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Join us Sunday at 3pm Eastern as we walk among the weird, skeptically examining reports of the paranormal, picking apart pop culture, crime, and other fascinations of those of us who stalk the strange.

It should be a fun and entertaining program, and hopefully the chat room will be hopping. If you want to join in on the party, and exchange ideas along with us, simply click on “Listen Live” button at showtime to listen, watch, and, if you would like, chat.  See ya then!

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SFR 396: Cutty Black Sow

–An apparent ISIS sympathizer rams his car into people on the campus of Ohio State University, then exits the vehicle to begin attacking bystanders with a knife. Luckily, no innocent victims were killed, but a fast acting police officer was able to gun down the perpetrator.  In the early aftermath of the assault, news outlets reported information which led even people like Senator Tim Kaine, to falsely promote the idea that there had been “senseless gun violence.”
–Ever wonder what it takes to get banned for life from an airline? You can now ask this Trump supporter, who was being obnoxious and calling people “Hillary bitches.” Did Delta go too far in banning this guy? Bobby says yes.
–Speaking of President-elect Donald Trump, he has floated the idea that people who burn the American flag should be subject to a year in prison, while a look at history shows Hillary Clinton was in SFR_Eyefavor of something similar at one time. We are adamantly opposed to these whacky ideas purely on First Amendment grounds.
–We give a co-recommendation of “The Supremes’ Greatest Hits,” by Michael G. Trachtman, because it is not only important for Americans to understand their Constitution a little better, but to be alert on how fragile their freedoms can be depending on who sits on the highest court in the land.
–Listener Chris L. writes in to ask “What would convince us of a haunting?” It’s always fun to put our skeptical ghost hunting caps back on and talk a little shop.
–New polling by Pew Research shows that Americans have some trust issues with scientists on food safety. Then again, it seems a lot of us in this country don’t trust scientists on many things, depending on the topic. Still, there is much to discuss when it comes to how these issues break down by political affiliation.
–Bobby has been watching the election recounts, and made note that Trump’s margin of victory in a few key states is now smaller than the sum of Jill Stein votes. Did voting for Jill Stein cost Clinton the election? Will Bobby take another opportunity to shame the Greens?
–Apparently because their wasn’t enough injustice to be outraged by, so a couple re-wrote the lyrics to “Baby It’s Cold Outside” to emphasize the importance of consent. Jason wonders when they’ll attack the lyrics of rappers, but stresses it is important to remember that lyrics are often works of fiction where no one really got raped.

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SFR 395: We Be Weird

–Christmas comes early as Jason brings Bobby his gift of a Lincoln coin and stamp collection. Bobby says Jason’s gift “hasn’t arrived yet,” and Jason takes a photo to remember this sad moment.
–Getting back to the business of being weird, we start off with a look at what’s going on in the crazier corners of the world, and we find much to discuss. We dig into claims involving Obama planning to shut down the electric grid to usurp ultimate power, nuking the sun,  Hillary and Podesta running a child sex ring, all First Ladies being trans, and China making corned beef out of human bodies. There’s even another  story involving “hot dogs” as a code word.   Seriously, you have to hear it to believe it.
pigandwolfSFR–Jason proposes an idea about a fake podcast and silly alter-egos that he wants listener feedback on. Should we have kooky past guests on and subtly make fun of them under new names and voices?  He isn’t sure if it’s a good idea or not. Listen and let us know what you think!
–Bobby is paying a bit of attention to the vote recounts in Wisconsin and elsewhere, and is curious what effect, if any, it will have on the outcome of the election. Jason’s guess is not much, but we shall see. Also, is there any reason to trust Jill Stein in any of this?
Mothman has reappeared in the skies over Point Pleasant, WV. Coincidentally enough, it was right around the time of the 50th anniversary of the first sightings. Do the photos stand up to scrutiny? Spoiler alert: not even close.
–In “Making A Murderer” news, Brendan Dassey’s conviction is overturned and, before he could be released from prison, an appeal by prosecutors forces him to remain in custody.
–Furthermore, prosecutors and the defense team have mutually agreed to test or retest much of the most damning evidence in the Steven Avery murder trial. What evidence is being tested, and what could potentially happen from here?
–We then do what we in the business call “killing time,” and brought up a few other topics to stretch the podcast out a bit. We talk about how our Thanksgivings went, while Bobby went into great detail about what he ate. We then moved on to Bobby’s first experience being fully immersed in the rivalry that is the Ohio State-Michigan game. Then, somehow we end up agreeing that we would not want to bother a celebrity for a photo or autograph at dinner.

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SFR 394: How It All Went Wrong

–In our first show back after Bobby fled the Trump state of Ohio for the Trump state of Florida for vacation, we spend the entire nearly two hours discussing the U.S. presidential election results. The conversation goes back and forth, veering between different related topics and back again. But, in no particular order, we talked about the following:
–We hearken back to our last show, on the 5th of November, and talk about how Bobby was warning that Trump would win the election. Jason says Bobby is the one person he heard that consistently said he feared Trump would win, while so many others felt Hillary had it “in the bag.”
–How did we start and end the night of November 8th? Definitely stunned. Jason says he didn’t expect her to win Florida or Ohio, but was shocked when Trump won states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin…places that were supposed to be locked up for Clinton.
presidentelect–Who do you blame for the election results? Well, we definitely have some harsh words for the “protest voters.” Those who normally would vote Democrat, but because they were either sore about Bernie not being in the race or just didn’t like Hillary, cast a vote for Gary Johnson or Jill Stein to “send a message,” and then pouted when Trump won. We also had unkind words for those who felt the candidates “were all the same,” and decided not to vote at all, but still have gotten angry enough to take to the streets to whine and complain about the Electoral College. But mostly we blame Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party for running an uninspiring and lazy campaign focused too much on identity politics and a kind of “prevent defense.”
–Speaking of the Electoral College, should it be abolished and replaced with merely a popularity contest? Bobby admits to feeling that pull himself, especially knowing that Hillary will probably end up with around a 2 million vote advantage. Jason understands how some may like to tweak it, but ultimately thinks the EC forces candidates to appeal to a wider array of people in different areas of the nation. Instead of running up the score in a few of the largest states, candidates have to build coalitions. Besides, we all knew the rules before the election happened, so there isn’t much use whining now just because it didn’t go our way.
–Is Trump “our President” even if we didn’t vote for him?
–Mike Pence was booed and then publicly lectured at a performance of “Hamilton.” Trump says a theater should be a safe space, and demands an apology!
–Liberals, we think rightly, believe that it’s much more difficult to be fearful of or caricature gay people, black people, and other minorities if you get to know and interact with them. Shouldn’t this election, then, give us all extra motivation to get to know and interact with folks of a different political persuasion, too?

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SFR 393: Disaster Scenarios

–Just because Halloween is over doesn´t mean Bobby is out of pumpkin beers. Today’ś pick is Coney Island Brewing Company’s Freaktoberfest (Big Ol Pumpkin Ale). It’s Bobby’s favorite yet, finally earning 5 out of 5 Jack o’ Lanterns!
–Election Day in the U.S. is just around the corner and things are really heating up as Trump inches ever closer to Hillary in many state and national polls. What do we expect from each of the candidates if they should win?
–A fan favorite was killed on the season premiere of The Walking Dead, and some people said the violence went too far. Some even threatened to never watch again. What did we make of the gore?
hillarytrumpzilla–Ghost Hunters aired its last episode on SyFy. It is truly the end of an era, though we can’t say we’ll miss it. We do, however, deliver some commentary on the series and what it has meant to us over the years.
–Bill Chappell, the creator of paranormal gadgets for Ghost Adventures, admits to a reporter that he doesn’t believe in ghosts or spirits. So why do “investigators” still use his devices and claim to get results?
–One robotics expert believes talking sex dolls with warm genitals will be available for purchase next year. Can robots consent? Will something resembling a love relationship exist between humans and their robot lovers?

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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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