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The New Version of the Annual 5th of May Show


By very special request, I have sat down to talk about why Cinco de Mayo is the most American Holiday – on one of the most American days – there could be. 

Our story begins with a simple question: Why exactly were the French fighting in Mexico in 1862?

When you understand how we got to that moment, when the French thought that they could use Mexico as a tool for international intrigue, the complicated relationship between the US, our “friends” the French and  our neighbor Mexico one can begin to see that when the 5th of May rolls around, there’s more reason for Americans to celebrate than you might think.

So… let’s take a trip back in time and talk about the 5th of May, 1862…

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Coffee



C-o-f-f-e-e, coffee is not for me,
It’s a drink some people wake up with,
That it makes them nervous is no myth,
Slaves to a coffee cup, they can’t give coffee up.

– German Children’s Song that Dave learned in 5th Grade at Eagleton Elementary

SEGMENT – PNEUMONIA

Celebrating International Podcasting Day is always a great reminder of all the Podcasters doing fantastic work, as well as an opportunity for you…

It was a long week that ended up with a trip to the emergency Room when Ben started having chest pains. Dave had to try to stay calm as his seven year old son was given an EKG. As it turned out, there really was a problem and going to the ER was the right move.

SEGMENT – OH MY G-D THAT MIGHT KILL YOU! GIVE ME MONEY!

Some years ago, the State of California passed the ill-advised Prop 65. The idea here was “to force” companies to stop putting carcinogens into food, drink and other products that Californians use every day. Sound good and noble, right? Public Safety, after all, is the highest calling of local governments. The problem isn’t so much the intentions, it’s the methodology…

 

SEGMENT – 300,000 Yankees

Much ado is made today over the social conditions in the country. But once upon a time, as is so often forgotten, 300,000 Americans died, and countless more (including my great-grandfather) were left wounded and broken, for fighting the very thing of which today many stand accused. There is virtually no acknowledgement of the sacrifice, courage and honor of the Union soldier. This week, a Private who served in the 48th Illinois Volunteer Regiment from 1861 to 1865, was buried with full honors here in Kitsap County. It was a reminder to all generations that there were more men than not, who stood for what was right…

SEGMENT – Father Coughlin

The Government has a long and dark history of silencing opposing views. from the Alien & Sedition Acts of the late 1790’s which cost John Adams his Presidency, to the Lincoln Administrations jailing of copperhead journalists, to the arrests and jailing of anti-war protesters in 1917-18, to the silencing of an offensive and downright evil radio voice in 1942. It really is only is the mid-century that the government has more-or-lived by the principles of the 1st Amendment. That in no way means that it wants to do so…

Language and Perspective



Segment 1 – Welcome to the New Studio!

The experience of buying a home with a “credit challenge” can be stressful beyond belief. The new digs have everything Dave’s ever wanted in a home except for one thing – a Mead Hall.

Segment 2 – “As a Reminder to Future Generations”

After Charlottesville the national scrutiny of Confederate symbols has become acute. Should a monument be eliminated simply because it exists? Or is there a deeper meaning to some of these statues and stones? In the late summer of 1991, I went to Gettysburg. what I found there provides me with my answer and position of the removal of CSA monuments.

Segment 3 – “The Question”

In all of my years in the media, one of the biggest questions I get asked is “Why don’t Jews vote Republican?” There is an answer to that question, and I guarantee that if you are an evangelical Christian republican you will not like it. The interesting thing about it is that it applies to other minority groups as well. And if the GOP really wants to reach those voter groups, they might want to think about how they change their approach…

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