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I've chosen our episode from November of 2019 on cockney rhyming slang. This is one of those silly episodes That's also packed with a lot of interesting information and I remember Chuck and I having fun making it So I hope you'll enjoy listening to it, too enjoy Welcome to stuff you should know production of I heart radio And welcome to the podcast I'm Josh Clark and there's Charles W. Chuck Bryant right there. There's Jerry Roland right there So that makes this stuff. You should know right Can't top that I was trying to think a way to say welcome to the podcast in cockney rhyming slang Can you make an attempt my I'm my brain is so broken right now. I can't even try. Okay, good good Well, welcome. It's a good good time to record a show You're gonna do some cockney in here, right? We want to offend as many Londoners as we can I don't know just just channel a little Dick Van Dyke. Oh You know Yeah, the American Doing a bad cockney accent. Well, I did recently rewatch the limey Yes Casey's for benefit. Yeah, the great great movie from Steven Soderbergh. Never seen it. It's awesome. Is it really? Yeah, I mean, I know it's like a classic and everybody loves it. But I mean, it's really that good Yeah, because a lot of people liked I don't know the hangover. I Like the hangover. Well, how would you how would you like the limey and the hangover same level? Yeah, they're the same movie almost. All right, it's weird. Well, then I've seen the hangover so I don't need to see the limey Lemmy's great and Terence stamp is Awesome, and it then uses some cockney rhyming slang and one great scene My big exposure to cockney rhyming slang is lock stock in two smoking barrels Snatch. Yeah, which I think are both directed by Guy Ritchie, right? Wasn't lock stock like his first attempt and snatch was the one that like Got him married to Madonna you a fan of his yeah, I mean as much as I Like his movies, I don't like him personally necessarily cuz he like hunts bore like a jackass does it like yeah No drunk with his friends in the most like disrespectful way of murdering a pig. I admit his movies But yeah, I do like his movie sounds like he's a creep, too I'm not gonna go on record saying that but Yeah, those movies are okay and then I guess what's his name Don Cheadle a little bit in Oceans 11 sure he did a little bit of that right and I mean like It's code to Americans. It's oh, there's like a criminal a British criminal, right? That's all that means these days Yeah, I think so in movies. It's definitely Like all of those are criminal right criminal people in the movies They're like, you know kind of slick cool criminals that wear leather coats and stuff like that Not dumb criminals that wear like football jerseys or anything like that. They're like, you know smooth criminals That's I think what I was looking for. Yeah, but This this idea of associating it with cockney is not necessarily associating it with criminals. It's more associated with like Lower class working class less educated definitely not the aristocracy over in Britain yeah, or the upper class sure and that by by speaking with a cockney accent or More to the point using cockney rhyming slang you could really differentiate yourself To as a point of pride, right? Like you were speaking like your group your in -group which was at the time cockney, right? But the big surprise to all this is it's really possible and even probable that it wasn't the cockney that came up with this Rhyming slang that it was somebody else altogether. Maybe who knows should we say what it is? No Not for the rest of the podcast cockney rhyming slang Wasn't even Very clearly defined in this piece. Okay, did you think it was? It's in there. Okay, you got to just kind of separate the wheat from the chaff So it is a two -word phrase and is a slang phrase Consisting of two words so far so good where the last word of that phrase rhymes with the original word and It can be and I think the best way to do this is just to throw out a few no. No keep describing Well, the two -word phrase it can be it can be a lot of things it can be a person's name It can be just something random can be a place could be a place. It could be a lot of things it can be anything Yeah, sure. I guess it can be But shall we illustrate it through? Well, there's a second part to it. Okay, the second part and this is very important the Two -word phrase that you're using to that where the second one rhymes with the word you're actually saying Yeah, the original word the original word. Thank you Usually has nothing to do with it. There's no metaphor. There's no connection. There's no Nothing, there's no there's no context to it It's supposed to just be random or in most cases. It is just random words right one of which rhymes with the word you're replacing and To further complicate things sure In a lot of cases and no one knows why sometimes this happens and sometimes it doesn't a lot of times that one of the words Of the two -word phrase is dropped. Yeah, and then you're just left with the one word Which doesn't even rhyme with the original word anymore, right? That's I mean, that's probably the best description of cockney rhyming slang anyone's ever given So I think we should illustrate it with a couple of examples. I pulled some from From something called the internet Here here's one the the tip and tete That's how long it took me to come up with that Tip and tete for internet, but in ten years, it'll just be called the tip I'm gonna log on to the tip governor So let's say your word was and this was in oceans 11 specifically trouble is the word that you're trying to say Cockney rhyming slang for trouble is Barney rubble awesome And so you would say you're making a bit of the bonnie rubble again, right when somebody that was kind of Who was that? Making a bit of bonnie rubble not the see I already did it wrong No, but I think you that's not like a real person to an American for sure. Oh, yeah Um, I can't I can't I'll shout it out. Later. Oh, man. I finally did a good one No, but it wasn't a cockney person, okay for Another example Queen They would use the term baked bean Look who's on TV. It's the baked bean And that's the Queen. I like that one or in the case of one that's been dropped What is Ed use here bees and honey? That one is not dropped for money. Okay, but which one was apples and pears right? Right, so you would say I'm gonna go up the apple and stairs Apples and pears. Oh, man Let me retake this everybody You would say I'm going to go up the apples and pears to go get my wallet to pay for this pizza Or something to that effect. Okay, but then over time people drop the pears And so now the word for stairs in cockney rhyming slang is just apples Which if you're just standing there on the outside like a normal American bloke sure, which by the way means person You have no idea why this person just called stairs apples You got what they were saying because the context is there you're going up the apples to get your wallet to pay for the pizza But why would you just say that did you did you hit your head? Is there something wrong with you? What's the problem? Why would you just call that apples? Yeah, that's why it's so confounding But the great thing about cockney rhyming slang and in particular the great thing about researching cockney rhyming slang is you learn How you get from apples to stairs and then it makes sense sometimes Yeah, that's true. It's not always. Yeah, sometimes there's It's not documented which ed points out is one of the problems sometimes you can draw the line the through line But because it's not documented and sometimes these things take years and years to morph into its final version right unless you unless you're you know on the What would you call street on the dole? No on the streets, then I wouldn't know but I don't know what streets is you can't just make stuff up like there's real words I'm the drums and beats So you're on the drums right, but they probably have a word for streets like that's the whole point You can't just make anything up, but the you could if it hasn't been taken yet sure Also, that's the other thing about cockney rhyming slang is it evolves right so old celebrities that that no one even knows about anymore Fall away to new celebrities whose name also rhyme with you know whatever word you're saying right? I thought you meant old celebrities who maybe used to talk this way like Michael Caine no He's never said any rhyming slang in his life. No of course you got to see the movie Alfie Maybe that's who it was it might have been Michael Caine. I'll take that Michael Caine. I think it was as a matter of fact Thank you, I'm glad you did it. Noel always says a good joke is to say Michael Caine in the correct accent say the words my cocaine And it sounds like Michael Caine saying it then it sounds like that the correct accent for Michael Caine all right say it my cocaine Well you just blew that one out of the water You Gotta set me up in the future Okay, well there's I've got it two ways now, man, okay, here's the thing my cocaine That's my cocaine That's pretty good Michael Caine. It is good. You're right. No. You just got to say it the right way and not like a robot Josh So here's that one of the things is sort of confounding if you want to look up a like a glossary and Say well, here's what I'm gonna. Do I'm gonna learn cockney rhyming slang so for my trip to England I'm really you know. I'm really in with everybody First of all bad idea yeah second of all it's it can be very localized Mm -hmm and the accents are all different Yeah, so even people in London sure who both who all use well people in London Do but the people who use cockney rhyming slang in London yeah might not even agree on what word is means What I'm just picturing all the people walking around England laughing their arses off. I can't wait to get to that one As we stumble through this um yeah, it had a really good Example of why there's no codification of the cockney rhyming slang He said that when people are creating a language especially informal ones like slang They don't write it all down quote dear diary referred to my house as a cat and mouse today because it rhymed We all had a good laugh might try. Just calling it cat tomorrow and see how it goes It is it sounds funny, but that's that's how it works stumbling across the diaries And here's the other thing too is there are cases where there is a little bit of a reflection of the original word and the example that it gives here is twist Yeah, like to call a woman a twist mm -hmm Which I don't know if that's derogatory or not or just some weird slang that no one uses anymore I don't think so although I don't know so yeah these are also the people who use the C word like it's nothing Man I can't wait to go back there Which we're gonna do soonish right? I'd love to do in 2020. Maybe yeah, all right So twist came from twist and twirl which meant girl which is They were talking about like dancing with a girl twisting and twirling in a nightclub Let's say so there is some connection in that one. Yeah, so girl and ended up becoming twist So that sort of makes sense there's another one called on your Todd After a guy named Todd Sloan and it means on your own Right and the thing is is like on your Todd it makes sense Sloan rhymes with own It doesn't have to have any connection, but that one actually does yeah Cuz Todd Sloan was a famous jockey in the 19th century like horse jockey. Yes, okay? What other kind is there disc jockeys? Oh, yeah, sure So his book his memoir was called Todd Sloan by himself Which is weird to refer to yourself in third person for your memoir Hmm, but there was a line in it that apparently East End East Enders in London like really picked up I was left alone by those. I never ceased to grieve for It's still like the idea of being alone or on your own Became synonymous with Todd Sloan his name just happened to rhyme with that So it's one of those rare ones where there is a connection to it and also rare Chuck in that This is a 19th century horse jockey and still today on your Todd is recognized as on your own Whereas a lot of people probably have no idea exactly who he is and when that happens That frequently that person gets moved out for potentially another celebrity or another word That's a little more understandable or recognized another new jockey two people today, right? Yeah exactly which can you name one? Nope? 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"She has no idea about the cross. She has no idea she's standing with God in the flesh. She knows nothing except I met a prophet. There have been lots of those. These people are not converted because of this woman's testimony. So if you see the word believed and you go, oh, they're going to heaven, wrong. Not yet anyway. They've believed her testimony, that she met a prophet. That's it. I spent so much of my time this week reading as many commentaries as I possibly could, which ended up being about a dozen. A dozen different commentaries, some from a long time ago where I could barely even understand the old English, and some modern ones to try to understand what kind of belief this was that these people had. And I think John Calvin, the great theologian, put it more succinct than anybody else. Look on the screen. Here's what John Calvin said about this word and what they believed at this point, okay? Calvin says the word believe is here used inaccurately. As soon as I read that, I thought, oh, I'm on the right track. I thought the same thing and Calvin confirmed it for me. He says it means that they were induced by the woman's statement to acknowledge Christ to be a prophet. That's it. They came to believe only what she knew, that he's a prophet, nothing more. It is in some respects a commencement of faith. Today we call that a call to come begin faith when minds are prepared to receive Christ. And friends, this is no knock at this woman. She did it right. She did it right. She's a witness to the little bit that she knew about Jesus and thank God that she did. This isn't the only time we have this kind of case study in the Bible. How many of you were here for our series through Acts? Okay. I know more than you were here for that. Thank you. Those of you who were here through Acts, you might remember a guy named Apollos. And Apollos was another case study that we could have looked at. And if you remember, Apollos is kind of like this woman. He didn't know everything there was to know about Jesus and so he was preaching. And along come this husband and wife named Priscilla and Aquila and they heard him preaching and they realized, yeah, he's only got like a partial picture of Jesus. And so when he got done, they beat him up with the Bible, right? Wrong. Look how loving Priscilla and Aquila were to Apollos who didn't quite have it right. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching, they invited him to their home. How thoughtful. And explained to him the way of God more, what church? That's love right there. Like Apollos, this woman only had a brief encounter with Jesus while she's filling her water bucket. And so her complete testimony, this is it. She didn't get up and read a 30-minute sermon about her life and how she met Jesus and was converted. No, she got up and she said, come on, come with me, I just met a prophet. That's her whole testimony. And so they said, we believe that you met a prophet. That's all it means. We believe that you met a prophet. My friends, here's why I'm making this point so strongly. Please listen to me. Do not fall into the error of believing and being so careless with your Bibles that every time you see a word, you think it must mean the same thing as every other time I see the word. That's not the right way to handle your Bible. This word believe does not mean that they're on their way to heaven just yet. It means they believed her testimony. The reason this is so critical is because I've come to realize that people have stopped being very critical in the way that they read. And we need to get back to a church that is critical thinking, wouldn't you say? And teaching our children to be critical thinkers, wouldn't you say? The text, they read a text like where it says they believed in him and they think, well, fine, that's the same as my, oh, this might hurt a little bit. The same as my son or daughter who at eight years old, he walked down an aisle and repeated a preacher's prayer. After that, he pretty much stopped going to church and really doesn't have any relationship with Jesus at all. But he's on his way to heaven because he prayed that prayer when he was eight years old. My friends, I know that this is hard. I have people in my family who are exactly the same way. I empathize with you. But let's think critically about what it means to truly believe in Jesus for salvation, to actually be converted by saving faith in him. Studying a case study like this helps us to think critically about it. Being convinced is not the same as being converted. And it's not just hearing a testimony. You know where else people get mixed up about this? It's when people come into church and they have a spiritual or religious experience. Basically what that means is the hair on their neck stood up at some point. They had an experience, so that must be the mark of true conversion. That, too, is a bad way to measure whether or not you're converted. That's the second part of the big idea that I want to show you this morning, part number two. Others are convinced because of a personal experience. And friends, listen, I want to say, God has been pleased down through church history to use personal spiritual experiences to convince people that he's real and that Jesus is real. But listen, having an experience does not mean that you are converted. I'm going to show that to you in the text and using a couple of other obvious things for you today, okay? Look back, beginning at verse 29 and then verse 40. So she says to them, come see a man. And they came. When the Samaritans came to him, look what it says. They asked him to stay with them and he stayed there two days. Friends, look at me. What would you do if you had two full days with Jesus alone? Whoa. I would be like inching my way closer with every word he said to the point where I'm sitting on his toes. Just more, more, more. Talk about a personal experience with Jesus, right? Whew. They heard a testimony about Jesus. Then they were invited by the woman to have a direct personal experience with Jesus. And look, she did it right. That's the right order of things. If you go to work tomorrow and you share your testimony with the person in the cubicle next to you and they say, man, I believe that your experience was true. First, what they're not saying is that they believe in Jesus the way that you do. What they're saying is they believe that you've had an experience that you believe is true and they're happy for you. But don't make the mistake when somebody says, oh, I believe their testimony that they're believing in Jesus the way that you've put your trust in him for eternal salvation. But she gave them an invitation, come see him for yourself. So if you give a testimony at work, follow her example and say, come hear from him yourself. Come with me. I'll save a seat for you in church where you can hear the words of Jesus yourself. And you be the judge. She's doing it right. But having a personal experience just like having a testimony where people are convinced that Jesus is real does not necessarily mean that they've been converted. This is a major issue in our church today. Even when people experience something in church, it does not necessarily mean that what they've experienced is actually from Jesus. Are you following me? Some people when they hear a song that seems to touch them and they get emotional about it, sometimes they think that's an experience, it must be evidence that I'm bored again. Maybe, maybe not. Some people when they hear a sermon and they're going like this to their husband, we were just talking about the same thing last night and now, he's talking about the very thing we were talking about. That must be God. Truly, listen to me. God uses those experiences all the time to confirm and call people that he is actively working providentially in the world. He's not distant, he's working. And he uses those experiences. But don't make the mistake of thinking that just because I've had an experience I'm converted or because I haven't had an experience I'm not converted. Experience, oh hear me, is a horrible standard for measuring truth. Your experiences are right once in a while and they're wrong more often than not. Can I get an amen? Unless you're the only one whose experiences have never lied to you. Experiences are no way to measure conversion. The charismatic church movement today is designed to manipulate your emotions so that when people come to church they have what they think is an experience with Jesus but nine times out of ten it's nothing more than manipulative sentimentalism. It's music mingled with mind games learned through pop psychology meant to trigger emotions in people who are coming to church. I know this because I've sat in on some of the meetings. Oh, you know what? If we just turn the fog machine on at this perfect time and play the music real slowly while the preacher's using a preacher voice and trying to tug on your heartstrings. Well, those three things together, that'll get them. Guys, it's just psychology. That's all it is. You're pushing. You're manipulating people. And it causes a lot of false conversions, a whole lot of them. Jesus, when he converted people, he called sinners to repent of their pride, to die to themselves, to carry a cross, and to surrender their lives to him. This resulted more in rejection than it did conversion. There was no fog machine following him around. Please allow me to point something very obvious out to you. These Samaritans had a personal experience with Jesus and I'm sure it got emotional at some times. If I was sitting in front of him, you can imagine there'd be tears rolling down my face. How long did it last? Two full days. You do realize that there was a man who spent two and a half years who was completely convinced that Jesus was who he said he was and he was never converted. You know him. His name is Judas. Two and a half years! And at the very end, right before he committed suicide, he was totally and completely convinced that Jesus was who he said he was and never converted. If you could sit with Jesus for that long and still not be converted, how many people do you think sit in church pews week after week after week after week after week after week convinced about Jesus but their hearts and their minds have never been turned, changed to something completely new? That's what I see happening here. Spiritual experiences are real. And I do believe that God, by his providence, uses experience to draw people to himself. But don't be careless with your Bibles. Don't be careless with experiences thinking that they mean that you are converted. That's the hard part. Now let's look at what it does look like to be converted. Part number three. The cause of conversion is knowing. Say that word with me. Knowing. We're going to look hard at that word. Knowing Christ as personal Savior. Here's what I'm going to show you. Pay close attention with me, church. God converts the mind by opening the heart to believe his word and receive Jesus as a personal sin-forgiver. That's the only way that someone can be converted. Look what caused their conversion. Just like what caused me pushing the water a few minutes ago. And many more believed. Say this with me. Because of his word. So there's the cause. They believed because of his word. They had the seeds of saving faith, the call from this woman. But the conversion came through his word. So take a look at something before we go on to the next. Take a look at what Paul eventually wrote about what causes someone to be converted. It's in Romans 10. This is major. Take a look on the screen. Paul wrote, so faith comes from hearing. And you asked, hearing what? Like a testimony, Paul? No. Faith comes from hearing and hearing through what, church? The word of Christ. Oh. So they had a kind of belief with this woman's testimony. But once they were with him and they heard the word of Christ, that's how faith came to them. Paul wrote down years later what was happening here in John chapter 4. Isn't the Bible awesome? Now continue with the text. They said to the woman, and this is what changed my whole sermon. They said to the woman, it is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves. And we say this nice and loud. No. It's the first time in the chapter. We know, so something has changed here. We know that this is indeed the Savior. If you call someone Savior, what do you call yourself? You're my Savior from sin. That makes me a sinner. That's what they're calling themselves. He is the Savior of the world. Okay. I've been looking forward to this part all week long. I sure hope you're with me. Most of you, I imagine, know that the Greeks had many words for love. How many of you knew that? Probably read some books about that. Let me see if I can remember. Agape, Storge, Phileo, Eros, right? Well, they had many words for lots of different things. One of those that they had multiple words for was knowledge. Would it surprise you to know that they had four different words for knowledge? It shouldn't surprise you if you know anything about the Greeks. They wanted to divide everything up and make sure that they were saying the right thing about the right thing. That's why I love them. I think that's why God chose for the New Testament to be written in Greek. The two words which we find most often in the New Testament for knowledge are gnosis and epignosis. If you were here in our series through Ephesians, then you'll remember I devoted an entire sermon to these two words. Gnosis, like the Gnostics, is a knowledge of your mind. It's acknowledging facts about Jesus. Yes, I'm convinced that there was a man in Jesus. He rose from the dead. I'm convinced. Head knowledge. Epignosis is heart knowledge. And Paul compared these two. Those are the two words that are most commonly used in the New Testament for knowledge. Here, in John 4, it's neither of those two words. It's a whole different word that also means knowledge. Leave it to the Greeks, huh? The word here is oedah. Oedah. Okay? And oedah is a verb in Greek language and it's used in the perfect tense here. And all that is important and it means to know. Well, Baker's Bible Dictionary defines it like this. This is important. It's to know, to see, or to perceive in the Spirit. Like a discernment kind of a knowledge, okay? This is really important because this is what it says happened to them after a personal encounter and hearing the words of Christ. It wasn't just here. It wasn't gnosis and it wasn't exactly epignosis. This is a whole different kind of knowledge, a knowledge of the Spirit. Now, friends, I did, I almost spent a whole day just trying to figure out the difference between oedah and epignosis. Heart knowledge and a knowledge of the Spirit, well, I may not be smart enough because honestly, they sound so similar to me and every time I read someone who claimed to know the difference, I realized these kind of overlap. So I stopped trying to figure it out. Here's what I've come away with. What happened to these people is it went beyond just hearing from the woman and realizing that they had a belief that she met a prophet to have an encounter with Jesus to something was awakened in their spirit to the point where they just, they didn't know here and it wasn't just a heart knowledge. This was a knowledge of the Spirit that comes from discernment. Here's what I can compare that to. Everyone in here, if you went outside there and introduced yourself, you would all know each other then, right? Yes, you would know each other as acquaintances. But I can tell you right now, if I was out there and did that with you, I know her better than I know you and the knowledge that I have of Ashley is different because it's intimacy. There is an intimate knowledge that's exchanged between spouses when they have sexual intercourse that is different from even the knowledge that you have with your children. It's a mental, it's emotional, it's spiritual. That's why they become one flesh, friends. This word, oedah, is that kind of a knowledge without taking it too far. It is described as an intimate spiritual knowledge that goes to the depth of a human creature's soul. Oedah, to know Him personally. That's happening finally here at the end of the passage. They believed before it was, oh, I believe. Now it's, I believe. Do you see the difference? Do you see John trying to carry us through the conversion, going from being convinced about Jesus to being converted by Jesus? That's what's happening here. And here's why it's personal to them. They said, we have come to know that Jesus is the Savior of the world. When John, this author specifically, says the Savior of the world, by the way, this is the first time anyone has ever called Jesus the Savior of the world. Did you know that? The Samaritans, first time. When John uses the word world, for God so loved the world. When John uses it, he's using it to mean the various people groups other than Jews. Here's how Jews saw themselves. There's the Jews, God's elect chosen people, and then there's the rest of the world. That's the way that they saw it. John is saying that these people came to say, Jesus, now that we know Him, He's not just the Jewish Messiah. He's become our Savior. He wasn't until this moment, and He came to tell us, just like He did to the woman, this is personal. I came for you. So when they say, we have come to know that Jesus is the Savior of the world, this is very personal to them. It's not them saying, oh yeah, He saves the planet, and He saves... This is us. This is us. He's my personal Savior, friends. That knowledge that comes in the Spirit cannot come from just recognizing facts about Jesus. It has to come from a knowledge, He is mine, and I'm His, and nothing can separate me from His love. That, that knowledge is a conversion of the soul. That's what it means. Conversion is caused by the word of Christ. Look one more time at what Paul said in Romans 10. So faith, what is faith? Belief, a mind that has come to believe something, trust something. Faith comes, it's caused, by hearing something, hearing the word of Christ. And friends, I've got to tell you, this is a miracle. I have absolutely no idea how this happens. Right now, this is happening all over the world. It's happening here in this building, it's happening all over the world where the word is being preached. A word is coming out of a man's mouth, and it's a man just like you, a sinner with a messed up mouth. And somehow, God takes this preached word out of a mouth of a man, and in the air, maybe, somehow, on its way to your ear, it goes in your ear, and then it travels, and it goes to your mind where it is judged. It's happening right now. You're all judging the words you're hearing. You're judging to determine, is this true? Is this man a wacko? Do I believe the words that I'm reading? All that's happening right now. And as that's happening, in your natural state, you will never believe. You will never, ever believe. What will happen is, somehow, God causes you to be born again. And the word comes in, something's happening. I believe what he's saying, and it's not just like, oh, I acknowledge it, something's changing in me. When that happens, when God causes you to be born again, the mind accepts what's being said as not just true, but truth for you that can actually change a person from darkness to light. It is an absolute miraculous act of the sovereign God that someone can go from dead in their sins to alive in Christ and believing something totally new by a word. How in the world does that happen? By an all-powerful God. It's all of God. It's a miracle, truly a miracle. This passage is just a case study. It doesn't give us all that we could want to know about repentance and conversion and regeneration and salvation. It's just a case study, and there are lots of case studies in the New Testament. But I wanted you to see the difference between being convinced in your mind about Jesus and actually being changed by Jesus. And so this morning, I thought I would leave you with something. I thought I would leave you with the three markers of the New Testament, the markers of true conversion, so that if somebody is here and you know, I don't think I've ever been converted, you can start the process today by examining yourself to see if you're in the faith. Here are the three markers of the New Testament that someone has actually been converted. Here they are. First, marker number one, there's a change of mind. Conversion means change. So there has to be a change of mind. So there's an intellectual transformation that happens. The mind is renewed by the Word of God. It starts small. I believe that Jesus is my Savior. And then you grow as you learn more and your mind is continually changed. But it doesn't stay in the mind. It goes down to the heart. There's a change of heart. This is an emotional change. This is where the right place for emotions are. Your affections are changed when you're converted. If you know the men of this church, especially the elders, Doug and John and myself, we are men who are affectionate for God. You can't spend an afternoon with any one of the three of us and not know these men really love Jesus. That's why they've been called to lead. Their affections have been changed for Jesus. Here's what that means. They love God. They not only love God, but they love what God loves and they hate what God hates. The remaining sin, once you've been converted, it's just so distasteful now. Lord, get this out of me. That changes. That's a mark of conversion. So your mind changes. Your heart, your affections start to change. And then third, the third mark of true conversion is your will changes. That's on the behavioral level. So there's an intellectual change, an emotional change, and there's a behavioral change. Here's how the behavioral, the will changes. You start to make choices from what you did before. What will please me? What will gratify me? To suddenly you're like, honestly, I lived that way for so long and it only led me to depression. Maybe I should change. And start living for what pleases the spirit instead of what gratifies the flesh. That is a mark of conversion. This only takes about a lifetime. And you'll have seasons where you're making headway into your maturity. You're growing in maturity. And then you'll have seasons where you're not. And such is the Christian life. But the three marks of maturity that you need to hear before this message is over is that conversion means a change. A change in your mind, a change in your heart, and a change in your will. Friend, listen to me. If you're here this morning and you've been convinced about Jesus, excellent. But have you been converted? Are there marks of change in your life? If not, conversion begins with one thing. And it just so happens to be another C. It begins with confession. You need to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. You need to confess Him as personal Savior and personal Lord and Master from this day forward. And then repent. Turn away from your old life. Put your faith in Him and follow Him all the days of your life. Father, this was a case study. A case study of a group of people who heard a testimony. Who heard a testimony from a woman who'd had an encounter with Jesus. And you were pleased to use that testimony to convince people that Jesus was real. And you were pleased to use that testimony to give people a personal encounter with you. Praise God. But glory to your name that those townspeople are now in heaven. Because their minds were converted by the word of Christ. And they have come to be changed. Their nature made new. They are not who they once were. But they have been conformed to the image of the Jesus that they met. Hallelujah. And I ask now, Father, humbly that you would do that to us. We want to be like those Samaritan townspeople. We want to have an encounter with Jesus through His word and by the indwelling Spirit. And we want to be converted. So I pray now that as we sing this song of response, your Spirit would do the work of salvation for somebody. And it's in Jesus' name that I pray and we trust. And everyone said, Amen.
A highlight from Session 2 Evangelism
"Today we start with evangelism defined. We need a what is evangelism and the slide is just here to help. Everything that's up here on the screen is also on your sheet. By the way, the word evangelism itself doesn't appear in the KJV, it doesn't appear there at all. But the word euangelia, euangelixo, I think I have that down here, the word evangelist appears three times and that's Acts 21 .8 where it speaks of the house of Philip, the evangelist. And in Ephesians 4 .11 where he says he gave some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastor teachers. And then 2 Timothy 4 verse 5 where he says, do the work of an evangelist, recommending that to Timothy the pastor. So the word evangelist appears there but the word evangelize as such is not in the King James but it appears there in various forms. Many times the word euangelixo or any of the declension of that, euangelixo, it is related to the word euangelion which is the gospel and euangelixo, I bear the good news, I bear the gospel, I bring the gospel. And I've listed some ways it's used here. Matthew 11 .15, one word, have the gospel preached. One word for those five words, a form of that word. Luke 4 .18, to preach the gospel, that appears in Acts 16 .10, Romans 1 .15, Romans 15 .20, 1 Corinthians 1 .17, 2 Corinthians 10 .20, there you have the word, one word translated to preach the gospel. Luke 7 .22 and again in 2 Peter 1 .25, the gospel is preached. One word, euangelion or euangelixo, I should say. Luke 8 .1, showing the glad tidings. Luke 9 .6, preaching the gospel, one word for all three words. Luke 20, verse 1, preached the gospel. Acts 8 .25, 14 .7, 14 .21, Romans 10 .15, preach the gospel and again in that same verse bring glad tidings. Same word, 1 Corinthians 9 .16, I preach the gospel, Galatians 4 .13, Galatians 1 .8, preach any other gospel. And so it has the word in King James, any other, but the word, preach the gospel, is one word in the Greek there, euangelixo, 1 Thessalonians 3 .6, brought good tidings, Hebrews 4 .2, 1 Peter 1 .12, those that have preached the gospel unto you. And 1 Peter 4 .6, the gospel preached. So that word appears many, many times, let's look at it some more here. I better keep the computer up to date with me here. Whoops, what am I doing wrong here? I thought I just punched here, what do I do? I'm going to have to have Chris come back and tell me what to do, something's froze up here. What did I punch that time? Alright, I'm rushing it too fast, alright, we'll catch up with that in a bit. Luke 3 .18, 4 .43, 16 .16, and all of those references there, I'll go through all of them. Every one of them I've listed down here from the above references we find 48 times the word euangelixo appears in the New Testament. Other references which I've not listed where the word is translated declared and showed. The frequent use of this word in the Greek New Testament tells us how important the Lord considers this matter of evangelism. The word preached the gospel or related phrases as a translation of the one word translated into English, evangelized. And though it doesn't appear in our King James Version, it does appear in the Greek New Testament. So, let's note that next paragraph. In addition to these 48 references involving that word, there are an additional 56 references in the New Testament that have the word gospel, a translation of euangelion. This makes a total of 114 verses in the original that speak of the gospel and the proclamation of the gospel. And so, it is an important word. I want to see where I am. Where do you find the word on this, the frequent use of this word? That's way back at the first point, isn't it? Ah, right where I am. I'm right there. Now, let me figure out what I punched a minute ago. I think I did. I've got it going now. Alright. The meaning of evangelism. The meaning of evangelism. John Stott stated, the deep Bible doesn't, wow, something happened there. Does not just contain the gospel, it is the gospel. He was commenting on Galatians 3 .8, the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, in thee shall all nations be blessed. Now, of course, John Stott would not be in our camp, and I'd agree with his statement, though he might not agree with us stating that we ought to preach the whole counsel of God. And we're going to need to keep that in mind all the way through. We need to preach the whole counsel of God. Yes, sir? Some of the reading for Dr. Rice, he said that if so many or evangelism was the main business of the Christian, do you think that's an accurate statement? The question he asked was this, and the reason I'm repeating the question is so it gets on the tape. The question he asked was this, in the reading from Dr. Rice, he said that the main business is the business of evangelism. Am I giving it right? And he said, what is my appraisal of that? I would believe that statement is very true. Our preaching ought not be totally evangelism and evangelistic. In fact, our business, he asked the question, the way he phrased it, the main business is solely, I'm going down the road here a ways, I'm going to give you an article that appeared, I'm trying to remember who it was, I think it was written by Dr. Gordon, I'm not sure. Anyway, I've got one in the notes here. Keeping to the main issue, keeping to the main business, and it's quite an article. It wasn't Dr. Gordon. I can't even remember who wrote it now, but I've got it to hand out and I want you to take it. I believe the main business of all our churches is the matter of winning souls and missions, outreach, winning, evangelizing. Now that doesn't mean in doing that, that all of my preaching ought to be evangelistic and everything about my church should be evangelism. I need to be building up the Christians and we're going to come to that. I need to be building up the Christians and evangelism doesn't involve just winning the soul. The evangelism involves discipling that person after he's born again. I think we'll cover much of that, but I'm not saying that I disagree with Dr. Rice. I'm saying I may be adding to him, adding some things to what he would say, but I believe the one thing we neglect an awful lot in our churches and look for excuses to neglect is this matter of evangelism. We come along with the idea there are other things more important and we get sidetracked. Up in Marshalltown, Iowa, there is the Fellowship Baptist Church up there. The pastor at one time was Dr. Glenn Jaspers and David Jaspers pastored the church. He's now president of Maranatha. David Jaspers pastored the church for a time. And you walk in their building, in the foyer, right there in the foyer is a great big sign I've never forgotten. It says, let's keep the main business the main business. And what they're saying is the emphasis around here needs to be on evangelism, keeping the main business the main business. And fellas, that's exactly what I fail to do a lot of the time. I let other things crowd in and push me and I have to check up on myself all the time. And too often, I'm not keeping the main business the main business. And so I'm saying to you, I believe evangelism is desperately important. Alright, now when you ask a question, I'll answer your question. I will give you opportunity, now feel free to raise your hand, unless you've got a real long question, then I want you to be up here sitting, give you an opportunity to come up here and be seated so you can get right up to a microphone. They're supposed to have a microphone standing, we will have one, for long winded questions. But than other that, I'm going to answer, I'll re -state the question here. He needs a coffee, who handed these out, do you have two of them? Okay, alright, he's got one, thank you. So I believe the statement by Dr. Rice is true and however, let me go back, you'll make a mistake if you say, well it's a main business so every sermon is going to be evangelistic. I believe every sermon should contain evangelism. There should be the gospel in every message I bring, enough gospel to challenge a person to get saved. But my business, let's go to Ephesians 4 .11, he gave some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors, teachers, for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry. Now we'll come to this later, we might as well get to it now. For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, the second word for there is E -I -S, unto. That could be translated, that we are perfecting the saints, who is that? The evangelist and the pastor teacher, to perfect or mature the saints, the word perfect there is the idea of maturing the saints, maturing the saints unto the work of the ministry. So what should it be? We should understand that it shouldn't be that we are in the pastorate and we're standing in the pulpit to develop others so they'll go out and give out the word of God. That we're maturing the believers unto the work of the ministry, unto the edifying of the body of Christ. Now I think that's an important verse to have as a key in your philosophy, Ephesians 4 .11 -13. I think it's vital that you have those and that you memorize them and keep that in mind. When we do that, it says the evangelist and the pastor teacher, for the perfecting of the saints, for the maturing of the saints, unto the work of the ministry. What am I saying? Evangelism is the main thing and I ought to be developing Christians so they can go out and be evangelists. So they can go out and do the work of evangelism. And that means that my messages, and I think this is the way I operate, my messages are primarily to Christians. And nearly every message I bring, I could probably say this wasn't a thoroughly evangelistic message. My messages are to bring a message to the Christians to help develop them so they can go out and be better soul winners. But all the time I have in mind, we need to develop soul winners around this church and evangelism is a major thrust. Did I answer your question? Yes sir. Alright, thank you. Okay, let's come on to Roman numeral II, the meaning of evangelism. And we'll come on down to a second quote by John Stott. Oh, I went a little past that, no here we go again. It went on beyond that. Second quote, through the Bible, God is Himself actually evangelizing, that is communicating the good news to the world. All scripture preaches the gospel, God evangelizes through it. However, again I'd say that all of us fellas need to remember we're called to preach the whole counsel of God. And you see guys like John Stott and those men do not believe that separation is a doctrine. That's the problem with the new evangelical crowd. They do not believe separation is a doctrine. I believe you've got a doctrine of inspiration and you've got a doctrine of the virgin birth and the resurrection and a doctrine of separation. And we should respect it as a doctrine and preach and teach it just like we do other doctrine and realize that separation is a vital issue. But the main business of a church is to evangelize and win souls. Alright, let's go on. Capital letter A, the Bible is really the best sourcebook, capital letter A, the proclamation of the gospel. Now, we see from these notes given above, it means to give the gospel the good news of salvation, to get out the message.
Fresh update on "two words" discussed on Stephanie Miller
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A highlight from Evangelism in Light of Election
"Please bow with me in prayer. Our Father in heaven. As we consider your holy word. We ask God that you would give us a teachable spirit. That you would open our eyes so that we can behold the wonderful truth that you have revealed to us. Help us, oh God, to focus, to think clearly. And help us, Father, to be truly thankful that you have given us your truth. We pray this in Jesus' name, Amen. This evening I would like to begin with a reading of Romans chapter 9. Romans chapter 9, beginning at verse 6, and we'll read through verse 21. Romans chapter 9, beginning at verse 6. But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect, for they are not all Israel who are of Israel, nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham. But in Isaac your seed shall be called, that is, those who are the children of the flesh. These are not the children of God, but the children of the promise are counted as the seed, for this is the word of promise. At this time I will come, and Sarah shall have a son. And not only this, but when Rebekah also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac, for the children not yet being born, having done not anything good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him who calls. It was said to her the older shall serve the younger, as it is written, Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated. What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not. For he says to Moses, I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion. So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy. For the scripture says to the Pharaoh, for this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show you my power in you, and that my name may be declared in all the earth. Therefore he has mercy on whom he wills, and whom he wills he hardens. You will say to me then, why does he still find fault? For who has resisted his will? But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, why have you made me like this? Does not the potter have power over the clay from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor? Amen. If someone were to ask you for one or two words that best describes the book of Acts, what would you say? Some might say Holy Spirit, others Apostolic Church, and still others miracles. Certainly the effects of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit is very important to the book of Acts. No doubt Acts gives much information about the nature and the activities of the Apostolic Church. Furthermore, possibly there are more accounts of miracles in Acts than any other book of the Bible. However, I suggest to you the best one word description of the Acts of the Apostles is evangelism. Luke gives us the most comprehensive account of evangelism in the New Testament Church. Generally speaking, Acts is the record of the disciples being witnesses to Christ from Jerusalem to locations throughout the Roman Empire. Therefore, any serious biblical study of evangelism must include a careful reading of Acts. Now, we've been going through the book of Acts. We're not very far, but we've considered a number of preaching situations that are definitely evangelistic in their nature. And tonight, what I would like to do is I would like to sort of survey a few of the things that we find about evangelism in the book of Acts and compare that to the biblical doctrine of election. And I would like to ask and answer the question, is it biblically consistent to believe in the duty of evangelism and believe that the Bible teaches election? So that will be the goal this evening. The duty to evangelize the world, according to the Acts of the Apostles, the last thing Jesus said to his disciples directly personally while on Earth was verse eight of chapter one, which reads, but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem and all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the Earth. Again, this is Acts chapter one at verse eight. For this to be the last thing Jesus said, it must have been very important and something that Jesus did not want his disciples to forget. I mean, just think about it. If you were given an opportunity to make a final statement to friends or important people like family members, surely you would want to say something that you considered very important and that you wanted to be remembered. And this I believe is exactly what Jesus did. And so when he finished giving these words, he was taken up in a cloud out of their sight. Acts chapter one at verse nine. Now what Jesus told his disciples in Acts chapter one verse eight was not something entirely new for Jesus told his disciples basically the same thing in the gospels. For example, in Matthew chapter 28 beginning at verse 18, we read, and Jesus came and spoke to them saying, all authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Lord, to observe all things I have commanded you and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen. So much of what we read after Acts chapter one verse eight is the record of evangelism in the apostolic church. From Jerusalem, the gospel is to be taken more and more into the Roman empire. However, we have other important information about the daily activities of the church. For example, the church was devoted to the apostles teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayers. We read this in Acts 2 42. We also learn about how the Jerusalem church had all things in common. The tragedy of lying to the Holy Spirit, the rise of church persecution from the Jews, the rise of doctrinal controversy and the attempt to settle it in the council of Jerusalem. Yet some people see these things as secondary matters because they believe that the fundamental most basic and important job of the apostolic church was evangelism. Furthermore, some Christians today believe evangelism is still the number one duty of the church. For those who see evangelism as the number one duty of the church, the core activity in witnessing for Jesus Christ is door to door home evangelism that is knocking on doors looking for the opportunity to witness. In addition to this, passing out tracks wherever allowed by law, public preaching on street corners, along with radio, television and internet evangelism are essential. In fact, some see the ultimate measure of the faithfulness of a local church in terms of an organized, consistent evangelism program designed to outreach into the community. And this is going to be reflected by increases in membership of the local church.
Fresh update on "two words" discussed on On The Rekord
"The Rock has kind of finances where the average small and Joe like you and me, we couldn't eat like how he eats. Or get the supplements that he gets that we couldn't get that. So I am certain, like, for example, when you hear about LeBron James spending a million dollars on his body, I guarantee the Rock spends the same amount of money. Personal chefs, probably drinking the finest waters out there. He's not putting an ounce of sugar in his system. Have you seen that man's cheat day? Oh, yeah, he's wild out. There's no way I could eat like that. I was taught when you're in tune with your body like that, just come right out of them. It's not going to stick on them. No, I don't believe that part. I don't doubt that part. I don't doubt, but I think given his stature and the way he eats, I couldn't grow. I looked at that list and I said, I would have been like, even at my absolute physical best. I don't know if I could eat like that. I remember when I saw I think was Ryan Garcia and how his day goes of just his meals and his workout regimen. And bro, this dude's eating like watermelons throughout the day. He has, then you'll have like, you know, chili. I think he should have made them like a quinoa face meal, but like it was chicken stir fried. So, and then you have this water intake is through the roof. And those guys and he's running. One part is running. Next part days is, you know, boxing training. Another part is lifting. And then he's resting. He's watching film. And it's like these athletes run a whole different type of scheme than the average small Joe is running on. So when you hear about people said, well, oh, this guy, no, no, he's just taking stuff that you've never heard of or that, that you have heard of, but you can't afford it. Like hyperbolic, hyperbolic sleep chambers, spinning of your blood, things of that nature. Again, a lot of different things that we're never thinking about. I think it was Von Miller. I think he spends, I think an hour day stretching and another hour day of recovery. And then the rest of the day he's working out. And I mean, stretching like this dudes, like literally you see him, his leg, like you have somebody who take his leg and stretch, move it around, putting up. I think they put like a piece of his foot on a ply board and was there. The guy was literally taking his foot. So like when you watch him on the field and when he comes off that line, he bends that low. That's all the preparation. That's smart. I mean, my thing is like when you're in a position because of your hard work and your God-given ability and you have the luxury to go to a facility where you can work out every day, to have trainers and chefs, to keep your body performing at peak levels and stuff like that. It's only right that you do it, even if it's through the duration of your athletic professional career. Now, if you can maintain it beyond that, more power to you, then it's a lifestyle. Another thing my boy taught me about too is if you see anybody that has anything called IBF next to their name, who's like into fitness, they're geared up, bro. Wow. Like prime example of somebody who I was chasing, didn't know he was on gear. I was chasing this man down because I'm like, oh, dude, you lifting heavy and you have your jacked. I'm like, bro. Oh man. Like I'm literally, I mean, I'm following him around, watching him do his workout. Like I'm chasing him. You're inspired. I get it. I'm inspired to lift, to get that, you know, strong. So my man goes, yeah, that guy right there, that guy's on gear. What you mean? And he told me the telltale signs. I'm not telling you how the telltale signs, you got to do your own research. And then bro, he literally went from my size. We'll take my size like 80. So make, make sure that like, think of me, but like 80 pounds, 90 pounds lighter, right? Like slim. Pie was like 230, 240, right? He went from his size to like my boy's Mikey size. You remember Mikey, right? Some things. Oh, I bet he had. Think of going from like my size and put like 40 pounds on shy. That's wild. And bro, I was just like, and then my homie whispered right here. How's your idol now? And I'm looking at why me? I I'm your wall. But I was like this, like, what? Oh man. Yeah, man. So it's like finding out Santa Claus ain't real, man, bro. I was like, it's to the point where like people who I, I can, I know who's doing something like, like that, like or whatever. The thing is, there's a lot of stuff you could do. I'm gonna put those two words out. It's like when Kramer did his set. Kramer, you mother. Yeah, those two words are anyways, when they do stuff like that, bro, I'm just like, man, dog. Yeah. I got to unfollow you, man. Cause you know, good for my health. No, no, no, no. I feel you on that. I feel you on that. And remember the last thing I remember the last thing I highlighted, well, you know, people getting their body done and all of a sudden their fitness trainers. Yes. Yeah. Yeah. Nasty, nasty work, man. Nasty business, man. Yeah. You're just, you're just a liar. And so it's like, yes, you can. Yes, I would. I would prefer those disclose the fact that yes, I went to a doctor. Yes, I got a gastric bypass surgery or whatever it is. And yes, I still have to work out to maintain it. That is respectable. That's respectable. And I could, I could respect that, but for those who did it and didn't mention that part and all of a sudden our fitness traders and stuff like that, I mean, you losing a lot of credibility. Here's the thing that doesn't lie. My man, that's my man, Bruce Wayne will tell me. Intense. We are all, we are all about overall base strength. So guys who are like you and I, like five, 10 and above, we're a little chump. Hey man, we are. But if you got somebody who's like five, two, five, four, short, you better be shredded. Cause you have no excuse, you're short. So, you know, your, your, your mind is now I'm saying now, are there short fat? Yes, there are. But you could be shredded as hell, but with a real emergency comes around the corner and you got to pick up your homeboy. Can you get them off the ground? So like when I'm at the gym working out and me and my, you know, I call my senpai, we're going like, man, what y'all want? And I just look at them and go, overall base strength. And they go look around like, okay, yeah, it's real out here. No, no, no. That's, that's a fact that, that is a, that's a valid, valid point. And, and literally he's been dissecting me since January. And I've already seen improvements in overall physical health, grip, just massive changes. Even to the point where I used to work on wrist wraps. You see those 10 pound weights there. It's the exercise I do every day. Well, at least four to six times a week. Wayne, don't get mad at me. Okay. Four to six times a week. I do it. Okay. Sometimes, sometimes I forget. All right. Don't be upset. The simple things that the little things matter in the long run. So like me working on my forearm and grip and finger strength helps when it comes to, if I need to work out a heavier weight, I can hold on to something. You know what I'm saying? Gotcha. So yeah, man, physical activity. And this is, and, and, and no discredit to anybody. If you can't make yourself get to the gym, as long as you're doing something that you're sweating and you're breathing heavy and your heart rate's going up. That's all that matters. Whether that may be you taking a Zumba class, aerobics, swimming, dancing, going for a walk instead of, instead of parking your car from the store, you put your car into the 20th row in the back, walk up front. Little tweaks like that go a long way. Thanks. Go a long way. I agree. So, okay, man, this is, uh, 41 with the new song bent here, live on record podcast. And when we get right back, we're going to get to our stories. And then also we're going to talk about some earth shattering news that has occurred in the NBA that, uh, man, who's now truth. That's an order record podcast. I got to relax. New, I become put in my cash. It's a body if I can't get the crash. I think the diesel, my future, the diesel, my body, body like Kim car dash. They, they fast. They run like flash. Pass it to Steve. He go all the way Nash on his body. Don't let him get low. Don't touch. This is a flow. Too many things. I don't know what the road keep a cheek is. I don't want to go down. Don't check. Try to get low. Don't do a number. They overtrack. What about me? They won't run back. And then she got me back. Like, when is we looking again? Like, if that duty look good, I'm his friend. But I could kick it. The job can't even tell. I can't help it. I stay in this book. Like I'll be towing and Christian. Like, what? Drop passes. These are my. It's okay. They can see through it. Don't stop. Why these people keep PTSD from the side of this? Like, when is we looking again? Like, if that duty look good, I'm his friend. But I could kick it. The job can't even tell. I can't help it. I stay in this book. Like, I'll be towing and Christian. Like, I just met her. She told me she love me. Like, I'm a stepper. She know that I'm rich. We in the spot. Told her, give me a kiss. I could taste. All the Casamigos on her lips. And no, I ain't picky. She calling me Papa. Now, I stay on my side. Even bottle. And if Brody spot him, then he got him. On his court, I bet I'm dying to block him. Like, I'm in the spot with the hippies. Like, I'm in the spot in the hippie. Like, please don't eye me in this party. Always so safe when I know. So I'll be with me. I got him to marry. I'm tripping. Off the liquor. I'm feeling litty. I'm trying to party with all the doodads. But I might leave if it start getting niggas.
A highlight from Ep. 562 Our New Co-Host A Crypto Analyst Joins the Team!
"All right, everybody, welcome back to another episode of the Crypto 101 Podcast. It is a big, big day in Crip Nation. Man, sound the alarms, bang the pots in the pans because it is a momentous occasion. We are joined by a new co -host, or I should say I am joined by a new co -host, Brendan Veman, who has been working with us behind the scenes at extreme length for the past two years. He's getting called up to the big leagues. So, Brendan, dude, welcome to the Crypto 101 Podcast. This is your new home, brother. Welcome. Hey, excited to be here. Like Bryce said, it's crazy because I've been working with you guys for almost two years now, and it's been awesome. Excited to come to the forefront. Excited to connect with more people in the cryptocurrency space and preach the great gospel that is crypto and blockchain. Yeah, dude, this is awesome. I'm so, so pumped. I learned so much from you, so I view this as just great for opportunity this podcast to just get kicked up to another level. I've been following you for a long time. I'm very pleased that you've been choosing to work with us. Man, we're going to have an awesome time. I want to make this episode all about you. I know that we've had you on previous episodes, so I think anybody who has been watching religiously for the past couple months or so, they've for sure run into you. But I want to have them all hear it from the horse's mouth. So, Brendan, this is your episode. We're going to introduce you to Crypt Nation if they don't already know you. So I'm going to ask you some questions. You feel good about that? You feel okay revealing a little bit about who you are? Yeah, I'm ready for the barrage of questions to begin. Awesome. Let's just start off high level. So what do you do? Who are you? What do you currently do? How did you make it on the Crypto 101 podcast? Yeah, man. So I started off in the early days of Bitcoin. My realization point or what got me interested is that I found this thing early. A lot of people around me had unpopular opinions, or maybe at the time it was popular opinions, but they were more anti -crypto. That motivated me and inspired me to really dig into this thing more. And so I did. And so as the years went on, like a little hot button issue, and you were like, oh, this is kind of getting people's gears going. There must be something here. Is that kind of what it is? Yeah. I mean, exactly. Like at the time, Bitcoin was worth a couple of times more than what the US dollar was. And it was this asset that just stood out. And me being the curious individual that I was, was like, hey, this is making people angry. It has a crazy pairing against fiat currencies. Like, let's really explore this thing. That's where I found my base. And so as the technology expanded and grew over the years as blockchain tech really begin to kind of, I guess, show its fruits. And then you had Litecoin and Ethereum and Monero and all those early stage cryptos really began to show just how versatile and helpful blockchain could be. That is when my interest in crypto went from just kind of this side interest, the side hobby to like, hey, this is going to really change the world as we know it. And that leads me to starting the crypto analyst YouTube channel in 2017. That's how I found you. Yeah. And I, and I'll tell you why I started that originally because I had so many people around me not understanding crypto. Crypto wasn't super mainstream yet. It was a kind of on that brink of that big bull run that it had, but I was still getting the same questions asked to me all the time. And I'm - I'm pre -recording answers for family and friends, go to my YouTube channel, and then it just kind of caught fire. I mean, exactly. That's kind of what it came down to is, here are all the answers that you're going to ask me anyway. And so that's really why the YouTube channel originated, but also because I love talking about it. I loved it. I believed in it. And also I didn't want to answer the same stuff all the time. So I was like, boom, YouTube channel is born. And that was like my real step, like full time. I'm into this thing. I'm committed. Like, here we go. And you know, man, I've ran that every single year. I mean, I have over 750 public videos now since 2017. We're at 10 ,000 subscribers. Like it's grown into a really cool thing. And, you know, occasionally I still see people that are from the very early days of that come around and they're like, Hey, Brendan. And it's great to see the community go strong as we are over here. So, you know, we're going from one strong community to another and the mission is still the same. Yeah. No. And it's been awesome working with you for the past couple of years here. And for folks who are listening, you don't know, behind the scenes, we've got, you know, premium subscriber only content that we roll out every single day, every single week. Brendan has been hosting live streams with me. He's been doing all sorts of amazing, you know, written and video content for the Crypto 101 University video course that we have. So if you want to check all that stuff out, we will link to it in the show notes. All the stuff we've been working on and the Crip Nation private group, guys, it's an incredible community that Brendan and I have been building up for, you know, along with our whole team here for the past several years. And we're so excited to be bringing Brendan to the Crypto 101 podcast. And with that being said, Brendan, I want to ask a little bit of a lightning round sort of rapid fire question and answer. How do you feel about that? I kind of prepared some things. I know I didn't show you ahead of time. I want it to be surprising. Does that sound okay? Let the surprises begin. I will do my best. Okay. I've got a long list. And so this is going to go quick. And when I say one word answer, I mean, one word answer. I don't want you to go off off the rails or anything. Maybe if you need two words or I'll give you three is the most. Okay. No tangents. Okay. No tangents. So I'm going to start easy and then I'm going to ramp up. So first is like Bitcoin or Ethereum. Ethereum. Okay. And by the way, I almost started the tangent I'm breaking my rules, but these will definitely inform all of us of really who you are and how you think. And this is on the record. So I want you to know that. So you say Ethereum, the next question I had after that was proof of stake or proof of work. What do you think is better? See the one world answers are already killing me here. We'll go with proof of stake. I'm sorry everyone out there. Then you choose proof of stake, which is the consensus model that it uses. Whereas Bitcoin uses proof of work. Let me ask you when you're analyzing the crypto markets, if you had to choose one technical analysis or fundamental analysis. Man, technical is all the way. I'm a trader at heart. Yeah. What I always say is price is the final arbiter. Price knows everything. Good fundamentals kind of put you in the same place as good technicals. So price should have all the information. So I would probably side with you on that one. Let me ask you this, trading or holding, what is your style? Trading. I'm a trader at heart. Okay. You're quick hot potato. Timeframe trading daily or monthly? Daily. Okay. Making trades daily, closing positions out. Leverage or no leverage? Oh, one word answer to this one. Leverage yes or no. We'll go with no leverage. No leverage anymore. Honestly, a man after my own heart. I've always advocated to stay away from the leverage. There's a great quote that it's like a Warren Buffett quote about the way people go broke is like ladies, liquor and leverage. And that's like the three ways that men go broke, ladies, liquor and leverage. So stay away from the leverage. But let me ask you this, what's your favorite exchange? Kraken recently. Okay. Kraken. I'm a big Kraken fan, but favorite wallet. I'm going to roll with MetaMask. I'm going to roll with MetaMask. I don't think I expected that. I don't think I expected anybody to like MetaMask, but here we are. God bless them. Everybody uses them. I think they've been getting better. Yeah. They've been getting better. I agree. And I have to say recently I've been liking treasure wallets. Obviously they're safer, but I've been really digging them, especially more than the nano ledgers. I have both and treasure has been standing out to me. Okay. I like it. It's a hot take. Trezor. T -R -E -Z -O -R. Kind of a play on words of like a treasure chest, right? Where all your crypto gets stored. Let me ask you this, Brendan, your favorite dap, and I'll restrict it to your favorite dap. DeFi Okay. Hot take here as well. I'm going to roll with, I think most people would expect maybe like Uniswap, but I'll roll with Osmosis here. I'll throw a wrench in everything. Hold the door. Hold the door. I did not expect it. I did not see that coming. That's a great pick though. The cosmos decks, the cosmos DeFi one -stop shop. Osmosis. Hot pick.
A highlight from Is Polygon Underrated? (Matic Price Prediction)
"Welcome to BitBoy Crypto, my name is AJ and this is the Price Prediction Department. In crypto, there are two words you will hear a thousand times, mass adoption. That is the goal, that is the dream, that is the rocket fuel in a spaceship made out of hopium. And when mass adoption happens, that's when we go to the moon. So when I think about which altcoin out there has done the most to get crypto that mainstream attention, two more words come to mind. Polygon or Matic, whatever you want to call it, let's get it. In this video, we will be dissecting Polygon, which is Ethereum's number one layer two project that is setting out to revolutionize scalability and security. To start off, Matic has always been a coin that's been on everyone's radar. That's not just because of it being a great scaling solution, but that's because of the impact that it's had of putting crypto into the mainstream in a big way. It has literally paved the road on how to get a crypto project backed by legitimate companies. Because all it takes is to get one or two top upper echelon companies and once you lock that in, the floodgates will open because everyone else knows that you are safe to work with. Polygon has earned its great reputation with its partnerships and its product, and it shows. Regardless if the partnership is for an NFT marketplace or building Web3 applications, it's bullish because it's only going to leave to more exposure for crypto. And a lot of these big companies really like to partner with projects that are carbon neutral. And in my opinion, this is kind of an optics thing, but optics matter. So what kind of partnerships are we talking here? We're talking draft kings, Stripe, Reddit, Disney, Adidas, the NFL, Starbucks, Adobe, Meta, Nike, Coca -Cola, and JP Morgan's first DeFi transaction was on Matic. Just last week, Polygon partnered with SK Telecom to create a Web3 ecosystem. And for those of you that don't know, SK Telecom is a giant in Korean telecommunications. Also, the Reddit NFTs on Polygon have been a big hit, and they just hit 40 million in sales last week. In regards to this, one of Matic's founders, Sandeep Nabal, commented on this and he said, Polygon ecosystem's mainstream products are silently reaching magic inflection points of growth. Be it Reddit avatars, draft king NFTs, or Nike dot swoosh, many others lined up too. Soon, AAA gaming too. Slowly but surely, fam. Him hinting at the AAA games really gets me excited for the future, especially because we've seen how successful all the other partnerships have been. And really, it's only a matter of time until real crypto is integrated inside our favorite video games. There's already rumors circulating about crypto being integrated into GTA 6, and if I can get paid to drive down a busy sidewalk, I'm here for it. And as you can see, that list of partnerships I said a little while ago, those are some of the biggest names, the biggest brands on planet earth. So my question is, how far can that visibility take us? Before we get to the price prediction, I want to thank you for being a member of the BitSquad by liking, subscribing, and commenting on this post down below. And thank you to Stake for sponsoring this video. So Matic describes itself as the value layer of the internet. On their website, polygon .technology, it reads, the fundamental protocol that allows anyone to create and exchange value powered by zero knowledge technology. And that's exactly what they're doing. We all know how expensive Ethereum's gas fees are, and this is exactly why we have layer twos to scale this out and make it cheaper for the user. The layer two projects are so good at scaling that Ethereum is not rolling out sharding the way they originally intended. And that's because the layer two projects like Polygon have it covered. To be clear, there is more to Polygon that meets the eye and with Supernets and Polygon ID and Midan coming in the future, it is going to get wild. And if you're on the fence thinking about jumping in, buying into the Polygon ecosystem, I implore you to do hours of homework and research outside of just this video before making that decision. So it's worth noting that back in March, Polygon rolled out the ZK EVM or the zero knowledge scaling solution that is equivalent to the Ethereum virtual machine. To be clear, the Polygon proof of stake sidechain is compatible with the EVM. It runs parallel to the Ethereum mainnet and the gas fees are paid in Matic. But the ZK EVM is built on top of Ethereum. It utilizes zero knowledge to speed things up, and it still benefits from Ethereum security. But unlike the proof of stake, the ZK EVM, the gas fees are paid in Ethereum, not Matic. Shout out to Finn Miller from the Daily Coin who wrote this article here. This article really helped clear things up for me in regards to the difference between the Polygon scaling solutions, and you should definitely check it out if you have a spare moment. So when Ethereum's founder Vitalik Buterin carried out the first transaction on the ZK EVM, he said this. He said millions of constraints for man, unconstrained scalability for mankind. That is an excellent quote, and the ZK EVM is really breaking the mold on what's possible for a scaling solution, and they already have exceeded 400 ,000 unique wallets. To be fair, you know, they do have some serious competition with Optimism and Arbitrum, but I kind of feel like it will be a gradual run up as we inch closer to the bull run with the activity on the network. And with all that said, let's get down to the price prediction. Remember, the equation for On December 26, 2021, Matic put in its all -time high of $2 .90. Its market cap at the time was $19 .75 billion, with a supply just over $7 billion. Today, Matic is ranked 13th by market cap and is currently priced right around $0 .55. Unfortunately, Matic has lost over $14 billion from its market cap, and it currently sits at $5 .12 billion. On the contrary, Matic's circulating supply has grown over 2 billion coins and sits at $9 .31 billion. And as you can see, Matic's supply has gone up about 31 % since its previous all -time high. For context, if we took Matic's previous all -time high market cap, but put that with its current circulating supply, that once $2 .90 Matic would now only be a $2 .12 Matic. Tokenomics matter. Unlike other coins that have terrible emission schedules and terrible tokenomics, Matic is already 93 % vested since its max supply is 10 billion coins. This is very good news. Originally, Matic was supposed to finish its emission schedule and be fully vested by mid -2025, but now the remainder of its emission schedule is changing since the release of the Polygon 2 .0 The new whitepaper is a very interesting read. It only took me like 30 -40 minutes to read the whole thing. And if you want to read it, we will link it below in the description. I highly suggest that you check it out. It is sort of unclear exactly when Matic will migrate to POL. I read that they're giving people four years to kind of get ready for this thing, but it could happen earlier than that. So with the release of the Polygon 2 .0 whitepaper, that does change the how the last 7 % of coins will come in really won't make that much of a difference. And since things aren't as cut and dry now as they used to be, I'm going to estimate that Matic supply will be around 9 .5 billion by the top of November 2025. And for the record, I'm saying November 2025 as the projected top for the top of the next bull run since it is a year and a half after the Bitcoin halving. And that has been the case the last three times. So now that we have the supply, what about the market cap? A lot of people have really liked that I've been using dominance as a gauge to see what is possible. If you look at this chart here on your screen, you will see that the 0 .87 % level has been a very important support resistance line on the Matic dominance chart. So the idea with the dominance chart based off previous videos is the idea that the total crypto market cap could get between 7 to 10 trillion by next bull run. So if Matic gets to this 0 .87 level by the top of the next bull run and the total market cap is 7 to 10 trillion, what would that make its market cap? So if Matic got back to that important support resistance level at 0 .87 % and the total crypto market cap went to $7 trillion, Matic's market cap would be 60 .9 making its price with the heightened supply $6 .41. Using the same equation, if the total market cap for crypto went to $10 trillion, if Matic got back to that same dominance level, its market cap would be $87 billion. And with the heightened supply that we estimated earlier, Matic's price would be $9 .16. Some of you might know that the price prediction department was actually a segment on the BitBoy Crypto livestream before it became an every Sunday show. Some of you might know that I covered Matic on the livestream about three months ago. And at the time, my price prediction for Matic was $7 to $8. So for Matic, I'm saying $7 to $8. Is that too high or too low? And at the time, I was not using dominance as a gauge like I am now. And reflecting on the price range I got by using the dominance, it actually opens up my range from $7 to $8 to $6 .40 to $9 .20. And I really think $6 .40 to $9 .20 is a larger range since it covers more of a gap in market cap, a gap in price. And honestly, I feel like this time, the dominance gauge is going to be my price prediction. Sometimes I just use it as a gauge and don't make it my price prediction. In those cases, my prediction is normally lower than the gauge. But in this case, I'm going to hang my hat on the dominance prediction. And my Matic price prediction for the top of the next bull run is $6 .40 to $9 .20. Boom, there you go. There is my Matic price prediction. I hope everyone out there got a lot out of this video. And what did you think of my prediction? Was I too bearish? Was I too bullish? Let me know below in the comments. For the next couple of weeks, I do have a couple coins planned that I want to do. 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A highlight from Encore of Episode 2: Jon Cassie: Game-Based Learning
"Hey, it's Batsheva. I've pulled this episode out of the archive vault for you, in case you hadn't heard it before. But if you have already heard it, well, you might want to listen again because this time you'll know all the answers to the 5 -Minute Game Show. And also because there's always something to learn from my wonderful guests. With the exception of adding this intro, I'm bringing you the original episode in its original form, which is also kind of a time capsule. So enjoy. The Arting Institute presents Overthrowing Education with your host, Batsheva Frankel. Today's episode is sponsored by Edu Game -o -rama! My students are so bored. I've tried to pepper my lectures with jokes, funny PowerPoints, and once I even tap danced throughout my class. The students just complained of headaches. I'm not the best tap dancer, as it turns out. What can I do to engage my students more? You need to change your bored students into board game students. What do you mean? Why sounding deep male voice? I mean, it's time to get with the 21st century. It's time for Edu Game -o -rama! Ed? The Guru -Lama? Uh, no. Edu Game -o -rama! It's the quick acting wand that you wave over your lessons and turn them into critical thinking games and student -centered gamified learning activities, guaranteed to engage even the most disaffected student. Is that all it takes? Just a wave of the Edu Game -o -rama wand? Well, that and a lot of creativity and work on your part. I'll do it. I'm saying goodbye to frontal teaching and hello to giving my students a deeper understanding and more engaging experiences. Edu Game -o -rama! Order your wand today! Side effects of Edu Game -o -rama may include complete student engagement and deeper learning. Thank you for joining us here at the Arte Institute for Overthrowing Education, a humorous and helpful podcast for positive change. I'm your host, Batsheva Frankel. In today's episode, Game Changers, I interview games and gamification expert John Cassie. In our conversation, we reveal lots of tips and tools to inspire educators to integrate this engaging pedagogical approach. If you are a student who loves games or just wants a more hands -on and fun way to learn, pass this episode on to your teachers. At the end of my talk with John, I subject him to our five -minute game show, of course. And then, for our segment, In the Trenches, with real teachers and students telling their stories, we have a really special treat. Educator and professional storyteller, Mikayla Bly, tells her hilarious award -winning tale about her gamified curriculum. Give a listen. You won't be sorry. But before we get into all that good stuff, I want to answer a question I've heard quite a bit since starting this podcast. What exactly is the Arte Institute? Because we always start the show with the Arte Institute presents Overthrowing Education. So let me tell you. About seven years ago, I started teaching at this amazing school called Arte Preparatory Academy in Los Angeles. I immediately connected in an educationally philosophical way with the head of Arte Prep, Jim Hahn. We constantly geeked out over the best and most engaging practices, ideas and approaches. And we worked with the faculty to keep making the school better and better. But Jim and I have another broader goal, which is to help all educators, students and parents understand what great education could and should be. And thus, the Arte Institute was founded. To learn more about it and about Arte Preparatory Academy, find links at overthrowingeducation .com. And now here we go. Today on Overthrowing Education, my guest is John Cassie, who I first met after I read his book, Level Up Your Classroom, The Quest to Gamify Your Lessons and Engage Your Students. It was such a great book. So I checked his website, which is, by the way, johncassie .com, and I read his educational philosophy and I immediately knew that we would be friends and that we had to work together. So more on that in a minute. So first, I'm going to tell you about John. He's been a teacher and education leader since 1997 at independent schools in Dallas, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and in Orange County, the one in California. He is currently director of innovation at TVT Community Day School in Irvine, California. And in his very cool job, he collaborates with teachers and learners to use data to improve instruction and develop curriculum in STEAM, design thinking, digital literacy, maker informed methods and, of course, gamified learning, which is one of the things we're going to talk about today. He's also traveled extensively to speak and consult on curriculum design, program development, game based learning and gamification and education, as well as GLBTQ issues in independent schools. So he's done a lot of really great stuff. John is also the founder of Game Level Learn, which also, by the way, has a great educational podcast. So make sure to give that a listen. And last November, Game Level Learn teamed up with us at the Arte Institute to present the first annual Game Level Learn Con for educators. It was an amazing day of professional development and a lot of fun. So if you want information on Game Level Learn Con 19, check out either gamelevellearn .com or thearteinstitute .org for details. Wow, that was a lot of introduction, but he was well worth it. Hi, John. Hi, Beth. How are you? I'm good. I have so many questions for you and so many things I want to discuss because I love speaking with you about education. Same. And you're so passionate and have so many great experiences. So first, I want to find out how did you get involved in education to begin with? It's the only thing I've ever wanted to do. I've never had any career goals that were not well for about six months. I thought about hotel and travel administration, like doing a business degree, but that's better left for an entirely different podcast. Yeah, things we're glad you didn't do. Yeah, right, right. So I've always wanted to be in education. I thought for the longest time that I'd be in a university setting. But as it became clear that the university setting was really much more about research and less about teaching, that didn't feel quite like the right fit for me as much as being in there, working with teachers, teaching and learning and innovating on teaching and learning practice, which has always been something that's driven me. So I hear that I find the same. And so I'm glad you did take that route led to some great stuff. So let's I want to jump right in and talk about the difference between games and gamification, because I love them both. I use them both. And I think there are many ways to use both in a class, but I think a lot of people don't really understand the difference. So let's talk about that. Yeah, it can be a little tricky when you're getting into this particular method to to fully grasp what's being talked about. Right. A game based learning environment is an environment where you're taking some kind of a game that has been published or designed as a game, which means that it's got a set of rules and there are ways to win. And it's meant to be entertaining and enlightening and a mental challenge and all of that. But it's in the service of playing the game. It's in the service of the game's rule set. There are plenty of games that exist that you could use very productively in a classroom setting, play the game as designed, and you actually could get an executed learning objective out of it. Before you continue, I want you to give a few examples of those. And then after you talk about gamification, I'm going to talk about the third category, which I call deeper learning games, which I'll explain. That's that's my jam. So everybody tell what are some games, like if I'm a history teacher or I'm a science teacher or something, what are some games like out of the box games that might be really cool that you can think of? So just a couple that come to mind. There's a game that was published and I'm talking only in the tabletop space. I'm not talking about video games. There's nothing wrong with video games. They're dynamite. You know what? I'll raise one just to give the example. OK, but I talk more about tabletop because it's a little bit more accessible. Right. I think one example is a game called Codenames. Codenames is a game about vocabulary pattern recognition. So you are giving if you're giving clues, you're looking at a grid of words, five by five. So twenty five words and you've got a little card in front of you that tells you which words of those twenty five. You're responsible for getting your team to guess the team that wins is going to have a clue giver who's able to look at the words and say, OK, well, if I say the word Jupiter three, they're going to pick these three words because they all have some kind of a connection to that word Jupiter. Right. Or, you know, sunshine, too, or whatever. You know, it's like I think sunshine connects to two words. So you're going to tell people that now that's dynamite for vocabulary building, because if you can make analogies and connections between words, not only do you understand the word on its surface level, but you understand it on a more abstract level. Right. So for, you know, all those people doing vocabulary building, anything in your discipline that has vocabulary building within it, you just pull the codenames words and proceed. Right. There's another great game called Machi Koro. That one I haven't heard of. Yeah. Machi Koro is a game about community building. So what you do is you have a little pool of money and you use that pool of money to buy increasingly complex buildings that you use to form a town. And the town, by virtue of what you choose to build, generates revenue based on how other players act and on die rolls that you make and what have. But it's a really nice, easily accessible game to understand how communities are built. That's great. Yeah. A game that I use in my entrepreneurship class called Letters from Whitechapel is a collaborative game where one character plays Jack the Ripper. Right. So it's a it's a high school thing. Right. And everyone else plays police trying to find him. Jack moves around the board using a game mechanic called hidden movement. So the Jack player is writing where he is on a piece of paper behind a screen. The police are investigating across the board, trying to find evidence of where he was. They can make an arrest if they arrest. They declare an arrest action on Space 28. If Jack is in Space 28 when they arrest, the players win. Now, I use that to teach collaboration because the game is so perfect. It's such a pure example of a cooperative, collaborative game that the only way that you can win really is to have effective collaborative team practices. And businesses that have those are more effective than businesses that don't. And learning environments that have those are more effective than ones that don't. And so since collaboration is such a central skill in entrepreneurship and certainly it's certainly important everywhere else. But in entrepreneurship, it's critical. It's a great way right out of the box to teach that skill. So games like those are examples, right? Codenames, great in a middle school setting. Machi Koro, totally playable in upper elementary. Letters from Whitechapel, you want to play it in a high school environment. And, you know, if you go to gamelevellearn .com, I've written about 50 essays looking at the different kinds of game mechanics that exist in games. And giving you the top five, what I think of the top five games in each of those mechanics. So if you wanted to do something that was about collaboration, you could just go to the site, look at the essay on collaboration. Pick one of those games and you'd be good to go. Yeah, I have to say that your website is just full of resources and it's a great thing to check out again. For people that's gamelevellearn .com. That's the games. Yeah, it's game based. That's game based. I want you to talk about gamification, which I also have been using more and more in my classroom. I've done some really cool stuff with my honors English Shakespeare class, history classes. It's great. So tell me about it. Now, gamification is a term used to describe the application of game elements like game mechanics or reward systems or winning or, or, or, where they're not strictly speaking incorporated into a game itself. A classroom gamified uses the procedural tricks that make games fun to play in the service of making learning more engaging, more social, more collaborative or more critically focused, depending on what your objective is. And, you know, in the book and, you know, level up your classroom, I go on at length about different ways to do that. But the idea here is take a game that's fun to play and look at how mechanically the game works. Then strip away the game content, leaving only the game's engine. From there, insert your content into the game's engine and away you go. It's great. And it really does help engage students. And you can use those mechanics to go to deeper places. It isn't about doing the Jeopardy board answer thing. It's about really using the mechanics to move the curriculum forward. That's right. Yeah, it has to be in service of a learning objective, right? This is one of the things that I say and, you know, my co -host on the Game Level Learn podcast, we say all the time, we make two points. One, this is not about the game. It's about the learning objective. The learning objective might be serviced by an environment that is either collaboratively or individually competitive or where the kind of leveling character development concept that you get in some board games and you get in some video games would be useful. Then deploy them because they're going to make the learning better. If they're not going to do that, do something else. And that's I think sometimes folks bogged down there. The second thing we say is, quote, play all the games. Because if you're going to do this effectively, the more games you have yourself played, the more different engines and mechanics you will have encountered. And therefore, you'll be able to say, I see for this learning objective, I really want to bring in a tile building mechanic like in Spring Meadow. OK, I can do that. Or I really need to build sort of these interesting decks of cards for players, player learners, like in the game Dominion. But if you've never played Dominion, you'd never have the idea, which is one of the things that I think sometimes trips people up. They hear game based learning or they hear gamification. They think what we're talking about is a slightly more sophisticated version of Jeopardy or Monopoly or Sorry. Or Chutes and Ladders. Well, you know, if the only poetry you've ever read is a Mother Goose fable, why do you think that you would be able to use it in any kind of meaningful way? No. Read more poetry and you'll be able to do more poetry. You know, if this is something that's of interest to you, but you're not a gamer, go to and go anywhere. There's plenty of game cafes. There are game days and libraries. There are friendly local game stores everywhere, and most of them are full of really keen, friendly people. And if you went up and said, hey, I'm trying to learn some things, anything you can teach me, there's always going to be dozens of people in those places who are like, absolutely. Come on in. Let me teach you this thing. Let me teach you this. Let me teach you this. Right. And, you know, as you learn different kinds of games, you'll know what you want to pick up next or what you want to borrow next or what you want to buy next. And that's how it goes. It's really true. One of the games that's my biggest seller that I created that's called Feed Your Wolves. I was inspired because I saw a lot of the students at my school every morning. I'd come in and they'd be playing these games like Magic the Gathering and games like that that involve interesting cards and die and things that they had to do. And so I was very inspired to create my game sort of based on some it's not like those, but it was definitely inspired by those. And that's the thing. Let yourself be inspired by what you see that your students are interested. What games are they really interested in and let that inspire. I wanted to talk about deeper learning games because that's my as you know, that's my thing. And deeper learning games are games that can be used as assessments. They can be used as part of a project based learning unit. But the idea behind a deeper learning game is that it's really a sophisticated critical thinking type of a game. It's not again, it's not Jeopardy or the whatever version of Candyland. It is, for example, a way to express an idea. So, for instance, in my school, we were doing something about political philosophies. And the students had to create a game that in every way, including the pieces in the way, if it was a board game or whatever the mechanics of the game were, every part of it had to somehow reflect whatever that political philosophy was or the specific topic within that political philosophy that they chose to do. And the playing of that game, when people would come play that game, they could understand what that political philosophy was. Well, you can do that. I've done it on a seventh and eighth grade level. You can do it on a fourth grade level. There's so many ways to adapt that kind of idea once one gets the hang of it. And you can teach your students how to create this kind of deep game where every part of the process is reflecting, like you said, that whatever that big idea is, whatever the learning objectives are, whatever the people who do understanding by design, whatever understanding during is, those are the things that are so meaningful. And then students remember them. I have students come up to me that I had 20 years ago saying, do you remember that game? Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Of course I remember that game. They did. So do I. It was great. So those are the things that really kids get so involved in their education. And again, they can be used as a really authentic assessment. It can also be used as a tool for project based learning to actually move your curriculum forward. So great ways to use them. And anybody who wants more details about that can certainly contact me on that one. If you want to come to our Game Level Learn Con 19, then you can certainly learn more about it and we'll have information about that again. So, OK, I know kind of the moment in my teaching early on in my career when I realized how games and gamification could be so effective. Was there a moment or was there something that happened in your career where you were like, oh, my gosh, this is totally the way to go? I mean, I think it's sort of like my sense of wanting to be in this career from the start anyway. It's very much the same from the earliest days of my teaching career. I've always incorporated role playing elements or game elements or different kinds of game mechanics into what I was doing and have continued to do so. You know, ever since, as I become more and more kind of aware of game spaces and what what different games are and what they can do, how they can teach us, et cetera. Yeah, I think it's always been a factor to your point about students coming back and talking to you years after in my very first year of teaching. I played a game with some students called Shape Land, which was about the creation of an industrial class structure and how wealth is distributed in an industrial system unfairly. It concentrates wealth in the hands of people who already had wealth to begin with. And students come back to me, you know, even now, say that was one of the most extraordinary experiences I've ever had playing that game. And, you know, that was more than 20 years ago. So I want to add to the mix of other kinds of games. One of the things I did early on in my career was I used to create these crazy game shows and the students loved them. You know, they all wanted to take turns being the guests and the participants, but they also gave them stuff to do as a studio audience that they had to participate and pay attention. And it was always so much fun. And then the other thing that I did with games is simulations. Sure, sure. They're really moving through space. I mean, there was one where we took over. We didn't take over the school, but we used a lot of the school space in this incredible simulation that was for history class. And it was very moving and really effective. So those are also different kinds of ways that people can use to add games. For sure. Yeah. I did something like that early in early days, a simulation about Salem. And I sort of set up the playing space, which was an external, like a field like Salem town, so that folks knew where they were living in comparison to other people who were accusing or being accused. Wow. Right. Because one scholar, you know, on the Salem hysteria says it really has a lot to do with folks who are part of an in -crowd and in -groups and out -groups. And so that was fascinating.
A highlight from THE HASH: Headlines | Top Stories of the Week 08-14-23
"You're listening to The Hash Headlines on the CoinDesk podcast network. Get caught up on this week's top stories from the hash crew. And just a reminder, CoinDesk is a news source and does not provide investment advice. Monday's top story. We are joined now by a special guest to help us unpack the latest development and its significance. Joining us is Ira Lee Sorkin. He's the former attorney for Bernie Madoff and a current partner at Mintz & Gold. Ira, how are you today? Good. Thank you. So first of all, top, I just want a high level, informed perspective on this SPF thing. You've seen some major cases play out in your day. Is there anything that is especially striking or notable about the SPF case here and now? What are your high level thoughts? High level thoughts? The media interest. Next question. All right. Let's do it. All right. Next up. Next up. Media interests. All right. So he's in jail now. He's waiting for his October court date behind bars. You gave a similarly concise comment to CoinDesk back in December saying that Sam Bankman -Fried should quote, just shut up already. Sorry, I paraphrased you, but basically it was shut up. Those were the two words of advice that you provided to Sam Bankman -Fried. I don't think he took that because the judge said he was really pushing the envelope with his communications with various witnesses. Is that still the piece of advice that you would share to Sam Bankman -Fried if you were his counsel now? I mean, there's no need for him once he was made bail for him to discuss the case, to share his thoughts about the case with any party other than his counsel. And quite frankly, the amount of documents, and I say this with the understanding that Minson Gold does not represent anyone in this case. We certainly don't represent Mr. Bankman -Fried. We don't represent any witnesses. We are not involved in the case. But the standard conduct that every defendant who makes bail is told, do not discuss the case, don't discuss it with any potential witnesses, don't discuss it certainly with the press. The only person you should talk to is your counsel. And there are ways to deal with other witnesses in the case, such as through counsel and a process called a Joint Defense Agreement, where the lawyers can talk to one another pursuant to an agreement, and it protects the attorney -client privilege, and it gives the opportunity for all counsel in the case, whether they are defendants or unindicted co -conspirators or conspirators, to be able to share information amongst the lawyers without their clients being present. So those are the general rules. There's nothing unusual about this particular case. When Sam Blankman -Fried made bail, he was specifically instructed not to discuss it with anyone, discuss the case with anyone, don't discuss it with any potential witnesses, don't share what you are given in the way of the mandatory discovery that the government's required to give to all defendants. And, of course, we have another situation going on in Washington, D .C., and in the Southern District or the Middle District of Florida, I think it's the Southern District of Florida, where a rather prominent individual was given the same instruction by the judge. It's standard, and that's the way it's done. If you violate the bail conditions, which Mr. Blankman -Fried violated according to the judge, then he faces the consequences and the consequences are jail. My understanding is that he's going to appeal it. He's got a very good lawyer representing him, and they're going to appeal it, but the chances of him getting out pending the trial, I think, are very slim. These are decisions made by the district court judge, who happens to be a judge of many years, very well respected, very smart, and the court of appeals is not going to question, I believe, his decision because he knows the record, and he knows what the bail conditions are.
A highlight from THE HASH: Bernie Madoff's Former Attorney Reacts to Sam Bankman-Fried Being Sent to Jail; Trump's Crypto Bags
"This is the hash podcast. Stay informed with the latest on Bitcoin, ETH, the metaverse, Web3 and more. All on the hash for your ears. You're listening to the Coindesk podcast network. Hey there. Happy Monday and welcome to Coindesk TV. You are watching the hash. I am Zach Seward. We have Jen Sonasi, Will Foxley and Wendy Oh. We are going to get you up to speed on all that's going on in the world of crypto. You guys ready for this thing? Let's do it. I'm starting off the first story of the day. Friday, Sam Bankman Fried got his bail revoked and was shown to a jail cell. We are joined now by a special guest to help us unpack the latest development and its significance. Joining us is Ira Lee Sorkin. He's the former attorney for Bernie Madoff and a current partner at Mintz and Gold. Ira, how are you today? Thank you. So first of all, I just want a high level, informed perspective on this SPF thing. You've seen some major cases play out in your day. Is there anything that is especially striking or notable about the SPF case here and now? What are your high level thoughts? High level thoughts, immediate interest. Next question. All right. Let's do it. All right. Next up. Next up, immediate interest. All right. So he's in jail now. He's waiting for his October court date behind bars. You gave a similarly concise comment to CoinDesk back in December saying that Sam Bankman Fried should quote, just shut up already. Sorry, I paraphrased you, but basically it was shut up. Those were the two words of advice that you provided to Sam Bankman Fried. I don't think he took that because the judge said he was really pushing the envelope with his communications with various witnesses. Is that still the piece of advice that you would share to Sam Bankman Fried if you were his counsel now? I mean, there's no need for him once he was made bail for him to discuss the case, to share his thoughts about the case with any party other than his counsel. And quite frankly, the amount of documents, and I say this with the understanding that Vincent Gold does not represent anyone in this case. We certainly don't represent Mr. Bankman Fried. We don't represent any witnesses. We are not involved in the case, but the standard conduct that every defendant who makes bail is told, do not discuss the case. Don't discuss it with any potential witnesses. Don't discuss it certainly with the press. The only person you should talk to is your counsel. And there are ways to deal with other witnesses in the case, such as through counsel and a process called a joint defense agreement where the lawyers can talk to one another pursuant to an agreement, and it protects the attorney -client privilege, and it gives the opportunity for all counsel in the case, whether they are defendants or unindicted co -conspirators or conspirators, to be able to share information amongst the lawyers without their clients being present. So those are the general rules. There's nothing unusual about this particular case. When Sam Blankman Fried made bail, he was specifically instructed not to discuss it with anyone, discuss the case with anyone. Don't discuss it with any potential witnesses. Don't share what you are given in the way of the mandatory discovery that the government's required to give to all defendants. And, of course, we have another situation going on in Washington, D .C., and in the Southern District or the Middle District of Florida, I think it's the Southern District of Florida, where a rather prominent individual was given the same instruction by the judge. It's standard, and that's the way it's done. If you violate the bail conditions, which Mr. Blankman Fried violated according to the judge, then he faces the consequences and the consequences are jail. My understanding is that he's going to appeal it. He's got a very good lawyer representing him, and they're going to appeal it. But the chances of him getting out pending the trial, I think, are very slim. These are decisions made by the district court judge, who happens to be a judge of many years and he's very well respected, very smart. And the Court of Appeals is not going to question, I believe, his decision because he knows the record and he knows what the bail conditions are. Thanks again for joining us this morning. I wanted to ask about the significance of being able to prepare for what's coming in October while in jail. How difficult is it? How difficult is it to talk with your lawyer or with your client during that period? Is this a huge disadvantage now going into October? It is a huge disadvantage because there are, from what I've read and heard, there are innumerable documents, many, many, many, many, perhaps millions of documents that the government is required to turn over to Mr. Blankman Fried's counsel. And having had clients who are incarcerated and not being able to make bail, it is very difficult in a paper case such as this to prepare for trial. The facilities at the Metropolitan NBC Brooklyn Center, where he's being held, very, very difficult to prepare. But this is something that I have no doubt his lawyers spoke to him about and I'm just speculating and said, if you stay out, it'll be much easier to prepare for trial. If you're incarcerated, it's very difficult. The facilities are bad. There is privacy, but to load in all the documents and all the information that the government is required to turn over to his lawyers is going to make it very difficult for him to prepare. But it's done. There are a number of people who don't make bail, but it's done. It just makes it a lot more difficult to prepare. I want to talk about these diary entries. They feel like the straw that broke the camel's back here. Sam Bankman Fried's attorneys say that he wasn't trying to tamper with witnesses, that they confirmed he did leak a few pages of the diary to The New York Times. Could this come back? Could it be brought up again once this does go to trail in October? And how might it affect his case? It won't affect it at all. The fact that he disclosed information to The Times or to any media. Let's make it general media. It's not going to affect the trial at all. It affected his bail, obviously, but it's not going to affect the trial. What he turned over, we don't know. I don't know whether The Times has published it or intends to publish it, but there are First Amendment and some freedom of press issues involved in that. And I'm old enough to remember the Pentagon Papers case and Daniel Ellsberg. And that didn't stop the disclosure of information that came to the press. But it didn't affect the trial and it won't affect the trial here either. I have a question for you. Myself and a lot of other people are speculating that Sam will be given special treatment because he comes from a family with a lot of influence and money. Do you think that that is something that we will see play out that he will be segregated away from the other inmates and he will receive special treatment while incarcerated? The short answer is no. He may be segregated. Often defendants who have some notoriety are separated. But the short answer is no. I don't believe he's going to get any special treatment in jail. Jail is not a very nice place, particularly the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, which is closed, and the Brooklyn Correctional Center, which is open. And he will not be given any special privileges. And certainly the facilities do not consider the success or wealth of the family or those who put out the help.
A highlight from IP#493 Fr. Brice Higginbotham Remaining with Jesus on Inside the Pages with Kris McGregor Discerning Hearts podcasts
"Hi, this is Chris McGregor of Discerning Hearts. Can you please help support this vital ministry? Discerning Hearts is a 100 % listeners -supported Catholic apostolate. Now through the end of August, please prayerfully consider making a sacrificial gift to help us raise $30 ,000 to fund truly life -changing Catholic programming and prayer. The financial contributions of listeners like you enables us to continue this important ministry. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Your donations are fully tax -deductible. As an independent, non -for -profit lay organization that is not affiliated financially with any diocese, our apostolate is fully listener -supported. Again, between now and the end of August, please visit DiscerningHearts .com to make your donation. Thank you and God bless you from all of us at Discerning Hearts. DiscerningHearts .com presents Inside the Pages, insights from today's most compelling authors. I'm your host, Chris McGregor, and I am delighted to be joined by Father Bryce Higginbotham, who is the author of Daily Lessons from the Saints and author of numerous articles and homilies in homiletic and pastoral review. He has more than 60 catechetical videos, which can be found on his YouTube channel as well as on his Facebook page. With Father Bryce Higginbotham, we go inside the pages of Remaining with Jesus, Discipleship and the Gospel of John, published by Loyola Press. Father Bryce, thank you so much for joining me. Thank you, Chris. It's great to be here with you. I've been looking forward to talking to you about Remaining with Jesus, Discipleship and the Gospel of John. It's such a lovely work. It's my favorite gospel. I mean, first I got to say, how can you have a favorite gospel? And yet for the Gospel of John, there's something so tender and special about this particular work that I'm just so grateful that you chose this as something to explore. Well, the Lord is good. He gives us four gospels to give us various perspectives on Jesus and not differences, but like God, there's a line that I love. I think it's in 1 Corinthians, which talks about how the Lord reveals to us the many sided wisdom of God. As if we look at Jesus from the perspective of St. Mark, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and we see a particular shade or a particular side of his glory and of who he is. And then from the perspective of St. Luke, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and we see a particular revelation, a way that God has revealed himself to us. So I think it's really beautiful and a gift that the Lord has given us these four gospels. We can see him more clearly through looking at him from these four different directions. I think it's a gift. But yeah, I mean, I think John is my favorite too, because, well, I don't know, it's just a particular way that that way that God reveals himself or the parts about himself that he chose to reveal through John, like speaks to me, at least in a particular way. He is the beloved disciple, isn't he? I mean, the one who was able to rest his head on the heart of Jesus and to listen very deeply, even so much that the Lord would give his mother to his care while on the cross. And so can you imagine what it must have been like for the woman who knew our Lord so intimately and this beloved disciple as they shared and they pondered and they ruminated over all the events that had occurred in their lifetime and their experience of Jesus? And you have to think sometimes, don't you, Father, that Marian dimension is very evident in the Gospel of John? Yeah, I think of what John says after Jesus gives marriage to him from the cross and he took her into his own. I think John Paul II makes a big deal out of that because it's right, like it doesn't just mean that he took her to his house, though he did, but it means like that he took her, so to speak, into his heart and learn, learn from Mary how to be a disciple, learn from Mary how to be a priest, how to be a bishop. So, yeah, it's John gives us an example of learning from Mary. And he did that clearly. He did that because he clearly learned from her how to ponder all these things in his heart. I think that's why part of the reason, at least John's Gospel is so different from Matthew's, Mark's and Luke's, because John had more time and he wrote his Gospel last after the others had been written. He probably read the others and he had spent all this time with Mary and with the rest of the scriptures pondering these things in her heart so that he could then give us this particularly deep look into the life of Jesus. And even at the beginning, in the first 18 verses, John gives us the look into the life of Jesus with the Father before creation and after creation, before the incarnation. It so is fitting then to have the Gospel of John, the beloved disciple, the apostle who knew him so well, to help give us a guide in that discipleship. And that's what you really bring forward. It is so penetrating. It's just how you've led us into that opportunity to become that type of disciple. Yeah, well, I mean, we're really blessed that John led us. The Holy Spirit led John, John led us. And, you know, all that I had to do and praise God, I was able to do it and was just bring out what John himself was saying, because he talks about discipleship more than any other than any other book in the New Testament or the Old Testament, any other book in the whole Bible. The discipleship is more pronounced in the Gospel of John than anywhere else. And you also point out that in the Gospel of John, that there are two words. Now they're popping more than ever for me as I go back and I read the Gospel of John, which I try to do very often during the week, actually. And it's the two words believe and remain. Where I started with the research, I just want to know what it meant to be a disciple, because clearly we're supposed to be disciples. There are lots of good books about discipleship, but there were none that I found that sufficiently engaged the Bible. It's like, what does the Bible tell us about discipleship? So I found out that I looked at where discipleship was used in the Bible and I found out that John talks about discipleship more than anybody else. And so I said, well, I guess the best thing to do is to open up the concordance, the thing that has all the words from the Bible and where you can find them. And then just look at every time the word disciple is used in John, all 72 times. So I found, I found John eight 31, where Jesus says to the Jews who had believed in him, there's the people who already believed in him. He says, if you remain in my word, you are truly my disciples. I said, Oh, so first you have to believe, then you have to remain. And that makes a true disciple. Then I just went back through the Gospel and found all the times where believe and remain and discipleship are used kind of in some way together by John to bring out what it means to be a disciple. Well, I found really surprising. It was kind of an epiphany for me when you broke open the, was it the Greek word for believe the CEO? Thank you for pronouncing it for me. Say it one more time. Will you, father? It's yellow because it has another meaning as well that will pop for us. I think, yeah, it's the same word ingredient for believe and for trust. The reason I think that's so important is because when you think about those church approved apparitions of our Lord, or really there are only a few of them, but almost in every instance, he's imploring us to trust him, you know, in the sacred heart, in the revelation to St. Faustina, the message he has is trust me. And when so you connect those two words, believe, trust, they are more than married, aren't they? Yeah. It seems to me that in English, when we say believe, we mean like something we do with our minds. And when we say trust, we mean something that we do with our hearts, more or less. But when Jesus says, believe, when he tells us to believe, or when he tells us to trust, I think it means both. I think it's an integrated and I know I know that it's an integrated expression that Jesus invites us into to believe in our heads, yes, and to trust in our hearts. And those things need to be has to be together. This is just some of what is containing your book, Remaining with Jesus, Discipleship in the Gospel of John. I want to say it over and over again, because this book, we're going to dive more into it, but it's just so perfect for the study of the Gospel of John. I really is. I mean, even the layout that you have, as far as the encouragement of times of reflection, even as opportunities to have group study. And when we talk about group study, the family is still a group. I mean, this is good for families to get together and to break open. And I think you could probably do this just about any age, couldn't you? Just about. Yeah, I think so. For that, I just again, I want to encourage folks to to check out Remaining with Jesus Discipleship in the Gospel of John, because in it, you also talk about the dynamics of discipleship and you point out four very important signposts, I think, on this journey. And it could be a little bit more. I mean, each has so much contained in it. But there are four basic elements, aren't there? Yeah. So we see at the very beginning of the Gospel, John the Baptist, he paints out that Jesus is there, he says, he says, Behold, the Lamb of God. And notice that that actually happens twice. I found that that a little interesting that he says it one day. Behold, the Lamb of God and kind of nobody does anything. Then the next day, Jesus passes by again and he says, Behold, the Lamb of God. And it's at that point that Andrew and John said, oh, well, we we we need to go follow. So there's a most of the time there's a witness, somebody somebody has got to tell us about Jesus, and then after somebody tells us about Jesus, like John the Baptist told Andrew and John, like Philip went and told Nathaniel just a couple of verses later at the beginning in John chapter one, somebody tells us about Jesus and then we go and we meet Jesus for ourselves. And when we encounter Jesus for ourselves, we begin to we begin to believe in him. I believe in those two ways that we talked about earlier to believe in the intellect and to trust in the heart. But believing, believing isn't enough because believing has to, or rather relationships need time and relationships need to persevere. And almost always on this side of heaven, right in this valley of tears in which we live, almost always there are challenges and tests and trials to do, do I really trust, like how deeply do I trust? And we have to remain with Jesus in those trials. And oftentimes remaining looks like standing there and not going anywhere like John and Mary and Mary Magdalene and the other holy women at the further cross. And just being there and not moving in the midst of, in the midst of the trial and the suffering. And when we are remaining with Jesus, like the branch that remains on the vine, then we bear fruit and that fruit looks like practically loving people. We build up the church. We, in other words, we encourage people in the community by our prayer, by our mortifications, by our practical efforts. And it becomes a cycle because the best way, the biggest way, the most important way that we love people who are outside of the church is we witnessed to them about Jesus. We tell them, Hey, behold the lamb of God. Hey, this is what Jesus did in my life. This is what we do. So the witness moves us to meet Jesus, where we believe, believing in him. We begin to remain with him by believing through time, especially through struggles, trials, tests, difficulties. And then that remaining bears fruit in practical love. Yeah, you hear so often. I am the vine. You're the branches remain in me. That's, I can recall in the words of a little Carmelite who became a Saint, St. Elizabeth of the Trinity. That's one of the first things she implores in her great retreats that she offers us is to remember, remain in me. And I think sometimes that's very difficult to stay in that place because of those types of trials. If you're not anchored again in that belief, that trust, and that can only grow in a relationship within an encounter with Christ, can it? Yes, exactly. So Father, when you were exploring this in the gospel of John, it hits me that, as you said in the beginning, Andrew and Philip heard it first, but they didn't respond immediately.
A highlight from Re-Release: Vasek Pospisil on Tour Life, The Need for a Player's Union, & Working His Way Back To Form
"Welcome to the official tennis .com podcast featuring professional coach and community leader, Kamau Murray. Welcome to the tennis .com podcast. I'm your host Kamau Murray, and we have officially entered my favorite part of the tennis tour. And that's the summer hardcore swing in the Americas. And there's two words that come to my mind when you think about this swing. Number one, momentum. And number two, pressure. You look at people who do well at the US Open and they always build momentum at these events, whether it's DC, Toronto, Montreal, Cincinnati. I think the way that these tournaments are placed on the calendar being back to back with high level 500 level events and 1000 level events. I mean, you don't even have to win the events, but having a set of good wins at these level events really positions you to play well at the Open. If you look at the people who have won US Open, they have always built a lot of momentum for themselves in this swing. We saw Coco Gauff win DC. Could that be the start of what we as American tennis players are hoping for? And that is the eventual Grand Slam title out of Coco. And my God, would it be great to have it happen at what I consider to be the Super Bowl of our Slam, the US Open. But I also think about the pressure. I think about a city like DC that has eight to 10 pros on tour, male and female. And it's always interesting to see, A, how they love playing in front of the home crowd, but B, to see who holds up to the pressure of playing in front of the home crowd. And then you take a trip to Montreal and Toronto, and you think about Andrescu, Bouchard, Ronis, Fernandes, you think about all these players. And it's always interesting to see who holds up to the pressure of playing at really the only the biggest tournament on the calendar happens to be in Canada. And that is their one time to shine, where you look at Americans, you know, you got India, you got Miami, you got US Open, you got Cincy. We've got multiple opportunities to sort of have a good run with Canadians. This is their one shot. So it's always interesting to see who emerges from the pressure. If I had to say who was building the most momentum for themselves right now, I would have to say it's Atlanta Spitalina. The way she's come back, even in her losses, the quality of her losses, a three set loss to Pagula, who's had a great two year run on tour. And then Chris Eubanks. Chris Eubanks has been playing lights out tennis, has built positive momentum for himself before Wimbledon, during Wimbledon, a couple good wins in Atlanta, a good win in DC, and a tough three set loss to Monfils. So those are the two players that I would say are building the most momentum for themselves entering the swing. Ironically, our guest today is Vashik Paspasil, a Canadian known for his doubles, but mostly known for his leadership. Very vocal about unionizing the tour for tennis players, fighting for equal pay, fighting for more share of the pay versus the promoters in the events. And trying to sort of elevate the players' earnings to be closer to what players of other sports earn. Let's take a listen to who Vashik had to say. Welcome to the tennis .com podcast. I'm your host Kamau Murray, and we are here with a leader on tour, a very vocal player with a high tennis IQ, which is a high IQ for life. And how to grow the sport, a favorite in the locker room, and a Canadian superstar who, you know, honestly was leading the charge years ago when Canada was starting to bubble up. You came here and Vashik, Vashik, Vashik, Milos, and then Dennis, right, and you know, and Dresskew, but you know, you were at the start of that. So Vashik Paspasil, welcome to the show, brother. Hey, thanks for having me. If half those things are true, then, you know, I'm afraid it's far. Being a coach, you know, we sit there on our phone for a long time while y 'all get massages and y 'all are in the locker room just talking shit. So we hear a lot of incidental conversations. So everything that I said is true. You are a favorite in the locker room, and well respected, you know, it's like sitting on my phone on WhatsApp one day and hear people say, I love that dude, Vashik, he's so damn smart. You know, that's what the players say about you. Well, that's good. That's good to know. So you definitely got a career in management and tennis management after this, right? Because everyone wants a piece of your brain. So let me ask you this. Your story is so interesting to me because of just how you merely, you know, came to Canada. So I spent a lot of time in Canada, in Toronto training, etc. And what amazed me about Toronto is how everybody there is not from there. It's just, it's like amazing that I think of 10 people, maybe you meet one that's actually from Canada, right, and didn't migrate there. So tell me about how you landed there. Tell me about, you know, the roots from the Czech Republic. Yeah, yeah, definitely. I mean, Canada is a country of immigrants, some, you know, more recent, and some, you know, a couple generations. But I was actually born in Canada, so I'm one of the ones, I came to Canada as anyone that was born there would, you know, through my mom's womb. But my parents actually, yeah, my parents escaped the communist regime in Czech Republic back in 88 with my two older brothers. They spent a year in Austria working under the table, I mean, just trying to like survive, I guess, or just, you know, save up enough money to come to Canada. And because my uncle escaped a couple years prior and he was already in a small town in Vernon, which is where I ended up growing up, where I was born. And so my parents finally, you know, they saved up enough to come to Canada, and then I was born a year later. And then, yeah, and then there's a whole, you know, the whole tennis journey began pretty quickly. I mean, ever since I can remember, right, as soon as I started walking, I pretty much had a tennis racket and my dad was a huge, you know, I guess, extremely passionate about the sport. He, you know, was more of a recreational player, I guess, when, you know, in Czech Republic just played for fun. But when he came to Canada, he just became incredibly passionate about it and was, you know, watching tennis on TV, reading magazines on how to coach, reading about just became, you know, a tennis nut and started coaching my brothers and wanted one of his kids to be a professional player. So I guess that's kind of just, you know, how it started and yeah, here I am, I guess, 27 years later from when I first started playing. Now talk about, you know, escaping Czech, because I've heard stories of like your dad just being a straight up G, just driving through the border. Like, you know, just driving through border protection and control, like not just like, oh, he escaped. He just gangstered his way through the border. Yeah, I mean, I wish my dad was here to tell you this story because it's pretty incredible. I've only ever heard it from his mouth a couple times, which is really surprising when you think about it. But yeah, he basically, I mean, they didn't tell their family or anything. They couldn't, right? So they had to be extremely secretive about that. And yeah, I just packed up the car with my two brothers in the backseat, my mom in the front and just went to the border. And I mean, the way he kind of explained it was, you know what, he didn't really even have a plan. He just kind of rolled up to the border. He was in one of the lanes for, you know, I guess the average people are trying to cross the cross. And then there was like a special lane for special passports, which had a gap in it. And he just said, OK, I'm just going to go right through it. So he basically just went to that lane and he put up the passports and covered the logo, because I guess they had like a special sticker or logo or something on the front of the passport and didn't make eye contact with the border patrol agent. So he just put up the passports, kept looking forward and the guy was yelling at him to stop and he just kind of drove through. And at that point, you know, they have machine gun towers and all that. And back then they would shoot cars, right? That would do that. And I guess just, you know, I guess they didn't know who my dad was. I guess they don't want to shoot someone that, you know, potentially could be a super important ambassador or something. You never know. Right. So I guess they just kind of let him through. And he was looking in the rearview mirror and they didn't come after him. And that was that was that was kind of it. But there's a lot more to the story. I mean, this is that, you know, there's that's for like a two hour conversation with the 32nd overview summary. So you talk about, you know, his role in your tennis, right? Your dad had this dream amateur tennis player, nothing special. But like I put him in the category of the Richard Williams, you know what I mean? The other the other parents who just sort of read books, watched videos and figured it out. And, you know, when I was a kid, one of the things I used to dread was the hour drive home after a bad practice for a bad match. Right. And so it was like, so I know your dad's famous for, like, long drive, right, driving. So tell me about the time in the car. Yeah. Post practice, post tournament with your father. Yeah, he was definitely he was pretty fiery, pretty intense. I mean, you know, he toned down a lot kind of as he got older, but he's the most amazing person, like most biggest heart ever. And yeah, we had for sure. It's not easy when your dad is your coach. And obviously my dad is super passionate. And like you said, there are, you know, parallels for sure to the to the Richard Williams story. I mean, I saw I actually saw King Richard. Yeah. A couple of weeks. I was really late to the party. But what an unbelievable movie and story. But yeah, I was just thinking back like my dad doing double shifts and and, you know, working overnight. And whenever he was home, we'd be on the court and then and playing on these cracked high school public courts, obviously in a much safer environment. But but yeah, I mean, it was it was a lot of hard work and a lot of passion went to it. Right. For the same reason. So just kind of a lot of energy. And then if you're not playing well, I mean, you know. Right. So I think my dad was if we I think, you know, if I didn't have a good attitude or if I or if I just kind of was like not dialed or something, you know, he wouldn't he wouldn't necessarily be too happy about that. So so I definitely dreaded the the the car rides back after like a bad practice or a bad match. I mean, for sure. I think everyone with with dedicated parents that kind of really want their kids to succeed and kind of project that passion. You know, it's not anything I think that's a large reason. You know, the main reason as to why I became successful was was how much energy and and, you know, commitment my my dad and my sacrifice that my my family made. But, you know, specifically my dad, how much he put into, you know, developing me and my brothers and wanting me to be a success. And so, you know, as tough as it was at times, I mean, it was I'm so grateful that that, you know, that things were tough. I mean, I worked super hard and, you know, we went through a lot together, but we have we have a bond. Very long answer. Sorry, but we have we have a bond now that that obviously is super special because we our relationship is amazing. And, you know, he he's a really smart guy and he he. Yeah, he just, you know, we we did the best of what we had and I think he couldn't have done anything better and I couldn't have asked for for anything more. You look at the story of most pro tennis player, and there's always a parent that pushes, you know to me like if, if this my theory right being a coach right having an academy. If you leave it up to the kids, they'll sit down, they'll sit at the crib and like, watch TV play video game play with toys that kind of thing. So it does take a mildly insane parent to be the driving force, and to keep coaches honest right because, you know, even laid back parent is not watching you kind of like passing the time milk in the hour, but if you have a parent that like, no, I need some, I need some results out of this. Then it's like, oh, now you bring your a game right so without that force. You don't make a pro tennis player, period, point blank. Exactly. I mean, I, yeah, and it's hard for people that haven't gone through this process, like you and I are just within Tesla to understand this because it's like okay well the other sports you can start later and this or you know kids all I'll let my kid decide what he wants to do like, yeah, that's great. I mean, that's one way to do it but I mean, and it might be, you know, there's no one path for everyone and you hear that a lot like people, you know that's that's but, but I will say that, you know, when you're when you're a kid, when you're a kid I mean you don't know what you really you don't like it's you need some kind of direction like you said I mean if you're just like okay I'm going to do what I want. Like okay I'll go play soccer for a bit I'll go play hockey I'll go play video games with my friends and okay I'll get my homework done but, but really like the more time you spend at a young age on your craft, and it's even more so important tennis because you need to learn the technique and the skill and the, and like the hand eye coordination the ball control and just general, you know, perception on on on the court and reading the game and. So the more time you spend there and so, so again because there's so many variables so many different aspects that sport. I think it's so critical to spend a lot of, you know, from a young age, more so than maybe some other sports right so, but like you said, I, I'm a very strong believer that, you know, if you don't have that, that one, at least that one person from a young age that's that's kind of like, you know, keeping you on track or kind of pushing you in a good way of course then it, then, you know, it's not impossible, obviously, but I think the odds of succeeding are, you know, quite diminished at that point. Yeah.
Why Didn’t Prosecutors Charge Donald Trump Two Years Ago?
"These were serious people truly pursuing real charges against Donald Trump, they'd have done this two years ago. He asked a very logical question. Why in the world have they waited? Two words, election interference. And the American people are tired of being played as stooges. The American people are tired of being insulted. You see over the weekend, the Department of Justice threatened to arrest this Devin Archer character who was Hunter Biden's business partner and is allegedly going to testify today that Joe Biden had hunkered Biden's business dealings up to his eyeballs. They were going to arrest the guy. They're going to put him behind bars to keep him from testifying. Republicans thankfully on Capitol Hill went nuts and evidently the DOJ backed off. You don't mess with the intelligence community. Well, Donald Trump has messed with the intelligence community. He's taken them all on and Americans instinctively believe that only Donald Trump can fight
A New Movie Trailer for 'Cocaine-Gate'
"Scoop maybe someone got a yeah maybe a little bit right Jim just found already a trailer out for this new movie about cocaine gay but play I don't know how that may be in theaters next week I'm not sure check every person in this room has the motive but only one of these suspects is the perpetrator is it hunter in the library for real I don't know is it Joe in the study let me start off with two words made in America or is it Kamala in the cabana is kind of a first of all it's two letters it means artificial intelligence starring Hunter Biden and that's not a joke Joe Biden not a joke and Jill by in the movie scene of the crime not I didn't even know I didn't
Mark Levin Disagrees With Rich Lowry's Advice for Ron DeSantis
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"two words" Discussed on 77WABC Radio
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"two words" Discussed on WBBM Newsradio
"I think you're right. It's a two word sword and I'm not one now to try to demonize parents because I know a lot of struggling mothers are struggling fathers trying to raise their children. You're right. They're working a ten hours a day. Sometimes two jobs just trying to provide, keep a roof over their head and food on their stomach or an education for them. But at the same time, I think that we have to not just parents say, you know, know we are challenged that we're in a day today and everybody has a phone. And you have locators on your phone. So you can know where your child is at any given time. And if you see that your child is someplace that you are not sure why they're there or they shouldn't be there. Give them a call right away, say, I see where you're at, get home, or walk away. So I do think we need to have the parents to become have to make sure that they're taking a responsibility for their young people. And checking the rooms. It was one month that came here at one time brought in a gun, and she said, she happened to be checking her daughter's room and found a gun in there. Her daughter was keeping it for a friend at school. And she took the gun brought in here and turned it in. She didn't want any money. She just wanted to get rid of it. And that's why we take guns in here 7 days a week. We'll accept them at our church office. But at the same time, we've got to reconnect our rebuild that village mentality. You know, that it's not just a parent on that child. Some of them are struggling. Some of them are just trying to make it through life. First of all, we need to have more advertisement. And if you wear more access to parents, particularly a single mother, we're saying I'm having a problem with my son. You know, he's disrespecting me. Don't seem to get a listen to me. Where do I reach out to? Do you call three one one? We need to have availability to parents who get help in raising their child. And then neighbors got to take an active responsibility again. You know that, you know, growing up years ago, it was, you know, the whole block parented you. You know, the store owner parented you. And we've got to get back to that so that there are people all day long, checking our children. Hey, how you doing? What's your goals? How's your grades doing at school? What's next? What are you doing this summer? Be careful. Be safe. We've got to reconnect them. So I say to oftentimes to adults are coming and saying, oh, that lady across streets, she's just not taking care of my children. And I said, are you helping her? Why are you talking about what she's not doing? Are you helping her? How can you add to supporting her and to strengthen and her? And be part of the village for her. So I think parents do have obviously responsibility for their child. I think neighbors have responsibility for their child. I think help with the parents and places they can go to get support are important. So I think again, as a comprehensive picture, we all got a part in this. You know, churches and families, we got to be there for our young people. What are we doing to provide to mentor to speak life into our young people? About the choices they make for their future and where they're at. I tell folks going downtown. It's nothing wrong with our young people going downtown because they feel safer there than they do in their own neighborhood often. But if you're in a group and you see starting to go left or there's some anger or some jumps that are about to break out, get out of there, walk away, leave, go home, go to another place of downtown. But they've got to make right choices too. So it's everybody got a piece in this puzzle. And we've all got to be doing our part. And we're going to get deeper into this. But this is probably the best time to bring up what you were quoted as saying in the newspaper over the weekend. And that is, but it has to do with how much churches are doing, how much churches can do. You were proposing to lift the tax exemption from religious institutions that failed to do enough to help young people. Let me first let you clarify exactly what you were saying as opposed to what we read. Well, I think that now I've gotten some certainly gotten some pushback from a sense, which I wasn't surprised at. But do we have thousands of churches in Chicago, some black students are four and 5 churches on one block. And while we've continually hear that we've got to have more activities and more outreach and more trying to investment into our young people's lives, I think the faith communities play an important and necessary part of this. So my thing has been that if we are living tax exempt in a neighborhood, then what we need to do is say, how do we serve this neighborhood? It can be from a mother at the church teaching cooking to some kids. Mayo and the church teaching how to fix a car or car mechanics. And then somebody else teaching sewing to some children. You know, if it's 5, ten kids, if we open our doors beyond bottle study, choir rehearsal and Sunday morning. And realize we can have an impact. And guess what, when you're gathering there for that sewing class that car mechanics that cooking class, whatever, it's an opportunity to empower and invest in a children's live. To have conversation with talk with them about their lives, what's going on, how you feeling, how you doing? And you know, in some blocks, if we have four power trips, maybe they could come together and do something in the neighborhood. If one church alone can't do it, back on the door of the church down the street. And sometimes Craig, it can be just as easy as walking out in the corner. After your Bible study, after your car rehearsal, going out on a Friday afternoon, standing on the corner, praying on the corner, being out there and talking to people and talking to our young people. And letting neighbors know we're here. We care. So I do think there's an obligation. And I also do believe that if churches are just set there, taking up taxes from space, that if they're not going to serve it all that neighborhood, then they should not be tax exempt. They should lose their tax in some status because they're taking up space, but they're not offering anything to the community. So whether it's a church, a synagogue, a mosque, and I don't think it's just in the west side of south side, I think all over Chicago and area. If we believe that God planted that church there, he does that thing by accident, but if the church is planned there, then do some of that neighborhood. And the problem we often hear, Craig, is that, well, none of my members live in this neighborhood, and so they don't feel an investment there. But that's where your church is. And if all your members live someplace else, then move to where your members are. But don't take up space and not only for the tax and the tax exempt thing, what kind of a witness is it when people say, wow, there's 5 churches in this block. None of them are doing anything for this neighborhood. That's what makes us in terms of, I think, Christian Jews or Muslims, but makes us true to our faith, is not what we do in the building. But what we do when we leave the building in our lives and for the broader community. So I just really sit in a guy's mouth to see your membership is not those who sit in your pews, but your membership is the neighborhood in which you live. And if you are not going to do anything for that neighborhood,
Alejandro Mayorkas Defends the Indefensible
"We're talking about the border I wanted you to hear mayorkas because he's so awful And the problem he has is he's defending the indefensible What I was saying before the break was the Democrat party is doing this intentionally This isn't a coincidence It's not an accident It's not a miscalculation It's not incompetent It is intentional Now if you do and you do understand American Marxism you understand they want to take down the country There is no more effective way to take down the country than to have open borders and to destroy our culture at the same time meaning there's really nothing for these people to assimilate into What are they going to assimilate into the 1619 Project Into a systemically white races society Into an unimaginably inequitable capitalist society so you have people pouring into this country by the millions who have their own cultures their own histories their own language who are not assimilating into this country and more and more there's nothing to assimilate into because the main place where people were taught how to assimilate used to be our public schools And the public schools are now the focus of D nationalization there I'll make up another word And de assimilation I'll make up a second word I'll coin it List there already out there That's what's taking place That's why my orchis is a bumbling buffoon It's a four Because he's not going to admit to that And the Republican senators were great Absolutely great But the culture point is missed
Nothing Is Normal Now With Kurt Schlichter
"Joining us now is Kurt schlichter, love having Kurt on the program Kurt, lots to talk about. Let's start with your latest piece. I think it's really smart. Do not fall for the normalcy presumption, nothing is normal anymore. What do you mean by that Kurt? Well, great to be here, Charlie. My new town hall piece basically argues that the left uses the idea that everything is normal, that the institutions are functioning. That everything works at, for example, we have a justice system that's not a biased machine designed to free criminals and persecute the political opponents of the regime. And you know, a lot of these sucker squish Republicans fall for it. You know, when you hear them say, well, we need to hear what the jury has to say. No, no, we don't. Because when you take a key component out of a system, it breaks the system. The system changed. What Soros did by going in and buying the district attorney offices in a bunch of counties across the United States, what he did is he took a position that had a lot of leeway. A lot of discretion because where it was a Republican or a Democrat, they usually just prosecuted criminals. But now they abuse that discretion. So you see people using self defense like Daniel Perry in Texas or the family attacked on their at their own home in Missouri. And suddenly they're being prosecuted for self defense. Well, actual criminals are going free. And of course, two words Alvin Bragg.
If You Say George Soros Funded Liberal D.A.s, You're Anti-Semitic
"And so to those who say we should rise above, we should not fight fire with fire. We should not present ways to prosecute Democrats for their misdeeds or crimes. I'm sorry. I have to, I have two words to that. Screw that, screw that, I think I'm representing the feelings of millions of Americans today when I talk about my anger, my sadness, for this country, and what we're being put through by lunatic, Soros, initiated district attorneys like Alvin Bragg, and by the way, the left has already figured out a way to counter the narrative, the realistic narrative, the truthful narrative that a radical billionaire named George Soros has funded the careers and the campaigns and the ten years of a lot of radical active as district attorneys and state attorneys like Alvin Bragg, there, you know what they're counter now is. If you point out accurately that the Alvin brags of the world are Soros installed, you're an anti semite. That's their latest counter. I mean, you can't make this crap up. They're so pathetic. They are such a bunch of clowns, and they're such a bunch of weak, stupid people, and all they got in this upside down world is your anti semitic if you point out that Soros funded the careers of people like Alvin Bragg, because I guess Soros is Jewish. So you must not like Jews.
Who Blew Up the Nord Stream Pipeline?
"How would you describe the blowing up of the Nord stream pipeline? Let's think about this. You've got this giant pipeline. There's no stream one, by the way, and one stream too. And they stretch 760 miles from the northwest coast of Russia all the way to a place called lubman in northeastern Germany. And somebody put explosives, and this was around the area where the pipeline goes close to Norway. And boom, blew up the pipeline, the pipeline has been crippled. It's been damaged. And I think there's only one word or two words to describe what happened international terrorism. Somebody did that. And it's either, well, I suppose you could also call it an act of war. But it's one or the other. Now, when this first happened, there was almost a kind of unanimous chorus in the western media, the Russians did it. And on the face of it, this is absurd. The Russians benefit from the Nord stream pipeline, they pushed hard for the building of the pipeline they negotiated and got the deal with Germany. They make a lot of money off the pipeline. It creates also politically German dependence on Russia. So the Russians have no reason to blow up the Nord stream pipeline. Well, the western press was like, yeah, well, they do that. They're doing it because they want to make it look like we did it. So they're doing it to score points. And even though it's kind of like someone beating themselves up in the face and then saying, oh, you know, my boyfriend abused me. So they were implying that this is Putin's motive for doing this. Well, it was never really all that believable, but these days much of what we hear on the western price is not believable. In fact, it's propaganda that is sown by the intelligence agencies.
Gheorghe Ignat and Eric Discuss the Dangers of Socialism and Communism
"This is what socialism is. This is what communism is. This is the state crushing you. Taking from you, everything, and more than everything. The food from your children's mouths. It is evil. And we in America have been so spoiled that we are foolishly open the door to these kinds of things. And when I hear stories like this, I want to get tears in my eyes because I can't even when you think of your story is multiplied by millions of stories in the former Soviet Union under chesko, horrible, horrible, horrible things. So you experience this, so George continue your story, but thank you. Because we're here, Eric, just two words about this. We are watching your country and your politics. I don't want to get politics or anything, but guys, whatever happens there, it comes here eventually. So we are very careful with pray for what's going on over there. We have high hopes, you know, God will move things and we change things and eventually because we know that whatever you guys deciding there is affecting us also. It's coming. George, I talk about this all the time. The reason I want America to be strong is for the sake of the other nations around the world. Not for America, for the other nations around the world to give them hope and people need to understand that that's a biblical worldview folks,
"two words" Discussed on The Financial Guys
"When I was diagnosed with cancer, and I was facing the battle for my life. He was the dad who took care of my children when I couldn't. He was there to pick me off of the ground when I literally could not stand. He was there to fight for me when I didn't have the strength to fight for myself. That is who Ron DeSantis is. And that is one of the most powerful messages I've ever seen come from any campaign. Yeah, I mean, again, are we surprised? This guy cares more about his state, his family, obviously, than most people do, right? He's not doing what he does every day. And people can say whatever they want, you can tell this guy cares about his state. He was there every day during this hurricane recently, right? I thought that was a great showing for Ron DeSantis as a politician, and then as a human being, right? He cares about his constituents. He cares about his family. And he cares about the country, too. And that's what I hate when people rip on Donald Trump, Staphon, I really do. You can't argue that guy cared about his country. Right? Donald Trump didn't need a freaking scent from being a politician. Not one cent. He actually lost money. And it was probably one of the worst decisions he made in his life to get involved in politics for not only himself, but his family. But he did everything he could to make America great and make America a better place. And the fact that people don't understand that because he has a little anger on Twitter sometimes or because he isn't a polished politician is so laughable, it's not even funny to me. But that's why, again, elections are so incredibly important. The people we elect. It's incredibly important. And I don't buy it for a second when people say my vote doesn't count. Why am I going to vote, especially in a place like New York that people's republic of New York, where for the most part, it will never go Republican again the same way it did for Ronald Reagan against Walter Mondale. But your vote matters.
"two words" Discussed on The Financial Guys
"President of the United States and he's turned America into a dumpster fire in less than two years. Are we better off than we were under president Trump or President Biden? He unified us, baby, we're back. He unified us and basically saying we can't vote Democrat in the midterm elections. That's a reunified us. But Carrie Lake is running for governor of Arizona. And she made it crystal clear. Again, and I think the big difference is guys like us rational conservatives. We focus on facts and data and not emotion. And Carrie Lake, Republican running for governor of Arizona. She pretty much laid it out. America was better under president Trump. Why wouldn't we love him? Think about let's go back in history here just a few years, record low inflation. We were a 401k's looks great. I just talked to a neighbor who's lost a third of his retirement savings since Joe Biden took office. We were doing great. Our kids were safe because our streets were safe. He supported the police. We had great times under president Trump. And we miss you so much,
"two words" Discussed on The Financial Guys
"So voting rights, women's reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights. And of course, there was a huge intersection. You know, I asked my team to do a Venn diagram for me of where we are seeing a tax and who are the attacks against in the similarity. And when you look at a diagram of the just a Venn diagram in that regard, it tells a real tale I take it back. I'll keep Joe Biden. Again, we all knew this was going to happen if she was a vice president. She was the least liked primary candidate, yeah, primary candidate. Yeah, for the president nomination. Again, she didn't sound polished then. She doesn't sound polished now. They brought her in for what reason? Because she's a woman of color, right? I mean, you have to start being realistic about who you're putting in office, right? Because on your point, you always say, elections have consequences. That goes for a white male like Joe Biden or an African American. It doesn't matter what color what gender whatever you are. You need to be confident to run the country because when you're not, this is what happens. But you know what though? It doesn't end unfortunately with Joe Biden. It doesn't end with Kamala Harris. I mean, God bless John fetterman. He is lieutenant governor, I believe in Pennsylvania. He's running for the United States Senate. He suffered a stroke. I mean, serious serious health concerns. He suffered a stroke. And people really aren't sure whether or not he's competent to live a normal productive life. Let alone be running for the Senate or serving in the United States Senate. And it seems that every single week there's a new sound bite, there's a new speech that he gives where he just makes no sense whatsoever. Willing to do for this because without your support, we can't send things that he said to be the kind of partner that I know you all love.
"two words" Discussed on The Financial Guys
"Made in America. Made in America. I mean, it is an SNL skit every time he goes to the podium. He's the president. I know. I know. And then again, what's so funny is there are so many people that this is why I worry about the elections. And there are so many people out there that still defend this guy and our next clip because they still think these people are doing the right thing. And they're helping America. This man is killing us. Literally. But don't you think someone in The White House, even the protocols of saying, okay, how does it go from a speech writer to people checking the copy to fact checking the copy. To going through the chief of staff or communications, and then eventually getting in a teleprompter for the president of the United States to read, don't you think somewhere along that chain someone said, well, wait a minute. The president's first remarks are two words and then the next things out of his mouth is made in America. It doesn't add up. Don't you think somewhere along the chain, someone says, wow, wow, wow, wait a minute. That's actually three words, mister president. I sometimes wonder, though, because he's so senile, I mean, you saw the videos of him like not knowing how to get in his own White House door. The guy's like, go over there, go over there, go over there and what do they do? He walks past it. I do wonder if this guy just ad libs because he's just totally mentally incompetent. But okay, let's just say it's the case. Don't you think at some point in time someone has to basically say, okay, and I mean this in the most sincere way because whether it's mental illness or a disease that he's suffering from, or someone just says, okay, we've got to step in and say, all right, he's not competent to be president of the United States anymore. Someone has to basically be compassionate and say, okay, he literally can not function anymore. And we need to go to Kamala Harris. Well, I think they kind of did that during his campaign. Didn't they? They wouldn't let him out of his basement or his house, right? And I'm not saying that's not letting him run or be the president, but you get where I'm going. They purposely kept him in check throughout that whole process. It's a lot hard to do that when you're president or maybe it's because of the person waiting in the wings. It could be. It could be. And every person waiting in the wings, all of them are disaster. Right. Kamala Harris, I mean, she basically would become the president of the United States if, for whatever reason, Joe Biden can no longer serve in that capacity. I mean, she, things that come out of her mouth too are just absolutely shocking where I don't think it makes any sense about anything. It's nuts. I'm going to go back to what I keep saying. This stuff is not shocking anymore. It's commonplace now. I mean, here she is, here she is talking about obviously a pen diagram.
"two words" Discussed on The Financial Guys
"It's not socialist. Right. Or look at the NBA, exploiting China, exploiting slave labor, exploiting what LeBron James, whatever you want to call it. They're the biggest hypocrites on earth. Nancy Pelosi doesn't want walls around the border because what's up around her house. A wall. Cathy Hogan and all these left wing lunatics who say we're going to take away your guns. You can't have the right account. As you always say, who are they protected by? Guns. Right. I mean, the border is the classic example of that where now New York City has declared an emergency because they can't handle a few busloads of illegal immigrants. What the hell do they think is happening in Arizona Texas and Florida every single day? Well, two things too. I just want to go back to that guns thing too. Kathy hochul, I mean, not only is she surrounded by guns with protection, we're paying for it. You and I are paying for her security detail, always, right? That's what's hilarious too. Not only are you having guns around you, it's taxpayer guns around you, but you're not okay with us paying for our own guns. Number one, number two. Yes, this is one of the greatest political stories ever in my opinion. New York City, Martha's Vineyard, Chicago, D.C., them not being able to handle the problem that they created. And the problem that they love being a sanctuary city is just the greatest thing ever. It's just a few busloads of illegal immigrants and planes. And they were declaring an emergency saying, our city of millions of people can't handle it. What do you think is happening again in Texas and Arizona every single day? And the problem is Joe Biden. They don't want to call out the president of the United States for political purposes. They don't want to call out a fellow liberal. They don't want to call out a fellow Democrat, but they need to call a spade a spade and say this is Joe Biden's problem of having an open border. I mean, Republicans are taking the fight every single day when it comes to this issue. Every day. I agree, but you know they never will. In the loft, the Democrats, the socialists, they will never, ever, ever take responsibility or say, oops, we screwed this up. Romney mcdaniel, she's the head of the RNC. I should say, in charge of the RNC, basically hits the nail in the head, where she was on network news recently saying, look, the open borders is leaving to crime and drugs, and now these scumbags are hiding fentanyl as candy. The Biden administration is willingly allowing this poison to come into our communities and into our families because they are not securing our border and our kids are paying the price. And I am scared to death. I have a 17 year old. I think every mother right now is having a conversation with their kids saying, don't take a pill that you don't know what it is. They're candy coloring it. They're making it look like SweeTarts. I mean, this is not shocking by any stretch, though. I mean, again, I hate to be the bearer of bad news. But anybody with a brain said these types of things were going to happen if you elected Joe Biden. But don't you think it's by design, though? A 100%. 100% it is. But I think anybody with a brain saw this coming. Look, this radio show and the podcast we do. Staphon, how long have we been saying this isn't very good? This president is going to cause issues inflation's not good. High interest rates aren't good. Gas prices aren't good, leaving the border wide open isn't good.
"two words" Discussed on The Financial Guys
"Normal people to go to dinner and do things, mentally, things go wrong, right? And I believe, look, at the end of the day, as much as I would love to blame COVID, because I think they absolutely mismanaged it from the start. I really do think yes. Maybe that's a part of it, but the next clip step on and having no bell having no responsibility. Having just no real reaction to any crime in this state has got to be the number one reason though that you know you can mess around and there's no problem with it. But I don't understand. It's basically common sense. You and I get it. I think most people in New York State get it, that if you let a violent criminal back on the street within minutes, what do you think is going to happen? Right. They're going to keep it more crime. But you get it. I get it. What the hell is wrong with these politicians that don't get it? But I think even not almost worse, but it's the same thing. Yes, letting them out bad enough. But then that really actually charging them ever for any of this stuff is even worse. Yeah, they got to charge. It was a lesson down. Okay. These people shouldn't be on the streets. Let alone not 12 hours from now, but however for the next 8 years they shouldn't be on the streets and you just let them out and you just let them stay out. It's a terrible, terrible formula. And this is David Patterson, a former governor who is a Democrat. He is a hardcore Democrat. This is not a right leaning position, a Republican position or even a Democrat position. This is David Patterson, a Liberal Democrat former governor basically saying no bail as a disaster. When you read about people, they've been arrested a hundred times. You realize that after about three times, you kind of know who you're dealing with. And stronger penalties should exist there. And they actually did in New York about 25 years ago, but got rescinded over a period of time. I think that the number of chances because it really isn't that many people who are committing the crimes is that they're committing so many of them. And they have frightened a city of 9 million people, and a state of 19 million people. Yeah, I mean, I agree. A 100%. And I actually disagree with them on one point. He said three times. No, no, no, no. If you're committing violent crimes as one, it's not three, it's not. This argument that the left has two stuff on this. Well, we need to rehab society. It's all about rehabilitation. Bullshit. It's not about rehabbing a guy that just beat up his girlfriend, right? It's not about rehabbing someone who went and just took a $100,000 of watches or purses out of a store. There's no rehabbing that person. We all know whether you know right from you know that's right. Wrong, excuse me. It's not right, right? But yet we make excuses for them. Oh, COVID. Oh, it was a tough family life. Oh, there's no parents. Oh, they're on drugs. It doesn't matter. But there is a cause and effect when it comes to legislation. And there's a cause and effect of what comes to elections. This is what happened when you elect these radical progressive Democrats. And they are proud to be socialists. Yeah. There's these politicians in New York City. They get angry if you don't call them who they are. Democratic socialists. But like I told Paul, that's not really the life they live. These socialists, maybe people would vote. The politicians socialists, listen, AOC sell sweatshirts for income as part of her job, right? That is his capitalistic as it gets.
"two words" Discussed on The Financial Guys
"A shooting literally happens in your front window with your kids, that's when it hits home for people. And I think the clips we're going to see, it obviously hits home for people running for office, too. I was literally shocked and you and I were at a dinner with Lee zeldin last week. He was on fire talking about the importance of this November 8th election and he and I were taxing about the horrific incident in front of his home where his poor family. They were going to a parade his daughters twin daughters were doing homework and then literally a shooting right in front of their house and he talks about it, how just 24 hours before zeldin was actually talking to the media at the same exact spot. One was underneath our porch, the other one was underneath a bush that was right in front of our porch. It was interesting because
"two words" Discussed on The Financial Guys
"And it'll keep you apprised of criminal justice issues, not here. It's not just here in New York City, New York State, but across the country. And you'll see me on a radio, you see me on TV, et cetera, but that's kind of the mothership. So anybody interested in these issues, including cops, maybe especially cops that are going to get out there at WWW dot says dot org, have a look, sign up for the subscribe, feel free to communicate with us. We want a community of like minded folks going because if we don't start to push back, you know, we're going to lose it all. Amen to that. That's Paul morrow, former NYPD, current attorney Paul. Thank you so much for joining us. Greatly appreciate it. Guys, thank you. Take care. Well, and I think the huge discussion when it comes to crime is Lee zeldin. I mean, can you imagine sitting your kids sitting there doing homework and all of a sudden ten feet away? Shots fired and there's two criminals, thugs sitting there bleeding on your front porch. And I got to tell you, Stefan, you know, I really I've said this a lot recently, but I really, really, really from the bottom of my heart, hope that people are waking up. I really do, because as much as I think, yes, of course, people are going to go to the ballot box. Of course, they're going to vote for Lee's album. They want safer cities and towns and whatever. They want gas to come down. They want to be able to afford groceries. I really have my doubts that people will get out and vote the right way because I think there's so many brainwashed lunatics in this world at this point. What can you be positive about? But I think the one thing that Paul is right. When it comes to the ballot box this year, I think the radical left keeps thinking, well,
"two words" Discussed on The Financial Guys
"Work. So I'm optimistic. I think that I actually think that 8 November is going to be a revelation nationally. I think that we're going to win some races on the right and I got apologetically put myself there. It was the time I didn't, but they forced me just to make that choice. I think November 8th, we're going to see a bigger win than I think a lot of people expect. I don't trust these polls. As far as New York State goes, I'm hopeful. I think Zelda is a real shot. Well, you mentioned safety in New York City and Paul. I shared this with you earlier. I'm planning on going to the bill jets game. I actually do not want to stay in Manhattan because it reminds me of the Times Square where I went when I was a kid. In the 80s. I mean, I literally, as a kid, remember, three card Monte, and then going back under Giuliani, Times Square was like Disney. There was families there, you know, economic opportunity there, stores were open. I want to talk about Bill de Blasio, who barely showed up to work by 11 a.m. every day anyway. So when it comes to the liberal policies, whether it's the current governor, Bill de Blasio, how much of a left turn literally did the city take when it comes to crime and basically the cratering of the Big Apple under liberal policies like a Bill de Blasio. So it's kind of a complicated question. De Blasio came in and watched softer than a lot of people expected. And that's because he knew that the criminal justice issue was an important one to this town. And everybody was very trepidatious that he was going to tank us right away. So what did he do? You know, who's going to sort of reptilian intelligence the guys. He knew how to frame it so that he didn't lose the city right away. So what did he do politically? He has that activity. He brought in Bill Bratton, who's a real marquee name among police commissioners, right? He had been New York City police commission, he could LA, police commission. This is
"two words" Discussed on The Financial Guys
"Are just as worried as everybody else about having their kid come home safe from the bus stop about having let their kids go out and play in the park. And as you guys mentioned, you're starting to see this now. Cropping up in areas where maybe we hadn't seen an in the past. You had that event up in marriage with a poor father had gone up to see his kid at school. He gets blasted by two low lives in the hotel. You got this thing in front of Zelda's house last night, which my gut tells me is going to end up being a gang thing. You're not getting names right now. I think by now they probably got the two victims, right? So you're going to get from the two victims. You're going to get who shot them because they're young. They're going to give it up. So you're going to get who the perks are. Then I release that because they're going to be underage. And that's also a function of the fact that one of the criminal justice reforms that was put in was raised the age. We've had 16 is the age of responsibility criminally. A number of years ago, they raised the 17 and they raised 18. So you're going to find out that this is high school shenanigans, but nobody can be identified. And so they're going to get a slap on the wrist. And I'm going to learn anything from it. And as a result, it's just going to continue. So I do think your point is accurate. I think that you're going to see some pushback. I think it's going to be heavier than people think. And I think November 8 is going to be a real revelation to a lot of folks on the left. And if it's not, we better come up with a plan B because they better they're just not like. Well, from your lips to God's ears, I want to talk about you mentioned raise the age Paul. I also want to talk about basically cashless bail or no bail in New York State. How devastating is that for a police officer on the front lines, especially someone in the NYPD and God bless all members of our law enforcement who are working so hard, risking their lives, putting criminals in jail.
"two words" Discussed on The Financial Guys
"Defunding the police. We can point to cash or spell. We can point to raise the age. But former governor David Patterson, he's making news now because he's basically saying, I don't feel safe in New York City anymore. Mike, he had a really interesting take about COVID in shutting everything down being one of the factors that's leading to an increase in crime right now. All right all right all righty, welcome back, Mike and my high loop back for another week here. Loaded show with some clips and a special guest coming up first here, Stefan. Crime running rampant again, though. It is shocking to find out that a month before election day crime literally falls on the doorstep of gubernatorial candidate Lee zelton horrific. A shooting in front of his home and this is not only front and center now in the race for New York State governor. But race is all over the country where crime is front and center of a Republicans and conservatives literally all over America. And who would have thought it, people want to live in safe places. But that's what happens when you defund the police. You have these radical progressives who basically paint law enforcement as bad actors when you know what. These are the consequences of radical progressive policies when it comes to defunding the police and no bail. And we have a very special guest on the live line right now. He is Paul morrow. He is a former detective and leader of the NYPD. He's an attorney now with the Demarco law firm and we'll talk a little later about a new project that he has opts desk dot org. But Paul, thank you for so much for joining us on Mike and mihailo. Thank you for having me. Now, as a former member of the NYPD and law enforcement, not just talking about the shooting incident in front of Lee's Eldon's home.
"two words" Discussed on WGN Radio
"Set off fireworks. Second word Oldman, Brian Hopkins said It was evidence police had a tactical plan which allowed them to contain the disturbances. One of the things that I'm most concerned about was the high number of weapons that were confiscated last night when you've got 4 to 500 teenagers. Lot of them are carrying handguns. Things can really just erupted any given moment and people could get hurt. If not murdered. Two officers were injured in more than 60. People were arrested. Very deadly holiday weekend and gun violence continues to escalate across the country. News Nation correspondent Tom Megafon has more from New York. Shots fired inside shopping malls in Missouri and Arkansas and in north Memphis, Tennessee, triple shooting last night took the life of a seven year old boy. We're seeing way too much gun violence across the nation in New York. More than two dozen people were shot between Friday and Sunday night as 2021 continues on pace to be the worst year for gun violence this century. Professional hockey player has died after a fireworks accident. Matty's Kev Lennox was a goaltender for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Reporter Dan Perlman has more from Michigan. The 24 year old goalie from Latvia was in Michigan Lieutenant Jason Meyer from the No. By police Department. They're telling me the initial investigation shows Kiev, Lennox was in a hot tub at a home when there was a fireworks malfunction. Causing some of the fireworks to be shot in the direction of onlookers give my next collapsed upon exiting the hot tub. Meyer says. Police initially thought they were investigating a slip and fall with a head injury. But he told me the autopsy shows Kiev Lennox suffered damage to his heart and lungs due to a firework exploding near.
"two words" Discussed on KGO 810
"Osher Foundation, Ethics and accountability. Certainly two words that can be used to describe your late husband. Let's take we have a couple of questions from our Travers fellows. Let's begin with the first question and I'll have you respond after we hear what this young person has to say. Hi, Mrs McCain. My name is Katrina Bullock and I'm a third year at U. C. Berkeley, studying political science. My question for you is how do you think future leaders of America can work together to relieve bipartisan tension? That's a really good question. I'm glad she asked at. First of all, I love the fact that you go to Berkeley but I went to USC. So we are rivals, you know. Um, you know, uh, it's up to to to all of us that are my age in your age and others to leave the world a better place for those who are behind us who come in behind us. Unfortunately, I don't know what we've done that great a job this time, So it's up to these young people to take the helm and work together. Practice the things we have talked about within the generation but haven't done a very good job at and and work civilly with others. Fine civil discourse find The ability to to perhaps agree to disagree, But if we continue this screening match that's going on around the world, and I know everyone's familiar with it. We're never going to get anywhere. And I'm I have great faith in young people like your but your recent question, because I believe that they've had enough. I think they've seen what's happened with with all of this going on, and they have had enough and they're going to take charge down. I think that's a wonderful thing. It's really wonderful. You know what I think we've we see so much more activism among young people lately and whether it's the need to movement Black lives matter movement. Now a lot of people rallying around what's been happening the Asian Americans in the country But there was a period of time where there was so much I felt cynicism from young people about politics that they that many wanted to check out. I think a lot of people wanted to check out of all ages, but there is it seems a renewed sense of Commitment by young people who, after all, will drive our futures to be involved to be committed to causes and to make a difference. I know that must make you happy in which certainly make the senator very happy. Oh, yeah. You know, our next generation leaders are very important and no matter what field you may be in The truth is, we need you and we need people to be active, Maybe not in politics, but in in in areas that I do nonprofit work and other things like that. It's all very important. And I'm grateful that these young people are now pretty much standing up and saying, Okay, enough Now it's our turn. And we're going to do a better job at it. And I I'm just I've watched the same activism that you have with the black lives, Black lives, movement and the and all the other things that Happened in Phoenix was very, very tragically affected by a lot of this, and it's to me that had never occurred in Phoenix before to see activism to that degree, And even though there was some damage and things that occurred, it was wonderful that people were active and out there doing it and it was hot in those days. It was a No. This summer here. I was grateful for it. You know it's a great point, because, uh, While so many difficult things have happened the last year during the pandemic, An the silver lining is that they've gotten people out in the streets. Peacefully in the streets. Those people demonstrating and gotten people involved and really raised a lot of awareness and a lot of aspirational ideas among young people, and that's a very good thing. It is a It's an absolutely It's a marvelous thing. Because because for those of us who have tried our best, and we hope we made a little bit of a difference. Um then comes this generation that are truly engaged. And they they truly want to be a part of of making this country a better place, and I just It really warms my heart and my Children are included in that all four of mine are very, very active in their various areas, and what they you know what they what they do. Together. Well, let's listen to the second question now from our Travers, fellow Good afternoon. Mrs McCain. My name is Sarah, Mother of and I'm, a senior at U. C. Berkeley, majoring in political science and history. Your activism around equitable access to health care comes from your personal experiences. How can young people identify and advocate for issues that are important to them? Thank you so much. What I tell people that come to me and say I want to get involved. How do I do it? Well, the first thing I say to them is first of all, you have to do it from your heart. Whatever moves you It has to touch your heart because that drives you to be a part of whatever issue it may be whatever it may be. You have to be excited about it. You can't do it just to do it. And so I tell people find something. It doesn't matter what it is. You don't have to go to the bizarre places I wind up in or anything like that. Your own community needs you. So I remind everyone. First of all your It has to come from your heart, and that's a lesson Mother Teresa told me. Years ago was should you do it with your heart and so and and that and also realizing that if you do it, then people are going to follow people going to follow you into it or follow you through it or whatever it may be, uh, to to to help make change, And that's exciting. It's really exciting, but you can't You can't do it, because whatever issue it is, you can't do it because it may be the issue of the day. The fad. You know what I'm saying? You have to do it because you really believe it, And that's the most important part. That's an excellent take away. It has to be sincere has to be authentic. Uh, well, let me I want to turn to some of your activism before we wrap up. But prior to that, I want to talk about something else you talk about in the book that I think can be Helpful to a lot of people as you well know, we have an opioid crisis in this country and its devastating communities and families all over America only been getting worse. That's something you know about firsthand. Please tell us a little bit about that. And then your thoughts on what we need to do. Well, when this all began for me, I have the attitude that this will never bother me. That only happens in other neighborhoods or other other places, and as a result, opioid addiction is in every family. Whether you want to know whether you want to believe it or not. It's their addiction of some kind. Is there the miraculous thing that has occurred even though we have a serious issue is that people are beginning to recognize it's a disease. It's not an affliction when I was when I came forward with this years ago, uh, with the media and the people, you know the general public that well Oh, my God. She's crazy. She's she Who does that? You know, and they ashamed of me for it, and I was sick. I was really sick. So now we have an a media and the general public that are much more understanding of the fact that it is a disease and in shame plays no part in this. It should never be a part of anyone in the way that they deal with someone who has an addiction problem, and there are ways to get help. I tell every audience, I talked to their their ways you can help. Call me I will get help for you. Whatever. Whatever the issue, maybe. Um but But we're there for you. Those of us who walk the walk, were there. Were you surprised at how it at the power at hand over you. Oh, absolutely. I mean, addiction is a very cunning enemy. This is something that I was full blown addicted and my husband never knew because I was so good at hiding it from him. And And so it's things like that. I mean, it was it was, It was such over it overwhelmed my life, and it was my parents as I'm describing the book. My parents came to me and said there, they didn't know what it was. But he said, there's something wrong with you. Whatever it is, let us help you, and that was the best thing they could have done. I went cold Turkey Baton. Right? And the lesson is there's help, and there's a way out right?.
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"Mike Kreidler is the longest serving of the bunch. He was first elected in 2000, which was before many of this November's first time voters were born Charlie Harder Come O'Neill's. The State House of Representatives is considering a bill to add Juneteenth as a state holiday. 1918 65 was the day that the very last of the enslaved African Americans in this country learned that they had actually been emancipated earlier, Sandra to Sant of the Washington State Federation of Employees. Told a House panel that her group supports the move. We need to recognize this day as not only a piece of black history but also as a piece of our country's history and making this a statement. Nice holiday will be a huge step forward concerns about adding the cost of another holiday to the state budget have been raised. Governor Inslee says he supports the idea. The Washington State Patrol confirms there are no known threats in this state after the FBI warned about potential unrest at all 50 state capitals leading up to the president elect Joe Biden's inauguration. Almost Michelle Esteban spoke with the State Patrol and their spokesperson, Chris Loftis, but told told me they're not at liberty to share any details. But this is what they did Tell me they're aware of intentions that those intentions have been repeated. That patrol is doing what they can to learn Maurin to protect, and they're also working very hard to disrupt those types of plans. We actually saw fewer guard members, but patrol says they have quote unquote ample resource is day and night, and they also tell me they're assessing threats and staffing, hour by hour. The FBI's warning is for potential armed protest starting this week up to the Inaugurations. It is tragic. It is two words that I used to describe all of this tragedy and resolved is tragic that we have to do this, but my goodness gracious. We have the resolve and we're going to do it. We're going to protect this place. He was also very clear that the fencing the security presence is going to stay up until the risk comes down. Almost Michelle Esteban, our state continues to see higher numbers of new covert infections this week. Attributed to a post holiday bump comas. Brian Calvert joins us with an update as well as new news of AH, couple of entries for the record books. First, The Washington State Health Department says it confirmed 2502 new cases of covert 19 in the past 24 hours. It was the other number released from the department that seemed larger than usual. Because itwas in its first tally since before the weekend, The state says it has calculated 90 additional covert related deaths. Remember it's a total since Friday, but the high number comes on a day that previous records fell in this department, for example, Oregon tied it's old time record when it recorded 54 deaths yesterday. And then the big one, according to number is recorded at Johns Hopkins University. Yesterday was also the day our country recorded its largest single day of covert related deaths to date 4197. The only other day the country experienced more than 4000 deaths was last week on January 7th. Ryan Calvert. Camo News Come on news time. 1 10. It's time for an update on sports. Now from the Beacon Plumbing sports desk with Cuomo's builds towards the National Hockey League drops the puck on a challenging 2021 season. A coronavirus abbreviated 56 game schedule starts tonight. No bubble sites this winter. They'll rely on players like Vancouver's Quinn Hughes to follow covert safety protocol. I know that we're out of quarantine, but It doesn't mean that we should be, you know, you know, you know every meal, so I think you know, at least for me. I'm trying to stay home as much as I can and have my mask on and All the rules. Vancouver skates at Edmondson tonight and tomorrow, part of the All Canadian teams North Division. National Women's Soccer League draft coming up to co Most ol rain traded away 1st and 2nd Round picks. Newcomer Louisville is on the board first the Seattle Sounders reportedly have signed former New England midfielder Kell Winrow Seattle Seahawks in the market for a new offensive coordinator after parting ways with Brian Schottenheimer. Possible replacements include L, A Chargers assistants Shane Steichen and Pep Hamilton and possibly Philadelphia's former head man, and what come county native Doug Peterson after 435 days away. Football practice resumes were Pacific Lutheran University now play a four game scheduled next month twice against the Puget Sound Loggers. Sports attended 40 after the hour. Bill Swartz Come on, is the U. S. Continues to see about 4000 covert related deaths every day for the last 10 days on average. One person has died of the virus every 30 seconds. I don't know that it could get much worse for US. Hospitals in Southern California, forced to turn ambulances away Way saw it happened while riding along with the Long Beach Fire Department user.
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"And western Washington the state legislatures not considering the proposal. Washington State Patrol confirms there are no known threats one day after the FBI warned about potential and rested all 50 state capitals leading up to President elect Joe Biden's inauguration and update from comas. Michelle Esteban had talked to State Patrol spokesman Crystal Often, State Patrol said Prior to that FBI bulletin they were assessing threats and that there are indeed threats from the far right political groups as well as from the far left. And patrol told me they're not at liberty to share any details. But this is what they did Tell me they're aware of intentions that those intentions have been repeated. That patrol is doing what they can to learn Maurin to protect, and they're also working very hard to disrupt those types of plans. We actually saw fewer guard members, but patrol says they have quote unquote ample resource is day and night, and they also tell me they're assessing threats and staffing, hour by hour. The FBI's warning is for potential armed protest starting this week up to the inauguration. It is tragic it is two words that I used Describe all of this tragedy and resolve is tragic that we have to do this, but my goodness gracious. We have the resolve and we're going to do it. We're going to protect this place. He was also very clear that the fencing, the security presence is going to stay up until the risk comes down. Washington Congresswoman Susan Del Vinnie says she was locked down during last week's storm of the capital. We started to get a text, saying that Certain buildings were being evacuated. There had been some, uh, some pipe bombs found and so they were evacuating buildings nearby. Then we started hearing noises outside on got a message to lock down our offices. Washington Democrat Tells Cross cut, she was moved to a secure room with other lawmakers, including representative Pramila giant Paul. Hi. Paula since been diagnosed with covert 19. But Del Benny has so far tested negative. Final numbers for 2020 confirmed that it was a bad year for Boeing going deliver just 157 jets last year, down from 380 the previous year. In 2018, it set a record by delivering 806 jets. The Seattle Times reports. Bowling delivered No 7 80 Sevens in December for the second month in a row. Washington's unemployment office is still playing catch up as a result of the economic crisis, scale and speed of what happened, overwhelmed that safety valve in such a dramatic way that it caused all kinds of pain. Spokesman Nick Demerits told lawmakers this morning. They have already distributed more than $13.5 billion in benefits to more than a million workers. Starbucks is investing $100 million to support small business in communities of color. The coffee chain's launching What's called the Starbucks Community Resilience Fund. Money.