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As a U.S. Army Apache helicopter pilot, Adam Marr deployed to Iraq where he flew more than 400 combat hours and was awarded the combat action badge. In 2017, Marr co-authored the best-selling book, "Tales from the Blast Factory” where he shared the challenges his brother, a Green Beret, faced transitioning out of the Army because of his TBI and PTSD injuries sustained in combat. This book was the inspiration for the Academy Award-qualified documentary film Quiet Explosions: Healing the Brain (2020). In this episode, Marr discusses the challenges his brother faced, his own struggles, and his current work as Director of Operations for the Veteran Mental Health Leadership Coalition, a group of more than 45 organizations that advocates for increased research and safe, affordable access to psychedelic medicine and assisted therapies for Veterans and their family members. Special Guest: Adam Marr.
The biggest challenge America's Special Operations Veterans face is not becoming a Special Operator. Their biggest challenge is no longer being a Special Operator. This transition, despite its challenges, is also a Veteran's biggest opportunity. Data says that 48% of Veterans believe transition was more difficult than they expected, 62% say transition took more time than expected, and 76% say it was stressful. So, how do we create opportunity from challenge? For this episode Fran Racioppi sat down with 51 Vets, a non-profit committed to connecting veterans from elite military units with leading business professionals in the finance industry. From the American Legion in the iconic New York City Athletic Club, Fran is joined by Executive Director Lindsey Schiro, Board Member Chris Robinson, and Member Victor Reyna to break down 51 Vets pillars of support, how 51 Vet's is using their City Summits to create opportunities for SOF Veterans to work at financial institutions, and explain why companies who live by the mantra “hire for character, train for skill” are scaling their businesses on the backs of our Special Operators. Transition is hard, but the first step is defining the difference between what you want to do vs what you can do. Learn more on The Jedburgh Podcast Website. Subscribe to us and follow @jedburghpodcast on all social media. Watch the full video version on YouTube. Highlights:0:00 Welcome to the American Legion and the 51 Vets City Summit2:30 The biggest challenge of military transition 5:35 Top events that negatively affect Veteran transition7:44 Chris, Victor and Lindsey transition for business and family12:22 Implementing the DOD Skillbridge Program14:00 Why character is the most important component of building a great organization20:18 Hire for character, train for skill; but don't overestimate!35:22 Why doing what you want to do is the sometimes the hardest thing you can do38:32 Lack of job satisfaction contributes to the Veteran suicide rate 44:46 51 Vets Three Daily Foundations to Success Quotes: “The biggest challenge facing military Veterans is correlating their military service to civilian service.” (3:12) “America's great because of the military that we have and we have a great military because of capitalism.” (6:32) “We can have all the resources in the world. If our people suck, our organization's gonna suck.” (14:17) “In the Special Operations world the best thing you can be called is a good dude.” (16:35) “Make sure you can learn, earn and collect a merit badge along the way.” (24:51)“Get surgical on what you want to do.” “Proximity to the problem. Proximity to the decision-makers. That's how we make influence. That's how we get things done.” (38:19) “We're saving lives here. We are creating a sense of community. A sense of purpose.” (41:00)
IN THE NEWS Roll up your sleeves – The American Legion's annual Holiday Blood Donor Drive is Nov. 23 through Dec. 31. THIS WEEK'S GUEST Air Force Veteran PT Bratton, founder and CEO of Clean Comedy Connection, combines his advocacy for comedy as a mental health wellness strategy with producing clean comedy experiences all over the country. RAPID FIRE Military spouses bring skills, flexibility to workforce, veterans say 'Influencers in uniform' are boosting recruiting, Pentagon says Meet Maverick, this year's winner of the American Humane Hero Dog Award Special Guest: PT Bratton.
IN THE NEWS Return criminal penalties for those who take advantage of disabled veterans or their families THIS WEEK'S GUEST Actress Julia Ling is a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Reserves, has appeared on many popular television series such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, House, ER, Grey's Anatomy, The OC – but is best known for her role as "nerd-herder" Anna Wu on Chuck. After losing multiple military friends to suicide and battling her own depression after a training injury, Julia wanted to do more than raise awareness about the veteran suicide - she wanted to provide a solution. Thus was born Veteran Powered Films, a production company focused on empowering and engaging veterans in all facets of the entertainment industry via on-the-job training and mentorship with fellow military veterans. Julia joins Marine Corps veteran and actor Hiram A. Murray, who will star in Veteran Powered Films next project - an apocalyptic horror film called "Homestead." RAPID FIRE Veterans banners to come down - maybe for good U.S. veterans use art to help female Afghan soldiers who fled their country process their pain ‘Go beyond thanks:' New survey reveals we should do more than simply thank our veterans for their service Special Guests: Hiram A. Murray and Julia Ling.
Director of the American Legion Media & Communications Division, Jeff Stoffer, joined the America's Work Force Union Podcast to talk about the cover story for the upcoming edition of the American Legion Magazine. Stoffer also discussed an interview with the Director of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Denis Richard McDonough. Emeritus professor of economics and the founding director of the Center for Study of Working Class Life at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, Michael Zweig, joined the America's Work Force Union Podcast to discuss his book “Class, Race, and Gender: Challenging the Injuries and Divisions of Capitalism.”
Karina McIntyre, AJ Reynolds, and Scott McClintock with Highpoint Church in Monmouth preview the upcoming Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Legion plus preview the Christmas season on the WRAM Morning Show.
IN THE NEWS American Legion National Commander: Task Force Movement: more than a job program THIS WEEK'S GUEST Newly crowned Ms. International World, Air Force veteran Terace Garnier has found the resilience to overcome obstacles including childhood rape, Military Sexual Trauma and homelessness. She found success as the first Pentagon correspondent for Newsy, an artist, a mentor and advocate for fellow veterans and now, an author with a new book “No Longer Silent” just released on Veterans Day. RAPID FIRE Soldiers Unpaid: National Guard Hasn't Paid Out Thousands of Enlistment Bonuses Seen UFOs as a government worker? The Pentagon wants to hear from you Watch Marines fire rocket from ‘creepy' robot goat available on Amazon Special Guest: Terace Garnier.
George Jones opens this hour singing our National Anthem. We open the lines and catch with Guitar Dave and his work at the American Legion for Veteran's Day. Roy form Highlands asked mickey about the Flounder restrictions and during the last segment we join Bink Grimes as he claims his last ducks.
Yesterday, the IWW -- the Industrial Workers of the World -- hosted a dedication ceremony for a new monument in Centralia, Washington. The Centralia Tragedy, also known as the Centralia Conspiracy and the Armistice Day Riot, was a violent and bloody incident that occurred in Centralia on November 11, 1919, during a parade celebrating the first anniversary of Armistice Day. The conflict between the American Legion and the IWW members resulted in six deaths, others being wounded, multiple prison terms, and an ongoing and especially bitter dispute over the motivations and events that precipitated the conflict. Both Centralia and the neighboring town of Chehalis had a large number of World War I veterans, with robust chapters of the Legion and many IWW members, some of whom were also war veterans. “For almost 100 years the Legion Statue, the Sentinel, has told one side of the story,” says the IWW. “It states that the four Legion members depicted were ‘slain while on peaceful parade'. The IWW memorial counters that narrative with the statement that the IWW victims were ‘Defending Their Union Hall'” Today's show, which comes to us from the Tales from the Reuther Library podcast, also concerns the IWW. Ahmed White explains how American industrialists and government officials used violence and legal maneuverings to stultify the IWW and to silence its members in the early twentieth century. White teaches labor and criminal law at University of Colorado Boulder and is the author of Under the Iron Heel: The Wobblies and the Capitalist War on Radical Workers, which received the International Labor History Association Book of the Year Award in 2022. On this week's Labor History in Two: The year was 1916; that was the day when what came to be known as the Everett Massacre took place in Washington State. Questions, comments, or suggestions are welcome, and to find out how you can be a part of Labor History Today, email us at LaborHistoryToday@gmail.com Labor History Today is produced by the Labor Heritage Foundation and the Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor. #LaborRadioPod #History #WorkingClass #ClassStruggle @GeorgetownKILWP #LaborHistory @UMDMLA @ILLaborHistory @AFLCIO @StrikeHistory #LaborHistory @wrkclasshistory @ReutherLibrary @iww
"Navigating the Battlefield of the Civilian Job Market: Understanding the Roadblocks Veterans Face" In the grand tapestry of our nation's history, few threads are as vibrant and solemn as the recognition of our military service members. "Honoring the Sacrifices: The Deep Significance of Veterans Day" is more than a mere commemoration; it's a journey through the heart of what it means to stand in the ranks of those who've served. As we delve into the essence of military service recognition, we not only honor military veterans but also shed light on the profound impact of their sacrifices on our daily lives. For many, Veterans Day might appear as a fleeting moment on the calendar, marked by parades and speeches. However, its significance runs deeper, resonating through every fabric of our society. This blog post aims to unravel the layers of this importance, addressing the primary question: why do we dedicate a day to our veterans, and how does this recognition shape our collective consciousness? By exploring this topic, we aim to heighten Veteran Affairs awareness, offering insights into the unique experiences of our heroes in uniform and the enduring legacy they leave behind. The Unique Skill Set of Veterans The military instills unmatched leadership qualities and discipline. These skills are incredibly beneficial in any job setting, though often undervalued in the civilian workforce. Veterans are trained to adapt quickly to changing situations—a skill highly relevant in today's fast-paced business world. Their experience in teamwork and collaborative problem-solving is also a significant asset. Roadblocks in Civilian Job Market Entry One of the biggest challenges veterans face is translating their military skills to civilian job requirements. The unique military jargon and roles can create barriers in effectively communicating their competencies. The shift from military to civilian life encompasses more than just a job change. It involves adapting to a new culture and social environment, which can be daunting for many veterans. Bridging the Military-Civilian Divide There's a significant gap in understanding between military life and civilian sectors. Employers often struggle to comprehend the full scope of a veteran's experience and skills. Various programs and initiatives are in place to help bridge this gap. They aim to educate employers about the value of hiring veterans and assist veterans in articulating their skills. https://www.military.com/hiring-veterans/resources/educate-your-company-on-veteran-hiring-and-retention.html Financial Literacy and Career Planning Financial literacy and career planning are essential tools for veterans. Understanding the financial aspects of career transition and planning strategically can ease the process significantly. Financial Literacy has only recently (since 2019), become an educational touch point for all branches of service. Since financial literacy is not taught in our public school system, this is a step in the right direction for the military community. But there are still millions of veterans lacking in this much needed tool. I am proud to be aligned with Money Mentor Vets and their continued educational processes to support the Veteran community with Financial Literacy: https://www.moneymentor.org https://moneymentorvets.com/ The Power of Networking and Mentorship Mentorship, especially from fellow veterans who have successfully transitioned, can provide invaluable insights and guidance. Organizations such as AMVETS, The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Disabled American Veterans are valuable resources for networking with people who speak the same language and finding mentors who want to see our veterans succeed. Till Next Time Stay Informed and Stay Safe Daniel Kilburn Americas 5-Star Leadersihp Coach --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/daniel-kilburn/message
Join us as we explore a subject close to the hearts of our town: the NEW veterans flags gracing the Glasgow square. In this podcast, we've had the privilege of sitting down with Matt Mutter, the commander of the American Legion, to delve into the stories behind each of these flag-bearers and discover how you can honor and commemorate a loved one by having their flag proudly displayed.
IN THE NEWS 2023 Veterans Day Deals, Discounts and Freebies THIS WEEK'S GUEST Retired U.S. Army Maj. Lisa Bass began her 20-year military career as a 30-year-old private in the JAG Corps, attended Airborne School as a grandmother, and became the first female Commander in the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. After separating from the Army, Lisa made the transition from soldier to entrepreneur and founded Combat Boots Jewelry, selling patriotic accessories that help women show pride of service. She also founded Task Force Sisterhood Against Sexual Assaults (TF SASA) - a team of former military leaders from various branches with a deep commitment to providing effective solutions and support concerning sexual assault and harassment. RAPID FIRE Navy promotes first female mortician to senior chief petty officer A beer-drinking Marine Corps duck earned a citation for fighting at Tarawa Testing of Air Force all-electric plane set to start at Florida base Special Guest: Lisa Bass.
We'll give an update on the American Legion in Ketchikan which was destroyed in a fire in September and a street in Juneau gets a new name. Plus, we'll look at an Alaska-raised composer with an unusual musical style and a statewide effort to sell land comes to Petersburg.
The Cabin is presented by the Wisconsin Counties Association and this week we're featuring Crawford County; https://bit.ly/3PbkeonCampfire Conversation: Eric and Ana welcome Adam Wallace into The Cabin to discuss the many VFW Posts and Halls that you'll find all over the state, as well as the country. As State Adjutant for VFWs of Wisconsin, Mr. Wallace knows a thing or two about the history of these establishments and what they have to offer. We discuss how the Veterans of Foreign Wars posts were originally established in the wake of the first World War, how they function as a community resource for not only these veterans, but the entire community. We talk about how the posts get their numbers and names, the similarities and differences among them, how they relate with American Legion posts, how they serve as a gathering place and support center for veterans who have fought overseas, and how the general public is welcome. VFW Posts and Halls have great little bars in them with friendly patrons and fascinating history. Many offer a variety of menu options from their kitchen as well as event space that proves popular for everything from community meetings to wedding receptions. These VFWs across Wisconsin are part of a network across the nation and indeed the globe where these common themes are woven together. Adam, Ana, and Eric discuss some particular posts, sharing stories and stats that will help you notice the VFW posts and halls you see in your town and on your travels. Stop in and explore them when you have a chance!Find out more about the Wisconsin VFW here: https://vfwwi.org/di/vfw/v2/default.aspVFW Posts of Wisconsin directory with links, Google Map locations, and more:: https://vfwwi.org/di/vfw/v2/default.asp?pid=13797Find out more about the Unmet Needs Program here: https://vfwwi.org/di/vfw/v2/default.asp?pid=5646Inside Sponsors:Ho-Chunk Nation https://bit.ly/3l2CfruWashington County https://bit.ly/3qayJAL
Commander Daniel J. Seehafer speaks with Mark about the important request to all Americans to "Be the one!" You can 'Be The One' to help stop suicides amongst the Veteran population!
Dave Witthar, 76 of Riverton, Wyoming passed away at Sage West Hospital in Riverton on Thursday, October 26, 2023. A viewing will be prior to service at 9:00 am. The funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Tuesday, October 31, 2023, at Trinity Lutheran Church. With the Last Call of the Fraternal Order of Firefighters and Air Force Military honors. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.Julian David Witthar was born on July 17, 1947 in Independence, Missouri to John Fredrick II and Vera May (Mickey) Witthar. He grew up in Missouri until the age of 10 when the family moved to Denver, Colorado. He attended and graduated West High School in Arvada, Colorado. He then joined the U.S. Air Force in 1967 and served as an airplane mechanic during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged in 1970. He moved to Riverton WY shortly after that.He worked several years for Clarks Meat House as a butcher and an over the road truck driver. He hauled cows for many different ranches and farms in and out of Fremont County. He then worked for BTI hauling Soda Ash over South Pass for about 15 years. Through out his career as a truck driver his famous CB Sign was Slow Poke, cause we all know how fast he moved. After BTI he trucked for Woodwards for 5 years. He ended his working career at Stotz Equipment, the John Deere Dealership. Farming, ranching, and being a cowboy, was always close to Daves heart.Dave was a Founding Member of the Wind River Fly Wheelers and a member of Montana Steam Engineers, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Mid-Vale Volunteer Fire Department, Riverton Volunteer Fire Department, National Model Railroad Association, and Shoshoni Chamber of Commerce.On July 28, 2001 he married Carlta May Priebe in Riverton, Wyoming. They celebrated 22 years together this last July. Through out their time together they welcomed many grandchildren into this world and enjoyed them immensely. They had many gatherings at their home and always had room at the dinner table for more to join.Dave was of the Lutheran faith and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He served on the board of education for 2 years and was an usher.He is survived by his wife, Carlta Witthar; sons, Aaron Seibert, Brian Seibert, and Ben Witthar; daughter Jessica Guthrie and step-daughters Stephanie Titus, and Valerie Steiner. His brother Mark Witthar and sisters, Janet Marsico and Margert Strasser; and nine grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Vera May Witthar; and grandparents, John F. Witthar, Sr. and Pearl Witthar and grandson Christian M. Guthrie.Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or school, Riverton Volunteer Fire Department and/ or Help for Health Hospice care of Davis Funeral Home, 2203 West Main Street, Riverton, Wyoming 82501.On-line condolences may be made at TheDavisFuneralHome.comServices under the direction of Davis Funeral Home, Crematory, and Monuments.LINKS:https://nonprofitarchitect.org/combat-vet-vision/https://www.facebook.com/iconutilityservices/photos/pcb.3282304212030773/3282304082030786/https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqvd5sUEtC9xkm7ejGNK5Zw/featuredhttps://www.facebook.com/aqseiberthttps://www.facebook.com/CombatVetVisionEmail: Aqseibert@yahoo.comThe Warrior Built Foundation - https://warriorbuilt.org/The PTSD Foundation of America - https://ptsdusa.org/Virtual Office(Come see me) Virbella.comSponsorsSitch Radio - https://sitchradio.com/If you would like to become a sponsor or advertiser Call Sitch Radio (714) 643-2500 X 1Be part of the solution or the problem.PTSD FOA Warrior Group Chaptershttps://ptsdusa.org/about-us/chapters/
This is the 8th and final episode for Season 4 of Fatherless Fathers Podcast. During our season finale, we are honoring THE ACHIEVERS, fathers who have served as role models for generations of fatherless youth, while working on behalf of prestigious institutions. Our achievers include: Dr. Marvin Barnard, one of the first African American scholars to integrate Virginia Episcopal School (ves.org/giving) a private boarding school in Lynchburg, VA. Mr. James Bennett, the first African American Director of the American Legion's South Carolina Palmetto Boys State program (fobs.palmettoboysstate.com). Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, former president of the premier Historically Black University, Howard University (giving.howard.edu). And last, but definitely not least, Brother Jimmy McMickle (dreamdivers.org), the Grand Polemarch of the world's greatest fraternity known to man, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. *Sources not mentioned during the show include The History Makers, Howard University: A Tribute to Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick, Jimmyfor35, VES: Dr. Marvin Barnard '71 Shares His Wisdom & Inspiration During Black History Month, and Palmetto Boys State: Our Final Remarks.
U.S. Navy veteran, Dr. Ruth Moore is an Integrative Health Practitioner in Functional Medicine in Ellsworth, Maine. She is trauma-response expert who treats stress-based health conditions and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine. She is also a published author, neuroscientist and clinical aromatherapist who has testified before Congress and played a role in creating health policy that helps her fellow veterans get access to appropriate healthcare from VA. Dr. Moore shares her own journey from experiencing MST, surviving suicide and homelessness to receiving her doctorate and the work she does now to help veterans in crisis. Special Guest: Dr. Ruth Moore.
IN THE NEWS Durning National Executive Committee meetings in October, The American Legion passed several resolutions focused on mental health THIS WEEK'S GUEST Blind and deaf after surviving an IED blast in Afghanistan, Aaron Hale eagerly takes on new challenges as an outdoor adventurer and entrepreneur. The former Navy chef and Army EOD team leader joins the podcast to discuss his recovery, his adventures as an elite athlete, and the entrepreneurial endeavor that showcases his culinary roots. RAPID FIRE Did Edgar Allan Poe attend West Point? Meet the Marine competing for the best mullet in America Guardian becomes service's first to earn Ranger tab Special Guest: Aaron Hale.
Wrapping up our series on community volunteers, we highlight Journey of Hope, the area's only maternity home. They're helping others on a very personal and impactful level! Special thanks to our podcast partner, The Violence Prevention Center. On the calendar: Sat, Oct 28th noon-3pm Rotary Halloween Parade and downtown trick-or-treating Sat, Oct 28th 1-4pm Trunk or Treating at Serra Honda Sat, Oct 28th 5-8pm Halloween Hunt in the Downtown District Tues, Oct 31st 6-9 pm Trick or Treating hours in the community, plus Safe Spots with hay rides, games, food and candy at the VFW, American Legion, and Fire Station #1 on E Washington. Have an idea for a podcast topic? Submit it here! Follow us on Instagram @The618Now.
Highlights this week. Interviews may be abbreviated. For the date and hour podcast to hear more, see the note 0:00 Dr. JoAnn di Filippo--Pinal County pivots to growth (Oct 23, Hr 2) 7:26 Onita Davis, American Legion, on Wreaths Across America (Oct 23, Hr 3) 21:05 Bruce Ash and Chris discuss history and issues facing Israel (Oct 24, Hr 2) 33:39 Excerpt of interview with Sean Mooney on his days with MLB Productions and innovations in feature coverage (Oct 24, Hr 3) 43:10 US Rep Juan Cisocmani on the disruption of the House Speaker vacancy, what he's doing during this time, and the status of the 12 appropriation bills once they choose a new speaker. (Oct 25, Hr 3) 59:31 US Sen John Kennedy asks DHS senior member questions
IN THE NEWS 40th Anniversary of Operation Urgent Fury, when America Took a Stand Against Soviet and Cuban Influence in the Caribbean THIS WEEK'S GUEST Two members of the American Legion National Leadership team discuss the looming threat of a government shutdown, and the potential National Security concerns and impacts that could ripple through VA. Coast Guard veteran and National Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Commission Chairman Autrey James and Army veteran and Chairman of the National Security Commission Matthew Shuman discuss how veterans and servicemembers should prepare themselves, and discuss how The American Legion can help. RAPID FIRE ‘Home again': Marine's WWII diary returns to his daughter 81 years after final entry Property company ordered to repay troops charged illegal rental fees Farewell to JSTARS: End of an era in military intelligence Special Guests: Autrey James and Matthew Shuman.
NYPD officers who've been serving in Afghanistan are getting pretty violent, domestically, and the Unit has to race against a *gasp* journalist to get to the bottom of what's going on in this week's Ripped from the Headlines edition of SVU. The Army are very bad, doctors are huge cowards, and journalists may or may not be bottom feeders in this screed where no cows are sacred and no army wife is safe. And before you entertain the conciliatory notion that at least no actors were harmed in the making of this episode, Goliath marked the end of yet another child actor's on-screen career, and it seems unlikely that it was due to his performance, rather owing to the exceptionally dark things to which he was meant to see and react.Sources:Ripped from my headlines - Mark Benjamin, SalonThe Dark Side of Lariam - David Kohn, CBS NewsNeuropsychiatric Outcomes After Mefloquine Exposure Among U.S. Military Service Members - Angelia A. Eick-Cost, Zheng Hu, Patricia Rohrbeck, and Leslie Clark, NIH - National Library of MedicineLawyers claim anti-malaria drug to blame in US soldier's Afghan massacre - Elizabeth McLaughlin, ABC NewsThe Other Foe: The US Army's fight against malaria in the Pacific Theater, 1942-45 - Seth Paltzer, ArmyHistory.orgAn anti-malaria drug may have inflicted permanent neurological injuries on some servicemembers - Ken Olsen, AmericanLegion.orgMusic:Divorcio Suave - "Munchy Business"Thanks to our gracious Munchies on Patreon: Jeremy S, Jaclyn O, Amy Z, Nikki B, Whitney C, D Reduble, Tony B, Zak B, Barry W, Karen D, Sara L, Miriam J, Drew D, Nicky R, Stuart, Jacqi B, Natalie T, Robyn S, Isabel P, Christine L, Amy A, Sean M, Jay S, Briley O, Asteria K, Suzanne B, Jason S, and Tim Y - y'all are the best!Be a Munchie, too! Support us on Patreon: patreon.com/munchmybensonFollow us on: BlueSky, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Post, and Reddit (Adam's Twitter/BlueSky and Josh's Twitter/BlueSky/Letterboxd/Substack)Join our Discord: Munch Casts ServerCheck out Munch Merch: Munch Merch at ZazzleCheck out our guest appearances on: Storytellers from Ratchet Book Club, …These Are There Stories (Adam and Josh), both of us on FMWL Pod (1st Time & 2nd Time), both of us talking about The Thin Man on Chick-Lit at the Movies, and Josh talking SVU/OC on Jacked Up Review ShowVisit Our Website: Munch My BensonEmail the podcast: email@example.comNext Week's Episode: Season 23, Episode 4 "One More Tale of Two Victims"This show is part of the Spreaker Prime Network, if you are interested in advertising on this podcast, contact us at https://www.spreaker.com/show/5685940/advertisement
Director for American Legion Media Communications, Jeff Stoffer, joined the America's Work Force Union Podcast to discuss the articles in the upcoming issue of the American Legion Magazine. Executive Director of the Alliance for Retired Americans, Rich Fiesta, joined the America's Work Force Union Podcast to talk about the recent COLA adjustment for those receiving Social Security benefits and a way to improve COLA adjustment calculations in the future for retirees.
Full transcription available at http://heartsofgoldpodcast.com/ Callie shares her Girl Scout Gold Award project, which focuses on addressing the issue of food deserts in her town. She talks about her long-standing connection with the Bart Garrison Agricultural Museum and how she proposed the idea of creating a garden there to combat the lack of access to healthy foods. Inspired by World War II victory gardens, Callie's project aims to provide a sustainable solution for her community. More from Callie: My name is Callie Majors and I am from Pendleton, South Carolina. My Girl Scout journey started when I was five years old at the Daisy level. Throughout my time in Girl Scouts, I have participated in many summer camps, community service activities, Girl Scout Trail Blazers, destinations, and earned my Bronze, Sliver, and Gold Award. Growing up, I was also a part of Cross Country, Track and Field, Symphonic Band, The American Legion, Girls State, Beta Club, and National Honors Society. I am currently at the United States Military Academy beginning my second year. After graduation, I will commission into the United States Army as a 2nd Lieutenant and my goal is to become an Aviation Officer. After 20 years in the Army, I plan to retire and begin my career as a Park Ranger for the National Forest Service. I would like to mention, however, the activity where I developed the most communication, confidence, planning, leadership, character, mental fortitude, and public speaking skills was in Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts is the biggest contributor to my success that I am experiencing today and I will be forever grateful.
This episode is one you don't want to miss - Paul Wade, a seasoned veteran and 10th generation Texan, joins us on the Hometown Hero Outdoors podcast. Paul, with over 22 years of military service and two Purple Hearts to his name, brings a wealth of wisdom and experience. As he shares how his deep family ties to the military have shaped his life, you'll feel a newfound appreciation for the dedication of our servicemen and women.We also spotlight the American Legion, the nation's largest veterans organization. Paul, as the commander of the American Legion Post 196 in Texas, gives us an inside look at the organization's work, from maintaining social spaces and computer labs for veterans to arranging dinners during meetings. And it doesn't stop there. Paul lets us in on the myriad of grants, programs, and scholarships that many veterans might not even know exist. With touching stories of those who have benefited from these resources, it's clear that help is available in many forms.Above all, we discuss a critical issue - suicide prevention among veterans. The American Legion's efforts to provide free seminars on this topic are crucial, and we delve into how we can all contribute to this cause. Paul emphasizes the vital role that family and community play in supporting our veterans, drawing from his own experience as a volunteer driver. We round off the discussion with details of the upcoming American Legion Post 196 Shotgun Shootout, a fundraiser dedicated to aiding veterans. Tune in to learn more about this noble cause and how you can support our hometown heroes.Produced by Phil Ewert Productions Theme Music: Hero's JourneyJoel Loopez Tunepocket.comLicensed by: Phil Ewert Productions
IN THE NEWS Will all NFL teams retire Pat Tillman's number? THIS WEEK'S GUEST This week we visit with two female veterans who work with the PenFed foundation keep faith with the Afghans who served alongside U.S. forces by assisting with their rescue and successful resettlement into American communities. Mahnaz Akbari served 10 years the in Afghan special forces as the Commander of a Female Tactical Platoon – a small unit of Afghan women who worked with U.S. special operations forces (SOF) in Afghanistan to search, questioning, and medical assistance of women and children - in a way that was respectful of Islam and Afghan culture. Rebekah Edmondson served 10 years in U.S. Army and deployed to Afghanistan several times to support a program called the Cultural Support Team, where she trained FTPs. Both women talk about how they got started in their military careers, the missions they were part of an Afghanistan, and the work they are doing in support of Afghan allies today. RAPID FIRE Air Force to review discharges of troops with mental health conditions Drunken Special Operators Struggle to Finish a Mission in New Action Comedy 'Obliterated' American Legion Post 109 Donates $4,500 to Feed Vail's Schoolchildren Special Guests: Mahnaz Akbari and Rebekah Edmondson.
Shirley Messaros grew up in Elyria during World War II, attending McKinley and Franklin Elementary Schools as a youngster and graduating from Elyria High School in 1954. She forged many friendships that have stood the test of time. She's been the keeper of her high school class memoirs, and continues to gather her classmates up every five years for meet ups. In 2024, the Class of 1954 will celebrate its 70th reunion! It's these fond school memories and deep friendships that's kept Shirley tied to Elyria Schools all these years. About 13 years ago Shirley started a coat collection for Elyria students. It began humbly with a small donation of coats after Shirley learned of the need while visiting a now shuttered elementary school. Shirley's coat drive has grown over the years to a collection of hundreds of brand-new coats, hats, gloves and scarves. The drive is held the first weekend of every November. Shirley's coat drive will take place Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 4 and 5, 2023, from Noon to 3 p.m., at the Elyria American Legion housed at 393 Ohio St. Thank you, Shirley, for your deep care, concern and kindness toward Elyria's children!It's a great day to be a Pioneer! Thanks for listening. Find Elyria Schools on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube!
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IN THE NEWS 10 Military Habits and Hacks That Will Change Your Life THIS WEEK'S GUEST Dr. Jennifer Peña is a board-certified internal medicine physician, an Army combat veteran, a former physician in the White House Medical Unit, and an expert in digital and telehealth. She joins the podcast to share her experience serving as primary physician to the vice president under two administrations, and what it was like to return it to her home in Puerto Rico and become a leading voice in the advancement of telehealth care. RAPID FIRE Shaving the Sergeant Major of the Army? There's an app for that. A veteran started a gun shop. When a struggling soldier asked him to store his firearms – he started saving lives. Army Colonel Enforces the Rules On and Off the Football Field Special Guest: Dr. Jennifer M. Peña,.
Show Notes and Transcript Diana West returns to Hearts of Oak to discuss a shocking Rasmussen poll which found that two-thirds of American voters are worried that their country is turning into a police state. The poll was carried out last month and 72% of those surveyed were concerned that the US was becoming tyrannical, with a government that is engaged in mass surveillance, censorship, ideological indoctrination and the targeting of political opponents. Even more incredible is that a whopping 67% of Democrats agreed with these concerns. This is a step change on American opinion and shows the deep mistrust of the government from both Republican and Democrat voters. Diana also gives us some insights on why she thinks a majority of those polled also believe that “The FBI is a danger to the freedom and security of law-abiding Americans”. We also discuss Trump and then turn our attention to the plight of the J6'rs and the outrageous jail terms being handed out. Rasmussen Reports Poll: https://x.com/Rasmussen_Poll/status/1704947091657662531?s=20 Diana West is an award-winning journalist and the author of The Red Thread: A Search for Ideological Drivers Inside the Anti-Trump Conspiracy, American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character and The Death of the Grown-Up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization. Diana is also one of 19 co-authors of Shariah:The Threat to America (a Center for Security Policy publication). Diana's work has appeared in many publications and news sites including The American Spectator, Breitbart News, The Daily Caller, Dispatch International, The Epoch Times, Family Security Matters, Gates of Vienna, Manhattan, Inc., M, Inc., National Wildlife Magazine, The New Criterion, The Public Interest, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, The Washington Post Magazine and The Weekly Standard. 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And today, of course, a lot happening stateside, and we had, I think, Colonel Allen West on, probably about a week or two ago, looking at some aspects, more or less looking at the Republicans taking control of the House of Representatives a year on what's happened. But today we want to look on, is America becoming a police state? And this is a Rasmussen poll that you had sent over, which is fascinating reading. It gives an insight into those in the, U.S. and how they see things happen. And it is this here, looking at a police state. And the first question was, a police state is a tyrannical government that engages in mass surveillance, censorship, ideological indoctrination, and targeting of legal opponents. How concerned are you that America is becoming a police state? We can see overall 72 percent of the public said yes, they believe that America is becoming a tyrannical government that engages in mass surveillance with, you can see there in the poll, 67% of Democrats, 72% of Republicans, and 76% of GOP. Basically, we have a majority of the US public believing that is the case. So tell me about this poll, what you thought as a US citizen when you read that two-thirds of America do believe that their country is becoming a surveillance state? This, can I just preface my remarks by saying this is a surreal conversation, that we are having this conversation. I'm still trying to get used to this. I suppose, you know, my flippant comment would be, oh, they've been reading my stuff. No, no, this I think in some ways the most shocking aspect of the poll where there's the shock that the United States is becoming a police state. There's the shock that this is a poll question that is asked in very kind of, solemn or, you know, practical terms, very unexciting, just a poll question. Now, is the United States become a police state? Then such a large number, even including Democrats who generally lag on these things. And to find a consensus is good, as terrible. Terrible that it reflects the reality that I do believe we are in a police state, a new kind of police state, let us say, but also that it is a recognition by the public, as Rasmussen has polled them, that is not dependent on the mainstream media, on most, if not all, pretty much government officials, the academy, any sorts of institutions. This is alternate media, this is believe in your lying eyes, and it's also word of mouth. And so maybe there's a positive development in the sense that we're all coming on to the same page, but it's also the realization that our institutions, our leadership is part of that police state in terms of suppressing the truth. Could you see the Democrats, kind of we end up looking at them as a block, but in one way we see looking at the Republican side as split between MAGA wanting something different, wanting America first and the traditional establishment Republican, but then kind of you put it together and it is a uni party in effect. So it was intriguing that one, as you pointed out, the Democrat voters actually saw this. They've got a Democrat politician in the White House. how could they vote for someone and then accept that restriction? Well, it's... It doesn't, the Democrat side of this poll actually doesn't match other polls that I would say run parallel to this one. There was recently a real clear politics poll on freedom of speech. And this sort of reflected a little bit more of what I commonly see or what one commonly sees when Republicans and Democrats are pulled separately on these questions. Republicans tend to believe far more ardently in the importance of freedom of speech, whereas Democrats tend to believe speech should be regulated by the government, which is something we are seeing happening. In terms of the Rasmussen poll, that's a question I really can't answer unless there is just so much widespread disaffection and embarrassment at what is put forward as American leadership. I mean, you know me, Peter, I've been saying since 2020 that America underwent a coup in 2020. A rolling coup d'etat that went on from 2016 with the advent of candidate Trump to 2020 when they removed him from his second term. So this of course would be an embarrassment. The leadership here. As everything I've studied tells me, is in effect a puppet of some other forces. We know not exactly what. So yes, maybe Democrats as well are noticing the embarrassment of being forced to to submit to a demented man connected to corruption and treason as has been revealed over these years as well. So maybe they're just as embarrassed as anyone else and that is what was reflected in this poll and stricken it's not just a matter of embarrassment it's it's a deep we are We're all stricken here. And suffering. We're suffering the consequences. Again, in terms of American leadership, we have none. Just look at all of the indicators. We have what is referred to as the border crisis. It's not a crisis, it's a war. We have endless onslaughts at this point, as I'm sure you and your viewers are well aware, and suffering yourselves. We are now having this incredible uptick of illegal immigration invasion at our southern border, our northern border as well, but the southern border, of course, is much more extreme. And the people running this government, let's say, are making every provision to keep this going, to provide for these people. To wreck our cities and communities with more and more and more. And indeed, it's at the point now where you had a Democrat in New York City, Mayor Adams, actually say immigration is going to ruin this city. Well, it already has, but it's incredible when these people actually step out for a moment anyway and acknowledge reality. So we are in a crisis at so many levels, it's really hard to know how to even put it all together in this, just in terms of of cogent conversation. It's really a hot mess at this point. Well, I wanna pick you up more on what Adams said, the mayor of New York, because that was intriguing. I was there a few weeks ago, and that, I guess, division within the Democrats, some of them waking up to the reality, is intriguing. Here's a picture that Rasmussen put up on their Twitter account just recently. And the whole issue of Biden himself. This shows him having a video call, I guess, with world leaders, probably in the mid of the plandemic, the COVID nonsense and not wanting to socialize himself. Obviously no one else in the room, in case they all died of this horrendous epidemic. But what about Biden himself? are Americans wakening up to his failure of leadership. And his inability, I guess, to lead America on the world stage? Well, I guess it depends who you talk to, because again, if he is a puppet in the White House, he's being controlled by some other forces. Those who actually support him or support his agenda will still defend it. I mean, you have liberal columnists, for example, like David Brooks or people like that, who talk about this wonderful economy or this wonderful candidate for a second term. It's a surreal experience when you actually see people supporting it. But as far as what Americans are waking up to, it's... We are not in normal times. And so therefore the political mechanisms that we normally look to for change or for redress or for continuity are broken. And so whatever it is that Americans are waking up to in terms of realizing how much trouble we're in, and again at every level, I think what is to people that I talk to, and I'm not talking to to a lot of Biden supporters. But I think there is this growing realization that we are in a rather helpless state. There's this sense that there's this election taking shape and these candidates trotting before us, including President Trump, who's having an extraordinary set of appearances, whereby he is received like a Messiah in many of these. I mean, I'm not trying to be blasphemous, but there is something incredible about the outpouring to this figure, this one man. But I think there's also this realization that what happened last time was never fixed, and I refer to 2020, and we still have all of these pitfalls, these handicaps on a free election, to put it mildly. And so it's almost like the whole thing is sort of a reality show that you unwittingly get sucked into, kind of cheering along or participating in, or thinking, gee, maybe we all could vote really again. But then you have this realization that this is all very alternate reality time. And so it's a really strange time in America. It's very dark time, I'm afraid to say. And where it leads, what conditions we'll be looking at next year come election time, I couldn't even possibly tell you. I just don't think it's going to be good. So that's kind of where things are as far as I see them. Because on one side, you've got people that believe in the electoral system, which is vast majority of us up until recently. And of course, in the UK, most of Europe, it is a paper ballot system. I know in the US, you've gone full flank into having a system that can be tweaked and changed. And corrupted at the flick of a switch, at the flick of a computer code. But you're right, to my side, very little has changed. And I worry about those who push in the thought that actually the election can change things where the system you're relying on hasn't changed. Am I missing something here? No, no, and I think it may be something deep in human nature that is just difficult to accept the the terminus of a system of a democratic system the realization that yes, they will they will tell Rasmus and yeah I'm afraid we're going to be a police state or we are a police state. But then we can vote we can vote and and there is this. It may just be a inability to look into an abyss and really see what's happening. So it is a difficult time and people do get sucked in and emotionally it's almost as if they need to. We've gone through so much battering, all of us, going back certainly within the last three years starting with the whole COVID plandemic, the complete fraudulent shutdown of life as we knew it. And given the powers that were on display for that in concert, in absolute synchronicity all around the world that were able to affect the shutdown of our rights, of our businesses, of our lives, of our schools, of our children, all the rest of it, that still hangs over us. And so it's very much connected with what happened in electoral politics, to be sure. So maybe people are starting to understand it, but as with this amazing, shocking, overwhelming immigration crisis, alien invasion crisis, you can come to a realization and yet... It's too late. It's too late. What can you do? The fix or the pushback or the fight is so much more difficult when you've been lulled into or somehow paralyzed into inaction. And you know. Speaking of the Republican Congress, and I'm sure what Allen West was saying, my brother was saying, they've done nothing. They've had wonderful, wonderful hearings. And I've come to call them a chat show. Congress is a chat show. They have great guests. They, you know, come back next week and nothing happens. Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida had a fantastic kind of rant about this with Maria Bartiromo on Fox Business this weekend where he made this case, she was really applauding what had been done by under Kevin McCarthy, the speaker, and Matt Gaetz was making the case, the reality, that nothing has been done. And let's just look at what the Republicans in charge could do. They could impeach, they can defund, they can even bring in the absolutely criminal judges of the D.C. Circuit who have been flouting and abandoning and abusing due process in all of the January 6 cases, which we haven't spoken of yet, but I know you're interested in that, that have come before the bench. They could bring them in and talk to them. They could impeach them. They could impeach the Department of Homeland Security, Secretary Mayorkas, who is overseeing our border invasion. They've done nothing. So it's, again, this feeling of helplessness when all of your institutions have essentially fallen or perhaps imploded from within and you didn't notice it. No, we'll get on the J6. The whole issue with with Gaetz and the Freedom Caucus is intriguing, certainly for me here in the UK. We don't have any Freedom Caucus in the Conservative Party, as we have in the UK. So I love the way you have that element holding the Republican Party to account. Tell us more about, because we've seen the conversations on the debt ceiling, but it goes much wider than that, and Matt Gaetz seems to have held his nerve along with that block and holding McCarthy to account. Tell us more about that. Well, they've been pushing, certainly pushing him and trying to hold him to account, but again, the power of the House is quite profound. You know, when you talk about, is America a police state? Well, a police state cannot function if the three branches of government, which are supposed to be co-equal, our executive, our legislative, and our congressional branch, judiciary, I'm sorry, judicial, executive, and law-making branches are supposed to be all co-equal. And of course, over the past century, we've essentially seen our presidency, the executive branch pretty much turned into a king, a kind of a king. And we've seen the House, or the Congress, House and Senate, we've seen them fall into, again, this chat show, certainly when the Republicans are in control. And so the fact that we are in this terrible place has a lot to do with the failure of Republicans in the House going back at least, I mean, you can, we can go through a history lesson, but I would say at least in the last 10 years, certainly from the Obama years to these years, the House has been empowered at very key points in our history during with the Obamacare period, around when the House and the Republicans came back, won historic victory in 2014 on the heel, something like the Freedom Caucus, but the Tea Party movement. And then kicked us all in the teeth by doing nothing, doing nothing. And then, you know, forward here, we get to the same kind of place where they are. They are putting forward a line and certainly the Freedom Caucus is extremely helpful in honing that line and keeping that sounding much more MAGA or much more, I would frankly say, constitutional and traditional. But again, there is no execution of House powers that do anything to balance or prevent the police state situation we're in from taking hold. And so that is really, it kind of neutralizes really the good that the Freedom Caucus could do because the bulk of the party and the leadership of the party is still holding a line, still backstopping, essentially, the left. And that's just reality. So it is, again, a uniparty with a very loud and noisy Freedom Caucus, which makes us all feel good. But, you know, Gaetz was right. Nothing has been done that could be done, according to their constitutional responsibility. Oath. Actually the curious thing is this the 70% believing that America is a police state, they're not getting that from the mainstream media, talk to us about how they are being informed because that goes against everything that has been pushed out. Right well I think if all of say, the Trump, Biden, et cetera had happened in 2010, let's say, instead of 2020, I don't think people would think we were in a police state. I think we would have been fooled lock, stock and barrel and people might've thought, hey, we should have had some recounts. But I really think where we were 10, 12, 15 years ago was a very different place. We've been through a lot. We've been through a lot. And certainly the COVID plandemic was a major education for everyone. but what it did, because a lot of people have seen through that, through personal experience. I think what it did was cause a lot of people to say, well, hey, if the government can lie to us about a, quote, virus, which may or may not exist, and lock us down and destroy our world, and lying about it, and still are lying about it, even as we're experiencing a die-off that is going to approach genocidal levels before we're done, I'm afraid, what else they lie about us? And you go back and you start seeing, I'm just talking about my own experience, but I know it's mirrored in other people, you start looking at the 9-11 narrative again, you start looking at the JFK narrative again, and for me, because I study these things too, it does track back to the Pearl Harbor narrative as well. And so you start realizing, you know, Gulf of Tonkin in the Vietnam War narrative, you start realizing the extent to which the United States government, the Central Intelligence Agency. All other institutions connected, including the press, have been on board in terms of creating these crises to control us, to change our system as they fancy it. It has made people at this point, I think, much more awake. Then, of course, this summer, we went through a crisis that was barely covered in the media, which is a common thread for all of these things, terrible media coverage, of course, or propaganda, and so on. The fire that destroyed the city of Lahaina on the island of Maui in Hawaii. People don't believe the government narrative that global warming caused that fire. And people are still wondering where are all the children? Why did a wildfire do this? Why did the government of Lahaina not sound the alarm, not allow water to be used, keep people in the city? All of these shocking measures before you even get to the ignition of the fire itself. But people are smarter now and more savvy. I think that's why you get to that large number in the Rasmussen poll. We've been through a lot. And there's also this sense that I think Donald Trump was such an interrupter of the 2020, what was it, Agenda 21, Agenda 2030, dictatorship, tyranny plan when he came on the scene in 2016, that they really had to go for it in ways that are far cruder and far more visible to us than they would have had Hillary Clinton come in in 2016. We would not be in this terrible crisis in a way. I think things would be much, we would have gone much more smoother and smoothly into oblivion and digital slavery and all the rest of it. But I think that this has been such a, you know, bumptious era and such a, you know, just bomb-popping era because they were not expecting Trump to come along. What did Trump do? Trump in 2016 awakened the dead part of America. Dead. It was gone. The MAGA people, people who'd given up on the system and were downtrodden. Can I tell you a quick anecdote? I have a friend who was a very established and celebrated news photographer, in the swamp at one of the major metropolitan dailies of the country. And he was out with Trump in 2016. He was out again in 2020. And I remember him saying to me that in 2016, he was shooting these rallies that Trump was going to all over, including the Rust Belt and everywhere else around the country, that the people coming out to see him, many, many thousands of people were down and out, looked terrible, poor, sad, sacks. When he went out again in 2020, they were, even after COVID, they were good looking, they were proud, they were outspoken, they were successful looking. He said it was the most amazing change. That's what Trump did. He awakened the American people who had been utterly disenfranchised by the Uniparty in Washington. And that's why they've had to be so extreme and crazy and aggressive in their consolidation of power. And I think the end game is messier and more violent as a result of it. But it's just where we are. I remember being a CPAC in March and being near the front block, I'm watching Trump's speech an hour and a half along with a prior smoldering speech. And I had never seen him in person, never seen him speak. There's nothing like it. That energy, that drive, that passion, that vision. It's not a, I'm a politician and here are my 10 point plan. It's something which actually connects with you within and drives you. And it's something that's basically not on the British scene at all. And that's why I loved being there and just being part of that and watching him. Well, it really was quite a phenomenon and, you know, where we are now is, you know, we're in such a, we're in such a difficult place. But it's heartening on the one side because he was a leader, you know, he is a very much a charismatic megafauna to use the term from natural history, but he was able to do such, a profound thing for America in just giving people a voice. And it turned out that's the American voice. And I do believe that in 2020, he won a historic landslide, the likes of which we'd never seen in American history. And that is what was stolen from us. It's not just him. It's stolen from him, but it is stolen from the people. And that is what this ruling clack, has complete and utter contempt for, and that is why they're so cruel. They're so cruel and dehumanizing, and it's the kind of people that can take you to a transhumanist place. They could hardly be worse in terms of where they rank on a humanity scale. And I think we see that, again, more clearly than we would have had the same kind of mechanism happened 10 years earlier because we are experienced now and we've been through it and we see it. Which is why the battle for Trump winning in 24 is even more difficult. I want to bring you on to the second question on the Rasmussen poll. Do you agree or disagree with this statement, the FBI is a danger to the freedom and security of law abiding Americans? I think for 36 of Democrats agree, 45% of Independents agree, and 65% of Republicans agree, which is 50%. So in that you have 50% of Americans agreeing that the FBI is a danger. That's quite a change. What has kind of pushed the American people to that realization? One-third of Democrats, two-thirds of Republicans, 50% overall, that the FBI is a threat to them? Well, I would say it's not a threat, it's the enemy of. And it became the federal police force that actually J. Edgar Hoover, the famous and much maligned, you know, famous 20th century director, feared that it would become and worked very hard to prevent it from becoming a federal police force. Because in this guise, it has become, it has taken on the guise of dictatorship polices, polices, that sounds like a funny, police forces, stormtroopers. And you can, all you have to do to know that I'm not just exaggerating, is look at the footage of the endless assaults on the homes of people who could very easily, be asked to appear at the police station to be arraigned. They have gone into, this started it started during the Trump years. And, you know, he is, President Trump is to blame for appointing Christopher Wray, a complete swamp creature, to be the director of the FBI. But it began during the Trump years with some extremely like military style assaults on the homes of various Trump people who were coming under arrest, whether it was Paul Manafort, Roger Stone. I think it was something like, gosh, it was dozens of SWAT officers in full tactical gear, including helicopters. And in the case of Roger Stone, it was frog men, because he happens to live near a body of water, coming to arrest him, this man who comes to the door in a t-shirt and shorts in the middle of the night. You know, it's absolutely a demonstration of raw, naked aggression against the American people. And this has been started, you know, with one or two cases. and now it is the norm for people in the political opposition movements. And this would certainly include many of the January 6th protesters who have been arrested for the protest on January 6th. These are non-violent, non-criminal, no one with records kind of thing, ordinary citizens being assaulted by the FBI in their homes with their families and their wives, et cetera, to be arrested and you look at that a few times and you think, oh, that's a danger. That's certainly a danger to our rights. And then you also understand the surveillance, the new surveillance. Normal procedures, which once upon a time would have been brought them into court for violation of our Fourth Amendment rights against illegal surveillance, search and seizure. It is now de rigueur to do something called geofencing, which has to do with surveilling a person through their phone and other media devices to see where they're going, what they're doing, their banking, their other habits. This is absolutely normal and again, it goes back about 10 12 years, When we learned from Edward Snowden. We learned it from Edward Snowden that all of our data was being sucked up by the federal government and logged into massive, I don't know what they are massive, uh online clouds all over the country or out West in these giant places, this is completely unconstitutional and director at the time of national intelligence Clapper perjured himself telling Congress that this was not happening. But of course Congress never actually recommended that he be indicted and he was never indicted and prosecuted. Another great moment in congressional history and judicial history, but this is where we are, where our rights have been taken from us and I think people understand that and when you have no rights and you have a SS-style federal police force arresting political opponents of the regime that took power in 2020, you go, yes, ergo sum, police state. Yeah. Tell us about the J6, because we've had Jake Lang on a number of times with Brandon Straka on recently. And of course, we've seen a 22-month imprisonment for the leader of Proud Boys who wasn't even there. And yet the media by and large think this is normal for someone to be jailed for something. They weren't even there whenever the so-called offence happens. What is happening with that conversation? Is it becoming more public, the frustration, or is it just something that's accepted because people have believed the lie that this was an insurrection. Well. I'd like to see some recent Rasmus and polling on that. I think that there is a great understanding, after especially after some of the video footage came out on the Tucker Carlson show, early in the summer or last spring. I can't remember exactly when it was it was spring or summer, And people saw that these great big boogeymen that were depicted to us with all kinds of Hollywood stylings actually were walking quite peacefully through the Capitol. And many people had never even seen that. And that started to really have a change of opinion, I do believe. In terms of, again, the FBI and the police state question, I think it very much figures into the discovery and revelations, which again, are not covered in a widespread fashion, but do seem to be getting out thanks to some intrepid reporters like Joseph Haneman at Epoch Times, Julie Kelly, and some others who are doing wonderful work and the work of the defense attorneys as well, who have revealed that there were federal agents answering to the FBI and other bodies present at the Capitol, leading or exhorting the protesters on to either violence or violent acts or entry into areas they ordinarily would not have gone into. And this has been documented to a point where even the groups such as Proud Boys, you mentioned when Enrique Tarrio getting the 22 year sentence, not being there, he was in a hotel room in Baltimore at the time, The Proud Boys were infiltrated by federal assets. The Oath Keepers, another one of these groups who were there to provide security for speakers and others who had been attacked at these kinds of rallies by Antifa, who's fine, they don't get any sorts of indictments, or Black Lives Matter, same, they too were infiltrated by federal informants. And so this, again, is part of the FBI picture that people are responding to, and the police state notion. We have political, politics has been effectively outlawed in the United States. We are essentially this, they are trying to consolidate a one party state with its, you know, Republican acolytes just for cover and for interesting chat show material. But they are essentially outlawing political opposition to a point where opposition groups are infiltrated and then falsely or entrapped into conspiracies. We saw that with the so-called Fed-napping, kidnapping, federal kidnapping of a plot against Michigan Governor Whitmer, which turned out to be a complete FBI-arranged entrapment. And we're starting to see some restitution in the courts on that. Oh gosh, I had a second one that also... Oh, oh, the, well, I'm sorry, go on, you had a question. No, no, I just wanted to ask about the whole Ray Epps thing, because you've got seemingly individuals, part of the intelligence service, part of the FBI, who are moving the situation along. And they seem to get a slap on the wrist where people who were not even there get 22 years. It seems absolutely ludicrous. And zero pushback from the media. Well, it does. And this is the problem when you have such a, you know, such a sublant, submissive media or compliant media. But yes, Ray Epps is highly regarded, widely regarded even before January 6 as a federal asset. The night before he was exhorting people to be sure and go into the Capitol. And he was actually kind of razzed by the crowd. It's on video as a Fed, Fed, Fed, Fed. People are pointing to him saying, don't go in the Capitol, he's a Fed. So there was suspicion about him from the start, but of course, yes, he recently was charged with one misdemeanour, very rare. There may not be maybe more than one other of his poor defendants who came up with such a small charge, but given that he was doing what other people who've been slapped with much harsher charges and sentences, It's extremely suspicious. There's also the problem, which is not covered adequately in the media, of the federal government concocting evidence and planting it. And this is something that was established in court by the lawyers for Jeremy Brown, who was a former Special Forces veteran that the FBI tried to recruit as an informant before January 6. He refused. He was there. He's part of the Oathkeeper Group or had a relationship with the Oathkeeper Group. And essentially, nine months later, he was arrested and charged with having had explosives, a grenade, at the Capitol. But long story short, that grenade had no DNA from Jeremy Brown. And had DNA from a woman on it. It was planted in his van. And then there was also with the Proud boys, there was literally a document that was supposed to show they had a plan for insurrection that has been shown to have been essentially pushed into Enrique Tarrio's phone through a very strange chain of custody. Again, this kind of thing is not unusual, and you see the feds, creating this as an event, a la the Reichstag fire of yore in Nazi Germany, where it was a created event, to cause all kinds of political repercussions, and the destruction of political opposition, same thing here. So this must be getting out there because people have such a strong reaction on that police state question. But certainly it's proof, you know, it's evidence and the media hushes it up, but somehow you can find out about it and you, you know, people need to find out about it because it's truly shocking. And that's why this is now known as as the Fed-surrection. Oh, completely. I mean, they're... Let's end off on another Rasmussen poll that they had put up and there are so many aspects to this. But this was a poll they put up just days ago. 56% of likely voters think the cheating, and I love that word that they're willing to use, will affect the 2024 election according to Rasmussen poll survey. Do you think that's changed since 2020 and if so what's changed since 2020 that will make your outcome different? 56% across the board, this is again across the board, it's not Republican, Democrat, 56% think that cheating affected the election. What does that mean for you for a U.S. citizen going forward looking ahead for, actually it's just a year away, just over a year away, for the next elections. How does that inspire you? How does that influence you? How does that encourage you to, I guess, engage with that political process? Well, it's very discouraging, and again, it gives you the feeling that you're participating in somebody else's reality show, and there's that sense that I won't be manipulated, but it's kind of almost a tribal right. You want to be, you want to participate, and you want to believe that it's an election. I don't believe in the election. I believe in miracles, so I suppose I will hold out the hope for a miracle, but at this point, we are post-election, post-electoral, post-democratic. We are existing under an illegitimate regime and I don't think that that has necessarily become widely understood. People still rail against Democrats or rail against Biden for this or that. This is a junta. You know, this happens in many other countries. It's happened all over the world. It was not supposed to happen here, but it did. And part of the success of this coup, is in the fact that it is censored and suppressed. 100%. Diana, there are lots we could discuss and I appreciate you coming on and sharing, certainly with our main UK audience, with the War Room Posse, who will obviously know this issue well. Just to finish off, I guess as a journalist, as someone who observes what's happening and tries to inform the public. What is your take on a lot of what you've seen? I mean you put out a strong line that America has to return to some of those roots of integrity, of election integrity, of media integrity, but how do you see that looking forward and what kind of is your key message, I guess, that you bring to the American people through your many writings over the following year? Well, now that's the hardest question of all. I think that we are—this is not a joke, you know, where we are. And I think that at this point, it's very important to take care of yourself and your family and be prepared for the storm. Because I don't think this ends well. That's not the normal uplifting message, but I do think people are taking this more seriously. We are at a point where our government is aggressively killing us and destroying our country. So it really is a time for a miracle. It's time for a miracle. 100%. To the viewers, we first had Diana on to discussing her book, which is 10 years old now, actually, American Betrayal, the secret assault on our nation's character, and just something aside as we finish that is an intriguing insight into the change of American society through the influence and onslaught of communism from the USSR and how that developed over time. So I'd encourage our viewers and listeners to get hold of that for something maybe fairly different from the conversation we've had, but I think it's essential to understand what has happened historically and then understanding that, being equipped with that information, I think we can better look forward to what we face ahead of us. Diana, thank you so much for joining us. People can find you @RealDianaWest obviously on gab and dianawest.net online. Thank you for sharing your insights on this huge topic which you know I'm certainly watching eagerly although I have no participation in the US election coming up in a year but we certainly look to you across the pond as hope politically, economically, militarily. Journalistically, maybe that's gone out the window, but we still look to you. So thank you so much for coming on today and sharing that. Well, thank you, Peter. It's always a pleasure to speak with you.
On this Salcedo Storm Podcast:Brian Kanke is the Medina County GOP Chairman. Brian is an Army veteran and life member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He is a rancher in South Texas.