A Whistleblower, A Witch Hunt and My Kiss with Kurt Russell

Listen to this episode: {play}http://traffic.libsyn.com/radioornot/20120621_Nicole_Sandler_Show.mp3 {/play} Podcast: Play in new window Today, as we delved into the facts behind the Fast & Furious witch hunt and the details about Sibel Edmonds work for the FBI that saw her prosecuted and persecuted for telling the truth, we felt firmly embedded in Opposite World. Let's begin with the facts on Fast & Furious and Darrel Issa's vendetta against President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder.  The "gun walking" program that came to be known as Fast & Furious started under the George W. Bush administration and then-Attorney General Michael Mukasey.  As [...]

The End of the (Unintentionally) Funniest Fall TV Series Ever?

At first, I thought I was the only one giggling at the inane things that came out of the mouths of these mental midgets, but then I checked the rating! The nation was laughing too. Historically, debates of this sort didn't garner much attention.  But when the inmates took over the GOP asylum, the debates were appointment viewing, with drinking games anew for each and every episode.  Perhaps some were watching, hoping against hope that the trap door would open beneath each idiotic contender as they were voted off the ballot by viewers in their living rooms. Alas, that didn't [...]

Another One Bites The Dust

Actually, I was planning to use that headline to wrap up my broadcast week... but I guess it also applies to the latest dictator to die.  I'm not sure at whose hands he died, but Gadaffy (or however it is spelled) is dead. It's quite interesting that there's video of the fallen madman after he was captured, bloodied but still obviously very much alive.  Will we ever know exactly what happened? Probably not.  Should we care?  Not really. After all... we've got troubles right here in River City my friend. ... with a capital T that rhymes with [...]

For Profit Health Insurance is Government Sanctioned Extortion

I've said it many times before, and repeated that assertion on my show this morning. I got a bill in the mail yesterday from a collection agency.  Not from the imaging clinic where I had a thyroid ultrasound done in May, but from a collection agency. Honestly, when I got the bill for $504.60, I couldn't imagine what it was for. It certainly couldn't be for  that simple ultrasound that took all of 10 minutes with a lab technician who was able to show me on the machine that my thyroid had completely atrophied. But when I went online to [...]

On Oil Spills, Warfare, Websites and Wingnuts

I try to end each week with a break from the very serious subjects that often consume my shows and posts.  John Fugelsang joins me on Thursday mornings to help us laugh about some of the craziness we have to face each and every day. Today we didn't have a lot of laughs.  War hit very close to home this week.  Yesterday, we learned that photojournalist Tim Hetherington was killed while covering the war in Libya.  And yes, it is a war. I only met Tim once, and it was via phone.  I had the pleasure of interviewing him last [...]

This Week in Weirdness

So far, 2011 has been a strange year. And this week might just win the weirdness award. Let's recap... Keith Olbermann suddenly departs MSNBC (on the first anniversary of the end of Air America and the Supreme Court ruling overturning 100 years of law in the Citizens United v FEC case); the President adopts GOP themes in his State of the Union address, including tort reform and lowering corporate taxes; cross-aisle dates for the SOTU; and the strangest of strange: Dennis Kucinich sues the House cafeteria over an olive pit in his veggie wrap. That's all not to mention the [...]

On Civility

Last night in Tucson, President Obama reminded us why we voted for him. He struck the right chords in a brilliant speech that made us truly feel like an American family 300 million strong. He called for civility, because only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to our challenges as a nation. I agree, wholeheartedly. However, calls for civility should not be confused with silence on the lack of civility. This morning, I tweeted the question "Does POTUS' call for civility mean we shouldn't criticize Speaker Boehner for attending a RNC fundraiser instead of [...]

Welcome to GOPposite World, Where Up Is Down & In Is Out

I've been saying this for a long time, but thanks to the GOP maneuverings yesterday, it's clear now for everyone to see.  The Republicans in Congress live in an alternate universe. John Boehner was sworn in as Speaker (taking a croquet mallet instead of the traditional gavel for some strange reason), and said all the right things: "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, [...]

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