There are 274 million members of 85 ,000 credit unions worldwide as of 2018. Leading up to the financial crisis, commercial banks engaged in five times the amount of subprime lending relative to credit unions and were 2 .5 times more likely to fail during the crisis. Their public trust is greater, and small businesses are 80 % less likely to be dissatisfied with a credit union than with a big bank. According to the FDIC 2020 Community Banking Report, community banks are less likely to close, have performed better since the financial crisis, are a key provider of funding for local businesses, in particular commercial real estate, small business, and agricultural loans, and are more prevalent in rural areas. Community banking is localized by nature. As brick -and -mortar establishments are uneconomic in many rural environments, digital solutions are being sought to bank the unbanked. Bitcoin is an emergent digital monetary system with properties that can enable the establishment and growth of both informal and formal financial groups. Unique to Bitcoin as a monetary asset is the ability for the individual to maintain self -custody, which makes participation in a banking system a choice and not a necessity. Further, the fact that Bitcoin is digitally native enables voluntary financial groupings to form among the global population connected online. The programmability of Bitcoin enables these groups to innovate novel trust mechanisms. With this technology, community -based financial groups can be formed without geographic constraints. Common interests among geographically dispersed communities can be achieved by leveraging Bitcoin for trade and various financial functions. The technological properties of Bitcoin enable voluntary adoption among geographically common and distributed communities alike. Novel organizational forms are emerging with the potential to catalyze financial and economic value. These emergent systems often require significant user education and specialization. Such burdens are alleviated by entrusting custodial control to service providers, a trade -off that potentially undermines the system's purpose. It is natural for economic actors to economize for the sake of specialization. However, if all the Bitcoin in the world was held by third -party custodians for the sake of quote, efficiency, the system would arguably cease to serve its purpose. At the very least, the peer -to -peer innovation would be wasted. Centralized control over Bitcoin custodial operations is a systemic attack vector. In all monetary systems prior to Bitcoin, the transactional efficiencies gained through centralized monetary agency led to moral hazard and ultimately further centralization of the system by political agents. Custodial operations are a step towards centralized agency. While agency cannot be eliminated today, it can be optimized. The question becomes, who is the ideal agent? One thing all users of Bitcoin have in common is that they are a part of some or other community, and probably of many. A recent realization is that sufficiently knowledgeable trusted community leaders can act as custodians on behalf of the community members as opposed to non -communal third -party service providers. For example, a parent who manages a family's finances, the finance department managing a company's expenses, or a group of community leaders managing a community bank. Bitcoin enables this possibility via the multi -signature transaction, a technology that in one application allows for community members to form what is called a quote, federation. The federated custodial model was theorized by Blockstream and subsequently put into production via Liquid, a multi -signature based sidechain. The concept behind a federation is simply that multiple participants hold keys that are useless in isolation but can be combined to produce a signature that is required to make a transaction, thus distributing the trust from one to multiple parties that must cooperate to move funds. Fediment, a protocol launched for the purpose of enabling community custody in private transactions, leverages this technology. A primary thesis of Fediment is that there exists a gap in the market between self -custodial solutions and centralized third -party custodial solutions. While many do trust third parties, 2022 was a banner year for demonstrating precisely how this misplaced trust can become horribly consequential. On the other hand, few outside of the community of Bitcoin advocates seem to want to spend the time learning how to self -custody their assets. If we don't trust third parties, we also don't want to expend the effort to be knowledgeable enough to trust ourselves, what can we do? We can trust our communities. Trust doesn't scale well, but it can be optimized at the community level. A federation is an enabling technology for those that wish to expend the effort to learn proper custodial practices. They can scale the applicability and utility of this knowledge to the bounds at which trust already exists within their communities. This idea not only fills a gap in the market, but has a multitude of implications that could emerge beyond the horizon of localized trust. To understand these implications, first we must understand Fediment. Federated custodial technologies leverage cryptography to innovate basic custodial functions. Where agency is necessary, federated custody can exist as a deterrence mechanism against political influence. Fediment is a protocol at the confluence of four primary technologies. One, federations, groups of individuals that possess computers and provide their memory and processing power to the community. Their computers possess the same software and that enables them to communicate information between one another. The federation is formed by a group of leaders, referred to as, quote, guardians, that generate and control the Bitcoin multi -signature address, and also have software that speaks the Fediment protocol. When users, not guardians, users, want to join the federation, they are leveraging the federation's memory, processing power, and trustworthiness. This enables them to utilize whatever applications the guardians are providing. Primarily, this will be Cholmian eCash, defined just below, but could theoretically be anything and will probably mostly be financial applications. Federated technology is capable of providing users many things, but its primary value proposition is to enable guardians to faithfully execute the protocol on behalf of users. Bitcoin is stored in a multi -signature address and controlled by the federation's guardians. The address requires a threshold level of signatures in order to send Bitcoin transactions. For example, a 3 of 4 multi -sig has 4 possible keys, but requires at least 3 of them to send Bitcoin. 3. Cholmian eCash A private method for representing value that can be traded as a quasi -bearer instrument. It utilizes a cryptographic construct known as a blind signature. The party issuing the eCash, in this case the federation, doesn't know the identity of who the eCash is being issued to, the user, yet any third party can nonetheless identify the quote signature on the eCash as having come from this federation. This enables the federation to issue eCash to users that deposit Bitcoin to the federation's multi -signature address. The users hold the eCash on their device with the ability to hold backups with the federation if they lose their device, making it a kind of trust -dependent digital bearer instrument. There is no public blockchain for the eCash created by guardians, it is simply held in the memory of the user's computer, such as a mobile phone, similar to physical cash, and that can also be backed up to protect against the event of loss. The eCash scheme provides a means of payment that maintains the censorship resistance of base -layer Bitcoin with added privacy, but is liable to inflation if a supermajority of the Fediment guardians decide to maliciously and covertly increase the supply. 4. The Lightning Network The Lightning Network, or LN, hereafter, can ideally be used to forward payments between federations via Lightning gateways, discussed below. This creates the ability to instantly exchange eCash for Bitcoin and has several implications. Importantly, it increases the fungibility between the numerous forms of eCash issued by various federations, reducing the incentive for many to join one federation. Increased fungibility among the eCash of various federations and community trust optimization fundamentally incentivizes systemic decentralization. The combination of these technologies into a set of rules that the Fediment software users must follow is what defines the Fediment protocol. As an open -source protocol, anyone can participate. The ecosystem is comprised of the following participants. Users, individuals with an app that speaks Fediment and potentially Bitcoin and Lightning. They send the Bitcoin to the federation's multi -signature address and receive eCash in exchange. They can send eCash or Lightning to or from any of the applications connected to their wallet, limited only by having the required balance of eCash or Lightning and if others accept eCash or Lightning. Guardians Individuals chosen by the community to set up nodes that speak Bitcoin, Lightning, and Fediment. They form the federation, manage the hardware, control the Bitcoin in a multi -signature address and issue the eCash. They can also act as Lightning gateway providers, but this requires specialization, discussed below, and thus another entity called a Lightning service provider or LSP will likely fulfill this function. Lightning Gateways Lightning node liquidity providers that use Fediment. The reader can imagine these as a Lightning to eCash exchange that is linked into a Fediment. They can integrate with Fediment users and act as market makers by standing ready to send Lightning payments and receive Lightning payments for a spread. Any federation user can do this, but running a well -connected, high -capacity Lightning node requires specialization, and this function will likely be provided by scaled LSPs. If a user wants to, quote, send eCash to a user at another Fediment, they send the eCash to a gateway, which then forwards along an equivalent Lightning payment to a gateway of the other Fediment, which then sends the receiving user their eCash. eCash can't leave a Fediment. It can only be exchanged for Bitcoin or a Bitcoin on Lightning, which can be received by gateways to other Fediments and converted back into eCash in the new domain. However, users can integrate with multiple federations and exchange eCash between users of those federations.
A highlight from The Mike and Mark Davis Daily Chat - 10/9/23
"Turbulent times call for clear -headed insight that's hard to come by these days, especially on TV. That's where we come in. Salem News Channel has the greatest collection of conservative minds all in one place. People you know and trust, like Dennis Prager, Eric Metaxas, Charlie Kirk, and more. Unfiltered, unapologetic truth. Find what you're searching for at snc .tv and on Local Now Channel 525. I don't think he was on the beach till the break of dawn. He might have been in the spin room till the break of dawn. Will Smith. There are two reasons to play Will Smith. Number one, go into Miami. And the other is Nikki Haley almost gave us a Will Smith moment last night. Keep my daughter's name out your voice or words to that effect. Wow. Let me just hand you the talking stick. You were the guy who was there. How did it go for you? Your coverage was great. Before, after, just spot on and wonderful. Thank you, Mark. And it was quite an experience starting with a Chris Christie by the pool spotting earlier in the afternoon at the hotel. It is true. I can confirm he was not in a bathing suit because I think the only thing more challenging than Mike Gallagher in a bathing suit would be Governor Christie. Neither of that would go over very well with anybody in the vicinity. But he was there with his wife and his kids and his friends. And he was jovial. And I'm kind of glad he didn't go, you know, full, you know, hardcore, full -blown anti -Trump last night. But the whole thing was always fun to witness and experience up close and personal. In the spin room, as you know, I mean, that's where they bring the candidates in after the debate. And true to form, Ron DeSantis spoke to no one. He went right to NBC and that was it. Chris Christie didn't go in. But we had a chance to interview the guy that brought the heat, Vivek Ramaswamy. We sat down with him in the spin room and I'll replay that interview on the show today. And, you know, interesting takeaway. You either loved it or you hated it. And I'm intrigued by every individual's reaction to Vivek Ramaswamy going after the RNC, going after Ronna McDaniel, who I also interviewed in the spin room, going after Nikki Haley. I mean, I have a hunch I know how you land on this. Well, let's go case by case. Going after the media culture, awesome. Making the comment from the stage in an oblique way where still people know what you're talking about and says, you know, I don't know if liberal networks are going to do the best job of covering Republican debates. There's certainly a spotty history of that in the past. That's fine. But hey, hey, you, Kristen Welker, I'm asking you, you know, about Russia collusion. Dude, dude, no, just no. If, if I know that the base like, awesome. Yeah, me too. There's a part of me that did that as well. But to me, it's a time now where if you're on a debate stage, here's your job, make more people want you to be president. And first of all, the Tucker Carlson base wasn't watching last night. There are people banging on us right now for talking about it. You ought to be talking about the Trump rally and we will. So I think that was largely a misfire, even though the material was good. Okay. Strongly disagree with you and let me tell you why the room erupted in cheers. That wasn't Tucker Carlson's base in that auditorium last night. The crowd loved it. They ate it up. And Mark, I got to warn you, my friend, and I love you. I love you like a brother. When you're defending Kristen Welker or NBC, you might be on the wrong side of it. Did, did they, did you expect them to bury the candidates with January 6th nonsense, questions bombarded from the left? I kind of did. They did not do it. No, no, no. By and large, they kind of did okay. Don't get, don't get me wrong. We're saying two different things here. First of all, I thought the debate overall was terrific. I thought they did a very good job. It was substantive. They, Hugh Hewitt, our colleague did a terrific job. Of course, he got his shipbuilding question in there. You knew that was coming. Ten minutes of shipbuilding. I was a little bit surprised. He didn't ask if Alger Hiss was really a spy or not. But, but, but listen, and Hugh was magnificent. He, I was so proud of him. And of course he's our friend and colleague, and I got to catch up with him before and after the debate, but the vague wasn't going after last night's debate. The vague was going after them for what NBC did to Trump all through the Russia collusion hoax. The vague was calling the mainstream media out for being the mainstream media and Don got it. Mark, you ought to salute that. You ought to cheer for that. And I do, and I, and sure, sure. Yay. Absolutely. I got a thing for our candidates playing hard and playing smart. The vague came off as an ass in that moment, an ass we like, our ass, if you'll excuse me. But, but it's just, just, just, it's, it's smacked of desperation. Him going after, him going after Ronna McDaniel is more fair game because it's about, and him going, and okay, then the third, third of the case by case is going after Nikki on Ukraine forever war is great. That thing about the daughter on TikTok, how dumb can a smart guy get? But the floor is yours. Tell me what you're doing. Let's rewind because first of all, you buried the lead. You and Ronna McDaniel agree that he went, he was an ass because that's apparently what she said. There were reports that people in the crowd heard her call him an a -hole from, from the, from the audience and was livid at him. Again, Mark, I love you, buddy, but you got to look in the mirror. You're on, you're siding with Ronna McDaniel on this. Can I roll the tape back 15 seconds where I said him going after Ronna McDaniel is completely fair game. But your reaction to him is exactly the same as Ronna McDaniel's. So you might want to check yourself. Ronna's reaction to him was because he came after her. The thing that she's most upset about, I'm not upset with him at all. You're wrong. Ronna McDaniel's reaction was about the daughter thing, the TikTok thing. Okay. Oh, do you think it was a really, do you think it was a good idea? Are you ready to go all in and go, you go Vivek. Are you, did you love the moment where he invoked Nikki Haley's adult daughter? Yeah, she's 25 years old. She's fair game. Did you think that was a good debate moment? Of course I do. Of course I do. Of course it was a good moment. He's calling out another candidate for saying you talk the talk with TikTok. He's desperate and he knows he's not going to be president. He just desperately wants the clicks and desperate. And I like the guy. I really do like the guy. It doesn't sound like it. This is intriguing to me. But you know what? Because it was a time for grownups. It was a time for grownups. Nikki Haley was quite the grownup in many ways. And DeSantis was a grownup in many ways. Chris Christie surprisingly looked like a grownup in moments when he wasn't back on track. Was she a grownup when she called him scum? No. You think Nikki was a grownup when she said you were just scum? No. Come on. I mean, no. She's establishment. And I got, I'm sorry. I'm at a point now where I'll, let's get it all out on the table. I got no use for her. I got no use for, at this point, DeSantis. I mean, I'm at a point right now where I like the disruption and I love Trump. And I love the fact that Vivek, listen, all the things we supposedly love about Trump, you seem to not like about Vivek. You think only Trump can be the disruptor? It's, you know, it's weird. Trump has a disruptor skill set that Vivek thinks he has and he doesn't. And you mentioned Nikki, you've touched on a perfect thing. So there's Nikki who said at one point to Vivek, you're just scum, which I totally understood, but it still was jarring. It's like, ooh, ooh, ma 'am, you didn't need to do that. But, and I instantly heard back and say, yeah, but if Trump did it, it wouldn't have been a problem. Pretty true because that's Trump all the dang time. And it's kind of baked in. I think he's a smart guy. I think he's compelling. I think he's absolutely a disruptor. And by the way, he evoked the scum comment. He got to her, which is the point of a debate. He did exactly, he got under her skin and he rattled her. And that's why, and listen, I mean, again, and maybe I'm partial. He came right over to our booth afterwards. We spoke afterwards for a few minutes. Well, that could be part of it. That's why you're done with, DeSantis was awesome last night. You just hate that he didn't come talk to you. No, I say I'm done with him. I do hate that because he disrespects you and my audience. He disrespects people who listen to my show. I'm going to be very blunt here. DeSantis has blown the Mike Gallagher show off for the entire campaign. And it's a mistake. Incidentally, last night, he also blew off Newsmax. He blew off Univision. He blew off town hall. He didn't have any use for anybody in that spin room instead of trying to win over hearts and minds. And incidentally, a major donor, this Bigelow guy for the DeSantis campaign, $20 million for DeSantis Super PAC, he says now he's probably out. He's going with Trump. That's a huge, huge blow to the DeSantis campaign. The dogs don't like the food. I don't know what, and you're right, DeSantis, like he always has done last night. He's great, but it may not have mattered one bit. May not matter one bit. And that's what you said before the debate. Will it matter one bit? And I don't know. I mean, but he was great. He said all the right things. He does all the right things. He's very controlled, very measured. I promise when I'm offended that he won't give an interview to this show. I'm teasing. I'm totally teasing. But no, I promise why I don't like it. It's my audience. He's disrespecting the audience. And it's also just objectively, we'd like all of our candidates to be really, really smart. Trump is a genius. Trump, not just because he'd go on with you, but he'd go on with a bunch of other hosts. He gets into the mix, takes calls, mixes things up, gets into the back and forth. He is so comfortable in his own skin. And that's what you kind of want for our standard bearer. And DeSantis is smart. He's capable. His answers are good on a debate stage, but he doesn't have that yet. That total comfort in his own skin. And newsflash in terms of accessibility, I probably could have Trump on any day that ends in Y on the Mike Gallagher Show. He's willing to come on. He gives interviews. I mean, I used to say he'd go on the Weather Channel if he was invited. He goes where the people are, you know? And he's a man. He really is a man of the people. And he's willing to go on Mark Davis Show. He will give interviews left and right, and DeSantis does not. Now, maybe that speaks to his team. I don't know. I don't know who makes these decisions. It could be one of his aides, but it's just dumb, and it just frustrates me. I was intrigued. I did have a good candid conversation with Ronna McDaniel. Boy, a lot of people calling her out. Charlie Kirk yesterday went scorched earth just saying she needs to be replaced. I don't know. Is that fair? I think she's over -criticized at times. But then there was Frank Luntz, pollster Frank Luntz, who's smart a lot of the times except when he's not. He said, boy, Ronna McDaniel is the GOP's secret weapon, a great speaker and a great strategist. I said, you got that right? It's a secret so deep, nobody can see it. And the last couple of election cycles, the last couple of election cycles do not speak to genius strategy, the RNC. So I don't know what we wanted to do, more of or less of. I don't know, but I don't know who'd be better. I mean, maybe, maybe a Harmeet Dillon should have won that post. I don't know. Well, you know, you could make a case if you look at Tuesday and here we go again with another rotten night for the Republican party. No way around this, Mark. And some people would say, hey, the blame goes there. Now, Ronna, I asked her about it in the interview. Again, we're going to play all these interviews today on the show coming up, but she told me, look, Virginia's a federal entity. We can't, there's only so much we can do in a state. She touted her own achievements, but I get that criticism. I understand it because Mark, like it or not, we got walloped Tuesday. Virginia, the whole legislature flipped.
A highlight from Reunions and Red Flags
"Hello! We are Mutually Codependent, and this is also Mutually Codependent with Adam and Jen. I'm Adam. And I'm Jen. That's Jen. Hi guys. Hello. We're excited to be here, here at our house, in our room, we're excited, just so excited to just be in our room and do whatever the fuck we want, and sometimes record it. So welcome to the show, you should know a little bit by now if this is your first one, sorry. If it's your first one, start at another one. Pick a different intro, and then come back here, go to a normal intro, and then like fast forward one minute, which it was exactly one minute when I said that, I was watching on the screen. So, we have a show for you today, and we're excited to do it for you, that's what I really meant to say, but before we get started, we have to start every show with our strain of the show, and Jen's gonna go over, what are we smoking? This week on Mutually Codependent, we are smoking tropical cookies, a THCA strain, courtesy of Syntex CBD and Texas Canna Health, find it at syntexcbd .net. It is a THCA strain that is sativa dominant, with 20 .6 % THCA, and 0 .28 % Delta 9. It's supposed to help, this strain is supposed to help the user feel creative, focused, and relaxed, which I'm really hoping it does, because that sounds pretty fucking cool. I'm on my way. I Yep. like when you announce the strain of the show, so I have a chance to smoke it. Yeah, that's cool. It's good, the beta -carotylene is the main terpene, but I taste a lot of others too. There's a lot of citrus in it apparently. It is, it's tasty, it's real bright. It's Girl Scout cookies and orange something. Oh, that makes sense. So, yeah, we have more to the show too, we're going to talk about, well, we went to our 20 -year reunion, and it's kind of been a theme we've noticed over the past, I don't know, all the episodes. We keep talking about how we're getting older, or Jen's birthday, we talked, you know, several things. So, we went to our 20 -year... Yeah, the change of perspective, we went to our 20 -year reunion, so if you ever needed to know whether or not you're getting older, that's a really good indication, going to your 20 -year reunion. So we did that, and not only did we do that, we actually helped organize it, which, that's a thing. If you would have told me or Jen when we were in high school that we were going to be the ones responsible, not the only ones, but, you know, we were a big part of it. Part of the planning committee. Yeah, for like, hey, you know what, the 20 -year reunion isn't going to happen without your guys' help. I would have been like, I guess it's not going to happen. But we made a different decision as adults. Yeah, definitely. I would have been like, I would have laughed. I would have just been like, oh, okay. Yeah, because I'm going to come back to Texas, that's probably. And, but, we're both here. And it was kind of like when we were driving back from it, it's basically like one road that goes all the way from our neighborhood that we met in to our neighborhood now. It's literally just Heather Wilde connected the two. It didn't at the time. No, it did not. But now it goes all the way up to Round Rock and that's, you know, where we are. So it was kind of weird like going back to that area and then that was before even talking about people, you know, like we went and saw people that we hadn't even thought about it and who knows how long, but it was good. We decided, hey, you know what, there was like seven or eight of us that decided, hey, you know, we'll have one for ourselves and then, you know, we'll see if there's any interest and if there is, then we'll put together, you know, we'll just do the whole thing. And that's what ended up happening. How many people do you think showed up? 50? Probably about 50. It was a lot more than I expected, to be honest. Yeah, and there were some people that said they were coming, that it didn't show. And then there were people that didn't say anything that showed up. But honestly, it was a good time. I have a lot of social anxiety, especially when it's regarding anything from my teenage years. So being there at that reunion, I was really worried, but honestly, it was fine. I had a really great time and I really enjoyed getting to reconnect with some of the people that we did. I got to see one of my best friends from high school for the first time in 20 years. So that was fantastic and we had a really good time. And we got to smoke weed with some of these people. Yeah, we did. We brought a bunch of party favors. We got the syrup and the gummies and pre -rolls and I even took three or four disposable vapes and passed them out. Yeah, so we got people high and was it a brewery? So we drank. That was fun. But we had a really good time, I think. I got to see Sarah. So I got to see another one of my best friends from high school. Out of my three close girlfriends from high school, two of them were there. Yeah, and you saw the night before you saw it. And then the night before we got to hang out with Tina because we went to our school's homecoming game. And then the bar after. The bar after was a lot of fun, actually. That was, so you and I and then Valerie and Chance and Tina went to Preyston's Bar and Waylon came and met us. That was fun. Yeah, I like that. I like naming all these people for people that don't know who these people are. Yeah, I don't mean to do that. It's just the way that my autistic brain works. I have to like line it up to figure it for me to figure out who was what we were doing. I'm sorry about that. So we were with all these peoples that we've known for like 20 something years. I probably would have told the story the same way. But yeah, so we had a good time though. But I, yesterday I kept singing, when she's not too pretty in the face, but she's super thick. I'm just thinking with my dick. And I was like, why am I thinking, why am I singing that song? Why is that song stuck in my head? And then I remembered when we were out Friday night with people, with everybody from school. We, somebody played that song at the bar like three times in a row. Yeah, it was that weirdo, really big guy that, I don't know. He was strange. Something about him. The one with the beard? No, not that guy. The Hispanic guy? Yeah. I don't know him. The other guy. No, we didn't know them. No, the guy with the beard, he's always there. Yeah. I don't know. He, he like kept trying to insert himself because we were a pretty obviously close group that were there. He was like totally jealous of how well we were all getting along. And he seemed to kind of be ignoring the woman that he was with. And she was probably way out of his league. So you think that he'd appreciate it more? It was probably his sister. I hope not. Based on some of the hand placements I saw. Oh. Who knows? People are fucking weird. I've touched my sister's butt, but it was just to hit it. It wasn't to, you know, there was no grabbing. Not like that guy was a grabber. Anyways, but then on Saturday we had our 20 year reunion at the, at a brewery and it was a lot of fun. And I'd mentioned the brewery, but the beer wasn't really very good and there was like other problems that we had. So yeah, we're excluding the name. To be nice. Yeah. They have like concrete floors and you know, when somebody like digs up the concrete to work on like plumbing or pipes. Dig a trench for a drainage or something, then you have to fill that back in. But they didn't fill it all the way up or maybe it was bad concrete or bad mix or something. And they, uh, the top layer of it was kind of crumbling. So people were tripping on it. Um, and including Jen who fell. Yours truly. I fell, um, hit my knees in the concrete and also landed and caught myself with my right hand, which is the hand that I just had carpal tunnel on two months ago. So that was fun. So that, that feels good. Yeah, that feels fricking fantastic. It's, I went to the, or the urgent care the next morning. It is not broken or fractured. It is only sprained, but it hurts really badly. And we'll see what the hand doctor says on Thursday. Right. Cause the surgery recovery, like you're still during the recovery from your surgery when this happened. So who knows what it's going to do? Hopefully they don't have to like do any more surgery. Hopefully it's just, Oh, that just, it sucks, but it's, it'll heal. Yeah. That's what I'm hoping for, but we don't know. So that's so, yeah, it's so frustrating because you've already been recovering and not able to use your hand for so many different things like lighting your joint, what you're doing, but, uh, yeah, so that's really frustrating. I imagine. I know it is. Um, so yeah, it's super frustrating. It's very annoying. So we did that, but it was really good to see people like everybody. It was a good group that showed up to be honest. Like everybody seemed pretty good. Yeah. Yeah. Who, uh, I mean, I don't think anybody showed up that I wasn't expecting to in like a bad way. Like nobody showed up that I would have been like, no, I don't want that person here. No. And so that's cool. Um, not that there's very many of those, but, um, I feel like I even kind of knew like 90 % of the people there. Yeah. And, and it was, I guess that's what happens when like, we're the ones using like Facebook to do the reunion. Like we're only going to see the people that we already had exposure to. Um, but there were, there were lots of people outside of those groups that didn't show and I know that they know about it, so yeah. Well, I mean, and then, you know, there's like a lot of people have to work on Saturday night. Yeah. A lot of people in the service industry at all. Then, yeah, we had a lot of classmates out to work. Um, you know, a lot of classmates that aren't local or that don't care. We've, we've had people who passed away. Um, we, it, it seems as though we have people who maybe got along a few years ago and we're still their group of friends from high school, we're still a pretty tight knit group and then maybe a few election phases ago is what it kind of seems that that group separated. And then that some of those people, as from what I understand shattered, it's done. Yeah. So, you know, like it's not justifiably, you know, anybody on, you know, one side should, shouldn't put up with the other. Uh, yeah, but, and I, and I know some people like had, you know, have kids and stuff, so they couldn't come, but there were some people, it was good to see some teachers too. That was really cool to see some teachers. We haven't seen them forever. One of my favorite stories to tell from high school, I was about a teacher that I didn't even remember his name, but he was there and I coach Smith, coach Smith. Yeah. Um, I didn't know he was a coach. I'm sure I did when I was in the class, but right this, I was okay. It was integrated chemistry, physics and chemistry, integrated physics and chemistry. ICP. No, IPC. I know. Sorry. We, that was the thing. Cause that was like at the height of Insane Clown Posse's, you know, popularity. I would assume, do you think they have more fans now than they did then? And it is, is it only because of population gain? Like it's just the families of the people who already were fans that now their kids are fans. Uh, anyway, so I had this, uh, integrated physics and chemistry class, which is a pretty entry level class, right? It's your freshmen that you could skip it. Like they're like, you don't really need this class, but it counts for a credit. And so I didn't take it because I wanted to take biology and then I took anatomy and then I took chemistry and then I needed one more. And I didn't want to take physics for whatever reason. I looking back on it, I totally should have taken physics. Yeah, I've been fascinated by physics as an adult. And if I would have really understood what it was or like my potential interest in it, I would have absolutely taken it. I should have, that was dumb, but I did take it. So, uh, didn't take it. Uh, so what, what I did was go backwards to the class that you take freshman year, uh, my senior year. And that's actually all I needed to say for him to like glow up and realize who I was. He's like, Oh yeah, I remember you. So that was fun. Um, but I was also glad that he didn't remember me right away in a negative way because that would have been like, cause I was kind of a shit. Well, yeah, you were a shit. So I didn't know how much of a shit I had been in his class. Um, but he was actually the only teacher that I think I had. I don't know. Maybe I had vineyard, but I just don't remember. But anyway, she taught Spanish. Yeah. Yeah. I think I, for Spanish too, after Treplinsky failed me. So, um, I say that like I actually did all my work and she's failed and still failed me. That's definitely not true. Come to find out she failed everybody. Yeah, she did fail a lot of people that she fought with. Yeah. If she didn't get along with it, she didn't like you. She fought, she failed you. So I'm good for her. So there's a, yeah, so he's, he's there and, and I told him why I remembered him and this story, um, he would, it actually starts with a joke and he would always, uh, you know, mentioned something about a pot for. And, and, uh, and, and he did this and there was a particular person in the class that fell for it every time frequently. Like he did it often enough that everybody else was looking at her like, please don't fall for it again. And she was just, I don't know. I don't even, I think of her and I immediately think of her little friend too. Like they're one person because they were just like, to me, I only ever saw them coming into class together right at the last second and then leaving the class together. And so I just only, and I didn't even look like see them outside of class ever. So my only thought was like these two people together and I don't even remember the other girl's name. Um, and I'm not going to say the name of her because the story is kind of not nice towards her because she kept falling for this joke over and over and over again. And he would just be like, Hey, what, what are you doing over there with that pot for? And she was like, what? You know, the pot for, and what's a pot for? Well, cooking stupid.
A highlight from Ep. 123 - Unpacking the Influence of 1965: A Year that Shaped Music and Film
"Well, here we are, episode 123. In for my friend Todd Sorkin, aka Big Head Todd the Wet Sprocket. That's 100 plus 23 equals 123. His head is so big, yet his brain is so small. Anyway, on this episode, The Wrecking Two is back in action. Full force tonight. We will be talking about the year 1965. I don't think we've ever gone back this far. Talking about the music and the movies. Nice little addition, people like it. Of 1965, so sit back, relax, stop making your peace signs, because that was right around the corner. Enjoy the show. Thank you, Amanda, for that wonderful introduction, as usual, over that wonderful introduction music created by the one and only, the professor, Mr. ... Only because he did that song. I'm going to give him a little bit of ... Let me get rid of that. I'll give him a little bit of credit. Mr. Lou Colicchio did the intro. Here we go, here we go. I don't even have The Wrecking Two on the screen yet, and Big Head Todd the Wet Sprocket comes in with, I am here, entertain me, and my big head. He gets it. He's finally seen. Sometimes I can kind of get it in there, just kind of ... Just own it. He has officially owned it. His head is bulbous. He's got a bulbous head. Speaking of bulbous, it's time Mark Smith from the ... Rolling Stone, Penalty Box, right off the bat. See that? And Lou Colicchio from the Music Brothers Progress, who has never seen Jackie Brown, Penalty Box right off the bat from both of them motherfuckers. They're bolted. I am not messing around tonight. Oh, no, no, no. We are not playing. It comes on my reading that rag, Rolling Stone. Let's try this again, gentlemen. Don't do it, Mark. I see you. I see Mark. He's reaching for it. All right. Let's bring him on. What do you want to get tortured for now? Mark Smith. You got the F bomb in the first three minutes. Come on. It's your fault. It's your fault, and it's Lou's fault. Oh, did I say that when Lou came before he came, or after he came out? Lou didn't hear that. Look at Lou. He's got that notebook. This is the Jackie Brown thing you're talking about. That's the movie. Quentin Tarantino movie. San Quentin Tarantino. Oh, Jesus. I think he did Pulp Fiction, right? Oh, you know what? You're in. Again. I agree. Put him away. I think. I think. Pulp Fiction was up for Best Picture. It got robbed. It got robbed by fucking, what was it, Training Day, I think. Beat it that year. Oh, okay. Which is just another bad cop movie. Were you lucky enough to see Pulp Fiction before the hype? Oh, dude. Are you kidding me? Oh, yeah. Me too. Multiple times in the theater. One of the only movies I've ever seen. I think I saw it in the movie theater four or five times. I couldn't get enough of it. I just heard. Oh, I forgot Lou. I just heard John Travolta's back. And so I go see this movie, right? And I had no idea what I was in for. Man, that was good. I didn't see Reservoir Dogs. I didn't know anything about Quentin. Wow. What a surprise when I saw that. I saw it when it first came out there. I saw it with my in -laws. My very old school Italian conservative in -laws. They were kind of. My mother -in -law was a little. She was pretty cool. My father -in -law was pretty uptight about it. Especially the hillbilly scene. Oh, in Pulp Fiction? Oh, yeah. Yeah. That was something I didn't see coming. When I opened that door, that's not what I thought. Hell no. I was going to say. I don't think anybody thought that.
A highlight from Delmarva Veteran Builders with Chris Eccleston
"Navy veteran Chris Eccleston is the president and founder of Delmarva veteran builders a fresh gritty commercial construction firm Igniting potential and doing epic things as he brings the veteran attitude to local construction projects coming up next on veteran on the move Welcome to veteran on the move if you're a veteran in transition an entrepreneur Wannabe or someone still stuck in that job trying to escape this podcast is dedicated to your success and now your host Joe crane as A member owned not -for -profit Navy federal puts members at the heart of every single thing that they do At Navy federal our members are the mission find out more at Navy federal org All right talking with Navy veteran Chris Eccleston from Delmarva veteran builders Chris welcome to the show Got some great things to talk about what's going on in the construction industry and what good good things veterans are doing there Before we do all that takes back to us what you did in the Navy Well, yeah, thanks for having me Joe. I appreciate it. Yeah, so I was in the Navy from 2000 to 2006. I was a nuke machinist mate and I was on board the USS Theodore Roosevelt During that time we deployed three different times One for enduring freedom and two for Iraqi freedom. Awesome Yeah, Tomahawks. I Well, I worked down in the reactor room. I was an RM div so not Worked on the I think it was to plant I was on to plant and so we would stand a lot of watch down there and work my way up through all the different reactor division watches and and then also got both of my Warfare pins and all that kind of stuff. So yeah, this is a cool time to be in in the service and Got to see a lot of ocean and then also a lot of different Port calls on the second and third deployment our first one we deployed like like a week after 9 -11 So we were out to sea for quite some time. Yeah, awesome. Well good story So did your transition out of Navy come quickly? Were you expecting it? You know, what was your preparation level at that? Yeah, I think the first and second deployment just because our rotation deployment rotation was so Condensed I just kind of saw that this was a pretty hard life and That I was going to get out I wanted to you know definitely have a wife and kids and I saw I just kind of knew that this is something that I Wasn't meant out for me. I thought I wanted to stay in and be a career guy, but I decided to change So I got I knew I was gonna get out I was just gonna do my six years and then I would get out so I had Decided that I was going to go to college and actually my last deployment I had gotten that calculus for dummies book because I had been out of school high school for six years and had to get prepped for all these Tests and everything. So I was actually out out to sea on my time off teaching myself calculus so I could pass the cow tests when I got back to college, but I you know, I Decided I was gonna go to school. I went to old old Dominion for a year I was gonna I tell people I was gonna go to civil engineering and I remember sitting with a The counselor and and they said that's great You're gonna have to take four years of calculus to get through the civil engineering and I was like, oh man well, how about something that doesn't take that and I said, well, how about construction management and the reason Construction was just so interesting to me was it was so tangible You were part of the team and you could really kind of see the results I mean the reactor is really cool and exciting But once you turn it on it just stays on and then just make sure nothing happens So it's kind of the same thing over and over again So I needed to I need hands ability and that's something in the structure So that's how I ended up in the construction, but I I had a hard time finding a job. I ended up being a trash man while I was in in College I so could not I could not find a job. I mean, I remember applying You know any anywhere I just kind of needed some work to supplement my income While I was in college Because then they I had the GI Bill, but they didn't have to post 9 -11 GI Bill yet So I still had to pay rent he grow You know had to pay it had all that that I had to pay for so I had to get a job while I was going to college So I ended up Being a trash guy and that's what I did I would go into houses and then clean out like all the drywall scraps and Wood scraps and all the trash and everything then take it to the dump and I could try and get one or two loads You know, I'd structure my days half days. So you don't meet a lot of people in college smelling like the dump and You know being five or six years older than everybody else, but it is all good. I wouldn't change it for the world Yeah, so So you did finish in school? I did. Yeah, I got my degree. I got my degree in three years. I actually Changed colleges from Old Dominion to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore I ended up getting a job as a as a construction laborer at a local construction company and Then working my way up in project management I did that all in about three years and And then I started I worked at that company for four or five years and then about ten years ago I started my own business and The reason Delmarva veterans builders and for the listeners out there Delaware, Maryland, Virginia that Delmarva It's a peninsula about two hours east of Washington DC It was a testament to the the veteran attitude I thought that we could bring that kind of attitude and mentality to the local construction workforce and we would kind of elevate or make it a little bit more professional than The the competition and we would just have a lot of success really fast and that's what we did We were really really successful. We took off, you know, we had the hockey stick curve and It was just a lot of fun. So but it I wanted to Really kind of hone in on veteran employment not only like permanent employment, but kind of transitional because at that time this would have been 2012 13 when I started business 13 The wars were winding down veteran employment was really unemployment was really really high. So The the timing was was right for that. And so it was in the national news all the time But I just knew that that mentality that type of workforce and then really just the construction industry and the you know, the military have a lot of nice parallels teamwork Clear goal in mind. Yeah, they're deliverables all that kind of stuff. So it's a nice parallel. 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Monitor Show 15:00 10-27-2023 15:00
"Pop culture is something that touches everyone. It's how we fill our leisure time and how we enjoy ourselves. Particularly when you're talking about the famous people and big personalities in entertainment and tech. There tends to be a need to sensationalize, but what I enjoy is explaining to people how the things that they love get made, come to be, and how people make money off of it. I'm Lucas Shaw, and I cover the business of pop culture for Bloomberg. My job is to uncover how entertainment is changing and explain what that means for you. Because context changes everything. Broadcasting 24 hours a day at Bloomberg .com and the Bloomberg Business Act. This is Bloomberg Radio. This is Bloomberg Business Week. Insight from the reporters and editors who bring you America's most trusted business magazine. Plus, global business, finance, and tech news as it happens. Bloomberg Business Week with Caro Masur and Tim Stenebeck on Bloomberg Radio. Very good afternoon, everyone. Live from our Bloomberg Interactive Brokers studio. Streaming on YouTube and of course on Bloomberg Originals. It is TGIF. Friday, October 27th. That is... And listen, I'm going to put in my vote. Stick with the old Smith House rock. No, the new one's great. No. Yeah, come on. Unless you're doing Taylor's version, stick with the oldies. All right, Taylor's version. That's a deep tease. I like it, Carole. Hey, Taylor's version of the S &P 500. Not doing so well today. Maybe it needs a little Taylor Swift magic. Is she not a billionaire anymore now? She's probably still a billionaire. Thinks of ticket sales and value of her music. But the S &P 500 has dropped 10 % from its July peak. That's the threshold, Carole, of a so -called correction. Kind of doesn't necessarily mesh with the upbeat economic data we got this week. Consumers are spending. Inflation coming in hot. Or, you know, I guess up the most in the past four months. So, it's not easy.
A highlight from Bitcoin Set For MASSIVE GAINS! (Best Time For Crypto Accumulation?)
"The pump is never over, folks. Boy, I know. I'm feeling good. The crypto markets are starting to decouple from stocks. We may have cooled down a little bit, but we're expecting to cool down. I'm still feeling very bullish, still feeling very excited, still feeling very, very optimistic about this upcoming bull run. We got TJ and Josh with us on the ones and twos. How are you two doing today? Fantastic. In the corner today. I'm loving it. I got grounded. It's a little easy. You get to sit. And that's the main difference here. I like the shoes, man. I need that with my shirt here. But we got TJ. TJ, how are you feeling today? I'm feeling good. Love seeing Bitcoin going up. All right. And we're also talking some alts and we do got some alts that are performing quite well today. Folks, we're going to talk about Bitcoin and the decoupling we're experiencing with Bitcoin and stocks. So long have we said, well, Bitcoin has a strong correlation with tech stocks. Bitcoin has a strong correlation with growth stocks. Bitcoin has a strong correlation with the risk adverse or the risky stocks here. Those days might be behind us. So I don't want to hear about the S &P is dropping. I don't want to hear about, well, NASDAQ is showing some strong resistance at these levels. So I better sell my Bitcoin. Bitcoin might be the new master asset, the apex predator of all assets. I know Michael Saylor, he had that prediction three years ago. Well, it may be coming true today. All right, let's get right into the show here. Folks, make sure you check out Josh's video, came out last night. Let me hit home. All right, right here. You are here. And I would say that kind of sums up where we are within the four -year cycle. Still a firm believer in the four -year cycle. But I want to ask you, do you feel like just looking at that film and the video that you were in yesterday, do you feel like that's pretty accurate? I can't help but say I'm getting a lot of echoes of 2020 right now. The vibes are coming back. It feels like late 2020 or maybe that early January, we're all kind of debating on where we're currently at, but it does feel like that life's coming back from the market. So just it felt right. It felt right. The thumbnail looked good and the video is immaculate. So make sure you guys go check that out. Yeah, go check that out. I do want to share, you know, you talked about the vibes. I think we're not going to go into the X minute just yet, but I don't have it. There's the meme of it's Leo DiCaprio and it has him, you know, it's like, you know, Bitcoin at 35K today. But then it shows Leo from The Revenant is like Bitcoin at 35K about a year ago or on the way down. And my oh my, how things feel different when they're on the way up versus when they're on the way down. In fact, I remember people feeling bad about 50K. You know, there's a point where 50K was a scary number. Oh no, if we go below that, oh, it's over. Now, can you imagine how positive we would feel if we hit 50K? It's a night and day difference, folks. All right, make sure you're following us on X. Follow Josh Jake. It's not it's Joshua Jake, it's ZZ Joshua Jake. So you want to make sure you have the Z. Is a fake account, did they have the yes? Yeah. So that's actually why I had to do that in the beginning. Yeah. Yeah. There's a lot of Joshua Jakes out there. It's a very common name. You know, my parents just grabbed that right out of the Bible. They didn't try too hard. So unfortunately it's a lot of competition on social media. It's the resurrection of the basic names here. The new speaker of the house, his name might be Mike Johnson. It's like John Smith, a Mike. Is there any kind of combination of those names? We get to come up, you know, maybe just some vague thing where no one could really remember like, oh, we've got a Mike Johnson in the back. All right. That's perfect. Go ahead. Sign them up. All right. So it's Josh Jake. And he also catches a content here on Tik TOK, uh, 532 ,000 followers. I need to throw my Tik TOK up here too, as well. All right, guys, let's get into the crypto market though. I just hit refresh, but I like that fresh, fresh data. So we're going to hit it again. Just like that things update folks. Uh, we were up 0 .7. Now we're at 0 .6 here. You can see the crypto market cap coming at $1 .3 And trillion. real quick on that, we were talking a little bit this morning about how that 1 .3 trillion total market cap could be a little bit of a total market cap resistance from, you know, on the way back down. So, or it might break through. Yeah. Yeah. People were wanting to slow it down. Uh, no, not Josh. You, uh, sake. Uh, no, it's has the Z, not, not the, uh, not the Josh name. Uh, all right. But that's probably, you know what? You just made a new fake account. It's almost like, Oh, good idea. And now I'm going to send you a message. How'd your trades going? All right. Uh, let's go and look at the 24 hour. What is going on with this 24 hour volume? TJ, let me get your take here. I can't even remember the last time I've seen, you know, it's very rare. We get triple digits. I can't even remember the last time we saw over $200 billion. It's almost looks like a glitch. Uh, this is such a high, uh, departure because yeah, we have skyrocket. We've been hanging around this 30 to 50 billion. And now we're coming in at 230. What do you think this is a Bitcoin whales taking profit. That would be my best guess here. Yeah. I mean, obviously these are, these could be liquidations. It's a lot of money changing hands at these levels. Um, and, but I think it's just interest in, uh, money coming back into the market. We've got a lot of stuff, a lot of stables on the sidelines, a lot of cash on the sidelines. And I think people, the FOMO is just starting to kick in. I think a little bit from a lot of the bigger players, when you see Bitcoin take a big move, like it did over this past week, this past weekend, uh, you know, it could potentially rally into this weekend. I'll be really interested to see, interested to see what it does next week. Yeah. Seeing, uh, these volume numbers kick up is a very promising, uh, for all of this moving forward. It's exciting. It's fun to be, it's like, we are, we're back. We're back. Yeah. We're back. And, uh, we're seeing also a lot of hex volume too. So maybe Richard Hart, like woke up that God ETH wallet. Who knows? All right. Uh, Bitcoin dominance coming in at 51 .2. I'm not feeling the best about my bet with Tim Warren that we won't hit 60 before we hit 70 K, but you know, I'm, I'm still being optimistic here. ETH dominance coming in at 16 .6 and surprisingly low gas for $230 billion in volume gas, only 34 Guays. So really not too bad in the grand scheme of things. Let me zoom out a little bit. Bitcoin's price coming in at $34 ,181, uh, still kind of just ranging around in this 34 ,500 to 33 ,500 range Bitcoin down about 1 .3 % Ethereum down about 0 .1 % now below 1800. Let's, let's click on this. Just see how much has been battling that level. Okay. Okay. Uh, going against it, going against it, trying to pass it, trying to pass it past it, fake out, uh, you know, fall through support and then come through test support again. And now we're falling through. So we're going to maybe want to take a nice look at that one with charts here. Let's look at some of these other movements here. Look at that Solana, uh, pull back there. So a lot of people taking some profits off that Solana pump. You see it's up 31 % for the week, but now a nice little 5 % correction. And then doge coin. I said a lot of Pepe whales are going to roll their profits into a meme. And I chose doge as the meme took about a week, but, uh, it looks like maybe now it's starting to happen. I should have put my money where my mouth is. I didn't, I didn't listen to my own theory, but if you did, you're making some money. So go ahead and hit that like button. I appreciate it. All right. Uh, we have chain link whales, probably, you know, Sergei, he's starting to sell. So it's down about 4%, but still above $10. So 10 73, really good price. Now's the time to look at the top gainers. Are you excited for this Josh? I'm stoked every single day. Well, actually today's top gainers, you're going to see who it is. You'll see who it is in just a second. It's your favorite coin, right? When you see it, you want to throw a gala. I'm talking about gala, the gaming token. What is your opinion on gala? It is up 42 % for the week, still below 2 cents though, but it's above a penny. I used to love gala games. I really did. I used to hold onto it a lot in the last bull run and ultimate or leading into this, uh, bear market, but it was kind of, we just kept getting just plunged by a very, very thick samurai sword, just straight through the chest by the team and the foundation. Uh, and so, you know, just slowly over time, uh, you know, I started kind of starting to step away a little bit after what they were doing. Did you get in before the major pump right here? So I got on the max chart now. It looks like this was right around. Okay. So right when Bitcoin was pumping November, 2021 gala went all the way from under about a dime to about 65, 70 cents there. So when did you get in? I didn't get into about 20, 25 cents. I knew someone that just like was running all their nodes and stuff. So he made me jump in, but I made a quick profit off of it. Uh, but yeah, you know, and then kind of just fell in love with the community, got involved in the NFTs was like, Oh my goodness, play to earn game. He's going to be huge. Uh, you know, and there's just a few discrepancies that took place with the team and the foundation and early on NFTs. So, well, I think that there's a good lesson there too. Cause I, same thing. We got excited about gala. We played with some of the nodes. I've been to gala verse. I'm very intrigued at where web three gaming is going to go. Uh, but he mentioned a lot of different things, the team, the focus, the initiatives that they were on. And I, when I went to gala verse, I believe it was 21, maybe, yeah, it was summer of 21. They were unveiling the music stuff and gala films, and they were definitely very split focus going a lot of different directions. Uh, the, uh, one of the original founders, definitely strong resume, but seeing a lot of the different initiatives that they had made me pause and like, wait a minute, just stick to games. If you guys go to all these different directions, it's definitely going to get fragmented very quickly. Um, and so I think there's something to be said there for watching a project, seeing what they're working on, they can have a really good idea of being a really good niche just because the project doesn't necessarily succeed. Doesn't mean gaming, you know, web three gaming, isn't going to succeed. Uh, and I still would like to see where some other games come out because they've got a lot in development, but, uh, the tokenomics, we've said for quite some time on this channel, a lot to be desired for. And, and, and that happens a lot in gaming. You get people that know how to make games, but they don't know anything about blockchain. Uh, and so you end up with a good game and bad tokenomics, and then the inverse, you might have really good tokenomics, but a unplayable game. And that we haven't really found a happy medium yet. And I will say this about gaming tokens, it's going to have a high percentage of investors are retail compared to very obscure defy play compared to, you know, this L two side chain para, you know, those are going to have a more of the, the, the in -depth people gala is going to have a huge influx of retail is my prediction. And then the markets can remain, uh, irrational longer than you can remain solvent. And so don't, you could have, you could be screaming at these people don't buy this because look at this huge token unlock and they're like, yeah, I don't really know what that means. I'm going to go ahead and buy this coin. Shut up nerd. So that's going to be my two cents on, you know, the, the counter where, Hey, you know, these tokenomics are terrible. There's no way it can pump. There's going to be a huge percentage of people who just do not care about that. Unfortunately. I agree with crimson caravan company says web three gaming is going places, but I don't think gala is going to take it there. Okay. I tend to, yeah, I think play during game is it'd be especially in the e -sports category. I mean, there's just so much you can do. That's going to allow a lot more gamers of streamers out there. I know you come from Twitch. It's such a competitive area. I think there's going to be a really good crossover in the future, but like you said, it's just, we haven't found that perfect balance yet. And I do expect that to come in the future. And don't you have a little bit of a gaming background, Josh? Yep. Yep. Just a little bit. Try playing professionally with the Vegas competed to the whole nine yards and then started there. That's where I actually started streaming Fortnite's call of duty. And then the game called split gate. If that's a young person's game, a first person shooters is a young person's game. If you look at Fortnite, like the world leaders are all teenagers are lower. And so like at a certain point, like these, these milliseconds of reaction speed is what makes the world champion 22, 23. You can't do it anymore. Cause some 12 year old is going to be like, you know, moving his fingers a hundred miles per hour. It's crazy. Yeah. And also there's a really bad drug usage and a first person shooter. E -sports also in magic. Yeah. Yeah. They actually rolled back the drug testing parameters. That's a real thing. It's like actually a recent story from this week. They, they, they rolled that back. So it's, it's Adderall. So it's, it's, it's heavily, heavily abused in the gaming industry. All right. Let's talk about some of the top gainers though. Speaking of being abused, we have Doge. It got abused all the way down from 69 cents, but now it is back to under 90 % correction folks. So we're back to 90 % draw down instead of 95%. So how do we feel about that? A Doge coming in 7 % pump up to 7 cents, a quant. God dang it. We're just, we're talking about quants so much internally in the office in the past. I don't know a lot yesterday and a lot this morning. I didn't know it was even the number three gainer. We got to get these shorts out. We should have got a short out, man. We should have done a quant short because guys, this was on our radar. We were talking about it. Also we have roll Bitcoin. It's up 5 .4 % along with rocket pool, Shiba in you. So I guess my theory did play out. Folks said the Pepe whales are going to put it in meme tokens. It looks like it's finally happening. Arbitrum up 5%. The graph. Hey man, what are your thoughts on the graph? I love the graph, by the way. Indexing is a huge part of the industry, but you know, if you're trying to read a white paper, I did kind of close my eyes and felt like I was in a library, but you know, indexing is going to be needed for scaling and everything on Ethereum. So I do like graph. I've looked into the past, made quite a few videos on it, but ultimately I don't hold it. Uh, I think I just, because I don't know, again, it just wasn't, it's not the sexy token of the industry. You know what I mean? No. And when you start breaking down, uh, it has a good moniker, which does not, I'm not saying this is what the graph is, but people call it the graph, the Google of blockchain. Yeah. And they call it that it doesn't really make any sense once you really kind of deep dive, but on the surface, it's, it's a not totally unfair comparison. I could see retail and speaking of retail, you know, there's a couple of retail plays. I think I think crypto .com, just the fact that it's called Crow, easy to say crypto .com great URL. I think that's going to play out in a large way. And I would say the same thing for the graph, Google of blockchain. Well, that sounds good. It's on Coinbase. I'm going to buy, Oh, it's under a dollar. I'm going to buy it. So I really feel like retail is going to come back. Also all the people that stayed on the sidelines who had huge pumps from it. Uh, so they, they're probably going to want to get back in. All right. Avalanches. Uh, then after that guys, it gets a little bit boring. We're under 3%. So let's look at the top losers. There's none.
A highlight from Military v Civilian leadership - whats the difference?
"In this episode I speak to Jack Smith about the importance of leadership and how it differs between the military and civilian life. During this conversation Jack discusses the importance of recognising individual reactions to stress and burnout and how military leadership skills can be applied in civilian environments. We talk about the importance of humility in leadership and how military leadership training can impact civilian leadership styles with a focus on empathy and decision making in challenging environments. I create clear thinking and decisive leaders who can amplify their influence. Contact me to find out how I can help you or your organisation. And today our guest is Jack Smith. How you doing Jack? I'm very well, thank you for having me, are you well? Yeah apart from a cold so if I sound a bit stuffed up please forgive me. So Jack tell me what type of movies do you like to watch? You know I'm a wide variety of movies I like naturally you know coming from the background that I do I like a good war movie. I like to spend the majority of my time picking pieces apart in war movies and stuff like that it always irritates everybody I watch them with but anything you know good action drama I just don't do horror movies very well. Yeah I understand what you're saying I find that as I as I get older my tastes have changed quite substantially and my ability to sit through stuff so back in my head I'm like is this a good use of my time? It's like committing an hour and a half to three and a half hours in some cases isn't it where you just go I could be doing something else. Well yeah it's more like I might start watching a something like a series or something can get like five episodes in and then I always make the mistake of just seeing how many is in there then notice that there's like five seasons and I'm like no I cannot commit the time to catching up to the to the fifth season so like even though I was enjoying it I'm like no I can't spend that much time. And I know I love a box set you can pick it up and put it down whenever you eat whenever you get your spare time it's that sort of way to escape I think. Oh that's the problem I can't put them down so that's why I just watched them one after the other so that's why I'm like oh no I can't commit 30 hours because that's how long it's going to take. So Jack tell us a bit more about you. Yeah so I'm currently the the logistics lead and inventory lead for an IT solutions company we deal in warehouse and distribution but my background comes from the military where I've spent time in both the regular and reserve space so I've been able to travel around a bit and work with varying different people all different kinds of leaders and really had a sort of experience of the spectrum of what the military has to offer all its qualifications and all of its sort of building and training and all the way through to where I am now where I say I now have the the absolute honor of being able to train our British Army Reserve soldiers so it's been a really exciting time it's really exciting career and I went into logistics with the British Army because it was it was closest to my house at the time it was the closest unit to my house at the time and it was the best decision I could have made because it really set me up for where I am now and where I am now and where I'm going now is really exciting for me and there's there's a lot that I'm learning and there's a lot that I'm benefiting from and it all comes down to essentially the the the start in life that the the the British Army and the MOD as a wider piece has given me really. Okay thank you for that I've had a number of people from all sorts of different countries military on and they all have something unique to say you you mentioned earlier that you know the British Army's helped set you up for how you're leading today can you explore that a little bit more for us? Yeah absolutely so one of the things that I've learned in my time with British Armed Forces and with the Army is that there is no sort of clear differentiation between when you become a leader and when you're not and I think from the get -go in its most simplest forms when you look at the processes and training that you go through you're always encouraged to know the person above you and you know know the person above you's job and what what it is that they need to be able to do in order to you know fulfill a mission to complete a task and so on and so forth so from the get -go that kind of introduction to to leadership is is is presented to you and it's up to you then to take that with both hands and and essentially manage how you go forward you know within two to three years of of British Army service you could you can be promoted especially from the the non -commissioned ranks so the the people that aren't officers when you become a junior NCO or junior non -commissioned officer that is that is your first rung on the ladder and that is you for being recognized as as a leader as a supervisor if you like from from very early on in your career obviously from a commissioned officer perspective you have you know 44 weeks I believe it is at Sandhurst where you are trained throughout that entire year as well as looking at your strategies and and understanding all sorts of things within the military curriculum you are bred then to be a leader from the second you walk out the door so it inherently gives you that that opportunity to start learning and developing your leadership and your leadership style as soon as you begin. Okay so I mean that's a that is quite a substantial course you've got there so what what are you learning though because 44 weeks of leadership training seems like a lot so what specifically are you learning there? So I'm not I didn't commission so I'm I'm part of the non -commissioned part so the the officer training itself is a bit of a mystery to me and I think it's interesting to be that way it's like this sort of dark art that the officers do they sort of go in one week carrying their ironing board under one arm and then leave you know 44 weeks later ready to to command soldiers you know and I think the majority of it it looks at that command part and how leadership and management feeds into the command piece so but the intricacies of the training itself is is a mystery to me and I think it's probably intentionally. That makes that makes a lot of sense so having been in the army out and then training reserves and then doing your day job as well how do you see the differences if there is any between a military leader and say a ceo or a senior leader in a civilian organization? Well this is the big secret there isn't a great deal of difference.
A highlight from Ep. 122 - Traveling Back to 1990: A Year of Iconic Music, Movies, and Events
"Well, here we are, episode 122, and on this episode I don't have the wrecking to tonight. Nope, only got one of them. The Professor, Lou Colicchio, me and Lou are going to tear it down. You see, Mark Smith evidently didn't pay his cable bill or his Wi -Fi bill or his internet bill because he called and said, I can't make this show tonight. I don't have service. Stop buying the wine and pay your bills, buddy. That's all I got to say, but he'll be watching on his phone. Thank God for 5G. Enough about him. Me and the Professor will be talking about the year 1990 and music and movies. People like that. So enjoy the show. Thank you, Amanda, for that wonderful introduction as usual. Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends. Welcome to the podcast. You know the name. I'm not going to say it. We're streaming live right now over Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, Dlive, Twitter's X, X, Twitter, whatever it is now, and I have two screens up there. I have been scrambling all day. I have been scrambling all day. Let me get my chat set up here. Yeah, this has been kind of crazy. I just did the intro about, I don't know, 10 minutes ago. And about four minutes ago, I think Lou and Mark teamed up on me on this one. I swear they did. I think at that point they have a real comfort level that they can fuck with me. And I think because after I did the intro, you know, I'm setting up the studio, the virtual studio, and all of a sudden who pops up? Mark Smith from the Music Rollers podcast with his wine. He's a trooper. He's doing this on his phone for the podcast listeners. He's doing his like FaceTime thing on his phone and yeah, because he has five Gs. He can pay for that, but he can't pay for his internet. But Lou, who was supposed to be here, oh, I have laptop issues. I have laptop issues. Well, Lou evidently isn't a trooper like Mark is. What's up, buddy? How are you doing? Listen, can you hear me? I can hear you, yes. I sound like shit, but okay. I'll be on until Lou gets on and then I'll bow out. But, well, you know, yesterday morning, Lou called me first thing and said, hey, you want to fuck with Scott? I said, no, don't fuck with Scott. He's a nice guy. And Lou said, we got to fuck with him. Found him. Are you trying to pit me and Lou against each other? Is that what you're doing? Do you have an ulterior motive? Are you like an evil podcast genius that I didn't know about until this point? Are you? Well, just don't search around for me too much, okay? Don't do any deep dives on Mark Smith. So, real quick, how's everything going? Good? Going good, except I'm going to live for four or five days without any internet, which is kind of wild. Like back in the day when you had cable, it didn't matter. Hey, we're without internet. Now, when you don't have internet, you don't have anything. It's going to be a fun weekend, you know? You're like, what? I got a digital antenna. I'll watch some local stations. I'll watch Svengoolie on Saturday night. I'll, you know, read books, play some DVDs. There you go, like the old days. Excellent, man. And you sent me a text that you have one of those new -fangled digital antennas, right? Yeah, well, kind of new -fangled, but yeah, they're good. I tell you, the quality of HD on those digital antennas is actually better than getting it through cable or BIOS or whatever. They are pretty good, yeah. Look at this. So, Patty says, Patty, Asi, how's it going? Good evening, Scott and Mark. Good evening, Patty. April. April and Mark says, Mark Smith is a no -agenda guy. Oh, no, no, no. Do not let this guy below right here. Don't let that fool you, April. No, no, no. Yeah, he's a trooper. Okay. There's an agenda here somewhere. I know there is. There's a game playing play there. I just haven't found out what it is yet. I can't text Luke because I'm using my phone. Damn it. If you see me do this, all of a sudden, you know. You're texting on the screen. All right, buddy. So, I don't know what you have, but let me just, we'll jump right into the year 1991. And as usual, give me some of your excellent commentary as we go along. Right off the bat, January 8th, 1990, we start off with Irish singer Sinéad O 'Connor released her famous single, Nothing Compares to You. And then, what do you think the next line is? Oh, I can't remember. No, no. The next line, it says released her famous single, Nothing Compares to You, originally. Recorded, written by Prince. Yeah, yeah, yeah. It's like every fucking person in the world. How many times have you heard me say this? I fucking hate that. I hate that. Did you know Prince wrote that song? Did you know that? Did you know Prince recorded it and gave it? Did you know that? Shut the fuck up. Because you can't give a performance. You can give a composition, but that's a performance worth its weight in gold. It's a great performance. Fucking, everybody wants to be like, I know about music. That's like the worst party music trivia you'd ever fucking throw out there. I know. They feel brilliant. They're compelled. They feel compelled to say it. Anyway, I digress. Hey, Manic Monday was written by Prince. I'm sure if you record it, it wouldn't be the version that we all like. You don't hear all that, right? No. So as I said, a couple Sundays back, I saw Morrissey, my man Morrissey at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, the big guitar at Hard Rock Live. And he had come out originally after she died and lambasted all the fucking bandwagon jumpers that always feel bad when he basically said, you were the motherfuckers. These are my words. You were the motherfuckers. I don't think Morrissey talks like that, that caused her to go in that direction. You were the ones that canceled her. You were the ones that pointed your crooked finger at her and said, you're a heathen. You're this, you're that. And then when she passes away, unfortunately, they all praise her. They praise her. And he's like, no, no, no, no, no, no. I'm not biting. So he always does a video montage before his concerts. And the first thing he played was nothing compares to the video. And it was rather chilling, I have to say. It was rather chilling.
"smith" Discussed on Frank Michael Smith Show
"Like we need to have people batting three 50 and 400, like the Ted Williams is. So I'm saying, juice up their bats, give them a little bit of bigger bats, and turbocharge the batter. Turbocharged the bats, like maybe not quartz fats necessarily, but increase the barrel width or something. So I want like the worst hitters on teams to be batting like 300. There are the kind of skinny barrels. I mean, yeah, it's supposed to be hard. Like baseball's a really hard sport. There might not be a single harder thing. I don't know if every barrel is actually, I think some bats are have like slightly different like the way the way it builds up to the barrels. I don't know what the exact requirements are. Either way, I was thinking that just putting more pressure on the pitchers, making them pitch even faster. Not in speed wise in terms of increasing their pitch count clock and then give them a little bit of bigger bats. It may be short in the game up a little bit, or shorten the season. I think I don't think that's the problem. The game, Emma games are not that long. You're right, we're just humans are naturally becoming worse and worth their attention. NFL games are way longer. Yeah, and there's way more in this way. Football games the longest. People love college football. It's very true. I just think that in my head when I was coming up with these ideas, I was like, gotta come up with something. And in on that idea, though, that is just bigger bats, like when you're outside playing. I don't know if the bigger bats is a buy, but there should be something there should be an added entertainment. A middle ground between the Savannah bananas in the Kansas City Royals, because to put it to put it bluntly, the Kansas City Royals in the baseball the pirates is just boring. As someone who played baseball growing up, I want to see them do something to the game that doesn't take away from the integrity. It needs to be a little bit more drama. Yeah, like I said, they might need to bring Garrett murawski into play let's play first base. That guy is the king of drama from that HBO show. Local Pittsburgh legend. Did you see that? Did you see the Tommy Pham slap? With jock? No, I did. I saw the clip about jaw getting interviewed. I didn't see the physicals lab. That's the biggest baseball story of the season. Yeah, that's shameful, that that's the biggest story. But I love Jacques Peterson. I didn't realize Jacques was such an idiot. Yeah, he's a complete idiot, but he's like he's an arid and he hits the ball to the moon. But he's actually a really good guy. He's a really big heart too. Great player, but he's such a stereotypical meathead. Yeah. He makes no sense. I mean, it's not like quite my cup of tea, but I mean, this drama is actually good. Like the baseball needs more stuff like that. Yes. You're right. And the fact that that's the biggest story that they've been able to put out for the last couple of weeks is just shows you the lack of drama and more slaps, more fantasy football. Maybe the winner of each game gets to just like peg one.
"smith" Discussed on Frank Michael Smith Show
"Lot better, but my problem <Speech_Male> with it is we <Speech_Male> can only do it for one <Speech_Male> person on each team. As soon as <Speech_Male> you start doing the whole <Speech_Male> antics for <Speech_Male> all 5 starters, <Speech_Male> <SpeakerChange> we have <Silence> a half an hour intros. <Speech_Male> <Speech_Male> I'm cool with <Speech_Male> it. <Speech_Male> Yeah, <Speech_Male> yeah, you're right. There may <Speech_Male> be one player <Speech_Male> on each team. <Speech_Male> One special intro. <Speech_Male> Like Klay Thompson's <SpeakerChange> not <Speech_Male> the last one to get announced. <Silence> You don't know, <Silence> <Speech_Male> <SpeakerChange> I guess <Speech_Male> you do know who it's going to be, <Speech_Male> but you don't know how it's going <Speech_Male> to be done. Yeah, <Speech_Male> like for the words they could switch it <Speech_Male> off. Sometimes it's clay, <Speech_Male> sometimes it's draymond, <Speech_Male> sometimes it's stuff. <Speech_Male> But I think that it could <Speech_Male> be super fun for them to <Speech_Male> be able to get creative <Speech_Male> and fun with it and <Speech_Male> really just <Speech_Male> joking about <Speech_Male> this, but I'm also <Speech_Male> not joking. <Speech_Male> You want <Speech_Male> more. It means <Speech_Male> something when you're in the crowd. <Silence> I think that <Speech_Male> I think <Speech_Male> more people would just be hyped <Speech_Male> to go to the game. Yeah, <Speech_Male> it's entertainment at the <Speech_Male> end of the day. These <Speech_Male> fans paid to be entertained <Speech_Male> and if that's him <Speech_Male> hitting a slip and slide <Speech_Male> on the way in and then doing <Speech_Male> a flip cup is a half <Speech_Male> slip and slide because it's <Silence> like the splash Bros. <Speech_Male> <Speech_Male> There could be some connection there. <Speech_Male> But yeah, <SpeakerChange> intro is <Speech_Male> better intros. You <Speech_Male> mind? I <Speech_Male> am buying. I'm buying <Speech_Male> all these ideas. <Speech_Male> <Speech_Male> I <SpeakerChange> don't know what <Speech_Male> someone's gonna have to pitch me <Speech_Male> for me not to buy. <Speech_Male> <Speech_Male> Get you a stinker at <Speech_Male> the end. Yeah, if you <Speech_Male> got any stinkers, <Speech_Male> throw them in the comments, <Speech_Male> DM me at chef <Speech_Male> Roy. I mean, I'm here <Silence> for any ideas. <Speech_Male> <SpeakerChange> Okay, <Silence> you got one more? <Speech_Male> <Speech_Male> I did have one more, <Speech_Male> but did you already <Speech_Male> give three? I gave <Speech_Male> three. Okay. <Speech_Male> I could say that one for <Speech_Male> another week. Honorable <Speech_Male> mention, go ahead. Honorable <Speech_Male> mention, <Speech_Male> I think that <Speech_Male> the obvious statement <Speech_Male> needs to be said that <Speech_Male> baseball <Speech_Male> in its modern and the modern <Speech_Male> day era is losing <Speech_Male> a lot of the younger <Speech_Male> fan base and <Speech_Male> it's a game that sticks <Speech_Male> to its roots, but <Speech_Male> we <Speech_Male> need to do something different <Speech_Male> and we've seen these <Speech_Male> dumb teams <Speech_Male> like the Savannah bananas. <Speech_Male> I don't know if you've seen <Speech_Male> them on TikTok or whatever <Speech_Male> they're on, but they get <Speech_Male> huge traction. They <Speech_Male> do like TikTok dances <Speech_Male> and then they throw the pitches. <Speech_Male> It's completely <Speech_Male> overdone. I saw <Speech_Male> the Rutledge wood, shout <Speech_Male> out the rudder. <Speech_Male> He posted something. It's a <Speech_Male> great family environment. It's <Speech_Male> like free <Speech_Male> food and drinks. <Speech_Male> They sell <Speech_Male> out. He brings his <Speech_Male> little kid there because he lives in <Speech_Male> Georgia and his little <Speech_Male> daughter loves it and they have <Speech_Male> so much fun and it <Speech_Male> got me thinking. <Speech_Male> Baseball needs to accommodate <Speech_Male> to the younger <Speech_Male> fan base, but they <Speech_Male> can't go as far as doing <Speech_Male> what those guys are doing <Speech_Male> and having the pitchers do TikTok <Speech_Male> dances. So <Speech_Male> I was thinking <Speech_Male> NFL does it. <Speech_Male> I was thinking that there's <Speech_Male> got to be a middle ground <Speech_Male> that they meet on, <Speech_Male> where we can actually <Speech_Male> give some <SpeakerChange> character <Speech_Male> to these baseball <Speech_Male> players. <Silence> And on top of <Speech_Male> that, I think that <Speech_Male> to get younger <Speech_Male> people to like it, <Speech_Male> they need to <Speech_Male> our best players can't be batting <Speech_Male> two 67.
"smith" Discussed on Frank Michael Smith Show
"And as a 26 year old guy, I still think it's incredible. I've seen that woman still does it, and the guy who stacks chairs. Still does it. There's nothing wrong with those shows. There's a good shows, but I don't think it's a TV drop. No, I don't think it is wrong. Exactly. That's an inner read of drop, but that got me thinking. What we could do with the halftime shows is limitless. We need to get at this year's NBA Finals. They need to like you said, not cut to will bonds ugly mug because I see it enough. I need to see them do something funny and real. And what I think that that would be is like some sort of a talent show where they get the people from like the best people from America's Got Talent. Get some guy to do a magic trick and cut somebody in half or light somebody on fire. I don't know. I think it has to have some sort of competition element though. Like I think that like, okay, bring in like three people and they do it based on the crowd applause, or we can all text in and vote on something. They would have to be something that not necessarily competition, but some continuation from one episode to another. It can't be like Black Mirror where every episode stands alone. It has to be shout out to Brett right there. Yeah. It has to be something where you had to pay attention to the last halftime show to understand. So that's why I think it would be funny if they went in with like a bracket almost and it would be like they do like each halftime two people go at it and whoever's the better performer gets the bigger applause. One on one tournament with like yeah, just like do a thing where you say with rappers. Do a thing where you were just like the general public but I think that with rappers it'd be super fun but you get like a.
"smith" Discussed on Frank Michael Smith Show
"I think that we're at that point. I think that's just a risk you run. Give me your next idea. All right, next idea, firing it up. This one is inspiration for Mark Wahlberg in a movie. We're going back to Philadelphia in the eagles. Bring back invincible every NFL team should televise. Every NFL team should televise and promote one person that gets to make their team. Okay, give them league minimum or even less than league minimum. I'm sure people would be happy with that. But it would be such a cool promotional event for every team being like, all right, we're back to our local tryouts here in Pittsburgh. Let's cut to the field and they cut to the field and it's obviously like some yinzers that are crushing Heineken's and Ying lings on the field. But then there's people taking it really seriously, like our buddy mace Roman, who was a player for the duquesne football team who just signed a deal with the WWE. He would show up and he'd be knocking heads around. So it's like, I think that it would be funny to see and it would be great. It would be great television for everyone. It'd be great for the publicity for these teams in their cities. Are you serious about this one? I'm serious. I think it'd be fun. I mean, and then we'd get that true underdog story of some guy who ends up making the team as wide receiver, and then he's the next Cooper Cup. Like, it could happen. Then he's an all pro. He's an all pro. $20 million. Two years later, he's like signed max deals. He's mahomes number one target. Hard knocks is dying. Hard knocks is dying. They need something to revitalize it and I think it's bringing back invincible. Yeah, like almost like a rough and rowdy vibe. Yeah, sure, get it to be a little bit gradient, funny and make the accommodator chug some beers or something. I think it would be a make it into really kind of a reality show where by the second or third episode you know the main characters. Yes, you literally call the executive producers from like too hot to handle in the love show on HBO or whatever it is. And get them to help direct it to make it like this drama infested like stupid thing. Yeah, some people get kicked out. One guy comes in drunk. Definitely. Someone's getting a drunk, there's someone's abusing drugs. Some guys spray all over his head. It would just be great. Kind of like a, yeah, like a rough and rowdy mixed with longest yard, mixed with invincible. Makes it hard knocks. I know I presented the idea, but I am hard pie on that. You so far you've bought both your ideas. Yeah, they're my ideas. They're pretty good too. What do you think? I think this guy wouldn't have to be like in training camp, but this could be the contest that if you make it, you get to at least be in training camp. Yeah, and every team has to select one. So it's like, if you're this is pre training camp. Yeah, like if you're a team like Tennessee Titans or something and you get no one good shows up to training camp. You still gotta sign someone. It's like he's that guy. He gets like a special Jersey. His Instagram account blows up. It's like this whole thing. That's a buy. I'm in. Perfect. Thank you. Okay, my next one is halftime shows. Oh. In the NBA in particular..
"smith" Discussed on Frank Michael Smith Show
"Hey, how we doing folks, chef Roy and the building happy to be here. It's a beautiful Thursday afternoon. We're doing something different today. We're not doing anything food. We are doing something sports, but it's nothing serious. We're doing wackiest ideas and sports. So for example, you know, maybe there's something like a promotion or some crazy idea. You know, it doesn't have to be so serious, shouldn't be like the NBA should change this role, even though I've done episodes like that before. So we're gonna get right into it. Roy, you look like a sketchy commissioner right now anyway. So why don't you lead it off? Yeah, I'm looking like a sketchy commissioner of the NHL 'cause I got a great idea. So hockey's great. It's very electric, fast paced sport, but I think that there's something that could be done to really up the ante and change the game up a little bit. And that is getting a new goalie in the net. That goalie, not like other goalies, he would be like a sumo wrestler or someone that's like 600 pounds. Like you've seen the TV show on TLC, my 400 pound life, get one of those guys, throw them in the net. And I just don't think you're scoring. Get him at the start of the show, not when he loses all the weight. Yeah, no, he can't be on a journey to a better path. We need him like eating mcdouble, ice cream. So here's the problem with that. I mean, I think it's a great idea. But the problem would be the pads have a size limit. So this guy would be taking pucks to the thigh a lot. But there's ways we could combat that, such as we could get him to wear like four layers of Under Armour, maybe a little bit of Kevlar or something like that. Or just a sumo wrestler doesn't need to be a 400 pound guy. I think a sumo wrestler could play. Yeah, yeah. I think that they'd be really good goalies. I mean, can one team at least try it? I know it's like it seems like a little crazy, but yeah, like the Detroit red wing stink. What's holding them back from bringing in a sumo wrestler is goalie. They're not gonna be any worse..
"smith" Discussed on SI Boxing with Chris Mannix
"Patting yourself on the back and telling you how great you are. I feel the same way about baseball. Too long. Great, let's solve that later. Let's say Chris Rock and Will Smith fought. Like, who would you hire to train each one of them? Start with Will Smith, who should train Will Smith to fight Chris Rock? Will Smith is a type of fighter where he needs a cerebral coach that really talks to him, talks through it, not really a physical coach. I could see him with Virgil hunter. I think Chris, and I Virgil hunter who trained Andre ward Andrew rood. He didn't even need to yell at him and he didn't need to really berate him or scold him in front of people or really get too physical. I think Will Smith. He needs that type of a trainer. Someone that just more mental and physical because he's naturally athletic, he trained Raleigh. So yeah, Virgil hunter. Yeah, I mean, you kind of wish Angelo Dundee was still alive. So you could just bring him back and have him as the coach of Ali coach Will Smith. I thought with Will Smith may be more offensive oriented coach, like a Freddie roach, Will Smith is like the stalker, the bigger man in the ring. I want some guy out there who's telling you to throw bombs. They're telling you using assert your size in the ring. Like Freddie roach to me would be a good coach for Will Smith. For Will Smith. Yeah, I mean, maybe, but I don't think we'll Smith could be too offensive like that. I don't know. We're getting a's and B's and crossing them peas and cues now. I just think he needs to be popping the jab and being more of a counter puncher. Well, you think he's a counter puncher or whatever. Let's move on to Chris Rock. So if Chris Rock were to fight Will Smith, who would you like in that his corner? Chris Rock meet the Mexican coach. I don't care the pick one. He needs a Mexican coach and he needs to train an east LA somewhere with a bunch of Mexicans that speak Spanish to him. Pick one. What are you still in training with anyone? Pick for anyone out of anyone. So yeah, any Mexican coach. Dean campos. You have to train with team. Dean campos, my former trader train with him. He would get a kick out of him. I know give him some good comedic material at the same time. I think Chris Rock needs like a master strategist to beat Will Smith. I'm gonna go Ben Davison. What Ben Davison in the corner of Chris Rock Ben will figure out some kind of weakness and will and tell Chris to exploit it over and over. He still might get knocked out and he still might lose, but I think Ben Davidson's proven the last couple of years with Devin Haney and Lee wood and all the other fighters, Josh, Josh Taylor, who has worked with that. He is an excellent strategist and you need to concoct something really good to beat Will Smith if you're skinny Chris Rock. Well, shit. I mean, if you're being serious, then yeah, Ben Davidson and Robert Garcia, I thought you were just playing here, Chris, but at Chris Rock's gonna train with anybody. Give him an American coach. The English accent, you know, he's gonna turn a joke out of that. He's gonna end up making a joke out of everything. So yeah, give him an English, an English trainer. I don't know what else to say about that moment. I mean, I have been thinking about that for the entirety of Monday. Like ever since I saw that clip, I have just been looking for more content about that slap. I saw Will Smith apologize, which was inevitable. And he kind of had one of those apologies where he's like, when it comes to my wife's medical condition, but this goes back Sergio to like, there's just no way Chris Rock knew she had alopecia. Like, he saw a buzz cut. Of course he knew. She said it live somewhere. I don't know what it was called, but she said it would be. Before this morning, did you know that Jada Pinkett alopecia? I don't know, she had alopecia, but I know that. But I know that you take propecia. Well, correct. Yeah, 'cause I go into your room and I see your little pills. Stop going into my room for starters. Yeah, but the point is Sergio. Nobody knew. Like Jada Pickett Smith, I'm sure, has said she has alopecia, but I didn't know. You didn't know, and it's a pretty good chance Chris Rock didn't know. Like Jada pig and Smith rolls into the Oscars with a short haircut. We've seen that before. Maybe she was doing it for a part. How would Chris Rock know? Like these are, I can't fathom Chris Rock making that joke if he knows Jada has a serious condition. This goes way back. I think I saw a clip on Twitter where Chris Rock was doing that. Yeah, they had beef from before. So this goes way back. It wasn't just but this is like, that was the final straw is what it was. Well, that's what I'm saying. Like, this was the straw that broke the camel's back, a joke from Chris Rock at the Oscars, all the heat and all the crap that Will Smith has taken with his wife over the cheating stuff, and now from this with the hair, like this was the moment he chose the meltdown against that guy, like, come on. It's comedy. Like, it's okay. I'll tell you what, man. But it's comedy. I'll tell you what. Ricky Gervais better watch out 'cause that man, he's a genius with his words. He's brutal and rooting some brutal so yeah, he better watch out on the next officer the next time he presents. That man right there. I'll go up and kick the shit out of him. Let me ask you this. Last thing. If like The Rock makes that joke, does Will Smith go up on the stage. Of course not. Come on, hit The Rock. If The Rock makes that joke, Will Smith laughs, and then he looks at Jada, getting hurt. I did laugh. This is the problem. He did laugh at the job. But then he'll look at his wife and then she gets hurt, and he'll probably just come on, and that's The Rock. You should have Smith. You should have, you should have smelled what was coming. You should have smelled a little cooking. Come on, man. Be like, I'll go talk to him later. I'll go check out check. Yeah, you ain't messing Johnson. He doesn't live this down, man. This is the first line of his Wikipedia page like forever. Like this is it. You know, yeah, it's such a great career from fresh prince the Bel Air to independent state to the bad boys, franchise. Come on, man. That guy's an a lister. He went from a list like minus. He's one of those, he's a unique and I hate to use that word, but like, you don't see guys that have music careers, TV careers, and movie careers all at the highest of levels, like Will Smith has done that at the highest of levels. But this is like, and you know Sergio, there's going to be some kind of apology tour. He's already apologized to social media. He'll do an interview with Oprah or something like that. We're really talking about the issues he and Jada have had and what the illness or the disease is done for. I mean, look, he'll Garner some sympathy there. I get that. He's going to get sympathy. I was about to say that. I go, and he's going to get it. And he's going to get it. We're living in sympathetic times, man, where so many people are suffering with anxiety with stress, with mental illnesses. And so we can't say shit anymore. And I believe you can best believe that with the stress that he's had at home and everything that's been going on in his personal life and everything that he's going to air out during the laundry. He's going to get it. He's going to get it. And you know what? Maybe he deserves it. There are people on social media that are like defending him that are like, oh no, you mess with the man's wife. That's what you get. No, you don't get to walk up on the stage and slap a comedian. You don't get to do that. That's not the real world. Listen, listen. If it's a funny joke about my wife, I'll laugh my ass off. I'm telling you right now. I'd like to point out for people not watching this on view..
"smith" Discussed on Leading Saints Podcast
"That I wasn't alone, is that people are struggling every single day in and out of the church and that we're not alone. And this is both a comforting and a heartbreaking sentiment. Because when you walk through the halls at school, when you go to work, everyone that you see on the road, everyone that you see in your ward building is struggling with something. We were sent here not to live a life where we go through two years of trial and then 98 of ease, but we were sent here to be constantly tried to be given obstacles to overcome and we're not alone in that. And that's what I've realized as I've traveled the country speaking to different groups, churches, schools. I realized that I'm not alone that nobody is that we're all dealing with something. Here are a few of the notes that I've received from kids in middle schools mostly, but high schools as well. This one says I've been addicted to porn since I was 9 two and it's killed my emotional state, but hearing your story is really eye opening. Thank you. Smith. I promise to be of service to you and will allow you to be of service to me and tell both you and I successfully defeat this demon that it sells us. I go to sons of human as well. Thank you so much for letting me know that I am not alone. So as we can see, are youth, are struggling. So how can we become the leader that our youth need? I want to focus and I want to encourage you guys to focus on Christ like attributes like charity, love, acceptance, humility, and vulnerability. I told you about that situation with my grandma coming over and creating an expectation that me and my little sister would never get into some stupid stuff at high school..
"smith" Discussed on Leading Saints Podcast
"Tablet and immediately, I think back to that first grade that first grade Smith, who felt like he wasn't enough and I was afraid that even just being exposed to this evil content made me lesser and that I felt like my parents would be disappointed in me. And so I didn't tell them about the experience and then about a year later, ten and a half ten and a half years old, pornography crept back into my life as a small fix to everything that I was feeling and dealing with. It was my drug. It was the way that I felt the love because I didn't feel worthy of the love that my family was trying to give me. And then, you know, I got social media at 11 years old and I started getting online and comparing myself to everyone on there. Social media led to my increased consumption in pornography. And I remember getting on social media and seeing these people who were living there highlights and were living their best life when I was just living my normal one. I was only seeing the best part of theirs when I was dealing with my mountains and my valleys. And so I'm getting on there and I'm seeing these people and I'm seeing these guys that are just completely shredded with their washboard abs. And as you can tell, that wasn't me. So I kept taking myself. I kept taking my body and in my 8th grade shop class, I made a plan to take my life. Now fortunately, I'm still here today. Through a series of events, I decided that my life was worth living, but I still found myself at 14 years old, depressed, dealing with a lot of anxiety, consuming pornography anywhere from 5 to 7 times a day. And I was wearing these masks. I always was putting up this fake smile. I didn't want anyone to think that I wasn't okay. I was always trying to make my parents believe that I was okay that I was happy that there was nothing going on. I always keeping everybody at an arms length away so that they couldn't see what was going wrong with me going on. And so how far can you go down the wrong path before you can't get back onto the right one? Through a series of events, my parents found out about everything that was going on, it was a crazy, emotional day. I ended up joining a recovery program, getting a therapist and taking what felt like a million steps to recovery..
"smith" Discussed on Frank Michael Smith Show
"What's going on, everybody. It's Fran Michael Smith. You're listening to the front Michael Smith show. Before I get to the meat of the episode here, I want to give you a little breakdown. Tell you what we got going on. I will be talking about Lakers trade rumors, Lakers, crisis mode, Westbrook getting benched, just in fields trade rumors, and basketball back in Seattle. But before I get there, this is season two of this podcast. I did maybe like ten or so episodes before and I didn't love how it was going. I wanted to make sure when I came back, I had a well thought out strategy. So we're trying to come live to you at least one time a week. Ideally on Tuesdays, Tuesday afternoons with a nice episode for you guys. They're going to be condensed. I'm thinking like ten minutes max, I know you guys are busy. So we're going to be getting to it, the podcast is back. You can also find it on YouTube to search my name, fry Michael Smith show. It'll pop up, great graphics on there. If you prefer to watch it rather than listen to it, it'll be close to the same thing, except this one might have a little message for me at the beginning. That's all. I hope you guys enjoyed the show. Rate review, DM me on IG and enjoy the show. With each passing day, the Lakers are inching closer to a full blown crisis. I'm Frank Michael Smith, this is the Frank Michael Smith show, presented by underdog fantasy. Heading into the season, this was a team with championship aspirations, but instead, they fall flat in their face. They're barely playoff contenders and hardly resemble the team that took home a title. Now playing without LeBron and AD for extended periods of time is an optimal, but it goes far beyond that. Quite literally every single off season move they've made has negatively impacted the team, trading tres, Kuzma, KCP, and a first runner for us. Flop, letting go of Caruso, big width, letting Schroeder walk, not great, and finally, trading rhino for scraps, and signing a group of the oldest basketball players available. Complete head scratcher. Almost every single one of the players the Lakers moved on from is having a career year while none of their additions have hit. Most notably, Russell Westbrook. To say Russ is invaluable would be an understatement. There's an argument to be made that he's the least valuable player in the entire league. He's almost single handedly making the Lakers a loser. In yet another losing effort for the pacers, the Rus saga hit rock bottom. Frank Vogel Benjamin said, I'm playing the guys I thought were going to win the game. There's a list of people to blame for this epic misfire from coaching, to management, to LeBron. Now the Lakers are left in desperation mode. The single asset if you can call them that, that the Lakers had to offer in trades is tailor Horton Tucker, a 21 year old role player averaging 11 points per game. Here's my take. It is funny, we've got to this point. Taylor Horton Tucker, 11 points per game, $30 million contract. That's the Lakers trade asset. That's the only guy they can move. They have gigantic contracts, LeBron AD and Russ. Of course. The real problem with this team is not that they can't make a trade at the deadline is not that all AD got injured and LeBron's missed some time. It's that nobody plays defense. You can't win this league without playing defense, and they gave up a 120 to just about everyone every single night they play. I do find the THT news funny though. I was scrolling Instagram, you see some Lakers pages in your explore page. Oh, THT. Now he's on the trade block. Who are we talking about here? This is your solution? This is what it's come to. What team is like oh man, can't wait to trade for THT. Who are you getting back for that? He's got a bad contract. He doesn't shoot well. He's kind of slow. Who are you getting back for that to make your team of playoff team? It's ridiculous news. Back to Russ though, this is the real news. He got benched, it's long overdue, and it's not because of his offense, which we all know we can't shoot. He hasn't been a valuable asset in years, but it's his defense he got him fetched. He couldn't guard caris levert. He wasn't supposed to let him go right. He let him go right, and they lose to the pacers. They've been getting blown out. This is long overdue. I don't think Ross is gonna take it well at large, the situation with the Lakers is a dumpster fire. It is only going to get worse. 80 has no timetable for return. LeBron is his can only take so much, it's only a matter until he breaks down just like we saw Kevin Durant break down with too much load. This is going to get worse before it gets better. LA's in for a long season. It's all but official, the NBA's expanding and the newest team is a sure path to call Seattle home. Ever since the sonics, ditch Seattle for OKC, the city has been clamoring for a franchise. Very quick refresher, the only reason they left is because Seattle refused to build a new arena. But in 2018, the city invested $1.1 billion into renovations on climate pleasure. Not only was this to accommodate the kraken, but also to send a message to the NBA. We won our basketball back. Now it is worth noting, Adam silver hasn't publicly committed to it yet. So it's hard enough the timeline here. However, I've spoke with people in the current cracking management and they're nearly certain of it. Of course, when expansion does happen, it required two teams. The other most logical destination is Vegas, who's in an almost identical situation after building an arena for the nights. According to silver, the buy in price for a new franchise would be extremely high, even higher than the $3.3 billion spent on acquiring the Brooklyn Nets in 2019. Okay, here's my take. Of course, I'm happy basketball is coming back to Seattle. It's long overdue. They have great fans. You don't have to look the Mariners. You don't have to look at the cracking. Look at their MLS team. They're always doing big numbers. The real lesson here though is about money on the NBA side and on the city side. First, let's talk about the NBA side. Owners want expansion, not because it's gonna make basketball better, not because there are so many players that could play in the league. There's already plenty of franchises that are not competitive. Adding two teams is going to make the league less competitive. Will it be completely noticeable all the time? No, probably won't. But it's about money. Adding these two franchises will net the NBA billions of dollars and in the collective bargaining agreement, none of that money gets split with the players. So imagine yourself as an owner. Do you want to collect and split this billions of dollars checks all the other owners? Of course you do. Now that the city side, if you're a city like Seattle and you're in danger of losing your team because you won't build a new arena, you build the new arena. Look, you ended up doing it anyway, and now you have to buy back in at over $3.3 billion. What a gigantic loss, whatever, though, it's in the past. I'm happy basketball's back in Seattle. Soon, at the conclusion of the NFL regular season, Matt nagy was unsurprisingly one of the first head coaches to get chopped. Bears GM Ryan pace went down with them, meaning in the fall, the bears will have a new head coach and GM. Of course, this has left bears fans wondering what would be next, but they certainly weren't expecting this. Mike sando of the athletic reported the strange news. According to at least one NFL head coach, who remained anonymous, the bears coaching vacancy could become a more lucrative landing spot for coaches, if they had more freedom to trade just in fields. All right, this is shocking news for a number of reasons. First, the bears just gave up a king's ransom to trade up for fields. Secondly, field wasn't all that bad as a rookie. He showed flashes. Trading him would likely net the bears a hall of future assets and free up the head coach to find a QB more suited to his style. Perhaps it could be done via free agency, the trademark, or maybe through the draft again. Regardless, the news comes as a shock to the entire league. Here's my take. This is a massive L for bears fans. It's a gut punch. They're coming off the heels of naggy, trubisky, and another mediocre season. This is not what they imagine what happened. Why wouldn't you just get a head coach who could maximize field to play? That seems so simple. No, can't have that. We have to have trade rumors instead. Now, it might make sense we saw the Arizona Cardinals do it with Rosen and they draft the Kyler Murray, whatever you might think of Murray's better than Rosen. But that's not this draft. There is no player like that in the draft right now. This isn't a flip situation. I suppose they could trade fields, but what are you gonna do after that? You're gonna go on free agency, take another risk? No, you traded your draft capital for fields. It doesn't make much sense to me. Fields is a good player. He's proved it this season, and the bears just seem to be incompetent. Higher GM, higher a coach that believe in him, you already gave the assets, make it happen. Thank you guys for watching. It's the friend Michael Smith show, presented by underdog fantasy with additional sponsorship from the game day. Check them out, both will be linked in the description. I hope you guys like the new format. I'm coming to you live with it every single week and always promo codes for underdog fantasy in the description. I'll be giving you my picks on Instagram. Stay tuned..
"smith" Discussed on Revision Path
"I moved to my Vernon and my Vernon's the hometown of a couple of legacy individuals, most notably DMX, rest in peace, but also Sean Combs and Denzel Washington, whose son, John David, went to morehouse and Denzel houses. Her doctorate from warehouse. But seeing puff in that morehouse Letterman just always put something in my head. And I know he went to Howard, no, you didn't finish Howard, but seeing him wear that. Put something in my head. And then there was this one scene in the real world, San Francisco, ironically, as I live here in the West Coast and the bay primarily. There was this one scene with Jacques where he was confronted with an instance of racism. And the way he handled it, and then we finally went to morehouse and seeing him in the morehouse shirt. That just left a real big impression on me also. So for those reasons, as well as the school's legacy and Benny maze and doctor king and spike and you know he's amazing people, those are really big reasons why I think I chose morehouse and going to morehouse in doing the internships I did at Bloomberg from sophomore year to senior year..
"smith" Discussed on Revision Path
"I guess, you know, besides being kitty grew up in The Bronx and still frequently go back even just to sit in the car in front of the house I grew up in, you know, just to keep that connection, I guess. My origins are grown from The Bronx is what a lot of people don't know, maybe about me because they see me in art galleries or they see me in the advertising or have seen me in the classroom. As I started in music, my mom's younger brother is a successful music director and basis. He wants to actually, he wants to Sony purchase with Amanda seals, Amanda diva. Tiffany from insecure. Short story about him, he had the opportunity to tour with Lauryn Hill in the Fuji's global think it was going to be like his first day was going to be in Japan. But it was between going on tour with the fujis and going to college. And my mom was like, if you get your teaching license and you get your degree, you know, you can tour with anyone and you can also have the backup plan of having other options. He was talking about it, but decided to go to school and pass on the opportunity. At the same time, my dad's older brother had a recording studio in his basement, and he would have local access with beauty and appearing on the halftime show. NYU were seeing halls on scene hall radio. He would have like T weapons or artists like that. And I guess between seeing my younger my mom's younger brother's conflicts between the bright lights and the steady road..
"smith" Discussed on Revision Path
"Cofounder of strategy and branding firm appendix. Let's start the show. All right, so tell us who you are and what you do. Hey, my name is Andre Smith. People call me Dre. I am a strategist and educator and recover and curator. Recovering curator?.
"smith" Discussed on SI Media Podcast
"This week. Show stephen a smith from. Espn is the guest followed by the train of thought segment. Stephen was phenomenal. very open. very honest about changes to i take and his His move to have max kellerman removed from the show steven explained why and gives us what max's reaction was like and He gets into the whole thing about debating. What sports tv debate is all about. What the goal is what this business is all about fantastic stuff very honest from stephen a. And thoroughly enjoyed the conversation. Then in train of thoughts sal licata comes on from and why and wfan in new york and we talk about the brady bellichik game monday night. Manning's painting eli Another great week sopranos movie. Curb your enthusiasm. Maternal that covered in train of thoughts. All right. let's kick it off with a big interview with stephen smith. Right here on the media. Podcast joining me now. First time on the podcast very happy to have them. And i feel very important because he's actually doing this from a car. Which which i dunno makes me feel like you know we had to get this done and it's the first take on. Espn and also steven steven as world. Stephen a smith stephen. Hey how are you. I'm doing all right man. how are you. i'm good. I we've had Let's see keith. Hernandez did this podcast from his backyard and sek harbor and we had someone did outside the nfl studios nfl network. And we have you in a car. So i like i like this. You know. everyone's got all the fancy setups. These days i. I like something a little different. I'm in a car off a right before exit three on the new jersey turnpike heading home. All right wednesday's a good night. No football tonight so it's an nba hasn't started yet. So we can. We can take some time here and get into this but before we get into any thing. How did you find out you were being. I don't want to use. The first word made fun of because that has a negative connotation You are featured on. John oliver show over the weekend and a very funny bit of bad. It was it was it was funny. Listened when you're on tv as much as i In his social media in terms of you know my videos being posted for. I take stephen as world and other places and stuff like that that comes with the territory man all i have asked the people To be funny and to be as accurate as you can be you know. I accept responsibility and accountability. For anything that i do on the airwaves and if i make people laugh because of my facial expressions in this case or some of the things that i say you know that's what comes with a j farrell for saturday night live interview or imitated me years ago. Obviously frank kellyanne done it. Scott them pella's done it The you know jamie foxx has done it. The list just goes on and on this guy xinke that has its own a space on instagram..
"smith" Discussed on WJR 760
"Smith Show News Talk. 7 60 W Jr. I've said it before I'll say it again. We? We try to stay out of the political influence on a medical situation. I've never experienced anything like it before. What's happened with covid, um and continues to happen. But we go to experts. We go to doctors. We go to our family Doctor, in a sense, although Dr Matthew Sims and I don't think we've ever met face to face, he's kind of like a family doctor for the program. He's the head of infectious disease research at Beaumont Hospital and Royal Oak. He's not running for anything, and I pretty much think you've promised us you have no interest in running for political office any time soon. Doctor Sims welcome back to the Paul W. Smith show. Thanks for having me again. And you have I have no interest in running for any kind of political office. You're right about that. Good. Hey, look who can blame the average American for being confused. We were told no masks what I was saying masks are a good idea, and I still believe it. We were told no masks. Then we were told masks and then where and when we should or shouldn't use him. We were then told boosters and then no booster and I can't help but Wonder if the influence of the worthless health organization also known as the World Health Organization, telling us that we as ugly Americans have no right to do what we think is best for Americans. When there were people in other countries around the world who haven't had access to the vaccine. How dare we take any necessary steps that they were necessary steps to further protect Americans now? So now that we have people stepping forward and saying that so fast with the booster, I don't think it's a good idea. I can't help to believe they might be influenced but by what the worthless health organization said, and maybe feeling a little guilty, God knows Americans have plenty of guilt. Uh, but I want to know what you say Dr Simms about a booster or not a booster now. Yeah. So you bring up a lot of very good point has made their their position on this very clear. They want to vaccinate the world and I don't disagree with that. They're right. We need to vaccinate the world because If we don't vaccinate an area, the spread will continue. Their new variants will emerge from there that may not the vaccines may not work as well on that spread faster that attack the unvaccinated population pastor that may attack the vaccinated population we have to control. This is a worldwide pandemic. We do have to control it across the world. Now, Here's the thing. They've made the argument that it's more important to vaccinate adults everywhere else, then kill kids in America, or it's more important to vaccinate people everywhere else then to give booster shots, So they did caveat it to say the people who don't respond well and might need a booster shot like immunized oppressed. They're okay with that. Now I get it. There. What they want to do is right. But to say, you know America don't do any. Don't protect your Children don't give booster shots if you think they're necessary. And just give it give the whole supply to the rest of the world. You know? I mean, I think it's a little um, you know, demanding of that America carry this instead of the entire world Carry this number one Um and America has donated a tremendous amount of vaccine to the rest of the world. Already the entire supply of AstraZeneca that America bought. They gave to the rest of the world where two proved because it hasn't been approved here yet and and more that's not always given I don't see the difficult Well, I mean, the problem is, you know we should be able to do both. They just need enough of the vaccine supply, and the companies are pumping it out as fast as they can. You know if there's Um, you know, there's there's more to this. The question really becomes do we need the booster now? And this article that came out in the Lancet that everybody started talking about the reason people where people are saying no booster yet? Well, they suggest that no, we don't need it now. Because the vaccines are working just fine. Now our numbers are going up in indexing nated people, So I don't know that we need the booster yet, Or do we need a Delta specific booster, which I've been arguing for for quite a while. Uh, you know where they've changed the sequence of the M one a little bit so that it gives you better immunity to Delta Specifically, um and I think over, you know, as variants emerged, that's the kind of thing we're going to need. But you know, it's I think that it's difficult to turn and say America don't vaccinate your kids and don't give boosters because we want it for the rest of the world. The other thing to consider is in some parts of the rest of the world. The infrastructure isn't there yet to give them some of these vaccines that we have access to go bad to the third world where there's no fruit, you know freezers to keep it. In fact where you don't have the people to go out and give the vaccine. Um that's you know another issue to consider that people seem to be ignoring Look, um this is just too obvious to me. It's the do gooders the field gooders Who say no, no, We've got to take care of the world. Let me tell you something. I wonder how they feel when when we point out the fact here. The fact is vaccinating. The world is happily self serving for us. Let's be realistic here. We're doing it so they don't hurt us more. So you're saying that we're doing something to help Americans in America? Time kick cannot be looked at as bad. Yeah, well, you know, it was interesting. Somebody I was talking to suggested that this is like when you're in a play, And then they tell you that if the oxygen mask go down, put your own oxygen mask on before you help somebody else, right? Hmm. That's a good analogy. You know, I agree. Adults are much more likely to get symptomatic disease and kids are But kids can are getting with Delta. Especially kids are getting sick. Um, and they act as a way to spread the disease. Um so You know, speaking as a parent, I'm happy that my oldest daughter has already been vaccinated and this waiting for the time they approve it for my youngest daughter, and I hope it's before she hits her 12th birthday, and she gets the approved age. Hmm. Well, I appreciate what you're saying. My only question I would have in this is for another conversation over a cigar and a scotch And I don't know if you smoke cigars or drink Scotch, but, uh, Scotch, But I do that to go. Okay? Of course not Your doctor. Anyway, Uh, making a Delta specific only makes me worried because that Latin alphabet is being used and there are other variants and then you'll have to have a specific for the next alphabet. Uh, you're right. I think that but I think that whenever you get a variant that seems to get through the vaccine, That's the indication that you need of that variance specific, so we didn't need it for Alpha. We didn't need it for beta. We didn't need it for gamma, but it looks like we might need it for Delta. But it's confusing because we have three things at play it once we have Delta going away. I'm afraid we have to go. So summit up. Sum it up, Doc. We're out of time. Real quick. Oh, sorry. Oh, and the third thing is, we may have waning immunity. Dr Matthew Simmons. Important we don't know I keep you on forever, but it's not up to me. Dr. Matthew Sims of Beaumont Hospital Roilo..
"smith" Discussed on WJR 760
"Smith Congressman John Molinar, representing the residents of this fine area, Michigan's fourth Congressional District, a member of the House Appropriations Committee. Welcome, man. Yes, to welcoming us to his district, And we appreciate that Congressman. Always a pleasure to have you on the Paul W. Smith show at WJR. Well, thank you, Paul W It's great to be with you. And thanks for coming to the Great Lakes Bay region, covering all this excitement. Well, we we did it last year. We'll do it every year were asked to come. Gym fit Erling of Dow doing such a great job and the people of Midland are so nice, so extra special when we met for dinner at grassy last night. I said to the team. They all got here before I did, But I walked in and I said, there's something special. About the people from Midland. You feel it? The moment you get here, you park your car and you walk because I did walk because they have some streets blocked off now to open it up to pedestrians and everybody's just very nice and comfortable. It belies the very tough time They all went through. We had flooding, but nothing like the flooding. That you experienced in Midland. And although the community has made tremendous progress in recovering from the flood last year, there's still more to do, Congressman. Well, there sure is, And as you point out, you know on top of the covid pandemic, the flooding, which occurred a year ago to major dam failures and record levels of flooding, it was Very traumatic, but really, a lot of heroes emerged in the community. The community really pulled together and got through the emergency, no serious injuries and is in the process of rebuilding a lot more. To do you know we've rebuilt bridges and roads and other areas, but A lot of homes, but still, you know, we have the dams that need to be fixed and want to have things back to normal. I suggested to the governor she runs for reelection. Her new saying could be fixed The dam dam's, but I don't think she's going to, uh, accept my my suggestion. But all kidding aside and you have to keep your sense of humor. We hear the president's throwing trillions of dollars in infrastructure. Do you hear of any of the money coming for Midland to fix the dams, the bridges the roads. Well, unfortunately, you know, infrastructure is something we should all be behind. You know, roads, bridges, airport runways, dams, some of this vital infrastructure. I would even include broadband Internet in that But when you start including all sorts of other political priorities, that really have nothing to do with infrastructure, it makes it very difficult to support a bill like that. And so it remains to be seen. You know how much discipline the by the administration will have it? Keeping the Democratic, you know initiatives out of that bill and focus on infrastructure, so we'll see. But I hope that we continue to help the region both in the state, the federal at the local level and do everything we can get back to normal and have this strong rebuilding and recovery. Well, here's hoping from your lips to God's ears. Um as somewhat it is somewhat out of control. But I'm just hoping that these very important infrastructure, real infrastructure problems, not a bridge to nowhere. But real infrastructure problems can be fixed. Happily, uh, spending a little time with US Congressman John Molinar, the Republican representing Michigan's fourth district that includes Midland, You remember Of the House Appropriations Committee, and and and you to the best of your abilities, determine federal spending for government departments and programs. What's going on this week in Congress? Well, Well this week. We have what's called markups, and that's when bills go from the subcommittee. Level to the full Committee of appropriations and and we vote and deliberate on Different 12 different appropriations bills that fund everything from You know, and security to water infrastructure to You know, defense spending a whole range of areas of spending and and the goal is that produce 12 appropriations bills that they would go to the House floor and then over to the Senate being negotiated and Be part of a final spending package. And you know it's a process full of amendments and full of debate, so it will be a long week. But I'm looking forward to it and we're going to fight for the priorities for Michigan and And want to keep away to some of his wasteful spending That's been done and continues to be done and And prioritize what the people of Michigan would want to see. Well, good for you. Meanwhile, you are working across the aisle with your colleagues on the Appropriations Committee to fully fund some programs. Tell us about the things you are working together nicely on. Well, I think our our Michigan delegation works very well when it comes to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, advocating for Programs that protect our Great lakes. We're going to continue to fund the new building of a lock at the soo locks. And, uh and I believe infrastructure you know in the broadband issue is something that we could benefit from tremendously in Michigan, so I've been working in a bipartisan way. Through the appropriations process, as well as through individual policy. One called the Boost Act, which I introduced, which would be a tax credit. To make it less expensive for more access than some of the underserved areas. And, you know, we hope that some of these priorities can move forward. I I, You know, I as an outsider looking in congressman I look at something like this, and I scratched my head that we even have to do this, but we do. The legislation that says It's a federal crime to defraud veterans of their V A benefits. You know, that's kind of like a no brainer, huh? It really is. But you know, in this world we live in where somebody scams whether it's by phone or over the Internet or different means and when you see people taking advantage of people who have served Our country so nobly we want to make sure that They are not preyed upon by Predators who would take advantage of their goodwill and, uh And so we wanted to escalate. You know these crimes against veterans to hire federal level and make sure we provide a disincentive for people to prey on our veterans. Oh, boy again. It seems just incredible that we have to do that. These people anyone who defrauds our veterans are seniors in a number of I can list it. Certainly they should be.
"smith" Discussed on WJR 760
"Smith Show News Talk 7 60 W. Jr. It was planned to happen this way by the current administration, and it is happening this way. As we head into America's Independence Day. We are going to make ourselves independent of Afghanistan as American troops pulled out of their main military base while we were sleeping. Leaving behind a piece of the World Trade Center they buried 20 years ago. And there's obviously plenty of room for conversation and for opinion and for the facts, we go to Simon Owen Fox News correspondent in WJR contributor. Good Morning, Simon. Good morning, Paul. This is a big deal. It's our longest war. Who would have ever guessed That's what Afghanistan would turn out to be. But it is and all American soldiers and members of NATO forces Have left the Bagram airbase. Maybe we should have had a clue 20 years ago when we took over old Russian facilities because they fought the war before us. Well, precisely, And that's part of the heavy symbolism that comes with this moment of of us troops. Pulling out of Bagram is the echoes of history. It's exactly as you say it was a Soviet base in the US inherited and that one didn't work out. That invasion did not work out well, either, as you say, 20 years. I mean, it's a dreadfully long time and there are people who are going to argue this in both directions that it's as far as President Biden is concerned, he says. This is time to go. There's only so you can only give a mission so long, and he reckons that nearly two decades is enough. On the other hand, there are plenty of people who look at the security situation in Afghanistan today, which is a country seemingly on the brink of chaos. And feel that it's not the right time to be leaving. But either way, you know this is why you get elected president is to make the big decisions, and the president took this call earlier this year that it was time to go to the U. S would pull out and over the past few days. We've had a steady stream of pretty low key announcements from European allies. The countries that went off to Afghanistan with the United States after 9 11 fought and died alongside American troops, and the Europeans have steadily been saying over the course of this week. Yet we are now completely out of Afghanistan to and then in the past few hours, we got word that it's not just the Europeans and that with the US, leaving Bagram Which you know this air base that was so long, the epicenter of American military power in Afghanistan. This looks to be a very strong indication that the U. S mission is all but over. And when President Biden announced this withdrawal, he said it would be done by September. 11th. It looks like it could instead be complete by July 4th. I thought that that they had kind of tweak that to try to remember the July 4th state coming up in the The symbolism I thought they were going for when they did this, But you're right. The original, uh, I thought it was president Did you say President Trump said September or It was feidin. No, This is very much part of the groundwork was kind of laid by President Trump, who struck a deal with the Taliban that U. S forces will be gone by what it was going to be. May 2021, Then president Biden took over. There was plenty of reasons to be suspicious of the Taliban were not keeping to their side of the peace deal. But either way, he largely stuck to it. He just pushed it back by a few months. You know, it's a huge Operation to get all of the gear that the US has in Afghanistan just to get it out does take time. But no, you're right. I mean, two dates with heavy symbolism of their own, You know? Firstly, the goal was 9 11. That would be 20 years following the attacks that started the war, But now it looks like it could be done by Independence Day. All of that is very unofficial, though. I think we're waiting for For an announcement. But I do think it could be any time in the next few days that the U. S. Says. We're had a schedule and we're done. Simon Owen Fox news correspondent in WJR contributor. Got to tell you, Simon and all these stories that you and I have covered over the years. It's never good. When the bad guys thank you for leaving and the Taliban, actually, thanks them for leaving. I mean, that's not a good sign. Well, I mean, one of the Taliban central issues and complaints. You know, this is not a group like Al Qaeda, which focuses on plotting attacks against the West or or which has a big aspect of trying to attack Western interest. The Taliban has been much more locally focused, but it despises the idea of any kind of foreign presence, particularly Western presence in Afghanistan, So it is sort and sort this date. And it pledged to the Trump administration that if U S forces were to leave, it would not allow Afghanistan to become a terrorist haven once again the problem with that is, it's not a militant group that you can trust, necessarily. And looking at Afghanistan at the moment. I think there is this sort of two principal concerns because the Taliban has intensified attacks on Afghan security forces in recent months. And these are the security forces that have been trained equipped, supported by the U. S and its allies are now going to have to stand on their own. The Taliban has intensified attacks in recent months. It has recaptured districts all over the country..
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