Politics

Locus Focus on 08/06/08

Program: 
Locus Focus
Air date: 
Wed, 08/06/2008 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
What's wrong with off-shore oil drilling and why is this bad idea gaining political traction?

Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein talks with Richard Charter, with Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, about the recent push for lifting moratoriums on off-shore oil drilling, why the idea seems to be winning public support and what is wrong with the plan.

2008 Election Racism, Offshore Drilling, and "New Capitalism"

program date: 
Mon, 08/04/2008

Hosts Abe Proctor and Joe Uris cover the entire political spectrum, with today's show centered around Racism in the 2008 Elections (and our culture in general), how off-shore drilling is more smokescreen than solution to our energy problems, and they introduce the concept of the "New Capitalism" for later discussion.

56:42 minutes (25.96 MB)

FNB Politics

Apropos of my earlier post, here's Rick Perstein from March 2007:

... Rush Limbaugh calls the insufficiently martial Iraq Study Group “James Baker’s Fruit Salad.” To those with good memories who pay very close attention, this is a reference to the former secretary of state’s preference that the report be considered in its entirety rather than picked over like a fruit salad. But, to right-wingers who’ve forgotten that (the lion’s share, no doubt), the nickname made just as much sense. The report recommended diplomacy. Isn’t that kind of … fruity? And, in a nod to Ailes, Limbaugh has taken to calling Fox News’s chief competitor “PMSNBC.”

The only Democratic leaders who aren’t feminized, of course, are the women. With them, it’s just the opposite. Limbaugh has a phrase he uses to explain why, supposedly, Hillary Clinton is never questioned aggressively: She produces a “testicle lockbox” into which male reporters must deposit their manhood. Nancy Pelosi, in Rush-speak, is “Bella Pelosi,” a nice two-for-the-price-of-one slur: For Dittoheads nostalgic for the 1970s, it suggests the mannishness of the loudmouthed New York liberal congresswoman Bella Abzug; for the rest, the homophonology is to Bella Lugosi—the Democratic leader is Dracula.

Read the whole thing. It's well worth it.

It's the corollary of the racist code I was talking about earlier. As Perlstein points out, the Right wins elections by rendering the Left's the Center's candidates unpalatable -- whether it's by invoking his Scary Blackness or her Butch Manliness.

Why should we care about this bullshit, as you have asked many times on the radio? Why don't we talk about the business end of imperialism and the violence and injustice being wrought everywhere? Because this bullshit works, and it results in halfwits and their undead puppetmasters occupying the halls of power. And then they are free to do what they will.

Racist dog-whistles

As usual, Digby says it better than I can:

Here's a piece of McCain campaign manager Rick Davis's press release from last week:

Barack Obama is the biggest celebrity in the world, comparable to Tom Cruise, Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. As he told Congressional Democrats yesterday, he has become the "symbol" for the world's aspirations for America and that we are now at "the moment ... that the world is waiting for."

Only a celebrity of Barack Obama's magnitude could attract 200,000 fans in Berlin who gathered for the mere opportunity to be in his presence. These are not supporters or even voters, but fans fawning over The One. Only celebrities like Barack Obama go to the gym three times a day, demand "MET-RX chocolate roasted-peanut protein bars and bottles of a hard-to-find organic brew -- Black Forest Berry Honest Tea" and worry about the price of arugula.

Yet, despite all of the fans, paparazzi and media adoration, the American people still have questions: Is Barack Obama prepared to lead?

This press release is, of course, supporting a McCain attack ad depicting Obama as a massive celebrity and associating him with the likes of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. As wingnut attacks go, though, this press release swings for the fences. Not only does it hit on many of the classic effete, liberal-elitist themes -- love from the Euros (200,000 in Berlin); fussy, non-manly eating habits (organic tea and arugula); and obsession with appearance (trips to the gym) -- it manages to throw in a couple of good-ol' racist GOP dog-whistle tactics.

Now, what do I mean by GOP racist dog-whistle tactics?

Interview: Frederick S. Lane, Author of The Court and The Cross

program date: 
Wed, 07/23/2008

 Free lance journalist Fred Lane traces the rise of the Religous Right and their attempts to reshape the Supreme Court.

27:57 minutes (25.59 MB)

Wouldn't want to be rude

Apparently, the myriad violations of the Constitution carried out by the Bushies warrant an investigation. But criminal prosecutions? Convictions? We wouldn't want to be rude.

From Salon.com:

Aug. 4, 2008 | WASHINGTON -- On the campaign trail in April, Barack Obama was asked whether, if elected, he would prosecute Bush administration officials for establishing torture as American policy. The candidate demurred. "If crimes have been committed, they should be investigated," he said. But he quickly added, "I would not want my first term consumed by what was perceived on the part of the Republicans as a partisan witch hunt, because I think we've got too many problems to solve."

Too many problems to solve, indeed. Like torture, for instance -- and also unlawful imprisonment, warrantless spying, war profiteering, an illegal invasion, election theft, voter fraud, politicization of Cabinet departments, signing statements, the outing of covert agents, and on and on and on ...

And here's the would-be President, worried about what might be "perceived on the part of the Republicans as a partisan witch hunt." Because that would be, y'know, rude.

Radiozine on 08/05/08

Program: 
Radiozine
Air date: 
Tue, 08/05/2008 - 10:00am - 10:30am

Religion scholar Karen Armstrong talks about her book The Bible: A Biography. Armstrong not only describes how, when and by whom the Bible was written, she also examines some 2,000 years of biblical interpretation by bishops and rabbis, scholars and mystics, pietists and critics. The book dispells the fundamentalist notion that only one view of the Bible can be correct

Between the Covers on 08/05/08

Program: 
Between the Covers
Air date: 
Tue, 08/05/2008 - 9:00am - 9:30am

Host Marianne Barisonek interviews essayist and novelist Pico Iyer about his latest book, The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama. Iyer has known the Dalai Lama for more than 30 years and brings a unique perspective to this biography.

Conference on War Crimes: Holding the Bushites Accountable

program date: 
Sun, 08/03/2008

Host Scott Forrester interviews Dean Larry Velvel  of the Massachusetts School of Law in Andover.  He talks about the September 13th and 14th Conference on War Crimes and the Law-breaking of the Bush Administration and how to hold them accountable in Domestic and International Courts in the future.

29:39 minutes (27.15 MB)

Interview: Andrew Pappone and Attorney Tom Nelson on IDS & FBI Harrassment

program date: 
Wed, 07/30/2008

Reed Graduate,  Andrew Pappone and his attorney Tom Nelson discuss his detention by the Israeli Defense Force when he left Palestine following completion of n internship with the Palestine Fair Trade Association.  After he returned to the US he and his family faced harrassment by the FBI prompting him to hire civil rights attorney Tom Nelson.

29:04 minutes (26.62 MB)
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