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20 minutes | Jul 31, 2021
Of all the moments on the recent trip, one of the most... well... difficult for me personally, was standing at the Oklahoma City National Memorial. Oklahoma City is my ancestral home. I have a deep connection to the place, but at the same time, it is not among my favorite places to be. In all of our discussions about another relocation, Oklahoma has never merited any consideration. At all. But it is my familial "home" and as such, I will always have deep emotional connections to the place. On April 19, 1995 I was in Savannah, Georgia as a trained disaster response person, dealing with a small chemical fire that had taken place there. When we got the news of OKC, I planned to immediately go, but was told that I was not going be sent because I was "too close" to the place. I guess in a way I was. My grandfathers home was a little over a mile from the blast. Some years later, in early 2000, I was able to visit the site, but not before the monument was opened. So this past week was my first visit to the National Monument. It was sad; it was emotional. It was also frustrating. Above all of that though, came a question from an eleven year old boy who had never been here, who has any real connection to this place. He simply wanted to know, "Why?"
16 minutes | Jul 29, 2021
One of the great “Blue Checked” philosophers explained to me yesterday that I am not mad. The people who are mad though, are the people who are the great unwashed because, for whatever reason, they have not gotten “THE” vaccination. in her missive, she explained to me that the people who are “the most angry” about the new mask mandates are the people who caused the new mask mandates. The problem with her midrash is that I am pretty angry about it and I am not one of those who have, for whatever reason, not gotten “THE” vaccine. My wife is even more angry about it than I am, and she is a Federal employee and a medical professional who always gets her vaccines. I assure you though, that I am angry. so is pretty much everybody that I actually know. Most of us are among those who, for whatever reason, have decided to get “THE” vaccination. Am I supposed to be angry at the great unwashed? Or is there something else at play here?
37 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Bill Mick and Dave talk about the way the government handels what it perceives as “disinformation,” the Cleveland Guardians, the NFL and vaccine mandates…
62 minutes | Jul 25, 2021
Rabbi Dave and Friar Cook are back from their three week sabbatical! It was quite the road trip for Dave, but at least NASA and the FAA didn’t change the rules on his mission right before he blasted off. Facebook doesn’t seem to know anything about gardening, but really who’s surprised? And there is a perfectly reasonable explanation for why you don’t understand what JaBiden had to say about… something…
25 minutes | Jul 22, 2021
The Spirit of '76
We had a discussion on the last show about the history of government “fighting’ against what it had determined was “disinformation.” As a brief aside in that discussion we hit on some laws that had been passed in the early 20th century to assist the government in its actions. This week we watched the beginning of the criminal sentences of the January 6th participants, and we are reminded of previous efforts of the government to enact laws and policies to discourage and prevent “disinformation” and “un-Americanism,” that it says can lead to “insurrection.” One of those laws, known as the “Espionage Act” was particularly useful in suppressing stuff the government deemed anti-American. Shortly after the US decided to enter World War I, a movie producer released his magnum opus, a film that he produced specially to promote American patriotism and spirit. So much so that he named his film, “The Spirit of ’76,” a phrase that would, just fifty-nine years later, become a slogan to celebrate all things bicentennial. But in May of 1917, the idea of celebrating all things America – at the expense of a treasured ally – was seen not just as impolite, but as a flat out violation of the Espionage Act. It was an incident that nobody would accept today, but in 1917, it ended with an arrest and imprisonment of an American citizen who just wanted to sing the praises of his homeland…
25 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
In case you missed it – and I did miss it last week – the white House announced that IT was ‘flagging posts” for Facebook to presumably delete because, in the words of the President, they’re (social media companies) “killing people.” Now, putting aside the absurdity of the President’s off the cuff but fully masked comment, there were bigger questions about whether the government telling a “private” platform what to delete is in fact, censorship? Facebook hit back, claiming that the nobody has done more for fighting “misinformation” than they have, including the President. The President backed off his inane comments and then decided to go full-on AHT. As for the censorship angle, there is nothing new in all of this. Just ask George Creel…
12 minutes | Jul 3, 2021
The Last Time
A few weeks back I was reading an article about “The Last Time.” The premise was that one day, we all did something that we didn’t realize we were doing for the last time we ever. Things like the last time I changed Ben’s diaper or the last day that he couldn’t walk. Back in 2006, after a trip to one of my favorite places on the planet, I thought that there was no way I would ever be back. And then in 2018 I went back. In 2000 I thought that I had made my last trip ever to Oklahoma City when I went to my Grandfathers funeral. Then my parents bought burial plots there. In 1998 I left the East Coast, planning very firmly that I would never return. On Friday we leave for a long trip, driving to the East Coast and to Oklahoma to visit our daughter and son-in-law and grandchildren. Then we will see my parents in my ancestral home of Oklahoma City, where I will also try to see my buddy Zack Bayroute at an Oklahoma City Baseball game, the last of which I attended – with my grandfather – was in 1992. All that to say that while there are things that we never realize we did for the last time, there’s no point in dwelling on what we don’t know the future will hold.
16 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
The whole Bill Cosby fiasco has people all atwitter. It should, but not for the reasons about which most people seem to be uptight. Yes, I believe that Bill Cosby is guilty of rape and is a scumbag. That pains me greatly and I am ever so thankful that my grandparents didn’t have to see this. At the end of the day though, the real question should not be whether or not Cosby should go free, but rather why exactly the Prosecution was so hell bent on gaining a conviction that they utterly and completely ignored facts, evidence and procedure to ramrod that conviction and get re-elected? Oh… and while Cosby had the money and lawyers to fight it, how many others don’t? If you can’t trust the people who are supposed to uphold and defend the Constitution and the people’s rights to do just that, then we no longer have a republic…
19 minutes | Jul 1, 2021
To Serve Humanity?
Look, I get it. Like Fox Mulder, you want to believe. After all, goes the reasoning, if there are extra-terrestrials and the government does know about them, it must be because of (a) the aliens are super advanced and the government doesn’t think that we can handle it; or (b) it’s basically an alien invasion that the government has managed to keep at bay, or (c) the aliens already won the war and already are the government and are still trying to keep it secret for reasons that can only make sense if they are preparing to publish a book called, “To Serve Humanity.” I am long on record about where I stand on ET craft flying to Earth and buggering crazy people after kidnapping them from lonely country back roads on their way home to rural trailer parks. They simply do not exist. Like baseball pitchers using “foreign substances,” nobody can find any actual evidence of their existence. Of course, comes the argument, “But Dave, absence of evidence is NOT evidence of absence.” That’s fine when it comes to archeology, because in almost every case, reasonable anthropological evidence exists to at least reasonably hypothesize about things. Short of the (fake) Alien Autopsy film, no reasonable evidence whatsoever exists to support the existence of ET and their flying saucers. Believe me, IF I am wrong, I’ll be happy to admit it. But to be clear, I am NOT worried about it…
71 minutes | Jun 27, 2021
It's hot. Seriously... Seattle is melting and it's taking the bridges with it. Meanwhile, have you gotten your F-15 or nuclear weapons yet? Like an air conditioner you might want to avoid the rush and get it today! The COVID Merry Go round of Stupidity continues to spin, this time the NCAA manages to screw up which is really no big surprise. They'll just blame COVID protocols! If you're looking for a good time, you might want to visit the Redneck Rave. Or maybe a Home Depot exorcism? But do it while Friar Cook is out walking his dogs that refuse to use their doggie door anymore. As the boys head off on their summer sabbatical, they remind you to go ahead and buy your new computer because you have to anyway. Oh, and to download, like, share and rate the show!
18 minutes | Jun 24, 2021
Stupid Protest Threats
More than fifty years ago, two US Track & Field athletes stood on the medal platform at the Olympic Games and raised their arms as the National Anthem played, celebrating their victories. It is literally one of the “most iconic moments” in all of sports history. And, if you were not around back then, you might think that it was universally praised as a much needed counter punch at racism and poverty in America. That’s what we are told in article after article and a few made for TV documentaries. The actual reaction during those days was a little less enthusiastic across the board as many Americans, of all races and creeds, felt the act was offensive and disrespectful. Now, it’s true that the two men in question meant it that way, but most Americans in 1968 were not all that impressed with their display. The USOC stripped them of their medals and suspended them. Times have changed. Now days they are seen not as offensive attention hustlers, but rather as precursors to a more modern interpretation of a lot of things in America: the over-hyped and over the top accusations of offensiveness and discrimination by people who (a) have not been discriminated against and (b) have enjoyed the collective tolerance of a nation which should be rolling its eyes instead of applauding the behavior. Which is why the collective reaction of the country to the latest Olympic attention whore was pretty much a collective yawn…
20 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
The Juneteenth Federal Holiday
Social media arguments have become a royal pain in the behind. The latest one (for me) was getting asked an “innocent” question (it’s a set-up), “Hey Dave, how do you feel about Juneteenth becoming a Federal Holiday?” The expected answer wasn’t what she expected, but that is because we as a nation are badly ignorant of our history. We should all be celebrating Juneteenth because it is a reminder of our nations history…
34 minutes | Jun 21, 2021
BML: Charles Barkley
Bill Mick and Dave delve into the intersecting worlds of sports and influence. Charles Barkly, Cole Beasley and Reynaldo are all in the news, but is it for the things they did on the courts, fields and pitches, or on Instagram and TV?
54 minutes | Jun 20, 2021
WTF: Father's Day (For Real This Time)
“Plausible deniability” is the goal of the day as it turns out that Friar Cook not only is a potential domestic terrorist, but appears to already be on more than one “list” for those organizations tasked with rooting out the extremists. Meanwhile, it is Father’s Day, this time for real! Rabbi Dave has his cinnamon rolls and is living the good life today, but is sans clothing really the way to go today? Follow the Science says that left turns should be verboten! Hunter Biden has a new career, which is better than having somebody crap on your lawn. Norwich City and Newcastle United will play each other this season for the first time in three years. This necessitates a bet between the Friar and the Rabbi which literally nobody else on the planet outside of the Yellow Army and the Toon Army will actually care about.
20 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
There are three opinions that I hold that always seem to get me in a little hot water with my fellow conservatives. One is that Michael Jordan ruined the NBA. second is that abortion is not the hill I am going to die upon. I get that for many of you it is THE issue, but for me it is not. That doesn’t mean that I am FOR abortion, it means that I believe that what other people decide to do with themselves is none of my business, just as any decision Cami and I make together is none of yours. Sorry, not sorry. But it’s my third opinion that always seems to anger so many conservative listeners. Prayer in schools is not and has never been about prayer. There are no laws preventing you or your child from praying in school. “Prayer in School” advocates are about one thing and one thing only – making my child conform to their beliefs. Period.
18 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
Not Jon Stewart
I was going to talk about why the whole Jon Stewart on Colbert Show Wuhan Virus thing isn’t what you have been told to think that it was, but then I turned on the news and learned that the President of the United States, who does not make mean tweets which is what got him nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, informed the Soviets… err… Russians, exactly what we don’t want them to attack. And I thought to myself, that can’t be a real thing. Maybe like Jon Stewart he was trolling Putin. right? RIGHT???
37 minutes | Jun 14, 2021
BML: Racists Hate Columbus Day
Bill Mick and Dave talk about the NCAA Football move to a full football Playoffs system instead of the idiotic system they have now for the same four teams every year. And why is a School Board in New Jersey changing the names of holidays including Columbus Day? Because they are racists, that’s why!
57 minutes | Jun 13, 2021
WTF: The President's Big Stick
It is definitely NOT Father’s Day, but that doesn’t make what is being said by the Presidents, the Mayor of Seattle or some (we assume) chick on Tik Tok make anymore sense…
17 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Motor Machinist Mate 3rd Class
A long time ago, 1975 to be exact, I came across a book that I consumed with a passion and fervor that hitherto I had not really experienced. That book is still on my shelf, along with several others in a similar vein that served to inspire and thrill me in my last years in High School. The book(s) told me the story of men who would become my heroes. I would learn from them life lessons that I apply every day. Something that I have said before is resonating with me tonight. In 1975, World war II had ended a mere thirty years before. In many cases, adults that I personally knew were veterans of that conflict, including my best-friends father who would never talk about his time on the beaches of Anzio, but referred to every person he didn’t like as a “Nazi-son-of-n-bitch.” In 1981 I joined the Navy and landed in New London, Connecticut to begin my career as a US Navy Submariner. Tonight, as my mind wanders through those books and the men whose stories they told me, I realize that was forty years ago. So long ago that the job I did in the Navy is long obsolete. I am a dinosaur. A veteran of a war that ended thirty years ago. Literally as long ago from then as World War II’s end from the day I picked up that book. Those men who so motivated me towards greater accomplishments are now all but gone. This weekend we said goodbye to another World War II submarine veteran. One more connection gone on eternal patrol.
36 minutes | Jun 7, 2021
BML: I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke
WMMB’s Bill Mick and Dave get into discussions over whether or not Social Media an actual human right? And if it is, doesn’t Donald Trump have it? The legislature in Texas apparently has waaaaay too much free time, asking the question, “Should the National Anthem be de riguer at sporting events?” In North Carolina a local County Board bans Coco-Cola. Baseball pitchers are cheating. Does baseball care?
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