Between the Shiite & Where the Sunni Don’t Shine

It's just one giant mess in Iraq, most likely exacerbated by our invasion over a decade ago. And the question is whether or not we should get involved again. I say no. But it's not up to me.. This morning, I was excited to welcome Juan Cole to the program. Unfortunately for me, a power surge knocked me off the air just moments before I was to call him. Needless to say, when I did get Juan on the line, I was a bit frazzled, and all the pages I had up on my computer had closed, leaving me a [...]

All the News The Corporate Media Doesn’t Deem You Fit to Know

As today's show ended, we were an hour away from the verdict in the Bradley Manning court martial.  I have no numbers to back this up, but I'd guess that if you took a poll of the American people, the vast majority would have no clue that the trial was even happening, let alone who Manning is or what he's accused of doing. I do believe people are responsible for their lack of knowledge; but in this case, the blame rests just as squarely on the shoulders of the corporate media who has a vested interest in controlling the messages [...]

The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same

So, we hoped for change... and got more of the same.  Though they tell us the difference is that it was illegal under Bush, but it's all legal under Obama. Somehow that doesn't comfort me when I realize that the only amendment left standing in the Bill of Rights is the Second, which has been widely misinterpreted to ignore the words "well regulated" and "militia". On today's show, I finished the week discussing all of the revelations, attacks, back-asswards reasoning from Obama supporters and fake indignation from his attackers on the right, lies and excuses and more with Absurdity Today's [...]

Everybody Knows

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded  Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed  Everybody knows that the war is over  Everybody knows the good guys lost  Everybody knows the fight was fixed  The poor stay poor, the rich get rich  That's how it goes  Everybody knows --Leonard Cohen I'm a bit confused.  But everything today seems to be inside out and backwards... we are firmly in opposite world again (not that we ever left). My twitter stream is overflowing with so-called progressives excoriating Edward Snowden for blowing the whistle on the ever-growing intrusive surveillance of Americans - because, well, he [...]

The Surveillance State

It was a rough weekend all around.  As I was tending to my dying dog Pooh Bear, we learned the identity of the person who leaked information about the NSA/Verizon data, the PRISM program and lots more. Meet Edward Snowden, interviewed by The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald and filmed by Laura Poitras: The Guardian released the video along with this profile, and this abbreviated text Q&A as the praise and criticism began coming from all directions. Once I came up for air last night, I headed over to Digby's blog to get some well-reasoned analysis, as usual.  I suggest you read everything from [...]

On Leaks and Drones and a Congressman with Guts

Listen to this episode: {play} {/play} Podcast: Play in new window What a great looking group, huh? That photo was taken a few months ago, when Stephanie Miller's Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour came to Ft. Lauderdale for a show at the Parker Playhouse.  When Congressman Alan Grayson entered the room, the place erupted in applause and a standing ovation, confusing the performers backstage who had no idea what all the commotion was about. Fast forward to this past Saturday.  There I was, wandering the exhibit hall at Netroots Nation in Providence Rhode Island, when I happened upon Congressman Grayson, chatting [...]

Modern Monetary Theory-and the Whittling Away of the 4th Amendment

I might be in a bit over my head today... Listener Stefanitza suggested I speak with an expert on Modern Monetary Theory.  Interestingly enough, that request came shortly after a discussion on the topic on a listserv I'm on, prompted by this piece in the Washington Post. The more I read about Warren Mosler - economist, president and founder of Mosler Automotive, and co-founder of the Center for Full Employment And Price Stability at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. He briefly ran for President of the United States as a member of the Democratic Party in the 2012 election before [...]

The Tuesday Randi Rhodes Show

As you know by now, I'm filling in for Randi Rhodes for these last two weeks of the year.  Yesterday, we listened back to some of the news from January, as we started on our journey through the past year in the rear view mirror...  Today we'll venture back through February and March. Once again, we'll be joined by Tim Karr of and, who was at today's FCC hearing and vote on their new "net neutrality" regulations.  I put that in quotes because, unfortunately, it's fake net neutrality.  The Washington Post has this wrap-up of today's meeting here. [...]

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