Flashback Friday – Iraq, Nixon & Sting

Sting with Nicole Sandler at Channel 103.1/Los Angeles - Oct 1999   Each Friday morning, we wrap up our broadcast week with a trip into my musical radio past. Believing that music soothes the savage beast, it was especially useful today as the world has descended into savage madness. More on that in a bit. Today, our Flashback Friday featured my two interview with the former Police-man, Sting! I first interviewed him at LA's legendary KSCA fm 101.9 in 1996, in conjunction with the release of his Mercury Falling album. As he noted, our "Music Hall" was named [...]

Stop the Killing

Deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing. USG opposes drive hunt fisheries. — キャロライン・ケネディ駐日米国大使 (@CarolineKennedy) January 18, 2014   We can thank the new US Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, and Yoko Ono too, for the fact that we're talking about the annual slaughter of dolphins at Taiji Cove in Japan. I first learned of the horrific practice in the summer of 2009. I was hosting a nightly show on Air America Radio, and was sent a review DVD of the documentary The Cove  Academy Award® Winner for Best Documentary of 2009, THE COVE follows an elite team of activists, [...]

Get Away!

I never thought I'd quote Glenn Beck, but there's a first time for everything. The moron of mid-morning radio (and now the interwebs too) actually said something I can agree with.  Well, OK, it was only a fraction of the entire quote in which he ragged on Sen. Marco Rubio for supporting immigration reform and accused him of being a (gasp!) progressive Republican.  As a Floridian, I can promise you that there is nothing progressive about Mr. Rubio.  Anyway,  Glenny said "Get away! Get away!  Otherwise, brother, we’re going to have to send you away.” The rest of it was [...]

DOMA is Dead

  It was nice of the Supreme Court to wait until I returned to issue their ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act.  Even better of them was ruling that DOMA is unconstitutional! As I flew in late last night from Los Angeles, I'm a bit jet-lagged and out of it, but attempted to bring you the rulings as they were announced - courtesy of SCOTUSblog.  And Jacob Combs of Courage Campaign and Equality on Trial joined in with some perspective too. You can read the actual DOMA ruling here - with Justice Kennedy writing the opinion for the majority! [...]

Ship of Fools

It's April Fools Day.  I toyed with the idea of spending the first part of the show spouting right wing talking points, but I realized a few things: There was nothing remotely funny about any of the stories I could have chosen from I realized that no one would believe me and it would be a huge waste of time The things we were going to discuss were more ridiculous than anything I could have conceived of myself... So, here we are. The biggest fool of them all has to be the new poster boy for the Republican Party, Dr. [...]

Once More On Equality

This morning on my show at Radio Or Not, we recapped yesterday's historic day at the Supreme Court.  Shane-O was there for both days of hearings on marriage equality, and joined in during our regular Talk Radio News segment to fill us in on what he saw and heard. The best part of the day for me, not being inside the Supreme Court, was hearing Edie Windsor talk about her battle. (Windsor's comments come in at the 7:30 mark) Julianna Forlano joined me in the first hour of this morning's show to talk about this week's hearings and other stories [...]

Equal Rights for All

That picture is my friend Asher Huey.  I don't think Asher is ready to get married yet, but when he is, it will be to the man with whom he wants to spend the rest of his life.  His right to marry the person of his choice is what's at stake-- what the Supreme Court is hearing arguments about, what they may rule on in the next few months. It is the civil rights issue of our time. We've been dealing with it all week on both this show and as I've been filling in for Randi Rhodes on her [...]

Marriage Equality at the Supreme Court

History will be made today and tomorrow at the Supreme Court, as the high court hears a challenge to Prop 8 today, and to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) tomorrow. On my show this morning, I spoke with Judge David Young, the first openly gay man to sit on the bench in Florida (perhaps even in the country), who left the court to host the Judge David Young Show. Karl Frisch also joined in from his Bullfight Strategies office, right across from the Supreme Court, where he had a bird's eye view of all the action outside the court. [...]

The Beginning of a Long Week

Last week's diversion into the troubled mind of Michelle Shocked was, in a sense, a fitting introduction to this week in which the Supreme Court will hear two cases that deal directly with Marriage Equality. Tomorrow and Wednesday will bring challenges to California's Prop 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, respectively.  We'll cover both here on my show in the morning, and on the Randi Rhodes Show in the afternoon..  Yes, it's double-headers all week long... This morning on my show, music journalist Chris Willman will join in to give the postscript on the very sad Michelle Shocked saga. [...]

The Hard Way

The mystery surrounding Michelle Shocked's shocking comments from the concert stage at Yoshi's in San Francisco Sunday night continues as conflicting accounts of what actually happened surfaced, but no clear statement from the singer-songwriter herself.  Those comments will come tomorrow morning here, live on my show. Music journalist Chris Willman at Yahoo music followed up on his original story with one that includes an alternate take on what happened.   The follow-up, "Michelle Shocked: 'Hatemonger' or Misunderstood Provocateur"  sounds more like what my personal knowledge of Shocked (through her music and my interviews with her over the years) leads me [...]

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