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Author: Dave Bledsoe

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What the Hell Were You Thinking is a podcast where Host Dave Bledsoe invites you to explore your deep-seated grievances with life in the 21st century. Journey with us through infernal circles of absurdist politics, inexplicable pop culture, conspiracy theories, not-so-theoretical conspiracies, generational ouroboroi, Bigfoot erotica, Satanism, and evil clowns—all via rants based on some sincerely compelling (and surprisingly accurate!) history. No, there won’t be a quiz, but you’ll likely learn some new things you can be really pissed off about. So join your slightly-snockered host and a browbeaten, possibly imaginary producer, Gavin, while we ask the world a simple question--WHAT THE HELL WERE YOU THINKING?

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Episode 272: Every Single One of Us the Devil Inside This week Host Dave Bledsoe hits the town looking his own Demon Lover only to find even the Devil won’t have sex with him. (Satan has SOME standards, please!) On the show this week we talk about Trump’s newest medical professional “Doctor” Stella Immanuel and her interesting ideas about medicine! (Where does he keep finding these doctors, outside a Wakuesha Walmart?) Along the way we find out how Stella got her groove back in some highly entertaining quotes from her sermons, and what you hear might surprise you. (If you recently emerged from a decade long coma.) Then we dive right into the psychology of this latest iteration of the Satanic Panic. (Turns out the greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was hiring a REALLY good public relations department!) We dig around the brains of the folks who believe that Satan is doing more than producing some kick ass Heavy Metal Albums. Then we sift the history of Satanic Panics going all the way back to the Knights Templar, who also produced some kick ass metal albums. All of this leading to the real reason this nonsense is so popular right now, which has less to do with the Devil and more to do with the dollars. (SURPRISE!) Our Sponsor this week is Lexie’s Exorcisms, got the Devil inside, get him out with a Lexie’s Exorcism! We open the show with “Doctor” Stella and close with Frank Hart who is actually performing this kick ass cover at a church, which makes it all that much more awesome! Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/david-bledsoe-4 www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/WhqokQ-BEpA We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! Citations Needed: Stella Immanuel (Wikipedia) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stella_Immanuel Friend Dr Stella on Facebook for a REAL FUN Time https://www.facebook.com/drstella.gwp/about_details Trump-promoted Dr. Stella Immanuel said homosexuality is the “agenda of the Devil” https://www.mediamatters.org/coronavirus-covid-19/trump-promoted-dr-stella-immanuel-said-homosexuality-agenda-devil Trump’s New Favorite COVID Doctor Believes in Alien DNA, Demon Sperm, and Hydroxychloroquine https://www.thedailybeast.com/stella-immanuel-trumps-new-covid-doctor-believes-in-alien-dna-demon-sperm-and-hydroxychloroquine?source=twitter&via=desktop Chris Krok Show: A ‘Satanic’ Plan From Protesters https://www.wbap.com/2020/07/23/chris-krok-show-a-satanic-plan-from-protesters/ The Strange, Centuries-Long History of Satanic Pedophile Panics https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/59vgwa/the-strange-centuries-long-history-of-satanic-pedophile-panics Millions of Americans Believe Trump Is Fighting Literal Demons https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/06/10/trump-evangelicals-charismatics-paula-white-demons/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 271: “Q Can It Be Now?” This week Host Dave Bledsoe uncovers the truth about the conspiracy keeping him from paying his tab at the liquor store! (Hint: He’s a deadbeat and you should never give him a tab ANYWHERE!)  On the show this week, we take a fresh look at the Q Anon Conspiracy only to find, somehow, against all odds, it’s gotten dumber. Along the way we learn how JFK’s 1960 Presidential run alienated the good folks of the rural South by making them fear being forced to eat at Long John Silver on Friday! (The fish was really quite tasty!)  Then we dive DEEP into the latest doings of the good folks who believe that Chrissy Tiegen and Tom Hanks are cooking babies at their pedo cabal Zoom Calls.  (HOW DARE YOU PEOPLE ATTACK TOM HANKS!)  Then we take a quick look at the Q Candidates for elected office this Fall and find to our utter lack of surprise, they are ALL Republicans!  (Where they go dumb, they go all the way in!) We take a gander at overpriced cabinets and how they are really just young girls being shipped around the world.  (We wish we were making that up.) Then we find out how JFK Jr is going to save us all ANY DAY NOW.  (Any day really.  I mean, he should be here by now, he is probably stuck in traffic or something.) Our Sponsor this week is returning Sponsor Anonymous Internet Guy, who wants you to know about their new podcast “Q-Tips” The Q Tip you CAN put in your ears.  We open the show with Elene Bennes losing a contest over John John and close with Postmodern Jukebox asking who it might be.   Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/david-bledsoe-4 www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon  https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/WhqokQ-BEpA We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! Citations Needed: QAnon https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QAnon GOP Candidates Open To QAnon Conspiracy Theory Advance In Congressional Races https://www.npr.org/2020/07/01/885991730/gop-candidates-open-to-qanon-conspiracy-theory-advance-in-congressional-races Georgia Republican and QAnon believer favored to win U.S. House seat https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/georgia-republican-and-qanon-believer-favored-to-win-us-house-seat/2020/06/11/f52bc004-ac13-11ea-a9d9-a81c1a491c52_story.html Assessing the Threat of QAnon Violence https://gnet-research.org/2020/06/15/assessing-the-threat-of-qanon-violence/ Kids Shipped in Armoires? The Person Who Started the Wayfair Conspiracy Speaks https://www.newsweek.com/wayfair-child-trafficking-conspiracy-theory-cabinets-scandal-1517013 QAnon People Find Irrefutable Proof JFK Jr. Is Alive, And Boy Is He ... Still Very Much Dead https://www.wonkette.com/qanon-people-find-irrefutable-proof-jfk-jr-is-alive-and-boy-is-he-still-very-much-dead Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Show Notes Episode 270: Donwanna Be An American Idiot This week Host Dave Bledsoe has a reading by a noted astrologer who predicts he will stiff her on the fee. (Uncanny how accurate that was!) On the show this week we talk about how everything is just so damn dumb right now. (It’s a recurring topic.) Along the way we visit an article from UK Vice who takes men to task for not liking popular things, and we take the popular things to task for being really stupid. Then we spend some time with the newest contender to the office of President of the United States, Kanye West. (We are totally serious, we are not Kanye is.) While the idea sounds absurd, we remind you that we all thought the current occupant was absurd when he came down that escalator! (Remember how we laughed? No one is laughing now.) To further demonstrate how stupid things are, we then dig in with a Twitter hack that was so transparently a hack that no one could possibly believe it was true. (So naturally a bunch people thought it was true.) Then we have some bad news about your cousin who is in jail in Jakarta, so we are gonna need you to go to the CVS and buy a bunch of Apple gift cards to get him out of jail. (Don’t worry, you can trust us, just give us the number on the back of the card.) Our Sponsor this week is the Celebrity Control Corporation, don’t let your meal ticket ruin your sweet deal, call Celebrity Control Corporation. We open the show with Dennis Miller, when he was still sane and close with Robyn Adele Anderson with a new take on an American classic in classic American style! Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/david-bledsoe-4 www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/WhqokQ-BEpA We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! Citations Needed: Why Men Think It's Sooo Cool to Dislike Popular Things https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/v7gzb8/why-men-like-to-dislike-popular-things FILES NEW DOCS FOR 2020 PRESIDENTIAL RUN https://www.tmz.com/2020/07/16/kanye-west-2020-fec-form-2-president-presidential-run/ Kanye Has Been Working to Get on the 2020 Ballot https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/07/kanyes-short-lived-attempt-to-get-on-the-2020-ballot.html Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Show Notes Episode 269: A Snitch Fairy Gets Her Wings! This week Host Dave Bledsoe reminisces about that one time he thought about committing a crime but totally didn’t. (As opposed to all the times he thought about a crime and then DID.) On the show this week we examine the strange and not all suspicious life and deeds of Jeffery Epstein’s Lady Goon Ghislaine Maxwell. (Women can be Goons too, people! Stop being sexist!) Along the way we learn about her early life as a London socialite in the 1980’s and how she traded it for the life of a Manhattan socialite in the 1990’s (Different club names, same cocaine!) Then we learn how she met, fell in love and eventually began procuring grooming and exploiting young girls for the carnal desires of her #1 Dude Jeff! (Let’s not forget all the times she joined in with all the sexual assaulting!) From there we discuss her whereabouts over the past year, her capture and eventual “accidental” death in the Manhattan Correctional Facility later on this month! (Keep your calendars open folks!) Our Sponsor this week is Hank’s Hideouts, on the run, on a budget, Hanks Hideouts! We are sure we can do better than New Hampshire. We open the show with the happy sounds of a Snitch Fairy getting her wings and close with Ozzymozzy explaining what befell Ghislaine alone in her cell! Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/david-bledsoe-4 www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/BABlxmIErCI We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! Citations Needed: The mystery of Ghislaine Maxwell's secret love, Mail on Sunday, 15/11/1992 https://www.reddit.com/r/Epstein/comments/ch6g3r/the_mystery_of_ghislaine_maxwells_secret_love/ Ghislaine Maxwell https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghislaine_Maxwell What was Ghislaine Maxwell doing in a tiny New Hampshire town? https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/07/07/metro/ghislaine-maxwells-new-hampshire/ "Queen for a Day" - how Ghislaine Maxwell could be striking a deal with prosecutors https://www.wpbf.com/article/queen-for-a-day-how-ghislaine-maxwell-could-be-striking-a-deal-with-prosecutors/33253619# Official: Feds feared Epstein confidant might kill herself https://apnews.com/80e1d24b3111582256de4fb788fc4fc2 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 268: Dude, the Preferred Nomenclature is Orcish American This week Host Dave Bledsoe dusts off his 1st Edition Monster Manual and confirms Orcs are in fact. Lawful Evil. (We hope this settles the controversy once and for all) On the show this week we examine the latest in our endless series of profound and yet profoundly silly cultural wars: are imaginary creatures from a game racist. (Answer, yes and no.) Along the way we discover the violent history of pre-teen boys and that most of them are deeply terrified of girls. (Dave certainly was.) Then we dig into why Wizards of the Coast, the publishers of Dungeons and Dragons decided to announce that “evil races” would be phased out of 5th Edition and the reactions on both sides of the cultural aisle to this news. (We are sure everything progressed in a calm and rational manner!) We move on to freely acknowledge the problematic nature of some elements of the game and the people who created said game. But we also point out that much of original mythology only appears racist today because a bunch of racists ruined the mythology for everyone. (That happens a lot in history.) Finally, we proffer a compromise to both sides of the issue based on long established rules within the game. (Yep, advertisers actually paid to run ads on this content.) Our Sponsor this week is The Gnoll Society, who want you to know they are Evil and they like it that way. We open the show with peckish Uruks and close with Dragonland and their martial music for Orcs! Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/david-bledsoe-4 www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/OOAHmTPx910 We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Show Notes Episode 267: Boom Boom, On Come the Lights This week Host Dave Bledsoe revels in the fact that he may be a drunk with no sense of self preservation, but even HE won’t shoot off fireworks from his crotch! (Unless you pay him.) On the show this week we ask the same question all of you are asking: WHO THE FUCK IS SETTING OFF FIREWORKS AT THREE AM!?!? Along the way we examine such hot button issues as using Irish Spring soap to taunt white people and why white people can’t mind their own fucking business. (Y’all are gonna get the Spring again!) From there we jump to the cultural implications of fireworks and why Americans just love to blow bits off their body off for funsies. We check in on a new conspiracy theory popular in the Blue States for a change and examine all the ways they are wrong about the Summer of Boom. (Come on Libs, you are supposed to be better than this!) Then we wrap up with how YOU, podfriends, could get your OWN illegal fireworks in the big city. (In a purely hypothetical and legally allowed speculative manner.) Our Sponsor this week is Bubba’s House of BOOM!, where fat, drunk and stupid is our demographic! We open the show this week with fireworks gone wrong and close with Bluesix letting us know they are sick and tired of all these fireworks.  Other, Probably Better Pods: http://seltzerkings.com/ Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/david-bledsoe-4 www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/s6NIgSfzNGU Citations Needed: Boompilled: Fireworks Conspiracy Theories Are Bursting Across The Internet https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/craigsilverman/boompilled-fireworks-conspiracy-theories-are-bursting The Fireworks Conspiracy Theory is Ridiculous and Totally Unnecessary https://themikerothschild.com/2020/06/23/fireworks-conspiracy-theory/ Gita Jackson on Twitter https://twitter.com/xoxogossipgita/status/1275134634981052418?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 266: Partridge Family Bus Full of Antifa This week Host Dave Bledsoe explains why you can’t go home again. (Turns out, no one wants him there!) On the show this week we examine why Reuben Kincaid and the Partridge Family want to burn down small town America! (Fucking HIPPIES!)  Along the way we talk of the panic in Frog Fart as imaginary buses filled with black clad (and possibly Black) people swarm the Walmart's and Bait Shops of the Heartland! (Won’t someone think of the night crawlers!) We travel to all the spots where brave Camosexuals gathered outside guns stores and bowling alleys to prevent Antifa from burning down a place they never heard of could care less about if they had (Honestly, NO ONE is visiting Crotch Rot Arkansas willingly.) Then we learn the secret history of Antifa, from it’s ill fated beginning fighting ACTUAL Nazis in Germany to busting Skinhead skulls outside out of Slash’s House of Punk in Poughkeepsie in the 1990’s all the way to punching fucking Richard Spencer in his smug Nazi face at Trump’s inauguration! (We watch it over and over on slo-mo!) Then we explain why people in Cooterville are so afraid of a non-existent Antifa threat by telling you about Orson Wells. (Trust us, it fits together better than these things usually do.) Our Sponsor this week is Rent-A-Radical, when you want a fake Antia invasion but are too insignificant for REAL Antifa! We open the show with our Godson Trae Crowder (we wish!) and close with some teenage heartthrobs of the 1970’s!   Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/david-bledsoe-4 www.whatthehellpodcast.com  Give us your money on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/lT2T49yP2ew Citations Needed: Tucker Carlson: “Violent young men with guns will be in charge. They will make the rules, including the rules in your neighborhood” https://www.mediamatters.org/tucker-carlson/tucker-carlson-violent-young-men-guns-will-be-charge-they-will-make-rules-including Fears of protest violence, some of it fueled by rumors, creep into Sacramento suburbs https://www.sacbee.com/news/article243186451.html The Incident on the A-Road https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/akzem5/the-incident-on-the-a-road Family reportedly harassed in Forks after being accused of being members of Antifa https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/crime/family-harassed-in-forks-after-being-accused-of-being-members-of-antifa/ ‘Antifa bus’ hoaxes are spreading panic through small-town America https://www.theverge.com/2020/6/5/21281581/antifa-bus-hoax-trump-misinformation-protests-police The Myth of the War of the Worlds Panic https://slate.com/culture/2013/10/orson-welles-war-of-the-worlds-panic-myth-the-infamous-radio-broadcast-did-not-cause-a-nationwide-hysteria.html In Ecuador, after the green men from Mars invaded, the real tragedy began https://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/article1960647.html Roofing Company Employees Forced Onto Ground At Gunpoint By Man Who Thought They Were Antifa https://www.9news.com/article/news/investigations/loveland-man-antifa-roofing-employees/73-c9e63588-b99d-45c5-bc34-81e22093cf91  “They have no allegiance to liberal democracy”: An expert on antifa explains the group https://www.vox.com/2017/8/25/16189064/protests-george-floyd-antifa-president-trump Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 265: The Pig Was Cool This week Host Dave Bledsoe explains how his life coach has always been Jimmy McNulty from The Wire. (Yeah, we can see it.) On the show this week we tackle the idea of a world without police. (Imagine that!) Along the way we learn how Dave wandered into his early life career as a cop. (The same way he wanders into a dive bar, apathy and laziness.) Later we learn how he wandered right back out of the job. (Ironically, it was the same way he LEAVES a dive bar, by being thrown out!) Along the way we learn about one of the Bad Dave's in the world who “trains” cops to treat citizens like insurgents. Then we examine in detail what people mean when they say “Defund the Police” only to learn it isn’t the scary idea the cops want you to think it is. (Kinda like how Black people are not scary like the cops say they are!) Then we offer some actionable ways to implement real change in the police without scaring all the white folks with “crazy ideas”. (Which will make young progressive call us names because the ideas aren’t crazy enough.) Our Sponsor this week is Fat Leo’s Law Enforcement Training, when you just want a glassy eyed sociopath on the street, you want Fat Leo’s. We open the show with Rust Cohle philosophy of policing and close with Killdozer’s run in with Dave on duty! Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/david-bledsoe-4 www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/ZljN2Y-9_bQ Citations Needed: The sheep, the wolf and the sheep dog https://www.policeone.com/police-trainers/videos/the-sheep-the-wolf-and-the-sheep-dog-PgBzHLbBumSiCwHl/ “Are You Prepared to Kill Somebody?” A Day With One of America’s Most Popular Police Trainers https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/02/dave-grossman-training-police-militarization/ Defund the police? Here’s what that really means. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/06/07/defund-police-heres-what-that-really-means/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Show Notes Episode 264: Citizen Soldier This week Host Dave Bledsoe descends into his bunker for everyone’s safety, the bunker being his private bathroom far, far from everyone else. (There is not enough Lysol in the WORLD!) On the show this week we talk about Shitty Caesar wading across the Rubicon wearing rubber ducky floaters. Along the way we go back to the 90’s where we discover Dave was not NEARLY the badass he thought he was. (Or is!) Then we bring back an OLD favorite and climb aboard The Wayback Machine to learn why the Founders decided a military dictatorship was a BAD idea! (Also, we take some cheap shots at Bostonians!) We then head over law school to find out why Shroom Dick can’t just deploy the troops to “dominate” the protesters that frighten him so much. (BUNKER BITCH!) We visit Kent State to remind you all why soldiers are not cops and never should be. Then we wrap up with some truly astonishing statements by Generals past and present. (We honestly couldn’t believe our eyes when we read them!) Our Sponsor this week is Boogaloo Bob’s, when your real soldiers won’t crush your rebellion why not try Boogaloo Bob’s, because nothing says law and order like fat white guys in flower print shirts! We open the show with a rose colored edition of a Founding Father and close with Massy jamming through a Neil Young tune! Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/david-bledsoe-4 www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/aST8Q6xmy4M Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Show Notes Episode 263: The Language of the Unheard “We are nonviolent with people who are nonviolent with us.” --Malcom X No jokes, no songs, no funny bits, just some hard talk by one White American to his fellow White Americans imploring White America to put its money where it’s mouth has been and finally embrace non-violence. Show Theme: Not used this week The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/david-bledsoe-4 www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: None this week Warning! By Langston Hughes Negroes, Sweet and docile, Meek, humble, and kind: Beware the day They change their mind. Wind In the cotton fields, Gentle Breeze: Beware the hour It uproots trees! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 262: “You’re Not the Boss of Me Now” This week Host Dave Bledsoe discovers wearing a mask actually IS quite comfortable and is sure everyone will be wearing them in the future. On the show this week, we examine the latest in our ongoing series of Dumb Culture Wars: Masks. (We can’t believe this is even a thing!) Along the way we explore America’s long history of resenting people trying to save our lives starting with the Great Seatbelt Wars of the 1980’s. (We have a LONG history of being really dumb.) Then we dive right into the controversy with a small number of very noisy Americans refusal to wear a mask. (It is exactly the people you think it is.) We look at the various and specious “reasons” why people refuse to wear one, from religious to terror of people discovering how small and insignificant their penis actually is. (Thimble Dick is perhaps one of the most cutting pet names for the POTUS we’ve used to date!) We then give a full and fair hearing to those Americans who feel wearing a mask infringes on their Constitution Right to be assholes before telling them to sit down and shut the hell up. (Which is the actual court precedent for ALL arguments along these lines.) Our Sponsor this week is Frankie’s Freedom Warehouse, where your assault rifle is welcome but your mask is NOT! (Condolences to Frankie’s family on his recent death from Covid 19) We open the show with a genuine damn hero working at Costco and close with Dilute Creative who want to know that we are NOT in charge around here. Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/david-bledsoe-4 www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/JkxdUh2ROd4 Citations Needed: COVID-19: How much protection do face masks offer? https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/coronavirus/in-depth/coronavirus-mask/art-20485449 Ohio legislator cites God for refusing to wear face mask during coronavirus crisis https://www.cleveland.com/coronavirus/2020/05/ohio-legislator-cites-god-for-refusing-to-wear-face-mask-during-coronavirus-crisis.html Men are less likely to wear masks – another sign that toxic masculinity kills https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/16/men-masks-coronavirus-protests-masculinity-kills Masks Reveal New Social Norms: What a Difference a Plague Makes https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/masks-reveal-new-social-norms-what-a-difference-a-plague-makes/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Show Notes Episode 261: Are You More A Dunning or More of a Kruger? This week Host Dave Bledsoe trudges up the Slope of Enlightenment only to find himself lost in the forest of Drunken Stupor. (Again) On the show this week, we examine what makes Americans so susceptible to nonsense theories and phony experts. (Turns out it isn’t ENTIRELY Facebook’s fault.) Along the way we meet the two dudes who discovered why we are all dumb in the pretty much the same way. (Of course, they could be stuck on Mt. Stupid, who knows?) We dip our toes in the cold, deep water of dumb that is the Plandemic video and then quickly towel off with the warm fluffy towel of Q-Anon! (Fresh from the dryer, like you love!) Then we ask a series of hard hitting questions about the future of America in a serious tone of voice designed to make us sound both logical and appealing. (Like the kind of voice you would buy insurance from!) Then we come crashing back to Earth by telling you that we told you so. Our Sponsor this week is a returning one, The Association and their annual pledge drive! We open the show with a trope that has gotten FAR to much mileage since its inception and close Casandra Kubinski who just wants us to trust her. Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/david-bledsoe-4 www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/wLJqf3xITH4 Citations Needed: Truth Decay An Initial Exploration of the Diminishing Role of Facts and Analysis in American Public Life https://www.rand.org/pubs/research_reports/RR2314.html Virus Conspiracists Elevate a New Champion https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/09/technology/plandemic-judy-mikovitz-coronavirus-disinformation.html Debunking the most dangerous claims of 'Plandemic' https://www.livescience.com/debunking-plandemic-coronavirus-claims.html Shadowland https://www.theatlantic.com/shadowland/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Show Notes Episode 260: Next Time Try Roland The Thompson Gunner This week Host Dave Bledsoe recalls the time he tried to be a Merc, only to discover he was just drinking with a guy who REALLY liked Deadpool. (Despite what he tells you, it WASN’T Ryan Reynolds) On the show this week we tell you a little story about a retired Army Sergeant First Class’ dream to do the one thing they would never let him do in the Army: actually overthrow a government. (Turns out there are reasons why they don’t let Sergeants do that) Along the way we learn about Operation Gideon, which would’ve worked out better for everyone if it was about putting Bibles in hotel rooms. Drawing extensively from an Associated Press news story about a failed coup in Venezuela that came out BEFORE the actual coup even started! (And yet, they tried it anyway!) We will meet a cast of amazingly bumbling characters, including close associates of the President all of whom wanted one thing and one thing only: for the President to LIKE them! (Turns out, there are some things too stupid even for the Trump administration. Maybe) We follow them through a year of bad planning and bungled implementation all the way to their stunning yet utterly predictable failure to overthrow the government of a sovereign nation. (Cue Yakety Sax) Then we gently suggest how perhaps plotting coups in general, even if you aren’t totally unqualified MIGHT not be something one should do. Our Sponsor this week is Bob’s Budget Black Ops, when you need warriors but can’t afford good ones, call Bob’s! We open the show with the ONLY good mercenaries ever and close with Lauren O’Connell and a cautionary tale of what happens when you piss off a Thompson Gunner. Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/david-bledsoe-4 www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/eZUQ2FdwIyY Citations Needed: Venezuela detains two Americans allegedly involved in failed raid to remove Maduro https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/05/venezuela-detains-two-americans-allegedly-involved-in-failed-raid-to-remove-maduro Ex-Green Beret led failed attempt to oust Venezuela’s Maduro https://apnews.com/79346b4e428676424c0e5669c80fc310 Breaking Down The Absolutely Batshit Botched Coup Attempt Against Venezuela's Maduro https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/33322/breaking-down-the-absolutely-batshit-botched-coup-attempt-against-venezuelas-maduro Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Show Notes Episode 259: “We’re Not Gonna Take It” This week Host Dave Bledsoe puts a Twisted Sister pin on his uniform and drunkenly shouts at himself in the bathroom mirror just to feel like someone else is with him. (The man is desperately lonely and drinking too much. You know, just normal Dave stuff) On the show this week we travel back to 1985 to examine the Parents Music Resource Council, an issue so unimportant and trivial to the modern context that it should distract you for a good half hour from all the crazy shit in the world. (You’re welcome) Along the way we meet the White Wives of Washington who decided it was their job to censor artists. (They were the Karen’s of the 1980s) We introduce to you to each of the Filthy Fifteen the list of songs the PMRC deemed so vile and offensive that children must be protected from them at all cost. (God forbid they learned about getting off from Cyndi Lauper!) We hear from the artists who defended the list, even though some of the Metal songs are just BAD songs. (Not evil, just really poorly written.) Finally, we learn why Tipper Gore felt it was SO important we have warning labels on music. (Hint, it was so parents didn’t need to talk to their kids.) Our Sponsor this week is Columbia House Records, who want you to know they are back and they are coming for what they are owed. We open the show with Dee Snider getting real with the Senate and close with Sunkissed Music being adorably rebellious! Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/david-bledsoe-4 www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/3fCaxOBBPQo Citations Needed: #ShowNotes Ep 259 "We're Not Gonna Take It" distracting you from the modern world by telling you the tale of Tipper Gore and the PMRC. It should distract you for a good half hour. You're welcome. https://www.newsweek.com/2015/10/09/oral-history-tipper-gores-war-explicit-rock-lyrics-dee-snider-373103.html The Filthy Fifteen: Censorship, Gore And The “Parental Advisory” Sticker https://www.udiscovermusic.com/stories/filthy-fifteen-pmrc-censorship/ The Tipper Sticker at 30: The Most Entertaining (and Least Effective) Attempt at Censorship in Rock History https://www.kqed.org/pop/18111/the-tipper-sticker-at-30-the-most-entertaining-and-least-effective-attempt-at-censorship-in-rock-history Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 258: Some Alternate Universe This week Host Dave Bledsoe imagines a reality where he can drink as much as he wants and there is never a last call. Only to realize that means he is just at home drinking alone and it isn’t fun at all. On the show this week we examine the possibility that all of THIS is because the Universe is broken. (Sadly, it isn’t) Along the way we remember a time when Kaitlin Jenner was the strangest thing in the news, then marvel at the astonishing idiocy of people protesting the government not letting them die of a disease. We posit some extremely unlikely explanations for the state of the world today, including Mayan prophecy and a dude who did WAY too many mushrooms. (Surprisingly, not Dave). Then we delve in our real theory on why things are the way they are and science be damned. Because if ignoring reality is good enough for a Trump voter in Ohio it is good enough for us! (We, however, will NOT be going anywhere near the dipshits.) Our Sponsor this week is A Generic Statement on Covid 19, who wants you to know it is here for you in these troubled times. We open the show with The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and close with the ethereal Nataly Dawn. Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/david-bledsoe-4 www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/IT-ZaGyIPsk Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Episode 257: Interlude

Episode 257: Interlude

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Show Notes Episode 257: The Bottle Episode Host Dave Bledsoe takes a few minutes to look back, talk about where we are and how we got here. Then issues a single plaintive plea for the entire world. Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/david-bledsoe-4 www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music: https://youtu.be/_dHGX5qIhYc Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
We are taking THIS week off to prepare for NEXT week which will FIVE YEARS of this dumb podcast! In the mean time, here is a favorite from 2019--remember then, god that was great--about Jerry Eyler the Highway Killer! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Show Notes Splendid Isolation Episode Three: It’s Like Bad Medicine This week in our podcast extra Host Dave Bledsoe talks about PTSD, stress dreams and why his subconscious is a petty bitch. We talk about life in the Forbidden Zone and how it is becoming more and more like Escape From New York but without Snake Plissken, we heard he was dead. Then we cover mass graves, dying at home and how the “President” is actively trying to kill you. Splendid Isolation is a podcast extra documenting one lonely and frightened man’s attempt to survive the COVID 19 Pandemic with something like his sanity and liver intact. It appears in the What the HELL Were You Thinking podcast feed. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Show Notes Episode 256: We're Still Preoccupied with 1985 Part Two: Blame It On the Rain I Guess This week Host Dave Bledsoe finds himself kicked out of all the Zoom Happy Hours for angrily ranting about why women don’t wear shoulder pads anymore. (Hint: they have good taste) On the show this week it is the conclusion of our two part episode on the Decade that Made Us, the 1980’s. We shoot down the walls of heartache with the scandals that ended the decade. Along the way we learn ALL about the political, economic, social and fashion crimes that ended the Whitest Decade Ever. (Dave killed parachute pants all by himself!) From the White House, to Wall Street to the recording studio, if it made a white dude rich off some shady shit, we talk about it. Programming note, there will NOT be a new episode next week as we prepare for our Fifth Anniversary Extravaganza, assuming the world is still here in two weeks. Also, Dave appears on the podcast Just Checkin’ In with Marla and Jeremy, so check in with all three of them here: https://open.spotify.com/show/5I1SViZhQ6s7hBuIBuJQCK Our Sponsor this week is The Boesky Boys Investing Podcast who wants you to know it isn’t illegal if no one cares you are breaking the law. We open with the last shreds of idealism from the 80’s and we close with the band and ended it all. Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-sense The Show on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheHell_Podcast The Show on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/whatthehellpodcast/ The Show on Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/david-bledsoe-4 www.whatthehellpodcast.com Give us your money on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/Whatthehellpodcast The Show Line: 347 687 9601 Closing Music:https://youtu.be/SiZVrTaC9Pg Citations Needed Iran Contra https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran%E2%80%93Contra_affair The Bush family and the S&L Scandal http://www.rationalrevolution.net/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm Financial Villains: Where Are They Now? https://www.investopedia.com/financial-edge/0310/financial-villains-where-are-they-now.aspx It’s True: Milli Vanilli Didn’t Sing : Pop music: The duo could be stripped of its Grammy after admitting it lip-synced the best-selling ‘Girl You Know It’s True.’ https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1990-11-16-ca-4894-story.html Milli Vanilli https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milli_Vanilli#Lip-syncing_exposure_and_media_backlash,_1989%E2%80%931991 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In this week’s Splendid Isolation, Dave Bledsoe reflects on week three of lock down in New York City, Red Sox fans vs Yankees fans, people who watch ships docking when they should be home and his new life as a bandanna clad outlaw. Splendid Isolation is a stub of What the HELL Were You Thinking on the life and times of the Covid 19 Pandemic in New York City. It appears in the usual feed for What the HELL Were You Thinking along with the regular show. Follow the podast on Twitter @thehell_podcast, the show name on Facebook, subscribe to the show wherever you get your podcast or Spotify. Email the show at whatthehellpodcast@gmail.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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