In this edition of DR Radio, we look at the recent attack in London, the US pulling out of the Paris Accord, the craziness going on at Evergreen State, and more! In other words, all things that are raising the temperature of our world.
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Welcome everyone to the June 6th edition of Dead Reckoning Radio! I am your host, Jay Friesen joined around the table by Hadley Heath Manning and Dr. Brian G. Mattson. DR Radio is where we discuss the latest in cultural topics from a distinctly Christian worldview.
A lot has happened since we were last on the air. Some worth talking about, other’s not so much. So today we have a pile of quick takes, and for our main segments we’ll be diving into the fallout from Trump’s rejection of the Paris Accord and continued trouble brewing at American Universities this time sparked by cries of racism, continued mob rule at Evergreen University in Washington. As usual, we’ll be taking a couple breaks to hear from our sponsor, followed by games of wit and whimsy, with today’s selections being: Nerd v. Nerd and in honor of today marking the 73rd anniversary of D-Day, a game of Who Am I? The WWII Edition.
We do want to thank today’s sponsor: Alliance Defending Freedom- Defending your right to freely live out your faith! You can find out more at www.adflegal.org. We’ll be hearing more from them at the break.
Let’s dive right in to the good stuff:
- Wonder Woman! The new DC Comics film Wonder Woman topped the box office this weekend. There was lots of controversy pre-release, as feminists sort of claimed the movie their own private property and scheduled a “girls only” screening. All publicity is good publicity, we guess. But is the movie any good?
- Reality Winner! Well, at least reality wins. Every time. That’s what 25-year-old woman named Reality Winner discovered when she was arrested by the FBI for disclosing a classified document to a news organization. She is the first person to be arrested for leaking to the media during the Trump Administration. Reports are that she confessed, and it’s a slam dunk case.
- ISIS Gains in Philippines – Over a hundred Christians have been killed as ISIS militants have gained a stranglehold on an island in the Philippines. The government has been bombing the island, prompting a local priest to beg a ceasefire because of civilian casualties. Just what we want: ISIS spreading. Right?
- London – Speaking of ISIS, more terrorist attacks, this time in London just before major elections are held. Difficult to say whether this helps Prime Minister Theresa May or her opponent, Jeremy Corbyn. Any thoughts on that?
- Also, President Trump took the opportunity to mock the Mayor of London and the UK’s immigration policy. Is picking a Twitter fight with our allies while they are under attack a good foreign policy move?
- Church Makes You Healthier and Happier! In news we could’ve told you without the research funding, a new Vanderbilt study shows that regular church attendance greatly contributes to your overall health and happiness. Consider yourself informed!
Segment One: The Paris Accord
That loud “bang” you heard last week was heads exploding. President Trump announced that he would pull the United States out of the Paris Accord on Climate Change, and the reaction was…kind of amazing. Just when you thought political rhetoric couldn’t go past “11,” suddenly it shot up to “12.” Our children are ALL. GOING. TO. DIE. BECAUSE. OF. THIS. MADMAN.
Guys, let’s talk a bit about the actual accord. What did it do? And what did it not do? Why the almost religious zeal for this particular document?
Let’s talk about climate change and the environment, since we haven’t really talked very much about it on this show. [Hadley: policy implications] [Brian: How should Christians think through the issue?]
[Sponsor] ADF: Norvilla Etienne’s Story: 1:53
[Game] Nerd v. Nerd
Neglext – The act of abandoning someone in mid-conversation for a prolonged period of time(intentionally or unintentionally) via the sending of text messages electronically especially from one cell phone to another.
Galories – Calories consumed during activities with your girl friends (girls night out, wine during a pedicure, eating McDonalds at 2 a.m…) that generally are not part of your diet but you eat them anyway.
ex: I’ve gained so much weight even though I’m doing keto. It must be all them galories I’ve been eating.
Mommyfied – When you have spent so much time with your kids that you can’t function as a normal adult anymore. ex: “Did she just say she has to go tinkle?” “Yeah, she’s mommyfied”
Segment Two: Nihilism in the Modern University
Bret Weinstein is left wing. Very left wing. A Bernie Sanders and Occupy Wall Street supporter. He teaches biology at Evergreen University in Olympia, Washington. Stretching back to the 1970s Evergreen had a tradition where the students of color would absent themselves from the school for a day to highlight their unique contributions to their academic community.
This year, organizers flipped it around. For one day, no white people would be allowed on campus. Professor Weinstein objected to this, saying there is a distinction between people voluntarily absenting themselves and proactively bullying others to absent themselves.
For this indiscretion, Professor Weinstein found himself confronted outside his office by a mob of more than 50 students screaming at him for being a racist. The crowd was broken up, but he was warned that nobody could guarantee his safety on campus. He held his biology class outdoors in a nearby park.
Guys: what is going on here? These are some pretty fine demands for ideological purity. The left is eating one of their own.
Further: following on the heels of the Charles Murray debacle at Middelbury, and the riots at Berkeley, it seems fair to say that there is trouble ahead for institutions of higher learning in America. What can, and should, these universities do?
[Sponsor] ADF: Cal State San Marcos: 2:43
[Game] Who Am I? WWII Edition
D-Day is the day the Allied powers crossed the English Channel and landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, beginning the liberation of Western Europe from Nazi control during World War II. Within three months, the northern part of France would be freed and the invasion force would be preparing to enter Germany, where they would meet up with Soviet forces moving in from the east.
By day’s end, 155,000 Allied troops–Americans, British and Canadians–had successfully stormed Normandy’s beaches.
1) The dictatorial leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party, or Nazi Party, commanding German forces throughout World War II. He became Chancellor of Germany in 1933 and quickly transformed Germany into a totalitarian fascist state. (Answer: Adolf Hitler)
2) Served as president of the United States for all but four months of World War II, the only chief executive to be elected to more than two terms in office. (Answer: Franklin D. Roosevelt)
3) An aggressive general whose ferocious military thrusts earned him admiration and respect from all participants in the war (and at times endangered his military career). Successfully used the German tactic of armored blitzkrieg against the Germans. (Answer: George S. Patton Jr.)
4) Served as the prime minister of Great Britain from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. He led Britain’s fight against Nazi Germany in World War II. (Answer: Winston Churchill)
5) Served as the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union’s Central Committee from 1922 until his death in 1953. Initially, his role in the Committee was limited, but he gradually accumulated power and became the Party’s leader and absolute ruler of the Soviet Union. (Answer: Josef Stalin)
6) Recalled from retirement prior to the start of the Pacific war. He presided over the Japanese Unconditional Surrender in 1945. His strategy of maneuver, air strikes and force avoidance meant that soldiers under his command faced relatively low casualties. (Answer: Douglas MacArthur)
Segment Three: Dead Reckoning Recommends (Jay)
Traeger – bacon!
Throwing a Party – good for your soul