246 The LEFT Show – HISTORY!

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



Ann Coulter: “I Will Sue Every Website Or Comentator That Suggests I’m Transgender”
AUTO PLAY – Chattanooga Shooting: Four Marines One Seaman Dead in Shooting at Military Offices
AUTO PLAY – Alleged Chattanooga Shooter’s Family Says He Suffered From Depression
AUTO PLAY – Governors Authorize National Guard to be Armed After Chattanooga Attack
Fox Runs With Bogus ISIS Link To Chattanooga Shooting
Media And Law Enforcement Quickly Call Tenn. Shooter A ‘Terrorist’ — But Dylann Roof Wasn’t?
New Zealand’s Top Newspaper: Conservatives Are ‘The Greatest Threat To America’
Mitch McConnell Wants The Elderly And Disabled To Pay For Highway Repairs
Weak Dictator Obama Fails To Seize Texas On First Day Of Jade Helm
US military exercise sparks fears of martial law
Jade Helm 15 watchdog writes off liberals as ‘useless': ‘I can’t wait to kill thousands of these f*cks’
NASA Releases Stunning Color Images of Pluto and Charon
Amy Schumer Took Katie Couric’s Phone, Texted Her Husband “Anal Tonight”
Obama Will Go on The Daily Show Before Jon Stewart Leaves
After 25-year hiatus, comic strip ‘Bloom County’ returns … to Facebook
Amy Schumer Is the Funniest Woman in the Galaxy
Lucasfilm Issues Statement Regarding Controversial GQ Photos
Mark Hamill Weighs in on Amy Schumer’s GQ ‘Star Wars’ Photos
First New X-Files Footage Airs
MGM and Sinclair Group To Launch 24/7 Sci-Fi Network
Missouri County will lower flag for one-year to mourn the same-sex marriage ruling
Rural Missouri county won’t lower courthouse flag after all
Did Your US Senator Just Vote To Allow LGBT Students To Be Bullied?
Alaska Governor Ignores GOP-Led Legislature And Expands Medicaid Without Them
NY Times Public Editor Calls Godawful Serena Williams’ Article A “Missed Opportunity”
J.K. Rowling shuts down Serena Williams hater in one perfect tweet


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.




* 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.



243 The LEFT Show – Together Alone

Crowded house this episode as JC, Bob, Forrest, and Taylor join JM Bell in the studio for a splendorous episode of The LEFT Show! It’s the announcement of Fat Camp 3’s winner, a lot of news about all the good stuff happening in the world, mixed all up with a lot of shit, you know, to keep it real.

The LEFT Show #243


STAR TREK Stars Receive New Contracts For A Fourth Film
Behold, the world’s first vagina beauty pageant
Richard Matt, Escaped Prisoner in New York Manhunt, Is Fatally Shot
Supreme Court Allows Nationwide Health Care Subsidies
Six Things To Do after the Supreme Court Decision on Gay Marriage
The Best (or Worst) Lines From Scalia’s Angry Dissent
Santorum Calls Charleston Shooting ‘Assault On Religious Liberty’
Lindsey Graham: The Confederate flag is ‘who we are’ –
Trump Campaign Reportedly Hired Actors at $50 a Head to Attend Campaign Launch
What Is Going On With This Bobby Jindal Announcement Video?
Texas Spending $800 Million To Build Its Own Personal Border Army
Dominican Republic certifies citizenship of 55,000 people, ending bureaucratic limbo
Wells Fargo Won’t Bow Down To Bigots, Will Keep Running Lesbian Ad
Rosetta’s lander Philae wakes up from hibernation

242 The LEFT Show – Blatant Pornography Redux

By popular demand – I give you one of the two episodes with Bob Aagard – this is also one of our infamous Wednesday Shows! Oh, I miss these, but they’re only on election years, so … until 2016!

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Oh, pornography. Such a sticky topic. Sticky enough, in fact, that we sort of blew off most of the other topics we had planned and talked through the nature of desensitization and how Rule #34 will always win.

Quang Dang and Bob Aagard joined JM, Forrest, and Ultimate Bob in the studio for a deeper than usual episode of The LEFT Show! Enjoy!

And here, my pretties, are your links:

Porn Makes Straight Men More Accepting of Gay Marriage?
Six Facts Lost in the IRS Scandal
Judge tells lesbian couple to separate — or lose kids
We Will Be The Judge Of How This Child-Selling Judge Should Go To Hell Forever
Appeals court upholds Ciavarella’s 28-year sentence
Rape: The NRA’s Newest Marketing Tool
Federal judge finds probable cause Fox News reporter helped leak classified docs
Atheist State Lawmaker Quotes Carl Sagan Instead of Doing Prayer Before House Session
Arizona House non-prayer sparks Christian re-do
Oil Rigs Make Bad Neighbors: Americans Harmed By Oil And Gas Drilling, Seek To Be Heard
Tesla Motors fully repays $465 million federal loan nine years early
Mayoral Candidate Endorsed By Jesus Christ Comes In Last, Loses To Gay Man
Fla. teen accidentally shoots off his penis and testicle
‘Four little girls’ killed in 1963 church bombing honored with Congressional Gold Medal

241 The LEFT Show – Cuddle Buddy


JC, Bob, AND Taylor all found somewhere else to be today, so Alex and Brenda filled in and made things both funny and fun!

241 The LEFT Show Podcast


The LEFT Show News

End Of FatCamp!
The 12-hour period from first shot to confirmed death of suspect
#McKinney Pool Fight was started by White Neighbors who racially slurred, attacked Black Kids
Tweets Are the Best Response to the White McKinney Man Who Called Police
McKinney cop had to defend himself from being ‘shanked’ by pool party teens
15-Year-Old Who Shot McKinney Pool Party Video Speaks Out
10 Stories That The Mainstream Media Ignored While Obsessing Over Caitlyn Jenner
Declassified Pentagon Report Proves US Helped Create ISIS
Jeb Bush to announce he’s running for president
Jeb Bush In 1995: Unwed Mothers Should Be Publicly Shamed
Sanders discloses credit card debt
Science & Entertainment
R.I.P. ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Star And Heavy Metal Singer Sir Christopher Lee
Hammond And May To Reject £4m BBC Deal In Favour Of Joining Clarkson At Netflix
Country Star Tim McGraw Just Bought 144 Homes For Veterans
Dave Grohl breaks leg after falling off stage in Sweden, finishes concert anyway
Fox Host Hits Santorum On Pope And Climate Change: You’re Not A Scientist (VIDEO)
Chris Christie Suggests Students Sell Themselves To Investors To Pay For College
Glenn Beck Warns That 10,000 Pastors Are Willing To Die Opposing Marriage Equality
Rumsfeld Now Says George W. Bush was Wrong About Iraq
Burglary and Vandalism at Delta Restaurant and Home
Young Delta, Utah man robbed, had ‘Die Fag’ carved into his arm, forced to drink bleach
Washington Civil Rights Activist Outed as White by Her Parents

238 The LEFT Show – Lukewarm Mess

It’s Memorial Day! So – here’s some The LEFT Show for you! JM Bell, Melissa Merlot, Robert Easton, and Forrest Shaw! Wow!

#238 The LEFT Show! 



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