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What a Hell of a Way to Die

Jul 9, 2020

This week, Francis and Nate discuss the recent DOD actions to ban the Confederate flag (a good thing to do) and rename bases named for Confederate generals (why we have these is a mystery). We also discuss the recent, horrific case of the murder of Specialist Vanessa Guillen, killed by a soldier in her own unit and buried in the desert near Fort Hood, TX. (source:

As we mention in the show, we want to hear from women and femme veterans about their experiences with SHARP and the threats they faced from their own fellow soldiers. We can absolutely guarantee confidentiality and we’re happy to signal boost any other shows covering a similar topic. Please reach out to us on twitter or at

In this week's bonus episode, Francis interviews fellow St. Louisan, Marine veteran, and writer Peter Lucier (@PeterLucier) on the topic of the 2005 Keanu Reeves film CONSTANTINE. Peter and Francis are both products of St. Louis Catholic schools and have some thoughts on the film's overall themes, never mind the iconic role of Tilda Swinton as the archangel Gabriel. Get it on Patreon at the $3 tier here:

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