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May 042011

Then-ea Party Republican candidate Allen West with two members of the Outlaws motorcycle gang. (Still from NBC News report October 15, 2010)

Yesterday, I read the latest “newsletter” from Congressman Allen West.  It was more of a smear letter than a newsletter, but what do you expect from someone who doesn’t allow people with dissenting points of view to speak at a “town hall meeting”?

One of the key parts was

I must share these two funny anecdotes; first was the response to a question from a woman at the Boca Raton town hall which inspired this woman to stand and shout, “That was my question and you did not answer it the way I wanted you to.” Now, if that is not a clear indication of liberal progressive “controllitis” then tell me what is?

The second really humorous moment was looking out and seeing Code Pink women with pink tape over their mouths. (Shark Tank Video-Code Pink)

Special hat tip to Calvary Chapel (Pastor Bob Coy and staff), Mae Volen Senior Center (Director Elizabeth Lugo and staff), and the law enforcement officers of Ft. Lauderdale and Boca Raton who ensured there was a safe and professional environment for those attending. Speaking of Code Pink, this past week, America lost 21 servicemen and women in Afghanistan and Iraq, mainly Afghanistan. Has anyone seen any protests by Code Pink? Has anyone seen any coverage of this in the media this week? Where is Cindy Sheehan, since she is soooo concerned about our troops. Has Code Pink staged any protests of the opening of a new combat theater of operations in Libya?

The duplicitous hypocrisy would be laughable if not so pathetic! To the families of the Men and Women who will not be coming home, especially to the children, I send my most sincere and humble condolences. If there is one thing I despise about liberals and their complicit media allies, their faux concern for our Military…which after this past week, we must all recognize is rooted in political expediency, not sincerity.

The idiocy of that statement is astounding.  First of all, we haven’t seen any coverage of Code Pink’s protests and actions in the media because the media only covers right wing antics. As we’ve learned, you get tens of people with misspelled signs and teabags hanging from their hats, and it’s a media circus.  You get hundreds of thousands out to protest – in Madison, Wisconsin for example – and not a peep any where in the so-called mainstream media.

Has Code Pink continued to protest all of our wars, including the opening of a new combat theater of operations in Libya? Absolutely.  But don’t take my word for it.  Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink will join me on the show today to answer those ridiculous charges and tell us what they’re all about.  And be sure to visit and join the action to Bring Our War $$ Home!

And perhaps you might want to sent Medea’s recent Huffington Post piece to West.  “Osama bin Laden is Dead; Let the Peace Begin” is awfully good reading!

Speaking of Allen West‘s attacks on Code Pink and other women who dare to speak out… remember this lovely quote from just last week?

Here’s the exact quote, courtesy of Think Progress:

WEST: We need you to come in and lock shields, and strengthen up the men who are going to the fight for you. To let these other women know on the other side — these planned Parenthood women, the Code Pink women, and all of these women that have been neutering American men and bringing us to the point of this incredible weakness — to let them know that we are not going to have our men become subservient. That’s what we need you to do. Because if you don’t, then the debt will continue to grow…deficits will continue to grow.

Unfortunately, Allen West isn’t the only crazy right winger to have been swept into office last November.  We have a governor who should be in jail instead of Tallahassee, along with a veto-proof Republican majority in the Florida legislature.   With just three days left in this legislative session, we’ve seen the state of Florida set back decades.

Franco Ripple – recently named as one of Florida’s 25 rising political stars under 30, who serves as the Southeast Regional Director of the Florida Young Democrats – will join me this morning to bring us up to date on just what the legislature has done in the past almost-60 days, and what’s still to come.  He’ll also fill us in on how Florida progressives can get involved in the next Awake the State day on May 10.

After a news update from TRNS, I’ll be joined by Howie Klein, of Down With Tyranny and the Blue America PAC.  Howie is a friend and a regular guest who’ll talk with us about the 2012 cycle, what it takes to mount a campaign, and his latest missive, Health Care Republican Style.

I’ll be leaving immediately after today’s show to meet with a potential attorney to represent me on the heinous criminal charge of “trespassing after warning”.  I’ll let you know how it goes tomorrow.

As always, the podcast will be posted here and on iTunes after the show… thanks for listening, radio or not!

***Update *** If you listen to the podcast (player up top), you’ll hear Medea Benjamin tell us that Allen West absolutely knows of their continual war protests.  His “newsletter” was just filled with lies.  So, “Man Up” Allen West.  Quit hiding behind your lies!

Feb 032011

Things turned very ugly in Egypt yesterday as the world watched the people fight for freedom. It’s been a week of inspiration mixed with sadness and joy, and anxiety and fear for friends we’ve never met.

Many of us here in America are reaching out to show the Egyptian people that we stand with them.  From my conversation yesterday with an employee at the Cairo Marriott (scroll down to the next post if you haven’t yet heard it!) to the presence of some familiar faces in Cairo calling for peace, we realize what a small world it truly is.

Medea Benjamin, co-founder of Code Pink, is on the ground in Cairo standing in solidarity with those fighting for a better, freer life. This morning, I spoke with Code Pink’s Tighe Barry in Tahir Square, who painted the current picture for us.  Click here to read their coverage and see more of their pictures.

Meanwhile, we’re still fighting for democracy here at home.  Mikey Weinstein is founder and president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, and is leading the fight to uphold the separation of church and state – especially in the military where the lines are truly blurred.  Mikey spoke with us this morning about today’s unconstitutional National Prayer Breakfast, and his lawsuit about next week’s Air Force Academy Prayer luncheon.

After a news update from TRNS, I again called Cairo. This time, I spoke with an amazing woman named Marwa Rakha – an author and adjunct professor at the University of Cairo.   She told us about what’s happening there from her perspective, as one who was born and raised in Egypt, and is fighting for their freedom.

And we closed out the week talking about the events of the weeks with comedian John Fugelsang….

I’ll be on the “Jobless Talk” show on blogtalkradio tomorrow at 3pm ET, hosted by Paladinette.  Click here to listen!

Jan 052011

Today begins the 112th Congress…   John Boehner will usher in a new era as Speaker Weeper of the House. It should be fun to hear him say this part of his prepared speech

“The American people have humbled us. They have refreshed our memories as to just how temporary the privilege to serve is. They have reminded us that everything here is on loan from them. That includes this gavel, which I accept cheerfully and gratefully, knowing I am but its caretaker.”

Shall we take bets on whether or not he’ll be crying when he says “cheerfully?”

I’m afraid we’re in for a really rough two years.  But we’ll keep speaking truth to power!

Much like my first guest this morning. Medea Benjamin is the co-founder of Code Pink.  She wrote a year-end piece for Alternet which is perfect reading on a day like today:  “15 Good Things to Celebrate in a Bad Year.”  She gave us the heads up on what Code Pink will be up to in 2011, and also shared the details of her recent conversation with Attorney General Eric Holder regarding wikileaks.

On the heels of another assassination of a government official in Pakistan, I reached out to Pakistani journalist Kaswar Klasra in Islamabad.

In the second hour of today’s show, I spoke with Wendell Potter about his new book, Deadly Spin: An insurance company insider speaks out on how corporate PR is killing health care and deceiving Americans

Apr 012010

I’ve often said we’d be much better off if we could just get the politics out of government. Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen any time soon…

In recent years, Republicans have been better at political theater than the Dems, but some on the left are catching up. The Yes Men have been doing great political theater, mostly in the climate change arena. (Their latest film “The Yes Men Fix The World” is out today on DVD.)

The women of Code Pink have been active in this arena too, but recently seem to have learned a thing or two about the theater aspect of activism.

Earlier this week, Code Pink co-founder Jodie Evans attempted a citizens arrest of Karl Rove, as he began his book tour in Los Angeles:

Code Pink & After Downing Street offer War Criminals Playing Cards for sale. Karl Rove is the Jack of Spades.

And just last week, Code Pink issued a very real looking fake press release from AIPAC saying that they had reversed their policy and called on Israel to freeze all future settlements.

Jodie Evans joined me last night on the program to talk about those actions, and the other work Code Pink is doing.

I was also joined by Gotta Laff who, along with her partner Paddy, writes the great blog The Political Carnival.  We discussed a few of the stories she covered yesterday, including the new Faux News TV show with Sarah Palin and their attempted hijacking of LL Cool J and Toby Keith interviews, the craziness that is Michelle Bachmann, Eric Cantor’s lies, and a lot more.

And in hour two, we talked about the Obama administration’s latest triangulation measures, this time lifting the three decades long ban on offshore oil drilling. Yesterday’s announcement came just a month after the president announced he’d free up over $8 billion in loan guarantees for the construction of new nuclear power plants.

Last weekend was the 31st anniversary of Three Mile Island.  Harvey Wasserman, one of the founders of the No Nukes movement who is now a senior advisor to the Nuclear Information & Resource Service and Greenpeace USA, penned “YOU are Now Paying for the Next Three Mile Island,” joined me to talk about the latest flip in energy policy.


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