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The Professional Left Podcast with Driftglass and Blue Gal

"Fiercely and unapologetically progressive, and definitely NSFW. 'The Professional Left' features award-winning bloggers Driftglass and Blue Gal as they skewer right-wing absurdities and dismantle mainstream media mealy-mouths with razor-sharp wit and zero filter. From mercilessly mocking partisan hacks to elevating stories the media ignores, it's the profane, unflinching political commentary you didn't know you needed. More at http://ProLeftPod.com."

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Ep 812: What's An Independent?
A letter from a listener leads us to ask whether anyone left of center can use the word "independent" about themselves.  Plus the Hunter Biden verdict isn't the worst thing ever, and we've got some words for Pope Alito and his wife.  More at proleftpod.com.Our podcast YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/@ProfessionalLeftSupport the show:PayPal |  https://paypal.me/proleftpodcastPatreon | https://patreon.com/proleftpodSupport the Show.
62:22 6/14/24
Ep 811: 'I Never Thought Evangelicals Would Eat MY Face!'
No Fair Remembering Stuff covers this week's news of conservative columnist David French, who never thought his fellow evangelicals would cancel HIM.    He was taken to task quite appropriately by another "canceled" evangelical, who happened to be a progressive woman. Huh. More at proleftpod.com. Links for this episode: Homebrewed Christianity: Including Diane Butler Bass on getting canceled. Support the show:PayPal |  https://paypal.me/proleftpodcastPatreon | https://patreon.com/proleftpodOur YouTube ChannelOpening and Closing Music:Jumpin Boogie Woogie by Audionautix | http://audionautix.com/|Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/jumpin-boogie-woogieMusic promoted by Audio Library | https://youtu.be/S2wYQlC0UsSupport the Show.
35:19 6/12/24
Ep 810: Seeing The Republican Fascist Matrix
There are a small number of people who are Agents of American fascism.  These are the Steve Bannons, Tim Pools and Stephen MIllerses.  Stone-cold nazis with a clear agenda. Then there is a much larger group – the reprogrammable meatbags of the Republican base.  They think they've taken the "red pill" when they clearly just like the steak Fox and Newsmax are feeding them.  Then there is a group who have learned to actually see the Republican fascist and their both-sides media enablers Matrix as it is operating in the real world in real-time.  Guess who.  More at proleftpod.com.  Please note that we had some technical difficulty recording this episode.  We apologize for any audio issues. Support the show:PayPal |  https://paypal.me/proleftpodcastPatreon | https://patreon.com/proleftpodSupport the Show.
47:37 6/7/24
Ep 809: Convicted Felon
Did we mention he's a convicted felon?  Also  a wee bit of No Fair Remembering Stuff on the topic of news media using the term "LIE."  More at proleftpod.com.Our podcast YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/@ProfessionalLeftThe Driftglass Medical GoFundMeSupport the show:PayPal |  https://paypal.me/proleftpodcastPatreon | https://patreon.com/proleftpodSupport the Show.
63:18 6/5/24
Ep 808: We interrupt this podcast for a medical emergency
Driftglass was in the ER last night for HOURS (and he's fine) but we're not up for podcasting regularly today.  TWO political podcasts next week, Tuesday and Thursday. If you can help with what we know are going to be medical bills meeting DG's $5900.00 deductible for 2024, we've got a Go Fund Me posted here. More at proleftpod.com.Support the Show.
09:42 5/31/24
Ep 807: Science Fiction University | Andy Weir's Hopeful, Hard SF
On this episode of Science Fiction University, we dive into the works of Andy Weir, the author behind the hit novels The Martian and Project Hail Mary.Project Hail Mary, Weir's latest novel takes readers on an epic journey across the cosmos. Like his earlier work, The Martian, PHM showcases Weir's talent for fusing cutting-edge science with an extremely human story of perseverance and hope. We'll analyze how Project Hail Mary embraces the conventions of "hard" science fiction while also delivering an optimistic, even spiritual message about humanity's ability to overcome challenges through cooperation and grace.So join us as we explore the intricate worlds and big ideas contained within Andy Weir's captivating science fiction adventures. More at sciencefictionuniversity.com.Support the Show.
47:19 5/28/24
Ep 806: 'There Is No News Cycle, Only Zuul'
Rake-stepping with the worst witness in the legal "defense" of Donald Trump...The not-at-all-shocking reports that Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito raised multiple (red?  of course!) flags (ahem) supporting the events of January 6th's  Capitol attack......and Nikki Haley's not-at-all surprising endorsement of Trump for the 2024 Republican nomination because of course she did. Keep the faith and deep breath!  More at proleftpod.com.Our podcast YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/@ProfessionalLeftSupport the show:PayPal |  https://paypal.me/proleftpodcastPatreon | https://patreon.com/proleftpodSupport the Show.
55:54 5/23/24
Ep 805 No Fair Remembering Stuff: The Friedman Unit
We were going to do this podcast six months from now buuuuut....More at proleftpod.com. Support the show:PayPal |  https://paypal.me/proleftpodcastPatreon | https://patreon.com/proleftpodOur YouTube ChannelOpening and Closing Music:Jumpin Boogie Woogie by Audionautix | http://audionautix.com/|Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/jumpin-boogie-woogieMusic promoted by Audio Library | https://youtu.be/S2wYQlC0UsSupport the Show.
39:15 5/21/24
Ep 804 Trump's Dress-Alike Ventriloquist Dummies
There are ventriloquist dummies, and then there are dummies like Senator Tommy Tuberville. What did Blue Gal think was the most revealing moment of the Michael Cohen testimony?   Driftglass says he is willing to try to be "more polarizing" than David French.  All this and a news round-up with our home state winning a special designation!  More at proleftpod.com.  Our podcast YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/@ProfessionalLeftSupport the show:PayPal |  https://paypal.me/proleftpodcastPatreon | https://patreon.com/proleftpodSupport the Show.
65:36 5/16/24
Ep 803: God's Will Or Somebody Else's Fault
We kick things off with a whimsical tangent about "sacred chickens" - those unquestioned assumptions and mythologies that societies cling to, even in the face of contradictory evidence. This leads to a deeper discussion about the concept of "phenomenology" and how subjective experience of reality can be manipulated (see Fox News).From there, we dive deep into one of America's most pernicious "sacred chickens" - the racist "birther" conspiracy theory that falsely claimed former President Barack Obama was not born in the United States. And we examine how it gained traction, in large part due to the relentless promotion by Donald Trump and, more importantly, by the relentless desire of CNN and other mainstream outlets to let Trump on their airwaves to promote his racist (and lie-filled) "investigations." While Trump's championing of this fantasy was an early glimpse into his comfort level with trafficking in racism and misinformation for perceived political gain, it was also a glimpse into just how willfully blind the media is to right-wing manipulation, especially if it means they can "both-sides" a presidency for both balance AND ratings. The Republican party establishment's refusal to reject birtherism set the stage for the party's further embrace of conspiracy theories and "alternative facts" in subsequent years under Trump. The episode is a timely examination of how racism, xenophobia, and phenomenological distortions can be weaponized for political purposes with damaging consequences.More at proleftpod.com.Support the show:PayPal |  https://paypal.me/proleftpodcastPatreon | https://patreon.com/proleftpodOur YouTube ChannelOpening and Closing Music:Jumpin Boogie Woogie by Audionautix | http://audionautix.com/|Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/jumpin-boogie-woogieMusic promoted by Audio Library | https://youtu.be/S2wYQlC0UsSupport the Show.
78:42 5/15/24
Ep 802 'Twelve Angry Men' and Other Lies
A black and white movie from decades ago taught us something that just isn't true about the "power of persuasion."  This and the week's news -- more at proleftpod.com. Our podcast YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/@ProfessionalLeftSupport the show:PayPal |  https://paypal.me/proleftpodcastPatreon | https://patreon.com/proleftpodSupport the Show.
63:01 5/10/24
Ep 801: No Fair Remembering Trump's Covid Eff-Ups
No, really, Trump was the so-called president for the entire year 2020, and he never took any responsibility for managing the US Government's response to the pandemic.  And normal people blot out the memories of this because of a little thing called TRAUMA.  We must remind ourselves and others that we will NEVER AGAIN elect that incompetent egomaniac. Link for this episode:  "There’s a name for Trump playing down the threat and failing to take action against the virus: Institutional betrayal" More at proleftpod.comSupport the show:PayPal |  https://paypal.me/proleftpodcastPatreon | https://patreon.com/proleftpodOur YouTube ChannelOpening and Closing Music:Jumpin Boogie Woogie by Audionautix | http://audionautix.com/|Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/jumpin-boogie-woogieMusic promoted by Audio Library | https://youtu.be/S2wYQlC0UsSupport the Show.
50:09 5/8/24
Ep 800 Wait, 800 Episodes?!?
We celebrate our 800th podcast episode.  Wow!  Thanks for supporting our podcast work.  And for our 800th episode we have to start off with Kristi Noem's dog murder and Marjorie Taylor Greene's unconscious (and NOT Christian) anti-Semitism?  Where's the cake?  Also thinking back to 1968, which 2024 is NOT. There are 799 more episodes, and information on how to support the show,  at proleftpod.com.Link for this episode:  "Clean for Gene" Our podcast YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/@ProfessionalLeftSupport the show:PayPal |  https://paypal.me/proleftpodcastPatreon | https://patreon.com/proleftpodSupport the Show.
59:21 5/3/24
Ep 799 Science Fiction University: 1940 Vs 1951
We look at a 1940's short story and the 1951 movie that was kinda sorta based on that story.  And yes, "The Day The Earth Stood Still" has definitely stood the test of time. More at https://www.sciencefictionuniversity.com/ Our podcast YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/@ProfessionalLeftSupport the show:PayPal |  https://paypal.me/proleftpodcastPatreon | https://patreon.com/proleftpodSupport the Show.
78:40 4/30/24
Ep 798: Arizona Indicts and Trump Farts
Lots of news this week, and we're also on The Bill Show https://open.spotify.com/episode/7cSaH6ZB7G0edd2ROw6Xli?si=WCI1PGLATeeQGGSIldtZWAAnd we'll be recording with Tru Blu Politics on 4/26. https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-trublu-politics-127820101/Link for this episode:  Digby brings us the Quote of the Day from Sonia Sotomayor:https://digbysblog.net/2024/04/25/qotd-justice-sotomayor-2/ More at proleftpod.com.Our podcast YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/@ProfessionalLeftSupport the show:PayPal |  https://paypal.me/proleftpodcastPatreon | https://patreon.com/proleftpodSupport the Show.
56:03 4/25/24
Ep 797: No Fair Remembering Sarah Palin
"Sarah Palin walked so Donald Trump could run."  -- DriftglassSupport the show:PayPal |  https://paypal.me/proleftpodcastPatreon | https://patreon.com/proleftpodOur YouTube ChannelOpening and Closing Music:Jumpin Boogie Woogie by Audionautix | http://audionautix.com/|Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/jumpin-boogie-woogieMusic promoted by Audio Library | https://youtu.be/S2wYQlC0UswCreative Commons Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.comSupport the Show.
58:42 4/23/24
Ep 796: The Great Republican Sell-Out
Trump has a longstanding history of grifting down-ballot Republicans.  Instead of supporting his so-called party, Trump is forever leveraging his status for personal profit.But the intrigue doesn't end there. We also unpack the un-surprising transformations of "Never Trump" Republicans like Chris Sununu and Bill Barr, who have suddenly found Trump an acceptable candidate for president. And we look back at the long-standing pushy partnership between evangelicals and Republicans, discovering that it has always been transactional, even preceding the era of George W. Bush.And Marge fails at impeachment.  Sad!  More at proleftpod.com. Our podcast YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/@ProfessionalLeftSupport the show:PayPal |  https://paypal.me/proleftpodcastPatreon | https://patreon.com/proleftpodSupport the Show.
76:18 4/19/24
Ep 795 There Is No More 'Debating' Trump
'No Fair Remembering Stuff' Remembers the 2016 and 2020 General Election "debates" and says No More.  And Driftglass's 19 year old blog post gets a reprise as a Harvard professor comes to the same conclusions.  More at proleftpod.com. Support the show:PayPal |  https://paypal.me/proleftpodcastPatreon | https://patreon.com/proleftpodOur YouTube ChannelOpening and Closing Music:Jumpin Boogie Woogie by Audionautix | http://audionautix.com/|Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/jumpin-boogie-woogieMusic promoted by Audio Library | https://youtu.be/S2wYQlC0UswCreative Commons Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.comSupport the Show.
42:16 4/17/24
Ep 794 MSNBC Wins and Loses
Big props to Lawrence O'Donnell for going full "No Fair Remembering Stuff" on his Wednesday A-Block.  But then again his network cohorts interviewed Michael Avenatti and John Bolton this week, which just EXHAUSTS us.  The O'Donnell Monologue. More at proleftpod.com. Our podcast YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/@ProfessionalLeftSupport the show:PayPal |  https://paypal.me/proleftpodcastPatreon | https://patreon.com/proleftpodSupport the Show.
68:16 4/11/24
Ep 793: Trump's Abortion Fail
It's like Trump became JEB! Bush this week: a pleading Republican politician instead of the manifestation of the Republican Base's ID.  We discuss.  More at proleftpod.com.  Our podcast YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/@ProfessionalLeftSupport the show:PayPal |  https://paypal.me/proleftpodcastPatreon | https://patreon.com/proleftpodSupport the Show.
42:23 4/10/24
Ep 792: What's Rove Got To Do With It?
MSNBC interviews (and we are not making this up) Karl Rove and Reince Priebus.  We have thoughts.  More at proleftpod.com.Our podcast YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/@ProfessionalLeftSupport the show:PayPal |  https://paypal.me/proleftpodcastPatreon | https://patreon.com/proleftpodSupport the Show.
55:08 4/4/24
Ep 791 Science Fiction University: 3 Body Problem
We talk about the new Apple TV series "3 Body Problem," which we highly recommend.  We also relate it to lots of other science fiction works.  Looking for political content?  We were on The Brad Cast on Monday https://bradblog.com/?p=14989More at sciencefictionuniversity.com. Our podcast YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/@ProfessionalLeftSupport the show:PayPal |  https://paypal.me/proleftpodcastPatreon | https://patreon.com/proleftpodSupport the Show.
57:02 4/2/24
Ep 790 The NBC News Meltdown and Trump's Bible
What a week!  We begin by connecting what we've been saying for fourteen years on The Professional Left Podcast to the latest disaster meltdown at NBC, which purportedly is about the McDaniel hiring/firing but is really about who gets to be a Republican and what that means for Both Siderism coverage at the networks.  We also express disgust over the sheer size of the NBC C-Suite, and Trump's "Bible."  And Lev Parnas is settling all family business.  More at proleftpod.com. Our podcast YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/@ProfessionalLeftSupport the show:PayPal |  https://paypal.me/proleftpodcastPatreon | https://patreon.com/proleftpodSupport the Show.
59:26 3/29/24
Ep 789: One Weird Reason NBC's New Hire Went Wrong
Why did NBC hire Ronna Romney McDaniel?  And the obvious reason it was the wrong choice?  Isn't the real reason.  And deep down Chuck Todd knows it. Links for this episode. Chuck Todd scolds his bosses over the McDaniel hire: https://crooksandliars.com/2024/03/chuck-todd-slams-nbc-hiring-ronna-mcdanielChuck Todd's revelation (with Lewis Black and W. Kamau Bell: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vZ3mWuBAbYOne other time Chuck Todd called out liars, and then FIVE times he covered for Republican liars on the air: https://crooksandliars.com/2018/03/chuck-todd-says-all-lies-matter-reallySupport the show:PayPal |  https://paypal.me/proleftpodcastPatreon | https://patreon.com/proleftpodOur YouTube ChannelOpening and Closing Music:Jumpin Boogie Woogie by Audionautix | http://audionautix.com/|Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/jumpin-boogie-woogieMusic promoted by Audio Library | https://youtu.be/S2wYQlC0UswCreative Commons Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.comSupport the Show.
58:19 3/25/24
Ep 788: Impeachment Is Over (If You Want It)
The so-called impeachment inquiry of Joe Biden is o.v.e.r.   Join us on The Professional Left Podcast as we dive deep into the face plant that is the House impeachment inquiry. 😮🏛️We unravel the intriguing testimony of Lev Parnas and clever questioning of Jared Moscowitz, examining the Associated Press's failed reporting on the day as well. But wait, there's more! We also shed light on a certain defendant's jaw-dropping $230,000 daily expenditure in campaign funds for legal fees. 💸⚖️Tune in now to catch up on the latest news highlights from the week and engage in critical analysis with us. Don't miss this exciting new episode! 🎧💬This and other news of the week. More at proleftpod.com.Our podcast YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/@ProfessionalLeftSupport the show:PayPal |  https://paypal.me/proleftpodcastPatreon | https://patreon.com/proleftpodSupport the Show.
71:21 3/22/24
Ep 787: No Fair Remembering What Trump Said Yesterday
Fascism, language, and forgettery.  Will the media remember "bloodbath" next week?  More at proleftpod.com.Support the show:PayPal |  https://paypal.me/proleftpodcastPatreon | https://patreon.com/proleftpodOur YouTube ChannelOpening and Closing Music:Jumpin Boogie Woogie by Audionautix | http://audionautix.com/|Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported — CC BY 3.0Free Download / Stream: https://bit.ly/jumpin-boogie-woogieMusic promoted by Audio Library | https://youtu.be/S2wYQlC0UswCreative Commons Music by Jason Shaw on Audionautix.comSupport the Show.
52:27 3/20/24
Ep 786 Britt Mace Noem and Stefanik Enter The Veep Pageant
A bunch of Republican women face plant in an attempt to win the favor of a convicted sex offender.   Republican states are pro lead poisoning and conservative pundits come out against ...retirement?  More at proleftpod.com. Our podcast YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/@ProfessionalLeftSupport the show:PayPal |  https://paypal.me/proleftpodcastPatreon | https://patreon.com/proleftpodSupport the Show.
73:53 3/14/24
Ep 785 By Popular Demand, Biden's State of the Union
You asked us to discuss and celebrate Biden's State of the Union, so we did!  (Next podcast will be Thursday March 14.) More at proleftpod.com.Our podcast YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/@ProfessionalLeftSupport the show:PayPal |  https://paypal.me/proleftpodcastPatreon | https://patreon.com/proleftpodSupport the Show.
47:21 3/9/24
Ep 784: WHAT 'Quiet Part Out Loud'?
Republicans no longer have a quiet part.  Cutting Social Security, stopping 'feminazis' from voting, supporting a rapist and porn star bribe payer.  There is no more "quiet part" that they're hiding behind.  (Recorded before the State of the Union Address.)  More at proleftpod.com. Our podcast YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/@ProfessionalLeftSupport the show:PayPal |  https://paypal.me/proleftpodcastPatreon | https://patreon.com/proleftpodSupport the Show.
70:09 3/7/24
Ep 783 Dropping Everything To Talk About Dune 2
Alt Title:  No Fair Remembering who won the very first Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1966.We revisit our "Dune" Science Fiction University podcasts and also talk about the best epic movie ever (not kidding), Dune 2. There will be spoilers, and we don't even mention Christopher Walken! Who is great, by the way. Back to news on Thursday! More at proleftpod.com.  Our podcast YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/@ProfessionalLeftSupport the show:PayPal |  https://paypal.me/proleftpodcastPatreon | https://patreon.com/proleftpodSupport the Show.
65:17 3/5/24

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