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Oct 102011
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A sign I saw in Washington DC’s Freedom Plaza read “The Beginning is Near!”.  It’s obviously a play on the paranoids’ “the end is near” theme.. but it was wrong.

The Beginning is HERE!

This morning on the show, I told about my trip to DC to participate in the Take Back the American Dream conference, sponsored by the Campaign for America’s Future, Rebuild the Dream, and MoveOn.org, plus the Stop the Machine – Create a New World October2011.org occupation of Freedom Plaza.  I was straddling both worlds of the progressive movement to change this country for the better…

I spoke with Greg Basta of NYCC (New York Communities for Change) , who has been working with the folks at Occupy Wall Street to help grow the movement, and bring organizations to help grow the movement.  Follow some of the actions planned in NYC in the coming week on their facebook page: facebook.com/beyondMay12.

I also got hold of Kevin Zeese, one of the October2011 organizers, still at Freedom Plaza in DC, intent on continuing the occupation, even after their permits expired last night at 10pm.  We spoke about the peaceful protest, Thursday’s events and march (in which I participated), the agent provocateur who created the conflict at the Air & Space Museum on Saturday, and what they’re planning going forward.  I also asked him about their fear of being “co-opted” by establishment progressives.

Although I don’t agree with Kevin on that last part, I am quite supportive of what they are doing.  I just believe there’s room for all of us on this side  in this fight for what’s right.

In hour two, Nicole Belle of Crooks and Liars joined me for our weekly “Fools on the Hill” segment, in which we recap the Sunday (and other) talking head shows.  This week, she brought us this:

One of the things that I find so disheartening about living in this country at this particular time is the triumph of stupidity over knowledge. There’s a whole lot of stupidity happening on the Sunday shows and sadly, the media—whom the public expects to inform—contributes to the stupidity constantly.

For example, David Gregory proves his complete lack of worth as host of Meet the Press in an interview with Paul Ryan. Ryan pulled some interesting facts out of his P90Xed posterior—that the House has passed “dozens” of jobs legislation that the Senate refuses to consider– which makes no sense if you think about it even a little, yet David Gregory completely abdicated his responsibility to exercise a little journalistic skills and ask Ryan to explain.

Sometime the truth isn’t what even the media wants to hear. On the new Fox Channel show “The Five”, they agreed that it’s just terrible that Sesame Street has created a new Muppet character to introduce the concept of food insecurity in a prime time special. I mean, who wants children to be aware that some of their classmates may be going to bed hungry and malnourished? That might make them empathetic and they’ll be less likely to be Fox News viewers.

As the Perrys and Palins fall by the wayside in the Republican primary race, the other candidates are jockeying around, trying to find frontrunner Mitt Romney’s weakness. It appears that Romney’s faith may be that Achilles’ heel. After Pastor Robert Jeffress told John King that he couldn’t—as a God-fearing Christian—support a Mormon candidate like Mitt Romney, because Mormonism “is a cult,” Candy Crowley used that as a launching off point to question fellow candidates Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann if they agreed that Romney was not a Christian. Way to kneecap your candidate ahead of the general election, folks.

Surprisingly, the only host that actually practiced some halfway decent journalism was Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday. “ Wallace asked Rick Santorum about his pledge to revoke the revoking of DADT. Wallace reads a quote to Santorum about “using the military for a social experiment” and asks him if he agrees with the sentiment. Santorum says that he basically does and then Wallace tells him it’s a quote from a 1941 treatise regarding racial integration. Santorum then has to backtrack and say that the difference is that homosexuality is a “learned behavior”. Uh huh…all science to the contrary, but hey, let’s not let that bother us.

Finally, we had one of our own on the news shows this week…finally. Jesse LaGreca, better known as Ministry of Truth on DailyKos, was on “This Week” to give his perspective on the Occupy Wall Street protests. And he stood toe to toe with the inane stupidity that is Village wisdom from George Will and made him and the whole status quo protectors look pathetic. If we have enough time, Van Jones and Naomi Klein were on “Up with Chris Hayes” to discuss the Occupy Wall Street protests and for all their talk of lack of message clarity, Jones reminds DC and Wall Street that the protesters have the MORAL clarity.

 

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Oct 092011
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“I Lost My Job, But I Found An Occupation” – That’s one of the many creative signs I saw at Freedom Plaza in Washington DC at the start of the October2011.org – Stop the Machine, Save the World occupation.

This action has been in the planning stages for a few months now.  I was one of the original signers of the pledge that reads

“I pledge that if any U.S. troops, contractors, or mercenaries remain in Afghanistan on Thursday, October 6, 2011, as that occupation goes into its 11th year, I will commit to being in Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C., with others on that day or the days immediately following, for as long as I can, with the intention of making it our Tahrir Square, Cairo, our Madison, Wisconsin, where we will NONVIOLENTLY resist the corporate machine by occupying Freedom Plaza to demand that America’s resources be invested in human needs and environmental protection instead of war and exploitation. We can do this together. We will be the beginning.”

Well, we are still in Afghanistan, and I was in DC.  I was in the picture at the top of the page (that’s me, near the bottom of the bottom circle in the % sign), and I took lots of pictures, video and taped some interviews.   We’ll hear the interviews this week on the show… and here are the video highlights:

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Oct 062011
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Today, after the American Dream rally at the Capitol, a group of us – including Marcy Wheeler of emptywheel, Andrew Harman of Change to Win, Sandy Carpenter of ForRespect.org, and a few others from  Our DC paid a visit to the three GOP House members of the Super Committee to tell them why we need Jobs, not cuts.

The staffers in Congressmen Jeb Hensarling’s and Fred Upton’s offices were cordial and listened to us.  The treatment we received in Dave Camp’s office was a completely different experience.  See it for yourself.

Tomorrow, it’s off to Occupy DC with the October2011.org movement, and back to Florida on Friday.

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Sep 302011
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I do a lot of talking every day, but I’d never ask my listeners to do anything I wouldn’t do myself.

For a few months, I’ve been spreading the word about the October 2011 movement. And recently I’ve been telling you about the Take Back the American Dream conference, organized by the Campaign for America’s Future, Van Jones’ American Dream movement, and MoveOn.org.

I’ll be attending both next week, as I head to Washington DC.

In my absence, Shane-O of the Funked in the Head show will be filling in for me, and I’ll check in with him every morning to let you know what’s happening.

This morning on the show, I spoke with Robert Borosage, president of the Institute for America’s Future and co-director of its sister organization, the Campaign for America’s Future about the conference and the recent protests that have started around the country.  He and Katrina vanden Heuvel addressed the issue in a piece for The Nation, “Can A Movement Save the American Dream?

Comedian John Fugelsang went down to Liberty Plaza to check out the Occupy Wall Street goings on, and he joined me to help wrap up the week.  Next week promises lots more activity and, more media attention, as many union workers will join the action in NY and other occupations begin – most notably on Oct. 6 at Washington DC’s Freedom Plaza.

 

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Sep 282011
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We’re setting sail
To the place on the map from which no one has ever returned
Torn by the promise of the joker and the fool
By the light of the crosses that burn
Torn by the promise of the women and the lace
And the gold and the cotton and pearls
It’s the place where they keep all the darkness you meet
You sail away from the light of the world

Listen baby – you will pay tomorrow
You’re gonna pay tomorrow
You will pay tomorrow

Save me, save me from tomorrow
I don’t want to sail with this ship of fools, no no
Oh-oh-oh, save me, save me from tomorrow
I don’t want to sail with this ship of fools, no no
I want to run and hide
Right now – right now yeah

Avarice and greed are gonna drive you over the endless sea
They will leave you drifting in the shallows
Or drowning in the oceans of history
Travellin’ the world, you’re in search of no good
But I’m sure you’ll build your Sodom like I knew you would
Using all the good people for your gallant slaves
As your little boat struggles through the the warning waves

But you will pay, you will pay tomorrow
You’re gonna pay tomorrow
You gonna pay tomorrow

Save me, save me from tomorrow
I don’t want to sail with this ship of fools, no no no no
Oh-oh-oh, save me, save me from tomorrow
I don’t want to sail with this ship of fools, no no no no

Where’s it comin’ from or where’s it goin’ to?
it’s just a ship of fools

 

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Sep 272011
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Call out the instigators
Because there’s something in the air
We’ve got to get together sooner or later
Because the revolution’s here, and you know it’s right
And you know that it’s right

We have got to get it together
We have got to get it together now

Last night after dinner, I clicked the streaming link to see what’s happening at the Occupy Wall Street movement just in time to see Michael Moore speaking to the crowd.  I played some of his speech on the show this morning, and found the video for those of you who did not tune in to see it:

Lock up the streets and houses
Because there’s something in the air
We’ve got to get together sooner or later
Because the revolution’s here, and you know it’s right
And you know that it’s right

We have got to get it together
We have got to get it together now

This morning, I spoke with Jesse LaGreca – known to many of Daily Kos readers as Ministry of Truth – who’s been at Liberty Square (Zuccotti Park) since day three of the occupation.  He set the scene for us, and answered my myriad of questions about what’s happening down there.  Read his accounts of how Fox is reporting on the occupation and more as he liveblogs the occupation.

You can follow him on twitter (@JesseLaGreca) and email him at MinistryofTruth@live.com.

Of course, you can help the protesters by following Jesse’s instructions:

1. Get this message out there. Can we do it? YES WE CAN!2.    Use the twitter hashtags #OccupyWallStreet and follow on facebook and twitter accounts related to the ongoing protests. Help put this video on your facebook pageand any other social media that you use. Make it viral.

3.    Make a donation to WeAreTheOther99%’s media fund. They need funding to stay active, and without huge corporate interests backing us up like the Teabaggers have, the only way this works is with your small donations.

4.   Go to OccupyWallSt.org and make a donation to our General Fund to support the ongoing protests.

5.   Get the word out about these protests of Wall Street’s greed to everyone you know. Raise awareness, even if it is via word of mouth, every little bit helps.

GottaLaff joined in from The Political Carnival as she does every Tuesday morning, to dish on the news.  We got to a few of these stories today:

Twisted Twofer: Cain nearly quit, Fox’s Ailes rejected Pawlenty

John Boehner: House GOP not “mean-spirited.” These 19 links suggest otherwise.

VIDEO- Fox’s Brit Hume: “Perry really did throw up all over himself in the debate.”

VIDEO: Rick Perry claims he never suggested Texas might secede. Oops! There’s audio.

Rick Perry’s Texas prisons end special last meals before executions

VIDEO- “Librul” CNN’s “librul” Candy Crowley, short version: President Obama, what a losery loser he is.

VIDEO: First GOP applauds death, boos U.S. soldier, now cheers Rick Scott’s unemployment “success”

GOP Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen becomes 1st Republican Congress member to cosponsor Respect for Marriage Act

Remember the dreaded “Ground Zero Mosque”? It opened… without a whiff of “refudiation”.

VIDEO- Bristol Palin: Do you hate my mom “because you’re a homosexual?”

Tomorrow on the show, a Keystone XL pipeline protester, and Kevin Zeese - one of the organizers of the October2011 movement!

Hand out the arms and ammo**
We’re going to blast our way through here
We’ve got to get together sooner or later
Because the revolution’s here, and you know it’s right
And you know that it’s right

We have got to get it together
We have got to get it together
Now

** Although I agree with most of the sentiment of Thunderclap Newman’s “Something in the Air” , I disagree with the “arms and ammo” part.  This must be a peaceful, non-violent “revolution”… No arms or ammo necessary.**

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Sep 262011
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I’m still in shock over the NYPD’s brutality this weekend.  I grew up learning about the unique rights we have here in the United States. Chief among them is our freedom of speech, which includes our rights of peaceful assembly and protest.

This weekend in NYC the police brutally assaulted young people exercising their rights, and corralled a group of women who were breaking no laws while a police captain – Anthony Bologna -  violated them by spraying them with pepper spray.  The video is below, in an entry posted Saturday evening.

This morning, I came upon USLaw.com, who slowed the video down to show us exactly what happened in slow motion:

Are you outraged yet? If not, read this account given to the Village Voice by the woman with the long hair. Her name is Chelsea Elliott.

I heard screams near me, and this young girl near me was shoved down [by the police] — their hands were on her head until she reached the pavement (she was yelling because the cops were beating up some 19-year-old kid). I screamed something like, “Stop! Why are you doing this?” There was blood and shit; it was terrifying. I looked at the cop I’d been talking to, and he had a blank but worried expression. Then this cop in a white collared shirt came around and just sprayed us, not even one steady stream, more like you were spraying a plant — me and three or four other girls. I fell to the ground, and the girl behind me, this pretty, thin girl, a total hippie, with short hair and a gray tank top, they got her so bad! We were just lying on the ground, it was extremely painful. The cop I was talking to, he talked to the cop who sprayed us, and was like, “Thanks for the warning.” I think he got maced in the eye, too.

What happened then?
We lay on the ground like little worms. One of the other girls was a medic, and was able to pour milk in her eyes. The cops left. They moved the net. All I know from what happened afterward, I watched on YouTube. For like 15 minutes, I couldn’t see; I couldn’t breathe at first. It was so out of the ordinary and unprovoked. Our medical group poured milk into my eyes for like 10 minutes, and apple cider vinegar on my face.

Read more here... But the police claim they used the pepper spray “appropriately“.

Meanwhile, many people are gearing up to occupy Freedom Plaza in Washington, D.C. beginning on October 6 -the 10th anniversary of the US invasion of Afghanistan. One is a regular listener of my show, Carrie Stone, who is walking the walk!  She joined me on the show this morning, as she’s heading out tomorrow morning beginning at 8am ET, walking from her home in West Virginia to Washington DC.   Follow her on twitter @papercrete.

On her “Walking the Walk”  facebook event page, she explained what it’s all about:

On October 6, 2011, people from all walks of life and areas of the country will gather on Freedom Plaza in Washington DC to begin what organizers hope will be America’s version of the occupation of Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt and other cities across the Middle East.

To help publicize this event and inspire others to join in the occupation of the plaza, a group of us are planning to WALK 200 MILES from Clarksburg West Virginia to DC.

We will begin walking from the K-Mart parking lot, Eastpointe Shopping Center, Emily Drive, Clarksburg WV on September 27 at 8:00 am.

If you can only walk with me “in spirit” please consider contributing a bit to help with my expenses!

To donate visit http://www.builtfromtrash.com/ and click on the ‘Chip In’ button on the left side of the web page.

We mapped the route and determined – if we average 22 miles per day we can make it in 9 days, arriving the late afternoon or evening of October 5th.

A large majority of the American people support the following:

–Tax the rich and corporations
–End the wars, bring the troops home, cut military spending
–Protect the social safety net, strengthen Social Security –Improve Medicare for all
–End corporate welfare for oil companies and other big business interests
–Transition to a clean energy economy, reverse environmental degradation
–Protect worker rights including collective bargaining, create jobs and raise wages
–Get money out of politics

The government, dominated by elite economic interests, is going in the opposite direction from what the people want. The American people’s agenda is our agenda.

For more information about the Walk (and to see a map of the route), please visithttp://builtfromtrash.com/take-action/38-walking-the-walk. If you would like to join us for all or part of the walk, or if you live along the route and want to cheer us on or bring us water and/or sustenance, please send an email to walkthewalk@builtfromtrash.com.

For more information about the occupation of Freedom Plaza, visit http://october2011.org/

This morning’s show continued with Karl Frisch, syndicated columnist, Democratic strategist, and progressive radio personality.  We talked about the Occupy Wall Street movement, today’s politics, and his latest column, “Forget Class Warfare, Republicans Engage in Class Genocide”.

And as we do every Monday morning, I chatted with Crooks and LiarsNicole Belle about the Sunday talking head shows in a segment we call “Fools on the Hill”.

Every week I become more discouraged by the failures of our media to even have an honest conversation, much less an honest reporting of the issues of the day. The media doesn’t want to discuss populist movements, like the OccupyWallStreet protests, doesn’t want to offer a point of view that doesn’t favor the very wealthy or the status quo or point out the contradictions or hypocrisy in politicians’ spin. In fact, often they are the very purveyors of these partisan narratives.

Like Chris Wallace, who did his level best while talking to WH adviser David Plouffe to keep that “class war” meme pointed at those below the poverty level. Listen to him tell Plouffe that the rich *are* paying their fair share of taxes.

And while we’re on the subject, can we just dispense with that notion that the very wealthy are paying their fair share altogether? On his sophomore weekend, Chris Hayes points out how that particular Republican talking point is not actually painting the real picture.

David Gregory can also always be reliably pushing Republican memes. On Meet the Press, he actually wasted three minutes grilling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if he liked Obama as much as he liked Bush. No, seriously.

Of course, Bill Kristol, Brit Hume and AB Stoddard agree that they would like Barack Obama a whole lot more if he would just go back to that capitulating and accommodating politician willing to give just about everything for a “grand bargain.” Let’s hope Obama doesn’t take their advice.

And finally, Lamar Alexander made news this week by resigning his leadership positions within the Senate GOP. I had hoped that it was because he was just tired of the caricature that the tea party has made of his party, but based on this appearance on State of the Union, I think that was overly optimistic of me. After Mark Warner bemoaned the tea party antics bringing the country back to the brink of yet another government shutdown as the Democrats try to get much needed aid to Hurricane Irene victims, Alexander said that it was actually Harry Reid’s fault, for creating a crisis that doesn’t actually exist.

 

 

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Sep 242011
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It’s 8:37 Saturday night, September 24, 2011 and I’m watching history in the making.

Eight days into the “global revolution” – emanating from the Occupy Wall Street movement – and the NYC Police Department is showing their worst side.

This afternoon, as hundreds of peaceful protestors marched from Wall Street to Union Square, the cops became violent.

Watching this video of a group of young women penned in by orange netting, then hit with a strong blast of pepper pray made me ill.

I’ve not been able to describe the screams that came from me when I was sprayed while in the Broward County Jail. But I heard those screams in this video.

After the protestors got back to “Liberty Square” they were joined by many, many more.  Although the corporate media is ignoring it, the world is watching online.  And the police brutality is only going to bring out more protestors.

History is happening before our eyes. At this moment, most of the protestors have already left Freedom Plaza. A few dozen remain. The police have surrounded most of the square, while the protestors inside are mostly quiet or playing drums.

Somehow, I can’t help but think the protestors have won. If the cops take any action against the peaceful protestors, the whole world is watching. If they back off after this show of force, they giving in and allowing the crowds to stay there.

Watch for yourself. It’s hard to turn away:

http://trendsmap.com/topic/%23occupywallstreet

Watch live streaming video from globalrevolution at livestream.com
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Sep 222011
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That’s what it says.  The cause of death on Troy Davis’ death certificate is homicide. The legal definition of homicide is

The killing of one human being by another human being.

So that’s what this country has come to.  In the face of overwhelming testimony casting serious doubt on the guilt of Troy Anthony Davis, the Georgia state board of pardons and parole, the Governor of Georgia, the Georgia Supreme Court and the Supreme Court of the United States all refused to grant a stay of execution.  So last night he was put to death.

He proclaimed his innocence one last time before being killed.  His final words, as witnessed by an AP reporter:

“I’d like to address the MacPhail family. Let you know, despite the situation you are in, I’m not the one who personally killed your son, your father, your brother. I am innocent.

The incident that happened that night is not my fault. I did not have a gun. All I can ask … is that you look deeper into this case so that you really can finally see the truth.

I ask my family and friends to continue to fight this fight.

For those about to take my life, God have mercy on your souls. And may God bless your souls.”

I say to those who took his life that – if there is a God – he, she or it should have no mercy on them whatsoever.  Let the murder of this man be forever on their collective conscience and let karma treat deal with them with all of her might.  And let her take Ann Coulter along for the ride.

Why do I bring Ann Coulter into this?  Because this deather who, seemingly along with the rest of the Republican party of 2011, rejoices in the death of others.  Last night, Coulter tweeted the following:

AnnCoulter Ann Coulter
ONE TROY DAVIS FLAME-BROILED, PLEASE - bit.ly/qPQnV7
HOLD THE PICKLE, HOLD THE LETTUCE. FRYING KILLERS WON’T UPSET US. http://bit.ly/qPQnV7
S. Ct denies Troy Davis stay. MacPhail’s family gets justice after a 22 year wait. Lovers of Cop Killers Inconsolable.
Can MSNBC give us the full court press Troy Davis is getting for the next abortion by one of their employees?
It must be some measure of blood lust that allows these barbarians to delight in the death of others.
Although I’m vehemently against the death penalty, if someone were to kill my daughter or fiancé, I’d want to murder them with my own two hands.  That’s raw emotion speaking.  But I’d certainly want to make sure I was taking my revenge on the person who committed the murder!
I’m stunned that the MacPhail family watched Troy Davis put to death while there was so much doubt that it was, in fact, he who killed their father, brother, son.  Especially while another man – the one who actually killed him – is walking around free, even bragging to others that he was the one who murdered MacPhail!

Joseph Washington “I saw Sylvester Coles – I know him by the name Red – shoot the police officer. I am positive that it was Red who shot the police officer…

Tonya Johnson “Red then took both guns next door to an empty house and put them inside the screen door and shut the door …  he threatened me after this happened. He told me that he wanted to make sure that I did not tell the police about the guns he hid in the screen door that morning. This is why I did not testify about the guns at Troy’s trial because I was afraid of what Red would do to me if I did. I have not told anyone about this until now because I was still scared… But I have decided that I must tell the truth.”

Anthony Hargrove “I know a guy named Red, from Savannah. His real name is Sylvester Coles. I’ve known Red for years and we used to hang out together. Red once told me that he shot a police officer and that a guy named Davis took the fall for it. He told me this about a year or so after the officer was killed…”

Gary Hargrove “I am sure that Red was facing in the officer’s direction when I heard the shooting. … I was never talked to by the police or any attorneys or investigators representing Troy Davis before his trial. I didn’t go up to talk to the police that night because I was on parole at the time and was out past my curfew so I didn’t want my parole officer to find out about that.”

Shirley Riley “People on the streets were talking about Sylvester Coles being involved with killing the police officer so one day I asked him if he was involved… Sylvester told me he did shoot the officer …”

Darold Taylor “I remember reading in the paper once about how a guy named Troy Davis got sentenced to the electric chair… One day when I was in the parking lot of Yamacraw drinking beers with Red. I told him about how I’d heard that he was the one who killed the officer. Red told me to stay out of his business. I asked him again if he killed the officer and Red admitted to me that he was the one who killed the officer, but then Red told meagain to stay out of his business.”

April Hester Hutchinson “Red turned to me and asked me if I would walk with him up to the Burger King so ‘they won’t think that I had nothing to do with it’. That’s exactly what he said… I told [the police] that I saw Red talking to my cousin Tonya and that Red was real nervous. I did not tell them about what Red had said to me because I was scared he would hurt me. I was thinking that if he did that to a police officer, what would he do to me? I didn’t want to die like that officer, so I kept my mouth shut.”

Anita Saddler “When I saw Red and Terry, they were jumpy and couldn’t stand still. Their eyes were shifting around and they were looking everywhere. They walked up to us and Red asked us to go up to Burger King and see what happened. Like I said, they were real nervous and fidgety. Red had a gun which was stuck into his shorts. I saw the outline of his gun through his white shirt. I had seen him with a gun many times before.”

Peggie Grant (mother of April Hester Hutchinson) “A few hours later, April called me on the phone. She told me that she had had a conversation with Red where he asked her to walk up with him to where the officer was shot so that the police would think that he was with her and not think he did anything”

I usually wrap up my radio week on Thursday mornings with comedian John Fugelsang, and did just that today. But there were few, if any, laughs as we talked mostly about the killing of Troy Davis and the whole concept of capitol punishment.

I also spent some time this morning talking about the insanity of the “tea party” with Micheal Stinson (@symbolman on twitter). whose latest project is a reworking of the Lewis Carroll classic – but renamed mAlice in Wonderland: A Tea Party Fable.  Just in case the tea party isn’t enough of a weird drug trip already….

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Sep 212011
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If you don’t know who Buddy Roemer is, you’re not alone.  But he was a Blue Dog (before they were a caucus) in the House, then a Democratic and a Republican Governor of Louisiana, and he’s now among the throngs of declared GOP primary candidates vying for their party’s nomination.

Buddy Roemer intrigued me, mostly due to his supposed declared disdain for the corporate influence in politics and his pledge to never take a campaign contribution from a PAC or an individual contribution of more than $100.  But he blew that one at the end of our conversation this morning when I pressed him for an answer on whether or not he supported the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling (which allows unfettered corporate donations without attribution).  He finally admitted he did.  Oh well….

The one man I can usually count on to always have my back (my fiancé), told me I was too rough on Buddy.  I really didn’t set out to be.  His answers just pissed me off…  Oh well, listen to the interview (it starts just about 20 minutes into the show) and decide for yourself.  My conclusion was that there isn’t a sane candidate on that side of the aisle.

Unfortunately, most of the media in this country sits on that side of the aisle too.  I graduated from college many moons ago, but when I studied journalism and broadcasting, we were taught the meaning of the word objective and its importance to anything billed as news.   I can’t name a single “news” organization today that adheres to that rule, although some are more blatant about their biases than others.

This morning, I invited my friend Will Bunch on the show after seeing his latest missive on the Attytood blog at the Philadelphia Daily News, “Big media’s shameful news brown out on the Wall Street protests“.  (By the way, if the teabaggers have you scratching your head and screaming “WTF?”,  you should read Will’s latest book, The Backlash, now out in paperback!)

And if you’d like to help out the protesters in NY, here’s how you can.

I updated listeners on the latest on Troy Davis, a likely innocent man who is scheduled to be executed by the state of Georgia at 7pm this evening.   Seriously, what fucking country are we living in?

And we closed out the show with a visit from my friend Dave Johnson – who blogs at Seeing The Forest and at the Campaign for America’s Future where he is a fellow, and a jolly good one at that (sorry, I can help it… I think of that ever time I hear the word).  As I first heard that the GOP would manufacture a “scandal” along the lines of Whitewater (which was a fake manufactured “scandal” too), and he’s written quite eloquently about it with “The Phony Solyndra Solar Scandal” and “Five Biggest Right Wing Lies About Solyndra“, I invited him on the show this morning to set the record straight and cut through the lies.

And yes, that’s the Campaign for America’s Future who’s hosting the Take Back the American Dream conference in Washington DC October 3-5.  And given the fact that I talk a lot about the corporate takeover of our media, it’s no coincidence that I’ll be hosting a panel entitled  “Taking Back the Media: Embracing New Media and Using it to Our Advantage” with Thom Hartmann, Sam Seder, Cliff Schecter and Tim Karr.

Tomorrow morning, we’ll wrap up the Nicole Sandler Show week with another look at the Teabaggers (I’ll start calling them the “tea party” when they refer to the Democratic party as such) with Micheal Stinson (aka @Symbolman) whose latest creation is “Malice in Wonderland: A Teaparty Fable“, and comedian John Fugelsang too!

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