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Teavana



SEGMENT – THE STEINLE VERDICT (00:00)

The Steinle verdict has the entirety of the political right abuzz. Anger, frustration, screeching and fingers being pointed are the typical responses.

Which means that General Patton was right – When Everybody is thinking the same thing, nobody is thinking.

At. All.

So what happened? Did the Jury nullify? Did the Prosecution over-charge and/or under prosecute? Were the Jury members an OJ Simpson Jury level of stupid?

WHAT THE HECK WENT WRONG??? BECAUSE “WE ALL KNOW” THAT WE DIDN’T GET “JUSTICE!!!!!”


SEGMENT – TEAVANA (36:41)

But for all of that, was this THE most important thing to come out of a Court this past week that will effect liberty and freedom in The United States?

Of course not… That might have come from a local Judge in Indiana, who decided that Teavana, a company owned by Starbucks, should have to follow her order and not do something in its own best interest. Remember, a Government that can tell Starbucks how to run its business, can tell you how to run yours… 


SEGMENT – FRANCE 1945: A THEORY (45:24)

In post World War II, the incidents of sexual attacks and misconduct exploded in France. Now you might think that things would have been worse under the occupation, but it was after the Germans were driven out that things got really bad for women.

When you take a look at why it happened, your eyes might open up a bit as to why this conduct seems to have taken a hold here in America…


Notes:

Reports of Accidental Discharge Acknowledged by Sig Sauer
Lawsuit filed by injured Police Officer over accidental discharge
Comments and observations from an Alternate Juror on the Steinle Case

Sir Paul McCartney – English Tea
La Chant Des Partisans


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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…

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…

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