Cellar Door Skeptics 129: Kneeling in Solidarity 

This week’s episode begins with a discussion on Memorial Day. The duo talks about their feelings for the holiday, the special happenings in their lives, and how they handle this holiday with relatives and others who celebrate it.

They continue with an interview with Blasphemy Apparel , a local Michigan company dedicated to free speech, while driving forward the image that nothing is held above ridicule, discussion, and approach.

The episode closes with a powerful segment talking about the new NFL rule where they claim to fine NFL teams for players who refuse to stand for the national anthem. This topic hits close to home as Chris Squared work together as allies fighting against oppression of POC and the many deaths our government has dealt them. They express their honest opinions of what they feel the NFL has done, and where the NFL’s loyalty lay.

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Links
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https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/28/politics/donald-trump-memorial-day-tweet/index.html
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/05/the-measure-of-trumps-devotion/561368/
https://www.biblestudytools.com/psalms/
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+129&version=KJV
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/memorial-day-trump-obama-message-veterans-tweet-arlington-a8373446.html
https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/05/28/614993465/on-memorial-day-trump-honors-fallen-soldiers-and-himself
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https://www.etsy.com/shop/BlasphemyApparel?ref=listing-shop2-all-items-count#items
https://www.facebook.com/BlasphemyApparel/
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https://www.theroot.com/the-nfl-will-fine-players-who-protest-during-anthem-pr-1826267574
https://www.npr.org/2018/05/27/614810127/the-nfls-rule-new-on-kneeling
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/wp/2018/05/28/trump-the-nfl-and-kaepernick-only-one-of-them-gets-it-right-on-the-flag/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.08f2e3fa796a
http://www.latimes.com/sports/nfl/la-sp-nfl-anthem-hernandez-20180525-story.html
https://www.theroot.com/protesters-challenge-nfl-s-national-anthem-rule-in-fron-1826333035
http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/23582533/nfl-owners-approve-new-national-anthem-policy

Reflecting on the Armed Forces: The Other 1%

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For those having served and currently employed in the military, Memorial Day is a solemn day of remembrance. For the rest, it serves as a reminder of those very people who have come before us, laying the patchwork ground of our nation’s founding and continued existence with their shed blood and lives lost and shattered. The utilization of force should carry with it the fullest attempt at matching projected action with internal value. If the action ceases to reflect or even begins to tarnish the value it seeks to support, then force and violence become less a tool of last resort and more a hammer seeking nails wherever they may be found. This connection is why it is incumbent upon the population and their representatives to do the utmost diligence in deciding when to use force. We have tasked our soldiers not merely with the protection of our national interests, but to do so at the cost of their lives and pieces of their humanity.

 

There was a time when a volunteer army was a ludicrous notion and for the vast majority of the American populace, it still is.

 

“Less than 0.5 percent of the population serves in the armed forces, compared with more than 12 percent during World War II. Even fewer of the privileged and powerful shoulder arms. In 1975, 70 percent of members of Congress had some military service; today, just 20 percent do, and only a handful of their children are in uniform.” (N.Y. Times)

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