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9 minutes | Nov 1, 2021
Episode 322: Rampant Inflation / Refusing Service / The Debt Limit
Our clogged ports Sorry for the sound quality this time around. I haven’t unpacked the audio equipment yet from our move. I thought we’d have some inflation after the lockdowns were over. However, the Biden administration has not been doing much too keep that under control. I said that when a liberal restaurant owner kicked out a prominent Republican that it was wrong. Today I’m going on the record to say that when it happens on the Right it’s just as wrong. However, this time there is a funny turn of events. Both Republicans and Democrats have been squishy on the issue of increasing the debt limit. Neither side has been better than the other. But that’s about to change. Mentioned links: The incredible, disappearing — incompetent — Team Biden #EmptyShelvesJoe trending on Twitter amid Biden’s supply chain crisis WaPo: Bread Lines Aren’t So Bad, Puny Citizens Florida diner that forbids Biden supporters becomes so popular that it runs out of food Episode 218: Blacklisted by a Red Hen / ACLU Cools to Civil Liberties / SCOTUS Rules Against Coerced Speech Growing number of Democrats endorse abolishing debt limit altogether ‘Glorious karma’: Braves bring World Series to Atlanta after MLB pulls All-Star Game Getting some shopping done? If you're going to shop at Amazon, please consider clicking on my affiliate link. Thanks! On Apple devices, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. If you're on Android, listen with Google Podcasts. Stitcher Radio is another possibility for both Apple and Android devices. If you do download Stitcher to your phone, please use the promo code “ConsiderThis” to let them know where you heard about it. Browser-based options are the Blubrry Network and Player.fm. And if you have some other podcatcher or RSS reader, click here to get the direct feed and paste it wherever you need it. I would love it if you would spread the word about the podcast! Click the Facebook, Twitter, and other icons (or all of them!) at the bottom of this post to recommend "Consider This!" to your social media audience. Show transcript Well it’s been some time since I talked to you. Let’s see what’s been happening. Inflation has reared its ugly head. Now I will say this; after the shutdowns and lockdowns of 2020, I figured that all that pent-up demand would lead to a buying binge that would mean prices would rise, just like your Econ 101 teacher said they would. But the Biden administration hasn’t been doing such a good job at trying to mitigate it. Getting stuff into our ports has, apparently, been such a hassle for Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg that he’s been taking paternity leave since August. Ships with shipping containers of all kinds of stuff are hanging out waiting their turn to dock at ports on both coasts. This has driven inflation up more than it would have been otherwise. But I guess it doesn’t matter that the price is higher if you can’t buy it anyway. The hashtag #EmptyShelvesJoe was trending at one point complete with pictures of said shelves. But the Washington Post, dutifully attempting to cover for a Democrat, tweeted this, “Don’t rant about short-staffed stores and supply chain woes. Try to lower expectations.” You see, we’re too used to being a first-world country. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain who’s paying people to stay at home, or whose incompetence at transportation and commerce is hitting us right in the supply chain. Just get over yourselves! Does anyone think ideas like that would have been published in the Post if Donald Trump had been elected? Back in 2018 in episode 218 I talked about how a restaurant, the Red Hen, refused to serve Sarah Huckabee-Sanders. I chided the restaurant for outright refusing to serve someone based on their political affiliation. And now I’m going to be consistent in that belief. The DeBary Diner in DeBary, Florida put up a sign on its door saying, “If you voted for and continue to support and stand behind the worthless, inept and corrupt administration currently inhabiting the White House that is complicit in the death of our servicemen and women in Afghanistan, please take your business elsewhere. God bless America, and God bless our soldiers.” This is more than what the Red Hen did. The Red Hen refused to serve a high-profile press secretary based on her politics. The DeBary Diner told all Biden voters to stay away, though it presumably would let them self-select rather than asking them on their way in. Either way, this is not the way to go about making your point. In fact, the DeBary Diner had to close early on the same day it posted that sign. Not because it was ordered to, but because it had received too many orders. See, it got so much support from locals, plus donations from around the world for sending meals to veterans, that it ran out of food. OK, that part of the story brought a giggle to my face. But I guess, given Biden’s poll numbers, it shouldn’t have surprised me. But otherwise, don’t do this whole political sorting thing, OK? It’s just not helpful at all. OK, but that was funny. You may have heard, or may not have heard, that the government is approaching the debt limit. That’s basically the credit card limit that the government is allowed to borrow up to without passing a bill to raise it even further. Unlike your own credit card, where you would have to ask the bank to give you a higher limit, Congress can just ask itself, and it always grants the request. Each time this happens, the party in power wants it raised and the other party wants to make them sweat about it. This is true no matter who the party in power is, whether Republican or Democrat. Neither side comes out looking any better than the other; they both just want to keep expanding those purse strings. This time however, one side is actually looking quite a bit worse. Democrats, it seems, want to get rid of the debt limit completely, or hand the authority over to someone else. Leave aside that, once again, Democrats want to centralize authority to someone on high to merely make a pronouncement about the debt and absolved them of any responsibility, what they don’t want you to know is that they could raise the debt limit tomorrow with just Democrat votes. Using what’s called the Reconciliation process, Democrats would only need a bare majority in both the House and the Senate in order to pass a bill regarding the debt limit. But you see, that would mean they would own the increased borrowing and spending, especially since they want to borrow and spend about 80 gazillion dollars in the next 10 minutes. If spending that much makes our current inflation even worse, as it almost certainly would, then they would have to own that as well. It’s not something they would enjoy having to defend right before the 2022 elections. So while it’s true that neither side winds up smelling like a rose when it comes to controlling our nation’s debt, one side would rather not be bothered by it anymore. I wonder what that smells like? And finally in sports (which is not something I cover very often), my hometown boys, the Atlanta Braves, are going to the World Series. Aside from the fact that their last World Series win was in 1995 and it’s about time they did it again, let’s not forget that fellow Georgian Stacy Abrams and others lobbied Major League Baseball to move the All-Star game from Atlanta to Denver, and denied those businesses at and near the new stadium income from that. And now we’re going to get an even bigger event here in town. Yeah, the best revenge is winning. The post Episode 322: Rampant Inflation / Refusing Service / The Debt Limit appeared first on Consider This!.
23 minutes | Sep 11, 2021
Episode 321: 9/11 20 Years On
9/11 Headlines It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since the devastating terror attack on September 11, 2001. The memories seem so fresh. But are they? In this episode you’ll hear my memories, a listener’s memories, and a Romanian’s ruminations on how we came together in the days following. Mentioned links: One man’s ‘mirror for America’ (November 6th, 2001) Getting some shopping done? If you're going to shop at Amazon, please consider clicking on my affiliate link. Thanks! On Apple devices, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. If you're on Android, listen with Google Podcasts. Stitcher Radio is another possibility for both Apple and Android devices. If you do download Stitcher to your phone, please use the promo code “ConsiderThis” to let them know where you heard about it. Browser-based options are the Blubrry Network and Player.fm. And if you have some other podcatcher or RSS reader, click here to get the direct feed and paste it wherever you need it. I would love it if you would spread the word about the podcast! Click the Facebook, Twitter, and other icons (or all of them!) at the bottom of this post to recommend "Consider This!" to your social media audience. Show transcript “They weren’t Canadian.” These were the first words that I heard when I picked up the phone in my cubicle and said, “Hello, Doug Payton.” I recognized the voice as someone from our Canadian office. “What?”, I stammered, taken a little aback at the unusual greeting. “They weren’t Canadian.” he repeated. “What weren’t Canadian?” I asked. “The planes.” he replied. “What planes?” I asked. And that’s when I found out that something was disastrously wrong. By this time, both towers had been hit. I tried to bring up various news sites on the web to find out what was happening, but apparently everyone else in the country, and much of the world, was doing the same thing. My web browser just showed me error after error. At one point I managed to get the top portion of The Drudge Report to load, and his headline screamed, “Who did this?” I remember the voice mail I got at the office from my wife telling me to listen to the news. I remember hearing people in other cubicles relay news reported to them from spouses or friends over the phone (some of which turned out to be wrong). I remember thinking that when the towers came down the death toll could reach into 5 figures. (I remember being so grateful later on that it wasn’t.) I remember my boss telling everyone to go home. I remember watching TV pretty much the rest of the day. I remember when my kids got home from school and we talked about what had happened. My kids took it well. They asked questions, and I answered them the best that I could. I’ve always tried to instill a sense of history in them when interesting things happened (we talked a lot about the 2000 election debacle), but in this case there was history mixed with a sadness, even a reverence, for those who just went to work that day and never came home. One of my daughters was studying the state of New York in school and had recently decided to do a diorama of New York City. When it came time to do the buildings, I was going to print out a picture of the skyline, which we’d cut up and give a 3-D look to. When we asked her whether she wanted the Twin Towers there or not, she thought for a second and decided that she wanted them to be in there. She and her sister had visited the Twin Towers a couple years earlier with their aunt from Queens, and they remember looking out from the top. Sometime after the clean-up at Ground Zero was finished, I took my 3 oldest kids there. I have some pictures of them there, as well as the perfectly-proportioned cross made of steel beams that was found in the wreckage, standing tall in the midst of what should have been two tall towers and thousands of people. Again, I was trying to instill a sense of the historic in them. I have a lot of memories from 9/11, but not nearly as many as others. One of my brothers-in-law was stuck in downtown Manhattan for 3 straight days. He did maintenance work at a hospital, and for him to leave would have meant putting patients in peril, so he stayed. When he did come home, he ate, slept, and went right back. You want memories? He’s got ’em, and they’re far more emotional than mine. So 20 years on, we’re remembering the day, each in our own way, based on our own memories. But we, as a nation, have a corporate memory as well; the sum total of all of our thoughts and experiences. This national memory sometimes fades, in and out, especially as the time passes. We were so patriotic in the days after 9/11, but where has that gone now? Some of us still are. But flag decals on your car don’t make you patriotic. I think standing up for your country when you believe your country is right is nothing to be ashamed of. I also think criticizing your country, in an honest manner, when you believe your country is wrong is nothing to be ashamed of, either. So I believe that criticizing a war you think is wrong is patriotic, but I don’t think that marching in the street complaining of a tyrannical government that is worse than al Qaeda is, or is somehow dictatorial, is an honest criticism. If they were tyrannical, if they were stifling dissent, you couldn’t be marching in the street against them. In one episode of “Star Trek: Deep Space 9”, Captain Sisko noted the problem between how Earth was handling a situation and how he thought it should be handled. His complaint was that Earth itself was the problem. [The Problem is Earth audio] In a similar fashion, I think we in the U.S. don’t really understand how good we’ve got it. We’ve forgotten, as a nation, what it felt like that fall morning when 3,000 died and our notion of impenetrability was shattered. Hopefully, today will remind some folks about what is really going on in the world. Seeing people who have more of an emotional attachment to their 9/11 memories might awaken in others the real reason we can’t wait for the rest of the world to agree that our country needs defending. Today is not just an occasion to light some candles. It’s not just for comforting those who’ve lost loved ones. It is those things, but it is also one thing above all. This is a day to remember. Remember. I put out the call for listeners to let me know what they felt and experienced that day 20 years ago. Here is what listener Barb had to say. [Barb Rankin audio] Make a difference, where you can, when you can. This is similar to advice I’ve heard elsewhere. If you want to change the world, start with changing yourself by, indeed, making a difference where you can when you can. If you can’t do that, the world is certainly too far a stretch. Thanks Barb for your thoughts. Naturally, Cornel Nistorescu writes his column in Romanian – he is, after all, managing director of News of the Day, an influential newspaper in Romania. So he was more than a little startled when he started getting e-mails from the United States about a column he wrote in late September 2001, soon after 9/11. He wrote the column after watching a telethon, broadcast from Los Angeles, to raise money for victims of the terrorist attacks. He had called the column ‘An Ode to America’ (“Cintarea AmericiI”). And when he began getting e-mails from the United States about it, he realized it had been translated and put on the Internet. “It’s unbelievable,” said Nistorescu, who was in Washington at the time. “It’s incredible how a text published in Romanian became a mirror for America.” Moved by the spirit of the telethon, Nistorescu, who had been a newspaperman for 25 years at the time and writes on an old-fashioned typewriter, began trying to figure out for himself what America was all about. He described his conclusions in the “Ode to America”. Ode to America Why are Americans so united? They don’t resemble one another even if you paint them! They speak all the languages of the world and form an astonishing mixture of civilizations. Some of them are nearly extinct, others are incompatible with one another, and in matters of religious beliefs, not even God can count how many they are. Still, the American tragedy turned three hundred million people into a hand put on the heart. Nobody rushed to accuse the White House, the army, the secret services, that they are only a bunch of losers. Nobody rushed to empty their bank accounts. Nobody rushed on the streets nearby to gape about. The Americans volunteered to donate blood and to give a helping hand. After the first moments of panic, they raised the flag on the smoking ruins, putting on T-shirts, caps and ties in the colors of the national flag. They placed flags on buildings and cars as if in every place and on every car a minister or the president was passing. On every occasion they started singing their traditional song: “God Bless America!” Silent as a rock, I watched the charity concert broadcast on Saturday once, twice, three times, on different TV channels. There were Clint Eastwood, Willie Nelson, Robert de Niro, Julia Roberts, Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali), Jack Nicholson, Bruce Springsteen, Sylvester Stallone, James Woods and many others whom no film or producers could ever bring together. The American’s solidarity spirit turned them into a choir. Actually, choir is not the word. What you could hear was the heavy artillery of the American soul. What neither George W. Bush, nor Bill Clinton, nor Colin Powell could say without facing the risk of stumbling over words and sounds, was being heard in a great and unmistakable way in this charity concert. I don’t know how it happened that all this obsessive singing of America didn’t sound croaky, nationalist or ostentatious! It made you green with envy because you weren’t able to sing for your country without running the risk of being considered chauvinist, ridiculous or suspected of who-knows-what mean interests. I watched the live broadcast and the rerun of its rerun for hours listening to the story of the guy who went down one hundred floors with a woman in a wheelchair without knowing who she was, or of the Californian hockey player who fought with the terrorists and prevented the plane from hitting a target that would have killed other hundreds or thousands of people. How on earth were they able to bow before a fellow human? Imperceptibly, with every word and musical note, the memory of some turned into a modern myth of tragic heroes. And with every phone call, millions and millions of dollars were put in a collection aimed at rewarding not a man or a family, but a spirit which nothing can buy. What on earth can unite the Americans in such a way? Their land? Their galloping history? Their economic power? Money? I tried for hours to find an answer, humming songs and murmuring phrases which risk sounding like commonplaces. I thought things over, but I reached only one conclusion. Only FREEDOM can work such miracles! I want to touch on one topic before finishing up here, and I want to begin with the last line of Cornel Nistorescu’s ode, “Only freedom can work such miracles!” We have been given such an amazing birthright by our Founding Fathers, but I fear too many don’t really grasp how important it is, even as it gets chipped away at by a bigger and more invasive government. Maybe people don’t understand it because it’s been chipped away so much. You never miss what you never experienced. Colleges are full of kids who weren’t born on 9/11 or who are too young to remember it. While we have technology, which Mr. Zapruder could only dream of, that allows you to see and hear it happen, being there at that moment in time can never quite be communicated in words. I am concerned, too, that the freedom that Mr. Nistorescu talked about is something that has been fading with the generations. This freedom, as much as it has been holding tight to life, has been slowly deteriorating. Every time the government spends millions or billions or trillions more that it takes in, we lose freedom to the ever-increasing debt. Every time fear causes us to inter our fellow citizens merely because of what they might be or do, we lose freedom to the idea that, yes, we did go there and run the risk of doing it again. Every time we censor speech merely because we take offense at it, we lose freedom to whoever can get the most offended. Freedom is on its death bed. Who can revive it? The Founding Fathers understood from where this freedom came and they believed this so intently that they pledged their lives to defend, not just the idea of freedom, but the idea of where it came from. The document where they made that pledge begins this way. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. What they were defending was every individual’s right, given to them by God and not government, to be free. They may not have lived up to the ideal themselves, but they knew what the ideal was and where it came from. Here’s how one of them put it in the year prior to the Declaration of Independence. The fundamental source of all your errors, sophisms, and false reasoning, is a total ignorance of the natural rights of mankind. Were you once to become acquainted with these, you could never entertain a thought, that all men are not, by nature, entitled to a parity of privileges. You would be convinced, that natural liberty is a gift of the beneficent Creator, to the whole human race; and that civil liberty is founded in that; and cannot be wrested from any people, without the most manifest violation of justice. So I would say to Mr. Nistorescu that what really happened here is that God worked such miracles through the freedom that he granted each of us, even through those who don’t believe in him. Freedom is like that. And hearing those words from Alexander Hamilton, I think he might look at us in 2021 and say, “Consider this.” The post Episode 321: 9/11 20 Years On appeared first on Consider This!.
9 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
Episode 320: Death Wish for Children / Reconsider This: James Younger / Afghanistan
The latest casualty of socialized medicine Don’t ever let the UK National Health Service find out you have a child on life support. They’ve found another one and have condemned it to death, and will not allow her parents to take her out of the country for treatment. I first mentioned James Younger in October of 2019. His mom had convinced him he was really a girl, and got sole custody in a divorce. There’s more to the story now. I have some good news and some bad news. And what more can I say about the botched withdrawal / retreat from Afghanistan? Well, I have my own quick take. Mentioned links: Op-Ed: Britain’s Death Cult: Court Rules Alta Fixsler Can Be Taken Off Life Support; Rejects Appeal By Family Amid Growing Number Of Verdicts Episode 271: #SaveJamesYounger Court Awards Full Custody to James Younger’s Mother but Requires Permission for Puberty Blockers, Gender Surgeries Getting some shopping done? If you're going to shop at Amazon, please consider clicking on my affiliate link. Thanks! On Apple devices, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. If you're on Android, listen with Google Podcasts. Stitcher Radio is another possibility for both Apple and Android devices. If you do download Stitcher to your phone, please use the promo code “ConsiderThis” to let them know where you heard about it. Browser-based options are the Blubrry Network and Player.fm. And if you have some other podcatcher or RSS reader, click here to get the direct feed and paste it wherever you need it. I would love it if you would spread the word about the podcast! Click the Facebook, Twitter, and other icons (or all of them!) at the bottom of this post to recommend "Consider This!" to your social media audience. Show transcript Two-year old Alta Fixsler was born with severe brain injuries. She has been on life sustaining treatment since her birth at a hospital run by the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust in the UK. After discussions with medical experts regarding Alta’s prognosis, the Trust petitioned the High Court to have Alta’s life-sustaining treatment withdrawn. Stop me if you’ve heard something like this. The names Charlie Gard and Alfie Evans come to mind. They were in the same situation in the UK, and the same thing happened to them. Alta’s parents, Abraham and Chaya Fixsler, are Chassidic Jews with dual citizenship in Israel and the United States. They have pleaded with the courts to allow their daughter to remain on life support requesting that Alta be transported to hospitals in either Israel or the United States for advanced medical treatment. Both countries have medical centers that are ready to help this little girl if she is transferred, and Alta has a visa to come to the United States. But, as with other children, the UK’s National Health Service is not content with just saving money by removing life support. They insist that the child stay put and die once it’s removed. To me, this is the central problem. Is it a problem with socialized medicine, or with a government that is too powerful and sprawling that the bureaucrats have lost anything resembling a heart? I don’t know; it could be something else entirely. But to tell parents of a small child that their child is costing too much to keep alive and they are forbidden to take the child out of the country to other waiting facilities is nothing short of barbaric. Only from a faceless and heartless government could a decision like this even be conceivable. Even if a run-of-the-mill insurance company stopped paying for life support, they couldn’t stop you from travelling and seeking help elsewhere. But when your insurance company is the government, they have many more tools in their toolbox that they won’t hesitate to use. If I knew of someone in the UK with a child that needed life support, I’d tell them to start packing right now and get out of the country. Seriously. Find some institution somewhere else willing to take your child, and just move there now. Don’t wait until the blazing eye of Sauron…I mean, the NHS…takes notice of your youngster. Now I’m going to reconsider this, a segment where I look at the latest news on a topic I’ve covered before. Back in October of 2019 I related the story of James Younger. At 3 years old his mom started telling him he was a girl, and referred to him at Luna, after a cartoon girl that James liked. There’s a link in the show notes to the original show about James, and you really should revisit that to really understand how things got to this point. When James was 7, his parents divorced. There was shared custody, but Anne, the mom, got a court order requiring that Jeff, the dad, must refer to him as Luna and never saying anything at school about him other than that James was a girl. Basically he was mandated by law to lie about his son. Well, fast forward to today, and I have good news and bad news. The bad news is a judge has awarded full custody to Anne, giving her exclusive control over James’s primary residence, counseling, medications, education and extracurricular activities. The order allows her to withhold information from Jeff Younger, James’s father, “regarding the children’s extracurricular activities, school functions, school enrollment, counseling, and medical care.” The good news is that, while Anne has the exclusive right to consent to James’s medical procedures, the order notes that that power does not extend to hormone-suppression therapy, puberty blockers, or transgender reassignment surgery. So, while she can still push him into gender transition psychologically, she can’t legally do it medically. That’s what passes for a victory here in 2021. How in the world did we slip this far this fast down the slope? And finally, what can I say about the Afghanistan debacle that hasn’t been said elsewhere? From pulling out troops first before Americans or Afghans who helped us, to criminally underestimating the ability of the Taliban to take full advantage of our retreat, to leaving billions in weaponry for the Taliban to abscond with, to getting rebuked by both houses of the UK Parliament (that’s never happened before), to creating a local defense force that was dependent on being able to call in American air strikes (and then could no longer call them in so they folded like a broken beach chair). This will be historic, but not in the way that President Joe Biden wanted. He ignored intelligence and did it his way. But hey, no mean tweets. And if Trump voters have to “own” the January 6th riot, then Biden voters have to “own” this horrific military fiasco. If you don’t like having to do that, perhaps this type of blaming isn’t really all that helpful. One more thing. If you think that all cultures and worldviews are equally good, if you think that one culture is never better than another culture, just watch Afghanistan in the coming months, and see if that doesn’t change your mind. The post Episode 320: Death Wish for Children / Reconsider This: James Younger / Afghanistan appeared first on Consider This!.
9 minutes | Aug 16, 2021
Episode 319: Some Good News
Time for some good news This time out, we’re going to have just good news. No conservative commentary. (Well, maybe just a little bit.) Mentioned links: We Just Got Proof That Uber Has Saved Thousands of Lives Man speechless after letter he wrote to Santa in 1961 is found in his old chimney Man surprises wife with long-lost wedding video after finding it 14 years later, in an unlikely place Florida man in bubble-like vessel washes up on beach, sheriff says Getting some shopping done? If you're going to shop at Amazon, please consider clicking on my affiliate link. Thanks! On Apple devices, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. If you're on Android, listen with Google Podcasts. Stitcher Radio is another possibility for both Apple and Android devices. If you do download Stitcher to your phone, please use the promo code “ConsiderThis” to let them know where you heard about it. Browser-based options are the Blubrry Network and Player.fm. And if you have some other podcatcher or RSS reader, click here to get the direct feed and paste it wherever you need it. I would love it if you would spread the word about the podcast! Click the Facebook, Twitter, and other icons (or all of them!) at the bottom of this post to recommend "Consider This!" to your social media audience. Show transcript The rideshare company Uber has been the target of some politicians’ ire because of the way they run their business. Think about it; people voluntarily offer their time and vehicle in exchange for cash from a company that connects drivers with people who need a ride. That’s what the free market is all about. But there’s a little something more to this company than merely disrupting the corrupt taxi service system. A study by two economists at the University of California, Berkeley examined the impact that Uber, specifically, has had on alcohol-related traffic deaths and total traffic deaths in the US. The study asked the question; by providing people with a safe, convenient, and relatively inexpensive alternative means of transportation, would Uber reduce drunk driving and traffic deaths? The good news is Yup. Uber reduced drunk driving accidents by 6.1% and total road fatalities by 4%. How much is that in absolute terms? For drunk driving, it comes to 214 lives, and for all traffic deaths it comes to 494 lives. In absolute numbers, these may sound small, but consider that the major competitor Lyft was not included in this study and so those numbers could be double that. And consider these were just for the year 2019. That’s good news, and because Uber can typically beat the rate for taxis, its disruption of the market translates into more lives saved than with just taxis because it’s an option. Little Robert Crampton asked his father to write a letter to Santa with his Christmas list. Now, this was just 2 days before Christmas, so he made sure to have his dad write “URGENT” at the top of the page, along with the return address so he knew where to deliver the items, which were mostly cowboy-related. And so on December 23rd, 1961, Robert sent that letter off to Santa and went to bed. And that was the last anyone saw of the letter. Until recently. Just a little while ago, on July 20th, Cheryl Thorne found it while she was just doing her job. No, she’s not a postal worker; she’s a…chimney sweep. Cheryl found the letter up inside the home’s chimney. The Crampton’s had since moved, and Robert had grown up, so it took a little doing to reunite him with his letter 60 years later, but it happened. Now I’m sure you’re either amazed and giddy or totally incredulous to hear that, yes, the letter was found in the chimney, at least if you, like me, are American. You see, Robert lived in Derbyshire, England, and it’s a tradition to write your letter to Santa and then burn it in the fireplace. I did not know this until I looked into this story. The ashes then go up the chimney and off to the North Pole. What’s interesting in this case is that the letter itself, remarkably intact, flew up the chimney and lodged itself somewhere so that it could remain safe until, 6 decades later, a chimney sweep could find it. Let me leave you with a couple thoughts. Looking back, Robert noted that he did get some of what he asked for; a six-shooter cap gun and a sheriff’s badge. And also, I’m pretty sure that, if you ask one, a chimney sweep will tell you to not wait 60 years to get yours cleaned. Please consider this. Some guy at the Life Bible Church in Harrisburg, Oregon was cleaning out some old video tapes. He’d watch a few minutes of each and then decide to keep it or chuck it. At one point, he recognized a friend on one of the tapes and sent him a message, “Look what I found!” Let’s rewind a bit, so to speak. When Drew and Kayla Gottfried got married in 2007, they got the whole thing videoed, like pretty much everyone does. After their honeymoon, they sent the tape out to get digitized, but was told the tape was blank. Well I’m sure that was heartbreaking and a huge disappointment, but the Gottfrieds got on with their lives. Fast forward 14 years, and the actual wedding video was sitting in a box at the church. Drew finally got the tape, but he had an idea. He didn’t tell Kayla about it just yet. Their 14th anniversary was approaching, so he decided to wait until then to show it to her…in a local movie theater that he had rented out just for them. If you would like to have been a fly on the wall for that event, you can be. Drew recorded it. Link is in the show notes. You’ll love it. 6.1 million other people already have. And yes, Drew and Kayla Gottfried now have multiple digitized copies of their wedding video. And finally, Reza Baluchi wanted to try to raise money for the homeless and for first responders by walking up the coast from Florida to New York. The problem was that he never made it out of Florida before being spotted on the shore. Now normally that’s not too big a deal depending on who owns that particular bit of shore. But Reza was rather conspicuous. See, he was in a large floating cylinder with paddles on the outside, and he was on the inside walking on water up the coast. Sadly, this particular “Florida Man” didn’t make it. The post Episode 319: Some Good News appeared first on Consider This!.
8 minutes | Jul 19, 2021
Episode 318: Representing What You Disagree With / Big Tech Exceptions
Just private companies, or something more? Why would you voluntarily seek to represent a group that you disagree with? And should you be replaced in that representation? When Big Tech social media companies ban someone, some suggest that since they are private companies that’s OK. But there are other considerations. And what happens when they start doing the bidding of the government? Mentioned links: Olympic athlete ‘pissed’ national anthem was played while receiving award, claims ‘it was setup’ Jesse Owens [Wikipedia] Biden administration ‘flagging problematic posts for Facebook,’ Psaki says Psaki Tries to Justify Getting Social Media to Censor People but Makes It So Much Worse Getting some shopping done? If you're going to shop at Amazon, please consider clicking on my affiliate link. Thanks! On Apple devices, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. If you're on Android, listen with Google Podcasts. Stitcher Radio is another possibility for both Apple and Android devices. If you do download Stitcher to your phone, please use the promo code “ConsiderThis” to let them know where you heard about it. Browser-based options are the Blubrry Network and Player.fm. And if you have some other podcatcher or RSS reader, click here to get the direct feed and paste it wherever you need it. I would love it if you would spread the word about the podcast! Click the Facebook, Twitter, and other icons (or all of them!) at the bottom of this post to recommend "Consider This!" to your social media audience. Show transcript Why would someone represent, of their own accord, a group or organization that they disagreed with? For example, would you go to a convention and be in one of those information booths for the company you worked for, but then tell everyone who came by that you were ashamed of your company? Now, you may have a perfectly good reason for feeling that way, but then why did you volunteer to represent the company? Now you’ve made your appearance at the convention about you rather than the company itself. There’s a time and a place for airing your grievance, but this ain’t it. The company would have good cause to replace you with someone who will do the job. And that is what another group in this same position ought to do. Gwen Berry was participating in US Olympic track and field trials in the women’s hammer throw. She came in third place and, while standing on the podium, the national anthem began to play. Now, there is some question as to whether this was simply being played at a particular time of day or for the competition itself, but either way when it started, Berry made her feelings known about it. She turned away from the flag and then later put her T-shirt over her head with the words “Activist Athlete” showing. No matter what your grievance with the country might be, this ain’t the time to air it. You are voluntarily trying to get on a team, a team that will represent your country. This is not about you and your political or social disagreements. In 1936, Jesse Owens won 4 gold medals at the Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany. Think about what he as a black man living in Alabama was subjected to in this country at that time. And yet when he got on the 1st place stand, he didn’t merely put his hand over his heart when his anthem played, he saluted the flag. He understood what Martin Luther King would, decades later, say to the nation. The flag stands for a promise of freedom and of equal treatment under the law; a promise that has not been properly kept during this country’s history, but a promise nonetheless. Owens believed that promise and King appealed to that promise. [MLK audio] That is what the flag stands for, and if you can’t respect that, no matter your color, I don’t think you should be representing the country. One of the defenses I hear when Facebook, Twitter, or some other social media company de-platforms someone is that, “since they’re private company, they can do what they want”. Typically this comes from someone who’s trying to appeal to my conservative values that the government should stay out of the private sector. And as far as that goes, that’s a very good argument. But there are a couple of issues with that when it comes to these massive tech companies. For starters, when the government keeps in touch with those companies in order to specifically flag content, they become just another arm of the federal government. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki admitted as much recently. At a second press conference she added that the administration believes that if you are banned from one social media company you should be banned from all of them. Coming from an administration that the big tech companies generally agree with on policy, this may start soon enough, especially since, if big tech wants to continue to get special protections from the government, they know that they should jump when Biden says to. The other issue is that, while it’s true that these are private companies, they are so much more than your corner bookstore. If Sally’s Book Nook won’t sell your book, that’s one thing. When Amazon won’t, you’ve lost access to a global market. Sure Amazon isn’t the only game in town, but it is the first game in town for most looking to buy books, and often there isn’t a second game. If you’ve been permanently removed from you town council meeting, that’s one thing. When Twitter bans you, a ubiquitous, easily accessible, and global communication platform has been denied to you. And again, the #2 player is a long, long way down there. So technically, yeah, they’re all private companies, but it really seems to me that we need to come up with a new category of business that holds so much of our daily lives in their hands. Let me know what you think. The post Episode 318: Representing What You Disagree With / Big Tech Exceptions appeared first on Consider This!.
11 minutes | May 31, 2021
Episode 317: Censored for Stating the Obvious / COVID Unemployment Benefits Downside
Banned on Twitter It seems that these days you can be sent to Facebook or Twitter “jail” for merely stating scientific facts or bedrock judicial principles. Or you could lose your job entirely. Who would do such a thing? The enhanced unemployment benefits due to the COVID pandemic can have a downside that, in the long run, will hurt the workers it’s supposed to be protecting. But there is a better way, if Democrats can get on board. Mentioned links: Daunte Wright shooting: Brooklyn Center city manager fired after call for due process for police officer Spanish politician temporarily suspended by Twitter after saying ‘a man cannot get pregnant’ What Did Congress Expect When It Made Unemployment Worth $15.45 an Hour? Joe Biden’s $6 Trillion Budget Proposal Will Hike Spending, Keep Deficits Near Record Highs Getting some shopping done? If you're going to shop at Amazon, please consider clicking on my affiliate link. Thanks! On Apple devices, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. If you're on Android, listen with Google Podcasts. Stitcher Radio is another possibility for both Apple and Android devices. If you do download Stitcher to your phone, please use the promo code “ConsiderThis” to let them know where you heard about it. Browser-based options are the Blubrry Network and Player.fm. And if you have some other podcatcher or RSS reader, click here to get the direct feed and paste it wherever you need it. I would love it if you would spread the word about the podcast! Click the Facebook, Twitter, and other icons (or all of them!) at the bottom of this post to recommend "Consider This!" to your social media audience. Show transcript Back in April, 20-year-old Daunte Wright was killed when, after resisting arrest, he was shot by a police officer at the scene. Let me just catch you up on the details because in the era of the 12 hour news cycle, this story already has a bit of dust on it. He was initially pulled over because of his expired license plate, but when the cops ran his name it turned out he had an outstanding warrant for possessing a gun without a license in an encounter with police last June. Once they found that out, cops on the scene approached the car to arrest him. He initially complied but at one point got back in his car and attempted to escape. One of the cops, Kimberly Potter, pulled what she thought was her Taser and announced that. However, she had actually pulled her firearm and when she shot she killed him. She is currently charged with second degree manslaughter. In a press conference, Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott wanted Potter immediately relieved of duty, and noted that the city manager was the person who could make that determination. The city manager, Curt Boganey, came to the podium next and had the audacity to say that Potter would be given due process. “All employees working for the city of Brooklyn Center are entitled to due process with respect to discipline. This employee will receive due process and that’s really all that I can say today.” But by the end of that day, the City Council had had its say. In an emergency meeting they voted to fire Boganey and give the Mayor command authority over the Police Department. Because clearly we can’t be handing out due process to white police officers willy-nilly, and if you dare suggest that we do, well, you’ll pay with your job. Thanks to listener Barb for noting that angle when she emailed me. Meanwhile in Spain, a politician was suspended from Twitter for 12 hours for speaking a biological truth. That’s right, yesterday you could get put into Twitter jail for voicings beliefs that have been part of Christianity for 2000 years, and today the same thing happens with straight up scientific facts. Francisco Contreras responded to an article where a transgender male claimed to be a father after giving birth to a baby girl by tweeting, “A man cannot get pregnant. A man has no womb or eggs.” Apparently this so shocked the Twitter Ministry of Truth that they slapped him with a warning shot across the bow, if I may do some metaphor mixing, for using hate speech or threatening language. In response, and on Facebook, he quipped, “You can see this is already fascist biology. Next time I’ll try 2 + 2 = 4.” I’m old enough to remember (and I mean “old” literally, not facetiously) when the Left accused the Right of being the overly sensitive ones, wanting to ban books and censor opinions. Back in the 70s, the Right did want to, for example, ban Tom Sawyer for middle school use because of the use of the N-word. The Left appealed to free speech to keep the book, but some places ultimately did hold off use of it until high school. Different places had different rules, based on what the local community wanted. These days, people get fired for suggesting we stick to a bedrock idea of our judicial system. These days, people are kicked off major, global, communication networks, or major international booksellers’ websites, or refused service, for expressing indisputable biological truths. It is not the Right doing this anymore; it is the Left. And they have tools for shutting down speech that the Right could hardly dream of in the 1970s. One of the arguments against a boost to unemployment benefits is that the extra money the government has been handing out during COVID, which has been extended until September, winds up paying people more to stay home than to work, and therefore unemployment will continue to be a problem and businesses will have difficulty finding people willing to take a pay cut for a job. The Left tends to want to handwave this away, but let’s look at the numbers. The average unemployment benefit runs $318 per week. The benefits from COVID relief bill added another $300 per week. So take $618 and divided by the average 40 hours per week and you get…“Computer, what is 618 divided by 40?” An average of $15.45 per hour. For those who were making less than that, do you really think they’d take a pay cut until September to start working now? And even some making more than that may decide that they can do with the slight pay cut if it means not having to punch a clock. The upshot, of course, is that small businesses can’t find people to work for them. This is another part of economics that the Left doesn’t (or won’t) get; people respond to incentives. If they can make $10 an hour carrying boxes back and forth on a loading dock, or $15.45 sitting at home, what do you think they’ll do? And now that we have COVID vaccines fully available, why have we extended this until September? This just gives those small businesses more time to close down due to lack of workers, and then when those workers finally start looking for jobs, they won’t be there. The cynics among us would suggest that this is, in fact, the plan; artificially cause a recession, with businesses closed and high unemployment, in order to get people more dependent on the government. That dependence means more power for those in political office because if you are dependent, you will vote for the person or party that promises to give you more of what you want. As I said, it’s a rather cynical outlook, but we already see some of that playing out today. The April jobs report, which was expected to show an increase of 1 million jobs, picked up only 266,000, and this while coming out of a pandemic where the pent-up demand for jobs and goods was going to explode. If Joe […] Biden and his policies can’t even take advantage of a natural bounce, he just can’t handle it at all. But there is some sanity on the horizon. Some folks who still do understand economics (often called “Republicans”) have been trying to rework these incentives. Instead of giving people these extra benefits every week, they want to instead make them akin to a signing bonus. Republican (there’s that term again) Senator Ben Sasse has introduced a bill to give someone their unemployment benefits as a lump sum once they start a job. Now that’s an incentive that will actually get Americans back to work. Of course, no Senate Democrat has publicly endorsed this so far, which shouldn’t be a big surprise. But this should show which party wants to help both the worker and the larger economy; it can be done. And finally, you know how the phrase “tax and spend Democrat” has become something of a cliché? Well there’s a reason for that, and here comes the latest example. The budget proposal that the Biden administration sent to Congress was $6 trillion. Consider that previous budgets had only recently topped $4 trillion, you see why the cliché has had such a long and well-deserved run. The post Episode 317: Censored for Stating the Obvious / COVID Unemployment Benefits Downside appeared first on Consider This!.
9 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Episode 316: What Happens When You Politicize Everything?
DON’T do this! The trend these days is to bring politics into everything; into chicken sandwiches, airlines, pillows, baseball, and many other area where we don’t need it. We don’t need it because all it’s doing is widening the political divide. I’ll give 2 examples of it in this episode; Delta Airlines and Major League Baseball, and their reactions to the Georgia election law recently passed. And I weigh in with a short statement on the Derek Chauvin verdicts. Mentioned links: Delta Internal Statement Leaked Showing Praise For Georgia Election Restrictions Bill ‘Woke Corporate Hypocrites’: Delta, Coca-Cola Face GOP Backlash for Knocking Georgia Voting Law MLB Expanding Presence in China While Pulling Out of Atlanta Exclusive — Dan Gainor: Media, Big Tech Coordinated Harassment of Utah Paramedic for Donating $10 to Kyle Rittenhouse Defense Fund Getting some shopping done? If you're going to shop at Amazon, please consider clicking on my affiliate link. Thanks! On Apple devices, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. If you're on Android, listen with Google Podcasts. Stitcher Radio is another possibility for both Apple and Android devices. If you do download Stitcher to your phone, please use the promo code “ConsiderThis” to let them know where you heard about it. Browser-based options are the Blubrry Network and Player.fm. And if you have some other podcatcher or RSS reader, click here to get the direct feed and paste it wherever you need it. I would love it if you would spread the word about the podcast! Click the Facebook, Twitter, and other icons (or all of them!) at the bottom of this post to recommend "Consider This!" to your social media audience. Show transcript I don’t know about you but I’m getting tired of politics. Well more specifically (lest you think I’m retiring the podcast), I’m getting tired of things being tied to politics that shouldn’t be anywhere near it. The politicizing of everything just seems to be where we’re going. More and more people are choosing their chicken sandwich, pillow for their bed, the pizza they eat, the car they drive, the social media platform they support, or even the sports they watch based on politics. We are having a house built where we’ll be moving into in a few months. I care about how well it’s put together, whether the changes we asked for are put in place, whether the appliances work, if the roof doesn’t leak; things like that. But what I don’t care about are things like what the CEO of the builder spends his money on, or how the guys nailing everything together voted. I just want a good house and I care about how good a job they do building it. If the purchasing clerk wants to go to a BLM march after work, more power to him or her. If they don’t care about what I think, I don’t care about what they think. And on the other side of that, if you do want to pick where you go to lunch based on the politics of the CEO, go ahead. If you’re going to pass by Hobby Lobby because the owners don’t have the same views on abortion that you do, that’s your prerogative. Now someone might ask, and rightly so, why then do I have a political podcast? If I don’t care what other people think, why am I trying to change their mind? And that’s a reasonable question. I would put it this way. I’m not trying to get you to consider why you do what you do, I’m trying to get you to consider why you think what you think. The only action of yours I’m trying to change is which box you check in the voting booth. If there are other actions that change because of that change of thinking, so much the better. Perhaps some examples would help. The recent voting protection bill passed in Georgia has been a big flashpoint lately. During the time it was working its way through the Georgia State Legislature, corporations like Delta Airlines were heavily involved in the process. Delta executives held meetings with Democrats and Republicans to let them know Delta’s position. When the bill first came out, Delta had praise for a number of specific provisions, such as expanded weekend voting, protecting the ability to get absentee ballots without requiring proof of a reason, statewide drop boxes, and the ability of poll workers to work across county lines. These were all good things according to Delta, but they also said that “there continues to be work ahead in this important effort.” Once the bill was passed, and Delta got pressure from groups opposed to the bill, they did a 180. CEO Ed Bastian called the final bill unacceptable. Not a good first step, not just flawed; unacceptable. This is an attempt at averting a PR disaster. This is pandering. This is virtue signaling. You can’t be involved with meetings with legislators, and then can’t talk about how good particular provisions of the bill are, but then say, “Gosh, we didn’t realize how completely unacceptable it is!” This is disingenuous. Now, Delta can say what it wants. It can flip-flop their principles based on outside pressure all day and all night. That’s their prerogative. For me, if Delta has the best price for a flight, I’ll still use them. I’m not going to boycott them because their PR department shifts with the wind faster than a windsock at Hartsfield-Jackson International. Some on the Right are because of the statement they released, and some on the Left are because they’re upset about Delta praising some of the good parts of the bill initially and because they don’t think that the later statement went far enough. If you want to boycott for whatever reason, fine. That’s your prerogative. A boycott from either side is politicization of airlines. I understand the feelings that bring this on, and in fact when Delta weighs in on a bill not directly or indirectly associated with air flight, they are already politicizing it. It should come as no surprise that it is met with opposition of one form or another that further turns airline travel into some sort of political choice. Is this what we want in this country; airlines for liberals and other airlines for conservatives? Do we need another filter when looking for a flight on Kayak or Travelocity, in addition to what time the flight leaves or how many stops it makes, a filter that only shows the airlines whose latest press release fits your political leanings? Because if you want to keep widening the political divide in this country, that’s how you do it. Here’s my other example. In the aftermath of that bill, Major League Baseball decided to move the All-Star game out of Atlanta. In this case, it was the corporation that did the boycott, denying income for those in Cobb County northwest of Atlanta where the stadium is. They will be the ones who pay for MLB’s decision to politicize baseball. Once again, Major League Baseball is free to say and do what it wants, but that doesn’t mean what they’re doing is automatically a good idea. It doesn’t automatically mean that this move is consistent with other moves they’ve made. MLB is continuing to make inroads into China where the phrase “early voting” simply has no meaning. I mean, China may be committing genocide, but please, Georgia requires an ID to vote! So again, we get more virtue signaling and another way that the political divide is being widened. And finally I’ll weigh in on the Derek Chauvin verdicts. I think the manslaughter verdict was legit, but the murder charges required elements of intent that, as far as I know, were not proven. So combine that with a mere 10 hours of jury deliberation after 3 weeks of testimony, and the fact that the jury members all lived in Minneapolis, and it seems clear to me that the jury’s self-preservation instincts played a big role in the verdict. A paramedic in Utah got doxxed for giving 10 bucks to Kyle Rittenhouse’s defense fund. This jury understood what would happen if they didn’t convict on all counts. That’s not how justice should be done. The post Episode 316: What Happens When You Politicize Everything? appeared first on Consider This!.
8 minutes | Mar 31, 2021
Episode 315: The Crush of Illegal Immigrants / Jack Phillips Still a Target
The Surge Why is there suddenly a massive surge of immigrants rushing to the southern border? Well, it turns out that the answer is pretty simple; people respond to incentives. You may have thought that Jack Phillips of Masterpiece Cakeshop was back to business as usual after his Supreme Court decision. Not so fast. Mentioned links: Biden Explains Why He’s ‘Flattered’ Illegal Immigrants are Pouring Across the Border Migrant Tells ABC: I Came To The Border Because Biden Is President Now Instead Of Trump Once Again, Colorado Baker Jack Phillips Is on Trial for Being Christian Christian Baker Under Fire Again—This Time for Refusing to Bake a Transgender Cake Air Force One Now Equipped With Handicap Parking Pass [satire] Getting some shopping done? If you're going to shop at Amazon, please consider clicking on my affiliate link. Thanks! On Apple devices, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. If you're on Android, listen with Google Podcasts. Stitcher Radio is another possibility for both Apple and Android devices. If you do download Stitcher to your phone, please use the promo code “ConsiderThis” to let them know where you heard about it. Browser-based options are the Blubrry Network and Player.fm. And if you have some other podcatcher or RSS reader, click here to get the direct feed and paste it wherever you need it. I would love it if you would spread the word about the podcast! Click the Facebook, Twitter, and other icons (or all of them!) at the bottom of this post to recommend "Consider This!" to your social media audience. Show transcript Well, they couldn’t soft-pedal it anymore, especially since they were being shut out from viewing it, so the mainstream media is covering the crisis on the southern border. If it was Trump restricting the press access in this way he would be literally Hitler, again. It took a Congressman from Texas (Henry Cuellar, a Democrat), to get some pictures out from where unaccompanied children were being kept. Now, it’s not kids in cages actually, because instead they’re using soft plastic sheets between rooms. But otherwise, it’s the same thing that Trump was doing and Obama before him. So where are the Congressional Democrats on this? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortex notably had a photo-op somewhat near one of these facilities looking distraught, almost in tears, during the Trump administration. These days, not so much. When Kamala Harris was running her disastrous campaign for President, she said she’d close these down. Instead, more have opened and their still massively overcrowded. But why this huge surge of, not just children, but adults and families trying to sneak into the country? Or why all these asylum seekers at the border right now rather than using the procedures to apply for it? One reason: Joe Biden. According to this guy, that’s the truth. [ABC migrant audio] And, according to his first press conference (finally), Biden said that he is “flattered” that they’re coming because, as he likes to believe, they think he’s a nice guy. No, you don’t make a perilous journey like that because you think the Head of State is nice; you do it because you think the Head of State is soft on immigration and will let you get away with breaking the law. The Trump-era requirement was that, for asylum seekers, they would remain outside our border (you know, like we do everywhere else). Biden removed that, and the asylum camps emptied out. Now who could have anticipated that? So we have an actual crisis at the border with more kids in cages than ever before. I guess those unaccompanied minors thought Biden was such a nice guy that they ran away from home to start a new life here. Right. Instead it’s more like the parents are hoping some nice guy will find them and let them in to be with their kids. Look, there is a proper way to request asylum, and jumping the fence, so to speak, is not the way to do it. Nice guy or tough guy, that has always been the case. But when you telegraph that you’re willing to let things slide, don’t be taken by surprise when the border gets overrun. I’m circling back around to the story of Jack Phillips as we Reconsider This. Phillips, as listeners to this show and/or people keeping up with the news may remember, was taken to task for not decorating a wedding cake in accordance with the wishes of a same-sex couple. The Colorado Human Rights Commission wanted him to be re-educated as to the orthodox ways of the world. When his case hit the Supreme Court, they didn’t rule on the religious freedom issue; they only ruled that the commission didn’t give his religious beliefs the attention they deserved, so they punted on the larger question. Meanwhile, Phillips has been hounded by an activist targeting him. On the same day that the High Court agreed to hear the case, Autumn Scardina called to ask to have a gender transition cake made. Autumn is a transgender woman, so the cake was to be blue on the outside (representing Autumn’s biological gender) and pink on the inside. Phillips declined. Scardina hauled Phillips back to the state human rights commission. Having been slapped down by the Supreme Court for “religious hostility”, you’d think the commission wouldn’t take the bait again. You’d be wrong. So in response to being investigated by them again, Phillips went on the offensive and sued the commission itself for its harassment. That is still making its way through the court system, but I thought you’d want to be up-to-date with that. Y’know, based on all this attention, you’d think that Masterpiece Cakeshop was the only place in Lakewood, CO to buy a cake. You’d be wrong. And no, didn’t get into the whole bit about Joe Biden tripping up the stairs to Air Force One. But you know who had the best take on it? The Babylon Bee. Their headline was, “Air Force One Now Equipped With Handicap Parking Pass” Maybe they’ll let him use the Skyway now. The post Episode 315: The Crush of Illegal Immigrants / Jack Phillips Still a Target appeared first on Consider This!.
9 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
Episode 314: New Definition of “Terrorism” / Kids in Cages / “Equality Act” Observation
Kids in cages, or something else? Did you know terrorists keep office hours? No? Well just ask Merrick Garland, former Supreme Court nominee and current Attorney General nominee. He’ll set you straight. The Washington Post has turned on a dime when describing detention facilities at the border. What a difference an administration makes! And a cousin of mine had a great observation regarding the track women’s sports have been on in her lifetime. Mentioned links: Biden AG Pick Merrick Garland: Far-Left Rioters Attacking Federal Courthouse Not Domestic Terrorism Because It’s At Night When Court Is Closed WaPo called out for report on Biden’s ‘migrant facility for children’ after hitting Trump’s ‘kids in cages’ House passes so-called Equality Act, threatening religious liberty New Jersey man explains how he made 14-foot Lincoln snow sculpture Chicago Lists Lincoln Statues Among Monuments to Review Getting some shopping done? If you're going to shop at Amazon, please consider clicking on my affiliate link. Thanks! On Apple devices, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. If you're on Android, listen with Google Podcasts. Stitcher Radio is another possibility for both Apple and Android devices. If you do download Stitcher to your phone, please use the promo code “ConsiderThis” to let them know where you heard about it. Browser-based options are the Blubrry Network and Player.fm. And if you have some other podcatcher or RSS reader, click here to get the direct feed and paste it wherever you need it. I would love it if you would spread the word about the podcast! Click the Facebook, Twitter, and other icons (or all of them!) at the bottom of this post to recommend "Consider This!" to your social media audience. Show transcript Here’s a question that was asked of former Supreme Court nominee and current Attorney General nominee Merrick Garland. Senator Josh Hawley asked, “Let me ask you about assaults on federal property in places other than Washington, D.C. Portland for instance, Seattle. Do you regard assaults on federal courthouses or other federal property as acts of domestic extremism, domestic terrorism? Senator Hawley was referring to the US courthouse in downtown Portland, Oregon. For weeks, BLM protesters tried to get into it in order to set fire to it, like they had so many other buildings. And this was a US government building, remember. So the question was now to Mr. Garland; would that be domestic terrorism? I’ve called the attack on the Capitol “domestic terrorists” because they fit the definition. What would Mr. Garland say about BLM doing essentially the same thing? Well, he tried to split hairs to avoid angering the Woke constituency. Basically he said that both acts were criminal, but the attacks in Portland happened when the building was closed for the night so it wouldn’t have disrupted the democratic process and therefore it wasn’t terrorism. Really? Burning the building wouldn’t have disrupted what was going on in the building? OK, not until morning when all the rioters had left, but disruption is disruption. So as long as Iran bombs the Pentagon after hours, maybe they won’t get a stay at Guantanamo. They aren’t terrorists; they’re just really bad guys. A few hours earlier or later, then they’d be terrorists. Wow, we sure dodged a bullet not putting this guy on the Supreme Court, but as Attorney General, he can still do some damage if he is going to continue to bow to Woke pressure. And right now, that looks exactly like what he’s going to do. The Washington Post, 2018: “The American tradition of caging children” The Washington Post, also 2018: “The real reason we’re locking children in cages” The Washington Post, 2019: “Viewing US border cells derided as ‘cages,’ Central American officials pledge more immigration cooperation.” The Washington Post, editorializing in 2020: “The tableaux of caged migrant children, torn from their parents’ arms, should be among the most enduring images produced by the president’s policies” The Washington Post, 2021: “First migrant facility for children opens under Biden” The Post has turned on a dime, going from “kids in cages” to “children in migrant facilities” as fast as you can say, “A Democrat is President”. Now, the article, linked to in the show notes, mentions comments from both sides of the aisle, including some liberal activists who say, among other things, that this is “Concentration camp expansion under a Democrat administration.” It is great to hear that these liberals are being consistent. But here’s the problem. Most people won’t hear them, or me, or you. What they’ll hear is the media, and the media is covering for Joe Biden, plain and simple. Unless people read more than the headline and a couple paragraphs, this will slide past the general public faster than a stream of illegals under a Democrat administration. The monumentally misnamed “Equality Act” passed the House recently. That’s the bill that will, among other things, make the First Amendment protection of religious freedom a 3rd class citizen when it comes up against the sexual orthodoxy of the day. It now goes to the Senate where I hope saner heads prevail. I’ll have more to say about it in a future episode, but right now, I want read a quote from the Facebook group by a cousin of mine. She was speaking to how the “Equality Act” will increase the speed of the destruction of women’s sports by allowing men to participate in them (never mind President Joe  Biden’s executive orders). This is what she said: “In less than my lifetime female sports have gone from ignored, undervalued and under sponsored, fought hard for, achieved recognition, valued and sponsored, to now female athletes are again ignored, undervalued and cut from sponsorships/scholarships.” Wow, I had not thought of it that way until she said that. Relatively speaking, things have reversed course pretty quickly. And finally, Robert Schott of Cranford, New Jersey, is the talk of the town where he recreated the Lincoln Memorial statue in his front yard; a 14-foot replica…out of snow, and it was just in time for President’s Day. He did use some plywood to support the base and the chair, but the rest is all white stuff. As for how popular his sculpture is, Schott said, “This figure, leader, resonates for a lot of people. So I think that was emotional for a lot of people.” Meanwhile, in Chicago, a city commission, created after protests against racism last year, identified five statues of Abraham Lincoln among 41 monuments that should receive public scrutiny. So Lincoln saved the Union, freed the slaves, was killed for that, and a racism committee thinks honoring him requires “scrutiny”. Well Mr. Schott, let’s hope the temperatures in Cranford stay below freezing for a little bit longer. The post Episode 314: New Definition of “Terrorism” / Kids in Cages / “Equality Act” Observation appeared first on Consider This!.
10 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
Episode 313: Impeachment Season 2 Review / RIP Rush Limbaugh
Rush Limbaugh, RIP “Impeachment season 2” is now behind us. I give my review of this shortened season (short due to no investigation episodes and because no witnesses were called). And one of the greats of talk radio, Rush Limbaugh, has passed away. He was a pioneer in his field, bringing conservative views and explaining them in a way that we could all understand them. Mentioned links: Senate Impeachment Trial: January 6 Video Montage Rush Limbaugh, conservative talk radio pioneer, dead at 70 New Jersey man explains how he made 14-foot Lincoln snow sculpture Chicago Lists Lincoln Statues Among Monuments to Review Getting some shopping done? If you're going to shop at Amazon, please consider clicking on my affiliate link. Thanks! On Apple devices, you can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes. If you're on Android, listen with Google Podcasts. Stitcher Radio is another possibility for both Apple and Android devices. If you do download Stitcher to your phone, please use the promo code “ConsiderThis” to let them know where you heard about it. Browser-based options are the Blubrry Network and Player.fm. And if you have some other podcatcher or RSS reader, click here to get the direct feed and paste it wherever you need it. I would love it if you would spread the word about the podcast! Click the Facebook, Twitter, and other icons (or all of them!) at the bottom of this post to recommend "Consider This!" to your social media audience. Show transcript Impeachment season 2 has come and gone. It ended the same way but there was a little more drama this time. They had to include that because, as I said a few weeks ago, they shortened the season by skipping the episodes about the actual investigation to determine if a crime had even been committed. Essentially the grand jury met and immediately voted to indict the defendant. I give it two and a half stars. This was no Perry Mason. OK, enough of the TV analogy. Here’s what happened. The Democrats in the House of Representatives wanted this fast-tracked, presumably to try to get Donald Trump out of office before he brokered another Middle East peace deal. So without a single shred of forethought or due process, they got a majority in the House to quickly vote to impeach Trump a second time. But instead of quick-marching the one article of impeachment over to the Senate, instead of bringing it on Wednesday afternoon, they waited until the following Monday, postponing the Senate trial by 6 days. (Since they brought them over on Monday, the Constitution requires that the trial begin at 1pm the following day, Tuesday, 6 days after the impeachment vote.) Yeah, so much for the supposed urgency. And in the meantime, Trump’s term ended. When the Senate trial started, one of the big things they led off with was a montage – one might call it a “heavily edited video” – that cut between Trump using the word “fight” in a sentence and shots of the horrific Capitol riot. Now, I went back and watched it while preparing for this episode and it was gut-wrenching all over again. But it was what I see a lot of arguments from the Left are; a 13-minute appeal to emotion, not to be confused with an appeal to the law. You know what they didn’t show? Donald Trump saying to go to the Capitol and cheer on those Republicans doing what Trump wanted. They didn’t show Trump telling them to peacefully and patriotically protest at the Capitol. If he intended to incite, he was doing it wrong. If reciting the same rhetoric about a stolen election (that he had been claiming for 2 months) was incitement, the word has changed meaning recently (which, I guess, is quite possible as many other words have like “racist”, “tolerance”, and “woman”). Oh, and no witnesses were called, I guess to go with no investigation. A year ago, Chuck Shumer said an impeachment trial without witnesses was a sham. So, was Chuck even trying this time? Trump was ultimately acquitted, but since he was acquitted for something who’s legal definition wouldn’t be enough to convict him in court, the concerning thing is how many would vote for conviction, especially since he wasn’t, as I said, given due process. And to those who say that impeachment doesn’t require that a law be broken, you’re right, but maybe refrain from using legal terms in the future. If you want to impeach a President because he’s a poo-poo head and doesn’t do what you want him to do, just come out and say it. But I don’t think you can say that Trump got away with something because, well, he didn’t. The voice that reinvigorated the AM band and the talk radio genre has left the building. Rush Limbaugh lost his battle with lung cancer and died on February 17th at age 70. Love him or hate him, there’s no doubt that he left a mark on the media and conservative thought that was historic. I believe that his show took off for two reasons. One is that he was unafraid to mock those he disagreed with. Conservatives have been mocked in popular culture for decades and he was very willing to take an irreverent look at ideas he thought deserved it. In Limbaugh parlance, he was “demonstrating absurdity by being absurd”. A classic example from the early days of Rush was regarding the issue of abortion. One day, while a caller was talking, Rush hung up on him while playing the sound effect of a vacuum cleaner. He called it a “caller abortion”; a viable phone call was interrupted and disposed of. Hey, it’s his show, his choice, right? Rush played this for laughs. Pretty soon, people were calling in and asking to be aborted. But also, people started calling in very mad that he was making light of abortion, and he should stop these caller abortions because they were crude and upsetting. After a couple days of this, Rush got to the point. He made the observation that people were getting very upset over what was, admittedly, a crude comedy bit. But he also observed that those same people, all in knots about callers being cut off to the sound of a vacuum, did not have that same level of concern for the deaths of millions of babies who were sucked out of their mothers’ wombs, though they hadn’t done anything wrong. He demonstrated the absurdity of the pro-abortion position by being absurd. But Rush was a lot more than his comedy, whatever you thought of it. If you listened regularly, his analysis of the day’s events was often spot-on. It was slanted and insightful but it was not something you’d hear too much of, especially in the 80s and 90s. And that’s the second reason I think his show was a huge hit from the beginning; conservative opinions were scarce at that time and so he was a breath of fresh air to those who the media had convinced were outliers and outcasts . Other national conservatives came along – on the radio and cable news – and the Internet with all its choices, but Rush kept going and going. He’s been the #1 or #2 most listened to national talk show host for as far back as they’ve been keeping track of the numbers. When Air America came on to try to elbow out conservatives with a liberal network of hosts, Limbaugh (and actually most of conservative talk in general) outlasted them. I have one personal story about Rush; not that I ever met him, but this is about my dad. He listened to Rush every chance he got and I remember one time we were sitting out on the back patio of our house with the radio on. Rush was getting upset about Democrats wasting time with meaningless resolutions that did nothing but make Republicans vote for or against them. These votes might make them look bad, but my dad said he disagreed with stopping that. He said that when the time came, he wanted Republicans to be able to do it. So, this isn’t so much about what Rush himself said, but how, while listening to him, I got a lesson from my dad about putting the shoe on the other foot. In a way, he was teaching me to consider this. So thanks dad for the lesson, and thanks Rush Limbaugh for making it happen. The post Episode 313: Impeachment Season 2 Review / RIP Rush Limbaugh appeared first on Consider This!.
9 minutes | Feb 8, 2021
Episode 312: COVID Restrictions Lifting (Now) / Problematic School Names
Many COVID restrictions lifted so soon after Biden's inauguration. San Fran cancels various school names, some for hilarious reasons. The post Episode 312: COVID Restrictions Lifting (Now) / Problematic School Names appeared first on Consider This!.
10 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
Episode 311: Executive Orders Are the Order of the Day
A look at some of the executive orders of the Biden administration The post Episode 311: Executive Orders Are the Order of the Day appeared first on Consider This!.
13 minutes | Jan 18, 2021
Episode 310: Mob Violence is Always Wrong
The idea that mob violence is always wrong is (or should be) non-controversial. But apparently it isn't quite that simple for some. The post Episode 310: Mob Violence is Always Wrong appeared first on Consider This!.
10 minutes | Dec 17, 2020
Episode 309: Boycott Backfire / A Personal Gift / Listener News Site Suggestion
A boycott backfire, a very "personal" gift, and a listener suggests a balanced news site. The post Episode 309: Boycott Backfire / A Personal Gift / Listener News Site Suggestion appeared first on Consider This!.
9 minutes | Dec 7, 2020
Episode 308: Illegal Immigration Trends / Political Gaffes / A New News Source
When Trump started his term, illegal immigration started to trend down. With Joe Biden the presumptive President-elect, what do you think that trend is doing now? Politicians make verbal gaffes; it happens all the time. But watch how the media coverage changes depending on the party of the politician. I’ve found a news source that […] The post Episode 308: Illegal Immigration Trends / Political Gaffes / A New News Source appeared first on Consider This!.
9 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
Episode 307: A Wider View of Election Night / Choosing Your News Channel
Down-ballot wins for Republicans. How do you choose your news station The post Episode 307: A Wider View of Election Night / Choosing Your News Channel appeared first on Consider This!.
10 minutes | Nov 9, 2020
Episode 306: 2020 Election Thoughts
My thoughts on the 2020 election. The post Episode 306: 2020 Election Thoughts appeared first on Consider This!.
9 minutes | Nov 2, 2020
Episode 305: The Last 4 Years
A shortened episode to mention just some of the good news of the last four years, and what to do in order to keep it going. The post Episode 305: The Last 4 Years appeared first on Consider This!.
11 minutes | Oct 19, 2020
Episode 304: Un-locking Down / Judging Amy / Twitter Blockage
Another YouTube video against locking down, except this is not just another crank. Judging Amy Coney Barrett. Social media shuts down sharing of an article. The post Episode 304: Un-locking Down / Judging Amy / Twitter Blockage appeared first on Consider This!.
9 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
Episode 303: Listener Contributions; Pandemic, Police, and Election Prep
Listeners write about their pandemic experience, defunding the police, and a group supposedly preparing for violence from the Right if they lose the electi The post Episode 303: Listener Contributions; Pandemic, Police, and Election Prep appeared first on Consider This!.
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