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Rocking Me Baby Podcast Wrap Up

Back Talk returned to politics today with a discussion on #debatenight and what it was like being a woman watching the country’s most powerful female politician continually interrupted by her opponent.

THE TALKOVER. SO MUCH TALKOVER.

Any woman with a brain and an opinion can safely say we’ve experienced our fair share of the talkover. Girl children learn to deal with this early on and Clinton handled it to perfection. Bottom line, you smile pleasantly and deal with it as best you can.

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Trump interrupted Clinton repeatedly in the roughly hour and a half debate. We were wrong on the podcast when we said 31 times it was a whopping 51 times. Lester Holt seems like a nice man but he may not have the strong personality required to moderate these debates and keep The Donald under control.

The Donald also made a number of interesting statements during the debate and repeatedly contradicted himself. This is nothing new. Fact checking has long revealed a number of outright fibs by The Donald but his die hard supporters, a large variety of whom appear to actively hate women, don’t seem to care.

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As with most everything, I tend to agree with John Oliver on the two main candidates. Clinton has her issues but Trump is utterly incompetent to lead this country. Trump’s racist and misogynistic agenda must be stopped or we are in a world of trouble.

This debate and the remaining two, if they are done at all, won’t change those minds and there likely aren’t very many who are undecided. If anything, they might spur more commitment to actually getting out to vote which is important. Exercise your right to vote its the most important fundamental right we possess.

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Ring The Bell Podcast Wrap Up

Happy Friday! Thanks to Justin Twell (@JustinTwell78) for the segment we did for Wednesday’s show with Week 3 picks, Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers and more. Be sure to check out Inside The Pylon  and read his great work there. You can find my own work there too including my latest DFS Diary.

In today’s show we asked whether we will let Cam Newton live already? Newton is a grown man who should be allowed to determine what’s best for him and his family. Not everyone wants to protest or be an advocate and that is okay.

We all come to enlightenment in our own way and in our own space. Colin Kaepernick, who jump started this valuable conversation in our country, came to his own personal advocacy in his own time. Not everyone changes the world in a big way. Sometimes, its the small steps that make all the difference.

We can all be better friends, better neighbors, and better co-workers. In our own interpersonal communications we can change a life and maybe, just maybe, change our own little worlds. They say all politics is local and change most frequently occurs in small minute levels.

Let’s be that change.
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Land Down Under Podcast Wrap Up

Today we talked Katie Nolan, Bart Hubbuch and twitter trolls. AGAIN. I missed all the brouhaha yesterday with Bart Hubbuch currently or possibly formerly of New York Post, and only found out this morning he had deleted his twitter and possibly lost his job. If true, that is unfortunate that it came at the hands of a twitter mob.

Look, I have long had a love/hate relationship with Hubbuch and he has said some things I definitely disagree with on the regular. However, the tweet in question was one of his more innocuous ones and certainly not worthy of a twitter mob or a job dismissal.

I guess Nolan is a Boston sports fan. Color me shocked. Boston sports fans can be some of the worst so the heckling and twitter mob comes as no surprise. The biggest irony here is that Nolan herself is a troll as is the majority of her network. Fox Sports’ main shtick is troll sports. Disagreement is good so long as it’s done in a healthy fashion but targeted abuse should never be tolerated.

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Thunder Road Podcast Wrap Up

In Friday’s edition of Back Talk The Podcast we took on the NFL and its abject failure to properly enforce its own rules in the wake of last night’s beating rendered to Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. Newton and his head were targeted repeatedly by the Denver Broncos defense and  yet the officials conveniently overlooked it the entire game. Oh wait, they did call one instance late in the fourth quarter but had the gall to call Newton for intentional grounding as well because his pass didn’t reach the line of scrimmage.

The penalties offset because apparently getting your head beat in is as bad as your pass not reaching the line of scrimmage.

The concussion protocol is important but its far more important for game officials to do their job. The concussion protocol is only the end result of illegal hits and should not be used as a primary means of stopping them. You should of course be concerned but to correct the issue you have to address the source.

It is incumbent on game officials to nip bad behavior in the bud at its inception. They are the gatekeeper through which bad behavior is funneled. It either stops or escalates depending on how the officials handle it. Last night, they failed and the league must address it.

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You Keep Running (Away) Podcast Wrap Up

Back Talk took on several issues today including the recent settlement by Fox News to Gretchen Carlson, among others, as well as the departure of Greta Van Susteran. The Fox settlement is significant in so many ways and not just because the monetary amount (reportedly $20 million) is so high.

First, and foremost, the bravery of the many women coming forward to speak on issues such as abuse and harassment should not be underscored nor should it be ignored. It takes a lot to make that decision because you know the repercussions will be swift, sneaky and subtle. These repercussions won’t always be hard to prove. You are exposing yourself, and your career, to a system that is largely unsympathetic and broken. Its a system that puts the victims on trial and dehumanizes her while the alleged perpetrator historically gets excuses and forgiveness.

Second, the solidarity of women across all boundaries is important. Once Carlson filed her lawsuit, many women came forward with support and their own stories as well. As with Bill Cosby, the sheer volume was impossible to ignore. The lessons learned from the Cosby story and the Fox scandal will resonate for years to come. Hopefully, progress and change will come as well.

Last, but certainly not least, Fox News did something virtually unprecedented in its settlement agreement. It admitted liability and pledged to make changes. Typically, settlements come with no admission of guilt even if promises of change are part and parcel of the agreement. The acknowledgement that the allegations of harassment at Fox is wrong and will not be tolerated sends a huge message that women must be treated professionally.

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