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The Bob & Chez Show Presented By BubbleGenius.com 12/17/15

Bob and Chez
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RELM_buttonThe Money Man: Last Free Show Until Jan 5 2016; Martin Shkreli the Pharma Bro Arrested for Securities Fraud; We Recap the CNN Republican Debate; The Press is Seriously Hurting America; Ted Cruz Gets Totally Owned by Fox News; Tea Party Congressman Prank Called on CSPAN; Debunking the 911 Truther Conspiracy About Jet Fuel; and much more. Brought to you by Bubble Genius, the BobCesca.com Amazon Link and The Bowen Law Group.

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  • katanahamon

    Happy holidays, Bob and Chez! If you guys are reading these, by now you know that they finally passed Zadroga.. I had a thought for an article, entitled “we are all first responders”. Of course, you would have to start by saying that it is not meant to take anything away from the meaning and sacrifice of the people who have become known as the 9/11 first responders, but in truth all good people respond in a crisis to help their fellow man. As these heroes need to be taken care of, so do all people in our society in the form of health insurance for all. Anyway, you guys are the writers, feel free to run with it..again, happy holidays!

  • I keep forgetting to click “recommend” on DISQUS on the podcast because I never scroll. Will try to remember!

    Merry Christmas, boys! xx

  • Badgerite

    And we heard him exclaim as he flew out of sight, “Shall not be infringed. Shall not be infringed.”

  • katanahamon

    Right, you can’t win with the truthers. The reason a lot of them commented was because the blacksmith said he heated up the sample three hundred degrees more than the temp quoted for the building. Truther’s reasoning will not allow them to accept facts, much less a process that needs a little reasoning behind it. I also think it is horrific that they have been allowed to harass the parents of sandy hook victims.

  • Scott

    It really is worse now, but the old-timey debates were no great shakes either. Remember the Clinton-Dole debate in ’96 when for some reason Dole’s handlers had him- a man who remembers the Depression- say that the Clinton economy was the “worst this century”.

  • Badgerite

    Trump said that the compliment of Vlad the Impaler ( Putin ) is “a great honor”. That tells you all you need to know about Trump. As Bob Gates said in his book, when he looked into Putin’s eyes, he saw a “stone, cold killer”. Putin’s geopolitical Holy Grail right now is to undercut American influence and leadership in the world.
    If he likes The Donald, it is because The Donald can help him in that aim. What kind of ego obsessed idiot doesn’t know that?

  • muselet

    Charlie Pierce had a schadenfreude-laden post on Martin Shkreli this morning with the perfect title of “Was It Really Worth It for the Wu-Tang Album?” and the perfect opening paragraph:

    Unless you are a third-generation bankster with really good lawyers, who have labored all these years to keep all three generations of your family out of the sneezer, it’s best not to advertise what a greedy subhuman bastard you are. People will notice. Some of them will have badges.

    Chez, of course Shkreli’s behavior played a big part in how he was treated by law enforcement. A pre-dawn perp-walk is usually reserved for drug kingpins and Mafia hitmen. Doing that to a scrawny fraudster is unheard of.

    The disturbing part of the story is that Shkreli may very well not be the worst white-collar criminal around.

    Bob, there’s a quote attributed to Ernest Hemingway (and also, just to confuse things, Red Smith): “There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.” No one who hasn’t stared at a blank sheet of paper (or a flashing cursor) can know how mentally exhausting writing is, especially when the bloody words won’t come.

    If Steve Doocy really were in a box, it would take a lot of willpower not to plug the air holes.

    Chez, I wouldn’t want any of the R candidates in the White House, even on a tour.

    The R frontrunners are basically playing a multi-sided game of ¿Quién es más macho? while (most of) the backmarkers are trying to get attention by out-crazying the crazies.

    Driftglass was particularly scathing about the R debate, concluding:

    Who won? Cruz and Rubio punched each other up pretty good. Paul locked down all 11 isolationists left in the Republicans, Carson was calmly ethereal and might tick up a few points and Bush may also pick up a pity point or two, but the non-Trumps are all picking each other’s pockets and wiping their noses on each other’s shirttails.

    In my opinion Trump won using the most basic yardstick of political victory: setting the agenda and forcing everyone else to fight over the scraps from your table.

    To quote the late Dr. Thompson, Trump is “one of God’s own prototypes. Some kind of high powered mutant never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.

    God help us all.

    Good lord, guys, our glorious news media doesn’t dare compare the current R debate with debates from a time when Rs weren’t (quite as) crazy. To do so would make the Both Sides narrative go up like the frelling Hindenberg, and that can’t be allowed to happen. High Broderism is the only acceptable political posture for political reporters.

    Bob, Ted Cruz has the slickness of Bill Clinton, but he lacks not only the content but also the (sometimes superficial) charm of the retail politician. I always get the feeling that Cruz has contempt for meet-and-greet, grip-and-grin, work-the-ropelines politicking; he’d much rather be hectoring a crowd from a stage.

    Bob, Fox News Channel can get away with calling out Ted Cruz on his lies because it’s Fox News Channel. If CNN (or, for that matter any other news outlet) did the same thing, FNC would be leading the charge against the channel, shrieking about librul bias! And I’m going to go ‘way out on a limb and say Bret Baier got the green light to pretend to be a journalist because someone higher up the food chain at FNC (Hi, Roger! Hi, Rupert!) put out a hit on Cruz.

    Kevin Drum was one of the only people I saw on the interwebs who wondered just what Vladimir Putin actually said about Donald Trump. Drum suspected there was some lazy (or just plain lousy) Russian-to-English translation going on, and he got confirmation from Michael Hiltzik of the LA Dog Trainer. It’s not a long piece, and excerpting it wouldn’t do it justice.

    I think most foreign leaders look with some combination of disbelief and horror at the prospect of a President Donald John Trump. Vova, Manly Authoritarian Man Of Action, probably looks at Trump with a combination of disbelief and glee.

    It would be hard to find the moral foundation in Ayn Rand’s scribblings with an electron microscope. *rimshot*

    I laughed myself sick this morning, watching the video from Purgatory Ironworks—

    —but then I stupidly looked at the comments on YouTube and lost all faith in humanity again. Sweet mother of pearl, there are some astoundingly dumb people out there.

    Chez, I read that today and cheered. FAU may not be able to make their firing stick—even I, a non-lawyer, can smell a wrongful-termination suit—but it’s certainly worth a try, since this James Tracy creature is besmirching the name of the university.

    Chez, the various subspecies of Truther have mounted the goalposts on wheels to make them easier to move.

    Happy Holidays, gentlemen. Chez, enjoy your time with Inara.

    (FWIW, Bob, you bleeped your horseshit at 28:37, but missed the same word at 28:40, and missed Chez’s fuck at 55:13.)

    –alopecia

    • Scopedog

      Bob, there’s a quote attributed to Ernest Hemingway (and also, just to confuse things, Red Smith): “There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.” No one who hasn’t stared at ablank sheet of paper (or a flashing cursor) can know how mentally exhausting writing is, especially when the bloody words won’t come.

      Same thing with being an artist–the scariest thing in the world is to stare at that blank canvas or paper or screen…

      …Which makes it all the more frustrating to read the idiotic comments of those armchair writers/artists who smugly toss out comments on the internet that basically boil down to “This sucks because I didn’t do it and I have more talent than any joker out in Hollywood even though I’ve never written a screenplay or novel or drawn one single picture that doesn’t look like a crappy stick figure drawing!!”.

      • muselet

        The only possible (non-vulgar) response would be, “Come back when you’ve sold something/gotten a screen credit/gotten published. Then I’ll listen to your opinion.”

        –alopecia

  • JMAshby

    I was at Pies and Pints ahead of Star Wars earlier today and I pulled up the story about the prank call on CSPAN and I almost died there at the bar. Couldn’t stop laughing. Laughing again right now.

  • HilaryB

    Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to you and Chez! Enjoy your well-deserved vacation! =)

  • Badgerite

    500%? Seems fair. Market demand, after all.

  • josephebacon

    HELP!

    Bob, why do I keep seeing “Ben Carson For President adds in the right column. Every time I click the X on the box and say they’re inappropriate, the add reappears when I go to this page!!!!

    • I seriously doubt anyone who listens to the show will be convinced to support Ben Carson because there are ads here. Meanwhile, I’m happy to use their money to help finance our decidedly anti-Carson rants.

      • Aynwrong

        “I seriously doubt anyone who listens to the show will be convinced to support Ben Carson because there are ads here.”

        That’s an understatement.