Andrew’s yesterday’s news. Now, it’s all about Rush Limbaugh’s asinine bombastic spewing from the mouth. But I wanted to give Breitbart a proper send-off. After today, I’ll not speak of him (until the coroner’s report comes out and my thoughts are confirmed, or not).
Anyway, after confirming the details of his death shortly before showtime yesterday, I played a few short portions of my appearance with him on the Marc Germain Show on Talk Radio One on October 8, 2008. Although we had never spoken before, the two of us were invited on to debate the presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain that had happened earlier that evening.
It was during yesterday’s show that I decided to come in for a rare Friday show, and play the whole appearance in its entirety, as a way to show why I had formed such a low opinion of the man. As I said yesterday, I don’t believe in whitewashing a man’s life just because he died!
(By the way, prior to this morning, my Friday mornings for the past 6 years were occupied by a part-time job. I voice tracked weekends for a music station in Des Moines. That ended yesterday with a phone call telling me the station had gotten the money to hire someone locally, which is a good thing. I’m happy for them – but sad for me. I could use another paying gig!)
Anyway… In addition to playing the appearance I mentioned earlier, I reached out to our host that evening, Marc Germain, for a quick conversation. And I read Matt Taibbi’s very honest and, in my opinion, quite generous obit of Breitbart, “Andrew Breitbart: Death of a Douche!”.
And I finished up with the reason we will get to see what killed Andy, as there are lots of sycophants out there claiming Obama had him killed. Here’s a sampling:
There are lots more where those came from!
Once you stop laughing, please remember we have a big week of shows coming up again next week. I’ll be back Monday morning, 10am ET …. radio or not!
Tomorrow marks two months since the Occupy movement officially began in Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan. Since then, the occupations have spread to all 50 states and upwards of 80 counties around the globe. Although some tactics may have to change in the wake of the NYPD’s brutal eviction and demolition of the original occupation, the toothpaste can’t be put back into the tube!
I’ve been a fan of Matt Taibbi‘s since I began paying attention to serious reporting. I first interviewed him back on Air America in March of 2009, when he was putting the truly complicated crimes being committed by Wall Street into accessible articles for Rolling Stone that even I could follow and understand. (Yes, click on the link to hear that interview!)
I’ve been reading his take on the Occupy movement at Rolling Stone, and truly appreciate his struggle with his hopes for its success alongside his feelings that they were making some mistakes. A month into the occupation, Taibbi penned a piece called “My Advice to the Occupy Wall Street Protesters” – in which he suggested five demands they might want to focus on.
His newest piece for RS – “How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love the OWS Protests” – began with an admission you rarely hear from anyone in the mainstream media:
I have a confession to make. At first, I misunderstood Occupy Wall Street.
It was so good that I asked him to come on the show to talk about it. Then the NYPD raided Liberty Square (Zucotti)… So, we had a lot to talk about this morning.
Yesterday, while the protesters were trying to get back into the park after a judge had issued a temporary restraining order allowing them to do so, lots of people were milling around the perimeter – including Steven Thrasher of the Village Voice. He witnessed the NY Post’s Andrea Peyser excoriating a man for bringing his son down to the protest. The man, a Canadian tourist, explained that he’s from Canada, and they bring their kids to protests regularly!.
Another man witnessed the exchange and asked Peyser what her problem was. After she said “Fuck You” to him, he must have called her an old lady, because she responded with “I’m not as old as I look.”
I think I can attest to that. I went to elementary school with Peyser, who was known as Edna Peyser then. I’ve been informed by another classmate show somehow felt compelled to defend Peyser’s nastiness that she has legally changed the unfortunate name as it was a source of much teasing when she was younger. Perhaps that’s what turned her into a bitter old bitch.
I spoke with Steven Thrasher about his encounter, written up for the Village Voice “Andrea Peyser at Zuccotti: ‘I’m Not As Old As I Look.’ (Also ‘Fuck You’)” — of course, I had to have him on the show to tell him of our time together in school. I even have photo proof:
Just posting these pictures… because I could!
And Jeremy Koulish also joined in today from Main Street Insider, to talk ALEC and voter suppression bills.
That’s the cover of the April 15 edition of Rolling Stone magazine, one of the few magazines we still subscribe to here in this house. Yes, I like the music, but it’s the journalistic gems – most importantly from Matt Taibbi – that keep me coming back for more.
Taibbi’s latest, “The Real Housewives of Wall Street“, gets behind the top-secret walls of the Fed and exposes massive, sickening giveaways of our tax dollars. I won’t paraphrase Taibbi, but instead tell you to click the link, read the story, and listen to our interview. Yes, it will make you angry. But first we get angry… then we take action!
Another topic that’s sure to enrage you is that of the rising cost of a gallon of gas. Tyson Slocum, director of Public Citizen’s Energy program, will join in to tell us the reason behind the recent spike, what’s causing it, and what can be done to stop it.