Darrell Castle - Memphis attorney, former USMC Combat Officer, 2008 Vice Presidential nominee, gives his unique analysis of current national and international problems from a historic and a constitutional perspective.
Caught on the Horns of a Dilemma
Darrell Castle talks about the growing threat of inflation. Is it really something terrible or just a transitory phase of the economy? Transcription / Notes CAUGHT ON THE HORNS OF A DILEMMA Hello this is Darrell Castle with today’s Castle Report. Today is Friday the 18th day of June in the year 2021 and on this Report, I will be talking about the growing threat of inflation. Is inflation really happening and if so, is it really something terrible, something to be feared or is it what the FED and the treasury department say that it is, just a transitory phase of the economy. This is Father’s Day weekend for the Castle family as it is for everyone else. Husband and father are the two greatest roles that a man can have as far as I’m concerned, and I thank God for the opportunity to have those roles in my own life. I’m sure Joan has something wonderful planned for me this weekend, and the family daughter will call from wherever she is in this world. What is going on in this economy right now. Are prices really out of control? Has the FED (the Federal Reserve) lost control of inflation and the economy in general or is it all just a transitory phase as we are often told? When we visit the grocery store or gas station it seems certain that inflation is a reality and not an illusion. It may be transitory, but its effect on our lifestyle and our ability to care for our families is very real. Our standard of living is being diminished every day as prices, especially for commodities we use every day are increasing. It is easy to raise prices on consumer products. All the grocer has to do is change his sign for hamburger from $3.99 per pound to $5.99 per pound and you pay a third more for the simplest American meal. When the gas station changes its sign almost daily and always upward, it costs more to drive to work or to the grocery store or to take the kids to school. When prices for such commodities increase your standard of living falls because your wages do not keep pace. Most working people in America are employed by small business and those businesses are struggling to keep their heads above water right now. I’m not talking about Google, Microsoft, or some Wall Street bank that has billions in assets and should trouble arise for them, the federal government is there ready to use your money to bail them out. No, the person who runs the small business is losing his standard of living just as you are. Wages always lag behind prices because if an increase comes it is probably yearly while price increases happen almost daily. What exactly is inflation anyway? The traditional definition is an increase in the money supply, but recently the FED and treasury departments started referring to it as an upward trend in pricing, whatever that means. The government likes to tell us that the CPI (consumer price index) is the proper measurement of inflation. The CPI is just a bundle or basket of industries or companies that the government looks at to measure pricing. On that basket depends the COLA (cost of living adjustment) for Social Security recipients as well as all federal pensions. COLA is supposed to keep those people on “fixed incomes” from losing ground to inflation, so it is to the advantage of the government to hold COLA to a minimum and that is done through adjustments to the CPI. If you want to show that there is little or no inflation, make sure to have a lot of high-tech companies in the basket. Prices on certain electronics such as TV’s have actually fallen as knowledge increases. To prevent problems on the upside just take volatile industries such as timber, meat and other foods from the basket and CPI can appear to be under control. People see the prices of things they use continuing to rise, but most do not understand what is happening and if they do understand, what can they do about it? The FED has been good i
Do You Wear a Mask if You Have Been Vaccinated?
Darrell Castle talks about the question — Why would a person choose to wear a mask indoors or outdoors, but especially outdoors, if that person has been “fully vaccinated”. Transcription / Notes DO YOU WEAR A MASK OUTDOORS IF YOU HAVE BEEN VACCINATED? Hello this is Darrell Castle with today’s Castle Report. Today is Friday the 11th day of June in this the year of our Lord 2021. This Report will ask the question, why would a person choose to wear a mask indoors or outdoors, but especially outdoors, if that person has been “fully vaccinated.” Is the person relying on and following the directives of science or the directives of those experts who speak for science? The Castle family is certainly doing well this rainy week in the river city of Memphis. We are celebrating my sister’s birthday since she is a year older as of yesterday the 10th.She and I are the survivors of 8 siblings, so we celebrate another year. We have often disagreed over the years as siblings do, but we do agree that neither of us wants to live in a high-tech version of East Germany. The family daughter is happily getting back into her career out in the city of angels, trying to rediscover normal in California. The other day I had a business meeting with a businesswoman in a building here in Memphis and when I got to the meeting, she was wearing a mask, but I was not. I try to be respectful of the wishes of others especially in their place of business, and if she had mentioned it, I would have put one on, but she did not. I asked her if she preferred that I wear one and she said “no, I am fully vaccinated”. I said oh, then you are completely immune from the virus and could not possibly contract it from me and since you could not possibly be infected you could not possibly transmit it to me. Yes, she said, that’s what they tell me. If all that is true, then why do you wear a mask? For that question she had no answer because there is no answer that makes any logical sense, and she was not a stupid woman. She seemed open to discussing the matter, so I asked her if she really trusted the vaccine to be what she was told. She said “they” told her that if she got the virus after being fully vaccinated, meaning two vaccinations, she would not die or become seriously ill. I asked if she had any adverse reaction to the vaccination and she said just a little soreness. That conversation started me thinking about how even the experts at CDC now say that masks outdoors are no longer necessary. The recent email dump of 3200 emails from chief expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, revealed that he has known for over a year that masks are ineffective at stopping or preventing the virus and that the chances of contracting the virus outdoors are virtually zero. Despite all that, I still see many people wearing masks outdoors, so I wonder why. Stuck to the front door of a business I visited recently was a sign that said no one is to enter these premises without a mask. The choice there is simple, put on a mask or go someplace else but outdoors makes me wonder. Searching for answers to my questions, I found that I was not the only one with such questions. Filmmaker Ami Horowitz does a you tube show called Ami on the loose and the show I watched was him walking around New York City interviewing people wearing masks. His first question after getting their agreement to talk to him was normally, have you been vaccinated. Virtually every person seemed happy to talk to him and almost all of them said they had been vaccinated. His next question was why are you wearing a mask outdoors if you have been vaccinated? He tried to set them free by telling them the CDC said you no longer have to wear it outdoors. When he said that a few took their mask off and thanked him. Most did not, however, and they had different but similar reasons. Some typical answers: I just like it!
All Roads Lead to the Vaccine
Darrell Castle talks about how most of the original illogic and unanswered questions about the COVID virus have now been answered and those answers lead us toward the vaccine. Transcription / Notes ALL ROADS LEAD TO THE VACCINE Hello this is Darrell Castle with today’s Castle Report. This is Friday the 4th day of June 2021 and today this report will talk about how most of the original illogic and unanswered questions about the COVID virus have now been answered and those answers lead us toward the vaccine. Why all the unnecessary fearmongering in the beginning, apparently to herd the world toward the vaccine, and that is the subject of this report. Here in Memphis Tennessee the Castle family is getting along just fine enjoying the spring weather and the beauty of nature. Most people would hardly notice the virus still lingers around just waiting for us to relax our guard. The family daughter is even starting the road back to normal or what passes for normal in California. I often used to ask myself why. That is in the beginning of the virus when everyone was very afraid, and no one seemed to know exactly what was going to happen. Why did countries all over the world suddenly adopt the same lockdown policies when those policies had never been tried before. Why were certain medications and supplements attested by many doctors as life saving suppressed and never really tested? Why were physicians at the top of the virology pyramid canceled by big tech and big media? Why did the big media companies put out the same hysteria that almost scared us all to death? Maybe there was and is more to this story than meets the eye. Maybe the reason for all these things was to steer the world to the vaccine. Is it fair to say the virus seems to have its own political agenda and its agenda always points to the vaccine? Those who manage the virus protocols for the world have been quite open in their goal of vaccinating every human on earth. That would seem to be illogical and completely unnecessary but still our managers are taking extraordinary steps to make sure it happens. For example, June is national action month to motivate us to get vaccinated by the 4th of July. I suppose the reason some are refusing is simple laziness. Maybe if the government paid us we would comply. Would it not be fair to say then, that much of the unnecessary hysteria was to help achieve that goal. It would work like the old western movies about the cattle drive. Something panics the herd, and they all start running often with fatal consequences. For us the end of the panicked running was the vaccine. Just as the cattle were too dumb to know that running was not good for them and they acted out of instinctive panic we are told to just get in line for the shot. When you ask the doctor, who insists that you get the vaccine, if it confers immunity from the virus all he can say is there’s a lot we don’t know. Well, that was a truthful answer in the vaccine beginning but there is a lot we do know right now. Let me take a moment to quote Dr. Peter McCullough, board certified cardiologist and internal medicine physician thanks to the website of Dr. Mercola. “I think this whole pandemic, from the beginning, was about the vaccine. All roads lead to the vaccine. There are plenty of places in southeast Asia and Europe where they are laying the groundwork for compulsory vaccination. Compulsory! That means someone pins you to the ground and puts a needle in you. That’s how bad the stakeholders want vaccination.” So, according to Dr. McCullough it’s all about the vaccine. The mask mandates, the lockdowns, the social distancing, the closed schools, the ruined businesses the closed churches, the daily death count on virtually all media, as well as the scenes of brave physicians and nurses clad head to foot in hazmat suits caring for rooms full of dying patients was
Our Post Covid World
Darrell Castle talks about the world post Covid, in term of the most prominent things happening in the world today — what has been gained and what has been lost in the past 15 months. Transcription / Notes OUR POST COVID WORLD Hello this is Darrell Castle with today’s Castle Report. Today is Friday, May 28th in the year 2021. This is also Memorial Day Weekend. Those of us fortunate enough to have jobs in this post COVID world will get a 3-day weekend. This Castle Report will talk about the world post COVID, known here after as simply the virus. What are the most prominent things happening in the world today and what has changed in the world post virus? What have we gained and what have we lost? The Castle family is doing well this Memorial Day Weekend. Despite the virus, we are looking forward to 3-days off work. Joan and I will pause to remember on Monday as we usually attend a ceremony at the local Veterans Cemetery to pay our respects. The family daughter is doing well with her husband in California as she told me by video just a couple of days ago. This Memorial Day Report is a good chance to also pause and remember or at least review what is happening in this country and in the world since the advent of the virus protocols some 15 months ago. Yes, approximately 15 months ago we were told to just shelter in place for 2 weeks to flatten the curve. Two weeks became 15 months and counting as the virus protocols have caused what will probably be irreparable damage to the American and world economies. The world is different now and today I want to take a brief look at some of those differences. The most obvious difference that I see is the atmosphere of fear that seems to pervade the country. Fear seems to have subsided a little, however, at least among those low-risk people who just needed an excuse not to be afraid. Here in the River City of Memphis Tennessee we are fortunate to have good leadership at both the state and local level, so we were kept well informed, and fear stayed at a minimum. When the mayor sought to comply with federal and state guidelines, he did not simply order churches to close as did Gavin Newsome in California. Instead, he gathered as many pastors as he could on a conference call, explained the situation, and asked for their permission and cooperation. I know of no harassment or threats against pastors as occurred in California. The situation in California became so bad that pastors were threatened with arrest, but some did not back down to the intimidation and sued the Governor for what they alleged to be discrimination in the way he determined what business was “essential” and what was not. Just a few days ago the court ruled in favor of the churches and ordered the governor to pay $1.35 million in attorney fees. Basically, the court ruled that a state cannot arbitrarily rule churches non-essential, while ruling other favored businesses essential. So many were upset with the Governor of California’s heavy-handed tactics which he demanded ordinary people obey while he did not have to obey, that a recall petition was circulated against him. The last count I saw had the signature totals at about 3 times the number needed to put the measure on the ballot so a recall election will be held pursuant to California law. California was not the only state to reject their governor’s actions. Tom Wolf, Governor of Pennsylvania, had his emergency powers taken away and given in part to the legislature by referendum vote. The primary thing that came out of the lockdown protocols as far as I am concerned is that they did more harm than good, and apparently, they did not stop the spread of the virus. The states that did not lockdown, such as South Dakota, and Florida, fared no worse and in many respects much better than those who locked down for the entire year. Some states are still not fully open d
The First 100 Days of Joe Biden
Darrell Castle talks about the first 100 days of the Biden Administration from the perspective of how things are going and what has been accomplished. Transcription/Notes THE FIRST 100 DAYS OF JOE BIDEN Hello this is Darrell Castle with today’s Castle Report. This is Friday the 21st of May 2021 and, on this Report, I will be talking about the first 100 days of the Biden Administration. These are the halcyon days for the administration, at least traditionally, and we should therefore take a look at how things are going and what has been accomplished. Things are going well for the Castle family as we start the transition away from a masked society to an unmasked one. So far so good for us here in the River City, but in California, the family daughter continues under the reign of Governor Gavin Newsome, but all things said we are all doing well. The first 100 days are traditionally a time of idyllic peace and goodwill for an incoming new president. The press does not question him too forcefully and he is allowed time to get his bearings and adapt to being emperor of the world. However, when a President signs 33 executive orders within one week of taking office, most on the first day, he has in my opinion, waived any right to favorable treatment he might otherwise have had. He has, essentially, converted himself from executive leader to chief legislator in one week. His actions were in violation of the Constitution so his first action after taking office was to violate his oath of office. I saw a meme the other day that sums up the Biden Presidency to date, “From energy independence for the first time in 50 years to gas shortages in 4 months. Quite an accomplishment.” Now, let’s let former President Trump put his two cents worth in: “I see everybody is comparing Joe Biden to Jimmy Carter. It would seem to me that is very unfair to Jimmy Carter. Jimmy mishandled crisis after crisis, but Biden has created crisis after crisis. First there was the Biden Border Crisis (that he refuses to call a crisis), then the Biden Economic Crisis, then the Biden Israel Crisis, and now the Biden Gas Crisis. Joe Biden has had the worst start of any President in United states history, and someday, they will compare future disasters to the Biden Administration—but no, Jimmy was better!” My guess is that a lot of Democrat politicians secretly see that quote and say that they hate him more when he is right. There is a lot of correct information in that quote if you leave out the references to Jimmy Carter, and the worst in history which is impossible to know or judge. Let’s look at some of the allegations one at a time and see if we can find any truth in any of them. The Biden Border Crisis seems to be virtually all Joe Biden’s fault or at least the fault of those puppet masters who manipulate the strings. Estimates are that more than 100,000 have crossed the border in the first 100 days. I would like to say they crossed illegally but the truth is that they were invited. I believe the first executive order that the new president signed was one completely opening the borders to anyone. That means to anyone from anywhere not matter what their intentions were upon entering this country. No one was permitted to inquire about those things. Tens of thousands of children without parents have crossed the border and thousands were being held in cages at the border until the Federal Government could find employees from the departments of Interior and Agriculture among others who would agree to take care of these children. Twenty state governors have told the administration that their states cannot take any more illegal immigrant children. What kind of country allows parents to send small children across a desert without any escort to try to find someone to take them into America. What kind of leader would allow that? I wonder if it has occurred
Let’s Pay People Not to Work While Defunding the Police
Darrell Castle talks about a new report which seems to indicate that paying people not to work makes people not want to work and he makes the case that the entire philosophy of the Democrat economic plan and approach to government is flawed, leading to chaos and violence. Transcription/Notes: LET’S PAY PEOPLE NOT TO WORK WHILE DEFUNDING THE POLICE Hello this is Darrell Castle with today’s Castle Report. This is Friday, May 14th in the year of our Lord 2021 and I will be talking about, among other things related to the world according to woke, a new report which seems to indicate that paying people not to work makes people not want to work. This report will make the case that the entire philosophy of the Democrat economic plan is flawed and the entire Democrat approach to government is based on lies and will lead inevitably to chaos and violence. The Castle Family is doing just great this weekend as the state of Tennessee is scheduled to come off the mask mandate. Most people seem convinced that when the masks come off tomorrow the virus will be less infectious than it is today, so I sure hope that is the case. The family daughter has her husband back in Southern California and he seems to be adjusting quite well to his return to civilization. Not much seems to be going well for the President right now. He has been pushing his spending bills through Congress which hands him not billions but trillions to give away as relief for voters and to supposedly stimulate the nation’s economy, but it does not seem to be working. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why it isn’t working and most likely will never work. There are basically two economic theories or philosophies if government intervention is accepted as the only way and right now that seems to be the case. The first is what Joe Biden’s administration is trying to use and that is to create massive amounts of new or fake money and force it into the economy by giving it away to those favored by the regime. Ordinarily that would create massive inflation because nothing is created with all that money except debt, so you have a lot of money in circulation but no new goods to buy with it. It works out to be the freshman economics formula for inflation, i.e., too many dollars chasing too few goods. To prevent the inflation from happening the government taxes the labor of those working to take money out of circulation. They make it and put it in, then take the people’s labor through tax. The second theory or philosophy of economics is virtually the opposite of the first. Money is not created and infused into the economy through various means. Instead, taxes are lowered on working people thereby putting more money in circulation. Taxes are also reduced on business allowing production to increase so that goods that people want to buy are made. It would take courage and a little faith to decrease taxes in the face of rising debt and deficits, but history has shown that doing so actually increases government revenue and lowers the deficit. Why does the government have to intervene in the economy at all? Shouldn’t the government just let the free market solve the various ups and downs through its relentless destruction and replacement? Yes, that is the correct answer, but it is far too late for that. Government insists that it is in control of everything and will solve every problem. The people, therefore, hold the government accountable for every problem that occurs. Why doesn’t the government do something to fix this is the common refrain. I suppose we can blame 100 years of government schools for the ignorance of what government is constitutionally empowered to do. So, in that regard, the April jobs report shows some very troublesome signs. There were 266,000 jobs created but it takes 275,000 to break even. In addition, the President predicted that one million
The Castle Report is a very insightful world view.
It sounds like he’s reading a document rather than speaking naturally. His politics are slanted so pro republican you might wonder why his party exists.
Very intelligent & intuitive
Darrell Castle is a very intelligent and intuitive attorney in Memphis. It is always great to hear the opinions of influential individuals from different areas. He covers current issues going on in the US and around the world. Definitely a honest and informative podcast!