Friday, January 23

Ep 268 The Professional Left Podcast




Links for this episode:

Driftglass on Lindsay Graham

LA Times on Larry Wilmore's new version of "Truthiness"
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Friday, January 16

Ep 267 The Professional Left Podcast






Link for this episode:

Wil Wheaton:  That Time the Stupidsphere Showed Up

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Saturday, January 10

GOP 2016 Quiz (not really)



But can my readers/listeners figure this one out? A one question GOP quiz:

Fill in the blank:

"What a lying tool ______________________ is."


  1. Jeb Bush 
  2. Rand Paul 
  3. Mike Huckabee 
  4. Mitt Romney 
  5. Ben Carson 
  6. Ted Cruz
  7. Chris Christie


 Tough one, isn't it?

Friday, January 9

Ep 266 The Professional Left Podcast

Via a betrayed conservative's Facebook page


Links for this episode:

In These Times:  We Forgot to End Poverty
Hullabaloo:  What Third Party are you working for?
John Fugelsang to host a show on Sirius XM.
Sam Brownback's Lieutenant Governor has weird (and possibly illegal) ideas about cash management.

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Friday, January 2

Ep 265 The Professional Left Podcast




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Friday, December 26

Ep 264 The Professional Left Podcast







Links for this episode:

Solyndra program nets taxpayers five billion dollars.

Washingtonian Magazine and Daily Beast on why David Gregory lost his job.

Via Gawker, the most excellent Ta-Nahisi Coates Twitter stream.

Some examples of both sides don’t from Driftglass in 2006.



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Science Fiction University Christmas Exam!

Remember, No Googling.  Send the answers you have to proleftpodcast@gmail.com.  The first five to send something with some correct answers in it will receive a diploma in the form of a postcard from Driftglass himself.  The judges decisions are final, and comments are closed for this post.  You can't answer anything here or email me about this.  Thanks!


1.  In which science fiction short story is Santa Claus really a James Bond-like secret agent?  Who was the author of the story and what was the name of at least one villain from the story. (Bonus point for knowing the greeting between employees of Santa's workshop)

2.  What 1964 Christmas SF movie disaster is always a fan favorite at conventions.  [Hint:  Pia Zedora]

3.  What dystopian science fiction movie is conspicuously set in the lead up to Christmas?

4.  In a Ray Bradbury short story, a young boy's parents are worried that travel regulations will make their son's Christmas suck.  But the young boy gets a most unexpected Christmas present.  What is the name of the story and what present does the boy receive?

5.  In an Arthur C. Clarke short story, a Jesuit priest's faith is sorely tested by a tragic discovery.  What is the name of the story and what does the priest discover?

6.  Had the internet existed in 1978 when this successful film franchise spawned one of the most universally hated holiday specials of all time, it might have doomed the career of Bea Arthur among others.  What was the film franchise and what was the name of the fictional holiday the awful, awful show purported to celebrate?

7.  What famous writer of science fiction (including the rarely seen "A Carol for Another Christmas") was born on Christmas Day?

8.  What science fiction movie is centered around the need to protect the miraculous pregnancy of an unwed mother from a violent world.

9.  In what tv series do Desmond and Penny finally connect via telephone on Christmas Eve?

10.  What author contracted with Scribner's for 12 years to produce a new "juvenile" novel each year for the Christmas season?   


Good luck.

Friday, December 19

Ep 263 The Professional Left Podcast





Links for this episode:


Nate Silver:  Is Jeb Bush too liberal to win the 2016 GOP nomination?

Jon Huntsman claims Jeb Bush evokes GOP nostalgia. 


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Friday, December 12

Ep 262 The Professional Left Podcast





Links for this episode:

Conor Friedersdorf: The Graywashing of Torture

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Friday, December 5

Ep 261 The Professional Left Podcast





Links for this episode:

Raw Story:  Guy who protests DUI checks gets hit by drunk driver

Chris Rock talks, you listen.


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Wednesday, December 3

Tomorrow is the start of #Zappadan

zappadan 2014
[With apologies to Carvaggio.]   

Frank Zappa died December 4 (the night now known as BummerNacht), and was born (earlier, they tell me) on December 21, Day Zero of Zappadan.

Too many years ago to count accurately, the blog known as The Aristocrats declared that December 4 through 21 should henceforth be known as Zappadan: the days of the year between death and birth, that ethereal time when there was no Frank, so we must celebrate him to keep his spirit safe until his birthday again.

Or it's just a great excuse for a party that has nothing to do with the greed and debt festival known as Christmas in America. In any event, it's a labor of love with the hope that Frank would be proud.

"Some people say" that the Miracles of Zappadan stuff is a buncha hooey, but I disagree. During the first Zappadan in 2006, John Bolton resigned. Then the year after that, Sandy Underpants went to the registry of motor vehicles during Zappadan and got a new license plate with no lines, no waiting, and free donuts.  All I can say is, it's Zappadan - Expect Miracles.

Many blessings to you on BummerNacht and throughout the celebration. And if you're not into Zappa, The Onion has some words for you.