TPPP Episode 14 : Election Depression 

This is the second ‘special edition’ of The Podunk Polymath Podcast. The pre-ramble is very brief, and I only read a new review of the show I received on iTunes.

On the palaver, I have a roundtable discussion with three guests : Former guests Jeanne Ikerd and Matthew O’Neil, as well as Canadian David Eastmond from The Wayward Atheists Podcast. We have a wide-ranging discussion about the outcome of the presidential election, and what we can do as concerned citizens to help those marginalized groups that could potentially affected by Trump’s policies. I hope this episode helps people realize that there are people out there willing to help in any way they can, and also that it’s time to stand up and do something to make sure that fear doesn’t win. Please, y’all who are scared and worried, stay safe and know that you’re not alone.

Download the show here.

A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support


That piece of shit known as Donald Trump won the election. But that doesn’t mean it’s fucking over.

The Troubling Reason the Electoral College Exists

Matthew O’Neil on Amazon

Matthew O’Neil’s Facebook Author Page 

Matthew O’Neil on Twitter

For God’s Sake Facebook Page

For God’s Sake on Spreaker

Wayward Atheists Podcast

TPPP Episode 13 : Good William Hunting 

Welcome to another action-packed episode of The Triple Po! I only have one message for the pre-ramble . . . GO VOTE ! The episode will drop on Election Eve , so if you haven’t voted yet, please do so !

On the palaver , I have William Ferguson , a friend of mine on Facebook . He tells the story of his brief stint as a member of an Evangelical Christian Church. He also relates the difficulty of reconciling being gay with his Christian belief . He then tells of his journey away from religion and eventually to Atheism. It’s an important and painful story , and I thank William for coming on and speaking to me about something so personal .

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Election Reflections : 2014 Midterm Edition

I just wanted to post some of my thoughts in the aftermath of the 2014 midterm elections. Of course, the big news nationally is that the Republicans won the Senate, and now control both houses of Congress. That’s bad news for anyone who cares about the less privileged among us, but is good news for corporations, because they got their money’s worth. Make no mistake, money played a huge role in this cycle, with this being the most expensive midterm in history, and it’s only going to get worse unless we somehow manage to get money out of politics. Of course, it didn’t help that only about a third of the electorate voted. Low turnout is a sure sign that Republicans will triumph. Democrats didn’t help themselves by running away from Obama’s achievements as a way to help highlight what government can get right, even if they are only half-measures.

For me locally, the bad news kept on coming. Marsha Blackburn, that vile, ignorant woman that is my U.S. House Representative (much to my chagrin) was easily reelected by the rubes in my district. Lamar! Alexander also had smooth sailing in his reelection bid, thus ensuring more mindless Republican drivel from our lovely state. The biggest disappointment for me, however, was the passage of Amendment 1, which reads as follows :

Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. The people retain the right through their elected state representatives and state senators to enact, amend, or repeal statutes regarding abortion, including, but not limited to, circumstances of pregnancy resulting from rape or incest or when necessary to save the life of the mother.

Basically, this amendment is going to allow the legislature to pass laws restricting abortion, and we only have to look at laws passed in Texas and Mississippi to see the disastrous results (these laws, for both Texas and Mississippi, have been blocked by the Federal Courts). There was a very definite split between rural (for the amendment) and urban voters (against), which is really just another example how country folks tend not to listen to, you know, FACTS, but instead rely on the porcine blathering of Rush Limbaugh, or the “reporting” of the propagandists at Fox “News”. I can only guess at what the consequences of the passage of this travesty, but suffice it to say that pro-choice groups, activists, and concerned citizens are going to have their hands full.
There are some positive notes from the election from other states : Alaska and Oregon voted for Marijuana legalization; Alaska, Arkansas, South Dakota, and Nebraska, red states all, passed minimum wage hikes; and Washington state passed background checks for firearms purchases. A few rays of light peeking through the dark clouds of political despair.
Ah well, such is the landscape of this deeply divided country. And while things are definitely not looking rosy in my neck of the woods, there are still solid, progressive victories elsewhere. I take solace in this, and can only hope that, eventually, progress comes to the Red States. If history is any guide, though, the change, if it comes, will be slow and hard-fought. But the battle is worth waging, and I hope to do my part.