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Old Mole Variety Hour for March 9, 2009

program date: 
Sun, 03/08/2009

Is the Obama  presidency more  of the "same old, same old"?  Or does it offer new political horizons for progressives?  This program looks at the new administration from several perspectives.  In honor of International Women's Day, we learn about Clara Zetkin, founder of this commemoration, and Peggy Seeger who brought a left feminist politics to folk music.  To hear the whole show, click on the arrow above. To hear individual pieces, follow their links below:

1.  The foxes are still in charge of the financial henhouse, says Bill Black, author of The Best Way to Rob a Bank is to Own One.  

51:45 minutes (29.61 MB)

The New Obama Coalition

program date: 
Sun, 03/08/2009

The Obama presidency is opening up significant new political space for  the left, says Linda Burnham, co-founder and former executive director of the Women of Color Resource Center.

Here she talks with the Old Mole's Bill Resnick about what progressives can do in this new climate.   Read her Znet article on this topic here.  

15:25 minutes (8.83 MB)

Circle A Radio playlist for 12/03/2008

Air date: 
12/03/2008

Proposition 8 and the fight for Marriage Equality
Proposition 8 was passed this November in California. It changed the state Constitution  to restrict the definition of marriage to a union between a man and a woman and eliminated the right of same-sex couples to marry .
We explore the issues of marriage equality, people of color and the LGBT movement. with Thomas Wheatley, Organizing Director of Basic Rights Oregon, and  Bonnie Tinker and The Rev. Cecil Charles Prescod from Love Makes a Family.

Dear Leader

 So, as we will discuss on the show tomorrow, Washington is in the throes of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. This is an event where the purest of the ideologically pure gather to congratulate themselves on having ascended to the pinnacle of Western civilization.

Predictably, hilarity ensues.

But this year, something strange happened when Rush Limbaugh delivered his much-anticipated speech the other night. Granted, Limbaugh constitutes a strange event in and of himself, but that's not what I mean. On Saturday, Limbaugh spoke for about 90 minutes, all of which was broadcast without commercial interruption on three different networks -- CNN, CSPAN, and FOX News. So he could, you know, talk about how he wants the president to fail:

 

‘It doesn’t matter to me what his race is. He’s liberal, and that’s what matters.’

‘The racism in our culture was exclusively and fully on display in the Democrat primary last year,’ Limbaugh said. ‘We didn’t ask if he was authentically black. What we were asking, was, ‘Was he wrong?’ We concluded, ‘Yes.’ ‘

‘The racism, the sexism, the bigotry that we are all charged with ... doesn’t exist on our side,’ he added. ‘We want everybody to succeed.’

 

What, I'm wondering, is so earthshaking about Rush Limbaugh that he deserves 90 minutes of uninterrupted time on commercial TV? Can anyone think of an analogous figure on the left that has ever been granted such a boon? Anyone?

Limbaugh is clearly the leader of the Republican Party. Newly-elected GOP chair Michael Steele is the latest luminary to be forced to issue an abject apology to El Rushbo. Conservatives cross this guy at their peril.

The good news is that if Rush is calling the tune, the party will soon be over. Could there be any clearer evidence of the fact that the GOP is now a rump party, with solid support only in the South?

-A

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 03/03/09

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Tue, 03/03/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Fun with conservatives, the (non-) State of the Union, and the end of the war (?)

 Abe and Joe enjoy the clown show that is the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, take on President Obama's historic almost-State of the Union address, and examine the president's plan to withdraw from Iraq.

 

Redneck America

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 Those of you who have listened to the show for awhile now know that I have made intermittent attempts to expose our listeners to the conservative psyche, and, in particular, those who get paid to espouse and minister to it. These attempts have met with a mixed response, divided roughly between those who, like me, find conservatives interesting in a train-wreck sort of way, and those who feel there time has been wasted merely by being exposed to what people like O'Reilly and Limbaugh have to say.

Well, I'm going to keep doing it. It's important to know the idioms and memes that drive the hardcore 25-30 percent who will always support the GOP. The End-Timers. The Good Ol' Boys. The "NASCAR Voters." It's important to understand what they're saying and how they think.

Alexandra Pelosi has made a documentary, "Right America: Feeling Wronged," which is airing now on HBO. For those of us who don't subscribe to HBO, it will probably be available for rent in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, here's a clip.

Watch it.

-A

H/T, Pandagon

Political Perspectives on 03/03/09

Air date: 
Tue, 03/03/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Chris Andreae hosts this special featuring the voices of members of the RNC 8. They organized the Welcoming Committee that greeted Republicans as they streamed into the Republican National Convention in the Twin Cities. Eight people have been charged with the crime of political organizing. The arrests targeted known organizers in an attempt to derail 2008 anti-RNC protests in St. Paul before the convention had even begun. The RNC 8 were originally charged with conspiracy to riot in the second degree in the furtherance of terrorism, a felony which is the first ever use of Minnesota’s Patriot Act.

What gives?

 Huh. Apparently, during the Bush administration's waning days, Cheney lobbied ferociously for a pardon of Scooter Libby. And Dubya wouldn't budge.

 

In the waning days of the Bush administration, Vice President Dick Cheney launched a last-ditch campaign to persuade his boss to pardon Lewis (Scooter) Libby - and was furious when President George W. Bush wouldn't budge.

Sources close to Cheney told the Daily News the former vice president repeatedly pressed Bush to pardon Libby, arguing his ex-chief of staff and longtime alter ego deserved a full exoneration - even though Bush had already kept Libby out of jail by commuting his 30-month prison sentence.

"He tried to make it happen right up until the very end," one Cheney associate said.

Again, huh. I wonder what's up there? Come to think of it, I didn't hear anything at all about Bush pardons. Anybody know what's going on?

-A

 

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 02/17/09

Air date: 
Tue, 02/17/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Clarifying last week's remarks on our new president

 Several listeners have let us know that they thought we were too hard on President Obama last week. Give him a break, they said. He's only been on the job a little while.

This week we aim to clear the air. Let's start by saying unequivocally that we're still in the president's camp, emphatically so. But we're still going to do what we said we would during the campaign -- call for Obama to do the right thing.

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