Heroes and Villains

This morning on the show, I spoke with a couple of heroes and about a couple of villains. Let's begin with the good guys.  His schedulers must have screwed up, but Congressman Raul Grijalva did call in near the end of the first hour of the show.  Better late than never! Grijalva is the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus; they released their Budget 4 All to zero fanfare or media attention.  But it demands a look as, once again, it makes sense and is the best thing out there! In the second hour, I was joined by another of [...]

Ding Dong DADT is Dead

Is it possible to feel great joy and terrible despair at the same time?  It is, and it's happening today.  While the horrible policy that was Don't Ask Don't Tell is officially dead,  it looks like another innocent man is likely dead too. Yes, today, as we celebrate the end of another ugly chapter of discrimination in America, we continue executing people - even in the face of overwhelming doubt of their guilt. Tomorrow, Troy Davis will be executed by the murderous state of Georgia.  It's looking more and more like that will be the tragic reality as this alert [...]

We’ve Come A Long Way Baby, or Have We?

This afternoon on The Randi Rhodes Show, I'll be joined by a couple of guests who'll reflect on the progress made in 2010 by the LGBT community and women. The unflinching activism of the group GetEqual is widely credited for making the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell a reality. Heather Cronk, managing director of GetEqual will join us to talk about how they got it done, and what's next. What strides have women made this year? We're on the cusp of 2011, and still don't have an Equal Rights Amendment.  But we do have a third woman on the [...]

The Very Good and the Very Bad

This morning on my show, we'll look at the bittersweet feelings so many of us are experiencing at the end of the year. The past few weeks have been an incredible whirlwind for everyone paying attention to the what our elected officials are doing in Washington.  Sadly, not enough Americans do... the majority is happy to plod along, caring only about who dances or sings well, or what idiotic woman will accept a marriage proposal from a himbo on a reality show. But I digress, again.  The last three weeks have been truly historic.  As President Obama said while taking [...]

Wednesday, Round 2

Getting ready for today's Randi Rhodes Show, with lots to talk about! Of course, we started the day with a loud bang (and John McCain's still complaining about it) as President Obama signed the law repealing Don't Ask Don't Tell. Now, that's the holiday spirit! But there are still a few bills dangling as the GOP Senators keep complaining they have to work!  We should get some resolution today on the START Treaty, which made it through a cloture vote yesterday with the 67 votes needed for ratification of a treaty! The big mystery at this hour is the fate [...]

Ding Dong DADT is Dead!

We witnessed history this morning, as President Obama asserted that all men and women are created equal, and signed the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell into Law! As I write this post (delayed because I was watching the ceremony live), I'm playing back my interview with Lt. Dan Choi, recorded this summer at Netroots Nation. I have no guests booked for this morning's show, as I knew we'd be celebrating this huge step forward for civil rights. I'm not sure what else today's show will bring... we'll see what happens over the next couple of hours.  You [...]

Twas the Tues Before Christmas…

I attempted to write a clever rhyming thing here, but am running out of time before today's show!  Or, I should say, before the first of today's two shows. Since I wasn't here yesterday, we'll talk with Nicole Belle of Crooks and Liars, for our weekly gab-fest "Fools on the Hill."  Nicole watches the Sunday talking head shows so we don't have to.  Here's what she's bringing us today: This is always a very busy time of the year for Congress.  These last few days of the lame duck session of the 111th Congress are absolutely packed full of legislation [...]

Working Hard… or Hardly Working

As much of America is taking off for the holidays, some of us are lucky to be working, filling in for the vacationers.  That's the category I fall in to. I'm thrilled that, once again, Randi Rhodes has given me the honor of talking with her listeners while she enjoys some well-deserved rest and relaxation. In addition to being thankful for the work (and the paycheck!), I'm glad that I can continue my tradition of listening back to some of the highlights -and lowlights- of the year that's ending... It's our Rear End Year in Review (or something like that)...  [...]

It’s the End of the Year… or Not!

It's hard to believe we're coming up on the end of 2010. The older we get, the shorter the years... or so it seems. 2010 was a year for the history books. This was a year of political frustration, economic distress and ecological disaster. We witnessed the rise of the Tea Party, and division among the Democrats. The first big shot against (small d) democracy came on January 21, when the Supreme Court upended 100 years of law to give corporations the right to buy elections. To add insult to injury, Air America radio (my employer at the time) ceased [...]

Saturday Morning with C-Span

If you weren't watching c-span this morning, you missed a mixed bag of history. First, the Senate showed that 100 mostly white men have no business deciding the fate of millions of young people in this country.  With the help of so-called Democrats Ben Nelson of Nebraska, Senators John Tester and Max Baucus of Wyoming, and Mark Pryor of Arkansas (and the chickenshit absence of WV's Joe Manchin), the DREAM Act was killed with a cloture vote of 55-41. According to FDL's David Dayen on twitter, Republicans Murkowski, Bennet and Lugar all voted AYE.  So, if Harry Reid had done [...]

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