Paris was attacked. It was horrible and horrible people need to be punished for it. But there is more to it than that. Andy Echele joins again to discuss the Paris attacks, it's implications and everything surrounding it. Should we fear ISIS? This is a major question brought up in the show and discussed at length. Is Obama to blame for any of it? This is discussed in detail to.
This all leads to a focus on the Syrian refugees that seem to be a focal point of the hate at this point. Mark and Andy discuss if there is a need for the refugees in the USA. Also, should the US citizens view them in a worried way. Should this wave of terrorism be thrown on the souls of people fleeing Syria just looking for another place to live and not die.
Finally, Mark and Andy get down and dirty cause Mark has been seeing some memes regarding the country's lack of Veteran care in the way of their 50-60,000 homeless former military people. Mark has a serious problem with this cause these stats are being used to promote anti-Refugee vibes and nothing more. Mark finds his muse by reading a piece by Jim Wright (@stonekettle on twitter) regarding his views on this homeless veteran situation. Jim is a former military man himself and veteran.
All this and much more on this episode of the Q!
The University of Missouri is up in arms currently cause the students feel that they're complaints about racial issues are not being taken seriously. This has thrust the University into the national spotlight regarding racial issues and the state and country are split. But there seems to not be a lot of examples to hang our hats on and Mark welcomes Adny Echele on the show to illuminate these relatively non-existent issues that seem to have no pictures or video/audio proof.
Then the two take on a story that Andy brings to the table about Oklahoma law enforcement and how they have a new rule. Now, officers of the law, whether on duty or not, are absolved from being involved in certain situations when they announce they are a police officer. Andy feels this is a slippery slope and Mark tee's off on Andy after a little more research.
Also Mark and Andy decide to play a game. Andy is a former member of the military and with Veterans Day fresh in the minds of US citizens, Mark breaks out a game of "Were they a Veteran?" Mark poses multiple famous people to Andy and it's his job to figure out if they were indeed in the military at any time in their life! Finally Mark and Andy tackle a letter from a listener, something special for everyone!
Shane Presley of the Rock Paper Podcast decides to sit in with Mark and Producer Bobby to talk about his love of podcasting and the formation of his show. Shane explains his background of what got him involved in the local scene and his love of music and comedians. This sends Mark down the path of bringing up the background of comedians (not all, just many)and how they tend to be people that are broken in some form or fashion on a personal level...and thats what drives them to be successful comedians.
Next Mark runs into a rant hes been holding on to for a while. You ever goto the grocery store and when you are finished checking out, the cashier asks if you wanna donate a dollar to a charity. Well this has set off Mark on an epic rant about our society and how many places have picked this up and run with it over the past few years. Also the guys discuss the story of a man, his tooth and a wedding ring! Only in Merica!
Finally, Mark and Bobby throw Shane on the HOT SEAT to find out a little more about the man that has decided to brave the studios of the Q.
Producer Bobby comes back for a spell to discuss the lack of professional courtesy the Q was shown recently regarding a PR company in the St. Louis Area. Mark and Bobby talk about how many giveaways the Q has done to benefit the fans of the show and how they have never been treated as disrespectfully as they were recently with a "haunted house" in STL.
Then they switch gears to discuss a female student in South Carolina that was asked to leave a classroom by a school security officer and she refused. So the officer took things into his own hands and forcibly removed her from the classroom. This set off a nationwide debate again regarding the treatment of people by law enforcement, which sends the STL guys back into a discussion on Ferguson and Mark's theory on how to handle the police.
Finally Mark and bobby handle a letter from a listener about someone whose ex has a terrible disease is constantly being promiscuous when they shouldn't be.