It's finally here. Regardless of how the day ends, one thing is good... no more of those horrendous political ads, for a while anyway. My predictions? I'll stay optimistic and say that the Dems will retain control of both houses of Congress, though just barely. The one good thing that will come of today is that many of the Blue Dogs & ConservaDems (Blanche Lincoln, Bobby Bright and others of your ilk, yes, I'm talking to you) will be purged from our government. The Democratic caucus will be smaller, but more progressive. And that's a good thing. But it'll take [...]
I think I'm the happiest unemployed radio personality around. I regularly get to guest host The Randi Rhodes Show. And today I got to fill in for Thom Hartmann! Seriously, next to having my own show again, nothing could be better. Thom is in the middle of a move to Washington DC, but late last night they realized that the new studio wouldn't be ready for today's show. So, I awoke this morning to an email asking if I was available. Duh! So, after my show (and after pulling out an old interview with Ralph Nader to run during the [...]
Unfortunately, the news isn't about the end of the oil geyser in the gulf, the end of the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, the prosecution of Bush or Cheney, or any of the huge number of other issues I'd like to see rectified. But then again, right now, any good news is good, and this news is, indeed, very good. For the past few weeks, I've shared with you the saga of Danny Tate, a very talented songwriter and artist whose life was taken away from him. Danny admittedly had some issues with substance abuse but, while working to shed [...]
There's a truly remarkable, albeit depressing website. Click on CostofWar. com and you can see, to the second, how much the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are costing us. I can't even post the figure, as it's constantly changing... the counters move faster than the ones at the gas pump. Tonight, I'll chat with a couple of people who've done the math in California. You probably remember reading about the students in California protesting the rate hikes in the state university system just last month. Now, Brave New Foundation, University of California Student Leaders, and the Consumer Federation of California [...]
At the end of tonight's show, I read a portion of my all-time favorite book. The thing is, Horton Hears a Who wasn't my favorite book until I became politically aware! That's when I realized what an activist Dr. Seuss was, and the fact that this supposed children's book is all about exhorting each and every one of us to speak out, loudly and strongly, for the things in which we believe. You'll hear the context if you listen through to the end of the podcast. It shouldn't be that difficult. Tonight's show was a particularly good one, even if [...]
In this special bonus hour between the end of the regular show and the start of the State of the Union address, Nicole speaks with activist & author of Daybreak, David Swanson (afterdowningstreet.org, democrats.com), and University of Miami professor of American politics and author of an upcoming book on the filibuster, Gregory Koger.