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A highlight from BKL496 St. Therese, the Little Flower Building a Kingdom of Love with Msgr. John Esseff
"Discerning Hearts provides content dedicated to those on the spiritual journey. To continue production of these podcasts, prayers and more, go to discerninghearts .com and click the donate link found there or inside the free Discerning Hearts app to make your donation. Thanks and God bless. Discerninghearts .com presents Building a Kingdom of Love Reflections with Monsignor John Essif. Monsignor Essif is a priest of the Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania. He has served as a retreat director and confessor to St. Teresa of Calcutta. He continues to offer direction and retreats for the sisters of the Missionaries of Charity. Monsignor Essif encountered St. Padre Pio, who would become a spiritual father to him. He has lived in areas around the world serving in the Pontifical Missions, a Catholic organization established by Pope St. John Paul II to bring the good news to the world, especially to the poor. He continues to serve as a retreat leader and director to bishops, priests and sisters, seminarians and other religious leaders. Building a Kingdom of Love Reflections with Monsignor John Essif. I'm your host, Chris McGregor. What's on my mind is such a, such a humble and beautiful saint, the little flower of Jesus, St. Teresa. The story of the little flower is so powerful in itself. It's so contra what our modern day sees as successful. First, like she goes to a Carmelite convent and, you know, people of our day say, well, she buried her talents, she buried her life, and even the idea of prayer being contributory to the world and its happiness. The little flower spent eight years in a Carmelite convent, a very short life. She died at 24. Even when she was in the convent, the sisters hardly knew anything about her life of holiness. She had kept a journal, her autobiography. She was asked and in fact ordered to write it by her superior. The wisdom of that book, I know, and I was in the seminary in the 40s and the 50s. Her story of a soul is one of the most popular spiritual books and it's so simple. She is the saint of the ordinary. She transforms every act of her life into an act of love and also a desire to unite her prayer with the sacrifice of her love. She became a victim of love for souls. Her whole desire during those eight years was to save souls for God through prayer, through sacrifice, through love. The hiddenness of her life, in fact, when she died, her sisters, who didn't know the depth of her love and her sanctity, said, what are we going to say about her? She has done nothing extraordinary, nothing that would catch the attention of anyone. She takes something like the rattling of the beads, which drove her crazy. She was so highly sensitive and some nun would rub the beads up against the bench in back of her and it would cause her like chalk on a blackboard and that's what would do with her system. She used that as an act of sacrificial love and transformed it and took it as an occasion and an opportunity to offer a sacrifice to God. The crankiest and the most rejecting of all the sisters, she would see them and embrace their rejections. I was just recently with a priest. His face would crack if he would smile. He was so unhappy. It's amazing and just to be around him, it was like pus oozed from his system of unhappiness. He wanted to know everybody to know just how unhappy he was and he would want to make everybody as unhappy as he was. And even to stand next to him, you know, what an opportunity that would be that St. Therese would say, why don't you just give him love and offer him the love so that he could have an opportunity to love. You know, just being around a person who's angry, upset all the time. So all of us have these opportunities in our day and the scripture in the mass that Jesus taught us, the church is teaching us on her feast, the disciples came to Jesus with the question, who is the greatest, most important in the kingdom of God? He called over a little child and stood him in their midst and said, I assure you, unless you change and become like a little child, you will not enter the lowly. Becoming like this child is the greatest and most important in the kingdom of God and the heavenly reign, the simplicity and the humility of a child. Now I believe in order for us to see a child who just simply looks at you with simple love. And so therefore, I really believe what Jesus is looking at is a little, little child in our society. Take today and see where in your neighborhood, in your family, look at a child. My cousin, Christine, of baby, she was so sweet, Olivia, just her eyes, her every smile, everything that would come into that child's face would be some of the most beautiful things that I could remember. I think that's the kind of child this was that our Lord meant in the gospel. There's a prayer. I was with my cousin and he had been making an avina to know what job he should take. And his favorite saint, and she is a favorite saint of so many, was the little flower. He would say this prayer to God through the intercession of St. Teresa. And she claimed, those who are devotees of St. Teresa claim, that they receive a rose or would have a rose as a sign that their prayer would be answered. And he made an avina and he got not only a rose, but his wife had given him this 30 roses. She didn't know that he was doing this, saying these prayers. He got an offer for a job that was absolutely unable to refuse. It was so powerful a sign right after he had received this bouquet of roses. And it was a sign to him that he should change his job. So many that I've talked to, the beautiful example of the little flower of humility, simplicity, childlikeness, and the prayer. My mother's middle name was Cecilia Teresa Esef. It's on her tombstone. She had this tremendous devotion. In fact, she gave a middle name to my sister Marlene. Marlene is Marlene Therese and also Mayanne Therese. And she had great devotion to the little flower. And she herself was a third -order Carmelite. And she had a way about her. My mother's prayer was very powerful for all of us. All of us, my cousins and so many people in our family. She never was out there. She wasn't someone who got into the mother's in school or in the altar and rosary in the parish or outside the family. She had five children. When I was a little boy, I would get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and I would see my mother on her knees. I thought every mother did this. When she would take us for a walk, she would stop in the church and she would make the Stations of the Cross. And we would kind of be there with her. But we just took for granted. That's what mom did. All her life, her entire life, her rosary, her prayers. And she had this power about her. Not really being noticed. But in our family, I would say, everyone who would refer to my mother would say she was like the holiest person they had ever met at her death. That's what she was known for. Prayer, humility, and childlikeness. She had a simplicity about her. And I saw this characteristic in some. When a person has this hiddenness, this characteristic of trusting in the power of prayer. Although the little flower never left her caramel and died at the age of 24, she has been known all over the Catholic world as the patroness of the missions. She is the saint of Vietnam.
Fresh update on "vietnam" discussed on KCBS Radio Weekend News
"Seen a sleep bay area world to or compare northern the california best brands in sunny store conditions or you can will visit continue sleep for world .com the rest nice of the day afternoon light winds wherever you are expected around the going Wednesday for high or right around Thursday 68 inland in valleys san francisco today into we're going to be the bumping up 70s that temperature upper by 70s a good actually 10 in degrees the east or so bay by and the our time overnight we get to lows in the 40s and 50s and again high pressure kind of pushing all this mild weather out of the way and warming is things traffic up and for weather us together on every monday 10 tuesday minutes on wednesday kcbs all the way through there's next weekend a new documentary we'll be out hitting low it's called 90s jombayas for some areas i am she a noise talked and with correspondent it features tracy the smith singer on and cbs activist's sunday morning personal about archive the film of and home movies letters and drawings as i remember your eyes were robin 60 years sakes joan my baez traveled the world portrait raising was her lousy clear sick soprano voice for song and in protest and if you're offering me diamonds for the last i've time and already came home paid to this little but slice of paradise in near 2018 san she toured for from a witch there sh where she feels free are to good express witches that a less serious is true if side she's a witch she's got magic to spare along with singing baez has been drawing upside down and writing backwards since she things was in a a book kid so there's we'll put a hat paul on simon this lady and that's make it interesting oh yeah great she's also been painting willie portraits anywhere and willie she's taking a never fresh got look finished at herself but it's in definitely a new documentary opening in theaters nationwide next week called joan baez i am a noise did you was why don't we do something did about joan's you know last going tour in and that i you would reveal decided these i secrets really wanted going to leave an in honest legacy you know about everything and so that's when i gave the directors her mother saved everything home movies letters drawings but but i joan pitched had myself never even into looked a at sea it of memories when and i go headed in there blindly is the first time for i've the ever marrow been first of the i inner core me life friend is well documented is forty blowing in studio the and wind live albums just joan baez's about every music honor there is including her 2017 induction into the rock and and roll hall of decades and marches and human rights causes for the march on washington in nineteen sixty three were with doctor martin luther king were we you hopeful you there did i not mean was probably smart in them this lifetime and so i was smart i enough i to was know dug that in we i mean i shall knew overcome this is going to be a long battle in nineteen sixty seven by as was arrested for blocking the entrances to military induction centers visited her in in oakland jail california you to got the married journalists you and got anti pregnant vietnam and war then activist he went david to harris prison visited mhm that is a rough way to start yeah it was not ideal way to start for me you know somebody who that really wanted was to be possible a perfect wife but and perfect mother you and know all his of that none chickens the is has ticket a just flock wants of to chickens comment she visit says the door she hello does better with crowds ladies than seems one on one fitting that joan the one you need that's it ain't me babe by her old friend and bob dylan you're never looking to part for Joan Baez someone is still using her who voice in other ways too will promise in June
A highlight from Time Travel to 1994: A Journey into the Music and Movies of that year.
"Well, here we are, episode 119. And on this episode, myself in the wrecking tube, Mark Smith and Lou Colicchio from the Music Relish Show. We'll be talking about the year 1994, in music and movies I think, it's always interesting. So sit back, relax, break out your flannel shirt, your grungy jeans, and enjoy 1994 music. It was an interesting year, so I think you'll enjoy it. More interesting than what Todd Zauchman thinks it is. He thinks it's nothing, so we'll see. The KLFB studio presents Milk Crate and Turntables, a music discussion podcast hosted by Scott McLean. Now, let's talk music, enjoy the show. Thank you, Amanda, for that wonderful introduction, as usual. Welcome back, my friends, to the show that never ends, and welcome to the podcast. You know the name, I'm not gonna say it. We're streaming live right now over Facebook, YouTube, Dlive, Twitch, and X, formerly known as Twitter, and I don't know how many other live platforms. Well, it's gonna be a good show tonight. It's gonna be an interesting show tonight. Yeah, 1994. As I said in the intro, my friend Todd Zauchman just absolutely sent me a text destroying the year 1994. Oh, I just looked up 1994, I don't know what you're gonna talk about, there's a few things and I don't know how you're gonna make a whole show out of it, and good luck with that, because that's how he talks. That's exactly how he talks. I'm just gonna do this, and you know, it's not gonna be a good, blah, blah, blah, blah. That's how he talks. Now, he'll deny that, and you'll never know if that's the way he talks or not. He'll just have to take my word for it. I'm Todd Zauchman, and I don't know about 1994. Well, enough about him. He'll probably be piping in pretty soon, but yeah, 1994, it's a good year. It was a good year for Mark Smith from the Music Rellers Show and Luke Colicchio from the Music Rellers Show. That's for damn sure. It was. What's up, gentlemen? It was a really good year. How you doing? I was just guessing. I figured for 94, listen, we were all younger, so it was better. It was a big year. Hey. So I have to stop right here. Dave Phillips, who's been watching the podcast from pretty much day one, Patty Yossi. Hi, Patty. Good evening. I love you. Dave Phillips, for the last couple of weeks, he's piped in at the end, and he's like, I missed it. Like something's changed. Ah, Tiffany Van Hill. That's my buddy. That's my buddy, Tiffany. She's one of the people that teaches me how to work with horses. Oh. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. So. And she knows what she's talking about. She's modest, but she's very good at what she does. As are all of my friends and teachers, trainers, mentors from The Herd Foundation in Delray Beach, Florida. It's a nonprofit if you're in the mood to donate today. Look them up. Herd Foundation. Give us some money. Nah, I'm not going like that. No. No, we do. We help veterans. We help veterans, and so it's a good cause. But back to Tiffany. Yep. That's my buddy. Good evening. The Herd Foundation teaches us so much. That's right. That's right. Maybe I'll do a Herd Foundation podcast. You should. Since I'm pretty good at it. You're going to have horses on? What's the horse named after the cookie? Huh? Isn't there a horse named after a cookie? What are some of the horses' names? Oh, Fig Newton. Fig Newton. Yeah. Fig Newton. That's my boy. That's my boy. Good looking horse. Yes. Yes, he is. And we have Stitch. Fig Newton is a retired dressage horse, dancing horse, right? Echoes of Echo and the Bunny Men bring on the dancing horses. We have Stitch. He's a retired racehorse. We have Miss America. She's a retired jumper. Then we have two mini horses. We have Cinnamon. She was a cot horse. You know, pulls the kids around. As would be Sammy. Sammy's the one that looks like Kaja Gugu for you people from the 80s. Looks like Lamal. It looks like Lamal from Kaja Gugu. Gotta do. And he was saved from a kill pen. Yeah. But he's a mini, but he thinks he's a Clydesdale. What do they do with horses after that? Is that the proverbial glue factory? All right. You know what? Right away. Penalty box. Oh. He's raining on my parade. I'm in a good mood. Now I'm all bummed out. Thanks. You feel sad for the drummer now. This is going to be a horrible show now. Leave it to the drummer. Right, Mark? Leave it to the drummer. Get out. It's always the drummer's fault. That's right. See, Tiffany says, that does not exist past our gates, Lou. Because nobody wants to talk. Back to the penalty box. Great start to the show. Lou is just in a mood tonight. I think he's been hitting the whistle. What's going to happen? You're going to come back and it's going to be an empty chair. He's very ornery tonight. Right away. He's very ornery. All right. He's filling his oats, as they would say. Yeah. All right. Lou's back. I'm all right. I'm all right. Okay. Enough about horses, although I could now, at this point, talk about horses for two hours. I love it. I love it. But instead, gentlemen, first of all, how's things on the music relish show? You. Take it away, Lou. Sure. It's fine. It was such an awful show. I thought I said the wrong show for a second there. It's been nothing short of amazing. Don't jump over each other to answer that question. It's always fun. Last week was fun. We got knocked down a bit by Warner Brothers because we played a clip of an America song featuring Dan Peake. Yeah. You're going to watch that. Yeah. We talked through the whole thing, but Spotify is much cooler than YouTube. YouTube sucks like that. YouTube, they have a very strong algorithm. They can kiss my rosy red ass over that. That's right. You tell them, Lou. Fuckers. That's right. Get me kicked off YouTube. That's right. Let me see. John Morris, he was our shift commander. When I met him, I was, I think, a two striper, and he was what they called a butterbot. He was a second lieutenant, I believe. He said, tell them stories from the Nipah Hut in the Philippines. That's a big no. That's a whole other podcast, but they would never make it on the air. Just leave it at that. It's like a chain of Nipah Huts? No. It was a bar slash club called the Nipah Hut. Tell one story. No. They had a giant spaceship that would come down from the top. It's kind of like George Clinton in parliament. At the end of the show, this big spaceship came down from the top. Smoke. Like you said, parliament fucking pelican. Then the thing went open, and everyone would walk up and get up on stage, all those drunk GIs. Like, yeah, I'm going in the spaceship, and you go down these stairs, and you're in a fucking basement. I don't think it was a basement. It's like something from a fucking horror movie. How do you get out? And then somebody goes, this way, this way, go, go, go, go. That's the cleanest story I can tell you. It's the cleanest story I can tell you. Sounds like fun. It was a lot of fun. It was a lot of fun. I got a story for you off the air one of these days. So okay, music relish show's going good. Excellent. I just wanted to say, Lou brought up, he made the show. His segment on bad love songs. That will go down in history as some of the best podcasting ever. Bad love songs? Really bad love songs. The worst love songs of all time, like in rock. It's a deep vein. Is that something, is that like content I could probably like borrow with Perry Mind? Because I'd love to hear that list someday. We voted him off the board. We're no longer a false triumvirate democracy. Wait a minute. We toppled the AI monarchy. There's three of us on this one. Are you two going to overthrow me too? Are you like rebels? None of those stories you're told, no. They're wrecking too. Instead I'll start calling you the Sandinistas. The hostile takeovers. You go on podcasts just to take them over? Like Amiens took over the White House. Really, yeah. Yeah, we could do that. I would love to. Maybe next week we'll do, we'll take a break from the years and we'll do like a, kind of a jambalaya, you know, of stuff. Like throw some music news in there. We'll do some trivia. Maybe I'll come up with some questions for you guys. You could give us that deep vein of worst love songs ever. And it's funny, we noticed that several of them made everyone's list of worst love songs. So it's got to be universally bad. Okay. If everyone said that, that fucking song. Then there were a couple where I said I liked the song, but Lou and Perry were like, what? I'm always, you know, on the one side. Yeah, the one. When it falls into like that kind of metal, metal category, you have a soft spot. Air metal. Metal ballads. Oh my God. How I grew up. Yeah, yeah. As young as Ron Mark, you didn't have to deal with those 70s ones. Yeah, that's true. I did. This fucking guy. Blah. See what I mean? He's setting the bar high. Remember, this is how he talks. I don't think there's anything good about 1994. Blah. So he talks like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Yeah, well, an American Arnold Schwarzenegger. He talks like Arnold Schwarzenegger without the accent. We're going to pass the bar on this one. I am here. Let me see if you can entertain me. 1994. Blah. All right. So let's actually get right into 1994. Yeah. So we'll start on January 19th, 1994. Bryan Adams becomes the first major Western music star to perform in Vietnam since the end of the Vietnam War. Oh, shit. Bryan Adams. Bryan Adams, yeah. Wow. On January 21st to February, as it's spelled, the Big Day Out Festival takes place, again, expanding from those previous years. Blah, blah, blah. Auckland, New Zealand. The festival is headlined by Soundgarden, Ramones, and Bjork. Nice. That's an interesting... Probably each night there were headlines. I would love to see Bjork. Me too. I would never want to see the Ramones. They'll never get back together again. Unless they perform in the Pet Sematary. Yeah. Hey, Lou, can you put him in the green room? No, I'd like that one. That's a good one. Come on, there's a little crossover. Put him in the green room. Put him in the green room. Okay, yeah, yeah. Oh, it's going to be a long show. It's going to be a long one tonight. I feel better about myself now. Got a little redemption? The redemption song? Yes. I got a Buffett story for you. Oh, yeah? His one song was The Pirate Looks at 40. He would segue into Bob Marley's redemption song. Oh, jeez. And it didn't quite... Wait a minute. Buddy, that is the quickest way to get to the penalty box. I'm not playing it, though. I know you're not. You're poking the rhino right now. I'm a guitarist. You're poking the rhino right now. You're not a rhino, you're a nice guy. Come on, we went through that last week. And so, as I've been saying each week, I'm just going to say right now, where's Jack? Okay, and we'll move on from that. Hey, Jack. Hey, Jack, please come back. He didn't listen before, so I don't think he's listening now. Let's see. January 25th, Alice in Chains released their Jar of Flies album, which makes its U .S. chart debut at number one on the Billboard 200, becoming the first ever EP to do that. Right? But they still are always talked about as like number three or number four out of the big four. Big four being? Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden. And Alice in Chains. Alice in Chains is never getting that kind of... Whereas... That first album, the record company made them sound like another band. Yeah. And that's not their fault. They were produced that way. Dirt was a great album. Yes, yes. And Layne Staley was one of the greatest frontmen ever. Just as cool as the other side of the pillow, as they say. Yeah. voice Very unique also. Today we were talking about what we were going to talk about in the show. And he goes, when I saw the videos, he goes, I didn't match his face with the way he looked. Right? He said he was expecting like a grungy, more... No, he was slick. He was slick. In the Man in the Box video, he's got the kind of long... But then he changed it up. He slicked the hair back, he wore the shades, you know. Just turned into a... Suzanne McPhail. Another one of my horse people. She's the one that introduced me to that whole thing. And she said, who's Jack? That's right, I guess. At this point. On January 29th, The Supremes' Mary Wilson is injured when her Jeep hits a freeway median and flips over just outside of LA. Wilson's 14 -year -old son is killed in the accident. What a good day. Ah, this fucking... I saw this and I was like... Dead horses was a bummer. I know, I know. I saw this and I'm like, there's no way around this. February 1st, Green Day releases their breakthrough album, Dookie. Ushering in the mid -1990s punk revival. Dookie eventually achieves diamond certification. Now, I did like them back then. I actually did. I was stationed in Southern California in Riverside. And I decided to get like a side job. You know, I was in the Air Force. But I was like, I want to make a little more money. I want to do something. So I got a job at a record store. Cool. Was it Spencer's or something? Forget the name of it. Oh, Spencer's. They sold all the trinkets, too. No, no, it wasn't Spencer's then. It was something like that. It was a chain. Hot topic. They sold DVDs, too. FYE. No, it wasn't that. I'll remember it. I was working there when Dookie came out and the fucking whole wall was covered with Dookie CDs and they were flying off the shelves. It had a pretty fresh sound. It was fresh then. And coming off the 80s were kind of slick in a lot of ways, except for some of the real heavy alternative. But to hear a song like that on the radio, that was like hearing Smells Like Teen Spirit on mainstream rock radio. Good drummer, too. As a band, whether you like him or not, I think he's really good. Billy Joe Armstrong. Oh, Trey Cool. Trey Cool, yeah. February 7th, Blind Melons lead singer is Shannon Poon forced to leave the American Music Awards ceremony because he is loud and disruptive behavior. Poon is later charged with battery assault, resisting arrest, and destroying a police station telephone. Now, this is the dude that sang, you know, And I don't really care if I sleep all day And he's in the daisy field, so you think he's like this really, like, chill dude. And like, you know, me and the B -girl, man, you know. The B -girl, yes. And the tap -dancing B -girl, and like, I'm just this dude's a fucking lunatic. He was taking substances that made him. Oh, yeah. That was a short career. Was it him that did a duet with Guns N' Roses? What was the video, a song from Guns N' Roses with a video where they're up on like a water tower and they jump into the water or something. I forget what it was called. Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe they did it with him.
Fresh "Vietnam" from WTOP 24 Hour News
"WTOP would like to know why you're running? Share with us on WTOP dot com. We're learning more about the events leading up to a fiery one car crash that killed four people in Prince George's County. Investigators say the SUV had left the scene of a traffic stop just minutes earlier. Around 730 on Friday night, an SUV left the roadway in Bowie and struck a tree. It happened on Woodmore Road between Pleasant Prospect Road and Waterford Mill Road. Corporal Unique Jones of the Prince George's County Police spoke with For reasons that are under investigation, it left the roadway and struck a tree. All four occupants police that a person who had been hit by a Vietnam counts vehicle was killed. deceased. We'll see. The police the say burns were so severe the ages and genders for the four who died remain unknown. A quick look at the top stories we're working on at WTOP. President Joe Biden signed Congress's temporary funding bill last night, a measure which averts a federal government shutdown. Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz says he'll take steps this week to oust House Speaker Kevin McCarthy from the Speaker's chair. Keep it here for full details on these stories in the minutes ahead. Traffic and weather on the 8th to rob Stilworth in the top side of the beltway on the outer loop ramp to northbound Georgia Avenue. We have some delays is on the outer loop to get off to go northbound on the Georgia Avenue on Georgia Avenue on the southbound near Forest Glen Road. Getting a report of a minor crash drawing attention there otherwise in Southbound 355 at Redland Road. You stay right to get by the crash. A response on scene. The beltway through Prince George's County on the outer loop, seeing some slowdowns leaving Route 4 Pennsylvania Avenue toward Route Route 50 and the John Hanson Highway which are travel lanes open on Route 50 itself westbound delays leaving Leaving the eastern shore headed across the westbound span of the Bay Bridge with three lanes west and two lanes east. Once you get to Annapolis you should be clear toward the Severn River Bridge. No problems on the BW Parkway in the southbound direction but northbound you're often on the breaks anywhere between 410 and Powder Mill Road on the beltway in Virginia in a loop between Route 50 Arlington Boulevard and I -66 that crash is on the right shoulder drawing a little attention bit of but the delays on the interloop are approaching the toll road headed toward the American Legion Bridge. Slowdowns on I eastbound -66 leaving Route 50 in Fair Oaks headed out toward 123, Sampson I -95 pockets because the volume between Lorton and Triangle which are traveling to open crash southbound on I -95 near Dale City is along the left side completely on the left shoulder with the state trooper there drawing some attention so use caution if you're traveling southbound on I -95 I'm Rob Stalworth WTOP traffic News 7 news first alert meteorologist Jordan Evans. Sunshine for the rest of your Sunday. Tonight we're clear skies with 61 tomorrow degrees more sunshine maybe a few passing
A highlight from 117: Part 2: Charles Lutz Takes on Unpopular Causes from Vietnam to DEA to TSA
"Did you ever get any chatter that he was still alive, you know, anywhere? Well we, we, we looked for him. I had information he was actually a fled to Irania Perthet, which is a town on the Cambodian border in Thailand. And so I actually wanted investigative assistance and I went up there and spent a couple of days at a picture of Sukhri and checked out all the bars and massage parlors and whatever, see if we could find him. And, and we never did. But the other case I was going to mention, I think you might find interesting, is while I was doing this undercover thing with Sukhri, the agent who was handling the Herman Jackson, Ike Atkinson case in Bangkok, which is a group of, of retired military NCA, NCOs that were, had been smuggling heroin back to the States. That agent was transferred back to the States. And then in those days, every case had to have an agent assigned to it, if only to write status reports. So my boss, Paul Brown, dumped this Atkinson case on me and I thought, oh man, what, I got enough to do. But it actually turned out to be a blessing because I, I, I guess after a few days, got a call from San Francisco from an agent, Lionel Stewart, and there had been a couple of, of guys in, arrested in Japan, military, US Army guys, and they, one of them flipped and identified his source of supply as the bartender at a bar owned in Bangkok by this Herman Jackson. So I thought, wow, you know, maybe, maybe we can make something in this case after all. Long story short, Lionel came over and we made, he actually made an undercover purchase of heroin from the source of supply. We, we got him to San Francisco where he was arrested and he ended up, I mean, it's a long story, but we ended up being able to, with some of the evidence we got through that case, we were able to prosecute Atkinson in North Carolina. You gotta, you gotta understand, Morgan, this guy's talking about Lionel Stewart. So when I get to Miami and Charles here is the ASAC, we had two associate SACs and one of them was Lionel Stewart. This guy was a shuckin' and jivin' character. I mean, he was hilarious, black gentleman, would not cut anybody's slack. He, you know, he called a spade a spade and he did it to your face, he did it behind your back, but he was hilarious. I mean, he would just entertain. You could see how the guy could work undercover. I mean, he could sell ice to an Eskimo, you know, that kind of attitude. Yeah. Well, in my book, I call him the professor of undercover science. There you go. That's a good title.
Fresh update on "vietnam" discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York Show
"Time last year the consensus forecast was that the u .s. economy would be contracting by now in a recession instead for this quarter it looks like the u .s economy would have grown by more than three percent i can't remember a period in history where the forecasters have been this wrong in terms of what they were predicting and and what actually happened and substantial above trend yes three percent is substantial yes exactly i think the u it's .s. trend closer to one and a half percent this is like three percent so why did this happen as you already pointed out that a lot of this was because because the fiscal stimulus was much bigger than i think what people expected there are some estimates that the fiscal stimulus may have added one and a half percentage points to gdp growth that's a substantial amount you know like in terms of adding to economic growth and then the u .s consumer has ended up being much more partly resilient because so much of the borrowing that the u .s consumer does now is really at fixed rates so it takes a long time for them to refinance and for the higher rates to bite them on the other the hand they're earning much higher interest on the deposits in the bank so it's ended up being much softer the blow of higher interest rates but i think the fiscal shock in some way which is so much bigger than what anybody had in their models a year ago is the main reason why the u .s economy has done far better than what people expected the only problem is this that you've done this once again by saying it by loads of debt the bond market is beginning to sort of get troubled by the amount of supply that's coming their way leading to even higher interest rates and then this fiscal stimulus is bound to fade also because some of the stimulus is that some of these pandemic programs that we had was still rolling on but it's not just the bond market that's paying attention certain members of congress are as well as we're proceeding toward shutting down the government because of that issue what does that portend for the US economy? Well it is an actual shutdown obviously sort of it begins to detract from growth but I think that so far most people think that the impact will be rather modest and the the worst will be averted but every week that that we have the shutdown it will obviously have an impact. The issue here is that no one is doing this on any great principled way which is the fact that as we have discussed the past in that if you look at the last 50 years the US has run a budget deficit practically year in the last 50 years no matter if you've had a Republican or a Democrat president or whoever's been in Congress and that's what's happened that because for 50 years we have run these deficits the attitude has come to be of policymakers that deficits don't matter. And one of the changes has been the interest rate. If you go back two years, four years, five years we were told by policymakers don't worry so much about deficit it doesn't really matter as you say because interest rates are essentially zero or very close to it. They're not zero anymore. So what does that start to do about U .S. expenditures in our budget if we have to have that large a debt service? I think at some point in time it's going to start to impair other spending including social spending because this cost is going to go up and up right that's what the bond market is currently pricing in that we're going to have rates for higher for much longer. So at some point in time then that begins to eat up a significant part of the budget total and if you look at the cross -sectional evidence of what happened in other countries once interest payments of the share of the total budget exceed a particular amount then the pressure becomes on to cut social programs. As I said the central question here is this when do international investors say enough is enough and they stopped funding this kind of deficit we haven't quite reached the point as yet because the dollar is still relatively strong but at some point in time I think we could reach that point and that's when it really begins to count as far the US is concerned that you can't run budget deficits of six percent of GDP every year and have a current account deficit which is three or four percent of GDP a year. A twin deficit of ten percent of GDP a year at some point in time maybe maybe much sooner than we think that will begin to count. There's a follow -on question I think to when do investors stop funding deficit which is if they're not putting the money into US Treasuries where are they putting the money? If you look around the world right some prospects such as China for example does not seem to be as attractive a place for foreign direct investment. So where does the money go if it doesn't come into US Treasuries? Well that's what's really helping the US that it continues to be perceived as the best house in a bad neighborhood right because you got in terms of China in trouble, Europe the perennial problem child global of the economy like it's the first country to sort of enter a recession possibly even in this So I think that you think some other signs of life in other places like Japan doing is you know much better it's you know done much better this year I think some of the emerging markets outside of China have done relatively well these include places like India, include places like Indonesia, Mexico, Brazil and even some places in Eastern Europe like Greece and even Poland these countries have done well still relatively small to absorb too much capital but you see can that this sort of new era is beginning it takes a while you know for this to happen but I think that there will be a time pretty I think soon this decade when you'll see a much better environment for international investing because the dollar stops appreciating currently the dollar keeps reacting to the fact that yields are going higher so it's like okay we must bid the dollar higher having said that it's very it's quite interesting that even though the perception is that the dollar is appreciating compared to the increase in yields that's taken place the dollar hasn't gone up that much this time the dollar is still well below the highs it hit in September October of last year if you look at the DXY when investors have to look for other places to put the money as you say for example India Japan Indonesia places like that often you get into geopolitical questions not so much in Japan but certainly Vietnam is an example where that's the truth and India we've talked about before is is Modi getting his act together as it were to make India a more attractive place for foreign director investment in the past you've expressed list of some questions about that yeah I think in like in India's case the entire issue is that there's still a very strong socialist DNA no matter which government is in power having said that in India we've seen some pretty significant revolutions that have taken place the entire digital revolution that's taking place in India I think that's very significant in terms of how it's benefiting people out there and how even the welfare programs are now reaching the people in a more significant way and just the fact that India in terms of currently is seen as the one large emerging market where you can hedge your bet rather than be in China sort of really helps India a lot out here the only issue with India but this has always been an issue with that it's the most expensive market in the world just now if we just fret about the multiples of the US market being high India is at a 20 % premium to even the US market which is arguably the most expensive in market the developed world so I think that the only issue is that expectations out of India are very high but the fundamental Indian story driven by digitization demographics and geography I think is still very strong. Rashir it's always so good to have you with us thank you so much that's Rashir Sharma of Rockefeller International coming up sometimes is not just the other side you have to worry about the bullets may be coming from your own troops this is Wall Street week on Bloomberg. Take a not so random. Together we have the opportunity to build a more sustainable and inclusive future. At the Bloomberg New Economy Forum we help make this possibility a reality by cultivating new connections among global leaders that transcend geographies industries and ideologies because when global leaders work together the outcomes benefit all of us learn more at bloombergneweconomy com .com. When you get your news from Bloomberg you don't just get the story you get the story behind the story how
A highlight from 117: Part 1: Charles Lutz Takes on Unpopular Causes from Vietnam to DEA to TSA
"We dispensing are with our usual introduction, because apparently it has triggered ads in foreign languages, so. Has it really? Yes, we're getting some people apparently, some folks, depending on what part of the country you're in, have been receiving Spanish language ads when I do my traditional introduction. Really? We'll just say, we'll give the redneck. Well, hey, we'll see if it comes out in redneck. Hey, hey, hey, y 'all, what's up? It's Bubba and Bubby. It's Bubba, and it's my brother, Darrell, and my other brother, Darrell. My brother, Darrell, my other brother, Darrell. Yeah, well, hey, guys, welcome to Game of Crimes podcast. Let's see, we'll see if it changes the algorithm. Hey, guys, as always, welcome back. Just before we get started, just a little bit of quick housekeeping, head on over to Apple Spotify. Hit those five stars. We've been getting a lot of good comments. People are leaving some stuff. Spotify allows you to give comments on the episode. Guys, we really appreciate that. Also head on over to our website, gameofcrimespodcast .com. We will have the book, when we talk about our guests, listed there as well, too. Go to our book page. We've got some fabulous books coming out and some fabulous guests. So gameofcrimespodcast .com. Follow us on that thing they call social media at Game of Crimes on Twitter, Game of Crimes podcast on Facebook and the Instagram. And also check out our favorite mafia queen, Sandy Salvato, who runs the Game of Crimes fan page with a, you know, iron fist and velvet glove. That's right. Just go to facebook .com and just put in Game of Crimes fans and you will be just, hey, answer a couple quick questions, get admittance to the inner sanctum where all the good stuff happens. But you know where else good stuff happens, Murph? Where is that? Patreon slash .com Game of Crimes. We've got some good stuff. We just, I think we did a really good case of the month. We talked about the ambush killing of the deputy in Klinkenbroomer out in Los Angeles. And we talked about the escapee, which by the way, Murph. So folks, they got to listen if you're not on there, but you actually got, you were on the national news talking with Lawrence Jones about that. I was, and it's a very short interview. So don't get excited, but we're talking about the fugitive in Pennsylvania because since then there's been two more in other states. Yeah, well, and we give you our thoughts about that one, but it had to be short because it was late at night and Murph usually is asleep by that time, so. They don't know that I got my pajama bottoms on underneath my shirt I'm wearing. I don't want to know. I don't want to know. Hey guys, but that's where the fun stuff happens. But yeah, and the other thing too, real quick, Murph, before we get into talking about one of our fun things, you will be appearing on CBS in a show. You can't talk about it yet. Oh, I can't talk about it yet? I just got picked up last night for a second episode. Well, then I will cut this part out. No, no, it's okay. I just don't name the show yet. Oh, don't name the show. So we can talk about it. We just can't talk about it. Not sure when it's going to be released. Originally they were saying fall, but now they're saying late winter, early spring. So we'll see. We won't say, is it okay to say CBS? You already did. Well, we can edit this out. Is it okay to leave it in? Yeah, it's fine. Okay. If it's not, I'll hear about it. I doubt that they listened to our podcast, but anyway. Hey, I tell you what, the crew, you know, I gave them all business cards and they're like, oh, I'm going to listen to it tonight. So, all righty. Well, we won't say anything, but just suffice it to say is that you will, if things work out, we'll be seeing you on the telly. It just shows you how hard they are for talent. Boy, are they? Let's hope that this writer's strike resolves itself really soon in actors. Well, no, no, no, no. Cause as long as it's unscripted, I'm making money.
Fresh update on "vietnam" discussed on Discerning Hearts - Catholic Podcasts
"Discerning Hearts provides content dedicated to those on the spiritual journey. To continue production of these podcasts, prayers and more, go to discerninghearts.com and click the donate link found there or inside the free Discerning Hearts app to make your donation. Thanks and God bless. Discerninghearts.com presents Building a Kingdom of Love Reflections with Monsignor John Essif. Monsignor Essif is a priest of the Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania. He has served as a retreat director and confessor to St. Teresa of Calcutta. He continues to offer direction and retreats for the sisters of the Missionaries of Charity. Monsignor Essif encountered St. Padre Pio, who would become a spiritual father to him. He has lived in areas around the world serving in the Pontifical Missions, a Catholic organization established by Pope St. John Paul II to bring the good news to the world, especially to the poor. He continues to serve as a retreat leader and director to bishops, priests and sisters, seminarians and other religious leaders. Building a Kingdom of Love Reflections with Monsignor John Essif. I'm your host, Chris McGregor. What's on my mind is such a, such a humble and beautiful saint, the little flower of Jesus, St. Teresa. The story of the little flower is so powerful in itself. It's so contra what our modern day sees as successful. First, like she goes to a Carmelite convent and, you know, people of our day say, well, she buried her talents, she buried her life, and even the idea of prayer being contributory to the world and its happiness. The little flower spent eight years in a Carmelite convent, a very short life. She died at 24. Even when she was in the convent, the sisters hardly knew anything about her life of holiness. She had kept a journal, her autobiography. She was asked and in fact ordered to write it by her superior. The wisdom of that book, I know, and I was in the seminary in the 40s and the 50s. Her story of a soul is one of the most popular spiritual books and it's so simple. She is the saint of the ordinary. She transforms every act of her life into an act of love and also a desire to unite her prayer with the sacrifice of her love. She became a victim of love for souls. Her whole desire during those eight years was to save souls for God through prayer, through sacrifice, through love. The hiddenness of her life, in fact, when she died, her sisters, who didn't know the depth of her love and her sanctity, said, what are we going to say about her? She has done nothing extraordinary, nothing that would catch the attention of anyone. She takes something like the rattling of the beads, which drove her crazy. She was so highly sensitive and some nun would rub the beads up against the bench in back of her and it would cause her like chalk on a blackboard and that's what would do with her system. She used that as an act of sacrificial love and transformed it and took it as an occasion and an opportunity to offer a sacrifice to God. The crankiest and the most rejecting of all the sisters, she would see them and embrace their rejections. I was just recently with a priest. His face would crack if he would smile. He was so unhappy. It's amazing and just to be around him, it was like pus oozed from his system of unhappiness. He wanted to know everybody to know just how unhappy he was and he would want to make everybody as unhappy as he was. And even to stand next to him, you know, what an opportunity that would be that St. Therese would say, why don't you just give him love and offer him the love so that he could have an opportunity to love. You know, just being around a person who's angry, upset all the time. So all of us have these opportunities in our day and the scripture in the mass that Jesus taught us, the church is teaching us on her feast, the disciples came to Jesus with the question, who is the greatest, most important in the kingdom of God? He called over a little child and stood him in their midst and said, I assure you, unless you change and become like a little child, you will not enter the lowly. Becoming like this child is the greatest and most important in the kingdom of God and the heavenly reign, the simplicity and the humility of a child. Now I believe in order for us to see a child who just simply looks at you with simple love. And so therefore, I really believe what Jesus is looking at is a little, little child in our society. Take today and see where in your neighborhood, in your family, look at a child. My cousin, Christine, of baby, she was so sweet, Olivia, just her eyes, her every smile, everything that would come into that child's face would be some of the most beautiful things that I could remember. I think that's the kind of child this was that our Lord meant in the gospel. There's a prayer. I was with my cousin and he had been making an avina to know what job he should take. And his favorite saint, and she is a favorite saint of so many, was the little flower. He would say this prayer to God through the intercession of St. Teresa. And she claimed, those who are devotees of St. Teresa claim, that they receive a rose or would have a rose as a sign that their prayer would be answered. And he made an avina and he got not only a rose, but his wife had given him this 30 roses. She didn't know that he was doing this, saying these prayers. He got an offer for a job that was absolutely unable to refuse. It was so powerful a sign right after he had received this bouquet of roses. And it was a sign to him that he should change his job. So many that I've talked to, the beautiful example of the little flower of humility, simplicity, childlikeness, and the prayer. My mother's middle name was Cecilia Teresa Esef. It's on her tombstone. She had this tremendous devotion. In fact, she gave a middle name to my sister Marlene. Marlene is Marlene Therese and also Mayanne Therese. And she had great devotion to the little flower. And she herself was a third-order Carmelite. And she had a way about her. My mother's prayer was very powerful for all of us. All of us, my cousins and so many people in our family. She never was out there. She wasn't someone who got into the mother's in school or in the altar and rosary in the parish or outside the family. She had five children. When I was a little boy, I would get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom and I would see my mother on her knees. I thought every mother did this. When she would take us for a walk, she would stop in the church and she would make the Stations of the Cross. And we would kind of be there with her. But we just took for granted. That's what mom did. All her life, her entire life, her rosary, her prayers. And she had this power about her. Not really being noticed. But in our family, I would say, everyone who would refer to my mother would say she was like the holiest person they had ever met at her death. That's what she was known for. Prayer, humility, and childlikeness. She had a simplicity about her. And I saw this characteristic in some. When a person has this hiddenness, this characteristic of trusting in the power of prayer. Although the little flower never left her caramel and died at the age of 24, she has been known all over the Catholic world as the patroness of the missions. She is the saint of Vietnam.
A highlight from Mike Signorelli
"Trump calls Florida heartbeat bill a terrible mistake, and Mike Pence talks war with Russia. So I think if you will allow me to speak critically of Donald Trump for five minutes, I will speak critically. No, no, no, no. Look, you know, and I know, everybody listens who to this program knows that I don't think Trump is perfect. I think he ought to be the next president. And I think that, as you know about me and about many people listening to this program, that we are radically pro -life. We think it's a moral issue. And I think that Trump has made, I think he misspoke. I think it was, I don't know. Well, talk about it so people understand what we're talking about. Donald Trump went on face the nation and said that the heartbeat bill Ron DeSantis bravely signed in Florida was a terrible thing, a terrible mistake. And he said that he wouldn't commit to supporting any kind of federal restriction on the taking of unborn life. And he said with characteristic real estate bravado, well, I'm going to have policies that are going to make everybody happy. Everybody's going to walk away happy from the table. That is not how things work. When you're talking about life and death issues, Mr. President, that is how things might work. If you're negotiating over ownership of a golf course. All right. All right. Each of you is going to get nine holes. Okay. You'll each get nine holes. It's wonderful. You got, you've got half a golf course, half a loaf is better than none. But we remember from the story of Solomon, half a baby is not better than none. In this case, we're talking about cutting the baby in half. Literally we're talking about should abortion, should the pro -life position be, we want a bad abortion after maybe 15 weeks, which would only get rid of maybe 8 % of the abortions in America. If that's the pro -life position, it's not worth a damn thing. That's the law in Germany. That's the law in France. That's the law in Belgium. All these countries where euthanasia is now taking over. Having a 10 week, a 15 week abortion ban solves absolutely nothing. It just means the women who are so dopey, they don't even know they're pregnant until like 18 weeks won't be able to get abortions. That's all it means. He's really just punishing the stupid. It's not saving a significant number of babies. I don't know who Trump is getting his advice from on the abortion issue, but they're not on our side. They are like the Jared Kushner. They're not on our side. What Trump is saying is a complete loser position. It's like saying we're going to build the wall. We're going to build the wall with the Mexican border, except every 20 feet there's going to be a gap. We'll get most of the wall built. There'll guess who will come. I think a couple of things need to be said. First of all, I already said it. Trump is not perfect. So he often has done things that I think are harmful to himself. And saying that I think just politically is a mistake. But we also have to say without a doubt he has been the most pro -life president we ever had in this country. Because of him and standing up for Kavanaugh, Roe v. Wade was overturned. I want to remind people of that. I also want to remind people that he spoke at the March for Life. No other president had done that. And so right now, I guess I find everything with him, not everything, but a lot of stuff just funny. It's almost like he'll say anything Ron DeSantis says, he'll say the opposite. I know. You could be triggered and tripped into that. And it's his Achilles heel that whatever Trump, whatever DeSantis says, Trump will somehow try to spin it. Trump even said that Andrew Cuomo did a better job on COVID than Ron DeSantis. That is literally the most insane thing any American politician has said since Jefferson Davis said I want to secede from the union. It's up to that level of crazy. But Trump, I mean Trump does this stuff for effect. In other words, for political effect to drive people crazy. That's why I guess I find it at least partially entertaining that he'll go out on a limb and say something like that just to trigger DeSantis. The problem is this stuff isn't cute. There were thousands of people murdered in those nursing homes in New York. Abortion isn't cute. This is not something funny. This is not like letting Jared and Ivanka turn the White House into their own little party hut. This is really serious. And our only leverage over Trump is right now during the primaries. If he gets the nomination, he can do whatever he wants because he will be elected president unless they assassinate him, which I do not put past that. I do not put that past the deal. Oh, I know that there have been attempts that we haven't heard about, but obviously they would do anything to get rid of him. We have our leverage now, especially before the Iowa caucus. Trump needs to be told if you keep saying this weak, rhino, wimpy garbage about abortion, maybe we'll hold our noses and vote for you against Joe Biden because we don't want to be put in prison camps. But we're not going to go to the mattresses for you. We're not going to go to the wall for you. We're not going to be fanatical, devoted supporters. We will hold our nose and vote for you the way we held our noses and voted for George W. Bush. Do you want to be the next George W. Bush? Well, no, John, I think it's worse than that. I think what will happen, what will happen is many evangelicals, pro -life evangelicals simply won't vote, which I think is an unbelievable mistake because they feel it's principled not to vote for Trump because he said this about what DeSantis's view. On the other hand, let him think that and maybe it's true and let him act accordingly. It's like if we are so on the reservation, Eric, that they know they have our votes no matter what they do, the Republican Party will keep treating evangelicals and pro -lifers the way the Democratic Party treats blacks. That is, you have no choice where you're going to go, take whatever scraps we throw you. So no, I think it's good. Let him be a little afraid that we will go off the reservation. No, that's why I just said that. That's why I just said that. In other words, I actually believe that that's true because when you look at what happened in the last number of elections, there are many evangelicals who are so pious in the negative sense that they would say, I'm just going to sit home and I'm not going to vote because Trump had three wives and I'm going to let Hillary Clinton or Satan or Adolf Hitler take over America because I'm so pious that I won't pull the lever for somebody who doesn't agree with me on everything or who puts out mean tweets or says things I disagree with. That is effectively how we got Biden because we didn't have a serious situation that we're in. On the other hand, Mike Pence is saying that unless we give long range missiles to Ukraine so it can kill lots of Russians, we'll have to go to war with Russia because it will invade Poland. So in order to avoid war, we have to fight a war. It's exactly what George W. Bush said about Iraq, that we have to fight the terrorists over there so we don't have to fight them over here so they won't do 9 -11 again. Now we know now Iraq had nothing to do with 9 -11. It had no weapons of mass destruction. So he lied us into the Iraq war. In Vietnam, they told us we had to fight the Vietnam war so that the communists wouldn't take over Japan and then Hawaii. The whole domino theory is something that warmongers and the military contractors they work for, they whip it out every time they want to get us in a useless war. They say, well, remember Neville Chamberlain? Remember 1938? And I always say, remember August, 1914, when they blundered into World War I and destroyed all three of the main governments involved in it, all based on nothing, based on lies, based on garbage. Sometimes it's November, September, 1938. Sometimes it's August, 1914. And you're the idiot warmonger about to plunge the world into destruction because of your silly fantasies private about being a big man. Mike Pence is one of those warmongers and he's very dangerous right now. There's never enough time to talk to you, my friend. We'll get you back as soon as possible. Thank you, folks. We'll be right back. Thank you. For 10 years, Patriot Mobile has been America's only Christian conservative wireless provider. And when I say only, trust me, they're the only one. Glenn and the team have been great supporters of this show, which is why I'm proud to partner with them. 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Fresh update on "vietnam" discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News
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A highlight from BCB127_AMERICAN HODL: Wisdom For Surviving The Bear
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This is only like a few weeks ago, right? It's it's good, man. I love having kids. Kids are the best. I I think parents like to complain about having kids, but like I do with the you know, it's like there's this George Peterson quote, which is like if you weren't going to have kids, like what the fuck would you be doing? That's so special. Like most of us are. Yeah. Yeah. It's not like I'm going to be inventing, you know, a new a new like equation for quantum field theory or something like I'm not doing any of that. So like, yeah, string theory is just a bit above our heads as well, you know? Right, exactly. So hanging out with the kids and, you know, playing Uno or goofing around is like, that's where I'm at. That's my song, right? The other thing you are, but I think of my kids just went back to school. So now I have like full days with nothing to do, but what I want to do. And you start to realize, like, what do people without kids in their thirties and forties do? There's just, oh, yeah, exactly. Yeah. You basically just get drunk in different locations. You're like, yeah, I went to Dublin and I got drunk and then I went to Istanbul and I got drunk and then I went to Rio de Ignar and I got drunk and you're like, okay, that's I didn't get drunk here. I got beer here, you know? Uh, yeah, people, people end up and I don't want to shit in the mouth of, of non parents here right off the bat, but fuck it. Let's do it. Everybody should have kids. It's well worth it. And I think at least based on my circle, most people I see that don't end up having children really, really wish they did. They get into their late thirties, forties and fifties and they realize, oh, I see what this whole thing's about. Um, highly recommend it. Get out there. Fuck everybody. Start fucking, start reproducing. Let's expand the species. Let's get more Bitcoiners. Yeah. Listen, if you don't have a, if you don't have kids, I consider you weak hands, you know, cause there's no one to get a huddle after your debt. So what you only got like max, you know, 40, 50 years of huddling there. All right. Like we need to extend that out. Seven generation thinking like my boy, Marty bent says, you know, I listened to you with, uh, the, your most recent chat with Peter and Peter was spending some time saying like, I love smart huddle. I like the glasses. I like the refined civilized huddle and Josh were like, Josh and I were like, fuck that shit. We want total huddle. If you don't deliver that today, you fucked up. Cause we need you fully unleashed my friend. All right. I mean, I'll do my best. Let's see what I got. Firehouse humor. Yeah. Oh yeah. I think you'd fit right into the firehouse based on some of the stuff I've heard you, uh, spew over the, over the years, I think you'd fit right in, especially coffee hour, eight o 'clock in the morning, just a bunch of degenerates. I don't know if you guys have seen the new Shane Gillis stand up on Netflix, but that's like my barometer for humor. Just like extremely immature playground humor, the way we used to talk to each other, you know, third grade. Yeah, exactly. Those are sort of litmus tests for like how far you can go culturally. You're like, Oh, we weren't allowed to say that 10 years ago. He just went that far in that, in that Netflix special. I guess that's the, that's the tip of the spear for how far we can go. Chappelle broke some boundary. A lot of people have broken boundaries on Netflix in the last, comedy in general has been regressive over the last 10 or 15 years. Like every, so many things have been taboo to say, especially for comedians, which really ruins comedians and only like Dave Chappelle can get away with it and a few others, but comedy has really been shit on in the last 10 years. I think the left went too far and they canceled basically too many people and you can't cancel everybody because then now you just have like half the country that's canceled. Right. And so, you know, all the canceled people, it's not like you killed them. Like they're still alive and they're just like, you know what? I don't give a shit about being canceled. And that's like where everybody's at nowadays. And so I am starting to see, like, I think the, you know, canceled culture has peaked and now we're on the other side of canceled culture. And there's a bunch, bunch of people who basically realize like, if you don't cancel yourself, nobody can really cancel you. You just, you just choose not to give a shit about it. I think it was actually Trump that taught everybody that maneuver. Right. Which is like, you know, whatever, I don't care, whatever you say about me, I don't give a fuck, you know, whatever. Uh, and you know, he's just going to, he's just going to keep going out there and calling you stormy horse face Daniels or whatever. He doesn't keep a shit. And you can be like, you know, you were the worst president ever. He'd be like, that's false. That was the best, best president. So you just don't let any of it get in there. You just go, no, he broke a ton of clown barriers. Trump did. He was masterful with the way he could do that. And if that guy had one characteristic that I admire, it's his ability to spin move out of any accusation by calling the other person, an ingenious nickname that stuck, like just nailed it every single time nickname ever. I think it was low energy Jeb. Who comes up with low energy Jeb. And then you would look at him and you'd be like, man, he is really low energy. Yeah, these things work a cup of coffee, you know, shortcut narratives are really effective. Speaking of presidents, you guys see Biden the other day and it was a yesterday in Vietnam. He literally got hooked off the stage because he started mumbling nonsense about something that was far off of what they were talking about. They turned his mic off while he was talking and he kept talking. And then they had an announcer get on and basically say, oh, you're done here, Mr. President, get, they got the hook out and they pulled him off stage. It was like, watch, watch this clip. Yeah, it was, it was insane. Shepherd came out. It was full blown, like, all right, get this fucking guy out of here before he makes us look even dumber. Unbelievable. You know, in a nation of 360 some odd million Americans, I think many of us are very intelligent. Uh, the last two presidents have been kind of, you know, not up to snuff, right? Like where are our good people, you know, like, yeah, we're not sending our best anymore, unfortunately. It is comical, but it's also downright embarrassing because, and I've heard enough out of you to know that you'll agree with this, I'm still very proud to be an American, I think there's a lot of wonderful things that this, this country stands for and imbues and, and it's done and it's, it's a downhill slope right now on both sides. And I just laugh at, I mean, obviously like most Bitcoiners and Josh and I are aligned on this, I just, both sides are in full blown, full frontal clown mode and, and anybody that's latching onto either candidate at this point, I almost lose respect for it. It's like, how can you take either of these guys seriously? But we need to dig out of that. Like that, that needs to be fixed to your point. That's not something that that's healthy for the average American citizen to just be resigned to the fact that the leader of the entire nation is a complete idiot, we need to dig out of that and hopefully reverse that trend. Well, you know, in general, I lean conservative usually, but I actually have been, uh, you know, found myself very intrigued by Robert F Kennedy Jr. And it's not just because he's a Bitcoiner, but I think he really has the discourse into the Overton window, right? Like by basically being like, why am I not, I'm a Democrat my whole life. My father was, you know, a president, a Senator, a presidential candidate. My uncle was killed. He was one of the most popular democratic presidents of all time. Why am I not allowed to say this? Why am I not allowed to have opinions or questions? And yet in America, I feel like anytime we lose our foundational principle, which is, you know, free speech, anytime we're losing that we're losing our soul as a almost anything you want without significant repercussions, that's, that's just how things are. Like, obviously if you say something that's very racist or hateful or homicidal or genocidal or something, then people are going to be, they're gonna have a lot of feelings about it, but there's very little speech. That's actually illegal speech, right? And we should be able to, yeah, just get together in a room and discuss things as Americans. That's a very rare thing. Like that's, that's not something that you find in almost any other culture on earth. You know, I was talking to Peter McCormick McCormick about this, but like the British sarcastic, dry humor that they're all known for that is because they don't have free speech. So they have to be sarcastic. That's never occurred to me before that either. Right. They have a shield to hide behind and they can be like, Oh, come on, mate. I was just taking the piss. Whereas we as Americans can just say what the fuck we actually think, which is a more effective system. They, they have to, I mean, I'm glad it happened because I love British humor. Yeah. They have to show a side boob. They can't go full frontal. You know what I mean? Exactly. Gentlemen. I'm sure you guys will both agree with this point as well. So we've got these clown puppet leaders that we're, we're just accosted with every four years and have to deal with the shit sandwich or the giant douche. And we've got to pick between the two of them. But then there's also like every time there's like, I mean, I'd say most times there's a new law, some new bullshit with COVID that happened in the last couple of years, I'm stunned by the stupidity and heavy handedness, which a lot of this stuff comes down. And it's like, it's like, I'm disappointed by how bad these takes can be and how bad these real changes are and how overbearing a lot of this has been, especially in the last few years. But it seems like every time a new law is, is instantiated, it's just feels wrong on its face. And I feel like people are so numbed to it at this point that they just say, they just expect it to be the wrong thing instead of what we would prefer to have. Or I think people from our circles would prefer to have at least. What are your thoughts on that? About how there's just like this numbness about how these people operate. Well, there's, you know, we're recording this on nine 11 and one of the reasons I wanted to record with you guys, cause you're both firefighters and I think not, you know, we're all around the same age. Nine 11 was the seminal moment of our young lives. And obviously like certainly had an effect on both of you, I'm sure. And I'd love to hear your stories about that. Um, but you know, to me, I'm, I'm, I have a good, I have a great memory. That's it's a gift and a curse. And one of the things that, uh, I remember is the world pre nine 11. I remember what it was like, and we're now living in an entirely different world. That's not better. It's a worst world. You know, we have an, a heightened security state, a heightened surveillance state. I mean, you used to be able to just, you know, what is TSA really accomplished? Like, did they prevent any new, uh, atrocities? I don't think they did because one guy tried to bomb a shoe bomber shoes, and now we are going to take off my, I got to take off my fucking band, slip -ons every time, you know what I mean? And your belt crying shame. Yeah. Yeah. Fucking shoe bomber. I mean, it is, it is like, we appreciate you bringing that up. It is, uh, in the fire service, it's, it's the day of the year. Um, and it, it's been said for a couple of decades now, never forget. But I feel like the fire service, Josh has done a pretty good job of not forgetting. Like you still see it on a lot of fire trucks. Every single firehouse around the country is honoring it today. There's a moment of silence that comes over dispatch. There's events that happen every year and yeah, I don't know. This is just a complete sidebar on nine 11, but it was fucking insane. Fucking insane. I was in sixth grade. I remember where I was as everyone does. Um, and wasn't fully able to appreciate the magnitude, but as the years have gone watching back in the documentaries and thinking through just like from our vantage point, um, I, Josh, we've talked about this before with our career. Like there is a degree of submission to risk. It doesn't happen very often. We don't want to overplay the hero card here. And the vast majority of our job where paramedics, we rotate ambulance to fire truck, but when this shit happens, it's real. And you've kind of sworn an oath to not have a choice, but to go into that, if that happens in your career, that second story bedroom to risk your life for a kid or whatever, all those men and women that went into that building, obviously hindsight's 2020, but if we worked in New York at that time and, and had the badge on, we would have had, we would have done the exact same thing. So, um, yeah, the heroism that existed by I agree, like to, to get, to get back off the nine 11 is just like, what, how has the world improved in any way, shape or form since then? And it has not in many ways, it's devolved in the opposite direction and we need new currents that flow the opposite way that, that get us back to a lot of American ideals, which is part of what we've latched onto the most about what you've said. And spoken into this community. Totally. We see, uh, so the Patriot act was instantiated right afterwards, which took away a whole, it added surveillance, took away a whole bunch of fundamental rights. And it was supposed to be sunsetted. I don't remember if it was five or 10 years after nine 11, but they extended it and they've continued to extend it since then. It's again, back to what we were just talking about. Like these, it's almost like a peg in, they get a foothold in and the politicians never relinquish any power whatsoever. It's always another step up. Another squeezing of, of the populace. They peg a shit coin into, into American ideals, kind of like potentially pegging shit coins into Bitcoin with drive chains. I don't know. Maybe we ended up today. Smooth transition there. I can't think of a worse way to honor all of the brave guys, you know, who ran into the towers when they were on fire. Then what we've done in the aftermath of nine 11, you know, I just can't think of a worse world. I saw it. I saw an Instagram post that actually made me pretty emotional. It was a, you know, young, pretty girl. She's probably in her like late twenties now. And she went to visit the Memorial cause her father was FDNY and he ran into the building. He ran into tower two and he collapsed on him and she grew up her whole life without her father. Right. And he made the ultimate sacrifice. And that's something that you guys have to, you know, that's an interesting conversation actually like around risk.
A highlight from Week in Review - Episode 23
"We get it. You're busy. You don't have time to waste on the mainstream media. That's why Salem News Channel is here. We have hosts worth watching, actually discussing the topics that matter. Andrew Wilkow, the next D 'Souza, Brandon Tatum, and more. Open debate and free speech you won't find anywhere else. We're not like the other guys. We're Salem News Channel. Watch any time on any screen for free 24 -7 at snc .tv and on Local Now Channel 525. Welcome to this week's Mike Gallagher Show Week in Review. What a week it has been. We saw a president fail to acknowledge the events of 9 -11 by giving a speech in Anchorage, Alaska, of all places. Then he lied about it. It was an amazing thing. I mean, what a week he has had. The news for Joe Biden is bad and keeps getting worse. For example, we talked about Biden's visit to Vietnam where they literally had to pull him off the stage. Man, oh man, did you see him in Vietnam? Holy moly. They had to pull him off the stage because he started babbling like an idiot. That's the president of the United States. And listen, we better hope he runs in 2024. Let's pray for once that a Democrat's ego torpedoes their chances for reelection. Because if he runs, there's no way Americans can vote for that. There's no way. It's impossible. That's not wishful thinking. It's, it's, you know, September of 2023 and they have to yank him off the stage. They did everything but take out that old vaudeville, the big hook, you know, you put the whole, pull the hook out and drag and then do a little soft shoe off the stage. Some disembodied voice comes over the PA and says, that's it. The press conference is over. And he looks around baffled and says, thank you everybody. Thank you. Where do I go? Where do I go? Don't throw me down, Clark. Certain sharp -eared listeners know what reference I just made there. Let's listen together to grandpa Joe. I want you to, I want you to hear what it sounds like when a president of the United States literally gets, gets the hook. They're so embarrassed for him. For whatever reason, he wound up in Vietnam over the weekend. Maybe air force one took a wrong turn and it landed in Vietnam and his appearance there by, you're going to hear about it all day long today on the news, at least on normal news. You might not hear about it on ABC, CBS, or NBC, but I'm not sure that even they won't cover this because it was this bad. Check this out. We talked about, we talked about at the conference overall, we talked about stability. We talked about making sure that the third world, excuse me, third world, the Southern hemisphere had access to change. It had access. It wasn't confrontational at all. Thank you everybody. This ends the press conference. Thanks everyone. I mean, what a disaster. And then he, then he goes and shuffles off. That's the president of the United States. The music is the best part. When they started playing the lounge music, Robert is in Sarasota. Robert, you see that clip? Yeah. Can I first use your platform to say, um, my thoughts and prayers are going out to everybody today, uh, that we're victims or new people. Absolutely. 9 11. And to follow that up, our president of the United States is booked 3 ,467 miles away into Alaska. You can't get farther from New York than where he's going to be today, where he canceled oil and gas leases. And clearly there's a God because that's exactly where he belongs as far away from New York. Here's the headline that every American who is suffering through the Biden administration needs to know 22 years of never forget. And Biden is spending 9 11 in Alaska. Meantime, we still got the, uh, the occasional troll or the occasional malcontent caller to the Mike Gallagher show. And I had a texture who claims that it's not really free speech to yell fire in a crowded movie theater. Of course, we're talking about all of the Democrats efforts to shut down speech. They disagree with beginning with Trump on down. And I played a montage of the Democrats denying the 2016 election to anyone who says that Republicans are a bunch of election deniers. What do you say about all the prominent Democrats who insisted that Trump didn't win in 2016? I just got a text from Macomb County, Michigan that I want to share with you. And then I want to play a little clip for the benefit of Macomb County, Michigan, and listen to this Michigan texture. Thank you. I mean, I appreciate that you don't agree with me and you think I'm a, I'm rotten to the core and you, and you, you, you hate my, my message on, on the radio and TV, but that's okay. I appreciate dissent and I, and I am truly intrigued. I always wonder, does the left do leftists like Macomb County, Michigan really feel this way? Or are they just regurgitating talking points that they've heard on MSNBC and they've read in the New York Times? It is a fact that election laws were changed and the election process was wildly upended under the guise of COVID. It is a fact that we had an historic amount of mail -in ballots. It is a fact that we had a record number of ballot harvesting. We things know were changed in 2020 under the pretense of COVID. That's a fact. And I'm not yelling fire in a crowded theater by stating those facts. That's their go -to. So let me read the whole text to you. And then I want to give you a video response, Macomb County, Michigan. And I challenge you to text me again. I don't want to embarrass you, but I'm going to challenge you to at least text me your response when I ask you about the video response that I have to your text. Here's the text. It is not free speech to yell fire in a crowded theater. It is not free speech to perpetuate a well -proven lie that there is some absurd sweeping conspiracy that stole the 2020 election and use that lie to divide people and disenfranchise millions and millions of voters. What you people are doing is destroying this country. You are working to drive the wedge between everyday Americans deeper and deeper. And you're just doing it because there's a market for it. Either you are willfully lying and towing your party line, or you're dumb enough to believe this trash yourself. You should feel deep, deep shame for perpetuating your lies. I hope one day you realize the damage you're doing and are tormented by your own guilt forever. Okay. Now, over the top drama queen hysterics aside from that text, let's take a look at the substance of what that person wrote. They want to sit there and accuse anybody who questioned the outcome of the 2020 election as somebody advancing an absurd sweeping conspiracy. So Macomb County, Michigan, what do you say about this? Trump didn't actually win the election in 2016. He lost the election and he was put in office because the Russians didn't appear. Trump knows he's an illegitimate president. The president of the lack of a legally elected is not legitimate. I don't see the president as elect a legitimate president. You said you believe that Russia's interference altered the outcome of the election. I do. We have a president who is in fact it is proven has been assisted by the Russians and may in fact not be a legitimate president. The one thing that Trump is fearful of when it comes to his being president is that finally we will see how illegitimate his victory actually was. I have an objection. I object to the 15 votes from the state of North Carolina. I object because people are horrified. He's an illegitimate president. Do you believe Trump is illegitimate president? What I believe is that there's no question that the outcome of this election was affected by the Russian interference. There absolutely is a cloud of illegitimacy. So that legitimacy is in question. Yes. That was a very tainted election. And in that sense, it's illegitimate. Now, Macomb County, Michigan, I dare you to write me back and follow up to your original text and condemn all of your hero Democrats the way you condemned any of us who questioned 2020. You see, you don't get to have it both ways. Meanwhile, back to Grandpa Joe's refusal to attend any of the 9 -11 ceremonies in New York or Shanksville, PA, or even where he lives in Washington, D .C., to commemorate that awful historic day in America's history. Tulsi Gabbard said it best on Fox News. Biden has decided he wasn't going to be bothered. He'd be up in Anchorage, Alaska. It's outrageous. It's last night on Fox News for those like myself, many patriotic Americans across the country who enlisted because of the jihadist attacks on 9 -11. I find it deeply offensive that he specifically chose to turn his backs on all of those families and all of those Americans. White House is saying that, you know, presidents don't show up to Hawaii on Pearl Harbor after all these years. What's the point? It's insulting beyond words. It was even more insulting. I don't want to say even more insulting. It was also insulting to hear in the speech that he delivered during that fuel stop in Alaska, him lecturing the American people about how it is our responsibility that we must take seriously to defend democracy. And he is saying these words, lecturing us as he and his administration, every step of the way, are undermining our own democracy, both by his politicizing the Department of Justice to go after Donald Trump, his major political opponent in this upcoming presidential election, his going after and changing the rules of the DNC to make it so people who vote for RFK Jr., their votes won't actually count. He is sending his Department of Justice after parents who are trying to stand up for their right to their children's education. I've been thinking a lot about the difference, the major differences between the right and the left in America. For example, the MAGA movement. The putting America first philosophy is met with such disdain from progressives and leftists and Democrats. But when you think about it, putting America first is something best exemplified by Donald Trump's policies. Putting America last best sums up the Biden Democrat approach. Judge Jeanine Pirro summed it up that way last night on Fox News as well. Well, it's consistent with his America last mentality. I mean, this is unprecedented. No president since this happened has not been at one of the sites, whether it's Washington, Shanksville or ground zero. And if you're from New York City, especially, I mean, I was in the city that day. I remember the smoke in the towers. I remember, you know, my investigators saying we've got to get home. We've got to get back to Westchester. This is a very sacred day for so many people. And the president doesn't see it that way. And the sad part about it is that, you know, the world is not a safer place now. It's because of Biden now that the Taliban is back in control in Afghanistan with all the weapons that we left there. We've got an open border now with people coming in that we don't even know who they are. And you can thank Joe Biden for all of that. You sure can. You know, one of the great mysteries of life for me is wondering if this kind of crap is intentional or accidental. And I ask this question all the time. Does Joe Biden and his team say, you know what, we're going to be the first administration in 22 years not to attend a ceremony in Shanksville or Washington, D .C. at the Pentagon or at Ground Zero in New York City? We're going to we're going to change the game a little bit. We're not going to appear. Is that a mistake? And as if the actions of Joe Biden weren't bad enough, egregious enough, the governor of New Mexico, some woman by the name of Michelle Lujan Grisham, decided to amend the rights of citizens of her state. Albuquerque in particular, she declared an emergency because of an incident involving the death of an 11 year old child. The governor said, well, there's gun violence. I get to declare a declare an emergency and nobody gets to carry their lawfully registered and certified guns. We must remember. The liberties, the freedoms that so many have fought and died for. And this new New Mexico governor has literally banned Americans who have a constitutional right to protect themselves from being able to carry in Albuquerque and the surrounding county for at least the next 30 days after a child was killed in a road rage incident. It's it's it's extraordinary. What's law enforcement doing in Albuquerque? What's the sheriff doing? The police chief. She's sitting at this press conference next to a guy who looks like a police authority. He's got a big gold badge on. And he looks very uncomfortable where this lunatic governor is shredding the Constitution, declaring an emergency, a gun emergency. This is what Democrats, if you dared to question a lockdown, if you had any skepticism about vaccines, if you wondered about masks, they came after you. They shut you down. Be kind of interesting to talk to an airline pilot who lost his job or her job because they wouldn't want to get they didn't want to get a vaccine. Do you realize we were firing people for not getting vaccinated? You recognize the absurdity of where we were just just a very short while ago? It's called tyranny. What the New Mexico governor, Michelle Grisham, is doing is tyrannical. She's acting like she's the emperor, the king, the dictator of New Mexico. And they're going to keep doing this and they're going to keep doing this and they're going to keep doing this until they can't do it anymore. Everybody ought to be aware of what she's doing, because what she's doing is absolutely un -American. What she's doing is obscene, where on Friday, this New Mexico governor banned people from being able to carry guns because a child was killed during a road rage incident. She's decided to declare an emergency. Oh, we have a gun emergency here. So now I get to ban your right to keep and bear arms. Check out this exchange. I want to play it one more time in case you're not paying attention. Isn't it unconstitutional to say you cannot exercise your carrying license? With one exception, and that is if there's an emergency and I've declared an emergency for a temporary amount of time, I can invoke additional powers. No constitutional right, in my view, including my oath, is intended to be absolute. There are restrictions on free speech. There are restrictions on my freedoms. In this emergency, this 11 -year -old and all these parents who have lost all these children, they deserve my attention to have the debate about whether or not in an emergency we can create a safer environment. Because what about their constitutional rights? I took an oath to uphold those two. And if we ignore this growing problem without being bold, I've said to every other New Mexican, your rights are segregated to theirs. And they are not, in my view. I mean, this is lunacy. I pray for her safety. I pray for Joe Biden's safety. I pray for Trump's safety. I pray for all of our elected officials' safety. So let me make sure you know where I'm coming from, where my heart is. I would never want anything to happen to any of the people who are elected to hold office. But I wonder if she would be willing to have her security detail suspend their right to protect her.
Is Biden's Age Becoming a Liability? Democrats Panic!
"The White House rips media for fixating on Biden's age. That's in the Hill. Trump is really old, too, is Frank Bruni in The New York Times. Wall Street Journalist is Biden too old to run again. And Wall Street Journal editorial, Democrats start to panic about Biden. Bret Baier is back. So, Bret, what do you think about that statement by the president in Alaska? Well, I just think that it's following that track that we've been seeing of speeches where something, something goes wrong in the speech. Something is exaggerated. He says something that's just not true. I mean, Hillary Clinton wrote and said that she flew over as New York senator and saw 9 -11 the next day. And those words, it looked like the gates of hell. You know, Senator Biden at the time was in D .C. He didn't go to 9 -11 ground zero till nine days later. So the White House is going to say he meant the nine days later trip. But when you're in Alaska and you're talking about recollections of 9 -11 and already the family's not at ground zero or one of the sites, maybe that's not the time to exaggerate. Yeah, I read the Wall Street Journal story today on they interviewed many, many people who were born exactly on the day that Joe Biden was born. And they spoke about what it's like to be 80. And some of them say, oh, it's fine. And some of them say, no, you really lose the step. And other people say you can go downhill in a hurry. I don't think this cannot be talked about, Bret, but it's also something that it is important to cushion how one discusses it. How are you handling it? Yeah, I don't think it's about the age. It's about, you know, what we're seeing about his ability to speak clearly, about his ability to even deliver teleprompter speeches. I think that the Vietnam news conference was an example of what people are seeing with their own eyes. You can say I can't keep up with him. And the White House can say he's got such energy. And then we can all see his lack of answers or I'm going to go to bed or they turn on the music and cut off the mic at the end of the news conference because they don't want them to say anything else. Those are things that people can see with their own eyes and hear with their own ears. So I don't think it's the number. I do think it's the capability. And it is clearly, clearly making Democrats very, very concerned.
A highlight from The Mike and Mark Davis Daily Chat - 09/12/23
"This was an easy one. 1975 Elton John singing about the city of liberty, the city of freedom, the city of brotherly love. The light was shining on our buddy Mike Gallagher last night. City of a lot of traffic, oh boy. Did you just make it by the skittier teeth? Oh boy, oh boy. I said I can't wait to talk to my buddy Mark if I make it. And Mr. Uber driver, please go faster, please go faster. Memo to self, don't stay in Center City when you've got to go out to the radio station which is in, I don't know, Lafayette Hill or wherever the heck we are. A lot of traffic, a lot of construction and what a joyful night last night. A hundred, I mean it was like over 700 people at the Fuge which you would love. It's a NASA, you know, Center Fuge. It's a reference to the Center Fuge exhibit and stuff like that, yes. And they do like a venue. They've got an event venue there. This is the second or third time I've been out there and Lorenzo and the team here at 990 The Answer in Philadelphia do a fantastic job. Phil Boyce, our boss, the big boss, was the moderator. He does a fantastic job. And of course on stage, Dennis Prager, Pastor Robert Jeffress. Yeah, man. And he is so good. Man, Dr. Jeffress is so good when it comes to defining the battle of good and evil that we're witnessing. He also made a Trump reference. I've heard him say this now many times, we ain't considering a pastor for the competition. And he has been very, very loyal to President Trump, much to the chagrin of some within the evangelical community. And so we dealt with all of that faith and freedom and liberty and tyranny. The great Chris DeGaulle, the local host here who is so strong. Man, oh man. And boy, does he get a hero's welcome last night. This community loves him. So we just had a blast. It was a great night. I told the story about Mike Lindell, who I'm speaking to today, about the way they've targeted him. And much of it started with Mike after he said at the Rose Garden, hey, crack open your Bible and turn to God. They didn't like that. So it was just a great evening of conversation. Of course, lots of concern about Joe Biden, lots of debate and discussion about Joe Biden's dis, his snub, his refusal for the first time in either New York or, you know, Shanksville or DC. What a disgraceful. And, you know, they know what they're doing, Mark. They know what they're doing. Okay. What are they doing? Because I know my first answer. And for yesterday, all of yesterday, if there's anything I really tried to do, and I know you do too, it's to be as fair as possible, as accommodating as possible. So if I am going to come down hard on somebody, it's because I've internationally, you know, doddering around in Vietnam, tough to get back in time for 9 -11. So maybe that's bad planning. Tough to get back. I know. I know. It's the president. He's got Air Force One and get wherever he wants to get. Don't give me that crap. Believe you me, the test did not succeed because even under the harshest light of goodwill and grace and latitude, there is no excuse. He was with troops in Alaska. Anytime you're with troops, it's good. But 9 -11 is about three places, New York number one, not to rank them, obviously New York and obviously the Pentagon or Shanksville. You've got to be in one of those places and to fail to do so is conspicuous by its absence. So my answer to give it back to you is the reason they didn't do it is because they knew that it would have been as big an embarrassment as it was in Alaska where he made up crap again. And David said, Drucker well, Biden has been embellishing for a long time. Yeah, but that's when he knew what he was doing. Now I think Joe actually does believe that he was at ground zero the next day looking into the gaping maw of hell or whatever he said there among the smoke and the debris. He wasn't there. He was on the floor of the Senate. He is mentally unhinged. His White House knew it and that's why they knew they could not have him at any of the important 9 -11 sites. Well, two things. You know, first of all, I think there's a lot of wisdom to the argument that if he was at one of the 9 -11 events, the reception he would get inevitably would embarrass him. Have you seen - Reception? Reception? I'm talking about booing. Nobody's going to boo him on 9 -11. Yes, they are. Yes, they are. Don't underestimate the anger and rage the that people have towards this guy. I mean, look, already he's gotten - I mean, I saw it with my own eyes when, you know, I've seen the loving reception that Trump got when he was being arrested from people in the inner city and people lining the streets cheering him. Look at the reception. And you've seen Biden get booed at various events that he's attended. New Yorkers in particular are aggravated and anger. Listen, ask a 9 -11 family what they think of Biden shaking the hand of the Saudi potentate or whatever he is. You know? And you don't think Saudi Arabia was complicit in 9 -11? I mean, this is - And so, yeah, I think you're right, the reception. And number two, this man's a liar. This man will just flat out - And I want to see how they're going to spin this whopper that he was standing, looking through the gaping jaws of hell the day after on the - as George Bush was. George Bush stood on the pile. George Bush had that bullhorn and George Bush said, I hear you. And soon the people who took down these buildings are going to hear you. Biden's trying to, you know, take away Bush's real life experience. Stolen presidential valor. Exactly. Somebody else was there and he wasn't. And you're lying about it? You're saying I was there? I mean, I know people who do this. Listen, I don't want to mention names, but there are people, frankly, and they're kind of pitiful. They just want to live on 9 -11 infamy and they want to bang that drum and they want to puff up their chest and say, look at me, look at me, look at me. The true heroes are the - And there are people who are trying to rescue people or find people and they've had post 9 -11 sickness and illness and death.
A highlight from Commemorating The 22nd Anniversary Of The Sept. 11th, 2001 Attacks
"It's funny how people lie about actual real world events, even as we witnessed them on video, like Trump's visit to the Iowa football game. And he just got a resounding welcome. And they were trying to pretend he was being booed. You know, because there might have been a smattering of boos or a few people that gave him the middle finger, they wanted to pretend that he didn't get an absolute hero's welcome at the football stadium. And the video showed he did. Even CNN acknowledged it. Screaming, USA! USA! Trump! Trump! Trump! Man, oh, man. Republicans need to focus on Iowa and New Hampshire to try to stop him. I guess that might be their firewall if you're Ron DeSantis or Nikki Haley or one of the others. I don't know how they're going to stop him. We shall see. It's September 11th. We're broadcasting from lower Manhattan. It's been 22 years since the September 11th attacks changed our world forever, changed our way of life, changed the way we view, oh, things like freedom. Freedom is on my mind today a lot. And I want to start with a difficult question about 9 -11. You know, 9 -11 spurred the Patriot Act, where the government felt that steps needed to be taken in order to be able to thwart terrorism. And the Patriot Act essentially took away the freedom that many, many Americans had enjoyed. Now, I understand we've got to try to figure out how to battle terrorism. Totally get it. But what I'm not too clear on is when the door got cracked open, where today the government is criminalizing speech to such an extent that they want to lock up the 45th president of the United States. The New York Times did a huge piece. Trump's indictments, key players in the 2020 election effort, it is quite the quite the article. They call out just about everyone in Trump's orbit and essentially accused them of being co -conspirators in a crime to overturn the 2020 election. It's insane. It's insane to witness the absolute destruction of speech in this country. And I want to ask you a difficult question. I want to start with it. Did it begin with the Patriot Act? Did this begin with 9 -11? Because my hunch is it might have. And if so, then Republicans are culpable as well. I think the more immediate place we're at right now is due to COVID. COVID cracked open the door to say, hey, if you question anything about the vaccine or about masks or about lockdowns, we're going to destroy your life. We're going to get you fired. We're going to deplatform you. We might even put lock you up. If you dare, I know a guy who lost a job, a good job, because he expressed a belief on social media that he shouldn't have to wear a mask because his coworkers were triggered by him. Now, he has since sued the employer, and I hope he wins. That's still winding its way, I think, through the legal process. But that's just one example of many. Everybody has an example. Everybody knows an example of somebody who paid a heavy price for daring to open their mouth. It used to be that America is a place where you were allowed to open your mouth. You were allowed to question authority. You were allowed to question any narrative you wanted, and we weren't going to lock you up for it. Democrats in 2016 questioned the election. All of them did. I've played that montage for you 100 times. Hillary, John Lewis, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Jimmy Carter, they all said Trump didn't win. The New York Times isn't doing a big expose on them. The New York Times isn't calling them out. But now they're calling out, and I mean everybody, Ronna McDaniel, Ted Cruz, Mike Lindell, anybody within—in fact, I saw in the comments section of this shocking article in the New York Times, somebody said, well, shouldn't Fox News be next? What about talk radio? Yeah, that's right. The left wants to lock all of us up for daring to express opinions. When did this terrible, dark chapter begin? Was it COVID, or was it 9 -11 and the creation of the Patriot Act? Let's start there. I want to flood my phone lines here on this Monday in the Relief Factor studios with your phone calls. Right here in the Ph .D. weight loss and nutrition phone number, it's 800 -655 -MIKE. That's the way for you to join us. I want you to tell me where you think it began. Did it begin with 9 -11 and the Patriot Act? Because we're in a bad place right now. I just read that New York Times article three or four times in a sense of shock. Could not think they can get away with weaponizing and criminalizing free speech in America. And that's a bad place to be. Let's get your take on it. And again, you're smart. You got the smartest audience in the world. Where did it start? Did it begin with 9 -11? Did it begin with COVID? Did Republicans do enough to stop this? Give me your take on tyranny Democrat Party style 2023 America. 1 -800 -655 -MIKE. 800 -655 -6453. Press 1 to come on air with us. Press 2 to leave a voicemail. You can always text us your comments on the MyPillow text line. 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Monitor Show 13:00 09-11-2023 13:00
"News, big news for the auto industry, but also a big point here for organized labor in the US. Looking at these markets here as we close out the hour, the S &P 500, it's up a half of 1%, NASDAQ up 7 .10, so 1%, a little bit more life there. So we're seeing some nice moves there. 10 -year Treasury, 4 .28%. The dollar giving back a little bit here after a very strong couple of days. Sound On with Joe Matthews starts right now from Washington, DC. Is that actually what will decide this race? Federal spending combined with too -lax monetary policy has produced this 40 -year high on inflation. China policy is driven basically by domestic politics. American families are finding themselves further behind the eight ball. To get anything done in this Congress, it's going to have to be done in a bipartisan way. Bloomberg Sound On with Joe Matthew on Bloomberg Radio. First, an alternative to China. Welcome to the fastest show in politics. As President Biden makes his way home from the G20 in India, along with a stop in Vietnam, after drawing contrast between America's economic vision and China's belt and road. But will it matter? We're joined in studio with Bloomberg White House correspondent, Michelle Jamrisko, and we'll talk with Craig Singleton from the Foundation for Defense of Democracy is fresh off his op -ed in The New York Times. Analysis from our signature panel. They're both back with us today.
Monitor Show 18:00 09-10-2023 18:00
"Thank you, Kaylee. That was Bloomberg Sound On co -host Kaylee Lines reporting from our Bloomberg 99 .1 newsroom in Washington. And you can hear Sound On weekdays 1 to 3 p .m. on Bloomberg Radio. And that does it for this edition of Bloomberg Daybreak Weekend. Join us again Monday morning at 5 a .m. Wall Street time for the latest on the markets overseas and the news you need to start your day. I'm Tom Busby. Stay with us. 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 Bloomberg Daybreak Asia for this Monday, September 11th in Hong Kong. Sunday, September 10th in New York. And coming up today. Vietnam Air closes in on a $10 billion deal with Boeing for 737 Max jets. Italy signals it will exit China's Belt and Road investment path. And Alibaba's former CEO decides to quit just months after agreeing to lead its cloud division. G20 final wording on Russian invasion of Ukraine. Biden says climate change threat worse than nuclear attack. Fauci says Covid cases will rise but doesn't predict major surge. I'm Ed Baxter with Global News. Novak Djokovic battling Daniil Medvedev in the U .S. Open final. I'm Ian Schwartzman. I'll have that story more coming up in Bloomberg Sports. That's all straight ahead on Bloomberg Daybreak Asia. On Bloomberg 1130 New York. Bloomberg 99 .1 Washington D .C. Bloomberg 106 .1 Boston. Bloomberg 960 San Francisco. Sirius XM 119. And around the world on Bloomberg Radio dot com and via the Bloomberg Business Act. Hi everybody. Good morning.
A highlight from CATHIE WOOD ARK ETHEREUM SPOT ETF, SBI XRP PAYMENTS, STORY PROTOCOL $54M PARIS HILTON & A16Z!
"Hey everybody, welcome back to the Thinking Crypto Podcast, your home for cryptocurrency news and interviews. If you are new here, please hit that subscribe button as well as the thumbs up button and leave a comment below. If you're listening on a podcast platform such as Spotify, Apple or Google, please leave a 5 star rating and review. It supports the podcast and it doesn't cost you anything. Well, folks, I want to start off with the DXY because it has been pumping and as you all know, or many of you should know, when the dollar current or the US dollar is pumping, asset prices go down. So asset prices are going to bleed and of course, risk assets are going to bleed the most such as crypto and certain stocks. So right now the price of Bitcoin not looking good, certainly deviating from that retracement movement we were looking at. It was on track similar to 2019, but seems to be deviating. It could still find some support in late September and then move upwards, but we'll have to wait and see. We don't have a crystal ball and based on the different charts and analysis, we form a thesis and we have to wait and see how things play out. But just so you know, some rough times may be ahead, but my OG subscribers and listeners, you know what to do, right? You dollar cross average, you hodl and you be patient because we are loading our bags and preparing for the 2024, 2025 macro bull run. And we still got some pain to go through here. It's certainly not as bad as 2022 and the end of 2022, which was really, really rough, but we're slowly climbing out of that hole and we will eventually find ourselves back in the bull market folks. I know the bear markets and these times are boring, they're painful, but these are the times where you are preparing yourself to make great returns because you're buying the lows and of course selling the highs. And I'm looking to do the same on both crypto and stocks. So just a heads up on what's happening there. Now we got very big news today that Cathie Woods, ARK Invest filed for a Bitcoin, excuse me, an Ethereum spot ETF. See, I'm so used to saying Bitcoin spot ETF, but Ethereum spot ETF. So Eric Balkanis and the folks at Bloomberg who are ETF analysts reported on this and it comes as no surprise, I think, but I'm surprised how early they're doing it. I think we all assumed an Ethereum spot ETF application would be filed soon, but maybe right after the Bitcoin ETF application was approved, but Cathie Wood and these folks are not waiting. And James Seyford, who I've had on the podcast, he's also at Bloomberg, also said that Van Eck, they did a filing as well. So as you can imagine, game theory is going to play out here and everybody's going to throw their hat in the ring as we saw with the Bitcoin spot ETF filing. So it's just a matter of time, folks. I know Gary Gensler, scumbag regulator, Gary Gensler has been playing a lot of games. Obviously the SEC lost the lawsuit against Grayscale, I mean, well, Grayscale won their appeal we'll and see what the SEC does. Folks are anticipating this Q4 or this coming end of year, there's going to be some approvals, but who knows, right? Gary is going to be under a lot of pressure. I think he's going to be testifying pretty soon. So we'll see what pressure comes down on him and if he gets, he passes some of these ETFs. It wouldn't surprise me if he does it for Bitcoin alone and altcoins maybe a year after, but guy's this nuts. So it's interesting though, what is happening here and how these big players are reacting. Now quick word from our sponsor, and that is Uphold, which makes crypto investing easy. I've been using Uphold since 2018. I highly recommend this platform. I vouch for it because I use it and I've trusted these folks and I've interviewed many of them, the folks at Uphold. So I know them and they have 10 plus million users, 250 plus cryptocurrencies, and they're available in 150 countries. You can also trade precious metals on here as well as 37 national currencies. And you can easily switch between and convert between cryptocurrencies, precious metals and different currencies, fiat currencies that is. So if you'd like to learn more about Uphold, please visit the link in the description. All right, folks, some other big news we got here from SBI Group. As you all know, that is the major bank in Japan, and they are a shareholder of Ripple, but they also use XRP. And today they put out some very interesting literature highlighting they are using XRP for cross -border payments via coins .ph and Tranglo to the countries that include Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia. So XRP being used to facilitate payments between different currencies. And we know Ripple has their ODL. This is what they're looking to achieve, get more XRP adoption to solve the payments issue, because we know right now it's not instant settlement. It's a messaging system with SWIFT, which is very outdated. And don't get me wrong, there are other folks looking to solve this as well with stable coins and CBDCs and these things. But not everyone's going to use the same method in a sense that not everyone's going to use Ripple and XRP. I don't believe that. I believe there's going to be competitors, but that's fine. And Ripple will continue to pitch different central banks and payment companies to use this service. So we'll just have to wait and see how the free market plays out. But XRP has the clarity in the United States. So that means some institutions here in the US will use it. It's just a matter of time. And I can't wait for those announcements, but this is folks right here out in the wild, all real world adoption of XRP. And it does take time for banks and these institutions to adopt this technology. It's like trying to steer a cargo ship. It's not going to move like a Ferrari. It's going to be very slow. They're so used to doing things one way for a very long time. And these solutions, which are disruptive, they may try to create their own version or try to do something else and eventually they'll have to adopt it. So, but this is really great if you're an XRP holder and it shows that XRP is being used by payment companies, banks, and so forth. Now they did SBI, they did a full breakdown here on their news and press section on their website. And obviously this is translated. It's in Japanese, but here's the headline, expand international money transfer services using Ripple's money transfer solution that utilizes XRP to the Philippines, Vietnam, and Indonesia. So that's the headline. Pretty clear. They're using ODL here and pretty exciting as well. Now we also got some more XRP news and this comes from Santiment. Santiment is a market intelligence platform with on -chain and social metrics for 2 ,500 plus cryptocurrencies. They tweeted out new and free XRP ledger metrics are now available from Santiment feed. We are proud to be one of the most comprehensive data sources in the world for XRP and XRPL, including several key on -chain social and development related metrics that are used by Ripple. So this is great. You know, these are the type of infrastructure items that are needed for more adoption of XRP and other cryptos, right? You want to have the data, the analytics, what are the different metrics, right? So you can look at this thing holistically, what's happening on the blockchain, who's using it. And these are key components for the future adoption of crypto. So great to see this integration. Now we got some Coinbase news. Coinbase cajoles institutional market with new crypto lending service. Coinbase's new lending service will allow institutional loans. So obviously catered to the institutional money, the big money, and it's pretty funny that they're doing this given the SEC is going after them. But I think Coinbase knows they're in the driver's seat with this situation. The SEC is in a bad place right now. Gary Gensler is in a bad place. So the new lending service permits institutions to loan out digital assets under standardized terms and is structured to qualify for a Regulation D exception, which allows for capital raising without full SEC registration, Coinbase reportedly said. Users of the Coinbase's prime service have already invested $57 million in the new lending program according to a September 1st regulatory filing signed by CFO Alicia Haas. So a big move here by Coinbase. They continue to expand and do their thing. They are the number one brand trusted, obviously a public exchange within the United States, I should say. They're not the largest crypto exchange, but they got BlackRock as a partner. So many big companies are using them for custody and different institutional crypto services.
A highlight from Dont Tread on Me
"We're proud to announce our brand new ACLJ Life and Liberty Drive. Our legal teams will be focusing on the issues that you, our ACLJ members, have told us matter the most to you, life and religious liberty. Join the ACLJ in the fight to keep America free. Dennis Prager here. Thanks for listening to the daily Dennis Prager podcast. To hear the entire three hours of my radio show, commercial free, every single day, become a member of Pragertopia. You'll also get access to 15 years worth of archives, as well as the daily show prep. Subscribe at Pragertopia .com Hello, everyone, and welcome to the Dennis Prager show. It is Wednesday, August 30th, 2023. My name is Julie Hartman. I am the host of the Dennis and Julie show, or I should say the co -host of Dennis and Julie, alongside Dennis Prager. That premieres every Monday on the Salem News Channel. I am also the host of my own three times weekly show, Timeless with Julie Hartman, which is on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays on the Salem News Channel. You can also catch those two shows, Dennis and Julie and Timeless, on the Julie Hartman YouTube page, and of course, you can download them on Apple and Spotify. It is great to be with you. To begin this morning, we're going to talk about a 12 -year -old Colorado student, who on Monday was kicked out of class for having a Gadsden flag patch on his backpack. For those who don't know what that is, the Gadsden flag patch, it is the don't tread on me flag that sometimes you see flying around the United States. According to the school district, which kicked this child out of class, that Gadsden flag is only flown in Trump 2020 flag flying white supremacist neighborhoods, which is obviously a lie, and not to mention insulting. This story, I think, provides a pretty apt synopsis of the state of American education for two reasons. First, the teacher who kicked this boy out of class falsely said that the Gadsden patch had, quote, origins with slavery. That is not true. This patch was actually made in the 1770s during the American Revolution, and the slogan don't tread on me was intended to be a message to the British that the American colonists who were rebelling against their rule were no longer going to put up with the British treading on them. That is the first thing that reveals the state of American education because it is very common nowadays for the content in schools to be taught incorrectly. Then the second reason why it says kind of everything you need to know about the state of our country's school system is that in addition to teaching the wrong content, students are being politically persecuted. There was another story in Massachusetts just about three or four months ago where a young 12 -year -old boy, Liam Morrison, was also sent home from school because he dared to wear a t -shirt that said there are only two genders. This is an ever -growing phenomenon in our country, but let's go here to this article I'm reading from American Greatness. On Monday, so two days ago, very recent, a Colorado Springs charter school removed a middle school student from class for having a Gadsden flag patch on his backpack, alleging falsely that the patch had origins with slavery. A video circulating on X features a Vanguard school administrator explaining to 12 -year -old Jaden and his mother why the boy was pulled from class. The confrontation has gone viral, and due to negative publicity, this is great news, the boy was allowed to have the patch in place when he returned to school on Tuesday. That is totally the right strategy. What happened is that Jaden and his mother were so outraged by Jaden being sent home from school that they went public with this clip. They were on Sean Hannity on Fox News. I believe that they also spoke with Tucker Carlson, or at the very least, Tucker Carlson covered this story. That is the right approach. When something insane happens, whether it's in your child's school or in your workplace, you have to go public with it. That is the only way that we are going to expose the rot of wokeism and try to get it unraveled. This past Monday, in addition to being the day that 12 -year -old Jaden was sent home from school, also marked the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington, where Martin Luther King Jr. delivered the famous I Have a Dream speech. In addition to Martin Luther King's great activism, nonviolent activism, the thing that ended the racist Jim Crow laws in the South was the fact that Americans were seeing the discrimination against black people on their televisions. The start of cable TV, or at least the popularity of cable TV in the 50s and 60s in contributing to the civil rights movement cannot be underestimated. It is because people started taking video of black people in the South being hosed down by police officers, having dogs unleashed on them. And in the court of public opinion, the Jim Crow laws and other racist measures that were present in the South no longer became acceptable because people were seeing with their own eyes how disgusting it was. That is what we need to do now in this arguably new civil rights era in our country. We need to go public, show video, send audio of a teacher berating a student. So I just thought that was interesting that on the same day that this child was sent home was the same day that Martin Luther King delivered that speech. Similar lessons can be gleaned from both of those experiences. Continuing from American greatness, this is a quote from the school administrator. The reason that we do not want the flag, the reason that we do not want the flag displayed is due to its origins with slavery and the slave trade. The Gadsden flag, the surprised mother responded to which the administrator replied the don't tread on me flag. The mother asked what would happen if Jayden removed the patch and the staffer answered flatly the bag can't go back if it's got the patch on it because we can't have that in and around other kids. They're talking about this patch like it has cooties, like if you get within five feet of it, you are going to get a highly contagious deadly flu. We can't have this around other children. Lest they get infected with the imaginary bigotry of the Gadsden flag patch, the mother shot back. Yeah, it has nothing to do with slavery, I love this. The mother is teaching the teacher. That's like the Revolutionary War patch that was displayed when we were fighting the British. Thank you Jayden's mother for teaching basic elementary history to an elementary school teacher. The administrator responded, I am here to enforce the policy that was provided by the district. This is such cowardice. It's not me who's doing this, even though I'm the one who sent the child home. It's a policy. I'm just hiding behind the policy. The mother and son pointed out that other Vanguard kids, Vanguard is the school in Colorado, are allowed to have other various patches on their backpacks. That's exactly right. I bet that there are students at that school who have come in with Black Lives Matter patches or pride patches or even t -shirts with those symbols. Why is that okay? Arguably Black Lives Matter, not just arguably, I mean it's pretty evident, Black Lives Matter is far more offensive of a flag than the Gadsden flag. Black Lives Matter is a Marxist organization which advocated for uprooting the Western prescribed notions of the nuclear family. The Black Lives Matter organization has accumulated billions and billions and billions of dollars that has gone absolutely nowhere to places that would actually help black people. They purported to raise this money for bail funds and for scholarships and for public school funding. What we have found out is that it has actually gone into the pockets of the founders so that they could buy $6 million mansions here in Los Angeles. Those billions of dollars were also used to, actually they were used for bail funds, but they were used to bail out violent rioters who set buildings aflame. Those riots in 2020 killed 25 people, many of whom were black. But the Black Lives Matter flag is okay. I bet you there would be no issue, but the Gadsden flag, oh yes, that is bigotry. How about the pride flag? You know, pride no longer represents tolerance of those with different sexual identification. It a represents movement that seeks to condone the genital mutilation of young children in the name of so -called gender affirming care. Is that offensive? Would that flag be allowed in schools? I bet you it would. 1 -8 Prager, 776 -1877 -243 -777 -6. Back in a moment. Precious metals, it's imperative that you buy from a trustworthy and transparent dealer that protects your best interests. So many companies use gimmicks to take advantage of inexperienced gold and silver buyers. Be cautious of brokers offering free gold and silver or brokers that want to sell you overpriced collectible coins claiming they appreciate more than gold and silver. What about hidden commissions and huge markups? Nick Grovitch and his team at AmFed always have your back. I trust this man. It's why I mention him by name. Nick's been in this industry over 42 years and he's proud of providing transparency and fair pricing to build trusted relationships. If you're interested in buying or selling, call Nick Grovitch and his team at AmFed Coin and Bullion, 800 -221 -7694, americanfederal .com, americanfederal .com. Triple G has notified me that we actually have a clip of this recording of the administrator telling 12 -year -old Jaden, the Colorado student, that he could not wear the Gadsden flag patch on his backpack. I just want to play a minute of the video for you so that you can hear this. And for those of you who are watching the show on the Salem News Channel, you will see that this boy is so polite. He's clean cut. He has a nice shirt on and he's sitting there, you know, with his hands clasped together and he's just nodding and taking it in, incredibly dignified and polite. He didn't say anything like, come on, this is ridiculous. What the heck is going on here? He handled that with such class. His mother should be proud. Let's hear a minute of this clip. Thank you. Do they know what the Gadsden flag is? It's a historical flag. So there, the reason that they do not want the flag, the reason we do not want the flag is due to its origins with slavery and slave trade. That is what was, that's the reason behind the Gadsden flag. The don't tread on me, which is the Gadsden flag. Okay, so he, what's going to happen if he doesn't take it all? He, I mean, he is able to go, I was actually just telling him, like, I was upset that he was missing so much school. I'm like, ah! So I asked him, can he just take his stuff out of his bag and go back to class? Like, I just want him to go back to class. The bag can't go back. It's got a patch on it, because we can't have that in and around other kids. So that's what I was trying, and then he said you were close, so I was like, oh, okay. It's amazing that this administrator is saying, you know, I hate that he's missing school. He's missing school because of you, my friend, or not my friend, my enemy. All right, reading continuing from American Greatness, the head of the school told Jaden's mother that the patch was, quote, disruptive to the classroom environment, and that the boy was welcome to return to class on Tuesday, but only if he removed the patch, okay? Because of its creator's history and because it is commonly flown alongside Trump 2020 flags, the Confederate battle flag, and other white supremacist flags, some may now see the Don't Tread On Me flag as a symbol of intolerance and hate or even racism. Oh, gosh. We could spend the entire three hours on that quote. Okay, so many lies in that one sentence. But they're saying that Trump 2020 flags are white supremacist flags. How is that not political persecution? So half this country are white supremacists, really? And then I love this line here. Some may see it as a symbol of intolerance, hate, or even racism. Welcome to the tyranny of the minority. If one person is made to feel uncomfortable by that flag, the entire school has to go along with that person's preferences. This child has to be sent home. As the administrator said, he loses out on learning because this one person may, in a hypothetical world, be uncomfortable. So this is interesting because let's look at these four adjectives that were used to describe this patch, disruptive, intolerant, hateful, and racist. We live in a world where there is such a profound assault on truth. And what comes alongside that assault on truth is an assault on the objective meaning of words, because that's basically another way of saying the truth, that words hold a objective, truthful meaning. You know, when people say, well, what's the harm of calling a man a woman or a woman a man? What's the harm of saying words are violent? This is the harm, because when words lose their objective meaning, the rules and the standards that are associated with those words also lose their objective meaning, and then all havoc breaks loose. There is this standard in American public education. It was established in a Supreme Court case in 1969. The case is called Tinker versus Des Moines, Iowa School District. And it dealt with the fact that students came to class wearing Vietnam War or anti -Vietnam War wristbands, and they were asked to remove those wristbands. And this case went all the way up to the Supreme Court, and the court established what's called the Tinker standard of regulating speech in schools, because they had to balance the fact that sometimes it is necessary and even good to regulate speech in schools for disciplinary reasons, but also respecting the fact that students have First Amendment rights. So they established this standard, which essentially says that students have a right to express political speech, wear shirts, wear backpack stickers, wear wristbands. As long as that speech is not disruptive to the classroom and does not infringe on the rights of other students to learn. So here we see that this school district in Colorado is saying that Jaden's backpack patch is disruptive. And so if we are now calling a backpack patch disruptive, then it means that they can lawfully tell Jaden to go home and get rid of it, because the Tinker standard says that they have a right to censor speech that is disruptive. Once the objective meaning of words change, then that paves the way for the objective meaning of rules and standards associated with those rules to change. Another story that we will cover in this hour is this Spanish soccer league craziness where the head, I believe it was, of the Spanish soccer league went up and kissed one of the female players after the Spanish female soccer team won the World Cup. This kiss, which by the way I do not condone, you shouldn't kiss someone if it is unwanted or without their consent, but this kiss is now being called sexual assault. And this man who planted the unwanted kiss on the female soccer player is under criminal investigation for sexual assault, which in Spain, as in the United States, carries prison time as a potential punishment. Another perfect example of the way that if we change words, then we change the laws associated with those words. Because now if a kiss is called sexual assault, then you can be prosecuted or brought to trial for alleged sexual assault if you kiss someone. This is very scary. That is why conservatives make such a fuss when words are used improperly, because it leads to a slippery slope. And by the way, this is going to affect all of us. There are going to be many people, we're already seeing it happen, who are going to be fired from their jobs or sent home from school for supposedly being disruptive or racist when they're not. We have calls. We'll take them in the next segment. 1 -8 Prager 776 -1877 -243 -7776. I'm eager to hear your reactions. Back in a moment. Mike Lindell has a passion to help you get the best sleep of your life. He didn't stop at the pillow. Mike also created the Giza Dream bed sheets. These sheets look and feel great, which means an even better night's sleep, which is crucial for overall health. Mike found the world's best cotton called Giza. It's ultra soft and breathable, but extremely durable. Mike's latest deal is the sale of the year for a limited time. You'll receive 50 % off the Giza Dream sheets, marking prices down as low as $29 .98, depending on the size. Go to MyPillow .com, click on the radio podcast's square, and use the promo code Prager. There you'll find not only this amazing offer, but also deep discounts on all MyPillow products, including the MyPillow 2 .0 mattress topper, MyPillow kitchen towel sets, and so much more. Call 800 -761 -6302 or go to MyPillow .com and use the promo code Prager. Welcome back to The Dennis Prager Show. I'm Julie Hartman, your guest host for today. We are discussing the fact that this 12 -year -old boy in Colorado was sent home from school on Monday for wearing a Don't Tread On Me patch on his backpack. The school said that he had to remove it. In order to return to school, he and his mother went public with a recording of the administrator admonishing him. And the public outrage over this incident led to the school allowing Jaden to come back with the patch on his backpack. I should also note that the school announced that they would be canceling Parents Night due to quote, unforeseen circumstances. Clearly, they do not want to face some questions about this incident. Let's go to Steve in Chicago, Illinois. Hi, Steve. Thanks for calling in. Yeah, Julie, thanks a lot. So, here's where I'm going to part company with you, okay? Whatever happened at School of Colorado sounds ridiculous, okay? But you beat it like a dead horse a thousand times to make it sound as if this is commonplace. You talk about transgender issues, and Dennis Prager does it nonstop. And what you do, and the way to deceive people, okay, which is what I think you and Dennis do, is to omit from your discussions and your narrative other information that would make what you're saying completely false, okay? What is that information that we are omitting? Well, I'll tell you. I'll tell you. You guys beat this transgender drum like they are going to take over the world and destroy civilization. The fact is - When have we ever said those words? That they're going to take over the world and destroy civilization? I listen to Dennis all the time. It's incessant. And the fact is, is there are very few transgender people relative to the population, okay? That's true. Most of us will never meet a transgender person. The few people who are transgender are afflicted with a horrible psychiatric illness, okay? They deserve empathy. No one is forcing them to undergo any transgender hormonal treatment. I'm going to pause you there, Steve. I don't mean to cut you off, but just for the sake of time, I'm going to pause you and I'd like to continue a discussion, but I have to cut in. You are right, Steve, that there is a relatively low number of transgender individuals relative to the population, which is why I ask the question, why is teaching that gender is non -binary and fluid becoming so mainstream if this is so rare? And I encourage you, Steve, and anyone listening who may agree with his disagreement of Dennis' position and my position, I encourage you to read the California Department of Education codes, the Arizona Department of Education codes, New Jersey, Michigan. Many states, blue states around the country, in these codes have things that say that you should teach kids that gender is non -binary. In New Jersey, they say that you should not refer to children using gendered pronouns. Here in Los Angeles, the LAUSD, which has about 450 schools under its jurisdiction, has monthly Rainbow Club meetings where students as young as four years old are subjected to drag queen story hour. This is not a fringe thing. This is very mainstream, and they are also taught these radical gender codes. I agree that people who are experiencing gender dysphoria deserve empathy. That is why I, and I feel comfortable speaking for Dennis, that is why Dennis and I are so disgusted. And that is the word disgusted by this movement, which is saying, legitimizing the fact that it is normal to not feel your gender. These individuals deserve empathy, they deserve therapy, but what they do not deserve is being subjected to doctors and students who are saying, yeah, you're 13 years old or you're 15 years old and you don't feel like your gender, here are some puberty blockers, and by the way, you should have your breasts cut off. This is happening at the Duke University Medical School, Medical Hospital, excuse me, Boston Children's Hospital. This is happening all over the country. I'd like to give Steve an opportunity to respond. We may have to go into the next segment, Steve. We don't have much time. OK. Yeah. What you're saying about people having their breasts, women having their breasts cut off and hormonal blockers, again, it's a misleading narrative you're giving. OK. No, no, no female is going to breast cut off without her consent, without substantial psychiatric involvement. OK. It is not substantial psychiatric involvement. That is not true. You know what? You know what? I've studied this issue. It is true. As have I. As have I. It is very common for these kids. OK, I'm sorry. We're going to have to continue into the next segment. Steve, stay on. We'll pick it up. Back in a moment.
How China Has Infiltrated Our Country With Nikki Haley
"Now, I want to dial out to 30 ,000 feet over America's history since World War II. And I just talked about this with Senator Cotton. We didn't see Korea coming. We didn't see the disaster of Vietnam coming. We did not see 9 -11 coming. We did not execute Iraq or Afghanistan correctly. President Obama blew Libya, blew Syria, did not prevent Ukraine from being invaded the second time. Georgia happened on W's watch, but nobody saw China turning. The national strategic document that W produced in 06 is just like two throwaway pages on China. And then this administration did not prevent Ukraine second. What is with America's strategic deficit? Why do we not prepare for the next conflict, Ambassador Haley? I think it goes back to our intelligence. I don't think our intelligence agencies are up to par. I don't think that we are getting the proper information. If we did, we would have seen the fall of Afghanistan the way it was. We would have seen so many of those other events. And we're just not getting it. And that's why when I'm president, we're going to go back in and fine tune the mission. Don't forget that when we talk about modernizing the military, make sure that we have most up -to -date ammunition and equipment to prevent our men and women in the military. We also have to make sure we have the most up -to -date intelligence. And we are archaic in that. And we are not as good as our peers. And we need to make sure that one, we strengthen those partnerships of intelligence. Two, we get our intelligence agencies back on the mission of saving Americans. And then three, make sure that what are we doing to make sure we have the top of the line information so that we do that. And then that's only the second leg of it. The third leg of it is communicating. Tell the American people. Treat American people like adults and give them the information you have and what we need to do to protect ourselves. Why in this last decade did it not come out that the Chinese were buying up all of this farmland? I mean, food security is national security. Why didn't come up that they were running cables underneath that farmland to our military installations to spy? Why didn't it come up that 90 % of our law enforcement drones are Chinese? Why didn't it come up about the harm of the research that was being stolen from the universities when all those millions were going in there? Why didn't it come up that Chinese front companies have been lobbying Congress? Why are we allowing foreign lobbyists in the first place? You know, why didn't it come up that China was developing these strike weapons that can actually engineer and change brain activity of military leaders and groups of people? What more do we need to know than to realize it's not that China's coming. China's already here. They have infiltrated our country.
Has Joe Biden Done Anything Beneficial for the Country?
"Actually going to run on the economy. I was covering this this segment morning during the podcast and my producer, Guy, you know, he likes to chime in show in the whenever he feels like it. Which Mike and Jim, you guys are always welcome to do as well, you know that. But he's like, well, Dan, what else is he going to run on? In other words, like everything this guy touches, he absolutely destroys, it burns to the ground. So when you're measuring, you know, levels of suck, he's got to go with the thing that sucks the least because there is nothing good demands done. I say that trying to be objective. Can you I mean, can you name up? Mike, can you think of anything? I'm serious, like anything good? I mean, I even said during the Obama administration, the eight years someone asked me once, did he do anything you agree with? And I said, yes, he he gave a speech once about how poorly Vietnam veterans were treated. I lost my uncle there in Vietnam. changed It my grandmother's life, my mother's life. And I thought that it was a really good speech about and is important it that a Democrat say it. That was probably it. But I can't. Yeah. Are you who's in the studio taking calls today? Who's who's there? Bill, Bill's back. Wild Bill. Bill, if you can think of something, chime in, man. Don't don't don't be don't be shy. I really can't. I mean, the guy's been in office over two years, I can't think of of a single thing or decision he's made on any substantive major issue that has actually benefited the country. His judgment is just so awful. Afghanistan, China, Russia. Remember remember his speech on Russia, Ukraine? Well, if Russia invades just a little bit, we'll let it slide. That's a really good thing to say. A week before
Former Congressman Col. Allen West Reflects on His Father
"I have as my guest Lieutenant Colonel Alan West, and we're talking about a lot of important stuff. We're talking about merit. We're talking about working hard. We're talking about earning your stripes. You just said, Colonel West, you just said that your father, when you were 15, challenged you in a particular way. Take us back there, because that to me is clearly foundational in your story of success. Well, let me set the stage for that. My dad was a corporal in the United States Army during World War II, and he served in a segregated army. My older brother was a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps. He served in Vietnam as a combat infantryman. But at the age of 15, my dad challenged me to be the first officer in the family. And I think that's what's so important, is that we set higher standards for our children so that we can push them to achieve greater than what we had ourselves. And so my dad laid out this plan, and I knew that I had to study and do very well in high school because it was about getting accepted into a college to have a great ROTC program. I was in the junior ROTC program in high school. I ended up going to the University of Tennessee. And of course, you're not going to be an officer unless you graduate, get that degree, and then you can get commissioned. So it was that simple challenge that my father laid out for me. This was not about my skin color. It was about intelligence. It was about competency. It was about character. And throughout my military career, sure, maybe there were some officers that looked at me differently because of my skin color, but guess what? My dad taught me that you find out what the standard is and you exceed it. And no one can hold you back if that's your mentality and that's your focus. And that's how I've always tried to live my life.
Our American Elites, Ruling Class Are the Dumbest in All of History
"They mean. Whatever they say it is. Forget about biology. These are the people who want to run your lives in the country. We are ceding to China the world's cobalt. Well at the same time we're destroying energy diversity in our country, locking tens down of millions of not just of miles of land so that we find can and drill shutting it down. We're destroying the automobile in order to remake it in Washington. And the most fundamental material needed to make that automobile is controlled by the Communist Chinese who are building a military that is bigger than ours in order to, they hope not a direct war, to take Taiwan eventually to take the islands off of Japan, to take big chunks of the Philippines and Vietnam. They're in our hemisphere, they're not in our hemisphere because they just want to take it. Then we nationalize a million acres around the Grand Canyon, and we pretend it's because of the Indian tribes. But it locks up massive We only have about three to seven
"vietnam" Discussed on The Social Hotelier
"So I'm very lucky at this stage that we have a significant amount of fairly hard trained or let's say good experience therapists at the moment. But speaking for a lot of colleagues around the world, it's a challenge. It's a very big challenge. Education is important. And there's more and more out there for education programs, but yeah, it remains a challenge. Absolutely. Let's now move over to something that you're must be passionate about being the world wellness week and ambassador for Vietnam. Can you talk about that concept and share of what is the idea and how you got involved with it? Yeah, I'm very, very exciting actually. I'm loving being part of involved in the world around this weekend. To give a little bit of a background, the world wellness weekend has been going for 5 years now. This is the 6th year. And to give you an idea that on the first year, they had two countries participating. And then last year, there were a 133 countries involved. 132 plus Vietnam, 133. So it's something that has really grown and we hope to have over a 140 countries involved this year. The idea is very simple. Get together and do as many wellness activities as possible, promote wellness, get people involved, get people out, make people happy. It's a nonprofit organization. We approach people on all walks of life from around the world, and we ask them to do something special on the weekend of the 16th, 17th and 18th of September. And yeah, last year, here in Vietnam, we had about 84 venues involved. With different activities, unfortunately, we had the lockdown, but we still went online and had about 50 hours worth of online wellness. So it's everything and anything. It's planting trees. It's doing a yoga class..
"vietnam" Discussed on NewsRadio KFBK
"The World War. Two guys. Were given all the Vietnam vets a hard time about you didn't have it tough like we did. And listen. These guys have it tough. And we evacuated 130,000 people from Vietnam. They're not anywhere close to that here, so Um, I think it's I think that, uh, evacuations are always messy. But it's um we'll see how it turns out. I got to appreciate the call. I appreciate your service. But I got to tell you, Bob, I I'm waiting to see I'm waiting to see how this turns out the military give a lot of credit to our military. I think they're doing a great job. But anyway, so this morning at the Pentagon briefing, John Kirby Was talking about was asked about the withdrawal cut 20. This is what he had to say. I don't just make the larger issue that that Any retrograde out of Or draw down if you will, out of an environment that you can't Assume is always going to be permissive is one that has to be done very carefully, and it has to be sequence in a very methodical way so that the safety and security of our people and the people were trying to protect Is considered of paramount importance and so We are Gonna and our level set with you. Now we're not going to be able to tell you, uh, you know, once we start to affect this withdrawal when you know, and I said, we're still planning on the end of the month whenever we started. We're not going to be able to provide a tiktok every day of exactly what we're moving. Out and at what pace so that we can limit vulnerabilities in the information space and in the actual physical space of the airport as we move out, But it's all done. Very careful, methodical.
"vietnam" Discussed on Bro History
"Yeah man it's a this is this is this is the Wmd moment for the. I think you know like the the shitty intentionally should he Or misleading or straight up lying evidence about you know that there's wmd's in iraq and that's why we have to go. This was like others that. There's there was a pearl harbor event in vietnam. So that's why we have to go the pearl harbor vent. No one was hurt. This shows and everything nobody was hurt. He knows thing. Is that at the very like you know there was a a bad event and the straight of our moose with the us drone being shot down. That's right only two years ago. It's right are flying around in international waters and then iran was like no. You flew that shit into iran. And we've shot had hit down. And i mean that could act could have been. That could have been the moment right. We could have been like no. We were flying around in international waters. And like you know they were aggressive so we have to go after them another credited trump for not actually going through with it because he he could have very well. Could've i mean he. I mean everyone was telling him to do it. Apparently great apparently tucker carlson Tucker that's the story that he watched tucker carlson that night and he was like not gonna give it So i don't know. I think the rest of this. I don't we don't need to go through the rest of this article But yeah it's called the truth about tonkin on the naval history magazine The truth about tonkin. Excuse me so read it. Yeah it's a good breed as an easy read at interesting But it's a confirming when you read like it's easier to talk about vietnam because for far away in our past so it's a lot easier to call out like the lies and deceptions Then took place but the vietnam war was a war by deception. You know we were lied into that war just like the iraq war.
"vietnam" Discussed on Bro History
"Less conspiratorial websites like we're talking about you know a article. An essay published at the naval history magazine. It's pretty pretty bland. Boring pretty bland and boring. And i read this article. It was syndicated by the naval institute. Dot org so this is this is not I'm not grabbing this from a conspiratorial source this grabbing grabbing it from a military scholar Writing a for a historic magazine. That which i'm sure has very strong fact checking and like that you know But give you some background. Nate in august of nineteen sixty four so the us uss matic's is a destroyer ship. It was attacked by north vietnamese torpedo boats. While international waters in the gulf of tonkin and the gulf of tonkin incident gave the johnson administration the pretext to be more to be directly engaged in the vietnam war. So you know. We went from advisors to now boots on the ground and it was the minnie pearl harbor that they needed to justify. That is yeah it was it really was the minnie pearl harbor and this this this happened. You know this is this did happen. At least one of the attacks happened. Well yeah keep out there say my piece and so But in this story there's a lot of weirdness and confusion and dishonesty and emission of facs and then Twisting of backs surrounding this this incident so this attack that takes place place that now becomes the pretexts to bring in more troops into into vietnam. It'd be more directly engaged and Tell in early. Nineteen sixty four. So south vietnam began conducting a covert series of commando raids along the north vietnamese coast and these commando attacks were were supervised by the department offense in the cia but were carried out by the southfield muse navy and when these unit started taking heavy casualties they shifted the operations from commando raids to shore bombardments. Meanwhile the us navy had been conducting reconnaissance in sickened gathering missions which are basically like signal telling us.
"vietnam" Discussed on Bro History
"That wind. America completely lease afghanistan. The afghan government is going to last like three hours before the taliban takeover But what happened is that people started moving or migrating from north to south in masses. And then all the cameras on and This was sold to the world and the campaign. Slogan was gone has gone south. God has gone half. God has gone south and The now when you manufacture country you have to find president. it's find your de facto leader and usually somebody who's politically connected and specifically. They need to be the right demographic. Because that's the only way hashemite king out the they'll they'll try to pick somebody who matches some type of demographic demand or there are some bay support so you now inhibit heche. Mike kings usually work though. Now they don't work at all that was chalabi. The guy who wanted to be president boys you know. Use a shia. Who was like. Oh yeah like you know. I'll iraq is majority shia so obviously Poll but back to vietnam the cia they. Install the x japanese collaborator. Who had been living in new jersey. Who's edgy jersey. Yeah he was from new. Jersey is adams aided jersey You know he spoke french and english and vietnamese and that was like their pick to for president no didn't deem and When he was elected president he received ninety eight point nine percent of the total boat. Oh man that's bashir al-assad level playing voting is better. That's how you how is crooked. Let's say you know it's real. That's how you know. What your real ninety. Eight point. Nine percent and i think sal vietnam population was like ten percent that time not not their population. Their catholic population was like ten percent. Because he had a former french colony. So they're going to have some weight no didn't deem he was. He was a he was Catholic also he was a catholic. That's why they picked those life. I didn't know that. Actually because vietnam has a lot of because vietnam has catholics because french group they typically. When the french call is colonizer and a lot of in a lot of Exactly cases so now there's is. There was a catholic population there so they move so that was kind of like supposed to be his base but the catholic base wasn't really that big but it was like ten percent of the population so it wasn't enough to be like now. If if it was like sixty percent of the population and people were totally voting off like religious favoritism or religious nepotism or whatever then maybe that system works that works a lot better in the middle east and a dozen southeast asia where you know mainly nonreligious mailing..
"vietnam" Discussed on Bro History
"Vietnam is that so during this time during this war there was no north and south vietnam. Now the only thing that was their nose french indo china it was the area. It was the french colony that covered modern day. Vietnam laos cambodia North the north and south border are just a result of postwar negotiations. And i have this this document. This that explain i have. I have documents documents right here. I have a document from the state department from nineteen sixty two. That explains it really. Well these were so just to give you an idea. So the vietnam. Demarcation line is non international boundary in the traditional sense rather it is a provisional military demarcation line as such it should never be shown on official maps by this standard simple for an international boundary. The lines represent the partition affected by the nineteen fifty four geneva conference which brought an end to the hostilities. Between the french union. Vietnamese forces knows the viet vietnam and the demarcation line is approximately forty seven point two five miles long French indochina consisted of tonkin a enaam in coaching china which together made up vietnam and cambodia and laos at the end of the war. It was anticipated that these entities would form a federal part of newly constituted. French union france however earnest never completely able to reassort its third authority over a period of a few years few years granted independence to three states moreover the area in tonkin over which the french had regained control after the war was slowly lost to the communist viet met after the surrender of deigned bond fu in the international conference engineer to resolve the difference in end the war. One of the one of the results of the conference was temporary partition of vietnam approximately along the seventeenth parallel of north latitude. According to the geneva conference of nineteen fifty four in the central mixed commission for vietnam the provisional military demarcation line in this association demilitarized zone was described as follows. And i'm i'm not going to go to the rest of that but the point is.
"vietnam" Discussed on Bro History
"That time especially in asia was a post colonial nationalist movement. You know usually it was a lot different. It was sold the people up different than how it sold the people at like evergreen college or you know pig make super liberal school or super progressive super lefty school It was a it was a a hard nationalist. Liberate themselves self-determination from colonial role. You know with the element of like share share wealth with people. Now like you know. It's a compelling it's a it's a commitment is very it's very compelling it would be very compelling to be a communist if you were in rural china if you were in rural vietnam if you're poor as hell and you saw like french collaborators wealthy oh i want what the fuck. All you did was just bow down to the french. All you are as an abuser. While i've been here breaking my back. Yeah rice far. I'm gonna i deserve. I deserve some of this stuff that you know. All this society was built off my back. I play understand exactly how that mentality is developed in postcolonial society. I don't think communism is the good thing to do. I don't think it's. I don't think it's the right economic argument bad conclusion. I don't think it's the conclusion or what is ultimately going to make the better of society. But hell man. I would be. Communist defy was vietnam draft for post colonial rule. That is way more appealing than being some bitch boy. You know what i mean. That sound bite number. One hundred seventy three from the bro history. Podcast now i would be a communist. Some bitch hell. I would be. I would be a communist. This man is communist. You got me. i'm economy. That's that's that's what's going to happen when either of us end up trying to run for president or some shit like that later in the road and and they start going through the bro history archives and they pull out all look in on june seventeenth in two thousand twenty one. Henry said he was he would be a communist so you shouldn't vote for him. I mean i don't know about all the positive things. I've said about vladimir putin bashar al-assad. I think they have that over me pill yet how i said that. You know by cheryl saad. I wish you as my president and stuff like that. I think they're gonna get.
"vietnam" Discussed on Bro History
"But another deception that that Was in that was uncovered. Was a ho chee. Men was always portrayed as being like a soviet union sponsored guy right right so yeah at the time of vietnamese that the nationals were winning their for their basically winning the fight for independence Under hokey men who was obviously a communist But interestingly ho actually worked with the the us in japan Excuse me with the us against japan in world war two but You know they the. Us actually flipped the script on him and then started using him as boogeyman for the threat of soviet expansion of communism in southeast asia. But we can talk more about a leader. Obviously this wasn't the case at all anything there. There's this one quote that you had there It was american intelligence officers in the field. Say that that was not the case. They had found no evidence of soviet plot to take over vietnam much less southeast asia as one state department memo puts it if there is a moscow directed conspiracy in southeast asia. Indochina is an anomaly so basically. There's no soviets doing anything in vietnam and the time and everybody knew it. At least everyone in the government knew it. Yeah the communist movement. There was a nationalist movement. That was organic from the The collapse of the french empire. But no the reason why ellsberg did these leaks is because he learned that richard nixon was going to be continuing the same deceptive policies. So he began of a photocopying the macnamara study. And he gave it to a senator william fullbright. I think he was yet a head of the foreign counsel. He had a high committee position so he was able to use it or at the very least present it but he didn't do it just because he didn't want to give trump you want to eat of of of of presenting a classified document so Fulbright he tried getting this study officially from now. Then secretary of defense. Melvin laird but it was denied so he couldn't get it and then after the invasion of cambodia an eventually laos ellsberg No he you know. He said enough's enough and he gave the paper to the new york times who to their credit. They published three installments of the macnamara. Study great but the nixon administration they obtain a federal court injunction forcing new york times to seize the publication. So what he did is that he had to give it to you. Gave it to the washington post who published it right. I think actually gave it to both of them at the same time. If i'm not mistaken because he wanted to split up the like not put all eggs in one basket so to speak Well i didn't know that. I thought he gave it to the new york times i and then he gave to the post after because they do both both headed patnaik cents and what was interesting about that..
"vietnam" Discussed on Bro History
"What's up. Everyone welcome to another episode bro. History at ten reason. Moda danny adele jbar. What's up brother. Hurry you gentlemen as per usual. Also i want to let you know that. I'm keeping that bed gasping. Because i think it was hilarious. What the gagging. Oh it's kind of like an curb your enthusiasm when i don't to get too crude but you watch curb now. Not really. he gets a pubic hair stuck in his throat. I do. i do recognize that senior and he keeps on going in front people people. You gotta get that checked out. Grapes stem grape stem. That's what i sound like right now. I don't know what that was. But yeah i'm doing well. I appreciate you joining me today. On this thursday the eighteenth seventeenth. Thursday the seventeenth. We are recording. This episode should be released on sunday the twentieth. I don't really know days anymore. Everything is just one long journey right. yep on chimes. The sun sets in some time. The sons rises. Most of the time. Time is this time is just measurement of of when you start doesn't really matter Yeah let's Let's get going on this one because we have a lot to discuss. We sure do and something that we discussed. Last episode was china and taiwan. So what were the chances that ultimately would would china invade taiwan. That's what we were talking about right and I think you guys. She listened to that. Episode became to an interesting conclusion. However something we forgot to mention or something. We didn't mention in this. But i wish that we did. I wish we did bring up. Was that this Gareth porter released articles one of my favourite investigative journalist. Who's from the vietnam era who still writes today But daniel ellsberg struck again. This was a couple of weeks ago. So daniel ellsberg is the guy who leaked the pentagon papers and this guy has been leaking documents to this day at ninety years old. So he's the original edward snowden and a couple of weeks ago he just dropped a report from the pentagon on the nineteen fifty eight taiwan strait crisis. This dude is ninety years old. Still kicking still doing interviews still one hundred percent. There guy is a beast absolutely. Yeah guys awesome. And he and men talked about the content. He drops right like he's got all the juicy scoop. I'm yeah this guy is a is.
"vietnam" Discussed on Jocko Podcast
"A book which is actually called camp posey written by polish special operations soldier from the graham named novosel polska and this part of the book about the police special operations unit working with seals in iraq. This is the book that i've talked about when i had my brother. Tom drago zahran on here. For podcast to seventy six and that book by nevada polska is called camp posey and as you heard camp. Johnny posey was named after the daughter of the vietnam era. Frogman worn officer. Bill-poster who fought in vietnam recovered the apollo twelve space capsule and who ultimately built camp jimmy posey in baghdad and did combat operations with the seals and the graham in iraq and we are lucky enough to have this legend here with us tonight. Duty t seal team. Vietnam iraq frogman and legend warren. Officer bill posey. He's here warrant bill. Thanks for coming on commander. It's always great being here. I thought you weren't going to call me jaakko and now you're calling me command. I guess i wasn't supposed to call you. Warn you know old habits die of very slowly at group. One where i was at Lot of the time we really respected you and your ability to lead and your ability to push things through so You were alleging at group. Not bill posey. I was only a legend in my own mind. Well sometimes i got in trouble for pushing. Who is okay. So let's let's start at the beginning. I mean this is a pretty awesome.
"vietnam" Discussed on Diary of a Nation
"Anchor you know that heavy thing either boaters used to more their vessels. In the podcasting world anchor is a platform for content creators. my friend. Tom turned me onto anchor. It solves the pain points for podcasters and three anchor. Gives you the tools to record. And edit your audio and then publisher content to the popular podcast directories like spotify and apple plus a bunch of others. They also give you a basic website to direct listeners to your episodes and you can monetize your content from day. One download the free anchor app or go to anchor dot f. Am to get started. And i remember talking to a cellmate and i said you know what one of these nights we're gonna hear trucks and when you hear the sound of those trucks i think we're going home and it was a few weeks later. I think i was asleep but i felt the ground rumble and i woke up and it was the sound of trucks. This is diary of a nation. I'm your host christina's lightning. My podcast explores the human experience. Two thousand three hundred and sixty two days. That's how long captain hubert buchanan was held in north vietnam as a prisoner of war in part two of my interview. The air force fighter pilot discusses life in captivity and his eventual homecoming plus a harvard university. Study in which he served as a control subject and his thoughts on warfare today one note. This interview was recorded and captain buchanan's living room. You'll hear the occasional chime of o'clock but don't try to keep time by it. The interview is lightly edited so the chiming each half hour. Won't matchup captain. How long were your periods of solitary confinement. I think the probably at one stretch was only three months. Maybe i think total of six months solitary confinement from various times and then there'd be shorter periods. Maybe a week or so of of solitary. Don't even count. That hardly know. It's that's not unusual. They always like to keep you divided in isolated. And what some of the high ranking officers they were maybe four years of solitary confinement. They had much worse than someone like me. A lowly lieutenant solitary confinement is very peaceful. it compare that to being tortured of his treated solitary confinement. All right i once had someone Who had been in solitary confinement for a year and he was brought in to the cell. I was in and he was all excited to have someone to talk to. However he said i've been designing this house and i'm going through every little part of it and i really hate to have that interrupted. He's designing it in his head. All you have nothing. You're not allowed to have anything. So you do everything in your head and it was kind of amusing. That a year in solitary confinement hadn't heard him very much. He was having fairly good time but now he had all these other fellow prisoners to contend with. So he's gonna have to put his plans on. Hold right yes and one human is more interesting than having the library of congress. It is interesting thing about humans they are. They're interesting so you communicated with other. Pow's by tap code..
"vietnam" Discussed on Diary of a Nation
"Maybe three letters which were like Few lines on a postcard. And i actually got a picture of part of a house and a couple of little pieces of paper that we're actually inbound. That's that's the only communication so they didn't know i was alive. You always say good things like yeah. Everything's great here doing fine. You know nobody sure here. Yeah having a good time. Vacationing here. In vietnam Do you think the geneva conventions treaties and protocols are generally effective deterrence against inhumane treatment while the vietnamese the very first thing said when you remind them that they are signatories to the geneva convention. They said well that doesn't apply because it's not a declared war and you're actually a criminal and you will be treated as a criminal and you will suffer for your crimes. So they have that loophole. Well they think they desk so that was so we were they. Consider this air. Pirates and criminals. And of course we did everything like we were in the military which no they harass us..
"vietnam" Discussed on Diary of a Nation
"So he's gonna have to put his plans on hold right. Yes and one human is more interesting than having the library of congress. It is interesting thing about humans they are. They're interesting so you communicated with other. Pow's by tap code. Explain how that works. You take out the letter of the alphabet correct if you remove the letter case mail for bet you have twenty five letters which can be divided into five groups of five and so you each line. Say a. b. c. d. e. would be the first line if you wanted to transmit the letter a you tap one time that means the first line is the one you choose. And then you tap the second time. And that tells you what letter in that line so is dot dot and zee would be five dots and then five dots. And it's a very slow process and when you're a prisoner time is of no significance. It means very little and it is the most versatile way of communicating that you can imagine because you could do it by. Sounds any any kind sound can transmit this code and sometimes a pow would be taken out to sweep courtyard and they use a bundle of sticks for brooms at this time in vietnam and it's very noisy so as the person was sweet bean they would be sweeping in code the whole time while the guards or watching them having no idea that this guy just sent a whole bunch of messages while he's sweeping you can also do it visually if you can make a bright spot or a dirk spot and very that if someone can drill a hole and look way across a distance and see a little bright spot are a dark spot you can send visually. You could take a little thread. And tying knots in groups also one time i was in her cell where we had a wire and we ran this piece of wire through a storeroom to another cell. And you could silently pull on the wire and transmit code so it worked remarkably well and almost every circumstance. Communication was constant even though the vietnamese struggle constantly to end it it was To me just amazing how well it worked. So what are you gathering names of other. Pow's yes one of the first thing you do is to keep track of all known prisoners so that if you are released or you get away escape you will have the names of..
"vietnam" Discussed on The World at Large
"In asia. Do not have that type of you. Something china's more on this. This is also like japan and singapore south korea in south korea other than that most countries in the region. Don't really think that don't they have more positive. You're china you could see that. Especially in southeast asia with countries like lao in thailand. It's it's very different very different mindset. Would looking so. That's pretty interesting i'm however we have more important story than elections. This is the most important story of again. I'm trying to do a funny story. At the end of every podcasts or did not took one look at this new said this stoop. I did not say he gave me a look. I may have given him a look. However i think it's important story because a man new york returned over to library book and this is breaking news right but this the reason this is interesting is because this book seventy two years overdue. So what's it called. it's called great heart. The life story of theodore roosevelt. Seen going have to look that up the gallic up on where good reads ooh folly following. What's your what's your at. I'm not gonna tell them my last name. Well search ian you'll find it. I'm like a top reviewer. Yeah a top top reviews. Get like twenty lakes so corey according to ian. That's on me So anyways yeah. This book was returned. The life of theodore roosevelt's biography and has written by daniel henderson. It was found according to the owner in a crate in storage. So this man who talking about his name is john moss and he went to the library to return where the staff told him. It was supposed to be returned in april of nineteen forty nine of us world war. Two's just ended right. Poor just started so. That's a putting that into perspective that he had that book stolen from the library for the entire cold war. In retrospect seems like some cold war propaganda maybe Pretty rebellious stuff So the late fee a late fee was t technically supposed to be two hundred forty two dollars based off the time then because in in that time like the nineteen forties the library at a penny a day policy. I so every day. it's late you you penny. This was a lot of money then. pettis worthless like they are now of hence. Oh my pennies are worth something my love and affection and so go off. That is two hundred forty two dollars. is a lot of pennies. So you don't wanna oh that many pennies and this again. The calculating for today would likely be a lot more but it doesn't matter because the library decided we're going to drop all charges nicer them very nice of them. They said you know we don't want you need to pay. We're good however. I thought was interesting because a seventy two year old book or a old book. These returned is very unique in especially because it's only one of two copies In because the library stop carrying it. Well boy if that could talk Tell us about storage great all all the places all go dr seuss rate. Yeah anyways I hope guys First of all. I'm done with the podcast out. Does all the stories we have for today guys. I know you join it. But if you didn't i hope you did. I'm sorry if he didn't but you definitely did. I know ian. Did he sent over there like who nodding his head so he he enjoyed it. So that means you guys must have to so it you did. In fact like the episode. You should leave a like you wanna leave a review. You wanna when you leave a review. You wanna leave. giant beautiful. Paragraph boat leans elbows And just all the stuff that you think be shakespearian. Yeah share this with a friend. We're not in stock telling scholarly story today. Because i'm still don't have a good memory anymore. He's aging employed. But you guys should share the front. If you're in line and you wanna share someone just just tap them if look. I'm i work at walmart right. And i see i i wait in line. I see the lines are like twenty minutes long so just if you're way line talked people be like. Hey what's your favorite food where you're from. Do you follow that logic. All these normal questions that you would ask a person when you're waiting in line with them do often go up to strangers in go. What's your favorite food. These are conversation. Starters i you started hi. How are you You pick out like gum in the line. You're like oh i i. I d like this flavor got. I don't know if i like it. And they'll be like i love it and they'd be like what other food do you like. In by the way while the large met. Just say some charisma last sense. Yeah so that's how you get into conversation people I'm kind of the expert clear Yeah so anyways. I'll stop talking. I hope you guys enjoyed this episode of the world at large. We're gonna get going I had a great time so you are listening to the world at large in. This was created by paul. Two thousand one he. I have a good day bye..
"vietnam" Discussed on The World at Large
"Mexico northeastern mexico in the town of margot's tiny little town you haven't heard of it and it sits along the rio grande river. This is the river that separate. that's why taxes looks the way it looks because the rio grande day river. It's whites all bumpy. Unlike canada's just align numb by rio ground separates us from mexico in on the town on the mexican side of real. Rhonda is camargo at went. Do we have here. Why was went in because nineteen bodies were found dead there which is not always something you want to see and so originally police were called the after a vehicle where these bodies were found was reported to have been on fire huge blazing fire coming out of the vehicle and so the authorities arrived. They found all nineteen dead bodies crammed into the vehicle. Four of them were in the main part of the truck while fifty of them were piled up in the back in that. Like little storage thing. So it's not very comfortable until all the bodies were shot but the shells so there they were shot but the shells which is like when you fire the gun you have this little thing that comes out on the side. That's a shell falls on the ground that's nowhere to be found which means that they were killed earlier in the shoved in the truck and then somehow on fire So yeah the the fact that these people are killed somewhere else. There's a little bit suspicions as to what happened However the fire from the truck burned the body so much that when they were i found the the police were not able to identify who they were has their faces were so chart of the. What's being suspected. Here's these people were migrants from guatemala. Who might have been a part of the caravan that we actually reported on her instagram last week. That was on their way to the mexican border. They were excited about trump being office anymore because they thought president biden would be a little bit more lax immigration policies. Lillard try again so these people are suspected to have been all nineteen of them were suspected to have been part of the caravan. The sasha's men there are there are some women found. also um so. it's pretty some an three rifles. Were found in the truck also again the back seat with fifty people crammed in there and it was suspected because of this that there is some degree of gang violence going on within the state. And that's how the people got killed set on fire. And then somehow they ended up in come arco so brief side story. But i figured it's worth mentioning. Hurry cool worth mentioning. i think so however. Let's going to light lighter. No guys his. We got sweet. Some elections going on and i love covering elections now. To what extent are there elections in vietnam. I don't really know i'm not. I'm not in there. Because you see when vietnam does this stuff. It's not really. It's not really national election. It's not what they do is they have. Delegates come from all over the country and they go to hanoi the capital and they vote but the thing is. It's not really publicly televised or anything. It's like comic con delegates for choosing the next leader of the communist party of rain. They have shrimp cocktails news. Time yeah sort label And so he's delegates are going to anoint vote. But like i said it's not really publicly televised It's all done in private behind closed doors so we don't really know what's happening but what we do know is sixteen hundred people that are going and they're from all over the country all delegates from the tip of vietnam to wear the communist ruled to the to the those greedy capitalist in the south from cds shiny sea. And so yeah. Let's tap. these delegates are coming from all over country. You're gonna vote. Slept a new leader of the country. and so these new leaders will be responsible for running the government for the next five years so a lot of time to really twelve on your thoughts and so. The first meeting was held on monday. Which was two days ago as you guys hearing this and why do i not knows charge yet because this process is expected to take nine days so those are probably not gonna know till actually a week from today. One nine days. You'd know they're definitely having sure cocktails martinez him very near was cigars vietnamese delegates. All right so i. That's my suspicion. I don't have any evidence while ian suspicions are always right. This is true He's kind of a man of of quizzed on when it comes with shrimp cocktails and so the congress has said that the candidates for leadership positions are unknown. They are quote top secret. So we don't know here's what we know. We know the sixty hundred people going into a room in hanoi to vote on the leader. We now know who they're voting on. We don't know you know like what the new foreign policy is going to be these new people. We don't know what's actually happening. What's being served with all these important details and so you guys see the problem here. It's hard to report exactly what's going on. But we do know that there is fierce competition the leadership positions as the are supposed to be many rounds of voting. It's like an elimination type thing. It's like the hunger games in there and copyright a gun it's it's so that many raza voting and so there's four leadership positions that are actually being competed over those being the president prime minister we got the party chief end. We have the chair of the national assembly. All these people they work together to craft the policy of vietnam for five years straight so good for them and this is a big deal since vietnam is taken a very divided approach in foreign policy as advised to maintain close control. It costs ties with china but it also continues to have close relations with the united states and this is very interesting. Very interesting and unique. Because most countries especially in southeast asia are are almost class tough stuff. The chinese government on but vietnam use to kind of not be like that. There's a lot of crackdown on free. Speech am and like there's like a one party system there. But there's also like a rising capitalist. Marc in vietnam for example companies. Like google and apple actually have a basis inside this country the up due to is kind of neutrality as as a mediator between china and the united states so there's a lot of investment actually going on in vietnam so it's it's a growing market grew by it actually is economy grew in the last year which is very rare must economies actually shrunk at grew by and the year before i seven percent in gdp so aids very. It's one of the largest. It's one of the fast growing countries in the world. A little interesting fact. Is that the vietnamese people. It's one of the few countries in asia that actually has a more positive view of the united states china most countries in asia. Do not have that type of you. Something china's more on this. This is also like japan and.
"vietnam" Discussed on The Economist: The Intelligence
"Once every five years with much pomp and pageantry the bombs communist leadership convenes in a national party congress thirteenth. One again in the capital hanoi. This week the expectation is that there will be a raft of stamp policies and new party leaders john despite the country's relatively low kobe numbers and positive economic performance. The party's position outside. The national conference center is weaker than it seems at the national party congress. They discuss issues confronting vietnam. They set policy and they elect the central committee. Politburo and the four top jobs. Charlie mccann is our southeast asia correspondent among them the most powerful job in the country. That is the party. Secretary-general and what's the overall tone at the congress. This time around pretty self. Congratulatory parties had a good year. They've handled the pandemic pretty well. Had just over fifteen hundred cases and fewer than fifty deaths and the economy actually grew by three percent but there's still a lot of disquiet and the party and indeed in the public disquiet in the party in the form of some kind of opposition. There's no organized opposition. Nobody's going to supplant the communist party anytime soon and ever since the nineteen eighties. When the country embarked on the transition from a century planned economy to market one the party has state its legitimacy on rising incomes on his ability to increase prosperity. And it's done that over. Four decades vietnam has transformed from one of the poorest countries in the world to middle income manufacturing powerhouse. But if you look beyond. Those headline figures are causes for concern. The economy has been growing at about seven percent. The last several years and the economy needs to reach that level of growth to keep the labor market. It's not clear that it can do so however at the same time as you have this depressed. Economic growth inequality is rising and social mobility is declining. okay that's about formal opposition parties but you mentioned disquiet among the public as well. What's happening. They're vietnamese can't express their discontent through politics. Because opposition parties are banned but informal criticism is growing. There are a lot of vietnamese. Social media users about sixty five million out of a total population of one hundred million according to our social british firm as level of education has improved in the country and more and more people have access to the internet. they've been exposed to values that are antithetical to the communist paradise that the regime is trying to build these values like democracy and human rights and they can express views on social media and so it's that disquiet than in the public that's causing the disquiet in the party. I mean how is the house. The party dealt with that space for criticism harshly. They have cracked down over the past five years. They've arrested two hundred eighty people for quote anti-state activities up from sixty eight in the previous five year period instructed the serum press to scrub phrases like civil society and human rights from their pages and in the months leading up to the national congress. This crackdown has intensified earlier. This month day sentenced three freelance journalists famous for criticizing the government to between eleven and fifteen years in prison. It's a lot easier to shoot off an angry tweet or facebook post than it is to organize in vietnam where protest is technically illegal but actually there have been a lot of protests in real life over the last several years so in two thousand eighteen for instance tens of thousands of vietnamese took to the streets. Because they're angry about a proposed law that they were worried would allow chinese companies to lease special economic zones for a ninety nine years as a lot of anti chinese sentiment in vietnam. Because there's a lot of concern that chinese infringing on their offering sovereignty and the protests so violent angry there were clashes between the police and protesters. The government eventually abandoned this law so a good pandemic response and the economic growth. That comes with that somewhat offset by this discontent. What else is on party leaders minds. Ironically trade is going to be a worry as well and i say -ironically because trade is a is a massive driver of economic growth. It is through trade. That vietnam has been able to transform itself into manufacturing powerhouse and yet at the same time it gives its export markets leverage over the government. So for instance in order to get the eu to agree to free trade deal last year. Vietnam had to agree to abolish forced labor and allow the creation of independent labor unions which was a massive concession but surely concerns such as that aren't limited to the you know means the party officials have to think very carefully about their relations with both china its biggest trade partner and the us biggest export market. The trump administration came down really hard on vietnam labeled it. A currency manipulator late last year and trump has described vietnam quote. Almost a single worst abuser of everybody for that reason. So the party will be very keen to rebuild the relationship with the biden administration. But at the same time i can't be seen to cozy up too closely to the us for fear of offending china. With whom it has an incredibly important relationship you know. Shares ideology shares along land border and they have an important trade relationship you know. China is largest source of materials and equipment for vietnam manufacturing industry so that it's a tricky balancing act required of party officials to get that relationship right so whoever emerges from the congress secretary general. There won't be much time for celebrating. He's gonna have a lengthy to do list.
"vietnam" Discussed on Diary of a Nation
"At six o'clock low the f four has a disadvantage of a very large tail which you cannot see down below and behind very well you can see up but not down. And as the flight saw the migs they dropped the ordinance of their inactive that way there aren't armed when you drop them like that so that wetland it was dropped bombs know they were five hundred or a thousand pound bombs. I don't remember which but they're when they're dropped like that. They're dropped unarmed so that they don't hurt anything on the ground. Where were you had understand. It was a railroad and a bridge. Yeah it was somewhere on. The red river in the area of of hanoi wasn't right in the city. I don't recall exactly which bridge created dat cow railroad. I'd read so. I observed the migs because of the zigzag emotion of the airplanes in this situation you get a glimpse of them and i don't remember how many minutes it took but the typical way for four two in aerial combat as to accelerate away and climb because it does not turn very well but the flight began to turn in a big circle which allows the mix to cut off the inside of the turn. And join up it's not a good maneuver for the f. For the migs have a better turn rate yes. It was at a fairly old airplane mic. Seventeen which is more like korean war era. But it's very maneuverable and it has thirty seven millimeter cannon and Internal machine guns which the at four has no guns. At this point they had twenty three millimeter cannons. Also we have only rockets and the rockets. Do not arm when you're pulling data. You can't launch a rocket if you're have very heavy g forces plus they don't arm until they're a safe distance away from the airplane so they're forced kind of defenseless in this situation and the knicks kept cutting off the turn and after about one hundred and eighty degrees. I observed that the lead american airplane had amid.