This past week the Southern Republican Leadership Conference (SRLC) was held on New Orleans, scene of one of the great triumphs of Republican leadership, the response to Hurricane Katrina.
(This organization should not be confused with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, which is concerned with compassion and equality for all US citizens, regardless of race or creed.)
One of the highlights of this meeting was the speech by former representative and House Speaker, Newt Gingrich. He was greeted with cheers after railing at President Obama’s “secular socialist machine.” It was clear that he was against secular socialism (ASS), and the enthusiastic crowd was full of ASSes as well.
Gingrich is a particular kind of ASS, a smart-ASS.
Why does so much disinformation make the rounds among the right wing/tea party crowd? There are two matters here.
The first is gullibility. There is a measurable minority in this country who will believe anything about Obama. He's a cannibal, he's a Muslim, he's a Kenyan, he will take away our guns, he is a socialist. I am a socialist, socialists are friends of mine, and, Barack, you are no socialist. Ninety-five percent of the people who believe he is a socialist could not define one if a gun were held to their head.
Near deadly error: An interview with exonerated death row inmate Juan Melendez-Colon
Near-Deadly Error: An interview with exonerated death row inmate Juan Melendez-Colon
It is hard to imagine spending over 17 years on death row for a crime you did not commit. Juan Melendez-Colon did just that following his 1984 conviction and sentencing to death in the killing of Auburndale, FL beauty salon owner Delbert Baker.
Michael Parenti on his new book, "God and His Demons"
Host Per Fagereng speaks with political analyst and author Michael Parenti about his new book, "God and His Demons," a look at the dark side of religion, the many evils committed in the name of godly virtue throughout history.
Jeff Halper on "No Partner for Peace: Our American Problem"
Jeff Halper, Coordinator of the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions and an American-Israeli peace activist, speaks on "No Partner for Peace: Our American Problem." His talk was recorded at the Sabeel Conference in Seattle in February.
Candidate Forum - Portland City Council Commissioner #3
Lisa Loving hosts a live forum featuring candidates for Portland Commissioner Seat #3, currently held by Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who particpated in the forum along with all the other candidates confirmed still in the race, including Spencer Burton, Jesse Cornett, Ed Garren, Martha Perez and Mary Volm.
The audio and links to all the candidates are here:
President Obama's Nuclear Posture Review and the success of the policy with regards to the Middle East, an interview with Dr. Flynt Leverett, New America Foundation, Director, Iran Initiative, Senior Research Fellow, American Strategy Program and Director, Geopolitics of Energy Initiative