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A highlight from Ken Fish
"Turbulent times call for clear -headed insight that's hard to come by these days, especially on TV. That's where we come in. Salem News Channel has the greatest collection of conservative minds all in one place. People you know and trust, like Dennis Prager, Eric Metaxas, Charlie Kirk, and more. Unfiltered, unapologetic truth. Find what you're searching for at snc .tv and on Local Now Channel 525. Welcome to the Eric Metaxas Show. Would you consider yourself smart, insightful, precocious, astute, clever, wise beyond your years, and good at checking a thesaurus for synonyms? Well, then you've come to the right place. Here now is the handsome, attractive, striking, gorgeous, and quite frankly, breathtaking, Eric Metaxas. Hey folks, I hope you enjoyed my conversation with Sean Foyt in hour one. In hour two, which is to say in a few minutes, we're going to re -air my conversation from a few weeks ago with Ken Fish. I love Ken Fish. You need to know what's going on with him. He's amazing. He's doing a conference, a big deal conference coming up that he's going to talk about. But before that, Chris Himes, I thought, you know what? We haven't done Ask Metaxas in a while. Ever since Albin went into rehab, we kind of let that slide. And I thought, you know what? His getting sober has nothing to do with Ask Metaxas. I just have to factually counterpoint here that Albin has not been in rehab. That's actually not true. So he's still on a bender? Is that what you're saying? Well, apparently he's been traveling in Egypt and has written a book. I heard a memo. I heard that. I mean, I heard a rumor that he was in Egypt, but I didn't want to believe it. OK, so we'll talk about this another time. The bottom line is, we have some Ask Metaxas questions and I want to get to them because it's fun to do that before we go to Ken Fish. But before that, got to mention, very important, we are launching a campaign this month with the Alliance Defending Freedom. They are heroes in the battle for religious liberty. There aren't many of these guys out there, folks. The Alliance Defending Freedom is at the head of the pack. They go to the Supreme Court. They fight. If it weren't for them, we'd be living in a different world. So I always say people need to put their money where their mouth is. People need to, many people need to put their mouth where their mouth should be because you're not even talking about this stuff. But the Alliance Defending Freedom are heroes. So I want to exhort you to go to MetaxasTalk .com and give as generously as possible to the Alliance Defending Freedom. When you know what they do, you understand they're in the battle for us, for religious liberty, for liberty in America. And we have to get serious about this. I say everywhere I go, whatever money you have, whatever voice you have, whatever freedom you have, you need to be using it now for these things. Otherwise you will not, in five minutes, you won't have an opportunity. That's what happened in Germany. They waited until it was too late. So please, please, please go to MetaxasTalk .com and do what you can there, please. Okay. Ask Metaxas. Chris, you get to ask. It's time. I have questions for you. All right. Here's the first one. This is from Derek in Stitzer, Wisconsin. He says, hi, I assume you've heard some of what's going on within the United Methodist Church and Disaviliation, et cetera. I'm wondering if you have any insights or opinions on the situation. Thanks so much. Oh, that's easy. The answer is no.
Fresh "Wisconsin" from WTOP 24 Hour News
".com to learn more. This is Tara Durant, candidate for state senate and I pay for this ad. I -38, tied for traffic and weather on the eights and when it breaks, Dave Dildine in the GOP traffic center. On the Capitol Beltway, slow rush hour traffic on the out loop from Springfield to the Wilson Bridge, Landover to Greenbelt, Bethesda to the Legion Bridge and from Tysons to Annandale. And on that last segment of Beltway the in Fairfax County, the team at the 495 express lanes wants you to know to save time you can hop on the express lanes now. Other way, clockwise on the inner loop, routine traffic delays from Route 7 across the river up to River Road between Wisconsin the and New Hampshire Avenue exits, sauntered off through College Park, Greenbelt and Landover. In College Park, westbound crash on University Boulevard at Rhode Island Avenue. One lane is getting by under Authority direction. I -270 northbound from the Beltway to Germantown. Traffic is filled in, certainly slow going. Only one crash in Gaithersburg needing an ambulance this afternoon. That is clear, all lanes open, packed on 270. Columbia to Ellicott City, Route 29 northbound, heavy and slow. One went sideways north of 108. The left lane is still blocked on 29 north. In the district, a broken down bus on 16th street of Military Road is clear. 395, 695, 295, heavy traffic, nothing blocking to and from the Anacostia and Potomac River bridges. In Arlington southbound on 110 across from Iwo Jima, the crash is getting towed. Heavy traffic on the GW Parkway through the long term work zone and on 66th, slowest westbound once again through Centreville. Is Is it possible that fast internet could take your business to the next level with Comcast Business next level speed isn't just possible, it's happening. Dave Doldine, WTLP traffic. And we've got the forecast with 7 News First Alert with meteorologist Steve Rudin. mostly sunny skies for the remainder of the week. Thank you for watching. Thanks for watching. Have a for great you. Have a
Part 3: How Freedom Caucus Members Voted on Kevin McCarthy
"Voted for McCarthy Michael Cloud Texas 27 voted for McCarthy Burgess Owens Utah 4th voted for McCarthy Bob Good Virginia 6th voted against McCarthy Ben Cline Virginia 6th voted for McCarthy Morgan Griffith Virginia 9th voted for McCarthy Alex Tony West Virginia 2nd voted for McCarthy Tom Tiffany Wisconsin 7th voted for McCarthy Harriet Hegeman who replaced Liz Cheney Wyoming at large voted for McCarthy she replaced Liz Cheney who urged Mr. Buck one of the 8th to vote against McCarthy I just went through the list of the freedom caucus. I guess they're all neo -cons, rhinos, sellouts, big government leftists too. Now these people are conservatives who understand everything that's at stake now. The existential threats all around us. Where do you think Hakeem Jeffries is today? Think he's having a party? Now the one question Matt Gaetz has not been asked is when is the last time he spoke to Hakeem Jeffries is or there any of the surrogates or any of the others in the Democrat party? Because it's interesting, Hakeem Jeffries puts out a note this morning and tells all the Democrats to vote against McCarthy when he said it was a party. I wasn't born yesterday. I didn't fall off the two. You're intelligent people. You're wise people. You know what the hell is going on too.
Fresh update on "wisconsin" discussed on The Eric Metaxas Show
"Turbulent times call for clear-headed insight that's hard to come by these days, especially on TV. That's where we come in. Salem News Channel has the greatest collection of conservative minds all in one place. People you know and trust, like Dennis Prager, Eric Metaxas, Charlie Kirk, and more. Unfiltered, unapologetic truth. Find what you're searching for at snc.tv and on Local Now Channel 525. Welcome to the Eric Metaxas Show. Would you consider yourself smart, insightful, precocious, astute, clever, wise beyond your years, and good at checking a thesaurus for synonyms? Well, then you've come to the right place. Here now is the handsome, attractive, striking, gorgeous, and quite frankly, breathtaking, Eric Metaxas. Hey folks, I hope you enjoyed my conversation with Sean Foyt in hour one. In hour two, which is to say in a few minutes, we're going to re-air my conversation from a few weeks ago with Ken Fish. I love Ken Fish. You need to know what's going on with him. He's amazing. He's doing a conference, a big deal conference coming up that he's going to talk about. But before that, Chris Himes, I thought, you know what? We haven't done Ask Metaxas in a while. Ever since Albin went into rehab, we kind of let that slide. And I thought, you know what? His getting sober has nothing to do with Ask Metaxas. I just have to factually counterpoint here that Albin has not been in rehab. That's actually not true. So he's still on a bender? Is that what you're saying? Well, apparently he's been traveling in Egypt and has written a book. I heard a memo. I heard that. I mean, I heard a rumor that he was in Egypt, but I didn't want to believe it. OK, so we'll talk about this another time. The bottom line is, we have some Ask Metaxas questions and I want to get to them because it's fun to do that before we go to Ken Fish. But before that, got to mention, very important, we are launching a campaign this month with the Alliance Defending Freedom. They are heroes in the battle for religious liberty. There aren't many of these guys out there, folks. The Alliance Defending Freedom is at the head of the pack. They go to the Supreme Court. They fight. If it weren't for them, we'd be living in a different world. So I always say people need to put their money where their mouth is. People need to, many people need to put their mouth where their mouth should be because you're not even talking about this stuff. But the Alliance Defending Freedom are heroes. So I want to exhort you to go to MetaxasTalk.com and give as generously as possible to the Alliance Defending Freedom. When you know what they do, you understand they're in the battle for us, for religious liberty, for liberty in America. And we have to get serious about this. I say everywhere I go, whatever money you have, whatever voice you have, whatever freedom you have, you need to be using it now for these things. Otherwise you will not, in five minutes, you won't have an opportunity. That's what happened in Germany. They waited until it was too late. So please, please, please go to MetaxasTalk.com and do what you can there, please. Okay. Ask Metaxas. Chris, you get to ask. It's time. I have questions for you. All right. Here's the first one. This is from Derek in Stitzer, Wisconsin. He says, hi, I assume you've heard some of what's going on within the United Methodist Church and Disaviliation, et cetera. I'm wondering if you have any insights or opinions on the situation. Thanks so much. Oh, that's easy. The answer is no.
A highlight from The Ministry of Evangelism
"Welcome to the Heart for God podcast. With many years of experience pastoring and helping to start churches, Dr. Jim Townsley has some practical and biblical advice that can be a great help to you and your ministry. On this podcast, Dr. Townsley and other guests with special expertise cover a variety of topics. His goal is to help you lead your church to be a healthy, strong, and balanced ministry, and for your family to be happy, healthy, and living for the Lord. Welcome to the podcast today. I'm glad that you joined us. I have with me here Brother Matt Barber, and he is an evangelist. He's been at our church since Sunday. This is now Wednesday, so he's had several opportunities to speak to us and preach the Word of God. Matt, it's good to have you with us this morning. Good to be here. It's a pleasure. So I want you to just say a little bit about your background, who you are, your family, what God has called you to do, and where you were before. Well, I was raised in a pastor's home. I had great opportunities to hear the gospel. I got saved as a child. When I was 16, the Lord finally got a hold of my heart, and I surrendered to him, and that's when I felt called to preach. I went on to Bible college. I went to Baptist College of Ministry up in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, back in the early days of the college there, and that's where I met my wife. So a lot of good things happened in those days. And then our first ministry was in Woodridge, Illinois, where I went there as an assistant pastor. So that's in the Chicago area? Yep, that's right, southwest suburbs of Chicago. And within six months, I found myself the pastor of the church, and we stayed there for 13 years. And you have family? Yes, sir. Yep. So my wife, Chelsea, and then we have five children, and so the Lord's blessed us richly. And the years at Woodridge were wonderful. We learned a lot. The church grew. It had been through a lot, and we were kind of in a re -establishing, rebuilding phase at the church. And then in 2018 and 2019, I began to feel the Lord stirring my heart towards evangelism, and that's where I felt called originally. And by 2021, the Lord finally gave us the green light, and we stepped out by faith. And so we've been traveling full -time now the last two years. So stepping out by faith is no small exaggeration, because for an evangelist, to get started, people don't know you, they don't know your name. So how does that all come about? How do you end up getting meetings? Well, that's a good question. When I first announced it to our church, they were shocked that we were moving on, but I felt that the church was ready for another hand at the till, so to speak. The church was established, and I guess they thought that I was going out into evangelism by popular demand, and that was not the case. I didn't have anything on the schedule, and I was just trusting the Lord. I expected to be working full -time or part -time as we got meetings lined up, but God and His mercy just allowed the meetings to come in. And they didn't come in all at once, but the Lord stayed ahead of us by three or four weeks or a month or two, and He just filled up our year. We found ourselves traveling two or three weeks a month, plus Sundays and Wednesdays here and there, different places that first year. This second year has been a lot more busy. We spent the whole summer just packed all the way through. We're out west and got to see some beautiful country. But the best thing is we've been seeing God's blessing and seeing God just confirm the step of faith with meetings and with fruit. Dr. Darrell Bock So you're traveling with your family. So you've got a pole -behind trailer, and you've got seven people in that thing. How do you live in that? David Jones Well, you know, the Lord already provided the Ford Excursion. That's right. It's a 2002 Excursion. It's the gas kind, the gas guzzler, but we already had the Excursion, and when the Lord was stirring us up to go, of course, the first question is, can we do this? And the first thought is, no, we can't do this. This is impossible. But then we began to look into it, and we found some pole -behind travel trailer options that would work for our family. In fact, we only found one option big enough that I could actually haul with our truck. And so it's got several slide -outs, and it has a lot of roomy space for the kids to sleep. I say roomy in relative terms, but it works for us. It's tight, but we've been doing fine the last couple of years. Dr. Darrell Bock So you've been a pastor. Now you're traveling as an evangelist. There's got to be a pretty good perspective you have. What is the difference in what are some of the things that people might be interested in, the difference between being a pastor and being on the road as an evangelist? David Jones Well, there's some stark differences, and I guess just going back to the root of it is there are two different gifts in the Bible. We have them listed in Ephesians, Chapter 4. Of course, you have the foundational gifts of the apostles and prophets. Those are no more because the foundation has been laid. But then it goes on to mention evangelists and then pastors and teachers, and I think pastor -teacher is kind of the one idea of pastoring and teaching a flock. So what is the evangelist? Well, if you think about it in the order of events, before you have a church, you have to have gospel preaching so people can be saved so you can have a church, right? So evangelist, an the word evangelist comes from the word evangel or gospel. So an evangelist preaches the gospel, but all of us do that, right? But it's a special gifting that focuses on the gospel. So as an evangelist, I think God gives a special desire, burden, boldness, or even I think also clarity in preaching the gospel so that people can understand. And that's not something to boast of, it's just something that God begins to reveal what your strengths are, what his giftings are. So evangelism is a pioneering gift. Oftentimes evangelists will plant churches, but that's not always the case. My older brother Nathan is a pastor. He planted a church. He would not call himself an evangelist, but he planted a church. So God can use different gifts for different things. I was an evangelist, but I was pastoring for 13 years. But the whole time, I knew I was an evangelist who was trying really hard to be a pastor. It's hard to explain that, but I knew that. But I'm thankful for that background so I could understand the ins and outs of being a pastor and how a church works. But an evangelist is a pioneering gift. You lay the foundation. But an evangelist can also be a restorative gift. I think of Paul. Obviously Paul was an apostle, but if you look at the way he traveled, he was trailblazing. And that's not something just an apostle can do. There were others who did that. In fact, when Paul and Barnabas split up, Barnabas took Mark, and he went off in a different direction doing the same thing that Paul was doing. So there were many who were traveling around in an itinerant way, preaching and laying new foundations through church planting. But then Paul continuously came back and had a desire to circle back and establish and strengthen the churches that he had been a part of. Well, that's itinerant work. I think in America we see a lot of the typical evangelist who travels itinerantly, preaches revival meetings. But that's not unfounded. There's a basis for that in Scripture. I just think the evangelist is more than a revival man. An evangelist can plant churches. An evangelist can go to the mission field. But I think there is a desire in evangelists to not only plant or lay a foundation, but then to be used of God to establish or to even bring an outside perspective that can help a church. And the pastor is there day in, day out. God uses that outside perspective and that special outside gifting to complement the pastor and to help the church grow. Dr. Darrell Bock So what would you say your goal is? As you go from church to church, what is your purpose and goal? What do you feel you want to accomplish by doing that? Dr. Mark Bock Well, a lot of evangelists focus on the word revival, and that's a good word. It's actually more of an Old Testament word, although we see the concept in the New Testament as well. But basically the way I look at it is churches need to thrive and new churches need to be started. My role in that would be to preach the gospel so folks can be saved. But then if I'm going back through established churches, then my goal is to see churches restored, revived to a place where they can grow again. And obviously individuals in that church being, to use another word, quickened. David talked about that. He says, quicken thou me according to thy word. And I think the evangelist can be used of the Lord to have God's power to open eyes, to quicken, to revitalize a church so they can grow. Not that he brings revival with him. Not that he has anything better than the pastor has. But it's a different gifting that complements the work of the pastor. Dr. Darrell Bock So a different train of thought here. From the perspective of a pastor, having an evangelist come into your church, how can a pastor best prepare to have an evangelist come, and how can he take care of him while he is there? Well, I mean, going back to Ephesians 4, they're called the gifts of the Holy Spirit to the church, right? So the pastor, I think people see that clearly, the pastor is a gift to a church. If you have a pastor, you have a gift. God has gifted and blessed your church. But I think sometimes pastors forget that the evangelist is also a gift to the church. And there are many pastors now who aren't having evangelists for various reasons. And I would say they're robbing their church from a gift that God wants to give them. Not because the evangelist is so special, because it's a gift God designed for the health of the church. So knowing, seeing it as a gift that God has established, make room for it, you know, promote it.
Fresh update on "wisconsin" discussed on The Hugh Hewitt Show: Highly Concentrated
"Right. But it's also where some of the presidential candidates are. It's where former President Donald Trump is and it's where the Republican base is. And I will say this about you're right about the majority of the majority. But they have gone along with this sort of behavior from the right flank for more than a decade and they've done nothing about it. At this point, what they should do to exact punishment is they should work with Democrats on legislation, on leadership, just to say, if you're not going to allow us to work as a team to get the most we can get as a party, then this is what happens. But the right flank never pays a price either politically or substantively for this kind of behavior. Well, I think that may in fact change because you've got 40 new Republicans. I went out and reported on the McCarthy gathering last summer and the summer before that. The thing collapses. He's built this amazing machine, this fundraising volunteer donor based machine, the support for new candidates machine, this teaching machine. You know, Juan Siscamani and Jen Kiggins and all these different new Republicans who are in there with the majority. They're all going to get wiped out, David. And they know Derek Van Orton is the toughest guy on a freshman from Wisconsin who McCarthy recruited and helped. He is the toughest guy on Gates. Everybody knows Matt Gates is a moron. How does that help him? Well, how does it help Matt Gates? Yeah, it helps Matt Gates because the Republican base believes that McCarthy is a sellout who should who should be getting more out of divided government than you and I know is actually possible. I don't think the Republican base believes that. Fighting wins. I don't believe the Republican base believes that. I think enough $5 and $10 donors do. I mean, we're talking about different Republican base to me means 51 percent of the Republican Party. I think no, I'm looking at listen, I'm looking at the 25 to 35 percent that you can guarantee to show up at any primary, anywhere. If you're looking at the broader Republican electorate, sure, as a whole, they're not going to go for this. But when you're looking at a House district that has been drawn to elect Republicans, Democrats do the same thing. Like my complaint here isn't gerrymandering, but you've got a a very overwhelmingly red district. Republicans who play this game, who position themselves like this, are not going to pay a price. They're not going to say you disrupted some very productive conservative policy and gave the Democrats a lifeline. We're going to elect a new Republican. They're going to thank you for fighting the fight and they're going to blame Republicans and rhinos. Well, we'll see about that, David, because we're going to reelect you when Dan Bishop runs for attorney general in North Carolina and loses. We'll see about that when Marilyn Matt Rosendale tries to pretend he's from Montana and get elected and his hat doesn't fit. We'll find out about that. When Ralph Norman goes down, fight Lindsey Graham. We'll see about that. And if Matt Gaetz, please, Matt Gaetz, run for governor, because you will get blown out, blown out. David Drucker, good to talk to you. Byron Donaldson, Michael Walter, a bunch of people want to be governor. That will be governor ahead of Matt Gaetz because Matt Gaetz is a morons moron. Stay tuned, America. I'm Hugh Hewitt. America, Bonjour, Canada, I'm Hugh Hewitt, live inside the Beltway where it is raining stupid. But Byron York has brought an umbrella. I hope Byron York with the Washington Examiner, you see him on Fox News as a contributor. Byron, do you have access to the secret plans of Matt Gaetz? Do you know what the plan is? Yes, I know what it's all about. And it's really, really smart. You won't believe it, but I'm sorry. I just can't tell you. I'm sure you know, it's like no one will tell me this thing you ever saw. It's really something else. No one will tell me what the plan is. I know that they're the part one is blow up McCarthy. But what's step two? Can you tell me at least what step two is? No, I have no idea what step two is. I mean, we have seen plenty of reporting that step one is just dominates is just a fix, a personal fixation with Gaetz. And now there is something it's kind of interesting. There is something about McCarthy that does seem to make a certain type of person really mad. Let me tell you who it triggers. I've never been able to figure it out. He triggers entitled people, Byron. Mack Gaetz is a legacy admittee to Florida politics. And he triggers you. Yeah, I saw you mention that last night on Special Report. But, you know, remember when when Boehner was run off by the purists and McCarthy would have been or could have been speaker then, but then he was rejected. And then Paul Ryan came out and reluctantly sort of took the job. I don't I don't know. I've never, never understood the antipathy to McCarthy. You know, McCarthy has always struck me as incredibly well-prepared, extremely hard worker, you know, like knowing everything about every one of his members, thinking through each race and each fundraising issue and all of that. He's not a visionary, but, you know, is really, really quite excellent at what he does and why he makes people so mad, especially when you've only got is the majority for now? It's for now. Yeah, Chris Stewart had to had to leave and has not been replaced. And so you're talking about a four seat majority, which is essentially tied in a 435 seat house, and being able to navigate through anything is really amazing. And, you know, last summer I flew out to Wyoming to the McCarthy meet the candidates thing so I could interview people like Jen Kiggins and Derek Van Orden and a bunch of people were running. They got together and Elon Musk, Kevin called him up and the speaker got the not then speaker, the majority leader, then got him to come and talk to the entire people. Then I went to the McCarthy event this summer in D.C., just showed up over at the hotel where they were holding it and talked to people who had won. Once again, you've got incredible organization, very dedicated staff, a plan and a methodology. This blows up the bridge. And I just think of all they are giving the House back to the Democrats in 2025, just in time, if Donald Trump wins, just in time to impeach Donald Trump. I said that last night as well. Do they not get this? Does the former president not call up Matt Gaetz and say, listen, numskull, you're endangering my defense? They're also seems to me, I mean, they're giving Democrats power right now to I mean, isn't if Gaetz goes ahead with this and he did actually last night file the motion to vacate, they're giving Democrats right now the power to vote of whether this Republican speaker stays in office or whether another speaker or nobody becomes speaker. That's now really in the hands of Democrats. And so he's he's empowered Democrats right now. And you're you're absolutely right about the 2024 race.
A highlight from How Relevant Is The 2nd GOP Debate Without Trumps Attendance?
"Cable news, noisy, boring, out of touch. That's why Salem News Channel is different. We keep you in the know. Streaming 24 -7 for free. Home to the greatest collection of conservative voices like Dennis Prager, Jay Sekulow, Mike Gallagher, and more. Salem News Channel is unfiltered and unapologetic. Watch anytime on any screen at snc .tv and local now channel 525. Mike Gallagher. You know, if you're a news and political junkie, you kind of like seeing ads that run during a big event like tonight's debate. Emily Seidel is about to join us. She's the CEO for Americans for Prosperity. In fact, let's bring her into the conversation now. Emily, it's great having you on the program. Great to see you. And I'm so impressed by the work that Americans for Prosperity is doing on behalf of Americans who are struggling with Bidenomics. We all know that, frankly, the economy, inflation, that's what ought to be front and center tonight. And to that end, AFP is going to run an ad that's going to air, I believe, during the debate or around the debate, certainly on Fox Business Network and Fox News Channel. Let's share the Americans for Prosperity ad with everybody as we kick off our conversation. Ronald Reagan used to ask, Are you better off today than you were before? Sadly, for most Americans, the answer is no. We know that because at Americans for Prosperity, we talk with them every day. Binomics is crushing us. I can't keep up with the rising class of America. This country is on the wrong track. We can do better. But we must focus on solving the issues that matter most. With new leadership and fresh ideas, we can reignite the American dream. You know, Emily, that's such a powerful message because it's what Americans need to hear. I think it's what Americans are craving somebody to give a solution to this economic mess that we are in. And thanks to this grassroots effort on Americans for Prosperity's part, more and more people are focused like a laser on how to get the job done. So first of all, kudos to the great work that AFP is doing in that front. Well, thank you very much. And thanks for having me on. I agree that it's what Americans need to hear. It's also what we're hearing from Americans. We've been knocking on the country. And with that ad, we just wanted to share back what we're hearing from them in a way that hopefully calls on candidates on the debate stage tonight and lawmakers in Washington right now to focus on these issues, the issues that we're hearing matter most to Americans right now, and actually step forward with some solutions. That's what people are looking for. I've invited our audience to support Americans for Prosperity because your grassroots efforts are as impressive as anything I've ever seen. So far, Americans for Prosperity has talked to 4 .6 million voters through phone calls or just good old -fashioned door knocks. What's the message that your folks are hearing from all of those millions of Americans that you're connecting with? Well, it's pretty impressive. 55 % of the people that we've spoken to so far name inflation as their top issue. And we've never seen that kind of focus on a specific issue at this point in a cycle. No other issue. I mean, there are a lot of other really important issues out there, but no other issue is even cracking the 10 % mark. And so that tells you something, the economic Biden agenda is crushing families across the country. And that's what we're hearing far and away the most at the doors and on the phones. You know, I'm going to throw a curveball at you because you've been at this a long time. You've spent really decades working in policy and politics. I've been at this a long time as well as a broadcaster. I've never seen anything like this in terms of what appears to be the intentional destruction of our economy. And I want to pick your brain for a moment. Emily, I want to see if you agree with me that this does not seem to be accidental. Is it a stretch to say that these awful policies that are crushing small business owners, that are hurting farmers, that are hurting the middle class, do you think these are well -intentioned but misguided policies? Or is it indeed intentional damage? I mean, that's a great question. I like to hope that people run for public office to try to serve their communities and just make bad choices sometimes. But at this point, you really need to start asking. I mean, as we're talking to folks across the country, for instance, there's a 71 -year old man that we just talked to in Colorado who's retired, who has to come out of retirement to continue to be able to live, support his wife and his niece who lives with him. We had a grocery store event in Wisconsin where we were giving out $25 gift cards to the grocery store as we were talking to people about the cost of all of this rampant government spending that's been driving inflation and what they can do about it, what their voices can do to try to drive change in the public policy arena. And one woman said that because of that $25 gift card, she didn't have to choose between a portion of her grocery list and diapers for the week for her family. I think that's the most important thing. And I think that's very, very important to the people of the country and they're very frustrated. No, and that frustration, I hear it every single day on the show as well. Emily Seidel, who's the CEO of Americans for Prosperity, is visiting with us here on The Mike Gallagher Show. You can go to americansforprosperity .org and support this very impressive organization that is moving the needle. A lot of Americans know what matters. I like to talk, I use the late great Charles Krauthammer's book title often on my show, Things That Matter. Buying diapers matters. How to pay for the groceries matters. There's going to be a lot tonight, and Americans for Prosperity matters, so go to americansforprosperity .org to support this very important organization. Emily, there's going to be a lot of distractions over the next 18 months. We're going to see all kinds of drama. There's a lot of drama about who's on the debate stage tonight, who's not on the debate stage, what's going to be talked about, what's not going to be talked about. Are you worried that those distractions are going to water down what ought to be the alternative vision that we need to get the country back on track? Are you worried that some of the drama is going to overshadow this crucial, crucial message that we have to stay on point and focus on how to get this country back on the right track economically? I don't think so, and here's why. Because we've been talking with voters across the country, and they are focused. They're focused on listening for what the candidates will do to address the top concerns that they've got. They're wondering, is this crisis of affordability of life, is this the new normal? They want to know what people are going to do to shed the problems of biodynamics and get our country back on track. And so my advice to candidates would be to recognize that those are the people that you're talking to. Don't get distracted by all of the rest of this and focus on the failure of biodynamics and your solutions as candidates for public office to get back on track. So when I invite my audience to support Americans for Prosperity by going to Americansforprosperity .org, I want to make sure we get into the nuts and bolts of what it is you do. Because from where I sit, there is no group in America that connects to the all 50 states and what Americans for Prosperity is specifically doing to grow that army and how our audience can help. So Americans for Prosperity is the largest national grassroots organization that works to advance public policy that's focused on what I talk about as the core principles of freedom and opportunity for every American. And a lot of people ask me, what does that mean to be a national grassroots organization? Well, it means we've built 36 state chapters so far, and we're growing. We've got activists, as you said, in all 50 states. And we work in communities to make sure that people's voices are heard by their lawmakers, whether that's at the state level on critical items of importance to what's happening in your state, whether it's K -12 education reform or anything else, or at the federal level and specifically looking at how we're going to get our country back on track from the failed Biden agenda. But our whole goal is to make it possible for good policy to be good politics so that we can actually get things done that reignite the American dream. And it's all about elevating the voices of Americans to the folks that they've elected to drive that change. This is what it's about. And every single day, people say to me, what can I do? How can I mean, it's one thing to complain about these destructive policies, but it's another thing to take action. Emily Seidel, it seems to me, 40 plus years I've been sitting in front of a microphone. I have never felt a stronger urge to tell everybody, you've got to get off the sidelines. You cannot be passive anymore, because frankly, the country's at stake. And I don't think that's rhetoric. I don't think that's hyperbole. Do you? No, not at all. You know, last cycle, I met this wonderful man up in Pennsylvania who said he was watching TV and he saw one of our commercials and he said, you know, I'm going to stop complaining to my friends about what's happening in our country. I'm going to get off my duff and do something about it. And he came and started knocking doors with Americans for Prosperity and AFP Action, which is a super PAC. Together, last cycle, we were in 457 races across the country. We knocked on more than 7 million doors. We reached tens of millions of voters through phone calls and emails and mail pieces. We're going to do that and more this election cycle. And no matter where you are in the country, if you want to get involved, we've got somebody that can help you get involved. Listen, to learn all about AFP, to join their army, and it is an impressive army indeed. Just go to Americansforprosperity .org, Americansforprosperity .org. Emily Seidel, thank you for spending some time joining us. And we'll be looking forward to seeing your ad tonight on the debate. I'm glad we gave our listeners and our viewers a sneak peek.
Fresh update on "wisconsin" discussed on The Hugh Hewitt Show: Highly Concentrated
"Dan Bishop thinks it helps him out, become the attorney general of North Carolina. And Ralph Norman apparently doesn't think about at all. So the knucklehead caucus may succeed because Democrats aren't going to help out Kevin McCarthy. So they may vacate the chair and they don't have a candidate. And they have they've got nothing to do. So our investigations into the Biden family operation, vast as it might be, our investigation, the Chinese Communist Party, the effort to have any leverage in the appropriate all be gone because Matt Gates is playing seventh dimensional chess. Now, I was I was on Bret Baier last night on special report. And the first subject, of course, was Matt Gates. And I understand that Matt Gates is in the news and everyone loves a mediocre people need representation, too. All right. And that is the most important thing to remember, that mediocre people and ridiculous people need representation, too. So I got asked by Brett about McCarthy's chances. Cut number one. You were fiscal cliff after fiscal cliff and they just punted the ball to another month, essentially. But what about McCarthy's chances? The votes are slim. I think they're good. Part of it. I'm smiling because Matt Gates used the word trustworthy. And so I just had to reflexively smile. I want people to understand he's a legacy admitte to Florida politics. His father was the president of the Florida State Senate. He was a Jeb Bush guy eight years ago. He's recast himself now as Donald Trump's sword bearer in the Congress. It's all malarkey. Kevin McCarthy runs the best political operation the Republicans have had in probably 30 years. I went out last summer to interview a bunch of the candidates or 40 new members of the Republican Party. Elon Musk was brought in by Kevin McCarthy. The whole House narrow majority collapses if they take Kevin McCarthy out. So what Matt Gates is doing is putting in a Democratic House just in time for Donald Trump's return if he is reelected so he can be impeached in the first week. It's absolutely insane. It is. It's so ridiculous. The tweets by members of Congress. Mike Waller is going to join me a little bit later, but I prefer Derek Van Orden, the seal up in Wisconsin. And he says he worked for 750,000 hardworking Wisconsinites, not the knucklehead from Florida. That's not an exact quote. Knucklehead is his shorthand for the knucklehead caucus. So your phone calls are welcome 1-800-520-1234. And I know that I've got a listener who loves Matt Gates. I know you're out there. You're more than welcome to call and tell me why Matt is just so brilliant to go from being. His dad was one of the most powerful bad in Florida. So he got his son a congressional seat in the redistricting. So he's a legacy admitte. And Matt's in now. And he was a Jeb Bush guy, which is fine, by the way, there were a lot of Jeb Bush guys. And then he realized there wasn't just much energy or any future in that, particularly when you're being alleged to have trafficked underage minors for sexual activity across state borders and illegal drug use and the use of inappropriate images on the House floor. In other words, if you're being investigated for all around creepiness, it's important to get ahead of those charges and draw attention to yourself. So Matt Gates has developed the whole shtick. And now his shtick involves defeating every Republican in the House. It's really a bring down the House, Sampson strategy, bringing everybody down. McCarthy's operation, and I've seen it, I've gone and reported on it twice, is remarkable. It's effective. Over two years, it built the majority. It will build it more if left unhindered. If they would just actually, if they only had a brain, if they only had a brain, do we have that ready? If I had a producer, can we get Matt Gates's that solo right there? We only had a brain, not the heart, not courage. I just, if we only had a brain, we would not be in this problem. Clarence Thomas recused himself from, there we go.
A highlight from Republican Debates, Election Predictions, and Media Criticism
"At some point we have to take the economy seriously. We can't just keep printing money and sending it overseas. Welcome to another Financial Guys podcast. I'm Mike Hayflick along with my partner, Mike Speraza. We are always excited to be here, Mike. Um, we are here after the second Bill's win. Yeah. Yeah. We will, we'll keep it at that. Every time we talk very little, things go well. So let's, let's keep it at a win and big game Sunday. Miami. What should be right. A massively popular game. I mean, when they put up 70 against Denver and we, we basically, did we shut out the three points? Three, three. Okay. We held, held Washington, the Washington commanders to only three. That should be a really, really dynamite game. So. Had to change their name due to political correctness. I know, I know. And we had some conversation about that. The people I was watching the game with were reflecting on, I guess the good old days when the, the nicknames of teams just didn't seem to matter as much, but it matters now. Now they want to take down statues. You're an Iroquois guy. They're taking that name away. The chiefs because apparently saying chiefs is very, uh, politically incorrect. I mean, a leader. You can't be called the leaders anymore. Maybe it'll be the Iroquois comrades because everyone's got to just hold hands and sing Kumbaya. Yeah. And, and you know, nobody gets a gender anymore. Nobody can dominate one or the other. Even if it's a sport, there really might not even ever be winners or losers. They might not even keep score anymore in sports. Like it's just going to be for the experience of it trophy for the trophy for the trophy. Line them all up. They're all going to look exactly the same. There'll be gender neutral trophies. When will we have a they, them team name? Like the, the Washington they, thems, like when, when, I mean, I know that sounds outrageous, but that's where we're headed. Yeah, it's true. It's going to be comrades. Friends. Yeah. The friends, the Iroquois friends, the Iroquois comrades. It literally is heading that way though. Something where you go, what is, what is this sport? Like we don't even know based on the name, what the sport is. We don't even, yeah. You won't know. Like usually you could derive some more information from things like that. Oh, no, no, not anymore. No, you're going to have to dig real deep. You're going to have to show up at these events and, uh, you know, maybe wear a nice hoodie and a pair of shorts at the events. Yeah, I agree with you. And, uh, you know, maybe right after you went through the Senate chambers to vote on something, you can head and do a game with your hoodie and shorts on. Anyway, the next one, the last thing I'll say is the next one will be the Patriots. They'll be getting their name taken because that represents Donald Trump and his movement. We got to take away the name Patriot, right? That'll be the next one. There you go. You know, I just, I can't with these people anymore. It's really getting to be absurd. Yep. Totally. So, uh, Mike, let's start with this one. A second Republican debate coming this Wednesday night, September 27th, and Dana Perino, who I've always enjoyed listening to. Um, she will be joining Stuart Varney and Ilia Calderon at the Ronald Reagan library. presidential Suitable place. I love it. Yeah. And, uh, I, we were just chatting a bit before the podcast, so let's just line this up. All right. I don't know the order, but we're going to have Pence, Christie, DeSantis, Rama, Swami, uh, Doug Burgum made it Dougie Dougie. Um, who is that? Who else? I'm I've got five Nikki Haley. Thank you. And then, uh, there should be one more. Um, I did pens from, let's write this down. One more time for everybody. Pence, Rama, Swami, right? DeSantis. How do I not remember? Tim Scott, Tim Scott. Thank you. So, so seven this time, um, not Asa Hutchinson, I think you said he, he didn't make it. Didn't qualify. So, um, of course the big elephant in the room is that Donald Trump again will not be there. Just tell me your thoughts, I guess, on this next upcoming debate. Are we going to hear anything different? Is there any going to be anything that really makes people go, Whoa, this guy's really racing to the front or female. Um, if it's Nikki Haley, anyone going to race to the front after this one? I really, I mean, I think we're kind of wasting our time here and I'm not saying it as a, as a Trump voter. I'm just saying it realistically. Right. I mean, at this point, the lead is 40 to 50 points. Nobody makes up that ground than a debate, right? Like Nikki Haley had a great debate last time. She's still polling single digits. Right. I don't agree with Nikki Haley stance on a lot of things, but she, she fared well in that debate and she really didn't grow or fall behind anymore. Right. So I think that's the tough part. When we look at these debates, the Donald Trump in the 2015, 2016 campaign years, that is your like unicorn, right? Where, where you just go up there and go bananas. And then you end up, you know, taking over the field. The difference was there was no Donald Trump in that election, right? Like you had a Jeb Bush, but he wasn't the guaranteed slam dunk candidate right now. You have Donald Trump, Mike, and he is the guaranteed slammed on Canada. The only one that we thought maybe had a chance was Ron DeSantis and he has crumbled mightily, whether you like him or hate him. It's just the facts. He's, he's in trouble. Right. I mean, so what, what are we accomplishing with these debates other than kind of a, I guess I'll say wasting our time. Yeah. And I, I just, I just think it's worth breaking this down a little bit. Like what is it that people like you and I think that these others are just inferior to a guy like a Donald Trump? Like, and I'll tell you my opinion first. Mine is I just don't think they'll win. And I just feel like more and more people need to, you got to vote and expect that the conservative Republican candidate in this case wins. And I don't think any of these other people could, could actually win. I don't think they have enough, you know, experience. They don't have the fortitude that a Donald Trump has. Well, I think that that to me is, is there's two reasons why I'm voting for Donald Trump, right? Number one was I thought he had a very good four year term other than the COVID 19 issue. And I, I'm telling you right now, I say this to people all the time. If it was Ron DeSantis, if it was Donald Trump, if it was Hillary Clinton, that, that, that whole debacle was, was a disaster and there was no way you were going to look good in that debacle. I'm just telling you. Yeah. Number one, but that was a Trump fault that I have. And if I ever talked to him, I would tell him that that I do not agree with what he did with COVID. It's easy for me to say that now, but, but at the end of the day, he had a great four year term other than that, in my personal opinion. Number two is every time they've tried to knock him down at the knees, Mike, that has made me want him back more, right? The, the every time they indict him, I want him back more, right? Every time they try and silence him with gag orders, I want him back more. This is how I think a lot of conservatives are feeling. And at this point, it's kind of like, okay, is Rhonda, here's what my other point, I don't mean to keep going on, but at the end of the day is whether it's Ron, DeSantis, Vivek Ramaswamy, or Donald Trump, I'm going to use those three for a second. They will be treated the exact same way by the media, by the Democrat party. It doesn't matter who that candidate is. It doesn't matter. Right. People always say like, Oh, but, but Trump's hated. If DeSantis is a candidate, he's already taken crap from the leftist media, right? Like if he's the candidate, he's going to, it's going to be open up another can of worms. I don't think it matters. The reason why we got to go with Donald Trump is he's been there. He's been able to handle it. We know that whether you like him or not, he's handled the media and he's handled the Democrats well. And we need that experience. This is the election of our lifetime. And I will say that now, this is the election of our lifetime. We need to win. Dana Perino says, I believe the economy will feature prominently because we know that that is the biggest concern and preoccupation that is worrying Americans. And she says in many ways, in my opinion, the economy is the thread that runs through all of these other possible topics. For example, if you're concerned about crime, one of the issues is what kind of resources do you have and are you willing to use in order to help deal with that? I think she's spot on. I think when it comes to the economy, the economy sort of is the fuel and whether you then have a notion to, you know, actually shut down the border, improve childcare, improve education, then the, the economy obviously is the main thread that actually everything else seems to branch off of. If you have a lot of people working, for instance, you're going to have a thriving economy because supply and demand is going to balance out. You're going to have lots of products and services to offer and a lot of people can afford these things. Right. So, uh, I, I agree with her. Plus it is Fox business that's hosting the event. So might lean a little bit more toward economics. Yeah, I think it should. I agree with you. I mean, at some point we have to take the economy seriously. We can't just keep printing money and sending it overseas at some point, you know, and I say, I've said this to you, Mike before, going to get groceries now at times, like they ring all the stuff up and I'm like, Holy crap. I bought, I have a cat. I bought five cans of cat food. They're, they're the size of like a lacrosse ball, not even. And it's like $5 for five cans. I'm like this, this thing costs more than my kids at this point. This cat's going to be very thin. It's going to be out of crash diet. I mean, but seriously, how do people, Mike, that don't make money? And I say this in a sad way, like how do people that don't make money survive? Even going, you go to a local fast food restaurant for two people. My wife and I it's 30 bucks. I'm like, what the hell happened out here? I told that is what's going on. And that's scary. Yeah. When they have to make those kinds of hard choices. Right. Uh, all right. So, uh, let's move on. So speaking of Trump, we're talking about these other seven candidates that will be there Wednesday, this Wednesday night, nine to 11 PM in the second Republican debate, Donald Trump will not be there, but this came out like in a Washington post poll. Trump is now up 10%, uh, over a potential run against Biden, 10 % double digit. Now if you just pin Trump against Biden again, first your thoughts, and then we'll go a little deeper into this. Well, I'm not surprised. Um, I think, I think Americans are getting sick and tired of it. I think Americans are worried about our futures. I think the migrant crisis is hurting the Democrat party because you have liberal places like New York city that are waking up saying, Oh my God, we can't do this anymore. And there's like 10 ,000 migrants in New York city, not 10 million. Right. So like, like it's starting to click, I think with certain people, number one, number two, Mike, I think it's hard to hide Joe Biden's cognitive decline, right? The left can say whatever they want in the media. You just can't, when you fall over on things, when you do talk like that, I mean, they, it's a problem. It's a real problem and it's visible. Um, do I trust these polls? Yes and no. I think, if I think America is as smart as I think they would, the polls should be probably higher, like 30 % lead for Trump. Um, but I think the numbers that keep growing in Trump's favor, the margin of error is not that big, right? Michael, like you look at the Republican primary polls, the margin of error is not 40%, right? He's up 40%. So even if they're off by 20%, he's still up 20%. The same thing's starting to happen in these head to head polls with Biden. It started, you know, Trump down, then it was Trump even, then it was Trump three, five, now it's 10. I mean, that's a lot. Yeah. And so I want to read a little bit here. So the post ABC poll shows Biden trailing Trump by 10 percentage points at this early stage in the election cycle. This is, by the way, the Washington Post little write -up, uh, after the poll was done. Um, so this is, this is actually humorous. Although the sizable margin of Trump's lead in this survey is significantly at odds with other public polls that show the general election contest to virtual dead heat, the difference between this poll and others as well as the unusual makeup of Trump's and Biden's coalitions in the survey. So Mike, the more words, the muddier this all gets, right? It sounds like excuses coming up, right? It sounds like Kamala Harris. It really is. It's like, yeah, total word salad. Um, I just said suggested is probably an outlier, right? So, so this, this I thought was interesting. Um, Byron Byron York of the Washington examiner said the post dumped on headline news in quotes from its own poll. So basically they do a poll. They say that their poll is likely an outlier and, and he, he goes on to then say Washington Post sub heads suggests its own poll may be an outlier. That may be true, but they put no such disclaimer in headline three years ago when they published a poll of Wisconsin, right before election day in 2020, showing Biden up 17 points on Trump, 10 points more than the average of other polls at the time. That was real clear politics, president Tom Bevin. So, so funny to me, so interesting, right? Even when they try to do something where they want to take part in the polling process and inform all of us as Americans, Ooh, that's not really where we wanted to see that. That's likely an outlier folks. Yeah. Oh, Donald Trump's winning. Shit. That doesn't count. Okay. What are we going to do? Next one. Okay. These were registered voters. What are we going to do? This is 10 points. Holy shit. What are we going to say? Let's just say it's an outlier. Oh damn. That was a fake poll. Oh, those stupid polls. Yeah. I mean, and it might, I'll say this before we get onto another topic on what's, what's, you're starting to see it all come together. It's like, it's like when they see, you know, hurricanes forming in the ocean, right? We're starting to see it now. The polls are shifting to Trump. Now we have Hillary Clinton coming out saying things like, Oh yeah, who's to say Putin won't medal in the election in 2024 again, right? You have others saying like, Ooh, we got to get Trump off the ballot or people saying, let's indict Trump again for this or that let's put gag orders on him. It's all coming together. Now the new thing too, Mike is, Hmm, let's indict the Bidens and let's see if we can get, we can get a Joe Biden off the ticket. We've used him, we've abused him. Now we're getting them out of here. It's all, it's that wave in the ocean. It's that hurricane forming in the ocean. That's what's happening. And I believe that because why, why would Hillary Clinton come out and say, if you're so confident right in the 2024 election, if you're so confident and Trump's an idiot, he's never going to make it again and get rid of them. Why are you now saying, Hmm, maybe Putin will medal in the elections again. Why would you say that? Right. Right. And by the way, this is the same guy that's richer than ever because his country has been able to sell oil at a high rate since Biden's been in office. This is the same country that has had its way with the Ukraine walking in there and taking over land since Biden's been in there. Why would, why would Putin medal in the election to get in and probably in his mind, the nut job of Donald Trump back in office, it may drop a nuke on him. Why would he want Trump back in office? Ask yourself that question. Don't have to, if you have any sense at all, then you don't even have to ask that. Um, so anyway, let's see what the next number of polls start to reveal. Let's see if, let's see if polls stop coming out, Mike, right? Because once you have one that's got Trump winning by double digit, maybe they just start to say, polls are stupid. Polls are for racists. You're homophobic. If you read polls, I mean, we'll see. Or they come out with some poll from the middle of nowhere. That's like Biden up 35 points on Donald Trump. Right, right. This was from registered voters in the white house. Yes. We interviewed seven people and it was six to one, six to one. And the other one we fired, we don't even know who that was. Yeah. So, so let's go to this now. Every once in a while, Mike, I have to do this CNN, right? I go to the cnn .com site. I just got to see what they're finding note newsworthy, noteworthy, whatever you want to say. And honestly, and I've often reported this, I'm often in disbelief at what they aren't reporting. In this example though, I was like, Oh, a few stories down. Here's a story, Mike, why more women are choosing not to have kids. So right away I'm thinking, Oh my gosh, these are the most unlikable people, the most anti traditional family structure people ever. They probably don't want to have a relationship at all. They don't want to ever have true, you know, intimacy with anybody cause they just can't do it. They're just nasty. They're mostly on, you know, just awful. These lots, so many of these people. So I go on to read a little bit of this and you know, this is, this is someone named Diana Volek who, who never, who was never someone who dreamed of becoming a mother, right? And these are just some of the reasons given. They don't want the responsibility of being a parent. They fear a lack of support. They like their life as it is. They're still judged for being child free. So so even when they don't choose to have children, right? So I'm like looking at this and then suddenly I go, wait a second. This was published at midnight, uh, basically Sunday or Monday, you know, September 25th. That's that's now as we record editor's note, this story was originally published in August, 2021. Some details such as the ages of those interviewed remain the same as they were when the story first published. So you're telling me right away, I thought, is the Hollywood writers strike? Is it bleeding into CNN now? Cause there aren't enough stories. There aren't enough people to write like modern stories. There's not enough news. They had to pull a story from two years ago to talk about why many women are deciding not to have kids. Like how pathetic is that? How pathetic. This new trend too, of like, it's cool to just say, screw it. I don't want to have a family is the weirdest thing ever. And then we wonder why these people are miserable, right? I mean, again, is parenting easy? I'm a new parent. Mike, you know that you, you parented two girls for, you know, they're what? 25, 22, right? So you've had, you've had 25 years of parenting experience. I've had, you know, almost a year. It's the most enjoyable thing ever. Right? I mean you're finally, it's good not to be selfish. It's good to take care of somebody else and love somebody else. Right. And I'm not saying you don't love your spouse, but your spouse is an adult relationship. You have to have a relationship with a baby, which turns into a toddler, which turns into an adolescent, a young adult like that. There's nothing more special than that. You should want that. Instead it's like, Oh, kids are stupid. I'm going to be so rich. Really weigh me down. Yeah, yeah, sure. Okay. They're going to weigh me down. I want my independence. I don't want to be responsible to another human being. I've got myself to worry about and treat and, and you know, I don't know, a door like I get like, that's fine. I want to see the next story though be why many women are deciding that having a child is rewarding. It can become a very loving, you know, yes, you have to be responsible. Like it just was so gross to me like that. And two years ago, this isn't even news. This is like, Oh my gosh, we got to fill these headlines. What do we get out? Pull that one again. We don't like kids. We don't want anyone, you know, raising children, my God for, you know, I'll say this though, Mike and all seriousness too. Like, yes. Is, is it fun being a college degenerate and booze and all the time and having a blast? Sure it is. We all did it right. I mean, yes, of course it's a fun thing. Is it fun to not care if you can go to bed at 2am or 5am or 5pm? Sure. That's great. But at some point you have to mature as an adult, take your job seriously, take your family seriously and care about things like I always say this, Mike, and this is something I've brought up a million times. Think about being, you know, if you want it, like if you didn't want to have kids, I'm not saying people that can't have kids cause I feel for them. But if you, if you didn't want children, cause you didn't want the responsibility, what do you do in your sixties and seventies with no family? Like that breaks my heart, honestly. Right? Like I, what my relationship with my parents, my wife's with her parents, like it's, it's fun, right? It's, you're a family. You get to do things together and you get to enjoy each other. Who doesn't want that? I just don't get it. Well, there's a lot of people in Washington that actually have spouses and children and grandchildren. And clearly there is not a lot of love and support going on between all of them. Because some of these people, I mean, we know who we're talking about, the Mitch McConnell's, the Joe Biden's, they would not be in front of microphones if people actually cared about them. They would not let those loved ones go through what they go through on a daily basis, unless they have no connection, no personal connection at all. Um, all right. AOC. She's almost the last story of our day, but there's one more after this. So we got a bonus. We do a bonus story here, breaking news. So AOC wins the hypocrisy award mic for this, uh, at least this week, maybe the year on this one decade, this is hilarious. And, um, I'll just set this up for a second. So here she was on CBS's face the nation. And, um, she was discussing president Biden's plan to visit the Michigan auto workers on Tuesday. So host of CBS's face, the nation, Margaret Brennan points out a couple of interesting facts about AOC and her selection of vehicles. So let's go ahead and play that. Yup.
Fresh update on "wisconsin" discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News
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A highlight from Eric Diaz's Journey From the University of Georgia to Coaching Rising American Alex Michelsen
"Welcome to the official tennis .com podcast featuring professional coach and community leader Kamau Murray. Welcome to the tennis .com podcast. We are here with Eric Diaz. You remember the name? Eric is son of Manny Diaz, coach of Alex Mickelson, Werner Tan, and right now has his own thing called tier one performance out in the Irvine area. Welcome to the show, Eric. How's it going? Thanks for having me. Thanks for having me. It's great to be on. Great to be on. So I interviewed your dad probably about 2 months ago. That was, you know, we were poking fun about him redshirting Ethan Quinn, you know, not choosing not to play Ethan Quinn later. You know he wins NCAA the next year. It was kind of like, what were you thinking, right? Yeah, one of those tough ones. Oh yeah, it was kind of like, did you think he wasn't ready? Was he, did he think he wasn't ready? Like, you know, you probably could have won NCAA twice. That kind of thing but you obviously came from good tennis pedigree. So, I guess the first obvious question was what was it like growing up with your dad being Manny? You know, because I, it's hard not to take work home, right? Let's just put it that way. You're a tennis coach and a child of a tennis dad. Yeah. You know, I don't know. I think anybody that's been in tennis for a long time knows it's kind of a lifestyle a little bit. You know, there's definitely being the tennis coach and kind of, you know, working toward things but it's also, I don't know, the sport takes so much of you that sometimes, you know, it just feels like, you know, it's second nature. It's kind of a part of it. So, I mean, growing up in Athens, growing up around Dan McGill Complex was always a treat. That was back when NCAA's were kind of always hosted in Athens. So, I got to watch, you know, all the college greats. I grew up watching the Bryan brothers get, you know, sadly then they were kind of pegging some of our guys in doubles matches but, you know, it was really cool being able to sit court side, watch those guys and then, you know, be able to watch them on TV a little bit later. Really cool. Really cool experience growing up. Now, from a junior career, did your dad coach you your whole career or did he hire private coaches to sort of teach you technique? Because I know, you know, coaching at a program like UGA, it is very demanding and sometimes the children of the tennis coach lose out to the actual players and the people who are paying. So, did he coach you? How was that? You know, he coached me. I think he tried to coach me but at the same time, he also didn't want to put too much pressure on me to like, you know, really play tennis and go in. So, he kind of let it be my own thing. I started, I actually went to Athens Country Club, great little spot on the outside of Athens. Alan Miller was the main coach there. So, he helped me out a lot. He actually, he was on my dad's first, you know, assistant coaching team where they won a national title. I think he paired with Ola who now obviously has been with USGA for a while. I think they played doubles and I think they won a doubles title as well. So, I think Alan was a part of the first team championship and then he was also, you know, he won a doubles title there too. I think he might have won two. So, I spent a lot of time around him which was also, it was really cool. You know, it was a guy who was a part of the Georgia tennis family. Athens is really tight -knit like that and so it's special to be a part of that family both, I guess, through blood and through, you know, the alumni. It's cool. Now, let me ask you, did you ever consider going anywhere else, right? I mean, successful junior career, one of the top players in the nation, tons of options. You know, it could be like, you know, there's always sort of the, oh, his dad's going to give him a scholarship, right? You saw with Ben Shelton, you know, Brian Shelton. Obviously, he's going to look out for his kid. Did you ever aspire to like go to another top program or UCLA or Texas or Florida? I think growing up, you know, because I got to see all those teams play. You know, I remember in 1999, I looked up this guy who, he played number one for UCLA. I don't know, this guy showed up. I'm a little kid and he had half of his head was blue and the other half was gold and, you know, UCLA was firing it up. They were really good at the time. I remember that was my dad's first national title in 99. And, you know, ever since then, I really, you know, I looked up to the guys. Every now and then, I got to sneak on to a little travel trip and, you know, I got to see what it was like. But, I mean, for me, it was always Georgia. I thought Athens was a special place, you know, getting to see the crowds that they get there and being able to kind of just see the atmosphere of everybody caring about each other. You know, it was cool looking at other teams. You know, the Brian brothers had the cool Reebok shoes, you know, the UCLA guy with the different hair. But at the end of the day, it was always the dogs. It was always Georgia. So, I was really lucky when I got to be a part of that team and I got to kind of wear the G that, you know, through my junior years, I was always wearing it, you know, but I guess it was a little bit different when you're actually, you know, on the team and representing. I think it's a different feeling. Yeah. So, if you didn't go into tennis, what else would you be doing? Like, you know, I didn't, you know, I'm obviously coaching now, but I didn't go right into coaching. I went to work into pharmaceuticals like marketing, sales, you know, finance. It's always, I always find it interesting to say if I wasn't coaching, I got my degree, I would be doing this. Yeah. You know, if I was a little bit more prone, I think to just loving schoolwork and loving studying, you know, everybody's always told me that I would make a pretty good lawyer just because I'm a bit of a contrarian. I like to argue. I like to challenge everybody that's kind of around me. So, I'm always looking for a good argument. So, I'll go with that. Everybody's always told me, you know, maybe you should have been a lawyer. You argue a Hey, lot. well, I'm sure, I'm sure your tennis parents, right? The parents of the academy probably don't like that one, right? They like to be in control. They have the last say and be contrarian. A lot of the time they do. A lot of the time they do. Yeah. So, you're sort of like stepping out, right? Out of the shadow and you're now on the west coast out there in the with Irvine area tier one performance and quite honestly, making your own name. I know you've had opportunity to coach Alex Mickelson as well as, you know, Lerner, Tan who are both like doing real well, both like main draw this year at US Open. Tell me about the process of moving way west. Yeah. And starting your own thing. Well, you know, it kind of started with, you know, I took that leap and I moved away from home for, you know, the first time because obviously being born and raised and going to school at UGA. I took my first chance and I went to Boise State and I worked under Greg Patton for a year who I'd heard great things about and, you know, all were true. He's a great guy. I thought it was a fantastic experience. So, I did that for a year and then over the summer, the UGA swim coach's son that I kind of grew up with, he was in Newport and so I kind of came to visit and then, you know, all of a sudden the opportunity to be coaching out here, you know, came about and, you know, I did my due diligence a little bit. You know, I looked at the old tennis recruiting pages and, you know, I'm looking at all the talent over the last like 20 years and, you know, statistically, you look at the list and you're like, okay, you know, if I'm in this area and I give myself, you know, the right opportunities and I, you know, learn how to coach properly, you know, I feel like I've had some pretty good experience from some good mentors. You know, then I kind of thought, you know, okay, maybe I can kind of control my own destiny out here a little bit and, you know, over time, it's taken a lot but, you know, over time, I feel like I did get myself some pretty decent opportunities. So, when you first laid eyes on Mickelson, how old was he? He was 12. He was coming out to some point place. It was the first place I kind of rented courts. It was this old rundown beat up club but beautiful. There were some trees there. Nobody wanted it. The courts were kind of run down and everyone's like, oh no, nothing there and I was like, I'll take it. So, you know, it gave me space. It gave me courts. It gave me the ability to kind of try and market. I made things cheap so I could get a lot of kids out there and try and get a competitive environment going and luckily, you know, had a good bit of talent out there where, you know, the kids kind of attracted the kids and I was this young coach, 23, 24 and, you know, over time, you know, people started to kind of gain trust and realize, you know, this guy isn't that bad. So, you know, over time, it kind of, you know, worked in my favor and, you know, everything kind of worked out. I eventually switched clubs to a nicer one and, you know, you move up. You earn your stripes. Now, when you saw him, did you initially see, you know, like super talent because he won our ADK this summer and, you know, it was full of Steve Johnson, Su -Woo Kwong. It was Ethan Quinn. It was other names, right? Kanee Shakuri. And Alex, okay, you know, he got the USTA wildcard. He's a young kid. You know what I mean? Like, sort of under the radar and then he wins the whole tournament in finals Newport on the grass like a week later. So, did you see it right away? Was he like a typical kind of 12 -year -old throwing his racket, having tantrums? What was he like at 12? Alex has always turned on tantrums. But, you know, when he was 12, he was good. But, you know, I'll be honest, there were a handful of kids out there that, you know, Kyle Kang, who's had a lot of success. I saw him. Sebastian Goresney, who Alex won doubles with. There were a handful of others and, I mean, Alex, they were, he was good. If I thought that he would be this good, you know, at this point, I think I'd I don't think I saw that. But, you know, you definitely see that this kid's capable of playing at a pretty good level while he's young. And then, you know, as the years kind of go and then as you sort of see him and his personality kind of develop, you kind of recognize, you know, this, you know, this isn't too normal of a 16, 17, 18 -year -old kid. And then, you know, sure enough, eventually the results followed, which was pretty fun to watch. Yeah, I mean, I felt it was interesting because he was here with like his friend. Yeah. You know, not even like a coach, trainer, physio, nothing. Like him and his homeboy. Yeah. He didn't look like he played tennis. You know what I mean? So, yeah, it was like, it was interesting to show up without, you know, completing against guys who are here with like coaching that they're paying six -figure salaries and who are scouting, right? And for him to kind of move through the draw, honestly, I mean, you know, maybe he split sets once. Yeah. It was actually really interesting. He's an extremely competitive kid. And so, you know, throughout the last few years kind of as we've traveled to some events and as he's gone to some like by himself, you know, the whole understanding is, okay, how well do you really understand, you know, your day -to -day process? How well are you able to, you know, nowadays, you know, with challengers, everything you can stream, you can watch. So, you know, both myself and, you know, Jay, the other coach that's here and helping him out, you know, we watch, we communicate. But, you know, at the end of the day, you know, it was one of those big decisions, okay, are you going to go to college or are you going to go pro? And he's kind of weighing those two things. And it's, you know, if you really think you want to be a pro, show me. And so it's one of those things, luckily, when he's young, you know, you have the, you know, it's kind of freedom. If he loses some matches, okay, you're young. If, you know, you win some matches, okay, great. You're young. So it's one of those things where, you know, we really kind of wanted to see, you know, what he's able to do sort of on his own. How well can he manage emotionally? How well can he, you know, create some game plans and stick to his day -to -day routines? And he, I would say he passed. And did he officially turn pro? He officially turned pro, yeah. Yeah. So I know UGA was going to be where he was going. I know he was undecided this summer, but UGA was going to, was there a little bit of an inside man kind of happening here, right? You know, I mean, you know, I think that, you know, I'll definitely say, I think he had some exposure to hearing about, you know, some Georgia greatness. I think that for sure. But, you know, I'll say it was his decision. Ultimately, I tried to not put too much pressure or expectation on where he was going to go. You know, I think Georgia has a lot to offer. So I think, you gone that route, I think it would be, you know, I don't think we can really fail if, you know, you're going and you're trying to be a tennis player and that's a place you choose. I think it's a pretty good place. Now tell us about Lerner Tan. I'll admit as a player that I hadn't had the opportunity to watch too much. I had not watched him in the challenges at all. But was he also sort of in the program at a young age or did he just sort of come later on? My partner actually, you know, kind of helped him when he was young because Levitt Jay used to be incorporated at Carson, which was kind of where Lerner kind of had his, you know, beginnings. He was a little bit more, I guess I'll say, you know, his talent was Federation spotted, I guess you could say as to where Alex was kind of, you know, the guy on the outside a little figuring his own way. Lerner was kind of the guy that everybody kind of thought was, you know, the guy. Right. And so, you know, it's been fun kind of watching him, you know, see his transition, you know, from juniors to now, you know, kind of becoming, you know, the top of juniors, you know, winning Kalamazoo the last two years and his transition. It's been fun to see. So, you know, I've seen a lot of him out of the last, you know, two and a half to three years. So it's been, it's definitely been a different transition. I feel like, you know, it's a little bit fire and ice there. You know, Alex is the fiery one screaming a good bit and Lerner is the silent killer. So it's, they're definitely different, which I think, you know, is pretty refreshing and it's kind of cool to see them both have success in their own accord. So tell us about Tier 1 then. So how many courts, obviously you grew up, I mean, like, you know, I started in the park years ago, right? In Chicago Park, right? And now I got 27 courts. But tell us about Tier 1 performance now. Where are you? How many courts do you now have? How many kids are you serving? Yeah, we're in Newport Beach right now, which is great. Weather's nice. We have, right now, we're running our program out of only five ports. It's not that big. You know, we take a lot of pride in just kind of being individually, you know, development based. I feel like if you're in our program, you're going to have, you know, a good bit of time from the coaches. You're probably going to have a chance to hit with some of the top guys. We try to be really selective with who we kind of have. Just because in Southern California, it's really difficult to, you know, get your hands on a ton of courts. There's so many people in tennis. There's only a few clubs now. You know, pickleball, even at our club right now, you know, pickleball is booming. You know, so many people are playing. It's keeping clubs alive, which, you know, I think is nice. But at the same time, I would love to see, you know, a lot of tennis courts and tennis opportunity. But, you know, it is what it is. Yeah, man, pickleball is definitely taking over. You see clubs getting rid of one court, two courts, and they think that it's not that big of an impact. But I mean, two courts really makes a difference in terms of being able to spread kids out, get them more time, get more balls and more balls at the time. But it's, you know, I think in tennis, if we want to fight them off, we've got to market better and we've got to grow, right? They're in this growth sort of stage and we're sort of stagnant, you know, so it's not like we're not leaving the club with a lot of choices other than to diversify, you know what I mean? Right. Yeah, yeah, yeah, for sure. So, let me ask you that. So, you've obviously had two kids that are going on. What do you tell that next parent, whose kid's 14, right, may get to see learner Alex come to the academy and number one, they want to homeschool, right, or ask you whether or not they should homeschool or B, you know, whether or not they should choose to go to college or, you know, turn pro. How are you advising parents? Because I get the question all the time. Should we homeschool, right? Should we do whatever? And I always, you know, the answer is always, it depends. Yeah. But what would be your answer in terms of homeschooling to train? Well, look, I definitely think that if your primary goal is to be a tennis player and I think, you know, if you're an athlete and that's kind of what you want to do, I think there's a lot of benefit in homeschooling just because, you know, it enables you to travel. You know, if I get to the ITF level, you know, I need to be able to travel. Those tournaments start on Monday and they go through Friday. So, you know, if I'm in a regular school, if I'm a high school kid, you know, that's a pretty difficult life for me to be able to justify or to, you know, be able to get my excused absences and stuff like that. You know, we're definitely big. You know, if you show me a 14 and under kid and I feel like I had pretty good experience in this just because I saw a lot of kids from the age of 12 to 14, you know, I got to see an entire kind of generation out of SoCal and a lot of them were pretty good. You know, the one thing I think, you know, when you're 12, 13, 14 years old, I think the primary thing kind of for level, obviously it matters how you're doing it, but I think the primary thing is the repetition. You know, I saw a ton of kids where they had a bunch of practices and I knew that that kid probably, you know, had 30%, 40 % more time than some of the other kids. And, you know, sure enough, that kid is more competent at keeping the ball in play. You know, they're able, you know, they've just seen and touched more balls. So, you know, they're going to make more balls. I think it's a balance. I think it really depends on the parents. I think it really depends on the kid. And I think it depends on the environment that they'll be in if they are going to be homeschooled. You know, I will say that, you know, we've had a handful of kids kind of switch from high school to homeschooled and they're in our program. But I feel like there's still strong social aspects in our program. You know, all the boys are tight. They compete a lot. They, you know, I feel like they get their social, you know, they go to lunch. And just kind of our standards are really high. I think this past year we had five kids that graduated that all went to IVs. So, you know, it's totally possible whether you're homeschooled or whether you're in school, I think, to, you know, kind of pursue academic excellence. I think, you know, just because you're doing one thing and not the other, I don't think that that necessarily, you know, takes that away from you. I think tennis can open a ton of doors. And I think I kind of, you know, we've kind of seen that in the last few years. I've seen a lot more tennis kids choosing IV ever since 2020, I feel. I feel like the IVs have been pretty hot, especially for some blue chip players, which I think, you know, if you look prior to 2020, I think the percentages took a pretty drastic jump, which is interesting to see. Yeah, you know, it's funny, you know, in some markets you see people playing for the scholarship and in some other markets you see them playing for entrance, right, into the Princeton, the Harvards. And one of the myths, like, I think if you think about basketball or football, right, the better basketball football players are obviously choosing the SEC, right, Pac -12, whatever that is. But in tennis, you know, I think that, you know, your academics and your tennis have to be, like, at the top scale to go, just because you're not like a bad tennis player if you go to Harvard, you know what I mean? Like, the kid that goes to Harvard or makes the team probably could have gone to PCU, right, or Florida or whatever, you know what I mean? And so it is interesting to see the number of people who say, yes, I've spent 30 grand on tennis for the past eight years and I'm still willing to pay for college, right, because I got into Princeton, Harvard, Yale, etc. But I think it's a big myth where, you know, the United States is so basketball focused, we see Harvard basketball as, like, okay, that's everyone that didn't get chosen by the Illinois, the Wisconsin, the Michigan. And it's not the same, you know what I mean? Yeah, it's different for sure. So when you think about, like, the Ivies, right, you see a lot of kids go to East Coast and you think about, you know, COVID obviously changed something with the home school, you know, sort of situation. People who never considered that it was possible were like, okay, well, we've been living at home for a year and a half and doing online studies, it's not that bad, you know, they're more focused with their time. Did you see more people from families who you thought would not have done it try it post COVID? Yeah, definitely. I think the really popular thing that a lot of people are doing now is kind of a hybrid schedule, which I actually really like a lot. At least in California, I don't know if the schooling system is different everywhere else. I know it was different where I was from. But a lot of these kids, you know, they'll go to school from 8 to 1130 or 8 to 12. And, you know, they have their three hours where, you know, I don't know how they stagger their classes and stuff like that. But I know that pretty much every kid at every school in SoCal is at least able to do this if they so choose. And so they're able to get released around 12 or something. And, you know, they're able to be at afternoon practice and get a full block in. You know, for me, that still enables you to get the hours you need on court and to be able to maintain some of that social. And, you know, if you become, you know, really, really good, I guess, okay, by junior year, maybe you could consider, okay, maybe I should take this a little bit more seriously, maybe I should go full time homeschool. Or, you know, a lot of these kids are in a place where it's, you know, I'm comfortable with my tennis, I like where it's at, I feel like it'll give me opportunity in college. My grades are great. And, you know, maybe that person's a little more academically inclined. And, you know, they want to have a career and they feel like tennis is that great stepping stone. Which I think is a really cool thing about our sport is it just opens a tremendous amount of doors. I feel like if you figure out how to develop and be a good tennis player and how to compete well in tennis, you can you can apply that to almost everything in life. Yeah. So you talk about opening doors, right? When Alex or Lerner were sort of deciding whether to walk through door number one, which is college, or door number two, which is which is obviously turning pro. Right. How did you advise them? You know what I mean? If I say, hey, you know what? Take a couple wildcards. If you went around or two, maybe you go to college. If you win a tournament, maybe you stay out there. If an agency locks you into a deal, right? Then, you know, they normally know what good looks like and they normally have like the ear of the Nike, the Adidas, right? Then you turn pro. What was your advice in terms of if and when, right? Yeah. For those who ask. Well, they were both in different places. I'm gonna start with Lerner cuz he's younger. He actually, you know, did a semester in college. You know, Lerner finished high school, I think, when he was sixteen, sixteen and a half. And so, obviously, your eligibility clock starts, you know, six months after you finish your high school. So, for him, it was, you know, he was so young, he didn't really have much pro experience at that time. You know, he did great things in juniors. You know, he won Kalamazoo. He got his wild card into the men's that year and then, you know, he played a little bit of pro kind of and then, you know, that that January, he went in and and did a semester at USC which I think was a good experience for him socially. He had some eligibility problems which, you know, only let him play about five, six matches toward the end of the year which was kind of disappointing and then, you know, he won Kalamazoo again and so, you know, that was the second trip there and then, you know, by then, he had a little bit more exposure with, you know, agencies and brands and kind of, you know, the stuff that you'd like to see that'll actually give you the financial security to kind of, you know, chase your dream and pass up, you know, the the education, I guess, for the time being. So, you know, I felt like that was really the security was a big was a big thing for him. You know, prior to winning Kalamazoo for the second time, you know, he still had Junior Grand Slams to play. He wasn't playing men's events. So, for him being that age, you know, it was, well, you know, I'm I'm not in a massive rush so why not get a semester in and I think he had a great time. He really liked it. I mean, he he speaks pretty positively about the dual matches. He actually follows college tennis now a little bit more. You know, he will talk about some dual matches which I think is pretty cool and you know, I think it gave him some confidence getting to play for university, getting to represent, you know, seeing that university promotes you. I think there's a lot of benefits there and now, you know, he's got an alumni base. You know, people talk about all, you know, he's a USC Trojan and stuff like that. You know, you see it at all different tournaments. You know, guys are wearing a USC hat and, you know, hey, learner, da da da and you know, I think that that's pretty cool to be a part of, you know, a big family of people who are proud that, you know, they can say they played in the same place and then Alex. Alex was, you know, he was a little old for his grade and he was one that he committed and, you know, the whole time him and learner kind of, you know, talking and, you know, about going pro and da da da da. You know, obviously, it was their dream. You know, I just kept telling Alex, you know, I don't want to hear it. I don't want to hear it until, you know, it's a real problem and so, you know, he gets to 400 in the world and, you know, it's what you do. You get to 400. You know, it's good but at the end of the day, you know, you're not, your life's not changing because you're 400 in the world. You know, so he's 400 in the world and he's, you know, saying stuff to me and I'm like, I could not care less you're going to college and then it was, you know, this was probably in January, February, you know, he starts to kind of do a little bit better and I think at that point, I recognized that he was better than a lot of the guys kind of at the challenger level. You know, just from my perspective, I was seeing kind of what it was, what it was to be 300, what it was to be 200 and I think at that point, like February, March, I fully knew that he was good enough to be there and to be winning those matches but at the same time, you know, having financial security, having set, you know, all of those factors that kind of go into whether I'm going to pass up my education and go pro. You know, it's a big decision and so I remember we were putting it off. I just said, you know, nothing till US Open. I was like, we're not, we're not talking about college till US Open. I said, you know, when we get to US Open, you finish US Open, you have that exposure, you know, we see what happens in those two weeks and then, you know, then we'll kind of make a decision but until then, like, don't even think about it. Don't talk about it. Don't care. You're going to school and I think that mentality really helped him kind of just play free. He was, you know, I'm not playing to go pro. I'm trying to do my job in school, finish my high school. I'm going to tournaments, playing great, just trying to compete and, you know, lucky for him, you know, well, I guess it's not lucky at all. That kid worked his absolute tail off but, you know, he had that success in Chicago at your club and then, you know, he made that little Newport run and I think by then, that was his third or fourth former top 10 win and, you know, he won his challenger. He final the challenger. He'd semied another one. He had kind of shown and, you know, some people have gotten attention and they started believing in him and so then, you know, that's when that big decision kind of came but I feel like for him, he really established himself, improved himself amongst pros which I think is an interesting thing because a lot of the time when you see these juniors kind of go pro sub 18, a lot of the time, it's because they had tremendous junior success which then made them, you know, they had grand slam success and stuff like that but Alex didn't have any of that. You know, Alex was kind of the late bloomer that, you know, in the last year when he was already 18 and aged out of ITF, the kid really just took it to a new level and, you know, I think he really showed that he's kind of ready for what the tour has to offer.
Why the House Can't Pass a Defense Bill With Rep. Bryan Steil
"Brian Stile is from Wisconsin's first congressional district. He chairs the House administration committee. Good morning, Representative. Good to have you on. Good morning. Thanks for having me. Well, I've tried with Mike Gallagher. I've tried with Juan Siscamani, and they're both being diplomatic about the knucklehead caucus within the GOP caucus. Five members refuse to vote for the defense appropriations rule. They are Dan Bishop, Ralph Norman, Matt Rosendale, Andy Biggs, and my old friend Ken Buck. I can't figure it out, except that I've read that Ken's gonna take a contract with CNN. So maybe he thinks this adds a couple of zeros to his number. What is wrong with these people, the defense appropriations rule? Well, at the end of the day, it looks like we're going to be able to get that across the line today. So maybe Republicans in the House of Representatives are a little bit like the United States and World War Two, we're gonna have to try all alternatives until we finally come to the table and assist. It sounds like we're going to be able to get this bill across the line today. That's a really positive thing for our Defense Department, but also our country. Hopefully, we're successful in that this afternoon. Roy, I can't believe Matt Rosendale is anti -military. Dan Bishop wants to be the Attorney General of North Carolina. I don't know what's going on with Andy Biggs, but do they understand what it means not to fund the DOD? In making sure we get these priorities right in the Department of Defense bill is absolutely essential. We're having a broader conversation about spending and what those levels need to be. I think that's appropriate in some sense, but we got to make sure that we're moving the appropriations forward. process And the Republican -drafted Department of Defense bill is an amazing step forward to make sure we're protecting the United States of America, funding the United States military, and putting forward conservative policies while doing that. And so hopefully later today, this does pass.
A highlight from 1260. Stand With Crypto! | DO THIS NOW Before It's Too Late!
"All right, so we've got a lot happening in the area of regulation, and one of the things we'll be covering today is talking about Coinbase and their whole Stand With Crypto campaign. You guys are going to like this one, and it will also help you guys make your step into supporting the crypto events that are happening and, of course, the regulation itself. My name is Paul Baron. Welcome back to Tech Path. All right, so let's get into it today. I want to go into a couple of topics. This is all going to be about Coinbase and what they're doing to essentially fight for our rights to basically own and operate crypto. But before we get started, I do want to thank our sponsor, and today that is Tangem. If you guys are looking at doing self -custody, this is one of the tools you can do it with. They have a really interesting concept around self -custody. One of course, it's an NFC card. It has an app related to it, and it's very easy to use. So make sure and check out their website. If you go and decide to get one of these wallets, make sure and get the new card. This one comes out in October. There's a lot of new features and benefits. Check their Twitter for a lot of the updates. But you do get that one, and you can get the additional discount by just using our link down below. So make sure and check that out. It does help the channel out. All right, so let's get into a couple of topics today. One of the points I want to hit on is this right here, is that with regulatory scenarios really starting to heat up, the SEC has basically put out another shot across the bow, saying crypto chiefs now warns more charges coming to exchanges. And a couple of things that I think we have to be aware of is just how much the SEC is doing right now in terms of the major exchanges. The major exchanges, obviously we know about Coinbase and Binance. But what others are they trying to go into? Will we start to see actions in everything from KuCoin, etc., to potentially cause some more challenges in the exchange wars against the SEC? And the other aspect that you have to think about on this is the component around the regulation. All of this regulation is brewing now. We are in the heat of a lot of regulation coming up. In fact, right here, if you look at Patrick McHenry's website, I'll show you guys some of the bills that are going in front of a vote right now. The Power of the Mint Act, CBDC Anti -Surveillance State Act, and the Digital Dollar Prevention Act. This is basically all anti -CBDC. All of this, of course, will be going in for votes very quickly. We're going to try to do a video for you guys to cover this and give you the results of this as it starts to resolve here. So lots happening there around legislation. Now with legislation comes you and me going out and really letting our state representatives, our congressmen and women understand our position. I think one of the tools that I have found that is pretty effective is what Coinbase has done. So it's a call to action mobilizing 52 million crypto owners into an army of 1 million advocates for change. And I think if we get that many advocates for change and create enough awareness, I think this is definitely a significant program. Now what they've done is they're going after some key states here. And this will be Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, New Hampshire, Nevada, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, and of course, Wisconsin. These are key states in all of the primaries. And of course, in most cases, contribute a lot toward the potential next president. So this is a big deal of where this is going to be going on stand with crypto. So earlier this year, they took this research project on 87 percent of Americans believe the financial system needs changing. OK, I would agree with that. 51 percent of Americans believe that America's financial system does not work fairly for everyone. And I think that would make sense based on just the demographic cut that we're already starting to see. And then 63 percent of crypto owners agree that the system unfairly favors powerful interest. That I think has been all about the evolution of what's happened here in America, especially on the business interest side. Forty percent of those who own digital assets do not do so to remit money across borders to help family members. So this is another thing that a lot of people are utilizing this to really handle their everyday function of just being able to support families outside the United States. This is a big deal. 72 percent of the 18 to 34 is believe crypto gives people direct control over their money. This is another area that is going to be very interesting for a lot of our lawmakers. And the reason is because when you look at the 18 to 34, this essentially is the next demographic that's going to run the country. It's also the next demographic that is going to do most of the powerful purchasing for companies etc. We talked to a lot of brands and this is a big category in terms of demographic. 52 million Americans own crypto. There's some of the data that they pulled from this research. Five times more than own an EV. That's pretty interesting.
A highlight from Bob Burnett: Block Space Scarcity and the Need For Layer 2s to Scale
"If we believe Bitcoin adoption is going to follow the path that we all, I think, are here believing in, then mathematically, it means that there isn't room for everybody. Welcome to the Coin Stories podcast, where we get to explore the future of money, business, technology and Bitcoin's revolutionary promise to boost economic prosperity around the world and mend our broken financial system. I'm Natalie Brunell, and I'm here to learn with you. This podcast is for educational and entertainment purposes only. None of the discussions should constitute as official investment advice, and you should always do your own research. Please make sure to subscribe to the show so you don't miss out on any new episodes. This podcast is made possible through partnerships with companies I trust, and I'm very picky about who I choose to partner with, so I hope you take the time to listen to ad reads throughout the show. Thanks for joining me. If you like this type of content and want to see more of it, make sure to hit that like button. All right, it's time for the show. Welcome back for another episode, everyone. I'm really excited about this episode because we're going to learn a lot about block space and block scarcity. Here with me is CEO of Barefoot Mining, Bob Burnett. Bob, thank you so much for joining me. Oh, my pleasure, Natalie. Great to see you. Your presentation at Bitblock Boom kind of blew me away because it is something that I have not thought about. I knew that the mempool, the memory pool of transactions was pretty clogged, and there were a lot of transactions waiting to be confirmed, but everything that you shared about block space and this other type of scarcity that Satoshi created with Bitcoin, it was just kind of mind -blowing and a little worrisome, so I'm excited to get into that. But first, let's set the scene here and talk a little bit about who you are, how you came to this space. You're originally from the Midwest like me, so I want to hear a little bit about your background, your upbringing, and I bet your gateway, computer journey is pretty interesting, so let's go to the beginning. Where are you from and what did you do early on? Well, thank you, Natalie. Yeah, I'm from Wisconsin originally. I grew up in a town called Kenosha, Wisconsin. I was fortunate as a young guy to have some great teachers, and, you know, luckily too, I think I was somewhat blessed in terms of just having a lot of mathematical and scientific inclinations, and so I had a teacher, his name was Cornelius Fowler, and he kind of took me under his wing in the late 70s, and so he started getting me programming on computers at that time, and that kind of led to a passion for computing, but computing then was very different than it is now, and so I ended up going to University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and getting a degree in computer engineering, and then came out of school, and again, Fortune smiled. I went to work in Chicago in your hometown for a company called Xena, which at the time was a very large TV brand. Yeah, I remember the building near me in the suburbs. Yes, Milwaukee off of Milwaukee Avenue off of 294.
Meet New Chicago Fire Wife Krista Harkin: Navigating the Ups and Downs
"We are talking to a newer firewife, Krista Harkin. Krista is a mother of two, a proud firewife and a powerhouse in Chicago's real estate scene. She leads one of the city's top real estate teams. Krista's journey into the firefighting lifestyle is a relatively recent one, but it didn't take long for her to grasp the profound reality of what it means to be married to a firefighter. Shortly after her husband graduated from the Chicago Fire Academy, his engine company faced the heart wrenching loss of one of their own in the line of duty. It was a life altering experience that left a lasting impact on their family. But the challenges didn't stop there. Just months later, Krista's family encountered an unexpected medical emergency that forced her husband into a six month long medical leave. These unforeseen events brought about significant changes in both her work and family life. However, they also offered her a unique perspective. Krista now deeply understands the importance of letting go of what cannot be controlled, especially when confronted with the unexpected obstacles that inevitably come with the firefighting life. Krista's journey took an intriguing turn when her husband introduced her to our podcast. Listening to the show, she found comfort in hearing the stories of other women who shared her experiences, assuring her that there is a strong community of support for firefighting families spanning across the nation. Furthermore, Krista gained a newfound appreciation for the vast differences between wildland firefighting and city firefighting. With this fresh perspective and a desire to connect with others who share her journey, Krista is here to share her own story. We believe her experiences and insight resonate deeply with many of our listeners, providing a unique and valuable connection in the world of firefighting and the challenges it brings to families like hers. So without further ado, let's delve into Krista's inspiring journey and the invaluable lessons she's learned along the way. Welcome, Krista. Thank you so much. Thanks for the introduction and for having me. So tell us a little bit more about your family background, how long your firefighter has been with the department. So relatively newer as a fire wife and fire mom. My husband graduated from the academy in 2021. So just about almost going on the fourth year now. And we have two kids ages four and two. So your hubby started in 21 in the middle of pandemic. Yes. Yeah. It was super fun. So it was tough, honestly. I mean, obviously none of us knew how long it was going to last. Chicago was pretty strict with the lockdowns right away. And, you know, in real estate, it was a very busy time, which was great career wise. And also we were adapting to the shifts of everything. So, you know, that was very busy. I was also pregnant and had a two year old. And at that time, let's see, I guess he was in the academy right when COVID hit, so 2020. And then he graduated 2021. So he was gone pretty much every day, going to the academy for 2020 while I was home working with, you know, being pregnant and having our other child. And I was pretty isolated, honestly. We did everything with work via Zoom. And especially with my team, we're very, very connected, almost like a second family. So that was a big emotional switch for me. I'm just a person that needs to be around people. I need to have that connection and a vibe off of other people's energy. So it was tough. It was tough Okay. Tell us what it's like in a big city department, like Chicago Fire. We were just talking about this off the air. Chicago still has the, you know, you have to live within so many miles to actually be in the department, which we don't have that out here. There's no way. It's not possible. So give us like a little breakdown of how Chicago Fire operates. Sure. Yeah. So it's, I mean, it's pretty strict rules. Like when he first got into the academy, there was actually somebody that came out to our house and made sure that we lived in the city grounds, came into our house, looked at everything in our house. It was pretty crazy. I had no idea that that was going to happen. I didn't know what to expect there. And then from there on, it was just pretty much known. And I mean, my husband did give me a heads up on that, but you know, we also never knew when exactly he would get called. I think he signed up for the list maybe like seven years ago or something. And so, you know, part of us were like, well, he might not ever get called because you can't get called past 40 years old. But then he did, he got called right in the start of COVID. And, you know, we just knew from there that he was going to accept it and go through it and graduate and be a firefighter in Chicago. And we were going to have to stay in the city for forever, pretty much. So that was definitely another mind shift for me and something I had to adapt to because I'm from Wisconsin. And I think somewhere in the back of my head, I was like, I think maybe we'll move back to Wisconsin and, you know, be closer and be out of the city life. But, yeah, it's not going to happen.
A highlight from Exploring Art, Laughter and Resilience with Illustrator, Jason Seiler!
"Y en ese hombre, hold another bottle. Look a little closer, cigar and Moscato. An actor in improv coming from Chicago. Auto, make way for Paul Vato. Bravo, and welcome everybody to another episode of Palo Alto Presents. And today my very special guest is Jason Seiler, who, judging by your Instagram, instagram .com slash Seiler pants, you make pants. Oh yeah, yeah, I got mostly made in Wisconsin, yeah. Wisconsin, Wisconsin, China, Jaina, Jaina. No, it's Seiler Paints, Paints. Seiler Paints, I think I got the wrong guy. I need a pair of pants and I thought you could hook me up with a pair of pants, nevermind. Folks, I'm just kidding, of course. I'm not the pants guy. I'm not a pants guy either, now in the time of Zoom calls and COVID and whatnot. No need to wear pants. No. My guest is Jason Seiler, who paints. He's an illustrator, he's an artist. He does caricatures. He's done the cover of Time Magazine various times with people like the Pope. And who was your other cover that you did? I've done Trump and Pelosi and a bunch of other political people, Biden and Kamala, person of the year. I think I've done about 10 covers for Time. That is amazing, congratulations. So I thought I'd spend a few minutes talking to Jason about his art, talking to him about his standup comedy. And we have a connection in the world of standup comedy as well as the Chicago connection. So folks, please give Jason a very warm round of applause. And thank you, Jason, so much for being here. Thank you, thank you. Oh, nothing better than claps and laughter. That must be so different, the fact that you're getting claps and laughter on stage. Sure, that's almost not in fact, but that when you're painting or drawing it's such a solitude thing, that you go from one world to the other where you're very solitary and concentrating. Not that you don't in standup, but you're not getting that immediate reaction until afterwards while standup, you're getting it right away. You're getting the applause, you're getting the laughs and all that. And the groans. Well, a reaction is a reaction. I love it. Have you got any groans for your artwork? Oh yeah, yeah, I was just about to say, I do get reactions pretty quickly when I share work. It's kind of funny, because I have done a lot of political type work, but I can't stand politicians. The left or the right, they're all lunatics as far as I'm concerned. So I have no problem illustrating for anybody, because I don't have a horse in the race really. I don't worship politicians, let's put it that way. Every once in a while I'll paint a certain politician and I'm trying to take care of my family. It's my job, I'm painting to somebody and I will get the nastiest messages from people just angry so that I, how dare you even work for that publication or draw that person or whatever it is. I've gotten pretty serious. One time I painted the president of Iran, this was years ago and I got some serious, nasty messages from people trying to curse my family and writing me crazy things. I actually even got a care package in the mail from Iran. This was like 15 years ago and it freaked me out so much because it was just after I got all these threats. So I gave it to the police and to the FBI in Chicago. I just told my story and they took it and they came and got it, I don't even know what was in it. And then maybe, I don't know, like a month later, I got a call and they told me it was mixed nuts. It was a bag of mixed nuts. I thinking was that there was maybe gonna be like, man, those are some delicious Persian cookies. Yeah. But sorry, you didn't want, but same thing, mixed nuts. But then I found out from someone from Iran that that's actually like a gift of love or whatever, like that's a common thing to be, so it was probably a fan, but it still weird me out. I was like, okay, I don't know. People are saying death to you and your family, here's some nuts, enjoy. Maybe they thought you had a peanut allergy, so maybe it wasn't. He's American, send him some gluten, that'll kill him. Send him some gluten and a shoe. We couldn't throw it at you, but here it is. No, until somebody's paying your mortgage and your rent or your bills, they can't exactly tell you how to do it, but that's the thing, you're not a hypocrite. You're only going like, oh, I'm only drawing Republicans or I'm only drawing Democrats. You're going across the board and all showcasing your beautiful talents and artwork, so you can't let that, of course, stop you, and it hasn't, so that's wonderful. It is a little bit tricky because there's some artists that I know that only will work for the left, and then they criticize me if I do anything for a right -wing publication. But the thing is that I don't illustrate something if I don't, if it's over the line in any way that I don't, otherwise, mostly it's just like, whatever. There's a story about this person and I'm just doing a painting of them. Chill out. I'm recording history, okay? This is something that is happening right now, and whether you like it or not, that person exists, and recording I'm history with my painting. That's basically, and I'm also taking care of my family and doing what I love, so chill out. Yeah, agreed, and that is 100%. You're not doing the political commentary. No. You're just doing a painting for whatever article that is, be it right, left, so no, I don't think that you should ever, of course, need to explain yourself. I know that we're just dialoguing, but no, you can't listen to what other people say. And then, I'm friends with a pretty well -known cartoonist and he's very left -wing. His name's Lalo Alcaraz. He's an award -winning cartoonist, and I co -hosted the show Pocha Hour of Power with him on KPFK in LA, as you know, that's very left -wing radio. And he, you know, he'll go at both sides, but he really, of course, goes after the right, and especially Trump and whatnot, but I think he would appreciate your work because we also know people on both sides of the aisle, and yeah, that's just incredible. You're taking shit from all sides. And even in comedy, too, like I don't really get into politics too much in comedy because it just divides the room right away, but I like to make fun of myself or kind of make fun of both sides at the same time, you know what I mean? Like making fun of Trump and Biden together, you know what I mean? Like that's more fun to me, like if it's a fun joke, but yeah, it's different with the illustration because it's, you know, a client will call me and tell me like someone they want me to paint. They'll tell me the story. If it's a caricature -type editorial illustration where they're like wanting me to draw a situation, if it was something that I didn't agree with, I just wouldn't do it, and I've done that before. I'm like, eh, I don't really want to do that. And that's fine. They'll find someone else. But mostly it's just in the last three years or so with the heightened wokeness thing that's been going on where people are seeing them being a little bit more sensitive about things, that caricature, which is what I've been doing since I was like nine, 10 years old, has not been used as much in editorial work. And I've actually been called out a few times now for doing caricature that I'm a bully, that it's mean, and that they're like, how could you do that to people? And it's just like, it's ridiculous. And it's funny because it really, the caricature illustration and comedy, it's always been like very similar to me. The difference is when I do comedy, people go to the show to see comedy. So I actually feel like I have way more freedom to express myself. And it's like, hey, shut the fuck up. You decided to come to a comedy show. So get over it. But like with the art, it's like you're kind of just putting it out there and then anybody feels like they can say and they know what they want. And now everyone has access to tell you what they think. So it's a - Of course, of course. Yeah, everyone's got a platform. Now you're saying that you're being called a bully or you might be because you're exaggerating features of people's faces? Because I think that's what caricature is, correct? I mean - Oh yeah. There's been people that take it in that way, that like, I've been called a bully basically, which is kind of crazy. Cause it's like, they look at what I'm doing as super mean or that's like insensitive or racist or whatever, just as like, because of how I draw somebody and it's like, no, that's what they look like. It looks more like them than a photo sometimes. A good caricature. It really can capture someone's essence. But I've definitely noticed in the last few years, this shift in this, like people are like walking on eggshells about everything. So - Yeah. We especially notice it in comedy or satire and whatnot, you know, but I hear you. So keep fighting the good fight. Now you mentioned you take commissions. Now, if I wanted you to draw either myself or something for a book, that's a project that you would possibly take on, you would consider? Oh yeah. Yeah. I'm a freelance artist. So if you have monies, I provide the honeys. You know? Yeah. Yeah. Because I was going to offer, you know, I'd love for you to draw me. It'll bring you great exposure. I feel like a lot of people make that offer. Like, oh please, you know, do work for me. And you'll get a good exposure. So sorry, but I can't tell that to my mortgage company or my landlord. Do you charge different rates, say for individuals versus like corporations, like to draw the cover of Time Magazine, do you have a set rate? Is it the same as other artists? And you know, if this is proprietary knowledge, then by all means, you don't have to share it. But I think people would be very interested to know what can an artist make? Obviously you've dedicated what, 20 plus years to your craft? Well, yeah, I mean, it's different how it works. Because basically from magazine to magazine, the way it works usually is they have like a set amount for cover or for spot illustrations, inside the illustrations. And they offer you the job, you either take it or you don't. You know, so that's usually how that works. And a magazine cover can be anywhere from, you know, 1 ,800 to 2 ,800 to 3 ,500. It depends on who it is. And then it varies for different other projects. Like I recently did background paintings for an upcoming Disney movie. And that was different. That was more of, I got paid every two weeks. And so I had a set amount where I was paid. And so it's never the same. Like sometimes I do, sometimes for clients or for private commissions, I'll do a day rate, you know, which is usually I'll charge like 1 ,000 to 1 ,200 for a day rate. And so it just depends on what the project is and also, especially if it's a private commission, I usually, I ask for like half upfront for something like that. And then because I'm also taking on, you know, editorial work while I'm doing that, you know, so it really just depends. That's, it's not, there's not like a set thing. Yeah, I mean, and it's different also for, because when I do my editorial work, I work digitally, but when I do private commissions, well, I also work digitally for that as well, but sometimes I'll do oil paintings, gouache or things like that. Those will cost a lot more because they're traditional and they're huge and they take a long time. So that's, you know, again, it's all over the place. So it depends on what it is. Like if it's an album cover, let's say I've done a few album covers before, that can be a lot more than like a book cover or, but in the industry itself, there's not like a set thing, you know. Wonderful, well, thank you for sharing because I think that we get a lot of listeners that are getting into the arts or enjoy the arts or artists themselves. And I think that's one of the important things is, you know, monetization and can I make a living at this? So thank you for being free with your information and sharing, so much appreciated. And then how did you get into standup comedy? It's kind of crazy, but we kind of have a connection. You mentioned Steve Byrne before, but basically, so I've always wanted to do comedy. Ever since I was a little kid, I know he's not so popular right now, but Bill Cosby was my favorite comedian. When I was a kid, I would watch it over and over and over again. And as I got older, I just, you know, every comedian show I could see, I would watch. Saturday Night Live, anything comedy. And then of course I was really into Mad Magazine and that kind of stuff. So it's always been a huge part of my life. And I've always, I wasn't really like a class clown. I was definitely a weird, quirky artist guy that loved to make people laugh. And I would be silly with my friends and I always wanted to get people to laugh. Like it was, I would, you know, whether I was like walking, I used to sometimes for just for fun, I would walk around my high school like Charlie Chaplin. And I would just do the Chaplin walk for hours. Like I was just weird, I don't know. Like I've always just loved comedy. And then as I got older, I moved to Chicago when I was 18 and I joined, I was in a bunch of punk bands and metal, like hardcore bands really. And so I spent years touring and putting out albums with bands. And then eventually I quit and focused like on my art full time.
A highlight from Swing State Update with Tyler Bowyer and Austin Smith
"Hey, feeling unsure about your finances these days? You're not alone. That's why Noble Gold Investments is here to help. Just hear it straight from the people who they've helped. The Noble crew walked me through everything with no stress. With their help, I could finally sleep easy at night. And now this month, Noble Gold Investments is handing out a free 5 -ounce silver America the Beautiful coin if you qualify for an IRA. Invest in gold and silver with Noble Gold Investments. Go to noblegoldinvestments .com right now. That is noblegoldinvestments .com right now. Hey everybody, a bonus episode this weekend. Conversation that I had with Austin Smith and Tyler Boyer for their podcast episode called Swing State Update. It comes out once a week. It's all about Arizona, Georgia, Wisconsin. You guys should subscribe to the podcast. It's really great. I come on for a couple minutes here and they're doing it. Brought to you by Turning Point Action, tpaction .com. So subscribe to Swing State Update. Enjoy this conversation with Austin Smith and Tyler Boyer. And send us your thoughts. Freedom at charliekirk .com. Again, it's called Swing State Update. Give it a subscribe on your favorite podcast platform and make it a weekly listen. They do a great job. Buckle up, everybody. Here we go. Charlie, what you've done is incredible here. Maybe Charlie Kirk is on the college campuses. I want you to know we are lucky to have Charlie Kirk. Charlie Kirk's running the White House, folks. I want to thank Charlie. He's an incredible guy. His spirit, his love of this country. He's done an amazing job building one of the most powerful youth organizations ever created, Turning Point USA. We will not embrace the ideas that have destroyed countries, destroyed lives, and we are going to fight for freedom on campuses across the country. That's why we are here. Welcome to episode number two of Swing State Update here with Tyler Boyer and Austin Smith, who is actually remote today in Wisconsin. Not just doing the work that's necessary in Wisconsin to win, but also celebrating his soon to be brother -in -law's wedding. So, Austin, you here? You here with us? I'm happy to be here. Episode two, and we've got the Charlie Kirk with us for Swing State Update. What's up, guys? Love the show. Love the success of it. Hopefully, we can pour some gasoline on it. And most importantly, I love the focus on the three states. I think we're finally getting people to wake up, and you guys are doing great on that. So thrilled to be here. So we want to lead off today with the great Charlie Kirk, who obviously we work together with every single day, out in the field, out in the trenches, trying to save the country, particularly in these three states that we're focused on predominantly, but all the swing states where Turning Point Action has been. And I want to preface this by saying this. When I met Charlie Kirk for the first time about a decade ago, which is a crazy thing to think about, right, Charlie? That's been a whole decade. You're pretty old. It's been 10 years. It's just really something. It's crazy. But when I first met Charlie, the thing about Charlie that most people get when they get a chance to meet him is they understand that he's a person that's actually doing these things for the right reasons. And I'll never forget the moment I met Charlie, actually not far from the border of Wisconsin, is negative 20 degrees outside. And it was literally freezing. The that coldest an Arizona boy could possibly be. And I remember meeting Charlie for the first time in person and going, wow, this is a person that I can get behind. This is a person that I can work with to actually do the things that are necessary to save the Republic. And I'll never forget that. And that's a really important moment. So with that preface here, we wanted to jump in, talk to Charlie, have a few minutes to talk about a number of different issues, but specifically what's happening here in Arizona, the battle that Charlie has helped ignite with Arizona State University. That's the most recent, which is such a pleasure. And from there, so Charlie, thanks for being here. Yeah, thank you, Tyler. I love doing stuff together. And Turning Point Action is becoming a beast, just so everyone in the audience knows. It's becoming a real beast, tpaction .com. Austin, you were our first hire at Turning Point Action. And just seeing what's happening, it's really great. And look, I get asked, we get asked all the time, Tyler and Austin, how do we save the country? How do we save the country? Look, our founding fathers gave us a gift, the Electoral College. We don't have to save Manhattan yet. We don't have to save Malibu yet. Seven counties, basically like precincts in three states, Arizona, Wisconsin, Georgia. And I think we are so focused. We are so with precision, really looking at how we make a difference. So yeah, look, honored to be here. And the Arizona thing is really fun coming up. Boy, what is the date? Is that the 27th? I think, right, Austin? Twenty seven. Yes. Twenty seventh. Yes, I have it right with Dennis Prager. I got so many dates at Arizona State University. We have Health, Wealth and Happiness 2 .0. The original, of course, we we came to ASU back in the spring and 30 professors signed all these letters saying that Prager and Kirk shouldn't be allowed on campus. And Austin, it turned in this whole fight legislatively, you know, at the Capitol. And now we're like, OK, we're coming back. And so I don't think Mr. Crow is very happy that we're coming back. But so be it. And it's really kind of turned into this major free speech thing, hasn't it, Austin? It's funny because so we were even, you know, in session when Charlie and Dennis Prager did the original health and wellness thing and everybody heard about it. The liberals on campus had their panties in a wad, all this stuff. And they're the racist, sexist, blah, blah, blah. Everything right now. And so actually, you know, staff got fired for it just by freedom of association. And so we had that whole ad hoc committee regarding freedom of expression at Arizona universities. I was on it, got appointed. I was one of three Republicans from the House, and we had Prager and some of these other people that were involved at ASU go do that committee at the House. And if you would be so shocked about how ASU and all these other universities, they just they flat out lie about how actually don't support free speech, freedom of expression, all that good stuff. So we're happy that Charlie and Dennis Prager are going back because it's going to be a lot more fun now that we know ASU is kind of on the ropes about it. And the Board of Regents have consistently, you know, said that we can't do anything about it. They're doing everything they need to. They're liars. It's going to be a good time. It's going to be a good time, and we're going to have fun. Austin, let's set this up for a minute, too, just to revamp. So for those of you that are across the country that don't know, Charlie and Dennis showed up to ASU to speak, invited by one of the official arms of ASU to do this event. It was the Lewis Center, which is actually supported by T .W. Lewis, who is one of the bigger home builders across the country. And T .W. Lewis is a conservative, is a person, at least a free speech supporter. And T .W. Lewis, Tom Lewis, I believe is his first name that supports the center at ASU, has given millions of dollars to universities and including a commitment, a gift that was planned on being a future hundreds of thousands of dollars and millions of dollars in the future. And as soon as this happened, you know, Charlie, I don't know if you, I think you recently sat down with Mr. Lewis. Did you not? Yeah. And we had a great chat. And he's pulled all this funding now from the university because of what happened back in the spring. And it was so outrageous. It wasn't just that the professor said that we don't like Dennis and Charlie. It's that we don't want them to be able to set foot on campus. And so, but so then we see you. Yeah. So then we put it to this. I haven't I actually never talked about this publicly. So this next part, you're going to love this, Tyler. So we put all the professors on professorwatchlist .org. And then I get a personal letter from Crow, the president of ASU saying, okay, we let you on campus. I demand you take all of our professors off professorwatchlist or else you or else or else you put me on. He says, or else you have to put me on. So I just was like, forget it. This is so stupid. So and so he's literally saying like, I demand you take off all of our because obviously all the professors were like going and complaining to him like, oh, we're complaining. We're complaining. You know, it's just it's just unbelievable. So wait. So we didn't put President Crow on professorwatchlist? No, no, not yet. We can we should. Yeah, you should do that.
A highlight from The Fallacy of Limitations
"Lots of channels. Nothing to watch. Especially if you're searching for the truth. It's time to interrupt your regularly scheduled programs with something actually worth watching. Salem News Channel. Straightforward, unfiltered, with in -depth insight and analysis from the greatest collection of conservative minds. Like Hugh Hewitt, Mike Gallagher, Sebastian Gorka, and more. Find truth. Watch 24 -7 on SNC .TV and on Local Now, Channel 525. Hey, everybody. What is the limiting belief of the conservative movement? We dive into that and reflect on a very candid episode here on The Charlie Kirk Show. Make sure you're subscribed and listen to the end of this episode for a special announcement. Also, email me your thoughts, as always, freedom at charliekirk .com. That's freedom at charliekirk .com. Subscribe to our podcast by opening up your podcast application and typing in Charlie Kirk Show. And get involved with Turning Point USA at tpusa .com. That is tpusa .com. Buckle up, everybody. Here we go. Charlie, what you've done is incredible here. Maybe Charlie Kirk is on the college campus. I want you to know we are lucky to have Charlie Kirk. Charlie Kirk's running the White House, folks. I want to thank Charlie. He's an incredible guy. His spirit, his love of this country. He's done an amazing job building one of the most powerful youth organizations ever created, Turning Point USA. We will not embrace the ideas that have destroyed countries, destroyed lives, and we are going to fight for freedom on campuses across the country. That's why we are here. Brought to you by the loan experts I trust, Andrew and Todd at Sierra Pacific Mortgage at andrewandtodd .com. I have the greatest job on the planet. I get fulfillment, purpose in what I do. Not only do I get three hours with you every single day, three podcasts a day, reaching millions of people, social media and podcasting. I also, of course, my continued and original passion is running Turning Point USA and Turning Point Action. At Turning Point USA, we have hundreds of full -time staffers working on high school and college campuses across the country, Turning Point Action. We are staffing up and staffing up 60 to 70 full -time people and getting even more. As you know, we have our ballot chasing operation. And as part of my duties as founder and CEO of Turning Point USA and Turning Point Action, I have to raise a fair amount of money. And I don't mind it. You know, the Lord has blessed us significantly. I kind of cringe at times when people are too hard on this idea of donors. There are some amazing donors in the conservative movement. We are evidence of that at Turning Point USA. Donors that get it, donors that are based, donors that are driven, donors that are filled with faith and conviction. That's not a majority of all the quote unquote donors. There's plenty that don't get it. And on this program, we're able to deliver predictions, insight that I think other shows aren't because we're in the grassroots. I give hundreds of speeches a year. Tonight, we're doing an event with Riley Gaines at Dream City Church in Phoenix, Arizona. This weekend, I'm giving a couple speeches in Lubbock, Texas at a church. So I talked to the grassroots. I talked to pastors. But I also have an interesting wrinkle as well that I think we're able to offer on this program that other programs aren't. I talked to the people in the high society, the Republican Party. Senators, consultants, chiefs of staff, and the more moderate wing of donors, if you will. So I get a 360 degree multidimensional view of the American right. I'm very blessed by that. And so I kind of have to weigh it, depending on what room I'm in. I just read the temperature. I always ask more questions than not because people know what I believe. If they ask me questions, I answer them. But let me just watch the show. So I'm always interested. I just kind of pepper with questions. What are you seeing? What are you hearing? What are you doing? And it's so interesting. With some donors, again, we have some amazing donors at Turning Point. So I'm going to just put that off to the side. But some donors where I'm not... Let's just say they're not exactly simpatico with all of our views here on The Charlie Kirk Show, especially if they are not sympathetic for Trump, which is fine. I mean, I'm not here to say you have to love Trump. You have to understand what's happening. But there was one conversation recently that I want to fill you in on. That I think is something that is a big danger, and it's not isolated to just a particular person. I think it's all throughout the leadership of the Republican Party. And it was a conversation that I had recently with a moderate donor, and we get along well. And you hear me talk about these conversations frequently because I have them. I'm raising money all the time, trying to raise $100 million to go chase ballots in Arizona, Wisconsin, and Georgia, the stuff the Republican establishment should be doing. Literally, when I'm done with this program, I go into my office, eat something quickly. I'm just working the phones, working the phones. Zoom call, phone call, zoom call, phone call, zoom call, phone call. I love it. It gives life purpose. But this one conversation recently, I think, accurately depicts one of the issues facing the American right. And I call it the fallacy of limits. What is a limiting belief? A limiting belief is a story that you tell yourself. We all have limiting beliefs. And if you're honest with yourselves, when you pray, when you meditate, when you reflect, when you ruminate, you identify your limiting belief and you try to challenge it. A limiting belief holds you back. And it holds you back from becoming who or what you are meant to be. These beliefs limit us from reaching our fullest potential. They're often subconscious, by the way. They're very rarely identified in your normal thought pattern or in your words. But when you find them, you're like, wow, I was living under the tyranny of a limiting belief. I was also not as free, happy, joyful as I possibly could have been. We don't even know that until somebody points them out to us. Typically, limiting beliefs are identified externally. A friend, a pastor, a priest, a rabbi, a parent, a spouse, they say, you realize that your limiting belief is I don't have time to work out. Or my limiting belief is I can never lose weight. Or my limiting belief is X, Y, Z, X, Y, Z. Now, Tony Robbins talks about this a lot. Tony Robbins writes about this. He's not a political guy. He's one of the most influential authors and speakers. I've benefited a lot from his teachings. Maybe you like him, maybe you don't. The point is he talks a lot about limiting beliefs. I think he's right on. What is the limiting belief or the fallacy of limits in the high society of the American right? I'm hearing it more and more and more. And it goes something like this. Oh, the left, they're going to back off soon. They've overreached, and they're going to back off. That the left is going to realize that they've gone too far, that they're too radical, that they're too fringe, and they're just going to kind of go backwards. Now, the more I hear this, and we've touched on this before, it's very important. You have to understand that many of these people saying this are in their 70s and 80s. Obviously, nothing wrong with that. But they remember a country that is dead, and it's very hard for them to reconfigure, to reanalyze, reorient that they're in a different atmosphere than the one they grew up in. I sympathize with that. I really do. I'm 29 years old, and the country I grew up in is completely different. Completely different. Our federal government now says men give birth, we don't have a border. I mean, the stuff that we now accept as normal was considered radical, unthinkable, a laugh or a joke when I was in fifth or sixth grade. So it's even worse if you're 70 or 80 years old. You're looking around and you say, what on earth is going on? However, the limiting belief that still exists is not just that, oh, the country is going to solve itself, it's that there's some sort of autocorrect mechanism built in to the American people. That's what I hear a lot. It's like, oh, Charlie, never underestimate the American people's ability to self -correct. What are we, like an autonomous vehicle? What kind of crazy fallacy is that, that we're just going to kind of automatically reorient back to where we need to be? No, it takes effort. That's an act of the will. It needs to be deliberate. It needs to be intentional. You have to be persuasive. That just doesn't happen by some sort of magical force of the natural law.
Caller: Playing the Worst Hand Possible the Best Way
"Not asking it's whatever it's what everybody just so you know i will be on a number of fox programs and a number of our wonderful affiliates all across the web westward one family but in any event go ahead ahead moses what did you have for us and thank you by the way so now i got a couple of points i'd love to your thoughts on mark so with regard to the 2020 election the way that the messaging and the framing of the election irregularities is being put out there i think it's wrong it's not about fraudulent ballots that's a separate category it's about the process and the illegal collection of legal ballots and the one thing that i would love to see because i'm a poker player so even though i hate what's happening to the former president this is about playing the worst hand possible the best way so in all cases these that were presented back in 2020 in which the former president lost because of latches because of merit because of he now has the proper forum to present everything and now there actually are a few cases in which the actual the republic is actually one in the supreme of the state supreme court of Wisconsin over there that court ruled that the manner in which the democrat county clerks administered the election in respect to ballot boxes that was unconstitutional same thing happened in Michigan with the secretary of state with respect to signature verification guidance that was also ruled unconstitutional another thing that should happen too is that every witness that actually testified before the senate homeland security committee back in 2020 it was chaired by Ron Johnson I believe it was attorney troopers you actually back a few years ago played a segment of his opening testimony he actually presented the case in the state supreme court of Wisconsin in which the Democrats violated and circumvented voter ID laws with being indefinitely confined and I believe that your wife was involved with the case that Patricia McCulloch in Pennsylvania I believe
A highlight from Why Wellness and Alcohol Do Not Mix and the New Consciousness in Corporate Team Building with Heather Lowe
"Welcome back to Energetically You, where we talk about all things optimal wellness, abundant mindset and wealth ownership. I'm your host, Megan Swan, a wellness coach and consultant and the founder of the Sustainable Integrated Wellness Approach. I help high performance women thread more wellness into their lifestyle so that it becomes a way of life and not a checkmark on their to do list. I design custom approachable wellness lifestyles because there is no one size fits all wellness. Today, I'm so excited to interview Heather Lowe. She is the founder of Ditched the Drink, a wellness company dedicated to helping professionals move away from alcohol and towards their highest selves. Heather is a certified professional life and recovery coach, certified addiction awareness facilitator and the director of marketing consumer products for the International Center of Addiction Recovery Education, acronym I -CARE. Driven by her education as a bachelor of social work and a professional of human resources, Heather provides content, knowledge, coaching and education to individuals and organizations. Heather is passionate about coaching, connecting people with alcohol free resources and creating a positive, sober community. Heather shares the bright side of sobriety as an influencer in the social media sober space at Ditched the Drink on Instagram. Heather's writing has been published in Thrive Global, Monument, Tempest, The Fix, Mashable, Corporate Wellness Magazine, Employee Benefit News and more. She has been featured on many podcasts, including Recovery Happy Hour, Redesigning Wellness and Decidedly Dry. She lives in Chicago's western suburbs as a proud girl mom of two teenage daughters, Lily and Charlotte, her husband Darren of 20 plus years and their adorable black and white cocker spaniel, Rocky. Heather is a voracious reader, a newish hiker and a seasoned yogi. For more, visit her website, ditchedthedrink .com. Welcome, Heather. I'm so excited for this conversation. I'm a huge fan of your work and I was reading the in -depth bio you have on your website and I feel like we have a lot of synchronicity going on here. So let's dive in. First of all, welcome. How are you? Awesome. Thank you so much. I'm just like thrilled with the opportunity to speak with you and your audience. And our topic is, of course, my favorite thing to talk about. So thank you so much. Amazing. Well, one thing I haven't talked about that recently on the podcast, but actually one of my opening episodes was really focusing on the mummy wine culture and that sort of very deep rooted narrative there is in society that, you know, kind of motherhood or parenthood goes with socially appropriate de -stressers. Amongst them are wine or alcohol at the end of your day. And what was the sort of, or can you paint the picture of sort of like one of the catalysts for you to like really reconsider that narrative for you personally? Yeah. Yes. Thanks for the opportunity because especially in our society, we protect alcohol so much, right? We don't want it to be the bad guy. We don't want it to be the bad thing. We want it to be in our bathtub at the end of the day for release and unwind. We want it to be in the workplace, a way to connect with others or celebrate success. So we really defend our alcohol. And as a drinker, I did too. I looked for anything else to be the problem in my life besides my wine habit. I wanted to protect that above all else. My drinking journey started, I'm from Wisconsin. So it was very normal and very regular to start drinking early. I mean, I teased that it was in my baby bottle, which isn't true. But my parents met in a beer tent at a local fair. That was very normal. And I met my husband in a bar in college. Like how else did you meet people back in 1997? So it was just very part of the coming of age journey in Wisconsin. I was an extrovert, party girl, had lots of friends. I loved drinking immediately. It was a great escape and it was a way to let loose and it was a way to be included in parties and social events and things like that. That continued through college. That continued through my early work career. Now I had a little more money to spend. So I wasn't drinking cheap beer. Well, maybe I was drinking cheap beer, but in better places. Going to Cubs games and going to work happy hours and feeling very grown up. I think going to restaurants and being of age and drinking. It also sort of fueled my career in ways I was in sales. I was often the only woman on an all male sales team. And it was a way to celebrate a success. It was a way to get access to decision makers and leadership. Sometimes if you were at a bar or a happy hour, you could have conversations that weren't taking place in the office. So I had two daughters and I worked part time and I stayed home part time and I didn't drink during my pregnancies, but as soon as they were born, I could have a little bit of wine in the afternoon. That felt very European to me. It wasn't until I had a series of deaths, three deaths in a row, where I did three eulogies in three years. Two of them were out of order and one was my dad. And this is where my drinking really started to take an obvious turn from a way to socialize or a way to unwind at the end of the day to self medication. You know, putting the kids to bed or trying to get them as close to the end of the evening as possible and then drinking wine on the couch alone to soothe my grief and my pain that I really didn't want to feel, telling myself that I should just get over it. And alcohol is a great numbing agent so it worked until it didn't. It just escalated over time and this was maybe going to happen anyways but it sort of picked up speed. I was unhappy in my jobs. And again, a great way to ignore my unhappiness was to just pour alcohol on it. I think my story is similar to many people's stories and now as a coach. I know that it's a very similar story. But again, alcohol is celebrated in our society as a way to manage and a way to cope, and it's not looked at as a bad thing. So, who are we not to look for an easy escape hatch with alcohol, and it works until it doesn't, you know, for 20 minutes, it takes the edge off, it takes the anxiety down. But then the consequences, of course, multiply after that. Yeah, well I really appreciated your transparency, that also, you know, you went to seek help with a psychologist, which I think is another really common way of, you know, starting this journey. And, you know, you're immediately, without too much chit chat, were prescribed a medication which may or may not have been, you know, your psychologist probably didn't ask you a lot of questions about your alcohol consumption in order to do that. And that's just like what a common story that is as well. And I, it's just so prevalent that people are taking either something for depression or anxiety, and I feel like it's a conversation that's not really openly had about the relationship between those two things and the commonality that most people are having something at the end of their day that might be, you know, have a specific interaction that makes their quality of life dramatically different based on that. Did you want to add anything? Yeah, absolutely. You are totally correct.
A highlight from Exploring Cultural Identity and Humor with Japanese-American Stand Up Comedian Michelle MALIZAKI!
"Thank you, Mr. Paul Vato. Greetings, ladies and gentlemen. My name is Paul Vato, and this is Paul Vato Presents. And today, my very special guest is Michelle Malazaki. I hope I'm pronouncing that right. That's such a traditional Japanese name, isn't it? No, it's not. Oh, my goodness. I thought it was. Well, welcome, Michelle. Thank you so much for spending a little bit of time with us today. Michelle is a brilliant stand -up comedian, a musical artist. She has recorded a few other podcasts. I first found out about her through my friend Christina Blackburn, who has a great podcast called Storyworthy. And I was a guest of Christina's as well. So it's a great podcast. It's a lot of fun, a lot of industry people. So Michelle, thank you so much for taking time to be here. We're live on fireside, so welcome. Thank you for having me on your show. 100%. I'm so glad that you were able to do it. I have so many questions to ask, cultural differences, comedy, and all that incredible background. Would you be kind enough to tell us a little bit about yourself, where you're from, where you live? Maybe not your address, but where you live, and where you've performed, and things like that. OK, I am originally from Japan. But I just found out I'm not a Japanese person anymore because I become an American. And in Japan, there are only two people, two kind of people, two kinds of people, Japanese and non -Japanese. And I am neither, I'm a former Japanese. Interesting. Are they called, is that Gaijin? Is that the right word or no? I'm not Gaijin. I'm just a former Japanese. Interesting. Is that because you became an American citizen, so you're no longer recognized as Japanese? The second I sworn in as different foreign nationality, then my Japanese citizenship just evaporates. I didn't know that. Wow. And this is because of the Japanese government, not the US government? I see. The American government that you have multiple citizenships. That's what I thought. But I think at that, there used to be a time where you could only have, if you were a US citizen, I thought you could only have a US passport. But I know that that's changed because I know people have multiple passports. So I don't know what changed. Yeah. But with Japan, Japanese government, you can't have dual citizenships. So just one. So as soon as I sworn in as American, then no more Japanese. No more Japanese. All my jokes about being Japanese. Oh, no. Now you can't make any more Japanese jokes. They might get offended. Oh, no. What am I going to do? You've got to rewrite your whole act. I know. Maybe you could divorce your present husband and marry a Japanese guy. And then you could make Japanese jokes. I don't know. Like, I'm still lost since I found about this. Because I don't know. I never belonged to any group. I was an outsider. When did this happen? When did you find out that you were no longer Japanese? I just found out recently. But I did not. Yeah, because I become American citizen a while back. Wow. Wow. Now, you recently went to Japan. Is that right? Yeah, I just did. And I had to get a visa. Oh, yeah, because you're not Japanese. Of course, he has a gift. I'm not a Japanese person. I have to apply for a visa. And then they ask for a picture. So I sent my picture in. And then they called me and said, oh, your picture's too old. You have to send a current picture. How do they know that my face hasn't changed? It's the same person. And you look very young. So it doesn't matter when it was taken. It's the filter, I think. It's like an automatic filter thing. Because my room looks nice. Well, mine's not working, I don't think, because I look old. So I don't know what happened. I've never met you in person, so I don't know. I look even better in person, I think. Oh, a lot of people do. Like, you know, you do Zoom shows. And then you never meet those guys, girls, people in person. And then when you meet them, you're like, oh my gosh, they are really nice -looking. You're like, stay off the Zoom. It makes you look ugly. But I mean, I look the same. I look the same. That's my cat. My cat's kind of famous for barging into international virtual shows. Very interesting, I love that. Yeah, but she never talks to me during the day. No? No, it's just when I'm talking on somebody else other than the cat, then she's just, hey, guys. What's your cat's name? Mochi. Mochi? Yeah, like the food, mochi. I also have a dog named Pinan. Like, all my pets are named after food items. I see that. Do you have any fish? I don't eat them. It's just names. We're not gonna go there, I don't think, right? Maybe. You're like, I'm Japanese, not Korean. Uh -oh, don't tell Bobby Lee. Awesome. These people didn't eat beef nor pork till 170 years ago. Was it strictly pescatarian or vegetarian or what? No, I think, I can't remember because Japanese people believe in many different things, but one of the - When did you decide to come to the US? Because I know that you had an affinity, I think, for maybe American television. Yeah, well, I wanted to, well, I came to America because I wanted to, okay, my mom told me, ever since I was in fifth grade, my mom told me to marry a white guy because half white, half Asian kids are cute. That's true. I actually wanted to marry a British person. I guess you can't marry two, so just one. But then America was closer than England, so I came here. Wonderful. And did your dreams come true? Did you end up marrying a white guy? I ended up marrying a white guy from Ohio. That's as white as you can get. No, I think, I didn't know, but Wisconsin is whiter white people. I didn't know. That is true. I grew up in Chicago, well, in the suburbs, in Illinois, which is right by, well, both Ohio and Wisconsin, and you're right. I think Wisconsin, you could have done a little bit better and found a white guy from Wisconsin. Yeah, oh, well, I didn't know. Next time. Next up, next, yeah. Wisconsin, 10 years younger, that's on my list. Yeah, go to a youth group and maybe you can find a future husband. What does your husband think about you doing standup? Were you doing standup when you guys met or how long have you been doing standup? I actually used to do TV production for Japanese TV and I've done like many different shows, like news about like surrogate mothers, like documentaries to sports news. But like, you know, when I tell people that I was on sports news, you know, you might think, oh my gosh, why are you famous? My hand, like holding a microphone like this was famous right here, just here, yeah, not me. Right, right, right, right. Now, is it true? I used to travel with the Yankees because they had a Japanese player and I get to go inside of the locker room after they take showers after the game. That was my job. What a job. I got paid. What a job. Do you miss it? I don't know, like it was fun. I mean, you go there, we used to rotate like two weeks at a time to follow and that was fun. And some baseball stadiums have better food than the others. Like Arizona Diamondbacks, they have good food, but like Dodgers, eh. Maybe that's a show. Yeah, yeah, yeah. We should do a show where we go to different parks and try their food. Yeah, the San Diego Patriots have good food at the concession stand. Yeah. Yeah, and also Boston Red Sox, they have good food. They got chowders. Of course, Boston. Yeah, but it's kind of like baseball season is kind of hot and then you eat chowders, but it's so good. Wonderful. Did you have to pay for your own food or was it a budget? Actually, at the press level, they have press food and you eat some of those and then you go downstairs and eat more food. I would love to do that job except for going into the men's showers, but you seem to enjoy that. Yeah, yeah, of course I do. They're like, you can leave now. You're like, I'm not done yet. I gotta interview more players. I'm not done yet. So how long have you been doing standup comedy? I've been doing it for like five years. Before that, I used to do improv. I had a midlife crisis and I took some improv classes at the Park and Rec. And then that led me to the Second City and I was just taking a class at a time and I ended up finishing the conservatory program. But improv you have, and I had so much fun, but you have to have team to perform. You know, it's easy to form a team, but it's hard to maintain a team. Oh, I know. I studied improv. After a while, people are not excited to practice anymore. I go, I have to pay 40 bucks for the session and I don't know. And so I started to perform by myself. I was singing and stuff and I had no idea about standup comedy. I didn't know at all. It's like, I live here forever in America, but I didn't know standup comedy existed till like five years ago. Wow, because it's not that big in Japan. Is that right? It's becoming like very recently, but it's in Japan comedy style is usually two people doing skits. So it's very different. And standup comedy, I don't know, I just love it. And you're very good at it. I've seen some of your sets there. Yeah, they're wonderful. And I'd love to talk to you about Second City. Was that in Los Angeles where you studied or were you in Chicago? Yes, that one in Hollywood. Hollywood, yeah, of course. Of course, did you ever do anything at Upright Citizens Brigade or improv? Yes, I also took classes at UCB and I did shows at iOS. Yeah. And I also took an improv class before, like way before when I was pregnant, like seven months pregnant. And I'm like at the, gosh, where are the groundings? Yeah, but I was too pregnant. So I'm like, oh, I can't do this. How long ago was this? How old are your kids? My kids are 16 and 12. Do you like improv better or stand -up better? I like improv. I love improv. I really love improvised music, like musicals. But that one is really hard to practice because you have to have somebody who could play piano or keyboard. And then you have to get a group of people who's willing to make fun of themselves. I like musical improv. The most. You had a song go viral, didn't you? Did you have a famous song about napping? Yeah, I had a nap time by Napster. It's a song for the, it's an official song for National Napping Day. When is National Napping Day? That's the day after the daylight saving time starts. You lose an hour the day before. So you get to take a nap the next day. I didn't know that, that's great. And your song is the official song for National Napping Day? Yes, actually, you know what happened? So I found out, I wrote a song called Nap Time by Napster. And then I found out there's a National Napping Day and I tracked down the guy who found it that day and I send him email. I'm like, I have a perfect song for National Napping Day. Can it be an official song? And he's like, sure.
Plant A Tree (MM #4539)
"The Mason Minute with Kevin Mason. My father -in -law passed away last weekend after suffering from Parkinson's disease for the last four or five years. And so this week, all the details were finalized and his obituary went up online in the local newspaper in Lafayette, Indiana, as well as on the funeral home website. Now what's interesting is when you go to the funeral home website, they allow you to plant a tree in Tom's honor. And by the time I got there the first time, somebody had already planted a tree. Oh wow, this is kind of cool. Where did they plant it? So I did some digging on the website, and I mean it's right there in front of you, and it tells you about how you can plant a tree. For $40 you can plant a memorial tree in his honor. This company takes their memorial trees and plants them in places of need. So right now, his tree is going to go somewhere in either California, Idaho, Wisconsin, or Michigan. It's kind of a unique thing. Instead of just giving flowers that, well, once they're at the funeral home, nobody ever sees again, at least it has some positivity to it. It's not that expensive. But I thought to myself, if you're going to plant a tree in his honor, plant it in the state he lived most of his life, Indiana. I like the idea, though I wish it were closer to home.
Plant A Tree (MM #4539)
"The Mason Minute with Kevin Mason. My father -in -law passed away last weekend after suffering from Parkinson's disease for the last four or five years. And so this week, all the details were finalized and his obituary went up online in the local newspaper in Lafayette, Indiana, as well as on the funeral home website. Now what's interesting is when you go to the funeral home website, they allow you to plant a tree in Tom's honor. And by the time I got there the first time, somebody had already planted a tree. Oh wow, this is kind of cool. Where did they plant it? So I did some digging on the website, and I mean it's right there in front of you, and it tells you about how you can plant a tree. For $40 you can plant a memorial tree in his honor. This company takes their memorial trees and plants them in places of need. So right now, his tree is going to go somewhere in either California, Idaho, Wisconsin, or Michigan. It's kind of a unique thing. Instead of just giving flowers that, well, once they're at the funeral home, nobody ever sees again, at least it has some positivity to it. It's not that expensive. But I thought to myself, if you're going to plant a tree in his honor, plant it in the state he lived most of his life, Indiana. I like the idea, though I wish it were closer to home.
"wisconsin" Discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast
"Home fresh cheese curds, if you go a day or two and you're losing the squeak, you can zap them for just 5 to ten seconds and it brings your squeak right back. Okay, that I did not know. Okay, I'm pulling tips for you today. This is good. So I know that I've taken you through 7 cities and 7 days roughly with this already. We have to make another trip already because I couldn't talk about lacrosse and OshKosh. Mantis waters, Manitoba, mineral point, Lake Geneva. That's like another whole trip. If you had one more day and you could add one of those, what would be what just missed your list? Lake Geneva, from Milwaukee, I would go to Lake Geneva and then come to Wisconsin. Especially the water they have several different amazing boat tours. It's a beautiful place. They have some great farm to fork restaurants, some unique restaurants, yerkes observatory is there. So there's a huge whole history about yerkes observatory, but I'd have to say Lake Geneva. Excellent. Anything else someone needs to know before they go to Wisconsin? If you're an outdoor enthusiast, I think I touched on that. We have 49 amazing state parks. We have the apostle islands national lakeshore. We have the ice age trail, which is over a thousand miles of beautiful hiking in different areas. Those are the best trails that we have. We don't really have the supper club trail or the tenderloin trail or whatever some of these other states do. But if you're in nature lover, it doesn't matter what season there's things that you can do outdoors. If you, like I said, you like culture museums and art. I think we've talked about something in every city so far that's absolutely fantastic to do enhance down the food here is so diverse and amazing. Got it. As we go to wrap this up, you are standing in the prettiest spot in Wisconsin. Where are you standing and what are you looking at? My backyard? No. That's a tough one. Oh my gosh. I guess I would be in oh, why losing state park? I really love the state parks. I like camping. I love nature. I love seeing everything from bald eagles nesting to seeing well organized militia that we call trash pandas that work their way through the parks. It's just, I'm an outdoors gal. So I love the beauty of nature. I don't think anyone can top that. And when you said the dills, I knew what to picture when he said even the apostle islands, I knew it to picture why loosing is not on my radar. So what am I going to see in way losing state park?
"wisconsin" Discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast
"So you mentioned the Civil War and a great great something grandfather. Something. Something. And so going before him from, I want to say Spanish-American War on up. They have snippets and displays and they talk about different parts and people and they go all the way up through current times and it's a really great, great tribute, I think, to the veterans. It's very well done. And then again, free. And while you're there, you're right, the head of Madison's famous state street. So it's a 6 blocks you can walk down, check out the unique shops, the eateries, the fun stuff, you find yourself almost down in the entrance to the university campus. You're really close to over the union terrace. You can set out there on the deck. You can have a beer, you can listen to live music, you can look over at the Lake. Or work your way back up state street and check out there's a restaurant on the square called the old fashioned. So it's a supper club with a twist, they're known for their brandy old fashions because in Wisconsin where brandy drinkers would beer drinkers. You're a drinkers too, but brandy especially over bourbon in this state after World War II, they found a huge cache of brandy outside of Chicago and during that time you had a choice you're coming off the war, which was right after the depression. It was hard to get things to make things. So you had a choice Wisconsin have really bad booze. Or all of this good brandy that all of a sudden was flooding the area. Saw the World War II veterans were drinking the brandy, then their kids drank the brandy, then my generation was drinking the brandy. And it keeps going. I think to this date, we still take 70% of the core bell out of California, just in Wisconsin. I did not know that.
"wisconsin" Discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast
"So if you like outdoor experiences, that's cool. Not that far away. You can check out the James Tallinn Woodland sculpture garden. I'm a huge nut for folk art. I think that it's interesting getting into the minds of these people who are very prolific, very specific with their art and James tollens. He's over 30 concrete sculptures. Some as large as life and it's a walk through display there and it was just a 15 year snippet at his life where he was doing this art. You're in the Woods walking through his different sculptures in different areas. You're going to turn around and look, there's deer over there. What's really a neat kind of surreal experience, but you'll see some things that a guy who's splitting logs and that's when the sculptures. It's just that unique experience. It's one of those things that Sheboygan has the color art center where 35 different folk artists are featured with snippets of their work in there. To be able to go into an area where one of these folk artists and you can see their line in their element, that's just a cool experience. Okay. Now we're taking you to lunch. Cheboygan, you gotta have a brat. So if you're not familiar, these are German sausages in a casing. So if it's not the summer you want to go to sly's midtown saloon. So it's a really unpretentious American comfort to sports bar place, but one of their daily specials they do it's a broad plate. So you have a double brought on the bun. American potato salad and baked beans and yes, there's butter on the baked beans, it's a thing trust me it's good taste it, don't question it. You can add onions, mustard, sauerkraut, whatever you want to your brats. There's no wrong way to eat them. If it is during the summer, you want to go to mix fields market. They're a huge market.
"wisconsin" Discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast
"There, but it's like a breakfast brunch coffee shop, very distinctive experience. They're known for their endless mimosas. They're bloody marys, and they've got incredible coffee. We love the stuffed French toast. That's just one of my weaknesses. I know like some people go for my wife into that easily. Yes, oh my gosh, and the candied pecans and the pineapple with the balsamic reduction. And it's like a whole nother level. It's amazing. So after you've waddled out of there, this is where you can go to title town park. And the packers are privately owned. So I know one of the owners of the Green Bay Packers. Me. I know I know too. You're never going to be able to sell the shares and make money off of it. But you can say, I'm an owner. So it's just a kind of a fun thing, but so the Lambeau Field, okay, title town park. So it's free, a lot of different things you can check out there, especially if you have kids. They've got a fantastic playground, but they have their legendary Lambeau Field tour. And not every professional team lets you tour their stadium. So they've got a couple of different tiers on the prices of the tours, but I gotta tell you, you learn so much about the history and how they are basically our bootstrap team and how they've come to be. And when you get to walk through the tunnel and go on onto the field like they do, you cross the three magic bricks that they talk about and they actually play the cheering for you so you feel like you're actually an in uniform going out onto the field and it's a really cool experience. So even if you're not a sports fan, that's a fun one to do. And they have the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in there and then they own their own pro shop where you can get your very own cheese hat so you can pretend to be me. They're stylish. And if that's not your thing, you can go to the national railroad museum because I don't know about you, but trains are perfect for anybody from two to a 102. It's one of the oldest and biggest museums devoted to train history in the nation. I think it was founded in 1956. The Eisenhower collection is one of the key things there. So the Dwight D. Eisenhower steam engine from British railways. It was used in World War II, and that's one of the focus points of the exhibit. It's really cool. I do have to ask you a question about the cheese head hat. Yes. I don't know what type of cheese it is. It's got a holes like Swiss and it's orange like Cheddar. I'm confused. We all are. It's okay. We kind of overlook that. But they're surprisingly warm because I covered what some Prairie where I live is the groundhog capital of the world and it's February 2nd in Wisconsin. It's a little chilly. I will tell you, they are very warm. So it's a good thing. For lunch, I'm going to tell you in Green Bay, you want booyah. Again, it's something that's very ethnic and local. It's a Belgian stew. So it's in a lot of places we'll say that they sell booyah, but you need to go to the booyah shell. Okay. They've got the best booyah. Trust me, I've taste tested and gone through town. Although they're a little nod to the packers, they make sure the green beans and theirs are both green and yellow, so they're green and gold, like the packers, but it's the best that you can find.
"wisconsin" Discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast
"So that's one that I always make sure that we hit if you want that afternoon ice cream then you have to go to Wilson's for that. Let's see. Oh, dork county fish boil. This is a thing. It's like supper clubs are a thing. Fish boils are a thing. I want to say 8 places that do them up there. Our preference right now, we like the white gull in. Make a reservation. And this is like dinner and a show. You start out usually out on the patio with some kind of cocktails or refreshments. And you're seeing the fish being cooked in front of you. They have the big fire. They had the pot. They have potatoes, onions, white fish, and it's not just that you're watching the food being cooked, it's the storyteller of the guy who's cooking it. You learn about the history of the area, how it was built on the fishing industry, what happened in the fishing industry that kind of changed it. Why he's cooking the fish the way he is, what's the history of doing the fish boils? And then you get to see the big boy over just before it's finished. And of course then you get to go inside and taste it, that's the best part too. Okay. And does Wisconsin still have the Friday night fish fry or is that a pass a thing? We do have the fish fry. It's a big deal here. Fishing was one of our industries, so we had vlogging. We already touched on. And so now we have the fishing industry. So yes, many different ways to cook fish. I was going to get to fish fries in another one of the cities when I talked about just a little bit. But especially during lent, you had a huge German and Catholic population in Wisconsin and Friday nights. Fish because, you know, you weren't going to be eating something else, especially during lint. But we take it year round. And even allow the supper clubs have Friday night fish specials. I remember hearing the story of when Olive Garden expanded into Wisconsin, they do pasta, but they learned that if you're a restaurant in Wisconsin, you do Friday night fish fry that's just the thing. So they had to change their menu to add this because it was expected. And you have to add beer along your huge wine selection. Yep. I would think so. Yes. It goes better with the fish no offense. But I suspect we'll get to the beer here too. We are going next to green base. All right, then. So Green Bay, you do not have to be a beer drinking cheese eating packer fan to visit the town, but it helps. There are a lot of fun places to stay, but we love the hotel Northland. So I don't know about you, but I love staying advantage properties. And it's situated downtown in the entertainment district, but it's
"wisconsin" Discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast
"Because it's just absolutely beautiful on the water there. And so many different ways to enjoy the water there. Okay. Excellent. I know you're going to move us along here. I'm moving a salon right now to Wisconsin dells. So instead of being on the water, no Claire, you can get soaked at a Wisconsin Dell's water park. Okay. Wisconsin dolls is the water park capital of the world. A lot of people don't know that. They think they've been to a water park when they've traveled and then they come and they check out the water parks that we have here in Wisconsin dells. Depending on the time of year that you go, your outdoor experience is going to be varied quite a bit because Wisconsin we joke about how we might have snow up to 8 months of the year here. So there's some water parks that are only open in the summer like Noah's ark is absolutely incredible. I mean, you can spend the day soaking up the sun in all the different fun things it has. But if you do a weather check in advance before your trip and it's not going to be the nicest sunniest day, then you want to look at the kalahari instead. They have an indoor water park besides the outdoor water park, and I got to tell you, they're incredible. Last summer, we were there actually doing some fun stuff with the teams and severe weather hit Wisconsin. That was the day that 27 tornadoes went across. Oh my. Okay. I know. And they were like 98% occupancy, but they were a well oiled machine kept everybody calm. Every 5 foot, there was another employee with the little kalahari polo. They got everybody in the basement, passed out water, snacks, got towels and blankets for wet kids. Got chairs for the seniors that couldn't sit very long on the wet floors and stuff like that. They were amazing. I would be a loyal fan of them for forever because their customer service and how they handle everything is so well thought out. Okay, no, I do not own stock or anything like that for the kalahari, but I'd like to just one of those things that when you experience it and it just you'll never forget it because it was traumatic for so many of the kids and they made it almost a pleasurable experience. The only thing I have to question is the name of naming a water park after a desert. They have, okay, this is a family owned smaller type chain. They have a couple of others in some different states, but main fundraising project is that they do water type programs actually in the kalahari. So they help build water and clean water solutions for other people. So that's a little bit of their tie in and how they work with their things. It's a water park that actually makes drinking water for other people. So it's a fun thing. Interesting. Other things that you can do there because not everybody is into the water park thing. The United States oldest soft drink is sarsaparilla. And you can learn the 300 plus year history if you stop at the museum of root beer. Which is downtown Wisconsin dells. I know. And they even have rit beer flights that you can try and taste yourself. So you get to pick from several different kinds of root beer or build your own 6 packs to take home if a fun kitschy thing, but we really thought that was a lot of fun. A and W root beer has its origins in Wisconsin. Is that or are there some other brand that's associated is just all root beers? This is tons of different kinds of ripper. You learn about over 3000 different kinds of ripper. They've collected root beer commercials.
"wisconsin" Discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast
"What kind of itin are you going to recommend for us? I'm going to take you through 7 different cities and Wisconsin's really easy to get around as far as a state because with the highways and the public transportation is pretty simple. So it's like each city that we start with and then move on to the next, you can drive to in just a few hours. Okay. And we're starting where. We're going to start an eclair. And why Eau Claire, not just because the T bex conference is going to be an eclair this summer, I'm guessing. No, not just because that. A Claire's got a lot going for it, and it really defended itself during the lockdown. Wisconsin was hit very hard. In fact, our area had a mask mandate until March of just last year still between outdoor experiences, all sorts of fun things. They've just really pulled a lot together that is worth stopping in and checking out. So I personally think outdoor activities, that's their strongest right now. That's what they were really focused on during COVID. It's funny. They learned that they were the second largest sculpture walk in the United States. Actually, I believe it's the world. They were two statues short. So they ordered three of them. And now they have the number one title. They own it. So there's a lot of instagrammable moments there when you follow along that tour, but the hiking, the kayaking on the chippewa river, and then the food. Oh my gosh, the food. Okay, first of all, if you're going to stay somewhere, take a look at the chippewa valley bed and breakfast. That I think is my favorite place to stay. But some of my favorite restaurants, kitschy thing, especially if you're like us in the 50 plus crowd. My husband told me it's like a throwback to childhood. They have a restaurant. It's reboot social. So it's a newer restaurant, but they've got a fantastic menu. And it's like a duck pin bowling alley, lots of arcade games. It's a fun place to step back into childhood almost, live in the past. So very casual, great for lunch, but if you're looking at dinner, the lakely in Eau Claire, it's a farm to table restaurant, has a seasonal menu
"wisconsin" Discussed on The Amateur Traveler Podcast
"Amateur traveler episode 842 today the amateur traveler talks about leaks and water parks supper clubs and state parks, museums and cheese heads as we go to the state of Wisconsin. This is Chris Christensen from amateur traveler. Let's talk about Wisconsin.
"wisconsin" Discussed on The Book Review
"That an AP cable or a photograph and Life magazine are enough and poetic comment is impossible. And I'd say this kind of items, the idea of a whole family dying in a day and having to burn their house in furniture. I mean, that basically is what auden is talking about. What else can you say? These things are these small, very black moments in the culture, which somehow he layers them and builds them towards something that's that uses these tiny awful things to build a portrait of the other side of life and Wisconsin at the time. It's just really undeniable. Well, and to tell the truth, it really has been a while if ever that I've come across a work, a book, a work of art, if this can be called that did the very basic job of reminding me that I too will die one day. I know just what you're talking about. It's kind of book that makes you realize there's a skeleton in your hand. I forget where this phrase comes from. And somewhere in the literature, the documentary, someone talks about documents of feeling. And this book on some level is a document of feeling. It takes you to this place. It makes you consider the dark side of what it's like to be alive. Susan Sontag called illness, I think the dark side of life. And this is the dark set of life writ large. And it's the site of life that's really all around us all the time. Michael essie happened to sort of grab it and concentrate it and move it into concentrated form and he made this book that's just like holding a bit of nuclear radiation. I could say that it would be, as we've alluded to, easy to go through newspapers and pull a bunch of stuff together. But I can not imagine the art that went into just the right number of excerpts, putting the right ones next to each other, choosing the right photos. Even though Leslie did not write this book, he did not take these photos. It is an act of creation that is unique and sort of unparalleled. Yeah, he makes the point in the book that the photographer we've talked about wasn't any sort of artist he had no pretension in his work, and yet the photographs are beautiful and haunting nonetheless. There was a father and son team that wrote most of the articles that appeared in the small town paper that he excerpts here. And then the things that I've the two excerpts that I've read are three are from that. And he writes that these were just work a day journalists, these stories were nothing new to them. They wrote these dispatches and they moved on to the next thing. And yet, over time, you realize that this father and son team were prose is direct and it's filled with something. William murrow said, you would tell the radio people during the bombing of London. Never shout, never sound emotional, because that will ruin your reporting. And there's something of that in the way these stories are written because the horror is just left there in front of you. They do nothing to egg it up. There's no attempt to make anything seem worse than it was. They just lay it there in front of you. And somehow the simplicity of the writing makes everything even more horrifying. To that point, Henry ehlers, a Milwaukee butcher, died from nosebleed. His nose had been bleeding for 9 days, he was 37 years of age and had been a great meat eater. Well, you know, I wouldn't mind that on my tombstone. We already have two ways for me to die tonight. I want to walk into a bar at age 90, order a shot and die, and then have he was a great meat eater on his tombstone. No, you're finding the funny ones. You're stumbling upon them. I know. I just can not read out the most tragic stories in here. No, it's true. It's true. I mean, we've talked about it. I mean, with incest, how many wild men in the Woods, axe murders? It's funny. I don't know a great deal about the quote unquote great depression of the 1890s, but historians have written about it. And it's a less talked about American depression. But he does throughout this book, talk a lot about banks that failed, and about businesses that failed. And people who went without work for a very long time and who were hungry. People have talked about what it's like to live during The Great Depression. One of the things they say about it was that it wasn't like you went and you saw a lot of suffering. What I felt like was just a kind of emptiness. You know, the streets were empty. In a way that was almost like the COVID time. And in a way, when you read books about what's that being in Ukraine, it's very similar there now. There's an emptiness to things. And there was a kind of emptiness that's hinted at in this book. People just aren't going out as much. There's no work. People are staying home and they're with nothing to eat. And no jobs and banks collapsing. There's a lot of bank runs in this book. Just a sense of life coming apart at the seams. Listeners, I will give you a preview or definitely going to rerun this episode. Come Halloween time. So you know a good deal about you're a scholar of the genre of horror and horror is an interesting word because it covers a lot of material. I mean, literature, film. I'm sure it covers to some degree documentary. One of the things it reminded me the most of maybe in a very unsophisticated way, but because of the dry way in which it was written because of the flat affect, again, not purposeful just the way they were writing it was some of the books of Edward gorey. There is a very straightforward, unadorned way of describing terrible or mysterious things. And when you put a lot of those next to each other, it builds up again to a hypnotic effect. The other amazing thing about this book is really how much it shines a light on how little we knew about mental health at the end of the 1890s and the early 1900s. I mean, there's so many cases in here of people apparently suffering from depression, despair, genuine mental illness, and they just did not know how to treat it. They didn't know what to do with them. They would be really heartbreaking. They would throw you in the house. It happened to women, especially. And of course, this is no secret to anyone, but quote unquote hysteria. It was diagnosed any kind of unusual ailment or affliction was often pinned down to something like a stereo. Women more than men were thrown in psychiatric hospitals. So it's really, you feel that in this book, a lot of women more than men go mad at this book. And you sort of realize that that's partly just pure discrimination. So Dwight, one of the things I'd love to do just to cut the tension here is get a sense of something wonderful and upbeat that you've read or watched or listened to recently. Well, Gilbert, when I want to relax, I've said this before, I think somewhere. Maybe in the same room. But when I relax at night, I like to read cookbooks. And I have a lot of them because I've just collected them over the years and I'm sort of a big reader in food literature. And there's a new cookbook out. There's a wonderful restaurant. Some listers may have heard of it. It's in the west village. It's called via carrara. And it's an Italian restaurant. It's gotten really hip. It's hard to get into now. I can barely get a new one now. I used to be able to get into it. I still can, but I have to work harder to get in. And they have a new cookbook out. I think Random House did it. It just filled with lovely recipes that are pretty simple to make. I mean, some of them are hard enough. The text is excellent and the restaurant is so homey and well run and rustic. It makes you feel better about being alive just to walk into via Corona, and the cookbook gives me some of the same vibes. Dwight, thank you so much for being here and talking about this very bizarre, utterly memorable book. Thanks, Gilbert, my pleasure. That was our conversation with white Gardner. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Wisconsin, death trip. I'm Gilbert Cruz, editor of The New York Times book review. Thank you for listening.
"wisconsin" Discussed on Wendell's World & Sports
"So we ran the ball for three hundred fifty two yards and held the ball for over thirty nine minutes. So yeah this was even the walk on. The richards are going to be getting a piece of ass tonight after playing eastern michigan because that was the of what the game was a subscribed for the game that was at the medicine for glorified scrimmage so moving into a much tougher. Game against notre dame game manager quarterback. Graham urged is. He's out to do something grand. Merchants going to have to leave to touchdown pass. Because so far this season he hasn't hit the toll the touchdown and the only were speaking about Yards of twenty or more generated by the offense three times three times two games. Those games being eastern michigan. So this is going to be something where Wisconsin is going to have to generate. Something's going to generate some type office. They're not going to be winning thirteen ten game. They're not going to be winning a fourteen to ten game. Hell they're not gonna even me winning fifteen a ten game. These guys are going to have to put some points on the board. These guys are gonna have to take advantage of any situation where they're in the red zone and they have a good opportunity and doing all this. They're gonna also have to control the ball. Get rolling in going again. It starts with that offense in front of those big cheeseheads. That these guys wisconsin. The program seems to recruit year after year after year. The same thing that used to be with the brassica get them kid from the cornfields to come in. They bulk them up. And then three or four years within the program. You're sitting there looking at a guy who six-foot-four weighing three hundred ten pounds and can move and he's a greater and other types of things nebraska. Did that with tom. Osborne in the eighties was causing. Has been doing that. I with barry alvarez. And now paul chris for the longest so bret. Bielema was also the in between christopher and Alvarez that also subscribe to that philosophy that wisconsin has been having for the longest so a man is going to be a situation of. Who's going to be able to to Get their games going in that respect. Would you speaking about wisconsin on defense. They rely on their defense ranked ninetieth nationally in points per possession..
"wisconsin" Discussed on Trapping Today
"They're pretty well. I think i think the push pull a trigger. I don't i don't know the pool knew would work. Not sure actually can catch red fox and the push pull too many really. It's rare rare but you do whatever whatever solving kuhn. You might get one red fox the most you know but i mean it does happen. Yeah yeah well. Like i said. That's probably with the push trigger. You know you ain't gonna. I don't think the poll triggered you're gonna. That's a fox and fisher. No they just don't have the dexterity to to know full that fisher ever caught and dog food separate stuff. Well people doing it to Beating fish like just like a fish pace bain. Another nasty thing. That's trying to believe i was. I was gonna mentioned that. Yeah now. They're free circle. Full my first year trapping. I caught a during early. We have an early fox and coyote season and I caught to fisher's. I had to release and it was. It was interesting. Being the first to animals i've ever released. Yeah just about everything in. Wisconsin love bob cats. You only get one of several years. 'wow major protected the guy release all them. Yeah so how how to relief. And that's that's another reason. I not just not big on the kyle. Chapman you're gonna end up. I mean once in a while. I'll sorta has to doesn't it doesn't just to see it again. But you always catch.
"wisconsin" Discussed on Trapping Today
"Of good tricks coyotes. He always he said a lot of them felt. They're just like a standard with for he. He talked me into the justice. He said you just adjust every coach. You know every time you might have to be a little bit different adjustment. Y'all you get it right where the through line on the belly and the side changes you know. You always adjusted. So that's right on the outside of the board. You show me if people do it wrong when it looks like and vice versa. I'm the big difference. I mean just a couple of tips make a big difference especially in. Kyle's yeah yeah yeah you could. You could change your grade just by that little bit of with this by. Yeah if you just said you can lose ten dollars kyle by having your stretcher happens to why something as simple as that that because i'm fortunate to live by roy learned it over the years great. Yeah well yeah question there. That was pretty good. Thanks for thanks for agreeing to do this. And no no come. This is a unique in another part of the country. That i i haven't had any experience with so it's kind of neat to hear about your line in which you got going on there. I never been the main. I've been thinking about coming up there some time but yeah kind of my second kind. My second thing besides travelling is bear on. I really like Okay yeah well. I go to ontario and everywhere minnesota. Up kinda do whatever i can so yeah means a great place. There's yeah it isn't tons you guys. That are you guys got to per license all cancer. Yeah and you can shoot one trap one. Yeah yeah. That's what i heard you can get to bears and all so if you Yeah that's another another case. Fear on try trap and i. It's funny. I live here and i could do it and i just never find the time that time of year to to actually do it but every year i i gotta i gotta get out. Get a beta and trap a beer this year One of these. Yeah i'll be in the same worldview to do he up battle the summer convention time. If if there's three sunny days sunny seventy five degree days in a row. You know exactly where i'm gonna be. Yeah exactly in some years. Like many windows to to make a really. We had a. We had a really good year for making night. We didn't have no problem making. Hey this year has been used the past and you fight and struggle but actually last couple of years. Now been really nice for making a yeah. I know i know what you mean sunshine and kind of what kind of why. I started going on cherry. Will you know. I think it cost me about twelve hundred bucks are eleven hundred bucks or something but they do all that for you..
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"He says we gotta find it. Your place yeah. He actually lives about at twenty five minutes from me. No kidding yeah. And he's like he's actual furger. So i talked to him a lot. I bet that's really informative. It's really interesting. It's it's a very fortunate to live that close to them. Yeah that's all for harvesters auctions in cambridge -sconsin here so i'm about although forty forty five minutes and matt and he's in between me and that works out good okay so you can You got you got no problem. You don't have to worry about shipping Or finding a pickup. No yeah once or twice a year. I just drive it right down there. Yeah i can be down there and back less than two hours in. That's right across the border From north bay. No no no. it's southern wisconsin here Probably about half hour north of the illinois border. Oh okay okay. That's one of their their depot. Nafti wasn't stoned. That's what i'm thinking. Okay yeah yeah no. This is not far from stolen. This is the first harverson. do you know okay. So yeah know. It's not very far from stolen okay. He actually greg used to work for a while and then he Went to for our soldiers saw. He went there at the same time i did. I got to know him when he switched the for harvesters. That's when i switched before they went before the athol went under. I switched instead of what's than ten years ago. Said i've always always talking to him and he said oh. I'm moving for should move there. My said well. You're the man so that's where i'm moving i. It's always interesting to me to have someone like that. Look at my firm. Tell me you know exactly what they're looking at. Yeah yeah i i i. I started out. You know he'd always looked short on. Tell me what. I can do better to get more and that. That's kind of where. I learned a lot of her handling to. He'd always tell you where to put your time and we're not so you know. Yep that worked out good over the years yup just depending on what you don't know what the buyers are looking for. But they all those guys do. Yeah and it changes. I mean every couple of years you know the put up on certain animals could be slightly different than you were doing. You know for what. The market wants a.
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"No you really no value things. And i just don't just don't pursue them you guys have a lot of water Yes and no. We have a couple of years ago. Where a lot of flooding a lot of water but I mean we have. We have a lot of water but just saw lakes normally not many ditches and creeks everything just kinda freezes No even beavers trapped six year sometimes for nuisance work. I mean there's just not that many be reason area. Amazing how much that can vary from place to place. Yeah make acidify can get even some places where more long summer awesome. You really get into the beavers but you know it's not for a nuisance job. I just can't justify driving over there. The rats yeah sounds like the price is going to be pretty good for rats again this year so last year average six five on the last batch sold you guys have there well and you remember. Most of mine are caught onto the ice. They're all really nice. Yeah like actually had Nineteen of them in top blocks. So you know. It's the last batch i sent in two hundred fifty one of them and nineteen of those and coupla bucks books piece for them and then the rest of them average six. Oh five pretty happy with that. Yeah jeeze that was on the. That was just under july auction here. Yeah oh i had some of the first auction to Then do as the annoys but still did good still got like five bucks. I think just under four ninety four or something similar so much wasn't bad everything else. In at the time we weren't even sure for would even would sell. Yeah yeah i was real real happy with my last batch there. I think i might actually will. Absolute will harder to serum off the coons. Maybe yeah yeah then. You'll have even more hundred dollar bills waving at you. The green bay. That's all i'm doing. This is my own properties and and people to people pay for gas. I'm not not even gonna mess up. Yeah just doesn't pay. That's good now. It's a good position to be in or you can choose that certain other trappers around two for competition. There is nothing a lot of them are just you know they just go out and chop you know few rats and stuff a lot of kyle. Trump's everybody wants to coyote in my area they do now but they probably won't after this year's for market results. Yeah just you know. Last ten years people want to start out chaplain. They wanna go right. And that's i've seen i've noticed do used to be a koon. And now now they want to start. Coyotes.
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"John I don't know how long it takes to skim honestly. Never timed it I don't know few minutes each one. Maybe two three four minutes. Something that area depends on just depends. I'll say are it. Seems like the bigger they are for are on know anybody that done any number of coon. He ever catch one with a bobtail short. Shell you know right away. It's going to be a tough one and never fails don't know why you know kinda weird. I've talked to several travers area. Say the same thing. They always skin and flesh hard even up on by the neck. When you're flushing it just scrapes off hard something. What that must be their fighters or what they are but do you have and he gets bigger fours. Do you have dog hunters in your area. Yeah we actually do Not for coon for kyle. That's why i don't do any kyle. Chapman oh really okay. Yeah it's actually dog hunters switch. I'm not really complaining. But the dog owners got him. They got him so far down. It doesn't even pay to set traps. No kidding well. Yeah i mean raw. Put it this way we put. We put out about twelve trail cameras in our land to farms and we get more pressure. The bob jets coyotes. She pretty rare pretty rare to even get a picture of a. Kyle you know. And those are those like There's a there's a special breed of dog great that they use yeah. I don't know what the rotor went to school at the one the one guy that does You really good at it. They you know they don't run our land but the kind of category where around us with whatever i nothing against it but A really put hurt on them. I mean last year. I heard those guys ball. I know heard on them. 'cause a couple of guys that shoot with them job to coyotes off place latest data. Give them to us The pretty don't get pretty chewed up Well sometimes it can. If they decide they don't wanna skin them then they drop them off by often then me and my brother will look at them and decide if we want to deal with them. And i've got nice ones out of. They always take the real crop themselves and then they give us the rest sorts. You which is fine but Think last year we ended up sending in about eighteen of them that we decided skin that they shot and Ended up doing alright on them. So now wisconsin kaya what is like twenty twenty five dollars average usually The ones we sent them. Yeah we average twenty seven dollars but you know they they shoot one hundred. They showed one hundred sixty of them last year. And we only skinny eighteen. I don't know how many they can. Yeah they really put the hurt on sixty. Yeah they just got pitchers on my forehead down. They can get as soon as we get a little bit of fresh snow. They're out there running hard do they do any at night or during the day Yeah the one guy does follow a couple of guys got thermals on their gun out there at night with that too yeah. I mean they're really they're really cranking these things out. Amazing.
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"Getting toll catches and the bell kinda went off in my head and so the the amount of aid that you can make a difference. Yeah i still with the push bowl. Triggering fill it just above the trigger. Not just enough in there now and if you a pool new trigger i know some people do because of that they could celebrate to the top of bait in even if the might even if the might eat half of it out you know you still got half the bait in there you have to worry about animal just having his paw in their short ways and and pushing that yeah. Yup yup learned that the hard way. Now you're trapping like the almost. I'm assuming you're all private land where you're at. Yeah actually a hundred percent. Private land Funny little story. Yeah all privately. End when i'm waiting in hong corn degree already here and i'm waiting in line for grain trucks. You'd be surprised the people come up to your window and say hey you still you still trap them kunst. Yeah i got. I got a lot of land for a lot of cornfields. You could trap. we're on kind of say. Yeah you and everybody else is only only a one man job. You're going so fast and it'd be surprised one hundred dollar bills that come through the window really here. I several thank the gas. I me if you get there this year. I mean honestly that there's quite a problem with them and area so it's to the point where people are willing to pay to have people trapped. It's to the point where i go. Now where where they for. My gas. Nice because the prices solo. Well i was just going to mention that because Actually tonight while you're sitting on the tractor raking. Hey i got on youtube and i. I saw that guy. Grunwald gave a talk at the wisconsin. I think it was the wisconsin. Trappers meeting now actually. I just got back there yesterday. You did okay so you you must know. I do not watch his his summer seminar demo..
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"Hi everyone and welcome to exploring the midwest. My name is jody. And i will be your guide as we chat with incredible people across the thirteen midwestern states and discover all the amazing things there are to see and do. I hope you enjoy our summer topics. And invite you to reach out to me at any time with topic ideas or destinations attractions or even people that you think i should know about. You can click through the show notes and leave a comment or connect with me on instagram facebook or twitter at jodi halstead. Everyone welcome back to the exploring the midwest. Podcast this month on the podcast. I am celebrating. The flavors of the midwest and while wisconsin may be best known for cheese. Today's guest is going to guide us along the cranberry highway meredith. Clicker is the executive director of the wisconsin rapids area convention and visitors bureau meredith. Thank you so much for joining me today. To talk to us about cranberries in wisconsin. It's my pleasure thank you. I feel like the cranberry bogs of wisconsin. May be one of the state's best kept secrets. Can you tell us a little bit. About where in the state. The cranberry highway is located. Yes located in the central sands region of wisconsin on what was once. Glacial lake wisconsin the acidic sand and peat marshes of our area. Create the perfect. Growing conditions for cranberries Wood county where we're located especially the tone of cran more has.