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 Those of you who have listened to the show for awhile now know that I have made intermittent attempts to expose our listeners to the conservative psyche, and, in particular, those who get paid to espouse and minister to it. These attempts have met with a mixed response, divided roughly between those who, like me, find conservatives interesting in a train-wreck sort of way, and those who feel there time has been wasted merely by being exposed to what people like O'Reilly and Limbaugh have to say.

Well, I'm going to keep doing it. It's important to know the idioms and memes that drive the hardcore 25-30 percent who will always support the GOP. The End-Timers. The Good Ol' Boys. The "NASCAR Voters." It's important to understand what they're saying and how they think.

Alexandra Pelosi has made a documentary, "Right America: Feeling Wronged," which is airing now on HBO. For those of us who don't subscribe to HBO, it will probably be available for rent in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, here's a clip.

Watch it.

-A

H/T, Pandagon

Political Perspectives on 03/03/09

Air date: 
Tue, 03/03/2009 - 9:00am - 10:00am

Chris Andreae hosts this special featuring the voices of members of the RNC 8. They organized the Welcoming Committee that greeted Republicans as they streamed into the Republican National Convention in the Twin Cities. Eight people have been charged with the crime of political organizing. The arrests targeted known organizers in an attempt to derail 2008 anti-RNC protests in St. Paul before the convention had even begun. The RNC 8 were originally charged with conspiracy to riot in the second degree in the furtherance of terrorism, a felony which is the first ever use of Minnesota’s Patriot Act.

What gives?

 Huh. Apparently, during the Bush administration's waning days, Cheney lobbied ferociously for a pardon of Scooter Libby. And Dubya wouldn't budge.

 

In the waning days of the Bush administration, Vice President Dick Cheney launched a last-ditch campaign to persuade his boss to pardon Lewis (Scooter) Libby - and was furious when President George W. Bush wouldn't budge.

Sources close to Cheney told the Daily News the former vice president repeatedly pressed Bush to pardon Libby, arguing his ex-chief of staff and longtime alter ego deserved a full exoneration - even though Bush had already kept Libby out of jail by commuting his 30-month prison sentence.

"He tried to make it happen right up until the very end," one Cheney associate said.

Again, huh. I wonder what's up there? Come to think of it, I didn't hear anything at all about Bush pardons. Anybody know what's going on?

-A

 

The Abe and Joe Talk Radio Show on 02/17/09

Air date: 
Tue, 02/17/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am
Short Description: 
Clarifying last week's remarks on our new president

 Several listeners have let us know that they thought we were too hard on President Obama last week. Give him a break, they said. He's only been on the job a little while.

This week we aim to clear the air. Let's start by saying unequivocally that we're still in the president's camp, emphatically so. But we're still going to do what we said we would during the campaign -- call for Obama to do the right thing.

Punk'd?

Hmm. So after a resounding electoral victory, an inauguration the likes of which we've never seen, and an odd new empathic burst of shared purpose, President Obama did what now?

He followed Bush's lead on civil liberties.

 

Obama Administration Maintains Bush Position on 'Extraordinary Rendition' Lawsuit

The Obama Administration today announced that it would keep the same position as the Bush Administration in the lawsuit Mohamed et al v Jeppesen Dataplan, Inc.

A source inside of the Ninth U.S. District Court tells ABC News that a representative of the Justice Department stood up to say that its position hasn't changed, that new administration stands behind arguments that previous administration made, with no ambiguity at all. The DOJ lawyer said the entire subject matter remains a state secret.

It's because of that last item I listed above -- that sense of shared purpose, of belief that all of us are going to get pointed in the right direction -- that this stings so much. "Extraordinary rendition" was one of the most galling of the Bush junta's excesses. Ashcroft, Gonzales & Co. had relied upon "state secrets" privilege to prevent courts from ruling on cases like Mohamed, in which five plaintiffs had been forcibly deported to other countries (we still don't know where) and tortured.

On one of its first chances to turn away from the dark side, the Obama administration has stepped right in the footprints set down by Bush. "State secrets" still prevent the tortured from having their day in court. It's a disgrace.

The only hope I hold out -- and it's a thin one -- is that the situation around rendition is as convoluted as that surrounding the prosecutorial cases for the Guantanamo detainees. Perhaps on this issue, too, the Bushies left such a scorched landscape in their wake that the Obama Justice Dept. is having trouble making head or tail of what went on in the course of "extraordinary rendition." Perhaps they will do the right thing and revisit Mohamed again down the road.

I hope so. I hope Obama is not the Manchurian candidate I feared he might be.

H/T Glenn Greenwald

If You Love This Planet on 02/02/09

Air date: 
Mon, 02/02/2009 - 11:15am - 12:00pm

Host Dr. Helen Caldicott speaks with Bob Herbert, Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times, about the changing political landscape in the U.S. and the new Obama Administration.

More Talk Radio on 02/02/09

Program: 
More Talk Radio
Air date: 
Mon, 02/02/2009 - 8:00am - 9:00am

Hosts Cecil and Celeste speak with prominent anti-racism activist Tim Wise about his new book "Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama."

Special Programming: Public Affairs on 01/29/09

Air date: 
Thu, 01/29/2009 - 10:00am - 11:00am

Host Stephanie Potter interviews David C. Korten about his new book "Agenda for a New Economy: From Phantom Wealth to Real Wealth: Why Wall Street Can't Be Fixed and How to Replace It."

Korten identifies the deep sources of the current economic crisis: Wall Street institutions that have perfected the art of creating "wealth" without producing anything of real value: phantom wealth.

"This Land Is Your Land!"

program date: 
Sun, 01/25/2009

 

"This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land!"

Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen sang this song, which included some rarely heard verses, in front of Obama and the nation at the Inauguration celebration, January 19.  Here is one of those verses as sung by its composer, Woody Guthrie himself, in 1944 together with some commentary by Clayton Morgareidge.

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