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Listen to our archived episodes: RadioPublic|LibSyn|YouTube Support the show: Patreon|PayPal: 1x or monthly|Square Cash * David Waldman and Greg Dworkin return from one of those uneventful weekends we could get used to, bringing the news, nuance, and insight we're already grown accustomed to: Dems in disarray! Well, more like those two. More like that one, hiding her feet in the bathroom stall. Other than those two, it's just people working to get things done. Sausage making ain't pretty, but the thing is, people like sausage. Talk about the benefits for once, instead of the price. Try a sample, if you like it, buy some more. The other side of the aisle, however, is a far-away place. Mint a coin, or have a trillion dollar NFT painted by George Bush or whatever and get the bills out there. Stupid bloggers come up with ideas all the time, but who listens to them? How do you negotiate with a party centered on racism? No, wait, it's “white nationalism”. It's just hard to separate them sometimes. Black churches, parents and schools are doing a great job moving teens to vaccination. Vaccine mandates are saving lives across the country. It still isn't over, though. Alaska is forced to triage patients due to COVID-19 pandemic stress on the hospital system. Louis DeJoy still runs the Post Office, and he's still running it into the ground. And yet the USPS might establish one of the greatest aids to help lower income Americans, ever, a postal banking system. Just throwing this in here now, as I don't know where else to put it: Corey Lewandowski hit on a married Republican donor by telling her about his giant penis, that he killed two guys, that he lasts 8 hours in bed, all while groping her, and yet she still was not smitten.
Are you wondering how to go beyond the six or seven-figure mark and continue your agency growth? After graduating college with a Liberal Arts degree and an interest in advertising, Ben Wiener jumped at the opportunity to work at Wongdoody, an advertising agency that specializes in UX, as well as customers experience and employee experience. He continued to work there for 28 years and is now the CEO of the recently sold agency. He sat down to talk with Jason about the importance of the pipeline to keep your agency going beyond the million-dollar mark, how he goes about building the leadership at his agency, how to recalibrate your ambition to keep going after reaching eight figures, and his current role at the company. 3 Golden Nuggets Beyond the million. Many agency owners that reach the million-dollar mark have a hard time going beyond that level. In Ben's experience, this entails a mind shift. It's a point where you will need your new clients to be as big as your biggest client. Making the decision to stop taking small clients may be difficult and requires a lot of confidence on your next step, but you need to recognize that small clients take as much time as big clients and keep you from reaching that next level. This pipeline piece is key and you need to have a clear vision of what you want your client roster to look like. Building leaders. Hiring is one of the most important things agency owners do once their agency starts to see a certain level of growth. Once you've hired people t start doing the things you used to do you will need to start hiring people that do things you can't do? How can you ensure they really know what they're doing? Our guest believes sourcing talent from companies that are ahead of him in the growth curve is the best way to go about it. It provides credibility and, at the very least, they will be well trained. After you hire your leadership and empower them to make decisions, your job will become clearing the path for them to be able to focus on their jobs. Recalibrating your ambition. Getting to seven figures is the number one goal for many agency owners, and it might be so overwhelming to get there that you just think “I can't believe I got here”. Ben argues that continuing your growth will require recalibrating your ambition, thinking how do I use eight figures as a platform to get to 10 figures? And what are the next set of changes that we are going to make? Of course, not everyone has eight or nine-figure ambitions and that's ok. The things you love about your agency at $5 million will definitely not be there at $50 million. You have to be very clear on what you want going forward. YOUTUBE AUDIO LINK Gusto: Today's episode is sponsored by Gusto, an all-in-one people platform for payroll, benefits, HR where you can unify your data. Gusto automatically applies your payroll taxes and directly deposits your team's paychecks, freeing you up to work on your business. Head over to gusto.com/agency to enjoy an exclusive offer for podcast listeners. Subscribe Apple | Spotify | iHeart Radio | Stitcher | Radio FM Building Leaders and Recalibrating Your Ambition Will Help You Continue Your Growth Jason: [00:00:00] What's up, agency owners? Jason Swenk here, and I have an amazing guest on today's show. We're going to talk about what is the milestones that you'd go through in order to build an over $80 million agency. Yes, $80 million. I want you to sink that in because a lot of you are trying to get to the eight-figure mark or the nine-figure mark. So we're going to talk about the milestones that you go through. And I have an amazing guest who's been in the industry and been with Wongdoody for over 27 years. So let's go ahead and get into the episode. Hey, Ben. Welcome to the show. Ben: [00:00:45] Hi, how are you? Jason: [00:00:47] I'm excited to have you on, so tell us who you are and what do you do? Ben: [00:00:52] I am Ben Wiener. I am the CEO of Wongdoody, which is, as you pointed out a 28-year-old at this point, um, former advertising agency that has evolved into a global experience design company. Jason: [00:01:09] That's incredible. And so we were talking in the pre-show that you were employee number four. So talk about the progression and you know, how did Wongdoody get started? And first off, just tell people how you guys came up with the name. Uh, cause I'm sure people, you know, I was very interested before. Ben: [00:01:31] Um, it's a really funny name. It's a really boring story. Um, Wongdoody was founded by two people. Mr. Wong and Mr. Doody, otherwise, why would you ever call a company that? And for the most part, you know, we've survived the credibility problem that we start with. But there's still a couple of clients that we've had over the years that have said, you know, there's no way our board of directors is hiring Wongdoody. Can we just call you WD? And we're like, sure. Whatever it takes for you to get Ben Wiener from Wongdoody employed. Jason: [00:02:09] That's just so great. Um, well tell us, uh, when you were employee number four, like how did you start? And kind of walk us through your progression through the agency. And then we can jump into kind of the different milestones that you've seen over the years. Ben: [00:02:25] Uh, in college, I was a big fan of the show Melrose Place. Which dates me and dates anyone who gets that reference. Jason: [00:02:31] Oh, I loved that. Yeah. I think we're the same age. Ben: [00:02:33] I graduated from… I graduated from college with a useless Liberal Arts degree and a short attention span. Um, advertising seemed like a really fun, interesting thing to do. And yeah, through a friend of a friend of a woman who was in book club with my girlfriend's mother, which is how all good things happen. Uh, I happened to get introduced to this guy, Pat Doody, who had just started this agency. We had lunch, we hit it off and he offered me this amazing opportunity to come work for him for free. So I, I took him up on that. Um, and, uh, you know, 15 years later or so I became CEO of Wongdoody and then three years ago we sold the company. But it was a pretty interesting evolution from, uh, Pat, Tracy, and two other people and me in one room to over a thousand people. Um, and I guess the biggest evolution is going from doing kind of every job in the agency, which you do as an intern, to having no clue what half of the things we, we do today are. Um, yeah, which I guess is management. So it's really, how do you go from a business where your fingerprints are literally on everything to thinking more about structure, thinking more about strategy, to thinking about how you deploy resources. As opposed to how you just get everything done yourself. And that's probably the biggest evolution and continuing evolution of a company is it's a gradual process of figuring out what you can let go of. And more importantly, how you can find the people to let go to, because at a certain point you definitely come up against the limits of your own knowledge, intellect, and ability. Jason: [00:04:16] Yeah, let's talk about kind of the milestones, right? I find a lot of agencies can hit the million mark, but they really can't maintain that. Or they can't figure it out how can we get to the multiple million mark? And that's kind of the first milestone I look at. Um, what, what do you think, what, what's the shift in your mind? Because I really kind of think it's a mind shift, more than anything else to getting to the two, three, $4 million range. Ben: [00:04:52] It comes down to I think two things. One is pipeline and the other is people. And both of them require a leap of faith to get to where you want to be. When you're an entrepreneur and you are hustling and you were trying to make payroll and pay the rent every month, revenue is revenue and it's really hard… All revenue is good revenue. And at a certain point, what you want is more clients that are bigger than your biggest client. Not more clients that the size of your smallest client. What you start to recognize is that the small clients take as much time as the big clients. Um, and what's holding you back from focusing on big clients and bigger clients is confidence or a lack thereof. And so as entrepreneurs, when you were living with that nightmare of today's the day when my phone rings, all of our clients, fire us, and that never rings again, it's very, very hard to say, you know what? We're not going to talk to local businesses anymore, or we're not going to talk to regional businesses anymore. Or we're just going to say a hard no to any client below a certain revenue threshold. No matter how nice they are as people, or they don't have any money this year, but man, next year, next year, they're going to budget. There are all these stories we tell ourselves as agency people to rationalize, doing things that we know deep down, we shouldn't be doing. If we want to grow our business. Jason: [00:06:26] Or they say, give me a discount and I'll refer you to all my other businesses. Ben: [00:06:32] Who'll also expect a discount. Also don't have enough money to change your business. That's what you get. Absolutely. Absolutely. So these are, so, I mean, that's the pipeline piece. It's really, how do you have a clean vision for what you want your client roster to look like. And how are you actively making decisions that shape that roster and how are you making the painful decisions to not pursue things that don't fit that? Uh, so that, and the other thing that you have to recognize is that, you know, clients have aspirations as well. They look at the other clients on your roster and they say, do I want to be in that club or do I not want to be in that club? And so, you need aspirational clients to find aspirational clients. And by the same token, you know, of all if your clients are discount seeking small scrappy companies… They may be a blast to work for, but they're never going to provide you with the stability and the growth that you need to get to the second point, which is people. And at some point you got to make that transition from doing things yourself, to sort of doing things by delegating, to doing things by bringing in a next tier of leadership. And that's very, very different. Because I think the first step is you hire people who can do your work for you, or can do the things that you do, but more of it. And at a certain point, you've got to hire people who know things that you don't, who do things that you can't and need to be empowered to take some responsibility for the business. So it can't all sit on your shoulders for better or worse. Those people are excited. Those people are taking a leap of faith by joining you and those people are going to make you uncomfortable. But you're never ever going to scale your business until you can start to not just delegate, but assigned true leadership responsibilities that people who can build your organization. Jason: [00:08:28] So I think a lot of people struggle with, I can hire for someone to do my job because I can evaluate them if they can do it. So when you get to that point and you're building your leadership team and you're hiring people that know how to do things you don't, and you're kind of clueless on those. How do you evaluate and how do you make sure they're not blowing smoke up your ass? Uh, right? Like, I mean, I hear that all the time. Ben: [00:09:02] Um, it is hard. And, you know, as far as things that create discomfort. Absolutely. Because we've all been sold a bill of goods by people who claim expertise in the emerging realm that you have to be in. You know. We need a, who's going to own our influencer marketing strategy? I don't know that person's seemed to know what YouTube is, perhaps they can. Um, hiring is the hardest thing that we do. It's the most important thing that we do. There is, um, you know, to me, there's always a value in pedigree, you know, there's that saying no one ever got fired for hiring IBM. So generally if people have come from bigger, better places and have been there for a while, um, at the very least they'd been well-trained. So, you know, where are you sourcing your talent from? And, you know, we generally look to the places that we want to be, you know, for our talent. Places, you know, companies that are five years ahead of us on the journey that are a few hundred million dollars ahead of us on the growth curve. And so that gives you some element of credibility. Um, some of it's got… Look, I mean, we all get conned from time to time. But the longer you've done this, the longer you can separate the, okay, you just threw every single jargon word at me, but what have you actually done? And go, where is the work product and where are the references? And the other thing is, yeah, who have, who have people worked with that you can get to that you know and trust. Or that know and trust someone that, you know, that can give you a real reference. As opposed to the, uh, I fired this person and feeling guilty about it, reference that you'd get some times. You hear great things about a person that you're not sure about. Jason: [00:10:59] Oh yeah. Well, I, you mentioned one thing, your gut. Usually your gut's never wrong. Um, you know, because you, you feel it, whether you take on the wrong client and you're like, like my gut just told me to run, but I needed that money. Or, you know, you hired that amazing… I remember doing this. I, I got so close to hiring this amazing 3D artist. I mean like the most amazing 3D world I've ever seen, he built, but he was the biggest jackass. And my gut was like, do not hire that guy. And, and the rest of my team was like, man, there, he's amazing. Well, we'll put up with any shit. I'm like, no, we're not going to do it. Ben: [00:11:43] Yeah. So we spend a lot of time rationalizing decisions that go against our gut, whether it's clients or people. Um, part of that's also a mindset shift, you know, as I think we're all naturally optimistic. As entrepreneurs, you need to be, because the only way you can dust yourself off whenever you have a setback. So what I've found is people… You know, the assumption is every candidate's amazing and every client is perfect. Versus, yeah, why should we take this client? Why should we really be hiring this person? So if your default is always, they're great until proven otherwise, um, you know, your, your mind overrides your gut more often than it should. Jason: [00:12:28] Yeah. So let's talk about building leaders, right? Like we talked about, we got to build the right pipeline, so then we can pick and choose, right? And, and I think. You know, you've got to get to a point where, like, I think when we first start, we're building our business on referrals, really. And then, then it, you're building it on marketing. And then you have to build it on a machine that's producing two sales, and then you talked about your, the people. So how can we build better leaders? Because what I find is a lot of agencies I chat with, and I remember going through this in our phase as well. We can get to a certain point and then everything kept flowing through me like a tollbooth. And I'm like, no, no. Like we have to build a leadership, the right leaders in order to take over the stuff. And like my, my goal, and, I'd like… Answer this and then I got a question for you to follow up, to be like, what do you do every day, now that you have a thousand people and a big leadership team? I want people to know like, what, what that looks like too. Ben: [00:13:33] So, um… In the first phase of the agency, everything I did really boiled down to sales. It doesn't really matter what you're doing on any given day, your focus is driving revenue in the door. I never had sales in my title. I never had business development or new business in my title. But everything I was doing was in service of how do we get more clients and more revenue flowing in this place? Um, at a certain point that shifts and now I'd say everything I do is HR, which is not in my title. Another thing I've never really formally had a job in, and I've never been trained in. But I spend my day trying to get things out of the way of the leaders that we have hired to drive the business to the next level. So they can do… I want them to be able to do their jobs. So there are spear that I need to catch. There are obstacles that need to be eliminated. There are sources of confusion that require clarity, and it's really about clearing the path. So there's no glory in it. And some days you feel like you're doing absolutely nothing. Yet what you're doing is the most critical thing. Because it allows the people that you care about and the people that you empowered to drive your business, to do what they need to do to be successful for themselves and for you. And so all the most unpleasant tasks, uh, are the ones that fall to you and all the really good, fun business building stuff that you used to do falls to them. And that's a difficult but necessary adjustment. Jason: [00:15:19] Yeah. Taking care of your employees has never been more important than right now. And while paydays are great, running payroll is a major pain, calculating taxes, deductions. compliance. None of it's easy, unless of course you have Gusto. Gusto is a simple online payroll and benefits built for your small business. Gusto automatically applies your payroll taxes and directly deposits your team's paychecks, freeing you up to work on your business. Plus with Gustos help, you can offer benefits like 401k's health insurance, workers' comp, and a lot more. And because you're a smart agency masterclass listener, you're going to get three months free once you run your first payroll. Go to gusto.com/agency that's gusto.com/agency for three free months. So when I was, um, when we started really getting traction in the first agency, I started realizing there was kind of like four or five roles, right. One, setting the vision and communicating it to the team. Uh, coaching the leadership team. Understanding the financials, I hated spreadsheets, but I needed to understand like here are the KPIs that we're going after. You know, support sales. Um, and then, you know, be the face of the organization. Do you find that now, like have those roles changed? Because I bet you probably had those roles or do you still have some of those roles? I know, you know, like me, I'm always trying to like, like you, I'm trying to take away stuff so my guys can have a clear path. But do you find that those roles still fit what you do? Or does that change at a certain level? Ben: [00:17:26] You've summed it up pretty nicely. Um, what I've found is that the balance changes over the course of decades, but also on a day-to-day basis. Yeah, the financial piece is interesting because somewhere between you, you do sales and you do an HR. The other thing that I've discovered is half it's also accounting. Um, and it's not just, you know, because how do you recognize revenue? When do you want to recognize revenue? Where are you actually profitable versus where you… where you're earning revenue and where you're actually profitable are very, very different things. There's a whole understanding of the business that you need to have that goes beyond… Early days, is there money coming in to cover expenses? We got payroll and rent done, uh, is there enough left over that? I can take some money out of the business? Is there enough leftover that we can think about, you know, investing in more senior leadership who could theoretically help us grow the business? Now that's the basics. And then at a certain point you realize, okay, I'm not sweating the basics anymore. Now, what do I need to know about my business? Because I want to grow the profitable parts, not the unprofitable parts. I want to fix the unprofitable parts so I can grow them. And so it's not just about what's coming in and what's going out. It's where we really truly making the money? Where, where are the leaks in our business? And that's the other thing that people don't really understand, which is what's all the stuff that they're doing that's um, producing activity, but not results? So you got three or four lines of business. One of them is probably a great. One of them is probably a loser. The other two were in the middle. You know, if you can figure that fast and stop doing the stuff that's losing you money… flows right to the bottom line, finds your growth. But you need to have a level of insight into your numbers before you can start to look at it that way. Jason: [00:19:23] Yeah. So, I mean, basically you're just still a problem solver for your team. Uh, and, and just saying here's, here's the direction that we want to go. You guys figure out the, how. I'll support you however. You just tell me what you need, is that right? Ben: [00:19:41] Yeah. It's a lot of what, you know, figuring out what's missing. And also, um, just because you want to take the business in a certain direction, doesn't mean everybody wants to go with you. And so then you get faced with a far more difficult set of choices, you know. Um, how do you persuade the people that you need to come with you, that this is the right journey? I know that what we're doing and where we're going seems weird or sounds scary, or isn't what you signed up for, or it's not at all what you saw on Melrose Place. And that's okay. Um, because here's where we're going and why. And I have… come on board. Uh, it's finding people who, you know, can come in and understand that vision and help make it understood inside the organization. Uh, change is scary and difficult, and we've got people at Wongdoody have been there since 1994, 1995. Um, and so part of the balancing act is we have changed radically in that time. We've, we've reinvented ourselves multiple times and that's great. And then there are some fundamental things about the business that cannot, should not, and will never change. And those need to be protected. And that's, uh, figuring out what, figuring out what the real core of your businesses versus what's just sort of comfortable or habitual. That's another challenging thing because you want to, you want to know what's up for grabs and there should be more things that are up for grabs and you're probably comfortable with, but you can't sell your soul for anything. Jason: [00:21:19] Yeah, well, yeah, you have to, you have your beliefs and the beliefs of the company and, uh, that, that always stays true, I find. Even though your services, your solutions, who you target may change. Um, but, uh, talk a little bit about… Because you guys have been around, I mean, I started solar went out in 99, so you guys are, you know, a couple of years ahead of us. And we went through a lot of different changes. I mean, I remember going through the yellow pages going, you want a website? And they're like, what's the website? And I was like, I'll put it on Netscape composer. Um, so talk about how do you know when the company outgrows an employee that's been there for so long with you? And how do you… How do you get past that? Because I think people hold on to people too long as the agency outgrows that individual. Or how do you bring those individuals along? Um, you know, make them better. Ben: [00:22:28] Oh, I mean, these are hard, hard things, particularly when, you know… My goal has always been to have the agency changing faster than our clients so that, you know, changes never being dictated to us and that we're ahead of the market. And by that same token, I need people who can change as fast as the agency. And so when you realize that people have a fixed mindset or they are nostalgic for what the agency was. Um, or they can't contribute to the growth. It's a very, very difficult decision to help them find a place where they're going to be better off and happier, but ultimately they're going to be better off and happier. We've had people who came to us and said, we want no part of this digital thing. And we're like, that's great. Uh, I don't agree with you, but I value everything that you have brought to this company for the last X years. How do we find you a better place to be together? What's our plan? We have an obligation to the careers and the growth and the progression of the people that choose to work with us, whether or not that work happens in our company. And so our responsibility to mentor and find opportunities doesn't stop when people start getting a paycheck from us. So I think if you take that attitude of you want the right people in the right place, whether or not that's inside your organization. Then it becomes a different conversation than sorry, Suzy, you know, we're moving on and you're not. Jason: [00:24:11] Yeah, I liked, I liked that approach and I think that's the right approach. Um, because look, I always joke around. I've been fired from every single job. Uh, I've ever had other than two and my best friend owned the company, own the businesses. That was when I was little. But, um, but yeah, like at the end of the day, I, and I figured it out. I just never liked quitting. But when someone would come along and say, no, you need to go do this, I was like, oh man, thanks. That's very freeing. And the lesson I learned there, I was like, you know, when you have the people that are not the right fit, find them the right fit. And there'll be so much happier rather than thinking that their life is over. Um, and it's, it's a good mentality because like agency changes so many times it's gonna outgrow a lot of people, including owners. Um, it, I see that a lot at times happen and the owners have to stop out. So it's great. Um, last question, uh, before we wrap up, talk about what is it like, to like, how did you get from the eight figure mark to where you're at now? Like what… If you had to pick two things outside of people and the right clients, because we've already covered those. Is there anything else? Um, or is it just boom, boom, boom. Ben: [00:25:35] You have to recalibrate your ambition. Jason: [00:25:40] How so? Ben: [00:25:44] When you get to seven figures, you think, oh my God, you know, here I am at seven figures. And many people think I never thought I was going to get here. Wow. Isn't great? Versus, okay, how do I use eight figures as a platform to get to 10 figures? And what are the next set of changes that we are going to make? It's like a, you don't want to be George Bush on the battleship. You know, there's no, the mission never accomplished, which is not to say you can never step back and enjoy where you've gotten. But you need to be looking at all of it on a path to where you want to be. And not everybody has eight-figure nine-figure ambitions. We had a… Wongdoody was a great lifestyle business until we realized it was unsustainable and that we were not going to keep our good people challenged. We were not going to be able to attract and retain the best talent as a lifestyle business because ambitious people want growth. So massive amounts of growth… It's a choice. And you need to be ready for that choice and recognize that it's not the only valid choice. But if you want to get there, it's also believing that it's possible. You know, we would often look at bigger, better agencies and say, how can we be like them? And you go to, oh, we can't be like them. And they've got this and that and this and that and whatever. And you make this list of why it can't be you. That's another example of our ability to rationalize ourselves into bad decisions or no decisions, uh, or selling. So I don't want to be like an inspirational poster and be like it's 99% attitude is not, um, it's attitude is luck. It's hard work. It's being smart. All of those things in equal combination and don't discount luck. Um, you know, and you have to make sure that you want to get there because the other thing is a lot of what you love about running a $5 million business. Is not there when you're running a $50 million business, there are different things to love, but it's not the same job with more zeros at all. Jason: [00:28:02] I like that you said be careful what you wish for. Because you know, uh, and we're even going through that right now, for us, personally, in this consulting and education business of like, man, life is good. We're serving all these amazing people. And we're like, do we want to blow it up and, and take it to, you know, a gazillion dollars and, uh, you know, it's, it's a challenge. Um, and I think it just takes some time to think about, and I think you can kind of constantly change your mind. But I, I do believe what you said is like don't um, don't show shortcut yourself of what's possible. Just really kind of dream it and then just start figuring out who do you need to hire? What do we actually need to do in order to get there? And, uh, you know, once you get there, then, then you live in the bed that you made. Ben: [00:29:00] Well, I think the other thing is, you know, generally starting a company is a culmination of your career. I worked for a bunch of other people. I worked for a bunch of other people. I learned this, I learned that I saw all this stuff I could do better. I saw the opportunity my last boss was missing. I started the company and now I'm done. And I think that's also a dangerous attitude or thought. Because you don't stop growing and evolving, like you have the same obligation to yourself as you do to your employees, which is how do we keep getting better? How to keep getting smarter? How do I keep learning new things? And how do I keep challenging myself? And so whether, you know, you don't want to go blow up a business for the sake of blowing it up. But once again, if you're not continuously trying to reinvent yourself, you're going to get reinvented by the market, by your clients, by forces, beyond your control. And that's nowhere you ever want to be. Jason: [00:29:46] Yeah, I love it. Well, this has all been amazing, Ben. Is, is there anything I didn't ask you that you think would benefit the audience listening in? Ben: [00:29:57] that is not the conversation I was expecting. This is like, this was a people conversation and a leadership conversation. Much less a, you know, what is the future of UX and touchless retail experiences and, you know, what are you seeing about global trends? Which is great, um, because. Yeah, for better. The people are kind of why I show up every single day that the work is incidental. Pat and Tracy and I always said that we, whether we're running an agency or running a carwash, we would do it the same way. So thank you for letting me think about and focus on what really matters. Jason: [00:30:28] Yeah, definitely. Well, thanks so much for coming in. Uh, what's the website people can go and check you guys out? Ben: [00:30:35] Uh, www.wongdoody.com. Uh, and we have a zillion open roles. So any disgruntled employees from other agencies that are watching this, please go see if there's a fit for you here. Jason: [00:30:48] Awesome. And you date yourself by going www. No one does that anymore. Ben: [00:30:53] HTTP. Jason: [00:30:56] Uh, I love it. I love making fun of my friends that do that. Cause I used to do that until someone razzed me. I was like, oh my gosh, www. Ben: [00:31:05] I am, I will own that. Jason: [00:31:10] Well, awesome. Ben: [00:31:10] I got that going for me. Jason: [00:31:14] Well, awesome. Thanks so much for coming on the show. And if you guys enjoyed this episode, make sure you subscribe. Make sure you comment. 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Wow! We made it Hooligans! The three part trilogy is complete with this final installment of the 9/11 three tower series with this episode focusing on Tower 7. The mysterious third tower that fell that fateful day after being struck.........by nothing. The official claim made by the 9/11 commission wait they never mentioned this tower collapsing. "Structure fire." Not likely...spoiler alert...it rhythms with bombs...Sit back relax and enjoy part three! WARNING OFFENSIVE COMMUNISTS JOKES!Please be sure to check out our social media and follow us on Rokfin our newest platform and hit that notification and SUBSCRIBE button! If you like the show and want to help us out leave a 5 star review on whatever podcast platform you listen through and be sure to check out our website where you can purchase t-shirts and watch great documentaries that have been pulled from YouTube!Support our affiliates by taking advantage of these amazing deals and offers and putting these incredible products to use!Kushydreams:Check out premium smokable CBD at www.kushydreams.com and use promo code WBC at checkout for 20% off your first order and smoke your CBD!MyPatriotSupply:Worried about where the future may take you and are you concerned with your family's preparedness? Then take your preparedness in your hands and head on over to my patriot supply and stock up on your family's future today!https://mypatriotsupply.com/?rfsn=5202732.5f284bDr.Cowan'sGarden:Dr. Cowan's Garden offers a wonderful array of vegetable powders that will supercharge your health and diet with just one teaspoon! Head on over to the link below and start investing in your future and your children's future with Dr. Cowan's Vegetable Powder!https://lddy.no/ssidYoungevity:Youngevity is a product we are proud to work with and honored to carry. We have combined a package unique to our listeners that will not only benefit your health but also supercharge your mind, body and spirit! Check out the link below to receive a wonderful package of health products specifically designed for the hooligans at a discounted price. https://wallachswarriors.ca/special/42-starter-pack
Ross Perot built two powerhouse companies and changed the way politicians communicate with their constituents. Perot was an Eagle Scout who went on to join the US Naval Academy in 1949, and served in the Navy until the late 1950s. He then joined the IBM sales organization and one year ended up meeting his quota in the second week of the year. He had all kinds of ideas for new things to do and sell, but no one was interested. So he left and formed a new company called Electronic Data Systems, or EDS, in 1962. You see, these IBM mainframes weren't being used for time sharing so most of the time they were just sitting idle. So he could sell the unused time from one company to another. Perot learned from the best. As with IBM he maintained a strict dress code. Suits, no facial hair, and a high and tight crew cut as you'd find him still sporting years after his Navy days. And over time they figured out many of these companies didn't have anyone capable of running these machines in the first place, so they could also step in and become a technology outsourcer, doing maintenance and servicing machines. Not only that, but they were perfectly situated to help process all the data from the new Medicare and Medicaid programs that were just starting up. States had a lot of new paperwork to process and that meant computers. He hired Morton Meyerson out at Bell Helicopter in 1966, who would become the president and effectively created the outsourcing concept in computing. Meyerson would become the president of EDS before leaving to take a series of executive roles at other organizations, including the CTO at General Motors in the 1980s before retiring. EDS went public in 1968. He'd taken $1,000 in seed money from his wife Margot to start the company, and his stake was now worth $350 million, which would rise sharply in the ensuing years as the company grew. By the 1970s they were practically printing cash. They were the biggest insurance data provider and added credit unions then financial markets and were perfectly positioned to help build the data networks that ATMs and point of sale systems would use. By the start of 1980 they were sitting on a quarter billion dollars in revenues and 8,000 employees. They continued to expand into new industries with more transactional needs, adding airlines and travel. He sold in 1984 to General Motors for $2.5 billion and Perot got $700 million personally. Meyerson stayed on to run the company and by 1990 their revenues topped $5 billion and neared 50,000 employees. Perot just couldn't be done in business. He was good at it. So in 1988 he started another firm, Perot Systems. The company grew quickly. Perot knew how to sell, how to build sales teams, and how to listen to customers and build services products they wanted. Perot again looked for an effective leader and tapped Meyerson yet again, who became the CEO of Perot Systems from 1992 to 1998. Perot's son Ross Jr took over the company. In 2008, EDS and their 170,000 employees was sold to Hewlett-Packard for $13.9 billion and in 2009 Perot Systems was sold to Dell for $3.9 billion. Keep in mind that Morton Meyerson was a mentor to Michael Dell. When they were sold, Perot Systems had 23,000 employees and $2.8 billion in revenues. That's roughly a 1.4x multiple of revenues, which isn't as good as the roughly 2x multiple Perot got off EDS - but none too shabby given that by then multiples were down for outsourcers. Based on his work and that of others, they'd built two companies worth nearly $20 billion - before 2010, employing nearly 200,000 people. Along the way, Perot had some interesting impacts other than just building so many jobs for so many humans. He passed on an opportunity to invest in this little company called Microsoft. So when Steve Jobs left Apple and looked for investors he jumped on board, pumping $20 million into NeXT Computer, and getting a nice exit when the company went to Apple for nearly half a billion. Perot was philanthropic. He helped a lot of people coming home from various armed services in his lifetime. He was good to those he loved. He gave $10 million to have his friend Morton Meyerson's name put on the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's Symphony Center. And he was interested in no BS politics. Yet politics had been increasingly polarized since Nixon. So Perot also ran for president of the US in 1992, against George Bush and Bill Clinton. He didn't win but he flooded the airwaves with common sense arguments about government inefficiency and a declining market for doing business. He showed computer graphics with all the charts and graphs you can imagine. And while he didn't get even one vote in the electoral college did manage to get 19 percent of the vote. His message was one of populism. Take the country back, stop deficit spending just like he ran his companies, and that persists with various wings of especially the Republican Party to this day. Especially in Perot's home state of Texas. He didn't win, but he effectively helped define the Contract with America that that Newt Gingrich and the 90s era of oversized suit jacket Republicans used to as a strategy. He argued for things to help the common people - not politicians. Ironically, those that took much of his content actually did just the opposite, slowed down the political machine by polarizing the public. And allowed deficit spending to increase on their watch. He ran again in 1996 but this time got far less votes and didn't end up running for office again. He had a similar impact on IBM. Around 30 years after leaving the company, his success in services was one of the many inspirations for IBM pivoting into services as well. By then the services industry was big enough for plenty of companies to thrive and while sales could be competitive they all did well as personal computing put devices on desks across the world and those devices needed support. Perot died in 2019, one of the couple hundred richest people in the US. Navy Lieutenant. Founder. Philanthropist. Texan. Father. Husband. His impact on the technology industry was primarily around seeing waste. Wasted computing time. Wasted staffing where more efficient outsourcing paradigms were possible. He inspired massive shifts in the industry that persist to this day.
In this installment of TPS Reports the Squares discuss their eventful weekend, MGK dissing Slipknot, George Bush getting heckled, bad band names, chop suey & how to be a slacker. Outro song: "Red Rover" by Little Stranger feat. Jarv Smoochie Gang Playlist Term's Album of the Week Playlist Please send questions, stories & whatever else to email@example.com and feel free to leave us a voicemail at 708-797-3079. The Palmer Squares on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Patreon & more! Shop for Official TPS Merchandise
We are back for part 2 of our 9/11 trilogy of the three towers! On this episode Boia and Big-Country discuss the happenings to the two towers at the world trade center. Buildings one and two fell early in the morning on September 11th. After both burning for a little over an hour they both collapsed at free fall speed into their own footprint. The only three buildings in the history of skyscrapers to ever fall down from a structure fire happened on this day and has never happened since. What a coincidence? I'm sure that this was all just the "luck of the jihadists," kind of like the passport incident...thank God for the FBI...Sit back, relax, sip some whiskey and enjoy the redpill...Please be sure to check out our social media and follow us on Rokfin our newest platform and hit that notification and SUBSCRIBE button! If you like the show and want to help us out leave a 5 star review on whatever podcast platform you listen through and be sure to check out our website where you can purchase t-shirts and watch great documentaries that have been pulled from YouTube!Support our affiliates by taking advantage of these amazing deals and offers and putting these incredible products to use!Kushydreams:Check out premium smokable CBD at www.kushydreams.com and use promo code WBC at checkout for 20% off your first order and smoke your CBD!MyPatriotSupply:Worried about where the future may take you and are you concerned with your family's preparedness? Then take your preparedness in your hands and head on over to my patriot supply and stock up on your family's future today!https://mypatriotsupply.com/?rfsn=5202732.5f284bDr.Cowan'sGarden:Dr. Cowan's Garden offers a wonderful array of vegetable powders that will supercharge your health and diet with just one teaspoon! Head on over to the link below and start investing in your future and your children's future with Dr. Cowan's Vegetable Powder!https://lddy.no/ssidYoungevity:Youngevity is a product we are proud to work with and honored to carry. We have combined a package unique to our listeners that will not only benefit your health but also supercharge your mind, body and spirit! Check out the link below to receive a wonderful package of health products specifically designed for the hooligans at a discounted price. https://wallachswarriors.ca/special/42-starter-pack
This week's clip parade includes Tucker Carlson, a Newsmax rage out on air, George Bush being heckled, and more. News topics include Arizona's legal challenge to vaccine mandates, Anonymous and the Epik hack, and the justice for j6th rally/honeypot that somehow got a Fed arrested. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/None_Taken /support
The gang talks about Rep. Cori Bush's latest Twitter take, George Bush fundraising for Liz Cheney, Rep. Jayapal's super spreader Birthday celebration, & scientists trying to revive woolly mammoths on this week's episode of Pardon The Disruption.
A two-time Emmy award-winning Producer, Lucia Kaiser has spent most of her life working as a top insider in the entertainment industry. She has developed a contact base second to none. After early completion of her academic studies, Lucia accepted an offer that launched her celebrated career in the entertainment industry spanning over forty years. Beginning with a lengthy tenure on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, she was the first woman executive and the show's publicist/talent coordinator. Her vision in helping develop new entertainment projects is genuinely exceptional. A woman of far-reaching influence with a rich philanthropic background, in 2009, she was honored in New York as a recipient of the "Pioneer of the Arts" Award presented by famed actor, Geoffrey Holder, in recognition of her enormous contributions to the entertainment world. Lucia was a keynote speaker at the United Nations Youth Assembly, inspiring youth worldwide to make a difference beginning with their local communities. Amid her flourishing film career in New York City, while on a leisurely trip in Hong Kong, Lucia was persuaded by the martial arts legend Bruce Lee to run his film company. After much deliberation, Lucia left New York City to serve as the only female President of Bruce Lee's film company in Hong Kong. She successfully oversaw the production and distribution of some of Lee's most famous films, including negotiating a distribution deal with Warner Brothers for the worldwide box office hit "Enter The Dragon." Kaiser has raised millions of dollars for a host of humanitarian projects, including her role as Chairperson of the Democratic Party during her many years in Hawaii. As co-founder of the national radio program, "You Can Make A Difference," the show was broadcast to over seventy independent radio stations across the U.S., creating a worldwide networking organization that linked individuals and groups to a host of charities dealing with a variety of social concerns. Recognized by President George Bush as part of the "Points of Light" program, they were recognized by every major political force in the nation. Kaiser also produced the national, award-winning documentary, "Hawaii Files: Journey From Homelessness," which received commendations by the State of Hawaii Legislature, Governor John Waihee, Mayor Frank Fasi, the City Council of Honolulu and the Telly Awards. Lucia Kaiser received a "Lifetime Achievement'' Award during the Cannes Film Festival on July 13, 2021, to honor her for breaking down barriers for women throughout her entire life. JONES.SHOW is a weekly podcast featuring host Randall Kenneth Jones (author, speaker & creative communications consultant) and Susan C. Bennett (the original voice of Siri). JONES.SHOW is produced and edited by Kevin Randall Jones. KevinRandallJones.com Lucia Kaiser online: Web: luciakaiser.com JONES.SHOW online: Join us in the Jones.Show Lounge on Facebook Twitter (Randy): https://twitter.com/randallkjones Instagram (Randy): https://www.instagram.com/randallkennethjones/ Facebook (Randy): https://www.facebook.com/mindzoo/ Web: RandallKennethJones.com Follow Randy on Clubhouse Twitter (Susan): https://twitter.com/SiriouslySusan Instagram (Susan): https://www.instagram.com/siriouslysusan/ Facebook (Susan): https://www.facebook.com/siriouslysusan/ Web: SusanCBennett.com Follow Susan on Clubhouse www.Jones.Show
Just gonna ahead and say trigger warning- esp if you're a New Yorker. This episode, we're diving into the astrology behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks. We talk Osama Bin Laden's Virgo-Pisces axis, how to interpret houses in an event chart, Prez Bush's Cancer Sun and Libra Moon, and you KNOW Pluto was transiting America's ascendant that day because of course it was. // CONTACT YA GURLS // Stalk: @allegedlyastrology on IG + Reddit & @allegedlyastro on Twitter // Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org // Visit: allegedlyastrology.com // Music by: Paul Wierdak
No state has lost as much as California in the war on terror after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks; 776 men and women who called the Golden State home have died — that's 11% of the nation's total casualties from the war. Nearly 20% of those Californians who perished were old enough to die for their country but too young to buy a drink. They left behind 453 children. For the families — and the state — the loss from the war on terror is incalculable. We spoke to three families about loss, grief and the years that have passed since their loved ones were killed in April 2004.More reading:What did California lose in the war on terror? More than any other state in the U.S. With prayers and promises, a California city remembers a fallen Marine The young Marines wanted to help. They were the last Americans to die in the Afghanistan war
In 2008, many of Barack Obama's supporters hoped he would bring the global war on terror to a close. Instead, he expanded it – and his successors have done nothing to change course. By Samuel Moyn. Help support our independent journalism at theguardian.com/longreadpod
George Bush compares "domestic extremists" to Islamic terrorists, Rose McGowan accuses Gavin Newsom's wife of trying to silence her, and Covid Tyrant Biden continues to reach into the personal lives of American citizens. Plus, do you really believe that Joe Biden is the most popular president of all time? Football stadiums all across the country prove otherwise. Michael Knowles and Spencer Klavan join the panel to break it all down.
In Part 2 of our investigation into why Americans are not being vaccinated we discuss Nikki Minaj's tweet claiming a link between vaccines and infertility and explain where viewers can report doctors spreading COVID disinformation. Shadow Network author Anne Nelson, and emergency room doctor Dr. Nick Sawyer join Zev Shalev and Heidi Cuda. We also solve a long-standing mystery - about that painting of George Bush which Jeffrey Epstein owned, or did he? Follow our guests on Twitter: Anne Nelson: Dr. Nick Sawyer Dr. Sawyer's website: https://nolicensefordisinformation.org/ Support Narativ by signing up at Patreon. Support our sponsors who help fund our reporting: Save $1300 on life insurance from https://www.policygenius.com. Get 15% off from https://madeincookware.com/narativ with promo code NARATIV How about free bacon for a year? visit https://www.moinkbox.com/narativ. and enjoy the highest quality meat. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The astonishing fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban after nearly 20 years of American occupation has had many wondering what went wrong in our nation's longest war, not just in recent days but in the two decades that preceded it. Award-winning investigative reporter Craig Whitlock offers an authoritative perspective. Whitlock has covered the war in Afghanistan for the Washington Post as a foreign correspondent, Pentagon reporter, and national security specialist. His new book, The Afghanistan Papers: A Secret History of the War, tells the story of an unwinnable campaign that had gone awry almost from the beginning, sparking a military and government conspiracy to keep the failure of the war from the American people. As he explains in this interview, “America was losing a war it thought it had won.”
El ataque de Al-Qaeda contra las Torres Gemelas de Nueva York y el Pentágono que causó cerca de 3,000 muertos el 11 de septiembre de 2001, desató en represalia la llamada “Guerra contra el terrorismo”, iniciada por el entonces presidente, George Bush y que dio pie a la invasión de Afganistán e Irak. Tras 20 años del 9/11, el profesor Pablo Sapag analiza para SBS Spanish el resultado de esa guerra fallida y cómo queda la posición de Estados Unidos en el escenario internacional tras su caótica retirada de Afganistán.
We saw what Pfizer was doing in Nigeria with experimental drugs and we saw how this backfired on them, David Gornoski reminds us as he starts the show. Will the establishment succeed in creating unanimity with their scapegoating narratives? How can we see the Stanley Milgram experiment playing out in these lockdowns? Is there a deeper nefarious agenda under the heavy-handed approach towards the lockdowns? Listen to the full episode to find out and more. Visit A Neighbor's Choice website at aneighborschoice.com
1. Intro (1min 36 sec) 2. Top Ten Trending Topics (14 min 41 sec): George Bush gave a heartfelt speech, Biden mandates vaccines, Covid-19 cases rise in New Zealand, Trump MIA, Evander Holyfield KO, Tyson Beckford & Kim, Did you just gentrify sagging?, RFK Assaian mentored by Suge, MTV Awards, Amazon pays big. 3. Would you date a 20-year-old in your 30s? (42 min 15 sec) 4. Body Positive movement (57 min 15 sec) 5. outro 1hr 10min
Grace discusses this weekend's emotional 20th anniversary of 9/11 and Joe Biden's decision not to speak to the American people. Other topics include the USPS vaccine mandate situation, George Bush's 9/11 address and the MSM's worst takes.
In this episode of the Dave Lee Down Under Podcast we discuss the first trailer for the long-awaited Matrix 4, Marvel's Shang-Chi's box office success and squash a crazy podcast rumor! CO-HOST: Old Mate Rick Watch the VIDEO PODCAST at DLDU Podcast YouTube Head to kicks.com.au and use the code DAVE15 for 15% OFF your order!Head to randomspacemedia.com and use the code DREAM15 for 15% OFF DreamWorks Animation collections!Enter the Via Vision DVD Giveaway via email or Instagram HERE ON THIS EPISODE 00:00 - Show start07:00 - The podcast is charting!!09:01 - Parcels are still missing15:05 - We got a PS5!20:07 - Dave got his first Vax, Old Mate is fully vaxxed 24:09 - What We've Been Watching24:25 - What We've Been Watching - Movies32:15 - ‘Shang Chi' Delayed In Australia33:01 - Thoughts on ‘Billie Eilish Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter to Los Angeles' on Disney+36:50 - Thoughts on ‘9/11: Inside the President's War Room' on Apple TV+ & BBC43:26 - Thoughts on ‘Val' Val Kilmer Documentary on Amazon Prime41:46 - Thoughts on Hulu / Disney+ Star's ‘Vacation Friends'47:14 - What We've Been Watching - TV 01:00:10 - Mad Men Update 55:08 - Partner Highlights: Promo Codes & DVD GIVEAWAY!! 59:22 - Shite or Alright 01:20:48 - Radio Mike gets our voicemail on 1800-GET-FKD 01:23:45 - Trailer Trash01:24:05 - ‘The Matrix 4: Ressurections' Trailer01:30:00 - ‘Don't Look Up' Trailer with Leo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence 01:33:44 - Movie News - This Week's Big Stories01:34:03 - Christopher Nolan shopping Oppenheimer documentary around to various studios01:36:66 - Marvel's ‘Shang-Chi' breaks records!01:38:24 - Netflix signs Addison Rae to multi-picture deal as ‘He's All That' estimated to pull in over 50 million views01:42:48 - Aquaman gets a new suit01:44:09 - First reactions for ‘Dune' are HYPERBOLIC!01:48:45 - Owen Wilson cast in Disney's ‘Haunted Mansion' 01:52:06 - Subscriber Questions 01:58:38 - Show Wrap FIND DAVE ON:YOUTUBE Dave Lee Down UnderTWITTER @daveleedwnundrINSTAGRAM @daveleedwnundrAMAZON US AFFILIATE STOREAMAZON UK AFFILIATE STORE
You petitioned, and we heard you. Made for Sweet Babies everywhere: get the official Sweet Baby Gang t-shirt here: https://utm.io/udIX3 Today on the Matt Walsh Show, the VMAs were last night. It was vulgar and debauched and also boring and nobody cared about it. I think there's an important lesson in that, which I'll explain today. Also, George Bush gave a speech on 9-11 which has the Left celebrating him. Bush went from Hitler Incarnate to “one of the good ones.” What does that tell us? And white liberals keep calling Larry Elder a white supremacist. Plus, a new poll shows that Democrat voters consider Trump supporters to be a bigger threat than the Taliban or China. And finally many people in the media have been defending the vaccine mandates on the basis that they have the right to be free from COVID. Is that true? Does any such right exist? Subscribe to Morning Wire, Daily Wire's new morning news podcast, and get the facts first on the news you need to know: https://utm.io/udyIF
Este sábado se conmemoró el vigésimo aniversario de los atentados del 11 de septiembre en Nueva York y Washington. Todos los años es una fecha muy señalada en el calendario para los estadounidenses, pero este año era especial por dos razones. La primera era que se trataba de un aniversario redondo, veinte años exactos. La segunda que la guerra que siguió a los atentados, la de Afganistán, tocó a su fin hace sólo unos días en una debacle militar, política y diplomática como no se recordaba desde la década de los setenta con la retirada de Vietnam. El 11-S supuso el final de muchas cosas y el principio de otras tantas. Aquellos atentados son un vierteaguas en la historia del mundo actual. Nada volvió a ser lo mismo en la escena internacional. Estados Unidos quedó traumatizado por la masiva pérdida de vidas y humillado en su ser más íntimo por lo espectacular del atentado, a plena luz del día y realizado con aeronaves comerciales que habían despegado de aeropuertos estadounidenses. Nunca había sucedido nada ni remotamente parecido. El ataque no fue perpetrado por una potencia extranjera como había sucedido, por ejemplo, en Pearl Harbour en 1941, sino por una organización yihadista de límites un tanto difusos. No había, en principio, nadie a quien responder, pero el Gobierno de George Bush, que llevaba sólo unos meses en la Casa Blanca, no se podía quedar de brazos cruzados. Identificó el origen de la amenaza en el lejano Afganistán, gobernado en aquel entonces por los talibanes, un grupo de fundamentalistas islámicos que se había impuesto años antes en la guerra civil de aquel país. Dieron un ultimátum para que le entregasen a Osama bin Laden, un saudí señalado por el Pentágono como autor intelectual de los atentados. Los talibanes se negaron y EEUU intervino invadiendo el país y desalojándoles del poder. Año y medio más tarde la ofensiva continuaría por Irak, una ratonera de la que tardarían muchos años en salir. El desgaste militar, financiero y político que ocasionó la respuesta al 11-S está aún por cuantificar, pero ha sido inmenso. Los errores de apreciación y cálculo han sido numerosos. El país ha estado librando guerras interminables e infructuosas, pero eso no ha puesto fin ni al fundamentalismo islámico ni al resurgimiento de la yihad. Entretanto han emergido rivales como China que hoy suponen una amenaza real y directa para el poderío estadounidense. En La ContraRéplica: Robert Malone La falla de Valencia La muerte de Abimael Guzmán Apoya La Contra en: · Patreon... https://www.patreon.com/diazvillanueva · iVoox... https://www.ivoox.com/podcast-contracronica_sq_f1267769_1.html · Paypal... https://www.paypal.me/diazvillanueva Sígueme en: · Web... https://diazvillanueva.com · Twitter... https://twitter.com/diazvillanueva · Facebook... https://www.facebook.com/fernandodiazvillanueva1/ · Instagram... https://www.instagram.com/diazvillanueva · Linkedin… https://www.linkedin.com/in/fernando-d%C3%ADaz-villanueva-7303865/ · Flickr... https://www.flickr.com/photos/147276463@N05/?/ · Pinterest... https://www.pinterest.com/fernandodiazvillanueva Encuentra mis libros en: · Amazon... https://www.amazon.es/Fernando-Diaz-Villanueva/e/B00J2ASBXM Escucha el episodio completo en la app de iVoox, o descubre todo el catálogo de iVoox Originals
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Edwandro Magalhaes is a seasoned linguist and sought-after freelance interpreter as a Senior UN staff and Chief Interpreter of the International Telecommunication Union, Chief Interpreter and Head of Conference Services, Senior UN staff, at ITU in Geneva, Interpreter and Head of Protocol at the Brazilian Lower House of Parliament; Independent conference-level interpreter for U.S. DoS, IMF, World Bank and OAS. Also at the helm of his own agency, Magalhaes served as the voice for the U.S. Presidents Barack Obama and George Bush, Brazilian President Luiz, Inácio Lula da Silva, and stars like Lenny Kravits and Alanis Morrisette.
20 years have passed since 9/11, but is the US any safer? As the Taliban regains control in Afghanistan, was the War on Terror a failure or has it kept America safe from harm? And how did US allies feel as the last American planes left Kabul? On the GZERO World podcast, Ian Bremmer speaks to two people who have had a hand in crafting global policy since the towers fell: Michael Chertoff, who served as Secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security under President George Bush; and Rory Stewart, who worked extensively in Afghanistan in his role as UK Secretary of State for International Development and beyond.
Friday, September 10, 2021 Hoover Institution, Stanford University The Hoover Institution hosts Reflecting on September 11th: 20 Years Later on Friday, September 10, 2021. Please join a conversation with special guests Condoleezza Rice, General Jim Mattis, John B. Taylor and Karen Hughes as they recount their personal experiences, each from a different vantage point, on where they were during the deadliest terror attack on American soil in history. They will discuss what that day meant for America, how it changed us as a nation, and how we would move forward in the world in its aftermath. They will share their thoughts on the recent withdrawal from Afghanistan and what it means for our national security. FEATURING PANELISTS Secretary Condoleezza Rice is the Tad and Dianne Taube Director of the Hoover Institution and the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy. Rice served as the sixty-sixth secretary of state of the United States, the second woman and first African American woman to hold the post. Rice was serving as National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush and was at the White House in her office when the plane hit the first tower. General Jim Mattis, US Marine Corps (Ret.), is the Davies Family Distinguished Fellow, after having served as the nation's 26th Secretary of Defense in the administration. In December of 2016, President Donald J. Trump nominated Mattis for Secretary of Defense. He commanded at multiple levels in his forty-three year career as an infantry Marine. On 9/11, Mattis was serving in uniform as Brigadier General in the Marines at Camp Pendleton and heard of the attack on his car radio. Within 50 days, he would be leading an expeditionary brigade in Afghanistan. Under Secretary John B. Taylor is the George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Economics at the Hoover Institution and the Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics at Stanford University. He chairs Hoover's Working Group on Economic Policy and is director of Stanford's Introductory Economics Center. Taylor was serving as Undersecretary of the Treasury for International Affairs and was on a diplomatic mission to Japan on 9/11. He returned to America via military transport and began his work on the financial war on terror. Ambassador Karen Hughes served as Counselor to President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2002 and was at the White House on September 11, 2001. She was also Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs where she led the U.S. State Department's effort to communicate America's values abroad and is currently the Worldwide Vice Chair at Burson Cohn & Wolfe. MODERATED BY Peter M. Robinson is the Murdoch Distinguished Policy Fellow at the Hoover Institution, where he hosts Uncommon Knowledge. Robinson spent six years in the White House, serving as chief speechwriter to Vice President George Bush and as special assistant and speechwriter to President Ronald Reagan.
On this episode of the NTEB Prophecy News Podcast, we are showing you the absolutely stunning chain of events over the past 100 years that has brought us exactly to where we are now, watching the New World Order coming online. Starting from the the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913, to the start of the Bilderberg Meetings in 1954, right up to the night that then-president George H.W. Bush stood in Congress to announce the coming of the New World Order on September 11th, 1991, our world has been on a collision course with Bible prophecy. 10 years to the day later, George Bush's son George W would be president, with his other son Marvin in charge of security at the World Trade Center. Those towers came down right on schedule, and here we are at the 20th anniversary of 9/11/01, with our world looking like something ripped right out of the book of Revelation. That's because it is, with a bucket load more to come.On this 2-hour podcast, the biggest show we've ever attempted, we will show you how the Twin Towers came down, why they came down, who brought them down, and what all of this has to do with Joe Biden's mandatory vaccines and Emmanuel Macron's Vaccination Passports. What you will hear will rock you to your very core, and all of it will be the truth.
September 8, 2021 In today's episode I talk about 9/11, the Patriot Act, the PNAC group, George Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, predictive programming, disinformation tactics, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Bin Laden, mind control, weather control, nanotechnology, syringe injectable electronics, drugs, covid, and much much more! I also play music by Immortal Technique, RA the Rugged Man, Sage Francis and Vinnie Paz. https://homagethelionkiller.com/
The 20th anniversary of the attacks on 9/11 is a time for reflection for many Americans. Most of us remember indelibly where we were when the attacks on our homeland changed the course of history.In this episode, we draw on an LBJ Library program with three pivotal members of the George W. Bush Administration who have their own unique perspectives on that fateful day: Karen Hughes served as Counselor to the President, Clay Johnson as Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel, and Karl Rove as Senior Advisor to President. Each reflected on their personal experiences and what it was like to be with the President on September 11, 2001, and in the crucial days immediately afterward.This conversation took place on September 3, 2013, at the LBJ Presidential Library, as part of the Evening With speaker series.
Afghanistan in crisis: A colossal failure of western capitalism. After two decades of military occupation and trillions of dollars spent by western governments, millions of Afghans are now back to where they were in 2001 - under the brutal rule of the Taliban. Yet the capitalist politicians responsible for this tragic debacle - Messrs Tony Blair, George Bush, and others - continue to defend this colossal failure. And today's crop of establishment politicians, including Johnson and Starmer, also defend the western invasion and occupation of Afghanistan in 2001. It's clear from the experience of working-class and poor people in Afghanistan, and indeed in many other countries, past and present, that capitalism cannot guarantee democratic rights or decent living standards. That requires ordinary working-class people uniting behind a socialist banner and fighting for fundamental change. We talk with Niall Mulholland from the Committee for a Workers' International (CWI) about the situation in Afghanistan. What does it represent in terms of US and British influence internationally and in the region? After 20 years of bloodshed, how did the Taliban take back control so quickly? What and who are the Taliban and what does this mean now for the working class and poor in the region? What position do socialists take and what did socialists argue at the time of the invasion? What is the way forward for the working class and poor of the region? Further reading Afghanistan: The Taliban takeover - what are the lessons for the workers' movement internationally https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/32926/25-08-2021/afghanistan-the-taliban-takeover-what-are-the-lessons-for-the-workers-movement-internationally Afghanistan in crisis: A colossal failure of western capitalism Fight for a socialist alternative https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/32951/25-08-2021/afghanistan-in-crisis Editorial of the Socialist Afghanistan disaster - Unite to fight for funding for refugees and local communities https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/32927/25-08-2021/afghanistan-disaster-unite-to-fight-for-funding-for-refugees-and-local-communities Historical reprint: The Russian defeat in Afghanistan http://socialismtoday.org/archive/61/repreint.html The Afghanistan disaster The limits of US power http://socialismtoday.org/archive/205/afghanistan.html The consequences of 9/11 A world turned upside down http://socialismtoday.org/archive/151/911.html Afghanistan aftermath http://socialismtoday.org/archive/65/Afghanistan.html Taliban, Islam and Oil http://socialismtoday.org/archive/59/taliban.html Check out all our articles on Afghanistan going back to 2001 here https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/keyword/Afghanistan,all,180
Today's episode on spam is read by the illustrious Joel Rennich. Spam is irrelevant or inappropriate and unsolicited messages usually sent to a large number of recipients through electronic means. And while we probably think of spam as something new today, it's worth noting that the first documented piece of spam was sent in 1864 - through the telegraph. With the advent of new technologies like the fax machine and telephone, messages and unsolicited calls were quick to show up. Ray Tomlinson is widely accepted as the inventor of email, developing the first mail application in 1971 for the ARPANET. It took longer than one might expect to get abused, likely because it was mostly researchers and people from the military industrial research community. Then in 1978, Gary Thuerk at Digital Equipment Corporation decided to send out a message about the new VAX computer being released by Digital. At the time, there were 2,600 email accounts on ARPANET and his message found its way to 400 of them. That's a little over 15% of the Internet at the time. Can you imagine sending a message to 15% of the Internet today? That would be nearly 600 million people. But it worked. Supposedly he closed $12 million in deals despite rampant complaints back to the Defense Department. But it was too late; the damage was done. He proved that unsolicited junk mail would be a way to sell products. Others caught on. Like Dave Rhodes who popularized MAKE MONEY FAST chains in the 1988. Maybe not a real name but pyramid schemes probably go back to the pyramids so we might as well have them on the Internets. By 1993 unsolicited email was enough of an issue that we started calling it spam. That came from the Monty Python skit where Vikings in a cafe and spam was on everything on the menu. That spam was in reference to canned meat made of pork, sugar, water, salt, potato starch, and sodium nitrate that was originally developed by Jay Hormel in 1937 and due to how cheap and easy it was found itself part of a cultural shift in America. Spam came out of Austin, Minnesota. Jay's dad George incorporated Hormel in 1901 to process hogs and beef and developed canned lunchmeat that evolved into what we think of as Spam today. It was spiced ham, thus spam. During World War II, Spam would find its way to GIs fighting the war and Spam found its way to England and countries the war was being fought in. It was durable and could sit on a shelf for moths. From there it ended up in school lunches, and after fishing sanctions on Japanese-Americans in Hawaii restricted the foods they could haul in, spam found its way there and some countries grew to rely on it due to displaced residents following the war. And yet, it remains a point of scorn in some cases. As the Monty Python sketch mentions, spam was ubiquitous, unavoidable, and repetitive. Same with spam through our email. We rely on email. We need it. Email was the first real, killer app for the Internet. We communicate through it constantly. Despite the gelatinous meat we sometimes get when we expect we're about to land that big deal when we hear the chime that our email client got a new message. It's just unavoidable. That's why a repetitive poster on a list had his messages called spam and the use just grew from there. Spam isn't exclusive to email. Laurence Canter and Martha Siegel sent the first commercial Usenet spam in the “Green Card” just after the NSF allowed commercial activities on the Internet. It was a simple Perl script to sell people on the idea of paying a fee to have them enroll people into the green card lottery. They made over $100,000 and even went so far as to publish a book on guerrilla marketing on the Internet. Canter got disbarred for illegal advertising in 1997. Over the years new ways have come about to try and combat spam. RBLs, or using DNS blacklists to mark hosts as unable to send blacklists and thus having port 25 blocked emerged in 1996 from the Mail Abuse Prevention System, or MAPS. Developed by Dave Rand and Paul Vixie, the list of IP addresses helped for a bit. That is, until spammers realized they could just send from a different IP. Vixie also mentioned the idea of of matching a sender claim to a mail server a message came from as a means of limiting spam, a concept that would later come up again and evolve into the Sender Policy Framework, or SPF for short. That's around the same time Steve Linford founded Spamhaus to block anyone that knowingly spams or provides services to spammers. If you have a cable modem and try to setup an email server on it you've probably had to first get them to unblock your address from their Don't Route list. The next year Mark Jeftovic created a tool called filter.plx to help filter out spam and that project got picked up by Justin Mason who uploaded his new filter to SourceForge in 2001. A filter he called SpamAssassin. Because ninjas are cooler than pirates. Paul Graham, the co-creator of Y Combinator (and author a LISP-like programming language) wrote a paper he called “A Plan for Spam” in 2002. He proposed using a Bayesian filter as antivirus software vendors used to combat spam. That would be embraced and is one of the more common methods still used to block spam. In the paper he would go into detail around how scoring of various words would work and probabilities that compared to the rest of his email that a spam would get flagged. That Bayesian filter would be added to SpamAssassin and others the next year. Dana Valerie Reese came up with the idea for matching sender claims independently and she and Vixie both sparked a conversation and the creation of the Anti-Spam Research Group in the IETF. The European Parliament released the Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications in the EU criminalizing spam. Australia and Canada followed suit. 2003 also saw the first laws in the US regarding spam. The CAN-SPAM Act of 2003 was signed by President George Bush in 2003 and allowed the FTC to regulate unsolicited commercial emails. Here we got the double-opt-in to receive commercial messages and it didn't take long before the new law was used to prosecute spammers with Nicholas Tombros getting the dubious honor of being the first spammer convicted. What was his spam selling? Porn. He got a $10,000 fine and six months of house arrest. Fighting spam with laws turned international. Christopher Pierson was charged with malicious communication after he sent hoax emails. And even though spammers were getting fined and put in jail all the time, the amount of spam continued to increase. We had pattern filters, Bayesian filters, and even the threat of legal action. But the IETF Anti-Spam Research Group specifications were merged by Meng Weng Wong and by 2006 W. Schlitt joined the paper to form a new Internet standard called the Sender Policy Framework which lives on in RFC 7208. There are a lot of moving parts but at the heart of it, Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, or SMTP, allows sending mail from any connection over port 25 (or others if it's SSL-enabled) and allowing a message to pass requiring very little information - although the sender or sending claim is a requirement. A common troubleshooting technique used to be simply telnetting into port 25 and sending a message from an address to a mailbox on a mail server. Theoretically one could take the MX record, or the DNS record that lists the mail server to deliver mail bound for a domain to and force all outgoing mail to match that. However, due to so much spam, some companies have dedicated outbound mail servers that are different than their MX record and block outgoing mail like people might send if they're using personal mail at work. In order not to disrupt a lot of valid use cases for mail, SPF had administrators create TXT records in DNS that listed which servers could send mail on their behalf. Now a filter could check the header for the SMTP server of a given message and know that it didn't match a server that was allowed to send mail. And so a large chunk of spam was blocked. Yet people still get spam for a variety of reasons. One is that new servers go up all the time just to send junk mail. Another is that email accounts get compromised and used to send mail. Another is that mail servers get compromised. We have filters and even Bayesian and more advanced forms of machine learning. Heck, sometimes we even sign up for a list by giving our email out when buying something from a reputable site or retail vendor. Spam accounts for over 90% of the total email traffic on the Internet. This is despite blacklists, SPF, and filters. And despite the laws and threats spam continues. And it pays well. We mentioned Canter & Sigel. Shane Atkinson was sending 100 million emails per day in 2003. That doesn't happen for free. Nathan Blecharczyk, a co-founder of Airbnb paid his way through Harvard on the back of spam. Some spam sells legitimate products in illegitimate ways, as we saw with early IoT standard X10. Some is used to spread hate and disinformation, going back to Sender Argic, known for denying the Armenian genocide through newsgroups in 1994. Long before infowars existed. Peter Francis-Macrae sent spam to solicit buying domains he didn't own. He was convicted after resorting to blackmail and threats. Jody Michael Smith sold replica watches and served almost a year in prison after he got caught. Some spam is sent to get hosts loaded with malware so they could be controlled as happened with Peter Levashov, the Russian czar of the Kelihos botnet. Oleg Nikolaenko was arrested by the FBI in 2010 for spamming to get hosts in his Mega-D botnet. The Russians are good at this; they even registered the Russian Business Network as a website in 2006 to promote running an ISP for phishing, spam, and the Storm botnet. Maybe Flyman is connected to the Russian oligarchs and so continues to be allowed to operate under the radar. They remain one of the more prolific spammers. Much is sent by a small number of spammers. Khan C. Smith sent a quarter of the spam in the world until he got caught in 2001 and fined $25 million. Again, spam isn't limited to just email. It showed up on Usenet in the early days. And AOL sued Chris “Rizler” Smith for over $5M for his spam on their network. Adam Guerbuez was fined over $800 million dollars for spamming Facebook. And LinkedIn allows people to send me unsolicited messages if they pay extra, probably why Microsoft payed $26 billion for the social network. Spam has been with us since the telegraph; it isn't going anywhere. But we can't allow it to run unchecked. The legitimate organizations that use unsolicited messages to drive business help obfuscate the illegitimate acts where people are looking to steal identities or worse. Gary Thuerk opened a Pandora's box that would have been opened if hadn't of done so. The rise of the commercial Internet and the co-opting of the emerging cyberspace as a place where privacy and so anonymity trump verification hit a global audience of people who are not equal. Inequality breeds crime. And so we continually have to rethink the answers to the question of sovereignty versus the common good. Think about that next time an IRS agent with a thick foreign accent calls asking for your social security number - and remember (if you're old enough) that we used to show our social security cards to grocery store clerks when we wrote checks. Can you imagine?!?!
Fox News would like to you believe that the Afghanistan war is President Biden's fault, but the irony is that some of the talking heads on the network were literally part of the administration that started it all with George Bush. Mark plays some network clips for us and discusses the origin of the war, and how the GOP would like to ignore the reality of history. Mark also gives us some more information on this weekend's Make Good Trouble Rally happening in Washington D.C.. More information: www.makegoodtroublerally.com Executive Producer: Adell Coleman Producer: Brittany Temple Distributor: DCP Entertainment For additional content: makeitplain.com
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001. That day, 3,000 lives were lost when hijackers flew two airplanes into both the North and South Towers. Today's guest, Joseph Dittmar, was on the 105th floor of the South Tower when the plane hit. Miraculously, he was one of the few who made it out alive that day. Joseph joins us to share his story and how the tragic events of that day unfolded around him.
As the situation in Afghanistan quickly deteriorates, we check in with the California congresswoman who cast the lone vote against a resolution authorizing force against any nation involved in the Sept. 11 attacks. Democrat Barbara Lee is the focus of a new documentary out Friday called "Barbara Lee: Speaking Truth to Power." She joins host (and fellow Cancerian) Alex Cohen for a powerful discussion on what it means to forge a political path on your own. GET IN TOUCH Want to ask Alex a question? Visit the SoCal in 17 page On Twitter using hashtag #SOCALIN17 or her handle @alexcoheninla IN THIS EPISODE Rep. Barbara Lee on Twitter: @RepBarbaraLee Website for the Rep. Barbara Lee documentary
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As the recent collapse of 20-years of American occupation in Afghanistan attests: worldviews matter. Despite the best of intentions, we can't export the Christian understanding of the world onto a people that are conditioned to think as slaves and are mental captives to tyranny. You cannot sanctify a people who are not first justified by the saving work of Christ.
Biden campaigned on his foreign policy expertise. But the crisis in Afghanistan is destroying that image. POLITICO's Natasha Korecki reports. Plus, American newspapers call on the White House to evacuate journalists from Kabul. And the Biden administration makes a record increase to food stamp benefits. Natasha Korecki is a White House reporter for POLITICO. Jeremy Siegel is a host for POLITICO Dispatch. Irene Noguchi is the executive producer of POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the senior producer of POLITICO audio. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio. Read more: 'I stand squarely behind my decision': Biden holds firm on Afghanistan drawdown
"In the fight against bigotry, we stand together, and we must. In the fight against injustice, we stand together, and we must. In the fight against intimidation, we stand together, and we must. After all, a government that launches wars to steal another person's birthright will do anything to all of us." Cynthia McKinney has made a career of speaking her mind and challenging authority. She began on day one of her political life and hasn't looked back. With her opinions, actions, and even her sense of style, McKinney has inspired both admiration and controversy. During her second term, her district was re-drawn and re-numbered the 4th district. McKinney protested the new boundaries, but was still reelected to the seat. She was a supporter of a Palestinian State in Israel-occupied territory, and sparked controversy by criticizing American policy in the Middle East. After 9/11, McKinney suggested the President had received warnings. The criticism she received as a result, combined with being targeted by the pro-Israel lobby, contributed to her defeat in the 2002 election; however, she ran for the seat again and was re-elected in 2004. McKinney was a vocal critic of the government's response to Hurricane Katrina. When Nancy Pelosi encouraged a boycott of a Select Bipartisan Committee to Investigate Hurricane Katrina, Cynthia chose instead to participate and submitted her own report to the Congressional Record. She continued her criticism of the Bush administration's handling of the matter and its failure to secure a way back home for Katrina survivors. Cynthia pressed for government transparency and accountability and introduced legislation to release the documents related to the murders of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Tupac Shakur. She was the first Member of Congress to file articles of impeachment against George Bush and she voted against every war funding bill put before her. Cynthia was forced out of Congress once more in 2007 when she was targeted for defeat, again, by donations from pro-Israel contributors that flooded into her opponent's campaign coffers. Cynthia McKinney has never been afraid to speak her mind, and stand up for what she believes in. Late in 2007, she left the Democratic Party to take her energy and ideas to the whole country by becoming a Green Party Presidential Candidate. Cynthia won the Green Party nomination for U.S. President and in 2008 ran for President. In December 2008, Cynthia made international headlines when the Free Gaza boat she was aboard was rammed by the Israeli military as she was attempting to deliver medical supplies to the people of Gaza during Israel's Operation Cast Lead. Cynthia and her fellow humanitarian activists, rescued by Lebanon, never made it to Gaza. In 2009, Cynthia attempted to reach Gaza again, this time armed with crayons, coloring books, and school supplies for the children. She and her fellow human rights workers became the Free Gaza 21 after their boat was overtaken in international waters by the Israeli military and they were kidnapped to Israel. Cynthia spent seven days in an Israeli prison. And again, Cynthia did not make it into Gaza. Finally, Cynthia entered Gaza by land in July 2009 with George Galloway's 250-volunteer-strong Viva Palestina, USA. And as a rider and a member of the support team, Cynthia recently completed a cross-country bicycle ride with five other Bike4Peace 2010 cyclists who started in California and ended in Washington, D.C., speaking to the American people about the possibility of more peaceful U.S. policies if enough of us are willing to participate in our own positive, personal transformations. Cynthia had not been on a bicycle in twenty years and faced many personal obstacles along the way. However, she met this challenge with her usual good humor and determination and by the last day of the ride was able to complete over 60 miles on her bicycle. In August 2011, Cynthia completed a very successful 21-city peace tour in the United States, educating urban communities in order to promote a more peaceful U.S. foreign policy. In 2009, Cynthia conceived of DIGNITY as an international activist peace organization to assert respect for human rights by taking direct action for peace. It was under this banner that Cynthia took three DIGNITY delegations to Libya, including one delegation of journalists during the U.S./NATO/Israel aggression against the Arab Jamahiriya state. Since 2005, Cynthia became a supporter and follower of Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad's efforts to “criminalize war.” She has appeared in Kuala Lumpur several times, declaring that city the Peace Capital of the World. She recently reported on her experience in Libya in the “Arab Uprising” Conference organized by the Perdana Global Peace Foundation and served as an official observer at the historic Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal that, on 22 November
Scott talks to Muntadhar al-Zaidi, the Iraqi man who famously threw his shoes at George W. Bush in 2008. At the time, Al-Zaidi hoped to bring awareness to the suffering inflicted on the Iraqi people by Bush's war. He has continued his activism in the years since, especially his efforts to help the roughly five million orphans of America's Iraq War. This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: The War State and Why The Vietnam War?, by Mike Swanson; Tom Woods' Liberty Classroom; ExpandDesigns.com/Scott; EasyShip; Thc Hemp Spot; Green Mill Supercritical; Bug-A-Salt; Lorenzotti Coffee and Listen and Think Audio. Shop Libertarian Institute merch or donate to the show through Patreon, PayPal or Bitcoin: 1DZBZNJrxUhQhEzgDh7k8JXHXRjYu5tZiG. https://youtu.be/3-aPdW_vCfQ
Scott talks to Muntadhar al-Zaidi, the Iraqi man who famously threw his shoes at George W. Bush in 2008. At the time, Al-Zaidi hoped to bring awareness to the suffering inflicted on the Iraqi people by Bush's war. He has continued his activism in the years since, especially his efforts to help the roughly five million orphans of America's Iraq War. This episode of the Scott Horton Show is sponsored by: The War State and Why The Vietnam War?, by Mike Swanson; Tom Woods' Liberty Classroom; ExpandDesigns.com/Scott; EasyShip; Thc Hemp Spot; Green Mill Supercritical; Bug-A-Salt; Lorenzotti Coffee and Listen and Think Audio. Shop Libertarian Institute merch or donate to the show through Patreon, PayPal or Bitcoin: 1DZBZNJrxUhQhEzgDh7k8JXHXRjYu5tZiG. https://youtu.be/3-aPdW_vCfQ
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