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Flashback Friday - Iraq, Nixon & Sting

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Sting with Nicole Sandler at Channel 103.1/Los Angeles - Oct 1999

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 with tongue firmly in cheek, as it was actually a hall-way that led from the main studio to the production room and production office. But the sound that came from our "music hall" was magical.

Sting hadn't done a radio station appearance like this in over a decade, but he was so pleased with our session that he began doing more of them.

Three years later, on October 27, 1999, Sting was touring in support of Brand New Day. In the midst of a four-night stand at the Universal Amphitheater, he joined me in studio again, this time at Channel 103.1, also in Los Angeles, this time with some lucky listeners joining us in studio too.

Soothing the Savage Beast

The beasts certainly need soothing right now as the world seems to be a giant pressure cooker ready to blow. Last night, President Obama took to the TV to announce that he had authorized two types of actions in Iraq: the first, air drops of humanitarian had already begun,  the second "targeted" air strikes to protect American interests in Iraq.

The need for humanitarian aid is without question.

U.S. aircraft, escorted by fighter jets, dropped 5,300 gallons of fresh drinking water and 8,000 meals ready to eat. The aircraft were over the drop area for less than 15 minutes flying at a low altitude, the U.S. Central Command said in a statement.

The emergency effort is being deployed to help a group of 40,000 Yazidis, a group of ethnic Kurds, who fled villages in northern Iraq under threat from ISIS.

The Yazidis fled to the Sinjar Mountains, in a remote part of northern Iraq near the border of Syria, where they are stuck without food or water while ISIS forces are gathered at the base of the mountains.

As for the "targeted air strikes," which began early this morning, it's not so clear that bombs are the way to go. My friend David Swanson, one of the founders of World Beyond War, explained in a post this morning he titled "Back in Iraq, Jack.  (I guess this is the bad kind of flashback.)

Obama promises no combat troops will be sent back to Iraq.  No doubt.  Instead it'll be planes, drones, helicopters, and "non-combat" troops.  "America is coming to help" finally just sounded as evil as Reagan meant it to, but it was in Obama's voice.  The ironies exploded like Iraqi houses on Thursday.  While the United States locks Honduran refugee children in cages, it proposes to bomb Iraq for refugees.  While Gaza starves and Detroit lacks water, Obama bombs Iraq to stop people from starving.  While the U.S. ships weapons to Israel to commit genocide, and to Syria for allies of ISIS, it is rushing more weapons into Iraq to supposedly prevent genocide on a mountaintop -- also to add to the weapons supplies already looted by ISIS.

Flash back a bit further - 40 years ago today this happened...

It seems like yesterday...

And finally, I invited my old friend Judge David Young on the show for a couple of reasons this morning. As the first openly gay judge to sit on the bench in Miami, and the first openly gay man with a TV show (The Judge David Young Show), I wanted his take on the progress Florida is making toward marriage equality.  He also gave us some advice on how to vote in judicial elections -- bottom line is DO YOUR RESEARCH!

There's no easy way to figure it out, but he'll help you if you ask nicely!

And with that, we're done for the week.

If we're still standing, we'll be back Monday with Howie Klein and The Steve Israel Hour, and The Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel too... Radio or Not.

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Gliberal Goddesses

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Today, we inaugurated a new segment on the show - The Gliberal Goddesses! It's GottaLaff, Amy Simon and myself talking about things that women talk about, the way women talk about them.

Today we discussed the Ray Rice domestic violence case and the NFL's sad response to it.

So great to hear from Keith Olbermann again! While I agree with him, I also agree with Whoopi Goldberg

We also discussed some Pat Robertson insanity (nothing new there), and the most outrageous comment of the day, this time from Geraldo Rivera...

I don't think we'll have trouble filling this segment in the future. We'll have to decide whether to do it in Laffy's spot every other week or schedule a separate show in the afternoon so Laffy can get her beauty rest in. Stay tuned!

In the first hour, I spoke with Rev. Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, executive director of the Campaign for Southern Equality, about the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has just ruling in Bostic v. Schaefer upholding the decision to strike down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage! The dominoes are falling in the fight against marriage equality..

More tomorrow, radio or not!

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'Redeeming the Dream' on Marriage Equality - GOP.Tea Warning?

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Perhaps 'GOP Progress' is an ambitious thought, but some of them art trying. And not just the famed Log Cabin Republicans.

MSNBC's Thomas Roberts chaired a roundtable hosting the lawyer-team authors of their book, Redeeming the Dream, excerpt here, based on the historic Prop8-Hate victory in Laffy Land, California pulled ahead of the Mormons and the millions and got this SCROTUS to agree to an evolved view.

Rob Reiner and wife Michele were involved from the outset, if you aren't familiar with the origins of the case. An historic lunch at the Polo Lounge with the legal dream team, Theodore Olson and David Boies, was lushly described in the book excerpt.

Thus, at the time of their Polo Lounge lunch, Rob and Michele Reiner and their colleagues were convinced that Proposition 8 would survive a procedural challenge under the California constitution and that the only hope for marriage equality in California was a federal constitutional case. They were also concerned that such a suit was inevitable, given the tens of thousands of gay Californians who yearned to be married. But they were worried that such a case would be brought by a lawyer inexperienced, unprepared, or otherwise ill-equipped for bringing a case that might well go to the Supreme Court of the United States.

No small feat. Clarence Thomas and Scalia alone must have had air sickness bags under their robes, 'cuz you know they weren't exactly cheering for all 'the gays' marrying 'the other gays'. This SCROTUS should be benched in Houston.

Image courtesy TruthDig, Signe Wilkinson.

Image courtesy TruthDig, Signe Wilkinson.

Tony Perkins and Teabagger paranoia aside, the GOP has to be freaking OUT about the number of states on the map of the country lit up with Gay Marriage Permission Lights. Isn't it the best when a new state joins in?

When Vermont legalized same-sex marriage I happened to be on an overnight in Burlington with my best gal pal, and the Inn staff was SO up for celebrating along with … they just assumed we were a psyched couple. (We've gotten that since a wildly fun Provincetown, Cape Cod trip 20 years ago, so it was a rather proud moment.)

It's a mighty fine summer for the LGBT community, and I hope they just rub it in the faces of their Regressive detractors with as much rainbowed-up bunting as possible.

Hate is on notice in this nation, GOP.Tea.

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Same-sex marriage ban in Texas ruled unconstitutional. Two tweets say it all. #LGBT

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Another win for same-sex marriage and gay rights as another homophobic, backwards, discriminatory attempt to legally keep loving couples apart bites the dust. The Texas ban on marriage equality has been ruled unconstitutional. So there.

Yay

Here's the  Los Angeles Times breaking news email alert:

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia today ruled that a ban on same-sex marriage in Texas is unconstitutional because it deprives gay couples of due process and equal protection.

The ruling does not allow same-sex couples to immediately marry because the judge stayed the injunction pending any appeal.

The score: Same-sex marriage a Zillion, sad little ignorami Zero. Or something.

Two tweets came across my Twitter stream immediately after the news broke, and they must be shared. They come via two of my favorite Twitter pals, Igor Volsky and Ali Davis. Once you read them, you'll understand why I follow them:

texas gay marriage lgbt ruling tweet Igor Volsky

texas gay marriage lgbt ruling tweet Ali Davis

Another Twitter buddy tweeted this:

Imagine that.

It's wonderful how so few words can speak volumes. Sometimes less is so much more. Thank you Igor, Ali, and Joe.

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Amusing Scott Walker news items

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So this happened: State appeals court rejects challenges to WI John Doe probe targeting conservatives.

And now, this happened, courtesy of Wisconsin Public Radio:

Gov. Scott Walker won't say whether the $86,000 his campaign recently paid attorneys was connected with the latest John Doe investigation. [...]

The previous John Doe investigation, which concluded last year, resulted in the arrest of several former Walker aides who worked for him before he was elected Governor.

That should go over well when he announces his 2016 presidential run. Or maybe, if we're lucky, he'll entertain the nation with his best Chris Christie/Sergeant Schultz impression: "I see nothing! know nothing!"

Then there was this amusing headline from htrnews.com: Walker says he senses no gay marriage 'movement.' What?

First, where does Scott Walker get off suggesting he has any sense? About anything? Oh, but I kid, that was just a play on words that popped into my noggin.

But that doesn't change the fact that he is as in-sense-itive (read: tone deaf) as the rest of his GOP buddies. Did it slip Walker's little pea brain that marriage equality is here to stay, and that he and his fellow GOPers are relics of some black and white TV, Wonder Bread, the-little-woman-baking-cookies-in-high-heels-and-an-apron, real men don't date other real men past? Relics with very little national voter appeal?

Psst! Scottie! Take a gander at this:

Polling shows increased support for legalizing gay marriage in Wisconsin and dozens of lawsuits have been filed across the country challenging similar laws.

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Speaking of attorneys, should you ever need one, Barry Scheck is one of the best. He tops a list that we provide, found at the very bottom of the right sidebar.

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VIDEO: Gay Republican equates Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson to Pres. Obama, Hillary Clinton

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This is what Duck Dynasty "patriarch" Phil Robertson had to say about black and gay Americans in his GQ interview:

I never, with my eyes, saw the mistreatment of any black person. Not once. Where we lived was all farmers. The blacks worked for the farmers. I hoed cotton with them. I’m with the blacks, because we’re white trash. We’re going across the field.... They’re singing and happy. I never heard one of them, one black person, say, ‘I tell you what: These doggone white people’—not a word!... Pre-entitlement, pre-welfare, you say: Were they happy? They were godly; they were happy; no one was singing the blues.” [...]

What, in your mind, is sinful?

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right. [...]

“We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus—whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?”

This is what Log Cabin Republican Gregory Angelo said to Craig Melvin on MSNBC this very morning:

[Mike Huckabee, who may run for president in 2016] was pointing out that just a couple -- about a year ago, Barack Obama was not yet a supporter of marriage equality. Just a couple of months ago Hillary Clinton announced her support of marriage equality. So on the one hand to have democrats celebrate someone as late as Hillary Clinton but to admonish someone like Phil Robertson who's not there yet shows there's a double standard at play and that's all we're pointing out.

Oh, so that's all you're "pointing out." Got it. Your oh-so-noble intention was to remind us that Robertson simply isn't "there yet," see, so he's obviously evolving, see, just like President Obama and Hillary Clinton did! It's all so clear now! All those slurs were just his endearing backwoods way of learning to eventually embrace and love thy gay neighbor, just exactly the way the president and former Senator Clinton came around to supporting marriage equality.

Ha! He sure showed those lefty Marxist Kenyan libs and their "double standard at play"!

Mr. Angelo also apparently forgot to "point out" that neither "Barack Obama" (by the way, show the chief executive a little respect and call him "President Obama," okay?) nor Hillary Clinton ever equated being gay with "bestiality, sleeping around, male prostitutes, offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers, drunks, and terrorists."

Details, schmetails. So much for that right wing talking point, genius.

Those things must have slipped what passes for his mind.

Nor did the president or former Secretary of State ever paint slaves as contented, happy-go-lucky black smiley faces who were just hunky dory with their "doggone" abusive masters. (Psst! Phil! You might want to go back and read the lyrics to those joyous little ditties you claim they were so merrily warbling.)

And finally, after watching the above video, a few of you may have noticed that Craig Melvin never challenged Angelo on any of those points.

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Happy Photo Of The Day- Vernita Gray and Patricia Ewert hold their Illinois marriage license after they were married in Chicago on Wednesday

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Vernita Gray, Patricia Ewert

God bless.

Vernita Gray, left, and Patricia Ewert hold their Illinois marriage license after they were married in Chicago on Wednesday. While the state's gay marriage law takes effect in June 2014, the couple was granted an expedited marriage license because Gray is terminally ill. (Photo by Charles Rex Arbogast via AP]

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