Everything is Broken

Thank goodness for good headline writers! Unfortunately, that seems to be the only thing I'm applauding today. On the show this morning, I realized just how totally FUBAR we are.  While the government is shut down over a manufactured crisis (yet, again), the people who've been silently suffering in this country continue unabated... and their numbers continue to grow. Sasha Abramsky is an author and journalist who spent the last two years plus traveling the nation, seeking out the mostly-invisible poverty-stricken masses.  Unfortunately, what he found is hiding in plain site in every state in the nation, and no one [...]

Playing Russian Roulette with the Economy

Or, I suppose, American Roulette. Either way, we're fucked. It's great to be back at Radio or Not after a week of having to watch out for F-bombs on terrestrial radio.  We spent much of the first hour recapping the madness that ensued while I was gone last week.  Cliff Schecter joined in to help try to make sense of the insanity. And if it's Monday, we find out what ridiculous things politicians said and how the so-called journalists who moderate the Sunday shows let them get away with spewing bullshit in our Fools on the Hill™ segment with Nicole [...]

Debt Ceiling Hostage Taking Redux

Oy. Here we go again!  They released they can't use their threats to "de-fund Obamacare" - so now they're just threatening to tank the economy and the good faith and credit of the country again. If you're wondering what's in their ransom note this time, wonder no further.  Zach Carter of Huffington Post joined in on the show this morning to talk about some of the outrageous demands he detailed in "House GOP Debt Ceiling Offer To Include Pro-Wall Street Provisions, Health Care Cuts" including ... a significant overhaul of the environmental and financial regulatory system, would cut pensions for Federal [...]

Fiscal End Times

  Just about a year ago, I was reading about Modern Monetary Theory (or MMT).  I know, quite out of character for me.  But the Washington Post  ran a big story about MMT, and it was being widely shared on the interwebs.  I found it fascinating. Right around the same time, listener Sefantiza suggested I interview Warren Mosler on the show. Mosler, featured prominently in the Washington Post article, is an 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 [...]

Satan Sandwich With A Side of Hypocrisy

As detailed in my last post, the House voted yesterday to pass the Satan Sandwich (aka the debt ceiling bill).  We already knew the Tea Partiers were ignorant fools.  Now they're also proven hypocrites, as 59 GOP freshmen voted for the bill (2/3 of the rookie class) with only 28 voting against. Based on Michele Bachmann's official list of members of her Tea Party Caucus, 32 of them declared their hypocrisy and voted for the deal!  (Should you care to see the list, scroll down to the bottom of the post.) I must point out that my sorry excuse for [...]

How the House Voted

The House passed the Debt Ceiling deal 269-161. In the end, Republicans voted 174 for - 66 against.  The Democratic Party was split down the middle, with 95 votes for the bill, 95 against. Democrats voting NO: Ackerman Baldwin Becerra Blumenauer Boswell Braley (IA) Brown (FL) Butterfield Capuano Cardoza Carson (IN) Chu Clarke (MI) Clarke (NY) Cleaver Cohen Conyers Crowley Cummings DeFazio DeGette DeLauro Doyle Edwards Ellison Engel Farr Filner Frank (MA) Fudge Gonzalez Green, Al Grijalva Hahn Hastings (FL) Holt Honda Jackson (IL) Kaptur Kissell Kucinich Larson (CT) Lee (CA) Lewis (GA) Loebsack Lofgren, Zoe Luján Maloney Markey Matsui [...]

Singing a Sad American Tune

    Paul Simon's American Tune aptly sums up my feelings this morning... And I don't know a soul who's not been battered I don't have a friend who feels at ease I don't know a dream that's not been shattered or driven to its knees But it's all right, it's all right We've lived so well so long Still, when I think of the road we're traveling on I wonder what went wrong I can't help it, I wonder what went wrong We've been seriously misused.  We elected a president who we thought would at least stand up for [...]

Jesus Loves Nukes and More Insanity

My good friend Jason Leopold continues to astound with his latest piece for Truthout .  Just when I thought I'd heard it all regarding the insanity and barbarity of waging war, here comes "Air Force Cites New Testament, Ex-Nazi, to Train Officers on Ethics of Launching Nuclear Weapons."  Seriously?!?! Before I spoke with Jason this morning, I checked in with David Dayen who gives great news coverage at FireDogLake for the latest on the debt ceiling insanity. I don't do a new show on Fridays, so I try to end each Thursday morning with some laughs courtesy of John Fugelsang. [...]

Get Your Dialing Fingers Ready

Of course, they've already gotten a workout, as you've no doubt been calling your House member and two senators, plus the White House, Speaker's office and Harry Reid's office too...  But tonight's call should be a bit more fun. You might remember the story about my congressman.  I'm supposedly represented by Allen West - the Iraqi police officer abuser,  misogynistic teabagger who stood by approvingly as I was removed from an event billed as a "town hall meeting" and arrested for daring to challenge him with a QUESTION about his stance on privatizing medicare. Well, Congressman West - stuck in DC [...]

John Boehner’s Lies

Last night we watched as President Obama tried to explain to the American people (who mostly don’t pay attention) what’s going on with the “debt crisis” – which you and I know is a fake crisis as the real crisis is the lack of jobs.  While Obama was busy playing middle of the road politics and making nice with Speaker Boehner (and echoing the right wing talking points about our “out of control spending”  as the cause for this “crisis” and the “both parties are to blame” line), Boehner went on the attack blaming it all on President Obama and [...]

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