TPPP Episode 38 : A Minister’s Journey 

Thanks for joining me for another installment of The Podunk Polymath Podcast! This week on the pre-ramble, I talk about positive things, because we have enough negative news to go around. First, I tell about new likes and read new iTunes reviews. I then mention that I was Country Fried Freethought,  as well as my impending appearance on the Imaginary Friends Show. Finally, I talk about Macron’s victory over the far-right nationalist and Putin ally Marine Le Pen in a landslide. So, at least for now, the march of toxic nationalism in Europe has been halted.

On the palaver I speak to former minister Joshua Richards. We talk about his journey from faith into atheism. He is a very charismatic speaker, and his story is one of struggle and pain, but ultimately results in revelation and freedom. Joshua’s story is an inspiration to anyone who has taken the often difficult path out of religion. His message : it does get better.

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Macron Decisively Defeats Le Pen in French Presidential Race

Country Fried Freethought – The Podunk Polymath Podcast Palace Stories 

JRR Talking Website

JRR Talking Facebook Page 

TPPP Episode 37 : ReasonCon3 – Redemption 

The Triple Po has returned! I want to apologize for not releasing an episode last week, but I was worn out both emotionally and physically from ReasonCon3. I hope y’all understand! This week I give a recap of years very event that exhausted me : ReasonCon3! I will will let you hear the show to hear all the gory details, but I will say that it was everything I had hoped it would be, and even more. I left with my heart full and hungover, but hangovers don’t last. However, awesome memories do, and that’s what I come away with. I think I have earned my redemption.

The episode consists of my recollections, as well as a segment Tucker and I recorded on the way back from ReasonCon3. The sound quality is pretty bad, but I thought it was important to include it.

In the post-ramble I thank Gene Elliott. If it wasn’t for the hard work of Gene, his organization, and the volunteers, none of this would have been possible. This conference means so much to so many, and I am glad I was a small part of it.

Also, if you go to the show Facebook page you will find all the photos I took, which consist mostly of selfies with me and numerous other people, and there are videos I did on Facebook Live on both the Facebook and YouTube pages. Hopefully it will give you a glimpse of the awesomeness that was ReasonCon3! Enjoy! 

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ReasonCon3 Reflections 

The following text is taken from a Facebook post I wrote about my experience at ReasonCon3. Since I am not releasing an episode this week, I thought I would post this instead. Next week, I will be putting an episode concerning my thoughts on ReasonCon. I hope y’all enjoy.

#ReasonCon3.

Where do I start?

I am going to give just a bit of background as to why this ReasonCon was more personally important to me than the other one I went to.

There are many that know about my infamous activities at the previous ReasonCon. I will not go onto details, but I embarrassed myself and hurt people that didn’t deserve it. I was in a horrible place in my personal life at the time, and while that is no excuse, it does explain some of my behavior. It is something that I was hounded about for months after, and to this day it haunts me.

That’s why thus one was so important to me. I called this ‘ReasonCon : Redemption’, because for me it was an opportunity to redeem myself from what had happened previously.

I can not make the determination if I was indeed ‘redeemed’, because I think that verdict is up to those who I interacted with. However, this time things felt more comfortable and enjoyable. I think much of that had to do with me being in a better mental place, as well as the fact that I knew a lot more people this time around. I can only speak for myself, and this may sound corny, but I felt like a part of a family, and felt love as one does from a family.

Now, I will admit to having some anxiety, but that is mostly an outgrowth of some chemical imbalances that occur when I drink too much, which is obviously my own fault. I need to thank all of you who provided me encouragement when I posted about it on Facebook. That meant the world to me.

Aside from all cool people I met, there are some people and incidents that stick out in my mind. If I don’t mention you, please don’t be angry. I have a notoriously bad memory

– Traveling to and from #ReasonCon3 with Tucker. I have a great time with him. He regaled me with his many tales of his life adventures to make the time go by quicker on the journey, and his Dad jokes kept me constantly groaning.

– Getting to meet those youngins from Scenic City Skeptic again, Brian and Lexi. Our plans we a bit awry for recording, but it didn’t matter. I still had a great time hanging out with you them.

– Getting to meet once again ‘The Hottest Couple in Atheism’, Jenica and Patrick Crail. They are probably about sick of seeing and hearing me now, but for my part, I really enjoyed getting to hang out with them. They are truly a class act, and they a genuinely good and caring people.

– Finally getting to meet Mark Nebo, along of course with his beautiful and awesome wife Shanon Nebo. I had met her a couple of times previously, but I always enjoy seeing her. She was the recipient of an award for he untiring activism in the atheist community. It was presented to her by Jennifer Lovejoy,which was a true surprise to Shanon, because they made her think Jennifer wasn’t going to be there! I also have to give props to Nova, their son, for being a relentless adventurer, to the consternation of their parents.

– Once again I got hang out with Callie and Celes, and I never get tired of it. Callie proposed to Celes, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. It was so awesome to see them so happy together.

– Getting to see Trav and Morgan for the first time. I loved them both so much.

– Jessica is someone I had met online but long ago and I was honored to meet her because I love he writing and thought processes. We slept in the same bed Friday, but to my disappointment she didn’t make any moves on me.

– I got to meet William Ferguson for the first time. They have been on my show a couple of times, and they were awesome to hang out with. They were funny and I hope to meet you again soon.

– Having dinner at Mellow Mushroom with Trav, Morgan, and Tucker was definitely one of highlights of my experience. It just felt like friends who knew each other forever just hanging out.

– Getting to meet Jeremiah Bannister. I heard the tribute to his daughter Samantha and the work #teamtinydancer and her doctors put in to try to help her and save her life. Unfortunately, those efforts fell short, and that intelligent, giving, and beautiful young woman succumbed to he disease. My heart goes out to Jeremiah, his wife, and his children for their devastating loss.

– Oh, did I mention The Podunk Polymath Podcast Party Palace? I had planned to try and get some people up there and for a beer tasting and other assorted shenanigans. The beer tasting, but before I knew it, Jeremiah showed up with Ari. And then Marissa showed up with Cards Against Humanity. And then Noah Lugeons, Lucinda Lugeons, and Heath Enwright show up, with Cecil lurking in the hallway. In fact, there were so many people that they were lined up out of the room. I am fucking gobsmacked. This shindig had exceeded my expectations significantly. It is definitely one of the things I will remove most fondly.

– Meeting Katie Quesnel and their awesome mom. I was so glad that they got to dance and have a good time. I know what social anxiety is like, and I am glad they enjoyed themself despite having those fears.

-Getting to meet Michael Cerone for the first time. He drove down from Buffalo to be there, and I will so thrilled to meet him. He did a tribute to his wife who had died twelve years ago, and I was honored to be able to participate in remembering her. He even said that apparently I mentioned something about doing it podcast together, but I was so far gone by the point that I don’t remember.

– Zach Law for bringing SO MUCH BEER! This guy is the king of beer. Hell, he filled his bathtub full of ice and put beer in it! That’s some devotion right there!

– Gene Elliott for putting this thing together. I admire him a great deal for his organization and hard work it takes to pull something like this off.

There is so much more to say, but I would not writing for hours. So, I just wanted to say that I enjoyed meeting all of you, whether we got a selfie or not (I must have taken a 100 of them)! I will even go so far as to say that I consider y’all to be family. See y’all next year!

TPPP Episode 36 : Mom on a Mission 

Welcome to another fun-filled episode of the podcast you love to hate, The Podunk Polymath Podcast! On the pre-ramble this week I give my commentary on the riots that happened in Berkeley Saturday pitting anti-fascists against Trump supporters, which has people arguing AGAIN about the merits of punching Nazis.

On the palaver this week I speak with co-host of The Science Enthusiast Podcast; creator and director of the documentary ‘Science Moms’; creator the Skeptical Parenting Facebook page; badass mother of two children; and jizz enthusiast Natalie Newell. We had a great conversation about the podcast she co-hosts with Dan Broadbent, which consists mostly of guests and dick jokes. We then talk about her documentary which aims to give parents the skills to make rational, evidence-based decisions about their children’s health. Finally we talk about her love of memes and she uses them to lure people to her page in the hopes that they will stay from the important stuff. There is a lot of cursing and hilarity this week on the show, a I think y’all will enjoy Natalie’s wit and ability to curse like a sailor.

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21 arrested as hundreds of Trump supporters and counter-protesters clash at Berkeley rally

The Science Enthusiast Podcast

Science Moms

Skeptical Parenting on Facebook

Natalie Newell on Twitter

TPPP Episode 35 : Flight to Freedom 

Greetings and welcome to another episode of The Podunk Polymath Podcast! First off, I want to apologize for the quality of my voice in the pre- and post- rambles, as well as my inebriation. I honestly didn’t even realize I was that affected until I edited it. I hope y’all are not too put off by it! In the pre-ramble, I discuss the missile attack on Syrian bases by the U.S. In my opinion, it was a mistake and only makes things worse in the region, plus Russia is not happy about it and will make things worse in relations at a time when we can ill afford it. I am honestly nervous about what’s going to happen next.

On the palaver this week, I speak to Mel Rice, who endured domestic violence for twenty years. She speaks about her overall journey; recounts horrifying incidents that highlight the potentially fatal consequences of her situation; her ultimate escape from her abuser; and her life today as a survivor and a successful woman. Her journey was a terrifying one, but she was ultimately able to escape and rebuild her life. Hopefully, her story will let other victims know they aren’t alone, and it will educate others on the importance and seriousness of this all too underreported crime.

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Trump launches military strike against Syria 

Find Domestic Violence and Abuse Help, Information, and Stats

The National Domestic Violence Hotline

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

TPPP Episode 34 : No Illusions About God Awful Movies 

Welcome to The Triple Po! I don’t have much to say on the pre-ramble this week, but I do mention that I was on Not Another Atheist Podcast with Jen and Keith talking about NaNoCon as well some other things. I also mention that I will be on a couple of future episodes of The Atheist in the Trailer Park Podcast with Tucker Drake. I am not sure when they will be released, but I will make sure to post on the social medias when they do. Lastly, I briefly mention that former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has asked for immunity to testify before Congress about the Trump’s administration ties to Russia. Hopefully, this will lead to impeachment, though it’s probably unlikely. Oh, and the Federal Judge in Hawaii continued the stay regarding the enforcement of Trump’s new and improved Muslim ban, which of course is awesome news.

For the palaver I have co-host of The Scathing Atheist, God Awful Movies, and Skepticrat Noah Lugeons on to talk about the Christian movie industry and how his show mercilessly satirizes the products of that industry. We also talk about the history and current state of the industry and perhaps the disturbing future. It was a great conversation and I am really glad Noah came on to speak with me.

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Flynn seeks immunity for testimony

Hawaii judge extends halt on Trump travel ban

Not Another Atheist Podcast Episode 39 : Ceremonial Dickism

Box-Office Prophets: The Rise of the Faith-Based Film Industry

The Scathing Atheist

The Skepticrat

God Awful Movies

Diatribes Vol. 2 on Amazon 

TPPP Episode 33 : A Long, Strange Trip

Welcome to another episode of that Southern SJW podcast your mother warned you about, The Podunk Polymath Podcast! This week on the pre-ramble, I talk about the failure of Republicans in the House to come up with the votes to repeal Obamacare, thus effectively rendering that effort dead, and my unmitigated joy at seeing the fuckwits in the GOP losing the battle. I also read a new review I got from guest and friend Zach Law of the Zachrilege Cast. It was a positive and flattering review and thankfully mentioned nothing about IPAs.

On the palaver this week I speak to my friend Erik Pelham about his fascinating, harrowing, and near deadly journey through addiction. Erik tried just about every drug in the book, as well as alcohol, and he tells how he finally decided to go clean after being beaten and in a padded cell. It is an inspirational tale, and Erik is a great storyteller. I think y’all will be hanging on every word as I was.

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In Major Defeat for Trump, Push to Repeal Health Law Fails

Addiction Statistics – Facts on Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Finding secular alternatives to AA – Henry Steinberger, Ph.D.

The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous

Erik Pelham on Facebook