#82 – A Bluegrass Bomb-Threat Clinton Purge


We decided to play around with our format and offer an episode with a variety of short conversations covering separate topics. During the first Sam and Isaac talk about the bluegrass festival and the bomb-threat epidemic. Next we review “The Purge: Election Year” and finally we are joined by Ben to discuss Hillary Clinton, the FBI, and the back-to-back killings of black men by police officers this week.

NC music provided by Ameriglow from Greensboro.



  1. I have to respectfully disagree with your opening editorial. Facts are elusive; take the Freddy Gray case as an example. There have been four trials so far and we still do not know why Mr. Gray bounced around in the back of a police van, sustaining fatal injuries. What we know is that the prosecution has not been successful. We also know that the community has become even more distrustful of the police and the justice system.

    So, when do we weigh in with opinion. I accept that informed opinions are more productive for public discourse than knee-jerk reactions. However, opinions are informed by that public discourse. I realize that you qualified your statements with the caveat that we only say what is on our mind if it is supported by the facts; you did not seem to be advocating that everyone just keep their opinions to themselves. However, emotional responses can be just as informative as facts. If I am made aware that you are angry, why you are angry and how you intend to channel that anger, I have a more complete picture of the event in question. Your opinion might spark my involvement, in any number of ways.

    Taking sides is counter-productive; we limit ourselves by demonizing one side or the other (or the other, or the other.) Waiting until the facts are in can also be counter-productive. The truth is a process, not a statement of information.

    Yours "truly",
    Ed Gildea

    • Ed,
      I understand your point about the difficulties of finding out the facts. Perhaps I could have phrased my monologue a little better, but you are correct – I was not trying to say you should keep your opinion to yourself. I just would like to urge some to put more thought (and maybe, a little research?) in to an opinion before starting arguments with friends and family. I have argued a lot on social media and have found great difficulty is using as a means for productive conversation. A knee-jerk reaction can often not only be ill-informed, but also hateful even if not intended by the poster. Yet I agree with you, it is possible and only through conversation and hearing others viewpoints can we grow in our own. Ideally, we would all approach online conversations in this way, however in my experience there are many of those who simply want to further their own point of view with little interest to others. Again, this is all based on personal experience on social media and I wouldn’t go so far to try and apply it to everyone.

      Thanks for the feedback!


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