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#TFH on #VLR 7/2: Happy 240th Birthday, USA + #Brexit Thoughts

Their Finest Hour will hit Vigilant Liberty Radio tonight at 10pm Eastern, 7pm Pacific with a pre-recorded broadcast! Host Allan Bourdius (@UnrealAllan) is back from his brief hiatus, and will be talking about the 240th anniversary of the the adoption of the Lee Resolution establishing independence (July 2, 1776), the adoption of the Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1776), and tying American independence and our federal system into the “Brexit” issue of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union.

As this is a pre-recorded show, you can still interact with fellow listeners in VLR’s chatroom when it posts if you like, and the show will also auto-update into the below player.


“Trinity” – 70 Years of the Nuclear Age

Seventy years ago today at 0529 hours and 21 seconds Mountain War Time (equivalent to today’s DST, 0729 Eastern Daylight Time), the military personnel and civilian scientists of the Manhattan Project succeeded in their goal of producing a nuclear explosive.

Trinity, the code name for the world’s first nuclear detonation, opened the nuclear age. Less than one month later, the United States used the first two nuclear weapons in combat against Japan in the attacks on Hiroshima (August 6, 1945) and Nagasaki (August 9, 1945).

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#TFH on #VLR 5/11: #VEDay70, News Commentary, Open Phones!

UPDATE: REPLAY ADDED!! Their Finest Hour hits Vigilant Liberty Radio LIVE at 10pm Eastern, 7pm Pacific tonight (Monday, May 11)! You can listen to the program using the embedded players you see here, but please come join us in the VLR chatroom and interact with me, your host, and the other listeners!

IMG_6696Of course, TFH is brought to you in part by Comfyballs! Be sure to sign their petition in support of their ongoing fight with the US Patent and Trademark office over their “vulgar” name!

On tap for tonight:

  • Last Friday was the 70th anniversary of V-E Day – the end of World War II in Europe. We’ll mark the occasion and talk briefly about where the world today stands seven decades on.
  • The back-and-forth over reactions to alleged police brutality incidents is being fought over social media with competing hashtags like “#BlackLivesMatter” and “#PoliceLivesMatter”. Perhaps what we should really be worrying about is “#LivesMatter” period. Also, University of Pittsburgh law professor David A. Harris published a column in the Sunday Pittsburgh Post-Gazette called “What does good policing look like?” that I’ll discuss.
  • In other columns, looks like David Brooks might be on Team Marco for 2016, but didn’t he forget a key factor about Senator Rubio?
  • I spent Saturday (May 9) at Hersheypark! I love roller coasters, so we’ll do some talk about favorite rides and theme park attractions – helpful for summer vacation planning!

Plus, there’s lot’s more and the phones will be open! Tune in at 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific and get in the chat! You can also get us over on VLR’s Spreaker page (or a Spreaker mobile app), and please follow us there too!

Show replay – was joined by George Templeton (@rodentpolitics) for an in-depth discussion of last week’s UK election, plus Amanda McCallister (@RightInPlanning) stuck around after her own Edge of Anarchy show! (Click the show title in the player for a download link if you want to listen offline.)


TFH Live, 11/10: Catch-Up, Reflections, Open Phones

Their Finest Hour returns live to Vigilant Liberty Radio tonight at 10pm Eastern, 7pm Pacific! I’ve got lots to attend to on this evening’s program, so please tune in and join in our chatroom! (Refresh the page at showtime to get the live stream in the player.)

First up, I’ve unfortunately gotten a little bit behind on my 70th anniversary World War II Medal of Honor posts on the blog, so throughout the show tonight I’m going to be reading the citations and stories of the brave men whose action anniversaries I missed over the last week.

Then, yesterday (November 9th) was the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, so I’ll be recounting my recollection from that time as a child of the Cold War.

I had a epic time last week on VLR’s election night special, and I haven’t given any closing thoughts yet, so I’ll look back at the wave of 2014 and look ahead to the future of the GOP-run 114th Congress.

I’m sure I’ll come up with some other topics and news stories to comment on, plus I’ll be opening up the phones so tune in for call in instructions!

10E/9C/8M/7P – again, please join me in the chat room or you can listen using the player at right, direct on Spreaker, or using a Spreaker mobile device app.

Tonight’s replay here! I was joined by both Amanda McCallister (@RightInPlanning) and Becca Lower (@BeccaJLower)! (Click “Spreaker” in the player if you want to download an MP3 for offline listening.)


An Allan First: I filled out an NCAA bracket

The entirety of the United States of America is about to descend into a peculiar psychopathy known as “March Madness”, surrounding the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

This, I need to say up front: I hate basketball. I think the game is inane at any level. I just don’t find any enjoyment in watching, as I call it, “Bounce-bounce-bounce-SCORE! Other direction. Bounce-bounce-bounce-SCORE! Wash, rinse, repeat.”

Now, I know that mine is an unpopular opinion, and that most of my fellow Americans are preparing to be productiveless this Thursday and Friday as the drama of “Will underdog liberal arts school beat sports-factory mega-university?” unfolds.

Everybody’s been scrambling to fill out their tournament brackets, and enter pools, neither of which I’ve ever done for this sporting event. I’m not entering any pools, but I did fill out a bracket – and here’s how & why I made my picks.

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