FREEDOM Matters… For Everybody!! – Grayed Out Podcast EP 12

EP 12 – FREEDOM MATTERS – For Everyone

Tonight is the First WEEKNIGHT of FREEDOM WEEK!!! Why is it FREEDOM WEEK! Because this Saturday is the 4th of July 2020 and we need to celebrate a little something to get our heads around all the FUSTERCLUCK this year has been so far!!!

I plan to Freedom so hard this week. So I thought I’d start with talking about this ideal of FREEDOM which actually brings us TOGETHER!! And why it MATTERS FOR EVERYONE and why when Freedoms start to be infringed upon because of the opinions, offended-ness, or subjectivity of others, it is a downward spiral that we will be hard pressed to recover from.

FREEDOMS = Life Liberty & The Pursuit of Happiness This IDEAL is something to strive for for everyone, this is why we had the Gettysburg Address in November 1863: https://rmc.library.cornell.edu/gettysburg/good_cause/transcript.htm#:~:text=President%20Lincoln%20delivered%20the%20272,all%20men%20are%20created%20equal
FREEDOM: It Costs, but it’s worth it, it gives more back, and it unites!

HARD TRUTHS
WE owe it to one another as United States citizens to contend side by side for one another’s freedoms, So this week, lets focus not on the scars of the past but what they have taught all of us and the road they have paved forward!!

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Police Reform & Partisan Games, or, Why We Should Read Stuff – Grayed Out Podcast EP 11

 

Ep 11: Police Reform & Partisan Games, or, Why We Should Read Stuff

This is a Great SPRINGBOARD from earlier this week and VILLAINS… because right now there are plenty to choose from. Ok that’s dramatic, but I’m a little miffed. A couple of Instagram & Facebook Live videos later and hopefully you know where I’m coming from and hopefully this makes a ton of sense…

SENATE Bill v. HOUSE Bill – semantically the same, however some tighter and looser restrictions in both could be brought to the middle BUT… and that is one BIG BUT!!!.. Leave it to one side to frame it so that the other is all bad, and they are all good and let the press do the rest!

HOW IT WENT DOWN>> albeit, I’m confused by the Democrats on this one…

READ THE BILLS and you find the truth about the language and the vast similarities… but the politicians are COUNTING on it that you don’t and that you just want to hear from them that your side is better and that’s the whole truth… but it isn’t. LoadsofRubbish.com

HARD TRUTHS
What keeps you from reading the legislation that goes up for debate in our country… at least the MAJOR stuff?

Make the time, it’s valuable and will help you see through the haze of media and political smoke screens.

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JUSTICE – Policing Bills House v. Senate

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I’ve been on a bit of a mini tear on social media about the bills, and tonight I’ll be putting together a new podcast episode on this particular subject matter as well as just reading the bills in general.

We have an obligation to at least dig a little deeper on some of these things; because we are largely being kept in the dark when it comes to the content of a lot of bills, laws, propositions (state level) and we tend to lean on whatever idealogical bent we identify with in the author/sponsor. This is not enough, because I believe most people don’t want the pork, sneaky addendum attempts, the amendments added in the last moments, or any of that garbage. Should we have a bill (take the Covid financial packages from April as an example) laced with non related crap that tries to push an agenda, or sneak stuff in for whatever purpose the few deem necessary?

In this case, the bills being presented from both the Senate (Republican written) and House (Democrat written) are largely the same bill, but the media is saying the senate bill is weak, and the Democrats are going to stop the weak bill and write a strong bill, or wait for the house bill. Why? What purpose does that serve when reform is needed and we are all on board waiting for the changes? It’s political partisan gamesmanship, and its a tired game played by both sides, who will then try to tell you it’s only played by the other side. It’s a garbage tactic that proves that most politicians are only in it for their careers and to win, not for the people they are elected to represent. We need to demand better from them, we need to be honest about it as well, demanding it from the people we identify as “our side” as much, if not more than, we demand it from the “other side”.

We must BE BETTER!!!!!

j-

 

Villains, Villains Everywhere… or are they? – Grayed Out Podcast EP 10

 

Ep 10: Villains, Villains Everywhere… or are they?

We have gotten into this place where everyone is a villain or at least the only way we can have a discussion is by vilifying the other person in the argument to make them seem like they are advocating an evil position or are themselves evil. It’s getting kind of exhausting.

I’ve had arguments online with friends, and we can disagree and hopefully we stay friends… at least none of my friends have tried to vilify me yet or call me racist or say they are done talking to me.

So, there’s that, but society and the media, and certainly our dear friends in Washington D.C. are on the vilifying bandwagon and it’s leaking into the culture and I think there needs to be some push back.

Here’s the script?
Love liberty and our Country? Villain
Want to see equality and justice for the Black Community? Villain
Think Black lives actually matter but think BLM is probably not a great organization for seeing that actually happen? Villain
Black Conservative? Villain
Got questions? Probably a villain too, you just aren’t aware of it yet.

HARD TRUTHS
Maybe this is a repeat of another episode, but it bears some repeating. We can’t make anything better if we just keep pointing fingers, destroying things, and buying into the manufactured side of outrage.

Sorry I could not find the link to video I mentioned. However if you’ve heard of it or seen it, send it my way and I will edit the description/notes.

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Base Names, Statues, Cartoons & The Losing Side of Symbolic Victory – Grayed Out Podcast EP 9

 

Ep 9: Base Names, Statues, Cartoons & The Losing Side of Symbolic Victory…

THIS TIME AROUND… I’M KIND OF TAKING A SIDE… but not the way one would expect and hopefully in a way that makes, as Arsenio used to say, go hmm….

SYMBOLIC VICTORY – There are symbolic victories throughout history that have turned out to be just that, and came before the overall demise of the winner. WW2 gave us some prime examples just to point in a general direction.

Here is why I bring this up.

Changing names of Military Installations, Tearing down statues, and banning cartoons or tv shows… are not REAL HELP, they are merely symbolic.

You might be wondering why that is an issue and how am I being politically homeless on this? Let me explain… well let me sum up.
HARD TRUTHS

CHANGES COST BIG MONEY – bigger than you’d expect. (grave 3K)
Legal battles to those changes = BIGGER MONEY

Who bears that cost and what does it actually buy us???

Racism in America: A Citizen’s Summit – video link:  https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2318213695151332

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Defending Trump & Other Troubling Matters – Grayed Out Podcast EP 8

Ep 8: Defending Trump & Other Troubling Matters

Do you know what it’s like to have to defend something or someone that you’re not exactly a big fan of? I mean just try and get a non-Patriots fan to admit that Tom Brady may be the GOAT and you’ll see. It’s painful if not near impossible… but remember the analogy… our elected leaders are not a football team or player.

With the political divide being as prevalent as it is, large as it has ever been, and seemingly only getting worse. It’s maddening to see when people cannot be honest even when they dislike a politician or platform.

Because of this I have had to come out in defense of President Trump over the idiocy of the “Orange Man Bad” mindset that limits peoples reasonable response to anything good that may come from the current administration…

NOW I understand that the list of issues that our POTUS has, is long and distinguished. He’s a bloviator, ego driven, narcissistic, but really what can you expect from someone who was raised to think he was the most important person in any room. So there is enough there, but people want to drive the point home so badly they begin exaggerating the small things and then it just gets weird.

Beyond that support or rejection of Trump now leads people to be fired from jobs, lose friends, treat family poorly, and turns civil discourse into frothing at the mouth diatribes over all the bad the orange man has done… But there is good and bad, and when we can be adult enough to recognize, then we are ready for the kind of discussion that can bring about change.

The good and the bad…
MAGA loves “The Black People” : https://youtu.be/kB2m8KM07B8
First Step Act impact: https://youtu.be/EB7cSE_ieys

HBCU Funding: https://youtu.be/FrqfIkkUMx8

Disinfectant: https://youtu.be/33QdTOyXz3w

Corona Virus Timeline: https://youtu.be/RTGBJMDcras

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Disagreement Does Not A Racist Make – Grayed Out Podcast EP 7

 

Ep 7: Disagreement Does Not A Racist Make

This episode deals with the importance of Dialogue, Disagreement & Dissent in figuring out solutions to our societal issues, present situation especially…

There is a cultural wave happening where disagreement or dissent is becoming the catalyst for labeling people as “ISTS” or “PHOBES”

This has always been an issue but with the national spotlight hyper-focused on the current issue of injustice/racial tensions… it has found another gear and seems to be getting a little out of control.

The crowds of people in harried desire to be helpful and appear as allies are starting to label people as racists for not getting onboard with their “very clearly” superior morally righteous ideas and “solutions”

And in some cases there are people losing jobs (https://twitter.com/brokebackUSA/status/1270096112666492928) , livelihoods, relationships and in extreme cases could be in real danger.
Doxxing Examples:
https://www.theverge.com/2020/1/31/21117663/twitter-zero-hedge-suspended-platform-manipulation-policy-doxxing-coronavirus

What Is Doxxing? 5 Examples of Doxxing and How to Prevent It

Which is completely ironic and in some cases completely hypocritical.

This is a problem that exists on both sides of the political sphere and is just a fear driven tactic to drive wedges, create fear, and demand agreement.

The only people that can change that are us, the voices in the middle or leaning toward the middle, willing to say to the fear peddlers… nope we are not buying today, and we are going to stand for something right and better.

How are we supposed to find solutions that actually work if meaningful disagreement and dissent are not allowed and processed along the way and further, those things are punished with outright labels and more hatred?

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What Are We Even Thinking? – Grayed Out Podcast EP 6

 

Ep 6: WHAT Are We Even Thinking?

This episode deals with the continued national narrative surrounding the protests and riots as a result of the death of George Floyd.

This has continued to be a heavy week and my emotions and thoughts are a bit scatters for this episode but bear with me. I’m finding that there is serious frustration in actual voicing opinions from the middle and the louder I get, the more people misunderstand and say I’m spouting or spinning for whatever side is opposite them. I’m overwhelmed

I’m sharing thoughts on Defunding/Abolishing the police around the nation and also how sharing outdated and half true videos is not helpful.

Tupelo Mississipi Video:
There are two takes on this and I couldn’t find the original whole video other than on Terrence K. Williams (conservative comic/pundit) facebook channel (so you may need to divorce the commentary from the actual video) https://www.facebook.com/terrencekwilliams/videos/357730235212354/?
Here is the take from black podcast/vlog host Roland Martin and a panel he hosted on the matter: https://youtu.be/XzZYv8_3EKA

Bellvue Washington Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ooTLdj_L2U
This is a response to the recirculation of the video of this. The result being the full suspension of choke holds.

There are also a few scattered thoughts about media coverage etc.

We don’t need revolution we need serious REFORM.

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Racism & The Middle: Raw & Uncut (sorta) – Grayed Out Podcast Ep. 5

 

This episode deals with Racism & The Middle: Raw & Uncut

I realize this may be a sensitive subject, but I want to make sure that I do both what I can to speak out against injustice, and also to make sure that people from both sides can understand a few different perspectives and raw realities.

First let me caveat this:
I know that as a white man, this is going to generate mixed responses, and some will think I have NO BUSINESS talking about this and some will think I have NO BUSINESS staying silent. Some will say I have no real understanding, and hopefully I can offer some thoughts, that may cause some people to think, some to understand, and some to heal.

As a man who was raised in San Francisco’s East Bay, home to cities, like Oakland, Richmond, El Cerrito, San Pablo, Rodeo, Hercules, and my hometown of Pinole, I had the advantage of ALWAYS being in school with a vast array of ethnicities, and we experienced a different kind of upbringing that said all those people we were growing up with were our people, our community, our classmates and most importantly our friends. But that doesn’t mean we didn’t have our struggles, tonight I’m going to tell a short story about a struggle, and a dumb kid, who did a stupid thing… and the amazing way that the situation ended… hopefully to begin a dialogue about all of us, our combined humanity and how things need to go to move forward, in my humble, but really honest to the point of raw, opinion

No links this time around… everything you are hearing about either happened in the stone ages of no cell phones/personal video cameras or is right in your face every day.

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Grayed Out Podcast Episode 3: The Strange Case of Ahmaud Arbery

The Ahmaud Arbery case has been one of the most controversial non-controversies I think I may have ever witnessed in my life.

There is a correct level of absolutely RIGHTEOUS outrage at this one.

IN this episode we recap the timeline and talk about some of the references. Hold on tight because I do get a little heated/emphatic about this one. It’s just one of the strangest things I’ve witnessed as an adult and the degree of questioning about the fact that people are in a twist about it is bizarre.

Here are the referenced links:

Wikipedia’s overview of the entire case: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting_of_Ahmaud_Arbery
NYT’s page on the matter: https://www.nytimes.com/article/ahmaud-arbery-shooting-georgia.html?action=click&pgtype=Article&state=default&module=styln-georgia-shooting&variant=show&region=TOP_BANNER&context=storylines_menu
Local Paper’s coverage of the police report: https://thebrunswicknews.com/news/local_news/police-report-sheds-more-light-on-satilla-shores-shooting/article_2d7c05c8-36d3-55b5-ae11-60ea763095b3.html
NPR article on the latest arrest: https://www.npr.org/2020/05/21/860593300/georgia-authorities-arrest-third-man-in-ahmaud-arbery-killing

Colin Noir’s Video on the Subject: https://youtu.be/yr-HMjlr1sU

When you get through this episode my hope is you have a better view of it and why it shouldn’t be a Right vs. Left issue AT ALL… this is about a young man who lost his life who didn’t need to.

Hit me up with your thoughts in the comments.