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Writer, wonk, political strategist, musician, and political consultant.

Host of The LEFT Show
Award winning writer of JMBell.org
Former Democratic National Committee Communications Director for Utah.
Creative Director for Defenestrate Media Group
Award winning host of the late Left of the Dial.
City Weekly Best Of Utah - 2010, 2012

Home page: http://theleftshow.com

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247 The LEFT Show – Bang Bang

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Taylor is still out of town, and Melissa had more important things to do, so, we got a surprise, special guest! Sgt. Jake returns to the show, to site and quietly judge the room. JM Bell, Forrest Shaw, and Ultimate Bob Easton are all in the room to cover the shitty news from the week you thought you’d left behind.

147 The LEFT Show 

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THE LEFT SHOW LINKS
William Shatner shoots down Ted Cruz’s “Kirk was a Republican” theory  http://avc.lu/1gdsLpE
Guess Which City Has The Most Members On Adultery Dating Website Ashley Madison  http://read.bi/1Ou5ZVa
AUTO PLAYS – Donald Trump escalates war with Lindsey Graham  http://on.msnbc.com/1Ou69Mg
The Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj Twitter feud, explained  http://bit.ly/1Ou65w0
CLOWNCAR 2016
So Republicans Want Us To Believe They Care About Attacking Veterans? http://bit.ly/1gdrH52
John Kerry, who knows something about having his war record attacked, savages Donald Trump  http://read.bi/1gdrKxX
Jeb Bush Sent Thank-You Note To Swift Boat Vets For John Kerry Smear  http://bit.ly/1gdrLln
 Donald Trump Made ‘Veterans For Trump’  http://bit.ly/1gds3ca
Donald Trump Loses Fight With Scots Over Wind Farm  http://bit.ly/1gdsumE
GOPwow
Bill That Lets Bosses Fire Single Women For Getting Pregnant Gains Steam  http://huff.to/1gdrS0j
GOP DUMB 
‘Sitting ducks': Heavily armed man vows to defend Logan military recruitment centers  http://bit.ly/1gdsQtz
Military Recruiters Not Thrilled With Militia ‘Protecting’ Them, By Accidentally Shooting Stuff  http://bit.ly/1gdsUta
Civilian ‘Guarding’ Army Center Nearly Kills Bystander With ‘Accidental’ Gunshot  http://bit.ly/1gdsWRY
SCIENCE AND ENTERTAINMENT 
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NASA just discovered ‘Earth 2.0′  http://read.bi/1gdtfMx
Earth’s Possible Twin Spotted by Our Planet-Hunting Spacecraft  http://bit.ly/1gduJX3
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Jurassic World Turned into a Gay Thai Porn  http://bit.ly/1gdtc3d
American Idol-Style Auditions For Top Gear Co-Hosts  http://bit.ly/1gdu1Jt
Hank Aaron gets a new ton of racist hatemail, proving his point  http://bit.ly/1gdu3RC
Massive changes at MSNBC, 3 shows cancelled and Chuck Todd to return  http://exm.nr/1gdu2Nx
Chris Brown, Barred From Leaving Philippines, Looks for Answers  http://nyti.ms/1gdu5Jh
Wyoming Man Found with 30 Eyeballs in His Anal Cavity   http://bit.ly/1gdu9Zw
THANKS OBAMA 
Jobless Claims Fall To Lowest Level Since 1973  http://bit.ly/1gduhbn
Way More Americans Die From Gun Violence Than Terrorism  http://bit.ly/1gdujQz
Despite Threats, President Obama Makes A Case For Gay Rights In Kenya  http://bit.ly/1gdukUD
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246 The LEFT Show – HISTORY!

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JM Bell, Forrest Shaw, JC Carter, and Melissa Merlot gather to talk about Chattanooga, race, guns, the military, and American mental health. NASA, Pluto, Amy Shumer, and a giant stack of dumb Republicans. It’s a classic of its type!

246 The LEFT Show

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THE LEFT SHOW NEWS 

 
OH NOES! 
ON SEPTEMBER 23, 2015 SATAN WILL RECEIVE FULL REIGN OVER THE WORLD!http://bit.ly/1OfHta1
Ann Coulter: “I Will Sue Every Website Or Comentator That Suggests I’m Transgender”http://bit.ly/1OfJ5AL
RACE, GUNS, MILITARY, AND MENTAL HEALTH 
AUTO PLAY – Chattanooga Shooting: Four Marines One Seaman Dead in Shooting at Military Offices  http://abcn.ws/1OfGWVC
AUTO PLAY – Alleged Chattanooga Shooter’s Family Says He Suffered From Depression  http://abcn.ws/1OfH7QM
AUTO PLAY – Governors Authorize National Guard to be Armed After Chattanooga Attackhttp://nbcnews.to/1OfHbjI
Fox Runs With Bogus ISIS Link To Chattanooga Shooting http://mm4a.org/1OfHKdk
Media And Law Enforcement Quickly Call Tenn. Shooter A ‘Terrorist’ — But Dylann Roof Wasn’t?http://bit.ly/1OfI7o6
DUMB REPUBLICANS (PART ONE) 
New Zealand’s Top Newspaper: Conservatives Are ‘The Greatest Threat To America’  http://bit.ly/1OfHV8s
Mitch McConnell Wants The Elderly And Disabled To Pay For Highway Repairshttp://bit.ly/1OfHUkT
Weak Dictator Obama Fails To Seize Texas On First Day Of Jade Helm http://bit.ly/1OfHJ92
US military exercise sparks fears of martial law http://yhoo.it/1OfHCKJ
Jade Helm 15 watchdog writes off liberals as ‘useless': ‘I can’t wait to kill thousands of these f*cks’http://bit.ly/1OfHE5q
SCIENCE AND ENTERTAINMENT 
NASA Releases Stunning Color Images of Pluto and Charon http://wrd.cm/1OfHYBd
Amy Schumer Took Katie Couric’s Phone, Texted Her Husband “Anal Tonight”http://bit.ly/1OfIaQL
Obama Will Go on The Daily Show Before Jon Stewart Leaves http://ti.me/1OfIbEi
After 25-year hiatus, comic strip ‘Bloom County’ returns … to Facebookhttp://to.pbs.org/1OfIfnJ
Amy Schumer Is the Funniest Woman in the Galaxy http://gqm.ag/1OfIq25
Lucasfilm Issues Statement Regarding Controversial GQ Photos  http://bit.ly/1OfIpeI
Mark Hamill Weighs in on Amy Schumer’s GQ ‘Star Wars’ Photos http://bit.ly/1OfIkYu
First New X-Files Footage Airs http://bit.ly/1KeBX9G
MGM and Sinclair Group To Launch 24/7 Sci-Fi Network http://bit.ly/1KeBZOW
DUMB REPUBLICANS (PART TWO) 
Missouri County will lower flag for one-year to mourn the same-sex marriage rulinghttp://bit.ly/1OfIC1y
Rural Missouri county won’t lower courthouse flag after all http://bit.ly/1OfIFKz
Did Your US Senator Just Vote To Allow LGBT Students To Be Bullied? http://bit.ly/1OfISxw
ANTI-DUMB REPUBLICANS 
Alaska Governor Ignores GOP-Led Legislature And Expands Medicaid Without Themhttp://bit.ly/1OfJ0Nl
FOLLOW UP 
NY Times Public Editor Calls Godawful Serena Williams’ Article A “Missed Opportunity”http://bit.ly/1OfJ6Vp
J.K. Rowling shuts down Serena Williams hater in one perfect tweet http://on.mash.to/1OfJ7IM

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245 The LEFT Show – Nearly Historic

Join JM Bell as he welcomes Melissa Merlot, Forrest Shaw, and not Taylor Hunsaker who got a flat tire, and kept the timeline intact by not appearing on a show at the same time as Melissa. SO CLOSE!

This one has yelling and stuff!

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THE LEFT SHOW LINKS! 
 
GOOFY WORLD NEWS 
Ladies and Gentlemen, It’s Time to Panic http://bit.ly/1KZYqYr
Russia claims to have super weapon that disables western satellites and long range armshttp://bit.ly/1KZYirG
Teddy Bear Vagina Cake Ruins Christening http://bit.ly/1KZYuXT
Man arrested for jacking off horse and himself at the same time http://bit.ly/1KZZ5sT
Browser history: Obstruction of justice? Wiping Internet tracks is Obstruction http://exm.nr/1KZZStB
SPORT! 
AUTO PLAYS Queer Women Dominated The Women’s World Cup. Here’s Why It Mattershttp://huff.to/1KZYJlS
AUTO PLAYS New York City Celebrates Women’s World Cup Winners With Parade of Championshttp://bit.ly/1KZYQhg
Fox Scores $40 Million in Ad Revenue for Women’s World Cup With U.S. Win http://on.wsj.com/1KZYTJT
FIFA will pay U.S. women’s soccer champions a quarter of what it pays losing men’s teamshttp://bit.ly/1KZZpaW
World Cup champions celebrate win, but question inequality http://cbsn.ws/1KZYUO6
Why I’m Done Defending Women’s Sports http://bit.ly/1KZYYxe
BONUS: WTFF? Tennis’s Top Women Balance Body Image With Ambition http://nyti.ms/1KZZ2NF
SCIENCE AND ENTERTAINMENT! 
We’re Only a Pluto Day Away From Pluto http://bit.ly/1KZYg3f
How Did We Get to Pluto So Fast? http://bit.ly/1KZYcAz
New Solo ‘Batman’ Film Rumored To Be In Works With Affleck to Direct http://bit.ly/1NWlS6n
Rockne O’Bannon Officially Confirms FARSCAPE Movie http://bit.ly/1KZY9o7
Rick Grimes Is Scarier Than Any Zombie in the New Walking Dead Trailer http://bit.ly/1KZZoUg
Steve Goldstein leaves Saga to start new podcast network http://bit.ly/1KZYasf
THIS WEEK IN GAY! 
‘Persecuted’ Anti-Gay Bakers Forced To Pay $135,000 After Doxxing Lesbian Couple http://bit.ly/1KZZjjJ
REPUGLICUNTS! 
Rand Paul Finds $25K In ‘Wasteful Liberal Arts Spending’…In $3.9 Trillion Budget http://bit.ly/1KZZDPr
Jeb Bush Criticizes Obama For Using ‘Big Syllable Words’ http://bit.ly/1KZZsDM
Ted Cruz Will Save Jew Churches From The Homosexuals http://bit.ly/1KZZtHI
Marco Rubio’s Economic Plan Calls For Students To Sell Themselves To Private Investorshttp://bit.ly/1KZZwU0
Jeb Bush: “People Need to Work Longer Hours.” Media Soften It.  http://bit.ly/1KZZOtZ
Rush Limbaugh Sinks To New Low – Goes After Gay Child From Viral Photo (VIDEO)http://bit.ly/1KZZJXa
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… it may in fact be too late.

KOURIC: “You’re refusing to use superPAC’s, as I mentioned, your average campaign donor is paying an average of 42 dollars per donor. You want to raise 50 million dollars but with all due respect senator, how do you compete when senator Clinton is saying “we’re going to raise two billion dollars.”

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SANDERS: “Katie, that is an excellent question. We are just going to do the best we can. What you are really saying is, as I hear it, is “can any candidate who is not tied in with the billionaires, who is trying to represent working families, who is trying to deal with the tough issues facing our country, can they run for office anymore? And if what you are saying is true, and it may well be true, frankly let me be honest with you, it may in fact be too late. The billionaire might be too powerful. And maybe the only candidates who win get money from the billionaires. And if that’s the case, you can form your judgement, but it doesn’t sound, to me, like the democracy that men and women fought and died to defend.”

ZenJeff

Some god Stuff

Longer story: a memory sparked from reading: Religious Trauma Syndrome: How some organized religion leads to mental health problems

ZenJeffWhen I was about 10 years old, and my disbelief was starting to grow, I had a clever little moment of clarity. I was repeatedly being set aside for “special attention” due to my irreverent attitudes (asking questions) and behaviors (I was uber-ADD). On this specific day, I went through Sunday school and got the “God helps those who help themselves*” bit, then had to go to the Bishop for a lecture at asking inappropriate questions in church (“How is God of Love when he keeps killing babies and little kids every time he gets his feelings hurt? [Isaiah 13:15-18] ).

The Bishop sat me down and began a long and laborious lecture about God’s love for me, His disappointment at my asking questions, and being too excitable, and how powerful prayer would be in fixing everything that was “wrong with me” – thus began the moment; the Genesis of that day’s clarity, if you will.

“Wrong with me?”

“Yes,” quoth the Bishop. “There is a lot wrong with you, and, if you pray, your Heavenly Father will fix you.”

“He’ll fix me?” I was a little confused.

“Heavenly Father loves you and wants you to be happy. If you pray hard enough, He’ll fix you.”

“Because I’m broken?”

“You’re not broken, but, you need to change so that you’ll be happy.”

“I’m already happy.”

“No, you’re not,” quoth the Bishop.

“And praying hard will make me happy?” I asked.

Setting aside the shitty system that lets uneducated, ignorant simple folk** lead the footsteps of a somewhat large group of people (or, as I came to call them, thinking myself erroneously unique and clever, ‘Sheeple’), here was a person, an adult, in a position of intimidating authority, telling a 10 year old that he was, in the eyes of an all powerful god (who, let’s remember, murders children in bulk [2 Kings 2:23-25] for dumb ass reasons) that the child was a thorn in the Almighty’s slipper.

It’s flat out abusive.

I was taken to my knees, and assumed the prayer position (don’t fret – it was just religious abuse, not butt stuff), and listened for around 10 endless minutes as the Bishop begged God to fix me; to make me behave; to make me stop asking questions about doctrine and scripture; to smother the flames of my enthusiasm***; to be, in my mind’s definition, Jeffrey, and not Jeff.

Jeffrey is boring as hell. He’s dull, ignorant, cookie cutter, and numb.

Jeff is hyper (well, was … I’m 42, fat, and slow now – these days, it’s just ADHD in slow motion), looks for deeper meaning, picks fights with bullies, makes mistakes, learns from failure … you get the picture.

So, there I am, listening to this fatuous gas bag entreat an imaginary Vengeance, on my behalf, to make me “better,” and to fix my aliments by smothering my intellect with ignorance and surrender. It was about a minute before I got angry, and another until I got cold, and one more to start fantasizing about dishing out a little vengeance of my own… and my brain locked into a simple, poetic, and blissful mantra:

“Fuck you.”****

I was mad, it was locked away, and there it sat, for decades … and I am so thankful for that day. No shit, this was a wonderful, glorious moment that formed the base of what I am, who I am, and what I do. It pushed me on the path the led to a very long walk to find the content of my character, as it were.

That path lead through – hell, still leads through – shit choices, painful consequences, confused decision making, flawed actions … and bliss. Total, unequivocal bliss at being free from the oppression of a self imposed homogenization – I am Name Brand ME – not the generic, mass produced stacked up meat-suits who waddle in lockstep with the protagonist of a 1600 year old collection of plagiarized mythology.

Yeah, there was a 10 year old in that room that was very hurt, and very angry; but the benefit to my years of anger-as-an-ointment life to follow is, to me, truly glorious (no matter how dented, scarred, and broken). I am the ME that I invented as I went along, not the ‘me’ manufactured by people who find fault in the pursuit of happiness.

I hate myself most of the time, yes – but I earned it, and I’m proud of it.

 

JMB

 

* Which, when you think about it, is a total scam. God is taking credit for your work, and chances are you’re passively (maybe even enthusiastically) letting “Him” do it. Think about it.

** There are exceptions. One of the smartest, kindest men I’ve ever met was a Mormon Bishop at the time.

*** That’s not me trying to find a fancy turn of phrase, he actually said that. Yes, 10 year old kids can eye roll.

**** Well, maybe “Screw You,” I was only 10 years old.

 

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