Tag: Politics

Resolutions and Good Tidings

As we prepare to enter another new year and say goodbye to 2017 I often find myself around this time pondering the year behind me and the year stretched out in front of me as some sort of golden, “this year is going to be better” mindset. As though a year is a long time when in actuality it’s a very short period of time. Time, in itself stretches and wanes across our universe, when an hour feels like a minute and a minute like an hour, we often bang the drum of time, lamenting that it waits for no man, that’s there never enough of it and that it heals all wounds… as we spend our time mourning the loss of time.

This year we started the Miles and Crawford Variety Hour. This month is our 6 month anniversary and we honestly can’t believe it’s been that long. Time sure does fly, doesn’t it? =) (hahaha) We are currently on episode 17. We’ve had some ups and downs, trying to get a regular schedule or episodes has proved to be difficult when time (ha, get my theme yet?) has gotten short for either of us. But, even when we release episodes with large gaps of time in between them we still think about and work on our podcast outside of the actual recording. Research, themes and long essays sit on our shared drive waiting to be explored. The biggest hurdle so far for us has been promotion, networking and of course, scheduling. We live in 2 separate towns and have gone to recording across the internet instead of trying to meet weekly for recording sessions. Our audio quality has suffered some over the course of our experiment and seems to have finally worked itself with the lovely gift of a fancy microphone from Miles to Crawford. (Thank you again Mrs. Miles)

What are we thinking about going into the new year? Well, we have big ideas but acting on them is the hardest part (as it is for everyone.) We would love to bring you more content in between recordings in the form of blogs, essays, comics, storyboards, and other little things to connect with you as often as we can. This new year we are exploring new topics and shorter episodes, and other platforms that allow us to do small recordings or check in’s with our audience.

What are some topics or areas of conversation we’ve neglected that you’d like to hear us ramble on about? Or, what have we touched on but not fully explored that you’d like to hear us talk about in depth? We love to rant, give us some ideas that will inflame our leftist sensibilities and ignite our imagined revolution!

We here at Miles and Crawford appreciate the small listenership we have now and look forward to growing it as the new year engulfs us and then leaves us behind. I look forward to reading this blog again in a year and hope that we are still in production with us going on episode 70, celebrating a larger audience and new content streams. As the year comes to a close we can’t thank you enough for your support and continued listening. It takes a lot of work to put a podcast together and to keep at it, and when you have people that like what you’re doing and come back every week to listen again it really drives you to keep going and try to improve on it week after week.

Thanks again for listening, reading and supporting us. This year is all about growth and hope you’ll stick around for the ride.

See you in the new year with new episodes!

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Episode 13: Cursed Cast! Coffee, Pervywood, Gun Control, Voting, & Positive things!

Miles & Crawford are back this week with lucky number 13! This week we share some of the positive things going on in the world, Reminding people to vote this coming week, (VOTE!) gun control, hunting, and some random chit chat that veers into wondering just what the hee-haw is going on in Pervywood. Join us as we meander our way through another hour of what makes up the Variety Hour!

 

 

Episode 10: Women! Equality! Suffrage! Progress? Season Ender!



13This week we ended Season 1 with episode 10! Ohio, known for its lovely winter weather means that Miles & Crawford will have a harder time reaching each other to podcast so we are ending our season with the first attempt at MC Variety hour, Coast to Coast! This also enables us to record episodes more often as we are hoping to bring you a new episode on a weekly basis with this awesome new way of recording. We still have some kinks to work out with sound but we think this is going to be an awesome way to bring you regular content more frequently. That’s right! Exciting things are happening!

So what did we talk about in this episode? Well we’ve touched on Women’s rights here and there and our own history, we’ve talked about the Women’s March in January 2017 a few times, and of course ranted about women’s health issues that are always in the news, because you know, they need to be policed, policied, controlled and ruled over by the government.

This episode starts us off on a several part series on the Women’s Movement for equality.  Each episode will examine a different decade or generation of women and how they have advanced or pushed back against the status quo, culminating in where we are today versus where we were around 1900, and where are we headed in the future? This episode focused on securing the vote, equal pay, home roles, the mental load, and trying to break into male-dominated fields.

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Join us as the weather turns a bit chilly as we explore our own history and talk about how we are shaping future generations, breaking barriers, securing basic human rights and equality.

As always, Thank you so much for listening, reading,  or supporting us, in general, it’s greatly appreciated! We hope you enjoy listening and join in on the conversation!

 

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When, Where, How and Why

24 Days ago we made our last post and went kind of M.I.A. for a small haitus of our own personal lives. We are back! Where do we even start? How do we begin? Why is this going on?

First and foremost we want to thank our friends, family, fellow podcasters, and overall humans for going out to save, help, and offer their money to all of those who were affected by Harvery, Irma, Maria, and Jose.

Next we want to make a huge shout of love to all those who are still coming to grips with Las Vegas, Nevada. There is nothing we can do besides action in order to change this course of our own history. Find your local Red Cross and DONATE blood to Las Vegas, Nevada or please go visit the gofundme page. Every dollar helps, because in America you have to raise money for victims because our governement will definately not help them at all.

Third of all WE ARE SORRY. We are sorry we do not have the words of comfort, we are sorry we can not offer millions of dollars in relief, we are sorry we can not do more but we are giving our  money, we are making sure we can give blood and will do so if our medical history allows.  We are sorry we live in a country where 93 Americans die a day in gun violence and that no matter how we approach this we are wrong. We are sorry that money owns our government and we are sorry that we could not stop Donald Trump from signing a bill in February allowing those with some mental disorders from owning guns.

And that is how we must start, by first addressing everything one at a time. We have to find reflection in our humanity and in our beliefs that there is a way to find compromise. Compromise means both sides may not be satisfied but there is a form of resolution that allows them to walk away from it with grace and dignity. Peronsally, I do not know the answers, but I do hope as a country that we find them. I hope that we put our religion, our money, our anger, our selfish wants all on the curb and we look at each other by what we hold inside of our hearts as the start to the barganing table. This is, and never has been, an issue of god or politics, this is  a human life issue. I wish money did not take matter over human lives but it does, and the people we elect chose money over life each and every time so remember that when you head to the polls.

I want to thank you for staying with us and know that we will be posting soon again, podcasts will be up and we will try to disect the mercy of human behavior with a few cups of coffee and perhaps a few cocktails as well to help heal the bitter taste this nation has left us with.

 

Get Out and Fucking Vote!

According to an article I was reading today from thehill.com linked here, I found some interesting facts at the end of the article that made me really think about our voter population, how many people are registered, and how many people voted in the last major election. The article focuses on a Fox News Poll conducted during the last days of August 2017. Currently, Mr. Trump is sitting at a low of 41% percent approval, which is still baffling that it’s even that high. Have we really not learned the lessons of our ancestors?

There are an estimated 200 million registered voters in a country of about 323 Million. So 41% of 323 Million is 82 Million that theoretically approve of how Trump is doing. (The Fox News Poll only sampled little more than 1000 registered voters and demographics are not mentioned.) In the last election, only 58% of registered voters made it to the polls, of those voters:2016 registered voters

Another troubling thing I read was this small paragraph:

“Fifty-six percent of respondents to the survey say Trump doesn’t respect racial minorities, and only 35 percent approve of his response to the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month.”

So, 35% of around 1,000 people amounts to about 350 people. 350 people. Really. They walk, hate and live amongst us, my friends.


Sources on voting data:

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/registered-voters-who-stayed-home-probably-cost-clinton-the-election/

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/how-many-registered-voters-are-in-america-2016-229993

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voter_turnout_in_the_United_States_presidential_elections

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/voter-turnout-2016-elections/

 

-C

Episode 8: Racism, Heritage, Ugly Crying, Lamps & Back to Garrett!

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MC Variety Hour is back this time with another enthralling episode where we meander through a conversation about Racism, current events in the news, White Supremacy, veer off into ugly crying, passion for ugly lamps, and finally get back to Garrett.

 

Tiny Town Bartending & Political Conversations in Trump Country.

Image result for upper sandusky aerialI live and work in a small farming community in Ohio. 70% of the county voted for Donald Trump. I work as a part-time bartender and listen to the majority of our patrons discuss politics and current issues regularly, as the news is always on at least one TV. The one thing I keep hearing is how he’s ‘shaking things up, tearing down the establishment!’ from people. Maybe that’s true, and while we do need reform in Washington I don’t think that Donald Trump is the way to go. As referenced in the Mother Jones article linked at the end of this post- Politico obtained a transcript of his interview with WSJ, here is unedited Donald, giving non answers and stringing vague, nonsensical words into sentences:

BAKER: What have you been doing, Mr. President, sort of behind the scenes?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: A lot. A lot.

What?

“You know, a lot of people say – they say, well, but the United States is large. And then you call places like Malaysia, Indonesia, and you say, you know, how many people do you have? And it’s pretty amazing how many people they have.”

um…

What boggles my mind is the fact that these people listen to him talk but don’t seem to hear, process, or absorb-there is no substance or depth to his words. Trump is and always been just a salesman, talking in doublespeak and trying to make a quick sale. It’s such a whirlwind of an experience that a person is nodding along agreeing to what he says without realizing none of it made any sense- but there sure were a lot of words and assurances that they like to hear.

I struggle everyday listening to the conversations, but keeping my own very different opinion of politics to myself behind a frozen smile. Something I heard the other day after the news about Transgender people in the military was “Good! I don’t like those people they ain’t right!” or “Well I don’t agree with those people anyways, those are sick people!” “He’s gonna build a wall and get rid of the all the illegals, who are just feeding off the system anyways!” Again, this is a farming community with a robust migrant community in the summer picking months…. If they met a Transgender person and didn’t know they were Transgender, thanked them for their service, shook their hand, would they  then recoil when finding out the military personnel they just showered with accolades was a transgender person?

I guess I should mention I live in a extremely religious town, with 10 churches for a population of just over 7,000 in town in a county with a population of 22,000. I hear over and over again how people love what he’s doing but don’t give specifics, like they just enjoy the chaos and doom on TV everyday, as though politics were or are a reality show. Are they right though? So many people want things to change in Washington. Is Trump the catalyst? Will he be our turning point? Will America finally look at it’s ugly reflection in the mirror and see the deep lines of shame, the wrinkles of stagnation and archaic views, her cruel superficial eyes staring back? Will we resolve to do better?   How much longer will our elected officials hold out, putting party and personal interests before country?  I hope this is the catalyst, the ending to what 9/11 kicked off in this country.  I worry everyday about our future, the world we are giving to our own children, their children and down the line.

I realize that older generations have seen chaos and craziness at times in this country, but it always brought about change in one way or another. Which way will we swing this time? How far will fall behind or will we leap ahead into a new era focused on knowledge, prosperity for all, conservation and a clean environment, probing into new sciences and medical breakthroughs? Will I finally get a darn flying car?

-C

Donald Trump Knows Nothing About Health Care, Taxes, or Trade