Elections

Moyers nails it

Once again, the inestimable Bill Moyers displays how a real journalist should act:

The Democratic Party has become like the Republican Party-- deeply influenced by corporate money. I think Rahm Emanuel, who's a clever politician, understands that the money for Obama's re-election will come primarily from the health industry, the drug industry and Wall Street. He is a corporate Democrat who is determined that there won't be something in this legislation-- if we get it-- that will turn off those powerful interests.

 

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 There’s this fear that Barack Obama will become the Grover Cleveland of this era – Grover Cleveland was a good man, but he became a conservative Democratic President because he didn’t fight the powerful interests – people say Obama should be FDR – I’d much rather see him be Theodore Roosevelt --– Teddy Roosevelt loved to fight – … I think if Obama fought instead of really finessed it so much . . . I think it would change the atmosphere.

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As we survey the grim fact that -- despite big majorities in both houses of Congress, a popular and charismatic president, and solid public approval -- we may very well not get the kind of health care changes that befit a civilized nation, it's hard not to sink into a profound cynicism. We have never had an opportunity this good, and who knows when another one will come along. Money wins the day, forever and ever, amen.

-A

H/T Digby

A call to fill Oregon's black leadership void

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Thu, 08/27/2009

Black leadership is on the rise - from the White House to corporate giants like Xerox Corp. In progressive Oregon, however, blacks currently hold no elected positions in the city, county or regional governments within the metropolitan area where most of their community resides. These political disparities are more than matched by economic, social, health and education disparities that have left black Oregonians impoverished.

Charles McGee and Johnell Bell, co-founders of the Black Parent Initiative, believe the time has come for this to change.

55:40 minutes (44.6 MB)

Voices from the Edge on 08/27/09

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Thu, 08/27/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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A call to fill Oregon's black leadership void: An Interview with Chrles McGee and Johnell Bell

Black leadership is on the rise - from the White House to corporate giants like Xerox Corp. In progressive Oregon, however, blacks currently hold no elected positions in the city, county or regional governments within the metropolitan area where most of their community resides. These political disparities are more than matched by economic, social, health and education disparities that have left black Oregonians impoverished.

Joe Uris covers Health Care and the War in Afghanistan

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Mon, 08/24/2009

 The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show
 Hosted by Abe Proctor and Joe Uris

Abe is on vacation today, so Joe Uris invites callers to share thoughts on the Health Care debate, Government programs in general, the Insurance industry, the War in Afghanistan, the Bush era Torture debacle, and the lack of Activism in these trying times.

57:53 minutes (26.5 MB)

It's garden-variety racism, people

White people, of course, having never experienced the business end of institutionalized racism, can only achieve an approximate understanding of it. Fortunately, Tim Wise is on the scene to help. Here's Wise on how racism is driving the opposition to health care.

"You know full well that no one is talking about wanting to go back to the days of segregation."

Well, no, I don't know it. I don't know that at all, seeing as how so many of the tea-bag set and anti-health care folks make "taking their country back" one of the most prominent lines of their vocalized outrage. What does that mean, coming from people in their 60s and 70s, for whom the America of their youth was indeed a white supremacist place? A place where white hegemony could be taken as a given, something that could be presumed in perpetuity? What does it mean when someone says that they want to go back to the country the way the founders envisioned it, as many have also explained at these rallies? After all, they envisioned a white republic. They envisioned and sought out the extirpation of indigenous peoples, most believed in the enslavement of African peoples, and none truly believed that blacks should be treated as equals.

-A

Cuz, y'know, it helps me think

August 17, 2009

So, apparently public debate about health care is ... intimidating somehow, because more and more folks are showing up to town hall meetings with guns.

From the Arizona Republic:

A man, who decided not to give his name, was walking around the pro-health care reform rally at 3rd and Washington streets, with a pistol on his hip, and an AR-15 (a semi-automatic assault rifle) on a strap over his shoulder.

"Because I can do it," he said when asked why he was armed. "In Arizona, I still have some freedoms."

Two police officers were staying very close to the man.

I suppose this man needs to demonstrate that he has "some freedoms" because it's so unnerving and menacing to discuss ... health care.

-A

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 08/18/09

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Tue, 08/18/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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The Powers that Be have ensured that our health remains for sale.

In what will surely one day be known as a case study in the downfall of our Republic, the Congress and -- presumably -- the President are poised to enact health care 'reform' legislation that won't allow us to opt into a Medicare-style single-payer plan. In related news, the for-profit health care industry has spent about $1.5 million per day on Capitol Hill over the past several weeks to make sure that we never have that option.

The score? Plutocrats 587, People 0.

 

Voices of the Middle East on 08/14/09

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Fri, 08/14/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am
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Upcoming elections in Afghanistan

Goudarz Eghtedari reports on upcoming elections in Afghanistan, his guests are Amin Wahab and Ahmad Qayoumi, both Portlanders from Afghani descent.
 

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 08/11/09

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Tue, 08/11/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am

What's the thread running through the Birther movement, the health care protests, fear of socialism, anti-immigrationism, and generalized wingnut craziness? It's Oppressed White Man Syndrome. The United States will be a "majority minority" nation sometime around 2042. Resisting that fact is as foolish as it is bigoted. Deal with it, White Dudes.

It Takes A Village

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It Takes A Village
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The name of the new show, by veteran KBOO programmer, Shaheed Haamid It Takes A Village is from an old African proverb that recognizes the diversity, differences and unity needed to make a community work. It Takes A Village will attempt to examine some of the current political and social issues affecting our local as well as global community today, in order to view situations and peoples from a multi-dimensional perspective.

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