Liberal Dan Radio: 9/6/2017 – DACA and Utah

On the September 6th, 2017 episode of Liberal Dan Radio #TalkFromTheLeftThatsRight

I will be discussing DACA and the recent Trump decision to defer action on his removing deferred action as an option for people who are here because they were brought here as children

I will also be discussing the case of the Nurse in Utah who refused to draw blood when ordered to by police.

Those stories, Hypocrite of the Week, and more tonight on Liberal Dan Radio, Talk From The Left, That’s Right.

Remember, you can support the show and/or buy advertising on the Liberal Dan Radio GoFundMe page.

Thanks to Ross Bugden – Music on YouTube I was able to make my show intro with royalty free/copyright free music.
“Hypocrite of the Week” – Music: If I Had a Chicken – Kevin MacLeod

Liberal Dan Radio: 8/20/2017 – Weathering The Storm

On this week’s Liberal Dan Radio, Talk From The Left, That’s right. 

I will review a few things from last weeks show that got messed up because of the faulty audio issues that I was having.

I will then go into a discussion about how Donald Trump’s policies have been shown to be even more dangerous because of Hurricane Harvey.

I will also discuss some hypocrisy that goes in because of Conservatives and their “small government” agenda.

Those topics, Hypocrite of the Week, Words of Redneck Wisdom, Tweet of the Week, Headlines, and your calls this week at 8pm central on Liberal Dan Radio: Talk From The Left, that’s right.

Please support the show by contributing to the Liberal Dan Radio GoFundMe.

Thanks to Ross Bugden – Music on YouTube is where I got my show intro here.
“Hypocrite of the Week” – Music: If I Had a Chicken – Kevin MacLeod

Liberal Dan Radio: 8/23/2017 – Total Eclipse of Reality

On the August 23 episode of Liberal Dan Radio: #TalkFromTheLeftThatsRight

Racism is alive and well in this Trump Presidency. I explore that for a little bit and then open up the conversation to anything that you might want to talk about.

Other issues that might get discussed include the Alabama primary for their open Senate Seat, creative resignations, and more.

I will also have another full lineup of bits including Hypocrite of the Week, Tweet of the Week, Headlines, and Words of Redneck Wisdom.

So tune in Wednesday at 8pm Central for Liberal Dan Radio: Talk from the left, that’s right.

And remember you can support the show by making a contrabution or buying advertising on the Liberal Dan Radio GoFundMe.

And if  you are listening after the live broadcast you can leave your comments on the show thread at LiberalDan.com.

Thanks to Ross Bugden – Music on YouTube is where I got my show intro here.
“Hypocrite of the Week” – Music: If I Had a Chicken – Kevin MacLeod 

Liberal Dan Radio: 8/16/2017 – What did I miss?

#LiberalDanRadio returns triumphently to discuss the last 8+ months and especially the recent happenings under the Trump Administration and Charlottesville.

Donald Trump is acting like a mad man pounding his shoe on the podium in front of the whole world. Will he actually lead us to nuclear war? His words seem to make some people think that he is itching for it.

Riots in Charlottesville, Va lead to the death of one protester and a large debate. Especially on if it is ok to #PunchANazi.

In my neck of the woods, New Orleans flooded for no good reason and many bad ones. I will discuss that a little if there is time.

Those stories, plus the return of words of redneck wisdom and maybe more, Wednesday at 8pm Central on Liberal Dan Radio: Talk From The Left, That’s Right.

Thanks to Ross Bugden – Music on YouTube, I have new show intro music. Check that video out here.
I also have new music to do “Hypocrite of the Week” – Music: If I Had a Chicken – Kevin MacLeod https://youtu.be/fewLXi6GATM

The problematic Devos meeting with MRA and the problematic response to it.

Politico reported that Betsy Devos is planning on including several problematic groups in a discussion about Title IX, specifically the “Dear Colleague Letter” (DCL) that was released during the Obama Administration instructing schools how they should remain in compliance with Title IX when it comes to sexual harassment and assaults.

I am not surprised one bit that Betsy Devos is planning on meeting with these so called “Men’s Rights Advocacy” groups. These groups have gone so far as to suggest that we consider the use jury nullification and acquit all accused rapists until the “problem” of false rape accusations is dealt with. (Elam and his cohorts have crawfished away from their initial strong support of such an idea and have instead suggested it was akin to a Swiftian suggestion. I don’t believe them for a second.) MRA will focus on the “Kanin Study” to “prove” that false rape accusations make up nearly half of all total rape accusations. They use Kanin to say that false rape accusations are an “epidemic”.  The study is flawed for many reasons (unscientific, small sample size, etc) but these MRA groups will cling to it like it is the gospel. No real evidence exists to show that false accusations of rape are any more frequent than false accusations of any other crime. I have also seen MRA claim that a not-guilty finding means the claim was false. This is absolutely untrue.

One of the groups that is actually getting to meet with Devos, The National Coalition of Men, once suggested that Ray Rice wouldn’t have hit his wife had she not annoyed him. This is the kind of people that Devos is valuing in her meeting. One of the planned upcoming projects for this website is going to be an ongoing criticism of these MRA, what they say, and why they are often wrong about the issues they advocate for. MRA will often try and derail conversations about rape by injecting stories of false accusations of rape. They will often try and equate the pain that a rape victim goes through with the pain of a false accusation. The latter in no way comes close to the former.

The DCL includes some very good protections that colleges should set in place for persons who come forward as victims of sexual harassment or assault. However, one thing that I have pointed out previously is the potential problematic nature of both requiring the school to punish rapists instead of enabling law enforcement to do its job better and the requirement that schools use a lesser “preponderance” standard for an accusation of criminal behavior. Schools are often not well suited to investigate and punish people for crimes. Even if they were , the Federal Government shouldn’t be able to set a lower standard to punish someone for criminal behavior when they would have to meet the higher standard if brought to a court of law. If I had my way, I would rewrite the dear colleague letter in a way that kept the protections against harassment during the investigation. I would require the schools to set up counseling services for victims of sex crimes and empower those services to aid students in coming forward and bringing the criminal claims to law enforcement.

One example of why the preponderance standard is a bad idea and why we should leave punishment of criminal investigations to the police is Caleb Warner. The school, using a preponderance standard, kicked Mr. Warner out after he was accused of rape. Police, however, concluded that he did not rape the accuser and instead she was the one who lied. After a long ordeal and multiple attempts at appeals, Warner finally had the ruling against him reversed. However, the damage had already been done.

So my problem here with Devos is not that she is actually wanting to hear from people on both sides of the issue. Had she decided to meet with pretty much anybody else on this issue, perhaps I would even applaud her for listening to both sides of the story in order to try and make an informed decision. Unfortunately, the groups that she is including would just throw the baby out with the bathwater and them doing so would place victims of rape back into the targets of rapists and abusers.

But then the pendulum swings back the other way. One problematic response is from the Wonkette. I agree with the author on most of her points.

  • Affirmative consent should be the standard when it comes to consent
  • Past sexual history shouldn’t be allowed as proof that rape didn’t occur.
  • Ladies nights promote rape culture.
  • “Good faith” belief that you didn’t rape, the standard that MRA support, is BS.

So what is my problem? Well, I was once falsely accused of sexually assaulting somebody. I was in high school. My false accuser, “K”, claimed that an assault happened on day one but then came back to see me on day two to hang out. She even asked my friend to leave his room so that we could be alone. No charges were ever brought because it was obvious after the police took her report that her story didn’t hold water. However, the impact of the false accusation has lasted for over 20 years. When a news story reports another clear case of false accusations (like what happened in Hofstra, or Duke, or even the Caleb Warner case) I will have nightmares of it happening again. I react badly simply when someone says something false against me. I have fought very hard to stop myself from always needing to have the last word when people are saying false things about me about anything. And it has only been within the last few years or so that I have realized that my inability to let certain things go when people say false things about me directly pertains to the false accusation in my past. MRA groups have not made it easier on me either. Because of their lies about the frequency and scope of false accusations as well as their impacts, it makes it harder for victims like myself to come forward without being pigeonholed as being one of them.

So when I read the author of the Wonkette story say that lying about sexual assault “is not an actual thing” it makes me mad. It is a thing. It is a thing that happened to me. She is ignoring real pain.

When I read her article that states:

Families Advocating for Campus Equality is a group formed by mothers of sons who have been accused of sexual assault, who are very sad that all these mean women ruined their sons’ bright futures by accusing them of sexual assault, which they know for a fact their good boys never would have done.

I have to wonder what she might have said to my mother, who was also sure that her son did not do such a thing and was worried about my future. Now please do not get me wrong. FACE itself is a horrible group because it dares to suggest that being falsely accused of rape is totally the same thing as being raped. It isn’t. Not by a long shot. Looking at the FACE website I see several issues with what they raise. They want a “definition of incapacity”. How about this, if the person you want to get naked with would be considered too drunk for you to sign a business contract with them, the person is too drunk to consent.

Clearly one can be critical of the tactics used by FACE, or any other MRA group for that matter, by attacking their stances (like equating the pain of rape with the pain of being falsely accused of rape) without being dismissive of real victims of false accusations.

And that is my point. The overall feel of this article is one that is dismissive of people who have legitimately dealt with being falsely accused. And while what happened to us is unlikely to happen to most people, that doesn’t lessen the real impact these accusations have had on our lives. This is a well written article on false accusations and why it is harmful to just ignore their reality. I urge everyone to read it.

But one thing I really do not get is why some people are so quick to try and sweep false accusations under the rug. Every false accusation of rape contributes to the rape culture. Each example where it is shown that someone has lied about being raped makes it that much more harder for victims of rape to come forward and be believed. Do you believe that the Duke Lacrosse case helped or hurt future rape victims? Do you believe that the Hofstra case helped or hurt future rape victims? If you really want to combat rape culture, wouldn’t you aggressively fight against those who falsely accuse? The snide comments about the falsely accused should be saved for those who falsely accuse.

I do disagree with the author on one other point. She says:

HERE IS AN IDEA, DUDES: If you’re not sure, you can ask! It’s not even that hard. The woman is right there, in front of you. Just ask. Like you would with basically anything else you do in life that involves another person, other than, apparently, sticking your dick inside of them.

Asking is not enough. If a person is in front of me who is three sheets to the wind, any affirmative answer given to my question would not be considered acceptable consent.

And to those of you who DO want to have meaningful discussions about false accusations and what should be done about them, I have a couple of tips that will make things better for all of us. Do not go into spaces where rape is being discussed and bring up “false accusations”. Doing so derails needed conversations about rape and often talks over victims of rape who should have their stories heard. Also, do not give false accusations “undue weight”. Understand that while they suck, they are rare. Finally, you need to understand that the presumption of innocence doesn’t mean we have to ignore people who have been raped. We can both embrace the presumption of innocence and treat people who come forward with a rape accusation with decency and respect.

tl;dr
Devos is horrible for meeting with MRA.
MRA are horrible for a stupid number of reasons and should have no input on Title IX
False Accusations are extremely rare but they do happen.
Yes means yes, unless the person is too drunk to consent. At that point, any yes is a no. Just be a good person and get them home safely.
Don’t be a jerk to victims of crimes.

Liberal Dan Radio 12/14/2016: More On Deplorables

On the December 14, 2016 Episode of Liberal Dan Radio:

Ever given an Uber ride to a deplorable? I will go over my adventures from Saturday and tell you all about how this horrible person came to be in my life for at least a half an hour.

After that I will be discussing Trump’s nominations for Secretary of State and the Department of Energy.

I will take your calls as well, Wednesday at 8pm Central on Liberal Dan Radio: Talk From The Left, That”s Right.

Remember, if you want to support the podcast you can go to the Liberal Dan Radio GoFundMe page.

Liberal Dan Radio 12/7/2016: More on Trump appointments.

Donald Trump continues the #Trumpocalypse with appointments for several positions that will make your head shake. I will discuss these issues and more on tonight’s show, Liberal Dan Radio at 8pm Central.

Tonight also begins the annual “War Before Christmas” start to the shows, a holiday tradition on Liberal Dan Radio. So sit down by the fireplace, have a warm cup of hot chocolate, and listen the Fox News story about how we are trying to ruin the holidays for white people.

Remember, you can help the show grow by contributing to the Liberal Dan Radio GoFundMe page.

Liberal Dan Radio 11/30/2016: Surviving the Trumpocalypse

The Trump/Pence has sounded and wildfires blaze, the Trumpocalypse is coming. Being prepared for what is to come requires a close look at how he intends to “govern” and a look at what we need to do to stand together against his plans and the people has has emboldened.

The list of people he is considering for posts is mind numbingly stupid and his supporters grow more and more dangerous by the day. The time to be silent is over. It is time to stand up and stand together against this threat to our country. So tune in at 8pm Cental on Blog Talk Radio to Liberal Dan Radio: Talk From The Left, That’s Right.

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Liberal Dan Radio 11/16/2016: The Electoral College

Hate the #ElectoralCollege? Love it? Tonight at 8pm Central, on Liberal Dan Radio,  I will go over some of the following topics.

Why was it needed?

Do we need it today?

Should anything at the national level be decided by a “popular vote”?

Would candidates really ignore “flyover country” without it?

Why is the modern implementation of the Electoral College a violation of the founders principals of what it was supposed to do?

Those topics and more tonight at 8pm Central on Liberal Dan Radio: Talk From The Left, That’s Right.

In the coming years we will need as many people as possible spreading the progressive message. Help me become one of those voices by donating to the show on the Liberal Dan Radio Go Fund Me page.

“Today is a beginning, not an ending”

Earlier today I was in a place where I was thinking of giving up on doing the Liberal Dan Radio podcast. Not just for today, but for good. That is basically how hopeless I felt about things.

That is until a friend of mine told me this: “You have to. Today is a beginning, not an ending”

That gave me the strength to get on the air. So I want to thank that friend for that. And during the podcast I realized an important thing. While I am Jewish and Trumps pandering to antisemites still terrifies me, there are many other people out there… friends of mine who have shared their fears today. People who may feel less than safe about speaking up during a Trump Administration about their fears and needs. Those people are going to need advocates. I can use my show to be one of those advocates. I can use my show to stand up and fight for others who do not feel comfortable standing up and being visible right now. So that is what I will do.