Episode #88: From the Mouths of Babes

Episode #88 Saturday June 27, 2020 Feat. Shelby

On episode 88 Don and Offie are joined by Don’s cousin Shelby, with her help the boys were able to get a glimpse into what the COVID shutdown was like from the viewpoint of not only a High-School Senior, but also a Certified Nurses Assistant. The crew start off by talking about Shelby’s experience continuing school during COVID and her subsequently graduating (contact free, of course). Don and Offie then try to get a read on the political and civics education that is being provided to our students, using Shelby as a barometer. Then, the boys run Shelby through A POLITICAL GAUNTLET to see where she might sit on the political spectrum and how well she feels her opinions may coincides with the opinions of her school mates. Shelby was such a great guest and knowingly or not, gave both Don and Offie some hope for the future in these trying times. Come take a listen to our first GEN-Z GUEST, it was a fantastic show and we can’t wait to hear what you think!

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Episode 87: NILS, CHAZ, and The News

On episode 87 Don and Offie are joined by Elijah AKA PNW Nils of Upper Left. Continuing the conversation started last week the trio dig into deep and thought provoking conversation about the way social media being used in the last few weeks and what and individuals responsibility is to speak publicly, Dons recent journey of learning and relearning about figures like Malcom X and The Black Panther Party and how inadequate school education on these subjects can be. The social stigma that exists around guns, and how that leads to a fundamental misunderstanding of the second amendment which has hindered the ability of people, young black men in particular, to safely express their second amendment rights to protect themselves. The Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), their goals and demands, the voices being heard from CHAZ, as well as the truth and lies being reported within and about the zone. The importance of words and definitions in conversation and in slogans (defund the police, BLM), a larger picture at hand regarding the erosion of the fundamental rights inshrined in The Bill of Rights and how race is potentially being used as a distraction from this issue. Potential steps forward in the form of restructuring and reform of the police and community involvement and how daily interactions with the police and an eternal power struggle with authority can hinder that progression and legislation being proposed federally. Wrapping up with the way the COVID shut down affected NILS, and insight into the process, inspiration and future projects to come for PNW NILS and Upper Left as a whole.
Episode 16 feat. Upper Left
The demands from CHAZ

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Episode 86: The Revolution of our Time

We have thought long and hard the last few days of the best way for us to proceed as a company regarding the protests this week and the events and years that have lead to them. In an effort to ensure that the full message we have is understood fully we have decided that the best way is for us to use our largest platform (our podcast) to spread the message of personal freedom, pursuit of happiness and equal opportunity for all people regardless of race, ethnicity, creed, or any other factor as well as amplifying black voices in a time where so many feel ignored and unheard. We have and will ALWAYS be in support of this message. To those in this country that feel ignored please make no mistake, we hear you. We see you. And we are with you. No one in this world has the right to hinder the progression of any other individual. The memories of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and many many more will never be forgotten.

 

On episode 87 Don and Offie are joined by Aleks (with a K) to get a sense of the way that COVID-19 and the shutdown affected him. The sexual assault allegations leveled against Joe Biden by Tara Reade and the subsequent coverage the allegations got in mainstream media and how they were received by prominent figures on the left. The recent executive order by President Trump aimed at the powers social media companies have to police the content on their platforms. A long conversation is started (that will span multiple episodes) about police brutality, race relations, and personal freedoms within this country, discussed through the context of the murders of people like Breonna Taylor and George Floyd by police officers.

Here is when we started talking about Brett Kavanaugh

Here is when we talked about Mark Zuckerberg testifying in front of congress

In light of the recent protests regarding the murder of George Floyd we would like to continue and increase our effort to amplify black voices in a time where so many feel unheard. If you or some one you know has a story of view you think should be shared, please reach out to us.

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Memorial Day: A Letter To The Fallen

To those fallen heroes of freedom,

As I sit to write these words, the year is 2020 and today falls on the anniversary celebration of what we now refer to as Memorial Day. Simply put, it is the single day of the year that our entire nation stops to remember all of you that have fallen in the line of duty, serving and protecting the ideals of freedom that our great nation fundamentally stands for. On this day, the people of The United States of America are given a government mandated day of rest, in which we are to thankfully remember you and your sacrifice. A great many of us utilize this time to be close to our families and friends, we laugh, we love, we live and we try to remember. Many of us visit your graves. Yes, you have a grave, and you were given a proper burial, one befitting a soldier of freedom, we made sure to that.

american flag on brown grass field
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Many of us even watch fictional recreations of the most momentous battles that have taken place throughout our nations history, many of which are the same battles you fought and died in. Ideally we do these things to honor you and your follow soldiers, sailors and airmen who have fallen in the defense of freedom.

It is very important to us that we remember you, many of your names have been etched into stone, written into books that have been reprinted a million times over. Your faces have been memorialized in pictures, many of which, thanks to our current technology, can be seen in living color. The one place I fear we are failing to uphold your memory in proper admiration is in that of our own conscious thoughts on any other day but today. Though your names and your sacrifices in the name of freedom will always be with us on a societal level. I do fear that on the individual level we fall far short. I myself have fallen quiet short of such things and it is not as if I am somehow so distant or removed from that battlefield that I can justify its absence. I myself have served in the armed forces of this fine nation of ours, my father and indeed his father before him, yet your memory is lost to me most days of the year I am ashamed to say. Unfortunately I see that same shortfall on a grand scale when I look at the nation as a whole. It’s as if we’re doing all the right things in the backgrounds of society but fail to bring it to the foreground as often as we should.

Some say that the price a society pays for freedom is in forgetting its cost. In other words, if freedom has been properly protected then wars to protect freedom seize to occur, in which case, after enough time has passed, the sacrifices that were made to secure that freedom fade from memory. A situation in which, if left unchecked, could lead to a repeat of history as the machine like cycle of war, peace and revolution continue to loop.

Whether or not that scenario is actually true in the everyday workings of the actual world, the sentiment itself is true. The people of my generation can objectively look around at the nation and society they inhabit and discern that it is quite simply, the greatest time to be alive in the history of humanity. I’m sorry to say that there is no way I could explain what the country looks like today in a manner that would make you believe me, so you’ll have to take my world for it. Part of the reason it’s a living paradise compared to the various times you all occupied is simple, society has been able to forget the horrors of war. Because of your sacrifices the nightmarish hellscapes of the great world wars seem like a reality just slightly adjacent to fiction. You all helped to win a glorious and virtuous victory for freedom, and we must never forget that it was at the cost of your lives, all of your lives, that we get to live in a blissful ignorance from just what it’s like to live and die on the battlefield. You paid for our freedom in blood, it is our duty not to squander it by forgetting you.

In great admiration and appreciation we send you our love and our thanks.

Episode 85: Wild Colt Make the Best Horses

This week we were able to share our first COVID story from Colins brother Chad, in and effort to gain a better understanding of how the virus and the subsequent shutdown have affected the American people. We remain interested in hearing more stories and will continue to have guests for the next few episode. Please continue to reach out and share your story and opinion, your story deserves to be understood. You can reach out to us here or on any of our social media.

 

Back and better than ever on episode 85, Don and Offie are joined by Colins younger brother Chad. With his help, Don learns more about horses and being a farrier in ten minutes than anyone could have thought possible. Don goes over the way COVID-19 has affected his industry, the ways that companies can step up if they are provided the opportunity, and the less media friendly stories of the virus. The glass window that exposed many examples of government ineptitude including the House of Representatives original refusal to return to DC to do its job, a display of a critical misunderstanding of the 2nd Amendment on a state level, and displaying its disconnection from the general public through a substantially weak yet fiscally bloated stimulus package. What the responsibility of a federal Representative and Government could or should be, what it actually is and what the role of the people is in the defense of their own freedoms. The possible social effects of COVID-19 including contact tracing in its many(?) forms, policies at private business, shifts in morals or opinions changing occupational outlooks, increased social friction, and potential lack of faith in American systems. How far personal rights extend into other peoples lives. The response and preparedness of the Department of Education to a COVID like event, whether or not the DOE is beneficial and the ways the current system could be improved to better prepare Americas youth.

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