Episode 28 – Gentrification – The Killer of Small Business

I was in San Francisco this weekend and heard the restaurant we were eating at was scheduled to be torn down for new housing development.

Whether this is true or not, this inspired my thoughts on Gentrification. It’s not that I’m against modernization. But there’s a lie. We blame big corporations and big developers causing the disappearance of local Chinatowns, but it wouldn’t be so easy if it were for burdensome government regulation and fees.

Look Walmart can afford to pay for regulations and fees to run business, but it’s the small business that can’t. You think that a regulation designed to hurt Target and Walmart will actually hurt them. It doesn’t, it hurts the small business trying to compete.

I’ll admit. I’m a little green on the subject, so let’s talk about it on Facebook.

Episode 24 – Real Thoughts on Racism

When it comes to my real feelings about racism, I tend to be very jokey about it. I do that because I’m frustrated by the inconsistencies of those who claim they aren’t racists and believe that white people are the worst things about America.

The current debate about racism is less about peace and equality and more about politics. Politically we need to show my opponent is more racist than me.

If your goal isn’t peace and equality, then you’re really not serious about ending racism.

Ep 22 – The Klan and I – How to Empower a Small Band of Racists

How real is the clan? The news would have you believe there’s a resurgence in the white nationalist movement. That is until 500 morons showed up in Charlottesville.

That’s barely 1 percent of 1 percent of the women’s march, but somehow the media thinks this is enough for news. Somehow the mainstream media feels that by giving legitimacy to a small faction of humanity, we should all go nuts.

The only power the Klan has is the power you give them.

Episode 20 – Turning 50

Yep, I turned 50 last Sunday. I was at the National Comedy Theatre in San Diego, when midnight struck. Went to the fair with the family. We ate ribs and I bought expensive pillows for me and my daughter.

Today, I reflect a little on growing old and the shift in thinking from what will I do with my life to how will I wind my life down.

How do you think about the latter days of your life?

Ep. 18 – The Arrogant Chistian

God said it. I believe it. That settles it. I hate that phrase with a passion and for some reason, we teach our kids this phrase. It reeks of “do as I say, not as I do.”

The Bible is the word of God. This means we are speaking the very words of God himself. So why would you argue with God? Don’t shoot the messenger…maybe this one time.

Episode 17 – The Skeptical Christian

Today, I talk a little about my journey as a Christian. I’ve always questioned everything I believe. I think this is healthy and you have to risk unbelief for the sake of belief.

Also, the kid joins me on the discussion. She’s only 9.