Politics

Civil Liberties Watch: Executive Branch Secrecy

program: 
Evening News
program date: 
Sun, 08/03/2008

The Bush Administration relies on secrecy to cover up illegal spying on Americans and the torture of Salim Hamdan in US custody. 

4:50 minutes (4.43 MB)

What's wrong with Off-Shore Oil Drilling?

program: 
Locus Focus
program date: 
Tue, 08/05/2008

Host Barbara Bernstein (The Media Project) 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.

56:50 minutes (26.02 MB)

Radiozine on 08/08/08

Program: 
Radiozine
Air date: 
Fri, 08/08/2008 - 9:00am - 9:30am

Per Fagereng interviews James Kunstler, author of The Long Emergency and The Geography of Nowhere.

Radiozine on 08/07/08

Program: 
Radiozine
Air date: 
Thu, 08/07/2008 - 9:30am - 10:00am

Per Fagereng interviews Joseph Culp and Jarek Kupsc, who discuss their film, The Reflecting Pool, an investigation of the events of 9/11 by a Russian-American journalist and a father of a 9/11 victim that implicates the US government in the attacks.

Alternative Radio on 08/06/08

Program: 
Alternative Radio
Air date: 
Wed, 08/06/2008 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Michael Pollan speaks on The Cornification of Food (lecture)

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)
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