Category Archives: History
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)
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…
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…
SEGMENT – “WE MUST DO SOMETHING…”
In the aftermath of Vegas, et al, the call once again becomes “We must do something.” The problem is, what is something to one person may be nothing to another, and everything to yet another. It all comes down to an understanding of what “reasonable” is. Because what is reasonable to you, may not be to me, and vice versa.
In short, other nations have gone so far as to confiscate guns from citizens. But here in the United States, that would be… problematic at best. So. for the moment, let’s play the “What If?” game. If there were a law which banned all guns, how would those who pass such a law go about enforcing it?
Reference to Constitution Thursday The Saturday Podcast Episode “I Don’t Like Monday’s”
SEGMENT – GERRYMANDERING
In Wisconsin, the State Legislature stands accused of deciding to gerrymander the whole State to favor one Political Party. Now look, this is nothing new. But it is new to have the Supreme Court take up the case and look at whether or not Gerrymandering is in the “best interests of democracy.”
Putting aside the whole “we’re not a democracy” argument for the moment, there actually is a solution to the problem that would make it more challenging (not impossible) to gerrymander, but there is no way on this green planet that the Donkeys and Elephants will ever allow it to happen…
SEGMENT – FRIENDS
A voicemail reminds me of why I love doing these podcasts and shows so very much.