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Love As A Pre-existing Condition (EP.79)

Summary “If I speak with the languages of men and of angels, but don't have love, I have become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.” -The Apostle Paul, writing to the people of Corinth Later we’ll see that the Dalai Lama says something quite similar. What a wonderful reminder to me, as I struggle to get my thoughts and words exactly right two times a week, every week. If I do not ground everything that I do, including this podcast, in love, I am just a(nother) clanging cymbal. Healthcare...


“People Do Business With People They Like” (EP.78)

Summary “People do business with people they like.” Simple truth. And a double-edged sword. Here are two helpful corollary quotes. “People like people who are like themselves.” Tie that to the first quote, and you see that people see themselves belonging to defined affinity groups, and gravitate toward other members of those groups. Now for the third quote, “We are all like each other in many important ways.” All. Of. Us. Give me less than ten minutes, and we’ll unpack this in a way that...


Divided Nation (EP.77)

Summary Haven’t we all heard that phrase over and over again? If we listen to the people who describe the division, it seems like one side has it all right and the other side is somewhere between imbecilic and evil--perhaps both. Tell me if you have heard either or both of these assessments. “The voters on the other side are racists, sexists, xenophobes and generally uneducated. Furthermore, many of them used their votes to betray their gender and race.” Or, alternatively, “The voters on the...


Thick Skin, Soft Heart (EP. 76)

Summary Isn’t having a thick skin and soft heart the best combination? Sadly, that’s the opposite of what we see developing around us today. The push for safe spaces, 25% of the student population at a university claiming PTSD because of the 2016 elections, urging the use of a growing number of pronouns and the general slide in the direction of any taken offense is the fault of the of the other person--not the responsibility of the person claiming to be offended--all speak to a society of...


The Exhausted Majority (EP.75)

Summary Does anyone remember the phrase “The Silent Majority” from the late 60s and 70s? It was used by Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew, quite successfully, to portray a group of citizen voters who, while relatively quiet, were fed up with, and by possession of larger numbers, could outvote the activists on the other side. Nixon won by a landslide in ‘72, winning 49 of 50 states There are those who believe that Trump had a version of Nixon’s Silent Majority, with those “hidden” voters...


We Are The Blind Men (EP.74)

Summary Do you remember hearing the story about the blind men each of whom were exploring an elephant for the first time? As each man explored the part of the elephant he was near with his hands, they each pronounced the elephant to be something different. The one touching the ear declared it to be a fan, another exploring the trunk said it was a snake, the one with the tail called it a rope, another running his hands over the body was sure it was a wall and the one with a tusk in his hands...


Migrant Caravan (EP.73)

Summary Starting in Honduras in Central America in mid-October of ‘18, a migrant caravan of at least 5,000 people is committed to traveling through Guatemala and Mexico to enter the United States. The question swirling about this caravan is, “Is this an organic migration of people intending to gain peaceful entry into the US, or is it an invasion--perhaps influenced or even supported by others?” Here’s the better, necessary, underlying question, “Do we want open borders, or do we want secure...


Brett and O.J. (EP.72)

Summary Do Brett Kavanaugh and O.J. Simpson seem like an odd pair? Give me a few minutes, and we’ll see some key parallels; parallels that tell us a lot about how the law and politics in the US have become so wrongly conflated. Links and References J’Accuse...Kavanaugh! Hatfield-McCoy Ask the Right Questions Contact Please do reach out with comments or questions. You can email me at, or connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. And you can subscribe to...


Midterm Elections (EP.71)

Summary The coming November 2018 midterms will be hugely important. Will Trump be impeached, or will he have another crack or two at nominating Supreme Court Justices? Is the country drifting further to more redistribution? Will we take secure national borders seriously? Who--if anyone--is going to successfully address the ridiculous healthcare and college costs? Advice from others: We are urged to vote, and to encourage others to vote. ACLU Colorado writes, “Voting is one of our basic...


Overdog (EP.70)

Summary Once upon a time, most of us rooted for the loveable underdog. You know, the Little League baseball team from Nowhere, USA that was up against the team from a big city; the team that had won the championship two of the last three years. These kids and their parents had been selling candy door-to-door for almost a year to fund the trip to the big game. Or the personable but nondescript singer on a major TV talent show who was competing against well-trained and attractive contestants....


Do the Ends Justify the Means? (EP.69)

Summary Do the ends justify the means? No, never. Never? Never. Why? First off, all means are ends in and of themselves. If that is not a sufficient answer, know that unless you are the one who is always in control of the means, when someone else is on control of the means from time-to-time, those perhaps inappropriate and unpleasant means could be used against you, justified by the pursuit of the ends those folks had in mind. And you may very well disagree with those chosen ends all while...


Columbus Day (EP.68)

Summary Q 1. Should we celebrate Columbus Day? A. Of course. The opening of the Americas to European countries was a monumental development. Q 2. Was Christopher Columbus intelligent, courageous, and dedicated to his beliefs and goals despite years of rejection? A. Yes. All three, and at levels that allowed him to play a pivotal role in history. Q 3. Was Columbus a deeply flawed man, who savaged the indigenous populations? A. Yes, he was deeply flawed. As was every great man or woman in...


Profiling (EP.67)

Summary Q 1. What’s wrong with profiling? A. Nothing; it is a vital tool, and useful in a variety of situations. Q 2. So, why are we talking about it? A. This word, along with so many other terms that are in common usage, has been co-opted by those among us who wish to rewrite key word definitions to suit their agendas. Kinda like re-writing history, but that is another podcast. People who do things like this are truth-twisters. Links and References Racial or Racist? Offense is in the Eye of...


Free Speech and Love (EP.66)

Summary What is the connection between free speech and love? This one is pretty easy. Let’s start with the love part. It is easy to love people who are loveable. We don’t need to be encouraged or told to do that; it just comes easily and naturally. It is harder to love people we merely tolerate. And what’s this about loving our enemies? The admonition, the encouragement, to love one another is not focused on loving the loveable, it is focused on loving the unlovable. It is the same with free...


J’Accuse…Kavanaugh! (EP.65)

Summary Alfred Dreyfus was a French Jewish artillery officer whose trial and conviction in 1894 on charges of treason can easily be seen as a precursor to the Kavanaugh trial--yes, trial. And it is past time that those of us on this side of the Atlantic know of this willful travesty of justice. Known today as the Dreyfus affair, the incident eventually ended with Dreyfus's complete exoneration. No, this podcast is not simply about drawing a parallel between what France did to Dreyfus and...


WWE Politics (EP.64)

Summary World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), is correctly more well known for its posing and posturing entertainment rather than the their supposed core product--wrestling. Replete with stylized good guys and bad guys, overdressed, overacting and anything goes--not matter how ridiculous--to increase their notoriety, leverage with their fan base to increase the power and influence of the WWE--the entity that pays them and makes it all possible. Now, let’s make some substitutions: Republicans...


Microaggressions (EP.63)

Summary What is a microaggression? And why the need to come up with a new issue? Here’s what Merriam-Webster has to say: a comment or action that subtly and often unconsciously or unintentionally expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group (such as a racial minority). I would add the majority gender, women, are also included in the definition of microaggression targets. Why was the term microaggression invented? Links and References Everyday Wisdom: “Life is Hard”...


The Economy? Stupid! (EP.62)

Summary "The economy, stupid", was the winning phrase James Carville coined as a campaign strategist in Bill Clinton's successful 1992 presidential campaign against sitting president George H. W. Bush. This outlined the winning strategy; other “mission statement” slogans, including options like focusing on change vs. more of the same, and social issues including healthcare lost out. Good thing; it defeated a sitting president. Links and References Economics 101 Economics Definitions Contact...


Never Forget! Really? (EP.61)

Summary The World War II generation implored us to “Never Forget!” the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. And for many years, radio, TV, newspapers and magazines shouted the message annually, complete with photos, film and recordings. Does anybody remember any kind of meaningful remembrance on a recent December 7th? Neither do I. And the sneak attack on the Twin Towers is slowly being forgotten, soon to be relegated to the same kind of dim memory as Pearl Harbor. And with...


Nike: Goddess of Victory (EP.60)

Summary Nike was the Greek winged goddess of victory--victory both in war and in peaceful competition. The current international, yes, international, controversy intentionally generated by Nike with the hiring of former NFL QB Colin Kaepernick as its spokesman, is far more warlike than peaceful. (Nike employed about 74,400 people worldwide in 2017, with global revenues of more than $34B.) Links and References Racial or Racist? Activists Don’t Want Peace Off The Pigs Contact Please do reach...