What’s Momma Listening to? Abe Lincoln’s Top Hat


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In wanting to try and have some sense of normalcy so that I don’t completely lose my mind I’m here to bring you my favorite podcast of the week!

I actually listen to this religiously every week. It helps me to feel informed. There isn’t any propaganda. It is strictly facts from a moderate stand-point.

The podcast is Abe Lincoln’s Top Hat with Ben Kissel and Marcus Parks!

It’s the only political podcast I’ve been able to find that stays in the middle. It speaks to me because I am a moderate Liberal. I’m fed up with Washington, with politicians and with the excuses and so are the hosts.

They talk about what is happening all over the country and all over the world. The discussions can get heated but never become personal. That is something we have lost as a society. They ability to converse without feeling like we’re being personally attacked. This happens on both sides so please don’t accuse me of choosing one side over the other. They both carry the blame and in the same breath can both provide a solution.

If you’re into politics or not and are looking for information without rhetoric then I definitely recommend you check out Abe Lincoln’s Top Hat.

New shows post every Friday on wherever you get your podcast! You can also check them their Facebook group.

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Rocking the Boat


When I woke up this morning I still felt raw. The massacre that has affected the city I was born and raised in is still in mourning. We are still trying to answer that question of WHY.

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While we ponder this question the internet is filled with warriors telling us about how it was all a hoax, that we don’t need to take a serious look at our gun laws, that God did this because the president isn’t respect, etc. I don’t know why I look. Every comment has me seething.

A hoax!?!? Really, explain that to the families of the 58 fallen. Explain to the other 500 injured that they aren’t really hurt, that it’s all a hoax perpetuated by the CIA. Yeah, people think that.

I personally believe that we need more common sense gun laws. I think that automatic weapons do not need to be sold to the public. Kits that can be added to make a more powerful weapon should be for military use only. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to take anyone’s gun away. Actually I take that back, if you can’t pass a background check, a mental evaluation, a gun safety class and refuse to register every gun you own then I want your gun. I know that people say that people will get access to guns to matter what but that’s bullshit. Granted the black market is thriving but that’s because we refuse to enact any laws in our country to protect us. I don’t feel safe.

The best yet is God. Good old God. He’s been telling people like Pat Robertson that we deserved for this to happen. It’s that kind. He is a well-known and influential Christian leader, and he is spreading hate. I’ve had friends tell me that he’s a fanatic and nobody who is a real Christian listen to him but I call bullshit on that as well. If nobody listened then he wouldn’t have an audience. The 700 Club wouldn’t continue to grow.

Every time we face a massacre on this scale in this nation, which seems to be more often than not anymore, the propaganda increases. But we allow it, don’t we. We’re too afraid to rock the boat. Well, I’m done. I’m rocking the boat.

In my research today I’ve learned how the politicians that claim to represent me and my state are more likely to represent whoever gave them the most money. I already knew this but to see key pieces of legislation that they reject in favor of chaos and turmoil for all American’s has me hot.

To see that the men and women who claim to care about America, about her people, about our lives really only care about themselves and lobbyist has crushed my soul. How much money can we raise as voters to have our voices heard?

How much does it cost to re-implement CHIP? You know, the program for low income children. The one that gives them access to healthcare? That expires September 30, 2017 and not a single politician has done anything to mitigate the 8.9 million children who will be affected?

How much does it cost to buy a politician? It’s more than $174,000 per year. So we have some crowd-sourcing to do. We already pay for their salary, their healthcare, their travel, their lodging, their offices, their staff, and so on but that isn’t enough.

Should we resort to blackmail instead? It works for Russia, and lord knows we love Russia now, right?!?! Nobody seems to care about how Russia conspired in the election. Who cares about that when Hillary Clinton used a private email!!! It’s not like our current administration has anyone doing the same thing….right? The best direction is misdirection, am I right!

It’s just all becoming too much. I’m done holding it all in. We as a people have allowed extremist to take over our country and we need to stop it. We must come up with a solution and drive these extremist out of the limelight. We need to help educate. We need to listen.

Las Vegas: Tragedy Embraces Us


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As I walked out to my car this morning it was silence. It felt like something was different, tainted. Everyone was mindful on the road. We all were feeling how fragile life could be this morning.

It’s all so senseless.

I’m pissed off. I’m sad. I’m angry. I’m devastated. I’m heartbroken. Continue reading “Las Vegas: Tragedy Embraces Us”

What’s Momma Listening to? The Idiots


As part of my new weekly (fingers crossed) spotlight on my love of podcast I’d like to introduce you to, The Idiots!

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Andy Julia and his pack of idiots help get me through days when I wants to throw something or someone off a tall structure. This is a new show for me but one I needed without knowing it was missing.

It reminds me of the Howard Stern show, no filter! Exactly how I like it! I lost track of Howard once he moved to satellite and now too much time has passed. I’m just too busy to keep up. It is what it is.

They tackle topics that range from serious to randomness. Not everyone agrees at all times but they respect each other. That’s what counts.

This wasn’t a show I went searching for, I actually came across it through Andy. He commented on a post I made in a group I frequent. It’s amazing how interconnected the podcasting world is, I would never have suspected that Andy and his crew would be associated with GayTalk 2.0, if I based it on outward appearance only. This further proves my point that you can’t judge a book by its cover, although that’s EXACTLY how I choose books! The irony isn’t lost on me folks.

I’ve learned some new dirty words, which is always a plus! I’m becoming familiar with just how infected a finger can be, don’t ask, just listen to the show.

I started with the most recent shows but I am making my way backwards so that I can become more familiar with each host. I’m horrible with names so it’s going to take me time to know the entire crew.

So far I’ve related with Drea Richard and Chris Hayes the most. I share similar views with both so it doesn’t surprise me but we’re not so similar that I blindly nod along with every word spoken. I don’t think anyone should ever have that much in common, where’s the fun in that?!?

Andy Julia has a great voice, it’s the perfect mix of gravel and smoke. It’s like you never want him to stop talking but never want him to use the voice for evil, like say…toward you, in a fight.

This is really just a podcast that allows a group of friends to share their daily communications. I can see the same conversation happening at someone’s house over the weekend or during dinner on any given night. The close nit feelings that come with the personal interactions allow you to quickly delve in without fear of missing anything. It’s hard to miss, trust me!

Something I find immensely enjoyable is when I disagree with a topic or someone’s stance on the show. It’s because they give reasons for those beliefs and it allows me to understand a new perspective. That’s something I’m learning to embrace more and more as I get older.

This most likely isn’t a show for anyone under 18. I’d give it an NC-17 just to cover all bases. The discussions can be graphic yet informative but it might be something you want to chat with your kids about prior to listening. Regardless, if you’re not easily offended and enjoy vulgar humor this is the podcast you’ve been missing!

What’s Momma Listening to?


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I’ve talked about it before, my obsession with podcasts.

Getting to delve into new genres, topics and communities has been just what I needed to change my perspective and to continue my growth as a human being. I can listen to any topic on any day, no matter how I’m feeling and I learn something new.

So, each week I’m going to do my best to showcase one of the many shows I listen to regularly in the hopes that you all might find something new and exciting as well.

I love being able to get the perspective of people I respect and admire, heck, I even look forward to the perspective of those I despise. You know why? It allows me to open my mind.

I am very proud of the fact that I considered myself to be open minded, but I had to stop and really take a look at myself recently. I discovered that I was really only open minded to people that generally agreed with my philosophies and ideologies. It sucked to step back and recognize that in myself. I can’t expect others to open themselves up to a new thought processes or ideals when I’m willing to do the same.

The show that really helped me to see this was Gay Talk 2.0 The Ultimate Podcast. I started listening to the podcast when Nick G, from The Dependent Independent, my wonderful long-distance friend, did a guest appearance. The host of Gay Talk 2.0 are unlike the stereo-type that is often personified in regards to gay men. Continue reading “What’s Momma Listening to?”