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Jan 022012

This morning we began yet another new year of shows in which we examine what’s happening and try to figure it all out.

Today, I was joined by Howie Klein of Down With Tyranny and the Blue America PAC.  We talked about his trip to the Yucutan and his visits with the Mayan people who told him that it’s only the calendar that ends in December, not the world!

We also discussed the DCCC, the NDAA  (and my questions to Debbie Wasserman Schultz about it on the Randi Rhodes Show on Friday), and the upcoming elections and the need to elect real progressives to congress.

Daily Kos’ David Waldman (KagroX) also joined in to talk a bit about Mitt Romney and what our side will focus on during the general election.

And as we do every Monday morning, Nicole Belle of Crooks and Liars joined me to recap the weekend talking head shows in a segment we call Fools on the Hill. Here’s what she brought us today:

I’m sure it’s because we have two primaries/caucuses within the next ten days that caused the Sunday show bookers to only ask on Republicans. Not even the bluest of Blue Dogs got booked on a Sunday show this week. You’d almost think we only had a single party in this country.

Even with just days before the Iowa Caucus, Steve King–who has been trying to position himself as a “kingmaker”--coyly still refused to endorse a Republican candidate. Methinks he doesn’t understand the concept of “kingmaker”.

Ron Paul, I suspect, is scaring the GOP inner circle, because he very well may win the Iowa caucus and they really, really don’t want to deal with anyone as ideologically rigid (and crazy, frankly) as Paul. So the issue of Paul’s racism and homophobia (normally, not a really big issue in conservative circles, let’s be honest) keeps coming up. Jake Tapper asked him again how he can distance himself from a newsletter that he put his name on and profited from with undeniable instances of racism.

Apparently, David Gregory isn’t too comfortable with Rick “Please don’t Google my name” Santorum’s recent rise in the polls either. For a guy who doesn’t think it’s his job to fact check his guests or ask follow up questions, he gave a rather hardball interview to Santorum. In this example, Gregory called him out on the patent lie (one of many told) that Obama refused to meet with Republicans.

And then Gregory showed how idiotic Santorum is on foreign policy by pinning him down that he would order airstrikes on Iran. Because you know, we’ve had so much success attacking Middle Eastern countries with no cause.

And proof that conservatives live in a completely different reality than the rest of us, on a fairly softball 60 Minutes interview, Eric Cantor’s press secretary interrupted the interview to insist that Reagan never raised taxes. Is that right?

And finally, I think Newt Gingrich is telling us what he really wants to do beside run for President (because I’m still convinced that this campaign is nothing more than a craven attempt to sell more Gingrich Media products): he wants to be a paleontologist. Unfortunately, because he’s “studied” dinosaurs, he thinks that makes him more skeptical of global warming. And this is the smart guy in the campaign.

Nov 142011

Photo courtesy of @LucyKafanov

For an hour or so prior to the start of this morning’s show, I was simulcasting the live video stream from Spencer (@OakFoSho) as the Oakland PD and law enforcement from surrounding cities once again raided the Occupy Oakland encampment at Oscar Grant Park.

My friend Joshua Holland (senior writer and editor at AlterNet) lives in San Francisco and was once again on the scene as the raid happened.  He joined me by phone at the end of the first hour to discuss what went on during the pre-dawn hours this morning, and wrote about it: “Thousands of Riot Cops Descend on Occupy Oakland, 32 Arrested”.

Tina Dupuy is the managing editor at Crooks and Liars, and has visited numerous occupations in a few countries.  She’s in the Bay Area now, and last night visited Occupy Oakland.   She also joined me this morning to talk about this morning’s raid, as well as the other weekend raids – all detailed at

I told of the Occupy with Aloha “musical occupation at Saturday night’s APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) gala in Hawii, attended by President Obama and a number of other world leaders.

During the gala dinner, renowned Hawaiian guitarist Makana, who performed at the White House in 2009, opened his suit jacket to reveal a home-made “Occupy with Aloha” T-shirt. Then, instead of playing the expected instrumental background music, he spent almost 45 minutes repeatedly singing his protest ballad released earlier that day. The ballad, called “We Are the Many,” includes lines such as “The lobbyists at Washington do gnaw…. And until they are purged, we won’t withdraw,” and ends with the refrain: “We’ll occupy the streets, we’ll occupy the courts, we’ll occupy the offices of you, till you do the bidding of the many, not the few.”

Those who could hear Makana’s message included Presidents Barack Obama of the United States of America, Hu Jintao of China, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, and over a dozen other heads of state.

As she does every Monday morning, C&L’s Nicole Belle joined me in the second hour for our “Fools on the Hill” segment, in which we dissect the Sunday talking heads shows. This week, she gave us these clips:

If it’s Sunday, it’s time for more Republican stupidity. And boy, is there a whole lot of stupidity to share.

Michele Bachmann—who advocated turning this country into China at the foreign policy debate—actually crammed so much stupid into a minute and a half that it’s hard to believe that she hasn’t been marginalized completely off the national stage. When David Gregory asks her about her advocating to bring back waterboarding, she sides with Dick Cheney, saying that she—unlike opponents Colin Powell, John McCain and the generals on the ground—is interested in winning. She also re-asserted that Iraqis need to repay GIs for their service. This time she put a price tag on it: several million dollars each.

Meanwhile, Candy Crowley really, really wants her viewers to blame Democrats for all ills in this country. After asking on a reliably Blue Dog bipartisanship fetishist like LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to comment on national politics and the Super Committee –which he does in a storm of Republican memes of “necessary” entitlement cuts and everyone sacrificing—she asks him what he thinks of the environment in Washington DC (the mayor of Los Angeles, mind you, 3,500 miles away) and he makes the entirely non-controversial statement that it’s the most partisan it’s ever been. Crowley follows up inexplicably with the skeptical “Do you think that the Democrats are blameless in this?”

RNC Chair Reince Preibus also spoke with Candy Crowley and assured us that it’s simply “not true” that the Republicans takes the side of the wealthiest. It’s President Obama that is waging the class war…which Crowley thinks is clearly working.

Bill Kristol—who is never, ever correct—spent a little of his regular air time on Fox News Sunday to trash the Occupy Wall Street movement, because you know, it could hurt liberal causes. ‘Cause he cares.

And George Will—who is actually documented to be the least correct person on the Sunday shows—gets something right when he pronounces Herman Cain a test for Republicans, because those four women (actually, I think it’s five) could mean that there are far, far more.

Oct 242011

The Sandler Family 1963 (Nicole in the lower left hand corner at age 4)

I finished the show this morning with a brief mention that my mom died 32 years ago today.  She had leukemia, but that’s not what killed her.

The chemo destroyed so much of her insides that the doctor wanted to give her a colostomy bag.  My mom didn’t confide in me about her medical issues (her flawed reasoning was that she didn’t want us to worry), so all these years later, I still struggle with the facts.  But she did tell me that she refused the surgery. She wouldn’t get the bag because she didn’t want to be a freak.  At least, that’s how I remember it.

I remember also thinking “something’s got to give”… she can’t go on like this.  And she didn’t.

No, the leukemia didn’t kill her.  I think it was a brain hemorrhage.

I was away at college when my mom called to tell me she was going into the hospital.  ”Nothing to worry about. They’re just going to run some tests,” she told me on the phone.  The next day, I called the hospital, only to have my dad tell me that my mom couldn’t come to the phone because she was sleeping… but I knew I heard her voice.

The next day, my dad called and told me to come home.  When I got to the hospital, my mom was already in a coma.  My dad explained that he didn’t put her on the phone the day before because she was very frustrated — she couldn’t find the right words to say what she wanted to say.

The doctor told us she was brain dead, but they’d have to wait 24 hours to officially declare her dead.  Just like that.

I knew something had to give… but never thought it would be her life.

That’s how I feel today.  Something’s got to give.  I’m not talking about the life of any one person, but of our country.   At least we have people fighting back.

To be continued…

On today’s show, I spoke with two friends who have been taking part in the occupations in Chicago and Boston.

It was kind of noisy where Aaron Krager was sitting to talk to us about Occupy Chicago, but we got the gist of the fact that 130 people were arrested Saturday night, the nurses are heroes, Rahm Emanuel is as big of a dick as Mayor as he was as White House Chief of Staff, and the protesters are standing all night as opposed to lying down to sleep and getting arrested.

Aaron also told us about the petitions petitioning the Michelle Rhee bogus petitions at and  Click those links and sign those petitions please.

Former Chicagoan Matthew Filipowicz now lives in Boston, and has been hanging with the occupiers there…  he joined in to fill us in on Mayor Menino’s many positions (and I didn’t mispronounce Filipowicz once!) …

I get to spend the second hour of Monday’s shows with Nicole Belle of Crooks and Liars in a segment we call “Fools on the Hill”…. she watches those Sunday talking head shows so we don’t have to.  Here’s what she brought us today:

So here’s what I don’t understand about support for Republicans: how can you trust someone who tells you that government is the problem to actually be proficient in their role to run the government? Aren’t they pretty much guaranteeing you that they will be awful?

There was a whole lot of Republicans showing just how horrible they are. Andrew Sullivan quite astutely remarked that had with all his foreign policy successes, had Obama been a Republican, they would be clamoring to add his face to Mt. Rushmore. As it stands, however disappointingly centrist we perceive Obama, Republicans are falling all over themselves to spin his foreign policy successes into failures.

Michele Bachmann, whom I presume is only staying in the Republican presidential primary for a few more weeks until all donations dry up, not only doubled down on her recent GOP debate assertion that those ungrateful Iraqis should be reimbursing us for the cost of invading and occupying their country on false pretenses, but that if she was president, Gaddafi would probably still be in power.


Meanwhile, the news that American service members might actually be home for Christmas as the final drawdown of troops in Iraq should be completed by the end of this year has brought out the war cheerleaders in a big way. This drawdown, which incidentally, was negotiated by the Bush administration with the fledging Iraqi government before he left office, indicates to Lindsey Graham that Obama failed. Wannabe GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum says bluntly that Obama ‘lost the war in Iraq.’ Lord protect us from these Republicans with no concept of foreign policy from ever occupying the Oval Office.

Not that they have any good ideas on the domestic front either. Mitch McConnell took a rather cavalier attitude towards our public service workers, telling Candy Crowley that it wasn’t his problem that police and firefighters were facing layoffs.

But the ultimate cluelessness award this week has to go to Ron Paul. He unveiled his economic plan last week, which involves cutting one trillion dollars almost immediately from the budget, mostly by eliminating the Commerce, Energy, Education, Housing and Urban Development and Interior Department. This would cut 200,000 jobs that Paul calls “non-productive”. But never fear, he’s sure “nobody will be hurt” by these draconian cuts. He also thinks ending all federal student aid will actually be better for the country as well.

And if there’s time, Howard Kurtz decided to ask conservative pundits to weigh in on the media and OWS. Naturally, they celebrated the firing of NPR’s Lisa Simeone and condemned Dylan Ratigan’s campaign to reform campaign financing.




Sep 272010

It’s Monday, so that means we get to re-live some of the high and low points from yesterday’s Talking Head shows with Crooks & Liars’ Nicole Belle.  It’s a weekly segment we call “Fools on the Hill.”  Here’s what we’ll hit on today, with links to all the clips, and Nicole’s descriptions of them:

We’re six weeks away from the midterm elections and the media is in full swing determining the narratives that are going to take us through the elections.  It appears that the media wants us to be wildly dissatisfied with Obama and associate his policies with that dissatisfaction.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that Obama isn’t doing enough on his own to engender dissatisfaction, but the media throws out all these ridiculous, irrelevant (and sometimes, completely contradictory) memes to keep reinforcing in the public’s head that they should dislike Obama: he’s too intellectual, he’s not angry enough, he’s got an extremist left agenda, or he’s being too centrist and bipartisan, he’s too ambitious taking on health care, he’s not ambitious enough to take down DADT.  Any way you slice it, they find something wrong with what he’s doing.

Case in point: Chris Matthews wonders why Obama isn’t more like Bill Clinton and really feel our pain.

There’s a lot of disingenuousness to this clip.  First and foremost, it’s an entirely revisionist for Matthews to talk about Clinton this way.   The whole moniker of the “Villagers” originated from the way the Beltway cocktail circuit disdained the Clintons when they came to town, and felt that the Clintons were outsiders not paying proper homage to the society doyennes.  They MOCKED his empathy at the time, calling his “feel your pain” moment smarmy and dishonest.

And the truth is, it’s the Beltway media that doesn’t feel Americans pain.  That’s why they don’t ever question or contextualize Republicans continual spin doctoring to benefit the wealthiest 2% of the population.  And if Barack Obama had bitten his lip and told Velma Hart he did feel her pain, they would have mocked him for that too.

In fact, Chris Matthews is so eager to push out these media narratives that he actually framed a topic on his show that no one—but no one—thinks is a realistic possibility:  could the economy stay so bad and his popularity continued to drop that Obama decided to not run in 2012.

Now, no one thought it was a realistic possibility, but Chris Matthews actually got visibly excited when Michael Gerson of WaPo (and also GWB’s former speech writer and member of the WH Iraq Group, so no conflict of interest there) suggested that maybe Hillary could leave the State Department and get herself ready to slip into that 2012 campaign.  Again, it’s the subtext: Obama shouldn’t expect a second term .

Chris Van Hollen went on Meet the Press and actually did a good job saying something that I think the Democrats need to say constantly:  the Republicans’ answer of tax cuts as the be all and end all for all economic woes is just utter nonsense.

That’s the thing that just drives me nuts: if tax cuts were that great a stimuli in creating jobs and improving the economy, we wouldn’t be in the shape we’re in.   The Republicans have done a good job of creating these bumper sticker sayings in lieu of sound economic theories.  They sound good superficially, but a simple look at the economic history of this country shows that the opposite of what they say is true.   If you look at it historically, if you RAISE taxes on the wealthy, they actually do a better job of stimulating the economy and creating jobs, because they redirect income back into their companies rather than pay it in taxes.

Pence also made a big show about worrying about the deficit and talking about fiscal responsibility, but even after David Gregory hilarious used Jon Stewart to make the point that the Republicans’ laughable Pledge to America is just a rehash of the same old Republican policies that the American people have rejected.

The other ‘inside baseball’ thing about Pence to keep an eye on is his own political ambitions.  It’s not a secret in Washington that he would like to be the Speaker of the House should the Republicans retake the majority, but that would mean taking out John Boehner as the presumptive Speaker.  Now I can’t prove this and I would not stake anything on this, but my understanding is that the discussion of an affair between John Boehner and a lobbyist (that blogger Mike Stark asked him about and got a strange non-denial) was initially leaked by a fellow Republican and several Washington aides I know suspect Pence.

Then there’s Mitch O’Donnell, who appeared on This Week and said some truly bizarre and fact-free assertions that host Christiane Amanpour didn’t even pause at. (It’s a 9 ½ minute clip.  The pertinent part is at around 1:45 and goes to 3:15 or so. )

He calls Social Security and Medicare “unfunded liabilities” which is just crazy talk.  That FICA deduction from your paycheck?  That FUNDS Social Security.

And then finally, CBS Sunday Morning gave a television producer a chance to respond to Ben Stein, who whined this week that it’s just unfair to raise taxes on the wealthy.  Because, you know, other than the money he inherited from his parents, he’s worked for his money.

I love it when grown-ups take charge of the conversation.

Nicole Belle will be with us in the second hour- at around 11:30 ET – following a news update from the Talk Radio News Service.

I’ll start the show with a look at some of the news stories that caught my eye this morning, followed by a visit from Beth Becker and Neal Rauhauser of Progressive PST, who helps candidates via social media and blogs.  They have a great story to tell about fending off a smear campaign on AZ Congressman Raul Grijalva.

Plus, Jim Hightower’s commentary, The Green News Report and the Media Matters Minute.

Check back this afternoon for the podcast!

Aug 232010

I’m a bit misty eyed today, as I sent my daughter off to her first day of middle school this morning.  I remember her first day of kindergarten as if it was yesterday. Where does the time go?

One of her subjects is World History.  I look forward to reading the text book to see how it’s presented.  In this political climate, I worry about how our kids are taught, and a whole lot more…

This blog will be short today, as I waited at home until she arrived home from school to see how it went (Fine Mom).  And then rushed to the studio.  And I’ll rush home to spend some time with her before her bedtime… all 15 minutes.

On today’s show, I’ll speak with Howie Klein of Down With Tyranny and the Blue America PAC… they endorsed just one Florida candidate in tomorrow’s primary: Doug Tudor, who will also join me this evening.

Yes, Blue America also endorsed Alan Grayson, who participated in an online chat today at Crooks & Liars, but he’s not being challenged in the primary.  He is, however, being targeted in the general election!

***Update*** Congressman Grayson called into the show too.  He told us about the crazy cadre of Republicans who are vying to challenge him for his seat in November.  Unfortunately, the DCCC is not helping him out, so it’s up to us to make sure he has enough in his campaign coffers to stay in Congress.  He has a moneybomb going on today at  Go and throw in a few bucks if you’re in the position to do so.

Victoria Jones checked in with a news report from the Talk Radio News Service.  Her latest piece for Huffington Post is “Hey First Amendment This — Cruel Entitles Dr. Laura and Narcissistic Saint Sarah.”

And in hour two, Nicole Belle of Crooks & Liars returns for our weekly Fools on the Hill segment, discussing the Sunday talking head shows.  Here’s her take on the Sunday shows:

So I think today’s theme is cluelessness:

Chris Matthews asks his panel if the Tea Party will have veto power over the 2012 GOP nominee.  First and foremost, they are using Sarah Palin as some benchmark of influence, which is ludicrous.  Her endorsement is by no means a shoo-in for any candidate right now, and there’s nothing that says her influence will strengthen in the intervening years.  If anything, if she opts to pursue a national candidacy herself, I suspect that the media scrutiny will result in her having even less credibility.

It also gives the tea party itself far more credit than they deserve.  I think we’ve seen middling electoral success from them in primary races, but they have yet to show themselves successful in full elections and given the polls for Angle, Paul and others, I don’t think they should crow just yet.

Which segues nicely into Howard Dean.  He points out to Candy Crowley that although the conventional wisdom is that the party in power suffers electorally in mid-terms, when your alternative is the Party of No, conventional wisdom may be wrong.

And then we have Dick Armey, the corporate head of the Tea Party, spouting off some truly unbelievable stuff:

He says that Medicare trashes the Constitution.  Huh?   What does he think those lazy, entitled senior citizens should do?  Work to pay for their Alzheimer’s treatment?  For proof, he brings up the example of “the” Christian Scientist, whom we apparently should feel bad is being forced to sign up for a doctor to get Social Security.  Of course, no one says he has to GO to the doctors, just sign up for Medicare.   But again, David Gregory falls down on the job of calling out this crap, and lets Armey filibuster through the segment and not allow Granholm to respond.

And then, in light of the protests on the Cordoba House in NYC over the weekend, Fareed Zakaria wants to remind Americans that we are not in a war with Islam and that al Qaeda hates factions of Islam as bad as they hate us.

By the way, a commenter made this video of the NYC protests when the haters went after a passerby, who happened to be a construction worker at Ground Zero and not a Muslim.

George Will thinks that the Mideast peace process is the biggest obstacle to Mideast peace.

Amazingly, I actually agree with him if only for this story:

I think if we really want to see Mideast peace, then the US needs to come to grips with the dichotomy between what Israel officially tells us and what they say behind closed doors.

And then Fox chooses to use Judith Miller of all people to discuss the study that American people have lost faith in broadcast news

Really, what can you say about them using the person the Bush White House used to feed propaganda about invading Iraq to?

Jul 262010

Nicole Sandler with Dan Choi

Yes, on tonight’s show, I’ll share some of the highlights of Netroots Nation, which wrapped up yesterday in Las Vegas.  I made it through with little injury, despite my best efforts.

I thoroughly embarrassed myself in front of Amy Goodman, Brad Friedman, Jason Leopold, Shannyn Moore, Jeanne Devon, and a whole host of others… but some of them embarrassed themselves too!

I was fortunate enough to do the show from the exhibit hall on Thursday (just scroll down to listen to the show with Amy Goodman, Brad Friedman, Shannyn Moore, Jeanne Devon, Markos Moulitsas, the executive directors of both Democracy for America and Netroots Nation, Senatorial candidates Scott McAdams from Alaska and Rodney Glassman, and a bunch of others I can’t remember off the top of my head!

Over the course of the rest of the conference, I was able to tape interviews with Lt. Dan Choi, Congressman Alan Grayson, LGBT activist Gloria Nieto, DFA chairman Jim Dean,’s Tim Karr, and Congressional candidate Tarryl Clark (running against Michele Bachmann). I’ll share those interviews with you over the course of this week…

We’ll start with Dan Choi tonight.  I spoke with him Saturday afternoon, not too long after Daily Kos’ Joan McCarter (McJoan) gave Choi’s West Point ring to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid… a moment you can watch here:

Also on tonight’s show, I’ll speak with Derrick Crowe of Brave New Foundation about the latest from wikileaks, and Crooks & Liars’ Nicole Belle is back for our regular Monday discussion of what happened on the Sunday talking head shows.

Jun 282010

With no end in sight. Ugh.

Aside from the ongoing tragedy in the Gulf of Mexico, today was a busy news day.

Senator Robert Byrd died this morning. If nothing else, he should be remembered for speaking out against the war in Iraq. Check the bottom of this post for the video of that wise and prescient speech.

The Supreme Court ruled against states rights on gun control. I guess we’re returning to the wild west.

Today is also the last day of this term of the Supreme Court, and the last day Justice John Paul Stevens sits on the bench.

It was also the first day of the Elena Kagan Supreme Court confirmation hearings.

Yes, a busy day… after a busy weekend!

We’ve been hearing for quite a while now about Sarah Palin’s $75,000 speaking fee for a talk at Cal State University’s Stanlislaus campus. Students and faculty alike have been protesting the engagement as their tuitions are rising and scholarships are cut, but Palin gets $75k, and the expenses for her travel, etc. add another $18,000 on to the tab.

But the speech happened on Saturday, and the wonderfully detailed Palingates blog had all the dirt. And the video that captured the brutally honest comments of the cameramen who sat through the speech. Watch for yourself:

Tonight on the show, we talked about that speech and more Palin with Patrick Palingates, who writes his part of the blog from Germany along with Regina Palingates, who writes hers from France.

I was also joined by Dan Howells, deputy campaigns director for Greenpeace, who explained to us what they’re doing about the BP disaster.

Victoria Jones checked in with an update from the Talk Radio News Service.

And Susie Madrak of Crooks & Liars joined me to discuss her experience this weekend at the America Speaks town hall event, which turned into a discussion about the skillsets lacking in the progressive movement.

And now for the speech to remember Senator Byrd by…

Jun 242010

I finally did a little searching today to find out exactly what the Mayans predicted would happen on Dec. 21, 2012. It turns out that they did not predict the end of the world.

According to USA Today,

“For the ancient Maya, it was a huge celebration to make it to the end of a whole cycle,” says Sandra Noble, executive director of the Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies in Crystal River, Fla. To render Dec. 21, 2012, as a doomsday or moment of cosmic shifting, she says, is “a complete fabrication and a chance for a lot of people to cash in.”

But the theories abound, and that same USA Today piece also says,

Part of the 2012 mystique stems from the stars. On the winter solstice in 2012, the sun will be aligned with the center of the Milky Way for the first time in about 26,000 years. This means that “whatever energy typically streams to Earth from the center of the Milky Way will indeed be disrupted on 12/21/12 at 11:11 p.m. Universal Time,” Joseph writes.

Regardless, at the rate we’re going, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the world implode by the end of 2012.

As  Naomi Klein writes today in The Nation, “There’s a Hole in the World.”

Aside from the hole in the world, the level of anger in the US seems to be at an all time high. The crazies are on a rampage and they seem determined to make the Obama administration fail, even if it means the total destruction of our country.

But it’s not only here.  The middle east is as volatile as ever, with no signs of relief.  The Islamic world wants the rest of us to pay, and the Christians aren’t a whole lot better.

I’m wondering if there’s a discarded island that Survivor no longer needs where some of us can go to start our own safe corner of the world.

On tonight’s show, I’ll speak with Dave Rauschkolb, the man who came up with the idea of Hands Across the Sand.

Dave started this event last year as a way to call attention to the dangers of off-shore drilling. How ironic is it that today, the beaches where he lives (between Destin and Pensacola, Florida) are awash in oil and tar balls.  Also troubling is the fact that his website, which allows people to find a gathering near them, has been down for most of the day.  Kind of makes you wonder….

If, for some reason, the site doesn’t come back up, you can still find all the information on facebook.  But plan to show up at a beach near you on Saturday at noon to join in the protest and say enough to this madness!

John Amato, founder of Crooks & Liars, will join in to talk about his new book-written with C&L editor Dave Neiwert, “Over the Cliff: How Obama’s Election Drove the American Right Insane

***Update*** I started the show with a couple of sad and horrifying videos.  Watch, because you should. And show up at a Hands Across the Sand event on Saturday to show your disgust.

A quick note to fans of the show.  I truly apologize for the invasion of obnoxious pre-pubescent kids calling and infiltrating the chatroom this week. Apparently I’ve  been targeted.

Hopefully they’ll forget about me by Monday.  Just in case, we’ll do our chatting at Nova Exile, where it’s much easier to keep them out. I hope you’ll join us there.

Jun 212010

***Update*** Wow.  At least you know it’s live radio.  Tonight’s show didn’t go at all as planned.

As you likely know, I stream my show live on both an audio stream (hosted by our friends at and video (via Ustream). Ustream also has a chat program that I use during the show. Unfortunately, tonight my chat room was invaded by a bunch of obviously pre-pubescent teens who thought it funny to disrupt a live radio show.

To make matters worse, time zone issues got the best of me tonight too, as Claudia Wright had the wrong time!  (Did Mercury go back retrograde while I wasn’t looking?)

Perhaps it was just that Monday had it in for me…

Anyway, Howie Klein stepped in at the last minute to tell us a bit about Claudia Wright, and also mentioned that Crooks & Liars will have a live chat with Tarryl Clark-who is running against the batshit crazy Michelle Bachmann in Minnesota- this Saturday.

Thankfully, our regular segment with Nicole Belle went off without a hitch…  And tomorrow’s another day….


Yes, you read that correctly. Claudia Wright is, indeed, the great great granddaughter of the Mormon church’s Brigham Young. She’s a gay woman, and a true progressive, and she’s mounted a primary challenge to the Blue Dog incumbent in Utah’s 2nd Congressional District, Jim Matheson.

Tomorrow is primary day in Utah, and Claudia Wright joins us tonight on Radio or Not.  Read a bit more about her on Down With Tyranny. While you’re out on the internets, you might want to help Claudia and other progressive candidates through the Blue America PAC.

In hour two, Nicole Belle of Crooks & Liars is back with our regular Monday feature, Life During Wartime, as we deconstruct the Sunday Talking Heads Shows….

Apr 152010

I’m a bad host… a very bad host. I was just too tired last night to write this blog entry, letting you know who was on the show and giving you links to find out more about who they are and what we talked about. So now, I get to pull double duty again!

So, we’ll make this quick (as I still have to post tonight’s show and blog!)

We started the show last night as we do most Wednesdays, with Christy Harvey of the Center for American Progress, and a discussion of some of the stories she shares with us at

Since Florida politics is all over the news today, I called on my former colleague (and favorite political reporter in Florida), Jim DeFede. He’s an investigative reporter for CBS-4 here in Miami, and a contributor to the Daily Beast, where he recently wrote a piece introducing the rest of the country to Marco Rubio. (We here in Florida sincerely apologize for that one!)  Jim and I filled the rest of you in on the heinous education bill that the GOP-led Florida legislature passed, and talked about the challenges facing Charlie Crist. (Note: one of Jim’s predictions came true today, but for that, you’ll have to read Thursday’s blog and listen to the podcast!)

After a news update from Talk Radio News Service‘s Ellen Ratner (and some stalling due to phone problems in Los Angeles), I finally connected with Crooks & Liars founder John Amato to talk news and politics….

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