Santa Is Gay & Mrs. Claus Is Out In The Cold!
A light-hearted yet fact laden and considered review of the 'When Harry Kissed Santa Claus' ad from Norway's Post Office that went viral. Woke smoke or a valuable cultural contribution? It all depends. Find out where our sleigh lands on this issue........
Diversity & Inclusion in Our Communities and Public Schools.
After Mark explains Thanksgiving to Clive, they take a look at the ambition and actions of the newly formed Paso Robles Diversity Panel. Clive reports back on his participation in a public workshop. They look at the elephant in the room. Think about how you celebrate a history and a culture that is both a force for good and sometimes part of the problem. Discuss some practical ideas to accelerate inclusion and help everyone feel like they belong and put the spotlight on Leadership as being both the cause but also the potential solution of the challenge we all own.
The Kyle Rittenhouse Debacle.
Mark and Clive question who, if anyone, wins in the latest show trial caused by violent protests resulting from another police shooting? As usual, no person or agency involved comes out smelling of roses as once again partisan politics taints the whole tragic episode. Listen to find out who deserves the least amount of credit and sympathy and what, if any, sanity can be found in other example of a trail where it seems the only winners are unreasonable people.
Monkees and Masks In LaLa Land
With Clive reporting from a rare visit to Los Angeles to see the last Monkees Concert, Mark wonders if bands where half the original members are dead should still be billed as The Monkees, Chicago or The Who. Clive thinks they should. They also look at Mask compliance in LaLa Land (Hint: there doesn't seem to be any), Lockdowns in Austria and dog poop on Hollywood Boulevard.
Transgender Controversy at Paso Robles High School.
Mark & Clive explain why they think nobody at their local high school comes out smelling of roses in this latest controversy. Not the teacher, not the students and certainly not The Administration. They ask the question where does equity end and politics and virtue signaling take over? Who should be taking the lead in issues relating to beliefs and culture, Teachers or Parents? Is 'safetyism' "coddling" the next generation? They conclude that while we might not always approve of others beliefs or lifestyles, empathy and acceptance on all sides are important to fostering cohesive communities.
15 MINUTES IN SEARCH OF SANITY.
COP26: The Good. The Bad. The Ugly!
Mark & Clive introduce a new In Search of Sanity series. A 15 minute look at a recent news story or community issue through a non-partisan lens. Today they cover COP26, the climate change conference in Glasgow and wonder why our political and corporate leaders ask us to 'do as they say, not as they do'. Most reasonable people want to do what they can to tackle climate related issues, so why do the elites treat us like children?
A Smorgasbord Of Executive Orders.
Mark scratches his head as President Biden reneges on his pre-election promise not to rely on Executive Orders to make policy and wonders what happened to his commitment to work with both parties. He takes a closer look at some of those Executive Orders and wonders what 'reasonable people' will think of them. While on the issue of what is on the mind of reasonable people, Mark looks at the demands of Teachers' Unions and their catastrophic impact on children's education. Finally, when it comes to being 'reasonable', the less said about Marjorie Taylor Green the better!
Mark gives us his own unique view on the Inauguration and nobody is spared. Flexing his 'equal opportunity offender' muscles Mark takes aim at both sides of the body politic and then shares his ideas on how politicians and the media may start to serve us, the 'reasonable people'.
Part Two - It's Time For Ideas Not Ideology.
This might be Mark's best ThoughtCast so far. You decide! In Part Two, in a search for ideas and not ideology, Mark makes a Hail Mary attempt to find some suggestions on how we might navigate our way out of this "nice mess we've gotten ourselves into". He calls a Brit. Clive. They know all about revolutions! As Sun Tzu said "There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare." It's time to stop the fighting and start rebuilding the 'United' in The United States of America.
It's Time For Ideas NOT Ideology!
This might be Mark's best ThoughtCast so far. You decide! Just as we thought we could look forward to a new year, the insanity went ballistic. In Part One Mark looks at the tragic actions of the last week through multiple lenses. Nobody comes out smelling of roses, least of all the body politic. Mark finds some more odorous than others. In Part Deux, in a search for ideas and not ideology, Mark makes a Hail Mary attempt to find some suggestions on how we might navigate our way out of this "nice mess we've gotten ourselves into". He calls a Brit. Clive. They know all about revolutions! As Sun Tzu said "There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare." It's time to stop the fighting and start rebuilding the 'United' in The United States of America.