Binging on Burgers, Border Walls, Blatant Racism, Toxic Masculinity and The #10YearChallenge

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Get the latest on the partial government shutdown here. 

Find out about the controversy over what The White House served Clemson football stars: fast food. 

Here’s what got Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) in trouble this time, and here’s what he’s said in the past that somehow didn’t get him in any trouble.

The wimps at The Federalist offer their perspective on a #MeToo message from a razor blade manufacturer that calls out toxic masculinity. Our view? If this ad bothers you, YOU ARE THE PROBLEM. Mathew Rodriguez writes  about the Gillette ad in Out Magazine. Be sure to watch the whole video on YouTube and if you like it, click the thumbs-up button!

Get in on the #10YearChallenge here, or just scroll past if it upsets you! Is this part of a Silicon Valley plot? Read this! My own contributions are below the podcast link.,

And here are my submissions for the #10YearChallenge.

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Listen to Us Instead of Watching Trump

President Donald Trump plans to make his pitch to the nation Tuesday night to fund a border wall between the United States and Mexico. Or a fence. Or something. Whatever.

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The truth is: You don’t have to watch his Oval Office address. Listen to us instead!

Episode 8 of our podcast features our discussion of the government shutdown, Trump’s border wall nonsense, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Rashida Tlaib and the Golden Globe Awards! And if it’s any consolation, Chardonnay Merlot promises she’ll watch Trump so you don’t have to!

Here are links mentioned in this week’s podcast episode:

More Americans oppose the construction of a wall, according to the latest poll. 

Here are 6 Things You Need To Know about the president’s lies about the need for a border wall.

New York City Congressswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez doubles-down on her statement that President Trump is a racist. 

Rep. Rashida Tlaib apologizes — sorta — for calling Trump a “motherfucker.” 

Looking for the app to help transgender people find a bathroom where they can “Pee In Peace?” It’s right here! 

Out Staff Writer Mathew Rodriguez attended the Golden Globe Awards Sunday night and shared his thoughts on the top top winners: Bohemian Rhapsody and Green Book. 

And as promised, here’s Cosmopolitan with a look at how the stars of Pose won the red carpet!

We’ll be back next week with a new podcast! Thanks for listening and sharing!

Happy New Year! Talking Shutdown, Socialism and the Movie ‘Girl’

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For your New Year’s listening pleasure, Chardonnay Merlot and I are pleased to provide another two-part podcast.

We cover the government shutdown, our thoughts on the controversial film Girl coming to Netflix in January, we make predictions for 2019 and we debate about racism within socialism.

Look for relevant links below the podcast link via Soundcloud!

 

Click here for the latest on the government shutdown.

Read my exclusive interview with Girl director Lukas Dhont here. 

Here’s an article in which Dhont claims being called “cis” is offensive.

And here is a report compiling both critical reviews and an op-ed from the real life trans woman whose experiences inspired the film.

Our debate on Socialism was sparked by this article. 

It continues in Part Two of our New Year’s podcast along with my predictions for 2019.

What’s the difference between “Democratic Socialism” and “Socialism?” Click here  to read what Professor of Economics John Haltiwanger of the University of Maryland has to say about that.

What are your predictions for 2019? We’ve made ours, share yours here!

You can follow Before The War Podcast on Twitter here and we invite you to follow Chardonnay and Dawn Ennis as well! Happy New Year! 

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Death Does Not Excuse George H.W. Bush

This week we discuss the record of the late 41st president, George H.W. Bush.

We also talked about my essay about transgender surgery and the division exhibited following a controversial op-ed in The New York Times.

And then we discussed another incendiary article about nonbinary people and one writer’s claim that their existence erases women.

Plus don’t forget to vote your favorite pizza toppings! Chardonnay advocates for pineapple and Chicago-style pizza, and Dawn is a plain cheese pizza girl, for life. What’s your preference?

Migrants, Vaginas, and Pizza?!?

This week we have a special two-part podcast for your enjoyment. We discuss the border crisis, that controversial op-ed in The New York Times, and we debate pizza toppings.

Watch video of US forces repelling migrant asylum seekers here.

Read Ruth Chojnacki’s letter to The New York Times here.

Chardonnay referred to her tweet about transition. Read it here:

Part two continues our discussion of that controversial essay by Andrea Long Chu and then we debate pizza toppings! Chardonnay advocates for pineapple and Chicago-style pizza, and Dawn is a plain cheese pizza girl, for life. What’s your preference?

TDoR at 20

Tonight we mark the 20th Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Here are links we mentioned in Episode 4:

The list. All the names, as compiled by the amazing founder of TDoR, Gwen Smith. 

The latest grim statistics from HRC.

Hate Crimes on the rise, according to the FBI, as reported by nbcnews.com

Hartford gathering at the Metropolitan Community Church.

New Haven gathering.

Norwalk, CT gathering at the Triangle Community Center.

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