10 Questions with former CIA Officer Mike Baker


by Ryan Meehan

Mike Baker is a former covert operations officer with the Central Intelligence Agency, where he spent seventeen years specializing in counterterrorism, counternarcotics, and counterinsurgency operations. During that time he engaged in and supervised operations around the globe, specifically Asia, The Middle East, Africa, Europe, and the Soviet Union. These days he’s the president and co-founder of the private intelligence and security firm Diligence L.L.C., where he oversees the company’s operations and growth in the Americas. Baker advises clients on strategic and competitive intelligence matters and oversees due-diligence, investigations, continuity, and risk management practices. Additionally, Mike is also currently a producer and a script adviser to the entertainment industry and a current guest on several Fox News Channel programs including FOH favorite “Red Eye with Tom Shillue”. This is fantastic news to us, because it means he is one of the few people on the planet who just might have some information as to what Andy Levy is really up to when he’s not in the News Deck. It’s going to be difficult for this interview to fly under the radar in the manner which he has throughout a majority of his career, so let me proudly say that we are more than honored to have former CIA operative Mike Baker as our guest today in 10 questions. Continue reading

10 Questions with Shawn Farquhar


by Ryan Meehan

Shawn Farquhar has been entertaining audiences around the globe for over two decades. His magic has been seen on Television shows like the X-Files and Highlander, in motion pictures like Spooky House and the Fly II, for corporate clients like IBM and Konica, and on the most luxurious cruise vessels such as Norwegian Star and Radiance of the Seas. Recently Shawn has been a key note speaker/lecturer for the world’s best magic events including London’s famed Magic Circle, Siegfried and Roy’s World Magic Seminar and the world’s largest magic convention in Blackpool, England. Shawn’s unique look, flashy suits and infectious smile are all signs that you booked a professional. Shawn’s show is filled with incredible magic, gut busting humor and his dynamic personality which has earned him over 500 standing ovations over the course of the last five years. The Canadian Association of Magicians awarded Shawn the Magician of the Year Award in 2003 and 2010, the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians awarded him the Grand Prix D’Honneur, the International Brotherhood of Magicians awarded him both Stage Magician and Sleight of Hand Magician of the Year, making him the only magician in history to win both world championships and the Olympics of Magic in Beijing, China awarded him the highest award in magic, the Grand Prix World Championship of Magic in 2009! We are honored to have Shawn Farquhar as our guest today in 10 questions. Continue reading

The First Order Historians/Dubsism Super Bowl 50 Preview Extravagantacular


by Eight Thirty Seven and J-Dub, with assistance from Jason from Indiana

Carolina Panthers (17-1) -6* at Denver Broncos (14-4)  (45)

Super Bowl 50 is finally here, and this upcoming Sunday we will all indulge in the greatest American past-time that can take place from a couch and doesn’t involve FaceTime and naked Asian teenagers. It’s been a long year for the NFL which included a franchise relocation, a full-length movie about concussions starring Will Smith which was so awful you literally wanted to beat your own brains in, and as far as the action on the field was concerned, we were treated to a play-off bloodbath which has left us with the last two teams standing. Continue reading

Why You Shouldn’t Cheer For: The Denver Broncos


By J-Dub and Eight Thirty Seven

Every year about this time, it is tradition here at Dubsism and First Order Historians to write a piece trashing the Super Bowl contestants. The reason why we do this is actually rather simple:  The Super Bowl is the biggest sports event in America, and as such, it draws in all the casual fans who don’t pay attention to football until now.  That means those of who watch all the sports we can need to provide crucial information the newly-arriving fan may not know. Continue reading

10 Questions with Tommy Victor of Prong


by Ryan Meehan and Blade Mancano

Thirty years ago, a young Tommy Victor was a sound engineer at the legendary CBGB’s rock club in Manhattan’s East Village. It was there that he met the club’s doorman Mike Kirkland, who also played bass. After jamming with ex-Swans drummer Ted Parsons, the trio forged the pathway for what would come to be one of the most consistent bands in the history of American heavy metal and Prong was born. February 2016 saw the release of the band’s tenth full-length album “X-No Absolutes”, a blistering assault of metal chock full of the brutality and precision we’ve come to know from the band over the years. We are raising horns high in the air today at FOH, because our guest in ten questions is the one and only Tommy Victor of Prong. Continue reading