Spring has sprung… except for the northeast where it’s still snowing! But here in FloriDUH, government officials are prohibited from saying the words “climate change.” The madness will never end.
This week marks the 12th anniversary of George W. Bush’s illegal, immoral and horrific war against Iraq. Twelve years ago last night, he addressed the nation,
explaining lying to us about why we had to go to war.
Those words are even more infuriating now, as we’ve been living with the consequences of his actions ever since.
It was just three years later that I first met Cindy Sheehan. Her son Casey went to Iraq to “fight for our freedoms” and, for his trouble, was killed. Cindy wrote the book, Peace Mom: A Mother’s Journey through Heartache to Activism, about her transformation into our nation’s most fervent peace activist.
Today, she joined me from Washington DC, where the Spring Rising action that she put together was in full swing – a combination protest, teach-in, peace action and more to work against and raise awareness of our endless wars.
In the past decade, Cindy Sheehan has been maligned, vilified and otherwise attacked relentlessly, all because she’s been very outspoken in her fight for peace. The nastiness she’s experienced has become commonplace online.
I was attacked mercilessly a few weeks ago after my defense of Patricia Arquette’s Oscar speech in which she called for equality for all women. Apparently, she’s still being hit hard, because she tweeted this today:
Happily blocking trolls because life is too short to talk to rocks!
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) March 20, 2015
Like any rabid Kentucky basketball fan, actress Ashley Judd was watching the South Eastern Conference championship game between Arkansas and Kentucky and live-tweeting her reactions Sunday night.
Judd said she thought Arkansas was playing dirty. This was enough, apparently, to set off a stream of misogynistic invective. “When I express a stout opinion during #MarchMadness I am called a whore, c—, threatened with sexual violence. Not okay,” she tweeted.
Judd is a survivor of rape and incest.
She told MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts she would press charges, presumably against those who issued physical threats, and she expressed remorse for accusing Arkansas of playing dirty.
The nasty harassment is still ongoing.
As are the ugly cyber comments aimed at the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart, an actual journalist who, after reading both DoJ reports and lots of other testimony and information from Ferguson, wrote an article titled, “‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ was Built on a Lie.”
As much as I believed the narrative, Capehart’s research shows that we were likely misled.
Rather than looking at his work objectively, the haters just started hating… he’s been called a “race traitor,” “House negro” and worse.
And then there’s Monica Lewinsky, who addressed the bullying head-on (no pun intended) in a TED talk last night.
Let me reiterate, Mean People Suck!!!
We end each week by digging into my music radio archives to soothe the savage beast that feeds on all this adversarial news! Today, we had a double-header. From June 15, 1999, Jonny Lang (then a still-young 18-year old, now 34!). And our second session today was with Shelby Lynne on August 9, 2000, just after the release of her brilliant album, I Am Shelby Lynne… which still holds up beautifully today.
And that’s it for this week. I’ll be back Monday to do it all over again, radio or not![/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]