Heit & Cheri kick off the show with an announcement that the secret they’ve been keeping is their new album, “Improper Conduct,” which is dropping next week. In the meantime, they give you a taste of what’s to come, by sharing their first single, “Get Up.”
This week, the discussion focuses on a “bandwagon timeline.” We’ll talk about events over the past five years that have led to people jumping on the bandwagon for one cause or another. This week’s topics include $30 prepaid “all-you-can-watch” passes to the movies, Christian TV networks preparing to cover the second coming of Christ, Trayvon Martin / George Zimmerman case update, people profiting from Trayvon Martin’s death, white FDNY firefighters protest hiring policy, Obamabots, Birthers, Obamacare, Tea Party, Haiti Earthquake, Wyclef Jean, Bill Clinton, Sean Penn, Arab Spring, Scott Walker vs Unions, Fukushima Japan nuclear accident, Occupy Wall Street/Occupy the Hood, end of the world (2011), SOPA, Rush Limbaugh vs. Sandra Fluke, KONY 2012, and more!
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- Heit & Cheri divulged the secret they’ve been keeping for months. They’ve been working on an album, and it will be released next week. You’ll be able to download the album on iTunes and other places online.
- The title of the album is Improper Conduct by Heit & Cheri.
- The first release from the album is Get Up. It’s an up beat song that talks about the “self talk” we give ourselves when we find life challenging. It addresses living outside of the “box” in which you find yourself. In terms of the music, it’s a Southern style of hip hop, with influences from Mannie Fresh. Let us know what you think!
- The lyrics of the song came together when Heit shared his lyrics with Cheri, not knowing that she had written the perfect hook for the song the day before.
- Discussion of they lyrics, “With the truth on my side, reality won’t die.” Cheri really liked the lyrics, “Every time you start to lose faith, remind yourself that you are great.”
- Next week, we’ll set up links where you can get the album in exchange for a donation at certain levels.
- Cheri discusses this album as a new challenge, because karaoke is the only singing she’s done before. On the other hand, Heit has made a number of different albums in the past.
- Improper Conduct is a unique album in both sound and lyrical content.
- Discussion about a prepaid “all-you-can-watch” pass to the movies, which costs $30/month. You can watch unlimited movies at the theater during the month for that single amount.
- Heit wonders how the movie studios like this setup. Cheri thinks the studios will see that offering people unlimited will get consumers to buy up front, but they might not use it very often–like a gym membership.
- Paying one price per month is pretty economical. It will pay for itself after seeing about three movies during prime time.
- Discussion about renting movies that are still available in theaters via iTunes, Amazon, and YouTube.
- Discussion about Netflix, and that they need to add more movies. The lack of English movies caused Heit & Cheri to explore foreign films. Most of those films were better than the American films.
- Discussion about Christian TV networks preparing to cover the second coming of Christ, live on TV.
- If what many of the churches say is true, why would you need to see it on TV when it will be live for all the world to see?
- Discussion about how and when it all might go down.
- It’s basically a waste of time and resources.
- Discussion about the prediction that the world will end in December of this year.
- Today, there will be a hearing for George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin case. We’ll update you as information becomes available.
- Discussion about a photographer who is suing news outlets and Blogs that published the photo of Trayvon Martin in a football uniform. Lecretia Woodside is asking for $500 from everyone who printed the photo before she had it copyrighted in June, and $750 for everyone who printed it after her copyright. That’s $150K if the 300+ people her lawyer contact pay up.
- Discussion about people attempting to profit from Trayvon Martin’s death. There people doing everything from making t-shirts to buying domain names, in an attempt to make a quick buck.
- Setting the record straight on the fact that Axiom Amnesia does not sell anything related to Trayvon Martin or his family.
- Discussion about people and groups who claim to be collecting money on behalf of Trayvon Martin’s family. Since the family already has an official way to donate, those offering to collect money on their behalf should leave.
- Discussion about Trayvon Martin’s family and whether they profited from his death. If anyone should gain, it should be his family. If Zimmerman can raise $200K, then there should be no question that Trayvon’s parents have the right to protect his estate.
- Discussion about Zimmerman’s family collecting donations via the web.
- Discussion about 200 white NYC fire fighters who protested the recent changes to its hiring practices of the FDNY.
- A federal judge said that the FDNY systematically denied Blacks and Latinos job opportunities. These policy changes help to cuer the favoritism and nepotism in the FDNY.
- This is just like “white flight” that occurred when minorities moved into mostly or all white neighborhoods. Some white firefighters feel that they are being discriminated against.
- The fire department is 89% white, which clearly does not reflect the diversity of NYC.
- The protesters are being dishonest, with the implication that somehow the bar has been lowered for the department to be more diverse.
- Heit & Cheri decide to discuss a “bandwagon timeline,” which covers the past five years. The goal is to highlight many of the situations that captured our attention over the past few years. It seems like whenever people have grievances, they either start an online petition, rally, or have a march.
- People who are in different organizations hope that their efforts will start a bandwagon that will help to boost membership and visibility–this will generally increase their funding.
- The election of Barack Obama as president: Illinois Senator Barack Obama (now president), announced his candidacy for the presidency of the United States in Springfield, Illinois, on February 10, 2007. On August 27, 2008, he was declared nominee of the Democratic Party for the 2008 presidential election. Barack Obama had people jump on his bandwagon when he showed that he was “worthy” of being followed, as evidenced by acceptance by the mainstream. This occurred when he won the Iowa primary. He actually ran for about a year and a half just to get the Democratic nomination.
- It was during this time that the Obamabots–his die hard fans–were born. Even after seeing his performance after 3.5 years, they still refuse to acknowledge that he has a lot of broken promises.
- Heit accurately predicted that Obama would become the first Black president. Prior to Obama, neither Heit nor Cheri thought that they would see a Black president in their lifetime.
- The “birther” controversy:
Rumors about Obama’s birth certificate start circulating towards the end of the 2008 Democratic primaries, helped along by PUMA, a small but vocal group of Hillary supporters who refuse to accept Obama’s primary victory. Among the rumors: Obama was born in Kenya and his middle name is really Muhammad.
Source: Business Insider
- Donald Trump is a prominent “birther,” and Mitt Romney made a reference to the whole birther controversy in a campaign stop.
- Heit recounts a religious friend who made the point that women shouldn’t be “leading men” in reference to Hillary Clinton as a viable candidate for president in the 2008 election.
- Obamacare – February 2009 – March 23, 2010:
Obama signs the health care bill into law. February 24, 2009 — In a joint session to Congress, President Obama says: “So let there be no doubt: Health care reform cannot wait, it must not wait, and it will not wait another year.”
- Health care should be free and available to everyone. We don’t agree with the mandate, however.
- Pre-existing condition coverage and coverage for adult children was a positive thing about Obamacare.
- H1N1 Swine Flu – April 2009:
The rapidly developing swine flu scare has activated a global response from the public health community and alarmed hundreds of millions of people, but there are a number of reasons why people should remain realistic and calm concerning the scope of the problem.
Source: Science Daily
- The government bought a lot of vaccines–no thanks!
- The government and media used scare tactics, with wall-to-wall coverage of the outbreak.
- The rise of the Tea Party – April 15, 2009:
Born out of a series of nationwide protests on tax day in 2009, the Tea Party movement has grown into a populist conservative power that could determine the course of the 2010 elections and President Obama’s agenda.
Source: The Week
- Some people say the Tea Party was born back in the 1990s.
- The roots of many of the Tea Party’s actions are in racist beliefs. They have racist messages that they try to hide, couched in supposed dedication to the constitution and conservative values. Many of Sarah Palin’s followers migrated to the Tea Party.
- Haiti Earthquake – Tuesday, 12 January 2010:
7.0 Magnitude Quake struck near Port au Prince, 3,500,000 people were affected by the quake, 220,000 people estimated to have died, 300,000+ people were injured.
- Discussion about the fundraising efforts after the Haiti earthquake. They brought back “We Are The World,” both a celebrity and YouTube version. The YouTube version was better.
- Bush/Clinton and Wyclef Jean raised funds. In the case of Wyclef, his foundation didn’t give all of the money to relief efforts–shameful! We really respect Sean Penn for being there on the ground in Haiti and working with his own hands to help the people there.
- Arab Spring – December 18, 2010.
The Arab Spring, also known as the Arab Revolution, is a revolutionary wave of demonstrations and protests occurring in the Arab world that began on 18 December 2010. To date, rulers have been forced from power in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen; civil uprisings have erupted in Bahrain and Syria; major protests have broken out in Algeria, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, and Sudan; and minor protests have occurred in Lebanon,Mauritania, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, and Western Sahara. Clashes at the borders of Israel in May 2011, and the protests by the Arab minority in Iranian Khuzestan erupted in 2011 as well.
- It started in Tunisia, then spread to places like Libya and Egypt. People were protesting monarchies and dictatorships.
- The Arab Spring protesters were willing to die for their cause, and many of them actually did.
- Arab Spring is still going on in Syria, where the worst violence in the region has taken place.
- Scott Walker vs. Unions: March 11, 2011
Prior to 2010 election, Walker promised on several occasions to negotiate with unions and never gave any indication that he would kill public employees ability to negotiate. This so-called “bait and switch” is a primary motivation behind the recall effort.
- Scott Walker showed himself to be against the basic interests of common people. Nevertheless, he survived his recall vote and continues as governor.
- Fukushima Japan Plant Accident – March 11, 2011
The Great East Japan Earthquake of magnitude 9.0 at 2.46 pm on Friday 11 March 2011 did considerable damage in the region, and the large tsunami it created caused very much more. Following a major earthquake, a 15-metre tsunami disabled the power supply and cooling of three Fukushima Daiichi reactors, causing a nuclear accident on 11 March 2011.
Source: World Nuclear
- Discussion about the workers who continue to work at the nuclear facilities despite being exposed.
- They tried to use salt water on the meltdown, but it didn’t work much.
- Discussion about the manufacturing delays resulting from goods that couldn’t be exported.
- The spinoff bandwagon occurred in the United States, with people being exposed to fear-mongering tactics, telling them that the radiation might reach them soon. This caused a “run” on iodine pills. Somebody made a lot of money from this frenzy.
- Discussion about governments not being vulnerable during times of crisis. This may be one reason why they don’t want to be up front when a disaster occurs.
- Discussion about nuclear plants in the U.S. and their condition.
- Occupy Wall Street/Occupy the Hood – September 17, 2011
Hundreds of people gathered in Lower Manhattan to protest the growing wealth gap and Wall Street’s involvement in the economic crisis. Within five months, most of the Occupy encampments across the country have been disbanded and the future of the movement remains uncertain.
- People wanted it to be a movement that showed the ills of banking, and they staged their arrests.
- Other people began to see that it happened to be like a white liberal movement. Those who had specific needs, like Blacks, were somewhat excluded from the objectives of the mainstream branch of OWS. This is where Occupy the Hood came in. They were able to draw more Blacks and other minorities into the movement.
- OWS became entertaining for some people. There was a lot of drama when the police began to strategically coordinate kicking people out of the encampments.
- OWS just celebrated its one-year anniversary, but the majority of people have moved on from Occupy.
- Troy Davis – September 21, 2011
Georgia inmate Troy Davis was denied a last-minute Supreme Court stay on his execution, and was pronounced dead by lethal injection just after 11 p.m. Wednesday. As BlogPost’s Elizabeth Flock reported:
After the U.S. Supreme Court denied a last-minute stay of execution, the state of Georgia executed Troy Davis Wednesday night for the murder of an off-duty police officer, pronouncing him dead at 11:08 p.m.
Source: Washington Times
- Where were Davis’ supporters for all the years leading up to his execution? They waited until the 11th hour and were upset that the tactics were ineffective.
- World Ending – Fall 2011
The 2011 end times prediction made by American Christian radio host Harold Camping stated that the Rapture and Judgment Day would take place on May 21, 2011,and that the end of the world would take place five months later on October 21, 2011.
- Discussion about people who get wrapped up in cults, give all their money away, and fall for people telling them that the world is gonna end.
- SOPA – October 26, 2011
SOPA is an acronym for the Stop Online Piracy Act. It’s a proposed bill that aims to crack down on copyright infringement by restricting access to sites that host or facilitate the trading of pirated content.
- Discussion about SOPA and why file sharing is such a big deal.
- Rush Limbaugh vs. Sandra Fluke – February 16, 2012
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) rejects a Democratic request to let Fluke testify at a congressional hearing on government rules requiring employers to offer insurance coverage for contraception. Issa’s decision sparks a heated controversy, with Democrats claiming that he is denying women a voice in the debate. On February 29th, Limbaugh slams Fluke on his show, claiming that she is asking the government to subsidize her sex life. “What does that make her?” he asks. “It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex.” Many of his sponsors dropped out over the coming days and weeks over the controversy.
Source: The Week
- Limbaugh lost the majority of his sponsors, yet he is still on the air saying foolishness daily.
- The controversy got a lot of traction from the Democratic Party.
- Kony 2012 – March 5, 2012
Kony 2012 (officially KONY 2012 or Kony2012) is a short film created by Invisible Children, Inc., authors of Invisible Children, and released on March 5, 2012. The film’s purpose is to promote the charity’s “Stop Kony” movement to make Ugandan cult and militia leader, indicted war criminal and International Criminal Court fugitive Joseph Kony globally known in order to have him arrested by December 2012, the time when the campaign expires.
The film spread virally. As of 19 September 2012, the film had over 92 million views on video-sharing website YouTube, and over 16.6 million views on Vimeo,with other viewing emanating from a central “Kony 2012” website operated by Invisible Children. The intense exposure of the video caused the “Kony 2012” website to crash shortly after it began gaining widespread popularity. A poll suggested that more than half of young adult Americans heard about Kony 2012 in the days following the video’s release.
- The video is a marketing feat–straight propaganda.
- Heit & Cheri made a play-by-play analysis of the KONY 2012 video, so that people could see the manipulation tactics in the video.
- Jason Russell will appear on Oprah’s network to explain himself, and what happened that led him to stand on a street corner naked, screaming.
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