A New Era or Error

Today begins the 112th Congress…   John Boehner will usher in a new era as Speaker Weeper of the House. It should be fun to hear him say this part of his prepared speech

“The American people have humbled us. They have refreshed our memories as to just how temporary the privilege to serve is. They have reminded us that everything here is on loan from them. That includes this gavel, which I accept cheerfully and gratefully, knowing I am but its caretaker.”

Shall we take bets on whether or not he’ll be crying when he says “cheerfully?”

I’m afraid we’re in for a really rough two years.  But we’ll keep speaking truth to power!

Much like my first guest this morning. Medea Benjamin is the co-founder of Code Pink.  She wrote a year-end piece for Alternet which is perfect reading on a day like today:  “15 Good Things to Celebrate in a Bad Year.”  She gave us the heads up on what Code Pink will be up to in 2011, and also shared the details of her recent conversation with Attorney General Eric Holder regarding wikileaks.

On the heels of another assassination of a government official in Pakistan, I reached out to Pakistani journalist Kaswar Klasra in Islamabad.

In the second hour of today’s show, I spoke with Wendell Potter about his new book, Deadly Spin: An insurance company insider speaks out on how corporate PR is killing health care and deceiving Americans

  • JonG40

    to will_in_chicago ustream.tv chat user’s username re Israelis or Palestinians who is extreme or factions within: The topic started when Medea Benjamin brought up Code Pink efforts to end the internationally illegal Israeli blockade of Gaza and will’s bringing up of an argument with username Marion Delgado in the Thom Hartmann chatroom over zionism compared with nazism.

    Please read “The Gaza Bombshell” by David Rose April 2008 Vanity Fair for details of USA soliciting military aid to overthrow Hamas before Gaza and West Bank territorial and political division of Palestine Authority. Not even the itself biased group camera.org disputes it or the author David Rose in their alphabetized list of journalists mostly criticized as ‘anti-Israel.’ The only reporter camera.org praised that I have found is Aaron Schacter of PRI-NPR.

    Please google “Hamas Leaders in Dispute Over Ideology” AP article from 2006 by Amy Teibel and “Nixed Signals” by Seth Ackerman on fair.org for how Hamas was not as ‘sworn to Israel’s destruction’ as USA media reports under pressure from individuals and groups like camera.org, honestreporting.com that I call the ‘Israel media lobby.’

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