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Listening to Podcasts

If you ever watch me working, you will most likely see me with ear buds. I am not listening to music. I might be listening to talk radio. But it is most likely that I am listening to podcasts. Podcasts are, generally, those free audio programs that you can get at iTunes or many other places on the internet. Some are professionally recorded, and some are home made, featuring some guy talking to his laptop in his basement. And some of those basements have become high tech recording studios…with the occasional barking dog or crying child in the background.

“This is my player!”

One of the great things about podcasts is that you only listen to what you want to hear, and when you want to hear it. Unless that basement guy has something really compelling to say, you can skip him entirely. Likewise, if that sharp, high-production-value network show starts bullying you with its political slant, you are under no obligation to listen to them, either. One of my favorites is one that I suspect is done in a home studio by someone I don’t always agree with, because I get to hear him process things intelligently in such a way that he wins me over once in awhile. I’ve listened to him off and on for years, and I would like to share him with you.

Dan Carlin is a former journalist and radio talk show host who has two podcasts: Hardcore History and Common Sense. Hardcore History only comes out every two months or so, and Common Sense is a weekly show. Although they are free, there is always a plea for a dollar per show. It’s not intrusive or annoying. The History podcasts are definitely worth that.

In his latest show, he tells how he was contacted by the military leaders in the US government and invited to a meeting. He got invited because some Colonel listens to him and thought they needed some “outside of the box” thinking. If I were listening to Dan for the first time, I would be skeptical. But because I have heard him out before, I considered what he was telling his listeners and I do believe him. I was also heartened that there are people in Washington who actually want the input of people like Dan.

This was also a reminder to me that we are all able to publish our views and attract followers. And we can organize. And we can have impact. So, I urge you to  start listening to the voices among us who are a part of the New Media. I have mostly tuned out the Democrat-media-political complex because they leave out too much and distract us from dealing with real problems. They are in cahoots with Washington politicians and they are not our friends.

In our lifetime: losing freedom by the numbers

I am nearly finished with this book, Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956, and I could not wait to endorse it. Although I was born at the end of the Baby Boom, in 1958, I still consider myself a Cold War contemporary. I grew up listening to my mom pop off about Communism, the Cultural Revolution in China, Chairman Mao, and every other Red Menace. But this book gives us the perspective of history, and helps us compare it to the current Communist infusion in our own country.

If you are either too young to remember the Berlin Wall or are already corrupted by our education system, you may think this is conspiracy theory paranoia. But if you look at how the Soviet Communists took over Eastern Europe after WW2 by controlling the schools, radio and newspapers, the arts, and oppressing the churches, you can see that they are doing exactly the same thing here, only without rolling tanks through our streets. They used slander as a tactic to make people fearful; calling anyone who would not swear obedience to the Communist Party a Fascist. Likewise, if you are opposed to the Democrat Party in America, you must be a racist, homophobe, Islamophobe, sexist, bigot, and whatever else they can throw at you. Political correctness keeps us from having honest dialogues in America, and that’s OK with them because they are bullies.

Whatever they call you, you can be sure they are already doing the same thing. The Soviet Communists invented the Peace movement and claimed they were for peace right after rolling tanks and taking political prisoners. Peace was always about YOU not fighting back against THEM.

Buy and read books to overcome the educational malpractice that is so common in America. And then teach your kids, before they are indoctrinated and dumbed down by government bureaucrats.

Is it time to buy a gun?

This is a pretty hot topic right now, and I revisit this idea in my own head periodically. That’s because I don’t own any firearms, even though I am a staunch defender of the 2nd Amendment. I am against a disarmed citizenry for the following reasons:

  1. People should have the right to defend themselves from harm. The police cannot guard you 24/7, and when faced with a dangerous situation, we should all have the ability to respond with at least equal force. I don’t believe in having a fair fight with dangerous people.
  2. A government that  wants to disarm you is not working for your best interest.
  3. Disarmament has historically preceded oppression.
  4. The people who obey the laws against guns are never your problem. The ones who don’t will still get them, and use them to do you harm.

My own objection to owning a gun has evolved over the years. When I was younger and had kids I didn’t want one in the house. As I have gotten older I am more at peace with God and I am quite content with leaving my fate in His hands. I feel less threatened in general. But my wife is less sanguine about this than I am. After all, she is the one that always brings the subject up. And this has gotten my attention because I am sensitive to the natural fact that she does, and should, feel more vulnerable than I do.

I know I would take a bullet for her. But would I send one? That seems like it should be the easier thing to do. If it comes down to her or some dirtbag who wishes her harm, I could empty a clip into such a person with ease. Maybe that’s what bothers me. There are people I could kill. And I’d even feel good about it.

I am still not ready to make a purchase, but I am getting to be open-minded about it.