Episode 174 – The One With Scottish Beer Ballads!

In This Week’s Show, episode 174, Jenn and I are back and we’re ready to laugh at the news… if we could just find some that don’t make us want to cry…

Now, grab a beer and help us test the god hypothesis — because, while Pani (the Maori goddess known as ‘the mother of sweet potatoes’) hasn’t struck us down yet, we are trying her patience!

Shea’s Life Lesson

This week I learned that if a homeschooling mom is talking to herself you can just consider it a parent-teacher conference.

Jenn’s Actual Lesson

Did you know that Pani means ‘besmeared’ in the Maori language? She taught the humans the sacred incantations regarding kumara (or sweet potato). Plantations of sweet potatoes were called “The Stomach of Pani.” There’s a theme here.

But before we get to all that, let’s have a beer!

This Week’s Beer

Cornstalker Dark Wheat – Thunderhead Brewing Company

From: Brendon

  • BA Link: bit.ly/2ovyj5n
  • BA Rating: 3.64/5
  • Style: American Dark Wheat Ale
  • ABV: 5.4%
  • Aaron: 5
  • Jenn: 4
  • Shea: 4
  • Steve: 5

This Week’s Show

Round Table Discussion

New patron: Jeff

No new iTunes reviews.

Email from Heeby

Here is my drunk message and vocal stylings. Kinda long, sorry about that. And I had to split it into multiple acts cuz I kept having to do retakes when I drunkenly forgot the lyrics. Also please ask Aaron what part of Canada I sound like I’m from, everyone always tells me my Michigan accent turns Canadian when I’m drinking.

Cheers,

Heeby Jeebus

You sound like you’re from the best pubs in town mate!
~ Aaron

Infowars has two strikes on YouTube. One more within three months and it’s off the service forever. Here’s to hoping the moron can’t keep his mouth shut. Jones said on March 3 that he’s already been banned, but YouTube said that isn’t true. In the meantime advertisers flee…bit.ly/2Dalthp

Headlines

Headlines ran uber long this week because we were uber silly. The third made the public show but if you want to find out about Southern Marriage and Aborting Legislators you should visit patreon.com/w4w and give us a buck! Or head over to WyoAIDS.org and make a donation mentioning the show and we’ll send you this and a few other patron editions of the show. Maybe not the best door-prize, but you’ll be helping people in need, which is, according to 13 out of 10 Doctors, it’s own reward!

Kiddie Marriage

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  • A bill outlawing child marriage in Kentucky had been expected to receive a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, but that vote has been delayed due to last-minute opposition by the conservative Family Foundation of Kentucky, according to the bill’s lead sponsor.
  • Sen. Julie Raque Adams, R-Louisville, filed Senate Bill 48 on the first day of this year’s session of the Kentucky General Assembly, which would prohibit anyone under the age of 17 from marrying and only allow 17-year-olds to marry with a judge’s approval.
  • Under the current law in Kentucky, 16 and 17-year-olds can marry with their parents’ permission, and a girl of any age under 16 can marry as long as they are pregnant and marrying the expectant father. Likewise, a boy of any age can marry a woman that he impregnates under the current law.
    • Adams filed the bill after media reports detailing how Kentucky has the third-highest rate of child marriage in the country — with more than 10,000 children married from 2000 to 2015, according to the Tahirih Justice Center — and the accounts of women like Donna Pollard, who was encouraged by her mother to marry an abusive man who was nearly 31 when she was just 16.
  • “SO disappointed!” wrote Adams. “My SB 48 won’t be called for a vote. It is disgusting that lobbying organizations would embrace kids marrying adults. We see evidence of parents who are addicted, abusive, neglectful pushing their children into predatory arms. Appalling.”
  • Family Foundation spokesman Martin Cothran said his group was not opposed to the bill setting the minimum age for marriage at 17, but added that they are opposed to the court approval process for 17-year-olds, as “The approach of this bill is the opposite of what we would advocate,” said Cothran. “It takes away parental rights at the very beginning, and then includes them in a sort of incidental way at the end of the process. We pushed for changes in the language to allow for parental rights at the beginning and take them away where they need to be taken away.”
  • Westerfield said he is working on the compromise bill that blends parental consent and the ability of courts to overrule it, but “if we can’t find a compromise, maybe I’ll just run it as is. I would support it as is, but I understand the concerns that others have.” He added that getting a version of SB 48 passed by his committee “is my plan and my hope and my intent.”

Abortion Blues

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  • South Dakota is set to become the first state to not only tell abortion providers what they can say to patients but also to dictate what they can’t say.
  • Providers who work at the state’s only abortion clinic, in Sioux Falls, are legally required by the state to tell patients certain information, such as, “Abortion will terminate the life of a whole, separate, unique, living human being.” But under a first-of-its-kind law passed Monday by the state Legislature, providers can no longer preface that information with the phrase “politicians in the state of South Dakota require us to tell you that” — even though state lawmakers acknowledge that the phrase is true.
  • Elizabeth Nash, the senior state issues manager at the Guttmacher Institute, says she’s never even seen a state legislature propose such a requirement, much less pass it. But South Dakota has historically had some of the country’s most restrictive abortion laws.
    • “Medical ethics require that patients receive full and relevant information about their condition and treatment, and by limiting the kinds of information that the patient can receive, you really have undercut medical ethics,” Nash said. “We’re always concerned around new intrusions into the doctor-patient relationship, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see other states try to do this.”
  • The bill’s sponsors, who were all Republicans, argue it ensures that people seeking abortions have all the information they need to make their decision. According to the bill, letting patients know that providers are legally required to make certain statements “is antithetical to the purpose and effectiveness of the disclosures, and evidences a hostility to the required disclosures and signals to the pregnant mothers that the required disclosures, to the extent they are made at all, should be ignored.”
  • Jennifer Aulwes, a spokesperson for Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, told VICE News. “The South Dakota legislature seems to be obsessed with passing abortion restriction laws and laws that interfere with the doctor-patient relationship,” Aulwes said. Republican lawmakers have chipped away at abortion access in the state for years. South Dakota also requires people seeking abortions to wait 72 hours between receiving a consultation and actually getting the procedure, and abortions can’t be performed more than 20 weeks after an egg is fertilized.
  • Several states make abortion providers tell patients information that reproductive health advocates say is misleading. Three states mandate that patients be told that it’s possible to “reverse” a medication abortion using a scientifically unproven procedure, five states say patients must be given information that inaccurately links abortion with an increased risk of breast cancer, and eight have counseling materials that emphasize patients’ potential negative reactions to abortion.
  • The South Dakota bill will now be sent to the desk of Gov. Dennis Daugaard, a Republican. His chief of staff told Argus Leader that Daugaard will likely sign the bill.
    • In 2011, Daugaard signed into law a bill requiring women who want abortions to first visit “pregnancy help centers,” which are better known as crisis pregnancy centers and which try to dissuade women from getting abortions. This new bill will also expand those centers’ powers but won’t go into effect as that law is currently tied up in litigation.

Skimpy Chinese

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  • A Chinese condom company is considering manufacturing different sized condoms after an African health minister complained that China’s products were “too small” for Zimbabwean men.
  • “The southern African region has the highest incidence of HIV and we are promoting the use of condoms,” David Parirenyatwa, Zimbabwe’s Minister of Health said. “Youths now have a particular condom that they like, but we don’t manufacture them. We import condoms from China and some men complain they are too small.” He then called on local firms to start producing condoms so the country can stop relying on unsatisfactory imports.
  • Following the incident, Zhao Chuan, the chief executive of Beijing Daxiang and His Friends Technology Co., a Chinese condom manufacturer, told the South China Morning Post that his company is now planning on releasing contraception in various sizes and textures.
    • “As to the different demands from customers such as in Zimbabwe, Daxiang, as a Chinese manufacturer, has the ability and the obligation to make a contribution, so we have started to do some surveys on users’ data in the region to make preparations for future products with different sizes,” Zhao announced in an email.
  • Zhao went on to comment on the different requirements of global customers, claiming that Chinese men like condoms to be thinner while people in North America prefer a softer feel.
  • Condoms are a universally popular type of contraception with an effectiveness of approximately 82 percent. They are also the only method that protects against sexually transmitted infections and diseases. Zimbabwe has one of the highest HIV/AIDS figures in Sub-Saharan Africa. According to 2016 statistics from UNAIDS, around 13.5 percent of its population is affected by the disease, with 40,000 new infections each year. The most common cause of transmission continues to be unprotected heterosexual sex.

Gun Church

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  • A gun-obsessed church pastor has held a blessing ceremony for couples who turned up with AR-15 rifles and bullet crowns. The controversial World Peace and Unification Sanctuary church, in Pennsylvania, held the event for its gun-loving congregation just two weeks after 17 people were killed when a gunman opened fire with an AR-15 at a Florida high school.
  • Rev. Hyung Jin ‘Sean’ Moon, who believes the Bible prophesied the AR-15 as the ‘rod of iron’, had warned anyone planning to attend without a weapon, or a $700 coupon from a gun store proving they planned to buy one, that they wouldn’t be welcome.
  • ‘OK, you may be able to sit in the back and receive the blessing like the ungrateful punk that you are, the ungrateful piece of shish that you are,’ he tells his followers. ‘… And you’ll know that you’re a piece of cr*p.’ ‘Will you go to hell, will you lose salvation if you don’t bring a crown and a rod of iron? No. Will you be a b**** if you don’t? Yes,’ he added.
  • Several hundred couples with the Sanctuary Church, many of them armed with handguns and AR-15s, gather for a ceremony to rededicate their marriages at the World Peace and Unification Sanctuary in Newfoundland
  • Church officials said that weapons were unloaded, secured with zip ties and checked at the door. The ceremony also prompted Wallenpaupack Area School District to move students at an elementary school down the street to other campuses.
  • Moon is the son of the church founder Rev. Sun Myung Moon, a Korean evangelist and self-proclaimed messiah who died in 2012 aged 92.
  • Moon’s brother Justin Moon, founded gun manufacturers Kahr Firearms Group, based in Greeley, Pennsylvania. Sanctuary is an offshoot of the Unification Church, whose followers are sometimes called ‘Moonies,’ according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which refers to it as a cult. The blessing ceremony today follows the church’s ‘President Trump Thank You Dinner’ on Saturday.

This Week’s Stories

Patreon

‘I couldn’t look them in the eye’: Farmer who couldn’t slaughter his cows is turning his farm vegan – Mar 1, 2018, at 5:00 PM – bit.ly/2FA576W

Plus some chatting.

Jenn’s Story

Let’s not forget that, with all the attention on Florida Man, Florida Woman is also insane.

25yr old public middle school teacher, Dayanna Volitich, has been found to be delusional racist wacko.

The Root – bit.ly/2FGlEWO

Huff Post Exclusive – bit.ly/2FDZWTy

Local Citrus Chronicle – bit.ly/2FCP0oZ

Huffington Post apparently broke this story, with an exclusive write-up that was posted on Saturday. Apparently, Dayanna has been secretly hosting the white nationalist podcast “Unapologetic” under the pseudonym “Tiana Dalichov” and bragging about teaching her views in a public school. Because every moron was an internet connection hosts a podcast these days. I mean…

In a podcast from Feb. 26, she interviewed a guest who complained about diversity in schools and dismissed the idea that a “kid from Nigeria and a kid who came from Sweden are supposed to learn exactly the same” and have the “same IQ.” Volitich agreed and argued that “science” has proven some races are more intelligent than others.

In that same podcast, Volitich, who AGAIN teaches social studies to middle schoolers, bragged about spouting her racist beliefs at the school and hiding her repugnant views from other teachers, administration, and parents. But not the students.

Possibly the most disturbing part of the HuffPost’s revelations is that Volitch was consciously indoctrinating her students. As the article notes, the middle school social studies teacher say her students knew her political beliefs and even helped “play along” with administrators to help hide them. From another of her podcasts:

“I told the kids that. I said guys when they are in here I’m going to be different than I usually am. I just don’t want you to be shocked, I want you to play along and they’re like OK. OK.”

Later in the podcast, after Volitich’s guest asks her if the kids ever told their parents what they learn in class, she confirms that the principal once followed up with her over an e-mail a parent had sent. “I had one at the beginning of this year who emailed the principal over my head and basically told her I’m worried that your teacher is injecting political bias into her teaching. And the principal came to me and she was like I’m not worried, should I be worried? And I was like no. And she believed me and she backed off.” The principal is now being investigated to see if appropriate measures were taken to actually follow up with the complaint. (Side note of interest: the school she teaches at, hopefully not for any longer, is 90% white.)

In addition to the podcast, her alter ego Tiana Dalichov, also has quite the online presence. She is an avid online supporter of several anti-semitic leaders and ‘celebrities’ like Kevin McDonald and Mark Collett, and she has shared and re-tweeted gems from long-time racist melanoma David Duke. Oh, she’s also quoted everyone’s favorite Nazi punching bag, Richard Spencer.

She obviously is/was not too worried about being exposed as she uses her own picture as the avatar for Tiana. Or she’s stupid.

Next Week’s Beer

Rise & Pine – Unita

From: Mr. Jenn

  • BA Link: bit.ly/2BXYI30
  • BA Rating: 4/5
  • Style: American Black Ale
  • ABV: 7.5%

Faith In Humanity Restored

Striking teachers go out of their way to make sure students have food – on.today.com/2H3pvum

When teachers at Beckley Elementary in West Virginia considered going on strike, they worried their students would go to bed hungry. About 300 of the school’s 430 students rely on the free breakfast and lunch programs and a closed school meant many would have rumbling bellies.

“One of our biggest worries … was our kids getting fed,” Patrick Williams, a social worker at Beckley Elementary, told TODAY. “We truly honestly care about our kids.”

Before the statewide teacher strike in West Virginia, Williams and his colleagues brainstormed about how to feed their students during it. In a faculty meeting, they pooled money to purchase pizzas, fruit, and water. They set the first free lunch at a local grocery store on the second day of the strike, last Friday. When the local Sam’s Club and Little Caesar’s Pizza learned of it, they also donated items.

“A lot of our students depend on school breakfast and lunch as some of their most consistent meals,” Jennifer Wood, from the West Virginia American Federation of Teachers, told TODAY. “Our teachers wouldn’t feel comfortable if their students weren’t taken care of.”

Nearly 15 percent of the households in West Virginia face food insecurity.

As the strike lingered, teachers continued finding ways to feed their students. On Monday, Williams and his colleagues made snack bags, with nonperishable foods, such as ramen noodles, mac and cheese and ravioli, which they delivered to their students. Observing the children’s reaction made the effort worth it.

“It was really about seeing those kids smile,” Williams said. “It was pretty fulfilling.”

School resumes tomorrow after Gov. Jim Justice promised school employees a 5 percent raise. West Virginia teachers are some of the lowest paid, ranking at 48th in the United States.

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