Category Archives: Civil War


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


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.


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…


“Dave, what do you think about the Charlottesville riot?”

Look, what I think should be pretty obvious, and literally nothing that I have to say about it will change anybody’s mind about it. For the record, the person who sent me that message is a die hard liberal leftist who is more concerned that I have not “condemned” the Neo-Nazi movement in Virginia to his satisfaction, than about what I actually “think” about the incident.

That’s fine. My friends are an expansive group covering every line of the spectrum of political and religious thought and belief. From left to right, nothing I have ever said has ever changed any of their minds. Nothing that I could add to this story will either.

I could point out the obvious, which is that yes, I hate Nazis. Some things shouldn’t have to be said.

I could point out the obvious, which is that those who are most loudly demanding condemnation of the Nazi’s are the same folks who refuse to condemn violence and rhetoric from those who appear to have political concord with them.¬†

I could point out the obvious which is that we (corporately as a society) have spent the last thirty years lionizing and honoring those who make their living stoking dissention and division, be it political or racial.

I could do that. But why bother? Nobody is gonna change their minds over this.

So the biggest story on the planet right now is Charlottesville. ISIL claimed responsibility for killing 15 people yesterday in Pakistan. In Kenya, 16 people have died in election related violence as one of the longtime most stable countries in Central Africa comes apart. I listened yesterday as a person explained to me that the reason they were scared to by a house was… North Korea. In Iraq, two American Soldiers died yesterday in combat.

In combat.

In a war that we were told was “ended.”

I have lost track of the comments I’ve heard on the news and seen on social media that we “have never been more divided.”

That, my dear friends is really what this is all about. It’s a complete myth. It’s demonstrable nonsense. It’s not only untrue, it’s a falsehood that should be labeled as “fake news.”

But instead, people – friends – on both sides, keep repeating the line, we’ve never been more divided.

Putting aside the obvious, the American Civil War, the truth is that we have been “more divided” on so many occasions that it boggles the mind of the modern American raised on tales of the New Deal and World War II. It reminds me of one of my favorite jokes:

A new Marine reached Guadalcanal late in the battle, when the Japanese were just hanging on and being mopped up. The Marine was disappointed because he had not gotten to participate in the fight.

His Sergeant told him, “Go up on the hill over there and yell, ‘To Hell with Hirohito!’ When the Japanese Soldier stand up to reply, shoot him.”

So, the Marine walked off towards the hill. A long time passes and the Sergeant doesn’t hear anything. A bit later the Marine comes back into the camp.

“What happened?” asked the Sergeant.

“I yelled like you said, and then the Japanese soldier stood up and yelled back, ‘To hell with Roosevelt!’ And of course, I cannot shoot a fellow Republican…”

Even in the fire of World War II, we were divided. We were even more divided during World War I, with the US Government throwing people in jail for speaking out against the war. My own childhood was spent watching Vietnam protestors throw rocks and bottles at people who disagreed with them.

Never more divided.


The difference was how we dealt with that division. Sometimes we compromised. Sometimes we worked it out via legislation or even the occasional Constitutional Amendment.

I can point all of this out, and it won’t mean anything to people who have closed their minds to truth and to history. They have already decided that the only thing that can “heal” the “division” is to silence the others.

So… I leave you with this simple question: What scares you more:

(a) a neo-Nazi screaming “Blood and Soil!”

(b) a BLM screaming “Black Lives Matter!”

(c) a person who says that they support the Constitution, and now says that either side should be silenced?

I know what it is for me. And nothing that you say to me about it is going to change my mind…

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