DR Radio: Fight Club Flight and the Syrian Situation

In this edition of DR Radio, we talk about the now famous fiasco with the United Airlines flight, the bombings in Egypt of two churches, the swearing in of a new SCOTUS judge, and everything going on in Syria with Assad. We also take a moment to play a round of Master Chef, a Marvel-inspired Botticelli, and Hadley recommends a few books.

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Show Notes

Hello everyone and welcome to the April 11th edition of Dead Reckoning Radio! I am your host, Jay Friesen joined today as usual, by Hadley Heath Manning and Dr. Brian G. Mattson. DR Radio is where we discuss the latest in cultural topics from a distinctly Christian worldview.

We have another award-winning show for you today: America’s war on Syria AND United Airlines, Hadley brings us some DR Recommends and of course, we’ll have our games of wit and whimsy: Marvel-inspired Bottecelli and a round of Master Chef.DR Radio is a 5-star rated podcast recorded in front of a live Facebook audience.

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Quick Takes
  • Passion Week -It’s the time of year when Christians around the world celebrate the final week of Jesus’ life, culminating in his arrest, trial, crucifixion, and resurrection. Any thoughts about Easter, or traditions you’d like to share?
  • Coptic Carnage (Again)- Bombings of two Coptic churches in Egypt killed dozens of worshipers on Palm Sunday, once again reminding us of the terrible persecution Christians around the world are enduring.
  • Missing Target? This week Target Corporation CEO Brian Cornell admitted this week that last year’s boycott of the company “blindsided” them. The boycott started when Target (without Cornell’s approval) virtue- signaled-er, “announced” a policy that people could use whichever bathroom they felt aligned with their “gender identity.” Sales for the company dropped 6%. Cornell said he would not have approved of “flaunting” the policy, and that the backlash was “self-inflicted.”
  • Justice Gorsuch!-The event was overshadowed by other things crowding the news cycle, but by far the most momentous thing to happen since our last show is the swearing in of new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. It’s a clear victory for the Trump Administration, and one that will have great impact for decades to come.

Segment One: Flying the Friendly Skies!

By now the news has practically broken in the Internet. On April 9th, United Airlines had a passenger forcibly removed from an aircraft traveling from Chicago to Louisville, Kentucky. Disturbing video of the event went super-viral. So, here are the facts, as best we can determine.

After the plane had boarded, United decided they needed to fly four crew members to Louisville to work another flight. They asked passengers to give up their seats in exchange for $800 or $1000 vouchers (there’s conflicting information on the amount) and a flight at 3:00 pm the following day, but no one responded. The airline then had a computer algorithm randomly select four passengers to kick off the plane. One man refused, saying he was a doctor and needed to be in Louisville to see patients the next morning. The airline then called airport police, who boarded the aircraft and literally pulled the man out of his seat and dragged him off the plane. The man appeared to be injured, as well as distressed.

Eyewitness accounts say that after being removed, the man somehow came rushing back on to the plane saying, “I need to get home! I need to get home!” Police intervened, and the man left…on a stretcher. Today United stock has dropped as far as 4%, or $850 Million. A total, epic, PR disaster. So much to talk about, Brian and Hadley!

  • What should or could United have done differently?
  • Does this tell us anything about the company’s culture?
  • The legal stuff: Did the passenger actually have any right to remain on the plane?
  • Assault!? I mean, this gives new meaning to “That escalated quickly.”
  • Economics 101: Is 800 bucks and a ticket the following afternoon a good-faith effort to get volunteers?
  • Are there Christian principles that might help us think about this scenario, either from the company’s or the passenger’s point of view?

Break[Sponsor] ADF: Pre-Enforcement Challenge

[Game] Master Chef

Segment Two: America Arrives in Al Shayrat…

Last week the Syrian government, in the throes of a brutal six-year civil war, launched an attack with weapons of mass destruction. These indiscriminate bombs killed dozens of men, women, and children. This was not a one-off event, but rather something beginning to resemble a pattern.

In response, President Trump decided to respond to his predecessor’s infamous “red line.” You’ll recall that President Obama called the use of WMD’s as a “red line” that Assad should not cross. Assad did cross it, and Obama did not respond. So last week 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles visited the al-Shayrat Airfield.

Guys, we’ve talked a lot about Syria, particularly when it comes to the refugee crisis. This event marks the first time America has directly intervened in the Syrian conflict, and it raises all sorts of questions. Does this represent a change in our foreign policy?
What is the game plan? What should be the game plan? Are there any good options left after a “hands off” policy for six years? Can the American people be galvanized for yet another Middle East military adventure?

Break ADF: #ReligiousFreedom Grace 00:46

[Sponsor] ADF: #Religious Freedom Sisters 00:25

[Game] Botecelli: Super Hero Edition

Segment Three: Dead Reckoning Recommends (Hadley)

Hadley and Brian Socials


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