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A Conversation with the Gay-Straight Alliance at Bloomington High School North

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Earlier this summer, Bloomington High School North made national headlines when students there decided to form what they called a Straight Pride Group. The group was reportedly going to offer “specific supports for heterosexual students”. Many saw the group as being anti- LGBTQ. After a public outcry, the group’s faculty sponsor backed out and the group never officially formed. Last week, WFHB’s BloomingOUT hosted a discussion that issue and others with the gay-straight alliance at Bloomington High School North. Hannah Jesseph is a member of the alliance and
Greg Chaffin is the faculty sponsor. We bring you a portion of that conversation now for today’s WFHB
community report. Chaffin begins by discussing the origins of the gay-straight alliance at North.

Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford along with the crew of BloomingOUT.

Daly Local News – August 25, 2015

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Two Bloomington residents launched a crowdfunding campaign yesterday to bring a cat cafe to Bloomington. Elizabeth Retting and Jessie Wang are hoping to raise $25,000 to lease a space on Kirkwood Avenue to open “City Kitty and Brews”; A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Indiana House representative Eric Koch (pronounced “cook”) of Bedford. The lawsuit, brought by several citizen’s action groups, alleged that Koch and House Republicans violated Indiana’s freedom of information laws when they refused to release e-mails between Koch and several energy companies; City regulators approved a deal yesterday with a company that was found to be releasing too much metal in its wastewater. At its meeting last night, the Bloomington Utilities Service Board agreed to a pollution abatement process with Indiana Metal Craft, located at 4602 Innovation Crescent, on Bloomington’s west-side; A series of arts performances in People’s Park kicked off this afternoon with the local quartet, The Hoosier Darlings. More performances by local musicians will take place every Tuesday, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., from now until September 29th.

FEATURE:
Earlier this summer, Bloomington High School North made national headlines when students there decided to form what they called a Straight Pride Group. The group was reportedly going to offer QUOTE “specific supports for heterosexual students” UNQUOTE. Many saw the group as being anti-LGBTQ. After a public outcry, the group’s faculty sponsor backed out and the group never officially formed. Last week, WFHB’s BloomingOUT hosted a discussion that issue and others with the gay-straight alliance at Bloomington High School North. Hannah Jesseph is a member of the alliance and Greg Chaffin is the faculty sponsor. We bring you a portion of that conversation now for today’s WFHB community report. Chaffin begins by discussing the origins of the gay-straight alliance at North.

INS AND OUTS OF MONEY:
WFHB’s weekly financial segment The Ins and Outs of Money.

CREDITS:
Anchors: Maria McKinley, Chris Martin
Today’s headlines were written by Jerrod Dill and Hannah Boone
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford along with the crew of BloomingOUT.
The Ins and Outs of Money is produced by Ryan Stacy and edited by Dan Withered, in partnership with the Monroe County Public Library and The United Way of Monroe County.
Our engineer is Jennifer Brooks
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford

Interchange – Preview: Sheepdog Theory in Eastwood’s American Sniper

Interchange_Logoby Doug Storm

I watched American Sniper, prepping for tonight’s Interchange interview (6 pm) with Clint Eastwood biographer Patrick McGilligan, and discovered there is a bit of “warrior philosophy” inserted into Chris Kyle’s (the sniper) childhood in order to give him motivation; it’s about sheep, wolves and sheepdogs. Well, this was cribbed for the movie (it’s not in Kyle’s autobiography according to Slate) from a retired military guy named David Grossman from his book On Combat (he has many others with catchy titles, On Killing, for example). Here’s Grossman:

If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen: a sheep. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath—a wolf. But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens? Then you are a sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero’s path.

If you dive down the google rabbit hole into this world of “warrior sheepdogs” you find this philosophy rampant among those “defenders of our freedom”–the 2nd Amendment Party–who believe they are sheepdogs. Of course, the military is not their friend because the leaders of the “new world order” recognize that “patriots” are terrorists against the global order.

Indeed down that rabbit hole I found this:

Warrior Class
In 1994 the Pentagon’s deputy chief of staff for intelligence, a Major Ralph Peters, wrote a position paper, Warrior Class:

The desire for patriotism is considered an enemy doctrine. The U.S. armed forces must be prepared to fight against all those who oppose the New World Order and who are holding out for nationalism… This new warrior class is most dangerous because they consist of those who fight out of strong religious beliefs… There is a worldwide class of patriots (i.e., “terrorists”) who number in the millions, and if the current trend continues, there may be more of these who…love freedom and are the target of the New World Order… You cannot bargain and compromise with these warriors… We, as the military, need to commit more training to counter these warrior threats. We must have an active campaign to win over the populace. This must be coupled with irresistible violence.
- from the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor, May/June 1994

There you have it. Patriotic American Gunowners are the number one Enemy of the New World Order. Since we can’t be bargained or compromised with, prepare for “irresistible violence.”

We don’t need to use “McAlvany Intelligence Advisor” as the source for this, but can just google the author, Ralph Peters. This quote comes from this paper in Parameters called The New Warrior Class (a very dangerous one apparently). Parameters, in case you were unaware, is the US Army War College Quarterly journal.

As interesting to me is that the Wikipedia entry for Peters does not list this particular publication but promotes Peters primarily as a novelist, and as a talking head expert for Fox News. Also interesting is that here are two retired military “experts” offering the “pro” and “con” of the so-called sheepdog. By the way, the sheepdogs, as far as I can tell, are protecting an ideology, not actual “sheep,” weakling people who don’t carry guns and are not very manly. And Grossman classes police with soldiers. So all these Black men being killed by police are wolves then?

Here’s a link to the sheepdog scene in American Sniper on the Youtube, and here is clip of David Grossman selling his sheepdog wares. And here is a clip of Sam Sheepdog and Ralph Wolf.

Please note that Eastwood begins the scene with a shot of the pocket Bible Chris Kyle will take with him into the military and Iraq. There is zero evidence that Eastwood himself has any personal interest in religion or “faith.”

What’s troubling about movies as products is that one can evade responsibility for any philosophy on the screen. Eastwood could simply be telling this story the way he thinks it should be told as coming from the subject, Chris Kyle; the way an audience will best identify with it; possibly as representative of his own belief. Without him saying, “I believe X and I intended the audience to identify/sympathize with X point of view,” I can’t really put this on Eastwood the man. But I can’t call this art either. It’s a cultural product made for entertainment and profit. Made with skill and talent, but art? As far as I can tell Eastwood makes money, not art. He makes money real good! I imagine him not as a believer but as an opportunistic cynic. Still, that opinion has no authority. McGilligan’s biography does, however, give it quite a bit of ballast.

RELATED: Scott Horton (who has appeared on Interchange) posted this on Facebook with a link to a news article in German–American sheepdogs?

When a gunman armed with a Kalashnikov threatened passengers on the Amsterdam to Paris train, the service personnel locked themselves away in a bathroom and were utterly useless, but three young Americans took the initiative at grave physical risk to subdue the assailant and prevent a massacre. Does this tell us something about the difference between Americans and Europeans? Yes, argues Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung editor Lorenz Hemicker, “In the US, the people believe that they are responsible for their own safety first and foremost. That may lead to some other social problems. But on Friday, this conviction led to saving the lives of hundreds. And that should give us reason to pause.”

Bring It On! – August 24, 2015

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Beverly Calender-Anderson and Leila Randle welcome Robin Winston.

PART ONE
On tonight’s show, Beverly and Leila welcome Robin Winston, one of the principal’s of the Indianapolis based Winston/Terrell Group. He joins us by phone tonight to offer his perspective on the current state of affairs in the 2016 Presidential Campaign and weighs-in on regional and local races of interest, such as the Indianapolis Mayoral and State Governor races.

PART TWO
Headline news and local calendar events of interest to the African-American community.

CREDITS
Hosts: Beverly Calender-Anderson and Leila Randle
Bring It On! is produced by Clarence Boone
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford
Our News Editor is Michael Nowlin
Our Board Engineer is Chris Martin

Hola Bloomington – August 21, 2015

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Hoy en HOLA Bloomington Araceli Gomez-Aldana habla sobre las estadísticas de los nuevos estudiantes de la Universidad de Indiana y habla sobre la población histórica de los estudiantes Latinos. Además, un segmento de Radio Bilingüe con historias sobre un grupo llamado Madres Soñadoras y información sobre DACA y DAPA.

Today in HOLA Bloomington Araceli Gomez-Aldana talks about the statistics of the new students at Indiana University and talks about the historical population of Latino student enrollment. Also, a segment from Radio Bilingue which talks about a group called Madres Soñadoras and information about DACA and DAPA.

Hola Bloomington – August 14, 2015

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Los locutores de HOLA Bloomington Araceli Gómez-Aldana y invitados Rubén Marte y Nicole Browne hablan sobre el Monroe County Clerk’s Office o el Secretario del condado de Monroe. Discuten los servicios que proporciona la oficina del secretario y lo que debe saber la comunidad Latina.

Hola Bloomington’s hosts Araceli Gómez-Aldana and guests Ruben MArte and Nicole Browne discuss the importance of the Monroe County Clerk’s Office. They talk about what services the Clerk’s Office provides and what resources are useful for the Latino community.

bloomingOUT – August 20, 2015

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Hosts Olivia Davidson and Megan McCullough interview Greg Chaffin and Hannah Jesseph about Bloomington High School North’s LGBTQ+ resources, as well as Sarah Perfetti and Diana Sokolova from Bloomington PRIDE. Both music selections from tonight’s show were by string quartet Well Strung, with covers of “Snice U Been Gone” and “Blank Space”.

Hosts – Olivia Davidson,  Megan McCullough
Executive Producer – Joe Crawford
Producer – Olivia Davidson
Board Engineer – Andrew Sims

Daily Local News – August 20, 2015

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The IU Office of Sustainability is hosting the Hoosier to Hoosier Community Sale this Saturday for the sixth year in a row; The Bloomington Community Farmers Market will host a panel discussion about Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs, on September 14th; Bloomington city officials are looking to increase spending for public safety next year.

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An IU law professor says a battle over unionization in Indianapolis could have ripple effects around the country. Fran Quigley has just published a book documenting the struggles of low-wage service industry workers in the city. Quigley spoke to us last week during an episode of WFHB’s program, Interchange. The next clip is from that interview. It begins with a portion of a speech by Martin Luther King Jr. given on April 3rd, 1968, to a group of striking sanitation workers. The host of Interchange is Doug Storm.

VOICES IN THE STREET
We ask IU students why they chose to come to Bloomington

CREDITS
Anchors: Scott Weddle and Carolyn VandeWiele
Today’s headlines were written by Hannah Boone and Sierra Gardner
Along with David Murphy for CATSweek, a partnership with Community Access Television Services.
Our feature was produced by Joe Crawford and the crew of Interchange
Voices in the Street was produced by Kelly Wherley,
Our engineer today is Hannah Griggs
Our theme music is provided by the Impossible Shapes.
Executive Producer is Joe Crawford.

EcoReport – August 20, 2015

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In today’s Feature, Jodi Perras, the “Beyond Coal” representative for Indiana’s Sierra Club, discusses the EPA’s new Clean Power Plan, and its effect on Indiana.

EcoReport is a weekly program providing independent media coverage of environmental and ecological issues with a focus on local, state and regional people, issues, and events in order to foster open discussion of human relationships with nature and the Earth and to encourage you to take personal responsibility for the world in which we live. Each program features timely eco-related headline news, a feature interview or event recording, and a calendar of events of interest to the environmentally conscious.

Today’s Anchors: Glenn Lightner and Linda Lightner
This week’s news stories were written by Linda Greene, Norm Holy, Jack Hanek and David Murphy. Dan Withered produced the feature and served as our broadcast engineer. Phil Kasper is our live production manager. This week’s calendar was compiled by Filiz Cicek. EcoReport is produced by Filiz Cicek and Dan Young. Executive producer is Joe Crawford.

Clean Power Plan and Indiana Coal

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In today’s Feature, Jodi Perras, the “Beyond Coal” representative for Indiana’s Sierra Club, discusses the EPA’s new Clean Power Plan, and its effect on Indiana.

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