The reactionaries in this country have long had a habit of creating simple sound bites to cover up complex issues. These minimal memes are easy to remember and much easier than thinking issues out, so naturally they work for the business of herding people around. The Left has long resented this practice, even as we see time and again that the practice works. For example, the Right doesn't have to bother stating their desire to control women by forcing them to carry babies against their will--they just say "abortion kills babies" and let the lie work its magic. The equation of a fertilized egg with a cute little baby might be unfair to honest debate, but they aren't interested in honest debate, they want mind control.
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Today, Kayse and Grassia welcome some of the producers of the new film "Papers: The Movie" that deals with people's lives as they turn 18 without "Documentation." In the Studio today were José Luis and Manuel Morales, student producers, and Eric Ward by phone from Chicago.
Stephanie Potter speaks with Walt Brown and his wife Beverly about their findings related to the background leading to petition to recall Mayor Sam Adams. Walt Brown is a former state senator, former Navy defense council and judge, and former law school professor at Lewis and Clark. His wife Beverly has been an activist for over 30 years. Both have looked deeply into the information about what Sam Adams did and didn't do and they urge people to base their judgments on facts, not rumors.
Hordes of Real Americans (TM) descended on Washington this weekend as the Teabaggers held their "Sept. 12" march and rally. You know, the kind of event where people are so patriotic they fly Confederate flags and call for the president to be sent to Kenya. It's all part of the continuing outbreak of Aggrieved White Man Syndrome, which is what happens when a privileged group begins to lose the prestige to which it feels entitled.
Curtis Edward McCarty was convicted and sentenced to death twice for a 1982 murder in Oklahoma City. After repeated court battles and 21 years in prison - 19 on death row - McCarty was exonerated and released following a 2005 appeals court ruling based on new DNA evidence and findings of a "continued pattern of government misconduct." McCarty was the 124th person in the United States to be exonerated and released since 1973 after spending time on death row.
Jo Ann and Dave talk with McCarty about his experience and his struggle to win his freedom.