Liberal Dan Radio 07/08/2020: School’s out forever?

On the July 8, 2020 episode of Liberal Dan Radio

President Trump touted Sweden as a reason that we should go back to schools. What is he drinking? 

The Supreme Court had several rulings this week, two with some very odd rulings that I will go into. Should your employer be able to control the contraception coverage on your health insurance plan? I say no and explain why. Also, does age discrimination count if you’re working for a faith based school? Apparenty you can do it all you want. 

The Trump Administration is also telling students on a foreign visa that if their schools are digital next semester that they can’t stay. I will go into why that is horrible. 

Those topics and  more, tonight on Liberal Dan Radio, Talk From The Left, That’s Right! 

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Thanks to Ross Bugden – Music on YouTube is where I got my show intro. 

Liberal Dan Radio 07/01/2020: I was right on Roberts, “Save America”, and more…

On the July 1, 2020 episode of Liberal Dan Radio

We are halfway through a year that feels like it’s lasted a decade. 

I would do a “mid-year review” but the year has been pretty much dominated by Covid-19 and racism. (And I’ve been talking about that all year). 

The Supreme Court did rule against the Louisiana abortion ban. I will go into why that’s importand and how I called my shot. 

Two local radio show hosts are planning a July 4th rally. It is looking to be a hate fuelled bugaloo bash in Baton Rouge. 

And, of course, there is more Covid-19 data coming out, so we will continue to discuss that. 

All those issues and more on Liberal Dan Radio, talk from the left, that’s right, wednesdays at 8pm central on BlogTalkaRadio.com/liberaldan. 

You are of course welcome to call in if you are listening live (or you can join the chat). If you are listening after the live broadcast you can leave comments on the show thread at liberaldan.com, on the Liberal Dan Facebook page, and @liberaldanradio on Twitter. 

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

Liberal Dan Radio 06/24/2020: Gaetz-Gate

On the June 24th episode of Liberal Dan Radio

After his argument with Louisiana Congressman Cedric Richmond, Republican Matt Gaetz revealed that he had a son. Or did he? Who is this person? Why was he such a secret? I am not the only person who believes this to be weird.

Donald Trump went to Tulsa and proved that he is an idiot. Until November, I have an open invitation for anyone who still supports Donald Trump to call in and explain how you can justify that action. What about him is Presidential? How can you support him still? It boggles the mind. 

And, of course, we will continue to discuss the Covid19 pandemic and Police Brutality. Taking your calls as well. 

You are of course welcome to call in if you are listening live (or you can join the chat). If you are listening after the live broadcast you can leave comments on the show thread at liberaldan.com, on the Liberal Dan Facebook page, and @liberaldanradio on Twitter. 

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Thanks to Ross Bugden – Music on YouTube is where I got my show intro. 

Liberal Dan Radio 06/17/2020: Open Lines! Call in.

On the June 17, 2020 episode of Liberal Dan Radio

I had a planned guest that I was going to be having a discussion with. However, he had a family member get sick and needed to take care of that. So it’s another open lines show. Call in with whatever you want to talk about. 

You are of course welcome to call in if you are listening live (or you can join the chat). If you are listening after the live broadcast you can leave comments on the show thread at liberaldan.com, on the Liberal Dan Facebook page, and @liberaldanradio on Twitter. 

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Thanks to Ross Bugden – Music on YouTube is where I got my show intro. 

Liberal Dan Radio 06/10/2020: @BarackObama was wrong, there are Two Americas.

On the June 10th, 2020 episode of Liberal Dan Radio

I will be discussing what I had promised a couple weeks ago. Barack Obama famously said that we don’t have two Americas. That we have “one America, the United States of America”. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. The corona virus pandemic helps prove this and I will be discussing several ways this is true. 

Another way it is true is the whole #DefundThePolice movement. I will be discussing some of the issues pertaining to misconceptions of people who hear buzzords and insist they must mean what they dont. 

I will also be reading an anonymous letter submitted to the show, and taking your calls. 

You are of course welcome to call in if you are listening live (or you can join the chat). If you are listening after the live broadcast you can leave comments on the show thread at liberaldan.com, on the Liberal Dan Facebook page, and @liberaldanradio on Twitter. 

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Thanks to Ross Bugden – Music on YouTube is where I got my show intro. 

An Armed Society…

Earlier I called into The John Mason Show after a caller suggested that “if you defund the police, you will end up with everyone armed and it will be like the ‘wild west'”.

This was amazing to me. Normally, Conservatives are the people who will cite Robert Heinlein by saying “an armed society is a polite society” and encouraging everyone to own guns. They will fight for not only the right to own guns, but to carry them wherever one may go.

But all of a sudden, when they believe no police will be around*, the politeness stops and we now become the Wild West? How can this be? Have we exposed yet another hypocrisy of the right? Or is this just the same old hypocrisy coming forward in a new form?

The NRA, which is really all about gun sales and not gun ownership, didn’t stop Reagan from passing gun control legislation in California. We hardly ever see the NRA fighting for black people to own guns. Many Conservatives were silent on “stop and frisk” laws that disproportionately targeted black and latino men in the streets. What happened to their right to bear arms?

The answer is that Conservatives don’t believe that most black people should have guns. They are scared of black skin by itself, do you think they want someone with black skin holding a gun? This video is comical, but is based in this truth.

So basically, white Conservatives want to be able to own guns and carry guns, in case the police are not there. However, if the police will never be there, they are terrified of black people with guns. The “polite society” becomes the “wild west” depending on who is carrying. It’s sheer hypocrisy.

*The idea that no police will be around is clearly not a valid understanding of the movement to defund or disband the police. I will be discussing this more on the podcast this week, but you can also watch the following video (start at about minute 25 if you want to get right to that subject).

Liberal Dan Radio: 05/27/2020: More on Donald Trump’s Corona Response and more

On the May 27, 2020 episode of Liberal Dan Radio

I was off last week for my birthday so I have some catching up to do. But there is plenty to cover about Donald Trump and his idiocy pertaining to the pandemic. 

There was also more white supremacy taking place with the murder of George Floyd. So I will rant about that a bit. 

And something interesting happened on MSNBC that I caught one night. I will play the clip for you. 

Those stories and more on Liberal Dan Radio, Talk From The Left, That’s Right. Wednesdays at 8pm Central on Blog Talk Radio. 

You are of course welcome to call in if you are listening live (or you can join the chat). If you are listening after the live broadcast you can leave comments on the show thread at liberaldan.com, on the Liberal Dan Facebook page, and @liberaldanradio on Twitter. 

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Thanks to Ross Bugden – Music on YouTube is where I got my show intro. 

Liberal Dan Radio 05/13/2020: Open lines with a challenge to the #LiberateAmerica crowd

On the May 13 Episode of Liberal Dan Radio

It’s open line time! What does that mean? It means I slacked off on show prep so I will be rambling for 60+ minutes about whatever I want BUT if you want to call in, bring it on. 

I put out a challenge on Twitter to the #LiberateAmerica crowd to call in and try to defend their stance. Will they? Probably not. But I allow all comers on Liberal Dan Radio. 

So tune in! 

Thanks to Ross Bugden – Music on YouTube is where I got my show intro. 

Liberal Dan Radio 04/28/2020: The Rona Is Making Everyone Crazy

On the April 29, 2020 episode of Liberal Dan Radio

Is it time to go back and resume normalcy? Many people would have you believe that this is the case. Some states are continuing the shelter in place orders, but other states are pushing way to hard to go back “to normal” which will have disasterous effects. 

A bunch of Bernie Sanders supporters want him to get back in the race and are upset over the fact that New York is cancelling the primaries. I will discuss why these people are jumping the shark.

I will also be going over a conversation that I had with a conspiracy theories (get a preview on the Liberal Dan Facebook Page). 

Those issues and more, Wednesday April 29, 2020 at 8PM central on Liberal Dan Radio, Talk from the Left, That’s Right. 

You are of course welcome to call in if you are listening live (or you can join the chat). If you are listening after the live broadcast you can leave comments on the show thread at liberaldan.com, on the Liberal Dan Facebook page, and @liberaldanradio on Twitter. 

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

Socially Distance Yourself From Greedy Companies Permanently

The Paycheck Protection Program was part of the CARES Act, passed to help keep small businesses afloat during the social distancing and the economic shutdown during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Funds can go to both small businesses and independent contractors whose work/hours/income have been reduced. As someone who does independent contracting work as a software developer for a local technology company, I am one of the people who was going to be relying on the program to help support my family during the shutdown.

Banks were told that the loans were supposed to come on a “first come, first served” basis. That was not my experience. I was flat out told that despite my qualifying as a small business, that I couldn’t apply til later. Independent contractors, ready to get these funds, were thrown to the back of the line.

The hotel and restaurant industry lobbied to get an exception for chains with fewer than 500 workers per location. This is another part of the problem. Is it possible that these businesses who can lobby to get exceptions so that they can drink from the same trough as the little guys would also be able to muscle their way in and drink it all up before anyone else got a sip?

The CARES act included inspectors general and other oversight to deal with problems in how these funds would be awarded. Donald Trump has problems with inspectors general and he removed one of them who was charged with being the head of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PARC).

Could businesses be trusted to access these funds or would greed win the day? (I think you know the answer.) According to the link above:

Fogo de Chao received $20 million in PPP loans for two locations. How on earth are two locations using that much money?

Ruth’s Chris Steak House had two subsidiaries get $10 million each from JP Morgan Chase. The Ruth’s Chris parent company had $86.6 million in cash on hand. Loans are capped at $10 million but nothing stopped them from getting multiple loans.

Taco Cabana, Potbelly, Kura Sushi, and J. Alexander’s also got loans for multiple millions of dollars that they did not need.

Shake Shack received loans but then returned them. Does that make them any better because they acted on their greed and only gave it back once they were pressured into doing so? The intent to be horrible is still there and they only reversed course when caught. That does not make them any better in my book.

With the hyper-partisan way that Congress works, it is not surprising that they couldn’t reach deals on making sure that we had adequate protections so that legitimate small businesses, independent contractors, and others who needed the money would be first in line before the big dogs got their turn at the trough. This is not to excuse hyper-partisanship in Congress. However, it is a shining example of the greed that takes place. In a time where we are supposed to come together as a nation, these creeps pushed us aside to take from others.

The only answer that we have as people living in the USA is to say no to these establishments who pushed the little guys out of the way to get aid that they did not need. When the pandemic is over (or even before, in those cases where businesses offer some sort of pickup or delivery service) we need to be supporting the small businesses and avoiding the greedy establishments like the plague. Let’s keep ourselves socially distant permanently from these companies listed here.

Do you know of other companies that were not listed here that took money it didn’t need in the PPP? Comment them below. I will make sure to highlight them on my podcast.