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Just One Thing

My thoughts are with the people of southwestern Florida who, as you read this, will be getting their first look at the utter destruction of their homes, their neighborhoods, nearly entire counties. The storm surge at the coast and on barrier islands was, as some put it, "unsurvivable". This will be one of the most destructive hurricanes ever to hit the United States and certainly in the top 3 ever to hit Florida. I hope that all levels of government work well together to help those who can be helped but at some point there is much for which the only answer will be tears and a bulldozer. There will be a massive difference in areas that are just a few miles apart, across the eye of the hurricane from each other, as those to the north got a lot of rain but did not get storm surge because the counter-clockwise winds actually pushed the ocean AWAY from the land and then threw all that water into the areas south of the eye.

Here's a bit of a Gov DeSantis press conference from Wednesday. Pay more attention to the graphic on the screen showing the truly massive size of Hurricane Ian. This storm was so massive and brutal that I expect it will join a short list of retired hurricane names, not to be used in the future because the memories the name raises are so difficult.

List of Retired Atlantic Hurricane Names | The Old Farmer's Almanac

Today's Guests

Elbridge "Bridge" Colby is the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development who, in 2017 and early 2018 was the co-lead on the development of the National Defense Strategy which is as important as it sounds. 

His recent book, just out this month in paperback, is “The Strategy of Denial: American defense in an age of great power conflict” (see link below)

We're going to have what I expect will be an intense conversation about US national security interests, and most of the conversation will be about China

Elbridge A. Colby > U.S. Department of Defense > Biography

Summary of the 2018 National Defense Strategy

AmazonSmile: The Strategy of Denial: American Defense in an Age of Great Power Conflict: 9780300256437: Colby, Elbridge A.: Books


Republican Senate candidate Joe O'Dea joins us to react to the disgusting ad released by an anti-gun group on behalf of Michael Bennet.

Just below is the reprehensible ad. By the way, I don't think there's a less "MAGA" Republican senate candidate than Joe O'Dea.

Also we'll talk about Joe's plans for the US/Mexico border, what it means that Dems are spending millions of dollars, and some big endorsements for his campaign.

Other Stuff

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes: Angry senators from both parties sink Manchin's "dirty" side deal after his power play backfires (

Manchin permitting reform cut from spending bill | The Hill


Speaks for itself: Having It Both Ways on the Pandemic - The American Spectator | USA News and Politics


The future of the Internet:


Jed Babbin (American Spectator): Who Sabotaged the Nord Stream Pipelines? - The American Spectator | USA News and Politics


There's always someone to take something too far: 20-Year-Old English Man Has Been Walking Around Barefoot for a Year (


I find this story oddly fascinating: Mark Zuckerberg Little League Card Sells for Over $120K in Record Deal (


Probably still worth it, but really you should just be able to shoot the guy: Thieves smear feces over Texas woman's front door after being duped into stealing dirty diapers | Daily Mail Online


Just the latest in the never-ending infuriating stream of stories about the government having wasted trillions of dollars of our children's future earnings. It's absolutely disgusting.

Axios: 1 big thing: Billions in pandemic spending with little oversight

Today's Videos

This is how out of touch our president is: calling out for a member of Congress who died in a car accident almost two months ago. It really doesn't help is case that the Press Secretary says of course he knows she's dead.

Of course, the VP is just as confused

OK, this is exceedingly juvenile but I'm not above that...

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