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SFR 392: Buzzed

–Bobby breaks out a bottle of Patron XO Cafe, which he enjoys, but Jason predictably does not. Throughout the rest of the episode, Bobby gets more and more drunk.
–This past week wasn’t so busy in terms of U.S. election news. Still, we do cover a few items of note about the most recent debate, and answer a question from Canada Matt about what could make us vote for a 3rd party candidate.
SFR_Eye–Somehow or another we get on the topic of abortion rights, as Bobby talks about a few “bedrock principles” he has when he decides who to vote for. Jason, while being very much pro-reproductive freedom, still wishes we could get to a point where abortions are rare due to condoms, birth control, or just good old-fashioned sexual responsibility.
–Naked Donald Trump statues went up and liberals laughed. What would happen if an unflattering naked Hillary statue was put up? We asked that question a while back, and now our opinions have been confirmed. There was outrage and fights in the streets.  Bobby is made uncomfortable by the whole thing, and he thinks it’s because the statue was of a woman.  Jason wasn’t upset by it, having expected this since the Trump statues went up.
–A pastor who became an atheist has gone back to belief and says she was led back to God. We admit that while religions may have the more emotionally satisfying story for most, we actually think people can truly take comfort in secularism.
–Halloween is fast approaching, and to make the mood a little spookier, we talk about common fears and phobias, including our own and those of the listening audience.  It turns out that, between ourselves and the SFR listenership, we are afraid of just about everything.  So we can probably never all hang out together.
–A preview of the Walking Dead season premiere. Whose skull do you think was caved in by Negan’s bat?  Bobby will be watching live with his wife.  Jason, who doesn’t even like the show, will be watching at home just to see the big reveal.


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SFR 391: Trumpelstiltskin

–Lately we have opened the show with a beer tasting, but today Bobby poured us each a glass of Firelands 2010 vintage ice wine. Jason says it smells awful but, guess what? He likes it! He actually likes it!
–Jason has already cast his vote via absentee ballot in Ohio. Though he voted for Hillary Clinton, we try to challenge ourselves and make a case in favor of Donald Trump…and we really struggle. However, we do spend some time talking about the concerns we have about Hillary.
trumpface–Multiple women have come forward claiming that Donald Trump sexually assaulted them, a claim he denies. While we don’t intend to litigate the matter, Bobby is disgusted that our society puts accusers in the position of feeling as if they have to prove they were once attractive enough for a man to want to assault them.
–Hillary gets flak from some for laughing at the expense of a child sex assault victim in an old interview. We honestly can’t believe it has been an issue at all. Not only do we not believe she laughed at the victim, Bobby is surprised that so many people forget we are in America and the accused have rights, while Jason tries to lay out the adversarial system of justice.
–This election only gets more bizarre. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are each accused by “deplorables” like Alex Jones, of literally being demons.
–The Wikileaks revealed emails of John Podesta, and partial transcripts of Hillary’s paid speeches to Goldman Sachs have been underwhelming at best.
–Assuming Hillary wins this election, what are her chances of re-election? Perhaps more importantly, who are some candidates we would like to see run for the Republican and Libertarian nominations in four years? And what are their chances?
–Bobby laments that so many people on the right are indicting the credibility of the upcoming election, and talks about a video of Rudy Giuliani in drag being fondled by Trump. This sends Jason to Google, we watch and laugh and immediately post it to our social media accounts.
–At this point, we have just worn ourselves out talking about the election. Jason is almost relieved to let Bobby talk about the new Rogue One trailer, even though he isn’t a Star Wars fan.


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SFR 390: Electoral Dysfunction

–We open the show with the continuing series of beer samplings. This time it’s Buffalo Bill Brewery’s Original Pumpkin Ale, which Jason does not want a sip of, and Bobby gives it yet another 4 Jack o’ Lanterns out of 5. He is still looking for that perfect pumpkin beer.
–From here, we launch into election coverage. There was just no way we couldn’t. So much has happened. We began with a few thoughts of the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. We each thought that, while Trump had his anderson_cooper_dem_debatemoments, he also bungled some things badly enough that it cost him the debate. The public agreed, and Hillary’s poll numbers have looked a lot better since.
–But there was also that big Wikileaks announcement which led people to anticipate bad news for Hillary. Instead, it was a whole lot of nothing, and the “deplorables,” like Alex Jones felt like chumps for promoting it so strongly.
–The VP debate went down, with Pence showing himself as the calmer, more laid back of the two, which translated favorably with viewers. While Kaine was able, we think, to pin Pence on he and Trump’s crazier statements, the electorate seemed to dislike Kaine’s strategy of constantly interrupting Pence. While Jason already believed Pence would run for president in 4 years, the debate left him feeling even more sure of it.
–It was a battle of “October Surprises,” as snippets of Wall Street speeches Hillary gave hit the news, though it was almost entirely overshadowed by the leaked audio of Trump casually speaking about how, as a star, he could sexually assault women and “grab them by the pussy,” and get away with it.
Robert Todd Carroll, author of the Skeptic’s Dictionary, has passed away. We end the show paying tribute to a man both of us cite as an influence.


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SFR 389: Flowers For Cuban

–SFR kicks off with another taste test of a Halloween-inspired beer. This time, Dogfish Head Punkin Ale is what gets poured. Bobby rates it a solid 4 Jack-o-lanterns, and Jason does everything possible to get the taste out of his mouth.
–Celebrity ghost hunter Ryan Buell is arrested on theft-related charges. We give our reactions to the news, also talking about how his former Paranormal State colleagues (and 3306_05Ryan’s own mother) have reacted. Is it possible Ryan faked having pancreatic cancer to hide a drug problem? It is speculation that is gaining more ground as more people speak out.
–The Exorcist television series debuted on FOX, and while we haven’t seen it, we expect it probably isn’t very good. Bobby says he doesn’t care when paranormal shows become series, and that if they can make a buck, he is fine with it. Jason says he hates it when real events are given a non-skeptical paranormal treatment.
–Why do people co-opt other people’s tragedies? We talk about events like the OKC bombing in 1995 and 9/11, and how many people lie and say they knew someone killed. Bobby thinks it is all about attention, and Jason would like to talk to a psychologist to better understand their motivations.
–Speaking of things people do for attention, the topic of tattoos comes up. Bobby admits the reason he got his was for attention and so that people come up to him and ask about them. While Jason isn’t opposed to getting a tattoo himself, attention from the public is the exact reason he would choose to not get one in a noticeable spot.
–Bobby is unable to hold back from talking about the American presidential election, and launches into an impassioned speech about how close the race is, and expresses his disappointment with how many Democrats are in denial about it. Jason tells him he should be very concerned with how the debates come off, and also gets into how politics, like so much in life, is tribal, and people will give their preferred candidate a pass on things they wouldn’t give to another.  Let’s see how it all plays out!


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SFR 388: Werewolf Night

–The last two episodes of SFR have ended with a cliffhanger. Last week’s abrupt ending was because Bobby’s wife had to do to the hospital with kidney stones. Jason is happy they keep them in a jar.
–Friday night at the Nelson’s was werewolf movie night. Everyone was happy at the great food; everything from phallic meats and cheeses to cupcakes and brownies were there for the taking. But Jason did not play the One Night Ultimate Werewolf game, and Bobby can’t understand why.
wolfbite–Bryce wants to know why our society is concerned that everyone be “clean and sober” when everyone is on something, be it caffeine, food, or something more illegal.
–Sari (aka Some Woman in the Chatroom) brings up the latest popular Nessie photograph and, while agreeing it looks to be seals, can understand how pareidolia can convince people otherwise.
–Normally we would have been at the Mothman Festival this weekend, but haven’t been in a couple years now. Jason tells Bobby that Loren Coleman is there this year, and we envision a scenario how these two rivals would have interacted.
–Canada Matt talked about certain retail outlets getting tax breaks by designating certain sections of their store as a museum. That got us talking about the toy stores of our youth and, along the way, we discuss opening a chapel at Target and creating a new religious sect.
–Our chat room participants were asking for it, so they got it: our continuing weekly election coverage. If you think Bobby was worried about a Trump presidency before, knowing that HIllary has choked away a good portion of her lead is only freaking him out more.


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SFR 387: A Total Creepshow

–We ended last week’s broadcast abruptly when Bobby’s wife kept calling his phone. What was going on? A pig was on the loose in the suburbs, that’s what! And we were tasked with rounding him up!
–A mattress store tries to capitalize on the anniversary of 9/11 by having a “Twin Tower sale.” The commercial they aired totally blew up in their face.
creepshow–Today, after leaving a 9/11 event, Hillary Clinton sways and collapses in the street.
–Jason saw a Muslim family at the doctor’s office recently, and the woman was in a burqa. We discuss the ethics of the full body covering, and talk about the thoughts some have on whether or not it should be banned.
–Your humble hosts and a few friends had a Creepshow-themed horror movie party Friday night, complete with food that matched up to different stories.
–Our late friend Rachel’s birthday was this past week, and we each found ourselves wanting to write on her Facebook wall. But why would a couple of atheists who don’t believe in life after death do that? We’ll discuss.
–The 20th anniversary of the JonBenet Ramsey murder is approaching, and there are a bunch of new documentaries and television specials marking the occasion. Will any of them really solve the case?
–We end the show with our weekly election coverage, but this time with a twist. Yes, Bobby still wants to freaks out at Trump’s chances, but instead we talk about some recent campaign “gaffes” committed by Hillary Clinton and Gary Johnson. However, our discussion is cut short by yet another abrupt ending.


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