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A highlight from Chinese Communist Bitcoin Miners? And Lobbying For Bitcoin Mining W/ Dennis Porter
"Welcome back to the mining pod on this week's show. We're joined by Dennis Porter of the Satoshi Action Group to discuss Bitcoin mining and Politics we're mainly focused on the national security concerns when it comes to Bitcoin mining So we discussed with Dennis about moving into state houses and lobbying on behalf of the Bitcoin mining industry as a note Dennis is throwing a dinner at the end of this week on Friday at the North American blockchain summit Be sure to use promo code mining pod to get 25 % off your ticket. We'll be seeing you down in Fort Worth Do you have dinner plans November 17th? 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Dennis Porter. Welcome to the show. How are you today? I'm doing excellent. Just coming back from a break. So are ready to dive into a jam -packed week of back -to -back calls Yeah, nice and tan back from your travels, right? Yeah, this is as tan as I get too So it's like, you know, ten days ten days in the Sun and this is as good as it gets So just everyone's prepared for that Are you ready to jump back into the Bitcoin grind or did you like really stop when you were vacationing? I oh, I never really truly fully stopped working the tweets keep coming, huh? Yeah It's an unfortunate byproduct of working in a 24 -7 365 non -stop nascent ever faster moving Industry that is Bitcoin Bitcoin mining when it combines two crazy worlds the one that I work in which is Bitcoin Bitcoin mining side which is the 24 -7 365 thing and then it's the Political realm which is just a total mess all the time. So it's a great combo. Yeah, I remember talking I want to stay sane Yeah, exactly my point. I was about to make you took the words out my mouth I remember talking to you like a year ago about the political side of things I was like, I don't know why anyone would ever want to get in that world at all. You're like, oh, I love it I love the I love the pool. I love being in the midst of it and still today don't get it Probably won't ever but I'm glad there's people like you who care about it And we you know agree on most things when it's firstly when it comes to Bitcoin mining so glad that's there Okay was transition over to Satoshi Action Fund. So you're the president and CEO you founded it. It's been two years Or so, it's a little over a year. We launched in June of last year and I am yeah I'm the president CEO I say CEO and president of Satoshi Action I'm there are two organizations now actually one is Satoshi Action Fund and one is Satoshi Action Education one I'm the CEO of and one of the president of so for simplicity's sake we just say it's all under the Satoshi Action umbrella But yeah, it's been going really really well We've had a ton of success and I'm sure we'll jump into that But I launched that in June of last year and we've been off to the races ever since Yeah, let's go into a little bit and then we have much more talking to show specifically We brought you on to talk about all the recent headlines with like rural Bitcoin mining and like the pushback We had a New York Times article about that there's some stuff in Arkansas going on So we'll get to that probably towards the second half of the show But let's talk about Satoshi Action Fund some wins recently and then maybe like a little more Flushed out what you guys are trying to to work on is like the product if you could say that for I guess a lobbying organization Yeah, yeah I mean it's good and that's that's probably one good area to start though with when it talk what comes talking about Satoshi Action is The one big difference between us and let's say like a lobbying organization or even a trade association Is that we don't we don't actually like do most of the lobbying. In fact, we hire lobbyists and we don't have members We have donors like more or less the premise of Satoshi Action Is that if you believe in the mission that we have pursued which is to make the United States? One of the best places in the world to be a Bitcoin miner or to be a Bitcoin er Then you want to support us if you agree with you know having the opportunity to stay here in America That's thriving off of this new technology versus being forced to move abroad You know that again is why I created Satoshi Action I think it's why people buy buy into the vision and the mission of what we're doing but we're very very structured very very different from from any of these other organizations that you might see out there and Once we launched Satoshi Action, the first thing that we wanted to do was try to go out there and show Right off the bat. What could we do? How could we be successful? How could we show that we can be effective because one of the most dangerous things that you can do with a political organization is You know get out there do all this, you know, make all this noise and then you don't produce any results You can do that a couple times you can even do it for years But eventually people will grow tired and they will move on and they will want to hear from someone else They will want to see someone else produce results There's definitely two the unfortunate part about politics Is there sort of two things you have to do one is you do have to produce results and the other is you have to? market your results market even what you're trying to do so that you can get people to buy into that they should buy into what you're trying to accomplish and fund essentially fund your operation because 100 almost 100 percent aside from our like You know, two three little s19 miners that we have plugged in that were donated to us The vast majority of our money comes from either donations or people that we get to come to our events was essentially a form of a donation So we rely a lot on on our donors to support the work that we do on a constant basis But right away we wanted to make sure that we were proving to our donors that we were having success So we said, okay, what can we do? We we got to the drawing board right away We brought on Eric Peterson who is our current policy director. Who's a wizard on the policy world and We had my two co -founders Mandy and Syria and we sat down we were like, alright, what are we gonna do? We started crafting public policy model policy For the Bitcoin Bitcoin mining space and what that means is that we created sort of like this like, okay here is a Example of a bill you could pass in your state that helps you advance this industry You know what we would do is we'd go in we'd say okay We have this great bill that we wrote up and we think you should pass it It'll really help you and they'll say like, you know, why would you want me to do that? Like we go in we pitch we say okay Bitcoin mining is great for jobs Great for local investment grid stability environmental cleanup the ability to enhance green and renewable energy projects really any energy project But policymakers particularly like when you can help solve some of the problems with green energy And then we win then we give them that bill the most popular of those bills that we did We know we have four of them Two of them have sort of moved or I should say three of them have moved around like have been introduced Or been worked on at the state level So far only one has passed into law which is a very big accomplishment but not to say only one but yeah I'm pretty yeah, it's pretty big deal Yeah, just one. It's just one of dates. So yeah so in then, um that bill ended up being called our right to mine bill initially originally was called the Digital Protection Act and then it transformed into becoming the rights mind bill and essentially that bill just protects Bitcoin miners from various forms of discrimination We saw real -time discrimination taking place across the country and we created real -time protections for that form of discrimination And we ended up being able to pass that bill into law in two states, Arkansas and Montana in fact in Montana is one of the states where Two things happen one. We actually saw some of the discrimination taking place where I don't know if you heard of the Missoula County there Where they changed the zoning laws and they like went drove a twenty million dollar bank when mining operation completely bankrupt because of it so Completely wiped them out all because they were concerned about things that were not true about Bitcoin mining, you know environmental concerns Oftentimes we see at the local level not necessarily in Montana But a big one is a concern is around Chinese mining particularly CCP mining I should say not Chinese owned but just that they're concerned that the CCP controls them So we saw real -time discrimination taking place in Montana We solved that problem the other problem. The other thing we discovered while we're there that we learned is That we can add things to this bill And we'll get into sort of like where we got to from that point But it was an important moment in the history of Satoshi action We added in a ban on any additional taxes on Bitcoin when uses a form of payment Which is critical because in the state of Montana, you know If you let's say you sell me a car like they'll tax that like peer -to -peer transaction Let's tax it like right off the top. So if I just sell you some Bitcoin or pay you in Bitcoin They would do the same thing. They'd be like, oh are we you owe us a tax for that? So we banned that which was great. And um, yeah, we'll talk about a little later but that was our big initial success huge success a small tear came down my eye when I When I passed my first bill into law Eric was like, you know done 10 ,000 times So he didn't he didn't really care as much but it was it was a big moment But I was like, we've done it. We've done it, you know, like he was like, ah Alright now I'm time for the next one right? So yeah right to mine. How'd you guys come up with that? It's like a very it's very catchy right and it's hard to argue against that Yeah, I don't know. I just can't use Brilliant top ahead. Okay, I came up with it sent it to I sent it to someone and said hey You should call this right to mine. I didn't even we didn't publicize it a really large news account I said hey just call it right to mine. That makes more sense. Yeah, and they did and then it just took off. Yes It was interesting for sure it's very amenable in a good way Okay, so you guys have passed some bills you're creating like this donor network to be able to to move it forward You've told me about a few wins here. I want to hear about some of like the obstacles which you already kind of alluded to so and we'll get to that later in the show the discrimination which we're seeing pop up right now, whether it be Chinese Bitcoin miners who are being Unfairly maligned for being associated with the CCP or not. And then also just like other Bitcoin miners who are unwelcome in certain areas But to the obstacles, what are some things that you've sort of like learned about why you come through this process creating Satoshi Action Fund and moving forward into these different these different State houses to lobby on behalf of Bitcoin Yeah, I would say that an overarching theme to the work that we do is that Things can go wrong very quickly and can be can be unrecoverable. They can be recoverable, but they can also be unrecoverable You know politics is very much like the real world so when real -world actions occur, there will be Consequences or there will be you know, either good or bad, right? You'll have good things or bad things happen because of real -world actions I'll give an example of a positive real -world example that Leads to us to do where we are today having a lot of success and that is the current consistent worry and fear around central bank digital currencies, so for some reason Which I definitely am aware of I Can't share too much on the story but definitely aware of a lot of Americans became very very concerned around central bank digital currencies and so Eventually, what happened was you had governors across the country including Governor Noem and Governor DeSantis eventually Working to ban central bank digital currencies at the state level There was this big huge kerfuffle around it and everyone was like doing everything they could to like stake their claim Literally Governor Noem took out like a steel Stamp of like a veto stamp and was like like stamped it into the bill. Like it was very it was very cool Actually, I loved it. Um so all of a sudden this like firestorm picks up where central bank digital currencies become this thing that Generally, I would say conservatives are against or Republicans are against but like really really opposed to like hyper opposed to it more so than I have seen anything in the The crypto space broadly I would I would consider CC central bank digital currencies to sort of be adjacent to the to the crypto space and because of that fervent Fear and concern around central bank digital currencies we've actually been able to use it as an effective way to demonstrate the value of Bitcoin because What happened was initially when they said Oh central bank digital currencies are a problem people started to say oh Well Bitcoin is a digital currency Is that also going to have the same problems as a CBDC and of course, we know we started education right away No These things are like way way different and then we just started to realize that it was best to classify them as polar opposites because they literally are like one is You know authoritarian sort of at least you when used on the retail level go ahead Yeah, send a CBDC between a bank or an institution. I don't I don't care at all force it on individuals In the United States without proper regular regulations and regulatory frameworks and then all of a sudden you have something that could be used in a way that you know is Sort of unimaginable to some extent to manipulate human behavior. So We started saying okay, these things are opposite and now when we're going into these states and we're saying okay, you should pass this bill It's pro Bitcoin. Also, it's anti CBDC people are like, oh hell yeah, let's go like we want to pass that bill So that's what that's one positive example of like how real -world things have had a really positive impact on what we're doing There's a lot of headwinds around creating or doing anything that you can to oppose CBDCs and so and as we pitch Bitcoin Bitcoin mining and You know all of our digital asset policy where there's always that thought in mind of how can we tie this into? Concerns around CBDCs which are valid and are linked We are not making some sort of leap here Bitcoin and CBDCs couldn't possibly be more more polar opposite. Gotcha Tell tell me about the some other stories Involving I have one video in mind of you going to Montana and speaking in front of Yeah, and there was someone before you who was just like going off and like kind of rabid It was good. And then you came in after and like kind of calmly presented some is Counter information this typically how the process is? Because I just think you are basically working in like the Parks and Rec version of Bitcoin. You have to like go deal like these Officials and like they don't know anything about it and they're like China bad Bitcoin bad That's that's my understanding every time I see this which is a really unfair characterization of it, but it's also it's stuck in my mind So lay it on yeah. No, it's it's you got you got it. You nailed it, right? Is the funnest example of Just how wild that can be out there So we go and we are getting ready to testify and every time we testify You know Especially because it's around Bitcoin mining we do get some sort of pushback usually at the local level typically from environmental groups Which is unfortunate because there's so much. I mean everybody knows in the mining space There are so many benefits from the methane component to balancing renewables to balancing the grid there's so many benefits that the You know Bitcoin mining space can offer to those that have come from even staunchly environmental the staunchly environmental realm so Needless to say there was two Opponents strong opponents to the bill one was a gal from an environmental group. She didn't get too out of control but the second guy he was a young a young gentleman from from Montana not originally and he worked at UCLA and he Was very opposed to Bitcoin and he started to go on this like speech like this really long drawn -out like monologue and Eventually at one point he says that that Montana will will like Die on the cross of Bitcoin essentially, right? It'll burn on the cross of Bitcoin I can't remember the exact word he uses but it's like very extreme very dramatic and Then he goes on to say that people are dying because of Bitcoin mine houses. I wish the camera was on me There's these cameras in every single Hearing room generally speaking every state Capital building when you're testifying in front of these hearings like they have cameras just like DC but obviously a lot lower tech But I just remember when he said that people are dying because of it He was so people are dying because of Bitcoin. He was so serious about it I just remember looking down my notes and just my face looked looking up at him was like So confused and I just wish the camera would have caught it because it would have been a perfectly it would have been a meme Like forever, but yeah, fortunately, there's a lot of great policymakers out there and actually, you know sometimes you love to rag on these guys, but You know, they do a good job a lot of these guys. They do a good job one guy asks him he says You know, he tries to run out actually that's part of the stories and this is important part of the story So let me backtrack so he finishes his speech. He tries to leave right away, which you don't do never do very rude tries to leave And as he gets to the door one of the people was like hey before you go even you usually we do questions at the End let's have you do some questions right now. We want to be able to talk to you a little bit Bring him back up to the podium He's like now son You made some pretty egregious claims there around Bitcoin mining Do you have anything to back up the statement that Bitcoin mining is killing people and the guy just is like well I don't have it here with me, but I can I can get it to you and He just like this this guy just is like, I mean you gotta remember this you see you sell a guy's like 22 years old he's a kid. Yeah Great great on him though. Great. Love the love the getting active at a young age, but he's just like son if You're gonna come in here and make egregious claims. You better have something to back it up and The kid just was like so upset like cuz he just got he's gave this great speech And he wanted to just walk out like drop the mic and walk out So he just blew him up I was anyways, it was it was definitely the most entertaining moments in the entire history of my experience And it's only been a year and a half So I I'm really looking forward to other stories that I can tell in the future Please catalog all these because I just like very Specifically remember watching that entire video and laughing pretty hard because it was it was pretty funny Okay, let's keep diving into this a little bit more. What have you been seeing in a lobbying front? That's been sort of helpful that you would encourage other people to look at we've had the call lines We've had the emails. We've had people going speaking to people I Think for the Bitcoin community we can all take like a breather and be like a lot of what we've been doing has not been working What has been working to speak with these people in state houses who need to learn about Bitcoin because Bitcoin's coming their backyard What has been working from your year and a half of doing this actively and putting boots on the ground? The things that have helped the most are Well, first of all getting clear of FTX collapse. I mean that is this is what I just tweeted this out yesterday. It's like I Still can't believe that we passed two bills into law in the middle of that collapse and it was a very testy time in the space so getting clear of FTX is Only gonna help us the other is just the way we Approach the conversation around Bitcoin and Bitcoin mining the way we pitch it is that we really focus on the benefits We do not talk about the technical side We do not try to explain how Bitcoin or Bitcoin mining works We give a very brief overview if they want more information Of course, we will dive deeper with them and we are very good at doing that you always have to be ready for those questions, but It's very important to just keep it as simple as possible Most of these policymakers have not made up their minds at all about any of this stuff They hear it in the news over there. They're their nephews trading crypto You know, like they're it's like they've got stuff all over the place, you know, you got some hardline anti -crypto anti -bitcoin Democrats You know, you've got some vocal Republicans, but they're not really like hardline yet. Like there's just not a lot of like really built -in statements or viewpoints on this on this technology and So what we do is we just go in and we say okay like Out of everything you've heard a lot of some of it is true some of it is not but most importantly what we're here to do is try to explain to you the value of Bitcoin mining for your state so we pitch Bitcoin mining and we it's a five benefits I mentioned earlier it can bring jobs local investment great stability Environmental cleanup and the ability to enhance green and renewable energy projects and out of those five No one ever says anything bad about it But out of those five usually a policy maker will say oh What kind of jobs does it make or like, you know, oh I I didn't know it could clean up the environment it's like an instant like gateway to being able to have a conversation about something they care about because usually you're hitting on something there like if it's not the economy if It's not the environment if it's not energy like at the local state level like those topics are huge Because the vast majority of energy policy is set at the state level. The vast majority of job creation is done at the state level And then a lot of this these like sort of decisions around how much green energy they're going to be building done at the state Level a lot of environmental stuff done in the state level Yeah, DC throws around big pockets big buckets of money at everybody and they certainly have regulations But a lot of these decisions are made by local state policymakers And so they care if they care a lot about these issues probably themselves, but also their voters care a lot about those issues Particularly the jobs one comes up a lot because we we know in the mining space that we create a lot of rule And jobs and jobs and economically depressed zones where it's very difficult to create jobs nearly impossible to create like long -lasting jobs So the moment you say oh we create jobs in rural areas. They're like boom the brain turns on like well How do you do that? Because that's really important to me As an example in New Hampshire, we've I've been there a few times now In the there's an area called the North Country. There's like no jobs It's a whole thing like they call it jobs for the North Country is like one of their pitches So when we go there and we talk about Bitcoin mining, we're like jobs for the North Country jobs for the North Country It's because it's true and it's something they care a lot about so that yeah, that's that's generally how we pitch it We do not talk about Too much about Bitcoin in the past We haven't talked too much about Bitcoin to the extent that it's like oh you're gonna need this because it's good as hedge for inflation or XYZ like we sort of stay away from that and focus on things that Like mining that we know will deliver value now, we've expanded our policy. We've expanded the way that we that we talk about it But we haven't gone into this new legislative cycle yet So yeah, that was all done everything that we just talked about that we've done and that we have done It was done in early 2023. We prep for it in early 20 or in late 2022 Now we are prepping for 2024 in late 2023 So we got we sort of have an idea of where things are gonna go and what we're gonna do and we're in a really Great position. In fact, we could be active in up to 20 states we probably won't be active in that many but we have the opportunity to be active in up to 20 states and as a Form of context we only introduced law or excuse me introduced policy in seven states, so we were only able to actually convince seven states to Try to pass our bills Whereas like this cycle, I think that number will be closer to like 10 or 15 only seven states That sounds like a lot of airline miles to me so it can be yeah. Yeah, this seems seems like a lot of work Okay, so we got a lot of that laid out Let's go and talk about some of the more aggressive headlines We've seen recently and we're speaking about the New York Times article that dropped to believe a week ago for listeners Check out that in the show notes will include that I think we also talked about the news roundup last week Essentially, there's a Cheyenne Wyoming based Bitcoin miner They are owned and operated by a Chinese national group that has some ties according to the New York Times to the Chinese Communist Party essentially the story boiled down to Microsoft is near this plant it's Bitcoin mining plant the US government has a missile siloed nearby an Air Force base nearby and Microsoft is worried that this Bitcoin mining base could be used for foreign intelligence reasons Then we also have the story down in Arkansas, which we'll get down to in a second But let's start with this first one this this thing with Chinese nationalist groups Bitcoin mining obviously to to you and I is more of an energy game and it's very simple, right? It's just like plugging machine. Let it hash I'm gonna collect some Bitcoin and then there's those five benefits you talked about to outsiders though. They're not thinking about that They're thinking about all these people coming into rural areas and even foreign investment Has that been a struggle when you've been talking to lobbyists groups or talking to people in state houses have they brought this up to you? Yeah, definitely it's um, it's a major concern I would say Most Americans like average American especially rural Americans care a lot about the encroachment of the CCP on on the United States from from a physical perspective so like from a geographical perspective they don't like the idea of a CCP owned controlled or even highly influenced business You know being next to them and then definitely not being in and around me sort of military installations I believe the location in Cheyenne is near a Also, is that the one that's also near a nuclear plant or a nuclear missile site as well? So yeah, something like that Yeah, so I share the concern like that I think the premise is like Do you want foreign adversaries to be in and around any sort of? Military installation any sort of critical infrastructure You know generally I like my stance is like I'm very like pro people coming here starting their businesses You know trying to accomplish the American dream, but at the same time We also have to be concerned about whether or not those businesses have strong links to You know the CCP or you know A lot of people care a lot about also like Russian oligarchs and their ability to influence America American politics American infrastructure you know the big argument today is that the electrical infrastructure is a critical part of national security and That we need to be doing everything we can to protect it and I agree I think that's important all of those things are important that we should we should keep an eye on them The the thing that I don't like is when the New York Times tried to spin this article as if like Bitcoin mining was some sort of like really powerful tool in the hands of the CCP like next to these sites I don't think it really matters what business was there.
Fresh update on "ucla" discussed on Bloomberg Markets
"Coming to the UCLA at Rutgers game next fall. Book me. I'm staying at your place. I'm like you're gonna come all the way to Piscataway? For anyone who can't see, John is alarmed. Let's talk about these markets because we just had a heck of a November, a November to remember. Megan Horniman joins us. She's the chief investment officer at Verdins Capital Advisors. Megan, I did not see that kind of performance in the stock market up 11%. Yields falling dramatically. Man, I didn't see that. What do you think happened in the month of November? You have keep in to mind that November, December, and even some of January's, it tends to be a positive seasonal period for the calendar year. And I think it had a lot to do with interest rates. You mentioned it. I mean, we had a big decline in interest rates, so that helped fuel this rally. There's this optimism that the Federal Reserve has done and that interest rate cuts can be as early as the first quarter. Tell us then, Megan, because next year, if the Fed is presumably going to be cutting rates and a lot of this rally was driven on speculation that the Fed is done hiking, we think that stocks are just going to keep ripping higher. I don't necessarily think that's the case because I think the market's gotten too optimistic on rate cuts. We think the Fed's going to probably reiterate here shortly that they're going to be higher for longer. Inflation is on the trajectory where they want it to go, but needs to be. And the three things that they're focusing on, if you look at housing, if you look at wage inflation, if you look at service inflation, these things are still well above what the Fed wants them to be. So they can't get any dovish and I don't think that the interest rate cuts that are baked into the market right now are going to materialize. Wow, so where are we in terms of valuation then? I mean, the earnings period was okay coming out period, of the third but are we stretched here now on valuation? How do you think about that? Yeah, I think valuations are stretched, especially in certain areas of the market. When you look at technology or growth, these valuations are stretched not so much in the small cap or mid cap area, but in that large cap valuations are stretched. The earnings were good. I mean, we had a good earnings in the third quarter, but let's keep in mind the economy is really starting to slow and we're seeing that now with some of the data we're getting into the fourth quarter. You know, ISM this morning was, again, 13 months down in contraction territory. And you look at things like employment, new orders, all these things are in contraction territory. So I don't think that's priced in. And the other thing is that I think the earnings expectations for next year and even 2025 are too optimistic. You're looking at double growth expectations for next year and earnings. I just don't see that materializing given the fact that the economy is really starting to slow here. So Megan, what is your advice to clients right now? Is this a good time to maybe just take some money out and take those gains while you can? Yeah, I mean, I would definitely reevaluate your portfolios and make sure that you have a good cash position on the sidelines. You're earning money on that cash now. So it's not the end of the world to hold that cash. I'd be careful being significantly equities overweight here. I think that the first half of next year can be very tough for investors from an equity standpoint. So, and again, I guess just to take that to the extreme here, you can park your money into your treasury at 4 .6%, 4 .7%. That's not the worst thing to do, is it? What do you think? No, and especially because I honestly would just sit it in cash because the curve is still inverted. You don't have to lock it up for two years because I don't think the Fed's going to do anything anytime soon. I don't think that they have the ability to do anything anytime soon. So, to earn that money there, but having that liquidity and that dry powder for when the market does turn and present some more opportunities, that's important, I think, going into next year. So, we're going to hear from Powell coming up in the upcoming hour, but it sounds like, Megan, we've been hearing from a lot of different economists and strategists that pining that the Fed is going to start cutting rates as soon as the first quarter of next year. Sounds like you are not in that gap and you're thinking it would be much later than that. Yeah, I don't see how that's possible. I mean, we have still inflation that's not at 2%. It's basically above 3%. The the areas that are sticky are well above where the Fed wants them to be. And if they come with any dovish tone, they can reignite inflation. That's the problem. That's what they're concerned with. Powell has told us over and over and over again. They don't want to do this stop and go policy that was, you know, in the 70s and 80s. It resulted in multiple different recessions, basically two decades of flat returns for the equity market. That's not what the Fed wants to do. I think that they will stay higher for longer. They don't mind sacrificing economic growth for that so that they can meet that inflation mandate. The other thing is the labor market is still very tight. Um, and I think they're going to reiterate that. They, if they take their foot off the pedal or say that they're going to cut rates or get or get dovish, you know, this is a, this is a significant issue where they all the work they've done is reversed very easily. Um, recession to what extent is that in your 24 game plan? Unfortunately, we think it's unavoidable, but again, it's not as frightening as some people think that it, that a recession can be. Recessions come in all shapes and sizes. I mean, this is not going to be a 2007, 2008 type of recession. I just think this is going to be a fed led recession. They've done a substantial amount of tightening. Not just from raising interest rates, but also reducing their balance sheet. And then you combine the fact that banks are tightening lending standards as well. This is going to be what really kind of puts the, the, the, the stop on the economic growth. I think it'll be a short and shallow recession. It'll be needed to kind of flush out these excesses in the economy. And we think that that's just something we're just going to be unavoidable next year. When comes it to higher for longer, I think there are a couple different ways to interpret that. There's the obvious one of being at the peak where we're probably at now and holding it there for some time, as Fed officials to like say. And then there's the idea of the terminal rate, that that could be higher than it was in previous economic cycles, and that will be held for a longer amount of time. How do you see it between those two? I think it's a little early to tell that right now, but I don't think that that's something that can't happen. Keep in mind, we still have a lot of money to drain out of the system from what happened during COVID. So much money was printed, so much money is still out there that I think in order to really drain that from the system, going it's to take time. I mean, COVID was three years ago. It's going to take time for us to get that out of the economy and really get inflation anchor back down to 2%. Megan, thanks so much for joining us. We always appreciate getting a few minutes of your time. Megan Horniman, Chief Investment Officer at Verdant Capital Advisors.
"ucla" Discussed on The Charlie Kirk Show
"Oh, I feel so bad that this guy... He shot up a home and killed two people, but he really got a tougher sentence than the white guy. Like, yeah, you're not winning me over with that, actually. Here's the thing, 50-plus percent of all murders are done by black men. They are 7% of the population and they do more than half of all the killing in this country. I am not going to pander and use, oh, I feel your pain and white privilege and sentencing stuff. How about you stop murdering so many people? They commit a crime, they do the time. Okay, I'm not excusing that fact. But when you have a justice system and we're not talking about murders, we're not talking about those crimes, we're talking about, in many cases, petty theft or theft of some sort... We don't even prosecute that anymore. Okay, that may be changing. I'm not saying... I'm saying the statistics show that the justice department, I'm sorry, the justice system in this country harms minorities more than... Because they commit more crimes. They come up for the same crime. Oh, really? What percentage of murders do white males commit? I'm not talking about murders. Okay, well, that's a pretty important one, isn't it? How about arson? What percentage of arson or robbery or rape? I could go through the whole list. And I'm not saying that blacks are doing it because they're black. I'm saying they're doing it when you don't have a father around. You are more likely to enter that cycle of violence. So we go back to where we started. Okay, thank you very much. We don't see things the same way. Thank you. Okay, well, that was fun, everybody. So mostly peaceful, as they would say. I love this country. I want to thank you guys for sitting through all this. A final thing. I know there's a lot of unease. People say, Charlie, what can I do? I've done everything. I've come to a Turning Point event. I've bought the pillow. I've done everything that has been asked of me. By the way, promo code Kirk at MyPillow.com.We need decent and good people to fight. Never give up. Never give in. God bless you guys. Thank you so much. Thanks so much for listening, everybody. Email us as always. Freedom at CharlieKirk.com. Thanks so much for listening. God bless. Truth. Find what you're searching for at SNC.TV and on Local Now Channel 525.
Fresh update on "ucla" discussed on Bloomberg Markets
"Of a percent. And the Nasdaq 100 right now 83 points lower. That is down half a percent. And the data today, ISM the measure of factory activity shrinking for a 13th straight month in November. High interest rates continue to hammer the goods producing side of the economy. We check the markets for all you day long right here on Bloomberg Radio. I'm John Tucker. That is your Bloomberg Business Flash. Molly and Paul. John Tucker thank you so much. We appreciate John. You're a Rutgers fan I know. I do write a check to Rutgers every quarter. You know we've been talking about UCLA and USC joining the Big Ten. And I was joking. Are the kids going to come from... Yes, they are. Los Angeles to travel to play in Piscataway, New Jersey. I just got a text from a buddy of mine who's a UCLA graduate. He says I'm
"ucla" Discussed on The Charlie Kirk Show
"No, it's OK. In the Ten Commandments, what does it say about family? Well, in the Bible, one of the main characters in the Bible not only had many wives and consorts. So polygamy was a big thing in the Bible. So it didn't end well for Solomon. In fact, the lesson is it ended in madness and disarray and despair. And it's quite a lesson that do not engage in your moral impulses. But what I'm saying is I'm just rejecting a little about what you're saying. The nuclear family, honor your mother and father. That's the first time in an ancient text, by the way, where both the mother and father were equals. The family goes all the way back to creation. So it's not this new phenomenon. It literally says, honor both your mother and father. Marriage is a human universal. And yeah, I'm pro-traditional marriage, if that's your question. I believe that marriage is one man, one woman, if that's your question. But so you're also limiting that to the definition of a family, right? Because pre-World War II, a family was multigenerational. They had cousins and so on living. And also, in many human cultures, and you can find this through Jared Diamond's research and so on, he's a UCLA professor. The kids were cared for by communal relationship among the women. And again, many wives, I'm sorry, the family was not one man and one woman. It was one man and a few women. That has been a characteristic of families in history all over the world. And they were successful families as well. I mean, I'm sorry, successful societies were based on that kind of principle. Which society? Egypt. Egypt was a successful society? Well, how do you define success? I mean, it certainly existed for 2,000 years. The Greek society existed for 1,000 years. They didn't have any problems with homosexuality. Oh, yeah, they did. Not entirely. We can go. There's a lot of history there that we could go through. But the point is the idea of this one man, one woman concept. Well, hold on. I mean, I don't want to go too deep into this. But Western society is built on monogamy. The Romans believed in monogamy, just so we're clear. And all of Christian society is built. I don't want to go too far into this. But let's just kind of build out one thing and then we can leave it and just have clarity and not agreement. Is that all that's a fun philosophical debate. But what's happening here is a completely new phenomenon, which is very important to pinpoint, which is that the kid has no parent. We could talk about community or the uncle and the aunt and the grandfather raising the child, which by the way, I kind of support the intergenerational home for the record. I think it's pretty awesome. I think it's one of the things that we've lost, where we just kind of put our elderly into a home. I think that's actually a really moral, let's just say, retreat. But I will just mention what's happening now is 75% of black youth are raised without a father in the home. Is that a concern for you as a progressive? Yes, of course, it's a concern because I think that there's economic handicaps that occur from those situations. However, do you discount that a single- You don't have to be rich to stay with the person you impregnate. Do you discount that a single female can raise a successful member of the society? Of course, they can. But you know, because you're well-read, that a single female is more likely to have a child that ends up in prison, does not graduate high school, and joins a gang because they need a father figure around. Dad's there to say no. Dad is there to raise both a woman in many different ways, but more than not, to find the type of ideal man that one day she might marry and spend the rest of her life with, and to raise a son to say no to his aggression and his sexual impulses and desires, and to raise with discipline and self-control. God bless single mothers.
Fresh update on "ucla" discussed on Stephanie Miller
"I still have hope it you know it because there is this younger generation and we cannot give up hope because that's what they want because then apathy is it's getting that half of the fun country to vote that doesn't vote right and and you know it's so important too because i feel like it's the republican party's entire mission to get us to not feel hopeful i mean they're they're this is what i really felt like yesterday when i was watching you something to say just and go at each other is that you know newson was tough on saying you know you and your party have engage in this cultural extremism and like it's tear monger it's it's trying to get people to be people to be apathetic and i think we have to kind of rise above that and the only file I'll you see next would um so i think you just dropped an s -bomb didn't you that's oh just like a ucla student someone from usc would know better we okay so speaking of the environment you said this is huge the bind administration just unveiled a new plan that uh... requires all nine million lead pipes to be replaced within ten years the strictest standard on lead in drinking water ever this will improve the lives of so many people uh... now and future generations that's amazing news that's so what we've got to do right is remain hopeful and keep moving forward yeah and that's what president biden's doing and i saw that news yesterday and it was just one of those you know it's not a very sexy policy and mainstream media but it's so important um... and right wrote about this in the tweet but it's not just for people right now who are suffering you know people in flint michigan who people have had to be exposed to lead in their pipes also for future generations and young people and this is what this administration keeps on delivering and um... you know i don't think i saw that yesterday actually on mainstream media but wish i it got more attention and it's so important and this administration continues to deliver this week there was also uh... eight hundred sixteen thousand new people who got their student loans wiped away i mean this benefit continues to american people despite all the craziness of republicans and despite the fact they don't have a majority the in house they still managed to get things done and it's it's quite remarkable also i i'm so proud of you because i think you agree with almost everything i say and i read it i think it here i just said it last break and then here it is on your twitter you said msnbc getting rid of many his son uh... feels a lot like i'm getting rid of tiffany cross both offer something different compared to most of the mainstream media both are so talented and people of color both are unafraid to question and challenge guests our media is failing us um yeah i just i think it's a really bad look at most of them in the midst of this middle east crisis and i think uh...
"ucla" Discussed on The Charlie Kirk Show
"Hi. I currently go to UCLA, and I'm a transfer student. And when I transferred here last year, I had so many friends that even joined a sorority. But once they found out I was Republican, they completely dropped me. And now I still have honestly, like, no friends here. I was wondering if any advice for Republican students that go to liberal schools like UCLA. Well, you got to meet our Turning Point USA chapter right here. They do such a great job. Yeah, I mean, girls can be very nasty. I got to be honest. That is it's wrong that you're treated that way. But no, we'd be happy to help you at Turning Point USA. This is not going to be comforting, but long term it will. It's a good thing that happened. First of all, it will make you tougher. Second of all, you'll pick your friends now based on a value system, and you'll have true friends that see the world the way you do, which I want to be very clear. It is bad for humanity that you can't have friends with different political views. I think that is a very disappointing. And honestly, if we as conservatives drop friends because their political views, that's not acceptable. I don't see it happening there. Whenever I ask young people, they say, oh, you know, do you have any liberal friends? Oh, I used to. They stopped being friends. I'm sure you guys are all that way, right? That is the opposite of tolerance. So meet some of our Turning Point kids. Be happy to help you. Thank you. All right, we'll do two more. All right, Charlie, my name is Jonathan Valencia. I'm 21 years old. It's an honor to be right here. I have a brief question. How do we get the young people, especially like my generation, you know, probably the most arrogant and ignorant ever in the history of the US. Well, the question is, how do we get these people to start caring about the country where we live instead of caring about foreign problems? I get it. Israel, Palestine, Ukraine, all that stuff. But come on, man, we got like narcos roaming around, thugs. I see. I drive. Come on. We all live in SoCal. Every block has more than two homeless. Come on. That's horrible. But I guess let's care about outside countries. I'm a Hispanic, and I still agree that the border should be closed like any country should have borders, you know? And to top off, I know my parents are Salvadorians. I know you know Na'ib Bukele. I know you know him. There's a lot of gang bangers that are now in prison now, because do you like what he's doing? I love it, even though they say, oh, he's so harsh. I don't care. Now the country is awesome. You can party at 3 a.m. Come on. So first of all, let me just say you represent a window into something very exciting happening in this country, which is Hispanics are moving in the conservative direction in record, record numbers. And it is really amazing.
"ucla" Discussed on The Charlie Kirk Show
"Hey, how's it going, Charlie? And that hair is so impressive, I got to tell you. Thank you very much. That's like Will Ferrell. That's awesome. I was called Richard Simmons the other day. I didn't take that as a compliment. Yeah. Yeah. So I'm a believer in Western secular values. I don't believe in a theocracy or an ethno state. And I believe that Israel should have a right to defend itself. But you said that the Jewish people should have a right to a state. And yet part of a lot of the conservative support for Israel has come from the fact that they are a Western country in the Middle East, or at least that they share values with the United States. How can you support a theocracy or an ethno state in the Middle East while still saying that the reason that we should support it is because it has Western values? And in addition to that, if you had to continue funding Israel, would you make the funding contingent on them changing the 70-30 law, which keeps the population of Israel at 70% Jewish people, 30% non-Jewish people, things like the admissions committees law, tax laws, residency laws, et cetera? Well, the answer is no. The question is, do you want it to remain a Jewish state? You remove those things, it would no longer be a Jewish state. My language was very specific. I said the Jews deserve a homeland, right? And they do. They deserve a place, a gathering, a state. And all those words are interchangeable. It's fine. But I think it's very important to reiterate that. Secondly, you asked, well, how could I support Israel? Yeah, I mean, I don't necessarily, I'll be honest, there's a lot that Israel does I don't like. I don't like that they're having these massive gay pride parades in downtown Tel Aviv. I think that's a bad argument to support Israel, to be honest. No, I think, honestly, I have Israel envy in a lot of different ways, though. I love that they have borders. I love that they're able to deport people that come to their country and mean them harm, which is what they did to a bunch of African migrants that started looting in downtown Tel Aviv. They're like, oh, immigrants rights. They deported them immediately. So look, Israel was constituted as a Jewish state, explicitly as a Jewish state, which is both ethnic and religious. And put all of the things aside, you and I would both agree that it's probably a good idea not to interfere with a country that rightfully is able to win over land after they've been attacked. You would agree with that, right? For example, we shouldn't give back Texas to Mexico, stuff like that, right? Not necessarily, but I'm sure the point of your argument, I'm sure you agree. Again, California shouldn't be part of things like that. Israel was attacked from every direction at their founding in 1948. And they fought and won. They earned that homeland. And they were attacked again in the Six-Day War. They were attacked again in 1973, right? And they fought and won. So they've proven the ability to not just exist, but to earn the right to have the nation as constituted as it is. You have a follow-up? Well, I'm just, because in every single Arab-Israeli war, they won with massive amounts of funding from France, Britain, and the US. Does that make a difference to you? Or do you think that we should, does that make it, how does that change your thought process? Or does it not change it at all? It doesn't change it. No, it doesn't change it. I'll reiterate this, is that the Jews have a rightful place to their homeland, that there's massive amounts of, again, 40 Arab countries, of which, it's very funny, I will, not you, but some people say, well, I want Palestine to be free. Okay, what country in the Middle East is the model for freedom? Like, can you, maybe you could tell me, I don't know, like Saudi Arabia? Yeah, so if you're talking about individual rights, which I don't think is on the table, then most countries in the Middle East are free. Like, they have sovereignty, right? Okay, so if it's sovereignty, I mean, I will say, how did Gaza not have sovereignty on October 6th? Like, what characteristics? So Israel obviously controlled basically everything surrounding Gaza, their maritime space, their air space, the embargo, their trade. Israel's embargoed by Arab countries all the time. We wouldn't say Israel is- Well, Israel isn't essentially landlocked by Israel. Israel's landlocked by adversarial Arab countries, of course they are. Yeah, but Gaza doesn't have billions of dollars of funding. No, they have hundreds of millions, you're right, from the West. Yeah, hundreds of millions of dollars in funding that goes straight to Hamas. That's not used for humanitarian aid. So it's not really used for rockets and military weaponry. We agree then, right. So, but let me ask you this. If Israel's mission is to liberate the people of Gaza from Hamas, do you support that? I believe the question was, you said, should Palestine be free? Well, the question is, what do you mean by free? I think it's funny that we're being lectured by Arab Muslims about freedom. Where like, what do you like Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, like Jordan, Egypt, like what exactly is the beacon of freedom in the Middle East? What they're trying to say is they don't want Israel to be in charge, which is again, that's what you had on October 6th. They had their own government, they had their own elections that they decided to no longer do. They had hundreds of millions of dollars in Western support. They could have instituted a free market economy with private property rights. And the blockade thing is weak. Israel is blockaded by dozens of countries all the time. BDS are literal sanctions on Israel. So if sanctions and embargoes make a country poorer, then why on earth was Israel so successful? No, it's because the government of Gaza refused and never wanted to actually take responsibility for their citizens, Hamas. They'd rather just use it as a nonstop terroristic military operation against the people of Israel. Jews, thank you.
"ucla" Discussed on The Charlie Kirk Show
"Thank you for being here. What response can I give to anyone who asked me, how could I agree with your views about strengthening the borders and the southern border, when my family, including my mom, came into the country illegally? Even though she became successful, I still agree with what you say. And she may not, and family that came illegally may not. You know, it's amazing. First of all, your life is a lot more than what your parents did, that you are your own sovereign person. I love people so much that, to be honest with you, I want to protect the country that you came to. And I think that's why you agree with what I did, with what I've been saying. And so I think I want to just reiterate something, though, that you agree with what I said, and your parents came here illegally. That speaks very highly of you. I have to be very honest. I'm incredibly impressed. That's a big deal. And I'm really impressed that you want this country to remain as strong as possible. And I think, you know, you're not the first person to have said this. Somebody came up to the event. They said, once they said, Charlie, came into this country illegally. I think we should close the border and deport people that came here illegally. I said, that's really interesting. And it's also about the welfare of the nation you care about, really, when it comes down to it. So I don't think it's hypocrisy at all. You want what's best for America. You want what's best for the nation. And I also just think it's, again, I will repeat what I said. I am, it would be easy for you to say, I don't agree with what he's rationally presenting because, you know, of a bias I have with my parents. What is right is right, regardless of what your parents do or do not do. And so God bless you for holding that position. I'll be honest. Like, if somebody breaks a law, the question is, do they want that law repealed? And if they say no, then it actually says a lot about their character. Thank you very much. Thanks for coming here, Charlie, and speaking with us. I want to open my saying. My question is pertinent to my own situation, I guess, because I am currently in the Marine Corps. Thank you for your service. My hair is out of regulation right now, but you have to believe me. So you commented on not playing the victim in life, which is something I learned through my experience in the Marine Corps. But it seems that, given the current situation in the attacks on October 7, I feel like the nation of Israel might have been doing that in sense of referring to the attacks as Israel's 9-11 while simultaneously funding Hamas. If this is Israel's 9-11, which we used our own 9-11 to fund decades of war to fill the pockets of military contractors, how do we look at what's going on right now and avoid making the same mistake? Yeah, I get that question. So I want to make sure I'm very morally clear here. Sometimes you are a victim, right? If you get shot on the streets of LA, you are a victim. The problem is we have a supply and demand problem with victimology in the West. We have a bunch of people that are incredibly blessed walking around acting like victims because somebody said something that offended them, OK? So of course, sometimes you are a victim. When you wake up on your holiest day and 1,500 of your fellow Jews are slaughtered, yeah, you are the victim of terrorism. I'll just be very honest. And that's the equivalent of 50,000 Americans. So I will also say, though, that to Israel's credit, they're taking matters into their own hands. And while they are trying to, of course, encourage and increase sympathy for their cause, it's now Hamas that's playing the victim. It's now Hamas that says, oh, stop bombing us. Stop doing all this. And I'll be honest, it falls on deaf ears for me. It's like, wait a second. Did you not launch an unprompted attack into civilian corridors, into homes and schools and nurseries on a holy day? So spare me your cattle walling. You guys were the ones that launched this war. And war is nasty. War is awful. And they're saying they'll do it again. The Hamas leader comes out and he says, just a matter of time until every single day is October 7. To your point, which I really resonate with, is that I'm not a neoconservative. I do not believe our foreign policy should be an instrument to remake foreign countries in a quote unquote Western image. I think that the Iraq and the Afghanistan war teaches us that. And I think we need to be, that's why in my remarks, I emphasize the border, what's happening in our own country. We need to balance what's happening in Israel, which is obviously important, but also understand that we have some serious problems here in this country. And I do not like when leaders focus more time, energy, and attention on foreign conflicts than our own. Putting the Israel one aside, I think it is indefensible that people in both political parties have spent $200 billion on the Russian-Ukraine war. And we can't get a border wall financed to prevent people from coming into our country. Thank you very much. Thank you.
"ucla" Discussed on The Charlie Kirk Show
"All right. First things first. I'd like to say thank you so much, Mr. Kirk, for coming here. I'm not actually a student at UCLA. I go to LMU. It's a smaller private Jesuit school. Yeah, I figured that we'd be less pro-Hamas than some of the other Harvard schools just because of the nature. But recently, we had a protest where people were holding signs saying, quote, resistance is justified when people are occupied, presumably in relation to what happened on October 7. I was just wondering, because I studied abroad with some of these people, and they're good people. How do we de-radicalize them? That's at LMU? Yes. Wow. OK. Boy, so let me get this straight. So resistance is justified when you are occupied, essentially? That is so morally sick, I'll be very honest, to say that going to a concert and taking host. By the way, there's still 200 hostages, of which they won't tell us how many Americans are still being held hostage. Like newsflash, there's probably 20 American passport holders that are still being held hostage right now in Gaza, just so we're all keeping track here. This involves America, just before anyone else says anything different. Well, here's what I can't say. One of the casualties of the left, one of many, is the cheapening of language. Racism. Everyone's a racist, right? It's ridiculous. Insurrection, terrorism. We have overused the terrorist label the last couple of years. Would you agree? So it doesn't hit the same way. If there was ever a time to label something terrorism, it's when a bunch of maniacs go on the holiest day of the Jewish calendar and go in and put babies in oven and chop people's heads off and mow down people at a concert. I guarantee almost everyone in this audience has been to a concert of one shape or form. What do you imagine what that would be like if people just came over the hill and started opening fire on every single one of you? That's not resistance. That is attempted genocide. It is morally sick for your classmates to say that. They might be good people, but that does nothing for me. I'll be very honest. Don't tell me how good you are while you're supporting the modern day actions of Arab Hitler. Thank you very much. This is with regards to your comments about the wokest set of ideals. So if the oppressor-oppressed mentality is so dangerous to our society, how is that supposed to be changed? You preach the value of produce more than you complain. So what can we produce to change the worldview of the younger generation? It's really important. Every single person in this room can produce two things immediately that will de-radicalize you. You could produce a marriage and children.
"ucla" Discussed on The Charlie Kirk Show
"Here's the thing. So if you disagree, you can go to the front of the line. It's generally a conservative-ish audience. If somebody comes up and says something that you deem to be wacky or weird, do not boo that person, do not interrupt that person. Please show our progressive friends that have come here tonight the respect that they don't show us conservatives. So let's live out our values tonight, okay everybody? It's not easy to get up and to do that. So here is the line if you guys want to start forming, don't be shy, we'll talk to you guys. Students get priority. I know we have some community members and stakeholders as well that came here, but students do get priority since it is at UCLA, but we will try to get to as many questions as possible. And yes, ma'am, first question. Hi, I'm Tara. I'm from Godspeed Calvary Church with Rob McCoy. Sorry to speak there, amazing. So one thing that he said that I thought was really interesting that 80% of young adults ages 25 and younger smort Hamas. And I was wondering why you think that is. Yeah, kind of piggybacks on what I was saying earlier. If you have a thinking system, if you have a specific matrix of how you view the world, they apply that to the Israel Hamas type issue, right? So oppressor and oppressed that there must be a good guy or a bad guy embedded in every single type. And of course there is some truth to a good guy, bad guy type thing. They have it exactly wrong by the way, okay? It's exactly inverted. But to be perfectly honest, some of it is Jew hatred. That's not the easiest or most simple explanation, but it really is a disdain for Western sovereign nations that respect many of the ideas that I talk about. And a question that needs to be answered is, okay, why did the people of Gaza and the government of Gaza prioritize in their charter killing Jews more than creating a wealthy and vibrant and peaceful society? Now I understand there's difficulties, but they receive hundreds of millions of dollars in external aid. And instead of using that aid to benefit their people, they build rockets and terror tunnels. They put human shields and they use hospitals as a way to insulate them against attacks. And so what needs to be reiterated is that the way that they could have actually gotten back at Israel is turning the Gaza Strip, which is area land by the way, right on the Mediterranean, it's gorgeous, into one of the wealthiest places of square miles on the planet. But that would mean that you have to embrace a very specific and certain value system in order to do that. And it's the values that are the issue. Thank you so much. Appreciate it. Thank you.
"ucla" Discussed on The Charlie Kirk Show
"If you want to stay on, by the way, some people wanna stay unhappy. You know why? Happiness takes work. It doesn't happen to you. It is a daily labor to be happy. You have to do hard things. You have to say no sometimes when things feel good. You have to build things. You have to resist natural temptations. So anyway, since the woke ideas are so unpopular and they're against the natural law, this is where you start to get tyranny. And this is very, very important is that tyranny sometimes comes out. Sometimes you just get people that love to be in power and they wanna tell you to live your life. Dr. Fauci should be in Gitmo, terrible guy, right? I think this guy loves being in charge of other people's lives, okay? Now, I'm sure you all have different opinions of Gavin Nussolini and kind of what he's done here in California. But I mean, look, honestly, I look at him, I say, he's probably more like prom king, right? He wants to be popular. He goes to China and mows down poor Chinese kids when he's playing basketball. What is that all about, by the way? That was one of the weirdest things. Like he knows behind the back, boom, poor little eight-year-old Chinese kid, like, geez. He wants to be popular. And so, again, I don't know the intentions of this. People that I've worked with them say, look, he'll do what is the most politically expedient and popular. However, if you embrace a subset of woke ideas, I'll just use Newsom for an example, and you wanna be popular, you realize that what you're doing is unpopular. And therefore you are left with a choice. You can either feel the reckoning of the people or you then can become a mini tyrant and silence the opposition. And what it ends up doing is you get suppression, censorship, outright authoritarian methodology where people, they realize, well, these ideas aren't exactly popular. Like, I don't know, chopping off the parts of a 12-year-old and calling it gender affirming care and not telling the parent, not exact, just so you understand how insane the state has become, you guys probably know this, that there was a bill in the California legislature, regardless of your opinion on the trans thing, this should not even be a question, okay? Is that there was a bill in the California legislature to say that you have to at least notify a parent if a child in school is receiving gender affirming care. Just like, hey, Mrs. Smith, your 12-year-old is on Lupron. Thanks for the heads up, appreciate it. And they shot down the bill in the California, they say, no, no, no, a parent should not get in the way of a child discovering who they really are. And I'm gonna get to that in a second because the family is a big part of this. But I refuse to believe a majority of Californians actually think that's a good idea. And so they have to lie about it or they have to suppress or censor or go after the side. So in some ways you get outright tearing authoritarianism and despotism as an outgrowth of these bad ideas. Now, as one of the other kind of wrinkles of this, you get decolonization, right? So if you view everything through an oppressor and oppressed lens, they look at Israel and they immediately say that's a colonizing type project, they view America the same way. It's a Marxist idea that they apply to Israel and they're saying the same thing when it comes to indigenous and native lands and it is nothing more than an excuse to try and accomplish the five big differences between those of us that live in reality and those that call themselves Wokies or whatever you wanna call them. And this is my final point, then we'll do some questions, which I know is the most fun. And this is not right versus left. Let me be very clear. All five of these things, I would be in agreement with a classical liberal, all five. Every one of these five, Alan Dershowitz and I agree on, yet we vote differently. I want you to understand, this is not a political thing. It has political implications, but the five things I'm going to mention used to be universally accepted in the country. Now it's considered to be controversial or inflammatory. The first is a little bit nerdy, but it's very, very important, which is private property. You cannot have a free society if people can't keep the stuff they earn, period. You cannot have a free society if the government can take a majority of your labor. You cannot have it, which includes by the way, rewarding success. I'm gonna get to success in a second, but owning stuff and saying, this is mine, not yours, stay away is a bedrock principle of Western civilization. Taking people's stuff away under the guise of equity. Now, some of you in this room might say, but I want a fairer world and I want, all that's fine and it's just. The question is, are you willing to take somebody else's stuff and redistribute it with force under the guise of fairness? And if true, you must apply the rule to yourself. And this is the one thing I will say, and every political movement has contradictions. The right has far fewer contradictions, but I find it so interesting that the people that are lecturing us about open borders, live in gated communities, that don't want school choice, send their kids to private schools. The people that lecture us about crime are able to hire bodyguards and live in kind of like these very tailored communities, that's fine. If you have these beliefs, you have to then apply it to yourself. So for example, if you are a star student and you're an honor roll, you must be willing to give your grade to someone who has an F so that you both have Cs because equity is the purpose of the revolution, isn't it? The only fair way to do grading at UCLA is we all get Cs. Better yet, if you're an Asian or you're a white student and you got an A, you must give your grade to a person of color and you must sit aside and say, I don't wanna go to law school, I don't wanna go to residency, cause viva la revolution. And if you don't believe that, then you're gonna have some explaining to do. I'm not gonna say you're a hypocrite, but you must apply the standard. I have no such problem with my worldview, nor do our Turning Point USA students. They say, no, I worked hard, I deserve an A, don't take it from me. What a concept. So number one is private property. Number two, I talked about this, it's borders, okay? You cannot have free societies without borders. One of the reasons why the media hates Israel is that they have strong borders. They cannot stand it. They want an international globalist project of the free flow of people moving from one place to the other. And I just find it so interesting. It's not just Israel that wants strong borders. Do you notice that Egypt and Jordan don't wanna take the people of Gaza? Really, if these people are such rock stars, why is it that the Jordan says, we're not gonna take it? I thought you guys are all like Muslim brothers under Allah or whatever. Like what is, we don't want those. Hold on a second. Then why should we take them into, first of all, we shouldn't take them into our country, America. And borders is a way to differentiate where government power stops. By definition, you want limited government, have borders, have sovereign nations. It says my power, my authority stops right at this very place. Borders is where good ideas can begin and bad ideas start or vice versa. Right now we do not have a southern border in this country. Just under Joe Biden, 8 million people have illegally entered into this country. I don't care if you are right or if you are left or progressive. That is an indefensible position to have 8 million people illegally enter into the country. They say, well, it's under justice because these people are poor. First of all, they totally scam our asylum system. And they'll lie. And some of them, not all of them, are smuggling and trafficking children. But we must be very morally clear. And this is a teaching that built the West. It's originally from the Bible. But it's that you shall not favor a rich person or a poor person in the administration of justice. Just because somebody is poor does not make it OK to steal or to break into somebody's home. And we flirted with that idea, by the way, during all the race riots. Like, oh, well, you know, they're poor, so it's OK if they steal the big screen TVs. Never is that OK. Number three, obvious. And again, I use the Alan Dershowitz test. Alan Dershowitz has been kicked out of Harvard. He's written 60 books. He's a liberal. He doesn't like Trump, even though he represented him, which is hilarious. He's a true free speech liberal. And that's number three, which is speech. That free speech is a fundamental prerequisite to human flourishing and to the advancement of civilization as we know it. And speech includes that you must be OK with somebody you consider to be morally repugnant, having the same rights to speak that you do. And this is what drives me crazy. Do you know, more than half, I don't know at this campus, but half of students across the country say that we should be able to censor hate speech. That is a really troubling sign, everybody, because you know what? They consider almost everything on the right, quote unquote, hate speech. By the way, what a boring society it would be if we, I'm just being honest, I think that it's awesome for the country to have Joe Rogan do what Joe Rogan does. You know, have conversations about ayahuasca and aliens and all that stuff. I think free speech is not only a moral good. I think it makes life worth living. I think a society that polices speech, polices thoughts, it polices values. And here's the one thing I will say, and I got to brag on our conservative students here. We are willing to have the tough conversations. I cannot always say it's the same for those on the left because speech is violence. How many times have you guys heard this? Speech is violence, speech is violence. Well, maybe speech is a threat is what you're really saying, is that if people can speak, your bad ideas will be exposed and you might persuade. Now, this campus is, you know, it's not exactly the easiest place to put an event, but I'll tell you this. I'll give you example after example after example of people protesting and petitions that try to prevent us from coming on campus. You think about it, wait a second. This is an optional event where you have to wait like an hour and a half to get in. You have to do a specific ticketing thing and you know, you go here and even you can just go to the front of the line. So all in all, it's like 60 minutes of programming, right? And someone is super worried that Charlie Kirk gets 60 minutes at UCLA because deep down an honest leftist, a true Bolshevik, someone who's committed to the revolution knows that Charlie Kirk in 60 minutes can undo four years of left-wing Marxist indoctrination.
"ucla" Discussed on The Charlie Kirk Show
"Thank you everybody, thank you. Please take a seat. I apologize for the line and all that, you know, it's very funny. My whole speech is about trying not to complain more than you produce, so I'm going to like spend 30 seconds on this, but I can't help but laugh, right? So I'm being told, you know, people want to come in and 20 students weren't on the list and, you know, they weren't let in. I said, boy, I wish our border worked that way, right? You know, what's our list? Your ID? Get the hell out of here. You're not here, get the hell out. What a concept, right? I got to tell you, I have UCLA envy. I wish our border was as strong as the UCLA ticketing system. I really do. Why when you vote? No voter ID, but to get into UCLA, you got to have an ID. Are you on the list? No, sorry, but I'm a student here. Doesn't matter. Never heard of you. Get out of here. Watch the live stream. And we still had a really great turnout. It's really incredible. So thank you guys for wading through all that. I really appreciate it. So, but it's really in a great segue because it's so easy to just have your whole life centered around complaining. And I really believe that the root of progressivism, leftism, wokeism is complaining more than you produce. If you produce more than you complain, you're usually on the right. If you complain more than you produce, you're usually on the left. That's not always true, but it's generally true. And you have to resist the temptation to allow carefully tailored complaints to dominate your life. It is easy to do that. It is easy to go pick up a random sign. And while you're taking no personal responsibility for your life, march around and say, pay for my college, pay for my wifi, pay for my life. It's like, okay, what are you producing? No, no, no. I deserve it because I'm here and I deserve free college and reparations while we're at it. It's hard to get a job. It's hard to wake up early. It's hard to stop engaging and indulging in your impulses at every possible turn. Production is hard, but production built the West. And what we're seeing right now is a series of ideas. I'm gonna call them the woke. I don't love that term, that operates like a virus. Now we're all experts in viruses over the last couple of years, right? Highly contagious, spread around, you know, and certain things are supposed to be safe and effective and maybe they're not, but that's a separate issue we can talk about later. And, but viruses, now that we are all experts in it, the woke mind virus, in my opinion, is and was and remains more dangerous and more lethal than anything COVID-19 was the last couple of years. This will destroy the country from within. I'm gonna build out that argument, but understand that it is naturally tempting to embrace this set of ideas because it does not require you to do hard things to embrace the woke ideology. It allows for somebody else to produce so that you don't have to produce. So any one of us that are fighting for free markets, private property, borders, and I'm gonna talk about the big differences and it's not even a right or left thing. It honestly is, the divide is no longer right versus left. We could talk about that stuff. It's civilization versus the abyss. And where these ideas are going to bring us is the closest to the abyss that you could possibly imagine. And we all as human beings search for meaning. One of the most important books, I hope all of you read it and study it, Viktor Frankl's book, Man's Search for Meaning. And it's an incredible book. He's a Holocaust survivor in a concentration camp. And his whole idea is that you have a series of choices you make every single day. And you can choose whether or not you're going to view difficulty, pressure as an opportunity to be happy and joyful or as nothing but negativity. And what I love about Viktor Frankl is this is a guy who lost his wife in a concentration camp, a Holocaust survivor, that's telling you you must make a conscious choice every single day to be happy. Newsflash, you might have a tough life. You probably don't because you go to UCLA and you live in paradise, okay? You definitely don't have a tougher life than Viktor Frankl did. And he himself built an entire worldview that we must find something to fill that meaning. And to the woke's credit, to the left's credit, they've done a much better job than we as conservatives have at advertising and evangelizing young people to believe to fill their big gap of meaning with a certain worldview. They've done a much better job. We as conservatives, we're too busy building businesses, hopefully building families, going to work, trying to save money, whatever you want to call it. While the other side, they've dedicated their life through the ideological institutions, through colleges, through one right here, media institutions, to trying and convince a generation to believe in a subset of ideas that will ruin and destroy and erode the entire civilization around us. And I kind of saw it on display today. We had a great time out there and there was this Hamas rally. I don't like it when I say that, but that's what it was. And a bunch of people screaming from the river to the sea, let Palestine be free, which is the moral equivalent of Swastika on the campus of UCLA, the elimination of Jewish people. And I looked, it was so incredible that I'd say maybe half were people that you would think would be Arab Muslim. The other half were people that were just showing up because it's kind of a new thing to protest. You have to wonder, you're like, okay, that gives you some source of meaning. But if you're constantly engaging in just a protest against an oppressor, against something larger than yourself, you're not going to be a happy person. You're not. Instead, it's okay to protest here and there if there's injustice. But I mean this absolutely seriously. How many of those people can point Gaza on the map and tell me at least some historical fact? Probably very few. But they've been wound up. I saw a TikTok video. I'm not a geopolitical expert. Like, yeah, probably not, honestly. And by the way, while you're so worried about injustice, like are you worried about slavery happening on the southern border? Like the children being that are sex trafficked in this city right now? Like spare me your lectures, like Social Justice Warrior, UCLA, that somehow the people of Gaza are your concern. You didn't care about the people of Gaza until all of a sudden someone on TikTok told you to get angry for their agenda. You're a useful idiot for their agenda is what you are. And they're winding you up the same way they did for the George Floyd stuff, the same thing they did for the BLM. And so they said differently, the woke want to destroy a world that they themselves could never build. It is very hard to build things. It is easy to tear them down. It does not take talent to tear apart a bicycle. I have a year old daughter and she'll destroy everything. That's easy. That's what infants do. Adults build stuff.
"ucla" Discussed on The Charlie Kirk Show
"Hey everybody, Charlie Kirk here. Are you new to investing and have savings you need to protect right now? With the Middle East war, the Ukraine war, and maybe Taiwan soon, you need a new playbook that is safe. Allocate some gold now and avoid the frenzied panic of the unprepared. When fear reigns, gold protects the wise. Noble Gold Investments offers a free 5-ounce America the Beautiful coin with new IRAs this month. Shield your savings with a Noble Gold Investments IRA. Go to NobleGoldInvestments.com. NobleGoldInvestments.com, the only gold company I trust. That is NobleGoldInvestments.com. Hey everybody, it's the end of the Charlie Kirk show, my speech at UCLA. I talk about the five major issues that separate us from the progressive woke's. And I also take a lot of questions from the audience, I think you'll love it. It's our final campus tour, so enjoy. Email us as always, freedom at charliekirk.com. That's freedom at charliekirk.com. Get involved with Turning Point USA at tpusa.com. That is tpusa.com. Start a high school or college chapter today at tpusa.com. Email me as always, freedom at charliekirk.com. Buckle up everybody, here we go. Charlie, what you've done is incredible here. Maybe Charlie Kirk is on the college campus. I want you to know we are lucky to have Charlie Kirk. Charlie Kirk's running the White House folks. I want to thank Charlie, he's an incredible guy. His spirit, his love of this country, he's done an amazing job building one of the most powerful youth organizations ever created, Turning Point USA. We will not embrace the ideas that have destroyed countries, destroyed lives, and we are going to fight for freedom on campuses across the country. That's why we are here.
A highlight from The Failed Values System of the Left - LIVE from UCLA
"Hey everybody, Charlie Kirk here. Are you new to investing and have savings you need to protect right now? With the Middle East war, the Ukraine war, and maybe Taiwan soon, you need a new playbook that is safe. Allocate some gold now and avoid the frenzied panic of the unprepared. When fear reigns, gold protects the wise. Noble Gold Investments offers a free 5 -ounce America the Beautiful coin with new IRAs this month. Shield your savings with a Noble Gold Investments IRA. Go to NobleGoldInvestments .com. NobleGoldInvestments .com, the only gold company I trust. That is NobleGoldInvestments .com. Hey everybody, it's the end of the Charlie Kirk show, my speech at UCLA. I talk about the five major issues that separate us from the progressive woke's. And I also take a lot of questions from the audience, I think you'll love it. It's our final campus tour, so enjoy. Email us as always, freedom at charliekirk .com. That's freedom at charliekirk .com. Get involved with Turning Point USA at tpusa .com. That is tpusa .com. Start a high school or college chapter today at tpusa .com. Email me as always, freedom at charliekirk .com. Buckle up everybody, here we go. Charlie, what you've done is incredible here. Maybe Charlie Kirk is on the college campus. I want you to know we are lucky to have Charlie Kirk. Charlie Kirk's running the White House folks. I want to thank Charlie, he's an incredible guy. His spirit, his love of this country, he's done an amazing job building one of the most powerful youth organizations ever created, Turning Point USA. We will not embrace the ideas that have destroyed countries, destroyed lives, and we are going to fight for freedom on campuses across the country. That's why we are here.
A highlight from Unpacking the Tranisfesto with Darren Beattie
"Hey, everybody. Charlie Kirk here. Are you new to investing and have savings you need to protect? Right now, the Middle East war, the Ukraine war, and maybe Taiwan soon. You need a playbook that is safe. Allocate some gold right now. Shield your savings with Noble Gold Investments IRA. Go to noblegoldinvestments .com. When fear reigns, gold protects the wise. Noble Gold Investments offers a free five ounce America beautiful coin with new IRAs this month. Go to noblegoldinvestments .com right now. Noblegoldinvestments .com, the only gold company I trust. Hey, everybody. Welcome to The Charlie Kirk Show. This is Andrew Kovet filling in for Charlie Kirk, who is on assignment at UCLA today. Say a prayer for him. I'm actually going to be heading there right now. So whenever you're listening to this, hopefully you don't have any more news than that. And it's going to be an eventful one. On this hour of the show, we recap my perspective on what happened in the debates. Vivek, doing what he did on one of the largest stages you can, the GOP primary debate was so instrumental. Then I bring in Darren Beatty. We talk about the Tranfesto out of Nashville. Why was it being covered up? Sometimes the most obvious explanation really is the right answer. Also, we have a disturbing report about your flight safety. You're not going to want to miss that. Buckle up. Here we go. Charlie, what you've done is incredible here. Maybe Charlie Kirk is on the college campuses. I want you to know we are lucky to have Charlie Kirk. Charlie Kirk's running the White House, folks. I want to thank Charlie. He's an incredible guy. His spirit, his love of this country. He's done an amazing job building one of the most powerful youth organizations ever created, Turning Point USA. We will not embrace the ideas that have destroyed countries, destroyed lives, and we are going to fight for freedom on campuses across the country. That's why we are here. Brought to you by the loan experts I trust, Andrew and Todd at Sierra Pacific Mortgage at andrewandtodd .com.
A highlight from Vivek Vaporizes the GOP Elite
"Lots of channels. Nothing to watch. Especially if you're searching for the truth. It's time to interrupt your regularly scheduled programs with something actually worth watching. Salem News Channel. Straightforward, unfiltered, with in -depth insight and analysis from the greatest collection of conservative minds. Like Hugh Hewitt, Mike Gallagher, Sebastian Gorka, and more. Find truth. Watch 24 -7 on SNC .TV and on Local Now, Channel 525. Hey, everybody. It's time for The Charlie Kirk Show. Vivek changes the game. I rush into the studio before I go to UCLA to talk about how Vivek calls for the resignation of Rana. We can do it. Let's put our minds together and get a new RNC chair. Subscribe to our podcast. Open up your podcast application and type in Charlie Kirk Show. Get involved with Turning Point USA at TPUSA .com. That is TPUSA .com. Email me, as always, Freedom at CharlieKirk .com. That is Freedom at CharlieKirk .com. Buckle up, everybody. Here we go.
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"Investment advisors, switch to interactive brokers for lowest cost global trading and turnkey custody solutions. No ticket charges and no conflicts of your interests at ibkr .com slash ria. That's where administrative agencies weigh in. There are certainly a lot of administrative law cases this term. Thanks so much Adam, I always appreciate your insights. That's UCLA law professor Adam Winkler. I'm June Grasso and you're listening to Bloomberg. Broadcasting 24 hours a day at Bloomberg .com and the Bloomberg Business Act. This is Bloomberg Radio. Polls are closed across the country in several key elections. NBC News is projecting Kentucky Democratic Governor Andy Beshear will be reelected after fending off a challenge from Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron. Polls are closed in Ohio where the state passed ballot measures to legalize marijuana and to enshrine abortion rights into its constitution. Ohio issue one establishes abortion protections in the state's constitution guaranteeing the right to an abortion up until fetal viability. National Security Council spokesman John Kirby says President Biden has talked with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on brief pauses in the fighting between Israel and Hamas. To allow for aid to get in, people to get out and for hostages to be released. This comes as Israel is bombarding the Gaza Strip and thousands of civilians have been killed. The special counsel leading Hunter Biden's gun and tax case says he has always had full authority over the investigation. Delaware U .S. Attorney David Weiss took questions from the House Judiciary Committee behind closed doors Tuesday. Five presidential candidates will take the stage Wednesday night in Miami for the third GOP debate.
A highlight from Executive Director of The Bush Tennis Center Tim Stallard Talks Bringing The Pros The Texas
"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 are here with all things tennis. Mr. Tim Stoller, Tim is the general manager and director of the Bush tennis center down in San Antonio, Texas. And they are hosting a really cool tennis event this weekend. It is the, Tim, go ahead, give us the name. Yes, the San Antonio International Team Tennis Championships, and it's at Freeman Coliseum in San Antonio. However, the Bush tennis center is way out in West Texas, about 300 miles away in Midland, Texas. So that's kind of an interesting dynamic of this event. Yeah, we want to hear a lot about that because I'll be honest with you. You know, I built 27 tennis courts in the city and the Bush tennis center has the exact same mission as I do, and I'd never heard of it. So we want to dig into that. But first, let's dig into your background. You have put on more than 50, you know, ATP, USDA, Pro Circuit events, assistant coach at University of Texas, spent time on the court with Andy Roddick. Tell me about your pedigree, where you come from, how you got in the game, and how you were able to travel through so many different levers of the sport. Well, I actually, it started in Rockford, Illinois, way up north, and started playing tennis and just, it was one of those things after my parents got divorced a couple of times. I love baseball, but trying out for baseball teams was more problematic than just entering tennis tournaments. So I kind of fell into tennis through that and loved the sport. And you know, like you said, went on to coach at University of Texas and started, you know, just had some great players. And that's really how I got into starting to run events is I was trying to get wildcards and help out players that I was coaching. And way back in the day, I had two really great players in Texas. One was Julie Scott, who is an All -American at Stanford. And, you know, I couldn't get wildcards. And the other one was Elizabeth Schmidt, who played at UCLA and went on, now she's a head coach at Rice. And very deserving kids. And the USDA said, you know, if you start running tournaments, you get the wildcards. So at one point, I had 13 challengers across the U .S. And some of those challengers, like Champaign -Urbana, are still moving along. So it was an interesting process. So we've held calendars the last two years. And it is a tough business model. To have 13 of them, you know, they struggle to make money. They break even at best. To have 13 of them, you must have had a model that worked because no one would ask for it 13 times if you don't. So tell us about your experience with challengers because we see challengers in the U .S., you know, come on and off the calendar, right? And it hurts our U .S. players from, like you said, creating that vertical for where they're in, you know, the collegiate pathway, they want to try to hand it to Pro Tour, they can't get a wildcard, not enough events to spread the wildcards out. How did you make the challenger model work? Yeah, you know, I was able to get national sponsors. I mean, it covered everything. So I had great sponsors, AOL, Porsche Cars North America, Bear Stearns, HealthSouth. So I just went out. I had a great mentor, a big advertising company, GSD &M. The founders of that really kind of showed me how to put media value behind packages. And I found a kind of a good formula. So you know, I would have literally just, you know, Porsche would say, we need these markets and I would jump on a plane and go to Miami and find facilities. But it was a nice problem because I had all the financials together. You look at the challenger that was in Dallas for years, that was over 20 years that they had it at TbarM. So lots of great challenges throughout the years. Now when you would sell those packages, would the sponsor take all 13? Or like the major sponsors take all 13, then you add on locals? Or was it, you know, and the people would pick off whichever ones they wanted in the markets? Yeah, for the most part, you know, we'd have our major sponsors would take all the markets and then we'd sell kind of patron, local, because you always want the local community involved. So we'd have local patron packages. And we really did our best to make it a fun event, you know, pro -ams and music and access to the players. And, you know, for me, a big part of it was telling the story of the challengers. I mean, I love challengers because you have the veterans that are hanging on that come to get the points. You got the top juniors in the world and they clash at the challenger level. And you know, I'll never forget, I was in a drive -through at McDonals in Austin, Texas, and I got a call from Andre Agassi's brother asking for a wild card into Burbank. And at that time, I'd already, I'd committed, I had a player, Brandon Coop and Robert Abendroth, I committed my two wild cards, so I couldn't give him a wild card, but I was hoping the USTA would. And you know the story, I mean, he got a wild card, he played against Sarga Sargisian in the finals. They called it the Battle of Armenia. And it was a great tournament and it was great to see him come back a year later. He was already back to number four in the world. So it was really just an inspiration to see Andre. Yeah, so, you know, I think that one of the things we us to underestimate is like really the job of these challengers, right, especially in the US soil, is to help promote the next generation of player, right? So I always like to hear a famous story. So our challengers, our wild cards went to Ben Shelton last summer. That's awesome, man. I always hit the semis, obviously got to perform, got a wild card into, got to upgrade a wild card, got originally got a wild card in the Qualities of Cincy because he was in Chicago so long, upgraded to the main draw. And this year, Alex Mickelson wins our event, goes on and plays Newport, right, gets the final to Newport, loses to Manarino, I think. So tell me about another famous wild card story where you see, you gave a wild card to someone that has some potential. And then other than the story you told us where you're like, you know, we had a hand in that person's career. Well, a couple of them, one in Rockford, Illinois, back to Rockford, Illinois, I had a challenger there in February following the Midland, Michigan challenger that's still going. And I got a call from one of my idols, Nick Boletary, and said, I've got this girl, she's number one in the world. And she's not going to make the cut for the challenger. And we think she has a lot of potential. It was Anna Kournikova. So I gave her a wild card and she won it. And you know, I believe, you know, five months later, she was in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon. And what's cool about Anna is Anna came back and we've done a lot of charity events. And following, we did an event in Beaumont with Pete Sampras. And she flew after that over to Horseshoe Bay to do a free clinic with my wife and kids. And it was the first kids courts, it was the Andy Roddick kids courts out at Horseshoe Bay. But she flew over, you know, did it absolutely for free to give back to the kids. And she's amazing. But it's really funny that, you know, that started when she was 13 years old in frigid Rockford, Illinois, in February. So you mentioned your wife and kids, do your daughters play at all? They did. They're older now. They're once graduated from A &M. She's an architect and my other daughter is about to start her master's in communications at A &M. Now, did you tie your hand at coaching them? You know, obviously, I'm trying to coach my kids. And I'm trying not to let what happens on the tennis court blend into the car ride home or blend into the dinner table. But sometimes that's really hard. Did you try your hand at coaching them? And how did that go? Yeah, I did. My wife was really their primary coach. And my wife was a great player, all American at Texas, coached at Texas. She's number one in the Southerns, finalist at the Easter Bowl, just a great player. And we are very different coaching styles. My wife is very, you know, very, very fired up with the girls. I was a lot more laid back. And you know, when I go to their matches, I'd have the newspaper, my Starbucks, and they go, Dad, you're not even watching my match. Of course, I'm watching every point. But when they look at me, I've got my newspaper up and my coffee is kind of downplaying it. But they were great, you know, we're really proud of our daughters. And we officially became grandparents about a little over a year ago. But, you know, tennis was just a great experience for their life. And it, you know, for me, it changed my life. You know, growing up in Rockford, Illinois, my dad was an automaker, tool and die maker, neither one of my parents even know how to keep score in tennis. And like I said, after a couple of divorces, I had a wonderful coach, Pat Wicks, that gave me a lot of free lessons and I just worked my butt off and it opened doors. And, you know, that's what we're really inspired to do with the Bush AIDS Outreach Program is create that opportunity. And I mean, we have 100%, any kid that comes, we provide full scholarships, partial scholarships, we turn down no one. That's our mission. So we're real proud of that and we've helped a lot of kids and we're expanding that throughout the state of Texas and then happy to really help, you know, great foundations like the Ryan Brothers Foundation, John Isner. My wife and I, we went out and helped Sloan. Sloan had over 300 kids bust in from Compton at USC. My wife and I went out and helped with clinics out there to help Sloan, but she does amazing work year -round. So there's a lot of great stories and a lot of great things that, you know, people see these great players on the court, but I'm really inspired for a lot of things they're doing off the court. So tell me about the Bush Tennis Center. I would say I didn't even know it existed. I didn't know that the Bushes were big tennis people. I knew the Koch Brothers were big tennis people down there in Texas, but didn't know the Bush Tennis Center existed. So tell me about how the Bush Tennis Center came along and how you ended up taking the job. Oh, it's, in 2015, I had John Isner, Sam Querrey, and the Bryans, and we did a four -day run where we did Atlanta, Nashville, Midland, and then Camarillo, California to do something for the Bryan Brothers for their foundation. So those four guys, 2015, went through just to do a one -day event and just started talking to the people that founded the Bush Tennis Center and they were having some challenges with the business model, asked me to, hired me as a consultant initially. And I just said, you know, here's all the things that need to be done. And they're like, well, we want to hire you. I'm like, well, I don't live here. I live in Austin. My wife's director of tennis at Horseshoe Bay Resort. My company's in Austin. They're like, well, we don't care if you live here, just come and check into the Double Tree Hilton downtown Midland and come and figure this thing out. And you know, it was really neat because at that point I was working, I was trying to build a similar facility next to Dell Diamond with Reed and Reece Ryan, Nolan Ryan's kids. They owned the Minor League Ballpark there and we were kind of going down that road to maybe buy the ATP event in Memphis, build a facility like this. And you know, we're going down that road, but there was a lot of politics and just dealing with governments and stuff. I go out to West Texas and they're like, you know, here's the keys to the place. How much money do you need? Let's get it going. I mean, it's just an amazing opportunity. And we're on 35 acres. We've already on the far west side, we just opened a $4 million park designed for special needs children. So we've got zip lines. Everything is set up where kids can play just despite, you know, physical challenges. They can play side by side with all kids. We have a $4 million park. We just broke ground on a new 90 ,000 square foot athletic center, which will have five indoor basketball courts, 15 volleyball courts, a 75 yard turf indoor field. And then Lance Hooton, who I actually met through Andy Roddick, who's traveled with Andy. It's going to be a sports performance training center. And Lance Hooton's coming in and using his expertise to develop that as well. So, you know, it's a big campus and it's all set up as a nonprofit. It's a legacy for the Bush presidents. And you know, I feel like to some degree I get to be Santa Claus because I get to really help a lot of kids. And that's super important to me. And we've got a staff that is just amazing, that just cares so much about helping kids and really developing a great event, a great product. Now you're also building indoor tennis courts. And what people don't know is like in these southern markets, right, places where you just say California, Texas, Atlanta, Florida, even, he's like, why do you need indoor courts in those markets? Sometimes it is so hot, right, that you just need the, you need the roof for the shade, right? Or sometimes like in Florida, it'll rain all day, right? And you need the roof for the rain. So tell us why you would need indoor courts in West Texas. Well, a lot of times it's just too windy. I mean, we're just out in the middle of nowhere. It's flat as can be. And, you know, as they say, there's not a lot out there, but there's a lot under there. I mean, we're on the biggest reserve of oil on planet Earth, the Permian Basin and the Delaware Basin, you know, come right out of right out of Midland, West Texas. And but it's flat, high winds. So we lose a lot of days where, you know, the wind gets up above 25 miles an hour. It's not playable. Dust is blowing. And then, you know, we have one hundred and one hundred and ten hundred and fifteen degree days in the summer, and then it drops to twenty five degrees. That's just all over the map. So indoor courts will definitely help us. We're looking at doing eight indoor hard and four indoor clay, and there's no way to do outdoor clay. It would just blow away. So it would be so dry and you'd be you know, every year we bring in twelve tons of clay to sort of re -top off our red hard shoe courts. I mean, I would only imagine how much money you spend on. Oh, yeah. It wouldn't last.
A highlight from Roger Smith's Journey From The Bahamas to Pro Tennis: Beating the World #1 and Teaching The Next Generations
"Welcome to the official tennis dot com podcast featuring professional coach and community leader, Kamau Murray. Welcome to the tennis dot com podcast. I'm your host, Kamau Murray, and we are here with the man, the myth, the legend. A graduate of The Ohio State University, former ATP pro, a coach to many, a mentor to many, father of great tennis player, former USTA coach, worked for Federation, from the Bahamas, former Davis Cup player. If you name it in Tennessee, he's done it all, knows everyone. Everyone has great stories about him, and we're going to hear some of his great stories today. We are here with Mr. Roger Smith. Roger, welcome to the show. Thanks for having me, Kamau. I really appreciate this opportunity to speak here, man. So I'm glad I got you on the show because, you know, when we think about Bahamian tennis, the first person out of everybody's mouth is Mark Knowles. And then I got to correct him and be like, hey, what about Roger? What about the brother Roger? So, you know, you grew up playing tennis from in a small island, but, I mean, that island's had a lot of success reaching the same world group as the US back in the day. Tell me about how you got in the tennis from that small island and how you were able to sort of progress to come into play at the top level NCAA, you know, top college in the States from the Bahamas. Well, if you have all day, I can tell you that story. I'll do bits and pieces as we go. Yeah, I'm from a small island, obviously Grand Bahama in the Bahamas, but I'm actually from a very small settlement called West End. The population was probably three thousand. And in that settlement, you know, obviously, tourism is the main industry. And we had one resort down there called the Jack Tower Hotel. And remember, I'm old now, you know, I came from the days where, you know, the bosses and the powers to be were obviously, you know, we were a British colony. So obviously the white British guys were in charge. And coming from an island where there was mostly, you know, black people, we could only go so far, you know, working at that resort. You know, we could be maitre d's, you could be pool attendants. Most of us couldn't even show our face at the front desk, per se. So growing up in that environment, I kind of knew from a young age, I'm saying six years old that, hey, there's something bigger and better for me out there. You know, because all my friends growing up, all they wanted to do is be bus boys and maitre d's where they can get $40 tips and so forth. And I was like, nah, man, there's got to be something bigger than that. And so I despised that. I remember back in the day where the bosses, white guys would, you know, word would go around that they were coming into the village, per se, to eat and dine and drink a few. And everybody in the village would pretty much cook their best food. You had to dress up in your Sunday best. And if there were like three, 30 restaurants, per se, maybe they would go to visit two or three, right, during the course of the evening. And everyone would be so disappointed. All the restaurant owners or the bars would be so disappointed. I mean, the look on their face, man, was just terrible, you know, in disappointment. And I just despised that, man. And that motivated me. I found my purpose at a young age. I was not going to get caught up in that stuff. I knew there was something bigger and better out there for me. I didn't know what it was at the time. I was six years old. But, you know, I took a bold step to just strive for something better. And even if I so -called failed to end people's eyes, it didn't matter. My purpose was so deep that it just didn't matter, man. I was going for it. I didn't know it was tennis. But we eventually moved to Freeport, where my mother, we moved to this condominium, and they had tennis courts and they had a tennis wall. And it was so bad. Come on, man. None of the kids would play with me, man. And mostly white kids, you know, expats. One of them would play with me. And there happened to be one kid I went to school with that taught me how to score, taught me the rules of the game. And, man, I just became a fanatic. I fell in love with the sport. And I played a lot of other sports, you know, basketball, baseball, you name it, track and field. But I just fell in love with tennis, man. And I just played on this wall all day, all night. I wouldn't even get in trouble with my mom, man. I'd come in after dark and I'd lose a million balls. I'd be climbing fence to find balls, man. But I got good. And three months later, I played my first tournament. And back in the day, junior tournament was just 18 and under. No age group. No age group. Right. Yeah. And I got to the quarterfinals, you know, just on fight. My strokes were terrible. I could run. I hate to lose. Like I said, I had a purpose, man. Now, were you self -taught at that point? Did you receive any form or training? Or was it just you and the wall? Just me and the wall. Self -taught. And everybody that would hit with me, man, I wanted to go all day. They would hit for 10 minutes and quit. I was just getting so pissed, man. I wanted to just hit all day. I'd line them up, man, hit with three people. And after like an hour, they quit. I had no one else to hit with, man. So I would just go on the wall. Right. And I, you know, I just learned. I just didn't want to miss. I just got consistent. And I got to the quarterfinals, like I said, beat a couple of good guys. And then I lost in the quarters to this kid who was 18. And he had a beard, man. Big and strong. Good strokes. Lost six points a third in a three and a half hour match. And then all the kids wanted to play with me. And then some men saw me play and they invited me to their club. And they were like, look, it was hotel, really, not the club. And come play with the men. So I started to play with the men and they would beat my butt, man. I'd be crying because I want to win so bad. They would tease me. But I forgot the kids, man. You know, I didn't play with them. I just learned how to compete, you know, just learn how to compete through everything. And a year later, man, I played my first 12 and under national tournament, which was in Nassau now, where Mark Knowles is from. And I won the 12 and unders. And that was like within six to eight months after I first started playing tennis. So that's how I got started, man. That's how I got started. But I was like a court rat, man. Anyone would tell you, man, if you want to define Roger Smith, he was at the court at this one hotel called the Princess Tower. And going further, you know, the Princess Tower was where they had the superstars. I don't know if you remember the superstars back. That might be before your time. That's before my time. Yeah, but you heard of it, right? That's when they had all the superstars of every sport come in and compete against each other in different sports. To see who was the best. And this guy saw me play, and he loved the way I played, man. He saw me hitting other courts and he said, hey, who's your coach? And I said, man, I don't really have a coach. And he said, I'm going to come back in two weeks, man. I'm going to get you some coaching. And I go, okay, man, you're going to come back in two weeks. I'll be ready. So an hour later he came back and he shook my hand. And he says, look, man, you ready to go? I mean, I mean, this is how serious I am. And he gave me a hundred dollar bill. And a hundred dollars back then is a lot of money. And it was a big guy, man. You know, and he just had this certain look about it, man. And a strong male figure, you know, but I didn't know who he was. Gave me a hundred dollars. Show enough, Kamal. Two weeks later, he came back and he said, you're going to be ready to go on Sunday. This is like Thursday. And I'm like, damn, he's serious. I'm like, yeah, I'm going to be ready to go. And he says, but I got to meet your parents. So I go, I get you. You're not going to meet my dad. Because remember, my dad passed away when I was 11 months old. So I never really knew my dad. So it was all my mom, you know. And so I told her, look, we got to go to dinner to meet this guy. He's going to take me to Florida to get this coaching. She's like, man, get the hell out of here, man. You crazy. I was like, no, man, no. And she's like, I ain't going. I was like, no, you're not going to kill my dream. You got to go. So she came. We went, we met him at the hotel. She saw him. I said, there's the guy right there. She says, do you know who that is? And I go, no, I don't know who that is. She said, that's Jimmy the Greek. And I'm like, Jimmy the Greek? I don't know who that is. And she said, man, that's Jimmy the Greek. So anyway, we went. You know, Jimmy the Greek, man. You know, he was the big Vegas odds man there with sports and stuff. You know, he did Monday Night Football. He was huge. And so anyway, long story short, she gave me $200 to go with him on Sunday. We get to the ticket counter and I said, hey, Mr. Snyder, because his name is Jimmy the Greek Snyder. Here's my $200 for the ticket. He said, man, keep that money in your pocket, man. So we get on the flight, man. We go to Miami and we get there and we're met by like a group of like seven, eight people. And you could tell they were someone, you know, and a limousine. And we go to the limousine and I'm really nervous because I'm like, our bags, man. I need our bags. And he's like, oh, don't worry about the bags. I'm like, no, no, no, you don't understand. That's all the clothes I got. I need my bags. So we get to his condominium and we went to this place called the California Country Club, which is where I was going to train with Gardner Malloy. But he had a condo there and it was owned by Cesar's Palace. And so we go up to his condo. We get in there and our bags are there. I'm like, damn, is this magic? What the hell? How did we get our bags blown away? But it was my first formal experience of life of the rich and famous. You know what I'm saying? Damn, these guys got magic, man. I mean, we ain't got it like that. I don't have it like that in the Bahamas, you know what I mean? So I got my first coaching experience from Gardner Malloy, the great Gardner Malloy. You know, obviously, and he was great. He was stubborn. He was mean, but he meant well. And I was not going to blow my chances at this chance to play tennis. Yes, I was going to ask you that because, you know, a lot of like we always talk about people from Barbados, from the US version of the island, from the Bahamas, finding their way to Florida at some point. Right. Yes. So comments on the island. And at some point, somebody makes a phone call, sees him at a tournament, sees him at ITF. And before you know it, they are one of the academies in Florida. So is that when at 11 years old, is that when you made your move to Florida? It was at 12. I had my first experience with coaching with Gardner Malloy. Yes. And I would. And the very next year at 13, I went for the summer and then I actually went to a military high school in Florida. I played state championships, got to the semifinals in Florida and everything. I was highly recruited in Florida. Florida State, Florida, Stetson, you name it, UCF. Didn't really want to stay in Florida because I don't really like Florida, believe it or not. Southeastern Oklahoma State University. So there were a lot. I got accepted at USC, but not a scholarship, obviously, because remember, if you're from the islands, you can't play the national tournaments. You have to be an American. So if it wasn't by word of mouth, you weren't getting in. And that's exactly how I got to the Ohio State University. Just by word of mouth, man. And they flew me up, man, for a visit. The minute I hit ground, that was it. Decision made. Now, that's interesting you say that because a lot of people don't really understand that. That if you are from one of the smaller islands, you aren't playing Kalamazoo, San Diego, none of the USTA, Midwest, all that kind of stuff. Florida sectionals. And so it is about word of mouth and relationships and just international relationships between college coaches and coaches overseas and in Mexico or the Bahamas to actually find players. You know, it ain't just, let me go play Kalamazoo, somebody's going to see me. By the time they get to Kalamazoo, they already got somebody from Europe that they saw, you know what I mean? Or the Bahamas. Right. And then back then, remember, the ITF junior tournaments were done different because it was done by invitation. Well, certain countries had certain allotment, right? Like the United States would get like 10 players in the slams, in the junior slam. Islands like the Bahamas got like one player invited. And of course, I never got invited. For whatever reason, we're not going to get into that. Players before me got invited. My turn, nothing. Players after me got invited. And I was always one or two in my country. But anyway. So you go to the Ohio State University. Did you do your recruiting visit when it was snowing or when it wasn't snowing? You know, we know we see guys in the Midwest trying to fight to go to Florida, UCLA, Texas, TCU, and you went from Miami to Columbus, Ohio. I went luckily in March. It was turning a little, you know. And you know, it was cool, man, because they had block parties and everything, man. And I mean, I was in awe because 64 ,000 students, man, you know, that's the population of my whole island. And I was like, I'm going to go to university with 64 ,000 people. Dang, that was amazing. And I always wanted to go to a big school. So, but never thought of Ohio State. All my friends that played football obviously wanted to go to Ohio State. So they were jealous when I went up there and came back and told them how great it was. Now, how good was the school back then? Were y 'all continuing for a championship? Were y 'all, you know, top 25? What was the story? No, man, we weren't even, we weren't even top, we weren't even top, I don't know, we were top 80, man. You know, we had a good three, four players and we fell off at five and six. And then we had maybe one or two good doubles team. And then we had some injuries on our team that hurt us also. So you can't win with four players. You know what I mean? You need a six players, but the team was great. And I got what I wanted. You had Ernie Fernandez, who was a graduate, would come back and practice and train with me. I had pros that would come in and I was able to hit with them. So to keep myself going. Now, one of my best coaches and persons instrumental in my development, Ron McDaniel, was there at Ohio State with you. So, you know, he always tells us these stories about how great he was. How good was Ron? You know, and by the time he started coaching me, you know, he had the braces on his knee. He had surgery. You know what I mean? So he'd stay in the corner and bang with me cross court. You know what I mean? Yeah. Ronnie was good, man. Ronnie was good. Serving volley. He had a great serve. He had good hands. Ronnie was good. In fact, Ronnie beat me in our challenge matches. It was the only match like I lost in challenge matches. It was Ronnie that won that. We became real tight, real good friends. That was my boy in college, no doubt about it. You know, we still talk tonight. No, he was good. He was good. He did get injured. Unfortunately, we were playing Harvard one time when an overhead came down. And we needed him, man. If we had him, we could beat top 50. One player. But it was unfortunate, man. I felt bad for him. Reboot your credit card with Apple Card. It gives you unlimited daily cash back that can earn 4 .15 % annual percentage yield when you open a savings account. A high yield, low effort way to grow your money with no fees. Apply for Apple Card now in the Wallet app on iPhone to start earning and growing your daily cash with savings today. Apple Card subject to credit approval. Savings is available to Apple Card owners. Subject to eligibility. Savings accounts by Goldman Sachs Bank USA. Member FDIC. Terms apply. So you go from Ohio State who wasn't top 25 in the country at that time. Now they're just a perennial powerhouse, right? And then you take that and you get top 100 in the world and make it on the Pro Tour. Yes. And we've seen players win NCAA's and never become top 100. Right. So what made you believe you could make the transition? What was the switch that happened as you go to what then, obviously Ohio State's a big school but a small tennis program at the time, right? To really make that transition. Well, we had a good schedule, number one, which was good. And remember, I found my purpose early. So you know what, when you find your purpose, and I teach this all the time Kamal, nothing's going to stop you. It doesn't matter where you go to school. It doesn't matter if you really want it, you're going to find a way. And my purpose was so deep. I don't care where I went. I was going to find a way to do it. Obviously, I wasn't worried about my tennis. I kept developing and stuff. And I was top 20 in college, despite being at Ohio State and not a powerhouse, I was top 20.
A highlight from Eric Diaz's Journey From the University of Georgia to Coaching Rising American Alex Michelsen
"Welcome to the official tennis .com podcast featuring professional coach and community leader Kamau Murray. Welcome to the tennis .com podcast. We are here with Eric Diaz. You remember the name? Eric is son of Manny Diaz, coach of Alex Mickelson, Werner Tan, and right now has his own thing called tier one performance out in the Irvine area. Welcome to the show, Eric. How's it going? Thanks for having me. Thanks for having me. It's great to be on. Great to be on. So I interviewed your dad probably about 2 months ago. That was, you know, we were poking fun about him redshirting Ethan Quinn, you know, not choosing not to play Ethan Quinn later. You know he wins NCAA the next year. It was kind of like, what were you thinking, right? Yeah, one of those tough ones. Oh yeah, it was kind of like, did you think he wasn't ready? Was he, did he think he wasn't ready? Like, you know, you probably could have won NCAA twice. That kind of thing but you obviously came from good tennis pedigree. So, I guess the first obvious question was what was it like growing up with your dad being Manny? You know, because I, it's hard not to take work home, right? Let's just put it that way. You're a tennis coach and a child of a tennis dad. Yeah. You know, I don't know. I think anybody that's been in tennis for a long time knows it's kind of a lifestyle a little bit. You know, there's definitely being the tennis coach and kind of, you know, working toward things but it's also, I don't know, the sport takes so much of you that sometimes, you know, it just feels like, you know, it's second nature. It's kind of a part of it. So, I mean, growing up in Athens, growing up around Dan McGill Complex was always a treat. That was back when NCAA's were kind of always hosted in Athens. So, I got to watch, you know, all the college greats. I grew up watching the Bryan brothers get, you know, sadly then they were kind of pegging some of our guys in doubles matches but, you know, it was really cool being able to sit court side, watch those guys and then, you know, be able to watch them on TV a little bit later. Really cool. Really cool experience growing up. Now, from a junior career, did your dad coach you your whole career or did he hire private coaches to sort of teach you technique? Because I know, you know, coaching at a program like UGA, it is very demanding and sometimes the children of the tennis coach lose out to the actual players and the people who are paying. So, did he coach you? How was that? You know, he coached me. I think he tried to coach me but at the same time, he also didn't want to put too much pressure on me to like, you know, really play tennis and go in. So, he kind of let it be my own thing. I started, I actually went to Athens Country Club, great little spot on the outside of Athens. Alan Miller was the main coach there. So, he helped me out a lot. He actually, he was on my dad's first, you know, assistant coaching team where they won a national title. I think he paired with Ola who now obviously has been with USGA for a while. I think they played doubles and I think they won a doubles title as well. So, I think Alan was a part of the first team championship and then he was also, you know, he won a doubles title there too. I think he might have won two. So, I spent a lot of time around him which was also, it was really cool. You know, it was a guy who was a part of the Georgia tennis family. Athens is really tight -knit like that and so it's special to be a part of that family both, I guess, through blood and through, you know, the alumni. It's cool. Now, let me ask you, did you ever consider going anywhere else, right? I mean, successful junior career, one of the top players in the nation, tons of options. You know, it could be like, you know, there's always sort of the, oh, his dad's going to give him a scholarship, right? You saw with Ben Shelton, you know, Brian Shelton. Obviously, he's going to look out for his kid. Did you ever aspire to like go to another top program or UCLA or Texas or Florida? I think growing up, you know, because I got to see all those teams play. You know, I remember in 1999, I looked up this guy who, he played number one for UCLA. I don't know, this guy showed up. I'm a little kid and he had half of his head was blue and the other half was gold and, you know, UCLA was firing it up. They were really good at the time. I remember that was my dad's first national title in 99. And, you know, ever since then, I really, you know, I looked up to the guys. Every now and then, I got to sneak on to a little travel trip and, you know, I got to see what it was like. But, I mean, for me, it was always Georgia. I thought Athens was a special place, you know, getting to see the crowds that they get there and being able to kind of just see the atmosphere of everybody caring about each other. You know, it was cool looking at other teams. You know, the Brian brothers had the cool Reebok shoes, you know, the UCLA guy with the different hair. But at the end of the day, it was always the dogs. It was always Georgia. So, I was really lucky when I got to be a part of that team and I got to kind of wear the G that, you know, through my junior years, I was always wearing it, you know, but I guess it was a little bit different when you're actually, you know, on the team and representing. I think it's a different feeling. Yeah. So, if you didn't go into tennis, what else would you be doing? Like, you know, I didn't, you know, I'm obviously coaching now, but I didn't go right into coaching. I went to work into pharmaceuticals like marketing, sales, you know, finance. It's always, I always find it interesting to say if I wasn't coaching, I got my degree, I would be doing this. Yeah. You know, if I was a little bit more prone, I think to just loving schoolwork and loving studying, you know, everybody's always told me that I would make a pretty good lawyer just because I'm a bit of a contrarian. I like to argue. I like to challenge everybody that's kind of around me. So, I'm always looking for a good argument. So, I'll go with that. Everybody's always told me, you know, maybe you should have been a lawyer. You argue a Hey, lot. well, I'm sure, I'm sure your tennis parents, right? The parents of the academy probably don't like that one, right? They like to be in control. They have the last say and be contrarian. A lot of the time they do. A lot of the time they do. Yeah. So, you're sort of like stepping out, right? Out of the shadow and you're now on the west coast out there in the with Irvine area tier one performance and quite honestly, making your own name. I know you've had opportunity to coach Alex Mickelson as well as, you know, Lerner, Tan who are both like doing real well, both like main draw this year at US Open. Tell me about the process of moving way west. Yeah. And starting your own thing. Well, you know, it kind of started with, you know, I took that leap and I moved away from home for, you know, the first time because obviously being born and raised and going to school at UGA. I took my first chance and I went to Boise State and I worked under Greg Patton for a year who I'd heard great things about and, you know, all were true. He's a great guy. I thought it was a fantastic experience. So, I did that for a year and then over the summer, the UGA swim coach's son that I kind of grew up with, he was in Newport and so I kind of came to visit and then, you know, all of a sudden the opportunity to be coaching out here, you know, came about and, you know, I did my due diligence a little bit. You know, I looked at the old tennis recruiting pages and, you know, I'm looking at all the talent over the last like 20 years and, you know, statistically, you look at the list and you're like, okay, you know, if I'm in this area and I give myself, you know, the right opportunities and I, you know, learn how to coach properly, you know, I feel like I've had some pretty good experience from some good mentors. You know, then I kind of thought, you know, okay, maybe I can kind of control my own destiny out here a little bit and, you know, over time, it's taken a lot but, you know, over time, I feel like I did get myself some pretty decent opportunities. So, when you first laid eyes on Mickelson, how old was he? He was 12. He was coming out to some point place. It was the first place I kind of rented courts. It was this old rundown beat up club but beautiful. There were some trees there. Nobody wanted it. The courts were kind of run down and everyone's like, oh no, nothing there and I was like, I'll take it. So, you know, it gave me space. It gave me courts. It gave me the ability to kind of try and market. I made things cheap so I could get a lot of kids out there and try and get a competitive environment going and luckily, you know, had a good bit of talent out there where, you know, the kids kind of attracted the kids and I was this young coach, 23, 24 and, you know, over time, you know, people started to kind of gain trust and realize, you know, this guy isn't that bad. So, you know, over time, it kind of, you know, worked in my favor and, you know, everything kind of worked out. I eventually switched clubs to a nicer one and, you know, you move up. You earn your stripes. Now, when you saw him, did you initially see, you know, like super talent because he won our ADK this summer and, you know, it was full of Steve Johnson, Su -Woo Kwong. It was Ethan Quinn. It was other names, right? Kanee Shakuri. And Alex, okay, you know, he got the USTA wildcard. He's a young kid. You know what I mean? Like, sort of under the radar and then he wins the whole tournament in finals Newport on the grass like a week later. So, did you see it right away? Was he like a typical kind of 12 -year -old throwing his racket, having tantrums? What was he like at 12? Alex has always turned on tantrums. But, you know, when he was 12, he was good. But, you know, I'll be honest, there were a handful of kids out there that, you know, Kyle Kang, who's had a lot of success. I saw him. Sebastian Goresney, who Alex won doubles with. There were a handful of others and, I mean, Alex, they were, he was good. If I thought that he would be this good, you know, at this point, I think I'd I don't think I saw that. But, you know, you definitely see that this kid's capable of playing at a pretty good level while he's young. And then, you know, as the years kind of go and then as you sort of see him and his personality kind of develop, you kind of recognize, you know, this, you know, this isn't too normal of a 16, 17, 18 -year -old kid. And then, you know, sure enough, eventually the results followed, which was pretty fun to watch. Yeah, I mean, I felt it was interesting because he was here with like his friend. Yeah. You know, not even like a coach, trainer, physio, nothing. Like him and his homeboy. Yeah. He didn't look like he played tennis. You know what I mean? So, yeah, it was like, it was interesting to show up without, you know, completing against guys who are here with like coaching that they're paying six -figure salaries and who are scouting, right? And for him to kind of move through the draw, honestly, I mean, you know, maybe he split sets once. Yeah. It was actually really interesting. He's an extremely competitive kid. And so, you know, throughout the last few years kind of as we've traveled to some events and as he's gone to some like by himself, you know, the whole understanding is, okay, how well do you really understand, you know, your day -to -day process? How well are you able to, you know, nowadays, you know, with challengers, everything you can stream, you can watch. So, you know, both myself and, you know, Jay, the other coach that's here and helping him out, you know, we watch, we communicate. But, you know, at the end of the day, you know, it was one of those big decisions, okay, are you going to go to college or are you going to go pro? And he's kind of weighing those two things. And it's, you know, if you really think you want to be a pro, show me. And so it's one of those things, luckily, when he's young, you know, you have the, you know, it's kind of freedom. If he loses some matches, okay, you're young. If, you know, you win some matches, okay, great. You're young. So it's one of those things where, you know, we really kind of wanted to see, you know, what he's able to do sort of on his own. How well can he manage emotionally? How well can he, you know, create some game plans and stick to his day -to -day routines? And he, I would say he passed. And did he officially turn pro? He officially turned pro, yeah. Yeah. So I know UGA was going to be where he was going. I know he was undecided this summer, but UGA was going to, was there a little bit of an inside man kind of happening here, right? You know, I mean, you know, I think that, you know, I'll definitely say, I think he had some exposure to hearing about, you know, some Georgia greatness. I think that for sure. But, you know, I'll say it was his decision. Ultimately, I tried to not put too much pressure or expectation on where he was going to go. You know, I think Georgia has a lot to offer. So I think, you gone that route, I think it would be, you know, I don't think we can really fail if, you know, you're going and you're trying to be a tennis player and that's a place you choose. I think it's a pretty good place. Now tell us about Lerner Tan. I'll admit as a player that I hadn't had the opportunity to watch too much. I had not watched him in the challenges at all. But was he also sort of in the program at a young age or did he just sort of come later on? My partner actually, you know, kind of helped him when he was young because Levitt Jay used to be incorporated at Carson, which was kind of where Lerner kind of had his, you know, beginnings. He was a little bit more, I guess I'll say, you know, his talent was Federation spotted, I guess you could say as to where Alex was kind of, you know, the guy on the outside a little figuring his own way. Lerner was kind of the guy that everybody kind of thought was, you know, the guy. Right. And so, you know, it's been fun kind of watching him, you know, see his transition, you know, from juniors to now, you know, kind of becoming, you know, the top of juniors, you know, winning Kalamazoo the last two years and his transition. It's been fun to see. So, you know, I've seen a lot of him out of the last, you know, two and a half to three years. So it's been, it's definitely been a different transition. I feel like, you know, it's a little bit fire and ice there. You know, Alex is the fiery one screaming a good bit and Lerner is the silent killer. So it's, they're definitely different, which I think, you know, is pretty refreshing and it's kind of cool to see them both have success in their own accord. So tell us about Tier 1 then. So how many courts, obviously you grew up, I mean, like, you know, I started in the park years ago, right? In Chicago Park, right? And now I got 27 courts. But tell us about Tier 1 performance now. Where are you? How many courts do you now have? How many kids are you serving? Yeah, we're in Newport Beach right now, which is great. Weather's nice. We have, right now, we're running our program out of only five ports. It's not that big. You know, we take a lot of pride in just kind of being individually, you know, development based. I feel like if you're in our program, you're going to have, you know, a good bit of time from the coaches. You're probably going to have a chance to hit with some of the top guys. We try to be really selective with who we kind of have. Just because in Southern California, it's really difficult to, you know, get your hands on a ton of courts. There's so many people in tennis. There's only a few clubs now. You know, pickleball, even at our club right now, you know, pickleball is booming. You know, so many people are playing. It's keeping clubs alive, which, you know, I think is nice. But at the same time, I would love to see, you know, a lot of tennis courts and tennis opportunity. But, you know, it is what it is. Yeah, man, pickleball is definitely taking over. You see clubs getting rid of one court, two courts, and they think that it's not that big of an impact. But I mean, two courts really makes a difference in terms of being able to spread kids out, get them more time, get more balls and more balls at the time. But it's, you know, I think in tennis, if we want to fight them off, we've got to market better and we've got to grow, right? They're in this growth sort of stage and we're sort of stagnant, you know, so it's not like we're not leaving the club with a lot of choices other than to diversify, you know what I mean? Right. Yeah, yeah, yeah, for sure. So, let me ask you that. So, you've obviously had two kids that are going on. What do you tell that next parent, whose kid's 14, right, may get to see learner Alex come to the academy and number one, they want to homeschool, right, or ask you whether or not they should homeschool or B, you know, whether or not they should choose to go to college or, you know, turn pro. How are you advising parents? Because I get the question all the time. Should we homeschool, right? Should we do whatever? And I always, you know, the answer is always, it depends. Yeah. But what would be your answer in terms of homeschooling to train? Well, look, I definitely think that if your primary goal is to be a tennis player and I think, you know, if you're an athlete and that's kind of what you want to do, I think there's a lot of benefit in homeschooling just because, you know, it enables you to travel. You know, if I get to the ITF level, you know, I need to be able to travel. Those tournaments start on Monday and they go through Friday. So, you know, if I'm in a regular school, if I'm a high school kid, you know, that's a pretty difficult life for me to be able to justify or to, you know, be able to get my excused absences and stuff like that. You know, we're definitely big. You know, if you show me a 14 and under kid and I feel like I had pretty good experience in this just because I saw a lot of kids from the age of 12 to 14, you know, I got to see an entire kind of generation out of SoCal and a lot of them were pretty good. You know, the one thing I think, you know, when you're 12, 13, 14 years old, I think the primary thing kind of for level, obviously it matters how you're doing it, but I think the primary thing is the repetition. You know, I saw a ton of kids where they had a bunch of practices and I knew that that kid probably, you know, had 30%, 40 % more time than some of the other kids. And, you know, sure enough, that kid is more competent at keeping the ball in play. You know, they're able, you know, they've just seen and touched more balls. So, you know, they're going to make more balls. I think it's a balance. I think it really depends on the parents. I think it really depends on the kid. And I think it depends on the environment that they'll be in if they are going to be homeschooled. You know, I will say that, you know, we've had a handful of kids kind of switch from high school to homeschooled and they're in our program. But I feel like there's still strong social aspects in our program. You know, all the boys are tight. They compete a lot. They, you know, I feel like they get their social, you know, they go to lunch. And just kind of our standards are really high. I think this past year we had five kids that graduated that all went to IVs. So, you know, it's totally possible whether you're homeschooled or whether you're in school, I think, to, you know, kind of pursue academic excellence. I think, you know, just because you're doing one thing and not the other, I don't think that that necessarily, you know, takes that away from you. I think tennis can open a ton of doors. And I think I kind of, you know, we've kind of seen that in the last few years. I've seen a lot more tennis kids choosing IV ever since 2020, I feel. I feel like the IVs have been pretty hot, especially for some blue chip players, which I think, you know, if you look prior to 2020, I think the percentages took a pretty drastic jump, which is interesting to see. Yeah, you know, it's funny, you know, in some markets you see people playing for the scholarship and in some other markets you see them playing for entrance, right, into the Princeton, the Harvards. And one of the myths, like, I think if you think about basketball or football, right, the better basketball football players are obviously choosing the SEC, right, Pac -12, whatever that is. But in tennis, you know, I think that, you know, your academics and your tennis have to be, like, at the top scale to go, just because you're not like a bad tennis player if you go to Harvard, you know what I mean? Like, the kid that goes to Harvard or makes the team probably could have gone to PCU, right, or Florida or whatever, you know what I mean? And so it is interesting to see the number of people who say, yes, I've spent 30 grand on tennis for the past eight years and I'm still willing to pay for college, right, because I got into Princeton, Harvard, Yale, etc. But I think it's a big myth where, you know, the United States is so basketball focused, we see Harvard basketball as, like, okay, that's everyone that didn't get chosen by the Illinois, the Wisconsin, the Michigan. And it's not the same, you know what I mean? Yeah, it's different for sure. So when you think about, like, the Ivies, right, you see a lot of kids go to East Coast and you think about, you know, COVID obviously changed something with the home school, you know, sort of situation. People who never considered that it was possible were like, okay, well, we've been living at home for a year and a half and doing online studies, it's not that bad, you know, they're more focused with their time. Did you see more people from families who you thought would not have done it try it post COVID? Yeah, definitely. I think the really popular thing that a lot of people are doing now is kind of a hybrid schedule, which I actually really like a lot. At least in California, I don't know if the schooling system is different everywhere else. I know it was different where I was from. But a lot of these kids, you know, they'll go to school from 8 to 1130 or 8 to 12. And, you know, they have their three hours where, you know, I don't know how they stagger their classes and stuff like that. But I know that pretty much every kid at every school in SoCal is at least able to do this if they so choose. And so they're able to get released around 12 or something. And, you know, they're able to be at afternoon practice and get a full block in. You know, for me, that still enables you to get the hours you need on court and to be able to maintain some of that social. And, you know, if you become, you know, really, really good, I guess, okay, by junior year, maybe you could consider, okay, maybe I should take this a little bit more seriously, maybe I should go full time homeschool. Or, you know, a lot of these kids are in a place where it's, you know, I'm comfortable with my tennis, I like where it's at, I feel like it'll give me opportunity in college. My grades are great. And, you know, maybe that person's a little more academically inclined. And, you know, they want to have a career and they feel like tennis is that great stepping stone. Which I think is a really cool thing about our sport is it just opens a tremendous amount of doors. I feel like if you figure out how to develop and be a good tennis player and how to compete well in tennis, you can you can apply that to almost everything in life. Yeah. So you talk about opening doors, right? When Alex or Lerner were sort of deciding whether to walk through door number one, which is college, or door number two, which is which is obviously turning pro. Right. How did you advise them? You know what I mean? If I say, hey, you know what? Take a couple wildcards. If you went around or two, maybe you go to college. If you win a tournament, maybe you stay out there. If an agency locks you into a deal, right? Then, you know, they normally know what good looks like and they normally have like the ear of the Nike, the Adidas, right? Then you turn pro. What was your advice in terms of if and when, right? Yeah. For those who ask. Well, they were both in different places. I'm gonna start with Lerner cuz he's younger. He actually, you know, did a semester in college. You know, Lerner finished high school, I think, when he was sixteen, sixteen and a half. And so, obviously, your eligibility clock starts, you know, six months after you finish your high school. So, for him, it was, you know, he was so young, he didn't really have much pro experience at that time. You know, he did great things in juniors. You know, he won Kalamazoo. He got his wild card into the men's that year and then, you know, he played a little bit of pro kind of and then, you know, that that January, he went in and and did a semester at USC which I think was a good experience for him socially. He had some eligibility problems which, you know, only let him play about five, six matches toward the end of the year which was kind of disappointing and then, you know, he won Kalamazoo again and so, you know, that was the second trip there and then, you know, by then, he had a little bit more exposure with, you know, agencies and brands and kind of, you know, the stuff that you'd like to see that'll actually give you the financial security to kind of, you know, chase your dream and pass up, you know, the the education, I guess, for the time being. So, you know, I felt like that was really the security was a big was a big thing for him. You know, prior to winning Kalamazoo for the second time, you know, he still had Junior Grand Slams to play. He wasn't playing men's events. So, for him being that age, you know, it was, well, you know, I'm I'm not in a massive rush so why not get a semester in and I think he had a great time. He really liked it. I mean, he he speaks pretty positively about the dual matches. He actually follows college tennis now a little bit more. You know, he will talk about some dual matches which I think is pretty cool and you know, I think it gave him some confidence getting to play for university, getting to represent, you know, seeing that university promotes you. I think there's a lot of benefits there and now, you know, he's got an alumni base. You know, people talk about all, you know, he's a USC Trojan and stuff like that. You know, you see it at all different tournaments. You know, guys are wearing a USC hat and, you know, hey, learner, da da da and you know, I think that that's pretty cool to be a part of, you know, a big family of people who are proud that, you know, they can say they played in the same place and then Alex. Alex was, you know, he was a little old for his grade and he was one that he committed and, you know, the whole time him and learner kind of, you know, talking and, you know, about going pro and da da da da. You know, obviously, it was their dream. You know, I just kept telling Alex, you know, I don't want to hear it. I don't want to hear it until, you know, it's a real problem and so, you know, he gets to 400 in the world and, you know, it's what you do. You get to 400. You know, it's good but at the end of the day, you know, you're not, your life's not changing because you're 400 in the world. You know, so he's 400 in the world and he's, you know, saying stuff to me and I'm like, I could not care less you're going to college and then it was, you know, this was probably in January, February, you know, he starts to kind of do a little bit better and I think at that point, I recognized that he was better than a lot of the guys kind of at the challenger level. You know, just from my perspective, I was seeing kind of what it was, what it was to be 300, what it was to be 200 and I think at that point, like February, March, I fully knew that he was good enough to be there and to be winning those matches but at the same time, you know, having financial security, having set, you know, all of those factors that kind of go into whether I'm going to pass up my education and go pro. You know, it's a big decision and so I remember we were putting it off. I just said, you know, nothing till US Open. I was like, we're not, we're not talking about college till US Open. I said, you know, when we get to US Open, you finish US Open, you have that exposure, you know, we see what happens in those two weeks and then, you know, then we'll kind of make a decision but until then, like, don't even think about it. Don't talk about it. Don't care. You're going to school and I think that mentality really helped him kind of just play free. He was, you know, I'm not playing to go pro. I'm trying to do my job in school, finish my high school. I'm going to tournaments, playing great, just trying to compete and, you know, lucky for him, you know, well, I guess it's not lucky at all. That kid worked his absolute tail off but, you know, he had that success in Chicago at your club and then, you know, he made that little Newport run and I think by then, that was his third or fourth former top 10 win and, you know, he won his challenger. He final the challenger. He'd semied another one. He had kind of shown and, you know, some people have gotten attention and they started believing in him and so then, you know, that's when that big decision kind of came but I feel like for him, he really established himself, improved himself amongst pros which I think is an interesting thing because a lot of the time when you see these juniors kind of go pro sub 18, a lot of the time, it's because they had tremendous junior success which then made them, you know, they had grand slam success and stuff like that but Alex didn't have any of that. You know, Alex was kind of the late bloomer that, you know, in the last year when he was already 18 and aged out of ITF, the kid really just took it to a new level and, you know, I think he really showed that he's kind of ready for what the tour has to offer.
Meet Rebecca Whitman, The Magnetic Abundance Mentor
"So I wanna talk to my guest today because everything I talk about each week in the beginning of my show, Rebecca and I are gonna be talking about today. So Rebecca Whitman, she is called the Magnetic Abundance Mentor. I love that. She's an international best -selling author. She graduated with honors from Princeton University. She was awarded Life Coach of the Year and Empowered Woman of the Year by International Association of Top Professionals. LA Weekly Magazine featured her as one of the top seven entrepreneurs to watch in 2023. She hosts the top 1 .5 % globally ranked, balanced, beautiful, and abundant podcasts, which won the Positive Change Award. Her philosophy divides life into seven pillars of abundance, which include spiritual, physical, emotional, romantic, mental, social, and financial. She helps people achieve balance within these seven areas so that they can experience more fun and freedom in life. She has been featured in New York Weekly, Miami Magazine, and LA Weekly Magazines. In addition to her appearances on ABC and CBS, she has guested on over 100 podcasts. She has given keynote speeches at Columbia University and UCLA and has shared virtual stages with renowned thought leaders Grant Cardone, Jack Canfield, and Les Brown. You can find out more about her if you visit her website. It's RebeccaElizabethWhitman .com. Welcome, Rebecca. Thanks so much for being here with me. Thank you so much, Melissa. I'm so excited to be on your show with such a delight to have you on my show a couple weeks ago, and now we get to continue the conversation. Exactly, yeah. So I was on Rebecca's show on her podcast, The Balance Beautiful and Abundant Show, and it aired August 29th. And you guys who are listening, you can find it on any of the podcasting platforms, Apple, whatever you listen to, Spotify, Google, and yeah, you can listen to the show. And it's also, it's on YouTube too, right, Rebecca? I think you're on YouTube also. Yep, YouTube as well as Apple, Spotify, and all the podcast platforms. Absolutely. It was so much fun. It was so much fun. So yeah, so now she's here. So let's talk about you and like what got you into this kind of this abundance mindset, like starting to do this kind of work? What made you want to do it? Were you always doing this your whole life or is this something that you kind of fell into or came to, I should say? Yeah, I moved to Los Angeles 22 years ago to pursue my childhood dream of being an actress. And I had small parts on huge shows like Friends, CSI, and 24, and I never got that big break. So I supported myself at children's acting schools and the children were busy during the day at school. So I would attend spiritual lectures with great teachers of the law of attraction like Michael Beckwith, Esther Hicks, Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer, and I started applying it to my life and I got immediate results. I was making six figures working part time at a kid's acting school. And I didn't quite apply it as well to my love life. I had a series of really painful breakups with emotionally unavailable men. And I even married one thinking he would change. Three years later, I filed for divorce and my marriage was slowly and painfully unraveling as my dad was slowly and painfully dying in a nursing home. And in one of our last conversations, he asked me to write a book. And a few months later, my dad had made his transition and my marriage had dissolved and I was sitting across the desk from my financial planner. And he said, Rebecca, I find it interesting that you are making more money than you've ever made the same year that you lost your marriage and your father. And I think you should write a book. So I wrote a book based on the seven key areas of life, which I now call the seven pillars of abundance, and it's called How to Make a Six Figure Income Working Part Time. And now I help women go from burned out to balanced, beautiful, and abundant. And using these principles, I'm now happily married to my soulmate. And now I just coach women. I have the podcast and I just love this mission, teaching people they don't have to be burned out and overwhelmed to receive abundance in life.
A highlight from How Lisa Guerrero Learned to Be Brave
"Whether you know Liz Guerrero from her work as a correspondent on Inside Edition or her time as a sideline reporter on Monday Night Football, a job she calls both a dream and a nightmare, you know that she will go toe -to -toe with anyone. Now she's exploring where that empathy and courage comes from in her new memoir, Warrior, My Path to Being Brave. Lisa and I talk about everything from the experience of suffering a miscarriage on live television to her decision to pose on the cover of Playboy. Lisa is sharing it all in the hopes of helping us reimagine what it means to be brave. Lisa, I was such a fan of yours before the book. I am a bigger fan after. Thank you so much for being here. Thank you so much for having me, Alicia, because I watch you. I'm such a fan of yours. So thank you for having me. Mutual Admiration Society, I would imagine that for a lot of our listeners beyond your work at Inside Edition, you are best known for your work at Monday Night Football. You write, it was both a dream job and a complete nightmare. Tell me why. After 10 years of working as a sportscaster, I had been a beat reporter for the Dodgers, the Lakers, USC, UCLA, the Kings, the Chargers. I was the first female anchor at Southern California Sports Report. And suddenly I'm on Best Damped Sports Show period, a big national show on Fox Sports Net. Which is to say you have your credentials, right? I want to just put a pin in this to say that you know your stuff inside and out. You have a resume that proves that, and yet. And yet, I get hired by Monday Night Football on ABC, the biggest job a woman could get in sports broadcasting, 40 million viewers every Monday night, an incredible amount of attention, an incredible amount of exposure, and I was really excited to get this job. But before I ever pick up a microphone for ABC, I start seeing these articles about me that were calling me a bimbo and that were pointing out the size of my breasts or the length of my hair or my last name before I ever report from the actual sidelines. And I realized that a lot of the criticism had nothing to do with my ability, but more to do with I wasn't the type of woman that the sports media, I guess, elite felt should be covering the sidelines, meaning I didn't come from ESPN, I hadn't been a sports columnist, I had been an NFL cheerleader and a swimwear model and an actress. So therefore, I must not be a very good sports reporter, right? I must have only been hired because I was cute. And they ignored the 10 years of sports casting that I had just done. I started to get a lot of anxiety, I started to become nervous. And my boss, who this was now only his second year as the executive producer of Monday Night Football, realized that I was coming under this intense scrutiny. And he started to get nervous, I think. And he began to be pretty cruel to me and verbally abused me. He would constantly be yelling at me, screaming at me. He took all of my reports and rewrote them in his voice because he was so nervous that if I went live, who knows what I would say. He started to control what I looked like, put me in dark blue suits and make sure you can't see any cleavage, make sure she's covered up to here. So I realized that I was going to get fired. I knew I was going to get fired before the very first game. And then at the end of the first regular season game, I misspoke on the air. And I immediately corrected it, but at least it was too late because it gave my critics the opportunity to say, see, she doesn't know what she's talking about. And she doesn't deserve this job. So I got very depressed. I really sank into this extreme, I don't know what else to call it. It was a very traumatic experience for me because I had always been known as the sports chick. I knew my sports. And to have this narrative now be that I didn't know sports and that I was just a model or just a cheerleader, I didn't know how to combat that. And the powers that be at ABC wouldn't let me do any interviews. They wouldn't let me speak for myself. I couldn't eat. I couldn't sleep. I was throwing up before and after every game or after every interaction with my boss who was screaming at me in my IFB during live interviews in front of 40 million people. And I just thought, I'm not going to make it. I don't know how I can get through this season. And finally, I found out I was pregnant. I had just gotten engaged and I was excited about it, even though I thought I would never have children because I was in love with my fiancé. And I thought, maybe I do want to have a child with him. But I was so overwhelmed with anxiety and depression over this job that I couldn't eat or sleep.
A highlight from Dr Fitness USA The Show Presents The Magnetic Abundance Mentor Rebecca Whitman
"Hello, and welcome to Dr. Fitness USA, the show, exercises, medicine, strength training and stronger medicine with your host, Batista Gromod and myself, Steven Hersey, aka Dr. Fitness USA. Welcome to Dr. Fitness USA, the show, I'm Batista, your host, and I'm here with my co -host, Steven Hersey, also known as Dr. Fitness USA, the foremost expert in the world in strength training and body design, the Dr. Fitness USA show aims to inspire a society of stronger people. Today, we have an amazing guest for you, Rebecca Whitman. Oh boy, are you in for a great surprise. Rebecca is the magnetic abundance mentor, graduate with honors from Princeton University and author of internationally best -selling books. She was awarded life coach of the year and empowered woman of the year by the International Association of Top Professionals. She hosts the top 5 % globally ranked, balanced, beautiful, abundant podcast, which won the positive change podcast award. Her philosophy divides life into seven pillars of abundance, which include spiritual, physical, emotional, romantic, mental, social, and financial, all that you can imagine to have a fulfilling life. She helps people achieve balance within these seven areas to experience more fun and freedom in life. In addition to her appearances as an expert on ABC and CBS, she has spoken on multiple podcast at Columbia University, UCLA, and has shared virtual stages with great thought leaders like Grant Cardone, Jack Canfield, and Les Brown. Today, the topic of our conversation is the seven pillars of abundance. Rebecca, welcome to Dr. Fitness USA, the show. It's a real honor to have you with us today. Thank you. It's so wonderful to be here. I love talking to you guys already in the pre -show. We could have kept that conversation going, and now we get to do a podcast together. So I'm excited to be here. Beautiful. So listen, before we get started on the whole seven pillars of abundance and all this great stuff that you're going to share with us, we kind of want to know you a little bit, who you are, where you come from, and how did you get to where you are today? Sure. So I moved to LA about 20 years ago to pursue my childhood dream of being an actress. And I had small parts on big shows like Friends at CSI and 24, but I never quite made a living at acting. So I found myself working at children's acting schools, which I love because I don't have any kids, so it was fun working with them. And I had a lot of free time to study with great spiritual teachers like Michael Beckwith, Abraham Hicks, Wayne Dyer, and Miriam Williamson. And I really mastered the law of attraction in a lot of areas of my life. The one area that eluded me was my romantic life. And I had a really tough year in 2015. My dad was dying as my marriage was unraveling. And a year and a half later in 2016, in my last conversation with my dad, he said, Rebecca, I think you should write something. I think you're living life in a really different way, and I think you can inspire people. And I had no idea what I was going to write. My dad was buried on a Wednesday, 72 hours later, my marriage was dissolved and divorced on a Friday. And a few months later, I was sitting in my financial planner's office in workout clothes. And he's like, Rebecca, you always come in here like in workout clothes in the middle of the day, and I know you lost your dad and you lost your marriage, and you always come here with such great energy. And I'm looking at your financial portfolio, and you had the best fiscal year ever. So I think you should write a book inspiring people how you're living your life and how you're so resilient. And I believe that God speaks through other people. So I said, that's exactly what I'm going to write about. So I wrote a book called How to Make a Six Figure Income Working Part Time. And it's not a business plan. It's how I lived my life and live my life to make six figures working part time. And in that book, I divide life into seven key areas, which I call my seven pillars of abundance. And now I'm coaching women. I'm helping them go from burned out to balanced, beautiful, and abundant. I have a podcast called The Balanced, Beautiful, and Abundant Show, where I interview experts in each of these seven areas. You guys are going to be on the podcast talking about fitness. And I just love my mission of taking overworked, stressed out women and transforming them from burned out to balanced, beautiful, and abundant. So that's how I got to where I am today.
A highlight from The problems of evil
"In today's episode I'll be speaking to Raphael Cohen -Algamal about the problems of evil. How can you reconcile individualism and collectivism? Has multiculturalism failed? And what happens when the rights of the state are in conflict with the rights of culture? Raphael discusses his book and provides an academic viewpoint on these tricky dilemmas. I create clear thinking and decisive leaders who can amplify their influence. Contact me to find out how I can help you or your organisation. And today our guest is Raphael Cohen -Almagor. How are you doing? Good, how are you Judith? I am doing great, thank you. Tell me what sort of things make you giggle or laugh out loud? What makes me giggle? Good, cynical, sharp, statement jokes. Things that make me think and then see the irony behind them. And yeah, make me giggle. Tell us a little bit about you. I'm an academic, I've been in academia all my life. I did my bachelor degree at Tel Aviv University in political science, sociology and anthropology and then continued to do my masters in political science at Tel Aviv University. I pursued a doctorate at Oxford University at St. Catherine's College. I'm very patriotic about my Oxford College and then started to research and teach at the Hebrew University, went to the and Institute then I moved to University of Haifa. I spent a year at UCLA, I spent a year at Charles Hopkins University. I spent some time at the Woodrow Wilson Centre for International Studies, then moved to the UK, been to of course Oxford and then University of Hull and then University College London and presently I'm the Olof Palme Visiting Professor at Lund University in Sweden. Besides academia, I am sort of a public person. I established some organization in my life. So back in 1983 I established a second -generation Holocaust Remembrance Organization in Israel and later I established a Centre for Democratic Studies and then I established the Palme Jews Institute and I established the Middle Eastern Studies Centre at the University of Hull. So I like to do practical things. I'm not the usual academic because I have many many interests. You told me that today we're going to speak about the contrast between group rights and individual rights which is subject of my two last books. One of them is Just Visible Multiculturalism, maybe you can see that, published in 2021 and I consider this as one of my major works. Took me 10 years to write this book and then the other one is my most recent book which is called the Republic Security and Secularism which is on the fight of France against how women dress, especially Muslim women dress. In France I was fascinated by the fact that in France people are so preoccupied by the fact that women dress. I mean why should you be? There are people that can think that the government should be preoccupied by rather than how a woman dresses. She does it every day. So I went to France to study that and that's a subject of my most recent book but other than that I'm interested in problems of evil.
A highlight from The Root Cause of Pain/Inflammation & Top 5 Anti-Inflammatory Supplements - Dr. Joshua Levitt
"All right, I'm here with Dr. Josh Levitt. He is a naturopathic physician. He's also the founder of Up Wellness and an expert in pain management. Dr. Josh, welcome to the show, brother. Hey, thank you for having me. This is going to be fun. Look forward to it. Yep, absolutely. I'm super excited to jam out with you. I only like to rock out with high vibe people. And from what I've gotten to see from you, that is what you do. You know, you're a naturopathic physician and I've had a couple of naturopaths on it, but I'm curious for you, you know, you kind of know my philosophy with the Western approach. And, you know, that was really actually how I, I'm not a naturopath. I'm a holistic health coach. And, but that is how I kind of went down my own path for a holistic health or medicine, whatever you want to call it, because I wasn't getting results from the Western, the Western side, more or less. And I wanted to start understanding more about root causes and like, how do we really get to it? I want to put a bandaid on things. So, but I'm just curious for you, like, how did, how did you get started on this? Was there a day you realize, like for same thing for you, was there a day you realize like, that's it, like, this is what I want to do with my life? Yeah, that's a great question. And we, we all have our personal stories, right? And there was a day, I can kind of pin it down. So let me give you a little background before we get to that particular day. So I grew up in Southern California, a surfer and a skater. And I was, I come from a family of doctors. I always wanted to be a doctor. I was like one of those kids who just always wanted to be a doctor. I went to UCLA on a pre -med track. I studied neurophysiology there. My dad at the time was training medical residents at, at UCLA. So I had kind of, I don't know, backstage access to doctors, you might call it. And, and then this is like in my early twenties, I'm in my late forties now. They were telling me that medicine was changing for the worse, right? These docs were all like, basically don't do it. You know, it was kind of what they were saying. And so it was like, well, what am I going to do? I kind of always wanted to be a doctor. Anyway, I had the good fortune to be able to take a year long trip. So I went and got a backpack, you know, some hiking boots and I went really on a walkabout around the world, all over the place, sleeping on beaches, hitchhiking, staying at youth hostels, all that sort of stuff. At one point I got a blister on the back of my foot from some sandals that I had bought and it turned into cellulitis and cellulitis is a bad thing, right? It was, it was creeping up my leg at this time when it was really advancing up my leg. I had a fever. It was really bad. And I was on route in an airplane, headed towards Zurich, Switzerland. So I landed in Switzerland and I had severe cellulitis with a fever. It was really bad. I called home. I got a prescription for antibiotics called into this pharmacy in Zurich where I went in and I was kind of tripped out because I was, you know, had a high fever and I was, my mind was playing tricks on me. And I picked up these antibiotics, which helped me. They cured my infection, saved my leg, maybe even saved my life. So that's part A, but part B, in contrast to anything I had ever known in Southern California, which is where my life was, I saw in this pharmacy, not only the antibiotics that I needed at the time, but also this whole world, right? Of like herbal stuff, homeopathic stuff, tea, and like natural things. And I was tripped out. Like I was like, wow. You know, I was probably also like a little febrile, you know, but like, this was amazing to me. There's medicine that's not just like medicine that like this antibiotic. And I was also in a journey of discovery at that time in my life anyway. And that just basically ignited a spark that became the passion that's basically led my entire career. And so I now still have that passion and enthusiasm for natural medicine. And I guess it's sort of, there's some irony there because like I'm the naturopathic doctor who got his start in naturopathic medicine on the day that I needed antibiotics, right? So it's like, and by the way, I'm no fan of antibiotics. Like, I think they're grossly overused. I think they're used for too long. I think they're used inappropriately all the time on humans and on livestock. So like, you know, but I think they're also great and necessary when they're necessary as they were in my case, in that particular case. But yeah, so that's my story, the origin story, if you will. And here I am now kind of like, you know, on what I see as a bridge that's still in construction between Western medicine, mainstream conventional medicine and alternative medicine. And when I got started and even before that, those worlds were just totally far apart from each other. Never the two shall meet. And I think as I've moved through my career, it's not just been me, but lots of people kind of trying to construct that bridge and bring the best of both worlds closer together. That's what I'm about.
A highlight from MARGARET ARANDA, MD, SPECIALIZES IN "LONG HAULER COVID," WHICH IS MOSTLY VAX INJURY
"Hello, this is the Surviving Healthcare Podcast, and I have my great friend and colleague, Margaret Aranda, to tell us about her adventures in California healthcare and her career and so on. And so it's quite a story and I'll let her go have at it. Tell us first about your professional background, Margaret. It's quite impressive. It eclipses mine by a great deal. Thank you. Well, you know, I was never the smartest one in the class, but I grew up as a little mom to six siblings. So I cooked and cleaned and did everything by the time I was 13. I made my first Thanksgiving dinner. So I grew up with a lot of common sense and a very strong work ethic. So I think that helped me a lot to excel in my clinicals and the academic was I had to study hard. I didn't have a photographic memory like so many doctors in our medical school classes, right? But I got accepted to Oral Roberts University Medical School. And then when it closed down, I transferred to USC. So I graduated USC Medical School and then did internships there, including two rotations in the jail ward. And then I did anesthesia my first couple of years, transferred out, completed anesthesia residency at Stanford, and then they liked me. So I stayed and I liked them. So I stayed on for a critical care fellowship as one of three in the country who competed for the positions. Then my first job was as a attending assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania. I ended up being in three departments. I wrote three million in NIH grants and worked on collaborative research with Johannes Gutenberg University in Maine, Germany, and then I was chief of the Department of Anesthesiology at the Philadelphia VA during 9 -11. After that, my dad got Alzheimer's, so I came back to California as UCLA faculty and director of the surgical intensive care unit as a staff anesthesiologist at the West Los Angeles VA. Then as you know, my daughter and I were in a tragic car accident. I spent 12 years bedridden with a traumatic brain injury. I was very unable to walk or talk. I had dysautonomia very severely. I could not stand up without fainting. Nobody knew what it was, so the doctors thought I was pretending. I had a near -death experience and God let me come back, even though he gave me permission to go into that cloud in the sky to heaven. So then I came back to inherit a pain clinic. I assumed an existing pain clinic with patients already on a lot of different high -dose medications. I tapered everybody down over three to four years and also during the last three years was extremely grateful that I learned how to use ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine, and polypharmacy to save with zero deaths over 2 ,500 patients. And then I got, in my opinion, I got targeted by the Medical Board of California. Of course.
A highlight from The Harvard Set's War Against the Constitution with Alan Dershowitz and Noah Durham
"Turbulent times call for clear -headed insight that's hard to come by these days, especially on TV. That's where we come in. Salem News Channel has the greatest collection of conservative minds all in one place. People you know and trust, like Dennis Prager, Eric Metaxas, Charlie Kirk, and more. Unfiltered, unapologetic truth. Find what you're searching for at snc .tv and on Local Now Channel 525. Hey everybody, it's Andy the Charlie Kirk Show. Turning Point USA is taking charge on campuses. We are making America a better country and the reinforcements are coming. You're going to leave us some hope after this interview. You'll love it. Email me as always, freedom at charliekirk .com. Get involved with Turning Point USA today at tpusa .com. That is tpusa .com. Start a high school or college chapter today at tpusa .com. Get engaged, get involved with Turning Point USA. That is tpusa .com. As always, you can email me freedom at charliekirk .com. Buckle up everybody. Here we go. Charlie, what you've done is incredible here. Maybe Charlie Kirk is on the college campuses. I want you to know we are lucky to have Charlie Kirk. Charlie Kirk's running the White House folks. I want to thank Charlie. He's an incredible guy. His spirit, his love of this country. He's done an amazing job building one of the most powerful youth organizations ever created Turning Point USA. We will not embrace the ideas that have destroyed countries, destroyed lives, and we are going to fight for freedom on campuses across the country. That's why we are here. Brought to you by the loan experts I trust. Andrew and Todd at Sierra Pacific Mortgage at andrewandtodd .com. This is the most conservative high school graduating entering college class of boys in the last 40 years. Something huge is happening and we saw that poll and then I'm starting to get reports from our amazing Turning Point USA field team saying Charlie, we're now seeing this on the ground. We're seeing this when we're recruiting. The response is incredible. Now we have the macro and the micro together. Joining us now is Noah Durham, who is a field rep for the best organization in America. I'm a little biased. Turning Point USA. Noah, welcome to the program. Thank you so much, Charlie. No, yeah, you're absolutely right. We are seeing it on the ground firsthand. Just in the first week of me being back on campus, recruiting for Turning Point USA chapters across the South, we've connected over 800 freshmen just in my territory to their Turning Point USA chapter at their college and university. So we're seeing it. We're seeing the hype. And so just so everyone knows, Turning Point USA, we are doing the work on the ground to save America. This is clipboard and tennis shoes type work. While other people are kind of talking and debating past each other in Washington, DC, and they're writing white papers that people won't read. Look at these images. One after the other, after the other, doing the difficult work. Noah, walk us through in detail. This is tough work. This requires grit. This requires hustle. But the payoff is huge. Noah, tell us about it. Yeah. So, you know, first thing when I get on campus, I just set up a table and start talking about the conservative movement with people. And I've seen of time and time again, students come up and say, wait, is this a place that supports free speech? Is this a place that I can go to on campus and make friends that think the way that I do? And yes, absolutely it is. And the movement's growing and the word is spreading around campus. And I'm so excited to see it grow, especially this year. And so tell us, are you seeing, you know, especially with young men, are you seeing a little bit of a heightened interest more so than previous years? Yeah. And I absolutely think, I think they're fed up. I think they're pissed off coming out of the public school system at their high school. They're tired of these liberal indoctrination camps that keep weighing them down and they're not able to express themselves in school freely as much as they are on college campuses. And then they come to college and they say, you know what? Now is the time. I'm sick and tired. I'm joining a Turning Point USA chapter, and I'm going to make a difference on my campus and in my community. And that's also why I'm really excited for our high school department expanding and getting onto even more high school campuses than ever, ever before. So yeah, it's great things all the way around. Yeah. And so we now, we are the only organization in America at Turning Point USA that has a full -time staff, nearly 50 to 60 people just focused on high school chapter development. By the way, as we're talking here, if anyone is interested, go to tpusa .com. That is tpusa .com. Start a high school chapter, start a college chapter. That's 60 full -time people. By in comparison, the RNC has zero people doing anything. They're up in Milwaukee doing whatever. But Noah, talk about the grittiness of the work. I mean, your students get by the administration, they get smeared, they get slandered. You have a generally conservative region, right? Panhandle region, but some of the schools are as liberal as Stalingrad. Tell us about it, Noah. Yeah, absolutely. I mean, we've seen just honestly, last week we had a number of freshmen come up and they say, hey, I know this is syllabus week, but we just had a number of classes in political science department and they seem to already be pushing these liberal and woke agendas day one with their curriculum. And so they are scared. They're wanting a community to support them and we can provide that for them on campus and just creating that space where someone can come together and meet with like -minded students and have that support and be able to report on the professors that are, you know, basically creating these indoctrination camps in their classrooms is a great resource for them. And they're very appreciative of it. And yeah. You guys want hope that are watching at home. Look at these images. One after we got hundreds, we have thousands of these on campuses across America. When we first started Turning Point USA, I was told, can't happen. Young people are liberal. This work is already getting done. That is a lie. A lot of those groups are low energy. They're out of the way now. They're old. They're outdated. We are on the front lines doing the work. So proud. Noah, tell the audience your story. You started as a chapter leader, which are the Navy Seals of the Conservative Movement. Tell us about it, Noah. Yes, sir. I was actually, I think I was a junior or senior at Auburn And, University. you know, I follow Turning Point USA since the beginning on social media and everything. And honestly, I saw how the college Republicans on campus were all just kind of lame, not really doing much, didn't have much interaction at all. And I was like, let's, let's start a Turning Point USA chapter. So I just went on the website and looked up all the information, how to get it started, and kicked it off from that point on. And, you know, I had, you know, probably 10 to 12 members until I left the school, just regular members at the chapter meetings and everything. We still had a great time. But now I get to work with that same chapter that has over 400 members. Wow. Yeah, 400 members at their chapter. It's grown significantly. They actually just had their first meeting last night, their first chapter meeting of the semester, and over 50 freshmen attended their chapter alone. And we must understand, there's some kids that are afraid. These are kids that are outspoken, right? Because there's a silent majority too, right? Now talk about that. I bet, you know, because we do this thing called tabling at Turning Point USA, which is our bread and butter, because unlike these other groups that just sit around on their hands and do nothing, we're not afraid, you know, to sweat. We're not afraid to wake up early. Tabling is the backbone of Turning Point USA. So, Noah, but tell me, I bet there's people that come up all the time. I hear these stories. Again, this is coast to coast from Buffalo to Arizona State, UCLA. We got thousands of these images. Noah, you hear from people and they whisper and they say, talk about the whisper, Noah. It's a big thing. Tell us about it. No, absolutely. And I'll take it a step further. Yes, students whisper, but we also have a number of college professors that come by the table and they say, hey, I'm with you. You know, they kind of walk up, look around, make sure none of their co -workers are watching. But that's the same kind of thing. There's this silent majority that's still kind of, you know, waiting in the balance. I feel like COVID helped a lot of people come, you know, out of the closet as a conservative. But we still have to push more and more to encourage more of these professors and students to come out of the closet and express their conservative values openly and proudly. Openly and proudly. And so if anyone across the country want to start, say, Turning Point USA chapter, go to TPUSA .com. That is TPUSA .com. We are also hiring, right? And the Republican oligarchs. conservative This can't be done on campus. A waste of time. We have proven them wrong over 11 years. When we first started 11 years ago, the millennial generation was supposed to be the most progressive generation just from a worldview perspective. Now millennials are about 50 -50, almost within 50 -50. And Gen Z is trending amazingly. Noah, are you seeing that Gen Z? Have you seen something change for the positive, even more enthusiasm and more energy as we close this out, Noah? Absolutely. I mean, like I said, over 800 freshmen connected to their chapters just in week one. Week one. That's just one region, by the way, everybody. We got tons of these. This is just one place. Keep going. That's just college. For sure. Yeah. Week one, and we're seeing it too. The excitement when we're tabling. Students are running across the concourse to our table the second that they see our signs, the second they see the Turning Point USA logo. And they're like, okay, now's the time. I've seen you on social media. It's time to get involved. I want to make a difference here. TPUSA .com. Noah, tell people what happens when they sign up to start a chapter. They hear from you or one of our reps and we get them going. No excuses. Every, by the way, adults get your kids involved. If you're a student, TPUSA .com. Noah, tell us about it really quick. Yeah. Get involved. Sign up on the Get Involved form on the website. Your Turning Point USA representative will reach out to you and get you plugged in with your chapter and start a chapter today. It's great. Start a chapter. It's TPUSA .com. Noah, you're doing great work. So proud. We have the best staff in the movement and it really is special to see over 11 years. I'm telling you, Gen Z is going to shock the world. They know it. That's why they attack Turning Point USA so much. We're the most attacked organization in America. Noah, God bless you. Can't wait to see you. Maybe at a campus stop, UCF. I'm not sure if that's your territory or not, but I'll be there. All right. We'll see you there. All right. Thanks, Noah. God bless. Thank you. That's TPUSA .com. Frontlines. That should be your white pill, everybody. Oh, Charlie, things are terrible. Stop it. Go to work. Oh, you know, the country. No, stop it. Get out of the way. If that's the kind of complaining you're going to do, I got no patience for you. Seriously. I get these emails, Charlie, it's a waste of time and all this. I don't have the luxury to believe such garbage. Do something about it. Reinforcements are common. Gen Z is ascendant. Bottom up. Yeah, your leaders at the people from DC, they are awful. I get it. Do something about it. That's what Turning Point USA is all about. Next generation, young, energy, grassroots. That's the type of muscle that is going to make a difference for generations. TPUSA .com. Start a high school or college chapter today. TPUSA .com.
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"Weekend edition of Bloomberg Business Week from Bloomberg Radio. Coming up in our next hour, our domestic cover story details a cryptocurrency scam for the ages. Plus, our undercover reporting expert guru, there's a lot of names we like to call him anyway, he takes us inside one of the world's most exclusive travel hotspots and reveals the secrets of the Mediterranean version of Pleasure Island. This is Bloomberg Business Week. I'm Carol Masser. And I'm Tim Stenovec. Stay with us. Today's top stories and global business headlines are coming up right now. Broadcasting 24 hours a day at Bloomberg .com and the Bloomberg Business Act. This is Bloomberg Radio. This is a Bloomberg Money Minute. NCAA athletes are winning big off their prowess on social media. Frankly, that that has been the biggest change in college sports that we've seen in our lifetime. Amy Pravat -Perko, CEO of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, says there are a lot of opportunities for college athletes to make money through their name, image and likeness, or NIL, now that the Supreme Court just about a year ago gave it all a thumbs up. Athletes are benefiting like never before from these new opportunities to earn compensation from their use of their NIL. Athletes like UCLA quarterback Chase Griffin. He has a $90 ,000 valuation as a brand ambassador and even gymnast and University of Florida grad Trinity Thomas and Jack Betts, a wide receiver at Division III Amherst College, are scoring big bucks. Opendoor says men dominate NIL moneymaking, but that could be about to change. Sports Innovation Lab says NCAA women athletes drive more social media engagement than men. Denise Pellegrini, Bloomberg Radio. Melissa from Michigan. I work an extra part time job serving lunch at my child's school, but I still can't afford to put food on our table. Daniel from California. Choosing whether to pay the rent or pay the rent.
A highlight from Altcoins Set For INSANE Pump If This Happens! (SEC Will Lose Again)
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All right, Senator Lummis is backing Coinbase against the SEC. Just more arrows going against Gary Gensler here. She's a prominent advocate for cryptocurrency. She filed an amicus brief on the 11th to support the Coinbase exchange against the SEC's lawsuit there. She maintained that the responsibility for regulations lies with Congress, not the SEC. Here's her quote, I believe. Now this might be a Coinbase's quote. The transaction over Coinbase's platform and Prime are not and do not involve contractual undertakings to deliver for future value, reflecting the income profits or assets of a business. They're commodity sales, with the obligations of both sides to charge entirely the moment the token is delivered in exchange for payment, AKA talking about the Orange Grove case where the SEC says everything's a commodity depending on are you working towards its profit? Hey, then it's not a commodity, it's now a security. I think they're pretty clear. But yeah, now we have a lawyer, I mean, I'm sorry, we have a senator coming in filing an amicus brief on behalf of Coinbase against a governmental agency. I would say, call me crazy, I would say that's pretty bullish, pretty bullish for the court case there. So I'm rooting for Coinbase. So I think we're all rooting for Coinbase. All those coins, they got beat down pretty hard. I have a big bag of a lot of those coins. I think there's a little opportunity there. If you think Coinbase is gonna win against the SEC, I do, but you know, I'm not a lawyer. I mean, they have the backing of Larry Fink and BlackRock. So it's hard to bet against Coinbase. Yeah, do you wanna bet against BlackRock? Yeah. I probably don't. One more thing on the SEC here. Law expert says the brief filed by six law scholars absolutely shreds the SEC's theory, you know, where they go over what is an investment contract and whether it requires contractual undertaking, contradicting the SEC. Here we have someone with the same length of neck as Deasy there. So he said the amicus brief filed by the law scholars is devastating for the SEC. Murphy noted that the amicus brief absolutely shreds their investment contract theory. So this was followed by law professors and scholars who were experts in security laws and related fields and probably have a big bag of Bitcoin. They include UCLA, Boston University, Fordham Law University, University of Chicago and Yale Law School professors. They noted that after the Howey decision, there's a common thread in how investment contracts were defined. The thread was that investor must be promised by virtue of his or her investment and ongoing contractual interest in the income, profits or assets of the enterprise. When you have a token, you do not have those things. So good, good news for the SEC. No, sorry, for Coinbase. We're rooting, rooting for Brian Armstrong, rooting for the bald brother, the bald deployer there. I'm rooting, I think I feel pretty good about it though. How about you? Yeah, I understand that. I was a little worried before the tight relationship with BlackRock, I'm gonna be honest, but I just don't see Larry Fing and BlackRock being defeated here. I have a question for you. There's some coins, there's ADA was on there, Filecoin, Polygon, I think about 48 coins listed in the SEC versus Coinbase lawsuit. Coinbase wins, what happens to those 48 currencies? Well, it's gonna be interesting to see does the SEC try to go after everyone individually the way they went after Ripple and XRP? I don't think they can and Gary's even kind of alluded to, they're gonna pause new lawsuits with crypto, they're gonna go after AI. So I don't think it's gonna happen, but at the same time, I don't think there's a winning strategy for any of those things, especially with the XRP decision. Then if they lose to Coinbase and Ripple, what's the precedence to go after any coin individually that it'll be obliterated? Yeah, Sand is one of the tokens, I see someone talking about Sand as well. We're not gonna get 100 % pump is my opinion here. So when we had the XRP news with the SEC, all the crypto attention was on one coin. Now when we have a Coinbase win over SEC, I'm saying win, all the attention will be on 48 coins. And so I don't think all the dollars are gonna flow into those, not everyone's picking one coin and not everyone's gonna invest in all 48 coins. So maybe 20 % pumps, I'm gonna throw out a number here. The best time to get a great deal on a Jeep SUV is now during the summer of Jeep event. Visit jeep .com or your local Jeep brand dealer to find the perfect Jeep SUV for you. Now get 15 % below NSRP for an average of 6 ,300 under NSRP on the purchase of a 2023 Jeep Cherokee Altitude Lux. 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A highlight from A Flurry of Amicus Briefs in Coinbase vs. SEC
"Welcome back to The Breakdown with me and LW. It's a daily podcast on macro, Bitcoin and the big picture power shifts remaking our world. What's going on, guys? It is Monday, August 14th, and today we are talking about a wild set of amicus briefs filed in the Coinbase against SEC case. Before we get into that, however, if you are enjoying The Breakdown, please go subscribe to it, give it a rating, give it a review. Or if you want to dive deeper into the conversation, come join us on the Breakers Discord. You can find a link in the show notes or go to bit .ly slash breakdown pod. All right, friends. Well, today, as I said, the main focus of the show is a slew of amicus briefs filed in the Coinbase case at the very end of last week. But first, a quick update in the SPF saga. Now, I'm sure all of you guys are at least a little bit familiar with what happened at this point, but let's present it for completeness. TLDR, after months of playing fast and loose with bail conditions, Sam has been sent to jail to await his trial. Now, the big catalyst for this was, of course, last month's leaking parts of former Alameda CEO Carolyn Ellison's journal to The New York Times. Carolyn was the CEO of Alameda during the final months of operations, was at times Sam's girlfriend, and will also be a key witness in Sam's trial. Now, SPF had said through lawyers that he was merely trying to, quote, give his side of the story. This is something that he has done a lot of, apparently. Indeed, he has notched up over 100 phone calls with one New York Times journalist in particular, and that's just one of the many reporters that he has been in touch with. The prosecutor argued effectively that this was indirect witness tampering. They said that even though there hadn't been an overt communication with Ellison, the intention was clear, stating, I think the fact the defendant was more subtle in his methods than a mobster doesn't mean it was benign. Now, the judge ultimately sided with the DOJ, finding that Sam's conduct was closer to witness intimidation than constitutionally protected public defense. During the hearing on Friday, the judge said Sam had been willing to, quote, risk crossing the line in an effort to get right up to the line wherever it is. Of Ellison's writings, which Sam shared, the judge said, The documents are in part personal and intimate. They are personally oriented, not business oriented. They are something that someone who had been in a relationship would be unlikely to share with anyone except to hurt and frighten the subject. Ultimately, the judge said, My conclusion is there is probable cause to believe the defendant has attempted to tamper with witnesses at least twice. There is a reputable presumption that there is no set of conditions that will ensure Bankman -Fried will not be a danger. So the other witness tampering attempt that the judge was referring to came shortly after Sam's arrest and release on bail when he had reached out to former FTX U .S. General Counsel Ryan Miller, suggesting that they stay in touch, coordinate communications, etc. Sam had also previously broken bail conditions when he had used the VPN to access the Internet, something that he claimed was just to watch the NFL playoffs, which very few people bought as totally true. Part of Sam's argument for remaining out of jail had been that incarceration would make it more difficult for him to prepare his defense. Prior to locking Sam up, the judge ensured that he would have access to a laptop to continue his trial preparation, which it seems like is just about the only good thing about the facility that he is on his way to. The judge said, I am focused on the possibility that he will be detained at the MDC, not on anyone's list of five -star facilities. That said, I understand he could have a dedicated laptop at the MDC 9, 10, 11 hours a day. Sam's trial is set to begin on October 2nd. His legal team has, of course, appealed the decision to revoke his bail and requested that he remain on house arrest pending appeal, but were denied on that motion. Former journalist Dan Nguyen really captured, I think, the sensibilities of the entire Twitter sphere when he wrote, SPF got one of the sweetest bail deals in history, and all he had to do was chill at his parents' Stanford home, play with the new dog his parents bought for him, and not use a VPN to secretly commit more crimes on the Internet, and yet, clown face emoji. Anyways, guys, just another gross chapter in a bad story. But with that, let's move on to something much more positive. On Friday, Blockchain Association Chief Policy Officer J. Chivinsky wrote, Today is a fun day. The deadline for amicus briefs on Coinbase's motion for judgment on the pleadings of the SEC's enforcement action. I expect to see many excellent briefs on many different issues. They should start hitting the docket soon. And indeed, hit they did. On Friday, a slew of briefs were filed in support of Coinbase's motion to dismiss the SEC's lawsuit. Now, most crypto lawsuits from the SEC have seen numerous amicus or friend -of -the -court briefs filed, but the Coinbase lawsuit attracted more attention from the legal community than usual. The Coinbase motion for judgment on the pleadings was supported by venture firms Paradigm and A16Z, who filed a joint brief, crypto lobbyists including the Blockchain Association, the Chamber for Digital Commerce and the DeFi Education Fund, and perhaps most notable were briefs from Senator Cynthia Lummis, as well as a group of six legal scholars. Coinbase is, of course, being sued for offering the sale of unregistered securities. The SEC's lawsuit hinges on the claim that 13 tokens offered on Coinbase's centralized exchange are securities. In addition to alleging that the main trading venue requires registration as a securities exchange, the SEC also alleges that Coinbase's self -hosted wallet is an unregistered securities brokerage and clearing agency. Finally, the lawsuit also alleged that Coinbase's staking product is a securities offering. As usual, all of these claims rely on the Howey Test, which is a Supreme Court test to determine when a transaction is deemed to be the sale of an investment contract. Coinbase's argument is that none of the tokens they offer fully satisfy the test, and as such, the lawsuit should be thrown out without the court hearing any further facts of the case. In addition, Coinbase is arguing that the SEC has attempted to expand its jurisdiction beyond the authority it was granted by Congress. This argument, as we have discussed, is brought under the Major Questions Doctrine, which is a relatively recent legal doctrine put forward by the Supreme Court. The Major Questions Doctrine holds that administrative agencies must have explicit authority from Congress to oversee an industry which forms a major part of the U .S. economy. So now let's go through the set of different briefs kind of organized in the context that they came in. We'll start with the VC and lobbyist briefs. The joint brief from Paradigm and A16Z focused extensively on the damage that could be done to the industry if the SEC's view of the law was held to be correct. They wrote, The brief noted that the SEC claimed crypto tokens themselves embody the terms of an investment contract, so continued to carry a classification as securities into the secondary markets long after their initial sale. This approach was rejected in the recent Ripple case, but remains contentious among federal court judges. The brief warned that allowing the SEC to take this approach could extend their reach into an endless array of commonly sold assets including fine art, classic cars, and vintage wines. Now, a group of crypto lobbyists led by the Blockchain Association said in their brief that the SEC seeks to cast aside the nearly century -old understanding of an investment contract and usurp Congress's authority to decide how to regulate a burgeoning industry. They claimed that the statutory text, history, precedent, and common sense all foreclosed the SEC's attempt to rewrite the definition of investment contract to reach digital asset sales unaccompanied by any ongoing contractual obligations. In a Twitter thread discussing the joint brief, G. Kim, the General Counsel at the Crypto Council for Innovation, wrote, The SEC is trying to short -circuit the legislative process and seize the power to resolve questions of massive economic and political importance by presenting its flawed interpretation in enforcement actions. The Chamber of Digital Commerce echoed their fellow lobbyists in making the point that the SEC is exceeding their authority and using inappropriate methods to bring the crypto industry to heel. They wrote that the SEC is choosing to use the blunt and unpredictable tool of enforcement proceedings to the exclusion of all other methods. They characterized the lawsuit as Coinbase's turn on the SEC's roulette wheel. Now, the DeFi Education Fund took a different approach, focusing their brief on the technical side of the case and linking the underlying functionality of crypto products to the legal arguments. The DeFi lobbyist explained that both Coinbase's staking service and wallet are software products rather than regulated financial service products. They argued that a decision in favor of the SEC's overly expansive theories related to this software application would have a chilling effect on the developers and service providers that innovate in DeFi and consequently the users of this technology. With regard to the wallet, they pointed out that Coinbase does not route orders nor take control of customer assets, so it's difficult to see how they could be viewed as a broker in that context. In discussing staking, they noted that while Coinbase administers the validators which deliver staking rewards to customers, their, quote, function is squarely ministerial as an IT service provider. Put another way, Coinbase provides an IT product that leads to a financial reward, but that reward stems from the crypto protocols themselves rather than from Coinbase's efforts. Now, maybe the most striking brief in support of Coinbase was co -signed by not one but six law professors with expertise in securities law. This includes experts from UCLA, Boston University, Fordham Law School, Widener University, the University of Chicago Law School, and Yale Law School. And importantly, this isn't a group of outspokenly crypto -friendly professors. Between them, this group has written multiple textbooks and authored countless academic papers. Some of them quite literally wrote the book on securities law. Their brief focuses on the definition of the term investment contract and argues that it has a much more limited scope than the SEC seems to think. A key part of the SEC's crypto lawsuits has been the idea that a crypto token is one part of an overall investment scheme which does not require a formal contract between the parties. This would mean that a token could be considered a security even when the issuer doesn't make any promises to holders and doesn't take any direct investment from purchasers. The professors rejected this as ignorant of the history of securities law. Their opinion is that the Securities Act of 1933 used the very well -established language of investment contract to refer specifically to situations where, quote, the investor receives, in exchange for an investment, a contractual undertaking or right to an enterprise's income, profits, or assets. They argued that this definition of an investment contract had been present in state legislation and cases leading up to the passing of federal regulation in 1933. They added that this definition has been consistently used by the courts to decide lawsuits following Howey to this day. This historical argument flies in the face of SEC briefs, which have often discarded state legislation and cases prior to 1933 as irrelevant. The legal scholars wrote that nowhere in the Howey decision does the Supreme Court, quote, suggest that it was doing away with the court textual and historical anchor of the statutory term investment contract, i .e. contractual undertakings. Rather, Howey's reference to a scheme or transaction simply reflected the instruction that courts should consider the economic reality of a business venture to determine whether an investment contract exists. The law professors suggested that by agreeing with the SEC's definition of an investment contract, the court would be going against almost a century of case law. They urged that, quote, The court should adhere to the settled meaning of the term, consistently applied by the state courts interpreting state blue sky laws, as well as by the federal appellate courts before and since Howey. Under that settled meaning, an investment contract requires contractual undertakings to deliver future value, reflecting the income, profits, or assets of a business. Paradigm policy director Justin Slaughter writes, It takes real skill to so mismanage the situation that you have serious institutionalists like Professors Macy and Hammermesh filing amici briefs against the SEC in an enforcement case. This case is on track to blow up the SEC's powers and maybe weaken agency powers across the board. That people invested in the current securities regime are still siding against the current SEC position speaks volumes. Finally, Senator Cynthia Lummis has also filed an amicus brief addressing the question of whether the SEC has overreached its authority. Lummis began her brief by drawing the court's attention to the numerous bipartisan efforts currently underway in Congress to craft regulations for the crypto industry. She wrote that she, Has a special interest in upholding the Constitution's separation of powers by ensuring that federal administrative agencies do not exceed the authority conferred upon them or encroach upon Congress's ongoing legislative efforts. Amicus believes that the SEC's approach to enforcement in this case, and in the crypto asset industry more broadly, contravenes that separation of powers. Now given that the cornerstone of any major questions doctrine argument is that an administrative agency is exceeding the powers granted to it by Congress, it seems extremely relevant to be told by a sitting US Senator that they believe this to be the case. Lummis continued, When Congress created the SEC to regulate securities markets, it did not grant the SEC power to reimagine the definition of securities to expand the agency's sphere of influence into other asset classes or to encroach on other agencies and regulatory schemes. The SEC's attempt to shoehorn an entire new class of assets into the existing definition of a security and thereby add to the definition enumerated by Congress exceeds the SEC's authority, encroaches on Congress's lawmaking, and contravenes the separation of powers. Put simply, she said, Basically, the brief is an attempt to provide evidence to the court that Congress is not content with the status quo when it comes to crypto regulation. Much of the brief describes the various ongoing legislative efforts. And after outlining these bills, Lummis writes, The multitude of interests at stake require a holistic approach beyond the scope of a single agency. Ultimately, she says, Lummis urged the court to, Now, I think where most of the analysis lands, holding aside deep legal minutiae, which obviously will become very important in terms of how the case actually resolves, is from a sentiment shift it feels to people, of course, outside observers, that this is going to be a hard one for the SEC. Algorithmic trading firm CEO Xi Zhen writes, Now, I would never go that far given that Let's hope that these friends of the court are correct. Appreciate you guys listening as always. Until next time, be safe and take care of each other. Peace.
"ucla" Discussed on CBS Sports Eye On College Basketball Podcast
"And who's going to win it? I've got Arizona winning over Oregon. I've got the ducks taking down UCLA. It's the absence of Jalen Clark sets a weird mood around this bruins team. And as I mentioned, Dana Altman has been able to get the best of the goat cronin before. So that's my big upset Arizona handles things takes care of business. The wildcats cut down nets as azules to Bellas doesn't even need to reach up too far on the ladder to cut that thing down. I'm going to go chalk. I'm going to go UCLA Arizona and then UCLA to win it. I always, same issue with the incident blade tournament. It's hard for me to look at something. I've been watching for four or 5 months and then go, okay, it's clear to me this team's better than that team, but I'm taking the inferior team. And then of course, basketball happens and inferior teams went all the time. But I do think UCLA established itself as the clear cut best team in the PAC 12. I know they split with Arizona and I wouldn't like nothing shocking about Arizona beating what might be a shorthanded UCLA team on a neutral court, but UCLA is still playing for a number one seed. And I think that's enough motivation to keep them focused for three games out in Las Vegas. Obviously, the Jalen Clark situation looms over this. But with or without it, I'll take UCLA to win the pack 12 tournament. And after UCLA wins the pack 12 tournament, UCLA, we won't even be debating with anybody. They will be the number one seed in the west region. So we really just need it. We need UCLA to be out in the west region. Well, I almost wonder, we talked about this on Sunday Night, like if you're Purdue, are you like, you know what? I mean, it doesn't work this way, but if you're Purdue or you're like, you know what? We'd rather be the two. In a more geographically sensible place. I mean, if they're Louisville, that'd be so awesome. Well, do you really want to be the one in the west and then end up in an elite 8 game against Arizona out there or, you know, maybe if they were to put you, I mean, there's a scenario where you're the one in the west and UCLA could be the two in the west. Like you really want to deal, you know, when I was a beat rider, 2006, covering the Memphis team. They got a one seat in the west, the two seat in the west was UCLA. And so there you are in the elite 8, and it was Memphis, UCLA, Memphis as the one seed. And it was at Oracle in Oakland. In the 18,000 UCLA fans, it was like a true road game from Memphis, as the one C so if you're Purdue, do you even want to be out there dealing with that as the one C? Make me the two seed in a more geographically sensible place. Let UCLA be the one seat in the west. But I don't think we're going to have that debate. I think UCLA is going to win impact all tournament. And
"ucla" Discussed on CBS Sports Eye On College Basketball Podcast
"The losses have to matter. The lost matters. UCLA has four losses. Purdue has 5. And at this point, UCLA has one more road when them Purdue. Now produce four zero and neutral UCLA is just one and two. Some of that is subject to opportunity with scheduling. It is razor thin, I'm with you. I go UCLA as the final one seat in the Purdue as a firm strong best spot on the two line overall. And that circumstance, Kansas being the one, it goes to Kansas City. Houston goes to Louisville, UCLA obviously stays in Vegas. Yeah, and then Bama goes to New York City. It goes to the east and then Purdue, as the best two would be shipped off to Louisville in that region. That's how I come down. We agree. Alabama in the media capital of the world. I bet that'll go well. Yeah, how about that? As an oh, by the way, aside. But I think that's how they would get shipped if it wound up being that way. But let me say this, we are week from now, we're going to have the bracket. That's going to something's going to break differently. That's not how it's going to be. But yes, I would have UCLA, it's 6 and one half dozen the other. Give me them narrowly right now over perdue. That was a big time win avenging the loss to Arizona. One last thing on UCLA, there was some injury news from the game Jalen Clark was backpedaling and then reached for his leg, he was helped to the locker room. He was on crutches after the game, Mick cronin said, after the game that he would get an MRI done on Sunday, as of 7 50 p.m. eastern, the results of that have not been announced or reported. So we don't know what that is, but he's an important player. He averages 13.6 rebounds in 30 point 5 minutes per game. He's the second leading scorer second leading rebounder on the team. Again, we don't know how serious the injury is, but if it is serious, I don't want to say it puts a ceiling on what you see, they can do, but losing a key player at this point in the season is never ideal. And I'll just add with this. I would not anticipate UCLA to be fully transparent about the nature of that injury because if Jalen Clark, and we don't know, but if Jalen Clark is out for the rest of the season, or it's an injury that would debilitate UCLA, that would actually he might be the best defensive player in the country. So I actually think the margin between Purdue and UCLA is so thin where if you tell me, oh, you might, you definitely don't have one of the 5 best defenders in the sport anymore on your team, then I would say, well, then produce a better team and they're going to be the one seed. So UCLA will not, I would not think that it will disclose that jail Clark does mean that much. I think UCLA can actually still get to a final four without him. I think it can, but he's extremely valuable and we wait to see any kind of update. Hopefully it's not too serious. We obviously don't have that as we speak right now, but thanks for bringing that up GPU. That is an important development over the weekend. I really hope you can go with him on the floor. That's what makes me say UCLA can win a national championship because he is he is definition of a game changer and a super fun player to watch. There is precedent, by the way, for the committee just saying, you know what, we don't care what your resume is. You lost a key player. We're not giving you the seed that your resume deserves. Most famously, it's Cincinnati when it lost Kenyan Martin in the conference tournament. Clearly on paper a one seed, they got made a two, and then they lost early. I think tell me if I remember this correctly. There was a year where Syracuse had an injury to a key player late and they just, I don't want to say lied, but misled all the way through selection Sunday so that it wouldn't hurt him. Yeah. Or is it a rinse on a waku? Yes, I think it was on a walk. That's a great look at you. What a poll. I think it was on Oahu, and there was, yeah, there was some uncertainty with that. That's going back. Decade. I feel like it was on Oahu. I think you're bang on with that one, yeah. And I think the rationalization, which is just understood is if you say definitively, he's out, they will judge you accordingly. If you say, he's day to day, we still don't know. He may be available for the NCAA tournament, then they have to assume that he might be. And if they assume he might, then you get judged accordingly. So yeah, it is interesting. Did say that the MRI would happen today, but he didn't promise that they would announce ever. What's going on with jaylen Clark? So maybe that does stay a secret through selection Sunday, although, you know, we'll see. You might know Equifax for their credit monitoring and ID theft protection products. Well, now Equifax is working with lending tree so people can find
"ucla" Discussed on CBS Sports Eye On College Basketball Podcast
"Arizona at UCLA bruins inter ranked fourth in the AP poll wildcats 8th in the AP poll, top ten matchup in prime time on Saturday night, Arizona jumped to a 15 to four lead right out of the gate, bruins got off to a slow start, but UCLA outscored Arizona. 78 58 over the final 34 minutes to win 82 73 inside Paulie pavilion. So king cronin AKA greatest coach in UCLA history has now won his first PAC 12 title by a full four games. I've moved UCLA up to number two in the CBS sports top 25 M1. I would have the bruins as a projected one seed right now. Dead leg, do you believe the bruins deserve to be projected as a number one seed heading into the packed alternative? Because as of this moment, our colleague and friend Jerry Paul, he disagrees. He still has UCLA as a two. Do you have the data available? Because we're going to agree going in. Kansas, it's not a competition Kansas is a one seat. Houston, not a competition right now, Houston clearly a one seed. Alabama also there as of now bam, of course, lost at a and M and probably going to be once you no matter what, although if it lost its first SEC tournament game, let's circle back. So that being said, do you have the comparatives right now between Purdue and UCLA in front of you to help the listener also decide as a checkout this? Yeah, let me run you through some of it. Now, obviously this is, you can pull this data in a million different directions and focus in on what you focus in on. I'll just provide you what I tend to care about most. I'm with you. There should there's really no debate right now that Houston and Kansas should be number one seed. So let's just take them and set them to the side and say that we've got two more spots for I think really at this .3 teams. Now, I'm not saying nobody else can get there, although I'm right now it's not there. But right now it's not really debatable. The top 5 teams in the country as it pertains to resume, Houston, Kansas, UCLA, Alabama Purdue in some order. So UCLA right now is 16 and four in the first two quadrants. 8 of those wins are quadrant one wins. And they have zero losses outside of quadrant one. So all of you see a losses are quad one losses. They have 8 quadrant one wins. They're literally the only team in the country with at least 8 quadrant one wins and fewer than 5 total losses, really. They're the only team in the country with at least 5 quadrant one wins and fewer than 5 total losses. So that's UCLA. Alabama is 16 and 5 in the first two quadrants. So same number of wins, but one more loss, they have one more quadrant one win than UCLA. They have 9 as opposed to 8, and they, like UCLA, also have zero losses outside of quadrant one. Purdue, 16 and 5 in the first two quarters. These are very similar you're seeing. Same number of wins, as UCLA in the first two quadrants and Alabama, one more loss than UCLA, same number of losses as Alabama. They, just like Alabama, I have 9 quadrant one wins. So one more than UCLA, but this is the one team out of the ones we're talking about. That has a loss outside of quadrant one. They have a quadrant two loss to Rutgers. Now Houston has a quadrant three loss to temple, but it's just a two loss team and we're not considering them right now. So of UCLA Alabama Purdue, Alabama and Purdue, each have one more quadrant one win. UCLA has one fewer loss and Purdue is the only one out of that group with a loss outside of quadrant one. I acknowledge you can it's debatable. But I think I would have UCLA as a one, Alabama as a one to go with Houston and Kansas and Purdue right now would be a two seat for me the best to see. I would go right now Sunday. Sunday Night, I would go in this order. I would go Kansas as the number one overall seed. I would go Houston two, I would go Alabama three. Now let me just read back why I'm going to do this. So what you just said here, I'm just going to do the very vitals of the top. UCLA is 16 and four in the top two quadrants, 8 and four quad one. Bama 16 and two, is that right? As I type as you were going, is that right, 16 to two in the top two quadrants for Alabama 16 and 5. 16 to 5. Sorry about that. 16 and 5 and top two quadrants. That's right. 9 and 5 and quad one. It was 16 and 5 in the top two quadrants and 9 and four in quad one. But it's the only one of those three that has a quad two loss, correct? Yes, you're basically repeating everything. I'm just making sure and people listen to trying to as well. So okay, here's the deal. This is where when you judge to scale it matters, Alabama's strength the schedule per the net is 9. Purdue is 25 UCLA is 49. Alabama would be in third overall for me right now because the numbers are very even. And strength the schedule, how tough you play the opponents and what you've done does matter. Let me check their strength of records as well. Real quick, your G, because this is actually pretty compelling debate, and it's going to get a matter a lot once we get to the next few days because you're talking about geographic preference, would you rather be a one shipped off to a different region or would you rather, I mean, it's not actually a question for Purdue, like the solution is not going to ask perdue. But if you're Purdue, you could say, you know what? Let UCL UCLA be the one out west and we'll stay Midwest or we'll stay in our part of the country as a two seat and we're fine with that. We might get to a situation where either perdue or Alabama doesn't mind being a two if it means UCLA is the one in the west and they can stay more geographically sensible. Without a doubt, it's just a matter of what do you preferring here, the travel or the advantage to play closer, and then if you're once you'd lower, then the road gets slightly tougher because you'd rather be a one than a two on balance if the bracket breaks the way you want and strength the record, Alabama is two right now. UCLA's three Purdue is four. Kansas is one of the strength of the record. So I will go bam a three and then it comes down to UCLA Purdue who's going to have it. UCLA right now is drink the record beats Purdue by one and KPI produced three UCLA is 7 in BPI, UCLA is better than produced by three spots. It's better than Purdue by four and Ken Thomas better by Purdue in 7 spots in sagarin. The strength of schedule stuff is fairly, to me it's not that drastic produced 25 UCLA's 49 non con wise, produced 94 UCLA's one O two. Right now, what do
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"Teacher. Came out of the classroom and he had been like I said. And I only knew him as a teacher and the guy who kept our stats. And he stopped me in the hall and said, you know, have you decided where you're going to go to school? I said, no, not yet. You know, Michigan is supposed to be sending a jet for me to fly there and I've got these offers other places been to Kansas and he said, well, Johnny wouldn't is a friend of mine. But little did I know that he was coach wooden's first assists assistant at my high school back in the 40s. And he knew more basketball wouldn't later told me that wooden knew at that particular time. In fact, he's in our Indiana Hall of Fame as a basketball coach. He never talked about any of that. He was such an unassuming man. Very much like coach wouldn't. And so he was the one, the first first told me about UCLA. And you can appreciate this, man. And Ari. Area code is three one two. That's Chicago. That's right. You know what I'm getting ready to talk about. I came out to UCLA in March. Mid March snow still on the ground, right? And so I got a stocking hat on. Overcoat. And I get off of that plane coupe and that heat hit me. And I said, this is where I'm going. There was no nothing on campus. It was spring break, no parties, no girls, no under the table money. Nothing, man. And so would laid out the plans for Pauly. And he was very impressed because he didn't, he didn't say when you come here, you know, your sophomore year, you'll be starting. He didn't make any promises just that you're good at a great education. And it's a great institution. And so he laid out the plans to Pauly. But when I went back home and I saw my high school coach and he said, how did it go? I said, yeah, it was pretty good. It was pretty good. You know, I met a guy who played on the national championship team, his name was Kenny Washington. He took me around and I met coach, he was very impressive in the laid out the plans. But for some reason, if coach wouldn't and UCLA, if they don't want me, there's USC, there's Cal state. There's no, you stay on the west side. I wanted to get it where that heat will expand. And he said, you know, if you don't play with Johnny wooden, you're not going to go to UCLA. And it worked out. Wow, you know what? That was one of the fantastic things about it because you know what? I get jealous of UCLA players back then because I remember watching you guys on TV all the time, but obviously being in Westwood, playing for one of the greatest, greatest basketball minds. The one thing that I always was impressed by coach wooden, I never, ever saw him yell at you guys. I mean, am I wrong or right or did he yell at you in practice? But you know, he got on us, he got honest, you know, his way was his favorite saying if he got upset, was gracious sakes alive, right? Matt, now we know in the heat of battle, you may say, good gracious. Yeah. Whatever, but you know what that really means..
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