Episode 4: The Rick Perry Memorial Bracket

Despite the mysterious disappearance of Bill, Agreeing Loudly is back with another exciting episode. This week we talk a little bit about parking lot legislative scandals, the tale of two Vikings, foreign policy and of course last week’s Republican Presidential Debate. In addition, we narrow down the Agreeing Loudly Republican Presidential Bracket down to 8 elite candidates. Listen now!

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Safe for Work Ways to Kill Time at Work.

by PK Meacham

In case you were wondering Winter is Coming and so is (hopefully) GRR Martin’s 6th installment of a Song of Ice and Fire The Winds of Winter. To hold you over till the announcement of the release date here is another Game of Thrones theory to think about.

Ross was the worst character on Friends and here is another reason why.

Chvrches is a band that pretty much everyone likes but that no one knows – earlier this summer they played at the Pitchfork Music Festival performing “Clearest Blue” off the upcoming album ‘Every Open Eye’ which has a September 25th release date.

One of my favorite up and coming blues/soul/indie artist Benjamin Booker stopped by the AV Club and covered Patsy Cline’s “Walking after Midnight”. The AV Club is doing their fantastic “Uncover” series for the 6th year – you can check out all of this seasons cover here.

Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake got together for “The History of Rap part 6” and it was fantastic, as always.

Jimmy Fallon also decided to interview the Donald as the Donald, or did he interview himself as the Donald interviewing the Donald? I’m not sure but like Trump, a car crash, and kitten videos – you just can’t stop watching it.

John Oliver and ‘Last Week Tonight’ has been on hiatus up until this week – but John did have a special message for all the children heading back to school.

A non-profit put up a billboard in regards to Kim Davis and they said it perfectly.

Rick Santorum thought that going on Bill Maher and arguing about climate change with an atheist would be a good idea … reason #743 that Rick Santorum doesn’t have a chance in hell to ever become President.

The Tampa Bay TImes did a follow up piece in regards to Rick’s claims here and added #744 to the list.

September Sanity: Republican Presidential Bracket

Without further ado, here is the Agreeing Loudly Republican presidential bracket! Stay tuned next week as we try and figure out a system for narrowing down the field of candidates.

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Also, in case you didn’t catch them during the podcast here are everyone’s picks:

Bill 1. Kasich, 5. Christie, 9. Carson, 13. Jindal
Pat 2. Trump,  6. Cruz,  10. Hucakbee, 14. Santorum
Troy 3. Walker, 7. Rubio, 11. Graham, 15. Pataki
Jered 4. Bush, 8. Fiorina, 12. Paul, 16. Gilmore

Episode 3: Bill Arrives

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After a longer than expected hiatus, the Agreeing Loudly crew is back with a grab bag of podcast chaos including more thoughts on the Minnesota Vikings and Twins playoff hopes, presidential candidate hijinx, and Stephen Colbert’s ascension to the lofty heights of the Late Show. And if that wasn’t enough for you, a wild Bill Nentl appears. What are you waiting for? Listen to this week’s episode now!

Check back later this week for the first ever Agreeing Loudly Coast to Coast Republican Presidential Candidate Bracket! We’re not quite sure how we’re going to pick a winner, but we’ll probably figure it out…probably.

September 11th Retrospective.

by Troy Olson

Never Forget (#NeverForget) was trending on Twitter today and that is appropriate. The tragedy of that day cannot be captured with words, and the number of lives that not only were directly impacted or began to go in another direction as a result number in the millions.

There are a few days that I like to be by myself for much of the day, in quiet reflection. One of those days is Memorial Day, which I use as a day to think about those who gave the “last full measure of devotion” to their country. Veterans Day, I also try to avoid a crowd — instead spending it thinking about those I served with, who are still serving, and maybe sending a text or two to those I have lost track with over the years.

September 11th is somewhat different. It is micro and macro to me all at once. I know my own feelings toward that day and what has happened since and can only imagine how many others have a similar road-now-taken story.

There is no getting beyond the obvious, it was an awful, terrible, tragic day. But it also showed the rest of the world what the very best of the United States of America looks like.

From the First Responders who reacted immediately and went up stair by stair, climbing two of the tallest buildings on Earth, many of them losing their lives to save others. After the buildings came down, many worked day after day looking for missing people, missing co-workers, and exposing themselves to levels of dust and debris I can only imagine.

To the Volunteers who joined them and worked side-by-side looking for missing people, or donated food, nursed the injured, provided community support for families and individuals.

To Trinity Church, which I now know stands incredibly close to the WTC-block. Trinity is one of the only standing colonial structures left in New York City. Alexander Hamilton and many other notable people are buried there. Trinity survived the Great New York Fire of 1776 and against all odds, survived the carnage of September 11, 2001. It would have been enough to just leave it at that. But amazingly, Trinity ended up serving the role of a makeshift community gathering place for people looking for loved ones, needing rest, food, and care from recovery efforts, and providing spiritual support for the community.

To the great national past-time of Baseball, who cancelled scheduled games for reasons other than work-stoppage for the first time since President Roosevelt died in 1945, to resume a few days later, giving grieving Americans something to cheer for, even if just for three hours. For the first time since perhaps 1920, fans across the nation cheered for the New York Yankees as they made an exciting run through the playoffs, winning many come-from-behind post-season games before falling in Game 7 of the World Series. President Bush came to Yankee Stadium to throw the honorary first pitch in Game 3, it was a perfect strike.

To the fact that there was no further loss of life and no major injury in the Massive Cleanup that was completed three months ahead of schedule in May of 2002, an inspiring example of what humanity can accomplish when there is great unity and spirit of purpose.

To the Citizen and Professional Soldiers who volunteered for military service after 9/11, knowing the high likelihood that they would be going into combat or near harms way. These servicemembers account for less than one percent of the U.S. population but there is no doubt in my mind represent the best and bravest of this country.

Finally, to the fact for a few weeks and months after that day Never Forget that everyone stopped caring whether you were Republican or Democrat, black or white, gay or straight, rich or poor or anything in between. Never Forget that when this country puts petty differences behind us and works together, there is nothing we cannot accomplish and nothing that cannot be overcome.