About “Agreeing Loudly”
“Agreeing Loudly” now features or has the goal to produce nearly-daily content, from more voices, that more or less started out somewhere around Fargo or east of there, in the universe the Coen Bros. invented. We are now spread across our great country, from coast to coast.
Another thing every contributor has in common is being a member of the much-maligned (in the press and by older generations) Millennial Generation. Therefore, on this site you will read and hear a fair amount of generational politics, history, etc. It goes without saying that one perspective does not necessarily equal everyone else’s perspective who contributes, despite the site moniker.
There are two main parts to “Agreeing Loudly”, written content in the form of political and popular culture (both high and low) essays and blog posts, delivered with a blend of humor that can be expected from a generation brought up on Stewart, Colbert, and high amounts of negativity and cynicism toward American institutions and public discourse from their elders.
Also, you can listen to the “Agreeing Loudly” podcast available on Itunes and Podbay FM. Witness the Academy Award-snubbed sound effects of Pat Meacham, editing stylings of Jered Weber, and west coast wisdom of Bill Nentl. Please also check out the “Margin of Error” podcast with co-hosts and AL contributors Allan Branstiter and Carson Starkey. In whatever form you choose, tune in to listen to the podcast, review it on iTunes and check out the written content, comment, contribute a guest blog post or essay. Do whatever you’d like.
You can also follow us on Twitter at @AgreeingLoudly AND:
Help us off-set the cost of producing the podcast and website through Patreon.
“Agreeing Loudly” Podcast Team
Jered Weber is Master of all things communication (or at least that’s what he tells people), having recently graduated from the University of Minnesota with a Masters of Arts in Strategic Communication. Currently residing in Thornton, Colorado he is currently employed with Voqal working at the intersection of media and technology to advance social equity.
Jered has been involved with several political campaigns at the local, state and federal levels, having got his start in the realm of political advocacy during the 2008 Barack Obama presidential campaign. His other involvement has included serving as student body president while at Minnesota State University Moorhead, a term on the New Brighton Parks, Recreation, and Environmental Commission and work with his local senate district party units. In his free time, Jered spends his time playing video games, reading, training for half-marathons, and going on epic adventures both in Colorado and nationwide.
You can follow Jered on Twitter at @AdvocacyNinja
Pat Meacham is a political organizer, ice hockey coach, social services professional and proud union member. Mr. Meacham has worked for political campaigns at the national, state and local levels most recently he organized Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District for the Minnesota DFL’s Coordinated Campaign in 2012 and in 2010 he worked with the Iowa Democratic Party working as a campaign manager for a legislative campaign.
Pat attended Bemidji State University (Minnesota), and received his Masters Degree at the University of Minnesota (Duluth) in Advocacy and Political Leadership (MAPL).
You can follow Pat on Twitter at @PKMeacham
Bill runs a lot, knows computers, has the distinction of being one of the few of his generation to have a solid job, but like the rest of us, he has to ration and share quite a bit too. Quite literally. Bill is our West Coast correspondent and ground level eye-witness to the early effects of climate change. He was born and raised in rural Minnesota and now lives in California, which has the fifth largest economy in the world if it was its own country.
“Agreeing Loudly” Contributors
Troy M. Olson
Troy is an Army veteran and law school graduate (J.D.) from the University of St. Thomas School of Law, with a BA in Political Science from Minnesota State University Moorhead. He is a proud first generation university graduate. In addition to military service and legal experience, he also has a background in political campaigns at the national, state, and local levels.
He got his start in politics campaigning through the snow-filled plains of western Iowa during the 2008 Iowa Caucus for now-President Barack Obama with Jered Weber. Troy spends his nights writing screenplays, essays, and treatises, and is passionate about baseball, film, history, politics, good public policy, and progress. He was born and raised in Minnesota and currently lives in New York City in the Harlem neighborhood with his wife and cat. He spends a considerable amount of time organizing in his community through area nonprofits Harlem R.B.I., Harlem Grown, Harlem Run, and the Y.M.C.A.
You can follow Troy on Twitter at @TroyMOlson
Carson is a product of Bemidji, Minnesota. He got his start in politics knocking doors for Paul Wellstone in 2002. As contrition for his optimistic faith in humanity, Carson spent four years in the Army from 2004-2008, with 2006 spent in Najaf/Karbala, Iraq as a member of the 4th Infantry Division. Carson returned to Moorhead, Minnesota and graduated from Moorhead State University (because nobody says “Minnesota State University Moorhead”) where he met his wife Suzanne.
Carson attends attends law school (The John Marshall Law School) and lives in Chicago. He intends to return to Minnesota in 2016, and teach American Multicultural Studies classes on the history of rock n’ roll at whatever university will take him. He enjoys overreacting to mild bad news, shouting political slogans at house plants, and complaining about young people’s lack of respect for the Western canon.
You can follow Carson on Twitter at @CarsonStarkey1
Hailing from Parts Unknown, Allan is the son of an American sailor-turned-preacher from the Rust Belt and an immigrant from the rice paddies and barrios of the Philippines. After a tour with the U.S. Army in Iraq in 2004-2005, he landed in Fargo, North Dakota, where he became an enthusiastic and rage filled “Limbaugh Baby” before experiencing the emptiness that is modern American conservatism. During a single volunteer trip in 2007, Allan single-handed delivered Iowa to the Obama primary campaign before turning his sites towards a state senate seat in North Dakota in 2008. Like Leonidas upon the stones of Thermopylae, his senatorial campaign held off the demise of the Dorgan, Conrad, and Pomeroy Triumvirate until 2010 in a stirring act of self-sacrifice. And like noble Cincinnatus, Allan has since doffed his war helmet and laid down his shield in order to take up the life of a private citizen.
Allan is a Ph.D. student studying U.S. History at the University of Southern Mississippi, and is writing his dissertation about how veterans challenged the federal government as it attempted to consolidate its authority in the frontier from 1865 to 1900. He also holds a BA in History from Minnesota State University Moorhead and an MA in U.S. History and War and Society from the University of Southern Mississippi. He spends his free time watching professional wrestling, playing video games, reading comics, and listening to podcasts. Allan lives in Kansas with his fiance Callie, and his dog Coco. You can also find him driving for Uber, Lyft, and Postmates (don’t forget to tip, comrades!).
You can follow Allan on Twitter at @AllanBranstiter
Monica is a writer and proud public school educator residing in Washington, DC.
Monica received her BA in English Literature from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and her MA in English Education and Educational Theatre from NYU.
Monica likes to think she knows a little bit about a lot of things, and when she’s not reading, or thinking about reading, or thinking about how her students should be thinking about reading, she is daydreaming names for her future puppy.
Monica has been described by students as quirky, and by friends as a lovable disaster. With the help of caffeine and endorphins, she is alarmingly peppy first thing in the morning.
You can follow her on Twitter at @M0nicaRose
Salena is a Minnesota native and a 2012 graduate of the University of St. Thomas School of Law. She has a B.A. in Psychology with minors in Political Science and Spanish from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Salena is currently a stay at home mom to her 1-year-old son, Max, and is working toward the launch of her solo law practice in adoption law, estate planning, and non-profit formation.
Salena got started in politics with Senator Jim Carlson’s state senate campaign in Eagan, Minnesota during her senior year in high school back in 2006. She later served as his Legislative Assistant at the Minnesota State Senate in 2013. She continues to volunteer on Senator Carlson’s campaign, as well as many others. She had a brief stint in Iowa when her husband Jared took over his family business in Spirit Lake. She practiced at a small transactional law firm there and was lucky enough to participate in the 2016 Iowa Caucuses. Salena, Jared and Max relocated back to civilization—um, the Twin Cities, in May of 2016.
Salena serves on the University of St. Thomas Alumni Board, and has previously served on the Iowa Foster Care Review Board and the Child and Family Council in Dickinson County, Iowa.
You can follow Salena on Twitter at @salencita
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Justin first moved to the Fargo-Moorhead area in mid- 1991. From 1994-2006, Mr. Norris worked off and on in the entertainment business serving as a roadie, session musician (both in the studio and on the road), a promoter, and booking agent. Before finally shaking off the delusions of becoming a rock god, Justin toured with a number of his own bands (which no one has heard of), roving around the countryside leaving mayhem in his wake. Justin first experienced the self-loathing associated with working in politics when he volunteered to work on the Clinton reelection campaign in 1996. A well-known glutton for punishment, Mr. Norris continued working in partisan politics in a number of capacities throughout North Dakota, Minnesota, South Dakota, and Iowa from 1996-2010. Some of the thankless political jobs Mr. Norris held during his tenure in the circular firing squad that is Party politics include, but are not limited to: paid staffer, chief strategist, personal assistant to the district chair, campaign manager, and chief pollster.
Currently, Justin is working towards finishing his PhD in political science at the University of Georgia. After he completes his PhD, Justin hopes to live in a perpetual state of caffeine induced dementia screaming obscenity filled political diatribes at innocent bystanders. Mr. Norris also holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Minnesota State University Moorhead and a MA in Political Science from the University of Georgia. Justin is a consummate nerd, and with his ever dwindling free time, he can be found playing video games, reading science fiction and fantasy, playing tabletop roleplaying games and board games, and likes watching TV shows and movies. Along with his innumerable character flaws, Justin is also a devout follower of what he calls the ‘true faith,’ which everyone else simply calls ‘listening to shitty metal and punk bands,’ and has a ridiculously large collection of CDs, cassettes, vinyl records, and rock memorabilia. Justin lives with his long suffering wife and daughter in Athens GA.
You cannot follow Justin on Twitter because Justin thinks Twitter is fucking stupid.