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.



About Jason Korbus

Friend, family member, possible werewolf. I co-host Strange Frequencies Radio, blog at Confidential Korbus, and generally walk among the weird. When I'm not doing busywork, I can usually be found with my nose in a book, my eyes glued to a glowing screen, or my ears tuned to The Ramones.
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