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The PLRI Preztel

Dave’s day is off to a painful and frustrating start. First, he fell out of bed this morning and hurt himself. Then he got into a discussion over public sector pay with a public sector person. It’ll get your blood going, but it’s not the usual calm morning he has getting Ben ready for school and reading things of interest to himself.

The PLRI PretzelTrumps call to ban all PLRI entry into the country – for any reason, including US Citizens who are returning from abroad – has the nations buzzing and arguing. Is Trump a racist xenophobic Islamophobe? Or is it true that we have – as a nation – done this sort of thing before? Is it Constitutional? Is it legal? Is it beneficial? Would it work?

The real question is, as always, under the surface of the position that Trump has posted on his site. And that is, is conducting foreign and/or domestic policy on the basis of poll numbers really the best way to conduct that policy?

Only people you trust can hurt you, which would mean that perhaps we need to look at who and why we trust. After all, the US Government admits it had a program to monitor communications for all Americans in order to keep us safe from the terrorists. But it didn’t work, did it?

The whole issue has the whole country – and especially the GOP – twisted into a gigantic pretzel.

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YOU ARE WRONG! (Which Means That I am RIGHT!)

Welcome back from the extended Thanksgiving break, I hope that you had a wonderful time. We did, except that we forgot to get sweet potatoes and so we had no delicious yams. Alas.

ColoradoShooter-660x330I almost didn’t want to upload this show, as it is sure to piss off… well.. pretty much everybody, left and right. The simple truth is that neither side knows what is going on with Mr. (or Mrs.?) Dear, but both sides are so determined to make certain that the event fits their agenda AND that makes the other side WRONG, so that there is no objective or critical thinking going on.

Did the Planned Parenthood videos “cause” the shooting? If you believe so, do you also believe that Adam Lanza was equally influenced by violent video games and films? If Dear is “not” a Christian because YOUR beliefs mean as a Christians YOU do not behave “that way,” are not the Muslims who proclaim ISIL as “not Muslim” because that’s not how THEY behave as Muslims also correct?

If you believe that we just need to try and understand the ISIL terrorists and relate to them on their level, do you also believe that such an effort must be made to understand why Dylan Roof hates black people? Or why Christians (in your view) shoot at Planned Parenthood? 

And if you believe that Islam is a political system, do you not also accept that throughout history Christianity has been a political system as well?

At the end of the day, it’s possible, if not probable, that the Police simply do not yet know what Mr. Deer’s motivation is or was.

And any attempt to inflict our agenda’s upon his actions, is nothing more than an attempt to make the other side wrong, rather than discover the truth.

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Breaking Down the PLRI

Allah_logo.svgOne of the big mistakes that we in the western world make is to presume that the PLRI is one giant, monolithic, homogeneous group of people who all have the exact same values and interpretations of their Holy Scriptures. As it turns out, Islam has a great deal in common with another major world religion that also is not a giant, monolithic, homogeneous group of people who also do not all believe the same thing or interpret their Holy Scriptures the same way.

A small, relatively unknown sect of the PLRI is the Sufi, which believes that it is destined – by its actions – to bring about the return of Jesus and the end of the world. Everything they do, as it turns out, is dedicated to this aim – to bring about the end of the world. They know that according to their prophetic beliefs, all but a few thousand of them will die in the effort. Nevertheless, they are totally dedicated to the cause of bringing about the end of the world.

Unlike some claims of late, they ARE Islamic. They share many beliefs and many of the same interpretations as say, the Saudi’s. What sets them apart from the rest of the world of Islam, is their dedication to bringing about the end of the world. And – again – EVERYTHING that they do, serves that singular purpose. It makes no sense to anybody else, Christian, Jew or Muslim, if you don’t look at what they are doing through that single goal and purpose.

Christianity certainly has it’s “crazy” offshoots, and there is nothing in the world that will get people to change their own interpretation of their beliefs faster than being attacked.

So, you can call ISIL a “Zebra” all you want, it’s still Islamic in it’s nature, beliefs and actions. But that doesn’t mean that every Muslim is a Sufi, nor that every Christian is a “warrior.”

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Other stuff that Dave won’t get to on the Show today:

The Chicago Bears played a game yesterday which they lost by exactly 2 points. In that game, the Bears received zero penalties, but benefited from 118 yards of penalties on their opponent, including 64 in the last five minutes of the game. Oddly enough, the Vegas line on the game was…. 2 points. Coincidence?

Meanwhile, Rams starting QB Case Keenum was hit in the head and obviously hurt, but was NOT removed from the game for a concussion protocol. On Monday night last, Bryon Hoyer was not hit in the head, had no obvious symptoms of a concussion and was removed from the game, three series after the alleged hit, for concussion protocols and did not return to a game in which his team was the underdog but proving to be better than the odds. The difference? Aside from Vegas odds, it is unlikely that anyone- or that at least very few people – started Case Keenum as their QB on DraftKings yesterday.

On Friday, 49er’s QB Colin Kapernick was placed on IR, his season, and presumably his career in San Francisco, over. You need to understand this – that doesn’t happen. Backup QB’s are NEVER placed on IR on Friday, when the game plan is already in and the equipment is packed for the trip to Seattle. It doesn’t happen. But as we learn later, by IRing, Cap, the 49ers ‘save” more than $1 Million in roster bonus they would have owed him. In other words, this was gigantic “F**K You, Colin Kapernick. we hate you!” to the guy who had them literally one play from the Super Bowl win and one play from the Super Bowl a second time. Look, I said it then and I still say that the 49er’s made a mistake in going to Cap and getting rid of Alex Smith. This type of QB play in the NFL never lasts and is ultimately almost never (save Seattle?) successful. It’s sand lot football and professionals don’t like to be shown up by kids. I still think that Cap has potential, but NOT as a QB, and NOT in San Francisco. The problem is, what is some team going to give SF in a trade for a guy that they know is NOT a fit for their offensive system? Very little would be my guess. Which is why kids should take¬† notice here, $164 Million contracts, don’t mean much if you aren’t winning. Look for the Jets or the Eagles to pick him up…

Look, I love football and the especially the NFL. But there is a whole lot of hanky-panky going on when it comes to injury reports and how concussions are handled. Problems that have always excited, but with the rise of on-line gambling (especially fantasy football) have exposed these issues for what they are – potential areas where unscrupulous and dishonest people can make a lot of money from the unsuspecting fan. frankly, if you feel the need to gamble on the NFL, just send the money you were going to play with to me. You’ll come out the same, and I will put it to better use than they will.

The overall reaction to Friday’s show (one of the biggest downloads ever), has been generally positive. I want you to understand that I do not dislike Homeless people. I spent, as I said, much of my life working with and supporting and even befriending them. If I were honest with you I would even tell you that at one point in my life I dated a homeless gal. But that doesn’t mean that boorish and stupid behavior isn’t boorish and stupid. Mr. Schutnecht is a great example of that – he is homeless by choice and now he wants money for his choice. I continue to believe that if Cities would stand up to this type of shakedown, that the Courts might indeed find that they (the Cities) do have the right to limit obnoxious behavior, the kind demonstrated over and again by Mr. Schutnecht. Unfortunately, the system is such that it would be very expensive and time consuming to the Citizens, while the plaintiffs sit back and laugh their way through the case, knowing that even if they lose they have no accountability or responsibility for the costs.

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