1-8-15 The Pen is Mightier than the Sword

Nicole continues the discussion around yesterday's attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris with reaction from all sides. Russ Baker of WhoWhatWhy.com is covering the Boston Bombing trial in Boston, and She's History's Amy Simon is back to tell us about the late Bess Myerson.

Tomorrow

Tomorrow is April 15. It's s double-whammy this year. Not only is it tax filing day, but it's also the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. It's easy to understand why I just want to crawl back in bed and pull the covers over my head. This year, I got my taxes done early. Unfortunately, I owe the IRS a lot of money. The reason why is might surprise you. Due to financial hardship, I had to take my savings out of my IRA. Obviously, I saved that money fully intending to use it after I retired. Unfortunately, life [...]

Stranger than Fiction

From the Truth is Stranger than Fiction files this morning: McDonald’s advises its low-wage workers to try “breaking food into pieces” to feel full, and urges them to “pack your bags” for vacation, “chew away cares” with gum, “keep the faith” by going to church, and “sing away stress.”  And, oh yeah, return some of those Christmas gifts to get the cash! In response to criticism over Walmart employees holding a food drive for fellow Walmart employees, the company is pushing back.  And it's Ashton Kutcher to the rescue! A freshman teaparty congressman from Florida, Trey Radel, was busted buying [...]

We’ve Had Enough Bushes

I was a  bit disgusted today at all of the accolades being heaped upon the worst president of my lifetime, so I thought it was time for a bit of honesty in media (how's that for a concept?).  Luckily, I wasn't alone, as AlterNet published "50 Reasons You Despised George W. Bush's Presidency: A Reminder on the Day of his Presidential Library Dedication" this morning. After chatting with Absurdity Today's Julianna Forlano, I called on Russ Baker of WhoWhatWhy.com, the man who wrote the definitive book on the Bushes: Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, The Powerful Forces that Put [...]

Fast Food Forward Thursday

Something strange and wonderful is happening today in New York City.  Workers who toil for slave wages at fast food restaurants around the city are staging a one-day strike to raise awareness of the conditions under which they toil.  It's all under the umbrella of Fast Food Forward. The website, on which you can sign up to stand in solidarity with these underpaid workers, has some great information: We can't survive on $7.25! In America, people who work hard should be able to afford basic necessities like groceries, rent, childcare and transportation. While fast food corporations reap the benefits of [...]

The Scariest Halloween Ever

  It's Halloween, so I thought I'd assemble some really scary things for you to think about today (and leading up to election day on Tuesday). 1. In the wake of Sandy, let's remember Mitt Romney's big laugh line during his RNC speech: "President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans...and to heal the planet...." He went on to say that it's immoral for the United States to take out loans to help fellow Americans. Really? I'd say it's immoral not to do anything and everything possible to help those in need, especially after a disaster [...]

Optimism – Pessimism

Listen to this episode: {play}http://traffic.libsyn.com/radioornot/20120523_Nicole_Sandler_Show.mp3{/play} Podcast: Play in new window At the start of today's show, I was sounding like the eternal optimist.  I said that my faith in humankind has been restored due to the amazing response I've gotten from my plea for help with funds to get my daughter into a program this summer that she truly needs. But  by the end of the program, after talking with Jesse LaGreca, best known for his schooling of a Fox producer at OWS' Zuccotti Park - though everyone should read his MinistryofTruth blog at Daily Kos, and WhoWhatWhy.com's Russ Baker, [...]

Praising the President

Kudos to President Obama for doing the right thing yesterday and using recess appointments to put Richard Cordray at the helm of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and get three others on the National Labor Relations Board.  Neither of these agencies would be able to function without those appointments, so what he did was truly in the best interests of the nation. Today, I also professed my respect and admiration for the Supreme Court of Montana who upheld the state's law banning corporate campaign contributions - in direct opposition to the SCOTUS ruling in Citizens United.  And big congratulations and [...]

Good Night and Good Luck

I'm still stunned and angered by Keith Olbermann's surprise announcement at the end of his show Friday evening proclaiming that he "had been told" that evening's edition of "Countdown" would be his last. Although part of me is excited to see what he'll do next, I'll miss my nightly 8pm date with the man who speaks truth to power better than just about anyone else. I do believe January 21 is a date cursed.  On Friday, I bemoaned the first anniversary of the Supreme Court's heinous ruling in Citizens United v. FEC which opened the floodgates for corporate donations to [...]

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