Politics

Radiozine on 08/08/08

Program: 
Radiozine
Air date: 
Fri, 08/08/2008 - 9:30am - 10:30am

New York Times reporter David Cay Johnston speaks on "Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense." This talk was recorded at the First Unitarian Church in Portland in March. Johnston addresses Oregon issues related to his topic.

FBI's Anthrax Case: Not Closed!

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program: 
Presswatch
program date: 
Wed, 08/06/2008

On the August 7 PRESSWATCH, Theresa Mitchell takes a closer look at the FBI's anthrax investigation.

24:10 minutes (11.07 MB)

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.

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