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Episode 300!

For episode 300, I asked for questions about the podcast and me. I got a response with many good questions, and I’ll be answering them in this episode.

Then I go on to answer questions about me that I didn’t get asked but that I thought might be interesting to you.

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Episode 15: Decoding DC, Romney’s Taxes, and Some Speech is More Free Than Others

Episode 22: Listener Feedback – Calling Me Out on Ban Ki Moon

Geocaching

What’s neXt?

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Does God get any credit from Cuomo?

Many Democrats are bothered by the fact that their presumptive nominee for President is the old, white male that they have said only Republicans elect. But if you break that number down by race, you may be surprised by what you find. (Or not.)

Andrew Cuomo, governor of the state of New York, is pretty confident that the people have brought down the number of COVID-19 infections, and that God had no part in that. Interesting to hear coming from a Roman Catholic.

And a listener gives her thoughts about what she misses, is thankful for, and is sick and tired of during this pandemic.

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Some Democrats are bothered nominee is an older white man – and they solidly back Biden in November

Episode 143: UK NHS SOS, and the Washington Redskins (Non-)Controversy

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What to do during self-isolation?

Are there things you have learned or enjoyed or missed or lost during this isolation? Let me know in the comments below.

This time out, I talk about a few of those things myself, as well as one listener’s thoughts.

Then I kind of go off in a few directions, including game we’ve played over Zoom or websites.

Mentioned links:

The game “Codenames” [affiliate link]

Skribbl.io

Coronavirus: Half of humanity now on lockdown as 90 countries call for confinement

Australian astrophysicist sent to the hospital after coronavirus invention goes horribly wrong

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Whistleblower hits close to home?

The whistleblower has been fired! That darn Donald Trump; how could he? No, not that whistleblower. This one was fired by those protecting the identity and job of the other one. Ironic.

If the Senate has to take up the impeachment trial this year or early next, this could cause an awkward situation for some Democrats running for President.

Richard Dawkins, noted atheist, is changing his mind about Christianity, or at least about how the idea of a belief in God changes behavior. He’s not converting, but he’s seeing how the lack of such belief (that is, how human nature on its own) doesn’t seem to work as well.

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Leaked Insider Recording From ABC News Reveals Network Executives Killed Bombshell Story Implicating Jeffrey Epstein

‘This just got a million times worse’: Yashar Ali’s scoops on fired CBS News employee Ashley Bianco point to a bona fide media mega-scandal

ABC Insider: Why I, alone, released the Amy Robach Epstein tape.

Impeachment Will Affect the 2020 Democratic Race—and Not in the Way That You Think

Atheists sound the alarm: Decline of Christianity is seriously hurting society

Episode 131: Atheist for Christianity, Please Don’t Describe Criminals, and Multiculturalism vs Safety [Consider This]

America’s Pile of Uneaten Bacon Is the Biggest in 48 Years

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Little Sisters of the Poor

One listener, Russ Rooney, called in to the Voicemail Feedback Hotline with two topic suggestions. That’s what I talk about this time out.

He asks a question about cities that have declared themselves sanctuaries for illegal immigrants, yet have a huge homelessness problem. How can cities bring in more people when they are already failing their current residents?

The Little Sisters of the Poor, a group of nuns ministering the elderly poor, got a unanimous Supreme Court decision in their favor to have nothing to do with abortion coverage for their employees. But that’s apparently not good enough for 13 states and DC from suing the nuns separately.

Russ wrote a letter to the editor of 2 of his local papers to get this lawsuit some coverage because they are totally ignoring it, even though his state is joining in this lawsuit. Where’s the journalistic integrity? See below the show transcript for his letter.

Mentioned links:

Russ Rooney’s E-book “Be a Friend for Life”. Vignettes about the abortion issue from (literally) A to Z. [PDF]

Also visit Human Life Alliance, where Russ is an adviser, to see all the ways they are supporting the pro-life mission.

Seattle Under Siege

NUNS STILL ON THE RUN

Episode 82: The Supreme Court “Hobby Lobby” Case [Consider This]

What the Hobby Lobby Decision Means for the Little Sisters of the Poor

Little Sisters of the Poor v. Azar

Democrats yet again sue Little Sisters of the Poor for contraception coverage

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Baronnelle Stutzman

How is the socialized medicine system that is the VA (that was the blueprint for ObamaCare) dealing with some care deficiencies? Leaning on the private sector, of course.

WalMart’s CEO is challenging Congress to raise the minimum wage. Why doesn’t he just do it himself rather than try to get Congress to make him? The answer is to stifle competition.

And it looks like the Supreme Court is going to have to rule on religious freedom pretty soon. Another private business is being sued for not participating in a same-sex wedding, and no, it has demonstrably nothing to do with not serving gays.

Mentioned links:

Veterans get access to urgent care, more doctors starting Thursday under new law

Episode 64: Who Really Killed the Incandescent Light Bulb

How a higher minimum wage could help Walmart

Washington Supreme Court rules against florist who refused service for gay couple’s wedding

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Art and architecture

I think we can sometimes go overboard looking for ill intent in comment from “the other side”, whichever side that may be. Some conservatives did just that, in my opinion, over some comments about the Notre Dame fire.

The Supreme Court will be hearing 3 cases next session that will be part of a continuing effort in this country to reconcile the rights of various groups of sexual identities and preferences (groups that seem to be created daily) with the First Amendment right to freedom of religion.

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Ilhan Omar’s Response To Notre Dame Cathedral Burning Down Draws Criticism

Supreme Court takes 3 religious liberty versus LGBT rights cases

Supreme Court to Hear Cases Involving Firings of Gay, Transgender Employees

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Discrimination at Yale

It’s been 4 years since I first reported on Dan Price and his minimum wage of $70,000 per year for his company Gravity Payments. Has it stood the test of time?

Yale Law School got a little blowback from student groups when they dared let a conservative lawyer speak there. Just a month later, they caved, stopped offering financial support for students who for public service organizations guilty of thought crimes.

Mentioned links:

The $70,000-a-Year Minimum Wage

Episode 104: Gravity Payments CEO Weighs In On the Minimum Wage

Episode 116: Being Pro-choice, and Dan Price’s Gamble Four Months On

Yale Law School Yanks Stipends From Students Who Work For Christian Firms

Argus Hamilton

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Don’t thank the casserole, thank the cook.

Should a male PE teacher be required to supervise a middle-school girl in the locker room? Should he lose his job if he won’t?

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act is 25 years old. Who’s trying to hollow it out?

And finally, on this Thanksgiving (in the US), who should you be thanking?

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School Punishes Male Teacher For Refusing To Watch A Naked Girl In The Boys’ Locker Room

As religious freedom law turns 25, vast majority of Democrats oppose what Bill Clinton signed into law

H.R. 3222: Do No Harm Act

History of Thanksgiving

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Justice for Kelvin Cochran

I’ve got 2 “Reconsider This” segments this time out.

First I look back at the religious freedom issue that Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran faced, and how it was resolved recently.

Then another update on the Seattle minimum wage law. Studies that look at its effect have had another year to consider what’s happened. There are some winners and losers. Unfortunately, the losers include the very people for whom the minimum wage laws are supposed to help.

Mentioned links:

Kelvin Cochran bio

VICTORY! Atlanta Pays Ex-Fire Chief $1.2 Million in Religious Liberty Lawsuit

Atlanta fire chief gets $1.2 million settlement: Journalists still avoid all Bible references

Here’s Who Was Helped — And Who Was Hurt — By Seattle’s Minimum Wage Increase

Episode 184: Reconsidering Stevie Wonder, San Bernardino, and Seattle [Consider This!]

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