Friday was a potential game-changing event in the 2020 election cycle, it was announced that Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away due to complications from her long battle with cancer. The nation will not long reflect on the legal career and accomplishments of Ginsburg's position in the Judiciary as both parties become embroiled in the ugly political struggle over the Supreme Court vacancy her death has created. Ironically this puts both Republicans and Democrats in the position to hypocritically battle against the positions they had taken only 4 years ago in 2016 following the death of Antonin Scalia. Mitch McConnell announced within hours of RBG's death that the Senate would hold hearings on a Trump nominee 'without delay' and President Donald trump has announced he will make a selection shortly and the nominee with be a woman. (We discussed potential nominees on last week's edition of Saturday Night on the circle.) Meanwhile Joe Biden attempts to pander to Latino voters by playing "Despacito" at an event in Florida, and Sean Hannity of FOX News struggles to pronouncing and attributing the song correctly in a hilarious blunder. In my hometown of New Palestine the local government has collapsed after a long battle between the Town council and the Clerk-Treasurer came to a long and bitter end-- listen to Ethan Hatcher of Saturday Night on the Circle discuss these items in the news! Subscribe for future episodes!
As the 19th Anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks comes, America seems to be the more divided now than in the last two decades. Has America forgotten the unity experienced on 9/12? Last weekend in Rochester several businesses were targeted by rioters, smashing windows, throwing chairs, and chasing away paying customers-- the restaurants released a statement in support of the protesters chasing away their patrons in a truly baffling display of 'woke' virtue signaling. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler bans the use of tear gas by city police weeks after he was chased away from his own residence as rioters attempted to burn down the occupied multi-story condominium building. Elsewhere a 12 year old in Colorado was suspended for 5 days from school after a teacher reported seeing a toy gun during his virtual class to the principal, which resulted in a call to the police. Donald Trump was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize this week after securing peace deals between Israel and the UAE along with Bahrain, as well as normalizing trade between the Balkan states of Kosovo and Serbia. Dr. David Root is out visiting family for the week, Ethan Hatcher flies solo and discusses the weekly news in this weeks episode! Listen and subscribe!
Republicans presented their case for re-electing Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention this year, bringing in a very diverse crowd including immigrants, laborers and lifelong Democrats. The contrast between Republican and Democratic leadership was highlighted by citing the examples of riots and unrest which have overwhelmed primarily Democrat-run cities in recent years. Some of the most effective speakers included Maximo Alvarez, Vernon Jones, Jack Brewer, Nicholas Sandman, Rudy Giuliani, and Ann Dorn the widow of slain police officer David Dorn. Over four nights they made the argument for a law and order campaign, a strategy which may sway key swing states in the election. Also being discussed this week was the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha Wisconsin, where protests over the shooting escalated into the shooting deaths of two protesters and the maiming of a third. The person responsible, Kyle Rittenhouse, is just 17 years old from Antioch Illinois. Attorneys representing the shooter claim self-defense, but regardless of the circumstances he finds himself facing serious charges, more importantly highlighting the necessity for the police to maintain order rather than leaving society to mob, vigilante, or Wild West justice. Only 66 days until the election and it only promises to grow more intense from here on. Listen to Ethan Hatcher and Dr. David Root discuss the distressing events in national news.
The staggering increase of Indianapolis gun crime has attracted the attention of Federal authorities who are sending more than 40 agents to aid local officers investigating unsolved gun crimes, gang activity, and narcotics trafficking. This is part of a multi-city initiative dubbed "Operation Legend" named after a 4-year-old who was shot and killed in Kansas City, Missouri in June of this year. Meanwhile Indianapolis authorities levy a $1,000 fine on the Indianapolis Speedrome for exceeding their capacity limits while hosting a race over the weekend-- while the individual who held up a motorist at gun point during a Black Lives Matter protest last week still roams free, though IMPD claims an investigation is "ongoing." Tucker Carlson was criticized after mispronouncing the name of Senator Kamala Harris, media outlets quickly denounced it as "racist," "intentional" and "disrespectful." What happened next is a hilarious illustration of hypocrisy. In Chicago, Black Lives Matter gathered to support the more than 100 individuals arrested during the widespread looting and property destruction on the Magnificent Mile. The actions were defended as "reparations" by the demonstrators. In Seattle after the City Council voted to defund their local police department and reallocate the money to community services, the city's first Black police Chief Carmen Best resigned for her position citing the lack of appreciation to her department. This comes as Black Lives Matter protesters in that city of Seattle too their protests to neighborhoods demanding the owners surrender their property and leave. Suffice to say it was an extraordinary week in news, and this week Ethan Hatcher and Dr. David Root were on top of their game! Listen to the full show and subscribe for future episodes.
This week Ethan Hatcher and Dr. David Root discuss the possible choices for Biden’s running mate as we enter the 90 day stretch until election day in November. Sources close to the campaign believe Senator Kamala Harris, or former National Security Advisor Susan Rice of the Obama Administration. Either choice would present their own unique problems. In Illinois community leaders and a state rep are clamoring for the state to cease its current history curriculum until a suitable alternative replacement is determined, citing a lack of content from women, Black, Latino, Jewish, or LGBTQIA+ groups. In the city of Beirut protesters took to the street following a massive explosion of ammonium nitrate carelessly stored in a warehouse, demanding Government representatives be held accountable for the devastation. Biden finds himself in hot water again for a series of gaffes made in the Biden Bunker during interviews in which his remarks have been categorized as racist, he also continues to show signs of mental decline often stuttering through incoherent answers. In Indianapolis on Thursday Black Lives Matter protesters made their way from Indiana Ave. to Meridian St. where they blocked traffic and pointed a firearm at a motorist, twice giving him chase and blocking his path. No word or response from the Mayor, the police, or the Governor leaving the citizens to fend for themselves against lawless anarchists. Dark times are here, listen to Saturday Night on the Circle for the full rundown!
This week both Ethan Hatcher and Dr. David Root stepped out of the studio—filling in host Fingers Malloy (heard on Eat Drnk! Smoke! With Tony Katz). Up for discussion is the unrest which continues to prevail as Black Lives Matter protesters turn violent, and the greater impact on businesses during the Age of COVID.
Filling in this week for Dr. David Root, host Fingers Malloy joins the conversation to discuss the reopening of Indiana schools as some districts delay reopening to prepare for Coronavirus rules for the student body. The CDC has officially acknowledged that there is more harm than good coming from shuttering schools. Without in-person instruction many urban youths, and those with learning disabilities particularly suffer-- also removed are the mechanisms designed to detect neglect and abuse, in short there are many more deleterious consequences from shuttering schools than from allowing them to at least offer the option of in-person instruction for those who feel safe enough to take it. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez takes center stage again following an altercation with a Republican congressman Ted Yoho from Florida in which she claimed he called her a "f---king b---ch". The disingenuous pearl clutching is hypocrisy at its finest as how quickly she seems to have forgotten Democrats own crass language used towards Donald Trump often met with raucous applause. In New York Governor Cuomo narrows his restrictions levied on bars, demanding they only serve "substantive" food offerings to remain open, which evidently excludes items like chicken wings... leaving the town food staple of Buffalo feeling quite excluded. Finally this week a vegan ice cream vendor was ran out of the square by social justice warriors who accused him of "gentrifying" and stealing business from Latinos. Listen to the full episode of Saturday Night on the Circle for a discussion on these issues and more, and please subscribe for future episodes!
Saturday marked the third day of Marion County's mandatory mask order with few changes as the Fraternal Order of Police has already washed their hands of enforcement after being left without direction from the Mayor's office... leaving the mandatory mask order to be used as a cudgel against already struggling businesses by the Marion County Healthy Department revealing that this order has little to do with health and everything to do with revenue recovery. Panhandlers and the homeless are exempted from the order and are turning the downtown into an open sewer comparable to the worst dregs of California. Little hope for relief lies with Republicans as Attorney General Curtis Hill fell victim to a nakedly political coup as he was defeated on the 3rd ballot in the nomination process meaning that much-reviled Todd Rokita will square off against the Democrat nominee for Attorney General in November. The Supreme Court released a stunning decision with wide implications for the state of Oklahoma... listen to Ethan Hatcher and Rob Kendall (fillin in this week for Dr. David Root) discuss the most important items in news!
Florida and Texas take center stage as infections rise, placing strains on some Texas hospitals capacity while both states roll back the reopening of the state by closing bars and limiting capacity in other venues. Do these increased infections bode poorly for the future? The stock market took another dive this week as investors feel uncertain about the future and potential of a second Covid wave. Seattle demonstrates the pinnacle of feckless leadership as the mayor Jenny Durkan promises to begin dismantling CHAZ but fails to make substantive progress in a week. Rioters continue to dilute the substance of their outrage as they continue vandalizing monuments to former slaves and abolitionists demonstrating their lack of historical awareness. In the midst of this manufactured outrage beloved voice actor Mike Henry resigned from the cast of Family Guy after portraying Cleveland Brown for 20 years, believing the character should be voiced by a black man in order to be more 'authentic.' The FBI announced after a 48 hour investigation involving more than a dozen agents that the noose found in Bubba Wallace's garage was not left with malicious intent, and had been their since at least October of the previous year. Wallace came on CNN's Don Lemon t share his opinions on the controversy. The Supreme Court made a ruling in favor of Trump's immigration policy this week, incensing Liberals. A busy week in news, listen to Ethan Hatcher and Dr. David Root share their views on important issues, and don't forget to subscribe for more episodes!
In a perplexing turn of events, Social Justice Warriors turn their outrage to foods branded with African Americans -- effectively whitewashing the stores until alternatives are found. As the outrage over George Floyd's death has evolved in the ensuing weeks, now monuments to George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Ulysses S. Grant (who once was empowered by Congress military to combat the KKK) have all been targeted. Outrage initially directed to monuments of 'white supremacy' has been further muddied when even Emancipation Memorial in Boston has come under fire ironically, although the statue had been commissioned and paid for by formerly enslaved peoples. Now the artful depictions of the past have come under scrutiny of modern moralistic appraisals. Indianapolis continues to face a surge in violent crime, reaching it's 100th homicide for the year on track to surpass the previous murder record set in 2018. The Supreme Court presented two controversial rulings this week regarding transgender rights and the Trump Administration's efforts to end the Obama-era DACA program, dealing a temporary blow to the President. Chris McCandless ventured 'into the wild' making his way to the Alaska frontier before his death in 1992, now the fate of the bus where he spent his final days has been put into contention -- listen to Dr. David Root and Ethan Hatcher talk about these stories on this weeks edition of Saturday Night on the Circle! Don't forget to subscribe!