Live from Music Row, Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio to discuss a myriad of headlines.
Leahy: Crom Carmichael, the all-star panelist is in studio. Crom, there is a little hobbyist group that involves kids and a couple of adults. It’s called the Northern Illinois Bottle Cap Balloon Brigade. The Northern Illinois Bottle Cap Balloon Brigade. And there’s a story in Aviation Week, that I saw yesterday I sent to you.
They are concerned. They put a little balloon up as part of their little hobby group. It cost about $12 to put it up. They can’t find it. They’re pretty sure that the United States Air Force actually used a $400,000 missile to shoot it down.
Carmichael: Well Biden himself and I don’t know why he did this, but he gave a press conference and seemed to be proud of the fact that his military has shot down three balloons for literally no good reason. Because he couldn’t give a good reason.
He couldn’t give any reason. He said all we know for sure is that they weren’t spy balloons by any other government, but other than that, we don’t know why we shot them down. Literally, he had no good reason.
Leahy: So let me get this straight Crom. The Chinese government launches a spy balloon. Our intelligence people know that they’ve launched a spy balloon. They let it come into American airspace. They don’t tell anybody in Congress about it.
Carmichael: As big as a school bus.
Leahy: As big as a school bus. Obviously spying, sending information back to the Chicoms. And then an amateur photographer sees it up in the sky in Montana, tells the Billings Gazette, all of a sudden, it’s a problem that we’ve identified. Our military decides we’re not going to shoot it down until it’s finished all its spying.
And then we shoot it down after it’s accomplished its mission. And in response, the next week, President Biden gets together this group. It tells the military, shoot down this little Northern Illinois bottle cap balloon brigade. $12 balloon. And it’s not just that. The first missile didn’t hit.
Carmichael: Oh, it missed?
Leahy: It missed.
Carmichael: Where did it go?
Leahy: I don’t know, but it missed, and it so they took a $400,000 missile to shoot down a $12 balloon put up by the Northern Illinois Bottle Cap Balloon Brigade.
Carmichael: I just think that’s just amazing. You know, there are so many other interesting stories, and it’s about institutions. Pete Buttigieg his political fate was sealed by his response or lack thereof, to this terrible train derailment in Ohio.
And his excuse was, there are three trail derailments a day. I can’t go to every one of them. That’s saying that all trained derailments are of equal devastation, which is, of course, utterly false.
Leahy: When you have vinyl chloride that explodes and then you do a controlled burn, you don’t know who actually authorized the controlled burn. And it puts hydrochloric acid and phosgene, that World War I gas up in the air above East Palestine, Ohio, you got to do something about that.
Carmichael: And Buttigieg doesn’t even show up. The Secretary of Transportation doesn’t even show up. But here’s another example. This guy Gastone.
Leahy: Gastone sounds like a character in a Disney movie.
Carmichael: But he’s a character, alright. He won’t prosecute. This is a progressive California district attorney.
Leahy: The guy in LA?
Leahy: The guy who ruined San Francisco.
Carmichael: Yes, he did. And now he’s ruining LA. They had a recall that didn’t get him. He’s ignoring cases involving child sex crimes, domestic violence, and sexual assault. They have doubled on his watch, but the number of prosecutions continues to fall.
So it’s just astounding. In Virginia, you heard about this case where a high school student went into the girl’s room and raped the girl, and they moved him to another school where he did it again allegedly. The school board has voted to not release the information, so people and parents are having to fight to get the information. This one is hysterical.
The Canadian Taxpayer Federation filed a legal action to find out who paid $6,000 a night while they were in London at Queen Elizabeth’s funeral. The Canadian officials gave them the report and redacted the name, claiming security issues for the person that would have been named. (Laughs)
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