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Eephus and The Southpaw
Episode 15: Anthony Varvaro Walks Away from Baseball

Eephus and The Southpaw

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 35:47


Born and raised in New York City, Anthony Varvaro walked away from a big league career to become a Port Authority policeman. On the 21st anniversary of September 11th, on his way to a memorial to honor the victims, he was killed in a car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. This is his story.

City Cast Salt Lake
How the Inland Port Authority Fumbled the Bag

City Cast Salt Lake

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 16:25


If you know anything about Utah's inland port, it's probably that it's hugely controversial. The port authority has navigated murky waters since the Legislature hastily approved it in 2018 — and the results of a recent audit paint a picture of questionable dealings and fiscal irresponsibility. Host Ali Vallarta talks with environmental activist Deeda Seed, a longtime opponent of the port, about what the audit says about the port and what happens next. Subscribe to our daily morning newsletter here. You can find us on Instagram @CityCastSaltLake and Twitter @CityCastSLC. Looking to advertise on City Cast Salt Lake? Check out our options for podcast and newsletter ads at citycast.fm/advertise. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

1010 WINS ALL LOCAL
The man who slapped Rudy Giuliani has his charges dismissed, more migrants arrive at Port Authority

1010 WINS ALL LOCAL

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 6:47


This is the All Local 4pm update for September 22nd, 2022 

1010 WINS ALL LOCAL
The funeral for Port Authority police officer Anthony Vavaro is today on Staten Island...The 11-day feast of San Genarro kicks off today in Little Italy...Charges have been filed against the mother who told police that she drowned her three children at Co

1010 WINS ALL LOCAL

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 5:57


15 Minutes Ov Flame With Robert Phoenix
9-14-22 -- Return To 9/11 Part II - Back To The Gritty

15 Minutes Ov Flame With Robert Phoenix

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 79:47


Bernard Mendik was Larry Silverstein's former, brother-in-law. He and Silverstein were in a bidding war for the WTC complex. Mendik dropped out but his former company, Vornado actually bid $50 million over Silverstein's offer which was turned down by the Port Authority. Mendik, born on 5/29/29 died suddenly of a heart attack, one day short of his of his 72nd birthday. In a strange sequence of dates, Mendik died on the 28th, was born on the 29th and Larry Silverstein was born on the 30th, all in May. That's just one of the anomalies on 911. There's a lot more in this episode.

Quite Franklin
Will Jimeno

Quite Franklin

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 78:03


On 9-11, Port Authority officer Will Jimeno and a small team of officers entered the concourse level of The World Trade Center as first responders to the impending collapse of the towers. Moments later, Will found himself burried in the debris of the 220 story skyscraper, unable to move for 13 hours before teams were able to dig him and the other survivors of the team out. Though he spent months in the hospital physically healing, it has been a lifetime healing emotionally. Will today speaks with a message of faith, hope and love to help people dealing with trauma.

Underground USA
What The Mainstream Media Left Unmentioned on September 11th

Underground USA

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 69:17


It remains unclear as to whether the remembrances offered up by the mainstream media complex and the inside-the-beltway crowd were sincere, obligatory, or opportunistic, but one thing is for sure, there was a lot left unmentioned in their memorials.Where was the mention of the First Responders who survived the attacks only to die later from health complications contracted on the pile at Ground Zero? Where was any mention of the 9/11 anniversary attacks in Benghazi when then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton abandoned US assets to die at the hands of ISIS even after they pled for help? Where was the mention of how the Biden administration gifted Islamofascist terror groups Afghanistan to use - again - as a training ground for future attacks against the US and the West?I talk about this and more with Matt Bruce from The Captain's America: Third Watch and Chuck Wilder from Talkback in this two-part segment...RELATED LINK(S):https://www.undergroundusa.com/p/september-11th-21-years-onSign-up for our mostly daily mail out here:https://www.undergroundusa.comSupport Underground USA (BTC)https://commerce.coinbase.com/checkout/7b2d8c35-55b9-49ed-9918-f7cc6f2a488dSupport Underground USA (USD)https://checkout.square.site/merchant/SW8KGEWAS2A22/checkout/SXG24XFCOWMROX3D5IN42TB2Convention of Stateshttp://ConventionOfStates.com/?ref=69171

1010 WINS ALL LOCAL
A Port Authority Police officer was killed in a car crash on his way to work security at Sunday's 9/11 anniversary service. Since 9/11 was on a Sunday this year, today is the annual day of service in memory of the lives lost that day. Cardi B is back in

1010 WINS ALL LOCAL

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 5:15


The Parent/Teacher Conference
Special Edition- 9/11 In Schools

The Parent/Teacher Conference

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2022 32:40


Two Episodes in One! First, Coach describes what it was like in his school that was an hour from NYC on 9/11/2001 that may help give you a perspective how school admins and teachers react and prepare students for tragedies. The second part is how as a Social Studies teacher, Coach goes about expressing the message of "Faith, Hope, and Love" that is shared by a Port Authority officer Will Jimeno (who survived for hours under rubble that day) rather than showing the message of terror. Coach shows clips of this video to his class so they hear Mr. Jimeno in his own words Will Jimeno World Trade Center Survivor in Morris Plains Part 4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKYFCSmZwCA&t=4s

Underground USA
September 11th 21 Years On

Underground USA

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2022 27:05


Every year I dedicate myself to keeping the flame of remembrance alive for those who lost their lives in the Islamofascist attacks on our nation on September 11th, 2001. For those of us who lived through that day, the images, the sounds, and for those who had boots on the ground – both civilian and first responder alike, the smells are forever etched into our memories for all eternity.I remember exactly where I was and what I was thinking as I saw the smoke billowing out of Tower Two of the World Trade Center on that day. It was a surreal moment, a moment of the unthinkable. As a former professional firefighter and paramedic, my immediate thoughts were centered on the tasks the first responders had before them in trying to both save lives and battle the fire.Then I watched live as the second plane hit Tower One and I knew we were under some kind of attack. Everyone did. It was obvious...RELATED LINK(S):https://www.undergroundusa.com/p/september-11th-21-years-onhttps://youtu.be/sw_8o7X0mOE?t=10Sign-up for our mostly daily mail out here:https://www.undergroundusa.comSupport Underground USA (BTC)https://commerce.coinbase.com/checkout/7b2d8c35-55b9-49ed-9918-f7cc6f2a488dSupport Underground USA (USD)https://checkout.square.site/merchant/SW8KGEWAS2A22/checkout/SXG24XFCOWMROX3D5IN42TB2Convention of Stateshttp://ConventionOfStates.com/?ref=69171

The Good Listener Podcast
BURIED UNDER TWIN TOWERS 9/11- Will Jimeno, 9/11 rescuer and rescued| Good Listener Podcast

The Good Listener Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2022 74:23


** TIMESTAMPS BELOW***For this episode I spoke to Will Jimeno, former Port Authority cop, who, on the morning of 9/11 was one of the first to arrive at Ground Zero after the two Towers I've been hit.Will and his fellow officers were subsequently buried underneath both buildings when they collapsed and spent 13 hours trapped underneath the rubble. He spoke to me about his thoughts and feelings at the various stages of the day. Will told me about how he was rescued and how he felt when the brave individuals discovered him and his captain. Will also told me about the PTSD that has been with him since and how he's dealt with it.00:00 INTRO, being an immigrant 09:00 Joining Port Authority police 11:50 Morning of 9/1117:20 GOING DOWN TO TWIN TOWERS & ARRIVING AT GROUND SERO (2nd plane hit while en route) 30:50 FIRST BUILDING COLLAPSES 36:59 SECOND BUILDING COLLAPSES 46:35 Being found & rescued 49:24 Going to hospital 55:15 Immediate aftermath for Will58:35 PTSD post-9/111:03:50 Did Will feel the need to piece together 9/11 aferwards?1:06:15 Thoughts on 9/11 “explosions-at-base-of-towers” conspiracy 1:09:00 Does Will return to ground zero?1:10:50 Will's wife, her role during and after 9/11https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChtciipyjckL-asTVYecsMQ https://www.tiktok.com/@thegoodlistenerpodcast?is_from_webapp=1&sender_device=pchttps://linktr.ee/TheGoodListenerPodcasthttps://www.instagram.com/thegoodlistenerpodcast/https://open.spotify.com/show/6841FNScEdMyfJhgEUHDfD?si=rZ8nT3-oT9Os1p_EbpU99whttps://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-good-listener-podcast/id1580379332

Eye on the Outdoors
Eye on the Outdoors - 09/10/22 - Segment 4

Eye on the Outdoors

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 10, 2022 11:52


As is tradition on Eye on the Outdoors, Will Jimeno, a Port Authority of New York Police Officer, shares his heroic story of how he survived after being buried in the wreckage of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Mic’d In New Haven
Episode 209: Port Authority Detective Tom McHale

Mic’d In New Haven

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2022 122:08


Counterterrorism Specialist & retired Port Authority Police Detective Tom McHale, whose missions as a member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force took him to some of the more volatile places in the Middle East, joins the program. Connect With Mike Colón:Twitter: https://twitter.com/mikeinnewhavenInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/original_mc1/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100080791700186LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/mike-colón-23b3a115aBusiness Line: 917-781-6189Business Email: thecolonreport@gmail.comConnect With Tom McHale:LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/thomas-mchale-000175bListen To The Podcast:iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/micd-in-new-haven/id1347647537iHeart: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/966-micd-in-new-haven-74906026/Spreaker: https://www.spreaker.com/show/mike-colons-showSpotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/7yth6tWkA7kPAse43eJnNn?si=5y8boJBlRXOqRkIylL-KXw&nd=1PlayerFM: http://front.player.fm/series/micd-in-new-haven-2095021Google Podcasts: https://podcasts.google.com/search/mic%27d%20in%20new%20haven YouTube (Video Version): https://youtu.be/tRTjs38zpoUOutro Song: Talking Heads - Once In A Lifetime (1980)

The EBFC Show
Designing Easier and Better with Eugene Colberg

The EBFC Show

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 53:10


Eugene Colberg is a Brooklyn-based architect with over 25 years of experience producing award-winning architecture and interiors in the United States and internationally. Eugene Colberg has been recognized for his contributions to architecture and design by major news media including Crain's New York Business' 2021 Notable Hispanic Leaders & Executives. As Principal of Colberg Architecture, he has designed imaginative and environmentally sensitive projects. He earned his BArch from Cornell University, is a Registered Architect in the State of New York, a Green Associate of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). Colberg Architecture is a Certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) with the City and State of New York and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.   Connect with Eugene via   LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/colbergarchitecture  Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/colberg_architecture Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/colbergarchitecture  Website at https://www.colbergarchitecture.com  Email ecolberg@colbergarchitecture.com    Connect with Felipe via Social media and Free Lean and Scrum Training Resources at https://thefelipe.bio.link  Subscribe on YouTube to never miss new videos here: https://rb.gy/q5vaht    --- Today's episode is sponsored by Bosch RefinemySite. It's a cloud-based construction platform. Bosch uses Lean principles to enable your entire team, from owners to trade contractors – to plan, communicate, document, and execute in real-time. It's the digital tool that supports the Last Planner System® process and puts it all together in one simple, collaborative ecosystem. Bosch RefinemySite empowers your team, builds trust, creates a culture of responsibility, and enhances communication. Learn more and Try for free at https://www.bosch-refinemysite.us/tryforfree    Today's episode is sponsored by the Lean Construction Institute (LCI). This non-profit organization operates as a catalyst to transform the industry through Lean project delivery using an operating system centered on a common language, fundamental principles, and basic practices. Learn more at https://www.leanconstruction.org 

Dirty Jersey
NJ Bridgegate Scandal

Dirty Jersey

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2022 15:11


https://www.courthousenews.com/david-wildstein-key-witness-bridgegate-trial-faces-sentencing/https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/christie-bridge-scandal/bridgegate-scandal-ex-christie-allies-bill-baroni-bridget-kelly-get-n739941https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/07/supreme-court-reverses-fraud-convictions-of-christie-aides-in-nj-bridgegate-scandal.html Twitter @rachelmarycoll  

The WCBS 880 Morning News Roundup
WCBS 880 Morning News Roundup - Friday, August 26th, 2022

The WCBS 880 Morning News Roundup

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2022 10:55


Paul Murnane and Wayne Cabot have the top stories from the WCBS newsroom, including the first public hearing on congestion pricing, a man killed outside of the Port Authority, and how Governor Hochul wants to find employment for migrants.

Beyond The Horizon
A Look Back: The Premier Of The British Virgin Islands Is Arrested On Money Laundering And Drug Charges

Beyond The Horizon

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 18:01


If you follow drug money on the street you will inevitably trace it back to a drug dealer. When you follow drug money that moves through the banks, you will inevitably trace it back to some politician somewhere. In todays update, that is exactly the case as the Premier of the BVI and the Port Authority director are both in custody and charged with drug and money laundering violations.(commercial at 9:51)to contact me:bobbycapucci@protonmail.comsource:https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/british-virgin-islands-premier-and-port-authority-director-arrested-on-drug-and-money-laundering-charges-in-miami/ar-AAWISYv?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=37b0e0ae46e0444486784a78aac5a7e6

1010 WINS ALL LOCAL
New York City Comptroller Brad Lander at the Port Authority this morning to welcome another bus of migrants, a rally for advocates of congestion pricing is underway, NYPD releases memo ordering cops not to congregate or take part in unnecessary conversati

1010 WINS ALL LOCAL

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 5:21


The Epstein Chronicles
A Look Back: The Premier Of The British Virgin Islands Is Arrested On Money Laundering And Drug Charges

The Epstein Chronicles

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 25, 2022 18:01


If you follow drug money on the street you will inevitably trace it back to a drug dealer. When you follow drug money that moves through the banks, you will inevitably trace it back to some politician somewhere. In todays update, that is exactly the case as the Premier of the BVI and the Port Authority director are both in custody and charged with drug and money laundering violations.(commercial at 9:51)to contact me:bobbycapucci@protonmail.comsource:https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/british-virgin-islands-premier-and-port-authority-director-arrested-on-drug-and-money-laundering-charges-in-miami/ar-AAWISYv?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=37b0e0ae46e0444486784a78aac5a7e6

CLIA Cruise Podcast
In conversation with New Zealand Cruise Association and Port Authority of New South Wales

CLIA Cruise Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2022 21:14


Andy Harmer caught up with our next two guests at Seatrade. Philip Holliday from the Port Authority of New South Wales gives an overview of his journey into his role and the huge importance of NSW in terms of the wide range of ships they can accommodate and also how the port is moving forward in terms of its sustainability including shore power. Kevin O'Sullivan from New Zealand Cruise Association discusses the importance of cruise tourism, and the mix of experiences available when cruising around New Zealand.

Design Perspectives with Gail M Davis
EPISODE 115 - EUGENE COLBERG

Design Perspectives with Gail M Davis

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2022 24:18


Eugene Colberg is an architect with twenty-five years' experience producing award-winning architecture and interiors both in the United States and internationally. He has designed imaginative and environmentally sensitive residential projects, directed projects at recognized New York institutions, and helped master plan higher education campuses nationwide. His retail projects have successfully dovetailed architectural design and brand identity and expression. He has a BArch from Cornell University, is a Registered Architect in the State of New York, a LEED Green Associate, and is NCARB certified. Colberg Architecture is a Certified Minority Owned Business with the City and State of New York and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Project ETO
These Hands Fly Free on United Airlines | Karen Strikes Back Public Freak outs

Project ETO

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2022 11:01


Hey Identifier, #unitedairlines #Karen #publicfreakouts https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/video-shows-ex-nfl-player-fight-united-employee-at-newark-airport/3702251/ A fight reportedly between a former NFL player and a worker at Newark Liberty International Airport was captured on cellphone video by witnesses, showing the bloodied employee knocked down multiple times. Video shows the worker for United Ground Express, a subsidiary of United Airlines, confronting the other man near a baggage check-in area at the New Jersey airport just after 11 a.m. Thursday, Port Authority Police said. The passenger was said to be improperly using a wheelchair to move his luggage around. The worker confronted the man, identified by Port Authority as Brendan Langley — who according to TMZ is a former NFL cornerback who most recently played wide receiver for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. #unitedairline Leave us a Voice Mail or Support https://anchor.fm/the-identity-booth/message https://anchor.fm/the-identity-booth/support Sub to the channel here https://www.twitch.tv/theidentitybooth Donate https://streamlabs.com/projecteto/tip The Goal: Try to Identify with you as you try to Identify with me. Find Heero here: https://linktr.ee/the_identity_Booth outro Hey Baby (Produced By Melv) Take Care --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/the-identity-booth/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-identity-booth/support

Beyond the Skyline
Interview: Todd Hurley, president, St. Paul Port Authority

Beyond the Skyline

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2022 16:47


In this episode, St. Paul Port Authority President Todd Hurley talks to F&C reporter J.D. Duggan about his longtime relationship with the economic development agency and his plans for leading the organization.

City Life Org
Port Authority and Clear Channel Bring New All-Digital Media Program to Airports

City Life Org

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 11, 2022 7:33


This episode is also available as a blog post: https://thecitylife.org/2022/08/11/port-authority-and-clear-channel-bring-new-all-digital-media-program-to-airports/ --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/citylifeorg/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/citylifeorg/support

WCBS 880 All Local
WCBS 880 All Local Morning Edition - Wednesday, August 10th, 2022

WCBS 880 All Local

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 7:01


Paul Murnane and Wayne Cabot have the top local stories from the WCBS newsroom, including the proposed pricing for congestion pricing in New York City, a double decker bus crash in New Jersey leaves many injured and one dead, and more buses with migrants from Texas arrive at Port Authority.

Daily News Brief
Daily News Brief for Tuesday, August 9th, 2022

Daily News Brief

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 17:35


Good Tuesday everyone, this is Garrison Hardie with your CrossPolitic Daily News Brief for Tuesday, August 9, 2022. Just a reminder: FLF Conference Plug: Folks, our upcoming Fight Laugh Feast Conference is just 2-months away from happening in Knoxville TN, October 6-8! Don't miss beer & psalms, our amazing lineup of speakers which includes George Gilder, Jared Longshore, Pastor Wilson, Dr. Ben Merkle, Pastor Toby, and we can’t say yet…also dont miss our awesome vendors, meeting new friends, and stuff for the kids too…like jumpy castles and accidental infant baptisms! Also, did you know, you can save money, by signing up for a Club Membership. So, go to FightLaughFeast.com and sign up for a club membership and then register for the conference with that club discount. We can’t wait to fellowship, sing Psalms, and celebrate God’s goodness in Knoxville October 6-8. Let’s start today with our friends from the North… https://thepostmillennial.com/trudeau-liberals-ban-on-handgun-imports-set-to-take-effect-august-19?utm_campaign=64487 Trudeau Liberals' ban on handgun imports set to take effect August 19 In May, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revealed that his government would be moving to implement a national freeze on handgun ownership, essentially making it impossible to buy, sell, transfer, or import of firearms in Canada. On Friday, the Liberals announced that the temporary ban on handgun imports would be taking effect on August 18 as a "stopgap" while the more comprehensive national freeze moves through the legislative process. Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino and Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly held a joint press conference in Etobicoke on Friday to discuss the move, which according to CTV News, was pushed through without the approval of Parliament. "There's no doubt that there is a very pressing issue that lies before us," Mendicino began, "and that is the need, the necessity to eradicate gun violence, one of the most pernicious and complex social harms that we see visited upon our communities every day." He went on to announce that in order to hasten the implementation of the handgun freeze laid out in Bill C-21, "nearly all individuals and businesses in Canada will be banned from importing handguns" beginning August 19. Joly explained that as foreign minister, she has "the authority to deny any import or export permit application that is contrary to Canada's security." She noted that when Trudeau announced the freeze in May, there was an "uptick" in guns being purchased by Canadians. "We want to prevent that," she said, explaining that since most guns in Canada are not made in Canada, implementing a ban on imports would effectively ensure no new guns are purchased legally. The move to ban handguns has faced pushback from many who question its effectiveness. In 2019, for example, Vancouver police Chief Adam Palmer said that Canada already had very strong firearms regulations in place and that no further action was required. He added that the vast majority of gun crimes, especially those with handguns, are committed using illegal guns, thus it makes very little sense to ban an already prohibited weapon. https://www.theepochtimes.com/southern-california-city-to-consider-banning-abortions-declaring-sanctuary-for-life_4646733.html?utm_source=partner&utm_campaign=BonginoReport California City to Consider Banning Abortions, Declaring ‘Sanctuary for Life’ Officials in the City of San Clemente, California, will consider a resolution Aug. 16 that would ban abortion and declare the city a “sanctuary for life.” The resolution defines the beginning of human life to be the moment of conception and would make it the city’s declared duty to protect that life until natural death. If passed, it would declare the city’s support for the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent overturning of Roe v. Wade and ban the act of abortion, abortion clinics, and abortion pills in the city. The resolution allows exceptions for women at risk of losing their lives in the process of birth and for victims of rape or incest. It also suggests that human beings do not have the authority to decide to end the life of the unborn. “We believe that life is God-ordained and God is the author and finisher of every life,” the resolution states. “[A]s a city council, we will protect and sustain life at every stage.” The resolution cites Poelker v. Doe of 1977—a legal precedent that allowed a city in Missouri to refuse to provide publicly funded hospitals for nontherapeutic abortions even though it provided facilities for childbirth—saying that “the Constitution does not forbid a state or county or city … from expressing a preference for normal childbirth instead of abortion.” Councilman Steve Knoblock, who proposed the resolution, hopes it will help to initiate change within California, considering the current trend in pro-abortion laws. “The ultimate purpose of government is to protect the life and liberty of humans including unborn individuals,” Knoblock told The Epoch Times in an interview. Councilwoman Laura Ferguson told the City News Service Aug. 3 that it was a “distraction” from more important topics in the city—such as homelessness—when abortion is “something already legal and codified in state law.” A spokesperson for the state Attorney General Rob Bonta’s office said access to abortion remains fully protected under state law, according to the City News Service. Mario Mainero, Associate Dean for Chapman University’s law school, told The Epoch Times this resolution would have no legal effect because state law pre-empts city law. “California state law permits abortion up to fetal viability and no city can counter that,” Mario said. “They can’t ban abortion clinics because that would violate state law and they can’t do that.” Armored Republic The Mission of Armored Republic is to Honor Christ by equipping Free Men with Tools of Liberty necessary to preserve God-given rights. In the Armored Republic there is no King but Christ. We are Free Craftsmen. Body Armor is a Tool of Liberty. We create Tools of Liberty. Free men must remain ever vigilant against tyranny wherever it appears. God has given us the tools of liberty needed to defend the rights He bestowed to us. Armored Republic is honored to offer you those Tools. Visit them, at ar500armor.com https://www.foxnews.com/us/nyc-mayor-eric-adams-blasts-texas-gov-gregg-abbot-second-bus-migrants-arrives-horrific NYC Mayor Eric Adams blasts Texas Gov. Greg Abbott after second bus of migrants arrives: ‘This is horrific’ New York City Mayor Eric Adams blasted Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday after a second bus full of illegal migrants arrived at his doorstep. Adams gave a news conference Sunday morning at the Port Authority where he greeted an incoming bus of around 40 migrants — only 14 of whom disembarked in the Big Apple. https://nypost.com/2022/08/05/nyc-mayor-adams-request-photos-of-city-job-applicants-to-increase-diversity/ Adams asks for photos of city job applicants in effort to increase diversity: report Mayor Eric Adams is collecting headshots of potential city workers in a thinly-veiled effort to increase diversity, according to a new report. Adams has requested city agencies to provide photographs of potential hires to City Hall as candidates go through the interview process for city jobs ranging from assistant commissioner to departmental press secretary, Politico reported Thursday. Several unnamed city officials told the outlet that the request is clearly an effort to hire more diverse staffers. However, Adams maintains that it will merely help him recognize his employees in the sprawling city workforce. “Everyone knew what it was. There was no question. It was the first thing everybody said: ‘We’re going to start counting complexions now,’” one recently-departed City Hall employee told Politico. The majority of the officials interviewed by the outlet — who requested anonymity to speak freely about the internal measure — said they supported a more diverse workforce but worried the practice is already causing the Adams administration to make hiring decisions with a greater emphasis on race and ethnicity than merit. Compounding the issue, nearly every official Politico spoke to also said the headshot request created another snag in the drawn-out hiring process — straying away from the mayor’s signature motto of “get stuff done” at a time when city job vacancies are unusually high. About 8 percent of municipal jobs were vacant as of April, according to data from the Citizens Budget Commission. Politico obtained emails sent by the mayor’s team to about a dozen high-ranking officials at other city agencies asking them to submit headshots of people they hope to employ for Adam’s own review. One official said they were verbally told that Adams wanted agencies to hire people who “reflect the constituencies we serve.” Hiring managers aren’t expected to ask job candidates for headshots, but instead grab photos from social media sites like LinkedIn to appease the mayor’s request, two sources told Politico. https://www.outkick.com/jon-gruden-email-leak-hit-job-agent/ JON GRUDEN’S AGENT BELIEVES FORMER COACH’S EMAILS BEING LEAKED WAS A HIT JOB: ‘HE’S NOT A RACIST’ We’re approaching the one-year mark since Jon Gruden was forced to resign as the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders following a scandal involving an email leak, but his agent is still going to bat for his client, now calling it “a hit job.” Gruden stepped down as the Raiders’ head coach in October of 2021 after emails directed at NFL commissioner Roger Goodell were leaked that contained racist and homophobic comments. The emails were discovered in what was a league investigation into the Washington Commanders’ workplace culture. An email reportedly implied that Gruden was annoyed that the NFL forced the then St. Louis Rams to draft “queers,” which is a reference to the team drafting Michael Sam in 2014. Gruden reportedly sent an email making fun of the size of NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith’s lips. “Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of Michelin tires,” the email from 2011 reportedly read. The collection of emails dated back to Gruden’s time at ESPN, before he joined the Raiders for his second stint as head coach. With the original investigation not directly pointed at Gruden, his agent Bob LaMonte is convinced the NFL was simply out to get his client. “I can tell you right now that was a hit job,” Bob LaMonte told JoeBucsFan.com. “Why now, of all things, does that come out in an investigation that had already gone away? It was 10 years ago. And then why Jon and why the Raiders? He wasn’t even in the league at the time of those e-mails…That’s the tragedy of it. You can say what you want, but if anyone really understands Jon, they know he’s not a racist. That’s quite obvious.” LaMonte’s comments about Gruden echo those of legendary college football broadcaster, Brent Musburger, who was also the former radio broadcaster for the Raiders. Report: Raiders Brent Musburger Breaks Silence on Jon Gruden- Play 2:40 - 5:29 Gruden has since filed a lawsuit against the NFL and Goodell as he believes the league sought to ruin his career and make an example of him. The NFL looked to dismiss the case, but a judge denied that ask. Now, let’s end things on more of a positive or interesting note, because not everything is bad news out there: https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/eyes-up-for-perseid-meteor-shower-and-saturn-show/ The PUR-SEE-IDS meteor shower is one of the best shows all year for “shooting stars”. Though the Perseids have been active since July 14, the frequency of meteors hurtling through the sky is now heating up this week. In fact, Perseids can produce up to 150 meteors per hour under dark skies! Scientists say the peak time to view this shower will be on the night of Thursday, August 11 & Friday the 12th. The full moon that night may make it tougher to spot the meteors, so train your eyes toward the darker areas and watch closely. This week is also one of the best times to see the ringed planet of Saturn in dramatic fashion. On Sunday, August 14, the giant world will line up with the Earth and the Sun. The alignment is called an “opposition.” Saturn will be closer to Earth than it has been in more than a year. If you want a peek at the planet, look for a golden yellow light shining steadily in the east after sunset. With binoculars, you may even see the spectacular Saturn rings. This has been your CrossPolitic Daily News Brief. If you liked the show, go ahead and share it for me would ya? If you want to become a club member, sign up for our conference, or become a magazine subscriber, you can do all of that at fightlaughfeast.com. Why not do all three? And as always, if you want to become a corporate partner, send me a news story, or ask me about our conference, email me at garrison@fightlaughfeast.com. For CrossPolitic News, I’m Garrison Hardie. Have a great day, and Lord bless.

CrossPolitic Studios
Daily News Brief for Tuesday, August 9th, 2022 [Daily News Brief]

CrossPolitic Studios

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 17:35


Good Tuesday everyone, this is Garrison Hardie with your CrossPolitic Daily News Brief for Tuesday, August 9, 2022. Just a reminder: FLF Conference Plug: Folks, our upcoming Fight Laugh Feast Conference is just 2-months away from happening in Knoxville TN, October 6-8! Don't miss beer & psalms, our amazing lineup of speakers which includes George Gilder, Jared Longshore, Pastor Wilson, Dr. Ben Merkle, Pastor Toby, and we can’t say yet…also dont miss our awesome vendors, meeting new friends, and stuff for the kids too…like jumpy castles and accidental infant baptisms! Also, did you know, you can save money, by signing up for a Club Membership. So, go to FightLaughFeast.com and sign up for a club membership and then register for the conference with that club discount. We can’t wait to fellowship, sing Psalms, and celebrate God’s goodness in Knoxville October 6-8. Let’s start today with our friends from the North… https://thepostmillennial.com/trudeau-liberals-ban-on-handgun-imports-set-to-take-effect-august-19?utm_campaign=64487 Trudeau Liberals' ban on handgun imports set to take effect August 19 In May, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revealed that his government would be moving to implement a national freeze on handgun ownership, essentially making it impossible to buy, sell, transfer, or import of firearms in Canada. On Friday, the Liberals announced that the temporary ban on handgun imports would be taking effect on August 18 as a "stopgap" while the more comprehensive national freeze moves through the legislative process. Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino and Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly held a joint press conference in Etobicoke on Friday to discuss the move, which according to CTV News, was pushed through without the approval of Parliament. "There's no doubt that there is a very pressing issue that lies before us," Mendicino began, "and that is the need, the necessity to eradicate gun violence, one of the most pernicious and complex social harms that we see visited upon our communities every day." He went on to announce that in order to hasten the implementation of the handgun freeze laid out in Bill C-21, "nearly all individuals and businesses in Canada will be banned from importing handguns" beginning August 19. Joly explained that as foreign minister, she has "the authority to deny any import or export permit application that is contrary to Canada's security." She noted that when Trudeau announced the freeze in May, there was an "uptick" in guns being purchased by Canadians. "We want to prevent that," she said, explaining that since most guns in Canada are not made in Canada, implementing a ban on imports would effectively ensure no new guns are purchased legally. The move to ban handguns has faced pushback from many who question its effectiveness. In 2019, for example, Vancouver police Chief Adam Palmer said that Canada already had very strong firearms regulations in place and that no further action was required. He added that the vast majority of gun crimes, especially those with handguns, are committed using illegal guns, thus it makes very little sense to ban an already prohibited weapon. https://www.theepochtimes.com/southern-california-city-to-consider-banning-abortions-declaring-sanctuary-for-life_4646733.html?utm_source=partner&utm_campaign=BonginoReport California City to Consider Banning Abortions, Declaring ‘Sanctuary for Life’ Officials in the City of San Clemente, California, will consider a resolution Aug. 16 that would ban abortion and declare the city a “sanctuary for life.” The resolution defines the beginning of human life to be the moment of conception and would make it the city’s declared duty to protect that life until natural death. If passed, it would declare the city’s support for the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent overturning of Roe v. Wade and ban the act of abortion, abortion clinics, and abortion pills in the city. The resolution allows exceptions for women at risk of losing their lives in the process of birth and for victims of rape or incest. It also suggests that human beings do not have the authority to decide to end the life of the unborn. “We believe that life is God-ordained and God is the author and finisher of every life,” the resolution states. “[A]s a city council, we will protect and sustain life at every stage.” The resolution cites Poelker v. Doe of 1977—a legal precedent that allowed a city in Missouri to refuse to provide publicly funded hospitals for nontherapeutic abortions even though it provided facilities for childbirth—saying that “the Constitution does not forbid a state or county or city … from expressing a preference for normal childbirth instead of abortion.” Councilman Steve Knoblock, who proposed the resolution, hopes it will help to initiate change within California, considering the current trend in pro-abortion laws. “The ultimate purpose of government is to protect the life and liberty of humans including unborn individuals,” Knoblock told The Epoch Times in an interview. Councilwoman Laura Ferguson told the City News Service Aug. 3 that it was a “distraction” from more important topics in the city—such as homelessness—when abortion is “something already legal and codified in state law.” A spokesperson for the state Attorney General Rob Bonta’s office said access to abortion remains fully protected under state law, according to the City News Service. Mario Mainero, Associate Dean for Chapman University’s law school, told The Epoch Times this resolution would have no legal effect because state law pre-empts city law. “California state law permits abortion up to fetal viability and no city can counter that,” Mario said. “They can’t ban abortion clinics because that would violate state law and they can’t do that.” Armored Republic The Mission of Armored Republic is to Honor Christ by equipping Free Men with Tools of Liberty necessary to preserve God-given rights. In the Armored Republic there is no King but Christ. We are Free Craftsmen. Body Armor is a Tool of Liberty. We create Tools of Liberty. Free men must remain ever vigilant against tyranny wherever it appears. God has given us the tools of liberty needed to defend the rights He bestowed to us. Armored Republic is honored to offer you those Tools. Visit them, at ar500armor.com https://www.foxnews.com/us/nyc-mayor-eric-adams-blasts-texas-gov-gregg-abbot-second-bus-migrants-arrives-horrific NYC Mayor Eric Adams blasts Texas Gov. Greg Abbott after second bus of migrants arrives: ‘This is horrific’ New York City Mayor Eric Adams blasted Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday after a second bus full of illegal migrants arrived at his doorstep. Adams gave a news conference Sunday morning at the Port Authority where he greeted an incoming bus of around 40 migrants — only 14 of whom disembarked in the Big Apple. https://nypost.com/2022/08/05/nyc-mayor-adams-request-photos-of-city-job-applicants-to-increase-diversity/ Adams asks for photos of city job applicants in effort to increase diversity: report Mayor Eric Adams is collecting headshots of potential city workers in a thinly-veiled effort to increase diversity, according to a new report. Adams has requested city agencies to provide photographs of potential hires to City Hall as candidates go through the interview process for city jobs ranging from assistant commissioner to departmental press secretary, Politico reported Thursday. Several unnamed city officials told the outlet that the request is clearly an effort to hire more diverse staffers. However, Adams maintains that it will merely help him recognize his employees in the sprawling city workforce. “Everyone knew what it was. There was no question. It was the first thing everybody said: ‘We’re going to start counting complexions now,’” one recently-departed City Hall employee told Politico. The majority of the officials interviewed by the outlet — who requested anonymity to speak freely about the internal measure — said they supported a more diverse workforce but worried the practice is already causing the Adams administration to make hiring decisions with a greater emphasis on race and ethnicity than merit. Compounding the issue, nearly every official Politico spoke to also said the headshot request created another snag in the drawn-out hiring process — straying away from the mayor’s signature motto of “get stuff done” at a time when city job vacancies are unusually high. About 8 percent of municipal jobs were vacant as of April, according to data from the Citizens Budget Commission. Politico obtained emails sent by the mayor’s team to about a dozen high-ranking officials at other city agencies asking them to submit headshots of people they hope to employ for Adam’s own review. One official said they were verbally told that Adams wanted agencies to hire people who “reflect the constituencies we serve.” Hiring managers aren’t expected to ask job candidates for headshots, but instead grab photos from social media sites like LinkedIn to appease the mayor’s request, two sources told Politico. https://www.outkick.com/jon-gruden-email-leak-hit-job-agent/ JON GRUDEN’S AGENT BELIEVES FORMER COACH’S EMAILS BEING LEAKED WAS A HIT JOB: ‘HE’S NOT A RACIST’ We’re approaching the one-year mark since Jon Gruden was forced to resign as the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders following a scandal involving an email leak, but his agent is still going to bat for his client, now calling it “a hit job.” Gruden stepped down as the Raiders’ head coach in October of 2021 after emails directed at NFL commissioner Roger Goodell were leaked that contained racist and homophobic comments. The emails were discovered in what was a league investigation into the Washington Commanders’ workplace culture. An email reportedly implied that Gruden was annoyed that the NFL forced the then St. Louis Rams to draft “queers,” which is a reference to the team drafting Michael Sam in 2014. Gruden reportedly sent an email making fun of the size of NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith’s lips. “Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of Michelin tires,” the email from 2011 reportedly read. The collection of emails dated back to Gruden’s time at ESPN, before he joined the Raiders for his second stint as head coach. With the original investigation not directly pointed at Gruden, his agent Bob LaMonte is convinced the NFL was simply out to get his client. “I can tell you right now that was a hit job,” Bob LaMonte told JoeBucsFan.com. “Why now, of all things, does that come out in an investigation that had already gone away? It was 10 years ago. And then why Jon and why the Raiders? He wasn’t even in the league at the time of those e-mails…That’s the tragedy of it. You can say what you want, but if anyone really understands Jon, they know he’s not a racist. That’s quite obvious.” LaMonte’s comments about Gruden echo those of legendary college football broadcaster, Brent Musburger, who was also the former radio broadcaster for the Raiders. Report: Raiders Brent Musburger Breaks Silence on Jon Gruden- Play 2:40 - 5:29 Gruden has since filed a lawsuit against the NFL and Goodell as he believes the league sought to ruin his career and make an example of him. The NFL looked to dismiss the case, but a judge denied that ask. Now, let’s end things on more of a positive or interesting note, because not everything is bad news out there: https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/eyes-up-for-perseid-meteor-shower-and-saturn-show/ The PUR-SEE-IDS meteor shower is one of the best shows all year for “shooting stars”. Though the Perseids have been active since July 14, the frequency of meteors hurtling through the sky is now heating up this week. In fact, Perseids can produce up to 150 meteors per hour under dark skies! Scientists say the peak time to view this shower will be on the night of Thursday, August 11 & Friday the 12th. The full moon that night may make it tougher to spot the meteors, so train your eyes toward the darker areas and watch closely. This week is also one of the best times to see the ringed planet of Saturn in dramatic fashion. On Sunday, August 14, the giant world will line up with the Earth and the Sun. The alignment is called an “opposition.” Saturn will be closer to Earth than it has been in more than a year. If you want a peek at the planet, look for a golden yellow light shining steadily in the east after sunset. With binoculars, you may even see the spectacular Saturn rings. This has been your CrossPolitic Daily News Brief. If you liked the show, go ahead and share it for me would ya? If you want to become a club member, sign up for our conference, or become a magazine subscriber, you can do all of that at fightlaughfeast.com. Why not do all three? And as always, if you want to become a corporate partner, send me a news story, or ask me about our conference, email me at garrison@fightlaughfeast.com. For CrossPolitic News, I’m Garrison Hardie. Have a great day, and Lord bless.

Fight Laugh Feast USA
Daily News Brief for Tuesday, August 9th, 2022 [Daily News Brief]

Fight Laugh Feast USA

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2022 17:35


Good Tuesday everyone, this is Garrison Hardie with your CrossPolitic Daily News Brief for Tuesday, August 9, 2022. Just a reminder: FLF Conference Plug: Folks, our upcoming Fight Laugh Feast Conference is just 2-months away from happening in Knoxville TN, October 6-8! Don't miss beer & psalms, our amazing lineup of speakers which includes George Gilder, Jared Longshore, Pastor Wilson, Dr. Ben Merkle, Pastor Toby, and we can’t say yet…also dont miss our awesome vendors, meeting new friends, and stuff for the kids too…like jumpy castles and accidental infant baptisms! Also, did you know, you can save money, by signing up for a Club Membership. So, go to FightLaughFeast.com and sign up for a club membership and then register for the conference with that club discount. We can’t wait to fellowship, sing Psalms, and celebrate God’s goodness in Knoxville October 6-8. Let’s start today with our friends from the North… https://thepostmillennial.com/trudeau-liberals-ban-on-handgun-imports-set-to-take-effect-august-19?utm_campaign=64487 Trudeau Liberals' ban on handgun imports set to take effect August 19 In May, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau revealed that his government would be moving to implement a national freeze on handgun ownership, essentially making it impossible to buy, sell, transfer, or import of firearms in Canada. On Friday, the Liberals announced that the temporary ban on handgun imports would be taking effect on August 18 as a "stopgap" while the more comprehensive national freeze moves through the legislative process. Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino and Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly held a joint press conference in Etobicoke on Friday to discuss the move, which according to CTV News, was pushed through without the approval of Parliament. "There's no doubt that there is a very pressing issue that lies before us," Mendicino began, "and that is the need, the necessity to eradicate gun violence, one of the most pernicious and complex social harms that we see visited upon our communities every day." He went on to announce that in order to hasten the implementation of the handgun freeze laid out in Bill C-21, "nearly all individuals and businesses in Canada will be banned from importing handguns" beginning August 19. Joly explained that as foreign minister, she has "the authority to deny any import or export permit application that is contrary to Canada's security." She noted that when Trudeau announced the freeze in May, there was an "uptick" in guns being purchased by Canadians. "We want to prevent that," she said, explaining that since most guns in Canada are not made in Canada, implementing a ban on imports would effectively ensure no new guns are purchased legally. The move to ban handguns has faced pushback from many who question its effectiveness. In 2019, for example, Vancouver police Chief Adam Palmer said that Canada already had very strong firearms regulations in place and that no further action was required. He added that the vast majority of gun crimes, especially those with handguns, are committed using illegal guns, thus it makes very little sense to ban an already prohibited weapon. https://www.theepochtimes.com/southern-california-city-to-consider-banning-abortions-declaring-sanctuary-for-life_4646733.html?utm_source=partner&utm_campaign=BonginoReport California City to Consider Banning Abortions, Declaring ‘Sanctuary for Life’ Officials in the City of San Clemente, California, will consider a resolution Aug. 16 that would ban abortion and declare the city a “sanctuary for life.” The resolution defines the beginning of human life to be the moment of conception and would make it the city’s declared duty to protect that life until natural death. If passed, it would declare the city’s support for the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent overturning of Roe v. Wade and ban the act of abortion, abortion clinics, and abortion pills in the city. The resolution allows exceptions for women at risk of losing their lives in the process of birth and for victims of rape or incest. It also suggests that human beings do not have the authority to decide to end the life of the unborn. “We believe that life is God-ordained and God is the author and finisher of every life,” the resolution states. “[A]s a city council, we will protect and sustain life at every stage.” The resolution cites Poelker v. Doe of 1977—a legal precedent that allowed a city in Missouri to refuse to provide publicly funded hospitals for nontherapeutic abortions even though it provided facilities for childbirth—saying that “the Constitution does not forbid a state or county or city … from expressing a preference for normal childbirth instead of abortion.” Councilman Steve Knoblock, who proposed the resolution, hopes it will help to initiate change within California, considering the current trend in pro-abortion laws. “The ultimate purpose of government is to protect the life and liberty of humans including unborn individuals,” Knoblock told The Epoch Times in an interview. Councilwoman Laura Ferguson told the City News Service Aug. 3 that it was a “distraction” from more important topics in the city—such as homelessness—when abortion is “something already legal and codified in state law.” A spokesperson for the state Attorney General Rob Bonta’s office said access to abortion remains fully protected under state law, according to the City News Service. Mario Mainero, Associate Dean for Chapman University’s law school, told The Epoch Times this resolution would have no legal effect because state law pre-empts city law. “California state law permits abortion up to fetal viability and no city can counter that,” Mario said. “They can’t ban abortion clinics because that would violate state law and they can’t do that.” Armored Republic The Mission of Armored Republic is to Honor Christ by equipping Free Men with Tools of Liberty necessary to preserve God-given rights. In the Armored Republic there is no King but Christ. We are Free Craftsmen. Body Armor is a Tool of Liberty. We create Tools of Liberty. Free men must remain ever vigilant against tyranny wherever it appears. God has given us the tools of liberty needed to defend the rights He bestowed to us. Armored Republic is honored to offer you those Tools. Visit them, at ar500armor.com https://www.foxnews.com/us/nyc-mayor-eric-adams-blasts-texas-gov-gregg-abbot-second-bus-migrants-arrives-horrific NYC Mayor Eric Adams blasts Texas Gov. Greg Abbott after second bus of migrants arrives: ‘This is horrific’ New York City Mayor Eric Adams blasted Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Sunday after a second bus full of illegal migrants arrived at his doorstep. Adams gave a news conference Sunday morning at the Port Authority where he greeted an incoming bus of around 40 migrants — only 14 of whom disembarked in the Big Apple. https://nypost.com/2022/08/05/nyc-mayor-adams-request-photos-of-city-job-applicants-to-increase-diversity/ Adams asks for photos of city job applicants in effort to increase diversity: report Mayor Eric Adams is collecting headshots of potential city workers in a thinly-veiled effort to increase diversity, according to a new report. Adams has requested city agencies to provide photographs of potential hires to City Hall as candidates go through the interview process for city jobs ranging from assistant commissioner to departmental press secretary, Politico reported Thursday. Several unnamed city officials told the outlet that the request is clearly an effort to hire more diverse staffers. However, Adams maintains that it will merely help him recognize his employees in the sprawling city workforce. “Everyone knew what it was. There was no question. It was the first thing everybody said: ‘We’re going to start counting complexions now,’” one recently-departed City Hall employee told Politico. The majority of the officials interviewed by the outlet — who requested anonymity to speak freely about the internal measure — said they supported a more diverse workforce but worried the practice is already causing the Adams administration to make hiring decisions with a greater emphasis on race and ethnicity than merit. Compounding the issue, nearly every official Politico spoke to also said the headshot request created another snag in the drawn-out hiring process — straying away from the mayor’s signature motto of “get stuff done” at a time when city job vacancies are unusually high. About 8 percent of municipal jobs were vacant as of April, according to data from the Citizens Budget Commission. Politico obtained emails sent by the mayor’s team to about a dozen high-ranking officials at other city agencies asking them to submit headshots of people they hope to employ for Adam’s own review. One official said they were verbally told that Adams wanted agencies to hire people who “reflect the constituencies we serve.” Hiring managers aren’t expected to ask job candidates for headshots, but instead grab photos from social media sites like LinkedIn to appease the mayor’s request, two sources told Politico. https://www.outkick.com/jon-gruden-email-leak-hit-job-agent/ JON GRUDEN’S AGENT BELIEVES FORMER COACH’S EMAILS BEING LEAKED WAS A HIT JOB: ‘HE’S NOT A RACIST’ We’re approaching the one-year mark since Jon Gruden was forced to resign as the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders following a scandal involving an email leak, but his agent is still going to bat for his client, now calling it “a hit job.” Gruden stepped down as the Raiders’ head coach in October of 2021 after emails directed at NFL commissioner Roger Goodell were leaked that contained racist and homophobic comments. The emails were discovered in what was a league investigation into the Washington Commanders’ workplace culture. An email reportedly implied that Gruden was annoyed that the NFL forced the then St. Louis Rams to draft “queers,” which is a reference to the team drafting Michael Sam in 2014. Gruden reportedly sent an email making fun of the size of NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith’s lips. “Dumboriss Smith has lips the size of Michelin tires,” the email from 2011 reportedly read. The collection of emails dated back to Gruden’s time at ESPN, before he joined the Raiders for his second stint as head coach. With the original investigation not directly pointed at Gruden, his agent Bob LaMonte is convinced the NFL was simply out to get his client. “I can tell you right now that was a hit job,” Bob LaMonte told JoeBucsFan.com. “Why now, of all things, does that come out in an investigation that had already gone away? It was 10 years ago. And then why Jon and why the Raiders? He wasn’t even in the league at the time of those e-mails…That’s the tragedy of it. You can say what you want, but if anyone really understands Jon, they know he’s not a racist. That’s quite obvious.” LaMonte’s comments about Gruden echo those of legendary college football broadcaster, Brent Musburger, who was also the former radio broadcaster for the Raiders. Report: Raiders Brent Musburger Breaks Silence on Jon Gruden- Play 2:40 - 5:29 Gruden has since filed a lawsuit against the NFL and Goodell as he believes the league sought to ruin his career and make an example of him. The NFL looked to dismiss the case, but a judge denied that ask. Now, let’s end things on more of a positive or interesting note, because not everything is bad news out there: https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/eyes-up-for-perseid-meteor-shower-and-saturn-show/ The PUR-SEE-IDS meteor shower is one of the best shows all year for “shooting stars”. Though the Perseids have been active since July 14, the frequency of meteors hurtling through the sky is now heating up this week. In fact, Perseids can produce up to 150 meteors per hour under dark skies! Scientists say the peak time to view this shower will be on the night of Thursday, August 11 & Friday the 12th. The full moon that night may make it tougher to spot the meteors, so train your eyes toward the darker areas and watch closely. This week is also one of the best times to see the ringed planet of Saturn in dramatic fashion. On Sunday, August 14, the giant world will line up with the Earth and the Sun. The alignment is called an “opposition.” Saturn will be closer to Earth than it has been in more than a year. If you want a peek at the planet, look for a golden yellow light shining steadily in the east after sunset. With binoculars, you may even see the spectacular Saturn rings. This has been your CrossPolitic Daily News Brief. If you liked the show, go ahead and share it for me would ya? If you want to become a club member, sign up for our conference, or become a magazine subscriber, you can do all of that at fightlaughfeast.com. Why not do all three? And as always, if you want to become a corporate partner, send me a news story, or ask me about our conference, email me at garrison@fightlaughfeast.com. For CrossPolitic News, I’m Garrison Hardie. Have a great day, and Lord bless.

City Life Org
Port Authority Announces Two-firm Team of World-Renowned Architects to Lead Architectural Design of Agency's Transformative 21st Century Vision for World's Busiest Bus Terminal

City Life Org

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 20:18


This episode is also available as a blog post: https://thecitylife.org/2022/08/04/port-authority-announces-two-firm-team-of-world-renowned-architects-to-lead-architectural-design-of-agencys-transformative-21st-century-vision-for-worlds-busiest-bus-terminal/ --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/citylifeorg/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/citylifeorg/support

Inbound Logistics Podcast
Port Management: How is One Port Handling Rough Waters? Guests: Amanda Valdes, Rado Saragih, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

Inbound Logistics Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 14:05


As the landscape of commerce and shipping has changed in dramatic fashion, some ports have struggled to keep pace with the new demands. Shortages in equipment and labor compounded with record volumes and strains on capacity have put ports under immense pressure to maintain steady operations. Amanda Valdes and Rado Saragih of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, give us a look at how they are managing to keep operations above water. FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.portnynj.com DO YOU WANT TO RESPOND TO THIS EPISODE? Call our Dialog Line: 888-878-3247 DOWNLOAD THE NEW INBOUND LOGISTICS APP featuring the updated and expanded Logistics Planner! Available on iTunes and the Google Play Store: http://bit.ly/ILMagApp   http://bit.ly/ILMagAppGoogle  Are you a #logistics Thought Leader that would like to be featured on the Inbound Logistics Podcast?  Connect with me on Twitter:  @ILMagPodcast   Email me: podcast@inboundlogistics.com   Connect with Inbound Logistics Magazine on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/inbound-logistics Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ILMagazine Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/InboundLogistics Catch our latest videos on YouTube: www.youtube.com/inboundlogistics   Visit us at www.inboundlogistics.com

Greenfield’s Finest Podcast
Druggie Buggie

Greenfield’s Finest Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 112:51


The boys are in the building minus Johnny Boy, but we do get a surprise from a different furry guest. Port Authority rebrands to PRT to try to be fancy and Mike has some bus stories. The boys are in the building minus Johnny Boy, but we do get a surprise from a different furry guest. Port Authority rebrands itself into PRT to try to be fancy and Mike has some bus stories. A Russian robot broke a kid's finger while playing chess. Vince McMahon retires from WWE. Kid Rock cancels a show and chaos ensues. And a rocket scientist hires a hooker under a government contract. All that and more in this week's episode of Greenfield's Finest Podcast! Leave us a voicemail at ‪(412) 438-8358‬!

The HHAUSA Podcast
Episode 50: Will Jimeno Sunrise Through The Darkness

The HHAUSA Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2022 56:39


An avid bowhunter, Will Jimeno almost called in sick on September 11th, 2001.  Little did he know what that day would have in store for him but looking back 20 years later, he wouldn't change a thing. Trapped beneath the Twin Towers for 13 hours, Will's journey was just beginning when he was pulled from rubble that night.Born in Columbia but immigrating to the United States at a young age, it was instilled in him that he and his family would learn to speak English, fly the American flag and support the country that provided them so many opportunities. That spirit of serving would lead Will to join the Navy and then the Port Authority as a Police Officer in New York and New Jersey.We all know what happened on the morning of 9/11 and Jimeno was right in the middle of it. Heading into the Twin Towers with countless other law enforcement and first responders, the buildings would collapse on Will and his team. Sadly, he and his Sergeant John McLoughlin would be the only two from his group to make it out alive. My words cannot do justice to describe how those hours were spent and I strongly suggest you obtain a copy of Sunrise Through The Darkness to read it for yourself. Their story was also captured on film by Oliver Stone with the 2006 release of World Trade Center.His time in law enforcement now over, Jimeno would see several counselors before finally meeting Debbie Mandell. She was able to help Will in ways that the others could not and also requested to include his wife Allison in some of the sessions. It was the breakthrough that they had been looking for and while not a cure for his post traumatic stress, he was now given the tools that he needed to manage it more effectively.One of his primary means to escape leading back to his pre 9/11 days was hunting and the outdoors, specifically bowhunting. Even something as simple as heading to the range to shoot a few arrows allowed Will to keep his emotions in check when the PTSD would trigger his anger. To this day, the friendships that he has made in the archery community continue to aid him in his recovery. Describing nature as an outlet, Jimeno finds peace and solitude in the outdoors and it's a reminder of how truly blessed he is to live another day and for all the good things he has in his life.Now an accomplished public speaker, Will is changing lives through sharing his story across the country each year and continuing to serve others. From the first voicemail I received from him back in February, I knew there was something special about Will Jimeno. Our conversation, reading his book and this podcast left me with a feeling that for as lost and broken as this world seems at times, there is still so much good in it. I cannot imagine what it was like to be trapped in that building on that September day but as Will explained, we all have our own 9/11. Whether it be time in combat, serving as a first responder, death of a loved one, an addiction, a divorce, whatever it may be. We will all experience a significant trauma in our lives at some point that will plunge us into darkness. But through faith, hope and love, we can find the light again.Thank you for being the light for so many Will. 

Behind Our Door Podcast
“Trauma to Wellness…A work in progress!”

Behind Our Door Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 51:33


Join us for the inspiring story of Kayla Bergeron, a survivor of the September 11th terrorist attack of the World Trade Center. She relays the details of traumatic events in her life and how she turned them around with remarkable resilience and wellness. This is a work in progress that is a lesson to all. Bio: Kayla Bergeron held the position of Director of Public Affairs for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and was working on the 68th floor of the World Trade Center, when terrorists hit on September 11, 2001. Her career span includes 15 years working in senior communications roles for high profile governmental agencies, including training for Homeland Security and FEMA Incident Command Systems. Following the traumatic survival of the 9/11 attack, she experienced life with an unimaginable set of personal tragedies. Her long journey, still a work in progress, has taken her leadership to now Program Director for The Connection Forsyth, based in Cumming, Georgia. Kayla is a crucial advocate for mental health, sharing her story of reliance of trauma, addiction, dual diagnosis, and more.

Privacy Pros Podcast
How To Stand Out And Succeed In Data Security

Privacy Pros Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 45:50


Get inside knowledge into the world of Data Security from a Leading Privacy Expert!Hi, my name is Jamal Ahmed and I'd like to invite you to listen to this special episode of the #1 ranked Data Privacy podcast. In this episode you'll discover: The Most Common and Costly Mistakes To Avoid In Data Security How to successfully implement Security Programmes and encrypt data What you need to stand out in the hiring process And the possibility of a Federal Privacy Law in the US! Jeff Sizemore, Vice President of Governance and Compliance at Egnyte, is responsible for the strategy and execution of the Egnyte Protect content governance solution. Jeff has an extensive background in data protection, specifically in encryption, key management, data loss prevention, and identity and access management. Jeff has helped define the market by contributing to several start-ups, including PGP (now part of Symantec), Ionic Security, and Port Authority (now ForcePoint DLP).  Listen Now... Follow Jamal on LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/kmjahmed/ ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/kmjahmed/) Connect with Jeff on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffsizemore/ (https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffsizemore/) Join the Privacy Pros Academy Private Facebook Group for:• Free LIVE Training • Free Easy Peasy Data Privacy Guides • Data Protection Updates and  so much more Apply to join here whilst it's still free:https://www.facebook.com/groups/privacypro ( https://www.facebook.com/groups/privacypro)

Capital for Good
Scott Rechler, CEO and Chairman of RXR: Doing Good and Doing Well Means Doing Better

Capital for Good

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2022 26:36


In this episode of Capital for Good we speak with Scott Rechler, the chairman and CEO of RXR, a leading real estate owner, investor, operator, and developer committed to building socially, economically, and environmentally responsible communities. In this conversation, Rechler draws on his extensive business and civic leadership experience to assess the state of New York's recovery from the pandemic. In addition to running one of the region's largest real estate development and infrastructure firms, he also serves or has served on the boards of the Port Authority, the MTA, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the Regional Plan Association, and played various roles in helping to rebuild lower Manhattan in the wake of the September 11 attacks. These different vantage points inform Rechler's view that we have entered a “great recalibration.” Our recovery, he notes, has occurred faster than we would have expected in the depths of the pandemic: “the most important barometer of the health of our city is the talent, the people,” he says, “and we've seen an incredible rebound.” At the same time, he cautions that the public, private, and nonprofit sectors still need to adjust to the significant structural changes that have occurred in how and where people live and work — and what this means for our commercial corridors, residential communities, the infrastructure that connects and supports them, and “sustainable, equitable growth” going forward. We also discuss what responsible business looks like in the context of real estate. Rechler explains that his firm's motto, “doing good and doing well means doing better,” is about building more sustainable, socially responsible, and equitable communities. In addition to a focus on clean energy and decarbonization goals, RXR forges partnerships with local government, civic, religious, and labor organizations, and small businesses as part of every business plan and project. We end with a discussion of New York's future. Gone are the days of “winners and losers” and “city versus suburb,” Rechler says. New York's status as a “superstar city,” depends on a healthy and symbiotic relationship with a “superstar region.”  Thanks for listening! Subscribe to Capital for Good on Apple, Amazon, Google, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. Drop us a line at socialenterprise@gsb.columbia.edu. Mentioned in this Episode RXR ESG Report “Signs of Progress: NYC's Economic Recovery,” (Partnership for New York City, 2022) Recalibrate Reality With Scott Rechler

The Point is Recovery Podcast
E34: Surviving 9/11 and Addiction w/ Kayla Bergeron

The Point is Recovery Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 40:57


**Listener Note** This episode contains a discussion of traumatic events. If you believe you are experiencing PTSD, please consult with your doctor or a mental health professional. If you are having thoughts of suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800.273.8255.Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health condition that is triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. According to the National Center for PTSD, about 6 out of every 100 people will experience PTSD in their lifetime and the number of women impacted is higher than that of men by 50%.The effects of trauma can be debilitating and may lead to symptoms like to self-destructive behavior, severe emotional distress, excessive drinking or use of addictive substances, angry outbursts and feeling detached from family and friends.Today's guest, Kayla Bergeron, worked as the Director of Public Affairs for The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey on September 11, 2001. Kayla narrowly escaped the collapse of the North Tower down the only passable stairwell. During the immediate aftermath, Kayla was tasked with setting up systems to communicate with the families of people who were alive, missing and deceased and she did this with the help of PIO's (Public Information Officers - individuals responsible for communicating with the public and the media with incident related information).  Years later, Kayla recognized she was suffering from the effects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and eventually found sobriety. Today she works in the recovery field, is a presenter for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, sharing about her 9/11 experience and recovery journey and is a mental health advocate for ending the stigma of addiction and mental health.National Center for PTSDwww.theconnectionforsyth.orgRecovery Community Organization (RCO) InformationEquine TherapyNAMIwww.tpoftampa.comwww.thepointisrecoverypodcast.comwww.facebook.com/TurningPointofTampawww.twitter.com/TurningPointTPAwww.instagram.com/turningpointtpawww.youtube.com/user/TurningPointofTampawww.linkedin.com/company/turning-point-of-tampa-inc 

Calm, Cool and Connected - The Guide Book to Peace of Mind
9/11: Overcoming the Challenges of PTSD

Calm, Cool and Connected - The Guide Book to Peace of Mind

Play Episode Play 30 sec Highlight Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 19:45 Transcription Available


September 11, 2001 will forever hold a place in our memories. Where we were, what we were doing, the way we felt as we watched in horror. Many who weren't even involved directly, still experienced emotional trauma that day.On this episode of Calm, Cool and Connected Dr. Fedrick is joined by Kayla Bergeron. Kayla was working for the Port Authority and was at her desk on the 68th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center when the building was struck by terrorists. This episode may contain material that will be triggering to some.Key Takeaways from Liz's 1-on-1 with Kayla:• Hear Kayla's incredible story from September 11, 2001• Learn when Kayla became aware that she had a problem, post 9/11• Find out how Kayla finally received her PTSD diagnosis• Discover how Kayla is now working as a mental health advocate, and using her experience for goodAll of this and more, on this episode of Calm, Cool and Connected.Follow Kayla on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/nycajun1 Connect with Kayla on Facebook: www.facebook.com/nycajun1/ Get in touch with Kayla via email: flcajun1@comcast.netFor more information on Dr. Elizabeth Fedrick, visit her website: evolvecounselingaz.comConnect with Dr. Fedrick on Instagram: @drelizabethfedrickWatch the video interview on our Facebook PageHave a question you'd like answered on the show? Leave us a voicemail here: https://www.speakpipe.com/CalmCoolConnectedFor more great Calm, Cool and Connected content, don't forget to subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, and all the popular podcasting platforms. (RSS)  https://3cstvshow.buzzsprout.comAlready subscribed? Please take a moment to rate and review the podcast so that we can reach as many people that need the help as we can: https://3cstvshow.buzzsprout.com DISCLAIMER: THE CONSULTATIONS OR INTERACTIONS OFFERED ARE NOT MENTAL HEALTH THERAPY. THE CONSULTATION IS FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND NOT STRUCTURED IN A WAY TO PROVIDE MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING/PSYCHOTHERAPY/THERAPY/ DIAGNOSING OF ANY KIND. YOU UNDERSTAND THAT CALM COOL AND CONNECTED IS NOT PROVIDING INFORMATION AS YOUR TREATING MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELOR, PHYSICIAN, ATTORNEY, LEGAL COUNSEL, EMPLOYER, MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL. We offer no guarantees or promise of results from event nor assume liability for any information provided.

Totally Beverages
Dave Holmes Vs Decoy Wine Seltzer Cans [TBASHLIVE EP 11]

Totally Beverages

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 89:36


EPISODE 11! We're pregaming for a Port Authority pool party with DAVE HOLMES and DECOY WINE SELTZERS! We talk Napa, comedy beverages, and answer the questions: Should you abandon your mother to drink tequila with the Red Rocker in Flavortown? And: Can a promo item be earned? Plus OH so much more!

OMGosh, Joey!
Port Authority

OMGosh, Joey!

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2022 36:52


Today, I'll be reviewing a film titled “Port Authority.” It's a movie about a 20-year-old midwesterner (Fionn Whitehead) who arrives in New York City and catches eyes with a young woman (Leyna Bloom), leading to the two falling in love. Later, the young man learns that she is trans, and things get interesting. I'll be reviewing the trailer first and then the film. So spoiler alert! My Patreon! Love and hugs

Daily News Brief
Daily News Brief for Wednesday, June 8th, 2022

Daily News Brief

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 18:37


Daily News Brief Wednesday June 08, 2022 Lies, Propaganda, Story Telling, and the Serrated Edge: This year our national conference is in Knoxville, TN October 6th-8th. The theme of this year’s conference is Lies, Propaganda, Storytelling and the Serrated Edge. Our conference is not your typical conference. We fight, laugh and feast with fellowship, beer and Psalms, our amazing lineup of speakers, hanging with our awesome vendors, meeting new friends, and more. Early bird tickets are available now, but will be gone before you know it! Sign up now at flfnetwork.com/knoxville2022 How to follow Tuesday's primary election https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/07/politics/follow-tuesday-primary-election-june-7/index.html According to CNN It's election day in New Jersey, Mississippi, South Dakota, Iowa, New Mexico, Montana and California. A number of House primary races have captured national attention, especially in California, where redistricting after the 2020 census shook up the traditional political playing field. A former Trump administration Cabinet member is running for a new House seat in Montana, there's a high-profile Democratic Senate primary in Iowa, and incumbent governors in California, Iowa, New Mexico and South Dakota are up for reelection. Here's everything you need to know: California Gov. Gavin Newsom, less than a year after beating back an attempt to recall him, is seeking a second term. Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla, whom Newsom appointed to now-Vice President Kamala Harris' seat last year, is running for a full term as well as in a special election for the remainder of Harris' term. Beyond House primary races, there is a special general election to replace former GOP Rep. Devin Nunes in California's 22nd Congressional District. Under the state's primary system, all candidates run on the same ballot, and the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, advance to the general election. In Los Angeles, developer Rick Caruso has emerged as a top contender to US Rep. Karen Bass in the race to succeed term-limited Democratic Mayor Eric Garcetti. LA City Council Member Kevin de Leon is also running. If no one takes a majority Tuesday, the top two candidates will advance to a November runoff. In San Francisco, District Attorney Chesa Boudin is facing a recall election. If a majority of voters support the recall, San Francisco Mayor London Breed would appoint an interim district attorney. In Iowa, former US Rep. Abby Finkenauer faces retired Navy Vice Adm. Mike Franken and Minden City Council Member Glenn Hurst in the Democratic primary to take on Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley in November. Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds and Democrat Deidre DeJear, who ran for Iowa secretary of state in 2018, are running unopposed in their gubernatorial primaries. And three of the state's four US House members face competitive races this fall. Montana is hosting two US House races for the first time in decades after the state gained a second seat in reapportionment following the 2020 census. Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who was Montana's member at-large before joining the Trump administration, is running for the new 1st District. In Mississippi, Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo, who is under a congressional ethics investigation, faces a competitive GOP primary. In New Jersey, Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski is vulnerable in the 7th Congressional District after his seat became more Republican in redistricting. And Rob Menendez, a Port Authority commissioner and the son of Sen. Bob Menendez, is the front-runner for the Democratic nomination to succeed retiring Democratic Rep. Albio Sires in the 8th District. In New Mexico, five Republicans are vying for the chance to face Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in the fall. Two Democrats are challenging GOP Rep. Yvette Herrell in the state's 2nd Congressional District, which became more Democratic in redistricting. And in South Dakota, Republican Gov. Kristi Noem, a potential 2024 presidential contender, is running for reelection in the reliably red state. She faces a primary challenge from state Rep. Steven Haugaard, a former state House speaker. Los Angeles and San Francisco voters may rebuke left in primaries nbcnews.com/politics/2022-election/los-angeles-san-francisco-voters-may-rebuke-left-primaries-rcna31877 Two of America’s most famously progressive cities may take right turns Tuesday, when California and six other states hold primary elections. In Los Angeles, long-simmering frustrations with issues like homelessness and crime have made an ex-Republican billionaire the unlikely front-runner to be the next mayor of the heavily Democratic megacity. Rick Caruso, a major real estate developer who only recently joined the Democratic Party and received a rare endorsement from Tesla CEO Elon Musk, has spent more than $34 million on his campaign — nearly 10 times more than his main opponent, six-term Democratic Rep. Karen Bass. While the money helps, Caruso has tapped into growing resentment about the state of the city and the perception that its Democratic leaders have been unable to do much about it. Homelessness continues to rise while housing has become even less affordable. Crime is up, traffic is worse, and high gas prices come with extra sting in a city infamous for its long commutes. Los Angeles County, which has for decades been a magnet for Americans dreaming of a fresh start, saw more people leave during the first year of the pandemic than any other in the U.S., according to census data released in March. With TV ads promising to “clean up LA” and to be “a doer ... not just a talker,” Caruso has portrayed himself as an ideological outsider with the ability and willingness to do what the city needs, even if it angers activists or unions. His plan to hire 1,500 new police officers, for instance, has earned rebukes from other candidates focused more on the LAPD’s civil rights issues. Bass and her allies, meanwhile, have compared Caruso to another party-switching billionaire real estate developer — former President Donald Trump — and highlighted Caruso’s past donations to GOP candidates like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and to anti-abortion causes. “He’s a fraud,” says the narrator of an ad from a pro-Bass super PAC, calling Caruso “a lifelong Republican.” L.A.’s recent mayoral elections have been relatively sleepy affairs where only around 1 in 5 registered voters bothered to turn out. But analysts say that could be different this year, as term-limited Mayor Eric Garcetti leaves office with low approval ratings and polls showing a growing number of voters concerned about the direction of the city. The contest, however, will likely continue into the fall since none of the candidates are expected to clear the 50 percent threshold necessary to avoid a runoff, which is scheduled to coincide with the general election in November. It’s a similar story in San Francisco, another famously progressive city that has been suffering from familiar urban plights — it had an even bigger exodus recently than L.A. on a per-capita basis. But crime has become the central flashpoint here, as polls suggest voters are poised to fire their reformist district attorney in a recall election Tuesday. Idaho Property Taxes With reports that property taxes are increasing around 25% on average here in Idaho, and that is my anecdotal average, it is long past due that we overhaul our taxation system. It should be no surprise to you that I believe property taxes are legitimate theft, that mechanism of connecting taxes to your property ownership is just plain wicked, and this is not to take away from the fact that I believe the government does have real authority to tax its citizens. But to tie taxes to the ownership of your property is to in effect turn your ownership of your own property into a rental, with the government as your benevolent landlord. Now think about this. Imagine if the government taxed your local grocery store the same way they tax your property, the economic damage that would come from this, would be horrendous. So, the government taxes your house by telling you how much your house is worth, and unlike sales tax, you get taxed for the mere fact that you own the house. At least with a gallon of milk, it does not even get taxed until it sales, but with your house you get taxed on the very ownership of it, based off what the government says you owe…based off the value they determine and assess that your house is worth. Imagine if milk was taxed daily before it was sold off the shelf? Every day that gallon is taxed on the shelf just sitting there doing nothing. Do you think your local grocery store will be incentivised to keep more milk on the shelf or less? This is why the housing market is so egregious right now. We assess monthly taxes on the ownership of your house, which dissisentivieses builders to build houses and keep them as inventory, you know on the shelf like a gallon of milk, and then when the government artificially shutdowns the economy, the housing market was already limited (the stocked shelves of the housing market was limited), and then add government driven inflation, wooola, you get this awful cycle all driven by government intervention driven by all these various mechanisms. Boniface Woodworking LLC: Boniface Woodworking exists for those who enjoy shopping with integrity; who want to buy handmade wooden furniture, gifts, and heirloom items that will last for generations. From dining tables and church pulpits to cigar humidors and everything in between; quality pieces that you can give your children’s children, tie them to their roots, and transcend the basic function of whatever they are! So, start voting with your dollars, and stop buying cheap crap from people who hate you! Visit www.bonifacewoodworking.com to see our gallery, learn our story, and submit your order for heirloom quality wood items. Gun debate: With all the talk of gun violence and red flag laws happening since the Uvalde shooting, and we need to clear up some fake news that is going around. Joe Biden and various news outlets have been claiming that before 2020, the number one way children die is due to auto accidents annually. After 2020, and Joe Biden just claimed this five days ago, the number one killer of children is now through guns. Google and you will see a number of mainstream outlets cover this “fact” or is it? Here is a snippet from Forbes to prove this point: The lie: Forbes:https://www.forbes.com/sites/ninashapiro/2022/04/18/the-leading-cause-of-death-in-children-and-youths-is-now-guns/?sh=25d16ffe1705 “In 2000, over 13,000 young people died due to motor vehicular-related injuries. In 2020, just over 8,000 deaths in the young population were recorded, which is a reduction of over 40% over the past two decades. In contrast, there were just under 7,000 firearm-related deaths in those ages 1- to 24-years in 2000, and over 10,000 deaths in 2020. In this time period, while motor vehicle safety measures have increased, in concert with increased federal funding to reduce these injuries and deaths, there was little, if any, federal funding for firearm safety research between 1996 and 2019.” The Truth, and surprisingly this is coming from NBC: NBC: https://www.nbcnews.com/data-graphics/child-gun-deaths-car-deaths-data-rcna31617 “While gun and motor vehicle deaths increased substantially in 2020, the latest year for which final numbers were available, claims that more children and teenagers die due to guns than motor vehicles only hold up when 18- to 19-year-olds are included, a group that accounts for nearly as many gun deaths as 1- to 17-year-olds combined do, according to an NBC News analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The gap between vehicular deaths and firearm deaths is narrowing among 1- to 17-year-olds, and may close entirely, according to the CDC’s provisional and incomplete 2021 data.” Now you need to tune in to last night’s CrossPolitic Show to hear Choc Knox talk about the racist history of gun laws and gun permits. Don’t miss it! Rand Paul unveils plan to slash federal spending over next 5 years to balance budget https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/rand-paul-unveils-plan-slash-federal-spending-balance-budget According to Fox Business: Sen. Rand Paul on Monday unveiled a new bill that includes trillions in budget cuts over the next five years in order to bring about a balanced budget. The Kentucky Republican's proposal would yield a $65.8 billion surplus by fiscal year 2027. Collectively, the plan spends about $4.2 trillion less than the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated during that time period, a person familiar with the matter said. "Five years ago, we could balance our budget with a freeze in spending. Not cut anything. Since then, our debt has skyrocketed to $30 trillion with $2 trillion just from this past year," Paul said in a statement. "We cannot keep ignoring this problem at the expense of taxpayers, and my budget will put our nation on track to solve this crisis that Congress created." The plan calls for cuts across the budget, excluding Social Security, which is racing toward insolvency. What is cut will be determined at a later time through the normal spending process. The goal is to set a parameter that Congress must fit its spending agenda within, rather than identifying specific cuts now. This is Gabriel Rench with Crosspolitic News. Support Rowdy Christian media by joining our club at fightlaughfeast.com, downloading our App, and head to our annual Fight Laugh Feast Events. If this content is helpful to you, would you please consider becoming a Fight Laugh Feast Club Member? We are trying to build a cancel-proof media platform, and we need your help. Join today and get a discount at the Fight Laugh Feast conference in Knoxville, TN and have a great day. Have a great day. Lord bless

CrossPolitic Studios
Daily News Brief for Wednesday, June 8th, 2022 [Daily News Brief]

CrossPolitic Studios

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 18:37


Daily News Brief Wednesday June 08, 2022 Lies, Propaganda, Story Telling, and the Serrated Edge: This year our national conference is in Knoxville, TN October 6th-8th. The theme of this year’s conference is Lies, Propaganda, Storytelling and the Serrated Edge. Our conference is not your typical conference. We fight, laugh and feast with fellowship, beer and Psalms, our amazing lineup of speakers, hanging with our awesome vendors, meeting new friends, and more. Early bird tickets are available now, but will be gone before you know it! Sign up now at flfnetwork.com/knoxville2022 How to follow Tuesday's primary election https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/07/politics/follow-tuesday-primary-election-june-7/index.html According to CNN It's election day in New Jersey, Mississippi, South Dakota, Iowa, New Mexico, Montana and California. A number of House primary races have captured national attention, especially in California, where redistricting after the 2020 census shook up the traditional political playing field. A former Trump administration Cabinet member is running for a new House seat in Montana, there's a high-profile Democratic Senate primary in Iowa, and incumbent governors in California, Iowa, New Mexico and South Dakota are up for reelection. Here's everything you need to know: California Gov. Gavin Newsom, less than a year after beating back an attempt to recall him, is seeking a second term. Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla, whom Newsom appointed to now-Vice President Kamala Harris' seat last year, is running for a full term as well as in a special election for the remainder of Harris' term. Beyond House primary races, there is a special general election to replace former GOP Rep. Devin Nunes in California's 22nd Congressional District. Under the state's primary system, all candidates run on the same ballot, and the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, advance to the general election. In Los Angeles, developer Rick Caruso has emerged as a top contender to US Rep. Karen Bass in the race to succeed term-limited Democratic Mayor Eric Garcetti. LA City Council Member Kevin de Leon is also running. If no one takes a majority Tuesday, the top two candidates will advance to a November runoff. In San Francisco, District Attorney Chesa Boudin is facing a recall election. If a majority of voters support the recall, San Francisco Mayor London Breed would appoint an interim district attorney. In Iowa, former US Rep. Abby Finkenauer faces retired Navy Vice Adm. Mike Franken and Minden City Council Member Glenn Hurst in the Democratic primary to take on Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley in November. Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds and Democrat Deidre DeJear, who ran for Iowa secretary of state in 2018, are running unopposed in their gubernatorial primaries. And three of the state's four US House members face competitive races this fall. Montana is hosting two US House races for the first time in decades after the state gained a second seat in reapportionment following the 2020 census. Former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who was Montana's member at-large before joining the Trump administration, is running for the new 1st District. In Mississippi, Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo, who is under a congressional ethics investigation, faces a competitive GOP primary. In New Jersey, Democratic Rep. Tom Malinowski is vulnerable in the 7th Congressional District after his seat became more Republican in redistricting. And Rob Menendez, a Port Authority commissioner and the son of Sen. Bob Menendez, is the front-runner for the Democratic nomination to succeed retiring Democratic Rep. Albio Sires in the 8th District. In New Mexico, five Republicans are vying for the chance to face Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in the fall. Two Democrats are challenging GOP Rep. Yvette Herrell in the state's 2nd Congressional District, which became more Democratic in redistricting. And in South Dakota, Republican Gov. Kristi Noem, a potential 2024 presidential contender, is running for reelection in the reliably red state. She faces a primary challenge from state Rep. Steven Haugaard, a former state House speaker. Los Angeles and San Francisco voters may rebuke left in primaries nbcnews.com/politics/2022-election/los-angeles-san-francisco-voters-may-rebuke-left-primaries-rcna31877 Two of America’s most famously progressive cities may take right turns Tuesday, when California and six other states hold primary elections. In Los Angeles, long-simmering frustrations with issues like homelessness and crime have made an ex-Republican billionaire the unlikely front-runner to be the next mayor of the heavily Democratic megacity. Rick Caruso, a major real estate developer who only recently joined the Democratic Party and received a rare endorsement from Tesla CEO Elon Musk, has spent more than $34 million on his campaign — nearly 10 times more than his main opponent, six-term Democratic Rep. Karen Bass. While the money helps, Caruso has tapped into growing resentment about the state of the city and the perception that its Democratic leaders have been unable to do much about it. Homelessness continues to rise while housing has become even less affordable. Crime is up, traffic is worse, and high gas prices come with extra sting in a city infamous for its long commutes. Los Angeles County, which has for decades been a magnet for Americans dreaming of a fresh start, saw more people leave during the first year of the pandemic than any other in the U.S., according to census data released in March. With TV ads promising to “clean up LA” and to be “a doer ... not just a talker,” Caruso has portrayed himself as an ideological outsider with the ability and willingness to do what the city needs, even if it angers activists or unions. His plan to hire 1,500 new police officers, for instance, has earned rebukes from other candidates focused more on the LAPD’s civil rights issues. Bass and her allies, meanwhile, have compared Caruso to another party-switching billionaire real estate developer — former President Donald Trump — and highlighted Caruso’s past donations to GOP candidates like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and to anti-abortion causes. “He’s a fraud,” says the narrator of an ad from a pro-Bass super PAC, calling Caruso “a lifelong Republican.” L.A.’s recent mayoral elections have been relatively sleepy affairs where only around 1 in 5 registered voters bothered to turn out. But analysts say that could be different this year, as term-limited Mayor Eric Garcetti leaves office with low approval ratings and polls showing a growing number of voters concerned about the direction of the city. The contest, however, will likely continue into the fall since none of the candidates are expected to clear the 50 percent threshold necessary to avoid a runoff, which is scheduled to coincide with the general election in November. It’s a similar story in San Francisco, another famously progressive city that has been suffering from familiar urban plights — it had an even bigger exodus recently than L.A. on a per-capita basis. But crime has become the central flashpoint here, as polls suggest voters are poised to fire their reformist district attorney in a recall election Tuesday. Idaho Property Taxes With reports that property taxes are increasing around 25% on average here in Idaho, and that is my anecdotal average, it is long past due that we overhaul our taxation system. It should be no surprise to you that I believe property taxes are legitimate theft, that mechanism of connecting taxes to your property ownership is just plain wicked, and this is not to take away from the fact that I believe the government does have real authority to tax its citizens. But to tie taxes to the ownership of your property is to in effect turn your ownership of your own property into a rental, with the government as your benevolent landlord. Now think about this. Imagine if the government taxed your local grocery store the same way they tax your property, the economic damage that would come from this, would be horrendous. So, the government taxes your house by telling you how much your house is worth, and unlike sales tax, you get taxed for the mere fact that you own the house. At least with a gallon of milk, it does not even get taxed until it sales, but with your house you get taxed on the very ownership of it, based off what the government says you owe…based off the value they determine and assess that your house is worth. Imagine if milk was taxed daily before it was sold off the shelf? Every day that gallon is taxed on the shelf just sitting there doing nothing. Do you think your local grocery store will be incentivised to keep more milk on the shelf or less? This is why the housing market is so egregious right now. We assess monthly taxes on the ownership of your house, which dissisentivieses builders to build houses and keep them as inventory, you know on the shelf like a gallon of milk, and then when the government artificially shutdowns the economy, the housing market was already limited (the stocked shelves of the housing market was limited), and then add government driven inflation, wooola, you get this awful cycle all driven by government intervention driven by all these various mechanisms. Boniface Woodworking LLC: Boniface Woodworking exists for those who enjoy shopping with integrity; who want to buy handmade wooden furniture, gifts, and heirloom items that will last for generations. From dining tables and church pulpits to cigar humidors and everything in between; quality pieces that you can give your children’s children, tie them to their roots, and transcend the basic function of whatever they are! So, start voting with your dollars, and stop buying cheap crap from people who hate you! Visit www.bonifacewoodworking.com to see our gallery, learn our story, and submit your order for heirloom quality wood items. Gun debate: With all the talk of gun violence and red flag laws happening since the Uvalde shooting, and we need to clear up some fake news that is going around. Joe Biden and various news outlets have been claiming that before 2020, the number one way children die is due to auto accidents annually. After 2020, and Joe Biden just claimed this five days ago, the number one killer of children is now through guns. Google and you will see a number of mainstream outlets cover this “fact” or is it? Here is a snippet from Forbes to prove this point: The lie: Forbes:https://www.forbes.com/sites/ninashapiro/2022/04/18/the-leading-cause-of-death-in-children-and-youths-is-now-guns/?sh=25d16ffe1705 “In 2000, over 13,000 young people died due to motor vehicular-related injuries. In 2020, just over 8,000 deaths in the young population were recorded, which is a reduction of over 40% over the past two decades. In contrast, there were just under 7,000 firearm-related deaths in those ages 1- to 24-years in 2000, and over 10,000 deaths in 2020. In this time period, while motor vehicle safety measures have increased, in concert with increased federal funding to reduce these injuries and deaths, there was little, if any, federal funding for firearm safety research between 1996 and 2019.” The Truth, and surprisingly this is coming from NBC: NBC: https://www.nbcnews.com/data-graphics/child-gun-deaths-car-deaths-data-rcna31617 “While gun and motor vehicle deaths increased substantially in 2020, the latest year for which final numbers were available, claims that more children and teenagers die due to guns than motor vehicles only hold up when 18- to 19-year-olds are included, a group that accounts for nearly as many gun deaths as 1- to 17-year-olds combined do, according to an NBC News analysis of data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The gap between vehicular deaths and firearm deaths is narrowing among 1- to 17-year-olds, and may close entirely, according to the CDC’s provisional and incomplete 2021 data.” Now you need to tune in to last night’s CrossPolitic Show to hear Choc Knox talk about the racist history of gun laws and gun permits. Don’t miss it! Rand Paul unveils plan to slash federal spending over next 5 years to balance budget https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/rand-paul-unveils-plan-slash-federal-spending-balance-budget According to Fox Business: Sen. Rand Paul on Monday unveiled a new bill that includes trillions in budget cuts over the next five years in order to bring about a balanced budget. The Kentucky Republican's proposal would yield a $65.8 billion surplus by fiscal year 2027. Collectively, the plan spends about $4.2 trillion less than the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated during that time period, a person familiar with the matter said. "Five years ago, we could balance our budget with a freeze in spending. Not cut anything. Since then, our debt has skyrocketed to $30 trillion with $2 trillion just from this past year," Paul said in a statement. "We cannot keep ignoring this problem at the expense of taxpayers, and my budget will put our nation on track to solve this crisis that Congress created." The plan calls for cuts across the budget, excluding Social Security, which is racing toward insolvency. What is cut will be determined at a later time through the normal spending process. The goal is to set a parameter that Congress must fit its spending agenda within, rather than identifying specific cuts now. This is Gabriel Rench with Crosspolitic News. Support Rowdy Christian media by joining our club at fightlaughfeast.com, downloading our App, and head to our annual Fight Laugh Feast Events. If this content is helpful to you, would you please consider becoming a Fight Laugh Feast Club Member? 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Wham Bam Stories by Simpson
DEAD GUYS DON'T WRITE

Wham Bam Stories by Simpson

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2022 9:32


He's got a cushy job with the old man's construction company. Record keeper for a big Port Authority job at the passenger ship terminals on the Hudson. Plenty of time to do his two favorite things: Read & Write. He has some heavy ambitions itching at his craw. Wants to be a novelist. Of import. A Twain. A Melville. A Marquez. But can he withstand the pressures? Family pressures. Peer pressures. Financial pressures. The Twins Pressures of Desire & Consumption. It's a tall order. A tough task. He claims he'd rather be dead than give in to these pressures. Let's see how he makes out.Listen to it now: DEAD GUYS DON'T WRITE

Unstoppable Mindset
Episode 36 – An Unstoppable Journey with Wesley Hagood

Unstoppable Mindset

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 66:07


Episode Summary In this episode we get to meet Wesley Hagood. Wes has been involved in various software engineering projects and has worked for several major government contractors. His life was great. He was married and had four children. Nearly 20 years ago, however one day he asked his wife a question that caused his whole family's world to change. You will get to hear about this life altering question as well as the results that lead to he and his family adopting two Chinese girls and growing his family from four to six children. Wes takes us through the adoption story. It didn't stop there. As his new children grew older they wanted to learn about their birth parents. The story is not over, but one of his newest children, Mia, has now established a relationship that grows daily with her birth parents. Wes' journey is a fascinating one that shows commitment and, by any standard, an unstoppable mindset and attitude. I hope you enjoy hearing about this journey as much as I have. Thanks for listening and I hope you will let me know your thoughts about our episode and the Unstoppable Mindset podcast by emailing me at michaelhi@accessibe.com.   About the Guest:  Wesley O. Hagood has been a member of Families with Children from China (FCC) Capital Area since 2004.  He became a board member in May 2006 and has served as the President of FCC Capital Area since March 2012.  He attended the University of Maryland in College Park and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics Education.  He also earned a Master of Arts degree in Administration and Supervision from Bowie State University.  During his career, he worked as a mathematics teacher, computer programmer, management consultant, and program manager.  Wes resides in Easton, Maryland with his wife, Denise, and their two daughters adopted from China.  About the Host:  Michael Hingson is a New York Times best-selling author, international lecturer, and Chief Vision Officer for accessiBe. Michael, blind since birth, survived the 9/11 attacks with the help of his guide dog Roselle. This story is the subject of his best-selling book, Thunder Dog.   Michael gives over 100 presentations around the world each year speaking to influential groups such as Exxon Mobile, AT&T, Federal Express, Scripps College, Rutgers University, Children's Hospital, and the American Red Cross just to name a few. He is Ambassador for the National Braille Literacy Campaign for the National Federation of the Blind and also serves as Ambassador for the American Humane Association's 2012 Hero Dog Awards.   https://michaelhingson.com https://www.facebook.com/michael.hingson.author.speaker/  https://twitter.com/mhingson  https://www.youtube.com/user/mhingson  https://www.linkedin.com/in/michaelhingson/   accessiBe Links  https://accessibe.com/  https://www.youtube.com/c/accessiBe  https://www.linkedin.com/company/accessibe/mycompany/ https://www.facebook.com/accessibe/       Thanks for listening!  Thanks so much for listening to our podcast! If you enjoyed this episode and think that others could benefit from listening, please share it using the social media buttons on this page. Do you have some feedback or questions about this episode? Leave a comment in the section below!   Subscribe to the podcast  If you would like to get automatic updates of new podcast episodes, you can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts or Stitcher. You can also subscribe in your favorite podcast app.   Leave us an Apple Podcasts review  Ratings and reviews from our listeners are extremely valuable to us and greatly appreciated. They help our podcast rank higher on Apple Podcasts, which exposes our show to more awesome listeners like you. If you have a minute, please leave an honest review on Apple Podcasts.     Transcription Notes Michael Hingson  00:00 Access Cast and accessiBe Initiative presents Unstoppable Mindset. The podcast where inclusion, diversity and the unexpected meet. Hi, I'm Michael Hingson, Chief Vision Officer for accessiBe and the author of the number one New York Times bestselling book, Thunder dog, the story of a blind man, his guide dog and the triumph of trust. Thanks for joining me on my podcast as we explore our own blinding fears of inclusion unacceptance and our resistance to change. We will discover the idea that no matter the situation, or the people we encounter, our own fears, and prejudices often are our strongest barriers to moving forward. The unstoppable mindset podcast is sponsored by accessiBe, that's a c c e s s i  capital B e. Visit www.accessibe.com to learn how you can make your website accessible for persons with disabilities. And to help make the internet fully inclusive by the year 2025. Glad you dropped by we're happy to meet you and to have you here with us. Michael Hingson  01:20 Well, hi, and once again, glad you joined us on Unstoppable Mindset. We're here today talking with Wesley Hagood, who has got some really interesting stories to tell and being prejudiced. I will tell you that he has a college degree in mathematics education. So mathematics that's close to physics. They relate my master's in physics west, so I'm prejudiced. But we're we're glad you're here. And we're glad everyone that you're out there listening. So thank you and Wes, welcome to unstoppable mindset.  Wesley Hagood  01:52 Well, Michael, thank you for having me. Michael Hingson  01:55 We're, we're really glad you're here. I know, you've got some some great, interesting stories to tell us. And I think you've you've done some things. And you've been involved in some things that are as unstoppable as it gets. So we'll get to that. But why don't you start by telling us a little bit about you.  Wesley Hagood  02:13 Okay, well, thank you. Let's start at the beginning. I was actually born and grew up in Annapolis, Maryland, which is the Capitol, I worked as a math teacher. Also, after that, a computer programmer, computer based training developer, a management consultant, and I'm finishing my career as a program manager for a large government training program. I married Denise Lee in Annapolis, we had four children there, Katie, Mark, Kelly, and Paul. And my wife stayed home to raise our four children. And then she returned to college and became a science teacher and a librarian. And I would say it was, we were planning to kind of retire early, you know, and travel the world. But we were in our late, sort of mid to late 40s. And I said to my wife, you know, we're getting older, is there anything in your life that you really wanted to do that you've not yet been able to do? And she said, Well, now that you mentioned that. she says, I want to adopt a daughter from China. And I was like, kind of like, no way because I said, you know, we've discussed this before, several times. I said, we have four children, we don't need any more children. And but, you know, after asking her that question, I really didn't want to deprive her of something that was really important to her. But I also knew that, you know, this could not be her project, if you know what I mean. If we were going to adopt a child, I had to be fully on board, right? So you might say, Why did my wife say that? Well, when she was back in middle school, one of her social studies, teachers was pretty progressive. And he had the kids read an article, either from a newspaper or you know, magazine at the time. And it described a place in China called the weeping cliffs. And of course, the article was about infanticide. The fathers, the Chinese fathers would bring the unwanted girls, throw them off the cliff, and then the mothers would return to wheat for their lost daughters. And so when my wife heard this story, she was very moved. She was only in middle school, but she said, you know, if I ever had the opportunity, I'd like to adopt one of those girls. So after thinking over my wife's requests for her while I said, you know, I don't want to stand in your way and I'm willing to kind of help you realize your dream. But if you really want to do this, you're going to have to manage this whole process because I said, I'm very busy, you know, With my career, and she knew that I said, I just don't have time to do it. And my wife to be honest, it's not a she, she's a big picture person, right? She's not detail oriented. So I kind of thought to myself, if she really wants to do this, she's going to have to really focus to make this happen. And honestly, I wasn't sure if if something that was really going to happen, because as I said, I thought she might just be overwhelmed and give up and not go forward. But I was wrong. She must have really wanted to do this. And she successfully managed this process, this adoption process, which the State Department in the US says is probably the most bureaucratic process that the US government has. So to fast forward after this discussion, a couple years went by, because it takes a while to gather all these documents, prepare the application submitted, and then wait for the Chinese government to match you with a child. But in I think it was October 2003. We went to China. And we thought that a little girl named Shane Hong Yi, and we renamed her meow. And after a few months went by my wife said to me, you remember that? That discussion about my dream? And I said, Yeah, and she goes, Well, actually, my dream was really to adopt two girls from China. And I said, No way. You know, you never told me that before you said a daughter. But to be honest, adopting Mia was such a good experience for our family that I was the one who became the advocate to go back and adopt a second daughter. How old was me? And when you adopted her, she was just 18 months old. Okay. So she didn't have a lot of memories of, of China and her parents no memory whatsoever. Okay. Anyway, go ahead. So So in August and September 2006, about three years later, we returned to China, and we adopted a second daughter named you, Juan Shalane, and we renamed her May. Now today, Mia is a sophomore at Virginia Tech. And may who's a year younger is a freshman at Delaware Tech. So that kind of brings you up to current, current state, you know, where we're at, right? What caused Virginia Tech and Delaware Tech? Well, Virginia Tech, because at the time, me, I was applying for colleges, we lived in Virginia. And we basically said, Okay, your child number four, and may is child number, or your child number five, May as child number six, and you're gonna you're gonna go to a state school, pick one. And she actually ended up getting a full scholarship to go to Virginia Tech. And so that just made the decision even easier for her. And for us, what's her major? Her major is engineering, and she's focusing on computer science, so shouldn't have too much of a problem finding work after she graduates, no one you guys will get along since it's science related, and math related. math related, right? What's mais major? Mei is majoring in information technology. So she wants to do something similar. But she's a lot more focused on hardware. And Mia is a lot more focused on software, Mia loves to write code, may actually build her own computer, got all the component parts, plugged them together and made the whole thing work. I thought this is not going to work. But it actually did. And she's using that computer today.  Michael Hingson  08:33 Wow. Yeah. So what? What about the for earlier kids? So you guys go off and adopt these two children from China? Yeah, that had to have a great effect on you, your wife and the other children.  Wesley Hagood  08:51 It was really funny. They all had different reactions. The two older girls kind of said something to the effect of what aren't we? Aren't we enough for you? Something like that. My older son, who was a second child said, You're too old to adopt these kids are going to be run in the neighborhood, you know, and you won't, you'll be asleep you won't even know what's going on. And then the fourth child, my younger son said, Hey, it's your life, whatever you want with it. So it's kind of funny, they all had very different reactions to to adopting to us adopting children but they're all very glad we did and you know me and may are important parts of our family. Michael Hingson  09:32 So what happened when you brought each of them home then? And the other kids met them and all that how did all that go? Wesley Hagood  09:41 Like they were pretty excited. By the time we were returning from China with me I went very well. Actually. And the same thing with May, actually one of our four children Kelly, who was the second second daughter, third child, she went with us to China on the on the trip so she was there for the whole day. adoption process for Mai the younger of the two that we adopted.  Michael Hingson  10:04 So did the sisters hit it off even in China? Wesley Hagood  10:08 Well, we didn't take me with us to China made me and me and Kelly Kelly. Oh, yeah, Kelly just fell in love with her on first sight. And they got along very, very well.  Michael Hingson  10:20 How old was Mei when you adopted her?  Wesley Hagood  10:22 May was about three and a half years old. So it was a very different experience, because she was like a little person, right? She was speaking multiple Chinese dialects. You know, her, she was quite formed as a human being and an individual having had lots of life experiences, even only three and a half years old, very different than an 18 month old, who was very much like a baby or a toddler, does she have made that is much in the way of memories of being done in China at this point. At this point in time, she doesn't really have that many memories, because remember, she was only three and a half, right? But she told us things about China that we thought were not likely to be true, like just fiction and a little child's mind. Like, for example, she came back, she told us that she had a little brother. And we thought, okay, that doesn't make a lot of sense to us. But we later found out that she lived with a woman in foster care. And we asked the orphanage about it. And they said, well, the woman has a daughter, but she doesn't have any she didn't have any male children. When we found out that was wrong, the foster mother actually had a little boy. And May was actually taking care of him, to some degree when even though she was only three years old, when she was in China. And we know that this was probably true, because we made contact with a foster mother found out about her son. And she she confirmed a lot of what we knew, like for example, at three years old Navy knew how to wrap a baby in a blanket and hold it and feed it, which we thought was unusual for a three year old child. But I think she actually took care of her or helped take care of her foster mother's younger child.  Michael Hingson  12:10 How do you stay in contact with like the foster mother or other people in China? How do you do that as an email? Or what do you do?  Wesley Hagood  12:18 Um, at first, we tried email. But that wasn't a very good way to stay in touch in China. Everyone at that time used an application called QQ, which was developed by a company named Tencent, which you might have heard about, you know, on the US stock exchange, they're very, very large company in China. And then Tencent actually created a new and better and easier to use application called WeChat. Which is what pretty much everybody in China has on their phones today. So it's actually very easy to stay in touch with someone in China.  Michael Hingson  12:54 Do you do actual voice calls and so on? Or is it texting  Wesley Hagood  12:57 voice calls, you can send photographs, you can send videos, you can have individual and group video chats, it's very easy to use very intuitive, and, you know, very effective in terms of staying in touch with people.  Michael Hingson  13:10 Sure. Well, at least that way, you really can stay in touch.  Wesley Hagood  13:15 You can.  Michael Hingson  13:16 So so now you have six children all together.  Wesley Hagood  13:20 That's right.  Michael Hingson  13:21 So that's a good number. No more No more adoption plans. I assume.  Wesley Hagood  13:26 We're actually a little too old to adopt now. In our Michael Hingson  13:31 Yeah, well. Yeah, there's there's only so many hours in the day and so many things to do. Right. But you Wesley Hagood  13:41 in China won't let you adopt after you get to be a certain age. So you're pretty much done with them.  Michael Hingson  13:46 Why mandatory retirement? Huh?  Wesley Hagood  13:49 Yeah, that's right.  Michael Hingson  13:50 How did the process go, though, in terms of given China, the US different countries and all that, and certainly, significantly different philosophies and so on? How are they in terms of being supportive and such for people from the US adopting Chinese children, as opposed to what obviously they used to do with the weeping cliffs and so on?  Wesley Hagood  14:15 Right. Well, I mean, if you if you think about today, the relationship between China and the US is a lot more tense than it was at that time, right back in the early, early years of new millennium. China was very supportive of foreigners, if you will, adopting children from China. The I'd say, I've heard estimates anywhere between 120 and 150,000. Children had been adopted from China since the 1990s. And I'd say probably 85 to 90% of those were girls. And then the Chinese government was very appreciative that the, you know, the Westerners or the foreigners would come and, and adopt those children. Big Because the understanding at the time was they just had, you know, an exploding population, they, they were concerned about bringing the population growth down. They felt like it was necessary for the success of the country to reduce that. And so when they ended up with large numbers of children in orphanages, they were very supportive of people from other countries coming to adopt this children.  Michael Hingson  15:27 I assume that's probably changed some over the years and compare it to.  Wesley Hagood  15:32 It has it's changed, but maybe for a different reason. In the mid 2,001st, decade of 2000 2005, there about there was a big scandal in the Hunan province about children and being essentially brought to orphanages to be placed into the international adoption program. There were actually you know, claims of children being bought and sold and so forth. And when that story leaked out, the number of children available for adoption entering the orphanages significantly declined. I think most of the people in China believed that if their child was placed in an orphanage, the child would be adopted in country, not internationally. And they were the people in the country were concerned about that. And so after the word got out that many, many children were being moved into orphanages and then being adopted internationally, the numbers entering dropped off significantly. And today, the number of children adopted from China is much smaller than it was, say around 2005 2006, which was the big peak when maybe about 12 12,000 or more children each year were being adopted from China. Michael Hingson  16:49 What do you think it is today? Do you have a notion? Wesley Hagood  16:51 Today, it's probably closer to 3000. So it's a much smaller number. And in almost every case, I won't say every case, but in almost every case, there are children with some sort of disability, physical or other types of disability. And so the Chinese government continues to place those children for adoption, but there are just far smaller numbers that are entering the orphanages to be adopted. Michael Hingson  17:23 And a lot more of them are children with disabilities and such. Yes, yeah. It's interesting. I had the opportunity after my book thunder dog was published, which chronicle my life and wove into it, the story of the World Trade Center. I went to Japan in 2012, because it was published there. And there was a Japanese publisher. And one of the things that I learned was that for many years, and I don't know when it actually stopped, but for many years, if a child was born with a disability, they were euthanized. It was the standard practice and no one. I didn't get the impression that anybody was concerned about it, although they did evolve from that. So it is interesting, it's the usual thing about dealing with disabilities where we're not viewed as equal in the eyes of most people. And it's a it's an educational process, and I hope, one that we'll see continue to grow and that there will be more people, both in this country and in the world who will truly and intellectually and emotionally accept the fact that disability doesn't really mean lack of ability, we really need to change that view. Wesley Hagood  18:41 That's true. Absolutely true. Michael Hingson  18:43 So it's kind of one of those things that happened. Well, Mia, especially I gather has been a very significant challenge to you, because at some point along the line, she wanted to learn about her birth parents. Wesley Hagood  18:57 She did. I've tried to think I'd say that. It was probably when she was about four years old. She started asking us lots of questions about her birth parents. She wanted to know things like what are their names? What do they look like? Michael Hingson  19:16 How old and it was pretty clear that she obviously understood she was adopted? Wesley Hagood  19:21 Oh, yes, she was a precocious child. And she she understood and she was very, very analytical. So she was always trying to figure things out. That's the best way to describe me is analytical. And so you know, she'd say things like, well, how old are they? You know, those kinds of questions. And then, of course, probably the most significant was, well, why did they give me a way up to be adopted? Right? And we would just say to her meow, we don't know. And this went on for this went on for months. And eventually, you know, I talked it over with her mother and I said, Look at This is clearly very important to me. So I think that we should begin a search to see if we could find her birth family. And we told me that we said, look, we don't, you know, we don't know the answers to your questions, we know that it's important to you to understand, to learn and to get answers to your questions. So we will go ahead and do whatever we can to search and help find your birth family so that, you know, you can get the answers to these questions that, that you seem to need so desperately. And we didn't even know I didn't know if the time if it was even possible to find birth parents in China, because, you know, we were given so little information, obviously no information about them. All we were really told is that me it was found on this location on this date. And that's all we had, it was a place in China called Hong Fu, which was Hong fu road and Chinese. And she was supposedly found there about, you know, maybe 10 days after she was born. And that's all we knew. So, you know, I started thinking about how might we search and tried a number of different things. And then 14 or 15 years later, we actually discovered the identity of me as birth family members. And we had it verified through DNA testing. Michael Hingson  21:23 How did you discover them?  Wesley Hagood  21:25 Well, that's a very quick good question. We I tried, like I said, just about everything possible to identify or locate or birth parents. First, I went to China myself, I made a trip back to the orphanage, which we had not been allowed to visit. When we went to China, we met the children in the provincial Capitol on Joe. So I actually went to this small, rural, mountainous city and went to the orphanage and was looking for clues or answers and didn't really find much of anything, primarily because they wouldn't let me visit the orphanage because they said, you know, this is not your history. This is your daughter's, if you would, you know, if you really want to visit the orphanage and ask questions, you need to bring your daughter for a heritage visit. So six months later, I was back in China with Mia. And we actually visited the orphanage, we got to see her orphanage file, we got to ask questions. And we found the name of the individual who allegedly found her on Hong fu road. And you couldn't really tell from the Chinese characters the name whether it was a male or a female, there was no you know, identifying information other than the name. We track down anyone we could find in the city that had that name. And of course, no one knew any information about her and had no knowledge of me of being found. But that was the first thing. So we we took the documents that we were given and or visited the orphanage to find more information, and then didn't really get very far. So then the next thing that I did was to try to, I guess I would call it kind of a media based search, we tried to put posters all over the area where she was allegedly found in the in the town on on the road. And even though I had done that multiple times, or had someone do it on my behalf, I did it myself when I visited, no one ever came forward. No one ever contacted us. In fact, even though supposedly five children were found on this very short little st this very short little road in the in the center of the city. No one ever remembered any child ever being found there. So that it sort of started me making me question about whether it was true or not, you know, was the information that she was found in that location, because I would think that someone would remember at least one child found there, if allegedly five had been found there over a period of four or five years. But it turned out the third technique that I used was the most successful, which I call genetic genealogy based search. So it involves testing a child's DNA. And then when they matched to someone who had a common ancestor, you start building out a, like a family tree diagram, right thing, a traditional genealogical genealogical tech technique. And you build out these family tree diagrams for everyone she matched to that's a relatively close relative hoping that the that the tree diagrams would intersect, you know, and point to her point to her, her birth family and what was happening is we're making good progress and we were eliminating paths on the tree diagrams and narrowing in on the birth family. And then we uploaded me as DNA into a Chinese database and she matched to a first cousin. So that made it much easier To trace from the first cousin to her uncle, an aunt, who had relinquished a child for adoption, the same year Mia was born. And the first cousin put me in touch with her first cousins, cousin. And it turned out that she looked very much like me, she agreed to take a DNA test. And the results came back saying that they were full sisters, you know, they were sisters. And then, because I wanted to be sure I asked if the if the a sister biological sister would be willing to ask her parents to take a DNA test, just to make sure both agreed both took it, and the results came back. And it says they were her biological father and mother. So we're certainly found the family  Michael Hingson  25:45 of every will, Has everyone been able then or now to visit? And Wesley Hagood  25:54 well, we couldn't really visit we actually located the birth family in October of 2020. And of course, you know, the pandemic was in Michael Hingson  26:02 that COVID thing,  Wesley Hagood  26:03 full rage. And, but the good thing is using WeChat, as we talked about earlier, me has been able to have video conferences with her birth family members, including her mom and dad, and brothers and sisters like her, she has one brother and several sisters. And she's able to stay in touch with her sisters using WeChat. So it's it's not quite being there. But it's almost like being Michael Hingson  26:26 there. Yeah, it's as close as you can get right now.  Wesley Hagood  26:29 Yes, until the pandemic resolves itself. And we could actually maybe make a visit to China in the future. Michael Hingson  26:36 Mia has learned to speak Chinese. Well, when Wesley Hagood  26:39 she was growing up, she would go to Chinese classes, you know, during the week or on weekends, I would take her go with her because she was so young. At first, she needed support. And when she got to high school, she got so busy, she had to stop doing that just because it was very challenging. And I think she's probably lost most of it. But like a lot of people when you when you learn a language, you can recover it very quickly, once you get back in that environment. Yeah. Michael Hingson  27:06 How do they communicate them? Do the people in China speak English? Or how do I see what you're saying? Wesley Hagood  27:11 Yeah, her birth parents did not speak any English. But her three older sisters, all of whom, by the way, either went to or the younger, youngest of the three, just a little bit older than me, is still in college. And in China. Oftentimes, many of the classes are taught in English or some of them are. And so the, at a minimum, the Chinese students have to be able to read and write in English, even if they're not very fluent in speaking, that's a little harder to do unless you have a partner back to Swift. But they, they and then of course, WeChat has a Translation Translation function, right? So you can just you type a message in Chinese and send it and then we click translate. It goes into English, we type in English, send it back, they hit translate, although they're they're pretty pretty versed in reading English, so they don't often have to translate it. Michael Hingson  28:04 So me as biological sister in college, what is she majoring in? Wesley Hagood  28:08 Well, they have three, the one that's still in college is actually a biology major. Right. Michael Hingson  28:14 There you go science again, science again. And then Wesley Hagood  28:17 the older two majored in business, and they're both working in Chinese companies. Michael Hingson  28:22 Well, at least there's a science connection. So that's a good thing. They're not as much math and biology necessarily, but still plenty. Wesley Hagood  28:31 Yeah, yeah. In this thing, more and more math than there used to be perhaps in biology? Yeah. Michael Hingson  28:37 Well, math is kind of the rudimentary thing of all of them. You know, physics is a great subject, but it is so math intensive. And what a lot of people never get to recognize is getting down to the philosophies of physics that, that the math has really helped create. And there's so much philosophy and in physics, about the universe, and so on. And it's sometimes it's helpful to separate the two. But math is important. Wesley Hagood  29:06 Very important. It's almost like the international language. Michael Hingson  29:10 So what's another question? When you found me as birth parents, what did they think of the whole thing? What did they think of you searching and finding them and so on? Wesley Hagood  29:24 Well, they were actually quite surprised. Maybe even we could use the word shocked, because they believe that Mia was still living in China. So they did not expect that when she contacted them to learn that she had been adopted internationally and living in the US all these years. So that's, that was kind of their initial reaction. Michael Hingson  29:48 How are they now? Wesley Hagood  29:49 They're fine. We had our first group video chat using WeChat video on Chinese New Year day in 2021. And it was, it was great to connect with them and, you know, meet all the members of the family and chat it was it was a little noisy because there were a lot of fireworks and things going on in the background because it was New Year's Day in China. But then subsequent to that Nia had another, more quiet conversation just with her mom. And then some of the other members joined later. And I think as I said, prior to this, we we stay in touch with them using WeChat. And just this morning, I was chatting with one of me as older biological sisters about whether they celebrated the Ching Ming Festival, which is known as the Tomb Sweeping festival in China, which occurred on April 5, and it's where you go and you clean up your ancestors graves and offer sacrifices and thanks. And the the the older sister Jeanne said no, we couldn't go this year because of the the pandemic. Yeah, so that's still playing havoc with family traditions in China. Michael Hingson  31:12 Yes, it is everywhere. So how is it then that Mia ended up being in an orphanage? What, what happened? Wesley Hagood  31:23 Well, the Mia had three older sisters. And when she was born, her family, primarily father decided to give her to a woman who wanted to adopt a girl. And actually me as they have played a big role in transferring her from her mom and dad on the Damia was born actually to this woman who lived in a remote mountainous village in Shin Yi city, which is where Mia was born. And as far as they knew me, I was still living with that woman and part of her family. All those years later, they're not certain how or why the woman somehow must have transferred me to the orphanage about 10 days after she was born. They don't really know and they've lost touch with this woman. So you could see why they'd be surprised when we contacted them and said she'd been living in the US all these years. It's funny, we had actually produced a video as a way to try to reconnect with me as family in China and had it put on some websites there. When Mia was about eight or nine years old, and me his aunt told me Oh, yeah, I remember seeing that video, she said, but I'd never thought it could have been MIA because we knew Mia was still living in China. So she never even realized that the video was of her nice Michael Hingson  32:52 circumstances and strange twists. Yes. Well, I assume that at some point, Mia wants to go back and visit and reconnect physically. Wesley Hagood  33:03 Yes, when Mia first learned about the identity of her birth family, one of the first things she said is, do you want to go visit. But as I said, That was back in October, November of 2020. And as you remember, the pandemic was pretty much raging then and there wasn't going to be really any likelihood of traveling to China. Of course, things got a lot better into China until recently with the arise of the Omicron v2 variant. And now as you've probably heard, it's spreading quite a bit throughout China. Last count, I heard there was at least 24 provinces that had that variant. And, for example, they have shut down Shanghai a city of 26 million people trying to test everybody and continue their policy of zero COVID in China. So because that particular variant is so transmissible my guess is it's going to be quite a while before they actually bring it under control or get the situation resolved. And it would be possible to travel to China again. Michael Hingson  34:04 Well, it'll be a joyous and certainly a good day when Mia can actually go back and see them. So I Exactly, yeah, I Oh, I hope to hear about that once it occurs. Wesley Hagood  34:17 I know we're looking forward to it. But as I said, it's going to be a while I have a feeling Michael Hingson  34:23 it'll happen though. Wesley Hagood  34:24 I think so I believe that. Michael Hingson  34:27 You you in in going through the whole search and so on. You documented it as you went along, or how did you? Did you keep a record of at all? Wesley Hagood  34:38 Well, what happened? I think I mentioned I sort of semi retired in about a year ago in June 2021. And for I'd say about two and a half years prior I had started writing a book. And the title of the book is searching for your Chinese birth family. And the purpose I wrote it to benefit the 120,000 Chinese adoptees and their adoptive parents who began adopting those girls, mostly girls, few boys, but in the early 1990s. And the idea was to really to share what we had learned during our family's journey with others who might want to do the same. You know, really, there was no roadmap, Michael, when we started this right there was there was really very little online even that you could find about how to go and search. And so I had to think long and hard about how would we actually be able to do this, right. And I think my first thought was, well, I need to find an investigative reporter in China. That was my thought, who speaks English, right? Because I did not speak Chinese, who would be willing to undertake this project is sort of, you know, searching for my, my daughter's biological family, if I would help fund it. And I couldn't find anyone who would be willing to, you know, accept that challenge. Right. So my next stop was well, okay, I at least need to be able to speak this person. How about an English teacher, you know, someone who speaks fluent English, who might be willing to help, and actually found a couple of English teachers who were willing to go out ask questions, hand out flyers, that sort of thing, trying to get the word out that Mia was trying to reconnect with her birth family. And so So, Michael Hingson  36:28 you know, these were teachers, these were teachers in China, Wesley Hagood  36:31 teachers in China, where Mia was found, right, but the idea was to document all of everything that we tried that didn't work, as well as what did work, and create a framework so that people who were either considering launching a search, or maybe they needed to reinvigorate their search, because they tried a couple of things and felt hopeless and had stopped, you know, given that big picture, that frame of reference of how can you do it? What are the different ways to search? What are the most effective ways? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each, each type of search, right? And, and I documented all that in a book that I, like I said, started writing about two and a half years before, before we even found me as birth parents. So it was really an act of faith, that we were going to that the process that I was following, which at that point in time, was the genetic genealogy based approach that, you know, the testing of DNA and matching to other individuals, and then trying to understand who their living relatives and ancestors were in creating family tree diagrams, and so forth was going to pay off. And it eventually did, and it was actually accelerated when we found that first cousin, because we knew exactly what to do in terms of what questions to ask. We had built been building relationships with people from China for quite some time and documenting, you know, the relationships, and we were able to go pretty quickly, once we found that first cousin, Michael Hingson  37:59 you documented it all, you got all the information? How did you go about writing the book, then? Did you do it all yourself? Did you get someone to help you with that? How did all that work Wesley Hagood  38:10 out? No, I pretty much wrote it all myself, you know, day by day, little by little sentence by sentence. Eventually, I reached out to a publisher, heritage books, who I thought might be interested in publishing a book like this, because they are known to publish books about genealogy and family history. And I was actually surprised when I sent a query letter out. And I think I sent a couple of chapters that I had written at that point in the book. And they came back to me and said, Yeah, we'd like to publish the book. Michael Hingson  38:44 And what company was out again, it's called Wesley Hagood  38:46 a heritage books, heritage books. Okay, heritage books, and they're well known for publishing, geologically, Jeanne, Jeanne genealogy and family history, types of books. So people that are interested in doing research about their ancestors, right, they're there. They're known for publishing books on that topic. And this book sort of seemed to fit right, because I was advocating using those types of processes to actually trace from living individuals to back to ancestors and then forward again to the birth family. And so they were interested and they basically just gave me their their guidelines in terms of, you know, the format and all of that and I met their requirements and sent the book in and they published it and it came out this past December. So it's really only been out a little over what cember January March, little over three months going on for months now. Along is the book. It's about 132 pages, okay. It, it talks about the document based search that I described earlier, the media base to the genetic genealogy base search, I then kind of advocate for that third type of searches, the one that if you really want to make that connection, that's your best chance to do it. because the first two types, although they've been successful, it's rare that you'll be able to use the documents that China gives you, or even other ones that they retain that they don't give you unless you go back to China and choir and ask for a copy. It's very rare that you're going to find first family that way. Michael Hingson  40:20 First, the whole concept of the app, the whole concept of genetic genealogy, and so on is sort of the same thing that has been used effectively, and very famously, in terms of solving some criminal cold, cold cases and tracing back genealogies through genetic coding. That's Wesley Hagood  40:37 exactly right. And if you if you look prior to solving this code cases, people were using and they developed this concept called genetic genealogy to fill in gaps in a person's family tree. And then someone in a police department read about it. And I wonder if he could use that same technique to find solve a cold case and find someone who had committed a crime? Michael Hingson  41:00 Yeah, and the famous person who did it, I don't recall her name, has been a very famous consultant and works with police departments all over. But she proved the whole point of what was doable. And it makes a lot of sense. And certainly, it makes a lot of sense to be able to go trace people like you're, you were and are trying to do. And, obviously, you need a little bit of cooperation on all sides. But it certainly is an exciting way to do it. Wesley Hagood  41:26 That's right. That's a cc more that you were Yes, right. CC more, right. She's very, very famous. In fact, she was one of the individuals who I believe coined the term. I think she did. Okay. Michael Hingson  41:37 Well, you know, you obviously put a lot of effort into this and as much as anything, the emotional effort to make it happen. So you, clearly we're very committed, does it surprise you now thinking back on it, how committed you were given the fact that your wife just sprung this on you one day? Wesley Hagood  42:00 Yeah. Well, I certainly knew that I was very committed, right, because in some sense, I had put off doing other things that I wanted to do in my life. Because I felt like it was really important for both of our daughters that were adopted from China, to be able to have that, you know, have that knowledge and to reconnect with their first family, their birth family. And so I was committed to doing it. And we're still searching for Mays birth family using the genetic genealogy technique. You know, we're trying to be patient continue to periodically check all the databases, her DNA is in a number of them. And at some point, I believe that she will match to a fairly close relative. And once that happens, if that individual will cooperate and share information with us about their living relatives and ancestors, we should be able to trace from those individuals, to Mays birth family. And to be honest, the likelihood of that occurring increases every day, because these databases continue to get larger and larger and larger. And CeCe Moore was one of the people and others Blaine bet injures another big name in this field, who, who realized that once just one to 3% of a population, has their DNA tested just one to 3%. If you have yours tested, you're likely to match a close relative, which I think is bizarre. But that's all you need. And then Michael Hingson  43:27 are there databases in China? I'm assuming that somehow that's the way it goes. Wesley Hagood  43:33 There are databases in China. In fact, there are many more than there are in the US or in the West. But the Western databases, ones that you'd be familiar with ones like ancestry.com 23, and me, my heritage, those those Family Tree DNA, they're much larger, much larger. And in China is still a relatively young industry, if you want to call it that they call it direct consumer testing. And so the largest DNA database that I know of, which is the one that we put me as DNA N and and she had the match is database called 23. Mo Fung, which means 23 Rubik's Cube, it only has 600,000, only 600,000 users. And so in some sense, we were quite fortunate that we matched to to someone since we they've not yet gotten to the point where they've tested one even 1% of the Chinese population of 1 billion people, right? They've got a ways to go but but like I said, every day, the likelihood increases that that you'll find a match. The challenge with China is getting your DNA into their databases. And as I said, they're so small that the likelihood of a match or close match is not high. But at some point, just like in the West, those databases will someone will dominate the market, maybe two or three companies and they will become very, very large. And then if a Chinese adoptee 10 with one of those databases, they're almost certain to find a close relative, and we'll get a match and, and you know, hopefully, if that person will cooperate, we'll be able to trace from that individual to their birth family. Michael Hingson  45:12 Rubik's Cube is an interesting way to help name a database like that. And it makes so much sense because it's all about so many different permutations to get somewhere. Wesley Hagood  45:24 Exactly. Exactly. Michael Hingson  45:26 Which, of course, tempts me to ask the question, did you ever have any success at solving Rubik's Cubes, especially with any kind of speed earlier in life? Wesley Hagood  45:36 Personally, I hate physical puzzles. Nia loves it, me, it was one of those kids that you could, you know, mess up the Rubik's Cube and hand it to her. And within just a couple of minutes, she could put it back in shape, I was never quite like that. What I like is solving, you know, the, the type of puzzle that that we focused on with me, you know, like, you've got a problem, and you need to find a solution, which means you need to build a methodology and apply it to the problem to come up with a solution. That's what I really enjoy. And I'd say, that's what I've done for most of my career, which was spent in consulting, you know, Michael Hingson  46:17 sure. Yeah. So me, me hasn't taught you the intuition of how to solve a Rubik's Cube, I gather, Wesley Hagood  46:24 she hasn't, I have no, I have no desire to learn it. Michael Hingson  46:28 Well, I like some physical puzzles, because they're a real puzzle. And I'm not thinking so much of jigsaw puzzles, but real puzzles, like that have a lot of intuition and some creativity behind them. But there's nothing like being able to solve puzzles, like what you did. And I love those kinds of puzzles. I guess, from a reading standpoint, that's also in part why I like a lot of mysteries, although I like really the well written ones, because there's a real puzzle there. And the trick is to solve it before you get to the end of the book. And there's some authors I can do that with. So their, their mysteries have become less interesting. But there are some that I thought were some of the greatest puzzle creators that I've ever encountered, because I've never been able to come anywhere close to solving them until we get to the end of the book. And then it really is obvious. And there were just things I didn't pick up on. Sure. But puzzles, puzzles are great. And they do, they do tend to challenge the mind. Wesley Hagood  47:35 Right, exactly. And that's the type I like the best. Yeah, Michael Hingson  47:39 well, I guess that comes from, for both of us from some science backgrounds, we do deal with a lot of puzzles. And the more we solve the more we develop our own mindsets and our own brains. And the more curious we become I know, I've been curious my whole life. And that's a good thing to be curious. I agree. Absolutely. You clearly have demonstrated an ability to be curious and be patient about allowing your curiosity to take you wherever it goes. All your kids that same way. And your wife. Wesley Hagood  48:15 You know, I don't know if I'd say curious, I hadn't thought about that. The thing that first thing that comes to mind when I think about all of our for older children is that they're all extremely hard workers. That also applies to me. And May, they're all very hard workers. And I'd like to think that that's because we gave them an example of a model to follow. Michael Hingson  48:34 Well, and that's, of course, always a good thing to be able to be a good role model on. That's something that I think kids need in general, and we need to be the role models to bring them to where we would like them to be, which is successful, anchored and so on. Wesley Hagood  48:54 That's right, and mature and moral people, which is very important. Michael Hingson  48:58 Yeah. Yeah. So it's a it's an ongoing process. Needless to say, Well, tell me a little bit about if you were to talk to people about this whole concept of the unstoppable mindset and, and well, what does it mean to you? And how would you encourage people to go about developing a greater mindset and I deliberately use the term when creating the podcast unstoppable mindset because I believe that it is for me. It started in thinking about surviving the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on September 11. And what I never understood at that time, and even for many years afterwards was I knew that I was focused and calm during the escape. Clearly not seeing what was going on. But also recognizing it didn't matter that I didn't see what was going on. And that's something that's so hard for people to understand. But the airplane hit and are building 18 floors. Above us on the other side of the building. So the reality is in the environment where I found myself going down the stairs, no one knew we were all in the same boat. But for me, what I realized, in going through the process was, I stayed focused. And it took a while to recognize Well, I did all that because I had learned what to do in an emergency, I had consulted with the Port Authority, people I had consulted with fire people and others, and not only learn what the procedures were in case of any kind of an emergency, but also learned all the physical information that I could learn, and it eventually just kind of clicked into a mindset. To me, I knew what I could do. And I knew that I knew everything that I could, could know, even so I asked my question myself the question many times, anything else you think you ought to learn or anything else you want to inquire about? And sometimes I got new ideas and went nasty about them. But it created a mindset. So when September 11 attacks happened, I just started observing, and drawing conclusions, and reacting to those, rather than just being panicked by the fact that somebody said, I see fire and smoke and millions of pieces of burning paper above us, and we got to get out of here right now. Right? So what how would, how would you advise? Or what would you advise people about unstoppable mindset, that whole concept? Yeah, Wesley Hagood  51:27 well, I would say this, for sort of the vast majority of my career, I was, I worked as a management consultant, right. And sort of the definition in my mind of a management consultant is a person who, in my case, advise government managers on how to think about and improve their processes, find a better way to work be more successful, right. And one of the things that we had to do was be comfortable with ambiguity. Because, as you said, after the events occurred on 911, there were a lot of things that you just didn't know, you didn't know what was happening, right. And so I think, you have to be comfortable with ambiguity. It's not easy. We all like certainty, right? We don't like ambiguity, but you have to become comfortable with it. And I'd say in the world in which we live, we have to, we have to be comfortable with things not being clear. But at the same time, as you said, not panicking. Thinking about what we know what we don't know, what's the best way to go forward? What what are our goals? How do we accomplish them. And I would say that, you know, if, if something's really important to you, or to your family, you should never give up, you should just stick with it. That doesn't mean you have to burn yourself out, right? You can take breaks, like when we were searching, there were times where it was so exhausting. You just needed to take a break and go off and do something else have a picnic. Whatever it was, you know, take a day trip, right? Take breaks, but don't quit, don't give up, stop periodically assess what you're doing. Ask yourself, is this working? Is it leading me any closer to my goal or not? If it isn't, then try a different approach. And the final chapter of the book is called our story. And the reason I put it at the end of the book, where there was two reasons why number one, I've read books about searching for birth parents, not Chinese birth parents, but just in general, you know, like in the US, for example, or something. And people sort of interleave their story in in with the process. And it makes it very confusing. And it's almost like a tangent, right, that takes you away from well, what are the steps I should be following? I didn't want to confuse the readers with that. So I put it at the very end of the book saying, look, here's our story. If you read this, at the end, you'll you'll have a better understanding of the process we followed and why we you know why I came to the conclusion that this, this one approach was the best approach to search. But also, I put it there because I wanted them to understand all of the things we tried that did not work and that despite failure, if you will, we'd never gave up right? It's really like you would say the unstoppable mind. Okay, that won't work. Let's try this. That won't work. Let's try that. There are a lot of revelations in the book, things that I tried or almost tried that, that, that that didn't make a lot of sense, but I wanted the reader to understand we've tried just about everything possible, to give them the context and understand that what I'm advocating what we're advocating as a family will work if you stick with it, right. We've tried all these things so you don't have to think of it that way. We failed many times so that you can make a quicker If you can move more quickly to success. And so that's that would be my advice right to someone in terms of developing an unstoppable mind. And I would like to add, I think you should also pray for God's guidance, I'll tell you, my wife spent years per she, she spent far more time praying that we would eventually find me and his birth families. And I did not to say I didn't cry, because I certainly did. But I probably did more physical work, she did more praying. And I think it was the combination of those things that also helped us actually get there and sustain us, you know, through the, the arduous process, if you will. Michael Hingson  55:44 I wonder how much praying she did, to get to the point of having the wisdom to approach you and get you to come on board and then praying for you to be a part of it. That'd be prayers there, too. But the power of prayer is really important. And I think that whether God says it or not, life is a puzzle. And you demonstrate so vividly the concept of solving a puzzle. And people will come along, as time goes by, from reading your book, and maybe listening to this podcast or just from their own experience. And we'll add more to the puzzle solution, which is what makes this so exciting. One of the most important things that I have learned and you talked about ambiguity, and so on, one of the things that I find most important to say to people is, don't worry about what you can't control focus on what you can. And that was a message that I got, and is talked about in Thunder dog where I believe well, I know God spoke to me because it was a very physical speaking to me, which is something that I think is hard for a lot of people to understand. But there are things we don't have control over. And if we fret about that, and spend our time worrying about that, then we shift away from dealing with what we can and making things better. And the reality is what we can't control will get worked out one way or another. We just don't have any control over it. So why should we spend a lot of our energy on it, it just gets frustrating. Wesley Hagood  57:21 And that's that's a good message to remind others and remind ourself of often right that what does it say in the Bible, there's a passage about not being able to like extend your height by a little bit or your life by a single day, something to that effect. So why worry about those things, right? Focus on what you can control what you can do, Michael Hingson  57:42 the rest will take care of itself. So if people want to get a copy of your book, well, actually, before we do that, I want you to if you will talk a little bit about FCC. Wesley Hagood  57:55 FCC. Yes, FCC stands for families with children from China. And I am the president of the FCC chapter in the capitol area. So Washington, DC, serving families in Virginia, Maryland, and DC. And we were a group of families that just sort of self organized. Like I said, back in the sort of like maybe mid 90s, as adoption from China started to happen on a more regular basis. And really, the purpose of it was to help other families who were seeking to do the same to help them understand the process, what it would be like and to create a community for those families who had done something that was really rather unique at that point in time. And it's grown to the point where there are chapters there, each sort of individually, individually structured, all over the US and really all over the world. But then as as the number of adoptions has declined from China, and the children that were adopted as infants, often right, our young children have grown up and are now in their teens, or maybe in college, maybe even young adults outside of college, the chapters have started to decline and a number of them have are inactive, right. But most still have a Facebook group or something so that you can get in touch with them if you'd like to do so. Especially for families who are still continuing to adopt from China. Michael Hingson  59:29 Is there a website? Wesley Hagood  59:31 Best thing to do is just go to Facebook and type families with children from China and you'll find them pop up all over the Michael Hingson  59:38 place. So there isn't like an fcc.org or families with children from china.org. Wesley Hagood  59:43 There, there was one like that. But that one's even defunct now. It's it wasn't a How can I say this? It wasn't a single organization. It was a collection of organizations who all had kind of a common purpose, right, and tended to use a common name, but each each individual one was individually charter, usually with the state in which they were located. So there Michael Hingson  1:00:13 wasn't a confederation or just as you said, an individual organization, they were just, yeah, groups that formed, obviously, with a very common and relevant purpose. Wesley Hagood  1:00:25 Exactly. Yeah. Well, part part of what they also did was to help, you know, help the families and the children learn about Chinese culture, Chinese customs, etc. Because that's something that we all promised when we adopted those children that we would raise them with knowledge of their country, their culture, their customs, that sort of thing. Michael Hingson  1:00:47 Well, if people want to get your book, how can they do that? And if people want to reach out to you and maybe talk with you, or gain more wisdom from you, how can they do that? Wesley Hagood  1:00:56 Okay, well, the easiest way to find the book is just to go to Amazon books and search for the title. And the title again, was searching for your Chinese birth family searching for your Chinese birth family. And then if they wanted to reach me, the easiest way would just be to send me an email to my Gmail email address, which is my name, Wesley middle initial, O, last name. Hagood@gmail.com. Michael Hingson  1:01:22 And Hagood. Is H A G O O D? Wesley Hagood  1:01:25 That's right. H A G O O D? No. Y inHagood. Michael Hingson  1:01:30 Well, that is is really so cool. And I'm really glad that you came on to tell your story. I think it's an important story for people to hear. And you obviously enjoyed the adventure, challenges and all and you obviously demonstrated a very strong, unstoppable mindset going through all of that in any way that that implies. Wesley Hagood  1:01:56 Yeah. Well, Michael, thank you so much for having me on your on your podcast show. It's great, great to be with you. Michael Hingson  1:02:03 Well, I enjoy it. And hopefully, if you find other people that you think would be good guests, no matter the subject, we'd love to hear from them. If you want to come back and talk about engineering, we can do that. You and I both have worked long enough with the government, however, that there are probably a lot of government contracts we can talk about otherwise we would no longer exists in the world. And Wesley Hagood  1:02:26 that's true. If you're like me, you signed the statement that you'll keep this information confidential for the rest of your lifetime. So Michael Hingson  1:02:33 what information is that expense? So I was I used to sell products to SAIC and other government agencies and I've worked for a company that that made products and we had a lot of fun but some some really interesting very quiet contracts. And that's okay. I'm all for for security when it's relevant to do but it's, it's a lot of fun to have had you on and clearly you have demonstrated some some great things that I think will inspire people so I really appreciate you doing it. And for those you know, for those of you listening, love to hear your thoughts, you can email me Michael Hingson, you can email me at Michaelhi M I C H A E L H I at accessiBe A C C E S S I B E.com. You can go to www. Michaelhingson.com M I C H A E L H I N G S O N.com/podcast. To hear other episodes, or you can go to any place where you find podcasts. And if you found this elsewhere, go there and you'll find the rest of the unstoppable mindset episodes. And please give us a five star rating. Please say positive things. We appreciate that. But I'd love to hear any thoughts that you have. And if anyone out there listening has ideas for guests, or you want to volunteer please do so I'd love to hear from you, Wesley again, thanks very much for being here and for giving us a lot of insights today. Thank you so much, Michael. Michael Hingson  1:04:09 You have been listening to the Unstoppable Mindset podcast. Thanks for dropping by. I hope that you'll join us again next week, and in future weeks for upcoming episodes. To subscribe to our podcast and to learn about upcoming episodes, please visit www dot Michael hingson.com slash podcast. Michael Hingson is spelled m i c h a e l h i n g s o n. While you're on the site., please use the form there to recommend people who we ought to interview in upcoming editions of the show. And also, we ask you and urge you to invite your friends to join us in the future. If you know of any one or any organization needing a speaker for an event, please email me at speaker at Michael hingson.com. I appreciate it very much. 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