It’s a Matter of Life and Death

War. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing! --Edwin Starr I was hit with a dose of sad reality yesterday during the show when, as I was discussing the sickening situation in Gaza, a long-time regular listener of this show, contributor and participant in the chat room posted in there, "Israeli Jews are Nazis." When I implored him to rethink his over generalization and admit that his hyperbole was overblown, he left the chat room in a huff and quickly stopped his monthly $5 contribution of support for Radio or Not. I emailed him the following: I'm sorry that you [...]

World Beyond War

Imagine a world a peace. A world where warfare is not the go-to strategy when conflict arises. It's an especially important vision today, when Iraq is, once again, a bloody mess. And it sickens me even more because the US is wholly responsible for that. Author and activist David Swanson, and retired Naval Commander and former national president of Veterans for Peace Leah Bolger joined me today to talk about this new project they're working on, World Beyond War: a global movement to end all wars. If ever there was a truly worthy goal, that's it. I've joined in to [...]

Winning: No War, No Summers!

Go figure. We criticized from the left, and we won.  Of course, those who ascribe to "My President, wrong or right" have been out in force, damning all who dare to question their leader.  I guess I view democracy differently.  I believe it means that we all have a voice in our government, which is ostensibly of, by and for the people, and that it's not only our right, but our responsibility to hold our elected officials accountable. So, we spoke out against the administration's admonitions that we must attack Syria because Syria attacked its own people.  And we spoke [...]

This Week in Weirdness

So far, 2011 has been a strange year. And this week might just win the weirdness award. Let's recap... Keith Olbermann suddenly departs MSNBC (on the first anniversary of the end of Air America and the Supreme Court ruling overturning 100 years of law in the Citizens United v FEC case); the President adopts GOP themes in his State of the Union address, including tort reform and lowering corporate taxes; cross-aisle dates for the SOTU; and the strangest of strange: Dennis Kucinich sues the House cafeteria over an olive pit in his veggie wrap. That's all not to mention the [...]

Monday, Round Two!

After three hours of hosting Randi's show, it was time to return to my show. Cindy Sheehan returned to give us an update on what happened when she went to court last week, and I was joined in the second hour by GottaLaff (Laffy) from The Political Carnival. At the top of the show, I checked in with Kenny Pick, who held down the fort while I was out all last week (and will fill in for me again tomorrow when I'm flying to Vegas).   Kenny and his posse will also be hosting a Friday night show here at Radio [...]

Guests Galore!

What a difference a day makes! Although I'm not 100% yet, I am feeling much better today.  And it's a good thing, because it was a very busy show tonight... We started with comedian Jamie Kilstein who, along with Allison Kilkenny hosts Citizen Radio. Jamie has a new CD out, called Zombie Jesus... It had been a while since I last spoke with Congressman Dennis Kucinich. He joined me tonight to talk about the wars and what it'll take to end them, health care reform and why he voted the way he did, financial reform, and more... If you happen [...]

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