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.

Episode 52 is HERE!

After our best pre-show yet, we kept it going with EPISODE 52!

Episode 52 brings discussion of the importance of not working too much, Washington State House Bill 1638 which would remove the personal exemption for vaccines for children, Jay Inslee should not run for President, the anti-bigotry resolution passed in the House of Representatives, Why there might still be hope for the Democratic Party, deep and dark listener questions that Offie brightens up and elaborates greatly on, Poker table etiquette, The Shop on HBO, and a dive into the Seahawks in a money packed SPORTS!!

We had some great topics this week from one of the OG listeners and they were AWESOME. Topics and questions from listeners are our favorite ones. If you have ANYTHING that you want to know more about or just want our opinion on both political and not, feel free to send us questions on any of our social media.

Here is when we first talked about HB 1638.

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Episode 51 is HERE!

On episode 51 Don and Offie go over the Michael Cohen hearing along with the new and continued allegations raised during the testimony, as well as whether or not he CAN be believed, Don rephrases some of his comments on the fan letter last week, both narratives in the current political unrest in Venezuela, Alex Jones on JRE is a gift to everyone, the summit in Vietnam and the products of it (or lack there of), why the ISIS brides are really a matter of opinion in patriotism, R. Kelly, Zac Efron as Ted Bundy, and a DESTROYED Cowboys D line on a urine fueled SPORTS!!

Our favorite topics are the ones we get from our fans. The whole reason we started this show was to provide people with the information we felt like they deserved. So if there is something you want to know about, but don’t feel you have the time to learn about it then ASK US. Let us do the work for you. Reach out to us on ANY of our social media and we will get back to you.

HERE is the episode a few weeks ago where we discussed Venezuela.

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Back to Work Blog Post 2/28/2019

I love my job. It’s very strange and very particular, and makes me feel valued when I get frustrated and take a step back to look at it. I am like Liam Neeson in the way I have a very particular set of skills, except mine won’t translate as well when I’m done working here. I don’t want to go deep in depth about my job here but if you are curious about it check out episode #40 where we interviewed Dave Z and talked quite a bit about what we do to make money.

At the risk of sounding like a douche by saying “ nothing is the same since I have had a kid “, it’s true. Very few things are the same since Dax was born. The three weeks I took off were rad but at the end I did kind of miss work if only because I got so used to doing it all the time, but I was and am happy to be back. I didn’t forget anything major, which was a concern, and was able to step right back into the swing of things. But I FEEL different being here. I get bored way easier. Like, much much easier. Maybe bored isn’t even the right word but uncaptivated is too generous to how captivated I was before by my work.

That’s normal, I know that, to not always be fully enjoying what you are doing but it leads to being much more easily distracted. It’s even carried over into the podcast, albeit to a lesser degree. I attribute that to the fact that I feel very passionate about what we are doing here and enjoy and also need the conversations that Colin and I have every week. There are not many places I can openly, freely, and confidently talk about the things we talk about.  It’s a release for me and an opportunity I didn’t often get before we started the pod.

I shared with my wife today, and put into words for the first time, that one of the things that has changed for me is my work. I no longer feel fulfilled by my work like I did before. I’m not able to plug in and tune out like I was before Dax was born. I’m not sure what to attribute that to yet. Whether it’s just the time I took off work, still getting used to my new life or that my priorities have shifted completely.

I’m not going to start looking for a new job or anything, especially before I figure out why I’m feeling this way, but this new lack of fulfillment has further solidified for me that I will probably have to find something new to do to have the life style I want. It has also further solidified for me that the podcast is probably the way to do that. If I want to be able to be with my family as much I can, want to try and do what I can to change and improve the world around me, and want to be able to express myself, have honest, thought provoking and idea challenging conversations, then building this podcast to a point where my life and the life of my family and co host can be supported is the best option I have.

That’s been the whole point of this from the beginning. For us to have an outlet for ourselves and thoughts that we felt people could benefit from, and if we can support ourselves or even thrive while we are doing it then that’s even better. I’m not sure exactly what I expected it to be like this first year. I certainly didn’t expect to be making money one year in (which we aren’t), and I don’t know that I even expected people to be listening. I suppose in that sense I’m exactly where I thought I would be.

Starting a business is hard, which in the end is what we are doing. And I think starting a business in your 20s is particularly hard because you don’t know who you are yet. I feel confident and blessed that I was able to begin to get a grip on who I am this early. That I even have a clue. I have a lot of people to thank for that.

Myself partially for working and making mistakes but not ever giving up no matter how bad I wanted to so many times. I also have to thank my mom for birthing me and giving me a shot at life, and then for doing an excellent job raising me. My grandma for doing the latter. My sister for teaching me to deal with difficult people. My wife for always pushing me and supporting me through anything I want to do. Even make mistakes. Colin for joining me and again pushing me to try my hardest and challenge my own thinking up until this point. And now finally my son. For changing my life and forcing me into a reality point of what I need to do with myself.

I want to run a media network. One that we started. I want people working for us and reporters in the White House press room. I want to read news from my journalists that is breaking, and that is vital to the American public. I want to take that news and report, along side my good buddy Colin, every single day of the week. I want people to trust our name, because they know that we won’t lie and neither will our journalists. And most of all I want to do it honestly, so that my son can see that it’s possible. For helping me get here mentally I can never thank any of these people enough. All I can do, is DO IT. All I can do is work and strive and yearn for success until I achieve it. I can reach these goals and dreams to show my son and my family and my loved ones that their time was not wasted. To succeed is the only way to repay those who showed faith in me and there for my only option.

From here I use the advice of Dr. Jordan Peterson. The best way to achieve a large goal, is to set small ones that are a pathway to the large one. So now, I reframe my thinking. I need to look at my job as the incredible opportunity that it is that provides me with everything I need to support my family and support the podcast until the podcast itself does that. I need to use the time I have and make the most of it and do research for the podcast. Use my lunch to write my blog posts (which is what I’m doing right now) and try and get my name out there, to try and get OUR name out there. People want what we are offering. They just don’t know it yet. Somethings people know that they want. Cures to diseases. TV whenever they want. Pizza delivery. And some things they don’t. Like honest news and cold. Hard. Facts.

Episode 50 of Salt of The Streets Podcast

On a very big episode 50, Don and Offie address some concerns expressed by a viewer  with a small look into how Don sees the Government, break down the Green New Deal  and the positives, negatives, and inconsistencies, a little about The Bern and why we WON’T be going over any candidates yet, why Amazon is pulling out of New York and why it may or may not be a bad thing , big picture thoughts about money, socialism, taxes, and intersectionality, and a Pats filled SPORTS!!

HERE is the link for the episode where we covered the “Amazon” or “Head” tax that was passed and then repealed in Seattle.

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Dons Valentines BlogPost 2/14/2019

I am finally back. I want to start with an insane shout out to my partner in crime in these affairs for being about the best business partner one could ask for. Not only did he check up on me all the time, he covered several blog posts for me and intended to cover an episode until that unruly brother of his took him on a duck hunt. But who can blame him.

As of right now, Dax is 3 weeks and two days old. Jordyn is feeding him while we watch “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” while I write this post. This three weeks has been… the most trying of my entire life. I never lacked respect before, but now have a new found respect for everyone who has children that have made into adulthood happy and healthy. I have already started to learn things as a father and also had to learn some things for myself that people had already tried to warn me about.

When you have a baby everyone has advice or their own story. Some of that stuff is really helpful. Weird ways they burped their baby or something like that which may come in handy. Also if you have a boy, he will pee on you. And then you will make sure he is covered always. But he will still get you.

One of the things that always caught me was that so many men told me that the moment I held my baby everything would change for me. That women are mothers when they find out they are pregnant and men are fathers when they hold their child. I looked forward to that.

When Dax was born I didn’t experience that instant feeling that everyone talked about. I don’t know if it’s because I was so tired or it didn’t go exactly as we planned or what, but I didn’t feel that and then was nervous. This is all so new and I didn’t know and still don’t know how I’m supposed to feel. All I can do is what feels natural.

I took three weeks off of work and had a fair amount of time to think about what I wanted or whatever was on my mind. And it took until the third week for me to figure it out. Dax has some days where he is inconsolable. The nurses at our local hospital call it “the phase of purple crying“ and gave us a DVD to help us deal with it. It essentially breaks down that sometimes your baby just cries, and there isn’t anything to be done. Eventually you have done everything but the baby is still upset and it’s easy to get frustrated or upset with yourself because you might think you are doing something wrong, when really you aren’t.

So it’s in the middle of one of these days where I’m trying to let Jordyn get some sleep because she is up every time he wants to eat which can be exhausting. So I’m holding my baby who is screaming at the top of his lungs and has been for 45 minutes, and that’s when it hits me. I know I love him because I wouldn’t accept this behavior from anyone else. Not even my wife. I would just walk away for a while or if it was someone else’s child I would never watch them again.

But when Dax is this upset, as frustrated as I am, all I want is for him to be happy. I want him to be calm so he can sleep and eat and be fulfilled. But it’s not just with this behavior, it’s with everything. Right now in my area we have an average of about 9” of snow and anyone else I would force to go places with me if I wanted them to. My son, I didn’t want to even leave the house if he didn’t have to. I’m limiting the small children I bring my baby around because I am afraid for him to get sick when he is this young. I told my mom yesterday that all I want for him right now is to be safe.

I am beginning to understand what people mean when they say the love you have for your child is indescribable. I don’t mean that in the cliche way like “oh man it’s just so intense I can’t even describe it“. I mean I don’t understand it. Being a father to a newborn is something that is foreign to me in the way my brain works. I have lots of experience with babies and newborns, but spending 3 weeks straight with something that makes no logical sense is extremely difficult to even really comprehend when you live your life based on logic. Because the behavior of a baby is not dictated by any logic past eating, pooping, and sleeping. On my best days I can be very understanding, but on my worst days at 2:30 in the morning? Not always the case.

As I watch my son flail his arms around and every so often slap himself because he doesn’t even know that his hands are attached to his body, I am astounded. Astounded that human beings brains are so wildly complex that we can begin as creatures that are barely sentient and learn and grown and evolve in just a few decades to put people in space or learn to put someone’s face on someone else’s body. It instills an appreciation for people that I did not have before, but now do not think I will ever lose.

I cannot wait to see Dax grow up and choose a path for his life so that I can say that I have seen the entire scope of his progression of intelligence, at least as much as I could. I’m sure when he is an adult I will eat those words and want this time back when he relied on us and was actually comforted by us instead of annoyed by us. Right now I just try to take it day by day and make sure I am doing everything I can to do my best everyday.

Donavan Phillips