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Le Spectacle Final de 2017



It was ten years ago that I cut the cord on my previous life and went full time into being a Talker. At the time I was certain it was the thing to do. Today? It was absolutely the best thing to do! The ways it changed my life have been amazing and a blessing.


The 2018 version of the annual “Only NCAA football game that actually matters” was fantastic. From the opening moments to the final note of the Army Alma Mater, the Army-Navy game was an awesome experience. Okay, Army won (two in a row, now), but as I have so often said, I can live with that. This game has so much more meaning than who scored more points.

One of the more interesting things about this game is the inter-service rivalry and what we used to call “Spirit” but today is known as “trolling.” The best sign – in my humble opinion – was a Navy sign that took direct aim at a former Cadet’s political views, which he stated at his graduation and upset more than a few people. But it also raises questions about the 1st Amendment, Military Service and  what kind of leaders we seem to be producing these days.


The controversy over the Roy Moore Senate campaign just continues to grow. what happens this week will – without a doubt – cause even more Moore brouhaha. Theories abound as to what will happen and why. The bigger question is my mind is how we allowed ourselves to even get to this point. Roy Moore is not a sphinx, he is not a mystery wrapped in an enigma and smothered in secret sauce. His record and his beliefs are there for all of us to see.

So while it’s up to Alabama voters to decide who will – at least for the moment –  represent them in the US Senate, it might be a time for the rest of us to really think a bit about what it is exactly that we stand for?


 

 

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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…

Harvey, Bowe and Roy

Editors Notes: This was not an easy show to record. Dave was both eager to talk about these things and at the same time, reticent (for reasons you will hear) to do so. We apologize for it being late, but now you understand why.



SEGMENT – SOME OF HOLLYWOOD’S BEST ACTING

Harvey Weinstein’s recent outing as a predatory sexual criminal has some odd effects on the nation and society as a whole. first of all, are we really that shocked to discover this? The truth is it was so well known an occurrence that it became a trope used in movies, books and TV for decades. Even some of our favorite films make reference to it. Moreover, is the outrage expressed by Hollywood itself really believable? Maybe, maybe not. But in any case, the destruction which is caused by this behavior is more than can measured by a simple #hashtag or a newspaper article. Do you really understand how damaging to the victims this is? Do you understand how it effects their lives permanently? How it changes the lives who love and care for the victims? Why do the Harvey Weinstein’s of the world – not just Hollywood – get to decide to destroy lives with impunity? And what – if anything – can we or should we do about it. Because at the end of the day, while Hollywood knew about it and chose to live with it, we knew about it too…

As I have said before,  I personally have never been a victim of sexual abuse or harassment. But… I personally know far too many people who have been. In the early 1990’s I attended a Seminary that was smack dab in the Red Light district of Atlanta, with an up close view and conversations that still haunt me. My first marriage was a quagmire of confusion and misunderstanding because of her past history of being abused.

As we see story after story of abuse and misbehavior, we are forced to ask whether or not this is simply a matter of telling men to stop, or is there something deeper at which we need to be looking? Is it really as simple as a hashtag?

The destruction caused is massive. The collateral damage effects far more people than will admit to it, and that is just one of the reasons why this problem defies any level of understanding or ability to solve with simple solutions.

SEGMENT – BOWE and ROY

Sgt (for the moment) Bowe Bergdahl complained this week that “at least the Taliban was honest” about how they treated him, implying, in fact claiming, that the Army had dealt with him unfairly.

Look, I am well on record as to what I think of Bowe Bergdahl and the trade that brought him into the Army’s hands. Now am I really supposed to give a rodents rear end about his error in thinking that the Army has treated him “unfairly” compared to the damn Taliban?

Alabama GOP Senator nominee Judge Roy Moore made some noise recently when he claimed that US Law ‘requires” people to stand for the flag and the National Anthem. The fact is that it does not, but that won’t matter to those who support him or oppose the Anthem protests. But it does raise a bigger question or two. The players say that they are “not” protesting the Flag, and I have no idea then what exactly it is that they are protesting. But, I dismiss the idea that they are not being offensive.

Why? Because whether or not I “support” the Flag or Police or the National Anthem or anything else literally has nothing to do with why I stand for the moment.

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