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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 279: Warning, Challenger Jokes Ahead This week Host Dave Bledsoe volunteers to be the first podcast host in space thinking it might convince people to buy him free drinks. (It doesn’t.) On the show this week we are somehow topical and yet entirely outdated as we talk about the Challenger Disaster. (Yes, sadly, he DOES do the jokes.) Along the way we learn that most of what people SAY they remember about The Day Gen X Died is kinda wrong. (Kinda like Dave trying to recall last Tuesday!) From there we jump right into the grim and stupid tale of the Shuttle Challenger disaster, mostly gleaned from the Netflix docu-series Challenger: Final Flight. (We are not afraid to let others do our research for us!) We learn why someone thought it was a good idea to send an untrained civilian into freaking Space. (Reagan was doing badly with teachers.) We meet the starry eyed optimist teacher who erroneously believed no one would be so STUPID as to send an untrained civilian into space if it were at ALL dangerous. (Turns out they would, and it was.) Then we explain all the ways this didn’t have to happen and why it was always GOING to happen. (Turns out NASA, not exactly well managed.) Finally, we talk about the jokes, (Honestly, this was always going to be about the jokes.) and how they colored the world view of an entire generation. Our Sponsor this week is the Russian Space Agency, you want to go space cheap, fly Russian Space Agency, coming back costs extra. We open the show with Jerry Seinfeld from a Tonight Show appearance in the 1980’s and close with Pushnoy singing about the Ford 150 of space! 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/8QNxgBPfsl4 We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! Citations Needed Challenger: Final Flight https://www.netflix.com/title/81012137 Roger Boisjoly-The Challenger Disaster https://www.onlineethics.org/12703/Erosion WHITE HOUSE FINDS NO PRESSURE TO LAUNCH https://www.nytimes.com/1986/04/04/us/white-house-finds-no-pressure-to-launch.html#:~:text=The%20White%20House%20said%20today,pressure%20on%20the%20launching%20schedule. Criticism of the Space Shuttle program https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_the_Space_Shuttle_program#Cultural_issues_and_problems DISASTER AS A LAUGHING MATTER https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1986-03-25-8601220292-story.html Challenger Jokes and the Humor of Disaster https://www.jstor.org/stable/1499820?read-now=1&seq=12#page_scan_tab_contents Experts Defend Them : ‘Sick’ Jokes: Coping With the Horror https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1986-05-30-mn-8176-story.html Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Special Edition 10: Inflection Point In this Special Edition Podcast we reflect on the dire situation the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsberg places all of us in, and mourn how her passing will be eclipsed by the coming shit storm. Don’t come looking for hopeful words about the enduring legacy of a mighty champion of freedom and justice, because those are the first two things to go when she is replaced. Special Editions of the What the HELL Were YouThinking Podcast are quick reactions to breaking news events where Host Dave Bledsoe offers insight and analysis on their ramifications and offers helpful advice on how to craft an armored refuge from a recreational vehicle as you flee Red America in the coming months.   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/fbyO9H7LSkQ We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Show Notes Episode 278: No One Cares About Your Baby’s Penis, Bob This week Host Dave Bledsoe reveals that he is a MAN, baby! in an anatomically graphic and utterly repulsive manner! (Mostly by burping and farting.) On the show this week we examine the peculiar phenomena of burning down a state to let people know about your children’s genitals. Along the way we learn more ways Dave was a deep disappointment to his family. (They have no appreciation of Charles Nelson Reilly!) Then we learn ALL the ways Gender Reveal Parties are bad, not just for the children but for society! We examine the kind of people that think parties about their crotch fruit are good ideas in general and letting us know about their penis status in particular. From there we learn the history of baby showers, gender reveals and how men in America just really wanted their Dad to hug them ONE TIME! (Why don’t you love me DADDY?) Finally, we just say it, stop fucking up your kids with your stupid ideas about them, and not just their gender! (This is REALLY about Dave’s issues with his Dad.) Our Sponsor this week is Boom in a Box, you’re having a baby, blow some shit up! We open with a classic gender reveal from the 90’s and close with The Civil War who wants you to know that is NOT their kid! 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/441mR2zsQbg We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! Citations Needed: Officials release video from gender reveal party that ignited a 47,000-acre wildfire https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/27/us/arizona-gender-reveal-party-sawmill-wildfire-trnd/index.html Decoder Ring: Gender Reveal Party https://slate.com/podcasts/decoder-ring/2019/11/gender-reveal-parties-babies-origin High Gloss and Sauce https://www.facebook.com/HighGlossSauce/posts/3526972507321132 Why gender reveal parties are destructive from top to bottom https://www.mercurynews.com/2020/09/09/why-gender-reveal-parties-are-destructive-from-top-to-bottom/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Show Notes Episode 277: The Stranger Danger Is Dangerously Strange This week Host Dave Bledsoe is offered free whiskey and foolishly climbs into a white panel van. (They soon kicked him out when he became drunk and abusive.) On the show this week we Save the Children from all the people who want to save the children. Along the way we talk about Stranger Danger in the 80's, including what happened to the milk carton kids. (Not the kids themselves, but why they aren’t on milk cartons anymore.) We visit Dave during his good years, helping the good people of the time keep track of their kids. (Don’t worry, he was supervised) and then we shamelessly begged for a plug from our sister shows on the network by gratuitously name dropping them for no reason whatsoever. (Call us Danny and Mike!) Finally we get down to the meat of the show namely what the hell is up with all these people protesting about child trafficking and why they should honestly be protesting something else entirely. (Don’t worry, they are white liberals, they soon will be!) Finally we explain why Noah and Madison are NOT gonna be snatched off the street by sex traffickers. (Little white kids are SO 1992!) Our Sponsor this week is Lojack for Kids, keeping kids from being kidnapped through technology for 20 years! We open the show with George Carlin who has some bad news about the kids and close with James Marcal who would like you to leave them kids alone. 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/9waqU1U6oL8 We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! Citations Needed: Remember missing kids on milk cartons? Short-lived idea built long-term awareness https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/os-xpm-2010-01-05-1001040116-story.html QAnon, Pizzagate conspiracy theories co-opt #SaveTheChildren https://www.politifact.com/article/2020/aug/12/qanon-pizzagate-conspiracy-theories-co-opt-savethe/ QAnon looms behind nationwide rallies and viral #SavetheChildren hashtags https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/qanon-looms-behind-nationwide-rallies-viral-hashtags-n1237722 Fact check: 39 missing children not found in Georgia trailer https://fox40.com/news/national-and-world-news/fact-check-39-missing-children-not-found-in-georgia-trailer/ 800,000 Missing Kids? Really? https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2007/01/how-many-children-go-missing-every-year.html Missing Children Statistics In 2019 NCMEC assisted law enforcement and families with more than 29,000 cases of missing children. https://www.missingkids.org/footer/media/keyfacts Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Show Notes Episode 276: “Ooh What a Cucky Man, He Was” This week Host Dave Bledsoe proves once again he has no shame by revealing WAY too many intimate details about his life. (If it makes you uncomfortable hearing them, imagine being in the same ROOM with him knowing what we know?) On the show this week, we tell you the gripping story of a pair of religious hucksters and the hunky pool boy! (From our forthcoming children's book!) Along the way we learn the life story of Jerry Falwell Jr, his rise from the eldest son of rich evangelical scam artist bilking money from the believers and demonizing everyone who doesn’t believe as they do, to his eventual downfall for doing exactly the sort of thing his Daddy and he demonized people for. (It’s called karma, bitch!) Then we take on all the people out there shaking their fingers at those of us who are delighting in calling out Jerry Jr for being the little, little cuck boy he actually is! (Cuck a doodle doo!) We explain in large words and many profanities we are not kink shaming because there is no shame in ANY kink so long as everyone is down for it! (Yes, even scat play!) We further explain that it is YOUR fear of your own kink that makes you such freaking BUZZKILL! (This week's show is sure to offend everyone!) Finally we learn more than you, or us, or ANYONE ever wanted to know about Dave’s sex life. (See our merch shop for What the HELL Were You Thinking branded barf bags!) Our Sponsor this week is Paolo’s Pool Patrol, you know you have a dirty, dirty pool and need Paolo to send someone so...service it. We open with Riker trying to get Picard to let his freak flag fly and close with mokusmisi and what is a much dirtier song than you remember. 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/gskWDax0VSs We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! Citations Needed: Business partner of Falwells says affair with evangelical power couple spanned seven years https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/usa-falwell-relationship/ What does BDSM Scene mean? https://www.kinkly.com/definition/744/bdsm-scene Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Show Notes Episode 275: New York City? We Heard You Was Dead! This week Host Dave Bledsoe demands Snake Plissken return the President to New York, we would like to have a LONG talk with him.  On the show this week, we discuss the premature obituaries of The Big Apple.  (Just like Snake, we ain’t dead!) Along the way we learn about Dave’s similarity to an Abe Vigoda character the youngs never heard of, about the exodus of the rich and douchey, white women whining about Brown people in their neighborhood and of course James Altucher’s “essay” declaring New York City dead forever.  (Hey, Jimmy, why don’t come back up here and say it to our face!  Fuggedaboutit!) Finally we explain AGAIN, why New York is nowhere NEAR The Bad Old Days.  (When the whores in Times Square aren’t owned by corporate management we can talk!) Our Sponsor this week is Money Movers, getting the useless rich out of town as fast we can!  We open the show with the obligatory John Carpenter film and close with Joe Purdy reminding you that NYC just keeps on going. 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/gskWDax0VSs We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! Citations Needed: NYC IS DEAD FOREVER. HERE'S WHY https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/nyc-dead-forever-heres-why-james-altucher/?src=aff-lilpar&veh=aff_src.aff-lilpar_c.partners_pkw.10078_plc.Skimbit%20Ltd._pcrid.449670_learning&trk=aff_src.aff-lilpar_c.partners_pkw.10078_plc.Skimbit%20Ltd._pcrid.449670_learning&clickid=wJR3dQyK11UeTCnSedSVSWSFUkiQEQXlWwtNwc0&irgwc=1 NYC Residents Want Homeless Moved Out of Hotels, Fear Their Safety Is Compromised https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/nyc-residents-want-homeless-moved-out-of-hotels-fear-their-safety-is-compromised/2556242/ HOMICIDE ANALYSIS REPORT - NEW YORK CITY (NY), 1977 https://www.ncjrs.gov/App/Publications/abstract.aspx?ID=67995 NYPD Announces Citywide Crime Statistics for June 2020 https://www1.nyc.gov/site/nypd/news/pr0706/nypd-citywide-crime-statistics-june-2020 Op Ed: Who The Fuck Are You To Tell Me My City’s Dead https://www.kingscountypolitics.com/op-ed-who-the-fuck-are-you-to-tell-me-my-citys-dead/?fbclid=IwAR3-RfVrSepgqVu_oijO4CRpj7Pd1a8KPhcCnF60_e7RF6f8_aDzBkpk4wU Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Show Notes Episode 274: “Wait A Minutes Mister Postmaster!” This week Host Dave Bledsoe finally hears back from Santa Claus about that GI Joe USS Flagg playset he asked for so long ago, only to be told Santa doesn’t deliver toys to forty eight year old dudes. (And that Dave was also VERY naughty that year!) On the show this week we lick it, stick and push it in the box.! (The mailbox you pervs!) Along the way we learn all the ways President Diminished Capacity is destroying the post service because he knows his ass can’t win without cheating. Then we learn ALL about the Post Office with a visit from Old Mister History! (Oh, god, he is trying to get you LEARN again!) Finally we discuss whether or not we even NEED a postal service anymore (Hint: YES!) and some ways you can fight back against the tiny flaccid fascists attempts to stay in power. (It means you are going to have to actually DO something, so get ready.) Our Sponsor this week is Fast Eddies Super Duper Discount Parcel Service, when it absolutely, positively has to get there sometime or another, Fast Eddie’s delivers. We open with the show the Paragon of Postal Professionals explaining why the job is so stressful and close with young Paul Moody waiting for his mail. 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/gskWDax0VSs We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! Citations Needed: How Trump administration assault on Postal Service is slowing the delivery of your mail https://chicago.suntimes.com/columnists/2020/8/12/21365010/usps-postal-service-budget-cuts-louis-dejoy-mail-in-elections-dick-durbin Financial disclosures reveal postmaster general's business entanglements and likely conflicts of interest, experts say https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/12/politics/postal-service-dejoy-conflicts-amazon-trades-xpo-stake/index.html Postal Workers Decry Changes And Cost-Cutting Measures https://www.npr.org/2020/08/11/901349291/postal-workers-decry-changes-and-cost-cutting-measures As USPS delays hit veterans' mail-order prescriptions, VA works to mitigate medication waits https://connectingvets.radio.com/articles/usps-delays-veteran-prescriptions-va-working-on-solutions Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Show Notes Episode 273: School’s Out FOREVER This week Host Dave Bledsoe wonders what if we DIDN’T need no education? (Our best guess is you wind up the Host of a low rated podcast.) On the show this week we take a look at an issue that does not concern us in the least, yet could actually kill us: should we reopen schools. (Probably not, but they will do it anyway.) Along the way investigate all the arguments for both sides of the issue, which in a rare twist of fate, both sides are right. (Don’t worry, it’s still America, both sides are also wrong!) We look for advice from experts and find that they are as divided and clueless as we are. (Great, maybe they will start a podcast too.) From the CDC, who we could trust once upon a time, to educational scholars to Edna Blumenthal, Dave’s 4th grade teacher. (Who wants you to know Dave was a pure horror to teach, and had lousy penmanship.) Finally, out of frustration we turn to our old friend history to tell us what to do. (Turns out, history has no fucking clue either.) Our Sponsor this week is Bible School in a Box, an education, but not a GOOD one. We open the show with our favorite 80’s education film, and close with Daphne and Celeste who are celebrating the end of education as we know it! Show Theme: https://www.jamendo.com/track/421668/prelude-to-common-senseThe 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/V79DIU6Ysfs We are a proud member of the Seltzer Kings Podcast Network! Citations Needed: Second grader tests positive for coronavirus after attending the first day of school in Georgia https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/05/us/second-grader-coronavirus-first-day-of-school/index.html Considerations for Schools Operating Schools During COVID-19 https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/schools.html There Are Other Options Besides Reopening Schools https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2020/07/how-help-parents-without-fully-reopening-schools/614836/ Coronavirus Updates: Deadline For NYC Public School Parents On Hybrid Learning Due Today https://gothamist.com/news/coronavirus-updates-august-7-2020 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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
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