Ken Mettler drops by the studio to talk with the guys about his campaign for California’s 23rd District Congressional seat. He is running against House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and has his work cut out for him. Nonetheless, he discusses his views on immigration, jobs, the economy and veteran affairs. As well as his views on the presidential election. The main theme of this episode is to show people that their votes count. And that the people running for office(s) and the elected officials in our government are not supernatural human beings. They are just like the rest of us. Your vote counts. Use it.
There are a lot of pychopaths walking around in the world. Some countries even have psychpaths in charge. Nine countries together, have over 15,000+ nuclear weapons. What are the odds that a psychopath will one day find his or her way to control just one of these death dealers? In North Korea, there already is a maniac in charge of 6-8 nukes. Recently, London, England elected it’s first Muslim mayor. This guy may be a great guy. But it is no secret that England has an ever-growing population of Muslims. Some of whom rant and rave about taking over the world one day and flying the flag of Islam over Buckingham Palace. Could England’s Parliament one day be over-ran with Muslims who wish death upon the enemies of Islam? England posseses over 200+ nukes. It is not too far-fetched to ask that question. So the guys talk about this and how instead of worrying about the possibility of an all out nuclear war occurring in our lifetime, most people are concerned about who can use what bathroom and what transexual is posing for a magazine cover.
Coming off of the premiere of Captain America: Civil War, the guys give their thoughts on the film and tie it’s story into the current state of the nation and world. Most people see superhero movies for what they are: flashy characters fighting evil and injustice. But many of these movies have underlying themes which can relate very closely to the real world.
In light of recent events, CHADMAN welcomes his friend and fellow combat vet, Jordan Allman to the show to discuss veteran non-profits and how easily they can let their reputations and donations become more important than actually helping veterans. Especially when these organizations begin to fire employees for not wanting to play along and by chastising anybody who questions their actions. Both CHADMAN and Jordan were a part of one local organization in Bakersfield, CA and got to see how things are really done on the inside and away from the spotlight. They also discuss the ’22 a day’ veteran suicide statistic, which has veterans and civilians alike doing a push up challenge to bring awareness to veteran suicide. The only problem is that the numbers are inaccurate and the research does not reflect all 50 states. CHADMAN has been very vocal about this. Unfortunately, this has been proven to be upsetting to fellow veterans. But the facts and numbers do not lie. As seen here in this Washington Post article from 2015: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2015/02/04/the-missing-context-behind-a-widely-cited-statistic-that-there-are-22-veteran-suicides-a-day/ This episode is intended to bring awareness of it’s own: That just because an organization has money, connections, and access to the media, that does not make them the BE ALL / END ALL for veterans. And also, that all of the good deeds that they do can be erased by a few bad actions or examples of unprofessionalism.
Local Bakersfield band Ill Tiempo dropped by the Studio for a Sunday morning conversation with the guys. They came in fresh off of a show north of town in Kingsford the night before. CHADMAN and RANDY discuss their upcoming album release show this Friday when they open up for Metalachi, an apparent mariachi / metal cover band…which sounds bad ass. Ill Tiempo is also going to be playing in a Battle For Warped Tour show soon. The guys talk with them about past shows, upcoming shows, interpretive dance, and how local radio stations do not really promote local bands like they used to.
The show has haters and style biters locally in Bakersfield. That much is obvious. And in one case, there is a copy cat who also has nothing but criticism of CHADMAN’s recent social media posts. So the guys dive into why people feel obliged to copy others. You see this in music and other entertainment platforms as well. While they are at it, the guys also discuss the ‘audacity’ that they have in speaking out against and questioning certain things. Why do some people and groups get so upset when you speak out or question them? Whether it is religion, government, high profile groups, or anything close to people’s emotions, when a person or –AHEM– a podcast, speaks out against these things, you would think that the sky is falling. And making the sky fall seems to be what CHADMAN and RANDY are becoming good at doing.
May is Lupus Awareness month and since May is only a week away, this episode is dedicate to Lupus Awareness. Often a misunderstood illness, or the ‘invisible illness’, Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body. An inflammatory disease caused when the immune system attacks its own tissues. This issue hits close to home as Randy’s wife suffers from the disease. The guys welcome Jesus Ponce Jr. to discuss how lupus has affected his life. He went from playing fullback for Bakersfield College to having a hard time walking and being in the sun for long periods of time. They guys also cover the upcoming 1st Annual Bakersfield Walk For A Lupus Cure. Overall very informative.