J’Accuse!



SEGMENT – J’ACCUSE! (00:00)

In the great war, the use of WMD’s, specifically chemical weapons emerged as a great threat. The truth is that Militarily, they were essentially useless. But what they really represented was the first application of the MAD theory. The only sure thing about he use of chemical weapons was that if you did not 100% annihilate the enemy, you would be hit right back with them. And in virtually every case, the only people who really suffered were the truly innocent.

Now, the latest WMD weapon in the political arsenal is the “Sexual Misconduct Charge.” It’s the new battlefield gas of both political and social weapons. and the only guarantee in using it, is that it will come back on the first side.

Let me say this… as of this recording, I have no clue if Roy Moore did or did not have inappropriate sexual contact with women – including a 14 year old, which – by definition (even in Alabama)  – is inappropriate. If he did it, then let the damnation and consequences rain down upon him. I am no fan of the Judge, in fact, I hold that he is the very embodiment of everything that is wrong about the political hard right in America. But that’s my opinion. And my opinion of a person doesn’t change the rules. The presumption of innocence versus what we call ‘lashon hara,” literally, the evil tongue. Ask yourself a simple question: if YOU were to be accused of this, do you want your day in Court or in the Media?

He says that he didn’t do it.

You can choose to believe either side, it matters not to me. but you have to be careful of falling into the trap of conflating two separate issues: CAN he run for US senate versus SHOULD he run for US Senate. They are NOT the same question. And with just a few exceptions, virtually none of us live or vote in Alabama.

Despite the proclamations and lengthy explanations, none of us, not you, not me, not Shepherd Smith or even Gloria Allred, actually KNOWS what – if anything – happened.

Corey Feldman’s case went nowhere in Los Angeles, because there is basically no reliable way that would hold up in a Court of Law to show that it happened. That doesn’t mean that it didn’t happen. It means that any Defense Attorney with more than five minutes of training would have no problem at all slicing up the prosecutions case. And for the record, that’s the proper way of things. no prosecution should be a “slam dunk.” And without an admission of guilt, the accused has rights.

Where does that leave us? In a society where the simple act of “J’accuse!” is more damaging than an actual conviction. A society where simply saying that somebody is suspect – of anything – is enough to destroy them in the political, social and media arenas. Rightly or wrongly.

Shouldn’t that make us a little uncomfortable?


SEGMENT – MATHIS’S 100,000 (28:39)

USA Today reported this week that the US Army has decided – I am not making this up – to lift the ban on giving waivers for recruits with mental health issues. Now before you get hyper, we’ve done this before. Also, the Army says, No we’re not…”

Like most things though, the devil is in the details. The most important of which is why make any change at all?

♦ARMY TO LIFT BAN ON RECRUITS WITH SOME MENTAL ISSUES (USA Today November 12, 2017)


 SEGMENT – THE MOST AMAZING PICTURE (46:17)

It’s a simple picture, one that impresses you with it’s intensity and it’s action. But when you realize when and where it was taken, it becomes even more impressive…

The middle of November was among the darkest of days for the US Navy. Just two days earlier, a massive defeat – one of the worst in US Navy history – had imperiled the tenuous invasion of Guadalcanal. Two Admirals were dead, ships had been lost, and the Sullivan brothers had gone down with their ship. Now, on the afternoon of the 14th of November, into what would come to be called Iron Bottom Sound, sailed two American battleships, the USS Washington and the USS South Dakota, along with five destroyers. They were tasked with stopping the Japanese Navy from destroying Henderson Field and ending the US attempt to hold the island of Guadalcanal. The Naval Battle for Guadalcanal would start at around 2230 that evening..

It was the ultimate winner take all moment. And one ship would stand above all of them…

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Veterans Day #99



SEGMENT – VETERANS DAY (00:00)

As a Veteran, I love Veterans Day, but… I refer it’s original incarnation, Armistice Day. In my view, it’s possible to celebrate Veterans, but not forget the real reason that November 11th is remembered by every Allied nation in the World. It’s why the VFW hands out poppies. It’s why we pause at 11am. And for those of us who served at any point in our nations history, it’s a reminder of how fragile things really are; to appreciate them each and every day.

On the 11th of November, 1918, the Armistice, which had been signed at 5am, was set to go into effect at 11am. World War I, at least the fighting part of it, was six hours from its end. But for reasons only he knew, Marshal Foch of France, the Supreme Allied Commander, refused a German request to have the fighting stopped immediately. He stuck to the 11am hour as the time, and so over the next six hours, 11,000 more men were killed and wounded. All unnecessary, in an unnecessary war, fought for unnecessary reasons that have left us fighting many of the same conflicts a century later.

And while we celebrate Veterans day, most of the rest of the world holds Remembrance Day. A day when we remember the fallen and the hope for the future…


SEGMENT – DONNA BRAZILE’S IMPENDING DOOM (32:22)

A few years back, some phony ex-Congressman wrote a book about how Congress was corrupt and it made it so mad that he… he… well.. he wrote a book abut it. Because that’s what you do when you want to be mad about something of which you have been a part for a long time, reaping the benefits until one day, you find yourself on the “outs.” Then you write a book “exposing” the corruption and shenanigans so that you can get all new friends on the other side who will shower you with praise and benefits. I’ll give Donna Brazile this much, at least she put her own name on the book, unlike Congressman X.

On the other hand, there’s no way in heaven or hell that she didn’t know about this stuff until after the fact…


SEGMENT – WE “FORGOT…” (44:00)

The USAF announced this week that it “failed” to report the Texas church shooters Court martial conviction on domestic abuse and assault charges – for which he spent a year in the brig – to the national database that tracks such things and keeps weapons out of the hands of people who are bad. The question, of course, is “Why not?”

We may never know that answer. And while the Air Force may never be able to tell us who screwed up, I’m reasonably certain that whoever was the person who was supposed to do it, knows.

Meanwhile there is a new debate on just why these attacks happen. Is it as simple as mental illness? Is it a “spiritual crises?’ Or is it something else?


SEGMENT – PVT HENRY GUNTHER (54:35)

On the 11th of November, 1918, the Armistice, which had been signed at 5am, was set to go into effect at 11am. World War I, at least the fighting part of it, was literally one minute from its end. But for reasons only he knew, Marshal Foch of France, the Supreme Allied Commander, refused a German request to have the fighting stopped immediately. He stuck to the 11am hour as the time, and so over the next six hours, 11,000 more men were killed and wounded. All unnecessary, in an unnecessary war fught for unnecessary reasons that have left us fighting many of the same conflicts a century later.

Private Henry Gunther was a American of German descent (his Grandparents were German immigrants) who hadn’t really wanted to be in the war. He never volunteered, but when he was drafted in September of 1917, he went. He worked his way up to Sergeant, and then got busted back down to Private for being a bit loose with his words in a letter back home. Now, with just one minute left in the War, he decided that he had one last chance to prove to his Unit and his Country that he wasn’t a failure…


But… But… RUSSIA!!!!!!!



SEGMENT – BUT… BUT… RUSSIA!!!!!! (00:00)

For pretty much most of my life, certainly the first thirty years of it, the Soviets, er, Russians, were the Evil Empire. In Kindergarten I did Duck and Cover drills at Ashley Elementary School in Denver. As a boy I listened to my Dad explain to me that Barry Goldwater would have defeated the Russians. As a teenager I watched the Soviets invade Afghanistan. In Junior High I was appalled when Ford announced that the Poles did not consider themselves dominated by the Soviets. In High School I listened as Reagan declared the Soviets “The Evil Empire.” And then I went to sea, putting my own right index finger on “the button” of nuclear deterrence.

Get what I’m saying? I’m the hawk here. I hated the Soviets from the day was was born. I’m the guy who would – all over again – go back to sea to wait for the law to be signed outlawing Russia, followed by the command to bomb them back to the Stone Age in five minutes.

I don’t trust Putin or the neo-Stalinists. I don’t believe them when they say they want peace and prosperity. I’ve never trusted them. And I never will.

And for all of that, I still cannot believe the way this country is going into full 400Hz flop and twitch over $150,000 worth of idiotic Facebook ads.

Facebook ads people… Quick – don’t think about it… name five people you personally know who actually click on Facebook ads…

EEEEEERRRRNNNNTTTT. Times up!


SEGMENT – BOWE GOES FREE? (28:28)

The news that ex-Sgt Bowe Bergdahl will serve no prison time for his desertion has the nation and social media abuzz. I’m not in any way, shape or form surprised that he got no prison time. Why? Because the 6th Amendment still applies to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. And the Commander in Chief still doesn’t understand that.

Now matter how many people scream and yell that “Since when does deserting your post in war time not require the firing squad?” it doesn’t change the facts. First, we don’t shoot – or at least very rarely – shoot people for desertion in the face of the enemy. Second, you can’t have the Commander in Chief out screeching about how justice for an accused but not convicted (or at that point even charged) soldier should be treated. It taints the presumption of innocence, and it makes it impossible to get a fair trial or sentence.

So you can be mad if you want. But be mad at those who ignore the Constitution, which still applies to a deserter. 


SEGMENT – WHY I AM NOT A LIBERTARIAN (49:18)

For years I’ve been asked over and again why I am not a member of the Libertarian Party. For most of those years, my answer was milquetoast, mainly dealing with the LP’s position on drugs and in the Ron Paul era it’s position on isolationism. But in truth, I am not a hard-line anti-marijuana guy, although I would never use it myself. And while I am not an isolationist, I think that there is need for a national discussion and much more congressional debate about our military involvement overseas.

So imagine my surprise when I was doing my Torah Study this week, and I found the answer as to why I am not a Libertarian. Mostly, it’s because the Libertarians themselves are not able to truly define what it is that they believe, and when they do, it is not compatible with my faith…


 

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