SOS Podcast Episode 56 is here!

After a steak and family filled week off, Don and Offie come back and cover why Atlantic City is gross, the release of the redacted Mueller report, the information it contained and what it means in the big picture as well as how it is being used by both sides. Scotch is discussed and tasted, Then another look at some of the 20 Democratic candidates and the policies they are running on (or not running on in the case of Mayor Pete) like impeaching the current President, reparations, student loan forgiveness, and voting while in prison. GOT is teased, along with lessons learned from 1984, last minute NFL trades and the draft in an allegation filled SPORTS!!

Here are several episodes in which we covered the Mueller Report and the allegations and charges that came with it so you can catch up!

James Comeys’ firing: Episode 11

Jeff Session resigning: Episode 39

James Comeys’ Subpoena: Episode 41

Paul Manafort Charges: Episode 42

 

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Cannabis and Parenthood

Last weekend was 4/20, which for those who don’t know, is pretty much a holiday in the weed smoking community. 

Last year Offie and I went over a bunch of different ways to consume cannabis and talked a bit about how it came to be illegal. We got some nice joints and had a great time. This year was very different for me than last year. 

The Saturday of 4/20 we celebrated the engagement of two of my close friends, Kody and Maika, and had a huge meal with lots of friends and drinks and smoking and it was a great time. Even if that wasn’t the occasion I don’t think it would have been the same as last year. I would have done the show probably but I didn’t have that same drive to go and get fucked up high like I did last year. Partially because I want to save money wherever I can but I also just felt like I had better things to be doing. And that felt very important to me. 

I’m not sure why. I started smoking pot really young and have always carried a chip on my shoulder about it. For a long time I felt like it was part of my mission in life to show people that pot wasn’t bad. That you could smoke weed and be productive and functioning member of society because I truly truly believe that the vast majority of people who use cannabis ARE. When I was in school I made it very apparent I smoked weed. I wasn’t the kid who had pot leaves in his hats and socks but I wasn’t afraid to hide what I did and was even less afraid to talk about it. 

My sophmore year, the only thing I wanted more than to constantly have a girlfriend, was to smoke as much pot as I could but also do as good as I could in school. The first part I followed through with but the second part not so much. I will argue till I die that weed is not the reason. There was an infant, my first nephew Ryin, without a solid father figure living in my house, I was playing football on both JV and Varsity, I was walking everywhere besides school and of course couldn’t have been more focused on girls. My mind was not on school. It took my being faced with not graduating after a 90-day suspension for me to even BEGIN to take school seriously, and when that chip on my shoulder began to not be my best friend. 

I had to take college courses to get enough credits to finish Highschool with my class when I went back. The college professors didn’t care about my personal life like the Highschool teachers were apt to, and cared even less that I smoked pot. They were grown adults with their own opinions and expected me to be the same. A Highschool teacher is partially tasked with shaping the person a student will be become, not to just deliver information. A Highschool teacher will argue with you, as a student, about your drug habits and how they affect the things you do and what your future looks like. They will talk to you about going to college and how establishing good habits now will help you succeed there if that is what you choose to do (which they all suggested you do when I was high school). As a college student you are an adult. You are obviously IN college, presumably borrowing money from a bank or someone else and are therefor a true American with your newly acquired debt. What you do is your business. 

Of all of the things I have grown out of since I was a teenager, the chip about smoking weed took me the longest. I still smoke weed all of the time because it helps me in a number of ways. My mind is extraordinarily busy. When I WAS in school, the only way I could effectively write an essay or even do a fair amount of homework was to get high first and while I was doing it. It allowed me to slow down and put my thoughts in order so they could be effectively conveyed on paper. It also helped me write every single one of these blog posts and do most of my non-work related research for the show. I have problems with my knees that cause chronic pain that cannabis has a deeply positive affect on. It helps me open my mind for the show and understand other peoples’ opinions. And when consumed in excess it helps me have a really great time with my friends and family and sometimes even be more tapped into my feelings for them. 

I think the reason it took me so long to get rid of that monkey on my back was because I still think it’s true. I feel that I myself am fairly good evidence of being able to smoke pot, work more than full time, be a great husband and father, and also co-host a growing intellectual podcast. I also feel that some things are not for everyone. I would never force or even push cannabis on anyone but I would advocate trying it to everyone. I have heard and seen no shortage of stories of people having been against it their entire life, trying it once after years of pain or anxiety and feeling immense relief from it. I feel that cannabis generally intensifies things; so those who are lazy can become even lazier, those who are are creative can become even more so, and so on and so forth. As in everything, it should be used in moderation and in accordance to your tolerance and reason for use. Just like alcohol. 

In the numerous times we have talked about cannabis on our show we have mentioned no shortage of times (including in multiple blog posts, episodes and old school dissents) that cannabis and alcohol are regulated by the same bureaucratic body. You have to be 21 years old to purchase both of them and can’t do it after a certain time. It’s still illegal to buy it for minors and you aren’t allowed to do it and drive. They are legally considered the same thing, at least in Washington state. No one has ever overdosed on cannabis but people drink themselves to death all the time. The statistics are insane as to how much safer cannabis is than alcohol. But somehow cannabis still carries a stigma that alcohol doesn’t. Smoking weed as a teenager will ruin your life and set you into a path of doing more drugs, but experimenting with drinking is normal. That’s not something I understand. 

People have spent their lives behind bars for small amounts of marijuana but there are people with multiple DUI’s and alcohol related assaults that walk the streets. I know someone personally who received a second DUI within the probationary period of his first. Speeding in a construction zone on his way to the airport because he didn’t want to pay for an Uber. Somehow avoided jail time. Has an interlock in his car but no license, no insurance, bad tabs on the car and hasn’t made a payment on it in months. He can’t even go and get it fixed because his license is suspended and he doesn’t have the title to his car. I 100% understand this is anecdotal, but this is a failure of the justice system. 

There are entire social media pages and websites, even APPAREL that promotes “wine moms” and moms who need to drink to handle their children. This is not only common but promoted. I am not by any means saying this is a bad thing. I grew up in a home where drinking was done rarely but in great fun every time. I drink beer regularly and with my baby in my arm. I merely bring this up to compare the general social acceptability of drinking while you are holding an infant, but for most people to even consider being high around a child is inconceivable. Why? To be stoned is not as it is comically portrayed on TV. For the vast majority of people it doesn’t even slightly incapacitate you and it doesn’t not cause hallucinations. It doesn’t lower inhibitions any more than a glass of whiskey and doesn’t affect motor function. 

I’m not sure. Truly. After all this time having these feelings and consuming cannabis for so many different reason, I don’t know what it is that causes this dramatic contrast between cannabis and alcohol. Reefer madness is long gone and so is William Randolph Hearst. Even Mitch McConnell is accepting of hemp, the non-psychoactive sister of cannabis, hell he wants it in his state to help replace tobacco. And I think this was it the whole time. This is why it was hard for me to let go of that chip I had on my shoulder. Because the vast vast majority of people I know or have ever heard talk about cannabis feel the same way I do. That the “harm” and stigma of cannabis is hyped up and misplaced. 

So I think what I can chalk it up to is the scheduling. Cannabis is still classified as a schedule 1 drug meaning it has no medical value, which I couldn’t disagree with more vehemently. There is an excess of documented and anecdotal evidence to support the medicinal uses of cannabis and if NOTHING else, the CBD chemical that resides in it. A drug called Epidolex was approved last year for clinical testing for treatment of seizures, directly contradicting the claims by the federal government of cannabis showing no medical benefits. Scientific understanding of cannabis, the chemicals within it and the unique way they interact with the human body is changing and I feel that the social understanding and stigma around it needs to as well. And I believe this starts with changing the federal understanding and recognition of the benefits around cannabis both medicinally and recreationally.

-Don

Episode 55 is dropping!

Kirstjen Nielsen’s Resignation is discussed this week, the legacy she leaves behind with the policy she oversaw and the false narrative being pushed by the Democratic Party. AG Bill Barr’s recent testimony, updates on the Mueller report and some notes about the Trump Budget. Julian Assanges arrest and what it could mean for journalism and the first amendment. Intersectionality continues to seep into Hollywood and Russell Wilson sets a deadline for his contract in a stat packed SPORTS!!

HERE is the link for our initial discussion on the child separation at the border.

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Blog Post 4/8/19

A few weeks ago Colin and I talked about the NFL, Colin Kapernick and Eric Reid having finally reached a settlement in the lawsuit in which the two players were alleging the NFL had blacklisted them for protests they were carrying out before the game. I don’t need to get too deep into that because I’m sure everyone remembers the debacle over kneeling during the national anthem. 

In the time this controversy was capturing the media I heard no shortage of variations of arguments both in favor of and against Kaep specifically for the way he was choosing the carryout protests. We heard both that he was unamerican and a patriot. That he disrespects veterans and soldiers who fought for this country while also hearing from many that it was Kaepernicks very right to protest however he wanted that they were fighting for. 

We have talked about this situation numerous times especially the longer it went on and the longer I felt my view was not being represented enough in the argument. On episode 7  when Morgan was on for the first time, I went on a bit of a tear, as I’m prone to doing, and tried to explain really how I feel. But for some reason when we talked about the settlement I started to feel like I was not clear enough about how I felt. So I decided I would take this opportunity to re-explain myself. Not because I think the world or even our audience is starved for my opinion on Kaep, but because even though I haven’t met one, I know there is another person in this world that felt the same way I did during this entire controversy. 

Right off the top, I don’t see any disrespect in what Kaep did. Everyone who said it is correct, he is 100% entitled to his right to free speech and his right to his own opinion. I also tend to agree that there is a problem between unarmed black individuals and the police that are supposed to protect them. I don’t know exactly what that problem is, but that’s a whole separate issue in itself. Before I move on I would just like to note that I understand Kaep’s stance was on racial inequality in general, a cause which I fully support the fight for, and don’t mean to oversimplify his message. 

I don’t think it’s wrong at all for him to use his stature as an NFL athlete, and at the time starting Quartback, to bring light to a social issue he saw as detrimental to American society. As wrong as I think the comparisons are, Muhammad Ali’s name had floated around a lot, and I suppose in the loosest of terms I can understand the relation. But I will address that more soon. As an NFL athlete, everything Kaep does is done with that context and that power behind it – No matter what. To expect him to make his politics separate from that I feel is unreasonable and almost impossible. 

However, while he is on the field – or at any organized team activity – he is an employee of the NFL and is therefor subject to their terms of employment. If he is told to show up and play the game, he is faced with the same option I would be at my job; shut up, get paid, and find another way to express my views or to find another job that will allow me to do so. This separation of the two is not only hypocritical but directly contradictory to the message of equity being expressed. Muhammad Ali was stripped of his boxing title AND license for his refusal to commit to be drafted and abandon his beliefs. But for some reason the same was not to be expected of Kaep. 

Part of the reason I don’t agree with or support at all the comparison between Muhammad Ali and Colin Kaepernick is the personnel differences in the sports in which they competed respectively. Boxing is two men. One on one fighting until one wins. Football is about a roster of 53 men, 11 of which are on a field at once to represent their team. While Muhammad Ali was boxing, or doing ANYTHING, he was sure to represent only himself. The World Boxing Association was sure to emphasize this by stripping him of his title and then further solidified when every U.S. state systematically denied him a boxing license. Colin Kaepernick does not conduct himself this way. 

Not only is he just 1 of 53 men on a roster of one of the most, if not THE most, team focused professional sports, he was the Quarterback. The Quarterback is the undisputed leader of his team. Even with the General Manager and Head Coach, when it comes down to game time the QB is the one making the calls for audible, reading the coverage and making the passes. His job is to deny credit for victory and accept responsibility for loss. His job is to always show strength and leadership for his team. His job is to show an example of teamwork in order to try and receive that from his team. Colin Kaepernick acted independently in his decision to deny the will of his employer and expressed his personal opinion on a national stage provided by the NFL, all while taking a check from them and talking about inequality. This is not an example of ideal team work. 

At the end of the day Kaep’s position is subject to the will of his employers, those who hired him to lead a team of 53 men. Instead he acted independently on their time while taking their money, and ultimately the dispute is over whether or not he was black listed because of his views, and in my opinion, he wasn’t. If it’s me reading the signs, Kaep was an alright QB when he “lost his job”, definitely better than some of the scrubs that started in the time he was gone. But he also expressed to the other owners, General Managers and Head Coaches in the league that he couldn’t be trusted to act in the best interest of the team because in the end, his agenda reigned supreme; with expressions and demonstrations that were attracting a lot of controversial media attention, something a lot of teams may not have wanted. He was then actively involved in a lawsuit against the very organization he was requesting to play for. I see no shortage of reasons that teams may not have wanted to sign him. 

Again I don’t think he is totally wrong. He is, in a sense, using his stature as an athlete to bring attention to racial injustice in America. If for nothing other than to show this is more than just a criticism, I actually have an idea, or at least an opinion, on what may have been a better way to achieve the goal he was striving for while avoiding the proceeding consequences. To avoid conflict with the league but continue to express the full force behind his status as an athlete, Kaep should have called a press conference on a problem he held very dear to his heart. Not after practice or a game and not at any type of team or organization facility. Outside of city hall in San Francisco on a Tuesday after a game, for example. Use the position, while being separate from the organization. 

If Kaep felt that doing something during a game was necessary, so be it. I don’t agree and think that he should have been prepared for the possible backlash from the league and from the public, but he has the right to try. However because he is on this team of 53 I have spoken so much about, I don’t feel he should have done any type of on-field demonstration without the understanding, support, and blessing of every member of that team. If even one player on that team said they were not comfortable with his choice he should not have carried out these protests in the way he did. I cannot personally attest that his didn’t happen so I will gladly admit this statement is pure conjecture, but I stand firm in it until proven incorrect. 

My intent is not to make Colin Kaepernick look like a villain. I don’t believe he is. I believe he is an incredibly talented and intelligent man with intensely strong morals. I believe he did his due diligence to ensure he was not offending any active duty or veteran service members in the way he chose to protest. I do not, however, feel he did the same in regards to the fans of the NFL and in turn the people who give him his job. As I am living proof of, I do not disagree with the message that Kaep was and I assume still is fighting for. I have a problem with the fact that he openly disrespected a game and organization he continued to and would still like to draw a paycheck from. The inauthenticity I feel is obvious. It continues to shock me that this has gotten so far away from where it started – the sport. 

I think it’s important to note that the terms of the recent settlement have not been disclosed and this could mean any numbers of things. It could mean that either Kaep or the NFL got tired of the arguments and wanted it to be over. It could also mean that there was strong evidence on one side that made the other nervous enough about their chances to win that they accepted a settlement. I don’t assume one of these things over the other. I wouldn’t place blame on any one party involved either. I think one man made a decision that rippled through the media more than he could have imagined, partially fueled by President Trump. And it happened during a time where the culture is so extreme and so divisive that it promoted a reaction from a league that for some reason barely knows how to handle players who beat women, let alone a player who wants to be politically active. 

This theme seems to be carrying over many aspects of modern life. The media, the sports, the politics don’t seem to be able to keep up with the rapidly changing culture in this country. I think this is temporary. I think we are in a time of heightened division in this country and the last time we were this divided as a country, college students were shot at Kent State by the national guard. Sometimes it takes an event so shocking and culture shattering that it forces us to re-evaluate what we are doing. America is equipped to handle divisive events like this. We are made to handle it and come out on the other end stronger than ever.

Episode 54 of Salt of The Streets Podcast!

On a jam packed episode 54, Don and Offie break down the complications of stomach ulcers and IBS, Bill Barrs letter on the Mueller report, what you can and can’t take from what we know from the report and what is still to come as well as WHAT the investigation was really about in the first place, Washington State raising the smoking age to 21, why and how the Democrats are running false narratives about the vote on the Green new deal, the recent updates about Jussie Smollet, more Democratic candidates and their platform issues, the idea of a wealth tax, and how much is a starting but not star D End worth in a retirement filled SPORTS!!

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Episode 53 is LIVE!

After a weekend off with the family, on Episode 53 of Salt of the Streets Don and Offie go over the role of social media in political discourse, Andrew Yang among other Democratic Candidates as well as some of the big issues of this election like reparations, medicare for all, UBI, expansion of the supreme court, and the electoral college, the Mueller Investigation is completed , even BIGGER baseball contracts and whether or not NCAA athletes should be paid in a PACKED SPORTS!!

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Blogpost 3/14/19: Hate and Bigotry

The bigotry resolution on the house last week and the uproar around it really only made sense if you pay close attention to politics. On its face there is only good things about portions of the government expressing formally that they will not stand for bigotry (except maybe that there are bigger fish to be frying). The problem Salt of The Streets had was the refusal by portions of Congress to treat Ilhan Omar the same that they did Steve King. For her to be hung out to dry and stripped of committee assignments because minority members of Congress were personally offended by things that she had said, the same has happened with Steve King.

Hate and bigotry in all forms is wrong, that is a fact and a moral most people hold true. No one form of hate is any worse than another, and racism is racism no matter the color of the person expressing it. The definition of racism is “prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior”, but in some groups in this country and political climate there is a contrary belief. There is a theory that only a “more dominant” race can be racist, other than that it’s just prejudice. What’s the difference?

There are portions of America, and probably the world, that still are unable to (or choose not to) understand that not all Muslims are terrorists. Those same people, I think, would be irreparably offended if anyone were unable to make the distinction between a white person and a member of the KKK. I am a HUGE comedy fan and am particularly into dark humor. I appreciate all types of jokes. But the progression of real actual stereotypes and sheer racist ideologies is genuinely surprising to me in this time of growing intersectionality.

I’m not sure how anyone gets to a place of hate like that. I can’t even begin to imagine all the different scenarios that any given citizen of the United States could be subjected to, but even taking into account I may have no idea what someone else has experienced, I am still confused. Confused as to what someone could experience that could sour their view of an entire race. How someone could get to a point where they are unable to separate the acts of an individual from a particular group they may belong to.

When it comes to conflation of the religion of Islam and terrorism as a whole, one event commonly used as an argument is 9/11. I was 7 years old when the Twin Towers were struck, but I have no lack of appreciation for the magnitude and important of that event now that I am an adult. I understand very well the circumstances around the attacks and the proceeding wars in the Middle East. It is incredibly difficult for me to understand how grown adults who have been shot at and lost friends and allies at the hands of radical Islamic extremists are able to separate the individuals they fought from the religion they belong to, but citizens from the country are not.

One of my biggest problems with modern day progressives or the new breed of intersectional thinkers is that they want equity not equality, and go about it in very divisive ways. The use of an “oppression hierarchy” has becomes regular and is used to devalue the struggles of what are perceived to be “those in power”, and that at its core is counter to the stated goal. I’m not saying racist and prejudice things don’t happen, because they do and when they happen they should be identified. I am saying that lowering or raising the value of someone or their experiences because of their race or some other immutable property about them is nothing but divisive. They slander the other side as hate and fear mongers and claim to be the only ones looking out for the well being of the country, and the only ones who stand against hate.

One of my biggest problems with the base of our President is that they cause the same divisiveness as the left but claim it is out of self preservation. They have been convinced by a President and pundits who have no qualms about using derogatory and slanderous rhetoric to try and scare and bully people into agreeing with them. They lie and claim to be the only source of truth to try and convince people they are the only ones that can be trusted. The pundits will parrot the talking points of the President even if he is speaking in support of the dictatorial leader of another country. Their allegiance is only to the ideals they hold, not to this country.  They will claim to be the only ones with everyone’s best interest at heart, and the only ones who stand against hate.

Hate is driven and progressed by people on BOTH sides of these modern political debates. Hate is progressed by anyone in either party that refuses to look at any person, action or piece of legislation on the facts, merits, and value it serves or harm it causes to the American people. It is driven by anyone who has never and will never vote outside of party lines. It is driven by anyone who will not call out racism and bigotry in their own ranks. It is driven by citizens who do not address prejudice among their own family and friends. Hate is progressed by those among us that will share an article without reading it and share information they don’t know to be true.

We can agree that it was wrong for Ilhan Omar to say what she said AND for racists posters of her to be made. We can say that we support the police AND all of the people who were senselessly murdered by police AND the families who receive no justice. We can say that illegal immigration is bad AND that maybe a wall isn’t the best way to fight it. We can agree that the color of your skin or the area you live in should not dictate your future in this country or the opportunities you are given.

Doing what’s right doesn’t always feel good. The truth hurts, a lot of the time. But it’s facing and accepting that truth that allows us to grow and continue on with our lives with new knowledge and experience. It was Ben Shapiro of all people that said “my facts don’t care about your feelings” and as shitty as it sounds I think that might be the answer. Accepting facts that may or may not make us uncomfortable, and working from there. Understanding that our political views are sometimes nothing more than opinions, and that’s okay. It’s okay to not be correct and it’s okay to be uncomfortable with it. It’s what you do with that feeling that matters. If you deal with it, and move on operating on this new found truth you are apt to grow and help those around you grow. If you fight the reality that is progressing around you, you will drive further the very hate you hope to be fighting. It is only through projected and reciprocated honesty to ourselves and those around us that our country will survive this era of divisiveness and political strife in one piece, instead of unsustainable fragments of a once beautiful country.