Last Word on The Bitchspot Report

Bitchspot Report New IconI know I’ve been putting this off for a while now and I’ve gotten a couple of e-mails over on the podcast site asking when the show was coming back.  I’m sorry I haven’t answered but I’ve really avoided having to address it because I kept going back and forth on the whole thing and didn’t know exactly what I should say.  But I guess the time has come to say it.

The podcast is dead.

It’s not because I hated doing it, but a whole bunch of shit came up at work and I spent much of the past 4 months doing an absurd number of hours, to the point that I couldn’t even predict from day to day when I might even be available to record a podcast, much less edit one.  While things have stabilized a little bit now, I don’t know when things will be back to normal, if they will ever be back to normal.  I actually consider myself lucky that I had that window of opportunity to record for the shows we did.  Seriously, the amount of time it took to edit the podcast was really prohibitive and I don’t think people understand that. Not only did it take 2-3 hours a week to record, it took another 6-7 hours to edit.  You’re looking at 8-10 hours a week to put out a 90-minute product every single week, that just got to be excessive and instead of looking forward to recording every week, I used to dread it because I knew what it meant.

Beyond that, and this should come as no surprise considering the New Year’s post that I made here, I really felt like we were just retreading old ground  all the time.  I mean, how many “oh look, Pat Robertson said something stupid” or “oh look, Gordon Klingenschmitt is an idiot” stories can you do over and over again?  Nothing new ever happens in the world of religion, it’s the same old stupid people saying the same old stupid things.  Nothing new really ever happens in politics either, it’s just stupid political story A or stupid political story B time and time again.  Whereas I started out looking for really good stories to sink our teeth into every week, it got to be an exercise in “here we go again” and I think that at the end, you could hear it in my voice. Just listen to how many times I’d introduce stories and have to say “again”.  It was a lot.

The other “funny” thing, and I say “funny” because it actually makes me chuckle, is that we never really had a guest on the air that seriously disagreed with us.  We’d get these semi-upset e-mails, people who wanted to come on and take us to task, and by the time they got on the air, it turned out they agreed with us more than not.  We never got any angry guests!  We never got anyone who told us we were wrong and got into a good, solid, adversarial debate on anything.  That’s what I wanted but it never happened.  Granted, I got to meet a lot of really great people and made a lot of really good friends, but really, where were all the liberal atheists who were going to come on and put us evil conservatives in our place?  Where were the theists who were going to put the atheists to shame?  It just never happened.

That’s not to say I’d be averse to doing another podcast sometime.  I loved spending a couple hours with Mike every week, he’s a great guy and a ton of fun to be around and I wish him all the luck in the world in his other podcasting endeavors.  Assuming I had the time, and that’s not a guarantee right now, but I’ll pretend for the moment, I wouldn’t mind jumping into a podcast, probably with a different format, and just having fun recording with some great people.  I think my days as primary editor are done.  I have neither the time nor the interest in spending hour after hour cutting out every gaffe and verbal tic.  Of course, one thing that doing a podcast like that has taught me, I really, really hate all the verbal tics in a lot of podcasts.  There’s one that I’ve listened to for a long time and finally, I couldn’t do it anymore because one host says “uh huh” about 147 times a minute.  I mean, I’m not a perfect radio personality myself, far from it, but come on!

So this officially ends the era of The Bitchspot Report Podcast.  I’m going to leave the other site up so people can listen to the old episodes.  I will take the links from my other blogs down.  Please let me know if any of them go bad and I’ll see what I can do.  Thanks for coming along on the ride, it was a blast.

The Bitchspot Report Podcast #76

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Episode 76:  God Changes People… into Dimwits

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 Show Notes:

And Now The News:

Tampa Baptist church cancels gay man’s funeral.

Creationist Ken Ham up in arms over new atheist TV channel.

Okla. church lets convicted rapist attend kid’s event because ‘God can change people’.

Texas court rules against homeschoolers who expected rapture and stopped teaching kids.

AFA: Archie is destroying America’s youth.

No one spins a conspiracy theory like TV preacher Pat Robertson.

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The Bitchspot Report Podcast #75

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Episode 75:  E.T. Homophone!

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 Show Notes:

ET HomophoneAnd Now The News:

Blogger fired from language school over ‘homophonia’.

Kentucky Tourism Board OKs $18 million in tax incentives for Ark Encounter.

Federal judge: Abortion like right to bear arms.

‘Black Jesus’ targeted as ‘blasphemous’ by conservative groups.

The Main Event:  Satanism and the Hobby Lobby Decision

Satanists troll Hobby Lobby.

Satanists use Hobby Lobby decision to play devil’s advocate.

Eden Foods’ Hobby Lobby-esque birth control fight sparks boycott.

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The Bitchspot Report Podcast #74

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Episode 74:  An Attack is Not Getting Your Way!

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 Show Notes:Pharyugula

And Now The News:

Catholic League’s Donohue to Obama: ‘Do Christian Lives Mean So Little to You?

Thirty countries require leaders to belong to a specific faith.

Tucker Carlson: IRS rules preventing church electioneering is an ‘assault’ on Christians by atheists.

There are states where you technically can’t hold public office if you’re an atheist.

The Main Event:  Faith-Based Fanatics

We finally spend some time on our hypothesis that religion is getting crazier because all the moderates are abandoning their churches.

From an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times.

Apologies for the lack of YouTube video last week, we uploaded it but it didn’t process or post correctly and I didn’t catch it again until the following week!  My bad!

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The Bitchspot Report Podcast #73

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Episode 73:  Gonna Flush Those Fart Demons Right Outta My Ass!

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 Show Notes:

Counter protest as SDCC

San Diego Comicon: The Counterprotest

And Now The News:

Pastor claims gay people are possessed by “fart demons” that can drive pigs to suicide.

Romanian lawyer sues exorcists for failing to banish fart demons.

New Age leader sues ex-students over leaked video of her drunken racist anti-gay rant.

Author of excellent ‘Stop Being Gay’ book arrested for molesting teen boy, allegedly, again.

Babylonian tale of round ark draws ire from Christian circles.

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Okay, I admit that Jim Goebel has a point, we can’t talk about fart demons without putting this up.

The Main Event:  The DC Gun Case

The actual court order, what the judge actually said in his own words.

Federal judge declares D.C. ban on carrying handguns in public unconstitutional.

Court overturns DC handgun law.

One of the Lawyers Involved:  Victory in Palmer v. D.C.

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The Bitchspot Report Podcast #72

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Episode 72:  It’s a Religious Conspiracy!

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 Show Notes:

We were on Side Project Live!  Listen here!

And Now The News:

New study shows that children exposed to religion have a hard time distinguishing fact from fiction.

MN Republican bases economic agenda on theory that sperm enzymes in anus causes AIDS.

Tony Perkins fears Obama will start putting Christians in jail any day now.

KY boy raped by pastor church had hired because God ‘forgave’ past sex crimes.

Here’s how Jesus feels about the hot social issues of today, according to Americans.

Creationist Ken Ham: We should stop exploring space because the Bible says aliens would go to hell.

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The Bitchspot Report Podcast #71

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Episode 71:  The Left and the Right are Both Wrong

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 Show Notes:

Check us out on The Side Project LIVE, Saturday, 7/19 @ 7:00am Pacific!

And Now The News:

Bank teller claims she was fired for saying “have a blessed day“.

Libertarians: Strive to beat “Ballot-Blocking” to get on ballot.

Russian Orthodox Priest says football is gay – Because of its shoes.

GOP candidate who supports abstinence-only learns it doesn’t work the hard way.

The Main Event:  A Conservative Take on Sex Education

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The Bitchspot Report Podcast #70

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Episode 70:  The End of Religion as We Know It

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 Show Notes:

Ziggurat-Daedalus

And Now The News:

Imaginary FriendsSouthern Democrats are out to prove that religion isn’t just for Republicans.

Gordon Klingenschmitt, the demon-obsessed anti-gay exorcist, wins GOP primary in Colorado.

How church sales reflect the shifting American demographic.

How dying churches can find new life.

Hobby Lobby is already creating new religious demands on Obama.

Church reaffirms food bank decision.

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