The 50 Yard Line



SEGMENT – Why the NFL Players Aren’t Wrong But Aren’t Right

The common retort to those who complain about the kneeling NFL players is that “they have a 1st Amendment right” and if you oppose them, you hate the Constitution. The problem with that line of thought is that the people opposing the players also have a 1st Amendment right. but how many of them can do what the players are doing and get away with it?

SEGMENT – Kennedy and the 50 Yard Line Prayer

Former Bremerton High School Football Coach Joe Kennedy has appealed his case to the 9th Circuit asking for an en banc hearing after a three Judge panel ruled that his prayers were an unconstitutional act of establishment. He argues that the ruling de facto says that school teachers have no 1st Amendment rights.

SEGMENT – “Russia” and the American Election(s)

Facebook has said that it will release the ads which it says came from Russia and deal with” social and political” issues. But the statement Facebook released raises as many questions as it answers…

SEGMENT – Vietnam

Ken Burns newest documentary is well underway, and looks at the Vietnam War. There have been many reviews of it that are good and bad, some of them quite emphatic.

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One Man Can Change the World



SEGMENT – American Ignorance

As it turns out, Americans – many of whom continue to call for things like eliminating Free Speech and abolishing the electoral College, have almost no idea why those things exist in the first place. But before you jump to the standard Chat Show Host outrage conclusion, consider this – why would they? Think about this for a second: how much time did you personally spend when you made your last big ticket purchase, thinking about the pros and cons of that spending? Now… how did that compare with how much time you actually spend thinking about your voting choices?

Given how candidates and issues are presented to us, why would we spend time on civics or learning about the “why’s” of our system? Seriously, what incentive is there for this “average” American Citizen to not just know these things, but to even care?

 

SEGMENT – The Russian Facebook ROI

“Russia,” as some sort of homogenous unit, bought $155,000 in Facebook ads during the 2016 Election. According to recent news reports, this investment of a mere $155,000 changed the election. Why does this seem far fetched to me? Because it is a generally accepted rule of thumb that the ROI on Facebook advertising is basically worthless…

SEGMENT – One Man Can Change the World

Once upon a time (Sept 26, 1983), a man you’ve probably never heard about, changed the world.

Traffic Court



SEGMENT – 9/11

My son, for the first time, this year, asked me about the Towers.

In many ways, 9/11 for him, is much like Pearl Harbor for me. That is to say that it is an event with which he will have to live with the consequences, without having lived through the actual event. The war(s) resulting from 9/11 have now been declared “the longest” in our history. But for fourty-six years we lived with the consequences and fallout from World War II…

Segment – The Elimination of Privacy In America

You’ve heard the stories about Google and Facebook and probably even JC Penny’s monitoring your online use and “targeting” ads for you to see every day. For me, it’s rather humorous. Because of the nature of my work, I spend a good deal of time researching things that I would otherwise have no interest in. Then I get ads related to those things, which I ignore and click on “Not relevant to me.”

Then, like most of you, I go out and buy a living room table on my credit card.

And in some room full of computers somewhere, somebody takes notice of that.

What does it mean that Dave just bought a dining room set at a furniture store in Bremerton, Washington? What information can we glean from this purchase? what might it predict that Dave will do next?

Don’t think that’s happening?

You might think that Equifax is *just* a credit reporting company.

But it’s not *just* that. And while you might think that 143 Million Americans getting their data breached because of Equifax carelessness, it’s what they may have been doing with that data in the first place that should really make you mad.

SEGMENT – Traffic Court

I have to go to Traffic Court today. I guess that’s not 100% accurate, I chose to go to Traffic Court today because I received a Red Light Camera ticket via mail. Oddly enough, the pictures that came with a sworn statement, signed by a local LEO, are clearly my truck. Stopped at a red light. Brakes on and not moving. So my wife said, and I quote, “You’re fighting this one…”

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