I know, two disparate topics today, but sometimes you must veer out of the political into the real world… We always try to do both.
After a brief discussion of the Super Tuesday results (no big surprises on the presidential front; Dennis Kucinich and Mary Jo Kilroy lose :( , Mean Jean Schmidt loses!, and Joe the Plumber squeezes by an unknown…) we moved on to other issues of great importance.
Anthony Badami joined me from the Daily Agenda, where he has been one of the few, lonely voices to write about the truly heinous HR 347 that passed the Senate by unanimous consent(!) and the House last week by a vote of 388-3, with what seems to be a record -42 – members not voting! Of this bill, Anthony wrote Congress Votes to End Protest, and Why HR 347 Could Lead to Enormous Federal Abuse of Protesters.
The bill, entitled Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011 would make a federal crime out of protesting on federal property or when the Secret Service is present. The official summary reads
Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011 – Amends the federal criminal code to revise the prohibition against entering restricted federal buildings or grounds to impose criminal penalties on anyone who knowingly enters any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority. Defines “restricted buildings or grounds” as a posted, cordoned off, or otherwise restricted area of: (1) the White House or its grounds or the Vice President’s official residence or its grounds, (2) a building or grounds where the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting, or (3) a building or grounds so restricted due to a special event of national significance.
In the second hour, we addressed the issue of ADD/ADHD. In case you’re not aware, the letters stand for Attention Deficit Disorder, and Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, the second of which we struggle with here (yes, Alison has pretty severe ADHD).
Last month, I was fortunate enough to go to a CHADD meeting at which Chris Dendy spoke. It was just what I needed. Chris has lived the nightmare I’m living, and now helps people like me get through it and help our kids at the same time!
I’m reading a few of her books, and I invited her to come on the show this morning to share her wisdom with all of us. I hope you’ll listen and share her knowledge too!
What a difference a day makes! Although I’m not 100% yet, I am feeling much better today. And it’s a good thing, because it was a very busy show tonight…
It had been a while since I last spoke with Congressman Dennis Kucinich. He joined me tonight to talk about the wars and what it’ll take to end them, health care reform and why he voted the way he did, financial reform, and more… If you happen to be in Washington DC on Thursday, join him for a “Teach In on Capital Hill: What Congress Must Do to End US Wars and Help Secure a Peaceful Middle East“ (More about the Teach In tomorrow, with activist David Swanson.)
Environmentalist/Activist/Author Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, has a new book out… Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet. We talked about the book, the crazy weather we’ve been experiencing lately and how it’s all connected to climate change.
Ellen Ratner checked in with a news update from the Talk Radio News Service.
But there’s more…. My boyfriend sent me this column about Pat Tillman, written by Bill Dwyre, sports columnist for the LA Times. I was so impressed with what he wrote so I emailed him and asked him to join me to discuss it…
And finally, I checked in with investigative journalist Greg Palast to talk about his latest piece for Truthout.org “Behind the Arizona Immigration Law: The GOP Game to Swipe the November Election” — another way to look at the insanity from the most unwelcoming state in the nation…
And one more thing… Senator Carl Levin is my hero of the week, thanks to this line of questioning from today’s hearing on Goldman Sachs…