Our next Tournament of Pop Culture has the best Summer Movies (movies based in or around summer) as we came live for Always Forward Media to the Urban Arts Expo at the BottomLine in Soulard, MO. Some true heavyweights of Film on this competition and will you agree with the winner? Did you pick it to go all the way. Well we break it down on this Tournament of Pop Culture.
On this new episode of the Q, St. Louis funnyman and actor Jonathan May joins to discuss the Afghanistan take over by the Taliban.
First up Mark and Jonathan discuss the take over of Afghanistan by the Taliban! As with anything within touching distance of Trump, this entire thing wreaks of bad Trump decisions and trying to leave people holding the bag. The soldiers in the field were already living and working in Afghanistan, so this is nothing new for them. It's new to people in the USA on social media. So the men discuss in realms of American voters and what they should be paying attention to.
Next up, the guys discuss the anti-vaccine people and how their decisions are affecting the day to day life of people in America. Mark forgets his friends name but that brings up the fact that many people are crazy with their hatred of the vaccine. Jonathan brings up Chet Hanks and how his father couldn't possibly be proud to be associated with his son. This leads to a discussion about people that are conspiracy theorists and how they never grab on to educated science in life.
Finally, Mark wants to discuss diversity in media and specifically brings up this past Olympics coverage by NBC and how he is noticing it more and more with the panels of people they are choosing. But things take years to slowly implement and is this being shoved down peoples throats, or are we there now? Mark gets surprised by some info from Mr. May and it may make him understand better. You decide. All this and more from this episode of the Q.
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Mark is joined by Gary Weed and Jason Kull for this romp through life in 2021....on this episode:
Facebook Jail is an issue for many and they have discussed it multiple times on the show...but this is the current set of stories and reasons why our favorite guests in their current time-outs!
Simone Biles has already achieved more than many in her sport ever will. The consumate professional, she decided to back out of a few olympic events at the last moment. The world went into backlash mode with many accusing her of being weak and taking a spot from someone that deserved it. The guys discuss all of it and the backlash too.
And Finally, Mark cam across a unique post that alluded to something in the Mormon religion. He wasn't sure about it, but decided "hey WTF, why not" and brought it out in the open on the show. Needless to say, it is worth your listening to it. From there things go off the rails but in a good way. And remember we are not prejudice towards any religion or people....but funny is always gonna be funny.
Mark made a decision not to long ago to come back to the sport of Professional Wrestling and this episode just goes through some things he's thought about on his way back into the business. Mark invited Marcus Boston to join him on this forray into discussion and some of the things he's working on.
But not all is lost....Jen Psaki is the press secretary for Joe Biden. And his team is not taking any guff from anyone when it comes to painting things with a veiled brush. Psaki took it to Steve Doocy from Fox News about his way of spinning a question to make it look evil, when in all honesty it is a common thing. Check out the discussion on between Mark and Marcus on that accord. Plus, Trump taking pot shots and they are failing constantly.
Next up is the fact Mark noticed recently that kids don't have favorite commercials like we had growing up prior to 2010. All they know are the commercials that interrupt their Youtube and some late night infomercials. Marcus and Mark take a dive and discuss these things.
But this finally leads to Mark showing how indelible life really is and Mark challenges Marcus to listen to some classic TV shows themes and figure out if he knew them or not. Do you know them...probably...but it's always fun finding out again!
We have a fun thing we have been doing for years on the Q called the Tournament of Pop Culture.
When we were approached by Always Forward Media for some live shows, we decided to break out the format and try it in front of a live crowd. It worked great and people have been asking for more ever since.
On this first live forray, Mark Bland and Gary Weed host the Best Will Smith Movie as their first attempt. So many great movies to choose from and what Mark originally thought was a easy slam dunk...turned into quite the TOPC.
So listen and enjoy....and what do you think is the movie that the people voted on? Also do you agree? What movie surprised you?
All this and much more in this first ever LIVE Tournament of Pop Culture.
Southwest Owes Me for sure. Mark comes home fresh from one of the bigger vacations him and the family has been on for the first time since before Covid. Mark took the kids to Disney World but the Trip did not get off on the right note and Mark is here to spill all the tea on that situation and put Southwest Airlines in their place.
On top of that, Jonathan May joins the show to discuss the Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul boxing match, and the upcoming Woodley vs. Jake Paul fight. Did it live up to the hype that they portrayed in the media...the guys talk about that.
Coming out of Covid, a ton of businesses are finding it tough to staff and fill voids left by the year and half long Covid downturn. Is this the CEO's faults and business owners...OR....are people being more lazy now and is it because of government payouts? Should companies waste there time on trying to lure in new people or spend the time to keep the loyal trained employees happy. The guys discuss this and every aspect.
Since becoming partnered with the Always Forward Media Group, Mark Bland and The Q have some cool things planned.
On this episode of the Q, we debut the show called Another Fxcking Monday. Monday's are different for everyone and everyone has differing mondays in their lives. Some people's Mondays start on Thursday, for others it just the typical Monday is Monday....regardless there is a whole week worth of work that has to be done on your Monday!
First up Marcus Boston and Mark Bland discuss Pride months and their value to society in 2021. Who can have one, who can't and why it all matters anyway. This is is a deep discussion on race and religion and all of it, but it's a discussion deep with conversation and worthy of your ears to make you think.
This leads to a discussion on reparations and how they should be handled in the USA, if they happen at all. Who should get paid? What makes this person worthy and that family not? Mark and Marcus tackle these hard hitting questions!
Finally, Mark and Marcus discuss how people and 2021 should be viewed in the annuls of history. Were we better people? Were we worse people? Was all the in-fighting and insurrection stuff worthwhile or a expensive waste of time?
All this and more will be answered on this special episode of The Q!
Jonathan May and Mark Bland decide to tackle some cultural things like they are used to discussing.
First up Mark has an issue with people coming after him for discussing the Semantic aspect of a online convo he was having recently. People accused him of being insensitive because he discussed the definitions and primitive language of past time periods and how words were and weren't used in specific times. Was he in the wrong, you decide after listening.
Next Mark presents Jon with some Shower thoughts....things that make you go hmmm... and make you think deeper about some things in your world you might not have been thinking about!
Finally, Jon and Mark take on the listeners and their thoughts they write out to Mark on a weekly basis. Sometimes they say amazing things that everyone can agree with...but other times they say things that make you go Hmmm...but the gents break down all the thoughts and ideas and bring you the funny on this new episode of the Q!
Oh another amazing week and another amazing Q show.
Producer Bobby and Jason Kull drop by to discuss all the happenings in the world. The show starts off discussing the recent Always Forward Media get together and how the Tournament of Pop Culture went over so well! This leads to a discussion about Will Smith movies, but not giving away the winner, some of what was discussed on the taping of that TOPC!
Next the guys get into discussing the St. Louis side of things and why they constantly gravitate towards propping up horrible people locally. Whether it be a Josh Hawley or a Leonard Little, or whoever...from the media to the papers, to the online side...STL loves propping up the worst offenders and leaving the decent people by the wayside for a few clicks. But if they worked to promote decent shows like The Q or Journey through LBS, or any other decent program...the notoriety from the market would Triple!
Finally this walks into a discussion about facebook jail and how many people are posting about it. But, as Mark states, is this some attack on morals? Or....is facebook just putting a face and name to people who are too scared to commit offline crime, but willing to show who they really are online? Maybe the people deserve the jail. The guys discuss this and much more on the Q!
Ahhh the business of being in media. It sounds cool to a lot of people but that one hour seems to be the toughest in the world to fill even with people driven to do it.
Welcome to the new Q. Mark Bland sits down and goes solo on this newest of episodes.
Mark discusses the Derek Chauvin trial coming to an end...The Daunte Wright situation....the Adam Toledo shooting....Police brutality.....Media company "Questions of the Day".....Maxine Waters....and much much more!
Check out this new Q and let us know what you think.
"No Reasonable Person would ever believe what we were telling them."...This is what Sydney Powell said after she was sued for 1.3 billion dollars by Dominion Voting Systems after she falsified information in a public manner leading to the tarnishment and defamation of their brand. She only said these things in the hopes of making Donald Trump happy. And he is never happy.
On this episode we are greeted and welcome Jason Kull back to the show to discuss the George Floyd trial that is currently happening in Minneapolis. We also touch on the Sydney Powell lawsuit a smidge.
But this show is a rundown of the current events and we start with the death of rapper DMX and the Queen's husband Prince Phillip, who passed at 99 years old!
On the heels of this is the new political story of Matt Gaetz and his need to date and take underage women (aka children) across state lines to hang out and pay them with Venmo...a digital footprint of unbelievable magnitude. This is craziness! And these are the same people reaching out to Trump for support in their down times. Guess what Trump did....listen and find out!
Finally, Mark and Jason take some interesting things and breka them down for the people out there...plus at what point does the political party and the legislature follow through on these treasonous things done on Jan 6th? Is it okay for Trump and lawmakers to get away with starting this issue. There are people that supported Trump heavily that have their lives turned upside down now because they followed trumps orders....but Trump is just fine in his palace in Mar-A-Lago...
All this and much more on this episode of the Q! Subscribe and share with your friends on social media.
DJ Gelner is a friend of the Q and hasn't been on in quite some time. But that all changes with this new episode. DJ is back and we are rearing for some more fun on the Q.
Right off the bat it couldn't be contained, DJ and Mark jump into Biden and the job he's been doing since Trump left office. The guys discuss the effectiveness of Biden in the first few months and praise him for the stimulus and deterrents to the COVID virus that he fast tracked.
This leads to another discussion about the treatment of Asian Americans on the heels of a mass shooting in Atlanta, where a man went to multiple spa's and killed 8 people 6 being Asian American. Is there true Asian American hate, or is the story bigger than the argument? But the best part is that he blamed a special thing for why he did it....something you won't believe...find out what!
Finally, This all leads to a discussion on Conspiracy and how it warps the minds of the people that believe it. Mark and DJ discuss the QAnon people, the alien people, the Lizard people, and even the religious fanatics that act the same exact way as the rest of them. All this and much more on this episode of The Q!
Gary Weed and Producer Robert Hickman join the show today to discuss some major sports world discussions!
First up Tom Brady (Mark's secret love) has made it back to the Superbowl for another shot at a 7th ring! Will he do it, or maybe not....Also Aaron Rogers is in the news for losing and people wondering what happens with his team and his position. The guys also find out that Deshaun Watson is leaving Houston for greener pastures and the guy try and figure out what is going to be the best spot for him in the NFL.
Mark then talks about the pendulum swing of politics and how the world keeps swinging back and forth from extremes. Whether it's from Bush to Obama or from Obama to Trump...it seems the cancel culture is now coming offline and making decisions on the world. Mark and the guys discuss.
Finally we got the world on it's side dealing with Kelly Anne Conway using social media for revenge porn against her own daughter...AND... It seems the online stock guys figured out that they can control the stock market and make a company like GameStop ("GME" on the ticker) worth a ton of cash. Mark and the guys discuss all this and much more!
Well the insurrection is over and the Trump supporters did not succeed at all. They have become the butt of many jokes, but is it the end of Trump?
Mike Eise and Gary Weed joined to do a show and discuss the Capitol Riot fallout and other stuff.
The Guys discuss what is going to happen now. We know there will be a peaceful transfer of power, but will Trump be there or not. The guys discuss the potential for future rioting and insurrection in the US.
People are online and around the world feeling like patriotism wasn't upheld. Do you feel patriotic right now? Or do you feel like your patriotism is gone. We discuss all of this and more on this episode of the Q show!
It's January 6th and Mark Bland, with Jason Kull, did not expect to be doing a show focused around this at all.
See for years Mark has been dealing with a rogue element of politics which is this behind the scenes 4 Chan, QAnon, Trump Supporter conspiracy talk that others aren't researching or needing to watch. Through out the years, Mark has come on the Q and explained that there are rumblings that Trump can do this, or would do this other thing. But those are usually "theory" more than anything that would ever play out....until January 6th, 2021.
Mark and Jason have watched Donald Trump and Guiliani stand at a podium in front of Trump supporters and promote open insurrection against the US Capitol Building where VP Mike Pence is doing the electoral count. Off the well wishes of the US President and others, the seditious FEW have decided to invade the Capitol Building and killing 5 people (at the time of taping only 1/2 were known to have perished) in their wake. Destorying chambers, the rotunda and stealing things while breaking into computers and offices breaking federal laws.
In the wildest of events, Jason Kull and Mark Bland try to makes sense of what is happening and what should be happening from here on out. It's a historic, scary and damaging day for the Republic but many saw this coming....Also, how is a Capitol Building so under-guarded for the amount spent on Social media a day?
Also this and more on this newest episode of The Q.
10 years in and out. It started with Tony Cabral and Ed Reggie being guests...10 yrs later, we got a sitting American President trying to actively plot a coup against the will of the citizens of the USA. And YouTube and Social Media run the world. Which is a great transition for us, because Comedian Steve Hofstetter who made a name on social media joins us as out 10th anniversary guest.
It's been 10 years and we've had a few incarnations of the show through the years (podcast, to broadcast, to syndicated and back to a hybrid syndication/podcast). On this Anniversary we are joined by Jonathan May, Gary Weed and Jason Kull to discuss the past year of 2020 and a little about the past 10 years on the show. Due to Covid, we couldn't have a big party and live show for the 10th anniversay, but we can get a show together for all of you. So much to discuss and too much to type in here, so you just settle in and listen to our current thoughts on Trump and his moves, plus the past and a little telling of the future too!
Finally, Comedian Steve Hofstetter joins the Q as a guest to discuss his new book that he has been working on, plus he talks about how he gained notoriety in the world of social media and comedy. From his early days in Brooklyn until his new future in Pittsburgh, PA...Steve sits down to discuss some of his political views and to make sure you all know that this is just the beginning, buckle in and enjoy the ride!
It's been 10 yrs and the Q Show just keeps bringing it.
Producer Bobby and Jonathan May join to discuss the Holiday season, or in this case the coming future and the end of 2020. This isn't the year end show, but we are there. Close enough.
First up Bobby brings some beef to the table to discuss with Mark. It seems because of Bobby's past relationship with the show, he's been cold shouldered by other media. Mark has claimed for years on the show that people he's never worked with use their "make believe timeline and thoughts" as a way to lie to others. Here is a situation where people, who have no relationship with Mark (and never did) use Mark as a scapegoat for things. It's intellectually dishonest. And makes those people flat out liars. But this ends on a special message from Bobby that the Q and Mark approve!
Next it seems the VACCINES COMETH! As the year ends and Xmas is upon us, the world is getting the new Covid vaccines. Both Pfizer and Moderna have gotten FDA approval to roll them out and people are mixed on using them. Mark and the boys break down what a vaccine really is and what it's doing in layman's terms (the guys are not doctors) to your body when it gets it. Maybe you knew and maybe you didn't. But check this out and learn a little something new.
Finally, Defunding the police has been discussed a few times on the show, but Bobby and Jonathan break it down and get to the nitty gritty of how it's supposed to work and how people should be viewing these things. Interesting grey area that people discuss some aspects of but not the aspects we discuss on the Q. After all this, the guys answer a pertinent Christmas question from a listener...Should it be okay to tell family and friends you are not getting them anything because you just don't have the money right now? With 2020 being rough and money being tight, is this okay to do. Find out what the answer is on this new episode of the Q!
Do we have authenticated Election results...not as long as republicans are involved with the government process in 2020. We are learning they tend to be very toxic people on a national stage and just as bad offline and in normal life. Does that mean they are bad people, well you be the judge of their actions. As far as the election goes...we are STILL WAITING.
Mike Eise comes back on to finally talk a bit about his poker playing and discuss his thoughts on where we are at with this world in 2020. The World Series of Poker champion talks about his run to his bracelet in 2009 and some of the finer points into playing against some of the best players on earth.
Mark and Mike also talk about the Tyson vs. Jones exhibition fight and some of the rules put in place before the fight happens. How did the fight come off to you? Find out where our guys heads were at prior to the two men battling each other.
Finally, based on their interactions living in St. Louis, MO and seeing it first hand, Mark and Mike breakdown the current stance of Republicans and how they are viewing them. With no election results certified and Trump rushing to Pardon everyone he knows or hired in the WH, It makes sense they would discuss this in detail and try to get to the bottom of the issues.
Travis Corley and Mike Eise are back to talk about this weird period in American politics and even weirder year.
But where do these things formulate? How did we get to this point with Donald Trump and the antics he is pulling. Well on this episode of the Q we delve into that aspect of life. Travis brings up that the Stone Cold character from the 1990's of wrestling seems to be what Trump feels like. The crowd responds to it and everything. Problem is Mark knows this from his wrestling past and has touched on it before on the Q, but the guys go deeper this time. How do these two equate in the minds of many rural conservative? The guys discuss!
Also COVID is rearing it's ugly head in the USA again and being a promoter, Travis Corley is constantly dealing with this city of STL and surrounding areas to try and put on shows. He has one coming up at Red Flag on Nov. 28th but it's all still up in the air on the protocols and how things will be received. The guys discuss the current re-emerging of COVID and if this time the US can stomp it out...this leads to a convo about Trumps Million MAGA march and how he views the "voters" and "supporters" of his situation.
All this and much more on this episode of The Q.
So the 2020 election happened and so many things are still uncertain. Mark is joined by Jason Kull, Gary Weed and Jonathan May to discuss everything that happened on 11/3/2020 and throughout the entire election process...yet here we are an do we know who won for sure?
Finally, the guys start to go down some more entertaining but x-rated alleys in the later half of the show. Make sure if you are listening with younger people to watch for the language.
It's time....Biden or Trump? Who you got. We are gonna find out if the country becomes worse or better Election night 2020. But the Q is here to talk about all of it.
First up Mike Eise is our guest on this show. He's a bracelet winning World Series of Poker champion based here in St. Louis, MO. He's also a fellow broadcaster with some background being on other shows in the St. Louis area discussing poker. But we aren't discussing poker this time. We talking politics and life. To do this we also welcome back to the show, our favorite LIBERAL Andy Echele (we kid, we kid).
It's been a very long road to this time period. For 4 years it's been rough and the guys sit back and discuss Biden and Trump. The good and the bad....who will win this, we aren't sure. But for the third time in Q show history the guys will choose who they think will win and how it end up afterwards. Are they gonna be as accurate as Mark was in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2018? 4 out of 5 ain't too shabby.
First up Andy decides to let everyone know he's way way way more liberal than Mark is. Which is weird since Andy forgot that this is recorded audio for posterity and people can go back and listen to any show he's been on. But Mark play's along to keep the natives from being restless.
Mark and the boys discuss old things others might have forgotten from our past. Andy brings up Biden and complaining about the republicans were the reason he couldn't do anything. Mark reminds everyone of the republican decree after the 2012 election and how in 2013/2014 the country ended up being shut down for a month because of republicans stomping their foot and whining about the budget. Mark also reminds everyone of the deficit and how nobody has talked about it for 4 years, but if Biden wins, it's time to break that old argument out.
There is so much discussion in this show and we are the precipice of a historic situation. Not because of the winner or loser. But simply because of the anger of the republicans and there need and want to be like Kenosha Kyle and hurt others purposefully. It's become their bell to ring. Will it happen....we don't know but we talk a lot in this final episode of the Q before/after the National Election of 2020!
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Jonathan May jumps on the show to discuss the VP debates and everything that is going on around the campaigns leading into this last few weeks of the Elections.
First up the guys discuss the VP Debate with Kamala Harris and VP Mike Pence. It seems pretty one sided as the gentleman touch on the ease of Kamala to tell the sitting VP "Sir I am speaking, I'm Talking Sir"...and things of that nature. Mark and Jonathan break those things down.
Next up, People are worried that regardless of the outcome of the election, things will get more violent. Should it be this way, we are not sure. This leads to Mark discussing how the President is currently in power but spends too much time complaining about the current status of the country...should he fix it or not....the guys discuss.
Finally, Jonathan has come on the show before and claimed Werewolves are real and this leads Mark to ask about things like Bloody Mary in the dark mirror and other things of the supernatural. Being Halloween things are getting spooky and Mark wants to know how deep Jonathan gets on these beliefs. Fun episode to listen to!
Donald Trump and Joe Biden dived in head first on the first Presidential Debate of 2020. Moderated by Chris Wallace, there is literally too much to unpack in a description. Sit back and enjoy Mark Bland and Gary Weed as they discuss all the aspects of this first debate and the craziness that ensued!
The show starts off with a bang when Producer Bobby comes out of nowhere to come back to the show and have some fun with Gary Weed and Mark Bland.
First up, Mark discusses tacos and their taste with both gentlemen when Gary starts to promote a local Mexican restaurant and Mark has to correct him. Some places are just better than others and it is subjective...but good is good.
Next the guys discuss Whats been going on with Trump and the administration. Mark explains that it's not about politics anymore. It's about attitudes and just being a A-hole if you are calling yourself a republican. And they are being that way, which is why it was brought up. Mark has talked up staereotypes on the show before and in this case he tries to bring the topic to a head with both guests.
This leads to a discussion about the new book called RAGE from Bob Woodward. Trump announces he didn't care about the pandemic and played it down, tried not to let it out. An interesting discussion, to say the least, follows this topic.
Finally a little discussion about St. Louis County (where the show hales from) and their decision to not allow Fall Sports to happen and most schools are in virtual learning. Are you happy about this and being safe...or are you against it like most STL people and just don't care about your safety or others. Once again the proximity argument arises and the guys figure it out.
Things are getting edgy. People are on edge. Trump and the republicans choose to keep ignoring the Black Live Matter people and eventually someone gonna have to draw a line and play the "don't step over that line or else game".
Trump feels protected by the military, but BLM is deeper than some punk kids causing issues on the street and the liberals are gonna have to stand up to this man and his promoting of LEO in the face of what is happening in the country.
Jonathan May joins us on this show to discuss the Jacob Blake and Kyle Rittenhouse situations. Jacob Blake was shot in the back by Kenosha police after they were called to a disturbance that Blake was involved with in Kenosha Wisconsin. Jonathan and Mark discuss the situation and surrounding reasons.
This leads to the discussion about Kyle Rittenhouse. A 17 yr old boy that drove with an AR-15 to Kenosha where people are protesting the Blake shooting. When he arrives he links up with people he knew from a FACEBOOK group and they were there to Protect the people and businesses. It was his "job" he told someone before the shooting started. Rittenhouse then gets into his own melee with people where he shoots and kills 2 people and wounds another one badly.
Conservatives have been GLEEFUL with Rittenhouse and have claimed Self Defense. He was arrested for Intentional Homicide which is not "self defense".
Mark and Jonathan discuss all of this in glorious detail on this new episode of The Q!
(understand this was recorded before other pieces of info came out so the guys went with what they knew at the time)