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What a Hell of a Way to Die is a left-wing military and veteran podcast hosted by Nate and Francis, two extremely online combat veterans. Join us to hear discussion of veterans issues, defense news, and military culture — all from a lefty perspective.

What a Hell of a Way to Die


    • Oct 21, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
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    No, Do Speak Ill of the Dead

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 57:44


    DadChat ends at 13:25!   This week, Nate and Francis discuss the recent death of Colin Powell, the first Black American to serve as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the man who lent his reputation to sell the Iraq War more than any other politician. We argue that you should in fact judge him for this, immediately, because he failed the moral test of his lifetime. We also discuss a recent Washington Post story that seems to imply America might also ‘send the Army in' to solve supply chain issues, except no one actually thinks it will happen. Get the story here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2021/10/19/white-house-supply-chain-national-guard/   For this week's bonus, Francis, Joe, and Shocks discuss the strange case of Marine LTC Stuart Scheller and his relentless desire to post. Is it a good idea to be pro-se defendant in a UCMJ court? Is it a good idea to try and personally charge the commandant of the Marine Corps because someone told you that it was allowed under maritime law or whatever? Find out, on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/posts/57517668   *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang


    My Death Machine is Solar Powered feat. Jasper Craven

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 44:43

    Nate is out this week, and Francis speaks with defense journalist Jasper Craven (@jaspercraven) about a recent trend: trying to portray the U.S. military as ecologically concerned--call it ‘military greenwashing' if you'd like. And it turns out, it's not really possible when the military doesn't disclose how much fossil fuel it consumes, not even to Congress. Read Jasper's article here: https://thebaffler.com/latest/greenwashing-the-military-industrial-complex-craven Subscribe to Jasper's substack here: https://battleborne.substack.com/ For more on this topic: https://taskandpurpose.com/gear-tech/military-plan-make-earth-friendly-munitions/ For this week's bonus, This week, Nate and Milo discuss the peculiarly British phenomenon of calling for the Army to be deployed domestically--whether it's to quell a social conflict or fix a logistics issue. They love to call for the Army to be sent in. We get to the bottom of what this means, and why people want it. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/57234686 *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    *PREVIEW* 'Send in the Army' feat. Milo Edwards

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 11:01

    This week, Nate and Milo discuss the peculiarly British phenomenon of calling for the Army to be deployed domestically--whether it's to quell a social conflict or fix a logistics issue. They love to call for the Army to be sent in. We get to the bottom of what this means, and why people want it. Listen to the whole thing on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/posts/57234686

    SwordsChat

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 61:22

    DadChat ends at 13:09! This week, Nate and Francis explore two themes. First, the story of a guy dressed as a ninja attacking a Special Operations aviation unit at an airfield in California (this really happened). Second, the theme of being Opposing Forces during military training and how much fun it is to cause havoc while shooting your fellow soldiers with lasers. You can read the ninja piece here: https://www.stripes.com/theaters/us/2021-09-30/ninja-attack-special-operations-california-airport-3076663.html You can read the piece here: https://www.politico.com/amp/news/magazine/2021/07/27/ozarks-lake-covid-unvaccinated-500784   This week, Francis, Carey, and Joe regale themselves with the 1995 Damon Wayans film MAJOR PAYNE. Look, we're going to get through all the '90s military movies--good and bad--and this one is actually okay? Sure, it's bad, but it's also less regrettable than many others like it. Listen on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/56957351   *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    Let's Cough Around the Lake

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 71:03

    This week, Nate and Francis discuss a recent Politico article about anti-vaxxers and covid deniers partying hard at the Lake of the Ozarks resort in southern Missouri. It's an article from July, but we'd wanted to discuss this for a while for one specific reason: Francis's whole family is from southern Missouri, and this piece speaks to a particular mindset that might be hard to comprehend from the outside. You can read the piece here: https://www.politico.com/amp/news/magazine/2021/07/27/ozarks-lake-covid-unvaccinated-500784 This week, Francis, Carey, and Joe examine the 1997 Jerry Bruckheimer-produced summer blockbuster CON AIR. It's just yet another vehicle for Nic Cage to be out of his mind, but there are some redeeming qualities, right? Well, we'll see if we can get to them when the Zoo Crew homes in on how this film predicted 9/11. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/56632532 *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    Morale is Low at the DHS / MAGA Office (feat. Ken Klippenstein)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 64:50

    This week, Nate and Francis speak with friend of the show and investigative reporter Ken Klippenstein about the various things he's got going on: reporting on DHS, reporting on labor law violations, and reporting on people in the military deciding to refuse one specific vaccine--it's a great time. Ken's got a new story out about how the leaders of the Senate GOP endorsed ‘Afghan Resistance' have actually fled the country. Get it on the Intercept here: https://theintercept.com/2021/09/21/afghanistan-taliban-ahmad-massoud-flee/?utm_campaign=theintercept&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social This week, Francis speaks with secret military lawyer Pat about the recent 'Woke Military' report commissioned by extremely smart Congressman Dan Crenshaw. It's a joke, but it gets to a significant issue: the problems that service members are facing do involve bad organizational practice, but they aren't about 'wokeness' and the only people complaining about that are probably not worth listening to. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/56356910 *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    DadChat: We Will Not Be Mad Online Anymore

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 58:50

    Nate and Francis return to have a DadChat in which we discuss the facts: we're getting older, we can't post as hard anymore, and we just don't want to be mad online. But we're embracing it, and we have hope for those of you worried about the inevitable march of time: you stop caring about dumb things. Hope you enjoy! For this week's bonus, did you know there's a book of 'Violent Nomad Skills' by a former Navy SEAL? Did you know it's deeply, deeply insane? Nate joins our Zoomer correspondent Kevin Frint (@ItsAll_Bullshit) to discuss this in what will become a 2-part review. Get Part 1 on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/56099559 *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    Dogs and Cats First feat. Hussein Kesvani

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 72:24

    This week, Nate speaks with Hussein Kesvani, a notable serious journalist and cohost of Trashfuture and 10,000 Posts podcasts, about a recent phenomenon in Britain: the decision to evacuate a bunch of dogs and cats from Afghanistan while leaving behind all the Afghan staff from the charity involved. We also touch on Taliban super-poster accounts and the ways Global North countries try and demonize refugees at every juncture. For this week's bonus, we've decided to review the 2016 Coast Guard film about a guy who does his job. It's called THE FINEST HOURS and Chris Pine is horribly miscast (he's nowhere near ugly enough). To discuss it, the authenticity of its portrayal, and a lot of digressions about boats, Francis speaks with Carey Shockey (@shocks), our resident coastie and water expert. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/55731709 *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    *UNLOCKED* The Special Psychotic Relationship feat. Alice Caldwell-Kelly

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 2, 2021 64:58

    This week, Nate speaks with Alice Caldwell-Kelly (@AliceAvizandum) from the podcasts Trashfuture, Well There's Your Problem, and Kill James Bond, about the 2009 Armando Ianucci film IN THE LOOP, in which the British TV series 'The Thick of It' visits the topic of the Iraq War and James Gandolfini plays a grumpy American Lieutenant General. Why are politicians in both countries such deranged freaks? What are stereotypes of British general officers? All this and more, this week.   For this week's bonus: Yes, we forced everyone to watch it: one of the dumbest episodes of one of the dumbest shows ever made. Who would win, the real Spartans or the Spartans from the film 300? Learn the answer and experience brain death by signing up on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/55419876   *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    Afghanistan and How You Can Help feat. Arash Azizzada

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 26, 2021 51:38

    This week, Nate speaks with Afghan-American community organizer Arash Azizzada (@87films) about his group Afghans for a Better Tomorrow (@afghanstomorrow, @afghansforabettertomorrow on IG), the work they're doing to advocate for safe passage for Afghans, ways in which the US government could make it easier for people seeking refuge, and what he wishes Americans knew about our country's involvement in Afghanistan (which massively predates 9/11). You can read Arash's recent op-ed from the New York Times here: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/24/opinion/afghanistan-kabul-evacuations.html And sign the petition to lift refugee caps here: https://sign.moveon.org/petitions/president-biden-must-support-the-most-vulnerable-in-afghanistan-as-part-of-the-withdrawal-plan For this week's bonus, the Zoo Crew convenes to discuss Armenia, what being a tank crewman entails, Shocks' stories of nearly dying theatrically on a Coast Guard ship, and Joe accidentally calling a drill sergeant 'dad' because he was that used to getting screamed at. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/55148707 *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    This Is The End feat. Joe Kassabian

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 66:04

    We brought on Joe Kassabian of the Lions Led by Donkeys podcast to discuss the Taliban victory in Afghanistan, and we try to push back against the politicians' line that the Afghan military didn't want to fight--and ask call for everyone who can assist Afghan refugees (even if all you can do is humiliate your elected officials) to do so. For this week's bonus, we're reviewing films that everyone our age loved and that we're sort of embarrassed to like. In this case, Francis had never seen V FOR VENDETTA, and Joe was a shameful teenage fan of the comic books. So, we got the Zoo Crew together to discuss. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/54987946   *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    ‘Reign of Terror' and Untrooping feat. Spencer Ackerman

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 12, 2021 84:11

    This week, Francis and Nate speak with reporter and author Spencer Ackerman about his new book REIGN OF TERROR, a comprehensive history of the War on Terror. Particularly, we home in on the concept of how the culture war created post-9/11 requires veterans to never question the war itself if they want to retain any respected status.  It's a phenomenal book that we both loved, and we strongly recommend you go out and buy it. In fact, if you buy it here you can get it from a local independent bookstore: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781984879776?aff=TAPBookClub For this week's bonus, Francis speaks with defense journalist Kelsey Atherton about his recent piece on Substack covering the long usage-life of weapons and how there are in fact quite a few weapons that have been around for decades, if not centuries. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/54670319 Read the piece on Substack here! https://athertonkd.substack.com/p/the-deuce-the-buff-the-constitution *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    August DadChat: Gardening and Redwall

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 58:13

    If you don't like DadChat then skip this episode! This week, it's a DadChat with Nate and Francis. We discuss gardening, Francis' daughter starting her own podcast on her tablet, why libertarianism appealed to middle class white kids in the Midwest in the 2000s, our mutual fixation on Redwall books as kids, the underappreciated art of actually talented bass guitar players, and much more. For this week's bonus, Nate speaks with Alice Caldwell-Kelly from the podcasts Trashfuture, Well There's Your Problem, and Kill James Bond, about the 2009 Armando Iannucci film IN THE LOOP, in which the British TV series 'The Thick of It' visits the topic of the Iraq War and James Gandolfini plays a grumpy American Lieutenant General. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/54385089 *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    The Antifa Olympics feat. James Stout

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2021 72:46

    This week, Nate speaks with reporter, academic, and cyclist James Stout about the history of Antifa. What started as a reaction to European fascism became a movement often cited and rarely understood, but James's academic research is focused on this topic--and, particularly, the 1936 Popular Olypics, an anti-fascist international competiton cut short by the advent of the Spanish Civil War. You can support James's work on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/Jamesstout   For this week's bonus, Joe and Shocks join Francis to discuss historical instances of draft dodging that involve fleeing into the woods of Alaska, fleeing to Germany, and much more. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/54213692   *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    At Least We Saved Our Souvenirs

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2021 67:50

    Dadchat/weather discussion until: 0:19 until 14:47 Transphobia in the UK discussion: 14:47 until 23:29 Repatriation of Pat Tillman jersey: 23:30 until end This week we discussed a recent story from Stars and Stripes about the repatriation of memorabilia from the Pat Tillman USO at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. In case you didn't know, they named the USO after Pat Tillman despite his only real connection to Bagram being the fact that his remains were transported there and his body armor burned there in order to mask the fact that he died from friendly fire. We have thoughts on the prioritization of American feelings versus the humanitarian catastrophe of the war in Afghanistan. (Story is here: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2021/07/19/what-happened-pat-tillmans-jersey-heres-how-last-americans-bagram-airfield-rushed-secure-mementos.html) For the bonus this week, Francis speaks with writer Erica X. Eisen about her recent Boston Review piece 'Blackness and the Bomb,' discussing the ways in which nuclear defense in the Cold War prefigured a segregated response that would ensure racial boundaries even in the event of a post-nuclear war future. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/53844158 *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    Kings Raising up Kings (On Weed)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2021 62:22

    Dadchat ends at 17:43 We're going to cover the events in Haiti and Cuba next week, but for this week we decided to do an episode where we discussed England's performance in the Euros, the logistics of dropping fish into a lake from a plane, and what it's like for Francis to be a former Midwestern stoner now able to purchase legal weed. This isn't a politics-heavy episode but we enjoyed discussing our takes on what the end of weed prohibition (in certain areas!) means in practice. For the bonus this week, Francis and Joe discuss deranged weapons of the Cold War -- particularly, a nuclear recoilless rifle called the Davy Crockett and a plan for a nuclear-powered unmanned plane that, had it been constructed, would have flown low-level at Mach 3 delivering a fatal dose of nuclear radiation all over its flight path. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/53490393 *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    Interdimensional Jody (A Cautionary Tale)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2021 67:26

    Dadchat ends at 14:57 This week, we read a special investigation about an Army lieutenant colonel who's managed to push the edge of the military's (insane) adultery laws--by faking deployments, faking the death of one of his children, and juggling 6 partners on the side. It's wild! Get the news story here: https://taskandpurpose.com/news/army-officer-affairs-women/ For this week's bonus, Nate explains the 4th of July to Milo and forces him to listen to a deranged listicle from Military dot com about how to make the day even more patriotic. Brain damage was suffered on this episode but we hope you enjoy it. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/53328558 *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    Crowdfunding A Guard Deployment (This Will End Well)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 1, 2021 65:32

    Dadchat ends at 16:28 This week, we discuss news that a shady Republican billionaire is funding a National Guard deployment to the US-Mexico border. This wouldn't happen if South Dakota wasn't run by a psycho, but we're slightly concerned about the precedent. We also discuss the cultural freakout of a large chunk of white Americans over the past 13 years, and what it means given that history, as ever, is repeating itself.   This is the piece we read, replete with military dot com comments sections: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2021/06/29/billionaire-gop-mega-donor-funds-national-guard-mission-us-mexico-border.html   For this week's bonus, we've reconvened the Zoo Crew to discuss Madison Cawthorn being at it again. The political right in America sure do love some freaks, and it seems that it's only getting worse the further down the QAnon rabbit hole these guys travel. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/53005374 *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    The National Guard and Wal-Mart: Closer Than You Think

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 24, 2021 66:16

    Dadchat ends at 11:10 We review two pieces this week. First, we discuss news that the Taliban have captured a huge chunk of Afghanistan's provincial districts since May: https://edition.cnn.com/2021/06/22/americas/afghanistan-taliban-districts-intl/index.html   We also discuss a story from the Washington Post about the National Guard reporting food scarcity and money insolvency because, as Guard veterans know, they intentionally schedule deployments and activations to avoid paying Guard troops the benefits they'd be entitled to on active duty: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2021/06/22/hunger-national-guard-reserves/   For this week's bonus, Francis found an article about how astrology applies to the military, and in order to really get to the heart of this, he spoke with astrology enthusiast and Army PAO Kelsey in order to discuss. Let's just say this piece goes in some wild directions. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/52722111   *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    The Case of 2000 Missing Small Arms

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 17, 2021 68:58

    Dadchat / Truck chat ends at 21:52 This week, Nate and Francis discuss a recent article in the Associated Press about missing military weapons--everything from pistols to 40mm automatic grenade launchers--which are turning up at crime scenes across the US. You can read the article here: https://apnews.com/article/government-and-politics-business-gun-politics-crime-6caba27108d05a8b7c1860959d1ae130 For this week's bonus, it was the sequel no one really wanted and we were going to bring a historian on to discuss, but Joe was busy. So, Francis and Shocks reviewed this film and discussed the ways in which this film continues the legacy of shoehorning weird American culture war arguments into a version of ancient Greek history that is sure to make guys want to buy lifted coal-rollers. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/52346454 *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    A Foray Into English Insanity and the Afghanistan Drawdown

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2021 63:08

        England chat ends at 23:31   We have a story about the German military using a logistics contractor to repatriate all the beer they'd brought to Afghanistan (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-57386704). However, before we could get to that, we had to respond to criticism that we're unfairly biased against Britain. The answer is: yes. So, we discuss some spicier aspects of Britain's central role in the Atlantic slave trade. Hope you enjoy!   For this week's bonus, Francis speaks with defense journalist Kelsey Atherton (@athertonkd) on the topic of AI-enabled weapons, the state of the industry as opposed to its marketing, and the dangers of what may be coming our way if the trend towards automating violence continues. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/51970212   *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    Open Source Nuclear Launch Codes

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 3, 2021 63:35

    Dadchat / weather chat ends at 5:52 New York politics chat ends at 16:59 This week, Nate and Francis discuss a recent story that US Air Force nuclear missile custodians based in Europe accidentally disclosed the locations of their munitions by creating open-source, search-engine-indexed flash cards for study. For our bonus, it’s the Zoo Crew: Francis, Shocks, and Joe discuss a recent self-published book by a serving military officer who claims that the newly-discovered right-wing boogeyman of 'critical race theory' is making the military Marxist. Does that sound insane? It definitely is. Get it on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/posts/51888735 *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    *UNLOCKED* Fort Bragg Murder Swamp

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2021 84:27

    This is an unlocked Patreon bonus episode -- to hear more like it, sign up at https://www.patreon.com/Hellofawaytodie Warning: this episode contains strong depictions of intimate partner violence, murder, and fatal drug use This week, we're speaking with Rolling Stone journalist and Army veteran Seth Harp on the topic of a string of murders and unexplained deaths at Fort Bragg, NC. Did you know a Delta operator murdered a Green Beret in front of his family and no charges were filed? Did you know an enlisted soldier in the 82nd was beheaded while camping and no investigation was conducted for almost a year? Whatever's happening there is grim, and Seth has a lot to say about it. Read Seth's article here: https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/fort-bragg-murders-1153405/

    Your Honor, Trump Made My Client a Moron

    Play Episode Listen Later May 20, 2021 65:37

    Dadchat ends at 10:50 However, it’s followed by Britainchat, which ends at: 27:40 This week, Nate and Francis discuss a TPM article in which it is revealed that the January 6 riot participants are trying to make the case that they have diminished capacity because they watch too much Fox News and that Trump made them do it. Will it work? Who knows, but we also argue for accountability and against double standards, while also trying (maybe failing) to walk an anti-carceral line. For this week’s bonus, Francis and Shocks discuss a recent letter by retired officers claiming that the military has been infiltrated by 'Cultural Marxism.' This is, of course, bananas, but that doesn't stop this particular kind of thing getting written. Why did they do it? What did they say? Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/51334765 *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    We Had to Drone Strike Minnesota to Save It feat. Ken Klippenstein

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2021 55:00

    This week, Nate speaks with Intercept journalist Ken Klippenstein about two recent stories of his -- one on the topic of the US DOJ threatening to prosecute MIT researchers for questioning allegations of fraud in Bolivia, and the other on the topic of CBP spending hundreds of millions of dollars on anti-drone technology, to include proposals for armed drones under their command. Sounds normal to me! For this week’s bonus, we're speaking with Rolling Stone journalist and Army veteran Seth Harp on the topic of a string of murders and unexplained deaths at Fort Bragg, NC. Did you know a Delta operator murdered a Green Beret in front of his family and no charges were filed? Did you know an enlisted soldier in the 82nd was beheaded while camping and no investigation was conducted for almost a year? Whatever's happening there is grim, and Seth has a lot to say about it. Get the episode on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/51086638 Read Seth's article here: https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/fort-bragg-murders-1153405/ *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    The Generals Are Displeased: Europe Edition feat. Milo Edwards

    Play Episode Listen Later May 6, 2021 61:05

    This week, Nate is joined in studio by friend of the show and repeat guest Milo Edwards (@Milo_Edwards) of the Trashfuture and Masters of Our Domain podcasts, to discuss the recent story about French generals threatening to do a coup against Emmanuel Macron if he isn’t even more Islamophobic. We also discuss a similar phenomenon in Britain, in which the specter of a military coup was wielded to threaten Jeremy Corbyn. Check out Milo’s live stand-up show (to be streamed over Zoom!) on May 30th here: gignify.co/miloedwardspindos For this week’s bonus, Francis speaks with Will Nguyen, also known as the Star Trek Commie (@boomerniner) about Star Trek's communist underpinnings, the way it represents different modes of production, the different conflicts it represents (and the dark side of the Federation), and why it's fun to just talk about it for hours. Get it on Patreon here:  The article about Will is available here: https://www.startrek.com/news/the-star-trek-communist-hopes-star-trek-can-inspire-a-real-revolution *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    We’ll Definitely Spend that $800 Billion Responsibly

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2021 60:37

    Dadchat ends at 11:52! You have been warned! Have you heard that the Pentagon budget is going up more? Yes, even more. What is that spent on? Well, a lot of it is spent on dumb garbage that gets disposed of creatively, and we’re here to discuss it. However,  before we talk about that, we talk about a story about an Army Major getting imprisoned in a Polish sex dungeon while blackout, in which strippers bit him to keep him awake while running his credit card. Field-grades: don’t let it happen to you! The story is here: https://taskandpurpose.com/news/us-army-officer-poland-obsession/ Our discussion of the Army’s property system, and the sheer volume of waste we’ve seen in our own time in uniform, starts at 22:32. For this week’s bonus, we ask some important questions. Why is the DoD spending money on memes? Why does anyone think this will influence our 'adversaries?' What sort of propaganda is this? To analyze this entire phenomenon, Francis brought on Shocks and Joe to discuss it in detail. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/50316927 *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    One Down, The Entire System of Policing to Go

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 22, 2021 57:22

    This week, we react to the news of Derek Chauvin’s conviction, discuss a story of a drill sergeant who got arrested for assault and battery of an unarmed Black man because he has a terminal case of cop brain, and all the reasons why it is incumbent on veterans to debaathify their own heads. For this week’s bonus, we ask important questions. Why does Missouri produce so many bonkers politicians? Why is it that, in order to get elected, you have to be full on blood-and-soil white nationalist? Well, we happen to have two Missouri experts here to give you the lowdown on what the national GOP will be in about 5-10 years. Joining us once again is friend of the show Brock Wilbur, a KCMO resident and a long-suffering observer of the state's politics. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/50180777 *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    We Promise, We’re Actually “Leaving” Afghanistan

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 15, 2021 58:40

    Well, they’ve said we’re leaving Afghanistan for good! This will certainly be different than all the other times we’ve supposedly left, because while there won’t be any “combat troops,” that won’t include special operations or any Afghan auxiliaries under the command of the CIA. So, that means we’re leaving, right? DadChat ends at 11:34! For this week’s bonus, we have to drop some knowledge on you: the cruise ship industry is weird and variegated. There's a 311-themed cruise, a cruise where you meet Foghat, Disney cruises, Kid Rock cruises, and so much more. Why? No one knows, but Francis has done the legwork to expose all of it, and he explains it to the rest of the Zoo Crew. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/49897036   *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    How Did This Class System Get Into My Imperial Navy?

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 8, 2021 63:44

    This week, Nate and Francis discuss a viral story about a Navy officer based in Japan accused of writing a letter about why he doesn’t want to live among ‘deviant’ enlisted troops. Who knows if the letter is real? What we do know is that the Navy absolutely loves to segregate between officer and enlisted, more so than most other branches, and also it’s an opportunity for us to read the comments section on military dot com and find the true gems. DadChat ends at 12:47! For this week’s bonus, Francis has brought  journalist Jasper Craven about Zoomer fascist congressman Madison Cawthorne, his weird proximity to veterans and lies about admittance to the US Naval Academy, and why we're probably stuck with him. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/49675750 Jasper wrote a piece about this topic which is available here: https://thebaffler.com/latest/vacuous-valor-craven Jasper has a substack and you should absolutely sign up for it: https://battleborne.substack.com/ *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    Contractually Speaking, the War Cannot End

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2021 52:36

    This week, Nate and Francis discuss a recent CNN article that examines how the U.S. Government might be on the hook for billions of dollars in settlements or lawsuits if the war in Afghanistan ends on time. Why? Because the DOD has kept issuing contracts for services in Afghanistan that extend to 2026 and in some cases beyond. The CNN article is here: https://edition.cnn.com/2021/03/29/politics/pentagon-contractors-afghanistan/index.html   DadChat ends at 9:40!   For this week’s bonus: Francis keeps getting stupid cold-pitch emails from a veteran thought leader and, despite having been told to listen to the show, he simply will not quit. So, to make sense of the situation, he consulted with Joe Kassabian and Carey Shockey. This episode gets to the bottom of the vet-fluencer phenomenon, why it's so uniformly right-wing or crypto-right-wing, and why you shouldn't listen to these people. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/49127050   *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    When Pop Pop Goes to War with the Deep State

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 25, 2021 61:46

    We were not entirely surprised to read the story this week about a man who looks like Saddam Hussein in a spider hole attacking a National Guard convoy in Texas. Although they haven’t gotten to the bottom of it yet, it’s pretty safe to assume it’s some Q sort of thing, and we discuss a lot about what the responsibility of tech platforms is versus arguments about free speech.   DadChat ends at 10:57!   For this week’s bonus, the Zoo Crew is back: Joe, Carey, and Francis review the 1996 John Woo film FACE/OFF, which has some.... things that didn't age well. You can get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/49038290   *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    Pay No Attention to Those Kids in Cages feat. Sam Knight

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2021 60:15


    In 2019 we had a bonus episode featuring Sam Knight of the District Sentinel (@TheDCSentinel) to discuss his predictions about the 2020 Presidential election. Well, at least in as far as the primary was concerned, he called it exactly right. So, we brought Sam back on to talk about what we’ve seen since Biden assumed office--all the good, bad, and ugly.   Sam is also a correspondent for Means TVs “Means Morning News,” (@MMNonMeansTV),    For this week’s bonus, we’re joined by the cast of the Well There's Your Problem podcast to discuss the story of the M2 Bradley Armored Fighting Vehicle. What is the deal with this thing? It's not a tank, but it might as well be a tank in almost every capacity. How did it get made, and what does the future hold for giant clown turrets? Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/48771869   *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang


    The Divine Right of Idiots feat. Cynthia Bethea

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 11, 2021 56:09

    We figured that, if you’ve followed the news lately, you’ve probably heard about the recent debacle with the British royal family and the Oprah Winfrey interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. This is an expressly anti-royalty podcast, but to discuss the particular dynamics of British racism and the experience of being a Black American woman married to a slightly younger redhead who is kind of a moron and fought in Afghanistan, Cynthia Bethea joins us this week. For this week's bonus, Francis speaks with defense journalist Oriana Pawlyk about what the Space Force actually is and does -- and the fact that it's not going away, despite it being Trump's signature plaything. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/48465304 *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    You Can’t Vaccinate a Rock, Drill Sergeant!

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 4, 2021 60:31

    This week, Nate and Francis discuss the recent news that the military may require service members to take the covid-19 vaccine (much like it requires other vaccines) now that the FDA has approved it. So, why does the military have, on average a 30% refusal rate for the vaccine? And what really is going on with vaccination in the US? (source: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2021/03/01/military-may-revisit-making-covid-19-vaccines-mandatory-after-fda-grants-approval.html?fbclid=IwAR1AOgpMr4DAiNm4Rbm1eXg31QH5mtTRQiBuCFt4hbRAJv2vX4um-rHvyWQ)   Also discussed: has the military actually helped reduce the risk of extinction for one species of woodpecker? Yes. Does this mean the military is good at ecology? No. (source: https://www.npr.org/2021/03/02/972486093/how-the-military-helped-bring-back-the-red-cockaded-woodpecker?fbclid=IwAR049XUxWdH-RAHhHKmi7mg6oPW1tqMKuLF1DXctuSveFoTuY7-9OEP1hK8&t=1614799637267)   This week's bonus is a combined Hell of a Way / Lions Led by Donkeys episode in which Joe relates to us the story of Valentine Strasser, the Sierra Leonean army captain (and specialist at heart) who took over a country and decided to change its national anthem to a disco tune -- among a LOT of other things. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/48207919   *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    Should You Move to Alaska for the Money? (No)

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2021 60:23

    This was supposed to be an episode with a detailed, thought-out script. However, we got on the topic of bad weather and the state of Alaska, and by the end of it we found we’d devoted 40 minutes to The Last Frontier. So, it’s more of a DadChat than anything else! We do discuss a recent video of terrible CQB training at 10th Mountain, and why you should probably stop training if it looks like your soldiers are going to shoot each other (this conversation starts at 39:43). You can watch the video yourself here: https://twitter.com/woobie_1_kenobi/status/1363529993788272646?s=19 For this week’s bonus, we've got Carey and Joe back to have yet another zoo crew session, this time to discuss (among other things) the way that video games become popular representations of American military history. This (and all DadChat / Zoo Crew episodes) are available on the Patreon for $1 a month. Get it here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/47841741 *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    How Did Antifa Install These Wind Turbines?

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 18, 2021 61:13

    For any of this to make sense, it must be understood that Texas has a power grid comprised of 95% fossil fuel and nuclear sources. And yet somehow, in the minds of the chuds and Republicans, those wind farms are the reason that Texas’ extremely libertarian grid cannot function in a winter storm. Nate and Francis get to the bottom of this conundrum, to include a Marine Todd reading of a recent Texas mayor’s public statement. For this week’s bonus, you get a full hour of Francis, Shocks, and Joe Kassabian discussing a variety of topics -- but with special emphasis on the Insane Clown Posse and what it means to Midwesterners. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/47556191 *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    In Which We Become the Old Heads Complaining

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 11, 2021 61:19

    We took the time to discuss a recent Washington Post article about the military doing a stand-down day for combating white nationalism in the ranks. However, it took us about 30 minutes to get there, because we decided to talk about the weather, ‘90s alt-rock, the military’s secret plan for a ‘gay bomb,’ and much more. DadChat / fun chat ends at 28:19 You can read about the gay bomb here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gay_bomb You can get Francis’ ‘90s suburban white kid alt-rock playlist here: For this week’s bonus, Francis is chatting with Army veteran, actual medic, EMT, and antifascist Scotty Blue (@blue_scotty). They discuss becoming a 68W, what it's like to try and be a medic outside of the military, what the hell is up in Portland, and what to expect if you do in fact want to protest. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/47281844 *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw  You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    Antifreeze Gets Me Lifted

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 4, 2021 59:09

    Why on earth were 11 soldiers hospitalized at Fort Bliss, Texas for drinking ethylene glycol? Well, there’s a whole extended universe of ‘things soldiers do to get hammered in the field / on deployment’, and who better to examine this phenomenon than a huge nerd officer who never did anything illegal and the NCO who made gallons of prison wine in Iraq.   We do a bit of DadChat at the beginning, but the main section starts at 7:27.   This week’s bonus features Francis discussing bootleg Barts and other Gulf War memorabilia with NY Magazine writer Matt Stieb. You can get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/46928239 *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw  You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang    

    In Search of British Tom Cotton feat. Milo Edwards

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 28, 2021 56:20


    It is the opinion of this show that the whole Tom Cotton Ranger thing is not a big deal or worth caring about. However, for the benefit of the doubt, Nate explains this in the episode with Milo Edwards (@Milo_Edwards), in which they also cover the types of British veteran politicians and why they’re weird and different to American eyes. Hope you enjoy! This week’s bonus episode features Francis in discussion with a Navy veteran about the topic that has so long puzzled us: what is the Navy, and what does it do? Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/46611804 *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw  You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang


    Farewell to the Big, Wet President

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2021 62:53

    Let us state for the record that we hate Trump and we are happy he’s gone. But we also feel it’s important to recount some the highlights/lowlights of his tenure, how absurd it’s all been, how much older and more exhausted we feel after 4 years, and so much more. Because here is a president who hates sharks, stares at eclipses, is obsessed with badgers, and is easily the dumbest man to ever breathe air.   For this week’s bonus, Francis is talking anti-war organizing in military towns with David Parsons, a historian and the author of 'Dangerous Grounds: Antiwar Coffeehouses and Military Dissent in the Vietnam Era.' The episode is available on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/posts/46382926   David is also the cohost of the Nostalgia Trap podcast, which you can check out here.    *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw  You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang    

    Facsism? In My Forever War?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2021 62:18

    Well, we’re a bit late to the party, as we were recording our episode last Wednesday prior to The Event. But you can rest assured that we were not surprised to discover that the mob on Capitol Hill included lots of veterans and active duty military. In this episode, we talk about what 20 years of war have done to the American psyche, and why we think the people who count themselves as ‘not part of the problem’ are simply mistaken. This week’s bonus is a special treat of labor history, as Francis forced Joe Kassabian and Carey Shockey to watch the 1992 Disney musical NEWSIES. You will most definitely enjoy their reactions. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/46083542 *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw  You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    It’ll Be Different This Time!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2021 61:03

    This week, we discuss the election results in Georgia, have a long aside about what America did in Central America in the 1980s, and genuinely predict that the Dems’ worst nightmare has come to pass: now they have to govern! We also had a bonus DadChat/New England Chat this week with Shocks and Joe Kassabian, and you can get it on the Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/45820091 *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw  You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang  

    *UNLOCKED* Why Is Carl Higbie feat. Jasper Craven

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2020 48:39

    We’re off this week, but we’ve unlocked a bonus episode from earlier in the year. Francis speaks with journalist Jasper Craven about the right-wing veteran mythos and why ex-SEAL Carl Higbie will probably survive the Trump administration and factor in our lives for a while, despite being a huge piece of garbage. Jasper has a substack and you should absolutely sign up for it:  https://battleborne.substack.com/people/2318067-jasper-craven If you want more bonus content like this, access it on our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/Hellofawaytodie *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw  You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang  

    *UNLOCKED* Cognitive Dungeons and Dragons Therapy feat. Jared and Elizabeth Kilmer

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2020 49:07

    We're off this week, but we've unlocked a bonus episode from March in which Francis speaks with Jared and Elizabeth Kilmer from Game to Grow, an organization that uses tabletop gaming in therapy. Specifically, they discuss how they've seen tabletop gaming work to support therapy for veterans, and how roleplaying can be therapeutic in a variety of contexts. Hope you enjoy! If you want more bonus content like this, access it on our Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/Hellofawaytodie *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw  You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang        

    Operation Bunker Busting New Brunswick

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2020 60:19

    The word on the street (by which we mean the feeds of extremely Q-pilled individuals on twitter) is that the Chinese PLA tried to invade Maine via New Brunswick but were stopped when their entire force was killed by one 14-ton bunker buster that left no trace. 50,000 PLA troops dead with all evidence obliterated. To assess the military significance of this, we decided to report on it.   For this week's bonus, we've brought on our Zoomer correspondent Kevin Frint (@ItsAll_Bullshit) to discuss a full playthrough of the recent Call of Duty release with Nate. You might not like it, but this is the way that people are going to assume the actual Cold War went down. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/45005019   *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw  You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    The Fort Hood Report: Horrifying and Also Unsurprising

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 10, 2020 62:12

    The Army released a report into the handling of sexual assault prevention at Fort Hood, TX, and it’s proof that the institution doesn’t care about anything besides protecting itself. We offer our thoughts and why we feel it underscores our previous point: don’t enlist. You can read the report in its entirety here: https://www.army.mil/e2/downloads/rv7/forthoodreview/2020-12-03_FHIRC_report_redacted.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0JrfDs8rT-Y7OYdtvsT7FM2JORabaPIctk2Y-b35Le5AXdz8ftFqCRQgs We also talk about a recent claim by a former Israeli government official that there is a secret alien confederation and bases on Mars. Probably safe to doubt this one? This week’s bonus is a TroopChat/DadChat with Joe Kassabian, Carey Shockey, and Francis. Have you ever heard about the British academic who really loved the Khmer Rouge? Learn about his story and more: https://www.patreon.com/posts/44668830 *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw  You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    FRAGO: You Only Get to Drop Acid When We MKULTRA You

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 3, 2020 59:46

    This week, we read a Task and Purpose article about how 2nd Division Marines are apparently really into doing LSD. Which, quite frankly, we support: for one because we think that by and large drugs are fine, and for another because this is the logical consequence of the military’s actual drug policy, which makes it almost impossible to use cannabis without getting caught, but makes it much easier to take harder drugs. Here is the article in question: https://taskandpurpose.com/news/marine-corps-lsd-problem/   We do a bit of DadChat in this episode, but the main segment starts at 7:59.   For this week’s bonus, Shocks and Joe Kassabian join Francis to discuss the Rudy Giuliani phenomenon: why is he so insane? What’s happened to him since the days of being the 9/11 mayor, and how did he go from anti-Mafia Republican prosecutor to… this? Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/44381527   *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw  You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    When Your Veteran Coffee Isn’t Fascist Enough

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2020 62:46

      This week, we’re discussing the recent fall from grace that Black Rifle Coffee Company has experienced in the opinions of insane MAGA freaks--its core audience--because it refused to endorse or sponsor a 17-year-old accused of murdering BLM protesters. That’s right! The Big Racist Coffee Company wasn’t right-wing enough.   The story we read from is available here: https://www.thedailybeast.com/black-rifle-coffee-was-maga-royalty-until-it-turned-on-kyle-rittenhouse   Here is a link to Ka’u Coffee Mill, which Nate mentioned: https://kaucoffeemill.com/   And here is a link to the Coffee Fool: https://coffeefool.com/   In this week's bonus, Francis and Bryan from the Street Fight Radio podcast discuss all sorts of dadchat issues -- watching movies with your spouse, whether or not the Army trains you on knives, better qualities of weed available in 2020, and much more. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/44228023 *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw  You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    Cure Your Ennui with PTSD

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2020 62:03

    Why did the Marines make a video that basically says you should join in order to be less online? Why did the Army arrest a chaplain in Kuwait for wearing headphones? Why do we think it’s unlikely that anyone will ever fully withdraw troops from Iraq and Afghanistan? This week, we dive into all of these, and more.   Here is the article about the Kuwait arrest: https://www.armytimes.com/off-duty/military-culture/2020/11/17/army-national-guard-chaplain-deployed-to-kuwait-detained-by-mps-for-wearing-headphones/?fbclid=IwAR0bF14CqriZpJ0qQD-271NPWderXAe1erHyTXk4FZvyhl41uCY2R_TqtRs   For this week’s bonus, Francis brought Joe and Shocks back on to discuss Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Despite being a sci-fi author, Joe had never watched it -- so now we get to talk all about it, to include the weird tropes that the Ferengi represent, Chief O'Brien's constant use of creative slurs for the Romulans, and much more. Get it on Patreon here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/43938028   *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw  You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang

    Poppygeddon Explained feat. Milo Edwards

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2020 67:25

    Well, it seems Biden won and we’re settling back into the usual run of being outraged at the Dems being bad (while never forgetting that the Republicans are basically comic book villains). However, since we recorded this episode on the most troop-respecting of days, we decided to discuss Veterans Day and its British counterpart, Armistice Day. We brought on friend of the show Milo Edwards (@milo_edwards) of the Trashfuture podcast to discuss it. This week’s bonus features Francis, Shocks, and Joe Kassabian discussing the 2019 documentary TREAD, a long-form exploration of the Killdozer saga. What made a guy go crazy in Colorado and build an armored bulldozer that he used to destroy his home city? Find out by listening here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/43728821   *SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT* We now have a storefront to sell the patches, buttons, and magnets that we also give out as flair for our $10 tier. Buy some sweet gear here:  https://www.hellofawaytodie.com/shop We have a YouTube channel now -- subscribe here and get sweet videos from us in which we yell in our cars like true veterans: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwlHZpNTz-h6aTeQiJrEDKw  You can follow the show on Twitter here: @HellOfAWay Follow Nate here: @inthesedeserts Follow Francis here: @ArmyStrang  

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